Regulatory Compliance Policies
The curriculum offers the children experiences in linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical and aesthetic, as well as creative education.
The area of child protection is one of the most sensitive areas of a schools policies. The overriding aim of protecting the child has to be tempered by the need to be even handed and professional in the schools approach to everyone concerned.
NPS wishes to provide an environment that is safe and stimulating for all children in our school.
Anti Bullying Policy
Bullying may be brought to the attention of any member of staff by the victim(s), their friend(s), their parent(s) or other interested parties.
Health & Safety Policy
The aim of NPS is to create an awareness of precautions and measures regarding safety that should be observed in and out of school by all users of the school: children, school staff, parents and where appropriate, the local community.
Fire Safety Policy
It is the overall aim of NPS to minimise the risks to staff and children which may arise from fire.
First Aid Policy
All staff in the school deal with minor incidents requiring first aid.
Supervision of Pupils Policy
Guidelines for Supervision of Children
Missing Child Policy
The safety and security of the children in our care is paramount. Every care is taken to ensure that the children are accounted for at all times when they are in our care.
Supervision of EYFS Pupils Policy
Guidelines for Supervision of Children
Newcastle Preparatory School welcomes children from the age of 3 to 11 years. A non-selective school, NPS allocates places as parents register their children to join. Usually over subscribed, a waiting list is also in operation.
Risk Assessment Policy
NPS aims to provide all pupils with equal opportunities. They should have equal access and opportunities within the Curriculum, both formal and informal, so that when leaving our school they have the widest possible options available to them, educationally, socially and vocationally.
The Complaints Procedure is available to the parents of children at NPS and to prospective parents.
School Visits are an integral part of life at NPS, furthering the education of the pupils. When visits are arranged for pupils at NPS, they support the social or academic needs of the pupils. The visit should be well organised, stimulating and worthwhile.
We believe at NPS that we should provide teaching that makes learning challenging and enjoyable, with all children achieving their full potential. We help children to develop their skills and abilities intellectually, physically, artistically and creatively.
Buddy System Policy
Our Buddy System has two main constituent parts, the Class Buddies and the playground Buddy Squad
At NPS all staff are aware of the need for confidentiality, to protect all members of the school community
The philosophy of Newcastle Preparatory School is to provide a supportive and nurturing environment in which all children are enabled to develop educationally and personally, and which strives carefully to prepare them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences which they may encounter in their future lives
Electrical Safety and PAT Testing Policy
At Newcastle Prep School, we aim to engage the entire community in health and safety. Everyone, staff, pupils and visitors needs a safe and healthy environment. We welcome suggestions from everyone on how our school can be made a healthier and safer place.
Assessment policy and framework
All assessment conducted at NPS is appropriate to the age of the children taught and takes place in different ways.
Failure to collect a child
Policy if a child is not collected at the end of the school day
Whistle Blowing Policy
Newcastle Prep School is committed to achieving the highest possible standards of service and the highest possible ethical standards in public life and in all of its practices.
All children have a human right to be educated with their peer group. At NPS, we are fully committed to promoting inclusion of all children, whatever their age, ability, gender, race or background.
Sick children procedures
During the School day if a child becomes unwell the following procedure will be followed.
Under Health and Safety legislation the LEA and Newcastle Preparatory School Governing Body have a duty to provide a safe environment and workplace. The Governing Body of this school considers that tobacco smoke is harmful to health and therefore the presence of tobacco smoke in the environment or workplace renders it unsafe.
In the foundation stage at Newcastle Preparatory School we develop a broad and balanced curriculum for your child's education and learning. This is achieved through a balance of structured play and child initiated / teacher directed learning activities following the EYFS curriculum guidance.
Transport of Children
For visits out of school, children from NPS use Metro, train or coach. Children are supervised carefully on all visits out of school (refer to Educational Visits Policy).
Data Protection Policy
The school is required to process relevant personal data regarding pupils and their parents and guardians as part of its operation and shall take all reasonable steps to do so in accordance with this policy.
English as an Additional Language (EAL) Policy
NPS aims to ensure that all EAL children are able to use English confidently and competently.
Early Years Foundation Stage Policies
Behaviour and Sanctions
Children need to have set boundaries of behaviour for their own safety and the safety of their peers. Within the Early Years Foundation Stage we aim to set these boundaries in a way, which helps the child to develop a sense of the significance of their own behaviour, both on their own environment and those around them.
The Complaints Procedure is available to the parents of children at NPS and to prospective parents. A record of complaints (if required) is kept confidentially in school. This procedure relates to the whole school including the EYFS.
Parents as Partners
The Early Years Foundation Stage team will work with parents as partners in providing quality care for their children.
It is a legal requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage to hold information about the children using Nursery & Reception and the staff. Basic information is used for registers, invoices and for emergency contacts, however all records will be stored in a designated cupboard.
The Early Years Foundation Stage takes great care to treat each individual as a person in their own right, with equal rights and responsibilities to any other individual, whether they be an adult or a child.
EYFS First Aid
All staff in the school deal with minor incidents requiring first aid.
EYFS Special Educational Needs
The Early Years Foundation Stage at NPS is committed to the inclusion of children with special needs.
Food and Drink
The Early Years Foundation Stage is committed to providing healthy nutritious and tasty food and drinks for children during our sessions.
Arrivals and Departures
It is the policy of The Early Years Foundation Stage to give a warm welcome to each child on his/her arrival.
Parents/carers must sign a Record of Medication form giving details of the medicine, dosage and times to be administered. Medicine must be handed over to a member of Staff.
Philosophy and aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage team will work with parents as partners in providing quality care for their children. To create a secure, stimulating, caring learning environment. To encourage links between home, school and the wider community.
Policy on Key Person and play
At Newcastle Preparatory School, in line with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage, each child in the setting will be assigned a key person.
We have the duty to create and implement strategies in the Early Years Foundation Stage to prevent and address racism. Such strategies include...
The Early Years Foundation Stage staff will work in partnership with parents/carers to settle the child into the Early Years environment.
Staff Development & Training
The Early Years Foundation Stage values its staff highly. It is in the interests of the Early Years, the children and the individual that each staff member be given the opportunity to develop their personal skills to their maximum and to broaden their knowledge and skills in caring and educating children.
In the EYFS at Newcastle Preparatory School we acknowledge the importance of sun protection and want all staff and children to enjoy the sun safely.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage we work in partnership with Parents to support each individual child and ensure no child is disadvantaged or excluded.
Visits and Outings Policy
The Early Years Foundation Stage nursery believes that visits and outings play an important and enriching role in the programme of activities that we provide for children. However, during such events, the safety of children remains paramount.
Intimate Care Policy
We recognise that every child is an individual and therefore will have a unique developmental pattern.
NPS is a forward looking school which consequently never stands still. New resources, methods of teaching, learning opportunities, an ever increasing range of visits and activities are ways that NPS continues to provide the very best in primary education.
Ms Coleman, Head Teacher
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Our recent Regulatory and Compliance Inspection was another success with NPS meeting every standard and therefore being fully compliant .
Read our 2017 inspection report (pdf document) from the Independent Schools Inspectorate.