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​ ​ ​Primary​ ​Parent​ ​Handbook     


Table​ ​of​ ​Contents      

Welcome​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Headmaster

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Mission​ ​Statement​ ​and​ ​Aims

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School​ ​Hours

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Attendance

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Arrival​ ​and​ ​Departure​ ​Procedures

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Role​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Parent

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Extended​ ​Curriculum

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School​ ​Uniform

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What​ ​you​ ​will​ ​need​ ​for​ ​School

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Standards​ ​of​ ​Behaviour

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Common​ ​Language​ ​Policy

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Bus​ ​Policy

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Health

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Communication

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Homework

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Merit​ ​System

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Birthdays​ ​Policy

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Lunch

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School​ ​Concerns​ ​and​ ​Complaints​ ​Procedure

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In​ ​Summary

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Welcome​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Headmaster

  Dear​ ​Parents,    Welcome​ ​to​ ​the​ ​British​ ​College​ ​of​ ​Brazil​ ​(BCB).     We  aim  to  ensure  all  our  children  are  provided  with  the  highest  quality  education  in  order  to  become  a  successful  global  citizen.  This  can  only  be  achieved  through  a  clear  partnership  between  school  and  parent.  The  aim  of  this  handbook  is  to  clearly  communicate  the  school’s  vision,​ ​policies​ ​and​ ​expectations​ ​of​ ​everyone​ ​in​ ​our​ ​community.    The  British  College  of  Brazil  is  a  positive,  safe  and  stimulating environment. We are constantly  evolving  to  enable  all  our  children  to  thrive  and  succeed.  We  are  committed  to  making  our  school  a  success  in  terms  of  achievement  and  behaviour.  The  best  parts  of  the  English  National  Curriculum  have  been  taken,  made  accessible to all, and, through a range of teaching  styles  and  state  of  the  art  technology,  aims  to  enthuse  and  motivate  our  students  to  become  life-long,​ ​happy,​ ​independent​ ​learners.    We​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​working​ ​closely​ ​with​ ​you​ ​for​ ​the​ ​benefit​ ​of​ ​all​ ​of​ ​our​ ​children.    Yours​ ​sincerely,          Duncan​ ​Rose  Headmaster 

           

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Mission​ ​Statement​ ​and​ ​Aims Our​ ​Mission  Our​ ​mission​ ​is​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​world​ ​class​ ​education. 

Guiding​ ​Principles: ● ● ● ● ● ●

Motivate students  to  explore  and  achieve  the  extent  of  their  intellectual  and  physical  abilities.  Uphold​ ​the​ ​values​ ​of​ ​honesty,​ ​integrity​ ​and​ ​respect​ ​for​ ​others.  Provide​ ​a​ ​vibrant,​ ​happy​ ​and​ ​secure​ ​environment.  Recruit,​ ​retain​ ​and​ ​develop​ ​high​ ​caliber​ ​staff.  Promote​ ​the​ ​general​ ​good​ ​within​ ​our​ ​community.  Safeguard​ ​the​ ​long-term​ ​development​ ​and​ ​reputation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school. 

Personal Development.  ​Top  of  the  school’s  priorities  is  the  personal  development  of  its  pupils.  The  study  of  academic  subjects is as much a means for developing key skills as it is for  acquiring  subject  specific  knowledge.  The  following  are  key  attributes  that  pupils  should  develop  at  the  school,  and  the  learning  of  which  must  be  integrated  into  classroom  work  and  school​ ​life.  Independence​.  Pupils  must  be  taught  and  encouraged  to  think  independently and to become  self-reliant.  Teamwork  &  leadership​.  The  school  views  teamwork  and  leadership  as  interdependent  and  complementary  skills.  Pupils  must  become  used  to  working  in teams and groups. They should  learn  to  appreciate  good  leadership  and  be  provided  with  opportunities  to  develop  their  own  leadership​ ​skills.  Endeavour​. Endeavour stems from the benefits and satisfaction of hard work. The school must  develop  pupils’  capacity  for  purposeful  effort  by  focusing  on  and  rewarding  effort  over  achievement.  Presence.  ​Presence  refers  to  the  positive  presentation  of  one’s  self  and  one’s  work  before  others.  Pupils must be encouraged at all times to develop and refine the oral, written and visual  presentation​ ​of​ ​themselves​ ​and​ ​their​ ​work.        3


Awareness. Personal  success  and  well-being  correlates  strongly  with  self-awareness.  Within  the  scope  of  each  teacher’s  own  capability,  pupils  should be taught and encouraged to reflect  on  and  express  appropriately  their  emotions.  The  school  must  provide  opportunities  for  quiet  thought​ ​and​ ​reflection.  Decency.  Behaving  decently  towards  others  is  everyone’s  unquestionable  responsibility.  The  school  must  ensure  that  the  promotion  of  kindness,  honesty  and  integrity  is  a  daily  part  of  school​ ​life​ ​and​ ​that​ ​all​ ​poor​ ​conduct​ ​is​ ​quickly​ ​addressed.  Courage.  Courage  empowers  people  to  do  well  for  themselves  and  for  others.  The  school  must  teach  pupils  to  overcome  their  fears  and  make  well  considered  and  calculated  risks  in a  healthy,​ ​constructive​ ​way. 

Academic​ ​Development

Although pupils  are  expected  to  do  well  academically,  it  is  not  the  philosophy of the school to  focus  on  academic  achievement  per  se.  Academic  achievement  is a result of ability, effort and  good  practice.  Academic  goals  should  be  linked  to  the  fulfillment  of  individual  potential  and  empowering​ ​pupils​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​learning​ ​after​ ​they​ ​leave​ ​the​ ​school.  

English​ ​National​ ​Curriculum​ ​Standards

The school  is  sufficiently  selective  to  expect  that  all  pupils  reach  as  a  minimum  the  academic  standards  corresponding  to  their  age  for  all  core  subjects  as  defined  in  the  English  National  Curriculum. 

Maximising​ ​potential  

The school  must  implement  an  ongoing  process  of  identifying  each  individual’s  academic  potential​ ​and​ ​devising​ ​a​ ​plan​ ​for​ ​reaching​ ​it.  

Independent​ ​learning

Pupils must  develop  the  ability  to  learn  independently,  and  acquire  the  ability  eventually  to be  in  charge  of  their  learning,  including  deciding  what  to  learn,  setting  goals,  producing  an  effective​ ​learning​ ​plan,​ ​and​ ​devising​ ​an​ ​appropriate​ ​form​ ​of​ ​evaluation. 

BSF​ ​Curriculum  

The school  follows  The  BSF  curriculum  which  emphasises  the  learning  of  reading,  writing,  mathematics  and  a  second  language  in  the  primary  ages,  which  leads  towards  GCSE  and  A  Level  (or  IB)  qualifications  in  secondary  and  which  provides  the  breadth  and  depth  necessary  to​ ​meet​ ​the​ ​charter’s​ ​personal​ ​and​ ​academic​ ​development​ ​goals.   

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School​ ​Hours  

Times

Primary

7:30am

Gate​ ​open​ ​-​ ​children​ ​may​ ​arrive​ ​at​ ​school​ ​at​ ​this time 

7:50am

Registration

8:00-​ ​10:00am

Lessons

9:50​ ​–​ ​10:30am

Morning​ ​Breaks​ ​(KS1​ ​9:50​ ​–​ ​10:10​ ​KS2​ ​10:10​ ​- 10:30.) 

10:30​ ​–​ ​12:00pm

Lessons

11:20​ ​–​ ​1:00pm

Children’s​ ​Lunch​ ​Break​ ​(FS​ ​stage​ ​will​ ​begin​ ​earlier) KS1:​ ​11:20​ ​–​ ​12:20  Yr​ ​3​ ​+​ ​4:​ ​11:40​ ​–​ ​12:40pm  Yr​ ​5​ ​+​ ​6:​ ​12:00pm​ ​-​ ​1:00pm 

12:20​ ​–​ ​2:30pm

Lessons

2:20​ ​–​ ​2:40pm

Afternoon​ ​Break​ ​for​ ​KS1​ ​only

2:40​ ​–​ ​3:30pm

Extended​ ​Curriculum

3:30pm

End​ ​of​ ​Day​ ​for​ ​children   

Attendance     We expect pupils to have good attendance at school with any absences being reported directly  to  the  class  teacher  via  email.  Good  timekeeping  is  also  expected  both  with  arrivals  and  pick-ups.  Children  who  are  consistently  late  for  school  have  a  poor  start  to the day which can  affect  their  performance.  Being  consistently  picked  up  late  at  the  end  of  the  day  can  cause  distress  and unhappiness to children. If these become a concern for the school, a meeting may  requested​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Headmaster.   5


Arrival​ ​and​ ​Departure​ ​Procedures   

Pupils should  not  arrive  before  7:30am.  The  school  gates  will  be  opened  at  7.30am.  This  is to  ensure  that  teachers  have sufficient planning, meeting and preparation time at the beginning of  the  school  day.  All  students  should  be in school by 7:50am ready for registration at the start of  the​ ​school​ ​day.     At  the  beginning  of  each  day,  please  ensure  that  a  teacher,  teaching  assistant  or  the  bus  monitor  receives  your  child  (whichever  is  appropriate).  Children  should  not  be  left  alone  for  school  to  start.  It  will  help  the  morning  routine  enormously  if  parents  do  not  enter  the  school  building​ ​unless​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​specific​ ​reason​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​with​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​staff.      Please  ensure  that  you  or  your  designated  guardian  collects  your child from a member of staff  at  the  end  of  each  day  from  the designated pick up point. Those children using the school bus  service  will  be collected by the bus monitor and safely taken home.  The school gates will open  at​ ​3:30pm​ ​each​ ​day,​ ​when​ ​parents​ ​can​ ​gain​ ​access​ ​to​ ​the​ ​school.      Please  collect  your  child  promptly  at  the  end  of  each  day.  If  for  some  reason  you  have  been  delayed,  please  telephone  the  school  so  that  we  are  aware  and  can  inform your child to avoid  any​ ​worrying,​ ​and​ ​so​ ​we​ ​can​ ​anticipate​ ​your​ ​arrival.     Parents  who  are  consistently  collect  their  children  late  will  be  requested  to  meet  with  the  Headmaster.     If  you  are  unable  to  collect  your  child,  please  inform  the  class  teacher  and  the  receptionist  as  to  who  will  be  collecting  your  child  by  1:00  pm  at  the  very  latest.  Teachers  will  not  release  a  child​ ​to​ ​an​ ​unauthorised​ ​person.​ ​All​ ​pick-up​ ​cars​ ​must​ ​display​ ​the​ ​school​ ​identification​ ​sticker.    It  is  imperative  that  parents  respect  the  requests  of  the doormen at drop off and pickup times.  Signage  and pedestrian crossings outside of the schools should be observed at all times.  Cars  should  never  be left unattended. Parents who do not respect the parking rules or the directions  of​ ​the​ ​doormen​ ​will​ ​will​ ​be​ ​requested​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Headmaster.   

           

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Role​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Parent  

We recognise  that  as a parent, you have chosen our school because of the values we hold and  our  approach  to  education.  We  view  the  parent  and school integration as a partnership and as  we  do  our  best  to  provide  you  and  your  children  with  a world class education, we rely on your  support  to  achieve  this.  We  expect  and  appreciate  the  support  given  by  parents in all aspects  of  the  school  including  adherence  to  uniform,  completion  of  homework  and  attendance  at  school​ ​events​ ​and​ ​parent​ ​meetings.   

Extended​ ​Curriculum  

 

The Extended  Curriculum  Activities  (ECA)  programme  takes  place  on  Monday  to  Friday,  after  school,  for  50  minutes  (at  the  school’s  discretion).  ECAs  normally  begin  towards  the  start  of  term,  after  normal  routines  have  been  established.  The  aim  is  to  provide 15 weeks (approx.) of  enrichment​ ​activities​ ​each​ ​term.     The  ECA  programme  is  supported  and  led  by  teachers and assistant teachers, and sometimes  outside  coaches  and  parents.  The  purpose  of  the  ECA  programme  is  to  promote  the  creative  and  physical  elements  of  the  curriculum  through  stimulating,  meaningful  and  fun activities that  will​ ​deepen​ ​students’​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​the​ ​taught​ ​curriculum.     We  aim  to  provide  an  exciting  range  of  opportunities  for  our  students.  Examples  of  activities  could  include:  Portuguese  /  Spanish  lessons,  Research  Skills,  Swimming,  Gymnastics,  Football,  Art  &  Craft,  Games,  Drama,  Dance,  Music  and  Ballet.  The  ECA  Coordinator(s)  will be  responsible  for  ensuring  a  range  of  activities  that  reflect  the  interests  of the students and aims  of  the  school,  and  ensure  that  there  is  an  appropriate  balance  of  activities  for  the  age  range  and​ ​number​ ​of​ ​students. 

     

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School​ ​Uniform   

School uniform  is  compulsory  for  all  students  attending  the  school.  We  believe  that  wearing  school  uniform  in  a  proud  and  smart  manner  promotes  positive  self-esteem  and  therefore  is  integral  to  the  ethos  of the school. All students are expected to arrive to the school everyday in  clean  clothes,  to  be  worn  in  a  tidy  manner.  We  expect  our  students  to  take  pride  in  their  school​ ​uniform.     School  uniform  consists  of  a  summer  and  winter  uniform.  However, as Sao Paulo experiences  a  tropical  climate,  there  will  be  times  throughout  the  year  when  either  uniform  could  be  worn.  We  therefore  leave  it  to  the  discretion  of  parents  to  decide  the  most  appropriate  uniform for a  specific  day.  However,  on  days  that  they  have  PE,  students  should  wear  that  uniform.  On  all  other  days  full  uniform  is  required.  Uniform  will  also  be  worn  on  class  educational  trips  (either  PE  or  full  uniform  depending  on the nature of the trip). A house colour T-shirt is also part of the  school​ ​uniform​ ​and​ ​can​ ​be​ ​worn​ ​on​ ​PE​ ​days,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​during​ ​house​ ​competitions. 

 

Details of  our  school  uniform  are  outlined  on  our  school  website.  Parents  will  be  notified  if  students​ ​are​ ​not​ ​wearing​ ​appropriate​ ​school​ ​uniform.     Footwear  is  an  important  aspect  of  the  school  uniform.  Shoes  should  be  black  leather  and  worn  each day.  ​As rain is a common occurrence in Sao Paulo, we ask that a pair of waterproof  shoes  or  boots  are  kept  in  school  for  days  when  the  playground  is  wet.  On  PE  days,  trainers  should  be  worn.  ​For  younger  children,  we  advise  that  the  shoes  are  not  lace  up  until  the  children​ ​are​ ​able​ ​to​ ​tie​ ​them​ ​unaided.​ ​For​ ​safety​ ​reasons,​ ​flip-flops​ ​should​ ​not​ ​be​ ​worn.     Additional​ ​information:  ● Use​ ​of​ ​coats​ ​and​ ​anoraks​ ​are​ ​encouraged​ ​during​ ​cold​ ​and​ ​rainy​ ​days;  ● Children  should  only  wear  the  school  jumpers,  other  jumpers  or  hoodies  will  not  be  accepted.  ● Sunhats  are  a  vital  part  of our school uniform and it is compulsory that all children wear  one​ ​whilst​ ​on​ ​the​ ​playground​ ​otherwise​ ​they​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​allowed​ ​to​ ​play.  ● Children  should  not  wear  necklaces,  bracelets  or  earrings  to  school  (except  for  stud  earrings  which  should  be  removed  at  home  on  PE  days).  Religious  artifacts  can  be  worn.  Parents  should  inform  admissions  of  any  extenuating  reason  why  their  child  should​ ​be​ ​allowed​ ​to​ ​wear​ ​jewellery.    ● Hair  should  be worn in a neat style and long hair should always be tied back. Mohicans,  tramlines  and  bright  colours  are  not  considered  appropriate  hairstyles  for  school.  If  a  child  attends  school  with  a  hairstyle  that  is  deemed  inappropriate,  the  Headmaster will  inform​ ​the​ ​parents​ ​and​ ​request​ ​a​ ​more​ ​suitable​ ​style.     8


Temporary tattoos  and  nail  varnish  are  not  appropriate  for  school  and  should  be  cleaned  off  before​ ​children​ ​attend.    Uniform​ ​guidelines​ ​are​ ​available​ ​here​.   

What​ ​you​ ​will​ ​need​ ​for​ ​School    

The school  will  provide  all  equipment  necessary  for  lessons,  including  exercise  books  and  stationery.      Food,  snacks  and  drinks  are  supplied  by  school, however, it is acceptable for children to bring  a  ​water  bottle  into  school.  The  summer months in Brazil are really hot, so suncream and insect  repellent​ ​are​ ​required.     The​ ​following​ ​items​ ​are​ ​not​ ​to​ ​be​ ​brought​ ​to​ ​school:     ● Chewing​ ​gum​ ​/​ ​sweets  ● Toys​ ​or​ ​games,​ ​unless​ ​for​ ​a​ ​special​ ​day​ ​or​ ​at​ ​the​ ​request​ ​of​ ​a​ ​teacher  ● Music​ ​playing​ ​systems,​ ​mobile​ ​phones​ ​or​ ​any​ ​other​ ​electronic​ ​devices     This  is  to  ensure  that children’s belongings do not get damaged or lost. The school accepts no  responsibility​ ​or​ ​liability​ ​for​ ​loss​ ​or​ ​damage​ ​to​ ​personal​ ​items​ ​brought​ ​into​ ​school.   

    

Standards​ ​of​ ​Behaviour    Code​ ​of​ ​Conduct 

Our school’s  code  of  conduct  aims  to  achieve  a  positive  atmosphere  in  which  more  time  is  spent  on  teaching  and  learning.  We  recognise  that  the  school  has  a  critical  role  to  play  in  developing  self-discipline  in  pupils.  We  aim  to  establish  acceptable  patterns  of  behaviour  and  to  encourage  pupils  to  develop  a  sense  of  responsibility,  self-respect  and  a  respect  for  other  people,​ ​property​ ​and​ ​the​ ​environment.    It  is  essential  for  parents  and  school  to  work  in  partnership,  so  that  the  values encouraged by  home​ ​and​ ​school​ ​are​ ​mutually​ ​reinforced. 

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To​ ​all​ ​Pupils:

You will  be  expected  to  behave  at  all  times  in  ways  which  demonstrate  self-discipline,  self  respect​ ​and​ ​respect​ ​for​ ​others​ ​and​ ​their​ ​property.  

  All​ ​pupils​ ​are​ ​required​ ​to​ ​observe​ ​the​ ​following:  ● ​ ​Treat​ ​everyone​ ​with​ ​respect​ ​and​ ​courtesy  ● ​ ​Behave​ ​in​ ​a​ ​way​ ​that​ ​aids​ ​learning​ ​during​ ​lessons  ● ​ ​Walk​ ​at​ ​all​ ​times​ ​when​ ​indoors  ● ​ ​Walk​ ​on​ ​the​ ​left​ ​in​ ​corridors​ ​and​ ​staircases  ● ​ ​Hold​ ​doors​ ​open​ ​for​ ​others  ● ​ ​Remove​ ​coats,​ ​jackets​ ​and​ ​hats​ ​during​ ​lessons​ ​and​ ​at​ ​lunch  ● ​ ​Make​ ​sure​ ​that​ ​classrooms​ ​and​ ​playgrounds​ ​are​ ​kept​ ​clean​ ​and​ ​tidy    

Common​ ​Language​ ​Policy   

At​ ​BCB​ ​our​ ​common​ ​language​ ​is​ ​English.​ ​We​ ​expect​ ​all​ ​children​ ​to​ ​speak​ ​English​ ​at​ ​all​ ​times whilst​ ​in​ ​school.​ ​ ​It​ ​is​ ​important​ ​that​ ​we​ ​have​ ​a​ ​common​ ​language​ ​as​ ​an​ ​international​ ​school​ ​of  over​ ​40​ ​nationalities.​ ​It​ ​encourages​ ​friendship​ ​and​ ​social​ ​development​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​providing​ ​an  environment​ ​where​ ​second​ ​or​ ​third​ ​language​ ​learners​ ​can​ ​develop​ ​their​ ​English​ ​language​ ​skills  quickly​ ​and​ ​effectively.    10


Bus​ ​Policy   

The school  buses  are  an  extension  of  the  school,  and  the  same  high  expectations  are  still  in  place  for  all  the  pupils.  There  is  often  a  wide  range  of  ages  present  on  a  bus  and  the  older  children,  especially,  need  to  take  care of how they behave and what they choose to talk about.  There​ ​should​ ​be​ ​no​ ​inappropriate​ ​language,​ ​conversations​ ​or​ ​behaviour     If​ ​there​ ​are​ ​problems​ ​with​ ​a​ ​student​ ​on​ ​the​ ​bus​ ​then​ ​the​ ​following​ ​procedures​ ​will​ ​be​ ​followed:     ● ​ ​First​ ​time​ ​–​ ​a​ ​warning    ● ​ ​Second​ ​time​ ​–​ ​a​ ​second​ ​warning​ ​and​ ​a​ ​phone​ ​call​ ​home   ● ​ ​Third​ ​time​ ​–​ ​a​ ​phone​ ​call​ ​home,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​day​ ​off​ ​the​ ​bus  ● ​ ​Fourth​ ​time​ ​–​ ​a​ ​phone​ ​call​ ​home,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​fortnight​ ​off​ ​the​ ​bus  ● ​ ​Fifth​ ​time​ ​–​ ​expulsion​ ​from​ ​the​ ​bus​ ​service     Such  incidences  will  be  recorded  in  the  student’s  file.  The  class  teacher  shall  make  any  warnings  and  phone  calls  to  parents.  In  the  case  of  repeated warnings, the class teacher shall  notify  the  Key  Stage  leader  and  /  or  Headmaster,  which  may  result  in  further  action  being  taken.    The  organisation  of  the  bus  routes  is  extremely  complex.  In  light  of  this,  using the bus service  to​ ​facilitate​ ​play​ ​dates​ ​and​ ​parties​ ​is​ ​not​ ​allowed.​ ​Parents​ ​are​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​this. 

Health     Regular  daily  attendance is expected but sometimes absence is unavoidable through sickness.  Please  inform  the  school  if  your  child  is  unable  to  attend  by  sending  an  email  to  the  class  teacher  and  the  school  receptionist.  If  your  child  uses  the  bus  service  it  is  imperative that you  inform​ ​the​ ​school​ ​/​ ​bus​ ​monitor​ ​as​ ​soon​ ​as​ ​possible​ ​to​ ​avoid​ ​delaying​ ​the​ ​bus.     If  your  child  is  sick,  they  should  not  be  sent  to  school  to  avoid  passing  on  the  sickness  to  others.  A  period  of  24  hours  should  be  observed  to  ensure  symptoms  have  abated.  If  the  school  feels  that  a  child  has  returned  to  school  too  soon,  parents  will  be  contacted  to  collect  their​ ​child​ ​immediately.         11


Please advise  the school of any medical problems your child may have when there is an allergy  to  materials  or  food.  Please  ensure  that  the  health  questionnaire  has  been  completed  and  updated  when  necessary  and  appropriate.  Food  allergies  must  be  identified by a doctor and a  medical​ ​certificate​ ​provided​ ​for​ ​this.      If  your  child  becomes  unwell  and  the  class  teacher  feels  that  s/he  may  not  be  well  enough  to  participate  in  lessons,  they  will  be  referred  to  the  school  nurse  on  site.  After  further  observation,  if  the  child  is  clearly  not  well  enough to return to class, you may be telephoned to  collect  your  child.  Please  be  aware  that  it  is  the  responsibility  of  the  parents  to  collect  their  unwell  child  and  the  school  cannot  provide  a  driver  in  such  circumstances.  In  extreme  emergencies,  such  as  serious  injury  or  extreme  sickness  the  school  will  make  every  effort  to  get​ ​the​ ​child​ ​to​ ​medical​ ​facilities.     Medication  can  only  be  administered  with  written  consent  and  directions  from  the  parents.  Medicines  must  be  given  to  the  class  teacher  or  the  nurse  by  the  parent,  not  the child. If your  child​ ​has​ ​had​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​the​ ​nurse​ ​due​ ​to​ ​injury​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​informed​ ​of​ ​the​ ​incident​ ​in​ ​writing. 

   First​ ​Aid 

The school employs a full-time qualified nurse and designated staff are first-aid trained and can  deal  with  day-to-day  matters  such  as  cuts  or  bruises  and  children  who  feel  unwell  whilst  at  school.  In  the  unlikely  event  of  a  more  serious  accident,  all  students  will  be  escorted  to  a  hospital.  Parents  will  be  telephoned  immediately  to  inform  of  the  accident  and  asked  to  meet  the​ ​child​ ​and​ ​nurse​ ​at​ ​the​ ​hospital.  

Communication    We​ ​aim​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​parents​ ​fully​ ​informed​ ​about​ ​events​ ​or​ ​developments​ ​at​ ​BCB​ ​in​ ​several​ ​ways:     Class  teachers  will  write  a  weekly  update  every  Friday  on  their  class  blog  which  will  inform  parents​ ​of​ ​what​ ​has​ ​happened​ ​in​ ​class​ ​that​ ​week.      At  the  beginning  of  each  term,  a  curriculum letter is posted on the class blog to inform parents  of​ ​the​ ​topics​ ​and​ ​objectives​ ​that​ ​will​ ​be​ ​taught​ ​in​ ​the​ ​coming​ ​term.     Class  teachers  are  happy  to  discuss  concerns  parents  may  have  about  their  child  but  are  unable  to  do  so  during  teaching  time.  Parents  are  asked  not  to  contact  class  teachers  in  the  morning​ ​for​ ​a​ ​lengthy​ ​chat,​ ​as​ ​teachers​ ​and​ ​pupils​ ​are​ ​always​ ​anxious​ ​to​ ​begin​ ​their​ ​daily​ ​work.      12


At the  beginning  of  the  year,  we  will  hold  a  “Meet  the  Teacher Day” when parents will have an  opportunity  to  get  an insight into daily life, our curriculum and have a chance to meet members  of​ ​staff.    Additionally,  parents  are  often  invited  to  support  class  assemblies,  activities,  open  days  and  curriculum  days  in  order  to  be  involved  in  school  life  as  much  as  possible.  There  is  also  an  annual  “Student  Led  Conference”  where  parents  can  hear  from  their  child  how  they  believe  they​ ​are​ ​developing.     Finally,​ ​reports​ ​are​ ​also​ ​sent​ ​out​ ​during​ ​each​ ​term​ ​followed​ ​by​ ​a​ ​formal​ ​Parent​ ​Teacher  Consultation.​ ​This​ ​will​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​progress​ ​is​ ​shared​ ​on​ ​a​ ​regular​ ​basis.     In  order  to  maintain  consistent  lines  of  communication,  we  ask  that  you  ensure  that  your  contact details including mobile phones and email addresses remain regularly updated with the  school​ ​office.    

 

       

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Homework   Homework​ ​is​ ​an​ ​important​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school​ ​curriculum​ ​and​ ​the​ ​table​ ​below​ ​gives​ ​you  information​ ​regarding​ ​the​ ​amounts​ ​and​ ​types​ ​of​ ​homework​ ​that​ ​your​ ​child​ ​may​ ​receive​ ​as​ ​they  progress​ ​through​ ​the​ ​school​ ​years.​ ​Homework​ ​tasks​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​mixture​ ​of​ ​online​ ​activities​ ​on​ ​the  class​ ​website​ ​and​ ​physical/written​ ​tasks.  ​ ​Year 

Portuguese    (can​ ​include  written/readin g​ ​task,​ ​flash  cards,  discussion  topic,  research​ ​etc) 

Reading​ ​at​ ​home   ● with​ ​an​ ​adult​ ​(Rec-Y2)  ● independently​ ​and​ ​to  an​ ​adult​ ​at​ ​times  (Y3-Y6)  ● Parents​ ​should  comment​ ​and​ ​complete  children’s​ ​reading  records 

Spellings    Words​ ​to​ ​learn  using​ ​LSCWC  method​ ​and/or  spelling​ ​activity 

Other​ ​homework​ ​from class​ ​teacher​ ​per​ ​week     Can​ ​include​ ​written,  drawing​ ​or​ ​online​ ​tasks,  practical​ ​work​ ​or​ ​research. 

Pre- Nursery 

n/a

Weekly​ ​library​ ​book​ ​to​ ​read​ ​to child,​ ​enjoy​ ​and​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​(and  reread​ ​again​ ​and​ ​again​ ​as  desired​ ​by​ ​the​ ​child). 

n/a

Very​ ​occasional​ ​as decided​ ​by​ ​the​ ​teacher. 

Nursery

n/a

5/10mins​ ​3​ ​times​ ​per​ ​week​ ​as and​ ​when​ ​the​ ​children​ ​are  ready. 

n/a

Weekly​ ​Words​ ​on​ ​the class​ ​website​ ​as​ ​and​ ​when  the​ ​children​ ​are​ ​ready. 

Rec

n/a

5/10mins​ ​3​ ​times​ ​per​ ​week​ ​as and​ ​when​ ​the​ ​children​ ​are  ready. 

1​ ​task​ ​per​ ​week​ ​as and​ ​when​ ​students  are​ ​ready 

Weekly​ ​Words​ ​on​ ​the class​ ​website. 

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15​ ​mins as​ ​&​ ​when 

10​ ​mins​ ​per​ ​day

1​ ​task​ ​per​ ​week

2​ ​task​ ​of​ ​approx.​ ​15​ ​mins​ ​*

2

30​ ​mins​ ​per week​ ​max 

15​ ​mins​ ​per​ ​day

1​ ​task​ ​per​ ​week

2​ ​task​ ​of​ ​approx​ ​20​ ​mins​ ​*

3

30​ ​mins​ ​per week​ ​max 

20​ ​mins​ ​per​ ​day

1​ ​task​ ​per​ ​week

2​ ​task​ ​of​ ​approx​ ​30​ ​mins​*

4

30​ ​mins​ ​per week​ ​max 

20​ ​mins​ ​per​ ​day

1​ ​task​ ​per​ ​week

​ ​3​ ​tasks​ ​of​ ​approx​ ​30​ ​mins each​* 

5

30​ ​mins​ ​per week​ ​max 

30​ ​mins​ ​per​ ​day

1​ ​task​ ​per​ ​week

3​ ​tasks​ ​of​ ​approx​ ​30​ ​mins each​* 

6

30​ ​mins​ ​per week​ ​max 

30​ ​mins​ ​per​ ​day

1​ ​task​ ​per​ ​week

3​ ​tasks​ ​of​ ​approx​ ​30​ ​mins each​* 

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Merit​ ​System   

On entry  to  the  school  each  child  will  be  allocated  a  house  and  members  of  the  same  family  placed  in  the  same  house.  We  will  seek  a  balance of male and female students in each house.  The​ ​House​ ​names​ ​are​ ​as​ ​follows:    

  Each  teacher  will  be  responsible  for  a  house,  and  there  will  be  regular  house  meetings  and  competitions.     The​ ​House​ ​System​ ​will​ ​have​ ​two​ ​parts:  1)  Merit  scheme  where  children  gain  house  points  for  individual  awards  relating to attainment,  progress,​ ​effort​ ​and​ ​achievement.  2)​ ​Internal​ ​competitions​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Sports​ ​Day,​ ​Swimming​ ​Gala,​ ​Poetry​ ​and​ ​Music​ ​competitions. 

  House​ ​Point​ ​Certificates​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Primary​ ​School 

At BCB  we  believe  that great efforts should be rewarded and recognised. With this in mind, we  have  a  house  point  system  that  is  designed  to  encourage  high  standards  and  positive  action  from​ ​our​ ​students​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​year.  

House​ ​Points​ ​therefore​ ​will​ ​only​ ​be​ ​awarded​ ​when​ ​children​ ​do​ ​their​ ​very​ ​best.

 

During the  year,  pupils  will  be  awarded  house  points  for  excellent  work,  effort  and  progress.  Teachers  shall  award  points  to  each child when deserved and it will be the responsibility of the  child  to  enter  his/her  house  point  on  the  chart  displayed  in  the  class.  This  can  be  a  coloured  square  or  a  tick  alongside  a  name.  There  will  be  no  negative  actions  such  as  minus  house  points.  Certificates  will  be  awarded  in  assembly  to  successful  students.  Certificates  are  organised  in  the  following  way.  The  aim  is  to achieve as many house points as possible during  each​ ​term.​ ​ ​At​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​each​ ​month,​ ​house​ ​point​ ​totals​ ​are​ ​reset​ ​to​ ​zero.  ● Bronze​ ​–​ ​10​ ​points  ● Silver​ ​–​ ​30​ ​points  ● Gold​ ​–​ ​60​ ​points  ● Platinum​ ​–​ ​100​ ​points  15


At the  end  of  each  month  the  house  points  from  each  class  will  be  collated  and  the  winning  House  will  be  announced during the next assembly.  A House Point Cup will be awarded to the  winning​ ​team​ ​annually​ ​at​ ​Speech​ ​Day. 

  Citizenship 

We reward  children  for  displaying  good  manners  and  citizenship  skills  with  our  Star  Citizen  Award.  This  award  is  announced  regularly  during  assembly  time  when  the  acts  of  good  citizenship  are  shared  with  the  rest  of  the  school  and the pupil(s) rewarded and congratulated.  A  record  of  Star  Citizens  is  kept  in  the  Star  Citizen Book which can be read by any member of  the​ ​school. 

Behaviour​ ​Policy 

Within each  primary  classroom  we  have  introduced a positive behaviour system to reward and  reinforce​ ​the​ ​learning​ ​skills​ ​that​ ​are​ ​so​ ​important​ ​to​ ​successful​ ​learning.     Each  class  agrees  and  displays  a  set  of  class  rules  that  they  feel  will  promote  effective  learning.  The  teachers and TAs will then reinforce effective learning skills through praise and by  rewarding  each  example  with  a  marble.  For  every  100  marbles  collected,  the  class  earns  a  reward.     The  rewards  are  chosen  by  the  class  at  the  start  of  term  and  displayed  alongside  the  agreements.  For  the  first  100 marbles the class will earn a 15-minute reward while the final 500  marble  reward  may  involve a whole afternoon of fun.  The rewards should reflect the amount of  marbles​ ​earned.      Alongside  this  there  is  a  set  of  clearly  defined  and  displayed  sanctions  for  those  instances  where  the  behaviour  of  a  child  is  disrupting  the  learning  of  others. The stages of sanctions are  as​ ​follows​ ​and​ ​represent​ ​each​ ​time​ ​learning​ ​is​ ​disturbed​ ​during​ ​a​ ​teaching​ ​session:  ​ ​Stage​ ​1:​ ​You​ ​are​ ​reminded​ ​of​ ​the​ ​class​ ​agreement​ ​and​ ​told​ ​not​ ​to​ ​disturb​ ​learning.  Stage​ ​2:​ ​You​ ​are​ ​reminded​ ​of​ ​the​ ​class​ ​agreement;​ ​initials​ ​are​ ​written​ ​on​ ​a​ ​board.  Stage​ ​3:​ ​You​ ​must​ ​work​ ​in​ ​another​ ​classroom.  Stage  4:  You  must  discuss  your  difficulties  with  the  headmaster  and  possibly  your  parents  if  the​ ​disruptive​ ​behaviour​ ​continues.      Each  of  the stages should be carried out discretely so as not to draw attention to the disruptive  behaviour.​ ​ ​We​ ​do​ ​not​ ​shout​ ​at​ ​pupils​ ​at​ ​BCB.     The  aim  of  this  policy is to create a positive learning environment within classes and a sense of  togetherness​ ​as​ ​everyone​ ​helps​ ​to​ ​earn​ ​marbles​ ​for​ ​the​ ​chosen​ ​shared​ ​rewards.    NOTE:​ ​Once​ ​awarded,​ ​marbles​ ​cannot​ ​be​ ​taken​ ​away.  16


Birthdays​ ​Policy

 

At​ ​The​ ​British​ ​College​ ​of​ ​Brazil​ ​we​ ​feel​ ​that​ ​a​ ​child’s​ ​birthday​ ​is​ ​an​ ​important​ ​day​ ​in​ ​their​ ​lives and​ ​that​ ​it​ ​should​ ​be​ ​celebrated.​ ​ ​In​ ​order​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​celebrations​ ​appropriate​ ​and​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​the  minimum​ ​of​ ​disruption​ ​to​ ​the​ ​school​ ​day,​ ​we​ ​ask​ ​that​ ​the​ ​following​ ​requests​ ​be​ ​observed:    1. Cakes​ ​are​ ​allowed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​brought​ ​to​ ​school​ ​to​ ​share​ ​with​ ​the​ ​class,​ ​but​ ​must​ ​be​ ​100%  nut​ ​free.​ ​ ​No​ ​other​ ​food​ ​or​ ​drink​ ​should​ ​be​ ​provided.  2. Parents​ ​may​ ​be​ ​present​ ​when​ ​the​ ​cake​ ​is​ ​shared​ ​with​ ​the​ ​class,​ ​but​ ​must​ ​refrain​ ​from  taking​ ​photographs.  3. Parents​ ​must​ ​arrange​ ​the​ ​cake​ ​delivery​ ​with​ ​the​ ​teacher​ ​at​ ​least​ ​3​ ​days​ ​in​ ​advance,​ ​and  must​ ​not​ ​turn​ ​up​ ​unannounced.  4. Gift​ ​bags,​ ​balloons​ ​or​ ​other​ ​small​ ​gifts​ ​should​ ​not​ ​be​ ​distributed​ ​to​ ​the​ ​other​ ​children​ ​in  the​ ​class​ ​as​ ​this​ ​can​ ​cause​ ​an​ ​unwanted​ ​precedent​ ​for​ ​other​ ​parents.  5. Entertainers,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​clowns​ ​or​ ​magicians,​ ​are​ ​not​ ​permitted.  6. The​ ​celebration​ ​must​ ​cause​ ​the​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​disruption​ ​to​ ​the​ ​school​ ​day​ ​and​ ​the  requests​ ​of​ ​the​ ​class​ ​teacher​ ​should​ ​be​ ​respected​ ​at​ ​all​ ​times​ ​and​ ​never​ ​questioned. 

Birthday​ ​Parties​ ​Outside​ ​of​ ​School  

The​ ​responsibilities​ ​of​ ​teachers​ ​and​ ​admin​ ​staff​ ​at​ ​The​ ​British​ ​College​ ​of​ ​Brazil​ ​are​ ​vast​ ​and varied.​ ​ ​As​ ​a​ ​result,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​not​ ​possible​ ​for​ ​any​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school​ ​team​ ​to​ ​be​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​the  organisation​ ​of​ ​children’s​ ​birthday​ ​parties​ ​that​ ​take​ ​place​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​school.​ ​ ​The​ ​following  guidelines​ ​should​ ​be​ ​observed​ ​at​ ​all​ ​times:     1. Invitations​ ​to​ ​parties​ ​may​ ​be​ ​distributed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​child​ ​to​ ​other​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​class​ ​or  school.​ ​ ​In​ ​pre-nursery​ ​and​ ​nursery,​ ​teachers​ ​can​ ​assist​ ​in​ ​placing​ ​invites​ ​into​ ​bags​ ​or  folders,​ ​but​ ​only​ ​when​ ​the​ ​whole​ ​class​ ​have​ ​been​ ​invited​ ​to​ ​the​ ​party.  2. Invitations​ ​should​ ​contain​ ​all​ ​relevant​ ​information​ ​regarding​ ​organisation,​ ​timings,  location​ ​and​ ​correspondence.​ ​These​ ​should​ ​be​ ​completed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​parents​ ​including​ ​all  names​ ​and​ ​other​ ​details.  3. Teachers​ ​and​ ​admin​ ​staff​ ​cannot​ ​assist​ ​in​ ​the​ ​collection​ ​or​ ​collation​ ​of​ ​party​ ​invitations.  This​ ​should​ ​be​ ​made​ ​clear​ ​on​ ​the​ ​party​ ​invitation.  4. Teachers​ ​and​ ​admin​ ​staff​ ​cannot​ ​assist​ ​in​ ​the​ ​logistical​ ​organisation​ ​of​ ​parties​ ​such​ ​as  buses​ ​and​ ​other​ ​transportation.  5. It​ ​is​ ​the​ ​responsibility​ ​of​ ​the​ ​parent​ ​or​ ​guardian​ ​to​ ​organise​ ​all​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​parties​ ​outside  of​ ​school.​ ​Teachers​ ​and​ ​admin​ ​staff​ ​should​ ​not​ ​be​ ​approached​ ​or​ ​contacted​ ​about  these​ ​matters.      17


It​ ​is​ ​the​ ​responsibility​ ​of​ ​every​ ​child’s​ ​parent​ ​to​ ​inform​ ​the​ ​school​ ​of​ ​how​ ​their​ ​child​ ​will​ ​be going​ ​home,​ ​including​ ​parties.​ ​As​ ​a​ ​reminder,​ ​all​ ​alterations​ ​to​ ​a​ ​child’s​ ​mode​ ​of​ ​transport​ ​must  be​ ​made​ ​before​ ​1:00pm​ ​of​ ​the​ ​given​ ​day. 

 

Lunch   Lunch​ ​is​ ​provided​ ​by​ ​school​ ​and​ ​is​ ​prepared​ ​in​ ​our​ ​kitchens.​ ​ ​We​ ​offer​ ​pupils​ ​a​ ​healthy​ ​choice  of​ ​food​ ​each​ ​day​ ​which​ ​includes​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of​ ​salads,​ ​vegetables,​ ​proteins​ ​and​ ​carbohydrates.  We​ ​encourage​ ​our​ ​children​ ​to​ ​eat​ ​healthily​ ​and​ ​whilst​ ​we​ ​recognise​ ​that​ ​some​ ​children​ ​may​ ​not  like​ ​certain​ ​food,​ ​we​ ​always​ ​encourage​ ​children​ ​to​ ​try​ ​everything​ ​with​ ​an​ ​expectation​ ​that​ ​they  eat​ ​all​ ​of​ ​their​ ​meal.​ ​Any​ ​food​ ​allergies​ ​should​ ​be​ ​reported​ ​to​ ​the​ ​school​ ​and​ ​accompanied​ ​by​ ​a  medical​ ​certificate.​ ​We​ ​limit​ ​the​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​salt​ ​given​ ​to​ ​children​ ​so​ ​this​ ​is​ ​not​ ​readily​ ​available.   

 

School​ ​Concerns​ ​and​ ​Complaints​ ​Procedure   

The​ ​school​ ​welcomes​ ​all​ ​feedback​ ​of​ ​all​ ​kinds​ ​from​ ​parents.    On​ ​occasion​ ​you​ ​might​ ​feel​ ​that​ ​our​ ​service​ ​has​ ​fallen​ ​below​ ​the​ ​levels​ ​of​ ​your​ ​expectation,​ ​or  require​ ​further​ ​explanation​ ​on​ ​an​ ​area​ ​of​ ​which​ ​you​ ​are​ ​unsure.     If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​complaint​ ​regarding​ ​any​ ​non-​ ​financial​ ​matter​ ​concerning​ ​the​ ​school,​ ​the​ ​first  point​ ​of​ ​contact​ ​is​ ​normally​ ​your​ ​child’s​ ​class​ ​or​ ​form​ ​teacher.     They​ ​will​ ​take​ ​the​ ​matter​ ​up​ ​for​ ​you​ ​and​ ​will​ ​do​ ​one​ ​of​ ​two​ ​things;    1. Reply​ ​directly​ ​within​ ​24​ ​hours​ ​when​ ​possible.  2. Pass​ ​the​ ​matter​ ​to​ ​the​ ​appropriate​ ​person.  Please​ ​note​ ​that​ ​email​ ​is​ ​the​ ​preferred​ ​method​ ​of​ ​handling​ ​communication​ ​with​ ​class​ ​/​ ​form  teachers​ ​as​ ​they​ ​are​ ​busy​ ​during​ ​the​ ​day​ ​and​ ​cannot​ ​respond​ ​to​ ​phone​ ​calls.​ ​Alternatively,​ ​a  meeting​ ​can​ ​be​ ​requested​ ​via​ ​reception.  If​ ​the​ ​complaint​ ​is​ ​regarding​ ​the​ ​class​ ​or​ ​form​ ​teacher,​ ​and​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​that​ ​it​ ​would​ ​not​ ​be  appropriate​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​it​ ​with​ ​them,​ ​you​ ​may​ ​contact​ ​their​ ​head​ ​of​ ​school​ ​directly.     If​ ​the​ ​complaint​ ​is​ ​concerning​ ​the​ ​head​ ​of​ ​school,​ ​then​ ​the​ ​complaint​ ​should​ ​be​ ​lodged​ ​directly  with​ ​the​ ​Headmaster.   18


Urgent​ ​matters​ ​of​ ​child​ ​welfare​ ​(safety)​ ​can​ ​be​ ​immediately​ ​addressed​ ​to​ ​the​ ​school​ ​in​ ​person, and​ ​a​ ​meeting​ ​will​ ​be​ ​arranged​ ​as​ ​soon​ ​as​ ​possible​ ​with​ ​a​ ​senior​ ​member​ ​of​ ​staff.     Complaints​ ​of​ ​a​ ​financial​ ​nature​ ​should​ ​be​ ​directed​ ​to​ ​the​ ​school’s​ ​Finance​ ​Department.     Appointments​ ​can​ ​be​ ​made​ ​to​ ​see​ ​Heads​ ​of​ ​school​ ​via​ ​reception.​ ​Complaints​ ​are​ ​handled​ ​as  swiftly​ ​as​ ​possible​ ​and​ ​in​ ​confidence​ ​where​ ​appropriate​ ​/​ ​requested.​ ​Parents​ ​will​ ​be​ ​kept​ ​up​ ​to  date​ ​of​ ​the​ ​progress​ ​of​ ​their​ ​enquiry​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​process.   

   

In​ ​Summary

We​ ​hope​ ​that​ ​this​ ​handbook​ ​provides​ ​an​ ​informative​ ​introduction​ ​to​ ​the​ ​school.​ ​Of​ ​course,​ ​not every​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​information​ ​will​ ​be​ ​here​ ​and​ ​if​ ​you​ ​should​ ​need​ ​any​ ​further​ ​guidance,​ ​please​ ​feel  free​ ​to​ ​contact​ ​the​ ​appropriate​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school​ ​for​ ​further​ ​advice.​ ​We​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to  working​ ​with​ ​you​ ​this​ ​year! 

     

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BCB Primary Parent Handbook 17/18 (5 Sep 2017)  
BCB Primary Parent Handbook 17/18 (5 Sep 2017)