Frequently Asked Questions

The School's Ofsted Registration Number is 139394

Times and Dates

What are the School Session Times?

School session times are from 8.45 to 3.15 each day.

Breakfast Club is open from 7.45.

After School Club is open until 6.00.

 

What are the term dates?

This is a link to the Devon County Council’s webpage showing future school holiday dates.

As a school we will also choose 5 ‘non-pupil’ days when staff training takes place. We usually add these on to the beginning or end of holidays.

 

How will I find out about School Closures?

In the event of an emergency or bad weather:

  • you will be informed by text message (if you are registered on parentmail)
  • the website will have a message on the home page
  • Heart Radio and Devon Radio will have updates
  • Devon County Council School’s Closures page will also have a message.

If you are still in any doubt please call the School as there may be a message on the answer phone or there will be a member of staff to advise you.

 
Requesting a term time absence
To request an absence please use the following S2 form and return it to the school office for consideration by the Headteacher. 
 

School Meals

How much is a book of dinner tickets?

A book of 5 dinner tickets costs £11.00. We would prefer books of dinner tickets to be bought online via Parentpay. Alternatively please bring cash or a cheque made payable to Plymouth CAST, St Nicholas Exeter.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE A NUT FREE SCHOOL. 

Do I qualify for free school meals?

All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 at state schools in England automatically get free school meals. However, parents and guardians are encouraged to apply for free school meals when they enrol their child in school, as this can help their child’s school to attract additional ‘pupil premium‘ funding to support learning.

From year 3 onwards, children whose parents are in receipt of the following are entitled to free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit.

Children who receive any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e. they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

How to apply

Use our online application form, which you can email to freeschoolmeals@devon.gov.uk or print out and post to FSM Team, Room L102, County Hall, Exeter EX2 4QD. Parents and carers can also ring the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019

 

Transport 

How do I find out about transport by bus to and from School?

We have an arrangement whereby our children use buses going to St Peter’s High School from different parts of the city, operated by Stagecoach (01392 427711 / southwest.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com). 

Please come to the office for more details.

 

Paying for Items

We use an online system called Parentpay. To activate your account, have the account activation letter from school to hand. If you have lost this or not yet received it, please contact the school office.

To set up your account, you will need to provide a current email address. This will be your username and will also be used for verification purposes.

1.   Navigate to www.parentpay.com or use the link below

2.   Select Login at the top right corner of the screen

3.   Enter the Username and Password provided in your account activation letter and press Login

4.   Complete the activation as detailed on the screen

You can now log in to your account.

What do I do if my child is sick?

Please either call the office on (01392) 445403 and  leave a message or speak to a member of the admin team OR you can e-mail us on our dedicated absence e-mail address – absence@stncs.uk. It would be helpful if you could phone or e-mail in on each day that your child is ill and advise the nature of the illness.

On your child’s return please bring a note stating the reason for their absence.

 

What is the school uniform? 

 
SUMMER UNIFORM
From Easter to October half term
 
WINTER UNIFORM
From October half term to Easter
 
BOYS    
 
 White polo top with school logo
Bottle green jumper
Grey shorts or trousers    
Grey or black socks
Black shoes (no trainers)   
 
White shirt with School tie
Bottle green jumper
Grey trousers
Grey or black socks
Black shoes (no trainers)
GIRLS
 
 
 
 
White polo top with school logo
Bottle green jumper or cardigan
Grey skirt, shorts or trousers
OR
Green and white checked summer dress
White socks 
Black shoes (no trainers or boots)
 
Girls may not wear jewellery except for stud earrings
White shirt with school tie
Bottle green jumper or cardigan
Grey skirt, pinafore or trousers
White, grey or green socks or tights
Black shoes (no trainers or boots)
 

 Information about the School Uniform can also be found below.

Thomas Moore on Fore Street supply all uniform (with logos) and PE kit. White polo shirts, cardigans, jumpers and school bags (all with logo) can be bought from Tesco Online.

 

How do I register for Parentmail?  

Please ask at Reception for a form to complete so that we can register you.  

What benefits can Parentmail give me??

Attention all parents! Communicating with you is an important part of what we do, making sure you get the correct information about activities, events and school news that really matters is something we care about.

As you know, the school uses ParentMail, a service used by over 6,000 schools, nurseries and children’s clubs to communicate to parents.

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To log in to your ParentMail feed click here.

We’d like to encourage all parents to download the app as there are a number of benefits both to you and the school:

  • You don’t need to login to pick up messages or attachments when you use the App.
  • The App stores all the messages we send you in one place.
  • Every message sent arrives as an instant alert on your mobile.
  • You help save us money!

You can download the App for free from either the

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Apple APP store

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Google Play Store

For help with your ParentMail account click here.

 

Getting Involved 

How can I become a parent-helper?

We are grateful for all help we receive from parents whether with reading, school trips or general classroom help. Please contact Emily Kitchen who is the parent-helper co-ordinator. Her e-mail address is ekitchen@stncs.uk. All parent helpers have to have a DBS check.

 

How do I get involved in the PTA?

To get involved in the PTA you can either contact the Chair or Secretary of the PTA (pta@stncs.uk) or just turn up to one of the meetings. Agendas and Minutes of previous meetings are posted on the PTA page and dates of meetings are all on the website calendar.

What should I do if I have any concerns about my child? 

Please see your child’s class teacher before or after school, or you can e-mail them directly (please see Staff page for contact details for each teacher). If you still have concerns you can contact Mrs Folland (head@stncs.uk). 

  

What Reading Schemes are in use by the School? 

Phonics:- Jolly Phonics; Letters & Sounds; Collins Big Cat Phonics

Reading Schemes:- Oxford Reading Tree; Collins Big Cat; Rigby Star / Rocket / Quest; Heinemann; Ginn