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General Information

On this page we hope to be able to give you as much information as we can to enable you to support your child during their time at Buckton Vale.  For more information, or if you have any questions please contact your child's class teacher, or alternatively send an email with your query to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will try their best to help you.

Admission Procedures
All applications and transfers are co-ordinated by Tameside Local Authority Admissions Department on behalf of the school. 

Parents are always welcome to visit the school prior to registering their child. It is always advisable to telephone the school to arrange a mutually convenient date and time.

Children start school at the beginning of September following their fourth birthday.

We realise that this is a big step for most children, and some parents, so we aim to make it as pleasant and positive an experience as possible.

At present our induction process is as follows :

1) Parents who would like their child to join our reception class in September  are asked to submit their child’s details to the school office.  During  October prior to your child starting school we will forward details of Tameside Local Authority’s admissions procedures to you.

2) Once you have accepted a place at our school you and your child will be invited to attend an open afternoon. This will give you the opportunity to meet the head, meet your child’s teacher and look around the school (including their classroom).

3) We then hold an open evening for parents, where you will be given details of the curriculum your child will be studying.

Parents seeking places for other year groups are offered places subject to availability.


Online application for Reception admission and transfer forms for other year groups can be found HERE.

Further information is available from the school or the Admissions Department at Tameside Council Offices (on the link above).

Absences
All children should arrive between 8.45 a.m. and 8.55 a.m, so that they are in time for registration at 9.00 a.m. If they arrive after 9.00 a.m. they will receive a late mark.

If your child is ill or unable to attend school please telephone school before 10.00 a.m.

Staff keep a regular check on absence and lateness, as does the School Welfare Officer.
Parents will be informed if there is a cause for concern. This will be through the Headteacher initially and then through the School Welfare Officer.

Discipline
Good standards of behaviour are expected from all pupils. We expect them to be courteous, respectful and caring. Bad language is not tolerated.

We believe that a sound, fair and kind approach to discipline is essential. This helps children to feel secure and helps to prepare them for adult life.

Bullying is not tolerated in any form. Bullies or victims of bullying will be dealt with as early as possible. Parents are contacted in serious cases. Should you have any concerns about bullying, please contact the school immediately.

Illness at School
Children who are unwell can be brought to the entrance hall for a short period but, whenever it is felt necessary, parents will be contacted. 

Accidents can happen in school; cuts and grazes are dealt with by one of our First Aiders. Should anything more serious occur parents will be contacted immediately, we will inform you of our concerns and will suggest solutions.

Medicines
The school is willing to administer prescribed medicines/creams, only when the Schools Medical Consent Form has been completed (these are available from school and can be downloaded HERE).

All medicines must be brought by an adult to the office to be locked away. Medicines can be collected at the end of the day by a parent/carer.

Asthma
A number of our pupils suffer from this condition; we ask parents to inform the school of this and also provide regular updates on their medical requirements. If children need to take the inhalers during the school day, we request you send one to school with your child’s name on, to be kept on the school premises. We do not allow children to keep them in their school bag.

School Uniform
All children are expected to wear school uniform. This constitutes grey trousers, skirt or pinafore, white polo shirt or blouse/shirt and bottle green jumper/sweatshirt or cardigan and black shoes or boots.

For PE we expect children to wear black pumps, black shorts and a gold or green t-shirt.
This should be kept in school.

School uniform can be bought from M.C.S. Uniforms (Market Street, Ashton) or online from Tesco external

All belongings, particularly items of clothing should be clearly marked with the child’s name for identification purposes.

Jewellery and Hairstyles
For reasons of health and safety, jewellery of any kind, including all types of earrings should not be worn at school. Should this happen, children will be requested to remove them. They will be placed in a secure place and returned at the end of the school day.

We advise those children that do have their ears pierced to do so in the longer holidays, when their ears have time to heal.

Nail varnish should not be worn.

We ask that hairstyles are kept within reasonable standards. Long hair is best tied back for health and safety reasons. Please keep shaved or sculpted styles for weekends and holidays.

Your child's Safety
Obviously, the children's safety concerns us all. Below are some simple pieces of advice that will hopefully help to ensure that your children stay safe on their way to and from school.

- Your child will be safe if you accompany him/her to and from school each day.

- Plan the safest route to school and teach it to your child.

- Teach your child the green cross code, to use pedestrian crossings and to obey crossing patrols. Older children tend not to use these crossing patrols, but instead cross further down the road after they have finished chatting with friends.

- Send your child to school promptly on time and ensure a prompt return.

- We constantly teach our children about the concept of 'stranger danger' and we advise them that if they are nervous or scared on their way home they can return to school and find an adult that they know who will immediately help them.

- Occasionally parents collecting children can get caught in traffic jams or buses can be delayed. If this happens please phone school to let us know, so we can notify the child(ren). Children will be sent to the office at the end of the day to be supervised until collected.

Welfare
If at any time you have an anxiety about your child's welfare or education, please have a word with your child's class teacher and arrange appropriate times to discuss your worries. Teachers are not instantly available to talk to parents at a time when they are responsible for a full class of children. If you wish to see the headteacher please telephone or email school in order to arrange an appointment. We can then arrange to give you the time that both you and your child deserve.

Equal Opportunities
Children, parents, carers and visitors are welcome at Buckton Vale Primary School provided that the accommodation is suited to their needs.

The Governors endorse an Equal Opportunities Policy, which applies to all regardless of gender, race, background or disability. Nobody is knowingly discriminated against.

The school is a single storey building with a ramp leading into the main reception area.  There is a disabled toilet and future developments to improve the school are included in the Accessibility Plan.

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