FAQ for parents

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions from parents whose child is starting at The Whitehouse.

If you can’t find the answer to your query on this page, don’t hesitate to contact the school admin team.

The school day starts with personalised learning at 8:40am. Morning lessons continue until 11:30am, when the children break for playtime and lunch. Afternoon lessons begin at 12:45pm. The school day ends at 3:00pm (1:30pm on Thursdays).

Lunch can be provided at school where there will be a hot meal or a cold alternative at the salad bar. Your child has the option of bringing a packed lunch on a Friday if they would prefer. Please refer to our packed lunch guide for suitable food for sending to school.

You can buy Bridgeview polo shirts and jumpers at the school office, where you will find more information about pricing. Children will also need black or grey trousers and sensible outdoor shoes. They may also wear soft soled indoor shoes if they prefer.

An individual PE kit will be provided for your child that will be kept in school for him/her to use in their weekly PE session, so you do not need to send one in with your child.

Staff will endeavour to find any lost items of clothing, but to ensure that this does not happen please write or stitch your child’s name into their uniform, particularly jumpers. If an item of clothing does get lost, simply contact the school and we will do our best to find it.

You will receive regular newsletters and notices with information about what’s going on in the school. You can receive these by letter or by signing up to our email notification system, ParentMail.

We would discourage parents and carers from contacting their class teacher in the morning, as they will be busy preparing learning resources for the school day. It is better to call with any queries after 3:00pm. Class staff will call home regularly with updates about your child’s progress and learning.

There are plenty of ways parents can get involved at Bridgeview. Look out in the newsletter for Café Venn dates, parent workshops and special events!

"Whitehouse Pupil Referral Unit is a calm and friendly environment."

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"Pupils are happy, enjoy coming to school and say that they feel safe."

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"Staff know the pupils well and pupils respond to these positive relationships."

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"Parents comment that their children’s behaviour improves significantly after joining the school."

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"By the time a pupil leaves the school, they are well prepared for either mainstream school or specialist provision."

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"Leaders, staff and governors are ambitious for pupils to achieve their potentials."

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"Teachers plan lessons and the sequences of lessons carefully so that pupils’ learning is secure."

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"Teachers encourage pupils to develop a love of reading. Pupils have access to lots of different types of books."

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"Pupils enjoy taking part in a wide range of activities that broaden their learning."

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"Pupils can concentrate on their work because behaviour is managed exceptionally well."

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"Members of the governing body and the wider academy trust are ambitious for the school and for what pupils can achieve."

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"Pupils’ ability to manage their own anger and emotions improves after joining the school."

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