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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


1. What options are there for school lunch?

A two course hot school lunch is currently £10 per week, or £2.00 per day. - this represents good value for a hot, healthy meal for the children., The lunches are freshly prepared and cooked daily on site by our lovely school cook Mrs Dawn Smith. Lunch money is preferably paid per half term in advance to the school office (cheques payable to 'Hampshire County Council'). If you decide to pay weekly, this should be paid in advance on Monday mornings in an envelope, clearly marked with the child’s name and amount enclosed (£10). If your child is absent on this day please send it as soon as he/she returns to school. It is possible for chidren to have a school lunch on specific days e.g. only on a Tuesday and Thursday.


Please contact the school office if your child wishes to have lunch on single days as you will be asked to complete a form indicating your child's choice on those days.  Thank you.

If you prefer your child to have a packed lunch, please send it in a suitable, small container, clearly marked with your child's name. Drinks should be brought in an unbreakable plastic container. No glass, thermos flasks or cans please.

Your child may be entitled to a free school meal if you are on Income Support. Please enquire at the school office. Parents are encouraged to give children healthy meals for their packed lunch with no sweets please.


2. What is the school's policy on snacks and water?

We encourage the children to bring healthy snacks to school - fruit or vegetables. As part of the Government's Healthy Eating campaign, All Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children are currently offered a piece of fruit or vegetable during the day. This can be, but is not limited to, carrots, bananas, apples, pears.


For children in Band 2 and Band 3, the following snacks are available to be purchased during break Monday to Fridays:

  • Freshly made bread roll - 30p
  • Packet of raisins - 20p
  • Hampshire Apple or Orange juice - 35p
  • Chocolate milk - 50p


Should you wish to supply a healthy snack for your child, then please ensure it is in a named container and that it comprises of fruit or vegetables.


Water is the preferred drink, and all children should have a water bottle in their class from which they can drink, and take outside at breaktime. When sending a drinks container from home, please ensure it is unbreakable (no glass/cans please) and that it is named.


3. Where can I get a book bag?

These are available, priced at £4.00, from the school office on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 1.30pm and 3.30pm or by submitting an order form which can be downloaded on the Key Information/St. Bede School Uniform page of the website.


4. How much is a school sweatshirt/polo shirt/P.E. t-shirt/sunhat?

Prices and information on uniform can be found in the Key Information uniform section.


5. I've mislaid my copy of a school letter. What can I do?

In the main reception area there is a file containing every school letter sent out in the current academic year. This is available for parents to look through. Weekly newsletters are available in the Letters & Newsletters section of this website, and are also sent out to the majority of parents and carers via email, using the ParentMail system. These newsletters are issued on (most) Fridays. If you are having problems accessing these emails, or would like to begin receiving them, please contact the school office who wiil be pleased to help.


6. How long is the school day?

The school day begins at 8.55am, and ends at 3.20pm - 6 hours 20 minutes long, including registration, collective worship, lunch and morning break. Children break for lunch at different times depending on the day and which year group they are in. As a general rule, all children have an hours lunch break sometime between 11:30 and 1:30. In addition, KS1 children have an afternoon break of 15 minutes.

Lesson time is therefore as follows:


Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (ages 4 - 7 years) - 4 hours 20 minutes = 21 hours 40 minutes a week.
Key Stage 2 (ages 7 - 11 years) - 4 hours  35 minutes = 22 hours 55 minutes a week

7. Are the children allowed to bring mobile phones to school?

Children are allowed to bring a mobile phone into school but it must be left in the care of the office staff at the start of the school day and then collected at the end of the day.


8. How do I arrange a school visit?

School tours for prospective new parents are held throughout the application period for Reception children.

For children moving into the area, visits to the school can be arranged by calling the school office on 01962 852463.


9. Is there any parking?

There is no parking on site both for parents picking up/dropping off their children at school and also for visitors. Should you need to park, the school is situated within 200 metres of a public car park on Gordon Road (St. Peter's car park).


We do have a disabled parking space at the front of the school. Please inform the school office of your expected day and estimated time of your visit. On arrival, please alert the office either by telephone (01962 852463) or 'beep' your horn and the office staff will open the gate.


10. How do I pay for school trips?

For school trips, the payment details will be on the trip information letter your child will bring home. Usually this requires a one-off payment in advance. For residential trips payment can be made by post-dated cheques, details of which will be on the trip letter regarding amounts and dates.

11. What do I do if my child is unwell or absent for another reason?
If your child is absent from school for any reason, please ring the school on the first day of your child's absence followed by a letter to the school office when your child returns to school. If it is more convenient, it is possible to email your letter directly to Mrs Feeley in the school office at

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