General Questions

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Will my child have access to a computer?

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All children will use computers to aid their study of Information and Communications Technology and areas such as English, Mathematics, etc. We aim to link ICT to other curriculum areas. Our computer suite and classroom laptops enable a whole class to be taught together and access the Internet. Children will use this in class time and in free time at lunch and after school. Our Internet system is filtered to prevent unsuitable material being accessed. All classrooms have Interactive Whiteboards to further enliven the children’s learning.

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Will my child have swimming lessons?

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Swimming instruction is arranged in school time for all children in years 3 and 4. These lessons take place at HMS Collingwood. All safety regulations are strictly observed and we employ a swimming coach. All costs are paid by the school. The course comprises one session a week for 10 weeks. Swimming certificates are presented at the end of the course according to children’s level of competence. Our aim is that every child leaving our school should be able to swim at least 25 metres.
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What provision is made for music at Redlands?

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The school believes that our lives are enriched by music – both listening and performing. All children follow National Curriculum music. There are also opportunities for pupils to learn an instrument in school. At present recorders, keyboards, violin, brass, flute, clarinet and guitars are offered. These lessons occur in school time and all costs are currently paid by the school.
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How does the school involve itself in the local community?

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We recognise that school is an integral part of the local community and that effective links with the community will assist the school in raising standards. We also recognise that all of us have responsibilities as well as rights. We invite people from the wider community into our school to support the curriculum.

Parents and others with a particular expertise are asked to come into our classrooms and share their knowledge. We have established links with other schools and playgroups, the local naval bases, charities such as NSPCC, Marie Curie, Basics Bank and Help the Aged. A local building firm gave us a lot of free material to build a special play area for our children and our parents helped with the work. Our annual egg decorating competition for children and parents is just one of the many occasions when Redlands demonstrates its sense of community.

We are always looking at ways in which we can develop stronger links with the community and we would welcome your views.
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How will I know how well my child is doing?

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Teachers will be assessing your child’s work throughout each term and you will be told how your child is getting on. There will also be national tests called SATs at the end of each Key Stage. You will be told when they are taking place and you will be given the results.

As a guide, by the age of 7 the average child will have reached level 2 and by the age of 11 the average child will have reached level 4. Some children move faster than this, whilst others take longer. It is our experience that all children capable of achieving high grades do so at Redlands.
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How does the school perform in national tests?

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Very well. All our children achieve in line with their ability. The rate of progress our children make between joining the school and the tests at age 7 is amongst the top percentages for Hampshire. Government regulations stipulate that we must publish detailed test scores together with national comparisons. The tables are quite complex and we are more than happy to answer any questions you might have relating to exam results.
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What clubs and extra-curricular activities are offered?

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We believe that clubs and activities are an important part of the life of our school. They provide opportunities to enrich children’s experience beyond the curriculum. They develop pupils’ social skills and promote a positive attitude towards school. We therefore offer a broad range of clubs and activities which change each term. We encourage children to choose those that appeal to them.

Clubs for infants take place during the lunch break and junior clubs take place both during lunchtimes and after school. We always let you know what is available in advance.

Eleven children from Years 1 to 6 meet each week as the School Council. These children are voted onto the council by their peers to represent their views on ways to improve the school. Each child also belongs to a house which is led by Year 6 house captains.
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What is the schools policy on Equal Opportunities?

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At Redlands we thoroughly endorse Hampshire’s Equal Opportunities statement. We believe that our school should be a place where children of all ages, races, religions, abilities, social circumstances and gender will find safety and respect for themselves, their families and their traditions. It is therefore our policy to ensure that every member of the school community:
• respects others and is respected;
• takes a full part in the life of the school;
• is able to work and develop without direct or indirect discrimination of any kind;
• achieves his/her potential.

A copy of our policy and guidelines is available in the school office for parents to read.
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How does the school deal with bullying?

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All children are actively encouraged to speak to their teachers or any other adult if they feel they are being bullied. Bullying occurs where a person is subjected to repeated physical and verbal attacks over a period of time by another child or group of children. As such it is very serious and invokes the severe clause. If you know or suspect your child is being bullied please contact the school. You will be seen as soon as possible (usually the same day) by the Headteacher or a senior teacher who will take your concerns very seriously, investigate them and aim to report back to you as soon as possible: usually within three hours, always within twenty-four hours.
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How do you care for the safety of my child?

{showhide parameter1="value1" boolparameter1=true boolparameter2=false}Your child’s safety is our most important concern. For this reason we ask for your help in these ways:

• We need to know how to reach you or a person named by you who will care for your child in an emergency. Please fill in the contact form that you will be given and tell us promptly of any changes.
• We will always try to contact you if we feel that your child needs urgent medical attention. In the event of real emergencies we will arrange for your child to be taken to hospital.
• We will never allow your child to leave the school premises during school time unless you have told us to do so. Any child who leaves the school grounds without permission is liable to be excluded at least for a fixed period.
• We will never allow your child to be collected from school except by a parent, or a person named by you.

If you visit the school, or if you bring your child into school after the start of the school day, please report to the school office. Please do not drive into the school car park. Please do not send your child to school carrying medicines.
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What about when my child is unwell?

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The school nurse visits school regularly to discuss children’s health. You will be invited to come into school if your child is called for a medical. Sight and hearing are tested in school. Dental inspections are arranged from time to time, but no treatment is given without your permission.

If your child becomes ill, or has an accident during the school day, every effort will be made to contact you so that they can be taken home. If we are unable to contact you the child will be cared for in the medical room. Several of our staff hold First Aid qualifications. In the majority of cases it should not be necessary to administer medicine during school hours. However, there are some children who are well enough to come to school, but who need medication during the day.

Parents are welcome to come into school and administer such medicine. If you are not able to come in, it may be possible for us to administer certain prescription medicines on your behalf. The administration of medicine in schools is a voluntary activity and parents requiring this service should approach the Headteacher or Administrative Officer. A form is available from the school office, which will need to be completed and signed. We will always do our best to ensure that your child receives the correct medicine, but we do not accept responsibility for such administration.

Children who use asthma inhalers have these stored in the class, as recommended by the school nurse.


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My child has had a sickness bug, when should they return to school?
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If your child has had sickness or diarrhoea they should not attend school until they have been free of the illness for 48 hours.
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How is my child's well-being maintained?
{showhide parameter1="value1" boolparameter1=true boolparameter2=false}The Educational Psychologist, Mrs Kate Hancock, may be called upon to carry out individual assessments of children who are experiencing emotional or academic difficulties, but this will only be done after full discussion with the parents concerned.

The Educational Welfare Officer visits school on a regular basis to discuss any problems a child may be having at school which relate to the home environment. He or she will regularly inspect registers and follow up poor attendance.

For the children’s safety there is a No Smoking Policy at all times within the school building and grounds.

All visitors, including parents, are asked to report to the main office on arrival and to wear a visitor’s badge in school. 
A fire drill takes place each term. The alarm system and fire extinguishers are checked regularly.

A Health and Safety policy is available in the school office for parents to read.
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What do I do if my child needs to be absent?
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We aim to encourage a high level of attendance at school. Punctuality is also encouraged. If your child is absent for reasons of sickness, please let the school office know promptly by telephone or in writing. We have to keep records of all absences and reasons for absences.

If you wish to take your child out of school for any other reason you will need to seek authorisation from the Headteacher. A form is available for this purpose in the school office. Authorisation cannot usually be given after the event.

Regular attendance is vital for children’s education. Unauthorised absences will be checked by the school and persistent cases referred to the Education Welfare Officer.
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Can I request to take my child on a holiday during term time?
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How can parents help?

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It is our belief that children are always most successful when they know that parents and teachers are working together in their best interest. We hope that parents will become fully involved in the life of the school. We are always pleased to see you, whether it is to discuss a matter of concern, spend some time seeing what is happening at Redlands or lending a helping hand.

We value your positive support in everything we do. We hope that you will spend time sharing books with your child at home, see that homework is done carefully and on time and encourage your child to visit the local library regularly. If you have time to spare, we would welcome your help in school.

If you have any concerns, or if you wish to see your child’s work, you are always welcome to make an appointment to come in and see a teacher. We hold Parent-Teacher meetings 3 times a year and look forward to seeing you on these occasions. At the autumn meeting we will be discussing the work for the year. At the spring meeting we will be showing your child’s progress and at the summer meeting we will be discussing the annual report. This report is a direct copy of the report that is kept on file at the school.

We offer adult learning sessions to help parents with their child’s learning. Look out for details in our regular newsletters.

If you have concerns about the school generally, please come in and see a teacher or the Headteacher. We assure you that we will do our best to answer any questions, solve any problems and alleviate any anxieties.

Samples of your child’s work will be sent home to you each term in the Record of Educational Achievement known as the RED book. This will contain reports, reviews and samples of your child’s best work each term. You will always be invited to comment on the work. We hope that you will spend some time looking through it before each Parents’ Evening. At the end of your child’s stay at Redlands this book will be sent home for you to keep.

Fund raising events are organised at school on a regular basis with the help of volunteer parents. There is a formal organising committee and all parents are invited to help at each and every event. The school enjoys remarkable support from parents.
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What information am I entitled to access?

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As a parent you have the right of access to the following information:
- The Local Education Authority’s Statement of Curriculum Policy;
- The Governing Body’s Statement of Curriculum Policy;
- Statutory instruments, circulars and administrative memoranda relating to Chapter 1 of the Education Reform Act from the Department of Education and Science;
- Schemes of work used by the teachers;
- Arrangements made by the Local Education Authority of the consideration of complaints about the school curriculum;
- The Local Education Authority’s agreed syllabus for R.E.;
- The records held on your own son or daughter;
- Any published Ofsted reports on the school;
- The school policy for pupils with Special Educational Needs.

If you wish to see any of these documents then please come into school and ask. We will be pleased to show them to you given sufficient notice.
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What if I have a complaint to make?
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Please let us know at once. In most instances you should first arrange to see your child’s class teacher – if you are still not satisfied: see the Headteacher.

Still not satisfied? See the Headteacher again.

Still not satisfied? See a parent governor or Chairman of Governors. The Governor will see the Headteacher and report back to you or they may consult the whole Governing Body.

Still not satisfied? Ring the Education Office at Havant and ask for the Area School Improvement Manager – Richard Mitchell. Tell him you wish to register a complaint. 
 
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