Parent Forum

The first meeting of the new parent forum took place on Wednesday 6th November 2019.  This is a group for sharing ideas and discussing what is working well and ideas for school improvement.  All parents/carers are invited to attend.  Please click on the download below to see the notes from the first meeting and second meeting.

Parent Information

If you are a parent or carer, we hope you will find the web links below useful. 

Parent View –

Action For Children –

Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UK's most vulnerable and neglected children and young people.

Parent Centre –

Lots of information about parenting.

Department for Education –

Articles and advice for children and young people

Think U Know –

Great advice to keep children safe whilst using the internet.


News and articles surrounding internet safety.



Pupil Premium Funding


The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding provided to all schools in order to close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

Disadvantaged Pupils include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, or have been entitled to free school meals at any point over the past six years, those looked after by the local authority, children adopted from care, and the children of armed service personnel.

The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used by this school to address any inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.

Objectives for Pupil Premium at Richard de Clare

  • Provide additional educational support to improve the progress and raise the standard of achievement for these pupils.
  • Narrow the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.

We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their lives.


The Leadership Team will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies we have put in place and report to the Governing Body on its progress and impact.

All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how it is used. (Please see the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement below for a breakdown of how we spend the Pupil Premium funding and its impact on outcomes).


How we decide to spend the Pupil Premium money is influenced by our own evaluations of the needs of the school and by educational research presented by the Education Endowment Foundation (education endowment which has reviewed the key approaches designed to improve pupil outcomes, both in terms of progress and attainment. Please see the Pupil Premium Strategy for further details regarding our rationale for use of the funding.


School Governors

The Governing Body works in partnership with the school's leadership team to provide an enviroment that respects the needs, values, cultures and opinions of others, where children can develop positive attitudes towards learning, discover success and devlop selft-esteem.

Parents can contact the Governing Body via the school office.


School Meals

We are proud of our home-produced menus, and are developing further ideas for healthy lunch choices. We hold themed days each month which give the children a chance to taste some things that they might ordinarily shy away from and gives us a chance to share in some celebrations such as European Day of Language, Bonfire Night, Christmas and many more events throughout the year.

All children in Year R to Year 2 are entitled to a free, school meal every day. For children in Key Stage 2 the daily cost of a meal is £2.30. Parents are asked to pay via Scopay – please call into the school office for further details.

Free School Meals

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you are receiving any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit), with an annual income below £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance, income related
  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit, with a household income of £7,400 or less (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

You are not eligible if you receive any amount of Working Tax Credit.

To apply for free schools meals please complete the online application form.

If you are eligible for free school meals, and your circumstances change in any way (such as changing address or school, and registering another child) you will need to download, complete and return the change of circumstances form. 


Smooth Transitions

  • We want your child to be full of positive emotions – excitement, confidence and happiness when they start school.
  • To achieve this we aim to prepare them as much as possible for the exciting next step in their learning journey.
  • Successful transition ensures your child settles into quickly into school, learning and developing from day one.

To ensure transition is as smooth as possible we will liaise closely with the schools in the local area, visiting the settings where possible and inviting your child’s new teacher to join us in the Nursery – enabling them to observe your child in the setting - assessing their social skills, independence, confidence, language and physical ability. This will enable them to get a good picture of your child and have some fun with them whist they get to know them. At the end of the session we will meet with your child’s new teacher to talk through the children’s records and look at their learning journeys.

  • At the end of the year we will complete a transition report for your child’s new teacher.
  • We will work very closely with the Year R team at Richard de Clare throughout the year as children joining the Nursery will instantly become part of the Richard de Clare family.
  • This will help ensure that children starting school at Richard de Clare in September will find the transition seamless.

Opportunities to work together include the children:

  • Sharing the outdoor provision.
  • Joining the Year R children for lunch each day.
  • Joining the Year R for stories, songs and rhymes on a regular basis.
  • Attending special events and assemblies – Nativity, visiting authors etc.
  • Using the main hall for PE
  • Enjoying access to the schools wonderful outdoor grounds.

Year R staff will come and visit us in the Nursery on a regular basis, getting to know your child, their interests and needs.

Home visits will be arranged before the children start school enabling the Year R team to get to know you before your child starts school.

Please note that you must apply again for a Reception place, even if your child is currently attending Richard de Clare Nursery School.


  • At Richard de Clare Nursery School we use an on-line journal called ‘Tapestry’ to record all of our daily observations and assessments relating to the learning and fun of each child’s early years education.
  • We record the special moments of children, be it via. Photo, video or message and keep you involved as your children blossom and grow.
  • A safe and secure system, Tapestry enables you to access your child’s learning journey at anytime, anywhere from a handy free app or website.
  • You can also comment on observations and even post the children’s own adventures, experiences and key learning moments in Tapestry and share with us for us to celebrate with your child.

Term Dates

Academic Year 2020-2021

Autumn Term 2020

Tuesday 1 September - Friday 18 December 2020

Half Term: Monday 26 October - Friday 30 October

Spring Term 2021

Monday 4 January - Friday 26 March 2021

Half Term: Monday 15 February - Friday 19 February

Summer Term dates 2021

Monday 12 April  - Wednesday 21 July 2021

Half Term: Monday 31 May - Friday 4 June

Bank Holiday: Monday 3 May

Bank Holiday: Monday 31 May

Non-Pupil Days

Tuesday 1 September 2020

Wedensday 2 September 2020

Friday 27 November 2020

Monday 30 November 2020

Tuesday 1 December 2020

Monday 4 January 2021

Monday 28 June 2021

Please contact the school office if you have any questions.

Term Dates 2021-2022

Wednesday 1st September 2021 is a Non-Pupil Day. The other Non-Pupil Days are currently being agreed.


The Early Years Framework

  • The children at the Nursery follow The Early Years Framework (The EYFS framework) This is a statutory framework for children from birth to five years, covering the welfare and development of children.
  • The guidance covers the 7 main areas of learning and development with each section containing certain developmental milestones and steps that children should achieve or work towards achieving.
  • The areas of learning are separated into Prime and Specific Areas. The Prime Areas are the building blocks on which the Specific Learning can take place.

The areas are as follows:

Prime Areas

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We carefully monitor each child’s progress through the EYFS and keep you updated of any achievements or concerns, planning together for next steps.


Richard de Clare Community Academy, Halstead