Bourne Primary School

Eastbourne

FAQ

Please browse through the questions that we are often asked by selecting the coloured tab:-

There are several very useful ways to help out at school:

  • Supporting FOBSA. This is a great way to help the school. Every parent and carer is automatically a member of FOBSA and is invited to all events. We do rely on volunteers to help plan, organise and/or run these events, and many hands make light work. We have FOBSA meetings each term, and when more people attend, we have more ideas for fun events, and everyone has less work to do! One of the benefits of getting involved in the PTA is the social opportunities it presents, as it has allowed for some very good friendships to be built between parents
  • Helping out in class: We are very pleased when parents ask to help out in class. Mrs Barrett, our Key Leader for Families and Community, organises this. Experience has taught us that it is not a good idea for parents to help out in their own child’s class, as it can be very distracting for that child, and so we ask you to help elsewhere in the school. All parent helpers do have to be DBS checked.
  • Volunteering to help out with trips and visits
  • Joining our Parent Council

In many schools, for many years, this has been common practice. Times, however, are changing, are there are good reasons for us to reconsider this. Whilst we recognise that birthdays are times of celebration, we would prefer it that sweets are not brought into school, partly because of increasing numbers of childhood allergies to a range of ingredients, but also because we aim to be a healthy school. If you would like to mark your child’s birthday in some way, then a gift of a book, or indeed books, for the classroom library would be very much appreciated.

At Bourne, we are keen to foster a friendly but professional relationship with our families. To this end, we would prefer to be addressed in the more formal way, e.g. Mr Maxwell; Mrs Evason; Mrs Bannister.

We encourage the children to wear as little jewellery as possible. We do not want to run the risk of items being lost during the day, as this will cause extra work, and possible upset. Some, items are, however, allowed, as long as the following conditions are met:

  • Earrings must be small, plain studs.
  • Items of a religious nature, such as a Star of David or the 5 Ks, must be hidden under the child’s clothing, and must be removed for P.E. lessons.
  • Watches are allowed in school, although they should be cheap, and of no sentimental value as they may get lost or broken.

Although we are great fans of dogs, and think it is a good idea for children to care for and learn about pets, it is not practical to allow them in the playground, as if each family had a dog, and decided to walk them into school, we could have well over 200 dogs crowding the playground!

Also, although the vast majority of dogs are placid and loving, a small number can be aggressive and occasionally dangerous, and it is for this reason that we must ask you not to bring them into the school grounds, as it would be unfair to have a rule that discriminated against certain families simply because of the breed of dog they own. 

The car park off Willowfield Road is for the sole use of staff and visitors to the school, unless agreed with Mr Maxwell. Parent parking would not be fair, as we cannot offer it to all families.

We expect all visitors to the site to report immediately to the office area to sign in to the visitor book. A member of staff will take children to, or fetch them from, their classroom if they are being brought into school late, or picked up early. The only exception to this is when Nursery parents are dropping their children off at the beginning of a Nursery session (8.30am or 12.15pm) or picking them up at the end of one (11.30am; 3.15pm) when they may go directly to the Nursery.

We are keen that any problems between pupils are dealt with quickly and effectively by the school. We do not think it is appropriate for parents to approach another child to tell them off, or question them, for something that has happened in school. From any child’s point of view, this can be distressing and intimidating and it can also often make matters worse.

If there is a problem, your first point of contact should always be the class teacher. They will most often be able to reassure you that the problem was dealt with appropriately. After this, you should try to speak to the Phase Leader for that part of the school (the Infants or the Juniors). If you wish to discuss the matter further, you can also come to the office to speak to one of the office staff. If there are still questions or concerns following this, you could make an appointment to see Mrs Evason or Mr Maxwell.

We are very strict about what bags and other items can come into school. We only want the children to bring the bags listed below to school:

  • P.E. Bags: These are red, triangular bags, with a drawstring. P.E. Kits are only worn two or three times in a normal week, and so don’t need to be washed all the time! As we have a lot of children who forget to bring them back into school, we recommend they are taken home at the end of every half term, and brought back at the beginning of the next. If you wish to wash them more regularly than this, they must be returned to school for the next day.

  • Reading Folders: Every child should have one of our school reading folders. These will be used to transport reading books, homework and letters to and from school. Even though your child only reads to their teacher once every week, they will need to bring these folders to school every day, as they will still read at other times.

  • Swimming Bags: The children in Year 4 at Bourne have swimming lessons for part of the year. These should be small, sturdy, waterproof bags, with a drawstring to hang neatly on a peg, much like the P.E. bags. Every Wednesday that they swim, the children will need to make sure they have in their swimming bag their swimming costume or trunks, towel, swimming hat and goggles (if needed)

In addition, the children will need a coat appropriate to the time of year, and if they have packed lunches they will need to bring their lunchbox every day.

There are, however, several items we do not want brought into school:

  • Pencil cases: We already supply the children with all the writing and drawing equipment they need in school. Pencil cases are unnecessary, and just add to the amount of clutter. Also, some children bring in expensive gel pens etc, which often go missing and cause a lot of fuss, but which are not needed for school work.



  • Rucksacks and other sports bags: Although they may be more fashionable, rucksacks and sports bags are too bulky to fit on our coat pegs. As a result, they often fall off, and make a mess on the floor. Everything the children need can be carried in their reading folder or P.E. bag.



  • Carrier bags: We do not want P.E. kits etc to come to school in carrier bags, as they often are too small, or too delicate, to hold P.E. kits or swimming kits, and often spill their contents in the classrooms and corridors, meaning that a lot of time is spent looking for missing items.

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