At Newtown Soberton Infant school we are committed to creating an inclusive culture of learning where all children achieve to the best of their abilities and become good citizens and lifelong learners. This can be achieved most effectively when staff, parents and children understand their responsibilities and work together towards the same goals. This is the purpose of our home school agreement which sets out the responsibilities of the school, parents and children.
We believe that good behaviour is essential in maintaining a secure, safe and happy school. We acknowledge that good behaviour and the development of personal and social skills have an enormous impact on children’s learning in all areas. Every member of staff is committed to creating a calm and safe learning environment in which each child is able to develop their skills and talents and experience success. The school has a shared philosophy and agreed procedures for managing behaviour which is detailed in our Behaviour Policy.
At Newtown Soberton Infant school bullying is unacceptable and all pupils have a right to feel safe at school and not experience bullying in any form. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.. We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening understands that they must tell the staff. We will respond promptly and effectively to allegations of bullying. The school has a shared philosophy and agreed procedures for dealing with allegations of bullying which are detailed in our Anti-Bullying Policy.
Everyone at Newtown Soberton Infant School is committed to providing the conditions and opportunities to enable any child with SEN to be included fully in all aspects of school life. Our Special Needs policy supports the stated ethos of the school that all members of the school community are respected and seen to have potential for improvement. Through effective teaching and learning, supporting and encouraging, together we can enable the fulfilment of that potential.
The Governing Body recognises the valuable contribution that a wide range of additional activities, including clubs and trips, can make towards a pupil's education. It is important that children are given a chance to learn through a range of experiences both within the school and through off-site visits to provide opportunities for extra-curricular and educational experiences in addition to the agreed planned curriculum i.e. The National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage. These activities often fall outside the scope of the existing school budget therefore we seek funding through contributions from parents or other bodies. Our Charges and Remissions policy sets out the guidelines within which the school operates.
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment underpinned by a culture of openness where both children and adults feel secure, able to talk and believe that they are being listened to. We maintain an attitude of “it could happen here” where safeguarding is concerned.