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14 well equipped classrooms allowing for specialist
separate year group teaching
Large attractive Foundation Stage unit to give children
the best start to their school lives
Numerous small group activity areas
Two large halls for P.E, assemblies, drama and school
Computer suite with 16 pcs linked to the internet and
laptops linked to a wireless network
Interactive whiteboards in all classrooms
Generous out door play areas including a large
‘astroturf’ play area used at playtimes and for games
and an outdoor apparatus play area
Separate and secure outdoor play area for Foundation
Healthy school meals cooked on site to suit all tastes
and diets and a healthy tuck shop open at morning
Attractive grounds including a wild life pond
Children’s Centre on site incorporating ‘Sure Start’
We are members of the Alderman White/Bramcote
Park/Bramcote Hills federation of extended schools
with shared provision for all children
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We are a partner school with New College Nottingham
and can offer courses for adults held in school and at
the Children’s Centre
Instrumental music tuition available based in our music
Children attend Bramcote Leisure Centre for swimming
The school is a ‘partner school’ with the Nottingham
Trent University taking advantage of the most up to
date support and training offered to staff and children
Weekly school book shop
Residential visits for older children
After school clubs and sporting activities
So you can see we have a lot to offer your child – and there are many other
exciting opportunities too such as visiting speakers, groups and workshops.
Please take the time to read through our prospectus. We think you will enjoy
what you read and what your child will experience during their time with us.
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The aims of our school
We will provide a positive atmosphere in classrooms
and around school that promotes co-operation and
respect for all, enabling everyone to reach their full
Our school will raise standards of achievement through
an exciting curriculum based on national initiatives
with relevant learning objectives shared with our pupils
and their carers
We will forge a successful partnership with parents and
develop our role within the community
We will expect high standards of behaviour from all
pupils at all times and expect a commitment to our
A strong team of staff will work together to support
children and each other to fulfil these common aims.
Our school mission is to encourage all who work in it
to achieve their full potential, everyone to contribute
towards the success of the school and everyone to
strive for a community which is respectful. We will
work with parents, children and others to ensure the
happiness, welfare and achievement of all our
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A welcome from the Head Teacher
Beeston Fields is a happy and friendly school and we are
looking forward to having your child join us soon. The staff
at Beeston Fields work hard so children can learn and play
in a happy, friendly atmosphere. We encourage every child
to do their best and to play as full a part in the life of the
school as they can.
If things go wrong we will do our best to put them right and
we look forward to working with parents to make sure your
child’s primary education is fulfilling and memorable.
We are always looking for ways to improve the service we
offer you. This is your community school and together we
can build on our strengths and make Beeston Fields a school
we are all proud of.
Welcome to Beeston Fields Primary School from the staff,
children and head teacher.
What OFSTED have to say about us……..
“ the quality of education, teaching and learning is
good and the rich and interesting curriculum meets the
varied learning needs of the children well…”
We were last inspected in October 2009. The inspection
highlighted a lot of our strengths as a school. The
inspectors said we are a ‘good’ school.
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We take pride in the appearance of our children and very
strongly encourage them, and their parents, to follow our
school dress code.
This incorporates our school’s colours and a uniform (clothing
in the school colours with our school logo.)
Our dress code is:
‘tops’ – sweatshirts, pullovers, cardigans etc – navy blue
blouses, shirts, polo shirts, t-shirts etc – white
‘bottoms’ – trousers, skirts, shorts, leggings – black or
You may purchase items directly from our suppliers, Morleys,
Bramcote Avenue, Chilwell.
Tel 0115 9258046
In addition, we ask that children wear a white t-shirt with black or
white shorts and plimsolls for PE; this kit should be kept in a bag
which is kept on your child’s peg.
This bag should be brought into school each Monday and taken
home each Friday so the kit can be washed for the following week.
We insist that pupils wear sensible shoes for school, properly laced
and secured at all times.
PLEASE label your child’s clothing and kit – you’d be amazed at the
amount of lost property we get each term.
We do not allow any sort of jewellery in school unless it is worn for
religious or ethnic reasons. This reflects the Local Authority policy
which is designed to maintain the health and safety of all pupils.
If a child has to wear earrings, only studs are allowed and these
should be removed or covered for P.E sessions.
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Working in partnership with parents
Communication – How we will let you know what is
happening in school…
Newsletters are sent home regularly giving you a variety of
information about what is happening in and around school.
In addition, each year group produces a termly newsletter which will
tell you about the learning opportunities for your child over the
following weeks and how you can help your child at home.
There is a programme of Open Evenings throughout the year when
you will have a chance to meet your child’s teacher and to discuss
their progress and become involved in setting targets for their future
This is the pattern
Autumn Term: October
Spring Term: February or March
Summer Term: July
And if you want to contact school….
We understand that there may be the odd occasion when you are
concerned about your child whilst they are with us – don’t hesitate to
contact school immediately.
It is likely that your first point of contact will be your child’s class
teacher – they will always be pleased to meet with you as quickly as
possible although an immediate discussion might not be possible.
To avoid this happening, a telephone call to school (tel: 0115
8440100) to arrange a mutually convenient time would be
The Head Teacher or Assistant Head Teacher may be more
appropriate people to meet with you – again a phone call to arrange a
meeting would be appreciated.
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Parental involvement in the life of the school
We are committed to developing a partnership between us and those
who care for our pupils at home.
This partnership is vital because we know that by working together
children will enjoy real long term benefits.
We are always pleased to welcome parents into school – regular ways
in which you can be involved in school life include:-
Helping with activities set by teachers in the classrooms
– perhaps by hearing readers, playing maths games or
reading games with small groups, or by supervising
Parents also help with swimming observation,
transportation to school team games and even DIY jobs
We are always pleased to hear of any other offers of help.
Attending open evening
Joining us at our special Bee award assemblies and
Joining us at special events, such as Christmas
concerts and sports day activities
Special fund raising events
Working at home with your child
Ensuring your chid completes their homework
Talking to your child about their life at school and
sharing their successes
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Attendance and punctuality
REGULAR DAILY ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL IS ESSENTIAL
IF CHILDREN ARE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE WHOLE
CURRICULUM AND BENEFIT FULLY FROM IT.
It is also vital that children arrive in time for school at the
start of the school day. Foundation and KS1 Children must be
collected by an adult.
If your child is not able to attend school, please telephone us
to explain the reason for their absence.
On their return to school, please send a note to school with
your child for their class teacher to explain briefly the reason
for the absence. These notes are essential if the school is to
authorise your child’s absence.
Families with regular or unexplained absence will be
referred to the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) for
additional support. The EWO will make home visits and if
necessary involve other agencies.
School meals and how to pay for them
Children are able to have a school meal or packed lunch if
they prefer. School meals are cooked on the premises and
conform to Government healthy eating guidelines. There is
always a vegetarian option available and children whose
religious or ethnic needs demand special arrangements, can
be catered for.
All meals for the week ahead should be ordered and paid for
on Monday morning.
Money for school lunch should be brought to school in an
envelope clearly marked with the child’s name, class and the
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amount enclosed. We can no longer accept cheques in
payment for school lunch.
It would be appreciated if the exact amount of cash could be
When meals are paid for, but not taken, the amount is
credited to the next week.
All meals must be paid for in advance. No meals will be given
Free School Meals
If parents are in receipt of benefits including income support
or income based job seekers allowance, children are entitled
to free school meals. Parents can alternatively give their
child a packed lunch.
The school office will give advice on anything to do with
We are very keen that all children have a healthy meal at
lunchtime including those bringing a packed lunch from
At lunchtimes a senior Mid-Day Supervisor is in charge,
helped by a team of several assistants. (MSAs)
If a child behaves badly at lunchtimes, the school has the
right to exclude him/her during the midday break. In normal
circumstances, parents will be alerted to this possibility by a
series of letters.
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The schools behaviour policy
Our behaviour policy is based on co-operative behaviour and
rewards. The vast majority of our pupils work and play together
well. Our policy offers a clear set of sanctions for those few children
who do not behave as we would wish.
Our basic rules are displayed around school and they apply to
children, adults and visitors to school. Our rules are:-
Smile be friendly and polite.
Look after our school and each other.
Do the best you can and feel proud of yourself.
Listen and learn.
Make good choices.
Sort your problems out with and adult.
Keep your temper under control.
Each class has a ‘Bee chart’ that shows which children have made a
Big Extra Effort each day. Children are able to gain bronze, silver
and gold certificates as they continue to collect their ‘Bee stars’.
Children are given levels in our behaviour policy – the higher the
level (level 1 is top) the better the range of rewards that the
children are able to receive.
Parents are informed each half term about the progress of their
child under this policy and each week one child from each class will
have their achievements celebrated in our Bee Assembly on Friday
The vast majority of our children behave well.
If children behave in an anti-social or bullying way we will deal
firmly and consistently with them as outlined in our behaviour
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Special Educational Needs
Staff and Governors are committed to an understanding and appreciation of the
special educational needs (SEN) of children in school.
Those needs will be met through an appropriate teaching programme in an
environment which will allow children to grow in self esteem and fulfil their
The objectives of the school’s SEN policy are:
To use a range of staff and strategies to provide a support
structure for SEN children.
Early identification of SEN through informal and formal
methods of assessment.
To develop personalised programmes of work, to involve
parents, support staff and external agencies where appropriate.
To regularly monitor and review SEN pupils and their
The school has identified a teacher as it’s SENCO (Special Educational
Needs Co-Ordinator) and the Governing Body have appointed a Governor
as it’s representative for SEN matters.
We cater for children who are Gifted and Talented by providing extension
material within their lessons and more demanding homework tasks. We
also ensure that where possible the curriculum is extended and
personalised so all children have an opportunity to reach their potential in
academic, social, sporting and creative fields.
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We are committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all those who
work in the school.
The grounds and building are monitored by CCTV 24 hours a day.
All visitors to school, including parents must report to the main school office, this
is at the main entrance in the middle and at the front of the building.
Entry into the school by anyone through any other door is not allowed.
We have a security devise at the main entrance which allows us to restrict entry
to our school building.
Any visitors in school must wear a visitors badge whilst on the school site ( these
are available from the main school office).
Anyone without a badge on the school site will be challenged by a member of
staff and escorted off the school site.
Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the school site.
Dogs are not allowed on the school site.
Parents or children who ride bikes must dismount at the school gates.
We do not have pedestrian only access available in school. We keep
vehicle access to a minimum and try to organise movement of traffic so
pedestrians and vehicles are kept apart as far as possible. For this
Parents must not bring cars on to the school site
We also ask for parents’ co-operation by parking away from the school gates,
especially on Boundary Road. Please respect the road markings.
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The school curriculum
The school’s curriculum is broad and balanced and includes all the subjects in
the National Curriculum. These include the ‘core’ subjects of English, Maths,
Science, ICT and RE.
Other non core subjects taught are Art, Design and Technology, Geography,
History, Music, PE, Modern Foreign Languages (KS2) and Personal, Social
and Health Education.
The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. Every class has a
Literacy and numeracy lesson daily, usually in the morning. Foundation
classes and Key Stage 1 classes also have additional phonics lessons daily.
Other subjects are taught through lessons, topics or themes. Teaching styles
include a mixture of whole class teaching, group activity and individual work.
The most appropriate style of teaching is used to suit the needs and maturity
of the children and the subject matter.
Foundation Stage children are introduced to the six main areas of
Communication – Language and Literacy
Personal Social and Emotional
Knowledge of the World
Their experiences and learning within this curriculum is the ‘foundation’ on
which future learning is built.
Assessment is built into the daily lesson activities allowing children to work
at their own pace and towards known and challenging targets. Learning is
personal to all the children and they are encouraged to take responsibility for
their own learning. Formal assessments take place at the end of each Key
Stage. Parents take part in the target setting process and are informed of
formal and informal assessment results at parents evenings throughout the
year, end of year reports and other informal meetings organised as required.
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Other important information
The school will not tolerate discrimination against any individual
on grounds such as race or ethnicity, gender, ability or age. Our
full discrimination policy is available in school.
The school has a policy regarding racism confirming that it will
not tolerate discrimination against any individual on the grounds
of race or ethnic origin. We recognise that we must promote racial
equality, support harmonious race relations and do all we can to
eliminate racial discrimination.
Incidents of racism are recorded and sent to the local authority
and school governors who monitor and make recommendations on
appropriate actions to help combat racism.
Parents and visitors to school are welcome to view our Racism
policy which is available in school.
Religious education forms part of the curriculum and the school
follows the syllabus issued by Nottinghamshire LA in line with
the terms of the National Curriculum.
The school will, if requested, make arrangements for parents to
exercise their right to withdraw their children from religious
The school is not affiliated to or connected with a particular
Violence or abuse towards members of staff.
All staff have the absolute right to complete their duties in an
atmosphere free from intimidation or the threat of abuse, be that
physical, verbal or otherwise. In the event of meeting with actual,
or the fear of potential abuse whilst dealing with any individual,
a member of staff will terminate the discussion instantly.
If difficulties persist, they will contact the police immediately.
The Governing Body, with the support of the county solicitor,
may seek to ban from the school site any individual who causes a
member of staff to be abused in any way.
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Concerns about day-to-day issues such as a child’s work
behaviour or playground incidents should be raised with the
child’s class teacher.
The school has a formal complaints policy available to all. A copy
of this policy, which outlines all relevant procedures is available
from the school. In general terms we prefer that there should
normally be a preliminary informal discussion with the Head
Teacher or other appropriate member of the school staff, to see if
the complaint can be resolved without recourse to the formal
The Governing Body ensures the school’s commitment to equal
opportunities. They believe that individuals should be treated
with respect and enjoy freedom of expression and equal
Every Child Matters
All staff in school work hard to ensure all our children are given
opportunities to achieve the 5 outcomes of the Every Child
To enjoy and achieve
Making a positive contribution
To achieve economic wellbeing
Many of our extra curricular activities are focussed on the above
outcomes. These outcomes also form an important back bone for
our planning, policy making, teaching and learning in the daily
curriculum of the school.
Annual holiday dates are available on a separate sheet.
The pattern gives 195 work days for staff including an
administration day at the start of the autumn term. Four further
staff training days (INSET days) will be taken and pupils will
therefore attend on 190 days.
Closures for election purposes will be regarded as unavoidable
closures and not included in the holiday pattern.
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Care of children
During their time in school the children are under constant
professional supervision and it is to the individual class teacher
that all matters regarding the child’s welfare should be
communicated. Please make contact with the teacher at the start
or end of the school day or arrange an appointment to see the
teacher by telephoning the school office.
Parents wishing to visit the school before their child’s admission
are very welcome. Please telephone the school to make a
Transfer of school age children
Parents wishing to transfer their child from another school in the
County must obtain a transfer request form from their child’s
present school or contact the area office (South Base 0115
For parents of children hoping to transfer from a Nottingham
City School, obtain a form from the child’s school or phone the
Nottingham City education office (0115 9150716)
Suspected child abuse
Every school in Nottinghamshire is required to follow a set
procedure in cases of suspected child abuse.
All incidents of suspected child abuse will be investigated and
reported to the Social Services.
This procedure is in place to protect children from abuse.
Beeston Fields is part of the Alderman White/ Bramcote Hills/
Bramcote Park Federation of extended schools. This means that
activities beyond the school curriculum are organised throughout
this family of schools. These activities are available to children
who attend schools in the family and offer a much wider selection
of activities. Children may get involved in sports, languages,
drama, I.T or a range of activities at various times throughout the
year. Some activities may take place in school, others such as
holiday clubs may take place at one of the secondary schools. As
an extended school we can also give advice and direction to other
events and activities available to children and parents within this
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Teachers in school also give up their time to organise sports,
music and science clubs throughout the year. Y.5 and Y.6 children
have the opportunity to try a residential week at a purpose built
outward bound centre such as Kingswood.
All classes have regular outings, trips and visiting specialists to
extend the school curriculum.
Specialist instrumental tuition is available in school for the guitar
and violin at a reasonable cost to parents.
Governors charging and remission policy
Schools cannot charge parents for educational activities taking
place within school hours.
We do however ask for voluntary contributions to cover costs of
Like all schools, we recognise the value of educational visits and
intend to continue to organise them.
While there is no obligation on parents to contribute, and no child
will be excluded because their parents are unable to contribute, if
insufficient numbers of parents agree to support a visit, we will
have to cancel it.
The school fund
The School fund is managed by the head teacher and is used to
benefit all pupils. School fund is spent on subsidising school trips,
helping to pay for events, especially over the Christmas period
and to buy in additional resources that help enrich the children’s
experience at school.
Much of its income is generated by fund raising events that are
held throughout the year.
We urge all parents and carers to participate in these events.
The information in this brochure relates to the school year
2009/10 and was valid at the time of printing. It should not be
assumed that there will be no changes affecting either the
arrangements generally described in this brochure or in any
particular part of them before the start of the school year 2009/10
or in any subsequent years. Any anticipated changes have been
included as part of the text.