It is fully recognised at Bawdsey Primacy School that the child benefits most where the home and school work in close partnership. The parental contributions to children's learning have a positive impact on the rate of each child's progress.
Attendance & Absences
If a child is away from school, a letter is required concerning the nature of the absence. If your child is unwell, we require a ‘phone call before 9am on each day of his or her absence. Holidays are not encouraged during term time, unless that is the only time families are able to go away together. A letter of request must be made to the head in advance, stating why the holiday needs to be in term time. Permission is normally only granted for a maximum of five days within an academic year. It will be given if attendance has been good during that academic year, and if the absence from school will not unreasonably affect the child's education, or that of his/her peers.
In the last academic year, Bawdsey had the following absences:
Half days missed through unauthorised absence 29 or 0.1% (the national figure is 1%)
Half days missed through authorised absence 938 or 3.2% (the national figure of 5%)
The Governors hope that if parents do have concerns or complaints, they will discuss them in the first instance with the class teacher and/or headteacher, so that every effort can be made to resolve the matter as quickly and informally as possible. Where necessary the headteacher will try to resolve issues through discussions with parent and teacher. If however the issue cannot be resolved in this way, it may be referred first to the Chairman of Governors of the school or, if that fails, to the Area Education Manager.
Consultation and School Reports
Regular consultation between home and school is a feature at Bawdsey School and certainly benefits all children.
The head and class teachers are very happy to talk on an informal basis most days. However, if something may take a while to discuss fully, or if the teacher may need to prepare relevant information, please make an appointment in advance. The head or class teacher may also at times invite parents to the school to discuss their child's progress. Formal Consultation Evenings are held in the autumn and summer terms for parents to discuss with teachers any issues arising from their child's School Report or other aspects of school life. Each child has a full Annual School Report in July with a half-yearly summary report in February.
Each term class teachers write to parents outlining the work of the term so that parents are informed of what their child is doing in school and can develop this through links at home.
It is the responsibility of the parents to inform the School of any changes of address or telephone numbers used for emergency contact.
Arrangements in the event of bad weather
If there is a heavy snowfall overnight and consequently a possibility of school closure, please look on our school website at http://www.bawdsey.suffolk.sch.uk and listen to local radio as they will broadcast regular updates. Please don't telephone the school or Suffolk County Council.
BBC Radio Suffolk: 104.6, 103.9 and 95.5 FM
(updates at 10 minutes past and 20 minutes to each hour)
Information will also be appearing on the Suffolk County Council website www.suffolkcc.gov.uk with a direct link to http://schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk showing a regularly updated list of closed schools.
If we have heavy snowfall during the day and we decide to close the school, we shall send a text to the mobile number that you provided in September so please look out for this.
HEART FM (Ipswich & Bury St Edmunds): 97.1 and 96.4 FM (every 15-30 minutes)
Information will also be appearing on these websites:
A list of closed schools can be found here:-
(there is a direct link from the Suffolk County Council website)
Children who extend their learning at home make progress more rapidly. At Bawdsey School we provide opportunities for children to do this and have a Homework Policy which is shared with parents. Spellings, reading and mathematical activities are included as homework. At Key Stage Two, a formal element of curriculum work is introduced as homework; this helps the children with their transfer to the High School
The minibus service which brings some pupils to school is C.A.T.S. (01728 830516).
The minibus is contracted by the Education Committee and applications should be made to the Transport Officer, County Hall, Ipswich (0845 6066173).
The minibus collects children from Ramsholt before school and returns at the end of the school day.
It is the parents' responsibility to advise C.A.T.S. if there is a change in ongoing travel arrangements.
Promoting the School
There are times when children are photographed or filmed taking part in school activities for wider interest such as local newspapers; sometimes photographs are used on our school websites. If parents do not wish their child to be included in these photographs please notify the school in writing.
The School Day
Morning: 8.50 am - 12.00 noon
Lunchtime 12.00 noon - 1.00 pm
Afternoon 1.00 pm - 3.10 pm Reception and Key Stage 1
Afternoon 1.00 pm - 3.15 pm Key Stage 2
8.00 am - 8.40 am Breakfast Club for those who would like it.
3.15pm - 6.15pm Afterschool Club
Voluntary Parent Helpers
Parents and local community volunteers are welcomed into the school to help with reading on a regular basis with many activities and events in the school. The benefits of this are appreciated by all. All volunteers are DBS checked.