Safeguarding: (Please see Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies)
Safeguarding is of the highest priority at Backworth Park Primary School and will be the over-riding factor in any decision making. Mrs. Middleton, Headteacher, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Ms ElSaghier, Deputy Head, is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. She is also the Designated Lead for Looked After Children.
All staff are stringently recruited with regard to safeguarding children. They also have annual and on-going training and receive weekly safeguarding briefings. As a staff, we meet each morning for a short meeting where safeguarding is an agenda item. Any concerns re safeguarding are immediately referred to Mrs. Middleton or Ms ElSaghier who take appropriate action in the best interests of children.
Last academic year, parents were consulted about how to improve attendance. As a result, the Attendance Policy was revised and a new colour coded warning system for parents introduced along with a new reward system to encourage children to aim for bronze, silver and gold attendance awards. School monitors attendance weekly and, if a child is absent and school have not been notified, we will make a first day response phone call. Where necessary, school will involve other agencies if we are unable to resolve attendance issues. Children can suffer huge detriment if they miss school and we take our role in this very seriously, issuing fines where necessary to ensure children receive their entitlement.
Notifying school of absences: If a child is going to be absent, parents are expected to inform school by no later than 9.00 a.m. There is an Answer Service to leave messages; parents are expected to give the reason for the child's absence and when they expect the child to return.
If you are unsure about whether your child is too ill for school, there is a useful link to the NHS website below.
Appointments: Non-urgent medical and dental appointments should be arranged for after school. If time is essential for an appointment during school hours, it is expected that children will attend school before or after this. Parents must request a pass-out from the Office Manager.
Leave of Absence requests:
Only Headteachers have the right to grant Leave of Absence, and this is reserved for exceptional circumstances. A Request Form must be completed in advance for all Leave of Absence, including holidays; this must give specific details of why the requested absence is essential. A child's current and previous attendance is always taken into account when considering all requests. Parents receive a written response as to whether the request for absence has been granted and authorised by the Headteacher. Where a child's attendance is already of concern, requests for further absence will not be authorised. Additionally, no requests for absence will be authorised during statutory assessment periods.
Term dates for the year can be found on the Calendar link on the Home Page.