Please inform the school, by phone, if your child is ill or absent for any reason. If we are not aware of the reason for a child’s absence that absence is recorded as ‘unauthorised’.
Please only make doctor/dental appointments in school time if it is an emergency. Your child will be classed as absent for a whole session if not in school at registration time.
In line with National and Local Authority Guidance, all holidays taken within school time will be classed as unauthorised. We work closely with the Education Welfare Officer to prioritise good attendance by all children.
We follow the Local Authority Guidelines for identifying and assessing children with special educational needs and those identified as Able, Gifted and Talented. Parents are kept informed at all stages and of all strategies used and their consent obtained before any referral is made to outside agencies.
Staff are required to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse – which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. This does mean that Headteachers risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case to the Authorities which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents, appreciating how difficult it is for Headteachers to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that the Headteacher was acting in what was believed to be the child’s best interest. A copy of our child protection policy is available to view in the ‘Policies’ section.
Urmston Infant School works with staff, colleagues and families to safeguard children. We provide an inclusive and stimulating environment where all children can play and learn safely. The schools have a statutory duty to all children to ensure they are safe. This means that we may have to talk to you and your family as well as other professionals if we have any concerns, unless this places the child at further risk.
Urmston Infant School works in partnership with Social Care and may seek advice from them. This may include making a referral if this is appropriate.
Staff will work together with you to try to overcome any problems you and your family may be having.
Change of Routine
Sometimes you may have reason to change your child’s normal routine. Whatever the change or request may be, please notify the school, preferably in writing, to avoid any confusion on our part and distress for the child. The child’s word alone will not be accepted.
It is sometimes necessary to contact a parent urgently during school hours. It is essential that we have at least 3 alternative telephone numbers. If you change your address, place of work or telephone number, please notify us immediately.
The school has an emergency procedure which is followed in the case of accidents when the parent is not available. This procedure can be viewed on request.
Parents will be informed if a child bumps their head.
Medicines in School and Sun Protection
Health and Safety Guidance cautions schools against administering drugs and medicines. School policy states that we can only administer prescribed medicine for chronic conditions. The school’s Medicine Policy is available on request.
We ask that parents ensure children have a sun hat in school during the summer term and sun cream is applied before school as staff are not permitted to administer this.
The class teachers are responsible for the day to day well-being of the children in their care. If parents are at any time worried about any aspect of school life, or have particular problems to discuss, the class teacher and the Headteacher will be pleased to see them. It may sometimes be necessary to make an appointment.
During your child’s time at school visits will be made by a Health Professional. You will be informed by letter when your child is due to be seen.
If parents have a concern the steps to follow are listed below:
- to class teacher
- to the Headteacher
- formally to the Governing Body
- formally to the Local Authority
- formally to the Secretary of State for Education
“Caring” in its many aspects is a quality we promote throughout the school. The staff work together to guide children towards acceptable standards of behaviour in their relationships with each other and adults.
Self-discipline is encouraged from the nursery stage and we give positive reasons for restrictions which we do need to impose. The children are expected to show respect for each other and all adults in school.
Discipline in school is a responsibility shared by all staff. Parents of a child with behaviour concerns will be invited to discuss the situation with the class teacher and the Headteacher. It is hoped that the parents will support any follow up procedures, as we have found in the past that behaviour problems can be solved by a common approach.
At Urmston Infant School we reject all forms of bullying and we are committed to maintaining Urmston Infants as a “Bully Free” school. We feel that all children should be able to enjoy a secure and welcoming environment in which they are able to talk and be listened to. They are regularly reminded of what to do and who to talk to if bullying occurs, and can be assured that all incidents of bullying will be dealt with. Our anti-bullying policy may be viewed on request.
So that all parents may be made aware of our disciplinary rules and procedures, this brochure will be issued before each child is admitted to the school. The children will be given periodic verbal reminders.
At Urmston Infant School our 5 Golden Rules are:
We always try our best to be…
Children are frequently praised and rewarded for demonstrating good behaviour choices.
Snow and Bad Weather Closure
In the event of our school being closed a message will appear on the ‘Welcome’ page.
Text messages will also be sent immediately.