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(Q) My child needs to replace an item of school uniform. How can I do this?
(A) You can do this by:
• visiting the school on Thursdays between 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. to purchase your replacement school uniform item – you can check availability on a Thursday morning prior to visiting the school on a Thursday by phoning the office on 01642870003; or
• calling Elizabeth’s Embroidery by phone on 01642 674973 and speaking to a member of staff to take your order; or
• visiting Elizabeth’s Embroidery website and entering the password STM that identifies to the computer that you are ordering a St. Michael’s school uniform item.
(Q) What is the policy regarding PE Kit?
(Q) My child needs to replace an item of PE Kit. How can I do this?
(A) It is a policy of the St Michael’s Physical Education Department that ALL pupils should come to PE lessons with their full kit. This includes the appropriate Academy t-shirts, shorts, socks and suitable footwear. In some instances where the teacher agrees, navy or black tracksuits may also be worn. Please note that even pupils with injuries or illness (excepting extreme instances where it has been discussed and agreed between parents and Mr Raper) will still be expected to follow the same standards. Any pupil that fails to adhere to this rule will be seen to be in breach of the school rules, and as such will follow a disciplinary framework.
• The reasons for this policy are as follows:
1) All pupils can make progress in a PE lesson, whether they are physically able to participate or not. The pupils’ involvement in lesson can be tailored to the individual, for example acting as coach/official. If we are aware of an illness or injury we will never ask that pupil to perform something they are unable to. We feel as a department that pupils are much more likely to be engaged and active in these roles within lessons when they are appropriately clothed.
2) If the activity that is due to be covered for that lesson is outdoors, and the weather is poor, we will still have to take the pupils out with us as otherwise they will be unsupervised. With this in mind, a non-participant might get their Academy uniform wet, and remain in that wet uniform for the rest of the day. Please note that if weather is expected to be poor, and movement is limited (thus meaning the pupil might become cold during the lesson) we would be happy for the pupil to bring in extra layers, jackets and water-proof trousers in order for them to remain comfortable throughout the lesson and the rest of the school day.
3) Physical Education is a very important, core subject within school. Every government has seen the value of PE and made it an essential part of the National Curriculum. It is the only subject that every pupil has to take throughout their time at school, even if they are not taking it as a BTEC or GCSE course
(A) You can do this by:
• visiting the school on Thursdays between 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. to purchase your replacement PE kit item – you can check availability on a Thursday morning prior to visiting the school on a Thursday by phoning the office on 01642870003; or
You can ONLY order the PE t-shirt from Elizabeth’s Embroidery using the details from the previous question. All other PE kit items must be purchased from school.
Lost/Damaged PE Kit
(Q) My child has lost/damaged their PE Kit, what should I do? (e.g. What should they wear while it is being replaced? Note to school?)
(A) If the kit is damaged/not available for any reason, then parents should write a note to the PE teacher ,explaining the circumstances, in their child’s Planner. The student would be expected to provide an alternative kit as near to the school kit as possible until the kit becomes available again.
If the kit is lost, then every effort by the student should be made to recover it. This would include asking key people to the student ie PE teacher or Head of Student Learning besides asking at the General Office if it has been handed in. If the kit is not recovered then a new one would need to be purchased. In this way, it is hoped the student will take responsibility for their belongings.
Access to Water in School
(Q) My child has been encouraged to bring a water bottle into school throughout his/her primary education in line with research on effective learning. Can she do this in secondary school?
(A) There are plenty of water machines around the school – one in each of the five Houseblocks and one in the Bistro, which are available if students want to have a drink of water, or refill water bottles. Students are asked however, not to take bottles into lessons for practical reasons ie where there are computers, and reasons of health and safety ie in Science Labs. A student however, is never denied access to water if they feel they need a drink.
School Bag left on the School Bus
(Q) My child left his/her school bag on the school bus, who do I contact?
(A) If your child has left their bag on the school bus on the way into school, they should report this to a member of the General Office staff as soon as possible,and they will contact the bus company on the child’s behalf. If the bag has been left on the bus, it is usually returned on the homeward journey.
If your child realises upon their return home they have left their bag on the bus on the homeward journey, you could contact school who will follow this up for you, or approach the bus company directly yourselves.
Leaving School Early
(Q) If my child needs to leave school early for, say, a medical appointment or music exam who should I inform, and how?
(A) Parents should contact school in writing, confirming arrangements for a medical appointment or exam, and details of how/whether the child will be picked up from, and returned to, school.
Parents/Guardians/Carers watching and supporting school matches after school
(Q) Can I come to watch and support the school in football/netball matches after the school day?
(A) Parents are always welcome to support their child in football/netball matches, and are actively encouraged to promote the importance of working together as part of a team.
Contact a member of staff
(Q) If I want to contact a member of staff how to I do this?
(A) Teaching staff are available to speak with parents at times other than when they are teaching ie break, lunchtime or before/after school. If you need to speak to a particular teacher, contact school on 01642 870003 and a member of the Office staff will check availability for you. If the teacher is not available to speak with you, an e-mail will be sent to that member of staff who will then contact you when they become available.
If your concern is urgent or requires immediate attention, contact school on 01642 870003 and ask to speak to Mrs Hunt (Deputy Headteacher (Student Welfare)) or any member of the Senior Management Team who will be only too happy to address your concern.
My child needs to take medication at school
(Q) What should I do if my child needs to take medication during school hours?
(A) Any medication needs to be sent into school, clearly labelled with your child’s name and form, and handed in, with detailed written instructions on dosage, and when it is to be administered, to a member of the Office Staff. It will then be secured in a locked cabinet and a First Aider will administer the medication as required.
(Q) What should my child do if he/she misses a lesson(s)/homework due to absence, individual music lessons in school, mentoring appointments etc?
(A) The child is expected to take responsibility for making up the missed information or homework by approaching the teacher and asking for instructions. This may involve copying up work, accessing the information on the computer, or being given a copy of a worksheet or text book..