You must ensure that your child arrives at school at the correct time. Children who are persistently late who have poor attendance records fall behind with their work and this can create other problems.
If your child is absent from school for any reason it is essential that you provide us with an adequate explanation, either by phone or a written note. Otherwise the absence will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’. We are required to publish details of unauthorised absences and this reflects on the school.
Those families whose child is persistently late or absent will be referred to the Local Authority Educational Social Welfare Officers.
Absences for reasons other than illness are not normally permitted except in very special circumstances which must be authorised by the Headteacher. Holidays in term time are NOT permitted. Children out of the country during term time could have their names removed from the school roll.
Your child will normally have a medical in the first year when s/he enters school. Please ensure that you take the opportunity to attend with them. The school nurse will be happy to discuss any concerns. Later in their school life, the school nurse will check sight, hearing and rate of growth.
Dental checks are made once a year. You are advised, however, to also take your child to your own dentist.
Medicines are not administered in school except supervising an inhaler for asthma, or emergency situations such as administering adrenaline during an anaphylactic attack. The staff are not insured to administer anti-biotics or pills, so it is unfair to ask them to do so.
You will be required to complete a medical form as part of the admission process.
The best place for a sick child is at home. Children who have had an accident or are taken ill at school are seen by one of our Welfare team who are qualified first-aiders. If it is thought that a child needs further medical treatment or is unfit to be in school, parents are notified immediately.
It is vital that parents supply the school with up-to-date home address, telephone number and work details. You should also nominate someone else as a contact if there are times when you are unavailable.
We do not administer any medicines unless your child is on long term medication. For some children, extra support is needed and, in agreement with parents/carers, the school may request an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Children who need to use inhalers should be shown by their parents how to use them. All inhalers should be clearly labelled and given to a member of staff who will supervise their use. Children with allergies who have epi-pens must discuss procedures with a member of the welfare staff. The designated Governor responsible for Child Protection is Mrs Maggie Pound.
We have a duty to ensure our children are not at risk from any abuse. We will investigate any physical injury until we are satisfied that the cause was accidental. If we suspect any form of abuse we shall report our concern to the social services. Your child’s safety and well being are our first concern. The designated officers for Child Protection are Mrs M McCarthy (Head Teacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead) and in her absence, Mr S. Buyers ( Deputy Head Teacher) and in his absence, Ms G. Anderson (Deputy Head Teacher).
The school is committed to supporting children, parents and carers to apply for Free School Meals and direct them to other agencies for financial, respite or housing support. The school has a trained Learning Mentor who supports children through difficult times caused by bereavement, separation, divorce and other family issues.