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Key Notes

A collection of key reference notes, regarding your polices and aspects relating to your child’s day-to-day life at Holcombe Brook. If your child has just started at Holcombe Brook, please take the time to familiarise yourself with this information.

You can use the contents table below to jump between the different notes.

Home-School Partnership
 School Council
 Beyond The Classroom
 Charging For School Activities 
 Homework
 Special Educational Needs 
 Welfare
 School Meals
Complaints
Health and Safety

Home-School Partnership

“It’s what parents do rather than who they are that counts” Charles Desforge

We believe that the partnership between home and school is very important. Parents are encouraged to keep in touch with what their child is doing at school. We post news regularly on the website and send home regular newsletters to keep parents informed of what is happening in school. Each term a curriculum overview is produced by each class teacher so that parents know the topics being covered. You’ll find any news specific to your child’s class on their class page along calendar links and other notes from the teacher. You can follow us on Twitter @HolcombeBrook and support your child’s behaviour in school through ‘Class Dojo’

As parents you can help your children by talking and listening to them, by reading with them, supporting them with any current ‘Learning Waymarks’ (see below) and by generally being enthusiastic about what they are doing at school.

At the top of some of our website news posts you will see Learning Waymarks. These relate the content being reported to any values, qualities and skills that we are actively teaching in the classroom and around school, to increase transparency and help you support your child.

Parents Evenings: There are two parents’ evenings, one in the Autumn Term and one in the Spring Term preceded by an ongoing ‘Interim report’. Full Reports are sent home towards the end of the Summer Term and parents can request a meeting with their child’s teacher at this time if they wish. Naturally, parents are welcome to see the Head Teacher and class teacher at other times if they feel they wish to discuss a particular problem with regard to their child. It is usually necessary to make an appointment so that the teacher is available.

All parents and children are asked to read and sign our ‘Home-School’ agreement, which is available on our policies page.


 School Council

Our School Council is an important element of our PSHCE work. The Council is run with children elected from each class. The council meets regularly to discuss a whole range of issues that reflect the needs of the children in their classes. The children are encouraged to view themselves as active citizens who can share ideas and inform the change process in their school.


Beyond The Classroom

To support and enrich the curriculum we like to take the children on outings and invite a variety of visitors to the school; this enhances their learning, by bringing subjects to life. Parents are able to join us with these activities also. We make use of the area surrounding the school. Visits to further afield places such as Ribchester Museum, The Lowry and Sports City are undertaken. Visiting theatre groups and dance troupes are also invited to perform to the children where this supports their learning. Within KS2, year 5 and 6 are offered a residential trip; currently this visit is to PGL activity centres in the UK.  


Charging For School Activities

The Education Reform Act 1988 has placed certain restrictions on charging for activities that take place within the school day. As a result, to cover the cost of school outings we must ask for voluntary contributions from parents. If, however, the response is not sufficient, it may be necessary to withdraw the offer of the outing.

Please see our ‘Charging and Remissions Policy’ for more information. 


Homework

Holcombe Brook has a policy of providing home learning opportunities that are enjoyable, manageable and interesting. The purpose of giving homework is to reinforce and extend what is learned in school. The majority of homework activities are designed for pupils to be able to complete largely independently, especially in Key Stage 2. Some projects will be spread over a longer period of time and will need parental support. All parents are asked to sign a homework policy when their child begins school.

The following homework is set on a regular basis:

Reception:
  • Key words
  • Reading book (when appropriate)
  • Finding basic information for topic work (pictures etc.)
  • Spellings (for some children)
KS1:
  • Reading book
  • Finding basic information relating to topic work
  • Spelling
  • Work in other curriculum areas such as maths
KS2:
  • Reading book
  • Research for topic work
  • Spellings
  • Learning tables
  • Work to finish (when necessary)

Class Specific Homework Information:

Class teachers may give more class specific homework details on their class pages, or provide ‘Homework Grids’ from which pupils choose specific assignments . Homework schedules and details of specific assignments may be available on the class calendars, which are linked at the top of each class page, or in the footer of the events calendar. (Any homework items will appears with a border and marked with a book or deadline icon). The homework calendar for all classes can be viewed here

We encourage all children to complete and return homework promptly as good preparation for High School. Where homework is regularly late or not done, a pupil will be expected to complete it at lunchtime and a discussion with parents takes place. If any parent is struggling to support their child in any part of their homework they are more than welcome to come into school and talk to the class teacher – many areas, for example, the teaching of calculations in maths are different from when parents were at school. Details of the methods to be used or an example will often be included in the homework to help parents out! Homework Club is offered on Thursday lunchtimes to pupils in Year 5 and Year 6.


Special Educational Needs

  • The school aims to meet the individual needs of all children and to provide access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Not all children learn in the same way, or at the same pace, and some children will need extra help and support with their learning.
  • If your child is identified as having difficulties with their learning, you will be invited to discuss the needs of your child with the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Co-ordinator and the children’s class teacher. It may be that, in partnership, we are able to overcome the difficulties.
  • If more help is needed, the school may ask for the advice of the Learning Support Advisory Service and record the child’s needs on a form called an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a group IEP, which you will see and add your comments, if you wish.
  • No decision about the special educational needs of a child, at any stage, is made without the knowledge of the child and the consent of parents. 
  • The SEN Co-ordinator or class teacher is always pleased to discuss any concerns that you may have about your child’s learning or progress.

Welfare

The health and welfare of your child is our first priority. We will always contact you if we have any concerns. Holcombe Brook Primary School believes that all children, regardless of ability, have the right to inclusive education. When an application is received, the Governors and teachers will discuss the needs of the child with parents and make the necessary arrangements to ensure that arrangements are in place. This may require the purchase of additional equipment and the provision of staff to assist the child.

Medical care

Once your child reaches five, their weight, height, hearing and sight are checked by the school nurse and any issues relating to general health is discussed with you. Any child who becomes ill in school will be cared for and comforted until you can be contacted. We will need your telephone numbers and numbers of other emergency contacts for our records. You will need to en- sure that these are kept up to date. If your child receives a bump on the play- ground but is otherwise fine you will receive either a phone call/text message to let you know or a ‘bump letter’, or the teacher will speak to you when you collect your child. If your child has asthma, please ensure that up to date sprays are kept in school. These are stored in classrooms so that pupils have direct access to them whenever they need. Please let us know if your child’s medication changes or they are suffering a particularly bad spell as this can impact upon their learning and they may need a bit more TLC!

Headlice

Are unfortunately a fact of life! If you discover headlice/nits in your child’s hair please inform us and treat them straight away. As soon as treatment is given, your child can return to school. Treatment should then be given 7 days later to ensure all eggs are dead. All members of the family should also be treated.

If we discover headlice in your child’s hair at school we will contact you and you will be asked to collect your child straight away. This is merely to prevent the lice from spreading to other children. Once treated your child can return to school. Headlice and nits are a growing problem so we ask for your support with this and also ensuring any longer length hair is tied back. Many Bury pharmacies are part of the ‘Care at the Chemist’ scheme where any minor ailments such as headlice, conjunctivitis, ulcers etc can be assessed and treatment prescribed without a visit to the GP


School Meals

  • We have our own kitchen, run by EDS Bury, and the children can have a freshly cooked meal each day.
  • A salad bar is also available each day. 
  • Alternatively they can bring a packed lunch.
  • The price of School Meals is currently £10.00 per week which should be paid at the beginning of each week by cash or cheque.
  • You can also pay for several weeks in advance by cash or cheque or use our online payment system. This method is preferable as it cuts down on administration time and eliminates the chances of dinner money envelopes and change going missing.
  • From September 2014 all Infant children are entitled to a Free School Meal.
  • Children throughout Key Stage One have a free piece of fruit each day which they eat at morning break time.
  • Children are also encouraged to bring a plastic bottle into school that can be filled from the water fountains provided and used throughout the day. It has been proven that if children have regular access to water during the day they are more able to concentrate.
Free School Meals

If your family gets state benefits or your earnings are below a certain threshold, you may be able to get extra help with school lunch payments. The extra help will depend on the type of benefit that you claim. If your child is about to start school and you want to make a claim please contact the local Area Education Office situated at The Town Hall or contact school for more information. Similarly, if your child is already at school and your circumstances change, do not hesitate to contact us for advice.

School Milk

School milk is available on a termly basis at a cost of 16p per carton. This is payable for the whole term in advance. A letter is sent out at the end of one term to order milk for the next term.

Snacks

Children in Key Stage One are provided with a piece of fruit per day around morning playtime. Other children in Key Stage Two are able to bring in a ‘healthy snack’ for mid morning. This should not be crisps or anything with chocolate. If your child does not have school milk they are able to use the water fountains to fill drinks bottles. Juices and cordial are not permitted due to potential damage to teeth and the fact that bottles, if left in school overnight , tend to attract ants!


Complaints

Worries need to be discussed first with your child’s teacher and then the Head. If you are not satisfied, the Head will have detailed information about the Authority’s procedures.

The Local Education Authority has established procedures so that the concerns of parents and others about the school curriculum and related matters may be considered – and whenever possible – resolved locally. The arrangements apply to complaints relating to the curricular responsibilities of the LA or the Governing Body of the County, Voluntary or Maintained Special School: that is, that the Authority or Governing Body has acted, or is proposing to act, unreasonably or has failed to comply with the requirements or duties imposed by the Education Reform Act 1988. In the first instance, particular problems should be referred to the Headteacher who will endeavour to achieve a satisfactory outcome by informal means, if necessary through discussion with appropriate members of staff and the complainant. If, however, the issue cannot be resolved in this way, it may be referred first to a panel of Governors of the school and, as a last resort, to an LA panel for formal consideration. Further details of the Authority procedures may be obtained from the Headteacher or the Area Education Officer.


Health and Safety

The school is regularly inspected by Health & Safety experts in line with Bury Council’s Health and Safety Monitoring programme. A termly report is given to the School’s Governing Body. The school’s site manager monitors the building and grounds on a daily basis and the Governors complete an annual check. The school staff have received health and safety training and we have a team of First Aiders always available on site. Fire drills are regularly held to fully prepare the school for an emergency of this nature.

The safety of every child and adult is a priority at Holcombe Brook Primary School and every effort is taken to make certain we monitor this area,
inform the right people and protect and care for all who use the school site and premises, as far as we possibly can. Parents are kept informed of health and safety matters through meetings, telephone and letters depending on the urgency of the concern. We rely on any parent, adult or child keeping us informed of any health and safety issues and we expect immediate contact using the above communications. We also rely upon parents to inform the school of any change in circumstances so they can be informed in case of emergency.

School Security

The security of everyone who comes on to the school premises is paramount to Holcombe Brook Primary School. We are alert and aware as we possibly can be and we work together to make sure we are all safe.

We have a responsibility to make certain security is high profile throughout the school. All outside doors have security locks and these can only be accessed from the outside by permanent members of staff. All our staff are CRB checked. Employment does not commence until their check is complete and they do not hold a criminal record involving any child protection issues. The Headteacher is in charge of Child Protection and the school’s Safeguarding policy is regularly reviewed and available for parents and visitors to read. All staff are well trained and proficient in dealing with Safeguarding concerns and difficulties and receive updated training regularly.

We have good liaison with other agencies such as Ramsbottom Police who support us in having high standards in security. As in health and safety issues, we seek to keep all parents and adults informed just as we would expect good and immediate communication from children, parents and outside visitors.

All visitors to our school should report firstly to the Reception Office, via the main entrance, where a member of staff will be able to give assistance and an identity badge will be issued.