School is open from 8.50am to 3.15pm for Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Nursery is open from 8.50am to 11.50am.
Lunch is from 11.50 to 1.15 for Reception, 12.00 to 1.15 for Key Stage 1 and 12.15 to 1.15 for Key Stage 2.
Break time for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 is 10.25 am to 10.40 am.
Being punctual for school is very important for your child and for the rest of the class. The first part of the day is a key part of the day’s ritual and routine; children share news with their friends as they remove coats and sort out their belongings. They like to merge into the familiar routine with their friends and then settle quietly into the classroom. If a child arrives late, it can make them feel very unsettled or insecure and it can also disturb the rest of the class. Habitual lateness can seriously disadvantage a child’s ability to learn and participate fully in the classroom activities, so please try to arrive by 8.45 am. Staff are on duty from 8.40 am in the playgrounds to supervise the children before they line up at 8.50 am. A bell is rung at 8.40 am and parents/carers of Key Stage 2 pupils leave at this point to allow the children room to play before they go into class.
At 3.15 pm children in Reception are taken to the side gate of the Foundation Stage building to be dismissed to their waiting parent/carer. Year 1 and Year 2 remain in their classroom with their teacher before being dismissed to their waiting parent/carer.
No child in these classes will be allowed to leave the classroom unless the nominated adult is waiting. Therefore, if you are going to be late or another person is meeting your child, it is essential to let the school know. We will always tell your child who is going to meet them when there is a change of plan. This ensures that they are not anxious when they do not see the ‘expected’ person waiting outside.
Holidays in term time
In line with recent DfE requirements, holidays cannot be taken during term time due to the adverse impact on children's learning. Any requests for absence will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and request forms MUST be completed if you want to take your child out of school. These are available from the letter racks near the School Office.
Whilst all those who work within the school take a very keen interest in the children and their well being, the care of our pupils rests primarily with the class teachers, who will try their best to resolve any concerns. Teachers only have a few minutes before school when the children enter the classroom, so please make an appointment at the School Office if you need to speak to them for longer, or leave a message requesting that they telephone as soon as possible if the matter is urgent. Positive relationships between school and home are important to us, so please feel welcome to make appointments to see staff. Information about an event that may effect your child, e.g. the death of a pet, is important to share so that we can provide appropriate care. Should parents/carers, wish to speak to a member of the leadership team, please make an appointment via the School Office.
Medicines in school
Most staff hold Emergency First Aid Certificates, with some having Paediatric First Aid Certificates, and they will be consulted in cases of injury or illness. If any serious problem should arise, then parents are contacted immediately. It is therefore essential that parents provide updated information of where they can be contacted during school hours, together with similar details of others who can be contacted in an emergency should the school be unable to contact them. In accordance with the County’s Health and Safety Policy we do not administer any medication to a child in school. If your child is finishing a course of antibiotics, or is following any regime requiring treatment, this needs to be organised around the school day.
In special circumstances, when a child is on a continuous long term dosage to be taken at regular intervals or has a serious medical condition, arrangements can be made after consultation with the Headteacher.
Children entering school have a developmental and physical medical check. Sight and hearing tests are also undertaken by the school nurse during their time at school.
All absences from school must be covered by a phone call on the first day of absence and the school informed daily until the child returns. If this is not the case, the child’s absence will be recorded as unauthorised and will be investigated by the Attendance Improvement Officer.
Please note that if your child has a stomach bug, 48 hours must elapse after the last sign of any symptoms before they return to school.
Right to Withdraw
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education lessons and from Acts of Worship, but must discuss the matter with the Headteacher before giving the school written notification of their wishes.
The Headteacher will ensure that any child who is withdrawn will be supervised. Suitable work will be provided by the class teacher.
We have a therapeutic approach towards behaviour which promotes positive relationships and experiences.
The school aims to provide a balanced programme of education so that children are challenged to work towards their full potential, develop self-discipline and become caring and respectful members of the community. Our school values each child and celebrates their individuality.
The emphasis within the school is to create a caring and safe environment for everyone. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour and to recognise the impact it has on other members of the community. Children are taught that their behaviour has consequences for themselves and the school community. All adults working in the school aim to set an example of caring behaviour and respect for others which will be perceived and followed by the children.
We have a Positive Behaviour Policy based on the following six Golden Rules, which are displayed in the classrooms and around the school.
Do be kind and helpful – Don’t hurt people’s feelings.
Do be gentle – Don’t hurt anyone.
Do listen – Don’t interrupt.
Do work hard – Don’t waste your or other people’s time.
Do be honest – Don’t cover up the truth.
Do look after property – Don’t waste or damage things.
In the Autumn term there is an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss how they are settling into their new class, as well as progress and targets. There will be further parent consultations during the Spring term. Towards the end of the Summer Term you will receive a written report on your child’s academic, social and physical progress.
Before the academic year ends, there is an Open Evening during which you and your child will be able to visit your child’s class. This will also provide an opportunity for you to visit other classrooms and see the range of work covered by the children throughout the school.
Where parents have concerns or questions we encourage them to air these. It is essential that you discuss a problem as soon as it arises with your child’s class teacher, as early intervention often prevents a problem from escalating.
Please make an appointment at the School Office to see a teacher or the Head teacher.
Accessibility is the term used to define a series of initiatives, ensuring that pupils and indeed all stakeholders, enjoy the same opportunities for learning, participation, access, involvement etc. in the life of our school. Accessibility deals with equality, access and sustainability and is considered when planning the curriculum, sports and other physical activities, events and excursions.
At Nash Mills we pride ourselves in our care for our families and in the lengths we will go to support children with particular needs. If you have any concerns about your child’s ability to enter fully into school life, please make an appointment with the Head Teacher. The school has set out an Accessibility Plan in accordance with our obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Governors oversee the plan, reviewing its objectives and performance over time.
In terms of physical access, the school is situated on a hill, but in a number of discrete, single-storey learning units. Access for wheelchair users via a ramp is provided at the front entrance and various other smooth pathways and wide doorways are installed. In particular cases the school liaises closely with Local Authority specialists to ensure that any specific equipment is available to support and enhance a child’s learning and meet any other needs they may have.
Every child at Nash Mills C of E Primary School has the right to receive equal access to the curriculum and to be treated with courtesy, care and respect. Our aim is that everyone, adults and children, understands and respects backgrounds, abilities and cultures that might be different from their own. We look at common needs and consider how people and cultures can work creatively together.
Many children make positive contributions by sharing their own personal experiences. Class discussions are
enriched by such contributions which develop self-esteem, a sense of pride and mutual respect.