Key Information for our Families
What are our school times?
Our school day starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3.10pm
Daily times that you may also find helpful to know are:
• 8.40 – class teachers will be available on the school playground to answer any questions parent/carers may have, receive information and greet the children
• 8.45am. A bell will ring for the start of the day and children will be taken into the school by their teachers. Parent Partners will remain available for families until 8.55 if you need them.
• 10.55am- 11.10am. – morning break
• 12.20pm-1.15pm. - lunchtime
• 3.10pm – end of the day. Teachers will bring your children out onto the playground to meet you. Parent Partners are again also available
Access to our Site
For the health and safety of all members of the school community we ask that parents/carers do not use the driveway between 7.45am and 4.15 to drop off or collect their children. This includes for school clubs or sports matches. We appreciate that there may be times when driveway access is needed in exceptional circumstances, please do let us know and we will arrange a pass for you. Please note, the back entrance to the school (Hobletts Road) is locked during the school day opening only for drop off/pick up times or both Hobletts schools
For the safety of all members of our school community, we ask that all visitors come to the front entrance of the school before signing in. A visitor’s badge will be given to you which we ask be visible at all times. We also ask that parent/carers provide us with details of who will be collecting their child/children at the end of the school day. Please do ensure that you notify us of any changes.
At Hobletts Manor Junior School we believe that every school day counts! Regular school attendance and punctuality is vital in ensuring our child/children is able to take advantage of all the educational opportunities and experiences on offer.
If your child is poorly please phone the Office before 9.15am to let us know that they will not be attending school. Any child who has had an illness that includes sickness or diarrhoea must always remain absent from school for a full 24 hours afterwards.
Headteachers are unable to authorise absence for holidays in term time. The Headteacher will only grant leave of absence on compassionate or other exceptional circumstances. To help parents/carers plan ahead a list of term and holiday dates are included in this booklet, available on our website and attached to our weekly newsletters.
Request for absence
Requests for leave of absence during term time should be made on the form available from outside the Office or from the website. We ask that full details of the compassionate or other exceptional
circumstances be given.
If a child’s absence relates to a medical appointment, we do ask that we see confirmation of the appointment card or letter in order that we may accurately code any absence. We thank parent/carers in advance for arranging these appointments outside school time where possible
We believe that everyone at Hobletts Manor Junior School has a part to play in the preparation of our children for life beyond school by providing them with a good model of positive citizenship.
Our behaviour strategy is aimed at improving educational outcomes for all children by promoting and supporting their engagement with learning and in developing a positive focus on motivation and wellbeing. All aspects of our behaviour management are built on the foundations of the shared values of our school, which include British Values.
Our School Code
We have an agreed Code (RFR), agreed by the children, which helps us to work together for excellence and meet the aims of our policy. It is based on three key values and behaviours. We expect everyone to be Respectful, Friendly and Responsible. Regular opportunities are provided for children to explore the above to ensure understanding and awareness.
Celebration and rewards
We look to recognise and celebrate our children’s achievements on a regular basis We have whole school systems in place to reward children which include:
• Golden Time.
• House points.
• Weekly Celebration Assembly – including the presentation of certificates for Values, Homelearning, Handwriting, Lunchtime, Mathematics and Writing.
• Daily English and Mathematics Stars.
• Class Star of the Day.
• Attendance Certificates.
• Friendly Tree
• Weekly texts for exemplary behaviour.
• Ask Me Why stickers and wristbands
Consequences in our school
Whilst focusing on rewarding positive behaviour, we recognise that at times, children will not follow our Code and consequences will follow. Consequences are outlined in the form of a Stage System which is included in the school behaviour policy. Children will be supported to reflect upon the reasons for their actions as well as the impact that they have had upon themselves and others. Opportunities to discuss what they have learnt will focus on risk reduction, and identify a different choice moving forward.
We will always endeavour to open the school, but in certain cases for example severe bad weather that may affect access to our essential services, closure may be unavoidable. During severe weather please
listen to the local radio station, and their information bulletin. If the school will remain closed then these details will be broadcast from approximately 7.00am onwards. We will also send you a text message and post details on the school website.
If a school closure is announced during the day, we know that all our parent/carers will make every effort to collect their child as soon as possible. If you personally cannot get to school, or you work out of the local
area, please do ensure you let us know who will collect your child on your behalf.
Getting involved at Hobletts
There are many ways that parents/carers can provide help in the classroom, e.g..hearing children read, supporting a small number of children with their work, helping on school trips, etc. Help can be within your
child’s class or with another age group. As well as supporting us, parents/carers find that helping in class also helps them to learn more about what goes on in school and the learning process. If you have some time available and are willing to help, please contact the School Office. You will be required to obtain a DBS certificate which
we can do on your behalf.
Friends of Hobletts Manor School (FoHMS)
FoHMS is the parent/carer/teacher association for both Hobletts Manor Junior School and Hobletts Manor Infant
and Nursery School. As a parent/carer of a child attending a Hobletts School you are automatically a member of FoHMS and we warmly welcome you to join us at meetings and events. Regular activities are organised by Friends of Hobletts Manor School (FOHMS) to raise funds for school and support curriculum initiatives. Your help and support of these events is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in joining FOHMS, please contact the school office.
We have a full and active Governing Body, which includes Parent Governors as well as representatives from staff, the local authority and the local community. The Governing Body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school. Vacancies for Parent Governors are advertised
as they arise.
Parent/Carer Consultation Evenings
Parent Consultation Evenings are held twice a year, usually in October and March. As a Parent/Carer, information on your child’s achievements is discussed with you at consultations and shared in your child’s annual report. We are more than happy to meet and share this information at other times if you would find this helpful.
We hold a termly “Family Breakfast” for all families. Pop along, have breakfast as a family and take the opportunity to have a look t your child’s books. Members of the team are also available to chat to. Family Mathematics Challenges Each half term we run a Family Mathematics Challenge; do get involved!
Health and Welfare
The School Office can give prescribed medicines, such as antibiotics, to your child as long as the school has a signed permission form from yourselves as parents/carers confirming the name of the medicine, current dosage, etc. We request that parent/carers come in and administer any non-prescription medicines themselves as we are unable to do so. A permission form should also be signed for inhalers to be used in school. If your child requires the use of an inhaler in school, please ensure that one is kept in school at all times. If your child carries an epipen, we ask that parents/carers provide two to keep in school; one with them and one to be kept in the School Office as a spare. With any major medical issues you will be required to asked to fill out a Protocol Form, outlining symptoms, signs and treatments.
Reading and home learning activities are an important part of our partnership. Such activities provide additional opportunities for children to consolidate what they have learnt beyond the classroom environment. Each week your child will receive a set activity/activities to complete. These will come home on a Friday and we ask that
they be returned the following Wednesday. Every child will receive a home learning book. In addition we ask each family to spend time enjoying books together. We ask that this be recorded in your child’s reading record five times each week, seven if completing the Reading Challenge. Weekly spellings and times tables are also
set on a Friday and tested the following Friday. In addition an optional half termly/termly homework is available for children to complete. Details of all homework tasks can be found on class pages on our website. Home Learning Club is available to all to provide additional support for families.
We have a house system that operates across all year groups. Children belong to Brownlee (Red), Whitlock (Green) ,Kenny (Black), Farah (Yellow) or Stretton (Blue) houses and enjoy activities, competitions and allegiance to their house. For PE, children are expected to wear a school t-shirt in their house colour.
As a school we aim to encourage our children’s interest and love of music by giving opportunities to listen to a broad range of musical genres branching across the globe and from varying time periods.
Participation in the Young Voices Concert at the O2 Arena provide once in a life time experiences to sing as part of a large choir. Our links with the Hertfordshire Music Service create further musical opportunities, including learning to play a musical instrument and perform within the local community.
Keeping In Touch
At Hobletts Manor Junior School we strive to ensure our parents/carers are well informed about their child’s learning and about what is going on in school. Our website (www.hoblettsjm.herts.sch.uk) contains lots of useful information including news, term dates and copies of any letters that are sent out. Please see the ‘News and Dates’ section.
Newsletters and letters home
The weekly newsletter is usually sent home on Friday via Schoolcomms, a paper copy is not sent home. Copies are available from outside the school office and it also be found on our website. Registration for Schoolcomms is automatic provided you have provided us with a valid email address and mobile phone number.
Letters are sent home on a regular basis, usually via Schoolcomms and paper copy. Please check the school website and your child’s bag(if receiving paper copies) to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
We also send out text messages via Teachers2Parents
Children have the opportunity to bring in a healthy snack to eat at playtime or buy something from our ‘healthy’ Tuck Shop. We thank our parent/carers for supporting us by ensuring that playtime snacks are limited to fruit (fresh or dried) or raw vegetables, i.e. carrot or cucumber sticks. Please do remember we are a nut free school.
We aim to provide a wide range of experiences and opportunities for our children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and wellbeing. All children have access to two hours of curriculum PE each week, enriched with opportunities to attend a variety of before and after school clubs. We promote competition in sport and other activities so as to build character and help to embed key values such as fairness and respect. As a school we teach our children skills which they can continue to apply, broaden and develop through participation in a variety of inter and intra school activities and competitions. Children in Years 3 and 4 also have the opportunity to attend swimming lessons as part of the National Curriculum.
Who do I speak to if I have a question or query?
Communication between home and school is key. Do please come and speak to us if you have a question or a query.
The Office Team can help with any
questions related to:
• Dinners and Dinner Money Payments
• Swimming permission and Payments
• Administering Medicines
• Contact Details
• End of Day Arrangements
• School Gateway (on line payments)
Please pop into the office between 8.30 and 4pm daily and see a member of theteam. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01442)251805 and choose option 5
Our Sports Team, Mr Wallis and Mr Steedon, can help you with any questions related to:
• Swimming lessons
• Sporting Fixtures
• Sports Clubs
Please pop in and see a member of the team or call (01442) 251805 before choosing option 5
Our Safeguarding Team, Mrs S Short, Mrs Boulder, Mrs C Short, Miss Palmer and Mrs Weeks (Safeguarding Governor) can help
if you have any questions relating to any aspect regarding children’s safety and well being, including e safety.
Please pop in and see a member of the team or call (01442) 251805 before choosing option 5.
Mrs Jacobs, our librarian, can help with any questions regarding library books
Please pop in and see her or call (01442) 251805 before choosing option 5.
Mrs Buck, our Off Sites Visits Co-Coordinator, can answer any questions you may have in relation to a trip, including PGL. Please pop in and see her or call (01442)251805 before choosing option 5.
Our Teaching Team can help with any questions related to your child’s learning or behaviour. All teachers are on the playground at the start and end of the day. Alternatively you can call (01442) 251805 before choosing option 5. A member of the Office Team will then be able to help you by contacting the teacher, taking a message or making anappointment.
Mrs C Short, our Inclusion Co-ordinator, can answer any questions related to additional support for your child.
Please pop in and see her or call (01442)251805 before choosing option 2
Our Parent Partners, Mrs Archer and Mrs Sides, are available to support families with any aspect of school life or , pass on messages or .Parent Partners are available at the start and end of the day. Alternatively call (01442)251805 before choosing option 3
What to do if you have a concern/complaint
If ever as a parent/carer, you have a concern about any aspect or school life please do come and talk to us. Most concerns can be resolved informally. However, in the event that a parent/carer remains dissatisfied having spoken to the school, the complaints procedure should be followed. This is available on the school’s website or a paper copy can be requested from the school office.