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Reminders for parents

In every aspect of life, there are rules to keep. This leads to a safe, civilised environment. Our school is no different, and we need to have rules for adults as well as for children.

Thank you to the vast majority of you who show respect for our school rules – it sends a really important message to your children.

Help us to keep your children safe and sound while on school property by following the simple guidelines below.

Before School

While the school takes care to ensure the safety of your children, the school is not responsible for the actions of your children until they are admitted into the class rooms at 8:45. Parents who arrive early with their children must ensure that the behaviour of their children does not endanger their own, or other children’s safety until school starts.

The end of the day

At the end of the day when collecting your children please help us to ensure their safety by:

  1. Being patient
  2. Not crowding around the classroom door. Please line up outside the door so that the teachers can let the children out in an ordered and controlled manner.
  3. Not leaning into the classroom and calling your child. The children have been instructed to wait for the teacher to call their name.
  4. Waiting: if you wish to speak to the teacher about anything, please do not push to the front, wait until the other children have gone, and the teacher will then be able to give you their full attention.
ParentMail

The school subscribes to ParentMail a service which allows us to send a text messages and emails to every parents’ mobile phone in the event of an emergency or when the school wide announcement needs to be made urgently. You can also download the app on the App Store and the app lets you inform the school of your child’s absence without needing to phone in.

In order to receive these important messages, please make sure that the contact details in which we hold in the school office are always up to date.

Names

Please, please, please! Make sure that everything your child brings into school is named; All clothes, PE Kits, Purses, lunch boxes and book bags.
If your child needs to bring in money for whatever reason; please make sure that it is in a sealed envelope with the child’s name, class and what the money is for.

Bicycles

Would parents find it necessary to bring bicycles into school, please walk them in the playground, and not carry young children on the handlebars. Riding presents a real danger to all the other children in the playground.

Road Safety

As a school we strongly believe in promoting and teaching the importance of road safety; so we have compiled some links for you to look at so that you can help embed what we are promoting in school.
Especially now that there has been a large growth in children scooting to school.

No Smoking

The whole school is a non-smoking zone, this includes the car park and footpaths – as soon as you pass through the tall red gates you are on school property.

Dogs

Please do not bring dogs (even very small ones) onto the school site.

Parking

We would prefer whenever possible, for parents not to drive to school. However, if this is unavoidable, parents are asked to park carefully and thoughtfully in the roads around the school. Parents should be aware that the council are now enforcing the ‘Keep Clear’ and yellow lines outside the gates and if caught parents could receive a £100 fine.

The Automatic gates at the top of the school drive are for staff and visitors of the school, as well as the other buildings that are on the site, and that parents are only permitted to drive into the school in an emergency.
This is in the interest of you and your children’s safety.

Please note that all outside areas of the school are monitored and recorded by closed circuit television (CCTV) for 24 hours every day - if you are within the school boundary you are being recorded.

Zero Tolerance

Of abusive, aggressive, or violent behaviour

Southville Primary School will not tolerate aggressive or obstructive behaviour, swearing, threatened or actual bodily harm.

Discrimination or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated, nor will malicious damage or theft.

Any individual who displays abusive, aggressive or violent behaviour will be asked to leave the site and may be reported to the police. If appropriate, an exclusion order may be issued to prevent an individual from coming to or near Southville Primary School in the future.

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Are you or somebody you know, looking after somebody else's child?
  • Are you looking after someone else’s child for longer than 28 days?
  • Are you arranging for someone else to look after your child; who is not a relative?
  • Do you know about a child being looked after by someone other than their parents or family?

If you have answered ‘YES’ to any of the above then this could be a private fostering arrangement, and if so you MUST inform Hounslow Children Services.

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (or 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not a close relative, guardian or someone with parental responsibility, for more than 28 days.
A close relative is defined as: 
a step-parent, grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt (Whether of full blood, half blood or marriage affinity).

This is made by a private arrangement between the parent and carer, without the involvement of the local authority.

Not notifying the local council or Hounslow’s Children’s services of the intention to privately foster a child at least 6 weeks in advance or no more than 48 hours after an emergency of such arrangements is an offence under the Children Act 2004.

We need to be aware of children who are being privately fostered to ensure that they are well cared for so we can provide additional support when needed.

For advice and support please call:
0208 583 3426

For more information; visit London Borough of Hounslow - Private Fostering

Private Fostering