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Policies

School policies cover every aspect of school life. Below are some of our most important policies for your reference. If you want to know our policy on something that is not listed, please ask the school office. Paper copies are available from the school office.

INCLUSION 

Whatever a child's needs, the schools aim is to ensure that each child reaches its full potential. The Government's SEND Code of Practice is fully adhered to.  Children with additional needs will receive extra help either within the class room environment or may be withdrawn to work where there is less distraction. They will receive support from teachers, teaching assistants, specialist teachers or other agencies, according to their level of particular need.  

 

There is a disabled access toilet at the EYFS/Key Stage 1 end of school and a lift to the key Stage 2 classrooms.

A copy of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy is available via the link above. 

 

EQUALITY

At Dinton we try to ensure that everyone is treated fairly. All children are given equal access to the school and its curriculum and all at Dinton are considered equal in the learning partnership. When children have special needs we make arrangements to inform parents and design specific programmes.

 

Pupils will be prepared for an ethnically diverse society. The school will work hard to promote racial equality and harmony by preventing and challenging racism.

 

If anyone ever feels unjustly treated then the school welcomes and values a response. It is in working together that we will make Dinton even better.

 

CHILD PROTECTION

We fully recognise our responsibilities for child protection. Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school. The full policy is available to all parents, but in summary there are five main elements to our policy:

 

  • Ensuring we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
  • Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
  • Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
  • Supporting pupils who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
  • Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.


ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE

The Education Act states that parents have the primary responsibility for ensuring that children of compulsory school age receive a suitable education. At Dinton Primary School we ask parents and families to support in promoting good attendance in the following ways:

 

  • Ensuring that children attend school regularly and arrive on time;
  • If your child is ill please contact the school on the first day so that we can update our records;
  • When your child returns to school ensure that a note is provided confirming the reason for absence;
  • Avoid taking holidays during term time.

 

Absence during term time is only authorised for exceptional circumstances and can only be requested by a child's parents. Forms requesting absence during term time are available from the school office.

 

Absences during term time that are taken without permission are recorded as unauthorised and may lead to a fine being imposed by the Local Authority.

 

Authorised absence may include:

 

  • Illness
  • Educational activities and sporting events organised by the school
  • Medical/Dental appointments

 

Unauthorised absence includes:

 

  • Lateness after the register has closed (unless caused by transport difficulties)
  • Day trips
  • Family occasions

 

Absence routines

1.      On the first day of absence, the school should be contacted by phone before 9.15am (but preferably before school) to let us know that your child is unwell.

2.      For second and subsequent days you do not need to phone as we already know your child has not been well. However, we do need a written note for our records on the child's return.

3.      If it is likely that your child will be away for some time. e.g. if a doctor has recommended a longer period of absence, please let the school know how long this is likely to be. A note is still required on return.

 

HEALTH

First, it is essential that the school has all appropriate emergency contact telephone numbers in case a child becomes ill or has an accident during the day. We need to be able to reach you or a family member. This information should be provided on the School Registration Form or at the New Starter session before your child starts school.

 

If your phone number changes, please inform the school as soon as possible so that we can update our records.

 

If a child doesn't feel well, they should not attend school that day. An unwell child doesn't learn well. If they have an illness that is contagious, they present a grave risk of passing on infections to other children and teachers and in a school it doesn't take long for illnesses to spread. We understand this can cause scheduling problems but strongly appeal to you to keep your child at home and let us know that they will be absent.

 

If we discover a child is poorly whilst at school, you will be asked to come and pick them up immediately. Meanwhile, it would be very helpful to make sure your child develops the habit of covering their face when sneezing or coughing, using tissues to blow their nose and regularly washing their hands.

 

Head Lice

Head lice among children are common and easily spread from child to child. It is not a sign of poor hygiene in any child that contracts them. Head lice are simply tenacious in a school environment as they get transferred from one child to another. Since lice eggs have an incubation period of two weeks, it takes great diligence to rid a child of them. We strongly encourage a regular regime of head lice precautions. This primarily involves combing your child's hair with a very fine tooth lice comb typically during bath time. Children should attend school while they are being treated for head lice.

 

ACCIDENTS

If your child gets hurt during school, the incident is recorded in an accident book describing who, what and where it happened and any action taken by staff. You will be informed of any serious incidents. Any minor cuts and grazes are given immediate treatment. For any serious bumps or scratches, we will call you immediately and discuss whether they should be collected and taken  home. School staff have First Aid training.

 

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINES IN SCHOOL

It is always preferable for the main parent or carer to administer medicines although we realise this is not always practicable when a child is at school.

 

The Head Teacher will ensure that staff are aware of the school's policy and practice on administering medicines to pupils and of any pupils with known medical problems.

 

Consent forms for parents requiring medicines to be administered to their child at school must be completed and signed before any medication can be given by a member of school staff. Consent forms are available from the school office.

 

SECURITY

The school takes its responsibility for the safekeeping of your children very seriously.

 

Unless you are delivering a child to their classroom  in the morning, all visitors should enter the school via the front door.

 

If the main parent or carer is not collecting a child, this should be noted in the contact book with the name of the person who will be collecting the child. We will not allow a child to go with an unauthorised person.

 

Please make sure that the contact number we have for the main parent or carer is up to date and that if it is a mobile telephone number it is one for a telephone that is switched on regularly!

 

Teacher development days (TD days)

5 days will be allocated during the school year for the development of the teachers. The school will be closed on these days. The days are normally taken at the beginning or end of a term.

 

FORMAL COMPLAINTS

If you have any complaint about the education your child is receiving, we hope you will feel able to come into school and discuss it. In the event of a problem you should first of all make an appointment to speak to the class teacher. If the matter is not easily resolved then it may be referred to the Head Teacher. However, should you feel the need to go further, please contact Mrs Helen Jouahri, the Chair of Governors. If you feel the matter remains unresolved please contact Wiltshire Council at: Education Department, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge,  BA14 8JB. Tel: (01225) 713000.

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