Dear Parents and Carers,

May I take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to West Pennard School.

We hope that this will be an exciting time for parents and children alike but we remain extremely mindful that it may also be an anxious time for you. However, it is true to say that problems are very rare and that we expect your child will settle quickly into the pattern of school life.

Advice for Schools and Parents

Amendments to the 2006 regulations were made by the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 and came into force on 1 September 2013.

The amendments made it clear that Headteachers may only grant leave of absence during term time for exceptional circumstances.  Any request for leave must be made in writing to the Headteacher in advance.

Somerset County Council’s Education Attendance Officers offer support and advice about your child’s school attendance.

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United Nations Conventions of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
Article 28: Every child has the right to an education
Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full


The Friends of West Pennard School (FWPS) is a registered charity set up to help advance the education of the pupils at our school and develop relationships between staff, parents and the wider village community.  We achieve most of this by raising funds to help the school, but also hold social events during the year as well.

Many schools have a parent teacher association (PTA) but we are a “friends” of the school because we warmly welcome anyone who wants to be a “friend” and support the school.  Every parent/carer of a pupil and each member of staff is automatically a member of the FWPS and it is entirely up to you how involved you wish to become.

On behalf of West Pennard Church of England Primary School may I welcome you and your child into our caring environment.

The role of the Governing Body, in conjunction with the Head teacher, is the overall management of the school. This is organised by all governors serving on various Committees where the fine details of plans and decisions are made and brought forward to the main termly business meetings for final approval and adoption.

Please also ensure all uniform is clearly labelled.

We believe that a school uniform encourages a sense of belonging and would ask you to support our aim by ensuring that all children comply with the uniform.