Mrs Starnes, the Headteacher, is very willing to show any prospective parents around the school. This is best done when the children are present and it is important to make an appointment by telephoning the school on 01933 675430.
The school has a Nursery Unit which can admit 52 part time pupils and a further 16 2 yr old funded places. The school can admit 90 pupils in all other year groups. Nursery admissions are handled by the school. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 admissions are dealt with by the Local Authority, applications must be made online. A link to Northants Admissions is provided in the side bar.
Children are given Nursery places strictly in order of application, and every attempt is made to concur with the parents choice of a morning or afternoon place. Parents are informed that their child has a nursery place in March prior to the September admission.
Children are normally registered for the Nursery Unit in the September following their first birthday. It is helpful that you visit the school to register your child so that procedures may be explained.
Parents may enter their child on the Nursery waiting list, stating a preference for morning or afternoon attendance if they wish, by completing the appropriate form. There is no specific catchment area for Nursery children.
Children are admitted to the pre-school Nursery in the school year in which they will have their fourth birthday.
Children are normally offered places in the school in the March prior to the September after their fourth birthday (i.e. the March of the school year in which they are four) and so all registrations should be made by January of that year. The parents of pupils to be transferred between schools make individual arrangements with the head teacher.
We expect high standards of behaviour at all times and depend on your co-operation in this matter. There is a list of downloadable policies at the bottom of this page.
Our behaviour management policy is based on rewarding good behaviour, although at times sanctions have to be enforced. The children follow the Ruskin Golden Rules:
- We always tell the truth.
- We treat each other with respect.
- We share and take turns.
Each class decides on two additional rules to add to the Ruskin Golden Rules which are changed termly.
In Key Stage 1 the children are rewarded with 30 minutes of special time each week on a Friday for keeping the Ruskin Golden Rules.
All children will take part in our reward scheme where stickers can be collected for achievements, good behaviour, helpfulness, attendance etc. When a collection card is full this achievement is recognized in our weekly celebration assembly.
You will be kept fully informed about any concerns we have about your child.
All staff constantly monitor the children's behaviour. We will inform the parents of children where poor behaviour is a cause for concern.
The school does not tolerate any forms of bullying or racist behaviour / comments. Parents will be informed of any such incidents and the matter will be followed up in school. It is important that any concerns in these areas are reported as soon as they arise.
The school does not tolerate bullying in any form. A policy document is available to explain our vision for a bully free school. It also outlines our practices and procedures if bullying is identified. The school has been awarded the Bronze Award for its anti-bullying work and is working towards the Silver. This work is being led by the Deputy Headteacher. A working group has been set up and if you would like to join call the school office to find out more.
The governors have a homework policy. Every child is expected to complete homework every evening. This will include reading, spellings, maths games, seeking information and work sheets. Homework is always given if requested by parents. From time to time workshops are available for parents to help you help your child.
Although no activities are charged for which occur during the normal school day, on occasions voluntary contributions are requested for educational visits and other activities. If there is insufficient support sometimes these have to be cancelled. No child is ever excluded if a voluntary contribution is not made.
From time to time we may offer out of hours education for which a small charge may be made.
We obtain your written permission to take your child on educational visits on entry to the school.
The School Nurse and Medication
The school nurse will attend the school to discuss the needs of an individual child when a referral is made. Forms are available from the school office.
The school has a policy for administering medication. Trained staff will be happy to administer prescribed medication. Parents must complete the schools consent form for administering of medicines before any drugs can be administered. All medicines must be provided in the original container as dispensed by the pharmacist and include the child's name and prescriber's instructions together with a suitable spoon, if liquid medicine is to be administered. All medication must be handed over to a member of staff and not left with children to hand to staff. The school is unable to administer medication that needs to be refrigerated. For further information please speak to a member of staff. The School is unable to administer over the counter products not prescribed by a Doctor.
If your child has a long-term medical problem which requires medication during the day please contact the Headteacher to make special arrangements.
If your child is sick in the night or has diarrhoea they must NOT be sent to school for 48 hours, this is in line with county regulations.
The school has a policy on asthma management and all staff are regularly trained in matters relating to it. Parents must complete the schools consent form for staff to administer asthma medication at the beginning of each year. If medication is changed between times then the school must be informed.
The children are encouraged to be responsible for the management of their own asthma. Blue reliever inhalers will be kept in the classroom with the child along with a spare which will be looked after by the class teacher (please place in a labelled box with administration and dosage instructions). When children with inhalers go on school trips their inhalers are always taken too. Parents are requested to give clear guidance in how the inhalers should be administered on the parent consent form. It is the responsibility of Parents to regularly check that the medication is in date.
It is your responsibility to regularly check your child for head lice. Our school nurse will give you advice on treatment.
The school has several trained first-aiders should your child need medical treatment. Parents/Carers will be informed of any treatment given.
Emergency Contacts / Telephone Numbers
It is essential that we have at least two current telephone numbers where you and a relative/close friend can be contacted in an emergency. This information is regarded as confidential and is held on computer. Please remember to inform the school of any changes to numbers.
The school is committed to the safeguarding of all its pupils. Child Protection training is carried out regularly for all staff. The Head Teacher and Deputy Head are both Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Where the school has a concern, parents will be informed before a referral to social services is made.
The Childcare Leader is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Ruskin Childcare.
Pupil Premium Grant [Free School Meals]
Although all Infant School aged children will now benefit from the ‘Universal Free School Meals’ initiative, if you are entitled to Free School Meals due to receipt of a qualifying Free School Meal benefit your child's school will be eligible for a significant amount of additional funding. You can find a link to the Free School Mealspage at Northants CC on the side of this page and in order for the school to access this funding, you will need to complete the application for Free School Meals. If your circumstances remain unchanged, this will also allow your child to receive a free meal after they have left Year 2.
If you are able to demonstrate to Northants County Council that you are in receipt of these certain benefits you may be entitled to up to £1300 worth of support for your child in school. This will include subsidising the cost of your child’s school offsite visits. If you need any help filling out the form, please pop in to the office or call the school number – 01933 675430. Alternatively you can access the form online at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.