School Policies

 
ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL

We strongly encourage good attendance and ask parents to phone us immediately if a child cannot attend school.

If your child needs to attend the doctor, dentist, hospital or clinic please let the school know in advance.  We will not allow any child to leave school on his/her own and they must be collected from the school office.

New legislation from September 2013 states that head teachers cannot authorise holidays during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Please see the Local Authority leaflet at the end of this page for more guidance.

 

ASSESSMENT

As we teach our children we are constantly assessing their progress in all areas of the curriculum.  At regular intervals we carry out formal assessments in English and Maths to support our teacher assessment judgements.

We are required to carry out Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) at the end of KS1 (Year 2) and KS2 (Y6).  Key Stage 2 (KS2) SATs inlcude formal tests in English - which includes reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar - and Mathematics. Writing levels are reported to the Department for Education, however, these are decided using rigorous teacher assessment throughout the year. Science levels are also rerported to the Department for Education, similarly, these levels are decided using teacher assessment rather than a formal test.  These are national tests and are taken by all children in state education.

 

CAUSES FOR CONCERN PROCEDURES

If you have a concern about your child, please discuss it in the first instance with your child’s teacher.  Usually all problems can be rectified through this method.  If the problem still persists then please speak to the head teacher.

The Education Act 2002 requires all schools to have in place a School Complaints Procedure.  A copy of this document can be found at the bottom of this page.

The school tries to resolve complaints informally wherever possible. Complainants are encouraged to discuss the issue directly with the staff member or governor concerned.

If this does not resolve the issue, the complainant must take the complaint to the headteacher, who will seek to manage it informally by:

  • Acknowledging the complaint
  • Making enquiries to establish the facts
  • Seeking advice as appropriate
  • Attempting to resolve the issue
  • Establishing whether the complainant is satisfied

If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome and wants the complaint to be considered formally, the headteacher will advise him/her of the next steps. The headteacher should then make a note of the complaint and the outcome.

 

DISCIPLINE AND BEHAVIOUR

We believe our school is like one big family.  We want our children to be happy and safe.  We encourage our children to care for one another and our school building.  Our behaviour policy promotes and rewards good behaviour.  Our school rules are displayed around the school, every child has the right to:-

  • Learn
  • Be listened to
  • Be safe
  • Be treated with fairness and respect

Please see foot of the page for updated behaviour policy. If you are viewing this content through our Parent Zone, this policy can be found in the 'About Us' section of the website.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

At Ludworth Primary School we are committed to providing equal opportunities for all of our pupils.  This means we equally value the unique qualities of the individual and that in our daily school life we look at the world from everyone’s point of view.  We oppose discrimination on the grounds of gender, ability, religion, sexuality or class and actively teach the children to recognise and combat discrimination themselves.

Our Equal Opportunity Objectives

 

  1. To tackle prejudice and promote understanding in relation to people with disabilities.
  2. To promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through all appropriate curricular opportunities, with particular reference to issues of equality and diversity.
  3. To ensure that children do not suffer difference of school experience as a result of their family’s financial status.
  4. To ensure that high attaining girls in Key Stage 1 continue to make good progress and achieve at an equally high level or better at Key Stage 2.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

We work very closely with the Health and Child Welfare Authorities and the school nurse makes regular visits.  If there are problems parents are contacted.  We need to know if children have any medical conditions.

For minor accidents in school one of our trained first aiders will administer first aid.  If children are ill or have a serious accident in school our policy is to contact parents immediately.  For this we require an address and telephone number.  If we fail to contact a parent or named substitute then we will take whatever emergency action seems to be required and contact a medical expert.

As the safety of our children is paramount parents are asked not to drive into the school car park or park on the zig-zag line outside of school.  To keep our school secure all outside doors are locked from 9am.  Any pupil arriving after this time must enter via the main entrance and report to the school office.

 

MEDICATION

The administration of prescribed medicines is a parental responsibility and parents may come into administer drugs if required.  Our medically trained staff are able to administer prescribed medication if the need arises.  In order to request this parents must speak to a first aider and fill in the necessary medication forms.

During summer term when the weather is hot parents must ensure that children have high factor sun cream applied before they attend school.  A labelled bottle of sun cream can be brought into school, children must be able to apply this themselves, but they will be supervised by a member of staff.  Caps should be worn to protect the head and eyes.

 

Keeping Children Safe in School

The school has rigorous procedures in place in order to ensure all children are safe. Our 'Keeping Children Safe in School' policy has been updated to reflect the govenment's PREVENT agenda. We have also implemented a 'Visiting Speakers' policy to ensure that we are vetting anyone who comes into school to talk to the children for any forms of radicalisation or extremism. These policies can be found at the foot of this page. If you are viewing this page in the Parents Zone, please refer to the 'About Us' section to view these policies.

 

Charging and Remissions Policy

See attachment below ( If you are viewing this page through the Parent Zone section, this policy can be found in the 'About Us' section > School Policies).

 

Anti-Bullying Policy

See attachment below ( If you are viewing this page through the Parent Zone section, this policy can be found in the 'About Us' section > School Policies).

 

 

 

 

 
  1. Holidays in term time July 2013[1]
  2. Charging and Remissions Policy
  3. Equal Opportunities
  4. School Complaints Policy
  5. Ludworth Behaviour Policy 2018
  6. Visiting Speakers 2018-19
  7. Anti-bullying Policy 2018
  8. KCSIE Appendix 1
  9. KCSIE Appendix 2
  10. KCSIE Appendix 3
  11. KCSIE Appendix 4
  12. KCSIE Appendix 5
  13. KCSIE Appendix 6 new
  14. KCSIE Appendix 7
  15. KCSIE Appendix 7b
  16. Ludworth Primary KCSIE Policy September 2018

Contact Us

Ludworth Primary School
Moor Crescent
Ludworth
Durham
DH6 1LZ
t: 01429 820207
f: 01429 820207
e: ludworth@durhamlearning.net

About Us

Ludworth Primary School is situated in a rural part of County Durham.

The school not only serves the village of Ludworth but also attracts families from the surrounding villages of Thornley, Haswell, Haswell Plough and Shadforth.

We are very proud of our school and try to operate as a family where each and every child is of high importance, in an environment where they feel safe, secure and cared for. click here to learn more about our school →