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St John's C.E Primary School_ Kidderminster_ Worcs

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									              ST JOHN’S CE (VC) PRIMARY SCHOOL,
       Blakebrook, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. DY11 6AP


School Hours:                          8.45 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.

Lunch:                                 Foundation Stage and
                                       Key Stage 1 – 12.00 – 12.45
                                       Key Stage 2 – 12.30 – 1.15

Telephone:                             01562 745558
Fax:                                   01562 861765

Contacts:

Headteacher:                           Mr Lawrence Gittins

Deputy Headteacher:                    Mrs Hannah McKenna

Assistant Headteacher:                 Miss Sara Nicholls
Foundation Stage and
Key Stage 1 Co-ordinator:              Mrs Julie Secker

Year ¾ Phase Leader:                   Miss Anita Partridge

Chair of Governors:                    Rev Derek Arnold

School Secretaries:                    Mrs Julie McMahon
                                      Mrs Lyn Morgan

Site Manager:                          Mr Peter Hodgetts

Worcestershire County Council

Director of Children’s Services:
                                       Mr Richard Hubbard
                                       Children‟s Services,
                                       P O Box 73
                                       WORCESTER
                                       WR5 2YA

Telephone:                             01905 763763 or 01562 822511

Pupil Admissions:
Please telephone 01562 822511 or 01905 763763 and ask for „Pupil Admissions‟.



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The Governors
Full meetings of the Governing Body take place at least twice a term. In addition, Governors operate a committee
system to oversee the management of the School more efficiently and effectively. The committees are: Buildings
and Grounds, Finance and Personnel and Curriculum. Procedures are also in place to constitute panels for
Discipline and Appeals, should the need arise.

Contact can be made with any Governor by contacting the School. Correspondence for the Governors may be
addressed, either to the Chairman of Governors, or the Clerk to the Governors at the School address.

Introduction
St John‟s CE Primary School was opened in September 2007 as part of Worcestershire County Council‟s Re-
organisation of Schools in the Wyre Forest Area of the county. It is a co-educational comprehensive school and is
categorised as a Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School, administered by Worcestershire
County Council and the Diocese of Worcester. The School caters for children between the ages of 4 and 11 years.

The School forms part of a two-tier system of education of Primary and Secondary Schools, and is a member of
the Baxter College family of the schools. Other schools in the same family are Franche Primary, Sutton Park
Primary, Foley Park Primary and Birchen Coppice Primary.

Admission of Pupils/Parental Choice
Currently pupils are admitted into school at the beginning of the academic year in which they are four years of
age. Therefore, a child who is four by the 1st September in the year in which they wish to start school will be
eligible for a full-time place at this school. The admission limit for this School is 60 pupils, with an overall
School total of 420. The admission of pupils outside the School's designated area is by request to the Pupil
Admissions Office.

When the Local Authority has allocated places for the next academic year, parents and carers are invited to bring
their children into school during the half-term prior to entry . Several sessions are organised for the children so
that they can meet their new class teacher, familiarise themselves with the classroom and make new friends. We
have found that this ensures a happy, confident start to school life,

From the outset we work closely with parents and carers. An evening meeting is organised for parents and carers
so that school policies and procedures can be discussed before a child joins the school. The Reception teachers
make home visits and also endeavour to visit each child in his/her nursery or preschool setting.

Admissions Policy (administered by Worcestershire County Council, on behalf of the
School)

Although the Education Act 1996 gives parents the right to express a preference for their children to be admitted
to any school maintained from public funds, there are four reasons why that preference might have to be refused:

       the school might be over-subscribed
       the child does not meet the requirements of the admissions policy
       the preference conflicts with agreements made with Voluntary Aided schools about admissions
       information provided by the parents is found to be fraudulent or intentionally misleading (such
        information might also be grounds for withdrawal of any place that has been allocated).

What happens if the school is over-subscribed?
When there are more applications than places, children are admitted on the basis of the published policy listed in
the following order of priority:

       pupils who live within the catchment area of the school
       pupils who would still have a brother or sister at school at the time of admission




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       pupils who have a significant reason for admission. Such reasons, the validity of which will be
        determined by the Directorate of Educational Services, will include medical, social or compassionate
        grounds. Parents are required to produce a medical certificate or other appropriate information from an
        independent source
       pupils who live nearest to the school by the shortest available walking route.

Where there are too many pupils seeking places from within the catchment area, the priorities will be applied in
the sequence indicated above.

If all pupils from the catchment area can be accommodated, but there are insufficient places for all out-area
siblings, priorities will be decided first by reference to special reason, then according to distance, each assessed as
indicated above.

If no place is available for your child to attend the school provided for the child‟s home address and this was your
first preference, the County Council will name an alternative school or schools. (For further information please
refer to the County Council‟s annual booklet entitled “Information for Parents” - Admissions and transfers to
schools, available from most schools.)

School Premises

The School occupies an attractive, semi-rural site in the Habberley area of Kidderminster. The building is a
single-storey with two double mobile classrooms. We have attractive grounds, which include a playground, two
playing fields an outdoor classroom and wild area with pond. A new outdoor area for reception pupils and a new
ICT suite have recently been added.

Pastoral Care
Pupils are cared for on a day to day basis by their class teacher by whom they will be taught for the majority of the
time. Should you have any worries or concerns about your child‟s welfare or progress please do not hesitate to
contact your child‟s classteacher, but do please make an appointment if you can. Mrs Morrell has overall
responsibility for pupils in years R, 1 and 2. Mrs Smith has overall responsibility for pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
If there is a matter of serious concern or an emergency, parents should feel free to contact the School at any time.
However, in normal circumstances, if parents wish to see a member of staff, a telephone call
requesting an appointment should be made. Due to their teaching commitment, staff may not be
immediately available.

Letters to School should be written to your child's class teacher. If the matter is of a serious or confidential
matter, parents should write to the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher who are responsible for the pastoral care
of pupils.

N.B. When visiting the School, parents MUST report to the School Office.

The Curriculum
The School is a community, dedicated to learning, growth and the development in the widest sense of all our
pupils. Our curriculum, the planned courses, experiences and activities provided for children in the School, both
in and out of the classroom, are intended to respond to the individual needs of every child and to the demands of
the National Curriculum. Our curricular work, tutorial programmes, extra-curricular activities and group
structures offer each child a broad range of opportunities to fulfil his or her potential and achieve a wide variety
of successes. The subjects offered to our pupils and the way in which they are grouped have a common purpose,
to promote success and confidence

In the Reception Classes the curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Pupils
experience the subjects and requirements of the National Curriculum from 5 years of age. Throughout the school
your child will learn the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. Information and Communications
Technology (ICT) is also taught across all curriculum areas, as well as being taught as a discreet set of skills.
Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and pupils have access to a fully equipped 32 station ICT suite.




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Each term parents will receive a curriculum overview giving details of what your child will be studying that term.
Religious Education, which is a statutory curriculum requirement, is also taught throughout the School. In
addition, the foundation subjects of Design Technology, History, Geography, Art and Physical Education are
taught. Pupils in years 3 and 4 are taught swimming and pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are taught French. As this is
a new school, the Governors are currently developing a new Sex Education Policy. Sex Education formally takes
place in years 5 and 6, although children begin to learn about Life Cycles in their Science Lessons and teachers
would always provide a willing response in the right atmosphere to answer a child‟s spontaneous questions.
The school currently has Eco Schools and Healthy Schools status. Cross-curricular areas of environmental
education and sustainability, personal, social and health education, multicultural education and citizenship are
also delivered through our balanced and broadly based curriculum.

Throughout their time at this school pupils will be set targets each year and will be assessed regularly to monitor
their progress. At the end of Year 2, pupils are formally assessed by their teachers in English, Maths and Science
as a requirement of the National Curriculum and at the end of year 6 pupils will take statutory National
Curriculum tests in English, Maths and Science.

Teaching methods

Classes in Reception and in Years 1 and 2 have a full-time teaching assistant in addition to their classteacher.
Pupils in the rest of the school have a teaching assistant in the mornings only. This is in addition to any additional
help given to pupils with Special Educational Needs.

The situation in which pupils are taught can vary. Sometimes children are educated as a whole class, sometimes
as part of a small group, and sometimes as individuals. Pupils may also be taught in ability to groups for English
and Maths for example and also for Science in year 6.

Assessment and Testing

All children aged four and five years will be assessed throughout their first year of school. This contributes to the
Foundation Stage Profile, the outcomes of which are discussed with parents and carers. Towards the end of Year
2 pupils are assessed and given a National Curriculum Level for their work at the end of Key Stage 1 of the
National Curriculum. This is now teacher assessed and pupils no longer take tests at the end of Key Stage 1. As
pupils move through the school they will be given National Curriculum Targets each year in English, Maths and
Science, which will give you an idea of how well your child is progressing. Pupils will also be given help by their
teachers who will guide pupils in what they need to do to achieve those targets. Pupils will, on occasion, take non
statutory progress tests to help gauge how well they are progressing.

Towards the end of Year 6 (in May) pupils will take end of Key Stage 2 SAT tests in English, Maths and Science.
These tests are set are marked externally. These are important tests and the results are published both locally
and nationally.

Reporting to Parents

Each term, you will receive details of your child‟s attainment and progress in all subjects, along with information
about his/her attitude to learning and, where applicable, how homework tasks are approached. In the Autumn
and Spring terms, this information is in the form of a simple chart giving a brief overview. At the end of the year,
we will send a full written report on all subjects, with comments from the tutor and the pupil and targets for
improvement. Following each of these reports, you will have an opportunity to discuss progress and attainment
with the class teacher and/or subject teachers. Twice a year, you will be invited to School to discuss your child‟s
progress with the class teacher. The first will be in the Autumn Term to discuss how well your child has settled
and the second will be in the Spring Term when you will be able to see your child‟s work have a more detailed
discussion about it.


School Council
The School operates a School Council, the aim of which is to give the pupils a voice in the running of their school.
 2 representatives are elected from each class who can pass on the views of pupils within that group to the School
Council, which meets once a month. It is also an opportunity for staff to share concerns with pupils and consult
them upon future developments in the School.




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School Uniform and Equipment

Specialist items of uniform, with the school badge on, are available for purchase at reasonable cost from the School
Office. Sweatshirts, polo shirts, school ties, reading book bags and PE bags are all available from the school office.
Please contact Mrs Morgan for further details.

The School has a uniform, which is worn by all pupils. Would parents please ensure that all items of
clothing and equipment are clearly labelled with their child's name.

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 - Years R, 1 and 2

Girl‟s uniform

White polo shirt with school logo
Grey skirt, pinafore dress or tailored trousers
School crew-neck sweatshirt or cardigan with logo
White socks or navy or grey tights
Plain black shoes

In summer girls may wear the polo shirt without the sweatshirt or as an alternative, a dark blue checked or striped
dress

Boy‟s uniform

White polo shirt with school logo
Grey trousers
School crew-neck sweatshirt with logo
Grey socks
Plain black shoes

In summer boys may wear the polo shirt without a sweatshirt

Key Stage 2 – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

Girl‟s uniform

School V-neck sweatshirt or cardigan with logo
School tie in navy and gold.
White shirt
Grey skirt or tailored trousers
White socks
Plain black shoes

In summer girls may also wear, a polo shirt without the sweatshirt or as an alternative, a dark blue checked or
striped dress

Boy‟s uniform

School V-neck sweatshirt with logo
School tie in navy and gold
White shirt
Grey trousers
Grey socks
Plain black shoes

In summer, as an alternative, boys may wear a white school polo shirt with school logo.




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Games and PE Uniform for all children:

White „T‟ shirt or white polo shirt. (This does not have to have a school logo on it.)

Navy shorts
Black pumps for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
Sensible training shoes for Key Stage 2.
Navy sweatshirt for outdoor games with matching jogging bottoms in cold weather.
Drawstring bag to hold PE clothes.

                 For health and safety reasons we do not allow children to wear boots or coloured fashion
                  sandals.

                 For safety and security reasons jewellery is not allowed.

                 All clothing, lunch boxes, PE kit and reading book bags should be clearly labelled.

 Property
 When clothing or property is mislaid, the loss should be reported immediately. Every effort is made to locate
 missing items, but the School cannot accept responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged articles, or money. It is
 strongly recommended that no valuables be brought to School. Jewellery should not be worn in School, except
 one pair of plain studs in pierced ears.

 All money collections are made on specified mornings. During PE and Games, money in a named purse/wallet,
 watches and spectacles should be handed to the teacher for safe-keeping. If in any doubt, children should hand
 valuables to their teacher for safe-keeping during the day.

 Books and Equipment

 Generally all books and equipment are provided but children should have their own clearly labelled, basic
 equipment contained in a suitable case. This includes:

 Pencil, rubber, blue rollerball pen (no biros allowed), 30 cm ruler, mathematical compasses, protractor, glue
 stick, a set of coloured pencils and a basic calculator.

 Children should not have Tippex or similar liquids in School, though they may bring „eraser pens‟.

 Damage
 If damage is caused to the School building, or any items of School property, either deliberately or by thoughtless
 behaviour, those responsible are expected to pay towards repair and replacement. Similarly, if items of School
 property are lost, those responsible are expected to pay towards replacement. The School meets the cost of
 accidental damage.

 Arrival at School

 School begins at 8.45 a.m. Parents are asked to ensure that children arrive on time. No child should be
 on School premises before 8.30 a.m. Pupils arriving late should report to the School office and be signed in with
 a reason for lateness.

 Pupils should arrive and leave by the appropriate exits and walk along the pavement of the drive at all times.
 Children should cross the road outside School with the School Crossing Patrol.




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Cars

Parents are asked not to bring their cars on the school site at all, between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 2.0 and
4.0 and should avoid doing so at all times.


Absences from School

If a child is absent from School, you should ring the school office on the first day of absence and then send a note
of explanation on his/her return to school. Failure to do so means that the child is marked as an „unauthorised
absence' - a term which is primarily designed to highlight truancy. Equally some explanations cannot be deemed
authorised, e.g. shopping trips and looking after other children. Please try and avoid medical/dental
appointments within school time.

Medical
Usually a child is absent from School for medical reasons. If he/she is likely to be away for an extended period, or
has an infectious illness, please inform the School.

Children are allowed to leave the School to attend dental or medical appointments if we receive a written request
from the parents, who should then collect the child from School at the appropriate time. When a child returns to
School following an appointment, it is very important that he/she reports to the School Office.

When children fall sick at School, we will contact parents to come and collect them.

In the case of minor accidents, children receive First Aid from qualified staff. Where accidents are more serious,
we always try initially to contact parents. If this is not possible, staff will take all necessary measures to ensure
the well-being of the child. It is most important that the School has contact telephone numbers in the event of
emergencies.

Parents are requested to contact the School if:

1.      there is anything in a child's medical history that may affect his/her development and educational
        progress

2.      any specific prescription medications need to be administered
        (instructions for the administration of prescription medical treatments must be given in
        writing)

3.      they wish their child to be examined by the School Medical Service.

Holiday Forms

Children are permitted a maximum of two school weeks during any year to accompany their parents on holiday.
As soon as dates are finalised, please complete the appropriate forms obtainable from the School. This should be
at least six weeks in advance.

Insurance
The school is covered for insurance by the standard County Council policies. The Governors recommend that
parents consider a personal accident policy for their children. At present one arranged by the LA at a competitive
rate begins each September and covers a child for 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Details may be obtained
from the Headteacher.

Homework
Homework plays a vital part in the education and development of children. It is important that children learn the
self-discipline needed for work undertaken away from the immediate control of the teacher in the classroom.

During the seven years a child spends at St John‟s, the amount and regularity of homework will vary according to
the subject, and to the child's age and ability. Homework may take many forms:


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e.g.       completing or consolidating work done in class
           learning and remembering
           pursuing individual lines of enquiry
           preparing work for the following lesson.

Completion of homework may well be for the next lesson. However, the task set may be an extended piece of
work to be done over a number of weeks.

Parents can help by: seeing that children settle to their homework quietly and thoughtfully; providing
encouragement and support; listening to the children read; checking presentation, spelling and handwriting;
testing if something needs to be learned; and explaining if something is causing a problem. We are conscious
that this takes time and energy in what are often busy days - but it will certainly contribute to a child's success
and confidence.

It is also important to see other activities, e.g. membership of clubs and organizations, personal hobbies, reading,
informed television viewing, as contributing to the child's growth to maturity.

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 are issued with homework diaries. These diaries can also be used as a means of
communication between home and school, so if you have concerns over a particular piece of homework, please
write a note to the teacher in the homework diary. Staff will contact parents if their child is not completing
homework or similarly, may make a note in the homework diary. It would be helpful if parents could look at
pupils‟ diaries on a weekly basis and sign them.


Pupil Welfare and Discipline

The School has a strong community spirit which provides a secure and happy environment for its pupils. The
Governors are determined to see that this situation continues and high standards of pastoral care and discipline
are upheld. They look to parents for their continued support, thereby ensuring that the School's good reputation
is maintained.

Thankfully, we have few major discipline problems at St John‟s. The School aims to accentuate the positive, and
to foster attitudes and values, which will enable all the children to learn and grow in a secure and friendly
community. The best form of discipline is not imposed, but is self-discipline, and the vast majority of pupils
simply want to be happy, make friends and do the best they can. It is to protect them and to ensure that all
children do their best that the School adopts the following escalation procedures for discipline.

Behaviour Management

Initial instances of disruptive misbehaviour in class, failure to do homework, inadequate effort, etc. will be dealt
with by the class teacher. Sanctions at this level will include being kept in to complete work, separation from
other children, extra work and the withdrawal of privileges.

If in the judgement of the class teacher, a child is failing to respond to both rewards and sanctions, he/she may
refer the matter to the Key Stage Co-ordinator. Parents may be invited to School to discuss the situation. Should
problems continue the Key Stage Co-ordinator may then refer the matter to the Headteacher or Deputy
Headteacher.

Break/Lunchtime

A similar escalation procedure will be adopted if children misbehave at break and lunchtime. The principal
sanction here is to keep the child separated from other children during these times. If the child's behaviour is
seriously disruptive then he/she will not be allowed to stay at School during lunchtime and the Headteacher will
require the parents to make alternative arrangements.

Serious Offences

There are offences which the School takes extremely seriously:

          physical or verbal bullying of another pupil
          physical „horseplay‟ likely to injure others
          disobedience or rudeness to teaching staff or school support staff
          theft or vandalism of school, staff or pupils' property.

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In these instances, the escalation of discipline procedures outlined above may be by-passed. The serious nature
of the offences may result in immediate exclusion.

If a parent feels that their child is a victim in incidents of this nature, he/she should not hesitate to contact the
School so that the matter can be investigated and resolved. The School will handle such incidents in a considered
and sensitive way, providing support and understanding to all involved.


In these cases, as is true of all matters relating to pupil welfare, the School has access to the expertise of outside
professional agencies, such as the County Education Psychology Service and Education Welfare Officers, where
necessary. However, parents should know that sanctions, including immediate exclusion, exist to punish
miscreants and protect the School Community, particularly other children in the School.

The following is a simplified version of what we expect of pupils and is displayed in every classroom.



                                         Classroom Code of Conduct

            Enter and leave the room quietly and sensibly.
            Listen and concentrate on what you‟re supposed to do.
            Put your hand up to ask or answer a question.
            Respect other people‟s work and ideas.
            Leave the classroom, and your work space, tidy.


House System and Rewards

The School operates a house system comprising of four houses Baxter, Hill, Mason and Plant. Each child is put
into a house when they arrive in School and can earn house-points for their house, in units of one, two and three.
 Three house-points awarded for a single task or piece of work are equivalent to one merit. When a child receives
three house-points, he/she is awarded a merit certificate, which is presented in our achievements assembly each
Friday morning. The name of the child who earns the most merits in each year group goes on the School‟s merit
board at the end of each year. The child who earns the most merits has a cup presented to them and has their
name inscribed on it. Children are also encouraged to share their achievements outside school by bringing them
along to our achievements assembly.

Assemblies and Collective Worship

Assemblies are an important part of the life of the School. They promote a sense of community and provide an
opportunity for children to experience worship. Assemblies are held at the beginning of the School day and will
be either Full School Assembly or Upper/Lower School Assembly. Assembly on Monday is led by a member of
the clergy, on Wednesday by the Deputy Headteacher, on Friday (our achievements assembly) by the
Headteacher and on Tuesday and Thursday by Phase Co-ordinators. Once a year each class will lead an Assembly
to share aspects of their work with fellow pupils and parents. Parents have the right to request the exclusion of
their children from either Assemblies or Religious Education and parents who wish to exercise this right are
asked to inform the Headteacher.

Special Educational Needs

At St John‟s we care for all our children and strive to ensure that everyone achieves his/her full potential, both
academically and socially, whatever the child‟s needs. In order to achieve this we work, with the LA, towards
identifying individual children and preparing for them an education plan to enable them to achieve success in
school.

The Headteacher is responsible for making sure that the Special Educational Needs policy is being administered
effectively with the School. The Inclusion Manager, Mrs Beverley Smith is responsible for the day-to-day
provision for all children on the Special Needs Register. She keeps the Governors informed of the management
of Inclusion matters through contact with the Special Educational Needs Governor.

Child Protection

At St John‟s we follow the guidelines as set out by the Worcestershire Safeguarding Board. The School‟s
designated senior member of staff for Safeguarding Children is Mrs Beverley Smith. The school will follow up all
reports of abuse and is legally obliged to inform other relevant agencies if there is a cause for concern.


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Extra-Curricular Activities and School Visits

A wide range of clubs, teams and activities are organised by staff. These include music, drama, cookery and
sporting activities, as well as others which extend work done in class, e.g. Computer Club. Should any after
School activity be cancelled parents will be notified by telephone that their children will not be late after all. In
the event of contact being impossible, the child will be supervised in School until the expected time of leaving.
A list of extra curricular activities is sent home at the beginning of each term.

Residential visits currently take place to Blackwell Adventure Centre, Bromsgrove (year 4) and to France (years
5 and 6).


The School’s Policy on Charging

The Governors‟ policy for charging and remissions is in line with the Local Authority statement. Parents are
asked to make a voluntary contribution towards costs when school visits are made or when artists, visiting
theatre groups or lecturers are invited to enrich the children‟s education,

Those parents who do have difficulty in making voluntary contributions can usually pay by instalments and
should not hesitate to contact the teacher organising the trip in case of difficulty. We always do our best to keep
costs as low as possible and all trips are covered by insurance.


Transport to School
Cars

In the interests of safety, parents who bring their children to School, or who collect them after School by car, are
asked not to drive into the school grounds or to use the school entrance for parking. Please park carefully bearing
in mind the heavy traffic near the school during the peak hours. This will help to ensure the safety of children on
the School premises and avoid congestion of traffic.

Children should not wait on their own outside School to be picked up after School. If parents
have been delayed, the child concerned should wait in the School entrance hall.

Bicycles

Unfortunately the school does not currently have facilities for the storage of bicycles on school premises so that
children are not presently able to come to school on a bicycle.

Before and after school care

The school operates a breakfast club from 8.00 in the morning operated by Mrs Lavery. Please contact the school
for further details. An after school club is operated by Kidscare Unlimited from 3.00p.m until 6.00p.m. Please
contact Estelle Hackett on 0777 165 2912 for further details.

Nursery Provision

The school does not have its own nursery but accepts children from many different nurseries. We also work
closely with the following three nurseries:

Barnabees Nursery School -                 Tel: 07803 485519
Church House Day Nursery -                 Tel: 01562 829273
Jack and Jill Nursery -                    Tel: 07790 401756

Lunchtime

Pupils can either bring their own packed lunch or we have caterers who provide a hot meal. We are a Healthy
Eating School and a great deal of time and effort has been put into creating a healthy menu. Take up of hot meals
is entirely flexible and can be ordered on a weekly basis. Children bring home a menu every Monday showing
meals for the following week – this must then be returned in an envelope with the correct money, to the class
teacher, with the chosen meals ticked off on a Thursday morning. Hot meals are eaten in the school hall.
Children who bring sandwiches, eat them in the classroom. Each class has its own lunchtime supervisor.


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Snacks at mid morning break

At mid morning break pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are provided with fruit, under the government
Healthy Eating Scheme. We also encourage older pupils to bring dried or fresh fruit or carrots to eat at mid
morning break. Chewing gum is totally banned.


Milk

Our school is part of the EU milk scheme. Children who are four years of age receive free milk. Children aged five
and above can order a carton of milk at a subsidised rate. Letters are sent home for parents to order milk every
half term.

School Bags

Large bags are not permitted in school. Book bags, lunch boxes and PE bags are all that should be in school. The
only exception to this is when pupils go swimming or have after school sports clubs.

Water Bottles

Pupils are encouraged to drink water at regular intervals and may keep a water bottle on their desk. Chilled
filtered water is available in school to fill water bottles. Bottles should be taken home each night to be washed and
should be brought to school ready filled, with WATER ONLY. Suitable bottles are on sale at the school office.

Parking

There is no parking on the school site for parents. The school drive should not be used under any circumstances
other than the collection of a sick child. The drive must be kept clear at all times for emergency vehicles.


Parents and Friends of St John’s
The Parents and Friends Association acts as a vital link between Home and School and its work is much valued.
During the year the members organize a number of functions - volunteers to assist with these are always
welcome. We hope that all parents, as automatic members of the Association, will try to support it as much as
possible.

Photographs
The school photographer currently visits the School during the year to take individual/family and group/team
photographs.


Consideration of Complaints
Should parents wish to make complaints about the school, particularly with regard to Curriculum provision, the
operation of the Charging Policy and the provision of information, the first recourse is to the Headteacher, who
will seek to resolve the matter. A full copy of the school complaints procedure can be obtained from the school.

Parents may also wish to consult Governors, who are listed separately and who may be contacted via the school.

The information in this prospectus is correct at the time of going to press in July 2008 and represents the
information required in DfEE Circulars 7/98 and 8/98 in as much as they relate to primary schools. It should not
be assumed that there will be no changes affecting relevant arrangements and information during the year.

If there is any matter on which you wish to receive clarification, or further information, please do not hesitate to
contact the Headteacher.

The Headteacher and Governors of this school are keen that your child should enjoy
his/her time at the school and gain the maximum benefit from it. If, at any time, you are
worried or concerned about anything concerning school, then please do not hesitate to
contact the Headteacher, but, if possible please remember to make an appointment. We
will do our very best to sort out problems, but can only do so if we know about them!

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In Case of Emergency

Outlined below is the procedure that will be followed should it be necessary to close the School
because of bad weather, lack of heating etc. If we know about the problems in advance then we
will, of course, notify you by letter. Should a problem occur overnight or over the weekend then a
message telling you of the School’s closure will be broadcast on the following radio stations:-

BBC HEREFORD AND WORCESTER 104.6 FM OR 738M MEDIUM WAVE
AND
RADIO WYVERN 102.8 FM OR 196M MEDIUM WAVE
AND
THE WYRE FM 107.2 FM

You should listen out to the radio stations between 7.00 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. If you do not hear an announcement
telling you that the School will be closed, then you should assume that it will be open. Should you be in any doubt,
please telephone the School. We would ask parents to ensure that arrangements are made for their children to be
looked after should it be necessary for the School to be closed.




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