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Holy Cross, the School
Holy Cross School is a modern, well maintained building
situated between Sangley Road and Culverley Road in
Catford. The school was opened in January 1975 and was
built in an open-plan style. This means that classrooms
were very small but we have now expanded all of our
classes and have a new classroom, music room and a
computer suite completed in September 2004. The
resource areas adjacent to the classrooms with other rooms
also provide extra teaching and working space when
needed.

Children learn to work quietly and independently, to share and to respect each other's
needs as they move around and work alongside each other. There are two playground
areas both with hard surfaces. The grounds are well maintained and attractive. Outside all
classrooms there are paved areas that provide space for work activities.

Holy Cross, the Local Community
Holy Cross is a school community where everyone; children, parents, parish priest,
governors and staff work together to help the children develop an understanding of the
local community.

The local beat officer regularly visits the school and every year the Year 6 and 2 children
take part in a project organised by the Fire Brigade. We work with neighbouring primary
schools and there is a well-established link with Bonus Pastor, our neighbouring
secondary school.

How the School is Organised
With the head teacher there are eight full-time teachers, and four part-time teachers. All
staff are totally dedicated to the aims of the school. The nursery teacher is supported by a
nursery nurse. The reception class has a full time teaching assistant.

The school is fortunate in the high quality of its teaching assistants. They support the staff
in the classroom, help with practical activities in Science, Design Technology, Art and ICT.
They also run special programmes to aid children’s learning and work with the Inclusion
co-ordinator to support children with their learning. In order to do this work teaching
assistants follow a variety of training programmes provided by school and outside
agencies.

For most parents the first contact with the school is the school administrative officer or
administrative assistant. Both have a wide responsibility and are always ready to help. Our
Premises Officer is not only responsible for the upkeep and security of the school but he
also helps in numerous other ways to support the staff and children.

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          The Governing Body
 There are 16 governors on the school's governing body:

     *    9 foundation governors appointed by the Diocese (3 of whom must be parents)
     *   1 appointed by Lewisham Council
     *   The head teacher
     *   1 teacher governor
     *   1 support staff governor
     *   3 parent governors.
 Parent governors are elected by parents and normally serve for four years.
 The deputy headteacher attends all meetings in an ex- officio capacity.


Governors' Responsibility
The governing body is responsible for many important decisions in the running of the
school.

These are as follows:

 1. Admissions and Appeals.
 2. Appointing the head and all the staff.
 3. Discipline, attendance and grievance procedures.
 4. Ensuring that the National Curriculum is implemented.
 5. Deciding how sex education and religious education should be taught in the school.
 6. Producing the school prospectus.
 7. Deciding what charges should be made for activities outside normal school hours
   including lettings.
 8. School buildings.
 9. Special education needs.
10. Finance.
11. Equal opportunities.
12. Health and Safety.


The governing body has an annual meeting for parents.

The Governors keep in touch by visiting during school hours and attending school
functions.

A full list of governors is to be found at the end of this prospectus.




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Parents and the School
To ensure that the children achieve it is essential that there is a strong partnership
between staff and parents. We aim to keep parents well informed and involved in the
running of the school. We produce a weekly newsletter for parents and carers.

Parents are notified by letter of all school events and are welcome to attend class
assemblies and class Masses. During the school year all children are involved in a
concert, entertainment or class assembly to which parents are invited. In the Autumn and
Spring terms parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress with their class teacher
and other members of staff if relevant. In the Summer Term a written report is given to
parents that they can discuss with the class teacher if they so wish.

If we are concerned about your child's progress or behaviour we will contact you to
discuss the matter. If you are worried please telephone the school administrative officer to
make an appointment to see the class teacher or the head teacher.

   There are several ways in which parents can help support the school:

      Encouraging and supporting your child's learning at home and by sharing books
       and listening to your child read.

      Supporting children with any homework set by the class teacher.

      Helping teachers and supporting children in the classroom.

      Accompanying children on class outings.

Our Home School Agreement sets out the responsibilities of parents, school and children
in more detail. This is given to all parents when their child comes into the school and
again when their child is in the juniors.

If you have any time to spare and would like to help us in any way we should be delighted
to welcome you in the school.




Parent Teacher Association
There is a very active P.T.A. at the school that organises both social and fund-raising
functions throughout the year. Parents and carers of children in the school are
automatically members. Members of the committee are elected each year but the P.T.A.
welcomes all volunteer help especially at the time of the annual Summer Fête.




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Arrangements for Parents to Visit the School
Parents who wish their children to be admitted to the school may obtain details of
admission procedures by contacting the school. A copy of the admission policy and
supplementary form is also available.

An appointment can be arranged to see the head teacher who will provide further details
and give parents an opportunity to view the school if they wish.

We also extend a welcome to parents with children already at school who wish to see their
children at work. Please make an appointment with the head teacher.

Our latest OFSTED report (July 2006) and RE report (November 2006) can be seen
on our website www.holycross.lewisham.sch.uk




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                                    Nursery Class
When parents have been informed that their child has a place in the Nursery they are
invited to a meeting with the Headteacher and nursery staff and to visit the Nursery and
introduce their child to the classroom. When the children start Nursery school the parents
must be prepared to stay with their children until they have settled in happily.

Providing a place is available children usually start in Nursery as soon as possible after
their third birthday. It is desirable that they are able to use the toilet facilities on their own.
Children should wear sensible shoes and play clothes for Nursery. School uniform does
not apply. Earrings must not be worn due to health and safety requirements.




Nursery Curriculum
In the Nursery the curriculum for young children is broad, balanced and relevant to the
children's needs. The children learn through play and experience. We aim to promote a
caring, warm atmosphere where the children are happy and feel secure. We are currently
implementing the new Foundation Stage Curriculum across the nursery and reception
classes. This is organised under the following headings:

Personal and Social Skills

Language and Literacy

Mathematics

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Physical Development

Creative Development

Children learn to work together. They share toys, books and other activities. An Early
Years Document is available when a child is accepted into the nursery giving much more
information about the nursery.




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Preparing Children for School
Parents should prepare their children for school by training them to be as independent and
responsible as possible.

Encourage their language skills by making sure that they have plenty of conversation.
Read to them as often as possible so that they are familiar with books and enjoy listening
to stories.

Another application needs to be made for the reception class. A meeting is held by the
Headteacher in October each year to go through the process for prospective parents.

Class Organisation
Thirty children are admitted each year. All classes contain single year groups. Year 6 has
35 children in each class as the school took 35 per year until September 2002. Those
children who came in at reception from September 2002 will be in classes of 30 until they
leave at the end of Year 6 (last year in the juniors).

Progression from class to class is on an age basis. This also applies to the younger
children. The individual needs of a child and number of children within a particular age
group are taken into account. This is always done in consultation with the parents.

Timetable
   Nursery Class:
   Part-time

   *                8.55 a.m. - 11.25 a.m. Morning session

   *               12.45 p.m. - 3.15 p.m. Afternoon session

   School:
   *                8.55 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Morning session

   *               10.30 a.m. - 10.45 a.m. Break

   *               10.50 a.m. - 11.55 a.m. Morning session (Infants)

   *               10.50 a.m. - 12.25 p.m. Morning session (Juniors)

   *                1.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m. Afternoon session

   *                2.30 p.m. - 2.45 p.m. Break (Infants)



Please try to ensure that your child arrives at school on time as late arrival can cause
them distress and disturb the teacher and other children. We also ask that children are
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collected promptly at the end of the day as they may become anxious if they are left when
the other children have gone home.

Please be aware that late arrival in school will be recorded and the number of late arrivals
published in the "End of Year Report". Lateness is designated as arriving 5 minutes after
the bell i.e. 9.00 a.m.




Actual Teaching Hours
   *    Juniors       -    25 Hours

   *   Infants    -       21¼ Hours

Examination statistics for end 2006 KS2 (Year 6) are publicised in November of each year
in the national and local press or obtained from the school. KS1 statistics are available
from the school – these are not made public. Secondary destinations for our Year 6
children are available from the school in September each year.

Secondary Transfer

Two meetings are held for parents of children transferring to secondary school led by the
Headteacher, one in the Summer Term of their Year 5 year and one in the Autumn Term
of Year 6 (usually in Sept). Each parent is then invited to an individual meeting with the
Headteacher to discuss the process as relevant to their child.




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Lunchtime
Children may have a school meal or bring a packed lunch. School lunches cost £1.25 a
day and money for the week is collected on Monday morning. Money should be paid in
small envelopes with the child's name on the outside and the amount enclosed. It is
helpful if the correct amount is sent. If parents wish they may pay half-termly or termly.
Cheques should be made payable to Holy Cross School. The school must be notified in
writing of any special dietary requirements and food allergies. Children who bring a
packed lunch should have their lunch-box clearly marked with their name. Soft drinks are
allowed but to avoid accidents they must be in sealed cartons. We do not allow sweets,
chocolates or nuts to be eaten in school and ask for your co-operation in this matter
when you provide a packed lunch for your child. Canned or glass bottled drinks are not
permitted. Some children are eligible for free school meals and if you have any queries
about this please see the school office staff. Please note that children are not allowed to
change from a school dinner to a packed lunch, or vice-versa, during any given half-term.
They may only change at the beginning of the half-term.




Accidents and Illness
If children have slight accidents in the school they are treated by one of the trained First
Aiders. We do not apply ointments or lotions in case of allergy, and are not allowed to give
any form of medication except at the discretion of the Headteacher. If an accident
appears to be serious parents will be notified in case hospital treatment is necessary.
Parents will be notified, by phone, if a child has a bump to the head. For other injuries we
will send a note. All accidents are recorded in the accident book.

If your child becomes ill we will phone you. We only send for parents to come and collect
their children if we think it is necessary. It is therefore very important that the school has a
telephone number where parents or carers may be contacted during school hours.

              IF THIS CHANGES WE MUST BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY.




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Bus Passes
 This is no longer relevant since the advent of the free travel pass.

School Uniform
It is normal for school uniform to be worn in the Infant and Junior Departments. Uniform is
simple and practical and may be bought at any shop the parent chooses.

Girls
    *   Winter   - White blouse, grey skirt or tunic, blue pullover or cardigan, school tie.

    *   Summer - ¼ inch red and white gingham dress made in any style.

        Girls in Year 6 may wear a white polo-shirt with a grey skirt (not a gingham blouse).

Boys
   *    Winter   - White shirt, long or short grey trousers, blue pullover and school tie.

   * Summer - White polo-shirts, grey shorts.

School ties may be bought from the school for £3.50 each. Footwear is parent's choice
but should be black or brown, sound and sensible. Trainers should only be worn for
games or during lunchtime in the playground. There is no hard or fast rule for outdoor
uniform although denin jackets or tracksuit tops are not suitable. All clothing must be
marked with the child's name so that lost clothing may be traced and returned quickly.
Hairstyle is to be conventional in style, length and colour. Baseball caps may be
purchased from School – no other type should be worn.

School bags may be bought from the School Office – Red Infant Bag £3.50 each, Blue
Junior Bag £4.50 each, P.E. Bag £3.00 each. School hats are also available from £3.00
each.

Open toed sandals and slip on shoes should not be worn in school.

No jewellery is permitted. Watches are worn at the owner's risk. Teachers cannot be held
responsible for items of value brought to school. Mobile phones should not be brought to
school.

For Physical Education all children, both Infant and Junior, are expected to wear a plain
white T-shirt, plain navy shorts and plain navy tracksuit bottoms for outdoor games in the
winter. The children work in bare feet in the hall. All Infant children need velcro or
elasticated plimsolls for outdoor games. Juniors may wear trainers. These should be
kept in a drawstring bag in school.




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Medical Problems
If your child has any health problem please let us know. The school nurse visits the school
on a regular basis and will be able to offer advice if you are concerned about your child's
welfare. The School Dental Health Service checks the children’s teeth. In the interest of
healthy eating sweets, crisps and biscuits are forbidden but the children may bring fruit to
eat at playtime in the Juniors. Chewing gum is forbidden at all times. Children in the
infants and nursery are provided with fruit at break time as part of the Governments
healthy eating scheme. If a child is on medication the school must be informed; this
information must be updated regularly. Administering medicine in school is at the
discretion of the Head Teacher.

Absences
If your child is absent from school please contact the school by telephone on the first day
of absence. Please send a note when the child returns to school. If your child has to
leave school early a request must be made to the head teacher either personally, in
writing or by telephone. Children are not allowed to leave the school on their own during
the school day and must always be collected by a known adult. We ask parents to
consider carefully when making their holiday arrangements, as it may be detrimental for
children to miss school, even for a short period of time. Permission for a holiday must be
sought from the head teacher and permission forms are available from the school office.

Parking
Parents and visitors must not to use the school car park during school hours
either for parking or turning. The zigzag lines outside the school on Culverley
Road and Sangley Road are mandatory. Parents who park on these lines
before and after school are liable to receive a parking ticket from the police.
These rules have been made for the safety of your children.

Entrance to the school before 9am and after 3.15pm is through the Junior
playground in Culverley Road and via the gate in Sangley Road. Before school begins
children wait in the Infant playground where a teacher will be on duty from 8.45 a.m.
During school hours all visitors must come in via the Culverley Road entrance,
walking through the car park.

                 Children should not come into school before 8.45am.




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Charging for School Activities
There is no charge for any materials and equipment provided for the activities during
school hours. However it is the policy of the school to give all children the opportunity of
making visits to places of interest. Without the voluntary contribution of parents to support
the cost of transport and entrance fees involved, these activities could not take place.
However no child will be excluded if his/her family is unable to make a contribution. The
average amount expected per year for each child’s outings is approximately £15-£20. The
staff do try to keep the costs down, and many trips are subsidised by our School Fund.

We ask parents to make a voluntary contribution of £10 per year per family to the School
Fund. This fund provides resources for extra items of expenditure for the benefit of the
children and the school.

Your time is also valuable for supporting activities in school or volunteering to go on
school trips.




Worries, Complaints and Compliments
If a problem arises please make arrangements to see your child's teacher to discuss your
concerns. If further discussion is required an appointment with the head teacher may be
made. Most issues can be dealt with promptly and efficiently at this level. However, if you
are still not satisfied, you may approach the Chair of Governors.

Please let us know when you are pleased about something too!




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What is the Curriculum?
The Curriculum refers to what we teach and how it is taught. It includes the subjects that
the children study, the content of these subjects and how they are integrated together.

Aims and Objectives
Holy Cross is a Catholic School where we aim to provide a Catholic Education in a
Christian environment. Pupils and staff are challenged to achieve their potential,
intellectually, socially and spiritually. We aim to provide a broad, balanced and relevant
curriculum that meets the needs of each individual child. We encourage children to work
independently, to develop skills and establish concepts in order to have access to the
National Curriculum. We take children on from where they are academically. We build on
the children's own experiences so that they grow in self-esteem and respect for others.

Equality of opportunity
At Holy Cross School we expect work of a high standard. Each child's work is valued and
we try to ensure that every child develops his or her full potential.

We are opposed to any discrimination on the grounds of race, gender or ability.

The curriculum taught at Holy Cross School includes all the National Curriculum subjects
and Religious Education.

Subjects covered by the National Curriculum are referred to as Core Subjects and
Foundation Subjects.

Discipline
At Holy Cross School there is a strong emphasis on self-discipline and respect for all
members of the school community.

Children have to learn that school is a place where they will be living with many other
people and this means sharing equipment, books and adult’s attention. Children are
expected to get on with their work and not waste time or prevent other children from
working. We do not believe in and never use corporal punishment.

Children are expected to listen and not to hurt or abuse other children by word or action.
It is as a Christian Community working together that we create an atmosphere of hard
work, self-discipline and mutual respect for each other.

The School’s Behaviour Policy, Anti-bullying Policy and Home School Agreement are
given to all parents when their child comes into school. Parents are expected to sign the
Home School Agreement and return it to the school.




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The National Curriculum
One of the most important changes in Education brought about by the Education Reform
Act, 1988, was the introduction of the National Curriculum for children aged from 5 to 16.
The National Curriculum ensures that all children will study essential subjects and have a
better all-round education. It should also make it easier for children to move from one
school to another, particularly from Primary to Secondary.

Core Subjects
English, Mathematics and Science.

Foundation Subjects
Religious Education (R.E), Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Physical
Education, Information Technology (I.T.), and Music.

Whenever possible these subjects are integrated across the curriculum. However this
method is not always appropriate and some areas of the curriculum are taught separately.

CORE SUBJECTS
English
We are aware that Language is the means of learning throughout the school curriculum.
We aim to create opportunities for the development of children's learning through
language, about language and as users of language in all curriculum areas.

Speaking and Listening

Children need to have well-developed skills in speaking and listening if they are to make
progress in reading and writing. We teach listening skills and also teach children to
communicate verbally.

Reading
The work has already begun in the home and continues in the Nursery where the children
are provided with a wide variety of books: fiction, information and
poetry books. Access to books, listening to stories, talking and
discussing provides a rich environment for the children to be
introduced to reading.

This process continues in the School. All types of books are
available to the children in classrooms, quiet-rooms and the
school library. They are also introduced to a wide ranging,
interesting, structured reading scheme. All children are encouraged to take books home to
read aloud to a parent or adult, to share or to read for pleasure.




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Writing
Writing begins in the Nursery where the children are encouraged to express themselves
with their own form of writing using their preferred hand. In school children develop
traditional writing skills, they are encouraged to write both imaginatively and factually.
They become familiar with several written forms and through experience they are made
aware that writing has a number of purposes.

As the children progress attention is paid to Spelling, Handwriting, Drafting, Punctuation
and Sentence Construction so that the children learn accuracy and correct writing
techniques.

We teach correct letter formation from the beginning because we feel that it is essential
that children develop good handwriting habits. Children use a variety of materials and we
expect that by the end of Year 2 all children are using joined up handwriting.

Mathematics
The work covered in Mathematics includes all the areas of study outlined in the National
Curriculum, namely number, algebra, shape and space and handling data. We aim to give
children mathematical skills for life to help them enjoy solving problems and having the
confidence to make effective use of their mathematical skills. There is an emphasis on
practical work, using apparatus and discussion. Children are encouraged to record
mathematical operations, to memorise facts and to practice what they have learned. To
ensure continuity, teachers and children have access to a wide variety of mathematical
schemes.

Mathematics is taught as a subject in its own right but is also included in other areas of the
curriculum.

Science
The work covered in science includes all areas of study outlined in the National
Curriculum. Children are natural scientists, they enjoy
asking questions, investigating problems and making
predictions. We aim to help children develop a logical and
reasoned approach to problems and to develop scientific
concepts.

Through practical activities the children are encouraged to
observe, question, predict, experiment and to make
decisions on the basis of the evidence and to record and
communicate their findings.

Topics are often scientifically based although some aspects of the Science Curriculum are
taught in isolation.




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Foundation Subjects
Religious Education
In the teaching of R.E. we feel that the role of the school is to support, extend and clarify
what the children learn and experience at home and at Church. The partnership of Home,
School and Parish is the essential framework for the religious formation of the children.
Our task is to help the children in their search for God so that they enter into a personal
relationship with Him. Our faith helps us to make sense of our lives and the world in which
we live. It is a serious commitment and to foster the growth, development and positive
expression of personal prayer as well as liturgical community celebration.

Our religious instruction is based on the following main elements:-

   *    Doctrine and Scripture

   *   Moral Teaching

   *   Liturgy and Sacraments

We try to help the children to become aware of and understand the significance of the
Sacraments. We concentrate on the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and First
Eucharist. We teach the common formal prayers of the Church, so that we can pray
together in Church, classroom and assembly.




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Technology
Technology has links with the majority of the other curriculum areas. The work covered in
school includes art and design; craft design technology and information technology.
Children will be asked to investigate problems using research skills, to devise a solution
and evaluate what has been produced.

Technology draws on knowledge and skills from many other subjects but in particular it is
closely associated with Science. Children will work on activities associated with home,
school, recreation, community, business and industry.

The children's knowledge of Technology will be acquired by designing and making
models, using sets of objects which act together to produce movement and finally through
investigation of the environment.




History and Geography
Through the study of History and Geography children develop an understanding of
themselves and the world of which they are part.

In History they learn facts by using evidence, research skills and an awareness of
continuity and change.

In exploring the relationships between peoples of the world and the places in which they
live, children become interested in Geography. The work usually begins from where the
children the children’s current experiences and their own environment.

History and Geography are taught as individual subjects and as part of whole class topic.

Art
Art is an integral part of the curriculum. The major aim of Art and Craft is to teach the
children the skills of observation, selecting and recording. These skills are integrated into
all areas of the curriculum.

The children's Art Work is based on direct experience and imaginative interpretation. From
the beginning the children are taught to develop their powers of observation and to record
these findings by selecting from a variety of media. We encourage the children to be
aware of the work of famous artists by visits to art galleries and school-based resources.


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Throughout the school we aim to develop the children's visual awareness by providing a
variety of interesting displays within the classroom and around the school. We also attach
considerable importance to the care with which we display the children's own work.




Music

The aim of Music Education is to provide every child with basic musical skills and personal
enjoyment through direct shared practical experience. These experiences include singing,
playing a variety of tuned percussion instruments, listening to and composing music.

Both singing and instrumental work takes place in assemblies, thus showing many ways in
which music can enrich the Primary curriculum. The school choir is a voluntary activity for
Years 4, 5 and 6. Choir practice takes place before school on a Friday morning at
8.30am. The children achieve an excellent standard of musicality and perform at various
functions in the school, the parish and the community. These include the Christmas
Concert; all children being involved, the Passion Play, visiting the Sick and Housebound
and a musical concert.

After school music lessons are provided by Lewisham Music Service and the lessons are
fee-paying. The fees are subsidised up to 50% by Lewisham Music Service.




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Physical Education
Physical Education is a very important area of the curriculum. It encourages growth and
development of the body and gives the children a sense of achievement and enjoyment.

The curriculum includes gymnastics, games, movement and dance and swimming.
Physical Education gives the children opportunities to develop social skills during group
and team games, acquiring an understanding of rules and tactics of fair play. Most
teachers follow the "Lower Primary" and Junior Gymnastics publications. These give a
wide and varied syllabus enabling all children to develop their body skills and imagination
in an enjoyable and stress-free environment.

The children work at their own level and each child should experience success.




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                        Cross-Curricular Activities
Computers and Information Technology
Each class has two stand alone computers with extra
computers outside the classroom.    We have an IT Suite and
have interactive whiteboards in Reception, Key stage 1 and 2
classrooms.

Our aim is to provide each child within the school with direct
"hands on" experience of computers using a variety of
educational   software.   Computer      programmes      cover
mathematics, language, environmental studies, data storage
and art.

The children use the computer to print out their written work and by the end of their time in
Junior school children are competent in the use of this technology.

Environmental Studies
At Holy Cross we see Environmental Studies as a means of offering direct and immediate
experience from which particular skills may be acquired. We aim to develop a greater
understanding in the children of themselves in relation to their environment.

The children study topics such as families, the school grounds, the immediate locality and
ourselves. We attach great importance to growing plants, caring for animals, visiting parks
and museums, local shops and meeting people in the locality.

We try to help the children to understand the wider concept of conservation and "green
issues".

Education for Personal Relationships
Education for Personal Relationships is regarded as a very personal matter. We feel that
parents are the best judges of what information is suitable for their children. In Religious
Education the children will be made aware of the importance of forming loving
relationships and in a simple way we shall bring the children to an appreciation of true
Christian values and an understanding of moral principles. If the children ask questions
they will be answered with openness and sensitivity and usually on an individual basis.
We do have a short programme of lessons for children in Year 6 to understand some of
the bodily changes they will go through as they approach adolescence. In these lessons
the girls and boys are taught separately. Parents have the right to ask that their children
do not attend these lessons.




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Ethnic Minority Achievement
We have a teacher who is responsible for children of an ethnic minority background. The
teacher works with children to improve their language skills if English is not their first
language. The teacher also supports other members of staff in ensuring that all cultures
are valued in the school. This can be seen in the way lessons are planned, in our choice
of resources, displays and assemblies.

Special Needs Provision
Most children's educational needs can be well met within the classroom. However we do
recognise that there are some children who require special help in basic skills.

We endeavour to give these children the opportunity to work in a small group or they are
supported in the classroom. If a child requires more specific help, the school in
consultation with the parents may refer to the Educational Psychologist or other
professionals, who will work with the class teacher to devise a programme of work to meet
the child's special educational needs.




How do we monitor your child's progress?
Teachers keep records of the areas of study experienced and skills learned by each child
as they move through the school. This ensures that children work at a level that builds on
their existing knowledge and skills.

At the end of the Foundation Stage (Summer Term in reception) the children are assessed
using the Foundation Profile.

In Year 1 we assess the children using specially designed tests in the middle and the end
of the year.

In years 2 to 6 we use specially designed tests in the Spring Term and the statutory and
non-statutory standard assessment tests (SATs) in the Summer Term. Parents are


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informed of the results with the teacher’s assessment of their child’s progress. The results
are used to produce targets for each child and these are shared with parents and children.

At the end of each school year you will be given a report on the topics covered by your
child and the progress he or she has made. Teachers will also comment on the child's
attitude to discipline, their attendance and punctuality. This written report may be
discussed with the class teacher in the Summer Term and you will be given a copy to
keep.

At Holy Cross School we value each and every child's efforts and achievements in every
area of the curriculum and as a member of the school community. It is important to
remember that a child’s progress can be greater at some points in their development and
less at others. This is quite normal.

Homework
Homework is set both formally and informally. This is dependent on the age of the child.
The children are encouraged to read at home, to learn their tables and spellings set by the
class teacher. Our Homework Policy explains this in more detail setting out the
homework should be set for each year group.




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Conclusion
May I conclude by assuring parents that every member of staff and
governors is aware of their responsibilities to the children and the
school and we work hard to ensure that the children are happy and
well motivated.   We all know that for the school to continue
growing we must also grow and not be complacent about our
successes. We continue to strive to raise standards and
expectations.

Mrs Pat Peters




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                       HOLY CROSS SCHOOL STAFF
                         SEPTEMBER 2007-2008


FULL TIME TEACHING STAFF
Mrs P Peters              Head Teacher
Miss V Maher              Deputy Head Teacher/Science Subject Leader/Professional
                          Development/KS2 Leader/Year 6 (.8)
Mrs M Edmonds             History/Foundation Stage Co-ordinator/Foundation 1 Teacher
Miss M Riley              Mathematics/Art/Year 2
Ms C Panting              Year 5
Ms M Williams             Year 4
Miss Cookney              Literacy/Year 3 (.8)/Year 6 (.2)
Mrs P Oduwole             Foundation 2 (Reception Class)
                             PART TIME TEACHING STAFF
Mrs C Ley                 Music
Mrs B Couch               IT/KS1 Leader/Year 1 (.4) – Wednesday & Thursday
Ms M Collins              RE/Year 1 (.6) – Monday, Tuesday & Friday
Mrs L Jeffreys            Inclusion Co-ordinator & Support Teacher – not in on Wednesdays
Mrs E Power                EMAS (.4)/Year 3 (.2) – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
                                   SUPPORT STAFF
Mrs J Wilson              Senior Administration Officer
Mrs J Padfield            Administrative Assistant (.7) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
                          Morning
Mr J Watmore              Premises Manager
Mrs M Watmore             Nursery Nurse (Foundation 1)
Mrs I Ibuno               IT Support (.5)
                                TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Miss C Akehurst                                Mrs L Slattery
Mrs C Clayden                                  Mrs M Taylor (Learning Mentor)
Mrs M Okor                                     Ms M Corcoran
Mrs K Wakeling                                 Ms C Fisher ( Foundation 2 Reception)
Mrs H Dunne (Year 6)                           Mrs E Chang Wai Ling

                              PREMISES SUPPORT STAFF
Mrs K Capocci                                  Mrs P Knibbs
Mrs J Gyles                              Mrs M Streeton
                            MIDDAY MEALS SUPERVISORS
Ms C Akehurst                                  Mrs K Devasakayam
Mrs M Burke                                    Mrs H Dunne
Mrs M Calafati                                 Mrs J Walsh
Mrs C Clayden                                  Ms M Corcoran




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                          HOLY CROSS SCHOOL GOVERNORS

                                         2007-2008



                                               CHAIR
                               Mr John Coote (Foundation Governor)
                                   FOUNDATION GOVERNORS
                           Father John Mulligan – Finance & Personnel/RE
                                 Mrs Margaret Liddiard - Curriculum
                                 Mrs Gillian Yhip – Premises/Music
                       Mrs Hilary Santhokhy – Finance & Personnel/Geography
                     Mrs Gail Braganza – Curriculum/IT/CPD & Governor Training
                       Mrs Joan Lee – Curriculum (Chair)/ Early Years/Literacy
        Mrs Ngozi Adedeji – Finance & Personnel/Numeracy/Race Equality/Child Protection
                                     Mr John Coote – as above

                                          HEADTEACHER
                      Mrs Pat Peters – all committees and Looked After Children
                                             OBSERVER
                               Miss Veronica Maher – all committees
                                     TEACHER GOVERNOR
                                    Ms Mary Collins - Curriculum
                                     PARENT GOVERNORS
         Mrs Catherine Sanderson - Finance & Personnel/PSHE & Citizenship/Behaviour
                                    Mrs Janet Gainey - Premises
                 Barbara Heathcote – Premises (Chair)/Gifted & Talented/Inclusion
                            NON TEACHING STAFF GOVERNOR
                               Ms Michelle Corcoran – Premises/DT
                             APPOINTED BY LEWISHAM GOVERNOR
                               Mrs Gillian Sullivan- Curriculum/Science

                                     CLERK TO GOVERNORS
                                         Mr Daniel Hudson
                All correspondence to the Governors should be addressed to:

Chair of Governors                           Or                Mr Daniel Hudson
                                                               C/0 Holy Cross School
Holy Cross School
Culverley Road
Catford SE6 2LD




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