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									                                                                              Romanby Primary School
                                                                                           The Close
                                                                                    North Yorkshire
                                                                                            DL7 8BL

                                                                          Telephone:   01609 781178
Headteacher: Mr. J. Foxwell                                               Fax:        01609 781179
Deputy Head: Mrs. J. Wood                                        email:

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are two school council members and we are writing to explain how wonderful our school is!

The school is always improving and with the help of the school council the school now has a sensory
garden and a whole load of brightly coloured benches.

The school has many clubs like recorders, choir, netball, French and lots, lots more. The school also
takes part in lots of sports competitions such as cross country, football, cricket and gymnastics.
There is also a musician who comes into school to teach us how to play the drums.

Every lesson is different. There might be a science lesson one day then a literacy quiz the next. If
you are feeling sad or lonely there is always someone to talk to. The school has a relaxing library
where all the children can sit in a comfy bean bag or chair reading a wide variety of books. There is
also a summer fair organised by the children which involves lots of fun and games and challenges.

We support many charities which include Children in Need, Anti-bullying and Fayef School in Ghana.

There is a fair behaviour system with rewards like extra playtime and Golden Time. There are lots
of class assemblies which are normally based on the class theme and at the end of the year there is a
play which the Y5/6‟s perform. The school is always going on visits which give more information about
the learning in the class.

We hope your child has a fantastic time at this school.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor and Halcyon

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Aims Of Romanby Primary School

      Create a safe, happy, caring and stimulating learning environment.
      Provide a broad and balanced curriculum to cater for the needs and talents of all the
      Treat everyone equally enabling them to flourish and develop socially, creatively and
      Have high expectations for all, encouraging pride, respect, self-discipline and
      Involve everyone in all aspects of school life.


Welcome to Romanby Primary School. Making the decision about which school is right for your child
can be a difficult one but we hope that this prospectus will help you to make that decision and give
you a flavour of our school and the learning opportunities that we provide here. If you require this
prospectus in an alternative format then please contact the school office.

Romanby Primary School is part of the North Yorkshire Children and Young People‟s Service and
caters for children from the ages of 4 to 11. There has been a school in Romanby since 1875. It has
occupied the present site since 1953.

There are eight classrooms in the main building, two of which have a linked ICT suite. These
classrooms are large and well equipped, all with access to the playing field. We also have two
temporary classrooms and a number of smaller rooms, such as the Learning HQ, which are used for
group work.

The school hall is equipped with a wide range of large and small PE apparatus and is in regular use for
daily assemblies, drama, school dinners, after school activities, community use, meetings and fund-
raising events.

All the children have regular access to the ICT Suite and all classrooms have computers and
interactive whiteboards which are linked to the ICT network. We also have a Library which is fully
computerised which extends into the ICT suite to allow for all forms of research.

We have extensive school grounds which have been redeveloped using the ideas of the School Council.
The large playground is used during morning and afternoon breaks. The Early Years Foundation
Stage (EYFS), Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) children have separate playgrounds at lunch
times which are also used for netball and other outdoor activities. Play equipment is available at
playtimes and lunchtimes.

The children also enjoy playtimes on the field in dry or snowy weather and it is used for sport all the
year round. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage have direct access to a specific outdoor
play area as part of their daily work.

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                            Romanby Primary School Staff
Teaching Staff

Headteacher                       Mr. J. Foxwell
Deputy Headteacher / KS2 Leader   Mrs. J. Wood
EYFS and KS1 Leaders              Mrs. L. Hugill
                                  Mrs. L. Hind
EYFS/KS1 Classes

RecLH                             Mrs.   L. Hugill (3 days)
                                  Mrs.   L. Hind (2 days)
Rec/Y1TW/NR                       Mrs.   T. Wright (4 days)
                                  Mrs.   N. Rab (1 day)
Y1BH                              Mrs.   B. Hanna
Y2EB                              Mrs.   E. Brown

KS2 Classes

Y3/4MG/HC                         Mrs. M. Gates (3 days)
                                  Mrs. H. Crocker (2 days)
Y3/4CA                            Miss. C. Allinson
Y3/4RO                            Mr. R. Onions
Y5/6JW                            Mrs. J. Wood (3 days)
                                  Mrs. J Smith (2 days)
Y5/6DW                            Mr. D. Wake
Y5/6SB                            Mrs. S. Bradnam

Part Time Teachers covering Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time
Mrs. N. Rab
Mrs. C. Everitt

Numbers Count Teacher
Mrs. C. Everitt

Teaching Assistants               Mrs. A. Foster              Ms. R. Jenkins
                                  Mrs. J. Harker              Mrs. D. Jennings
                                  Mrs. C. Massheder           Mrs. H. Etherington
                                  Mrs. S. Bainbridge          Mrs. J. Rolf
                                  Mrs. M. Smith               Mrs. S. Porley
                                  Mrs. T. Marsden             Mrs. L. Mackley
                                  Ms. M. Welsh                Miss. H. Moss

Administrator                     Mrs. D. Kirby
Finance Administrator             Mrs. V. Grainge
Administrative Assistant          Mrs. C. Massheder
Caretaker                         Mr. D. Andrews
School Cook                       Mrs. D. Waite
Chair of Friends                  Mrs. S. Waton

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                            Romanby Primary School Governing Body

Governor Name and Designation                                           Period of
Community        Mrs. P. Dennis (Chair)                                 2010 - 2014

Community        Mr. R. Flint                                           2011 - 2015

Community        Mrs. C. Thompson                                       2009 - 2013

Parent           Mrs. E. Haimes                                         2010 - 2014

Parent           Mrs. G. Wilson                                         2011 - 2015

Parent           Mr. S. Miller (Vice-Chair)                             2008 - 2012

Parent           Mr. R. Cutting                                         2009 – 2013

Authority        Mrs. A. Keane                                          2008 - 2012



Teacher          Mrs. S. Bradnam                                        2010 - 2014


Headteacher Mr. J. Foxwell                                              On-going

Clerk to the Governors: Mrs. M. Lambert

Contact numbers for Governors are available through the school office, please ring (01609)
781178. To contact the Chair of the Governing Body please ring (01609) 773732.
To contact the clerk to the governors please ring (01609) 777604

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Visits to Our School

We encourage prospective parents to visit our school. If you would like to come and look around and
catch a glimpse of what we do each day please contact the school office to make an appointment. We
also organise a number of open days and events throughout the year which we hope that you will be
able to attend.


The Children and Young People‟s Service is responsible for admissions to our school. They can be
contacted at The Education Office, Ainsty Road, Harrogate, HG1 4XU, 0845 0349467 or at

In general children, who will be five years old during the school academic year, will be admitted at
the beginning of the Autumn term. We hold an evening meeting for parents of new children in the
term prior to the children's admittance to school. The Head Teacher, Early Years Foundation Stage
teachers and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator are able to offer essential information and
answer any questions regarding starting school. Parents are able to see the classrooms and to get a
taste of the sort of activities which the children will be participating in during their Reception year.

All Reception aged children will be offered a series of visits during the latter part of the summer
term, prior to being admitted in September. These visits will help the children to familiarise
themselves with the new faces, different routines and facilities they will encounter when they start
school full time.

At other ages or times of year parents are invited to a meeting with the headteacher to discuss
their child‟s progress and needs prior to entry to school.

The School Day

The school day is as follows

EYFS / KS1 (R, Y1, Y2)                                         9.00 am   to   12.05pm
                                                               1.05 pm   to   3.15 pm
KS2 (Y3,Y4,Y5,Y6)                                              9.00 am   to   12.05pm
                                                               1.05 pm   to   3.25 pm

Parents should be aware that supervision cannot be guaranteed before 8.50am and it is therefore unwise
to allow children to arrive any earlier than this time.

Please park carefully and considerately when dropping off or collecting children from school. Please
note that parking restrictions are in place around school from 8.30am to 9.15am and 3.00pm to

For safety reasons, all children in EYFS/KS1 (R, Y1, Y2) MUST be met from school by an adult known
to the child. The adult should stand within sight of the classroom exit as children are not allowed to
leave the school building until they can see the person meeting them.

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We are sure that all parents will agree that the health and safety of all children is paramount and
will therefore support these recommendations.

School Clothing

We encourage children to wear our school clothing. The navy school sweatshirt is embroidered with
the school logo.

Our clothing is comprised of;
      Navy sweatshirt or cardigan
      Red or white shirt / polo shirt
      Plain dark coloured trousers, shorts, skirts, summer dresses or pinafore dresses
      Dark coloured flat soled shoes

We also ask parents to provide a P.E. kit which should include;
      Plain white T-shirt
      Plain dark coloured shorts
      Plimsolls / Trainers for outdoor work
      A tracksuit or sweatshirt / jogging bottoms can also be useful in colder weather.

The children‟s P.E. kit should be brought into school each Monday morning in a bag and taken home
for washing each Friday.

School sweatshirts and polo shirts can be ordered from the school office. We also sell book bags
available in red or navy-blue and printed with the school logo. Please enquire at the office for
current prices.

Jewellery should not be worn in school for reasons of safety. If ears are pierced, stud ear-rings can
be worn but must be removed or taped over for P.E. / Games.

The school cannot accept responsibility for the loss or damage of items of jewellery and watches.

We ask parents that items of value are not brought to school. This includes gameboys, mobile phones
etc. Large holdalls are not suitable for storage in the cloakrooms.

It also makes life easier for everyone if all items of clothing, including shoes, are marked with your
child‟s name. That way if items are misplaced and then found they can quickly be returned to their

School Meals

Children can have a cooked lunch, cooked each day on the premises, or they may bring a packed lunch
and drink with them. Please make sure that all lunch boxes are named and that drinks are in
unbreakable containers. For health and safety reasons the school operates a no nuts policy due to an
increasing number of our children having allergic reactions to nuts.

Menus showing the school meal options for each week are sent out every term. North Yorkshire
County Council has decided that the cost of school meals is £2.10 a day or £10.50 a week. You will be
notified of any changes by letter as and when they occur during the school year. We ask that the full
week's dinner money is brought to school on the first day of the school week or you can use our
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online ParentPay system. Any cheques for school meals should be made payable to: „NYCC Romanby
School BAFS Account‟.

Children of families receiving Income Support are entitled to claim a free midday meal. Advice on
these matters can be obtained from the school office.

Playtime Snacks

Sweets are not allowed in school but children are encouraged to bring fruit for break times. All
children in our Foundation Stage / Key Stage 1 classes will receive a free piece of fruit each day as
part of the national fruit scheme. At morning break children may purchase milk to drink from the
school kitchen. Children may also bring their own drink of water in a small container and may also
bring fruit/raw vegetables/cheese/cheese strings to eat at either morning or afternoon break.
Please note that biscuits are not allowed at breaks. Children are encouraged to use the cooled water
drinking fountains in school regularly throughout the day.

Money in School

Children should not have money at school except for a specific purpose. Any necessary money (e.g.
for dinners, educational visits, etc.) should be brought to school in an envelope marked with:-

    The child's name and class
    The amount
    The purpose of the money

Illness and Medicines in school

Administering prescription medicines to children is the responsibility of parents not the school.
Where it is essential that a child takes medicine during the day and a parent cannot be available to
administer the medicine a form is available from the office that needs to be signed by a
parent/carer and on which we ask you to provide full instructions for the administration of any
medicine. All medicines must be clearly labelled with the child‟s name and the dose. Staff are only
allowed to administer prescription medicines.

Medicines must be handed into the school office each morning and collected at the end of the school

In the case of sickness we ask that you keep your child off school for 48 hours. In the event of
conditions such as chicken pox, mumps and whooping cough, the school would be most grateful if
parents would check with their own doctor as to the period of exclusion from school necessary for
their child. It is also vital that the school be made aware of any children who might have specific
conditions such as Asthma or Epilepsy and of the medicines or treatment required. The school hopes
that all parents will apply common sense in the best interests of the whole school population when
dealing with illness, whatever its nature. If you are in any doubt please do not hesitate to contact the

Any child who becomes ill in school will be cared for and comforted until you can be contacted.
Please make sure that the school has your telephone number as well as a second contact in case of an
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Homework is set across the school. In setting homework we aim to;
     Promote positive attitudes to work and school
     Raise achievement of all pupils
     Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding in literacy and numeracy and across the
     Encourage and develop independent learning
     Increase self-discipline
     Develop home / school partnership
     Prepare children for secondary transfer in Year 6

A variety of types of homework are used depending upon the age and ability of the pupils. These
        Reading
        Learning spellings, multiplication tables and mental arithmetic tasks
        Completion of class work
        Research on a familiar or new topic
        A piece of Mathematics, Science or English work
        Other work agreed with parents

The amount of homework given each week will increase as the child moves through school.
Information on when and how often homework is set is sent out on a termly basis to parents. For
further information please see the school homework policy.


Within school some rules are essential; these are mostly matters of common sense, to ensure the
safety of the children. The emphasis in the school is to praise good behaviour, attitude and effort
and increase children‟s awareness of the need to make a positive contribution to their community.
When sanctions are necessary they will be appropriate to the child and the incident.

The school rules agreed by the school council, staff and governors are;

      We expect to see good behaviour, consideration for others and good manners at all
      Keep hands, feet, objects and unkind words to yourself.
      Make sure that you have the appropriate equipment for each lesson.
      Respect other people’s property, the school and the local surrounding area.

Standards of behaviour are high but where problems arise they are dealt with initially by the class
teacher or teacher on duty, in an appropriate manner. Bullying, in any shape or form, is unacceptable
and is dealt with swiftly when teachers are aware of it. A copy of the school behaviour policy is
available from the school office on request. The school has a Home-School Agreement, which we ask
parents, carers, children and teachers to sign at the beginning of each school year.

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Special Educational Needs

Most children have special educational needs within an area of the curriculum at some time in their
school career. We aim to give all pupils‟ access to the National Curriculum and all other activities
connected with the school so that they have a broad and balanced education. In adopting this policy
statement, the governors at Romanby Primary School accept that pupils with special educational
needs are the shared responsibility of the whole staff. The school is committed to providing an
environment which is as inclusive as possible.

The special educational needs of children are identified by the class teacher in conjunction with the
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who organises provision to take account of and
address these concerns. At all stages of the procedures we ensure that parental contact is
maintained and that parents are consulted on all issues concerning their child. At the later stages
there may be the involvement of outside specialists and this may include the Educational
Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, School Health Authority and Children‟s Social Care.

Our Special Educational Needs Policy has been written following the guidelines of the national Code
of Practice. A copy of this policy is available from the school office or on our Virtual Learning

Equal Opportunities

We wish to promote positive attitudes in children, staff, governors and parents so that children can
fulfil their potential and make choices unhampered by expectations based on gender or role
stereotyping. We seek to fulfil the aims of the school regardless of age, gender, ability (both
academic and physical), ethnic origin or background of the child. The school follows the Local
Authority admissions policy which does not permit sex, race, colour or disability to be used as
criteria for admission. The school will liaise with the Local Authority when assessing the needs and
providing for children admitted to the school with particular physical disabilities.

Educational Visits

These visits are an enhancement to the school‟s curriculum and we rely on our partnership with
parents to help us provide the best learning opportunities for the children in our care.

The educational value of all proposed activities and visits as well as the health and safety of the
children is carefully considered by staff. Voluntary contributions towards the cost of these visits
will be requested from each participating family. Each visit / activity will only take place if sufficient
voluntary contributions are received to enable us to fund it. If the visit /activity goes ahead all
relevant children will participate whether or not their parents have made a voluntary contribution.
If the shortfall of voluntary contributions is so great that the visit / activity cannot proceed, all
monies will be returned to parents.

Parental permission is always sought before any educational visit takes place.

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Parents and the school

Parents helping in School

You are your child‟s first and most important educator. At school we value and appreciate the
important role you have to play in supporting your child in developing a positive attitude to school and
learning. Schools can‟t educate children alone. We need your support. Anyone wishing to help in
school is asked to contact their child‟s teacher. As part of our child protection procedures we may
ask parents who regularly help in school to be checked by the Criminal Records Bureau.

Friends of Romanby School

The Friends of Romanby School is an informal parent/staff group. All parents and staff are
automatically members and are welcome to help organise and join in the activities. The aim of the
group is to promote friendship and fellowship whilst at the same time raising much needed funds for
enhancing the education of the children attending the school.

Several social and fund raising events are organised throughout the year, for example, quiz nights,
summer and Christmas fairs and children‟s discos.

Everyone is welcome to attend our informal meetings, which are normally held each term in the
evening. A letter is sent out to parents via the children with information about forthcoming events
and dates of meetings. New faces and new ideas are always welcome.

Home and School Liaison

Your support for your child‟s education is crucial to their progress. Please tell us if there are any
adjustments we need to make to help you support your child, for example: letters in large font;
letters in different languages; wheelchair access; explaining things over the phone; a discussion with
a school colleague of the same gender.

Our school newsletter, “Romanby Newsflash”, is sent out every fortnight, by email or as a paper copy,
to keep parents informed about what is going on in school. A copy of the newsletter is also posted on
the school notice boards, website and our Virtual Learning Environment “Fronter”. Further
information such as holiday forms and copies of school policies are also available via the Parents Room
on Fronter. The children are currently updating our school website which is used as an additional
source of information.

Parent / Teacher consultation evenings are held each term and a formal written report goes out to
parents in July. During the Autumn and Spring terms, you will be invited to come into school to
discuss your child‟s progress with his/her class teacher. A full written report will be sent to you
towards the end of the Summer term. End of EYFS and Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
assessments will be included on these reports. If you wish to discuss reports or test results with the
class teacher you can do so during our summer term Open Evening.

Teachers are also available everyday before and after school to discuss any immediate concerns with
parents on an informal basis. Alternatively you can ring the school office to make an appointment.
We are committed to involving parents and families in the life of the school.

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Communication is a two way process. We will always endeavour to keep you up to date about your
child‟s progress. One of the ways we do this is through our Home/School books. We would ask that
you inform us about the “up‟s and downs” in your child‟s life so that we can provide appropriate help
and support. If you or your child have problems or worries please contact the class teacher or
Headteacher so that they can be resolved.

Romanby School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North
Yorkshire schools follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children procedures. The school will, in
most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their child. However,
there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care
and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The
school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents. A copy of the
school child protection policy is available from the school office on request.

School Council

School Council members are elected by their peers each term. Representatives from Y2 – Y6 are
elected to represent the school and the pupils at various events. There is an expectation that
councillors will ensure that their behaviour, presentation and attitudes are a model for the rest of
the school. The council meets on a weekly basis and has been involved in speaking to visitors,
introduction of playtime equipment, creation of a wildlife area and arranging redecoration of the KS2
toilets. They also take responsibility for raising funds to support charities and new developments.

School Clubs

We offer a range of lunchtime and after school clubs for our pupils. Look out for further
information about the different clubs available each term in our school newsletter. A number of
after school activities are also offered by external providers at a cost to the children. Details are
sent out to the children via letters and displayed on the information board next to the school office
as well as the school website.


We ask parents to support us in promoting good attendance in the following ways:

      Ensuring that children attend school regularly and arrive on time. (Registration is often a
       time when teachers will discuss with children the programme for the day)
      If your child is ill please contact the school by 9.30am on the first day of absence so that we
       can update our records. If the school is not informed, parents will be contacted by the office
      Avoid taking holidays during term time.

Lists of holiday dates are issued annually to parents to retain for reference throughout the year. If
a family holiday falls during term time then a holiday form available from the office should be
completed. The government permits a maximum of ten school days for family holidays in a year with
the consent of the school. Further absence for holidays will be recorded as unauthorised.

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We have a responsibility to work with the Local Authority to ensure that children attend school. We
are required to inform the Local Authority if a pupil fails to attend or is late regularly and if no
reason for absence is provided.


Schools are required by law to publish annually the percentage of Authorised and Unauthorised
Absence for each academic year. There were no unauthorised absences to report during the last
academic year. Authorised absence was 3.48% compared to the national average of 6.6%


When children join us in Reception they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which
covers the six areas of learning as follows;

         Personal, Social and Emotional Development
         Communication, Language and Literacy
         Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
         Knowledge and Understanding of the World
         Physical Development
         Creative Development

As children move from Reception into Year 1 and until they leave us at the end of Year 6 we follow
the National Curriculum. Every pupil in Key Stage One and Two follows subjects planned and
implemented through the National Curriculum. There are five core subjects; English, Mathematics,
Science, Information and Communication Technology and Religious Education. The remaining subjects
are known as foundation subjects: History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Music and P.E. The
curriculum in Key Stage One is designed and presented in such a way that it caters for individual
needs and abilities. All activities include a great deal of practical work and play is seen as an
important aspect of learning in the early years. The Key Stage Two curriculum follows the same
ethos of catering for the individual and recognises that by the age of eleven children will have
reached different levels of attainment. The curriculum is broad, in that it includes all the foundation
subjects, and balanced, in that appropriate weighting is given to the core subjects of Mathematics,
Science and English.

As part of the National Curriculum, pupils are required to be assessed using Standard Tasks and
Tests in Mathematics and English, during the year in which they are 7 years old, i.e. Year 2.
Standard Tests of Attainment also take place during the year in which the pupils are 11 years old, i.e.
Year 6, in English, Mathematics. All results of these tests are reported to parents in written form.

The curriculum is delivered in a number of ways: some whole class teaching, some group work and
some individual work. It may be single-subject based or cross-curricular based around a particular
theme. Sometimes our work is formal and teacher directed, and on other occasions there will be
practical problem solving tasks that are open ended. The approach is adaptable and flexible, in order
to meet the needs of the children.


We aim to teach our children to use language as effectively as they can in a wide variety of
situations, as laid down in the National Curriculum and the National Primary Framework. They will be
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introduced to many types of literature including fiction, non-fiction and poetry and will be
encouraged to read widely. Our aim is that all our pupils will be able to:
     Write an interesting sentence which makes sense and is correctly punctuated.
     Watch, respond to and take part in a performance.
     Enjoy listening and responding to a wide variety of stories and poems, articulating their
       reasons and opinions about it.
     Read silently for pleasure and with increasing understanding, demonstrating some inferential
     Experience creative ownership of their work.
     Experience and experiment with a wide range of genre.
     Produce work using a variety of media, including ICT.
     Provide opportunities to read and write materials of personal interest to pupils.
     Experience literacy „in context‟ through topic based approach to teaching and learning.


We aim to help children develop their knowledge and understanding of Maths in an enjoyable way, but
one which will also prepare them for adult life as well as help them achieve the appropriate levels in
the Attainment Targets of the National Curriculum and the National Primary Framework. Our
children are given the opportunity to work both in groups and individually, using a variety of
resources. In the daily numeracy lesson, children are grouped according to their ability to ensure
that their needs can be fully met. Their progress is carefully monitored and they have the
opportunity to move between groups as the need arises. Parents are fully consulted at such time.
Children are encouraged to cooperate within a group and to discuss the task in hand by thinking and
planning, trying, observing and checking. We aim for all our pupils to:
     Have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system;
     Know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves;
     Use what they know by heart to figure out answers mentally;
     Calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and with pencil and paper, drawing on a
        range of calculation strategies;
     Recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator and be able to do so effectively;
     Make sense of number problems, including non-routine problems and recognise the operations
        needed to solve them;
     Explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical terms;
     Judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where
     Suggest suitable units for measuring and make sensible estimates of measurement;
     Explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.


Through our Science curriculum we aim to give children the experience of a wide range of practical
work as well as developing scientific skills and attitudes. Science helps children to understand more
about the world around them and encourages them to question aspects that they don‟t understand.
Children are given an awareness of the role and importance of science in everyday life together with
a consideration of the part that science has played in the development of everyday items. Our
children are also given the opportunity to consider ways in which living things and the environment
need protection.

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All classes have access to computers and interactive whiteboards within their classrooms which are
directly linked to our school network. We have our own school intranet facilities as well as access to
the internet which is carefully monitored to ensure that children are protected from inappropriate
material. The children have redeveloped the school web-site and are also have individual access to
our Virtual Learning Environment “Fronter”.

We teach ICT as a discrete subject as well as encouraging our children to use and develop their ICT
skills across all other subjects. Our aim is to provide children with the skills to live in the 21 st
century and we are constantly up-dating our facilities to ensure our children have access to the best
technology and resources.


Through Art our children are encouraged to develop their creativity and imagination. Children are
encouraged to build on skills to develop their control of materials, tools and techniques. We develop
our children‟s critical awareness of the roles and purposes of Art, craft and design in different times
and culture. Our aim is for children to become more confident in using visual and tactile elements
and materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.


Through History our pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent
and more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain and in
other parts of the world. They look at History in a variety of ways, for example from political,
economic, technological and scientific, social, religious and cultural perspectives. They use different
sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates
and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past
can be represented and interpreted in different ways. Good use is made of the local environment,
which is rich in resources


Pupils investigate a variety of people, places and environments at different scales in the United
Kingdom and abroad, including the local area, then find out about different environments and the
people who live there. They also begin to learn about the wider world and carry out geographical
inquiry inside and outside the classroom. Children are encouraged to ask geographical questions and
use geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT.

Design Technology

Design Technology draws from and contributes to all the other areas of the curriculum and is
essentially practical. We encourage children to:
     Develop their designing and making skills;
     Develop knowledge and understanding;
     Develop their capability to create high quality products through combining their designing and
        making skills with knowledge and understanding;
     Nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making;
     Explore values about and attitudes to the made world and how we live and work within it;
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       Develop an understanding of technological processes, products and their manufacture and
        their contribution to our society;
       To exercise their initiative, proposing, planning and developing ideas;
       To enjoy exercising and developing the manipulative skills that realising these ideas entails;
       To develop a critical awareness of both their own and others responses to their designs as
        well as responding to designs around them in the man-made world.


Children participate in a range of musical activities, which include singing, composing and performing
using tuned and percussion instruments. They listen to and discuss a variety of styles of music.
Children have the opportunity to learn a brass, string or woodwind instrument through the Local
Authority Music Service or Music for Schools Foundation. There are also school clubs for recorder
and choir.

Physical Education

Children are expected to participate in all P.E. activities. Throughout their time at Romanby children
will have experience of dance, gymnastics, athletics, swimming and outdoor games. They also take
part in outdoor and adventurous activities and have the option to attend a residential centre in Key
Stage 2. Together, these promote the children‟s physical development, an awareness and
understanding of the body, the development of skills and imagination and an appreciation of creative
performances. Most importantly, it is hoped that the children will gain enjoyment from physical
education and pursue sporting activities outside school, thus promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Religious Education

Religious Education is provided in the school within the framework of the LA‟s Agreed Syllabus, in
accordance with the 1988 Education Act. RE must „reflect the fact that religious traditions in Great
Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of other
principal religions in the country‟. Therefore in KS1 children concentrate on Judaism and Christianity,
whilst in KS2 the emphasis is on Islam, Sikhism and Christianity.

As part of their learning we aim to give the children the opportunity to;

   develop an understanding and knowledge of the world‟s major religions
   begin to appreciate how religious beliefs affect the values and lifestyles of the people who hold
   explore fundamental questions
   reflect upon their own beliefs and values in a positive way
   appreciate and respect the views and beliefs of other people

Parents may, if they wish, withdraw their child from RE lessons, but must inform the school in writing
of their intention. In such cases children will be provided with supervised work in a classroom.

Collective Worship

Each day the children take part in a Collective Act of Worship, which is Christian based and led by
staff, visiting clergy or children. We may also consider other world faiths to help establish an
awareness of the multicultural society in which we live. We believe that it is very important to learn
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to respect each other‟s views and values. Our daily collective worship establishes a firm basis for
how we live together in our school and in the wider community. Parents and friends are invited to join
in with weekly class led assemblies and special services throughout the year including those held in

Parents may exercise their right to withdraw their child/children from these activities in respect of
their own beliefs and should contact the headteacher if they wish to do so.

Personal, Social and Health Education

The personal and social education of children is the fabric of all our school policies, and is the
guidance and care that enables the children to respond to the opportunities and responsibilities of
adult life. It is about caring for others and the environment, about good behaviour, courtesy and
honesty, and about becoming responsible and fulfilled adults.

Parents are seen as partners in this process. They are kept fully informed of the work undertaken,
particularly in Years 5 and 6. This involvement includes discussion sessions when parents are invited
to preview work to be undertaken, particularly with regard to drugs and growing up.

Further information about the detailed content of the curriculum can be obtained from the DfE web-

Emergency Closure

From time to time situations may arise where it is necessary to close the school. Where possible
parents will be informed the day before the school is to close. If the school has to be closed at
short notice local radio stations will be asked to make announcements. We will also try to inform
parents via text message. A notice will also be placed at the school gates.

Primary/Secondary Transition

At the end of Year Six the children can transfer to a number of different local secondary schools
but most move to the Allertonshire School in Northallerton. Information about transfer to
secondary schools is sent to parents via the Children and Young People‟s Service. Prior to entry to
secondary school a number of liaison activities are organised which are designed to smooth the
transition. Staff from the secondary schools visit our Year Six children in order to tell them about
life at secondary school. In addition our children are given the opportunity to spend time in their
chosen school so that they can familiarise themselves with the building and its routine.


The County Council only insures against injury caused to children as a result of negligence of the
Authority, its servants or agents, and does not insure to pay compensation following any injury
suffered by a pupil. It is the responsibility of the parent to arrange and pay premiums for any
personal accident insurance they require in respect of any injury caused or suffered by their child.

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If you have any complaints about the curriculum or any aspect of your child‟s education please talk to
the class teacher. If you feel that this initial approach has failed then please ask for an appointment
to speak to the Headteacher. If you feel that your grievance has still not been addressed to your
satisfaction then the Chair of Governors should be contacted and will then take up the problem on
your behalf. If the problem still cannot be resolved, the local Education Office, on behalf of the
Local Authority, will then be contacted.

Assessment Results

A summary of the National Curriculum assessment results in the school and nationally can be found at
the end of this prospectus.

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                                     School Holiday Dates

                              School Closes                           School Opens

Autumn 2011                                                           Mon 5th September

Half Term                     Thur 21st October                       Mon 31st October

Christmas 2011                Tues 20th December                      Mon 9th Jan 2012

Half Term                     Fri 10th February                       Mon 20th February

Easter 2012                   Fri 30th March                          Tues 17th April

May Bank Holiday              Monday 7th May

Half Term                     Fri 1st June                            Mon 11th June

Summer 2012                   Fri 20th July

Staff Training Days for 2011/12 (School closed for children)
1st September, 2nd September, 21st October, 6th January, 16th April

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Children in state schools must be taught the National Curriculum which is divided into four key

Key Stage 1 covers Years 1 and 2 (approximately 5 to 7 years of age).

Key Stage 2 covers year groups from Year 3 to Year 6 (approx. 8 to 11 years of age).

Key Stage 3 and 4 are assessed at secondary level.

Levels of Achievement

The National Curriculum sets standards of achievement in each subject. These standards range from
Levels 1-8. Pupils climb up the levels as they get older and learn more:

   Most 7 year olds (KS1) are expected to achieve Level 2
   Most 11 year olds (KS2) are expected to achieve Level 4

Teacher Assessments and Tests

At the end of Key Stage 1 children are assessed by teacher assessments that may use tests to
support their judgements. As well as assessments by the teacher, children in Y6 must also take
national tests in English and Maths at the end of Key Stage 2. The results of these assessments are
compared against national standards.

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                                            KS1 RESULTS 2011

This table shows a summary of the National Curriculum assessment results of pupils in the school
(2011) and nationally (2010) at the end of Key Stage 1, as a percentage of those eligible for
assessment. The number of eligible children is: 46 Figures may not total 100 per cent because of

                                       RESULTS OF TEACHER ASSESSMENT

                                                Percentage at each level

                                                                                      3 or   Disapplied       Absent
                                            W       1      2     2C        2B   2A
                                                                                     above    Children        Children
                         Boys     School    0        4     80     -        -    -      8         0               0

                                 National   3       13     66     -        -    -     18         0               0

                         Girls    School    0        0     81     -        -    -     19         0               0
Speaking and listening
                                 National   1        8     65     -        -    -     25         0               0

                          All     School    0        2     80     -        -    -     13         0               0

                                 National   2       11     66     -        -    -     21         0               0

                         Boys     School    0       20      -     28       12   20    12         0               0

                                 National   4       15      -     14       24   22    22         0               0

                         Girls    School    0        5      -     10       14   48    24         0               0
                                 National   2        9      -     11       22   26    30         0               0

                          All     School    0       13      -     20       13   33    17         0               0

                                 National   3       12      -     12       23   24    26         0               0

                         Boys     School    4       20      -     24       16   16    12         0               0

                                 National   5       19      -     23       27   16     8         0               0

                         Girls    School    0        5      -     19       38   29    10         0               0
                                 National   2       11      -     18       29   24    16         0               0

                          All     School    2       13      -     22       26   22    11         0               0

                                 National   4       15      -     21       28   20    12         0               0

                         Boys     School    4        4      -     8        28   20    28         0               0

                                 National   2       10      -     16       25   24    23         0               0

                         Girls    School    0        5      -     19       33   29    14         0               0
                                 National   1        8      -     16       28   29    18         0               0

                          All     School    2        4      -     13       30   24    22         0               0

                                 National   2        9      -     16       26   26    20         0               0
                                                                                      3 or
                                            W       1      2     2C        2B   2A                        U
                         Boys     School    0        4     60     -        -    -     28                  0

                                 National   2       11     65     -        -    -     22                  0

                         Girls    School    0        0     86     -        -    -     14                  0
                                 National   1        8     70     -        -    -     20                  0

                          All     School    0        2     72     -        -    -     22                  0

                                 National   2        9     68     -        -    -     21                  0

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W represents children who are working towards level 1, but have not yet achieved the standards
needed for level 1.
U represents children for whom it is not possible to determine a level.

                                       KS2 RESULTS 2011
These tables show the percentage of year 6 pupils achieving each level in 2011, compared to national
end of key stage 2 teacher assessment levels and test results for 2010.

The number of eligible children is: 45

Figures may not total 100 per cent because of rounding.

                                         TEACHER ASSESSMENTS

                                                     Percentage at each level
                                                                                       Pupils       Pupils
                              W          1       2   3      4        5        6
                                                                                     disapplied     absent
                   School      0         0       4   7      42       44       0           0            0
                  National     1         1       3   14     49       32       0           0            0
                   School      0         2       2   2      53       38       0           0            0
                  National     0         1       3   14     46       35       0           0            0
                   School      0         0       2   4      67       24       0           0            0
                  National     1         0       2   12     49       36       0           0            0

                                             TEST RESULTS

                                                     Percentage at each level
                               Below                                         Pupils
                                             3       4           5                    #       Pupils absent
                              level 3*                                    not entered
                   School          2         9       53         31             0                   0
                  National         6         13      48         33             0                   1
                   School          4         2       42         47             0                   0
                  National         8         8       33         51             0                   1
                   School          2         13      64         16             0                   0
                  National         5         23      50         21             0                   1
                   School          4         2       51         36             0                   2
                  National         5         14      46         35             0                   1

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                                                Registered Charity Number 1031854
Romanby Preschool offers education and care for children aged 2 to 5 years.

We provide three hour sessions of play, fun and interaction with other children in our purpose built
building on the school site. These sessions are based on the six areas of learning and EYFS which are:

      Personal and Social Development
      Language and literacy
      Physical Development
      Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
      Creative Development
      Knowledge and Understanding of the World

We provide a warm, safe, creative, secure and stimulating environment for the children to enjoy.
We work within a framework, which ensures equality of opportunity for all children and families.

We offer five morning sessions Monday to Friday for the younger children age 2 – 3+ years of age
and five afternoon sessions for the older children aged 3+ who will be starting school in the next
academic year on Monday to Friday afternoons.

The sessions are; 9.00am – 12.00am and 12.15pm - 3.15pm. We offer a mid-session snack with milk
and filtered water is available throughout each session.

Our fees are £7.50 per session, and we accept Nursery Vouchers
All staff are level three or above qualified and we are OFSTED regulated.

The Romanby Preschool is a registered charity and a non-profit making organization.

For further details telephone the Preschool on 01609 778352 or call in at any session.

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Cabin Crew

                               Out of School Club.
                                                   Registered Charity Number 1031854

          Come and experience Fun and Friendship at the Cabin Crew!

       The Cabin Crew Out Of School Club provides a Breakfast Club from 7.30am to 9.00am in its
       purpose built building on the school site. We provide the children with breakfast and take
       them to school, ensuring that they are happy and are all in their classrooms before we leave
       the playground. The charge for each session is £4.00.

       The After School Club is open from 3.15pm to 6pm. We collect from the playground and also
       arrange collection from after school activities i.e. Choir, Football etc.

       We provide an afternoon snack which includes fresh fruit, milk shakes, fresh juice and water.
       We have Art and Craft Activities, Baking, Outdoor Play, a Play Station 2 with suitable games,
       Computers with suitable games, a Television and lots of exciting games and activities for the
       children to play with.

       The charge for each afternoon session is £7.50.

       We are a registered charity and a non profit making organisation.
       All our staff are level two or level three qualified and we are regulated by OFSTED.

       We also run a Holiday Club which provides safe, fun activities throughout the school holidays.
       These sessions are from 7.30am to 1.00pm, 1.00pm to 6.00pm or 9.15am to 3.15pm. Children
       are given breakfast and are asked to bring a packed lunch if they are staying all day. We also
       provide an afternoon snack and drinks are available throughout the sessions. The charge for
       the holiday Club is £10.00 per morning/afternoon session, £20 per day and £14.00 for the
       middle session. For further details telephone 01609 778352 or call in.

                             COME ALONG AND JOIN IN THE FUN!

*Prices correct at the time of printing

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                                                                   Romanby Primary School
                                                                                The Close
                                                                         North Yorkshire
                                                                                 DL7 8BL

Headteacher: Mr. J. Foxwell                                     Telephone: 01609 781178
Deputy Head: Mrs. J. Wood                                        Fax:      01609 781179

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope you found our school brochure interesting and informative and that it has answered
most of your initial questions.

It has been compiled by the staff, governors and pupils of Romanby Primary School. We
have tried to give as much information as possible without making it too lengthy a

If you haven‟t already paid a visit to school, please feel free to make an appointment and
spend some time with us during a normal working day. I‟m sure you will find that the
children are always ready to make visitors feel welcome and at home.

Please retain this copy of our prospectus for future use. Updated information will be sent
to you as and when it becomes available.

Yours sincerely

Mr. J. Foxwell M.A. (Ed)

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