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Child Protection

Small School Care

We have an excellent reputation for the care we provide each student and central to each child is their Form tutor. Each child meets their tutor each day and the tutor is someone to whom students can quickly turn to for advice and assistance.

The Form Tutors will also monitor the students’ general progress, behaviour, punctuality, attendance and appearance. Form Tutors are members of a small team led by our Year Leaders who in turn are supported by Assistants and Student Pastoral Support Officers.

We also have our own full time Educational Social Worker as well as First Aid and Attendance Officers who support the Year teams.


Medical Care

If your child requires more than 3 doses of prescription medication per day, please complete the following form and return it to the School Office.


School Nurse Service


Contact Between Home and School

It is impossible to stress too strongly the need for close co-operation between home and school. We urge parents to contact the school whenever they are troubled by a school matter or a problem with which we can help.

Parents who wish to speak about the general welfare or progress of their child may contact the Tutors or Year Leaders either by telephone or by making an appointment to visit. The Headteacher and the Leadership team are always happy to see parents if they believe a matter should be brought to their attention. It is always best to seek advice and help at an early stage.

We also have a thriving Parent Voice group that meets approximately 6 times per year to discuss a wide range of whole school initiatives. All parents are invited to participate in this forum either by coming along to the informal meetings or via the parent portal. This forum regularly reviews and has input into a range of whole school policies, and assists us with our decision making across a range of items including communication, reports and new initiatives.

Attendance

Attendance at School is a key part of success in education. Our Attendance Team and Educational Social Worker help us to monitor and support good attendance. We use a system called ‘SIMS In Touch’ to text or e-mail parents on the first day if children are absent from School without notification. This system also enables us to text or e-mail parents in other circumstances e.g. bad weather that leads to School closure.

The School does not authorise Holidays for students during term time and families should refer to the School Attendance Policy for further details.


Behaviour for Learning

Graham School is a community of people - students, teachers and support staff - committed to fostering and facilitating students’ learning. Any behaviour which disrupts learning must be dealt with promptly and fairly. All the strategies we use in school are intended to help the disaffected or disruptive student to improve behaviour to help her/him to learn. They are also to ensure that other students can learn effectively, undisturbed by interruptions.

We try to make every member of the school community feel valued by recognising and rewarding achievement and promoting mutual respect.

Everyone at Graham School has a right –

  • to learn and to teach in a peaceful and safe environment
  • to expect that they and their belongings will be treated with respect
  • to be treated with consideration, courtesy and respect

Everyone at Graham School has a responsibility –

  • to ensure they do not disturb the learning and teaching of others
  • to be honest and to respect others and their belongings
  • to treat everyone with consideration, courtesy and respect

In class –

  • We shall always try to ensure that the work is challenging, interesting and meets the needs of individual students.
  • We value consistency and therefore use our behaviour pathway to support students to make good choices.
  • The class teacher will deal with inappropriate interruptions, excessive talk, or lack of concentration by reminding the student of expectations, checking that the student does understand the work and can do it, or suggesting differentiated work. This includes effective use of Education health care plans for those with Special Needs.
  • The behaviour pathway will be implemented where students fail to respond to the initial warning given by teachers.

What are people saying about Graham School?

"The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is good"

Ofsted, November 2015