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Accessibility

Our school aims to be an inclusive school. We hope to make all our children welcome and feel happy to look forward to their school day. Every child is different and we view those differences as an opportunity for adults and children alike to learn more about themselves.

If your child has a disability he or she will be treated the same as other applicants for admission. We make reasonable adjustments to ensure that pupils with disabilities are not placed at a substantial disadvantage and we will know that we have succeeded when disabled pupils are participating fully in school life. We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that people with a disability are not treated differently without lawful justification.

In order that there is an effective partnership between home and school we anticipate that parents will want to:

  • Inform the school, at the earliest opportunity, if their child has a disability and the exact nature of that disability.
  • Provide the information the school needs to plan effectively for the child to be a full member of the school community.
  • Acknowledge that when deciding whether an adjustment is reasonable, one of the factors the Headteacher must consider is the effect of the proposed change on all members of the school community.
  • Recognise the importance of the school and home working in partnership.

Equal Opportunities

Education at Bar Hill Primary School is operated within our statement of equal opportunities. We believe that education has a crucial role to play in bringing about a fair and just society. It is important that pupils learn to respect themselves and each other as future citizens so that we can build a society which is based on mutual respect and understanding.

The education that we provide for pupils should therefore:

  • Ensure that expectations of all pupils are equally high.
  • Establish a socially inclusive ethos and environment.
  • Promote and value racial, cultural and religious diversity.
  • Ensure that all pupils are prepared for life in a diverse and multi-ethnic society.

Personal Property

It is not advisable for children to bring valuables or money to school. If it is unavoidable, they must be handed to the class teacher for safe-keeping. Children are not allowed to bring mobile phones, skateboards or bicycles (unless they have passed their cycling proficiency test) to school. The school is not insured for damage or loss to personal items and we strongly recommend that all items which are brought to school are covered by your household insurance policy.

School Dress

We encourage all children to take pride in their appearance and to wear appropriate clothing for school. The governors and majority of parents strongly support our policy on school uniform.

Our uniform is:

  • Navy blue sweatshirt – plain or with school logo
  • Grey/navy or black trousers
  • Navy tunic or skirt
  • Pale blue polo shirt – plain or with school logo
  • Blue and white check or stripe summer dresses

The school office has samples of uniform. If you would like to see some, please contact the school office.

PE and games wear

PE wear is as follows:

  • White vest or t-shirt
  • Blue shorts
  • Indoor PE is done in bare feet

For outdoor games children will need:

  • A warm top
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Trainers (not plimsolls)
  • Football boots (optional)
  • In very cold weather jogging bottoms and a warm top are allowed to be worn over games kit.
  • Baggy t-shirts are not allowed for safety reasons.

All children need a draw string bag for storing all PE and games kit. Anything larger is not suitable for the cloakrooms. Please ensure that your child has suitable clothing available at the beginning of each week. All clothing needs to be clearly marked with the child’s name.

Earrings are to be taken out during PE and hair tied back.

Lost Property

There is a lost property box at the back of the school hall. Any found items will be stored in the box until the end of term. Any unclaimed items will then be disposed of. Any lost items which are valuable will be kept in the school office. Any named items will be returned to the child’s class.

Educational visits

These form an important part of your child’s education and are curriculum linked.

During your child’s stay at Bar Hill he/she will participate in educational visits such as:

  • Local walks around the village
  • Day trips to museums, environmental centres, art galleries etc.
  • Sporting fixtures
  • Extended residential visits

All visits are linked to the school curriculum. You will be required to complete a form giving permission for educational visits. All visits requiring transport will be in coaches or minibuses with seat belts. The teachers responsible for the visits act ‘in loco parentis’ at all times and will give the care which any reasonable parent would give.

Under the Education Reform Act, 1988, parents are asked to make a contribution to help fund these visits. We are required to state that these contributions are voluntary but if insufficient funds are received the school reserves the right to cancel the visit or event. The governing body has adopted the Local Authority’s policy on charging for non-school activities. If parents are in receipt of income support or family credit the governing body will make a financial contribution towards any residential activity that is organised within the school day. If any other parent finds difficulty in funding an educational visit please contact the Headteacher to discuss.

EXTENDED SCHOOL DAY

Extended School Provision

In addition to the clubs already listed in the PE section, we offer photography and ICT after school clubs.

Breakfast Club

Our breakfast club is open from 7:45 until the start of school and is open to all ages. The food provided is in line with our healthy eating policy and provides excellent value for money. The cost is £2.50 per day per child. Children from Reception to Year 6 are welcome to use this facility on a regular, temporary or a one-off basis.

After-School Club (The Playstation)

This is a privately run club located in the SPARC building adjacent to the school and caters for children aged 4 to 11 from 3:30 – 6:00pm. Please contact Patsie Ostler for further information (tel: 01954 201079).

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Parent/Teacher Association (PTA)

The school has an active PTA and all parents are automatically members. A committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting, the date of which is communicated via the PTA newsletter.

School Governors

The governing body works closely with the Headteacher in the leadership and management of the school. It meets regularly during the term with additional committee meetings to discuss individual areas e.g. Attainment and Achievement, health and safety, premises, school development, finance, inclusion and personnel. The minutes of governing body meetings are available to parents on request.

The governors play an active role in school improvement and raising standards. They are always happy to talk to you about any matters related to school and your children. All parents are eligible to stand for the position of parent governor as and when such positions arise. Notification of vacancies is via election documentation provided by the clerk.

Parent Partnership

The Local Authority operates a Parent Partnership scheme which provides independent advice to parents about their children with SEN. It is advisable to contact the Headteacher, in the first instance, to register any concerns. The school also has access to a Parent Support Advisor (PSA) who provides a link between home and school. Further details are available from the school office.

Children’s Centre

The school is a designated Phase 3 Children’s Centre. The centre will support all families with children under the age of 5. The centre is located at the front of the school, accessed by a separate entrance.

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