Information


Important Dates

The Term Dates are found below.  We ask parents to avoid taking their children out of school for holidays at times other than during school holidays. 

Term Dates 2022-23 

Term Dates 2023-24

The following document details the key dates that parents and carers may need to be aware of for the current academic year.

Important Dates in 2022-2023


Our School Day

Most of our days follow a similar pattern as detailed below. 

 

Nursery

Reception

Y1-2

Y3-4

Y5-6

Playground gates open

8.30am

8.30am

8.30am

8.30am

8.30am

Cloakroom doors open

8.45am

8.35am

8.35am

8.35am

8.35am

Registers taken

9am

8.40am

8.40am

8.40am

8.40am

Assembly (except Friday)

N/A

8.45am

8.45am

8.45am

8.45am

Lesson 1

N/A

8.55am

8.55am

8.55am

8.55am

Lesson 2

N/A

N/A

9.45am

9.45am

9.45am

Playtime

N/A

N/A

10.30am

10.30am

10.30am

Lesson 2

N/A

N/A

10.45am

10.45am

10.45am

Lunchtime

11.30am

11.45am

12noon

12.10pm

12.20pm

Afternoon session

12 noon

12.45pm

12.45pm

12.55pm

1.05pm

End of the day

3pm

3.10pm

3.10pm

3.10pm

3.10pm

Total Time per week

30 hours

32.5 hours

32.5 hours

32.5 hours

32.5 hours

Fridays start and finish at the same times but assembly is during the afternoon when parents are invited to attend our Good News Assembly if their child is being presented with a certificate.  Although there is no timetabled afternoon break on any day, classes take part in the Withinfields' Marathon during the afternoon when they are encouraged to complete at least 4 laps of our playground.


Policies

Behaviour Policies

We have well-established reward and behaviour system in place.  Children receive Dojo points for positive learning behaviours which result in bronze, silver and gold badges or platinum wristbands.  Children who consistently meet our 'Green' behaviour expectations are also invited to the Always Green playtime each week and attend the half termly Always Green treat.  We encourage positive behaviour expectations but, on occasions, we recognise that children make mistakes.  Where children display behaviours which do not match our core values, they receive a consequence which includes time for them to reflect on their behaviour.

For more information, please see our Behaviour policy.

Although bullying is rare, when it does become apparent that it is happening, we take it very seriously.  We work with the families of the perpetrators and victims to ensure that it is resolved quickly.  

For more information, please see our Anti-bullying policy.

School Uniform

It is important to us that children are proud of being a Withinfields' pupil and this is helped by them wearing our school uniform with pride.  We expect all our children from Reception to Year 6 to wear correct school uniform.  Although it is not compulsory in Nursery, we encourage our Nursery children to wear the uniform so that they feel an integral part of our school community.

Our uniform consists of:

Grey trousers/shorts/skirt/pinafore/skort/culottes

White or navy polo shirt (with or without logo)

Navy jumper, sweatshirt or cardigan (with or without logo)

Plain black shoes or trainers (suitable for playing out in)

Grey tights or grey, white or black socks

During the Summer term, a blue and white striped or checked summer dress can be worn.

Each child should also have a PE kit comprising of:

Plain navy or black shorts, jogging bottoms or leggings

Plain white t-shirt or a white t-shirt with the logo on

Plain navy sweatshirt or hoodie or navy sweatshirt or hoodie with the school logo on

Pumps or trainers

For further details about uniform including hair styles, jewellery and make-up, please see the School Uniform policy.

At various points during the year, the school holds 'Swap shops' where parents can donate out-grown uniform and take new-to-you uniform.  We ask any family who is able to make a small donation for any items that they take.

Charging and Remissions Policy

Most of our provision is clearly free of charge however, in some circumstances, we do charge for additional or optional services.  Please see our Charging and Remissions policy for further details of these.

Complaints Procedure

We are always willing to communicate with parents and listen to parents' views.  If a parent ever feels though that they need to make a formal complaint, the complaints procedure is detailed here.


Additional Funding

Catch Up Funding

Due to the Covid-19 lockdown and the effects of self-isolation for individuals, families or groups of children, the government provided school with additional funding to help support provision which would support children to catch up.  We produced a plan to show how would utilise our funding to best meet the needs of our children.  This has now been reviewed to show the impact of the funding.

Catch Up Funding Plan

Pupil Premium Information

We receive Pupil Premium funding to support those children that have been eligible for Free School Meals for at least one day in the last 6 years.  Once a child is eligible for Pupil Premium funding, they remain eligible for the next 6 years.  The school receives £1320 per year for each child eligible for Pupil Premium funding.  This means that if a child is eligible for pupil premium funding in Reception, they would attract nearly £8000 for the school.  This is in addition to the money that the school receives to pay for the meals that they must provide free.  Pupil Premium funding can be used to support your child with their education.  If you think your child might be eligible for free school meals, even if your child brings a packed lunch, please let us know so that we can support you with an application and bring this additional funding into the school.  Since the pandemic, we have also received Recovery Premium funding which we have incorporate within our Pupil Premium and Recovery Strategy.

For information about our Pupil Premium provision, how we spent our Pupil Premium funding last year and how we intend to spend it this year, please follow these links.

Pupil Premium and Service Premium Policy

Pupil Premium Impact report 2019-2021

Pupil Premium and Recovery Strategy

Primary PE and Sports Premium

We receive additional funding to support the development of PE and sporting activities within school.  We aim to ensure that this funding benefits as many of our children as possible to create active and healthy children.

For information about how we spent our PE and Sports Premium funding over the last few years and how we intend to spend it this year, please follow these links.

PE and Sports Premium plan 2021-2022 reviewed

PE and Sports Premium plan 2022-2023


Admission Arrangements

Admissions to Reception in 2023

If you are considering Withinfields as your chosen school, you are encouraged to visit the school to meet with the headteacher and experience first hand the ethos and organisation of our school.  We are happy to offer visits on an individual basis as we value the importance of being able to spend time getting to know you and your child.  However, we are also holding open events on:

Wednesday, 19th October at 9am

Tuesday, 15th November at 1.15pm

Thursday, 24th November at 5pm

Friday, 2nd December at 9am

If you would like to attend one of these events, please either email head@withinfields.calderdale.sch.uk or ring 01422 363581 and book a place.

Our admissions into Reception are organised by Calderdale Council.  If you live within the Calderdale area, please visit Calderdale's admissions website where you can complete your application.  Applications open on 18th November and close on 15th January.  Late applications are dealt with after all other applications so is it important that you submit your application before 15th January.  If you live outside the Calderdale area, please visit your own council's admissions website to complete your application.  You can still name our school within your application and your council will liaise with Calderdale when places are allocated.

Calderdale Council inform all parents and carers of the school that their child has been offered on 17th April 2023.

Admissions into school at other times

If you are interested in moving your child to our school, please contact the school office so that an appointment can be made for you to look around the school and meet with the head teacher.  An application then needs to be made via the Local Authority using the In-year application process.  Further information about this can be found at: Calderdale In-year applications.

Admissions to Nursery

If you are interested in a place in our Nursery for your child, we take children from the start of the term after they are 3 years old.  E.g. If your child is 3 prior to 31st August, they may start in September and if they become 3 before 31st December, they may start in January.  If we have spaces available and your child becomes 3 before 31st March, they may be invited to start in the Summer term. 

We offer the universal 15 hours where we have availability and can also accommodate up to 30 hours free childcare for those working parents eligible for this.  We are also able to offer paid sessions for parents who wish to book these.  As well as our Nursery class, we can also offer provision in our before and after school club to Nursery children meaning that we can offer flexible child care from 7.30am to 5.55pm each day during term time.

We accept application forms at any time for any intake date but the next intake that we accept is for January 2023.  If your child will be 3 before 31st December 2022, please contact the school office or email richard.laycock@withinfields.calderdale.sch.uk so that you can receive the application form.  Alternatively, it can be downloaded here.  All applications received up to 4th November will be allocated places first.  Applications received after 4th November will be treated as a late application and will be allocated sessions after the allocation process has been completed for the other applications. 

For further information, please see our Admissions Policy.


General Data Protection Regulations

We take seriously our responsibility for the protection of any data which the school holds about individuals.  Please see the following bank of resources which outlines our procedures for GDPR.

Privacy notice for parents, carers and pupils

Privacy notice for staff, governors and volunteers

Data Protection Policy


Dinner Arrangements

We are fortunate to have our own school kitchen on site which provides a variety of school meal options each day.  The menu is printed on the weekly newsletters for the following week so that parents can decide with their children what they may like to choose.  School dinners cost £2.50 a day unless the child is eligible for Free School Meals.  The meal options include two different hot options including one which is vegetarian served with sides and vegetables, a jacket potato and filling or a sandwich.  A salad bar is available every day for children to access.  There is also a variety of desserts available each day for the children to choose from.  

Universal Infant Free School Meals

The Government funds a free school meal for every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 which is known as Universal Infant Free School Meals.  Parents do not need to do anything to claim these.

Benefits Related Free School Meals

A child of any age may be eligible for Benefits Related Free School Meals if their parent or carer is eligible for particular benefits.  The application form needs completing which can be found here.  If you need a paper copy of the form, please contact the school office and we will be able to provide one.  It is important that parents apply for Benefits Related Free School Meals if they are eligible even if their child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 as it also means that the school receives additional funding called Pupil Premium funding to support the child in school e.g. to fund additional 1:1 support, to pay for clubs, to pay for Get Set Go, to fund workshops and trips including part funding the residential in Y5.


Financial information

The school works hard to ensure that any funding and financial support that it receives is used with the children's interests at the forefront of any decision-making.  We prioritise funds to staff working directly with the children and manage the budget so that class sizes can remain small.  For further information about how our financial position compares to others schools, follow this link.