At Ashton First School we encourage full attendance and punctuality on the part of all pupils and their parents.
Parents should note their responsibilities in informing school of any planned or unplanned absence following the procedures outlined in the Attendance Policy.
Catering and Milk
We are a “Healthy School” and encourage our pupils to think about the benefits of a balanced and healthy diet. Children are allowed to bring a snack and a drink for morning break and we ask that parents provide healthy snacks – fruit, bread sticks, cereal bars. Children in Key Stage 1 (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) receive free fruit from school.
Milk and drinking water
Children under 5 receive milk free. Each half term parents are able to order and pay for a daily 1/3 pint of milk for their child to have at break time. Milk is supplied by Coolmilk, follow this link for more information and to order direct.
Children are also encouraged to bring a re-useable drinks bottle of water to school. It has been proven that if children have regular access to water during the day, they are more able to concentrate. These bottles are kept in the classroom and can be replenished in school from a central water dispenser.
At lunchtime all of the children eat together in the hall, with the older pupils helping the youngest. All Key Stage 1 children are provided with a meal free of charge and we encourage parents to take up the option of a hot lunch provided by our catering company.
Please enquire at the office if you think your child is eligible for free school meals whichever Key Stage they are in as this entitles you to additional funding known as Pupil Premium. Further information is available here.
Lunches are provided by Miquill Catering and ordered directly through their own ordering system. The school office will provide registration information to families direct.
Keeping in touch with Parents
We keep in touch with parents through daily contact when children are dropped off or collected from the school playground. If more detailed contact between staff and parents is needed, parents can contact the school office whereby appointments can be made.
In addition each class have their own email address for general communications:
If you are emailing school with a message for urgent attention, please email the school office direct: [email protected] or telephone 01386 881333.
Sending messages to parents via email and text
At Ashton First School we use an email and texting service and the majority of information is sent via these two methods of communication. Please ensure we have up to date contact information in school should we need to contact you.
Our children are encouraged and expected to wear school uniform so as to develop a sense of pride in being a member of the school community.
As Winter with the option of:
Ordering Ashton First School logo uniform
Uniform is available to order from the following supplier :
If you wish to visit the shop please note an appointment system may be operating. Please click this link for further information : https://theschoolshopuk.as.me/
General notes for Parents:
Jewellery should not be worn at any time in school, as it is a health and safety risk. Small stud earrings are permitted, but we ask that pupils are able to remove these themselves for PE lessons. Staff are not permitted to remove earrings and nor can staff be responsible for items of jewellery. Long hair should be tied back at all times.
We ask parents to name all items of clothing. Children inevitably discard clothing as they go through the day and, naming items makes it much easier to return these discarded items to their rightful owners!
School Opening Hours
The school gates open at 8:35am - the school day starts at 8:45pm.
The school day ends at 3:00pm. After-school clubs run from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.
Wrap around care available from 8am to 6pm
Wrap around Care
Breakfast Club is available to children in Years Reception to 5 from 8am, Monday to Friday. A light breakfast is available. Please contact the school via email: [email protected] for more information on prices and how to book.
After School Club - Little Big Learners
Little Big Learners provide an after school and holiday club for Ashton First School children. The children are escorted to the club which is run from the Green Room, adjacent to school, at the end of the school day.
After-school run clubs
After-school clubs are run 3pm-4pm Monday to Thursday on a half-termly or termly basis. There is a charge to cover resources and staff time. Parents are sent details to an online form that provides details prior to the club starting.