Good attendance at school is vital if children are going to:
make good progress
be able to gain fully from and enjoy their experience at school, and
reach their full potential.
Just ten days lost per year is equivalent to at least a term by the time they leave. Eighty per cent attendance results in over four terms lost. Attendance targets of at least 95% are set for schools and pupils, monitored by County and Government.
Any child’s attendance that should fall below 85% will be investigated by the Head Teacher who will write to parents and invite them to work together with the school to improve the attendance record going forward.
Absence & Illness
If your child is absent from school it is very important that you let us know the reason for absence as soon as possible. As a security measure we ask parents to telephone the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence. If no message is received by closure of registration a member of the office staff will telephone to ascertain why the child has not arrived at school. Regular and punctual attendance is an important part of a child’s educational development and our high attendance figures are a result of strong parental support.
If your child is unwell at school or has an accident we shall inform you as soon as possible, therefore it is important that we have a telephone number on which we may contact you during the day.
If your child has an appointment during the school day, a member of the school office team and/or the Class Teacher should be informed by letter or by a phone call in advance of the absence. The child will need to be collected from, and returned to, the school reception area where a note will be made of the time the child left and entered the building. This is necessary to ensure the safety of your child at all times.
If your child returns to school before completing a course of prescribed medication this can be handed in to the school office for administering. Please click on the link below to read the school’s first aid policy.
Changes to national government policy stipulate that head teachers are no longer permitted to approve any holidays during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances (for example, a holiday with a close relative who has a terminal illness). To ensure that all applications are dealt with promptly and impartially Warnham School Governing Body decided that a panel of governors would consider any requests for holidays.
This policy is designed to explain the procedure. Parents / carers should submit a written application for holidays to the school as soon as possible, stating the child’s name, period of absence requested and clearly setting out the reason why it is exceptional. A panel of governors will examine each application and their decision will be relayed, in writing, to the parents / carers within 5 school days of receipt of the application.
If a parent / carer wishes to appeal the decision of the governors’ panel, they should submit any additional relevant information within 5 days to the Chair of Governors who will convene an Appeals Panel of governors not involved in the original decision. The Appeals Panel will review each case individually and their decision will be relayed within 5 school days.
The decision of the Appeals Panel is final. If holidays are taken without approval, they will be recorded as unauthorised absences and parents / carers could be liable to a fine.
The school caters for children aged 4 to 11 years. The majority of children come from our immediate catchment area of Warnham village although we have traditionally taken children from Horsham, Kingsfold, Capel, and other outlying districts whose parents have expressed a preference for them to attend a church school.
In the Autumn of the year before your child starts school, the Children’s Services Department at West Sussex County Council will prompt you to apply for the school of your choice on line. Paper applications are also available for those who do not have access to a computer. Applicants living out of county need to contact the Admissions Team (details below)
Pupil Admissions Team
County Hall North,
All maintained schools are required to provide children with daily collective worship to support children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.
At Warnham, we focus on a different Christian Value, each half term, and this underpins our collective worship. Our collective worship comes in a variety of forms, from learning about local and international news, linking our values to Jesus’ life and the Bible and praise through singing hymns and songs.
Warnham is a Church of England Primary School which means that we value and respect children of all faiths and no faith at all through collective worship and through day-today life. Parents, however, do have the right to withdraw their children from collective worship and RE lessons.
Children may arrive on school premises from 08:30 and go onto the playground; children in Hedgehog class go straight into their classroom. The playground and the classroom are both supervised by adults. If it is particularly wet, or there is heavy snow, the children will be able to enter the classrooms early.
08.50 Children are expected to be on the playground and a bell will be rung for them to line up to enter school
08:55 All children need to be in classrooms ready for registration
09:00 – 12:00 Morning session
12:00 – 13:00 Lunchtime (Wednesday lunchtime is from 11:45 – 12:45)
13:00 – 15:15 Afternoon session
15:15 Children go home
All children need to be collected from the playground by a parent or a nominated adult. If you are making a change to your usual arrangement for your child please notify the member of staff in the link, at morning drop off, so they can make a written record of your instruction. If during the school day your plans change for the collection of your child, please phone or email the school office, who will inform the teacher in charge. All notifications of change of pickup, ideally, need to be with the school office by 2.00pm.
Children in Deer or Badger class may walk home alone but will need written parental permission. Children in Hedgehog, Rabbit, Squirrel, Otter and Fox will need to be collected by a nominated ‘adult’ (16 years or above).
If your child attends an after school club and you, as a parent or carer, are not going to collect your child, we need written confirmation of the arrangements you have made for your child’s safe collection. Again, Deer and Badger children will require written consent to walk home alone.
We encourage children to be as independent as possible. Should a parent wish to see a Teacher, we ask that they leave this until the end of the day whenever possible, or make an appointment unless the issue is urgent.
If your child arrives after registration and is late for any reason other than a scheduled appointment or illness, we ask that you put the details into the late book which is sited outside the school office. In any event, children arriving outside of the normal school day should enter and leave the school via the school office.
Car parking space is limited and parents are asked to take care when parking to ensure the safety of everyone arriving and departing. Please be mindful of our immediate neighbours along Lucas Road and Freeman Road and park respectively, not blocking driveways.
Children are not allowed to arrive or depart through the double gates that open onto Freeman Road which is a designated car park for staff.
Each day all children will attend a Collective Worship as follows:
Since September 2014 the Government have been providing Universal Free School Meals to all children in Key Stage 1. There is no need to order these meals as they will be automatically provided unless you have opted out. Please note you may opt in/out at any time although if you think your child will have meals for at least one day a week it would be better to remain on the list.
School meals for children in Key Stage 2 will still need to be ordered through Chartwells as normal.
The school will still be entitled to Pupil Premium funding for children registered for free school meals through both key stages so please still apply if you are eligible as the school will receive money to support your child’s education. This grant is currently £1,320 per eligible primary pupil.
If your child is currently under 5, we’re delighted to confirm that we have arranged for them to receive free milk at school, funded by the UK Government’s Nursery Milk Scheme.
When your child turns 5 or if they are already over 5, you have the option to pay for their milk. We have made arrangements with the UK’s leading school milk supplier, Cool Milk, to supply milk at a small subsidised daily cost.
What you need to do:
Visit coolmilk.com as soon as possible and select “Register your child for milk”, then follow the on-screen instructions to register and pay
A portion of fresh, chilled milk at mid-morning break provides protein, calcium and other vital nutrients, important for your child’s growth and development. It’s also a great way to bridge the gap between breakfast and lunch, re-hydrating your child and helping them to concentrate in class.
Should you have any queries regarding your child’s registration or milk supply in general, please do not hesitate to contact Cool Milk directly on email@example.com or call 0844 854 2913.
At Warnham CEP School we aim to offer excellence and choice to all our children, whatever their ability or needs. We have high expectations of all our children. We aim to achieve these through the removal of barriers to learning and ensuring equal access to all opportunities. We respect that all children:
have different educational needs and aspirations
require different strategies for learning
acquire, assimilate and communicate information at different rates
need a range of different teaching approaches and experiences
As part of the Children’s and Families Bill (2014), schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities aged between 0-25 years. This is known as the Local Offer and tells you a bit more about how our school can support your child in order to reach their full potential.
The Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. The Local Offer must include information about the provision the local authority expects to be available for children and young people with special educational needs regardless of whether or not they have Education, Health and Care plans.
This is the web page for your school’s official uniform supplier. You can purchase Warnham CE Primary School uniform in confidence knowing that these items have been carefully selected by your school to ensure that you receive good quality, hardwearing uniform and the prices represent excellent value for money from a company you can trust.
If you wish to make a subject access request, please contact the Data Protection Officer on the above email address. We have created a form to help us understand the nature of your request which you can find here. Please note that we may request a form of ID to accompany your request.
For further information about SARs, please visit the ICO website:
We are very proud of our new school hall which was finally completed in November 2011 after many years of fundraising. It provides our pupils with a much needed space for learning, sports, performances and for the children to enjoy their hot school lunches together. Also included in our new extension is a kitchen which enables cookery lessons.
Please contact the Bursar in the school office on 01403 265230 if you would like to make an enquiry about letting our school hall and associated facilities.
Warnham CE Primary receives a Pupil Premium payment which aims to increase attainment and aspiration for identified pupils. Specifically, the Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is in addition to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months.
Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012–13 was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever6 Free School Meals measure). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and a smaller amount for the children of service personnel.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups.
We believe that the most effective way to achieve the aims of the Pupil Premium is for children to be supported to attain at the highest levels possible and to narrow the gap between those entitled to FSM and those who are not entitled.
The Pupil Premium also aims:
to increase social mobility;
to enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top Universities;
to reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving nationally
The total spend for academic year 2018-19 was £17,686. Please click here to read the report.
Please follow this link for information on how to apply for Free School meals:
Please find a link to our Single Equality Policy here.
Objective 1: To increase staff’s understanding of equality and its implications on a day-to-day basis, and in this way to reduce or remove inequalities in attainment throughout the school, particularly inequalities relating to the protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act
Objective 2: To promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through all appropriate curricular opportunities, with particular reference to issues of equality and diversity.
Section 149 Public sector equality duty
1. A public authority must, in the exercise of its functions, have due regard to the need to—
(a) eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act;
(b) advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
(c) foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
The relevant protected characteristics are—
pregnancy and maternity;
religion or belief;
(1) Each public authority listed in Schedule 2 to these Regulations must prepare and publish one or more objectives it thinks it should achieve to do any of the things mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c) of section 149(1) of the Act.
(2) The objectives must be published—
(a) not later than 30th March 2018 (subject to regulation 9(2)); and
(b) subsequently at intervals of not greater than four years beginning with the date of last publication.
(3) An objective published by a public authority in compliance with paragraph (1) must be specific and measurable.
The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017
Publication of information
(1) Each public authority listed in Schedule 2 to these Regulations must publish information to demonstrate its compliance with the duty imposed by section 149(1) of the Act.
(2) The public authority must publish the information required by paragraph (1)—
(a) not later than 30th March 2018; and
(b) subsequently at intervals of not greater than one year beginning with the date of last publication.
From September 2013 the Government allocated £150 million per annum to provide schools with the funding to enable them to improve the quality and breadth of their PE and sport provision. The funding must be used to fund improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of pupils in Years 1 to 6, so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles.
ALL pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools against 5 key indicators:
1. the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
2. the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
3. increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
4. broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
5. increased participation in competitive sport
Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding for example to:
Hire specialist PE Teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with Teachers during PE lessons
Support and involve the least active children by running after-school sports clubs and holiday clubs
Provide resources and training courses in PE and sport for Teachers
Run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation
Run sports activities with other schools
The total spend for academic year 2018-19 was £19,607. Please click here to read the report.
Year 6 Swimming Attainment data
These are the criteria and % that we need to show for the current year 6 cohort:
Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a
distance of at least 25 meters
Use a range of strokes effectively
Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations