Frequently asked questions:

Welcome to the Oakwell Rise. We aim to ensure that your family enjoy a long and successful relationship with us and are very much looking forward to working with you. We hope that you will find out everything you need to know about school life on our website, but if there is anything we can do to help you and your child settle into school, please do get in touch.

A full outline of key information as you and your child prepare to start school with us can be found in the School Prospectus. Below are the headline facts which will help you begin to get to grips with everything
  • School opens at 8.45am and closes at 3.05pm. Please come and see the school office for a form to enrol your child.
  • We have a breakfast club which we offer to all children starting at 8:00am and food is served until 8:30am. Children access classrooms from 8:30am to settle before registration is taken at 8:45am.
  • Children have the opportunity to play with lots of exciting toys and eat plenty of delicious food! We also offer a range of after-school clubs running straight after school until 4pm.
  • The school uniform includes a black skirt, dress or trousers, a white polo shirt and a red sweatshirt or cardigan. Black shoes or trainers should be worn.
  • PE kit is required each week and includes plain shorts, a plain white t-shirt and trainers for outdoor use. PE kit should be kept in a named bag. Please bring the PE bag to school on Monday and collect on a Friday.
  • Please name EVERY item of clothing so that it can be returned to you if lost. If your child’s clothing is named it will be returned to their classroom.  Lost property without a name will be kept and put out at the end of each half-term.
  • All pupils throughout Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a school dinner provided free of charge. We actively encourage all pupils throughout Reception and KS1, therefore, to take a school dinner alongside their friends and discourage them from bringing a packed lunch. If you are concerned about this, please come in and talk to us about it. Pupils in KS2 can continue to enjoy school dinners or bring a packed lunch. Parents not entitled to Free School Meals should pay for meals in advance. If you believe you may be entitled to Free School Meals – please call in and speak to us and we will be happy to help you.
  • Please ensure that we have accurate and up to date contact details so that you can be contacted in an emergency. It is your responsibility to inform us of any changes to these details immediately that they occur.
  • Medicines cannot be routinely administered in school. If your child takes medication as a result of a lifelong illness, or is taking prescription medication FOUR times a day for a short time please contact the School Office to discuss.
  • It is important that we are advised of all absences by telephone on the first day of absence. School office will contact parents by telephone if we have not heard of a reason for absence by 9.30 on the first day of absence, we may follow up with a home visit if we are not able to make contact. 
  • If your child has any medical problems of which you think we should be aware then please let us know as soon as possible so that we can maintain accurate records and be adequately prepared.
  • You will receive a weekly school newsletter each Friday; this should be read to keep you abreast of school news and upcoming events. This – and other news – can be found on the school website or school Facebook page.
  • Our primary means of communication is via the Arbor Parent Portal. This is a free app downloaded via the Apple Store or Andriod Play Store. 
  • From time to time, school will also send TEXT messages. This is especially true of urgent messages, so please ensure we have an up to date mobile number for you.