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Parents' Handbook

WELCOME TO OUR SCHOOL

Dear Parents/Carers,*

Together with the Governors and staff, I am delighted to welcome you as new members, to our school family.

When your children begin school, you, as parents, become fully signed up partners in the education process. In this school, staff and parents work closely together to provide a setting that supports each child’s individual learning style.

Our first priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of your children so they can grow, learn and play in an atmosphere of mutual trust. All members of staff work to establish a respectful and secure relationship with their class, in an environment where children can flourish. They use their expertise to provide an engaging and challenging curriculum which encourages children to develop as independent and resilient learners.

Religious Education, based on the teaching of the Catholic Church, is central to the school’s mission. The children’s faith and relationship with God is nurtured through learning about the life and teachings of Jesus and exploring how we live our lives as Christians. Quality prayer and worship experiences deepen children's spiritual growth in an age appropriate way.

The experience and opportunities your children have at this school will prepare them to move on to the next stage of their education with a love of learning and the confidence to embrace future challenges.

We extend a warm welcome to you all.

Miss J. McGinty
Headteacher

*Whenever parents are referred to in this document, it also means carers.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

In our school we learn and love, we pray and play, following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.


Our school is founded on the Gospel teaching of Jesus Christ. We believe that all people are created in the image of God. Our mission is to provide an education that enables children to realise their full potential:

  •     academically
  •     physically
  •     spiritually
  •     morally
  •     socially

Our school is:

  •     welcoming and friendly
  •     stimulating and secure
  •     inclusive - embracing persons of different backgrounds and abilities
  •     committed to academic excellence through active learning, high quality teaching and enrichment

 
We work in partnership with:

  •     the children
  •     parents and carers
  •     teachers and governors
  •     the local community
  •     the Catholic Church

and we carry out this responsibility in the spirit of constant openness and dialogue.

We are a community of faith and prayer, imbued with the love of Christ preparing children for the world of tomorrow.

Mrs Jane Sawyer, Chair of Governors

 

TRUSTEES AND GOVERNORS

Larmenier & Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is a voluntary aided school in the trusteeship of the Archdiocese of Westminster. As such, the Governors are required to pay 10% of the upkeep and development of the building (capital works). To cover this cost, parents are invited to pay a voluntary annual contribution towards the maintenance of the school building through the Governors' Fund.

The Governors are the strategic leaders of the school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. Their purpose is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

The Governing Board has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the school's money is well spent.

The Headteacher is responsible for the educational performance of the school and the internal organisation, management and control of the school.

The structure and membership of the Governing Board is as follows:

Headteacher Governor
 
Eight Foundation Governors - appointed by the Archbishop of Westminster

One Local Authority (LA) Governor - appointed by the Local Authority (Hammersmith & Fulham)

One Staff Governor -  (elected by the teaching staff)

Two Parent Governors -  (elected by the parents of children attending the school)

One Co-Opted Governor - appointed by the Governing Board.

 

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

The School

  • We will work with home and parish to support children in their faith formation and spiritual growth.
  • We will promote equal opportunities by treating all members of the school community fairly and with respect, encouraging them to develop positive relationships.
  • We will encourage children to follow the rules and provide them with a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment.
  • We will provide a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum to meet the needs of each child.
  • We will support children in developing a responsible attitude to online safety and well-being.
  • We will provide interesting and exciting extra-curricular activities.
  • We will keep you regularly informed of your child's progress.
  • We will inform you of any concerns that we may have about your child's well-being and learning. 

Parent/Carer

  • I will support my child's growth in Faith by living according to the commitment made at my child's Baptism.
  • In order to allow my child the opportunity to access the full curriculum, I will ensure my child attends school each day and arrives and leaves punctually.
  • I will take an interest in my child's learning by attending Parent/Teacher Conferences and by keeping up-to-date with the school comminications, including the website.
  • I will encourage my child to follow the school rules.
  • I will ensure my child completes all homework, including reading each day.
  • I will support the school in teaching children how to keep themselves safe and happy online and by maintaining an open dialogue about online activity with my child.
  • I will inform the school of any personal issues which may affect my child's health, learning, behaviour or well-being.
  • I will support the school, when possible, with trips, workshops and Parent Teacher Association (PTA) activities.
  • I will be respectful to staff, parents/carers and children within the school and local community.
  • I will be supportive of the school guidelines and policies; particularly in respect of learning, behaviour, uniform and conduct.

The Child

  • I will show honesty and respect to other children and adults by living the school's Mission Statement:

'In our school we learn and love, we pray and play, following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.'

  • I will talk to a member of staff if I am worried about anything.
  • I will follow the school rules, including online safety and well-being rules, and look after school property.
  • I will always try my best and begin to take responsibility for my own behaviour and learning.
  • I will bring to school everything that I need for the day.
  • I will work hard to achieve the next steps in my learning; including completing my homework.
  • I will make the most of the extra-curricular activities that are available at the school.


THE SCHOOL DAY

The school gates are opened at 8.40 a.m. every morning.

Pupils are expected to arrive punctually as great importance is attached to making a prompt start to the school day. The arrival of a latecomer not only affects that child's educational opportunities but also causes disruption to the learing of other pupils in the class.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes can be taken to their respective classes from 8.40 a.m. where they will be met by their class teachers.

Children in Years 3 and 4 enter the building via the library entrance and children in Year 5 and 6 enter the building via the main entrance. Registration is at 8.55 a.m. for all pupils. Pupils not present will be marked absent.

At the end of the school day, the school gates open at 3.05 p.m.

At 3.10 p.m. children in the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes are collected directly from their classrooms by their parents.

At 3.20 p.m. children in Years 3, 4 and 5 are collected from the playground and children in Year 6 are collected from the courtyard.

The Nursery Class
The Nursery Class operates between 8.45 a.m. and 11.45 a.m. each day. Children should arrive punctually in order to maximise their three hours of high quality Early Years education.

Nursery parents drop off their children to the Nursery class at the start of the session and collect them from the courtyard gate at the end of the session.
 

ROUTINE PROCEDURES

 Parents have a legal duty to ensure their children of compulsory school age receive a suitable full time education by regular attendance at school. Good attendance is crucial for pupils to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. Good attendance ensures continuity and progression in their learning and enables them to fulfil their potential. Poor attendance may leave a pupil vulnerable to falling behind.

If your child is sick and cannot attend school:
Parents must telephone the school office between 8.00 a.m. - 9.00 a.m. to register any absence. This procedure must be repeated each day your child is absent from school. In line with local authority guidance, the school is obliged to phone, on a daily basis, the parents of children who are absent from school and who have not been reported absent.

In addition to the daily phone calls, an email explaining the reason for the absence must be sent to the office on the first day your child returns to school. An absence will be authorised by the Headteacher when the reason given is considered to be legitimate. When a reason is not provided, absences will be recorded as unauthorised.

If your child is late for school:

If pupils arrive after 8.55 a.m. for school, they will have missed registration and must report as late to the school office and have their name recorded before proceeding to class with a 'registered' card. Late marks form a permanent part of your child's attendance record.

If you need to collect your child during the school day:

If it is necessary to collect your child from school during the school day to attend a medical appointment, you must provide a written request to the Headteacher in advance, detailing the reason and the time you will arrive to collect your child. Official confirmation of the appointment should also be provided. Wherever possible, doctor and dental appointments should be booked to take place out of school hours. Parents arriving to collect a child must report to reception where you will be asked to sign your child out of school. You will also be required to present the child's appointment card or letter at this time.

If your child will be collected late or by someone unknown to the school:

It is important that your child is collected punctually at the end of the school day. In the event that you or the adult collecting your child will be late, the school must be telephoned in order that your child can be reassured. If a third party, unknown to the school is to collect a child, advance notice must be given directly to school office (via email of telephone) regarding the identity of the person. Relevant staff will then be notified. Unless the school is properly notified, teachers will not allow a child to go home with an unknown person. Written permission for a Year 6 child to travel home alone from school must be submitted to the Headteacher by the child's parent. This should be a regular arrangement rather than ad hoc.

ATTENDANCE

Best attendance (190 days each year) is expected from all pupils to ensure that they benefit from the education being offered. The school monitors pupil attendance and has an annual attendance target of 97% . The parents of pupils whose attendance is at risk of falling or falls below the statutory threshold of 90% (after which school-age children are regarded as persistent absentees) will be contacted by the school to discuss their child's attendance and strategies to improve it.

Holidays are not permitted in term time and term dates are published in advance of each acadmic year to support families in their planning.

Each term, every child with excellent attendance (98% and above) receives a certificate in recognition of their achievement. In orfer to keep you informed of your child's attendance, and overview of their attendance and punctuality will be sent to you at the end of each term.

 

DISCIPLINE

All pupils are expected to behave in a calm and good natured manner. Discipline is based on an ethos of love, care and respect for others. High standards of behaviour and good manners are expected at all times, in accordance with the school’s Behaviour & Discipline Policy. Rewards and incentives are given in recognition of good behaviour and achievements. In the event of persistent misbehaviour, parents are contacted in order to seek a resolution to the issue. Parents are reminded that a respectful approach and positive relationship with the school is essential. It is never appropriate for any parent or adult to approach another child or parent regarding school matters. Courtesy and politeness should be our hallmark.


CONTACT DETAILS


Parents are asked to provide the school with emergency contact details for three named people. Parents must notify the school office immediately of any changes to mobile, home or work telephone numbers and email  addresses to ensure that they can always be contacted during school hours. Any change of address must be notified to the school office immediately.

 

MILK AND FRUIT

Milk is available during the morning for pupils. It is free for pupils under 5 but there is a charge for 5-11 year olds. 'Cool Milk' supplies milk to this school. Parents can order and pay for milk directly via the 'Cool Milk' website www.coolmilk.com. Pupils in receipt of free school meals are also eligible for free milk which the school funds through the Pupil Premium grant.

Pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 (KS1) receive a piece of fruit each day and Key Stage 2 (KS2) pupils may bring a piece of fruit from home to have at morning play.

Pupils attending after school clubs may bring a piece of fruit to enjoy ahead of their club session. Other snacks are not permitted.

IMPORTANT HEALTH AND SAFETY NOTICE

The school is strictly nut free, food containing nuts should not be brought into school under any circumstances.


SCHOOL MEALS

The school has its own in-house catering team, lead by our Head Chef and Sous Chef. Pupils enjoy an hour of relaxation each day when they have lunch and time for play. All pupils are expected to have a cooked school meal. Lunch money for pupils in Year 3 to Year 6 must be paid in advance for either the half term or the full term. School meals cost £2.20 per day. Due to a governmant initiative (Universal Free School Meals), school meals for children in Reception to Year 2 are free of charge.
 

The government also provide free school meals for families in receipt of certain benefits. Registering for free school meals could raise an extra £1,320 for your child's school to fund valuable additional support. Families eligible for free school meals should contact their Local Authority in order to make an application.

 

ASSESSMENT

Assessment plays an important part in helping teachers to recognise pupils' progress, understand their needs and to plan appropriate activities and support. Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process.

Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception) teachers and support staff use observation as a tool to understand children’s level of achievement, their interests and learning styles, and to then shape learning experiences for each child reflecting those observations. All adults who interact with the children contribute to the process and information provided by parents is highly valued.

As part of the school's on-entry assessment, teachers undertake a baseline which is observation based and used to gather information on children's starting points when they join the Nursery or Reception classes. This is used to inform planning and to help measure pupils' progress over time.


Assessment at Key Stages 1 & 2 (KS1 & KS2)


Teacher assessment is the main focus for assessment at KS1 and KS2 .The outcomes are based on teachers’ knowledge of how a child has performed over time through the Key Stage. 

In Year 1 a Phonics Screening Check is administered to all children in the summer term. Children who do not meet the expected standard at the end of Year 1 are re-assessed at the end of Year 2.

In the summer term, pupils in Year 2 undertake statutory tests in English and mathematics. Outcomes of these assessments are used to help inform teacher assessment judgements which are reported to parents at the end of the year.

From June 2022, children in Year 4 will take a statutory Multiplication Tables Check (MTC). The purpose of the check is to determine whether pupils can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics. Along with teachers' ongoing assessment, the MTC is intended to support schools in idenitfying pupils who may need additional support.

In the final term of Year 6 children undertake end of KS2 statutory assessment tests designed to assess the children's knowledge and understanding in English and mathematics. National Curriculum test results are reported to parents in their child's end of year report.
 

SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION

Information about procedures used in our school to safeguard pupils and protect them from abuse and neglect can be found in the school's Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy which is available on the school website.

 

E-SAFETY

The school treats the safety of the children with the utmost importance and this includes matters pertaining to the use of technology. All parents are asked to sign the school's Use of Technology Parent/Carer Agreement'. This covers a range of areas, including digital photography.


HEALTH AND SAFETY

The school is diligent about the safety and well-being of its pupils and staff, and has established policies and procedures in place.

Parents of Reception children are required to complete and sign the health questionnaire and to return it to the School Nurse via the school office. All pupils have their health screened, (usually in Reception and Year 6), which includes height, weight, visual and hearing tests. Parents are welcome to discuss any health issues with the School Nurse. Information from parents helps to develop any Health Care Plans that may be required.

The school’s qualified First Aiders treat minor injuries received at school and a log of all accidents is recorded. Parents will receive written notification if a child has sustained minor injuries during the school day. All head injuries, even the most minor, will be reported to parents in the same manner. If a pupil becomes unwell and is unable to remain in school or is involved in a serious accident, parents are notified immediately.

The school will do all it can to support and care for pupils with medical needs in order to ensure their attendance at school and their access to the curriculum. The school has a 'Supporting Children with Medical Conditions' policy. In all instances, only medication prescribed by a doctor (clearly labelled and provided in its original packaging) will be administered to pupils. Parents are required to complete the relevant permissions forms at the school office if prescribed medicine is required to be administered by the school.

Checking for head lice and nits is the responsibility of parents as hair inspections are not carried out at school. Parents should consult their health visitor or pharmacist for advice concerning the treatment of nits. In any case of infestation, the school must be informed and all parents will be required to check their children's hair.

Fire drills take place each term according to officially approved evacuation
procedures. In addition, the school has stringent evacuation and invacuation procedures in place.

 

COVID-19

The school continues to promote good respiratory hygiene and implement regular handwashing in order to lower the risk of transmission of coronavirus.

The school will continue to implement a system of controls in response to the latest Government guidance for schools. Parents are reminded to follow NHS and Public Health England advice regarding symptoms.

 

CCTV

Closed circuit cameras monitor the school grounds and all persons entering and leaving every entrance and exit to the school 24 hours a day.

 

MEETING THE NEEDS OF PUPILS

The school is inclusive and strives to ensure equality of opportunity for each pupil regardless of gender, race, disability, age, religion/belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy or/and gender reassignment. The school has an Equality Policy and equality objectives to ensure that the needs of all members of the school community are addressed. A close working relationship between home and school contributes well to the educational success of all pupils regardless of ability or special educational needs.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Uniform supplier: SOGANS
6 Greyhound Road, London W6 8NX
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 9.00 am – 5.30 pm. 
Tel: 020 7385 1055

GIRLS’ UNIFORM (WINTER) 
PILOT BLUE CARDIGAN  (Sogans)
BLUE SHIRT  (any outlet)
SCHOOL TIE  (Sogans)
GREY PLEATED PINAFORE  (any outlet)
GREY TIGHTS/SOCKS (any outlet)
PLAIN NAVY BLUE COAT/JACKET (Sogans or other outlet)
NAVY BLUE FLEECE HAT (Sogans)
SHOES: BLACK LEATHER SHOES  (no slip-on shoes or trainers, any outlet)
 GIRLS’ UNIFORM   (SUMMER)
LIGHT BLUE GINGHAM DRESS (any outlet)
WHITE SOCKS  (ankle or knee, any outlet)  
SHOES: BLACK or WHITE LEATHER SHOES (no slip-on shoes or open-toed sandals, any outlet)
BOYS’ UNIFORM (WINTER)
PILOT BLUE PULLOVER  (Sogans)
BLUE SHIRT  (long or short sleeves—any outlet)   
SCHOOL TIE  (Sogans)
LONG CHARCOAL GREY TROUSERS (any outlet) 
GREY OR BLACK SOCKS  (any outlet)
PLAIN NAVY BLUE COAT/JACKET (Sogans or other outlet)   
NAVY BLUE FLEECE HAT (Sogans)
SHOES: BLACK SCHOOL SHOES   (no trainers, any outlet)
BOYS’ UNIFORM  (SUMMER)
BLUE SHIRT (long or short sleeves - any outlet)
SCHOOL TIE  (Sogans)
CHARCOAL GREY SHORTS (any outlet)
GREY OR BLACK SOCKS (any outlet)
SHOES: BLACK SCHOOL SHOES (no trainers, any outlet)
SCHOOL BAGS    
BOOK BAG  EYFS and KS1 (Sogans)
RUCKSACK  KS2 (Sogans)
PE KIT (GIRLS & BOYS)
BLUE SHORTS  (Sogans)
WHITE POLO SHIRT WITH SCHOOL LOGO (Sogans)
PLAIN NAVY TRACKSUIT (Sogans)
BLACK PLIMSOLES  (Rec - Year 4)
PLAIN BLACK TRAINERS (Year 5 - 6 only)

 

The PE kit should be stored in a cloth draw-string bag, which is kept in school during term time. All items of uniform must be clearly marked with the pupil’s name. The navy tracksuit is only used for outdoor PE in the winter months. Therefore, children are required to have their white polo shirt and blue shorts in their PE kit throughout the school year.

Jewellery must not be worn in school. Shoulder length or long hair should be tied back. Hair bands must be blue, black or white. Boys are expected to have formal haircuts (no fashion cut-in styles permitted).

 

PARENTAL SUPPORT

Parents are always welcome to come into the school as partners in their child’s education. All appointments to see the Headteacher are made through the school office. Should any parent wish to discuss a matter with their child’s class teacher, it is necessary to make an appointment. Any email communications for teachers should be sent via the administration email address.

Parent/Teacher conferences are held three times a year so that parents can discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher. Written reports are sent home towards the end of each school year.  The school uses questionnaires to ascertain the views of parents in order to review and further improve the performance of the school.

The school produces a monhly newsletter to inform the school and parish community of the latest news and forthcoming events. The school website is also a useful source of information.

PARENT/TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)

The PTA works with energy and enthusiasm to raise funds to enhance the
curriculum and to support activities which promote learning, such as class trips and enrichment activities. Parents are encouraged to help with and attend fundraising events, and to enjoy the many social events throughout the school year.

 

SCHOOL CLUBS

The school offers a wide range of school clubs each term. These activities provide pupils (Years 2 to 6) with an opportunity to pursue their interests. There is a charge for all clubs in order to cover the cost of the instructors.

The choice of after-school clubs varies each term. A list of available clubs with the relevant application form is sent each term. Examples of clubs that may be available during the course of the year are:

- Football               - Netball                   - Art and Craft
- Minecraft             - Multi-sports           - Cookery
- Mini-tennis           - Drama                   - Homework
- Dance                  - Cricket                  - Chess

The school has a Choir and Orchestra. Choir members are selected via audition from pupils in Years 4 - 6. Children are invited to join the Orchestra by the music department. Both the Choir and Orchestra require a year’s commitment. 

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 are invited to attend trials at the start of the academic year in order to be selected for the boys and girls football teams and the netball and hockey teams.
 

CHARGING POLICY
Parents may be requested to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of an activity, for example, an educational visit. However, no pupil will be excluded from participating in a day trip if parents are unable to pay.