Frequently Asked Questions

How much is dinner money?

From 1st November 2019, the daily cost is £2.40 paid online through ParentPay.

What time does school start?

We start the school day at 8.50am. We encourage children to be in school by 8.45am to avoid lateness and to begin their morning activities.

Where can I buy my child’s uniform?

Touchline supply our school uniform – more information and an order form can be found here.

How do I make an application for a school place for my child?

Nursery
An application form for nursery can be obtained from a school office. As our school takes 2 year olds, children can be entered on the list in date order from their second birthday onwards.

Main school – Admissions into Reception Class
The admission arrangements for our Reception class can be found here:
https://aldermanbolton.org.uk/school-information/admissions/
By law, children must receive full-time education from the beginning of the school term following their fifth birthday.

Warrington Borough Council Admission coordinate places
The number of places available at the school is published annually and the school cannot exceed that number, which is allocated with regards to available accomodation at the school. There are 45 main school places in each year group.
Further details regarding this information can be obtained from the school office and also here: https://www.warrington.gov.uk/schooladmissions

 What should I do if I think my child is being bullied?

Please advise your child to speak to an adult within the school. This could be any member of staff that they feel comfortable with. You may also wish to support your child by talking to the teacher/member of staff with them.
We would encourage that they report any incident directly to their class teacher, as they can then observe behaviour during lessons and advise the lunchtime staff as necessary.
We take accusations of this kind very seriously and any incidents are dealt with appropriately and with speed. If you are concerned about your child, please speak to a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team and do not approach the child or their parent.

Can I park at the school?

Our on site parking is for staff only – please can we ask that if parents are parking near the school, that they do it with consideration for our neighbours.

Can my child cycle to school?

Yes, your child can cycle to and from school if they are accompanied by an adult or if you give them permission to cycle alone or with friends. A secure cycle park is provided on site.

Can my child walk to school alone?

All children in KS1 must be accompanied by an adult.
However, if you wish for an older child to walk to school alone we do need a permission letter from somebody with parental responsibility. The information will be held on their data collection sheet for reference.

What should be in my child’s packed lunch?

We always encourage healthy eating and expect our parents to make healthy choices when putting together a packed lunch for their child.
An example of a healthy packed lunch would be:
• A sandwich
• Wafer biscuit (e.g. Kit Kat)
• Yoghurt and a piece of fruit
• Bottle of water/juice
No sweets, fizzy drinks and STRICTLY NO NUTS.

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

Parents should either sew in a name label to all clothing or write their name in indelible ink. If an item goes missing, your child must inform their class teacher and teaching assistant and also look in the lost property box which is in the school office. We will do our best to find any lost items but we are unable to provide a replacement.

Where will my child go once they finish Alderman Bolton in Year 6?

We offer support in the transition from primary to secondary school. This process includes parents’ meetings, workshops and transition booklets.
Our Year 6 pupils will move to various secondary schools across Warrington including Sir Thomas Boetler High School, Great Sankey High School and Bridgewater High School.

When will my child start in Reception?

Usually children join Reception class in the September before their 5th birthday. Please read our Admissions section or for further advice speak to our school office staff.

Can my child bring toys into school?

We normally discourage this, unless the class teacher has specifically asked their class to do so. Please always check with them.

What is the best time for me to talk to my child’s class teacher if I have a question?

We would discourage parents from trying to talk to a teacher in the morning as they are busy preparing for the school day.
We would advise you to speak to the teacher at the end of the school day after all the children have been dismissed. We can also make appointments in the school office for parents to see the class teacher or another member of staff.

 Is there a before and after school provision?

Our school does provide a breakfast club which runs from 8am to 8.50am at the cost is £2.50 per session. To get further information please contact the main school office.
Unfortunately, we do-not offer a after school club however WASPS do pick up from the school to take children to another afterschool provision. You can get more information regarding their services by calling their number on 01925 818689.

How can parents get involved?

We encourage parents to get involved in various ways from attending trips to individual reading. We have a small fundraising team (PTA) and would welcome new members with new ideas and contacts. If you work for a company that is able to sponsor or donate to fundraising in the school please email aldermanbolton @wpat.warrington.sch.uk