Pupil Contact Details
Every September pupil contact forms are sent out to parents and carers for completion. Please ensure that these are returned to school with updated contact details in case of an emergency, any medical information and permissions e.g. to take photos of your child for the purpose of education during the school year.
Safeguarding in School
The main school gates will be locked each morning between 8.40 and 9.15am for the security of our pupils. All visitors must report to reception, sign in/out and wear visitor badges. Visitors are accompanied in school. All external doors are locked and access is gained by electronic key fob. All school staff wear photo identity cards.
We encourage as many families as possible to walk to school, where this is not possible we do ask that you do not park immediately outside the school. School car park facilities are for the use of staff and visitors only. For health & safety reasons parents are not allowed to use the car park when bringing or collecting children from school or nursery.
We request that parents notify school of any particular medical problems or allergies so that all staff are aware of the particular needs of that child.
When children first start school, parents complete a form providing details of how they can be contacted if their child is taken ill at school. Please keep us up to date with any charges. (see Appendix 1)
If your child is absent from school because he/she has an infectious disease please notify the school. This is particularly important in the case of Rubella (German Measles) or Chicken Pox so that we can inform any vulnerable groups e.g. pregnant women. More information and advice about exclusion periods from school due to illness are given in the enclosed leaflet ‘Guidance on Infection Control’ (see Appendix 3).
Medicines in School
As a general rule if children are taking medicines prescribed by a doctor we feel they should not be at school. However, after a few days of antibiotics the child may be well enough for school but may not have finished the prescribed course of medicine. If it is necessary for a child to take medicine while at school, parents are asked to administer the medicine personally at a convenient time during the day e.g. lunchtime.
If a child has regular medication such as an inhaler for Asthma, please see their class teacher or the Headteacher.
If a child has a serious medical condition which requires medication to be administered daily or when appropriate, the school has a policy and procedures are in place for these circumstances.
Ladywood Primary School is a non smoking establishment. We remind all visitors that smoking is not allowed in school or anywhere on the premises.
Children are encouraged to walk or ride bikes to school and bikeability training is provided to older pupils. Bicycles must not be ridden on school premises, children arriving at school on a bike should walk their bike up the main path at the front of the building and lock their bikes on the bike racks near the main entrance using their own bike locks. All children riding bikes to school are encouraged to wear a safety helmet.
Dogs (with the exception of assistance dogs) are not allowed on the school premises even if they are on a lead.
As required by the Children Act, this school has a Child Protection policy which has been agreed by the Governing Body. The school works closely with all departments within the Children and Young People’s Directorate such as health and social care. The school’s Child Protection Liaison Officer is the Headteacher, Miss Clare Grainger and the deputies are Miss Lyndsey Seddon and Mrs Lucy Hancock. Any concerns regarding Child Protection can be discussed in confidence with staff.
The Governments Every Child matters programme requires agencies (including schools) to work together and share relevant information. This means that we will talk to you about your child’s progress and also to other workers, sometimes from agencies such as speech and language therapy, school nursing service, health visiting team, inclusion team, social services and many others. This is so that we can all work together to organise any appropriate support as early as possible.
If your child transfers to another school or education setting we will share any important information with them, including details of your child’s academic progress.
An Early Help Assessment (EHA) form will sometimes be completed with parents to identify any support needs that your child may have and will include your ideas and thoughts. These forms are then forwarded on to a multi agency team so that the relevant help can be requested.
More information about the data we may hold about your child and how it will be used is available in the enclosed Privacy Notice (see Appendix 4).
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act requires the school to be clear and proactive about the information made public.
Ladywood Primary School’s documents which are made available include; the school prospectus and school policies which relate to the pupils, the curriculum and to the school in general. A copy of the Freedom of Information policy detailing the documents available is available on request.