Health & Safety
While your child is with us, he or she will study programmes of work including such issues as diet, exercise and rest, smoking, drugs, dental care, and how the body works. The inclusion of sex education in the programme has been decided upon by the school governors. Details of the school’s sex education policy is available on request.
We also include lessons on road safety, cycling safety, drugs and medicines, playing safely, dealing with bullies, dealing with approaches from unknown adults, safety in school, in the home and garden.
This obviously influences school life. Practical aspects of the above mean at this school we do have rules (see separate page) and that also . . .
Milk is available for all children in KS1. We no longer offer milk to children in KS2 (years3-6) but we ask all parents to ensure they have a water bottle in school every day filled with plain water from the tap (no flavoured waters or juice). They are allowed to drink from the water bottles during lesson time, as decided by the teacher. You can purchase a water bottle from the school office for a small cost.
Children who wish to bring a snack to eat at break are allowed to bring either fresh fruit or vegetable pieces. No crisps, biscuits or chocolate etc
We do not allow children to enter or leave the school by way of the kitchen/staff car park road, because of vehicles reversing and deliveries to the kitchen.
Parents are asked NEVER to park on the staff car park when bringing or collecting children, for the same reasons as above.
Young children shouldn’t be brought to school (or collected) by an older brother or sister. We feel most children of older primary age are not capable of keeping a lively child safe by busy roads.
Children who stay after school hours for a club or evening event, are allowed to go home by themselves afterwards. We also suggest that if an adult cannot collect them, they must then stick together in groups of three or four.
When children are unwell before coming to school . . .
If your child is ill first thing in the morning, please do not send him or her to school. Children who vomit or have Diarrhoea cannot come into school until 48hrs after the last incident. We will only have to contact you later in the day to ask you to come to collect your child, by which time they may have passed round whatever it is they have got, particularly tummy bugs! Children will have days when they are off-colour or ill, and it is very useful to have a plan of action for when this happens so that if you need to go to work etc. this is still possible.
If we cannot get hold of you when your child is ill at school, your child will only feel worse, and we really have no facilities to look after sick children at school. If in doubt as to whether your child is really ill, give your child time to wake up properly, and see if he or she will eat a usual breakfast. If not, and your child is still feeling unwell, then it is unlikely that your child will cope with a full day in school.
Medicines at school . . .
If your doctor wants your child to take medication at regular intervals, please try to time this so that no medicine is needed during the school day. If this cannot be avoided, then you will need to fill in an Medical Consent form which enables staff to administer the medicine on your behalf.
This function is carried out only under your instructions, during the midday break, and although school will do its best to abide by your wishes, we cannot be held responsible if a child misses medication, etc. We will only administer medication that is prescribed four times a day.
Children who become ill at school . . .
If your child is taken ill at school, or has an accident, we will carry out whatever procedures are immediately necessary within our capabilities. If we feel it necessary we will call an ambulance or transport your child to an A & E department. We will try to contact you as soon as possible.
Please note that, because of Health and Safety rules, school is not permitted to carry out more than the most basic first-aid treatment, because of the risk of causing problems over allergies or reactions to even everyday medications like children’s paracetamol or antiseptic cream.
Accidents at school . . .
The Governors and Staff are well aware of their Health and Safety responsibilities towards all who use the school. However, even in the best-ordered circles, accidents do occasionally occur, and the Governors have insurance for such eventualities.
Getting hold of parents in emergency . . .
Please do make sure that we hold valid and current information in case we need to contact you in case of an emergency.
If this information changes during your child’s time at our school, please do LET SCHOOL KNOW as soon as possible.
We would wish to avoid any delay in letting you know in a potential emergency.
Child Protection Issues . . .
There are occasional instances where the school is obliged by law to pass on information about a child to the appropriate authority, such as the Police, Social Services or Education Welfare Services.
Whilst the school will normally inform parents or guardians that this is happening, there may be very occasional instances when we do not inform the parents or guardians, leaving this to the appropriate authority at a time which fits in with their investigation.
Finding your way round school . . .
Smithy Bridge School is an awkward building to get in and out of, or to and from the classrooms easily. From the parents’ point of view, the doors are in the wrong places, and it is very tempting to take short cuts. PLEASE DON’T!
Because we have over 450 children in school, it is important that each child and parent knows which doors to use. Otherwise we end up with human traffic jams first thing in the morning and at home time!
When you call at school to bring or collect your child, at the start or end of the school day, PLEASE only use the route that your child uses.
If you need to call in at school at any other time, please use the main entrance and ring the bell to gain entry.
At start of school
Your child should arrive ready to enter the school by the normal entrance for his or her class – Please do not use any other door!
At finish of school
Parents waiting for children should please try to keep the pavement area clear by the road, so that children do not have to walk out into the path of traffic. Children will come out of school by the normal door for their class, and if joining up with other brothers and/or sisters normally stay and wait with the youngest member of the family.
If you wish to bring your child to school in the car, please do not try to park right outside school. The yellow zigzag lines and the no waiting restrictions indicate that the police take this hazard very seriously. We do not have authority to allow parents to use the pub car park, and understandably, neighbours of the school get angry if parents block their driveways or garage entrances by thoughtless parking. There is a car park by the canal, really provided for the railway station, but rarely full, which may be quicker that trying to stop to drop your child off in the road by school, where you are very likely to end up in a traffic jam of parents all trying to manoeuvre out of each others’ way!
Helping in School
If you have a regular time that you could offer to help in school, you would be made very welvome. This need not be with your own child’s class. Please talk with your child’s teacher or the Headteacher and we will try to find something that you will enjoy doing and that will help the children. No special skills needed – just enthusiasm! Even if you can’t come in every week, please let us know if you would like to help. Working in classrooms give parents a chance to see nursery and primary education today which is very different from that experienced by most adults, particularly in the areas of science and technology. Offers of help from relatives (aunties, grans and granddads) are also much appreciated.
The School Health Service
The School Health Team are located at Milnrow Health Centre and can be contacted on 01706 764 320. This service is provided to ensure that no child is prevented from obtaining the maximum benefit from his/her education, because of undiagnosed medical problems. The service, therefore, carries out a variety of screening operations to look for the most common problems from an early age. The service also follows through the Vaccination programme that your child began as a baby.
These are carried out in the first year of full-time school, and as necessary until school-leaving age. A colour-vision test is included during Primary School years to detect possible colour blindness. Parents are informed if their child’s vision appears defective, and are advised on what action to take.
All children are screened for hearing problems during their Primary School years. Any child failing the simple test is usually asked to repeat the test to see if the reason for initial failure was nervousness or being too anxious to please. Again any problems are notified to parents, together with advice on further help or treatment.
General Medical Check-ups
All children are screened early on in their school career, in your presence if you so wish. If all is well, the child will not be seen again unless either school or the parent requests it. Health interviews are carried out from time to time by the school nurse with older pupils, covering hygiene, diet, exercise, avoidance of illness and any problems the child may want to raise in confidence.
Everyday medical problems which do not concern your child’s performance in school but are to do with your child’s general health should be referred to your own family GP or hospital department.
Head-Lice and Nits
Routine checking of heads for lice and nits is no longer carried out, it being considered ineffective. Research seems to indicate that children are more likely to catch lice from close contacts who are either members of the family or close friends – head lice cannot fly but swing from hair to hair rather like Tarzan. If you have a problem with this unpleasant affliction, please contact your doctor for appropriate hair lotion, which should be used by the whole family!
Verrucas or Plantar Warts
These uncomfortable warts grow on the sole of the foot. At one time having such a wart meant exclusion from swimming and sports. However, medical opinion is now that a child with verrucas can swim and take part in P.E. etc. The infection can take 6 months to develop into a verruca and nobody seems clear where or how infection usually occurs. The only reason for wearing pumps or trainers for PE is if the verruca is sore.
The children are offered a routine dental examination at school, with a letter home to parents if the school dentist feels that closer inspection is necessary, either at the local clinic, or at your own family’s dentist.
Teaching British Values at Smithy Bridge (pdf November 2015)