Frequently Asked Questions
Parents contact the school for various reasons and here we have attempted to answer some of the most common questions and hope to add more in the near future:
All students are expected to complete homework, and are issued with Home Study Planners to help them to keep organised and to hand it in on time. There is a timetable available which lists how much study time is expected per student for each subject. We like parents to check on homework and to contact the school if they are concerned about it in any way. See our "Homestudy" page under the STUDENTS menu for details.
Much of our school uniform and sports kit can be purchased from: Buxton & Bonnett in Wolverhampton, Bristow Club & School in Bridgnorth; Sportsjam Ltd in Shrewsbury and Sportswear International Ltd in Runcorn, more information can be found on our "School Uniform" web page. Ties and sew-on school badges (if not purchasing the complete blazer through the school) are available from the school office.
For those living in Albrighton, Priorslee, Randlay, Stirchley and Hollinswood, booking is not required. The late buses leave school promptly at 4.15pm and the cost is £1.20 unless pupils have an AT Brown bus pass, in which case this charge does not apply. Pupils pay the member of staff on duty when they board the bus. If they do not have money for the journey they will be asked to return to reception to telephone a parent to collect them. Please Note - There are no late buses after school on a Friday.
Pupils will be given a pink lunch meal token and this will entitle them to a sandwich and a piece of fruit to the value of £1.50. A text message will be sent to inform parents and we ask for the return of the £1.50 to Mrs Shimmons in the Finance Office the next day.
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We accept online payments via ParentPay (www.parentpay.com) as it offers parents the freedom to make payments whenever they like. This is the school's preferred method of receiving payments but cheques are still accepted, being made payable to 'Idsall School Fund'. Pupils should hand any cheques to Mrs Shimmons in the Finance Office during Registration, Break or Lunchtime. Cash is also accepted but the school is unable to take card payments.
The school's lockers are managed by a company 'Independent Locker Solutions' and can be booked online at their website or a form can be downloaded and sent to them directly (http://www.ilsschools.co.uk/)
Items of clothing found around the school are placed on the hooks outside the Caretakers' Office. If they are not claimed by the end of term they are then donated to a charity. Any personal/valuable items are handed into Reception. Any enquiries regarding lost sports wear/equipment should be directed to the PE Staffroom.
It is extremely important to keep the school informed of changes in contact details in case we need to contact parents in an emergency. Either telephone the school on 01952 468400 or email them in to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop in a letter. Alternatively, complete the Parents Feedback Form on this site under the Parents Menu or via the iSchool Parental Portal, whichever is easiest for you.
Alternative travel arrangements need to be made and you must call the school and let the Attendance Officers know your child will be late.
No, a letter is not necessary as your phone call will have been logged.
The student planner is a way in which students record the homework they have been set, parents can check what homework their child has been given and when it is to be completed by. Parents can use the planner to write notes to the Form Tutor too. If your child loses their planner for some reason, then new ones can be purchased from Mrs Shimmons in the Finance Office during registration, break time, lunch or after school. The blue planners for years 7 to 9 cost £2.00 or 50p just for the insert, and £2.85 for the years 10 and 11 hardback versions.
The school office may be able to answer your question directly or they may transfer you to the Student Support office (Mrs Lynn for Key Stage 3 or Mr Black for Key Stage 4) or possibly to another department. The most important thing to remember is we will help in any way we can – don’t be afraid to make contact!
How can I obtain a recipe ingredient sheet as I need to provide my child with various ingredients for their food technology lesson?
A complete list of ingredients and cooking methods for years 7 to 9 are available to download as a PDF from the Design Technology Subject page under the Curriculum menu.