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Parent Teacher Association

Here at Hartlebury Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School we have a thriving and dedicated Parent Teacher Association. Our PTA organise school fetes, our annual bonfire celebrations, bake sales, Ice Pop Fridays, BBQs and so much more. Their help and support has allowed the school to fund laptops, iPads, a pond-dipping station and state-of-the-art interactive whiteboards, to name just a few.

The PTA are always looking for more support from new parents and carers and for new ideas.

There are three ways that you can become involved in the PTA:

  • become a committee officer
  • become a member of our events team
  • become a member of our willing helper list

If you require any further information regarding the PTA or would like to help in any way please visit the Hartlebury Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary PTA Facebook page.
The committee would be delighted to hear from you.

 Download the PTA Newsletter

PTA Members

  • Chair – Kirsten Webber
  • Treasurer – Claire Steele

Committee members: Jenny Riches, Kate Jeffries, Olivia Pring

Upcoming PTA Events

School Uniform

Music Lessons

Music lessons will take place in school from September to December 2018. Some instruments will be provided in school. If your child is interested in any music lessons, please speak to the school office for further details and cost.

Upcoming Lessons

Leave of Absence

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 Application Form

As the Severn Academies Educational Trust we believe that regular attendance is vital. All schools within our Trust use the Application for Leave of Absence Form above. Each request will be reviewed using the information provided and a decision will be sent to you in writing.

Holidays During Term-time

As a parent/carer, you can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by taking your holidays during school holidays.

The Facts

We recognise that it is often expensive to take a holiday during school breaks and that is why some parents/carers may ask for term-time leave for their child. However, it is important that parents/carers carefully consider the implications of taking their child out of school during term time.

Research suggests that children who are taken out of school may never catch up on the coursework they have missed. This may affect test results and can be particularly harmful if the child is studying for final year examinations.

Children who struggle with English or Mathematics may also find it even harder to cope when they return to school, while younger children may find it difficult to renew friendships with their classmates.

Things to Consider:
There are times during a school year when a child may experience particular problems because of term-time leave such as:

  • Closeness to examinations or tests;
  • During GCSE and other examination courses;
  • During the first year at a new school;
  • At the beginning of a new school term.

If the school refuses a request for term-time leave and the child is still taken out of school, then the absence will be recorded as an ‘unauthorised absence’.

The Law

The law does not say that parents/carers have an automatic right to take their child out of school for holidays. It states that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Holiday prices and the fact that the parents/carers have booked before checking with the school are not ‘exceptional’ reasons.

If the child is away from school for a total of four weeks or more, the school may have to take the child ‘off roll’ unless there is a good reason for the continued absence, such as illness. In these circumstances it is up to the parent/carer to inform the school, as once removed from ‘roll’ there is no guarantee that the child will regain a place at the school.

In line with Worcestershire County Council Policy, an ‘unauthorised absence’ may be subject to a penalty notice fine of £60 payable per parent/carer per child, increasing to £120 each if not paid within 21 days. If this fine is not paid within 28 days this may lead to court proceedings.

Other absence from school will be authorised if it is for the following reasons:

  • Genuine illness;
  • Unavoidable medical/dental appointments (however try to make these after school if at all possible);
  • Days of religious observance;
  • Exceptional circumstances, such as bereavement;
  • Seeing a parent/carer who is on leave from the armed forces;
  • External examinations.

Other absence from school will not be authorised:

  • For any type of shopping;
  • Looking after brothers, sisters or unwell parents/carers;
  • Minding the house;
  • Birthdays;
  • Resting after a late night;
  • Relatives visiting or visiting relatives.
Every day is important. Please help your child not to miss any of this valuable time. We hope that when you have read this information you will consider that your child’s education is too important to take holidays during term time.

Internet Safety

Staying Safe Online

The following links are all great tips about how to stay safe online. They can be just for children, or for the whole family to join in with. You never know you might learn something new!

Parent Zone

With world-leading insights and various innovative and practical projects, we have an array of responses to the issues of the digital age. The internet amplifies many of the problems of young people.

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Parent Info

Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online.

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Disney's Internet Safety

Disney is committed to providing safe and entertaining experiences for all. We understand the dangers that exist online, and how it can be difficult to discuss online safety with your children. This page has been designed with this in mind, to help you and your family stay safe online.

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Newsround Quiz - Internet Security

Think you're a bit of a quiz whizz? Then test your knowledge with these tough questions - will you score top marks or be left at the bottom of the class?

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Thinkuknow - Online Safety and Advice

Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home.

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Early Help

Our WHP Link Worker is:

CAROLINE HALLAM

07824513163

The Wyre Forest and Hagley Project (WHP) is a service open to any parent or carer with a child attending a local primary school in Kidderminster, Bewdley, Stourport or Hagley.

WHP provide support early, helping to ensure that our pupils can make the most of their time in school. WHP are here to support your child and your family and can help with:

  • Improving school attendance
  • Avoiding exclusion
  • Emotional / behavioural issues
  • Relationship and family difficulties
  • Debt and money worries
  • Bereavement
  • Healthy relationships
  • And much more…

Our WHP Link Worker supports the work of our school and recognises the importance of strong home-school partnerships. WHP have worked with many of our children and parents since 2009, successfully addressing a range of issues that may affect home or school life.

 

If your child has recently started having a difficult time at school then we may suggest that you speak with our WHP Link Worker. If you feel that you could benefit from some support then please contact the WHP Link Worker direct or speak to school reception. Our WHP Link Worker is often also around on Parents’ Evenings, at new intake events or on the playground at the beginning or the end of the school day.

WHP also run friendly courses for parents in the local area. These are relaxed and informal and held in small groups. It’s a great way to meet a handful of other parents for support and to share ideas. All courses are FREE. Please call 01562 851292 (8.30am to 3pm, 24hr answer machine) to find out more and book your place, or speak to our Link Worker here in school.

Please visit the ContinU Trust website at www.continu.org.uk/whp for more information about the WHP service and for links to other sources of help and support for children, parents and families.

School Nurse Information

Your School Nurse is:

Michelle Caladine

Contact us on

Public Health Nursing Service, School Health Nursing 1st and Primary Schools Leaflet

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Nurse Services

  • Infection control
  • Immunisation advice
  • Healthy eating advice
  • Signpost and referrals to other professionals
  • Bedwetting and soiling advice
  • A&E follow up / hospital discharge support
  • Sleep issues
  • Dentals health advice
  • Allergies, anaphylaxis and auto injector training
  • Behaviour problems
  • Health assessments

ParentMail

Attention all parents! Communicating with you is an important part of what we do, making sure you get the correct information about activities, events and school news that really matters is something we care about.

Hartlebury Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School uses ParentMail, a service used by over 6,000 schools, nurseries and children’s clubs to communicate to parents. We would like to encourage all parents to register with ParentMail and download the APP as there are a number of benefits both to you and the school:

  • You don’t need to login to pick up messages or attachments when you use the App.
  • The App stores all the messages we send you in one place.
  • Every message sent arrives as an instant alert on your mobile.
  • You help save us money!

Once your child is on roll at our school, a message will automatically be sent to you for registration. ParentMail helps make life much easier for parents and carers. All you need to do is verify your account.

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COULD YOU HELP?
ARE YOU A PARENT OR GRANDPARENT?

 

Could you spare 2-3 hours each week to visit a local family who are going through a difficult time?

Our volunteers offer emotional, practical and befriending support.
Training provided, expenses paid, on-going support.
Contact us for more details on 01562 825896.

homestartwyrefor@btconnect.com

www.homestartwyreforest.org.uk