Pastoral Care

The school has responsibility for the safety and welfare of pupils while on the premises during the school day.

The class teacher exercises control and discipline of pupils in their classes. During break times a teacher and several learning support assistants are on duty in the playground. During the lunch break the supervision of children in the dining room, the playground and (if wet) the classrooms is carried out by Midday Assistants working under the direction of the Headteacher and Deputy Headteachers.

Physical welfare of children is an important aspect of school life. A first aider treats children who become ill or injured. Parents will be contacted if any illness or injury is thought to be other than of a minor nature.

Parents are requested to supply important information on any physical problems or difficulties their children may have on the Contact Form. This form also asks for details of the availability of parents during school time. Such details are important so that we can contact parents who may not be at home to acquaint them with emergencies concerning their child. It is important to keep us informed of changes in domestic and employment routines and times.

Where children are injured in accidents at school that could require hospital treatment, we do need to be able to contact parents quickly. This makes it absolutely vital to have accurate and up to date information on the Contact Form. It is not customary to send children direct to hospital without informing parents first, but it may be necessary in emergencies to transfer injured children to hospital without waiting for parents to arrive at school. In such circumstances a member of staff accompanies the youngster to hospital.

Medicines

We only allow medicines prescribed by the doctor in school. If it is necessary for children to take medicine or tablets during school time, we require parents to give instructions in writing to the First Aider to whom any medication should be given for safe keeping. The child's name and relevant dosage must be clearly marked. Medicine and tablets must not be taken to the classroom or left in the child's possession.

Pastoral care is not only concerned with the physical well being of your child but also the social and emotional well being.

We strive to create a friendly stable atmosphere in school, promoting the enjoyment of learning while striving for high standards. Children are also encouraged to discuss their concerns and problems with staff, however small. There is both confidential adult counselling and peer mediation available. If you perceive your child has concerns about school please do not hesitate to contact us.

Every effort is made to encourage your child to take a full part in school life, not just during lesson time but also in the many and varied clubs available to them, voluntarily taken by teachers at lunch times and after school.

At present the ranges of activities on offer include football, netball, netball,multisports,  gardening club, library, choir, recorder, guitar club and art clubs. The Headteacher runs break lunchtime clubs each day for junior pupils, work club, for pupils who require extra assistance and those wishing to play board games.

School Meals

Mid-day meals are available for all pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2. Children may bring a packed lunch instead if their parent so wishes. Meals are taken in two separate sittings, infant and junior children are seated in class groups with friends.

Health & Safety

All visitors, including parents, must report to the School Office when first entering the building. A badge system is operated and must be strictly adhered to.

Children who stay to school for the midday meal are not allowed to leave the premises at lunchtime without special permission. Only a teacher grants this. Parents may seek release of their children at this time by personally collecting them or by sending a note in advance requesting release. Please inform a midday assistant or teacher of your presence in school at this time. The parent then becomes responsible for the safety of the youngster once he/she leaves the premises.

No child is allowed to leave the premises of their own free will at any time of the school day.

Parents should not bring motor vehicles onto the premises during the school day. Please also ensure your vehicle is not parked on school markings on the road - to do so means crossing for pedestrians is very dangerous.

No dogs are allowed anywhere on the school site.

For PE lessons children in all age groups must have plimsolls and a change of clothing. All children should have shorts and a top available in school to change into (leggings and tracksuit bottoms may be used during the winter months). Clothing used by pupils in PE lessons needs washing and this should be done at weekends or during holidays so that the children always have the garments every school day.

Parents bringing their children to school and waiting with them, especially in the Infants' playground, are asked to leave the premises once the children have gone into the building. This enables the teachers to settle classes quickly.

On very wet mornings children are usually admitted to the building from 8.40 a.m. - in advance of the normal bell time - where they will be supervised by class teachers in their rooms. Juniors need to enter via the lower Junior entrance and Infants via the lower Infant entrance. Please do not enter the school via the main entrance on wet mornings.

Children should not bring to school, without prior permission, iPods, MP3 players, games machines, radios, bicycles, jewellery, large and small toys or any valuable items. No responsibility is accepted for the safety of such items. Pupils are not allowed to bring knives of any description, nor any other article that could be classed as dangerous.

Older pupils who travel to and from school without their parents may bring a mobile phone which must be given into the school office before school and collected at the end of school. Mobile phones are not allowed in classes.

Jewellery should not be worn and the school cannot accept any responsibility for its safety, especially when it may have to be removed for physical activity lessons, e.g. swimming. Watches may be worn but should be given in to the care of the teacher during PE and games.

Chewing gum or bubble gum may neither be consumed in school nor brought to school by pupils.