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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Page 2 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
Christ Church CE (VA) Primary School Page 3 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
Page 4 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’.
Page 5 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.
Page 6 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.
Page 7 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.
Page 8 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
Page 9 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.
Page 10 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.
Page 11 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.
Page 12 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.
Page 13 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.
Page 14 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.
Page 15 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
Page 16 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.
Page 17 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.
Page 18 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.
Page 19 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.
Page 20 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.
Page 21 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.
Page 22 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
Page 23 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.
Page 24 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.
Page 25 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.
Page 26 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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