Admission Information

Children start school at the beginning of the Autumn Term following their 4th birthday.

We are aware that starting school can be an exciting time for children and parents so to help new arrivals settle in as smoothly as possible we will discuss class arrangements and an induction programme with parents before their child starts school.

As a school we try to ensure that the needs of every child admitted are met. All pupils regardless of ability or disability participate in all aspects of school life. Our accessibility plan is regularly reviewed by Governors.

All applications for admission to Gladestry School are dealt with by Powys County Council. Details of their admissions process and an application form are available at:

https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/1158/Applying-for-a-School-Place

The application window for pupils wishing to join us in September 2023 will open on Monday 3rd October 2022 and close on Friday 6th January 2023.

If you would like to arrange a visit or if you require more information please contact us on 01544 370207 or by email to office@gladestry.powys.sch.uk

Lunch Menus & School Meal Information

Menus:

Primary Menu April 2022 – July 2022

Primary Vegetarian Menu_Sept’22

Primary Menu_Sept’22

Meals are brought in daily and are enjoyed by the children. Vegetarians are catered for (please follow the links above to see the menus). The cost from 1st April 2021 is £2.35 per meal. Payments are made using the ParentPay system, please ask us at school for your initial password to activate a ParentPay account and please remember to keep your account in credit to pay for meals eaten.  https://www.parentpay.com/parents/

If you are on a low income, you can get help with the cost of school meals. More information and application forms are available at

https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/3758/School-meals-and-clothing-grants

The Welsh Government have introduced an annualised net earned income threshold for Universal Credit claimants who wish to claim free school meals for their children. Please see Information leaflet for more details:

https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2019-04/free-school-meals-in-wales-information-for-parents-and-guardians.pdf

If you register for free school meals, even if your child decides never to have a school lunch, you could help our school and other schools in Powys to benefit from funding because you have registered. To register is easy and confidential, you don’t have to tell the school.

Children can bring packed lunches if preferred. You may find the suggestions in the following link helpful – Healthy Lunchboxes Leaflet (Welsh Government)

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

In Gladestry School we are doing all that we can to keep pupils and staff safe.

Information regarding Powys County Council’s ongoing arrangements is available at
https://en.powys.gov.uk/coronavirus

or through their Facebook and Twitter accounts –

www.facebook.com/PowysEducation  and  www.twitter.com/powyseducation

Welsh Government can be found by following this link –

https://gov.wales/education-coronavirus

Home Learning / Blended Learning

In the event of individuals, groups, a class or the whole School being unable to attend
school we have a Blended Learning plan in place. Information has been sent to parents but please contact the school if you need more information.

Pupils can access online resources using their Hwb log on details at  https://hwb.gov.wales/

There are many other home learning opportunities and activity packs available on the internet but please remember internet safety.

Suggestions for activities have been posted on our facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/GladestryCinW/

You may also find the following examples useful –

https://www.hafancymru.co.uk/about-us/parent-activity-packs-covid-19-support/

https://www.urdd.cymru/en/youth-work/criw/criw-cynradd/gweithlenni-i-ddysgwyr/

Welsh for Parents

A new website, Welsh4parents has been launched to provide resources and general support for parents.

 

e-safety

The safety of our pupils is very important to us, including their safety when using the internet.

You may find the following information useful –Parentandcarersguidetothepotentialimpactoftheinternetontheirchildrenswell-beingEN.docx

a-parent-and-carers-guide-to-using-safety-features-built-into-smart-tvs-and-on-demand-streaming-services

https://schoolbeat.cymru/fileadmin/public/newsletters/SchoolBeat-Newsletter-No18.pdf

ParentPay

ParentPay is the cashless system through which school meals may be paid for and can also be used by parents to pay other amounts such as contributions towards swimming transport, school trips, etc. Details will be sent out from school when relevant.

It is much appreciated if parents who use this system keep their accounts up to date.

How to guides are posted here:

CASHLESS_Adding-and-using-Parent-Account-credit

CASHLESS_Frequently Asked Questions

CASHLESS_How-to-pay-for-items

CASHLESS_How-to-set-up-email-and-text-alerts

CASHLESS_How-to-add-a-child-to-your-account