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At what age will be child start in primary school?
All children start 'Reception' in September after their fourth birthday.
How do I apply for a school place?
Please look at the school admissions policy here.
Does the School have a Breakfast Club?
Yes, we do. Our 'Breakfast Club' happens every morning from Monday to Friday. Mrs Davies in the school office will be able to give full details.
Does the School provide hot lunches?
Yes, our lunches are provided by, The School lunch company. Menus can be viewed here.
Does the School have an After School Club?
Not at the moment because there isn't enough demand. We canvass parents every year to assess needs and will put on a club as soon as there is sufficient demand. In the meantime, we provide lots of 'after school' clubs.
How will I know how my child is doing at school?
There are plenty of opportunities to talk to staff, 'meet the teacher' sessions, parents evenings and many others. The teachers will contact you if there are any issues or concerns. A Parents' Evening is held in late October to early November to discuss how children are progressing socially and academically. Another Parents' Evening is held in the spring term. Annual reports are issued toward the end of the summer term. Parents will be given the opportunity to discuss this report.
How should my child search for lost property?
Please make sure that anything belonging to your child is labelled with his/her name. We have a lost property cupboard in the foyer area. If it is not in the cupboard, it will probably be somewhere within the classroom. Please ask your child's class teacher.
What happens to unclaimed lost property?
Every year, we send all unclaimed clothing out to our sister school, Christian Hope School in Kissy, Sierra Leone. We also send off donations of outgrown uniform.
What time does school start and finish?
Mrs Stevenson will open the school doors at 8:30am and welcomes people into the school. Lessons start at 8:40am. Any children arriving after 8:50am are marked as late. School finishes at 3:00pm.
What happens if my child needs to take medicine at school?
Please see Mrs Davies in the school office.
Who was Bishop Carpenter?
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What is the meaning of the school badge?
Our school badge is that of William Wickham, a former archbishop of Canterbury. His descendants are the Wickham-Twistleton-Fiennes family among whom are Lord and Lady Saye & Sele of Broughton Castle. In 1854, Christabella, Lady Saye & Sele, bequeathed money to the parish to build a school in North Newington. The 'Wickham Crest' of the school badge remembers Christabella. Both Winchester College and New College of Oxford share our badge as they were founded by William of Wickham. The school was renamed Bishop Carpenter School in the 1980s to commemorate the former Bishop of Oxford.