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Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will my child start in Reception?

Usually children join Reception class in the September before their 5th birthday. Please see the school prospectus for further information or speak to the school office staff.

2. How do I make an application for a school place?

The admission arrangements for our Reception class can be found via the Parent Information tab on the left. By law children must receive full-time education from the beginning of the school term following their fifth birthday.

Warrington Borough Council Admissions Department are responsible for coordinating the allocation of places. The number of places available at the school is published annually and the school cannot exceed that number. There are 30 main school places in each year group.

For further details regarding school admissions please telephone: 01925 446226

3. Do you provide wrap around school provision?

We run a Breakfast Club from 08:00 and Little Acorns provide after school care until 18:00 each day. More information can be found using the Parent Information tab on the left. 

4. Do you provide after school clubs?

At Penketh, we offer a variety of clubs for different age groups. These run after school normally from 15:20 - 16:15 or 15:20 - 16:30. Clubs change every term and you will always be notified in the first week of the new term so you can apply. For more details please speak to a member of staff in the school office.

5. What time does school start?

We start school at 08:55; the key stage entrance doors are opened at 08:40, to allow children to make their way into class. Reception children are collected from the Reception garden area. We encourage children to be in school by 08:50 to avoid lateness and to start their morning activities.

6. Can I park at the school?

We have a large parent car park accessed via Stocks Lane. The gates are opened to allow children to be dropped off in the morning and remain closed during the day until being re-opened at 14:50 for children to be collected. The small car park at the office entrance to the school, is for staff only and must not be used. As the school is situated on residential roads, we ask parents to park legally and with due consideration for our neighbours.

7. How much is Dinner Money?

The daily cost is currently £2.30, which is paid online via ParentPay. You will receive an activation letter when your child starts school.

8. Where can I buy uniform?

We have two uniform providers whose details and prices are listed on the Uniform Page. Please access this via the Parent Information tab on the left.

9. What should I do if I think my child is being bullied?

Advise your child to speak to an adult in school, who they feel comfortable with. You may also wish to support your child by talking to the teacher with your child.  We would encourage you to report any incident to the class teacher, as they can observe behaviour during lessons and advise lunchtime staff as necessary. We take accusations of bullying very seriously and any incidents are dealt with appropriately and with speed. If you are concerned about your child, please speak to a member of the schools senior leadership team and never approach a child or the parent.

10. Can my child cycle to school?

Your child may cycle if they are accompanied by an adult or you give permission for them to cycle alone or with friends.  A secure cycle rack is provided on site.

11. Can my child walk to school alone?

All children in Key Stage 1 must be accompanied by an adult. If you wish for an older child to walk to school alone, we must receive a permission letter from the parent with parental responsibility. This information will be held on their data collection sheet.

12. What can my child bring in their packed lunch?

We encourage healthy eating and expect parents to choose healthily when creating a packed lunch.

An example of a healthy packed lunch:

  • A sandwich (no peanut butter)
  • A wafer biscuit e.g. twix, kit kat, blue ribband.
  • Yoghurt and a piece of fruit.
  • Bottle of water or juice.
  • No sweets, fizzy drinks, nuts or chocolate (unless covering a wafer/biscuit)

13. What do I do if my child has lost a piece of clothing?

Parents must sew or iron a name label into all clothing or write the child’s name in indelible ink. If an item goes missing your child must inform the class teacher or teaching assistant who will do their best to help find the lost item, but we are unable to provide a replacement.

14. Can my child bring toys into school?

We normally discourage toys being brought into school, unless the class teacher has specifically indicated that they may do so. Please always check with your child's class teacher.

15. How do I receive the school newsletter?

The weekly school newsletter is sent out each Friday via SchoolPing and is always available on the front page of the school website and via the Newsletters tab.

16. Where will my child go when they finish Penketh in Year 6?

We offer varied support in the transition from primary to secondary school. Due to our geographical location, most of our pupils usually transfer to Penketh High School or Great Sankey High School. 

17. What is the best time to talk to the teacher if I have a question?

We would discourage parents from trying to talk to a teacher in the morning, as they are busy preparing for the school day. If possible, we would advise you to speak to the teacher at the end of the school day after all the children have been dismissed. Appointments to see a member of staff should be made via the school office. 

18. How can parents get involved?

We encourage parents to get involved in various ways from attending educational trips, to volunteering in school. We have a small fundraising team (PFA) and would welcome new members with new ideas and contacts. If you work for a company that is able to sponsor or donate to fundraising in the school please email penketh.office@wpat.uk

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