"SOUTH HARRINGAY JUNIOR SCHOOL"
SOUTH HARRINGAY JUNIOR SCHOOL Winners of the DfEE Achievement Award 1997-2000 Mattison Road, London N4 1BD Telephone: 020 8340 2757 Fax: 020 8340 7541 E-mail: email@example.com Website : www.shjs.haringey.sch.uk PROSPECTUS Interim Head Teacher: Ms Lindsey Shaw Chair of Governors: Mr Jonathan Vellapah London Borough of Haringey CONTENTS Welcome from the Headteacher Welcome from the Chair of Governors 1.0 Our Mission Statement & The Aims And Values Of Our School 2.0 How the School Is Organised 3.0 Admissions Policy 4.0 School Uniform & Clothing 5.0 The School Day 6.0 Food In School 7.0 The Curriculum 8.0 Special Educational Needs (SEN) 9.0 Learning Mentors 10.0 Behaviour in School 11.0 How You Can Help Your Child to Learn 12.0 Open Evenings 13.0 Security in School 14.0 Your Child’s Health and Welfare 15.0 School Assembly 16.0 School Trips 17.0 The Home/School Agreement 18.0 Checklist Of Important Points To Remember APPENDICES Home/School Agreement School Terms and Holidays Staff List September 2010 LA Services Governing Body HEADTEACHER’S WELCOME Dear Parents/Carers Welcome to South Harringay Junior School We are happy to share your child’s education and development with you. We hope that this prospectus will help you by providing information about the organisation, aims and policies of the school. We know that the prospectus will not answer all your questions. However, should you wish to discuss any issues about the school in more detail, please contact our office to make an appointment. Copies of more detailed curriculum and policy documents are available upon request. Details of how to contact us are on the cover of this prospectus. With best wishes Lindsey Shaw Interim Headteacher South Harringay Junior School WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR OF THE SCHOOL GOVERNORS Dear Parents/Carers On behalf of the Governing Body of South Harringay Junior School, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you. The Governing Body is made up of parents, local councillors or business people and members of the school’s staff. Some governors are elected, some are appointed by Haringey Council and some are co- opted. We are responsible for overseeing the management and control of the school and normally meet once each term. Parents are always welcome to come to the meetings to share their concerns and give their comments on what the schools are doing. The agenda of each meeting is available in school beforehand. Meetings are businesslike but relaxed and friendly. If you have any concerns that you would like raised in a meeting you can also contact the parent governors or write to me via the school. We are here to help the Headteacher and staff of the school to make your child’s education as good an experience as possible. With best wishes Jonathan Vellapah Chair of the Governing Body South Harringay Junior School Aims of South Harringay Junior School Our school aims to establish a stimulating environment in which the learning process can take place. A range of experiences is offered, flexible enough to take into account the individual differences in the way that children acquire knowledge and understanding. We aim: To provide a nurturing environment that is positive, vibrant and supportive for all those who learn and work in our school. To provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is inclusive of all children and enables them to grow in understanding and achievement, fulfilling their own potential and meeting our high expectations. To celebrate pupils’ efforts / progress and success by developing children’s own confidence, self-esteem and motivation. To expect each child to value, trust, respect and show tolerance towards others. To develop strong links and foster good relationships with parents / carers and other members of the local and wider community. To work towards a partnership, in the recognition that our joint resources can be of mutual benefit to our children. To maintain high staff morale by allowing opportunities for development and room for personal growth. To communicate a shared vision and recognise expertise in a caring and supportive atmosphere. To maintain a clear, efficient and effective structure which is flexible and appropriate to the planned development of the school. We would wish the children to take with them happy memories of their important, primary years at South Harringay Junior School. 1.0 Vision/Mission statement Learning and Growing Together Happy and Safe Thriving on Challenge SHJS is a Junior School where the focus is on each individual, acknowledging both rights and responsibilities. A strong pastoral structure underpins a quality curriculum that seeks to recognise and develop the potential of every student within a thoughtful, safe and stimulating environment. Learning is celebrated in all its forms. The school believes in promoting life-long learning. We believe that learning is accomplished by giving the child a sense of self-worth. We are continually striving to help each child gain independence. We work to increase each child’s self-esteem and to develop an attitude of ‘I can do it’ at all times. It is our aim to create a positive and nurturing environment in which children learn skills that will enable them eventually to become independent, productive, caring people. The school has highly motivated and committed staff, both teaching and non-teaching. We aim to provide, in partnership with parents and carers, an environment in which each child is cared for socially, emotionally, physically, spiritually and academically. The Headteacher, the staff and the Governors at SHJS believe that all children are entitled to enjoy their childhood. They should be valued for their individuality, culture and heritage. They should be allowed to develop their full potential in an inspiring and happy environment. 2.0 How the School is Organised South Harringay Junior School is a community, co-educational school. It is part of the South Harringay education site between Mattison Road and Pemberton Road. The site includes a small swimming pool used by local schools, the Harringay Ladder Children’s Centre, South Harringay Infant School and Nursery, and South Harringay Junior School. The Junior School is two-form entry and is divided into eight mixed ability classes. There is: a parents’ room an art room a breakfast room an ICT suite a SEN room a learning mentors’ room a music room an assembly hall a gym The playground has a climbing frame area, a vegetable garden along the New River, games markings and a football pitch, a gazebo and a shade to provide some shelter from the sun or rain. Our school is maintained by the Local Education Authority, Haringey Council. The Governing Body of South Harringay Junior School holds pubic meetings once a term. These are advertised in school. 2.1 Friends of South Harringay Junior School Friends of South Harringay Junior School (PSA) plan fundraising and social events such as discos, Christmas concerts and an annual combined Infant and Junior Summer Fair. The association is open to everyone and especially welcomes those who can attend regular meetings and help with the organisation of events. Would you like to be part of this? If so, please see the School Office. 2.2 Parental Involvement Teacher The Parental Involvement Teacher is available to talk to parents about matters to do with your child’s learning. She runs sessions for parents each week focusing on the curriculum taught to our children. We have a Parental Support Advisor who helps parents. Please ask the office which day she attends. 2.3 The School Council The School Council is our pupils’ voice, which is made up of two democratically elected pupils from each class. They discuss issues important to everyone and contribute to whole school discussions. The council members bring to the meetings issues that have been raised by their colleagues in class discussions. 2.4 Visiting the Headteacher or Teachers We welcome the opportunity to talk to parents and make every attempt to be available. However, if possible, please make an appointment beforehand to see the Headteacher or a class teacher to ensure that she/he is available. If the matter is urgent, please come at anytime. If you wish to talk to your child’s teacher please arrange to come after school, as teachers are busy in their classes during the school day. 3.0 Admissions Policy Currently the admission is done centrally but the numbers are limited to 60 pupils in each year group (two classes of a maximum of 30 each). The admissions criteria follow the government recommendations. Parents of year 2 pupils in South Harringay Infant School must confirm their wish to transfer to year 3 at South Harringay Junior School by completing and returning a standard form in May of each year. The school holds meetings during the summer term for parents and carers of Infants’ pupils who will be joining the school in September. Parents who wish to visit the school to consider an admission are welcome to do so by arrangement. 4.0 School Uniform and Clothing School uniform is compulsory. This can be ordered online using yourschooluniform.com or by obtaining an order form from the school office. There are some items of school uniform for sale directly from the office, so please enquire there. A sweatshirt, fleece or cardigan must have the school logo. You have the choice to purchase T-shirts and shirts from the website with the school logo or buy them from a shop of your choice without the logo. Trousers/skirts should be grey or black. Please try and consider the weather. Your child needs a warm coat and a sweater when it is cold. In periods of hot sunny weather shoulders, heads and necks should be protected against the dangers of sunburn. Sensible black footwear is suggested. Shoes should be comfortable. Shoes with pointed toes and small ‘high heels’ are not permitted, as they are dangerous and unhealthy. Children are not allowed to wear jewellery to school. For health and safety reasons only studs are allowed to be worn at school. 4.1 PE or Games Kit It is necessary for your child to bring a change of clothing for PE/Games. A sensible set of PE clothes should include a pair of shorts or truck-suit bottoms, a T-shirt and a pair of plimsoles (soft, safe and cheap canvas shoes). The kit should be in school every day and taken home for washing on Fridays. T-shirts can be ordered at yourschooluniform.com. 4.2 Swimming Kit Children from Year 4 to Year 6 have swimming lessons for a term. They must bring a swimming costume and a towel to school on the day. Children must wear a swimming cap, which can be purchased from the swimming pool on the first day of swimming. 5.0 The School Day The school day begins at 8.55am. Your child should be in the playground between 8.45 and 8.55am. The doors are closed at 9.00am. Lunch break is between 12.00 and 1.00pm. There is a playtime every morning during which staff are on duty in the playground. School finishes at 3.30pm. Please collect your child on time from the playground. Please try and contact us if you are going to be late collecting your child. We will not ask your child to go home alone if it is not the normal arrangement. 5.1 Attendance and Punctuality It is very important for children to come to school every school day and to arrive on time. Children who arrive late miss the beginning of a lesson and disturb the work of their class or the whole school’s assembly. Electronic attendance registers are filled in soon after 8:55 and closed at 9:05 each morning. Children who arrive late have to make a special visit to the school office and interrupt their work. Children who are regularly late may feel embarrassed and upset when they come to school, so please make every effort to ensure they are on time. If your child is unavoidably late, please come into school with them to explain. Please inform the school on the first day of absence of the reason. This may be by telephone, in writing or by visiting the school. Certain absences qualify as authorised, e.g., illness, medical appointments or visits that are in direct connection to a child’s education. Taking a holiday during term time is strongly discouraged and is not going to be authorised. In exceptional circumstances the Headteacher may authorise a period of absence but this must be arranged with the parents/ carers beforehand. Our aim is for minimal disruption to your child’s education. Other absences count as unauthorised, e.g., if the absence is for recreational purposes or when no satisfactory explanation for the absence has been supplied. The school has an Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) attached to it. The EWO visits the school regularly to check on absence and lateness. The Headteacher is required to report cases of consistent lateness or unauthorised absence. A letter is sent to parents and carers first, advising that if the lateness or unexplained absence persists, the EWO will be informed. 6.0 Food in School We are keen to encourage healthy eating in school and children may bring fruit to eat during the morning break. Drinking water is provided for all pupils at lunchtime. We encourage children to bring a plastic bottle of water to keep in their classroom. South Harringay Junior School is a nut free zone. It is of vital importance for all food that is brought to school to be free of nuts because of some children’s severe nut allergies. 6.1 Lunch Time At lunch time, the children are brought into the hall in the main building. The children are supervised during the meal and for the remainder of the lunch break. We have four S.M.S.A’s or dinner ladies’ who look after the children inside and outside in the playground. They are supported by 4 Learning Support Assistants who do half an hour lunchtime duties, focusing on involving all children in games and clubs. Haringey School Meals Service serves a daily meal every school day. A vegetarian menu is available. The meals are cooked in the kitchen of the Infant School. School meals cost £2.00 per day or £10.00 per week. Please pay for the whole week on Monday (or the first school day of each week). Money should be placed in an envelope labelled with the child’s name and class, and handed into the office. The School Meals Service does not have credit arrangements. Please make cheques payable to South Harringay Junior School. 6.2 Free School Meals If you want to find out if you are eligible for free school meals or require a form to claim them, please ask at the school office. The process of applying for free school dinners is simple and very straightforward, provided you have the necessary documents. 6.3 Packed Lunches If you prefer, your child can bring sandwiches and a drink to school – no cans or glass bottles, chocolate, anything with nuts, or fizzy drinks please. 6.4 Breakfast Club The school runs a free breakfast club, which opens at 8.00 am. Breakfast is prepared and served until 8:30 when the school gate is closed. The children have a nutritious breakfast and an opportunity to play quiet games under supervision. If you would like your child to join, please contact the office. There is a charge of £1 per day for all children, except those entitled to free school meals. 6.5 Home Lunches Some children who live near the school go home to eat – this must be properly arranged and the school informed of the arrangement by a parent. We request that changes to lunchtime arrangements are timed to coincide with the beginning of each half-term. This is because school meals are planned for half-termly blocks and sudden changes in numbers causes disruption. 7.0 The Curriculum The National Curriculum requires schools to provide a broad and balanced curriculum with an emphasis on basic literacy and numeracy skills. We follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study in English, Maths, Science, Information Technology and Religious Education. Programmes of study are also provided for the foundation subjects: History, Geography, Design & Technology, P.E., Art & Design and Music. We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum with the majority of teaching time devoted to the subjects English, Maths, Science and ICT. Enrichment activities are undertaken by children in class or in groups, to challenge and encourage pupils’ thinking and problem solving skills. Pupils go on visits to support their work and are encouraged to read material relevant to their studies. At South Harringay Junior School language development is seen as the key to your child’s education. With good literacy skills pupils are able to become independent learners. We therefore place great emphasis on language work across the curriculum. Many different languages are represented in the school and a large number of pupils are bilingual. We encourage the use of home languages while children become familiar and confident in the use of English. A great deal of time is spent planning, reviewing and evaluating the curriculum to ensure that the school meets the children’s needs. Policy documents and schemes of work have been produced to support planning. Teachers work in year group pairs to plan each term’s work and monitor progress. At the beginning of each term you will be sent a summary of the term’s work plan for your child’s year group and how you can support your child’s learning. We teach French as a modern foreign language to all children. From Year 4 onward children have planned and structures swimming lessons. We offer free string musical instrument (guitar or violin) tuition to all children in Year Children who wish to continue, may do so but must pay for the instrument hire. 7.1 English English is divided into three main areas: Speaking and Listening – Pupils are taught to read aloud, express themselves clearly when presenting ideas to a group or larger audience and to listen attentively in a variety of situations. Role-play and drama are used to develop these skills. Reading – Children have a variety of sources from which to select reading material, both fiction and non-fiction. They are encouraged to read independently in pairs and in groups. They make regular entries in reading diaries to review and comment on stories at school. Reading books are taken home on a regular basis. Writing – Pupils compose stories, poems, letters, reports and accounts and are taught to punctuate their sentences, spell accurately and use Standard English. There are regular handwriting exercises to help develop a fluent, legible, cursive (joined-up) style. 7.2 Mathematics Mathematics comprises four strands: Using and Applying Maths – solving practical problems and carrying out investigations by selecting the appropriate mathematical skills for the task. Number and Algebra – reading, recording and ordering numbers, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, knowledge of fractions and decimals, recognising number sequences and using symbols instead of numbers. Shape and Measures – working with and recognising two and three dimensional shapes, using standard measures and measuring instruments for length, area, weight, capacity, time and money. Handling Data – collecting information, presenting it in chart, table or graph form, analysing and interpreting this information and practical examples of probability. The subjects in the National Curriculum are not always taught separately. Topics for the term are most often science-based but include items of knowledge such as historical or geographical information. Technology is also used in the form of computers and interactive whiteboards in each classroom. 7.3 Science Through experimental and investigative work, pupils will be encouraged to carry out their own investigations and give scientific explanations. The children study a series of topics as part of a four-year curriculum programme: Life Processes and Living Things - variation and classification, adaptation, micro- organisms. Children learn how living things grow, eat, reproduce and keep healthy and how they adapt and become suited to their environments. Materials – grouping and classifying materials according to their properties, how materials can be changed and how mixtures of materials can be separated. Physical Processes – how electrical circuits are made using batteries, buzzers, bulbs and wires; the forces of magnetism, gravity, friction, stretching, and compressing; how different sounds are created and why light passes through some materials and not others; how the earth orbits around the sun creating day and night, months and years and seasons. Pupils learn how science is used in a domestic setting and the part it plays in the wider world, including links with I.C.T. 7.4 Information Communications Technology (ICT), Includes use of computers Pupils use a range of IT tools to communicate, investigate and control. They are taught how to word process, collect and analyse data, create instructions to control events and to present information in a variety of forms. Years 3 to 6 have Internet access to benefit from the National Grid for Learning. We are developing a Managed Learning Environment (MLE) which will improve school-home communications and encourage children to research, communicate ideas and design questionnaires in a safe on-line environment. 7.5 Religious Education Many different faiths and all the major religions are represented amongst the children in our school. Pupils are taught about the major religions and we acknowledge the festivals and celebrations that take place during the school year. Children are expected to respect and to learn about other languages, customs and cultures, which are not their own and to behave in a caring, responsible way. Pupils are provided with time for silent reflection in moments of collective worship, which focus on school, regional, national and world events during whole school assemblies. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education. Please write to the Headteacher in the first instance. 7.6 Design and Technology Pupils generate designs and construct models for a purpose, then evaluate their effectiveness. 7.7. History A series of topics are studied covering a range of eras from the Ancient civilisations to modern times. Often we organise museum visits to help the children with their understanding and visualisation of the topics. We take every opportunity to use writing within the Humanities topics so our children will become more confident and fluent writers. 7.8 Geography There are comparisons of contrasting places, local and distant. Pupils are taught about human settlement, environmental changes, rivers and the weather. They study and create maps and learn other Geographical skills. 7.9 Art The topics chosen for study in Art and Design involve the teaching of a range of Art processes – drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, collage, textiles and the use of digital media. Where possible, topics are linked to other curriculum topics. Each topic involves the study of a range of artists, encouraging children to explore and develop ideas, investigate, make, evaluate and develop their work. 7.10 Music Formal and informal music lessons are carried out in the school. There are singing, listening and composing sessions. Year 4 children have formal instrumental tuition on violins or guitars, which are provided free of charge to every child. Teachers from the Music Resources Centre continue with the instrumental tuition for pupils in Years 5 and 6, whose parents have applied and paid for lessons. Application forms can be collected from the school. 7.11 Physical Education Games and group exercise play an important part in the physical development of your child. P.E. sessions are held in the school gym and the playground. P.E. is compulsory. If for any reason your child is unable to participate, please send a note or phone the school beforehand to explain. Pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 have swimming lessons. Swimming is an important part of the PE curriculum and all pupils are expected to take part. Parents must provide a note if their child has to miss a swimming lesson for medical reasons. Children are encouraged to participate in local sports competitions. 7.12 Personal, Social and Health Education This area links to aspects of R.E., Science and Humanities. Pupils are taught to become responsible citizens, to care for their environment and are prepared for the changes they face as they grow towards adulthood. We use a whole-school programme called SEAL, which helps us develop a consistent and continuous approach to PSHE. 7.13 Health Education During their school career, the children will be taught about personal hygiene – how to look after themselves and their body, the value of exercise and sensible eating habits as well as the dangers of smoking and other drugs. All pupils follow a Health & Sex Education programme, which includes a study of the human life cycle and focuses on puberty, childbirth and conception. All parents are informed by letter before the topic is taught and you have the right to withdraw your child from Sex Education lessons if you wish, after a discussion with the class teacher or the Headteacher. (See Sex Education Policy held in the office) 7.14 Gifted and Talented We provide special clubs for those children who have been identified as gifted and talented in particular areas, e.g. art, sports and music. Those who are gifted and talented in Literacy work with the Learning Mentors on the school newspaper. We are hoping to develop clubs for children who are particularly talented in Maths. If your child has a particular skills or interest, please let their class teacher know. We are always delighted to hear of your child’s achievements out of school and will draw attention to these at assembly time if your child is happy for us to do so. 7.15 Assessment Throughout all the subjects of the curriculum, teachers plan work for the wide range of attainment levels that exist in each class. Activities are differentiated to take into account three main ability bands. This is particularly the case in the core subjects of English and Maths, where pupils are normally grouped according to their attainment. During each year the teachers monitor and assess the progress made by pupils. Pupils are assessed in English, Maths and Science on a cyclical basis. At the end of the Key Stage 2, in Year 6, teachers make final judgements about the levels achieved by their pupils. There are National Tests (SATs) for Year 6 pupils in May. The results of the tests and the teacher assessments are reported to parents in the end of year reports, in the form of subject levels. The national expectation is that 11-year-old children should achieve National Curriculum level 4 in all core subjects. If you would like to consult the Haringey Local Authority about details of the National Curriculum contact: Haringey Professional Development Centre Downhills Park Road Tottenham London N17 6AR Tel : 0208 489 5000 8.0 Special Educational Needs (SEN) Some children have specific or general learning difficulties or have emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. We strongly believe in early intervention. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is responsible for co-ordinating the provision for children who need extra help with their learning for overseeing the school’s Special Needs Policy and keeping a register of all pupils with special needs. We always contact you for discussion if your child is having difficulty and we do not embark on any course of action without parental consent. At all stages there are regular reviews of the progress of all children who are on the SEN Register. There are Parents’ Evenings for all children three times a year and class teachers will keep parents informed about how their child is doing in relation to his or her special needs. It is important to be aware that most children will fall into the SEN category at some stage in their school lives, e.g., after a bereavement, an illness or a sudden change in family circumstances. We try to meet all children’s special needs whatever they may be – short or long term. 9.0 Learning Mentors The school has two part time Learning Mentors who share one post. Their role is to provide support to pupils whose emotional, behavioural and organisational difficulties hinder their learning. They meet regularly either on an individual basis or in small groups with the children chosen for support. They also run a weekly lunchtime ‘games’ club. Learning Mentors help children get the best out of their school experience. 10.0 Behaviour in School The pupils at South Harringay Junior School are entitled to learn in a calm and disciplined atmosphere that is conducive to encouraging concentration on directed activities and will allow them to make the most of their hours in the classroom. We encourage respect for others We expect children to be polite and helpful We ask children to be kind, caring and honest We want children to work to the best of their ability. Teachers establish simple rules that clearly define the limits of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and teach their pupils to follow the rules and directions. There are also basic whole school rules aimed at encouraging sensible, considerate and safe behaviour. Consistent good behaviour is praised and rewarded. Congratulatory certificates are sent home and pupils can build up merit points towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate, which is presented in an assembly. Pupils must also learn that there are consequences for unacceptable behaviour. If they fail to follow the agreed rules, they may miss their break times. Parents are called to discuss persistent unacceptable behaviour and agree a plan for behaviour support for their child. Abusive, violent or bullying behaviour results in more serious consequences. Any child who abuses or hurts others will be reported to their parents. If your child is involved in any such incident, we will expect you to be available to discuss the problem with the Headteacher. Children who are a danger to others or who show no regard for the concerns of the school may be suspended from attending. Racist and sexist abuse, prejudice and hurtful name-calling are unacceptable forms of behaviour. We will discuss these issues with the children so that they understand the reasons why these acts are wrong. Our school has a special tradition of welcoming children of all cultures and backgrounds and giving them equal opportunities and making their school life as happy as possible. Children are not allowed to bring any dangerous items such as weapons, tools or dangerous substances into school. 10.1 Pocket Money, Mobile Phones and Valuables Children must not bring money, toys or valuables into school. If they have to do so, they must be handed in to the school office or the class teacher before the start of the school day. The school cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. Mobile phones brought to school are collected in the classrooms and handed over for safekeeping to the office. They must be switched off beforehand. 11.0 How You Can Help Your Child to Learn You can help your child to make the most of their schooldays. The most successful children have the confidence of knowing that their family supports them and shows an interest in their day-to-day life. Talk to your child about what they are doing at school. Encourage them to find out things for themselves. Read books with your child. Take them to the local library and help them to choose books. Let your child help you in the kitchen and when you are doing other work in the home. Listen to your child. Encourage them to ask questions. If you do not have the answer, why not find out together? 11.1 Homework Each week your child will bring homework tasks to be completed, books to read, spelling lists to be learnt, multiplication tables to be memorised or humanity assignments to be carried out. It is important that you help your child with their homework. It should not take a great deal of time and it is extremely important that you support them and ensure that the work is completed. (See Homework Policy in the office) 11.2 Preparing for the School Day Help your child to remember to take things they need for school each morning. There are almost always books to carry to and from home, PE or swimming kit to be taken to school, dinner money on the first day of the week or their musical instrument to be brought to school. Please make sure that your child leaves for school on time. 12.0 Open Evenings Open evenings are held once a term and are an opportunity for you to discuss the needs and the progress of your child with their teacher. Because of the large number of parents that each teacher needs to see, it is necessary to have appointed times for these interviews, which are normally held over two evenings. Less formal meetings can be held at any time on request by parents or teachers who have concerns. We encourage parents whose English is not their first language to come with an English speaking friend or family member to support them during these meetings. In the Autumn term the Open Evening is held as soon as we finish our assessment so that ‘settling in’ can be discussed as well as attainment and possible targets. In the Spring term, pupils’ work is available for you to see to provide evidence of issues discussed. Pupils’ learning targets will be reviewed and new ones will be set. In the Summer term there is an opportunity for you and the teachers to discuss your child’s Annual Report and the results of the National School Tests in Year 6 (SATs). Open evenings are advertised at school. Please make every attempt to come. Your child can gain greatly from you discussing their work and progress with their teacher. 13.0 Security in School We take the security of all children at the school very seriously. Recently the security system in place has been thoroughly reviewed and updated in consultation with parents. If your child is a member of the Breakfast Club they come to the school from 8.00am till 8:30. Other pupils should begin to arrive from 8.45am. They enter via the playground gate on Mattison Road. At 9.00 am the playground gate is locked. Late children and visitors should press the “buzzer” next to the visitor entrance on Mattison Road. There is CCTV in operation. The office staff can see who is entering the school via a monitor in the school office. Once activated, the gate will open and close automatically. All visitors must report to the Office on arrival. Visitors are required to sign in and wear appropriate badges. We are responsible for your child’s safety and must be satisfied that all visitors are parents or carers of children in school or have come on official business to see members of staff. At the end of the school day, approximately 3.20pm, the playground gate is unlocked for pupils to be met by parents in the playground at 3.30pm, when classes are lined up in their class places and parents collect their children from there. If you drive your child to school, please do not park on the zig-zag yellow lines outside the school. Please do not double-park outside the school as it causes dangerous traffic jams. Traffic wardens attend regularly and issue parking tickets if you are parked illegally. (See Child Protection Policy in the office) 14.0 Your Child’s Health and Welfare 14.1 Accidents We take great care of your child but accidents do still happen occasionally. The school assistants or office staff will look after and comfort hurt or unhappy children but the school is not a good place for a sick child. If your child is unwell and unable to continue working in class, we will contact you and ask you to come and collect them from school. If your child needs to be taken to the hospital, you will be informed and a member of staff will remain with them until you arrive. Please make sure that we always have your current home and work telephone numbers. We also need the names, addresses and telephone numbers of a relative or friend who can be contacted in an emergency, if we are unable to contact you. 14.2 Medicines If your child is receiving a course of medication because of a recent illness, in most cases it is best if your child stays at home until the course is completed. In some situations where a child is feeling well and is not contagious, it may be acceptable for the child to have medicine such as antibiotics administered at school. Also, if your child suffers from a chronic condition such as asthma, they may need their inhalers in school. In such cases the treatment must be discussed with the Headteacher and the Office staff and Parental consent and Doctors forms have to be completed for school records. The school is also obliged to keep a record of any medicine administered to pupils at school. We cannot act on verbal instructions from the child. On no account should you send your child to school with medicines and expect them to treat themselves. 14.3 Infectious Diseases Please inform us if your child contracts an infectious disease such as measles, mumps or chicken-pox. We can then discuss a return date with you and warn other parents or carers to look out for the symptoms. 14.4 Medical Appointments Please tell us if your child has an appointment at a hospital, clinic, doctor’s surgery or dentist. We do not allow children to leave school during school time without a parent or responsible adult accompanying them. 14.5 Medical Examinations The school nurse makes regular checks on the children’s physical development. Their eyesight and teeth are also checked. You are welcome to be present at individual health inspections and will be informed if any treatment is necessary. Please let us know if you would like a special appointment with her. 14.6 Head Lice This is sometimes a severe problem. Also, we need to know if your child has caught head lice. We notify all parents by letter if there is an outbreak in your child’s class. 14.7 The Children’s Act Local authorities have to investigate when they believe that a child is suffering or is likely to suffer harm. They have to assess the needs of the child and the child’s family in order to protect the child from harm. It is a legal responsibility of members of the school staff to monitor cases of children suffering ill-treatment or neglect. The Headteacher will report the school’s concerns to Haringey Social Services. Cases of child abuse will be investigated by the Police Protection Team and Haringey Social Services. Abuse, as dealt with under child protection procedures, is physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect carried out by either members of the child’s family, extended family, people in a position of trust or people with regular contact with the child. (See Child Protection Policy held in the office) Our School’s Education Welfare Officer (see list of LA staff) Tel: 0208 489 3866 x3184. 15.0 School Assembly Your child will be expected to attend assembly in school time. We have Music, Attendance and Punctuality, Good News, Class and Special Celebration Assemblies. Parents are warmly welcome to attend our assemblies. These assemblies are important because they are an opportunity for children to receive information, discuss school matters, celebrate achievements, raise concerns and to listen to stories that are based on moral teachings or the lives of famous people and well-known folk tales. There is a small religious content to some of our assemblies (which we are required by law to provide) and community festivals and feasts are talked about during these gatherings. The assembly usually takes the form of important messages, the celebration of pupil achievements, a story followed by collective act of worship in the form of a silent reflective moment, a song or verse or thought for the day. On alternate Thursdays individual classes presents an assembly displaying their work in class. Parents are encouraged to attend them to support our children. On Friday we hold a special assembly at which the children are rewarded for good efforts, high standards of work and excellent behaviour. We also make a presentation to the class with the best attendance and punctuality throughout the week in a Monday morning Assembly. We will be delighted if any parents can join us. 16.0 School Trips Regular educational trips are arranged to support class topic work. Venues include London museums and local places of historical or environmental interest. There will usually be one local visit and one a little further away each term. All outings are properly supervised and insured. You will receive a letter informing you of planned visits with permission slips, which require your signature. Please ensure that the signed slip is returned promptly to the class teacher, because without it, your child will not be able to go on the trip. We welcome parents who can come and support the children on their trips. 16.1 Contributions towards school outings and activities These activities are normally funded by voluntary contributions from parents. If we do not receive sufficient contributions, we simply cannot organise the trips. For this reason we hope that you can contribute towards payments for outings and special activities when they are arranged. Costs are kept to a minimum. Sometimes we will also need to request voluntary contributions towards some expensive materials that are consumed during class work, such as timber for models or ingredients for cooking. However, we would like to assure you that your child will not be held back from participating in any class work that requires consumable materials. 16.2 School Journey When your child is in the final year of Junior School, they may join a group who will spend a school week (5 days) in Pendarrren, Haringey’s Outdoor Education Centre in Wales, or a trip arranged by the school. 16.3 Extra Curricula Activities During the school year pupils have the opportunity to attend clubs and activities, which take place out of school hours either after school or at lunch times. In the last year there have been clubs for Football, Volleyball, Art, Dance, Basketball, Indoor Hockey and Computers. School teams have participated in sport events and competitions with other local schools. There is an annual Sports Day, which is held at Finsbury Park usually in June, which is a combination of co-operative team games. South Harringay Junior School has also taken part in national and local sponsored events such as a workout for Leprosy sufferers, Cancer Research and other charities. 17.0 The Home School Agreement All parents and carers of pupils joining South Harringay Junior School will be invited to sign an agreement with the school, which sets out what the school will do for your child and how you can help. The agreement covers the important areas of: standards of education behaviour attendance homework and communication between the home and the school. The agreement seeks to establish a joint commitment between you and the school to the educational development of your child. (See Home School Agreement – Appendix 1) 18.0 Complaints Procedures The staff and Governing Body of South Harringay Junior School do their best to ensure that the best possible service is provided. However, when things go wrong or you disagree with something, you have a right to complain. When this happens, we will take your complaint seriously and sort matters out if we can, as quickly and helpfully as possible. A number of complaints can be put right straight away simply by: telephoning the school speaking to a member of staff, and/or asking to speak to the Headteacher. If this fails, then take the following steps: STEP 1 Put your complaint in writing to the Headteacher. STEP 2 If you are unhappy with the way your complaint has been dealt with by the Headteacher, you can contact the Chair of the Governing Body by writing, care of the school. You should put the complaint in a sealed-envelope marked ‘Private and Confidential’. The Governing Body will investigate your complaint and write to you with the outcome. Please only contact the Chair of the Governing Body if you are not happy with the way the Headteacher or the school has dealt with the complaint, otherwise the complaint will be referred back to the school in the first instance. STEP 3 If you are still unhappy, even after dealing with the Governing Body, you can write to the Director of the Children & Young People’s at 48-62 Station Road, Wood Green, London. N22 7TY. 19.0 Checklist of Important Things to Remember Please make sure your child arrives at school on time for an 8.55 am start each day. Please inform us of the reason for any absence from school. Please make sure the school has your correct contact address and telephone numbers for home and work. Please let us know of any change in your home circumstances that may affect your child in school. If you wish us to keep any such information confidential, we will of course respect this. Please remember to ask for permission from the Headteacher to take your child away during term time. Please ensure that you see the Office staff, if you visit the school during the day. Please help your child to be prepared for each school day with their school books, P.E. and/or swimming kits when required. Please do not park on the zig-zag yellow lines outside the school or double park in the street. Please do not allow your child to bring money, valuables or toys into school. We cannot be held responsible for missing items. Appendix 1 SOUTH HARRINGAY JUNIOR SCHOOL HOME - SCHOOL AGREEMENT Pupil’s Name: …………………………………………………. Working together with parents, the school aims to help your child develop as a happy, sociable and caring individual, with the desire and confidence to achieve their full academic, aesthetic, moral and physical potential, within a stimulating, secure and understanding environment. 1. The School will try to: Be open, friendly and welcoming; Provide a curriculum, a quality of teaching and activities, which are appropriate to the needs of your child; Make its homework expectations clear to pupils and parents, and set targets which support your child’s progress; Keep parents informed over school matters through regular letters and through meetings for special events/subjects; Provide regular opportunities for you to discuss your child’s progress with the staff most closely involved with your child’s education. Signed _________________________(Headteacher) Date ________________ 2. The Parents / Carers will try to: Make sure the child attends school regularly, arriving between 08.45 and 08.55am and that she/he is properly equipped; Provide an explanation if the child is absent; Ensure that the child wears the correct school uniform; Avoid taking the child out of school for holidays without first discussing this with the Headteacher; Support the school’s policies and guidelines for behaviour; Support their child in homework and other opportunities for home learning; Regularly attend meetings to discuss my child’s progress; and Let the school know about any concerns or problems that may affect my child’s work or behaviour. Ensure money and valuables are not taken to school. Signed ______________________ Date _____________ 3. The Pupil will try to: Attend regularly and on time; Bring equipment they need every day; Do their work to the best of their abilities; Follow the class, school and playground rules; Play games fairly in a sporting way Be polite, friendly and helpful Signed ______________________ Date _______________ Appendix 2 SCHOOL TERMS AND HOLIDAYS 2010 / 2011 AUTUMN TERM 2010 START ENDS DAYS First Half Wednesday 1 September 2010 Friday 22 October 2010 38 Half Term Monday 25 October 2010 Friday 29 October 2010 Second Half Monday 1 November 2010 Friday 17 December 2010 35 HOLIDAY Monday 20 December 2010 Friday 31 December 2010 School Closures – Autumn Term Wednesday 1 September 2010 – Whole Day Staff Training Thursday 2 September 2010 - Whole Day Staff Training Friday 22 October 2 010 - Whole Day Staff Training Friday 17 December 2010 - Whole Day Staff Training SPRING TERM 2011 START ENDS DAYS First Half Tuesday 4 January 2011 Friday 18 February 2011 34 Half Term Monday 21 February 2011 Friday 25 February 2011 Second Half Monday 28 February 2011 Friday 8 April 2011 30 HOLIDAY Monday 11 April 2011 Friday 22 April 2011 School Closures – Spring Term Monday 3 January 2011 Bank Holiday Friday 4 February 2011 Whole Day Staff Training Monday 25 April 2011 Bank Holiday SUMMER TERM 2011 START ENDS DAYS First Half Tuesday 26 April 2011 Friday 27 May 2011 23 Half Term Monday 30 May 2011* Friday 3 June 2011 Second Half Monday 6 June 2011 Friday 22 July 2011 35 HOLIDAY Monday 25 July 2011 Wednesday 31 August 2011 195 School Closures – Summer Term Friday 29 April 2011 Bank Holiday (Royal Wedding) Monday 2 May 2011 Bank Holiday Thursday 5 May 2011 Polling Day Friday 1 July 2011 Whole Day Staff Training Appendix 3 School Staff Position Name Responsibility Interim Headteacher Lindsey Shaw Overall Effectiveness of school CP designated person Deputy Headteacher Lilia Mirtchev Assessment Coordinator CPD Coordinator Student Mentor, International Links Coordinator Parental Involvement Coordinator Literacy Coordinator (covering maternity leave) One-to-one tuition coordinator Volunteer readers coordinator 3CM Class Teacher Pat Man SENCO LAC coordinator LSA Coordinator PSHE Coordinator Educational Visit Coordinator Staff Governor 3CM Class Teacher Audrey Clarke Humanities Coordinator 3K Class Teacher Sandy Kaur Art and D&T Coordinator 4T Class Teacher Rachael Stokes Long term supply, maternity cover 4T Class Teacher Ayse Thomas Literacy Coordinator – on Maternity leave Student mentor 4P Class Teacher Mary Pavlou Gifted and Talented Coordinator RE Coordinator 5J Class Teacher Micaela Jennings MFL Coordinator Science Coordinator 5S Class Teacher Maria Slavovski MLE Coordinator ICT Coordinator – on Maternity leave 5S Class Teacher Carly Wanless Long term supply, maternity cover 6A Class Teacher Kelli Arnold Numeracy Coordinator 6B Class Teacher Martin Banham MLE Coordinator ICT Coordinator – covering Maternity leave Yr 3 and 4 Music Jeannie McTavish Yr 3 and 4 Choir Teacher Yr 5 and 6 Music Maria Kalnars Music Coordinator Teacher Yr 5 and 6 Choir PE Instructor Joe Holloway PE Coordinator Support Staff Position Name Responsibility LSA Yr3 Alex Howard Numeracy and Literacy support and catch-up programmes for Yr 3 LSA Yr4 Susan Miller Statemented child support and Numeracy and Literacy support and catch-up programmes for Yr 4 RML LSA Yr4 and 6 Paola Alam Statemented child support and Numeracy and Literacy support and catch-up programmes for Yr 4 and 6 RML LSA Yr5 Vicky Moore Statemented child support and Numeracy and Literacy support and catch-up programmes for Yr 5 RML LSA Yr5 Joe Holloway Numeracy and Literacy support and catch-up programmes for Yr 5 SMSA Margaret Kelly SMSA Supervisor SMSA Swindy Singh SMSA Breakfast Club Supervisor Swimming supervisor SMSA Khalida Mulak SMSA SMSA Sajda Chaudry SMSA Learning Mentor Jan Coppen Learning Mentor Pastoral Care Transition and New admissions Learning Mentor Julia Sheard Learning Mentor Pastoral Care Transition and New admissions French tutor MFL One-to-one tutor Seren Mayera Maths and Writing 1:1 tuition Counselor Lynda Miller 1:1 counselling Site Manager Michael Gordon Cleaners’ Line Manager H&S Pool Manager Finance Manager Susan Moyse School Finance Manager Admin Assistant Luke O’Dwyer Admin Assistant School Attendance School Meals Resources Swimming Instructor Sally Cowley Swimming Tuition Appendix 4 Local Authority Services Ms Bernadette Keeshaw School Nurse Ms Diana Smith Education Welfare Officer Ms Mandy Miller School Improvement Partner Mr Andrew Ballantyne Educational Psychologist Appendix 5 Governing Body (January 2011) Charles Adje LA Governor Zuned Ahmed Parent Governor Xanthe Berkeley Parent Governor Jon Clyne Community Governor Nasreen Hussain Parent Governor Fred Hussein Parent Governor Pat Man Teacher Governor Shefik Mehmet Community Governor Vicky Moore Support staff Governor Ms Gill Pengelly Community (vice chair) Martha Sampson Parent Governor David Schmitz LA Governor Lindsey Shaw Interim Headteacher Jon Vellapah LA Chair