Latest Info for Parents


Braunton Parent & Carers Support Group - Holly Murphy-Jerrett
We are a parent led support group for parents and carers of children who have, or might have, special educational needs and or disabilities. We meet on the first Thursday of each month for coffee and chat, upstairs in SQ Braunton, term time only. If the first Thursday of the month falls in a school holiday, we will meet on the first Thursday after schools go back.

Digital Parent Support Service

For parents / carers who may need help or support in the evenings and weekends.  This is a FREE service.  Through the parent helpline, befrienders and counselling service, Family Action can provide emotional and practical support and guidance on all aspects of parenting.

Freephone 0808 802 0222
Text: 07537 404 282
Open weekdays 6pm to 10pm, weekends 10am to 1pm
Available for parents and carers across England

Earrings and PE No jewellery is permitted in school with the exception of a watch and one pair of ear studs for children with pierced ears. Your child must be able to remove jewellery by themselves for PE. If ear studs cannot be removed your child will be unable to take part in PE, so ear piercing is best carried out during the long summer holiday. Staff are not allowed to remove ear-piercings, or apply protective tape. If your child has pierced ears we therefore ask that you either check that they can remove their own piercings themselves, or remove their earrings prior to their arrival at school on P.E. day. This is solely for their health and safety, which is of paramount concern to us – earrings can be caught on clothing and knocked by PE equipment.

Governors Meetings The Governors’ Meetings are held every half term. These meetings are held in public and as such, those of the school community including parents and carers, are encouraged to attend and sit in the public area to listen to the discussion. Those in the public area cannot participate in the meeting and will be asked to leave if matters of a confidential matter are discussed. If you would be interested in attending a meeting of the Full Governing Body please contact the Clerk to the Governors, via the school office and she will be delighted to discuss this with you.


Parent View Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The survey can be completed at any time; you don’t have to wait until the school is being inspected. The information you provide will be used when making decisions about which schools to inspect and when. Click ‘Give your views’ to register and complete a survey to help your child’s school improve.


Illness If your child is poorly and will not be in school, please inform the office as soon as possible. We have a dedicated phone line for absences where you can leave a message even out of office hours. You will need to phone every day your child is absent, unless they have had sickness and diarrhoea when it is Southmead school policy for your child to be absent from school for 48 hours after the last bout of being poorly. This is to reduce the spread of germs to the rest of the children.


Attendance and Absence If your child is going to be absent for any reason during the school day you should collect an absence form from the office. As much notice as possible is required for it to be authorised and returned to the class teacher before the child is taken out of school. It is important for your child to attend school regularly as it has been proven that children can only do their best and flourish at school if they are present on a regular basis. Children who are late for school and who miss school, often achieve less well than their peers. They also lack self esteem and find it difficult to build and maintain friendships. The school has a duty to monitor children’s attendance. It is a priority issue for Ofsted and it is the school’s duty to keep abreast of any circumstances that mean your child is not in school. Any time requested out of school holidays are only authorised if there are exceptional circumstances. If you take your child on holiday in term time, without the prior approval of the school, you are liable for a cash penalty and in extreme cases there are legal implications for parents who do not act within the law.


Contact Details Please notify the school office as soon as possible if any of your contact details change. This includes mobile phone numbers, work numbers and people that you have put as extra contacts who may not be in the area any more.

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