FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions
How much is Dinner Money?

Presently the daily cost is £2.50. Dinner money should be paid at the school office at the start of each week. If you think that your child is entitled to free school meals, please speak to a member of staff in the office.

What time does school start?

We start school from 8.45am when doors leading into each corridor open from the playground. Unaccompanied children should not arrive at school before 8:40am.

Where can I buy uniform?

Full details of our uniform can be found on the website. This includes local suppliers.

What should I do if my child is bullied?

Advise your child to speak to an adult in the school. This can be any member of staff that they feel comfortable with. You may also wish to support your child by talking to the teacher with your child. We would encourage that they report any incident to the class teacher as they can observe behaviour during lessons and advise lunchtime staff as necessary. We take accusations of bullying very seriously and any incidents are dealt with appropriately and with speed. If you are concerned about your child please speak to the head teacher and never approach a child or the parent.

Can I park at the school?

We share a car park with the Frank Myler Sports and Recreational Centre. We request that parents park responsibly in the car park, using the designated parking areas.

Can my child cycle to school?

We don’t recommend children cycle to school due to the busy nature of the surrounding roads. We do not have facilities to store bicycles at school.

Can my child walk to school alone?

Reception and KS1 children should be accompanied by an adult. Older children can walk to and from school at their parents’ discretion.

What should I put in my child’s packed lunch?

We encourage healthy eating and expect parents to choose healthily when creating a packed lunch.

An example of a healthy packed lunch:

  • A sandwich (no peanut butter)
  • No crisps except baked snacks eg. baked crisps, cheddars.
  • A wafer biscuit e.g. twix, kit kat, blue ribband.
  • Yoghurt and a piece of fruit.
  • Bottle of water or juice.
  • No sweets, fizzy drinks, nuts or chocolate (unless covering a wafer/biscuit)
 
What do I do if my child has lost a piece of clothing?

Parents must either sew a name label into all clothing or write the child’s name in indelible ink. If an item goes missing your child must inform the class teacher or class teaching assistant. We will do our utmost to find lost items but we are unable to provide a replacement.
Where will my child go when they finish Ditton Primary in Year 6?

We offer varied support in the transition from primary to secondary school. This process includes a parents’ and pupil meetings and transition days. Our pupils go on to various secondary schools across Halton.

When will my child start in Reception?

This will depend on their age and parental preference, usually children join Reception class in the September before their 5th birthday. For further advice you can speak to the school office staff.

Can my child bring toys in to school?

No, we normally discourage toys or collectables (e.g. football cards) being brought to school, unless the class teacher has specifically requested that they do. Please always check with the class teacher.

Where can I find copies of the school’s newsletters?

We add copies of letters to our school’s communication app. This can be downloaded free. Search for SchoolPing on Google Play or Apple store. The app also contains a Calendar outlining planned events for each term.

What is the best time to talk to the teacher if I have a question?

Teachers are busy preparing for the school day and settling their classes first thing in the morning and can only receive the briefest of messages at that time. They are more easily available at the end of the day when they have dismissed their classes. Teachers are happy to make appointments to see you if you would like a longer chat. Teachers also meet parents and carers informally at coffee mornings and more formally at parent/teacher consultation days. We can also make appointments in the school office for parents to see the class teacher or another member of staff.

Is there before and after school provision?

We have a Breakfast Club before school. This starts at 8:00am. It costs £2.00 per day. Parents need to complete a registration form available from the school office if they wish their child to attend.

We have an afterschool club called 'Night Owls' This runs each evening from 3:05 - 4:30pm The cost is £5 per session., Please note sessions need to be prebooked. Please contact the school office for further details.

At Ditton we offer a variety of clubs for different age groups. These run after school from 3.00 -3:45/4:00pm. Clubs change every term and you will always be notified in the first week of the new term so you can apply.

How can parents get involved?

We encourage parents to get involved in various ways from attending coffee/open mornings/afternoons, making appointments for parents meetings, attending fund raising events to individual reading and ensuring children complete homework tasks. We run a number of fundraising events during the year and would welcome new ideas and contacts. If you work for a company that is able to sponsor or donate to fundraising in the school please contact the school office.