This page enables you to support your child during their time at Greenside. The information that we have can also be found in the prospectus that your child receives when they start our school. For more information, or if you have any questions please contact your child's class teacher, or alternatively send an email with your query to our admin staff who will try their best to help you.
Greenside is a part of the Victorious Academies Trust and all admissions are governed by Tameside's admissions policy.
Reception children are admitted to the school in the September of the academic year in which they become five. Academic years run from September 1st to August 31st.
Relationships and Sex Education
We base our school's sex and relationships education policy on the DfES guidance document relationships and sex education guidance (updated September 2021). Relationships education is a legal requirement and compulsory in Primary schools. In this document, sex education is defined as 'learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about understanding the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health'. Sex education is part of the personal, social and health education curriculum in our school. While we use sex education to inform children about sexual issues, we do this with regard to matters of morality and individual responsibility, and in a way that allows children to ask and explore moral questions. We do not use sex education as a means of promoting any form of sexual orientation.
Greenside provides teaching of religious education for all pupils in accordance with the agreed Tameside Syllabus. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education lessons. If you wish to discuss this please make an appointment to speak to the Headteacher.
If your child is ill or cannot attend school for any reasons, please telephone 01613708496 and the option 1. Please ensure that you make doctor and dentist appointments outside of school hours. No child is allowed to leave the premises unaccompanied during the school day. Children must be signed in and out at the school office.
Reasons for absences are noted and provide information for our Attendance Officer and Education Welfare Officer, who are responsible for monitoring attendance and punctuality in school.
Leave of Absence
Due to changes in Department of Education Legislation schools are no longer permitted to authorise leave of absence during term time.
Boys - Grey/black trousers, green fleece or sweatshirt, white polo shirt, grey socks, sensible black shoes.
Girls - Grey/black skirt, pinafore dress or trousers, green fleece or sweatshirt, white polo shirt, white or grey socks or tights, sensible black shoes.
All children should also be provided with a coat for outdoor use.
Indoor PE kit - dark, plain shorts, white, plain t-shirt and bare feet.
Outdoor PE kit - dark, plain tracksuit bottoms/leggings, white, plain t-shirt, dark, plain fleece or sweatshirt (no hood) and trainers.
Swimming - towel, trunks for boys (above knee length), a one piece swimming costume and swimming hat for girls.
All items of uniform MUST be labelled. Lost property bins are located by the exit doors in all phases.
The School Nurse, Vision Team, Height and Weight Team and Dental Officer occasionally visit the school. They will get in touch with you if they feel that your child requires any special medical care. The school nurse no longer inspects all of the children for the possibility of head lice. The responsibility for this issue lies with the parents who must regularly inspect the child's hair. School frequently issues guidance and support in this areas.
If your child needs medication of any kind, please speak to the school office.
Your Child's Safety
Obviously, the children's safety concerns us all. Below are some simple pieces of advice that will hopefully help to ensure that your children stay safe on their way to and from school.
- You child will be safe if you accompany him/her to and from school each day.
- Plan the safest route to school and teach it to your child.
- Teach your child the green cross code, to use pedestrian crossings and to obey crossing patrols.
- Send your child to school promptly on time and ensure a prompt return.
- We constantly teach our children about the concept of 'stranger danger' and we advise them that if they are nervous or scared on their way home they can return to school and find an adult that they know who will immediately help them.
- Occasionally parents collecting children can get caught in traffic jams or buses can be delayed. If this happens please phone school to let us know. We can quickly make alternative arrangements and we have no problems supporting a parent or family experiencing genuine difficulties.
Your Child's Welfare
If at any time you have an anxiety about your child's welfare or education, please have a word with your child's class teacher and arrange appropriate times to discuss your worries. Teachers are not instantly available to talk to parents at a time when they are responsible for a full class of children. If you wish to see the headteacher please telephone or email school in order to arrange an appointment. We can then arrange to give you the time that both you and your child deserve.
If your child brings anything home from school which belongs to school, please return it as soon as possible. Your child will also be bringing home reading books and books that they have checked out from the library. Please help your child to look after these items as they can be rather expensive and difficult to replace.
Toys are to be left at home! Toys can get lost or broken when they are brought into school and this can cause upset and conflict.
The only jewellery acceptable in school are studs in pierced ears and sensible watches. Jewellery in school never becomes the responsibility of the class teacher and if removed for a PE or Swimming lesson it must be removed by the child. Swimming teachers at Medlock Baths insist that all jewellery is removed prior to lessons, or covered by a sticking plaster from home. When jewellery is removed for a lesson, it remains the responsibility of the child and not the teacher.
During dinner time we want all of our children to enjoy a social occasion within a secure environment. In order to establish and maintain a calm atmosphere we have developed a lunch time policy which can be viewed here.
In order to support these expectations we operate a 3 letter system for children experiencing behavioural difficulties during the lunch period. This is further explained here.
At Greenside we do not tolerate bullying of any form. We recognise that verbal, physical and emotional bullying occurs in all schools and we work hard with children, parents and families to investigate and support issues of concern.
When children share information about bullying we stress that we believe the information we are being given and that we will investigate the issue fully. We take the same stance when an issue is reported to us by an adult.
When we have investigated a bullying issue we will work with both the bully and the victim to resolve the issue. While we are working with a family we ask children and adults to work closely with us and realise that ongoing problems may take time to resolve.
At Greenside it is Mrs Reynolds (Headteacher) who acts as the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Mrs Reynolds will be available to discuss any areas of child protection with concerned parents and families.
Greenside is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that doing so would be contrary to the child's welfare. Please see our policy page for our child protection and safeguarding policy.
All school staff regularly receive training in this important area.
Open Door Policy
Our open door policy is based upon welcoming parents and children to share your lives with us. The issue of security in school dictates that the physical door will be shut. Our shared respect and trust easily opens the door with the support of a phone call or letter to arrange an appointment. Our doors are locked to keep danger out.
It is the policy of the school that equality of opportunity should exist for all pupils regardless of their gender, transgender, ethnicity, culture and religious background, sexuality, disability or special educational needs and ability.
All aspects of curriculum provision shall be available to all pupils.
School Reports and Parents Evenings
Parents will receive a report 3 times a year on the progress that their child is making in school. There are also 3 formal opportunities available to meet with teachers to discuss children's progress. However, we are always happy to arrange a meeting to discuss any concerns you may have and celebrate your child's successes.