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Parents in Partnership

We always welcome parents and carers into Culmstock Primary School believing we are partners in the education of your children. There are many opportunities for parents to become involved in the work of the school and to gain a greater understanding of its work.

Parents’ time and expertise can be used in many ways in school and is greatly valued. This could take the form of all types of activities from reading, helping on trips and small bits of DIY.

Police checks and CRB checks are carried out on all adults helping in school. If you are ever able to help, especially on a regular basis, please contact your child’s teacher.

 

Communication

We strive to communicate with parents/carers in various ways e.g. newsletters, questionnaires, interviews and informal evenings.

Parents/carers are invited to assemblies and Parents’ Evenings each term. Every year parents/carers are invited to attend our sports afternoon and open evenings as well as children’s performances. There are opportunities throughout the year when parents/carers can meet the staff and governors in an informal setting. The school has set in place a Home School Agreement and involves parents in policy decisions.

You are always welcome to make an appointment to meet staff or the head to discuss concerns.

 

Admissions

You are always welcome to make an appointment to visit the school with a view to sending your child here.

From the academic year 2009/2010 administration of admission arrangements to County Primary Schools has been taken over by the Local Authority (LA) to be dealt with centrally. This reflects existing arrangements for admission to secondary schools. A booklet setting out the admissions procedures and criteria for each school together with an application form is available from preschool settings and the County Council. Parents can also apply online. Forms must now be returned to the relevant Council department and must reach those offices by the closing date each year for applications for places. We do still ask parents/carers who are expressing a first preference for our school to let the school office know. This helps us keep an idea of likely numbers whilst we await final figures from the County Council. For parents/carers of children seeking to join the school in other years, please contact the Headteacher.

 

The School Admission Policy (developed with guidance from the LA) is available on request.

Every effort is made to make a place available for your child in our school. However, schools have a limit on the number of children they can take. This figure is set by the LA and agreed with the School Governors and Headteacher. If the number of children wanting a place is below the set figure, all will be admitted. There may, however, come a point when there are too many children of that year group for them all to be given a place. If this should happen priority will be given to children according to a list of carefully agreed criteria, which are published in the Admissions Policy. If a place is not available on application you have the right to put your case to an Admissions Appeal Panel. An independent panel will hear your case. It has the power to override the decisions of the LA in some circumstances.

 

Joining the school later on

Sometimes children join the school when the term has started or later on in their school life. We make every effort to make sure that they are welcomed, looked after, and monitored so that they quickly make friends and can find their way around the school. Teachers give pupils time to settle in before making an assessment of their academic ability. This assessment, together with records from the previous school will enable your child to have the best start in our school. Parents/carers are asked to contact the school if their child has a problem settling. We promote the partnership with parents.

 

Moving on – transfer to secondary school

At the end of their primary school career, children transfer to a local secondary school. The large majority of children go on to Uffculme School.

 

Absence.

We appreciate that all family circumstances are different but we want children to be in school as much as possible. Absences for any reason during term time can seriously disrupt continuity of learning. The School must collect and report details of absences by law and so all absence levels are monitored closely by the Educational Welfare Service who will take action where appropriate.

If your child is absent through sickness or any unavoidable cause, please could you inform the school by telephone ASAP if we are unavailable you can leave a message.

The Headteacher has a discretionary power to grant leave of absence for a family holiday or visit overseas, however, the Headteacher and Governing Body discourage such absence and you should not expect such leave to be granted as a right. Term time leave requests will be considered individually taking account of the child’s age, the time of year, the nature of the holiday, the circumstances of the family and the child’s previous attendance record and general educational progress.

Permission will not be given if it is applied for after the visit or holiday has taken place. Usually a child will not be granted more than two weeks leave in any school year. Leave will not be granted if it coincides with the period of Standard Assessment Tests.

 

Uniform.

Culmstock Primary School has a school uniform policy which it enforces. The policy has the support of parents of children in this school because it is eminently practical and because in the long run it is considerably cheaper for all concerned. We discourage the children wearing fashion clothing as part of their uniform. I.e. boots. Jewellery is not allowed, small ear studs and watches are permitted. Hair below collar length MUST be tied back.

Main Uniform

Winter

Grey pinafore, skirt or trousers White polo shirt, school sweatshirt, or cardigan, flat shoes preferably black.

Summer

Blue and white chequered/stripped dress. Grey shorts, white polo shirt. Sandals preferably dark with covered in toes, socks must be worn.

 

PE Kit

Yellow school Tee shirt, black shorts.

Trainers.

Your Child MUST have their PE kit in school at all times.

 

Lost property

Uniform is not cheap! Children tend to mislay it on a regular basis.

Naming all items of clothing reduces the risk! Please name items of children's clothing. We do keep lost property for a reasonable period of time, but it is often difficult to identify items that are not labelled. If your child has lost something then please check in their classroom first. If uniform is not claimed after 4 weeks we have a policy of re-cycling it to charities.

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