Home School Agreement


School will…

  • Create a safe, secure and caring environment, which promotes high self-esteem and sense of worth for each child.
  • Set high standards for each child so that he/she performs to his/her best.
  • Communicate regularly with parents/carers, providing opportunities to discuss progress, attainment, behaviour and other successes or concerns.
  • Provide a range of out of school activities that will benefit a child’s development.  These will include regular homework, extra curricular clubs, and activities in conjunction with the PTFA.

Families will become partners with their child’s learning by…

  • Encouraging their child to be positive about all aspects of school.
  • Ensuring homework is done.
  • Attending parent meetings/evenings, and supporting PTFA events.

As part of this we expect families to:

  • Keep school informed of any concerns about their child’s education or changes in home circumstances that may affect the child’s performance, allowing school to respond in a supportive and confidential way.
  • Ensure good attendance and punctuality for their child and accept that they are accountable for any absence or lateness, including only taking holidays in designated ‘holiday time’.
  • Accept the standards which generate a good environment for the children to be in, such as standards of behaviour, of dress and punctuality.
  • Support all policies and strategies that the school uses to keep a positive learning environment and a high standard of behaviour.
  • Ensure that their child wears full school uniform, is smart, and brings the right equipment each day.
  • Respond promptly to school requests.

Important Information

  • We have children in school with a severe allergy to nuts, therefore, school is a ‘nut free zone’.
  • We have Healthy School Status so all packed lunches and snacks must be healthy.
  • School opens at 8.50 am when children may enter the classrooms for registration at 9 am. School closes at 3.30 pm.  Please ensure children are dropped off and collected promptly.
  • Dinner money is £7.00 per week (subject to change) and must be paid on Monday mornings (if not paying termly).
  • EYFS and Key Stage 1 children are entitled to a Universal Free Meal (subject to change).  If your child is entitled to a Statutory Free School Meal due to certain benefits received, it is important that you still claim these, as the school receives extra funding for these children (ask for further information).

Children will…

  • Adhere to the Ladybridge Code of Conduct.
  • The purpose of a whole school Behaviour Management system is to ensure that we are consistent about what is acceptable behaviour, therefore ensuring that all staff work together to provide a secure, safe and enjoyable learning environment for our pupils. In all classes, children are expected to follow the school’s code of conduct.

The Ladybridge Primary School Code of Conduct

 Rewards

Our Expectations

 Consequences

Smiley faces

Key Stage Pupil of the Week  Reward

Smiles

Praise

Stickers

Prizes

Golden time

Letters and phone calls/texts home

Certificates

House points

Class reward

Always bands

End of term celebrations

Be  polite, fair and kind

Verbal warning

Amber

Red

Work in another  room in school

See a senior member of  staff

Parents contacted/letter sent home

Parents meet with school

Internal/external exclusion

 

W  alk quietly around school

E  verything in its place

L  et others learn

L  isten carefully and follow instructions

 

 “Pupils respect each other, behave exceptionally well and show a real eagerness for learning.”

Ofsted Inspectors

Rewards

Staff have the freedom and flexibility to develop and implement their own rewards, some of which can be individual, group or class related.

Key Stage Pupil of the Week – Every week, pupils are nominated by class teachers, who then identify one winner. This pupil then receives a certificate, awarded in Good Work Assembly, and their name is displayed prominently within the key stage.

House Points – Every child is allocated a house: Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond or Emerald. House points are awarded by staff to reinforce and reward expectations, and are tallied in every classroom. ‘House Point Captains’ (Year 6 children) are responsible for the collection and collation of house points on a weekly basis, along with the leading of the weekly ‘House Point Assembly’ (whole school), in which individual class winners (with the most house points) are announced and rewarded with a badge; children receiving ten weekly class wins (not necessarily consecutive) are awarded with a gold star badge.

Along with individual rewards, the house with the most house points is rewarded on a termly basis, with a party. ‘House Captains’ announce the weekly house winners, in order for children to track their progress towards this end of term reward, and the house trophy is adorned with the house colours for that week.

Always Bands – Children are awarded Always Bands, when their behaviour consistently demonstrates the following of the school’s code of conduct. In order to achieve such consistency, each teacher monitors their pupils’ behaviour against the school code of conduct, using the same behaviour chart. Every expectation is listed, along with the expectation of ‘***’ (consistently excellent effort); when children have demonstrated all six, they are awarded an Always Band. Pupils are able to track their own progress towards this goal, using the class chart. Every year group has its own colour band, with the intention that by the end of their primary education, children will have had the opportunity to collect the colours of the rainbow.

Consequences

Every class has a traffic light system, to ensure that behaviour management remains consistent. Children are expected to remain on green and those that do so are entered into a daily class draw for three house points. When behaviour is deemed inappropriate, and does not follow the school code of conduct, appropriate consequences are distributed:

  1. Verbal warning
  2. Amber
  3. Red

Please note: The above order of steps is a guideline only; consequences will always be proportionate to a pupil’s conduct.

Any incidents of ‘red’ are recorded on our school behaviour log, which is analysed, on a weekly basis, by the school’s behaviour lead. Parents are contacted by the class teacher every time their child’s behaviour is recorded on the log. For every three ‘reds’, during the same half term, letters are sent to parents, in order to keep them informed. If there is little improvement, a referral to behaviour support might be made, with support from the child’s parents.

If the incident is a racist incident, a separate form is completed with the child involved and the incident is logged by school and reported to Governors on a termly basis.

The Traffic Light Behaviour Management System

Green means expected behaviour

 

Every child begins each day on green. All children who remain on green all day are entered into a ‘lucky dip’ for the chance to win three house points; this is done at the end of each day. Most children will never move from green and will be given verbal praise, a sticker or rewarded by their class teacher or given House Points.  Parents/Carers may be informed by text message or email that their child has been a good role model or represented school well, etc.

Verbal warning

 A child who is displaying low-level disruption will be asked why they are choosing to behave in that way, reminded of the school expectations and consequences, and given a verbal warning.

Amber means a child is choosing to disregard expectations

If this behaviour persists then they will be placed on amber. This means the child has chosen to not listen to an adult and not follow school’s expectations of conduct. The amber card will be placed behind their photograph. The child’s name is then removed from the lucky dip for that day.

Red means a child has continually not followed expectations

(If a child is moved on to red parents will always be informed.)

If the child chooses to continue to behave inappropriately, then the red card will be placed behind their photograph. Children who are moved to red miss the next playtime and complete a behaviour reflection sheet. The child’s name and a brief summary of why they have been moved to red is recorded on the class behaviour log. If children persist with disruptive behaviour, then they will work in another room in school. The Behaviour Logs are collected and analysed on a weekly basis.  If a child appears on the behaviour log more than twice in a week then the class teacher will always speak to parents to discuss the matter. Any child that is appearing regularly on the log will be sent a letter and parents will be asked to discuss the behaviour issues with their child and parents will be invited into school to discuss the issue with the Behaviour Head.

It will be at the discretion of staff to bypass any steps if they feel the incident warrants it, but an explanation must be given to the child.

Any instances of verbal or physical abuse will result in an immediate move to red

 

Trips and visits

At Ladybridge we aim to play an active role in the local community through arranging visits and visitors that link with the curriculum.  These visits include places that are within walking distance, as well as those further afield, accessible by bus, car, train or coach.   You will still be informed of all visits before they take place, either by letter, newsletter, text or email and if you have any objections to your child attending a particular visit, you should contact the Headteacher.  Many of the local visits will be free of charge, or paid for by the school, but for some visits you will be asked to make a contribution.  As with previous trips, some visits will only go ahead if all children contribute. In line with this, your signature on the Home School Agreement/permission form  gives consent for the child to attend school trips/visits off site whilst registered as a pupil at Ladybridge Primary School.

Parent/Carer Acceptable Use Agreement - Computing

Digital technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people, both within schools and outside school. These technologies provide powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. They can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning. Young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.

The Acceptable Use Statement of Practice is intended to ensure:

  • that young people will be responsible users and stay safe while using the internet and other communications technologies for educational, personal and recreational use,
  • that school systems and users are protected from accidental or deliberate misuse that could put the security of the systems and users at risk,
  • that parents and carers are aware of the importance of e-safety and are involved in the education and guidance of young people with regard to their on-line behaviour.

Ladybridge will ensure that pupils have access to digital technologies to enhance their learning and will, in return, expect the pupils to agree to be responsible users. Parents are requested to sign a permission form to show their support of the school in this important aspect of the school’s work.

  • As the parent/carer, you give permission for your child to have access to the internet and to ICT systems at school.
  • You confirm that your child has signed an Acceptable Use Agreement and has received, or will receive, e-safety education to help them understand the importance of safe use of technology and the internet – both in and out of school.
  • You understand that the school will take every reasonable precaution, including monitoring and filtering systems, to ensure that young people will be safe when they use the internet and ICT systems. You also understand that the school cannot ultimately be held responsible for the nature and content of materials accessed on the internet and using mobile technologies.
  • You understand that child’s activity on the ICT systems will be monitored and that the school will contact you if they have concerns about any possible breaches of the Acceptable Use Agreement.
  • You will encourage your child to adopt safe use of the internet and digital technologies at home and will inform the school if you have concerns over your child’s e-safety.

Photographs/Videos Taken by School and Publicity

There are a number of occasions when pupils will be taking part in a school activity, which may be filmed or photographed for use in connection with lessons or in association with school publicity or publications.  I am sure you will appreciate that we fully understand the need to protect the interests of all our pupils, as this is clearly a sensitive issue.  In line with this, parents/carers are requested to sign a permission form to give consent for their child to be photographed or filmed in relation to school activities, school publicity or publications relating to school.

Taking Photographs/Videos at School Events

The school will comply with the Data Protection Act and request parents/carers permission before taking images of members of the school (as per their signed Home School Agreement).  We will also ensure that when images are published that the young people cannot be identified by the use of their full names.

In accordance with guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office, parents/carers are welcome to take videos and digital images of their children at school events for their own personal use (as such use is not covered by the Data Protection Act). To respect everyone’s privacy and in some cases protection, these images should not be published/made publicly available on social networking sites, nor should parents/carers comment on any activities involving other pupils in the digital/video images.

Parent/carers agree to the school taking and using digital/video images of their child/children and understand that the images will only be used to support learning activities or in publicity that reasonably celebrates success and promotes the work of the school.

Parent/carers agree that if they take digital or video images at, or of, school events which include images of children, other than their own, they will abide by these guidelines in the use of these images.

Emergency Medication and Treatment

In order to ensure that in an emergency situation we can respond promptly, we need your permission to carry out first aid, seek medical advice, to take your child to hospital or for him/her to receive treatment. In an emergency situation a member of staff will always contact you immediately.

If your child has been diagnosed as asthmatic by a doctor or, has been prescribed an inhaler the school will expect you to:

  1. Confirm that the child has been diagnosed with asthma/has been prescribed an inhaler.
  2. Ensure your child has a working, in-date inhaler, clearly labelled with their name, which they will bring to school every day/leave in school.
  3. In the event of your child displaying symptoms of asthma, and if their inhaler is not available or is unusable, sign a consent form for the child to receive Salbutamol/Ventolin from an emergency inhaler held by the school for such emergencies.

It is very important THAT in an emergency situation school IS able to make contact with you. Please ensure we have up to date emergency contact details.

School can give children prescribed medications such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and antibiotics if necessary (on completion of a medication form held at the school office).

Responsibilities for all Members of the School Community

 

Parents/Carers

 

Pupils

Staff/Governors

  • To provide positive role models
  • To teach children to respect other people’s feelings and property
  • To be aware of the school’s values and expectations
  • To support the values and expectations of the school
  • To ensure their child is ready and alert to learn on arrival at school
  • To liaise with school regarding issues which may impact upon their child’s/others behaviour in school
  • Acknowledge and reward good behaviour and celebrate success

 

  • To support and care for each other
  • To respect one another’s property and work
  • To listen to others and respect their opinions
  • To take responsibility for their own actions and behaviour
  • To do as asked by all members of staff
  • To follow the school  Code of Conduct at all times

 

  • To provide positive role models
  • To be consistent in dealing with children
  • To promote and share the aims and expectations of the school.
  • To have high expectations of the children
  • To meet the educational, social and behavioural needs of the children
  • To provide a stimulating curriculum
  • Acknowledge and reward good behaviour and celebrate success
  • To teach self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills appropriate to age and understanding
  • To communicate and liaise closely with parents/carers