Good school attendance gives your child the opportunity of success and helps develop skills for life. Your child should attend school every day unless there is an unavoidable cause such as illness. We seek to ensure that all our pupils receive a full-time education which maximises the opportunity for each pupil to realise their true potential. We strive to provide a welcoming, caring environment, whereby each member of the school community feels valued, safe and secure.
Parents and carers must ensure that their child attends school regularly, punctually, properly equipped and ready to learn. If your child is unable to attend school for any reason, or is likely to be late, parents and carers should notify the school by 9.30am on the first day – by telephone (0117 9030302 Lockleaze Road or 0117 3772019 Orchard Campus) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will contact parents and carers if a child is not present at morning or afternoon registration to ensure that the child is safe. Parents and carers are responsible for responding to calls and for ensuring school has up to date contact details. A pupil’s absence from school will be considered unauthorised until a satisfactory explanation is received.
It is hoped that through working in partnership, all attendance issues can be resolved. Parents and carers will be informed if there are any concerns regarding attendance or if attendance falls below 90%.
Further information is available in our Frequently asked Questions section or by reading the full policy.
We are concerned with the education of the whole child by encouraging our children to develop the personal and social skills required for life.
We aim to promote:
- Respect in children for themselves, for others and for their environment, and to ensure equality of opportunity for all.
- Quality and excellence in all things by providing a consistent and caring atmosphere between children, staff and parents/carers, where everyone is valued.
- We maintain high standards of behaviour to enable all children to do their best. In the classroom, we make sure that lesson time is used effectively to promote good learning behaviours. This allows the children to focus on their learning, free from disruptions and distractions. In the playground, children will be able to play happily and safely. We have developed a sequence of actions for all school staff to follow in any case of inappropriate behaviour. We hope this will ensure consistency of approach.
Further information is available by reading the full policy
The school aim is to ensure the exclusions process is applied fairly and consistently and that the process is understood by governors, staff, parents and pupils. The overarching aim of the policy is to ensure pupils in school are safe and happy and that pupils do not become NEET (not in education, employment or training).
Concerns and Complaints
Our policy aim is to ensure that a concern or complaint is managed sympathetically, efficiently and at the appropriate level, and resolved as soon as possible. We will try to resolve every concern or complaint in a positive way with the aim of putting right a matter which may have gone wrong and, where necessary, reviewing our systems and procedures in light of the circumstances.
Concerns or Complaints can be raised informally by raising of a concern or difficulty by speaking or writing to a member of staff or as a formal complaint in writing to the Head of School.
Charges and Remissions
Education provided during school hours is free, however from time-to-time we may invite parents and carers to make a voluntary contribution to allow us to offer activities or experiences which otherwise might not be possible. Some help is available for Parents/Carers facing difficulties with charges for optional activities, please speak to us at anytime if your require assistance.
Our aim is to raise the achievement and life chances of all our pupils/students, irrespective of any disability, and to serve the community each school/academy by providing access to a range of activities and opportunities. We will use our resources and expertise to encourage all students to develop confidence, understanding and skills in these areas.
We take our responsibility to keeping children safe very seriously and have a range of controls in place to ensure this is achieved. Our work with support agencies is lead by the Senior Leadership team, who over see all aspects of child protection. Our robust recruitment and selection process is reviewed regularly and all employees are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring checks which are reviewed on a regular basis.
Emergency School Closure
There are times when the weather is so severe, e.g. very heavy snowfall, that it is considered that the health and safety of pupils and staff are best served by closing the school.
A decision will be made before 8.45 a.m. when the doors open, a notice will be placed on the school website and parents/carers who are signed up to schoolcomms will receive a text / email. Alternatively you can access news by downloading the school app.