"Dear Parents and Carers,"
‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ Contents Page number Letter to parents 2 Our Aims 3 School Uniform 3 Behaviour and Discipline 3 The Foundation Stage Curriculum 4 Nursery 5 Starting School 5 Year Groups 5 Curriculum in KS1 5 Staffing Structure 6 Attendance and Punctuality 6 Family Holidays 7 The School Day 7 Parking Arrangements 7 School Lunches 8 No Nuts / Sweets / Chocolate Policy 8 Medical Arrangements 8 Availability in an Emergency 9 Parent / Carer Consultation Evenings 9 Parents and School 9 School Outings 10 Child Protection Issues 10 Complaints 11 Letters Home 11 Items Not To Be Brought Into School 11 Vision Statement 11 School Staff 12/13 School Terms and Holidays 2011/2012 14 School Contact Details 15 1 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ Dear Parents and Carers, Welcome to Rokesly Infant School. The staff and I wish you and your child a long and happy association with our school. We shall endeavour to ensure that your child’s time here is a positive introduction to her/his school career. Rokesly Infants has a well deserved good reputation and a clear vision. We want children to learn in a challenging environment, where each individual child is stretched. For this to be achieved it is essential that teachers and support staff are given training opportunities to further develop their skills. Above all our school must be a kind and tolerant learning environment, in which diversity is celebrated, each child feels valued and coming to school is exciting and fun! We aim to achieve this through providing a curriculum that reflects our high expectation of all children and respects the cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds of our whole school community. The staff and I value and seek to strengthen the links between home, school and the wider community. We believe this is essential to a successful learning environment and therefore we aim to be open, honest and reflective. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any worries and we in turn will contact you if we have any concerns about your child. Rokesly Infants welcomes new initiatives and we are open to fresh thinking. We have never been a school that has stood still and we shall continue to move forward. Leading the school brings new challenges each year and working with such a committed staff team is immensely exciting and rewarding. The aim of this booklet is to offer some general information about the day to day running of the school. Parents requiring more detailed information are requested to contact us. Yours sincerely, Sue Maran Headteacher 2 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ Our Aims Each year, staff and governors produce a School Improvement Plan (SIP). Its objectives are set out under the five headings of the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda and guide the school direction for the academic year September to July. The five headings are:- Enjoy and achieve Stay Safe Be Healthy Make a positive contribution Achieve economic well being School Uniform At Rokesly Infants we celebrate the individuality of each child and as part of this celebration pupils are not required to wear school uniform. We do request that parents dress their children in clothes that they can manage independently and are suitable for the varied activities in school. They may not wear skirts, tights or long trousers on the PE apparatus for safety reasons. PE may be done in underwear or shorts and t-shirts may be brought; a named cloth bag will be required. Ideally all clothing should be marked with the child’s name. We request that jewellery should not be worn in school for safety reasons and to avoid valuable items being lost. Behaviour and Discipline At the start of each new academic year we have a big drive on promoting positive behaviour. The Rokesly Infant School Rules are the result of collaboration between staff and pupils. Each year they are reviewed and shared with the pupils. The rewards and consequences are displayed in each class and around the school and are made for the safety and well being of all:- 1. We stop, look and listen to each other. 2. We are quiet and calm in class and around school. 3 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ 3. We are always kind to others and try not to hurt their feelings. 4. We always keep our hands and feet to ourselves. 5. We work and play safely. 6. We take care of all the things in our school. 7. We always try our best. We praise and sometimes reward children for good behaviour but we also use sanctions if the rules are broken. These are detailed in the Positive Behaviour Policy which you will be given when your child starts school. If on the rare occasion a child has not complied with agreed school sanctions, it may be necessary to exclude her/him from school, lunchtimes or trips out of school. We trust that all parents will co-operate with staff and actively support and reinforce the expected standards of behaviour. The Foundation Stage Curriculum Children aged 3 -5 years have a common curriculum known as the Foundation Stage. It is applicable to children in nursery and reception class settings. It builds on children’s previous learning with great importance placed on the need for children to be provided with purposeful play inside and outside, as it is recognised that children learn best when they are involved in relevant and motivating ‘doing’ activities. It also prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1. The Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into six broad areas of learning and development:- Personal, social and emotional development Communication, language and literacy Mathematics Knowledge and understanding of the world Physical development Creative development 4 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ Nursery (Pink Class) There is provision for children to attend either morning or afternoon sessions in Pink Class. AM session - 09.00 am to 12.00 noon (3 hours) PM session - 12.25 to 03.25 pm (3 hours) Starting School A home visit is arranged for each child before they start in nursery or if they haven’t attended our nursery, before they start reception. This home visit is an invaluable opportunity for parent and child to have an informal meeting with two members of the nursery / reception team in their home environment. It is an opportunity to learn more about individual children’s needs including likes and dislikes, health concerns, food allergies and any special needs. When children start in reception class for their first week they go home following the morning session and lunch – leaving at 12.30pm. This gives them time to adapt to new routines and build new friendships as the class size gradually increases over the three week admission period. Year Groups Year groups are organised as follows:- Three parallel classes for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Reception (age 4/5 years) Silver, Gold and Yellow Classes Year 1 (age 5/6 years) Orange, Green and Rainbow Classes Year 2 (age 6/7 years) Blue, Purple and Red Classes All classes are of mixed ability, grouped by age; date of birth; gender and ethnicity. Curriculum in KS1 When children transfer from reception to KS1 (Year 1), the emphasis on learning through play remains a key element of offered provision. Children are taught in ability groups for literacy and maths and some science. Mixed ability groups for the other subject areas of the National Curriculum are provided through a topic based approach to learning. 5 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ Teachers plan together within each year group, sharing ideas and good practice. The school actively plans, promotes and celebrates pupil participation in creative arts. Staffing Structure The school is led by the Headteacher ably supported by the Deputy Head, Inclusion Manager and School Business Manager who make up the Senior Management Team. Some teachers have responsibility for a subject area and each year group has a team leader. In the Foundation Stage classes there is full time support from qualified nursery nurses. In years 1 and 2 teaching assistant (TA) support is allocated where the need is considered most appropriate. Attendance and Punctuality Our expectation is that every child is punctual and attends regularly. Young children enjoy the comfort and security of consistent routines. When children are frequently absent or late their progress may be hindered. Following registration teachers start the day promptly mapping the day’s activities and introducing the learning targets of the first session. Missing this essential element of the school day will put a child at a great disadvantage. Days off other than for sickness can impact on children achieving their full potential. The Headteacher is responsible for authorising absence - this cannot be done by parents or carers. An unauthorised absence is therefore one without permission from the Headteacher including all unexplained or unjustified absences. When you arrive in the morning please wait with your child in the playground until the bell rings at 8.55am. No infant child should come into school in the morning or leave in the afternoon without an accompanying adult. If someone other than yourself is collecting your child, please let us know in advance. On the rare occasion you know you are going to be late, you must ring and notify the school office or leave a message on the answer machine before 9.00am as school lunches must be ordered before 9.30am. Only use the main office entrance if you are late bringing or collecting your child. If your child has a planned doctor, dentist or hospital appointment please notify the school office letting us know if your child will be off for 6 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ the whole day, back in time for lunch at 12 noon or will return for the afternoon session at 1.20pm. Please note that we do not take children back into school during the lunchtime session 12.00 – 1.20pm. If your child is ill you must telephone the school office on their first day of absence. If we do not hear from you we will telephone you as a matter of routine on the third day of absence. Family Holidays In compliance with the education law, schools may authorise up to 10 school days holiday in any school year. The Headteacher will take into consideration individual circumstances, the stage of education and progress, the overall attendance pattern and the time of year the trip is requested. In exceptional cases the Headteacher may agree to a longer period. You will need to complete a ‘Leave of Absence’ form (available from the school office) giving the reason, leaving date and return dates. No homework will be set for this time. The School Day The school hours are 8.55am to 12 noon and 1.20 to 3.20pm. When you arrive in the morning please wait with your child outside their classrooms until the bell rings and then accompany your child into class. At 10.30am the children have a 15 minute morning play. Children have free access to water in their classrooms and playgrounds. Water bottles can be purchased from the school office for £1.00. After play children have ‘fruit time’ with a piece of fruit currently provided as part of a government scheme for infant children. The school day ends at 3.20pm and it is important that your child is collected promptly as it can cause them distress to be the last child left. If you anticipate delay please remember to call school so staff can reassure your child that you are on your way. Parking Arrangements The school actively promotes walking, scooting or cycling to school however should children need to be driven to school may we remind you NOT to park on the yellow zigzag lines outside the main entrance. This request is of paramount importance for the safety of your children. Dogs are not allowed on to the school site. 7 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ School Lunches Lunches are cooked on the school premises and a three weekly menu is displayed outside the office and in every classroom. The cost is £2.00 daily (at the time of print) and we ask that parents pay weekly or half termly in advance on Monday mornings. The school cook meets with us regularly and is receptive to our suggestions in serving healthy lunches that children want to eat. Children may bring packed lunch in a clearly labelled box. Packed lunches should not include fizzy, canned or bottled drinks, nuts, chocolate or sweets. If children wish to change from packed lunch to school dinners or vice versa please inform the office giving one week’s notice. Each class has their own allocated school meals supervisory assistant (SMSA) who supervises their class at lunchtime. Special diets can be provided for and should be discussed with the Headteacher and cook. No Nuts/Sweets/Chocolate Policy Please note that as the school has several children with nut allergies, we request that no product containing nuts are brought to school, either as part of packed lunches or to be shared as class ‘treats’. Likewise we have a no sweets and no chocolate policy to promote a healthier diet for the children. Medical Arrangements Generally we do not administer medicine in school, apart from medication for children with asthma or food allergies. If children are to receive prescribed medication during the school day, medical forms need to be completed by parents and the GP, these can be collected from the school office. The medication and forms should then be returned to the office. Arrangements will be made for a qualified first aider to administer the medication. If your child is ill please keep them at home. Should your child be prescribed antibiotics and they are well enough to return to school before the course is complete we are able to administer the antibiotics with parental consent and the GP’s written permission. Medication that is not prescribed cannot be administered under any circumstances. If your child has sickness or diarrhoea it is school policy that children are kept at home for a minimum of 24 hours. 8 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ Availability in an Emergency It is vital that we can contact you or one of your nominated emergency contacts during the school day. Please ensure that they are kept up to date. A first aider deals with minor accidents in school. If your child is unwell or has a more serious accident, every effort will be made to contact you. If necessary your child will be taken to hospital by a member of staff who will wait there until you arrive. Parent/Carer Consultation Evenings Each term there are consultation evenings held when parents and carers can come and discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher. Parents of children in Key Stage 1 receive copies of their children’s personalised targets in the Autumn and Spring Term consultations. Towards the end of the Summer Term each child receives an annual report on her/his progress. There are other evening meetings giving parents/carers opportunities to come and learn more about specific subject areas. Parents and School Parents are encouraged to stay and settle new children when they start the nursery or infant school. Parents of children attending the school may make an appointment to see the Headteacher. Teaching staff are available at 3.20pm to see parents on most days or by mutual arrangement. If you come to school during the day, it is very important that you enter and leave by the main entrance and report to the school office. We are responsible for your child’s safety whilst they are in school and we therefore have to monitor all visitors. Please do not enter or exit via the outside fire doors. We welcome and value parent volunteers in school who work under the supervision of the staff. There are a number of activities which parents can assist with, for instance accompanying school outings, gardening, cookery, reading with children, working on the computer etc. If parents have a particular skill e.g. a community language, please contact your child’s teacher, if you can offer help. The Headteacher holds induction meetings for prospective volunteers to ensure that they are aware of the issues involved when working with young children. We do insist that all helpers have a List 99 police check. For those parents/carers who help more than three times a month, we 9 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ require a full CRB check. If you are helping in school please ensure you sign in and out at the school office and collect a visitor’s badge. Your children’s safety is paramount to us. School Outings The school is proud of the many and varied trips offered to children to enrich their learning experiences and enhance the curriculum. The cost of these visits is met through parent/carer contributions. There is funding support offered from a ‘PSA support pot’ to those who may experience difficulties with some of the expenses involved. We ensure that all children are treated equally whether or not their parent/carer has made a voluntary contribution. Current legislation regarding parental contribution means:- Any parental payment for an activity or outing is voluntary. School provides free packed lunches to all children who normally receive a free school meal. The amount of voluntary payment requested is the exact amount for each child. We do not ask for money to cover staff costs. We do not ask for money towards materials to cover the costs of practical activities. We are allowed to:- Ask for voluntary contributions of money or materials Cancel an activity or trip if there is inadequate support. Child Protection Issues As a school we play a vital role in child protection through the identification of abuse and the monitoring of children about whom there may be concerns. We do not make judgements or investigate any cases of alleged abuse however we do have a legal duty to refer any cases of suspected abuse to the Social Services’ Department. Abuse may be physical, emotional, neglectful or sexual and may be identified by the class teacher or any other adult working in school. It is important that children feel they are safe and secure within the school environment and we promote an atmosphere where they feel able to share information or anxieties with us. 10 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ Complaints If you have concerns we encourage you to speak to the class teacher in the first instance. If the problem remains unresolved you are welcome to make an appointment to discuss it with the Headteacher. If you remain dissatisfied following that meeting, parents are welcome to contact the Chair of Governors (contact details on back page). Letters Home Newsletters from the Headteacher and the year group are sent home at least half termly. They are displayed on the parent/carer notice board outside the office and can be found on the school website:- www.rokeslyschools.org.uk Items Not To Be Brought Into School Certain items should not be brought into school because they may get lost or broken, or may be dangerous. These include money (unless requested by the school e.g. dinner money, contributions towards outings etc.) watches, jewellery, toys, umbrellas or glass bottles. Exceptions may be made in the case of a child starting school and bringing a favourite toy and on the occasion of teachers’ requesting specific artefacts to support topic work. These will be looked after carefully and returned when the work they are supporting is completed. Haringey Council does not accept responsibility for loss or damage to property brought on to the premises. Vision Statement ‘At Rokesly Infants we are committed to helping every child reach their full potential by providing them with a broad, creative curriculum that values and reflects our diverse community; enhances links between home, school and the wider community through fostering a calm, caring, respectful atmosphere where every child matters.’ * * * 11 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ School Staff 2011/12 Sue Maran Headteacher Karren Hughes Deputy Headteacher Jill Dougan Inclusion Manager Lorraine Smith Business Manager Melina Constanti Admin / Welfare Assistant Hazel Joseph Teacher /Interim Children’s Centre Manager Tim Cook Teacher Amanda Creque Teacher Katarina Dentschuk Teacher Yael Glanvill Teacher Penny Godman Teacher Gillian Lenaerts Teacher Caroline Preston Teacher Daniel Siddall Teacher Ceris Wyn-Bennis Teacher Christina Elmes p/t Teacher Lynda Borrill p/t Teacher PPA Gemma Oktay Nursery Nurse Marisa Schultz Nursery Nurse Anita Sharma Nursery Nurse Kim Yiasemides Nursery Nurse Donna Willard Nursery Nurse Natasza Arabska Teaching Assistant Duygu Mehmet Teaching Assistant Tracy Nicolaou Teaching Assistant Guler White EMA Teaching Assistant Patricia Hamilton SN Teaching Assistant Rosie Pike SN Teaching Assistant Freya Austin p/t Teaching Assistant Yola Maas p/t Teaching Assistant Marie-Pascale Newcombe Nursery Lunchtime Supervisor Jenny Rampling Nursery Lunchtime Supervisor Julie Robbins Snr. SMSA Sheila Bevan SMSA Ingrid Graham SMSA Flora Hajupetrou SMSA Ann Hartley SMSA Hazel Huff SMSA Michelle McKay SMSA Teresa O’Leary SMSA 12 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ Sheila Theobald SMSA Elaine Thompson SMSA Natalija Blazina SN SMSA Amanda Greenidge SN SMSA Karen Tresseder SN SMSA Jason Hutchings Site Manager Children’s Centre/Rokesly’s Little Learners Bharti Haria CC Administrator Kamrun Chowdhury RLL EYP Suzanne O’Toole RLL EYP Efstathia Polychronopoulou RLL EYP 13 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ School Terms and Holidays 2011/2012 Autumn Term 2011 1) Monday 5 September to Friday 21 October 2011 Half term break: Monday 24 to Friday 28 October 2011 2) Monday 31 October to Friday 16 December 2011 Christmas break: Monday 19 December to Monday 2 January 2012 Spring Term 2012 1) Monday 2 January to Friday 10 February 2012 Half term break: Monday 13 to Friday 17 February 2012 2) Monday 20 February to Friday 30 March 2012 Easter/Spring break: Monday 2 to Friday 13 April 2012 Summer Term 2012 1) Monday 16 April to Friday 1 June 2012 Half term break: Monday 4 June to Friday 8 June 2012 2) Monday 11 June to Monday 23 July 2012 Summer break: Tuesday 24 July to Monday 3 September 2012 6 Teacher Availability Days (TAD days – School Closed) Monday 5 September 2011 Tuesday 6 September 2011 Monday 31 October 2011 Friday 10 February 2012 Monday 11 June 2012 Monday 23 July 2012 14 ‘At Rokesly Every Child Matters In Every Way’ Rokesly Infant School Hermiston Avenue London N8 8NH Tel: 020 8340 7687 Fax: 020 8340 8056 Website: www.rokeslyschools.org.uk Headteacher: Sue Maran Deputy Headteacher: Karren Hughes Chair of Governors: Shona Golightly 15