Frequently asked questions 2021


Key members of staff:

Mr S Fryer – Headteacher

Miss L Fernyhough – Assistant Headteacher – Designated Safeguarding Lead, Transition Lead and Y5 Form Teacher

Mrs R Jukes – Assistant Headteacher – SENCo

Mrs A Keily – Assistant Headteacher

Mrs H Dow – Assistant SENCo

Miss K Buxton – Designated Teacher for Looked After Children and Head of Year 5

Mrs D Spooner – Admissions and Attendance Support

What is the Primary Curriculum?

Despite being a secondary deemed middle school, we proudly offer pupils in years 5 and 6 an experience similar to that which is found in a traditional primary school. In these year groups, pupils spend the majority of their school day being taught in their form room, by their form teacher. This enables us to match the needs of our pupils with the excellent pastoral provisions that we have on offer. It also allows us to strongly develop each child’s literacy capabilities and therefore unlock their potential in all aspects of learning. Lessons that are not taught by the form teacher give pupils the opportunity to venture out to other parts of the school and receive specialist teaching, these subjects are as follows: Design and Technology, Computer Science, PE, Music and Maths. This approach allows us to blend the best aspects from both a primary and secondary school experience.

What time does school begin?

We ask that children arrive at school for 8.50am where we will promptly take them into the classrooms for morning registration. If we need to continue with a staggered start to the school day, you will be made aware as soon as possible.

What time does school finish?

The school day, at Churnet View, ends at 3.40pm.

What are the timings of the school day?

The day at Churnet View begins at 8.50am and ends at 3.40pm. We are changing the running of the day slightly too so that we can include additional reading time and an additional break time for pupils.

8.50am Children to meet form teachers on playground
8.50am – 9.10am Morning Registration and Reading Time.
9.10am – 10.10am Period One
10.05am – 10.25am Morning Break
10.25am – 11.20am Period Two
11.20am – 11.30am Morning Break
11.30am – 12.25pm Period Three
12.25pm –1.15pm Lunch Time
1.15pm – 1.35pm Afternoon Registration and Reading Time.
1.35pm – 2.30pm Period Four
2.30pm – 2.40pm Afternoon Break
2.45pm – 3.40pm Period Five
3.40pm Children dismissed from school

After school has finished, children will be dismissed. To begin with, children who are walking out of school or catching a bus will be guided to the correct place by a member of staff.

What will transition look like this year?

My aim is to make transition as smooth as possible. I am already in the process of going out to each first school and meeting with the Y4 class teachers and relevant staff members, to find out as much information as possible about your children. I will also be visiting the schools again during the second half of Summer term so that I am able to hold a question and answer session with them. Each year, the first schools separate their classes into groups to assist us in creating form classes. Although our usual transition event is not possible this year, we will be carrying out some whole school transition and teambuilding activities (within year groups) on 2nd September 2021 and 3rd September 2021 which are the first two days that the children return after the summer holidays.

How many Year 5 classes are there?

This year, we will have four classes in Year 5. The number of classes in the year group is very much dependent on pupil numbers each year. We try our best to average at 30 children per class but cannot guarantee that this will always be the case due to in-year admissions. The Year 5 form teachers are:

5A – Miss Mellor – Room 12
5B – Miss Fernyhough – Room 9
5C – Mr Whetnall – Room 11
5D – Miss Buxton – Room 13

When will I find out which form my child is in?

We always liaise really carefully with our feeder schools when considering who the class teacher for your child will be and which other children they will be placed with. We always ask our feeder schools (where there is a large number of children) to separate their class into groups to help us with creating the form classes. Current Y4 class teachers will have carefully considered existing friendship groups in their selections. In September, your child will be allocated to a Form Group. I am hoping to be able to share this information with Year 4 teachers prior to the summer holidays so that they are able to inform your child of who their Year 5 teacher will be.

Where does my child go when they arrive at school?

We offer a breakfast club provision at Churnet View that is free to attend. The school canteen, in the hall, will be open from 8am daily to sell breakfast items to children. A child’s account can be topped up using Parent Pay. Further details on this will follow in September. Children who do not require breakfast should congregate on the playground. There will also be some before school activities but these will be confirmed in September.

Does the school run after-school clubs?

Previously, we have ran after-school clubs on some evenings of the week. They ran from 3.45pm – 4.30pm.

Who will my child have for their lessons?

For the majority of their Primary Time subjects (English, Reading, Guided Reading, Spellings, French, History, Geography and RESPECT) your child will be taught by their form teacher in their form room. For other subjects, your child may be taught by either their form teacher or a teacher who has a specialism in that area.

Will my child receive homework?

Yes, your child will receive homework and further details will follow on this in September. This will include specific English and Maths homework alongside a half-termly project homework.

When and where can uniform be purchased?

We currently have two stockists of the Churnet View Uniform. These are SuperSports based in Leek and Schools In (formally Trutex) based in Meir.


Schools In

Are ties supplied by the school?

Ties are not currently provided by the school however we do sell them and they can be purchased using Parent Pay. They are also currently for sale on the Schools In website.

How do I find out about school transport?
If your child is eligible for school transport, you should receive a letter from county (during the Summer Term) that will inform you of the bus route that your child will travel on, along with their pick up/drop off point and collection time.

If you need to check eligibility for a bus pass, then you initially need to contact the Stafford Admissions Service who will then direct you to the Transport Service. Telephone Admissions: 01785 278593.

Or, if you have a query about transport arrangements, telephone: 01785 278679.

My child is worried that they will get lost?

Upon arriving in school, one of the first things that we will do with children is a tour. We do not expect the children to be able to remember where each room is immediately. The majority of the children’s lessons will take place in their Y5 classrooms. Where a lesson takes place in a different part of the school, the class teacher or a responsible pupil will lead children to that room until they feel confident in making their own way there. There are always lots of members of staff around to ask for help too and teachers understand that this may mean that Y5 children arrive slightly late to some lessons while they are learning about the school.

Can my child buy food at school?

There are various options currently for when a child may buy food in school. To begin with, Mellors (our school catering company) sell breakfast items to pupils between 8.00am and 8.45am. These can be purchased in the hall. Mellors also provide sales at morning break, where once again children have the opportunity to purchase breakfast items. Finally, Mellors provide our lunchtime catering service. Children are able to purchase a hot school meal, a school sandwich or a grab and go option from the snack box. Pupils can obviously bring their own snacks for break time or packed lunch for lunchtime. We do ask that pupils do not bring sweets or chocolate onto school site.
A school lunch currently costs £2.30 a day. This includes a meal, pudding and a drink. This cost may increase slightly in September. If it does, we will notify you as soon as possible.

Bottles, cartons and slushies are available to buy for an additional cost.

How do I add money to my child’s account?

We use Parent Pay in school. Further details of this will follow in September 2021 with your individual log in details. Once on our school roll, each child will be issued an activation code that will allow you to add them to any previous Parent Pay accounts. All children will then be issued with a pin code that can be used at the pay points when paying for items from the school catering company.

How do I apply for Free School Meals?

Information Regarding Free School Meals
Do you claim any of the following benefits?
· Income Support
· Income based Job Seekers Allowance
· Income based Employment and Support Allowance
· Child tax credit and no working tax credit with a household income of less than £16,190
· Universal Credit The ‘Guarantee’ element of State Pension Credit
· Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

If so, you can claim free school meals. Our use of the cashless catering system at school means that credits are automatically
paid in to your child’s account in a discreet way. Your child will also be eligible for a free lunch and also a free breakfast. Even if
you don’t want to take the meals, making a claim will help our school as we receive extra funding for each child who is
registered. This funding could then be used for: additional support for pupils; school trips; after-school clubs and other
enrichment activities.
The application form can be found online and it is really quick and easy to use. Go to the website at:

School Communication

We use the My Ed app to keep in touch with parents. If you are able to, please download this to your phone prior to September. This is the only way that we are able to communicate with parents via text messages.

What is Parent Pay?

As soon as we have all of your details on our system, we will be able to provide you with account activation details for your Parent Pay account. You will be able to access Parent Pay from a desk top computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Parent Pay is linked to your child’s lunch account to make adding funds easier. We also use it to purchase school ties, equipment that is on sale in school and trips. Please be aware that we will only be able to send out the account activation letters from September, when your child will be on our school roll.

When does the data collection information need to be completed by?

Once your child has been allocated a place at Churnet View, we will ask you to complete a data collection form and a swimming information form. All data collection forms were included in Welcome Pack 1, which was distributed to first schools at the end of April. Swimming letters are enclosed in Welcome Pack 2. Please aim to complete these as soon as possible. If you experience any issues, please contact the school either by telephone: 01538 384939 or email

Who should I contact if I have a concern?

We understand that you will sometimes need to speak to a member of staff regarding your child. In the first instance, please contact the school office and they will be able to advise you as to who you need to speak to. They will also be able to ask the relevant member of staff to make contact with you.

Finally, please take a look at our website and our Facebook page. Over the next few months, we will be updating these areas with important information and further admissions support.

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