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Bishop Wood C of E Junior School

At Bishop Wood we grow and learn together, embracing challenge and celebrating success in all that we do.

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  Please use the links below for information and guidance on school rules!
       
  Our Vision Homework Outside Footwear
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  Our Vision
  Caring is at the heart of all that we do at Bishop Wood School - caring for your child, your family and our community. Through our commitment to excellence everyone is challenged to do their best so that we can all grow and learn together, embrace challenge and celebrate success in all that we do.
  We are fully committed to working with parents and carers. We have an open door policy and welcome you in to school to see for yourself what we are trying to achieve.
   
  Keeping Children Safe
  At Bishop Wood School we do everything we can to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of all or our children is our highest priority. In order to do this a wide range of measures are put in place:
 
  • All staff, contractors and regular volunteers have a DBS check.
  • Every member of staff receives regular First Aid training.
  • We are a secure site with monitored entry systems. Children are supervised at all times from 8.50am. We ask that you also take responsibility for our site security and encourage you to report any concerns to the school office.
  • If a child's attendance or punctuality causes concern, the school may work closely with the Local Authority's Welfare Officer.
  • We have designated Child Protection/Safeguarding staff as well as a detailed Child Protection Policy which is reviewed annually and is available to view on our website. All staff and governors have Child Protection training which is updated at least every three years.
  • Children are encouraged to use the internet, but at all times in a safe way. Pupils are never left unattended whilst online.
  • We have high expectations for good behaviour. Our Behaviour Policy details our strong emphasis on positive approaches, but also our clear boundaries in responding to behaviour choices that threaten the learning, wellbeing or safety of others.
  • We do not tolerate bullying in our school community and as soon as we are aware of an issue we act promptly and effectively.
  • We have a clear Whistleblowing Policy and if members of staff have any concerns about people working within the school, paid or unpaid, they have a professional duty to inform the Headteacher or Governing Body accordingly.
  • Our Health and Safety policy is reviewed annually by our staff and governors and is available to view on the Policies page of the website.
 

Photographs & Videos

We ask parents and other family members to observe our guidlines on the use of photographs and video taken during school performances as outlined in the School Guide to Use of Images leaflet.

   
  School Hours & Attendance
  It is very important that your child arrives at and is collected from school on time.
  School starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3.30pm
  If your child arrives after 8.55am, he/she is late for school and will have missed class registration. Your child should therefore enter the school building via the main entrance and report to the reception area where the office staff will ensure that they are registered correctly and their lunch is ordered.
  If your child is absent from school please call the school office on 01442 822024 before 9am. Our office has an answer machine with an option to leave an absence message.
  Please see the Attendance page of the website for more information.
   
  Communication
  We strongly believe that parental involvement in a child's education can have a significant effect on pupil achievement. We want to ensure that you are kept informed about what's going on in school.
 

Home/School Link Book: Most year groups use a link book to improve communication between home and school.

Newsletter: Our newsletter details important dates and events and celebrates pupil achievement. It is sent electronically to parents with an email address and paper copies are available at school reception.

Website: Our website is updated at least three times a week during term time. The home page details Headlines this Week and Diary This Term. All emails and letters sent from the school office are posted on the News & Letters page as well as on the relevant diary entry on the Home page.

SchoolComms: Our school uses SchoolComms, a text messaging service which enables us to send text messages to mobile phones. It is therefore essential that you keep the office up to date with your current contact numbers.

Payments: The school uses SchoolComms 'School Gateway' to enable parents to make online payments for school trips, dinner money etc. Bishop Wood School aims to be cashless.

Parent Consultation Evenings & Reports: The school welcomes parents in to school for parent/teacher consultations in both the Autumn and Spring terms to discuss their child's progress. We also issue report to parents in the Summer term.

   
  Homework
  It is important for children to be given a small amount of work to be completed at home in order that they start to acquire the skills and self discipline needed for private study. It is the school's policy not to set homework for return on the following day in order to allow some flexibility. The homework expectations will rise as your child moves up the school and arrangements for each year group will be communicated to you by letter. Please let the class teacher know as soon as possible of any difficulties with homework set.
   
  School Driveway & Parent Parking
  To ensure the safety of all our children at the beginning and end of the school day parents must not use the school driveway (unless there is a medical emergency). In line with the 'Park & Stride' initiative in our Active Travel Policy we request that you use the free car park opposite the school and allow your child to stride across with our school crossing patrol.
  We have teamed up with the Hertfordshire School Travel Team to create a Parking Pledge, so that we can declare our commitment to the children, the school and to other road users. Those parents that are happy to sign our new Parking Pledge will receive a ‘Don’t Be a Road Monster’ sticker to display in their car window, as a visual display of their commitment.
  Here's a little reminder from some local school children...
Don't Be a Road Monster!
   
  Medicines
  Medicines can only be administered at school if prescribed by a doctor and the dose is four times a day. Medicines should be in their original packaging and a 'permission to administer medicines' form must be completed by a parent. Forms can be obtained from the school office.
   
  Registration Bags
  If you have a permission slip or letter for the school office please could you encourage your child to grow in independence and hand them in themselves. Every morning at registration the teachers have a drawstring bag which they fill with any post or letters for the office. Children put item in the bags and the class monitors bring them to the office. It would be helpful if everything could be in an envelope (used/recycled ones are fine) and labelled clearly with your child's name, class and contents.
   
  Outside Footwear
 

Following the overwhelmingly positive response from both parents and children on the Playgrounds Committee's survey regarding using the school field all year round we would like to invite parents to provide additional appropriate footwear for use when playing on the field.

The children will be expected to change from their outdoor shoes after playtime and wear their school shoes inside the school during the day.

Only children with a change of shoes will be allowed on the field during playtime. If you would like your child to use their P.E. trainers at playtimes this would be acceptable.

   
  School Lunch
  Our Herts Catering team prepare delicious and nutritional meals which are freshly cooked on site each day. We operate a 'pupil choice' menu where children can choose which lunch option they prefer each morning. There is always a hot meat meal, a hot vegetarian mean and a packed lunch option available. A new seasonal menu is introduced twice a year and sent home to parents. As at 1st April 2017 the cost of a school lunch is £2.40.
   
  Mobile Phones
  Bishop Wood School Governors and Teaching Staff would prefer that pupils do not bring mobile phones to school.
  Should parents want their child to bring a phone then both the pupil and their parent or legal guardian must read the policy on our website and sign and return the accompanying permission slip. These documents are PDF files.
  Mobile Phone Policy - Year 3, 4 & 5
  Mobile Phone Pupil's Agreement - Year 3, 4 & 5
  Mobile Phone Parent's Agreement - Year 3, 4 & 5
  Mobile Phone Policy - Year 6
  Mobile Phone Pupil's Agreement - Year 6
  Mobile Phone Parent's Agreement - Year 6
  The widespread ownership of mobile phones among young people requires that school administrators, parents, teachers and pupils take steps to ensure that mobile phones are used responsibly. Bishop Wood School has established this Mobile Phone Policy to ensure that potential issues involving mobile phones can be clearly identified and addressed. Phones are to be on silent and locked in the classroom during the school day.
   
  Cycling or Scooting to School
  If your child is keen to cycle or scoot to school, County recommend that children have passed their Level 2 Cycling Proficiency before they cycle on their own. Should your child not have this, but you feel that they have sufficient road sense and skill with their bike/scooter then they decision is yours.
  Please read the Cycle Agreement with your child and encourage them to fill it in. When they return the form to school they will be given a pass to enable them to use the bike shed.
  It is essential for safety that children do not ride their bikes/scooters in the school grounds. Please emphasise this to your child.
   
  Breakfast & Supper Club
 

From September 2017 we will be opening 'The Kids Breakfast and Supper Club' at Bishop Wood School. We will initially pilot the club until Christmas but are very confident this will become a permanent feature.

If you are interested in your child taking part, either as a regular attender or on an ad hoc basis, please let us know. It is important that we have an idea of numbers for September so please contact the club on bishopwood@kids-bsc.co.uk with your requirements.

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  Severe Weather Action
In the event of severe weather closure a text message will be sent to the primary named contact of all children.
Please do not phone school as all lines will be needed to inform everyone.
Information will also be available on Mix 96 (96.2FM), Heart 97.6 (97.6FM), Heart 96.6 (96.6FM) or BBC Three Counties Radio (103.8FM), www.Hertsdirect.org and www.bishopwood.herts.sch.uk.
   
   
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Bishop Wood C of E Junior School
Frogmore Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 5AU
Tel: 01442 822024 Fax: 01442 382950 Email: admin@bishopwood.herts.sch.uk
Acting Headteacher: Mr J P Hall