Newcastle upon Tyne
Telephone: 0191 2815821 Fax: 0191 2815060
Email Jo Allen Head of School: firstname.lastname@example.org
The School Day
The school day begins at 09:00 each morning and continues until 15:30. Each class has a 15 minute break each morning. Lunch is at 12:00 and the lunch break is usually one hour 15 minutes. Afternoon sessions commence at 13:15. Teaching time in the school is 25 hours per week. Extended break times are planned to meet the personal care and mealtime management requirements of our children with complex needs.
Most children attend the school on a daily basis and transport arrangements are such that the children come into the school buildings between 09:00 and 09:15 each day and leave school at 15:30.
It is usual that transport to school is provided by the local authority and this is likely to be a taxi or mini-bus. Sometimes family or friends transport the child for a variety of reasons. Children arrive in school between 9.00 and 9.15 and are met in the school hall or a reception area near their classroom by a member of the class team. The taxi driver or escort will ensure they are handed over safely and the same process takes place at the end of the school day at 3.30pm. The school has very good relationships with drivers and escorts and is willing to offer guidance or training if required such as to support behaviour management or communication. Each local authority has its own transport team with whom we can liaise if there are any issues.
If a child is absent through illness parents are asked to phone the school switchboard in order to inform the class teacher and, if necessary, one of the school nurses.
Absence from school is described as authorised if a child is ill, visiting a doctor, or perhaps attending a very special family occasion with permission in advance from the Head of School.
When, for exceptional reasons a family cannot arrange for an annual holiday to take place in the normal school holiday periods, parents may make a special request to the Head of School for a period of absence during term time. If this is approved it will be considered to be authorised.
Unauthorised absence takes place when parents fail to inform the school in writing or by phone that a child is away or unwell. This reflects badly on both children and the school, and parents are asked to remember to make contact if their child is likely to be away for any reason.
In 2014/2015 there were 45 day children of compulsory school age. The percentage of half days missed through authorised absence, usually for medical reasons, was 7.71% and the percentage of half days missed through unauthorised absence was 0 %.
The school provides mid-day meals for day children and all meals for resident children. The catering staff make provision for a wide range of dietary needs. The cost of school meals is included in the fees paid for the children by their supporting local authority. No charge is therefore made to parents.
School uniform can be purchased via the school office and children are encouraged to wear sweatshirts with the school logo. Children are expected to wear standard school trousers or skirts in grey or black, polo t-shirts and sweatshirts. Some children may prefer to wear softer jogging pants to maintain comfort or help with dressing. “Out of school” clothes for resident children are provided by parents.
Home learning forms part of the children’s overall education and is planned according to their age and ability and in conjunction with the family’s needs. Homework may be provided by members of the class team to reinforce learning and to support the child’s ability to generalise their knowledge from school to home and other contexts.
Arrangements vary according to the age and ability of the child and details are available from the Head of School.
Religious Education, RE & Collective Worship
As a special school, we aim to provide appropriate adherence to the requirement for a daily act of collective worship so far as is realistic and practicable, because of the nature of the range of disabilities of our pupils. We are happy to discuss how we make provision for this requirement and how we organise various class and group assemblies as well as our ‘special’ whole school assemblies including collective worship. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship – please do not hesitate to make contact if you would like to discuss this further.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the religious education lessons which take place. Please let us know if you have any concerns about religious issues.
School Policy in Charging for School Activities and Pocket Money
The majority of activities arranged for children as a part of their education are funded by the school. Some additional opportunities for special activities may be offered such as residential trips which are generally subsidised by the school. Some non-compulsory activities may be offered which require parents to contribute towards the cost on a voluntary basis including “special events” or seasonal class outings.
Parents of children in residence usually send a set weekly amount of pocket money to subsidise public transport costs, entry fees for leisure activities, etc.