Welcome to our information page for parents. Use the right hand navigation to find information that you may need such as uniform, term time holidays and absence reporting.
Please do tell us if there is information which you would like to know more about placing on this page, we will then endeavour to include it for you.
The school day begins at 8.50am with a break for lunch at 12pm until 1.10pm. The school day finishes for all children at 3.30pm.
New Parent Handbook
Detailed below are our arrangements for admissions to our school.
As an academy, we are our own admission authourity. The Local Governing Body, for Swanland Primary School, has delegated it duities for the organisation of admissions to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
All decisions for admissions rest with the Local Governing Body. These decisions are made in accordance with an agreed scheme which adheres to the national admission code.
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council's website gives full details of how to make an application to our school, click here to be directed to the relevant section of the council's website.
Absence from School
In order that school may follow national guidelines, we offer you clear guidance on how you should proceed when your children are either absent or late.
All absence from school requires:
1. A telephone call to the school before 9:15am on the morning of each day's absence. By calling every day, we can be sure of your child’s whereabouts and that they are safe.
2. Upon your child’s return, written and signed confirmation, explaining the absence, preferably using the school ‘Absence Note’. This is available on the school website or from the school office.
Authorised absences are as follows:
Illness (supported by written confirmation from parent/carer). Please note: If your child has been absent owing to sickness or diarrhoea they must not return to school until they have been clear from either for at least 48 hours. This is to ensure there is no risk of contagion.
Medical/Dental appointment (prior notice)
Close family funeral (approval in advance)
Day of religious observance (approval in advance)
Please be advised that unexplained absences will be recorded as unauthorised. Unauthorised absences are not in the pupils' best interest and are viewed negatively on their academic records.
Absence from School for Exceptional Circumstances
Information for Parents
You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly. There is, however, a discretionary power held by Head Teachers to authorise absence in exceptional circumstances. Please note this is not an entitlement. The Head Teacher will only authorise absence in line with the School’s ‘Absence from School for Exceptional Circumstances’ Policy. Head Teachers will not authorise absences if they believe it is to the detriment of a child’s education.
Please note that supporting documents to aid decision making must be submitted at the time of your request for absence.
If your request is authorised, you are required to ensure your child catches up on any missed school work. This is your responsibility and school are not obliged to provide work for your child to complete. The Head Teacher will not authorise any more than 10 sessions (5 school days) in any one academic year.
Any unauthorised absence will be recorded on your child’s attendance records. This may result in legal proceedings against you, either through a Penalty Notice or the Magistrates’ Court.
Under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act (2003) the local authority and schools have statutory powers to tackle poor school attendance and/or unauthorised absences. An unauthorised absence is any absence that the Head Teacher has not given permission for or where an explanation has not been provided by the parent. If your child accrues 10 sessions of unauthorised absence you may be liable for a penalty notice (one days absence equals two sessions and a five day absence is equal to 10 sessions etc.)
Penalty Notices will be used as a deterrent to prevent a pattern of unauthorised absences developing. They will be issued by post direct to the home of a parent after possibly just one warning, or in the case of absences without acceptable cause, warnings may not be given. This includes pupils caught on truancy sweeps, persistent late arrival after the close of registration or unauthorised absence that has not been authorised as an absence from school for exceptional circumstances. In these cases the warning is given on the absence request form and detailed within this information leaflet and no written warning will be given. Fines are issued for unauthorised absence of 5 or more days and each school day is divided into 2 registration periods. For example if your child is absent for one day this equals 2 sessions and a five day absence is equal to 10 sessions.
If your request is declined and you still take your child out of school each parent within your household will be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.
Support and guidance on attendance is always available and if you have any questions about this, or if you need help to achieve an improvement, please contact your child’s school to discuss this. We advise that you do not plan for your child to be absent from school without gaining prior agreement from their school first. Head Teachers cannot retrospectively authorise absence from school under any circumstance.
Please find below the Absence Request Form. It is also available from the school office.
SWANLAND SCHOOL UNIFORM
It is not necessary to have school branded uniform (including PE kit) however all uniform should adhere to the policy below:
* These items of uniform bearing the school name/badge may be purchased online at: www.schooltrendsonline.com or www.steadyschoolwear.co.uk
White or navy polo shirt *
Dark navy jumper/sweatshirt/cardigan *
Dark navy skirt/pinafore dress/trousers/culottes
Plain dark navy tights/white socks
(Summer Term and first half of Autumn Term)
Blue/white gingham dress
White or navy polo shirt *
Dark navy jumper or sweatshirt *
Grey trousers (long or short)
Plain black/grey/dark navy socks
Outdoor footwear - black shoes.
Indoor footwear - black plimsolls.
Please note that jeans, tracksuit bottoms or black trousers, baseball boots/‘fashion’ trainers, and brightly coloured socks are not recognised as suitable attire for school.
PE, DANCE AND GAMES
All children will be expected to change for PE. The basic PE kit comprises:
Sky blue T-shirt with school logo*. Plain dark navy blue shadow stripe shorts*.
Indoor PE - All Ages
PE kit (as above) plus lightweight training shoes, plimsolls (or bare feet).
Outdoor PE - Summer Athletics and Yard Games – All Ages
PE kit (as above) plus sturdy trainers.
Outdoor PE - Field Activities (autumn and winter) - Ages 7-11
PE kit (as above) plus football boots, astro-trainers or similar sturdy and adequately soled footwear. (NB no ‘high-top’ footwear). Warm over-garments i.e. tracksuit and socks.
In the interests of health, security and particularly safety, the wearing of any sort of jewellery by children in school, is strongly discouraged. On no account may jewellery be worn during sports activities. Only small, plain silver or gold stud earings may be worn for school. Please teach your child how to remove their studs for PE. Children with newly pierced ears must cover their studs with ‘micropore’ tape to prevent them being caught. Please provide your child with the necessary tape on PE and Games days. Children with long hair will be required to tie it back during PE/Games/Swimming activities. Hair accessories such as headbands and bows should be navy blue and small. Nail varnish is not permitted as part of school uniform and children will consequently be asked to remove it at their earliest convenience.
All these recommendations are made in the best interests of the welfare of your children during their stay at Swanland School. We hope you will support the staff in implementing them.
Please note, as a school we share the details of registered childminders and kids clubs in Swanland for information only. We do not recommend one provider over another.
Families Information Service Hub (FISH)
For up-to-date information on Ofsted registered childminders, day nurseries, pre-schools, out of school clubs and creches contact the East Riding of Yorkshire FISH on 01482 396469.
Registered Childminders in Swanland
Swanland Kids Club
From September 2017
Alison Page-Millard will be available for wrap-around care from Swanland School on a Thursday and Friday, covering morning and evening sessions.