General

Admissions

Behaviour

Attendance

Curriculum

Parental Involvement

Activities and Clubs

What is the school's approach to dealing with bullying?

Please refer to our Anti-Bullying policy in the policies section.

What is the school's policy on school uniforms?

Please refer to our Uniform Policy in the policies section.

What should I do if my child is absent from school?

Please phone the office to report your child absent. If this is before 8am, please leave a message stating your child's name, their class and the reason for the absence.

If you need to take your child out of school for another reason, other than illness, please collect a holiday/absence form from the office to complete.

Please refer to our Attendance Policy.

What support is available for pupils who struggle academically?

Through internal assessments, daily learning and observations of children learning, class teachers alongside the SENCO will identify children as needing extra support in specific areas. The class teacher will attend a clinic meeting with the SEND team to discuss concerns.

At this point, it is the class teacher’s responsibility to consider any modifications, which need to be made to the curriculum, or strategies, which need to be in place to support the child. This may be done with advice from the SENDCO or other members of the teaching team.

The progress of the child is carefully monitored by the class teacher through Additional Provision Tracker and at Pupil Progress Meetings. If the strategies put in place are not having an impact over a period of time, discussions will take place involving the class teacher, SENCO and parents, to make a decision about identifying the child with SEND.

The provision of Special Educational Needs at Widey Court Primary School is often identified by looking at the following criteria:

Communication and Interaction

Cognition and Learning

 Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties

Sensory and/or physical needs

These may present with a varying degree of difficulty. The child may have a need in one or more of these four areas.

Where it is decided the child does have SEND, the child will be added to the school’s SEND register as needing SEN Support. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be written for the child and reviewed in collaboration with the class teacher and parents, using the “graduated Approach” (Assess, plan, do, review).

Please refer to our Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy.

What support is available for pupils who have Behavioural issues?

Please refer to our Behaviour and SEND Policy.

What is the school's approach to safeguarding?

Widey Court Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

Designated Safeguarding Lead and Child Protection Officer - Mr Shaun Nicholls (Headteacher).

Deputy Safeguarding Lead and Child Protection Officer - Mrs Joanne Llewellyn (Deputy Headteacher).

Safeguarding Governor - Mrs Maria Dawes.

Please refer to our Safeguarding Policy.

What is the process for signing up for extracurricular activities and clubs?

An Extra-Curricular Club letter is sent out towards the end of each term in preparation for the following term. Staff and external clubs offer varying clubs for a variety of year groups over the course of the year. Parents sign up to the clubs via Arbor on a first come first serve basis to fill the spaces.

How do I contact the SEND and Inclusion Lead?

Heidi Taylor is our SEND and Inclusion Lead.

Her email address is:

htaylor@wideycourt.plymouth.sch.uk

What is the school's Behaviour policy?

Please refer to the Behaviour Policy in the policies section of the website.

What subjects are taught in primary school?

Please refer to our Curriculum pages which outline the National Curriculum core and foundation subjects that are taught in Primary School.

For MFL at Widey Court, we teach French in KS2.

What is the Curriculum for the early years foundation stage?

Please see the EYFS section of the website.

We follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage: Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage for group and school providers (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Do you need something else?

If there’s something else you need to know or would like to discuss, please let us know and we’d be glad to help.

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