School Prospectus Christ Church CE (VA) Primary School - Christchurch Primary School

 
School Prospectus Christ Church CE (VA) Primary School - Christchurch Primary School
Christ Church CE (VA)
        Primary School

School Prospectus

     Head Teacher—Mrs Michaela Long
  Christ Church C of E (VA) Primary School
                Albert Street
                    Oldbury
                West Midlands
                   B69 4DE
              Ph: 0121 552 3625
              Fax: 0121 552 0891
 E-mail: office@christchurch.sandwell.sch.uk
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                                CONTENTS:

         Welcome                            Page 3
         Mission Statement and Aims         Page 4
         About our school                   Page 5
         Admissions Policy                  Page 6
         School Hours                       Page 7
         Extra Curricular Activities        Page 7
         School Colours                     Page 8
         Valuables                          Page 9
         PE                                 Page 9
         Snacks                             Page 9
         Attendance                         Page 10
         School Meals                       Page 11
         Behaviour and Discipline           Page 12
         Child Protection                   Page 13
         Medicines and Health               Page 14
         Curriculum and Assessment          Page 16
         Special Educational Needs          Page 17
         Collective Worship and RE          Page 18
         Governing Body                     Page 19
         School Staff                       Page 20
         SAT Results                        Page 21
         Complaints Procedure               Page 22
         Term Dates                         Page 23
         School Prayer                      Page 24

         If you require a larger text copy of this
           document, please contact the school
                          office.

            Policies are available on the school website:
                   www.christchurchsandwell.co.uk
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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Christ Church CE Primary School. The
aim of this booklet is to provide you with necessary
information about the school. If you have any
questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.
Please keep this booklet to refer to during the year.

The staff look forward to working together with you
to provide your child with the best possible start to
their formal education and to helping him or her
achieve the best he or she possibly can.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Michaela Long
Head Teacher          June 2019

        Chair of Governors:    Farooq Hussain

        Local Education Authority:
        Sandwell MBC

        Ph: 0121 569 2200
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                             MISSION STATEMENT
          We strive to create an environment which promotes a thirst for
         learning and gives everyone the best chance of success, within a
                              caring Christian ethos.

                                   Our ‘Promises’
 Christ Church C of E (VA) Primary School exists to teach, nurture and empower
 so that each individual child, regardless of their starting point, can reach their
 full potential and let their light shine.
 Successful:
   uccessful        praise             progress                achieve
 Happy: love                       compassion            fulfilment
 Included:          contribution        team             community
 Nurtured:          care                develop                grow
 Enriched:          experience          aspirations            memories

 The SHINE characteristics, which embody our vision and values are: success,
 happiness, inclusive, nurture and enrichment. These are all underpinned with
 an open Christian ethos.

 Our OFSTED report of 2017 states:
 ‘The school’s Christian ethos and inclusive values are having a very
 positive impact on pupils’ academic and personal development as well as
 their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
 The vast majority of parents rightly believe that pupils are safe and
 secure in school. The work and commitment school put into working with
 the local community is commendable and the school goes above and
 beyond expectations to ensure that pupils and families are safe.

 The staff value pupils’ work. The work in topic books and a range of
 educational visits engage pupils and develop their interest in and
 curiosity about history, science and geography.

 National assessment results show that pupils make good progress over
 time in reading, writing and mathematics in all three key stages.

 Pupils enjoy school. They are courteous and well behaved’.
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                             OUR SCHOOL
The 2 form entry school is located in the centre of Oldbury and has
close links with Christ Church, Oldbury. As a Church of England
Voluntary Aided school, the buildings and land are owned by Birmingham
Diocese, however the staff are employed by the Governing Body on
behalf of Sandwell MBC.

We are proud of our school site with its large playing field, multi games,
running track and outdoor gym equipment. We have good links with sec-
ondary schools in the area and pupils are well prepared for their trans-
fer to secondary schools.

We have classes from Nursery through to Year 6. We are now able to
offer 30 hours nursery provision. We have a number of Learning
Support Practitioners and Higher Level Teaching Assistants who work
alongside teachers in the classrooms so pupils are well supported. We
also have Little Angels which is our 2 year olds provision. We have a a
small Focus Provision unit for ASD pupils. Breakfast and After School
Club run from our SinglePoint Community Centre.
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                                    ADMISSIONS POLICY

Christ Church CE Primary is a Voluntary Aided School, and has 60 reception places for children
who reach the age of 5 during the ensuing school year.
In the event of over subscription, admissions are considered by the following criteria in order:
1. ‘Looked after’ and previously looked after children in the care of a local authority.
2. Children with a particular medical condition which can be met most appropriately by the
school. Applications must be accompanied by a medical declaration form (ASU75M) signed by
the child’s General Practitioner or Consultant confirming the condition and detailing the child’s
needs. All applications under this criterion will be assessed by the Governors with the
assistance of the Local Authority to decide whether the child’s needs can be met most
appropriately by the school.
3. Children who have a brother or sister, as defined by the LA composite prospectus, who will
be attending the school (excluding Nursery) at the date of the proposed admission.
4. Children whose parent(s) or carer(s) worship regularly at ‘churches in the united benefice of
Oldbury, Langley and Londonderry which includes Christ Church, St Johns and St Michaels or
who do so themselves. (See 1 below)
5. Children whose parent(s) or carer(s) worship regularly at any other Christian church or who
do so themselves. (See notes 1 and 2 below)
6. Children whose parent(s) or carer(s) are regular worshipping members of another religious
faith or who are themselves, and the parent(s) or carer(s) wish their child to attend Christ
Church because of its religious emphasis. (see notes 1 and 3 below)
7. Other children
‘
Within each category children living closest to school will be selected first.
Children who attend the schools nursery do not transfer automatically to the primary school—
a separate application is required. Nursery attendance does not guarantee that a place will be
available at the primary school.

(1)   Regular’ worship means attending a place of worship at least once a month for a Period
      of 1 year. This needs to be confirmed by the local minister or religious leader.
(2)   To qualify under 5 the church must be part of a denomination which is a member of
      Churches together in England or must be able to demonstrate a Trinitarian statement of
      belief by ensuring form ASU75/A is fully completed.
(3)   Form ASU75/A must be fully completed.

Our school welcomes children from all faiths and none. Christ Church is a Church Voluntary
Aided Primary School. Current school numbers are in the region of 420 plus nursery and Little
Angels.
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                            SCHOOL HOURS
We open the doors at 8.50am to allow 5 minutes for pupils to arrive
before school officially starts at 8.55am. Please make sure your child is
on time for the start of the school day. This is essential to the smooth
running of the school and efficient learning. If you are late please
report to the office with your child as you will need to sign them in on
the system to register their school mark.

If you are going to be late in picking up your child at the end of the day,
please phone the office and let us know. If you are more than 15 minutes
late your child will go to After School Club and you will be charged. If
there is a continued pattern of late collection or after school clubs aren’t
paid then we may contact social services and in some cases take your
child to the local police station. This can be avoided by booking after
school club provision.

Nursery              Morning Session           8.30am—11.30am.

                     Afternoon Session         12.15—3.15

Main School KS1       Morning Session          8.55 am – 11.45.
                      Afternoon Session        12.30 pm – 3.00 pm.
Main School KS2       Morning Session          8.55 am – 12.15.
                      Afternoon Session        1.00 pm – 3.00 pm.

                   EXTRA CURRCIULAR ACTIVITIES
We offer a range of after school clubs. These change termly depending on
interest and season. These may include: craft, maths, reading, writing,
sports and gardening.
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                                                 SCHOOL COLOURS
                                       The policy of the school is that all
                                       pupils are expected to wear school
                                       uniform. We believe this helps promote
                                       a positive identity, supports discipline,
                                       sets standards and prevents pupils
                                       from     wearing unsafe,      unsuitable
                                       ‘fashion clothes/shoes’ which are often
                                       more costly.

                                School Uniform
All children at Christ Church will be actively encouraged to take personal pride
in their appearance. Uniform can be purchased from A.Oakes. Uniform needs
to have the school logo on ALL cardigans, sweatshirts and fleeces. They also
sell PE T-shirts, reading bags and PE bags. All items of uniform and personal
belongings should be clearly marked with the pupil’s name. The Governors
cannot be held responsible for the loss of any articles of clothing.

         Shirt/Blouse/polo shirt - White
         Trousers/Skirt/Tunic - Black
         Christ Church logo cardigan/Sweatshirt/Fleece—Purple
         Ribbed Tights - Black
         Shoes - Sensible, Low-Heeled Black. No trainers.

         Summer Option
         Shorts - Black
         Dresses—Lilac and White Checked

         PE
         White Christ Church logo T-shirt/ plain white
         Black shorts
         Black Pumps
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                               VALUABLES
The school cannot take responsibility for the loss of jewellery and other
personal items, so please do not allow your child to bring precious items
into school. Jewellery should not be worn in school for obvious safety
reasons and cannot be allowed for any session of P.E. or swimming.
Religious symbols work around the neck, e.g. cross, St Christopher,
Kirpan should also be removed for PE and swimming for Health and
Safety reasons. Ear-rings must be of the stud variety, not hooped or
dangling.
If you are sending money into school, please seal it in an envelope and put
tape around the edges to prevent money falling out. Envelopes should be
clearly marked with the child’s name and class, and what the money is for.
Money should be taken to the school office and not to classrooms. Class
teachers are not responsible for any monies. The Governors cannot be
held responsible for the loss of items.
No responsibility can be taken for money that is lost or stolen— parents
can pay for trips and events via Parent Pay.

                                  PE
All children are expected to take part in PE as it is part of the
curriculum. Each pupil needs a change of clothing for PE which is kept
in school. They need a T-shirt and shorts, socks and plimsolls. A non-
hooded tracksuit is allowed in the cold weather. Year 4 pupils go
swimming for a term each year, so swimming kit is also required.
Jewellery must not be worn for PE or swimming.

                                 SNACKS
   We are a Healthy School. All Foundation Stage and Key Stage One
   pupils receive a free piece of fruit per day. They are encouraged to
   bring fruit for their afternoon snack. Water is encouraged. All
   pupils should bring a bottle of water with a sports cap into school
   each day.
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                                   ATTENDANCE
 We pride ourselves on a high level of pupil attendance and are grateful for the
 co-operation of parents who support the following procedures:
    *A telephone call, letter or personal visit on the first morning of absence.
    *If a pupil is to receive treatment from a doctor/dentist, the office should
    be informed on the previous day and medical evidence brought in.

 We make first day contact with absentees. This results in the school making a
 telephone call to check reasons for absence. You can be of great help by
 adhering to the above request as making a number of phone calls can be very
 time consuming. If we do not have a reason for a child’s absence then it will
 get recorded as unauthorised. Home visits will be conducted via an outside
 company called Instill who work on our behalf.

 We also have to keep detailed information on those coming late so please do
 your best to be punctual. Late arrival is not good for your child and can also
 be disruptive for the rest of the class.

 If your child is off for a number of days we may ask for medical evidence in
 order to authorise the absence. If your child’s attendance falls below 95% no
 absence will be authorised without medical proof (for full details see the
 attendance policy on the schools website). The school Attendance and
 Prosecution Officer regularly reviews our attendance figures and will contact
 parents if your child’s attendance is low or if they are often late. Home visits
 are often conducted to check on pupil welfare.

                                HOLIDAYS
 In an effort to improve attendance, the governors will not be authorising
 any holidays during term time. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE UNDER
 ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. If you do take your child out of school during
 term time it will be recorded as unauthorised which may lead to
 communication from the Attendance and Prosecution Officer and a
 prosecution fine. It may also result in your child losing the place at the
 school.
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                              SCHOOL MEALS
School meals are prepared at the school each day. There are a variety of
choices to suit individual dietary needs and all the children are encouraged
to enjoy this opportunity to socialise with each other, whilst eating a well
balanced diet. The cost is currently £2.20 per day but must be paid online
via Dolce website. If you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be
entitled to claim free meals. A form can be obtained from the school
office. Your request will be handled sensitively and in the strictest of
confidence. Reception and Key Stage 1 children are all entitled to a free
school meal.

Facilities are available for children who wish to eat a packed lunch.
Packed lunches should provide pupils with a healthy choice. Fizzy drinks,
cans, glass bottles, nuts, nut products and sweets are not permitted. This
is in accordance with school policy and government guidelines. Please note
that we do not have facilities to warm food up. ‘Take out’ food is not
permitted in lunchboxes. Please keep crisps and chocolate products to a
minimum.

All children who have a school meal or packed lunch must remain on the
school site for the entire duration of the lunchtime session. No child will
be allowed to leave the school unaccompanied by an adult and without the
permission of the Head Teacher.
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                        BEHAVIOUR AND DISCIPLINE
    We have created an ordered environment, within a framework of
    agreed behaviour where children can develop social skills and play a
    positive role in a school society where all individuals are valued. Our
    school Code of Conduct was drawn up in consultation with Governors,
    School Staff, Parents and most importantly the children and are
    reproduced below.
    At Christ Church School we:
      * Always do as we are asked first time.
      * Raise our hand and wait when we have something to say.
      * Keep hands, feet and objects to our self.
      * Be responsible for our self and make good choices.
      * Show consideration for our self, other people and our school.

  We expect our pupils to behave well at all times. Rewards and sanctions
  are in place to ensure that pupils are aware of the steps which will be
  taken if they choose to misbehave. If your child continues to break the
  school rules or misbehave in lessons you will be informed and may be called
  for discussion with the Senior Leadership team. Should poor behaviour
  persist it may be necessary for your child to be placed on a ‘Behaviour Plan’
  and in extreme cases an exclusion may take place and outside agencies in-
  volved.

                    PASTORAL CARE
Parents are welcomed into the school at any time to
discuss any problems affecting the welfare or academic
progress of their child. Please do come and talk to someone if you have any
worries or concerns, as we can often sort out issues that worry you.
If once you have spoken to the class teacher and your concern has not been
resolved you should speak with the phase leader (Mrs Bennington (EYFS),
Mrs Bucknall (KS1), Mrs Duckworth (Year 3&4) and Mr Barr (Year 5&6),
then Deputy Heads and finally the Head Teacher. Pink forms requesting
appointments are available from the school office.
Children are encouraged to discuss difficulties or worries with the class
teacher, senior staff or any other adult with whom they have formed a good
relationship.
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                           CHILD PROTECTION
The Children Act of 1989 requires all school staff to pass on information
which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from
non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will
seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent or carer, and
where possible seek their consent to a referral to social services. This
will only be done where such a discussion and agreement seeking will not
place the child at increased risk of significant harm. Schools are
encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for
concern they should be very cautious and seek advice from social
services, rather than to risk a child’s safety. Occasionally, this duty on
staff means that a concern is passed on which is later shown to be
unfounded.
It is hoped that parents and carers will appreciate how difficult it is for
schools to carry out this delicate responsibility and accept that staff are
acting in good faith and in the best interests of the child.
Allegations against staff are always taken very seriously and will have to
be referred to agencies for investigation.

                             SEX EDUCATION
     The school has an agreed policy on sex education. Teaching of the
     subject is done only after full consultation with parents. Parents
     have the right to withdraw their children from these lessons.
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                          MEDICINES AND HEALTH
  Medicines in School
  Medicines can be administered in school but only if they have been
  prescribed. If parents wish their child to receive medication during the
  school day then parents must complete a form available from the office.
  On no account should children bring medicines into school or administer
  medicines to themselves.
  Inhalers: Children suffering from asthma MUST keep inhalers in school.
  Please see that they are clearly marked, in date and handed to the class
  teacher.
  Allergies: We have children in school who suffer from severe nut allergies.
  Please do not send nuts or nut products into school.
  It is a parents responsibility to ensure that all medicines, inhalers and
  epi-pens are kept within date and replaced when needed.

  Illness:
  Please do not send                               your child to school if they
  are unwell. If your                              child   has     sickness    or
  diarrhoea then they                              must remain at home for 24
  hours after the                                  symptoms have stopped.
  Although we do the                               best we can, there is no
  comfortable place                                for a child to rest in school
  and no person available to look after a sick or injured child for any length of
  time. We will contact you if we think your child needs to go home during the
  day.
  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU INFORM US OF ANY CHANGES IN
  YOUR CONTACT DETAILS AS SOON AS THEY OCCUR.
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Injuries in School:
All minor accidents that require first aid are recorded and dealt with by
a member of staff who is a qualified first aider. A text is sent to inform
you of any accident or injury. This includes bangs on the head so that you
can monitor them.
Where a child is injured and may need to go to the hospital we will either
call an ambulance if they require IMMEDIATE medical attention or
contact parents to collect and take them to the doctors or hospital.
Communicable Diseases:
Some diseases spread rapidly in a close community like a school. We
therefore ask parents to consider the other members of the school if
their child has an infection. Please seek medical advice about treatment
and any necessary period of exclusion from school. The school needs to
be made aware of any infections due to the risk to others who have been
in contact with your child.
The school nurse can be contacted on 0121 612 2974.

   Accessibility and Disability
   We endeavour to make all visitors, pupils and parents feel welcome
   regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or disability. We are an
   Inclusive school and have an accessibility plan in place which can be
   viewed on the school website.    If you have anything you wish
   to discuss regarding access then please speak to the SENCo (Mrs
   Parkes).

   Aggression and Violence
   The school operates a strict Zero Tolerance Policy for any
   aggression or violence towards members of staff, children or
   adults on the school site. All incidents will be reported to
   Governors and the police may be contacted. It may also result in
   parents being banned from the school site for a period of time
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                     Breakfast, After School and Holiday Club
  We offer Breakfast club and After School Club running from the SinglePoint
  hub within the Christ Church school premises.
  We are open every day during school term time. We operate a walking bus
  where the children attending St. Francis are escorted into school for the
  start of their day.
     Breakfast Club cost £5.00 per session. Open from 7:30am
     After School Club offers:
     Part session –until 4pm = £4.00
     Full session –until 5:00pm. = £8.00 with additional sibling at £7.
     Late session - until 6pm. = £12 per session with additional sibling £11.
  Call Singlepoint 01215441393 and Mike on 07484057594 for information or
  bookings. We also provide some Holiday Clubs provision during school holidays.

                                SINGLEPOINT
SinglePoint Plus is a BIG Lottery funded Family Hub based on Christ Church CE
Primary School site. Our Hub offers a safe and friendly environment for all of
our registered families.
We offer a varied menu of activities and support including:
   Family Support
   Adult Learning
   Family/Adult health and fitness classes
   Free computer access
   Subsidised family day trips
   Family activities
   Wrap Around Childcare

We work with a number of local agencies to deliver our services and we are
always looking to further develop our activities to what families want and need.
In addition to our well-equipped and inclusive hub, we also have a ‘Family
Support Suite’ where registered users can gain easier access to services and
family support in a non-threatening and welcoming environment.
For more information contact us on 0121 544 1393 or pop in to chat to one of
the team.
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                        SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
We welcome pupils with special educational needs and work hard to ensure that
these needs are met. Mrs Parkes is the Special Educational Needs
Co-ordinator (SENCo) for the whole school and policies are in place for SEN,
inclusion and meeting the needs of more able pupils.
Some pupils permanently or from time to time have significantly greater
difficulty in learning than the majority of their age group. We give these pupils
special consideration and provide relevant support for them. Very occasionally an
Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) of special educational needs may be
sought for your child. This is a process supported by the LA.
We strongly believe in inclusion of all pupils and have a Focussed Provision to
support pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
If you have any concerns about your child’s learning or progress, please speak to
the class teacher or the SENCo. Parental support and advice can also be found
at SENDIAS on 0121 555 1821

                                  Focus Provision
We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and welcoming school. We have an open
Christian ethos which can be found throughout the school.
Rooms are equipped and organised in an appropriate way to provide suitable
education for pupils with ASD. The staff are experienced in this area of
special needs and undergo regular training to make sure that they fully meet
the needs of the pupils in the unit. Our aim is that the pupils are able to access
the regular classroom as much as possible but that they have an area where
they feel safe, comfortable and are able work in a way that suits them best. In
this provision the children will be working on individual learning plans which best
suit their needs and encourage them to develop and reach their full potential.
All pupils in the Focus Provision are treated as individuals and their needs met
in the most suitable way. They have full access to all areas of the school
environment and resources depending on their individual needs. Through our
curriculum we encourage the children to develop life skills. This includes
regular shopping trips to Sainsbury’s, visiting the cinema and McDonald’s.
Places for Focus Provision are allocated by the local authority and require pupils
to have a diagnosis of ADSD and an EHCP.
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 Curriculum and Assessment
 What is our curriculum intention?

 At Christ Church CE we offer a curriculum which is both broad and balanced. This builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all
 children, whatever their starting points, as they progress with us. Our school curriculum derives from our vision and values, our locality and
 the needs of the local community, as well as the needs of our wider society. Our curriculum aim is to ensure that all of our children
 experience a wide breadth of study and have, by the end of each key stage, long term memory of an ambitious body of knowledge and
 understanding in English, maths, science, humanities, the arts and technology, computing, RE, sports and language. Curriculum breadth is
 shaped by our curriculum drivers, cultural capital, subject topics and our ambitions for all of our children to shine.

 Curriculum drivers are drawn from the needs of our children, our beliefs about high quality education and our Christian school values to
 ensure that we always offer our children appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities. Our curriculum drivers include: raising
 aspirations, fostering inclusion and celebrating diversity, developing our children's initiative and resilience, improving children's ability to
 work together as a team and supporting their interests and engagement with the wider environment and community. We provide our
 children with a wealth of opportunities to develop all of these qualities so that pupils are able to become responsible citizens who can reach
 their full potential.

 We ensure our curriculum develops children’s cultural capital by giving them a wide variety of learning opportunities and cultural
 experiences. One of the ways we develop this is through providing children with a wide range of texts to read across school - in whole
 class guided reading, through our book spine and in English lessons. We deliberately choose some books that children may not read
 themselves. In addition, we aim to continually build vocabulary into our classrooms. We prioritise the teaching of vocabulary so that our
 children can communicate effectively.

 Another way we develop children’s cultural capital is through frequent, continuous and progressive experiences in the school grounds, the
 provision of educational visits and residentials and inviting visitors in to school. These experiences are utilised as a tool for teaching,
 learning and delivering the curriculum across all subject areas. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different
 curriculum areas. Our staff appreciate that this is important because the likelihood of visiting green space has halved in a generation and
 many of our children don’t regularly leave the local urban area. It has been found that one in ten pupils aged between 5 and 16 suffers with
 a diagnosable mental health condition; learning opportunities outside the classroom have been proven to improve mental health and
 wellbeing. We know that more positive pupils can attain and achieve.

 How is our Curriculum implemented?
 EYFS Overview
 Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This learning challenges children and encourages
 them to develop into independent, motivated learners and thinkers, full of curiosity about the world around them within a fun, happy and
 secure environment.

 Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based on seven areas of learning:
 • Communication and Language
 • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
 • Physical Development
 • Maths
 • Literacy
 • Understanding of the World
 • Expressive Arts and Design

 Children have opportunities to explore, enquire and to take risks through practical, hands-on learning experiences. At Christ Church, we
 have a high quality outside learning environment which the children are able to use throughout the day
 Key Stage 1 and 2
 All subjects are taught independently on a regular basis whilst timetabling subjects to return to at regular intervals in order to maximise
 the children’s retention of knowledge. For each subject our curriculum distinguishes between subject topics and concepts. Subject topics
 are the areas of the subjects that are studied. Concepts capture the essence of the most important aspects of the subject; we use these
 for each individual subject to tie the subject topics together into a meaningful scheme of work. In this way, we develop children’s
 knowledge and understanding of each subject over time. The same concepts are therefore explored in a wide breadth of topics - the
 children return to the same concepts again and again to gradually build understanding of them and develop fluency and mastery.

 There are three stages of learning (key stage 1, lower key stage 2 and upper key stage 2) to ensure progression across school. Within each
 of these stages children will progress from direct instruction to problem based discovery as their understanding develops.

 We have developed whole school programs and approaches to ensure that the content for each national curriculum subject is strong, that
 there is continuity and progression to support high quality teaching and learning, and to ensure every subject is well resourced.
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 Although subjects are taught individually through a progression model, in an attempt to make learning more interconnected for our
 children our curriculum is taught through engaging learning challenges. These give children opportunities to develop their
 interpersonal skills, make meaningful connections with the world around them as well as grow and achieve personal and shared goals
 and aspirations. Each year group studies a topic over a term to enable them to solve the ‘learning challenge question’ which has
 been posed to them. This gives us all opportunities to develop relationships within and between subjects to start to connect
 learning together,

 Our Learning Challenges are shaped by our curriculum drivers and are based around these questions:
     •    Who am I and who do I want to be?
     •    How have people left their mark on our world and how have these changes affected us
     • How can I have a positive impact on my world/our world by making a positive change to the environment and/or people
     who live there ?
     This approach enables our children to make meaningful contributions to society and also provides for opportunities to apply
     content from one subject into other subjects. In this way, we increase the amount of times we can cover and repeat concepts
     in other subjects and contexts to develop children's depth of knowledge and understanding, whilst harnessing and building
     upon every child’s personal development and growth. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their
     understanding of the core values of our society are woven throughout the curriculum.

 Specialist teachers support the teaching of languages (in key stage 2 we focus on Italian), physical education and reading. Themed
 days and weeks, whole school activities and assemblies and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the
 children’s cultural capital and celebrate the broad range of backgrounds and cultures of our children. Before and after school
 clubs, our activity passport, learning showcases and other events all extend these opportunities further.

 We also make links with organisations to support and improve the quality of teaching. We draw upon expertise from the community
 including specialists, outside visitors and timetable appropriate out of school visits to give our children as many cultural
 experiences as possible. These broaden children’s knowledge of the world and raise their aspirations for the future.
 Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based
 and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events. These give regular opportunities to praise pupils and regularly
 share their progress and achievements.

 What Is The Impact of Our Curriculum?

 We assess the impact of our curriculum in terms of providing a holistic education for our pupils in line with our curriculum aims. We
 aspire for children to be secondary ready and to have made good progress academically from their relative starting points -
 demonstrated through external testing, learning talks and regular proof of progress tasks. Importantly though, we also look at how
 well our children have developed in other ways, teachers assess pupils’ social and emotional journeys; our pupils regularly reflect on
 their own and their peers’ experiences; and we monitor their learning behaviour and development. We look at attainment alongside
 attendance, pupil attitudes, experiences, enjoyment and children’s impact on the wider world as responsible future citizens.

 If you would like further information about our curriculum please contact Mrs Bennington about EYFS, Miss Taylor about key
 stages 1 and 2 and Mrs Parkes about the Focus Provision curriculum.

Homework
Weekly homework is set and regarded as an important part of the
curriculum. This is in the form of a ‘Learning Log.’ Parents are expected to
help support their child with their work.
Parents are expected to hear their children read at least five times per
week and sign their reading records—this is essential to your child’s
continued good progress. Pupils may also have spellings and times tables to
learn. Holiday projects may also be set to ensure continued learning.
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          COLLECTIVE WORSHIP AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
   Collective Worship is integral to the life of our school and takes place
   daily. We strive to be inclusive in our acts of worship and to respect
   the integrity of individuals, so whilst we invite pupils to respond, we
   never demand a response from pupils or adults present. All pupils in
   attendance at school shall on each day take part in an act of collective
   worship unless the parent requests that the child be wholly or partly
   excused from attendance at religious worship in the school. Parents
   wishing to withdraw their child from acts of collective worship and
   from religious education lessons should discuss their wishes with the
   Head Teacher. Where possible, pupils who do not attend acts of
   worship will be supervised as they take part in a purposeful activity
   which could be provided by the parents to reflect their own religious
   traditions.
   Parents are often invited to celebration assemblies and special
   collective worship events. Other collective worship during the week are
   led by staff or visiting speakers including the vicar.

                                  PRAYER
   Prayer is important to us, and all classes say Grace before lunch and
   join in the school prayer at the end of the day. We use The Lord’s
   Prayer during many assemblies.
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                          GOVERNING BODY
The Governors provide a strategic overview of where the school is
heading, act as a critical friend to the school and hold the school
accountable for the educational standards it achieves and the quality
of education it provides. The full governing body meets at least once
per term with committees also meeting every term. Minutes of the
meetings are available in the school office.

The governing body is made up of representatives from the Parochial
Church Council, Diocesan Board of Education, Local Education
Authority and elected parent and staff representatives.

The Chair of Governors is Mr Farooq Hussain
The Vice Chair of Governors of Rev Kathy Evans

Please contact the governors via the school office.

             SCHOOL DOG
We have a school dog called Faith who
can often be seen around the school
site. Child may wish to come a see her
as part of their ‘reward’ time. The
School Dog policy is on the school
website. If you do not wish your child
to have contact with the school dog
please inform the office and complete
the paperwork needed.
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                                SCHOOL STAFF
 Teachers:
                   Mrs Michaela Long        Head Teacher
                   Mrs Emma Quigley         Deputy Head Teacher
                   Miss Kay Taylor          Deputy Head Teacher
                   Mrs Pat Parkes           Senior Assistant Head Teacher
 Nursery           Mrs Danielle Lynch
 Reception         Miss Elizabeth Hellend
                   Mrs Tracey Bennington    Assistant Head Teacher
 Year 1            Mrs Sophie Deen & Miss Diana Gordon
                   Miss Bethany Smith
 Year 2            Mirs Hayley Bucknell     Assistant Head Teacher
                   Mrs Sidra Zafar
 Year 3            Miss Jodie Moore & Mrs Katie Sanghera
                   Mr Luke Condley
 Year 4            Miss Claire Shaw
                   Mrs Lesley Mortimer
 Year 5            Mr Paul Chapman
                   Mrs Poonam Sangha
 Year 6            Mr Kavir Dhillion
                   Mrs Ruth Duckworth & Mr Ashley Barr
                                                  Assistant Head Teachers
                   Mrs Judith Smith—Reading Recovery Teacher
                   Mr Tim Wilding—PE Teacher

 Higher Level Teaching Assistant:
 Mrs Piras       Mrs James     Miss Gibbs     Miss Jones
 Support Staff
 Mrs Boulton     Mrs Peyton    Mr O’Driscoll   Mrs Snookes     Mrs Kaur
 Mrs Salarna     Miss Marshall Miss Lowe       Miss Thorne
 Mrs Mckeown Mrs Evans          Mrs Wariach   Mrs Gyasi Mrs Hodgetts
 Miss Blount     Miss Chima     Mrs Lowe      Mrs Rashid
 Focus Provision
 Mrs Jones       Mrs Piggott   Miss Beetlestone    Mrs Gilbert
 Mrs Norton      Mrs Scott     Miss Chapman
 Little Angels
 Miss Barnett    Miss Stern    Miss Rebecca Evans    Miss Abby Soanes

 Non-Teaching Support:
 Mrs Joanne Griffiths        School Administrator
 Mr Peter Powell             Site Manager

 Mrs G Ceritelli        Mrs J Goodyear
 Ms V Rhoden            Mrs S Rani          Mrs M Mckeown
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       End of Year Key Stage 1 Teacher Assessment Results 2018

  In reading, 73% of our children achieved expected standard in 19% of
  our children achieved greater depth.

  In writing, 65% of our children achieved expected standard in 13% of
  our children achieved greater depth.

  In maths, 71% of our children achieved expected standard in 18% of
  our children achieved greater depth.

                    End of Year Key Stage 2 Results 2018
In 2018 in reading, 73% of our children achieved expected standard in their
SATs compared to 75% of children nationally. 30% of our children achieved
greater depth compared to 28% of children nationally.

In writing, 83% of our children achieved expected standard in their SPAG
SATs compared to 78% of children nationally. 40% of our children achieved
greater depth compared to 34% of children nationally.

In maths, 83% of our children achieved expected standard in their SATs
compared to 76% of children nationally. 27% of our children achieved greater
depth compared to 24% of children nationally.

70% of children achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths
combined compared to 76% of children nationally. 23% of our children
achieved greater depth in reading, writing and maths combined compared to
10% nationally.
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    Charging Policy
    We seek to reduce the amount of money we ask parents for during
    the year.    However in order to enhance the curriculum we
    endeavour to take pupils on educational trips.        Parents are
    requested to pay for such trips or make a 50% contribution if they
    are entitled to Free School Meals. All money should be given to
    the office rather than to teachers and pupils—or paid online via
    your Parent Pay account. Receipts will be sent a few days following
    receipt of your money.

                         COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
    We aim to provide a positive experience of school for you and your
    family. We are always available for you to talk to informally and we will
    work hard to sort out any problems or misunderstandings that you may
    have.

    If you have any matters of concern please discuss these with the class
    teacher in the first instance followed by the phase leader, Deputy
    Headteacher and then the Headteacher. Pink forms are available from
    the school office to make appointments. If discussion does not
    resolve the matter, then we have a formal complaints procedure in
    place. There are details on the school website. Complaints will then go
    to the Chair of Governors.

    Please remember that we are committed to providing the best possible
    educational experience for your child. We will always do our best to
    sort out any matters, however large or small, with you and your child.
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                  SCHOOL TERM DATES 2019-2020
Autumn Term 2019
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – Friday 20th December 2019
Half Term Holiday – Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November 2019
Christmas Holiday – Monday 23rd December – Friday 3rd January 2020

Spring Term 2020
Monday 6th January 2020 – Friday 3rd April 2020
Half Term Holiday – Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 2020
Easter Holiday – Monday 6th April – Friday 17th April 2020

Summer Term 2020
Monday 20th April – Friday 17th July 2020
Half Term – Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May 2020

TEACHER TRAINING DAYS
Wednesday 4th December 2019
Thursday 6th February 2020
Wednesday 24th June 2020

        If you think any information is missing from this
        booklet which would be useful to include in future
        editions, please let us know.
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               Christ Church CE (VA) Primary School

          To the best of our knowledge, information contained in this
          booklet is correct at the time of printing. The school
          reserves the right to make alterations as and when it may
          become necessary to do so.
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