Nene & Ramnoth School

Useful Information

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Absence

Please inform the school, by phone, if your child is ill or absent for any reason. If we are not aware of the reason for a child’s absence that absence is recorded as ‘unauthorised’.
Please only make doctor/dental appointments in school time if it is an emergency. Your child will be classed as absent for a whole session if not in school at registration time.
In line with Local Authority Guidance and Wisbech School’s Partnership principles, all holidays taken within school time will be classed as unauthorised.  We work closely with the Education Welfare Officer to prioritise good attendance by all children.  The Education Welfare Officer can be contacted on 01354 750 401.


Inclusion

We follow the Local Authority Guidelines for identifying and assessing children with special educational needs and those identified as Able, Gifted and Talented. Parents are kept informed at all stages and of all strategies used and their consent obtained before any referral is made to outside agencies.


Safeguarding

Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the  welfare of children”.
We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.

The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The school should make parents/carers aware that records of welfare concerns may be kept about their child. They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies. However, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers.

In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Person for Child Protection) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.

Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, schools or any person who has care of a child “may….do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare”. This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school whilst Social Care and the police investigate any concerns further.

Nene and Ramnoth School work with staff, colleagues and families to safeguard children.  We provide an inclusive and stimulating environment where all children can play and learn safely.  The schools have a statutory duty to all children to ensure they are safe.  This means that we may have to talk to you and your family as well as other professionals if we have any concerns, unless this places the child at further risk.

Nene and Ramnoth School work in partnership with Social Care and may seek advice from them.  This may include making a referral if this is appropriate.

Staff will work together with you to try to overcome any problems you and your family may be having.

A copy of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be seen in the ‘School Policies‘ section


Change of Routine

Sometimes you may have reason to change your child’s normal routine. Whatever the change or request may be, please notify the school, preferably in writing, to avoid any confusion on our part and distress for the child. The child’s word alone will not be accepted.


Pupil Premium and Education Welfare Benefits

Certain benefits enable you to apply for Pupil Premium and Education Welfare Benefits.  Please click on the below links for further information:

Education Welfare Benefits

Pupil Premium – Count Me In! 

Free School Meals Explained! – coming soon


Emergencies

It is sometimes necessary to contact a parent urgently during school hours. Please give us an alternative telephone number, or let us know when you will not be at home. If you change your address, place of work or telephone number, please notify us immediately.

The school has an emergency procedure which is followed in the case of accidents when the parent is not available. This procedure can be viewed on request.

Parents will be informed if a child bumps their head.


Medicines in School and Sun Protection

LA Health and Safety policy cautions schools against administering drugs and medicines. School policy states that we can only administer prescribed medicine which needs to be taken 4 times a day.  The school’s Medicine Policy is available on request.

We ask that parents ensure children have a sun hat in school during the summer term and sun cream is applied before school as staff are not permitted to administer this.


Pastoral Care

The class teachers are responsible for the day to day well-being of the children in their care. If parents are at any time worried about any aspect of school life, or have particular problems to discuss, the class teacher and the Headteacher will be pleased to see them. It may sometimes be necessary to make an appointment.


Health Care

During your child’s time at school visits will be made by a Health Professional. You will be informed by letter when your child is due to be seen.


Wisbech Schools Partnership

The Nene School is a member of the Wisbech Schools Partnership. This is a network of 21 schools and colleges in the Wisbech area. Membership enables us to broaden the experiences we offer our children.


Complaints Procedure

If parents have a concern the steps to follow are listed below:

  • to class teacher
  • to the Executive Principal
  • formally to the Governing Body (c/o Jem Shuttleworth, TEFAT Director of Governance & Policy)
  • formally to the County Council
  • formally to the Secretary of State for Education

Early Years Intevention Family Worker

Vicki Ellinor is our Early Years Intervention Family Worker, who is available to see in school every Thursday morning.  She can be contacted on 07795 453 526 for an informal chat or an appointment about many aspects of school life including free school meals, transition, and attendance.


Discipline

“Caring” in its many aspects is a quality we promote throughout the school. The staff work together to guide children towards acceptable standards of behaviour in their relationships with each other and adults.

Self-discipline is encouraged from the nursery stage and we give positive reasons for restrictions which we do need to impose. The children are expected to show respect for each other and all adults in school.

Discipline in school is a responsibility shared by all staff. Parents of a child with behaviour concerns will be invited to discuss the situation with the class teacher and the Executive Principal. It is hoped that the parents will support any follow up procedures, as we have found in the past that behaviour problems can be solved by a common approach.

At Nene and Ramnoth School we reject all forms of bullying and we are committed to maintaining our “Bully Free” school. We feel that all children should be able to enjoy a secure and welcoming environment in which they are able to talk and be listened to. They are regularly reminded of what to do and who to talk to if bullying occurs, and can be assured that all incidents of bullying will be dealt with. Our anti-bullying policy may be viewed on request.

So that all parents may be made aware of our disciplinary rules and procedures, this brochure will be issued before each child is admitted to the school. The children will be given periodic verbal reminders.


Snow and Bad Weather Closure

To find out if our school is closed due to bad weather, please click here.

GDPR Information for Parents/Carers

To find out more about how we use the data we keep securely about your child, please click here.