Information


Dear Parents

We welcome you and your child to the school and hope that this handbook will be of value to you, keep it for referral.
The information it contains outlines the school’s philosophy and organization. Far more importantly, in our opinion, is the spirit in which it is implemented. We strive to create a happy family atmosphere believing that a happy child is essential before we achieve an individual who learns and develops as a balanced individual.

There is an open door for parents /guardians at all times. Please contact school by speaking to the class teacher in the first instance, and then by contacting me directly should you have any queries or concerns. There is a welcome at all times.

I hope that the time that you and your child spend among us will be a happy and fruitful period. Welcome to the special community at Ysgol Bod Alaw.

Delyth A Jones

Headteacher

Headteacher
Delyth Jones
Phone:- 01492 530420

Deputy Headtacher
Llion Williams
Phone:- 01492 530420

Chair of Governors
Gerallt Evans
c/o Ysgol Bod Alaw

Statutory Head of Education Services
R. Geraint James (Chief Education Officer),
Education Services,
Government Buildings,
Dinerth Road,
Rhos On Sea
Colwyn Bay.
LL28 4UL
Phone:- 01492 575001

Link Officer
Sue Palmer
GwE
Mrs Iona Evans
Local Education Authority

 

Headteacher

Delyth Jones

Chair

Mr Gerallt Evans

Vice Chair

Parch Roberts Griffiths

Parents’ Representative

Arwel Hughes
Gareth Williams
Judith Griffiths
Sian Opie

Local Authority Representative

Parch Robert Griffiths

Local Education

Bethan Hughes Roberts

Colwyn Council Representative

Cynghorydd Hazel Meredith

Co-opted Members

Gerallt Evans
Sedd wag

Teacher Representative

Llion Williams

Ancillary Staff Representative

Bethan Howarth

Clerk

Siwan Glyn

 

Headteacher

Delyth Jones

 

Deputy

Llion Williams

 

Head of Infants

Meinir Thorman-Jones

 

Teachers

Rhys Hywel Jones
Samantha Williams
Nicola M Jones
Gwilym Prydderch
Delyth Morgan
Anwen Owen Davies
Manon Edwards
Bethan M Lloyd
Eirlys Van Bodegom
Elin Vaughan Hughes
Sioned Williams
Huw Llywelyn Jones

 

Teaching Assistants

Sarah Hughes

 

And Higher Level Teaching Assistants

Sian Alwena Jones
Lynne Maguire
Siân Latchford
Susan Hughes
Bethan Howarth
Gwenda Evans
Jane Jones
Ceri George

Gillian Asodia
Bethan Davies
Sandra Roberts
Siân Owen
Dona Montgomery
Sali Jones
Gareth Hughes
Mari Smith

Cook

Barbara Hindley

 

Assistants

Rhian Jones
Charlotte Stewart

Eleanor Hodkinson
Jennifer Crowther

Senior Lunch Time Supervisor

Helen Hughes

 

Lunch Time Supervisors

Pauline Evans
Pat Edwards

Bethan Howarth
Gareth Hughes

Caretaker

Diane Thomas

 

Secretary

Ceri Evans

 

Breakfast Club

Barbara Hindley

 

 

AIMS

 

  • Offer the best education within our ability to all pupils based on the National Curriculum; the Foundation Phase outcomes and the Literacy and Numeracy Framework.
  • Create a happy, safe environment for all pupils so that they grow and develop into confident individuals who are aware of the welfare of others.
  • Enable all pupils to develop bilingually so that they may fully participate in the social and cultural life of their locality and country.
  • Foster pride and love towards their locality, country, language, traditions and history. Develop respect towards the whole world and all within it.
  • Foster self respect and self discipline in all.
  • Develop a love towards learning and knowledge.
  • Assist all individuals to get to know themselves.
  • Encourage all pupils to make the most of their strengths and talents and to cope with their weaknesses.


OBJECTIVES

Pupil

  • Assist every pupil to develop mentally, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. Try to foster in them the ability to appreciate the beauty of the natural world and all that has been created by man.
  • Develop the pupil’s key skills across a broad range of areas.
  • Provide an opportunity for pupils to develop their talents and interests, to get to know themselves and to understand some of their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Try to give specific attention to all pupils who have a variety of additional learning needs.


Atmosphere, values and ethos

  • There are three things which are important for us at the school:
  1. Appreciation of the Welsh language and culture
  2. Respect each other
  3. Try our very best
    • Establish a happy, safe atmosphere based on mutual respect for each other, staff and pupils.
    • Create an environment within the school including classroom, corridors and the outside, which will stimulate an appreciation of the fine and beautiful.
    • Try to foster pupils’ pride in the history and the purpose of the school.

Curriculum

  • Try to ensure that all pupils have equal opportunities within the requirements of the National Curriculum

Organization

  • Ensure continuation of work throughout the school. Take advantage of staff specialties when the offer additional opportunities for pupils.

Staff

  • Appoint appropriate staff for the work. Ensure professional development through an effective training programme. Give staff an opportunity to develop their interests and talents for the benefit of the school.

Parents/Guardians

  • Maintain a professional and friendly relationship between the school and parents.
  • Organize formal meetings where the school and parents can discuss pupil development and attitude.
  • Support fundraising and social events held by the Parents and Friends Association.

Buildings and Grounds

  • Endeavour to maintain the grounds and buildings in a satisfactory condition to meet the requirements of health and safety.
  • Promote hygiene and create an educational environment which draws the best from pupils.

The Community

  • Promote positive links between the school and the urban area around it to gain the respect of the community and foster pupils respect towards the community.
  • Foster close links with the Welsh elements of the area.


It is a specific Welsh/bilingual primary school established in 1950 and moved to the present location in 1972.

It is parents choice to send their children to us. We accept both Welsh speakers and children from non-Welsh speaking homes. The catchment area of the school is the town of Colwyn Bay and surrounding area. We are not permitted to accept pupils from outside the defined catchment area.

Welsh is the official language of the school, the language of lessons and play. Since a considerable percentage of pupils are non Welsh speakers, every effort is made to integrate them as soon as possible. They learn Welsh easily through activities and play, repetition and imitation. They become fully bilingual before they finish at the school.
(English as a subject is introduced in Year 3 in the juniors.)

At the end of their period at Bod Alaw pupils transfer to Ysgol Uwchradd y Creuddyn if parents so desire.

We are very fortunate that we are conveniently located near the town centre and yet surrounded with extensive grounds and woodland so that we are in a safe environment with a rural feel.

Pupils come mainly from the two Cylch Meithrin (Colwyn Bay and Old Colwyn). Our admission criteria is that pupils live within our catchment area. We receive pupils to the reception class during the school year when they become four years old, i.e. between 1st of September and 31st of August. We currently have two nursery classes, one meeting during the morning ( 8:55- 11:15 a.m. ) the other in the afternoon (12:45-3:00 p.m.).

Also, pupils are received into full time education into the Reception class if they reach five years before the end of
the academic year. Parents/Guardians who are considering sending their childrento us are welcome to visit the school. Welcome evenings are arranged for the prospective parents/guardians of the Nursery class during the Summer term to introduce them to the school and meet the headteacher and staff who will be taking care of their child. In addition to this, welcoming meetings are also arranged for the parents/guardians of Nursery pupils transferring to the Reception class and those pupils transferring from year 2 to year 3.

During the Summer term parents/guardians of new pupils are invited to the school for one afternoon to meet the headteacher and staff. This is an opportunity to show the school and discuss enquiries.

Older pupils are expected to be fluent in Welsh before they can be accepted to the school. New arrivals are offered an intense introduction to the Welsh language at a special language unit at Dolgarrog.

The school has a ‘Home/School Agreement’ which outlines what we expect in terms of parents/guardians and pupil commitment to supporting the school, as well as the school’s commitment to providing the best service for parents/guardians. In addition the school have a safe use of the internet Policy and agreement.

Nursery Morning session:

8:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Nursery Afternoon session:

12.45 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.

Infants

8.55 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.

Juniors

8.55 a.m. - 3.15 p.m.

 

School staff will have a responsibility for the pupils starting from 8:45am and for 10 minutes after the school day ends. It is expected that parents / guardians ensure that pupils enter the school yard safely through the gate at the top of the path no earlier than this time, unless they are attending the Breakfast club.

Free breakfast club is held daily from 8:10 am. Doors will close promptly at 8:30 to ensure that the hall is cleared before the start of the school day.

The after school club is held during school term only. An information pack is available from the school. Arrangements for places need to be made ahead of time by contacting Mrs Bethan Davies.

The Local Authority, in accordance with the requirements of the Secretary of State, under Section 29 (1) of the 2002 Education Act which came into force on 1st of September 2003, has established a procedure to consider complaints about the way school governing bodies and the local authority act in relation to the school curriculum and other associated issues. This procedure is outlined in a Welsh and English document available at the school. A free copy is available upon request to any parent who wishes to complain under these procedures, and the Authority can provide a copy, if necessary, in a language other than Welsh or English.

However, it is emphasized that many complaints can be dealt with quickly and effectivelythrough informal consideration based on a discussion with the class teacher and then the head. This is the first reasonable step, and the governing body will expect that this step will have been undertaken before presenting a formal complaint in exceptional circumstances.

The school should be contacted to arrange an appointment with the headteacher to discuss any complaint.

Full costs are charged to parents for the following:

  • Any intentional damage done by a pupil to school property
  • Cost of residential visit organized by the school or the local authority (apart from when exceptions are granted)
  • Activities held outside school hours.
  • Instrument lessons.

Voluntary contributions are requested towards the costs of educational and theatre visits and the costs of inviting a theatrical group/performers to the school.

The first step is to give special attention to the pupils with their class-work. Then, when appropriate, we can provide additional help. We will communicate with parents / guardians before taking these steps and continuous communication will take place thereafter. With parental consent we can also refer the pupil to the county specialist or other agencies. Below is a brief outline of the aims and objectives of our ALN policy. Should any parent / guardian wish—they are welcome to see the complete policy.

Additional Learning Needs Policy

The legal definition of Additional Learning Needs is defined in the 1996 . Education Act as follows:

A child has a learning difficulty if he or she:

  • has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age;
  • has a disability which either prevents or hinders him or her from making full use of the educational facilities available within the school;
  • is under school age and falls within the definition above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for the child.
  • A child is not regarded as having learning difficulties solely because the language of the home is different from the language in which he/she will be taught.


Aims

The principles of our school are to:

Provide a relevant broad based curriculum within a caring environment in which all pupils can develop and grow towards their full potential regardless of ability.

Provide support to children with additional needs so that they follow the whole school curriculum and to achieve success and progress according to their potential.


Objectives

The objectives of our Additional Learning Needs policy are that:

  • the school’s assessment arrangements ensure that pupils’ special needs are identified as soon possible;
  • assessment data are used to inform decision making;
  • pupils with additional learning needs are given full and equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum;
  • Appropriate resources are allocated to ensure that the needs of pupils are appropriately met;
  • parents are informed and actively encouraged to be involved in meeting the needs of their children in partnership with the school;
  • use is made of teachers, other professionals, facilities and resources from within the school and outside whenever appropriate;
  • achievement targets are set and reviewed on a regular basis;
  • all children grow in their confidence and independence and self-reliance to become confident and capable learners;
  • all children are able to read, write and use numbers effectively with confidence within their ability;
  • all pupils are actively involved and informed of their targets


Co-ordinators ALN
SIONED WILLIAMS is the schools co-ordinator and BETHAN HUGHES ROBERTS is the governor responsible for ALN


Accessibility And Inclusion

Mae yr ysgol yn meddu ar bolisi hwyluso mynediad plant ac anebleddau (The accessibility plan)/Cynllun Hygyrchedd)

  • Ysgol Bod Alaw is a fully accessible school and welcomes pupils with disabilities. As part of the admissions process for a pupil with disabilities we would ensure that we seek the relevant specialist advice from Education Services e.g. Health and safety, CAMHS, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists as well as specialist nurses e.g. Epilepsy or Diana Nurses.
  • Ysgol Bod Alaw has a current Disability Access Plan which focuses on the schools plan to continually improve access to the school building, the curriculum and information.
  • Running alongside the Disability Access Plan is the school Disability Equality Scheme which details how the school prevent disabled pupils being treated unfairly than other pupils and how the school promote disability issues.


The Foundation Phase framework, 2008 National curriculum, Literacy and Numeracy 2013 framework and the Agreed curriculum for Religious Education is the basis for the schools syllabus.

Parents/guardians are welcome to contact the school should they wish to make an appointment to discuss their child’s work. A convenient time for both parents/guardians and staff will be arranged. In the same manor it is possible to make an appointment to see any relevant documents.

As we are a specified Welsh school, Welsh is the official language and is used in all aspects of the curriculum. To ensure a solid foundation to the Welsh language, Welsh language is the main medium in the Nursery and Foundation phase. Welsh is also the main medium of life in the Juniors and English is introduced in Key Stage 2 to ensure the pupils are completely bilingual when leaving school at 11 years old. The school has opportunities to participate in cultural activities through both languages.

Language has a unique influence on a child’s development and is the basis of all learning. We endeavour to foster a positive attitude towards language by offering the child a variety of experiences which will stimulate a sensible, intelligent and lively response, thereby developing linguistic ability in all its passive and active aspects, in
both languages. We encourage children to take an interest in literature in all its forms, ensuring that the experience of reading, listening, watching and responding are always pleasurable and satisfying. In this way, we create in the child an awareness of the value of Welsh heritage so that she/he may empathize with the richness of his/her (indigenous or adopted) cultural background, as well as encouraging respect for other cultures.

Mathematical ideas and techniques are an essential part of everyday life and contribute considerably to our understanding of the world around us. The school aims to develop a positive attitude to mathematics as an interesting subject to be enjoyed. We endeavour to develop in the child the ability to think clearly and logically, with both confidence and adaptability. We also aim to develop skills which will allow him/her to express ideas lucidly, to discuss a subject with confidence and to use mathematical language when applying skills and knowledge to various situations at home, at school and in society.

Science is part of life and the child will develop:

  • An analytical and critical mind through logical methods of discovery based on observation, hypothesis and experimentation;
  • An understanding of living things and the basic processes of life;
  • An understanding of the means by which environmental resources can be used and developed.


Matters relating to sex education are dealt with sensitively in Personal and Social Education and Science lessons.

The new Curriculum directive has given Information Technology an important status, along with a clear description of the nature of the subject. An ability in Information Technology means an ability to use Information Technology equipment
and sources effectively in order to analyse, process and present information and to model, measure and control external events. In Bod Alaw emphasis is placed on developing I.T. across the spectrum of National Curriculum subjects. The school has continually improved I.T. resources and this includes a wireless connection throughout the school, interactive whiteboards in every class and the David Williams I.T. Suite.

The school provides an environment that promotes natural maturity whilst developing physical skills.

Emphasis is given to the fitness and well-being of each and every pupil. Our intention is that Physical Education is an integral part of their social life and that the pupils take an interest and are willing to participate, in a variety of physical activities. The school tutor the pupils in a variety of physical activities including; gymnastics, swimming, dance, games, athletics and outdoor adventurous activities. Our aim is that each pupil receives approximately 2 hours of Physical Education in Key Stage 2 a week. In addition the pupils are given ample opportunity to attend extra coaching sessions after school hours.
The school competes in several team and individual sporting events.

School teams include: football, hockey, rugby, tenis, swimming and cross country teams. In addition pupils are given the opportunity to attend residential activities to Pertrellyncymer in year 4 and Glanllyn in year 6.

Each pupil is in the charge of a particular teacher, but all staff will look after the interests of all pupils.

Regular homework is not given to the pupils in the Foundation phase, however they are given reading books and high frequency spelling lists as a part of the home / school partnership.

Homework in the Juniors is given on a weekly basis and is used to re-enforce work undertaken in the classroom. We encourage parents / guardians to continue to read with their children and to encourage independence in completing homework neatly and punctually.

Sex Education is part of the Personal and Social Education Curriculum. Parents may withdraw their children from some sex education lessons, but not from the science aspect.

The young people’s health advisor (school nurse) will give a talk on certain aspects of sex education to girls in Years 5 and 6 and boys in Year 6. Parents are given an opportunity to withdraw their child from this discussion.

Religious education is a statutory subject on the curriculum throughout the school.
Parents have a right to withdraw their children from these lessons but we do not encourage this.
Daily services are held. There is a service for the whole school once a week and a separate service for each department once a week. On other days there are short class services. Parents may withdraw their children from these services.

Peripatetic teachers provide musical instrument lessons.

Harp and drum lessons are offered to Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils. Guitar lessons are offered to pupils in years 4, 5 and 6. It is usually expected that a pupil has some musical experience before commencing lessons e.g. is in receipt of piano lessons or lessons in another instrument. Parents are expected to contribute towards the cost of these lessons.

The school aims to encourage pupils to be responsible and respect others. We reward positive behavior as this is an integral part of the positive behaviour code adopted by the school.

As a school we promote and encourage self discipline. Small incidents are dealt with in the class by following the schools’ assertive discipline procedure. Parents / guardian support is expected when required to implement the schools assertive discipline policy.

A policy and anti-bullying process is implemented at the school. Any instance of bullying is damaging to the ethos of Bod Alaw and is against our objective of offering a happy, safe environment to all. Each pupil has the right to receive education and enjoy school life at Bod Alaw and has a responsibility to look after fellow pupils.

Guidelines

The school will:

    1. Support pupils who are being bullied.

    2. Assist bullies to change their behaviour

    3. Pay responsible attention to any instance of bullying and discover the facts of the case by:
    a) questioning both parties individually
    b) use the pressure of peers to disapprove of bullying
    c) disperse any emerging bullying groups
    d) include parents at an early stage
    e) assist pupils to develop a strategy and positive attitude.

    4. Ensure the assistance of the Additional Needs Support Services and the Education Psychologist when necessary.

    5. Educating when necessary

    6. Use the services of the police when necessary.


Specific Guidelines

1. The anti bullying scheme runs along side the school’s positive behaviour scheme, which recognises good behaviour through praise.
2. The school will respond quickly and positively to any kind of bullyingdiscovered and will punish according to the severity of the case.

AIMS
• Ensure that the welfare and care of pupils is ensured in any crisis.

• Ensure that teachers, ancillary staff, parents and guardians know the procedure in an emergency.

1. Ensure that all at the school are aware of the location of first aid boxes.

2. Ensure that the addresses and telephone numbers of all pupils are easily
available to all school staff.

3. Ensure that the work place addressES and telephone numbers of parents are
available

4. Ensure that the addresses and telephone numbers of the family dOCTOR of
every pupil and local hospital are available.

5. Ensure that the school is aware of any medical condition which may affect the
child during his/her time at the school e.g. breathing difficulties, diabetes,
hearing, sight problems.

 

General Guidelines

1. The parents of all pupils must fill in a form listing the above details (2-5).
2. The school should be immediately informed of any phone number and/or address changes.
3. Parents are informed that the school has the right to act in an emergency if it is unable to obtain their consent in time.
4. In accordance with our school medicine policy - No medicines will be administered unless the medicine is essential to the child’s health and is long term. This should be confirmed by a letter from the family Doctor and the completion of an information sheet for the headteacher.
5. Parents / guardians are free to come to the school to administer medicines as required.
6. Parents will be informed by telephone if their child is ill or has been complaining of some ailment .
7. If the child is ill and it is felt that he/she should leave the school, arrangements will be made for the parents to collect the child.

 

Parents/teachers meetings are held every academic year. The first is held during the first term (after the teacher has got to know the pupils). The main object of the evening is to discuss the pupil’s attitude towards work and personal targets. The teacher is able to show work if necessary. This is an opportunity for parents to present additional information to the teacher.

The second evening is held during the Easter term when it is possible to see the work done and discuss the progress made.

The third evening will be held during the Summer term following the distribution of the annual report to parents. This meeting is optional.

We once again emphasize that we have an open door policy at Ysgol Bod Alaw. Do get in touch to organize a convenient time if you wish to discuss an issue with the headteacher or class teacher.
This school cannot succeed without parental support. We therefore encourage you to take an interest in your child’s education and support the school in its work and public activities. The school has a home/school agreement and every family are expected to support it.

The school seeks the co-operation and support of parents with all the additional activities organized.

The school offers a variety of activities outside school hours, which are open to all pupils who are, in the opinion of the headteacher, to be mature and ready to participate in them.

The school is unable to accept responsibility for supervising pupils at the end of sessions , and parents / guardians are requested to ensure that arrangements are made to escort their children home.

The parents and friends of Bod Alaw are very hard working and make a positive contribution to the school.

Meetings are held often and there is a warm welcome to every parent to be a part of thisassociation. Their annual meeting is held in September— everyone is welcome.

It is important that all those who visit the school call at the office. No person should wander around the school without having been to the office, and having signed the visitors book and received an identity badge to be worn throughout the duration of the visit.

Any money sent to the school should be sent in an envelope containing the following information:-

THE PUPIL’S NAME
CLASS
PURPOSE OF THE MONEY - E.G. LUNCH, TRIP, ETC.
SUM OF MONEY

For security reasons a cheque is preferable to cash.

Meals are prepared at the school. We would appreciate lunch money weekly, either on a Monday or Friday. Cheques should be made payable to CCBC.

Ask at the school for an application form if you think that your child has a right to free school meals. This will
be treated in confidence by Education Services and the school.

A menu is prepared which is distributed to all families when appropriate. You are welcome to select on which days your child has a meal.

The school is a part of the ‘Conwy appetite for life’ Parents / guardians are encouraged to prepare a balanced and healthy packed lunch. Any un-eaten food and packaging will be returned in the lunchbox so that you are aware of what your child has eaten.

Attending the school regularly and punctually is very important. Pupils are expected to be at the school by 8:55a.m. but please do not send your child to the school before 8:45a.m.

There will be no teachers available to supervise pupils until 8:45a.m.

The total attendance of all pupils is recorded on the annual report. If a pupil is home ill, either a note or telephone call must be received explaining the reason for the absence. The school follows the County and Assembly’s guidelines for
attendance and punctuality. We will be monitoring attendance and punctuality for every child who is over 5 years old.

Please ask for a holiday form if it is necessary for the family to go on holiday during the school term. A list of holiday dates will be sent to you every year.

Every attempt is made to keep the school open. Should there be a need to send pupils home due to unforeseen circumstances caused by bad weather we will contact you first. Information will be placed upon the Conwy CB Council website, as well as being announced on Radio Wales.

The young people’s health advisor (school nurse) will check Reception pupils’ vision and hearing etc. The school’s physician will see pupils as necessary.

The following procedure will be followed should your child become ill or is injured whilst at the school:

1. Ring the contact numbers provided to the school.
2. Take the pupil to Colwyn Bay Hospital or Ysbyty Glan Clwyd (if necessary) and continue to try to contact the parents/guardians.

The necessary telephone numbers will be on the pupil’s registration form or questionnaire which is filled in annually. You should inform the school immediately if you change your address, telephone number or Doctor.

The school has an official uniform, but pupils are not compelled to wear it, though it is felt that such a uniform leads to pride in the school and a feeling of belonging.

Clothing MUST be clearly labeled

 

School Uniform

Girls

 

Winter

Summer

Skirt, pinafore or grey trousers

Red and white dress

School jumper—red

Red cardigan / school jumper

Red cardigan

Skirt or grey pinafore

School polo shirt – white or red

School polo shirt – white or red

Red school tie and white blouse

Red school tie and white blouse

White, red or grey socks or tights

White, red or grey socks

Black shoes

White, red or black sandals / shoes

 

 

Boys

 

Winter

Summer

Grey trousers

Neat, grey trousers or shorts

Red school jumper

Siwmper yr ysgol - coch

School polo shirt – white or red

Crys polo yr ysgol - gwyn neu goch

Red school tie and white shirt

Red school tie and white shirt

Black shoes

Black sandals or shoes

The school encourages parents/guardians to walk, cycle or share transport when bringing their children to school. The Eco Schools’ community emphasises the importance of considering the environment when travelling to school.

No individual will be permitted to bring a vehicle on school grounds between 8:00a.m. and 5:00p.m. without consent.

Disabled drivers may contact the school to discuss brining a vehicle onto school grounds.

Snacks
The school has received healthy schools accreditation and we encourage eating fruit for school snacks. Chocolate and sweets are not permitted..

Water Drinking
We encourage the children to drink water regulary. The children are permited to use the schools’ water fountains to re-fill their water bottles. To ensure cleanliness pupils should carry their bottles to and from school on a daily basis.

The school has received international schools’ accreditation and an emphasis is placed on promoting knowledge and relationship of countries, communities and various cultures.

The school is a part of the Eco- Schools’ initiative. The committee comprises staff and pupils leading on several environmental initiatives and matters concerning global citizenship issues.

The council is elected annually ensuring that the pupils voice and opinions are expressed. The school council has highlighted several genuine matters.

The school recognises its statutory duty to work with other agencies when protecting children from harm and responding to abuse.

Staff hope that pupils and parents feel free to talk about their concerns seeing the school as a safe place should there be difficulties at home. Pupils’ concerns will be taken seriously if they seek assistance from a member of staff. However, staff can not guarantee confidentiality should it be necessary to refer concerns to the appropriate agency in order to protect the welfare of the child.

If staff have significant concerns about any pupils who show signs of physical, emotional sexual abuse or neglect, they need to discuss it with the responsible agency for investigating child protection.

Staff should convey their concerns to the designated teacher if they observe injuries which look intentional or the pupil makes a significant statement.

However, teachers do not conduct investigations nor decide if children are being abused. This is a mater for specialist agencies.

All staff should be familiar with the procedure for maintaining a confidential written record of any incident. The Local Authority, Social Services or police can provide advice if staff are unsure as to how to proceed with the matter.

Child protection is important. Where appropriate, governors should try to ensure that sufficient resources are available to enable necessary tasks to be undertaken appropriately under the interagency procedure.

Child protection issues will be discussed throughout the curriculum as appropriate, especially in Personal, Social and Health Education.

The school will also ensure that bullying is identified and dealt with so that the harm done to the other pupil is kept to a minimum. All pupils are encouraged to show respect for others and take responsibility for protecting themselves. Parents are expected to assist pupils to behave in a non-violent way towards staff an other pupils.

Parents can feel confident that there is a procedure in place to ensure that all staff appointed are appropriate to work with pupils.

Staff will be immediately informed if physical force is required to protect a child from injury, prevent a pupil from injuring others or if the pupil is accidentally injured. Pupils will not be punished at the school by being struck, shaken or other degrading treatment.

Complaints regarding the behaviour of staff can be made to the head or chair of governors. Everyone is entitled to a fair hearing be they pupils or staff. Child protection issues which arise will be raised by the school under the local inter agency procedure.

The schools designated child protection teacher is Mrs Delyth A Jones.

Should parents be dissatisfied with the school’s response, the nominated officer responsible for child protection within the Local Authority is Noella Roberts.

Aim
Promote equality of opportunities, good relations between members of different groups and races, cultural and religious communities and remove illegal prejudice.

Principles
When fulfilling our legal responsibilities under the Race Relations Act 2000 (amendment):

• all pupils should receive opportunities to achieve the highest possible Standards and best qualifications for the next stage of their life and education
• all pupils should, with assistance, develop a sense of personal and cultural identity which is confident, flexible and open and shows respect to the individuality of others.
• all pupils should develop the information, understanding and skills needed to be part of a multi ethnic British society and in the broader context of the interdependent world.

 

Implementation Guidelines
1. Policies

We ensure that the principles in this policy are relevant to all policies and practices, including those relating to:
• increase, achievement and assessment of all pupils
• behaviour, discipline and expulsion
• pupils’ personal development and pastoral care
• teaching and learning
• access and attendance
• contents of curriculum.
• staff recruitment and professional development
• partnership with parents and communities.


2. Responsibilities

The governing body ensures that the school conforms to legislation and that this policy and its processes and strategies are being implemented.

It is the headteachers responsibility to implement the policy and ensure that all school staff are aware of their responsibilities and receive training and appropriate support, and for taking appropriate steps if there are any instances of illegal prejudice.

It is expected that all staff will deal with any racist incidents which may arise, to know how to identify and challenge racist and cultural prejudice and to incorporate the principles of equality and diversity in all elements of their work.


3. Racism and Hate Towards Foreigners (Xenophobia)

The school opposes all forms of racism and hate towards foreigners, including those forms which target religious groups and communities, and travellers and refugees.


4. Religious Attachment

We respect the beliefs and religious practices of all staff, pupils and parents, and will conform to all reasonable requests relating to the following and practice of religion. (See Religious Education Policy, Work scheme and collective worship).

This is Ysgol Bod Alaw’s health and safety policy and is to be read in conjunction with the Local Authority’s health and safety policies.

The governing body is committed to a high standard of health, safety and welfare of all members of staff, pupils, visitors and contractors by ensuring the following:

  1. A healthy and safe environment throughout the whole school.
  2. Arrangements to make sure that no one at the school works under dangerous circumstances, use unsatisfactory equipment, substances or dangerous machinery.
  3. Effective provision to receive and share health and safety information received from the LA and other sources.
  4. Appropriate health and safety training for all staff.
  5. Safe entrances and exits into and out of the school.
  6. Appropriate welfare conveniences for all staff.
  7. Procedures for an emergency e.g. fire, first aid and events associated with schools.
  8. Monitor health and safety standards at the school and review accident statistics/ or near misses.
  9. Links with specialist assistance relating to health and safety issues (LA)
  10. Encouragement for staff to promote health and safety standards at the school.

This policy will be reviewed and updated as necessary.

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