We've put together some information that we hope you will find useful whilst your child is with us here at Shirley Junior School.
Use the links on the right-hand side to access the various sections.
If you cannot find what you're looking for or have any questions please let us know.
A warm welcome from the office team at Shirley Schools.
Communication from Shirley Junior School
MCAS (My Child at School)
• MCAS is the parent communication system linked to our information management system, Bromcom
• The office staff use MCAS to send out messages and the weekly school newsletter
• Parents receive information either:
o through a notification via the MCAS app (if they have downloaded the app to their phone)
o through an email (if there is no app downloaded)
• A guide on how to access MCAS is available at https://docs.bromcom.com/knowledge-base/mcas-parent-guide/
• Information regarding school closures or emergency events will be sent using MCAS/Bromcom
Weekly Comms (School Newsletter)
• Weekly Comms is sent out each Friday via MCAS
• It contains important notices regarding upcoming school events, messages from the headteacher, and relevant information from each year group.
• Weekly Comms always contains a list of important dates, and links to letters
• Weekly Comms is also available from the school website
• SchoolGrid is the website used to order your child’s school dinners
• If you do not set up a SchoolGrid account, your child will not be able to have a school dinner and must bring a packed lunch
• You will receive an email inviting you to create an account
• You can log in to your account at app.schoolgrid.co.uk
• Any urgent messages regarding your child, such as illness or injury, will be communicated via telephone. Please ensure your contact details are up-to-date at all times, so we can contact you.
• Teachers may also telephone you to discuss your child’s progress
•The school website contains information for parents such as the school calendar, uniforms, school contact details, policies, weekly comms and letter home to parents
We have put together some information that we hope will help you to help us.
OFFICE OPENING HOURS: The school office is open to parents from 8:30am to 4:00pm every school day. Please ensure that you visit the office for general enquiries at the following times;
8:30 to 9:30am & 2:30 to 4:00pm
SCHOOL MEALS: All Junior age children excluding those who are in receipt of pupil premium are expected to pay for lunches or provide a packed lunch. These can be ordered in advance using Schoolgrid, or children can choose between the meat or vegetarian options, jacket potato or sandwiches in class with the teacher each morning.
PAYMENTS: Payments can be made by cash or cheque made payable to Shirley Junior School. Please ensure that any payments are sent to the office in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your child's name.
REPORTING ABSENCE: If your child is going to be absent from school without prior authorisation, it is very important that the school is notified by 9:15am. Any absence without reason will be marked as un-authorised. Please telephone the school on 023 8077 5057.
LEAVE OF ABSENCE: Any requests for leave of absence should be given 3 weeks prior to the date required. There is no entitlement for any family holidays or leave of absence during term time. Requests for holiday will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
ATTENDANCE: The school strives to achieve 100% attendance. To help us to achieve this as a school, we would ask that you please be aware of the following points;
- We can administer medicines in school for your child. We ask that you bring the medicine into the office in the morning, where we will ask you to complete a medical form detailing your instructions for the administration of the medicine.
- All children have times when they are feeling a little tired. This should not be a reason for them not coming into school.
- If your child has suffered from sickness or diarrhoea, the child should not attend school for 48 hours from the last bout of illness. This is recommended to limit the spread of such infections. However, we do understand that sometimes children are sick without contracting an infection and in these cases we would trust our parents' judgement on whether their child is ready to return to school.