Behaviour in School:
Please refer to our behaviour policy and our anti-bullying policy. (parentzone - school policies)
Broadmoor Warning System:
In the event of any escape from Broadmoor, the siren will sound. Schools are notified by telephone at once. Until the 'all clear' goes, all children may only be sent home with an adult. The children will be kept in school until an appropriate adult arrives to collect them.
A telephone pyramid system and ParentMail texting operates for emergencies, which might necessitate closure of the school.
Charging for School Activities:
Please refer to our Charging and Remissions Policy. (parentzone - school policies)
Schools are required by the Education Reform Act to make parents aware of the leaflet 'Responding to Parents' Concerns'. The Governors have accepted the Local Authority's arrangements and the document is available in the school.
The document stresses that most complaints can be best settled locally in informal discussions with the Headteacher and/or other members of staff in the school.
We do agree with this wholeheartedly and would also stress statements already made in the prospectus. It is important to contact us as soon as you have any concern, no matter what it might be.
Sometimes children would prefer parents not to bring matters to the School's attention. Please assure your child that we do understand and cannot make things right unless we know the problem.
The nature of our site and building poses some difficulty for those with physical disabillities but we are pleased to admit pupils with disabilities and special arrangements can be made.
The school has installed disabled toilets and ramps have been created for wheelchair access.
We are an inclusive school and as such we ensure disabled pupils are included in all activities, including school visits. Whenever we upgrade aspects of the building we take account of the need for physical and sensory disabilities.
Our Equality, Diversity and Community Cohesion Policy is available at the school office.
Please refer to our home learning policy. (parentzone - school policies)
Illness at School:
Should a child become ill at school we attempt to contact the parents immediately. We do have a welfare teaching assistant who is well aware of individual problems and personalities. She is also a qualified First Aider. However, we have no room with facilities in which we can care for a sick child and parents will be telephoned immediately and requested to collect their child.
If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please contact the school office before 9am on the first day of illness.
If your child is sick at home, please wait 48 hours from the last episode before returning them to school.
Jewellery and Watches:
Only the wearing of one pair of stud earrings and a watch is allowed at school and children must remove these for all physical activities, as they constitute a potential health and safety hazard. It is not possible for staff to be responsible for these articles, especially as children forget to collect them after the lesson. We advise that children leave earrings at home on the days when they have physical education.
We suggest that if your child must have their ears pierced, this should be done at the end of July when there are six weeks Summer holiday for them to heal!
Only prescribed medicines can be given to children. Parents are required to seek agreement from the member of staff responsible and are requested to complete a form giving us permission to administer the medicine.
During the year, opportunities will be given for meetings with the teachers on an appointment basis in order that the parents may discuss their child's progress. Staff hold weekly ‘surgeries’ for parents to share concerns with teachers and to enable progress to be maintained.
Once a year, the school holds an Open Day when parents are invited to attend the school to watch a class assembly and sit in on lessons. We believe that this gives parents the opportunity to experience the school first-hand and appreciate the children's work throughout the school.
In addition to this we wish to emphasise that parents are welcome to contact the school at any time and request an appointment. It will be made as soon as possible. We are well aware that small matters can rapidly grow into larger ones and that there is nothing gained by delay.
Members of staff may approach parents if they feel the need for a parental interview. This could be for a variety of reasons relating to a child's school life, either academic or social.
Written reports are given yearly in the summer term.
We are a small school and are in the position of being able to know all the people in it. Pastoral care is initially with the class teacher, but senior members of staff and the head teacher will always be made aware of pastoral problems, and indeed, every member of our staff feels a responsibility to every child.
When a child enters the school from their Infant School, they are paired with an older child who acts as a ‘buddy’ and mentor for them and helps them to get to know the school during their first few weeks.
All staff are trained in Child Protection Procedures. Our Child Protection Liaison Officer is the Headteacher. Please refer to our Child Protection Policy. (parentzone - school policies)
There is a school fund and we ask parents to contribute a minimum of £20 per family per year. This is a voluntary donation and we make a request for this in a newsletter early in the Autumn Term.
We are concerned not to embarrass or pressurise children over the collection of money which is why a request is made through a newsletter once a year. We are very grateful for contributions from parents but we also accept that some parents may feel strongly about not contributing to the fund. Just to add that contributions to the fund are used to further enhance the education of the children.
Toys and Games:
Every Thursday is 'Toy Day' where children are invited to bring a toy to play with at lunchtime.
To minimise heartbreak, we request that children do not bring to school anything which is precious to them in either monetary or sentimental terms unless they have been especially asked to do so by their teacher and no electronic games are allowed.
Parents' vehicles are not permitted in the school grounds for health and safety reasons. Crawley Ridge can become very congested at school opening and closing times and parents/carers are asked to park carefully and considerately when collecting or depositing their children.