If your child is unwell please inform the School Office on the first day of absence. You can do this by ringing 01423 506060 Option 1, you can also report absences using Parent Mail.
The school office record this information and pass it on to teachers.
If your child is unwell for more than 2 days, we ask you to ring again to keep us updated.
A member of the administrative staff checks absences every day and follows up with a call where we have not been notified.
If your child is going to be absent for any length of time, we are happy to provide work for them to complete which can be picked up from the Office and returned for feedback.
If your child has received specialist care for a medical condition, please ask them for some guidance on supporting their return to school, particularly regarding playtimes and P.E. in some circumstances we may need to put an individual risk assessment in place. If your child returns from absence an requires medication, please ensure that you complete the administration of medication forms (available from the school office).
We are required by law to record absences and share these figures with parents, NYCC and the DfE. An absence is considered to be unauthorised if we have not been informed by parents. Parents at Grove Road are really good at letting us know when their child is absent, so your support helps us to make sure that our unauthorised absence figures remain low.
Occasionally a child has an accident at school. The majority are minor cuts and bruises, which are treated at school by trained first-aiders on our staff. If your child receives a bump to the head during the day, in most cases we will keep them in school and you will receive a head bump letter at the end of the day which gives some advice and guidance on self-management at home. A teacher or member of support staff will inform you that there has been a head bump, this will either be via a phone call or at the end of the day.
In some circumstances we may contact you and ask you to have your child checked by a health professional and in these instances, or in the event of an emergency, it is vital we are able to contact someone. Please make sure that the School Office have a current telephone number where we can contact you or a family member during the day.
If children are to achieve their potential they need to attend school for as much time as possible. The Department for Education (DfE) expects all schools to check the level of attendance of all pupils each term and to challenge parents/carers to make improvements where there is any unauthorised absence, where any pupil’s attendance is below 90% or regular intermittent absence. From September 2013, the law has no longer allowed Headteachers to grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances and they can also decide the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted. ‘Exceptional circumstances’ already includes:
- family crisis
- religious observance
- unavoidable medical appointments
All routine, non-emergency appointments such as dental check-ups must be made outside of school hours. Should a child need to have an appointment during school hours, evidence of this appointment must be provided. There are a few other exceptional circumstances that can be taken into consideration and when considering whether to grant a request for term-time absence, we will take account of local and family circumstances as well as ongoing attendance levels.
Our attendance policy is available on our policies page
Schools have an important part to play in the detection and prevention of child abuse.
Parents and carers should be aware that where it appears to a member of the school staff that a child may have suffered a non-accidental injury or abuse or discloses abuse, the school is required by law to report the matter to the Social Services Department immediately.
Further information about our safeguarding team and our school safeguarding polices can be found on our Safeguarding Page
This school values its relationship with parents/carers and our local community. We are happy to receive suggestions and comments on what goes on within school. This might be when you think that we are doing something well as a whole team or where you wish to praise a specific member of staff. Compliments and comments can be submitted to the headteacher via email email@example.com. This feedback will be shared with the relevant members of staff and will be used to help us to identify areas of success and where we can make improvements.
We recognise that there may be times when things are not quite as expected and we believe it is important that anyone who raises a concern is treated seriously and that their concerns and complaints are dealt with fairly. Usually, concerns can be dealt with informally and can be resolved satisfactorily through discussion. Occasionally, a concern cannot be resolved in this way and it may become a complaint. Every effort will be made to resolve the matter informally. However if this is not possible the person may wish to take the matter further and put the complaint in writing. Where a written complaint is received school will follow the steps outlined in the complaints procedure which is available on our policies page.
We believe in the importance of providing a rich and diverse curriculum for all our pupils with opportunities provided to extend pupils skills and interest wherever possible. In practice this means that we offer a range of drama, literary, art, music, sport, science, residential and other experiences for this very purpose. Although many events are provided free of charge, we sometimes ask for parental contributions although we invariably subsidise all additional activities. In addition:
- We are always mindful of not asking for too many contributions in any one period.
- Trips and visits outside school hours are optional extras and the law allows the school to charge for these.
- If parents and carers are having difficulty contributing, your child will still be able to take part in activities during school hours. However, in the event of insufficient contributions, it may be necessary to cancel events.
- If you have any difficulties with regard to paying for the visit please contact the Headteacher and we will see if we can help in some way.
The complete charging and remissions policy is available on our policies page
Grove Road complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
We have appointed Veritau to act as our Data Protection Officer (DPO)
Full information is available in our Information Policy, which can be found on our Policies page.
Information about how we use your personal data is contained in the Privacy Notices also on the Policies page
Children come from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds. It is the school’s policy that all children, parents, carers and staff be treated equally, regardless of gender, religion, race, nationality, social background or physical impairment. We aim to ensure that the experiences of all pupils are valued and reflected in the curriculum. We value the richness of the multi-ethnic world and aim to celebrate the individual for their own merits.
- We provide an inclusive atmosphere based on respect for others and ourselves.
- We believe that everyone is equally important and that no-one has the right to harass, insult or cause offence to any other person for any reason.
We particularly reject any abuse of individuals for:
- The colour of their skin
- Their nationality or accent
- Their religion
- Their looks or what they wear
- Their height or weight
- Their physical impairment
- Their gender
- Their age
- Their ability or lack of ability
- Their likes or dislikes
- Their popularity or lack of popularity
- Their home or family circumstances
We are all individuals with difference, but we are all equal members of the Grove Road Community Primary School community (Team GR).
Our Accessibility Policy and Single Equality Scheme which details how children with protected characteristics are protected is available on the policies page