General

Absence from School

If your child has to be away for any reason, we need to know in order to meet legal requirements.

Please telephone the school between 8.45am and 9.30am on the first morning of absence. On your child's return, please send a note of confirmation.

Please do not send your child to school if he or she is unwell.

Family holidays should be taken within the school holidays, rather than term time. Parents must complete an application for authorisation of absence. Forms for this are available from the office. We aim for a 95% attendance and reward children achieving 100% half termly.

Where attendance falls below 90% the situation is monitored by the Education Welfare Officer.

Equal Opportunities

Every member of the school is valued equally, irrespective of their race, gender, sexuality, background, age or level of ability.  Every child has an entitlement to equal access as far as is possible and participation in all aspects of school life.  As a community, we recognise and value diversity of cultures, languages, religions, opinions and beliefs in our society.  We seek to engender an atmosphere of respect and sensitivity so that at Binstead we are all conscious of the needs of others, both in school and in the wider community.

Accessibility

Our accommodation is all on ground level and we have a disabled toilet and shower room. Teachers differentiate activities to cover the range of needs of all pupils.

Our accessibility Plan is incorporated into the School Improvement Plan.

It includes:

  • Improving the physical environment of the school, mainly ensuring that as areas are repainted consideration is given to needs of visually impaired eg contrasting colours for doors. Ensuring any redesigned areas allow wheelchair access and consider needs of other disabled users within our community.
  • Improving delivery of written information as needed to respond to needs of families to include the development of large print information or other formats which respond to needs of current pupils and their families and their preferred means of communication.
  • Using IT where needed to support disabled pupils and those within our school community

Knowing About Your Child's Progress

The most important way in which this takes place is through discussion with your child's teacher. This happens in a number of ways, informally, at the end of the day, and more formally, at Parent consultations.

We invite parents and carers to discuss progress individually every term at Parent Consultation evenings. We hope that parents and carers will come to see the teacher where they will be able to see their child/children's work and records. Where there is a special concern, parents/carers may ask to make additional appointments to come and see the teacher, or a teacher may request a parent/carer to meet with them. We consider Parent Consultation meetings vitally important for discussing children's successes and difficulties and planning together the best way forward.

Keeping us informed: Please remember to let us know if circumstances at home change e.g. Place of work, contact telephone number etc.

We send an annual report home to parents/carers towards the end of the summer term. 

How Can I Be Involved In My Child's Education?

Parents and Carers  Rights and Responsibility

We believe that parents and carers have the right to open and full information about their children.  This will usually be provided by the class teacher, or on occasion the Headteacher.  Parents/carers also have the right to have any complaint heard and these will usually be resolved by the Headteacher.  If, in rare cases, the parent/carer is still unhappy, they can contact the Chair of Governors, or another governor, or the Local Authority.

Parents/carers and school share the responsibility for the health and safety of children.  It is important that the children attend every day and arrive punctually. After school children must be collected promptly and it is important for the school to know collection arrangements each day, especially when these vary.  Parents/carers should also inform the school of any changes in the child's home circumstances, especially if there are court orders or injunctions affecting the child's welfare.

Helping: At Home

Parental attitudes to learning and to school life are vitally important and we value parental input.  It is important that children know that their parents/carers are working with them and with us to help them make progress. Parents/carers can reinforce enthusiasm for learning and pride in achievements, however small and laboriously attained.

We expect parents/carers to work within the commitments made in our home school agreement, which were devised and agreed wholeheartedly by our present body of parents. The agreement is reviewed annually.

All children take home a reading bag containing a home/school reading book and reading record book. There may be reading, spelling or number games or activities. From Year 1, children will also have a piece of English and a piece of mathematics homework weekly. Early in each term or half term, parents/carers are invited to a meeting with their child's class teacher. This is to inform parents/carers of curriculum plans for that period and we hope that it will enable parents/carers to be tuned in to what their children will be learning so that they can enrich school work at home. An information sheet is available for parents/carers who cannot attend the meeting.

Periodically there will be curriculum meetings for parents/carers to learn more about a specific area or development. These meetings are well attended and indicate the high level of parental commitment. We hold Family Fun Learning Events annually for families to work together.

Helping: In School

We are delighted when parents/carers offer to join in school activities.  If you would like to help or you have a particular skill to share, please let us know.

Children and teachers greatly appreciate help with a range of activities, some of which are difficult without the help of parents/carers e.g. cookery, sewing and other crafts.  Regular help with reading is also greatly valued, as is general help in the classroom.

There are many ways in which parents/carers and other members of the community are involved in the life of the school, e.g. Helping with clubs, accompanying children on school trips, or making equipment such as book sacks and games for our younger children.  Please do come forward and let us know if you are able to give of your time or expertise.

All volunteer helpers must have DBS checks, which the school arranges.

In order to help parents/carers know how best to support their children's learning we have:

  • Induction meetings, 'Inspire sessions', during the Summer Term for parents/carers of new September entrants
  • How drop in sessions for parents/carers who want support in current methods of teaching .
  • Parent Partnership Meetings for parents/carers of children with Special educational Needs
  • Other adult learning may take place where there is a specific demand
  • Family Fun Learning Events 

We also have special learning or curriculum events for families through the year.

Communication

We communicate: 

  • Weekly   -  The Binstead Buzz Newsletter
  • Annually  -  Parents/Carers & Pupils questionnaires, which form part of our self evaluation process (We will consult on specific issues throughout the year)
  • Electronically through texting and e-mail. Most parents/carers opt for information this way

Medical Services

There is a school nurse allocated to Binstead Primary School,  who can be contacted through the school for advice, or if need be, directly on 01983 821388. 

The medical service provides:

  • Inspections for school entrants;
  • Inspections for other children on request;

The school nurse does not inspect for head lice.  We ask you to check your child's hair regularly and treat if necessary.  Head lice are a considerable nuisance, but we have a collective responsibility to keep this to a minimum.  If your child has active head lice we may ask you to treat them so that they do not pass to other children.  We have adopted the Policy on Head lice agreed by all Isle of Wight Primary Schools.

Staff do not normally administer medicines in school, though in exceptional cases it may be possible to arrange this “ this is normally for conditions such as asthma.  We require parents/carers to complete a consent form available in the school office.