Begbrook Primary School
2010 - 2011
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For Early Years
Begbrook Primary School Head Teacher
Begbrook Drive Duncan Cruickshank
Stapleton Tel: (0117) 903 0386
Bristol BS16 1HG Fax: (0117) 903 0388
Dear Parent / Carer,
Thank you for choosing to send your child to Begbrook Primary School. What strikes any
visitor on their first arrival is the happy and calm atmosphere among the pupils and staff. The
now well established "Begbrook Code", devised by pupils, parents and staff, provides the
basis for the supportive and caring ethos that runs throughout the school. We are an
inclusive school and expect all to support this aim. Our most recent OfSTED Inspection [July
2007] confirmed that we are a good and improving school.
We all have responsibilities [children, parents, staff, governors] to do all we can to support
Begbrook as a school where learning comes first. This will be reflected in the quality of our
partnerships and the way we work together to resolve any problems that arise.
The children at Begbrook are encouraged to take on an active role in both their learning and
in the smooth running of the school. They run an elected School Council and even take part
in showing candidates around on interview days. They are valued ‘ambassadors’ to our
We plan the curriculum carefully to ensure each child is able to progress to their full potential
and enjoy their learning. We promote literacy and numeracy skills whilst maintaining a broad
and balanced curriculum that develops skills across all subjects making each subject real by
helping children understand the purpose of their learning. We value the arts and believe that
every child must be given opportunities to express themselves through a wide variety of
media. We are proud to have been awarded The Arts Council Gold Award, in recognition of
our promotion of the arts. In addition, we pride ourselves on the development of personal
skills, values and morals. We have highly motivated and enthusiastic staff committed to the
school aims and continual improvement.
Parents and carers are vital partners in a child’s education and achievement and we strive to
build and maintain good relationships with all our school families. Begbrook is well known in
Bristol for our strong and effective relations with parents and our positive approach towards
inclusion in its widest sense. Good communication and parental partnership are a vital part of
what makes Begbrook work for our children. We want to work with you through successes
and concerns. With this in mind please come in and speak with any of us about anything –
we are here to help. We look forward to sharing your child’s education and achievements
over the coming years.
Chair of Governors
Our Aims and Values:
Every Child Matters
Be Healthy: Children will make informed
choices about how to achieve
a healthy and well-balanced
Stay Safe: Children will make choices to
keep themselves and others
safe and will know how to
seek appropriate support
when in need.
Enjoy and Achieve: Children will achieve to their full potential, enjoy learning
and take pride in success and the success of others.
Make a positive contribution: Children will develop the confidence, demonstrate
the behaviour and apply their skills to make a positive
contribution to the school and wider community.
Achieve economic and social well-being: Children will have high aspirations for
their lives and be enthusiastic about future learning.
We believe we can achieve these aims through the following:
A total focus on learning and the highest quality teaching,
A broad, appropriately balanced and exciting curriculum of the highest quality,
A wide variety of enriching opportunities
An environment of the highest quality that supports and stimulates learning,
Effective and inspiring teaching using a wide range of teaching styles that equips
each child with the ability to adapt their learning to a variety of situations,
A consistently positive whole school ethos where encouragement, support and
high expectations are at all times,
Effective partnership within the school community where all value inclusion
Begbrook Primary School is a large
suburban school with 435 children
aged 3 - 11 on roll. 50 children
attend nursery, split between
morning and afternoon sessions.
From Reception year onwards we
have 2 classes per year group, with
no mixed age classes.
We are lucky that our children represent a wide range of backgrounds. Around 50%
of children come from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and around 22% of
our children speak English as an Additional Language. As such, our children love to
learn from each other about their friends’ cultures and languages. We celebrate
Our children and families value uniform as a way of enhancing our
school identity. Our uniform encourages children to wear appropriate
clothing to school that encourages them to feel part of Begbrook. It
looks smart and reduces competition that can occur if clothing is left
open to wider choice. We sell items such as fleeces, jumpers and
polo shirts with a smart Begbrook logo. Please ask the office team
for a uniform order form.
Uniform Dark / plain trousers, shorts or skirt
White shirt or blouse
Navy blue jumper or school sweatshirt (with very nice stitched logo)
Summer Blue checked or striped dress may be a cooler alternative for the girls
PE/Games Plain dark shorts with plain t-shirt. (Please avoid named brands)
Alternatively we sell a school uniform PE kit with PE bag.
Children must have shoes safe to run in (low heels are essential)
School Session times and Length of the
The school day for children from Reception to year 6 is from 9:00am
It is essential that all children arrive 10 minutes before the start of
the school session.
Teaching week: (excluding the statutory daily act of collective worship,
breaks and lunch breaks)
Infant children 21 hours and 40 minutes per week.
Junior children 23 hours and 45 minutes
Our Staff Team
Head Teacher Deputy Head
Duncan Cruickshank Sarah Tonsley
Pam Hazel Pam Hucker Susan McCormick
& Rachael Day
Site Manager : Dave Briggs
First Aiders: Carole Vincent [First Aid at Work]
Andy Baker [First Aid at Work]
Paediatric First Aid: Most of our support team are trained in paediatric first aid
Breakfast Club: Managed by Pam Hazel
After School Club: Managed by Pam Hazel
The school is also supported by the following professionals:
SENCO Andy Baker
Educational Psychologist Katrina Brooks
Speech and Language Therapist Jane Huzzey
Education Welfare Service Alison Walker
School Nurse Health Visitor Community Support Police Officers
THE GOVERNING BODY
Governors are unpaid volunteers who work hard to guide the
All schools benefit from the wide variety of perspectives our
governors bring to decision making. At Begbrook our governing
team is made up of;
* 6 Parent Governors
* 3 LEA Governors
* 3 Staff Governors
* 3 Governors
(1 Governor is the Head Teacher)
New Parent and staff governors are elected for a 4 year term. Bristol City Council
appoints LEA governors and the Governing Body may co-opt those from the
The Governors are responsible with the Head Teacher for all aspects of the life of
the school including;
* Teaching and learning
* The appointment of staff
* School finance
* The maintenance of buildings and grounds
* The health and safety of all children and adults on site.
If you wish to contact our Governing Body please call our Chair, Laurence Rae on:
0117 965 3827
Our bright, comfortable school building was rebuilt
in 2003. It was specifically designed to be highly
accessible for everyone, with no steps, several
disabled toilets, plenty of natural light and lots of
space to get around.
Each classroom has an
interactive whiteboard and PCs. Wi-Fi allows the children to
use a class set of laptops anywhere in the building, so
computers play a part in our every day learning – without a
special trip to a computer suite!
The spacious building contains a large hall, Expressive Arts
studio, IT Suite, Library, SEN base and Food Technology
room for cooking.
Our school sits in large, attractive grounds which
contain spacious playing fields. We are surrounded by
the beautiful woodland of the Frome Valley and are
regularly visited by wildlife. Playgrounds include a
fenced area for Foundation Stage children and a large
play area for children in Key Stage 1 and 2. We are
developing a conservation area and have plans for a
Trim Trail for children to enjoy climbing play.
All schools are becoming more security conscious. We need to create
a secure environment form the safety of staff and pupils alike. For this
reason entry to school for parents and other visitors is via the main
door which has a video /control system and they should then report to
the school office. CCTV is in operation at all times. It is never
acceptable for any visitor, including parents, to threaten, verbally abuse
or intimidate any staff or pupils for any reason. Assertive action will be
taken to assure the safety and welfare of all staff and children.
We have high levels of protection provided by Bristol City Council. The
service filters out almost all inappropriate internet material. We also
have an internet safety policy - please ask the office for a copy or
speak with your class teacher for more information.
Our curriculum continues to evolve. We work hard to ensure the best possible
experiences for the children - we want every child to enjoy school and look forward
to their learning. Recently we changed introduced topic themes through which we
deliver much of the curriculum. You only need to talk to any child about their last
topic to see how much they have enjoyed it! Year group topics may change each
year to reflect the interests of children and
teachers and to reflect important world
events. We expect to make even more
effective use of our amazing outdoor areas
to support learning, explore play and take
exercise to contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
We aim to provide each child with a rich
variety of teaching that makes learning fun
and satisfying. Each child is treated as an
individual with their own specific needs. We
develop both academic and personal
success. It is the attitudes, values and social skills of our children that maintain the
happy family atmosphere of Begbrook School.
Key Stages of development
There are three distinct ‘Key Stages’ of education at Begbrook:
The Foundation Key Stage - Nursery and Reception classes
Key Stage 1 - Years 1 and 2
Key Stage 2 - Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
Nursery and Reception
When I’m playing with the building blocks,
Please don’t say “I’m just playing.”
For, you see, I’m learning as I play;
About balance and shapes
Who knows, I may be an architect some day.
When I’m getting all dressed up,
Setting the table, caring for babies,
Don’t get the idea I’m “just playing.”
For, you see, I’m learning as I play;
I may be a mother or father some day.
When you see me up to my elbows in paint,
Or standing at an easel, or moulding or shaping clay,
Please don’t let me hear you say, “They’re just playing.”
For, you see I’m learning as I play.
I’m expressing myself and being creative.
I may be an artist or inventor some day.
When you see me combing the bushes for bugs,
Or packing my pockets with choice things I find,
Don’t pass it off as “just play”
For, you see, I’m learning as I play.
I may be a scientist some day.
Extract from a poem by Anita Wadley
The Foundation Key Stage
This stage comprises of children in the Nursery and Reception
classes. We aim to provide a safe, secure and happy
environment where children can build a solid foundation for
learning throughout their school years and beyond. We value
each child as an individual and ensure that the activities they
undertake are suitable to meet their needs.
Our curriculum is based on learning through play and our plans
are led by the interests, learning and play that we observe in
the children. The children have opportunities to learn inside
and outside using a wide variety of stimulating resources.
Nursery and Reception share the outside space encouraging
good personal and social development and easing transition
from nursery into reception.
Planning for our children in the Foundation Key Stage is guided by the principles and
outcomes in the national “Curriculum Guidance for the Early Years Foundation
Stage”. There are six main areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication, Language and Literacy
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Of course children do not experience learning as discrete,
separate subjects. All areas of learning are equally important
and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to
child development. All these areas are delivered through
planned, purposeful play with a balance of adult-led and child-
Begbrook believes that the starting point for
effective teaching is the individual child’s ability
and level of understanding. There is no best way
to teach all children and so a variety of teaching
styles and approaches will be used. Some children
will need to be stretched in order to reach their full
potential and others will need to be supported.
What ever your child’s needs we will ensure that as
your child progresses so will their self-confidence.
Your child will feel good about learning.
Teaching teams work together to plan, monitor and evaluate the curriculum.
Carefully planned schemes of work ensure the curriculum is broad and balanced.
More than anything, we enjoy enabling every child at Begbrook school to become an
enthusiastic active learner who is equipped to cope with Secondary education and
with life beyond school.
Literacy at Begbrook
In their literacy learning children develop skills in speaking,
listening, reading and writing, enabling them to express
themselves creatively and imaginatively in order to become
confident, enthusiastic and effective communicators.
We pride ourselves in making our literacy lessons cross-
curricular, making many links with our topic areas to broaden the
experiences provided for our children. The children learn through
a variety of teaching styles that are interactive and challenging, and often practical
and drama- (or ‘real-life’) based.
The fantastic progress children make in writing is regularly
tracked and celebrated through the ‘Big Write’. Each child
has their own folder which provides evidence of their
individual progress. This is a record of achievement that
children can feel very proud of and teachers can use to
evaluate and further children’s learning.
Providing a rich and varied approach to reading is very important to encourage
children to become confident independent readers. Reading is takes place through
whole class ‘big book’, small group ‘guided’, and independent reading. The support
of our parents for home reading is invaluable, as is the support we receive from
parental help in school. We warmly welcome volunteers!
At Begbrook we are highly committed to work hard to raise the standards and
celebrate the successes of our children in literacy, and we are proud to recognise
the day-by-day progress made by our budding writing and reading ‘wonders’.
Mathematics at Begbrook
At Begbrook we strive to develop excellence in
mathematical thinking by:
Developing each child’s mental stamina and
Demonstrating the purpose of mathematics in
Encouraging children to become ‘problem solvers’. Providing
experiences that cater for all children through a range of teaching and
learning styles (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic)
Teaching children to select appropriate strategies and resources for solving a
Our teachers plan learning in accordance with the Foundation Stage Early Learning
Goals in Nursery and Reception; and the Mathematics Framework in years 1 to 6.
At Begbrook we use the Bristol Agreed Syllabus as the basis
for our planning in Religious Education. There are 2 key strands
to the RE curriculum:
Learning about religions (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism,
Sikhism, Judaism & Hinduism). Children are given
opportunities to develop knowledge about the key beliefs,
practices and celebrations of these major faiths.
Learning from religion. Children are encouraged to make
sense of their own experiences, beliefs and values in
relation to the themes and topics studied in the RE
During their time at Begbrook we aim for the children to have the opportunity to
encounter all of our local faith communities through visits to local places of worship
and by visits to the school from members of faith communities.
At Begbrook School we aim to be an inclusive community but recognise that
parents, of course, have the legal right to withdraw their children from Religious
Education. We would ask any parent considering this to contact Mr. Cruickshank.
Throughout their time at Begbrook, children learn about who they
are and how they fit into the world. They broaden their knowledge
of people and places and extend their experiences of home and
family. We strive to reflect the home lives of all our children
through shared experiences. Throughout the year we consider
major world festivals and celebrations to recognise all religions and
backgrounds, through, for example, stories, food, songs and music.
We warmly welcome parents and siblings into school to talk to the children about
their own personal experiences of celebrating important events in their home lives.
Children at Begbrook learn to embrace diversity and inclusion. We expect all parents
and carers to support this aim. Please feel most welcome to pop in and speak to the
Head Teacher, Duncan Cruickshank, or the Equalities Leader, Clare Morton, about
any inclusion issues.
Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)
In recognition of the outstanding practice in Social and Emotional
Aspects of Learning we support other schools as a lead SEAL
practice Primary School. In addition, the “Friends Programme” was
trialed at Begbrook in 2008 and we are now recognized as a pilot
school for the programme. This programme gives guidance and
supports pupils in the making and maintaining of friendships alongside
an increasing understanding of their own emotional development. Our
‘Buddy’ system develops and promotes social skills between Rec/Year 1 and Year 5
& 6 children, promoting friendship and support, creating unique relationships that
foster a sense of whole school community
As part of the PSHE programme the children learn
about sex education. This covers the emotional and
physical changes associated with puberty;
relationships within families and friendships; and the
human life cycle.
When the lesson content is of a sensitive nature, the class teacher
will inform you. You will have right to withdraw your child from Sex
School Discipline and the Begbrook Code
At Begbrook we make others feel good by…….
☺doing as we are asked,
☺working hard and always doing our best,
☺showing good manners and smiling a lot,
☺taking care of ourselves and of others.
The Begbrook Code is the foundation of what we all believe is the right way to
behave. We regularly remind the children about, and reaffirm our commitment to
this very successful way sharing expectations and working together.
Our discipline policy encourages each child to take responsibility for their actions
and deals systematically and calmly with behaviour that is contrary to our
expectations. It also focuses our attention on recognising and supporting good and
improving behaviour. This policy is available to any parents on request.
Children are motivated to earn Golden
Points. These are awarded for anything we
are proud of - excellent work, behaviour,
being helpful or anything else that we are
keen to encourage. Children can earn
certificates for collecting 50 and 100 points. A
few even achieve 150 points
Golden Time takes place in every class each
week. Children who behave and work well
earn Golden Time during which they may
choose from a range of highly prized activities. Children who receive reminders
during the week for negative behaviour lose some of their Golden Time.
Our Friday Celebration Assemblies are an opportunity for the whole school to
gather together and we celebrate achievements in every part of school life including
The Extra Support We Offer
Special Educational Needs
We committed to providing high-quality education for children. We believe that all
our pupils including those who are identified as having "special educational needs"
have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social
curriculum. We believe that educational inclusion means equal opportunity for all
learners whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, impairment, attainment and
This same entitlement is extended to those pupils who have a disability. A person is
considered to have a disability if s/he has a physical or mental impairment which has
a substantial and long term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day
to day activities. (Please ask for our Disability Equality Scheme for further details)
The steps of support your child will receive Statement The child has a
(in line with the National Code of Practice) statement of
Early Years & Here, external services advise and
School Action inform Individual Education Plan
Plus targets and work.
Early Years Here, pupils who need something “additional to and
& School different from” the normal differentiation. An Individual
Action Education Plan is used.
Basic Normal classroom differentiation of work.
Partnership between school and home
We encourage parents and carers to work closely
with us to support their child’s development as we
see this partnership as a crucial factor in
supporting and developing a child’s esteem,
motivation and achievement.
Supporting children with special educational needs
We are proud of how hard we work to support
children and are pleased that this was recognised by OfSTED (July 2007). The
school has a dedicated SEN base led by a non-teaching SENCO, Andy Baker.
Our experienced team of Learning Support assistants delivers a wide range of
help to the children including:
Small group “catch up” programmes
Support in class
The full Ofsted report is available from the Ofsted website. It noted:
“Teaching assistants play an effective role in learning, both in the classroom and
when they withdraw pupils from lessons for social support.
“The school uses outside agencies well to support vulnerable children”
Children with English as an Additional Language
At Begbrook, over one fifth of our children speak
English as an additional language, with the majority of
such children speaking Urdu with their families. We
actively welcome and celebrate the skills and cultures
of our multilingual children. We are very proud of our
children and their ability to communicate and transfer their knowledge
between the languages they use.
Our Equalities Leader, Clare Morton, works hard to ensure that children
who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) receive all the
support they need to thrive at school. We also have a dedicated Learning
Support Assistant, Shahda Aslam, who provides exceptional 1:1
language support for children who require extra help. In order to fully support
children in this way, we really encourage families to tell us when registering with the
school if their child speaks languages other than English.
Gifted and talented Children
At Begbrook we are committed to providing for all our children
whatever their needs. “Gifted and Talented” is a term used to refer to,
not just exceptional abilities, but to the 5-10% most able in our
school. “Gifted” is used to describe an academic ability; “Talented” to
describe a sporting, creative or social ability. We ensure that our
lessons are suitably challenging to take account of the needs of our
most able and progress is regularly tracked in our Gifted and Talented register. In
addition, Gifted and Talented children are often invited to special workshops and
We run a couple of schemes to support children identified as
needing extra maths support. “Numbers Count” is run by Miss
Ashley, who provides 1:1 maths teaching for children in Year 2.
Maths coaching is also available for children in Years 5 and 6.
Safeguarding all children
Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility. If we have any
concerns about your child's welfare we will discuss this with you.
Where there are child protection concerns we will inform you prior to
making a referral to social care. In exceptional circumstances, where it
is felt that your child will be placed at increased risk by informing you
about a referral to social care, we will make a referral without your
knowledge. We want to work with you to keep your child safe from
harm and where appropriate to access services to support you.
The school is supported by a variety of health service
specialists who visit the school to carry out routine checks. No
treatment will be given without your permission.
At Begbrook school we are very fortunate in being well equipped to provide a rich
and varied school life which extends beyond the National Curriculum.
Extra Curricular Activities
Many children like to attend lunchtime clubs. These activities change over time, but
can include choir, art and chess clubs. Our choir even go to perform at elderly
peoples’ homes and Frenchay Hospital. We are always looking for more exciting
experiences to offer our children so… watch this space!!
Our school staff and professional sports coaches provide a wide range of after
school and before school clubs throughout the year such as football, archery, rugby,
cricket, netball, volleyball and cheerleading.
We have a strong tradition of seasonal productions
and we recognise the magical confidence-boosting
effect that performance can offer our children! Each
year we have separate Key Stage Christmas carol
concerts and productions, and amazingly
professional Year 6 leavers’ shows. In addition,
each year our Year 4 classes perform to a very high
standard in a choir with other Bristol schools at the
Key Stage 2 children can learn to play violin, guitar or
keyboard. Ask at the office for details and prices. Many
children go on to pass exams in their chosen
Key Stage 2 Residential Visit
A residential visit for year 6 children takes place each year at a really exciting activity
centre in Devon. This important tradition for the oldest children in school offers
educational as well as social development opportunities. It brings their primary
education to a memorable end before transferring to
The cost of this trip can be spread to make the trip
Other Educational visits
Trips make learning come alive for our
pupils and are linked to topics. Recent trips have been to
Weston-Super-Mare, Farleigh Hungerford Castle and a Victorian
Before a trip we ask for voluntary contributions, but if payment is
difficult please talk to the Head Teacher in confidence. There are often ways in
which the school can help. No child will be denied access to any trip as a result of
the inability to pay.
Friends of Begbrook School
Friends of Begbrook School (FOBS) would like to welcome you to our thriving Parent
Teacher Association. FOBS are very actively and positively involved in life at Begbrook
School and we would like to invite you to become involved too.
FOBS are made up of four groups: Fundraising, Volunteer
Support, Link Parents and Special Projects. We aim to run 9
school events throughout the year, some are aimed
specifically at the children eg discos, some are for parents only
eg, quiz night and the rest are open to the whole of
Begbrook’s community, eg Christmas Fayre and Summer
Volunteer Support gives parents (and grandparents) the
chance to come in and help in school. This help may take the
form of reading with individual children, helping to make some resources or helping on trips.
Link Parents is a discussion group which meets 6 times a year to discuss ideas and issues
which relate to life at Begbrook. Link Parents gives parents and teachers alike, the chance to
put forward new ideas and to get feedback.
Here’s a snapshot of just some of the things FOBS has done over the past year:
introduced the fantastic reading records that each child in the school has
contributed to the cost of theatre groups coming in to perform to our children,
gained funding for some extra-curricular clubs
held a very successful Fashion Show,
sought parent feedback on the school’s homework policy,
sold copies of the children’s Christmas performances on DVD,
enabled Father Christmas to visit each of the classes with their Christmas presents
held a fantastic Christmas Fayre that raised over £1500!
contributed to Arts Week
At Begbrook we have a range of out-of-hours activities and “wrap-around care” from
8am to 6pm:
We provide a Breakfast Club for children from 8.00am. Children
have a healthy breakfast and have the opportunity to play games,
make new friends from different year groups, read quietly or do
homework. Children go to their classes at 8.50am to join their
classmates for early morning activities.
For details of the charges and menu please speak with Mrs Hazel in the Bursar’s
After School Club
Our popular After School Club currently operates from 3:30pm until
6:00pm, term time only. Activities follow a weekly theme and we make
use of our school environment, inside and out!
Please speak to Mrs Hazel in the Bursar’s Office for more details.
Hollies Holiday Club
We know that it can be tricky to make childcare arrangements during the school
holidays, so we are pleased to host a holiday club run by the United Bristol
Healthcare Trust (UBHT). Hollies holiday club is open to pupils from Begbrook and
the wider community. Please speak with Mrs Hazel in the Bursar’s Office for more
Stapleton School of Dance
After school our Expressive Arts Studio transforms into the
incredibly popular Stapleton School of Dance! This is a separate
organisation, but do pick up a leaflet in the foyer for further
Frenchay Judo Club
Judo classes are held on a Wednesday evening from 6pm for children
5years & over in our main hall. Please call Mr. Rodman to book as this has
been extremely popular. Telephone on: 07754798795.
Food in school
At lunchtime children can go home for lunch, have school dinners or a packed lunch.
Our school cooks provide a choice of cooked lunches,
including a vegetarian option, each day. Dinners must
be paid for in advance and dinner money should be
brought to school on the first day of the week. Please
seal the money in a named envelope. It is important to
tell the office if your child requires a vegetarian meal.
Parents should apply for free school meals if:
Claiming Income Support
receiving Job Seekers Allowance that is income based
receiving Child Tax Credit but not entitled to Working Tax Credit and annual
income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) not exceeding £16040
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Receiving the ‘guaranteed’ element of Pension Credit
If a parent is in receipt of the new Income-Related Employment and Support
Benefit they can now apply for Free School Meals (but not entitled if an
element of contribution based is paid)
The school office can give you a form to claim free school meals.
It helps the school enormously if all children who could receive free school meals
are registered. Even if your child does not have a school dinner, if you qualify
for free school dinners please register with us.
Children going home to lunch
Children going home to lunch should arrive back in time to begin the afternoon
session, between 5 and 10 minutes before the start of the afternoon is ideal.
Children are welcome to bring a sensible packed lunch to eat in
school. When the weather is fine, children in Key Stage 2 can eat
their packed lunches at the picnic tables in our beautiful grounds.
Children are able to concentrate more effectively if they have
frequent small drinks of water throughout the school day.
Children new to the school are given a school drink bottle generously provided by
the Friends of Begbrook School (our wonderful PTA). These bottles should be taken
home each day and refilled with water. Children who bring a packed lunch are
welcome to bring water based (non-fizzy) drinks to drink at dinner time.
Keeping You Informed
We work very hard to keep parents and carers informed of all our activities and
We produce a school newsletter every Thursday and this can
also be found on the website. Each Year group also sends home
a Curriculum Newsletter at the beginning of every term to explain
the topics children will be covering, skills they will be gaining and
any other special information. Parents often enjoy finding books,
artefacts or information with their child to support their topic.
We think it is important to give parents regular feedback on their
child’s progress. Curriculum reports are sent home 5 times a year
reporting on skills taught, suggestions for how parents can support at
home and comments on attitudes towards learning.
We hold three Parents’ Evenings per year to discuss your child’s progress.
Open Door Policy
Our children are proud of their work especially if it is on display. So please come in
to share their work! We value your involvement and interest in your child’s learning.
If you wish to discuss issues with a teacher please arrange a mutually convenient
time, in most cases this will be after school as mornings are very busy.
Parents are welcomed to the weekly whole school assemblies held most Fridays in
the school hall.
We also hold parent workshops to show parents how we teach at school, such as
this recent maths workshop.
Any parent wishing to look round the school before
applying to the school for a place(s) is invited to contact
the office (0117-9030386) to arrange a mutually
suitable time. Visits normally take place on Tuesdays at
10.00am or 2.00pm.
Children can be accepted for the Nursery Class from the age of 3 years. Admission
may take place at any time during the year although most begin in September or
October. We are able to admit “rising 3’s” in certain circumstances.
Subject to availability, parents may opt for either a morning or afternoon place.
Morning - 9:00 am - 11:30am
Afternoon - 12:45 pm - 3:15pm
Having accepted the offer of a place parents are invited to a meeting to be given full
information about the aims and organisation of the Nursery. Parents are very
welcome to seek clarification of any issue concerning the Nursery at any time. Visits
are also most welcome by prior arrangement. Such a visit will reassure you of the
high quality provision of the Nursery. Entry to the Nursery does not guarantee entry
into the Reception class as the admission policy of Bristol needs to be applied. We
sincerely hope that you will want your child to become part of Begbrook School and
look forward to welcoming as many of your children as we can.
A detailed copy of the Bristol policy for admission to the Nursery class is included as
an appendix 1 at the end of this booklet.
Admission to Primary School (Reception - Year 6)
A detailed copy of the Admission Policy for Primary Schools is included as an
appendix at the end of this booklet. We welcome any enquiries at the school office
where Mrs Hazel will be delighted to help.
Appendix 1: Admission to Nursery
Arrangements for offering places
1. A representative of the Governing Body of the school will be
involved in the allocation of places.
2. Admission to Begbrook Nursery does not guarantee an automatic
right to continued education at the school, and parents/carers will
need to apply for a place in a reception class at the appropriate
3. If more than one setting offer a place to a child only one place can
4. Regular attendance is required to maintain a place in the nursery
class or school, but close liaison will take place with health visitors
or social workers as appropriate if there are concerns.
5. A meeting will be held at school for all parents where there will be
an opportunity to meet many of the agencies involved in school life.
6. Children will have a phased admission
7. Staff will visit the child prior to admission to meet them in their own
1. A full copy of the policy and definitions of any of the above terms is
available in the school office.
2. A copy of the Complaints Procedure for Parents is also available
from the School Office but parents are welcome to write in the first
instance to the Governing Body if they have any
concerns/complaints about the admission procedure, policy, or
Agreed by Governors May 2005, Reviewed April 2009
Policy for ADMISSION to PRIMARY SCHOOL
Begbrook Primary School
Nursery Admissions Policy
The Governing Body adopts the policy for admissions as described by the LEA
(copies available in the school office).
The school and Governors look forward to welcoming children into the Nursery
which is the beginning of the Foundation Key Stage.
The following sets out how the policy which will be applied to those applying for
places at the Nursery, Begbrook School, as agreed by the Governing Body.
Services should be child-centred.
All activity should promote educational achievement.
Universal service including service for Children in Need,
Consistent quality across services with measurable outcomes.
Recognition that staff development is crucial to quality.
Consistent curriculum offered across settings.
Partnership with parents.
Family support services integrated with childcare and education
are crucial to holistic childcare approach.
All provision should adopt integrated equalities approach.
Partnership with other providers: Best Value approach to provision.
Services should be locally accessible.
Allocation of places
The school has responsibility for allocating places in accordance with the policy
determined by the LEA and adopted by the Governing Body of this school.
Priority for allocating part-time places will be as follows:
Children who are “Looked After” (in care) aged 3 by the end of August.
Children in need aged 3 by the end of August.
Other children aged 3 by the end of August who are children of families with
Any other child resident in Bristol and aged 3 by the end of August
If places remain after the part-time places have been allocated to all Bristol children
the remaining places can be considered for allocation as full time places as follows:
1 Full time place for children who are “Looked After” aged 3 by the end
of August, if it is considered appropriate to meet the child’s needs
2 Full time places for Children in Need aged 3 by the end of August if
considered appropriate to meet the child’s needs.
3 Full time places for children of families with specific needs aged 3 by
the end of August if considered appropriate to meet the child’s needs.
4 Full time places for other children aged 3 by the end of August if
considered appropriate to meet the child’s needs.
1 Part-time places can be offered to children who become 3 on or after 1
September if all attempts to fill the places as above have been exhausted.
The child will be offered a minimum of 5 part-time sessions.
2 Places can be offered to children not resident in Bristol if places remain
after allocating places as detailed above.
Offers of places will be sent out to Bristol parents during the first week
of May or as soon as possible thereafter.
Decisions about full time places will be made after admissions are
complete in October.
Whilst there is no specific date by which full time places should be allocated, places
will be left unfilled for as little time as possible. Places will not be held vacant for
children who might apply, and vacancies arising during the year will be offered to the
next child who meets the admission criteria.
If a parent chooses to delay their child’s date of entry to reception class, the nursery
place for that child will not generally continue unless it is recognised that the child
has very exceptional needs and the delayed transfer is agreed by parents, both
head teachers and by the relevant officer of the LEA.
Any child who is attending the nursery for a whole day must be provided with a meal
which the parent pays for unless entitled to free school meals. The same criteria for
determining whether a nursery aged child is entitled to free school meals applies as
for all other children.
Arrangements for offering places
8. A representative of the Governing Body of the school will be involved in the
allocation of places.
9. Admission to Begbrook Nursery does not guarantee an automatic right to
continued education at the school, and parents/carers will need to apply for a
place in a reception class at the appropriate time.
10. If more than one offer of place is made to a child only one can be accepted.
11. Regular attendance is required to maintain a place in the nursery class or
school, but close liaison will take place with health visitors or social workers
as appropriate if there are concerns.
12. A meeting will be held at school for all parents where there will be an
opportunity to meet many of the agencies involved in school life.
13. Children will have a phased admission
14. Staff will visit the child prior to admission to meet them in their own
3. A full copy of the policy and definitions of any of the above terms is available
in the school office.
4. A copy of the Complaints Procedure for Parents is also available from the
School Office but parents are welcome to write in the first instance to the
Governing Body if they have any concerns/complaints about the admission
procedure, policy, or arrangements.
Information about admission to Begbrook Primary School is available on request.
The School applies the admission policy of the Local Education Authority (Bristol
City). The criteria for admission to Primary Schools is as follows:
1 Where there are medical, psychological or special educational needs reasons
and particular placement is requested by the Authority’s professional advisers
and is accepted as essential by the Authority as part of the assessment of
special educational needs under the 1996 Education Act.
If you would like a place at a particular school because of the medical
condition of your child, you need to attach a letter from your child=s doctor to
your preference form. If a supporting letter is not attached, we regret that
your child=s condition cannot be taken into account when places are
The supporting letter will then be sent to the Consultant Community
Paediatrician to determine whether or not a particular placement should be
recommended as essential. AEssential@ means that only one school can
meet the child=s medical needs.
2 Where there are siblings already in attendance at the preferred school and
who will still be there in the following September. (Children are siblings if they
are half or full brother or sister, they are adoptive brother or sister or if they
are children of the same household.)
3 A small number of schools in Bristol have defined areas known as areas of
prime responsibility. Children living in this area of prime responsibility are
given priority when places are allocated using geographical considerations.
(I) If a school is one of those which has an area of prime responsibility,
priority will be given to children within this area.
(II) If there are more children living within the area of prime responsibility
than places available at the school, priority will be given to those
children who live closest to the school and/or furthest from an
alternative school with places available as measured in a direct line
from home address to the school.
(III) After places have been allocated from within the area of prime
responsibility, any remaining places will be allocated to those
children living closest to the school and/or furthest from an
alternative school with places available as measured in a direct line
from the home address to the school.
(IV) Appendix 3
Inclusion Policy Statement
Begbrook - A school where learning comes first
Inclusion Policy Statement
The Governing Body of Begbrook School is committed to inclusion in its widest sense. We
welcome all children to become part of our school community.
Purposes of being an inclusive school
We consider inclusion issues in order that:
$ each child grows and learns in an environment that encourages an understanding of
differences and similarities among people and celebrates diversity;
$ each child achieves his full potential without discrimination or prejudice of any kind.
$ the school community is bonded by a common agreement to encourage mutual
$ We can challenge the increasing polarisation of views internationally and encourage
unity through understanding diversity.
$ All children will take part in all activities planned as part of the curriculum (with the
exception of collective worship). There is no place in an inclusive school for children
or parents to opt out of any aspect of the curriculum;
$ All children will learn about other cultures through a variety of curriculum subjects;
$ The whole school community will actively support the school when dealing with
racism or other prejudice of any kind. We also actively promote race equality;
$ Modification to the physical environment will be considered in order to enable any
child with specific physical needs to play as full a part in the life of Begbrook as
possible. Funding to support these modifications will be sought from Bristol City
$ All children will join in annual activities associated with major faith celebrations (for
example, Christmas, Eid, Chinese New Year....)
$ Parents may request in writing for their child to be withdrawn from all collective
worship. This is a statutory right and is fully supported by the school.
$ Collective worship will be Alargely but not wholly Christian@ in nature. All major world
faiths are fully respected. Prayer will be expressed in terms of AGod@ rather than
Jesus to include as many children as possible. Children may choose to join with
AAmen@ (which means AI agree@ or Aso be it@).
$ The school plans and actively promotes all aspects of community cohesion.
$ The school looks at its provision for children and outcomes to ensure equality of
opportunity for all groups.
$ All elements of the school community are bound by these expectations.
$ To be part of Begbrook is to adopt and support these principles.
$ When confusion or conflict arises all parties must be willing to discuss issues openly
and honestly with an agreement to resolve the issue in the spirit of inclusion.
Please contact the school if you require more detail of any aspect raised in this prospectus or
wish to have a copy of any policy.
Also available from the school are the latest Ofsted report, school achievement and