Welcome from the staff and pupils of Chapelside Primary School.
We are delighted that you are considering sending your child to Chapelside and we look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure the highest quality of education for your child.
We trust that this handbook will provide you with all the relevant information. If, however, you require further information, then please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Parents are most welcome to visit the school whether they have children at the school or are considering sending their children to the school.
We hope to see you soon.
Mission Statement and Aims
Learning and Leisure Services takes as its motto:
SERVICE and PEOPLE FIRST
and pledges to do this by:
- improving learning and teaching
- raising achievement and realising potential
- encouraging lifelong learning
- working with communities for a better future
- listening and learning together
- celebrating success
- respecting the dignity and value of all
- giving pupils and staff a safe, happy and attractive place to work
“Service and People First”
Aims of the School
At Chapelside Primary we aim, in partnership with parents, the wider community and other services, to provide a safe and caring environment within which each child is enabled to achieve his/her potential.
Aims of Primary Education
We seek to enable every individual to develop a wide variety of learning skills. The teacher’s role is to create and direct experiences, in line with A Curriculum for Excellence; to act as consultant and guide; and to monitor and record what is being learned, so that every child is provided with appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
We promote the development of the whole child and qualities of self-discipline, respect, integrity and caring are encouraged, whereby each individual develops positive attitudes about him/herself and others, thus enabling them to grow as responsible members of society.
Chapelside Primary School,
Tel: 01236 757650
Fax: 01236 758187
About the Building
The school is situated in Chapel Street, in the north area of Airdrie and is within easy walking distance of the town centre.
It is a modern flat-roofed building on 2 levels.
There are 14 classrooms, a central hall with adjoining dining area, offices, a medical suite and several general purpose rooms
Roll and Capacity
Present Roll: 193
Planning capacity = 317
Parents should note that the working capacity of the school will vary dependent upon the number of pupils at each stage and the way in which the classes are organised.
Status and Stages Covered
This is a non-denominational school for boys and girls aged between 5 years and 12 years. Children from Chapelside Primary normally progress on to Airdrie Academy, South Commonhead Avenue, Airdrie (tel: 01236 757675)
Out with school hours Chapelside Primary is availably for community groups. Details from Community Facilities Section, Coatbridge Community Centre, 9 Old Monklands Road, Coatbridge, ML5 5EA.
Tel: 01236 632778, fax: 01698 302110 or email: email@example.com
Senior Management Remits
(Subject to change depending on the needs of the school)
Head Teacher: Mrs. Wendy Davie
Responsible for: Staff
The Corporate Life of the School
Pastoral Care Primary 1 to Primary 7
Support for Learning
Co-ordination of Additional Support Plans
Primary 7 – S1 transition
Principal Teacher: Mrs. Margaret Clelland
Responsible for: Mentoring probationer teachers
Assessment and Moderation for whole staff
Pastoral care Primary 1 – Primary 7
Deputising for the Head Teacher in her absence
Nursery to Primary One Transition
Acting Principal Teacher: Miss Monica Tierney
Responsible for: ICT co-ordinator
Implementation of GLOW
Use of e-portfolios
Implementation of Modern Languages
Class Teachers: Stages Taught (correct at time of printing)
Mrs. W. Wallace P1
Mrs. M. Russo P1/2
Miss. L. Russell & Miss. M. Tierney P2/3
Miss. E. Gibson & Mrs L. Black P3/4
Mrs. S. O’Hanlon P4/5
Mrs. J. Hughes P5/6
Mrs. A. Lockhart & Mrs M. Clelland P6/7
Miss L. Devine P7
Ms. H. Anderson Nurture Group
Mrs. L. Black NCCT cover
Total Number of Teaching Staff: 14
Mrs. R. Brand (3 days Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
Mrs. C. McGill (2 days Monday & Tuesday)
Mrs. L. Waitkins
Mr. D. Littlejohn
Mrs. M. Baxter (Nurture Group)
Ms. M. McKay (ASNA)
Mrs. J. Hamill (ASNA)
Mrs. K. O’Hara
Mrs. E. Mitchell
Janitor: Mrs. E. McMillan
Cleaning Supervisor: Ms. L. Brennan
Catering Supervisor: Mr. S. Austen
School Calendar 2016/2017
8.55 a.m. School day begins
10.35a.m. Morning Interval
11.00a.m. – 11.15a.m. (2nd morning interval)
10.50a.m. & 11.15a.m. Classes resume
1.20p.m. Classes resume
All P1 pupils will require to attend full-time from first day of session.
The following holidays are provisional for session 2016/2017:
In-service day: Monday 15 August 2016
In-service day: Tuesday 16 August 2016
Pupils return to school: Wednesday 17 August 2016
September weekend holidays: Friday 23 September 2016 and Monday 26 September 2016
October break: Monday 17 October 2016 to Friday 21 October 2016
In-service day: Monday 21 November 2016
December 2016 – January 2016
Christmas and New Year holidays: Monday 26 December 2016 to Friday 6 January 2017 (inclusive)
Mid-term break: Monday 13 February and Tuesday 14 February 2017
In-service day: Wednesday 15 February
Spring break: Monday 3 April to Monday 17 April 2017 (inclusive)*
*Good Friday 14 April 2017 and Easter Monday 17 April 2017
May Day holiday: Monday 1 May 2017
In-service day: Thursday 4 May 2017
Mid-term holiday: Friday 26 and Monday 29 May 2017
School closes Wednesday 28 June 2017
It is proposed that schools will return for staff Tuesday 15 August 2017 and Thursday 17 August 2017 for pupils.
After School Care
Mobile Play In Action Out Of School Care (based at One Wellwynd, Airdrie). For more information telephone 01236 767767 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Their website is: www.mobileplayinaction.org
Parents who would like to enrol their child in Chapelside Primary should telephone the school who will be happy to arrange a suitable time for you and your child to visit the school.
Registration of infant beginners will take place in January. Please watch local press for details of registration procedures and the dates on which you should come to the school to register.
Further information about our programme for new beginners will be available at the time of registration.
Equal Opportunities and Social Justice
At Chapelside we encourage pupils to learn about equal opportunities and social justice. All pupils are encouraged to participate fully in all curricular areas. The school is committed to assessing all policies and practices to ensure there are no negative impacts on any group of people.
The Equality & Human Rights Commission’s Technical Guidance for schools in Scotland is the essential guide for the school community to promote equality.
This information can be accessed at:
Curriculum For Excellence
What is Curriculum For Excellence?
Curriculum for Excellence aims to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing an improved, more flexible and enriched curriculum for all children and young people from 3-18. The curriculum includes all of the experiences which are planned for children and young people through their education, wherever they are being educated. 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.
Curriculum for Excellence is underpinned by the values inscribed on the mace of the Scottish Parliament – wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity. 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.
What are the curriculum areas in a Curriculum for Excellence?
There are eight curriculum areas:-
Expressive Arts Religious and Moral Education
Health and Well Being Sciences
Languages (Literacy) Social Studies
Mathematics (Numeracy) Technologies
Importantly literacy and numeracy are given added importance because these skills are so vital in every day life. All teachers will have responsibility to teach literacy and numeracy.
Learning is divided into two phases:
The Broad General Education (BGE) is from nursery to the end of Secondary School Year 3. Learning is divided into levels. The levels are as follows:
Early The pre-school years and P.1 or later for some
First To the end of P.4 but earlier or later for some
Second To the end of P.7 but earlier or later for some
Third & Fourth S1 – S3 but earlier for some
Senior Phase S4 – S6 and college or other means of study.
How will my child’s learning be assessed?
There will be new ways of assessing each child’s progress to make sure that their potential is achieved. New qualifications are being developed:-
- National 4 and 5 qualifications were introduced in 2013/2014
- Access, Highers and Advanced Highers are being updated to reflect
Curriculum for Excellence
- New Highers in most subjects were introduced in almost all North Lanarkshire schools in August 2014
In playrooms and classrooms staff will be using improved ways of assessing children’s learning taking account of national and local advice and guidance. Your child’s progress will be reported to you so that you know how well your child is doing.
Each year your nursery/school will let you know what is being done to continue to implement Curriculum for Excellence so that you can be confident that your child is receiving a high quality education.
Language is at the heart of everything we do. In Chapelside we seek to provide our pupils with a wide variety of experiences in which they can develop competencies across the four areas of Language: reading, writing, talking and listening.
Reading we believe should be purposeful and enjoyable therefore we feel it is important to provide a large range of reading material to encourage children to want to read.
Parental support in continuing to encourage their children to read at home is invaluable. This is achieved through regular home reading assignments and in supporting the twice yearly book fair events.
It is crucial that children return their reading books to school every day.
Within a supportive and stimulating environment children are encouraged to talk and write about a wide variety of subjects and to develop skills in listening.
Integrated throughout these four areas of language will be the development of the important, necessary skills of spelling, punctuation, language structure and handwriting.
The programmes of study which children follow are carefully structured. The following nationally acclaimed resources are used to assist in ensuring appropriately planned experiences across the four language areas.
Early Stages P1-P3
N.L.C. programme of Active Literacy which includes Reading, Writing, Listening and Talking.
Better Reading Programme
Middle & Upper Stages P4-P7
N.L.C. programme of Active Literacy which includes Reading, Writing, Talking, Listening,
Literacy World Non-Fiction,
Novel Studies – 4 stage reading programme
Phonemes into Spelling
Primary 1 to 7 pupils are taught conversational French through a carefully planned programme of enjoyable and stimulating activities which seek to build up the children’s knowledge and understanding of both the language and lifestyle of France. Spanish will be introduced to Primary 7.
The study of Modern Languages will develop and extend pupils literacy skills and give them the opportunities to:
- communicate, collaborate and build relationships
- reflect on and explain literacy and thinking skills, using feedback to help them improve and sensitively provide useful feedback for others
- engage with and create a wide range of texts in different media, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by ICT
- develop understanding of what is special, vibrant and valuable about their own and other cultures and languages
- explore the richness and diversity of language, how it can affect them and the wide range of ways in which they can be creative
- extend and enrich their vocabulary through listening, talking, watching and reading.
At Chapelside we provide practical experiences through which children’s understanding of the mathematical processes contained within; Money, Number and Measurement; Shape, Position and Movement; Information Handling and Problem Solving may be developed.
We try to ensure that these practical experiences relate to everyday life and that children see the relevance and application of mathematical skills within the environment.
Health & Wellbeing
Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future. This will help all pupils to:
- develop self-awareness, self-worth and respect for others
- meet challenges, manage change and build relationships
- experience personal achievement and build resilience and confidence
- understand and develop physical,mental and spiritual wellbeing and social skills
- understand how what we eat, how active we are and how decisions we make about behaviour and relationships affect physical and mental wellbeing
- participate in a wide range of activities which promote a healthy lifestyle
- understand that adults in school community have a responsibility to look after children, listen to their concerns and involve others where necessary
- learn about where to find help and resources to inform choices
- assess and manage risk and understand the impact of risk-taking behaviour
- reflect on pupils strengths and skills to help them make informed choices when planning next steps
- acknowledge diversity and understand that it is everyone’s responsibility to challenge discrimination.
We also have a programme of Personal and Social Development which is delivered through “Circle Time” and “Telling Tales”. Our Sexual Health and Wellbeing Programme is delivered P.1-7 and is entitled “Proud To Be Me.” Parents may withdraw their child from Sexual Health after discussion with the Head Teacher. Notification of withdrawal must be in writing.
The sciences framework provides a range of different contexts for learning which draw on important aspects of everyday life and work.
Learning in the sciences will enable pupils to:
- develop curiosity and understanding of the environment and their place in the living, material and physical world
- demonstrate a secure knowledge and understanding of the big ideas and concepts of the sciences
- develop skills for learning, life and work
- develop the skills of scientific inquiry and investigation using practical techniques
- develop skills in the accurate use of scientific language, formulae and equations
- apply safety measures and take necessary actions to control risk and hazards
- recognise the impact the sciences make on their life, the lives of others, the environment and on society
- recognise the role of creativity and inventiveness in the development of the sciences
- develop an understanding of the Earth’s resources and the need for responsible use of them
- express opinions and make decisions on social, moral, ethical, economic and environmental issues based upon sound understanding
- develop as a scientifically-literate citizen with a lifelong interest in the sciences
- establish the foundation for more advanced learning and future careers in the sciences and the technologies.
Social Studies is the area of the curriculum through which we seek to equip our children with skills which will help them understand the world in which they live.
Learning in the social studies will enable your child to:
- develop understanding of the history, heritage and culture of Scotland, and an appreciation of local and national heritage within the world
- broaden understanding of the world by learning about human activities and achievements in the past and present
- develop understanding of their own values, beliefs and cultures and those of others
- develop understanding of the principles of democracy and citizenship through experience of critical and independent thinking
- explore and evaluate different types of sources and evidence
- learn how to locate, explore and link periods, people and events in time and place
- learn how to locate, explore and link features and places locally and further afield
- engage in activities which encourage enterprising attitudes
- develop an understanding of concepts that stimulate enterprise and influence business
- establish firm foundations for lifelong learning and for further specialised study and careers.
The technologies framework provides a range of different contexts for learning that draw on important aspects of everyday life and work.
It includes creative, practical and work-related experiences and outcomes in business, computing science, food, textiles, craft, design, engineering, graphics and applied technologies. Learning in the technologies enables pupils to:
- develop an understanding of the role and impact of technologies in changing and influencing societies
- contribute to building a better world by taking responsible, ethical actions to improve their life, the lives of others and the environment
- gain the confidence and skills to embrace and use technologies now and in the future, at home, at work and in the wider community
- become an informed consumer and producer who has an appreciation of the merits and impacts of products and services
- be capable of making reasoned choices relating to the environment, sustainable development and ethical, economic and cultural issues
- broaden my understanding of the role that information and communications technology (ICT) has in Scotland and in the global community
- broaden awareness of how ideas in mathematics and science are used in engineering and the technologies
- experience work-related learning, and establish firm foundations for lifelong learning, and specialised study and careers.
It is important to remember that as children and young people play and learn they will develop an interest, confidence and enjoyment in ICT skills that can be transferred and applied in different learning contexts.
Expressive Arts is made up of four subjects:
Art & Design, Drama, Music and Physical Education
At Chapelside we try to present each of these subjects to our pupils in an enjoyable and stimulating way. We aim to provide an educational experience in the expressive arts for all pupils, regardless of age, aptitude or physical or social circumstance, which is continuous and challenging.
The children are given a range of activities within each subject aimed at developing particular skills. Children then utilise and enhance these skills through cross-curricular activities.
Children are encouraged and given opportunity to perform new skills at our assemblies as well as to class mates.
Learning in, through and about the expressive arts:
- enables pupils to experience the inspiration and power of the arts
- recognises and nurtures creative and aesthetic talents
- allows them to develop skills and techniques that are relevant to specific art forms and across the four capacities
- provides opportunities to deepen their understanding of culture in Scotland and the wider world
- is enhanced and enriched through partnerships with professional arts companies, creative adults and cultural organisations.
Religious & Moral Education
At Chapelside we believe that every child should be encouraged to develop his/her own spiritual understanding through the exploration of Christianity and other world religions. We want to provide our pupils with a broad and balanced programme which stimulates them to question and to reflect upon the spiritual dimension of life.
Our school chaplain, Rev. Margaret Currie, has an important part to play in our religious programme. She regularly contributes to our fortnightly assemblies and advises and assists in the delivery of the Christianity aspects of our Religious and Moral curriculum.
Learning through religious and moral education enables children to:
- recognise religion as an important expression of human experience
- learn about and from the beliefs, values, practices and traditions of Christianity and the world religions selected for study, other traditions and viewpoints independent of religious belief
- explore and develop knowledge and understanding of religions, recognising the place of Christianity in the Scottish context
- investigate and understand the responses which religious and non-religious views can offer to questions about the nature and meaning of life
- recognise and understand religious diversity and the importance of religion in society
- develop respect for others and an understanding of beliefs and practices which are different from their own
- explore and establish values such as wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity and engage in the development of and reflection upon their own moral values
- develop beliefs, attitudes, values and practices through reflection, discovery and critical evaluation
- develop the skills of reflection, discernment, critical thinking and deciding how to act when making moral decisions
- make a positive difference to the world by putting their beliefs and values into action
- establish a firm foundation for lifelong learning, further learning and adult life.
Parents have the right, if they so wish, to withdraw their children from religious education and observance. Parents who wish to exercise this right should inform the school of their desire to do so in writing.
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.
We will continue to consult and inform parents of their child’s progress within this curriculum. We will work in partnership with parents in a variety of settings for example, curriculum workshops, showcase events and through regular newsletters and items on our website.
Assessment and Reporting
Each year Chapelside Primary School will let you know what is being done to implement Curriculum for Excellence so that you can be confident that your child is receiving a high quality education.
At Chapelside Primary we are fully engaged with A Curriculum for Excellence (ACfE). Previous learning and good practice has been assimilated into the new programmes of study to ensure our pupils experience effective continuity in their learning.
- Staff now plan and deliver teaching and learning through the experiences and outcomes of ACfE
- Staff have worked collaboratively to identify interdisciplinary topics which are relevant, meaningful and motivating for the children
- Children are encouraged and supported in self-evaluating their learning, linked to the identified success criteria of the lesson
- Senior Management monitor the work of the classes, observing lessons, questioning pupils, looking at jotters and offering feedback and support to further improve the quality of provision
- Staff and pupils assess the work they are undertaking to identify good practice and areas for improvement
- Children are given a wide range of opportunities to achieve success both academically and in other areas of school life. This fits with the North Lanarkshire policy on Raising Achievement For All
- Formal arrangements for assessments are currently being developed. We will assess pupils as follows:
- Primary 1 Baseline Assessment in September and May
- SSLN assessments in Numeracy and Literacy for identified pupils
Parents are invited to attend twice yearly Parental & Pupil Visits. The first in the session is usually in October, after which parents will receive an Interim Progress Report on their child’s achievements in the first part of the session 2016/2017. Full pupil report will be issued in March and our second Parental & Pupil Visit will be in May. We also hold 2 Showcase Afternoons when parent may visit classroom to see children work displayed and presented.
Parents are welcome to make an appointment if they have any concerns about their child’s progress or if they would like further information about teaching methods or aspects of the curriculum.
Additional Support Needs
Chapelside Primary School complies with the Education (Additional Support for 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.
At times children may experience some kind of learning difficulty. When a teacher is aware that a pupil is experiencing difficulties then there are a variety of supports that we may provide for the child as appropriate.
This may include:
- providing alternative resources
- providing additional staff to allow the child to work in a small group situation
- referral to Area Network Support Teacher to assist in supporting the child with specific learning difficulties.
The Education Authorities Staged Intervention process involves:
Level 1 – Internal support, where education staff identify that a child needs support or planning which can be met within the existing classroom setting.
Level 2 – Internal support, where education staff identify that a child or young person needs support or planning from within the school or Early Years establishment.
Level 3 – External support from within education where it is identified that the child requires support or planning from out with the school setting but within educational services.
Level 4 – External support provided on a multi-agency basis, where the child’s needs are identified as requiring support or planning from other agencies out with education such as health, social work and/or voluntary services and these support needs are likely to last for more than one year.
Our school environment will support our children to grow and develop to be:
Safe – protected from abuse, neglect or harm at home, in school or in the community
Healthy – experiencing high standards of physical and mental health, and supported to make informed choices
Achieving – receiving support and guidance in their learning thus boosting their skills, confidence and self-esteem
Nurtured – having a nurturing and stimulating place to grow
Active – by offering many opportunities to take part in a wide range of activities helping them to build a fulfilling and happy future
Respected – given a voice and involved in the decisions which affect their well-being
Responsible – taking an active role within their schools and communities
Included – receiving help and guidance to overcome social, educational, physical and economic inequalities and to be accepted as a member of the community in which they live and learn.
All pupils are encouraged to approach any adult in the school for support and guidance.
However, within the Getting It Right For Every Child framework the school has an identified Named Person that all pupils can approach when requiring support. It is the Named Person’s responsibility to liaise with class teachers and other agencies to ensure that every pupil’s needs are met.
At Chapelside the Named Person is the Head Teacher, Mrs. Wendy Davie.
Provision is made for those learners for whom English is an additional language.
In some cases where we are concerned about a child’s learning and development, we may request the assistance of the educational psychologist. The educational psychologist can assist with detailed assessment of the child’s needs and in helping the school plan the best way ahead for the child. Parents will be consulted and the educational psychologist will only work with the child on the agreement of the parent. On occasions we may refer also to Speech & Language, Occupational Health and Child & Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
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 are an essential part of the assessment; planning and review processes and your views will be actively sought. Parents and young people can request can request an assessment at any time to establish whether a child or young person has additional needs and/or requires a Co-ordinated Support Plan.
Additional Support Plans (ASPs) enable staff to plan effectively 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.
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.
The School Improvement Report outlining the main achievements over the last 12 months can be viewed on our school website: www.chapelside.n-lanark.sch.uk.
Our School Improvement Proposed Priorities for 2016/2017
- Curriculum for Excellence
To develop a whole school approach to the Writing component within the NLC Active Literacy Programme with a particular focus on the Significant Aspects of Learning. Children will experience opportunities that will provide breadth, challenge and application.
- Curriculum for Excellence
To develop the use of the SHANNARI indicators and the components of the GIRFEC framework, with a particular focus on Health linked to “Better Eating Better Learning”.
- Curriculum for Excellence
To consolidate the core components of Recording, Reporting, Assessment and
Pupils will engage and be actively involved in the Assessment process along with parents/teachers and peers using Assessment is for Learning Strategies along with reflecting their skills against the Significant Aspects of Learning.
- Partnership with Parents
To continue to develop strong and purposeful parental/guardian partnerships in the school and in the wider school community.
As well as focussing on these improvements we will continue to maintain and develop our work in relation to Eco Schools, Global Citizenship, GLOW and Enterprise.
Details of where information regarding Chapelside Primary’s performance at Local and National level can be obtained at www.educationscotland.gov.uk
The purpose of homework is:
- To reinforce and consolidate learning which has taken place in class
- To encourage the child to take responsibility for his/her own learning
- To practice acquired skills
- To develop new skills
- To share school experiences with parents.
Tasks are set by the class teacher and will be within the pupil’s capabilities, varied in content, relevant and realistic in duration. The length of time may vary dependent on the task set but should not take excessive time or cause distress. Homework will be set at each individual teacher’s discretion and the pattern and frequency of homework may vary at times, depending on the other activities children are involved in during the school day. Any issues regarding homework should be raised, in the first instance, with your child’s class teacher. Parents are requested to sign each homework task and ensure their child returns their reading book each day.
Typical tasks may include:
Number Work Reading/Novels Spelling
Sentence Formation Creative Writing Research Work
In Chapelside Primary School we aim to:
- continue to raise attainment and achievement.
- provide a broad and challenging curriculum through effective teaching and learning.
- empower and inspire children through our positive ethos to become successful learners, responsible citizens, effective contributors and confident individuals.
- promote social justice, fairness and equality.
- recognise talents and celebrate success.
There are opportunities for all learners to develop personal and wider achievements by involvement in the life of the school through being a member of a variety of committees, for example: the Eco Committee, Enterprise Committee, Road Safety, Gardening, Choir, Outdoor and Community/Pupil Council Committees. Every child in the school belongs to a committee. All Primary 7 pupils are given the opportunity to attend a residential experience at Kilbowie Outdoor Centre.
We work alongside Community Learning Development on a variety of initiatives. We access local community through visits to Summerlee Museum, the local library and John Smiths swimming pool. We are responsive to community events as they arise and are supported by organisations such as Airdrie Savings Bank and the Burns Club of Airdrie.
Spiritual, Social, Moral and Cultural Values
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.
We have a variety of clubs after school. It is enthusiastic members of staff, willing to give of their own time, who make all these clubs possible.
We also have Active Schools coaches who come in to school to take after school clubs.
Freedom Of Information
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 came into force on 1st January 2005. The Act allows anyone to ask for information held by the Council, and imposes a timescale of 20 working days for the Council to respond. To deal with Freedom of Information requests, the Council has appointed a Corporate Freedom of Information Officer with the support of an officer in each Service. The Freedom of Information and Records Management Officer can be contacted by telephone on 01698 524712.
(A) Data Protection
The processing of your personal information by North Lanarkshire Council is carried out in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The information you give is held securely, treated confidentially and only used for statutory educational purposes or to improve the quality of service. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you are entitled to access the information held. In terms of section 7 of the Act such requests should be sent to Freedom of Information and Records Management Officer.
(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 the education authorities need accurate, up-to-date data about our pupils. We are keen to help all our pupils to 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 data protection 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 legalisation 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).
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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.
Chapelside’s Child Protection Co-ordinator is Mrs. Wendy Davie (H.T.) 01236 757650.
Promoting Positive Behaviour
The quality of education which can be offered is dependent upon the quality and effectiveness of the learning and teaching which can be provided. To be fully effective, this requires the existence of a positive and harmonious environment within the school.
To ensure this type of environment, a code of discipline based on principles of mutual respect and consideration must be established, understood and heeded by all within the school. Such a code can only be effective with the full co-operation of all involved in the process, staff, parents and pupils.
In general, pupils will be encouraged to become responsible for their own standard of behaviour.
We aim to promote personal responsibility in all decisions children make with regard to their behaviour. Staff have high expectations for all pupils and these are shared and monitored regularly throughout the school day/week/year. Parents are an essential part of this process and will be fully involved in supporting their child.
Every child and member of staff is a member of a house. These are currently in the theme of planets: Playful Pluto, Magical Mars, Super Saturn and Jazzy Jupiter. The children can earn house counters for a variety of positive behaviours – coloured counters = 1 point and a white counter from H.T. = 10 points. Every child can record the number of white counters earned on their prize card and these can be redeemed at out ‘Prize Shop’. We also have a weekly and termly house winner. Throughout the year we host a variety of house events for the children to participate in e.g. Obstacle course, Christmas quiz.
In addition, individual effort certificates are presented to a number of pupils from each class on a weekly basis. These certificates can be taken home. Particular effort will be identified by the class teacher in any area of school life to ensure that every child has an opportunity of having his/her effort recognised.
In Chapelside Primary School, staff actively promote positive behaviour by using rewards and praise to acknowledge effort, good behaviour and good manners. Restorative Practices are used most effectively to resolve any conflict which may arise.
At all times we need and appreciate the support of parents in helping the school to assist children in the development of self-discipline. We are seeking to promote an atmosphere of respect and caring where children can learn and grow in harmony with each other appreciating the need for order and a positive attitude towards themselves and others.
Positive Progress – Code of Practice
- Class teacher sends out a letter inviting parents to meet with them when a child’s behaviour is giving cause for concern. The class teacher will have taken all possible steps to ensure barriers to children’s learning have been explored and addressed through Staged Intervention Procedures prior to this invitation being issued.
In the event of the unacceptable behaviour being linked to the playground or dining hall, then the member of support staff must provide a detailed written account of the incidents to allow the class teacher to cascade these to the parents. (Support staff member can be asked to the meeting if felt necessary). These incidents must be within a short period of time before a parent is invited to the school.
- Parents, Carers and pupils attend meeting with class teacher when an agreement to keep a Positive Progress Diary for one week is established and a second appointment is made to review the diary. An appointment slip is issued to parents at this meeting.
- The Positive Progress Diary (PPD) is kept for one week. This diary should reflect both positive and negative (if any) experiences that the child has had in class during the week.
- Parents meet again with the class teacher as agreed. If the child is moving into Action Plan a member of the SMT will attend this meeting.
If the PPD shows a positive response then the matter is closed and parents are thanked for their involvement in the process. The child is told of this decision and reminded that the process will begin again should his / her behaviour give any cause for concern.
If the PPD shows a predominance of negative behaviours a three week action plan will be established. The class teacher, parents and child discuss the behaviour which will be targeted in week 1 of the 3 week Action Plan. This is recorded on the Action Plan Booklet and the diary is maintained for three weeks. Targets may be changed weekly during this time if children are successful in overtaking the agreed target.
Staff, parents and the child comment on how they feel about progress each week. An appointment is made to discuss the Action Plan in three weeks time.
All records being kept must be written up, in consultation with the child, every day.
- Parents / Carers, class teachers and SMT meet again after three weeks to discuss progress.
- After the 3 week consultation if progress is still not being made then the Head Teacher will meet with the parents to discuss and implement procedures / sanctions as required.
At Chapelside Primary we aim, in partnership with parents, the wider community and other services, to provide a safe and caring environment within which each child is encouraged to achieve his/her potential.
Throughout every aspect of school life, we aim to help pupils to have an appropriate regard for self, and for others and their needs.
We believe that the development of co-operative attitudes, courtesy and concern for others helps to prevent bullying behaviour.
Sadly, however, bullying can happen and we need to take action to stop it.
These are the guidelines we follow:
Bullying in any form, verbal, physical or threatening, will not be tolerated and parental co-operation will be sought to ensure that such unacceptable behaviour is eradicated at an early stage. If any parent suspects that his/her child is being bullied, this must be communicated to a member of staff to enable action to be taken.
The school has an Anti-Bullying Policy:
- Where reported (by child or adult) that a pupil is being picked on it will be fully investigated, and given as much time as it takes until there is a degree of acceptance about the pupil feeling secure in the school. Though it is an important lesson to know that everyone may be unhappy sometimes, it will not be accepted by us that a child is in a general state of unhappiness, and we will not stop working with that child until the child feels things have improved.
At Chapelside Primary School we aim to provide a safe, happy and secure environment for our children. However, we recognise that bullying does exist and is a problem common to many schools. We believe that it can only be effectively dealt with if parents, staff and children work together to find a solution. This position statement sets out some of our approaches to dealing with feelings regarding bullying.
What is bullying?
Bulling is a persistent, intentional abuse of power to hurt. It is not a one-off incident or even a sporadically recurring incident—it is intentionally repeated towards the same person. It is not always physical; it can be verbal, social or emotional in nature and can be identified by.
*anger *upset *discrimination *frustration *isolation
*manipulation *fear *hurt *embarrassment
Who is involved?
There can be one, or in some instances, more than one person who bullies one, or occasionally, a group of others. Bullying is damaging not only to the person being bullied but also to the person displaying bullying behaviour. Consideration should also be given to the damage and/or responsibilities of pupils who may be aware that it is happening although not directly participating in it.
What can we do about it?
Everyone in the school has a role to play in stopping and eradicating bullying.
The School Management
- To work with staff, children and parents to encourage a climate of respect, caring, openness and support
- To support class teachers
- To ensure both the pupil affected and the pupil displaying bullying behaviour are counselled and/or supported
- Take appropriate actions where deemed necessary
The Class teacher
- To discuss bullying and its effects on a regular basis
- To provide a model of respect in interactions with others
- To be aware of and defuse potential situations before they escalate
- To foster a climate where children report bullying
- To take action or give advice where necessary
- To monitor and record conflicts and to report them to the school management
The Janitor and playground supervisors
- To observe and monitor children’s behaviour outside the classroom and intervene to defuse incidents
- To report incidents which give rise to concern
The Clerical Staff
- To provide a channel of communication through which incidents can be reported
- To support the children
You can support your child by:
- Letting them know you appreciate being told
- Encourage your child to let the school know immediately if there are things they are unhappy with.
- Letting them know that it may not be their fault if they have been picked on
- Helping your child to express any feeling of anger or sadness
- Reporting repeated or serious incidents to the school
- Allowing the school time to deal with the matter
- Co-operating with the efforts of the school in dealing with the problem
- Letting the school know if there is any recurrence of the problem
When bullying is discussed children should be given advice about how to react to and deal with bullies and bullying.
They should be aware that they should not:
- blame themselves think like a victim
- put themselves at risk
They should try to:
- stay calm stay with friends ● keep in control
- tell someone – friend, teacher, parent, other responsible adult
It may also be helpful to:
- look confident
- avoid over-worrying
And above all—do not stay silent, do not accept things you do not like—say no, say stop—and if the person does not stop, then let them know you will tell—and do so.
If children see someone else being picked on they should report it to an adult so that it can be dealt with.
These are messages we will relay to our pupils from P1 onwards. Our playgrounds are supervised, and our classes often have more than one adult in them. There are many people that children can turn to.
Bullying can be complex and difficult to solve, but physical retaliation usually only makes the situation worse. It can cause injury, make it more difficult to establish the persons responsible and undermine all efforts to develop self-control.
The only acceptable approach is to encourage children to use the strategies outlined.
Dealing with bullying
In school we:
- Take reports seriously and investigate all instances
- Support the affected children and talk to the person who is displaying bullying behaviour plus their parents
- Discuss the consequences of their actions with children
- Involve parents and enlist their support in resolving the situation
- Where necessary, in extreme cases, involve other agencies and involve the education authority
By working together, children, staff and parents, we can make a difference and stop bullying
Where a situation remains unclear, or even after a situation has been dealt with, there are a number of options for children who continue to display bullying behaviour and those affected. Most who display bullying behaviour have previously by bullying behaviour themselves. It is not appropriate to stereotype particular children. It serves no good for a pupil to consider themselves as a typical victim or culprit:
The pupil experiencing the bullying
Close monitoring of a pupil – this may be monthly, weekly or daily, depending on circumstances; in this case the HT or another adult will chat to a pupil and get an update regarding the pupil’s feelings about the playground, or past impact of bullying behaviour, or any other concerns, until we are sure that this pupil no longer needs such close support in the school.
Procedures will also be doubly emphasised to them, in particular the need to tell adults, to not save up complaints, and to tell as soon as possible, and as honestly as possible (including any wrong-doings they themselves may have committed!)
Where a wrong-doing has occurred the pupil affected will, when appropriate, be involved in the decisions regarding the actions to be taken with the pupil who has been displaying the bullying behaviour, and will certainly be informed of the measures taking place, and their agreement will be sought in this regard.
The pupil displaying bullying behaviour
All pupils who have been displaying bullying behaviour will be given the chance to make amends. Actions should serve two functions: to improve the behaviour of the culprit, and to protect the members of the school community. They will be given a chance to understand the hurt they have caused and therefore to stop such behaviours. Progress will be carefully monitored. Actions will vary according to when and how the incident has occurred, and the affected pupil will be involved in these discussions when appropriate. Where there is repetition, then the parents of the pupil displaying bullying behaviour will be involved.
As stated above, in more extreme cases then there are certain statutory procedures that have to be followed, involving other agencies; in such circumstances confidentiality has to be adhered to, and it may not be possible to inform the affected pupil or the affected pupil’s parents in as much detail about what is happening to the pupil who has been displaying bullying behaviour at this point. In all cases, the rights of individuals will be taken fully into account; however, the school community as a whole has rights, to be a place of safety and learning, and this also must be kept foremost in everybody’s in mind.
There are also a number of ways in which the curriculum supports these aims; for instance:
- Health Education
Health Education is not just a series of lessons about health but also about how we take responsibility for ourselves and our relationships; over the year therefore we look at physical health, social health and emotional health, while trying to reinforce the lessons learned in the context of our pupils real daily lives.
- Personal and Social Development Lessons
Guidance in personal and social development creates the foundation stone for all other possible developments. Proper conduct, consideration, cooperation and reflection are encouraged on a daily basis across all subjects, and this is reinforced through the use of different schemes in classes, such as Circle Time, Peer Mediation, and Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS)
Children are young and are learning—and this includes learning how to behave, learning how to treat others, and learning effectively how to respond to pressures. There is no magic wand that makes everything OK for everybody; but where intentions are honourable, where there is a determination to have a just and progressing society, where stated procedures are backed up by actions, and where support for the values of the school is made clear, then we steadfastly aim that the processes and systems of the school will strengthen and support our pupils through any challenges that arise.
Home and School Links
At Chapelside we believe that if the links between home and school are strong then this will have a positive effect on the child’s attitude and performance at school. Therefore we try to ensure that we communicate regularly and in a variety of ways with parents.
There are twice yearly Parents’ Visits which aim to give detailed information on your child’s progress. Parents however are very welcome to call at the school any time to arrange a suitable meeting to discuss aspects of their child’s education which they may have concerns about or if they wish additional information.
A variety of workshops designed to give parents more information about the curriculum and how they can assist their child’s education, are organised at different times throughout the year. Our annual Open Afternoon gives parents the opportunity to visit classrooms.
Volunteers are sought to assist with general activities throughout the year and these volunteers may be called on to carry out a variety of duties in classes throughout the year – not necessarily always in your own child’s class. Any parent wishing to become involved in this way should contact any member of staff to express their interest. All adults working in school will be authorised on successful completion of an Enhanced Disclosure Check/PVG.
Parents are invited into school to offer additional support for children’s learning where they have a particular skill, talent or knowledge base which will enhance the work being undertaken in class. We encourage our parents to let us know if they would be willing to offer this provision during the school year.
Monthly newsletters are sent out to keep parents informed about school events. Information is also available on the school website www.chapelside.n-lanark.sch.uk
On occasions we text first contact of all pupils to remind and inform important information.
We have an active Parent Council which meets regularly and to which all parents are invited to attend.
Links between home and school are always encouraged and welcomed.
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 one emergency contact number. Parents are required to inform the school if these contact details change during the course of the year. Parents and carers are asked to inform the school by letter or by telephone, if your child is likely to be absent for some time. Please give your child a note on his/her return to school, confirming the reason for absence.
Failure to do so will result in school staff accessing all contact numbers provided for the child. In the interest of child safety if all attempts to locate the child have been exhausted the Police will be contacted.
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 well being 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.
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 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 attendance officer investigates unexplained absence, and the authority has the power to write to, interview or prosecute parents, or to refer pupils to the reporter of the children’s hearings, if necessary.
At Chapelside, when we have concerns about a child’s attendance, we firstly contact the parents by letter to make them aware of our concern. We ensure that parents are aware of the number of absences or pattern of absences and of their duty to make sure that their child attends regularly. If attendance does not improve then we ask the school attendance officer to investigate and proceed in the light of the information and advice from that officer.
School and the Local Community
The school aims to be an integral part of the local community. In keeping with authority policy our accommodation is available, out with school hours, for use by members of the community. Enquiries and applications for the use of the accommodation should be made to the area community education officer whose address is listed in the directory at the back of this handbook.
In conjunction with our colleagues from Community Education, various short courses are available at certain times within the school during the school day. Previous courses have included word processing, art & design, first-aid.
Our pupils are encouraged to support local events. We use local amenities and use every opportunity to involve members of the community in our school events.
We lay great emphasis on encouraging our pupils to contribute to their community and to assist in working towards making it a better place.
The service is available daily from 8.15a.m. Last breakfast is served at 8.40a.m.
Breakfast costs 20p.
Clothing & 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. The 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.
Clothing which is unacceptable in school under any circumstances includes items which:
- could potentially encourage faction (such as 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 particularly for alcohol or tobacco
- could be used to inflict injury to other pupils or to be used by others to do so
Parents of Primary aged children in receipt of a clothing grant from the council will be encouraged to purchase items which are in accordance with the school dress code. Approvals of any requests for such grants in other circumstances are at the discretion of the executive director of Learning & Leisure services. 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 and 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 might 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.
At Chapelside our uniform is:
Grey/black trousers or skirt
Red sweatshirt (with Chapelside logo)
White polo shirt
School meals are available each day of the school session.
A choice of a hot, two course, traditional meal or snack type alternative is on the menu each day.
We are trying to encourage the children to eat a healthy and balanced diet and hope to develop new ways of promoting healthy eating habits.
Parents should notify the school if their child requires a special diet. 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 from the child’s school or dietician, or from North Lanarkshire catering service. Occasionally, 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.
If a child brings their own packed lunch they are seated with the other diners in the lunch hall.
Parents should be assured that if their child loses or forgets lunch money, then he/she will choose his/her lunch as normal and, on the first occasion only, a note of the amount spent sent home. The money should be brought the next day.
As of January 2015 all pupils of Primary 1 – 3 are entitled to a free school meal.
Children of parents receiving Income Support, Universal Credit, Job Seeker’s Allowance (income based) or Employment and Support Allowance (income related) are entitled to a meal without charge.
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), Universal Credit, housing benefit, council tax rebate.
Only primary school children who receive free school meals are entitled to free milk. Milk may however be available for purchase in the school during morning interval and at lunchtime.
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 means that the provision of transport could be reviewed at any time. Parents who consider they are eligible should obtain an application form from the school or from Learning and 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 for the start of term.
(ii) Pick up points
While 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 authorities’ 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 their child behaves in a safe and acceptable manner whilst boarding, travelling in and alighting from the vehicle. Misbehaviour could result in a loss of the right to free transport.
(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’s policy stated above.
Medical and Health Care
Medical examinations are carried out on each child during their first year of primary school and around the age of 10/11. These examinations are carried out by nurses from Lanarkshire Health Board. Parents may, if they wish, refer their child at other times to the Clinical Medical Officer for examination or advice.
Dental inspections are also carried out on a routine basis in primary schools and parents are offered any necessary treatment for their children although they may choose to go instead to the family dentist.
The school actively participates in the tooth brushing programme monitored by dental nurses.
On a day to day basis in school any child sustaining a minor injury would be treated by Mrs Waitkins, one of our Classroom Assistants, who is now qualified at administering First Aid treatment.
If a child becomes ill or has an accident requiring medical treatment, every effort is made to contact parents. If this is not possible the child will be taken to the family doctor or to the casualty department of Monklands Hospital and will remain in our care until handed over to a parent or other responsible close relative.
Children are never sent home unaccompanied due to illness. Parents are contacted, or a named emergency contact person and they are asked to collect the child. Where this is not possible, then the child can be made comfortable until the parent arrives.
If your child has to take any kind of medicine during the school day and you are not able to attend school yourself to administer it, you are asked to inform the school office. They will give you a form to complete which will give details of the medicine and how often it is to be given. It is very important you check on a regular basis that your child’s medication (e.g. inhaler) is still in date and replace when necessary.
Please do not ever send medication into school with your child. An adult must always hand the appropriate medication into school, sign the administration form and collect any unused medication when it is no longer required. Medication will never be sent home with a child.
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.
Information in emergencies
We make every effort to maintain a full educational service, but on 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 reopening. We shall keep you informed by using letters, notices in local shops and community centres, announcements in local churches and announcements in the press, on local radio and the North Lanarkshire Council’s website and Twitter.
PLEASE SEE APPENDIX 1 AT THE END OF THIS HANDBOOK FOR MORE DETAILED GUIDELINES ON OUR SCHOOL EMERGENCY PROCEDURE
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 the school.
You can contact any member of the parent council at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
NB Parent Councils came into force on 1 August 2007
The composition of the Parent Council is determined by the Parent Forum and the Head Teacher is the Professional Adviser to the Parent Council.
Chairperson = Ms. K. Morris
Vice Chairperson = Ms. K. Brannan
Secretaries = Mrs. L. Reid & Ms. J. Stewart
Treasurer = Ms. G. Robertson
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
(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.
(i) improving home school partnership and facilitating parental involvement.
The Head Teacher has a right and duty to attend all meetings of the Parent Council. Meetings of the Parent Council are open to all members of the public. The Parent Council hold an annual AGM where members may be elected. All office bearers hold their office post for two years whilst members and co-opted members are for one year.
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.
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.
You have the right to make a placing request for your child to be educated in a school other than their catchment 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.
Placing requests to a Primary School do not necessarily ensure that your child will have a direct entry into 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 as amended by the Education (Additional Support For Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 to make a placing request for their child or young person to attend a nursery (including partnership nursery), special school and 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.
Transfer from Primary School to Secondary School:
Pupils are normally transferred between the ages of 11 years and 6 months and 12 years and 6 months, 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.
Pupils from Chapelside usually transfer to:
South Commonhead Avenue
Tel (01236) 757675
Learning & Leisure Services
Councillors Logue, Sullivan and Stocks
c/o Civic Centre
Chief Executive’s Department
Community Learning & Development Office,
CLD – Airdrie Area Office
Victoria Community Centre
Queen Victoria Street
Continuous Improvement Officer
Tim Sharpe & Jackie Cahill
CONTACTS IN RELATION TO SUPPORT FOR LEARNING
Help and advice on any matters relating to Support for Learning can be obtained from:
Additional Support Manager
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 fact sheets.
0845 123 2303
www.enquire.org.uk for parents and practitioners
www.enquire.org.uk/yp for children and young people
0131 222 2456
Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
69a George Street
0131 260 5380
Reference to Additional Support Needs Tribunal (Scotland)
450 Argyle Street
Helpline: 0845 120 2906
Fax: 0141 242 0141
Airdrie Community Health Centre
88 Graham Street
There may be occasions when either due to adverse weather conditions or circumstances out with our control that the school may be closed at short notice, In the event of this happening all children will be kept safely in school until a parent, guardian or named emergency contact comes to collect them.
No child will be dismissed or allowed to make their own way home unsupervised.
In cases where you are unable to collect your child yourself, it is essential that we have the emergency contact number of a designated adult who can be contacted at all times throughout the day.
IT IS THEREFORE VERY IMPORTANT THAT ALL PUPILS KNOW WHO THEIR EMERGENCY CONTACT IS AND IF AT ALL POSSIBLE THE NAME OF A SECOND EMERGENCY CONTACT.
All pupils will be given a letter explaining why the closure was necessary and when pupils should return to school.
At the beginning of every session we will update our records of each child’s emergency contact. If there are any changes during the session to this record, please let the school know immediately. Remember that the emergency contact should be someone who is not working during the school day and lives locally.
I WOULD REASSURE YOU THAT THE ABOVE PROCEDURES WILL ONLY BE USED IN RARE CIRCUMSTANCES. OUR MAIN CONCERN WILL ALWAYS BE TO ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL OUR PUPILS.
Although this information is accurate at time of printing, there could be changes affecting any of the matters dealt with in the document –
- before the commencement or during the course of the school year in question
- in relation to subsequent school years
Education authorities by law are required to issue a copy of the school handbook to parents in December each year. It details the current policies and practices of both the Council and the school.
Service and People First
Andrew Sutherland, Executive Director, Learning & Leisure Services