Important Ongoing Information

All of this information has been communicated to parents previously in letters, and is visible in the school brochure, which is always available if parents wish to update their copy. However, these are reminders:

 

School Hours  

School Starts promptly at 9am and closes at 3.30. The school has a legal obligation to follow up on lateness (after 9am) and to report on this. Lateness after the registeration period (9.15am) is classed as an unauthorized absence unless good reason legally allows the head teacher to authorize it.

Absences

These must be reported to school ASAP on the 1st day of any child’s absence by the parent with parental responsibility. The school has a legal obligation to follow up / report on unauthorized and unacceptable absence. Non-notification constitutes an immediate unauthorized absence, but it is even more important to notify us so that if any child is sent into school – but does not arrive - we will know from the fact we have got no phone call that something could be wrong and alert emergency services if necessary

Late Collection

Any child not collected from school by 3.45pm will be escorted over to the Child Care Club to await collection, which will incur cost at the cost rate charged by that club. This will be supported by the authority’s legal department if dispute over the charge occurs. This policy will affect very few parents indeed, but will affect one or two parents who have been consistently turning up at very late times.

Dinner Money

Please always pay on time on Monday (£10 per child per week). Governors have made it clear that the school cannot incur debt and we have a sizeable minority who consistently pay late. Regular late payers or non payers will have details passed to the legal department and will be denied the option of using the school meal service

Music Lessons

For every child having brass lessons etc. we are invoiced by the authority for a full year – irrespective of whether or not a child stops the lessons mid year. This is why parents buying into the service are contractually obliged to pay for a full year – even if their child stops mid year. Only in this way do we avoid having to pay the bill for that child with somebody else’s money. Please also note that a child’s musical instrument must be insured by the home. If it is left in school and is damaged or broken, the school insurance policy does not cover it.

Jewellery

Please do not send in jewellery of any kind. Theft is rare – but damage and theft can happen in any school. Earrings are not allowed to be worn under any circumstances in PE or swimming lessons. This complies with guidelines and may affect any decision over the timing of when a parent chooses to have their child’s ears pierced.

Parking

Please park considerately and be role models to the children in your patience and good manners – especially if a conflict is building! Remember our neighbours and try to avoid thoughtless parking and especially avoid the discourtesy of blocking a person’s driveway. We are a Catholic school and as a Christian family we should always remember the message we are giving to members of the public.

The Coach

This is not a “school” coach but a public bus service which we allow onto our land to ensure child safety rather than waiting on a busy main road. Please have contingency plans – what if the coach breaks down? What if you are late collecting? What if a child gets off at the wrong stop? Etc.

Mobile Phones

Not allowed in school. If your child walks home alone and brings a mobile phone, they MUST give it in to the office at the start of the day and they can collect it at 3:30pm.

Medicines

These are not allowed under normal circumstances.     Staff are informed by School Policy, their unions and by the LEA that they must not administer medicine. Likewise, children cannot self-administer.

Illness

Please do not send your child into school if they are poorly and/or can pass germs onto other children. We have had several instances of this and it really is not fair on other children or their parents. If your child is sick, please keep them off school for 48 hours after the last instance.  Likewise “Headlice” are classed as a medical condition and children must not come into school if these are detected. The school is obliged to phone home if a child is spotted with Headlice.

Holidays

Please only take these during holiday periods. The school is under pressure to cut down on holidays in term time.  Unauthorised absence/holidays may result in a fixed financial penalty notice.

Contact Numbers

Please keep these updated. We need these – especially in case of emergency

Uniform

This is policy and includes shoes which should not have “high heels”. Please note that the trousers should be “Tailored Type” for both boys and girls. Bootleg trousers etc. are not allowed. Likewise, skirts should reflect suitability/decency & should be around knee length. Short skirts are not allowed.

Healthy Eating

Please do not send sweets, cake, and chocolate for birthdays – we cannot give these out. Snacks should be healthy options.  Water bottles are for water and not for sweet drinks or drinks with additives.

Mass Times

Mass Times at St Joseph’s are: 6.30 pm Sat and 11am Sun. Parish Priest Rev. Fr. J. B. Scanlan

Passports

Parents sometimes ask staff to endorse passport applications etc. This we do and unlike some GPs etc. we do not charge! However, we always invite people to make a donation of their choosing or to CAFOD

Helpers

Please note any person working/helping in school must have gone through a full DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. Parents wishing to undertake this can obtain forms via school.