Welcome to the Parents page
We have attempted to pull together information we feel might be helpful to prospective or current parents into a Parent Handbook. Please click on the icon below to view the Parent Handbook
Applying for a place at St. Christopher’s
All schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than available places. As an academy we are our own admissions authority which means that we set our own criteria. Although the school determines the criteria it must make every effort to ensure that these arrangements comply with the School Admissions Code 2014 and all relevant legislation, including that on infant class sizes and equal opportunities. The school’s admissions policies can be found here - Admission Policy
At St. Christopher’s we have one main points of intake, namely Reception.
The school uses Oxfordshire County Council to fully coordinate admission arrangements. Parents wishing to apply for a place in Reception must complete the common application form provided by their home local authority. The Local Authorities admissions page can be found here: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/starting-school
For all other year groups and for applications to Reception other than for September entry an in-year application form must be completed and returned to the school. The in-year application form can be found here:
School Term Times 2018/19
School Term Times 2019/20
School Diary 2016/17
School UniformWe operate a School Uniform Policy, and have done so successfully since 1995 when it was implemented by the Board of Governors. As a result our children are expected to wear:
- School sweatshirt/cardigan with the school logo
- School polo shirt/plain white polo shirt
- Grey, navy or black trousers
- Grey, navy or black skirts or pinafore dresses of a sensible length
- Flat sensible shoes – NO trainers
During the Summer Terms children may wear:
- Grey, navy or black shorts
- Grey, navy or black pedal-pushers
- Blue gingham dresses
Children will also require:
- A book bag
- A labelled water bottle (containing water, not juice)
- Shorts - blue
- T-shirt – white with school logo
All uniform items are available from PMG Schoolwear at www.pmgschoolwear.co.uk/tel 0800 404 6644 or at tesco.com/ues. We also strongly encourage that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Transport to School and Parking
Oxfordshire Free Transport
Oxfordshire have a statutory requirement to provide free transport in certain situations. The policy changed in 2015 and the details can be found here: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/free-or-concessionary-school-transport
The current bus timetable is as follows:
Transport is provided by Oxfordshire and parents have to apply to them directly not the school.
The roads around the school can get very congested in the mornings and at the end of the school day. We ask parents to be considerate when parking, and not to block the driveways of local residents or park on the junction to The Elms. We also ask, for the safety of the children coming out of the school gate, parents NOT to park on the zig-zag yellow lines.
The staff car park should also NOT be used unless there are specific reasons and prior agreement. This includes picking up from after school clubs due to safety issues surrounding children exiting through the main entrance and having to walk through the car park.
NurtureAt St. Christopher’s we firmly believe that children’s social and emotional needs are as equally important as their academic needs. Nurture is the responsibility of every member of staff, but the support of those who need additional provision is overseen by Mrs Brindle. Her job is to offer support to all children and parents/carers with issues that may have a negative impact on school life, for example:
- Lack of self-confidence/low self-esteem
- Home circumstances, including support for service families
- Behaviour traits
Sometimes concerns arise in school, other times, issues may present at home. Whatever the circumstances, no matter how big or small she is there to listen and talk things through in confidence. Her aim is to work together with children, parents/carers and teachers to address and resolve concerns, enabling children to achieve their full social and academic potential.
We are very lucky at St Christopher’s to have a designated space in which to offer our nurture provision. “Debs’ Den” can be found behind Willow and Oak classrooms, and it provides a confidential, secure and warm environment within which to work. Mrs Brindle is in school on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and can also be available on Fridays if necessary.
From time to time we organise drop-in sessions which are advertised via the schools newsletter. These will give us an informal chance to meet, and enable you to see the facilities we have to offer.
Typical School Timetable
Lunchtime is between 12 noon and 1pm. A two-course meal is cooked in the school kitchen every day. There is generally one main dish, with vegetables and/or a selection of salads and fresh bread, followed by a pudding, fruit yoghurt or cheese and biscuits. The menus are designed in accordance with the National standards for school meals, work on a three week cycle and change twice a year.
The current menu can be found here:
Due to the success and numbers of children taking up the option of school meals we have put in place a two sitting procedure. Whilst one group of children are eating their meals the second group will go out to play, the groups then swap around. This procedure ensures that children are not waiting in a queue for excessive amounts of time.
A dinner register is taken each day and the children will be asked whether they are having dinners or sandwiches. Parents have the ability to pre-order school dinners on online and we prefer that payments for dinners are also made online. Payments for dinners must be made in advance. We will accept payment by cheque (payable to St. Christopher’s CE School) and cash is accepted providing it is in a sealed named envelope. Any dinner money should be placed in the plastic money box in the classroom each morning by the child.
The online booking and payment system can be accessed here https://www.scopay.com/stchristophers
Free meals are available for those eligible. Full information can be obtained from the school office, but an information form can be found here. All Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children are eligible for free meals under the government’s universal infant free school meals initiative.
Packed lunches are eaten in the hall or outside during the summer months, under the supervision of lunchtime supervisors. Lunchboxes should be clearly named. Please respect our healthy eating policy and do not put fizzy drinks or sweets in your child’s lunchbox.
Trained staff are responsible for the children during lunchtime. Other members of staff are always available.
We believe that it is important for children to have the broadest experiences as possible and to that end we provide a good range of school clubs.
The current list of clubs is shown below (click to zoom):
We request a voluntary contribution to help cover resources and staff costs. To register your child(ren), please return the reply slip attached.
- A club may not go ahead if there is not enough children registered/attending.
- Once your child registers, we do expect that they will attend each session.
- For ease of banking & administration, payments are due at the start of the course.
- Payment and commitment is for the whole course to cover staff/coach costs & resources.
- For children attending an afterschool club please note the finish time for the club their child is attending as indicated above. At this time the club leader will bring the children to the main entrance and see them out of the main door to parents/carers who are waiting. Please note that the bell should not be rung prior to this time as staff cannot allow Parents/Carers to wait unaccompanied inside the school building.
- Please collect your child promptly as staff may need to go home!
Breakfast Club and After School Provision
Breakfast ClubThe school runs its own Breakfast Club which is led by Mrs Debbie Wiles and Mrs Juliet Bennett.
Sessions are designed to support parents with a variety of childcare needs. Bookings for a full session from 7.45am need to be made in advance whereas the Drop Off sessions which run from 8.15am can be used on a casual basis with payment made when children are dropped off.
The online booking and payment system for breakfast club can be accessed here https://www.scopay.com/stchristophers
After-School ProvisionThe school runs its own after-school provision. Mrs Thomas and Mrs Kinchin provide a broad range of activities to keep the children happy and engaged.
Parents and carers can pre-book sessions a term in advance or, for a small premium, contact the school and book in children on an ad-hoc basis. Sessions run from 3:15pm to 6:00pm every day with options of booking in for the whole session or half sessions – either 3:15pm-4:30pm or 4:15pm-6:00pm. For the full or “second-half” sessions a small snack tea is provided.
There is a variety of ways to pay including a number of childcare vouchers providers the school has registered with.
The online booking and payment system for afterschool provision can be accessed here https://www.scopay.com/stchristophers
School ClosuresWithin the limitations set out by statutory guidance and health and safety legislation and wherever possible, St Christopher’s school will remain open during the school day to deliver education to its pupils. This statement supports the schools aspiration to deliver the highest quality education to its pupils.
In the event that we do have to suddenly close the school we will make every effort to publicise the decision. This will be done using:
- The school’s phone text system.
- Via the school and county council websites.
- Via HEART FM, GWR and BBC Radio Oxford.
- And using the school’s ClassDojo messaging system.
If possible staff and/or a notice will be posted at the school gates to help prevent pupils from being left by parents at the start of the school day.
For this procedure to work it is essential that parents keep the school up to date with any change in their contact details.
The St Christopher's Parents AssociationThe SCPA are a group of voluntary parents & teachers whose aims are:
- To raise funds to enrich the resources of the school.
- To support the school in the education of our children.
- To foster links between the School and the local community.
All parents are automatically members of the Association. Parents/friends may wish to put themselves forward as members of the Committee or add their name to the list of volunteers who can be called upon for help when needed. If you are interested in becoming a Committee Member, or would like to add your name to the volunteer list or if you would like further information, please speak to a Committee Member or to the School.
Minutes of SCPA meetings can be found here on the web site and in the green wallet on the SCPA notice board (outside the Head Teachers office). There is now a SCPA noticeboard in the playground outside Cherry Class window.
You can also contact us on:
Twitter @scpachair or on email at email@example.com
Facebook (Ali Vice chair) St Christopher's Parents Association
SCPA Committee Members
|President||Shaw Goodwin, Head Teacher|
Minutes of SCPA meetings
- 12 April 2016
- 14 October 2015
- 3 June 2015
- 16 January 2014
- 4 September 2013
- 23 May 2013
- 18 April 2013
For minutes of earlier meetings, please contact the webmaster or School Office.
- Ink Cartridges: Emma Turner
- Ragbag: Belinda Oakey
- Publicity/Advertising: Sarah Richard
- Second Hand uniform: Fiona Curzon
- Easy Fundraising: Fiona Curzon
- Social Secretary: Louise Jones
Ways that you can help raise money
- Recycle clothes and fabric in the Ragbag bin in the school car park
- Bring in used Ink cartridges (see more about this below) and plastic bottle tops (collection boxes outside the school office)
- Buy uniform from the Tesco uniform service – Uniformeasy.com - to earn 5% cashback for our school
- Register for Easyfundraising.org.uk and raise money when you buy online - see below for more information
- Buy second hand uniform. We have a large box of good quality second hand uniform donated by familes. If you need to replace uniform please leave a note for us in the school office stating your contact details and a list of what you require. We have a large stock of jumpers, tops, trousers etc and some fleeces and coats.
Do you shop on-line?
easyfundraising is a shopping directory that features some of your favourite online stores, including Amazon, NEXT, Debenhams, John Lewis, Toys R Us, HMV and over 400 others. All you have to do is use the links on the easyfundraising site whenever you shop online and, at no extra cost to you, we will receive a free donation of up to 15% from every purchase you make. It really is that simple!
It is completely FREE to register and use and you still shop with each retailer in exactly the same way. Many retailers even offer additional discounts and money saving e-Vouchers when you shop using easyfundraising. If you shop online anyway then why not raise valuable extra funds for us by using this fantastic scheme. All you need to do is visit the easyundraising web site and when you register, select St Christophers CE School as the organisation you wish to support.
Recycling used ink cartridges...and now mobile phones as well!
Emma Turner would be delighted to take these used and unwanted ink cartridges off your hands and by doing so she can collect funds for the school. Not every single ink cartridge can be recycled for fund through our colleagues at officergreen.co.uk but if you visit their website, or have a look at this document here then you'll find out if those in your printer will be some use to us when they are no longer of any use to you! And if you have any mobile phones then we can recycle those.
So bring them in and leave them in the school office for collection by Emma.