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SIAMS and Holiday Applications

4th May 2018
Dear Parents and Carers

SIAMS Church School Inspection
We have been notified that we will be having our SIAMS Inspection on Wednesday 9th May. This is the church equivalent of an Ofsted Inspection. This will be a one day inspection. There is not a Parent View opportunity as there is for Ofsted, but if any parent wishes to write any thoughts and address them to the Inspector, we will pass them on.

Royal Wedding
To mark the occasion of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19th May, we will be having a celebratory day on Friday 18th May. There will be royal activities taking place in class and here will be a special royal buffet lunch (details will follow).

We are making this a non-uniform day and inviting the children to come dressed in red, white and blue – or suitably royal attire, fit for such an occasion.

Holiday Applications
It is alarming the number of parents who have ‘told’ us today that they will be collecting their children early from school – clearly because it is a Bank Holiday weekend. I would like to remind you that even when absenting your child for half a day, it requires authorisation.

Additionally, I have received an excessive amount of Leave of Absence Applications in recent weeks. I once again, remind you that such absence will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. Where a holiday is not authorised, please expect that we will apply for a Penalty Notice to be issued.

Years of experience and Social Media, also means we know when parents are not being straight with us about their child’s absence.

As you know, we have to supply our Attendance data to the Department of Education on a regular basis – and our returns are mostly unacceptably low. Already, even before Wednesday’s inspection has taken place, our attendance figures have been questioned and could affect the final judgement of the Inspection.

Should you have any questions or queries about any of the above, or any other issues, please, as always, do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Sarah Hurwood
Headteacher

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GDPR Consent Form

Dear Parents and Carers

You may be aware that new legislation regarding data, known as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into force on 25th May.
As part of our GDPR compliance process, Epping Upland C.of E. Primary School has reviewed all the personal data that we collect as a data controller. We have identified the relevant legal bases and in the below circumstances, we require your consent to process your personal data.
We are required by GDPR to use clear, plain language that is easy to understand. Therefore, if you require anything within this form to be explained, please make contact with us before completing it.
Periodically, we would like to contact you for the following reasons as attached. You are not obliged to agree to any of them and if you refuse to consent, it will not be to your detriment.
You are able to withdraw consent at any time. You will not be penalised for withdrawing consent. If you wish to do so, please contact us on:
Email: admin@eppingupland.essex.sch.uk

Phone: 01992 572087

Post: Epping Upland C.of E. Primary School, Carters Lane, Epping Green, Epping, Essex. CM16 6QJ

Your completed consent form will be kept as a record of your decisions and from time to time we will contact you again on this.
In relation to your personal data that you provide, we will only use it for the below reasons that you agree to. It will not be shared with any third parties.
We will regularly review consent to check that the relationship, the processing and the purposes have not changed. Specifically, after the pupil has completed Key Stage 1, we will contact you again to refresh the below consent.
As a result of these new regulations, there will be certain aspects within our procedures that may have to be changed or modified and we respectfully request that you show understanding in this. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please return the Consent Form to the school office in a sealed and clearly marked envelope by Friday 11th May 2018.
Yours sincerely

Sarah Hurwood
Headteacher

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Uniform

20th April 2018

Dear Parents & Carers,

Now that the weather has finally turned warmer it seems an appropriate time to remind you of the Summer Uniform.

Grey trousers or shorts – grey socks
Grey skirt or pinafore
Green & white checked/striped dress – white socks
Green or white polo shirt (with or without logo)
Green sweatshirt or cardigan (with or without logo)

Black shoes or suitable sandals – please note strappy sandals, white trainers, Converse and Huaraches are not considered suitable for school. Trainers can of course be worn for sporting events.

Please ensure that all clothing is clearly labelled as we are accumulating large amounts of lost uniform in the school office.

We would also remind you to provide your child with a sun hat and a bottle of water each day. Sunglasses are permitted, particularly if your child suffers from hay fever, however we cannot be held responsible for loss or damage.

If your child has particularly sensitive skin we would recommend that you put sun cream on them before they come in to school. You can get some very good creams that last up to eight hours. Alternatively you may send your child to school with a small bottle of sun cream that they can apply themselves before going outside. Staff are not able to apply sun creams.

Cheques

Following our conversion to Academy status please note that any cheques that need to be paid to the school, for example for school dinners, should be made payable to Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Hurwood
Headteacher