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Attendance

The school day starts at 8.45 a.m. It is expected that children will attend school regularly unless they are ill. Please notify the school before 9.30 a.m. on the first morning of absence and then on return send a letter to school stating the reasons for absence. Any child absent from school without reason is considered to have an unauthorised absence. The Headteacher has to report children whose absences cause concern. 

All schools have an attendance target which is closely monitored as it is used by Ofsted to make decisions about the quality of education provided by the school. For this reason we will follow up absences and ask for evidence of appointments. Please understand that this is because it is a national expectation that children should attend school and schools are held accountable if children have persistent absences. Parents/carers of children causing concern will be contacted by the school office or the Headteacher. The Educational Welfare Officer may visit families of children who are absent from school without good reason. 

We do not encourage children to be away from school for family holidays during term time and such holidays will be recorded as unauthorised absences except in exceptional circumstances agreed in advance with the headteacher. If you intend to remove your child from school for a holiday you should ask for a Holiday Request form prior to the absence.  Holidays may be approved in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Headteacher.

 Please notify us if your child is unable to take part in physical activity for any reason. PE is a part of the curriculum, and it is expected that all children should take part.

Please click here for our "Attendance Matters" leaflet DSN ATTENDANCE FOR PARENTS.doc

Please click here For Lincolshire County Council Absence for school guildine http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parents/schools/welfare/absences-from-school/29465.article

 Sex and Relationships Education

It has recently been agreed that Sex and Relationships Education should be taught in all primary schools. The focus should be on relationships, and children should be made aware of sex in the context of a caring relationship. Parents are able to withdraw children from these lessons if they wish. Before Sex and Relationships Education is delivered to children, parents are contacted and invited to view the materials used.

Younger children will also learn about relationships, and life cycles of plants and animals. All discussions will be age appropriate.

Behaviour and Discipline

It is expected that all children will arrive in school, eager to learn. We prefer to focus on rewards for good behaviour and celebrate success. However, children are given guidelines for behaviour and there are sanctions for those children needing additional help.

To view the School's Behaviour Policy please go to "Policies" tab under "General Information". 

Our beliefs and expectations:

We believe that effective discipline is based upon expectation of good behaviour and sound relationships within a secure, caring environment. A positive atmosphere should be fostered which embraces the need for mutual respect, tolerance and understanding of every member of the school community: children, teachers, non - teaching staff, governors, parents and voluntary helpers. In order to achieve this, everyone will need to be aware of, and apply fairly and consistently, such expectations and acceptable strategies that can be used.

Our Respect Tree

There will be a respect tree displayed in the school hall which celebrates the respect that children have shown to each other, adults in school and the school environment. All adults in school will be able to record an example of positive respectful behaviour onto an award and add this to the tree. Assemblies will provide an opportunity to discuss some of the awards on the tree and reinforce appropriate behaviour. At the end of each term, the respect awards will be mounted onto a certificate and sent home with the children who earned them.

The award will change for each term in accordance with the seasons:

 

                              Term 1                Brown Leaves

                              Term 2                Christmas Baubles

                              Term 3                Snowflakes

                              Term 4                Blossom

                              Term 5                Green Leaves

                              Term 6                Fruit.

 

Good Learner Awards

Children need to be able to recognise the behaviour that helps them to learn. Each class teacher will be able to distribute "Good Learner" awards at the end of every lesson which clearly states the behaviour that has encouraged good learning to take place. There may be some lessons when it is felt that the awards cannot be made, and they should not just be given out for the sake of it as this devalues them.

Children are encouraged to take the awards home and tell an adult exactly what it was that they did to help them learn. This will inform parents and carers about good learning behaviour.

There will be Headteacher Certificates to reward every 5 Good Learner Awards, and these will be presented in assembly every Friday, when the whole school has the opportunity to find out about the good learning behaviour of others. Bronze, silver and gold Headteacher awards will also encourage children to keep on trying.

 Expectations of Children

Understand that rules are there to make school a safe and happy place for everyone. You will be encouraged to have and show respect for:

  • Yourself, Others, The school environment and Safety
  • Set a good example and be caring and helpful to younger children.Move carefully and quietly around the school - always walk, stand aside to let others pass, hold doors open and be helpful to everyone.
  • Speak politely to everyone - especially when you are in a bad mood.
  • Take care of your own belongings.
  • Look after each other, and don't tell tales just to get someone else into trouble. Your teachers will quickly find out if you are doing this.
  • If you feel upset, harassed or bullied, speak to an adult you trust. If someone else needs help, find an adult as soon as possible.
  • Listen to each other and adults. Wait patiently for your turn whilst others are speaking.
  • Take pride in your classroom and your school. Tidy up after yourself.
  • Carry out and enjoy the responsibilities you are given. You are doing them because you have earned the trust and respect of your teachers.
  • If a difficult situation arises that you cannot deal with by yourself, find an adult.
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.
  • Do your best to make the school a happy and exciting place to learn.

Sanctions

If children have behaved inappropriately and have not responded to reminders then there have to be ways to make it clear that this behaviour is not acceptable. This might mean that children will be given thinking time during a playtime so that they can consider their actions. Parents are contacted by the school if there are incidents of a serious nature.

 Please click here to view our leaflet say no to bullying flier 11.doc

 Teaching and Learning Arrangements

Since September 2012 there have been three classes at our school. These are:

Class 1 - EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2                      1 Teacher and 1 Teaching Assistant

Class 2 - Year 3 and Year 4                               1 Teacher and a Part Time Teaching Assistant

Class 3 - Year 5 and Year 6                               1 Teacher and a Part Time Teaching Assistant

 Curriculum

Please refer to our website for specific details of the curriculum that your child will experience at our school.

 In general terms, English and Maths will be taught every day and Science, PE and RE will be taught as separate subjects during the week. All other subjects are organised into study themes which give learning a context.

 Homework

Children are given Learning Logs which encourage them to complete tasks which reinforce learning that has taken place in school. Reading and practising spellings and times tables are also features of homework. Alternate terms children are encouraged to take part in an extended home - school study which they can exhibit at the end of term.

 Personal Accident Insurance

The insurance market offers personal accident cover for pupils 24 hours a day. Parents may not be aware of this and if they wish to avail themselves of this cover for their children, then they should make enquiries with insurance brokers or companies accordingly.

 Personal Property

Pupils are responsible for the security of their personal possessions. We ask that all items brought into school are clearly named and that the person responsible for the laundry checks that they do have the right clothing! Valuables should not be brought into school.

 Charging Policy

By law, no charge can be made for activities offered to pupils in the course of the school day. However, parents may be invited to make voluntary contributions towards some school activities, in particular travelling expenses.

No child will be discriminated against if contributions are not made. However, if there are insufficient 'voluntary contributions', then activities will not be able to take place.  Parents may speak to the Headteacher in confidence if their circumstances present particular difficulties.

 Access to Documents

Important documents are available on the school website.

Anyone requiring access to policy documents should contact the headteacher.  There may be a small charge to cover the cost of copying. 

 Access to Educational Records

The Governing Body is obliged to allow parents of a registered pupil access to that pupil's educational records. Please contact Mrs Bandey to make arrangements to come into school and view the records at a mutually convenient time

 Transfers to Secondary Schools

Children and parents are invited to visit all local secondary schools in September and October of Year 6 and return forms to the local authority expressing their preferences for a secondary placement.  Lincolnshire also operates a selective school system, and children wishing to attend grammar schools need to pass the 11+ tests held in September.  Secondary placements are confirmed in March.  Children from Deeping St Nicholas attend Spalding High School, Spalding Grammar School, Sir John Gleed School Spalding, The University Academy Holbeach and The Deepings School.

 Grievance and Complaints Procedure

We strive to provide the best possible education to all our pupils and to care for their health, safety and welfare at all times.  All the staff in this school are dedicated to this aim.

Please tell us if we give you or your child any cause for concern.  We will not think that you are making a fuss, but will take the opportunity to put right anything that may be amiss.  We cannot promise to get everything right all of the time, but with your help we can always keep improving the service we provide.

The school has a complaints procedure, which gives helpful information about expressing any concerns that cannot be satisfied in consultation with the Headteacher.  Copies are available from the school office, the Clerk to the Governors or the school website.

Please view complaint procedure under "Policies" tab in "General Information"

Safeguarding

We take our responsibility of safeguarding children very seriously. All adults working in school have to undergo checks to ensure that they are safe. Volunteers and providers of after school clubs have to be checked.

In the event of any uncertainty about the collection of a child at the end of the school day we will make checks by telephone before the children are allowed home.  Please understand that this is to ensure the safety of the children in our care.

It is the duty of the headteacher to report any incidents of suspected child abuse to the appropriate authorities.  Abuse takes many forms and the school has a legal obligation to report anything that causes concern. This may be a comment made by the child, the neglected state in which the child arrives in school or marks on a child's body. Once reported, the matter is out of the school's hands and other agencies may become involved. The decision to report is never undertaken lightly, and always with the best interests of the child at heart.

 If you have any concerns for a child's safety please see attach link  www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/contact-the-council/customer-service-centre

 

 

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