The school will only request a payment for activities where:
1. The cost cannot be covered by the school's budget, for example certain educational trips and residentials; or
2. We are raising money for the school fund (for the benefit of our children) or for another registered charity (such as Marie Curie or Comic/Sports Relief).
We want our children to be able to benefit from extra curricular activities, as these have huge educational benefits, but we always have affordability at the forefront of our minds when arranging these.
We also recognise the need for transparency, so if parents are being asked to make a payment, it will be made clear what will happen with the money raised (in those cases where the money is not directly subsidising the activity concerned).
As a school, we will give parents as much notice as possible of any charges and will also offer the option of paying in instalments to spread the cost and make it more affordable.
In addition, parents who are struggling to meet the cost of these activities are encouraged to contact the school office about this at the earliest opportunity, as there may be funding available to assist some families with these additional costs.
A copy of our charging policy is available to download from our policies page.
Illness and accidents
If your child becomes ill at school we will contact you. It is clearly important that we have up-to-date records of home/work telephone numbers so that we can get in touch with your or someone else who can look after your child. If we cannot contact you, your child will be cared for at school. Please keep us up to date with any changes to your contact details.
We always try to let your know if your child has had a minor accident or has been ill (accident notes/bumped head letters are sent home).
If there was an emergency and your child became seriously ill or had an accident, we clearly decide on the best immediate action. We certainly contact you, and we may have to administer first aid until we can consult with a doctor. If you cannot be contacted the Head Teacher or a member of staff will accompany your child to the hospital. Thankfully, this does not happen very often.
As a matter of school policy we would not usually accept medicines in school. In most cases, if a child requires medication, he or she should probably not be in school. However, if the circumstances are such that medicines are required during the day, parents should consult the Head Teacher, who will arrange for prescribed medicines only to be administered during the day. This is the case with medicines which are prescribed 4 times a day in total. Parents do have to fill in a form to give permission. Obviously the main exception to this relates to children who need to use inhalers because of asthma. We would recommend that children (particularly our older pupils) look after their inhalers themselves. We would ask all parents to obtain a spare inhaler (or capsules) to be stored in school in case your child forgets/loses their inhaler.
Please inform us if your child has any medical condition we should be aware of.
Is your child too ill to attend school?
When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school and often you don't have long to make the decision.
Not every illness needs to keep your child from school and we don't want our children to miss any learning if they don't have to. However, there are times when children should be kept off school, both to aid their recovery and to ensure they do not pass on their illness to others in the class.
There are some really useful NHS guidance, that we'd urge you to read.
If you keep your child away from school, be sure to inform the school on the first day of their absence.
Dealing with any concerns
If you are concerned about your child's learning or general welfare we will be pleased for you to contact us and we will do what we can to help. As a guide, where possible, speak to the class teacher or teaching assistant first. It is the teaching staff who have the most regular contact with your child. We would prefer to talk about any little problems before they become big ones. We cannot promise to keep everybody happy all of the time, but by working together and helping each other we can provide the very best education for your children while they are with us.
Pupil Medical Diets/Food Allergies
If your child has special dietary requirements (allergies etc), please complete the Pupil Dietary/Food Allergy Request form and return to school together with an accompanying letter from your GP. On receipt of these documents you will be required to attend a meeting with our school chef to discuss your child's needs.