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Operation Encompass

As of today Wembury Primary has officially become part of Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass is one of the best things that has happened in terms of safeguarding in schools for a long time. It is such a simple concept but it can and does have so much impact: a phone call to school prior to 9am on the morning after a domestic incident has happened in the child’s home, brilliant simplicity. Having that knowledge allows us to put support in place for the child. This all means that we are able to support our families even more and this has a very positive impact for the children.

Operation Encompass is a Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse. Reports will be made to the school before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening. The information will be given in strict confidence to our school’s Key Adults to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.

A letter with further information is being sent out to all parents today as well as details of the website below, which will be available on our website under safeguarding.

http://www.operationencompass.org/

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CHRISTMAS

Last Day Term – Early Finish Reminder

As on the last day of the summer term, we aim to finish again at 1.15pm on Friday 15th December. Please ensure arrangements have been made for your child to be collected at this time. Thank you.

Christmas Lights Festival 6th December @ Village Hall – 5.45pm

Remember to come and join us in this family occasion of fun and festivities. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available, courtesy of FroWS. Wrapped presents are welcomed, for delivery to the Shekinah Mission in Plymouth. And don’t forget Mr Clarke will no doubt keep us entertained, along with the school choir.

Christmas Parties

During the course of the final week each class will be holding their Christmas party. Please look out for details from your child’s class teacher; letter, emails and/or text.

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Absences

A gentle reminder regarding absences; in light of recent illnesses and a recent school audit. Please inform the school on the first day of absence, should your child be ill. For all other requests these must be requested in advance. If it subsequently transpires that an absence taken is for a holiday or day out, rather than an illness, without prior agreement, a fine may be issued by Devon Local Authority. (Please read advice via this link.) It is my duty of care, as Headteacher, to ensure pupils attend school regularly, as well as arriving and being collected on time. It is the local authority that issues fines, from the evidence of the data collected. Should your child have a medical appointment; dental, doctor or otherwise, please ensure that you attach a copy of the appointment to your request, in advance. A copy of a formal evidence letter/invite/email is also required for exams or sporting/club events. Without these I will be unable to authorise and any subsequent absence may be recorded as unauthorised. I am happy to support a range of absence requests for exams, sporting events and therefore ask that full information is available at the time the request is being made. Unfortunately unless an absence is deemed, unavoidable or exceptional circumstances (the fundamental principles for defining ‘exceptional circumstances’ are that they are ‘rare, significant, unavoidable and short’) I will be unable to authorise.

 

These are some guiding principles:

1. Term times are for education. This is the priority. Children and families have 175 days off school to spend time together, including weekends and school holidays. Head teachers will rightly prioritise attendance. The default school policy should be that absences will not be granted during term-time and will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.

2. The decision to authorise a pupil’s absence is wholly at the head teacher’s discretion based on their assessment and merits of each request.

3. If an event can be reasonably scheduled outside of term-time then it would not be normal to authorise absence for such an event – holidays are therefore not considered ‘exceptional circumstances’.

4. Absences to visit seriously-ill relatives or for a bereavement of a close family member are usually considered to amount to ‘exceptional circumstances’, but for the funeral service only, not for extended leave.

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Don't forget to check out your child's class pages to keep up to date with what is happening in class.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at our fabulous performances.


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