SCHOOL MEALS PROVISION
Our hot meals are provided by Kingswood Catering. Parents must register and order with Kingswood Catering even if their child is receiving a meal for which payment has already been made, such as Free School Meals and Infant Free Meals. For full details on how to register and order meals, please see the following documents or use the link to the Kingswood Catering website:
YOUR CHILD’S FIRST YEAR AT SCHOOL
Starting primary school is a major milestone in you and your child’s life. From negotiating the first day to understanding what your child will be learning at school, there are a lot of new challenges ahead for you both. Oxford Owl has produced a very useful guide for parents providing information on what your child will be doing in the classroom and how parents can support their learning at home. Please click on the following to view the guide:
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-Ordinator is Mrs Elaine Ayton. She can be contacted by telephone on 01604 843780 or by email Email SENDCo
Some children may require extra support during their school life either with learning difficulties or emotional or behavioural difficulties. If a child requires extra support we will always inform parents before drawing up a programme for them. Occasionally, with parental permission, we may call upon help from outside agencies.
The local authority also has services available for children with special educational needs and disabilities known as The Local Offer. Further information on The Local Offer can be found using the following here
The local authority also produce a newsletter – SNIX NEWS – for children with special educational needs or disabilities and their families.
At Whitehills we are determined that children understand the benefits and the dangers of technology including using the Internet. We have worked closely with Alan MacKensie, a recognised E-Safety expert, to ensure we are providing suitable and up-to-date information to the children and to support parents. We regularly provide links to Alan’s E-Safety newsletters for parents and Alan has visited the school to talk to parents, governors and staff about current issues of E-Safety. His E-Safety newsletter can be viewed by clicking on the following:
We are promoting the NSPCC Keeping Children Safe Online which empowers parents to be knowledgeable and talk to their children about different games, apps and social networking sites. Further guidance can be found on the following website:
The booklets for parents is also available from our website as a download. Please click on the link below:
We are aware that although Facebook’s minimum age requirement is 13, children younger than this set up accounts. In order to inform parents of the safety issues surrounding it’s use, we have made available below Facebook’s checklist on how to manage a Facebook account:
There is a new website called Parent Info that has been launched by CEOP and The Parent Zone which gives extremely useful advice about all aspects of children’s safety both online and in school.