My name is Tim Browse and, as the Headteacher of Air Balloon Hill Primary school, I am delighted to be able to welcome you to our school community.
Over the coming weeks, we will put together some materials that I hope will provide you with all the information and guidance that you require to feel happy and confident about your child’s start in September.
We are committed to making sure that the start of your child’s time at Primary School is as positive and as smooth as possible. That is why, in September, we will be inviting each family to a one-to-one visit to their classroom where they can explore the classroom and meet the staff before the children begin attending school with other children. This will really help us to get to know you and your child and will help them feel comfortable in school before they start.
I appreciate that there is a lot of information to take in and hopefully the forthcoming videos will help. I would also recommend that you visit the school’s YouTube channel which help give you a sense of what an exciting and lovely school Air Balloon is.
If you do have any questions that you can’t find the answer to in the information booklet or this webpage, please do contact the school.
Please check back soon for a welcome video from Mr Browse. We will send you a link to the video to watch on our YouTube Channel as soon as it is ready.
We know that many parents and carers will be keen for their child to start their time at Air Balloon in school uniform.
Your child’s uniform can still be ordered, prior to the summer holidays, directly from our uniform supplier – AWS Workwear. Any uniform ordered will be delivered to the school for collection during the first week of term when you come for your meeting with the class teacher. This means that when your child starts attending school with other children, they will be able to wear their uniform.
If you would like to order uniform now, please visit the AWS website (www.aws-ltd.co.uk) and select Schoolwear and Air Balloon Hill Primary School from the menu (or go directly to our page here). Unfortunately, we are unable to provide sample sizes for children to try on, however, on the Reception 2021 information page on the school website, you will find details of uniform sizing.
The school uniform at Air Balloon Hill Primary School is:
PE Kit MUST HAVES:
Our full school uniform policy can be found here: Uniform Policy
With the exception of our school jumpers and cardigans, all of our uniform can be purchased in supermarkets and other high street stores. The uniform is simple to avoid unnecessary expense for parents. School jumpers and cardigans can be ordered directly from our Uniform Supplier along with school-logo book bags.
We often have second-hand uniform sales (when Covid restrictions allow) and these are a great opportunity to purchase pre-loved uniform items at a fraction of the normal cost. Please look out for details in our school newsletter (a copy of which can be downloaded from our website every Friday).
If you have any concerns about the cost of uniform, please contact Mrs King in the school office.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide sample sizes for children to try on, however, below you will find a useful sizing guide to help you to order.
Age 3-4 Age 5-6 Age 7-8 Price Cardigan (to fit chest in inches) (height in cm) 22-25 ins 104cm 25-28 ins 116cm 28-30 ins 128cm £11.50 All items of school uniform should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Jumper (to fit chest in inches)
Cardigan (to fit chest in inches)
(height in cm)
All items of school uniform should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Since September 2015, the school catering has been provided in-house. The school is passionate about providing your child with a healthy, nutritious and delicious meal every day. The children are our customers and so it is really important to us that they enjoy their dining experience at school.
Our menus include a wide-range of dishes which allow children to try different foods and experience foods from different cultures.
We guarantee to only use fresh, high quality ingredients and will use British Red Tractor and MSC sustainable fish whenever possible. All of our eggs are free-range and meals will always contain at least 2 portions of fruit or vegetables. We use fresh fruit and vegetables from our own allotment whenever possible and offer Yeo Valley organic yogurts as one of our daily dessert options.
If your child has any food allergies or intolerances, it is vital that you let us know about these so that we can make sure we are able to meet your child’s dietary requirements. Please tell us about any allergies on the online form we have emailed to you and a member of staff will be in touch to discuss your child’s needs.
We are able to offer Halal meals to all children if required and a vegetarian option is also available every day.
The school is part of The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme and each child in Reception and KS1 receives a piece of fruit (or sometimes vegetable) every day. We are trying to follow the path of encouraging healthy eating, and therefore do not allow any other snacks. Free milk is provided for children under five, and after their fifth birthday you can pay for milk through the dairy – the office will supply all the details.
If you have any questions or queries about school meals, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Below you will find some examples of our school menus along with some of the ‘special event’ menus we have provided – please click on the image to see it in detail. There are also some photographs of our food displays – click through the photos to see what we offer. For a copy of our Spring/Summer Menu that will continue until October half-term, please click here
We are very fortunate to have Breakfast, After-School and Holiday Club wrap-around care provision at Air Balloon. ‘Space Cadets’ is housed in it’s own building, with direct access, through the Space Cadets gate, where staff have created a warm friendly environment, catering for all ages.
You can find lots of information about Space Cadets on their page on our website and in this information booklet that you can download:
Breakfast Club is open from 7.30am to 8.45am (last drop-off time is 8.20am) – due to Covid-19 restrictions, you do currently need to book in advance. For the booking form for Term 1, please click here or pick up a paper copy from the school office.
After-School Club runs until 6pm every day and a healthy snack is provided at 4.30pm. This does need to be booked in advance. Please download a Registration Form from here or collect a paper copy from the school office. Once Stacey James, our Wrap-Around Care Manager has received your registration form, she will be in touch to discuss your booking.
Holiday Club runs on school in-service days and school holidays and is also bookable in advance – booking forms are available from Space Cadets or the school office ahead of each holiday period and in-service day.
We understand that for working parents, ensuring their child is cared for before and after school when they need to work, is really important and being able to secure that provision as soon as possible will put you mind at rest.
If you have any queries about our Wrap-Around Care provision, please email Stacey at email@example.com
There are lots of things you can do to help your child get ready for school. The welcome booklets we send in June will also have some ideas in them. You can use this checklist to talk to your child about the things they need to be able to do before they start school and share it with their teacher in September:
At Air Balloon, we want our pupils to enjoy learning, experience success and realise their full potential, which is why regular school attendance is so important.
We want our pupils to attend school every day, unless they are really not well enough to. We believe that children who attend school regularly are more likely to feel settled in school, maintain friendships, keep up with their learning and gain the greatest benefit from their education.
Our Term dates for 2021-22 are:
Term 1 Thursday 2 September 2021 – Friday 22 October 2021
Term 2 Monday 1 November 2021 – Friday 17 December 2021
Term 3 Tuesday 4 January 2022 – Friday 18 February 2022
Term 4 Monday 28 February 2022 – Friday 8 April 2022
Term 5 Monday 25 April 2022 – Friday 27 May 2022
Term 6 Monday 6 June 2022 – Friday 22 July 2022
You can download a calendar to print out and pin up here – Term Date Planner 2021-22
Our full attendance policy can be found here and more information is also available on our Attendance Page. In September, you will be given a paper copy of our policy along with other useful attendance information – some of which can be found here:
Making sure that we can support your child with any medical needs – whether that is a long-term medical condition, or a one-off first aid treatment, is really important to us. Our Welfare Room first aiders are always available in the mornings, should you wish to discuss a medical need with them or request that they administer any prescribed medication. For children with long-term health needs or care plans, you will be invited in to meet with Mrs Leonard to complete any forms necessary and to discuss in detail, your child’s condition.
If you child has asthma, we request that you bring in an inhaler that they can keep in school. We can also, if you give consent, use an emergency inhaler for your child if necessary (for example, if their inhaler has run out, or they have forgotten to bring it in). To do this, we need your consent – you can download the consent form here
If your child visits a first aider whilst in school, the incident will be recorded on Medical Tracker and you will receive an email notification to let you know what has happened. If your child suffers an injury to their head or face or the first aider feels that they need to go home, you will receive a phonecall.
Medical Tracker not only allows us to inform parents/carers of first aid incidents and medication administration by email but it also allows us to analyse the data we record.
Important – Please be aware that when we start using Medical Tracker, email messages will be sent from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please add this address to your email address books (or approved sender list) to prevent messages from being blocked by your SPAM/JUNK filters.
More information can be found in our Administering Medication and Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy: Administering Medication & Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy – 25.11.19
For more information about GDPR and data sharing and to read our privacy notices, please visit our GDPR page.
Before your child starts school in September, we will send you some consent forms to complete. Some of these are via the online form that we have emailed you and others will be sent in the first few weeks of September.
We will also send you additional forms to complete if they are relevant to your child:
If you have any questions that you can’t find the answers to here or elsewhere on our website, please don’t hesitate to email us – email@example.com or speak to Mrs King in the school office – 0117 903 0077