General Information about coming to St Nicholas

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 7.45am.

After School Club is open until 6.00pm.


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

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 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


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 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

- e-mail us on our dedicated absence e-mail address –

- use the Parentmail app to report the absence.

It would be helpful if you could phone or e-mail in on each day that your child is ill and you must advise the nature of the illness.


What is the school uniform? 

From Easter to October half term
From October half term to Easter
Bottle Green polo top with school logo
Bottle green jumper or cardigan with school logo
Grey skirt, shorts or trousers
Green / white checked summer dress or skirt / top  
White, grey or black socks
Black shoes (no trainers)   
White shirt with School tie
Bottle green jumper or cardigan with school logo
Grey trousers, skirt or pinafore
White, grey or black socks or tights
Black shoes (no trainers)
  No jewellery except for stud earrings.   

Information about the School Uniform can also be found below.

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

You can buy jumpers, cardigans, white polo tops, rucksacks, PE bags and name labels from this site and the school receives 5% of all items purchased.

We are pleased to have opened our Uniformd online shop to sell donated or unclaimed uniform for low prices. The uniform is all in good condition but may need to be washed. All proceeds will go directly to our PTA. Please log on using the link above and search for our school. You will see the items listed and quantities we have of each size. Purchase using a credit card and we will let you know when items are ready to collect. If you would prefer items to go directly to your child in class please then email Mrs Ellis ( who will arrange this for you. Once you have your items please make sure they are clearly marked with your child’s name. Mrs Ellis is the manager for Uniformd so please contact her if you have any queries.


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.

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 on Apple or Android phones and tablets. 

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 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 ( 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 Miss Reynolds, Head of School  ( 


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