New Pupils Starting
A very warm welcome to Herne Junior School. We hope your child/children have a fantastic introduction and that transition is as smooth as possible.
We value our links with parents, other local schools and organisations. Our partnership with parents and carers is essential, encouraging children to attain high standards of effort, achievement and behaviour. It is vital that together we develop all aspects of our children, allowing them to feel good about their efforts at school. We pride ourselves on being a friendly place where people, young and old, really matter.
In 2014 we changed our vision for the school to “Knowing Every Child – Inspiring Every Mind”. It is our personal challenge to make sure we get to know every family too. By working alongside you, we know we are more likely to succeed to help, support, challenge and inspire your child.
We are looking forward to what lies ahead for the children and the rest of the family here at Herne and to forging a successful partnership with all parents and carers, therefore please do not hesitate to contact us if you should have any queries. For your convenience, please find below are copies of all transition documents found in the new starter packs.
School and Classroom Organisation
There are four year groups in Herne. "Year group" means the whole group of children whose birthdays are between 1st September of one year and 31st August of the next.
Our year groups are known as:
Year 3 (7 - 8 year olds)
Year 4 (8 - 9 year olds)
Year 5 (9 - 10 year olds)
Year 6 (10 - 11 year olds)
Each year group consists of four classes. Classes are of mixed ability with both class and group teaching taking place. Small group teaching is sometimes offered to pupils who require extra support or who have an Education & Health Care Plan for Special Needs and those who have a particular subject strength. The provision varies according to the resources of the school. Provision is made to meet the needs of these children according to the school Special Needs Policy and in line with the Code of Practice. Please see the School Prospectus for further details.
8:50 am – 12:15pm & 1:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Supervision of pupils starts at 8.30 am and ends at 3.45 pm after school. Pupils should not arrive at school before 8.30 am unless attending Breakfast Club. The Site Manager and Headteacher provide supervision cover from 8.30am. Additional staff join them from 8.35am. A whistle is blown at 8.40am, when the children can start to enter the school. This is when Year 3 are asked to come into the school. We then blow a final whistle at 8.45am when all children will enter school in time for an 8.50am start. There are two sessions in a school day. In the morning, the register opens at 8.50am and closes at 9.20 am.
If you are unable to meet your child on time after school due to unforeseen circumstances, please telephone the office to advise us of this. Please tell your child that if at any time you are not where he/she expects to meet you after school, then he/she should come back into school and find a member of the office staff or a teacher who will then try to contact you.
The school office is staffed between the hours of 8.00 am to 4.30 pm.
Arranging School Transport
If you require assistance with transport to and from school, the application process has now changed. Parents are now required to apply for transport through the online Transport Portal and should not be completing paper forms. A link to the online portal can be found below:
Our breakfast club is the perfect answer for parents starting work early and in need of childcare. We provide a warm welcoming environment and operate from the hours of 7:30am - 8:45am. Children have a choice of cereals and toast to fuel them up for the school day ahead. The cost is £3.00 per session, which can be paid for in advance or on the day.
Below is a copy of the Breakfast Club Leaflet
School Clubs (Extra-curricular)
A wide range of clubs and activities are on offer. We hope these will give children the opportunity to develop skills which they may carry through into adult life. The clubs are voluntary and take place at lunchtime or outside school hours when parental permission must be obtained. Parents of children invited to take part in clubs or activities are informed about arrangements.
The variety of clubs on offer may vary from year-to-year and between Lower School and Upper School but usually includes athletics, netball, choir, cricket, film club, young engineers, cross-country running, football, French, gardening/environmental, homework, recorders and rounders. In the spring term there is sometimes a school production and children from all year groups may join production club.
An After School Club is organised in Petersfield, providing child-care after school hours and a collection service from the school. The club is run by Mrs P Barnfield, who can be contacted at www.petersfield-inbetween-club.hampshire.org.uk We are reviewing further provision
Our school meals are provided by Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S). Most primary schools in Hampshire are supplied by HC3S and are always a popular choice with our students. All products on the standard menu are made in a nut free environment. For further information please click on the links below:
We ask that all children wear the recommended school uniform as it encourages pride in the school, forms part of our tradition and, above all, is found to be practical by most parents. The colours for ALL pupils are a mixture of Bottle Green and White. Uniform available from Frasers (Click here to access their website) in Chapel street or ‘Allsorts’ on Petersfield market on Saturdays.
White polo shirt (school logo optional) or white shirt
Green school sweatshirt or Green cardigan with school logo – either round neck or v-neck.
Grey or black trousers, grey skirt or pinafore dress (NOT fashion-based)
Green and white checked or striped dress in summer
Appropriate black shoes – not trainers
A school tie – these are optional but sometimes required if a child takes part in a concert
(e.g. school choir, young enterprise presentation, school orchestra etc.)
A school fleece jacket (currently some stock is available from the school office) or warm/waterproof coat.
Indoor P.E: Green T-shirt and black shorts (not Lycra shorts)
Outdoor P.E: Track-suits for cold days. Suitable footwear: trainers, football boots, plimsolls
Art & Craft
An old shirt, apron, or suitable over garment is needed by ALL pupils.
A green book bag (not a backpack). A bag to keep your child’s PE kit safe.
The uniform conforms to the school’s Equal Opportunities Policy.
We ask for all items of school clothing to be named. Please check your child’s uniform on a regular basis to ensure that markings are still legible. Every year we have to recycle mountains of unnamed uniform, coats, shoes etc.