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Working in Partnership with Parents

At St. Peter’s we aim to establish an effective partnership with parents to ensure that your child gets the most out of school. Staff are available most afternoons after school to discuss any immediate questions or worries that you may have and regular Newsletters provide information on issues and forthcoming events. Termly Parents’ evenings are organised to enable you to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher as well as Curriculum Information evenings on different subject areas. We place any PowerPoints used on the school website for parents to view and for information, especially if they have been unable to attend. Each class has a blog which is regularly updated, outlining the current learning. Please see the ‘Classes’ section on our website for access to these.

 

We welcome the offer of voluntary help in school. If you would like to come in and work alongside the children under the direction of the teacher, please let us know via the office. A meeting with the Headteacher, a DBS and induction will be required prior to starting regular voluntary help.

Blue Contact Books:

Each child has a blue contact book. We ask you to write short comments regarding your child’s progress with the reading book each time you read together at home. This contact book can also be used for questions you may have if it is difficult for you to get into school to see the teachers. They may write comments when they hear children read individually and will answer any queries that you may have.

Homework:

Children will bring home books for you to share with them. In addition, weekly homework is distributed that supports English, Maths and Phonics / Grammar. A Homework Policy is available in the school office for your reference. Homework Club for children and their parent(s) is offered every Monday from 3:00-4:00 with a crèche available for younger siblings. This allows the parent and child to work together in the presence of the Class Teacher who is on hand to provide explanation and support as and when required.

Health & Safety

We take the health and safety of the children in our care very seriously and do all that we can to ensure their welfare.

First Aid

We have strict guidelines that we are required to follow concerning First Aid. All of the support staff in school have attended basic First Aid training. We also have one fully trained First Aider and three Paediatric First Aiders on site.

 

Should any child have an accident at school, the incident is recorded in our First Aid log. For head bumps or facial marks, a courtesy call is made and a note is sent home to parents detailing the incident. For other serious bumps, grazes and facial marks, a follow-up note is sent home and a courtesy call is made to the Parents where appropriate. We are not allowed to apply any creams or lotions onto wounds.

 

It is sometimes necessary to send children home during the school day if they are unwell. It is very important that we have up-to-date information of relevant landline and mobile numbers and addresses. Should you change address or phone number at any time whilst your child is at St. Peter's, please let us know.

 

There is regular contact between the school and medical professionals. Children receive routine medical inspections e.g. height & weight, hearing.

 

Medicines

We realise that there are occasions when a course of medicine needs to be completed. We are allowed to administer medicines that are brought into school in their original container. You are required to complete a form (from the office) detailing dosage, frequency and dates when it is to be administered. If it needs to be measured out by a member of staff, a second member of staff will act as a witness. Named Asthma Inhalers and epi-pens are kept in classrooms.

 

Headlice

Unfortunately Head lice can be a common problem once children start school. We no longer have a school Nit Nurse, nor are we able to search children’s hair or send children home if Lice are spotted. We all therefore have to rely on your diligence at home to spot and treat.

The Health Authority recommends that hair is washed, then conditioner applied and left on whilst the hair is combed from the roots with a fine tooth comb. Alternatively we have found that Tea Tree Oil shampoo and conditioner acts as a repellent on some hair and tying long hair back makes it more difficult for the Lice to crawl in.  Lotions can be purchased from the local chemist and they will explain the correct way to use each product. If your child has headlice, please let us know, treat it then bring your child into school. A letter will be sent to parents asking them to be diligent in checking their child’s hair.

Parking - Yellow Lines

There are yellow lines painted outside the school gates. These are there to ensure the safety of the children and their families coming to and from the school. These must be kept clear at the times specified on the notice. The PCSO carries out spot checks and people found in violation of the restrictions can be fined £30. The road becomes very congested. We strongly recommend that, should you need to drive, you park a few streets away and walk the last part of the journey.

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