Parents and Carers

We firmly believe that parents and carers who take on a supportive role in their child’s learning make a difference in improving achievement and behaviour. The active involvement of parents in the life of the school can help promote a learning community in which pupils can engage positively with school staff and their peers.
Through our open mornings, celebration events, enterprise fairs as well as performances we feel that we provide parents with the opportunity to understand the role that they play in their child’s learning and development. We know that parental/carer involvement creates a meaningful and crucial partnership with school and enhances the education process.

Homework

The school recognises the value of students learning at home and sees this as a means of strengthening the educational process.
Homework within Highfurlong is dependant upon the key stage the student belongs to and takes into account their specific learning needs.

Residential and Educational visits

We believe that educational outings alongside residential visits, greatly enhance the children’s learning experience and are essential to the development of an inquiring and imaginative mind. Such visits stimulate greater interest and often provide hands-on experiences that help children make sense of historical, geographical or scientific concepts.

Visiting Specialists

In addition to having a resident Health Care Assistant and/or Nurse on site, we have regular input from the following specialists:  Doctors for clinics, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists and Social Workers.  We also work closely with the Education Welfare Service and Children with Disabilities Team and have an in house transition worker.

 

All School policies

General School Complaints Procedure

The general school complaints procedure only applies to complaints that are the responsibility of the school governing body – eg, how pupils are taught and the behaviour of staff.  Parents who have a complaint, or wish to express concern about something that has happened at school, are encouraged to contact the Headteacher, Rosie Sycamore in the first instance, so that the issue can be discussed and hopefully resolved informally.  A copy of the general school complaints procedure is available from the school.

Complaints about the following issues have their own separate procedures and cannot be considered by the general school complaints procedure

  • Matters that are the responsibility of the Local Authority;
  • Conduct of staff at the school;
  • Content of a statutory statement of special educational needs;
  • Pupil admissions;
  • Pupil exclusions;
  • The national curriculum and related issues, including religious education;
  • Child protection.

Other Information

By law, schools must make certain information available for viewing by parents or members of the public.  All the documents listed below are available for viewing at the school:

  • Any Statutory Instruments (including those for national curriculum; subjects), circulars, and administrative memoranda relating to powers and duties under the ‘Curriculum’ section of the Education Reform Act;
  • Any published HMI or OFSTED reports on the school;
  • Any schemes of work and syllabuses currently used by teachers in the school;
  • A full copy of the curriculum complaints procedure;
  • The Local Authority’s agreed syllabus for RE.

SEND Information

Pupil Information

  • It is very important that you inform school immediately if there is a change of home address, telephone number, emergency contact number, medication or medical diagnosis.
  • The school uses ‘GroupCall Messenger’ as an electronic means of communicating with parents via text or email.  Again, it is very important, therefore, that you inform school of any changes to parental telephone contact numbers and email addresses.

Lunchtime Arrangements

  • Pupils remain on the premises for lunch, unless a pre-arranged outing has been organised.  They may have a school meal or bring a packed lunch.
  • Those families who are eligible for free school meals should contact the Benefits Section at the Local Authority.  The Council will then contact the school to confirm whether the criteria for free meals have been met.

 

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Blackpool Local Offer

The Blackpool Local Offer pages tell you what is available for children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in Blackpool. This website is Blackpool's Local Offer.

  

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