The School Day
9am – 12 midday
Excluding breaks, registration and the daily act of worship, infant children are taught for 23 hours and junior children for 24 hours 15 minutes per week.
For reasons of safety, no child should be on the premises before 8.50am (unless they are booked into ‘Scamps’ as there is no one available to supervise them. Exceptional arrangements may be made by arrangement with the Headteacher. Parents are asked to notify the school before 9.00 a.m. if your child is to be absent.
Children are told to return into school if the person meeting them is not there at the end of the school day if you should have a problem, please contact the school.
Before and Afterschool Arrangements
‘Scamps’ operates before school from 7.30am and after school from 3.30pm until 5.30pm. Food is provided. Children have the opportunity to play in safe, known surroundings with friends. The programme is varied with structured activities such as crafts and sports alternating with opportunities to play games and use construction kits. A charge is made to cover costs, but as it is non-profit making, we aim to keep this below childminding fees. We ask that you book your child into the sessions you require at the beginning of the week to give us an idea of the number of children to prepare for.
Morning Snacks and Water Provision
The school is part of the national fruit scheme- a government initiative to promote healthy eating in young children. All infant children will be provided with a portion of free fruit each day, which is usually shared out at break time. Children are also encouraged to bring their own piece of fruit either as a break time or lunchtime snack. Milk is available, free of charge, to children under five years of age. The regular drinking of water is encouraged. Water is always available and many children bring their own water bottles to school.
Children are supervised at lunchtime by Midday Supervisors. During the summer months they may picnic outside, if the weather is suitable. In the winter they eat in the Hall and are in mixed age friendship groups.
We operate a hot meal service which provides a balanced, varied menu. All infant children are provided with a free school meal. Meals can be ordered for junior children. There are three menu choices daily that includes a vegetarian option. Our meals meet all School Food Standards. All meals need to be ordered online using the meal selector website, a link for which is on our website.
For packed lunches, in the interests of health and safety we ask that the following requirements are met:
No fizzy drinks, either in cans or bottles.
Drinks should be brought in a container and children should either bring a cup or a straw.
We do not allow the children to drink straight from the bottle.
No glass please.
We expect your child to eat what you’ve given them so please ensure your child likes it and there is enough and not too much to eat.
Children are asked not to bring sweets to school. A bar containing biscuit is acceptable. We will ask your child to eat the savoury food first.
Please pack the food in an appropriate container; the lunchbox serves as a plate for eating.
If you think your child may be entitled to free school lunches, please ask at the school for details.
While the school takes every precaution to avoid loss or damage of valuable items we cannot accept responsibility for them.
Anything of great monetary or sentimental value is better left at home!
Occasionally, children want to bring something special to ‘show’ – this should be done by arrangement with the teacher but it remains the responsibility of the child.
Please help us take care of your children by parking legally at all times, and by being considerate to our neighbours. There is only a limited amount of parking on the road at the front of the school and permission to ‘drop off’ inside the school gates will only be granted by the Head teacher for a disabled badge holder.
We ask that the “School Keep Clear” road marking is adhered to.
In order to avoid the road outside school becoming blocked, a one way system operates through the ‘layby’ at busy times from the Ingham end of the roadway.
The School Council is made up of two representatives from each year group from Y1 upward. They meet regularly with a member of staff and it is a valuable opportunity for two way dialogue. They are responsible for developing playground standards and are a forum for commenting on rules, behaviour, school improvement etc. as well as organising charity fundraising.
Illness at School
If a child becomes ill or injured during the day, the parents/carers will be contacted immediately and given the details. The parents will be expected to make arrangements for the child to be collected as soon as possible.
A child who has vomited or had a bout of diarrhoea, must not return to school for at least 24 hours after the last episode of vomittin/diarrhoea to ensure that they are clear, before they have contact with other children.
The school must have up to date telephone numbers and other relevant information in case of an emergency.
Medicines in School
We can only supervise medicines that have been prescribed by the doctor. Children are expected to self-administer (under adult supervision) daily medication for medical conditions, such as inhalers for asthma. Parents must apply to the office and complete the appropriate form giving details about dosage etc should any medication be necessary. All medication must be clearly labelled with the child’s name, dosage and clear instructions. All inhalers and epipens are stored in an accessible place in each classroom and parents/carers must notify the class teacher if their child needs to use one.
Child Protection and Security in School
The Head teacher is responsible for any Child Protection issues. He works closely with a range of other services including: Police, Social Services and the Education Welfare Service. The school follows the Children’s Services advice and policy on Child Protection issues which includes the requirement for Headteachers 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 procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that Headteachers risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which on investigation proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents, appreciating how difficult it is to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that the Headteacher was acting in what was believed to be the child’s interest.
Occasionally, you may have a query or concern and you will want to speak to someone. Often, your child’s class teacher can help you. If further discussion is needed, you can make an appointment to see the Head teacher. Problems are usually easily resolved, but if you are still not satisfied, there is a complaints procedure. You may ask the governing body of the school to consider your complaint and if you are still not satisfied, you may approach the Education Authority. All involved in the school strive to deliver the best possible education to all our pupils and to care for their health and safety and well being at all times. However, we are only human and may not always live up to your expectations. If this is the case, please tell us as, until we know, we are unable to take steps to put things right. An appropriate word at an early stage redeems many potentially difficult situations so please tell us.
Sex education is set within a framework of Christian values and taught as part of a health education programme which links with work in Science, RE and Personal, Social and Health Education.
Although parents have the right to withdraw their children from these lessons, it is the Governors’ policy that all children should receive sex education. If any parent wishes to exercise this right, they should contact the headteacher to discuss the matter
Friends of Scampton (Foss)
The Friends of Scampton School gives the school tremendous support and financial help. Money raised provides extras that the school budget will not stretch to. Any parent is considered a ‘Friend’ but if you would like to get more involved with our activities on a regular or occasional basis, please see any committee member.
No charges are made by the school for books and materials used for curriculum work in school. Parents, however, may be asked to reimburse the school for items lost by the child such as pens, reading books and exercise books.
Where the school is incurring an additional cost, such as the need for transport, entrance fee charges and so on, parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost . No child will be excluded joining in any activity if a parent is unable to contribute. However, if many parents feel unable to pay a contribution, there is a possibility that the trip etc., may be cancelled due to lack of funding.
Home School Agreement
Pupils, parents and staff are asked each year to sign an agreement that outlines our responsibilities to one another. The home/school agreements states that:
Scampton Church of England School will:
- treat your child with respect and care as a valued individual and as part of the school community.
- give your child a broad and balanced education using our professional skills and providing him/her with challenging and relevant learning opportunities.
- be open and welcoming and offer you opportunities to become involved in the life of the school.
- encourage children to develop a sense of pride in themselves and their achievements and take responsibility for their own actions.
- provide a safe, secure, attractive and inspiring environment in which children can learn.
- provide tasks to be completed at home increasing in quantity as the child gets older.
- keep you informed about general school matters through letters and your child’s progress at consultation evenings and through annual written reports.
- encourage their child to increase independence as he/she gets older.
- ensure their child attends school on time every day appropriately equipped and let the school know the reason if s/he is absent.
- communicate concerns that may affect their child’s learning or behaviour.
- support the school in its policies, particularly in behaviour, homework and uniform and ensure that tasks set to be completed at home are done by the day required.
- attend consultation meetings and review meetings to discuss their child’s progress