"DAME JANET COUNTY JUNIOR SCHOOL"
Dame Janet Community Junior School Newington Road Ramsgate Kent CT12 6QY Tel: 01843 593463 Fax: 01843 607239 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.dame-janet-junior.kent.sch.uk Headteacher: Mr Gary Rees Chair of Governors: Mr Roland Queen East Kent Area Education Office Clover House Thanet Way Whitstable Kent CT5 3QZ Tel: 01622 671411 A Message from the Headteacher Welcome to Dame Janet Community Junior School. We have a long and proud history of providing a high quality education service to our local community in Ramsgate. Indeed, in 2008/09 we celebrated our 75th Anniversary. As well as the basic skills of Literacy and Numeracy, the Arts and Sport are high on our agenda. Our school offers much beyond normal school hours, with a wide variety of after school activities and a daily Breakfast Club provided by our dedicated staff. We have strong links with Dame Janet Community Infant and Nursery School, as well as all the local secondary schools. Our solid building has gradually been modernised over the years and every one of our classrooms is equipped with an interactive whiteboard. We also possess a dedicated computer suite and a multi-use games area. Every Ofsted inspection we have had has commented on the first class levels of care, guidance and support that we provide for all our children. Our mission statement mentions a “love of learning,” which is something I believe we should instil in all children. As human beings we are naturally inquisitive and learning is something that we should engage in every day of our lives, not just at school. The pace of change in the 21st century is so rapid that it is likely that our children will be doing jobs in 15 years time that haven’t been invented yet. Therefore we need to provide them with the necessary skills to be able to cope with life in a fast changing world. By providing high quality teaching, an enjoyable, interesting and relevant curriculum and an effective home-school partnership we aim to develop these life-long learners. No-one can learn properly if they feel unhappy or threatened. The hallmark of Dame Janet is ‘Happiness’ where children know they will not be ridiculed or brow-beaten. Rather, by setting good role models and treating children with respect we trust that they too will develop as caring and responsible individuals. Together we constantly strive to create a safe, stimulating and caring environment in which happy children, full of self-esteem and respect for others, are motivated to achieve their full potential. Gary Rees SCHOOL STAFF Headteacher: Mr Gary Rees Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Jo Brand Assistant Headteacher: Mrs Rosemary Wade Teachers: Mr Wayne Beech Miss Hannah Bellingham Mr Andrew Beraet Miss Amelia Gidley Mrs Nicola Haughie Mr Mark Lett Mrs Laura Long Mrs Sheila Martin Mrs Lynda Piper Mrs Bernadette Pugh Mrs Chris Shayler Miss Rachael Stapylton-Able Mrs Tracey Vincer Mrs Keeley Wilson Teaching Assistants & Learning Mentors: Mrs Patricia Amos Mrs Sandra Baker Mrs Julie Barker Mrs Paulette Blay Mrs Janice Bonner Mrs Jenny Bowden Mrs Deborah Bradford Ms Sue Brown Mrs Angela Cook Miss Victoria Flower Mrs Debbie Gower Mrs Dawn Griffiths Mrs Deborah Hampton Mrs Pat Herrington Mr Gwyn Hughes Mrs Jennifer Kellock Mrs Kaye King Mrs Emma Lawrence Mrs Gillian Malloy Miss Melody Montana Mrs Tracey Norton Mrs Felicity Packham Miss Donna Rees Miss Kimberley Richards Mrs Roslyn Richards Miss Samantha Sacks Mrs Sheila Sacks Pastoral Support: Mrs Cath Solly Mr Terry Taylor Mr Mark Woodward Family Liaison Officer: Miss Carmen Flynn Office Manager: Mrs Marilyn Futter Secretaries: Mrs Dianne Walker Miss Louise Manning Site Manager: Mr Ron Richards Kitchen: Mrs Maggie Neary Mrs Pat Hurcombe Mrs Victoria Solomons Midday Meals Supervisors: Mrs Amanda Arnold Miss Patricia Bennett Mrs Louise Cook Mrs Roberta Day Mrs Deborah McCann Mrs Sheila Sacks Miss Candice Walker Road Crossing Patrol: Miss Patricia Bennett Cleaners: Mr Jim Bolam Mrs Betty Bolam Mrs Karen Hoyle Mrs Teresa Saffrey Mr Dennis Wills Governors Chair of Governors: Mr Roland Queen (LEA Governor) Vice-Chair: Mrs Bobby Kulasinghe (LEA Governor) LEA Governors: Mrs Debbie Pullman Community Governors: Mrs Kay Dark Mrs Christine Humphreys Rev Chris Skingley Mrs Sue Woodward Staff Governors: Miss Rachael Stapylton-Able Associate Governor: Mrs Teresa Johns ‘Children in Need’ Non–uniform Day Our last Ofsted inspection in May 2008 described Dame Janet Juniors as “a rapidly improving school” that “works well in partnership with parents.” DATES OF SCHOOL HOLIDAYS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2009/2010 MONDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2009 at 8.50am School opens for TERM 1 FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2009 at 3.10pm School closes for Autumn Holiday MONDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2009 at 8.50am School opens for TERM 2 THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER 2009 at 2.10pm School closes for Christmas Holiday TUESDAY 5 JANUARY 2010 at 8.50am School opens for TERM 3 FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2010 at 3.10pm School closes for February Holiday MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2010 at 8.50am School opens for TERM 4 THURSDAY 1 APRIL 2010 at 2.10pm School closes for April Holiday TUESDAY 20 APRIL 2010 at 8.50am School opens for TERM 5 FRIDAY 28 MAY 2010 at 3.10pm School closes for Spring Holiday MONDAY 7 JUNE 2010 at 8.50am School opens for TERM 6 FRIDAY 23 JULY 2010 at 2.10 pm School closes for Summer Holiday STAFF TRAINING DAYS (School Closed): THURSDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2009 FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2009 FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER 2009 MONDAY 4 JANUARY 2010 FRIDAY 18 JUNE 2010 SCHOOL SESSION TIMES Morning: 08.50 until 12.15 Lunch: 12.15 until 13.05 Afternoon: 13.05 until 15.10 We ask that parents arrive promptly to deliver and collect their children THE CREATIVE CURRICULUM We offer an enjoyable broad and balanced curriculum which is designed to develop a life-long love of learning and equip our children with the essential skills and knowledge to live happy and useful lives in the 21st century. As part of our Creative Curriculum we provide real first hand experiences which are enriched by a stimulating programme of visits and visitors. The school also offers a wide range of optional extra-curricular activities, including residential trips for years 4 and 6 in the summer. Children’s progress is carefully monitored by teachers throughout their four years with us and at the age of 11 their levels of achievement are assessed by means of national tests (SATS). The Core Subjects ENGLISH Children are taught to communicate with enjoyment through speaking and listening, reading and writing. In order to develop reading skills all children bring home books which are at an appropriate reading level with a reading record book for parents to add comments. Book bags can be purchased at the office. Our school library is well stocked with fiction and non-fiction books and has a computerised issue system and catalogue, Internet access for research is also available. Children are encouraged to write for many purposes and audiences. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar are taught systematically and well-presented work is expected using a cursive style of handwriting. We follow the National Literacy Strategy. MATHEMATICS We provide a balanced Maths programme, enabling children to cope with tasks both in school and beyond. They investigate and solve real life problems. The school follows the National Numeracy Strategy. “Standards are rising throughout the school.” Ofsted report 2008 SCIENCE We aim to develop in our children a knowledge and understanding of the natural and physical world in which they live. Scientific skills are taught through a range of structured investigative activities. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION This is taught in line with the requirements of the Kent Agreed Syllabus, developing knowledge of Christianity whilst raising awareness of other religions. Children participate in an act of collective worship on a daily basis. All parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship or from RE. If they wish to do this, they should contact the Headteacher. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY The school is equipped with ‘state of the art’ technology. ICT skills are taught in a cross curricular way in both the computer suite and through consolidation within the classroom. Every classroom is equipped with Interactive White Boards as well as networked computers. The Foundation Subjects MUSIC We aim to deepen and extend children’s responses to music through a programme of appraising, composing and performing. The emphasis is on enjoyment and skills for all. Children have the opportunity to participate in musical tuition (fee paying) and in year 4 children are taught to play the recorder. ART We aim to foster an appreciation of art from a variety of cultures and develop the children’s skills in a variety of media. Pupils are also given opportunities to work with visiting artists. GEOGRAPHY We aim to provide pupils with the knowledge and understanding of geographical processes, structures, places and people whilst developing the skills needed to conduct geographical investigations. HISTORY We aim to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the past, encouraging awareness of varying interpretations of history and giving pupils the opportunity to make deductions. PHYSICAL EDUCATION We aim to teach children the benefits of participation in physical activity. Through a wide range of activities children are given the opportunity to develop strength, endurance and control of their bodies. Children must be provided with a suitable P.E. kit. The school benefits from a large field and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) for year round sporting activities. The school hall is used for gymnastics, dance and games activities. Year 4 pupils receive 10 swimming sessions at a local swimming pool and we also use local secondary school facilities. DESIGN TECHNOLOGY Children are given the opportunity to make models for a purpose and make improvements in the light of experiences learned. PRIMARY MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES All pupils are given the opportunity to learn a foreign language, with the main emphasis being placed on speaking. This is done through a variety of fun activities such as songs and games. At present the target language across the school is French. PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION Children are taught the importance of taking responsibility for themselves and others and to adopt healthy lifestyles. They learn about how to deal with bullying and racism and to recognise and challenge stereotypes. We believe children should develop an understanding of a variety of cultures and the importance of charity. We help children to grow into people who respect and care for all people. We also teach the children to value their role as a contributory member of a democratic society. This is done in a cross-curricular way as well as through discrete sessions such as ‘Circle Time.’ Our popular fancy dress fun run ADMISSIONS POLICY The school can admit 360 children. In the event of over-subscription places are allocated according to our published admissions criteria:- 1. Children in Local Authority Care. 2. Attendance at Dame Janet Community Infant School. 3. Current family association (a brother or sister in the school at the time of entry). 4. Health and special access reasons 5. Nearness of children’s homes to school as the crow flies. WELFARE HOME AND SCHOOL We welcome the interest and support of parents in all aspects of school life and operate an open door policy. We aim to keep parents well informed about their children’s education and develop the vital partnership between home and school. A Home/School Diary is issued at the start of the year to every child and a newsletter every Wednesday also keeps parents up to date. Formal parental consultations are held at the beginning and half way through the year, followed by an Open Afternoon soon after the issuing of the annual report to parents. Our website www.dame-janet-junior.kent.sch.uk contains a host of extra information for parents and children alike. It is essential that parents keep the school informed of any important changes that may affect their child, such as medical, physical or emotional difficulties or changes of circumstances. ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS Our school is an inclusive school. Children with additional educational needs, be they learning, social and emotional or physical, receive additional support and class teachers and teaching assistants work closely with the special educational needs co-ordinator to ensure that all identified children have access to the National Curriculum. Parents are always consulted and kept fully informed at every stage once we have identified that a child could benefit from extra help and support. This includes extremely able children. “The school’s greatest strength lies in the very high quality care and support that helps all pupils grow in confidence and self-esteem as they move through the school.” Ofsted report 2008 EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES We are committed to providing the full range of opportunities for all pupils regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, social, cultural or religious background. All pupils have equal access to the curriculum, and the right to a learning environment which dispels ignorance, prejudice and stereotyping. The entire school community has the right to protection from insult, abuse and bullying of any kind. Discrimination on the basis of colour, culture, origin, gender or ability is unacceptable in our school. Our Accessibility Plan has enabled us to accommodate the needs of most children who wish to become members of our community. We do not see physical disability as a barrier to learning and we will always do our utmost to accommodate the particular needs of any child. SCHOOL SECURITY School security is of paramount importance. We regularly review our security to ensure the safety of our children and to protect our buildings and property. This is taken very seriously. The playground gates are locked during the school day and all external doors can only be opened from the inside. We also have complete CCTV coverage around the outside of the building. SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION In accordance with the Education Act, the school operates a sex education policy. Sex education is delivered according to children’s levels of understanding and as part of our overall policy on health education. In accordance with DCSF directives, discussions include reference to the family unit and great care is always taken in presenting caring, loving relationships within a clear moral framework. Parents are most welcome to view the resources we use to present the programme, by arranging a mutually convenient time. Under DCSF regulations, parents have the right to withdraw their child from sex education sections of PHSE lessons. HOME LEARNING Learning does not just take place at school. Human beings are naturally inquisitive and engage in many and varied learning activities throughout their lives. Dame Janet Community Junior School encourages all of its students to develop good learning habits and skills that will sustain them outside the school environment. Families are in a unique position to provide important and valuable learning opportunities that perhaps a school is unable to offer. Home Learning is also an important way of establishing a successful dialogue between teachers and parents, as well as involving parents in the education of their children. Whilst Home Learning is not compulsory, the school positively encourages its students (and parents) to engage in a variety of tasks and activities that enhance learning. Home Learning Tasks arise naturally out of the day-to-day classroom activities and are designed to be challenging, relevant, interesting and enjoyable as opposed to being dreary, onerous, repetitive or stressful. Research shows that daily reading has a positive impact on children’s learning and this is expected. Children are also given weekly spellings to learn and times tables to practise. In addition, teachers suggest tasks for the children to undertake on a weekly basis. These usually take the form of research; finding answers to questions raised in class; problem solving; or undertaking a practical art and craft activity. A time limit for the return of each task is given, as well as suggestions as to how students might record their learning. As some tasks are open-ended the amount of time students take will vary, especially if they are particularly interested in a topic. Children are encouraged to take pride in their Home Learning and whilst it may not always be formally marked, it is always acknowledged. Parents are encouraged to become involved in their children’s learning through the issuing of guidance, such as the Calculations Booklet. To promote Home Learning every student is provided with a Home/School Diary that also serves as a Reading Record, which normally travels between home and school every day. Other examples of Home Learning include encouraging children to attend a club, playing a board game, going for a walk, visiting a place of interest or taking part in cooking. However, it should be recognised that children need time to play, socialise and engage in child type activities. CHARGING POLICY There are no compulsory charges for the usual curricular activities in school. For activities such as school trips we ask for voluntary contributions. No child will be excluded from an activity if parents do not make a voluntary contribution. However, the school may cancel events if there is insufficient financial support. BEHAVIOUR AND DISCIPLINE Our school is one in which everyone is valued through mutual RESPECT and TRUST. It is our aim to encourage self-discipline, courtesy and consideration for all others within the school community and in the world beyond. All children have the right to work in a calm and orderly atmosphere. We have 5 Golden school rules which have been agreed by the children and staff. Respect one another Keep hands, feet and unkind thoughts to yourself Look after your possessions and the school Always try your best Smile! If a child’s behaviour is spoiling the happy school atmosphere, discussions will be held with the child’s parents in order to find the best way to improve the child’s behaviour. The school’s Behaviour Mentors support children who find school life difficult to cope with. SCHOOL MEALS We are very conscious of the nutritional content of school meals. Our kitchen prepares fresh food daily, and we always have a roast lunch once a week. For further details contact the office. COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE Although in an ideal world complaints would not exist, when they do arise it is important that they are dealt with promptly and courteously. Complaints can be viewed as a positive means of improving the school’s performance and efficiency. We always endeavour to treat them as constructively as possible. ILLNESS AND MEDICINES If a child is unwell we will make every effort to contact parents so it is vital that we have up-to-date home/work telephone numbers or other contact numbers. Until we can make contact we will take any action required in the interests of the child. We have trained first-aiders on our school staff and in the event of an accident, appropriate treatment will be given. In the case of more serious accidents we will seek professional help and contact parents as soon as possible. Every parent is asked to sign a permission form for appropriate medical treatment to be given in the event of an emergency and where parents cannot be contacted immediately. Any necessary medical treatment or administering of medicines will be carried out in accordance with our School Medication Policy, which has been drawn up with reference to DCSF and KCC guidelines. Generally staff will not administer medicines but facilities exist for essential daily medication to be given by specific arrangement. Inhalers should be clearly labeled with the child’s name. ATTENDANCE It is important for the continuity of child’s education that they do not miss school unless they are ill. Therefore, in order to maintain our comparatively high levels of attendance, currently 94%, we ask that parents do not take holidays during school time. Any child whose attendance falls below 90% and then accompanies their family on holiday will not ordinarily have their absence authorised. We ask parents to let us know immediately if their child is not able to attend due to illness and we operate a system of first day calling if we have not been notified as to why a child is not in school. PERSONAL DRESS AND PROPERTY We are proud of our school uniform which is both smart and economical. A high standard of personal appearance is expected of all the pupils at all times and the dress code is part of the image of the school. The Governors and Headteacher insist that this is followed by every pupil. Items of uniform can be purchased at the school office. Second hand uniform can be purchased at reduced cost through our Family Liaison Officer. It is essential that every child has a full range of clothing for PE and Games which should be stored in an appropriate bag. All uniform and property must be named. Children are discouraged from bringing valuables to school. Kent County Council does not accept any responsibility for loss or damage to personal property of pupils. Girls: • Grey, black or navy blue skirt or trousers • White or pale blue polo T-shirt • White, grey or black socks or tights • Blue school sweatshirt or cardigan • Blue and white gingham dress • Navy blue pinafore dress • Optional school fleece Boys: • Grey or black shorts or trousers • White or pale blue polo T-shirt • Grey or black socks • Blue school sweatshirt • Optional school fleece PE Kit • T-shirt (colour of house team) • Shorts – dark blue or black • Tracksuit – dark blue or black • Pair of plimsolls (Indoor) • Pair of trainers (Outdoor) • Pair of socks if tights are worn • Hairband /clips to tie back long hair • PE kit should be in a draw string bag Hair Pupils must not wear extreme hair fashions, which are designed to attract attention, including dyed or streaked hair, and styles such as spikes, mohicans and images or lines cut into the hair. All children are requested to tie hair back where it is long enough to do so. This is both for health and safety reasons and to look smart and ready for school. Hair must be tied back in PE. Jewellery Jewellery is not allowed at any time (with the exception of one pair of small earring studs) for health and safety reasons. The large diamond type studs are not allowed. Any logo or emblem as part of the earring is unacceptable. We ask the children to either remove these objects during PE and games, or cover them with a plaster, to prevent them from causing injury. Make up and coloured nail varnish are not allowed. Footwear The school wants all children to grow into healthy adults. We believe that it is dangerous for children to wear shoes that have platform soles or high heels so we do not allow children to wear such shoes in our school. Children may wear sensible, dark-coloured school-type shoes or black trainers, provided they have a separate pair for PE. EQ and Pastoral Care Emotional Intelligence is at the heart of life at Dame Janet and provides the fundamental layer of care that equips the children with the skills to make them ready to learn. A strong pastoral team work alongside children who may need additional support and guidance, on an occasional and, if needed, on a regular basis. A Time Out facility is available for those that might find an aspect of school challenging and our own counsellor is always on hand to give children time to talk if they need to. All our learners are taught through the SEAL programme (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning), which is delivered through assemblies and followed through by class teachers in Circle Time. Each term focuses on a new area where learners are encouraged to explore and share feelings and recognise their own emotions. “Pupils enjoyment of school is evident in their lessons and in their enthusiastic response to the many activities that are provided for them.” Ofsted report 2008 EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES We offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, both at break times and after school. The availability of these activities may depend upon the season or the expertise and interest of a member of staff, but we are fortunate to have so many staff who willingly give of their time for the benefit of the children. Some of the clubs are restricted by age due to numbers. In the recent past we have offered:- Football, Cricket, Rugby, Netball, Athletics (running), Gymnastics, Rounders, Handball, Cheerleading, ICT (computer), Choir, Film, Art, Dance and Drama, Homework, Foreign Language (French) and Violin Our football ‘A’ team and our girls’ football team FAMILY CLUB We run a highly popular weekly Family Club which offers parents the opportunity to work and play alongside their children in a warm and inviting atmosphere. They run a lending library and also organise extra events such as special teas, pizza making and even a fashion show. Recent Ofsted reports and the School Profile can be accessed via our website: www.dame-janet-junior.kent.sch.uk SCHOOL RESULTS These tables show the percentage of pupils at the end of key stage 2 achieving each level in the school in 2009. The number of pupils at the end of key stage 2: 97 Figures may not total 100 per cent because of rounding. TEACHER ASSESSMENT Percentage at each level Pupils Pupils W 1 2 3 4 5 6 disapplied absent English 0 3 14 20 53 10 - - 0 Speaking and 0 2 13 35 41 8 - - 0 listening Reading 0 4 11 21 41 22 - - 0 Writing 0 5 13 29 47 5 - - 0 Mathematics 0 3 14 28 46 8 - - 0 Science 0 3 7 27 48 14 - - 0 TEST RESULTS Percentage at each level Below Pupils 3 4 5 Pupils absent level 3* not entered# English 0 23 48 10 19 0 Reading 1 9 51 21 19 0 Writing 2 30 43 6 19 0 Mathematics 1 32 37 12 18 0 Science 1 19 60 15 5 0 W represents pupils who are working towards level 1, but have not yet achieved the standards needed for level 1. * represents pupils who were not entered for the tests because they were working below level 3 in English, mathematics or science; pupils awarded a compensatory level from the tests; and pupils entered for but not achieving a level from the tests. # pupils working at the levels of the tests, but unable to access them. NATIONAL RESULTS These tables show the percentage of year 6 pupils achieving each level nationally at the end of key stage 2. Figures may not total 100 per cent because of rounding. TEACHER ASSESSMENT Percentage at each level Pupils Pupils W 1 2 3 4 5 6 disapplied absent English 0 1 4 16 49 30 0 0 0 Mathematics 0 1 4 16 46 33 0 0 0 Science 0 0 2 12 47 38 0 0 0 TEST RESULTS Percentage at each level Below Pupils Pupils 3 4 5 level 3* not entered# absent English 6 13 51 30 0 1 Reading 6 6 38 49 0 1 Writing 6 26 48 20 0 1 Mathematics 5 15 47 31 0 1 Science 2 8 44 44 0 1 W represents pupils who are working towards level 1, but have not yet achieved the standards needed for level 1. * represents pupils who were not entered for the tests because they were working below level 3 in English, mathematics or science; pupils awarded a compensatory level from the tests; and pupils entered for but not achieving a level from the tests. # pupils working at the levels of the tests, but unable to access them.