Procedures and Rules

Complaints Procedure
Any complaints parents may have about the school should first be raised with either the Headteacher or the class teacher.

We have always managed to solve the few problems we have experienced, but in the unlikely event that a problem is not solved parents have the right to a formal complaints procedure to either the school governors or to the local education authority.

Parents wishing to invoke the formal complaints procedure should contact the school for these details.

 

School Rules
Each class will write their own ‘rules’ with the children as part of our PSHE programme.  The rules below are general school rules which have also been developed with the children.

Children should:

  • arrive no sooner than fifteen minutes before school starts
  • not leave school premises during school hours, unless the Headteacher receives a written or verbal request from their parents or guardians to do so
  • have their personal property marked with their name
  • not bring expensive items of personal property to school as the school cannot guarantee the safe-keeping of such items
  • not, for safety reasons, wear jewellery in school, especially ear rings
  • walk quietly when moving about the school

 

Children brought to School by Car
Parents are asked to park their cars well clear of the school gates to avoid congestion and possible accident in those areas.  In the interests of safety the main school gate will be closed to traffic between 8.45 am and 9.15 am and 3.10 pm and 3.30 pm.

 

Policy on Discipline
We aim to provide an interesting and stimulating curriculum where the children work within a clear and consistent framework of values.

All staff have a positive approach to discipline, but in order to maintain an organised happy environment it is necessary to have some rules.  Our policy on positive behaviour clearly states sanctions and rewards and a copy of the ‘Policy for Positive Behaviour can be obtained from the secretary’s office.

Children are encouraged to consider the consequences of their words and actions, but if their misbehaviour is too persistent their parents are invited to school to discuss the problem.

 

Absence
Recent legislation has been passed to try to keep track of truancy in schools.  Whilst truancy is not a problem at Wylam, the legislation does still affect us and we have to send absence figures to the Department for Education and Employment.

Parents are requested to contact the school to explain absences or send a note giving a reason for the absence when the child returns to school.

If this requirement is not met, then the school will have no alternative but to record the absence as being unauthorised.    In the school year 2009-2010 the school had 12 unauthorised absences.

 

Application for Leave of Absence
Leave of absence forms for a child to accompany a parent on holiday are available from the School Secretary.  Headteachers are requested by the Department for Education and Employment to discourage holidays of more than two weeks duration in any school year.

Holidays in Term Time              Late for Registration

 

Clothing
School uniform is optional, but it is something the school does encourage especially if the children are attending special occasions.

The school colour is Royal Blue.  Sweatshirts on which the school logo is embroidered can be purchased from the school.  The recommended items of school clothing are:-

  • Skirt or Trousers Grey
  • Sports Shirt or Shirt White or Blue
  • Sweatshirt Royal Blue
  • Summer Dress or Skirt Blue and White
  • P.E. T-Shirt     White
  • P.E. Shorts Black or Navy Blue
  • P.E. Sand-shoes    White or Black

All clothing, shoes, wellies etc should be marked with the child’s full name.

The school has policies regarding safeguarding, curriculum, health and safety, school procedures, inclusion and diversity. Please refer to our ‘Policies’ section under ‘Our School’ category.

School Choir

Wylam First School choir is open to all children in Years 2, 3 and 4. We meet every Friday lunchtime (12.30 - 1:00) in the nursery classroom. We sing a wide variety of songs and the emphasis is always on having fun. We have performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the North East. Read more about it here.