Behaviour and Discipline
It is the aim of the school to foster and develop pupils’ self-discipline, self-respect and consideration for others.
Through positive encouragement and reinforcement, we strive to maintain good standards of behaviour.
The school’s Behaviour Policy is distributed to all families when their child starts school, and they are made aware of any modifications in brochure updates. When children move into the Reception class parents are asked to accept our policy and sign an agreement to support the school in upholding procedures for positive behaviour as part of the statutory Home School Agreement, which all schools have in place.
In accordance with the Education Act 1986 corporal punishment will not be administered in county or voluntary controlled schools maintained by Staffordshire County Council Education Committee.
School rules are designed to:
- promote a caring environment in which to work and play.
- encourage personal safety.
- facilitate the efficient running of the establishment.
- Foundation parents are requested to bring their child to the Early Years playground for 8.55 a.m. Parents are welcome to wait with their child and bring them into class at 9.00 a.m.
- Pupils in the main school are asked to arrive at school by 8.55 a.m. and assemble on the school playground under the supervision of a member of teaching staff – the bell rings at 9.00 a.m. at which time the gate is locked. Parents are not allowed past the school gate at the side of the school building, due to safeguarding reasons. If you arrive after 9.00 a.m. please take your child to the school office.
- We appreciate prompt arrival at school so that our school day can start on time and is not interrupted by late arrivals. If your child is going to be late please inform the school office so that the register can be marked accordingly and a dinner ordered, please bring your child/children to the office as the gate will be locked for safeguarding purposes. Pupils are not allowed to leave the school premises during the lunch break.
- Should your child be absent from school a phone call or e-mail explaining the reason for a child’s absence is required on the first day. On returning to school after an absence a note is a necessity please. In the absence of this information the school may treat it as an unauthorised absence. Since September 2013 the has Government made changes to the regulations regarding term time holidays. A copy of a letter sent by the Governors in October 2013 can be found here Attendance Letter to Parents Oct 2013 and a letter from Staffordshire county Council here Attendance Letter to Parents Update March 2015 . A ‘Request for leave during term time’ form can be obtained from the school office.
- If a Doctor or Dentist appointment scheduled during the school day is unavoidable, then an appointment card should be produced to the school office.
- Articles of clothing worn in school must be clearly marked with the child’s name. It is essential that school uniform – sweatshirts, polo shirts and T-shirts are labelled for obvious reasons. If a garment is lost or mislaid it is extremely difficult to find the owner when so many articles of clothing look alike.
- Children should not bring large sums of money to school except on Monday mornings when school meals are paid in. Parents are requested to send dinner money in on time in a sealed envelope or purse clearly marked on the outside with name, reason for payment and the amount enclosed. This should be handed to the class teacher at registration time. Children have access to fresh fruit, provided freely, however they may bring small amounts to purchase a snack during morning break which should be kept inside a labelled purse, wallet or envelope.
- Matters of an administrative nature e.g. school admissions, change of address and phone numbers etc should be dealt with by the Office Services Manager in the school office.
- Whilst the wearing of wrist watches is not forbidden, the school cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage to these or any other item of jewellery.
- Children are not permitted to wear jewellery whilst partaking in physical exercise and will be asked to remove earrings etc. for these lessons.
The school carries out a Health and Safety audit every year with a Health and Safety Adviser from the Local Authority.
- The school Health and Safety Policy identifies those areas within the school grounds which present a hazard. Pupils are instructed and continually reminded not to: –
- climb on walls, particularly those sited by the steps to the playground and those surrounding the dustbin area.
- play on steps.
- enter the dustbin area.
- climb on perimeter fencing and gates.
- tamper with chain link fencing between the playground and the EYFS play area.
- Parents are asked to take charge of their toddlers when meeting pupils from the school – accidents will happen if these little ones are allowed to run free/swing on the gates/climb fences and generally run unattended within the grounds.
- On entering and leaving the school grounds pupils are asked to use the school pathways (running across the grass or garden is forbidden). Pupils are expected to walk across the car parking area within the bounds of the white line.
- Parents are asked to assist with road safety by not parking on the zigzag lines directly in front of the school gates when bringing or collecting children. The zigzags are there in order to keep the school entrance clear. In the interests of safety, parents are asked to co-operate. Parking near school can be limited, we ask parents to be courteous to our neighbours and to this end parents are encouraged to use the car park at the Bull's Head pub in Bag lane, or the Village Hall car park.
- If in the case of an emergency if a parent finds they are unable to pick up their child at the end of the school day, then a phone call or note from a parent informing the school of any change in arrangements is essential for the well-being of the child. Children who have not been collected from the school gates will be taken to the Woodlands Care Club. Access is granted via a doorbell from the main entrance.
- Children riding bicycles to and from school are asked to park their cycles in the designated area outside the kitchen. No bicycle should be ridden on school premises i.e. on entering or leaving the grounds the cyclists are required to wheel their bicycle – they are asked to mount or dismount outside the school drive. Children are asked to wear safety helmets if cycling to school.
- Children are asked not to run inside the school building.
- The school prefers that all medicines are administered at home. Should you wish your child to be given medication during the school day, medicines must be brought to the school office by a parent and an authorisation form completed. Medicines must never be left in school bags. Where children need inhalers for asthmatic conditions, or Epi-pens for allergies, then these need to be named and held in a safe place by the class teacher with clear instructions for administration from the parents.
- We would rather children do not wear pierced earrings to school.