School Organisation


The school is organised and managed in four age groups: EYFS (Early Years), Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2.



Mrs Sekanina
NNEB: Mrs Ryan



Miss Gibb


Miss Cornford

NNEBs Mrs Joseph and Mrs Bachoo

Key Stage 1

Year 1


Mr Forster


Miss French


Year 2


Ms Medykowska


Mr Best


Ms Papior

TAs: Mr Hooker,  Ms Kostova, Mrs Loftus, Ms Paxton and Mrs Pottier

Lower Key Stage 2

Year 3


Ms Klassen


Miss Borg-Rodriguez

Year 4


Mrs Higgins

Ms Bennett


Miss Prosser

TAs Ms Ayouni, Mrs Hilmi, Mr Cansado-Frias

Upper Key Stage 2

Year 5


Ms Ashton


Mrs Collinson

Year 6


Mrs Kirby


Mr Clayton

TAs Mrs Moumnine, Mr Elsley, Miss Marshall

PPA Teachers

Mr McLellan, Mr Ressom


The School Day


Morning: 8.45-11.45

Afternoon: 12.20-15.20

Full-Time: 8.45-15.20


Main School

In the morning, the school gates will be open between 8.40 and 9.00. We expect all children to be in class by 9 am promptly. The soft start will mean children can come to school between 8.40 and 9.00 and go straight into class. Children will enter the building through designated doors which will be clearly labelled. Children will be directed and supported if they are unsure. Either gate can be used and parents should maintain 2m distance whichever gate they use.


All the children take their lunchtime in school, either bringing a packed lunch in a named lunchbox or by having a hot cooked meal provided by the school caterers. School meals are free for children in Reception and Years 1 and 2. Meals must be paid for in advance and all payments are made online. Sample menus and payment details can be found here:

Attendance and Punctuality

All children should return to school and the usual expectations of attendance and punctuality will return. It is important to be on time for school and to have good attendance. Parents should call the school in the usual way to explain any absence. Attendance expectations will return to normal and we will monitor this in line with government requirements.

As educators, we want children in school learning alongside their peers. We hope you can support us with this. Under the current guidance of possibly needing to self-isolate we understand that attendance will be affected. It is important that our educational offer at school resumes so we can identify where children are currently in their learning and ensure they meet the expected standard for English and Maths. Our curriculum is broad and balanced and based on engaging children in their learning whilst maintaining safety measures, so we can protect our whole community as much as possible.

Attendance Policy 


When a child is ill or absent, we ask parents to inform the school office by 8:00am. This can be done by leaving a telephone message on the day of absence, otherwise the absence is recorded as unauthorised on their school report. 

If a child is contagious, it is important they are kept at home as illness can spread very quickly in a school environment.  As a precaution, children should not return to the school for 24 hours after a bout of sickness.  Contagious illnesses should be notified to the school once a diagnosis has been confirmed.

All office staff, teaching assistants and lunchtime supervisors have received First Aid training.  If a child is ill or has an accident at school, we will contact you if we feel it is necessary.  We will always contact you if there is an emergency concerning your child. For this reason, it is important that you keep us up to date with two contact telephone numbers.

For legal reasons, staff members are unable to administer medicines without express parental permission.  If medicines need to be taken during the school day, you can either come into school to administer the medicines yourself or sign a form in the school officegiving explicit permission for staff to administer these with details of the medicines required.  Separate arrangements apply in the case of long-term medical treatment (i.e. asthma, allergies, etc) but it is the parents’responsibility to ensure medicine has not expired.  We do have children at the school whose allergies are potentially life-threatening, and we therefore adhere to a Nut Free policy in school in order to minimise any threat to them.

The School Nurse is happy to discuss any medical issues with you.  She can be contacted through the School Office.


Our uniform expresses pride in our school and creates a strong sense of belonging to the community.  It encourages self-respect and a smart appearance.  Pupils are also expected to wear school PE kit and appropriate footwear for indoor and outdoor PE lessons. 


Grey/black socks or tights
Grey shorts/ trousers / pinafore dress / skirt
Blue shirt
School jumper or school cardigan
Black shoes (of a sensible design)

In summer, a blue summer dress may be worn with white socks.

Head scarves and hair bands should fit in with school colours and uniform.

PE Kit

School PE T-shirt
Blue shorts/tracksuit
Tracksuits may be worn for outdoor P.E. in the winter.
Pupils with long hair need to be able to tie their hair up for PE lessons.

Jewellery is not allowed except for watches and small stud earrings (worn at the owner’s own risk).  We also have a policy of no make-up or nail varnish.  Hair should not cover children’s eyes as this can affect learning.  Children must have hair of neat appearance and conventional styling. 

Please clearly name all items of your child’s property - this makes them much more likely to be returned if they are mislaid.  We also have designated areas for Lost Property.  Unclaimed and unnamed property will be disposed of periodically at the school’s discretion. 

School Uniform can be ordered via the School Office and the DSA (Parents’ Association) organises regular second hand uniform sales. 


At Derwentwater School we believe in creating a positive climate where children can learn, progress, feel valued and achieve their potential.  Clear guidance and boundaries help us create a disciplined environment where children feel secure and can thrive.  Our aim is to develop a happy, hardworking atmosphere based on mutual respect and trust. 


The following rules have been agreed by the whole school community:

  • We are successful learners who feel happy and safe

  • We respect ourselves

  • We respect each other

  • We respect the environment.

Good behaviour flourishes in a positive environment and the involvement of all the staff in creating this is essential. Adults in the school are expected to listen to the children, be courteous, friendly, helpful and caring, and the children are expected to respond in the same manner.

Behaviour Policy 2020

Behaviour Policy addendum