Schoolcomms is the main communication tool used by the school. It can be downloaded from your app store on your smart device, or accessed via a web browser if you do not have a device.
The app is used to collect payments for dinner money as well as trips, music lessons, clubs, wraparound care and other items throughout the year.
The messaging platform allows us to send messages directly to your device or to your email address and this is therefore how the majority of communication from school is sent out including letters and termly newsletters.
All you need to set up an account linked with your child in school is an email address and a mobile number. If you require instructions on how to set up an email account you can click here - or alternatively contact the office and we will be happy to help.
When your child has an accident in school they will be treated by a First Aider. The Schools dedicated First Aid room is available to students during break and lunch times and students will be treated from the office if they injure themselves during the school day. Accident forms are kept and stored securely as well as sending home copies for parents/carers to keep you informed.
If your child suffers a minor head injury in school such as a bump you will also be informed by app message as well as receiving a paper form at the end of the school day.
If your child suffers a more serious injury, you will be contacted by telephone as soon as possible.
Exceptional Leave of Absence
Exceptional leave of absence forms should be filled in whenever you know in advance that your child will not be in school during term time for any other reason than illness or medical appointments. If you did not fill out a form for any reason then a form should be completed retrospectively.
Please note: Filling out an exceptional leave of absence form does not guarantee that your child will receive an authorised holiday mark. All forms are reviewed by the Head teacher and you will be informed in writing whether your request has been authorised or declined.
The Barnes Junior School Parent Council is an opportunity to be involved in discussions and decision making around all areas of school life. We meet termly to review actions from previous meetings and to raise new topics. Feedback from meetings is then shared with Mr Ward. The agenda is very much open - meetings are driven by topics and issues raised by parents.
New members are always welcome, just inform the school office if you are interested and they will pass on your details.
When school life returns to normal I will look forward to sending out invitations to our next meeting.
At the beginning of each academic year we run an election campaign across every class in the school. The children get the opportunity to make a pitch and suggest why they feel they would be the best school council representative for their class. Each class then have a vote and two children are chosen. Those children will remain in role until the next academic year.
Class representatives get the chance to speak openly at the council meetings; we discuss positives of our curriculum, highlight potential changes to the school or classroom and any issues that have come to light. Minutes are recorded and our representatives then feedback to each class. The main aim of our school council is to enable our children to have a voice and take an active part in their own learning and their school environment.
Any medications that need to be taken during the school day should be handed into the school office and relevant paperwork filled in at this time. Please read the following before handing in medication to the office:
We are only able to administer medication that has been prescribed by your child's GP - we are not able to administer pain relief such as Calpol that has not been prescribed
We can only administer medication that is prescribed to be taken four times a day or more
Children are not permitted to carry their own medication in school (with the exception of inhalers for asthma if consent form has been signed) and will be required to come down to the office to receive their medication
All staff administering medication have relevant training and all medications are stored in a secure cabinet throughout the school day, refrigeration is also available if it is required.
The school encourages parents/carers to label children's property to ensure it can be returned to them if it is misplaced. However when items do go missing they are placed in the lost property cupboard which is located at the end of the Year 4 corridor. You are welcome to come into school and look for missing items at the end of each school day when the children have gone home.
The majority of our lost property is generated by coats/bags being left hung on the fence at the end of break/lunch times - all items left outside will be placed in the lost property cupboard and should be collected at the end of the school day.
All lost property not claimed at the end of each school year will be donated.