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General Information
 
PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION

All parents become members of the Parent Teacher Association on registration of their child.

As well as taking part in functions organised by the P.T.A. Committee, many parents help on a day-to-day basis, helping in the classroom, providing transport for school teams etc.

Perhaps, most importantly, parents attend their child's Class Mass and assemblies whenever possible; thus sharing their Faith. These are not “shows” but an essential part of the life of the church. We ask you to join in the prayerful experience.

FINANCE

Occasionally you will be asked to contribute to one of the funds:

The School Fund

This fund exists to provide for additional materials and to subsidise various school outings and celebrations e.g. Christmas festivities, school sports etc.

The Governors Fund

This fund exists to pay for external repairs and other items that are the Governors responsibility.

The Governors Annual Report to the Parents gives full details of the school’s activities, results and finances.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

The Governors do not accept responsibility for loss or damage of personal property.

All belongings must be clearly marked with the owner’s name.

MEALS

Meals are cooked at the school. The charge is that fixed by Medway Council currently £1.79 per day. Medway Council will provide meals free if eligible. Details are available on request from the School Secretary. Every effort is made to ensure that a child receiving free meals cannot be identified.

Children will choose from the Superheroes menu and dinner money should be paid on either Thursday or Friday to pay for meals for the following week.  Cheques should be made payable to Chartwells.

(Please write your child’s name on the reverse of the cheque.)
 
Superheroes Menu Spring/Summer 2017
 
 
 
MEDICINES

1 If your child is considered fit by your doctor to attend school but is to finish a course of medication during school hours then, you must follow this procedure because to comply with Health and Safety policies. NO MEMBER OF STAFF IS ALLOWED TO ADMINISTER MEDICINES.

a. Ascertain if it is essential to administer medication during school time, (some doses may be "doubled up" or left until later).

b. If medicine must be given then the parent or authorised person MUST attend school and administer medicine at the prescribed time.

2 Medication such as inhalers (for asthmatics) shall be held by the child ONLY, together with a limited measured dose. It is essential that the "patient" have easy access to inhalers. Only the large nebulisers may be kept at the teacher’s desk for the child to use.

These conditions are for the safety of all children.

VISITING THE SCHOOL

You are welcome to visit the school but do please ring first to make suitable arrangements.

CONTINUING CATHOLIC EDUCATION


We encourage pupils to transfer at 11 to the St. John Fisher School at Chatham, where they can complete their Catholic education up to A-level standard. St John Fisher has an excellent reputation and is recommended for all Catholic children. Entry is according to their admission policy.

Details are given in your child's final year at this school.

Full particulars are available from:

The Headteacher.

St. John Fisher School

Ordnance Street Chatham

Tel. (01634) 842811

DOCUMENTATION RELEVANT TO SCHOOL

Statutory instruments, D.F.E. (Department for Education and Skills) circulars, H.M.I. (Her Majesty’s Inspectors) reports (subject to availability) and other relevant documents are retained at school for your inspection. The school had a Section 5 Ofsted inspection  and a Section 48 inspection in March 2013.

Data on computer file is held in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

The following documents are held at the school for your inspection:

Ofsted Inspection Report (March 2013)

D.F.E. circulars

H.M.I. reports

Other relevant documents

Ofsted Maths Inspection (March 2007)

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk

CODE OF CONDUCT

It is important to be positive.


Rather than the traditional approach of a stream of "Don't do this or that" we have only two rules.

1 Children at this school are expected to show respect to other children, staff, visiting adults, the equipment and fabric of the school.

2. For their own safety, and the safety of others, children should behave in an orderly way.

The teaching staff has the authority to create any necessary instructions to maintain the above rules.

It should be noted that if malicious damage is caused to school property then a charge might be levied to recoup the cost of the article. (See Charging Policy on page 19)

Children are normally punished by loss of privileges, e.g. playtime detention.

If it is felt that the offence is more serious or persistent then the parents will be informed and we would look for co-operation to resolve the problem.

UNIFORM LIST

Our distinctive uniform helps give the children pride in their school.

The School is the ONLY supplier for pullovers, cardigans, ties, polo and P.E. shirts and fleeces. These will be supplied embroidered with the school name. Please order in advance via the school reception. Profits go towards helping school funds.

GIRLS

SHOES Black or navy. (No fashion shoes, high heels, trainers or open toed sandals)

SOCKS Long white. (Short socks may be worn in the summer)

TIGHTS Grey.

SKIRTS Grey.

BLOUSE White. (A white polo shirt may be worn from the start of Term 4 until the end of the Term 1 - as supplied by the school)

TIE Royal blue with thin white stripes. (As supplied at the school).

PULLOVER/CARDIGAN Royal blue. (As supplied at the school).

SUMMER DRESS Blue gingham.

RAINCOAT/COAT Preferably navy.

BOYS

SHOES Black (no fashion shoes, trainers or boots)

SHORTS Plain grey, (no long trousers). Black/navy tracksuit may be worn to/from school in the winter.

SOCKS Plain grey/or grey with royal blue hoops.

SHIRTS Grey or white. (A white polo shirt may be worn from the beginning of Term 4 until the end of Term 1 - as supplied by the school)

TIE Royal blue with thin white stripes. (As supplied at the school).

PULLOVER Royal blue. (As supplied at the school).

RAINCOAT/COAT Preferably navy.

BOYS & GIRLS P.E.

GENERAL White vest printed with school name, royal blue shorts, and plimsolls.

FOOTBALL Blue shorts, white or blue jersey with long sleeves, white socks with royal blue hoops, football boots. Blue or black tracksuits may be worn in the winter.

NETBALL Blue or black tracksuits may be worn in the winter. Trainers may be worn.

DESIRABLE

SUMMER HAT Legionnaire or baseball style with school name.

SCHOOL FLEECE Navy blue (As supplied at the school)

Please mark all items clearly with name of child

JEWELLERY

None. Studs are permissible for pierced ears, but must be removed for P.E. and swimming.

For Health and Safety reasons, children with recently pierced ears will not be allowed to do P.E.until the wound is healed and the child is capable of removing the studs unattended.

It is strongly advised that any piercing be undertaken at the start of the Summer holidays.

HAIR Boys will be expected to keep their hair short.

Girls' long hair is to be tied back. (Headbands/elastics/clips should be plain blue or black ) No “trendy” hairstyles please as this tends to cause rivalry and jealousy in the classroom.
 
SCHOOL DAY

08.55 Registration

10.30-10.45 Playtime (except Thursday 10.15-10.30 Re: Swimming)

12.05 – 1.25 Lunch (Infants)

12.20 -1.25 Lunch (Juniors)

1.25 Afternoon school starts

2.25 - 2.40 Playtime

3.35 Finish

The school gates are opened at 8.40am and children should not arrive any earlier than this.
 
ASSEMBLIES AND SERVICES

Assemblies: Monday 9.00 Junior Prayer

Wednesday 9.00 Infant Prayer/Hymns

Thursday 9.00 Whole school Prayer/Hymns

Friday 3.15 Assembly - Parents welcome

Mass: Normally Tuesday 9.15 (Parents & parishioners welcome)

Reconciliation: By arrangement

CHARGES FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

POLICY STATEMENT

1 All education provided at St. Thomas will be free of charge.

2 Parents are to be informed of the cost of activities e.g. school trips.

3 Parents and/or other bodies are to be invited to make donations to offset the costs of activities.

4 Exceptions to the above are as follows:

a) Piano, keyboard, brass or woodwind lessons provided by external music schools. (Third party charge)

b) Any other individual charges for sporting lessons provided by Medway Council or sporting associations. (Third party charge)

c) Nominal cost of hire of musical instruments owned by the school provided for the child e.g. guitar. (School charge)

d) Goods supplied e.g. cake ingredients. (School charge)

e) A charge may be made for any damage caused by a child. e.g. wilful damage to books or musical instruments (Refer to the schools' disciplinary code).

(Any charge shall be remitted in FULL. In cases of genuine hardship, please contact the school.)

Any additions or amendments necessary to this statement will be made in accordance with the Education Reform Act 1988 (sections 106-111, 117-118).
 
COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

This complaints procedure shall refer to the handling of Complaints about the school curriculum, related matters, general management of the school, Religious education, and acts of collective worship.

1. All complaints that relate to the internal organisation and the running of the school should, in the first instance, be referred to the Headteacher. The Governing body should not seek to become involved until the Headteacher has had the opportunity to deal with the issue.

2. If the Complainant is still not satisfied, the Headteacher should inform them of the right to refer their complaint to the Clerk of the Governing Body, in writing.

3. The Clerk should acknowledge receipt of the complaint promptly and:

      a: Inform the Chairman of the necessity to convene a meeting of the Complaints Sub-Committee

      b: Send a copy of the Complaint to all Governors.

      c: Arrange for a meeting of the Complaints Sub-committee within 10(ten) school days.


The Complaints Sub-Committee shall consist of 3(three) governors selected by the chairman.

4. The Complainant should be invited to attend together with a supportive friend.

The Complainant should be informed that any written evidence should be presented prior to the meeting. (This evidence shall be copied and sent to all members of the Sub-Committee)

The Complainant should be informed that they may bring witnesses.

5. After the Complainant and the respondent have had the opportunity to present the facts, they should withdraw from the meeting, to allow the Sub-Committee to consider all the facts and make a decision.

6. Both the Complainant and the Respondent should be present to hear the decision of the Sub-Committee.

The Complainant shall be informed of their right of Appeal.

The decision shall be confirmed in writing to both parties and to the Chairman of

Governors if not a member of the Complaints Sub-Committee.

7. If the complainant is still not satisfied, notice of appeal shall be made in writing to the Clerk of the Governing body, within 7 days.

8. The Appeals Committee shall consist of the full governing body LESS the members of Complaints sub-committee who heard the original complaint.

9. The Appeals Committee shall be convened within 14 school days to hear the appeal.

10. The procedure to be followed will be that as stated in

Paragraphs 4, 5, and 6 above.

11. The Complainant shall be informed of a further right of Appeal to the Secretary of State for Education.

NOTE:(This second Appeal may be undertaken by an Ombudsman, should the appointment of one be essential by that time. This would constitute a revision to the policy and circular letter should inform all parents.)

(It is recommended that should the Complaint have reference to Religious Education or Acts of collective worship, then any member of the Clergy, who is a governor of the school be invited to attend the Complaints Sub-Committee hearing either as a Member of the Sub-Committee or a witness)

Reviewed April 2010 (next review 2012)
 
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