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Information for parents who are new to the school

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Chipping Hill Primary School and thank you for your interest in our school.


Chipping Hill is a warm and caring community housed in a new school building. We have a long history that underpins our emphasis on traditional values and high academic achievement within a modern setting.


As a school team we constantly strive to achieve the very best for our pupils and their families. Through the rich creative curriculum we offer our pupils enjoyment, happiness, confidence and success. We work hard to provide an outstanding education which ensures that each and every one of our pupils achieves their full potential.


Education is a partnership between home and school and we place a great deal of emphasis on our relationship with parents. We believe that children learn best when home and school work together.

For information regarding the school day and school systems from the teaching staff please watch this link:

School day times

8:35      Doors to classrooms open and children enter for registration. No lining up.

8:45      Lessons begin.

10:30    Playtime (This will be flexible during the first weeks of school attendance based on pupil concentration

10:45    Lesson time.

12:00    Lunch time.

1:15      Afternoon lessons begin.

3:15      Home time.

Chipping Hill School Uniform

Reception children will be expected to wear the uniform stated below. Shirts and ties are introduced in Year 1 along with V-neck jumpers. School uniform can be purchased through Personalise in Witham, in store or online  School Trends website at or My Clothing (online only) at (previously Tesco F&F). Please note that all items of school uniform must be named.


Boys’ Winter uniform

  • Navy blue long trousers – preferably elasticated back 

  • Navy blue socks

  • Sky blue Chipping Hill polo shirt with Logo

  • Navy blue Chipping Hill sweatshirt /V-neck jumper

  • Boys’ Summer uniform

  • Navy blue tailored shorts

  • Navy blue socks

  • Navy or black traditional shoes

  • Sky blue Chipping Hill Polo shirt with Logo

  • Navy blue Chipping Hill sweatshirt/V-neck jumper

Girls’ Winter uniform

  • Navy blue skirt/pinafore dress or Navy blue trousers

  • Sky blue Chipping Hill Polo shirt with Logo

  • Navy blue Chipping Hill sweatshirt or Navy blue Chipping Hill cardigan

  • White socks or navy blue tights

  • Girls’ Summer uniform

  • Pale blue and white striped or checked dress

  • Navy blue Chipping Hill cardigan

  • White socks


Boys/Girls shoes

Navy or black traditional shoes - We do not allow trainers, boots (ankle or long), slip on shoes without fasteners (girls), jellies or Doodles.  All shoes should be sturdy and secure to the foot.

Chipping Hill caps are marked with your child’s name and kept in school.

PE Kit  for both Boys and Girls

Indoor kit

  • Navy blue shorts

  • Pale blue Chipping Hill T-shirt

  • PE Bag

  • Black Plimsolls with Velcro fastening

  • Socks

Outdoor kit

  • Tracksuit top & bottoms (navy blue)

  • T – shirt (navy or any dark colour) – no logos or pictures

  • White Sturdy Velcro trainers

  • Socks (particularly important for girls wearing tights)

Please note: we will also use the outdoor P.E. kit for gardening, messy activities and other outdoor activities. Both PE kits to be clearly named and put into separate named PE bags.

Hair accessories

Ribbons and plain headbands should be only pale blue or navy blue. Hair slides and other accessories should also be in pale or navy blue.

If girls have long hair, please tie it up securely for hygiene reasons and to ensure that it does not distract them from their work.

  • Children should not wear any jewellery to school

  • Watches are only to be worn if the child can tell the time

  • Nail varnish must not be worn

  • Tattoo transfers are not appropriate for school

Sun Safety

When sunny, we ask that parents apply sun cream before school.


Earrings and Jewellery Policy

As a Community School we must adhere to guidance from the Essex County Council Corporate Health & Safety Team.  We have been instructed to advise parents/carers that we can no longer permit children to wear earrings during P.E. lessons, Forest School, sports activities (including after school sports clubs and sporting events at other schools) and swimming lessons.  It is no longer acceptable to tape over earrings during these activities. Essex County

Council has made it quite clear that the school will be liable should any accident occur.

Staff are not permitted to take out or replace children’s earrings if they are unable to do so themselves. Whilst we are willing to guide children as to where to store their earrings during the sessions, staff cannot be held responsible for any losses.

We would advise that if children are having their ears pierced that they do this at the beginning of the summer holidays. Pupils should avoid wearing earrings on days when Forest School and P.E. lessons are planned or when they are participating in sporting events, including swimming lessons.

Can I also advise parents/carers that other than one pair of small plain silver or gold coloured stud earrings and a watch (if your child can tell the time) no further items of jewellery should be worn to school.

Lunch Time

Children may choose to have a free school lunch or to bring in a packed lunch.  Menus will be sent home each FRIDAY to be returned to school by 1.00pm WEDNESDAY of each week. 

School Dinners.

Our hot school dinners are provided by our own school kitchen.  They are healthy well-balanced meals which meet all the Government nutritional standards and are prepared each day from fresh ingredients.  There is also a vegetarian option available each day.

Every FRIDAY each child brings home a menu.  We ask that this is returned by the Wednesday morning preceding the week that you require hot dinners. School dinners are served in our main hall.  If the menu is not sent back into school by Wednesday, then unfortunately your child will be unable to have a school lunch the following week.



Children may also choose to bring in a packed lunch. We ask that you do not send in glass bottles or cans for drinks; we do not allow fizzy drinks of any kind including fizzy water. Plastic containers or cartons are much safer and easier for children to use.  Due to the risk of nut allergies we must also state that we do not allow nuts of any kind or any product that contains nuts e.g.Nutella.  Chipping Hill is a ‘Healthy School’ and so we also ask that children do not have sweets or chocolate bars of any kind in their lunchboxes (a Penguin or Club type biscuit is acceptable).  We ask that parents try to include pieces of fruit in their child’s lunch box.

Packed lunches will be eaten in the hall.  Where the weather allows, children will also be given the opportunity to picnic outside. 

New intake information

The following section provides parents of pupils starting in reception with key information regarding the curriculum they will be taught, how to prepare children for primary school and important information regarding all school aspects.

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