Frequently Asked Questions

At Orsett, presentation is extremely important to us. We value how we present ourselves and our work to others.

Parents/carers are able to order our uniform from:

38-40 High Street


SS17 0HQ

01375 644744




Phone: 07925 47 6600

[email protected]

If you have any queries regarding uniform orders, please contact the school office.

We have made the decision that children can wear their FULL PE kits all day on their PE dasy.
PE days will be sent out prior to school opening each year.

FULL PE kit consists of Blue Orsett Logo t shirt, Black shorts, skort or leggings and/or Jogging bottoms and trainers. These can be black or white.

Children will do PE in most weathers so jogging bottoms or sports leggings can be worn if preferred.  All children should have a plain black zip up hoodie in school with them.

From September 2023 school meals are priced at £2.50 and should be paid for via School Money.  A menu is published Termly.
A red, blue (vegetarian) and green option (jackets/packed lunch style option) are available

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are all entitled to a free school meal under the Universal Free School Meal Incentive.

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you receive either:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit – provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
  • Universal Credit – provided your total net earnings are no more than £616.67 each month, starting from 1 April 2018
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Your child must be attending a maintained school in the Thurrock area. If your child is attending school outside of Thurrock, you should apply to the council for the area in which they attend school.

More information including how to apply can be found online or ask at the school office.

We are always happy to help!

The school day

  • Playground gate opens at 8.35am
  • All children should be in class for registration by 8.45 am.
  • Morning session: 8.45 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
  • Lunch break: 12.00 p.m. – 12.45 pm
  • Afternoon session: 12.45 p.m. – 3.15pm

Please ensure children arrive in school on time.  All children complete early morning work such as spellings, times tables and reading before lessons start promptly at 8.50am.

Phonics in Reception, Year 1 and year 2 starts promptly at 8.50am – this is an important skill at this age.

How do I speak with my child’s teacher?

All teachers and adults in school are happy to speak with parents about any concerns or questions they may have.
Teachers are all on the playground after school or if you require a private meeting please request one via the school office.

All communication in school is through our TEAMS channels.
Letters, messages and reminders are all communicated via TEAMS as well as emailed in some cases.
General reminders and those that are for the whole class are posted on the general channel.
All parents have access to a private chat channel also.  This is a way to liaise with the class teacher about more personnel matters.  These are checked daily in school hours.  A teacher is not required to respond after 5pm or before 8am.

Mrs Smith is also happy to meet with parents.  Any concerns or if you wish to make an appointment please do so via the school office.

Please let us know about concerns quickly so we can respond as a school quickly and efficiently.

Is there a breakfast Club?


The school do have a breakfast club.
This is available daily while the school is open.  It is not open on INSET days or during the school holidays.

More information is provided on the Breakfast Club page.

As a school we aim to:

  • Maintain an attendance rate of a minimum of 96%
  • Maintain parents’ and pupils’ awareness of the importance of regular attendance.

Good attendance is important because:

  • There is a direct link between under-achievement and poor attendance
  • Children with high attendance make better progress, both socially and academically
  • Children with high attendance find school routines and school work easier to cope with
  • Children with high attendance find learning more satisfying
  • Children with high attendance have an easier transfer to secondary school

As a parent you can help us by:

  • You should call on the first morning of all absences with the reason and tell us when the child will return. The telephone number is 01375 891383.
  • Dental and doctor’s appointments should be booked out of school hours or during school breaks
  • Provide a note explaining the reason for absence on your child’s return to school after an illness
  • Keep us updated by telephone or letter if your child has an extended period of absence due to illness

We will:

  • Follow up unexplained absences by phone calls and letters as soon as possible
  • Inform parents of the importance of regular attendance and punctuality in newsletters, the school brochure and the Home-School agreement
  • Publish our attendance rate in the school prospectus
  • Reward good attendance
  • Publish your child’s attendance rate on her/his annual school report
  • We will let you know if we have concerns regarding your child’s attendance
  • If we continue to have concerns we will make a referral to the Education Welfare Officer

Each year we publish our school attendance figures on our website.

Authorised Absence

Some absences are allowed by law and are known as “authorised absences”. For example: if a child is ill, family bereavement, religious observance.

We realise that there are rare occasions when there might be a particular problem that causes your child to be absent. Please let us know and we shall try to deal with it sympathetically.

Unauthorised Absence

There are times when children are absent for reasons, which are not permitted by law. These are known as “unauthorised absences”. Examples of unauthorised absence are:

  • “I’m waiting on a delivery.”
  • “I’m shopping/going for a hair cut.”
  • “We are going for a family day out.”
  • “It is my child’s birthday.”
  • “We are sleeping in after a late night.”
  • Holidays during term
  • If there is no explanation for the absence or where the reason for the absence is considered unsatisfactory

Unauthorised Absences have to be reported to the Local Authority. The EWO (Education Welfare Officer) may contact you and consider taking legal action against you if your child has unauthorised absences.

Term Time Leave of Absence

As from 1st September, 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 have been amended. All references to family holidays and extended leave have been removed, together with the right for parents to apply for up to 10 days.

Therefore, the school will no longer be permitted to grant leave of absence during term time.

Taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress. A pupil who takes 10 days absence will only attain 94.7% attendance in the year. 10 days absence also means the pupil will miss 50 hours of education.

If the absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken the case will be referred to the Education Welfare Service which could result in a fine.

Please remember that the more time your child misses from school, the more difficult it is for them to catch up with their work. Valuable learning time is lost.


  • School doors open at 8.35 am. Morning registration starts as soon as the class are in school.  Registers close at 8.45am
  • This is the time your child must be in the classroom, so you need to ensure your child is coming through the school gate by 8.35 am.
  • It is important to be on time as the first few minutes of the school day are often used to give out instructions or organise schoolwork for the rest of the day.
  • After the close of registration (8.50 am) your child will be marked as unauthorised absence in line with the Department for Education guidance.
  • We will let you know if we have concerns about your child’s punctuality.
  • Children who remain uncollected at the end of school time will be referred to a place of safety if not collected or the school contacted by school closing time.
  • The school day finishes at 3.15pm – children should be picked up promptly at this time.

The school closely monitors punctuality and will write to parents where there are concerns.

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.

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.  We will also email and text all parents as well as posting on our Marvellous Me App.

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.