With over 500 pupils in school uniform it is essential that all items of clothing are labelled with the child’s initial and surname as a minimum. Stick on labels are best as they don’t degrade in the wash and always remain legible. Special pens can be bought for labelling clothing but felt tip pens on clothing labels do not work well. The ink smudges and becomes impossible to read.
These frequently asked questions below should answer any queries you have with regard to lost property and how to get it back.
My child has lost some of his/her uniform. What should I do?
Within the school we have a system for dealing with lost property. So if you believe you are missing soemthing this is the track you should follow:
- In each GP area there is a tub where lost itmes are collected. Check this first. It is worth checking the tubs in all the GP’s because if an item is found in the playground it could be deposited into any of these tubs, not necessarily the one in your child’s unit.
- Lost property is also collected in the Family Lounge. There is a hanging rail there which is used to collect items found around the school that are not put into the GP’s so this is another area for you to check.
Hopefully at this point you will have found your lost item. If it is clearly labelled it will often get passed on by the children after playtime or via the teachers. It is worth trying to find your lost item a few times as it may take a little time to make its way into the lost property tubs.
I didn’t realise my child has lost his/her sweatshirt but it is labelled. Will it come back to me?
All labelled items will be returned to the owner. Items that remain in the lost property unclaimed are sorted about every 4 to 6 weeks by a team of volunteers. The procedure is as follows:
- The tubs from each unit and items from the Family Lounge are collected.
- The items are sorted into two piles, labelled and unlabelled.
- The volunteers have a current list of school children, sorted by surname only. This is used to identify which class includes the owner of the labelled item. Items that are clearly marked are returned to the owner that day.
In this way all labelled items of clothing both indoor and outdoor, shoes, lunch boxes, water bottles, music books, etc. will be returned to their owner.
My child wore an unlabelled sweatshirt to school today. What will happen to it?
The system for dealing with unlabelled items is as follow:
- Each item is assigned a coloured sticker which corresponds, in the records of the volunteers, to the date it was sorted. During the winter hats, gloves and scarves are not given a sticker due to the huge volume of these items that remain in school.
- These items are stored in the ‘Lost Property Cupboard’ which is located in the Family Lounge. If the system is used properly only items with this colour coded sticker should be stored in this cupboard, along with the hats, scarves and gloves in the winter months.
- These stored unlabelled items are stored for the next 4 to 6 weeks until the lost property is sorted once again. At this point all water bottles and lunch boxes are disposed of. All items of uniform, coats, non-uniform clothing, P.E. kit etc. are bagged up for the next ‘Bags to School’ collection. A small quantity of uniform will remain in the Lost Property Cupboard, so if your child wore a new item to school and lost it before you could label it you may find an equally new one in the cupboard.
One exception to this can be lunch boxes. If found unlabelled the people sorting will make every reasonable effort to empty these, colour code them and store them with the other lost items. If however these items contain food that is already well passed its use by date and so would be considered a health hazard, these lunch boxes are disposed of immediately.
PLEASE LABEL ANYTHING YOUR CHILD BRINGS TO SCHOOL
Each year £1000’s worth of clothing, shoes, glasses etc. are disposed of at our school.