Do children have to be on roll in a “main” school?
Bonterre is not a registered school as it does not provide full time education. At the moment there is no legal means for part time providers to register with the DfE. All children must therefore be registered with a school and the school will contract us to provide sessions for the child.
Who pays for the work you do?
We do not receive any money from the government. Typically schools will use their pupil premium funding or they will include our provision in a child’s EHCP to contract us to provide our services.
Is Bonterre suitable for children with physical disabilities?
Children in wheelchairs have attended our Farm to Fork days and were able to access all of the activities around the farm. Our toilet contains grab handles and is large enough for a small wheelchair. As Bonterre is a farm, the time of year will have an impact on accessibility but we are happy to discuss your needs.
What do you do to ensure children are kept safe?
DBS checks are carried out and references taken for all staff working on the farm when children are present. We also train staff regularly to ensure that everyone follows our safeguarding policy. We also have a range of risk assessments and a health and safety policy to reduce the risk of harm from the site.
Can you provide written confirmation that you follow all safeguarding guidelines?
What sanctions and rewards do you have?
Bonterre recognises that the children we work with are not responding to the formal sanctions at school and have adapted an approach that seeks to develop a child’s intrinsic self control. Full details are in our behaviour policy.
Can you administer medication?
If prescription medication needs to be administered, then we will need to know in advance. Our drugs policy contains a form that must be completed by the parent/carer and explains how medicine is to be handed over.