Our School

General Information

Admission Arrangements

For all admissions enquiries please contact :

Local Authority Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043

We are an inclusive school and invite parents to speak to us about any aspects of your child’s special educational needs or disability.

We are always willing to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your child’s individual needs.

Please read our SEN information report and accessibility plan for more details on how we can be of assistance.

 

WisePay

We use WisePay to enable our parents to pay online for school related payments. Visit the WisePay for Samuel Lucas here.
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School Meals

The school operates a whole food cafeteria service where the children are    allowed to make choices between hot meals or a packed lunch from the Pupil Choice menu that works on a repeating 3 week basis. Children make their own choice of meal from the daily options.   Our meals are supplied by Hertfordshire Catering Ltd.

A Universal Free School Meals scheme was introduced in September 2014 to provide free meals for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Currently, school meals for Years 3 to 6 have to be paid for in advance either weekly, half-termly or termly. Credits due to absence will be totalled at the end of term and deducted from the following terms’ payment. Invoices are sent home at the start of each term and half-term.

If you prefer your child to bring a packed lunch from home, please ensure that it is nutritionally balanced and does not contain sweets or glass containers. We also request that children do not drink directly from bottles so a plastic cup or straw should also be included.

We have children with severe nut allergies so in order to make our school environment as safe as possible for them we ask you to help by making sure that your child does not bring peanut butter sandwiches or foods containing nuts into school in their lunch boxes. Samuel Lucas aims to be a nut-free zone.

School Milk

Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are eligible for milk either free of charge or at a subsidised price paid termly.  Parents will be notified of the cost and ordering procedure by letter.  Milk must be ordered in advance.

Water

We encourage the children to drink water throughout the day and it is the only other drink allowed throughout the school.  Although there are adequate    numbers of water fountains in school, we encourage all children to bring a water container for their own personal use.  Children are able to drink water throughout the school day.  We do stress that:

  • Only still, plain, un-flavoured water only to be brought into school.
  • A named, plastic bottle (including a drinking spout) be brought into school.
  • The bottles can be re-filled within school if necessary, but need to go home daily for cleaning.

School Uniform

This is our school uniform:
White blouse White shirt
Grey skirt/pinafore dress/trousers* Grey trousers*
School sweat shirt (red) School sweatshirt
Red cardigan (optional) Grey socks
White socks Black shoes (not fashion)
Red/Grey tights (Winter)
Red Gingham dress (Summer)
Black shoes (not fashion)
*(A mid-tone of grey is required)

Hairbands should be discrete and in school colours. Hair should be tied up at all times, no hair braids, temporary tattoos or nail varnish.

P.E. / Games / Sports

Reception & new kit – black shorts, red top

Red shorts

White top

P.E. Shoes: black or white plimsolls or trainers (are required for every P.E. session)

Track suits: Track suits may be worn for outdoor P.E.

Shoes: Indoor shoes are not required but any child with muddy or wet shoes will be expected to change into P.E. shoes.

Jewellery: One set of ear studs are permitted.  These must be removed by the child or covered with surgical tape for P.E. If earrings cannot be removed, parents must complete the form accepting responsibility or giving permission for tape to be applied.

Inhalers: Pupils’ inhalers are to be taken to the PE sessions.

For P.E. in the hall, all children should take their jumper. (This is in case of evacuation for fire drill).

Trainers/plimsolls cannot be shared and a letter is sent home if a child does not have the necessary kit in school. Letters are kept in the school office.

Please name all articles of clothing and footwear as this saves valuable time in identifying lost property.

Hawkins of Hitchin is the stockist of Samuel Lucas uniform.  Hawkins are open 6 days a week 9am-5.30pm and are also able to offer the service of Internet ordering and the option of direct delivery to school.  Hawkins are happy to provide any further information on 01462 632200 or visit their website: www.hawkinsofhitchin.co.uk

At the school office we stock school P.E. bags, small rucksacks, sunhats and water bottles for purchase. We encourage children to take full responsibility for their personal possessions.  Lost property is kept in each Key Stage area.

The extremes of fashion for hair, hair braids and decorative hair accessories are not permitted.  All hair—shoulder length and longer must be tied back (boys included).

Procedures for notification about school closure

The information below shows the ways in which we will communicate any necessary closure due to bad weather or other circumstances.

As always, we will not put a message out if the school is open. Please check regularly for updated information as follows:

We will send a message via Everbridge – If the school is closed for any unscheduled closures (e.g. snow, flood, broken down boiler) we will send a notification out using this system.  To sign up please go to https://member.everbridge.net/ index/892807736725489  and click the “Sign Up” button at the top right hand side of the page on the grey strip and from there follow the instructions, you will then receive notifications of closures by SMS and email.

If the school is closed, BBC Three Counties 103.8fm/92.1fm/90.4fm/630mw/1161mw, Heart 96.9FM or 97.6FM and 106 Jack FM radio stations will be notified and should broadcast a message accordingly.

You will also find information about any school closure on: http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/schlife/schoolclose/

eSafety at Samuel Lucas

We value ICT as a learning tool and encourage our children to experience different ways of accessing technology. From Beebots to iPads our children are able to access a wealth of resources to suit their different learning styles.

The safety of our children is of paramount importance to the school and something that we monitor and revisit regularly. We work closely with Hertfordshire Grid for Learning (HGFL) to ensure that we are up to date with current advice and practice. Our e safety policy explains how we do this and is available to view by clicking the link below.

eSafety Policy – Autumn 2015.pdf

eSafety online advice for parents

eSafety Advice for Parents

Ask.fm

Instagram eSafety Guidance

Why Facebook is for over 13s

Mind the Gap     Conversation Starter Kit

Useful Links

www.facebook.com/safety

School guide for safe and responsible use of images leaflet.pdf

Facebook Terms and Conditions
Registration and Account Security says, “You will not use Facebook if you are under 13.”
This link is provided for parent information.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

www.getsafeonline.org

www.kidsmart.org.uk

http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/2011/10/advice-for-parents

www.bullying.co.uk

www.chatdanger.com

http://parents.vodafone.com

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/specials/bullying

http://www.childnet.com/young-people/primary