Term-time absences are only authorised in exceptional circumstances, such as a family wedding or to visit a sick relative, in which case an appropriate amount of time will be authorised. Absence to attend funerals of relatives or close family friends can also be authorised on an individual basis. Parents wishing to request term-time absence are required to submit a Leave of Absence form to the headteacher, explaining the exceptional nature of the request. Please note that absence for holidays is not authorised.
School Trips / Outings
On admission to the school, parents are invited to complete a form, giving permission for the child to participate in activities in the local area. In addition to this, various trips and outings will be organised further afield, usually as part of a curriculum programme. Parents are notified in advance.
Parents are invited to make voluntary contributions towards the cost of trips which take place during school time. A copy of the school’s Charging Policy is available on the website.
In the interests of the safety of the children, parents are asked not to drive into, park near, or block the entrance and driveway to the school. Parking is available in our shared car park in front of Laureate Academy sixth form, accessed from Gadebridge Road. Parents are advised to proceed with caution, and to park near the Cuthbert Mayne side of the car park. Once children have been collected, parents should move off, in order to free parking space. The safety of the children is our main concern.
We take photographs or video of the children engaged in school activities. These are used for display in school and on occasions uploaded to the school website, or sent to the local newspaper. Parents not wishing their children to be photographed or filmed should make their request in writing to the headteacher.
If parents wish to complain about any aspect of the school’s work, contact should be made in the first instance with the class teacher or Headteacher. If the complaint is not resolved in this way, there is recourse to the Governing Body. Details of the complaints procedure can be obtained from the school.
St. Cuthbert Mayne has adopted the Local Authority Whistle-Blowing Policy, whereby any employee, governor, parent or other stakeholder can pursue a concern relating to malpractice in the school. Copies of the policy and procedure are available on the school’s website, in the reception area and on request from the main office.
The school is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of pupils. This includes the appropriate police clearance of staff and volunteers, as well as policies on online safety and anti-bullying.
We occasionally distribute information which has been sent in to us, relating to out-of-school activities. The fact that we pass it on to parents does not indicate that we have verified it in any way. Parents are responsible for satisfying themselves as to the suitability of any such activity.