The school has a supply of generic epipens and inhalers for use in an emergency where a student’s own medication cannot be located or where they need a second dose. If parents do not wish their child to be administered with this, there is an opt out clause via the Annual Data Update. It is the responsibility of the parents to provide the school with medication for remedial pain relief for a regular medical condition such as menstrual pain or anti-inflammatories for sporting injuries. On all trips it is the responsibility of parents to liaise with the trip leader with regard to the administration of any medication. NB: If your child has a serious emotional or health condition, it is likely that a written risk assessment will be put in place, in consultation with parents, prior to any residential trips and for some day trips depending on their nature. It is the right of any member of staff to decline the administration of any medication. Further details about the school’s medical provision are given in our First Aid Policy on the school website.
3. Meals The school provides a daily food service at breakfast (7.45am/8.30am), morning break (10.30am/11.15am), lunch time (1.10pm) and a snack service after school (3.50pm/4.10pm). This is paid for using the School’s Parents’ Online Payment system (POP). Alternatively, your son or daughter may bring snacks and a packed lunch which must be eaten in the school dining hall or outside. No student below the Sixth Form may leave the school premises during the school day or in the lunch hour. In addition to the above, you may wish to give your child some form of snacks and a range of snacks is available in the dining hall at break each day. We try to encourage students to eat a healthy and balanced diet and ask for your support in this. Vegetarian options are always available. Students with special dietary requirements are catered for e.g. sugar-free drinks for diabetics, gluten-free dishes for non-wheat eaters. Please contact the Catering Manager should your son or daughter have any particular needs. While we are not a nut free school, bought-in products that may contain nut traces are labelled and no nuts of any description are used in the kitchen. The school has written assurances from all its major suppliers that genetically modified ingredients are not used in their products. We would also ask that parents do not send their children to school with nuts as a snack as we have a number of students with a nut allergy.
4. Assemblies All students attend assemblies which are broadly Christian in character whilst remaining sensitive to the needs of those who have other faiths and beliefs. Each section of the school meets in assembly two or three times a week, one of which will usually be held in St Mary’s Parish Church next door to the school, which has strong historical links with the founding of Reigate Grammar School. There is a full programme of year group, house and form assemblies.
5. Bullying The school is determined that no kind of bullying will be tolerated. The school’s Anti-Bullying Policy may be found on the school website and in the School Rules included in this handbook. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Form Tutor, Head of Year/Section or a Deputy Head if you have any concerns.
6. Support Service The school offers a number of avenues for student support including an independent counsellor who sees students one-to-one and in confidence, there is also a school chaplain and a School Nurse who is available several times a week for drop-ins or appointments. We also make use of external agencies for example CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and may also refer to other professionals such as educational psychologists.
Welcome to the RGS Parents' Handbook 2019