Policies and Procedures

Health and Safety:
Children are expected to:
  • Exercise personal responsibility for the health and safety of themselves and others.
  • Observe standards of dress consistent with safety and hygiene as detailed in the school uniform list.
  • Observe all the health and safety rules of the school and in particular the instructions of staff given in an emergency.
  • Use resources and equipment provided for their health and safety and not to misuse, neglect or interfere with them.
Accidents and Medication
Should a child hurt themselves it is recorded in the school's accident book which is kept in the staffroom. If a child has a bump to the head, parents are always informed. Should a child require a visit to the hospital and parents are not available, a member of staff will take them and keep the parents informed. The member of staff will stay with the child until the parent arrives.

If a parent requests medication to be administered to a child during the school day they should sign the relevant form available from the school office. The medicine will be kept in the staff room and administered by a member of staff. Only medicines prescribed by a doctor can be administered.

Access for the Disabled
Our school is built on the level and is therefore accessible for wheelchair. We have a disabled toilet facility. The school endeavours to promote equality of opportunity for disabled pupils, staff, parents, carers and other people who use or may wish to use the school. We have a disability equality scheme which illustrates how we plan to meet these duties. This is available on request from the school office.

Parental Involvement in School
At St. John's school we believe in actively involving parents in all aspects of school life. We have many parents who regularly spend time in school listening to reading, helping with craft activities and assisting with extra curricular activities. Parents who have skills relating to a topic being studied come in their professional capacity and talk to the children about their job.

If you have particular skills that might be useful or if you would like to spend time in the classroom under the direction of the class teacher, please let us know. Parents are also involved through the work of the Friends and on the Board of Governors.

Arrangements for Dealing with Complaints
It is in the best interests of everyone that complaints are expressed and resolved as quickly as possible. We would hope to resolve matters informally. Should they be required however, the school has formal arrangements for dealing with complaints which are available on request from the school office.

Sex Education
Sex Education is delivered within the ethos of a Catholic school. Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from Sex Education. Please let the Headteacher know in writing.

Charging for School Activities
The school invites voluntary contributions from parents in support of particular activities that take place during the day, e.g. educational visits, occasional craft activities etc.. In the event of voluntary contributions not covering the full cost then the balance may be funded from the school budget subject to funds being available. If funds are not available, the activity may have to be cancelled.

Children are expected to attend school everyday.

An absence is authorised if a child has been away for a legitimate reason eg. illness. The school should be phoned on the first morning of absence and then a written explanation sent on the child’s return.

An absence is unauthorised if the child is away from school without permission of both school and parent. If attendance falls below 90% (an average of one day per fortnight) and continues the LA may be contacted.

Awards are given for good attendance. The LA sets attendance targets yearly. Attendance must be over 96% to be judged as ‘good’.

School has to inform the Education Welfare Officer of all unauthorised absences.