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Parental Involvement

We like parents to visit Beatrice Tate School. It is good for children to know that their parents are interested in the school and their education. Parents are welcome to visit the school at any time, although telephoning beforehand to make any appointment is very helpful and much appreciated.

Statements of special educational needs are annually reviewed and parents are invited into school to discuss their child’s progress. Pupils’ statements are currently being converted to education, health and care plans in line with the special educational needs and disability code of practice. Parents are invited to attend planning meetings in the autumn term and receive detailed education reports each term and an annual report in July on progress over the academic year. A home visit can be made at the request of parents or may be suggested by a member of staff.

There are many events in the year including Special Assemblies and Open Mornings to which parents are invited. The school has an allocated social worker who holds open surgeries for parents on Tuesday mornings.Over the last two years,  an increasing number of parents have attended the school to have informal discussions based around a range of activities including cooking, art and yoga. We are most grateful for your support.

We will always contact parents immediately if we are concerned about any aspect of their child’s welfare, progress or behaviour and we hope that parents will let us know of any problems or anxieties, which might affect their child. To facilitate this, the school has a full time Home School Liaison Officer (HSLO) who is available from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm each school day. Jilu Rahman’s job is to work effectively with parents to develop and improve parental partnership. Jilu’s responsibilities include reviewing attendance, setting up and delivering regular parent forums, assisting with pupil transition and supporting parents on a day to day basis. Jilu Rahman can be contacted on a direct line number (0208 983 9072) with voicemail facilities.

Admission Procedure

Admissions may be made at any time during the year, but the majority take place in September. Beatrice Tate School provides education for children who have severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties and all admissions are made in accordance with the current school policy and appropriate legislation. Prospective pupils and parents are welcome to visit the school before admission.

Places are offered subject to availability and suitability and only if parents feel they can support the recommendations set out in this prospectus. Partnership between parents and staff of the school is seen as key to the success of Beatrice Tate School. In order to facilitate this partnership, parents and school sign up to a home school agreement. A copy can be found on the website under policies.

School Meals

Lunch is prepared at Toby Lane, delivered to the school each day and served in the dining hall. Dinner money is collected on the first day of each week for the whole week. The current cost of a school meal (fixed by the school meals service) is ÂŁ2.00 per day. Arrangements can be made for pupils requiring a special diet for health or religious reasons and a vegetarian meal is always available.

Pupils, if they prefer, can bring packed lunches to be eaten in the dining hall. Please ensure any drinks are stored in unbreakable containers, no glass bottles or cans please.

Homework

Formal homework on a regular basis is not compulsory for pupils who work hard in school.

Homework does not just mean formal exercises carried out by children without the help of adults. In the case of pupils with severe learning difficulties, it is the involvement of parents and carers in joint activities, which is most valuable. If appropriate, homework may be set at the teacher’s discretion or at the request of parents.

Medicines

Pupils may bring medication into school whether it is for long or short-term usage. However, the school nurse will require parents to make a written request should this be necessary.

  • Medicines must be supplied with their original labels to ensure that the correct dosage is given.
  • Please telephone the school if you have any concerns.
  • No medicines of any type can be given without parental consent. 

Pastoral Care

Each pupil has a form tutor who is responsible for his/her pastoral care. Tutor time is built into the timetable enabling each pupil to receive support or counselling if required. In addition to this, the Headteacher maintains an “open door” policy, whereby any pupil who may feel the need to see him, has the right to do so at any reasonable time.

Parental Entitlement

All parents/carers connected with the school have a right of access to all documentation specifically relating to their child.

Parents also have right of access to the following documents:

  • the school curriculum
  • the National Curriculum and associated documentation;
  • any published Ofsted reports which refer expressly to the school;
  • the arrangements for the consideration of complaints about the school curriculum;
  • school policies concerning Religious Education and Sex Education. 

Curriculum Complaints

In accordance with the 1988 Education Act (Section 23), complaints about the curriculum and related matters may be made in the first instance to the Headteacher. Full details of the complaints procedure are available from the school.

Change of Address

Parents are asked to inform the school immediately of any change of address or emergency contact telephone numbers.