Day To Day Business

Attendance at school is a legal requirement for children of statutory school age. It is crucial to every child’s progress and development.  Apart from illness, permission needs to be obtained from the school, supported by an absence pass.

Absence.
It is essential to contact the school on the first day of absence to enable us to be aware of why a child is absent and where they are. On returning to school a brief note must confirm the reasons for the absence. Pupils’ attendance is a crucial part of their educational progress and the school has a duty of care to refer unauthorised absence to the Attendance Advisory Practitioner (AAP).
Persistent lateness can also result in unauthorised absence being recorded and can also become an AAP matter.

Illness.
If your child is unwell it is important for them to remain at home until they are well enough to return to school and become involved in school activities again. Supervision is not available for pupils who are unable to do this.

Medicines. 
Only prescribed medicines can be administered at school, providing the following procedures are followed:

- The medicine is required 4 times a day - not 3.
- Parents submit a written request to the Principal.
- Parent completes a permission slip for the school.
- Parents bring the medicine to school and hand it to the Secretary.
- There is only a single measure for that day prepared by the Parent, clearly labelled in its container with the child’s name, class and time to be taken.
- Children will not be allowed to take on any of the above responsibility.

Pupils requiring inhalers for asthma or requiring Ritalin medication daily, may retain their medication in school on a half-termly basis.

Contact for emergencies is very important. Two named people, to whom you would entrust your children, along with their telephone numbers, must be given to the school in addition to those of the parent or carer. This is essential should your child be taken ill.

Arrival at school should not be until 8.45, when school opens. There is no adult supervision available until then.  Children enter straight into school at this time, until the doors shut promptly at 8:55.

Collecting children if, due to unforeseen circumstances, parents have to make alternative arrangements to collect their children, they must inform the school immediately to avoid difficulties at the end of the day and mistakes being made.
Under our duty of care the school will not allow children to leave the school site with an unspecified adult.

Mobile Phones in order to safeguard our children, mobile phones are not permitted in school.

Labelling clothing only takes minutes but saves money as well as heartache! Please ensure all clothing and belongings can be identified in some way and returned to their
rightful owner.

Jewellery is discouraged at Chattenden. Only stud earrings, for pupils with pierced ears and wrist- watches, for educational purposes, may be worn to school. Rings, bracelets, longer earrings and necklaces present a risk to children themselves and those around them, in a busy and active school environment. For all P.E and swimming, jewellery must be removed; either at home on the day, or by the child, at school. The school will not be responsible for the loss of any jewellery. Any accident or injury caused to any pupil through the wearing of jewellery, will be the responsibility of the associated parents and not the school.  The school do not accept responsibility for loss or damage to personal property or pupils.

Smoking on the school site is not permitted, this includes electronic cigarettes. Please extinguish cigarettes before entering the playgrounds or pathways.

Dogs are not permitted on our site and please do not leave them tethered at the gate as this can cause serious problems.

Disputes can unfortunately occur between families outside of school. Please ensure any problems of this nature stay outside of the school. Under no circumstances must adults experiencing difficulties approach any child at school in these matters.

Care of all our pupils is our priority. The class teacher is the adult most in contact with a child and therefore any matters to do with their well-being should be conveyed to the teacher. The Principal can also be approached, particularly on sensitive matters. All information will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. We have available at Chattenden our school counsellor for children requiring specialist support.

School Medical Examinations take place throughout a child’s schooling. Parents will be informed as to when these will take place to enable them to accept the examination and to be present if they wish.
Accidents can occur despite every effort to provide a safe environment. Trained staff administer first aid to minor injuries and parents are contacted if serious ones occur. Chattenden also has three advanced First Aiders. Generally hospital involvement is at the discretion of parents but in extreme cases the school may call an ambulance.

School visits
In line with Health and Safety guidance, schools are required to inform parents and carers of the risks that are involved in any off-site outing. It is not humanly possible to eliminate risk, but precautions are taken to reduce it. Despite every effort to avoid them, the risk of accidents will always remain. A Risk Assessment is carried out for every trip and is available on request from the school office, should parents and carers wish to see it before consenting to the visit. A Disaster Plan is also in place outlining procedures should one occur.

Charging for school trips is a necessary part of the management of the school. Profit is not made and costs are kept to a minimum. However, voluntary contributions are requested from each pupil. Families claiming income support or family credit may opt to defer a contribution. However if insufficient financial support is forthcoming, the school will have no choice but to cancel the trip. Educational visits are of great significance to a child’s learning and for some can be their only experience of particular venues.

COMPLAINTS
Any complaints regarding school issues should be made initially to the Principal. If they cannot deal with the matter, then the Executive Director should be contacted. Should your concern remain unresolved then we would refer you to the Secretary of State for Education.  Complaints against the Principal should go directly to the Executive Director.

Periodically the LEA produce leaflets informing parents of updates in procedures. The school make these available as they are received.