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Goffs Oak Primary and Nursery School

Believe, Achieve, Care

School Life

The information published on this page, covers the following areas:

  1. Timing of the School Day
  2. Teaching Times
  3. Uniform requirements and PE kit
  4. Arrival and Departure from School
  5. Illness and Injury
  6. Head Lice
  7. School Milk
  8. Fruit, Water and Healthy Snacks
  9. Free School Meals
  10. School Meals
  11. Money, Toys and Mobile Phones
  12. Jewellery and Valuables
  13. Availability of Staff for Consultation
  14. Use of Agencies Outside of School
  15. Contact Details
  16. Attendance
  17. Attendance Improvement Officer
  18. Leaving School During School Hours
  19. Child Protection
  20. Safeguarding
  21. School Security
  22. Conduct & Discipline


08.50 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Reception and Key Stage 1
08.50 a.m. –  12.15 p.m.
1.15 p.m. –    3.15 p.m.

Break Time (Key Stage 1 & 2)
10.20 a.m. – 10.35 a.m.
Afternoon break flexible for KS1

Key Stage 2
08.50 a.m. – 12.25 p.m.
1.15 p.m.  –   3.15 p.m.

The doors open at 8.50 a.m. and are closed at 08.55 a.m.
Please ensure your child arrives by 08.55am to avoid being marked as late.
Teachers will assume responsibility for children from 8.50am.


Key Stage 1                     5 years – 7 years                      22.5 hours 
Key Stage 2                    8 years – 11 years                     24.35 hours
This represents the time spent on teaching excluding assemblies and break times.


At Goffs Oak Primary and Nursery School we aim to encourage a sense of identity.
Our children wear the following items as part of their school uniform:

  • All children – Brown sweatshirt/ sweat cardigan with school embroidered logo
  • White or gold polo shirt with school printed logo
  • Girls -  brown skirt, pinafore or grey trousers. Yellow/white check dress in the summer.
  • Boys -  grey trousers & grey shorts in the summer.
  • Sensible black or brown shoes for school.  Trainers (black trainers) and boots are not to be worn. Summer shoes must not be the ‘strappy’ type but must enclose the foot.

(Sweatshirts, cardigans, polo shirts and brown skirts can be purchased from the school office.)

Long hair must be tied back for school. Children’s hair styles should be appropriate for school and not dictated by fashion. Hair bands should be brown, black or yellow. Hair cuts should not include patterns or lines during term time.


For P.E. your child needs and Active Uniform:

  • a gold ‘T’ shirt with school printed logo
  • black shorts, joggers or leggings with no patterns or designs
  • black trainers 
  • the school brown sweatshirt/ sweat cardigan with school embroidered logo​

On days where children have P.E or an after school sports club they are to come to school in their Active Uniform. This prevents having unnecessary clothing or baggage at school. 

Book bags are available from the school office. Pupils receive their first book bag free from the school. In Key Stage 2 pupils should not bring in handbags but can bring in a plain rucksack/ satchel to carry their books, homework and homework diaries.

Suitable outdoor clothes should be worn with a coat, hat and gloves provided for during cold weather. On hot sunny days children should wear sun cream which should be applied before school and have a sun hat. Nursery and Reception children should all keep a set of wellies at school for outdoor play.


Children should not be left on school property by themselves before 8.50am.  Children should be collected promptly at the end of the school session at 3.15pm.  If for any reason you are unable to be at school on time to collect your child, you must telephone and inform the school. This prevents unnecessary anxiety for the child left at school. Please phone the school if a different adult is collecting your child so that the class teacher is aware. Y5 and Y6 children are able to walk to and from school but parental consent has to be given to the office in writing.


  • In line with County guidance, this school does not routinely administer medicine to children.  Children with a chronic condition, such as asthma will be allowed their necessary medication, which must be clearly labelled with the child’s name and dosage instructions.  In line with County policy, older children will be encouraged to be responsible for managing their own inhalers.
  • If your child has been prescribed a course of medicine (e.g antibiotics), you may, by arrangement with the Headteacher/School Office come to school to administer it. Please notify us if your child has had any medication before coming to school.  This is for safety and welfare reasons.
  • If your child has received any injury or treatment, which has necessitated stitches, or a limb being put in plaster you must consult the Headteacher before s/he returns to school.
  • Children with infectious illnesses must be cleared by a doctor before returning to school.  We would appreciate being informed as soon as possible of any infectious illness as it occurs.  This is especially important in cases of Rubella (German Measles).
  • Children who have been absent with diarrhoea and/or vomiting must not return until at least 24 hours after the last episode; 48 hours in a serious outbreak.


During the school year, there can be outbreaks of head lice. It is important that children with head lice receive treatment because it spreads so quickly.  Please inform the school office or the class teacher if your child has head lice.  They will give you up-to-date advice, from the school nurse, on how to treat it. Children with long hair must have it tied back for school.


Milk in a one-third of a pint carton is available to all Nursery to Y2 children. Full fat milk is given until the age of five and semi skimmed milk is given after the age of five. Please note that as well as milk being good for children, it is provided at a reduced price as a result of a European Community Subsidy.


Children in KS2 are welcome to bring in a piece of fruit to eat at playtime. Toast is also available to KS2 children on a daily basis for 20p a slice.
Children in EYFS and KS1 receive a free piece of fruit each day. All children from Nursery to Y6 are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school every day.


Some children are eligible for free school meals. Details can be obtained from the School Office or from the Education Department at County Hall.  All inquiries may be made in confidence.


Our school lunches are cooked on the premises.  Vegetarian meals and special diets are available on request.  You should send money on a Monday for the week in a clearly labelled tin, purse or envelope. Alternatively, you may pay for the half term.  Children may bring a packed lunch to eat.  If you wish your child to change from one arrangement to the other you must give at least 2 weeks notice in writing.
Children are supervised during the lunch hour by paid supervisors. Our supervisory assistants are an important part of the school team.  
Further advice and guidance on children's nutrition can be found at:


Other than when requested, money and toys must not be brought into school.
Mobile phones should not be brought into school.


Jewellery must not be worn and the school will not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury caused to it or by it.  Children who wear watches do so at their own risk.  Earrings should be confined to plain studs and these must be removed for swimming and P.E. lessons.
The school cannot accept responsibility for the loss and damage of personal property on school premises.


Staff are available for quick words before 8.50 a.m. and at the end of the school day, but will be happy to make arrangements to see you for longer at a mutually convenient time whether to see your child’s work or to discuss any problems.  Seeing the Class Teacher in the first instance is preferable to seeing the Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher.


When the children have difficulties with their learning the problem is always discussed with parents.  Parents who are worried about their children for any reason should get in touch with the Class Teacher or Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator via the school office immediately.  As described in the Special Needs Section, we have the support of an Educational Psychologist for learning difficulties and emotional and behavioural problems and the School Health Department for health problems. 

Children are given routine examinations by the Audiometrician (who tests their hearing).  The School Nurse visits the school regularly to monitor the health of the children and discuss any relevant problems.


To avoid delay in contacting parents and/or other nominated adults in the case of illness, accident or emergency, the School needs relevant contact numbers and must be notified immediately of any change of address or telephone number of home and/or business.


It is the parent’s responsibility to see that their child attends school regularly and gets to school on time.  If your child is absent please inform the school by telephone on the day of absence. A note, giving the reason for the absence, should be sent in when your child returns to school.  Absence will be authorised at the discretion of the Headteacher. 

In accordance with Department for Education Regulations any unexplained absences may be regarded as unauthorised (truancy).  Children who arrive late (i.e. after the registers are closed) are marked  ‘absent through lateness` on the register. An Attendance Improvement Officer attends the school regularly and will contact the parents of children who are habitually absent or late.  Children sometimes say they have a tummy ache or a headache; this often disappears when they come to school.  If children are ill at school, we will telephone you so that they can go home.


The Attendance Improvement Officer (AIO) works closely with families and schools.  They offer confidential support in all areas of children’s education and welfare. Our AIO regularly visits the school to discuss with staff children’s attendance, punctuality and any possible problems pupils may have.  Pupils who are regularly absent will receive a letter of concern from the school.  This may be followed up by a visit from AIO.



Children are not allowed to leave the premises during school hours for any reason; unless they are accompanied by an adult who must sign that they accept full responsibility for the child’s safety.


The Area Child Protection Committee composed of members from Social Services, Health Departments, Police, NSPCC, the Education Directorate and others have published procedures on Child Protection and Safeguarding. The procedures give clear instructions to schools to IMMEDIATELY inform the Education Department and Social Services that an allegation of abuse has been made.  It is the school’s duty to follow these instructions.
A copy of the Child Protection Policy is available on the school website or from the school office, upon request.


We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of all the children. All reasonable steps will be taken to promote safe practices and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.
All staff and volunteers are CRB checked prior to appointment and interviewing staff have undertaken training in safe recruitment.


Security fencing has made the school a great deal more secure, by reducing the chance for casual entry into the school.  The entry gate has a buzzer and a camera that is controlled by the school office.  Parents visiting the school during the school day must report to the office. All visitors must sign in and out of school and wear a visible badge/ sticker.


Self-discipline and a respect for others and property will create the happy, caring atmosphere we strive towards. The children are expected to behave in a sensible manner at all times.   All people should feel valued and respected.  No form of racism or prejudice will be tolerated from pupils, parents, staff or governors.

A copy of the School Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy is available on our website on the School Policies page.  It clearly states the approaches the teachers will take to combat unacceptable behaviour. Your support and co-operation is required and considered to be of vital importance, so that parents and teachers may work together for the good of the children at our school.