Our Governing Body has adopted the policy of the Local Authority. It is necessary for all parents to complete an application form for a place at 4 or 5 years of age, even if they already attend our Acorn Class. We have 90 places available in Reception each year. Places will be offered to children living in our catchment area. If there are more requests than places, then the following criteria will be applied, in the rank order shown.
a) All ‘looked after' children or children who were previously “looked after”.
b) To pupils living in the catchment area, with siblings at the school.
c) Other pupils living in the catchment area.
d) On “very exceptional” medical grounds;
e) Other siblings;
f) To any other children
Please note that admission to Pre school and Acorns does not automatically admit your child to Reception, You must apply via admissions at Bedford Borough.
If your child is absent from school please telephone the school as soon as possible to report the absence. Our telephone system allows parents to leave a message at any time. We must have a valid reason for absence.
If we do not receive an acceptable explanation of a child’s absence, the child will be marked in the register as being absent without permission.
All such unauthorised absences are recorded on your child's annual report, together with the number of times your child is late. Frequent late arrival or absences will be followed up by our Education Welfare Officer. It is not acceptable to take your child out of school to buy new shoes, to get a haircut or to celebrate their birthday. Regular and consistent attendance is essential for good learning.
We discourage time out of school for any reason and term time absence will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. Family holidays should be only be taken during school holiday periods. If exceptional circumstances require time out of school, please speak with the office immediately.
When a child is taken ill at school every effort is made to contact the parents. It is, therefore, very important that our list of contact names and telephone numbers are kept up-to-date. We also find it helpful to have the name, address and telephone number of a neighbour or friend who has agreed to be contacted if the parents are not available. Please do not send your child to school if he/she has been sick or had diarrhoea during the night. The child should be kept at home for at least 24 hours. If it is necessary for us to administer medicine to your child, e.g. inhalers, then we must ask you to sign a consent form which is available from the office.
Please do not walk across the car park as it is dangerous. Please close doors and gates as you leave. All external doors can only be opened from the inside once they are shut. Although we welcome parents into school at the beginning and end of day, we do ask you to leave buggies and prams outside as they can cause obstructions in the busy corridors. Parents should not use the staff car park when bringing or collecting their children. The car park is for staff only. We do not permit the use of mobile phones on the school site due to child protection concerns over unauthorised photography and in relation to the supervision of pupils.
Freedom of Information
School policies are available on request. Parents wishing to see any school documents, or wanting to obtain a copy of one of them, should apply to the Headteacher in writing.
If you have a problem or complaint to make about any aspect of the school please discuss the matter with a member of staff or the Headteacher. We want to work with parents to find solutions to difficulties. However, if you are not satisfied with the response, you are entitled to make a formal complaint, in writing, to the Governing Body who have an agreed Complaints Procedure. More details are available from the Headteacher.
Administering Medication at School
If your child requires prescription medication to be given during school time, you will need to complete the form below and return it to school with the medication. All medication must have the child's details clearly marked on them and must be prescribed by a doctor.
Requesting Term Time Leave
Children should attend school regularly and we encourage parents not to remove children from school for any reason. If exceptional circumstances require you to request term time leave for your child, you must do so in advance and by completing a form you can obtain from the office.