We hope you will find below all the answers to your questions about the school. They are in alphabetical order. If you think something vital is missing, please give feedback to the Website editor & we will try & remedy this.
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 act has been amended. All reference to family holidays and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of 10 school days has been removed. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
Parents requiring their child to be absent from school during term time will need to inform the Headteacher and may need to arrange an interview. This will be to discuss whether exceptional circumstances apply.
If your child is absent for any reason please telephone to inform the school as soon as possible. The welfare and safety of all pupils is paramount to us and as such we will telephone you if there is no message on the first day of absence.
Excellent attendance at school is absolutely vital if children are to achieve their full potential. There is now so much to cover within the curriculum that children miss a good deal even when they are absent for just one day. We therefore set an absence target which reflects this – just 3.5% absence over the 2015-16 school year. Please help us to achieve this by ensuring that you do not take your children on holiday during term time or for ‘days out’ when they should be in school.
Schools have to publish rates of attendance which relate to the school year prior to the year of publication.
The official attendance data for 2016-17 should be available in March 2018.
Provisional data for 2016-17:
Number on roll: 89
Number of children on roll in 2015/16: 90
Attendance: 96.2% (National average: 95.4%*)
* Data from DfE overall absence statistics
The attendance rate for our pupils really improved in the 2015-16 school year & we were above the national average. Congratulations to pupils, parents & staff for this joint effort. Let's hope the 2016-17 attendance is even better!
Number of children on school roll: 90
Attendance: 95.79% (National average: 95.4%*)
* Data from DfE overall absence statistics
You may have heard your children at Swanton Abbott talking about ClassDojo. ClassDojo is a communication app for the classroom. It connects teachers, parents, and students who use it to share photos, videos, and messages through the school day.
If you would like more information on this app, please ask your class teacher.
You can access or download the ClassDojo app from these links:
For safeguarding reasons, we ask you NOT to share or re-post photos or videos from ClassDojo on social media.
In the event of very severe weather, the school may have to be closed.
If it’s BEFORE the school day begins, we will inform County Hall as early in the morning as possible & you can use the following ways to stay informed:
Local Radio: Closure advice after News & Travel up to about 9.30am (BBC Radio Norfolk, Radio Heart…)
Norfolk County Council Website: here. “Schools/Emergency School Closures”
Facebook & Twitter: Norfolk County Council Facebook & Twitter accounts
Unofficial Network: Helpful parents may also post the news on social media in order to spread the news faster.
If it’s DURING the school day, all parents / carers will be informed to ensure that there is a responsible person able to receive their child/ ren. All children will be kept safely at school until they can be collected.
We always keep the school open wherever possible so closure is the last resort & hopefully will not become necessary.
Asthma – At Swanton Abbott School we follow the Norfolk School guidelines on Asthma. Please see the following guidelines by selecting the link: Asthma Guidance. Useful information for parents/carers of Asthma suffers can be found by selecting the link: Asthma UK Resources.
Medicines at school – Arrangements are fully in place to support pupils with medical conditions to ensure they can fully access and enjoy all of the opportunities at our school as experienced by all other pupils. We understand that some of the medical conditions which require support at school affect the quality of the pupil’s life experiences. We therefore ensure that the focus at all times is on the needs of each individual child and how their medical condition impacts upon their school life. However, the administration of medication to children is the responsibility of parents/carers. Please note that school staff are under no duty to administer medication to pupils in school. If it is agreed by the Executive Headteacher or his/her nominated representative to take on this responsibility it is purely on a voluntary basis.
Vomiting or Diarrhoea – If your child has been vomiting or had diarrhoea, they should not attend school for 48 hours after the last bout of illness. This is to prevent the illness spreading to other children & staff in the school.
See class pages for each terms homework
If your child or children are missing anything, please check the blue lost property box in reception. Clearly named items are returned to their owners when the lost property is sorted (see “Marking Clothes” below).
Please ensure that all children’s clothes, coats, boots, shoes, gloves, PE kit and swimming costumes are marked with your child’s name. There are various possibilities for marking clothes: iron-on or sew-on name-tapes, black permanent marker or silver pen for darker clothes (though pen will fade with washing). Lost property is regularly sorted & named items are returned to their owners. However, each year an anonymous collection of various clothes accumulates and appears to belong to no-one!
Parent volunteers provide valuable help in school. At any one time parents help in a variety of ways: helping with a small group in the Literacy hour; hearing children read; running a numeracy games library supervising small groups of children engaged in different activities such as art and craft; helping one or two children working on the computer. If you would like to help please speak to the class teacher, headteacher or pop into the office. We are always pleased to see you!
Parents are welcome in the school. If you wish to visit the school before deciding to send your child here please contact the Headteacher. A visit will be arranged as soon as possible. The Headteacher will also be pleased to see parents to discuss their child’s progress or any other matter about school life. Parents may arrange to talk to the class teacher after school.
If you have a safeguarding concern regarding a child’s welfare or the actions of a staff member, please immediately talk to:
Emma Hamilton-Smith (Headteacher) (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
or, in her absence, to:
Sarah Frost (Yr 3 & 4 class teacher) (Alternate Designated Safeguarding Lead)
telephone: 01692 538 246
If you have any safeguarding concerns regarding the actions of the Headteacher, please immediately contact:
Sue Traverso, Chair of Governors:
A hot meal is available each day with a main course and a pudding. There is a choice of the main course. A choice of jacket potato ( cheese, cheese & beans, tuna) or filled baguette (cheese, ham or tuna) is also available from school.
These are free for all KS1 pupils & pupils eligible for Free School School meals.
The cost is £2.20 per meal for all other pupils which can be paid either daily or weekly in advance. Please put the money in an envelope with your child's name & class written on it - to be given to their teacher.
At mid-morning break children are welcome to bring fresh or dried fruit or vegetables from home (apple, banana, carrot, raisins etc.).
Each child may have a bottle of water (no squash or fruit juice please) & is encouraged to drink regularly.
Want some ideas for a healthy lunchbox?
Useful information & advice on SENDCO can found on the following links: