Our School

General Information

School Opening Hours

Monday           8.45am – 3.15pm
Tuesday          8.45am – 3.15pm
Wednesday    8.45am – 3.15pm
Thursday        8.45am – 3.15pm
Friday              8.45am – 3.15pm

(Registration time is 8.45am. Official end of compulsory school day is 3.15pm)
(Total hours provided in a typical week is 32.5 hours)

Admission Arrangements

For all admissions enquiries please contact :

Hertfordshire 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 Samuel Lucas Autumn 2023 and Samuel Lucas Accessibility Plan July 2022 for more details on how we can be of assistance.

Prospective Parent Meetings

Reception Class 2024

Your child can start in Reception class in the September following their 4th birthday. Applications for Reception 2024 must be submitted between 1st November 2023 and 15th January 2024 to Herts County Council.


Prospective parents are welcome to meet with the Headteacher and have a tour of the school on the following dates. Places are by appointment only. To book your appointment please either telephone the school office on 01462 456737 or email admin@samlucas.herts.sch.uk.

We look forward to meeting you.

Visit dates:

8th November 2023 at 9.30am
9th November 2023 at 2.00pm
14th November 2023 at 9.30am
16th November 2023 at 2.00pm
22nd November 2023 at 2.00pm
10th January 2023 at 2.00pm

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.


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 blouseWhite shirt
Grey skirt/pinafore dress/trousers*Grey trousers*
School sweat shirt (red)School sweatshirt
Red cardigan (optional)Grey socks
White socksBlack 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. All hair—shoulder length and longer must be tied back (boys included), no hair accessories, temporary tattoos or nail varnish.*

P.E. / Games / Sports

Reception & new kit – black shorts, red Samuel Lucas top*

Previous kit – Red shorts, White top

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

Track suits: Plain tracksuit bottoms or leggings may be worn for outdoor P.E. Children can wear their school jumper for warmth in the winter. *

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.*

On the day that your child has PE, your child should come to school wearing their PE kit. When your child goes swimming in year 3 & 4, they can also wear their PE kit to make changing at the pool easier. *

Children may also wear PE kit on Fridays when we do Enrichment activities.*

All uniform is compulsory. School jumpers and cardigans must have the Samuel Lucas logo.

You can purchase uniform from Beats Uniform Beat School Uniforms | The Hitchin Basket

Additional Information

Book Bags: For pupils to carry reading books and other information to and from school.

Additional school items: At the school office we stock school P.E. bags and water bottles for purchase. We encourage children to take full responsibility for their personal possessions.

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

Beat School Uniforms is the stockist of Samuel Lucas uniform and can be found at 4-5 Hermitage Rd, Hitchin SG5 1LT.  Beat School Uniforms are open 6 days a week 9am-5pm (Sundays throughout the school summer holidays) and are also able to offer the service of internet ordering and a delivery option.  Beat School Uniforms are happy to provide any further information on 020 3362 2930 or visit their website:  www.beatschooluniforms.co.uk

The extremes of fashion for hair 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.

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. Also we will contact parents via Parentmail.

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

Instrumental lessons

At Samuel Lucas School we offer a variety of extra-curricular music lessons for children in KS2.

Individual lessons are offered to pupils in Year 3 and upwards via Hertfordshire Music Service in the following instruments: Piano, Guitar, Brass, Cello, and Violin (please note, violin lessons are offered for pupils in Year 2 upwards).

If your child is interested in learning an instrument, you will now need to register with Herts Music Service directly at www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk/registeronline to apply for lessons or to join the waiting list, as the waiting list is no longer held by the school.

If you are in receipt of benefits you may be able to receive either 50% or full remission for music lesson fees. Details are available on the Herts Music Service website.

We also offer woodwind (clarinet, flute and saxophone) lessons through a company called Musicale www.musicale.co.uk for pupils in Year 3 and above. Please contact Musicale via email info@musicale.co.uk or telephone 01582 713333 for further details and an application form.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Data Protection and Privacy

We take data protection and privacy very seriously. Please read the following document to find out more SAMLUCAS GDPR Data Protection Policy September 2022

Online safety 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.

SAMLUCAS Online Safety Policy Autumn 2022

Online safety advice for parents

NSPCC online safety info for parents.pdf

Operation Encompass

OUR KEY ADULTS ARE: Miss Helen Brind & Mrs Kate Kenny

Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.

Operation Encompass Parent Letter.pdf

Operation Encompass Poster.pdf

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