Frequently Asked Questions

What are the timings for a school day?

Doors open to the school at 8:40 am.
Registers close at 8.55am.
The end of the school day is 3:15 pm.
Lunch time for Early Years is 11:50 – 1:00 pm.
Lunch time for the rest of the Year Groups is 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

What are the term dates for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018

Term dates  can be found HERE

Does Long Meadow School offer a Breakfast Club, After-School Club or Holiday Club?

Yes. All three are provided by Kids Play, an external provider who uses the Long Meadow site. They can be contacted on 01908 209317) or you can visit their website by clicking HERE.

What should I do if my child is late for school?

Children arriving after registers are closed at 8.55am will be recorded as late. Parents of children that arrive persistently late will be the subject of Fixed Penalty Notices. If your child is late it is important that you go to the School Office to sign them in. This is essential for monitoring punctuality, fire safety and security.

What should I do if my child is unable to attend school?

Parents and carers must phone the school immediately on 01908 508678 as soon as they know their child is unable to attend school. If we are not informed, staff at school have to have to begin to find out why and that delay can put children at risk.

Can I take my child out of school for holidays during term time?

No. The school provides attendance data to the Schools Attendance Officer who makes decisions on the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices for children who are out of school for 5 or more days during term time. Absence during term time has a significant impact on pupil progress.

Where can I get school uniform from?

This needs to be ordered from our supplier, Talk2Me  You can do this online or by handing in an order form to Reception.  Sample garments for sizing purposes are available to try on in Reception at Long Meadow. We also carry a complete set of uniform for parents to look at. All Long Meadow parents can access our free uniform recycling scheme. We encourage our parents to deposit good condition used uniform in the wheelie bin in the front entrance. This is then sorted and stored by Long Meadow staff ready for redistribution. There is no means-testing for this uniform and all parents have to do is complete the form and as long as we have it in stock, it will be sent home free of charge. Review the School Uniform Policy HERE 

Where can I find information on Emergency School Closures?

In the event of an emergency school closure, for example due to snow or heating failure, we will text parents. (If you are not receiving texts from us, please let us know.) Information on MK School Closures can be found HERE. Heart Radio (103.3) will also provide updates.

When does my child start school?

Children start school in the September following their fourth birthday. There is a staggered entry system to allow all children to settle.

How do I apply for a place at Long Meadow?

Please contact Milton Keynes Council Admissions (01908 253338) in the first instance for information about places at our school during the academic year.  If your child is starting school for the first time, you will need to complete an online application on the Milton Keynes Council website. Click  HERE for details.

What do I do if my child needs prescribed medication?

Parents can arrange to come into school to administer medication to their own child if necessary.  Only medicines prescribed by a doctor and clearly labelled for four times a day will be administered by the school.  Please bring the medicine to the school office and complete the appropriate paperwork.

Medicine that needs to be taken three times a day should be given to your child before and after school and at bedtime.

For children with asthma, severe allergies, etc., please talk to our School Health Administrator in Reception for advice and guidance.

How long after an illness can my child return to school?

Once they are feeling better. In the case of vomiting and diarrhoea your child should not have had these symptoms for least 24 hours before they return to school.

How can I see my child’s teacher?

Teachers are normally available for brief enquiries after school (3:20 pm). If you need a longer appointment, please contact your child’s teacher or the office staff who will be happy to arrange this for you. There is also an opportunity to see your child’s teacher once a term at Parents’ Evening.

How are parents informed of school events?

A newsletter is sent to parents (usually by email – please ensure we have your details) at least once a half term.  Curriculum Newsletters are also sent home to parents once a term. Parents are often sent texts to remind them of events taking place during the week.

How can I organise a ‘Hot School Meal’ for my child?

Hot school meals are provided by Cygnet Catering.  An order form is available from Reception.  Orders can be placed for a particular day, week or half term.  All orders have to be received by Reception on the Tuesday (9:30 am) in the week prior to the week that the meals are required.  Meals cost £2.25 per day.  There is an option of main meal, vegetarian meal or jacket potato meal.

Is my child entitled to a ‘Free School Meal’ ?

All children in Early Years, Year One and Year Two are entitled to a free school meal, regardless of status. This must be ordered in advance (see above).

Children in Years Three, Four, Five and Six may be entitled to a free school meal if their parents in receipt of one of the these benefits :

  • Income Support
  • Employment & Support Allowance – Income related
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (NOT Contribution Based JSA)
  • Child Tax Credit only (with a combined family income of less than £16,190 per annum as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) Please note, anyone receiving Working Tax Credit, regardless of income, will NOT qualify for FSMs
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • National Asylum Seekers Support (NASS)
  • Guaranteed Element of Pension Tax Credit

Parents must apply online. You can register and find out if your child is eligible by visiting the Citizen Portal

The system is quick and simple to use and can be accessed via a smartphone or hand held device. If you qualify, please show the ‘Application Summary’ to the school office on your smartphone or print a copy.

Please register with the portal, even if you have applied and been unsuccessful in the past. By doing so they will have your contact details and can inform you straight away if your eligibility changes.

How can I volunteer to help at the school?

Please speak to your child’s class teacher or the office staff if you would like to help in school.

PALS (Parents & Friends at Long Meadow School) is a great way to help our school.  They meet once a term to arrange events and discuss ways in which to support the children at Long Meadow.  Everyone is welcome to come along to any of the meetings.  If you wish to find out more, please contact the school office.