The following are summaries of public policies. You can view the whole document by clicking on the link under the summary.
This plan has been drawn up in accordance with the planning duty in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, as amended by the SEN and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA ) and paragraph 3 of the schedule 10 to the Equality Act 2010. It draws on the guidance set out in ‘Accessible Schools: Planning to increase access to schools for disabled pupils’ issued by the DfES in July 2002. The school recognises its responsibility to increase access for disabled people to education and associated services. This term covers curriculum, teaching and learning, school clubs and activities, breaks and lunchtimes, school sports, policies, interaction with peers, assessment and preparation of pupils for the next phase of education.
We believe that all children have the right to receive their education free from humiliation, oppression and abuse. It is the responsibility of all adults that this takes place in a caring and protective atmosphere.
We are determined to create a secure and safe environment for pupils who are in our care. We believe that it is important that children can be confident in the knowledge that they will be protected from bullying behaviour. We will do all that we can to ensure that this is the case.
As a school we feel it is important to promote a caring and supportive environment to enable all members of the school community to feel secure, respected and therefore promote positive behaviour in others. We recognise that good behaviour needs teaching. This is done through our Behaviour Code, where age expectations are made explicit.
The development of personal qualities, social skills and the fostering of socially acceptable behaviour are an integral aspect of the school curriculum and therefore demand planning. Bullying is seen as an extreme form of poor behaviour. It is taken very seriously and dealt with through our Anti-Bullying Policy.
Following the Education Reform Act, every school must have, and publish for parents, its charging policy. The governors have made decisions covering Charging for Materials/consumables; Day Trips & Visits in school time; Loss and Damage to School Property; and Extended School Activities.
Child Protection Policy
The health, safety and well-being of all our children, including EYFS, are of paramount importance to all the adults who work in our school. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school. In our school we respect our children. The atmosphere within our school is one that encourages all children to do their best. We provide opportunities that enable our children to take and make decisions for themselves. Our teaching of personal, social and health education and citizenship, as part of the National Curriculum and through the SEAL materials, helps to develop appropriate attitudes in our children and makes them aware of the impact of their decisions on others. We also teach them how to recognise different risks in different situations, and how to behave in response to them.
From 1 September 2003 Governing bodies of all maintained schools and maintained nursery schools in England were required, under Section 29 of the Education Act 2002, to have in place a procedure to deal with complaints relating to any member of staff at the school and to any community facilities or services that the school provides.
On 1st July 2015 the Counter-terrorism and Security Act came into force. The threat to the UK from international terrorism is great. The terrorist threats that we now face are more diverse than ever before. Throughout history there have been groups prepared to use violence to achieve their aims. A small minority of these seek to radicalise young people with an ideology which justifies the use of violence through a distorted interpretation of a set of values (often associated with a religion).
At Petts Hill the safeguarding of all children, including EYFS, is of paramount importance. Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure and safe learning environment in which their children can flourish. Petts Hill therefore has to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. In order to do this there are a wide range of policies and procedures in place. Staff are aware that safeguarding incidents may happen anywhere. This policy has been written with reference to the latest government guidance: ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2016
Special Educational Needs Policy
At Petts Hill Primary School we believe that all our children are entitled to learning experiences which help them achieve. We want all our children to develop tolerance and mutual respect for each other and we aim to meet the needs of all our children. Children with SEN are offered full access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum within a supportive learning environment. We expect parents and carers to be fully involved in decisions about their child and we welcome their input.
The Governors and Headteacher are committed to delivering a high quality education service to pupils and expect high standards from their staff and contractors. In order to maintain these high standards a culture of openness and accountability is vitally important.