Other Key Notes

A collection of key reference notes, regarding our procedures or aspects relating to your child’s day-to-day life at Arunside. If your child has just started at Arunside, please take the time to familiarise yourself with this information.

You can use the contents list to jump between the different notes… 

Adverse Weather

Snow Day Guidance March 2022

The above guidance details how we will manage snow risks at Arunside school and it can be summarized as follows:

  • The school will inform the following organisations who will advertise closures; West Sussex County Council, BBC Radio Sussex, Heart Sussex Radio and advice will be sent via The School Gateway to all parents who are registered with this service. A message will also be displayed on this website.
  • Please note, if the school site is closed due to adverse weather conditions, the ZigZags Breakfast and After-School Clubs will also be closed.
  • Finally, during a period of severe weather can you please ensure your child brings a warm coat and other suitable cold weather clothing as we aim to take the children out for some fresh air every day.

School Gateway

If you are not signed up to The School Gateway please follow the link below:

School Gateway Sign Up


If you have a concern or complaint we would like you to tell us about it!

In the first instance, please speak to your child’s teacher, or ring school to make an appointment.  If the problem is still not resolved, please arrange an appointment with the Headteacher or the Deputy Headteacher.

Appointments can be made through the office.

Antisocial Driving Concerns

We are sometimes approached by parents about concerns outside the school gate regarding antisocial driving, including matters of parking.  OperationCrackdown.org is a Sussex Police web reporting tool for the public to report this type of concern. The initiative is jointly run by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Sussex Police and provides communities of Sussex an opportunity to report specific instances of anti-social driving, as well as abandoned vehicles on the road. In instances where there is sufficient evidence, road users are contacted and educated by Sussex Police to highlight the impact of ant-social behaviour on the roads on the wider community. All reports provide a vital oversight of when and where anti-social driving incidents are taking place, assisting in the long term operational strategy of colleagues within SSRP and Sussex Police. The school will always recommend that matter be reported by the person witnessing the incident and this can be done using the above link.
Parental Feedback

In March 2018, at our Parents Evenings, we invited parents and carers to complete one our our Parental engagement questionnaires. The results are shown below and we look forward to reporting back on how we address some of the suggestions that were submitted:

Parents and Carers Feedback March 2018

Charging For School Trip and Visits

There are occasions when parents are asked for voluntary contributions towards trips and some extracurricular activities. A facility to contribute over a period of time will always be made available to parents.

The local authority have issued guidance and compliance requirement for schools which must be followed before any school trip can take place. As a school we now have to document that all necessary risk assessments have been undertaken and that the ratio of adults to children complies with regulations.

Parents must ensure that they sign and return all permission slips prior to a school trip taking place.

A full copy of the School’s Charging Policy is available on the policies page for parents to read.


Learning happens all the time, not just at school. We want to ensure the children at Arunside become lifelong learners and in asking our pupils to complete simple homework tasks we hope we are supporting the children to achieve this aim.

We ask for parents to support their children with the  concept of lifelong learning and offer some helpful homework habits:

  • Find a quiet place to help your child to focus on the task.
  • Keep all pens, pencils, rulers, etc. in one place.
  • Agree together what time is best for your child to do homework
  • Talk to your child about learning.
  • Ensure noise is kept to a minimum, e.g. no TV sounds.
  • Always praise effort your child puts in to homework tasks.
  • Helping with reading is vital to support learning across all subjects. It is best to read little and often, everyday if possible.
  • Enjoying books, sharing stories, finding out information and using newspapers and magazines all give a firm foundation to help children to realise that reading is fun. Join Horsham Library, it’s free! Follow guidance from your child’s teacher about using letters and sounds to build words when your child is learning to read. Look on our English page of the website for further help.

For further information please see our Homework Policy on the school policies page. (Awaiting Review)

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about homework.

School Fundraising

At Arunside we believe that charitable activities are an important way to develop a sense of citizenship – in terms of individual engagement, participation in collective school activities, and engendering a broader sense of social responsibility. Our children have become more active, had fun, learnt lots of new and exciting facts as they have raised funds to help change lives. We are very proud of them and the following organisations have been grateful for the donations that our families and friends have given towards their cause:

Christmas Jumper Certificate

Children in Need Certificate

School Photographs

We utilise the services of Smile Yellow photography for our school photographs.

Photographs of the children are taken annually. In the Autumn term we arrange for the children to have their individual photos taken, (there is also an option for siblings to be photographed together) and then in the Summer term the children have their photos as a class group.

School Council

The children are democratically selected by their peers and are presented with a badge in a special assembly. They have their own notice board which shows current issues they are discussing.

The children, with the Head Teacher, agree on the qualities they need individually and collectively. These are:

  • A good listener
  • Happy and helpful
  • Honest and reliable
  • Confident and kind
  • Able to work in a team
  • Caring and considerate
  • Have good ideas

Travel Plan

Currently being updated.

Useful Links

Please see below some useful  links: