Information for parents and carers

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Our Safeguarding Leads at Wallscourt Farm Academy

Key contacts

Miss Weaver, Principal – Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer

Susie Weaver

Ms Kelham, Early Years Leader – Deputy Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer

Sue Kelham

 

Admissions

Wallscourt Farm Academy Admissions Arrangements 2016-17

The academy has an admission number of 60 pupils for the academic year 2016-17. Accordingly, the academy will provide for the admission of 60 pupils to Reception if sufficient applications for entry are received. Where fewer than the published admission number for the relevant year groups is received, the Academy Trust will offer places at Wallscourt Farm Academy to all those who have applied.

In order that your child can be considered for entry to Wallscourt Farm Primary Academy for the school year 2016-17 you must complete and submit the common application form by 15 January 2015. Completed common application forms for residents of South Gloucestershire must be returned directly to South Gloucestershire Council’s Admission and Transport Team either on line:

https://www.southglos.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools-and-colleges/school-admissions/primary-school-admissions

Or complete the common application form provided in the Admission to School Booklet available from South Gloucestershire Council telephone: 01454 868008 Email: cis@southglos.gov.uk

Attendance

Wallscourt Farm is committed to the UNCRC and in accordance with this the following articles are relevant:

Article 28: (Right to education): All children have the right to a primary education, which should be free.

Article 29 (Goals of education): Children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest. It should encourage children to respect others, human rights and their own and other cultures.

Regular attendance at Wallscourt Farm Academy is essential for all children and young people to achieve their full potential. Working in partnership with families ensures all children receive the best education we can offer.

 Research shows children and young people who attend school at least 95% of the time are more likely to achieve good results. Patterns of attendance tend to be set in early years. Local data capturing children’s progress within the Early Years Foundation Stage shows a clear correlation between attendance and achievement, which continues throughout Primary and Secondary School. Good attendance develops the essential life skills necessary for young people to be responsible and successful citizens and is important for personal, social and emotional development and self esteem.

Attendance at Walllscourt Farm is a priority and therefore remains a core area of school focus and development.

All lateness and absences are recorded by the Office manager. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. We work closely with our Local Authority regarding attendance. Attendance is monitored closely through these systems. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point.  If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education welfare service. We also have a responsibility to ensure we track children if they move on, and we are obligated to share this information with the Education Welfare Service.

 School holidays

We would follow the guidance on attendance and encourage all parents/carers to NOT take their children out of school for holidays. Every day of your child’s education counts. If periods of absence or medical appointments during term time are necessary then the details need to be shared with the team and this may need to be submitted in writing to the Principal. Parents/carers will be asked to discuss the reasons for extended school holidays.

Term dates – 2016-17

 

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Monday 5th September – Friday 21st October Wednesday 2nd  November 2016- Friday 16th December Wednesday 4th January 2017-Friday 10th February 2017 Monday 20th February 2017 – Friday 7th April 2017 Monday 24th April 2017 – Friday 26th May Monday 5th June – Friday 21st July
Thursday 1st September and Friday 2nd September INSET Monday 31st October – CLF Conference

INSET

Tuesday 1st Nov – WFA INSET

Tuesday 3rd January  INSET NO INSET NO INSET July 7th CLF Conference INSET

 

School hours 

Monday – Friday

8:45am-3:15pm

Please note, the main gate closes at 9:00 and you will then need to take your child to report to the Welcome Zone and they will be signed in late. Children collected after 3:30 will be waiting in the Welcome Zone. We thank you in advance for being punctual and ensuring your child gets the best possible start to each day of learning.

 Welcome Zone is open during the following hours:

 Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm

Please note, the telephone does not have an answer machine facility to report absence, as we are keen to speak to families regarding this. To report an absence, please call before 8:40 or after 9:15, when other children and families have settled into school for the day.

During the lunch hour the Welcome Zone may be very busy, so please do try calling back after 1:30pm.

Mrs. Claire Murray or Mrs Esme Whitlock will be happy to help in any way they can.

Out of hours

We currently run both a breakfast club and an Afterschool club at Wallscourt Farm Academy.

Breakfast club:

8:00-8:45am. £2.00 per session. Please note, cereal and toast are offered to the children and this is a dining experience, rather than a play experience.

Afterschool Club:

3:15-5:45pm – £7.00 per session

All children need to ensure they are following the Charters for our Out of Hours clubs, and we reserve the right to specify who is able to attend these clubs to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all.

Both out of hours clubs are run as not-for-profit organisations, and we run these specifically to support working families. All sessions need to be booked in advance, via the Welcome Zone office team. All children requiring this childcare provision must be registered with the Out of Hours, and payments are made in block bookings, as per the booking and invoice system. We are not able to accept childcare vouchers for these sessions.

Enrichment –clubs

See below for overview of enrichment activities and clubs for 2016-17

Enrichment and Out of Hours Planner – 2016-17

In addition to our out of hours childcare provision, we offer a host of enrichment opportunities for children outside of the core hours. We are currently running a specialist music club for children in Reception. This is on Mondays after school. Please book in via the Welcome Zone.

As part of our Sports and Physical Development provision, the team at Future Stars run an series of Afterschool clubs. These range from Football, Rugby to Gymnastics. All run on a Tuesday afterschool from 3:15. Please book in via the Welcome Zone.

We also have an outdoor forest skills club running every Thursday afterschool. The Outdoor Project run this club afterschool each week, and the children either stay on site, or head to the local woodlands to experience a range of outdoor woodland learning opportunities.

In addition, we are currently auditing the types of clubs that children would like to attend afterschool, and we will be letting families know about the range of in house, school run clubs that your child could attend. These will be directed at KS1 children in Years 1 and 2 and will begin from September.

Uniform & PE kits

We have a Wallscourt Farm Academy school uniform. This can be purchased from Initially Yours. Please see their website for further information regarding ordering and prices. In addition, we fully understand that families may want to top-up the branded Wallscourt Farm uniform with plain jumpers, tshirts and school uniform trousers etc. These can be purchased from any number of budget and high street shops. We are happy for you to supplement, but all children do require at least 1 logos jumper and 1 tshirt with the logo.

Other jumpers need to be Primary Blue, and other tshirts need to be light blue. School uniform trousers and skirts need to be grey or black, and appropriate school shoes in black must be worn. All children also need a Wallscourt Farm Academy Book Bag, which can also be purchased from Initially Yours.

If you need any further information or support in terms of uniform please see a member of the welcome zone team.

For Physical Education and Sports, all children need to wear black trousers or shorts, and a white tshirt. Children also all need to have a pair or plimsolls/daps or trainers for outdoor P.E. It is essential that ALL children have a PE kit in school each day.

Volunteers:

Helpers in school and legal duties

In any work with children, at school, volunteers accept a duty of care.  However, when teachers welcome parents/carers, students and helpers into our school we accept that staff must take reasonable steps to ensure that helpers take care of children’s safety.  As a general rule, you will not be left in sole charge of children. We ask prospective volunteers to familiarise themselves with the relevant Safeguarding documentation (see further documentation in school) and the summary of Keeping Children Safe in Education. There is also a full staff handbook and other H&S documentation for further reading.

Parental Partnership

At Wallscourt Farm Academy, and throughout the Cabot Learning Federation we believe that learning will be most successful when supported by a 3-way partnership between child, parents/carers/family and staff- the learning triangle. Education is a shared responsibility and joy. Our children live and learn in two worlds – home and school and the way in which the two connect and communicate can make an enormous difference to how our children learn and achieve.

School will:

  • We will be open and welcoming at all times and offer opportunities for you to become involved in the daily life of the school
  • Ensure that children feel safe and secure within school, and they are aware of their rights and responsibilities
  • Provide a safe environment and support children to learn about how to keep safe, healthy and happy
  • Support all children to achieve well through building positive relationships and develop an understanding of their responsibilities
  • Involve parents and carers in their child’s learning in school and beyond
  • Keep parents regularly informed about their child’s progress and attainment
  • Provide an enriching, creative and engaging curriculum
  • Support all children to achieve the core skills in Communication, Language and Literacy and Mathematical Development
  • Underpin the curriculum with a learning skills approach to enable the children to develop lifelong learning skills
  • Help children to become global citizens who respect their own and others cultures, and allow time to share and celebrate diversity.
  • Provide all children with the opportunity to be involved in decisions about school life
  • Work with the Academy Council and CLF Board to ensure we are meeting our duties as a school community

Families will:

  • Ensure that your child attends school regularly and on time.
  • Contact school on the first day of absence and keep in regular touch
  • Communicate with school on a regular basis and ensure, if appropriate, you communicate with school in the first instance where issues arise.
  • Take responsibility for supporting your child so that they show positive behaviour for learning
  • Attend Parent/carer learning consultations to keep informed about how your child is progressing in school
  • Take an interest in and support your child’s learning and share information to ensure your child is fully supported
  • Make sure that your child has all that they need to be a successful learner in school e.g. PE kit, uniform, book bag
  • Support the school in providing a safe and secure environment e.g. by parking appropriately, informing us of collections etc.

Children will:

  •    Respect the rights of yourselves and others within the school community
  •   Contribute to and follow the school charters and class charters
  •   Speak politely to others and listen to their views and ideas
  •   Think about your responsibilities within and beyond school
  •   Try to achieve your best and each be successful learners

Together we will:

  • Value one another as partners in learning.
  • Listen to and support each other in our aim to provide the best education for our children.

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Our Safeguarding Leads at Wallscourt Farm Academy

Key contacts

Miss Weaver, Principal – Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer

Susie Weaver

Ms Kelham, Early Years Leader – Deputy Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer

Sue Kelham

  • Overview:

    • At Wallscourt Farm Academy we believe that Safeguarding Children and Young People is of paramount concern and we are clear that this is a shared responsibility for everyone within and beyond the school.
    • All staff may raise concerns directly with Children’s Social Care services
    • We are committed to ensuring that every child is individually supported, within and beyond our school community.
    • We work closely with families and carers to enable us to support all our learners in the most effective way and share key information
    • We offer support and guidance to all those involved in the lives of our pupils.

For the best interest of all our children, we have in place a wide range of Safeguarding measures

eSafety

Golden Rules of Esafety

Stop! Think! Click!These rules help us to stay safe on the Internet

  • We only use the internet when an adult is with us.
  • We only click on the buttons or links when we know what they do.
  • We always ask if we get lost on the Internet.
  • We always send and open emails together.
  • We only write polite and friendly emails to people that we know.
  • We will tell an adult if we see something that scares or upsets us.
  • We will only let adults we trust know our passwords.

 

Advice links

 

Support for families

We work with a number of agencies, and we are able to access and signpost to a wide range support networks if needed to support families. Please discuss any needs or concerns with the Principal or your child’s class teacher, or another member of staff if you prefer.

Information for Parents

 

Vodaphone Digital Parenting Checklists

Vodaphone produce some useful checklists for parents of different aged children to support them with addressing online safety issues. As we are coming up to Christmas and young people may well be receiving technology as presents we thought it might be useful to circulate these. They can be added to school websites to inform parents.

 

Under 5 checklist

 

  • STARTsetting some boundaries now – it’s never too early to do things like set limits for the amount of time they can spend on the computer
  • KEEPdevices like your mobile out of reach and make sure you have passwords/PINs set up on them for the times you might lend them to your child… or for when they simply get hold of them themselves!
  • CHECKthe age ratings and descriptions on apps, games, online TV and films before downloading them and allowing your child to play with or watch them
  • EXPLAINyour technology rules to grandparents, babysitters and parents of your child’s friends so that they stick to them when they’re looking after your child
  • REMEMBERthat public Wi-Fi (e.g. in cafés) might not have Parental Controls on it – so, if you hand over your iPad to your child while you’re having a coffee, they might be able to access more than you bargained for
  • SETthe homepage on your family computer or tablet to an appropriate website like Cbeebies

 Age 6-9 Checklist

 

  • CREATEa user account for your child on the family computer with appropriate settings and make the most of Parental Controls and tools like Google SafeSearch
  • AGREEa list of websites they’re allowed to visit and the kind of personal information they shouldn’t reveal about themselves online (like the name of their school or their home address)
  • DECIDEtime limits for things like using the internet and playing on games consoles
  • BEARin mind what older siblings might be showing them on the internet, mobiles, games consoles and other devices and agree some rules as a whole family
  • TALKto other parents about their views on things like what age to buy kids a mobile and don’t be pressured by your child into letting them use certain technologies if you don’t think they’re old enough or mature enough… no matter how much they pester you
  • FAMILIARISEyourself with age ratings and descriptions on games, and apps etc, so that you can be sure your child is only accessing age-appropriate content

Age 19 – 12 checklist

  • MAKEsure you’ve set some tech boundaries before they get their first mobile or games console – once they have it in their hands, it can be more difficult to change the way they use it
  • REMINDyour child to keep phones and other devices well hidden when they’re out and about to minimise the risk of theft
  • TALKto them about what they post and share online – written comments, photos and videos all form part of their ‘digital footprint’ and could be seen by anyone and available on the Web forever
  • DISCUSSthe kind of things they see online – this is the age when they might be looking for information about their changing bodies and exploring relationships, for example
  • HOLDthe line on letting your son or daughter sign up for services like Facebook and YouTube that have a minimum age limit of 13 – talk to other parents and their school to make sure everyone is on the same page
  • REMINDthem that they shouldn’t do anything online that they wouldn’t do face-to-face

Age 13 + Checklist

  • DON’Tthink it’s too late to reinforce boundaries or teach your child anything about technology – they might think they have the know-how but they still need your w
  • TALKto them about how they might be exploring issues related to their health, wellbeing and body image online – they might come across inaccurate or dangerous information on the Web at a vulnerable time
  • DISCUSShow they behave towards others and what they post online and don’t shy away from difficult conversations about things like pornography and other risky behaviours, such as sexting
  • GIVEyour child control of their own budget for things like apps / music but make sure you have agreed boundaries so that they manage their money responsibly
  • DISCUSSthings like downloading and plagiarism so that they understand what’s legal and what’s not
  • ADJUSTthe settings on Parental Controls in line with your son or daughter’s age and maturity – if they ask you to turn them off completely, think carefully before you do and agree in advance what is acceptable online behaviour

 

The Digital Parenting website gives information about the Digital Parenting magazine. Schools can order this free of charge for parents. http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html/

It can also be accessed online so it would be a good link to add to your school website.

Childnet Tips on Online Gaming

Childnet have some top tips for online gaming. This is helpful guidance for parents who may have purchased online games for young people and would make a useful item on the school website. The tips are listed below.

  1. It may seem daunting, but one of the best things parents and carers can do is to engage with the gaming environment and begin to understand what makes it is so attractive to young people as well as the types of activities that they enjoy!
  2. Talk with your children about the types of game(s) they are playing. Are they role-playing games, sports games, strategy games or first person

shooters? If you’re not sure what they are, ask them to show you how they play and have a go yourself.

  1. Some games may offer children the chance to chat with other players by voice and text. Ask them who they are playing with and find out if they are talking to other players. If chat is available, look at the type of language that is used by other players.
  2. Look out for age ratings and familiarise yourself with the PEGI icons on games. The PEGI classification gives you a clear indication whether a game is suitable for your child.

 

The childnet parent site includes a section on hot topics and information on parental controls and gaming. The hot topics section covers the issues that parents may be concerned about. http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

Childnet also have a skills school with online videos talking through the safety features of sites which parents can work through with their child. There is one for Club Penguin. http://www.childnet.com/young-people/skills-school Even if children do not use the game it talks through tips that younger children may need to consider in playing other games. This will help to raise awareness of the types of issues and advice parents should be discussing with their child.

The Childnet International – Know IT All for Parents site includes video guides for parents in a number of languages.

http://www.childnet-int.org/kia/parents/

Wallscourt Farm Academy – ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

KEY INFORMATION

Statement of Intent

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our children so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell an adult.

All adults in school follow a Rights respecting and Restorative Approach

If you are concerned that your child is being bullied, please tell us. You can talk with any member of staff about your worries. There are two anti-bullying coordinators in school who can help your child and you.

Miss Weaver and Ms Kelham are our Anti-Bullying Coordinators

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is repeated behaviour which makes other people feel uncomfortable or threatened. Bullying is often about power. Victims often feel powerless to stop it without support.

Bullying can be: 

Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books,

threatening gestures)

Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence

Racist racial taunts, graffiti, gestures

Sexual unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments

Homophobic because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality

Verbal name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing

Cyber:  All areas of internet, such as email & internet chat room misuse.

Mobile threats by text messaging & calls

Misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera & video facilities

Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?

Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Children who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.

We have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

HELP ORGANISATIONS:

Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) 0808 800 5793

Children’s Legal Centre 0845 345 4345

KIDSCAPE Parents Helpline (Mon-Fri, 10-4) 0845 1 205 204

Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222

Youth Access 020 8772 9900

Bullying Online www.bullying.co.uk

Visit the Kidscape website www.kidscape.org.uk for further support, links and advice.