Communication and Parent Involvment
At the start of each year teachers provide information about the curriculum and other activities planned. There are two organised opportunities for parents to meet with teachers about their child’s progress and extra meetings can be arranged through the school office.
A written profile is sent home every summer term to report on achievement. Parents are invited to help in the school in different ways supporting the curriculum or with fundraising.
SEN and Inclusion
We aim to create a learning community that provides equality of opportunity for all. We believe that each child has a right to an inclusive, broad and balanced education which will enable them to achieve their potential. The school staff have experience of working with a wide range of children with disabilities.
We adapt our learning environment and teaching to meet individual needs, identifying early whether extra support is required. We aim to involve parents closely in our assessment and provision.
We enjoy an excellent record of good attendance and punctuality and parents are expected to ensure their child continues this tradition. Parents are asked to inform the school when their child is absent via the school answerphone 85592824 and to provide the reason in writing on their return. There are forms to fill in should your child have a medical appointment or if you wish to request time out during term time.
It is strongly advised that holidays should not be taken during term time as even a short absence can mean a child will miss out on a unit of work. We do fine families if a holiday of over five days is taken unless there is a special circumstance.
Supervision is undertaken by the teachers for ten minutes before and after school, together with five minutes on either side of lunch time. Teachers or teacher’s assistants take it in turns to do playground duty. Our mid-day staff supervise the children during lunch.
The emphasis is on the development of self discipline, a skill which we aim to nurture through clear boundaries and expectations. Our aim is to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and collective responsibility.
The school has developed our behaviour policy which is available for you to read. We also aim to teach children to say sorry and forgive, knowing that this means to be sorry and move forward.
Statement for Parents
On the Use of Reasonable Force
If staff become aware of, or have a need to be involved in, situations where a child may be at risk of hurting themselves or others, or if the behaviour of a child seriously disrupts good order in the school or causes damage to property, staff may need to take steps to intervene physically. In such circumstances staff will follow the school’s policy for dealing with such situations. Any parent wishing to view this policy may do so on request.
A senior staff member has the responsibility of being the Child Protection Co-ordinator. The Redbridge Child Protection Policy, which the Governors have adopted for St. Antony’s School, seeks to recognise that children are individuals whose rights, needs and welfare are of paramount importance. Accordingly, the school respects confidential and personal information. However, we must disclose information with regard to Child Protection issues. We do not pass on information unnecessarily and only do so if it is in the child’s best interest. If there is any concern about possible child abuse, e.g. physical, sexual or emotional the Child Protection Co-ordinator must contact the Education Welfare Officer as a matter of urgency.
St. Antony’s is committed to providing a broad and balanced education for all children, regardless of race, culture, gender, ability or disability, as far as resources permit.
We realise that our children come from a wide range of backgrounds and we are sensitive to the needs of the child who may not have experienced the traditional family unit. Every child is unique and special and the school strives to meet the spiritual, academic, emotional and social needs of each one. We encourage our children to believe that every avenue in life is open equally to all. As part of our global community, we wish to foster attitudes of tolerance, understanding and respect for all humanity. The values of equality and justice are gently nurtured. Being aware of the many cultures, religions and traditions around us, the children are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the rich tapestry of life.
Local Arrangements for the Consideration of Complaints
Should parents feel dissatisfied, they should contact the Headteacher in the first instance as the internal organisation and discipline of the school are her responsibility. Parents are welcome to write to the Chairman of Governors, in confidence, marked “Personal”, C/O the school. A copy of the complaints procedure is available at the school.
Transfer to Secondary School and Examinations
Trinity Catholic High School, Science College is an excellent Comprehensive School to which most of our pupils, of all abilities, transfer at the age of eleven. Parents may request that their children take the Redbridge Borough Selection Test (11+) for entry to the Borough’s non-Catholic grammar schools, Woodford County High School for Girls and Ilford County High School for Boys.
Steps to Prevent Disabled pupils from being treated less favourably
Following discussions with the parents before admission, the Headteacher will seek to put in place a strategy to ensure that any child with disability is treated no less favorably than any other pupil. A similar approach will be taken in respect of any child who becomes disabled when already a pupil of the school. The Headteacher will ensure that the class teacher of any disabled pupil are fully briefed to enable the pupil to receive proper tuition.
Details of Facilities for Disabled
- There is access for a wheelchair to all ground level classrooms.
- There are on the ground level a ramp and also a toilet for the disabled.
- The Headteacher will normally be able to ensure that a child in a wheelchair has access to the curriculum appropriate to his or her age.