Trenchard Road, Ashby de a Launde, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4 3JY

01526 320088

Digby the Tedder Primary School

Parents Info



 Full details of the curriculum offered can be found through topic sheets, published alongside class information.  In addition, the individual subject curriculum is detailed under provision.  Please contact school if you require further information.



Safety and wellbeing are a priority for our children.

First thing in the morning children should arrive at school no earlier than 8.50am.  A member of staff will be on duty and children will be able to come into the playground straight away.  This should reduce the chance of any accidents/problems whilst children are waiting unsupervised.

Unless children have just started in Reception, please could parents wait outside the school gates when leaving and collecting children.   We have bike racks for children to use.  Children should WALK through the playground with their bike/scooter to the bike racks as soon as a teacher is on the playground. 

We have asked children not to use the climbing frames in the playground unless a member of staff is on duty, ie not on the way in or out of school.  For health & safety reasons this play equipment should only be used by children attending Tedder School and only when a member of staff is supervising.

After school hours, the school grounds are out of bounds to both adults and children.  I have spoken to the children about this and would be grateful if parents would remind them about this, to ensure that we don’t have any serious accidents when children are unsupervised.This is a statutory requirement and safeguards your child.



We appreciate that if children are ill or have medical appointments, absences from school are unavoidable and parents are expected to inform school in the following ways. If your child is ill, please telephone the office by 9.15 on the morning of the absence so that we can account for the child’s whereabouts and know that they are safe. If we have not received a reason why your child is not in school, a member of staff will ring to check.  This is a statutory requirement and safeguards your child. 

If your child has a medical appointment, please inform me by email if possible ( or by note or letter and I will record the absence in the register and inform class teachers. It is expected that the children will be in school prior to an appointment or return after, where at all possible.

All other absences will now be recorded as unauthorised, unless there is an exceptional circumstance.  If you intend to take your child out of school, please contact me by email preferably or by letter giving the reasons behind the absence and I will be able to inform you as to whether the absence will be authorised.



We have an open door policy and actively encourage parents to be involved in their child’s education and school life.  However, teachers are very busy first thing in the morning getting classrooms ready for the day ahead.  Unless it is an urgent matter, we would be grateful if you would go to the office first and make an appointment to see the appropriate member of staff at a mutually convenient time.  The office hours are 9.00am till 3.15pm.


We have a House System in place to help prepare the older children for Secondary School. 

The three Houses are:-

        • Spitfire
        • Hurricane
        • Lancaster

which keeps the links with the Forces going

There will be a Captain and Vice-Captain for each House.  Children can gain points for their House in lots of ways throughout the year.  These points will be collected together, along with points gained on Sports Day and the House with the most points will win the cup.  



‘Back to School’ – the essential parents’ guide to Primary School is now available to access via the link on our school website.

There is no commitment, it is completely free and always will be.



When school is informed, we do send slips home to notify parents and have sent leaflets about how to treat the problem, but unless all parents check for lead lice on a regular basis and then treat them effectively when they are found, there is very little school can do to prevent this happening.

I understanding how frustrating and upsetting it is when you do check your children regularly and are continually finding head lice, but as a school, we can do no more than urge parents to do a regular check i.e., daily / weekly, to try and curb this problem and send out information leaflets explaining how to deal with the matter.

If your child has long hair it may reduce the risk of catching the lice if they tie their hair back.    Advice on treatment is available from Riversdale Clinic, Tel: 01529 304310 or Community Hygiene Concern website



Dog Fouling on the school field is proving to be a problem again. Dogs should not be exercised on the school field. We would appreciate your support in trying to stop this happening, as it is a serious health hazard for the children.



We do request parents not to send children into school wearing jewellery for health and safety reasons.  If earrings are worn at all, they should be studs not hoops.

The LEA Health & Safety Guidelines state that no jewellery should be worn in school at all and certainly not during PE, Games or Swimming.  As a school, we would prefer it if stud earrings are removed for these activities, or special safety backs are worn.  These can be purchased from places like Argos.  Please speak to the class teacher if children are wearing hooped sleepers.  PE – Children should have shorts for indoor PE and tracksuits if they wish, for outdoor games.  It really would help if all children’s clothing, including PE clothes and plimsoles, had their names in them.



For those parents bringing children to school in cars there are a number of parking options:-

  • The Visitors Slots in front of the Guardroom and then walk through the gate
  • Drop children off at the top of the short road leading to the school gates (please don’t park in front of the school gates or in the small road leading to the gates) 
  • Park on the pavement behind the ‘inspection shed’ on the road leading to Car Park H 
  • In the Car Park outside the camp next to the football field and walk through the gate. 

It would be appreciated if parents didn’t park in Car Park H as it causes a problem when staff are trying to park first thing in the morning, which means that they get into school late for the start of the day. 

I would really appreciate your help in this matter and thank you in advance for your cooperation. 



During School Council discussions, we have suggested that children should bring into school a suitable drinking bottle that can be refilled during the day with water.  It is very important that children should be hydrated throughout the day.  Please ensure that these are taken home and washed daily. 

Water bottles can be purchased in school for £1. 



A reminder that if children go home for lunch they should not return to school before 1.25pm.  This is a health & safety requirement.



Our provider of Hot School Meals is Carre’s Grammar School in Sleaford, who provide a very high standard of meals for their own children.   Children are offered a 2course meal for £2.30. 

The children will have a choice of Main, vegetarian, or Bread, Dessert or fruit.  

Menus will be sent out and ordered initially for 2 weeks at a time (although we are hoping to eventually do a month or even a term). 

To help school with the administration of hot meals, I would be very grateful if cheques could be sent in, rather than cash.  Cheques should be made payable to Lincolnshire County Council. 

Payment must be sent in with the orders.  If menus are brought in late, unfortunately no meals can be ordered for that week. 

Meals cannot be cancelled on the day, as the food will already have been bought and prepared.  If an absence is continuing for more than that one day, the remaining days can be cancelled. 



All children in Class 1 & 2 will be eligible for a Free School Meal from September onwards.  The provider will be Carre’s Grammar School as mentioned before. 



Children bringing a packed lunch should have their lunch box clearly marked with their name.  No fizzy drinks please.  Drinks must not be brought to school in glass containers or cans.

Mid-morning break:  Children may bring a small snack from home to eat at the mid-morning break, preferably a piece of fruit or vegetables. 

As part of the ‘Healthy Schools Initiative’, and as part of our School Policy, we encourage healthy eating and so urge parents to ensure a healthy lunchbox, eg to include a drink (water, milk or fruit juice); a piece of fruit; a portion of bread, pasta, rice; salad or chopped vegetables.  Research has shown how important healthy eating is for a child’s development and how it also helps their concentration and ability to learn in school.  I am sure we can work together in guiding the children towards healthy lifestyle choices.

Try the website below for healthy packed lunch ideas