Frequently Asked Questions

The school uses SCHOOL PING APP to send out all information to parents

You can get information on your phone or by email.  If you require help or support with using School PING please ask at the school office.

We also have a Facebook Page

Staff will offer 2 Parents evenings each year and a final school report at the end of the summer term.

Gates open at 8.40 for year 1 to year 6 (gates close at 8.55). The end of the day is 3.15 for year 1 – 6 with no brother or sister and 3.20 for those with brothers or sisters.

Gates 8.50 for Reception into their own play area .They open at 3.20 at the end of the day

Nursery 8.30 – 11.30 morning session
12.30 – 3.30pm afternoon session
Children doing 30 hours start at 9am and finish at 3pm (they also need a packed lunch)

It is very important for all children to attend school every day and to arrive on time. Children should arrive in good time between 8:40am and 8.55am. This is essential to ensure that children benefit fully from classroom learning and that other children’s learning is not disrupted. If your child is persistently late parents will also have a meeting with our Attendance lead and a member of the Senior Leadership Team to help them with strategies to prevent lateness from occurring

 Harrisons Schoolwear 
A Family Run Schoolwear Outfitters and School Uniform Supplier
Contact Us 01493 662214
Please Contact Via Email To Place An Order Or For Important Queries At:

For Order Placing, Please Include A Contact Number So We Can Reach You when Your Order Is Ready To Collect.

Uniform can also be purchased without the logo on from local shops and supermarkets and 


For PE the children wear a white school PE t-shirt and black shorts, with trainers or plimsolls. In cold weather they can wear a tracksuit.


For reasons of safety children should not wear any jewellery in school apart from a wrist watch and, if your child has pierced ears, small studs may be worn. We would advise that ears are not pierced during term time so they have the holiday period to heal.  Children should be able to remove their own earrings. Jewellery must be removed or earrings covered with tape for P.E.

Please ensure that your child’s clothing is clearly marked with their name so that if they lose something it can be returned if found. We have a lost property basket in the school. We also regularly display lost property in the atrium after school. Any unclaimed items are sent to a charity shop

We have extended provision both before and after school hours.
Breakfast Club is open from 8.00 am until the start of school every day. The children are offered a healthy breakfast before joining in with various activities.

Breakfast club is £1 per session payable on the day at the club.

After school Wrap around care is provided by Premier Education and is booked directly with them via their website.

No. Unfortunately, we do not have parking facilities on site

There are limited covered areas on the playground.  There are trees providing shade elsewhere. We recommend that during the hot weather your child always brings sunscreen and a sun hat to wear in the playground.

Yes. Bike racks are provided on site.  Children’s bikes and scooters can be kept in it during the school day.  Children should lock their bikes up to keep them secure.

We recognise and support able and talented children across the curriculum, including those who have a particular ability in the core subjects or talents in foundation subjects. At North Denes we are very proud of the achievements of our pupils and provide them with a range of opportunities and a platform for them to display their exceptional abilities and talents


Children with SEN are offered full access to a broad, balanced, challenging and relevant curriculum for the EYFS and National Curriculum.

The aim of our Inclusion Policy is to provide access to the EYFS and the National Curriculum and all other areas of school life for children at our school at levels appropriate to their needs. The SEN information report has detailed information about the support we offer for each area of need.

There are lots of things you can do to help your child. Bringing them to school on time is really important so that they are present for all of their lessons. Arriving late means that your child misses part of their lessons and it is also disruptive for them and the rest of their class. We encourage you to work in partnership with the school by attending parent/teacher consultation days and events at school. You can also attend the many PE, reading and maths café events run across the school . Other important ways you can help your child are reading all the letters they take home, supporting them with homework, reading together so that your child reads at least five times a week and generally giving lots of encouragement and praise

A letter with school holiday dates is sent home each year. This information is also available from the school office and is published here

We have an extra day for the Queens Jubilee celebrations.  Our school will be off on Monday 27th June 2022 all day

Children are encouraged to bring their own named water bottle to keep in their classroom.  Water is available in each class and jugs of water are available at lunchtime.

We encourage healthy eating and expect parents to choose healthily if they choose to make a packed lunch for their children.
An example of a healthy packed lunch is:

A sandwich (no peanut butter, to protect children with nut allergies)
No crisps except baked snacks eg. baked crisps, cheddars, Yoghurt and a piece of fruit
Bottle of water or juice

No chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks or nuts

If your child is too unwell to attend school please telephone the school office on 01493 842063 before 9:00 am to inform us.

Unfortunately, children do sometimes become unwell or have accidents while they are at school and we may need to call you. It can cause a child distress if we are unable to contact you in these circumstances. Therefore, please ensure that we always have up-to-date contact telephone numbers for you.

Parents can arrange to come into school to administer medication to their own children if necessary. Medication for children with asthma, severe allergies, etc is kept in the office. These are given by a first-aid trained member of staff. If a dose of medicine is needed during the day you will need to complete a form in the school office to enable us to give your child their medication. The office staff will not collect children from their classes to give them medicine, so please arrange with the class teacher or classroom assistant to bring your child to the office at the correct time. The office staff can give both prescribed medicines and over-the-counter medicines to your child with your written consent.

We discourage the bringing of toys and collectables (e.g. football cards) into school, unless the class teacher has specifically requested this.


If you need to speak to your child’s teacher the best time is usually at the end of the school day after all the children have been dismissed. We can also make appointments in the school office for parents/carers to see class teachers or other members of staff

Each year group has an email address which allows you to message the class teachers directly.


No. Holidays will not be authorised during term time. Any absences (other than through illness) will be recorded as unauthorised and you may incur a fixed penalty fine and risk your child losing their place at our school

In the event of a severe emergency leading to school closures, this information can be found on the Norfolk County Council website.  We will also send out a message on School PING and put information on our Facebook page

Yes. Each year we have an elected school council comprised of two representatives from each class from Reception to Year 6. The school council meets once every half term to discuss issues that are important to all the children in the school

Yes.  Children are expected to read to an adult, at least 3 times a week. Children are expected to practice their time tables at home. Reception to year 2 children practice their sounds and tasks for Tapestry. Spellings are sent home weekly.

School finishes at 3:15 or 3.20. Children in Nursery, Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3 must be collected by a known adult.

Please let us know if someone different from usual is collecting your child. Older children are permitted, with your agreement, to go home by themselves.

We have many children in our school who are learning English. We have some trained staff who are available to help children in their acquisition of English as an additional language.

In This Section