Important information for parents
Leave of absence
Applications to take your child out of school must be requested using the ‘Application for Leave of Absence’ form available from the office and should be made at least one month prior to the proposed period of absence and should only be for exceptional circumstances which we expect to be very rare. Applications for family holiday during term time will not be authorised and will be recorded as such on your child’s report and school record. All absences without a reason will also be recorded as unauthorised.
Safeguarding Children at Robertswood
At Robertswood School, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time as pupils in this school.
We want to work in partnership with you to help your child to achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution. In very extreme circumstances our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Buckinghamshire Area Child Protection Committee, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures or the policy, please speak to Mr Richings or your child’s class teacher.
Collecting your child early from school
You will only be able to collect your child early from school for medical or dental appointments. Where ever possible please arrange medical and dental appointments for your children out of school hours. You are asked to provide either an appointment card or letter from the hospital before you take your child. We record all such appointments.
Late arrivals
Parents are reminded that their child should be ready to line up in the playground at 8.50am. Arriving late disrupts the class. If you are late for what ever reason, parents are required to sign their children in at the office. All late arrivals will be recorded on the child’s report and their school record.
We are only able to administer prescribed medicines during the school day. All medicines must be accompanied with a completed request form available from the school office and should be handed to the office at the beginning of the school day. Please do not send medicines into school with your child or without completing the form.
School Uniform
Ties should be worn by all the children in Key Stage 2 and shirts should be long enough to tuck in neatly. Please note we discourage the wearing of earrings in school. Should your child need to wear earrings, we ask that only stud earrings are worn and that you provide micropore tape to put over the earrings when your child is doing P.E. or games. Long hair should be tied back at all times.
Equipment and children’s belongings
Please ensure that all of your child’s uniform, P.E. kit and any equipment that they bring into school is clearly named. We ask parents to ensure that their child brings in all that they will require at school during the day with them at the start of the day. We cannot guarantee that items brought in for children during the day will be handed to the child
ready for a particular lesson.
Packed lunches
In line with the school's Healthy School status, chocolate covered biscuits are not permitted in packed lunches and crisps are only permitted on a Wednesday or for special occasions such as class parties etc. Please remember that packed lunches are not refrigerated at school and on some occasions may actually be in a warm environment. Further advice on the contents of packed lunches is available upon request.
Charges and Contributions
We believe that the children's education is greatly enhanced by giving them a wide variety of experiences both in and out of school.  Taking the children out of school or inviting experts in to talk to them often involves an expense which the school is not able to afford.  We therefore request voluntary contributions from parents.  We collect voluntary contributions on the understanding that if there are not enough contributions the activity may have to be cancelled.  In reality, if there are not sufficient contributions to cover the cost the school will make up the difference diverting the money away from another activity that would have been organised for the children.  The activity therefore goes on as planned but another activity is cancelled  The school will also reconsider plans to run the activity the following year.  If parents are unable to make contributions they are advised to speak to Mr Richings.  To give parents an idea of the contributions that may be requested in any year the document below has been produced as a guide. You can read a copy of our full Charging Policy on this website.  It can be found by clicking 'policies' on the menu to the left.
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