What time does my child need to be in school?
Due to Covid-19, we currently have a staggered start and end to each day. The nursery children and Rising 3’s, begin at 8:45am. Reception and Year 1 and 2 begin at 8:45am. Year 3, 4, 5, and 6 begin at 8:50am and year 8 begin at 8.45am. The duty teams are in the yard at 8.30am. Teachers will be there to greet and meet pupils each morning. It is very important to attend school on time every day; this gives your child the best start and prepares them for their future. When your child is late they can miss the teacher’s introduction to lessons/activities and may feel embarrassed having to enter the classroom late.
Who should I inform if my child is absent from school?
If a pupil is absent, parents must telephone the attendance department at school by choosing option 1 from the menu, on the first day of absence and each subsequent day of absence. Parents may also text the school using the Gateway app. Absence for part of the day, because of an appointment at a dentist or doctor, must be explained in advance to Mrs Bradford by means of a letter or appointment card.
Our aim is to encourage and assist all students to reach outstanding levels of attendance and punctuality. Underpinning this commitment is a belief that students are only able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them if they attend school regularly and punctually.
Holidays have an adverse effect on student progress and final examination performance. The school will not approve any requests for absence for holidays in term time except under exceptional circumstances.
What do I do if my child has lost a piece of clothing?
Parents must either sew a name label into all clothing or write the child’s name in indelible ink. If an item goes missing your child must inform the class teacher and class teaching assistant and look in the lost property. We will do our utmost to find lost items but we are unable to provide a replacement.
Pupils must not use mobile phones whilst on the school site between 8.45am and 3.20pm. All mobile phones are collected in and locked away safely at the start of the school day. If pupils use a mobile phone then it will be confiscated and passed to Reception. It will be kept at Reception until it can be collected by a parent or carer.
We ask that parents support us and do not attempt to contact pupils on their mobile phones during the school day. If a parent needs to contact their son or daughter urgently then they should telephone Reception who will be able to relay messages to pupils. In an emergency, pupils are also able to contact parents via Reception or their Head of Year.
What happens if my child feels unwell or needs to take medication during the school day?
All teachers and Learning Support Assistants (LSA’s) are all first aid trained. Pupils will therefore be treated by their teacher or LSA in their classroom or on the yard, where possible. If further medical assistance is required then they will be escorted to the Main Office and treat there – parents will be contacted if required. Any medicines must be supervised by First Aid at the main office. Pupils must not carry or administer any medication themselves. Parents must bring medication into school and complete the relevant paperwork. Medication must have a pharmacists label with the dosage and child’s name clearly marked. Medication can only be administered in school if it is required 4 times per day.
What if my child needs to leave the school site?
Pupils who leave the premises for any legitimate reason during the school day must be signed out at the Main Office by a parent/guardian. Similarly, pupils arriving at school late must sign in. It is essential that pupils are accounted for during the school day.