COGAN PRIMARY SCHOOL
Telephone - 029 20708497
Fax - 029 20706793
Mrs A. Bowsher
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Mr Gareth Morgan
Cogan Primary School is a safe,
secure and welcoming community,
where all are respected and valued.
In partnership with parents we aim
for our children to achieve their
personal best: academically,
socially and emotionally.
The aim of this booklet is to give parents information on our school. The information
which appears in this booklet is correct at the time of printing, but may be subject to
change before the start of, or during the school year or in subsequent years.
Cogan Primary School is located on the outskirts of the seaside town of Penarth in a
residential area consisting of traditional and modern private dwellings.
The school is a County Primary Mixed day School. It is a Victorian building which
has been the centre of the community since it was built in 1884. Cogan itself has
grown over the years, and is a mixture of old and new dwellings.
Accommodation is provided by two separate buildings. The main block houses the
reception class and years 1 to 3; the annexe building houses a hearing resource
base, years 4 to 6 and a computer suite.
Outside, there is a large hard-paved yard and the school garden. The school has
access to approximately six acres of grassland, which is immediately adjacent and is
used for sporting and recreational purposes.
The school has strong links with parents, there is an active and financially supportive
PTA, which, working closely with the governing body and through the organisation of
a variety of well attended events, has raised the profile of the school within the local
The Vale of Glamorgan Leisure Centre is five minutes walk from the school, and
Cogan has a direct rail and bus link with Cardiff General Station.
Cogan Nursery School is in the adjacent street and the school has close links with
the staff of that school, so that transition between Nursery and Primary school is
smooth. The feeder Secondary School is St. Cyres Comprehensive; the school
maintains close links with the members of staff of this school, and comprehensive
transition arrangements are in place.
Parents who are considering sending their children to Cogan Primary School may
visit the school by prior arrangement with the Headteacher.
ESTYN INSPECTION 2006
Cogan School was inspected on 13/03/06 and the report stated that:-
‘Cogan Primary is a very good school with several outstanding features, including
pupils’ high standards of achievement, the high quality of teaching and the exemplary
behaviour of pupils. The school has made very good progress since the last
inspection and is committed to continuing to improve the quality of provision in order
to raise standards.’
Standards of pupil behaviour, quality of curriculum, teaching, LSA support and
School leadership were judged as outstanding. The Governing Body was found to be
very knowledgeable, supportive and effective in decision making, providing
outstanding strategic direction.
The school gained top marks in all areas:-
KEY QUESTION INSPECTION
How well do learners achieve? Grade 1
How effective are teaching, training and assessment? Grade 1
How well do learning experiences meet the needs and Grade 1
interests of learners and the wider community?
How well are learners cared for, guided and supported? Grade 1
How effective are leadership and strategic management? Grade 1
How well do leaders and managers evaluate and improve Grade 1
quality and standards?
How efficient are leaders and managers in using resources? Grade 1
[A 5 point scale is used from grade 1 = good with outstanding features, to grade 5 =
many important shortcomings.]
We are extremely proud of the Inspection Report and the Governors thank the staff
and pupils for all their hard work and the parents for their support.
THE AIMS OF THE SCHOOL
In Cogan School, we aim to provide a safe, stimulating environment in which all
children may be motivated towards independence of learning. We aim to develop an
awareness of the need for self discipline in learning and social settings and to
promote an atmosphere in which a child will feel confident to express opinions on
cultural, social, emotional and educational issues.
'PROUD TO PRESENT'
The school has a Record of Achievement programme. Children are awarded merits
for achievement, effort, good behaviour and responsibility. Badges and certificates
are given at varying stages in the programme.
Parents are also involved and can nominate their child for achievements gained
Parental involvement in pupils' learning will be strengthened through information
sessions and evening meetings. These are planned to give information on the
curriculum and to plan for home support which will benefit children. Voluntary, in-
class support under teacher direction is welcomed.
We aim to create a happy school environment by observing the following rules:-
To treat each other with respect and to respect the authority of all adults
- teaching and non-teaching staff.
To treat the school environment and school property with respect.
To move around the school with regard to the safety of self and others.
Emphasis is placed on the development of self-discipline and mutual respect.
Discipline is developed by positive means. The School has set policies on 'Behaviour'
All children are encouraged to report concerns to teachers, however, in a minority of
cases incidents may not be reported. Where this occurs it is imperative that parents
contact the Headteacher without delay, so that the appropriate action can be taken.
The school runs a Free Breakfast Club from 8.00am to 9.00am. Children are
provided with breakfast and can participate in a range of activities.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
There is an after school club facility 3.30pm to 6pm. This is run by a company called
‘Bear Pak’ they offer a range of activities and tea, the children are collected from
school and taken to Stanwell Church Hall. Please contact Bear Pak for further
information. (This is in addition to after school clubs run by teachers – page 11)
The admissions arrangements for schools in the County are available for inspection at
the school, should any parent wish to see them. Any parent, living outside the school's
catchment area and wishing to enrol their child, must make application to the Education
Department, Civic Offices, Holton Road, Barry.
From September 1997 reception age pupils may be admitted to school full time in the
September of the academic year in which they are five. Therefore any child reaching
the age of five between 1st September and 31st August may now be admitted into
school at the start of the Autumn Term of that academic year. This is not a legal
requirement and some parents may choose not to send their children to school until
later in the year.
Morning 9.00 am to 12.00noon
Lunch Infants 12.00 noon to 1.15pm
Juniors 12.00 noon to 1.00pm
Afternoon session ends at 3.30p.m. for all children.
Parents are asked to ensure that children arrive in the school yard by 8.55am
The School gates are opened at 8.30 am, and closed at 9.05 am.
ROAD SAFETY NEAR SCHOOL.
The safety of our children is of paramount importance and so parents who drive their
child to school are asked to observe the following points:-
Keep school exits clear to allow children a clear view of traffic.
Do not park on the zig-zag lines.
Do not park too close to the crossing patrol officer.
THE GOVERNING BODY OF COGAN PRIMARY SCHOOL
The present Governing Body of the school consist of:
Mrs A Bowsher Headteacher
Mrs S Sibert Teacher Rep
Mrs C Martin Staff Rep
Mr K Lloyd Minor Authority Rep
Mr Fraser LEA Rep
Mrs J Griffiths LEA Rep
Mrs C Foster Parent Rep
Mr J Armstrong Parent Rep
Mr Packer Parent Rep
Mrs Ainsworth Parent Rep
Mr G Morgan Community Rep
Mrs A Males Community Rep
Mrs N Hughes Community Rep
Mrs Claire Price Clerk to the Governors
The present Chairman is Mr Gareth Morgan
Any correspondence for the attention of the Chairman can be sent to the school.
THE ACADEMIC ORGANISATION OF THE SCHOOL
The year groups are as defined by the Education Act, 1988.
At the time of printing the Prospectus, the class arrangement for the academic year
2009/2010 are under review.
The number of classes within the school in 2008/2009 is as follows:
CLASS AGE OF CHILD TEACHER
Reception 4+ Mrs J Peate / Mrs S Joseph
Year 1 5+ Mrs M Owen
Year 2 6+ Mr T Lewis
Year 3 7+ Mrs K Mayor
Year 4 8+ Mrs G Lewis
Year 5 9+ Mr S Birchall
Year 6 10+ Mrs S Sibert
Mrs R Morgan is a part-time special needs co-ordinator [0.5]
Mrs M Thomas is teacher in charge of the Hearing Resource Base
PUPILS ARE GROUPED IN CLASSES OF MIXED ABILITY.
Groups within classes are organised to allow for the effective delivery of the curriculum.
1. Whole class grouping is employed where possible as this is the most effective
use of teacher time.
2. Ability and mixed ability groups are arranged to allow for differentiation to take
place. Structure can vary in different subjects.
3. Children are taught individually where necessary.
Mrs A Bowsher - Headteacher Child Protection, Whole School
Organisation, Finance and Buildings, PSE
Health and Safety, Curriculum,
Mrs S Sibert – Deputy Headteacher Assessment, Inset, Mathematics Continuous
Professional Development, Skills
Mr S Birchall ICT, Science, PE, Head of KS2 Organisation
Mr T Lewis Welsh, Health Education, Physical Education
Mrs M Owen English, Student placement, Head of KS1
Mrs R. Morgan - SENCO Additional; Learning Needs
Mrs G Lewis Geography
Mrs K Mayor Music and links with industry, History
Mrs S Joseph RE
Mrs M Thomas Teacher of the Hearing Resource Base,
Mrs J Peate Art
Musical instruments: Weekly
Mr R Barlow - Violin
Mrs. S Howman - Brass
Mr D Wood - Guitar
Mrs M Jones - Support teacher, Wednesday pm, weekly for half a term each term
NON TEACHING STAFF
School Admin Officer Mrs J Pyer
Learning Support Assistants Mrs J Peate
Mrs S Boulton
Mrs J Winterbottom
Mrs J Jones
Mrs J Morris
Mrs C Martin
Mrs J Manton
Mrs J Packer
Mrs S Beer
Mrs D Roberts
Miss L Whale
Miss A Smith
Miss J. Curtin
Cook Mrs. D. Webber
Kitchen Assistant Mrs. A Morris
Mid-day Supervisors Mrs A Keen
Ms D Pring
Mrs C Martin
Mrs V Shields
Mrs L Haggerty
Caretaker Mr D Frost
Cleaners Vale Cleaning Service
INFORMATION ABOUT THE CURRICULUM
The Government has set up "The National Curriculum" which is skills based not content
driven, to ensure that all pupils will continue to receive an education which is broad,
balanced and relevant to their needs and set in a clear, moral framework, prepareing
pupils for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Key Stage 1 follows the Foundation Phase which covers the following 7 areas of
Personal and Social Development
Language, Literacy and Communication
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Welsh Language Development
Key Stage 2 delivers the National Curriculum which is divided into CORE SUBJECTS,
FOUNDATION SUBJECTS and RELIGIOUS EDUCATION.
CORE SUBJECTS FOUNDATION SUBJECTS
P.E. (and Health and Safety Education)
Religious Education is a statutory part of the curriculum but has neither Core nor
Parents of Year 2 children receive Teacher Assessed levels In the Core Subjects skills
at the end of Key Stage 1;
Parents of Year 6 children receive Teacher Assessed levels in the skills of the Core
Subjects and Welsh at the end of Key Stage 2.
Key Stage 1 :- 5yrs.- 7yrs.
Key Stage 2 :- 7yrs.- 11yrs.
Equality of opportunity is provided across the curriculum.
The School has introduced a ‘Values curriculum’ which involves focussing on a value
each month, such as Respect, Cooperation, Friendship etc. This is a 2 year rolling
Copies of National Curriculum documents are available at School for parents' reference.
It will assist the Headteacher if an appointment is made for this purpose.
The school is required to follow the programmes as recommended by the Local
Education Authority. All classes follow the syllabus themes, these may be viewed at the
school on request.
COLLECTIVE ACT OF WORSHIP
The Education Act states that `all pupils in attendance shall on each school day take
part in an act of collective worship'.
If parents wish to exercise their right to withdraw their child/ren from the act of worship,
they are invited to see the Headteacher.
The school policy for the collective act of worship is available for inspection at the
ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHILDREN WITH ADDITIONAL LEARNING NEEDS
When children are observed as having particular difficulties in academic or social
development, parents are involved before there is any consultation with the Education
Psychological Service. Full discussions will then take place between the Headteacher
Parents will be informed if their child/ren need extra help in reading, writing, maths.
This will be given either in class, or on other occasions, a child may be withdrawn from
the class. Concentration skills may be strengthened by short periods away from the
distractions of the classroom.
The children with Hearing Impairment are based with their specialist teacher. They join
their peer groups for aspects of the curriculum, as and when she recommends and in
consultation with the class teacher.
More able and talented pupils are identified across the school and programmes of work
are set to further develop and challenge these children.
HEALTH AND SEX EDUCATION.
The National Curriculum Document in Science requires that
"Pupils should be taught: that there are life processes, including nutrition, movement,
growth and reproduction, common to animals, including humans."
Topics throughout the school include relevant aspects of health/ sex education, there is
a Health Awareness fortnight held in the Summer Term during which we highlight
crucial issues through a variety of fun activities.
Personal relationships, responsibility for one's own actions and coping with social
pressures, are discussed in Health Education, Religious Education and Personal and
Social Education (PSE).
Children are brought to the awareness of consideration for others and are helped
towards developing the concepts of caring and sharing; the basis for all happy, stable
relationships within the family and outside the family situation.
During the topic `Good Health' in Year 6, a film is shown to help the pupils understand
how their bodies change as they grow up. Parents are informed prior to this lesson to
enable them to discuss/respond to any questions from their children. The school enlists
the help of the School Nurse who will explain the physical and emotional aspects of
puberty. The material used has Governor approval. If any parent wishes to view this
prior to the lesson, please contact the school.
SPORTING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES.
Lacrosse, netball, cricket, rugby and football sessions are held after school. Two
members of staff supervise and instruct in these sporting activities.
The school participates in Rugby, Cricket, Football, Tennis, Athletics, Netball, Dance
and Lacrosse schemes initiated by the Vale Sports Development Team.
The school participates in "Learn to Swim" schemes organised by the Vale of
Glamorgan for Year 6 pupils , and in the cycle proficiency scheme for Year 5 pupils.
The school is a corporate member of the National Trust. Year 6 pupils attend a week's
residential field study course at Stackpole, Dyfed, in the Spring Term.
Brass, guitar and violin instruction is provided by visiting music teachers.
After school clubs are held from 3.30 p.m. - 4.15 p.m. in the following areas:-
Sport Eco Welsh Storytelling Science Music Yoga
Drama Sign Language Homework Club (3.30 – 5pm) Choir
All clubs are supervised by Teachers. Parents must give permission for children to
remain in school and make their wishes known about how the child goes home.
USE OF THE WELSH LANGUAGE
In Cogan Primary School we aim to develop an awareness and respect of the Welsh
Language and culture. Specific time is allocated to the teaching of Welsh, in addition to
which incidental Welsh is used in the everyday life of the school.
POLICY FOR SCHOOL TRIPS & EXCURSIONS
Educational visits are an essential, enjoyable part of school life and take place
throughout the school year in association with class projects and National Curriculum
programmes of study. Parents may be asked to make a donation for their child to
participate in these visits when necessary. (The Governing Body charging policy is
outlined below). Parents/Guardians will also be asked to fill in a form of consent. This
is a very important procedure and must be completed for a child to participate in the
Under the 1988 and 1993 Education Acts, the school is required to formulate a policy on
charging for school activities. The Governing Body has drawn up a policy statement in
which, for any activity taking place within school hours, we will ask for a voluntary
contribution from parents. No child can therefore be excluded from the activity because
their parent is unable or has decided not to pay. Parents will understand that unless
sufficient contributions are received, it might be impossible to proceed with the activity.
If a trip or visit is cancelled all contributions will be refunded.
The School retains the right to request parents to pay for the cost of damage or loss
caused by their child.
Cogan School welcomes the part parents have to play in the life of the school. Staff and
parents have a joint interest; the education, health, safety and happiness of their
The Headteacher and staff welcome those parents who have the time to assist the
teacher in the School Reading programme.
Whenever parents volunteer their time, the Headteacher or the class teacher will
explain exactly how they may best help .
The school has a P.T.A. and the school benefits considerably from fund raising events.
New parents are always welcome.
REPORTING TO PARENTS
Parents' Evenings are held each term.
In broad terms, these may fall into three categories:
The Autumn Term meeting with the parents will be held close to half-term, and this will
be an opportunity for the parents to meet the class teacher and understand the
expectations for the academic year.
The Spring Term meeting will be for those parents who wish to discuss progress and
The Summer open evening will be held within two weeks of the end of term. This will be
an opportunity for the teacher to discuss each child's report in detail. If there are
problems that need further discussion, then a further appointment/s may be made.
Should any concerns arise throughout the year, parents will be notified and a meeting
arranged with the class teacher and/or the Headteacher.
The Additional Learning Needs support teacher will, of course, be available on that
evening to discuss the children's progress.
A questionnaire is sent to parents on an annual basis to gauge opinion on the provision
we supply to our stakeholders. The responses are very valuable in assisting us to
improve and meet the needs of our pupils.
The Governing Body has formulated a uniform policy. All parents are requested to
support it for the following reasons:-
1.Competition between pupils, about the latest fashion, is eliminated.
2.The potential for bullying is reduced as all pupils are wearing similar clothing
and there is less opportunity for making fun.
3. When pupils are out of school on visits, they are more easily identifiable, which
4. By eliminating peer pressure, bullying and distracting clothing, discipline is
improved both in the classroom and playground.
5. Uniform instils a sense of community and pride in our school.
It is not considered reasonable to limit parents to one supplier and cost, but to accept
clothing from a shop and price range of parental choice.
The school colours are navy blue and white, parents can decide to buy items with the
school logo from J. M. Textiles and A Class Apart but if purchased from elsewhere no
other logos, brand names or markings are considered acceptable. Please provide a
pair of wellies for your child to leave in school while they are in Key Stage 1.
During the summer term it is advisable for children to wear sun hats and sun screen in
Children are expected to change for P.E. and Games.
For P.E. the Infant children wear pants and vest, older children need to bring shorts and
For outdoor games, parents are asked to ensure that children wear trainers or `daps';
fashion shoes are dangerous. Children will know when Games or P.E. is timetabled;
please co-operate with us and remind the children to bring their appropriate clothes.
For the younger children, a "shoe-bag" marked with the child's name makes it easy for
the child to carry his/her clothes for Games or P.E.
In the interests of safety, earrings are not encouraged but ear STUDS only will be
permitted. Jewellery is not appropriate for school.
Long hair must be tied back. Parents are requested to support the school in not
allowing unconventional and unorthodox hair styles, dyes and colouring.
It is inappropriate to bring toys to school unless directed by the teacher.
ACCIDENTS IN SCHOOL
First Aid is given for minor cuts and bruises; wounds are washed with water and
dressings are applied as necessary. In the event of an accidental head injury, the child
will be kept under close supervision and the parent or other named person will be
informed. The Headteacher will act "in loco parentis" (as a parent) and make a decision
about a possible emergency visit and a member of staff will stay with the child. Parents
will be notified.
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINE IN SCHOOL
If there are cases of chronic illness or long-term complaints, these should be made
known to the Headteacher.
Parents must see the Headteacher if medication must be taken in school hours.
Parents may call at lunch time to give any necessary medication. Any problems can be
discussed with the Headteacher.
A form is completed by the parent/guardian, giving the necessary information and
permission for medicine to be administered.
This is carried out once a term, and the practice is entered in the Log Book which is
inspected regularly, as are the fire appliances and fire exits.
There is a school homework policy giving further details.
Homework is used to support and develop aspects of literacy and numeracy through
tasks set by the class teacher and supervised by the parent/guardian.
Reading books are taken home.
Parents are informed of topics to enable discussion and research.
Maths homework to reflect work covered in class
In school service of borrowing reading books.
Spelling list and literacy tasks
Mental arithmetic and written maths homework sheets weekly to reflect work covered in
Homework tasks will vary and will involve different areas of the curriculum, at the
discretion of the class teacher. The quantity set and the input required from parents is
dependant on the age and ability of the child.
Parents will receive homework guidance at the start of the academic year. Any queries
can be addressed at Parents' Evenings. approximately six weeks later.
At KS1 reading and writing information sessions for parents, will be given.
Where there is a particular need, extra homework will be set to be monitored by
The Special Needs Co-ordinator sets specific programmes to be done with parental
School meals are cooked on the premises. The cost is:
£1.90 per day - Infants and Juniors.
£9.50 per week - (the amount is subject to change)
The School Meals Service plan well balanced nutritional meals, which cater for varied
tastes. Vegetarian meals are also available.
Dinner arrangements for Reception Children (new entrants)
Your child may stay to dinners; parents are asked to pay for the week’s meals on a
Monday morning. Payment can be made as follows:-
By Debit / Credit card on-line at www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/payit
By debit / credit card over the telephone on 01446 700111
By cheque, payable to Vale of Glamorgan Council, please write your child’s
name and class on the back of the cheque
By cash – in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and class clearly written
on the front
Our junior children can choose whether they would like a dinner, baguette or jacket
potato each day. All meal choices are served with a salad, dessert and drink.
In the event of a child being entitled to free meals, and subject to the form of
authorisation being received from the Education Department; a parent may wish to
discuss these arrangements with the Headteacher.
A high standard of behaviour is expected at lunchtime. Children must respond to the
discipline of mid-day supervisors. Please ensure that your child understands this if you
wish him/her to remain at school during the dinner break.
Pupils can bring a drink and fruit only to eat during the morning break. Fizzy drinks and
glass bottles are not allowed.
WATER ON DESKS
Pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 are encouraged to bring a clear bottle of water to school
for frequent access through the day.
THE EDUCATION (PUPIL ATTENDANCE RECORDS) REGULATIONS, 1991
Regulations regarding pupil Attendance require detailed information as to a pupil's
absence from school, and a pupil's absence from school is recorded as either:
a) authorised absence
b) unauthorised absence
FAMILY HOLIDAYS IN TERM TIME.
Please do not ask for leave of absence for a family holiday in term time if you can avoid
this. If you do have to ask for permission to take your child out of school for a holiday
· try not to ask for absence when your child is preparing for or taking examinations
and important tests ( your class teacher can give you advice on this); and
· give us at least two weeks' notice that your child is going to be away.
The school does not have to agree to absence for a holiday. We cannot legally
authorise more than ten school days absence in a school year unless there are
A pupil's absence during term can seriously disrupt their continuity of learning. Not only
do they miss the teaching provided on the days they are away, they are also less
prepared for the lessons building on that after their return. There is a consequent risk of
underachievement, which must be avoided.
If a child is absent a note should be sent indicating the reason and the likely duration.
This note will then be kept on record. If notification is by telephone call, this will be
dated and recorded.
Lateness is classed as UNAUTHORISED absence, it is, therefore, important to ensure
that your child is in school by 9.00am.
The regulations (Welsh Office circular No. 45/91) also require schools to provide, for
publication, information abut unauthorised absences; from 1st August, 1992 all schools
must show the rate of unauthorised absences in each of the previous 3 terms.
The Education Welfare Officer visits the school every month to monitor attendance.
GUIDANCE ON COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE UNDER SECTION 23 OF THE
EDUCATION REFORM ACT, 1988.
Procedures which are regarded as suitable to deal with complaints relating to the
National Curriculum, R.E. or Collective Worship are written below.
1. The complaint should be addressed initially to the Headteacher and attempts
should be made to resolve the issue informally.
2. If informal attempts to resolve the complaint, are in the eye of the complainant
unsuccessful, the next stage is for the complaint to be heard by the Governors.
We hope that you have gained knowledge of our school by reading this booklet and we
look forward to receiving your child.
Our aim is to help each child to develop his/her potential to the full within a caring and
We aspire to make your child's education lively, interesting and stimulating. We aim to
provide opportunities, which will lead children to achieving their full potential. We ask
for your support in achieving these aims.