Advice from North Yorkshire Police
Whilst we would discourage any child of primary age from using Snapchat, we believe the following advice is of vital importance.
Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Teams within North Yorkshire Police would like to make parents aware of the following update that has released on Snapchat. If your children have the Snapchat app and GPS on their phone please take a look at this.It seems with the new update there is a new feature on Snapchat. When you open the app place two fingers on the screen and drag them together 'pinch' just like when zooming out on an interactive map. This will then open the new feature. It shows your location with near exact accuracy and can be only a couple of metres wrong. This means people can see exactly where you are at any time. To turn this off there is a Settings button in the top right and you can turn the feature to ghost mode. This will hide your location from others. Also turn off the phones GPS as an extra level of security. If you need any help please contact your phone provider or visit an O2 store and speak to one of their gurus. This is a free service and regardless of the network you are on. The gurus can help with any technical questions and security advice. Please remind your children to only have 'friends' on these apps who they actually know, this will keep them safer online.While we have focused this on keeping children safe. Please be mindful features like this could be used by criminals, knowing when you're out or even where you live. Always be mindful of posting pictures with cycles and such which would show people exactly where you store them.
Pls see following letter:
Class placements for September 2017:
Reception class placements to be separately notified.
Parent/carers are responsible for the safe arrival and collection of their children to and from the school site. School does provide some outdoor supervision for first aid purposes from 8.40am until bell time, but official responsibility for pupils does not engage until pupils enter the school buildings through their designated entrances.
Parents are of course reminded of these arrangements (specific entrances and timings) through school newsletters.
For older pupils who may walk to school without adults, if a child has unauthorised absence or is not arriving on time, then school may request a parent make alternate arrangements. Likewise, if school has concerns about pre or post school arrangements (children not walking home safely, or being required to key hold etc inappropriate to their age or maturity) then again home contact may be made to discuss this.
Whilst school is not responsible for pupils who are not on site, it is in the interests of pupil safety and wellbeing that home school communications allow school to be clear about the whereabouts of every child every day and we have a legal responsibility to maintain accurate attendance registers.
It is a parental responsibility to inform school if their child is unable to attend statutory schooling.
However if contact from home is not received, school will endeavour to make first day of absence contact with families to secure information on the absence and code registers accordingly.
From June 2017, school will initiate a texting service where pupils have been marked absent but no message has been received.
Our system, revised for June 2017:
- If your child is absent please ring 01937832899 and leave a message or speak to us directly
- If you are coming to school anyway with another child, you can always speak to us directly
- If we have not received a message from you by 9.15am your child will be marked as absent/unauthorised on our register
- In this case, you will receive a text message (on your registered mobile number) from school requiring you to ring us with a reason for absence. You can respond by phone or email
- Where no response is received the unauthorised absence mark will remain on the register
- We would far rather you ring/email us before we have to text!
Where no message is received, absences will be coded as unauthorised and where such absence accrues, intervention may be required through the NYCC Prevention Service. This is a statutory legal duty on the school.
More information on the decorated bike competition:
Important update with regard site access during our building works:
Tour de Yorkshire-Important information for Parents
To mark the start of the Tour de Yorkshire Women's and Men's races , there is a plan to line Tadcaster Bridge with 405 children from the town. Each child will represent a day that the bridge was closed following the devastating floods and will be a symbolic image of unifying the town.
There are two meeting points in the town to safely transfer the children to the bridge. On the East this is the Quaker Burial Ground on Oxton Lane, and on the West this is Tadcaster Leisure Centre, Station Road, LS24 9JE. Children will be safely escorted by chaperones to the bridge on closed roads and will be returned back to the meeting points immediately after each race has left to be collected by parents and carers.
Children are asked to wear their school sweatshirts but can wear their own clothes underneath and on the bottom if they prefer. All children registered will be issued with a wristband in advance and we ask that a contact number is written clearly on the wristband for safeguarding. Whilst the children are on the bridge families, parents and carers are free to join the spectators in the town and watch the race.
Set your TVs to record at home as both races are shown live on ITV and in 177 countries worldwide including Eurosport.
Please note that places are limited and only children that are registered and wearing a allocated wristband will be allowed on the bridge.
If your child/ren would like to attend both races, please make sure you register for both races -
By registering your child to take part in this event you are giving permission for them to be chaperoned to/from the start by official chaperones. Chaperones will be contacted separately with additional details and only official chaperones will be allowed to accompany pupils onto the bridge. By signing up, you also give permission for pupil images to be used in print , online and on television.
Check here to see any documents that have been uploaded for completion.