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Paper Copies

You may request a paper copy of any information on our website free of charge. Please contact reception on 01296 423 507

Newsletters and Notices

You can download copies of the latest letters, newsletters and forms that have been sent home, along with relevant consent forms.

Newsletters & Notices

Diary Dates


Date Event

Monday 6th May

Early May Bank Holiday

Friday 24th May

Last Day of Term

Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May

Half Term Holiday

Monday 3rd June

School Reopens

The School Day

Students arrive by school transport or with parents between 9.00 – 9.15 a.m. and are greeted by friendly members of staff. They are accompanied to their classes for registration to take place.

Lunchtime is split depending on age. The younger students have lunch and playtime between 11.45 and 13.15, the older students do this between 12.30 and 14.00.  Students are provided with a hot meal, or have the option of a packed lunch if they prefer.

Transport/parents arrive at the end of the school day at 3.15 p.m to take students home.


Whenever a student is off school due to sickness, it is helpful if you phone the office to let us know. Alternatively, we require a short note on their return, stating why they were absent.

For other absences e.g. appointments, please give us advance notice where possible.

If you are not able to supply us with details of any absence, this results in an unauthorised absence, which may be investigated by the Educational Welfare Officer.  Please refer to the attendance policy.

When your holidays do not coincide with the school term dates, it is necessary for you to complete a Holiday Request form beforehand, to get permission from the Principal. If you wish to report an absence, please phone reception on 01296 427221 or use the Arbor App using the in-app messaging system.

Attendance & Absence Policy

Lunch Menus

Students have a choice of either a packed lunch or school dinner.

The cost of lunch is currently £3.00 per day. Payment can either be made in advance for the week (£15.00) on a Monday morning or, if you would prefer, you can pay for the whole of the half term in advance.

An administration charge of £2.00 will be made for each letter or telephone call the school has to generate to individual parents informing them of outstanding dinner money.

Payment for any meals that have been paid for and not taken due to your child being absent from school will be carried forward to the next week/half term.

Please note, your child will receive either the meat or veg option, as chosen when initially selecting to receive a school lunch.  We cannot change your meat/veg option each day.

Arbor and Flexible Meal Choices Guidance Notes
June and July 2024 - Lunch Menus & Allergen Charts
June and July 2024 - Textured Meal Menus & Allergen Charts
April to May 2024 - Lunch Menus & Allergen Charts
April to May 2024 - Textured Meal Menus & Allergen Charts

Term Dates

Term Dates 2023-24


Open on morning of Close at end of afternoon of
Autumn Term 2023 Wednesday 6th September
Monday 30th October
Friday 20th October
Tuesday 19th December
Spring Term 2024 Monday 8th January
Monday 19th February
Friday 9th February
Thursday 28th March
Summer Term 2024 Monday 15th April
Monday 3rd June
Friday 24th May
Tuesday 23rd July

The INSET Day dates are as follows. Students do not attend school on these days:

Thursday 4th January 2024
Friday 5th January 2024

Additional dates

Friday 29th March 2024 – Good Friday

Monday 1st April 2024 – Easter Monday

Monday 6th May 2024 – Bank Holiday

Monday 27th May 2024 – Bank Holiday

Holiday Dates 2023-2024

Term Dates 2024-25


Open on morning of Close at end of afternoon of
Autumn Term 2024 Thursday 5th September
Monday 4th November
Friday 25th October
Friday 20th December
Spring Term 2025 Wednesday 8th January
Monday 24th February
Friday 14th February
Friday 4th April
Summer Term 2025 Wednesday 23rd April
Monday 2nd June
Friday 23rd May
Wednesday 23rd July

The INSET Day dates are as follows. Students do not attend school on these days:

Tuesday 3rd September 2024

Wednesday 4th September 2024

Monday 6th January 2025

Tuesday 7th January 2025

Tuesday 22nd April 2025

Additional dates

Friday 18th April 2025 – Good Friday

Monday 21st April 2025 – Easter Monday

Monday 5th May 2025 – Bank Holiday

Monday 26th May 2025 – Bank Holiday

Holiday Dates 2024-2025

School Uniform

Uniform comprises of grey/black trousers, skirt, pinafore or plain jogging bottoms, dark green or white polo shirts and dark green sweatshirts. It is very important that all clothing is clearly and permanently marked with the child’s name.

For PE, children will need shorts, tracksuit bottoms, t-shirt, plimsolls, or trainers. For swimming children will need a towel, swimming hat and swimsuit. Pupils who swim at the Booker Park swimming pool do not need a swimming hat, but those who go out to swim at public swimming pools do.

Our school uniform policy aims to keep costs to a minimum and allow for different cultures. Where a pupil is not adhering to school uniform the school will be sensitive and act in a considerate manner.

Please see the links below for details of the uniform ordering forms, where an item is out of stock you will need to order online through the Price and Buckland website.

Plain coloured clothing without a logo may be purchased locally.

Uniform is only required to be worn by year groups 7 to 11. Sixth form students are not required to wear a uniform.


16-19 Bursary Fund

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is money the government has given to local authorities, school, colleges and other education and training providers to give to students who need financial help to stay in education. There are various criteria an applicant has to fulfill to be eligible for this fund, please see the information below for more details and how to apply if you believe you qualify.

Information Leaflet
Policy and Application Form