Learning to Love; Loving to Learn – Life in all its Fullness
We are grateful to all parents who have been using our Schoolgateway online payments facility, which did significantly reduced the amount of cash we received in school.
However, as the school is changing from Schoolgateway to ParentPay we no longer have access to Schoolgateway, but unfortunately ParentPay is not quite ready for us. Therefore, the school office will accept cash payments for the foreseeable future. It would be helpful if the cash could be in a sealed envelope written with your child’s name, class, and details of what the payment is for.
Teachers cannot accept payments in class.
Get Involved in School Life
At Ashleigh Primary School we encourage parents and carers to get involved in their child’s school life as much as possible.
We welcome volunteers in our classrooms, once your child has settled into school, and many parents find supporting the class to be a valuable and rewarding task. Help is appreciated in a variety of activities such as reading, artwork and school trips.
Please do let us know if you have a specific skill, talent or interest you would like to share. All volunteers in school need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS check) before they can volunteer regularly in school.
If you are interested in helping out at the school, please go to the main school office and ask for a DBS form. Once this is completed the school will process the form on your behalf. There is no charge.
If your child is unable to attend school for any reason please notify the office before 9.00am each day of the absence. You can ring on 01271 345149 or use Schoolcomms to send a message. When notification has not been received, after the class registers have been taken, the parent/guardian will receive a text or phone call requesting a reason for the absence. Unexplained absences will be marked as unauthorised.
Should a child's level of attendance be a cause for concern we work closely with our Educational Welfare Officer to support families in ensuring children attend school regularly. If you are experiencing difficulties with your child's attendance please contact Mrs Cath Fordham (Deputy Head Teacher & SENCo) for advice and support.
Like most schools, Ashleigh is taking part in a new project with Devon and Cornwall Police. Operation Encompass reports to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.
Mrs Fordham has been on the training which allows her to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, ensuring that we are able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the safeguarding team.
FREE SCHOOL MEAL APPLICATION CHANGES
Since 1st October 2017, Devon County Council only accept applications for free school meals via an online self-service portal which enables parents to access their free school meal eligibility. It gives parents and carers a simple, easy-to-use way to apply for free school meals.
Access to the portal can be made herewhere additional information is also available about this service. The link to this can also be found on the website in ‘School Information’.
IMPORTANT: The person making the application must be the person holding parental responsibility for the child/ren they are applying for. The school cannot log in to the portal on behalf of parent/carers. Please speak to the School office for guidance.
Staff at Ashleigh are working closely with the Early Help for Mental Health team to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for the whole school community. Please see below. We would encourage you to practise this daily!