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                         Starting School
Timescale.

Throughout the year…. To find out about a place for your child at The
Meadows, please call at the school office. We will be happy to advise you.

Autumn Term. September – November. Parents of children due to
start in Reception the following year complete a preference form sent by
the Birmingham Local Authority.
We hold Open Afternoons to introduce you to our school and its facilities.

Spring Term. March. Parents are notified if they have been offered a
place. Once you have accepted the place we will invite you to a Parents
Evening.

Summer Term. July. At Parents Evening there will be a chance for you
to
    Meet your child’s teacher and other members of staff.
    Find out about the arrangements when your child will be starting
     school in September.
    Ask us any questions you may have about your child starting
     school.
    Help your child settle into school by sharing information with us.

You and your child will be invited to an open afternoon. This is an
opportunity for your child to
    Meet their class teacher and teaching assistant.
    Meet other children in their class.
    Experience some typical class activities
    Look forward to starting in September
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Children Moving from Another School… need to register with the
school office. If their age group is already full we will put their name on
a waiting list and inform you as soon as a place becomes available.
Our admission limit is 60 in each year group.

Children transferring from another school are welcome to look around
the school with their parents.
Places for children in the Language Unit are allocated by the Local
Authority Special Needs Assessment panel.
    If you are not offered a place for your child you can appeal to
       Birmingham Local Authority.
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                         School Uniform

We have a school uniform at The Meadows which all pupils are expected
to wear. Our school colours are navy blue and grey.

      navy blue sweatshirt/cardigan/jumper (with or without the school
       logo)
     white polo shirt/white or blue shirt/white or blue blouse.
       (polo shirts may have the school logo)
    blue and white check summer dress
    flat, black shoes (not trainers)
      (Items with the school logo are available from local retailers)

PE Kit - kept in a pump bag

Indoor kit:    White T-shirt
               Navy blue/black shorts
               Black pumps

Outdoor Kit:   As above, plus sweatshirt or tracksuit for winter
               Trainers for games lessons

Swimming Kit: (Junior classes only)
              One-piece swimming costume or trunks
              Towel

Please make sure that every item of school clothing, including pump-bags,
has your child’s name on it.

Jewellery is not allowed, except for small stud earrings in pierced ears.
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                     School Organisation

We have 14 classes in mainstream, 2 in each year group, of up to 30
children, organised into phases as follows:-

Foundation Stage            Key Stage 1            Key Stage 2

                                                 Lower KS2 Upper KS2
Reception classes              Year 1             Year 3     Year 5
                               Year 2             Year 4     Year 6



The School Day

8:55am              School begins

10:05am – 10:25am   Morning break (KS1)
10.30am – 10.50am   Morning break (KS2)

12:05pm - 1:25pm Lunchtime for Reception classes
12:15pm - 1:25pm Lunchtime for KS1 classes
12:30pm - 1:25pm Lunchtime for KS2 classes



3:15pm               School finishes

Please note that children arriving before 8:45am are not supervised by
staff. On wet days children may come straight into school between
8:45am and 8:55am.
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               Punctuality and Attendance
At The Meadows we expect our pupils to arrive at school on time at
8:55am. Lessons start promptly so it is very important to be punctual.
When children arrive late for school, they disrupt both the teacher and
other pupils who have already started work. It is not acceptable for
pupils to be consistently late.




It is also very important that your child attends school every day. All
children are ill occasionally and unwell children should stay at home.
However, it is important that your child does not miss school for any
other reason. Attendance statistics are collected by the Local Authority
and regular, unexplained absences are referred to the Education Welfare
Service. Please telephone the school office on the first day of absence,
explaining the reason.

Family holidays should be taken during school holidays. If you wish to
take a family holiday during school time you will need to obtain
authorisation from the Headteacher, by putting your request in writing.
The maximum holiday leave which can be authorised is ten school days,
but please consider that a child who is not in school is missing out on his
or her education.
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Behaviour

We aim to work together to make our school a safe and happy place
where learning is enjoyable and respect is shown for each person’s
qualities, abilities and way of life. This helps to develop an environment in
which children feel safe and secure and one in which they can make the
most of their educational opportunities.
If your child is at all worried, please contact school and we shall do our
very best to help. Likewise, if we discover that your child is having
difficulty coping with the routines and expectations of school life, we
shall contact you to discuss this.

We have the following Golden Rules: -

We do                     We don’t
We are gentle             We don’t hurt others
We are kind and helpful   We don’t hurt anybody’s feelings
We listen                 We don’t interrupt
We are honest             We don’t cover up the truth
We work hard              We don’t waste our own time or other’s time
                          We don’t waste or damage things
We look after property

We have rewards for good behaviour including verbal praise, stickers,
certificates, visiting another member of staff or the Headteacher,
Golden Time and nomination for our Gold Award Assembly each half-term.




We also have sanctions for those children who choose to break the rules
including verbal caution, time-out, visiting another teacher or the
Headteacher. In serious cases of misbehaviour, we do not rule out
exclusion either temporary or permanent – although this is seen as a last
resort.
Physical violence, bullying and racism are not tolerated at our school. We
have a commitment to taking such incidents seriously in all circumstances.
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children are taught to follow our rules and to tell an adult if they need
help to resolve a problem



                     Safety and Security
Child Protection

Our first priority is your child’s welfare and, therefore, there may be an
occasion when our concern about your child means that we have to consult
other agencies even before we contact you. If you would like to discuss
this further, please speak to the Deputy Head Teacher or the Head of
Resource Base/Inclusion Leader.

Medicines

The only medicines we would regularly administer in school is long-term
medication prescribed by a doctor for conditions such as asthma,
diabetes and acute allergies. A record form will need to be completed in
the school office. Please note no other medicines are allowed in school.

Accidents

Accidents at school are treated, details recorded and a note given to the
child to take home. In the event of a serious accident, you will be
contacted immediately. Please ensure that contact numbers are accurate
in case of emergencies.

Safety

Fire drills are held regularly and all children are taught how to evacuate
the building quickly and calmly. Safety equipment is checked regularly by
fire officers.
From 8.45am each morning staff are on duty to ensure appropriate care,
guidance and support is given to pupils whilst on the back playground. The
Pedestrian access to school onto the back playground from the alleyway is
unlocked at 8.45am.
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Road Safety
The Bristol Road, School Close and Bodenham Road are always busy and
congested with parked cars at the beginning and end of the school day.
Children are taught road safety in school but we ask parents to take
extra care and reinforce road safety messages with their child. Crossing
wardens are on duty on the Bristol Road between 8:30 and 9:00 and 3:30
and 4:00.

The school vehicle access gates are locked between 8.30am - 9.15am and
2.45 – 3.15pm. This is to ensure the safety of pupils arriving and leaving
the school premises.

We have a Park and Stride Scheme. Parents have permission to park
their cars at the start/end of the school day at The Emerald Restaurant
on the Bristol Road and walk with their child the rest of the way to/from
school.




Car Parking

Car Parking is for staff, Unit taxis and official visitors only. We ask
parents not to park inside the school premises when dropping or collecting
their child at the beginning or end of the school day.

Security
We have security systems on all main entrance doors to the school
buildings. All visitors must report to the School Office and sign the
visitors book before entering school. The Bodenham Road gate is locked
between 9:15 am and 3:15 pm.
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Food in school

School lunches are cooked on the premises. Menus over a 2 week period,
which provide a well-balanced diet, are published in advance and are made
available to parents. Sandwich options instead of a hot-meal are also
available. We promote healthy choices at lunchtime – a salad bar is
always available – and chips, pizzas and hot dogs are served only once a
week on a Fast-Food Friday (no Burgers!). Puddings, yoghurts and fresh
fruit are served daily.

There is a daily charge for school meals. Please send money for the week
each Monday in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and
class. Cheques should be made payable to BCCGFR and marked on the
reverse with the child’s name and class. Children may pay for a Friday
fast-food meal on the previous Wednesday – again money in a named
envelope, please.

If you think you may be entitled to free school meals, you can enquire in
confidence at the school office. If you are entitled to free school meals
but choose not to take them, it does help The Meadows School, if you
register your entitlement with us, again in the strictest confidence.

Children not taking a school meal bring a packed lunch in a named
lunchbox. Children bringing packed lunches are also encouraged to make
healthy choices and to pack a well-balanced meal with a limit on the
amount of crisps and chocolate bars which they bring each week.
Flavoured water, plain and flavoured milk are available for all children to
purchase at lunchtime, from the dining room. Children are only allowed to
drink fruit squash with their packed lunch in the middle of the day – not
at break times or during lessons when water is available. Do not send any
fizzy drinks, please.

We encourage the children to drink water during the day. We have
installed chilled, filtered water dispensers around school where children
can top up their water bottles. These must be clear plastic with a screw
or sports top and clearly named. Water bottles are taken home each
evening, washed and returned to school the next morning.
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There is a mid-morning healthy tuck shop for KS2 children which sells
wholemeal toast, fresh fruit, packets of dried fruit, flavoured or plain
milk and fresh fruit juice. Key Stage 1 children are provided with a free
piece of fresh fruit each day.
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                    Curriculum Information

Foundation Stage

The children in our Reception Classes follow the Curriculum Guidance for
the Foundation Stage. This Foundation Curriculum is broad and balanced,
based on first hand, stimulating experiences and educational visits to
places of interest. There is an emphasis on learning through purposeful
play – both indoor and outdoor – developing children’s social and emotional
skills. The curriculum, for the Foundation Stage underpins all future
learning and is a crucial stage in preparation for the National Curriculum
in Year One. The Foundation Curriculum is planned under six areas of
learning:-

      Personal, Social and Emotional Development
       Your child will learn to be self-confident, take an interest in things,
       know what their own needs are, tell the difference between right
       and wrong and form relationships with adults and other children.

      Communication, Language and Literacy
       Your child will learn to talk confidently and clearly, enjoying
       stories, songs and poems, hearing and saying sounds and linking
       them to the alphabet. They will begin to learn to read and write.

      Mathematical Development
       Your child will develop an understanding of maths through stories,
       songs and rhymes, games and imaginative play. They will learn
       about numbers and counting and ideas such as “bigger” and “heavier
       than”. They will learn the names of 20 and 3D shapes.

      Knowledge and Understanding of the World
       Your child will learn and find out about the world around them,
       asking questions about it. They will play and build with different
       materials, know and use everyday technology such as computers and
       digital cameras. They will learn about past events in their lives and
       their families’ lives. They will learn about different cultures and
       beliefs.
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      Physical Development
       Your child will learn to move confidently, controlling their body and
       handling games apparatus.

      Creative Development
       Your child will explore a wide variety of materials for imaginative
       design, exploring colours, shapes and textures. They will use their
       imagination to make things, to make music, to tell stories and to
       enjoy dance.



Both teachers and teaching assistants plan the experiences and activities
for the Reception Classes together. The learning environment is
organised to encourage independence in learning and to allow the children
it initiate their own play and learning, alongside the activities organised
and directed by the teaching staff.
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                    Key Stages One and Two
From Year 1 to Year 6, children’s learning is planned in accordance with
the National Curriculum, under 10 subject headings. They are English,
Maths, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Design
and Technology and P.E.

We also teach Modern Foreign Languages, Personal, Social and Health
Education (PSHE) Citizenship and Religious Education (RE).
RE is taught in line with Birmingham Agreed Syllabus, which is multi-faith
in its nature and aims to educate children about the world’s major
religions.

English (Literacy) and Maths (Numeracy) are given the highest priority at
The Meadows but we do pride ourselves on our commitment to a broad
and balanced approach to education.
The curriculum is enriched and extended by the many visits we plan and
visitors we invite into school during the year.
Details of each term’s work is given in newsletters by the class teachers.

Teachers in the same year group plan work together so that parallel
classes have the same experiences. We are fortunate to have generous
staffing at The Meadows, which includes both a PE specialist and a Music
specialist.

    Sex and Relationship Education
      Sex and Relationship education is taught progressively to all
      children as part of our PSHE programme.
      Children in Year 5 are shown videos to prepare them for puberty,
      during the summer term. We hold a parents evening beforehand to
      invite parents to preview the materials before they are shown to
      the children.

      Parents can withdraw their children from the sex education
      provided except those elements which are required as part of the
      National Curriculum.

      The Sex and Relationship Education Policy is available to parents
      who request a copy from the school office.
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   Special Educational Needs
    We also have specialist teaching and support staff for children
    with Special Educational Needs. We are experienced in identifying
    children’s individual learning needs and providing appropriate help.
    This may take the form of support in class, in a small group or on an
    individual basis. Parents are kept fully informed when special
    arrangements are made. Children with special needs may be
    referred to outside agencies, such as the educational psychologist,
    for further assessment. Children identified with a special need
    follow an individual education plan and a special annual review of
    their progress is held, to which all adults concerned with their
    education are invited.



   Gifted and Talented
    The most able children are also identified and given opportunities
    to extend their work in all subjects. Setting in Maths in Key Stage
    2 enables them to work at a more challenging level, and a quicker
    pace.

    Children with musical ability are given the opportunity to learn an
    instrument with specialist peripatetic teachers on keyboards,
    guitar, drums or a brass instrument. There is a nominal charge for
    these lessons.
    Children who show an aptitude for sport are chosen to represent
    the schools sports teams which include netball, football and
    cricket.

    Inclusion Quality Mark

    The Meadows Primary School is proud to have been awarded the
    national Inclusion Quality Mark which recognises that our
    philosophy of including everyone is indeed put into our everyday
    practice and permeates everything we do for all the children in our
    care.
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Educational Visits

All our classes plan a range of educational visits to enrich the children’s
learning in lessons. Some visits will be to local places and you will be
informed of these as they arise. Other visits will be to places further
away and you will be asked to sign a consent form for these on each
occasion.

Residential Visits

Children in Year 5 and Year 6 are given the opportunity to participate in a
residential visit. In the past children have taken part in outdoor
education programmes based at Bell Heath Study Centre, Malvern Youth
Hostel, The Stables Camping Centre and Ludlow. Children really look
forward to these residential visits – not only do they enjoy the
interesting and memorable activities but they also extend their
independence and social skills.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The number and variety of extra-curricular activities offered varies from
time to time. Children are given the opportunity to join netball, cricket,
football, multi-skills and dance clubs. There are also cycling, French,
craft, art and drama clubs and a school choir. We have links with
Birmingham City Football Club, Warwickshire Cricket Club and Colmers
Sports College to enhance our sports provision.

Charging Policy

Visits and extra curricular activities are an important part of school life
at The Meadows but the costs cannot be met by school alone. The
schools charging policy for these activities is in accordance with
government regulations. We aim to provide the activities at a minimum
cost to parents and the school, to ensure that they are accessible to all
pupils by responding to the wide variations in family income. Parents are,
therefore, asked to make a voluntary contribution for visits – without the
financial support of parents the programme of visits would have to be
reduced. No child will be refused a place on these activities because of
an inability to pay.
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          Assessments, Records and Reports

Assessment tells us what children know, can do or understand, and
therefore helps us to plan the next stage of their learning.

In Reception classes ongoing assessment is recorded throughout the year
in a Foundation Stage Profile for each child.

National testing – Standardised Assessment Tasks/Tests (SATS) – takes
place towards the end of Year 2 and Year 6. We ask parents of children
in Year 6 not to book a holiday during the first two weeks of May as this
is when their tests take place. Absence for holidays during this period
will not be authorised. Parents are informed in their child’s annual report
of the results of these tests.

Other standardised tests are used in school to make assessment of
children’s progress in English and Maths. As a result, targets are set for
each child and parents share in the responsibility to achieve these
objectives.

Each July all parents receive a written report on their child’s
achievements in all National Curriculum subjects, as well as general
comments about progress and behaviour. An opportunity to discuss the
report is offered to parents at the Open Afternoons in July.

If you have any concerns about you child’s work, teachers will discuss any
problems during the year – there is no need to wait for a formal meeting.
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                  Partnership with Parents
We firmly believe that teachers and parents are partners in the
education of children in its widest sense and so it is essential that we
share a mutual respect and understanding, as well as vital information
about school and home.
If you have a concern about your child then the Headteacher or Deputy
Headteacher is available to speak to parents most mornings between
8:30 and 9:30 am. You can also make an appointment to see them at
other times, with the school office. We ask parents not to come into
school first thing in the morning with their children as this is an
important preparation, settling in and teaching time. Class teachers will
be happy to speak to parents after school in the afternoon.

We hold Parents Evenings in the Autumn and Spring Terms and Open
Afternoons in the Summer Term, when you are invited to see your child’s
work and discuss progress with their teachers.
Occasional workshops are organised for you to work with your child in
school on an aspect of the curriculum.
Curriculum Newsletters are sent home every term and are posted on our
website www.themeadowsprimary.ik.org These explain to parents the
work that their child will be studying in the different subject areas and
ways in which you can help.



                         Volunteer Helpers
We are pleased to accept offers of help in school from parents and
carers. This could involve helping in classrooms or accompanying school
visits. Please let teachers know if you are able to help in this way. A CRB
disclosure form would need to be obtained for regular voluntary helpers.
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                    Supporting Your Child
Please keep us informed about things that are affecting your child. Happy
and settled children have the best chance of success whereas tired,
worried, hungry or upset children are at a disadvantage.

Some of the best ways to help your child at school are to: -

      make sure they have the things they need such as PE Kit, reading
       books and homework.
      make sure they have somewhere quiet to do their homework – away
       from the television.
      make sure they come to school every day on time.
      make sure they have had enough sleep.
      make sure they have breakfast before they come to school

We also ask that you keep us informed of changes to your address or
telephone number to enable us to contact you quickly should we need to.
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                    Disability Access Plan
     Admission of pupils with disabilities.
      Places in our Reception classes are offered in March each year,
      through the Local Authority. Children of all abilities are accepted
      and children will not be refused a place because of disability, as
      long as we have been made aware of their specific needs and are
      confident that we can make reasonable adjustments to meet them.

      Places in classes from Year 1 to Year 6 are offered by the school.
      An enquiry at the school office will inform parents/carers whether
      a place is available. A waiting list is kept when year groups are full.
      We have places for up to 60 children in each year group.

      Places in our Specialist Speech and Language Unit are controlled
      entirely by the Local Authority Special Needs Assessment Panel. A
      place may be offered by them to a statemented child, with
      identified speech and communication impairments, who would
      benefit from speech therapy and the expertise of the Unit
      teaching staff. Children are taught in small classes of no more
      than ten pupils. We have a total of 26 places in our Speech and
      Language Unit.

     Equal Opportunities

      We take positive steps to include children of all abilities and to
      ensure that children with a disability are not treated less
      favourably. Our award of the Inclusion Quality Mark is testament
      to this ethos. In our everyday practice we ensure that children are
      given equal opportunities to access the curriculum at an appropriate
      level and all that the school has to offer. No child is discriminated
      against because of gender, race, ability or economic background.

      We make use of the expertise of all our staff to offer a wide
      range of activities and opportunities for The Meadows children,
      including access to speech therapy for statemented and
      mainstream pupils. We use our financial resources to support
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      individual pupils who could be at risk of exclusion, and to ensure
      that individual children have extra adult support where it is needed
      to access the curriculum.



     Existing Facilities

      To assist access to The Meadows by pupils with disabilities we are
      fortunate in having the specialist Speech and Language Unit as a
      part of our whole school.
      Mainstream pupils are admitted into mixed ability classes.
      Access for pupils with physical disabilities is gained through the
      ramp to our school office area or through the doors by the junior
      hall, next to the main car park. We have a ramp in the infant hall
      which links the infant block to the junior block. We have wide
      corridors and secure entrances around the building. We have
      disabled toilet facilities and classes in the 2 storey junior block are
      organised so that so that each year group can be accessed on the
      ground floor



     Accessibility Plan

      Every child matters at The Meadows. Our experienced staff
      provide a warm and welcoming learning environment.

      Caring relationships, established in the Foundation Stage between
      staff and pupils, continue as the children progress through the
      school.

      All members of The Meadows Primary School – children, parents,
      staff, Governors and visitors are treated with respect.

      Our school aspires to value everyone associated with it,
      irrespective of age, race, gender, background or ability. We
      endeavour to motivate, support and inspire personal, spiritual,
      emotional and educational growth in a happy, safe and secure
      environment.
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      We believe that self-esteem is the key to success for everyone.
      We intend that our children’s education will provide them with the
      self-esteem and skills necessary to enable them to leave our school
      as self-confident, responsible, tolerant and caring individuals who
      are equipped to face the choices and challenges of their future
      years.

      The Meadows Primary School is proud to have been awarded the
      national Inclusion Quality Mark which recognises that our
      philosophy of including everyone is indeed put into our everyday
      practice and permeates everything we do for all the children in our
      care.



Additional Information

Our Governing Body has adopted policies for Special Educational Needs,
for the Speech and Language Unit, for Inclusion and Equal Opportunites.
Copies of these policies are available on request from the school office.
These policies have not been altered during the last year.
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Complaints Procedure

The Staff and Governors are committed to resolving complaints as quickly
as possible. All complaints will be taken seriously and will be handled in a
sensitive and confidential manner. Complainants should note that written
notes will be kept by the school and the Governing Body.

First Stage   - Speak to the member of staff involved and discuss the
                issue informally in order to try and resolve the matter.

Second Stage – Raise the matter with Headteacher or Deputy Head.

Third Stage - Refer the matter in writing to the Chair of the Governing
              Body c/o the school.

Further information can be obtained from the Headteacher or the School
Office.
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                             Conclusion
Thank you for taking time to read our prospectus, we hope it has
explained the way our School works.

Additional information, or any necessary charges to the content, will be
sent home in Newsletters, as the occasion demands. Should there be
something you would like to know about – PLEASE ASK US – you can be
assured of a friendly response!

We welcome your interest in what we do at school and recognise the huge
role you play in your child’s education. Children only spend 15% of their
time at school, the other 85% is spent at home. Therefore, the things
you do are vitally important. By working together home and school can
provide the best chances for your child’s future

				
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