St Bernadette's

School Handbook

St Bernadette’s Primary School

Handbook 2020-2021

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 I am delighted that you are considering St. Bernadette’s Primary School for your child’s education. 

In St. Bernadette’s all staff are committed to achieving excellence.  We aim to build positive and effective partnerships with Parents and Carers to ensure our young people become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

Parents are most welcome to visit or contact the school at any time.

This handbook contains a variety of information related to the school which I hope you will find useful.

                                                                            Yours sincerely,

                                                                             Mrs. Christine Boyle

                                                                             Headteacher

 

 

 

 CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE 

If a child lives with CRITICISM,

he learns to CONDEMN.

If a child lives with HOSTILITY,

he learns to FIGHT.

If a child lives with RIDICULE,

he learns to be SHY.

If a child lives with SHAME,

he learns to feel GUILTY. 

If a child lives with TOLERANCE,

he learns to be PATIENT.

If a child lives with ENCOURAGEMENT,

he learns to be CONFIDENT. 

If a child lives with PRAISE,

he learns to APPRECIATE.

If a child lives with FAIRNESS,

he learns JUSTICE.                                               

If a child lives with SECURITY,

he learns to have FAITH.

If a child lives with APPROVAL,

he learns to LIKE HIMSELF.

If a child lives with ACCEPTANCE and FRIENDSHIP,

he learns to find LOVE in the world.

 

  1. ST. BERNADETTE’S PRIMARY:

School Vision, Value, Aims & Curriculum Rationale:

 Our Motto:  HAPPY to Learn.

Our vision:  Every child will be supported, nurtured and challenged on their learning journey in our pursuit of excellence and equity.

Our values are:     Love

                                    Faith

                                    Forgiveness

                                    Self Discipline

                                    Integrity

 

Curriculum Rationale:  St. Bernadette’s is a nurturing and growth mindset school.  Our curriculum will offer pupils opportunities to develop core knowledge and skills in literacy, numeracy and maths.  Health and Wellbeing and Religious Education will be central to the work, life and values of our Catholic school.

All of this will be set within the wider curriculum which will give opportunities for developing skills for learning, life and work.  Strategic planning will ensure all children participate in progressive learning in expressive arts, science, technologies and social studies.  The use of digital learning, ICT and learning for sustainability will be intrinsic to all planning.  Children will learn in an inclusive ethos whilst developing knowledge, understanding and respect for other cultures.

Aims:  We aim to ensure equity and achieve excellence for children in a happy, stimulating and safe environment.

We aim to work in partnerships with the whole school community to provide all pupils with opportunities to experience success in their learning, to enable them to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.  Everyone will be valued as an individual and nurtured to develop their whole person.

We aim to provide a curriculum for excellence offering a wide range of experiences, setting high standards of learning and teaching and celebrating achievement.

We aim to achieve highly effective management of staff, resources and finance to maximize the benefits to the school as a whole.

We aim to develop and facilitate leadership at all levels to ensure continuous progression and achievement in line with our shared vision.

We aim to strive for continuous improvement through rigorous and effective self-evaluation to ensure equity and achieve excellence in all areas.

 

  1. SCHOOL INFORMATION:              

         School Name:                  St. Bernadette’s Primary

        School Address:              Vickers Street, Motherwell, ML1 3RE

        Telephone No:                 (01698) 274993

        Fax No:                                N/A

        Email:                                  enquiries@st-bernadettes.n-lanark.sch.uk

        Website:                              https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/StBernadettes/      

        Twitter:                                @BernadettesPS

     Denominational Status:      Roman Catholic

     Capacity:                                    Planning capacity is 292.  Working capacity is 292.

     Stages covered:                        Primary 1 – Primary 7

     Present Roll                              159

     Class Structure:                       Where we form composite classes we do so using the                  criteria of North Lanarkshire Council. A variety of factors are used to identify               class membership. These include nursery or school reports, from teachers, academic

ability, emotional development, friendship groups and, if applicable, family membership.                                                                      

Room 1                       Primary 1        20 pupils

Room 2                       Primary 2        18 pupils                                

Room 3                       Primary 3        13 pupils                                                                            

Room 5                       Primary 4        23 pupils

Room 7                       Primary 5        29 pupils

Room 8                       Primary 6        26 pupil

Room 10                     Primary 7         30 pupils

 

Community Facilities:                Hall and stage are available for community letting.

Applications must be made through Culture NL Ltd.,

Summerlee Heritage Park, Heritage Way, Coatbridge

ML5 3BT.

Tel: Coatbridge (01236) 632778

 

Associated Secondary:              Our Lady’s High School

                                                    Dalzell Drive

                                                    Motherwell

                                                             ML1 2DG

                                                             Telephone Number:  (01698) 274925

                                                             Head Teacher:   Mr. D. Cardle

 Parent Organisations:            Parent Council & Fundraising Group

Parent Council Email:            stbernadettesparentcouncil@yahoo.co.uk

                                                        or make contact via the school.

Gaelic Language: There is no provision for teaching Gaelic Language

in the school.

 

  1. TEACHING STAFF:

          Head Teacher:                     Mrs. Christine Boyle

          Promoted Staff:                  Mrs. C. Cutler (Principal Teacher) 

                                                            Mrs. P. Purdue (Principal Teacher)

List of Staff:

Miss F. Nolan                                                 Primary 1

Mrs. C. Collins                                                Primary 2

Miss K. McVeigh (SAC)                               Primary 3

Mrs. C. Booth                                                  Primary 4

Mrs. W. Robinson                                         Primary 5

Miss K. Tyrrell (Probationer)                   Primary 6

Mr. G. O’Raw                                                   Primary 7

Mrs. C. Bradley (0.5)                                    Class Teacher  

 Total number of Teaching Staff:              9.01

 

 Non-Teaching Staff:     Mrs. M. Smith            Senior Clerical Assistant

                                               Mrs. C. Burns             Clerical Assistant (0.32)        

                                               Mrs. J. Swinfen          Classroom Assistant 

                                               Mrs. A. Thomson       Community Learning &  Development                                                                                                         Worker (Literacy) (0.5)

                                               Miss C. Thomson                    ASNA (1.0)

                                               Mrs. T. Irvine                          ASNA (0.75)

                                               Mrs. G. Devine                       ASNA (1.0 PEF)

                                                Mrs. M. Lanigan                     ASNA (0.5)

                                                Mrs. B. Kisale                          Dining Room Supervisor (0.3)

 

Janitor:                                Mrs. A. Barclay          

Cleaners:                                      Mrs. E. Cowan                         Mrs. B. Neill

Mrs. S. Neill                     Mrs. F. Fleming                                                                                                                                                                      

Dinner Staff:                     Mrs. S. Watts                          Mrs. J. Higgins

                                               Mrs. B. Miller                          Mrs. S. Millar             

                                               Mrs. E. Cowan                        Mrs. K. Moon

                                                           

A.         SCHOOL HOURS:

Opening:                     9.00am

Interval:                      10.30am – 10.45am   

Lunch Break:              12.15pm – 1.00pm

Children’s Dismissal:  3.00pm           

 

Children in Primary 1 should attend school full time from the first day of session August 13th 2020.

Please make sure your child is in the line at 8.55am. It is important for your child’s well being and confidence that they are in school in good time alongside their peers.  Persistent late coming is a very bad habit and results in a poor start to your child’s morning.  Latecomers are recorded in the daily class register and parents will be contacted if there appears to be a pattern of late coming.

 

OUT OF SCHOOL CARE:

 Out of school care facilities available are: 

 Lanarkshire Child Care Services (Motherwell) in Elim Church, Airbles Road, Motherwell.

Telephone: (01698) 253018.

 Clydesdale After School Care in Aquatec, 1 Menteith Road, Motherwell.

 Telephone:  (01698) 352270

                                                        

  1. THE SCHOOL YEAR:
August 2020

In-service day: Tuesday 11 August 2020
In-service day: Wednesday 12 August 2020
Pupils return to school: Thursday 13 August 2020

September 2020

September weekend holidays: Friday 25 September 2020 to Monday 28 September 2020

October 2020

October break: Monday 12 October 2020 to Friday 16 October 2020 (inclusive)

November 2020

In-service day: Monday 16 Nov 2020

December 2020 – January 2021

Christmas and New Year Holidays: Wednesday 23 December 2020 – Tuesday 5 January 2021 (inclusive)

February 2021

Mid-term break: Monday 8 February 2021 and Tuesday 9 February 2021
In-service Day: Wednesday 10 February 2021

April 2021

Thursday 1 April 2021 and re-open on Monday 19 April 2021
(Good Friday 2 April 2021 and Easter Monday 5 April 2021)

May 2021
May Day holiday: Monday 3 May 2021
In-service day: Thursday 6 May 2021
May weekend holiday: Friday 28 May 2021 and Monday 31 May 2021

June 2021
School closes: Thursday 24 June 2021

 

Please note pupils taking holidays outside the above times will be marked as unauthorised absences. Parents must put this in writing to the school. (See section 11.I )

 

 

  1. TRANSFER / ENROLMENT:

 Enrolment dates for Primary 1 children are given in the local press, in local shops and nurseries, through school newsletters and announced in our Church.  We have a very full pre-school entry programme and through visits to their classes and talks with parents we prepare the children for that very important first step.

Details of this are given out on the enrolment day.

 Publication of Enrolment dates        –           January, local press, local shops, Church  bulletin.

Enrolment days                                        –           4 sessions during designated week,

                                                                                    January 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th.

Visit / interview with Headteacher/ –          pre-school visits take place in May and June. Parent/Child.                                                

  

Pupils arriving during school term – Visits are arranged for a suitable date/time to allow the new pupils to meet their Class Teachers and tour the school premises.  Parents will also have a short informal interview with the Head Teacher in respect of codes of practice, policies, uniform etc. They are also welcome to have a tour of the school.

 

  1. EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES and SOCIAL INCLUSION:

In accordance with Council Policy, equal opportunities exist in the school for every pupil in all areas of the curriculum.  Pupils are encouraged to realise that everyone is entitled to be treated fairly at all times. We are committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination including disability, gender and religion. We promote equality of opportunity and promote positive relationships within our community. 

The school is committed to ensuring its policies and practices do not impact adversely on any particular group(s) of people and opportunities to promote equality are actively pursued.

 Implementation of the Education, Youth and Communities Equality Policy including The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Technical Guidance for Schools in Scotland is the essential guide for the school community to promote equality. This can be accessed at:

http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-dowload/technical-guidance-schools-scotland 

We work very closely with Clydeview School, with whom we share a campus, to the benefit of all.

Incidents of racial harassment are dealt with through the NLC procedures and parents are informed of any involvement of their child.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. CURRICULUM for EXCELLENCE: What is Curriculum for Excellence?

Curriculum for Excellence is Scotland’s national curriculum.  It provides a coherent  and inclusive curriculum from 3 – 18 years wherever learning is taking place, including early learning childhood centres, schools, colleges and community learning.  It places children and young people at the heart of Scottish Education.

 The purpose of Curriculum for Excellence is encapsulated in the four capacities – to enable each child or young person to be

  • a successful learner
  • a confident individual
  • a responsible citizen and
  • an effective contributor

 These four capacities govern the entire curriculum from age 3 to 18 and aim to raise the standards of achievement for all learners.

 Curriculum for Excellence is underpinned by the values inscribed on the mace of the Scottish Parliament – wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity.

 Throughout Curriculum for Excellence there is a strong focus on Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Wellbeing across all aspects of learning and every teacher will support learners with the development of these, including digital literacy skills.

 Curriculum for Excellence is defined as:

The totality of all that is planned for children and young people throughout their education.

 The opportunities for learning and teaching are governed by the Four Contexts for Learning, which ensure that the education your child receives is informative, interesting, relevant and fun.

        These context are:

  • Ethos and life of the school as a community
  • Curriculum areas and subjects
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Opportunities for personal achievement.

       What are the Curriculum for Excellence levels?

There are five levels and these are flexible depending on pupils’ needs and abilities (some children and young people may achieve these levels earlier or later dependent on ability):

       Early level pre-school to P1

       First level to the end of P4

       Second level to the end of P7

       Third and fourth levels S1 – S3

       Senior phase S4 to S6 and other forms of study.

        What is the Broad General Education?

The Broad General Education (BGE) is the first phase of two closely connected phases of education.

The BGE phase stretches from age 3 until the end of S3 after which learners move into the Senior Phase which starts in S4.

 Curriculum Areas and subjects

 The BGE is delivered via 8 curricular areas which, in secondary school cover years S1 to S3, and may be subdivided further into individual subjects.

  There are eight curricular areas are:

  Expressive Arts                                        Languages and Literacy

  Health and Wellbeing                            Mathematics and Numeracy

  Religious and Moral Education              Sciences

  Social Studies                                          Technologies.

 The Senior Phase

The senior phase curriculum, from S4 to S6, follows a young person’s broad general education, building firmly on the experiences and outcomes they will have experienced and achieved by the end of S3.  It enables them to extend and deepen their learning and continue to develop skills for learning, life and work, through qualifications and also through a range of opportunities for personal development such as awards and wider achievements.  It is designed to support young people in moving on to positive sustained destinations, whether that is college, university, training or employment.  In the Senior Phase, schools and their partners (such as colleges, employers or community learning and development providers) now have flexibility to offer a range of pathways that meet the needs and raise the attainment levels of all learners – including pupils who might previously have become disengaged from education.

 Schools are taking a range of approaches to the senior phase and are able to offer greater personalisation and choice for young people in a variety of ways, for example by:

  • designing the senior phase as a three-year experience rather than planning each year separately
  • delivering qualifications over different timescales in response to young people’s needs and prior  
  • achievements
  • developing pathways for able learners, which bypass qualifications at lower levels to allow more
  • time to be spent on more challenging learning at higher levels
  • providing specific and appropriate programmes that maximise achievement and attainment for
  • young people planning to leave after S4.

 Personal Support/Career Planning

From 3-18 years, learners are supported to achieve their full potential and, as they progress through broad general education into senior phase, to plan and prepare for further learning, training or employment.  All schools and nurseries in North Lanarkshire are working hard to raise standards so that children and young people will develop all of the skills necessary to continue to be successful when leaving school and entering the world of higher education, training or work.  As part of developing skills for learning, life and work, young people will be offered careers information advice and guidance to ensure they leave school and enter a positive post-school destination of higher education, further education, pre-employment training, employment (including modern apprenticeships), activity agreement or volunteering.

 Assessment and Reporting

 Assessment is an important part of the Curriculum for Excellence and, at all levels, pupils’ progress is closely monitored by teachers and staff.

 In turn, teachers and staff work with pupils to reflect on their results, looking at their strengths and learning needs, agreeing next steps and action based on these.  As they progress, pupils become more involved in this process, as they develop the skills to make effective judgements on their own learning, developing personal expertise that will be important to them throughout life.  Assessment also helps teachers plan learning experiences which are motivating and challenging.  Children who may have additional support needs will be assessed using methods best suited to their individual requirements.

ASSESSMENT and REPORTING.                                                                    

  • Each child’s progress is continuously assessed in all areas of the curriculum with particular focus on Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening.
  • Each child has an assessment folder to track progress and achievements through the CFE levels.
  • Baseline Assessment in literacy & numeracy is carried out in August for all Primary 1 children.
  • A full report on each child’s progress for the year is issued annually in May/June.
  • Interim Reports are sent out to parents of Primary 1-7 pupils in December.
  • Parents’ Evenings are held during the 1st and 3rd term – appointments are issued to all parents to discuss his/her child’s progress (October & March).
  • Open Day in November to allow you to see your child at work in class.  

If you have any concerns with your child’s progress at any time please do not hesitate to contact the school for information, or to arrange an appointment with the Head Teacher or Class Teacher.

            Please call us if you need help or information:  Telephone: (01698) 274993

 

Curriculum for Excellence: St. Bernadette’s Primary School

At the heart of A Curriculum for Excellence is the principle that through planning we should create learning opportunities which will enable children to become:

  • Successful Learners
  • Effective Contributors
  • Confident Individuals
  • Responsible Citizens

 Literacy, Numeracy, Health and Wellbeing underpin our curriculum.

Language enables children both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes, and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving them order and meaning.  As language is central to children’s intellectual, emotional and social development, it has an essential role across the whole curriculum.

The school adheres to NLC’s Active Literacy policy. This promotes active learning and research confirms the success of the approach.

The school also uses an active approach in numeracy and mathematics.

We aim to give our children the best possible learning experiences. Consequently, we endeavour to provide relevant contexts for learning, giving children opportunities to practise the skills they have learned across the curriculum. Through planning, we make links across the curriculum encouraging the children to engage in interdisciplinary learning projects.

We focus on ‘how much’ and ‘how well’ our children have learned by encouraging depth of learning, ensuring appropriate challenge and providing opportunities for children to apply their skills in unfamiliar contexts.

Hence, emphasis is placed on making meaningful connections across the curriculum to encourage the transfer of skills and to deepen learning while avoiding unnecessary repetition.

We try to give the children first-hand learning experiences through out-of-school field work, educational visits and speakers coming in to school.  All pupils have the opportunity to become part of our Pupil Council, Growth Mindset, Languages, Health Education, Enterprise, Community Links, Outdoor Learning, Media, Celebrations of Faith or Junior Road Safety committees.

Our children benefit from two hours of P.E. each week which is in line with Scottish Government recommendations.

At present we hold the Gold Award for Health Education and we have won our 3rd green ECO Flag.

To encourage pupils’ fitness we have a variety of after-school clubs and “Walk to School” weeks throughout the school year.  We also participate in the Daily Mile where children are encouraged to run or walk on a daily basis.

We have a current and well established Global School Partnership with Namulenga Girls’ School in Malawi. Through our global school partnership our children have gained a deeper understanding of another country and culture and their rights and responsibilities as global citizens.  In future we hope to allow them to develop the skills needed to work in a global economy and build a fairer, more sustainable world.

The partnership is of mutual benefit for both schools. Whilst it is recognised in our partnership we are not similar in terms of resources, each school is fully committed to sharing culture, experiences, skills and knowledge which are abundant in both schools.  We have achieved Bronze Status as a Rights Respecting School. 

I.C.T. is used across all areas of the curriculum.  The skills needed to use I.C.T. are progressively taught from Primary 1 – Primary 7.  Parents are required to sign a form for their child’s use of the internet in school. The school also has a School Website, this will be accessed at http://www.st-bernadettes.n-lanark.sch.uk.  Twitter is used for regular and instant updates – please follow us @BernadettesPS.  We also have a free school App for parents available in the App Store for IOS or Android, simply search for St Bernadette’s.  We have achieved the Digital Award for Schools in Scotland.

 

 

  1. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT NEEDS:

St. Bernadette’s Primary School complies with the Learning (Scotland) Act 2004 as amended by

the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland)  Act 2009.

North Lanarkshire Council’s policy is contained within “Support for Learning Policy into Practice 2”, a copy of which is available in the School.  The school has a Support for Learning Policy, available from the school on request, which is consistent with North Lanarkshire Council guidelines.

It is school policy to continually monitor pupils’ progress to alert staff to possible difficulties. In line with North Lanarkshire Policy, we operate a system of staged intervention to support our children.

Staged Intervention Model

Level 1

Where a child has been identified in need of support, the area of difficulty will be specified and discussed with the teacher, Head Teacher, parents and the child – where appropriate. Initial support will be planned and provided for internally within the classroom setting.  This may be group or individual support. 

Level 2

Where more targeted support is required, this will again be provided internally within the school. Some children requiring support for learning will have an Additional Support Plan (A.S.P.) which will set out short and long term targets to be addressed. This will be done in consultation with parents and pupils. 

Level 3

Where support is required from agencies out with the school but within Education.  Support will be planned with the school and parents to ensure children’s needs are met.  

Level 4

Support from agencies out with education such as Health or Social Work.  Pupils with English as an additional language may be referred for ‘English as an additional language support’.

Looked After Children i.e. children who are cared for directly or whose care is supervised by the local authority are deemed to have Additional Support Needs unless assessment determines otherwise.

Parents and young people can request an assessment to establish whether a child or young person has additional needs or requires a Co-ordinated Support Plan.

Parents and pupils are an essential part of the assessment, planning and review processes and your views will be actively sought.

 

 Planning

Getting it Right for Me plans (GIRFMe) enable staff to plan for children and young people with Additional Support Needs.

Some children and young people may require significant support from education and at least one other agency, such as health, social work and/or voluntary agency to help them meet their learning targets.  Where this support requires a high level of co-ordination the opening of a Co-ordinated Support Plan (CSP) may be considered.

A CSP may be initiated by the school or another agency. Parents and young people can, if they wish, request that a CSP be considered and would be involved in the process.  Parents will receive letters from the Education Authority throughout the CSP process.  Parents and young people will be invited to take part in multi agency meetings and their views will be recorded in the plan.

 Dispute Resolution

North Lanarkshire Council is committed to resolving any differences of views through discussion, dialogue and building on common ground.  If the matter cannot be resolved with the Education Authority you have the right to request mediation.  An independent mediation service is available to parents and young people through Resolve (see contact details at the back of this handbook).  Mediation is free and independent of the Education Authority.

In the event that a disagreement cannot be resolved through mediation, then an application for Independent Adjudication (see contact details at the back of this handbook) can be made by parents free of charge.  The Independent Adjudicator will make recommendations to the Education Authority about how the dispute should be resolved.

The Additional Support Needs Tribunal has been set up to hear appeals made by parents or young people on the decisions made by the Education Authority relating to Co-ordinated Support Plans, placing requests and post school transition. If you disagree with any decision relating to your child’s Co-ordinated Support Plan, either the creation of a CSP, or the content of it, you may be entitled to refer to the Tribunal.

 

 IMPROVEMENT PLAN:

Our proposed priorities for improvement for Session 2020 – 2021 include:

  • Continuous improvement in learning and teaching in maths and literacy;
  • Development of play based learning at P1 and P2
  • Continuing to improve Health and Wellbeing, Growth Mindset and nurture across the school as we work towards Gold Rights Respecting School Award.
  • Develop policy on Tackling Poverty related to cost of the school day.

Our school regularly attains very good averages for attainment across the stages.  Details of school performance can be found on Education Scotland Parent Dashboard –

https://public.tableau.com/profile/sg.eas.learninganalysis#!/vizhome/SchoolInformationDashboard-Primary/Introduction

Select – Primary Schools, North Lanarkshire, St Bernadette’s PS

The average percentage of pupils achieving appropriate levels at P1, P4 and P7 for session 2018/19 are as follows;

Reading                                  82%

Writing                                   82%

Talking and listening             87%

Numeracy                               84%

 

  1. HOMEWORK

Homework is regarded as an important part of the home/school partnership.  Our policy is available on request and on display on the Parents’ Notice Board in the main entrance of the school.  The pupils from Primary 4-7 each have a homework diary.  This provides a two-way communication for teachers and parents.  Infants have homework records.  All homework should be signed by the parent/guardian.   All pupils are asked to complete homework challenges on a regular basis.  These allow the children to apply learning in different contexts.  Homework tasks will include online activities in reading and maths.  If your child does not have internet access at home please let us know.

  1. SCHOOL ETHOS

The school ethos is reflected through our Vision and Values as detailed in Section 1.  We work closely with St. Bernadette’s Parish, Our Lady’s High School, Ailsa Nursery, Logans Nursery, Forgewood Nursery and other local schools and churches.

We benefit from the support of the Community Learning and Development Team Officer, Angela Thomson.

We have regular awards ceremonies and our children are encouraged to achieve ‘H’ Factor Awards recognising hard work, ambition and good manners.  Friendship Awards for good relationships with peers and Xtra Factor Awards for learning and achievements at home and in the community.

  1. SPIRITUAL, SOCIAL, MORAL and CULTURAL VALUES:

Religious instruction and observance form an integral part of the religious traditions and ethos in any Catholic school, and so play an important part in the education provided in this school.

 The recent publications of ‘This is our Faith’ and ‘God’s Loving Plan’ are central to the teaching and development of Catholic teaching within our school and its community.

The school along with the parents and clergy prepare the children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation (First Confession) Primary 3 and First Holy Communion at Primary 4 stage with Confirmation at Primary 6/7. Parents are invited to a meeting prior to the enrolment of children for these Sacraments. They are asked to participate as fully as possible in the preparation e.g. by working with the child on his/her workbook at home or joining the children’s liturgy group.

Father R. Mallya & Father L. Mendy are frequent and welcome visitors to our school.  As well as visiting the classes they will regularly celebrate Mass in the classroom or Assembly Hall, helping the children to express, develop and deepen their faith which has been taught and discussed in the R.E. programme in school and at home with parents.  There are also opportunities for Prayer Services and for children to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in school.

Where children and families are not Catholic, parents can be reassured that religious education is approached sensitively and in a climate of respect for those of other faiths and none. 

In choosing a Catholic School for your child it is accepted that, as parents, you are exercising your right to have your child included in Religious Observance and R.E. classes which are an integrated part of the ethos and curriculum within the school.

Nevertheless such parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Observance and R.E. classes.

 Parents/Guardians from ethnic minority religious communities may request that their children be permitted to be absent from school in order to celebrate recognised religious events.  Only written requests will be considered.  Appropriate requests will be granted on not more than three occasions in any one school session and the pupil noted as an authorised absentee in the register.

  1. EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

Children are encouraged to participate in a variety of after school activities.  Parents will be provided with specific information about these activities as and when on offer.

We have a choir which participates in assemblies and competitions.

As part of their class work the children are regularly taken on educational excursions. We also invite a variety of speakers and theatre groups into school throughout the year.  Primary 7 pupils are given the opportunity to participate in a weekend or week long field study at NLC’s Outdoor Centre in Kilbowie, near Oban.  We like all our pupils to take part in these outings and you should encourage your child to do so.

We also need lots of parent helpers when we go out so if you are free to help do not hesitate to give us your name.*

In Primary 5 swimming is part of the physical education programme. All pupils are expected to take advantage of this professional coaching.

Parents must give written permission at the start of each year to allow their child to take part in excursions.

All pupils are encouraged to walk, scoot or cycle to school.

* Please note: any parent who would like to help will be asked to submit to the legislation in respect of Protecting Vulnerable Groups. This was previously known as the ‘Disclosure Process.’

We have Strathclyde Park, a wonderful learning resource on our doorstep and from Primary 1–7 our pupils visit the park to learn about animal and plant life and environmental issues from our Ranger.

Instrumental and vocal tuition are available.  Instruments are available, though limited, and pupils may have to hire one.  Pupils are selected by auditions which take place during the school day.  These activities are currently on offer, however the programme changes on a termly basis.

               

Mathletics/Bug Club           –              Mrs. Devlin                 –              Primary 4-7

Nature Club                            –              Mrs. Boyle                   –              Primary 5-7

Vocal                                         –              Mrs. Ewart                  –              Primary 4

Cross Country                       –              Miss Nolan                  –              Primary 5-7

Guitar                                       –              Mr. O’Raw                   –              Primary 6/7

Experienced Gymnastics  –              Mrs. Purdue & Miss Tyrrell  Primary 5-7

Storybook                               –              Miss McVeigh              –              Primary 1-2

Mindfulness                           –              Miss McVeigh              –              Primary 4

Stitch Club                              –              Mrs. Booth                    –              Primary 5-7

Board Games                         –              Mrs. Robinson            –              Primary 4-5

Football                                    –              Mr. O’Raw                    –              Primary 5-7

      

  1. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION:

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 came into force in 2005.  The Act allows anyone to ask for information held by the Council and imposes a time-scale of 20 working days for the Council to respond.  To deal with Freedom of Information requests, the Council has appointed a Freedom of Information Officer with the support of an officer in each Service. The Freedom of Information Co-ordinator can be contacted by telephone on 01698 302484.

(a) GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR) Statement for Education:

What is this statement?

This statement explains when and why we collect personal information about you, your child or young person and how this information is used, the conditions under which it may be disclosed to others and how it is kept secure.

Who are we?

North Lanarkshire Council is a Local Authority established under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994.  Education, Youth and Communities is located in Kildonan Street, Coatbridge ML5 3BT.

Why do we need your personal information and that of your child or young person?

The Council has a legal obligation to deliver an effective education service to all children and young people in North Lanarkshire. In order to do this we need to collect personal information about children, young people and their families so that we can help them to learn and keep them safe.

Legal basis for using your information

We provide this service as part of our statutory function as your Local Authority. Processing your personal information is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest by the Council. If the information we have asked for is not provided, then we will not be able to provide this service to your child or young person.

Your personal information

Education and Families uses the national IT system, SEEMiS, to store personal information electronically. We ask parents/carers during registration and enrolment to provide us with their child’s name, date of birth, gender, address, family contact details (phone/email). We will also ask you to update this information annually.

We may also ask you for information about medical conditions, additional support needs, religion, and ethnicity. We may also record information you might wish to provide about your family circumstances.

We require this information to ensure children and young people are educated appropriately, supported, and that we take account of their health and wellbeing.

During a child’s journey through education a pupil’s record is kept, this core record is mainly paper based and is stored securely in the child or young person’s establishment. If the establishment has requested assistance from educational staff outwith the nursery or school, key staff from these services may also store information securely about your child or young person.

How will we use this information?

Your personal information will be used:

  • to enrol your child or young person in nursery or school
  • to provide your child or young person with an appropriate education
  • for teaching, enrolment and assessment purposes and to monitor educational progress of children and young people
  • to support pupil learning, improve outcomes and identify where additional support is needed to help children and young people
  • to provide appropriate pastoral care to support health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • to keep children and young people safe
  • to maintain records of attendance, absence and behaviour of children and young people (including exclusions)
  • to support children and young people during transitions when moving on each year from nursery to primary, primary to secondary and when they move or leave school
  • to enable schools and establishments to process personal data in support of SQA and Further Education
  • to monitor and report on pupil attainment and achievement in relation to the national improvement framework issued by the Scottish Government
  • to assure the quality of our education services in line with national expectations from Education Scotland
  • when we require to contact you by post, email, telephone or text.

Who do we share information with?

To support your child or young person’s access to appropriate education and meet our legal obligation, personal information may be shared internally between departments of the Council.  From time to time, education staff may also need to share information about you, your child or young person with another person from another agency or service, e.g. Social Work, Health.

We also share information with Scottish Government and bodies such as Education Scotland, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Skills Development Scotland and other organisations that support children and young people’s learning.

When a child or young person moves or transfers to another school the Council has an obligation to pass on information with regards to pupil records to the new school.

Only identified staff and those who require to have the information to enable them to carry out their job, will have access to you, your child or young person’s information. We care about the information we hold in respect to the education of children and young people. We will keep this information safe and secure.

How long do we keep your information for?

We only keep personal information for the minimum period of time necessary.  Sometimes this is set out in law, but in most cases it is based on what we need to fulfil our function.  We maintain a ‘records retention and disposal schedule’ which sets out how long we hold different types of information for.  You can view this on our website at http://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15003 or you can request a hardcopy of this from Education and Families, Kildonan Street, Coatbridge ML5 3BT.

Your rights under data GDPR

You can:

  • Request access to your information – you have the right to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you, your child or young person. You can ask us to confirm what personal information is being used and with whom it has been shared with.
  • Request a correction to your information – we want to make sure that all personal information is accurate, complete and up to date. Therefore you may ask us to correct any personal information that you believe does not meet these standards.
  • Request the restriction of processing – this enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, your child or young person, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or clarify the reason for processing it.
  • Request the transfer – you can request the transfer of your information to another party.
  • Deletion of your informationyou have the right to ask us to delete personal information about you, your child or young person where:
  • you think that we no longer need to hold the information for the purposes for which it was originally obtained
  • you have a genuine objection to our use of personal information
  • or, use of personal information is contrary to law or our legal obligations.

If you wish to update any personal information, retrieve it, or have it removed from records please contact your child or young person’s head teacher or head of establishment in the first instance.

The Council’s Data Protection Officer

If you have any questions or are unhappy about the way that we use the personal information of your child, young person or yourself you can contact the Data Protection Officer.

Data Protection Officer (DPO)

Civic Centre,

Windmillhill Street,

Motherwell ML1 1AB

or by email to AITeam@northlan.gov.uk

 

The Information Commissioner

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner about the way the Council has handled your rights, to enquire about any exercise of these rights or to complain about the way the Council has dealt with your rights (or any other aspect of data protection law).

Information Commissioner’s Office,

45 Melville Street,

Edinburgh, EH3 7HL

or by e-mail to casework@ico.org.uk

 

        (b) TRANSFERRING EDUCATIONAL DATA ABOUT PUPILS:

Education authorities and the Scottish Government Education Portfolio (SGEP)

exchange data about pupils either on paper or electronically through the ScotXed programme.

The data collected and transferred covers areas such as date of birth, postcode, registration for free-school meals, whether a pupil is looked after by his/her local authority, additional support needs including disability, attendance, absence and exclusions from school.  Pupil names and addresses are collected by the school and the council but they are not passed to SGEP.

The postcode is the only part of the address that is transferred.  Data is held securely and no information on individual pupils can be published by SGEP.  

Providing national identity and ethnic background data is entirely voluntary.  You can choose the ‘not disclosed’ option if you do not want to provide this data.  However, we hope that the

explanations contained in this message and on our website will help you understand the importance of providing the data.

Why do we need your data?

In order to make the best decisions about how to improve our education service, SGEP and education authorities need accurate, up-to-date data about our pupils.  We are keen to help all our pupils do well in all aspects of school life and achieve better educational outcomes.  Accurate and up-to-date data allows SGEP, education authorities and schools to:

  • plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of all pupils.
  • plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of specific groups of pupils.
  • better understand some of the factors that influence pupil attainment and achievement.
  • target resources better.

 

Your GDPR rights

The collection, transfer, processing and sharing of ScotXed data is done in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.  We also comply with the National Statistics Code of Practice requirements and other legislation related to safeguarding the confidentiality of data. 

The Data Protection Act gives you the right to know how we will use your data.  This message can give only a brief description of how we use data.  Fuller details of the uses of pupil data can be found on the ScotXed website (www.scotxed.net).

SGEP works with a range of partners including HM Inspectorate of Education and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.  On occasion, we will make individual data available to partners and also academic institutions to carry out research and statistical analysis.  In addition, we will provide our partners with information they need in order to fulfil their official responsibilities.  Any sharing of data will be done under the strict control and prior agreement of the Data Access Panel in SGEP, which will ensure that no subject specific data will be made public as a result of the data sharing and that such data will not be used to take any actions in respect of an individual.

Further details are available on:

https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/ScotXed/PrivacyInformation

Any Concerns

If you have any concerns about the ScotXed data collections you can email school.stats@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to The ScotXed Support Office, SGEP, Area 1B, Victoria Quay, Leith, EH6 6QQ. 

Alternative versions of this page are available, on request from the ScotXed Support Office, in other languages, audio tape, braille and large print. 

Want more information?

Further details about ScotXed data exchanges are available on the ScotXed website.  www.scotxed.net

 

  1. CHILD PROTECTION:

Every adult in Scotland has a role in ensuring all our children and young people are safe and protected from harm at all times and in all situations.

 The Head Teacher is responsible for the school’s actions in response to Child Protection     concerns.

If there are any Child Protection concerns the Head Teacher or the Child Protection

Co-ordinator will follow North Lanarkshire Child Protection Procedures and Guidelines.

Child Protection Co-ordinators are:  Mrs. C. Boyle & Mrs. P. Purdue

Telephone Number:  (01698) 274993

  

  1. (a) Adult Protection

 The Council has responsibility under the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 for the protection and support of adults at risk of harm within North Lanarkshire.  Its employees therefore have the responsibility to ensure the welfare of all adults at risk of harm with whom they come into contact, as well as providing the highest possible standard of care for some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

The Head Teacher is responsible for the school’s actions in response to Adult Protection concerns.

If there are any Adult Protection concerns the Head Teacher or the Adult Protection Co-ordinator will follow North Lanarkshire Adult Protection Procedures and Guidelines.

Adult Protection Co-ordinators are: Mrs. C. Boyle & Mrs. P. Purdue

Telephone Number:  (01698) 274993

 

  1. (i) SCHOOL DISCIPLINE           

We promote positive behaviour within our school and we have a wide variety of certificates and awards to recognize effort in terms of school work, excellent manners, positive attitude towards others – and many more!  We follow the Go for Green behaviour programme and children can be nominated for an “H” Factor award if they remain on green.

Children can be nominated for awards by all of our staff and by their peers. Success and achievement is recognised publically during school assemblies.  Children’s achievements and awards for activities out with school are also celebrated and recognised at assemblies.

Other major awards include: John Muir Award Certificates, Athletics Certificates and Graduation Certificates. These are awarded at special assemblies to which parents and families have been invited. 

Through our work in class, our R.E. programme, Health and Well-being programme and Citizenship we constantly seek to encourage positive behaviour throughout the school. 

We also have a Pupils’ Council who listen to pupils’ queries and concerns in the school and represent their views at regular meetings.             

The relationship between teacher and child is similar to that of the parent and child, requiring mutual consideration on both sides and an acceptable code of behaviour.

We operate Golden Time as a reward for all classes. Pupils can lose Golden Time as a result of inappropriate behaviour. In addition a red consequence card may be issued which will result in an additional homework activity to allow the child to reflect on their inappropriate behaviour in discussion with parents.          

Our school uses Restorative Practices to help to resolve any conflict among pupils.  Children are encouraged to discuss an issue in order to seek a solution themselves.

On occasions parents will be invited into school to discuss specific issues with staff and with the child.  We make every effort to work closely with parents to ensure children’s behaviour is always at an acceptable level.  Our policy aims to encourage every child to take responsibility for his/her behaviour.

(ii)    ANTI-BULLYING:

The school has an anti-bullying policy. Issues connected to anti-bullying are addressed during school assemblies, during Health and Well-being class and in each individual class.

Discipline and Anti-Bullying Policies are available on request.  An adult presence is provided in playgrounds at break times in terms of the Schools (Safety and Supervision of Pupils) (Scotland) Regulations 1990.

  1. HOME AND SCHOOL LINKS:

We greatly value our partnership with parents. We keep in regular contact with our parents through monthly/termly newsletters and messages on our St Bernadette’s App.  The App is our main way of letting our parents know about the many activities and events which take place in our school.  Newsletters can be emailed to any parent and if required a taped or larger print version can also be offered.  Please let us know your preference for receiving information.

We also hold regular class assemblies, general assemblies, book weeks, open days etc. to which our parents are invited and made most welcome.  Parents also help out with excursions during term-time. 

We have a small band of excellent Parent Helpers who work alongside our staff and pupils with Paired Reading, Purposeful Play and Active Learning. 

We appreciate any offer of help from our parents and we are always in need of your support.

*Please note: any parent who would like to help will be asked to submit to the legislation in respect of Protecting Vulnerable Groups. This was previously known as the ‘Disclosure Process.

  1. ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL:

Section 30 of the 1980 Education Act places a duty on every parent of a child of ‘school age’ to ensure that their child attends school regularly.  Attendance must be recorded twice a day, morning and afternoon.

 Regulation 7 of the Education (School and Placing Information) (Scotland) Amendment, Etc Regulations 1993 requires each child’s absence from school to be recorded in the school register as authorised or unauthorised as defined by the Scottish Government.

At the start of each school session, parents will be asked to provide contact details including at least two emergency contact numbers.  Parents are required to inform the school if these contact details change during the course of the year.

 Excellent attendance is expected from everyone.  Attendance rates can often be an indicator for pupil achievement in school – children who attend well are much more likely to progress well in school.  Please help your child to be successful in school by ensuring they attend everyday as far as possible.  Where a child has a prolonged absence due to a medical condition, alternative arrangements for education will be made. (See Medical & Health Care).           

Parents and carers are asked to inform the school if a pupil is unable to attend from the start of the school day on the first day of absence.  Failure to do so will result in school staff accessing all contact numbers provided for the child.  In terms of child safety police will be contacted if all attempts to locate the child have been exhausted.

Parents should inform the school by letter or telephone if their child is likely to be absent for some time, and to give the child a note on his or her return to school confirming the reason for absence.

     (a)   FAMILY HOLIDAYS DURING TERM TIME:

Every effort should be made to avoid family holidays during term time as this both disrupts the child’s education and reduces learning time.  Parents/guardians should inform the school by letter of the dates before going on holiday.

Absences will be classified as authorised only in exceptional circumstances.  Such circumstances may include:

A family holiday judged to be important to the wellbeing and cohesion of the family, following serious or terminal illness, bereavement or other traumatic events.

A family holiday classified under the ‘authorised absence’ category will not include such reasons as:

  • The availability of cheap holidays
  • The availability of desired accommodation
  • Poor weather experience during school holidays
  • Holidays which overlap the beginning or end of term
  • Parental difficulty obtaining leave (except in cases where evidence is provided by the employer that it cannot accommodate leave during school holidays without serious consequences.

Family holidays with the above similar characteristics will be classified as unauthorised absence.

Where the head teacher’s prior agreement has not been sought the absence will automatically be classed as unauthorised.

All absences are carefully monitored by the Head Teacher where a concern arises.  Every absence must be covered by a phone call or letter.   Late-coming, too, is recorded.

Please note we have an answering service for early morning callers.

  • EXTENDED LEAVE WITH PARENTAL CONSENT:

Where most family holidays will be recorded as unauthorised absence (see above) extended leave with parental consent will not be considered the same as a family holiday.  Leave in such circumstances will be authorised under circumstances such as:

  • Extended overseas educational trips not organised by the school
  • Short-term parental placement abroad
  • Family returning to its country of origin (to care for a relative, or for cultural reasons)
  • Leave in relation to the children of travelling families
  • EXCEPTIONAL DOMESTIC CIRCUMSTANCES:

Parents\carers may request permission for such leave in writing and the school may authorise such requests under the following circumstances:

  • The period immediately after an accident or illness
  • A period of serious or critical illness of a close relative
  • A domestic crisis which causes serious disruption to the family home, causing temporary relocation.

The school investigates unexplained absence, and the authority has the power to write to, interview or prosecute parents/carers, or to refer pupils to the Reporter of the Children’s Panel, if necessary. 

(i)         COMMUNITY LINKS: 

The school encourages children to participate in all aspects of the community as today’s children are tomorrow’s citizens.  We have close links with St Bernadette’s Parish, local Nurseries, Playgroups, Community Police, Health Visitors, and Strathclyde Park Staff.

Our pupils entertain the residents of two nearby residential centres at Christmas and Halloween.

 As we share our campus with Clydeview, we work closely to develop a community with a sense of respect and responsibility for all.  Through our inclusion policy all pupils eat together, share assemblies and shows.  Children from Clydeview are given the opportunity to share

St. Bernadette’s playground, work with our children for aspects of the curriculum.  We often have joint enterprise events to which parents and families are invited.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION:         

Our school is used in the evening for various clubs for both youths and adults.

 All children are encouraged to participate in all activities associated with the school.  At times there are costs related to these activities, however, where payment would prove difficult the school will support families in order that no child misses out.  Please contact the school office if you feel we can support you.

  1. CLOTHING AND UNIFORM:

All North Lanarkshire schools must have a dress code which encourages pupils to dress in a way which is appropriate to attendance at school.  This dress code must not lead to direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender or disability.  Prior to drawing up the dress code the parents, pupils and staff were fully consulted.  It is the expectation of the education authority that parents will be keen to support the dress code and written agreement may be sought.

Our school uniform is always proudly supported by our parents and consists of:

            Boys:                           Grey trousers, pale blue shirt, school tie and either wine or                                                              grey pullover, sweatshirts.

            Girls:                           Grey skirt/trousers, pale blue blouse, school tie and either wine                                                       or  grey cardigan, sweatshirts.

 School Uniform may be ordered directly from Logoxpres or School Trends via their websites.

Primary 7 wear their own special ties which are available from the school.

For P.E. lessons children must wear a blue or white T shirt, dark shorts and trainers.

P.E. bags are available to hold these items.  Outdoor P.E. kit is also required eg sweatshirt and jogging trousers.

 Clothing which is unacceptable in school under any circumstances includes items which:

  •          could potentially encourage factions (e.g. football colours)
  •          could cause offence (e.g. anti-religious symbolism or political slogans)
  •          could cause health and safety difficulties, such as loose fitting clothing, dangling
  •          earrings, and other potentially dangerous jewellery
  •          are of flammable materials which may be a danger in certain classes (e.g. shell             suits)
  •         could cause damage to flooring
  •         carry advertising in particular for alcohol or tobacco, and
  •         could be used to inflict injury to other pupils or to be used by others to do so. 

Parents\carers in receipt of a clothing grant from the Council will be encouraged to purchase items which are in accordance with the school dress code.  Approval of any requests for such grants in other circumstances is at the discretion of the Assistant Chief Executive, Education, Youth and Communities.  Information and application forms may be obtained from any school or First Stop Shop.  Parents are entitled to receive a clothing grant if they are in receipt of any of the following benefits:  Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance (income based), Employment & Support Allowance (income related) housing benefit, council tax rebate.

Whilst in general terms it would not normally be the policy of the authority to exclude a pupil from school solely on the basis of his/her dress, persistent refusal to respond to a reasonable dress code may be deemed to be a serious challenge to the head teacher’s authority and be detrimental to the well being of the whole school community.  In such circumstances a head teacher may justify the use of the school discipline procedure.

The council wishes to minimise claims arising from the loss of pupils’ clothing and/or personal belongings.  Parents are asked to assist in this area by ensuring that valuable items and unnecessarily expensive items of clothing, jewellery, etc, are not brought to school.  Parents should note that any claims submitted to cover the loss of such items are likely to be met only where the authority can be shown to have been negligent.

  1. MEALS:

Meals are prepared in keeping with North Lanarkshire Council’s policy of healthy eating and served on the premises.  We share the dining area with Clydeview.  A varied menu is offered by the Dining Staff.  A vegetarian meal option is offered on a daily basis.

Diets required as a result of a medical condition (a medically prescribed diet e.g. coeliac disease, diabetes, food allergy or intolerance) can be provided in school.  A medically prescribed diet form must be completed by the child’s Registered Dietician or General Practitioner.  Procedures and forms can be accessed via the child’s school or dietician, or from North Lanarkshire’s Catering service.

 Occasionally, for some conditions (PKU, coeliac), parents/carers may be asked to supply prescription foods or attend a meeting to discuss the child’s dietary requirements. 

Some children with additional support needs may require food to be adapted to an appropriate texture and consistency.  In this instance the child’s Registered Dietician or Speech and Language Therapist will liaise with the Head Teacher and school catering service to ensure appropriate food provision.

Special diets required for ethical, religious or cultural reasons should be requested in writing to the Head Teacher, who will liaise with the school catering service.

The price of a school meal is £2.10 (2 courses including milk).  All Primary 1 – Primary 3 children are entitled to a Free School Meal.  All children who are entitled to a Free School Meal may choose a menu to the value of £2.10.  Children are supervised and encouraged by our staff to take a balanced lunch.

Children of parents receiving Income Support, Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance (income based) and Employment & Support Allowance (income related) are entitled to a meal without charge. 

Students aged between 16 and 18 and who are in receipt of any qualifying benefits can apply for free school meals in their own right.

Information and application forms for free school meals may be obtained from schools, First Stop Shops and Municipal Buildings, Coatbridge.

Parents are entitled to receive a clothing grant if they are in receipt of any of the following benefits:  Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (income based), Employment & Support Allowance (income related), Housing Benefit, Council Tax Rebate.

Only primary school children who receive a free school meal are entitled to free milk.  Milk may however be available for purchase in the school during the lunch period.

 Additional Information

  • Children in Primary 1 -7 are welcome to bring a packed lunch which is taken in the dining hall.
  • A breakfast service is offered to all pupils from 8.15am – £1.00 each, £1.50 family of 2, £2.00 family of 3 and free to those entitled to a Free School Meal including all P1-P3 pupils.
  • We operate a Snack Service at morning interval, serving a variety of healthy snacks e.g. toast, fruit etc. Infants are encouraged to spend only 30p.
  • Menus are available on North Lanarkshire Council’s website and from the school office.
  • We now operate a Cashless system where children use a terminal to pay money onto a card which is then used for Breakfast, Snack and Lunch Times. Money can be paid on weekly or daily but should be done before 9am.

Information and application forms for clothing grants may be obtained from schools, first stop shops and Council offices, Kildonan Street, Coatbridge.  Application forms can also be downloaded from the council website www.northlan.gov.uk

From August 2020, all eligible two year olds and all children aged from 3 to those not yet attending primary school, that attend a North Lanarkshire Council Nursery or a Funded Provider (childminder or voluntary/private nursery), will be entitled to 1140 hours Early Learning and Childcare provision.  Those children attending for four hours per day, or more, will receive a free meal as part of the Early Learning and Childcare entitlement.

  1. PLACING REQUESTS:

You have the right to make a placing request for your child to be educated in a school other than the local school.  In December each year, the authority will advertise its arrangements for placing requests.

There are sound educational reasons for trying to ensure that the transfer or admission of children to a school takes place at the start of a school session.  Other than those who are moving home to a new area, parents are advised to time any placing requests so that they take effect from the beginning of the new school session.

Every effort will be made to try to meet the parental wishes, but you should note that it is not always possible to grant every placing request to a particular school.

Once a pupil has reached the school leaving age the pupil, not the pupil’s parents may choose which school to go to.

Placing requests to Primary School does not necessarily ensure that your child will have a direct entry to the associated secondary.  Advice on this must be sought from the Primary School Head Teacher.

Further information on placing requests and procedures is available from the school or the council’s website.

Parents and young people have a right under the Additional Support for Learning Act 2009 to make a placing request for their child or young person to attend a nursery (including partnership nursery), special school or special class managed by the home authority.  In the event of a successful placing request the authority are not required to provide transport.  The Act also enables parents and young people to make a placing request to attend a school/establishment belonging to another authority.

  1. TRANSPORT:
  • General:

The council has a policy of providing free transport to all primary pupils who live more than one mile from their local school by the shortest suitable walking route.  This policy is more generous than the law requires. This provision may be reviewed at any time.  Parents\carers who consider they are eligible should obtain an application form from the school or Learning & Leisure Services. These forms should be completed and returned before the end of February for those pupils beginning school in August to enable the appropriate arrangements to be made.

 Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year but may be subject to delay whilst arrangements are made.  There is discretion in certain circumstances to grant privilege transport for pupils to travel in transport provided by the authority, where spare places are available and no additional costs are incurred.  Not necessarily from the start of term.

  • Pick up points:

Where free transport is provided it may be necessary for pupils to walk a certain distance to the vehicle pick-up point.  Walking distance in total including the distance from home to the pick-up point and from the drop-off point to the school in any one direction will not exceed the authority’s limits (see above paragraph).  It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that their child arrives at the pick-up point in time.  It is also the parent’s responsibility to ensure the child behaves in a safe and acceptable manner while boarding, travelling in and alighting from the vehicle.  Misbehaviour could result in a loss of the right to free transport.

All enquiries regarding school transport should be directed to:

NLC Transport Section                          01236 812782 or

Strathclyde Passenger Transport      0141 333 3108

(iii)       Placing Requests:

The council does not provide transport for those pupils in receipt of a placing request other than in exceptional circumstances.  In the case of early entry requests if the child is offered a place in the catchment area school, transport will be provided in accordance with the council policy stated above.

There is a school bus leaving Greenacres at 8.33am (approx.) stopping at Strathclyde Road (Jet Petrol Station), Brogan Crescent and Ladywell Road arriving at school at 8.55am (approx).  The bus leaves school on the homeward journey at 3.05pm.

Parents are asked to please avoid parking directly outside the school in the interest of pupils’ health and safety.  Only staff cars and service vehicles are permitted to enter the school drive way.

  1. MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE:

 Although the school nurse visits the school on a regular basis for routine checks on vision, hearing and general health, the medical examination of each child is normally in the first year of primary schooling.  Staff of Lanarkshire Health Board are in attendance.  Dental inspections are also carried out on a routine basis in primary schools and parents are offered necessary treatment for their children although they may choose to go instead to a family dentist.

Please note that it is essential that parents inform the school of any particular medical requirements and of arrangements should a child have to be taken home from school.

If a child takes ill or has an accident in school, parents or emergency contact will be contacted so that there will be no delay in the child receiving attention.   

It is essential that the school has 2 names and addresses for emergency contact for each pupil.

If a young person is unable to attend a suitable educational establishment as a result of prolonged ill-health, North Lanarkshire Council must make special arrangements for the pupil to receive education elsewhere, other than at an educational establishment.

In North Lanarkshire, children and young people are treated in the paediatric in-patient unit within Wishaw General Hospital.  It is not common for children and young people to have extended stays in Wishaw General, and therefore North Lanarkshire Council does not require a dedicated hospital education service. Children and young people resident in North Lanarkshire and in hospital in Glasgow, may access education through the Hospital Education Service (HES).

The service is provided by Glasgow City Education Department and Social Work Services.  For further information, please contact the school.

At times, unfortunately we continue to be troubled by head lice within the community and the school.  To help alleviate this problem requires co-operation from everyone.  Should head lice be found please report to the school immediately.  Treatment is available by prescription – please follow the instructions for use carefully – or obtain advice from pharmacist or G.P.

Mrs. G. Devine – ASNA                                  First Aid for minor accidents and illnesses in                                                                                            school.

Mrs. J. Swinfen – Classroom Assistant   Appointed person for emergency First Aid.

  1. INFORMATION IN EMERGENCIES:

 We make every effort to maintain a full educational service, but in Emergencies some occasions circumstances arise which lead to disruption.  For example, schools may be affected by severe weather, temporary interruption of transport, power failures or difficulties of fuel supply.  In such cases we shall do all we can to let you know about the details of closure or re-opening.  We shall keep you in informed by using letters, notices in local shops and community centres, announcements in local churches and announcements in the press and on local radio, and the North Lanarkshire Council’s website, School App and Twitter.

  1. THE PARENT FORUM:

As a parent of a child at this school you are automatically a member of the Parent Forum.  The Parent Forum is composed of all the parents and carers of children at this school.

As a member of the Parent Forum you can expect to:

  • get information about what your child is learning
  • get information about events and activities at the school
  • get advice/help on how you can support your child’s learning
  • be told about opportunities to be involved in the school
  • have a say in selecting a Parent Council to work on behalf of all parents at the school
  • be invited to identify issues for the Parent Council to work on with the school.

THE PARENT COUNCIL:

A Parent Council has been established and there are currently 10 members.

Chair:                          Vacancy

Vice-Chair:                 Mrs. S.L. Reid

Treasurer:                  Mrs. E. Campbell

Fundraising Rep:        Miss F. Thomson

Staff Rep:                    Mrs. C. Cutler

Church Rep:               Mrs. G. Fleming

Clerk:                           Mrs. M. Smith 

Parent Members     Mr. B. McMahon

                                       Mrs A Waldron

                                       Ms E. McDonald

                                       Mrs. M. Grew

                                       Mrs. K. Lennon

The Head Teacher has a right and a duty to attend all meetings of the Parent Council. Meetings of the Parent Council are open to members of the public and will be announced in the monthly newsletter.  If a vacancy becomes open on the Parent Council all parents will be informed and invited to nominate themselves. The Parent Council in St Bernadette’s is very supportive of the school and works hard to represent the views of the wider Parent Forum.  Any parent can make direct contact with members of the Parent Council if they have a concern related to the general work of the school.       

The Parent Council’s rights and duties include:

                        (a)        supporting the work of the school;

                        (b)       representing the views of parents;

                        (c)        consulting with parents and reporting back to the Parent Forum on                                              matters of interest;

                        (d)       promoting contact between the school, parents, pupils, providers of                                             nursery education and the wider community;

                        (e)        fundraising;

                        (f)        taking part in the selection of senior promoted staff;

                        (g)        receiving reports from the Head Teacher and Education Authority;                                  (h)       receiving an annual budget for administration, training and other                                                 expenses; and

                        (i)         improving home school partnership and facilitating parental                                                            involvement.

Members of Parent Councils, on a voluntary basis, may also have an advisory role in

decisions on placing requests by parents in respect of those situations where the number

of placing requests for a particular school or for a particular stage in a particular school

exceeds the number of places available.

The Parent Council can be contacted in person, care of the school or via our email address:  stbernadettesparentcouncil@yahoo.co.uk

 

PARENT COUNCIL FUNDRAISING GROUP:               

Chair:                          Mrs. A. Waldron/Mrs. M. Grew

Treasurer:                  Mrs. E. Campbell

Secretary:                   Mrs. E. Love/Mrs. G. Devine 

 Our Fundraising Group meet in the school.  Every parent is warmly invited to join in with all fundraising activities.  They organise a variety of events e.g. Family Nights, Christmas Fayre, Pupils’ Discos, throughout the school year which help to subsidise events and materials e.g. ICT equipment, our school library, outdoor jackets etc. for the pupils.  Meetings are held in tandem with the Parent Council meetings and prior to an event.  Dates and times of meetings will be announced in the monthly newsletter.

 PUPIL COUNCIL

The Pupil Council is made up from representatives from all classes.  The role of the pupil council is to represent the views of all pupils and put forward ideas for the continuing improvement in the school.

  1. SUPERVISION in NON-CLASS TIMES:

 An adult presence is provided in playgrounds at break times in terms of the Schools (Safety and Supervision of Pupils) (Scotland) Regulations 1990.

During intervals when there is heavy rain children will remain in class for break time.

Primary 7 pupils monitor Primaries 1-6 with an adult presence in close proximity.  The Head Teacher and/or Principal Teacher, Janitor, Classroom Assistants and ASNA supervise during intervals.

Primary 1 – 7              Interval 10.30 – 10.45a.m.

Primary 1 – 7              Lunch break 12.15pm – 1.00pm

Children are not permitted to play on grass or field when weather is wet due to the lack of changing facilities.

  1. TRANSFER FROM PRIMARY SCHOOL TO SECONDARY SCHOOL:

 A programme of primary/secondary liaison begins in Primary 6 & 7.  This includes visits from high school staff to speak to our Primary 6/7 children.  In their last term in St. Bernadette’s, our Primary 7 pupils visit Our Lady’s High School for two days. This facilitates the transition from primary to secondary.

Handbooks for Our Lady’s High School are issued to Primary 7 in December.

 Pupils normally transfer between the ages of 111/2 and 121/2, so that they will have the

opportunity to complete at least 4 years of secondary education.  Parents will be informed of the arrangements no later than December of the year preceding the date of transfer at the start of the new session.

 Our Secondary School is:-      Our Lady’s High School,         

                                                            The Head Teacher is:- Mr. D. Cardle

                                                            Dalzell Drive,

Motherwell.

                                                            Tel. No. (01698) 274925

 

  1. NAMES AND ADDRESSES:

          Education and Families:                      Municipal Buildings               01698 403140

                                                                                  Kildonan Street

                                                                                  Coatbridge    

                                                                                  ML5 3BT                     

           

Councillors associated with                          Mr. P.  Kelly                            01698  302222

the school:                                                           Mrs. A. Valentine                   01698  302222                                                                                                   Miss M. Gallacher                  01698  302222

                                                                                 Member Services

                                                                                 Civic Centre

                                                                                 Motherwell

                                                                                 ML1 1AB

 

            Chief Executive Area Office:            Civic Centre                            01698 302222

                                                                                 Motherwell

                                                                                 ML1 1AB

 

Community Learning & Development:         Our Lady’s High School          01698 403838

                                                                                      Dalzell Drive

                                                                                      Motherwell

                                                                                      ML1 2DG

                                                                       

Continuous Improvement Officer                 Mr. B. Duffy

                                                                                    North Lanarkshire Council      01698  403140                                                                                            Education and Families

                                                                                    Civic Centre

Motherwell

ML1 1AB

 

            Additional Support Manager              Mrs. D. McCann                     01698 274656

                                                                                    Mr. R. Duncan                                                                                                                                                St. Aidan’s High School

                                                                                    Waverly Drive

                                                                                    Wishaw

                                                                                    ML2 7EW

  1. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

GAELIC provision is available in North Lanarkshire at Tollbrae Nursery Class and Condorrat Primary School.

 

A ready reckoner for the vital information contained in this handbook is available in School Profile form.

Arrangements for translations into other languages and formats is also available from the school office.

  1. Glossary of Specialist Terms

A.S.N.                          Additional Support Needs     

A.S.N.A.                      Additional Support Needs Assistant

 A.S.P.                          Additional Support Plan 

Cluster                        The primary schools linked to a specific high school

C.S.P.                           Co-ordinated Support Plan

SMT                             Senior Management Team    

  1. Qualifying Statement

Although this information is accurate at time of printing, there could be changes affecting any of the matters dealt with in the document –

    (a) before the commencement or during the course of the school year in question.

   (b) in relation to subsequent school years.

Education Authorities by law are required to issue a copy of the school handbook to certain parents in December each year.  It details the current policies and practices of both the council and the school. 

Contacts in relation to Support for Learning

Help and advice on any matters relating to Support for Learning can be obtained from –

             Donna McCann

             Additional Support Manager

             Berryhill Primary School

             Hillcrest Avenue

              Wishaw

              ML2 7RS

              01698 274656

              Donna McCann may be contacted directly or through the school.

             You can also get more help and advice from:

 Enquire – the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning.  Operated by Children in Scotland, Enquire offers independent confidential advice and information on additional support for learning.  Enquire also provide a range of factsheets.

0845 123 2303

info@enquire.org.uk

www.enquire.org.uk for parents and practitioners

www.enquireorg.uk/yp for children and young people

 

Resolve

0131 222 2456

(Independent Adjudicator)

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance

Melrose House

69a George Street

Edinburgh

EH2 2JG

0131 260 5380

enquiry@siaa.org.uk

www.siaa.org.uk       

 

Additional Support Needs Tribunal (Scotland)

5th Floor

Highlander House

58 Waterloo Street

Glasgow

G2 7DA

Helpline: 0845 120 2906

Fax: 0141 305 4185

email: inquiries@asntsscotland.gov.uk

 

NHS Lanarkshire

Motherwell Health Centre                           

01698 242610

 

Social Work Motherwell

Scott House

73/77 Merry Street

Motherwell

ML1 1JE

01698 332100

 

Information related to curriculum and parental involvement can be accessed via the Education Scotland website www.educationscotland.gov.uk

 

 

 

                                                           

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

    

 

       

 

     

      

           

 

 


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