School policies create a framework for sharing information and establishing standards of behaviour and conduct. The partnership between the school, the parents and the children will be established within this policy framework.
The Governing Body recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities including clubs, trips and residential visits can make towards the pupils' personal, social and academic education.The Governing Body aims to promote and provide such activities both as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the pupils of the school and as additional optional activities.
Children like to know where they stand and we aim to provide a kindly, but ordered system of conduct and of work, so that children may grow towards self-discipline.
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act requires publicly funded bodies, including schools, to be clear about the information they publish. We have produced a publication scheme setting out all the information we publish on a regular basis and where to find it. This scheme is available from the school office if you wish to see the scheme, a copy can also be provided free of charge.
Schools, local education authorities and the Department for Education and Skills (the government departments which deals with education) all hold information on pupils in order to run the education system, and in doing so have to follow the Data Protection Act 1998. This means, among other things, that the data held about pupils must only be used for specific purposes allowed by law.
Special Educational Needs Policy
Leven School values the abilities and achievements of all its pupils, and is committed to providing for each pupil the best possible environment for learning. We recognise that many pupils will have special needs at some time during their school life. In implementing this policy, we believe pupils will be helped to overcome their difficulties.
Teaching and Learning Policy
We believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the idea that both adults and children learn new things every day.
The health, safety and well-being of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work in our school. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be free from bullying.
The web site acts as a convenient source of information and promote the work of the school. It also offers a line of communication between the school and the community at large. The site aims to provide high quality online content to meet the needs of a wide audience including staff, pupils and their parents and carers, students and visitors, prospective pupils and their parents and future staff. As the web site is targeted towards a wide audience it is not the intention that all areas or pages in the site will be relevant to all readers at all times.
Child Protection Policy
This policy ensures that all staff in our school are clear about the actions necessary with regard to a child protection issue.
Adult Helpers Policy
We want our school to be open and welcoming to all who would like to support the children. We also want to encourage parents and other adults to help teachers in a variety of ways. However, our overriding concern is for the safety of the children in our care. This document sets out our school's policy, which is to ensure that the children benefit from as much help and support as possible, and are provided at the same time with the best possible security.
We expect all children on roll to attend every day, when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. We do all we can to encourage the children to attend, and to put in place appropriate procedures. We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is development of positive attitudes towards school. To this end we strive to make our school a happy and rewarding experience for all children. We will reward those children whose attendance is very good. We will also make the best provision we can for those children who, for whatever reason, are prevented from coming to school.
The school aims to deliver a well planned, coherent and co-ordinated drug education programme to all pupils in line with DfES statutory and non-statutory guidelines.
Homework is a very important part of a child¿s education, and can add much to a child's development. The government made clear its commitment to homework in the 1997 White Paper Excellence in Schools, where homework was described as 'an essential part of good education'. We recognise that the educational experience that any school by itself can provide is limited by the time and resources available; children can therefore benefit greatly from the complementary learning that they do at home. Indeed we see homework as an important example of cooperation between teachers and parents. One of the aims of our teaching is for children to develop as independent learners, and we believe that doing homework is one of the main ways in which children can acquire the skill of independent learning.
Our school aims to be an inclusive school. We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children. We make this a reality through the attention we pay to the different groups of children within our school.
Sex and Relationships Policy
It is important that SRE is set within a moral framework. It will prepare pupils to cope with the physical and emotional changes of growing up. Information will be presented in a balanced and sensitive manner.
Disability Non-Discrimination Policy
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) of 1995 aims to end discrimination against people with disabilities and to improve access in all areas of life. Since 2002, it has been unlawful for schools and Local Education Authorities to discriminate against pupils with disabilities in admissions and exclusions, in education, and in associated services.
As a Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) School, we normally base our Worship on the teachings of Christ and traditions of the Christian Church, in accordance with the trust deed. However, we conduct Worship in a manner that is sensitive to the individual faith and beliefs of all members of the school. While acts of worship in our school are Christian-based, we also hold acts of worship that reflect other religious traditions that are represented in the school and the wider community.