FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much is Dinner Money?
Presently the daily cost is £2.25
2. What time does school start?
We start school at 8.50am. The gates open 8.30am and the bell is rung at 8.50am when the teachers collect pupils from the playground.. We would encourage children to be in the school playground from 8.40am to avoid lateness and the stresses this can bring.
3. Where can I buy uniform?
All uniform with our school logo may be purchased through
4. How do I make an application for a school place?
For a child starting school in Reception, please apply via the local authority
For a child transferring from another school, please complete an In-Year form and send directly to the school.
5. 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.
6. Can I park at the school?
Parents may park in the local car park on Filston Lane.
7. Can my child cycle to school?
Yes, your child can cycle if they are accompanied by an adult. If you wish your child to cycle on their own we would need a permission letter from the parent with parental responsibility. A secure cycle shed is provided on site.
8. Can my child walk to school alone?
If you wish an older child to walk to school alone we must receive a permission letter from the parent with parental responsibility.
9. 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)
10. 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 look in the lost property box and inform the class teacher and class teaching assistant. We will do our utmost to find lost items but we are unable to provide a replacement.
11. Where will my child go when they finish Shoreham Village School in Year 6?
We offer varied support in the transition from primary to secondary school. This process includes a parents’ meeting, workshops, Kent booklets and individual meetings with the head teacher. The school will keep you well informed regarding the CAF (common application form) process. Due to our geographical location, our pupils go on to various secondary schools across Kent.
12. 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. Please see the school prospectus under the Admission section and for further advice you can speak to the school office staff.
13. 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.
14. Can I receive the newsletter by email?
All communications are emailed (we try to do this every Friday so that parents know when to look for letters). If you require a print-out, please advise the school office who will help you.
15. What is the best time to talk to the teacher if I have a question?
We would discourage parents from trying to talk to a teacher in the morning as they are busy preparing for the school day. We would advise you to speak to the teacher at the end of the school day after all the children have been dismissed. We can also make appointments in the school office for parents to see the class teacher or another member of staff.
16. Is there before and after school provision?
Our River Club offers Breakfast from 7.30am and after school care from 3.20 – 6.00pm. To book places please phone or email:
Tel: 07999 960475
At Shoreham Village School we offer a variety of clubs for different age groups. These may run before school, at lunchtimes, or after school from 3.20 -4.00pm or 4.20pm. Clubs change every year and you will always be notified in the last weeks of the Summer Term so you can apply.
17. How can parents get involved?
We encourage parents to get involved in various ways from attending trips to individual reading. Our PTA is called Friends of Shoreham School (FOSS) and all parents are automatically members. FOSS always welcome new committee members with new ideas and contacts. If you work for a company that is able to sponsor or donate to fundraising in the school please email: firstname.lastname@example.org