What time does school start and finish? 

School starts at 8.50a.m. and finishes at 3.20p.m. Lunch 12.15 – 1.15p.m. 

During school hours children are supervised by teachers on duty. This supervision commences at 8.35 a.m. Children should not normally be at school before 8.35 a.m. The normal routine is for children to walk onto the school playground to await the 8.50am whistle.

What happens at the end of the day?

When the children are confidently established at Orchard Junior School they will independently leave the school building to meet parents or carers in an agreed area.  Children are constantly reminded to return to the school reception if they are not met at the expected time or if they know their parents are going to be late on a particular occasion.

How do I know that my child is safe in school?

All visitors are signposted to the front entrance and reception desk. The school is “locked down” during school hours and entry is via the front door security system. Children are fully supervised during playtimes. Teaching and support staff are on duty  before school and during morning and lunch play.  A team of experienced Supervisory Assistants  are responsible for the children both inside and outside on the playground at lunchtimes.

What happens if my child is ill? 

We ask that parents notify the school on the first morning of the child’s absence before 9.30am. A message can be left on the school answer phone if office staff are not available or sent by e-mail.

How are the classes organised?

Within each year group there are three classes. Each class has a class teacher who is supported by a Learning Support  Assistant  (LSA). The make-up of Year 3 classes is decided in consultation  with the infant feeder schools. Generally, these classes  remain  unchanged during their time at OJS with just a few changes being made if teaching staff and parents believe this would be beneficial to identified pupils.

Does my child need to bring a coat to School?

We understand that some children run around greatly and can get too hot in a thick coat, but they do need some form of protection from the weather (including coming to and leaving school); even a simple pac-a-mac tucked away in a rucsac will suffice. In certain circumstances we may stop individual children from going outside if they do not have a coat and jumper for their own comfort.

Can my child give out birthday treats to their class?

We have some parents asking whether their child can bring birthday cakes and treats to school to share; this comes up every year. Without wishing to be kill-joys, this isn’t something we can do due to the children in the school with severe allergies. However, families are more than welcome to provide fun-size individually wrapped plain sweets (e.g. ‘Haribo’) to share at the end of the day if they wish as this is much easier for us to control. 

Will there be a chance to meet my child’s new teacher?

Parents will be invited to a formal personal interview in November and again in March. However, if you have any concerns you are always welcome to speak to the class teacher at a mutually convenient time. Please avoid right before the school day starts as teachers prepare for the day. 

Are there INSET days planned?

Please check our School Calendar page, by clicking here, for the latest information.

Can my child bring a snack for morning break?

Lunch boxes must not contain nuts or nut products as, you will be aware, even the trace of nuts left on a table might set off a child’s allergic reaction. Snacks for playtime should be unprocessed fruit or vegetables, as if picked from the plant – otherwise, it just gets unnecessarily complicated!

Is water available at school?

Children can bring water to school, in a named bottle, which they can access throughout the school day. Water fountains are situated inside the building and on the playground.

What meal options are available at lunchtime?

Children may choose either a meat or a vegetarian option from the lunch menu. Meals cost £2.10 each and should be paid for at the beginning of each week. Choices are made daily in class. Current lunch menus are available by clicking here.  Children may also bring their own packed lunch. Again we would encourage a well balanced, healthy lunch. Water jugs are placed on the tables at lunchtime.