Welcome to Grange Primary School!
" Grange is a caring family community. Pupils and parents have pride in the school. The atmosphere is friendly with appropriate regard to personal development and mutual respect."
- Thank you for your interest in Grange Primary School. We hope that the information on this page will answer many of your questions and help you to know more about the life and work of our school
- Grange school is a mainstream Primary School which has enhanced facilities for pupils with a range of additional needs. We have a commitment to inclusive education and strive to maintain a high quality teaching and learning environment which is barrier free.
- We promote partnership with parents through our home - school agreement. We place a high value on establishing close links between home and school so that we can effectively work together to achieve the best for each child.
- Parents are encouraged to share in their child's progress at open evenings, through consultation with their child's class teacher, by viewing their child's work and through an annual written report.
- Parents are always welcome in school, many parents support reading and practical activities as well as educational visits. There are many opportunities to share in special events across the year such as assemblies, coffee mornings and concerts. We also try to keep you informed about school life through our school newsletter.
- The Friends of Grange Community group actively supports the school both practically and financially. They often organise adult education training courses as well as social events.
We aim to make our school a welcoming and friendly place where there is care and consideration for all. We recognise that all who come here have a purpose within the establishment -- from the youngest nursery child to the most experienced member of staff - from teaching staff to non-teaching staff - parents, governors, multi agency staff and visitors.
- We aim to provide our pupils with the experience of being an important part of a loving, caring community.
- We are dedicated to the development of the full potential of every child - regardless of physical, medical, emotional, social or behavioural needs
- We aim to provide a high quality teaching and learning environment.
- We aim to deliver a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, which addresses a range of teaching and learning styles.
- We aim to promote positive interaction between home and school. We aim to promote inclusive policy and practice for all - overcoming barriers to access and participation
When can my child start school?
Pupils who are 'rising 5' years of age are at present admitted to the school either in September or January depending on their date of birth.
Those born between 1st September and end of February, start in reception class in September, those born between 1st March and 31st August start in January.
This is currently under reveiw and out for consultation to all stakeholders
The children who attend the nursery often visit the main school and join in assemblies and special events. There are meetings for parents and children before the children transfer into the reception class.
If a child is transferring from another nursery unit or primary school he or she is welcome to visit with parents and meet the Headteacher and nursery teacher.
What if my child is late for school?
Children who arrive late to school will find the main gates locked for security reasons. Children must then report to reception and sign in.
Repeated lateness will be monitored and reported to parents and if considered an ongoing problem a visit to the home by an Educational Social Worker will be arranged.
What if my child is absent from school?
If your child is unwell he/she should not be sent to school.
You should inform the school as soon as possible so that an authorised absence can be recorded.
Children returning to school after a period of absence should be given a note explaining the reason for absence. The school will often attempt to contact parents concerning a child's absence if a reason has not been communicated to the office.
If your child has an infectious or contagious disease it is important that the school is notified and a doctor's clearance obtained before he or she returns to school.
Authorised absences are recorded when there is a good reason for the absence and either the school or a parent has authorised the absence. Failure to inform the school may mean that an unauthorised absence is recorded and the school is legally obliged to report this.
Unauthorised absence means that there is no real reason for the absence and it can be regarded as truancy. Attendance at Grange school is closely monitored and concern about individual pupils reported. A home visit may be made by an Educational Social Worker to discuss any problems regarding attendance.
Requests for absence other than illness should be made to the Headteacher in advance of the proposed absence. Children who are accompanying a parent on an annual holiday may only be granted a maximum of ten days a year at the discretion of the Headteacher
What if my child needs medicine or has a medical condition?
Doctors occasionally advise that pupils should attend school while still receiving medicine, either because they are suffering from some chronic illness or allergy (e.g. diabetes or asthma) or because they are recovering from short-term illness and are undergoing a course of treatment needing anti-biotic.
For legal reasons teaching staff have been advised by their unions not to administer medicines to children - it is the parent's responsibility. Your child should either return home at lunchtime to receive their medication or you should come to the school to administer the medicine.
If you are unable to meet this requirement the Head Teacher may arrange for supervision of the taking of medicine, provided the following procedures have been followed -
The school must receive a doctor's note, delivered by the parent, to the effect that it is necessary for the child to take medicine during school hours. The note must give clear instructions concerning the required dosage.
On the first day the parent must bring the medicine to main office for safekeeping. The parent must complete the school's written indemnity form. Medicine cannot be taken in school unless this form has been completed.
Medicines should be in the correct container with the chemist's label detailing the child's name, drug name and dosage.
A parent should collect medicines at the end of each day.
Parents of children who suffer from chronic illness or allergy should contact the Headteacher to discuss arrangements and an action plan will be discussed to support their specific needs.
Pupils with medical conditions which require ongoing nursing support are admitted to the school after consideration by the Local Education Authority and after discussion with the Headteacher and parents.
If pupils are identified through the health service as needing medical support they will be monitored and supported by health plan which may include a nursing provision on the school site. Pupils who receive ongoing programmes of physiotherapy are able to receive their regular treatment on the school site. Pupils are only admitted after referral from the Local Education Authority and discussion with the Headteacher