Pastoral Care

Pupil Care
We are very proud that our 2012 OfSTED inspection recognised the importance we place on care, guidance and support for our children and awarded us an “outstanding” for behaviour and safety. We have continued to work hard to maintain that high standard of care for all our pupils.
 
Parental Involvement
At Ashfield we try to create an atmosphere where parents feel welcome—where staff and parents can talk openly and honestly and where parents’ opinions, support and involvement are highly valued. We positively encourage parents to help with activities such as cooking, art, reading, library and other extra curricular activities.

We recognise the key role that parents play in their children’s education and through a close partnership. We aim to provide the very best education possible for the children. If parents have any concerns, they are encouraged to discuss them with the Class Teacher in the first instance or the Headteacher.
 
Behaviour and Discipline
The behaviour of our children is generally very good. We have an ethos of consideration and respect and the staff act as good role models. We encourage all our children to show care, courtesy and respect at all times not only to all the adults who work in school, but to each other too. Praise and encouragement are used to maintain a positive and happy atmosphere in school. Parents will be invited to come into school to discuss situations where children’s behaviour becomes unacceptable or is causing concern. We have a policy to promote positive behaviour which includes a section on bullying. We have zero tolerance of bullying and work hard to eradicate it. If you wish to see a copy of our behaviour policy, please contact the school office.
    
First Aid & Medical Care
Please let us know of any problems concerning your child’s health, particularly if it is a serious or recurring problem.
Children should not bring any medicines into school. They may not have cough or throat sweets in school. If your child needs to take prescribed medicine (for example, an anti-biotic or anti-hystemine eye drops), it should usually be administered outside school hours. If this is not possible it should be brought to the school office by a parent or nominated adult where you will need to complete the appropriate form. All medicines must be labelled clearly with your child’s name. Only prescribed medicines will be administered. They will be given by the School Secretary or the Headteacher. Parents are requested not to approach another member of staff to administer medicines.

After sickness or diarrhoea, please ensure that your child is clear of the bug for at least 24 hours before sending them back to school.

Children who have had a fever should maintain a normal temperature for 24 hours before coming back to school.
 
Accident or Illness in School
Minor injuries such as cuts or grazes are dealt with in school by staff who have a First Aid qualification. If a child has an accident or is taken ill in school, every effort will be made to contact parents. Children who bump their heads will be issued with a “bumped head” sticker as a warning to all the adults in school to keep a close eye on them lest they should develop symptoms of concussion, and as an alert to parents that they can also monitor their child closely.

Emergency Contacts
Every parent is required to complete an admissions form on their child’s entry to the school. We re-issue them annually so that parents can keep us updated with the contact details. It is very important that we have up to date contact details so that parents may be contacted if their child is involved in an accident or is taken ill. We ask parents to inform us immediately of any changes to their contact details.

Security
At Ashfield School we take the issue of security very seriously and make every effort to ensure our children stay in and intruders stay out. We have locks on all outside doors and have a security pad system for our front door.
All visitors must be signed in and are given a badge. Children leaving the premises for medical or other reasons, must be signed out at the office and late-comers signed in.