Information For Parents

Requests for Absence from School.

Requests for absence from school will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Any absences other than those due to exceptional circumstances, illness or medical appointments will be recorded as unauthorised.

We understand that in some circumstances it is necessary for you to take your children out of school. It is generally much less disruptive to the children's education if you are able to limit days off to occasional days rather than full weeks.

We would like to ask you to give us your support in raising the levels of pupil attendance. It can be disruptive and unsettling to children if they miss chunks of time out of school and in turn this is detrimental to their progress.

Attendance levels are monitored termly by the Local Authority and on occasions where an individual child's attendance falls below 90% the Education Welfare Officer will make contact with you.

Thank you for your ongoing understanding and support.

Parent Partnership.
Our school prides itself on the strong links that we forge between the pupil and their home. We believe that this partnership is the cornerstone of an enjoyable, productive and successful education.
Our school ensures that there is always an opportunity for both formal and informal meetings between the parents and carers of our pupils and staff. The Head also encourages pupils' parents to come into school to discuss their child's education with the class teacher.
Getting the partnership to become a solid, trusting and open relationship, makes sure that the child grows and develops in the most productive way possible.

We are very fortunate to have excellent support from FOSS. The Friends of Staveley School are a group of parents and carers who organise many fundraising and social events throughout the year. The monies raised are used to purchase equipment for the children in school. For more information on FOSS click here.

Concerns or Complaints.
We would like you to tell us about any problems your child may be experiencing at school. We welcome suggestions for improving our work in school. Be assured that no matter what you want to tell us, our support and respect for you and your child in school will not be affected in any way. Please tell us of any concern as soon as possible. It is difficult for us to investigate an incident or problem which has happened some time ago. The school has a clear complaints procedure based on the model for North Yorkshire County Council.
Most concerns can be sorted out quickly and simply by talking to your child's teacher, after school. If it seems more appropriate or you are still concerned after talking with the teacher, please arrange to see Miss Miller.
If you are dissatisfied with the teacher or the head teacher's response, you can make a complaint to the head teacher in writing. The head teacher will conduct a full investigation of the complaint and respond to you in writing, after discussing the issue with you.
If parents or carers are still dissatisfied after seeing the head teacher, they can refer their complaint to the Governing Body. If this does not prove satisfactory, they can contact the Local Authority.

Home to school transport.
The criteria for determining whether children qualify for free transport from home to school is set by NYCC. Children attending our school who live in the following villages qualify for free transport on the minibus provided:
- Arkendale
- Ferrensby
- Minskip

School Uniform.
What a child wears to school reflects his/her attitude to learning. It portrays the school's ethos and the shared positive values. We have a very simple uniform that the pupils are encouraged to wear. This is a pale blue polo shirt with or without the school logo or a pale blue shirt; dark grey trousers, knee length skirt or pinafore dress and a burgundy school jumper or cardigan with the school logo. The PE kit comprises of a white plain t shirt, navy or black shorts and pumps or trainers. Plain, dark coloured tracksuits or sweatshirts may be worn for games lessons during the winter months. All clothing should be clearly labelled. School uniforms are available from Broadbank and Empson, Knaresborough.

Absences/ Illnesses.
If your child is absent through sickness or any unavoidable cause, please could you inform the school as soon as possible. This absence constitutes as authorised. A note will also be required from you on your child's return to school.
The head teacher has a discretionary power to grant leave of absence for a family holiday or visit overseas up to 10 days, however the head teacher and Governing Body discourage such absence and you should not expect such leave to be granted as a right.
We appreciate that all family circumstances are different but we want children to be in school as much as possible. Absences during term time can seriously disrupt the continuity of learning.

If your child is unwell and needs medicines to recover from an illness, it is likely that the best place for recovery is at home. Long term medication, e.g. for asthma or epilepsy, will be given provided parents have informed the school on the nature of any likely emergency and how to deal with it. Older children may keep inhalers but teachers must be informed.
G.P's have been asked by the authority to prescribe medicines, which would not need to be administered during the school day. Parents are welcome to come to school to administer medicines should this not be possible.

School dinners.
Children may choose to have either a packed lunch or school dinners. Our meals are prepared on site in accordance with NYCC meal plans. Fees can be paid weekly or termly.

Milk/ Snacks.
Free milk is available to under fives on application. Children are encouraged to drink water at break times and we ask parents to provide healthy, nutritious snacks.