Here are some answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact the school office and we will be happy to help!
Research shows that pupil achievement and life chances are linked to attendance. Poor attendees may not be able to keep up with schoolwork or miss parts of the curriculum, which can affect their progress and level of attainment. It is not only the academic work: missing out on the social side of school life can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships. Setting good attendance patterns from an early age will also help children later on at secondary school. Arriving late at school can be very disruptive for the late child, the teacher and other children in the class, so being on time is vital.
Parents whose children are of compulsory school age and school registered are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school regularly. If they do not do so they are committing an offence under s444 of the Education Act 1996 and may be served a penalty not prosecuted for the offence.
If your child is unable to attend school, please inform the school by 9:30am, at the very latest, on the first day of absence. The LA expects an average of at least 96% attendance of pupils. This allows for an average of 8 days for a decision to authorise the absence including sickness, medical appointments and authorise holiday absence.
Parents are asked not to send their child to school if he/she is unwell. When children have been off school with sickness or diarrhoea parents are requested to keep them at home for 48hours following the last attack.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances we request that parents book family holidays during school holidays. In exceptional circumstances the Head teacher can take a decision to authorize the time. The Head teacher makes the decision re permission, and feedback will be given to parents or further explanations if requested.
Jewellery should not be worn to school. Earrings should be plain studs and need to be covered or removed for PE
Clubs and activities
Children can enjoy a wide variety of after school clubs.
These may include:
- Multi Sports
- Reading for pleasure
- Art Club
- Film Club
- Newspaper Club
We will always seek your permission if any activity takes place after school. If we are playing a sport at another venue we will try to arrange transport – but it may involve children sharing lifts in other parents’ cars. We will always inform you of the arrangements. We will ensure that children are brought back to school but it is the parents’ responsibility for ensuring that appropriate arrangements are made for your child to get home from school.
Honilands is a diverse and multicultural school and we believe that religious education should be an inclusive experience, open and relevant to all children and those from a religious background are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths and we also have theme assemblies and weeks where we celebrate and learn about different cultures and beliefs.
Where parents express concern about their child participating in RE lessons, we request that they meet with the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher and the RE Subject leader in order to establish a shared understanding of the statutory requirements, the school’s planning and our approach to learning and teaching in RE.
Special Education Needs
We aim to ensure that we meet the needs of all children who comes to Honilands no matter what their ability. We work hard to ensure all our practices are fully inclusive. The Honilands Early Intervention Panel (SENCO, Welfare officer, Attendance officer, Learning mentor team, Place2Be manager, Parent Support Adviser, Family leaders) meets every term and raises concerns regarding the progress of individual children. We are one of the only 60 schools in the country with Flagship status for the Inclusion Quality Mark.
At Honilands we endeavour to adapt the physical space to provide for those not able to access the whole school.
Those Working At Greater Depth
We recognise that all children are individuals with their own specific needs, gifts and talents. Children who are identified as being more able or talented, are monitored and provided with simulating and enriching lessons appropriate to their needs.
We recognise that the wide range of additional activities, including clubs, visits a valuable contribution towards pupils’ personal and social education. It is hoped that parents will be prepared to make the necessary voluntary contributions towards these activities. If this causes difficulties we hope you will contact the school.
In the event of severe weather every effort will be made to keep the school open. Should it be necessary to close through heating failure or another emergency we will contact you by text message, or you can sign up to our Twitter feed. Also please check our website www.honilands.co.uk for up to date information. Please do not phone into school.
Medicine in School
If your child has a medical condition, please inform the school as soon as possible. Staff are not allowed to administer medicines to pupils, although in special circumstances an agreement will be drawn up between parents/carers and the school in order for medicine to be administered during the school day. In the interests of safety pupils should not bring medicines into school.
Pupils are allowed to bring inhalers for asthma. These are stored in the welfare office with a register of use. Where possible pupils will have quick and easy access to these medicines and will lean to administer them independently.