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Health, Safety and Security

Information for Parents

We take the subject of school security very seriously, and issues relating to security are continuously under review by the Head Teacher and other staff, the Governors' Resources Committee and the full Governing Body and the site supervisor.

We do our best to ensure that all external doors from classrooms and into the covered area are locked against intruders during the school day. We also secure site gates between the hours of 9.15am and 3.15pm. Access for parents and visitors are through the front gates only.


Smoking

To comply with the Health Act 2006 and in the interest of health and safety, the school site is a “smoke free” environment.


Dogs

For health and safety reasons the Governing Body has declared the school site a dog free zone (except guide dogs).


Parking

For the safety of the children of the school, parents’ cars must not be brought into the school car park. If you need to deliver your child by car, please respect these simple safety points:

  • avoid parking on the zigzag lines
  • avoid turning in the school entrance
  • be considerate to our neighbours and avoid parking across their drives
  • if parking at the Leisure Centre, please respect the ‘staff only’ and disabled bays

In exceptional circumstances, a car park pass may be issued by the Governing Body; please apply in writing to the Chair of Governors, care of the school.


Bicycles

The school recognises both the health and environmental benefits of cycling and wishes to promote safe cycling to school. The Governors’ policy is that a child should not cycle to school unaccompanied unless he/she has successfully completed the ‘Bikeability’ Level 2 Award (this is only available to children aged 10 or over). Other children should only cycle if accompanied by an adult. Cycle Stands are available on school premises and it is recommended that all cycles be locked to a stand.

We advise that children should wear a helmet which conforms to current British Standards, and high visibility garments are recommended. Cycling is not permitted on the school premises.


Health and welfare

There will be times when you are not sure whether to send your child to school. The principle should be that you look after your child at home if they are unwell. School staff cannot administer medicines unless they are prescribed. Prescription medicines will only be administered to children with chronic illness e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy etc. Individual cases should be discussed with the Head Teacher.

In cases of sickness and diarrhoea, children must not return to school until they have been clear for a minimum of 24 hours.

In the event of minor illness during school time, children will be looked after in school whilst we make contact with you. Minor injuries are dealt with when they arise but it is essential that the school have up to date details as to where parents can be reached in any emergency. This information needs to be revised when you change your address, job or telephone number.
It is essential that we have a minimum of 2 up-to-date emergency contacts.


Head lice

Responsibility for the control of head lice lies entirely with parents, though help may be sought from the Children & Young People’s Specialist Health Nurse or from the Family Practitioner. 

As there is no longer a regular check for head lice, parents are asked to:

  • try to prevent head lice by combing their children’s hair every night
  • examine their children's hair each week
  • treat head lice or their eggs promptly
  • inform the school 
  • respond to "head check alerts" by thoroughly checking their child's hair
  • keep long hair tied up