Welcoming our new starters
A warm welcome to High Oakham Primary School, we hope that you will enjoy your time with us as your child thrives and grows, feeling part of and loved by, our wonderful HOPS family!
I hope that you will find all the information you need on our website.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch:
01623 461313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on specific year groups and classes at High Oakham Primary School, can be found here on Class at High Oakham.
At High Oakham Primary School, we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and ability to participate fully in school life.
We tackle discrimination through the positive promotion of equality, through discussion, by challenging bullying and stereotypes and by creating an environment which champions respect for all. We believe that diversity is a strength which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit us.
Equality in Teaching and learning at High Oakham
We provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed and to reach the highest level of personal achievement. We do this by:
- Ensuring equality of access for all pupils and preparing them for life in a diverse society
- Using materials that reflect the diversity of the school, population and local community without stereotyping
- Promoting attitudes and values that challenge any discriminatory behaviour or prejudice
- Providing opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures
- Seeking to involve all parents in supporting their child’s education
- Utilising teaching approaches appropriate for the whole school population which are inclusive and reflective of our pupils.
Equal Opportunities for Staff at High Oakham
All staff appointments and promotions are made on the basis of merit and ability and in compliance with the law. We are keen to ensure that the staffing of the school reflects the diversity of our community.
Uniform at High Oakham
No jewellery to be worn in school - this is a matter of health and safety. Earrings can be studs, no hoops or fashion earrings.
All items should be clearly marked with your child's name, including shoes.
Wellies are needed for both foundation stage classes. If your child is toilet training, tracksuit bottoms or leggings can be worn to support if needed.
Please note: the uniform guidance is for ALL classes - from Nursery through to Year 6.
Dark green sweatshirt, cardigan or jumper - school logo optional
White polo shirt, blouse, or shirt
Grey/Black skirts, culottes, smart shorts or trousers
Please note - skirts must be to the knee and not tight fitting and trousers must not be leggings or jeans
Dark green blazer with school badge is optional
School tie is also optional
School socks can be grey, white or black, not sports socks
Black school shoes or boots - no heels, must be safe to run and play in.
Warmer weather - green and white checked summer dresses can be worn
All items need to be in one drawstring bag to fit on the pegs. PE kits MUST come in at the beginning of the week and go home on a Friday. If a child does not have a kit at school, spare can be used, however, if not available, children will have to miss their session and a reminder sent out on Class Dojo for the next day.
Long hair needs to be tied up.
- White polo shirt or t shirt
- Black shorts
- Black jogging bottoms
- Black jumper or hoodie
- Black plimsolls
- Key Stage 2 - trainers
- Sports socks - white or black
- Tape for earrings (or they can be taken out before school and kept at home) Please note: staff do not take out or put back in earrings
Other items needed
- Children will need a flat book bag. These are available with a logo on from Crystal Knitwear in Mansfield and come in two different styles.
- Year 6 children can use a rucksack and can bring their own pencil case and stationary to school.
- Coats must be suitable for use in wet weather
- Mobile phones are not permitted in school unless children are walking to or from school on their own. These must be placed in the 'phone basket' on arrival into the classroom and they will be stored securely in the main office during the day. They will be given out at the end of the day. Please note: children's phones must not be used on school site - this includes the playground.
- Children will need a lunch bag if they are not having a school meal
- A drinks bottle is also needed for the school day
Lunchtime at HOPS
School dinners at High Oakham Primary School are provided by the catering service at Nottinghamshire County Council. Mrs Cuff, our school cook oversees our kitchen on school site and along with a team of fantastic kitchen staff and midday supervisors led by Mrs Smith, ensures only the best lunchtime service is provided for our children and staff.
Our school meals are healthy and nutritious, a great way to keep your child fit and strong. Our meals are packed with fresh and tasty ingredients, meeting high standards for healthy eating, including many strictly regulated food assurance schemes.
As well as meals, we also provide school milk and bread, vegetarian options, and cater for special diets and allergies. Many of our ingredients are locally sourced - approximately 75% of the food on your child's plate - which cuts down on our food miles, reducing the carbon footprint per meal. Our food is also free from palm oil.
If your child has any dietary requirements or medical needs that affects their school meals, then a meeting will be set up with the school cook to discuss a plan for your child. Evidence will be required for allergies and medical needs. We aim to be a NUT free school and we are committed to ensuring that our children learn about how to support their peers to stay safe around food.
Click here for the latest school menu.
We understand that many parents lead busy lives, and may not always have time to prepare children's lunches themselves. Letting us take care of it is a great way to ensure that your child gets a hot healthy meal.
Click here to visit Nottinghamshire County Council's school meals page on their website.
Is your child in Nursery or in Key Stage 2? Are you eligible for Free School Meals? Click here to find out more and to apply online.
If your child is of school age in Reception up to Year 2, then they are eligible for Universal infant free school meals - this means that they do not have to pay for a school dinner.
School meal prices are set by schools and academies and are dependent on their contract. There is a Nottinghamshire County Council recommended price, which is the same for primary and secondary schools.
Currently, a school dinner at High Oakham Primary School costs £2.30 per meal.
At High Oakham Primary School, we are 'cashless' which means that you will need to have a sQuid account. sQuid is a cashless payment solution that significantly reduces cash-handling costs and streamlines administration time. We have been using this system since November 2019 and this is working very well for us. On admission into school, you will receive more information about how to setup a sQuid account and what to do moving forward.
Please ensure that you keep your child's sQuid account topped up. If you have any issues or questions about school dinners, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the school office.