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

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 Information

Welcome to Richard de Clare Community Academy. Children are at the centre of everything that we do and we aim to ensure that all children have a happy and successful experience at our school.

We believe in firm but fair discipline with an emphasis on positive behaviour management. As a fully inclusive school we welcome all children and work closely with parents and outside agencies to make any necessary adaptations both before admission and during a child’s time in our school.

We place great importance on building a strong partnership between home and school. Children flourish when this partnership is good.

We look forward to working with you and your child as we continue along the path of lifelong learning together. We hope that you will find the information on this website useful. Visits to our school are warmly encouraged.

Claire Jaques                                      Karen Riddleston

                                                                          Executive Head                                      Head of School


If you would like a paper copy of the information on our school website, please contact the school office and a copy will be supplied free of charge.


School Meals

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.



Sports at Richard de Clare

PE lessons are delivered by our Sports Coach, Mr Regan. 

In P.E. this term, the children are looking at invasion games as a topic. An invasion game is the term used for any game where the aim is to attack an opponent's territory and score a goal or point. They focus on teamwork, keeping possession, scoring and defending. For example sports such as basketball, football, tag rugby, netball, handball and hockey.
Focus starts on the basic skills within each of the sports such as passing, dribbling, shooting and tackling. In KS2 the children will also start to look at using different tactics to improve their play and begin to put these into practice with small sided matches within their classes. Within these matches they will also learn the rules of each sport. 

Our Football Team will be attending a tournament at the Ramsey Academy on Monday 30th September.



  • 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 2019-2020

Autumn Term 2019

Tuesday 3 September - Thursday 19 December 2019

Half Term: Monday 28 October - Friday 1 November

Spring Term 2020

Monday 6 January - Friday 3 April 2020

Half Term: Monday 17 February - 21 February

Summer Term dates 2020

Monday 20 April  - Wednesday 22 July 2020

Half Term: Monday 25 May - 29 May 

Bank Holiday: Friday 8th May

Non-Pupil Days

Tuesday 3 September 2019

Friday 25th October 2019 

Thursday 19 December 2019

Monday 6 January 2020

Monday 20 April 2020

Due to some changes to staff training that needs to take place we have had to make some changes to the planned INSET days in school.

Friday 19th June 2020 is no longer an INSET day and children will now be in school.

​INSET days for the rest of the academic year are listed below.
Monday 20th April 2020
Thursday 25th June 2020
Friday 26th June 2020

Please note that these are not on the term dates download.

Please contact the school office if you have any questions.


The Care Team

The CARE Team

A flag ship program at Richard de Clare, our Care Team help support families in need of well-being assistance -and that is all of us from time to time.

The Care Team operates at many levels:

  1. Intense emotional work which is carried out by Emotional First Aid (EFA) staff only on a weekly basis over a prolonged period of time with children requiring high need support.
  1. Touch Base work which entails CARE Team ambassadors making contact regularly (once or twice a week) for identified children needing re-assurance and to know that some-one is there for them.
  1. Intermittent contact work (3 or 4 times each half term) for new entrants and vulnerable children needing occasional re-assurance.

At Transition times, specific children are allocated to Ambassadors to help them make the transition from one year to the next, particularly the Year 6 pupils and when moving from KS1 to KS2.

All new entrants to school are referred to the CARE Team for support as they settle into school.

Where more intensive or specialist support is needed for children, or where work will happen with parents and carers too, we also have access to FAST – our Families and Schools Together Team. A named member of the FAST team works in Richard de Clare every week and as well as undertaking direct work with families they are able to refer to other agencies for further support.


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.


The School Day

The school gates open at 8.20 and close at 8.50.  Children are welcome to go into their classrooms from 8.40 where they will be met by their class teacher.

There is a School Breakfast Club between 8.25 – 8.40am which is 40p per child, per day. Breakfast Club is held in the school hall. This is a drop in Breakfast Club, no booking required and the children will be offered:

  • Cereal
  • Toast
  • Water or Hot Chocolate 

Lunchtime and morning break times are staggered to allow all children more space on the playground.  Children in Year 5 and Year 6 have their lunch 12.15-1.15 and all other children have their lunch 12.00-1.00.  Children in Year R to Year 2 are provided with a piece of fruit or vegetable to eat at morning break.  Children in Years 3 to 6 may bring a healthy snack from home or they can buy a healthy snack from the tuck trolley for 30p.

The school day ends at 3.15 for children in Year R to Year 2 and at 3.20 for children in Year 3 to Year 6.

The school also benefits from on site childcare at  Olivers Lodge, which opens for breakfast from 7:30 to 08:50, and after school from 15:15 to 18:00. (See Olivers Lodge Website )