FAQs

What time does school start and finish?
The school day starts promptly at 9.00am and ends at 3.30pm.

What happens if my child is late for school?
It is very important for all children to attend school every day and to arrive on time. Children should arrive in good time for when the bell goes at 9.00am. This is essential to ensure that children benefit fully from classroom learning and that other children’s learning is not disrupted. We therefore have a strict punctuality procedure. When a child arrives after 9.00am the parent/carer is required to wait with their child until the next break in learning. They will also have a meeting with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to help them with strategies to prevent lateness from occurring. This process not only enables us to monitor punctuality, but it is essential for fire safety and security reasons.

Do you have a school uniform?
Yes, all the children in the school wear school uniform. Please click here for information about the correct uniform. Pakeman uniform is available daily from the school office. Please make sure that clothing is marked with your child’s name!

What should my child wear for PE?
For PE the children wear a plain white T-shirt and black shorts, with trainers or plimsolls. In cold weather they can wear a tracksuit.

Can my child wear jewellery in school?
For reasons of safety children should not wear any jewellery in school apart from a wrist watch and, if your child has pierced ears, small studs may be worn.

What if something gets lost?
Please ensure that your child’s clothing is clearly marked with their name so that if they lose something it can be returned if found. We have a lost property basket in the school reception. We also regularly display lost property in the Bottom Hall after school and inform parents/carers of the dates this will be done. After each of these events, unclaimed items are sent to a charity shop.

Is there before- and after-school care?
We have extended provision both before and after school hours.
Breakfast Club is open from 8.00am until the start of school every day. The children are offered a healthy breakfast before joining in with various activities.
Playcentre provides an enjoyable environment for all children from the end of school until 6.00pm every evening.
There is also a range of before- and after-school clubs available for children in Years 1-6.

Can I park on the school premises?
No. Unfortunately, we do not have parking facilities on site.

Do you have a bike shelter on the school premises?
Yes. A bike shed is provided on site.  Children’s bikes and scooters can be kept in it during the school day.

Can my child walk to and from school alone?
If we receive a written permission from the parents/carers with parental responsibility, Year 6 children may walk to and from school alone.

What if my child is able and talented?

We recognise and support able and talented children across the curriculum, including those who have a particular ability in the core subjects or talents in foundation subjects. At Pakeman we are very proud of the achievements of our pupils and provide them with a range of opportunities and a platform for them to display their exceptional abilities and talents.

What if my child has special needs?
Children with SEN are offered full access to a broad, balanced, challenging and relevant curriculum for the EYFS and National Curriculum.
The aim of our Inclusion Policy is to provide access to the EYFS and the National Curriculum and all other areas of school life for children at our school at levels appropriate to their needs.

How can I help my child in relation to school?
There are lots of things you can do to help your child. Bringing them to school on time is really important so that they are present for all of their lessons. Arriving late means that your child misses part of their lessons and it is also disruptive for them and the rest of their class. We encourage you to work in partnership with the school by attending parent/teacher consultation days and events at school. You can also attend the PTA meetings and help organise and run different events and go on school trips. Other important ways you can help your child are reading all the letters they take home, supporting them with homework, reading together and generally giving lots of encouragement and praise.

When are the school holidays?
A letter with school holiday dates is sent home each year. This information is also available from the school office and is published on the website in the School Info section under Dates and Times.

What happens at lunchtime?
All children in Islington primary schools can currently have a school lunch free of charge. Menus are on a 3-week cycle and are changed each term. The current term’s menu is displayed in the reception area and a copy of it is sent home with the children each term.

Is drinking water available?
Each child has their own named water bottle in their classroom. There are water fountains in the playground and jugs of water are available at lunch.

What should I put in my child’s packed lunch?
We encourage healthy eating and expect parents to choose healthily if they choose to make a packed lunch for their children.
An example of a healthy packed lunch is:
A sandwich (no peanut butter, to protect children with nut allergies)
No crisps except baked snacks eg. baked crisps, cheddars
Yoghurt and a piece of fruit
Bottle of water or juice
No chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks or nuts

What should I do if my child is not well?
If your child is too unwell to attend school please telephone the school office on 020 7607 2575 before 9.30am to inform us.

How long should my child remain off school before returning after an illness?
In most cases your child should return to school as soon as they are well enough to do so. However, in the case of vomiting and diarrhoea your child should be well for 48 hours before they return to school. If you are unsure please call us.

What will happen if my child becomes unwell or has an accident at school?
Unfortunately, children do sometimes become unwell or have accidents while they are at school and we may need to call you. It can cause a child distress if we are unable to contact you in these circumstances. Therefore, please ensure that we always have up-to-date contact telephone numbers for you.

What should I do if my child is prescribed medication?
Parents can arrange to come into school to administer medication to their own children if necessary. Medication for children with asthma, severe allergies etc is kept in the office (and EYFS classrooms). These are given by a first-aid trained member of staff. If a dose of medicine is needed during the day you will need to complete a form in the school office to enable us to give your child their medication. The office staff will not collect children from their classes to give them medicine, so please arrange with the class teacher or classroom assistant to bring your child to the office at the correct time. The office staff can give both prescribed medicines and over-the-counter medicines to your child with your written consent.

How do I make an application for a school place?
Please click here for details about how to apply for a school place.

What should I do if my child is being bullied?
At Pakeman we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell a member of staff. Please click here for our anti-bullying policy.

Can my child bring toys in to school?
We discourage the bringing of toys and collectables (e.g. football cards) into school, unless the class teacher has specifically requested this. Before bringing in a toy please always check with the class teacher.

What is the best time to talk to the teacher if I have a question or I am worried about my child’s progress?
If you need to speak to your child’s teacher the best time is usually 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/carers to see class teachers or other members of staff.

Can I take my child out of school for a holiday during term time?
No. Holidays will not be authorised during term time. Any absences (other than through illness) will be recorded as unauthorised and you may incur a fixed penalty fine and risk your child losing their place at our school.

How will I be informed if there is an enforced school closure?
We use Teachers2Parents texting to contact all parents, so please ensure that you always inform us if you change any of your contact details. You can also check our website for updates: www.pakemanprimary.co.uk and the Islington website.

If I have a complaint about an issue at school, who should I contact?
If you have a complaint, please follow the step-by-step procedure explained in our complaints policy. Click here for a copy of the policy.

I have some free time. How can I help?
We welcome parents and carers in school and encourage them to get involved in various ways, including accompanying school trips and getting involved in the PTA, into which we welcome new members.

Do you have a school council?
Yes. Each year we have an elected school council comprised of two representatives from each class from Reception to Year 6. The school council meets once every half term to discuss issues that are important to all the children in the school. Their meetings have a different theme each term. The meetings are chaired by Finola and/or Tay to ensure they run smoothly.

Are children given homework?
Yes. Children are given weekly homework, generally comprised of a maths and literacy task, in all classes from Reception to Year 6. The homework is taken home on Fridays and must be returned by the following Wednesday.