Admissions Policy, 2019/20

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Attendance Policy

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Attendance is a key issue at Sandal Magna. In recent years our attendance figures have unfortunately placed us in the lowest position across the Authority. We are working hard this year to improve our attendance. Our target is 96.4% - please help us to get there!

In order for children to achieve and make progress, it is vital they come to school every day. We can only do this if we all work together – attendance really is a team effort!

The ‘attendance team’ meet on a fortnightly basis to review individual and group attendance across school. We also rely on staff to notice patterns of irregular school attendance or to help us spot improvements that have been made.

Sandal Magna does not authorise holidays taken in term time and works in partnership with the EWS regarding the issue of Fixed Penalty Fines. Pupils have an entitlement to an education, not a term time holiday. Please see the following documents on the importance of high attendance.

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Calculation Policy

Discussion will play a major part in numeracy lessons, children will be encouraged at all times to talk through the process they have used to get their answer. They develop the ethos –‘let’s do it together’. We avoid putting pupils in a test situation when it is not needed. We do calculations in context – start with a problem and unravel the calculations and we actively encourage the children to estimate an answer before attempting a calculation and explain the reasons for their estimation.

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Charges and Remissions Policy

Sandal Magna Community Academy believes that all education should be free at the point of access, and tries very hard, within its limited resources, to support this philosophy.

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Complaints Procedure

School Governing Bodies are under a duty to establish a procedure for dealing with general complaints relating to aspects of the school and to ensure these are publicised to parents and others.

This model procedure is intended to be a good practice guide that will apply to most general complaints received by schools. However, some complaints are subject to separate statutory procedures instead of the general complaints procedure:

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Curriculum Policy

Our school’s curriculum consists of planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school provides in order to enrich the experience of the pupils. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’ - what the pupils learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We want pupils to grow into positive, responsible people who can work and cooperate with others while at the same time develop their knowledge and skills, so that they can achieve their true potential.

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Exclusion Policy

Our school aims to ensure that:

  • The exclusions process is applied fairly and consistently
  • The exclusions process is understood by governors, staff, parents and pupils
  • Pupils in school are safe and happy

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Handwriting Policy

At Sandal Magna Community Academy we believe that handwriting is a skill which needs to be taught regularly. It is a movement skill which affects all areas of written communication for all children. We therefore feel it should be practised correctly and regularly so to avoid ineffective handwriting styles that will be harder to correct as the child becomes older.

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Lunchtime Policy

This lunchtime policy is an integral part of the Sandal Magna Positive Behaviour expectations. Playtimes and lunchtimes should be an enjoyable and valuable experience for children where through play they can discover, explore and develop an understanding of the environment around them.

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Marking and Feedback Policy

Our key principles of marking are as follows: Marking and feedback is to be embedded in classroom practice. It is an aspect of assessment which is used to improve learning and inform planning. Teachers and pupils need to clearly understand the learning objective (WALT) and success criteria (WISH) for each piece of work. Marking should be positive and specific and relate to the WALT / WISH. Pupils should be involved in the assessment process, for example through self assessment, or dialogue with teachers or peers. One reason for having a marking and feedback policy is to ensure consistent practice throughout the school.

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Medicines in School Policy

The Medicines in School policy is designed to establish a framework for the safe administration of medicines in school. The administration of medicine is the responsibility of parents and carers. In cases where the administration of medicines is routine and straightforward and where the parent asks the school to act in loco parentis.

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PE and Sports Premium Policy

Sandal Magna Community Academy believes that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is vital and unique in its contribution to a pupil’s physical and emotional development and health. The Physical Education curriculum aims to provide for pupils’ increasing self- confidence through an ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations.

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Planning Policy

At Sandal Magna Community Academy we believe that planning is an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Planning is aided by previous and ongoing assessments of the children. Assessments allow teachers to plan work for classes, groups and individual children enabling their next steps of learning to be catered for.

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Positive Behaviour Policy

At Sandal Magna we like to highlight the positive behaviour that pupils display – by ‘catching them being good’. This leads to better behaviour by all children. Staff across school are working hard to ensure a consistent and fair approach to behaviour, setting clear expectations to enable all children to feel happy, safe, and valued so that they can reach their full potential in their personal development and academic work.

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Pupil Premium Policy

At Sandal Magna Community Academy we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your thirst for knowledge and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure. We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to reach their full potential.

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Safeguarding Policy 2017

We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We will act quickly and follow our procedures to ensure children receive early help and effective support, protection and justice.

Policy principles

  • Welfare of the child is paramount.
  • All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
  • All staff have an equal responsibility to identify children who may benefit from early help and to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm.
  • There is a culture of transparency, openness and, if needed, challenge with regards to maintaining high standards in safeguarding.
  • Pupils and staff involved in child protection issues will receive appropriate support.

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Teaching and Learning Policy

Any attempt to continue to raise standards in our school must be focused on the classroom. Continued and sustained improvement is dependent upon sustaining the high quality of teaching and learning that is taking place on a daily basis. Across our school the expectation is that all pupils are provided with high quality learning experiences that lead to consistently high levels of pupil achievement.

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Whistleblowing Policy

Our employees will often be the first to notice if there is something seriously wrong within their workplace. Sometimes it may seem difficult to speak up because of feelings of disloyalty, or because of a fear of harassment or victimisation. We expect the highest standards of behaviour and all employees have a responsibility to voice any concerns they have, normally with their manager or Head Teacher. This Whistleblowing policy is independent and confidential. It can be anonymous if you wish. We will make sure that you will not be victimised or suffer disadvantage if you report your genuine concerns.

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GDPR Policy

GDPR stands for:  General Data Protection Regulation.  Although the school has now been working in line with the Data Protection Act from 1998, new regulations in relation to your personal data came into force from 25th May 2018.  We will ensure that personal data is protected and kept safely and securely.  It will ensure that its policy for data protection is used as the basis for collecting, storing, accessing, sharing and deleting personal date.  The school will use the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) as the benchmark for its standard for protecting personal data.

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