Policies and Forms
We ensure that children whom require medication are supported and we have clear guidelines on the administration of medication. Our policy sets out the procedures to be followed whenever we are notified that a pupil has a medical condition.
At Forestdale we are committed to providing a caring, safe and friendly environment in which all our pupils will be happy to come and learn. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our school.
Ideally, our children need to be in school, on time, 100% of the time. Lateness and absence affect all children’s learning, not just those directly involved. Forestdale aims to achieve good attendance and punctuality by operating an attendance and punctuality policy within which children, staff, parents, Education Welfare Officers and the Social Services can work in partnership.
We have a number of school rules but the primary aim of this policy is not to be a system to enforce rules. It is a means of promoting good relationships, so that people can work together with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn. This policy supports the school community in aiming to allow everyone to work together in an effective and considerate way. It is designed to promote good, rather than merely deter anti-social, behaviour.
We reward good behaviour as we believe that this will develop an ethos of kindness and co-operation.
Our aim as a school is to provide a high quality education for all our children. We strongly believe that the curriculum should be exciting, relevant and varied. To make this possible we encourage visits and visitors. These visits and visitors may incur additional costs. Where this is the case we rely on the goodwill of parents and ask for contributions from parents. Visits are very carefully planned to ensure costs are kept to a minimum, for example the use of public transport which is free for pupils and no profit is made by the school.
From time to time parents, and others connected with the school, will become aware of matters which cause them concern. To encourage resolution of such situations the Governing Body has adopted a Complaints Procedure.
Our Camera and Image Policy aims to ensure safer and appropriate use of cameras and images through agreed acceptable use procedures. This is to be in line with legislative requirements and will aim to respect the rights of all individuals. This Policy applies to all individuals who are to have access to and/or be users of work-related photographic equipment. This will include children and young people, parents and carers, early years practitioners and their managers, volunteers, students, committee members, visitors, contractors and community users. This list is not to be considered exhaustive. It applies to the use of any photographic equipment, including mobile phones, video cameras, webcams and portable gaming devices with inbuilt cameras as well as other forms of digital technology and resources for storing and printing images.
We, at Forestdale Primary School, appreciate how important the links between home and school are, and the need for us to work together to ensure a good education for your children.
Forestdale are committed to ensuring that all pupils make the most of their educational opportunities and recognise that this can only be achieved through regular school attendance. The head teacher is only able to grant leave of absence from school during term time if there are exceptional circumstances. In making a decision as to whether to grant a leave of absence the school will consider the nature of the request, together with the pupil’s current school attendance.
Children with temporary or recurring medical or mental health needs are valued as full and participating members of our school community. In September 2014 a new duty was introduced for governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions, in terms of both physical and mental health, to enable them to play a full and active role in school life, remain healthy and achieve their academic potential.
At Forestdale Primary we have a diverse, balanced and creative approach to employing electronic technology across most subject areas but we are acutely aware of the potential problems children can find themselves in. We ensure all our staff and children understand these risks and know how to avoid them. All pupils are taught about online safety and staff are committed to keeping this important subject a topical issue.
We are very fortunate to have a supportive and friendly parent community. Our parents recognise that educating child is a process that involves parents, class teachers and the school community. As a partnership, our parents will understand the importance of a good working relationship to equip children with the necessary skills for adulthood. For these reasons we continue to welcome and encourage parents/carers to participate fully in the life of our school. The purpose of this policy is to provide a reminder to all parents, carers and visitors to our school about the expected conduct. This is so we can all continue to flourish, progress and achieve in an atmosphere of mutual understanding.
From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views, in the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.
At Forestdale we are committed to providing a caring, safe and friendly environment in which all our pupils will be happy to come and work. The health, safety and well-being of all our pupils are of paramount importance to everyone who works in our school. Our pupils have the right to protection from harm, regardless of age, gender, race, disability, religion or sexual orientation. They have a right to be safe in our school.
Forestdale Primary School has adopted a strict NO DEBT policy relating to the school meal service. If debts are incurred, then the school budget has to pay for them. This means that money which should be spent on the children’s education is used to pay for debts incurred by parents. Every parent will agree that this is unacceptable and we request that all parents give this policy their full support. If parents believe that their children may qualify for entitlement to Free School Meals please contact the office for more details. This allowance is a statutory right and it is important that you use it if you qualify.
At Forestdale Primary School we pride ourselves in looking smart at all times by wearing a colourful, smart and comfortable uniform which follows the school’s uniform policy. We feel that it is a positive reinforcement outside the school that clearly represents how supportive pupils and parents are towards the school. We understand that the wearing of uniform reduces peer pressure and promotes a sense of community within the school. We hope that all children will take a sense of pride in their appearance. All articles of clothing must be clearly labelled with child’s name. The school cannot accept responsibility for any lost items.