BerkswichCE Primary School

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What are School Policies and Guidance Documents?

School policies and guidance documents cover every aspect of school life. they address the practical implications of how to effectively achieve the school's strategic plan and its vision and are a vital means of ensuring that agreed values underpin day-to-day decisions and actions in our school. Policies are concerned with key processes within school and are about interactions between school, pupils, parents and community members; they are about ensuring highly effective teaching and learning, about safety and about basic human rights. 

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If you would like to know our policy on an aspect that is not listed below, then please do contact school. Additionally, if you require a paper copy or an enlarged copy, then these will be made available from our school office; there is no charge for this service.

All Berkswich CE we have three categories of policy:


  • Statutory (S) - covering major strategic areas required by law, as stated by the Government's Statutory Policies for Schools document (November 2019). Where a policy is not statutory, but closely linked to a statutory policy it will be named Sb, Sc, Sd, etc.  These include policies related to, for example, safeguarding, behaviour and equal opportunities.
  • Good Practice (G) - additional policies or guidance documents not required by law but are deemed to be good practice
  • Curriculum (C) - guidance documents on specific subject areas of the curriculum or wider school life. These are all discretionary.

Our policies are reviewed annually, bi-annually or in a few cases every three years or more. This is in accordance with statutory guidance or recommendations. We keep a document in school - Review of statutory policies' - which states the review timings, who 'owns' each policy and whether the policy needs to be ratified by a governor or the governing board.