Welcome to the FAQ page. We hope you will find it useful. You are very welcome to call or email the school for any additional information.
Q: What options are available for contacting the school if my child is unwell and will be absent or has to attend a medical/dental appointment?
A: Please phone the school (01899 222050) before 9.15 am to confirm your child is unwell/or has an appointment and will not be in school. If you prefer you can email the school office instead of phoning. You may still receive a routine absence text message (this is an extra child safety measure) but if you have already contacted the school you will not be required to reply to the text.
If you receive an absence text and you have not already contacted the school you are asked to reply by text, telephone or email as soon as possible.
If your child’s absence continues please phone/email the school office to keep us updated.
If your child will be attending a medical/dental appointment from school you should notify the school in advance and meet him/her at the school reception area.
Pupils under 16 are not permitted to leave the school unless they are collected by an adult.
If you would like to discuss your child’s progress or any other issue please telephone and ask for your child’s Pupil Support teacher, Donna MacKintosh (Burns House), Donal Good or Stephen Pratt (Wallace House), Gillian Richardson (Anderson House). You can also, if you prefer, ask to speak with the Year Head.
Q: How does the school distribute important information to pupils and parents?
A: Communication by email has proven to be a most effective way of sending information home to parents. Where possible please ensure the school has your current email address.
- The school will occasionally send important/urgent information by text message, although we prefer, as far as possible, to use email as there is a cost for each text message. Also the information we can send by text is restricted to a character limit of only 121 characters including spaces; therefore text messages have to be kept very succinct.
- The school website is regularly updated with useful information, including school handbook, school calendar, course information, parent newsletters and minutes of parent and pupil council meetings.
- A weekly newsletter is published to the school website, e-mailed to parents and put out on twitter each Friday.
- Pupil Reports together with letters are issued to pupils in class.
- Useful and/or interesting information is regularly ‘tweeted’ on the school Twitter account @BiggarHigh
- The calendar on the school website includes significant events and pupil reporting and parental consultation evening dates.
- Our school App also provides up to date information on a range of school events/activities.
Q: Can my child get on or off a bus at an address that isn’t covered by their allocated bus route?
A: Pick up and drop off points are identified by SPT and based on the registered home address of each pupil as provided on their transport application.
Definition of registered home address: Address of legal guardian.
Each pupil entitled to transport has been allocated a place on a specific bus route. In the interests of safety children cannot swap from one bus route to another.
Q: My child’s bus occasionally departs early/arrives late?
A: The bus contract with South Lanarkshire Council allows for a five minute variation in pick up and departure times e.g. A bus may leave an agreed pick up point one day at 8am however, it would also be acceptable for it to leave at 7:55 or 8:05. It is important for children to be at the pick up point at the earliest time e.g. pick up time at 08:00, child should be there at 07:55. If the bus is more than fifteen minutes late for health and safety reasons we would encourage pupils to return home and await further information.
Q: What should I do if I am moving house? Will my child still be able to travel on the school bus?
A: If you are planning on moving house you should complete a new transport application form. You can do this online www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk.
You should complete a new application even if your child will travel on the same bus.
If you are moving to an address outwith the school catchment area, your child will not be entitled to free school transport but may be able to apply for paid privilege transport. Further information about school transport is available on www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk or from the school office
For insurance reasons, your child will not be able to travel on school transport from your new address until the new application is approved so please apply well in advance.
Q: If for any reason my child has to leave school early or stay on beyond normal finishing time, what happens with transport arrangements?
A: If your child attends an after school club and would normally travel home by school bus you are asked to make alternative transport arrangements.
If your child has to leave school for a medical/dental appointment there is no change to the existing arrangements whereby travel to and from appointments is organised by the parent, taking account of the child’s timetable.
Q: My child has complained to me about bad behaviour on the bus. What can the school do about this and how should I report it?
A: Contact the school office, they will take a note of your concerns and report them to the School Management Team. A senior manager will investigate/call you back. Please note that in the first instance it is the parent/carer’s responsibility to ensure good behaviour on school transport.
Q: How do I raise general concerns or issues relating to school transport?
A: Contact the school office in the first instance.
School Transport During Adverse Weather
Q: How will I be notified if a bus is not running?
A: During Adverse Weather, parents are asked to check for bus updates on the school and council websites and twitter feed, in addition to watching out for text messages to the nominated main parent/ carer contact.
Q: If a bus does not take my child to school in the morning, due to adverse weather, and I bring my child to school will a bus take him/her home?
A: If a bus does not run in the morning and you make a decision to bring your child to school, depending on the weather situation across the school day you should be prepared to also collect in the afternoon as in certain situations the bus companies may not be able to run a homeward bound service.
Q: How will I be notified if the school will not be open to pupils?
A: It is only in the most extreme of circumstances that the school would be closed at the start of the school day. School closures will be published on the South Lanarkshire Council website. The school makes every effort to have someone in the school office by 8.00 am during adverse weather. Where possible, parents will be notified by text message if a decision is taken not to open the school. A message may also be posted onto the school website and the school twitter feed.
School Meals/National Entitlement Cards
Q: What does my child do if he/she is entitled to free school meals and has lost his/her NEC Card?
A: You/your child should telephone 0303 123 1015 as soon as possible to request a new card. All pupils are issued with a pin number for the canteen. The office can re-issue the pin if it has been lost.
To replace lost or damaged NEC cards please phone – 0303 123 1015. A new card will be sent to your home address.
Q: What does my child do if he/she is not entitled to free school meals and has lost/forgotten money?
A: Your child can speak with a member of school office staff who will issue a note for the canteen. The canteen must be re-imbursed the next school day.
School Dress Code
Q: How do I purchase school dress code items?
A: Dress Code details are outlined in the School Handbook and an information sheet is available from the school office. There are two suppliers of badged school items.
Brown & Out based in Peebles have an online shop www.brownandout.co.uk Online purchases will be delivered to the school office. Please allow approx. 2 weeks.
ALJ Industrial supplies have a shop in Lanark and an online facility www.aljonline.co.uk: Shop address is:18 Bloomgate, Lanark.
Medication in School
Q: What if my child requires to take medication during the school day?
A: Please phone or email the school office and they will confirm procedure and forms required.