Free School Meals

Could your child be eligible for Free School Meals?

In these difficult financial times, we want to make sure you are getting all the help that you are due.

A lot of people do not claim Free School Meals even though they are entitled. That is why Derbyshire County Council has launched Quids in campaign, to encourage people to check if they are eligible. You do not need to worry about other children knowing your child gets Free School Meals. Only the school and catering staff will know.

You could save £400 a year for each child and your children could benefit from a good hot meal at lunchtime. The school will benefit too - they will get the Pupil Premium of £900 a year from the government for each child on Free School Meals.

If you get any of these benefits, you could be eligible:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance or an Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (with an annual income of less than £16,190)

You will not be eligible if you are claiming Working Tax Credit.

To apply, go to and fill in the form. Or you can ask the school office for a form.



Reading and Phonics Approach at Ladywood Primary School



At Ladywood Primary School, early reading skills are taught using synthetic phonics. The school follows the government published programme ‘letters and sounds’, using resources from the ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme. We also use the LCP phonics scheme alongside the letters and sounds document. This provides us with a multi-sensory approach that accommodates all learning styles. We also use interactive resources such as ‘phonics play’ to reinforce the work taught.

Phonics is taught daily in the Early and Middle phases of school. Initially children’s listening skills are developed through the use of music, environmental sounds and rhyme. Pupils are then systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words.

They are taught to use phonics skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency words which do not completely follow the phonic rules.


Useful Videos

Articulation of Phonemes


A simple video which shows the pronunciation for each of the phonemes (sounds) in the English language. These 'pure' sounds help the children to blend and segment - to read and write.



Articulation of phonemes



The National Phonics Test is done in the June of year 1. The outcomes of this test are shared with parents.



Reading At Ladywood Primary School, we have a range of reading schemes in school. These reading schemes are divided into different coloured ‘book bands’. Every book band includes books from a range of reading schemes so they will experience a range of stories, text types and illustrations.


Our main schemes in school are Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Stars, Project X, Big Cat Phonics and Songbirds.


The majority of books within the early book bands can be decoded using phonics skills and knowledge.


We also have a non-fiction library which classes have a timetabled slot for weekly to learn library skills and to borrow books.


As a school we encourage parents to get involved in their children’s reading and to write in the children’s reading cards/journals when they have read with their child.


Children are heard read individually and in guided reading groups every week throughout school. Reading lessons are also taught weekly to give children the skills for reading and to have an understanding of the text as a whole. Comprehension is paramount to successful reading and a great emphasis is placed on discussing characters, settings and answering how and why questions. We try very hard to help the children to see the links between reading and writing.


Reading for Pleasure


At Ladywood Primary School, we encourage children to develop a love of reading. We encourage children to read books with their family and to share books they enjoy. Children can choose and borrow books from our school library too.


We have had school topics based around authors and enjoy theatre companies coming in and performing some of our favourite stories. We have had ‘story tents’ workshops in to promote fun story telling. We encourage our children to use the language they pick up in books in their own speaking and writing.

The Curriculum



At Ladywood we want the children to have self-pride and Ladywood Pride. With this in mind, we expect our children to follow the School Dress Code, which consists of any combination of the following:

  • A royal blue school sweatshirt or cardigan with the Ladywood logo (available to order from the school office) or if parents prefer, children may wear a plain royal blue cardigan, jumper or sweatshirt.
  • Black or dark grey skirt, trousers, shorts, culottes or pinafore.
  • A white shirt, blouse, T-shirt or polo shirt.
  • In the Summer, girls may wear dresses in blue and white stripes or checks.
  • Socks or tights in blue, black, white or grey.
  • Sensible flat black shoes.
  • Flat boots below the knee may be worn in Winter.

Clothes must not have logos (except the School logo) or any other decoration, such as stripes on trousers.



Children should have a pair of black smart shoes and suitable footwear for PE days.

PE Clothing

PE clothing is part of the school uniform and should be kept at school at all times. A kit should consist of:

  • A plain white T-shirt.
  • Black PE shorts and black jogging bottoms.
  • A pair of plimsolls and a pair of trainers.
  • A PE bag to keep them all in.
  • Nursery children will just need a pair of plimsolls and a PE bag.


Many items with the school logo are available to order from the school office.

Please make sure all clothing is marked with your child’s name.



Jewellery should not be worn at school, with the exception of a watch or stud earrings for pierced ears. These must be removed on PE days and for swimming. Body piercings are not allowed. School accepts no responsibility for jewellery worn to school by the children.



Hair should be kept neat and appropriate for school. Long hair should be tied back and there should not be any patterns shaved into closely cropped hair.

Parent View

Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about your child's school.

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child's school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. If your child is at a boarding or a residential special school, it also asks for your opinion on five aspects of your child's boarding or welfare. We will use the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when.

Please follow this link to the Parent View website to give your opinion.