Below, you will find a copy of each policy at Riversdale Primary School. These are reviewed and updated regularly by the Senior Leadership Team and school Governors. For the SEND Policy, please refer to the SEND page here.
Should you have any questions regarding these, or would like a paper copy provided, please feel free to contact us.
Our school is a community school, and it determines the admission arrangements in agreement with the local authority (LA). The Admissions Authority for our school is therefore the LA, which publishes its entry regulations every year. Parents and carers can receive a copy of these regulations directly from the LA. Read more.
Bullying is wrong and damages individuals. We therefore do all we can at Riversdale to prevent it, by developing a school ethos in which bullying is regarded as unacceptable. For more information, read our policy.
At Riversdale Primary School, we believe that the key aim of assessment is to support teachers in planning for pupil achievement and progress. To see how this is achieved, please find the policy here.
We expect all children on roll to attend every day, when the school is in session, as long as they arefit andhealthyenough to do so. We do allwe canto encourage the children to attend, and to put in place appropriate procedures. Read more here.
All the education we provide during normal school hours is at no charge to pupils. We do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum, with the exception of some individual or small-group music tuition. More information here.
Whilst we are very proud of our school, we know that no one gets things right all of the time. We are committed to working with you to provide the absolute best for all of our children and this includes responding quickly and proportionately to concerns that you raise. This policy sets out what the school will do if you wish to raise that concern informally, or to make a formal complaint. You can find the rest of the policy here.
Please note formal complaints will only be considered if written on the correct form. You can find this here.
Riversdale Primary School needs to keep certain information about its employees, students and other users to allow it to monitor performance, achievements, and health and safety, for example. It is also necessary to process information so that staff can be recruited and paid, courses organised and legal obligations to funding bodies and government complied with.
To comply with the UK GDPR the school has developed privacy notices which state what data is held about our pupils, staff and wider school community, the legal basis by which this information is held and the purpose behind it. You can find the most relevant below:
To comply with the law, information must be collected and used fairly, stored safely and not disclosed to any other person unlawfully. More on this policy can be found here.
It is the responsibility of all members of the school community to take care when handling, using or transferring personal data. With regards to this, you can read the school's Data Disposal Appendix to the Data Protection Policy here.
The policy outlines the commitment of the staff and Governors to promote equality. This involves tackling the barriers which could lead to unequal outcomes so that there is equality of access and the diversity within the school community is celebrated and valued. Read more.
Please also see out Equalities Information and Objectives policy here.
The governors and head teacher of Riversdale accept their responsibility under the Health and Safety [FirstAid] Regulations and acknowledge the importance of providing First Aid for employees, pupils and visitors within the school. The provision of first aid in the school will be in accordance with the Authority’s guidance on First Aid in School. Read more.
All public authorities, including schools, are required under the Freedom of Information Act to adopt a publication scheme that has been approved by the Information Commissioner.
There is currently one approved model publication scheme, which has been produced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Schools must adopt the ICO’s model scheme and make it publicly available. Please see this here.
Schools should publish a guide to information alongside the publication scheme.
The guide should specify:
You can find the school's publication scheme here.
We are committed to ensuring that the children in our care grow into healthy adults, this being the first of the five principal requirements of the Children Act 2004 ('Every Child Matters'). Find out more.
Homework is anything children do outside the normal school day that contributes to their learning, in response to guidance from the school. Homework encompasses a whole variety of activities instigated by teachers and parents/carers to support the children's learning. Read more.
Our school aims to be an inclusive school. We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children. Read more
We believe feedback and marking should be timely and constructive for every child. We practice an inclusive education where we believe in enabling all pupils to fully participate in their progress. We focus on success and improvement needs. We mark against learning intentions: enabling children to become reflective learners and helping them to close the gap between current and desired performance. More information can be found here.
Riversdale takes a holistic view of child development and recognises that emotional wellbeing and mental health cannot be separated from physical health and the context of the child’s environment, family and unique personality. We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff and we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. You can read our policy by clicking here.
Riversdale Primary School takes the safety of all children and adults very seriously. This policy is written to protect all children and adults.
We recognise that Online Safety encompasses not only Internet technologies, but also electronic communications such as mobile phones and wireless technology. Read more.
Riversdale school is committed to the belief that good behaviour should be celebrated and poor behaviour can change if pupils wish to do so. This policy is designed to provide a framework to give pupils guidance on how to behave, within clear routines, guidelines and boundaries. Find out more here.
This notice is to help parents understand how and why Riversdale Primary School collects your child's personal information and what we do with that information. It also explains the decisions that you can make about your child's information. You can read the Privacy Notice here.
At Riversdale, RSE is underpinned by the ethos and values of our school (Respect, individuality, value, entrust, reflect, share, democracy, aspire, love, empathy). Our vision is to create a safe, positive and stimulating environment in which all members of the school community learn and grow in confidence, knowledge and skills.
Through our RSE and PSHE programmes we aim to provide children with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. In providing children with an understanding of healthy and respectful relationships and appropriate boundaries, we consider effective RSE to be a fundamental part of our approach to supporting pupils to grow into confident, caring, responsible and respectful young citizens.
For more information, you can find our RSE policy by clicking this link.
The Governors and staff of Riversdale Primary school fully recognise the responsibilities and duty placed upon them to have arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils at the school. We recognise that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting pupils from harm. This document, written by Wandsworth Local Authority for Riversdale Primary School, concentrates on the core child protection work which is part of Safeguarding Children. Read more.
In light of the recent COVID-19 global pandemic, please see this appendix to the Safeguarding Children and Online Safety Policies. Read more.
In reference to the return to school following the COVID-19 global pandemic, please see this second appendix to the Safeguarding Children Policy. Read more.
Following the UK's exit from the EU, the Keeping Children Safe in Education document has been updated (January 2021). Please see the attached appendix document to see how leving the EU impacts the school's safeguarding policy. Read more.
It is our school policy that all children wear school uniform when attending school, and when participating in a school organised event outside normal school hours. School uniform is part of the school ethos and in coming to Riversdale parents agree to support our policy. For this reason it is not expensive. If parents do have any difficulties then do contact the school for support and guidance. For more information, please read our policy.
Throughout their time at Riversdale Primary School children will be learning.This learning will not just happen in lessons but also within the day to day routines and events that take place as the pupil progresses through the school.
In order to achieve the school aims we need to ensure that the child’ s learning experiences are positive and supportive.Learning should be challenging, rewarding and enjoyable.Teaching should be relevant, creative and enthusiastic. Read more.