The school office is usually the first point of contact for visitors to the school.  Most days it is a very busy place to be. We deal with lots of enquiries and aim to be as helpful as we can.  The office is staffed between 8.45am and 3.30pm.

The school bursar is Mrs Jan Chambers and Mrs Rebecca Debbage is the Clerical Assistant.

Dinner Money

Dinner money is £2.20 per day (£11 per week).  Cheques should be made payable to Fairhaven Primary School. Please, please, please, try to remember your dinner money on a Monday.  Thank you.

Free School Meals

Children of families receiving Income Support, Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) or Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance are entitled to receive free school meals.

Families receiving Child Tax Credit but who are not entitled to a Working Tax Credit, and whose annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) does not exceed £16,190 are also entitled as are those who receive the Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit. Those families receiving Working Tax Credit are not entitled to free school meals.

Note: Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.

If you are receiving one of these benefits either contact the office to obtain an application form or call 0344 800 8020 for further advice.

You can also print a copy of the free school meals application form here

Once entitlement has been assessed children can continue to receive free school meals until the family stops receiving a qualifying benefit. Parents are required to inform the Authority of any changes and regular checks will be carried out against records held by the Department of Work and Pensions, the Home Office and HM Revenue & Customs by the Free School Meals Team.

Holidays in term time

Please can you discuss with us any request for leave of absence prior to making a booking.  You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly.  We are only allowed to authorise leave of absence during term time in exceptional circumstances.

A few things we would ask of parents:

  • Please remember to send lunch money in on a Monday in a container with your child’s name on it.
  • Please try to send in a written note if your child is going home with someone else – or why not email us.
  • Please ring us if your child is going to be absent from school due to illlness.
  • Please put name labels in your child’s uniform – without a child inside it all the uniform looks the same!

Text Messaging Service

From time to time you will receive a text message from’ Fairhvn Schl’.  These are usually reminders of things such as trips out, PE kit needed or special events.

Fruit Break Time

The children in Sycamore Class and Chestnut Class receive a piece of fruit at breaktime in the morning.  They can also have a drink of milk (the alternative is water). Please let the office know if you wish to order a drink of milk for your children.  We will invoice you half termly.

Children in Beech Class and Oak Class can bring a piece of fruit or a healthy snack to school for break time.

Data Processing

Fairhaven Primary School is registered as a “data controller” with the Data Commission.  This helps us to support our pupils’ teaching and learning, monitor and report on their progress and assess how well we as a school are doing. There is more information about data processing on the Letters to Parents page.  Paper copies of these documents are available upon request from the school office or for more information  

Privacy notice for pupils