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The information below relates to how school normally operates. We've had to make some changes to the way we normally work because of the pandemic. Please see this page for more information about the changes we've made to the arrangements below, and measures we've put in place to help our school be as safe as possible for everyone learning and working here.



We hope that you do find this information useful! Please feel free to contact us if you need any more information, or to suggest anything else which you think should be on this page.


School uniform

School uniform is important because it helps pupils to feel part of our school community. It averts the 'best-dressed' competition which can happen among children, allowing them instead to focus attention on their learning - and on developing a positive attitude towards their schoolmates' personalities rather than appearance. It provides a positive, cohesive image for our school.


You can buy school-branded uniform, PE kit, book bags and PE bags from the school office


We are currently requesting that parents purchase school uniform for children online. Our uniform supplier Andrew Hyde is open and happy to take orders from you for delivery to your home address. PE t shirts are available to purchase from school, please send £5.00 in with your child detailing what size and colour you require. Please look on their website at www.ahyde.co.uk for details on how to order. You can also e mail them on sales@ahyde.co.uk or telephone them on 0800 0590592.  Please do call us if we can help or if you have any queries. 


Please ensure that your child's name is written on tags inside their uniform/PE kit/coat/etc. so that any lost property can be returned to its owner. We have a supplier who can tailor-make the 'iron-on name labels' for school uniform. More details can be found at www.labelcreating.co.uk.


Our school uniform and dress code

  • Shirts/polo shirts: plain white or light blue, preferably with the school logo.
  • Trousers: plain black; not jeans, leggings or track/shell-suit bottoms. In summer, black ¾-length shorts can be worn.
  • Skirts: plain black; tights (if worn) should be plain black or dark blue.
  • Pinafores: blue and white check.
  • Sweatshirts/cardigans: dark blue, preferably with the school logo.
  • Shoes/trainers: black with black laces. In winter, children may wear boots. In summer, children may wear sandals.


PE kit

  • Lower school children (KS1 and EYFS): plain white T-shirt.
  • Upper school children (KS2): team-coloured T-shirt, preferably with the school logo.
  • Dark blue/black shorts or PE skirt. In winter, children may wear tracksuit bottoms for outdoor PE.
  • Pumps, or trainers with non-marking soles.


Jewellery, etc.

Pupils are allowed to wear a watch and one earring in each ear. For health and safety reasons, pupils must remove all jewellery for PE lessons and sports clubs. Make-up and extreme hairstyles are not allowed.



School meals

You can choose for your child to have a school meal or bring a packed lunch to school. Our healthy school meals are prepared, cooked and served on-site. See Derbyshire County Council's 'My School Lunch' page for menus and nutritional information.


Children from Reception through to Year 2 are entitled to a universal free school meal. You can choose for your child to have a school meal or packed lunch on different days of the week (e.g. school meal on Mon, Tue, Wed; packed lunch on Thu and Fri), but our kitchen staff need to know your child's requirements at the beginning of the week so that they can organise their food orders.


We must be informed on the Monday of each week what your child's lunch requirements are, please. Dinner money should be sent in on a Monday for the whole week, in a named envelope, and given to your child's teacher. If a child is absent during a week they have paid for, their unspent dinner money will be carried over to the following week. Dinner money is £2.20 per day. 


Could your child be eligible for free school meals?

In these difficult times, we want to make sure you're getting all the help you're due. A lot of people don't claim free school meals - even though they're entitled to! That's why Derbyshire County Council has launched the 'Quids In' campaign, to encourage people to check whether they're eligible. You don't need to worry about other parents or children knowing that your child gets free school meals. Only the school and catering staff will know.


You could save up to £400 a year for each child, and your children could benefit from a good hot meal at lunchtime. Our school will benefit too - we'll get the pupil premium of £1345.00 per year from the government for each child on free school meals.


If you get any of these benefits, you could be eligible:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers' Allowance or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part V1 of the Immigrant and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (with an annual income of less than £16,190)


You will not be eligible if you are claiming Working Tax Credit.


Parents who are eligible for free school meals due to their personal circumstances need to notify school and complete the relevant paperwork - especially if they have older children in school. It is essential that you please notify the school office if you are eligible for free school meals. We currently receive £1320.00 per free school meal child. This additional funding is essential in providing expert one-to-one/small-group tuition and extra Teaching Assistant support throughout the Key Stages. It also helps to pay for curriculum enrichment such as theatre trips and events held in school - but we only receive this if parents complete the necessary paperwork. Please register for free school meals even if your child has a packed lunch. Alternative ways to apply are by phoning 01629 536400/535743, by email at checking@derbyshire.gov.uk, or at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.



Class organisation

Codnor Community Primary School has nine classes in total, including its own Nursery. Nursery and Reception are known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Year 1 and Year 2 form Key Stage One (KS1) and Year 3 to Year 6 form Key Stage Two (KS2). Please see our Who's Who page for information about staff members who teach each year group.



The school day


  • Morning nursery       08.30AM - 11.30AM
  • Afternoon nursery     12.30PM - 15.30PM
  • We also offer all day nursery sessions from 08.30AM - 15.30PM to eligible parents


Reception and Key Stage 1

  • 08.45AM    School opens
  • 08.55AM    Start of school day
  • 11.55AM    Lunch
  • 13.05PM    Start of afternoon school
  • 15.15PM    End of school day


Key Stage 2

  • 08.45AM    School opens
  • 08.55AM    Start of school day
  • 12.30PM    Lunch
  • 13.30PM    Start of afternoon school
  • 15.25PM    End of school day



Beginning of the school day

  • Nursery children (morning and afternoon) enter through the Nursery entrance on Whitegates.
  • Reception and Y1 children enter through the lower school door and then go to their classrooms.
  • Y2 children meet a member of staff at the lower school playground gate and then go onto the lower school playground.
  • Y3-Y6 children go onto the lower school playground. To get there, they can either enter through the Bakers Lane gate and upper school playground door, or through the lower school playground gate. They should not use the intercom to enter through the main entrance as the office is usually busy at this time.


For safety and safeguarding reasons, we ask parents and carers not to leave their children unattended before 8.45AM as there is no official staff supervision before this time.


  • Bakers Lane gate - opened at 8.30AM and locked at 9.15AM, then re-opened at 15.00PM.
  • Upper school playground gate - opened at 8.30AM and locked at 9.05AM
  • Lower school playground gate - opened at 8.45AM and locked at 9.05AM


The only access to school outside of these times is via the main entrance on Whitegates. If children arrive late, they must report directly to reception from the main entrance.



End of the school day

  • Nursery children (morning and afternoon) leave via the Nursery entrance on Whitegates.

  • Reception, Y1 and all Y2 children (both Miss Wilson's and Miss Barton's) leave via the lower school entrance.

  • Miss Barton's Y3 children leave via the upper school door next to the field.

  • Miss McKirdy's Y3 and Y4 children leave via the upper school door next to the field.

  • Mr Buckle's Y4 and Y5 children leave via the main entrance.

  • Mrs Goodburn's Y5 children leave via the upper school door next to the field.

  • Y6 children leave via the main entrance.

  • Children attending after-hours clubs and tuition leave as specified on their After-Hours Arrangements Form.


Use of school grounds and equipment

During school hours, children are under supervision when using the grounds and equipment. Appropriate risk assessments are in place and we have staff trained in first-aid, in case a child has an accident. We cannot supervise children once they have been dismissed by their teacher or after-hours group leader. Outside of school hours, children are the responsibility of their parents/carers.


Trim Trail

The trim trail on the school field has been designed for junior-aged children and is therefore not recommended for children under seven years of age to use unsupervised, due to its height and structure. If you allow your child to use the equipment after school hours (e.g. when collecting them at the end of the school day), it has to be at your own risk and responsibility.



Contacting school and your child's teacher

Our highest priorities are the safety, wellbeing, happiness and academic progress of our children. If you would like discuss any aspect of your child's education - or if you have any concerns - your child's class teacher will be happy to meet with you. If the matter is not urgent then the end of the school day is preferable, as class teachers may have morning duties or may need time to prepare for their lessons. All parents have been issued with an e mail for their child's class teacher. 


You can also contact us by phone or email.


Administration of medicine

Some pupils may need medication during school hours. In circumstances where children need medication regularly, a health-care plan is drawn up to ensure the safety and protection of pupils and staff. Children should be taught to self-administer medication such as ointment, sun cream and inhalers. If school staff need to be involved in this, arrangements will need to be discussed and assessed on an individual basis.


All medication should be presented to the school office and the necessary forms completed and signed by parents. These forms give consent for the administration staff to administer the appropriate medication and dosage as instructed by the parent.  All medication must be clearly labelled with the name of your child, including the bottle and packaging. The parental consent form is retained in the school office along with the medicine, which should be collected by parents at the end of the school day if required.


All children with any medical needs/issues are recorded in school and information given to every class teacher. Children who require medication due to severe allergies, e.g. Piriton, have their own individual health care plan. First aid certificates for staff (including paediatric first aid) are renewed every three years with the training provided by Build-You-Up and St John Ambulance. 


Emergency inhalers

We have a number of inhalers for emergency use in school. They are there as a 'standby' in case an inhaler has not been brought into school, or a child's own inhaler runs out. All parents who have indicated that their child has asthma (and that their child uses an inhaler in school) have been written to, and consent obtained for children to use an emergency inhaler if required.



Access control and CCTV

For our children's safety, all entrances to the site and common outdoor areas are monitored and recorded by CCTV cameras. Access to the school building is restricted by coded keypads. External gates (e.g. Bakers Lane gate and lower school gate) are locked once school is in session; the only access to the site after this time is via the main entrance on Whitegates. Visitors report directly to reception from there. CCTV data is retained securely and is only stored on-site, with high measures of password-protected security.



Mobile phones and recordings

There are legitimate reasons for some pupils bringing mobile phones into school. Children who walk to school, for example, can carry a phone to help ensure their safety on the streets. If pupils do bring mobile phones to school, their phones must be switched off and taken to the office, to be collected at the end of the day - not kept in pupils' bags. We regret that we cannot allow pupils to bring mobile phones (or any other technology with the capability to record) to after-school events, e.g. school discos. We cannot be held responsible for any loss of, nor damage to, these devices. Although we do take precautions to secure them while they are in school, they are stored strictly at their owner's risk.


We do support parents who like to make recordings of events such as nativities - they are lovely memories of their children growing up - but this is on the understanding that these recordings are only for parents' personal use and are not shared on social media in any form.



Dogs on school grounds

Please do not bring dogs onto the school grounds. We know that most dog owners are responsible and take care to control their dogs. However, the behaviour of dogs when in close proximity to other dogs and small children can be unpredictable. The nature of a school at busy times is such that over-excitement is much more likely to occur than generally would be the case. No-one can be absolutely certain how their dogs will behave in an environment as dynamic as a school playground, and the presence of dogs in this environment is potentially dangerous - even if they are carried in arms by their owners. With the exception of professionally-trained guide dogs/hearing dogs, we appreciate your co-operation in not bringing your dog onto school premises.



Work experience requests

Our local secondary schools, ex-pupils and parents contact us frequently regarding requests for work experience. We get an enormous number of requests like these, and as such we can't possibly accommodate everyone - although we do try our best. We give priority to those who are interested in some aspect of education as a career, and we're very proud to have worked with some excellent students who have then made the choice to go on to teacher training.


Students who would like to undertake work experience at Codnor Primary must write a letter to the headteacher. In this letter, they need to include:

  • Their reasons for wanting their work experience to take place within a primary school.
  • The age range of children they would prefer to be placed with (we will do our best to arrange this if the student's application is successful but they may have to work with pupils outside of this age range).
  • The experiences they would like to have while in school (again, we will try to facilitate these if possible).
  • Specific dates for their work experience.
  • An email address where we can get in touch.


Work experience letters are shared with our staff, who ultimately decide whether they are able to accommodate a student based on the above information. Not everyone can be accepted, and we apologise for that; but we hope you understand that our teachers' main focus has to be on our own children.


Places available

The table shows where we have places for work experience available. (Note: we are waiting on more covid-19 guidance before we can supply this information.


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