HARVILLS HAWTHORN PRIMARY SCHOOL
TELEPHONE: 0121 557 1034
FAX NO: 0121 520 5760
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CHAIR OF GOVERNORS: Mr. M. Jones
HEADTEACHER: Mr. H. McNeil
DEPUTY HEADTEACHER: Miss J Sheen
PROSPECTUS 2010 - 2011
HARVILLS HAWTHORN PRIMARY SCHOOL IS A
SANDWELL CO – EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL
FOR PUPILS AGED 3 – 11 YEARS
COMPOSITION OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF
HARVILLS HAWTHORN PRIMARY SCHOOL
Chairperson - Mr. M. Jones
LEA Representatives - Mrs. J. Baker
Mrs. B. Hocknull
Miss J. Hanson
Staff Representatives - Miss L. Grace
Mrs M Gearing
Mrs. Y. Jones
Parent Representatives - Mr. M. Jones
Mrs. D. Rudge
Mrs. G. Jinks
Mr. M. Wilson
Mrs. E. Mercer
Community Governors - Mrs. Wood (Vice Chair)
Associate Governor - Rev D. Hart
Mrs. S. Shenstone
Headteacher - Mr. H. McNeil
Clerk - Mr. C. Felton
Child Protection - Mr. M. Jones
Most of the children on leaving Harvills Hawthorn Primary
transfer to Wodensborough High School and George Salters
PUPIL ATTENDANCE 2008/2009
Total number on roll including Nursery= 313
Authorised absences 6.0%
Unauthorised absences 1.1%
National Curriculum Assessment Key Stage 1 and
Key Stage 2
Standards at KS1
Level 2+ Reading Writing Mathematics
2006 84% 71% 91%
2007 80% 73% 92%
2008 83% 77% 90%
2009 76% 78% 87%
2010 86% 79% 93%
Level 2b+ Reading Writing Mathematics
2006 51% 49% 53%
2007 73% 57% 71%
2008 69% 49% 77%
2009 54% 54% 78%
2010 69% 66% 83%
Standards at the end of KS2
Level 4+ English Mathematics Science
2005 70% 63% 48%
2006 60% 62% 88%
2007 71% 90% 95%
2008 87% 84% 88%
2009 82% 69% 94%
2010* Reading 82% 72% 87%
Level 5 English Mathematics Science
2005 15% 15% 2%
2006 21% 19% 40%
2007 25% 29% 35%
2008 31% 17% 19%
2009 11% 16% 24%
2010* Reading 28% 33% 40%
*Indicates teacher assessment as 2010 SATs not administered
FROM THE HEADTEACHER
May I welcome you and your children to Harvills Hawthorn
Primary School and hope that our association will be happy
It is my firm hope that in the time that your child is with us,
he/she may contribute to the very high standards of
behaviour, politeness and academic progress for which the
school has a well-deserved reputation.
I offer you an open invitation to come into school if you have
any questions, problems or worries with which you think we may
be able to help. A strong partnership between parents and
teachers benefits children greatly. Often a child will be very
worried over a minor problem or a parent will not see a need
for a certain course of action taken at school. Please come and
talk to us about these concerns – we can almost always solve
this type of problem. I will see you at any time if I am
available, but if you need to see me at a particular time, please
telephone or call in for an appointment.
This booklet contains information that you may find useful. It
covers many aspects of school life and I hope that it will give
an indication that every effort will be made by all concerned to
ensure that your child is given opportunities, encouragement
and the necessary teaching to help them achieve their
I look forward to meeting you and your child/children.
Harvills Hawthorn Primary School was built in the early 1950s
and housed in a spacious building and surrounded by extensive
playing fields. It has its own swimming pool. There are
separate playgrounds for Foundation Stage Key Stage 1 and
Key Stage 2 children. The school has fifteen classrooms, a
Foundation Stage unit and two multipurpose halls, as well as
two dining rooms, a creative arts room and two computer
suites. The school is well equipped with modern facilities.
Prospective parents and pupils are welcome to visit school
during the school day. An appointment can be made at the
The aims of the school are the same for all pupils. In a caring,
disciplined safe and happy environment, pupils are provided
with many opportunities to develop spiritually, socially,
physically and intellectually.
This will enable and prepare pupils to take their place as
responsible citizens in the culturally diverse society in which
Specifically the school is aiming :-
To value all members of our school community as individuals
and provide equal opportunities for all.
To create an environment which promotes high expectation,
mutual respect, self confidence, self discipline, good
manners and positive models of behaviour whilst focussing
upon success for all within a "you can do it” culture.
To encourage greater understanding of the world in which
we live and to develop respectful attitudes towards this
To develop independent learners who have clear goals and
play an active role in their own development.
To enable all members of our school community to
participate fully in all activities in order to achieve their full
To remain focused upon a shared Raising Standards Agenda.
To facilitate the development of active participation in
learning which promotes success for all.
Within a positive learning environment all members of the
school community can support an individual and collective
focus on life long learning for all.
Promote the basic skills of English and Mathematics
Encourage the children to ‘Believe they can Fly’.
THE FOUNDATION STAGE
The Foundation Stage provides education for children from the
age of 3 to 5. We aim to provide “a flying start” for children
through delivering a well planned and creative curriculum
following National Guidelines.
The children gain success through achieving stepping stone
targets which prepare them for the Early Learning Goals.
We provide a friendly, comfortable environment where
children learn at their own pace. Individual targets are set in
consultation with parents so that a partnership in education is
begun. A ‘have a go’ independent and make choices for
themselves. Children are encouraged to learn through
individual group and whole class experiences.
A holistic approach is promoted where all aspects of the child
are respected, nurtured and developed.
Home visits and a visit to the Foundation Stage Unit are
provided by staff prior to a placement. This enables the move
into the Early Years to be as smooth and easy as possible.
Children are grouped according to age. Teaching is provided
within mixed ability classes with the children’s work being
differentiated to ensure appropriate challenge for all.
Our school also provides nurture provision offering additional
support for our more vulnerable children.
THE SCHOOL DAY
The school office is open from 8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Nursery --- 8.45 a.m. – 11.45 a.m. 12.30 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
Reception and Key Stage One --- 8.50 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
1.00 p.m. – 3.15 p.m.
Key Stage Two 8.55 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. 1.00 p.m. – 3.20 p.m.
Children should not be on the school premises before 8.40 a.m.
and collected promptly by 3.20 p.m. If for any reason you are
unable to collect your child, please telephone school so we can
make arrangements for the safety of your child.
Good attendance is essential for continuity in each child’s
education. Where a child is unable to attend school due to
illness it is important that the school is informed by letter,
telephone or by calling into the school office. If the school is
not informed, the absence is recorded as unauthorised on the
child’s attendance record in accordance with the Department
of Education guidelines. Absence for reasons other than
illness may also be recorded in this way.
The school operates a first day calling system where parents
are contacted on the first day of an unknown absence. It is
therefore important that contact details are kept up to date.
Any absence from school disrupts a child’s education and is
considered undesirable. Parents are therefore requested to
make holiday arrangements outside term time. A schedule of
holiday dates is included to aid your planning. Holidays in term
time will not be authorised.
If a pupil needs to leave school for urgent medical or dental
appointment, parents are asked to notify the school in advance.
When collecting a child during the school day parents are
asked to call at the school office and not at the child’s
classroom in order that the absence can be recorded in
accordance with fire safety guidelines. No child will be
allowed to leave the school alone or in the company of anyone
below the age of 16. If any adult other than the parent is to
collect the child the school must be informed. We are sure
that you will appreciate the need for such tight security
Pupils need to arrive at school promptly. Pupils who are late
should register at the school office. Lateness is recorded on
the pupil’s attendance record in accordance with Department
of Education guidelines. We would ask all parents to ensure
ACCIDENTS, ILLNESSES AND EMERGENCIES
The school administers first aid to the minor injuries of pupils.
If the injury is more serious, parents will be informed verbally
by telephone or on a letter of the nature of the injury and the
Parents are asked to supply a telephone number for emergency
contact, for serious medical or injury problems. IT IS
IMPORTANT THAT EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS ARE
ACCURATE – IF THERE ARE ANY CHANGES PLEASE NOTIFY
THE SCHOOL OFFICE IMMEDIATELY.
MEDICAL NEEDS AND MEDICINES
School keeps a record of every child containing information
about medical information. It is vital that this form, updated
regularly, is completed and returned to the school promptly.
Only in exceptional circumstances are staff able to administer
medicines (i.e. those prescribed by a doctor). Children alone
should not bring medicine into school.
The nurse assigned to the school not only makes regular visits
to see children but is also available to discuss and advise
parents on medical matters.
The Governors at Harvills support and require the wearing of
A green sweater with school logo
Yellow polo shirt
Please ensure that all clothing used in school is marked with the
child's name. Considerable upsets; wasted time and losses are
caused if this is not done meticulously. With school uniform it is
impossible to establish ownership unless items are marked clearly.
It is strongly recommended that all children wear the school
uniform. It looks smart, is practical and enhances the pride of
belonging to a school with a good reputation.
Our school rules are simple and largely focussed on safety, courtesy
and good manners. The rules encourage children to accept
responsibility for their own actions and exercise self-discipline.
The school has a positive approach to behaviour management,
through a system of praise and reward we constantly seek to
highlight and encourage good behaviour and positive attitudes.
On occasions there may be the need to use appropriate sanctions
for misbehaviour. These will be in the form of withdrawal of
privileges or isolation from peers. On occasions pupils may be given
extra work. Any actions taken are recorded and if appropriate
discussed with parents.
The social, emotional and intellectual problems of individual children
need to be fully understood before the causes of unacceptable
behaviour can be identified and a solution arrived at. On occasions
it may be necessary to introduce a period of exclusion. At all times
the school will work with parents and will adhere to local guidelines
on the exclusion and re-integration of pupils.
Class teachers are responsible for the general welfare of the
children in their class. Parents are welcome to make an appointment
to discuss any issues of concern as and when the need arises.
Parents are free to make an appointment with the Headteacher at
If you have a complaint or disagreement regarding any aspect of
school life this should, in the first instance, be discussed by
appointment with the class teacher and/or the Headteacher or
Deputy Headteacher. If the concern is not resolved parents should
discuss the situation with the Headteacher. If a parent is still not
satisfied they should bring the matter to the attention of the Chair
of Governors or one of the Parent Governors. If concern still
remains after this course of action then the parent may make a
formal complaint in writing to the LA who will investigate the
complaint. Address and further details are available from the
Access to Information
Information is available from the school office concerning:-
Times of sessions;
OFSTED report and action plan
LA's agreed syllabus for RE;
LA's statement of curricular policy and the Governing Body's
Statement of Curricular aims;
LA's curricular complaints procedure;
Schemes of work currently used by teachers;
Annual report to parents;
DEF statutory instruments relating to the curriculum.
The school has its own canteen run by a firm of caterers called
Fresh. They provide well balanced meals cooked on the premises.
The menu rotates and there is a degree of choice for all children.
Dietary needs are catered for. Dinner money is collected each
Monday and children should bring money in an envelope clearly
labelled with their name. Parents who believe that their
circumstances entitle their child to free meals should contact the
school office for advice on how to apply. Parents who prefer their
child to eat their own packed lunch should send it in a strong-
labelled container. The packed lunch should include a drink but
canned or glass bottled drinks are not allowed in school. We are a
healthy school and expect parents to support us in this work. It
must be noted that fizzy drinks, squash, sweets and chocolate
are not allowed in school, it is the Governor’s expectation that
you will adhere to this policy.
As food has to be ordered in advance children are only able to
change between packed lunches and school meals at the start of
each half-term only.
All children who eat a school meal or a packed lunch are supervised
by school personnel. Children are expected to maintain a good
standard of behaviour, and table manners, and to respond to the
dinner supervisors as they would any member of the teaching staff.
The parents of any children that disobey these rules will be asked
to take their children home during the dinner time period.
Children who go home for dinner should not return to school before
The school is allowed to raise money to support its work in a variety
of ways. School fund is used to support everyday curriculum
activities and to enhance children's learning experiences. When we
do organise fund raising activities your support is gratefully
Partnership with Parents
As a school we feel it important to have a strong home/school
partnership to help the children in our care get the best possible
education. There is a 'Associates of Harvills Hawthorn' which all
parents are members. The Associates work for the good of the
children, organising both social and fund raising events, raising
funds that ultimately benefit the children.
Parents also support the school in other practical ways e.g. helping
with reading and numeracy activities, helping with swimming and on
educational visits. We are always looking for willing volunteers.
There is a board in the reception area where notices for parents
The school follows the authority charging policy, but the governors
have resolved that the school can ask for voluntary contributions
for some activities.
With effect from 1st July 2007 the Health Act 2006 required that
all enclosed work places and public places, including schools, become
smoke free. The Act places a legal responsibility on individuals not
to smoke in controlled areas. Breaches of the policy will be subject
to legal enforcement and/or disciplinary procedures. All parents,
visitors and staff are requested to refrain from smoking on any
part of the site.
Children are requested not to bring valuables into school, this
includes watches and jewellery.
If ears have been pierced only studs are allowed, and these should
be removed or covered for P.E. games and swimming activities.
All property brought into school is the responsibility of the pupil
and parent and appropriate cover against loss should be taken out.
Car Park Safety
Parents bringing children to school should park in a safe location
away from the school car parks or school entrances. Parents should
not drive onto school car parks to drop children off.
Special Needs and Enhanced Learning Provision
The school has a policy of inclusion of all pupils regardless of needs.
Current policies are designed to alter the structure of the building
to allow access for all.
Pupils with special needs are included within all activities, their
needs having been identified and the necessary support put in place.
Progress is monitored by the special needs co-ordinator, class
teacher and progress and developments at all stages are discussed
The school is part of Sandwell’s Enhanced Learning Provision
Home From Home
Harvills is fortunate to receive Enhanced Learning Support funding
from the Local Authority. The focus for this support is nurture
provision which, at Harvills, is referred to as Home from Home.
Home form Home provides 10 nurture places, offering learning
experiences that bolster children’s self esteem, confidence and
allow them to access the curriculum more easily. The progress of
children benefiting from our nurture provision is monitored
carefully to ensure that a soon as they are ready they return to
Security in School
Security and safety of pupils in school is very important. Parents
can help maintain this safe environment by following our procedures.
1. When visiting the school always use the main entrance.
2. Always report to the reception area, if there is no one
available to attend immediately, please ring the bell and wait.
3. Do not enter the school through other entrances.
4. All visitors to school should sign in, with name and details in
the visitors book and wear a visitors badge whilst on site.
Harvills believes it is the responsibility of all staff
to promote the basic skills in English and
Our English scheme, in conjunction with the National Curriculum
and the National Literacy Framework’s guidelines, aims to
develop the essential skills of listening, speaking, reading and
writing. We operate a daily Literacy lessons that comprise of
intensive periods of teaching, shared reading and writing and
individual programmes of work.
Other aspects of writing and speaking and listening are also
covered outside the Literacy Hour through the schools thematic
approach to the curriculum. Work is differentiated
appropriately to match the needs of the children
The school has a structured reading scheme with a focus on a
home/school partnership in helping to develop children's
reading. Parents are encouraged to listen to their children read
daily. We also encourage parents to read to their children
The school promotes the mathematical knowledge of all pupils in
both academic and practical applications. This is achieved by
work on problem solving and by studying mathematical principles.
The effective teaching of mathematics is in accordance with
the National Curriculum and is assessed through the Standard
Numeracy is a key life skill and is given high priority. Without basic
numeracy skills our children would be disadvantaged throughout life.
Work is differentiated appropriately to match the needs of the
We are constantly developing the means to further improve and
ultimately achieve higher standards in all aspects of this subject.
Science is taught throughout the school and is based on aspects of
everyday life. The focus is on an understanding of the world and
encouraging an enquiring mind. The work involves the study of:
Life and living processes
The nature and uses of materials
Physical processes such as sound, light, forces and energy
Whilst working on experiments and investigations the children
Predict what may happen
Make and record their observations
Explain what happened
A wide range of equipment is used during lessons and health and
safety is an important feature of every lesson.
Information and Communication Technology
The school has two purpose built computer suites housing thirty
workstations. These workstations are equipped with the latest
range of primary school software, which allows all the pupils to
receive their full I.C.T. entitlement.
Each class also has at least one computer and an interactive
whiteboard to further support and enhance learning. The majority
of our ICT curriculum is delivered through our thematic
Creativity and the thematic curriculum
All of the Foundation Subjects within the national curriculum are
included in our creative curriculum.
We consider that the thematic curriculum is a way of thinking and
learning that allows the children to express their own uniqueness,
originality and individuality. The subject areas covered in this way
Special Needs and the Curriculum
Children regarded as needing extra help in whatever area of the
curriculum is identified as soon as possible. This is to enable all
children to reach their full potential across the curriculum.
Children follow an educational programme based on identified
needs and in accordance with the National Curriculum.
These individual programmes are followed using support staff,
small group work or support from specialists outside of school.
Programmes are closely monitored and personal targets are set to
enable each child to develop their potential.
Our Inclusion Education policy offers equal opportunities to all
children to access the curriculum regardless of their need,
recognising and raising achievement is important for all children.
The school is also actively involved in the Local Authority Enhanced
Learning Programme and currently has 9 children within the school
working on the programme.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
The school is non-denominational. In line with the legislation in
1988 Education Reform Act, religious education is taught in
accordance with Sandwell Agreed Syllabus.
An act of collective worship takes place every day and is of a
broadly Christian nature, but insights from other faiths also find
positive expression. Moral and ethical values are strongly
emphasised. Children, whose parents exercise their right to
withdraw them from collective worship or religious education, are
The Governors of the school have discussed the provision of Sex &
Relationship and Drug Education under the terms of the Education
Act, and have agreed that it should be taught as part of the
curriculum. The school's policy is that these should be taught as
part of the Science and Puberty Education Programme. The
programme are supported by school nurses who assist in the delivery
of this. Parents are informed about the programme, and may
withdraw their children by sending a letter to the headteacher.
Parents are invited to view the materials being used if they so wish.
All sex education issues are taught with sensitivity and a full regard
for moral considerations and the value of family life.
The school aims to encourage all children to participate in and enjoy
sporting activities with a view to developing a healthy lifestyle and a
positive self-image and achieving their full potential.
There are specialist links with local high schools and sport colleges.
New links are being formed with other primary schools to form a
‘cluster group’. There are regular extra curricula activities taking
place which allow children from Harvills to compete with and against
other schools. Children have the opportunity to experience a variety
of extra-curricula activities delivered by a P.E. specialist with
children from other schools.
The school has a swimming pool and all pupils from reception classes
onwards swim regularly.
The policy of the school is to give home learning to support and
develop the invitations that have taken place in the classroom. The
older the pupil, the longer they would expect to spend on the
All pupils are encouraged to take part in the numerous opportunities
for day's visits to enhance the curriculum. There are also regular
visits to Sandwell residential centres. These visits support the
curriculum activities in school and develop skills useful in later life.
Some visits are part of the schools out of school learning provision
and are supported by the New Opportunities Funding and 'On
Harvills abides by the Local Authority arrangements and procedures
regarding the admission of pupils to primary school.
HARVILLS FUN ACADEMY
We at Harvills Hawthorn Primary School have established an
OFSTED registered out of school care facility to enable parents to
be more flexible with working hours, gain employment and support
It offers affordable care for children aged 3 – 11 years. This is high
quality care at competitive rates. The morning session starts at 7.45
a.m. and breakfast is provided at a cost of £2.50. The evening
session is available from 3.20 p.m. until 6.00 p.m. and a snack is also
available, the total cost for this session is £5. School has obtained
funding to support this provision. If you would like your child to
attend, but need financial support, please see Miss Sheen to discuss
All staff are fully qualified and give a caring environment where your
child can enjoy varied games and toys, cooking, gardening, craft
activities and a chill out area.
All day places are available for nursery children at competitive rates.
8.45-3.30 £75 per week (includes lunch)
8.00-6.00 £100 per week (includes breakfast, lunch and an evening