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  • Attendance & absences
  • Term dates
  • School Gateway online payments
  • Administering medication
  • PTA
  • School uniform
  • Parent View
  • Complaints procedures


Attendance & absences

Please be reminded that children who have sickness or diarrhea should stay away from school for 48 hours from the last episode. 



Click here to find out about the NHS COVID-19 app


COVID-19 update 3rd September '20

We have received enquiries from parents regarding what they should do if their child presents with an illness. My recommendation is that you should seek medical advice. After all we would not wish for COVID-19 to spread through our school community. 

Excerpts taken from information received from the DfE on 3rd September. ‘To ensure we identify those with coronavirus while avoiding a huge increase in demand for tests from people without coronavirus symptoms, we ask that you recommend to your pupils, students and staff who feel unwell, that they get tested if: they develop one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature 
  • a new, continuous cough 
  • the loss or change of their sense of taste or smell,

they are recommended to get tested by a healthcare provider (e.g. GP or nurse) If a pupil, student or staff member develops one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms described above, only they should be tested.’

‘As schools and colleges across England return, pupils and students may feel unwell for example with a sore throat, stomach upset or a headache. These pupils and students don’t need to book a test but may need to stay off school or college and seek medical advice through their GP or pharmacist as usual.’ A copy of the full letter from the Government can be found here. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letter-from-phe-and-nhs-test-and-trace-to-school-and-college-leaders/letter-from-phe-and-nhs-test-and-trace-to-school-and-college-leaders

Social distancing at school drop off and pick up times

We all have a responsibility to take steps in helping reduce the spread of coronavirus. With this in mind, all families are required (unless exempt) to adhere to the following points to ensure a safe arrival and departure at school for all involved: 

  • Only one parent or guardian should drop off/pick up their child/children to reduce numbers outside school 
  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household 
  • Make good use of all available entry and exit points to the school site to avoid bottleneck 
  • Refrain from lengthy face-to-face conversation with staff or other families; use digital communication methods during lockdown 
  • Go straight home after dropping and/or collecting your child/children
  • Consider wearing a face covering during pick up and drop off


Thank you for your support and understanding – together we will slow the spread of COVID-19 and save more lives.


PARENTS AND CARERS INFORMATION

COVID-19 UPDATED DOCUMENT 21st August '20 

What parents and carers need to know about early years’ providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term. 

We have added new information on school admissions. We have updated the information on travelling to and from nursery, childminders, school and college, education, health and care (EHC) plans, wellbeing, online safety and assessment and exams. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Out of school settings advice: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak?utm_source=25%20August%202020%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19

For NHS advice: 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


ATTENDANCE

Parents are required, by the Education Act 1944, to ensure that their children of compulsory school age receive full-time education. It is the school’s responsibility to monitor attendance, which is done in conjunction with Governors and the Behaviour and Attendance Team, whose principal role is to help families and school meet their statutory obligations.

It is more important than ever for children to have a good education if they are to enjoy the best possible opportunities in adult life. Children only get one chance at school and children’s chances of a successful future may be affected by not attending school regularly. Parents are requested not to take children on holiday in school time to prevent them from missing vital parts of the curriculum.


With the exception of children attending Breakfast Club, children should arrive at school between 8.35am and 8.45am. If they should arrive after 8.45am, they should be brought to the school office to sign in. This allows registers to be updated and dinner numbers to be recalculated.

Our recorded figures for attendance in the academic year 2018-2019 are: 
Number on school roll: 101 (of compulsory school age in July 2019) Attendance: 96.2%
Unauthorised absence: 0.5%
Authorised absence: 3.2%

Please discuss any difficulties arising over attendance with the Headteacher.

Absence during term time

It is more important than ever for children to have a good education if they are to enjoy the best possible opportunities in adult life. Children only get one chance at school. Government statistics have proven a direct correlation between attendance and achievement. Your child’s chances of a successful future may be affected by not attending school regularly. The Head Teacher no longer has the discretion to allow absences for family holiday. Absences in exceptional circumstances should be discussed with the Head Teacher. 



The below Attendance data takes into account school closure post 20th March '20.

Term Dates

 

Administering medication


The school can not administer medicine unless this form is completed and signed by the parent/carer.


School Gateway online payments

Make online payments to school via credit or debit card.

Use School Gateway to make online payments with a debit or credit card any time 24-7, via smartphone app or website. You can also view school meal balances and top them up. Plus you can give online consent, where required, for your child to take part in school trips and other activities. 

To make things easy, we notify parents of new items for payment by text or email. 

Aside from saving the school time and money on administration, School Gateway also makes paying for school items easier and more flexible for parents and reduces the amount of cash being carried by children on school premises. We would encourage you to use it as part of our move towards becoming a cashless school. 

Not used School Gateway before? 

Activating your School Gateway account is quick and easy to do. All you need are your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you.

Download the app

If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). 

The app shows the same information as the website PLUS it saves the school money when we send you a text message.

Visit the website

www.schoolgateway.com 

Click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log in to School Gateway. 

Trouble logging in? It may be because the school doesn’t have your current email and mobile phone number on record. Please contact the school and we’ll update the details on our system. 

We hope that you will find School Gateway to be a fast and easy way to pay for school items.


PTA

We are a friendly and welcoming group of parents and teachers whose aims are to raise additional funds for the school.  Northaw, like most schools, needs additional help financially to enhance our children’s education and give them the best start in life.  We meet regularly to discuss the planning of events and to share ideas on any new events. 

If you are interested in participating in PTA events in any way big or small, please contact the school office for more information about upcoming events.

If you have any ideas for future events, please contact the school office. 

If you would like to run an event to support your school, please let us know! 


School uniform

Our uniform can be purchased from:

Smarty Schoolwear (Potters Bar High Street). Smarty Schoolwear number for customers is 01707 263909 and online purchases can be made here

Smiths School Wear (Enfield Town/Cockfosters). Click here for online purchases.

Girls wear:

Blue Sweatshirt/Cardigan with Northaw Logo

Pale blue polo shirt

Grey skirt/trousers

Grey tights/grey socks/white socks

Black school shoes

Boys wear:

Blue Sweatshirt with Northaw Logo

Pale blue polo shirt

Grey trousers                                         

Black socks

Black school shoes.

PE:

Navy or blue shorts, grey tracksuit bottoms, grey crested sweatshirt, blue crested tee-shirt, white socks and plain, black or white trainers for PE.

Jewellery:

Parents are reminded that jewellery should not be worn at school.

Permitted items: 

Small, plain gold / silver stud earrings – these should be left at home or taped over on days when children swim or do PE.

A simple watch.

Long hair should be tied back with a simple pony tail band.

Nail varnish and make up should not be worn in school.

We consider that uniform is important for several reasons:

It provides pupils with a sense of identity and pride in their school.It enhances the appearance of pupils and therefore the reputation of the school.It helps to instill in pupils a sense of purpose when they put on their uniform in the mornings.It overcomes the problem for both parents and teachers of what is or is not suitable for school.


Parent View

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. 

Parent View gives you the chance to tell OFSTED what you think about your child’s school.

Click here to visit the Parent View website!

Click here to view our Autumn term 2019 Parent Questionnaire results.


Complaints procedures

General Principles

The complaints procedure is mainly aimed at parents or carers of children who are registered at the school, but it is not limited to them. 

Any member of the public may make a complaint to Northaw C of E Primary School about any provision of facilities or services that the school provides. 

Children who attend Northaw C of E Primary School have their own complaints procedure drawn up using the Common Principles for a Child Friendly Complaints Process outlined by the Children’s Commissioner.

Unless complaints are dealt with under separate statutory procedures (such as appeals relating to exclusions or admissions), the school will use this Complaints Procedure.