Useful Information for New Starters


DINNERS – Dinners are provided by Caterlink Catering Company which is entirely separate from the school. Dinner choices are made at registration on a daily basis.


Payment of dinners is on line via Parent Pay.  The current cost of a dinner is £2.54 per day or £12.70 per week.  Dinners should be paid for in advance.


Instructions to help you to set up a Parent Pay account are included in this pack.  An individual activation code will be provided once your child has started school.


For those parents who have difficulties with accessing the internet please do not hesitate to contact the School Office.


If your child is entitled to free school meals please make sure that you apply online using the confidential online form –  This will ensure that your entitlement is up to date on arrival.  Please be aware that while all children in infant school receive free school meals, this is not the case for children in Year 3 and up.  You must apply to Gloucestershire County Council using the above link to secure free school meals. 


Free meals cannot be provided until the school has received written confirmation from Shire Hall.  All meals will have to be paid for in the interim.


If your child has any food allergies and will be ordering school meals, please contact the school office so that we can provide you with the relevant form to complete in order to notify the catering company. 


NUT FREE SCHOOL - People who suffer from nut allergies can evelop a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction and therefore we must insist that we are a nut free school.  We cannot have nuts in school in any form.  So please can we ask that you have no nut products in the lunch boxes or brought into the school as treats.  For example:

  • Peanut butter sandwiches
  • Chocolate spreads
  • cereal bars
  • Some granola bars
  • Cakes that contain nuts
  • Biscuits/Cookies that contain nuts
  • Peanut butter cakes
  • Some Asian food, including satay
  • Sauces that contain nuts

This list is not exhaustive, so please check the packaging of products carefully. 



COOL MILK – if your child is entitled to free school meals, and you would like them to have free milk, please inform the school office.


If you wish to pay for milk, you will need to complete a registration form on-line – Please note Cool Milk is an entirely separate company and all correspondence and payments should be made with them directly.



SCHOOL TERM DATES – We attach school term dates for 2023/24.  Please note – if you wish to take your child out of school during term time, you need to complete a ‘leave of absence’ request form which is available at the School Office.



UNIFORMWe have a limited amount of stock available to purchase from the School Office.  If you require uniform, please ring the office to check availability.  If the size you require is unavailable, please see information below regarding online sales of uniform.


You can order and pay for school uniform online from School Trends by following the link:


There are no minimum order quantities and your uniform will be delivered directly to your chosen address. Alternatively visit then select ‘Find My School’ and follow the order instructions. Other ordering information including sizes, delivery information and the returns procedure is also available online.





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If your child is late on any occasion, please report to the School Office to ensure your child is signed into school and any dinner requests are dealt with.  



REPORTING ABSENCE – please ring the School Office on 524578 by 9.30am to report any absences.  If your child has an appointment during the morning and they would like a school dinner, please ring the office to select a dinner for your child.  Dinner requests must be made by 9.45am.



CHANGE OF DETAILS – please ensure we have up to date contact details at all times in case of an emergency.  Please note in case of a school closure you will be notified by a text message or email.  We therefore need a mobile contact number and email address for every pupil.  If you change your mobile phone number or email address, please remember to let us know.



SCHOOL – please check the school website as information is regularly updated.


If there is anything else we can help you with at any time, please do not hesitate to contact the School Office.