Weekly Update 15th September

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Please find this week’s updates and reminders below:

Important – Year 6

Year 6 will be doing some activities this term involving food, so if your child has any allergies that we should be aware of, please let us know.  There are also Allergy/Special Diet forms in the lobby outside main reception which you can complete and pass to your child’s Teacher and these will also be passed to the Kitchen so that the allergy or special diet can be recorded.  

Packed Lunches – Nut free school

An important reminder that we have children in School with severe nut allergies so we are a nut free School.  Please do not put nuts or other items such as marzipan, almond slices etc. in your child’s packed lunch or fruit pot.  

Infants drop off/pick up

Please enter School via the main front Infant gate or side wooden Nursery gate.   Please do not use the little gate from the staff car park to the Infant site.  If you need to visit the School office then please buzz at the pedestrian gate 

Administrators for Class WhatsApp/Facebook Groups

If you are the admin for your child’s class communication group(s), please could you let the school office know so that we can keep an up to date list. On occasion we may ask if you would mind pushing out urgent information quickly via your group.

Consent for Processing Personal Data 

We use consent as our basis to process your child’s personal data in certain circumstances. Please note that there are certain activities in which we do not use consent as the basis for processing your child’s data. These are described in our Privacy Notices which can be found on our website https://highdownschools.co.uk/our-school/privacy-notices/ and which are available in hard copy from the school office.

Please also note:

  • Unless you have given your express consent, we will never put a child’s full name alongside any published image
  • Videos may be taken of lessons to support staff development: these may be seen by other teachers in school for staff training
  • We may also take photos/video of your child for identification purposes, and for evidencing their educational development. Such data will sit on their file and not be shared unless the law requires us to do so, or you have given your specific consent
  • Parents/carers are welcome to take videos and photos of their children at school events for their own personal use.However, to respect everyone’s privacy rights and in some cases protection, these images should not be published/made publicly available on social networking sites, nor should parents/carers comment on any activities involving other pupils in the images/footage
  • Websites and social media can be viewed throughout the world and not just in the United Kingdom, where UK law applies. When images are posted on the internet, it is not possible to prevent others from reposting them
  • Additional and specific consent for use by external agencies/companies may be sought

We will be updating consents by way of a short form later this term. Please be aware that you can withdraw consent at any time.

If you have any queries or wish to withdraw or review your consent contact the school office or the school’s Data Protection Officer i-west@bathnes.gov.uk   

Other Reminders:-

School Office

The School Office is open from 8:30am – 3:45pm.  If you ring after 3:45pm then please leave a message which will be picked up the next morning.  We do get very busy, particularly at School drop off and pick up, so if we don’t answer your call, please leave a message or e-mail us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.   You can e-mail us on office@highdownschools.org

Please always confirm your child’s name and class in any message or e-mail

If you would like to come to the School Office, please buzz at the pedestrian gate and come to the hatch in the lobby outside main reception. 

Reporting absences

Absences must be reported by phoning the school on 01275 843969 by 10:00am each day.  

*Please do not e-mail absences because the e-mail may not be seen until later in the day, by which time the absence will have been marked as unauthorised. 

Kind regards

Lisa & Keely

School Office

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High Down Schools
Down Road, Portishead
Bristol BS20 6DY