"Use the gifts God has given you"
1 Peter 4:10
We aim to create a caring and calm environment and to promote the values of honesty, fairness and respect for others.
We aim to help children develop:
We aim, within the classroom situation to:
How we follow through misbehaviour issues can be seen in our Incidents Flowchart.
All education during school hours is free. We do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum with the exception of individual or group music tuition. When organising school trips or visits which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the children, the school invites parents to contribute to the cost of the trip. All contributions are voluntary. If we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions, we may cancel a trip. If a trip goes ahead, it may include children whose parents have not paid any contribution. We do not treat these children differently from any others. If a parent wishes their child to take part in a school trip or event, but is unwilling or unable to make a voluntary contribution, we do allow the child to participate fully in the trip or activity. Sometimes the school pays additional costs in order to support the visit. Parents have a right to know how each trip is funded. The school provides this information on request.
The full policy is available from the school office on request.
This policy is intended to ensure that our children, staff, contractors and visitors are kept safe and secure whilst on-site.
This policy should benefit the users of our school site through:
•A consistent approach from the school and understood by all
•A safe environment
•A reduction in the risk to children, staff and visitors
Oxfordshire County Council and the Children’s Services Department strongly discourage dogs on school sites. It is recommended that schools strongly discourage parents from bringing dogs on site or from tying them up at the school entrance.
Following this guidance, it has been decided that dogs are not allowed onto the school grounds, with the exception of guide/assistance or specifically invited dogs. Dogs may be brought in to school as part of the curriculum or collective worship, following completion of an appropriate Risk Assessment. An individual risk assessment must be completed for each and every dog with permission to be on school grounds.
Having a Dog in School - Rationale (Full Rationale)
Children can benefit educationally and emotionally, increase their understanding of responsibility and develop empathy and nurturing skills, through contact with a suitable, calm dog.
In addition to these benefits, children take great enjoyment from interaction with animals. By having dogs in school we want to encourage those children specifically who are vulnerable, or those who are less confident with learning, to have a friendly audience and to look forward to a challenge, seeing it as a treat, because the task is done with a dog.
Having a dog in school can encourage reluctant children to come to school. Many children list their time spent reading to, working with or caring for a dog as their favourite time in the school week and many adults have fond memories of dogs at their own primary schools. The vast majority of dogs are gentle and loving, offering children opportunities to improve social development skills, unconditional acceptance and the chance to do something really well. For some children a dog will be a special friend, helping them to build self-esteem, relax and have fun. For others, time spent with a dog will be a reward for excellent effort with a difficult challenge.
We aim to: