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Prospective Parents FAQs

Please see below to find answers to some frequently asked questions.

FAQs for prospective parents 

Please also check our website: for further information, the reception brochure and the school prospectus.

What are the benefits of sending my child to an infant school setting?

All of our teachers are dedicated, highly trained and skilled early years specialists. Some have visited early year’s establishments in Sweden, Denmark and New Zealand where early years practice is world renown.

The year two pupils are confident, being the oldest pupils in school, and are offered many responsibilities and extra-curricular opportunities.

Will I get a place if I don’t live in the village?

Allocations vary year-on-year dependant on various factors. In the first instance, please refer to our current Admissions Policy on our website.

How many classes in school and what are the class sizes?

There are three classes in each of the three year groups (4-7 years). Each class will have 30 pupils.

In reception (the Early Years Foundation Stage) there will be a ratio of at least 2 adults to 30 pupils in the three classes.

All of the six key stage one (KS1) classes are supported by well-trained teaching partners.

What is the current Ofsted grading?

Since the school’s previous inspection in January 2009, you may be aware that there have been a significant number of changes to the Ofsted Inspection Frameworks and their criteria for inspection.  We are therefore delighted that the outcome for our inspection in June 2018 is ‘Good’ and that the areas for further improvement noted in the report had already been highlighted within the school and are being worked on through our Strategic and School Improvement Plan.  CKIS is an exceptional school with wonderful children, staff and facilities, which ensure that pupils; ‘feel safe and well cared for’, ‘are interested and motivated to learn’, ‘make good progress and attain well’ and ‘are prepared well, at a level appropriate for their age, for life in modern Britain’ (Ofsted quotes).

What time does school open and close each day?

8.50am – 3.00pm each day

Is there before and after school care?

Yes and Kindergarten pupils also attend.

Kids Club operates, term time only, from 7.45am until school opens in the morning at a current cost of £4.00 per session. The children are escorted to their classrooms as the bell sounds for the start of the day.

There are two evening sessions: 3pm until 4.15pm and 4.15 until 5.30pm at a cost of £4.50 and £4.00 respectively. All sessions are staffed at a ratio of 1:8.

What food/drink can my child bring into school?

Each child should bring a mid-morning snack of fruit or vegetable. We also like children to have a named bottle of water with them.

Children are provided with a hot free school meal or you can send in a packed cold lunch for lunchtime if you prefer.

Additionally, each child will be offered a piece of fruit at some point during the day.

Do you have a school uniform?

Yes and this can be purchased from Universal Uniforms, Unit V1, Kingsville Road, Kingsditch Trade Park, Cheltenham -

As we are a Green Flag Eco School we often sell previously worn uniform for a small charge.

What do I do if my child is unwell?

Please contact the school receptionist on 01242 514483 and leave a message when prompted or email: 

What do I do if I’m worried about my child?

Please speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance.

How will I know how my child is getting on?

We have two formal parent’s evenings and an end of year report.

In reception, there are many opportunities to speak to the class teacher both informally and on a more formal basis: we hold morning class visits four times a year which give you the chance to see what is going on in your child’s class.

Wednesday Wanders for all children’s parents take place at 3-4pm three times a year. These keep you in contact with what your child is doing in their own classroom.

What if I think my child is very bright?

Your child will be assessed on entry; this is called the Early Years Foundation Stage Baseline. Your child will be unaware that this is happening as it is administered by the teacher in a non-threatening way. The outcome will be discussed with you and will help the teacher provide an appropriate curriculum for your child.

The Head teacher is the coordinator for the able, gifted and talented pupils. Please check our policy on the website.

Are there extra-curricular activities?

Yes for year two only and these are run by the teachers and are free. These usually take place after-school for 45 minutes or during lunch breaks. This year the clubs on offer are: dance; choir; recorder; sport; craft; bookworms; speech and drama; computing; maths; Zumba; and bug club.

Additionally, we are pleased to host Happy Days Gym Club and a Jujutsui Club after school ends. These clubs are provided by third parties; more details can be found at school.

Do the children automatically move on to Charlton Kings Junior School?

It is usual for children to progress to the junior school and we work closely with the junior school to ensure that the transition is easy for parents and children. The junior school head would be delighted to show you around before you make your final choice of school. Contact Mr Pajak via the school office:

Answers to many other questions can be found in our Parent Information Directory which is available under 'Parents'