Grindon Infant School

About the School

Grindon Infant School provides an inclusive education for pupils of the age range 3-7 years.
The school has a nursery unit.


At our school:

We provide a welcoming and safe environment where every learner is valued

We work together as a school community

We respect others and the environment

We understand that everyone is unique

We provide stimulating opportunities for lifelong learning

We share high expectations in all aspects of school life

We are all learners
We are all valued

The School Day

The school day for pupils is slightly different for different age groups.

Full details are given below:

Nursery Start Finish
Morning pupils 8.45am 11.45am
Afternoon pupils 12.30pm 3.30pm

Reception Start Finish
Bell rings 8.50am, School day starts - registration 9.00am
Lunch 12 noon 1.15pm

School Finishes at 3.15pm

Key Stage 1 Start Finish
Bell rings 8.50am, School day starts - registration 9.00am
Break 10.30am 10.45am
Lunch 12 noon 1.15pm

School Finishes at 3.15pm

School Term Dates

Monday 4th September 2017 - Friday 22nd December 2017 
Half term: Monday 23rd October 2017 - Friday 27th October 2017

Monday 8th January 2018 - Thursday 29th March 2018
Half term: Monday 12th February 2018 - Friday 16th February 2018

Monday 16th April 2018 - Friday 20th July 2018
Half term: Monday 28th May 2018 - Friday  1st June 2018

School will be closed for staff training:
Thursday 29th March 2017

Thursday 3rd May 2017

Friday 20th July


Lunchtime Arrangements

We encourage all pupils to have a school meal which is now free to all of our pupils however some of our pupils still choose to bring a packed lunch. The school's packed lunch policy is available at the school office.

• Please ensure that the packed lunch is placed in a neat box, labelled with your child's name and class.
• All pupils are given a drink of water.

If you send your child to school with a packed lunch please note that we do not have special storage areas for packed meals.

Some families would have been eligible to receive free school meals. Please let us know if this applies to you as extra funding is available to the school for the benefit of these children.
Application forms and further information are available either from

Children's Services, Awards' Department
Sandhill Centre
0191 561 1417
or telephone the school office.

We currently hold the following lunchtime clubs:
Maths, Writing, Reading, Cheerleading, Fit For Fun. 

Healthy Living

At Grindon Infant School we strongly believe that our pupils need to be safe and healthy. We provide all pupils with fruit each day to encourage healthy eating. Pupils are encouraged to bring a bottle of water to school each day.

Funding for PE and Sport

Sports Funding 2015 - 2016

P.E. Vision Statement

Grindon Infant School believes that physical education is an essential part of a child’s educational development.  Grindon Infant School aims to develop a balanced program offering a variety of activities to enhance skills in physical education.  Positive participation in physical education will enable children to build self-esteem, team work skills and positive attitudes in P.E. as well as develop a healthy approach to life and their personal wellbeing.    

We aim to:
-  Develop confidence, skills and knowledge.
-  Pursue excellence.
-  Be Proud of achievements.
-  Promote fair play and respect.
-  Educate children to improve health and wellbeing.
-  Provide quality opportunities for children outside of school time.

Brief overview of PE and sport provision in the school:

The school provides all pupils with the full entitlement of two hours high quality PE a week. This is delivered through two, 1 hour lessons. Units of work are blocked for each half term.

  • Foundation stage: The lessons are structured at 2 sessions per week aimed at physical development. These are approximately 45 minutes and follow the Early Learning Goals.
  • Key Stage 1: 2 hours of high quality PE with a class teacher/sports coach.


The link governor for PE monitors our progress and ensures impact measures are monitored.  During 2015 we worked closely with Biddick Academy to develop and improve standards in PE by utilising their expert advice to evaluate the school’s current strengths and weaknesses in PE and sport, and implement plans for improvement.

Grindon Infant School has achieved the Bronze Award for Active Sunderland 

The award is a Sunderland Authority led awards scheme to reward schools for their commitment to the development of sport and competition across their school and into the community. Schools are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark. To achieve the Bronze Level, our school has met all of the prerequisites, as well as the following:


Provide all students with two hours or more of physical education and school sport per week (made up of curricular and extracurricular activity)


Engage at least 10% of students in leading, managing and officiating Sainsbury’s School Games initiative.

Engage students in the planning and development of Sainsbury’s School Games initiative.

Utilise sports coaches to support school sport.


Provide all students with two hours of high quality PE.

Provide information about the use of PE funding.

Appoint a head of PE

CPD of teachers, TAs and dinner staff


Provide children with the opportunity to participate in competitive sports.

To provide opportunities for children to lead sporting events.

Physical activity and health

Promote healthy living.

Provide opportunities for children to participate in after school clubs.


Establish and provide school club links.


We aim to achieve the Silver Award by the end of 2017.


P.E. Government Funding

What is the Sports Premium?

The government has provided Sports Premium funding for the academic year 2015-16 to provide additional and sustainable improvements to PE and sport for the benefit of all pupils and to encourage the development of healthy and active life styles. Allocations for the academic year 2015 to 2016 are calculated using the number of pupils in years 1 and 2 as recorded in the January 2015 census. It will see money going directly to school head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and P.E; each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil - here at Grindon Infant School that will mean funding of £8546. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Purpose of the funding

Schools will spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport and they will have the freedom to choose how they do this. Examples include additional sport clubs, equipment to support P.E and hiring specialist P.E teachers/qualified sport coaches.

At Grindon Infant School we recognise the contribution of P.E. to the health and well-being of the children.  In addition, it is considered that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extracurricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.

We are once again working with Premier Sports - a private provider of high quality sports and P.E. lessons. Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Lunchtime Staff in school are given the opportunity to work alongside the coaches (also during after-school clubs) to increase their skills and transfer them into their teaching of P.E. and sport. They are developing a wide variety of sports activities at lunchtimes, encouraging active participation by a wider group of pupils.

This provision is constantly under review and is monitored by school staff and Premier Sports management. Other uses of the funding:

  • Pay for transport to and from sporting events and activities that cannot be held at our own school.
  • To employ a specialist Swimming Instructor/Coach to work alongside staff and deliver quality swimming teaching so that every child has water skills by the time they leave our infant school.
Please click on the link to view a table of how our funding is being used or see table below.
Sports Funding 2015-2016
Use of Funding Actions/Principles Impact
Employing expert advice to evaluate the school's current strengths and weaknesses in PE and sport, and implement plans for improvement or deliver CPD School events (including Sports Day event to be held at local link school).
Action Plan for school development
Scheme of work for new curriculum
Training of PE coordinator and staff
More sports clubs
PE coordinator has a clear vision for the school and fully implements the new curriculum assessments and measures progress in sporting activities, clubs and wellbeing.

Staff are confident in the delivery of PE.
Providing cover for the PE coordinator   Time to liaise with experts
Managing assessments
Learning Walks
Pupil conferencing
Development Plan
Premier Sports to deliver high quality PPA Cover, staff training and clubs PPA cover for Year 1 and 2 provided by Premier Sports.
Training for lunch staff/TAs provided by Premier Sports
Change4Life lunchtime clubs Change4Life Sport Clubs take the principles and specific skills from a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports and place them in a fun, vibrant and exciting activity club giving young people the confidence and competence to take part in lifelong physical activity.
It has also improved the children's behaviour by giving them a focused activity during lunchtime
All children have access
Engage all children into physical activities
Very positive feedback from the children
Improve the children's behaviour by giving them a focused activity during lunchtime
Providing places for pupils in
after school sports clubs
  All Year 2 children complete Basic Water Skills Award and develop swimming skills
All children have access to at least 1 hour extra-curricular sporting activities through lunchtime(Reception) and after school clubs
Gifted and Talented provision provided through the Gymnastics Club and Performing Arts Club   Gifted and Talented children are challenged and develop skills beyond those which they already possess through local clubs
Buying of new resources for PE lessons and physical development in the early years including outdoor provision All pupils have access
Improved pupil progress in lessons
Improved the quality of teaching and learning

Contact Names & Telephone Numbers

All parents are asked at induction meetings or when their child enters school for the names and contact numbers of 3 responsible adults who can be contacted in the case of an emergency. It is very important that parents/carers let us know of any change of address or telephone numbers. This information is updated annually.


Several staff are able to administer prescribed medication under very strict guidelines. Please contact the school office for further details.

First Aid

First aid treatment is available from three fully trained members of staff who will seek further advice if necessary. In cases of more serious illness or accident at school parents will be informed as soon as possible. Please keep an ill child at home until well, or until your doctor says they can return to school. This is particularly important in the case of infectious diseases.

School Uniform

We like all pupils to wear our school uniform. If parents wish their child to wear uniform the following can be ordered from Little Gems in Sunderland:
• red polo shirt with school motif 
• green sweatshirt with school motif
• green fleece jacket with school motif 
• P.E. kit - green shorts and white t-shirt
• school bags 
• school caps 

Grey trousers or grey skirt, grey or white socks, black shoes may be purchased locally.

The Head Teacher reserves the right to prohibit the wearing of certain types of clothing or particular items which are deemed, on safety or other grounds, to be unsuitable for wear in school. If ears are to be pierced, please arrange this during the summer break (6 weeks holiday) so that the wounds are healed as earrings must be removed for all PE lessons. An indemnity form must be completed if earrings are to be worn in school.
These are available from the School Office.

School Attendance

Regular attendance is crucial to each pupil's educational development. School will comply with the ameded DFE regulations which state that "from 1 September 2013 leave of absence must be requested from and agreed by the Head Teacher in advance of any absence. Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence unless there are exceptional circumstances."

If your child is sick or away from school for any reason, please ring or call at school on the first day of absence. School will telephone parents if contact is not made.

If you need to take your child out of school during the day, it is very important that you:
• Let us know in advance and bring the dental or medical appointment card along.
• Collect your child from the School Office. Pupils cannot be allowed to meet you off school premises.
• Sign your child out of school and into school on his/her return.


Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life. We want all our children to get a great education and the building blocks for a great education begin with children coming to school each and every day. If children miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years. Attendance patterns are established early, a child missing days in the early years of school will often continue in later years.


At Grindon Infant school we monitor all children’s attendance and our goal is that all children meet the target of 95% or above. We have a ‘Traffic Light Initiative’ which is intended to raise pupil attendance levels. Each half term you will receive a letter containing details of your child’s attendance. If your child’s attendance is 95% or above, then you will receive a ‘green’ letter. If your child’s attendance is 90%-94%, then you will receive an ‘amber’ letter; this is to let you know that we are concerned about your child’s attendance and we will be looking to work in partnership with you to raise your child’s attendance back to a satisfactory level of 95% and above. If your child’s attendance is below 94% then Attendance 100, our school improvement service, may contact you. This is an excellent service which many schools in Sunderland use to improve the attendance levels. Their main priority is to monitor attendance and punctuality, however they are also there to assist and support you with any issues which could negatively affect your child’s attendance.  


As a school we work very hard to promote good attendance and we are aiming for 96.1% for overall attendance which is the same as the national average. We ask for your support so that we can ensure your child receives the very best start in life. 

Visitors to School

All visitors are asked to report to the school office where they will be asked to sign the visitors' book and wear an identification badge for the duration of their visit.

Helping Hands at Grindon Infant School

Grindon Infant School is supported by a parents' group which meets regularly.  The 'Helping Hands' group work in partnership with the school, not only to organise events for the pupils but also to foster a close and caring atmosphere to support them.

New members are always made very welcome. See the school notice board for details of meetings.

School Outings and Charging Policy

The Governing Body has decided that, in general, charges will only ever be made for a school activity if this is the only way to guarantee the event takes place. This is most likely to apply to some trips and excursions, and parents are sometimes asked to make voluntary contributions towards the cost of the visit. We will always inform parents at the outset, and try to assist parents who would have genuine difficulty in paying. See our Charging and Remissions Policy.  


We hope to be able to resolve any complaints that parents may have. In the first instance complaints should normally be made to the Head Teacher, and in most cases we find that complaints can be dealt with successfully at this informal level. However, there are two formal routes that you can use if you wish to take the matter further.

If the complaint cannot be resolved it may be necessary for it to be considered by the Governing Board.

If the complaint is not resolved by the Governing Board it may be referred to Children's Services. If that fails the complaint can be referred to the Secretary of State at the Department of Education.

Personal Belongings

Your child is encouraged to take responsibility for their personal belongings. Everything your child brings into school - i.e. bags, clothes, books - should be clearly marked with your child's name. If you forget to label a child's possessions then we reserve the right to label their property, to avoid spending unnecessary time sorting out personal belongings during valuable teaching time.

We operate a lost property system which you are encouraged to call in and check.

Emergency Closures

Whenever possible the school will remain open. If the decision to close the school in an emergency is taken, parents will be informed as soon as possible. Announcements will be made on the local radio station, Sun FM; text messages will be sent to those parents subscribing to the school's text messaging service and notices will be placed on the school fencing around the school perimeter.

The same arrangements will be made to inform parents of the school's re-opening.

Keeping in Touch

From time to time your child will bring home letters from school. Sometimes you may feel there are a lot of them. It is, however, the safest way of making sure that the correct messages reach you.

We do arrange termly Parents' Evening in school to discuss your child's progress. However, if you are worried or concerned about any aspect of school life, contact the school as soon as possible and make an appointment to see the appropriate member of staff or Head Teacher.

If you would like to become involved in the school and you have some spare time, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will arrange for your enthusiasm and skills to be used in the classroom. All voluntary helpers who regularly work alongside pupils in school are requested to complete disclosure forms.

The education of children is a partnership between home and school. Anything we can do to improve this partnership will benefit all the children.

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding
The Pupil Premium is allocated to pupils from low-income families who are currently known to have been eligible for free school meals(FSM) at any time during the last six years and pupils who are looked after by the Local Authority continuously for more than six months. For each pupil school will receive an additional £1300 (for pupils eligible for FSM) and £1900 (for children who are in the Looked After system) A Pupil Premium is also available for Service Children (children whose parents are serving in the British Armed Forces) which is £300 per child. The money is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
Schools have the freedom to spend the allocated money, which is additional to the school budget, in a way which best supports the raising of attainment for those pupils.
At Grindon Infant School we pride ourselves in offering an inclusive education, offering a wide range of activities and resources to provide the best possible education for children from all backgrounds and with all abilities.
Our allocation of Pupil Premium Funding is used to provide inclusive opportunities and to support intervention where there are gaps in attainment or progress for children eligible for the funding.
Last year’s pupil premium (2016/2017) allocation was £72,460.
Click on the link to see how the money was used and the impact.
This year’s pupil premium (2017/2018) allocation is £58,980. 
Click on the link to see how the money is going to be allocated.