Welcome to Roundwood Primary
I am delighted to introduce Roundwood Primary to you through our school website, which I hope you will find useful and informative.
Here at Roundwood Primary our learning environment will engage and challenge your child, not only to achieve their full potential, but also to enjoy and develop a thirst for learning. Through the Arts and Humanities, alongside the development of confidence and competence in maths, English and science, children learn to take pride in themselves as individuals, recognising the importance of their learning and development through the school’s motto of ‘To Learn To Live Together’.
At Roundwood Primary we strive to ensure that our school is a place where children can feel safe, will experience a sense of pride in their achievements and where children can develop and refine their social, communication and interpersonal skills as well as their physical and emotional wellbeing.
We are proud of our whole staff team and our wider school community; every member of which is collectively and individually committed to providing the highest quality learning experiences for every child, utilising modern facilities and resources.
We will do our utmost to ensure that your child is happy at our school.
We are continually striving for improvement. The curriculum we deliver is both relevant and inspiring and is designed to develop the full potential of all our children.
The purpose of this website is not only to inform you about aspects of school life, our school organisation and the opportunities we offer learners, but also to invite you to become actively involved in our school community and our commitment to your child’s education. We recognise that children’s educational opportunities are enhanced by the support of families and we proactively engage with parents and carers every day to develop and improve our professional partnerships.
Roundwood Primary School Uniform
Please ensure all items of uniform and personal property including coats are clearly marked with your child’s name.
Some items of uniform can be bought through school as well as through our uniform suppliers ‘Beat School Uniform’, details of which are below. Second hand uniform is regularly available at school events and is sold through the Friends of Roundwood Primary.
Nursery and Reception children
• Coats and shoes should be able to be fastened independently, such as with Velcro or zips
• Spare set of clothes including underwear, socks or tights to be kept in Book Bag
Nursery Uniform – optional
If you choose not to send your child in uniform, please remember that clothes worn should be practical and allow for ease of movement and participation in a variety of activities, both indoor and out, messy play and physical activity.
• Elasticated trousers
• A white school polo shirt
• A navy/school sweatshirt
• Black plimsolls for indoor use
• A book bag (available from the Office, £8)
Uniform for Reception, KS1 and KS2 pupils
• Plain dark grey tailored trousers, skirt or pinafore dress
• White school polo shirt and navy school sweatshirt or cardigan
• Black, white or grey socks or plain navy or grey tights.
• Winter uniform – Between October half term and February half term, long trousers rather than shorts must be worn. N.B. This period may be extended in the event of longer periods of inclement weather at the discretion of the Headteacher.
• Summer uniform: Shorts or yellow and white gingham dress.
• Coat – warm and waterproof
• If preferred, tailored shirts and school ties can be worn
• Low-heeled black or navy shoes. Sandals may be worn but toes should be enclosed.
• Trainers should be predominantly black – brightly coloured footwear should not be worn.
• Indoor shoes – black plimsolls or trainers
*New P.E. uniform introduced for Reception in September 2019. Optional for other year groups:
• *White, blue and yellow PE shirt with school logo
• *Blue PE shorts or skort with school logo
• Change of socks for PE – especially if tights are worn
• Navy blue or black tracksuit for P.E.
• Trainers for outdoor P.E.
• Navy jacket fleece-lined/showerproof (optional)
• Football boots and shin pads are compulsory for children wishing to attend football club
• Book bag for carrying reading books to and from school
• Classroom water bottle – named
• Named drawstring bag to hold P.E. kit
School uniform suppliers
• BEAT – www.beatschooluniforms.co.uk, 0844 879 7288
• Stevenson’s in St Albans, 01727 853262.
Both these companies have stores in Harpenden. Please note, on formal occasions such as joint local schools’ music concerts, the children will be required to wear shirts/blouses and school ties – this usually applies only to the oldest pupils and a number of school ties are kept at school for use by pupils.
The School Day
The school gates open at 8:30 and registration starts at 8:40 – all pupils should be in their classrooms by this time. Pupils arriving after 8:40 should enter school via the main office.
Nursery session: 8:30-11:30, Monday – Friday
Reception – Maple and Willow class: 8:30-3pm, lunch is between 11:45-12:30
Key Stage 1 and 2 – 8:30-3pm, lunch is between 12-12:50.
We are delighted to be able to offer hot meals to Foundation Stage and KS1 pupils under the UIFSM programme prepared on site in our brand new kitchen. KS2 children may either purchase a hot dinner or packed lunch through the canteen facilities at Roundwood Park or bring their own packed lunch from home.
Free School Meals – Is your child eligible?
If you receive one of the following benefits you could be eligible for free school meals worth over £300 per child per year :
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit, with a taxable income of no more than £16,190 and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit
- Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after employment finishes or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week
It is now easier than ever for families to apply for free school meals, especially as applicants do not usually need to provide paper proof of benefit.
Parents/Carers should apply for free school meals online at:
Since the introduction of the Eligibility Checking Service (ECS) (previously called the Hub), most applicants do not need to provide paper proof of benefit. As soon as their application is submitted, we will check using the ECS whether the parent/carer qualifies for free school meals and advise them of the outcome immediately.
Further details may also be obtained by phoning the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4048.
The School Year
Autumn Term 2019 Begins Tuesday 3 September Ends Friday 20 December HALF TERM Monday 28 October - Friday 1 November INSET Monday 2 September Spring Term 2020 Begins Tuesday 7 January Ends Friday 3 April HALF TERM Monday 17 February - Friday 21 February INSET Monday 6 January Summer Term 2020 Begins Monday 20 April Ends Friday 17 July BANK HOLIDAY Friday 8 May HALF TERM Monday 25 May - Friday 29 May INSET Thursday 21 May OCCASIONAL DAY Friday 22 May INSET Monday 20 July INSET Tuesday 21 July On the last day of full terms, school lessons end at 2.00pm.
Our school provides free, part-time nursery education for rising fours. The school processes its own Nursery admissions, please contact the office on 01582 460756 for more information.
Children enter Reception in the academic year they turn five. All Reception aged pupils commence full time education from the start of the Autumn Term.
Application and admissions for Reception places is dealt with via the local authority.
Admissions & Transport Team: West
Call Centre: 03001234043
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