Jewellery, Mobile Phones and Items of Value
Jewellery, mobile phones and other items of value are best left at home. The school’s health and safety rules prefer a no jewellery rule to protect children while engaged in physical activity. If you choose to ignore this recommendation then your child has to accept responsibility for taping ears and studs will be the only form of jewellery permitted. The safe keeping of watches and removed earrings remains with your child.
Mobile phones are not permitted in school and only on personal application to head teacher will an exception be granted. Pupils caught ignoring this rule will have their phones removed to the office for safety until they can be collected by a named parent or carer.
School operates a first day absence policy for the protection of pupils on their journey to school. Parents therefore have an obligation to phone or email school on first day of every absence failure to do so will result in a telephone call to parent or carer to ascertain the well being of the child concerned. If we cannot contact you then a referral will be made to the Education Welfare Officer. Children are expected to attend school full time unless there are special needs, sickness or medical reasons. Where ever possible appointments for doctors etc should be made outside school time and where impossible permission should be sought from head teacher and an out of school pass authorisation for presentation to police or truant officers gained. Parents need to be aware that children with adults will be challenged to produce authorisation of leave if spotted on walk about during school time.
The school is aware that a growing number of parents are now requesting holiday leave during term time. The government has directed head teachers that permission for holiday leave during term time will only be granted in exceptional circumstance and then only up to 10 days. Holiday leave is always refused during the first week of the new academic year, during the month of May for Key Stage 1 and when the children are sitting their SATs tests.
Attendance below 95% is a serious matter for concern and will always be reported to the Educational Welfare Officer for investigation. A pupil with attendance below 95% will not be granted authorised leave and the school will inform EWO of the request and its actions.
Children or adults for safety reasons are not permitted to drive in or walk through the car park to gain access to the school site. Pupils and visitors are requested always to use the pedestrian gates.
Complaints and Concerns
Please let us know as we want to help. Always talk to your child’s teacher first, many problems and concerns disappear at that first conversation however if you are still unhappy please book an appointment with a member of our senior staff. If the problem persists and there are serious concerns then please request an appointment with the head teacher. It is only when these steps have been followed that a concern may be passed onto Chair of Governors of the school. Chair of Governors may be contacted via the school office where a request should be made for a copy of the school’s complaints procedures.
Admission to St Simon's
A copy of our admission protocols and application forms are available on request to the office. Visits to the school are always welcome. Please ring up a make an appointment. We are very proud of our school and we love to share our delight in its achievements.