Frequently Asked Questions
A great big welcome back to school to all of our children. We appreciate that parents will have some questions, so we have answered the most frequently asked below. If you still have a question to ask, please call reception on 01977 706063 and we will be happy to help.
Q. What time does my child start/finish school and which entrance should they use?
Year 3 and 6 will start school at 8.45am and finish school at 2.45pm. Every Friday they will leave at 1.30pm.
Year 3 can use the 'walled' entrance on Wakefield Road and may enter the school premises but please stay socially distanced within the coned off area. Year 6 can use the 'green' gate entrance opposite the road island on Wakefield Road but parents must not enter the premises.
Year 4 and 5 will start school at 8.55am and finish school at 2.55pm. Every Friday they will leave at 1.40pm.
Year 4 can use the Fearnley Street entrance and may enter the school premises but please stay socially distanced within the coned off area. Year 5 can enter via George Street entrance but parents must not enter the premises.
Staff members will be at each entrance, at those times, to welcome your child into school. Please don't ask these staff members any questions or give them any messages, please ring reception to do this.
Q. I have to collect my child during the school day for an appointment, what should I do?
If you need to collect your child for an appointment, you will need to contact Reception on 01977 706063 to book an appointment to enter the premises. You will also need to provide evidence of your child's appointment. We are not enforcing the use of masks but please feel free to wear one if you so wish.
Q. I have a question/ need to speak to someone, what should I do?
Depending on the urgency of your query, please contact school on 01977 706063 and ask to speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Q. My child has arrived at school late, what should I do?
Please try to get your child to school at the times specified above but we also understand that things happen that are out of your control and children are sometimes late because of this. When you arrive at school, please call Reception on 01977 706063 and tell them where you are, someone will then come out and collect your child from you. Please note that we are strictly monitoring the frequency of late arrivals and collections.
Q. My child has forgotten their water bottle/ packed lunch, what should I do?
Please ring school on 01977 706063 and make an appointment to drop the item(s) into Reception.
Q. What day does my child do PE and do I send them to school with a PE kit?
Each year group has a different PE day and children will need to come to school wearing their PE kit. The PE kit is a white t-shirt/ red polo shirt with navy shorts and trainers or jogging bottoms and jogging top in cooler weather.
Monday - Year 4
Tuesday - Year 6
Wednesday - Year 5
Thursday - Year 3
Please do not send your child to school in branded football or rugby shirts/shorts as you will be asked to collect them in order to change.
Q. My child is unwell but does not show any symptoms of Covid-19, what should I do?
At the moment, we are asking all children who are unwell, even without Covid-19 symptoms to stay at home until they are better - keep them off until all cold symptoms have disappeared. We advise that you monitor your child regularly for any symptoms that may show up later. If you send your child to school and we feel they are unwell, we will ring you to collect them. If you are still unsure, please call school on 01977 706063.
Q. My child has one or more symptoms of Covid-19, what should I do?
If your child IS showing Covid-19 symptoms, do not bring them to school and arrange for a test as soon as possible (information on the Coronavirus Update Page). Your child will need a negative test result before they can come back to school or they will need to be absent for 14 days. If you are still unsure, please call school on 01977 706063.
Q. Someone in our household has symptoms of Coronavirus or have tested positive, can my child come into school?
If a member of your household has symptoms or has received a positive test result, please do not send your child to school. They must also isolate for 14 days. If they start showing symptoms they must isolate for a further 14 days from when they first start showing symptoms or receive a negative test result.
Q. Why can't my child have a school dinner?
At the moment we are keeping children and staff in 'bubbles' which means that children are eating in classrooms. We have also had to reduce lunchtime to 30 minutes to take into account the new school day. We cannot have hot food in classrooms for health and safety reasons. Unfortunately, our dining room capacity is too small to allow rotation of bubbles within 30 minutes too. It has been a learning curve for all of us and although we have only allowed free school meal children to have a cold grab bag, we hope to roll this out to all school very shortly.
Q. Can children bring a bag/ pencil case from home?
To minimise contamination we are not allowing ANY belongings from home other than a packed lunch box/water bottle. Every child will be given their own 'pencil case' for school use which will contain all of the items they need. Children do not need to bring a bag either as they will be coming in their PE kit and not taking anything home.
Q. Can my child have a mobile phone as they walk home alone?
We are asking all parents not to send their children with mobile phones unless it is absolutely necessary. However, we appreciate that in some situations it is, especially for the upper years of school where children may walk home alone. We can no longer take phones from children and store them safely in reception, so if your child does absolutely need to bring their phone to school, they will need to keep them in their coat/tray. SCHOOL WILL ACCEPT NO LIABILITY FOR THE LOSS OR THEFT OF ANY MOBILE PHONE BROUGHT ONTO THE PREMISES; YOU WILL DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
You can see the school uniform requirements here: School Uniform - what does my child need? (this will open in a new window)
Unfortunately, we cannot sell uniform in school at the moment but we have set up an on-line uniform shop with our supplier School Trends. There are no minimum order quantities and your uniform will be delivered directly to your chosen address. The cardigans, jumpers and polo shirts all have our logo embroidered on them as part of our uniform policy but you can also order plain items such as trousers, skirts and shirts. Please check their measurement guide before ordering.
Please click on the link below to take you to the St Thomas Uniform Shop:
alternatively visit www.schooltrends.co.uk Simply go to the website address, then select ‘Find My School’ and follow the order instructions.
Other ordering information including sizes, delivery information and the returns procedure is also available online.
Please note: school ties are not available to purchase through the shop but we are setting up an online payment system that allows us to sell ties and water bottles (items that don't need to be returned) in school from September - so if you need a spare, you will be able to get one from school.
Uniform is also now available to purchase from Better and Bright - another of our approved suppliers:
We are very pleased to offer school dinners that are made in our own school kitchen, provided by our catering company DOLCE. During your child's time at Infant school they would have received their dinners free of charge, regardless of your circumstances. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case as junior children are not entitled to Universal Free School Meals. However, if you feel that your child is entitled to FREE SCHOOL MEALS and have not previously applied to the Free School Meals team at Wakefield Council, it is really important that you apply now. You can do this by simply clicking on the link below and submitting their form to them. We kindly ask you to complete a form even if you know you're entitled but don't want the free meal as school receives additional funding for your child - this funding helps our school keep class sizes small, provide additional 1-1 learning and provide the essential resources that each child needs to learn effectively.
If you do not qualify for free school meals, you will need to send your child to school with a packed lunch in a sensible packed lunch container (no carrier bags). This is to minimise any potential contamination issues and to meet health and safety criteria in the kitchen.
WE ARE HOPING TO OFFER A GRAB BAG TO ALL CHILDREN VERY SHORTLY