Class Handbook 2020-2021 - Pimperne Primary School

 
Class Handbook 2020-2021 - Pimperne Primary School
Class Handbook
                             2020-2021
  This is currently a generic handbook to inform and help parents. We have not yet produced Year Group Handbooks as so
much is changing and rapidly, this year, whilst we endeavour to adhere to DFE and PHE guidance to keep our community safe.
 Please email any queries that you have to the school office and these will be passed to your child’s class team, who will get
                                        back to you. Thank you for your understanding.

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School Values

Our motto: Celebrate, Believe, Aspire is important to us and so too our eight values: Perseverance, Courage,
Compassion, Justice, Respect, Forgiveness, Trust and Selflessness. Through our daily interactions, our teaching and
learning we strive to commit to these values, which are rooted in our Christian heritage. These values go hand in hand
with the British values which we also integrate in all areas of the curriculum. The British values are:
     democracy.
     the rule of law.
     individual liberty.
     mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

Switched on To Learning

Recognising the growing needs within our school community and reflecting the huge increase in mental health illness
in young people (aged 5 – 17) in Britain, we have adopted an approach to learning which will support children to take
control of their own learning, transfer skills across subject and across domains e.g. home and school. Our ‘Switched
on To Learning’ concept focuses on attitudes to learning and the capacity that pupils show to learning (regardless of
their ability). We use failure (First Attempt In Learning) as a tool and teach children to try again, hence building
resilience. ‘Switched On To Learning’ is designed to be built up over a period of time with pupils being rewarded when
they demonstrate one or more of the seven aspects.

                                             DO I ‘SWITCH ON’ TO LEARNING?

      Stick at it    Keep going when       Understand that      Demonstrate          Demonstrate        See tasks through
                      task is difficult   sometimes things     resilience (an       resourcefulness         (enjoy the
                                            will go wrong     ability to bounce       (an ability to      satisfaction of
                                                                     back)         overcome barriers)      completion)

    Work as a team   Work with others      Show resilience      Meet school           Tolerate a         Tell staff about
                     to achieve a goal,   and compassion      expectations in        difference of      your worries and
                         share your       to others at play   play and in class         opinion             concerns
                      knowledge and             time
                            skills

    Independence      Work well on         Solve a problem    Think for yourself     Demonstrate        Be responsible for
                       your own to          by yourself by                           enjoyment of           your own
                      achieve a goal          using the                                learning             belongings
                                          resources around
                                                 you

      Think Hard      Think through a      Reflect on task    Learn from your       Be proud of your     Keep up a good
                      task before you      once you have         mistakes            achievements        pace of learning
                          begin it            finished

      Citizenship    Put others before    Follow the school      Be kind and           Show good         Listens and acts
                          yourself             values          thoughtful and         manners and         the ‘first time’
                                                                 trustworthy        respect towards
                                                                                         others

    Hard Working       Demonstrate         Demonstrate a      Continue to push      Be focused and          Be positive
                       effort in class      ‘have a go’        yourself (even       remain on task      (think of what you
                                              attitude        when you make                               know not what
                                                                 mistakes)                               you don’t know)

       ON task           Listen to          Contribute in       Understand         Want to improve           Have a
                     instructions and          class           expected time                            determination to
                       explanations                               frames                                    succeed

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Trauma Informed School (TIS)         -    Why do we feel this is important?

International research supports our own thinking that ‘rising numbers of children are presenting with mental health
difficulties in schools and current teaching environments are struggling to keep up. Many children have a high Adverse
Childhood Experience (ACE) score, which is known to leave children at risk of mental and physical ill-health later in
life and even early death'. Children spend 190 days a year at school so we believe that schools are very well placed to
pick up the baton and help these children.

A Trauma Informed School is one that is able to support children who suffer with trauma or mental health problems
and whose subsequent troubled behaviour acts as a barrier to learning. Our training has come out of a response to
our everyday work with children and the frustrations we feel when families can’t access the support and help they
need. Left unaided, children who have suffered several painful life experiences, have a very high chance of going on
to suffer severe mental and physical ill-health. We, therefore, in providing quality playful relationships for these all
children that heal minds, brains and bodies hope to make enough of a positive difference in order that our children
thrive, developing resilience and coping mechanisms to afford them good mental health and well-being for life. Key
conversational skills in every interactions addressing and considering the emotions behind making sense of what has
happened are central to our work as is a major shift in whole school/organisation/community and culture.

We have embraced a wider definition of trauma to encompass any event that is experienced as frightening, painful or
out of control, characterised by there being no-one available to support or mitigate the impact of traumatic toxic stress.
As such, even the day-to-day exposure to events such as divorce, loss of a loved one, illness within the family,
preparing for an exam, moving house can be experienced as traumatic. Children and adults can be affected by toxic
stress. Providing an environment that has safety, connection and compassion at its heart ensures that our school
never unwittingly re-traumatise any of our community members and act to maximise protective factors through the
conscious use of our relationships.

As a result of our whole school training and the professional development of five qualified leaders in TIS, we are able
to offer a different perspective within our school to how we manage and support our pupils. Relationships are at the
core of this. Empowering and enabling key staff to be able to respond effectively to mild to moderate mental health
problems not only promotes positive mental health amongst our children but also critically supports those who have
been exposed to adverse experiences (ACEs).

All adults in our school are aware of how to create an ethos and environment of both physical and psychological
safety and have the skills to respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. We fully understand and
support the impact that connection with a trusted and emotionally-available adult has on a child and seek to maximise
this for those in our care who are identified as requiring additional support.

We have specially trained Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioners to support children who are identified as
requiring additional support. This support may be offered in 1:1 sessions, in class or in small groups. The identified
practitioners are Mrs Gatehouse our school HLTA, ELSA and Parent Support worker, Mrs Green, Senior Teaching
Assistant, Mrs O’Boyle Experienced Teaching Assistant, Miss Masters Experienced Teaching Assistant and Miss Lee
Teacher, SENDCo and Deputy.

Children do not always show that that they are finding things challenging (for example in their behaviours). Staff may
highlight children for further support because they are aware of a significant change in their circumstances, or impact
on family life, or through a parental concern when changes are observed at home. Whatever the reason for a change
in a child, we will talk to you, and ask that you do the same, as together we are often better at supporting a child’s
needs.

Our aim is to support children to make sense of their experience, find ways to manage their emotions and feelings and
ensure that they maintain the capacity to learn, despite difficult events that may happen for them.

We aim to support all children through our ‘Relationship’ policy, which we urge you to read. We are offering a
commitment to relating to children in our school in ways that help them feel calm, soothed and safe, instead of over-
stimulated, bombarded and anxious. This means protecting them from toxic stress inducing situations, which could
occur both at school or at home.

If you would like to know more, we recommend an easy yet astonishing read: ‘When adults change, Everything
Changes’ by Paul Dix. If you would like to borrow this book from school, please see the School Office.

We are committed to ensuring that our school develops a Trauma and Mental Health Informed Approach to
ensure that all our children develop positive mental health and resilience, enabling them to fully engage in life
and learning. There is a growing body of research and understanding of the impact of Childhood Adversity on
long term mental and physical health and the protective factors that mitigate the potential impact. It is our aim
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to maximise the protective factors of school by creating an environment of safety that has strong, positive
and supportive relationships at its heart.

School Houses and Rewards

Our school is made up of four house teams consisting of children from R to Y6:
Longmore (Blue)
Redwood (Red),
Sagano (Yellow)
Sherwood (Green)

Every child, on entering Maple Class (Reception), is placed into a house. The children are strongly encouraged to
work as a team during main school events across the year (eg Sports Day). They can earn ‘house points’ for positive
behaviours, demonstration of values and attitudes as well as achievements. Each House has two Y6 House Captains.
From time to time, Houses will have meetings to share positive attitudes to learning, share good work or come
together to learn together. In the Summer term, our Houses compete in Sports Day where the children work in mixed
age teams to demonstrate skills, leadership and sportsmanship. House Captains will meet regularly with Mrs Waller to
update her on behaviours that they observe in school and will make suggestions of how to improve systems for
children.

Breakfast and After School Clubs

Pimperne CE VC Primary School runs a Breakfast Club from 7:40 – 8:30am and an After School Club from 3:00 –
6:00pm. Prices vary depending on the length of stay of your child. Enquiries should be made at the School Office. You
will need to complete a registration form before signing up for sessions. Sessions are booked and paid for through our
online ‘Parent Mail / +Pay’ system. The School Office will be able to set you up with an account. This system is also
used to pay for other activities and/or specific items. Please be aware that persistent lateness to collect your child from
class, where staff have needed to leave your child within the After School Child Care provision may incur a charge
from our After School Club.

Our Home and School Agreement

We ask you to share this agreement (sent out separately) with your child. It is something that we believe acts as a
document of trust between the family and the staff. Your child will benefit from knowing that home and school work in
partnership for their best interests. Neither will contradict the other or speak ill of the other. A united approach.

You will receive an online request (through ‘Parent Mail / +Pay’) to acknowledge that you have read and agree to the
statements. Your child’s part of the agreement will be discussed in school and each child will be asked to sign a ‘class
charter’ to say that they understand what is expected from them (this links to our Positive Behaviour Management
Policy).

Photo Awareness

Whilst lots of parents and carers love seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life, we are very mindful of
our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of
photographic and video images. We are also mindful to respect the privacy of adults that work within our school.

Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events
are for the enjoyment of individual families only. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child
at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites
(including photographs of school staff). This is emphasised before concerts and shows, etc. in addition to forming part
of the annual Home School Agreement.

We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or
videoed in this way. If this is the case, then please contact the Headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.

Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to
use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters
and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these
purposes, then please contact the class teacher or school office. An ‘online’ permission / agreement ‘form’ will be sent
out to all parents at the beginning of the school year. Your preferences can be logged here and any future changes be
made in writing to the school office.

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Mobile phones may be left securely at the School Office if adults are in school to volunteer, or we ask that they remain
turned off, or on silent and are invisible to children. Phones are only to be used in adult only areas such as the staff
room. Staff are expected to report any phones that are visible to the Safeguarding team.

In order to safeguard our children, any child bringing a mobile into school is to hand it into the class teacher and it is
then secured in the school office for the day. We do not permit any child to use their phone in the school day. We
understand that parents may wish to ensure their child has a phone when walking to/from school alone or if they use
public transport to travel - usually this need only arises in Years 5 or 6.

Arrival and Collection Timings

      8:30-8:40              KS2 children arrive (plus any KS1 siblings) and go straight into class
      8:50-9:00              KS1 children arrive and go straight into class
         9:00                School Gates Close
         2:45                KS1 collection (including any KS2 siblings)
         3:00                KS2 collection
                             Please be aware persistent lateness to collect your child on time may result in the class
                             staff needing to register your child to the After School Child care provision, this will incur
                             a charge.

Safeguarding

Whilst they are in our care, the safety of our pupils is paramount. If you have any concerns or queries about the safety
of your own or any other child, please raise this with us.

Designated Safeguarding Lead              -        Mrs F. Waller

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead -              Miss S. Lee

Safeguarding Team - Mrs G. Gatehouse and Mrs K. Raine

Designated Safeguarding Governor          -        Mr G. Regan

safeguarding@pimperne.dorset.sch.uk

Online Safety

The school also takes the issue of e-safety very seriously. Indeed, pupils are reminded on the potential dangers on the
internet each time they use computers in lessons. If there is any way in which we can assist you with keeping your
child safe on the internet at home, please ask for advice from the School Office. It is strongly recommended that
children are monitored when using technology at home, ensuring that the content is age appropriate and that children
are aware of the potential dangers of not following safe procedures, whilst on-line. We regularly invite the Safer
Schools Team to visit the school to update and educate both children and parents on safer use of digital technology.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

The school runs a number of extra-curricular clubs which are available to groups of pupils on a first come – first
served basis. As a result of revised safeguarding procedures, parents/guardians picking up pupils from after school
extra-curricular clubs are advised where to wait in the club information details. Pupils will be released to their carer by
the person running the club.

Attendance

In order to do well, children need to attend school. The value that you, as adults, place on education in the Primary
School years will be inherited by your children as they move into the Secondary phase and beyond. The school uses
an electronic (computerised) system of registration. The register is a legal document and as such can be used in a
court of law (e.g. to establish a pupil’s attendance or absence at a particular time on a precise day.) The registers are
marked at the beginning of each session, morning and afternoon and any child not present in time for the register will
be marked as late.

We expect our parents to ensure that routine medical appointments are made out of learning time and that family

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holidays are not taken in term time. If your child has a ‘specialist appointment’, the office will require a copy of the
appointment letter. If for any reason you wish to keep your child away from school, please ask for a ‘Request For
Absence’ form from the School Office, or download from our website. We do not advocate parents asking their
children not to say when they have been on holiday as this is quite a pressure for a child. We ask for your honesty at
all times in order that we can build a trusting supportive relationship.

Drinks

Pupils are encouraged to have a drinks bottle containing water in their classroom, (they will only be allowed this at
their working table if they have a specific medical need). They have access to this throughout the day and at
lunchtime. There are plenty of places that children can refill water bottles and are encouraged to do so.

Break / snacks

We encourage pupils to eat only healthy snacks at break time. Children in Key Stage 2 are welcome to bring in a
healthy snack from home - this includes Fridays! Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are provided with a fruit or
vegetable snack daily.

Lunch (COVID Risk Assessment excludes this for the time being)

All Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils will eat lunch in the Hall daily. Hot School Meals are to be ordered through the
‘Local Food Links’ website. The site automatically chooses a ‘standard’ (red) meal but parents are asked to look at the
menu with their children and choose their meals. Bookings need to be made one week in advance; this applies to
cancellations too. If your child has any allergies, please contact Local Food Links directly. Payment for Key Stage 2 is
via PayPal. Please note: if you have not logged on to order a meal, your child will not receive one. We do not keep
spare meals in school and therefore will telephone you to ask for a lunch to be delivered.

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children receive a daily lunch provided by the government along with the ‘Universal
Infant Free School Meal’. By logging on to the ‘Local Food Links’ website, parents are able to choose which of
(usually) three options their child would prefer. This needs to be done at least seven days in advance.

Key Stage 2 children requiring a hot lunch will need to order and pay for this on the ‘Local Food Links’ website. Key
Stage 2 pupils having a hot meal will eat in the Hall. Key Stage 2 children having a packed lunch will eat in their
classrooms.

All parents are free to choose to send their child to school with a named healthy lunch box. We remind you that we are
a ‘nut free’ school and all products containing nuts must remain at home. Lunch boxes must be in-keeping with our
Healthy School status, therefore we ask you to provide a balanced lunch without chocolate or sweets. Thank you. The
School Nurse Team will be glad to help support families who find this difficult.

Helping to Learn
To gain the very best learning opportunities for your child(ren), we look to identify and positively support the learning
which takes place in classrooms. Every child will display areas in their learning which requires support at various
stages throughout the year; this may be met through differentiated learning activities, small group or individual (1:1)
work. Any form of “gap filling” is referred to as ‘intervention’ – we aim to identify learning and skills which are missing
and then intervene. Our interventions also aspire in challenging the child to further their understanding and knowledge
of a specific area by setting targets. Some interventions are very short term while others might be ongoing
for a period of time. For interventions which require a greater focus, we will inform parents by sending a letter home
which outlines the main purpose and focus. We believe intervention (run either by the class teacher, teaching
assistant or Mrs. Gatehouse as our HLTA), which occurs all of the time in a primary classroom, to be a positive
measure. We identify areas of need or challenge and then implement strategies to help further your child’s learning
and celebrate their achievements. As always, should you wish to have further details, please speak with a member of
your child’s class teaching team.

Celebration (COVID Risk Assessment excludes collective celebration at this time)

During our week, we celebrate the talents and achievements of our children throughout the school. This usually takes
place during the end of the month Key Stage Assemblies. We strongly encourage achievements gained outside of the
school e.g. sporting, computing, etc. to be brought in to school for this day; these talents are often many and varied!
Our aim in offering this opportunity is to celebrate the diversity of the many talents within our school so that it may
inspire other children to “have a go”. Most Fridays we come together as a whole school to recognise and celebrate
the values and qualities that we have observed children demonstrating, across the school – these are many and
varied. In addition, we congratulate children from all year groups who have successfully completed a line (leaf) of the
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‘Switched On’ values. Our Monday morning worship is a time of reflection. On Tuesdays the school meet in cheerful
voice to learn new hymns and songs. Over the course of a month, it is usual that our Key Stage Worship will include
Rev. Belinda Marflitt, our Parish vicar and an active governor. However, we welcome visitors of all faiths or of no faith,
in order to broaden and enrich the children’s experiences and minds.

Reporting to Parents (COVID Risk Assessment excludes face-to-face meetings at this time, however we are
considering other ways of feeding back to parents)

There will be the following opportunities for formal feedback throughout the year:

October                  - Parent & Teacher conversations (how your child has settled in and a ‘book look’)

March TBC                - Parent and Teacher Consultation (your child’s progress / targets / support from home)

July TBC                 - Formal report including your child’s end of year progress and attainment. Opportunity for
                                  further consultation

Assessment (some of this will vary due to Covid Risk Assessment)

After our period of ‘lockdown’ where schools were mainly open for key worker children only, as a school we have
agreed to focus on mental well-being in order to reintroduce your child back into the routine of school life. During this
initial phase, formal assessment will be delayed until later in the term.

However, your child will be assessed throughout the year in different ways. Pupils will be given differentiated work
which they are able to access but at the same time will stretch them, often classes will offer a challenge system. Your
child’s class teacher will know intimately your child’s needs and the next steps that they need to take to progress their
learning. More formal assessments will be carried out in Reading, EGPS and Maths towards the end of each term.
Writing will be assessed in the form of unsupported ‘Hot Tasks’ which will be written as a conclusion after studying a
specific genre of writing (usually every 3 or 4 weeks).

If at any stage you wish for an update on the progress of your child, please arrange a time with your Class Teacher;
we operate an open door policy and are happy to discuss your child’s needs.

Extremes of Weather

We love our children to take advantage of our fantastic outside space. Depending on the weather, please ensure that
your child has suitable (and named) wet / cold weather clothing or hat and sunscreen, so that they can access these
outside areas in all but the harshest conditions. Our current risk assessment requires a flow of air through classrooms
so we are allowing extra layers to be worn in the classroom at this time.

Details for the rare occurrence of school closure can be found on our school website. This decision would not be taken
lightly. However, in times of extreme cold weather, the ability of staff to travel safely to and from work is taken into
account before we know whether we are able to receive children safely to site. Please check our school website for
information during severe weather conditions as we will detail the latest information there.

Medical

If your child has any specific medical or dietary needs, please ensure that you liaise with the School Office to ensure
that we have the correct medication and instructions in order that we can support their individual needs. All
medications are kept securely by the First Aid qualified office staff. If medicine is to be administered through the
school day, a consent form must be completed by parents stating dose and time. This form is available on our website
as well as from the School Office. If you feel your child may need individual support in the case of an emergency fire
evacuation, please contact the school office to arrange an appointment with the Headteacher.

Accidents at school

Accidents do happen and we have a large number of staff who are qualified to deal with accidents and injuries.

If the minor accident/injury is of concern, then you will be notified either by text/email or, more typically, by the sending
home of an accident home in your child’s bookbag. If the minor injury is to the head, then we will send a text message
to alert you to the fact that this will need monitoring. You will also receive a paper copy of an injury/accident form.
Please do not panic on receiving such a text; you are welcome to phone the office but we will always telephone you if

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it is a concern or if we require any further information. Accidental head bumps are very common in primary age
children.

We endeavour to take a common sense approach to school-related minor accidents and injuries and, for these minor
cases, we will leave this for your child to explain the circumstances. We always ascertain the background to the event
and, if satisfied with the children’s accounts, we would not always feel it necessary to send forms home. Staff are
always happy to be asked for further information or will catch you to let you know.

Rest assured, in any urgent cases or if we are at all concerned we will ring you.

Communication

Children have a HASP (Home And School Partnership) book, which you are welcome to write in at home and send in
with your child to give to the class staff. Many classes in Key Stage 1 have boxes for these. During current restrictions,
we encourage you to use HASP books for communication with your class teachers. You can also email the office
office@pimperne.dorset.sch.uk marking the message ‘For the attention of… or telephone on 01258 452025.

The majority of school correspondence will be sent electronically (you will receive a text message to inform you that
an email has been sent). If you wish to receive a paper copy of letters, please let the School Office know that this is
the case. Our school website holds the majority of policies and information for parents, however, if there is something
that you think would be useful, that is missing from the website, please do let the office staff know.

Emails and Texts are sent from school via the ‘Teachers2Parents’ app. Please ensure we always have your latest
contact details. These emails and texts are one-way, we do not receive replies.

Lost Property

Please name all items that you would like returned. We always do our best to find the right home for belongings that
are left around. Un-named items will be left at the School Office, please call in there within a couple of days of losing
an item to see if you recognise your property. Please encourage children to visit the School Office to check for
themselves. Items that have been stored for over a week will either be disposed of, recycled or re-sold as second
hand clothing.

We now have a second hand clothing rail in the main entrance foyer, including donated Pimperne School uniform.
Please have a look at the rail in the foyer if you are in need of some spares. Monies raised go to help support the
school budget.

Volunteering

At Pimperne, we are extremely lucky that a number of parents and people from our local community volunteer to
assist in running clubs, to help in classrooms, to help with administrative tasks and to provide specific 1 to 1 support
for pupils. If you are interested in volunteering in any aspect of the school’s life, please speak to the School Office. We
do ask that you read our ‘Volunteer Policy’ and are prepared to complete a ‘Volunteer Request form’, which asks for
the names of two references and a DBS check.

Helping your child at home

Your class team will be best placed to how to help your child specifically achieve well. We ask that all children in Key
Stage One read at home on a daily basis and we also ask that they are read to, that vocabulary is discussed and new
language introduced. In Key Stage 2, reading at home is still of huge importance, but the focus shifts. It is also
important that children in Key Stage 2 have time for discussion at home, understand viewpoints, debates and are
continually challenged to learn new and upskilled vocabulary, practising it in the correct context. Your class team will
lay out the expected weekly home learning that is needed to support ad re-enforce the learning that is happening in
school. One of the most beneficial things that a parent can do for their child is to give them regular, uninterrupted,
individual quality time. This does not need to cost money – in fact we would say it should cost no money as there are
many activities that can be done together for free (please ask Mrs Gatehouse for ideas if you are stuck!!). In addition
to weekly homework, all parents are expected to hear their child read at least 3 times a week, asking questions to
confirm that they have understood the text. Please record these sessions in your child’s reading record. Further
information on our new reading scheme and ideas for parents has been sent out separately. Also, support in the
learning of times tables, spellings, number bonds, telling the time, working out costs and change when shopping etc
will make a huge difference to the progress and attainment of your child.

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Expectations of Adult Interactions and Behaviours

We expect all adults on the school premises to model good manners and behaviours. As set out in our Home School
Agreement, we expect adults to behave and communicate, both with staff and other parents/adults in a manner that is
appropriate to the setting, the values and the ethos of the school. Failure to do so could result in further action being
taken against individuals.

We expect that any concerns parents/carers have for their child be addressed directly to the school staff and not
posted on social media sites. The school will always address concerns made through the correct channels. The
school reserves the right to act on any inappropriate social media postings (which may identify children, members of
staff or other parents/families) that come to our attention, which may result in legal action and/or referral to the police.
Any social media posts that are harmful to the school reputation, or which identify individuals are taken very seriously.
The school actively and regularly ask for parental feedback and the staff are readily available to talk to therefore
complaints or concerns should only be addressed through the proper channels.

The school is not responsible for class Facebook pages that are set up by parents, we understand that these can be
useful for lost jumpers, etc! However, it is not appropriate to use this forum to incite negativity. Reports concerning the
use of Facebook for this will be looked into as it is on the whole unwelcome and unwanted by the majority of
parents/carers.

We continue to allow the use of photography at the majority of our school events for personal use. If the photographs
include other children or members of staff, then these must not be posted onto social media sites or shared further.

We ask that no animals are brought onto the school site at any time (unless by prior arrangement for educational
purposes and this will be subject to pre-arranged conditions).

Smoking, including vaping, is prohibited at any time on the school site.

Please read the Parent Partnership Policy, available on our website, which supports the Home School Agreement.
Thank you.

Outdoor Learning Days

Each half term there will be Key Stage outdoor learning days. On these days the children should wear practical
outdoor clothing (that may get dirty). Please ensure they come appropriately dressed for all weathers!

School Website

Please look at our school website for the up-to-date school calendar, detailing class events as well as school events.
There is also a wealth of information on the site including policies, class news and photos and weekly learning
objectives to help you talk through learning at home.

The community section also advertises events and support locally.

Uniform (please ensure all uniform is clearly named)

Reception class to Year 4
School navy blue ’v’ neck jumper / cardigan with School Logo (Rag Tags of Blandford/ My Clothing -Tesco)
White polo shirt (with or without Logo)
Grey or black skirt or trousers
Black school shoes (not trainers)
Summer dress (navy blue/white check)
Socks or Tights (grey/White)
Years 5 and 6
School navy blue ’v’ neck jumper / cardigan with School Logo (Rag Tags of Blandford/ My Clothing -Tesco)
White collared shirt
Tie with logo - gifted by the school - (replacements available to purchase from the school office)
Grey or black skirt or trousers
Black school shoes (not trainers)
Socks or Tights (grey / white)

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PE Kit (please ensure all uniform is clearly named)

School navy blue t-shirt with school logo on the front (available to purchase from the school office)
Dark blue or black shorts
Trainers
Tracksuit when cold including jogging bottoms and warm sweatshirt

At present, children should come to school in their games kit on PE days.

Jewellery

We ask children not to wear jewellery in school. If children have pierced ears then plain stud earrings are required,
however, children should be able to remove earrings independently for PE sessions. If they are not able to do
this, then earrings should not be worn on PE days. There are plenty of clocks around the school and it is preferred
that children do not wear watches. Class teachers should be made aware if there is a specific need for a child to have
a watch. Watches (including Fitbits) must be removed for PE sessions and are the responsibility of the child. No
personal items that connect to the internet or have audio or photographic recording capacity are permitted into school
with children.

Hair

Long hair should be tied or fixed back, out of the child’s face. It is preferable that long hair is plaited or put into a pony
tail or bunches to minimise risks of it getting caught. Hair accessories should conform to our school colours of navy
blue, or plain dark colours that do not draw attention to themselves. Fashion accessories are not acceptable for
school. Long hair is required to be tied back for PE sessions, as this could present a health and safety risk.

From time to time, staff or parents may notice head lice. The school will send out a notice to that class. It is essential
that to be successful at eradicating these pests (and children do end up in quite some discomfort if they linger) that a
careful inspection and combing of hair takes place on receipt of the notification. If we notice the head lice during the
school day on your child, the school office will notify you and will ask that you collect your child, treat them and return
them to school (if appropriate). We appreciate your help and committed response to this.

Nails

Nail varnish must not be worn in school. Children will usually be asked to remove it at home, however as a precaution
to Health and Safety it may be removed by a member of the school staff.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The PTA is extremely active at Pimperne Primary School. The contribution that it makes to every child’s time here at
Pimperne is hugely beneficial. The fundraising events that happen throughout the year are vital in the supporting the
school financially and promoting our school to the families and community that surround us.

The school thoroughly appreciates the work and support of the PTA. As soon as you join our school, you automatically
become a member of the PTA. All our parents and families are encouraged to attend the PTA meetings which are
held regularly. Each class has a PTA representative. Our school website gives further information on the PTA.

Any Concerns

Talk to us! We continue to be a friendly and approachable staff – we care passionately about what we do and we
always endeavour to act in the best interests of your child. We always would wish to know if there is something else
we can offer.

If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of your child’s schooling, please initially speak to their Class
Teacher (concerns are usually resolved here, with the staff that know your child best). If your concern is not resolved,
please ask at the School Office for an appointment with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

To communicate with a member of staff, simply make a note of your request in your child’s HASP book and ask them
to give it to their teacher; a response will then be returned. If easier, speak to or email the School Office, leave a
message and the staff member concerned will get back to you at their earliest convenience. Due to class
commitments staff may not to be available until after school that day.

The school leadership team consists of: Mrs Waller, Miss Lee, Mrs Jones and Mrs McCarthy.
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Contact Details:

School Office: 01258 452025
School Office Email: office@pimperne.dorset.sch.uk
(Emails to the teaching staff will be passed on, simply mark the subject bar with ‘FAO and the staff name’.)
Address: Pimperne CE VC Primary School, Newfield Road, Pimperne. Dorset. DT118WF.

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