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SEN Policy

The Head Teacher, Staff and Governors at St Johnís are committed to the inclusion and integration of children, whatever their needs. Please click on the links below to access key policies:

Charging and Remissions Policy

Under the terms of the Education Reform Act (1986), schools are no longer able to charge parents for activities/items such as swimming, class visits, visits to the school by music or drama companies, items of cooking/craft (unless parents have indicated in advance a wish to own the finished product) if these take place within school hours. A contribution, however, can be requested, but children whose parents do not contribute cannot be excluded.

In respect of residential school journeys, a charge can only be made for board and lodging. The remainder of the cost can only be requested in terms of a donation. The charge for board and lodging will only be remitted in the case of pupils whose parents are in receipt of income support or family credit if the education provided on that visit takes place wholly or mainly in school hours.

It follows, therefore, that insufficient funds will mean that an activity cannot take place. If parents are experiencing financial hardship the school may be able to help. The Headteacher should be approached in confidence to discuss individual circumstances.

Equal Opportunities Policy

The school is committed to Equal Opportunities for all pupils and staff. It seeks to help all sections of its community to develop mutual respect and care for one another and to prepare children to live within a multi-cultural society. The school ensures that there is equal participation by pupils of both sexes and of any ability in all elements of learning.

All members of staff have equal access to opportunities for promotion, training or to any other benefits, facilities or services. Appointments are made solely on the basis of proven ability, relevant experience and professional competence.

Parents and adult helpers are not barred from helping in school because or cultural background. The school encourages both sexes to be involved in a wide variety of tasks. The school has a full Equal Opportunities policy which may be seen on request.

Complaints

Under the terms of the Education Reform Act 1988, each Local Education Authority must have a formal set of arrangements for complaints.

The arrangements define three levels or stages at which a complaint could be considered. These are the informal stage, the stage of formal complaint to the governing body, and the stage of formal complaint to the LEA. A complaint could be considered at more than one of these stages.

At the formal stage, most complaints can be resolved locally in discussion with the Head or other staff of the school. Under stage two, the complainant should set out the complaint in writing and submit it to the Clerk of the Governors who will acknowledge receipt of the complaint, inform the LEA's Chief Complaints Office, the Chair of Governors and the Head that a complaint has been received. Arrangements will then be made for the complaint to be investigated. The complainant may wish to make oral representation to supplement the written complaint. At any such presentation the complainant may be accompanied by a friend or representative (who make speak on his/her behalf). When the complaint has been fully investigated, the Clerk will notify the complainant of the outcome in writing.

If the complainant, having followed stage two, is not satisfied with the outcome, he/she may wish to complain to the LEA. The complainant should set out the complaint in writing and send it to the Chief Complaints Officer at County Hall who will acknowledge receipt of the complaint and notify the Clerk, Chair of Governors and the Head. The Chief Complaints Officer will arrange for the complaint to be investigated and will seek comments from the governing body and such information and advice deemed necessary.

The complainant may make oral representation to the investigating officer and, if desired, be accompanied by a friend or representative. When the complaint has been fully investigated, the Chief Complaints Officer will notify the complainant of the outcome in writing.

A complainant who is still dissatisfied after these arrangements have been exhausted will be able to complain to the Secretary of State. For further information please click here.

If you would like to find out about other school policies that may not be listed above - please contact the office on 01438 714283 or email us

 
 

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