Other Key Notes

A collection of key reference notes, regarding your polices and aspects relating to your child’s day-to-day life at St. Theresa’s. If your child has just started at St. Theresa’s, please take the time to familiarise yourself with this information.

You can use the contents table below to the left to jump between the different notes…

Children’s Welfare

  • If your child has any medical problems, it is strongly recommended that you let us know so that his/her needs can be met.
  • We are unable to administer medicine to your child except in exceptional circumstances. This is done by members of staff on a voluntary basis.
  • If your child requires medication during the day please regulate the dosage accordingly if this is possible. You are welcome to come into school to administer medication to your child. Please contact the Headteacher if you should have any further queries relating to this.
  • Although we do our best, there is no comfortable, quiet place in school for your child to rest if they are unwell in school. In cases where a child becomes ill parents are contacted by telephone.
  • Please ensure that we are provided with at least two emergency contact numbers as well as your own home phone number.
  • The Governors of St. Theresa’s hope that sensible measures taken by parents will ensure that no child is sent to school while suffering from illness which could, and should, be better treated at home. 

If there are any educational, medical or other problems you wish to discuss, please contact the Headteacher. All members of staff are involved in the pastoral care of the pupils. Further support and advice can be sought from our Educational Welfare Officer, Health Visitors, Therapists and School Psychological Services.

The school’s full policy for the administration of medication is available to parents on request.


Coming To and From School

Parents of the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children are requested to ensure that their child is always brought to school and picked up from the school by an adult. In the interests of safety we never let a child leave school unless WE KNOW the person who is picking up your child. Minors under the age of sixteen are not allowed to collect younger children from school.

Children in St. Theresa’s uniform are reminded that their behaviour out of school reflects on the school. We are proud of our reputation for good behaviour and politeness and ask the children to consider this at all times.


Complaints

If you have a concern or complaint we would like you to tell us about it!

We welcome suggestions for improving our work in school. An annual questionnaire for parents is circulated to gain a full picture of parents’ views. Please tell us of your concerns as soon as possible as it is difficult for us to investigate properly an incident which has happened some time ago.

What to do first

Most concerns and complaints can be quickly dealt with by speaking to the class teacher.

What to do next

If you are still dissatisfied with the teacher’s response, or need further clarification, you can make an appointment to discuss it further with the Headteacher.

If you are still not satisfied

You may contact the Chair of Governors to ask for a referral of your complaint to the Governors Complaint Panel.


Home School Agreement

At St. Theresa’s we work closely with all parents. Our Home School agreement outlines what is expected through this partnership between parents and school. The agreement can be found here on our school policies page


Homework

We have a Homework Policy which was drafted following extensive consultation with parents/carers and we continue to respond to parent/carers comments regarding homework. At our “Meet The Teacher” meetings at the start of the new school year in September, class teachers give out information which indicates when and what type of homework is to be given and when it should be handed in.

This varies from class to class but in Reception classes, reading activities are the main focus of expected learning at home. As a child moves through the school expectations regarding the amount and type of homework increase progressively. At St. Theresa’s we aim to ensure that homework given is connected to the learning going on in class at any particular time. Some homework is actually used to start off a lesson in school.

Homework which involves independent learning is given half termly or termly (to classes from Y1 upwards) and this consists of a number of tasks.  This homework has to be handed in on a specified date.  The tasks, and date to be handed in, are posted on the Kids Space section of the website.

We stress to all parents/carers the crucial role they play in the success of their child’s learning. Ensuring that they support their children in their homework by letting us know how their child coped with the homework is extremely important eg. by writing a note on the homework. In this way homework becomes an invaluable part of every day learning in school and we can “tailor” the homework to the child’s needs and abilities.

More information regarding Homework at St. Theresa’s can be found in our Homework Policy on the school policies page


Play Times

In order that play times can be fun we ask parents to note the following points:

  • We do not allow any type of fighting including play fighting. On no account should any child retaliate violently. We always stress that children must tell the teacher or supervisor who will deal with the problem.
  • We like the children to share games and play ideas, so that no child feels excluded or lonely. To support this there is a playtime “Buddies” scheme in operation to encourage friendly, safe playtimes for all children.
  • We have experimented with the idea of banning snacks for playtime, apart from fruit.
  • In the Nursery and KS1 the children will be entitled to free fruit as part of the National fruit scheme. Please encourage your child to eat fruit!
  • Problems arise when children bring in their own toys. We ask parents to ensure that children leave their toys at home. We make efforts at school to provide the children with different ideas for playtime activities, playground equipment is also provided.

School Meals

The cost of school meals is £10.00 per week, payable in advance on a Monday morning in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and year.

Please try to pay promptly as dinner money which arrives late causes great inconvenience and wastes valuable clerical time as records need to be kept and all cash in school needs to be banked. Parents need to also understand that the school needs to take steps to ensure that late dinner money is collected. Any nonpayment of money may result in reminder letters from the school and when this is not successful passing debts to the LA.

Children may choose to bring sandwiches. Children having a packed lunch need to bring their own drink (not fizzy) in an unbreakable flask.

Children must stay on school dinners for a half-term. Parents wishing to change to packed lunches must discuss the matter previously with the Headteacher and notify the school 2 weeks in advance.

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year2 receive a free school meal in line with Government policy. Many children are eligible for free school meals; please enquire at The Education Shop in Oldham Tel No. 0161 770 6688. Parents are strongly urged to make enquiries if they think that they may be eligible for free school meals.

During the lunchtime period we expect the highest standards of behaviour and table manners. We greatly appreciate the role of the lunchtime supervisors, and we insist that the children treat them with the same courtesy as they would treat a teacher or their parents. We encourage the children who take a school dinner to try a little of everything as a carefully planned and balanced diet is in operation. We will happily keep parents informed about their child’s eating habits if they wish to monitor this more closely.


School Security

The school is kept secure in a number of ways, including:

  • The school is well signposted for visitors and there is a biometric entry system covering all main external doors.
  • All visitors are asked to sign the visitors’ book.
  • Parents are asked to sign their child out of school if leaving during the course of the day.
  • All staff, including support staff and mid-day supervisors are made fully aware of the Health and Safety Policy and procedures with regard to the safety and well being of all the children.

School Trip and Visits

Wherever possible, the costs of school trips are paid for through the Pupil Premium Grant as we endeavour to provide our children with as many first hand experiences as possible.

There are occasions when parents are asked for voluntary contributions towards trips and some extracurricular activities. A facility to contribute over a period of time will always be made available to parents.

The LA have issued guidelines for schools to comply with before any school trip can take place. As a school we now have to document that all necessary risk assessments have been undertaken and that the ratio of adults to children complies with regulations.

Parents must ensure that they sign and return all permission slips prior to a school trip taking place.

A full copy of the School’s Charging Policy is available in the school office for parents to read.