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General Information

Absence and Holidays

If your child is absent from school for any reason, please let us know by letter or telephone by half past nine on the first day of absence. Where ever possible we ask parents to make dental/doctor appointments outside of the school day, however, on occasion these appointments mean that a child must leave school premises during school time. Please let us know if this is necessary and collect him/her from school. Children are not allowed home on their own during the normal working day unless accompanied by a designated adult.

Attendance Policy

Holidays in term time

Parents are politely reminded that pupils have regular opportunities for holiday and that absence from school, for any reason, can have a negative impact on a child's educational progress and potential achievement.

The Headteacher has the power to authorise pupil absence due to exceptional circumstances, but not to grant holiday entitlement (as of 1/9/13) during term time. A request in advance from a parent to take their child of compulsory school age out of school during term time can only be granted by the school in exceptional circumstances, which could evidentially not take place during the designated holiday periods within an academic year.

It is the responsibility of the requesting parent to evidence the exceptionality of the circumstances. Parents who find themselves unable to take time off during school holidays should discuss this with their employer, not the school. For work commitments to be considered exceptional, the parent would have to be able to evidence unavoidable circumstances, which have prevented them from being with their children, for consecutive school holidays during the year. The Headteacher may determine the number of school days that a child can be away from school, as justified by the exceptional circumstances, for non-attendance during term time.

For further information:
www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/behaviour/attendance

Uniform

Our Academy has high expectations of itself and its pupils. We endeavour to achieve the best that we can and demonstrate care, pride and quality in our work and outcomes. It is an expectation that pupils will positively represent the Academy and the wider Multi Academy Trust by looking smart, well presented and proud. The uniform plays a big part in securing this.

It is also recognised that within the community that we serve, many of our pupils come from a Service Family background where uniform has great significance.

Children should always wear an Academy logo when on visits out of school, so that they are easily identified from other children in red tops. It is also an expectation that when children have the opportunity to represent the Academy, in or out of school, they will be in full uniform.

All items of clothing must be named, so that they can be returned if lost. We do not have the capacity to store unnamed lost property.

Waddington All Saints Academy Uniform

P.E. Clothing

All pupils should have the following in the Academy for competition and Physical Education:

P.E. clothing should be kept in a draw-string bag and kept in the Academy at all times, taking them home at the end of the half term or when they need to be washed.

Jewellery

Pupils should not have jewellery, such as bracelets, necklaces or rings, on show in the Academy for health and safety reasons. Stud earrings and watches may be worn but must be removed for all PE lessons.

Cost

The Academy has ensured that the uniform is available at a modest cost that should not be prohibitive to our families. Financial support is available under certain circumstances and this should be discussed with the Academy where necessary.

The current cost of the Academy uniform available from Uniform Direct is:

Also available: Polo shirts and PE shirts between £4 and £7, PE bag £3, black shorts £3.

Emergencies

Personal Property

We sometimes need to contact parents urgently so the school keeps a list of parent’s addresses, telephone numbers and details of particular medical conditions relevant to children in school. We must stress that it is essential this information is kept up to date and any change in circumstances are immediately supplied to the office.

Pupils are responsible for the security of their own personal possessions and are discouraged from bringing anything to school except educational equipment. All equipment and clothes should be named so that they can be returned if found.

Medicine

As a general rule Health and Safety in school demands that medicines should not be brought into school, the premise being that if children need medicines they should not be in school. However, this does not apply to asthmatics or other long-term preventative medication where it is necessary to have medicines available at all times. The staff will be pleased to discuss your child’s medial needs at enrolment.

Supporting Pupils With Medical Conditions

Child Protection

All adults who work in school as employees or volunteers have a duty of care to report any concerns they have regarding the welfare of a child to the Designated Safeguarding Lead who has regular liaison with social services and county welfare officers. Mr P Martin is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Mrs Z Jepson and Miss S Craddock are Deputy Safeguarding Leads.

Safeguarding And Child Protection Policy

Complaints Procedure

Insurance

We strive to deliver the best possible education to all our pupils and to care properly for their health, safety and welfare at all times.

From time to time, however, it is possible that you feel that we have not lived up to your expectations. If this is the case please tell us. If you do not tell us we may not be aware of your concerns. Please treat us as a partner in your child’s education and keep your approach constructive and calm. We will do what we can to resolve it for you. If you feel that you wish to take a concern further please see our Complaints Procedure Statement.

Complaints Procedure Statement

The school takes out basic cover for all pupils on visits. The insurance market offers personal accident cover for pupils 24 hours a day. Parents may not be aware of this and if they wish to avail themselves of this cover for their children they should make enquiries with insurance brokers or companies accordingly.

Mobile Phones

There is generally speaking no reason why a child should need to bring a mobile phone to school.

There is never a time when a child would need to make a call or send a message during school time. If an issue arose it would be dealt with through the office in the usual way.

There is never a time when it would be appropriate for a child to receive messages or calls during the school day. To protect the safety of children all calls should come through the office.

Children should not take phones on residential visits because it significantly increases the risk of homesickness.

Children found using phones during the school day would therefore have them confiscated.

If for any reason a child does bring a phone to school they do so at their own risk. These are desirable and valuable pieces of personal property and therefore have potential to cause problems. The school will in no way be responsible for phones which are damaged or go missing.