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					  Archdiocese of Birmingham



 The Faber Catholic
(VA) Primary school




PROSPECTUS
  2010 - 11

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                    THE FABER CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
                            COTTON LANE
                                COTTON
                           STOKE ON TRENT
                           STAFFORDSHIRE
                               ST10 3DN
                      TELEPHONE: 01538 702324
E.MAIL: headteacher@faber.staffs.sch.uk WEBSITE: www.faber.staffs.sch.uk

HEADTEACHER: MRS A BEARDMORE
CHAIR OF GOVERNORS: MR JOHN PENNINGTON
PARISH PRIEST: FATHER SANDY BROWN



Dear Parents,

I am pleased to be able to supply you with this copy of our prospectus, which I hope
will inform you about the school and answer many of the questions you may have. It
is certainly not exhaustive, but I hope it will serve to give you a feel for the school.

We are always delighted to show parents and children around, and welcome new
families to our community. If you would like to visit the school, please make an
appointment with our Office Manager, Mrs Baylay or with myself.

I look forward to meeting you in the near future.



Yours sincerely



Mrs A Beardmore
HEADTEACHER




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                                  1.OUR SCHOOL

The Faber Catholic School is a voluntary aided, co-educational day school catering
for pupils between the ages of 4 and 11 years.

The school serves the parishes of Cotton and Alton within the Archdiocese of
Birmingham.

The Faber School was first opened in 1874 at the behest of Father F.W. Faber,
of the seminary at Cotton. It was sponsored by Lady Shrewsbury of Alton Towers,
to provide education for the children of Cotton and its surrounding communities.
The school buildings are located in the parish of Cotton and are surrounded by
attractive open countryside.

The ethos of the school is to form a partnership between home, school and parish,
with Christ at the centre. Our aim to engender a family community is achieved by
encouraging each child to work and play to the best of their ability whilst at the
same time respecting and considering others. It is important for parents/carers
and teachers to work together so that each child achieves in every area of school
life. We aim for the atmosphere within school to be a happy and friendly, where
everyone feels welcome.

We are fortunate to have a very active parents' association, 'The Friends of Faber'
which organises fund-raising and social events on behalf of the school and which
welcomes new members to assist with its ventures.




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                                 2.SCHOOL AIMS

The Faber School is a family community where we aim to put Christ at the centre of
our lives.

At Faber we want every person to grow closer to God and to achieve this we will:

       Through daily prayer encourage the children to turn to God as a rational part
        of life and to reveal the love of Jesus through the liturgy.
       Prepare children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and
        Confirmation.
       Encourage a clear understanding of the sanctity of life by following the
        teaching of Jesus.
       Welcome the parish priest and deacon for their involvement and the
        beneficial influence that they have upon the school.
       Emphasise, in our everyday life, the teachings of Jesus - especially to love
        others as we love ourselves, also acknowledge our self-worth and in doing so
        be free to love others and recognise their worth, forgiving others as we are
        forgiven.

In achieving our aims we strive to deliver the outcomes of Every Child Matters

   1.   Be healthy
   2.   Stay safe
   3.   Enjoy and achieve through learning
   4.   Make a positive contribution to society
   5.   Achieve economic well-being

The Faber wishes to promote equality of opportunity for all and nurture good
relations between people of different racial groups, offensive language or
behaviour is unacceptable in our school where we aim to develop attitudes and ways
of behaving that are appropriate to living in a multicultural society.




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                            3.SCHOOL MANAGEMENT

Partnership is the philosophy which underpins The Faber. This not only pertains to
the relationship between staff and parents, but also with members of the local and
wider community and the Governing Body.

The school has a delegated budget from the Local Authority and manages its own
finances as well as buying in support from the Local Authority. Capital funds are
held in an account with the Diocese and major decisions about the school are taken
jointly by the Governing Body, Diocese and Headteacher.

The Governing Body meets termly and in smaller committees as necessary. Some of
the governors are linked to a curriculum area and visit classes to view work in this
area when possible. This enables them to observe and monitor the learning taking
place as well as familiarising themselves with daily school activities. A list of all
governors is included as an appendix.

STAFF
The staff are all well qualified and are kept up to date with current initiatives by
regularly attending courses and in-service training offered in and around
Staffordshire. Support staff and volunteers, help daily to ensure the every day
smooth running of the school. The school makes mandatory criminal checks on all
staff, volunteers and governors to vet their credibility. We are fortunate in having
a team who liaise closely together and are dedicated to working for the good of the
school and furthering its reputation in the local community. Photographs of teaching
and support staff are posted in school and a list is included as an appendix to this
prospectus.



                           4.SCHOOL ORGANISATION

The school has a maximum capacity of 70 children. The children are taught in mixed
ability, mixed year group classes. The classes vary year upon year depending on
class numbers.
In 2010/11 the children are organised into
     Class 1 - Reception and year 1,
     Class 2 - year 2 and year 3
     Class 3 – year 4, 5 and 6.
Each class is in the care of its own class teacher, who has the responsibility for the
education and welfare of pupils. Children who require special help are referred to
our Special Educational Needs coordinator who devises a programme of work for




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them which is delivered under the care of a teaching assistant working in full
partnership with partners.



                          5.ADMISSION TO SCHOOL

The admissions process is part of Staffordshire's LA co-ordinated scheme. The
school was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of
Catholic families. The school is conducted by its governing body as part of the
Catholic Church in accordance with its Trust Deed and instrument of Government
and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ. Parents considering
admission for their child should either telephone or write to the school requesting
an admissions form and other information the school may wish to provide. Parents
are welcome to look around the school. The closing date for admissions applications
is 31st March. The Published Admission Number is 9 pupils per academic year. See
Appendix for the Criteria for admission and appeals.



                              6.THE CURRICULUM

The curriculum is designed to widen the experience of each child, to develop
healthy attitudes to learning, to encourage the child to want to find out and to
provide the skills which will enable them to do so. A good grounding in reading,
writing and arithmetic is as important today as it ever was. However, in our modern
society, we have a duty to equip our children with a range of skills necessary to
meet life's challenges with confidence. Learning needs to take place in context,
enabling the child to see the relationship and relevance of facts and skills as they
are acquired. The curriculum is carefully planned to provide a wide range of
educational experiences suitable to the age and stage of development of each child,
as well as adhering closely to the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Excellence and Enjoyment are high on our agenda.

The National Curriculum consists of a variety of subjects – The core subjects :-
Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Information Technology and R.E., and the foundation
subjects - Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art, and
Personal, Social and Health Education, which includes Citizenship. French is also
taught. Religious Education and acts of worship are especially important features in
the life of the school.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION/COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
We follow the Diocesan strategy through our R.E. programme ‘Living and Growing as
the People of God’ we aim for each child to develop multi-cultural values in which


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they have some knowledge and understanding of the world’s religions and beliefs as
well as Christianity. Religious education is at the centre of the whole ethos of the
school. Children attend an act of worship daily and there are visits to our parish
church and the celebration of festivals throughout the church year. Parents do
have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and Collective
Worship, but should see the head teacher first. Catholic children are prepared for
their First Confession, Holy Communion and Confirmation. Great emphasis is placed
on moral education - a sense of right and wrong, as well as respect and
consideration for others. Parents and friends are always welcome to join us in
school for Mass and assemblies.

LITERACY
Our language curriculum revolves largely around the teaching of basic skills to
enable all children to read fluently, write imaginatively and neatly in a grammatically
correct manner, spell correctly and develop good speaking and listening skills. All
aspects of the English curriculum are covered within the National Literacy
Strategy. We are a dyslexia friendly school and use the multi-sensory approach to
teaching. Neatness of writing and presentation is expected of children at all times.

NUMERACY
Emphasis is placed on helping children acquire the basic knowledge of tables,
number bonds and computational skills. At the same time, children are introduced to
mathematical concepts and techniques and are shown the relevance of these and
their importance in solving practical problems. With this in mind, Mathematics may
be integrated, along with other subjects, in a wider area of study. In this way, the
skills acquired in more formal lessons may be applied in practical situations with the
support of a variety of equipment and apparatus.

SCIENCE
We provide all children with scientific experiences at all stages of their school
life. These aim to nurture the development of attitudes and skills, which will aid
their understanding of the world around them. The children are encouraged to pose
questions and then work towards the answers. Within this framework, they acquire
certain knowledge in a more meaningful way and will practise certain scientific skills
such as observing, predicting, planning their tests, experimenting, recording data
and communicating their findings to other children.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Every child has regular contact with computers. We use these to reinforce basic
skills, as word processors to encourage writing skills, for data bases, for
information retrieval, and to send e-mails. The school has 2 sets of laptops linked
together in a network, and all classrooms now have an Interactive Whiteboard


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giving access to a variety of resources through the latest technology. The children
learn how to use word processing and graphics programs in order to organise their
written work and to enhance presentation. The school has a wide range of
educational software suitable for all ages and abilities. All computers are connected
to the Internet by a wireless broadband connection.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Design and Technology is an activity which spans the curriculum, drawing on and
linking a range of subjects. Pupils are encouraged to solve problems with an
emphasis placed on logical thinking, formulating hypotheses, designing models,
assessing and revising conclusions. Pupils use their knowledge and understanding to
design, make and evaluate their product. Teamwork and discussion are actively
promoted.

HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
In both History and Geography children begin with what is familiar to them. This
includes studies of themselves, their family and the local environment both in the
past and present. In History the children are helped to develop a sense of time,
knowledge and understanding of past events and their effects on modern
society. They are taught how to find and interpret different kinds of historical
evidence sometimes following educational visits or use of historical artefacts. In
Geography children learn about their environment and how it is affected by human
activity and natural events. They learn about people and places, locally, nationally
and globally, and are taught to care for the environment.

MUSIC
Music is an integral part of each child’s education as musical activities both
complement and extend other areas of classroom work. The children sing together
regularly, compose music with the use of tuned and un-tuned percussion and are
introduced to a wide range of musical moods through the use of both recorded and
live music. All children are encouraged to both appreciate music and learn to play an
instrument. During their time at school, children are given the opportunity to learn
to play a variety of instruments which they should be encouraged to practise at
home.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
At The Faber we want our children to be physically fit, to enjoy physical activities
and to develop a healthy sense of competition. The children receive regular P.E.
lessons in the form of gymnastics, dance and skill based activities, involving small
and large apparatus, and outside games. The large school playing field is used
extensively for games. Due to limited inside space the children travel to the Valley
School in Oakamoor where we have the use of the hall facilities. School teams


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regularly take part in organised competitions with other local schools. Competitive
sports are encouraged to establish a healthy sense of competition and the
opportunity to learn to take winning and losing in a group situation. The children also
swim at Waterhouses swimming baths. If you wish your child to be excused from
such activities as P.E. or swimming, would you please write a short note explaining
the circumstances.

ART AND DESIGN
Through Art and Design we aim to help the children to express themselves
creatively, by using their imagination and developing their ideas visually. We teach
specific techniques and provide a wide variety of mediums with which to explore
these, for example paint, clay and junk products. Stimulus is, whenever possible,
achieved by first hand experiences. Visits are often undertaken for this purpose.
The children are also introduced to the paintings of the great artists and
encouraged to appreciate and reproduce their work.

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION
Here we are aiming for all children to know the basic principles of health, hygiene
and safety, to have an understanding of how the body works and develop healthy
attitudes towards themselves and others. Drug and substance abuse are discussed
both in assembly and in class lessons at a level appropriate to the age of the
children. The Governors of The Faber agree that sex education should be part of a
programme appropriate to the age of the children in the school. For this reason a
Family Life and Sexuality Programme has been developed which links with the R.E.
strategy. Parents are consulted and have an opportunity to see any teaching
materials and to discuss the information their children will receive before the
lessons take place. We are proud that Faber School has been awarded with healthy
schools status. We actively encourage the children to eat healthily, toast and milk
are available for children to purchase and fruit is also distributed to Reception and
Key Stage 1. A cooled water system has been installed in school and all children
have access to this throughout the day.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
Our school, like all others, accepts children into its family, regardless of level of
ability or disability. Occasionally we will have children who are outstandingly bright
and likewise those who have learning difficulties of one nature or another. The
school has Special Educational Needs and Inclusion policies and an inclusion
Coordinator who works closely with staff to identify and address children’s
problems. Many pupils, at some stage of their education will experience a learning
difficulty. This could arise in any subject area. Normally, the school's S.E.N.
specialist (in consultation with the pupil's class teacher) will devise a programme of
work, which will cater specifically for the individual pupil's needs. This may be a


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short-term programme or one designed to cover a much longer period of time.
Occasionally we feel the necessity to seek professional help or advice from outside
agencies. This will usually be provided by the Educational Psychologist attached to
our school or a member of the County's Special Educational Needs Support Service
(S.E.N.S.S). Parents will always be consulted whenever it is felt that such help
would be beneficial. Pupils with learning difficulties are supported by Teaching
Assistants in both key stages.

HOMEWORK
We ask parents/carers to give time to their child every day to talk to them about
school and what they have learnt. We particularly ask parents to read with their
child, to discuss what they have read and to complete a reading diary. Homework
can be a variety of tasks, including spellings, tables, Mathematics, English or finding
out information. A more structured approach is introduced in Key Stage 2 and this
can be discussed at open evenings.



                              7.CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Extra curricular activities are part of the school life. During the year various clubs
take place depending upon the talents and expertise of the teaching staff and
offers of help from parents. There is a charge for the clubs to cover staffing
costs.



                                  8.BREAKFAST CLUB

The school has a Breakfast club which is open from 7.30 till school begins at 8.45.
The club is run by a qualified member of staff. Children can ‘drop in’ any day, there
is no need to book. Breakfast is available, a selection of toast, cereal, fruit and
milk. Each session is reasonably priced and is payable when children are dropped
off, this fee includes their breakfast.



                          9. PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP

A parent and toddler group runs on a Tuesday afternoon, 2-3pm. All parents with
toddlers are welcome. A variety of activities are available, and a snack
(toast/fruit/tea/coffee) is provided. The group is free but we ask for a small
donation for refreshments.




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                      10. SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND VISITS

In order to provide a stimulus to an area of study, many topics incorporate a visit,
which is designed to give children first-hand experience of the work involved. The
Faber likes to maintain a wide range of educational experiences, such as residential
visits and day trips to places of interest. These can be expensive and rely upon
financial support from parents. The Governing Body’s Charging Policy is can be seen
in school on request.



                          11.ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL

When your child is absent from school, please let us know the reason as soon as
possible on the first day of absence. If we have not heard from you by about 10am
we will telephone parents to check the reason for the absence. We have to keep
detailed records of the reasons for children’s absence which are regularly checked
by the Education Welfare Officer. Lateness - If children arrive after registration
has closed, they will receive a late mark in the attendance register.



                       12. HOLIDAYS AND HOLIDAY DATES

The Government allows parents to take children out of school for 2 weeks only in
any academic year. Permission must be sought from the head teacher on a ‘Holiday
Request Form’ available from the school office. It is important to consider the
consequences of work missed whilst children are on holiday and it is for this reason
that the Governing Body cannot condone parents taking their children out of school
in term time. The head teacher will not authorise any time taken out of school
longer than 2 weeks unless in exceptional circumstances. School holiday dates are
distributed annually, and further copies can be obtained from the office.



                                13. THE SCHOOL DAY

School Hours         Morning 9.00 am to 12.15 am
                     Afternoon 1.15 pm to 3.30 pm

The school’s responsibility begins at 8.45 and therefore children should not be on
the premises before this time. Parents who send their children early must accept
responsibility for them until the doors open. At 8.45 the doors open and children
come into school.




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At the end of the day children are dismissed once parents are on the yard to
collect them. Children who go home by minibus are taken out to their transport by a
member of staff. At the end of the day, please be as punctual as possible to collect
your child. After school our staff are involved in various meetings, have clubs to
run, or preparatory work to do. If you are unavoidably detained, please telephone us
- it is distressing for a child to be left indefinitely.
Playtime - the children have a 15 minute break mid-morning and can bring to school
a healthy snack.
Dinners - Any child may stay for school dinner. School dinners follow healthy eating
principles. Special dietary needs are accommodated for. Juice is provided.
Alternatively, children may bring a packed lunch. Please ensure that dinner money is
sent on the first day of the week, in a sealed, named envelope. For current prices,
please refer to the school office and also, if you think your child might qualify for
free school meals.



                         14.BEHAVIOUR AND DISCIPLINE

As a Catholic school we aim to foster a respect for the whole of God’s creation. At
The Faber we aim for a consistent standard of discipline throughout the school,
where rules are clear and concise and where children, staff and parents work
together to achieve an atmosphere of respect, both for each other and the school
environment.
Our Expectations
We aim for all children to:
- have good manners
- show self-control and self-discipline
- show care and tolerance towards others
- respect their property, the property of others and their environment
- show self-motivation in all aspects of school life
We aim to achieve these by:
- regularly discussing acceptable modes of behaviour
- respecting each child and what they can offer
- applying a consistent approach
- being role models
- rewarding and praising good behaviour
- sanctioning bad behaviour
- on-going contact with parents
Rules
Rules at The Faber are kept to a minimum, but are based on care and respect for
each other and our surroundings. For rules to be effective there must be a clear




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understanding by staff and children of the consequences of keeping or breaking
them.
Rewards
It is the policy of this school to lay particular emphasis on this area and the
children will be commended and rewarded for their successes and efforts. A whole
school rewards system has been drawn up by staff in consultation with the children
to ensure continuity across all classes. All adults in the school are able to be
involved in the process of praise and reward by sharing information with the child’s
class teacher. A range of rewards are used, and it is important that all children are
given much encouragement through a variety of rewards.
Sanctions
The school has a system of agreed sanctions which will be applied to pupils who
break school rules. Sanctions can include a non verbal or verbal signal or warning,
withholding praise if it is not deserved, repetition of task if it is not done
satisfactorily, withdrawal of privilege, working away from the class or in another
part of the school under supervision, missing 5 minutes of the next playtime, an
informal discussion with parents, fixed term exclusion.

BULLYING
At The Faber we regard any type of bullying as totally unacceptable. We define
bullying as deliberate, hurtful, repetitive behaviour, in which a pupil has some type
of hold over another, and where the child being bullied finds it difficult to defend
him/herself. Following investigation, if cases of bullying are proven, sanctions will
be applied according to the level of the offence. We believe that a disciplined child
is a secure child and are confident that if the above measures are followed, the
children will leave The Faber with a strong sense of values and a sound grounding in
social etiquette for later life.

HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT
Since September 1999, it has been a Government requirement for all schools to
have a Home-School Agreement. This will be signed by the child and parent each
year. Our agreement was drawn up after consultation with governors, staff and the
school council. The agreement is kept in the child’s record file; reference will be
made to the document regularly so all know the importance placed on it.



               15.CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Please notify us immediately of any change at home or work. It is essential that we
keep our emergency contact details up to date.




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                            16.MEDICINES IN SCHOOL

If your child is acutely ill or requires a short course of medication, e.g. antibiotics,
s/he should remain at home. If it is felt by the G.P. that s/he is fit enough to
return to school, the dosage should normally be adjusted so that none is required at
lunchtime.
     Emergency medication and reliever inhalers, will follow the child at all times
       e.g. to the sports field, swimming, external visits etc.
     Children may carry their own emergency treatment with them, but if this is
       not appropriate, the medication will be kept in a box and the teacher in
       charge will transport it to the various out of class activities.
     Inhalers carried by the child should be clearly labelled with the child’s name
       and dose.
     If your child has any particular medical conditions or dietary needs, please
       make sure that the school is kept fully informed.

A register of all children with medical needs is kept in school. There are members
of staff who are first aid trained and can administer emergency first aid. If the
injury leads to concern, parents/carers will be contacted. Parents are asked to
apply sun tan lotion liberally before children come to school. Children can bring
lotion into school and will be able to top up the protection during the school day.



                                      17.SECURITY

The safety of the children and all those in school is a high priority. Consequently,
measures have been taken to increase security during school hours. From 9.10am -
3.25pm our gates are locked and entry into school is via the school office. All
visitors to school, including parents, staying on the premises after 9.15 am are
asked to sign in at the office. Whilst not wanting to make school a fortress or
totally inaccessible to legitimate visitors, we know parents will appreciate the
necessity for these measures and bear with us if for any reason they are kept
waiting when seeking entry.
SIGNING IN BOOK
So that we know who is on the premises, we do ask visitors and parents who are
staying for longer than 10 minutes to sign in and out in the visitor’s book in the
office. Should there be need to evacuate the building quickly it would be essential
for us to know who, besides staff and children, are in school.




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                     18. HEALTH AND SAFETY IN SCHOOL

SMOKING IN SCHOOL
The Faber is a non-smoking school site including the yard and field.
DOGS
Please do not bring dogs into the school grounds, including the school field.
PARKING
Parking around school at the beginning and end of the school day is always a
problem; parents can park on the road or on the school field. We ask parents to
park safely not on the yellow zig zag lines outside the school entrance, the police do
patrol around school at busy times.
FIRE PRACTICES
These are held termly, with no warning to staff or pupils. Everyone is expected to
leave the building quickly, sensibly and in silence, and assemble on the garden area
of the playground. Fire procedures are posted around school.
SCHOOL CLOSURE
School would only ever be closed, other than at designated holiday times, due to an
emergency or extreme weather conditions. Should this be the case a text message
will be sent as early as possible and announcements would be relayed daily by the
local radio stations. Please tune to Radio Stoke or Signal Radio or telephone the
school after 8am.



                            19.COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

The 1988 Education Reform Act sets out a procedure for dealing with complaints
relating to the curriculum. The aim is for complaints to be dealt with quickly,
effectively and sympathetically but in an official manner. All complaints about any
aspect of school life must initially go to the head teacher, who will in most cases be
able to solve the problem. This is the “informal stage”. Any complaint that cannot
be solved in this way enters the “formal stage”, where the head teacher advises the
parent how to take the complaint to the Local Authority. The L.A. cannot consider a
complaint, which has not previously been directed to the school.



           20.SCHOOL CLOTHING (see appendix for full list of uniform)

Our school uniform is worn throughout the school and co-ordinates a colour scheme
of navy, yellow and grey. These are available to buy from Buxton and Bonnet in
Uttoxeter or Something Special in Cheadle. P.E. CLOTHING is to be in school at all
times. Children with long hair should tie their hair back for P.E. lessons. Please keep
P.E. kit in a draw string or small vinyl bag – (available from the school office). Our


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cloakroom space is limited. IN YOUR OWN INTEREST, PLEASE ENSURE ALL
YOUR CHILD’S PROPERTY IS CLEARLY LABELLED - we have a huge amount of
unnamed clothing each term which is never claimed and ends up in the lost property
bins. Lost property is displayed around school but is disposed of at the end of each
term. Parents/carers are invited to look through lost property at any time to
identify lost articles.



                            21.JEWELLERY/VALUABLES

The school does not accept responsibility for missing belongings. The bringing of
valuables to school is not allowed. Mobile phones are not permitted in school. No
jewellery should be worn in school and if ears are pierced, then plain stud earrings
only are acceptable which must be removed for P.E. and swimming lessons. Children
are not encouraged to have ears pierced during the school year.



                         22.PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

The Governors, headteacher and staff believe strongly in the principle of
partnership between themselves, the children and parents. The Faber is an “open
door” school where parents are actively encouraged to become involved in their
children’s learning. This can take different forms. We always welcome parent
helpers in the classroom on a regular or occasional basis and to help with such
activities as swimming and day trips. To safeguard our children we require
volunteers to firstly be screened by the Criminal Records Bureau. We realise that
many parents work and cannot join in daily activities however, we also welcome
parental support with work the children may bring home. There is a progress
evening each term, at these meetings teaching staff will discuss the child's
achievements, progress, attitude and behaviour. Parents/carers are also encouraged
to contact the Head Teacher, at any time, if they want to discuss anything that
worries them about their child at school. The Head Teacher will contact the
parents if their child is cause for concern at school.



NEW INTAKE
Parents who are considering sending their children to the school should contact the
Head Teacher who will be pleased to explain admission arrangements and offer an
invitation to visit the school to see the children working. Parents of children
starting school in Reception class will be invited into school to discuss admission
procedures and the children will be invited to come into school to meet staff and
become familiar will their classroom.


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FRIENDS OF FABER
The Faber is fortunate to have a dedicated and flourishing Friends of Faber
Association, who organise fund raising events. All parents and carers are welcome
to attend meetings and are encouraged to help out and any events.



                               23.HIGH SCHOOLS

Most children transfer to Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle. Faber has very
strong links with Painsley High School. These links include children from Years 4, 5
and 6 spending time at Painsley, in a variety of situations, so that they can
familiarise themselves with the school, and meet children from other schools who
will be transferring at the same time. Meetings are held between Painsley staff and
our own to ensure as smooth a transfer as possible. These meetings also continue
after transfer so that we can continue discussions about how the Year 6 children
have settled into their new environment. Curriculum development meetings between
all the feeder schools and Painsley are held on a regular basis to make certain there
is a planned continuity in the children's education.



                                 24.THE PARISH

The Faber School has strong links with the local parish. Our parish priest Father
Sandy Brown is a regular visitor and leader of liturgies. We celebrate Mass in
school regularly and welcome many parents and parishioners. The children also join
in with Masses at St.Giles’ in Cheadle.



                           25.EVERY CHILD MATTERS

When the government published “Every Child Matters” it raised 5 key issues that
were deemed essential in the complete development of each and every child:
·    Must be and stay safe
·    Must be healthy
·    Must be able to enjoy and achieve
·    Must be able to achieve economic well-being
·    Must make a positive contribution
The government has published a policy “Safeguarding Children” (DfES/027/2004)
and this school has used this in formulating its own safeguarding statement. The
Faber Catholic Primary School will do its best to deliver each of the five key issues
and the School Improvement Plan details the measures to be taken. At The Faber


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Catholic Primary School the health and safety of all children is of paramount
importance. Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation
that school provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish. The
Faber School therefore, has to ensure that this expectation becomes a reality.
Children with disabilities are treated equally alongside all other applicants and in
accordance with our Admissions Criteria. Our children are monitored by the school’s
SENCO. However the class teacher takes prime responsibility in any year.



                             26.CHILD PROTECTION

Children have the right to receive the highest possible standards of care and to be
protected from abuse. At The Faber we take our responsibilities seriously and are
committed to following child protection procedures as laid down by legislation. We
have a comprehensive Child Protection Policy. Should we ever have any cause for
concern over parental or teacher care of a child, it could be necessary that details
are referred to the investigative agencies, but this should be seen as a
constructive and helpful measure. Our named teachers for child protection are Mrs
A Beardmore and Miss K Harris. The named governor for Child protection is Mrs P
Tyers. All staff have received child protection training which is updated every 3
years.



Finally, we want the children to be happy in our school and a close relationship
between home and school always helps this. We try to keep parents well informed
of events in and about school with regular newsletters, which are sent to each
family. However, if you feel you have missed information please come in and ask.
Likewise, should you have any worries concerning your child, please do not hesitate
to call in and discuss them with either the class teacher or headteacher.

             We look forward to a happy association with your family.




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                                  APPENDIX

THE FABER CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL STAFF & GOVERNORS

Headteacher :              Mrs A Beardmore

Teaching staff:            Miss K Harris (Assistant Headteacher)
                           Mrs L Goodwin
                           Miss F Brown
                           Mr A Elks

Teaching Assistants:       Mrs A Wight
                           Mrs T Rushton

Peripatetic Music Staff:   Mr M Nelson

Office Manager:            Mrs J Baylay

Lunchtime Assistant:       Mrs S Keeling
                           Mr S Pickford
                           Mrs T Rushton

Breakfast club staff:      Mrs T Rushton
                           Mrs C Harvey

School Janitor:            Mrs D Beresford

GOVERNORS
Headteacher/Governor             Mrs A Beardmore
Chairperson                      Mrs Y Gouldburn
Clerk to the Governors           Mr J Davey
Governors                        Mr A Allen
                                 Mr W Allen
                                 Mrs P Tyers
                                 Mrs K Shenton
                                 Mrs C Harvey
                                 Mrs H Smith
                                 Mr I Gordon
                                 Mr S Pickford
                                 Mr A Elks
                                 Mrs J Baylay
                                 Mr J Eccles


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                                THE SCHOOL UNIFORM

At the Faber Catholic (VA) Primary School we are very proud of our school uniform and we
hope parents/carers will support us in this.

All items of uniform are available from Buxton & Bonnett, Uttoxeter or Something
special, Cheadle.

BOYS

Grey trousers/shorts
Navy blue jumper (V – neck with the school logo)
School tie
White shirt
Grey socks
Black shoes or boots
Sandals (sensible)

GIRLS

Navy blue skirt/pinafore/trousers (in winter)
Navy blue cardigan (striped V-neck with the school logo)
School tie
Yellow check summer dress
White shirt
White socks
Navy or grey tights (winter)
Black shoes or boots
Sandals (sensible)

P.E. CLOTHES – BOYS AND GIRLS

White shorts
Royal blue T-shirt or polo shirt
Royal blue sweatshirt (with school logo)
Royal blue jogging bottoms
White socks
Black plimsolls, white trainers

SWIMMING

GIRLS – Full costume
BOYS – Trunks (not shorts)
Swimming caps must be worn in the case of long hair i.e. shoulder length.




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