All schools are required to offer children a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, and prepares them for the opportunities and experiences of adult life. In our school we seek to ensure that the National Curriculum is delivered to all children, regardless of social background, race, gender or differences in ability. All are entitled to the development of knowledge, understanding, skills, and attitudes.
All applications for admission to Handel House School require the completion of the Registration Form and payment of the Registration Fee (which is non-refundable). The forms are available from the school and should be returned to the School Office.
At Handel House School we are registered to care for and educate children from the age of three years to eleven years. To register, a parent completes the Registration Form (which requests details of the child’s full name, date of birth, the name and address of every parent); there is a registration fee of £125. The child will then be either offered a place, declined a place, or placed on the waiting list for the desired entry date, and a letter to this effect is sent to the parents. No child is refused entry on the grounds of race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation.
There is strictly no alcohol or any other substances allowed on the premises at Handel House School. It is illegal for children under 18 to buy alcohol and drink in public. All staff and volunteers are not permitted to work if under the influence of alcohol or any other substances which may affect their ability to care for children and failure to observe this policy will result in disciplinary action. This includes prescribed and non-prescribed drugs.
Handel House School’s Anti-bullying Policy is dovetailed with the Behaviour Management Policy (with support for the victim and the bully) and makes it clear what the sanctions are for bullying. Bullying is never acceptable as part of life at Handel House. It is our belief that our children always have the right to achieve and learn in a safe, calm, supportive and fair environment. Pupils, staff and parents should be cared for and educated so that good behaviour is the norm.
This policy is designed to promote good behaviour, rather than merely deter anti-social behaviour. In the main, encouragement and support should be seen as the basis for developing acceptable behaviour within the school. Positive reinforcement of good behaviour is infinitely preferable to negative responses to bad. Negative reinforcement can, in fact, have the opposite effect from that which is intended and desired. It is an aim of our school that every member of the school community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well.
Handel House School prides itself on the quality of the teaching and pastoral care provided to all of its pupils. However, if parents do have a complaint, they can expect it to be treated by Handel House School in accordance with this procedure. This procedure encompasses the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).Written complaints relating to the school’s fulfilment of the EYFS requirements will be investigated and complainants notified of the outcome within 28 days of receipt of the complaint. A record of complaints relating to the EYFS will be made available to Ofsted.
The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the hidden curriculum, or what children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.
This policy outlines the School’s statutory responsibility to provide adequate and appropriate first aid to pupils, staff, parents and visitors and the procedures in place to meet that responsibility. The school complies with the Guidance on First Aid for Schools Best Practice Document published by the DfE. In order to comply with this best practise document the school has a requirement for a minimum of two trained First Aiders who have satisfied the requirements of the ‘First Aid at Work’ course. It is a requirement for at least two staff members on each floor at each school building to be trained in basic first aid. However, staff should NEVER perform any First Aid Procedures that they have not been adequately trained to do.
The health, safety and welfare of all the people who work or learn at our school are of fundamental importance. We aim to provide a safe and secure working environment for everyone. The Headteacher takes responsibility for protecting the health and safety of all children and members of staff. We teach the children about health and safety in order to equip them with the skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to live positive, successful and healthy lives.
At Handel House School we are committed to the protection and safety of the children. We maintain rigorous procedures for child protection and we expect everyone working within the setting to take responsibility for following these procedures. The purpose of this policy is to provide staff, volunteers and Headmistress with the guidance they need and to inform parents and guardians how we will safeguard their children whilst they are in our care. Safeguarding children describes the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
This school provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children. The National Curriculum is our starting point for planning that meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of children. When planning, teachers set suitable learning challenges and respond to children’s diverse learning needs and require particular action by the school. These requirements are likely to arise as a consequence of a child having special educational needs.