We expect all pupils to wear our simple uniform: school sweatshirts and polo shirts (which can be purchased from Wearabouts on Sydenham High Street) with dark trousers/skirts. Secondary pupils may wear the optional school blazer and tie. Pupils must supply their own PE kit. http://wearaboutsschoolwear.co.uk
Accidents and illness:
All parents are asked to complete an emergency contact form. This provides essential information such as parents’/carers’ telephone numbers as well as the number of an alternative adult who can be contacted if the child has an accident at school. It is very important to inform the school of any changes to these telephone numbers.
Slight accidents will be treated in school by a qualified first aider. If an accident is serious we will call an ambulance and parents/carers will be informed immediately. A member of staff will accompany the child to the local accident and emergency department and will remain there until the parent/carer or an appropriate adult arrives.
All accidents are investigated and recorded.
Absence from school:
Parents/carers should notify the school in writing when a child is due to be absent from school for such reasons as medical appointments or treatment, giving details of when and how long the child is likely to be absent. Where a child is unwell the school must be notified by telephone on the first day of absence and again on each consecutive day.
Amendments to the 2006 School Attendance regulations removed references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments made it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Clearly there are many situations which may constitute exceptional circumstances but we interpret this as being of such unique and significant emotional, educational or spiritual value to the child that it outweighs the loss of teaching time.
At Brent Knoll we have always recognised the value of family holidays as well as the importance of regular school attendance. Therefore we ask parents/carers to respect the new regulations under which we must now work, and that if you do really need to take your child out of school during term time that you make it very clear in your request how the circumstances are exceptional.
Unauthorised absences will be investigated by the school attendance officer.
The School Day:
School begins for all pupils at 8.55 am each morning. Pupils should not arrive earlier than 8.40 am unless they are attending Breakfast Club. School finishes at 3.15 pm each day except on Friday when it closes at 2.30 pm for staff meetings.
These take place at least termly so that all pupils learn how to leave the building safely in an emergency.
School lunch is cooked on the premises by our new caterers Radish Catering. The cost of a cooked school lunch is currently £2.00. The School Administrative Officer can provide advice on entitlements to free school meals. Some pupils prefer to bring a packed lunch to school. Pupils are not allowed to bring in glass bottles.
Charging for School Activities:
Pupils are taken on regular educational visits throughout the year. Visits may be to local places of interest or further away, such as central London. Parents/carers will not be asked to make a contribution to any educational visit that is a part of a child’s curriculum and learning.
The school also run several outings for social purposes. The school may ask parents for voluntary contributions towards the cost of these outings but no pupil will be excluded if a family is unable to pay the full cost.
Parents will be expected to contribute to the cost of residential school journeys.
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