Peace of Mind
North Leamington School is a big place but it is a friendly one. If a student has a problem, s/he is strongly advised to ask someone for help. The most obvious people to go to for help and advice are the student's College staff, particularly her/his Learning Mentor, but all members of staff will be sympathetic to a student's needs and anxieties: all staff have a pastoral role in this way. In addition, of course, the whole College system is designed to encourage students to support each other.
If students become unwell or have an accident whilst at school and are unable to continue lessons, parents/carers will be contacted as soon as possible: students will not be allowed home in such circumstances until full family support is available. In more serious cases of illness or accident, the school will take appropriate steps swiftly and, again, inform parents/carers as soon as possible. If students need to take medication at school, they should leave the medication with their College Manager; it should not be carried around the school. Ventalin Inhalers should be held by students for their own use at appropriate times, however.
The school has a medical room where routine interviews and health checks are carried out by the school doctor, dentist or a member of the district school nursing team. Parents/Carers' permission is always sought in advance for any medical check or immunisation. If students need to leave school during the working day to attend medical appointments, they should bring a letter from home for their Learning Mentor. They should also have the College Leader's permission to leave the school site and must 'sign out' at Student Services before leaving the school premises, signing in again on their return.
With regard to absense due to illness, it is a good idea to phone the School Office as soon as your child becomes ill. Similarly, if a student is temporarily unable to participate in P.E. for medical reasons, it is crucial that parents/carers send a clearly informative note to this effect (mentioning the specific time-span of the condition) to the Learning Mentor immediately. On a student's return to school after illness, parents/carers should send an explanatory note (for the attention of the Learning Mentor) with their child concerning the reason for absence.
Many aspects of the new school, including senior staff procedures, are deliberately intended to respond to the Government's guidelines on 'Safeguarding' and directly increase student safety and general security on the school site:
Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parent/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible, seek their consent to a referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm or cause undue delay. Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the designated person for child protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
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