Water Policy

At Culmstock School we understand the need for children to drink water regularly throughout the day. Please supply your child with a named water bottle. Water fountains are available throughout the day and at break times.


Emergency Contact Information

Please ensure that your contact details are correct on your annual data Collection form, and that the school is told about any health issues, especially allergies, relating to your child.



Please do not bring dogs on to school premises do not tie them to school fences or allow them to obstruct the pavement where children walk. No matter how gentle your animal is, children can be easily scared. Please don’t allow your dog to foul pavements on the route to school. Bag it and bin it!



Please ensure that all monies sent to school are in a secure envelope marked with your child’s name, amount and the purpose of the money.



Please do not smoke within the school grounds. It is Devon County Council Policy that there is NO smoking on any school grounds.


Access to other agencies.

From time to time children need further support to hep them in their learning and life. We are able o sign post and offer a variety of support networks through our pastoral systems. These may include Parent Support advisors or other medical and social professionals.


Child protection

Child Protection Procedures

Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible seek their consent to a referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.

Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the designated person for child protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children. The designated Child Protection person in school is Mrs Noble and deputy is Mrs Johns.


Positive Handling/Physical Intervention

Culmstock Primary School is committed to ensuring that all staff and adults with responsibility for children’s safety and welfare will deal with all incidents involving aggressive behaviour, and only use physical intervention as a last resort in line with Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and LA advice. If used at all it will be in the context of a respectful, supportive relationship with the pupil. We will aim to ensure minimal risk of injury to pupils and staff.



Matters of discipline are very rare and are dealt with initially by the class teacher or the 'on duty' member of staff. When a situation demands it, the Headteacher takes responsibility for disciplinary measures. At all times pupils are encouraged to consider and be responsible for their own actions. Our aim is to make the pupil more aware of the necessity for self-discipline, self-awareness and self control.

In case of a serious breakdown of conduct, the Headteacher always seeks to assess the situation with parents/carers. The school has a Positive Behaviour Policy, which is reviewed annually. All members of the school team, Governors, parents/carers, staff and pupils are expected to implement and abide by the Code of Conduct in the Behaviour Policy. We believe that adults are role models for behaviour in our school.

From time to time, in the children's lives, events may take place that are upsetting for them. If you are able to share information about your child's personal life with us it can be extremely useful in helping us to offer understanding and support. This will always be dealt with in the strictest confidence. If you think your child is experiencing any kind of difficulty at school, or if you have any concerns about aspects of school life, then you should talk to your child's teacher or the Headteacher first. There is a no tolerance approach to bullying and it is dealt with immediately.



Head Lice

Head Lice can be a real problem in schools. Cases of head Lice should be reported to the class teacher. Advice on treatment is available from the school office if necessary. Please note that the School is not responsible for treatment. The Health Authority clearly places responsibility with parents, however we do endeavour to keep parents/carers informed if there is an outbreak. All children with hair below collar length are required to tie it back. We have a number of new spare hair bands and will ask your child to use one if they have their hair down.


Returning to school after illness

Please tell us if your child is ill ASAP on the first day of illness a message can be left on the answer phone if necessary. Children returning to school after illness should clearly be fit to do so and free from infection. Please err on the side of caution when making a decision about your child returning to school. Children should be fit to participate in all school activities including outdoor games and playtime. Injury, asthma, respiratory complaints or circulation difficulties are of course exceptions. If in doubt the school is happy to advise. If cases of sickness and diarrhoea the child must be clear for 48 hours so as not to infect other members of the school community.


First Aid

Simple first aid is given at school when necessary. If an accident needs hospital attention we will make every effort to contact you first. Please ensure information from you is up-to-date so that you can be contacted. There are several first aiders in school.



Most modern medications are now designed in such a way that is it not necessary for them to be taken in the middle of the day. Should your child needs medication during the day, you need to complete a form from the office. Over the counter medication can not be given in school ALL medication must be prescribed by a doctor. If your child is self-administering medication i.e. inhalers, authorisation and any necessary details are needed in writing.


Sun Protection

During warm summer months all children should have a named sunhat in school which they will be encouraged to wear when playing outside. School hats can be purchased from the office or you may provide your own. Wide brimmed hats or those which cover the neck are ideal. School staff are not permitted to apply sun cream to children but we would ask that you apply a long lasting sunscreen before school in sunny weather. Children may re-apply their own sun cream which must be provided in a clearly named tube or bottle.




Road Safety

We actively encourage children to walk or cycle to school. For safety reasons we ask that:

  • Cyclists should not ride through school property, parents need to ensure their child wears suitable protective head ware.
  • Motorists should respect the road markings and not park in the turn around in front of the school.

Cycles may be stored in the cycle rack, but please note that this is at your own risk, and you should take appropriate steps to ensure that your bike is adequately secured.

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