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- Improving School Communications with ParentMail
We have been upgraded to ParentMail’s latest platform.
The latest version of ParentMail helps make life for parents much easier; with a single account you can receive newsletters, information and book Parents’ Evenings using ParentMail. For parents, one of the biggest benefits is that you can easily pick up school messages on your smartphone by downloading the free ParentMail App on Android or iOS.
To use the latest version of ParentMail all you need to do is verify your account. You will be sent either an email or text message from ParentMail. If you have both a mobile number and an email address registered on your account, you will receive a registration invitation by text and email. You can decide which way you register – but you will only need to register once.
Further newsletters will be communicated in this way. You can still request a paper copy from the school office, or check on the website for the latest information.
- Changes to Leave of Absence
The Government have chosen to tighten up on the amount of discretion Headteacher's are given regarding parental requests for their child to have leave of absence from school and have issued new guidance accordingly. They have also amended regulations which came into force on 1st September 2013.
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 allowed Headteacher's to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in "special circumstances" of up to ten school days leave per year. Headteacher's could also grant extended leave for more than ten school days in exceptional circumstances. This however has changed.
Amendments to the 2006 regulations which came into force in September 2013 remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that Headteacher's may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances e.g. family crisis. Parents can be issued with a Penalty Notice for unauthorised absence.
As a result of these government requirements and information, the Headteacher will no longer be authorising leave of absence for holidays, family occasions, special gatherings etc. Please can you make written application to withdraw your child from school for any medical appointments during the school day, as soon as you are informed by the relevant department or agency and supply us with a copy of the appointment letter to be stored on your child's file. Sadly it is no longer enough to inform us verbally as you have done in the past.
- Universal Free School Meals 2014
All of our children are entitled to a free school meal everyday through Universal Free School Meals from September 2014.
Are you eligible for pupil premium funding? Do you know the benefits for your child and the school through registering for pupil premium finding? The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best.Children of service families also qualify for pupil premium funding, currently £300 per year. The office staff will be happy to assist if any family is unsure of its entitlement. For every child registered our school gets £1300 this year.
You can register your child for pupil premium funding if you get any of these benefits:
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance.
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16190.
Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
Click here for the Primary School Menu from HC3S who provide the school meals. The menu is available in Punjabi, Polish, Nepali, Bengali, Arabic Korean, Spanish and Hungarian.
- Standard Assessment Test Results
The Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) were not undertaken in 2016. The headlines from End of Year Assessment 2015/2016 can be viewed here.
All areas of our school are accessible to disabled children and visitors. We have one designated parking space for a disabled motorist but request that anyone requiring to use this informs the school prior to arrival. The main entry into the building is level for wheelchair users and assistance can be requested on arrival. We have one disabled toilet, visitors who may need to make use of this facility are requested to inform us prior to any visit due to the location of the disabled toilet. School newsletters and other documents can be produced in a larger type by prior arrangement with the school office.
The school works closely with outside agencies and professionals who can support and offer advice. These include Educational Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Educational Welfare Service, Advisor of Hearing Impaired, Advisor of Visual Impaired, Behaviour Support, Child and Family Guidance and Social Services.
- Fair Processing Notice
Chandler’s Ford Infant School processes personal data about its pupils and is a “data controller” in respect of this for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998. Click here for more information.
- Freedom of Information
- Insurance Certificate for School Visits