An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), gives users a clear understanding of what they can and cannot do, how their use of technology will be monitored and the sanctions for misuse. AUP will apply to all individuals, with the registered person having overall responsibility for ensuring that online safety is implemented as part of everyday safeguarding practice. Clear, robust policies and procedures, including allegations of misuse, should be available.
Full time places in Reception classes will be available in September of the academic year within which the child becomes five years old. Although parents have the right to express a preference for Moorhill Primary, there is no guarantee of a place being offered. It is Moorhill Primary’s policy to try and meet parents’ wishes where possible, however in some cases there may be more applications than there are places available. Admission when oversubscribed is determined by the oversubscription criteria detailed.
Children and adults can only do their best and achieve their maximum potential in a positive and supportive environment. Our school makes every effort to ensure that bullying does not take place. If any incidents do take place they will be dealt with promptly and effectively using the following guidelines.
The governors and staff of Moorhill Primary school aim to provide an education of the highest quality for all pupils. We recognise that this can only be achieved by promoting excellent attendance. Only by attending school regularly and punctually, can pupils make the very best of the opportunities available to them. Good attendance is essential for high levels of attainment and progress.
At Moorhill Primary School, we aim to provide a happy, secure and purposeful environment where adults and children adhere to our mission statement of ‘Mutual Respect’, showing respect and good manners at all times. Children who behave well are able to make the most of their education and grow into socially effective adults. We follow the three simple rules of ‘Ready, Respectful and Safe’.
Charging & Remissions
It is most important that our pupils enrich their curriculum studies with appropriate visits outside the school environment and extra curricular activities. There are numerous opportunities for local visits that have no cost at all. There are also a number of clubs that can be provided free of charge.
Child Protection & Safeguarding
Moorhill Primary School recognises its legal duty under s175 Education Act 2002 and the 1989 Children Act and takes seriously its responsibilities to protect and safeguard the interests of all pupils. This organisation recognises that effective child protection work, requires sound procedures, good inter-agency co-operation and a workforce that is competent and confident in responding to child protection situations.
Complaints, Comments or Concerns
At Moorhill Primary School we are committed to providing a high quality service for your child. Sometimes things may seem to go wrong which may lead you to express concerns. Any concerns should be raised with the member of staff concerned or the headteacher in the first instance.
Our school aims to ensure that all personal data collected about staff, pupils, parents, governors, visitors and other individuals, is collected, stored and processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the expected provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) as set out in the Data Protection Bill.
The school ensures the safety and well-being of pupils, staff and the community during this global pandemic by regularly updating a school risk assessment. This takes government guidelines and Staffordshire County Council guidance into consideration.
The school governing body has a responsibility to have in place a debt recovery policy. This is to ensure that appropriate procedures are in place, to enable the school to receive all income to which it is entitled.
When our children leave Moorhill, they will be motivated and inspired learners who are articulate, literate and numerate. They will know that by working hard and working together they can achieve greater success; they will have high aspirations, lifelong skills for learning and will successfully demonstrate our core values in all areas of their lives.
The school adopts the guidance and procedures issued in the County Council Education Service document, ‘Educational Visits’ and, where relevant, the DfE document, ‘Health and Safety of Pupils on Educational Visits’ (HASPEV).
This is to ensure consideration for the health and safety of all those involved and to maintain the educational quality of visits and value for money.
Equality & Accessibility
Staff and Governors at Moorhill Primary School are committed to giving every member of the school community the opportunity to achieve to the highest of standards. The public sector Equality Duty came into force across Great Britain on 5 April 2011. This means that public bodies have to consider all individuals when carrying out their day-to-day work, when shaping this policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees.
Health & Safety
This policy statement complements (and should be read in conjunction with) the Staffordshire County Council Health, Safety and Welfare Policy. It records the school’s local organisation and arrangements for implementing the County Policy.
ICT & Security
Governing Bodies of schools are required under Financial Regulations to formally approve and implement an ICT Security Policy that complies with the County Council’s minimum standards on computer security.
In order to assist Schools in this respect, this model “ICT Security Policy for Schools” has been drafted by the County Council, reviewed by LMSCC and may be adopted by schools in its existing format.
This aim of this policy is to make staff aware of their obligations under both the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which replaced the Data Protection Act 1998 from 25 May 2018. Although the DPA 2018 and the GDPR now apply, there are likely to be changes to their application as the ICO continue to publish new guidance. As such the document will likely need to be updated in due course.
Moorhill Primary School is committed to ensuring that all staff responsible for the intimate care of children will undertake their duties in a professional manner at all times. We recognise that there is a need to treat all children with respect when intimate care is given. No child should be attended to in a way that causes distress, embarrassment or pain.
Section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014, places a duty on governing bodies of maintained schools to make arrangements for supporting pupils at their school who have a medical condition. In meeting the duty, the governing body, proprietor or management committee must have regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State under this section.
In today’s world, online technologies are part of everyday life, they inspire, motivate and educate our children. However it is important that children and young people are protected from the risks they may encounter whilst using these. Moorhill Primary School endeavours to highlight the benefits and risks of using technology, and also equip our children with the skills and knowledge needed to protect themselves and to control their online world.
If you have concerns about an individual in relation to extremism or radicalisation, you can refer to the Prevent Team. They will be able to offer appropriate advice and guidance and will refer into the Channel process, if required.
PSHE including RSE
All schools must provide a curriculum that is broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils. Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010, a PSHE curriculum: Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. An amendment to the Children and Social Work Act 2017 made Relationships and Health Education at primary; and Relationships, Sex, and Health Education at secondary, statutory subjects.
At Moorhill Primary School we are committed to ensuring our children continue to learn during this pandemic.
This remote learning policy aims to: Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for pupils who aren’t in school; Set out expectations for all members of the school community with regards to remote learning; Provide appropriate guidelines for data protection.
All statutory and public organisations which employ staff and/or volunteers to work with or provide services for children have a duty to safeguard and promote the children’s welfare. This includes ensuring that safe recruitment and selection procedures are adopted which deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children or are otherwise unsuitable to work with them.
At Moorhill, we have clear and rigorous recruitment procedures in place to ensure a safe environment for the children and young people in our school community.
SMSC and British Values
At Moorhill Primary School we recognise that the personal development of children – spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC) – plays a significant role in their ability to learn and achieve. This fulfils our obligation and requirements as set out in section 78 of the Education Act (2002).
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
This SEND Policy details how Moorhill identifies, makes provision for and monitors pupils who have special educational needs or disabilities. Moorhill adheres to the 2014 SEND Code of Practice. We ensure that parents are fully involved in all decisions regarding their children.
Students and Volunteers
Work experience is an important part of preparing students for employment. It enables students to learn about the world of work in a real-life working environment. With this in mind Moorhill Primary School is supportive of students from local secondary schools and colleges wishing to undertake their work experience with us.
We believe that students and volunteers provide a valuable contribution to the school’s work, and that they enrich the school through the breadth of their knowledge and experience.
We are committed to using students and volunteers in a way that supports the school’s strategic aims and vision, as well as its development plan.
Teaching & Learning
When our children leave Moorhill, they will be motivated and inspired learners who are articulate, literate and numerate.
They will know that by working hard and working together they can achieve greater success; they will have high aspirations, lifelong skills for learning and will successfully demonstrate our core values in all areas of their lives.
Staffordshire County Council is committed to operating with honesty and integrity. We expect all colleagues to operate on this basis and to adhere to the council’s policies, procedures and code of conduct. Fraud, misconduct or wrongdoing will not be tolerated.