General Information

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Personal Development

Each student’s progress is monitored and assessed on a continuous basis by their teacher and through the Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) undertaken by every child at key stages in their schooling.

Parent-Teacher Consultations are normally held twice a year. These after school or evening events are built around an appointment system that ensures every parent or carer gets to meet their child’s tutors and discuss progress and any concerns that may have arisen. Parents’ evenings also often feature some impressive displays of Thomlinson students’ work through the year.

A written report is also issued to parents and carers detailing their child’s progress and achievements at the end of the Summer Term.

Pastoral Care

‘Pastoral Care’ centres on your child’s personal, social and emotional development. Each Class Teacher is directly responsible for all aspects of the welfare of the students in their care and is the first person to speak with if you have any concerns. The Headteacher and Governing Body form the second and third tier contacts for more serious problems. School discipline is overseen by the Headteacher, Ms Brenda Fyrth. She is available for parents and carers to contact and can be met with face-to-face by appointment when necessary.

Health Checks

Should any medical professional need to see a child at the school, parents/carers will be informed in advance. The School Nurse makes periodic visits to Thomlinson Junior School to carry out routine health checks. Parents or carers will be notified if Child Health Services would like them to be present at this time. You will of course be notified if any healthrelated problems crop up.

Medicines

For reasons of safety, in line with modern national policy, schools are cautioned against administering any drugs or medicines to students in the care. Where possible, parents are asked to consult with their Doctor on adjustment of administration timings to avoid the school day.

  • If school time administration is unavoidable, prescription medicines can be given in school. However please be aware that this is a voluntary agreement and the school and its teachers are not
    obligated to carry this out.
  • Medicines must be kept in their original pharmaceutical container and should be clearly marked with the recipient’s name, date of prescription, contents and dosage.
  • Prior to administration commencing, parents/carers must sign a consent form to enable a member of staff to supervise administration. This form is available upon request from the School
    Reception.
  • Teachers should be clearly informed of any health factors, such as allergies, asthma or diabetes that affect a student.

Asthma

  • Sufferers often have individual needs which parents should discuss with the school.
  • Inhalers should be clearly identified with a child’s name.
  • The child should be able to use the inhaler him, or herself.
  • Working in cooperation with our supportive teachers, the child should normally be able to manage their asthma themselves.
  • The school holds an emergency asthma kit. Parents of children known to suffer from asthma will be required to sign a usage consent form.

Illness and Injuries in School

Should a child fall ill or get injured whilst in school beyond Thomlinson’s limited ability to provide treatment, the parent/carer will be contacted. In those rare cases of more serious injury or illness, or when parents or carers are unavailable, the seeking of relevant medical assistance will be the first priority.

We do request that parents provide at least two addresses and/or telephone numbers where they may be contacted during the school day. Please also ensure that the school is informed forthwith should this contact information change.

Absence from School

Please ensure that the school is informed by 9.30am using a note or telephone call if your child is going to be late or absent from school. If this is not possible, then a note should accompany your child on their return.

Unexplained absences have to be notified to the Local Education Authority. Under new regulations these are recorded as ‘Unauthorised Absence’ and can often result in further action.

Parents who wish to take their child out of school at any time must inform the school as far in advance as possible. Headteachers cannot authorise absence during term time, unless they deem it to be ‘an exceptional circumstance’.

If you wish to remove your child from school during the day, for instance for a Doctor’s, Hospital or Dental appointment, confirmation is required in writing or by phone from the recognised  guardian.

School Security

Thomlinson Junior School place paramount importance on the security and safety of the students in its care.

Children may only enter and leave the school via two gates leading into the playground which are locked when not fully supervised. The Main Entrance is the only way in which members of the public may enter the school itself. If they move in beyond the Reception Area and Offices they will be supervised at all times.

Importantly, whilst the front drive area is out of bounds to students during the school day, we ask that NO vehicles, other than officially recognised school transport (including minibuses and taxis carrying students) enter the school gates when our youngsters are moving through the area, before 9.00am and after 3.15pm.

Special Educational Needs

At Thomlinson Junior School we aim to match educational opportunities and teaching styles with the unique learning needs of our students. We are keenly aware of the differing ways in which different children learn. We build on strengths and explore ways of positively addressing areas of weakness; whilst always striving to maximise the self-esteem of every child.

We recognise that each individual child learns at their own pace and in their own way, but at some point in their schooling many children will experience some form of ‘special’ educational need. Sensitive additional help in the form of extra classroom support, or small, dedicated teaching groups away from class, is provided for these students.

Our school benefits particularly from its status as a ‘Strategically Resourced Junior School’. This role equips us with a specialist teaching area and dedicated staff who work both within the facility and in class. As part of our Strategic Resource status, we also have special access to support and advice from other specialist Educational and Health support agencies.

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