Pastoral Care and School Rules
At Foxdell we place considerable emphasis on traditional courtesy and good behaviour. Pupils are expected to develop and maintain the highest standards in both these areas. A house system, permitting some competition and rewards, is used. Children acquire house point certificates for themselves and add to the overall total for their house. Other certificates and stickers are also awarded weekly for a variety of reasons e.g. achievement certificates, attendance certificates, behaviour certificates, achievement in PE/Music etc.
When problems do occur, they are dealt with sympathetically and parents are fully involved in attempts to resolve any issues. In extreme circumstances, the Head Teacher has the right to exclude a child for persistent misbehaviour or where the behaviour is a danger to the child or others.
Bullying and racist behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated and a formal record is kept. We would wish to be informed of any incidents of this type so that a response can be swiftly made.
School rules are kept to a minimum and are mainly concerned with maintaining a safe environment and encouraging pupils to develop respect for themselves, each other, for adults, for books and equipment and for their school and environment in general.
- We should arrive at school in good time.
- We should be courteous and show consideration for each other, for staff and visitors.
- We should not swear or use any other form of abusive or hurtful language.
- We should respect and care for our school and the equipment within it.
- We should move around the school in a sensible and orderly fashion.
- We are not allowed to bring any form of chewing gum to school.
- All litter should be placed in the bins provided.
- We should not bring into school computer games, or any other expensive items.
- Swapping or exchanging goods in school is not permitted.
- We should maintain a neat and tidy personal appearance.
We are not allowed to bring pen knives, or similar potentially dangerous items, on to the school premises.
Each class also devises its own classroom charter according to the ages of the children
Home School Agreement
At Foxdell we believe the education of our pupils is a shared responsibility involving the child, parents, the school and community. Parents can reinforce and augment learning beyond the school. A partnership with parents is a vital link to the learning process. We have a Home School Agreement which the school and all parents and pupils are asked to sign.
A copy of the Home School Agreement is issued to all new pupils in the first few weeks of being in school.
Most parents today show great interest in their children's education and wish to do all they can to ensure that their child has a happy and successful school life. These aims are shared by the school and we hope that by working together, in partnership, we can offer your child the very best educational experience.
If at any time you are concerned about your child's behaviour or progress then please do not hesitate to contact the school and make an appointment to see the Headteacher or the class teacher.
Pastoral Care Provision
Pastoral care provided in school is complementary to that given at home, as the teaching staff act “in loco parentis”, i.e. in place of the parent. The class teacher is an important point of contact between home and school, and it is hoped that parents will endeavour to establish a close relationship with the school, through both the head teacher and the class teacher. Open evenings are held three times a year but it is always possible to see either the headteacher or the class teacher by appointment.
Schools are concerned to provide for the welfare needs of pupils, in partnership with parents and, where appropriate, in association with the School Health Service.
Parents will be required to complete our basic, confidential, information form. Any change of information on this form must be notified to school immediately so that we can have up-to-date records. In particular, it is essential that we are aware of any medical conditions which may affect a child’s performance. Furthermore, if it is necessary to contact parents during school hours (e.g. in the case of an accident), it is most distressing for the child if the telephone numbers we have are out of date.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures
Foxdell complies with all the recommended safeguarding procedures regarding the appointment of staff, visitors to the site and the safety of pupils.
The issue of e- safety is taken very seriously. School access to the internet is monitored and filtered by the Local Authority. Pupils sign an internet use agreement and are taught how to use digital technology safely during ICT and PSHE lessons. The Family Worker runs additional sessions to alert parents to the dangers of the internet.
Parents should be aware that the Local Authority requires Head Teachers to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse – which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional and/or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry.
Mrs K Millet is the governor with responsibility for Looked After and Safeguarding Children.