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School starts promptly at 8.50 for KS2 children and 8.55 for KS1 and FS children.  It is very important that children arrive punctually and ready for school. Pupils can access their classrooms from 8:45 every morning. It is the legal duty of all parents to ensure that children attend school regularly and punctually. A child, who is fifteen minutes late everyday, would lose the equivalent of eight days teaching per year.

 

Our school times are:

 

Key Stage 1:

8.55 – 9.05

9.05 – 9.20

9.25 – 10.40

10.40 – 10.55

10.55 – 12.15

12.00 – 1.00

1.00 – 1.05

1.05 – 3.05

Registration

 

Assembly

 

Lesson 1 &

Lesson 2

Break Time

Lesson 3 &

Lesson 4

Lunch

Registration

Lesson 5

 

Key Stage 2:

8.50 – 9.00

9.00 – 9.20

9.25 – 10.40

10.40 – 10.55

10.55 – 12.15

12.15 – 1.00

1.00 – 1.05

1.05 – 3.10

Registration

 

Assembly

 

Lesson 1 &

Lesson 2

Break Time

Lesson 3 &

Lesson 4

Lunch

Registration

Lesson 5

 

Children enter school by our main gate and should be taken to their classroom door where they will be greeted by their Teacher or Learning Support Assistant.  If you arrive late and the main gate is shut, please go to the main office. Your children will then be registered and sent, or taken to class. 

 

There is no supervision before 8.45 on the school playgrounds and so children should not be left unsupervised.

 

If your child is absent for any reason, please contact the School Office so we know they are safe and why they are not in school.

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Code of Conduct

The school has agreed the following rules. We expect all children to abide by our Code of Conduct at all times and that parents will support the school in working with us to achieve this.

 

 

  • We always look, listen and pay attention

 

  • We ask for help if we need it

 

  • We will show respect to others

 

  • We always help others if we can

 

  • We always bring in the correct equipment to learn (including our Homework and PE kit)

 

  • We respect all school equipment

 

  • We keep hands, feet and comments to ourselves

 

  • We always try our best in all our work

 

 

Parents and children show their support of our code of conduct by signing the ‘Home School Agreement.’

 

We also supplement our code of conduct with a monthly focus on manners and courteousness by having a “manner of the month”

 

In addition, we ask parents to help keep our school a safe place by not bringing dogs onto the premises and not smoking on our school grounds.  Please also be considerate if you are waiting in the areas directly outside of the school grounds or parking in Abbotts Drive, as we feel it is very important to maintain good relationships with our neighbours.

 

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Rewards and Sanctions

 

Our behaviour policy is based on a system of rewards and sanctions. The full policy is available in the policy section of our website.

  

 

We encourage children’s positive behaviour in a variety of ways:

  • all staff praise and congratulate children;

  • all children can earn Dojo points for demonstrating  expected behaviour

  • teachers give children merit points for work or learning behaviour that exceeds the expectation;

  • all pupils have the opportunity to celebrate achievements from home and school during weekly Achievement Assemblies

 

The school employs a number of sanctions to ensure a safe and positive learning environment. We employ each sanction appropriately to each individual situation (see Appendix 2).

 

  • We expect children to try their best in all activities. If they do not do so, we may ask them to redo a task.

  • If a child is disruptive in class, behaviour sanctions will be applied.  If a child misbehaves repeatedly, we isolate the child from the rest of the class until s/he calms down, and is in a position to work sensibly again with others (Stage 4).

  • The safety of the children is paramount in all situations. If a child’s behaviour endangers the safety of others, the class teacher stops the activity and prevents the child from taking part for the rest of that session (Stage 4 or higher will be applied).

  • If a child threatens, hurts or bullies another pupil, the class teacher records the incident and the child is sanctioned. If a child repeatedly acts in a way that disrupts or upsets others, the school contacts the child’s parents and seeks an appointment in order to discuss the situation, with a view to improving the behaviour of the child.

 

The class teacher discusses the school’s Code of Conduct with each class. In this way, every child in the school knows the standard of behaviour that we expect in our school and the consequences of misbehaviour.

 

Very serious matters can by-pass stages. This procedure is used only in extreme cases.

 

Anti-Bullying Procedures

 

Whilst incidents are rare, we treat any complaint about bullying very seriously. It is important to differentiate between bullying and fights or arguments. Bullying is ongoing and intentional physical or verbal intimidation. Obviously, we will deal with one-off incidents or arguments. However, this procedure is about bullying as defined above.

 

Dealing with bullying relies on disclosure. If your child complains, let us know immediately. Any child can report any incident in total confidence to any teacher. It will be acted on. Children are also encouraged to approach Miss Fishleigh, Mrs Marrison or Mrs Foster directly. Similarly, if you know of any child being bullied, let us know.

 

Once incidents have been investigated, you will be informed of the outcome, and how we have dealt with the matter. Bullying can be hard to isolate, so we may need to discuss with your child the importance of reporting every incident as soon as it happens.

 

If your child is bullying another, we will talk to you, and should the incident be proved, it will be dealt with under our serious incident policy. We will ask you to co-operate in ensuring that your child understands what hurt can be caused. Thankfully, true bullying incidents are rare.

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Our Child Protection Policy

The school has a duty of care to all children and we are committed to safeguarding all of the children in our care

 

If you have any concerns about any child, please contact us.

  • Our Child Protection Co-ordinator is Miss Donna May (Mrs Susan George)
  • The Designated Child Protection Officers are Miss Fishleigh, Mrs Marrison, Mrs Barlow-Kempster and Mr Jack Arnold. 
  • Any suspected abuse will be reported as soon as the school is aware.
  • If you suspect abuse, you may report it to the Child Protection Co-ordinator or the Headteacher, who will advise you in confidence, how to proceed.
  • All child protection issues are treated with absolute confidentiality.
  • The protection of the child is our over-riding concern.

 

Please help us keep our children safe by:

  • Always using the correct paths to the school building; please don’t cut across the car park.
  • Parking safely and avoiding the yellow zigzags.
  • All visitors and parents must report to the school office and sign in
  • All visitors must wear identity badges and must show produce valid CRB/DBS certificates.
  • Never collect somebody else’s child without informing the school
  • Please only enter school through the main reception doors, all other doors are for children to enter only. Whilst this may seem trivial, this is really important to help keep all of our children safe.
  • Report any incident, however trivial it may seem

 

Collecting Children

 

All children in YR to Y2 should be picked up at the end of the school day. If you are unable to collect your child, please inform the office/teacher who will be picking your child up.  It is very important that your child is aware of the details of who will be collecting them before they come to school in the morning.  Office staff cannot relay messages to children during the school day except in the case of real emergencies.  To leave the office unattended to deliver messages puts other children who may need medical assistance in danger.

 

It is your discretion as to whether children in Y3 to Y6 are collected, or walk home alone.

 

Any child collected after the usual dismissal time of 3.10 should be collected from the main school office.  All clubs will also be dismissed via the School Office.

 

Children may cycle to school, but they must wear a helmet and take responsibility for locking up their bikes in the shelter provided.  Until children have taken their “Bikeability” training course, they should still be supervised by a responsible adult.  Any child reported or seen by school staff cycling irresponsibly will no longer earn the privilege of cycling to school.

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Concerns or Queries

We operate an open access policy to parents. However, teachers are very busy at the start of the morning session setting up for the day and will not have time to discuss any issues, especially as the children enter, as they like to be available for the children at this time.  Registers also must legally be completed by 9.05, which can make the morning rather rushed!

If you have any concerns that you would like to discuss, you will be directed in the first instance towards your child's teacher.  Please contact the school office to make an appointment or email the school office with your concern and this will be forwarded to the class teacher.

If, after speaking to your child's teacher you would like to escalate your concern, we request that you follow the next stage of the complaints process as outlined below:  

 

Complaints or queries process

 

Stage 1: Staff Member/Class Teacher

 

Stage 2: Deputy HT – Mrs Marrison (Mrs Barlow-Kempster and Mr Arnold)

 

Stage 3: Headteacher – Miss Fishleigh

 

Stage 4: Governing Body

 

 

Charging Policy 

 

Education in the United Kingdom is free.  However, we may need to charge for additional trips and activities which are such a vital part of providing an exciting and engaging learning experience for your children. To make trips viable, we keep the costs to a minimum and ask for prompt payment.  The cost of school trips has unfortunately become more expensive due to the rising costs of hiring coaches, this means that most school trips will cost between £12 and £20, depending on where the children go. 

 

We appreciate this can cause difficulties for parents and so we try to give as much notice as we can. However, if you have any concerns meeting this payment, please contact the headteacher. We would be more than happy to set up a payment plan.

 

We believe school trips are important part of your child’s development and school experience.

 

 

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