School Policies and Procedures
At Newtown Soberton Infant school bullying is unacceptable and all pupils have a right to feel safe at school and not experience bullying in any form. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.. We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening understands that they must tell the staff. We will respond promptly and effectively to allegations of bullying. The school has a shared philosophy and agreed procedures for dealing with allegations of bullying which are detailed in our Anti-Bullying Policy.
For a child to reach their full educational achievement a high level of school attendance is essential. We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all our pupils/ students and endeavour to provide an environment where all pupils feel valued and welcome. Parents and pupils play a part in making our school so successful. Every child has a right to access the education to which he/she is entitled. Parents and teachers share the responsibility for supporting and promoting excellent school attendance and punctuality for all.
We believe that good behaviour is essential in maintaining a secure, safe and happy school. We acknowledge that good behaviour and the development of personal and social skills have an enormous impact on children’s learning in all areas. Every member of staff is committed to creating a calm and safe learning environment in which each child is able to develop their skills and talents and experience success. The school has a shared philosophy and agreed procedures for managing behaviour which is detailed in our Behaviour Policy.
Charges and Remissions
The Governing Body recognises the valuable contribution that a wide range of additional activities, including clubs and trips, can make towards a pupil's education. It is important that children are given a chance to learn through a range of experiences both within the school and through off-site visits to provide opportunities for extra-curricular and educational experiences in addition to the agreed planned curriculum i.e. The National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage. These activities often fall outside the scope of the existing school budget therefore we seek funding through contributions from parents or other bodies. Our Charges and Remissions policy sets out the guidelines within which the school operates.
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment underpinned by a culture of openness where both children and adults feel secure, able to talk and believe that they are being listened to. We maintain an attitude of “it could happen here” where safeguarding is concerned.
The school operates an open door policy and we welcome parent's comments and suggestions. We value all feedback as we can use it to inform future planning or decision making. However, if any parent has a serious concern about an educational matter regarding their child, this policy sets out the procedures we use to deal with complaints, our priority will always be to remain sensitive to the needs of any child(ren) involved.
If you have a concern or complaint we would ask you to contact the school to discuss the matter as the first step. If you still feel that the matter has not been resolved or dealt with to your satisfaction please use the guidance in our complaints procedure.
Data Protection Policy
The Data Protection Act 1998 is the law that protects personal privacy and upholds individual’s rights. It applies to anyone who handles or has access to people’s personal data.
This policy is intended to ensure that personal information is dealt with properly and securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act. It will apply to information regardless of the way it is used, recorded and stored and whether it is held in paper files or electronically.
Equality Policy and Equality Objectives
Public bodies, including local-authority-maintained schools, are covered by the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010. This policy details how the school is complying with the public sector equality duty and outlines the school's equality objectives.
Home School Agreement
At Newtown Soberton Infant school we are committed to creating an inclusive culture of learning where all children achieve to the best of their abilities and become good citizens and lifelong learners. This can be achieved most effectively when staff, parents and children understand their responsibilities and work together towards the same goals. This is the purpose of our home school agreement which sets out the responsibilities of the school, parents and children.
Special Educational Needs
Everyone at Newtown Soberton Infant School is committed to providing the conditions and opportunities to enable any child with SEN to be included fully in all aspects of school life. Our Special Needs policy supports the stated ethos of the school that all members of the school community are respected and seen to have potential for improvement. Through effective teaching and learning, supporting and encouraging, together we can enable the fulfilment of that potential.
Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs
Newtown Soberton Infant School is an inclusive community that supports and welcomes all pupils. We will endeavour to ensure that children with medical conditions are properly supported so that they have full access to education, including school trips and physical education. The aim is to ensure that all children with medical conditions, in terms of both their physical and mental health, are properly supported in school so that they can play a full and active role in school life, remain healthy and achieve their academic potential.