Charsfield and Dennington School
Charsfield and Dennington School 
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General School Information

The School Day

School starts at 9am (there is an adult on the playground from 8.50am).

School ends at 3.15pm for all children.

Lunch break is from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

                             12.00 noon to 1.00pm (to allow for PE in the afternoon).

Morning Playtime - Children in all years go outside to play, whenever possible for a 15 minute 'brain break' 10.45am to 11am

Afternoon Playtime - Children in Class 1 go outside to play for another 15 minute fresh air break mid afternoon

At the beginning and end of the school day, parents are encouraged into the playground. This helps to build up a close relationship between home and school – we want to have good links with all parents.  If normal arrangements have to be altered (eg you are delayed or another person is collecting your child), please let us know.  This avoids any confusion or upset.

To get to and from school, walking is definitely the best option if it's possible! There are lots of benefits: it’s healthier than travelling by car, it improves the safety of pedestrians and road-users, and it respects nearby residents and parking regulations. If you do need to travel by car due to distance, please drive and park wisely for our neighbours and also the safety of our children.

Equal Opportunities

We actively promote equal opportunities for all, with regard to gender, race, disability and faith.  The Governing Body promotes a policy that encourages pupils to respect themselves and each other, through an understanding of their own and other people’s cultures thus enabling them to contribute positively to the world in which they live.


The school follows the Local Authority recommendations concerning safeguarding. We always refer a child whom we consider at risk of neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse to Social Care.  A copy of the schools Safeguarding policy is available to view HERE.


We are keen to work with parents to ensure all pupils receive their full entitlement to education.  It is essential for your child’s continual progress that absences are kept to a minimum.  Parents are strongly recommended not to take annual holidays, dental or medical appointments during school times.  If this is unavoidable you must request permission from the Headteacher by completing an Absence Form from the school office.  It is important that we are kept informed about any absence from school.  If your child is unable to attend school, the procedure is to phone the school on the first day of absence explaining the reason they are absent, followed by a note when the child returns to school.  The school has a statutory responsibility to keep detailed records and to publish school attendance targets by the Local Authority.

Parents and School

Parental involvement in school develops the partnership between home and school. Learning takes place both inside and outside school.  It starts when we are born and continues throughout our lives.

Recent research has shown that children learn more when parents are involved in their child’s school and we would like to invite you to take part in the learning that takes place in school.       

We use Logbooks to keep you informed. This contains your child’s timetable, details about when they will need PE kits, their targets, their merits and pages for messages or comments which we hope you will use.

There are many opportunities for parents to get involved in the life of the school.  We are always pleased to see parents in school, to help particularly with reading, offering your skills to the children during various activities, and helping with visits.

The school holds termly parent’s evenings and parents are invited to regular Parents Assemblies.  We regularly send out newsletters with information about coming events, to celebrate achievements or to give you information about the curriculum.

It is important that Charsfield and Dennington Schools are welcoming and helpful to parents at all times. Whenever parents want to see a teacher we ask that you contact us via your child, through the Logbook or the school office.

Consideration of Complaints

The Local Authority has established procedures so that the concerns of parents and others about the school curriculum and related matters may be considered and, whenever possible, resolved locally.  In the first instance, particular problems should be referred to the Headteacher who will endeavour to achieve a satisfactory outcome by informal means - through discussion with appropriate members of staff and the complainant.  If however, the issue cannot be resolved in this way, it may be referred first to a panel of governors of the school and as a last resort to a Local Education Authority panel for formal consideration.  Further details about these procedures may be obtained from the Headteacher or from the Area Education Officer.


We attach great importance to encouraging positive behaviour and self-discipline. We emphasise the feeling of a community and pride in our school.  We actively encourage children to show respect, courtesy and kindness to everyone in school.  We have 5 simple rules:

  • Always try to do your best
  • Listen to one another and follow instructions
  • Be ready, be organised
  • Be kind to others and keep each other safe
  • Keep the school tidy and look after all equipment

We believe that good home/school links are vital.  If your child’s behaviour is causing concern at home we would like to be informed.  Likewise, we will contact you if your child’s behaviour becomes problematic at school.

We celebrate pupil’s achievements by inviting parents into assemblies when we give out achievement certificates.

Illness at School

If your child becomes ill at school and is not well enough to stay we will contact you.  Please ensure you keep us up to date with emergency contact numbers (mobile telephone numbers) to assist in this matter.


Our policy follows the Department of Education and states that teachers should not administer medicines to pupils.  If in exceptional circumstances a medicine does need to be given during the day we have a form that you are required to sign.  If your child needs an inhaler please make sure they know how and when to use it.

School Meals

School lunches are available at school for all pupils at current prices.  Pupils have a choice of main courses and desserts, with a daily vegetarian option.  Pupils may bring a packed lunch if they prefer.  This must be in a container, clearly named. Pupils may bring a drink, still not fizzy, and water is available to all pupils throughout the day.  Good table manners and how to behave in a social group are an important part of eating together.  We expect children to behave appropriately under the direction of the Midday Supervisors at lunchtime.
Free meals are available to those who are in receipt of family credit, job seekers allowance, income support or supported under the Immigration Act.  Please follow the link HERE if you wish to apply.  This will be dealt with in strictest confidence.

School Closure

In the event of school being closed, parents are advised to listen to BBC Radio Suffolk as well as refering to the county website (click on Schools in North of county).  Please also look at Charsfield and Dennington Facebook page: or

Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

The school complies with any request for information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and access provision of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Pyramid Liaison

Charsfield CEVCP School and Dennington CEVCP School have close links with Thomas Mills High School.  A comprehensive transition programme is in place for Year 6 pupils which enable them to have several visits to the school to get to know their new teachers before starting in September.  This also applies if your child is going to another one of the local high schools.
Charsfield CEVCP School and Dennington CEVCP School have a Partnership arrangement.  In practice this gives children more opportunities to work with a wider set of children and have more curriculum opportunities. 

We also take part in liaison meetings with playgroups and nurseries who are sending pupils to Charsfield and Dennington CEVCP Schools.

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