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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What time do I drop off and pick up my child?

Arrival and Collection

EARLY YEARS Pupils can arrive from 8.15am and no later than 8.50am. Pupils in Pre-Nursery and Nursery are sessional so these times will vary. All pupils are registered at 9:00am by the class teacher. Any pupil who arrives at school after this time must be registered in the School Office. The school day ends at 3.30pm. At the end of the school day, each child is dismissed by his/her teacher when he/she has identified the known adult. Each child must shake hands with his or her teacher before leaving the premises. Please make sure that your child knows who will be collecting them from school. If there are changes to this plan during the day, please telephone the School Office to let us know.

YEARS 1 & 2 Pupils can arrive from 8.00am and no later than 8.30am. All pupils are registered at 8:30am by the class teacher. If you wish to drop your child off before 8am they will need to be registered for Breakfast Club. Any pupil who arrives at school after this time must be registered in the School Office.

During the Trinity Term, Year 2 children are encouraged to come into the classroom by themselves; this helps them learn the independence needed as they prepare to move into the Prep School.

The school day ends at 3.45pm. At the end of the school day, each child is dismissed by his/her teacher when he/she has identified the known adult. Each child must shake hands with his or her teacher before leaving the premises. Please make sure that your child knows who will be collecting them from school. If there are changes to this plan during the day, please telephone the school office to let us know.

YEARS 3 & 4 Pupils can arrive from 8:00am and no later than 8.25am. All pupils are registered at 8:25am by the Class Teacher. Any pupil who arrives at school after this time must be registered in the School Office.

The Academic Block doors will not be opened until 8.00am.

For pupils in Years 3 and 4 the school day ends at 4:00pm. At the end of the school day, each child is dismissed by his/her teacher when he/she has identified the known adult. Each child must shake hands with his or her teacher before leaving the premises.

YEARS 5-8 Pupils can arrive from 8:00am and no later than 8.25am. All pupils are registered at 8:25am by the Form Tutor. Any pupil who arrives at school after this time must be registered in the School Office.

We are aware that sometimes it is necessary for you to drop your children off early. However, although members of staff are sometimes in the Academic Block before 8.00am, they are not ‘on duty’. So, for a child to be in the Academic Block before 8.00am means they are by definition ‘unsupervised’, and the school cannot knowingly allow that to be the case. For pupils in Years 5 to 8 the teaching day ends at 4:40pm. You can either meet your child in a pre-arranged car park or meet them on the ground floor of the Academic Block. Children may stay for supervised Prep which runs until 5:45pm. Parents should sign up with the School Office detailing their Prep requirements at the start of each half term. reception@amesburyschool.co.uk

2. Is there before and after school care?

Early Birds & Early Years After School Care

The children in the Early Years Department are cared for by the Pre-Nursery staff from 8:00-8:30am and 3:30-6:00pm. In order to reserve a place for your child for either Early Birds or Early Years After School Care, please complete the relevant forms. They can be found in the in the Early Years building, giving at least 24 hours notice if possible. We can take bookings for Early Years After School Care on the day and during the day if parents are running late. Please email: reception@amesburyschool.co.uk

Cost

There is a small charge for this service, details of which are available from the Finance Department.finance@amesburyschool.co.uk 

After School Care (ASC)

YEARS 1-8 ASC is run by mothers of past and present children. All staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid and have undergone enhanced CRB checks. The ASC facility is registered with OFSTED and a qualified member of staff is on duty every day.

For further information, fees and availability, please contact asc@amesburyschool.co.uk or the School Office.

3. Where do I park?

Car Parking

There are three car parks available at the School. The two car parks on Hazel Grove have access from the A3. The first of these is for use by the Pre-Prep families and is located next to the Early Years Building. The second car park is next to the Academic Block. The ‘Drop and Go’ areas are clearly marked and should only be used for this purpose please.

The main car park is located opposite the cricket pitches with access via High Pitfold Lane. Again ‘Drop and Go’ spaces should only be used for this purpose. The gates are open 7.30-9.30am every morning. In the afternoons on Monday, Tuesday and Friday they are open 3-6.30pm and on Wednesday and Thursday between 1.30-6.30pm. Outside of these hours, please press the control button, speak into the microphone and communicate with the School Office.

The Amesbury Parking Sticker, which is provided to parents at the start of each Academic Year, should be displayed at all times when using the car parks. Additional stickers are available from the School Office. The school does have security officers at busy times who may request to see this in order to ensure only authorised people are on site.

4. Will my child attend any religious services?

Chapel
Weekly programme

Amesbury is founded on Christian beliefs and traditions. The position of the Chapel, located in the centre of the school grounds, is symbolic of its importance within the community.

Through the weekly Chapel services the children become familiar with the beliefs of the Christian faith. Children in Nursery and Reception join with the children in Years 1 and 2 for the weekly Chapel service. The service reflects the Christian foundation of the school and usually includes a reading from the Bible, a short talk, a prayer and age appropriate songs.

The older children often help to lead the service through readings and drama. The Chapel service provides an opportunity for quiet reflection and worship and is considered to play an important role in the spiritual development of the children.

Choral Evensong

This is a special service held once a term for year groups 1-8. Choral Evensong is more formal than the weekly chapel service and includes an anthem or hymn sung by the children

Harvest Festival

This is a whole school event and parents are warmly invited to attend. Children in the Early Years contribute to a programme of songs and prayers in this celebration of thanksgiving. The service is held in the Sports Hall towards the end of October. The date is published in the School Calendar. The children are encouraged to contribute an offering of food, preferably home grown or locally produced items as this is consistent with the environmental message that we are trying to communicate to the children.

The produce will be donated to the Farnham Foodbank and Donec, a residential care home in Grayshott for adults with learning difficulties, as well as a residential care home in Haslemere.

Easter Service

This is a whole school event and parents are invited to attend. Children in the Early Years contribute to the service through the singing of an age appropriate Easter song. The service is held in the Sports Hall and is usually led by a visiting vicar/speaker. The date is published in the school calendar. 

Carol Service

This is a traditional Carol Service for children in Years 3 to 8. The service is held at St Luke’s Church in Grayshott. Parents are warmly invited to attend. Arrive early as the church is always packed! The date and time of the service is published in the School Calendar.

5. What sort of Extra-Curricular Activities are available?

Extra-Curricular Activities

Detailed information on Extra Curricular Activities, including fees, are supplied in an additional booklet. Application and withdrawal forms are available from the School Office. Please contact extra-curricular@amesburyschool.co.uk

6. Can my child board?

Boarding

We do not run a full time boarding schedule. Instead, we offer an experience that allows pupils to get used to the idea and concept of boarding, one week at a time, before potentially moving away from home when they go to Senior School. Year 6-8 have the opportunity to board 3 times throughout the year. Year 5 can board for 2 nights in preparation for doing a full week in Year 6. Dates will be set aside in the School Calendar for specific year groups.

7. Is there a house system at Amesbury?

The House System
Allocation of pupils

From Reception – Year 8 pupils are allocated to one of two houses during the final weeks of September.

The skills, aptitudes and abilities of each child are considered to ensure that the division is balanced within year groups and across the school, and leads to a highly competitive competition.

Brothers and sisters are not necessarily placed in the same house. Members of the Common Room are allocated to one of the two houses. There are two permanent houses, Henwood (Green) & Lawson (Blue)

The pupils compete for the Bison Trophy.

The various elements of the House Competitions reflect the overall curriculum of the school and include academic, artistic and sporting activities.

Parents are welcome to support House competitions when space allows i.e. outdoor sporting competitions, the Swimming Gala in the Lent Term and Sports Day in the Trinity Term.

8. What will my child do at break time?

Breaks

EARLY YEARS Early Years children have access to outdoors play and learning at all times. In addition, they also have an outdoor playtime after lunch. During playtime the children wear a tracksuit over their school uniform and in cold weather they may also wear a school jacket.

Staff supervise play in the garden/sand play area. In wet weather inside games/activities are organised by supervisory staff.

YEARS 1 & 2 There is an outdoor playtime in the morning and after lunch. During playtime, the children wear a tracksuit over their school uniform and in cold weather they may also wear a school jacket. Throughout the year, children are introduced to various playground games to encourage more imaginative play.

Two members of staff supervise play in the garden/sand play area. In wet weather, inside games/activities are organised by supervisory staff.

YEARS 3-8 There is a morning and afternoon break each day. The children potentially have 34 acres in which to play. Whilst this provides wonderful freedom we are aware that this space can at first be quite daunting for the younger children. To help the children in Year 3 to adjust we restrict where they can play to the Sand Playground and the Lizzie during the Michaelmas Term. As the year progresses and confidence develops we gradually expand the boundaries.

Each area of the Playground is supervised by either a Teacher or a Teaching Assistant. The children are encouraged to play a wide variety of games. They are not, however, allowed to play games that are overly physical and likely to lead to injury.

9. Where and what will my child eat at school?

Meal Times

EARLY YEARS.  Milk, water, fruit and a healthy snack are provided for the children during the morning activities. Water is available throughout the day and children are encouraged to drink water in school.

Please would you provide your son/daughter with an Amesbury water bottle or a clear 500ml non-spill bottle. Amesbury water bottles are available from AS Uniform. Children in Reception, Nursery and Pre-Nursery will be given a snack in the late afternoon.

The School benefits from a School Milk subsidy which is passed onto parents in the termly fees.

Lunch

EARLY YEARS. Those staying for lunch in the Pre-Nursery and Nursery are served a hot meal in their classrooms at lunchtime. The children in Reception join children in Years 1 and 2 and eat alongside a member of staff in the school Dining Room. The children in Reception are expected to use a knife and fork.

YEARS 1 & 2. Snacks -  Water, milk, fruit and a snack are provided before the children go out to play. Water is available throughout the day and children are encouraged to drink water in school. Please would you provide your son/daughter with an Amesbury water bottle or a clear 500ml non-spill bottle. Amesbury water bottles are available from AS Uniform.

Those staying for an extended day with activities or After School Care will be given a snack in the late afternoon.

Lunch - Years 1 and 2 eat alongside a member of staff in the school dining room. The children are served a balanced diet and are expected to use a knife and fork.

Lunch - Years 3 and 4 eat lunch in the school Dining Room where a cafeteria system operates. A register of attendance is taken for children in Years 3 to 5. Children can choose where to sit; however, to help Year 3 adapt to the system they go to lunch 10 minutes early and sit at designated tables during the Michaelmas Term.

Years 5-8 eat lunch in the school Dining Room where a cafeteria system operates. A register of attendance is taken for children in Years 3 to 5.

Low Tea is served to all pupils in Years 5 -8 who are staying in school for Prep. It is similar to morning break and includes sandwiches, biscuits, cake and fruit.

Menu

The school menu is published on the school notice board outside each classroom. Please see Healthy Eating for further details.

Dietary Issues

Any specific dietary issues should be directed in writing to your child’s class teacher.

Allergies

Amesbury is a ‘Nut Free Zone’ by aspiration and expectation. We do not want anyone to bring onto the school estate any products containing nuts and we have a number of control measures in place to minimise risk. However, whilst the school does all that it reasonably can be expected to do in order to minimise risk, it cannot guarantee that all risks can be eliminated.

Birthday Cakes

We will provide a birthday cake for pupils if their birthday falls on a school day. This is to ensure that a child’s special day can still be celebrated whilst ensuring that effective controls are in place.

10. Do you have a photograph policy?

Photography and Video

We do allow parents to photograph and/or video their children at events/matches etc. However, parents are advised to have child protection issues at the forefront of their mind when doing so.

No photographs or videos should be placed in the public domain, nor should there be any way in which the names/addresses of pupils can be associated with such photographs. Also, please be conscious of the wider audience’s desire to watch a production. Photography/videoing is not allowed at St Luke’s Church in Grayshott where a number of school events take place.

The School policy on Taking, Using & Sharing of images is in the policy section of the website. You are required to sign a permission form on joining Amesbury.

11. Is the Amesbury site secure?

Security
Access to School

EARLY YEARS The Pre-Prep car park gate will be locked at 9.30am and opened again between 11.30am – 1.30pm for lunchtime pick up. It will then be locked again until 3.15pm.

Access to the school when the doors/gates are locked is through the Lutyens building and the School Office. Each door of the Early Years Building has an access code. These will be emailed to parents at the start of each term.

12. Does the school support any charities?

Charities

This year we have changed the model.  We want to broaden the range of charities we support and greatly involve the children directly in the decision making process.  We support two local charities Surrey Wildlife and The Clockhouse; along with two small overseas charities AFEE (Association Femmes Enfants et Environement) which does amazing work to support women, children and the environment in the Senegal and FOGTA (Friends of the Gambia Association) which will allow us to sponsor and support an individual child to go to school

If you would like to know more about our charities, or if you would like to make a donation, all information can be found on the Charities page.

13. What do I do if I would like to complain?

Complaints Policy

The School Complaints Policy is available to view under the Parents section/Policies.  Copies are also available in the School Office.

14. Where do I go if my child loses something?

Lost Property

We encourage children to look after their possessions and there are structures and systems in place to help them to do this. Inevitably, however, within a community the size of Amesbury, items do, from time to time, go missing. If your son/daughter has lost an item please encourage them to think through his/her movements and to check in the lost property boxes, that are located outside the Medical Centre and in the Deputy Headmaster’s Office in the Academic Block.

Should a named item be found and unclaimed the Medical Centre will email parents directly.

For this process to work, it is essential that all items brought to school are clearly named and that long loops are sewn into garments, such as brown sweaters, so that they can be hung from a peg.

15. Is there medical help on site?

Medical

It is the responsibility of the School Matron to respond to medical problems that arise and to provide simple basic first aid in a quiet and peaceful environment until such time as pupils are able to return to lessons or are passed to the care of parents/guardians, doctor or hospital.

It is not the responsibility of the school to diagnose, recommend or provide medical suggestions or remedies above and beyond a very basic level of attention. 

Medical Conditions

Should your child develop a medical condition whilst he/she is a pupil at Amesbury, please make an appointment to see the School Matron who will communicate with relevant staff if necessary. medical@amesburyschool.co.uk

Infectious Illness

If you suspect an infectious illness, please consult a doctor before sending your child to school. If an infectious illness is confirmed please inform the School Matron immediately. Some infectious illnesses demand an exclusion period. Please ask if you are unsure.

Returning to school from illness

Amesbury follows the Health Protection Agency’s guidelines on “Infection Control in Schools and other Childcare Settings”. The HPA state that a child who has had ‘diarrhoea and/or vomiting should be kept away from school/nursery for a minimum of 48 hours’.

16. How does the transition work from year group to year group?

Transition

EARLY YEARS Upon entry to Year 1 children are re-allocated to one of two classes and they normally remain in that same class until the end of Year 2. The classes are mixed at the end of Year 2 on entry into Year 3. Children then normally remain with the same group of classmates until the end of Year 4. By doing this we are able to make better judgements about the children at the end of Reception than we would have been able to do at the end of Nursery. The children enjoy the stability of being in the same class for two years, but by changing classes every two years, the year group remains just that, ‘a year group’ as opposed to two separate groups within the same year.

YEARS 1 & 2 Upon entry to Year 1 children are re-allocated to one of two classes and they normally remain in that same class until the end of Year 2. The classes are mixed at the end of Year 2 on entry into Year 3. Children then normally remain with the same group of classmates until the end of Year 4. The children enjoy the stability of being in the same class for two years, but by changing classes every two years, the year group remains just that, ‘a year group’ as opposed to two separate groups within the same year.

YEARS 3 & 4 Upon entry to Year 3 children are allocated to one of two classes and they normally remain in that class until the end of Year 4. Classes then become Tutor Groups with three Tutors in Year 5. They will remain in these groups but with different Tutors in Year 6. The children enjoy the stability of being in the same class for 2 years, but by changing classes every 2 years the group remains just that ‘a year group’ as opposed to two separate groups within the same year.

YEARS 5-8 Classes become Tutor Groups with three Tutors in Year 5. They will remain in these groups but with different Tutors in Year 6. When children reach Year 7 they remain in their Tutor Groups with the same Tutor for the last two years of their time at Amesbury. The children enjoy the stability of being in the same groups for 2 years, but by changing every 2 years the group remains just that ‘a year group’ as opposed to two separate groups within the same year.

17. Is there a mini bus service?

Mini Bus Service

Amesbury supplies a minibus service for those pupils in Years 3 to 8 for morning collection and afternoon drop off (excluding Wednesdays). This is available on a first come first service basis and is dependent on the routes required each Academic Year. 

18. Do you have an annual Speech Day or Prizegiving?

Speech Day

This takes place on the Saturday after the end of Trinity Term and is publicised in the School Calendar. All pupils in Year 3-8 attend. They are required to wear suits. The dress code for Parents is formal.

19. Where do I find the school’s safeguarding policy?

Safeguarding

Please refer to the Parents Section/Policies.  Copies are also available in the School Office. The Safeguarding Liaison Officers at Amesbury are:

Nigel TaylorHeadmaster
Peter DonaldsonDeputy Headmaster
Petra Pool Pre Nursery Manager

20.  What does the school give out colours for?

The school awards half colours and full colours in the following categories:

Academic

Sport

Expressive Arts

An accumulation of these can lead to an award of a tie.  For further information please read the school's colour policy available on the School Policies page