We hope this information page provides you with the basic information you need as a parent at our school. This page explains many of the practicalities you’ll encounter during your time with us at CRJS. It introduces you to the roles of those in the school community - the teaching and support staff, governors and the PTA.
We are a two form entry junior school which means we have two classes per year group; 8 classes in total. Year 3 (Oak and Elm) and 4 (Maple and Chestnut) classrooms are located downstairs and our Year 5 (Rowan and Hazel) and 6 (Sycamore and Beech) classrooms are upstairs.
Entrance Foyer/School office
The entrance foyer /school office is at the front of main building. The door to the foyer is locked for security reasons but you will be greeted by a member of our admin team if you are entering the main building. The office is open from 8.30am until 4.30pm. Mrs Knowles, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Staphylas are on hand to support you with queries as they arise. If you cannot get through on the phone, please leave a voice message and they will get back to you. Letters may be left securely in the post box in the main school lobby. Please do not leave these in your child’s school bag as they may be missed or forgotten.
Dropping Off and Collecting Children
The main school gate is open in the morning and families are encouraged to wait between the two green gates until Mrs Knight or member of the Leadership Team welcomes the children in at 8.35am.
Registration for all classes is at 8.45am. If your child arrives late, you will need to come to the office; your child will be sent to their classroom whilst you will be asked to sign your child in.
School finishes at 3.07pm. At the end of the day you are welcome to wait between the two green gates or you may agree a meeting place with your child further away from the school gates. Class teachers will bring the children up to the internal green gate where they will meet the person collecting them.
Children should not leave the school grounds until they see the parent/carer collecting them.
It is predictably busy outside the school when children are dropped off and collected. Please NEVER park or wait in your car on the yellow zig-zag lines outside the school; parking there puts children in great danger. Crawley Ridge gets extremely busy during drop off and collection so please drive and park with care and remind your child about the rules of road safety.
Playtime is at 10.40am. It lasts 15 minutes. Teachers and support staff supervise playtime. The children play outside at playtime unless it is raining. In the case of intermittent, light spring or autumn drizzle we like the children to go out so please ensure they have a suitable jacket in school as part of their uniform.
On Thursdays, we allow children to bring in a small toy to play with. These remain the responsibility of the child and should not include anything with a battery.
No sweets, no nuts or products containing nuts are allowed in school at any time.
Children are allowed to bring in one piece of fruit or vegetable for break time if they wish to. No other snack is permitted. Children should bring a named water bottle to school every day which they can drink in class. These bottles are to contain water only, NO fruit juice or squash please.
You have the option to buy milk for your child. The school office can provide further information should you need it.
Lunchtime lasts from 12.10 until 1.00pm. We run 2 sittings allowing enough time for children to eat their meals and play outside.
School dinner menus are sent home to you each term. The children are allowed to choose between red, yellow or green option each day so it is helpful if you can talk to your child about the meals they will be choosing.
There is a section for you to complete on the Admission Form about any allergies or dietary requirements your child may have.
For children who bring packed lunches, we would insist that lunch products do not contain nuts to accommodate those children who are sensitive to nut products. We would also suggest placing cool packs in lunch boxes during warm weather as we are unable to store them in a refrigerator. Packed lunches should not include sweets or chocolate.
If your child is due to be having hot dinners, you may pay either half termly or weekly for these (cheques to be made payable to Surrey County Council) or online at www.pmx.parentmail.co.uk. Weekly payments are to be made on a Monday morning and half termly payments in the first week of term. Please do ensure that you pay for your school dinners promptly. We are unable to give credit for school meal payments. Non-payment will result in your child not being allowed to continue with school meals.
Newsletters are the main form of regular communication from the school. They are sent via ParentMail but please ask for a hard copy if you do not have access to a computer. All other letters and consent forms are sent through ParentMail so please make sure that we always have your up to date details.
You will receive written or verbal feedback about your children’s progress three times a year through parent/ teacher meetings and an End of Year report.
Teachers and the Head Teacher are always happy to talk to you. A good time to catch teachers for an informal chat is after school. Morning is the best time for an informal discussion with the Head Teacher as she is usually on the gate from 8.35am until 8.45am. For appointments to speak to Teachers or the Head Teacher contact the school office.
The school has to compile an annual report on absences from school. If you know in advance that your child is going to be absent from school e.g. for a hospital appointment, then please request a “Leave of absence” form from the school office. Unplanned absences need to be followed up with a letter explaining the reason for absence. If your child is ill, please call the School Office in the morning, preferably before 9 am. Wait for the message, choose the absent child option and leave a message. You can also use the ParentMail App to report absences before 9am. If we have not heard from you by 9am and your child is absent, we will follow this up with a telephone call.
Children can attend school if they are on medication (e.g. antibiotics or cough medicine) but only if they are well enough to enjoy the day at school. Do not send your child to school if they have a contagious illness such as chicken pox. In line with NHS guidelines, we ask parents to keep children at home for a period of 48 hours following their last episode of sickness and/or diarrhoea to stop the spread of any bugs.
If your child feels unwell during the school day, we will need to contact you. It is vital that we have the contact details of at least two trusted adults who could be reached in case of emergency.
Only prescribed medicines in their original packaging can be given to children by staff members. If your child needs to use an asthma inhaler or is taking prescribed medicine, you will need to fill in a Pupil Medication Request Form. Forms are available from the office. If any medicines or inhalers are to come into school, please make sure these are marked clearly with your child’s name (not only on the cardboard outer box, but also on the medicine itself). We are unable to administer any non-prescribed drugs, e.g. throat lozenges or over-the-counter medicines, e.g. antihistamines. Please check regularly the expiry dates on medicines left in school.
On hot days sun cream should be applied to legs, arms, face neck and tops of ears before school.
Leave of Absence
You will be provided with the dates of all the school holidays at the beginning of the school year. We strongly discourage family holidays during term time. The children are expected to be in school for 100% of the time unless for exceptional circumstances such as your child being unwell. Government regulations state that holidays will only be approved for exceptional circumstances. Unauthorised absences can result in a fine. The school does not receive this money. Any requests for leave of absence must be put in writing to the Head Teacher prior to the absence. This includes medical appointments.
Staff Development Days (or Inset Days)
The school is required by Government to have five Inset days (staff development days). The dates of these are set by individual schools. We do try to tie them in with neighbouring schools but they often differ between schools. You will be informed of the dates well in advance and they can be found on the school calendar section of the website.
Helping in the Classroom (Subject to a DBS Check)
You are invited to visit the school on regular occasions – to join class assemblies, performances or take part in lessons and family workshops. In addition to this, you are also encouraged to help in the classroom. There are lots of activities you can help with either on a regular or occasional basis – reading, art lessons, group activities, cooking etc. The help you give will be really appreciated. Parents who help really enjoy the experience. Please contact the teacher to arrange this.
All Classroom helpers will need to have a DBS check processed by Mrs Knowles our office manager; please speak to the school office to arrange a convenient time to complete this. During the Autumn term, we will hold a safeguarding training session for all parent volunteers.
For children in Years 5 and 6 who have been given permission to walk home by themselves we appreciate they may require to have a mobile phone with them. Mobile phones are to be handed into the school office where they are stored securely. Children are not to use their mobile phones on the school site. If a parent is volunteering or visiting in the main building or on the playground their mobile phone should be stored securely and not used.
We have clubs before and after school every day on the school site. These could include Drama, Football, Authorfy, Drama, Forest School and Chess. Club providers and coaches are vetted by the school and details of how to sign up are sent out each term via ParentMail.
We believe that the wearing of school uniform encourages a far more responsible attitude to work and behaviour. The full rationale of why we insist on uniform can be seen in our uniform policy.
The school outfitter is Brenda’s https://www.brendas.co.uk/ . They are based along the Frimley Road, Camberley and also offer delivery directly to your home.
All items of clothing, including footwear, must be clearly marked with the child’s name.
Polo shirt Emerald Green (with logo)
Sweatshirt or cardigan Brown (with logo)
Skirt Mid-grey (no shorter than 7.5cm above the knee and worn with black or grey tights or knee length grey or white socks)
Socks Grey or plain white
Reversible Jacket (optional) Green
Shoes Low heel black or brown leather - standard cut at the ankle
Shorts (alternative to trousers) Grey
Dress Green and white checked (from Brenda’s please)
Cap (optional) Green (with logo)
Socks Grey or white knee length or ankle socks (no trainer socks)
(Please note that summer uniform can be worn after Easter until the October half term break)
Tee Shirt Emerald green (with logo)
Shorts or skort Black
Socks Grey or plain white
Trainers Black or white –no designer labels, standard cut at ankle
Plimsolls Black slip-on (also useful for drama activities)
Plain black jogging bottoms or leggings may be worn in the winter.
We would also like to remind you that only one pair of stud earrings and a watch are allowed at school. Your child must be able to remove these items for all physical activities; members of staff are not permitted to take out earrings.
Nearly New Uniform Sale
Our PTA also runs a nearly new uniform shop. They often open the shop during family events at the school but should you wish to purchase uniform at any other time, please contact the office.
Please provide your child with a clear pencil case (any ‘themed’ cases will be sent home). They will need a basic set of stationery in school every day, this includes; an HB pencil, a handwriting pen (no biros), a set of coloured pencils, rubber, sharpener, small ruler and a glue stick. These items remain the responsibility of your child. We have a small stock of stationery which can be used if items run out but please ensure you check regularly that your child has everything they need to support their learning.
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.