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 2018

Thursday 3rd May 2018

Friday 20th July 2018

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

PE and Sport Premium at Grindon Infant School and Nursery

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.  Plans for improvement are developed and monitored by the PE Leadership Team (Mrs McCalvey and Mrs Breen).


Grindon Infant School’s work with 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.  We are assessed in the following areas:

  • Participation
  • Workforce
  • Education
  • Sport
  • Physical activity and health
  • Community

Funding for the PE and sport premium

Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.

Funding for 2017 to 2018

Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil.

Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.

Payment dates for 2017 to 2018

Maintained schools do not receive funding directly from DfE. The funding goes directly to the local authority and they pass it on to the school.

Local authorities pay PE and sport premium funding for maintained schools in 2 separate payments. Local authorities receive:

  • 5/12 of the funding allocation on 30 April 2018.  Grindon Infant School and Nursery will receive an estimated £9,835
  • 7/12 of the funding allocation on 31 October 2018 Grindon Infant School and Nursery will receive an estimated £7,025
  • Grindon Infant School and Nursery will receive an estimated total of £16,860 in the financial year 2018/19. 
  • Grindon Infant School and Nursery received £13,358 for 2017/18.

How to use the PE and sport premium

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

This means that we should use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that school already offers
  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  • the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • increased participation in competitive sport


Ofsted inspections

Ofsted assesses how primary schools use the primary PE and sport premium. They measure its impact on pupil outcomes, and how effectively governors hold school leaders to account for this.

Online reporting

Details of how our PE and sport premium funding is spent must include:

  • the amount of premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
  • the impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future

Click here to view our expenditure for the PE funding 2018

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.