Information For parents and Carers - see below for information for Children
Keeping in Touch
Your child will receive a Home/School Contact book. This should be used at home to record completed home learning and to record messages for your child’s class teacher/teaching assistant. You may use it for any essential communication i.e. if a different adult is collecting your child that day, changes of any telephone numbers etc.
However, if you need to speak to your class teacher/teaching assistant, they are usually available, straight after school pick up. We believe strongly in a close partnership between school and home and welcome your support in developing this. Furthermore, as we pledge to provide a high level of commitment to your child’s learning and emotional development, we ask that you support us and by way of agreeing, we request that you sign the ‘Home-School Agreement’ that can be found in this prospectus pack. We are always happy to discuss any queries or concerns you may have about your child as well as hearing about their achievements too!
A school newsletter is sent out regularly to keep you informed of any news related to school and dates for the coming term. If you wish to receive an emailed copy of the newsletter, please inform the school office.
Additionally, we are on email, Twitter, Facebook and there is a myriad of information on our website. The busiest times in the school office are 8:30 – 9:30 and 14:30 – 15:30 so if your query is non-urgent and you are able to contact the school outside of these times, it would assist our smooth-running of the school.
Attendance and Illness
We pride ourselves, at SHF, at keeping on top of attendance and rewarding those children that are able to maintain consistently good or excellent attendance. This is rewarded through bronze, silver and gold attendance certificates, presented to your child termly. We would always encourage you to send your child in on the occasions that you are ‘unsure’ as usually when a child is busy at school, they are distracted and happy to manage. If we were ever concerned in any way about your child’s welfare, we would always call you.
If your child is to unwell to attend school, please phone the school office on 01892 652405 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org before 9.30am to report the reason for absence. A phone call must be followed-up by a written explanation when your child returns.
Payment for school dinner and other activities is through Parent Pay
Please book school dinners using Parent Pay, before 8:00am on the day. The office will provide you with the parent pay details. Packed lunches must include a drink, no sweets or chocolate or fizzy drinks. Please do not send any glass containers into school.
A new school menu is to be issued in September but if you would like to view the current menu please go to www.eastsussex.gov.uk/schoolmeals All meals booked through the parent pay website will be e-mailed directly to the kitchen. We remind the children in the morning what they are having and will add them on if you haven’t had time to book it.
If you need financial support, please ask the office, confidentially, for a Free School Meal form. Information is available on the East Sussex website.
If your child has an allergy or special dietary requirement, then please let us know in writing.
Volunteering at Sir Henry Fermor
We are always looking for willing volunteers to support our children in school with activities such as: reading, our creative curriculum, swimming supervision, forest school and also outside school trips (both local and further afield). If you think your or your child’s grandparents may be in a position to help in any of these areas, please fill in the attached form ‘Volunteering at Sir Henry Fermor’.
Please ensure you complete and return all forms before your child’s first day at SHF, so that we are able to put all the necessary systems in place, making your child’s transition to SHF as smooth as possible.
Forms to be read/completed and signatures returned:
If your child is coming to us as an in-year transfer and you have any books or paperwork from their previous school, please include it when you return your forms. This information is always helpful for the class teacher to build up a picture of your child’s individual needs as quickly as possible. We will return them to you in due course.
We look forward to welcoming your son/daughter to SHF.
From the Leadership Team.
Starting School - Information for your children
It is a very exciting time, starting a new school and it can also sometimes feel a little scary for you (and your parents!) so we hope that this information will help prepare you and answer any questions you may have to enable you to settle in very quickly.
We are very proud of our children, our school and our church links and we are really happy that you have chosen to be a part of our SHF family.
We are very lucky at our school as we have a very large site which includes great grounds and fantastic indoor spaces.
In our grounds we have:
Inside our school we have:
Further afield we have:
We hope that you take advantage of all that we can offer you at Sir Henry Fermor and we really look forward to getting to know you and your family.
In-year Transfers - Your New School Day
It can be daunting, transferring to a new school, leaving friends and familiar places, but we will do everything we can to make your move as happy as possible. You will be buddied with a new friend, from your new class and they will be able to help you to find your way around the school and ensure you settle in smoothly. We want you to be happy and feel confident at school and so we have put together the following information that we hope will help.
Your First Day
On your first day of school at SHF, to help you settle in and avoid the usual busy-ness of the school gate, please arrive at the school office at 8.45am. A member of staff and your class buddy will meet you there and walk you and your parent/carer to your new classroom.
At the end of your first day, your buddy will bring you to the school office to meet your parent/carer.
After your first day
Please arrive at the red gate from 8:40am. The gate will open for all years to go through at 8:45am (EYFS may be taken through by their parents, but no other parents should come through the red gate) Your buddy will meet you at the red gate to walk you around to your class entrance and they will do this for as long as you would like them to.
The red gate will open at 3:10pm and your parents should come in through the gate and into the playground. Please ask the school office for individual sheets for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 for specific arrangements for different year groups.
Within the first weeks of school your teacher will put you into house groups. These are: Green for Forest, Yellow for Warren, Blue for Brook and Red for Ghyll. You will be given a badge of your House and will take part in activities in your House groups.
On the second Tuesday of each month, we have a house group worship. On this day you will wear your House badge.
On the first Wednesday of every month, we have a special worship at All Saints Church which starts at 8:55am. On these days, your parent/carer will take you straight to the church at 8:45am, where your teachers will be ready to meet you. Your adult is welcome to stay for the service if they would like.
Fridays are our celebration worships, led by our year 6 worship leaders, where the Head teacher’s certificates are awarded and you have a chance to win a book token!
Our school motto is: Inspire, Believe, Achieve
And our school vision is:
Sir Henry Fermor enables everyone to succeed; as Jesus teaches through the parable of The Lost Sheep: no one is left behind. Inspiring children and adults, believing in God at the heart of all we do, through Christ’s love and guidance; all in the Sir Henry Fermor family flourish, achieving fullness.
(The dates for these special worships are published on our newsletter. If you are unsure when these events will next take place, please contact our school office.)
Girls: Winter (Terms 2,3 and 4)
Grey pinafore dress or skirt or trousers
White blouse (White Polo Shirt for Foundation Stage)
Red tie (No tie for EYFS)
Red cardigan with school logo
Red or grey tights
White or grey socks
Summer (Terms 1,5 and 6)
Red check gingham dress
Red cardigan with school logo
Boys: Winter (Terms 2, 3 and 4)
Smart grey school trousers – these may be short or long
White shirt (White Polo Shirt for Foundation Stage)
Red tie (No tie for EYFS)
School logo jumper
Summer (Terms 1, 5, and 6)
Red check gingham shirt, open neck, no tie
Smart grey school shorts
School logo jumper
All clothes must be clearly named. We recommend short sleeved blouses and shirts for the younger children (it prevents having to scrub white cuffs!) Summer uniform should be worn from Easter through to the October Break. (Terms 5, 6 and 1) School clothing with logos should be purchased through Phillips Man's Shop in Crowborough, or through our well-stocked pre-loved uniform cupboard.
Hair reaching shoulder length or longer, should be neatly tied back with red, white or hair colour discrete bands. No large bows.
We encourage all children to drink water throughout the day. The Friends of Fermor will provide you with a gift of a water bottle on your first day of school. Your parents/carers can purchase new tops for these water bottles at the office for 50p each. You are only allowed water in your water bottle and not squash.