The Bawdsey School Nurse is Rita Jenner. She visits the school regularly to help children get the full benefit from their schooling by detecting health needs and maintaining and improving standards of health and hygiene. She carries out vision and hearing tests. She works with doctors, teachers, health visitors, social workers, educational welfare officers, physiotherapists and speech and occupational therapists.
The School Education Welfare Officer, Ms. Ros Lyons, is based at County Hall. The School or Ms. Lyons will be able to help you with advice on free school meals, clothing allowances etc. If problems arise at home which can affect your child at school, it is helpful for the school to be aware, so that your child can be supported through any difficult times. All such information will be dealt with strictly confidentially.
Generally these days there is no need for antibiotics or other medicines to be administered in school. Doctors inform us that most medicines can be arranged for administration outside the school day. EXCEPTIONS are made for asthmatics who are responsible for their own inhalers. The school keeps a register of asthma sufferers with details of triggers, symptoms and dosage. Parents are required to complete a form every September to enable this to be updated. In all cases, the school can accept no responsibility in the administration of medicine.
The school operates a behaviour policy, which includes dealing with any bullying issues, to which all staff, parents and pupils have ownership. The theme is to treat others as you would wish to be treated. The principles are firmly based upon respect for each other, respect for the environment and for belongings. Building of individual self-esteem is part of the ethos of the school and pupils regularly receive praise, stickers or certificates to reward good performance. Poor behaviour, including bullying, is not accepted at school. At times pupils are required to stay in at break to complete work or to take time to consider poor behaviour and its consequences. Class teachers and the headteacher consult with parents when a child presents poor behaviour as a co-operative approach by the home and school is in the best interests of the child.
The majority of primary school children regularly use the internet and more and more also have access to mobile phones - digital worlds they can explore without parental guidance or supervision. With this in mind, here are a few websites to support any parents interested in finding out more about e-safety to help their children. One of the most comprehensive sites for parents is www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ which includes an interactive area especially for children to play games to learn more about e-safety for themselves. The Child Online and Exploitation Protection Centre (CEOP) www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ includes advice about how to make a report if you or your child feels threatened or are bullied whilst online. For information about how to set parental controls and technological advice, visit the parents page at www.saferinternet.org.uk/ or to watch a short animated film about the ‘Digital Universe of Your Children' you can click on this link www.saferinternet.org/digitaluniverse which makes a good starting point to initiate a family chat about safety online. For more infomation visit the Suffolk County Council website e-safety tips and advice.
Healthy eating is seen as an extremely important part of the healthy lifestyle we are trying to encourage the children to adopt. As part of our programme, the children have lessons in healthy choices; they are given fruit or vegetable every morning and are encouraged to drink water whenever they need it. See also our page on School Lunches.