The school guidelines have been adopted by the Governing Body and the Headteacher in order to assist in the smooth running of the school and to keep parents informed about the way the school operates so they can assist their children and make the most of their learning.
The guidelines also exist to make children aware of what the school expects from them with regards to discipline, absence, work at school, homework, attitude and behaviour towards teachers and fellow students.
It is important to realise that the Greek School Potters Bar is using the facilities of an English school. Therefore, the children must understand that they are strictly prohibited from disturbing any pictures, books, maps, pencils, games and anything else situated in the classrooms or corridors of the school building. These are the property of the English school. The pupils of the Greek School should respect Oakmere School's property, exhibits, furniture, etc and not deface or damage any of these. Parents are asked to properly supervise any siblings/children on school premises that do not attend the Greek School to ensure that they do not play with or touch items belonging to Oakmere School.
Discipline is intended to guide all students towards self-control and personal responsibility. Pupils will be expected to:
attend school regularly and on time
participate positively in lessons
have respect for themselves, their friends, teachers, their work and their Greek school
behave responsibly and politely at all times
take care of their own property and respect that of others
not chew any gum as this is not allowed in school
not leave the school premises without prior consent from the teacher/headteacher during school hours
attend all the school festivities/yiortes.
We expect parental support to ensure that the pupils maintain a high standard of good manners, consideration for others, neat appearance, punctuality and regular attendance.
Children must be at school at least five minutes before the start of lessons. Every Saturday there is an assembly and prayer in the upper hall before lessons begin and all children are expected to attend the assembly. Parents who wish to join in are all welcome to do so and it is an ideal time for parents to hear news and updates.
It is imperative that parents bring their children into school on time as lateness is disruptive to both the children and teachers.
Parents must collect their children promptly at 6pm on Saturday and 8pm on Monday. Please note that teachers are not responsible for the children after school hours. Parents must therefore ensure that children are collected on time.
Particular emphasis is given to regular and punctual attendance at school and at all lessons. The school recognises good attendance by the presentation of certificates at the end of the school year. Excess absence from school may lead to consideration of a pupil repeating an academic year. Should a child be absent, it is expected that the school be notified in advance or by telephone on the day. If the child intends to enter a series of non-attendance, eg Monday evenings, a written application for permission needs to be handed to the headteacher, outlining the reason for the intended absence.
Parents and guardians should notify the school before the start of class if their child is suffering from an illness or has not been well earlier in the day, so that we can be prepared for any issue arising with the child's condition or illness. Children that have been sick before school or with a contagious condition should be kept off school for that day or for as long as necessary. Should a child fall ill during school or suffer an injury we will contact the parent or guardian whose contact details are noted in our records.
Bad behaviour in the school will not be tolerated. A series of sanctions will ultimately lead to the permanent exclusion of the child, as follows:
informing the parents
temporary exclusion from the school, maximum 3 weeks
Payment for any damage done to school property will be the family's responsibility.
Parking at the School
For the safety of our children and families we have a “no parking” policy in respect of the one way driveway in front of the school building. This is strictly a drop-and-drive zone only. Parents and guardians are asked to park in the school’s internal car park or in the adjacent car park (to the right of the school, which is accessed via Fetherstone Close). There is additional parking off site along Chace Avenue. The area in front of the school needs to be kept clear at all times to avoid congestion, collisions and accidents, but also to allow unrestricted access for emergency services. When parking within the car parks please give due consideration to other vehicles and park sensibly within the marked bays.
Please also remember that the driveway is one way and runs anti-clockwise, so entering on the right and leaving on the left. As you drive into the school premises through the main gates, there is no left turn for the car park - all vehicles are required to follow the anti-clockwise route around the roundabout before exiting the school or entering the car park.
At collection time for the older children, especially on dark Monday evenings, cars may drive around the roundabout anti-clockwise and stop outside the doors of the upper building, waiting in line for their children to come out. Should your child be delayed, please drive round again and join the end of the queue.
Parents are informed about the progress of their children by their class teacher during Open Days which are held once a term. However, if parents are not able to attend the allocated Open Days for any reason they are welcome to discuss their child's progress with the class teacher at the end of class on any other Saturday, provided that they give the teacher some advance notice. It is also possible to speak with the headteacher on a Saturday at a time that is mutually convenient to all, by prior appointment.
We appreciate that parents and guardians enjoy watching their children dance Greek and there is always a temptation to enter the assembly hall to watch the children practice their routine. We ask that you refrain from doing this as entering the hall can be disruptive to the dance teacher and pupils and possibly even intimidating for the children. As with all classes we do not permit anyone other than teachers and authorised staff to enter the class room during a lesson. The dance lesson is just like any other lesson and should be respected as such. Parents or guardians wishing to watch the children dance, can do so discreetly from outside the assembly hall through the windows. However, please refrain from gesturing or otherwise drawing attention to yourselves.
Parents are asked to oversee and encourage pupils in their homework assignments to ensure its completion and that pupils work in the most helpful conditions at home. Every pupil is set homework weekly and they each have a homework diary. Social commitments should not interfere with homework as it is compulsory and an important part of the child's educational development. It is requested that parents sign the homework diary each week to indicate that they are aware their child has been doing the set homework. If a teacher notes that the child consistently fails to complete homework, he/she will inform the parents. Children who are absent from school are obliged to obtain this homework from fellow students or directly from the teacher, and carry out the work.
No mobile phones are allowed in school. Mobiles may be confiscated if pupils are found using them during school operating times. If a parent needs to be contacted urgently by the school this will be done by the headteacher or a committee member. If a parent wishes to send an urgent message to their child, they may do so by calling the school mobile 07935921982.
There is no requirement to wear a uniform to attend the school but children should be appropriately dressed for school in clean and comfortable attire. Appropriate footwear should be worn which is suitable for the dance classes that all children in Year 1 and above attend. Heeleys (footwear that have wheels) are not permitted to be worn in a school environment as they are considered dangerous and inappropriate for school.
In the event of a fire drill, or when the fire alarm sounds, all children must evacuate the building in a silent, orderly and safe manner, following the instructions of their teacher/s or committee members.
The school has a number of qualified first aiders made up of teachers, the headteacher and committee members. At least one first aider is on site on each day of school.
Parents are requested to collect their children from inside the main school buildings, the classrooms or the school reception area or at the "pick up zone" and not from the school gates or Chace Avenue, where the safety of the children is compromised and not guaranteed. The safety and security of the children is paramount, especially at the end of school on Monday evenings and during the dark winter evenings.
If a parent is unavoidably delayed and is unable to collect their child/children on time or would like their child picked up by someone else, they must ensure staff are notified in advance or inform the headteacher on 07935921982. Children in the lower school (year 2 and below) will not be released to anyone else without parental consent or released to siblings under the age of 12.
At around 3.15pm on Saturdays the children are given a supervised break from class. During the break the Governing Committee run a Tuck Shop on the school premises for the children. Items available include bottled water and a variety of crisps, chocolates, biscuits and sweets. Younger children are brought out earlier than the older classes to avoid a rush.
If you would like your child to buy items from the Tuck Shop please ensure they have some money with them (£1 is sufficient and will allow the child to purchase up to 3 items). If you would prefer that your child does not purchase items from the Tuck Shop, please provide your child with a snack and drink from home and ensure that both the child and his/her teacher are informed of your decision. Smaller children can get extremely upset if they do not have any money to select an item.
The Tuck Shop will have items for sale from time to time which may not be nut, dairy or gluten free. It is important therefore that the school and teachers are made aware of any food allergies your child has. Sometimes the children will buy items for their friends so if your client does have allergies please educate your child as to what they can and cannot eat from the Tuck Shop.
The GLEE Constitution
The Greek School Potters Bar abides by the clear and comprehensive guidelines listed in the school's constitution. It covers everything from disciplinary action to governing committee responsibilities to investment and charity funds.