Harrietsham Church of England
Harrietsham Church of England
Tel: 01622 859261 Governor of the Year Award
Fax: 01622 859372
Headteacher: Mrs. Julie Silk
Chair of Governors: Mrs. Einir Roberts Bronze
Harrietsham Church of England Primary School Yesterday and Today
The original ragstone school in Church Road was founded in 1844 and built on part of Little Brickhouse
Field. This land was given by William Baldwin Esq. He was the owner of Stede Court at the time
and in effect, squire of Harrietsham. It is his coat of arms on the south face of the main building.
The motto "Fortes semper monstrant misericardiam" means "The strong always show mercy".
Money to build (£240) was raised by public subscription and local stone was given. From the
beginning, the community was involved closely with the school. The first Harrietsham
schoolmaster had his salary paid by the Trustees of the will of Sir Charles Booth & Baldwin
In Victorian times, it served all poor children of school age living within walking distance. We
still hope to be able to serve all Harrietsham children.
We moved into our super new school building in West Street in September 2006. It is spacious,
light and airy and is more appropriate for teaching our 140 children from the ages of 4 to 11.
We were proud of our old school in which we gained a very favourable Ofsted report in May 2006 but
in our new school we are able to do so much more!
We have a super hall where we can teach gymnastics and dance; we have a computer suite
with interactive Smartboard; there is a much larger playground with fun play facilities; we have
a stimulating library; the classrooms and corridor are bright and full of interesting and vibrant
displays; we have an environmental area to study and develop; all classrooms have interactive
Smartboards and other computers; and there’s so much more.
At Harrietsham School, students
are the heart of a vibrant and
creative learning community with
a Christian ethos.
We value everyone as individuals
and expect them to achieve their full
potential as confident and
Every child will leave Harrietsham
School fully prepared, socially and
emotionally, to face the challenges
of secondary school and life
What do our children say about our school?
I am happy with how the teachers respect me
The teachers always try to help you The lessons are fun
We have lots of opportunity to run around and be healthy
Our ideas are listened to We are protected against bullies
Everyone is kind School dinners are healthy and yummy!
I love coming to Harrietsham—it is warm and homely
Subject to places being available, a child whose fifth birthday falls between September 1 st and August
31st will be offered a place in our Reception Class.
Your child’s entry will be phased in during the first few weeks of Term 1 to allow for staff to meet all
children’s individual needs. You may be asked to take your child home for lunch during this short period of
time. After the first few weeks, your child will attend full-time if he/she is five and can attend full-time
even if still aged four, if you wish.
Teaching and Learning
We focus on the key skills required to teach the National Curriculum. Our curriculum choices are varied,
balanced, fun, cross-curricular and creative. In addition, the children cook; swim; learn French; have extra
art/craft sessions; and extra ICT skills’ sessions.
To enhance the curriculum we invite many visitors into school and take the children on visits. Year 6 enjoys a
residential trip which includes adventurous, outdoor activities.
Each year we hold a variety of curriculum days such as: Maths Investigation Fun Day, Book Day, Multi-Cultural
Days, Health and Fitness Day, Sports Day and more.
The children also have a say in what they would like to learn. Personalised learning takes place in the form of
self and peer assessment and TASC (a method whereby the children learn to research logically and
methodically), and through varied learning and teaching styles. The children are taught in six or seven smaller,
single-aged group classes for literacy and numeracy in the mornings when possible and in five mixed-aged
classes in the afternoons. All children are taught in groups appropriate to their needs and abilities. The children
have plenty of opportunities to practise thinking skills (lateral and creative thinking).
Healthy School Status and Active Mark
In addition to the varied clubs on offer: the children have lots of activities at lunchtimes; two hours of PE at least
per week; swimming lessons; participate in many tournaments; and also in the termly inter-intra league (various
PE skills which are tested both within school and against 40+ other schools).
The children enjoy a variety of games at lunchtimes (see Behaviour). The children can also take part in the Mile
- a – Week Club to try and keep fit.
We take part in many tournaments: netball, football, kwik cricket, swimming gala, sportshall athletics and multi-
Our after-school clubs include multi-skills (based on athletics), netball, kwik cricket, football and basketball.
When our field is ready we will also offer mini rugby.
Most children enjoy the new, healthier school meals cooked on site and all have the opportunity to cook their own
dishes (at least 3) every year in KS2. All KS1 has fruit at playtimes and many KS2 choose to have either fruit or
raisins. Water is available and encouraged to drink at all times of the day.
Our School Values
and Motivational ‘Smartkid’ Characters
The characters are key to our philosophy that the children can be
good at many different kinds of skills: we do not only celebrate those
who do well in literacy and numeracy activities. We like to particularly
focus on the importance of being self-smart and people-smart.
Every week we award Smartkid certificates to those children who
have done well in those areas.
Our values’ first letters spell out the name HARRIETSHAM.
Parents/Carers and Friends in the Community
Our school is friendly and welcoming. We encourage parents to contact school via an appointment with any
concerns no matter how small. Children’s class teachers should be contacted in the first instance, but the
headteacher is also keen to meet parents with any concerns that cannot be rectified by the class teacher. There
is a suggestion box in the entrance hall.
We have a lively and successful PTFA. Its members work tirelessly to support us and have fun raising funds for
projects. They always welcome any new members. Our new library was stocked with funds raised by the PTFA
Family members are encouraged to help with reading and other aspects of school life: swimming, cooking, trips
and school performances.
We are a church school and are associated with the beautiful St. John the Baptist Church. We enjoy celebrating
Christmas, Easter and End of Year Services there, and classes visit to study aspects of the church itself and the
Church Year within the curriculum.
Members of the church come to school to take assembly once a week.
Our daily worship takes place at the following times:
Monday Headteacher’s Assembly with the whole school 13.05
Tuesday Hymn Practice with percussion – whole school 09.10
Wednesday Key Stage Assemblies 13.05
Thursday Church Visitor Assembly – whole school 09.10
Friday Celebration Assembly – whole school 14.40
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from assembly, but given that we are a Church of England School,
the headteacher would always want to discuss this with you first.
Behaviour and Ethos
Our positive behaviour policy is focused on ensuring children behave appropriately, try hard and follow
our school values.
The children are recognised daily in class by praise, stickers and housepoints. In weekly Celebration
Assemblies, positive behaviour is recognised by awarding certificates:
Smartkid certificates (and cup); Good playground behaviour; Special Table (Dining Hall); Multiplication
Tables’ progression; Number Bonds’ progression; Breakfast Club; Special Person – roll of honour; Play
Other activities in Celebration Assembly include:
Star of the Week; Children are invited to show the school any successes they have had at clubs e.g.
dancing or judo certificates; Classes show good work they have done that week; Weekly housepoints
All children who receive any award are given ten minutes’ extra play within the next week. Our consistent
and fair approach in order to gain the expected behaviour in school is taken on board by all adults who
work in school with us.
However, if the need arises, here is an extract from our Behaviour Policy as an example of sanctions if there is
rudeness or inappropriate behaviour in class:
First Time: The class teacher will give a verbal warning.
Second Time: Teacher’s own sanction e.g. loss of playtime
Third Time: Either the child will be sent to the Headteacher, or the Headteacher will be sent for.
Fourth time: Parents will be informed. A home-link book for behaviour may be introduced.
Parents/Carers are invited to attend any Celebration Assembly. They are held on Friday afternoons at
Any bullying is tackled immediately: our children are becoming very good at supporting each other and
knowing when to report anything they feel uncomfortable about.
Come and feel our positive ethos for yourself!
Parents/Carers are encouraged to contact the school with any problems no matter how small: we have an ‘open
door’ policy. Please see your child’s teacher in the first instance if that is relevant. You may then be referred to
the headteacher, if necessary. Should your concern not be resolved satisfactorily, you should contact the Chair of
Parents/Carers are invited to formal consultation evenings in Terms 2 and 6, and in Term 4, parents receive a
written report on all areas of the curriculum.
Termly homework diaries inform parents of curriculum coverage at the beginning of each term and useful
spelling and number practice advice. In addition to the written report and consultation evenings, at the end of
the year, parents/carers are sent a progress update sheet on their child’s assessment grades in reading, writing,
maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.
The school holds an annual Open Afternoon to which all members of the family and community are welcome –
usually in the summer.
We send out a questionnaire every year to seek the views of both parents/carers and children (alternate years).
Parents/Carers are also informed regularly about parent forums and support groups. We have a Parent
Support Adviser who is in school once a week.
Newsletters are sent out fortnightly and a community newsletter is sent out every even term.
OFSTED Inspection Comments (May 2006)
It is a good, improving school where all pupils, including those in Reception are making good progress
The school is led and managed well
Care, guidance and support are good
Teaching and learning are consistently good
The school provides good value for money
Pupils with learning difficulties and higher attaining pupils also make good progress due to careful
assessment and effective teaching by teachers and teaching assistants
Pupils’ personal development is good. Pupils behave well and are confident in speaking and expressing their
Extended School Opportunities
Breakfast Club – The Early Bird Club
Open daily during term time (must register) 08.00 – 08.45
Open daily during term time (must register) 15.15 – 18.00
Exciting after-school activities, snack and childcare – Ofsted registered
School Clubs run throughout the year:
Athletics/multi-skills (summer); Mile a Week Club; Kwik Cricket (summer); Netball (Aut & Spr); Football (Aut &
Spr); Football – all year (external provider); Basketball (external provider); Art (KS2); Choir (KS2); Singing
(KS1); Simply Smart (Philosophy - external provider); Aquila (for pupils who like a challenge); Maths
investigation/ICT; Story (KS1); Drama (external provider); First Aid (Upper KS2); Recorder (KS2); Hula Hooping;
Board Games – KS1
We do not encourage any time away from school other than through illness.
It is vital that children do not miss any aspects of schooling: some children in particular find it very difficult
to settle back and therefore further work is missed.
It is definitely not a good idea to have a holiday at the beginning of the new school year as children miss
important information, responsibility distribution, discussion on class rules, and perhaps most importantly,
they miss out on the bonding process between new adults and children as well as with new working groups
that are formed. Family holidays will not be granted automatically – the outcome will depend on various
circumstances e.g. regular attendance.
If your child feels ill whilst in school, we will encourage him/her to stay unless it is obvious he/she needs to
be cared for at home.
If your child is absent, please telephone the school so that we can record that, otherwise the office staff
will make a phone call to your home to check each day.
Trips and Charging
We do like to take the children on exciting and informative trips out of school to enhance their
understanding of certain topics. We place a significant sum in the budget to support this within the
However, this is not nearly enough to pay for all trips as well as the many visitors who are invited into
school. We often ask that you pay a voluntary contribution towards these exciting and fun -educational
events. We have the facility in school for you to pay into an account so that you can save towards these
trips as your child progresses through the school. No child will ever be excluded from these activities on
the basis of non-payment.
We have a very small stock of clothing in the office as parents/carers now order their requirements on-
line at yourschooluniform.com
If you are unable to access the internet, the office has forms which can be sent off to the company. (see
admissions’ pack for more details)
Security and Safety
Our school has a high perimeter fence and gates are kept locked. The main gates are opened by an
adult on duty at 08.45 and that adult remains at the gate until the school bell rings. She also keeps an
eye on the drop-off area so the children can walk up the path safely to the school gates without a parent
with them. At 09.00 the gate is then closed.
Children may only be collected by parents/carers and by NAMED adults previously nominated.
Any parents visiting the school for whatever reason are asked to sign in at the office and report to the
secretary first so that we always know who is in school for the safety of all children and staff.
Our school is accessible to all. All entrances and doors are to DDA standards and we have three toilets
for the disabled.
We have a visitors’ car park which we do not encourage parents to use as it is so small. However, any
parent/carer who must drive and has pre-school children are welcome to use it if there is a space.
Otherwise, please park on the road.
We have a very effective drop-off zone for the children. We strongly urge parents/carers not to park on
the lines, grass verges, in the centre of the car park, at the drop-off zone or in the disabled bays without
an official badge.
School Action Squad (SAS)
This is what most schools call their School Council. Two representatives from each class, elected by their
peers, meet every term to discuss issues, school improvement and events in school. They feedback to class
and back to the SAS again.
We take pupil voice seriously here at Harrietsham: there are many opportunities for the children to have
their say, both in the running of the school day and in their learning.
We have five adults in school with a First Aid qualification. School trips are alway s accompanied by a
trained first aider.
We send a note home to parents/carers if first aid has been administered throughout the school day. If a
child has bumped its head or has had a more serious accident, we inform the parent/carer straight away.
Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion
The children’s work is differentiated in all classes to suit all learning abilities and in all
subject areas when appropriate.
Our team of learning support assistants (LSAs) works closely with the teaching staff and
supports individuals and groups when necessary. Each LSA has a timetable dedicated to
supporting certain children in the classes.
In addition, we have an LSA who works solely with our children with special needs for up to
four afternoons per week. She is very experienced in many areas of SEN and is an
invaluable support to the SENCo (coordinator).
The Special Needs’ Register includes children who need more support in school in order to
access the curriculum at the correct level for their age: these are identified as being on
School Action. Other children who may need even more support, perhaps from outside
agencies e.g. specialist teachers or educational psychologist are identified as being on
School Action Plus. These children have special plans which specifically target their
individual needs (IEPs). We ensure we include all children in every area possible.
Teachers’ planning also takes into account those children who need challenging in certain
areas of the curriculum.
We offer a varied, creative curriculum linked to the requirements of the National
Topics are linked to the key skills which the children need to be taught in each of the
Early Years (Ages 3-5)
It is in the Foundation Stage that children learn to develop positive learning attitudes, skills,
social integration, independence and personal organisation. All children start school with a
wealth of experience and it’s the role of the Early Years Practitioners to build upon this
learning experience, to foster a love of learning and to continue to develop a lively and
enquiring mind through the six areas of learning.
Play is a central tool for learning: it is a key way in which young children learn with
enjoyment and challenge. Structured play, where the learning outcome has been clearly
identified through careful planning and support, is very important in the Foundation Stage
We encourage parents to make appointments to come and look around the school before
they make their choice of school for their child.
Each KS1 and KS2 class is given an hour of dedicated literacy time daily.
Reading and writing skills need to be taught well. The key skills required are taught
progressively throughout the school.
Phonic teaching begins in the Reception Class and continues throughout KS1. In KS2 the emphasis
is placed on the application of phonic knowledge and on spelling patterns and rules.
Reading for pleasure and understanding is strongly encouraged at Harrietsham and we are
fortunate enough to have a well-stocked library of books for the children to choose from.
The children study a range of good quality text types and genre: traditional stories, myths and
legends, fantasy, non-chronological reports and journalistic writing to name a few. They are then
able to enhance their writing skills to produce their own examples of varied kinds of text.
Information Communication Technology
Each classroom is equipped with interactive whiteboards and two networked computers. We
also have a computer suite which is connected to the Internet through broadband, and each class
has timetabled sessions so that the key ICT skills can be taught.
Additional sessions are booked for cross-curricular activities: this includes all subject areas and
topics. The computer and other ICT resources are used as tools within the classroom. We aim for
all children throughout the school to have the opportunity to use a computer and other ICT
resources on a regular basis, either individually, in pairs of as part of a group.
We have a great deal of appropriate software for all subjects, and access to educational
websites enhances both lesson delivery and children’s learning. Support staff have also
undertaken training in ICT and regularly work with children and teachers in the computer suite.
We help our pupils develop mathematical skills and concepts and to be able to use these skills
confidently within other areas of the curriculum and in their every day lives.
Pupils receive a daily Maths lesson which increases in length from around 45 minutes in KS1 to 1
hour in KS2.
The school follows the National Curriculum programmes of study that are delivered through the
Primary Strategy. The focus areas are Number and Calculations, Shape and Space, Measures
and Handling Data. There is, however, no substitute for real mathematical problem solving and
the investigative strand is applied throughout each unit. Practical resources are key to aid
We use a variety of schemes to provide a structured approach to the acquisition of the
necessary mathematical skills and concepts, and teaching staff supplement units with additional
material, both commercial and teacher made.
We aim to develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and build on their natural curiosity
of the world through investigation and practical activities. Emphasis is placed upon the learning
of the skills required to allow children to explore and investigate appropriately: planning fair
tests, making predictions and recording results in various ways including the use of ICT.
In KS1 the skills are taught largely through topics where possible.
The Environmental Area
We have an environmental area which is being developed by a team consisting of both staff
and parents. The aim is for the area to be used by the children as a cross-curricular resource
including a wild flower meadow, a platform for pond dipping and information boards. We will
also have a range of insect, small mammal and bird boxes to enable the children to observe a
variety of creatures in their habitats.
Art and D & T
The aim of our Art curriculum is to stimulate the children’s creativity and imagination in an
enjoyable way, providing opportunities for the children to experience a wide range of media,
techniques and to develop skills in 2 dimensional and 3-dimensional art forms.
The children are encouraged to explore and develop an understanding of colour, form, texture
and pattern, progressively improving their ability to use materials and to communicate their
ideas, feelings and meanings in their work.
The work of styles of famous artists are studied with the children being encouraged to develop
both an appreciation of art, and the critical skills necessary for evaluating work.
Children experience a range of Design and Technology projects which are sometimes
delivered in one week blocks. The children develop skills in designing, making and
evaluating, along with the skills to use a variety of skills and tools. All children will make a
range of models, use construction kits and have experience of textiles and food technology.
Our policy promotes at least two hours of PE each week for every child. Lessons include a
progression of skills in gymnastics, dance, swimming, football, netball, hockey, tennis,
basketball, multi-skills, athletics and cricket.
Our Year 6 children have the opportunity to experience outdoor activities such as abseiling
and orienteering on the annual residential trip.
“A healthy attitude is an alert mind”
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship have a distinctive place in the
curriculum as they offer the opportunity to consider seriously the values, attitudes, opinions,
emotions and actions of ourselves and others: these are frequently discussed during circle times.
We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the
wider community. In doing so, we help to develop their sense of self worth.
We teach them how society is organised and governed allowing them to experience the process
of democracy in the school through the SAS (School Action Squad). We teach them about rights
This is taught using the Kent Agreed Syllabus. The teaching is 60% of a Christian nat ure but
all beliefs are treated with equal respect, and children are taught about other major world
religions. RE is taught weekly and is often reinforced with visitors and visits to the church.
Parents may request that their children be withdrawn from religious education and/or
collective worship after discussion with the headteacher.
Our aims in teaching History are that children will:
understand that the society in which they live has been shaped by developments in the
learn about the roles that individuals, movements and events have played in shaping
learn to study historical evidence, asking questions and solving problems
develop an ability to communicate historical knowledge and understanding, orally,
visually and in writing, using appropriate techniques and vocabulary
appreciate how and why some aspects of the past are subject to different interpretations
It is the aim of our geography curriculum to encourage the children to study the physical and
human environment, and to develop increasing awareness of the processes that shape it and
people that live in it, within the schools immediate locality, the UK and distant localities.
Through their lessons in geography the children consider environmental sustainability, helping
them to develop a sense of their value and place in the wider world and their rights and
responsibilities to other people and the environment.
Geographical enquiry is taught progressively, both inside and outside of the classroom, with the
children developing the skills of observation, map work and research.
We aim to promote both an interest and an appreciation of music through singing, use of
instruments, opportunities to listen to and evaluate all kinds of music, and studying the life and
works of a variety of composers. These various skills are taught progressively from Year R to
Year 6. Music is used to complement other areas of the curriculum where possible.
Younger children also experience music through Kinder Music sessions taught by a specialist
teacher throughout KS1. They have weekly singing sessions as a whole key stage.
In Year 3, children receive instrumental tuition throughout the year. In KS2 we have a very
competent choir that sings at various events and venues throughout the year.
Modern Foreign Languages
In addition to our daily curriculum coverage, our KS2 children have the opportunity to
experience cooking between 12 and 16 times by the end of KS2. They produce main
courses and/or desserts enough for the whole family!
They also enjoy extra sessions on ICT, art and craft, music and movement and gardening.
Assessment and Reporting
Our formative assessment procedures and individual pupil targets for literacy and
numeracy ensure that we are aware of the progress the children are making at all times.
In addition, we assess the children each term so that we are able to review focus groups
and plan effectively for all types of learners.
We send home written reports in Term 4. Parent consultations are held for Years 1 to 6 i n
October and June. In Term 6, in years 2-6, we send home the children’s levels in reading,
writing and numeracy as well as their reading and spelling ages and their scores for verbal
and non-verbal reasoning. (See our School Profile for most recent KS2 results)
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