Information for Parents
We have a uniform based on blue, white and grey which we encourage the children to wear. Girls are allowed to wear trousers, black or grey. The items can be purchased easily from local shops and the sweatshirt can be bought in school. Full details of uniform and PE kit are available on a separate sheet on request
It is a legal requirement that the school is informed of the reasons for a child’s absence. If you child is unable to come to school please contact the office by 9.15 am otherwise the school will contact you.
If it isn’t possible to take holidays during the normal school breaks, parents may take their children out of school for a period of up to two weeks. In such cases, a holiday form must be filled in. If the period exceeds this, please contact the school.
Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parent/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible, seek their consent to a referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm. Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the designated person for child protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.’
For any complaints the first action is normally to discuss the problem with the teacher. If that isn’t resolved then an appointment should be sought with the Headteacher and the if there is still no resolution a parent should contact the Chair of Governors. If a satisfactory conclusion is still not reached a parent should contact the Local Authority and ask to speak to the Complaints Officer.
Closure Due to Snow
To close or not is a really difficult and complex decision and is dependent of a number of factors.
One of those factors is the staff. If a significant number cannot make it in we have to pay attention to Health and Safety issues. For example if only half could make it in the pupil teacher ratio would be 1:60. This would cause issues relating to H&S regulations and in KS1 would actually be breaking a law that sets a legal maximum of 30 in a class. The staffing issue is one of the reasons why some schools can open and yet neighbouring schools are closed.
Another difficult situation is when heavy snow falls during the day, leaving staff and children facing dangerous journeys home or even the risk of being stuck at school.
Another consideration for the decision-maker is the moral implication of staying open despite heavy snow and media advice warning against “unnecessary journeys”, and someone having an accident on their journey to or from school.
Personal circumstances are also a factor for individual families. If we are open despite adverse weather and you feel that your journey is not safe you are perfectly entitled to keep your children off so long as you let us know.
Communication is another problem area. There will be large numbers of calls from closing schools in a short space of time to many different local radio stations. There will be an inevitable delay in receiving and broadcasting the information resulting in some confusion. So, in the event of a closure we aim to get the information to the Local Authority by 7am so that it will appear on their website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolclosurers by 7.30am