We love inquisitive minds

Below are some of the questions we get asked a lot. If something isn’t clear or you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch, or add a comment with your question at the bottom of this page.

Your questions

We want our primary school aged child to move to Carleton House. How do we do this?
Entry may be made into Year groups if places are available. After visiting the school your child will be expected to spend the day with the relevant age group. We will make an assessment and then discuss with you whether we believe a placement at Carleton House would be the best option for your child.
Parents need to complete a registration form and, if a place is offered, a deposit will be required.

I am worried about how my 4 year old will settle in?
Carleton House has a very caring, nurturing environment. During the Summer Term, prior to entry in September, the new intake visits the school in small groups spending half a day in the Reception class. This enables them to familiarise themselves with the staff and the school. During the first week of the new Autumn term, Reception pupils are eased into school life with half day attendances.

What opportunities will I have to discuss my child’s progress?
We believe in close contact and co-operation between home and school. Parents are a vitally important part of the Carleton family and we value your involvement in your child’s education. We encourage parents to discuss their child’s progress with the Headteacher and staff on both a formal and informal basis. There are regular reports, parent/teacher meetings and open mornings.

What is the school day?
Children are required to attend school from 8.45 am until 3.25 pm for Infants and 3.35 pm for Juniors, Monday to Friday. Parents are provided with a calendar of term dates at the start of each school year.

What are the lunch arrangements?
We provide school lunch, cooked in our own kitchen, for all children at Carleton.Lunch (at £2 per day) is charged as part of the school fees. We encourage all our children to eat healthily – fizzy drinks, chocolates and sweets are not permitted in school. Lunchtimes are supervised with staff on hand to ensure that lunch is eaten. Following lunch children can play outside, weather permitting.
Children should bring a healthy snack e.g. fruit for the morning break. Milk is provided for Infants, up to age 5, free of charge. It is provided for older children in the Infants, who require it, at a small charge.
To aid concentration we also encourage children to bring a water bottle for their desk. In addition, there are water coolers in the school.

What provision is made for children outside of the core hours?
The school is open to pupils from 8 o’clock at no cost to the parents.
Kids’ Club provides an excellent after school service up to 6.00 pm. The children are well supervised while enjoying various activities including games, art and craft, drama, board games and quizzes. They also have the opportunity to do homework, supervised in a small quiet area, if parents wish. There is a charge for this service.

What should I do if my child cannot attend school?
When a child is absent, for any reason, parents are asked to inform the school immediately. Parents should provide a written note of explanation when the child returns to school.
We want parents to avoid taking holidays in term time as this inevitably disrupts children’s education. If this is unavoidable permission must be sought, in writing, from the Headteacher. Absences taken without permission will be recorded as unauthorised.

How can I as a parent get involved?
We have a very active PTA who are always happy to welcome new members and accept support in what ever capacity it can be given. There may also be an opportunity to join the Management Committee should one of the Governors’ positions become available.