We ask you to report your child absent as soon as you can through phone call 01642 312741, email to or on the Parentmail app.

If children are marked absent in the register without any explanation, a member of staff will try to contact you to find out the reason for the absence by 9.30am. If we get no response, then a member of staff will initially try other family members on your contact details to get an explanation.

At the beginning of each school year we ask you to complete an End of Day arrangements form, this ensures we know exactly who collects each child at the end of school. We will not allow anyone to collect your child whose name is not on the list. This is for your child’s safety. We know that children occasionally have social arrangements like tea parties or birthday parties, please could you inform school of any change to the collection arrangements so we don’t hold up any festivities by having to phone you for consent for your child to leave with a person different to that stated on your list.


Jewellery – children should not wear jewellery, which can cause harm to themselves or others in the normal course of the day.

For safety reasons, children must remove all jewellery before P.E. and as the school has no facilities to ensure the safe-keeping of valuables, parents must consider the wisdom of permitting it to be brought to school. VALT does not insure pupils’ property.

For the children’s safety, please do not park in the car park.

Please mark all clothing with the child’s name.


Parents and Carers should be aware that the school has a duty to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its pupils. In cases where school staff have cause to be concerned that a pupil may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other form of abuse, staff will follow the Child Protection procedures and inform Middlesbrough Multi Agency Childrens Hub (MACH). This may involve a visit to the home by a Social Worker. If you have any safeguarding concerns regarding any children, The MACH can be contacted on 01642 726004.

School Specific Information


From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.

Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.

Information on the Prevent Strategy

Parents Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation


From time to time during the school year children take part in short, local visits as part of the school curriculum. This may be a visit to the library, the local church or to the shops for example. They are often at no cost, on foot and last less than a whole school session.

Our full Visits Policy is followed for these, and we inform parents in advance.

For other visits; of longer duration, outside school hours, involving other transport, needing parental contributions or of a more adventurous nature, we will seek parental consent in advance of the visit.


Pupils use the internet to enhance learning in many curriculum areas.

School uses an advanced ‘firewall’ to filter out unsuitable websites, and so access is not possible through school IT systems.

Children are always supervised when accessing the internet. We regularly speak to the children about online safety.


We believe that every child should be able to achieve their full potential, and our policy covers all aspects of school life. A paper copy of these policies is available from school.

Equality Policy


Each parent/guardian is asked to fill in our Emergency Contact form which we use if a child is taken ill or involved in an accident at school. This information is also held on the school data management system. Please advise us of any change of circumstances to keep our records up to date.

School Safeguarding Policy
VALT Safeguarding Policy
Contextual Information