A Homework Policy has been developed in partnership with parents.
This details the activities, time and progression of work done from P1
- P7. The policy stresses the home-school partnership through dialogue
and understanding. Parents are asked to ensure homework is completed
and to sign the work.
BEHAVIOUR and DISCIPLINE
A Behaviour and Discipline Policy has been produced in consultation with
representatives from all areas of the school community. This will be
reviewed in session 2002-03. A high standard of behaviour is encouraged
and expected. Staff employ an approach based on promoting positive
behaviour through developing self-esteem, responsible attitudes and
mutual respect between staff and pupils. The best form of discipline is
that imposed by the individual child, through endeavouring to act
positively, having regard for others at all times and desiring to being
recognised as a valuable and responsible member of the class and
school. However, we do not live in an ideal world and, in the process
of growing up, children do overstep the mark on occasions. A well
defined system of rewards and consequences has been devised which aims
to enable pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour and so
encourages good choices in decision taking. It is the policy of the
school to keep parents informed and to work together to support their
Each child must attend school as prescribed by law. When a child is
absent from school through illness, or any other cause, the school must
be informed and a reason given for the absence. A letter should
accompany the child on return to school, as we are now required by the
Scottish Office to publish statistics of authorised and unauthorised
absences. Therefore, we must have a reason for all absences. In
cases other than illness it is helpful if the school can be told in
advance. It is especially important if a child has been in school in
the morning and does not return in the afternoon that the school is
contacted. Unless prior notice has been given, please let the school
know by the start of the afternoon session as natural anxiety arises
when a child fails to re-appear and no explanation is given.
If there has been no reason given to the school after three days then
parents will be contacted by phone or letter for an explanation for the
HOLIDAYS WITHIN TERM TIME
Some parents may have difficulty arranging family holidays during the
school holidays. In this case permission must be sought in
writing from the Headteacher to allow pupils to participate in
family holidays within term time. This should be kept to a minimum as
pupils’ education is often seriously disrupted, and valuable teaching
time lost. It may be difficult for some children to 'catch up' although
extra input from the Class Teacher is naturally offered to such pupils.
In the event of a pupil being unwell at school the parent is contacted
by telephone where this is possible. If the parent is unavailable the
emergency contact will be 'phoned.
When there is an accident that requires medical attention, the child's
doctor will be informed as well as the parent and the necessary action
• It is essential that the school has telephone contacts with
parents and \ or the number of a relative or friend as the emergency
contact to ensure the best and quickest help for the child.
• Administration of Medicine - Scottish Borders Council Health and
Safety Guidelines have been published which state that school staff are
under no duty to administer medicine to pupils in school. However, we
will supervise pupils taking their own medicine, for example Inhalers
for Asthma. Parents should always notify the Headteacher in writing and
complete the necessary forms. Only in exceptional circumstances will
staff agree to give medication, and this will be on a purely voluntary
• When possible, we ask parents to administer medication to their
children before and after school time. If it is necessary, arrangements
can be made for parents to come to the school during the school day.
• N.B. Pupils should not carry prescribed or non-prescribed medicine
in their schoolbags.
The School Nurse, Nurse Scott, regularly visits the school to check on
the general health of our pupils. If you would wish to discuss any
health matters concerning your child, an appointment can be made to see
her. Please note it is no longer the duty of the school nurse to do
head inspections of our pupils. Therefore, parents are asked to
regularly check their own children's hair and to use the "condition and
comb" approach to hair care.
All pupils are tested at regular intervals for eyesight and hearing
problems and again parents are informed of the results where necessary.
Referral to Speech Therapist can be done through the school.
Regular visits are made by the school dentist and cards are issued to all
parents should they wish their child to take advantage of this service.