Starting at BCPA
It gives us great pleasure to welcome you and your family to Bishop's Cleeve Primary Academy. This is the beginning of a rewarding and happy journey for your child. We believe that a positive, mutually supportive partnership between home and school is essential to ensure that each child receives the best education possible. We aim for every child to realise their full potential and enjoy learning in a caring, friendly, secure and ordered environment, while at the same time developing respect and concern for others.
We also understand that starting school can be an unsettling time for some children (and their parents!) and we are here to listen and to help if you feel that you need it.
We hope that the information on this page is useful to you. Please don't hesitate to contact the school office if you have any questions after reading this.
Please click here to go to our dedicated school uniform page where you will find all of the information you will need about uniform and local stockists.
Please ensure that every item of uniform and other personal property (drinks bottles, lunch boxes, book & PE bags) are named. You would be shocked by the amount of lost property we have every term because it isn't named.
Our School Day
The gates open at 8.40am when children are able to access their classrooms under the supervision of their teacher. The school day starts promptly at 8.50am and ends at 3.15pm. Registration takes place between 8.50am and 9.00am.
The main school gates are locked at 8.50am so any children arriving after this time will need to report to the school office where the reason for lateness and any school dinner requests will be recorded.
Lunch takes place for all children from 12.25pm-1.25pm. The children in Reception & KS1 eat together in the Infant Hall and the older children in KS2 eat in the Junior Hall. The children are supervised by our team of Midday Supervisors.
Drop Off & Collection
The parents of children in KS1 are encouraged to come into the playground and drop-off their children at the classroom. This helps to build a close relationship between home and school. KS2 children are dropped off and collected at the main school gates.
If your normal arrangements have to altered for any reason, please let us know either in the school office or directly with your child's teacher.
We have cycle racks at school so children are welcome to bring in their cycles or scooters. We suggest the use of a lock for additional security.
If you are driving to school you can park in Tesco's car park or, with consideration for our neighbours, in surrounding streets. the on-site car park and drive are for staff only.
We do understand that sometimes children are ill or have to attend medical appointments. Where possible, we ask that you arrange routine medical or dental appointments outside of the school day to avoid disruption.
If your child is ill, please call the school absence line by 8.45am on the first day of absence (01242 673814) and leave your child's name, class and reason for absence. Please be aware that children with vomiting and/or diarrhoea should be kept off school for 48 hours after the last incidence of vomiting/diarrhoea.
If your child has a medical appointment, please inform the school office in writing and provide proof of the appointment where possible. the office staff will make sure that your child's absence is correctly recorded in the register and the teacher is made aware. You may want to remind the teacher on the day of the appointment so that your child is ready to be collected at the right time.
Leave of absence will not be authorised in term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. In this instance you must request authorised leave from the Head Teacher.
If you intend taking your child out of school it is essential that you complete a Leave of Absence form at least 2 weeks before the intended absence so that we know your child is absent from school and in your care. This is required irrespective of whether the absence will be authorised or not.
At school we keep you updated with quick reminders and useful information via our SMS texting service: we will send applicable texts to the primary mobile number that you provide on the data collection form we will give to you before your child starts with us. If you change your contact numbers, email or your address, please make sure you let us know straight away.
ParentPay is the school secure online payment system that lets you make online payments by credit or debit card. You can also pay in cash at local PayPoint stores (these are currently located in Badhams Pharmacy, the Co-op and the Esso garage). It is set up the first time that you are asked to make a payment.
Please click here to visit our dedicated page for School Meals. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a Universal Free School Meal. This is different to the free school provision for lower income families. If you think you might qualify for this you should apply via the Gloucestershire County Council website.
Medical Conditions & Allergies
If your child has a medical condition that you think we should be aware of or if they have a food allergy or intolerance, please make sure you tell us when you fill in the admission form that we will give to you before your child starts at BCPA. We will create a Health Care Plan and make sure that the class teacher and any other relevant staff are aware.
If your child has an allergy or intolerance to any food you will also need to complete a special diet form from AIP, our catering providers, if you wish them to have hot dinners and they will prepare a special menu if necessary. You can download the forms from the School meals page of the website (see above) or you can pop into the office and we will give you an information pack. Please do this before your child starts with us so that they can have a hot dinner straight away if you want them to have one.
Medicines in School
Please click here to visit our web page for further information about the use of medicines in school.
Fruit & Milk
Please click here to visit our web page for further information about school milk.
Children aged between 4 and 6 are entitled to a free piece of fruit or vegetable at school each day. These are eaten in class. Children may also bring in a small healthy snack (such as a piece of fruit or cereal bar) to be eaten at playtime.
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged children and close the gap between them and their peers. Children who are entitled to receive Free School Meals (not the universal free school meals), 'Looked After Children' and children whose parents are in the Armed Forces are all eligible for the funding. To find out more, or if you think you are eligible, please contact the school office where they will be able to advise you further.
We hold two parents evenings each year to update you about your child's progress and each child received a report at the end of the academic year. We operate an 'open door policy' at BCPA so please contact your child's teacher if you need to speak to them about anything.
We also hold Parent Power workshops throughout the year. These are intended to provide parents with the knowledge and confidence to support their children with homework and other activities. We also have a Parent Forum which is a group of parent/carer representatives who meet each term to discuss school related matters.