Information for Parents
This is where we will add information that we think will be of use to parents of children already at the school and also for those considering St. Andrew's.
If a child is absent at any time the school should be notified by telephone (01767 312 311 for West Site and 01767 312 212 for East Site) or by reporting on ParentMail.
Please note that children are not to return to school until there is a clear 48 hours since the last episode of sickness or diarrhoea.
Should a child be taken ill or have an accident at school we will contact you. Please make sure we have telephone numbers for emergencies. In the event of a minor fall or accident, first aid will be carried out in school.
Early warning of infectious diseases is also especially helpful.
We use guidance from the Public Health Agency regarding infection control (how long children need to be off school). See file below for details.
If you do need us to give medicines to your child during the school day, you will need to complete a School Medicine Record. Please note that we can only give antibiotics during the school day if a doctor has prescribed four doses a day.
School Closure Updates
The local authority has a system to notify parents of school closures. Go to https://apps.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/apps/sos/ You can also register for e-mail alerts via the Central Bedfordshire Schools' Open Status (SOS) system.
We will only close the school if we have problems with the heating or if many of the staff cannot get to school due to the weather and we therefore do not have enough staff to supervise the children safely. If we decide we need to close the school we make the decision between 8.00 – 8.15 a.m. because that is when we know if we have enough staff to supervise the children. (If we make the decision earlier we may close the school unnecessarily.)
Once the decision is made we notify the local authority and BBC Three Counties Radio on 95.5 FM, 103.8 FM, 104.5 FM, who read out the list of schools closed every half hour.
If the school is open the children are expected to attend. Please let us know other reasons for absences as you would on any other day.
Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school.
Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. Ofsted then use the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when. A screencast demonstrating how to register and complete a survey on Parent View is available on the How to use Parent View page.
By sharing your views, you’ll be helping your child’s school to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about your child's school.
Please see below for the East and West Travel Information Leaflets.