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Attendance and Term Time Holidays:

In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made.

You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised.

Click here to see the latest ‘cluster agreed’ letter to parents about attendance and term time holidays.

School Attendance: The Law - Information Leaflet for Parents

Complaints Procedure:

Most minor worries can be resolved by discussion with the class teacher. More serious problems should be referred to the headteacher who may bring the matter to the attention of the school governors. These problems can usually be resolved informally within the school. Where local agreement cannot be reached there is an official complaints procedure for

bringing matters to the attention of the Area Education Officer. Copies of the procedure and relevant forms are available from the school.

Charging Policy:

All activities which take place during school time are free of charge with the exception of some music tuition. However, activities such as educational visits place an enormous strain on school finances and the school will normally seek voluntary contributions in order to pay for these activities. Educational visits are an important part of the learning process and so that they can continue, your support would be much appreciated. It is, in addition, school’s preferred policy to take years 3, 4, 5 and 6 swimming every week. The authority provide payment based only on one year group and so this also entails an additional cost to the school. It is hoped that parents will feel able to make a contribution towards this of £1 per week.

School Private Account

South Darley C.E. Primary School runs a Private School Fund. This is organised separately from the main school budgets and is used to support the school in a wide variety of ways, including the supply of extra resources for our children.

The account is externally audited annually and approved by the Governing Body. Parents/Guardians are welcome to ask to see the audited account in order to promote accountability and transparency within our schools. Please contact Mrs A Manning, School Business Assistant, for an appointment should you wish to see the accounts.

Data Protection

Our School is in the process of fully implementing GDPR legislation across our school.  The statement below is based on the previous Data Protection Act and will be updated shortly.

Basic information about pupils is held on computer to assist with the efficient organisation of the school and the individual’s educational needs. Security measures are taken to ensure that the information is kept confidential and is only available to

authorised staff. It may be used for statistical purposes but this will not enable any individual to be identified. The school and the County Council have registered with the Data Protection Registrar details of persons to whom they may wish to disclose

information. By law, under the provision of the Data Protection Act of 1998, information may only be disclosed to other persons in accordance with this registration. This school is registered to disclose personal information to:

Family, relatives, guardians trustees.

Past, current or prospective employers.

Legal representatives.

Doctors, Dentists and other health advisors.

Department for Education.

The Local Authority

It is the policy of the Governors and Derbyshire County Council that such information is confidential and that, even where a need to disclose information has been registered, it will only be divulged in exceptional circumstances and will be kept to the minimum necessary to achieve the purpose. This policy is, of course, subject to any law which imposes a duty of disclosure on the governors or on Derbyshire County Council.

Pupils use computers in the classroom as part of their education but these do not have access to the personal information records. Access to the Internet is always supervised and site access is restricted by Local Authority filtering systems If you are concerned about any aspect of personal information held on computer please contact the headteacher in the first instance or write to the Data Protection Liaison Officer, County Offices, Matlock. DE4 3AG.

Please look in the policies section of the website to see the data privacy notices and our data protection policies.

School Holiday Dates:

There will be 5 days during the school year when the school will be closed for staff in-service training. These dates will be relayed to you when they have been finalised. Please contact the school for term dates.