Bringing & Collecting Your Children
We try very hard to work happily alongside the business premises around the school, so please ensure that you do not park in their private parking spaces or across the entrance to their premises. If you are sending a taxi to collect your child you must inform the school office prior to the arrival of the taxi.
School gates are locked at 9.15am. If you arrive with your child after this time please enter school by the main entrance. If you wish to collect your child before the end of the school day please report to the school office at the front of the school.
We expect children to be well behaved and polite, respecting other children and adults and their property. We consider behaviour to be the shared responsibility of the parent and the school. Positive behaviour is praised and reinforced. If we are concerned about a child’s behaviour, we shall contact parents to discuss the problem and how best the child can be helped. (For more information please see our Behaviour Policy)
Cycling to School
The school has bike racks to store bicycles during the day in the car park. However, anyone leaving a bicycle in the school grounds does so at their own risk.
If you change your address, place of work or telephone number, please notify the school office immediately. It is important that we have these in case of illness or an accident during the school day. In all cases of emergency the Headteacher will endeavour to get in touch with the parents concerned but if this is not possible they will act on the advice of the Medical Officer consulted.
ACT (Adults & Children Together)
The school has an ACT/PTA (Parent and Teacher Association) affiliated to the National Confederation, of which all parents and teachers are automatically members. There are regular meetings to which all parents are invited. The association fosters educational, social and fundraising events. The school has a strong tradition of parental support. Many extra items including playground markings, library books and P.E. equipment have been purchased through money raised by parents and teachers.
Charging for School Activities
The school will continue to provide as many opportunities for the children as possible so that they may have a broad and balanced curriculum. Trips to the theatre, museums, farms and nature reserves can provide an important learning experience. The school will inform parents by letter of visits to be organised and their purpose. A donation will be requested towards the cost. Every child will be able to participate in the activity regardless of whether or not a financial donation has been made on its behalf.
Homework is an extension and reinforcement of work in school. All pupils have a Home/School book and other learning opportunities may be found online, eg. Tapestry and Mathletics. Teachers appreciate feedback from parents as to how their children coped with the homework activities.
Every term we ask parents and children to enter into a partnership with the school to work together. This agreement, in the front of the Home/School book, sets out the responsibilities of everyone involved.
Please do not allow your child to bring toys or other personal items to school. If items are lost, mislaid or damaged, it can cause distress to the child. Any toys brought into school except those specifically requested by a class teacher will be stored in the classroom until the child’s parent comes to collect them.
We respect and value the linguistic, cultural and religious diversity which exists in the wider community. We are committed to challenging attitudes that promote racial discrimination, ensuring respect for all and preparing all pupils for life in a culturally diverse society.
The Arrangements for Consideration of Complaints
The Governing Body has adopted a set procedure for dealing with general complaints made by parents or others about the conduct of the School or the actions of a member of its staff.
Throughout the year parents have the opportunity to meet with their child(ren)’s class teacher(s). This may be by the formal consultation evenings held in the autumn and spring terms, or by individual appointments made with the class teacher. Parents also receive a written report in the summer term.
If you wish to discuss your child's progress at any other time throughout the year, please arrange an appointment to discuss the matter before or after school.
Dinner money for the week should be brought to school on a Monday morning. We provide envelopes for this purpose. Ask your child’s class teacher or contact the school office if you require an envelope. Free meals are available to those children whose parents are receiving Income Support. To apply it is necessary to obtain a form from the school office or the Area Education Office. All requests will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. Children whose parents do not wish them to have a school meal may bring a packed lunch. Please do not send fizzy drinks or glass containers. (If you are sending a yoghurt or jelly please ensure that you also include a spoon.) Lunch boxes should be marked with the child’s name on the outside of the box.
Illness at School
In general, it is the duty of parents to collect an unwell or injured child. We need parents’ home and work numbers for use in an emergency, so please keep us up to date with any changes of telephone numbers or addresses.
When your child has had a stomach upset or sickness, it is important that you allow a period of at least 48 hours after the sickness has finished before sending him/her back to school. Such action will help to prevent the infection spreading unnecessarily to others in the school.
Parents should inform the school immediately of any medical condition, which may affect their child during the school day. The administration of medicines to children is the responsibility of parents. Most medicines can now be effectively administered outside school hours. However, if this is not possible then parents may come into school to administer or supervise the self-administration of medicine to their child. If this is not practical then parents may request, in writing, that the medicine be administered in school. A form for this purpose is available from the school office. The Headteacher may seek advice from the School Nurse, School Doctor, Consultant Community Paediatrician or the child’s own doctor before reaching a decision.
Medicines are kept outside the school office. All medicines brought to school should be clearly labelled with the contents, child’s name and dosage and/or other instructions from parent or doctor. The parent should hand all medicines personally to a member of the office staff. Any unused medicine will be returned to the parent for disposal.
The School Nursing Assistant sees each child during their second term in school. In carrying out the school health check, the children are seen in small groups and have growth, vision and hearing checked. Parents are not usually invited to this check, but if you would like to attend, please let the Headteacher or Office staff know. If a problem is found by the school nurse you will be informed. You and your child may then be invited to meet with the School Nurse to find out how to deal with the problem.
If either parent or teacher is concerned at other times, then the child can be referred to the School Nurse for testing or an Advisory teacher for the Hearing Impaired or Visually Impaired. The School Nurse no longer checks for head lice. Treating children with a generous amount of hair conditioner and then combing with a fine toothcomb is an effective way of ensuring that your child’s hair is free of head lice.