Parents

Here you can find all the key information you will need as a parent, including our home-school agreement, information attendance, uniform and more. 

It is really important that you keep the school informed and up to date with your correct contact details in case we need to contact you in an emergency. If you change your phone number or address please inform the office immediately.

We can only give medicine to your child if it is a long-term medicine prescribed by the doctor. (e.g. asthma pumps) or it is short term medication (e.g. antibiotics) that must be given four times a day. You must complete a medicine consent form to say the child can take it and the packaging must be clearly labelled with the chemists name, child’s name , dose and instructions for use. Forms are available from the office.

If your child is off sick please ring the office in the morning to let us know your child will not be attending that day.

If your child has sickness or diarrhoea they must be off at least 48 hours after the last episode. It is very important you do not allow your child to come back before this time because even though they may appear to be better, they can still be carrying the virus which can cause other children to catch the sickness.

Covid 19

Keep your child off school if they have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste

    Stay at home and get a test for your child.

More information and guidance can be found here. 

Guidelines from the NHS
When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school. A few simple guidelines can help.

Not every illness needs to keep your child from school. If you keep your child away from school, be sure to inform the school on the first day of their absence.

Use common sense when deciding whether or not your child is too ill to attend school.
Ask yourself the following questions.
Is your child well enough to do the activities of the school day? If not, keep your child at home.
Does your child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff? If so, keep your child at home.
Would you take a day off work if you had this condition? If so, keep your child at home.

Common conditions
If your child is ill, it’s likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions.
Whether you send your child to school will depend on how severe you think the illness is. This guidance can help you make that judgement.

Remember: if you’re concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.

Cough and cold.
A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay off school, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after they start to feel better. If your child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, consult your GP. They can give guidance on whether the child should stay off school. Get more information in Common cold.

Raised temperature.
If your child has a raised temperature, they shouldn’t attend school. They can return 24 hours after they start to feel better. Learn more in Feverish illness in children.

Rash.
Rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses, such as chickenpox and measles. Children with these conditions shouldn’t attend school. If your child has a rash, check with your GP or practice nurse before sending them to school.

Headache.
A child with a minor headache doesn’t usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep the child off school and consult your GP.

Vomiting and diarrhoea.
Children with these conditions should be kept off school. They can return 48 hours after their symptoms disappear. Most cases of vomiting or diarrhoea get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP. Learn more in Rotavirus gastroenteritis.

Sore throat.
A sore throat alone doesn’t have to keep a child from school. If it’s accompanied by a raised temperature, the child should stay at home.

Tell the school
It’s important to inform the school if your child is going to be absent. On the first day of your child’s illness, telephone the school to tell them that your child will be staying at home. The school may ask about the nature of the illness and how long you expect the absence to last.

If you need support in any way related to your child’s attendance, please also seek support from Miss Bird, our Family Liaison Officer. She has many contacts and can often signpost you onto other support agencies and help. She can be contacted on Emma.Bird@potkiln.net during term time. 

The school is able to support your child’s learning remotely should they or your family need to isolate from school due to Covid or any other medical reason. Please contact your class teacher about this if you need support in this way.

If it becomes clear that your child will be away for longer than expected, phone the school as soon as possible to explain this. Mr Gilbert monitors attendance along with Mrs Thomas in the school office and our Education Welfare Officer, he is more than happy to discuss any attendance issues you may be having with your child and help you find a way forward. 

Friends of Pot Kiln

Once your child has enrolled you will automatically become members of our PTA, the Friends of Pot Kiln (FOPK).

The PTA includes staff and friends as well as parents and we work together to raise money for our school. The money raised goes towards school trips, theatre productions, play equipment, and many other resources and events.

Some of the fundraising events over the year can include; sponsored walks, school discos, Christmas and summer fairs, penalty shoot outs. We have met regularly, prior to the pandemic, to discuss fundraising ideas and to decide where the money would be best spent. .We hope to re-start our meetings in The Autumn 2021 term with a new constitution and guidelines for working to be considered. You are always welcome to join us. If you would like to know when the next meeting is or would just like further information, please contact us via the school office.

Uniform

All children at Pot Kiln primary School wear school uniform. We believe that it creates an environment of equality and mutual respect, and we encourage the children to be proud of their identity as members of our community.

The children in KS1 wear:
Royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan
Gold polo shirt
Grey trousers / skirt / pinafore
Black flat shoes ( not boots)

The children in KS2 wear:
Royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan
White shirt and Pot Kiln Tie
Grey trousers / skirt
Black flat shoes ( not boots)

In the summer term, grey shorts or a blue and white checked dress may be worn.
The children need to have a suitable sunhat and suncream in school during the summer months. In the cooler months the children will need a suitable coat.

In PE children wear:
White t shirt
Royal blue or black shorts
Black plimsolls
We also ask that the children bring some spare jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt for Games lessons outside especially in the cooler months.

Children are not permitted to wear earrings of any description during PE lessons. Should you wish to have your child’s ears pierced, please do this at the beginning of the summer holidays so that they can be removed at the start of term.

Please help us by labelling all items of children’s clothing.
You can order uniform online here.

Home- School Agreement

We are determined to create an inclusive culture of learning where children will be challenged in their thinking, to achieve the best of their abilities and become lifelong learners. The text below details the adults’ role from the Home/School Agreement. The Home/School Agreement also details what we expect our pupils to do too. 

 

The School will:

  • ● Encourage every child to do their best at all times

    ● Provide a purposeful, stable, safe and secure environment in which to learn, grow and have fun

    ● Nurture self-belief in our children

    ● Resolve any problems or concerns as quickly and effectively as possible

    ● Provide an exciting and stimulating curriculum which will prepare children for the next steps in their educational journey

    ● Provide high quality teaching

    ● Support the safeguarding of all children

    ● Keep you informed about general school matters and the progress of your child

    ● Welcome parents/guardians/carers into school and offer opportunities for you to become involved in the daily life of the school

    ● Provide home learning tasks which meet the needs of your child.

    ● Offer workshops and meetings for families to attend and have the Family Liaison Officer available in the school

    ● Provide an annual written report on your child’s progress

    ● We will inform you if we have concerns about your child’s work or behaviour or their well-being

    ● Work with parents, guardians and carers to support your child’s learning

    ● We will recognise good behaviour and effective learning of our children

     

    ● Check attendance and punctuality regularly and keep parents/guardians/carers informed with any concerns

    ● Call home if a child is absent and no notification has been received by 10:30am

    ● Call home for a child to be collected if they are too unwell to be in school

 

As a parent or guardian I will:

  • Talk to my/our child about the school day and encourage them to participate fully in all aspects of school life

    Speak to my / our child positively about school activities and staff

    Ensure my/our child is wearing their uniform and is tidy and clean in appearance

    Support my/our child with their work, encourage them to try their best

    Support my/our child’s positive attitude to learning

    Seek the support of the Family Liaison Officer where I need to and where it will help us all in the family

    Support my/our child with their home learning tasks including reading

    Support the school’s policies and guidelines for behaviour, home learning, uniform and healthy eating

    Make sure that the school is notified of who is collecting my/our child at the end of each day where this is different to the normal routine

    Attend a minimum of 2 parents/carers meetings per year to discuss my/our child’s learning

    Attend meetings/workshops offered by the school to support my/our child’s learning

       Make the school aware of any concerns or problems that might affect my/our child’s work or behaviour or well-being

       Make sure that my/our child is aware of the school’s expectations regarding acceptable behaviour and as a family work together to adhere to the school’s Culture & Character policy

       Make sure that my child goes to school regularly, on time and is properly equipped and fit for school

       Contact the school by telephone or email on the first day of absence before 10am at the latest

       Collect my/our child at the earliest opportunity if the school calls me to say they are not well enough for school

       Adhere to the attendance and punctuality policy

Some Useful Links

Action for Children

Action for Children supports and speaks for the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children and young people.

Department for Education

Articles and advice for children and young people.

Think You Know
Great advice to keep children safe whilst using the internet.

CEOP
News and articles surrounding internet safety.

Tapestry
In Early Years and Year 1 we use Tapestry as our online learning platform.

Seesaw
In Year 2 and KS2 we use Seesaw as our online learning platform.