We have a maximum of 60 children in each year group. From September 2019, 30 children will be admitted into Reception each year. Please see in the Admissions section on the Parents tab, the Governing Body's order of priority in determining Admission, which is subject to annual review. Parents wishing to send their children to the school should register for a place by obtaining a form from the school office. If you would like a tour of the school with the Headteacher, please contact the school office to arrange a date. Please note that a place at BWI does not guarantee a place at Bishop Ramsey. Below is an overview of some of our policies.
Only in very exceptional circumstances can a Headteacher agree to a term time absence. If you have a special circumstance, which requires you to request to take your child out of school during term time, there is a 'Parental Request' form to complete. Every case will be looked at individually by the Headteacher and the Governors’ Admissions Committee. Permission will not be granted for leave requested during periods of school assessment. Parents must organise family holidays outside school term dates during school holiday periods. The DfE have advised schools not to authorise holidays during term time.
Parents who are not offered a place for their child are entitled to appeal to an Independent Appeal Committee. Parents wishing to appeal should contact the Clerk to the Appeals Committee, care of the school.
Behaviour and Discipline
In the Christian community of BWI your child will be encouraged to play a positive and helpful role. Rules and regulations are kept to a minimum but are there for the health, well-being and safety of all. All parents are provided with a copy of the school's Discipline and Behaviour Policy. Discipline problems are dealt with in accordance with this policy and in a fair and constructive manner. Incidents are clearly documented and children are encouraged to play a part in the resolution of the conflict. Parents may be contacted over concerns, but the aim is to build self-esteem and confidence in children together with a sense of responsibility.
Charging and Remissions
The Governors are requested to declare a policy on charging for educational visits and activities which is as follows:
1. With the exception of 2 below, when certain activities take place in school session time, parents may be invited to make a contribution towards the cost of the activity. Pupils are not excluded from the activity because his/her parents cannot contribute.
2. When music tuition is being provided by the Hillingdon Music Service, parents will be charged.
3. When activities take place outside school session time, charges will continue to be levied where appropriate.
4. Parents are required to meet the cost of breakages and damages where this is a result of their child's behaviour.
Child Protection and Safeguarding
If the School is concerned about the welfare of a child it may refer the matter to the appropriate investigative authorities. We comply with the guidelines for DBS checks for staff and adults in the school.
Raising concerns about your child or school issues - Governors wish to remind all parents that there is an established procedure for raising issues. If you have a concern about your child that you do not think has been noticed, the first thing to do is speak to your child's Teacher. If after an agreed period of time, you are still worried, speak to one of our Phase Leaders. If this does not alleviate your worries then speak to our Deputy Headteacher. Again, if after an agreed period of time you continue to have concerns, come and speak to our Headteacher, Mrs Westbrook, either through the Headteachers’ surgery or by making an appointment. If you still have unresolved issues then you should make contact with the Chair of the Governing Body via the Clerk of Governors either through the school office or via the Governors’ email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Equal Opportunities and Special Needs
These are central to our practice at BWI. During their time with us, some children may be identified as having special needs. Procedures are followed in line with the Code of Practice and outside agency help is sought wherever necessary. Different levels of need are supported in a variety of ways. The staff plan carefully for all children and also recognise the challenge presented by those who are more able.
BWI is keen to take a proactive approach towards disability and gender equality, ensuring that consideration of its disabled members is embedded in all decision-making and activities. The Governing Body will promote equality of opportunity for disabled people: pupils, staff, parents/carers and other people who use the school or may wish to. They have prepared and published a disability and gender equality scheme to show how they will meet these duties. In accordance with the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, our policy outlines how we deal with racial discrimination and promote equality of opportunity and good race relations across all aspects of school life.
Governors Maintenance Fund
Parents are invited to contribute to the Governors' Fund, which is required to finance 10% of the costs of maintenance of the external fabric of the building and our contribution to the London Diocesan Board for Schools.
Home School Agreement
We have this in place to define the respective roles of parents and school staff. We encourage parents to take an active part in school life.
A policy has been formulated to cover the use of pictures of children and staff for website use, for release as press items, and for use in school displays that may be accessed by members of the public. It is typical of the policies adopted by many other schools.
The children may bring packed lunches or have a hot dinner cooked on the school premises. Playgrounds are supervised by a team of School Meals Supervisory Assistants who are led by a Lunchtime Wellbeing Supervisor. They are guided by the School's Behaviour Policy. Accidents and incidents are written up and more serious occurrences are reported to the Headteacher.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive free school meals through a Government initiative. There is also a category called Free School Meals that relates to parental income. The school receives a sum of money for each child in this category. Please enquire about Free School Meals if you believe that you may qualify, as it is important that we have our register up to date.
Parental Behaviour Policy
At Bishop Winnington-Ingram CE Primary School we believe staff, parents and children are entitled to a safe and protective environment in which to learn and work. Behaviour that will cause harassment, alarm or distress to users of the premises is contrary to the aims of our school.
Personal Accident Insurance
In common with other schools, the Governing Body does not hold an insurance policy to cover personal accident to pupils.
Reporting to Parents
In the Autumn Term, year group information is provided for parents. Formal consultation evenings are held in this term and in the Spring Term. A written report is provided for parents each term. In the Summer Term we have an open afternoon where children can share their work, show parents and family around the school and meet their next Teacher.
School newsletters are sent to parents and daily bulletins are written on the school white boards. Governor newsletters and Parents' Association letters are also sent.
We have a weekly assembly with our Mentions Book, where good work and behaviour is acknowledged and celebrated. We also operate a reward system for Class of the Week/Term for Attendance and for Christian Values. In each class there will be a merit system where children earn House points.
At Bishop Winnington-Ingram CE Primary School we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all our children. The National Curriculum is our starting point for planning that meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of children. When planning, teachers set suitable learning challenges and respond to children’s diverse learning needs. (See our SEND Information Report and school offer, in the Statutory Information section on the Key Information tab).
It is not practical for Health and Safety reasons and with possibility of damage or loss, for children to wear jewellery to school. This includes earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
Mobile phones are not allowed in the school in all year groups up to and including Year 5. Only in exceptional circumstances may it be possible for children in Year 6 to bring their mobile phone to school, but this is only after the parent has written to ask for permission. Children will not be allowed to keep the phones, they will always be kept locked away until the end of the school day.