Parent Handbook

Here you will find a wealth of information about the day to day running of the school that you may find useful as a parent or guardian of a pupil at Newfield.

Accidents/Illness

In the event of a serious accident with a pupil or should they become ill, it is vital that the school is able to contact parents. Details of contact numbers must be included on the annual pupil information and permission form. Our School Nurses deal with minor accidents. In the event of more serious accidents or illnesses parents will be informed immediately and children will be taken to the local hospital or a 999 procedure will be implemented. In this event a member of staff will accompany the child and act on behalf of the parent including sanctioning emergency medical procedures if the hospital staff deem it necessary until the parent arrives.

A number of our staff are trained in paediatric first aid and are therefore able to support pupils requiring help due to a minor accident when off-site.

Any accident/incident in school is reported and recorded through established procedures following Health and Safety guidance, and parents will be notified in writing, and by telephone call if necessary.

Attendance

It is important that your child attends school regularly.

If your child is ill and unable to attend school, you should phone school on the first day of their absence to inform us. We would appreciate you keeping us regularly informed during any period of absence, and school staff may also phone you to keep in touch with how your child is progressing during the illness.

If your child has an appointment, please inform school via telephone or the home school diary, including information about an expected return time or day.

We are committed to improving levels of school attendance and punctuality.

We aim to do this by:

  • promoting the value and importance of regular school attendance;
  • reducing all forms of unjustified absenteeism, especially levels of persistent absenteeism. (A child is classified as being a persistent absentee if he/she has an absence rate of 20% or more).

Parents are responsible in law for ensuring that their children attend the school at which they are registered regularly, on time, properly dressed and in a fit condition to learn. (Parents are also responsible for ensuring that their children stay at school once they have registered.)

Pupil who are persistently absent or are a cause for concern due to their poor attendance will be referred by the school to the Education Welfare Officer (see Attendance Policy)

Charging and Remissions Policy

The Governors of Newfield School have adopted Blackburn with Darwen Council’s charging and remissions policy, arising out of the provisions of ‘Charging for school activities’ Departmental advice for governing bodies, school leaders, school staff and local authorities (October 2014)

  • For all visits during school hours, or which form part of the National Curriculum, the Governing Body is to invite parents to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of arranging the activity. The viability of each activity will be assessed on the level of voluntary contributions and financial resources available to the school.

Where the activity involves pupils in a stay of one or more nights away from home, the Governors may levy a charge for board and lodgings.

  • Activities that take place wholly or mainly outside of school hours as defined by the Act, or do not form part of the National Curriculum, are defined as ‘optional extras’. Under the provisions of the act a charge may be made for such activities and participation will be on the basis of parental choice and willingness to meet the charges made.

The school operates the Unofficial School Fund (see School Prospectus) to help meet/subsidise the cost of activities.

Extended Absence From School During Term Time

Following the Government’s amended Pupil Registration Regulations Head Teachers no longer have the authority to authorise absence during term time unless in exceptional circumstances.

If you require your son/daughter to be absent during term time and feel that your request for absence is for exceptional circumstances please contact the school office for a Application for Discretionary Leave of Absence Form detailing:-

• What the exceptional circumstance is.
• The reason the absence cannot be taken during school holidays.
• Accompanying documents e.g. medical documentation

This request will then be considered and this may require you to come into school to discuss the application further.

For further information please see the Attendance Policy

Home School Agreement

Together we will support children’s care and learning to help them achieve their best

Name of Child:

Newfield School will provide:

  • An environment in which your child is educated, safe and cared for and their culture valued
  • A differentiated curriculum that meets your child’s needs, including access to the National Curriculum
  • A dedicated and trained staff who have respect for every child and value their comments and views and are motivated to meeting your child’s needs
  • A staff who are motivated to meeting your child’s needs
  • A specialised teaching environment aimed at best meeting your child’s needs and assisting your child to learn and make progress
  • Support for your child to assist them in developing skills to manage their own behaviour and challenges
  • A holistic approach to your child’s development, which includes not simply their academic achievement but also their social, emotional, moral and physical development
  • Opportunities for children to consolidate and generalise their learning and extend this learning beyond the classroom and school
  • A Personalised Learning Plan and Well Being Plan for every pupil
  • Homework, including opportunities for work and targets to be continued at home
  • Support and advice for pupils/carers to meet needs, including signposting to other services
  • A regular and open dialogue with parents and carers

Signed: Head Teacher

I/We will:

  • Ensure my/our child goes to school regularly and that any absences are explained/ reported to school
  • Work proactively with the school to maintain acceptable standards of behaviour and discipline
  • Take an active part in setting targets for our/my child and assist in the implementation of programmes to support progress on these at home
  • Ensure that I/we co-operate and support the school in its work with my child
  • Attend school events regularly including our/my child’s Annual Review meeting and consultations
  • Maintain a regular contact/dialogue with the school including informing school of any changes to home circumstances
  • Ensure early contact with school to discuss matters that affect our child’s happiness, progress and behaviour
  • Continue the work and targets set with school at home

Signed: Parent/Guardian

Insurance

The Council’s insurance arrangements in relation to children and parents is as follows:

  1. The council’s Liability Insurance arrangements provide for the protection for the Council in respect of claims for compensation made by any person suffering bodily injury or damage to property due to some act or error of the council. These arrangements are in respect of the Council’s legal liabilities only. It should be noted that the Council does not automatically accept liability for any injury or damage which may occur as it would have to be proved that the Council was legally responsible for the injury or damage suffered, i.e. it was at fault.

  2. Where an injury or damage to property arises due to some act or neglect of a Third Party (i.e. some person or organisation other than the Council) any resultant claim for compensation would have to be directed towards the Third Party and not the Council.

  3. If a person suffers bodily injury where no one is at fault there would be no legal grounds for pursuing a claim for compensation against either the Council or a Third Party.

However, this is a risk, which can be covered by a Personal Accident insurance policy, which provides limited benefits in respect of injuries suffered by the insured person, regardless of legal liability. Parents could arrange such cover on a general ‘all risks’ basis applicable throughout the year or specifically for a particular event (e.g. a school visit/holiday). It is understood that the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations has such insurance available. In any event, advice could be obtained from an Insurance Broker or Insurance Company.

Medication in School

The school nurses administer medicines that have been prescribed by the child’s GP or Consultant. Medicines e.g.: paracetamol can ONLY be administered if they are prescribed for the child.

Prior to medication being administered the following procedure applies:

  • Medication will only be given with parental permission.
  • The parent is responsible for supplying school with adequate information regarding the child’s condition and medication.
  • All medication must be given directly to school by parents (they must inform the escorts that there is medication for school in the child’s bag) this is then handed to school staff who will then give it to the nurses.
  • ‘As Necessary / Required’ medication will only be administered if it is prescribed and with the parents giving signed written instructions as to the exact time for the next administration and correct dose and clear explanation as to the reason for the medication.
  • Each medicine must be given to school in a separate original container.
  • Each container must be clearly labelled as follows;

    • Pupils Name
    • Name of Medicine
    • Dosage
    • Dosage Frequency
    • Date of dispensing
    • Any special storage requirements
    • Expiry date
  • Nurses will request medicines if current supplies are due to expire or supplies are low

Supporting pupils with Medical Conditions

School Complaints Procedure

The policy of the School is to work in partnership with parents/carers and the wider community. It is based on the belief that co-operation and a sense of joint purpose between staff, parents/carers and the School will assist in ensuring open and positive relationships.

From time to time, however, parents and members of the public may express concern or make a complaint, either orally or in writing, about some aspect of the conduct/operation of the school, the conduct of the Headteacher, an individual member of staff, the Governing Body or an individual governor. The School will always give serious consideration to concerns and complaints that are brought to its attention. However, anonymous complaints will not normally be considered. In considering concerns or complaints, the School will ensure that they are dealt with effectively and with fairness to all parties.

The vast majority of concerns and issues raised by parents/carers will be resolved informally. Where a complaint has not been resolved informally, then the formal procedures set out in the School Complaints Policy will be followed.

If the complaint is about the Headteacher or you wish to remain anonymous you can contact the Local Authority. Principle Governor Services Manager or Strategy Support Manager / Complaint’s Manager at Blackburn Town Hall, Telephone 01254 585 585.

School Meals/Dinner Money

All meals are cooked on the premises by our Catering Team and individual dietary requirements are taken into consideration. We acknowledge that many of our pupils experience difficulties with their eating in terms of selective eating and restricted preferences and we take these into consideration as part of the child’s personalised learning plan.

Dinner money is collected each Monday for the following week or you can pay by cash or cheque for the full term in advance. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Newfield School’. Details are available from the pupil services team. Money should be sent to school in a sealed envelope, clearly marked with the child’s name and the amount contained in the envelope. If you feel that you may be entitled to free school meals, then please contact the Education Office. The current cost of a meal is £2 per day or £10 for the week.

We are proud to hold a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 (Very Good) from the food standards Agency

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Pupils Eating School Lunch
Clinics held in school

Paediatric Consultants regularly attend Newfield and hold clinics for children under their care, by appointment. Parents are invited to attend.

Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy appointments are frequently held in school and every effort is made to hold these as joint clinics where appropriate.

Respiratory nurses and physios, including the SPORT team, come into school to support specific children and ensure staff working alongside them are fully updated in their latest requirements.

The Dietician also holds a weekly clinic to meet with parents and monitor the children in her care. The specialist nurse for children who are entrally fed also visits school to monitor those children.

Specialist nurses in the areas of continence, skin management and catheterisation also attend school to give support to specific children.

In addition, the Orthoptic and Orthotic Consultants see children in school on a regular basis at their clinics.

Please contact School Nurses if you feel that you need information or advice.

Health Care Team

School Transport

All pupils are transported to and from school free of charge in vehicles provided through the Local Education Authority. Passenger Assistants are employed to supervise the pupils during the journey. Parents are requested to have their child ready for when the transport arrives. Any difficulties or issues related to the transporting of pupils should be directed to the Special Needs Transport Team. Contact names and numbers are available on our links page.

Uniform

The school has a uniform. We realise that a number of our pupils have specific preferences for certain types of clothing or individual garments, however should your child have no objections to wearing school uniform, then the following items apply:

  • Grey/black skirt/trousers/joggers
  • White blouse, shirt or polo shirt/T-Shirt
  • Gingham Summer dresses
  • School sweatshirt with logo (available at cost price from the school)
  • Grey/black or white socks with dark shoes/trainers

The following items should be worn for Physical Education:

  • Plain T-Shirt
  • Shorts/joggers
  • Black plimsolls/trainers
  • Swimming costume/trunks
  • Towel

Please could you ensure that all your child’s clothing is clearly marked with their name. Pupils should not wear jewellery to school unless it is for strict religious or medical purposes. Jewellery can present safety issues for pupils particularly during PE activities.