Summaries of some of our policies relating to the school are given below. Further details of any school policy, and of Local Authority and DCSF statements may be requested from the School Office.
Home School Agreement
The Pines School has a Home/School Agreement. You will receive a copy of this when your child starts in Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. This should be signed and returned.
We believe that, when children take pride in their uniform, it encourages them to also take pride in their school and their work. All children are expected to wear the appropriate uniform, clearly marked with the child’s name.
Blouses/Shirts - white
Polo Shirts -white
Jumpers/Sweatshirts - green
Cardigans - green
Trousers/Shorts - grey
Skirts/Culottes - grey
Dresses - green
Shoes - Children should wear sensible footwear, not trainers, for their own health and safety.
Sweatshirts with the school name and other items of uniform are available from The Pines Community Centre.
Wearing jeans, leggings or tracksuit trousers is not allowed.
Clothing must not have unacceptable slogans.
Aggressive hairstyles and ornate hair decorations are not acceptable in school. Shoulder length and longer hair should be tied back.
Jewellery must not be worn in school, as it can cause accidents. Children with pierced earlobes may wear one pair of studs only, which must be removed for PE. No other types of earrings are permitted.
Watches may be worn, once the child can tell the time, but should be removed for PE and some art and technology activities. No responsibility will be taken for any loss or damage. Please ensure that no valuable items are brought to school.
Behaviour, Rewards and Sanctions
We believe that the best way to encourage good standards of behaviour in our school is a clear, consistent code of conduct, The Pines Code', backed by a positive combination of rewards and sanctions within a constructive community atmosphere.
Good behaviour is a necessary condition for effective teaching and learning.
We will help children to feel good about themselves and others, by:
giving positive feedback, ensuring that all children are praised for behaving well
encouraging children to develop courtesy, honesty, respect and tolerance for others
giving children the opportunity to see themselves as part of a wider community in our school, where they can explore ways in which they can help to make our school a more caring and a safer place for everyone
encouraging children to solve conflicts peacefully
helping children to work and play in co-operation with others
using a range of rewards to encourage constructive behaviour across the ability and social range
condemning the act, not the child
using sanctions when there is a persistent disregard of acceptable behaviour standards and serious misdemeanours take place
involving parents when serious disciplinary problems arise
Good behaviour is rewarded in a variety of ways including star of the week, smileys building up to behaviour awards, class awards (marble jar), stickers and certificates. Golden time in Key Stage 2 is awarded on an individual basis, on completion of their Home Learning.
When behaviour is not acceptable, we follow a very strict disciplinary procedures based around warnings. For more information, view our behaviour policy below.
Bullying, both verbal and physical, will not be tolerated in this school. If you think your child is being bullied, inform the school immediately and ask for an appointment with the Headteacher. All reports will be dealt with urgently by the leadership, the teacher and support work provided by the pastoral team, but do allow the school time to investigate the problem.
Religious Education Statement
The school curriculum in religious education is based on the Bracknell Forest Locally Agreed Syllabus.
Sex Education Summary
Sex education is not taught as a separate subject, but as part of the school’s health education programme. It will include the growth, development and reproduction of humans and other living things. It also helps children understand the changes that are taking place to them both physically and emotionally, at a level appropriate to their level of understanding and maturity.
Year 6 parents are usually invited to preview the sex education materials used.
Special Educational Needs Summary
Many children have Special Educational Needs of one type or another at some stage in their education. At this school we are aware of the varied and changing needs of all children, and make every effort to cater for them. The Special Educational Needs Policy is available on request. Look at our 'SEND' page for more information.
Child Protection Summary
We are committed to ensuring that all our children are well cared for, safe and protected.
We follow the Bracknell Forest Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures, and aim to work together with other agencies that support children and families.
We are required to be watchful for signs and symptoms of:
Parents should be aware that in urgent / repeated incidents, the school is obliged to discuss / refer these to other agencies.
Charging for School Activities Summary
Under the Education Reform Act 1988 we are not able to insist on a direct charge for a visit. It is possible for us to ask for voluntary contributions. We must make it clear that as no funds exist for these activities a visit may be subject to cancellation if the level of voluntary contributions is insufficient to meet the cost. Visits are planned on the basis that parents are prepared voluntarily to meet the costs involved.
The governors believe that difficulties relating to the curriculum are preferably handled through early discussion with the class teacher and the Headteacher. The Local Education Authority has also established a formal procedure to deal with complaints relating to the curriculum and details can be requested from the School Office.
All admissions are arranged by the Local Authority
Visiting our school
Parents are most welcome to visit the school and should contact the School Office (01344 426413) to arrange a mutually convenient appointment with the Headteacher.
Broadmoor Alert Procedure
Bracknell Forest Council
NOTICE TO ALL PARENTS OF PUPILS ATTENDING MAINTAINED PRIMARY, SECONDARY AND SPECIAL SCHOOLS WHO LIVE IN THE VICINITY OF BROADMOOR HOSPITAL
If there is an escape, the sirens will sound, and all schools within approximately seven miles of Broadmoor Hospital will be notified. The warning siren is tested each Monday at 10 a.m. for 2 minutes 30 seconds. After a break of 2 minutes, the all-clear siren is also sounded for 2 minutes 30 seconds.
Schools will stay open and operate as normally as possible.
Parents who know of an escape before their children leave home for school will be expected to make arrangements for escort.
Where an escape occurs before the start of school or during the morning session, pupils will be kept at school at midday unless collected by their parents, and will be provided with a meal to the extent which emergency arrangements allow. Parents will be asked in due course to pay the appropriate charge for the meal provided. If parents decide to collect their children at midday, they must be responsible for their safe conduct to school in the afternoon.
If the emergency extends to the end of afternoon school, no child attending an Infant, Junior or Primary school will be allowed to leave the safety of the school premises unless collected by a parent or a responsible adult known personally to the staff, or in exceptional circumstances, a responsible adult known personally to the child. Headteachers of Secondary schools have discretion to allow pupils to go home unaccompanied where the authority for this has been received from parents in writing.
On subsequent days parents will be solely responsible for the safe conduct of children to and from school, or to and from pick-up and setting-down points for school transport.
Parents should discuss with Headteachers any special difficulties that are likely to arise in individual cases.
If an escape occurs, parents are asked to keep telephone calls to the school to an absolute minimum.