The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The School has a statutory responsibility to inform appropriate child protection agencies if there is a concern about the welfare or safety of a child.
The School's key policies are available to all prospective parents in the School Information section of this website. An extended range of policies can be viewed by current parents via the Parent Portal. All policies are available from the School office on request.
All information kept is confidential and complies with the Data Protection Act.
Children's Welfare and Well-Being: We will do all that is reasonable to safeguard and promote every child’s welfare and their well-being, providing pastoral care that takes account of the needs and rights of each child within our School community and the rules by which we all abide.
Physical Contact: In order for the School to meet the health and welfare needs of children, for example in assisting young children with intimate care needs, comforting an upset child, ensuring safety to children within the learning environment, and in the teaching of some subjects, parents will agree to members of staff following the School's guidelines in relation to physical contact.
Complaints: Parents are requested to contact the Headteacher immediately if they have a concern or complaint about their child’s safety, pastoral care or an educational matter. Parents should notify the Headteacher immediately in writing and/or by telephone if they have a serious concern.
Disclosures: Parents must disclose to the School in confidence any known medical condition, learning difficulty, health problem or allergy affecting their child, including written copies of reports or any safety concerns or family circumstances which might affect the child’s welfare or well-being.
Absence of Parents: If both parents plan to be absent from the child’s home overnight or for a twenty-four hour period or longer, the parents must inform the School in writing of the name, address and telephone number of the adult who will have full-time responsibility and care for their child during their absence.
Emergency Medical Treatment: Parents are requested to give the School consent for their child to receive emergency medical treatment in circumstances in which a qualified person has confirmed it as necessary for the child’s welfare and if the parents cannot be contacted in time.
Photographs: Parents are not permitted to take photographs of children on School premises without the expressed permission of the Headteacher. If the Headteacher is able to permit photographs to be taken at school concerts, parents will agree not to share these photographs on social media without the expressed permissions from parents of any other child who appears in that image. The School takes photographs of children for record keeping and classroom displays and parents’ consent is sought for this. Should the School wish to use a photograph of your child on the school website, we will seek separate permission from you.
Educational Visits: On joining the School parents consent for their child to attend educational visits. Parents will be given information about visits in advance and all outings are attended by staff trained in Paediatric First Aid. Adult:child ratios will be appropriate for the outing and, where on foot, no less than:
1:2 for 2.5 - 3 year olds
1:4 for Morning and Full Day children
1:4 for Reception children
1:6 for Year 1
1:8 for Year 2
Attendance: Regular attendance and punctuality is very beneficial to children. We advise all parents to observe the term dates and to ensure that children are brought to School and collected on time. Unless there is a medical reason, no child of compulsory school age may be absent from School without parents having obtained the prior permission of the Headteacher.
Absence: If a child is unable to attend school because of illness, parents are requested to inform the School by telephone before 9.15am. Parents should inform the School if their child is going to arrive late or if collecting arrangements are altered at the end of the day. If a child contracts an infectious disease parents should advise the School immediately so that other parents can be advised of symptoms to look out for should their child also become unwell. The School is required to notify Public Health England for certain incidences of infectious disease.
Policy for children with Special Educational Needs: Teachers and the School’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) work in partnership with parents to identify and support the needs of individual children. If the School has concerns about a child’s learning or development, the involvement of outside agencies such as an educational psychologist or speech and language therapist may be suggested.
Following consultation with parents, we will make provision for children with special educational needs in circumstances where the School is confident it can make all reasonable adjustments to meet the special learning requirements or behavioural support required by the child.
Children with English as an additional language: Children for whom English is an additional language will be assessed and monitored for their speaking and listening skills in English in order to fully support their academic progress. Formal observations will take place termly by the class teacher.
Religious Education: The School is non-denominational. The Upper School curriculum teaches children about major world religions. If parents wish to withdraw their child from formal religious education they may do so by writing to the Head.
Behaviour and Discipline
School Rules: We place a high priority on helping children to develop genuine feelings of respect and concern for others and for their environment. Traditional values of courtesy, consideration and good manners are central to our School ethos and culture. The School is committed to preventing all forms of bullying, discrimination, victimisation and harassment. All members of our School community are expected to abide by related policies and rules.
Our School Rules have been written in consultation with children at the School. They are:
- Be polite
- Be kind to others
- Listen to others
- Walk quietly and carefully
- Play safely
- Always try to do your best
- Look after your belongings and the belongings of others
- Keep yourself and the school clean and tidy
- We do not shout at one another
Good behaviour is promoted through praise, awards, assemblies, the children’s School Council, Circle Time, collaborative work and the thread of PHSE that runs through our curriculum.
Discipline and Exclusion: Our children are very young and we recognise that a crucial part of their learning experience is to explore the boundaries of behaviour during play with other children and in School life. We will support children by offering gentle guidance and helpful advice about appropriate conduct and consideration towards others, helping them to recognise if they have not behaved well. Matters of discipline will be referred to the Head by staff and parents will be contacted if it is felt necessary.
Unacceptable Behaviour: Unacceptable behaviour, including racist comments, bullying or physical aggression, will be dealt with by staff in the following way:
- Verbal reprimand to child
- If the unacceptable behaviour continues the child will be given a sanction in the form of withdrawal from the activity/group for a short period of time, withdrawal of a related privilege or a School community task e.g. helping to tidy up the classroom or playground.
- If the School has an ongoing concern about a child’s behaviour, parents will be informed. Staff and parents will work together to promote good behaviour through a Behaviour Management Plan.
- If no satisfactory improvement is seen, following consultation between the Head and parents the child may be suspended for a short period of time.
- On return to School, should behaviour continue to be unsatisfactory, the decision to fully exclude a child may be taken at the discretion of the Head. A copy of the School’s Exclusion Policy is available on request from Sue Garcin: 020 7354 2113 or Ainsley Stocker 020 7249 6273.
Notice to be given by parents: A term’s written notice to the Headteacher is required. We expect that parents will consult with the Head before giving notice to withdraw a child. Fees are payable where a term’s written notice has not been given. Provisional notice must be given in writing to the Head and is only valid for the term in which it is given.
Change: The School, as any other, is likely to undergo some changes during the time your child is here, for example, in staff, policies and procedures, premises, curriculum, School Rules and Regulations. Fee levels are subject to an annual review. We consult with parents through the body of the Parent Committee.
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