Coleshill Church of England Primary School is a voluntary aided Church of England school. All staff and governors aim to make the school a place where Christian love and commitment are expressed in everyday life. We aim therefore to provide a happy, caring, safe and stimulating school where everyone is valued and there is a high level of expectation in all aspects of school life.
We are committed to providing a full and efficient educational experience for all pupils. We believe that if pupils are to benefit from education, good attendance is crucial. As a school we do all that we can to ensure maximum attendance for all pupils. Any problems that prevent full attendance will be identified and addressed.
All children will have access to a broad and balanced education which includes the Early Years Foundation Stage, the National Curriculum, ICT and RE. This will be delivered through a wide range of educational opportunities, enabling them to reach their full potential.
We recognise that parents have a vital role to play and that there is a need to establish strong home-school links and communication systems. We will encourage partnerships with parents, governors, the church and the local community.
Through these aims we hope that children will be healthy, be safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic wellbeing in later life.
Statement of intent
We recognise that drug misuse is an issue for all schools. Drug misuse extends across socio-economic and ethnic boundaries. Educationally successful young people are just as likely to find themselves at risk. Information and skills to resist drugs are best provided before exposure and experimentation are likely.
With this in mind we aim to give drug education annually to each year group through a series of lessons that are cross curricular, relevant and differentiated to the needs and understanding of the age of the pupils. This will be additional to the Statutory Programme of Study for Science (Life and Living Processes).
Pupils will be taught by their own class teachers and outside agencies where appropriate, e.g. the Life Education Caravan.
The term “Drug” throughout this document means tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, legal drugs obtained on prescription, other drugs sold by retail pharmacists and other items such as solvents and glues.
- To promote self esteem.
- To give accurate information about drugs and substances.
- To challenge attitudes pupils may have regarding the use and misuse of drugs and substances.
- To provide pupils with the skills they may need to avoid the misuse of drugs and substances and to be able to resist pressure.
- To create a positive climate in which pupils and adults feel able to talk openly and honestly.
In line with special needs and equal opportunities policies of the school it will be necessary to:
- provide work appropriately differentiated
- provide contexts equally accessible to genders, races and cultures.
- be aware of specific learning disabilities, eg hearing
Response to Incidents
The Law permits school staff to take temporary possession of a substance suspected of being a controlled drug, for the purposes of protecting a pupil from harm and from committing the offence of possession.
Parents will be informed if a pupil is involved with drugs. All substances or discarded equipment found on site will be handed over to the police.
Prescribed Drugs in School / Nursery
Following extensive consultation with all teaching staff, it has been agreed that, children who are well enough to attend school but have not yet finished a short course of prescribed medicine e.g. antibiotics, should be able to bring their medicine to school in order to take the mid-day dose. This is at the school’s discretion. It must be understood by parents and carers that this is contradictory to the advice given by the main teaching unions and the LA. The medicine must be in a named container and taken to the headteacher’s office / nursery office. Parents/Carers are required to complete the school / nursery form for each course of medicine. A copy can be obtained from the school / nursery office.
Over the counter “preventative” medicines such as pain relief (whether in tablet form or syrup), cough medicines, throat sweets, anti-histamines etc. are not to be brought to school as we have been advised that a parent’s/carer’s judgement needs to be made before any child is given a dose. Pupils with asthma may need to keep an inhaler in school. This should be clearly marked with the child’s name and handed to the classteacher / nursery key worker who will keep it in a safe place in the classroom / nursery. Details of the medication and the child’s symptoms should be given to the classteacher / nursery key worker to be put into the asthma register. It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to ensure that the inhalers remain in date.
Children who require an emergency drug via an Epipen may have the drug administered by any trained member of employed staff.
This policy will be reviewed triennially.