Information for Parents

Illness and Absence

If your child is missing school due to illness, please remember you must call the school EACH DAY before 9.10am. If possible, please leave a message on the answer phone. The answer machine is also available any time before school opens.

We must be able to contact you if your child is taken ill at school. Please ensure that we have a telephone number where you can be reached during the day, and also another number of a relative or friend who will act on your behalf if we cannot contact you.

Parents are requested to ensure all medical and dental appointments are for outside school hours. It is accepted that this may not always be possible but appointments during the school day should be the exception rather than the norm.

Parents should note that absences of more than ten consecutive days for medical reasons must be supported by a note from the child’s doctor.

Information from the Office

School Administrator hours of Work
Mornings – Monday to Friday 8.15am to 12.00pm
Afternoons – Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 1.20pm-4.15pm

To ensure that you do not have to wait to hand anything in, there is a box on top of the bookcase in the lobby where you may place anything.

Messages for School
‘Request/Message for School’ forms for parents to complete are also available from the main entrance hall. Please feel free to use these at busy times or when the office is not manned.

Handing in Money
When handing in money, please could it be put into an envelope with who it is from and for what, on the outside. Envelopes are available in the main entrance hall.

Cheque Payments for school meals, uniform, educational visits etc…. please make cheques payable to ‘Devon County Council.

School Meals Menus and Ordering
We have Meal Choices ordering forms which enables School Meals to be chosen for the complete term in advance on a 3 week rotation. Please note that meal choices will continue on a 3 week rotation up to the end of the specified date.

Order forms are available on the school website or from the school office.

Please note that we are unable to accept late requests for School Meals or ‘on the day’ requests unless it is exceptional circumstances.

School Meal Payment
We have a centralised finance operation within the Federation of Schools and therefore cannot accept payment for meals in arrears. Payments must be made by Monday morning of each week. Please make cheques payable to ‘Devon County Council’. Payment can still be made for the whole term in advance, or a month in advance, as we know this suits some parents.

Any credits for meals not taken due to illness or absence from school will be rolled over to the following week.

Health

The School Health Service provides advice on the health of children as it relates to their educational needs. The School Nurse offers health interviews to all parents at school entry and there is a height and weight check at transfer to secondary education. She will refer children to their doctor when necessary.

In all the above the School Health Service works closely with General Practitioners and other health professions. It also supports teachers in those parts of the school curriculum concerned with health education. Simple injuries in school are dealt with in the first instance by the schools first aiders who have the support of the School Health Service so far as advice and training are concerned.

The School Nursing Sister is your point of contact with the School Health Service. Parents and children are encouraged to contact her if they have any concerns regarding their health at school.

As part of our Sex Education lessons, Mrs Quick talks to the older children, during the Summer Term about changes to their bodies. Parents will be written to prior to the lessons giving them the chance to withdraw their children, if they so wish, and to view the resources that will be used.

Prevention and treatment of head lice is treated seriously and as part of school’s policy parents are requested to check their children’s hair and treat as necessary before entry to school each day . If head lice are detected parents are requested to collect their child and begin treatment. A general notice of an Infestation is then sent out to all parents.

Medicines

Some children may need to take medicine during the day. If you wish a teacher to administer medicine, you must complete an Administration of Medicine form, as required by Devon County Council. These forms are available at school. Alternatively, you may come into school to administer the medicine yourself if you wish. Any such medicine must have been prescribed by a doctor.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES may children themselves bring medicine to school (this Includes cough and throat lozenges.)

Accidents

All accidents at school are logged in our accident book and any that cause concern are noted to parents. Any head wound is recorded and reported in a written note and in more serious cases, verbally.

Reading at Home

1. When he/she brings his/her reading books home from school, do not expect your child to know all the words.

2. Let reading time be short , enjoyable and completely free from stress for both you and your child.

3. Let your child use any pictures/llustrations to help him/her guess what the words say. Often an illustration acts as a prompt, reminding him/her of what happens in the story at a particular point.

4. Do not be disappointed (or obviously bored!) if your child wants to read the same story more than once, or even over and over again. The familiarity of a well- loved story ensures success and increasing confidence. Share In his/her pleasure and try to extend it to other books without neglecting old favourites.

5. Do not spell or sound out words phonetically. Simply say any unknown word. It will then stay In context and be more likely to be remembered.

6. Unless your child is eager to read Individual words and phrases by picking them out of t he story as a whole, do not encourage or demand, that he/she does so. It is tempting to want ‘proof of his/her reading skills by Isolating words for testing but remember that he/she is learnng to read and understand what he is reading at the same time; it is unfair to break up the sense, pattern and rhythm of the text . There are plenty of other opportunlties for recognising individual words on cereal packets, advertisements, road signs, birthday cards, letters, buses, shops, and so on. The written word is everywhere; help your child to see it.

7. Continue the bedtime story session for as long as your child enjoys It. There is no better way of sustaining happy relationships than through the sharing of books; as time goes on both you and your children can experience the pleasure of reading not merely short stories but full length novels, a chapter or two a night.

8. ‘Do your own thing’. Read your own books and magazines and show your child what reading means to you . Get the message across that reading is a valuable and enjoyable activity for everyone.

Behaviour

We aim to have a caring attItude in school and children are encouraged to have concern for other people, and also to take care of books and other property. If a child’s behaviour is unacceptable, this will be explained to him or her, and a reprimand may be given, or a privilege temporarily withdrawn if It is considered necessary. Should there ever be a prolonged or more serious cause for concern, the matter will be discussed with the child ‘s parents.

A full copy of our Discipline Policy can be found in the Policy Folder that is available from the office

Complaints

Should you at any tIme have a concern or a query over your child’s educatIon, please discuss it wIth the teacher or the Headteacher. Often a problem can be solved quite easily if we know about it promptly and we all act together.

If at any time you feel the problem is more serious or the problem has not been resolved to your satisfaction, then you have the opportunity to formally write to the Governors of the school asking them to investigate.

All parents have the right to forward their concerns to the L.E.A. should the procedures laId out above fail to satisfy you.

A full copy of the complaints procedure can be found in the school office.

Images of Pupils

Occasionally, we take photographs, video recordings or webcam recordings of the pupils at our school for ‘educational use’. This could include displaying or using the images on project boards, school newsletters, at school conferences, in school projects or taking pictures of pupils for historical purposes, such as class photographs.

The images that the school takes of its pupils may also be used as ‘promotional material’ for the school and may be published on our website, in leaflets or in our school prospectus.

There are times when our school is visited by the media who will take photographs of school events.  Pupils will often appear in these images, which may be published in local or national newspapers, or televised programmes.

Conditions of Use

Please find below our condition for using your child’s image(s):

  • The consent you provide for the use of your child’s images will be valid for the period of time your child attends this school.
  • We will only use the minimum amount of personal information about your child, e.g. first name, school name and possibly class or year group.
  • We will not use your child’s image for any purpose if it would prejudice the interests of your child.
  • We will only use images of pupils who are suitably dressed, e.g. in a school uniform or track suit and will avoid taking pictures or video recordings of pupils in swimming costumes, except in appropriate circumstances, e.g. a swimming competitions.
  • We will not use your child’s image for any reason other than that/those stated, unless we have a legal obligation/legal power or have received further consent from you.

 

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