Occasionally, it is necessary to enlist parental assistance with transport of children to sports fixtures, local visits etc. This has two implications:
- For the driver: if you volunteer your services to drive pupils in your car you must check with your Insurance Company that you are adequately insured for this purpose.
- For the pupils: Parents who are not prepared for their children to be transported in other parents’ cars must inform the school.
Many of our children live outside the town and are therefore required to travel to school by County or Public Transport. Any requests need to be made directly to: Passenger Transport Manager, County Hall, Dorchester.
From Year 6 onwards, pupils are allowed to cycle to school, but only when they have met the requirements of the school’s cycle permit. The permit is issued by Mr Fitzgerald, Site Manager, after he is satisfied that all conditions, including successful completion of the Cycling Proficiency Course, have been met. Cycling Proficiency Courses (Bikebility) are organised at the School.
Under the Education Act of 1993, the school is obliged to compile and publish accurate rates of absenteeism each year. Guidance to school has been strengthened and the Department of Education now states that “Headteachers may not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances”. It is therefore highly unlikely that requests for holiday absence will be granted during term time and will therefore be recorded as unauthorised absence. Please telephone the school if you feel that exceptional circumstances would apply to your request.
For illness or medical absences please telephone the school on the first day of absence to inform us. This can be done by either Parent Mail, email or by leaving a telephone message in the school office. Also if your child has a medical appointment please provide the appropriate evidence e.g appointment card or copy of your child’s prescription.
During the school year 2017 – 2018, only 0.41% of the total school population recorded at least 1 unauthorised absence.
First Aid and Medication
Parents are asked to make the school aware of any medical condition affecting their children and this information is retained in each child’s confidential file. When children are ill at school, the office staff will contact parents identified on the emergency number. Minor accidents will be dealt with by our trained First Aiders at school but for all accidents of a more serious nature parents or guardians will be contacted and/or medical assistance sought.
If your child needs to bring medication of any kind to school, we ask that you complete a consent form (available from the office or click here Medical Consent Form. Medication should be named in the original box and left with the office staff and should not be kept by the child. An asthma inhaler (named) may be carried by arrangement with the office. We highly recommend that asthma sufferers leave an extra inhaler in the office in case of an emergency. Children who have Epipens for allergies should follow the procedure as given by their health advisers.