Communication with Parents
Letters/ Newsletters; We aim to keep parents informed about activities in school through regular newsletters from the Head Teacher.
Class Teachers give each child a Home-School book. For the youngest children who have just started school, we try to put an entry in the book every day. For older pupils teachers will write at least once every week, more regularly if home and school need to share essential information, such as concerning an ongoing programme.
Class Teachers send parents a class newsletter each term detailing the work planned for the class in various curriculum subjects with suggestions of work to do at home, they also provide a copy of the timetable.
Meetings with Parents
During the course of the school year there are three meetings planned between parents and school staff;
Parents’ Evenings; in the first half of the Autumn Term, parents are invited to meet their child’s Class Teacher and talk through the Learning & Communication Passport (LCP) for their child. A copy of the LCP is sent home to parents.
At the end of the Summer Term, parents are invited to discuss their child’s Annual Report with the Class teacher. A copy of the Report is sent to parents in advance of the meeting.
Annual Review; During the year an Annual Review is held for every pupil, this is the formal procedure to review the EHCP. Pupils under five years of age have a Review every six months.
The school does have a uniform but it is not obligatory for pupils to wear it.
Blue sweatshirts and white polo-shirts with the Manor Mead logo are available for purchase - see our 'Forms
' page for how to order.
Parents are asked to inform the school and transport of all planned absences including medical appointments.
If a child in unwell and is not able to attend school, parents are asked to telephone the school or send in a note with their child when they return to say why they have been away.
Headteachers are not permitted to grant holiday during term-time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Permission must be requested from the Head Teacher in advance of the holiday.
Parents are asked to provide the school with emergency contact numbers in case their child becomes unwell or has an accident at school.
The emergency contact must be someone who could take care of the child in the event of the parents not being contactable.
If a child has sickness or diarrhoea they should be kept at home for at least 48 hours after their sickness or diarrhoea has ceased.
When a child is prescribed anti-biotics for an infection, the Doctor should be asked how long the child should remain at home to recover.
Parents should inform the school immediately if their child contracts a contagious disease such as chickenpox or measles. Parents are also asked to inform the School Nurse if their child has been in contact with a contagious disease, including glandular fever, as these infections are dangerous for some pupils in the school.
The School Nurse will administer medications during the school day provided there is signed consent from parents and the medications are provided in their original container with a pharmacist's label.
Parents should give the medicines to the Escort on Transport. Special arrangements are made for children requiring emergency medication for epilepsy.
A letter from the child's GP detailing any medication is required when a child starts school.