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                               HOPTON C.E.V.C PRIMARY SCHOOL
                                     Growing together


Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Hopton VC Primary School and thank you for your interest in our school.

We are very proud to have achieved a report from OFSTED which judged the school to be “Good”
with many Outstanding” features in May 2010.


Our school is known for its warm and friendly atmosphere. Our staff, parents, carers, governors
and friends in the community aim to provide a positive learning environment in which children are
challenged and enjoy their learning. We are here because we believe that each child is special,
that each child has unique talents and abilities and that together we can nurture and encourage
every child to grow into independent, rounded individuals.

Education is a partnership between home and school and we place a great deal of emphasis on our
partnership with parents. We believe that children learn best when home and school work together
for their benefit. When your child starts at school, it is not where your job ends and ours begins.
It is where our job begins and your job continues. Children come to school with a wealth of
knowledge and understanding about the world around them. It is our aim to build on these skills
and promote a willingness and enthusiasm to learn more.

We hope that this prospectus gives you a flavour of what the school has to offer, and that we will
see you at our open mornings or SHARE days, but if you have any questions, please contact the
school office. We always welcome visitors and are proud to show them our school.




             Headteacher




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SCHOOL INFORMATION

Address:                    Hopton Church of England Voluntary Controlled School
                            Thelnetham Road
                            Hopton
                            Diss
                            Norfolk
                            IP222QY


Telephone:                  01953 681449
Fax:                       01953 688 938
Email:                      ad.hopton.p@talk21.com



Pupils on roll:             68 in July 2012

Type and age range:         Primary School 4-9 years

Headteacher:                Mrs Helen Harding

Chair of Governors:         Mr Robert Buckley

School hours:               Morning       08:45 – 12:00
                            Afternoon     13:00 – 15:00


Suffolk Local Education:    West Suffolk House
                            Western Way
                            Bury St Edmunds
                            Suffolk
                            IP33 3YU

                            Phone:       01284 763233
                            Fax:         01284 757378




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OUR VISION

Hopton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School is:

A caring school where all children are happy and motivated

They will be challenged and achieve high standards through fun and enriched curriculum

A school where all members of the school community have equal access to learning opportunities
and enjoy learning and growing together

SCHOOL AIMS

INCLUDING EVERYONE

Embracing our community, valuing diversity

RESPECTING EACH OTHER

Encouraging positive behaviour for all members of our community; following our Christian
ethos

ACHIEVING RESULTS

Promoting and pursuing excellence for all, developing capabilities to individual potential,
intellectually, physically and spiritually

MANAGING OUR ENVIRONMENT (SURROUNDINGS)

Ensuring that we feel safe and secure. Look for different ways to use resources; extending
what we do

ENJOYING LEARNING

Providing a stimulating, challenging and varied learning experience, having fun




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CLASS ORGANISATION

Our published admission number each year group is a recommended 18. Children work in mixed
age classes.

The information and particulars contained in this prospectus relate to the school year indicated on
the front cover and are correct at the time of publication.


Our School Environment

Ofsted Report May 2010
Main findings
Hopton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School is a good school. It has outstanding
features. The school offers pupils extremely high quality care and guidance from staff. This means
that pupils are treated as unique individuals. Pupils of all abilities and backgrounds are included
extremely successfully into learning whether they start at the school in Reception or any other
year group. This is because the school’s leadership and staff engage with parents outstandingly
well.
One parent summed their thoughts up when they wrote, ‘The pastoral care at the school is superb
and all staff are friendly and welcoming to parents and pupils.’ This ensures that pupils get on very
well together and their behaviour is excellent. They have positive attitudes to learning and say
they enjoy many school activities and projects. For example, one pupil said, ‘Science and maths
are fun.’ Pupils’ attainment is above average and they achieve well from their starting points. This
is due to the fact that teaching is good. Teachers use a good balance of practical exploration and
adult-led learning activities. Occasionally, the objectives for learning are rather broad and so
different groups of pupils do not know specifically what skills they are expected to use in each
lesson. Pupils do not always have effective opportunities to discuss what they have learnt
successfully in each lesson.
The school’s leadership places an extremely high level of importance on promoting community
cohesion. School leaders are involved very astutely in developing provision in the village for the
young and older people. Pupils contribute excellently to the community locally and on a world
wide basis. They learn very successfully about people in other countries because the internet is
used thoughtfully, for example, older pupils email students in Japan and find out effectively about
their cultural differences. Older pupils have written a script and started to make a film about life
in an English school which will be shared with students in Japan. Pupils are very aware
of the effects of climate change on the world. Global issues such as trading fairly
with other countries have been explored carefully by pupils due to very thoughtful
leadership from staff.
Outstanding leadership from the headteacher and her team are very astutely driving
improvements. The headteacher’s leadership inspires others to work together very
thoughtfully. Staff and governors are very proud to be part of the school.




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The school attained Healthy School status in 2008 and Sports Activemark in
2009. A playgroup operates close to the school but it is not managed by school
Governors and so it was inspected separately inspected.




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Our Catchment Area, Admissions Policy & Transfer




The school serves the catchment area of Hopton, Market Weston, Thelnetham and Hepworth, but
we welcome children from other neighbouring villages.

Parents who live outside the catchment area should apply for permission to attend the school from
the Area Education Officer and forms are available from the Headteacher or Secretary.

There are a limited number of places available within each year group. Places are offered first to
those who indicate that Hopton is their first preference and there is a place available. Thereafter,
if there are still places available, applications will be considered in the context of: the school’s
overall intake limit and consistency with the Suffolk Local Education Authority Admissions Policy.
We wish to comply with parents’ and carers’ declared preference and strongly advise parents to
apply for a place as early as possible in the academic year their child starts school. Prospective
parents are most welcome to visit the school by prior arrangement with the Headteacher.

At age nine, many children continue their education at our catchment middle school, Blackbourne
Middle School. We are part of the Thurston ‘pyramid’ of schools, so post-thirteen education for
many of our ex-pupils is at Thurston Community College, Thurston near Bury St Edmunds. We have
strong links with Blackbourne and an induction programme for Year Four children is run throughout
the year, which ensures a smooth transition to middle school education. Pyramid events with other
schools are held from Key Stage One onwards throughout the year.




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Parents should note that Suffolk County Council is responsible for admissions to the school and that
full details of the County Council’s admission policy, procedures and Suffolk’s co-ordinated
admissions schemes are set out in the Schools in Suffolk booklet.

When can my child start school?

Once your child has been allocated a full-time school place, they can start in the September after
their 4th birthday. Children may begin full-time education from the start of the autumn term or
may attend mornings only until the term in which they become five years old.

* “Mornings” for part-time children are from 8.45 a.m. to 12.00pm. Lunch available 12.00pm to
1pm.




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School Session Times


8.35 am      Children can arrive at school, with play supervised by staff
8.45 am      School starts with registration
9.00 am      Assembly
9.15 am      1st teaching session
10.15 am     Supervised play
10.30 am     2nd teaching session
12.00 pm     Part-time children to be collected from Early Years class unless staying for lunch
12.00 pm     Lunch time and supervised play
1.00 pm      Part-time children who stayed for lunch to be collected
1.00 pm      3rd teaching session
2.15 pm      Supervised play for Early Years and Year 1 children
3.00 pm      End of school. Parents to collect children from class teacher

Children have regular short periods of physical activity (“Brain breaks”) to help refresh them so
they remain stimulated and retain concentration. All Key Stage 1 children receive 23.45 curriculum
hours per week and Key Stage 2 receive 24.35 hours per week.
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School Terms


Under the 1986 Education Act children are required to be in school 190 days each academic year.
These are divided up into three terms:

Autumn Term
    September - December

Spring Term
     January - Easter

Summer Term
   April until July

During each term there is a half term break of one week. Teachers are in school for a further five
days for professional training, (Inset days).
Term Dates are attached to this prospectus.




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Your Child’s Learning

High expectations, high achievements
The broad and balanced curriculum will stimulate your child to acquire knowledge and develop
individual skills.
Children’s achievements are celebrated and everyone enjoys success and praise
regularly during their time in school. We encourage children to become
independent and confident in both their work and social development.
Every classroom is fully furnished and equipped with the highest quality learning
resources which include at least eight computers.
The class teacher will get to know your child very well and will be pleased to involve
you in their life at school. Children make progress at their own rates and in their own ways. It is
important to value them as individuals and to provide learning
opportunities that will build on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.
The curriculum is broad and balanced and provides for the academic, moral, physical, creative and
personal and social development of every child. In our schools today we recognise that learning
consists of:
• Acquiring knowledge
• Understanding ideas
• Perfecting skills
• Developing good attitudes.
In order for this to take place the children must:
• Become involved with things that interest them
• Be active in their learning
• Be encouraged to work with each other
• Make progress and be challenged in each area of learning
• Be encouraged to think and act for themselves and become independent.
The National Curriculum Programmes of Study are divided into Key Stages:


The Foundation Stage
The Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning.
We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate
to their needs. The Foundation Stage is about developing key learning skills such as listening,
speaking, concentrating, persistence and learning to work and co-operate with others.
The six areas of learning that make up the Foundation Stage curriculum are:
• Personal and social development
• Communication, language and literacy
• Mathematical development
• Knowledge and understanding of the world




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• Physical development
• Creative development
The outdoor environment is also a very special part of the Foundation Stage curriculum.
As such it is carefully planned for and available each day. The Reception class has its
own specially equipped outdoor area which is planned for and in constant use.
The teaching to achieve these Early Learning Goals will be through first hand experience and
structured play. The areas of experience will be linked to the National Curriculum.
The teacher and teaching assistant will keep records on children’s experiences and
attainments. Assessments of development and learning needs will be ongoing throughout the
school year. During the first half of the autumn term the teacher will carry out a baseline
assessment for every child. This will establish where they are in aspects of their learning and
development and help future planning. The results of this early assessment will be shared with
parents at the parents evening in the autumn term.
By the end of the year the teacher will have built up an accurate profile of each
child’s development. We encourage children towards reading, communication and mathematical
skills from the very beginning. Much of this earlier learning is achieved through carefully structured
play. Young children who cannot read or write often express their ideas and feelings through play.
It is an important way of developing new skills and building up relationships with other children
both individually and in groups.
Reading is taught through a variety of different structured reading schemes supplemented with a
wide range of other books. Books are organised in a structured, graded way to allow children many
opportunities for consolidation of key vocabulary. We encourage parents to work with their child
at home by hearing them read on a daily basis, and are always pleased to discuss ways in which
they can help their child at each stage of their reading development.


Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7 years) and 2 (ages 8-9 years)
The core curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 comprises:
• English
• Mathematics
• Science
• Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Children also study the subjects below as part of the National Curriculum. These are
called foundation subjects.
• Art and Design
• Design Technology (DT)
• History
• Geography
• Music
• Physical Education
Children are also taught Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education.




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Religious Education
Non-denominational Religious Education is provided for all children as part of the
curriculum and is in accordance with the local agreed County Religious Education
syllabus. Assembly is an important part of the school day when we meet together as a community.
It is a time when we place emphasis on the development of values and
attitudes towards each other and the world around us. Assemblies are nondenominational and
although they are of a broadly Christian nature due consideration is given to the multicultural
society in which we live.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and
collective worship should they so wish. If parents do not wish their child to be taught
the agreed syllabus or take part in short acts of collective worship then they should
inform us in writing. Their child can then be excused and suitable alternative
arrangements made.

Extra-curricular activities

Breakfast Club
Breakfast Club is open every morning from 7.45am. Children are offered a choice of healthy
breakfasts and the opportunity to play whilst being supervised until registration opens. The cost of
Breakfast Club is £2.00 per child with a reduction to £1.50 for each sibling.


We offer a wide variety of clubs that take place after school, or after school. These are run by
members of staff, parents and outside agencies. Some of the clubs we offer are:
   Art and craft
   Football
   Gym
   Basketball
   SPLAT
   Recorders
   Drama

Educational Visits
Visits play an essential role in our work and take place on a regular basis. These vary
from place in the locality for instance the walking to the church or chapel, Home from Home visits
to residential trip for children in year 4. Trips in Year 3 and 4 complement the classroom learning
and give a deeper understanding of the topics.
Safety & Security
We aim to provide an environment that is safe and secure for children and others. All entrances to
the school have security features. Safety of children as they arrive and leave school is a primary
concern. Accordingly, parents are required to deliver their child to the school handing them over




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to supervising staff and to collect them from the class teacher at the end of the day. If other
arrangements for your child are needed please advise the staff affected. We do encourage parents
to nominate a trusted other parent in school that may be asked to take care of your child should
the need arise e.g. in the event of the cancellation of an after school activity

Transport
Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children arrive at school. The Education Committee
also has a duty to provide free transport to catchment children living beyond a certain distance
from the school. A number of our children travel to and from school by bus. The administration of
the school transport service is undertaken from the County Education Department, St. Andrew
House, County Hall, Ipswich, IP4 1LJ, telephone no. (Ipswich) 01473 583 000. Living more than
three miles from the school entitles a child to travel by bus.

At the start of the day, children enter school directly from the bus via a footpath from the front of
the school building. At the end of the day a staff member places them on the bus.

Parents are asked to make sure that children who cycle to and from school have a sound
knowledge of road safety and that an adult always accompanies them. We advise that a cycle
safety helmet should be worn.




Home Learning
Hopton Primary School has a policy of providing homework learning opportunitiesthat are enjoyable,
manageable and interesting. Children throughout the school are encouraged to read at home for at
least 10 minutes on a daily basis. It is also expected that parents and staff will write comments in
their reading diary when a child is heard reading. In Reception and Years 1 to 2 we do give ‘set’
homework which give children the opportunity to carry out home learning tasks from time to time.
These are provided by the class teacher to extend and enrich their learning. These could be
researching the strand of a topic, finding out specific information, practising spelling words that
they find ‘tricky’, playing a game from school to consolidate a particular maths skill, visiting a place
of interest, finding artefacts at home to bring into school ... the list is exhaustive! In order to
prepare them adequately for the middle school phase Year 3 and 4 children are given formal
homework three times a week.




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SATs
In the summer term of Years 2 ( statutory), 3 and 4 ( optional tests in conjunction with Teacher
assessments), the children carry out the required Standard Assessment Tasks and Tests (SATs). The
class teacher assesses each child’s development in speaking and listening, reading and writing,
mathematics and science.
In addition each child undertakes a test in reading, writing, spelling and mathematics.
Parents are informed of how their child has done at the end of the summer term as part of their
child’s annual report.

KS1 SATs Results National 2010

KS1 SATs                         Results                          National 2010
Reading
Overall Level 2+                 83                               85
Level 2B+                        56                               72
Level 3                          50                               26
Writing
Overall Level 2+                 83                               81
Level 2B+                        67                               60
Level 3                          0                                12
Mathematics

Overall Level 2+                 100                              89
Level 2B+                        100                              76
Level 3                          33                               20


Year 4 Teacher Assessments       Results
Reading
Level 3 +                        86
Level 4                          64
Writing
Level 3 +                        86
Level 4+                         29
Mathematics
Level 3+                         79
Level 4                          57
Each pupil equates 7%




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Our School Results
The school was last inspected by Ofsted in May 2010. The report stated that:

“ The school offers pupils extremely high quality care and guidance from staff. This means pupils
                                are treated as unique individuals..”

Pupils have positive attitudes to learning and say they enjoy many school activities and projects.”

  “ An exceptionally welcoming and happy atmosphere is clearly visible throughout the school.
 Pupils receive exceedingly high levels of care from staff and so relationships are very positive.”

  “The headteacher leads the school with immense professionalism and enthusiasm and is ably
                      supported by a highly committed team of staff.”


Teaching Methods
We use a wide variety of teaching methods according to the needs of the children and
the nature of the activity. They include whole class, small group and individual
teaching. Children will usually be grouped according to ability and experience. The
groups may be different according to the task and will be flexible to reflect individual
strengths.
Special Educational Needs
Children’s progress is constantly monitored and assessed and careful records are kept.
Occasionally we find that a child does not make the progress we expect. If this were the
case parents would be consulted and appropriate steps to support the child taken. An
Individual Education Plan may be made with individual targets, review dates and ideas
to help parents to support their child at home. If targets continue not to be met, outside
agencies such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists or
Behaviour Specialists may be called upon for extra support. After further consultation
with parents the Local Authority (LA) may have to make a statutory
assessment based on specialist advice. The LA may then draw up a Statement of
Special Educational Needs. This describes all of the child’s needs and all the special help
that should be provided. Parents will always be consulted and kept fully informed at every stage
once we have identified that their child could benefit from some extra help. This could be for
educational, personal or social needs. Our assessment procedures will identify children
of very high academic ability and work will be planned to meet the learning requirements
of these children. Our SEN policy is available on request.




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Arrangements for Disabled Pupils & Parents

Hopton School has a policy of including any child who could benefit from the facilities that it
provides. With the re-development of the school building, there is wheelchair access and a
disabled toilet with shower. We always seek to improve our facilities for disabled pupils and
parents.

Child Protection

The school follows Suffolk County Council guidelines on Child Protection to ensure all pupils are
safe. It is the duty of the school to report concerns to the relevant agency e.g. Social Services.
The school uses the latest referral form (CAF) and liaises with parents where appropriate. Parents
are usually informed of concerns, however if a child is at significant risk a referral may be made
without contacting parents or carers.


Starting School

Preparation for school
During the summer term before your child starts, you will have the opportunity to take
part in our extensive induction programme. This includes:
• Coffee mornings
• Tea and Toys
• Meeting the teacher
• Attending a ‘Golden’ assembly
• Information meetings
• Story times
• A morning in school
• In September before your child starts school, you will have the opportunity to attend an ‘Open
Morning’.
• Immediately before your child starts, the whole family is invited to come and see
the classroom

Uniform

Uniform is worn at Hopton Primary School to develop a sense of pride in being a member of the
Hopton School community.




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All Infant Key Stage 1 Children
• Hopton School crewneck sweatshirt or cardigan
• Grey long or short trousers (boys) or grey skirt, pinafore dress or trousers (or
blue/white gingham dress in summer) (girls)
• blue polo shirt, plain or with school logo
• Black shoes
• Grey socks (boys) / white socks or grey tights (girls)
• Book bag with logo

All Junior Key Stage 2 Children
• Hopton primary School V-neck sweatshirt or cardigan
• Grey long or short trousers (boys) or grey skirt, pinafore dress or trousers (or
blue/white gingham dress in summer) (girls)
• White shirt, plain, suitable for tie
• Black shoes
• Grey socks (boys) / white socks or grey tights (girls)
• Book bag with logo



PE Uniform
• White T-shirt
• Navy blue PE shorts
• Black plimsolls or trainers (NOT lace up) with non marking soles
• PE bag with logo
No jewellery must be worn in school. If your child has pierced ears, small studs
are permitted. However, these MUST be removed by the child for PE.

Hairstyling:
All shoulder length / long hair must be tied back using a black, white or blue hair
band, scrunchie or bobble.

Behaviour

‘Good behaviour is a necessary condition for effective learning to take place’
Education Observed DFES, 1987
Within a school ‘family’ some rules are essential; these are mostly matters of common
sense to ensure the safety of our children. The emphasis in the school is to praise
positive behaviour, attitude and effort and to increase children’s awareness of the
need to make a positive contribution to their community.
We have a Behaviour Policy which is consistently applied by all adults who work in
school and is outlined below:




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Aims
    We will strive to create a positive climate in which pupil’s self esteem is nurtured
    and misbehaviour becomes a less attractive way to gain attention.
    All people in the school will be valued, respected and safe.
    Hopton Primary is an orderly environment in which effective teaching and learning
    can take place.
    Everyone will work together to encourage good behaviour.
    A high level of parental involvement is encouraged and expected.
    We will work closely with other agencies to ensure that children with complex
    needs and difficulties, and their families are given appropriate support.


Dealing with inappropriate behaviour
Our five simple school rules are:
I will walk and talk quietly in our school
I will be helpful and polite to everyone
I will look at and listen to people who are talking to me
I will look after everything in our school
I will always try my best in everything I do

Members of staff will provide attention to those who are behaving correctly. When pupils have to
be reminded of the rules, this will be done quietly and calmly with the aim of getting the pupil
back on task as soon as possible. The inappropriate behaviour will be criticised, not the child.



What happens if a child behaves inappropriately?
• The child will be give three warnings
• They may be given ‘time out’ to calm down and reflect
• If the inappropriate behaviour continues, the child will be given a ‘yellow card’.
This is placed on the “Good to be Green”, boards . It will remain there until the end of the
teaching session when it will be removed.
• A ‘red card’ will be given for acts of unprovoked aggression, rudeness, swearing,
or persistent misbehaviour that could endanger or distract other children. The
head teacher will discuss the child’s behaviour with them and parents will be
notified.
All adults in school will keep in mind that EACH DAY IS A FRESH START.




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Working together to improve behaviour
We will always try to work with parents. Good behaviour is the result of a partnership
between home and school and standards set at home and school should complement
each other. If any pupil lets his or her standards of behaviour fall, we will inform
parents and discuss it with them. It may be that sanctions outside school can help to
reinforce sanctions being used in school.
Behaviour
Community

Our school community is made up of children, parents, teachers, support staff and
Governors. Everyone has their part to play and this brings with it certain responsibilities.
Children
• Come to school with their parents and friends.
• Always try their best in everything they do.
• Be independent in managing their own possessions.
• Understand and follow the school rules.
• Follow the class routines.
Parents
• Bring their children to school and collect them on time.
• Ensure that their children attend school.
• Support their child by hearing them read and encouraging them to complete any
tasks that their teachers ask them to do at home.
• Keep the school informed of any concerns they may have about their child’s
welfare.
Teachers
• Take responsibility for the children between 8.45am and 3.00pm.
• Work closely with parents
• Provide the highest quality of education and care at all times.
Governors
• Support and assist the Head teacher in the strategic direction of the school.




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Health and Welfare
Welfare
The health and welfare of your child is our first priority. We will always contact you if
we have any concerns.

Medical Care
Once your child reaches five, his or her weight, height, hearing and sight are checked
by the school nurse and their general health is discussed with you.
Designated staff hold a basic First Aid Certificate. However there is a limit to the medication we
are allowed to administer. Please note the following statement issued by the L.A.:

“When children are ill, it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that they receive proper care,
and the school may advise parents that when children are unwell, they should not be sent to
school. The administering of medicines to children is also a parent’s responsibility, unless the
circumstances make it impractical. Since very few medications need to be administered in the
middle of the day when the child is well enough to be at school, parents will be expected to
either keep their child at home or arrange to administer the medicine personally if they believe a
course of treatment be necessary.”

If it is not possible to contact you, we will act on the advice of the medical officer consulted and
assume the role of the caring parent. Medical forms and contact details forms are available from
the school.

Any child who becomes ill in school will be cared for and comforted until you can be
contacted. We will need your telephone numbers and numbers of other emergency
contacts in school. You will need to ensure that these are kept up to date.

Food and Drink
We have our own school kitchen which is run by Suffolk County Catering and the
children can have a freshly cooked meal each day. Alternatively they can bring a
packed lunch.
Children in the infant classes have a free piece of fruit each day which they eat at
morning break time. Mid-Morning Munchies are available from the kitchen , at playtime for all
pupils.
A small glass of milk is Available in Class 1. Details of this will be available at induction.
Children are encouraged to bring a plastic bottle of water to school. It has been proven
that if children have regular access to water during the day they are more able to
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Attendance

Hopton Primary School encourages regular attendance in the following ways:
• providing a caring and welcoming learning environment and learning that is such
fun that children will not want to miss it.
• responding promptly to a child’s or parent’s concerns about the school or other
pupils; marking registers accurately and punctually during morning and afternoon
registration. If pupils arrive at school after the close of the register (9.00 a.m.)
without a written explanation, a late mark will be recorded. If a child arrives late
after 9.30 a.m. it will be recorded as late absence and counted as an unauthorised
absence. The pupil’s name recorded in the register in case of a fire drill;
• publishing and displaying attendance statistics;
• celebrating good and improved attendance;
• monitoring pupils, informing parents/carers in writing of irregular attendance,
arranging meetings with them if necessary and referring the family to Education
Welfare (EW) if the irregular attendance continues.

We expect that you will:
• ALWAYS encourage regular school attendance and be aware of your legal
responsibilities;
• ALWAYS ensure that your child arrives at school punctually and fully prepared for
the school day;
• ensure that you contact the school whenever your child is unwell and unable to
attend school;
• contact the school by 9.00 a.m. on the first day of the child’s absence and
telephone every day thereafter unless your child has a doctors certificate.
• contact us promptly whenever any problem occurs that may keep your child away
from school.
Responding To Non-Attendance
When a pupil does not attend school we will respond in the following manner:
• On the first day of absence, if we have not heard from you by 9 a.m. we will
phone you.
• If by the end of the second day, there has still been no contact made we will send
a letter of concern and invite you into school to discuss your child’s absence. You
will be notified that if the absence persists a referral will be made to Education
Welfare (EW).
• Failure to comply with the expectations set by EW may result in further action,
an application for an Education Supervision Order, or court prosecution.




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Grant for leave of absence in very exceptional circumstances
The school term dates are published a year in advance and we therefore do not see any
reason for parents to need to take their child out of school during term time. If a family
feels leave in term time is unavoidable, a Grant for Leave of Absence in Very
Exceptional Circumstances must be completed at least two weeks prior to the leave
date. This can be obtained by writing to Mrs Harding and the Governing Body, via the
School Office.
The Headteacher will then decide whether to send a Grant of Leave of Absence. No parents
can demand leave of absence for their child as a right. The Headteacher will decide
whether or not to authorise the absence having considered:
• Your child’s record of attendance which must be 95% or above;
• if leave is granted it shall not exceed ten school days in any one year;
• the time of the leave, ensuring that it would not prevent the child from missing any
important assessments/school events.
Please Note: a Grant for Leave of Absence in Very Exceptional Circumstances will not be
considered if a request has already been authorised in that academic year (even if the
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Parents and the School
Parents and the School
You are your child’s first and most important educator. At Hopton Primary
School we value and appreciate the important role you have to play in supporting your
child and developing a positive attitude to school and learning.
Research has shown that children learn best when home and school work in
partnership. At Hopton Primary School we offer a wide range of opportunities for parents to
actively participate in supporting their children in school.
Parents Surgery –The Headteacher and Chair of Governors run an open surgery once a month on
Friday mornings 9.00a.m.-10.00a.m. to discuss new developments in school and feedback issues
from other parents.
The Friends of Hopton – all parents are automatically members of the Friends and are encouraged
to join the committee and actively participate in events. The Friends organise various functions
throughout the year. These events raise money that will enable the Friends to provide resources
that might not otherwise be available to the school.
Parent/teacher consultation evenings – a chance to find out how your child is doing in
school. There are consultation evenings in each term.
Open afternoons – once a term parents are invited into school to have a good look
around their child’s classroom and see their work.
School newsletter – we distribute a school newsletter with all the latest
news and information every Friday. Details are available on our website.
Curriculum evenings – there are opportunities to attend evenings where areas of the
school curriculum are discussed and explained in detail.
Curriculum SHARE workshops – opportunities for you to come and find out more about a
specific curricular area and undertake some simple ‘hands on’ activities with your
child.
Coffee mornings – there is a coffee morning once a term to which all parents are
invited.

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School terms and Holiday Dates

Term Dates for academic year 2011-2012
Autumn Term 2011
PD Days Monday and Tuesday 5th and 6th September
Begins 5 September 2011
Ends 16 December 2011
Autumn Half Term
Begins 24 October 2011
Ends 28 October 2011
Christmas Holiday
Begins 19 December 2011
Ends 2 January 2012
Spring Term 2012
PD day Tuesday 3rd January 2012
Begins 3 January 2012
Ends 30 March 2012
Spring Half Term
Begins 13 February 2012
Ends 17 February 2012
Spring Break
Begins 2 April 2012
Ends 13 April 2012
Summer Term 2012
PD day 16th April and Monday 23rd July
Begins 16 April 2012
Ends 23 July 2012




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Summer Half Term
Golden Jubilee Saturday 2nd – Tuesday 5th June
Begins 4 June 2012
Ends 8 June 2012

School Complaints Procedure

The General Complaints Procedure for Parents and Others, adopted by the Governing Body in 1992
has now been revised and re-named the School Complaints Procedure. This revised procedure took
effect on 1 April 2005. It covers all issues falling outside the scope of the Curriculum Complaints
Procedure, except where there are other statutory procedures e.g. pupil admission process.

Copies of both these procedures are available from the school or from the Area Office.

Parents should note that it is the policy of the school to deal with all complaints quickly,
effectively and as informally as possible. Parents should, therefore, in the first instance, refer any
concerns or complaints to the Headteacher or, as appropriate, other teaching staff.

Handling Complaints
We take any complaints about school matters very seriously. We hope that in the first instance any
problems can be resolved informally with the child’s teacher and/or the Headteacher. If a matter
remains unresolved the Chairman of Governors or a panel of Governors take up the matter. If still
not satisfactorily resolved, a Local Education Authority panel undertake formal consideration.
Further information is available from the Headteacher and the Area Education Officer.


And Finally……

We would be delighted to welcome you on a visit to our fantastic school. We hold
open mornings for parents/carers who are seeking a place in our Reception Class. These
take place in the Autumn term and provide an opportunity to meet some of our children,
governors, parents and staff.
If you are looking for a school place for an older child please telephone to establish if
we have any vacancies in the appropriate year group.
All schools are very different and choosing the right one for your child is not an easy
task. We wish you every success in finding the school that best suits your child’s
unique personality, interests and learning needs.
NB: The information in this booklet was correct at the time of going to print




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Appendices

Appendix A

Staff Lists

TEACHING STAFF
Headteacher                    Mrs Helen Harding
Year 1 Teachers                Mrs Jan Hughes/Mrs Wendy Maxwell
Year 2 Teacher                 Mrs Caroline Jackson
Years 3 & 4 Teachers           Mrs Helen Harding/Mrs Sam Jones


NON TEACHING STAFF
Clerical Assistant             Mrs Sarah Adnett
                               Mrs Terri Baker

Classroom Assistants           Mrs Lynne Gilbert
                               Ms Lucinda Cooney
                               Mrs Margaret Waugh
                               Miss Kirsten Knox

Mid-day Supervisory Assistants Mrs Margaret Waugh
                               Mrs Denise Jones

Caretaker                      Ms Emma Trainor

School Cook                    Mrs Teresa Ives
Catering Assistant             Mrs Lydia Hopwood
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Appendix B
A new Instrument of Government has been proposed in accordance with
government changes in February 2004. The structure of the Governing Body is
defined by the Department of Education and comprises:-

        Name              Representation         Category         Comment

Mr Robert Buckley        Chair               Parent            Until Sept 2012
                                             Governor
Rev David Messer         Vice Chairman       Foundation        Until June 2012

Mr A Hood                Vice Chairman     Parent              Until Oct 2015
                                           Governor
Mr Patrick Sullivan      LEA               LEA Governor        Until Nov 2014
Mrs Wendy Maxwell        Staff             Staff Governor      Until Sept 2012
Mrs Marel Denton         Minor Authorities New                 Until Aug 2011
                                           Community
                         Non – teaching Staff Governor
                         Staff
Mrs Helen Harding        Headteacher       Staff Governor      UFN
Ms Mary Jo Pinder        Community         Community           Until Sept 2012
                         Community         Parent              Until April 2012
                                           Governor
Mr Timothy Watson        Community         Parent              Until      Sept
                                           Governor            2013
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Appendix C



           Achievements and Standards – 2010 Key Stage 1 Results


                            Pupils 15   AvPts 16.1


                               Level 2 or above

                School       Cluster        Area          LA           Nat
 Reading          87           92            88           86           85
 Writing          87           91            85           83           81
  Maths          100           95            91           90           89
 Science         100           95            93           91           89




                              Level 2B or above

                School       Cluster        Area          LA           Nat
 Reading          80           84            77           74           72
 Writing          80           79            70           65           60
  Maths           87           86            79           76           73
 Science




                               Level 3 or above

                School       Cluster        Area          LA           Nat
 Reading          20           41            34           30           26
 Writing          13           26            21           18           12
  Maths           27           32            27           24           20
 Science           0           22            24           22           21
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