Information for Parents
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Parent / Carer Partnership
We pride ourselves on being a community that extends to parents/carers, families and beyond. We appreciate that many of our pupils live some distance from school and many come to school on home to transport. We know that travelling can make it difficult for some parents/carers to visit school as often as they might otherwise wish. To this end, there is flexibility in the ways in which parents/carers can communicate with us and take part in a varied programme of regular events throughout the school year.
We value parental engagement and hold events inviting parents/carers to join us in school e.g. for a workshop related to their child’s learning. Celebrations are also highlights. Parents/carers are also invited to attend parents’ evenings early in the school year. This is an important meeting, especially if the child is new to the school or has changed class or teacher. A parents’ evening is also held in the spring term to inform parents/carers of their child’s progress during the year. Parents/carers are welcome to meet teachers outside of formal meetings such as parents’ evenings and EHCP reviews but do need to book in advance an appointment that is outside of lesson time to avoid disruption to learning time. Communication is a two-way process and parents/carers are kindly asked to make a reciprocal commitment. To this end, various mechanisms have been put into place to ensure good communication between home and school.
- Verbal or written messages may be communicated via the escort staff on home to school transport.
- Letters may be sent by post to or from the school.
- Telephone messages may be sent to or from the school.
- E-mail messages may be sent to or from the school.
- Parents may visit the school in person to raise any matter of concern with senior staff.
- Class Dojo:- Our communication platform that connects teachers and other adults within the school with children and parents. It allows us to create an online classroom community where messages, updates, home learning, photos and videos can be shared securely.
- Parents’ evenings are arranged, to provide parents/carers with an opportunity to talk to staff
Home to School Transport
Parents/Carers can apply to their Local Authority for Home to School Transport. Those that are eligible are provided with information about the transport arrangement by the Local Authority. The school does not have any control over this arrangement including the pickup and drop off time. Concerns should be raised with the Local Authority.
The Transport providers used trained guides and drivers who are experience in working with the pupils in our school. All providers use staff who have enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) certificates.
If parents or carers are unable to be at home when their child is picked up each morning, or to receive him/her when he/she returns home at the end of the day, they must nominate a responsible adult to take their place. The name of this adult must be notified to Local Authority and School as having parental permission with at least one day’s notice where possible.
If parents or carers wish to request any change to the agreed arrangements for transport to and from school each day, we would ask them please to notify the school in writing, giving as much notice as possible.
There is an official school uniform which we do expect pupils to wear. The uniform list will be provided to new parents/carers. Uniform can be purchased for school from our uniform provider, details of which will be given to parents/carers when admission to school is agreed. Our uniforms are chosen to be comfortable, practical, and appropriate.
Parents/Carers are asked to supply their child with a clearly named PE kit and if required as part of the school’s curriculum offer, they may need a swimming costume and towel for swimming sessions.
If parents/carers feel that their child may require a change of clothes during the school day, the school is happy to keep a spare set of school uniform. A limited amount of clothing is kept in school for emergency purposes. Soiled items of clothing are securely bagged in school and returned to parents/carers at the end of the day. All clothing should be clearly labelled with the child’s name.
School meals are available to all pupils, including those with special diets. These meals are prepared on site and there is always a choice of menu. Pupils may however bring a packed lunch if parents/carers prefer. Lunchtime is considered an important part of our social education curriculum, and pupils are taught appropriate life and social skills during lunchtime.
Attendance and Leave Requests
Regular school attendance is vital for ensuring continuity for all children. In the event of illness parents/carers must inform the school by telephoning on the morning of absence. If school is not aware of why a child is absent, then school will phone parents/carers during the first day.
If a child has a planned absence due to a non-routine appointment such as a medical appointment, parents/carers are asked to inform the school beforehand. Parents/carers will be asked to send in proof of the appointment.
Parents/carers are asked to make routine medical appointments outside of the school day. School expects all pupils attending medical appointments during the school day to attend school before/after the appointment where at all possible.
If absence from school is needed for religious festivals or family events, parents/carers are asked to please contact school in advance and request permission for the leave from the Head Teacher. Parents/carers can write to the Head Teacher directly. Alternatively, parents/carers can request from the school office a ‘leave during term time request form’ to complete and return.
The decision to approve term time holidays has been removed from the Head Teacher’s powers of discretion and term time holidays will be marked as unauthorised absence. The Head Teacher will carefully consider all parental requests for leave during term time but can only authorise where there are exceptional circumstances.
School attendance and levels of absence are regularly monitored by the school and where attendance is a concern, school will work closely with parents and children to improve the situation. Parents/carers need to be aware that school may need to work with other agencies if attendance of their child at school is of concern.
It is the school’s legal duty to report to the Local Authority where children are missing from school.
We work very closely with a range of visiting professionals as appropriate to a child’s individual needs. Our children and families may need access to health and other professionals such as:
Occupational Therapy (OT)
For those children who are assessed as needing occupational therapy support the school will liaise with professionals from different branches of OT. For assistance in obtaining special equipment or adaptations to a home, Occupational Therapy may be called upon from The Children’s Trust. Following a referral, Children’s Occupational Therapists visit school and assess and advise on individual children’s needs and how best to support them at home and at school.
Sensory Support Service
For pupils who have impaired vision or hearing, teachers from the Specialist Support Service may visit the school to assess pupils and provide advice on equipment and teaching methodology.
Behaviour and Autism Consultant
Supportive help is available to staff and parents of children with learning or behavioural difficulties through our Behaviour and Autism Consultant, who makes regular visits to the school.
Please find important information for parents regarding health provision here.
For those children who are assessed as needing physiotherapy intervention this provision is delivered by NHS physiotherapy staff visiting the school. If equipment is required, it is specifically purchased through the Primary Care Trust and every child who needs it has their own equipment in school. This might be for example, a specialist chair and tray to support learning in class and/or a standing frame to practice weight bearing and standing. Some children may also have walking frames and specialist footwear as needed. Teachers and support staff in class are instructed in how to position children by the Physiotherapist or their assistant and they are then responsible for implementing any physiotherapy programmes. Our school has, as required, appropriate moving and handling equipment such as a range of hoists to facilitate the safe moving and handling of children. As required, staff physically assisting children with transfers are trained in the safe moving and handling of children with special needs.
Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
For those children who are assessed as needing speech and language intervention, this provision is delivered in school. Following a referral, Speech and Language Therapists will assess individual children and will write targets for them that are specific to their needs. Communication aids are developed for those children who are non-verbal. As appropriate, a range of systems of communication such as Makaton and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) are used, and at every opportunity children are encouraged to be as independent as possible with their communication. NHS Speech and Language Therapists also support individual children experiencing difficulties with their eating and drinking (dysphagia).
A school nurse is provided by the local NHS Trust to monitor all children in the school. Parents/carers may receive direct contact by the school nurse to discuss their child’s needs. Clinics may be held on or off school site. Where school nurses are based within a school, clinics and meetings are likely to be held on the school site. Additional NHS care professional may also visit school site to support pupils with specific medical needs.
Many parents/carers of children with ongoing medical needs may choose to have their child’s medical needs monitored and reviewed by a paediatrician from the Community Health Care Trust. The paediatrician, or ‘school doctor’ may on occasion hold a clinic at school rather than at hospital, supported by a school nurse. Each pupil can expect to be seen at least once a year and parents/carers are expected to attend. Parents may request an appointment if they are in any way concerned as to their child’s medical condition or general health.
Medication / Illness In School
Children requiring medication during the school day, should have adequate supplies sent into school and these should be in the original labelled bottles / boxes from the pharmacy. A consent form will need to be signed and will require updating on a regular basis if there are any changes to medication. Forms can be obtained from the school.
Bottles must be securely wrapped to avoid breakages. Parents may need to ask the doctor for an extra prescription so that adequate supplies may be kept in school and for home use.
School cannot use prescribed medication that does not show the name of the child on the prescription label and/or where the use by date has elapsed.
If your child becomes unwell at school, it may be necessary for them to go home. We ask that parents/carers provide the school with emergency contact details for this purpose and make themselves available to collect their child from school. Children may not be allowed onto home school transport by the provider and parents will need to make their own arrangements for collections.
If a child is unwell or has an acute infection, we require that they remain at home as we do not have the facilities to care for sick children within the school away from other children.
Where a parent/carer knows that they are keeping a child at home due to medical reasons we ask parents/carers to cancel their child’s home to school transport and contact us as soon as possible by telephone. When a pupil is absent from school for any reason, we would expect a note explaining the reason for the absence on his/her return to school. School may contact you to discuss your child’s absence.
If your child needs to be taken directly to hospital parents/carers will be notified immediately and arrangements made for ambulance transport. It is vitally important that school has two telephone contact numbers through which parents/carers may be contacted in the event of an emergency.
If a child has been sick or has had viral diarrhoea, in line with NHS advice they should remain at home for at least 48 hours to ensure that the infection has cleared.
For any medical concerns parents should contact their own doctor or the school nurse in the first instance.
Pupils sometimes have to attend off site clinics or hospitals for a variety of reasons. If a child has a hospital appointment, parents/carers should let school know as far in advance as possible and keep their child’s time taken off school to an absolute minimum. Pupils are expected to attend school in the morning if they have an afternoon appointment and similarly to attend school in the afternoon following a morning appointment. School will ask for proof of the appointment in advance.
Accidental Injury In School
If a child sustains an accidental injury in school, our nurse/first aiders will advise us on the best course of action to take. If the injury is minor, parents/carers will be informed by telephone or by a letter/first aid slip being sent home. If the injury is more serious parents will be informed immediately by telephone. Should the child need to be taken to hospital, arrangements will be made, and parents/carers will be informed.
Continence Management Materials
Any child using incontinence padding or nappies and requiring toileting during the school day will need a supply of nappies wipes kept in school provided by the parents/carers. These should be sent into school each week.