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We are grateful to all parents who are using our Schoolgateway* online payments facility, which has significantly reduced the amount of cash we receive in school.

Teachers no longer accept payments in class; they should be made directly with the school office.  It would be helpful if the cash could be in a sealed envelope written with your child’s name, class, and details of what the payment is for.  

Thank you.


Get Involved in School Life

At Ashleigh Primary School we encourage parents and carers to get involved in their child’s school life as much as possible.

We welcome volunteers in our classrooms, once your child has settled into school, and many parents find supporting the class to be a valuable and rewarding task. Help is appreciated in a variety of activities such as reading, artwork and school trips.

Please do let us know if you have a specific skill, talent or interest you would like to share. All volunteers in school need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS check) before they can volunteer regularly in school.

If you are interested in helping out at the school, please go to the main school office and ask for a DBS form. Once this is completed the school will process the form on your behalf. There is no charge.

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*For more information about the on-line parent payments service click here.


If your child is unable to attend school for any reason please notify the office before 9.00am each day of the absence.  You can ring on 01271 345149 or use Schoolcomms to send a message.  When notification has not been received, after the class registers have been taken, the parent/guardian will receive a text or phone call requesting a reason for the absence.  Unexplained absences will be marked as unauthorised.  

Should a child's level of attendance be a cause for concern we work closely with our Educational Welfare Officer to support families in ensuring children attend school regularly.  If you are experiencing difficulties with your child's attendance please contact Mrs Cath Fordham (Deputy Head Teacher & SENCo) for advice and support.  

Important Changes to the  Drop Off and Collection of Children

from September 2017

Please read the following policy which came into effect in September.  Click on the links for further information including the form you are required to complete if you wish your child to walk home unaccompanied.

Drop Off and Collection Letter Route Map of School On-line Safety


Local Offer

for SEND

Procedures for the drop off and collection of children from school


We aim to ensure that the beginning and end of the school day: run as smoothly as possible; are safe for our children; create a positive start and end to learning.

There are no laws about the appropriate age or distance for children to walk to school on their own. A families’ guide to the law states:

“There is no law prohibiting pupils from being out on their own at any age. It is a matter of judgement for parents to decide when pupils can play out on their own, walk to the shops or school.”

Parents are legally obliged to ensure their children get to school and attend regularly, but this in itself does not disallow independent travel. However as a school we are responsible for the welfare of our children and therefore have to consider what we believe is good practice in ensuring the safety of them. We also have an obligation to alert relevant authorities should we believe a child’s welfare is at risk.

Drop off of children at the start of the school day

Children in Foundation Stage and Year 1

The children can be brought straight in to their classroom where an early morning activity will be available for parents to complete with their child.

Children in Year 2 and KS2

Children should make their way on to the playground where a member of staff will be present. The whistle will be blown at 8.45am and the children will be collected from the playground by their class teacher. Staff will come out to the playground at 8.40 to give you an opportunity to speak to them if you need to.

Collection of your children at the end of the school day

At the end of the school day all children will remain in their classrooms with their teacher, where they can be collected by a named adult or an older sibling aged 14 years old or above. If a child attends an after school club on our site, a member of school staff will escort them to the activity once their peers have been collected.

Children in Foundation Stage or KS1

Our agreed school procedures is that no child in Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1 should walk to or from school on their. In addition we will only hand over children to named adults or older siblings provided they are aged 14 years old or above. Children will not be handed over to other adults unless the school has been informed by the parent (with parental responsibility) that they have made this arrangement. It is the responsibility of the parent to keep school fully informed and up to date with any changes in arrangements, preferably in writing. If no one arrives to collect a child, they will remain with their teacher and parents will be contacted. We will not allow older brothers or sisters in school to collect younger siblings in these year groups.

Children in KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

There is no set age when children are ready to walk to school or home on their own. It very much depends on their level of maturity and confidence. Therefore, with regards to children in KS2 we believe that parents should decide whether their child is ready for this responsibility. We highly recommend that children in Years 3 & 4 at least, are still brought to and collected from school. Further advice on supporting children in being able to keep themselves safe will be made available on our school website. When making the decision about whether a child is ready for this responsibility parents should consider the following:

1. Do you trust that your child will walk straight home?

2. Do you trust that they will behave sensibly when with a friend?

3. Are they road safety aware?

4. Would they know what to do if a stranger approached them?

5. Would they have the confidence to refuse to do what a stranger asked?

6. Would they know what to do if they needed help?

7. Would they know who best to approach to get help?

If parents are not confident about how their child would react in the above situations then we would strongly recommend that they are brought to school and collected by an adult.

When a parent decides that their child is ready for this responsibility they must inform the school either by letter or by using the form contained in the appendices. Children will not be allowed to walk home on their own unless we have received permission from their parent. It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure school is provided with the most up to date arrangements they have made for their child.

School Dinner Menu 2017-2018 2018-2019

10 a day EH4MH

Staff at Ashleigh are working closely with the Early Help for Mental Health team to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for the whole school community.  Please see below. We would encourage you to practise this daily!

The Schools’ Nursing Team

If you have concerns about your child’s health or welfare then click to see what the Schools’ Nursing Team can do for you.

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Ashleigh School Uniform

School Uniform Models

Please read the updated policy document of our school uniform



From 1st October 2017, Devon County Council only accept applications for free school meals via a new online self-service portal which enables parents to access their free school meal eligibility.  It gives parents and carers a simple, easy-to-use way to apply for free school meals.  

Access to the portal can be made here where additional information is also available about this service.  The link to this can also be found on the website in ‘School Information’.

IMPORTANT: The person making the application must be the person holding parental responsibility for the child/ren they are applying for. The school cannot log in to the portal on behalf of parent/carers. Please speak to the School office for guidance.

Pupil Clubs at Ashleigh F.A.S.A. (PTA)

Operation Encompass

Like most schools, Ashleigh is taking part in a new project with Devon and Cornwall Police. Operation Encompass reports to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.


Recently Mrs Fordham has been on the training which allows her to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, ensuring that we are able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.


If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the safeguarding team.

SATs 2018 Guides for Parents