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Woodlea Primary School Prospectus 2019 - 2020 1. Introduction This prospectus sets out information about Woodlea Primary school which should be of help to those choosing a school, to those parents with children who already attend our school and to those in the wider community. The prospectus refers to the 2019-2020 school year and was correct at the end of June 2019. It is possible that changes could affect the things described. If you need clarification or further information about any part of the prospectus please do not hesitate to contact school. An alternative source of information about Woodlea is our school website, www.woodlea.durham.sch.uk. I hope this site, especially the ‘Photostories’ section, will give prospective parents a feel for the type of school we are. 2. About the School Woodlea Primary School is, despite its Tyne and Wear address, a Durham County School. The school caters for children from the age of three to eleven years in a single building which has in recent years, undergone extensive modernisation. We have capacity for 210 children, organised in seven single year group classes and providing both 15 and 30 hour places in our Nursery Unit. Outside the building is a large playground with a separate early years play area, playing field and multiple use games area. Development of the external areas surrounding the school has recently been undertaken, enhancing the opportunities for safe creative play.
3. Daily Timings and School Holidays Nursery Option 1: 15 Hours: Option 2: 15 Hours: Mornings 9am – 12noon Afternoons 12noon – 3pm Option 3: 30 Hours: Monday - Friday 9am – 3pm Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2, including Reception) 8.55am – 10. 30am then break 10.45am - 11.45 am then lunch 1.00pm – 2.00pm then break 2.10pm – 3.15pm Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) 8.55am – 10.30am then break 10.45am - 12.15pm then lunch 1.00pm – 2.00pm then break 2.10pm – 3.15pm Parents are advised that children should not be on the yard before 8.45am and should have left the school premises by 3.25pm, unless they are staying in school for a particular reason (e.g. a school club or activity), as indirect supervision is only generally accepted for 10 minutes before and after each session. In inclement weather the children will be allowed into the building at 8.45am. The dates of the 2019-2020 academic year are listed below. Parents will be informed of any changes to these dates due to election or training requirements through newsletters and class Dojo Holiday Closing Date Date School Re-opens Summer 2019 Thursday 18th July 2019 Wednesday 4th September 2019 Autumn Half Term 2019 Friday 25th October 2019 Monday 4th November 2019 Christmas 2019 Friday 20th December 2019 Tuesday 7th January 2020 Spring Half Term 2020 Friday 14th February 2020 Tuesday 25th February 2020 Easter 2020 Friday 3rd April 2020 Monday 20th April 2020 Summer Half Term 2020 Friday 22nd May 2020 Monday 1st June 2020 Summer 2020 Friday 17th July 2020 TBC 4. Our Task At Woodlea School we provide a curriculum of quality. One that is team planned, drawing upon the energy, imagination and talents of everyone. A curriculum that recognises the importance of experiential learning and provides wholeheartedly for the needs of individual children. As a whole school we acknowledge that good relationships are essential to develop our children’s self-image, confidence and independence. All members of staff and voluntary helpers work together to advance this caring and supportive atmosphere. Parents are recognised and welcomed in school. Their involvement and contribution is sought consistently across the school in a partnership that enhances the children’s education and welfare. The school underwent a very successful Ofsted Inspection in January 2019 and was graded as ‘good’; a full copy of the report can be viewed on the Ofsted website.
5. Promoting a Safe and Happy Community To have a happy school, an orderly atmosphere is necessary. School rules are based about the need for a large community of children and adults to work together. Children should be able to come to school happy and free of fear, knowing their rights will be respected, and prepared to respect the rights of others. Such rules that do exist do so to ensure mutual respect and to prevent injury or accident. We aim for a caring orderly school based on self- discipline. Parental support is sought in ensuring that school rules are respected. In general, discipline is maintained by censure with a variety of strategies being employed for more serious misdemeanours, such as loss of playtime or privilege, or writing a letter of apology. Consistent bad behaviour is discussed with parents and a range of procedures initiated. However, the school’s emphasis is placed on encouraging and rewarding the positive aspects of children’s work and behaviour throughout the school. We use the online reward system Class Dojo throughout school as well as our own bespoke system based around pirates. This involves the children receiving a number of rewards from stickers to ‘gold coins’ and ‘well done’ certificates. 6. Our Curriculum As a whole school, we seek to provide a happy and secure situation where all of our children are encouraged to care, co-operate and contribute as much as possible. We aim to give our pupils a broad and balanced education, providing learning opportunities in language, mathematics, science, technology, ICT, art, religious education, physical education, humanities and music. Emphasis is placed on achievement in English and Mathematics. Over fifty percent of the school timetable is committed to ensuring each child reaches their potential in these important areas. Reading is taught progressively from Reception onwards. Reading is initially taught following the Jolly Phonics programme. This is developed using published schemes through which the children progress during guided reading sessions. A good selection of quality literature is also available to broaden the child’s reading experience. Children are encouraged to read for meaning and enjoyment with an emphasis placed upon the need to develop skills for reading, both for pleasure and information. English All children will have experience in the following areas: - Speaking and Listening Reading Writing Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Handwriting Mathematics The mathematics curriculum is delivered through the National Curriculum. Our aim is to equip children with the mathematical concepts and skills relevant to the world they live in. This includes the ability to solve problems, understand numbers, shapes and relationships and predict likely results. A wide variety of ICT and text material is used throughout the school.
ICT The school possesses a well-equipped computer suite, enabling all children to have direct access to the latest technology. In this environment specific I.T. skills can be taught and use made of computers to enhance the teaching and learning in other areas of the curriculum. All classes have interactive panels. In addition to this, we have embraced mobile technology with children having access to 30 iPads and 32 laptops. The Foundation Stage classrooms have access to dedicated early years computers and related software. Religious Education and Collective Worship The religious education curriculum at Woodlea Primary School is taken from Durham’s Agreed Syllabus, which has been discussed, agreed and ratified by Durham’s Education Committee. The usual arrangements for daily worship are through whole school or Key Stage assemblies. Although these are Christian based we aim to ensure our pupils gain respect, awareness and understanding of other world religions. All parents have a right to withdraw their children from the schools act of daily collective worship, and/or religious education. If you wish to withdraw your child please write to the Headteacher. Sex Education Through this area of education the school aims to: - Prepare pupils to cope with the physical and emotional challenges of growing up. To give pupils an elementary understanding of human reproduction. To answer pupils’ questions sensitively having regard to particular religious or cultural factors and wishes of parents. To teach sex education in conjunction with the school's policies re health education, equality, behaviour and child protection. Section 241 of the Education Act 1993 gives parents the right to withdraw their child from any or all parts of the school’s programme for sex education, other than those which are required by the National Curriculum Science Order. If you wish to withdraw your child please write to the Headteacher. British Values To reflect the world in which we live the children are given the opportunity to understand and reflect upon the many different cultures within our society. The multicultural elements within our society are reflected throughout the curriculum, assemblies, equipment and educational visits. Equal Opportunities We are committed to providing equal opportunity for all our children, whatever their ethnic origin, gender or social class. In our daily school life we endeavour to look at the world from everyone’s point of view. We oppose discrimination and actively teach our children to recognise and deal with discrimination themselves. Children with Special Educational Needs Children do not progress at a uniform rate and a number of children require additional attention in school. Children with learning difficulties and significant talents are identified by their class teacher in consultation with the Headteacher. Standardised tests are also used regularly to monitor progress across year groups of children. The Headteacher and special needs co-ordinator maintain a register of children with special educational needs. Teachers meet regularly to discuss these children and agree strategies for individual help. If, in the Headteacher’s opinion, a child has special needs which cannot be
met within the school, then outside agencies will be contacted. This may involve seeking help from advisers, specialists, doctors and educational psychologists. If such a referral is considered then parents will be consulted before and throughout the assessment procedure. After that assessment the Local Authority may decide to make an Education Health Care Plan to ensure the necessary provision is made. Homework Homework is given on a weekly basis throughout the school. The amount of homework depends upon the age of the child. The school expects homework to be completed and returned by the specified date and looks to parental support in helping children to achieve their tasks. 7. Assessment and Reporting to Parents Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning process and is the tool which aids the planning of work for the children. Alongside the continuous teacher assessments the children have more formal assessments on a termly basis. Statutory assessments Reception – Foundation Stage Profiles Year 1 – Phonics screening check Year 2 – National KS1 SATs Year 6 – National KS2 SATs Year 6 testing takes place during May of each year and the school would encourage all parents to make sure that whenever possible children are present during this testing period. Results of National SATs testing are shared with parents in the end of year reports. 8. Parental Consultation Performance is monitored continuously by the teachers. Progress is discussed each term when parents are invited into school to view and discuss their child’s work and targets. If a parent has a concern about their child, they are welcome to discuss matters with the Headteacher at any reasonable time. Class teachers are available at the end of the school day. Appointments are appreciated as most of the teachers run voluntary school activities. 9. Sport in the Curriculum We aim to offer 2 hours per week of P.E lesson time through which we develop the six areas of activity as set out in the National Curriculum. Children are given the opportunity to swim in Key Stage 2. It is the aim of the school to ensure all children are able to swim 25 metres by the end of Key Stage 2.
10. Extra-Curricular Sport The school provides a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities. It aims to offer all interested pupils the opportunity to participate in sport at lunchtimes and after school. These include - football, cricket, netball, athletics, gymnastics, cross-country, rugby, dance, and adventurous activities. 11. Residential Experiences The school believes very strongly in the benefits of residential experiences as a way of developing children socially and educationally. Pupils in Year 4 are given the opportunity to take part in an outdoor and adventurous experience at Hawkhirst Activity Centre, which is owned and run by the Scouting Association. In Year 6 children have the opportunity of a cultural residential experience in London. In addition, our Year 2 children are offered the opportunity to take part in a one night residential at Moor House Activity Centre. 12. Admissions Pupils are admitted in accordance with the Durham County Council Primary School Admission Policy. If a place cannot be immediately offered, Durham County Council operates a waiting list and parents have the right to appeal. Appeals are heard by an independent panel and parents are given the opportunity to state their case in writing and to attend the hearing in person. Details of the independent appeals procedure can be obtained from the Admissions section at County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UJ 03000 265 893 The nursery unit is an integral part of our school and provides both 15 and 30 hour places. Children’s names are entered on a waiting list in the school year in which they reach their second birthday. Children may be admitted into nursery from the age of 3. 13. Term Time Absence Any applications for term time absence received will be assessed by the headteacher in order to comply with the amended 2006 Education Act. If you feel that your need to seek absence during term time is indeed exceptional then please contact the school office for a leave of absence form, or download from the ‘Parent information’ section of www.woodlea.durham.sch.uk. Requests for absence for a family holiday in term time cannot be granted. Parents will be notified of the school’s decision. When deciding to allow term-time absence, the headteacher will consider: The child’s age The time and duration of the leave Current attendance Whether parents can prove exceptional circumstances relating to the request
We appreciate that children are unwell from time to time and that there can be exceptional circumstances for absence, but we ask that you think carefully about keeping your child off school. Lots of things can affect attendance Number of days Percentage Attendance over a school year: missed in a attendance category school year 2 weeks of holiday brings attendance 0 100.0% down to 94.7% 1 99.5% 2 weeks holiday + 1 week sickness brings 2 98.9% attendance down to 92.2% 3 98.4% Good 4 97.9% attendance 2 weeks holiday + 2 weeks sickness brings attendance down to 89.6% 5 97.4% 6 96.8% 7 96.3% Medical Appointments 8 95.8% If possible, any appointments should be made out of school time. If this is not 9 95.3% possible, your child should miss the 10 94.7% minimum amount of school time necessary. 11 94.2% If your child is well enough to return to 12 93.7% school following the appointment they 13 93.2% Cause for should do so. 14 92.6% concern Medical Evidence 15 92.1% If you are asked for medical evidence to 16 91.6% support an absence, you will need to 17 91.1% provide copies of GP/hospital 18 90.5% appointment cards or letters. 19 90.0% Persistant A Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued by 20 days or more 89.5% the local authority if you child misses 7 absence days or more unauthorised absence in a maximum 12 school week period. We would encourage all parents to take annual breaks during school holidays to minimise disruption to their child’s education. On occasions where this is not possible parents should apply in writing to take their children out of school for a maximum of two weeks. The school will not set homework tasks for the children while they are away from school, but would suggest a reading book is taken and a written diary is kept, this could be shared with the teacher and other children on return from holiday. 14. Attendance If your child is absent from school, please inform us as soon as possible, parents can contact the school either by telephone from 8:30am, in person, by using the office section of Class Dojo reporting directly to the school office. Schools must differentiate between authorised and unauthorised absences and report these to the authority on a monthly basis; Mrs Hutley (attendance officer) undertakes weekly monitoring of attendance. In line with the governments’ expectations, all children at Woodlea Primary School are expected to maintain an attendance of 96% or above. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure this percentage is achieved. Therefore, we will regularly monitor and review attendance for all children and inform parents by letter if attendance falls below 96%. Regular school attendance is essential for our children to progress and achieve their full potential. If during this process a child’s attendance gives further cause for concern parents will be contacted by Mrs Hutley.
15. Medical Parents are requested to inform the school about any medical conditions, dietary requirements etc. Parents will be informed if their child becomes ill at school. The only medication that should be brought into school is that prescribed by a G.P. / hospital and clearly marked as such. Where prescribed medication clearly states it is to be administered three times per day, the medication does not need to brought into school as the dosages can be administered at home eg before school, after school and evening. It is the parent / guardians responsibility to ensure that an Administration of Medication form is completed. These can be found at the ‘Parent information’ section of www.woodlea.durham.sch.uk or available at the school office. Special arrangements may be made for asthmatics, diabetics etc. Please contact Headteacher for information. It would be appreciated if emergency contact information is completed and updated when necessary. In the case of an accident first aid would be administered and parents contacted if necessary. If necessary an accident report will be completed and returned home with your child for your attention. This will need to be signed by a parent / guardian and returned to school. 16. Road Safety Parents are requested not to bring cars to school, as parking is very limited. Cars should not be parked on the yellow zigzag lines at the rear of the school and we would ask all parents to park considerately to ensure residents have full access to their homes, drives and garages. In the interest of safety it is requested that great care is exercised at all times when bringing or collecting children by car. To encourage good road sense, where at all possible, please use the crossing patrol with your child.
17. Dress Code When attending school all children should wear our school uniform. The school encourages all children to take a pride in themselves and their school and wearing a uniform is one way to promote this. School uniform is supplied by The School Outfit store at ‘Little Gems’, The Galleries, Washington, telephone number 0191 4192319 or online at http://www.theschooloutfit.co.uk/shop (a delivery charge will apply). Alternatively, parents can source uniform from any other retailer, so long as it conforms to our dress code. Boys Girls Grey or black trousers / shorts Grey or black skirt / trousers / shorts Bottle Green jumper Grey or bottle green tights White polo shirt Grey or black pinafore dress Black shoes / Black trainers Green gingham summer dress Bottle Green jumper / cardigan No tracksuit bottoms White polo shirt No highly coloured trainers Black sensible shoes PE Kit We expect that all children will wear a white t-shirt and black shorts for PE. Hair styles Hairstyles should be in keeping with the principles of the school’s dress code i.e. smart appearance. No extreme hairstyles, including tramlines, shaved patterns, Mohicans or hair colouring should be worn to school. Make up Make up and coloured nail polish is not to be worn in school. Jewellery No jewellery, apart from watches and small studs in pierced ears, is permitted. In the case of newly pierced ears, the best course of action is to wait for the summer holidays before having your child’s ears pierced, as this will give the piercing time to heal before returning to school. As a last resort, taping may be considered for a limited period. I ask that parents provide micro pore tape for this purpose. 18. ParentPay ParentPay is a secure online payment system and schools method of paying for school lunches, educational visits and other school activities. You can keep up to date on credits against your child’s dinner money account and be able to pay the relevant amount for the week. ParentPay offers you the freedom to make payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available. Log-in details will be supplied to parents, activated by using a unique username and password. 19. Educational Visits Educational visits are a valued part of our curriculum. We ask for voluntary contributions towards meeting the costs of these visits and no child will be excluded because they have not paid. However the school wishes to make it clear that should insufficient funds be raised to cover the costs visits may have to be cancelled. Every child participating in a visit over half a day’s duration must complete a County Indemnity Form (EV4), which will be provided by school on admission. For insurance reasons children who have not returned this form will not be allowed to go on the visit.
20. School Meals At the time of writing, it is anticipated that in September 2019 school meals will cost £10.25 per week. Dinner money should be paid via your ParentPay account where you can keep up to date on credits against your child’s dinner money account. We would appreciate at least one week’s notice of your child’s preference for either a packed lunch or school meal. Children are able to select the exact meal choice for the day from the three choices available via the classroom whiteboards on a system called Biostore Fastrak. Alternatively, children are welcome to stay for a packed lunch. If you think you might be entitled to benefit related free school meals, please call into the school office and complete a simple form, which can be submitted to Durham County Council on your behalf to check your entitlement. For future years, a large part of school funding will be allocated according to those who are entitled to a free school meal; therefore it is important that we are made aware of your entitlement. We are very keen as a school to ensure that our children receive the maximum funds available to them, and as you may be aware from the extensive press coverage, extra resources, entitled ‘The Pupil Premium’, have been allocated to schools for children of families on low incomes. 20. School Staff and Governors Mr P Adamson, Headteacher School Governors: Year 6 Mrs A Key (Deputy Headteacher) / Mrs H Murray Mr K Reed (Chair) Year 5 Mrs R Willingham Mr M Willoughby (Vice Chair) Year 4 Mrs H Roberts Mr A Erskine Year 3 Mr J Brown Mrs Z Galloway Year 2 Mrs S Brannan (Lower School Leader & SENCO) Mr M Hood Year 1 Mrs C Francis Mrs V Holding Reception Mrs S Brooke Mr P Holland Nursery Mrs C Churchill (EYFS Lead) Mrs G Kennedy Mrs A Key Mr G McIntyre (PPA Cover) Mr G Lumsdon Mrs K Swirles Classroom Assistants Dr M Turnbull Mrs C Wilkie (HLTA) Non-Teaching Staff Mrs T Nichol (HLTA) Secretaries - Mrs K Farrer Mrs E Bell (HLTA) Mrs H Collinson Mrs L Tate Caretaker - Mr R English Mrs C White Supervisory Assistants Mrs K Calvert Mrs G Gallagher Miss S Watson Mrs A Bradley Mrs J Henderson Miss L McCartney Mrs A Quinn Mrs V Reed Mrs J Simpson Attendance Officer Mrs J Hutley
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