Academy Policies



Late arriving or absent pupils

Please ensure that your child arrives at school on time. We understand that children may be late because of medical or other appointments on occasions. If your child does arrive late to school they must come / be brought to the visitor’s entrance to be registered.

If your child is going to be absent please contact us. You can telephone, or if you are bringing a sibling, just pop in to the office. Let us know why your son or daughter is absent.

If your child has an upcoming medical or other appointment please bring the appointment letter to the school office before the day that your son or daughter will be absent from or late for school.

Children that are being collected from school during the school day (for appointments or because they have become unwell whilst at school) are signed out by a member of staff and by yourselves.

Parents and Carers are discouraged from taking holidays during term time. They can be disruptive to a child’s education. If a request for a term time absence is to be made, complete a ‘Request for Absence’ form (available from the school office) at the earliest possible opportunity with details explaining the request. Requests are considered by the Principal who may authorise the request in exceptional circumstances such as a family funeral, religious observance or family weddings abroad.

Communications

Our weekly newsletter and other mailings keep you in touch with school news, events and policies. Many parents use our Teachers to Parents facility to have letters emailed to their homes. We also operate a texting service to parents.  This can be advisory for matters such as school closures or reminders about forthcoming activities.  It is also used to celebrate great work so please make sure we have your up to date number.

Medical matters

The academy has several trained ‘First Aiders’ and all staff have regular basic Emergency Aid training. All parents know that children and minor accidents quite frequently go together. Minor injuries are dealt with in the academy and parents informed by note, or if appropriate by telephone. In the event of a more significant injury or illness, parents are contacted to collect their child. In the event of a serious injury we will call for the emergency services as well as contacting parents. It is vital that your contact details are kept up to date. Should you change your mobile or place of work, for example, please don’t forget to let us have your new details.

The academy has a policy for the administration of medicines. Follow the link at the bottom of the page.

If your child has (or develops) any medical condition, PLEASE ensure that we know about it.  We have children with a diverse range of conditions including allergies, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, cystic fibrosis and so on. We ensure that relevant staff know how help the children to deal with their conditions and monitor them appropriately.

The recommended period of exclusion in the case of sickness and diarrhoea is 48 hours from teh time that they were last unwell.  This is at the Principal's discretion.

Food and drink

SNACKS – Pupils in Foundation Stage and in Year 1 and 2 are entitled to a free piece of fruit or vegetable as a morning snack. If your child is in years 3 to 6 please feel free to send them into the academy with fruit or vegetable from home. If your child won’t eat fruit or vegetables for a snack then some cheese (with a few crackers if you wish) is an alternative.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS – All pupils in Foundation Stage and Years 1 and 2 are entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal.  Many families are entitled to claim for free school meals. In our opinion, if your child is eligible then they should be receiving them. The whole process is very simple and discrete and we will make sure your son or daughter receives a meal they will enjoy, whilst being healthy. If you think your child might be eligible, please contact the school office.

WATER – Children should bring water bottles for use during the day. These can be refilled by the children at school as and when necessary during the day.  Please do not provide pupils with squash or fizzy drinks.

MILK – We provide cartons (1/3 pint) of milk at morning break to children whose parents wish to purchase it. Letters are sent out with details.

NUTS – Nut allergies are common, and as a result, please do not use nut products (for example peanut butter) in your child’s packed lunch.

Traffic and the school site

We encourage children and parents to walk to school. If you do live too far away to walk, why not find a place to park five or ten minutes walk from the school gates and walk the last part of the journey. It is good for your child as it wakes them up, gives you a chance to have a chat with them and alleviates traffic problems around the school. It is even good for the planet!

Parking close to the school gates –

School Crescent, Primrose Way or Augustus Way - is very difficult and can be extremely dangerous, bearing in mind that at the beginning and end of the academy day children will be everywhere. Please do not drive or park inconsiderately, or dangerously.

Parents are not allowed to drive onto the school site, unless, of course there are medical reasons, in which case you would need to contact us in the first instance.

Dogs are not allowed on site.

The following are policy or guidance documents that you may find useful.

Safeguarding Policy April 2017

Safe Internet Policy

Homework Policy

READING_Foundation_Stage__KS1_WEB.doc

READING_KS2_WEB.doc

Anti Bullying Policy

Attendance_gloucestershire_advice.pdf

Behaviour Policy

Penalty_notice.pdf

Complaints Policy

SEN Academy Offer

SEND Policy 2016

 

Medical Conditions and First Aid Policy

SEND Information Report

Academy Attendance Policy

Early Help

Charging and Remissions Policy

Department for Education - Charging for School Activities

Sex and Relationships Education Policy

Prevent Policy