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If my child needs to be absent from school due to illness or some other reason what do I need to do?

Please let us know as soon as possible if your child is absent from school. Failure to do so may be considered as an unauthorised absence from school. A special record of severe unauthorised absences has to be officially recorded.

Lateness has to be recorded as a 'late mark' for registration purposes.

What do I need to do if my child needs to be absent from school because our holidays occur at times other than in the school holidays?

In order that the negative impact of leave of absence is minimised it is recommended that applications for leave of absence will not be considered in the following circumstances:

  • During the first half-term of a new academic year.
  • In between February and May half terms for pupils in Years 2 and 6 due to the timing of SATs.
  • If, on granting the request, the pupil's attendance rate falls below the national average (latest figure 94.2%).

Leave of absence should only be granted in exceptional circumstances outside the periods and restrictions detailed above and the following considerations should apply:

  • Whether the parents are restricted in terms of leave from their employer.
  • The nature of the trip.

In regard to the above should it be due to employer restrictions then a signed letter from the employer should accompany the request for leave of absence setting out the prevailing circumstances

Absences caused as a result of parental holidays in term time that have not been approved by the headteacher are dealt with in accordance with the school's policy on the issue of Fixed Penalty Fines.

Where holidays have already been booked documentation should be present to the headteacher to confirm this.



At what age can children attend the school?

Silkstone Common J & I School caters for children between the ages of 5 and 11 years.

We encourage children to visit before they begin full time. On one of these visits there will be the opportunity for parents to meet with the class teacher to discuss general points, concerns, etc. Details of this meeting will be given to you at the appropriate time. The Year 6 children transfer to their secondary school in the September following their eleventh birthday.

Our school is in the catchment area for Penistone Grammar School and the school is involved in various schemes run by PGS to ensure a safe and confident transition for our children.

Parents are welcome to visit the school at any time, but on a matter relating to the education and welfare of their child, it is advisable to make an appointment first, either by telephone or by letter. We do our best to give parents any advice or information that they need.

How to apply for a place

This information is taken from the BMBC website: click here to visit their website to see all of their advice.

Barnsley residents

Since September 2012, you have been able to apply online for a primary school place via the BMBC Online Admissions site or by completing the Primary Application Form (1P) (this is a link to the actual document - please right-click and save) and returning it to the headteacher of your first preference school by the deadline of 15 January 2013 (see advice below if applying for a place after the deadline). Please refer to information in the booklet: Admission to School - Academic Year 2013-14 - Advice to Parents (this is a link to the actual document - please right-click and save).

We have also put the application form and advice on our website in the Virtual Office. BMBC prefer you to apply online as that way it is easier for them to administer admission and your application is more secure.

Non-Barnsley residents

Contact your local admissions section for a copy of its advice booklet and complete the form in this booklet. Do not use the form issued by Barnsley.



How does the school assess my child?

Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. Its main purposes are:

  • Formative - helps to decide what a pupil needs to learn next
  • Diagnostic - helps us identify specific weaknesses and strengths
  • Summative - sums up a child's progress so far, in order to inform everyone concerned

Children will be assessed continually throughout their time at Silkstone Common School. SATs (Standard Achievement Tests) are taken by the children at the end of KS1 and KS2

Do we get a report about our child's progress at school?

You will receive a written report on your child's progress once a year. Parents will also have the opportunity to talk informally with their child's class teacher on the two open days that are held each year or at the half termly surgeries. Parents may view their son's/daughter's record by arrangement.



What should my child wear to school?

The following is suggested as a school dress code but this is not compulsory.

  • Navy or grey trousers/skirt.
  • Navy blue sweatshirt or jumper.
  • White, pale blue or yellow shirt or blouse.
  • Sweatshirts and yellow polo shirts with the school logo on are available for purchase at school.

As much clothing as possible should be labelled, but in particular coats, jumpers, shoes and wellingtons to make identification easier.

Does my child need special clothing for P.E.?

All children need to wear appropriate clothing for P.E. activities and games namely, pumps, or trainers, shorts and T-shirts or leotards. All P.E. kit should be labelled so that ownership can be established easily.



What is the school's policy regarding equal opportunities?

The keynote of our school's equal opportunities policy is the development of the whole child for life ahead, maximising each child's opportunity irrespective of his/her race, gender, disability, to fulfil his/her potential.

How do we cater for a child who has special educational needs and disability (SEND)?

We are an inclusive school and believe that all children should be valued and treated with respect. The school uses its best endeavours to ensure that the provision for all its pupils is of the highest possible standard, whilst acknowledging that we are continually striving to improve our practice. 

We recognise that pupils learn at different rates and that there are many factors affecting achievement, including ability, emotional state, age and maturity. We are particularly aware of the needs of our younger pupils, for whom maturity is a crucial factor in terms of readiness to learn.

We understand that many pupils, at some time in their school career, may experience difficulties which affect their learning, and we recognise that these may be long or short term.

At Silkstone Common J & I School we aim to identify these needs as they arise and provide teaching and learning contexts which enable every child to achieve his or her full potential in order to ensure a successful transition into adult life. We are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between children with SEND and their non-SEND peers and work to achieve this in variety of different ways.

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is Mrs Ros Davies.

Our SEN Governor is Mrs N Warhurst.

Please read our SEND offer information report for more information.


Please click on the link below to read information about the Local Authority SEND offer information report

BMBClocal offer

Please see below SEN Responsibilities




Safety inside/outside the school

The school has security locks on both entrances and the perimeter of the school grounds is fenced on all sides. All gates into the school are normally locked during school hours. There are electronically operated gates at the main school entrance. Use the buzzer to ask for the side gate to be opened if you visit school during the day.

In the interest of the safety of the school children and other Moorend Lane users please do not park outside the school when delivering/collecting a child/children as this creates a road hazard.

Please do not wait for your child outside the school gates as this can be equally dangerous if your child rushes to you. Please come onto the school premises.

Snowy weather

Early morning heavy snow causes chaos to just about everyone including those who work in school. In the case of morning snow please ring into school to check whether the school is in a position to open. Alternatively tune into Radio Sheffield or Dearne FM for information on the local schools.


The health of children at school is of great importance to us. Cold tap water is available in all classrooms and children can drink water at any point during lessons. The school takes part in a 'healthy eating' initiative and drinks and sweets are no longer sold from a 'tuckshop'.

What about the wearing of jewellery in school?

The wearing of jewellery in school is discouraged. It can be a safety hazard at playtimes. Jewellery must not be worn during P.E. lessons. Where ears have been pierced the stud type of earring is recommended rather than the ring type.



The following areas form the basis for homework in school:

  • The reading of school reading books and school library books
  • Research for a current class topic given by class teacher
  • Learning of times tables
  • Learning the spelling of familiar words
  • Ideas from "A Little Reading goes A long Way"
  • Ideas from "Help Your Child with Numbers"
  • A weekly English or Maths activity set by the class teacher and completed in the child's homework book provided by the school.

If you want to help your child with their school work have a look on the resources pages (insert link). In the Kidszone of the Resources page you will find links to games and sources on the internet arranged by age and by topic. In the parent zone you will find leaflets to help explain our approach to teaching various subjects.

More resources will be added as we develop our website. If you have problems accessing any of these resources or have ideas for additional resources you think would be helpful, please let us know.



What happens if a child takes ill in school?

If your child is ill in school we will make every effort to contact you or your nominated representative. It is therefore important that we have a record of a contact name and telephone number or an address if someone other than a parent needs to be contacted.

We will always act in the best interest of the child and deal with the problems should we be unable to make contact.

If my child needs to take prescribed medication during school hours what should I do?

In exceptional circumstances, and then only by prior arrangement may children be in the possession of medicines/inhalers. If medication is important then we ask that the medicines be clearly labelled with the child's name and also that the pharmacist's label giving the doctor's instructions on dosage and the interval between doses be clearly readable.

Medicines should be delivered personally to the School Secretary. You will be required to complete the appropriate medical form. Also it would be helpful if we could have some sort of indication of the nature of the illness in case any emergency should arise.



The school is willing to hire its facilities.

Our charging policy aims to cover our costs for local charitable organisations. At the moment potential hirers should be aware that there are possibly limitations because of caretaker availability.

People interested in hiring the school should contact the Head Teacher.



If I am worried about my child at school what should I do?

If you have concerns about your child on other occasions during the year please do not hesitate to come and talk to us. We are always willing to help.

What happens if my child has problems or difficulties when at school?

Every effort is made to give help and advice whenever it is needed. All members of staff are willing to help a child in difficulties in the playground or in the school buildings. For most problems the class teacher, who over time has built up a friendly and caring relationship with each child in his/her care, will be the main source of help and guidance. More serious problems would be referred to the Headteacher and parents informed if this was thought to be necessary.

If after doing this, or if it is something you don't feel you can talk to them directly about, you should contact Nicola Warhurst, our chair of governors, or one of the other governors.

You can do this by leaving a message at school in an envelope marked Private with one of our names on. Sally Park, our school secretary, will ensure that it gets to us. Whoever you write to will then contact you to explore what the issue is. What happens next will of course depend on what the problem is about.

What if I have a complaint to make?

Please come and discuss any concerns that you may have with the Headteacher and/or your child's class teacher. As required by the Education Reform Act 1988, the LA has a procedure whereby parents who seriously feel that the school is failing to meet its obligations under the Act may make a complaint. Such a complaint should be made in the first instance, to the Headteacher or to the school governors.

The Headteacher will be pleased to advise any parent on this matter should the need arise.



What is the policy for charging for school activities?

Whilst the LEA must provide free education within the demands of the law this can only be achieved within its finite resources. Parents may be asked to contribute towards outdoor experiences. The school reserves the right to cancel an educational visit if the cost of the visit cannot be met by voluntary contributions from parents.

School Journey Insurance

Children are covered by a Personal Accident policy when taking part in educational visits


Dinner timeChildren can stay for school meals, which are cooked on the premises.

Dinner money is collected on Monday of each week.

Packed lunches are allowed if preferred.

Please give a week's notice if changing from a school dinner to a packed lunch.




Every school has to have a lot of policies. On this page you can find the policies we are required to put on our website by the Dept of Education. If you want to see view a PDF which includes all the areas on which we have policies click here (right-click to save to your computer). This document also tells you how often we have to review each policy. All our policies are based on model policies supplied by BMBC to ensure we cover all the key issues in each area and are fully compliant with the law and best practice.

We are happy for you to read any of our policies, but as this is usually because you have a concern we’d really prefer it if you came and talked to us at the same time. That way we can make sure we understand and resolve any concerns or worries that you have. If you want a copy of a policy just email us using the contact page or, better still, phone up and ask to speak to the Head.

Links to policy documents

Some of these documents can be quite long so you're advised to save them to your computer rather than read them online.



Using iPadsWe have continued to invest in technology which both improves the quality of teaching and assist our teachers to provide stimulating and enjoyable lessons. All our classrooms now have interactive whiteboards which our teachers are using to good effect. Additionally this year we have invested in IPads which are being used in all classes in a range of lessons.

We anticipate that the new technology will make it easier for our teachers to continue to improve their lessons and also to reduce the amount of time they need to spend on preparation so that they can spend their time more effectively planning and teaching.



Below you can download other useful documents.



The school curriculum

As with other schools, Silkstone Common School is obligated to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and RE.

For information about our curriculum and approach please right-click this link to download the full document.


Silkstone Common Junior and Infant School, Moorend Lane, Silkstone Common, Barnsley, S75 4QT. Tel: 01226 790471