Parkland Junior School
General School Information
Absence from school/Attendance Policy 11
Achievement of Pupils 22
Aims of the School 5
Anti-social behaviour 18
Attendance figures 13
Behaviour/Behaviour Policy 15/16
Charging and remission policy 24
Child Protection (Safeguarding) 18
Clubs (Extra Curricular Activities) 19
Communication with parents 7
Complaints Procedure 25
Data Protection 20
Drinking water 10
Drug Related Incidents 18
Educational visits 19
Extra Curricular Activities (Clubs) 20
Facilities for the Disabled 23
First days at school 6
Golden Rules 15
Governing Body 26
Healthy Eating Policy 10
Health & Safety 21
Links with secondary schools 23
Lost Property 15
Medical information 14
Parental assistance in school 8
Policy Documentation 25
Safeguarding (Child Protection) 8
SATs and Targets 22/23
School Council 19
School meals 10
School Procedures 12
Session Times 6
Staff List 28
Travel Plan 19
Useful Contacts 27
Vision Statement 4
East Sussex County Council
Parkland Junior School
Brassey Avenue, Eastbourne
East Sussex BN22 9QJ
Telephone: (01323) 502620
Fax: (01323) 509973
Headteacher: Steve Gough
Deputy Headteacher: Vicki Wilson
Dear Parents and Children,
A very warm welcome from all the staff and children at Parkland Junior School.
I appreciate that starting a new school is not only an exciting experience for both
children and parents, but it can also be a time of anxiety and stress. Hopefully
these booklets will help answer many of the questions that you have and also
give you a flavour about the type of school that we strive to be.
Parkland Junior School is a community school with approximately 245 children on
role. The information in this booklet is intended for parents who are considering
their child’s entry into our school for 2010/2011.
It is correct in relation to September 2010 and includes any changes intended for
the academic year 2010/2011. However, it cannot be assumed that there will not
be any further changes.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your child a very happy and
rewarding time at our school.
A Vision Statement for Parkland.
Children at Parkland are entitled to an
exciting, challenging and fulfilling
education that is provided within our
happy, safe and caring environment.
THE AIMS OF THE SCHOOL.
The governors of our school in consultation with the staff have agreed that the basic
intention of the school should be to help each child realise his/her maximum potential.
To this end, a number of educational and social aims have been devised: -
To create a caring and secure environment in which children, staff and parents
work together for the mutual benefit of all.
To encourage our children to have respect for the environment in which they live
and to learn that courtesy and consideration for others are fundamentally
To develop a respect for religious and moral values and an empathy with other
races, religions and cultures.
To foster in each child a lively and enquiring mind, the ability to solve problems and
encouraging them to become increasingly independent in their learning.
To provide opportunities for our children to develop the necessary skills for co-
operative and collaborative learning.
To help each child to achieve a command and appreciation of the English language,
to encourage the enjoyment of reading, and to develop the ability to communicate
To help each child develop the knowledge and understanding of Mathematical and
Scientific concepts and develop the ability to apply these effectively.
To help each child develop their individual skills and to appreciate the benefits and
pleasure derived from a healthy life-style.
To promote and develop each child’s understanding of the world in which we live
through a variety of Historical, Geographical and Religious studies.
To encourage and develop individual ability in the Creative Arts and Technology as
well as fostering an awareness and appreciation of the achievements of others.
FIRST DAYS AT SCHOOL
We have established strong links with Parkland Infant School and other feeder schools to
try and ensure as smooth a transition as possible for your child.
Regular liaison meetings take place between the staff of the Infant schools and Parkland
Junior and our Year 3 teachers will have taken the opportunity to visit your children at
their Infant School before the transfer takes place.
Usually children settle in to our school without any difficulty and quickly adapt to their new
surroundings. Any problems that exist are usually resolved within the first few days of the
new school year. However, if any difficulties persist please arrange to see your child‟s class
teacher at a mutually convenient time.
SCHOOL SESSION TIMES
8.40am Playground supervision begins. Children should not arrive before
8.45am Doors open. (8.40am if raining)
8.50 – 8.55am Registration. (Registers close at 9.15 am after which arrivals will be
marked as “late after close of registers” which is recorded as an
8.55am Doors closed. Lessons begin. Latecomers should enter school via the
10.40-10.55am Break time
12.15-1.15 Lunch break for Year 3 and Year 4 on a rota basis
12.30-1.30 Lunch break for Year 5 and Year 6 on a rota basis
3.15 End of school. Start time for any after school clubs.
4.00 or 4.15pm End of clubs, winter and summer times.
The total session time for the week is 32 hours 05 minutes
This time is allocated in the following manner over the week:
Registration 50 minutes
Mid-morning break 1 hour 40 minutes
Lunchtimes 4 hours 35 minutes
Assembly 1 hour 15 minutes
Teaching Time 23 hours 45 minutes
Total Weekly Session 32 hours 05 minutes
COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
We place great importance on developing efficient communication systems between home
and school. The education of your child is seen as a partnership between the school and
parents and together we share this responsibility.
Each child has a homework diary in which teachers and parents may comment on a
Newsletters are distributed on a fortnightly basis to each child. The latest copy can
always be found on the parents‟ noticeboard in the playground, at the office and on our
Information pertinent to particular year groups is distributed as and when required.
We also now use an e-mail and text messaging service called Home Contact. This enables
messages to be delivered directly to your mobile phone. Please sign up by visiting
www.homecontact.co.uk and using the PIN code 10763RI to register.
Parents are always welcome to arrange a mutually convenient time to come and talk to
the Head or class teacher.
However, we do ask you to appreciate that the beginning and end of the school day are
not the most productive times to seek an immediate appointment with a member of
staff as they are involved in classroom preparation activities at these times.
Parents are asked to contact Mrs Wormald or Mrs Marley, at the school office, to
arrange an appointment time and give an indication of what they would like to discuss.
If any parent has an urgent request to see a member of staff instantly, then we
endeavour to arrange this as soon as possible.
More formal parent events, which have a different purpose, are held every other term
at the school:-
Term 2 - Social / special concerns
Term 4 - Formal discussion on individual progress
Term 6 - Celebration of Achievement
In addition to this a comprehensive written report on individual progress and
attitude is produced at the end of each academic year.
Our home school agreement is printed inside the reading log which each child is given.
Another facility introduced to improve the quality of communication between home and
school is the introduction of a bi-termly Governors‟ Forum that parents can attend.
Parents are asked to notify the office, in writing, of any issues they wish to be raised,
and then a meeting can be organised.
Our school website can be found at www.parklandjunior.co.uk This contains our newsletters,
term dates, school information, latest photos of school trips and activities, and links to
educational games and activities which children may like to do at home.
PARENTAL ASSISTANCE IN SCHOOL
We are extremely grateful for the help in school which we receive from parents. If you
have any time that you can spare to help with reading, crafts, sports, school trips, clubs, or
if you have a particular experience which will enhance pupils‟ learning, please do not hesitate
to contact us. All volunteer helpers are asked to complete a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau)
form as part of our security procedure.
The school has a PTFA to which all parents and staff automatically belong. The Association
exists to foster positive home / school relations, working to serve the educational interests
of the school. A variety of fund-raising events and social activities are organised during the
year and your support is always valued on these occasions. The Association and community
at large support the school in many ways, not least financially, enabling the children to work
in a well-resourced school and enjoy many extras provided by this additional support. Each
year a new P.T.F.A. committee is selected and all parents are invited to stand for election at
the Annual General Meeting which is publicised in the school newsletter. The Association
has lacked adequate support in recent times and we appeal to all parents to support the
PTFA both for the benefit of the children and for the wellbeing of our school community.
We strongly encourage the children to wear school uniform and ask all parents for their
continuing support in considering this when purchasing clothes for their children. We have
found that most parents prefer their children to dress in a neat and practical way and
accordingly our uniform consists of: -
Dark grey or black trousers Dark grey or black trousers or
Formal light blue or white shirt or polo shirt Grey pinafore dress or skirt
School sweatshirt Light blue or white blouse or polo shirt
Flat black shoes – no trainers allowed School sweatshirt
or in the summer:
blue/white striped or checked dress
Flat black shoes – no trainers allowed
Fleeces, sweatshirts, cardigans and PE T-shirts, with the school logo, are available from the
school office. For details and current prices please contact the secretary.
As an aspect of good health we consider it very important that the children have a complete
change of clothing for PE and Games. Accordingly they will need: -
Boys & Girls
School blue T-shirt
White or blue shorts (not cycle shorts)
Plimsolls for indoor use
Trainers may be used outside
Suitable outdoor clothing, such as jogging
bottoms or track-suits, will be required for
the winter months.
To minimise injuries, we recommend the
use of gum shields for hockey.
In school, children should be dressed for work, not leisure, and we reserve the right to
forbid items of clothing, accessories and footwear that are potentially dangerous or are
against the interests of the children at large.
No jewellery should be worn apart from one pair of plain stud earrings and a wrist watch.
No nail varnish.
NAMED ITEMS ARE FAR MORE LIKELY TO BE RETURNED IF LOST
The contractor for school catering is currently Chartwells. Meals are prepared in our own
kitchen and a copy of the three-weekly menu is displayed on the notice boards in the
playground, outside the office and in the reception area. The children pay for their food on
a daily basis. If your child forgets or loses dinner money and subsequently borrows some
from the office, you will be sent a note to this effect. In these circumstances, would you
please return the amount borrowed promptly, as we have a very limited fund available.
Milkshakes and fruit juices are available from the canteen at lunchtime and a price list is
displayed on the notice board in the hall. If you believe that you are entitled to free
school meals for your child, please obtain the appropriate form from the school office.
If you wish your child to have a packed lunch, please could you ensure that this is in a
suitable container, clearly labelled with the child‟s name and class. Drinks must not be
brought in glass containers. (No fizzy drinks please!)
Please note that we do not have the facility to ensure that your child’s packed lunch is
kept cool during warm weather. You may wish to include individual ice packs in your child‟s
An experienced team of teaching assistants look after most of the children‟s needs and in
addition to this support, a senior member of staff is always available to assist with the
smooth running of the lunchtime break.
HEALTHY EATING POLICY
The school operates a healthy-eating policy and only fresh fruit and vegetables are allowed
as break-time snacks. No sweets or general snacks are allowed in school.
Research has shown that the regular drinking of water, as well as avoiding dehydration, also
has a positive affect on children‟s ability to concentrate and aids learning. Children are
encouraged to bring a non-spill, plastic bottle of water to school daily to drink during
lessons. The capacity of the bottle should be no greater than 750ml. A separate drink
should be provided with any packed lunch.
ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
Our attendance policy has recently been reviewed and updated and therefore we include it
here in full.
This policy reflects the vision and aims of Parkland Junior School by:
Encouraging staff, parents and children to maximise the learning experience in order
that all children reach their full potential
Providing a framework for parents and staff
Providing clear procedures for involving parents relating to school attendance.
Regular and punctual attendance is of paramount importance in ensuring that all
children have full access to the curriculum. Valuable learning time is lost when
children are absent or late.
Children should be at school, on time, every day the school is open, unless the reason
for the absence is unavoidable. Permitting absence from school without a good
reason is an offence by the parent.
Children are sometimes reluctant to attend school. Any problems with regular
attendance are best sorted out between the school, the parents and the child. If
a child is reluctant to attend, it is never better to cover up their absence or to
give in to pressure to excuse them from attending. This gives the impression that
attendance does not matter and may make things worse.
Every half-day absence has to be classified by the school, (not by the parents), as
either authorised or unauthorised. This is why information about the cause of
each absence is always required, preferably in writing.
Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a reason
such as genuine illness or other unavoidable cause.
Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider reasonable
and for which no “leave" has been given. This includes: parents keeping children
off school unnecessarily;
truancy before or during the school day;
absences which have never been properly explained;
children who arrive at school too late to get a mark.
Parents are expected to contact school at an early stage and to work with the staff in
resolving any problems together. If difficulties cannot be sorted out in this way, the
school may refer the child to the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) from the Children‟s
Services Authority. The EWO will also try to resolve the situation by agreement but, if
other ways of trying to improve the child‟s attendance have failed, these Officers can use
court proceedings to prosecute parents or to seek an Education Supervision Order on the
child. The maximum penalty on conviction is a fine of £2500 and/or 3 months
To ensure that children are not on the school premises before 8.40am.
To ensure that children are supervised by an adult before and after school.
To ensure that children enter the building between 8.50am and 8.55am.
To take children who are late to the school office, to be signed in.
The school register is closed at 9.15am. Any attendance after this time will be
recorded as unauthorised.
To collect children punctually at the end of the school day, 3.15-3.20 pm.
To ensure that the school has up to date contact numbers and change of addresses.
Absence for Medical Reasons - It is the parent/carers responsibility:
To notify the school on the morning of the first day of absence before 9.30am.
To send a dated letter explaining the absence on the child‟s return to school.
If a child needs regular medical attention before coming to school, to agree a later
To inform the office in writing of any medical appointments the child has to attend.
To liaise with the school re specific problems that might cause absence or lateness
e.g. sick child or parent/carer.
Absence for Holiday during Term Time.
Parents are requested not to arrange holidays that take place during term time.
Requests for holidays within school term time will only be considered in exceptional
It is the parents/carers responsibility to collect and complete a holiday form from
the office at least seven days before the period of absence.
The decision as to whether the holiday request is granted and recorded as
authorised or unauthorised rests with the Headteacher. Consideration will be
given to the child’s attendance record and whether tests such as SATs/QCA
are taking place during the requested leave of absence.
The School’s Role
To register the children promptly and to record absence appropriately.
To check registers daily for first day absence.
To telephone parents who have not contacted the school by 9.30am on the first day
of absence, priority being given to:
1. Children who have a protection plan, or where families are involved with children‟s
2. Children where there is a particular concern e.g. looked after children.
To log all phone calls and letters concerning absence.
To monitor lateness and absence, look for patterns and take appropriate action.
To involve the Educational Welfare Service if a parent/carer fails to make first day
contact on three occasions during a school year.
To inform the Education Welfare Officer of any concerns regarding absence or
The school attendance officer is responsible for obtaining details of telephone
contacts of all pupils and ensuring that records are updated by writing to parents on
a regular basis reminding them of their responsibilities and requesting up to date
information regarding contact numbers. An emergency telephone number must be
recorded for every pupil.
To send regular reminders regarding absence on school newsletters.
To raise concerns regarding absence at consultation evenings, or sooner if
To discourage the practice of taking children out of school for odd days and
For the Headteacher to authorise/not authorise the request of holidays in term
time and respond in writing.
To report all unauthorised absence on the child‟s annual report.
To publish attendance data in the School Prospectus and Profile.
To report to the CSA and DCSF all unauthorised absence.
To monitor and set targets annually in order to improve attendance.
The Children’s Services Role
The Educational Welfare Service, acting on behalf of the CSA, is responsible for the
enforcement of attendance of all registered pupils and has an obligation to ensure this, if
necessary, through legal action.
Referrals are made by the school to the Education Welfare Service when a pupil‟s
attendance deteriorates to 85% and has at least 10 unauthorised absences.
Inspect registers annually.
Education Welfare visits to the school take place termly.
The School’s Attendance Target
2010-2011 – 95%
2011-2012 – 95%
Those people responsible for attendance matters in this school are:
Alison Wormald – School Attendance Officer.
Sue Smith – Special Needs Co-ordinator.
Steve Gough – Headteacher.
Sonia Cole – Education Welfare Officer
Improved punctuality and attendance
School meeting its annual target for improvement
Raised levels of educational achievement
The school has a legal duty to publish its absence figures to parents and to promote
attendance. Equally, parents have a duty to make sure that their children attend. School
staff are committed to working with parents as the best way to ensure as high a level of
attendance as possible.
This policy was adopted by the school governors in June 2009 and will be reviewed in June
THE EDUCATION (Pupils’ Attendance Records) REGULATIONS 1991
The most recent full time attendance statistics for the school are given below:
a. The percentage of unauthorised absences for 2009/2010 was 0.50%.
b. The percentage of sessions recorded as authorised absence for 2009/2010 was 5.20%.
Our target attendance is currently 95%
Three members of staff are qualified as Principal First Aiders. In addition to this all
members of the Teaching Assistant team have trained as Appointed First Aiders and they
will attend to any day-to-day injuries which may arise. If an injury gives us cause for
serious concern, parents will be notified as soon as possible.
Administration of Medicine
If it is necessary for your child to take medicine while in school, it should be labelled and
left securely at the school office. Parents also need to sign a permission form before it can
be administered. All medicines should be brought to school by an adult and handed in to the
school office, clearly labelled. We do require written consent to administer medication and
a form for authorising this is available from the office. This includes instructions for
administration. Without this written consent the school staff will not be able to
administer any medication. Please do not decant any medication into other bottles etc
as this will also stop us from being able to administer medication. Please do not leave
medicines, pills, etc. anywhere else in the school. All necessary medicine is administered by
one of three named administrators and a record is kept in the office. These rules apply to
over the counter remedies such as cough sweets as well as to prescription medicines.
If your child uses an inhaler, one should be kept in the classroom and an additional one at
The days of routine hygiene inspections (for headlice, for example) are over. Parents are
expected to routinely check their children‟s hair and take appropriate action if necessary.
Health centres and chemists can supply the lotions needed for treatment and nit combs are
available from the school office. Health visitors and the School Nurse are happy to give
advice if contacted. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you find that your child
has become infected with head-lice, as this will enable us to take the appropriate action.
Each term we accumulate an enormous amount of unclaimed property. Please ensure that all
items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child‟s name so that we can return them
immediately. All other items, e.g. bags, pencil cases, shoes, should also be clearly marked
and all losses reported immediately. Please note that unclaimed items will be discarded after
reasonable efforts have been made to trace the owner.
All cash sent to school should be in an envelope, clearly labelled with the child‟s name and
what the money is for. It should be handed to the class teacher or office staff as soon as
possible. A receipt will be issued and returned to your child via the register. Dinner money
should be in a separate named purse or container. This is also handed in at morning
registration and kept securely by the canteen staff until lunchtime.
THE GOLDEN RULES
These are displayed in various locations around the school to remind pupils of the code of
conduct expected, and which, if adhered to, will make the school a happy place for everyone.
Be kind and helpful – don‟t hurt people‟s feelings
Be gentle – don‟t hurt anyone
Listen – don‟t interrupt
Work hard – don‟t waste my or other people‟s time
Look after property – don‟t waste or damage things
Be honest – don‟t cover up the truth
We believe in the value of creating a caring environment and encourage children to develop
considerate behaviour towards one another. We also aim to develop a sense of respect,
tolerance and courtesy. We always prefer to encourage, rather than punish and obviously
self-discipline plays a large part in this. Most children succeed in being well behaved for
the majority of the time. However, there will always be some that are unable to conform to
the requirements of the school and the expected patterns of behaviour.
The aims of our behaviour policy are to provide a safe and secure environment for your
child; to promote and reward good behaviour and to ensure your child is safe. This policy
has two parts; for classroom behaviour and for behaviour in the playground.
Classroom behaviour policy
In each classroom there is a structured system for sanctions and rewards. The children are
rewarded every week for good behaviour by receiving Golden Time once a week. Golden
Time is 30 minutes of „free time/chosen activity‟. Every child has the opportunity to
receive this time, but will lose minutes for inappropriate behaviour.
If a child has not behaved well in class, they will have a verbal warning. If they continue to
misbehave they will receive a stage one, which means their name will be written on the board
and they will lose 5 minutes of Golden Time. If they continue to misbehave, they will lose 15
minutes of their lunch break.
Continued misbehaviour will result in a Stage two being given, and loss of 30 minutes of
Further unacceptable behaviour after this will result in a Stage Three, loss of a whole lunch
break, and parents being informed.
Praise is always given for good behaviour and the children start each day with a clean slate.
However, golden minutes can be lost every day from the point at which they were left the
At the end of every day the class teacher will update the Golden Time chart from the
names on the board. Children who have behaved well will receive a daily „stamp‟, and those
with sufficient stamps (approx 90%) will be invited to take part in „Activity Afternoon‟ at
the end of each term. Those who have not earnt enough stamps will spend the Activity
Afternoon with the Head or Deputy Head, discussing how they can improve their behaviour.
Target sheets are given to those children who find it hard to behave in the classroom
environment. These are seen as short term measures and are discussed with parents, class
teacher and the SENCO. Every child has different needs and the target sheets are
designed to suit the individual and to reinforce their good behaviour. Once a child‟s
behaviour has improved and the target sheet is not needed, the class teacher will monitor
the child‟s behaviour and ensure that encouragement is given to continue the good progress.
Raffle tickets are also given for individual incidents of particularly good behaviour or
helpfulness, which go into a weekly draw for a book token per year group.
If any parents/carers/grandparents have time to give when we have our Activity Afternoon,
and can offer arts/crafts/sports/music/games etc, please let us know. The more activities
we can offer the more fun it is for the children!
Playground Behaviour Policy
Outside the disciplined environment of the classroom, it is easy for children letting off
steam to overstep the mark into inappropriate behaviour in the playground. Therefore our
team of Teaching Assistants become Midday Supervisory Assistants during the lunch break
to ensure that everyone can enjoy a break from lessons with their friends. A senior
member of teaching staff is also on duty throughout the lunchbreak.
Apparatus, playground and field games plus quiet play are organised on a rota during the
lunchbreak to give children plenty to keep them occupied.
If inappropriate behaviour does take place, a system of „stages‟ sanctions is in place
whereby a pupil will lose 15, 30 or 60 minutes of lunch play depending on the severity of the
When a classroom or playground stage 3 is issued, parents are informed by phone and letter.
On the issue of a 2nd stage 3, parents are invited to come in to school to discuss their child‟s
behaviour. Should a child receive 3 similar (either classroom or playground) stages within 6
weeks, an internal exclusion will take place. Should a further 3 take place within a 6 week
period, an external exclusion will take place. All stages are logged to see if there is a
pattern of poor behaviour.
Example behaviour Example behaviour Sanction
Stage 1 Calling out Playing out of bounds, 15 minutes loss of lunch
ignoring bell play
Stage 2 Throwing things Repetition of offences 30 minutes loss of lunch
Stage 3 Rudeness Physical aggression, Loss of whole of lunch
insolence to staff break
Rarely, in the event of an extremely serious incident, an immediate fixed term exclusion will
be given. Parents are informed and invited in to school to discuss the incident.
We do not tolerate bullying at our school and this is made very clear to the children on
regular occasions. If, however, you have any reason to believe that your child is a victim,
please bring it to the attention of the Class teacher or Headteacher. It is only by working
together in this way that we can ensure that such behaviour is not allowed to exist in our
school. The PSHE co-ordinator and School Council have recently worked together to produce
an effective „Anti-Bullying‟ Policy, a copy of which is available from the school office.
A report of any anti-social or threatening behaviour in the playground or on the school
premises will be reported immediately to the relevant authorities and appropriate action
DRUG RELATED INCIDENTS
Illegal use of drugs is not permitted on the school premises or whilst on day/residential
visits. Messages children receive during drug education should not be contradicted by the
way we deal with incidents of drug misuse.
Any drugs or drug taking equipment, other than medicines, discovered on the school
premises will be stored securely as evidence and the incident will be recorded in the drug
related incident book. The police may be contacted. Supply may lead to exclusion.
Tobacco/solvents/alcohol will be destroyed if found on the school premises and it is not
known who they belong to.
Any pupil found with or suspected to be in possession of drugs will be asked to empty
pockets and bags in front of a witness. If a substance is found, parents will be informed,
unless there is a child protection issue. The tobacco/solvent/alcohol found will be kept,
shown to parents and returned to them. Illegal substances will not be returned.
If a pupil discloses that they or their parents/carers are using illegal drugs, solvents or
alcohol to excess, the Head teacher will decide who to inform and how to support the child.
Child Protection guidelines may be implemented.
If any adult is found under the influence of drugs/alcohol on the school premises the
Headteacher will be informed. If necessary, Social Services, medical assistance or even the
police may be called.
Local Education Authority guidelines concerning Safeguarding procedures are followed.
The school council meets on a regular basis and consists of 2 pupil representatives from
each class. The objectives of the council are as follows:
To give pupils the opportunity to be involved in improving school life for everyone.
For pupils to work as partners with staff to develop a caring school community.
To provide all pupils with opportunities to develop skills that will be important
throughout their lives.
To involve pupils in solving problems and resolving conflicts.
There is always a lot of concern about children‟s safety at the beginning and end of the
school day and a School Travel Plan has been submitted to the Local Authority. We appeal
to parents to be super-vigilant as drivers; if possible walking to school to meet their
children rather than using the car. For safety reasons we do not currently encourage
cycling to school, and have no cycle storage facilities. We appeal to all parents to park
considerately near the school, leaving room for pedestrians, residents and possibly
We believe in the value of utilising the opportunities provided by the local environment in
aiding our children to learn through first-hand experience. These visits may be of a
historical, geographical or scientific nature and are often linked with a particular study
project. The older children in the school are given the opportunity to participate in a
residential educational visit. At present, the children in Year 6 are invited to attend a
three day activity trip to Blackland Farm, near East Grinstead during Term 6.
For visits which incur entry fees, residential and transport costs, it is our policy for parents
to be asked to make a contribution towards the cost of the outing. If sufficient
contributions are not forthcoming then, unfortunately, the visits cannot take place.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
There are clubs and other organised activities arranged, which are organised voluntarily by
the teachers and support staff, in their own time, during the lunch break and after school.
These represent the current interest of staff and pupils and therefore tend to vary from
time to time. All in-house clubs are free, although a small charge may be made for materials
used. During the previous academic year the following extra-curricular opportunities were
available to the children:
* Gymnastics * Athletics
* Arts & Crafts * Cricket
* Cooking * Football
* Cycling Proficiency * Football (outside agency)
* Karate (outside agency) * Tennis
* Netball * Yoga
Violin, Brass and Guitar tuition is available at the school, lessons being led by peripatetic
All curriculum computers have filtered access to the internet and children are encouraged
to use this mode of research. Safety on the internet is impressed upon the children.
It is necessary to keep a certain amount of personal information on computer. This is
stored on a specifically designed, secure database and no personal information is ever
divulged to a third party.
Photos and videos of pupils are sometimes taken as a record and celebration of their work.
Any parent who wishes their child‟s photo NOT to appear in this way should let the school
We have a responsibility to maintain a school community that is as safe and secure as
possible. To this end a number of measures have been introduced.
It has been a long-standing procedure at the school for all external doors to remain
closed apart from at the immediate start and end of the school day. This means that all
parents and visitors are requested to enter the school via the main entrance.
Mrs Wormald and Mrs Marley, our Office Staff, will answer any queries and ensure that
any messages are passed directly onto the teaching staff.
All visitors/helpers are also issued with an identification badge to inform staff that
they are inside the school building legitimately.
Our prime concern at all times is the safety and protection of the children and although
we recognise that the procedures involve a minor inconvenience to some parents, we
hope that they can understand and appreciate the reason why the school has adopted
To further improve the quality of security a CCTV system is in operation.
HEALTH & SAFETY
A Health & Safety audit was undertaken in December 2008. An action plan is being
developed to work on points raised.
Details of each of the subjects taught are to be found in a separate booklet in the Welcome
We appreciate the support that we receive from parents in encouraging all of our pupils to
carry out regular homework assignments. The school‟s recommended weekly time allowances
for homework activities are as follows:
Year Group Reading Other Activities
Year 3/4 15 minutes of quality time, 3 30 minutes
times per week
Year 5/6 15 minutes of quality time, 3 At least
times per week. 45 minutes
ACHIEVEMENT OF PUPILS
At the end of the Key Stage 2 education programme each child is tested on their basic
National Curriculum skills. The testing takes place in all schools and helps to indicate how
well children can apply the skills and knowledge they have learnt at Parkland Junior School in
English and Mathematics. From 2010 Science will no longer be tested at Key Stage 2.
KEY STAGE 2 TEST RESULTS 2009
The SATs results for 2009 at Parkland Junior School were:
Level 4 Level 5
Reading 89% 31%
Writing 83% 22%
English 88% 22%
Maths 88% 31%
Science 95% 45%
This compares very favourably with other schools in East Sussex and nationally.
English level 4 Maths Level 4
Parkland Junior 88% 88%
East Sussex 79% 76%
National 81% 78%
Government regulations require the school governors to agree and publish targets for
predicted performance by our Year 6 pupils in future years. The percentages relate to the
number of Year 6 pupils who we predict will achieve Level 4 or above in the end of Key Stage
SATs tests. These targets are aspirational and assume all children perform at their
maximum potential throughout the Key Stage. (Level 5 predictions in brackets.)
Subject 2009 cohort 2010 cohort
Reading 82 (33) 77 (38)
Writing 70 (8) 62 (25)
English 87 (13) 69 (27)
Maths 77 (32) 67 (30)
Science Not applicable
In addition to these targets there are new targets based on pupils making 2 levels progress
from Keystage 1 in English, Maths and English and Maths combined. Parkland‟s targets for
this are shown in the table below:
Target No of pupils Proportion of cohort
as a percentage
Pupils attaining level 4 or
above in both English and 50 71%
Pupils making two levels or
more progress from KS1 39 84%
to KS2 in English.
Pupils making two levels or
more progress from KS1 33 78%
to KS2 in Mathematics.
LINKS WITH SECONDARY SCHOOLS
We have established strong links with the schools to which our children normally transfer at
the age of 11. These consist of discussions relating to the National Curriculum and
continuity of learning and teaching. There is also a programme of familiarisation visits by
teachers and pupils in the term before transfer.
Year 6 pupils will be transferring to the following secondary schools in September 2010.
Secondary School No. of Pupils
The Causeway School 3
Eastbourne Technology College 18
Ratton School 27
Cavendish School 5
Willingdon Community School 7
The Bishop Bell School 2
FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED
An Accessibility Plan in line with current guidelines is underway. At Parkland Junior School
we are committed to an inclusive curriculum and increasing access to the school‟s facilities
for all by:
a. Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school‟s
b. Improving the physical environment of the school.
c. Improving the delivery of information to disabled pupils in a manner more accessible
A person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that has a
substantial and long-term adverse affect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-
Audit of existing achievement/provision
Wheelchair access to school via the majority of external doors
Audible fire alarm
Some accommodation for small group or 1:1 work
Obtain data on future pupil population to facilitate advanced planning
Curriculum differentiated by task and outcome
Liaison with external services and agencies (physical, sensory, learning,
Detailed pupil information given to all staff
TA deployment to cover a mix of curriculum needs
Special arrangements made for SATs (extra time applied for, use of amanuensis)
Specialist resources available to support specific needs (alphasmart, scissors,
rulers, writing slopes)
Parental access to teaching staff
Specialist TAs supporting learning and giving pastoral and inclusion support
CHARGING AND REMISSION POLICY
(for School Activities provided or arranged by the LEA)
The Governing Body has adopted the policy statement, which has been drawn up by the East
Sussex County Council in accordance with the requirement of Section 110 of the Education
Reform Act 1988. A copy of this statement is available for inspection from the
In order to ensure a fair and balanced approach to dealing with complaints the Governors
have agreed the following procedures:
Initial concerns should be discussed between the parent and child‟s class teacher at a
mutually convenient time.
If the situation is not resolved at this point then an appointment will be made with a
member of the school‟s Leadership Team, usually the headteacher.
If a satisfactory resolution has not been reached at this point then the complaint will
be heard by the chair of the governing body.
A panel of Governors has been established to hear complaints that have not been
resolved by this stage. The panel consists of 3 Governors. Complaints will be received in
writing in the first instance.
If all else fails then the complainant can write to the Secretary of State for Children,
Schools and Families, or the Local Government Ombudsman.
A copy of the full complaints policy is available on the school‟s website,
www.parklandjunior.co.uk or from the school office.
SCHOOL AND LEA POLICY DOCUMENTATION
Copies of all school policies are available on the website and in school.
During the week commencing Monday 19th May 2008 the school was inspected by a team of
three independent Inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education. A summary of
the report and the subsequent school action plan may be inspected at the school.
PARKLAND JUNIOR SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY 2010 – 2011
Mrs Kay Caffyn LEA. Governor
Mr Richard Ford LEA Governor
Mrs Linda Thompson LEA Governor
Mr David Goodsell Community Governor
Mr Keith Pamphilon Community Governor
Ms Alison Sorlie Community Governor, Chair
Mrs Julie Prentice Community Governor, Vice-Chair
Mrs Jill Field Parent Governor
Mrs Lucy Knell Parent Governor
Mrs Samara Hume Parent Governor
Mrs Dawn Giles Parent Governor
Mrs Kris Thomas Parent Governor
Miss Vicki Wilson Staff Governor
Mrs Sue Smith Staff Governor
The Governing Body acts as a safeguard to ensure that the work of the school is in the best
interests of its pupils. Governors are involved in the appointment of staff, the use of school
premises, in making recommendations over the upkeep of the buildings and in the matters of
finance and curriculum. Copies of Minutes from Governors‟ Meetings are available upon
request. The Governors organise a forum to meet with parents three times a year to
discuss any issues that may arise. Parents will be provided with advance notice of these
meetings and appointments can be arranged by contacting the school office.
USEFUL ADDRESSES AND CONTACTS
Steve Gough (Headteacher)
Parkland Junior School
Matt Dunkley (Director of Children‟s Services)
St. Anne‟s Crescent
Mr Tim Mehmet (Headteacher)
Parkland Infant School
Mr K Pailthorpe (Headteacher)
Eastbourne Technology College
Mr David Linsell (Headteacher)
Heather Connolly (School Nurse)
Hampden Park Children‟s Centre
THE SCHOOL STAFF 2010 - 2011
Mr Steve Gough Headteacher
Miss Vicki Wilson Year 6, Deputy Headteacher
Mr Steve Chapman Year 6
Miss Claire Williams Year 5
Miss Amanda Trevett Year 5
Mrs Sue Smith SENCO & Year 4
Mrs Jessamy Wilson Year 4 & Modern Foreign Languages Teacher
Miss Gill Tait Year 4
Ms Jane Castle-Mercer Year 3
Mrs Alison Das Year 3
Mrs Suzanne Teear Year 3
Mr Nick Perrin Music Teacher
Miss Mandy Cracknell Bursar
Mrs Alison Wormald Secretary/Systems Manager
Mrs Lorraine Marley Receptionist
Mr John O‟Sullivan Site Manager
Mrs Lise Carr Special Needs Teaching Assistant
Mrs Beryl Cross Clerical Assistant / MDSA
Mrs Elizabeth Deaves Individual Needs Assistant
Mr James Hennessy Individual Needs Assistant
Mrs Elizabeth Dunn Teaching Assistant
Ms Claire Elphick Teaching Assistant / MDSA
Mrs Maria Ford Special Needs Teaching Assistant
Mrs Sandy Kirby-Maynard Teaching Assistant /MDSA
Mrs Zarah Spencer Special Needs Teaching Assistant
Mrs Lisa Taylor Individual Needs Assistant / MDSA
Mrs Lisa Weller Individual Needs Assistant / MDSA
Mrs Julia Wood Teaching Assistant / MDSA
Mrs Sue Yates Cook Supervisor
Mr David Waller Cleaner
Mrs Carol Maskell Cleaner