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Vine Schools Trust Policies

Vine Schools Trust Policies

St Osyth Policies

Suspension and Permanent Exclusion Policy 

Relationships Health and Sex Education Policy

Anti Bullying Policy 2024

Directors and Governors Allowances Policy 

Best Value Statement 

Gifts and Hospitality Policy

Capital and Reserves Policy

Whistle Blowing Policy Spring 24

Social Media Policy

Internal Communications Policy 2024

Code of Conduct Autumn 2023

Online-Safety Policy

Accessibility Plan – March 2019

Attendance policy

Assessment Marking and Feedback policy – Spring 2020

Behaviour and Relationships Policy 

Biometrics Policy 2022

Child Protection Policy 2023-24 

Child Protection Policy – Appendix D – School and Trust Safeguarding Contacts

Complaints policy

Computing Policy Summer 2021 – 2022

Display Policy – September 2018

Educational Visits Policy – St Osyth

English Policy Autumn 2020 – St Osyth

Equality Statement and Objectives 2020-2024

E-Safety Policy 2021 – 2022

Financial Regulations Policy St Osyth

Handwriting policy – Autumn 2017

Home Learning Policy – Summer 2015

Phonics and early reading Policy

Preventing and Tackling Bullying Policy

Religious Education Policy – Spring 2019

Retention Schedule Summer 21

School Uniform Policy – Spring 2022

SEND Policy – Autumn 2021

Supplementary Health and Safety Policy – June 2020

Our Annual Report and Financial Statements are available on the Vine Schools Trust Website.  Please click for further information.

Your guide to Arts, Culture and Heritage …

Tendring District Council

St Osyth Church of England Primary School Ofsted Report 2023

St Osyth Church of England Primary School Ofsted Report 2019

St Osyth SIAMS report February 2019

School Performance Tables

Excellent attendance at school allows a child to have the best possible start in life.

Going to school regularly is important for your child’s future.  Parents / carers are responsible for making sure their child receives full-time education.  Parents are legally responsible for making sure that children attend school.  If your child doesn’t go to school, you could be fined or prosecuted.

There are lots of reasons why a child should attend school:

  • To learn
  • To build confidence and self-esteem
  • To understand responsibility
  • To develop new skills
  • To grow as individuals
  • To gain qualifications
  • To make new friends, have fun and develop life skills
  • To develop awareness of other cultures

Good school attendance is not just beneficial, it’s essential.  Attending school is directly linked to improved exam performance which should in turn lead to further learning opportunities and better job prospects when the child grows up.

The more children attend school the more likely it is that they will have good levels of attainment. Even small improvements to attainment at 11 years old can increase the amount a person earns before they are 33 years old – an increase of up to 25%!

  1. Pupils with higher attainment at KS2 and KS4 had lower levels of absence over the key stage compared to those with lower attainment.
  2. Generally, the higher the percentage of sessions [lessons] missed across the key stage at KS2 and KS4, the lower the level of attainment at the end of the key stage.

Essentially, DfE information shows that the more children attend school, the more they achieve and the better their chances are of earning well.

Going to school helps to develop:

  • Friendships
  • Social Skills
  • Life skills
  • Team values
  • Cultural awareness
  • Career pathways

How to prevent your child from missing school?

You can do this by…

  • having a routine from an early age and sticking it to it
  • making sure your child understands the importance of good attendance and punctuality
  • making sure they understand the possible implications for themselves and you as a parent if they don’t attend
  • taking an interest in their education – ask about school work and encourage them to get involved in school activities
  • discussing any problems they may have at school and letting their teacher or Headteacher / Deputy Headteacher know about anything that is causing concern
  • not letting them take time off school for minor ailments or holidays during term time

To avoid disrupting your child’s education, you should arrange (as far as possible), appointments and outings:

  • after school hours
  • at weekends
  • during school holidays

Each year there are 170 days that children can go on holiday, go on outings, have appointments etc. The 195 days of school must be prioritised.

Children may only be absent from school IF they are too ill to go to school or IF the headteacher has authorised an absence for exceptional reasons – and this has been applied for, by parents, before the absence.

What happens when my child is too ill to go to school?

By 9am, parents must tell us, if their child is absent because they are too ill to go to school.

Office staff, senior leaders, our learning mentor and our attendance company, Aquinas. monitor absences. This monitoring may lead to home visits.

We undertake home visits:

  1. To check on the well-being of children.

  2. To see if we can offer any support to children and parents.

Sometimes, we tell parents that we will be carrying-out home visits and sometimes we don’t.

What does ‘too ill to go to school’ mean? 

The NHS has clear information to answer this question. That information can be found via this link,, and is attached to this letter.

Local Schools Attendance Letter to Parents March 2023

A parent guide to absences that will and will not be authorised

NHS-ECC Guide to School Absence

A guide to absence by half term

Attendance Ladder

At the heart of the work of every primary school class is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessment which takes account of the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of the children. The majority of children will learn and progress within these arrangements. Those children whose overall attainments and achievement in specific subjects fall significantly outside the expected range may have Special Educational Needs (SEN).

For children who have a specific learning difficulty or a disability, our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy outlines the educational support we provide.

If a teacher notices a pupil experiencing difficulties with their learning they will seek guidance from the school Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo). Advice will be given, which may include alternate strategies to support the pupils learning. Both class teacher and SENDCo will hold a meeting with parents to discuss next steps which could include:

Advise parents to make an appointment to see the GP
Referral to the Speech and Language Therapist service
Referral to the Specialist Teacher Team
Referral to Educational Psychologist service
Referral to EWMHS (Emotional Welfare and Mental Health Services)
When a child is placed on the Special Educational Needs register, consultation with parents will continue through:

Parent consultation day.
One Plan meetings at least twice a year, working alongside pupils, parents and sometimes specialist agencies to set specific targets that work towards achieving a long-term goal.
For pupils with a Statement/ Education Health Care plan (EHC Plan) Annual Review meetings.

School Age Team poster

SEND Information report 2023-2024

Annual Governors SEND Report – Summer 2022

SEND Policy – Autumn 2021

Accessibility Plan – March 2019

Essex Inclusion Statement

Equality Statement and Objectives 2016-2019

Useful Links

We work hard to ensure our children are safe in school and out of school.

. If anyone, any adult or any child, has any safeguarding concern, including any related to radicalisation, they are encouraged to contact one of our safeguarding team, Mr Carter-Tufnell, Mrs Levett, Mrs Walton-Steed and Miss Watson in person, via telephone or via email.

If you have any safeguarding issues, but would prefer not to speak to the Headteacher Mr M Carter-Tufnell, please contact the Chair of our School Governance Board,  Charlotte Little – [email protected]

We encourage you to tell us of any concerns you may have about children being safe online. You may also want to use the information on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website

If we have reasonable cause for concern that a child may be at risk of significant harm, we will refer to social care. This referral can be made with or without us informing parents.

For further information please read our Child Protection policy along with more information which are available at the bottom of this page or contact one of our safeguarding team.

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Parent Fortnite, Fall Guys and Rocket League Safety Guide

Parent WhatsApp Safety Guide

Keeping your children safe online – Christmas 2022

Internet Safety Book

Child Protection Policy 2023-2024

Appendix to Child Protection Policy – School and Trust safeguarding contacts

Child Media Policy – Spring 2019

Safeguarding Adults

Summary of Safeguarding Review

NSPCC – Net Aware – Keeping your kids safe online during lockdown

The Basics – Learn about life online – Own It – BBC

Advice on how to keep your children free from exploitation





Childline Poster

Internet matters

Gaming – resources for parents and carers

Social media concerns – Find expert advice to make the most of the screen time and help children share safely


Squid Game Parent Information

Dinner Costs September 2024

Letter from Otis

School Disco 1st March 2024

Launch of Food Pantry

Mobile Zoo Visit – Reception

Letter from Chair of School Governance Board

Little Wandle 

Be safe be seen

Online safety videos for parents and carers

Guide to keeping children safe during community activities

Music Lessons 2022-2023

Isle of Wight letter 2023

Online Safety video 5 for parents and carers

School Uniform Policy

Essex County Council Letter

Online safety video 4 for parents and carers

Online safety video 3 for parents and carers

Online safety video for parents and carers

Online Safety Video for parents and carers

Be safe be seen flyer

Myths about maths and Overcoming maths anxiety

Getting confidence with maths

Early Reading Prompts – Year 1 and 2

Reading Questions – Year 1 and 2

Key Stage 1 Reading Prompts – Years 1 and 2

Teaching Early Reading – KS1

Introduction to our school dog letter to parents – July 2021

National Numeracy Day – Tips to help children love maths

National Numeracy Day – Tips for talking to adults about maths

National Numeracy Day – Overcoming Maths Anxiety

National Numeracy Day – Myths about Maths

National Numeracy Day – Grow their numbers

National Numeracy Day – School Number Heroes Competition

Exploring YouTube Safely – Supervised Experience

Permission to walk home form – Year 5 and 6 only

Form for checking eligibility Free School Meals

Free School Meals information

Squid Game Parent Information

Reading with TRUST comic

Exploring YouTube Safely – Supervised Experience

Be Kind Online

Supporting Children’s Mental Health

What Parents Need to Know About FIFA 20

What Parents Need to Know About Houseparty

What Parents Need to Know About Minecraft

How to Maintain Good Mental Wellbeing During Isolation

10 Top Tips for Remote Learning for Parents

From Online Gaming to Online Gambling

Online Safety Tips for Children

What Parents Need to Know About Screen Additction

What Parents Need to Know About TikTok

8 Things Parents Need to Know About YouTube Kids

Our GDPR regulations are part of the Vine Schools Trust Policies. Please click here for further information.