lnformation for Parents
Special Education Needs (SEN) The National Curriculum provides teachers with the flexibility to respond to the needs of pupils with identified special educational needs. Teachers may provide such pupils with appropriate challenging work at each key stage. The National Curriculum may be modified or disapplied for a pupil, either temporarily by the head teacher's direction or through a statement of special educational needs.
The Governing Body have appointed a teacher and governor with responsible for special educational needs. Details are available at reception.
Wigmore Primary School has a policy for special educational needs and a copy of this document will be made available on request.
When a member of staff or parent raises concerns about a child’s development these are followed up by the co-ordinator for special educational needs. All concerns are discussed openly with parents and a plan of action will be agreed. This may be referred to in an IEP (individual education plan). The school uses a range of strategies to support pupils with special educational needs and this will form part of any IEP. The school keeps a register of pupils with special educational needs.
Concerns about a pupil may lead to the involvement of an Educational Psychologist. Educational Psychologists visit the school from time to time, to discuss pupils on the special needs register and to carry out formal assessments. The outcome of any assessment will be discussed with parents at regular review meetings.
The school follows the 5 stages of provision as outlined in the 1994 SEN Code of Practice. The stage will depend on the child's individual needs. Copies of this document are available on request. *(Currently under review following publication of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice document Dfes 581/2001 – Education Act 1996)
Home School Agreement
The school governors have produced a Home School Agreement in line with national requirements and a code of conduct for pupils. Parents and pupils are encouraged to sign the agreement.
Discipline and School Rules
At Wigmore Primary School children are expected to treat each other with respect. Our Home School Agreement, class and whole school codes of behaviour set the framework for a positive learning environment, and the principles for citizenship.
Teachers are responsible for the day-to-day discipline within their own classes. Sometimes things do go wrong, pupils get into trouble and there will be a consequence dependant upon:
the seriousness of the misdemeanour;
the nature and personality of the child concerned;
the particular circumstances of the incident involved.
If a child experiences continual behavioural problems, parents will be invited into school to discuss and agree a behaviour management programme.
Anti-social behaviour, whether expressed verbally or physically, is not acceptable. This code of behaviour applies both within and outside the building.
Further emphasis is placed on matters related to the health and safety of all members of our school society. The most important rule is the use of common sense.
The school operates a system of rewards integral to its behavioural policy. Further information on the Home School Agreement, code of conduct and behaviour management is available on request.
Children are encouraged to build close positive relationships with all adults in school, both teaching and ancillary staff. Children are taught to accept their part in a large social environment, in which an emphasis is placed on living and working together with caring and sharing attitudes at the heart of our community. We believe that children can only achieve their best when working in an orderly, supportive, happy atmosphere. Class teachers are responsible for the day-to-day care of children and for dealing with the many minor problems, which are an integral part of school life. Sometimes it will be necessary for the Head and senior staff to become involved when matters develop.
Staff work in partnership with parents to ensure the welfare of all children at school.
If your child is unwell or has an accident Matron will assess the seriousness and notify parents as appropriate. In serious cases parents are contacted as soon as possible.
We positively encourage the involvement of parents in the daily life and routines of the school. Many parents work in school supporting children and are very much appreciated by staff. Any parent wishing to become involved on a regular basis should, in the first instance, make contact with their child's class teacher stating the area of interest, time available and any particular expertise they can offer. All are welcome.
If children raise questions we aim to answer them as fully as possible giving due consideration to the child's age, level of understanding and cultural background. The school has a policy on sex education an integral component within the year 6, science curriculum. Parents are informed prior to the commencement of the sex education programme and are invited into school to preview materials used. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons if they wish except where it forms part of the National Curriculum
The School Photographer visits annually. There is no obligation for parents to purchase photographs.
Friends of Wigmore
Wigmore Primary School has an active, supportive Parents’ Association. Anyone interested in joining should make contact with the Chair of the Friends of Wigmore, details available from the school office.
From time to time newsletters and letters containing information concerning your child will be sent home. If you think you may not have received one, please contact the office.
Teachers are available every Wednesday evening from 3:30 to 4:30 for consultations. If you wish to make an appointment to discuss your child with his/her class teacher please contact reception to make an appointment.
A file containing a copy of all recent letters and newsletters is held in Reception
Under the 1996 Education Act schools were required to make a number of documents available to parents who express a wish to see them. The documents available on request are as follows:
Curriculum policy statements
Schemes of work and current syllabus
County agreed syllabus for Religious Education
The Authority's curriculum statement
Recent report about the school by Her Majesty's Inspectors (Ofsted)
Governors' most recent Annual Report to Parents
The school's charging and remissions policy
The Authority's complaints procedure
Parents wishing to see any of the above documents should contact reception.
As required under the Education Act 1998, the Authority has a procedure whereby complaints about the curriculum and collective worship may be dealt with. Should parents find it necessary to consider making a complaint they should bring the matter to the attention of the Head Teacher. If parents find that they must embark upon the complaints procedure then the Head Teacher, on request, will provide them with the relevant details.
The Children Act 1989 places a clear responsibility on schools to ensure they work together with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. If concerns are raised about a child, within the school, or another child or parent reports a situation of possible abuse or neglect, we would not be able to guarantee confidentiality. All matters would be referred to the Social Services. Wigmore follows guidelines and procedures in line with Luton Borough Council policy.
When your child starts at Wigmore you will be given an information sheet to complete. Please ensure you return this as quickly as possible as this will contain some essential medical details. Any medical issues must be referred to Matron, who will note the necessary details and pass relevant information to the appropriate member(s) of staff. Matron will advise you on the current procedure regarding medication. Matron logs all absences due to illness and parents should inform her as soon as possible about their child's illness. Matron deals with minor injuries and will administer basic first aid. Should a more serious accident occur then she would arrange for your child to be seen by the appropriate services. Matron and several other members of staff are trained first-alders.
Absences and Term-Time Leave
If a pupil does not attend school, he or she will not reach their full potential, and Wigmore Primary School will not be able to meet the targets set by the Department of Education and Skills.
All absences should be reported to Matron.
Any absence from school interrupts your child's education and affects his her progress. Unavoidable absences will be authorised upon receipt of a letter or a medical certificate. All other absences are considered to be unauthorised. Parents are requested, where possible, to arrange annual family holidays to coincide with school holidays.
Term Time Leave Policy
Term time leave can only be authorized by the Headteacher.