The Governing Body reviews and produces many school policies and documents over the academic year. Governors follow a three year schedule and ratify statutory documents and key policies. Many of these documents are available to read by clicking on the links below; however if you prefer, you can collect a hard copy format from the school office. Please note that this is not a definitive list of documents, contact the office for a more detailed overview.
To request a paper copy of any of the information here, please contact Mrs Addison via office@email@example.com
At St Mary's Piory, we are committed to providing a caring, safe and friendly environment in which all our pupils will be happy to come and work. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our school.
Attendance and Punctuality policy
Ideally, children need to be in school, on time, 100% of the time. Lateness and absence affect all children’s learning, not just those directly involved. St Mary's Priory aims to achieve good attendance and punctuality by operating an attendance and punctuality policy within which children, staff, parents, Education Welfare Officers and the Social Services can work in partnership.
This policy is based on a relational approach, which focuses on helping children to thrive by developing and strengthening relationships, building their resilience, supporting inclusion and developing emotion regulation in both staff and pupils. Good behaviour is rewarded, but the focus is on the cause of unwanted behaviour, rather than the behaviour itself. Consequences are intended to help children understand how to modify their behaviour. We recognise that behaviour change can take time and needs to be supported, managed and understood. This policy is embedded in our school values of respect, tolerance, resilience and ambition, as well as in the Gospel values that shape our community. It aims to allow everyone to work together in an effective and considerate way and is designed to promote good behaviour rather than merely deter unwanted behaviour.
Behaviour Principles Written Statement
St Mary’s Priory is committed to ensuring high behavioural standards for all pupils, and this statement sets out the broad values and principles with regard to behaviours that are expected and promoted.
Charges and Remissions policy
St Mary’s Priory aims to have robust, clear processes in place for charging and remissions, and has clearly set out the types of activity that can be charged for and when charges will be made.
Complaints policy and procedure
From time to time parents, and others connected with the school, will become aware of matters which cause them concern. To encourage resolution of such situations the Governing Body has adopted a Complaints Policy and Procedure.
Equality Objectives Statement 2023 to 2025
Our objectives will detail how we will ensure equality is applied to the services listed; however, where we find evidence that other functions have a significant impact on any particular group we will include work in this area.
We also welcome our duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote community cohesion (see Community Cohesion Policy).
We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.
Home Learning policy
At St Mary's, we believe that Home Learning should serve the following purposes: encourage self-discipline and personal organisation; create additional time for structured learning; bridge the gap between home and school allowing parents direct involvement in their child's learning; revise, consolidate and extend prior learning.
Online Safety policy
At St Mary's, the use of online services is embedded throughout the school. Therefore, there are a number of controls in place to ensure the safety of pupils and staff.
At St Mary's Priory, we are committed to providing high quality education to local children without prejudice. We believe that all children have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them. This includes those identified as having special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).
Race Equality policy
Our school values the individuality of all our children. We are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the highest standards. Within this ethos of achievement, we do not tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind. This policy helps to ensure that this school promotes the individuality of all our children, irrespective of ethnicity, attainment, age, disability, gender or background. We aim to reflect the diverse nature of our society and ensure that the education we offer fosters positive attitudes to all people.
Safeguarding and Child Protection policy
At Mary's Priory, school fully recognises that safeguarding is dependent on a child centred and coordinated approach. As such, there is a clear and secure framework in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Suspension and Exclusion Policy
At St Mary’s Priory, we understand that good behaviour and discipline is essential for promoting a high-quality education.
Amongst other disciplinary sanctions, the school recognises that suspension and exclusion of pupils may be necessary where there has been a serious breach, or consistent breaches, of the school’s Behaviour Policy. Suspending or excluding a pupil may also be required in instances where allowing the pupil to remain in school would be damaging to the education and welfare of themselves or others; in all cases, suspending or excluding pupils should only be used as a means of last resort.
The Government’s Green Paper, “An ethical framework for local government,” proposed that every local authority should institute a procedure for whistleblowing which would enable concerns to be raised confidentially inside and, if necessary, outside the organisation.
Whistleblowing is a procedure whereby employees disclose any wrong doings such as fraud, malpractice, breach of any health and safety law, or any other illegal act, either on the part of management or by fellow employees.
Under the Public Interest Disclosure Act, a worker has the right not to suffer detriment or be unfairly dismissed as a result of speaking out about crime, fraud, miscarriages of justice or other malpractices.
The policy on whistleblowing applies to all employees, staff of Council contractors, agency staff and trainees.
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023
Each year, the Department for Education (DfE) publishes an updated version of the statutory safeguarding and child protection guidance for schools in England, Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE).
The guidance sets out what schools and colleges in England must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.