Welcome and New Starter Pack

Welcome to Parents New to William Penn School
 
We would like to offer a special welcome to all parents that are new to our school.  We would encourage you to take some time looking through the website as it is likely to contain the information that you need.  To make like easier, we have brought some of that information together in one place here.  For example, all the forms that are sent out at the beginning of the school year are included in the section of the website. However, please remember that if you can't find what you need, you are very welcome to contact the school office for guidance.
 
Times of the School Day
 
New starters begin and end the school day at the same time as other pupils unless by arrangement with the school.  This means that children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are asked to arrive at school between 8.35 am and 8.45 am.  The school gates open at 8.25 am, when the older children are asked to arrive, but there is no access to the classrooms or teachers until 8.35 am.  A teaching assistant will supervise any children that do arrive between 8.25 am and 8.35 am.
 
For further information please see the timings of the school day document below.
 
Uniform 
 
School uniform can be purchased form Schoolwear for Less and Tesco and some stock is held at Broadbridges in Piries Place Horsham.  Please make sure that all items of uniform are named as we do not keep a lost property in school and items found will be returned directly to the child.  Please follow the link to the uniform page with further information.
 
 
Lunches
 
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free hot lunch.  These are ordered automatically. Please follow this link to find out more about how the lunch system operates and current menus.
 
 
What to bring on the first day?
 
On the first day of school your child will need to bring a water bottle (named) and a school bag.  The PE kit will be required in the first week so it is useful to have this on the first day too.  If it is hot weather, please apply sun cream before school and send in a sun hat.  If your child requires medication, please ensure that this is in school and that the appropriate forms have been completed in the school office.
 
Birthdays
 
In order to make your child's birthday even more special, it is permitted for children to wear non-uniform on birthdays.   Some children bring in cakes or sweet treats for distribution at the end of the day but we do not allow these during school time owing to parental preference and allergy considerations.  There is certainly no expectation that such treats are brought in.
 
Fruit and Milk 
 
Children who are not yet 5 years old are supplied with free school milk should they wish it at 10.15 am just before break time.  Children over 5 years can still receive milk at a charge to the parents from the supplier (Coolmilk for School).
 
All children in Key Stage 1 are offered a free piece of fruit at this time.
 
Topic Webs and Week by Week Overviews
 
In order to follow and support your child's learning through the year we include topic webs and week by week overviews under the Teaching and Learning tab or via the link below.  These are working documents and subject to change. 
 
 
Term Dates
 
Please see the Term Dates via the link below.
 
 
Diary Dates
 
Please see the Diary Dates for the current academic year in the document below.