The School Governors: Our structure and policies
We are happy to print out anything that is on our website for you if you would like a paper copy - please ask Sue in the office if this is the case.
Governing Body Structure (under review due to changes in Governors - to be confirmed at Nov meeting then uploaded)
The school utilises policies both from school, Swindon Borough Council and also regularly looks at updates on the Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board - http://www.swindonlscb.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
Bishopstone Behaviour Policy
We follow a clear set behaviour policy which is firstly linked to our Christian Values, then in turn based around ‘Golden time’ which has been developed by Jenny Mosley.
Bishopstone School Attendance
At Bishopstone School we believe in offering the best life chances to all children. Good attendance is vital to good academic progress and achievement. As a school we are doing our best to monitor and improve individual attendance.
- Current legislation from September 1st 2013 states that: Current Headteachers may not grant any leave during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances
The Department for Education has announced that the threshold for Persistent Absence will reduce from 15% to 10% from September 2015. Currently if a child is absent for more than 28 days they fall into this catorgory. This will be reduced from September 2015 to 19 days over the year.
We follow strict guidelines and work closely with our designated Education Welfare Officer (EWO).
We expect all parents to contact the school on the first day of absence.
Where attendance falls you will be required to attend a meeting with the Headteacher
Please remember that your child’s attendance is your responsibility and is a legal requirement. You can no longer take your child out of school in term time for a family holiday or days out.
Parents do not have a right to take their children out of school for the purposes of a family holiday. By law a Head Teacher may not grant any absence in term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
- Parents wishing to apply for their child to have leave from school should complete this form and return it to school for authorisation well in advance of the proposed leave.
If you take your child out of school without the Head Teacher’s permission, you may be issued with a penalty notice.
Parentmail sent September 2017 -
I attended a meeting held last week held by Swindon Borough Council. It allowed them to introduce their updated ‘Legal Enforcement Policy’ and share with us that their stance, as does the schools, remains unchanged with regards to ‘unauthorised absence during term time’.
They have asked us to pass this information, alongside the documents, to all parents.
SBC reinforced to us that no child should be absent from school, not even for a single day, unless an exceptional circumstance or illness, irrespective of their previous attendance level.
I have uploaded their relevant documents on to the school website for your ease of reference. The School Governors will in turn be reviewing the School Attendance Policy and I will notify you of any changes once the process is complete.
If you have any questions please do ask, if I am unsure due to the complex legalities around this I will be able to direct you to the correct person within Swindon Borough Council.
Miss E Lindsay
Swindon Borough Council recognises that the school is capable of accommodating 50 children in two classrooms, but the school’s admissions limit for each year group has been set at a maximum of 7.
Anti-bullying Policy - Valuing all God's Children
Setting a culture where children respect themselves and each other, whatever the culture
Bullying runs counter to the ethos of openness and trust which we aim to foster at Bishopstone C.E. School. It undermines the spirit of community and Christian values. We value a child’s emotional stability knowing that a happy child is one that will learn and fulfil its potential. In addition, we recognise that the need to bully can be a manifestation of an individual’s own problems. We are committed at Bishopstone to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff. Miss Lindsay also has attended the Stonewall’s Tackling Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying course (2017).
Click here for Bishopstone Anti-bullying Policy
We take all complaints seriously and follow the policy below.
Click here for Bishopstone Complaints and Procedures Policy
Collective Worship Policy
Worship is an important part of the school day, as through it we offer the opportunity to explore, reflect on and respond to the mystery and meaning of the Christian faith. All acts of worship are in accordance with the school’s Trust Deed which states that worship should be “in accordance with the principles and practices of the Church of England.”
E Safety Policy
This policy applies to all members of the school community (including staff, pupils, volunteers, parents / carers, visitors, community users) who have access to and are users of school computer systems, both in and out of the school. The school will deal with such incidents within this policy and associated behaviour and anti-bullying policies and will, where known, inform parents / carers of incidents of inappropriate online safety behaviour that take place out of school.
Equal Opportunity Policy
Our school's mission statement recognises the value of the individuality of all of our children. We are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils' varied experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, and have high expectations of all children. The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children matter. This policy is intended to help to ensure that this school promotes the individuality of all children, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, attainment, age, disability, gender or background. This also covers racial equality. Within this ethos of achievement, we do not tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind. Pupils will be provided with the opportunity to experience, understand and celebrate diversity.
We follow: ensuring that all pupils have access to the curriculum, advancing equality of opportunity by ensuring that teaching, learning and the curriculum promote equality and community cohesion and celebrate diversity, eliminating any discrimination, harassment or victimisation, and ensuring that no one is unfairly disadvantaged due to a protected characteristic
Food and Drink
Children can bring their own lunch or from September have a cooked school meal. They can also bring a bottle of water to drink throughout the day. From Reception to the end of Year 2 the children are given a piece of fruit every day. From Year 3 to Year 6 you will have to provide your children with a healthy snack (ideally fruit based) for their mid-morning snack.
Click here to view Bishopstone Whole School Food Policy - under review - May 2018
Gifted and Talented policy
At Bishopstone we believe in nurturing every child's talent and ability. For those who are excelling at least a year above their age we look at enhancing the curriculum in different ways. For example joining up with other children in the cluster to work on a project, or if in agreement with their parent the child may work within a different year group for their particular talent/gift.
We have recently adopted a school wide approach to handwriting which follows the Penpals handwriting scheme. For more detailed information please see attached policy and links to the Penpals website.
Click here for handwriting Policy
Click here to go to their website
We have introduced a homework policy this year that feeds into what the children are learning in the classroom. This was introduced to parents at the 'start of year parents meeting'. We reviewed this with parents in May 2016.
Letting of Premises
We are more than happy to negotiate the use of school space outside of school hours. Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment to discuss this.
If your child requires medicine to be kept in school then a plan will be made with the school Nurse. The school nurse will also give any training required to staff members. Please fill in the form to bring in with the medicine. If medicine has been prescribed by a doctor - 3x a day, then this can be given before school, on return from school and at bedtime.
Parent Volunteer Policy
We warmly welcome volunteers within the school to support the learning of our children.
This has been updated May 2018 and is with Governors for ratification - click here for new policy - May 2018
Images for school and family use, and those that appear in publications such as newspapers, are always a source of pride and much cherished mementoes of a child’s time at school. Bishopstone School considers that parents should be given the opportunity to take images, such as photographs, for their personal use, while taking into consideration the fact that care must be taken with particularly vulnerable children.
Religious Education Policy
Bishopstone Primary School provides Religious Education for all pupils registered at the school. It is taught in accordance with the locally agreed syllabus ‘Swindon Agreed Syllabus for R.E 2016-2021’. A new scheme of work was introduced from Easter 2017. We supplement the scheme with extracts from the bespoke curriculum designed for school by Dimensions alongside the additional resources from ‘Understanding Christianity’. Religious Education has the same status and importance as all other subjects.
As the scheme states:
‘RE explores big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.’
Parents must not post pictures of pupils, other than their own children, on social networking sites where these photographs have been taken at a school event. Photographs posted on the school website must not be posted elsewhere, including on to any social media site.
Parents should make complaints through official school channels rather than posting them on social networking sites.
Parents should not post malicious or fictitious comments on social networking sites about any member of the school community.
A Social Media Policy is currently being created, please speak to a member of staff if you have concerns prior to this being published
Safeguarding Policy - Policy due for updates pending the 'Keeping Children Safe' document release - released May 2018 but the KCSIE 2016 document remains in place until 3rd September 2018.
The Headteacher, Miss Lindsay is the Lead child protection at Bishopstone, Mr Anley and Miss Pearson have both completed the training to be the Deputy. The Governor for Child Protection is Mrs May.
If as a staff why are concerned over the way a safeguarding referral is being dealt with then we will follow the Swindon Borough Council Escalation Policy, this can be found on the Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board website (LSCB). Click here.
Staff and volunteers complete the SWGfL Acceptable User Policy Agreement, most recently updated March 2017.
All staff complete the Child Protection basic awareness level 1 annually.
Both full time teachers complete the Child Protection Level 2 course (Mr Anley and Miss Pearson) every two years
Part time teacher Mrs Morris completes Child Protection Level 2 every two years
Miss Lindsay completes the Child Protection Level 3 course, Safer Recruitment
Safeguarding Audit annual - next additional training and audit - May 2018 by Sarah Turner - Safeguarding Consultant (click here)
We take the security of our children very seriously.
Safer recruitment Policy
Although we have a small staff here at Bishopstone School we follow rigorous procedures when employing anyone that joins our team, ensuring that all Safer Recruitment measures are followed. For our Safeguarding Audit 2013-2014 please click here.
At Bishopstone we strive to be fully inclusive and support all challenges that children face.
Click here for our SEND policy
There are a wealth of agencies within Swindon that help support both schools and families. You can find a list of these on the My Care My Support website, click here.
Staff have all completed Team Teach Training in July 2015 (renewal due July 2018).
Uniform at Bishopstone
- Black or grey shoes, no trainers (boots allowed in winter but no 'fashion boots that allow wet feet!')
- White/grey/black socks
- Grey trousers/skirt/shorts
- White polo shirt
- Blue and white checked gingham dresses in the summer
- Blue school jumper
School jumpers and logo polo shirts can be purchased from "Dressmyschool" in Swindon. They are located at GS In Style Ltd, Rockhaven Park, Kembrey Street, Swindon, SN2 8BB. Telephone: 01793 490852. You can order online for free delivery to school on selected dates, pick up individually or order to your home for a small postage charge.
- School brand Bookbags and water bottles can be purchased directly from the school office.
- White t-shirt
- Navy/black shorts/tracksuit trousers
- Navy/black 'hoody' style top for winter use
The staff and governors of Bishopstone School seek to run all aspects of school business and activity with full regard for high standards of conduct and integrity. In the event that members of school staff, parents, governors or the school community at large become aware of activities which give cause for concern, Bishopstone School has established the following whistleblowing policy, or code of practice, which acts as a framework to allow concerns to be raised confidentially and provides for a thorough and appropriate investigation of the matter to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion.
Yearly Trip Consent Form
This form covers - written parental consent will not be requested from you for the majority of off-site activities offered by the school – for example, year-group visits to local amenities – as such activities are part of the school’s curriculum and usually take place during the normal school day - click here