Pastoral Care

How does the school care for my child?

“ ..we seek to develop active learners with lively and enquiring minds through the establishment of a firm foundation of positive attitudes and skills, and an understanding of themselves as learners. This will support the development of self-motivation and self-confidence, working towards independence.” (School Aims)

Safeguarding

Elvetham Heath Primary School recognises that the welfare of the child is paramount and takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in its care. Please see the full safegfuarding statement in our Policies section.

At all times we endeavour to maintain a healthy and safe environment for your child to live and learn in. We recognise the importance of good pastoral care, and also the issues of security. Our staff are able to manage minor accidents and illnesses and we will always contact you if we consider that your child is too unwell for lessons, or there is something that is concerning us. We also have senior members of staff appointed as Child Protection Officers.

You can help us in these ways:

Contacting you in an emergency

Please ensure that the contact telephone number we have for you is current. Let us know immediately of any changes in writing.

Collecting your child from school

During the day your child may only be collected by you, or by a person named by you. This is to ensure your child’s safety. Any child not collected at the end of the school day will be supervised by the Headteacher or appointed staff member.

Medicines in school

When a child requires regular medication (eg. asthma inhalers) or needs to complete a course of prescribed medicines we are prepared to supervise their administration. In such cases parents must complete consent document held at the school office and hand the medicine directly to a member of staff. Medicine will then be kept in the medical cupboard, refrigerator or in some mcases in the classroom. Please do not put any kind of medication in your child's book bag. Please see the medicines section for more details.

Security

We have set procedures in place to ensure the safety of children in the event of a fire or other threat to their security. There is controlled and authorised access in to, and out of, our building; this is managed by the school administrative staff. All visitors are asked to sign in and wear a security badge in order to identify themselves.

Medical checks

We have an excellent relationship with our school nurse who is available at times to allow you to discuss your child’s health. She also assists us in understanding the different needs of your children. No medical examination will take place without your prior consent.

Using images

Occasionally we may take photographs of the children and use these images in printed publications, on our website or on display boards in school. We often use the information screen to show activities and for residential trips we will upload photos onto this website while we are away. We will send you a consent form to sign to allow your child to be included. Parents who wish to take photos or video recordings when invited to assemblies are permitted to keep them for their own private albums. Please do not upload images of children onto any internet sites.

Encouraging good behaviour

We have high expectations of our pupils’ behaviour and encourage self-discipline. We manage behaviour in a kind but firm way, through discussion and with care. Any difficulties may be resolved through discussion with the classteacher, and parents will be involved at an early stage if a child’s behaviour is causing concern. Privileges may be withdrawn if it is considered appropriate. Bullying will not be tolerated under any circumstances. If you have any suspicion that any child is being bullied, please discuss this with the headteacher.