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Letters and communications

Letters are sent home with children on a regular basis, usually on a Wednesday. If you would like to receive our newsletters by e-mail please let the school office know. Newsletters are also available to view on our website.

Safety and security Visitors are asked to report to the school office on arrival.

They are

issued with badges so they are easily identifiable when in the school. We welcome parental help in school on either a regular basis or for one off activities. All regular volunteers and students work under the direction of The Beacon staff and are Criminal Records Bureau checked. The school gates are locked shortly after the school day begins and unlocked again near the end of the day as parents start to arrive to collect their children.

Safeguarding Statement At The Beacon Church of England Primary School we strongly recognise the need for vigilant awareness of safeguarding issues. All staff have appropriate training and induction so that they understand their roles and responsibilities and are confident about carrying them out. Staff, pupils, parents and governors should feel secure that they could raise any issues or concerns about the safety or welfare of children and know that they will be listened to and taken seriously. This will be achieved by maintaining an ethos of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and protecting staff. This is supported by clear behaviour, anti-bullying and child protection policies, appropriate induction and training, briefing and discussion of relevant issues and relevant learning in line with current legislature and guidelines. Please see our website for details of the Designated Officers for safeguarding.

Equalities Statement We are committed to:

• Eliminating discrimination and harassment • Promoting equality of opportunity • Promoting good relations and positive attitudes towards all people • Encouraging participation in public life.

For our full equalities statement please refer to our website.

Through the highly inclusive ethos, the school successfully promotes equal opportunities and tackles discrimination well’

Ofsted 2011

Access to public documents The school has a number of documents and policies which can be made available by prior arrangement with the headteacher. Many of these, such as our latest Ofsted report and our prospectus are published on our website.

School Governors Every school has a governing body, which sets the strategic framework for the school in partnership with the headteacher. This includes setting the overall objectives and monitoring progress. Our governors and the clerk may be contacted via the school office.

School Council

Each class has 2 pupil representatives on the school council. They are elected by their classmates to represent pupils’ views and feed these into the decision making process. The school council have, for example, assisted in developing recycling systems, leading playground equipment improvements and choosing charity fundraising focuses.

Parent, Teacher and Friends Association The Beacon has an active and highly valued PTFA that stages a variety of events, large and small, throughout the year. These include activities such as children's discos, fayres, pancake racing, family bingo and adult skittles. Some are fundraising events and some are run simply for fun.

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