School Calendar

Monday 17th December
Carols - St. Giles Church 6pm

Friday 21st December
Christmas Party & Party Lunch (NO hot meals)
Term finishes at 1:30pm


Children's Welfare


Safer Recruitment

The school adheres to the local authority’s safer recruitment good practice and guidance when employing new staff. All our staff have either been List 99 checked or hold a relevant Disbarring Bureau Service (DBS) check.  Although not statutory, the governors have made the decision to obtain List 99 / DBS checks for all governors.

Child Protection

We believe ‘Every Child Matters’ and that: being healthy, staying emotionally and physically safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and economic well-being are fundamental in developing the whole child. As such, we all acknowledge the importance of age-appropriate Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Emotional education. Our confidentiality policy is linked to the school’s PSHCE, drug education, R.E, equal opportunities, child protection, and anti-bullying policies. Within its broad and balanced curriculum, we also promote the British Fundamental Values - democracy, rule of law, mutual respect, tolerance of others' beliefs and faiths and individual liberty.

Staff  have a general duty to inform the Headteacher (who at Bletchingdon Primary School is also the Child Protection Officer) of disclosures by a pupil as well as any concerns relating to pupil exposure to extremism. All staff has completed the online 'Prevent Duty' training.  If the disclosure directly relates to the Headteacher, the said staff member must contact the Safeguarding Governor.

We recognise that sometimes there may be family issues which might affect a pupil and which the family will only disclose to us if they can be sure the information will be treated confidentially.  We will respect the wishes of the family and where it is felt necessary to share the information given to us, this will be discussed with the parent first unless a pupil is considered to be at immediate risk and / or there is an overriding child protection concern.

If a member of the school community receives information where they believe a child protection issue is addressed, they should refer the case to the Headteacher.  The person must make it clear to the pupil that they will be passing on the information but that the information will remain confidential between them and the Headteacher.  If confidentiality has to be broken, the child must be informed first.

Internet Safety

As part of our curriculum we encourage pupils to make use of educational resources available on the Internet. Access to the Internet enables pupils to conduct research and obtain high quality educational resources from libraries, museums, galleries and other information sources from around the world. As well as using the internet for research purposes, we are also aware that many pupils use electronic devices outside school to play games on and as a means of social networking.

In order to help keep your children safe we ask that, in partnership, you look at the resources on:

Medical Information

Please let us know if your child has a medical condition when s/he is admitted to school.

Accidents/Illness in School

Where an accident occurs at school and it is felt that treatment/advice should be sought, then the parents/emergency contact will be notified immediately.  In extreme circumstances, particularly where no contact can be made, the Headteacher will make the necessary arrangements and act in 'loco parentis' for the benefit of the child.

When a child becomes ill in school where possible we always contact parents since you know your own child best and can make the necessary decisions as to whether or not they need medical attention.  Where parental contact cannot be made we notify the emergency contact given on the School Admission Form.

For this reason it is essential that we have an emergency contact number and that this is updated as necessary. 

Medicines in School

It is not routinely possible for school staff to administer medication to children other than that taken on a 'permanent' basis e.g. for asthma or in exceptional cases. However, If your child is taking a course of prescribed medicine, and you are unable to administer at midday then please see Mrs. Hatton or Mrs. Taylor for completion of a medicines form.

Parents of children who suffer from asthma are asked to consult with their child's teacher about the use of an inhaler.  It is essential that the pupil has immediate access to their inhaler at all times.  Older children will generally be able to manage their inhaler themselves and should keep it with them.  For younger children the class teacher will keep the inhaler in the classroom.


The school nurse Lynda Learney, can be contacted through Kidlington Health Centre (01865 374364)

Head Lice

Many children pick up head lice at school.  It is still a nation-wide problem but can be treated simply and effectively.  Supplies of the appropriate lotions are available on prescription.  Please let us know if your child is unlucky enough to suffer an infestation so we can inform other parents and endeavour to limit the spread.

Absence from School

In the case of a child's absence from school for medical reasons, parents should phone into school by 9a.m. and also provide the child with a note of explanation on his/her return to school.  In line with county procedures if a child is not in school for registration (8.45a.m.)and no explanation is made by 9.30 a.m. a call will be made from school to find the reason for absence.  In the case of long absences as a result of illness the school should be informed as soon as possible of the reason. 

If children are absent from school for dental or medical appointments, parents should inform the class teacher the previous day.

If children have medical appointments during the day they must be collected by the parent. We cannot take responsibility for releasing young children during the school day.

In accordance with recent guidance from the Department for Education, leave of absence for annual holidays will no longer be automatically granted. Recent amendments to the registration regulations, which came into force on 1st September 2013 concerning the granting of leave of absence, have removed references to family holidays and extended leave as well as the threshold of ten school days at the discretion of the Head.

From 1st September 2013 Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.