Current school polices.
This page contains a summary of the current school policies. A full version of each policy may be viewed by clicking on the Policy title. Please note the Child Protection, Allegations against staff, Looked after Children, and Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs policies are available from the school office, and are not currently available on the website.
ANTI-BULLYING. - At Oldfield we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. However if bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
ATTENDANCE - “Please see information on Attendance under the Info tab, or click on the Policy title”
BEHAVIOUR - This policy is set within the context of the school's Ethos Model and Mission Statement “Joy through effective learning for life’ and the schools’ long established caring ethos (i.e. we are a ‘no shouting’ school). Therefore, everyone at Oldfield has ownership of this policy (children, parents, governors and visitors as well as staff). There is a specific anti-bullying policy in place. It represents children’s views as well as those of parents, governors and staff to make our shared position explicit and is reviewed regularly. As part of this policy there is a ‘Telling Box’ in the main corridor so children can write their name, class and ‘a sad face’ if they are being bullied and haven’t told anyone.
CHARGING and REMISSIONS POLICY - This policy covers Charges and Remissions covering activities within the National Curriculum inside or outside of school hours; activities outside school hours not within the National Curriculum; residential Courses in school time and ingredients/materials for practical subjects; and many more.
COMPLAINTS from PARENTS - The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a broad framework for Headteachers and Governors to resolve complaints, as far as possible by informal means, and before formal procedures are invoked. The aims of these guidelines are to ensure that all complaints are considered fully, fairly and carefully and confidentially and complaints are resolved to the satisfaction of complainants or that a clear decision is issued that will enable the complainant, the Headteacher and the Governing Body to consider, how, if at all the matter would be dealt with.
COMPUTING POLICY - This policy addresses the use of a wide range of technologies to engage children in learning as well as to support their identified learning needs.This includes the use of computers in the CHILL and reinforce this use in classrooms when using laptops to support learning across the National Curriculum. We ensure that ICT equipment, including appropriate software, gains maximum use by pupils of all abilities throughout the school.
DRUGS and ALCOHOL POLICY: Amongst many other key points, the aims of this policy are to enable children to understand the importance of a happy and healthy lifestyle and persuade those experimenting with drugs or alcohol to stop and prevent others from starting.
eSAFETY/ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY: The aims of this policy are to ensure staff to know the eSafety and Acceptable Use Policy and their responsibilities in safe internet use; pupils learn about e-safety and enjoy a safe experience when using the internet; pupils to know the dangers of the Internet (age appropriate) and how to seek help if they feel uncomfortable; staff and pupils engage in a whole school approach to internet safety and tackle cyber bullying in a quick and effective way; and parents are informed about suitable ways to protect their children at home when using the internet.
EXCLUSION POLICY SUMMARY: This policy is a summary of Appendix 1 in the Behaviour Policy. The Aims are:
- To avoid excluding any pupil and to exclude only as a very last resort when all other strategies have been exhausted.
- To ensure that the school remains a safe place for parents to send their children.
HEALTH and SAFETY POLICY: The aim of this policy is to conform to local authority health and safety requirements, and to observe the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992. This policy contains 23 appendices which are available from the school office only and not available to view online.
INTERNET POLICY AGREEMENT - Usually, the resources used by pupils in school are carefully chosen by the teacher and determined by curriculum policies. Use of the internet, by its nature, will sometimes provide access to information that has not been selected by the teacher. Whilst pupils will often be directed to sites that provide reviewed and evaluated sources, at times they will be able to move beyond these, to sites unfamiliar to the teacher. Our school considers issues carefully before allowing pupils access to the internet.
LETTINGS POLICY - This policy addresses the use of some of the school facilities for private or public activities and functions.
OUTDOOR LEARNING - We aim to raise the profile of outdoor learning as a framework for growth and development. We celebrate our outdoor space and the rich learning that can take place within it. We encourage our children to develop skills and independence in a widening range of environments and to develop their curiosity and understanding of their physical and human world. We want to ensure that children socialise and interact in new and different ways with their peers and adults.
In doing this we provide a safe, stimulating, outdoor environment where space is used effectively to enable children to explore a broad and balanced curriculum using a range of interesting resources suitable to their individual needs. We want to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage children to care for their environment.
RELATIONSHIP, HEALTH AND REPRODUCTION (RHR) POLICY: The aim of this policy is to start an appropriate relationship, health and reproduction (RHR) education programme from a young age (from Foundation up to Y6).
SAFEGUARDING POLICY: At Oldfield Primary School we respect and value all children and are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils so they can learn, in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. This policy should be read in conjunction with the School’s Child Protection, Self-Harm and Health and Safety Policies. The Child Protection and Self-Harm policies are available from the school office.
SINGLE EQUALITY POLICY (Public Sector Equality Duty) - Oldfield is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth. We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups. We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS POLICY - The policy emphasizes the school’s belief that all children are entitled to have opportunities to achieve excellence and to be valued for their individual contributions to the school community.
We use our best endeavours to secure special educational provision for pupils for whom this is required, that is ‘additional to and different from’ that provided within the differentiated curriculum to better respond to the four areas of need identified in the new Code of Practice (September 2014). The Annual SEND Report to Governors June 2016 can be seen by clicking here. The Accessibility Plan 2014-2017 can also be viewed by clicking here.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH MEDICAL NEEDS: This policy complies with Section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014. At Oldfield we respect and value all children and are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. We believe every pupil should be able to participate in all school activities in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from harm.
UNIFORM POLICY - We believe that the wearing of a school uniform enables children to identify with their school, gives a sense of belonging, is practical and smart, reinforces a positive work ethos and reduces expenditure for parents/carers.
Our aims are to make sure all children wear the correct uniform to school, children feel proud to belong to the school and parents/carers share the expectations of the school.
VISITORS POLICY - At Oldfield Primary School the education of the children at our school is a responsibility shared between the staff, governors, parents/carers, outside agencies and the wider community. We believe it is valuable to involve people from outside the school to support our school in its work and development, as this collaboration aims to support our school in its pursuit of higher achievement. We see that our school is at the centre of the community and therefore welcome visitors to our school and its sites. Whilst visitors are with us we take care to ensure their safety and security alongside the staff and pupils who work in our environment.