A letter from the Headteacher
At Chickenley Community School we have a vision to create a happy, caring school. Here
everyone is welcomed and valued equally. Working together we provide enrichment, challenge
and stimulation. Children and adults enjoy learning, develop confidently and progress to the
best of their abilities.
We feel that both children and adults thrive in an environment where they feel happy and
secure. If they also feel valued and respected self-esteem and confidence is high thus
creating an ethos in which everyone is able to reach their full potential.
We are working hard at Chickenley to create this positive ethos. The school has been
through a period of considerable change and challenge and it is a relatively new team of
people, teachers, support staff, governors and our parents group "Friends of Chickenley"
that is working together to maintain all that is good in the school and bring freshness and
new approaches that will raise the attainment and develop the life skills that young people
need in today's society. During your child's early years of formal education we aim to
develop personal and life skills that will form a firm foundation for our children in future
years. Children are encouraged to do their best at all times, to take pride in their work and
be kind and considerate towards others. Praise and reward, together with high expectations
for good behaviour, result in happy confident children and visitors frequently comment on
the happy atmosphere in the school.
All adults in school are working hard to provide a curriculum in which children are challenged
academically, intellectually, physically and creatively but also feel confident to try without
fear of failure.
We believe that education is a partnership between staff, pupils and families and it is most
successful where there is close co-operation between home and school. Parents and carers
are always welcome in school to discuss their child. In addition formal parent consultation
evenings are held twice a year. Working together we can give your child enthusiasm for
learning and the confidence and skills needed to succeed.
This is a challenging time for Chickenley School as we work hard to raise standards in the
school and build a happy, confident, skilled community.
There are many things you may wish to know about the school that are not covered in this
prospectus. If you do have any questions please do not hesitate to come into school to ask
Introducing you to Chickenley Community School.
The school is situated in the heart of Chickenley, one mile south of Dewsbury. Until the building of
the housing estate in the 1950's Chickenley was just a small village. "You could go down
Chickenley Lane, say hello to everyone...". The building of the estate brought strangers largely
from the back-to-back houses in Dewsbury that had cobbled courts with outside shared toilets and
no bathrooms or electricity. One early resident said, "We went round every room switching on the
lights. The kids wanted a bath every day until the novelty wore off".
Life for the children of Chickenley today is a far cry from the village days when people including
children earned a living in the local mills, local coalmines and by farming. There were coal pits too
shallow for machinery so children aged 10 - 13 were employed as "hurriers" pushing and pulling
tubs of coal along dark tunnels. Some children lived on farms where dairy cows were kept and
vegetables and rhubarb were grown. Others were employed part-time in the mills.
The people of Chickenley have always enjoyed having fun. All sorts of sports took place on the
field behind the Crown Hotel. Rugby, pigeon shooting matches, rabbit coursing, athletics
competitions, cricket, horse racing and animal shows took place regularly in the late 1800's and
The present school was built in 1952 and 1960 as separate Infant and Junior Schools. These
amalgamated in 1996 to become Chickenley Community School. The school is closely linked to
Chickenley Community Centre and the Jack Hird Educare Centre which provides day care for
working parents. School maintains links with community developments through multi-agency
meetings to ensure that best provision is made for our children.
We enjoy spacious, pleasant premises, most of which have been refurbished to a high level.
Children aged 3 - 5 are accommodated in the Early Years Unit which offers superb indoor facilities
for children, qualified Early Years staff and additional support from Speech and Language
therapists and Literacy Support workers.
Parents considering registering their children at the school are always welcome to visit. It is
helpful if an appointment is made beforehand as the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher do like
to meet prospective families and show them round the school. Of course, registration can be
made at any time during the school day.
Our Mission Statement and
Aims of the School
We want Chickenley Community School to be a caring, welcoming, safe environment in
which everyone works and learns together, valuing and respecting all in the community,
creating firm foundations for success, now and in the future.
We aim to:
Enable all children to experience success, identifying their personal skills and talents
Develop a strong team of staff, management, governors, parents and pupils to achieve the
vision for this school
Develop a partnership with parents so that school and home can both contribute to a child's
development and learning
Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets each child's entitlement to the national
curriculum but also offers enrichment, challenge and a curriculum appropriate to children's
Ensure enjoyment in learning through first-hand experiences that motivate children and
enable them to understand and ensure progression in the development of skills, concepts,
knowledge and challenge
Provide a calm environment where all children are able to learn and where there are clear,
consistent standards of behaviour
Provide a stimulating, safe, well ordered and secure environment and provide high quality
Foster an understanding of the wider world and community developing respect for each
other’s gender, race, culture and age
To ensure progression of learning for each child and raise standards of attainment
throughout school to compare well with like schools
At Chickenley Community School we aim to offer three terms of part-time education before the
start of full time schooling. Admissions to full time school will generally follow the birthday pattern
as shown below.
Children start school:-
Date of 5th Birthday (inclusive) Term of Admission.
1st September - 29th February Autumn (September)
1st March - 31st August Spring (January)
Our Early Years Unit plans the gradual admissions of children so that staff can make sure
children settle into the new environment. During the half term before the date of admission, a
morning or afternoon place will be offered.
Reception age children are phased into full time education, over a four week period, and this
means that your child attends part-time at first.
The maximum number of children it is planned to accept into the Reception age group in any one
academic year is 80.
Places in community and controlled schools will be offered to children in the following order of
Priorities for admission at key stage 1
1. children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school;
2. children who live in the school's priority admission area who have an older brother or sister
attending from the same address at the date of admission;
3. other children living in the school's priority admission area;
4. children who live outside the priority area who have an older brother or sister
already attending from the same address at the time of admission;
5. children who live outside the priority area.
Priorities for admission at key stage 2
1. children who live in the school's priority admission area;
2. children who live outside the priority area who have an older brother or sister already
attending from the same address at the time of admission;
3. children who live outside the priority area.
Notes: (a) 'Live' refers to the child's permanent home at the date of admission.
(b) If within any one of the priorities mentioned for KS1 above there are more applicants
than remaining places, admission will be offered to the children living nearer to the
school, measured in a straight line. For KS2 this only applies to priority 3.
(c) A priority admission area means a geographical area approved by Kirklees.
Prospective parents wishing to visit the school may do so after arranging a mutually agreed
Associate Headteacher Mrs L J Finnegan
Deputy Headteacher Mrs Karen Surfleet
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
Foundation Stage Co-ordinator Foundation Stage Teacher
Mrs Sue McLellan Mrs Maxine Harford
Nursery Nurse Support Assistant
Mrs Kath Manning Ann Lyles
KS1 Co-ordinator KS2 Co-ordinator
Mr Mark Rodgers Mrs Karen Simpkins
Key Stage 1 Teaching Staff Key Stage 2 Teaching Staff
Miss Emma King Mr Dean Tombling
Mr John Leach Miss Joanne Webb
Mrs Pauline Furness Mrs Kathryn Cooper
Mrs Judith Andrews
Mr Mark Alston
Support Staff Support Staff
Mrs Val Beaumont Mrs Lesley Hynd
Mrs Debbie Oldfield Mrs Christine Haigh
Mrs Ann Hall Mrs Lynne Kellett
Mrs Suzanne Broady Mrs Beverley Dawson
Mrs Katherine Day Mrs Julie Crawshaw
Mrs Cindy Griffiths Mrs Lynne Brooks
Administration Staff Senior Lunchtime Supervisor
Mrs Lynda Burgess Mrs Val Beaumont
Mrs Marilyn Middleton
Mr Stuart Clark Lunchtime Supervisors
Mrs Ann Lane
Cook in Charge Mrs June Joyner
Mrs Brigid McKinnell Mrs Julie Jackson
Mrs Susan Hirstle
Kitchen Staff Mrs Diane Mitchell
Mrs Melanie Gibson Mrs Linda Parker-Stilgoe
Mrs Julie Furniss Mrs Linda Roberts
Mrs Joyce Chadwick Mrs Susan Tindall
Mrs Lynne Wood Mrs Hazel Crawshaw
Mrs Tracey Anderson
Caretaker Mrs Julie Crawshaw
Mr Dennis Goodes Mrs Amanda McConnell
Cleaners Other Staff
Mrs Susan Hirstle Mr Matthew Stockwell
Mrs Carol Tupper Mrs Janet Mullally
Mrs June Eyles Mrs Susan Goodall
Mrs Dooreen Joy Mr Richard Nuttall
Mrs Pauline Joy H. Osborn
Mrs Adrienne Brown
The Governing Body
Name of Governor Appointment End of Term of Office
Mrs L J Finnegan Associate Headteacher
Mrs P Moorhouse Chair of Governors 12th February 2005
Councillor E A Firth LEA 11th December 2005
Mr B Barugh LEA 10th July 2005
Mr D Ripley Co-opted 8th December 2004
Mrs M Ineson Parent 23rd January 2005
Mrs S Mastronardi Parent
Mrs M Gibson Staff 22nd November 2003
Mrs D Eyles Parent
Miss J Webb Teacher
Mrs P Furness Teacher 20th November 2004
Ms J Devlin LEA 12th February 2005
Mrs D Drake Additional LEA
Mr D Booth Co-opted
Ms K Banfield Co-opted
(2 parent governor vacancies at time of publication)
All governors can be contacted through school
Clerk to the Governors The Director of Lifelong Learning
2 Oldgate House
Whenever a vacancy occurs for a parent Governor the Headteacher will send a written notice of
the election in a letter taken home by pupils.
An invaluable contribution to the team effort and life of the school is the work of all support
staff whose commitment to the school cannot be underestimated. Education today is a
partnership - another important member of the team is YOU. At Chickenley School we work
hard to develop team work and team spirit.
Chickenley is a Community Co-educational day school, catering for children in the 3 -11 age
range. There is an Early Years Unit for children aged 3 - 5, 4 KS1 classes, for children aged 5 – 7
and 7 KS2 classes for children aged 7 – 11 years. The school’s policy for teaching and learning is
available in school. It details our approach to teaching, learning, curriculum delivery, classroom
management and organisation and home-school links. We do recognise that children learn in
different ways and our aim is to design our teaching so that the different learning styles of children
can be catered for.
The school day - Year 1 - Year 6
Start of School Lunch End of School
8.45am 12.05 - 1.00pm. Key Stage 1(Infants) 3.30pm
8.45am 12.15 - 1.00pm. Key Stage 2 (Juniors) 3.30pm
Our Early Years Unit opened in September 1998. Although very much a part of our school, the
Early Years Unit has its own identity and organisation. Children are taught the National
Curriculum Stepping Stones for Foundation Stage that lead to attain Early Learning Goals across
all curriculum areas.
Part-time children attend 9.00am -11.30am or 1.00pm - 3.20pm.
Full time Reception children attend from 9.00am - 3.20pm.
A separate booklet that gives details about the work of the Early Years Unit is available and given
to all new admissions.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
The Revised National Curriculum 2000 sets out a national curriculum for all children in maintained
schools between the ages of 5 and 16 years.
School has developed policies that give details of the content of teaching and learning in all
curriculum areas. You are welcome to read these if you wish. Please request copies from the
office. In addition National QCA schemes of work are used as guidelines to planning and help us
to ensure a broad, balanced curriculum.
This curriculum consists of five core subjects, English and Mathematics, which include national
frameworks for Literacy and Numeracy, Science, Information & Communication Technology and
Religious Education. There are also six foundation subjects: Design and Technology, History,
Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education.
In addition the school places value upon Personal and Social Health & Citizenship (PSCHE) and
drama and role play. The curriculum for PSCHE is taught through specific lessons and
opportunities are utilised for cross-curricular links.
At Chickenley we believe that education is for life. It begins at birth and school is just one part of a
total educational experience. We believe that time spent in school should be an enjoyable as well
as challenging one. Children respond to a stimulating environment where expectations are high
and clearly understood. The higher our expectations of children, the more the children expect of
themselves. High expectations are the key to high standards of achievement and personal growth.
Children are taught in a variety of ways, including whole class teaching, group and individual work.
Some skills, concepts and knowledge will be delivered through single subject teaching and others
will be more effectively and efficiently taught in a cross-curricular context. This is planned very
carefully through whole-school policies and schemes of work.
Children may receive Special Needs support from time to time from teachers or Special Needs
support assistants. Educational teaching assistants also work with children. Parents and other
members of the local community are welcome to help in the school with all sorts of activities, and
we are always pleased to hear from anyone who would like to be involved. Anyone working with
children in school, either as an employee or volunteer has to be police checked to ensure the
safety and well-being of the children, so volunteers will be asked to complete the appropriate
forms so that checks can take place.
Children may bring a piece of fruit to eat at break time. There is a policy of no sweets or biscuits
as we aim to promote healthy eating. In addition plastic bottles of plain water may be brought to
school for children to drink throughout the day. Glass bottles, juice, pop or flavoured waters are
Children staying in school all day will be offered an excellent school dinner, freshly cooked in the
main school kitchen. Children have a choice of two hot meals each day or a salad. Special diets
may be catered for by arrangement. Children wishing to bring a packed lunch may do so but need
to ensure their lunch box is clearly named.
Dinner money should be paid to the school office on Monday morning for the whole week. The
cost from September 2002 will be £6.50 per week. Parents in receipt of benefits may be entitled
to free school meals. Please enquire at the Town Hall in Dewsbury for the appropriate form.
Pastoral and Welfare
If your child becomes ill during the school day every effort will be made to contact you so that your
child may return home. It is therefore essential that you ensure we have an up to date emergency
contact number for yourself or a near relative or neighbour.
If your child requires medicine for a condition such as Asthma, school must be informed in writing
as to the exact medication, dosage and frequency. Asthma inhalers must be named. Children
may keep their inhalers in the classroom or in the school office as appropriate so that they are
available at all times.
Absence from school is recorded as authorised or unauthorised. Authorised absence is where a
child is ill or has a medical appointment, or is granted additional holiday by the Headteacher for up
to a maximum of 10 days in one school year. Unauthorised absence is recorded where no
acceptable reason is given. Registers of attendance are a legal document. We ask parents to let
school know as soon as possible by telephone or letter when their child is absent due to illness or
any other cause. We operate a first day calling system whereby school will contact parents of
children who are absent and where no reason has been sent to school.
Regular attendance at school is vitally important if children are to make good academic progress.
There is a link between high levels of absence and under-achievement by children. Therefore we
do expect children to attend school every day unless they are ill. We discourage the taking of
holidays during term time and the Headteacher will only approve these where parents are unable
to take holidays during school holiday times. Requests for leave of absence must be made in
writing to the Headteacher. The school does have procedures for monitoring attendance which
includes support from the LEA Attendance Support Team.
If your child needs to leave school for any reason during the school day it is important that school
is informed at the beginning of the school day. This can be done by the child showing an
appointment card to his'/her teacher. Pupils must be met from school by a parent/carer or an adult
authorised by the parent/carer. The parent/carer should sign the pupil out and back into school at
the office. This serves as a double check in case of fire or evacuation from school.
It is vitally important that you make every effort to ensure that your child attends school regularly.
Your child needs to attend school in order to learn, to become a member of the school community
and to make and maintain friendships.
Care and Wellbeing
Whilst a pupil is at school staff are considered to be in "loco parentis", that is literally in place of
the parent. This means that the Headteacher has a duty of care for the child. Therefore the
following procedures are in place in order to ensure the safety and well-being of all pupils.
A parent/carer is asked to inform the school of the person who will normally bring their child
to school and collect them at the end of the school day.
The parent/carer should inform the school of any changes in normal arrangements at the
end of the school day. Staff would not allow anyone other than the authorised person to
take a child home. If there is any uncertainty in arrangements we will follow the general
rule that the person who brought the child to school in the morning will be the person taking
them home after school.
Where a pupil's parents no longer live at the same address, parents are asked to inform the
Headteacher in writing of the legal arrangements for parental access during the school
Any parent who has parental rights is entitled to take a child home from school unless a court
order has been obtained to the contrary. However, the Headteacher will make any decision
regarding children leaving the school premises with consideration to her "duty of care" for the
This is a sensitive issue. School respects family arrangements and will ensure confidentiality of
any information shared.
The school's Child Protection Policy follows procedures laid down by the Kirklees Area Child
Protection Committee. Its aim is to ensure the safety and well-being of all children. A copy of the
policy can be obtained from the Headteacher who is the school's Child Protection Officer.
All school doors are locked at 9.00am and main access points are viewed by CTV monitors.
Children are encouraged to wear school uniform in line with the school policy. Uniform with the
school logo can be purchased from Rawcliffes, Dewsbury where clothing vouchers can be used.
Sweatshirt in bright blue (with optional school logo)
Pale blue/white/yellow polo shirt
Black/dark grey school trousers or skirt for girls
Flat shoes or trainers - no high heels
Pump bags and book bags can be purchased from the school office.
All children need a change of clothes for PE, a pair of shorts, a T shirt and appropriate footwear
which should be kept in a pump bag. Year 4 and 5 children also need swimming costumes and
Please ensure that all items of uniform or PE kit are named. Name labels can be ordered from
uniform suppliers. School cannot be held responsible for lost clothing, but we shall of course do
our best to ensure that clothing is not lost, as children get upset when this happens.
Pupils are only allowed to wear the following items:
One small stud earring in each ear
A wrist watch
Snacks and Sweets
We allow children to bring one piece of fruit to be eaten at morning break. This should be sent in a
small bag or container, clearly marked with your child's name. Children may bring a bottle of plain
water to drink during the day-time. Tap water in any small or medium sized bottle is adequate and
children should not bring juice, pop or flavoured water. Please do not send sweets or snacks into
school with your child.
Break and Lunchtimes
We are very fortunate in that we have a number of playgrounds that enables us to keep the
number of pupils per playground to a reasonable level and younger children are able to play away
from the older children. Playtimes and lunchtimes are always supervised. Lunchtime supervisors
have intercom systems for added security. Playground equipment such as bats, balls, skipping
ropes are provided for children.
Toys should not be brought to school. Loss and damage upset children and cause arguments.
Teachers will look after any items brought until the end of the school day
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We expect children to care for each other as well as having respect for property and the
environment. We have a clear Behaviour Policy which identifies our rewards and sanctions
systems, and children are made aware of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.
Our "Golden Rules" drawn up by the children are:
To be gentle and not hurt others
To work hard and not waste time
To share and let others join in our games
To be honest
To have good manners
To listen to others
To walk around school quietly
To take care of everything
To be kind and make everyone feel special
The school does not tolerate incidents of racial harassment eg name-calling, exclusion from
activities, physical abuse. Incidents of a racist nature are recorded on a Local Authority Proforma
that records details of the incident. Victim and perpetrator are counselled and parents informed
(where this applies to pupils).
The schools Racial Equality Policy is available in school.
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THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The Governing Body have adopted Kirklees curriculum statement on teaching and learning.
The time given to teaching each week is 23.45 hours in KS1 and 23.55 hours in KS2. This does
not include playtimes, worship and registration.
Speaking and listening, reading and writing are central to our teaching and regarded as the basic
tools for learning. It is our policy to develop in each child the ability and confidence to listen
attentively, read fluently and express themselves confidently and effectively in both spoken and
written form. A love of literature is fostered and children are encouraged to read and write
extensively for a variety of purposes and for pleasure.
A range of reading resources are used to teach reading and parents are asked to support home-
reading. Drama and role play are an integral part of the English curriculum and opportunities for
developing and expanding childrens’ ability in English is considered across all curriculum areas.
The National Framework for Literacy is implemented through a daily literacy hour.
We aim to establish confidence in each child in the use of mathematics by ensuring that each
experiences success and pleasure in learning Mathematics and develop the ability to solve
mathematical problems logically. There is a daily Maths lesson in every class based upon the
National Numeracy Framework. Abacus Maths Scheme together with supplementary resources,
provides a fully comprehensive maths curriculum, that includes practical and investigative work.
We intend that children will understand number, be able to estimate and calculate, solve
mathematical problems, present information and be able to make use of mathematics in everyday
The science curriculum is based upon the QCA Scheme of Work for Schools and specific science
skills and concepts are taught. We aim to develop the skills and attitudes of enquiry and the
formation of basic concepts which help the children to understand their environment. We strive to
encourage scientific curiosity, open mindedness and respect for living things. Children learn
through observation, practical investigation and problem solving activities.
We aim to help children make sense of the world around them through geographical and historical
study that is relevant to the children's lives and interests. The local environment of Chickenley and
places such as Filey, Bagshaw Museum and the Eden Camp Museum are all examples of first
hand experience offered to bring History and Geography to life. Children are taught to observe
carefully, investigate and communicate meaningfully whilst studying their world. We aim to offer
the experience of two residential visits during KS2. QCA schemes of work are used as guidelines
to planning the curriculum.
The QCA Scheme is used as a guide to planning. Children have the opportunity to learn to
appreciate and understand art and develop the skills and knowledge to express themselves
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Design Technology demands a multi-layer of skills which we aim to develop. Planning, making
and evaluating finished products demands sophisticated problem-solving skills as well as the
practical aspect of using tools skilfully and safely. Children complete one major design-technology
task per year with further skills being taught through other curriculum areas such as Art, Science
Information and Communication Technology
Our children are growing up in a technological world which we can only begin to imagine.
Therefore, it is our duty to prepare them for this as best we can. Through funding from the
National Grid for Learning we have a networked ICT suite plus PC's in some classroom and
hopefully all classrooms in the near future. Each class is timetabled weekly for access to the ICT
suite where children learn about word processing, data bases, control, graphics and also have
supervised access to the internet. Friends of Chickenley are currently bidding in order to provide
ICT resources in the library. The staff and governors are committed to making the very best
provision in ICT for our pupils. It is highly valued and well planned throughout the school. ICT is
taught both as a separate subject and utilised in a range of other curriculum areas.
Music is an important aspect of education and all classes take part in musical activities. Children
participate in a range of music making which includes singing, use of tuned and untuned
percussion, composition and notation. Interest in and enjoyment of music is encouraged through
listening to a variety of music and song from different cultures and times. Expertise from Kirklees
Music School is utilised through workshops and instrumental tuition.
A variety of physical activities is provided for children throughout the school to give a balance of
experiences and encourage fitness and development of physical skills.
The main areas of work are:
movement and dance
All children are expected to take part unless a medical condition prevents this. Please let the
class teacher know in writing should this arise.
For all PE lessons, including swimming, watches and earrings must be taken off and given to the
teacher for safe-keeping. We do our best to look after such things but cannot accept any
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responsibility for loss or damage.
Our school aims to promote a positive attitude towards all forms of sport and to encourage
sportsmanship in all activities. Our school has taken part in various Inter-School friendly sporting
activities and we have a school netball and rounders team.
The Kirklees Agreed Syllabus for the teaching of Religious Education is used throughout the Key
Stages. The school has no religious affiliation and aims to prepare children for life within a multi-
faith society through teaching about Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Opportunity for Collective
Worship, of a mainly Christian nature, is offered every day.
Educational legislation gives parents the right under Section 255 of the 1944 Education Act to
withdraw their child from the daily collective act of Worship and Religious Education lessons on
religious grounds. If you wish to exercise this right you will need to discuss your reasons with the
Head Teacher. Arrangements will be made for your child, under supervision, to undertake
Each class holds a class assembly each year. You will be invited to come and watch your child’s
assembly and then stay for morning coffee afterwards.
Personal, social and health education
At Chickenley Community School we regard personal, social, health and citizenship education as
fundamental to our success in school. Through this we aim to promote high self esteem,
confidence, responsibility and an ability to make positive choices.
A range of topics is covered throughout the school to promote children's social and emotional
development, and to enable them to learn how to take care of their bodies.
Sex Education forms part of our health education curriculum. The foundation for sex education is
taught through the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Science, Life and Living Process.
Children's individual questions are answered honestly and sensitively. In Year 6 a programme for
Sex Education is taught. Parents and carers are invited to view the video materials and hear
about the lessons taught prior to the programme starting. The School Nurse may work in co-
operation with staff for this part of our health education policy. Parents have the right to withdraw
children from sex education that is over and above that required by the National Curriculum
Science Syllabus. Further advice can be obtained from the Headteacher.
Other aspects of health and safety education, such as personal safety and drug education are also
covered as part of the planned curriculum.
Assessment and monitoring of pupil progress
In years 2 and 6, each child's progress in English, Maths and Science is formally assessed
through National Standard Assessment Tests (SATs). Those in Year 6 are marked externally.
Pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 also complete recommended QCA SATs for their year group. Teachers
also carry out their own formative assessments that indicate pupils’ attainment over a range of
work, therefore giving a more accurate assessment that those based upon a single test. Parents’
are informed of their child’s attainment.
Your child's work will be assessed regularly throughout the year. This enables teachers to ensure
that progress is being made and that individual needs are being met. When children enter
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Reception they undertake Baseline assessments. At the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
they take Standard Assessment Tests (SATs). If you would like to see your child's assessment
records please arrange to see their class teacher.
Parent Consultation Evenings
We hold parents evenings twice a year where you may meet your child's class teacher and look at
your child's work. If you would like to discuss their progress at any other time, please do not
hesitate to contact us to make an appointment.
Annual Report for Parents
During the summer term you will receive a written report for your child. This will inform you of their
progress and attainment in all subjects, targets for improvement and your child's attendance
Special Educational Needs
Under the Education Act Pupils are to be regarded as having Special Educational Needs if:
a) they have a learning difficulty which is significantly greater that that of other pupils of the
b) they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from accessing normal educational
The school embraces an inclusive policy where all children who meet the admission criteria are
admitted to school. Additional support, resources, adaptation to school can be arranged in order
to accommodate all children regardless of any special educational need or physical challenge.
The school does have disabled access but is built on split levels so some areas of school are
currently inaccessible by wheelchair. However, all reasonable measures would be taken to make
the school accessible to pupils, staff or adults for whom this was necessary.
The school complies with the Disability Discrimination Act.
Many children have special educational needs at some time during their years in school. There
will be those children whose needs can be met through the resources generally available within
school which includes the Schools' Psychological Services, the Special Education Support
Services, Education Welfare Service and the services of those with visual impairment, hearing
impairment, physical difficulties or with behavioural difficulties.
We try to ensure that there is a close working partnership with parents of children with Special
Needs who will be kept informed and consulted at all stages of assessment and support. The
school has a policy for Special Educational Needs which fulfils the requirements of the Code of
Practice for Special Educational Needs details of which are available in school. It also aims to
ensure that the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs are addressed.
Mrs K Surfleet is the School’s Special Needs Co-ordinator and the Governor for Special
Educational Needs is Mrs M Ineson.
Children with statements of special educational need are taught in the classroom alongside their
peers. This allows all the children access to their curriculum entitlement and to be a part of
classroom life. Work is planned at the appropriate level for the children.
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At any point during the child's time in the school a teacher may have a concern about the way they
are progressing. The teacher would be expected to discuss this with the parent and appropriate
action taken. Similarly if a parent/carer has a concern about their child's progress then we ask that
the parent would approach school to discuss this.
The school has a policy for marking pupils' work. This aims to provide an easily understood model
that promotes celebration of children's successes, gives clear indication of next steps for learning
and support for improvements. A copy of this can be obtained from school.
Children are required to complete homework on a regular basis. The amount increases as the
child progresses through school. Homework is intended to
reinforce and extend the work done in school
involve parents actively in their child's learning
promote the partnership between home and school
The Homework policy is available in school and on admission parents will receive details.
Extra Curricular Activities
Children have the opportunity from time to time to participate in extra-curricular activities.
Examples of activities are E-pals club, rounders and netball teams, summer school for year 5 and
special events such as the African Drum Ballet, Drama Group and paper sculpture.
Helping in School
If you would like to help in school, you would be most welcome. Please come into school so that
arrangements can be made. All helpers now have to undergo a criminal record check prior to
Charging for School Activities
Most activities that the children take part in during school hours are paid for by the school. A
charge may be made for:
board and lodging on residential visits
materials used in school where the parent wishes to keep the end product
activities organised by a third party
some activities outside school hours
For certain activities the school asks parents for a voluntary contribution towards the costs. This is
usually for an educational visit in connection with a topic the children are studying, and we see
such visits as a very important part of the children's experience. No child is treated differently from
any other, whether or not a contribution has been made, however it may sometimes be necessary
to cancel an activity if there are insufficient voluntary contributions. Please will any families
experiencing difficulty with contributions contact the Headteacher.
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Residential visits provide a wonderful opportunity for children to experience a different
environment and to learn to get along with others. We do aim to organise 2 residential visits
during the time a child is in KS2 but this is dependent upon cost and availability of suitable venues.
Appropriate risk assessments are carried out prior to visits.
Keeping in touch
Parents are always welcome in school, but if you need to see the Headteacher or to talk
something over with the class teacher, please make an appointment to ensure that the member of
staff will be available and can give you their full attention. If you have a query, please let us know
straight away, as we can usually solve it immediately. The school office is in the main school
building and the secretaries are always willing to help with enquiries.
Friends of Chickenley
There is a Parents/Teacher Association at school that is open to all parents/carers. Its main
purpose is to assist with fund-raising functions and to plan social events. We always welcome
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Termly Dates 2002/2003
School Starts - Tuesday 3rd September 02
SCHOOL CLOSED -TRAINING DAY - Friday 18th October 02
Half Term - Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October
School reopens - Monday 28th October 02
School Closes - Friday 20th December 02 - Christmas Holidays
School Starts - Tuesday 7th January 03
Half Term - Monday 17th February 03 to Friday 21st February 03
School reopens - Monday 24th February 03
School Closes - Friday 11th April 03 - Easter Holiday
School Starts - Monday 28th April 03
SCHOOL CLOSED - TRAINING DAY - Friday 2nd May 03
SCHOOL CLOSED - MAY DAY HOLIDAY - Monday 5th May 03
School reopens - Tuesday 6th May 03
Spring Bank Holiday - Monday 25th May 03 to Friday 30th May 2003
School reopens - Monday 2nd June 03
School closes - Friday 18th July 2003 - Summer Holidays
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No of Statutory school age children on roll - Autumn Term 2001 - 381
Whole school attendance 93%
% unauthorised attendance .09%
% authorised attendance 6.1%
National Curriculum Assessments at KS1
Summary Table % for Chickenley Community School and National Figures
% Pupils Attaining Levels at School and National Level
Level of W W 1 1 2 2 3 3 4+ 4+
Attainment School National School National School National School National School National
English 9 3 29 12 62 64 0 21 0 0
Speaking 7 2 20 11 73 63 0 24 0 0
Reading 11 3 13 13 76 55 0 29 0 0
Writing 13 4 27 12 60 71 0 12 0 0
Maths 11 2 13 9 76 63 0 26 0 0
Science 9 1 13 9 78 65 0 24 0 0
Task and Test Result
W W 1 1 2 2 2C 2C 2B 2B 2A 2A 3 3 4+ 4+
Sch Nat Sch Nat Sch Nat Sch Nat Sch Nat Sch Nat Sch Nat Sch Nat
Reading Task 11 3 27 13 55 11 15 18 21 27 19
Reading 53 16 13 11 20 20 20 7 29 0 0
Writing Task 22 5 20 9 76 38 27 18 30 2 19 0 9 0 0
Spelling Test 29 52 7 23
Maths 9 2 22 7 62 13 15 22 24 29 23 4 28 0 0
W = working towards Level 1
0 = represents some pupils, but less than 0.5%
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Standard Assessment Tests at KS2
Summary Table % for Chickenley Community School and National Figures
% Pupils Attaining Levels at School and National Level
Level of Level 5 Level 5 Level 4 Level 4 Level 3 Level 3 Below Below
Attainment School School School Level 3 Level 3
National National National School National
English 4 23 33 49 39 21 24 6
Maths 14 25 33 49 37 21 16 5
Science 16 29 57 54 18 15 8 2
Level of Level Level 5 Level Level 4 Level Level 3 Below Below Absent
Attainment 5 4 3 Level Level 3
School National School National School National 3 National
English 4 28 35 46 41 17 16 8 4
Maths 4 25 41 46 28 22 22 6 4
Science 2 34 59 53 26 9 10 3 2
Transfer to High School
Transfer to High School takes place in the September after a child's eleventh birthday. A transfer
form is issued in October of each year which parents should complete and return to school
immediately, indicating the school of their choice. We maintain liaison with Earlsheaton High
School and during the summer term pupils complete a unit of work that addresses those issues
that concern children about moving on to High School. Summer Schools are held at Earlsheaton
High for some Year 6 pupils.
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Whilst we hope that you will be happy with your child's education, should you wish to make a
comment about any aspect of the school, would you please note the following:
Speak first to your child's teacher. Secondly if you feel the matter has not been dealt with
satisfactorily, then please make an appointment to see the year leader or the head teacher. If you
still feel the matter has not been resolved the next stage is to make representation to the
Governing Body. If the matter has still not been dealt with to your satisfaction then a formal
complaint can be made to the Local Education Authority under Section 23 of the Education
Reform Bill, by writing to:
Director of Lifelong Learning
Kirklees Metropolitan Council
Education Service (Ref SM)
Telephone 01484 221000
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