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Policies
School policies cover every aspect of school life and our policies describe explicitly how we do things at Primrose Lane Primary. They address the practical implications of how we achieve our school vision and ensure that our agreed values underpin day-to-day decisions and actions in school. They are concerned with key processes within school and are about the interactions between staff, pupils, parents, governors and our local community.  
Some policies are statutory and required by law, while others are discretionary and cover additional areas. Many of our policies are based on model versions provided by the Local Authority; others we build from scratch to reflect what we believe to be best practice. All of them are carefully considered and regularly reviewed by staff and governors before being adopted.
Below are some of our most important policies for your reference. Click on the links to read individual policies and as usual, if there’s anything you can't find or you have any queries about please contact the school and we’ll be happy to help.
Admissions

A copy of our Admissions Policy for September 2017 can be downloaded here:

Anti-bullying

Primrose Lane Primary School values all children and seeks to ensure that they learn that the challenging of hurtful behaviour and discrimination is an important part of the school's ethos. All our pupils have the right to feel safe and secure. They need to feel free from any threat of bullying and to know where to go and to whom to speak if bullying occurs. All complaints of bullying are treated seriously and are acted upon in accordance with practice agreed by the whole school community.

Attendance
At Primrose Lane we want the whole school community – governors, staff, parents and pupils to be committed to high standards of attendance and punctuality. Good attendance helps the children in our school community to maximize their learning. Our Attendance Policy supports us all to achieve high levels of attendance and punctuality.
Leave of Absence

The headteacher, supported by the Governing Body, will not, except in exceptional circumstances, give permission for leave of absence during term time for holidays or similar activities. The headteacher will grant leave of absence for exceptional circumstances, such consent not being unreasonably withheld. Parents should use the Request for Leave of Absence Form when requesting leave of absence for exceptional circumstances.

Behaviour

Pupils at Primrose Lane are very well behaved and we believe this is as a result of positive behaviour management both in and out of the classroom. We expect high standards of behaviour and good manners at all times from everyone in our school. At the start of each school year the school Code of Conduct is explained to each class. In addition, class teachers draw up particular rules with their class; these are appropriate to the age of the children and displayed in the classroom.

Charging
The staff and Governors of Primrose Lane Primary School believe that all our pupils should have an equal opportunity to benefit from school activities and visits (curricular and extra curricular), independent of their parents’ financial means. Our Charging and Remissions Policy describes how we will do our best to ensure that a good range of visits and activities is offered and, at the same time, try to minimise the financial barriers which may prevent some pupils taking full advantage of the opportunities.
Child Protection

At Primrose Lane we strive to establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to when they have a worry or concern. We ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried. We include opportunities in the PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe. As a result of regular training, all members of staff are fully aware of the important role they have in the early recognition of the signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect, and the appropriate referral process.

Collective Worship

At Primrose Lane we believe that collective worship both supports and strengthens what we aim to do in every aspect of school life. Our caring ethos, and the value which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually, is reflected in our worship. We value this special time in the school day for the space it gives children to develop a reflective approach to life and the ability to express their reflections in traditionally religious ways or any other appropriate manner.

Complaints

We believe that our school provides a good education for all our children, and that the Headteacher and other staff work very hard to build positive relationships with all parents. If a parent is concerned about anything to do with the education or well-being of their child, they should, in the first instance, discuss the matter with their child's class teacher. Most matters of concern can be dealt with in this way. All teachers work very hard to ensure that each child is happy at school, and is making good progress; they always want to know if there is a problem, so that they can take action before the problem seriously affects the child's progress.

Confidentiality

Our Confidentiality Policy is designed to support the way in which all members of our school can live and work together in a supportive way. It aims to promote an environment where everyone feels safe and secure and every individual's and family's right to privacy is respected. Confidentiality is an essential element of the success of our school. As such all of our staff, volunteer helpers and visitors are expected to work within the guidelines of our Confidentiality Policy, which conforms to recent legislation and government guidelines.

Drug Education

The staff and governors at Primrose Lane believe that the purpose of Drug Education should be to give pupils knowledge, skills and attitudes to appreciate the benefits of a healthy life-style and to relate these to their own actions, both now and in the future. Set in the broader context of our teaching in PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) and Science, our Drug Education Policy reflects our school aims to provide a caring community in which our children can learn to respect themselves and others, and take responsibility for their own actions. We are committed to the health and safety of all members of the school community and will take action to safeguard their well being. Fundamental to our school's values and practice is the principle of sharing the responsibility for education with parents and carers. We strive for effective communication and co-operation. Drug Education is a major component of drug prevention.

Equality and Diversity

Primrose Lane Primary School is committed to creating a culture in which diversity and equality of opportunity are promoted actively and in which unlawful discrimination is not tolerated. The school recognises the real benefits of having a diverse school community and to this end works hard to maintain an environment which values diversity.

Online Safety

At Primrose Lane we are committed to providing a safe ICT learning environment. Acceptable Use Agreements are documents explaining the ways in which ICT can and cannot be used by all members of the school community, and are followed by all pupils, staff and others connected to the school.

Food in School
At Primrose Lane we believe a healthy balanced diet is key to an individual fulfilling his or her full potential in life. We believe it is important to enjoy a varied and interesting diet, while understanding that certain food groups should be eaten in moderation. We aim to ensure that all aspects of food and nutrition in school promote the health and well-being of pupils, staff and visitors to our school.
Home-School Agreement

Our Home-School Agreement provides a framework that we believe will enhance the partnerships between parents and teachers. It sets out the role of the school, parents and pupils in this vital partnership.

Homework

Parents and school working together as active partners is a central theme of our school. Having a workable, realistic and well understood Homework Policy is an important part of this partnership, as research has shown that homework can make an important contribution to pupils' progress at school. Teachers provide information for children and parents at the beginning of each academic year about the types and frequency of homework activities.

Inclusion
All children have a right to be educated with their peer group.  At Primrose Lane Primary School, we are fully committed to promoting inclusion of all children, whatever their age, ability, gender, race or background.  We believe that the teaching and learning, achievements, attitudes and well-being of every child in the school is important.
Safeguarding

The staff and governors of Primrose Lane Primary School are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. We believe every pupil should be able to participate in all school activities in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from harm. This is the responsibility of every adult employed by or invited to deliver services at Primrose Lane Primary School. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our pupils by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect and bullying.

Sex and Relationships Education

At Primrose Lane we aim to develop an active partnership with parents to ensure sensitive support for pupils as they mature. Most of a child's informal sex and relationship education occurs within the family and the school's programme will complement and build on this. Parents are the key figures in helping their children to cope with growing up and preparing for the responsibilities that sexual maturity brings.

Social Media

Our Social Media Policy sets out our agreed Terms of Use based on the following principles: - Social media (such as Facebook and Twitter; messaging on MSN and on mobile phones; blogs; online discussion forums) bring opportunities for children, young people and adults to understand, engage and communicate with audiences in new and exciting ways. It is important that people are able to use these appropriately and safely. - No child at Primrose Lane Primary can access Facebook at school. We sincerely hope that no child can access Facebook outside of school, as under 13s should not be registered users. The same should be true for children under 13 accessing MSN.

Special Educational Needs
It is recognised that approximately 20% of children will have special educational needs at some time in their school careers. These can be short term but range from those who need a little additional help to those with more significant learning difficulties.  Primrose Lane Primary School is committed to providing the best possible provision that resources allow.  In such an environment our pupils can thrive and their confidence and self-esteem can grow.
Visitors in School

At Primrose Lane we aim to provide a range of activities which support, reinforce and enrich the learning and development of the children. We also aim to be open, welcoming and encouraging to parents and other adults who can help us in providing the best for our children. However, our overriding concern is for the safety and welfare of the children in our care. This document sets out our school's policy, which is to ensure that the children benefit from as much help and support as possible, and are provided at the same time with the best possible security.

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