Marsh Hill, Erdington, Birmingham B23 7HY

Telephone: 0121 464 2920

Fax: 0121 464 2718

www.marshill.bham.sch.uk

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Headteacher: Mrs. M. Douglas B.Ed M.Ed NPQH

MARSH HILL

PRIMARY SCHOOL

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I know how well my child is doing in school?

We have three formal parents evenings throughout the year which you will be invited to attend. You can speak to your child’s class teacher at the end of the school day or by prior appointment. We ask that you wait until the teacher has dismissed all of the children to ensure safeguarding. Any member of the senior leadership team will discuss your concerns and we also have phase leaders.

Mrs R Leavey:    Phase 1 - EYFS, Years One and Two

Mr C Kinson:      Phase 2 - Years 3 and 4

Mrs N Clover:     Phase 3 - Years 5 and 6 

Mrs J Holmes     Inclusion Lead (SEND)

Ms C Lomas       DSL

2. What can I do to support my child’s learning?

Throughout your child’s time at Marsh Hill regular workshops will be held to help you to understand the way that they are being taught phonics, reading, writing and maths. We also offer workshops in homework support, e-safety and assessment.

If you feel that you would like to discuss helping your child at home then please speak with your child’s class teacher, who will be happy to share ideas and strategies with you.

3. What before and after school care do you provide?

We offer a breakfast club for all children which starts at 8:10. This is at a cost of £1.30 per day and children have a choice of fruit juice, a warm drink, cereals and toast. We have sporting activities daily including golf, football, bench ball, hockey etc. These sessions are delivered by our Sports Coach. Three times a week we have Wake-Up Shake up dance delivered by the Katy Driscoll Dance Company. All of the above are free to pupils entitled to free school meals or who have received free school meals in the last 6 years.

Our After School Clubs are extensive and we cater for up to 30 pupils across a range of activities: many of them are provided free of charge. The access to these clubs is dependent on age and availability.

4. My child has a diagnosis of a medical condition can I apply for a place at your school?

If mainstream education is best for your child then Marsh Hill is the place to be. We have a lift access and disabled toilet facilities on all levels. We are equipped with a changing bed and our corridors and doorways can accommodate wheelchairs.

If a child has a medical need we would seek advice and support from outside agencies as appropriate. Using SEN funding we would be able to supply the necessary resources required and ensure that any extra adult support is provided. Regular meetings with the SENCo would be made.

5. I want to take my child on holiday during term time, would I be allowed?

Following government advice, the school has a strict absence in term time policy: unless the circumstances are extreme, pupils will not be granted permission to go on holiday. Holidays taken in term time that have not been sanctioned by the Headteacher will be registered as an unauthorised absence on your child’s attendance record. If the length of absence is extensive we cannot guarantee your child’s place. Long term absences affect children in a number of ways: If children do not attend school regularly they often find it difficult to catch up. In addition, poor attendance affects a child’s ability to form and keep friendships; a vital part of growing up.

6. How safe is my child at school.

We have a strict policy on who can and cannot collect children from school. We will only allow an adult to collect your child if they are named on the contact list. If you require a different adult to collect your child due to extenuating circumstances we would expect you to inform the office and the class teacher with their full name and their relationship to the child. If the child appears distressed or unwilling to go we will not let them leave the school premises.

Marsh Hill, like all primary schools, endeavours to keep your child safe at all times, however children do have accidents. We will inform you of any first aid given and who delivered the first aid via a grey slip. Please could we remind you to check your child’s book bag daily?

If the child has had a blow to the head resulting in bruising or a lump we will inform you on the telephone to advise you to collect the child. Only on vary rare occasions do we need to phone for an ambulance. A member of SLT will remain in loco-parentis until you arrive.

Please see our Safeguarding and Medical policies for further information.