Frequently Asked Questions 

 We hope you will find the answer to your questions on this page, but if you don't, please feel free to speak to any member of our staff or refer to our School Prospectus on our website.


Q) Who do I contact if I would like my child to enrol in your school?

A) For a Reception Intake (September) you should contact School Admissions on 0161 253 6474 and for children in Years 1-6 please contact the school directly on 0161 761 1253


Q) What time does school start?

A) The school gates open at 8.40am for a calm staggered start from 8.45-8.55am

Registers close at: 8.55 am for EYFS/KS1 and 9.00am for KS2


Q) Where can I buy my child's uniform from?

A) You can purchase various generic uniform items from any supermarket where prices may be more affordable.

Items with our school logo can be purchased from Monkhouse (located on ‘The Rock’ Bury) or via their website:


Or you can also use ‘School Wear Made Easy’:


Our Nursery uniform can be bought from ‘My Clothing’:


Q) How do I know if my child is eligible for free school meals?

A) You can find out more information and apply via the Bury Council website:


Q) How do I find out what my child is learning?

A) A half termly newsletter will be sent out to you with information about what learning is taking place. Please also look on your child’s class webpage and our Curriculum webpage.


Q) How do I find out about how my child is progressing in their learning?

A) We hold two Parents’ Evenings over the year where we talk to you about how your child is progressing. The Early Years have three ‘Stay and Play’ sessions per year. You will also receive an annual report.

We operate an ‘open door’ policy so if you wish to know about how your child is progressing please make an appointment with your child’s class teacher-who will be more than happy to meet with you.


Q) What happens if my child has Special Educational Needs?

A) Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Mrs Garforth. Please make an appointment to speak with her or your child’s class teacher if you wish to discuss this matter further. Alternatively, we may ask to have a meeting with yourself if we need to discuss anything in relation to Special Educational Needs. Please have a look at our website for more information.

Woodbank Primary School is an inclusive school and we are proud of the provision we have, enabling us to meet the needs of all the children within our school.


Q) Who is the Safeguarding Officer?

A)We have several members of staff who have been trained as designated safeguarding leads (DSL) They are: Mrs Garforth, Mrs Macadam, Miss Gilmore and Miss Lilley. Mrs Howcroft and Mrs Houghton are also trained for Oscars.


Q) What if my child has an appointment during the school day?

A) If your child has an appointment then you should inform the office staff and your child’s class teacher.


Q) Can I take my child on holiday during term time?

A) No, there has been a change in the law that states this is no longer possible. For more information please see our Attendance Policy.


Q) How much is Dinner Money?

A) The daily cost is £2.50


Q) What should I do if my child is bullied?

A) Advise your child to speak to an adult in the school. This can be any member of staff that they feel comfortable with. You may also wish to support your child by talking to the teacher with your child. We would encourage that they report any incident to the class teacher as they can observe behaviour during lessons and advise lunchtime staff as necessary. We take accusations of bullying very seriously and any incidents are dealt with appropriately and with speed. If you are concerned about your child please speak to the head teacher and never approach a child or the parent.

Q) Can I park at the school?

A) We do not have car parking facilities on site for parents. The school is situated on a busy main road close to many residential roads and we ask parents to park legally and with due consideration for our neighbours and the safety of our children.

Q) Can my child cycle to school?

A) Yes, your child can cycle if they are accompanied by an adult. If you wish your child to cycle on their own we would need a permission letter from the parent with parental responsibility (Y6 children only). A secure cycle shed is provided on site.

Q) Can my child walk to/from school alone?

A) No, children must be accompanied by an adult. If you wish an older child to walk to school alone we must receive a permission letter from the parent with parental responsibility (Y5 and Y6 only).


Q) What should I put in my child’s packed lunch?

A) We encourage healthy eating and expect parents to choose healthily when creating a packed lunch.

An example of a healthy packed lunch:

· A sandwich (no peanut butter)

· A packet of crisps, baked ones are preferred e.g. baked crisps, cheddars.

· A wafer biscuit e.g. twix, kit kat, blue ribband.

· Yoghurt and a piece of fruit.

· Bottle of water or juice.

· No sweets, fizzy drinks, nuts or chocolate (unless covering a wafer/biscuit)


Q) What do I do if my child has lost a piece of clothing?

A) Parents must either sew a name label into all clothing or write the child’s name in permanent ink. If an item of clothing goes missing your child must inform the class teacher and we will do our utmost to find lost items but we are unable to provide a replacement. Lost property boxes can be found in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. These boxes are cleared out at the end of every term and any unclaimed items go to charity.


Q) What is the best time to talk to the teacher if I have a question?

A) We would advise you to speak to the teacher at the end of the school day after all the children have been dismissed. You can also make appointments in the school office for parents to see the class teacher or another member of staff.


Q) Is there before and after school provision?

A) Yes-Oscars, a high quality provision based within our school site. Morning sessions start from 7.30am and evening sessions finish at 5.45pm

We also offer a variety of clubs for different age groups. They run after school from 3.30 -4.30pm. Clubs change every term and you will always be notified in the first week of the new term so you can apply.


Q) How can parents get involved?

We encourage parents to get involved in many ways from attending trips to individual reading. If you wish to get more involved in school life please make an appointment to see the Headteacher.

We have Woodbank PTA fundraising and would welcome new members with new ideas and contacts.


Q) Can my child bring medicine to school?

A) Medication other than asthma inhalers should not be brought into school. However, if your child has a serious allergy or a lifelong medical condition you will need to complete a Care Plan with a member of staff.


Q) What happens if my child is ill or has an accident at school?

A) We have qualified first aid staff within the school and they will administer first aid for minor accidents and illnesses that happen during the school day. If your child has had a bump on the head or any injury that may need continuing care, parents will be notified by the school. If your child needs to go to the hospital, the parent/carer will be informed first, unless a delay is likely to endanger the child.

It is therefore essential that we have your home and work telephone number. In addition we must have another emergency contact number of a family member or close friend. If your address or telephone number changes you must tell the school.