Attendance Policy (PDF)
The brochure is intended to tell you something
about the school. We have attempted to cover
the areas which will probably be of interest and
concern to you and also give you the broad
educational aims that we have for your child.
We believe that close co-operation between home
and school is essential for a child’s successful
We appreciate that this brochure may not be able
to answer all the questions that you would like to
ask and we hope that if this is the case, you will
contact the school and arrange a personal
We welcome you and your child and hope that
their time with us will be one of achievement and
The Governing Body regards the school buildings and grounds as a community asset and will make every reasonable effort to enable them to be used as much as possible. However, the overriding aim of the Governing Body is to support the school in providing the best possible education for its pupils, and any lettings of the premises to outside organisations will be considered with this in mind.
A charge should be levied to meet the additional costs incurred by the school in respect of any lettings of the premises to ensure that the school budget share does not subsidise the cost of a letting
Definition of a Letting
A letting may be defined as “any use of the school premises (buildings and grounds) by either a community group (such as a local music group or football team), or a commercial organisation. A letting must not interfere with the primary activity of the school, which is to provide a high standard of education for all its pupils.
Use of the premises for activities such as staff meetings, parents’ meetings, Governing Body meetings and extra-curricular activities of pupils supervised by school staff, fall within the corporate life of the school. Costs arising from these uses are therefore a legitimate charge against the school’s delegated budget.
Assessment is at the heart of the learning process. We believe that effective assessment provides information to improve teaching and learning. Effective assessment helps the school to ensure that we raise standards for all our children.
All children share a common entitlement to a stimulating and relevant curriculum which is matched to their individual needs.
The school’s policy, provision and practice for Inclusion ensures that pupils are promptly and accurately identified and enabled access to all areas of the curriculum.
This policy describes the way in which the school meets the needs of children who experience barriers to learning. These fall into one of the four categories stated in the current Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs.
- Cognition and Learning
- Behavioural, Emotional and Social Development
- Sensory and / or Physical
This policy should also be read in conjunction with our English as an Additional Language policy.
The Ripple Primary School community views pupil behaviour, pastoral and welfare support as a positive and co-operative effort involving all staff, parents and pupils of the school. We believe that good behaviour is the key to a good education and work to create a learning environment where everyone feels valued, secure and motivated to learn.
The Pupil Welfare and Behaviour Support Policy supports other policy documents in the school. This Policy includes guidance on:
- Behaviours for Learning
- Positive Behaviour Management
- Pupil Welfare and Behaviour Support Programme
- Pupils with Additional Needs
- Lunch Time
- Use of Reasonable Force
- Anti Bullying
- Search and Confiscation
The evaluation of this policy is ongoing and will be regularly reviewed by staff and the Governing Body. This document was most recently updated in March 2013.
We recognise that child protection is the responsibility of everyone working at Ripple Primary School and our policy applies to all staff and volunteers as well as visiting members of staff. All staff are expected to follow the guidelines in this document.
Children can be at risk of harm within many situations including the home and school environment. School staff (including volunteers) will have regular contact with young people and will be an important link in identifying cases where there may be the need for protection and/or additional early support through the CAF. All members of staff, including volunteers, must be aware of their responsibilities in relation to the prevention and identification of abuse and the systems in place within the school for making a child protection referral. Through its emphasis on early intervention and prevention, this policy aims to minimise the risks of children being abused.
There are a number of aspects to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children:
- Supporting pupils with additional or complex needs as identified through the continuum of needs.
- Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
- Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Developing and implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases where children are at risk of harm.
- Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
- Raising staff awareness of good practice within safeguarding and child protection.
On behalf of all the staff, children, parents and governors I would like to welcome you to Ripple Primary School.
Ripple is a very happy and welcoming school with a community focussed outlook and we are committed to the safety and care of all our pupils and their families.
As one of the largest primary schools in the UK, with a school population currently expanding to 1,200 across two sites, we are able to provide an exciting range of learning opportunities for our children and a very high level of support for our families.
Our aim is to provide the highest quality education for all in a caring, supportive and inclusive learning environment. We offer a stimulating curriculum where teachers and children work together to ensure high quality teaching and learning opportunities that enable all pupils to progress and achieve. We also offer a wide range of enrichment activities that are intended to be both inspirational and aspirational for all of our children.
We are proud of the school’s many achievements, which have been the result of our successful and hard working partnership between our staff, our children and our families.
We hope that you enjoy browsing our school website and that it gives you an insight into all that we do at Ripple. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any comments, suggestions or if we can help you in any other way.
Information regarding Pupil Premium
It is a condition of Internet access through the Local Authority (LA), and a condition of grant funding through the Standards Fund, that schools adopt the LA’s Acceptable Use Policy. All parents are required to sign that they accept the LA’s AUP.
While there are dangers associated with the Internet, the Internet provides access to a vast range of information. Quoting from Stop! Think! Go? Internet Proficiency produced by Becta, DfES and QCA:
“The Internet enables access to a vast range of cultural, scientific and intellectual material, which might otherwise not be freely or readily available. It extends the school’s walls, to museums, galleries, organisations of every kind and displays them…” p16
This Acceptable Use Policy (hereafter known as AUP) is designed to ensure that pupils use the Internet safely and responsibly as an integral part of their learning whether at home or at school. The policy takes into consideration the responses made by all adults connected with the school as well as government and other recognised authorities on Internet safety.
SAFE is an acronym. It stands for:
1. Keep your password SECRET
2. ATTACHMENTS might have viruses
3. FIND an adult if you see something that upsets you
4. EVERYONE is invisible on the Internet so be careful
We also have a picture with actions that helps us all to stay SAFE. You’ll see this picture all around the school as well.
Here are some excellent website that are SAFE to use and teach you all about e-Safety:
Sites for children
Sites for parents/carers
Ripple Primary School’s Acceptable use Policy
including the e-Safety Policy
Please let us know what you think about these sites, what experiences you’ve had on e-Safety and, parents/carers, what further training you would like us to offer. We will be running some workshops again during Parents’ Evening. They proved very successful last year for those that attended.
Please feel very proud of Ripple Primary School. Ripple is the first School (that’s all the Primary and Secondary Schools combined) in Barking and Dagenham to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award!
Many congratulations, everyone.
Bronze – awarded 14/02/2012
Silver – awarded 28/08/2012
Green – awarded 22/11/2013