Burbage Primary School - Prospectus
What we think of our School
Introduction by the Headteacher 4
What the children say 5
The School and the Neighbourhood
Brief history of the school and where to find us 6
Useful contacts in the area 7
Staff and Teaching Groups 8
Daily Timetable 9
The School Curriculum
Vision and Aims of the School 11
Our Curriculum and Philosophy Statement 12
Trips and Visits 14
Equal Opportunities 15
Special Educational Needs 16
Arrangement for Admitting Disabled Pupils 16
Gifted and Talented 16
Extra-Curricular Activities 16
Children’s records, Parents’ Evenings, your child’s progress 17
Helping us to help you
Admission Arrangements 18
Good communications 19
The journey to school 20
Safeguarding and Child Protection 20
Data Protection and Fair processing 21
School Meals 22
School Uniform 23
Absences, Illnesses, Medicines, Health Issues. 23
Holidays in term-time 24
Breakfast Club and Out of Hours Care 24
Charges for School Activities 25
Dealing with complaints 25
Information about the School Governors
List of Governors 26
Pupil admission application forms 27
Introduction by the Headteacher
Letter from the Headteacher, Julie Ward
I joined the staff at Burbage Primary School in September 2009. This is my second Headship and I
am pleased to be part of this committed team. The teachers work incredibly hard, the atmosphere
in school is friendly, the children are polite and a pleasure to work with.
I am thoroughly enjoying my time here. My positive first impressions have continued to grow. There
is a strong commitment to learning and high levels of dedication from everyone involved with the
As a Headteacher, I bring with me a passion for the development of the ‘whole child’ and a wide
range of teaching and leadership experiences. I have very high aspirations for Burbage Primary
School. Schools are ever-evolving and ever-improving; National test results and our most recent
Ofsted report indicate that children reach excellent standards and make good progress, but we will
be constantly driving to make our school even better. I hope that I can look forward to your support
and would welcome your comments as this happens. First and foremost I believe that we are all in
partnership for the benefit of your young people in our care.
Teaching is both a vocation and a privilege. Here in school we have the fantastic job of developing
your youngsters into successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. Together,
Burbage staff, parents, governors and, most importantly, pupils make this happen. I am pleased to
be part of that team. I want to assure you that the security, health and welfare of your children will
always be uppermost in my mind.
You may be reading our prospectus because you are considering Burbage as a potential school for
your child. This is an important choice and I am sure that you will be thinking about what is right for
your child; whichever school you choose I hope that they will be happy and do well. If you would
like to visit us at any time you will be most welcome.
What the children say
Burbage Primary School, what the children say!
(Excerpts from a children’s survey – December 2009)
“The school has very brilliant children and we do wonderful work.”
“I love school and I hope your child will enjoy it when they start.”
“Our school keeps us healthy and we feel safe and learn a lot.”
“The teachers are interested in my views.”
“I really know how well I am doing.”
“I think this school knows what I am capable of, so I know what I am doing.”
“I feel very comfortable here, because staff care for us.”
“The school is very good and I would highly recommend it.”
“It is an interesting, caring, reliable, good school. We get exercise, education
and we have fun the way we learn.”
“You make a lot of friends. Your friends look after you and when you make a
friend you have your friend for a long time.”
“When you have been at this school for a while it becomes like your
home and the children and staff become like family.”
The School and Neighbourhood
Burbage Primary School – history and location.
The original Burbage Primary School was in a small stone building off Leek Road. As the village expanded
and numbers of pupils rose, a new school was built on the present site, off Cavendish Avenue, in 1968.
In 2000 Burbage Primary School became a ’Community School’ which is the conventional category for most
Our school is situated in very pleasant grounds. We have a main building which houses seven classes and
two annexes; one which houses two infant classes and one which accommodates three junior classes. The
latter was built in 2008. The classrooms in the main building have access to large work areas where children
are able to pursue practical activities such as cooking, water and sand play, model-making and artwork. We
have a large, spacious hall which is used for assemblies, lunch and P.E.
Our grounds are extremely pleasant, comprising a main field, playground and well developed conservation
area with a pond.
The views from the school site of the surrounding hills of the Peak District are quite beautiful.
Visitors to the school should note that there is very little parking space within the school grounds. It is
advisable to park on Cavendish Avenue but please do not obstruct our neighbours’ gateways or park on the
The School and Neighbourhood
Burbage Primary School, Cavendish Avenue, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9AE
Telephone: 01298 22278
Chair of Governors: Martin Hughes
Telephone: contact via school
Chair of Parents’ Association: Michelle Birch
Telephone: contact via school
Telephone: contact via school. Use website to order
Area Education Office: Kents Bank Road, Buxton, Derbyshire
Telephone: 01629 533 500
Derbyshire County Council: County Hall, Matlock, DE4 3AG
Telephone: 01629 580000
Buxton Community School: Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9AE
Telephone: 01298 23122
Family Resource Worker: Mr Ben Squires, 01629 533 502
The school has links with a range of pre-school provision within the area. Please contact Miss Rigby, the
Early Years Leader for more information.
OFSTED 2007: “Children work hard and they have very positive attitudes about their life at school.”
Staff and Teaching Groups 2010-2011
Mrs Julie Ward
Class Year Group(s) Teacher Responsibility Class Size
RecL Reception Miss Lorna Rigby Early Years Leader 30
1/RF Reception & Miss Clucas covering for Languages coordinator 30
Year 1 Mrs Fisher who is on
Key Stage One:
1B Year 1 Mrs Philippa Blackmore P.E Coordinator 30
1/2B Years 1 and 2 Mrs Sally Bailey Collective Worship Coordinator 29
2P Year 2 Miss Nicola Smith Mrs Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship 30
Stephanie Shaw Education Co-ordinator
Geography & Music
Key Stage 2 Teachers:
3/4N Years 3/4 Mr Thomas Newton 33
3/4H Years 3/4 Mrs Donna Hawkins ICT Coordinator 32
3/4C Years 3/4 Mr John Corbett Mathematics and Sports Leader 32
5/6P Years 5/6 Mr Jon Posnett Special Educational Needs 25
5/6S Years 5/6 Mrs Jenny Smith Literacy and Assessment Leader 25
5/6L Years 5/6 Ms Alison Ling Deputy Headteacher 25
In addition the following teachers work throughout the school to release staff for planning time:
Ms Catherine Lawrence Religious Education Coordinator
Mrs Catherine Leighton History
Mrs Julie Antony Mrs Nicole Snuggs
Miss Anna Quick Mrs Barbara Hartley
Mrs Julie Carrington Mrs Rebecca Baker
Mrs Laura Ford Mrs Sarah Ingleby
Mrs Julia Ashmore Mrs Irene Wilson
Mrs Joanna Mazari Secretary
Mrs Linda Reece Secretary
Mrs Christine Mitchell Admin Assistant
Mr. P. Blood
School opens 8.50 8.50
Registration 8.55 8.55
Assembly 9.05 - 9.25 9.05 - 9.25
Morning session 1 9.25 - 10.30 9.25 - 10.30
Morning break 10.30 - 10.45 10.30 - 10.45
Morning session 2 10.45 - 12.00 10.45 - 12.15
Lunch 12.00 - 1.10 12.15 - 1.10
Afternoon session(s) 1.10 - 2.15 1.10 – 3.20
-break- Juniors do not have an afternoon
2.30 – 3.15 break.
OFSTED 2007: “…by the end of year 6 a much higher proportion than average reach the highest levels.”
Access keypads are provided to all main entrances and all the children’s areas are fenced and gated. The
gates should be kept closed at all times. Visitors to school are asked to sign in and out, and are accompanied
when appropriate. The Reception classes have a secure outside area, which is used during lesson time.
Please can we ask that all parents wanting access to the school use the pedestrian gates rather than the
vehicle gates and gain access through the main entrance.
OFSTED 2007: “Relationships between children and staff are very positive and the school enjoys a calm
purposeful and atmosphere.
The School Curriculum
‘Striving for Excellence’
Aims of the School
At Burbage Primary School we aim to:-
* offer a relevant, interesting and fun curriculum which provides all children with the
opportunity to achieve their full potential, both academically and socially,
* achieve the most effective learning by using a range of stimulating teaching methods
which acknowledge the interests, needs and abilities of the individual,
* establish an safe, attractive and welcoming environment where everyone is valued and
where good relationships flourish.
OFSTED 2007: “…the school has been particularly effective. This is especially so in the case of writing,
where standards are very high.”
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Curriculum and Philosophy Statement
For children to be effective learners they need to enjoy coming to school and to find their schoolwork
enjoyable and fulfilling. They also need to feel safe and relaxed in their lessons and in the playground. We
ensure that all children receive their entitlement of a broad, balanced curriculum, which is rich in experiences
that develop the whole child. The establishment of a good ethos in classrooms and generally around school
is fundamental to all we do. Central to this good ethos is the quality of relationships established between staff
and children and amongst the children themselves.
All teachers at Burbage Primary School use a variety of teaching methods to maximise understanding
amongst the children. These methods range from traditional instruction to children exploring and investigating
their own ideas. Children often work collaboratively, in groups, and will very often learn through the
experience of working through real problems and opportunities. We ensure that we meet the needs of
individual pupils by preparing tasks to match the abilities and interests of the children.
Early Years Foundation Stage
When children enter the Reception classes their first whole or part year’s learning involves a heavy bias on
play and experiential activities, both indoors and out. Teachers plan carefully using the prescribed Early
Learning Goals so that children can learn through topics which are often based on the children’s own
interests and abilities. It is during this time that the foundation blocks of reading, including phonics,
mathematics, socialising and understanding the world around them are formed.
The National Curriculum (from years 1 to 6) includes:
Literacy – this includes speaking and listening, reading, writing and drama and is based on the
National Literacy Strategy.
Mathematics – this includes number facts and calculating, measuring, shape and handling data.
Learning will include applying this maths to problem-solving and in investigations.
Science – this is taught through three main knowledge-based areas: Life processes and living things,
Materials and their properties, Physical properties, with scientific enquiry and investigative skills
running through the knowledge contexts.
ICT(Information and communication technology) – using a wide range of ICT tools and information
sources, including computers, to support their work in other subjects.
Design and Technology – pupils work on their own or as part of a team on a range of designing and
making activities. These may include structures, electrical circuits, mechanisms, food and textiles
History – children learn about significant people, events and places from the recent and more distant
past. They learn about change in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world. They use
different sources to investigate History and learn that it can be interpreted in different ways.
Geography – this includes investigating people, places and environments at different scales in the
United Kingdom and abroad, and start to make links between different places in the world. They can
use a range of geographical skills and resources.
Art and design – children develop their creativity and imagination, build on their skills and improve
their control of materials, tools and techniques. They improve their critical awareness of a range of
Music – pupils sing and play instruments with increasing confidence, skill and expression,
improvising and composing to a response to a variety of stimuli.
Physical Education – children are encouraged to be active through gymnastics, dance, games,
athletics, swimming and other outdoor activities. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and
competing with each other.
Modern Foreign Languages – Our chosen modern foreign language at Burbage is French. As well as
themed days and French speaking visitors for the whole school, the Junior children participate in
time-tabled French lessons
Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship – Pupils learn aspects of these areas across
the curriculum and during specific lessons. Children will learn to develop their confidence and
responsibility, prepare to play an active role as a citizen, develop a healthy, safe lifestyle and develop
good relationships, whilst respecting the differences between people.
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During Sex and Relationships Education, our aim is to secure children’s welfare and to make sure that they
are prepared for the physical and emotional changes that come with growing up. Sex education is not taught
in isolation but as a component of our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship (PSHEC) programme. A full
copy of the policy and scheme of work is available on request. Parents have the right to withdraw their
children from sex education lessons and should consult the Headteacher for further advice if this course of
action is being considered.
Religious Education is provided for all pupils in formal lessons and as part of collective worship. We follow the
agreed syllabus for Derbyshire schools. We have links with some local churches and members of the clergy
take assemblies occasionally. We also invite visitors from other religions so that the children can have an
understanding of other faiths.
Parents are entitled to withdraw their children from religious worship and/or religious education if they wish to
do so. Requests should be made to the Headteacher.
The curriculum is further enhanced by:
Visitors, guest speakers and performers
Various Extra-curricular Activities and Hobby Clubs, including professional sports and music tuition
Sporting Events and Competitions (in school and with other schools)
Day Trips and Visits
Music and Drama Performances
Musical Instrument Tuition
Events in association with the local church
Liaison events with Buxton Community School (High School)
The school has achieved the national Healthy School’s Award, the Silver Eco-school’s Award, a Music
Quality Mark and an Activemark Award for their curriculum.
OFSTED 2007: “Children enjoy their first year at school…organised to be exciting, stimulating places where
children are encouraged to learn.”
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Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
We keep safe
We are respectful
We are gentle
We are kind and helpful
We listen and follow instructions promptly
We are honest
We work hard
We look after property
We aim for our children to become self-confident, happy learners and for this to happen they need to feel
safe and relaxed around school. Our Code of Conduct is important in ensuring that this happens.
The school uses a range of rewards to remind the children to follow the Code of Conduct, including:
Celebration Time, certificates, reward stickers, the ‘behaviour raffle’, but also a system of yellow and red
cards as consequences. A Parent Information sheet, with all the details regarding our Rewards and
Sanctions Policy, is available from the Office.
Trips and visits.
Most classes will attend a trip or visit as part of their education, during each year. Year 5 go on a residential
field-trip in the autumn to a local Outdoor Pursuits Centre. Year 6 take part in a residential visit further afield.
The funding of trips and visits is normally beyond the scope of the school’s budget and can only go ahead if
we receive a contribution to meet all of or part of the cost. Parents who find it difficult to pay for such activities
should consult the Headteacher. Children will not be disadvantaged as a consequence of their parents being
unable to pay. (See also ‘charges and remissions’)
OFSTED 2007:”…their behaviour is outstanding.”
The School Curriculum
We believe that homework plays a vital part in a child’s education and is an integral aspect of the partnership
between home and school.
The following is an agreed expectation of homework throughout the school.
Reception Reading books and word cards.
Y1 Reading books and vocabulary cards,
discussion sheets where appropriate.
Children with specific difficulties may have other individual homework.
Y2 Reading books and discussion sheets,
vocabulary to learn,
Y3 Reading books and discussion sheets,
tables and number bonds.
Y4 Weekly spellings,
written homework when appropriate.
Y5 Weekly spellings,
fortnightly set homework,
Y6 Set homework – twice per week,
Equal Opportunities (children’s entitlement)
Ensuring that the school is a fair and caring community is at the heart of our beliefs. We do our best to ensure
that all children have equality of opportunity to:
access the full curriculum,
utilise resources and equipment,
receive support and attention from staff,
work independently, collaboratively and exercise choices
demonstrate learning, progress, individual talents and strengths
receive learning programmes tailored to their particular needs
Equality of opportunity is secured through teachers’ planning and their awareness of the diversity of pupil
groups and individuals in their classes. Consideration is given to gender, ethnicity, physical ability, social and
emotional circumstances when work is planned so that all children receive learning programmes which take
account of all their personal and educational needs.
Equality of opportunity is also achieved through curriculum design and policies which secure entitlement and
guard against preference and disadvantage.
Children are taught about the ethics of a caring community through PSHEC and our adopted scheme of work
produced by TACADE. This work includes specific sections and lessons on equal opportunities and teaches
children that, in a caring community, additional support is given to people who find life’s challenges more
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This work also challenges traditional stereotypes of gender and ethnic roles encouraging children to
recognise groups which have been or may continue to be disadvantaged in society.
Within PSHEC we have a comprehensive sex-education programme which, for children in years 5 and 6,
addresses issues of homophobia and sexual orientation at a level appropriate to their maturity and
We welcome comments about the curriculum and school in general from all sectors of the school community.
We will be receptive to the opinions of anybody who wishes to comment on the entitlement of children at
Burbage Primary School.
Special Educational Needs and access (SEN)
At Burbage Primary School all of our children are special and are provided with a broad and balanced
curriculum to develop the whole child. Our aim is that all children should achieve their full potential whatever
their individual needs. We give careful consideration to the progress each child makes, both academically
and socially and we consult parents frequently. During their time at school, some children may have a Special
Educational Need, which may be temporary requiring short-term provision or of a more permanent nature,
requiring longer–term provision.
All class teachers have a responsibility for meeting needs of individual children and will differentiate the work
to meet their specific needs. If your child requires an individual education plan your child’s teacher will
discuss it with you.
Some children require statements of Special Educational Needs and receive extra support from the teachers
from the support service. Other children may receive additional support in the classroom by accessing
specific programmes of work. It may be appropriate for the children to receive support from a Teaching
Assistant. When necessary external agencies such as, speech therapy, physiotherapy or occupational
therapy may work with children to develop specific skills.
Staff from the Behaviour Support Service will also be involved as and when necessary.
If you are concerned about your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to come and talk about it.
Arrangements for admitting disabled pupils.
Burbage Primary School is an inclusive school. Access around the school has been modified for wheel chair
access and as new work is done it is completed with children with disabilities in mind. If your child has any
form of disability, please contact us so that additional access arrangements can be made. The Accessibility
Plan is available on request.
Gifted and Talented
The school is equally aware of the needs of very able children and ensures that the curriculum offers them
challenging and learning experiences. We have identified a number of children who are either gifted or
talented, in academic studies, sport, music or drama and special provision is made for them.
Sporting Aims & Provision for Sport
The school takes part in a wide sporting programme of playing, training and competition. The school teams
meet with regular success.
Our aims are to introduce the children to a wide range of competitive physical activities and to develop a
We have a busy programme of sporting, musical and other educational or recreational activities. These are
run by parents and teachers, all in a voluntary capacity. If you would like to help to run an activity, perhaps
you have a particular interest or enthusiasm that you would like to share with the children please get in touch.
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Children’s Records, Parents’ Evenings and your child’s progress
We normally hold two Parents’ Evenings, one in the autumn term and one in the spring term. During the
autumn meeting we would like to give you the opportunity to ‘meet the teacher’ and hear from you about your
child’s early impressions of his or her class and how he or she seems to be settling in. In the spring term we
should be able to give you more detailed information about progress along with some aims and targets for the
remainder of the school year.
Towards the end of the summer term all parents receive a written report giving details of your child’s progress
during the year.
If you are worried about any aspect of school please don’t wait for a Parents’ evening, come and see us
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Applications for First Admission to School (Admission to the Reception year group).
Please complete our INTERNAL application form attached at the end of this prospectus and return to
school as soon as possible – please note that ALL applications are now handled by Derbyshire
Education Authority who supply us with ‘Primary Application Leaflets’ approximately ten months
prior to your child starting school. Upon request, we will send you a leaflet as soon as they arrive.
Please read the leaflet carefully and apply without delay.
You will be advised by the Local Authority in the spring term before your child is due to start school
whether or not you have been successful in gaining a place.
All children start school on a full time basis in September
Applications for Admission to School other than in the Reception year group (transfers).
The Local Authority deals with all transfers and will normally allocate a place if there is one available. Parents
wishing to transfer children from other schools should telephone for advice (01629 533 500)
Applications – Appeals Procedure
In the event of an application being turned down parents may contact the Area Education Office for further
Reception - Being Prepared for School
The following information is provided for parents:
“Information for Parents” is a booklet provided for parents who are interested in applying for a place
at our school.
The prospectus contains information about EYFS provision.
All parents are encouraged to visit school before they apply for a place with the Local Authority
Each parent has the opportunity to meet with the Head and for a guided tour of the school before the
The Induction process follows a four-step programme:
1. All parents/carers are invited to an Induction Evening during the summer term to provide information about
the organisation of the school, the curriculum and an opportunity to meet the Head Teacher, EYFS and KS1
staff. Parents/carers are supplied with a ‘Burbage Primary School Handbook’ and ‘Meet the Teacher’ letter
for the children to help make the transition easier.
2. The EYFS teachers visit the pre-school providers to talk informally about the children in their provision.
This provides an opportunity for the children to meet the teachers in a setting in which the children are
3. The children come to school for three afternoon sessions as an introduction to school life. They have the
opportunity to meet staff and other children and are introduced in a calm and respectful way to school life.
The parents are invited to chat informally with the Head Teacher in the school staffroom.
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4. The children are invited to have a school meal (or packed lunch) in the school hall with a member of their
family or nominated adult. Children with special educational needs may be invited to more that one session.
5. On entry to school, we ask the parents/carers to complete a ‘Starting School Profile’. This enables the
staff to learn more about the individual children in our care (likes/dislikes etc). Parents and carers are
partners in children’s learning. We value their opinions and the information they can give us, and involve
them whenever we can.
Our Early Years Leader makes regular visits to local nurseries and playgroups. It is quite likely that she will
have met your child already. Please feel free to telephone school at any time, we’re here to help!
A partnership built on good communications
We believe that a partnership between home and school is essential for all involved in the education process.
All staff are happy to see parents throughout the year to discuss any problems (or indeed successes).
Sometimes it may be necessary to make an appointment.
If we have any problems or concerns we will talk to you about them straight away, so that a relatively minor
problem is not allowed to grow out of proportion. If you have any concerns whatsoever please tell us
We send out Newsletters quite regularly and we are often asking for help with various activities in school.
Please volunteer! If you would like to receive your newsletters by e-mail we can add your e-mail address to
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The journey to and from school
Where possible we would like children to walk to and from school with their friends and family. Obviously,
young children and those who have to cross busy roads will need to be supervised by adults and some
parents have organised rotas to help one another with this. Inevitably, some children need to be brought to
school by car, perhaps not every day. At the end of the school day we have a problem of traffic congestion
outside school and we are keen to minimise the risk of an accident or injury to any of our children. If the use
of your car is unavoidable please don’t stop or wait in any of the following places:-
on the yellow zig-zags near the school entrance
by the traffic island opposite the school entrance
on the grass verges
in front of a neighbour’s driveway.
Some parents have asked if children can come to school on bicycles. We are happy to allow this but have
some anxiety about inexperienced children cycling on the public roads. Parents must assess the potential
risks for themselves and be satisfied that their children will be safe. We believe the school grounds to be
quite safe and it is unlikely that bicycles would get stolen or damaged. Nevertheless it is important that
bicycles are locked and school cannot take responsibility for their security.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Burbage Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young
people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
We follow the procedures set out by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board in the Derby and
Derbyshire Safeguarding Procedures (www.derbyshirescb.org.uk) and take account of guidance issued by
the Department for Children, Schools and Families (in particular Safeguarding Children and Safer
Recruitment in Education 2007).
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies about a pupil's
welfare. We will endeavour to ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents or
carers first, unless we have a reason to believe that it is not in the child’s best interests. On rare occasions
our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you.
Our Deputy Head, Ms. Ling, is the designated person for Child Protection, should you have any queries
please do not hesitate to contact her.
We follow the guidance from the Local Education Authority regarding Data Protection. Any information
disclosed to the school shall be kept under restricted access. Parents are welcome to see all written records
relating to their own children.
The Annual Meeting of Parents and Governors, held in the autumn term, is a useful forum for discussion. We
try to keep the meeting informal and parents’ opinions are sought and appreciated.
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Privacy Notice for Pupils in Primary Schools, Early Years Settings, Alternative Provision and Pupil
Privacy Notice - Data Protection Act 1998
We Burbage Primary School are the Data Controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act. We collect
information from you, and may receive information about you from your previous school. We hold this
personal data and use it to:
support your teaching and learning;
monitor and report on your progress;
provide appropriate pastoral care, and
assess how well your school is doing.
This information includes your contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance
information , characteristics such as ethnic group, special educational needs and any relevant medical
We will not give information about you to anyone outside the school without your consent unless the law and
our rules permit it.
We are required by law to pass some of your information to the Local Authority (LA), and the Department for
If you want to see a copy of the information we hold and share about you then please contact Joanna Mazari
/ Linda Reece
If you require more information about how the LA and/or DfE store and use this data please go to the
• http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/privacy_notices and
If you are unable to access these websites, please contact the LA or the DfE as follows:
Data Protection/Freedom of Information Officer
Children and Younger Adults Department
Derbyshire County Council
tel: 01629 536470
Public Communications Unit
Department for Education
Great Smith Street
tel: 0870 000 2288.
Attendance information is not collected for pupils under 5 at Early Years Settings or Maintained Schools
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Our school has its own kitchen for preparing children’s lunches. The meals are excellent and are extremely
good value. Please contact the Office for up to date prices. Free meals are available in certain
circumstances, please enquire at the Area Education Office, Telephone: 01629 533500 and ask for Student
Services. Dinners should be paid for in advance. The money should be brought on Monday mornings in a
sealed envelope with the name of your child and his/her teacher and the amount written clearly on the front.
If payment is made for more than one child, the eldest child should bring the envelope. You may pay weekly,
monthly or full the full term. Cheques to be made payable to Derbyshire County Council.
Children may bring a packed lunch as an alternative to school meals. If a child wishes to change from school
dinners to packed lunches, or vice versa, parents should give admin staff one week's notice.
The dining hall is organised like a self-service cafeteria. Children can sit where they like, with friends and
brothers and sisters regardless of whether they have a school meal or packed lunch.
Children are supervised throughout the lunch-break by seven mid-day supervisors.
Infant children are provided with fruit under the government’s ‘free fruit’ scheme. Junior children may also
bring their own fruit. We do not allow any other snacks. In 2009 we achieved the national ‘Healthy School’s
Award’ and part of this was in recognition of our attitude towards healthy eating
OFSTED 2007: “What is on offer at Burbage ensures that children make good progress and personally
develop into mature, confident children.”
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The range of uniform available enables parents and children to exercise some choice. Children can wear
either red or blue sweatshirts or cardigans with the school emblem. In the summer, white polo shirts are a
further option. There are good management and health and safety reasons why children should wear the
school uniform. Fashion clothing is often very expensive and impractical. High heels and certain items of
jewellery can be particularly hazardous. By adopting a uniform we ensure that teaching time is not lost to the
monitoring of children’s clothing. School reserves the right to exercise reasonable judgement over children’s
clothing and to ask parents to support the spirit of the policy.
We do not allow children to wear jewellery of any sort. Watches must be removed for PE. Children are
responsible for any personal property they bring to school, including watches. For Health and Safety reasons,
earrings for pierced ears should be removed for school. It would be helpful if children wishing to have their
ears pierced could have them done at the beginning of a Summer holiday to give them chance to heal. On
the very rare occasions children need to wear earrings for medical reasons, then a permission slip should be
filled in at the Office.
Tops: School sweatshirt or cardigan in either red or navy, bearing the school logo or white
polo shirt bearing the school logo.
(These items are available from the online uniform shop run by The Parents’
Association. See Website)
Below the waist: Navy skirt or charcoal grey or black trousers.
Shoes: Dark coloured, flat soled, shoes or sandals.
Warm weather One-piece, traditional, summer dress, gingham or fine stripe in red/white or
alternatives: blue/white. Sandals or canvas shoes to match.
Plain, grey shorts. Hats and caps for outdoors.
Children should not wear ‘jogging bottoms’, track suit trousers, trainers or other items of sports clothing as a
substitute for school uniform.
All clothing including underwear and shoes should be clearly marked with your child’s name.
All children are required to bring a P.E. kit. This should consist of plain shorts, plain ‘T’ shirt and pumps.
(Track suit bottoms for outdoor PE in the Winter months only.) The kit should be kept in a draw-string bag
and brought home regularly for washing. Our cloakroom space is quite restricted so we cannot accommodate
large rucksacks or bulky schoolbags.
Uniform should be ordered using the link on the website. http://burbage.createprimary.net/
Absences, illnesses, medicines and general health issues
Please telephone or e-mail school as soon as you know your child is going to be absent. Please explain the
reason so that the absence can be recorded appropriately in the register.
When considering whether or not your child is fit for school please don’t overlook the health of other children
in the class and, indeed, the teacher. Children who feel unwell or have contagious illnesses, including coughs
and colds, should not be in school.
Sometimes a child may be perfectly fit for school, yet need some form of medication during the day. Teachers
are advised by their professional associations not to administer medicines so, whenever possible, we would
like parents to call in to school to administer the medicine themselves. However, under certain circumstances
we would be willing to administer medicines on behalf of parents. If you would like us to help you in this
respect you should speak to the Headteacher who will consider whether or not the request can be met.
It is important that we have accurate information about your child’s health needs. Please ensure that you
record any health issues on the application form then keep us abreast of any other developments over time.
Helping us to help you
We have an agreed joint policy with the Health Authority regarding headlice. It is generally acknowledged
amongst healthcare professionals that headlice are never going to be eradicated. Dealing with headlice, as
with other personal hygiene and health matters, is the responsibility of parents and healthcare practitioners.
Parents are advised to assist children in their grooming and to check hair regularly, at least once a week.
Schools are not advised to send letters home alerting parents about headlice, however we do have an
information sheet regarding Headlice which is available for the Office. Medical research indicates that
headlice are just as likely to be contracted from family members and friends as they are from schoolfriends.
Holidays in Term Time
The Headteacher is required to assess each holiday request on it own merits using guidelines provided by
the Local Authority. Please contact the Headteacher before booking term-time holidays, as any unauthorised
holidays are likely to incur a fixed penalty.
Breakfast Club and Out of Hours Care
We have a Breakfast Club which operates every school day from 7.50 a.m. Advance booking is not required..
Children are provided with toast, cereal and a drink; supervision is provided by members of our Teaching
Assistant and Mid-Day Staff. Local Playgroups and Nurseries provide after-school-care and collect children
from school routinely at the end of the school day. More information about the Breakfast Club and after-
school care is available through school.
Charges for School Activities - Charging and Remissions Policy
The Governing Body of Burbage School recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional
activities, including clubs, trips, visits and residential experiences can make towards pupils’ academic,
personal and social education.
The Governing Body aims to promote and encourage the school to provide such activities both as a part of a
broad and balanced curriculum for the pupils of the school and as additional optional activities.
The 1988 Education reform Act required all schools to make a statement about charges for certain activities.
There are two categories where the school may ask parents for financial contribution to meet the cost of an
1) Where the activity is over and above the routine expectation of what would normally be provided and
funded by the school.
Typical examples of activities falling into this category are day trips, admission to museums and theatres,
transport costs, professional performances and demonstrations in school and when children are allowed to
keep technical models and other resources which otherwise could have been reused in school. Payment for
activities in this category will be by ‘voluntary contribution’. Parents will be informed how much money the
school needs to raise for the activity to go ahead. Individual children would not be prevented from taking part
in an activity if they are unable to pay but the school reserves the right to cancel an activity if insufficient
funds can be raised.
2) Private tuition, residential visits, out-of-school-hour activities.
All of these activities are above and beyond the school’s statutory obligation and are only provided if
reimbursement to the school’s budget can be achieved. Members of staff supervising these activities are
often doing so on a voluntary basis. In the case of private tuition (musical instrument or other) the cost of
tuition is normally paid by the parents directly to the visiting tutor. The school carries no pecuniary
responsibility in this area.
Where the parents of a pupil are in receipt of income support or family credit, the Governing Body will
endeavour to remit the cost of board and lodgings for any residential activity organised, if the activity is
deemed to take place within the school hours.
In other circumstances of family hardship the Governors may wish the school to remit the cost to certain
parents. Parents in these circumstances should apply in confidence to the Headteacher.
The full text of the school’s ‘Fees, charges and remissions policy’ is available from the Headteacher on
We hope that you will be pleased with the education your child receives. School is a very demanding
environment for staff and occasionally we make mistakes. If you have cause to complain please contact the
class teacher or Headteacher. You can call in to school, get in touch by telephone or send a note or e-mail.
We will deal with your complaint to the best of our ability and, hopefully, resolve the matter to your
satisfaction. If you feel that your complaint has not been dealt with adequately you should speak to the
Headteacher again or write to ‘The Chair of Governors’ via school. Further advice about complaints
procedures can be obtained from the Area Education Office in Buxton.
Composition of the Governing Body
Members of the Governing Body of Burbage Primary School as at June 2011
Name Type of Governor
Roger Cooper Local Authority
Ken Airey Community
Claire Duncan Community
Barbara Hartley Non-Teacher
Martin Hughes Community
Gordon Whittle Community
Simon Willis Community
Michelle Birch Parent
Catherine Leighton Teacher
Emma Downes Local Authority
Nicola O’Donnell Parent
Ronnie Paul Parent
Duncan Campbell Parent
Tracey Laforce Local Authority
Lorna Rigby Teacher
Simone Harch Parent
Julie Ward Headteacher
Julia Ashmore Clerk to Governors
Any person wishing to contact the Governors may do so via the Clerk or Chairman using the school’s
We have tried to provide all the information necessary for you to know what to expect at Burbage Primary
School. All schools have different characteristics and there is no substitute for sampling the atmosphere
yourself. If you would like to have a look around you will be most welcome. You can e-mail or telephone and
we will do our best to accommodate you at a mutually convenient time.
Burbage Primary School Tel. / Fax 01298 22278
Headteacher: Julie Ward E-mail:
To apply for a place at any Derbyshire Primary School you MUST complete a Derbyshire
County Council Application form either online www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions by phone
08456 058 058 or by filling out a paper form (available from Derbyshire County Council on
the above no.)
Child’s details: Surname………………………….. Forenames…………………………………..
Date of birth……………………… Date of Entry to School (school to complete)………
Normal term-time address……………………………………………………..
Allergies/medical or other important information.
Name(s) of Person(s) who have parental responsibility
Telephone contacts: Home…………………………….…………..
Home e-mail …………………………………
Parent’s place of work and Tel. (1)……………………………….
Parent’s place of work and Tel. (2)……………………………….
Other emergency contacts (friends, relatives)………………….…
Names of siblings already in school ……………………………………………………...
Family Doctor and Tel…………………………………………………………………….
Previous school or nursery/playgroup……………………………………………………..
Ethnic Origin…………………… Please state religion ……………………………………………………….
Birth certificate checked by school (enclose a copy or bring to school before child starts)
Signed that the above information is correct………………………………. Date……………….
Date received in school…………………………