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Please find below a range of documents providing information for parents about Bryn Offa CE Primary School.

School Uniform

Bryn Offa sweatshirts, cardigans and bookbags can be ordered from the School Shop Direct website (https://schoolshopdirect.co.uk/product-category/schools/schools-bryn-offa-primary-school/). You can also do this by telephone if you wish by phoning 01743 440449.

Boys

  • School sweatshirt or navy jumper
  • Plain grey or black trousers or shorts
  • Plain white polo shirt or shirt
  • Black shoes or sandals (Buckle or Velcro fastenings please)

Girls

  • School sweatshirt/school cardigan or navy jumper/cardigan
  • Plain grey or black trousers, skirt or pinafore dress
  • Plain white polo shirt or blouse
  • Checked or striped summer dress in blue and white
  • Black shoes or sandals

Book bags can also be purchased direct from School Shop Direct.

Bryn Offa water bottles can be purchased direct from school for £2.00.

Items of jewellery (other than a watch) should not be worn. Stud earrings are permissible but may not be worn for PE – if they cannot be removed they should be taped over with an appropriate low adhesive medical tape.

Makeup, nail varnish and tattoos are not permitted in school.

PE Kit

A full PE kit is essential.  We encourage parents to bring their child’s PE kit into school on the first day of term and leave it in school for a whole half term.  As with other items of uniform all items must be labelled including the PE bag and should include:

  • White or navy plain shorts
  • White or navy plain t-shirt
  • Tracksuit bottoms/leggings and top for outdoor PE (these items are not needed in the Summer)
  • Plimsolls or trainers

Cool Milk

Up until the age of five, your child will be provided with a third of a pint of milk each day free of charge. After they turn five, you will be given the option to continue this but will be charged.

In order for your child to continue to receive milk after they turn 5, you can either register your child online (https://customers.coolmilk.com/v2/register/) or you can phone them (0800 321 3248). There is sometimes a bit of a delay in Cool Milk updating the list of pupils that is used to distribute the milk so we would be grateful if you could let Miss Morris know when you have done this please.

Food and drink

School Lunch

Every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 is entitled to receive a free school lunch. However, children are not forced to take up the offer of a free hot meal, and are allowed to bring a packed lunch if they wish. A school dinner for children in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 if they wish to have one costs £2.32 per day.

Dinners do not need to be pre-ordered via the School Money dinner payment system. A dinner register is taken by the teachers during morning registration and these are put on the system on a Friday afternoon. At that point parents will receive a text/email requesting payment if dinner money is in arrears.

All meals are cooked on site by our catering staff, with high quality ingredients, sourced locally wherever possible. Specific dietary requirements are catered for, and menus are always available in advance. Sometimes there may have to be slight changes to the menus due to unforeseen circumstances but we will endeavour to let parents know if this happens.

Nut Allergy

As we have a child in school with a serious nut allergy, please do not send your children to school with any products that contain nuts. This includes products that may contain traces of nuts. Potential allergens could include the following:

  • Spreads, e.g. chocolate spread 
  • Cereal bars
  • Some types of biscuit containing nuts
  • Condiments, e.g. satay sauce
  • Cakes containing nuts
  • Some snack pots containing nuts

It is important that you check the labeling of food products before sending your child in to school with them – it is not always apparent that products contain nuts or traces of nuts.

School Fruit/Veg Scheme

Every child in Reception and Key Stage 1 is given the option of having one piece of fruit/veg each day free of charge, which they are given during morning breaktime.

Breaktime snacks

As a Healthy School, we only allow fruit or vegetables for snacks at breaktime.

Water in School

At all times of the year, the children are given free access to drinking water. Water bottles must be labelled with your child’s name and must contain only water.

Electronic payment system- Eduspot/School Money

Payment for school dinners, trips and clubs should be made via the School Money website and you will receive text message alerts when a payment is required. A Parent User Guide for the website can be found above. As children in Key Stage 1 (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) are eligible for free school meals, payments for school dinners only need to be made for children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6).

Electronic email system- Teachers 2 Parents

We have recently set up a new system for emailing parents which we will use for the majority of important communications. It is important that the email address we have for you is accurate and you inform us when you change it.

Please note that all time critical messages to us need to be made by phone and not email. An example would be any changes in end of day arrangements.

When you need to contact us

Absence from School because of illness

If your child is absent from school because of illness, please telephone or email us to let us know the reason before 9.30am on the morning of absence.  If your child is off for more than one day, please notify us each morning to keep us updated.

Please note that if your child is suffering from sickness or diarrhoea, they will need to remain off school for 48 hours after the last period of sickness or diarrhoea. This follows the Public Health England Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and Other Childcare Settings.

Health Matters

If you have any concerns about your child’s health or if he/she has a medical condition that we should be aware of, please let us know before he/she starts school.  We can then discuss the matter with you and be fully aware of and prepared for any possible difficulties. It is really important to keep us informed in writing if there are any changes to your child’s medical condition.

Administration of Medication

If your child needs medication during the school day, please contact Miss Morris in the School Office. Medication will only be administered by staff where a parental request has been made on the official form available from the School Office.  All medicines must be in the original container from the pharmacy labelled with the child’s name and dosage details.

Please contact Miss Morris in the School Office if you have any queries regarding this.

Changes in Dropping Off and Picking up Your Child

It is essential that we are kept informed about your arrangements for dropping your child off in the morning and picking them up at the end of the school day.

Please contact the School Office by telephone by 9.00am wherever possible if there are changes to the end of day arrangements for your child. If your child is going to be collected by someone who does not normally collect them, a person who is unknown to the school or another parent, please notify us as soon as you can. Please do not email us regarding changes to end of day arrangements in case your email is not picked up- please telephone to notify us of any changes. 

If Miss Morris is unable to answer the telephone, please leave a message and she will call you back.

*Please contact us with any information you feel may affect your child in school. All personal information will be kept strictly on a ‘need to know’ basis.

Medical Appointments/Authorised Absences

We appreciate that it is not always possible to book medical appointments outside of the school day. If your child does need to attend an appointment, please let Miss Morris know in advance of the appointment. Please also provide proof of the appointment (e.g. appointment text, hospital letter). Failure to do this may result in the absence being unauthorised.

Holidays will not be authorised. If you choose to take your child out of school for a holiday, this will be unauthorised and you could be issued with a fine. If you feel an absence would be classed as “special circumstances”, please ask Miss Morris for the relevant form which needs to be completed and returned to Mr Thompson. Further information can be found at https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-attendance-or-exclusion/pupil-leave-of-absence/

Information from the Public Health Nursing Team for parents and children

You can contact the service on 0333 358 3654 between the hours of 9:30am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). 

You may also contact for advice via our CHAT Health text messaging service on: 

School Nurse 07507 330346 

If you have any concerns about the health of your child, please do not hesitate to contact us on either of the numbers above. 

If you have a medical concern, then please contact your GP Surgery during opening hours or NHS 111 for out of hours medical advice. 

For information about child health, behaviour and development please refer to the contact list below: 

Useful Contacts: 

NHS Choices –www.nhschoice.net 

Family Information Service – 01743 254 440 

Health For Kids– This website has resources for parents and carers that can help you support your children to be happy and healthy. It also offers fun and engaging ways for children to learn about health.www.healthforkids.co.uk 

Health For Teens– This website is a great resource for young people; topics covered include sexual health, anxiety, emotional health, lifestyle and more. www.healthforteens.co.uk 

Child Behaviour

Nutrition/ Fussy Eaters

Emotional Health and Wellbeing: 

Emotional Parental Health: 

  • Psychological Therapies –  0300 123 6020.  Severnfields Health Village, Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury SY1 4RQ.  
  • BEAM – askbeam@childrenssociety.org.uk

Sexual Health: 

Open Clinic, local NHS sexual health service – www.openclinic.org.uk