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Totternhoe Academy

With God’s love, we seek adventure with our minds and find a home for our hearts

Overview

Our Vision

An excellent, nurturing education, valuing and respecting all.  Everyone enjoying and exploring life in all its abundance, sharing our unique gifts, whilst growing together in love and understanding of the Christian faith.
‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.’ 1 Peter 4:10a
'With God's love, we seek adventure with our minds and find a home for our hearts.'

 

PE Grants - Please look at the PE tab for details
Pupil Premium Grant  - Please see the  pupil premium tab for full details. 
 
Timings of the school day

Main School (YR - Y6)
Doors open at  8:45 am and lessons start at 9 am
Each day we join for Collective Worship at 3.00 pm. 
School closes at 3:30 pm. 
KidZone runs from 7.45 - 8:45 am and 3:30 - 5:30 pm  daily. 
 
Pre-School
8.45am - 3:30pm ( All day session)
8.45am - 11:45 (Morning session)
Lunch session 11:45 - 12:30 
12:30 pm - 3:30pm (Afternoon session) 
Please note: Children who are attending the afternoon session will need to have their lunch prior to attending.
 
Lunch at School
All children in year R, 1 and 2 are entitled to a school meal under the governments 'Universal free School meals' scheme. This is NOT the same as Pupil Premium and we would recommend parents check with Mrs Coote or Mrs Barford if they think they might be entitled to extra funding for their child (It is very easy to check, and we can help with this). 
School lunches are provided by Hobbs  and cooked in our school kitchen. Any child  in the school can book a delicious, school dinner with Mr Hobbs.
For more details please speak to our Admin team. 
Menus are in the parents area. 

If you would like help with packing a lunch box or cooking at home with your child please take a look at the following links:

Attendance

It is very important that children attend school regularly, are on time and ready to learn. When children are absent they miss a wide range of learning opportunities and this impacts on their progress and attainment.
 The Local  Authority has set us the attendance target of 97%.
Please  read the  attached brochure  from the LA with  how you can ensure good  attendance  at school. We can't reach our target without your support. 

Totternhoe CE Academy  does not authorise holidays in term time. Further information on our attendance procedures can be found in our Attendance Policy.

​Please note that  children  are not allowed to attend PA events if they have been absent from school the same day. 
 
To read Central Bedfordshire Council information for parents please click on the link below.

Safeguarding Officers

School:
Ms O. Burke (Prevent Officer); DSL
Mrs G. van Vuuren DDSL
​Miss G. Needham DDSL     

Miss L. Jesson DDSL

      
We take  safeguarding extremely seriously at Totternhoe. There are lots of ways in which we implement this but some of them are:  we tell the children in school that you  can "keep a  surprise, but not a secret."  We have posters  around school to promote this.  All staff have ID badges with key contacts on the  back.  Please read our child  protection and safeguarding policy for the full details of how we keep children  safe in school. 

The LADO (also known in Central Bedfordshire as the Allegations Manager) oversees investigations into allegations and concerns against adults who work with children and young people in both a paid and voluntary capacity. 
If you have concerns about the conduct and behaviour of someone working with children and young people,  you can contact Central Bedfordshire’s LADO as follows:
LADO - tel no 0300 300 4832 or 0300 300 4833 

Our parent leaflet can be read here or pick up a copy from the front desk.

We value your comments and always want to hear how you think we can make Totternhoe  the best we can be.  

 


We hold Parent  Forum termly with Ms Burke / Miss Jesson and discuss a range of topics from parking to packed lunches, the curriculum to school developments. The minutes of these meetings are published in the half-termly newsletters. 
There is a suggestion box in the foyer for working parents and carers, if you cannot make the meetings and we will send out a Zooom link so you can join from home. 
We also send a weekly email called the weekly round-up, with everything you need for the week ahead.
We hold meet the new teacher meetings in the summer term and parents' evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms.

We also send out a  yearly questionnaire and the results of this directly impact the School Development Plan.  
OFSTED also want your views. Please click the title above to see the Parent View web page.

Illness
If your child is unwell, please inform the school office on the first day of illness. If children have vomiting and/or diarrhoea they need to stay at home for 48 hours following the last episode. This is to limit spread of infection to others. You may find information on the following website helpful.
NHS information

 

Did you know you can help to raise funds for our school?
Visit: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/

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