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Admissions Criteria 2023-24

Anti-bullying & Harrassment

Behaviour Policy 

Bereavement Policy

Breakfast Club

Charging, Refunds & Remissions Policy

Child Protection Policy for Vine Schools Trust and Settings 

Complaints Policy

Definition of Disability Under the Equity Act 2010

Equal Opportunities Policy

Equality and Information Policy

E-Safety Policy 

EVC Policy (Nov 2017) 

Exclusion Policy 

Freedom of Information Policy

Health and Safety

Intimate Care Policy

LSB Terms of Reference – Final

Medical Policy 

Mental Health and Wellbeing Guidance 

Nolan Principles

Parent Code of Conduct 

Parent’s Guide to Subject Access Request

Preventing and Tackling Bullying Policy

Publication Scheme 

Pupil Premium Policy (May 2019)

RE Policy

Relationships, Health and Sex Education (Summer 21)

Remote Learning Policy

Safeguarding Policy 

Safeguarding Adults

SEND Information Report


Social Media Policy

Spiritual Policy 

Statutory Requests Freedom of Information 

Student Going Missing or Absconding Policy 

Website Policy

Whistleblowing Policy 

Worship Policy 

VER Written Report

Our Annual Report and Financial Statements are available on the Vine Schools Trust Website.  Please click here for further information.

Ofsted Report 2019

SIAMS Report 2020

Eco-school Bronze Award

School Performance Tables

We work hard to ensure our children are safe in school and out of school.

If anyone, any adult or any child, has any safeguarding concern, including any related to radicalisation they are encouraged to contact one of our safeguarding team Mrs Turner, Miss Hennessy or Mr Herron in person, via telephone of via email.

If you have any safeguarding issue but would prefer not to speak to Mrs Turner, please contact Mrs Jones via the school admin email address –

If we have reasonable cause for concern that a child may be at risk of significant harm, we will refer to social care. This referral can be made with or without us informing parents.

For further information please read our Child Protection policy along with more information which are available at the bottom of this page or contact one of our safeguarding team.

Safeguarding Adults

Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy for Vine Schools Trust and Settings – September 2022

COVID-19 Document

At the heart of the work of every primary school class is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessment which takes account of the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of the children. The majority of children will learn and progress within these arrangements. Those children whose overall attainments and achievement in specific subjects fall significantly outside the expected range may have Special Educational Needs (SEN).

For children who have a specific learning difficulty or a disability, our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy outlines the educational support we provide.

If a teacher notices a pupil experiencing difficulties with their learning they will seek guidance from the school Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo). Advice will be given, which may include alternate strategies to support the pupils learning. Both class teacher and SENDCo will hold a meeting with parents to discuss next steps which could include:

  • Advise parents to make an appointment to see the GP
  • Referral to the Speech and Language Therapist service
  • Referral to the Specialist Teacher Team
  • Referral to Educational Psychologist service
  • Referral to EWMHS (Emotional Welfare and Mental Health Services)

When a child is placed on the Special Educational Needs register, consultation with parents will continue through:

  • Parent consultation day.
  • One Plan meetings at least twice a year, working alongside pupils, parents and sometimes specialist agencies to set specific targets that work towards achieving a long-term goal.
  • For pupils with a Statement/ Education Health Care plan (EHC Plan) Annual Review meetings.

Please contact the school office to speak to Miss S. Hennessy, our school SENCO.

Accessibility Policy & Plan

Accessibility Plan

Medical Policy – Autumn 2022

Definition of Disability Under the Equity Act 2010

SEND POLICY Summer 2021

Be Kind Online

Supporting Children’s Mental Health

What Parents Need to Know About FIFA 20

What Parents Need to Know About Houseparty

What Parents Need to Know About Minecraft

What Parents Need to Know About TikTok

What Parents Need to Know About YouTube Kids

Maintaining Mental Wellbeing in Isolation

Online Gaming to Gambling

Online Safety Tips

Screen Addiction 2019

COVID-19 Online Safety Advice for Parents

Letter to Parents from The Vine Trust

Letter to Parents from Essex County Council – 20/03/2020

Our GDPR regulations are part of the Vine Schools Trust policies. Please click here for further information. 

Excellent attendance at school allows a child to have the best possible start in life.

Going to school regularly is important for your child’s future.  Parents / carers are responsible for making sure their child receives full-time education.  Parents are legally responsible for making sure that children attend school.  If your child doesn’t go to school, you could be fined or prosecuted.

There are lots of reasons why a child should attend school:

  • To learn
  • To build confidence and self-esteem
  • To understand responsibility
  • To develop new skills
  • To grow as individuals
  • To gain qualifications
  • To make new friends, have fun and develop life skills
  • To develop awareness of other cultures

Good school attendance is not just beneficial, it’s essential.  Attending school is directly linked to improved exam performance which should in turn lead to further learning opportunities and better job prospects when the child grows up.

The more children attend school the more likely it is that they will have good levels of attainment. Even small improvements to attainment at 11 years old can increase the amount a person earns before they are 33 years old – an increase of up to 25%!

  1. Pupils with higher attainment at KS2 and KS4 had lower levels of absence over the key stage compared to those with lower attainment.
  2. Generally, the higher the percentage of sessions [lessons] missed across the key stage at KS2 and KS4, the lower the level of attainment at the end of the key stage.

Essentially, DfE information shows that the more children attend school, the more they achieve and the better their chances are of earning well.

Going to school helps to develop:

  • Friendships
  • Social Skills
  • Life skills
  • Team values
  • Cultural awareness
  • Career pathways

How to prevent your child from missing school?

You can do this by…

  • having a routine from an early age and sticking it to it
  • making sure your child understands the importance of good attendance and punctuality
  • making sure they understand the possible implications for themselves and you as a parent if they don’t attend
  • taking an interest in their education – ask about school work and encourage them to get involved in school activities
  • discussing any problems they may have at school and letting their teacher or Headteacher / Deputy Headteacher know about anything that is causing concern
  • not letting them take time off school for minor ailments or holidays during term time

To avoid disrupting your child’s education, you should arrange (as far as possible), appointments and outings:

  • after school hours
  • at weekends
  • during school holidays

Each year there are 170 days that children can go on holiday, go on outings, have appointments etc. The 195 days of school must be prioritised.

Children may only be absent from school IF they are too ill to go to school or IF the headteacher has authorised an absence for exceptional reasons – and this has been applied for, by parents, before the absence.

What happens when my child is too ill to go to school?

By 9am, parents must tell us, if their child is absent because they are too ill to go to school.

Office staff, senior leaders, our learning mentor and our attendance company, Aquinas. monitor absences. This monitoring may lead to home visits.

We undertake home visits:

  1. To check on the well-being of children.

  2. To see if we can offer any support to children and parents.

Sometimes, we tell parents that we will be carrying-out home visits and sometimes we don’t.

What does ‘too ill to go to school’ mean? 

The NHS has clear information to answer this question. That information can be found via this link,, and is attached to this letter.

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