Letters and Key Information

LIST OF FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Parents Portal:  ‘My Child at School’ 

  • All parents will receive an email giving details of how to access and use the site, including confirmation of an invitation code and user name. The site includes information on homework, house points, attendance, calendar and student timetables. This is also where you book appointments for Parents’ Evenings. (Separate letters go out for these telling you when the bookings are open).

School Canteen

  • When the students start school they will have their fingerprint taken to enable them to purchase items from the school canteen. Money is put on to their account via ‘Wisepay’ (details will be sent separately), alternatively students can pay by cheque or cash.  A set meal costs £2.40 per day, but the total amount you provide will be at your discretion.  Many students like to top up their accounts weekly. 
  • A breakdown of what your child is buying can be viewed on Wisepay
  • If you would like to put a cap on how much your child spends per day, please put this request in writing (Letter or email office@colfox.dorset.sch.uk) and we can send this to the canteen.

Free School Meals

  • If your child receives free school meals at their current primary school, this will automatically carry on and your child’s account will be updated each day with £2.40.
  • If you are in receipt of free school meals you are also entitled to help with uniform cost. In Year 7 and Year 9 you will be sent a voucher code for £50 which you can use to purchase uniform online at kitzuk.co.ukYour code and ordering information will be sent out to you at the beginning of July.
  • If you believe you should be in receipt of free school meals, please contact Dorset Council on 01305 221090 or online at https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/education-and-training/schools-and-learning/at-school/free-school-meals.aspxwhere you can find out if you are eligible, how to apply or how to cancel.

Uniform

Locker Keys

  • Your child will be allocated a locker and given a key on their first day. Please can you ensure keys are put on to an identifiable keyring so in the event the key is lost, students are able to see it is theirs. Keyring ‘fobs’ are available to buy from the library for 20p. Alternatively, lanyards in house colours can also be bought – these cost £1.80
  • If your child loses their locker key, replacements can be ordered from student reception for £3

Lost Property

  • All lost property is handed in to main reception. If it is named we will automatically send items straight back to the student. Therefore please ensure all items of clothing/PE kit etc are named. If your child has lost something please ask them to check at Reception

Buses

Queries or Concerns

Absence

  • If your child is going to be absent from school, please ring the absence line on 01308 422291 option 1 before 8.30am explaining the reason why.
  • If your child has a medical appointment, please advise the school via a note to your child’s teacher, or by sending an email to the school office.

Admissions