Frequently Asked Questions

It is the policy of the Governing Body to encourage the wearing of school uniform, as it helps to create a sense of community and pride in the school. The Logo part of the uniform is available at Smarty Pants at reasonable cost. All other items may be purchased elsewhere. A list of uniform items is given below:

Girls Uniform

Navy school sweat-shirt/cardigan with logo
Grey skirt/pinafore/trousers
Yellow polo shirt
Blue checked summer dresses (gingham)
Flat black school shoes
Plain grey tights with winter uniform
Plain white socks with summer uniform

Boys Uniform

Navy school sweatshirt with school logo
Grey trousers/shorts
Yellow polo shirt
Flat black school shoes
Black or grey socks

P.E Kit

White t-shirt (Plain)
Navy shorts or games skirt
Plimsolls
Trainers and a change of socks

In cold weather, a PE sweatshirt or tracksuit may be used. Please supply a named drawstring PE Bag in which to keep the PE Kit. P.E. 

All items of uniform and clothing should be clearly named.

Jewellery, other than watches, is not permitted and studs or sleepers only are to be worn in pierced ears. Jewellery must not be worn for sporting activities and earrings will need to be removed. Long hair must be tied back at all times.

Bags and Book Bags in school colours and with the school logo can be purchased from the school office at a cost of £3.00 each. Please label all clothing clearly.

Purchasing School Uniform

School uniforms are available to order and purchase on-line by going direct to the Smarty Pants.

Samples of all sizes and uniform type of all sizes will be available at the School Office for you to try before you order.

You are strongly recommended to view the samples as any item that is purchased at the wrong size must be returned to Smarty Pants direct and not to the school. Any charges for returning the item will be at your own cost.

Delivery

You can choose to have items of uniform delivered direct to an address of your choice but standard Smarty Pants delivery charges will apply (please refer to Smarty Pants website for details and all orders over £30 offer free delivery). We are offering a free of charge delivery to the school but these deliveries will only take place on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month so forward planning is advised.

Payment

Payment for the uniforms should be made direct to Smarty Pants when completing the online order. When making your first order, you will need to create a new account as indicated on Smarty Pants website. For parents who are not able to get online, we are pleased to offer a facility at the School where you will be able to access the Smarty Pants website.

Adverse Weather Closures

If we do decide that we need to close the school as a result of bad snow or bad road conditions this is not a decision that we take lightly. Adverse weather really does mean ‘severe’ as opposed to a slight flurry. If circumstances are such that you think there is a possibility that we may be forced to close either first thing in the morning or during the day, we would please ask you to check the following:

Come to this school’s website to see if a message has been posted on the home page.

Radio Broadcasts

You can tune into the local radio stations listed below where closure information will be broadcast on a regular basis (note that BBC Essex’s website is updated before any broadcasts). However, it can take us up to 20-30 minutes to get connected, and then the message will only be broadcast in the next ’round’ of announcements.

BBC Essex: 103.5 FM / 729 AM

Dream 100: 100.2 FM

Early Closure

If weather conditions should deteriorate badly once the children are already in school please first check the school’s website to check for any new message that has been posted on the home page. Please try to avoid calling the school office for information. It is very difficult to function with such a high volume of incoming calls.

If we decide we must close early, we will inform the radio stations (again, BBC Essex will update their website before any broadcasts take place) and also text & email parents.

The school day

  • 8.00am Breakfast Club opens
  • 8.35 – Classrooms open
  • 8.45 – Registration
  • 10.30 – 10.45 – Morning Break
  • 11.45 – 12.45 – Lunch Break
  • 3.15 – End of school day

If your child is not going to be in school please let us know before 9am on the first day of the absence. You can now use the Studybugs app to inform us when your child is going to be absent from school. Alternatively you can call the office on 01206 865747 or email the school on admin@st-james-colchester.essex.sch.uk to report their absence.

If we have not heard from you by 9am then we will start to call all the contact numbers that you have provided in order to gain an explanation for the absence. We will try each number twice. If we still have not been able to ascertain where your child is then we may have to take further action and in some cases we might report it to the police (as your child will then be classed a ‘missing child’). Please ensure up-to-date contact details are provided, we require at least three.

This procedure is to ensure that we know where your child is and that you are all safe. Please let us know in good time why your child is absent from school. If you would like to talk to me about this please make an appointment to see me.

Our classroom doors close at 8.45, after which time your child will need to enter via the main school office. If your child is going to arrive after 9am, please let us know by telephoning the office on 01206 865747.

NHS Poster – Advice on Childhood Illness

Local NHS experts have joined forces with Essex County Council to produce an at-a-glance guide to 17 childhood illnesses including Chicken Pox, Glandular Fever, Ringworm and Tonsillitis.

The poster above highlights key symptoms of common illnesses which are traffic light colour coded to indicate whether children should go to school or stay at home.

Illnesses in the green category – for example colds and conjunctivitis – are those where children should continue to go to school.

The amber category is when an illness could be catching and there are some restrictions on school attendance.

Children should not go to school and should see a GP if the illness falls into the red category. Red category illnesses are German measles. Impetigo, Measles and Whooping Cough.

The poster also advises parents on where they should first seek treatment, either from their local pharmacist or their GP.

There is guidance on when to consult a GP if symptoms persist and advice on when it should be safe for a child to return to school if they have a particular illness.

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