PASTORAL CARE

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY

Parents are encouraged to notify school of the reason for any absence by phone and/or letter on the first day. If the absence is likely to be a long one (eg: over a week) the Head teacher should be informed.

The school prides itself on its attendance figures and recognises the support and co-operation of the parents in this. We ask that all term time holidays are avoided and may only be taken in exceptional circumstances.

We also appreciate how punctual our children are at the start of the school day. We hope that all parents continue this good practice which allows the school day to start on time, therefore maximising the teaching time available. A member of staff is on duty in the playground from 8.45a.m, so children may arrive from then onwards, (no later than 8.55 of course.) Parents are welcome to wait in the playground with their children but we do ask that walkways and doorways are kept clear.

The school has an attendance policy, which is available on the school website.

We have our own Parent Support Advisor who visits the school regularly and acts as a link between home and school if communications seem to have failed.

SCHOOL RULES AND DISCIPLINE

Very high standards of behaviour are expected in and out of school.  The children’s class teacher will make sure that they know the school rules. These are mainly concerned with the safety and well-being of the children.

Discipline in school is maintained with the help of a house system, children being rewarded for good work and behaviour by house points. Occasionally, bad house points are awarded when work is particularly poor through a lack of effort, or behaviour is unruly.

The golden rule is RESPECT.  Respect for yourself, respect for everyone else, respect for property and possessions.

 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR PASTORAL CARE

The Head teacher has the responsibility for this area.  He decides, based on individual needs, on the placement of each child in a particular class. The class teacher is expected to indicate to the Head teacher, through the weekly record book, any children for whom concern is felt.

The class teacher is supported by the house system. Each of the houses has staff attached to it who show a pastoral interest in their house members.

All teachers are part of duty teams which care for the children during morning and afternoon breaks. We have 8 trained first aiders on the teaching and support staff and 2 further members of staff among the welfare assistants. At lunchtime, Mrs. Donohoe is in full charge of the welfare team. The Head teacher spends time on pastoral matters during the dinner break.

The children all play together at break times on our large playground, or field in the summer. There are specific areas for different activities to allow all children to play and enjoy themselves in comfort and safety.

School cannot accept responsibility for administering medicines unless they are both prescribed and accompanied by a letter from parents asking us to administer the medicine in school. Medicine must be labelled with the appropriate child’s name. Under normal circumstances, we are advised that there is no need for medicine to be given during school hours.

The responsibilities for schools in the area of child protection are laid down in the Children Acts of 1989 and 2004.  Because of their day-to-day contact with individual children during school terms, teachers and other school staff are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour and failure to develop. All staff at school are aware of the need to alert the designated teacher and/or Social Services where they believe a child has been abused or is at risk of abuse.