PERTH AND KINROSS COUNCIL

 

KINROSS PRIMARY SCHOOL

HANDBOOK 2005

 

 

 

 

FOREWORD

 

The school handbook is now published in two parts

 

1.         Part 1 contains school information and has been compiled by the

            Head Teacher Kinross Primary School.

 

 

2.         Part 2 contains basic Information provided by the Education Department, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth

 

N.B.    Supplementary Information can be requested from Pullar House. This could be of a specialised nature which some parents may require for a variety of reasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

PART 1

 

 

 

Page

 

    3                              Introduction and aims of the school

 

  4 - 5                          School address, roll, staffing,  hours, catchment area.

                                    Nursery

 

6                                                        Holidays.

 

     7                             Transfer to Secondary School

 

8 - 10                          The Curriculum

 

    11                            Additional information on the Curriculum i.e.

Computers, Learning Support, Special Educational Needs, Homework, Religious Education and Extra Curricular Activities.

 

12                         Assessment and Reporting

 

13- 14                         Uniform: Discipline, School Rules

             

   15                         Golden Rules

 

16 - 17                        Anti-Bullying Policy

 

18                           Attendance, Transport and School Meals

 

19                           Health Care, Safety, Emergency Arrangements

 

     20                           Insurance, Community Links, School Board and P.T.A.

 

 21                          Protection Officer, Special Educational Needs,

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Values, School Costs and Nursery

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perth & Kinross Council

Kinross Primary School

Handbook

 

 

INTRODUCTION BY THE HEAD TEACHER

 

This booklet is about the management of Kinross Primary School and the services it provides.

 

I trust this information will prove useful to you and that you will feel free to contact me at the school if you have any further enquiries. A mutually convenient time can always be arranged for you to visit the school if you so desire.

 

Kathleen King

Head Teacher

Jan 2006

 

N.B. The information contained in this prospectus relates to the present session 2005/2006 and is accurate as at December 2005.

 

 

THE AIMS OF THE SCHOOL

 

 

a.                  to deliver a fitting, demanding and stimulating curriculum which will enable each and every pupil to realise his/her full potential.

 

b.                  to provide a safe and caring environment where everyone is valued as  an individual.

 

c.                  To encourage our children to be inquisitive and reflective, to contribute, to co-operate  and to compete and above all, to be adaptable, in an increasingly changing society.

 

d.                  To help our pupils, in partnership with parents, to develop personally, socially and intellectually, thus preparing them to play a full part in family/community life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FACTUAL INFORMATION

 

Address:                                Kinross Primary School

                                                Station Road

                                                Kinross

                                                KY13 8TG

 

Tel. No.                                   01577 863515

Fax No.                                   01577 865968

E-mail                                     headteacher@kinross-pri.pkc.sch.uk

Web Site                                www.kinross-pri.pkc.sch.uk

 

Present Roll:                          461 plus nursery (80places…….40a.m./40p.m.)

 

STAFFING    

 

Head Teacher                       Mrs K. King

 

Depute Head                         Mr A. Dobbin

                                                (special responsibility for P5,P6, P7)

 

Depute Head                         Miss F. McIntosh

                                                (special responsibility for Nursery, P1 and P2)

 

Depute Head                         Miss K. Clare

                                                (special responsibility for P3 and P4)

 

                                                                                   

Class Teachers                     P1b Mrs Dickie                     P5a Mrs McAndrew

                                                P1/2 Mrs Suttie                     P5b Mrs Chapman

                                                P2a  Miss Campos               P5c Miss Bruce

                                                P2b Mrs Fraser                     P6a Mrs Trim

                                                P3a Mrs Marshall                  P6b Miss Craig

                                                P4a Mrs McLeod                  P7a Mrs Lawrence

                                                P4b Mrs Hodgkinson            P7b Mrs Bradley-Parrish

                                                                                    P7c Mrs Bode

                 Job Sharing          P 1a  Ms. MacRae/Mrs. McKenzie

                                              P.3b  Mrs. Williamson/Mrs. Drew

 

                                 

 

                        Learning Support Teacher               Miss Anderson  / Mrs. Graham

                        Visiting Teachers                              P.E. - Mrs Gay

                                                                                    Art – Mr Willing

                                                                                    Music – Mr Cant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FACTUAL INFORMATION cont.

 

Parents of children due to enrol, or who wish to consult the Head Teacher about possible enrolment, may call at the school preferably by appointment.

 

THE SCHOOL DAY

 

                        P1-7                9am – 12.15pm         1.00pm – 3.00pm

 

Parents are informed in advance of any alterations to these hours.

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL CATCHMENT AREA

 

A map of the school’s catchment area is available from the Head Teacher on request. Briefly the school serves the town of Kinross and the surrounding districts of Balado, Hatchbank and Gairneybridge.

 

THE NURSERY

 

Kinross Primary School nursery has places for forty pupils each morning and forty pupils each afternoon. Miss McIntosh (Depute Head) has responsibility for managing the nursery. Nursery staffing comprises one nursery teacher & three  nursery nurses.

 

NURSERY SESSIONS

 

AM SESSION - 9.05 – 11.35 

 

PM SESSION - 12.35 – 3.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perth & Kinross Council Education & Children’s Services

School Terms and Holidays 2005-2006

 

Autumn Term

Start

 

End

Staff

Pupils

 

Monday 15August 2005

Tuesday 16 August 2005

Friday 30 September 2005

35

Autumn Holiday

Start

End

 

 

Monday 3 October 2005

Friday 14 October 2005

(10 school days)

 

Winter Term

Start

End

 

Monday 17 October 2005

Friday 23 December 2005

50

Christmas Holidays

Start

End

 

 

Monday 26 December 2005

Friday 6 January 2006

(10 school days)

 

Spring Term

Start

End

 

Monday 9 January 2006

Friday 31 March 2006

60

Spring Holidays

Start

End

 

 

Monday 3 April 2006

Monday 17 April 2006

(11 school days)

 

Summer Term

Start

End

 

Tuesday 18 April 2006

Thursday 29 June 2006

53

Total

198  days

May Day Holiday

Monday 1 May 2006

(1)

2 Days Holiday - To be fixed by the School Boards after Consultation with the Education Authority                                17 and 20 February 2006

(2)

Total Number of workdays for Staff

(195)

Number of school days for pupils in session 2005/2006 after deduction of 5 in-service training days

190

Session 2006-2007

Start

Staff

Pupils

Monday 14 August 2006

Tuesday 15 August 2006

 

 

In Service

Day 1             15 Aug 2005

Days 2&3      17 and 18 November 2005

Day 4                          21 February 2006

Day 5                          2 May 2006

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSFER TO SECONDARY EDUCATION

 

At the end of Primary 7 most pupils transfer to -   Kinross High School

                                                                                               High Street

                                                                                               Kinross

                                                                                               Tel No. 01577 862430

 

In the summer term Primary 7 pupils spend two induction days in the High School. The main purpose of this is to introduce the P7 pupils to the school/staff and to show them round the various departments. There is also an evening meeting arranged by the High School for parents.

 

There is now a Local Management Group serving Kinross High and staff representatives from all the feeder Primary Schools meet regularly in an attempt to promote good practice amongst schools & to develop meaningful systems to ensure continuity of experience from primary school to secondary education.

 

Every year a member of the High School Learning Support Department visits the school on a regular basis to establish and promote social and educational relationships with all P.7 children prior to transfer.

 

To further complement the above procedures, close links to the English Language department at Kinross High School have been developed in the form of a bridging unit which entails our P.7 pupils completing work, maintaining their own records etc. during their last two terms with us and continuing this work into S.1 at Kinross High.  This has become a major part of our pupils' smooth transition to High School education.

Closer links are also being forged in the area of personal & social development. Pupils now complete part of a link unit prior to the two induction days in June. The remainder of the unit is completed during & after the induction visit. This activity is seen as a potential ice breaker for pupils to mix & meet with other children from other schools during the two induction days to help ease any anxiety pupils may experience coping with the change in schools. The work completed after returning to Kinross Primary is a pupil evaluation of the visit & of the unit itself.

Close curricular links are continuing to develop with the introduction of a National Transfer of Information form being used by all associated primary schools to ensure the 5-14 curriculum started in primary school continues in S1 to avoid the need for a ‘fresh start approach’ which can sometimes hinder pupil attainment & development. It is the intention during their P.7 year for the pupils to encounter apportunities to meet with other P.7 pupils in the area on agreed projects e.g. activity days, working alongside the Active Schools’ Co-ordinator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CURRICULUM

 

The curriculum includes aspects from each of the following five main areas:-

1.      Language

2.      Mathematics

3.      Environmental Studies

4.      Expressive Arts

5.      Religious and Moral Education (R.& M.E.), Health and Personal and Social Development  (P.S.D.)

 

In order to ensure a balanced curriculum National Guidelines from the Scottish Executive Education Department suggest a specific time allocation for each of these areas, with a 20% flexibility allowance for whole school activities, learning support, reinforcement of particular activities as well as for learning which may arise from contemporary events or issues.

 

The Scottish Executive Education Department also provides detailed guidelines on each of the curricular areas in the so-called 5 - 14 Development Programme.  These documents form the basis of all our school programmes of work.

 

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN

 

Each year the school strives to develop as well as to maintain a number of key issues.  This year particular attention is being paid to Raising Attainment in Mathematics, developing Science, Technology and Social Studies as well as exploring Enterprise opportunities throughout the whole school .Furthermore the school hopes to improve the Library facilities and the Nursery Outdoor Areas. N.B.. In Service Days are largely devoted to these issues. All children will be involved in Scottish Executive initiatives being developed in all schools – Determined to Succeed, Enterprise and Hungry for Success. Teachers will plan for these initiatives throughout the year.  We are also reviewing our developmental work in striving to be an ambitious, excellent school, aspiring to provide a curriculum for excellence to allow all our pupils to obtain success.

 

THE MANAGEMENT TEAM….HEADTEACHER AND THREE DEPUTES

 

The Headteacher leads the team has overall responsibility for the whole school. Deputes have major responsibilities within their departments for both curricular development and the general welfare of the pupils.

Mr Dobbin …..           P.5, P.6 and P.7

Miss Clare                 P.3 and P.4

Miss McIntosh            Nursery, P.1 and P.2

 

All three Deputes have recently completed guidelines on homework for the pupils and parents within their departments.  These notes also contain useful information on the topics being studied at each age stage.  The Headteacher holds regular meetings with SMT and staff to review and improve developments towards set targets each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEVELS OF ATTAINMENT

 

The 5 - 14 programmes of work are generally at five different levels covering the seven primary age stages.  They are as follows:-

 

LEVEL A  -    should be attainable in the course of P.1 - P.3 by almost all

                        pupils.

LEVEL B -     should be attainable by some pupils in P.3 or even earlier,

                        but certainly by most in P.4.

LEVEL C -     should be attainable in the course of P.4 - P.6 by most pupils

LEVEL D -     should be attainable by some pupils in P.5 / P.6 or even earlier,

                        but certainly by most in P.7

LEVEL E -     should be attainable by some pupils in P.7 - S.1 but certainly

                        by most in S.2.

 

THESE LEVELS ARE USED BY TEACHERS IN THEIR WRITTEN

ASSESSMENTS OF PUPILS' PROGRESS ISSUED TO PARENTS IN

THE MAY/JUNE REPORT.

 

National Assessments  in Mathematics, Reading and Writing are used throughout the school in order to confirm the class teachers' assessments of the progress of each pupil through these levels.  Pupils progress from level A in the early years to level D/E, if appropriate, in primary seven.  The annual school report contains details of these results as well as providing general targets set for the school. In general terms I am delighted to report that the test results to date, have been of a very high standard.

 

N.B..     Each year the School now publishes a Annual Report for the previous session and a Quality Improvement Plan for the current session. These are made available to Parents usually in the month of October.  Both documents are key features of the Authority's commitment to Quality Assurance within all schools in Perth and Kinross. 

 

5 – 14 ATTAINMENT

 

P3,P4,P6 & P7 pupils on the school roll attaining or exceeding minimum 5-14 levels for their stage…….

 

The Scottish Executive Education Department has decided that it will no longer collect data for 5-14 levels.  This means that it will not be possible to provide a national average.

 

 

 

JUNE 2003

JUNE 2004

JUNE 2005

READING

85%

90%

88%

WRITING

86%

86%

85%

MATHEMATICS

83%

88%

89%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRIEF NOTES ON EACH OF THE FIVE CURRICULAR AREAS

 

N.B. The sub - headings in each curricular area are as recommended in the 5 - 14 guidelines.

1.                  English Language -               (a) talking

(b) listening/watching

(c) reading

(d) writing

2.                  Mathematics -                        (a) number, money and measure

(b) shape position and movement

                                                                        (c) information handling

                                                                        (d) problem solving

3.                  Environmental Studies -       (a) science

(b) social subjects (history and

      geography)

                                                                        (c) technology

                                                                        (d) information technology

                                                                         

 

In this particular area pupils are assessed on the following skills:-

 

(a)   planning

(b)   collecting evidence

(c)    reporting and presenting

(d)   interpreting and evaluating

(e)   developing informed attitudes

 

4.         Expressive Arts -                   (a) art and design

                                                            (b) drama

                                                            (c) music

                                                            (d) P.E.

 

Class teachers are assisted in these areas by the expertise of our visiting specialist teachers

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5.         R and M.E. – Health – P.S.D.

R &. M.E. has followed the pattern throughout the school of Bible stories particularly on seasonal topics e.g. Harvest, Christmas and Easter.  New programmes of work are now available from the Authority in line with the 5 - 14 guidelines & the school is now implementing these. The accent will still be on Christianity, but will also include aspects of other world religions as well as topics on ultimate questions e.g., the meaning of life etc.

There are similar guidelines from the Authority on both Health and Sexual Health & Relationships in the Health Education Programme is in line with Perth & Kinross’ Policy and is shared with parents.  A workshop meeting is held for parents to discuss issues and resources used.

 

 

 

 

Additional Information on the Curriculum

 

(a)               COMPUTERS The school now has more than 100 modern PC systems available in school. Seventeen are housed in our computer suite & the remainder are in the classrooms, giving an average of 4 computers per room.  All computers in the school are networked & all have filtered access to the internet.

(b)               LEARNING SUPPORT Class Teachers are able to call upon the

expertise of our Learning Support Teachers whenever a pupil experiences difficulties with the curriculum. Appropriate steps can therefore be taken to overcome any immediate problem.  Where this is considered severe or long term the school will notify the parents and arrange an interview with them.

The Learning Support Teachers can also provide help and support for pupils who require a more demanding curriculum. SfL staff ,as part of their normal teaching duties do support small groups of pupils as part of a short block or sometimes over the longer term. In this instance it is not necessary to contact parents formally.

(c)               SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS The school is required to cater for

pupils with severe or Special Educational Needs. This of course can include pupils who are physically handicapped, have specific learning difficulties or have behaviour/emotional difficulties. Each case is considered on its own and a Record of Needs may be granted after consultation with parents and other interested parties e.g. School Doctor, School Psychologist etc. Care Assistants and/or additional Teaching Staff may be appointed to assist with the demands of any such pupils.

(d)               HOMEWORK The main purpose of homework is to keep parents 

aware of the standard of work their children are producing and to encourage parents to take an active interest in this.  Furthermore homework introduces pupils to a form of work which is essential to full achievement in Secondary Education and beyond.

N.B. We would respectfully request parents to sign or initial all completed homework.

(e)       RELIGIOUS EDUCATION   School assemblies are held every week in the school. Sometimes these are whole school assemblies conducted by the Head Teacher, whilst at other times they are departmental assemblies conducted by the heads of departments.

N.B. Parents wishing to exercise their rights to have pupils excluded from R.E. are asked to consult with the Head Teacher.

 

(f)          EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Netball                                   Dancing

Orienteering                           Swimming                             

Curling                                    Musical Groups                    

Cross Country                       Discos

Cycling Proficiency               Football                                 

These activities are currently offered to senior pupils or the whole school depending on the nature of the event.  Most are pursued outwith normal school hours.  Parents, as well as staff take an active part in these.

N.B. The School Board is required to encourage such participation where possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING

 

Assessments is part of the learning process. All staff plan next steps of learning through observation and discussions with their pupils.  We are embarking on an assessment is for learning programme looking at the quality of our teaching and the pupils’ learning to allow them to develop inidividually and reaching person goals.

 

Pupils are continuously assessed throughout their Primary School career through their talk, their writing, their work in practical activities etc.

 

In Primaries 1 - 2 teachers keep up-to-date individual Check Lists of progress with Words, books read, Phonic Skills, Writing Skills, Mathematical Skills.

 

In P.3 - 7 assessment will frequently occur in the daily interactions of teachers and pupils engaged in day to day activities. Sometimes special tasks will be set by the teacher to obtain evidence of learning.  Assessment of these activities and tasks will be through written tests, observation of practical activities, listening to pupils talking to each other, questioning pupils about their understanding, observing co-operation during project or thematic work, collecting evidence of knowledge or skills acquired etc.

 

All the evidence and information collected is reported to parents orally at Parents' Evenings or in written form at the end of a session.

 

This session the school will be continuing to conduct National Assessments in Mathematics, Reading and Writing. These tests are only one of a number of school assessment strategies teachers will use to determine how a pupil is progressing and to identify developmental needs & next steps in learning. 

 

Parent-Teacher interviews are now arranged by the school twice a year so that parents may discuss the progress of their own child(ren) individually with the Class Teacher.  These meetings are generally held in November and in May.

 

Parents may of course arrange with the Head Teacher to come to the school at a mutually convenient time throughout the session.

 

N.B. Pupil Record Cards

The school pupil Records (Scotland) Regulations 1990 make provision for granting access by parents and pupils to manually maintained records held on pupils. Parents and pupils wishing to avail themselves of this service must submit their request on an application form obtainable from the Head Teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM

 

 

We strongly recommend the wearing of school uniform.

This is available from:-

1.                  Sporting Chance, Kinross

 

Approximate costs are from: -         Blazer                                     £60.00

                                                            Tie                                           £2.50

                                                            Sweatshirt                             10.00  

                                                            Trousers (boys)                     10.00

                                                            Trousers (girls)                        9.00

                                               

P.E. Kit as recommended by PE specialist

                                                            T-shirt with logo                       5.00

                                                            Gym shoes                              4.00

                                                Shorts                                       5.00

 

Purple Lined Fleeces            starting from £21.00

Purple Unlined Fleeces        starting from £20.00

Summer Dresses                   starting from £8.00

 

 

 

 

2.        Aitken & Niven  of Perth, George Street Perth stock Ties etc.

 

 

 

N.B.  The wearing of football scarves etc. is not allowed in the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISCIPLINE

 

Certain standards of behaviour must be maintained for the benefit of all pupils in all areas of the school. We are confident that parents will support the school in maintaining these standards.  Pupils who behave in class in such a way as to disrupt the learning process are sent in the first instance to the DHTs.  Further misbehaviour would result in being sent to the Head Teacher.  Misbehaviour in the playground outside class hours is dealt with directly by the  Heads of Departments or the Headteacher. Parents will be informed of persistent unacceptable behaviour or immediately if deemed serious.

 

Measures taken to deal with breaches of discipline:-

 

(a)               Setting of home exercise

(b)               Detention during morning and/or lunch-time intervals

(c)               Deprivation of privileges (Games periods, swimming lessons, Radio and T.V. broadcasts).

(d)               Exclusion from class and school trips.

 

Through partnership with parents we would hope to resolve any disciplilne issues swiftly and move on.

 

Exclusion from school is the ultimate sanction.

 

 

 

SCHOOL RULES

 

 

 

The following rules should be kept in the interests of pupils' safety.

 

(a)               Pupils enter and leave school by the lane gate or the Bowton Road gate.

(b)               They should arrive punctually at school, line up when the bell rings,

enter school quietly, hang up their coats and proceed in an orderly manner to their classrooms.

(c)               They should walk quietly and smartly in the school at all times.

(d)               Pupils should normally stay in the playground during morning and dinner intervals unless inclement weather results in an indoor break.

 

 

(e)               Pupils taking school meals and packed lunches must stay within the school grounds during the dinner interval.

(f)                 They must walk with their cycles within the school grounds & in school lane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The school has introduced 6 GOLDEN RULES throughout the whole school as part of our continuing campaign to maintain the highest standards of conduct within the school. 

 

 

 

 

These 6 GOLDEN RULES are widely used throughout Scotland for this purpose… they are as follows:-

 

 

 

THE   GOLDEN     RULES

 

 

 

              DO'S                                                                        DON'TS

 

      DO LISTEN                                                          DO NOT INTERRUPT

 

 

      DO BE GENTLE                                           DO NOT HURT ANYONE   

                                                                             

 

      DO BE KIND                                                  DO NOT HURT FEELINGS

 

                                                                               

      DO  WORK HARD                                      DO NOT WASTE TIME….YOURS                                                                                             OR    OTHERS   

                                                                                       

 

      DO BE HONEST                                           DO NOT COVER UP THE TRUTH

                                                                                

 

     DO LOOK AFTER PROPERTY             DO NOT  BE CARELESS                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KINROSS PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

ANTI - BULLYING POLICY

 

1.                  School Ethos

 

It is the aim of the school to provide a safe and caring environment where everyone is valued as an individual.  All pupils are entitled to be educated in an atmosphere that is free from fear regardless of religion, culture, country of birth or ethnic origin.  Similarly pupils should be able to come to school free from the worry of being attacked physically or verbally by others.  On the positive side, the school encourages pupils to achieve and enjoy success both within the school and the community and tries to use praise & rewards, when appropriate, as a means of maintaining good relationships within the school.

 

2.                  Definition of bullying

 

·        Bullying is the persistent wilful or insensitive hurting of another person

·        Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological either singly or in

combination.

·        Bullying can be horseplay or teasing which has got out of hand.  It can be

the repeated isolation of one individual, or unkind/spiteful nicknames.

·        Bullying or even the threat of bullying can have long term effects on the

victim(s).

 

3.                  Aim of Kinross Primary School Anti-bullying policy

 

·        To reduce bullying to an absolute minimum.

·        To deal effectively with instances of bullying as quickly as possible.

·        To continue to raise awareness of the issues involved throughout the whole school community i.e. pupils, parents and staff.

 

4.                  Policy into practice

(a)      preventing bullying

·        Whole school ethos - respect for all

·        Curriculum - Personal and Social Development taught at all stages. Where

appropriate use of circling time.

·        Working rules for each class

·        School rules - see handbook  page 14 – 15

·        Golden Rules & Golden Time

·        Playground - The four lunchtime supervisors to encourage good relationships amongst pupils. Quiet area established within the school grounds.

(b)      school staff responsibilities

·        Take seriously and reinforce "good to tell"

·        Check out the feelings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANTI - BULLYING POLICY contd..

 

·        Decide on a course of action which can be…………..

i)                    mediation i.e. children get together and negotiate a mutually acceptable solution.

ii)                  one to one discussions with bully and victim

iii)                group or whole class work using appropriate anti bullying resources.

 

·        Refer to management team member who will arrange contact with parents/or outside agencies (school psychologist or educational support services) if the matter is not resolved.

 

N.B. As in all discipline matters the sanctions available to the school are as listed in the school handbook………..

·        Home punishment exercises

·        Detention during morning and/or lunchtime intervals

·        Deprivation of privileges

·        Exclusion from class and school trips

·        Exclusion from school until some agreement is reached with parents.

 

(c)      pupil responsibilities

·        Make Kinross Primary School a safe and happy place.

·        Avoid name calling or teasing

·        Avoid hitting back

·        Help to sort things out

·        Play fairly

·        Encourage others to participate

·        Inform school staff when and if you or someone else is being bullied

·        Inform your parents, discuss fully and remember to tell the whole story.

 

(d)      parental responsibilities

·        Discuss any allegations fully with your child.

·        Inform school if concerned.

·        Be patient and give the school time to resolve/investigate the situation.

·        Do not demand blame and punishment, what is needed is for the bullying to stop.

·        Work in partnership with the school.

 

5.                  Evaluation

The school will continue to seek ways of and means of addressing this aspect of school life.  The school has already organised several anti-bullying workshops for parents and staff.  These have been well supported and much appreciated as we continue to deal with these issues in a mutually supportive way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE

 

Parents are required by law to ensure that their children attend school regularly.  It is essential that a pupil returning to school after an absence brings a signed and dated note from a parent stating the reason for the absence. When a pupil is absent for two weeks or more a medical certificate is required.  In cases of unsatisfactory attendance an explanation will be sought for every absence.  Cases of significant or repeated unexplained absences having detrimental effect on the child's education will be referred to the Educational-Social Work Service/Attendance Section for further investigation.  Perth & Kinross Council appeal to parents to ensure children attend school throughout the year.  They do not condone absences from school for family holidays.  Parents should inform the school by letter should they require their child to be taken out of school during term time.

 

Parents/carers please note that if your child is absent from school due to illness, please inform the school by telephone on the morning of the child’s absence.  If a child is not returning to school after lunch-time, please inform school.  The school would actively try to contact parents of the whereabouts of a child if they are absent e.g. through siblings or by telephone.

Please do not send a child to school if they are unwell. The school has no provision to look after children who are not fit enough to attend school. If a child becomes unwell at school, we will contact parents/carers. If we cannot make this contact we shall call the emergency contact number in the pupil’s records. It is therefore very important that we have up to date parental contact numbers & up to date emergency contact numbers in order to get the ill child home as soon as possible.

 

Attendance for Session 2004-2005

The actual attendance at the school is of a very high order 95.6%

 

 

 

TRANSPORT

 

For pupils attending the local school proposed by the Authority, the Authority provides free transport or travelling expenses if a child would have to walk more than 2 miles to school.  In these cases free transport will be provided by issue of a bus pass or by contract vehicle.  Vacant seats in contract transport may be made available to pupils who are not normally entitled to free transport.  Parents who have made successful placing requests for their children at other schools of their choice have to make their own transport arrangements.

 

Parents entitled to apply for free transport may obtain the necessary form from the school.

 

SCHOOL MEALS

At lunch time pupils may -                (a)       Go home for their meal

(b)               Have a school meal, costing £1.50

daily (Payment for one whole week

preferred on Monday)

(c)               Bring a packed lunch to school

N.B. Free school meals.  Application Forms are available from the school on request

 

 

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Most new entrants are examined by the School Nurse during their first year in school.  Pupils who require further check-ups are seen from time to time for as long as is deemed necessary. Parents are invited to be present on all such occasions.

 

Primary 7 pupils may be examined prior to transfer to Secondary School according to parental wishes and/or school doctor's recommendations.

 

There are annual Vision Tests for all 7 and 9 year old pupils, and regular Hearing Tests. Speech therapy is available on a weekly basis through a referral system.

 

All pupils are seen by the School Dentist and receive dental treatment if necessary, provided parents consent.

 

If a child becomes ill in school parents or emergency contacts are informed and the child is taken home. If a child has an accident in school he is taken as soon as possible to the local surgery for attention, and the parents informed. It is important that parents should inform the school of any specific medical condition of their children so that appropriate action may be taken. If a child is taking a course of prescribed medication the school should be informed in writing, and any pills or medicine given to the school secretary with appropriate instructions. It maybe necessary to complete a protocol for the administering of medicines. This is available from the school office.

Parents may rest assured that all such information will be treated in strict confidence. Some children change into gym shoes when the weather causes their outdoor footwear to be muddy.  In the interest of safety, children should not walk about only in socks. Slippers should not be worn as corridors may become wet and slippers could cause pupils to slip.

 

SAFETY

 

The Health & Safety at Work Act requires staff to ensure that the school is a safe place for children, and we would request your support in ensuring that your children are safety conscious. Fire Drills are held at the start of each term and the need for taking care on the roads especially when cycling, is regularly stressed at assembly.

 

EMERGENCY ARRANGEMENTS

 

In the event of bad weather, or if the heating system breaks down during the winter months, the school might have to close at short notice. Should this happen, the undernoted procedure will be followed: -

1.                  Primaries 1,2 and 3 pupils will remain in school until their normal times for going home (i.e. lunchtime or hometime) unless other arrangements are made with parents.

2.                  Primaries 4 to 7 pupils whose parents are at home, go home. Enquiries will be made re the remainder, if there are neighbours, relatives or friends to whom they could go. No pupil will be allowed home unless-

a.      a parent is at home, or

b.      there is a neighbour, relative or friend to look after the pupil.

 

 

 

 

With  the above in mind, it is important that parents keep the school informed of up-to-date emergency contacts – especially changes in mobile numbers. Please check for updates to these arrangements

 

 

INSURANCE

 

The Authority insures against its legal liability for:-

 

a.                  accidental personal injury, or

b.                  loss or damage to property of third parties.

 

Parents are advised that no insurance cover is maintained for circumstances in which the Council does not have legal liability. Parents may wish to consider their own insurance arrangements.

 

COMMUNITY LINKS

 

The school has made a big effort to include our senior citizens in a number of events, including special concerts in the school and much appreciated visits to the Day Centre,   Whyte Court and Causeway Court.

 

SCHOOL BOARD

 

The school is entitled to a School Board consisting of 5 parent members, 2 staff members and 2 co-opted members. The Head Teacher may attend and participate but only in the role of Adviser to the Board. Information about the Board is provided by the Board and is sent to parents regularly throughout the session.

 

Present membership of the Board is as follows:-

                        Parent Members:-    

                        Chairperson                           TBA

                                                           Mr Muncey, Mrs Mathieson, Mr Clark & Mrs Weir

                                                                

                        Staff Members:-        Mrs Hodgkinson & 1 Vacancy

 

                        Clerk:-             Anne Miller    

 

                        Co-opted Members…….Mrs A Robertson & 1 Vacancy

                                                         

P.T.A.

 

All parents are automatically included in the P.T.A. and are welcome to attend meetings. Details of these are distributed regularly to pupils. The Head Teacher is most appreciative of the support from the P.T.A., at various school events.

 

                        Joint Chairperson     Katherine Douglas                            07801678318

                        Joint Chairperson     Margaret Forrest                               01592 860659

                                                                                   

                                    Secretary                   Julie Fallon                             866784

                                    Treasurer                   Sharon Douglas                    862172                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOLCHILD  PROTECTION OFFICERS

 

Our School Child Protection Officers are Miss Fay McIntosh, Mrs Lorraine Kirk, Mrs Susan Bode & Mrs King.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

 

Children with Special Educational Needs are catered for in the school within the terms of the Authority’s Policy on Support for Learning.

 

In addition to the Learning Support teachers the school has four care assistants who are deployed to cater for special educational needs. The Authority has recently made adaptations to the school buildings to allow access for children in wheelchairs. Disabled toilets have also been installed.

 

SPIRITUAL, MORAL, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL VALUES

 

The school is committed to provide appropriate opportunities for all pupils. The school is firmly committed to the elimination of any form of discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender and disability.  The school is currently working on an anti-racist policy and will issue to parents in due course

 

SCHOOL COSTS

 

School Roll at September 2004                  457    

Budget Expenditure April  2005                  £1,114040

 

Cost per Pupil – Kinross Primary School       £2438

Cost per pupil – Regional average        £2959

Cost per pupil – National average                     £3085

 

 

NURSERY

 

Every child reaching the age of three may register for a nursery place in  Kinross Primary School Nursery.

 

In the event of the nursery being over subscribed a ballot is conducted. The authority will advise unsuccessful applicants of alternative possibilities. Full details regarding  nursery provision in Perth & Kinross Council are available from the school office in the booklet ‘Revised Policy and Guidelines for Admission to Nursery Schools and Classes’.

 

 

K King

2006