Keeping Everyone SafeIt is important that we keep our children safe and secure at all times. School security is regularly reviewed by the school and the Governors. We strive to keep a balance between providing a safe, secure environment and being open and welcoming to parents and legitimate visitors to the school.
We have electronic gates around the school site, which are monitored by the office. The gates are only open at specific times of the day. When they are closed, please buzz in to gain access to the school site.
The school gates will be locked at 8.55 am and opened at 3.10 pm. Outside of these times you will need to press the ‘button’ on the side gate to be allowed in. The only entrance to the school during the school day is via the church path opposite the main reception area of the school. The Staff Car Park is not accessible for parents during the school day unless a valid disabled badge is produced.
Signing In and Leaving the Premises
All visitors and parents staying on school premises must sign in and out so that we know who is in the building. Parents are requested to come into school through the main reception area by the school office.
Children will be handed over to an elected responsible adult at the end of the school day. They will not be allowed to leave the school premises until the teacher has seen the person collecting them in the playground. Those children not collected promptly will be taken to the main reception by the school office where they will be signed in. If children are regularly collected late, the headteacher will request a meeting to discuss the situation.
Children needing to leave the premises during the school day will need to be signed out and signed in if they return before 3.15 pm. A letter or email giving the reason for the absence should be sent in prior to the appointment.
By the time children reach Year 6, some parents may wish their child to walk home. As it is not our policy to let unaccompanied children leave the premises, it is essential that parents inform the school in writing that they have made this decision and take full responsibility for the safety of their child.
Although parking is limited, parents currently have permission to park by Jesus Church at their own risk. However, we encourage parents to use the car park at Forty Hall and walk along the all-weather footpath to the crossing outside the school gates. Parents are asked to be respectful of local residents and under no circumstances should they park or stop on the yellow zigzag lines. This is a motoring offence and the area is regularly patrolled by traffic wardens and Community Police.
The school car park is for staff and disabled badge holders only. Parents and children should not walk through the car park at any point during the school day. The car park will be open from 4.30pm to allow parents to collect children from the Den Club.
The school is fitted with a fire alarm system which is tested regularly. A “Fire Drill” is practised once every half term when the children learn to leave the building in an orderly manner, calmly and quickly. In the event of a real fire or emergency, the children will be taken to Jesus Church as our evacuation centre. In the event of any incident, parents/carers should not take children away until they have been formally dismissed to ensure the school is satisfied that everyone is safe.
WelfareOur Welfare Officer, Mrs Vial, and all Support Staff are qualified first aiders and there to support the general well-being of all of our children. Please call the school office to speak to Mrs Vial or speak to her in the playground in the morning.
We ask parents to keep us informed of relevant medical needs or information. Information it is crucial for us to know includes conditions such as: asthma, allergies, hearing or sight impairments, eczema, diabetes or epilepsy.
Please advise us promptly of any changes which may affect your child’s medical, social, emotional and psychological well-being at school. A medical care plan is drawn up with any child with medical needs.
We try to prevent accidents from occurring but they do happen from time to time. If we are concerned about your child following an accident and think that they need to seek further medical treatment, we will contact you or your designated emergency contact immediately. In serious cases, which are thankfully rare, we will call an ambulance.
We prefer parents to administer medicines whenever possible. If parents cannot, for clear reasons, please contact the school welfare officers to discuss the matter.
All schools experience head lice outbreaks from time to time. Scratching the head is a common indication that a child may have nits (eggs) or live lice (insects). If we identify a child having nits, we shall inform you by sending a letter home requesting that you arrange treatment. The entire family should be treated with the recommended shampoo or lotion and children should return to school only when this has been done. Lice pass from one child to another and lay their eggs in clean hair. Please try not to be embarrassed if your child has head lice, the lice prefer clean hair and it is no reflection on personal or family hygiene.
We have a number of children and staff in school who are highly allergic to nuts. Anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening condition, occurs when such a child or adult comes into contact with nuts – however slight. We try to be a nut free school as far as practicable and ask parents to make sure that nuts or nut products are not brought into school for lunches or class parties.