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Parents and Carers

Welcome to the ‘Parents and Carers’ section of our website. Clarendon is proud of its positive working relationships with parents and carers. We are committed to working closely with parents so that we can help every student succeed in school and we are always striving to develop and improve our links with parents.

The ‘Parents and Carers’ section contains useful information about the school and how we will support your child. It also provides advice and guidance for you as a parent/carer to help you work with us in a successful family-school partnership. Here you will find information on:

  • General school information (including uniform, term dates, timing of the school day, school policies, our school prospectus and home school agreement)
  • Copies of recent letters to parents

We hope that you will find this information helpful both in answering queries and supporting your child’s education. If you have any suggestions about how we could make improvements to this section of the website, please contact us to let us know.

Attendance and Punctuality

Children’s attainment and achievement is directly linked to high school attendance. According to school data children who are persistently absent regularly miss their targets and miss out.
School starts at 8.50 a.m. Students are expected to attain a minimum of 95% attendance or above – this means no more than 10 days leave in any year. All students compete for attendance awards each term.
Parents are advised not to book holidays in term time. Such absence will be considered “un-authorised”. Please inform the school office as soon as possible in the case of a pupil being unwell, and preferably in advance of medical appointments where those are unavoidable in school time.

School Uniform

All students are expected to wear full school uniform at all times. The uniform (including guidance on jewellery allowed in school) is detailed in the new parent and carer information pack.

You can purchase uniform from the front office at any time during the school day. Please remember to label your child’s uniform clearly as we have a continually growing stock in lost property with no names on.

Term dates and timing of the school day

Please see term dates and about our school day – Click Here

School Policies and School Prospectus

Please see section detailing school policies and school prospectus – Click Here

Home School Agreement

Every school is required by law to have a Home School Agreement. This is to ensure that families and schools are working together to support children’s learning and development in the best possible way. You will be asked to read and sign the agreement when your child starts at Clarendon School. You can find a copy here.

Complaints

If parents are dissatisfied in any way with the curriculum or school organisation we encourage them to take their concern to their child’s class teacher in the first instance, then to the Deputy and/or Headteacher. If they are still not satisfied they can write to the Chair of Governors at the school address.
Schools must have a complaints procedure in place in order to meet requirements laid down in the Education Act 2002. Any parent has the right to enter a formal complaint if he or she thinks that certain things are not being done properly. Copies of the Local Authority’s Complaints Policy and Procedure followed by the school are available on request from the school.

Illnesses and Accidents

If your son/daughter feels unwell or has had an accident he or she must report it to a teacher straight away. Normally they will be sent to the medical room where Clarendon’s Health and Wellbeing Leader will take care of them. If students are too ill to remain at school parents will be contacted in order for suitable arrangements to be made.

Contact Telephone Numbers

Parents are responsible for providing the school with some point of contact for their child, for example, a telephone number at home and at work as well as the telephone number of a friend, relative or neighbour.

It is very important that parents keep the school up to date regarding any change of contact details.

Medicines

Prior to staff administering any medication or student self-medication the school must have written consent from the parent/guardian. In order to comply with Government legislation we also require written confirmation of instructions from a health practitioner. There are three situations which may arise:

  • Staff to administer medication on an adhoc basis (usually short term treatment)
  • Staff to administer medication for more complex medical needs
  • Student to carry/administer their own medication

If your child has any of the above medical needs, please contact the main school office as soon as possible and they will arrange for the relevant form to be issued for you to complete.

Parents are kindly requested to keep inhalers updated as required. 

Parents' Information and Newsletters

There are three sources of information for parents.

  • The school prospectus – Click Here
  • A TV screen situated in the waiting area of the visitors reception which displays rolling school news and
    information and is also updated regularly.
  • Our termly newsletter – Click Here

Family Support Team

Clarendon has Family Support Workers, who help parents with issues concerning their children, from completion of application forms to advice about out-of-school clubs and activities.  

Parent Staff Association (known as The Friends of Clarendon)

All parents and staff are members of The Friends of Clarendon, a registered charity, which aims to support the education of Clarendon pupils. This is done by raising money, holding social events and representing the school where appropriate. 

Working in Partnership

We aim to work in partnership with parents and carers, and our home-school agreement makes clear the ways in which parents, pupils and staff are expected to work together to ensure the best learning opportunities.

Parents are welcome to visit the school and speak to a member of the headship team, without an appointment, between 9.00am and 9.30am daily, or by appointment at any other time. Each half term a newsletter is sent home to keep parents informed of recent or forthcoming events and the achievements of pupils. We also offer more formal opportunities each term for parent/ teacher consultations, when a pupil’s progress and Individual Education Plan (IEP) can be discussed and celebrated.

Support Your Child

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, it not only benefits you but provides extra resources towards your child’s progress and benefits the whole school community if you claim. The school receives further funding to provide additional resources to help your child make good progress.

You can apply on-line or contact Clarendon’s Family Support Workers if you would like help in applying for this.

Ofsted – Parent View

Below is a link to the new Ofsted survey website for parents, Parent View. Please click here to access the website.

Please use it to tell Ofsted what you think about our school. It is very user-friendly and simply consists of 12 questions which you answer by clicking on either Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, Strong Disagree or Don’t Know.

You will need to register as a user first, using your email address.

If you would like assistance, please contact us at the school we’ll be happy to help.