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  Broadwindsor C.E. V.C. Primary School

     General Information

 

Parents receive regular newsletters, detailing events both within school hours and extra events and activities after school and possibly weekends.

They also receive Curriculum letters giving advice on the work that children will be doing in the class and possible ways that parents can help at home.

Copies of the Dorset Education Committee's Information Leaflets, together with local and National Curriculum documents and policy information are available for inspection at the school office.

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Admissions

Schoolwear

Transport

School meal service

Working together

Medical facilities

Links with other schools

Moving on - The next stage

Equal opportunities

Anti-bullying policy

Useful addresses

 

 

Admissions

 

The school has adopted and uses the Local Education Authority Admissions Policy; a full copy can always be viewed in the school office.

 

The Reception children are admitted as a group in the Autumn term.  During the term prior to your child starting all parents will be invited to an induction evening, where they will have the opportunity to meet their child’s class teacher, and ask any questions.  The Reception teacher visits playgroups in the area.  The Reception staff and local playgroups work closely to develop links to ensure the child’s entry into school is as smooth as possible. 

 

Any prospective parents are welcome to visit the school at any time with a prior appointment.  Children can visit school with their parents and will also be invited to spend several afternoons in school when they will be able to meet their new class mates, the Reception staff and become familiar with the new school environment.

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Schoolwear

 

All items of schoolwear should be labelled with the child’s name and labels checked regularly to see that they are still in place and legible.

 

The uniform is practical, smart and comfortable.  The school colours are green and grey.  Sweatshirts, cardigans, fleeces, reversible coats, sun hats, reading bags and backpacks are available from the school office (prices on request).

 

Trainers should be worn for PE only and solid shoes worn during the winter months.  Summer sandals should have an enclosed front and socks should be worn for added protection.  The children will need a warm coat during the winter months.

 

Every child will need a small PE bag which should contain plimsolls or trainers, dark coloured shorts and a white t-shirt.  Football boots may be required in Year 3 and above.  All items must be labelled and kit must be in school at the beginning of every school week.

 

The children will need an old shirt / t-shirt for art work and although we can usually provide groups with these items, if you have any spare please let us know. 

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Transport

 

The Education Committee has adopted the following walking distances:

  • Pupils under 8 years of age; 2 miles

  • Pupils 8 years or over; 3 miles

 

It is the policy of the Education Committee to allow children living within the required walking distance to occupy seats on County or Contract vehicles on a concessionary basis.  This is on the understanding that the concession will be withdrawn should the seats be required for children entitled to transport.  There is a charge for this provision – please contact the school office for further details.

 

If your child normally travels on the bus and you have changed arrangements you must inform the school 48 hours in advance by letter, telephone or in person, otherwise the child will be sent home by bus as usual.  Pupils travelling on buses are under the control of the bus driver.  Children are issued with a bus pass.

 

If you wish your child to be collected by anyone other than the usual member of your family or a friend, please inform the teacher concerned – we will not allow any child to go with an unnamed person for very obvious security reasons.

 

Children who occasionally use the bus to visit school friends must contact the school office so the bus company can be notified.

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School Meal Service

 

Children under 5 years of age are entitled to a daily 198ml serving of milk free of charge and school milk is available for all children for which a charge is made each term by Cool Milk.  Key Stage 1 children are provided with a free fruit or vegetable snack for break-time.  Key Stage 2 children may bring their own healthy snack of fruit or vegetables.

 

Local Food Links, a not-for-profit organisation, works in partnership with Broadwindsor School to provide hot school meals.  Meals can be ordered online at www.myschoolmeals.co.uk or, if you do not have access to a computer, through the school office.  Forms are sent out every three weeks for the ordering of hot meals. Alternatively you can provide a packed lunch for your child.  All meals are eaten in a family atmosphere where the children are always supervised.  We would ask that all drinks be in unbreakable, leak-proof containers and children’s boxes clearly labelled (water is always available for the children on request).

 

If you are in receipt of one the following support payments you are entitled to receive a free school meal for your child.

  • Income Support (IS)

  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual taxable income (as assessed by The Inland Revenue) which from 6 April 2011 does not exceed £16,190

  • Income-Based Job Seekers' Allowance (IBJSA)

  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA(IR))

  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

 

Please contact the school office in the first instance.

 

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Working Together

 

We actively encourage parental involvement in school and are always looking at ways that parents can become more involved.  We want you to see the way we work and how children learn within our school environment.  We have several volunteers who hear readers and run the library.  We recognise the special position of a village school in its community.

 

The school contributes an article to the monthly community magazine the ‘Broadwindsor News’ and the ‘Team News’.  The Headteacher represents the school on the Parochial Church Council and the Comrades Hall Committee.

 

We encourage pupils to play a full part in their community, including participating in church services, village groups and organisations and making contributions to local magazines and newspapers.

 

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Medical Facilities

 

We have a dedicated medical room to provide quiet, quality care.  It is our policy that all staff are trained in First Aid.  The school nurse makes regular visits to school and parents are always notified in advance if their child is going to be included in any routine inspection.  Drop-in sessions for parents and teachers are run by the school nurse on a regular basis. 

 

Should your child need to take any prescribed medicines during school hours then these should be deposited in the school office clearly labelled with the name, dosage etc.  A medical consent form must accompany these medicines.  It should be noted that it is the responsibility of parents to administer medication. 

 

If your child suffers from asthma please make sure that the appropriate inhaler is near to hand at all times.  A spare inhaler labelled with the child’s name will be kept in the classroom with the list of children and their medication.

 

If your child is unwell then please carefully consider if it is appropriate for them to be in school.  It can be quite distressing for the pupil concerned and for other class members and staff to have a child in school who is clearly unwell – home is always best under these circumstances.

 

Should your child become unwell during the school day it is very important that we have a contact number that is current and relevant.  Every attempt will be made to contact you should the need arise. 

 

 

As in all schools, outbreaks of head lice are all too frequent.  Please check your child’s hair regularly.  If you do suspect your child has ‘unwelcome visitors’, treat him / her before sending them back to school and inform the class teacher or school office (this will be treated in confidence) so that the rest of the class can be warned.  If we discover a child has head lice a letter is sent out to inform all parents of an outbreak giving advice on suitable treatment.

 

The designated member of staff for First Aid is Mrs Mandy Chainey.

 

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Links with Other Schools

 

In September 2016 the West Dorset Schools Collaboration was launched. This is a partnership between 8 primary schools and 1 secondary school:

 

> Broadwindsor Primary

> Salway Ash Primary

> Sticklands Primary (Evershot)

> Greenford Primary (Maiden Newton)

> Parrett and Axe Primary (Mosterton)

> Thorner’s Primary (Litton Cheney)

> Powerstock Primary

> Symondsbury Primary

> Beaminster School

 

All the primary schools have made a financial commitment to the group and Beaminster School provides on-site facilities, administrative support and valuable advice.

 

The schools meet regularly for Headteacher meetings, staff training, teaching staff groups and planned residential trips for our older pupils. We are a strong collaboration working together and planning many joint initiatives e.g. sports tournaments, swimming gala, music workshops.

 

The Collaboration creates closer ties in order to share knowledge, experience, ideas and resources. There are teacher exchanges, shared projects such as High Needs support and other initiatives which are constantly being developed.

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Moving On - The Next Stage

 

At the end of Key Stage 2 most children from our school transfer to Beaminster Comprehensive School.  During their time in Year 6 pupils have opportunities to work with other children in the cluster and also take part in Induction Days which are organised by the Comprehensive School staff.  The Head of Year 7 visits the primary schools to talk to the children, class teacher and parents on two separate occasions.

 

Should your child be taking an entrance examination or sitting scholarship or bursary papers then please contact us at an early opportunity.

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Equal Opportunities

 

Broadwindsor School has an Equal Opportunities policy for both our children and staff.  We are very clear in our acknowledged responsibilities to offer an equality of opportunity across the widest curriculum regardless of gender, race, religion or circumstance.

 

A copy of the full statement is available from the Headteacher.

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Anti - Bullying Policy

 

Broadwindsor School has a clear policy statement reflecting the seriousness of our concern and incorporating action points regarding bullying and intimidation by children and adults.  The school has a strong, caring, family ethos and all our children from Reception year onwards are taught to respect and support one another.  Bullying is defined within our policy which also sets out clearly the action to be taken.  Children have access to all members of staff and will have opportunities to discuss school and class rules involving aspects of bullying at appropriate times in the academic year.

 

A copy of the full policy statement is available from the Headteacher.

 

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Useful Addresses

 

Local Education Authority – Dorset County Council

 

Dorset County Council

County Hall

Colliton Park

Dorchester

Dorset

DT1 1XJ

Tel: 01305 224110

 

Director of Children’s Services: Mr John Nash

 

www.dorsetforyou.com

 

 

Contacts at Dorset County Council -

 

School Transport:

School Transport
Environmental Services
Tel: 01305 225164

 

www.dorsetforyou.com/schooltransport

 

School Admissions:

School Admissions Team

Tel: 01305 221060

 

www.dorsetforyou.com/schooladmissions

 

 

Regarding Free School Meals, please contact:

Dorset Direct

Pullman Court
Station Approach
Dorchester
Dorset
DT1 1XJ

Tel: 01305 221000

 

www.dorsetforyou.com/feeschoolmeals

 

 

Diocesan Board of Education can be contacted via:

Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education
Diocesan Education Centre
Devizes Road
Salisbury

SP2 9LY

Tel: 01722 428428

 

www.saled.org