General School Information
General School Information
SCHOOL DAY TIMETABLE
Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday
BEGINS : 9.15a.m. BEGINS: 8.45 a.m BEGINS: 8.45 a.m
PLAYTIME: 10:30 – 10:50 a.m PLAYTIME: 10:30 – 10:50 a.m PLAYTIME: 10:30 – 10:50 a.m
LUNCH : 12.00 - 12.45 p.m. LUNCH : 12.00 - 12.45 p.m. LUNCH : 12.00 - 12.45 p.m.
ENDS : 2.45 p.m. ENDS: 2.45 p.m. ENDS: 2.30 p.m.
Monday - Friday - 8.30a.m. - 3.30p.m.
In the event of unexpected school closure information will be posted on the school website home page and broadcast on RADIO GLOS. And HEART FM. Parents will be notified individually using Parent Text. A council website lists closed schools on http://www.gloucesterhsire.gov.uk/closedschools. Please make sure that your telephone contact details held by school are up to date..
Each day begins with nurture time and breakfast. Children have a choice of a hot or cold drink, toast or cereal. The class teams eat together and then all take part in Wake and Shake to start the day off with fun and movement.
MID MORNING SNACK
Mid morning fruit is provided for all children. Mid afternoon another opportunity for a fruit snack is available to all children.
Children may bring in a packed lunch The Ridge Academy supports the provision of a healthy lunch box, encouraging parents to include healthy options. A leaflet is available in school produced by Gloucester Health Promotion suggesting healthy ideas. A cooked lunch is provided at the school at a cost of £2.20 per day.
You may be eligible for a free school lunch if you receive:
• Income Support (IS)
• Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• Child Tax Credit, but are not entitled to Working Tax Credit, and your annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) does not exceed £14,155 . This is worked out by the Inland Revenue who will issue a Tax Credit Award notice (TC602) to an applicant.
• The guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
STARTING SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME
The majority of children start at The Ridge Academy with a full time placement; some require part time and others a staggered transition. The school year runs from Sept.1st- Aug. 31st. Before joining us each child will benefit from the opportunity to spend time in class visiting with a parent or carer. Every family receives a pre entry visit from our Family Support Team and the Teaching, Learning and Nurture leads visit current settings and liaise with supporting agencies to ensure the best possible transition to The Ridge Academy.
The first few days at our Academy will be supported through the Nurture group, an onsite provision allowing time to adjust and prepare for school life, meet new friends and get to know the class teacher.
The most important way to help your child prepare for school is to talk to him/her and the class teacher about the school day, share and join in with school activities. A Starting School pack is available; ask in the school office if you would like a copy.
Admission arrangements are detailed in the school prospectus or obtained from Local Authority SEN casework. Please contact the school for more information. Applications for in year admissions can be made direct to the school who will support requests by contacting relevant supporting agencies. Click here to see our Admissions Policy.pdf
We encourage parental involvement in many ways and see educating your child as a partnership; we need your support in all aspects of school life. This support takes the form of mutual trust and understanding built up over the years your child is with us. There is a form available through school to let us know how you may be able to help in school.
You will receive regular phone calls from your class team and a daily home school diary will be sent home with your child, in his/her book bag. Please complete the diary daily and additionally phone the school office if there are any changes at home that may impact on your child’s emotional; and behavioural attitude in school.
Click on the link to see our home school agreement.
At times children are encouraged to continue and develop their work at home.
PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION
We are currently without a PTFA but would welcome a volunteer to begin setting one up. If you have any free time and would like to help please contact the school office.
We hold consultation evenings to keep parents informed and involved with progression. A written report is issued each summer term. The Ridge Academy maintains an open school ethos, wherever possible teachers try to deal with issues immediately. Equally staff appreciate strong contact with parents, catching or phoning parents/guardians at the end of the school day. Teachers would like to stress that they are always willing to make appointments with parents whatever the time of term (not just parent consultation evenings); our children achieve more with a solid working partnership between parents and school.
Staff are aware that some parents find it difficult to be around at the end of the school day because of their working hours. Teachers are available before school, you only need to ask. The admin e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org is opened daily. This is a useful form of contact for those who cannot get into school.
Throughout the school day the children earn points for their learning and their behaviour. At the end of the week these are added up and the children go to spend their points in the school shop. The shop consists of small toys, stationary and presents for family members. The children can also choose to save up their points and spend these on bigger items. They can find these in the shop catalogue.
Parents and teachers are asked to sign a Home/School Agreement and work together regarding your child's needs and welfare. If a teacher needs to discuss a child's behaviour then parents / carers will be contacted. We regard the welfare of our pupils as a collective responsibility; a home/school partnership. We have strong links with outside agencies and will aim to work together to help the child together
ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT
If your child is ill we will look after him/her until you are able to get to school or we can arrange transport home. Please keep your child home if he/she is unwell and telephone the school or send a note of explanation when he/she returns. A letter or phone call is required if for any reason your child is to leave school early or arrive late.
If absences are unauthorised or a child is persistently late the Educational Welfare Officer will be informed. We have a policy to assure the safety of everyone at The Ridge Academy. If your child has an accident she/he will be given the correct attention at the time and you will be informed of the incident. You will need to sign a form in order for school to administer medication to your child. Our Family Support Worker will discuss these and any other forms with you and will be available to help you complete them.
In the event of serious accident it may be necessary for us to telephone an ambulance and give permission for any medical treatment. A registration form giving us this permission is included at the back of this document. Ask at the school office for a form..
The Ridge Academy prides itself on good attendance and continuity of learning. It works with parents in close partnership to ensure that this is achieved. The school attendance policy is available from school
School does not authorize absence within term time for holidays. A request for absence in exceptional circumstances will be assessed if your child has an attendance record of 95% or above for the previous 2 terms.
Parents are asked to encourage their children to wear school uniform although it is not compulsory. All items of clothing should be marked clearly with your child's name. Pupils will need an old shirt or apron for art and craft activities.
BOYS Blue school sweatshirt with logo, grey trousers, white polo shirt. White polo shirt and grey shorts for summer. Sensible black shoes (no trainers.)
GIRLS Blue school sweatshirt or sweatshirt cardigan with logo, grey skirt or pinafore, white polo shirt. A blue and white check dress for summer. Sensible shoes (no trainers or heels.) Plain black trousers can be worn by girls during the winter months.
P.E. kit ; trainers , T-shirt, shorts. A track suit is useful for cold weather activities. Football boots and trainers permitted for key stage 2.
PASTORAL CARE AND PUPIL WELFARE
Our school has a positive family ethos, pupils are encouraged to show respect for others and their environment.
We have a behavioural policy and children are regularly reminded of our school rules,(pupils were involved in creating our behavioural policy). Policy available on request. School adheres to the LEA policy concerned with restraining pupil and all staff our training in the Team Teach positive handling system.
The school building is suitable for wheel-chair access.
Under the Education Act 1993, the Governors have established arrangements to consider parents complaints. Any complaints should be directed initially to the Head of the school or members of the complaints committee.
The Education Acts in 1981 and 1993 gave parents rights of appeal to special educational needs tribunal for various issues concerning statementing - ref. The Keystone Manual 1.28
Child Protection 1989 (The Children's Act) This required the establishment of area child protection committees in each local education authority. Gloucester CPC has produced a manual - a copy of which is available in school. Ref. keystone Manual 1.28. Please see a copy of our complaints policy for more information - Complaints Policy
The Ridge Academy is committed to providing the best education possible for all its pupils free of charge. However there are instances where charges need to be made. Please see a copy of our charging policy for more information - ChargingandRemissionsPolicy.pdf