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					                              Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

                                                            Whetstone Field Primary School
                                                                              Beaufort Way
                                                                                  Aldridge
                                                                                   Walsall
                                                                                 WS9 OHJ

                                                                         Tel: 01922 743498
                                                                        Fax: 01922 745240
Head Teacher
Mrs. K.G.S. Hancox

Dear Parents,

        I would like to welcome you to Whetstone Field Primary School. We are a small
school with just one class in each year group. The members of staff work very closely
together to provide a friendly, caring environment in which your child will have a happy,
successful school life and gain the knowledge, skills and concepts which form a firm
foundation for all future education. This can only be achieved by close co-operation and
mutual understanding between home and school; my staff and I are always available to
talk to you about any aspect of your child’s education.

        The purpose of this Prospectus is to introduce you to our school. If there is any
further information you require, or you wish to visit the school, please do not hesitate to
get in touch with me.

        If you are considering sending your child to Whetstone Field, please telephone us
for an appointment to look around the school and see the children at work.

        Should you wish to register your child for the future, then you need only
telephone with your child’s name, date of birth and address (see Admission Criteria).
You will be invited to a meeting during the term before your child is due to start school
in September. At this meeting my staff and I will endeavour to give you all the
information you need to ensure that your child makes a happy, carefree entry into our
school.

                                      Yours sincerely,




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            The School and its Site
Whetstone Field Primary School was built in 1968. It is situated on a modern housing
estate, on high ground with extensive views over the surrounding countryside. The
school has ample playground space, having two playgrounds, both with play equipment,
and an enclosed Nursery area, plus an “outdoor classroom” for the use of our
Foundation Stage pupils. The building is surrounded by grassed areas, some of which is
artificial turf, allowing play during all types of weather. The games field is situated on
the other side of a quiet road, adjacent to our rear entrance.


The school is surrounded by security fencing. The external doors are security coded.
Gates into the playgrounds are locked at 9.15 a.m. and reopened at 3.00 p.m. Everything
possible is done to ensure the safety of every child whilst in our care.




The school is not visible from the road. Come into Beaufort Way and you will reach the
school gates at the top on the left. There is further access (on foot only) from Whetstone
Lane, opposite the playing field.



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  School Information ~ The Staff
Head Teacher                      Mrs K.G.S. Hancox
Deputy Head Teacher        -      Mr S. Davies - ICT/ DT/Pastoral Care
Miss N. Done       -       Science
Mrs R. Pritchard   -       Humanities
Mrs D. Kelly       -       Numeracy/Assessment/ Curriculum
Miss K. Fellows    -       Foundation Stage/SEN
Mrs K. Tracey      -       Music
Mrs J. Young       -       Literacy
Mrs D. Freeman     -       Class teacher
Part-time Teachers -       Mrs Atkinson - Nursery
                           Mrs J. Lodge - Art, Group Work Literacy/
                                            Numeracy Y5 & Y6
                           Mrs V. Wing - Modern Foreign Languages
                                            Group Work Literacy Y2,Y3,Y4
                           Mrs F. Clarke - PE – all ages
                           Mrs S. Hillman - RE – all ages
                           Mrs L. Bassinder – cover support
Temporary part- time       Mrs L. Barlow
H.L.T.A.                   Mrs J. Roberts
School Secretary       -   Mrs L. Payne
Classroom Assistants -     Mrs G. Evans
                           Mrs J. Harrison
                           Mrs G. Keyte
                           Mrs P. Pedley
                           Mrs D. Reynolds
                           Mrs S. Smith
                           Mrs M. Steventon
Caretaker              -   Mr R. O’Kane
Lunchtime Supervisor:      Principal Supervisor   -   Mrs L. Dugmore
                           Senior Supervisor      -   Miss M. Davies
                           Supervisory Assistants -   Mrs T. Brooks
                                                      Mrs L. Hill
                                                      Mrs C. O’Mahony
                                                      Mrs T. Stanford
                                                      Ms S. Jones
Kitchen Staff          :   Cook                -      Mrs B. Husselbee
                           Assistant           -      Mrs L. Rymer
                           Assistant           -      Mrs D. Butler



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                  School Year 2009~2010
       Governors

       Chairman                             Mr K. Thorley       Tel: 01922 863465

       Vice-Chairman                        Mr D. Gibbons

       LEA. Governors                 -     Councillor T. Ansell
                                      -     Mrs Cassidy

       Assistant Teacher Governor     -     Mrs J. Young

       Staff Governor                 -     Mrs G. Evans

       Co-opted Governors             -     Mr D. Gibbons
                                      -     Mr S. Sedgwick
                                      -     Mr K. Thorley

       Parent Governors               -     Mrs G. Howship
                                      -
                                      -     Mr J. Merrick
                                      -     Mrs J. Stackhouse

       Head Teacher                   -     Mrs K.G.S. Hancox

       Clerk                          -     Mrs S. Davies       c/o Tel: 01922 743498


      Term & Holiday Dates 2009~2010
                                                                                    Days
                              Open                           Close                  open
                                    th
     Autumn Term            Monday 7 September          Friday 23rd October            37
         2009               Monday 2nd November         Friday 18th December           35
      Spring Term           Monday 4th January          Friday 12th February           30
         2010               Monday 22nd February        Thursday 1st April             29
     Summer Term            Monday 19th April           Friday 28th May *              29
         2010               Monday 7th June             Friday 23rd July               35

* Excluding May Day, 3rd May 2010
  Municipal Election Day is likely to be 6th May 2010



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                What are Governors?
Governors are like a Board of Directors and make decisions about how the school is run. They
meet at least once a term at school and all parents are welcome to come along and listen to what
goes on.

Governors are appointed to help:
      1. Decide what is taught.
      2. Set standards of behaviour.
      3. Interview and select staff.
      4. Decide how the school budget is spent.

School Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They can only act together,
they cannot act individually.

School Governors are:
       1. Parents
       2. Teachers at the school
       3. Local council representatives
       4. Community representatives, businessmen and women.

Parent Governors:
       1. Have a child in school
       2. Are elected by parents of the school
       3. Serve, as do other Governors, for four years.

Why are parents on the Governing Body?
Parent Governors bring the views of parents to the Governing Body, but they speak and act as
individuals. They should not be thought of as delegates or “mouthpieces” of the parents, they
do not vote for all parents in general. They have equal status in the work of the Governing
Body and have voting rights.

What can Parent Governors be expected to do?
Parent Governors can make sure that all communications with parents are both informative and
easy to read, describe the activities in everyday language and avoid the use of jargon. The
Governors are responsible for an Annual Report to parents and Parent Governors can ensure
that parents have easy access. Parent Governors should be aware of ways of encouraging parent
interest and should become actively involved in drawing parents into the school. Teachers and
Heads in most schools will already be making efforts to encourage parent involvement and
Parent Governors can become an increasingly important element in developing Parents in
Partnership.

How can I become a Governor?
Ask the Head Teacher for details.

The minutes of the Governors meetings are in the school office for anyone to read. You, as a
parent, elect four Parent Governors for a four-year period.



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                   Admission Criteria
      For Nursery & Reception Places
      Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools
      Admission Criteria in case of over-subscription
        1   Children in Public Care (looked after children)

        2   Children who have a brother or sister already in attendance at the
            school when the application is made;

        3   Children for whom a place at the school is essential on medical or
            social grounds, as supported in writing by a medical practitioner or
            a social worker. (Applications will be subject to verification by the
            Managing Director, Education Walsall);

        4   Distance between the home address and the school as measured in
            a straight line, with priority given to those living closest.


If there is over-subscription in criteria 2 and 3, priority will be given to those living
closest to the school as measured in a straight line.


Note on Criterion 3

The medical or social grounds must relate to the child. The social grounds criterion is
only likely to apply to children in need as defined by the Children Act (1989).



The school is over-subscribed but we do keep a waiting list for every year group. The
waiting list is kept for one term only. On the last day of each school term the names of
all children will be removed from the waiting list. Parents wishing to add their child’s
name to a new waiting list must inform the school at the beginning of each new school
term.




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                             Attendance
Nursery

The children are admitted into the Nursery at three years old, that is, the September
following their third birthday.

For one year the children attend either a morning or an afternoon session in the Nursery.

Nursery Sessions are as follows:-

       Morning Session                 9.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.
       Afternoon Session              12.45 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.

Having completed their year in the Nursery, the children move into a Reception class at
the beginning of the school year in which they attain their fifth birthday.



School Times

               Morning      - KS2                9.00 am - 12.05 pm
                            - KS1                9.00 am - 12.00 noon

               Mid-morning break                10.30 am - 10.45 am

               Afternoon - KS2                   1.00 pm - 3.15 pm
                           - KS1                 1.05 pm - 3.15 pm
               Afternoon break
               (for KS1 only)                    2.05 pm     - 2.20 pm



Absence Rates - 2008-2009 (as at 22.05.09)
Percentage of half-day sessions missed through authorised absence:
            3.5%
Percentage of half-day sessions missed through unauthorised absence:
            0%

Total number of registered pupils of compulsory school age on roll for at least one
session    - 189



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                            School Aims
At Whetstone Field Primary School we aim to provide the highest possible standards of
learning and teaching experiences for our children. In order to achieve these aims we
strive to –

Make learning experiences challenging and enjoyable by offering inspiration through
passion for a subject.

Establish a safe and supportive environment within which children, teaching and non-
teaching staff, governors and parents can work together.

Set high expectations and give all learners confidence so that they can fulfil their own
potential, building upon the knowledge they already have.

Offer a breadth of learning opportunities to ensure that children develop lively,
enquiring, imaginative and creative minds, with the ability to question and argue
rationally and apply themselves to tasks.

Develop learning skills and personal qualities that will enable children to become
prepared for the next stage of their education and, ultimately, for their adult lives by
encouraging and promoting their spiritual, moral, cultural, physical and social
development.

Provide opportunities through which each child can develop self-worth,
independence, self-motivation, self-discipline, co-operative skills and a sense of
responsibility and respect towards others.

Ensure equal opportunity for all.

Commit all who work in the school to the virtues of truth, justice, trust and a sense of
duty.

Subject Specific Aims

In English we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to:
    • Develop the confidence to express themselves and to listen to others with a sense
       of responsibility and respect.
    • Develop lively, inquiring, imaginative and creative minds, with the ability to read
       and write independently and with enthusiasm.




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In Maths we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to:
   • Encourage pupils to develop their enjoyment and understanding of Mathematics
       through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
   • Give pupils the confidence to tackle mathematical problems in everyday life.

In Science we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to:
    • Explore and ask questions to develop inquiring minds, about living things,
       materials and phenomena.
    • Develop cooperative skills and a sense of responsibility and respect for all living
       things through research and then sharing ideas, using scientific language,
       drawings and tables.

In Information Control Technology we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to:
    • Acquire key skills that will become increasingly important for participation in a
        modern society and economy by working with a variety of ICT tools.
    • Explore ICT and apply it confidently in a wide range of contexts across the
        curriculum.

In Religious Education we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to:
    • Learn about, and learn from the religious beliefs, practices and experiences of
        Christianity and other principal world faiths in order to promote tolerance,
        understanding and friendship.

In Art and Design we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to:
    • Develop freedom of expression through experience of a wide range of art forms,
        promoting confidence in, and enjoyment of, the subject.
    • Develop skills to create artwork which contributes to a wider understanding of
        life and enhances spiritual values.

In Design Technology we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to:
    • Develop designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding to the
       best of their ability using a range of tools, equipment and components safely.
    • Explore and investigate a range of products and materials in order to develop
       creative problem solving both as individuals and with others.
    • Become increasingly aware of their environment so that they are able to make
       informed choices as a consumer.

In Foundation Stage we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to:
    • Work in a safe and supportive learning environment that will provide a solid
       foundation for future learning by –
                      Supporting, fostering, promoting and developing children’s
                      personal, social and emotional well-being.
                      Building confidence and independence.
                      Creating positive attitudes towards learning.


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                      Developing language, mathematical and communication skills,
                      knowledge and understanding of the world.
                      Developing physical and creative skills.

In Geography we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to:
    • Stimulate pupils’ interest in the world around them through activities, including
       fieldwork, which leads to pupils asking questions and developing investigative
       skills.
    • Inspire pupils to consider their own place in the world and their responsibilities
       to other people and the environment.

In History we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to:
    • Promote a curiosity about the past and how it influences the present by accessing
        information from a range of sources.
    • Encourage an understanding of how personal choices can affect society as a
        whole.

In Music we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to:
   • Develop children’s understanding and appreciation of a wide range of music,
      developing and extending their own interests and increasing their ability to make
      judgements of musical quality
   • Acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make music, for
      example in class, whole school and community music-making
   • Develop skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other subject
      areas and that are needed for life and work, for example listening skills, the
      ability to concentrate, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance,
      self-confidence and sensitivity towards others

In Personal, Social and Health Education/ Citizenship we aim to give all pupils the
opportunity to:
    • Know that their behaviour can affect a wider group of people.
    • Take a full part in every aspect of school life, while learning to become a
       member of a wider society, respecting the opinions of others.
    • Become mature, independent and self confident, taking increasing responsibility
       for their own learning, both as an individual and a member of a group.

In Physical Education we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to:
    • Become increasingly active by participating in creative, challenging, competitive,
       and healthy activities within the school and to promote sport in the wider
       community.




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            The School Curriculum
At Whetstone Field Primary School we aim to provide a happy, stable and stimulating
environment in which Staff, Governors and parents can work together to foster the
development of skills, attitudes and concepts which will enable the children to become
caring, independent and increasingly mature members of our school and of society
generally.

We provide a broad-based, balanced Curriculum, fulfilling all the requirements of the
National Curriculum, which will enable the children to develop intellectually, morally,
physically and emotionally and to have confidence in themselves and their abilities.



National Curriculum:-

       Core subjects          -       English
                              -       Mathematics
                              -       Science
                              -       ICT
                              -       RE

       Foundation Subjects -          History
                           -          Geography
                           -          DT
                           -          Music
                           -          Art
                           -          Physical Education
                           -          PSHE/citizenship

       We also teach Modern Foreign Languages at Key Stage Two

From the very beginning of the child’s education, we have high expectations of his/her
behaviour and achievements in school. We endeavour to instil in the children that good
manners, consideration for others and courtesy, are very important qualities. Throughout
all activities in school the Staff takes cognisance of equal opportunities both of race and
gender.




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We believe that the Early Years are most important years, as it is at this stage that the
children acquire a firm grounding in the basic skills of Reading, Writing and Number,
upon which all future learning is based. Therefore, we attach great importance to the
planning and provision, necessary to the teaching of reading, which is the key to a world
of discovery and knowledge. The child’s own class teacher will be responsible for
his/her reading development. Throughout our language programme there is structured
work in creative writing, grammar, punctuation, spelling, handwriting and speaking and
listening skills, including drama, appropriate to the child’s stage of development. All of
the above skills are taught and developed through the daily Ruth Miskin Literacy lesson.

In their Science and Mathematics lessons the children will be taught a wide range of
skills, which will be used, through practical experiences, in the acquisition of
knowledge. The National Numeracy Strategy ensures that every child has a Mathematics
lesson every day.

At all stages of development, the children will be given opportunities to use their skills
in a cross curricular manner.

This is a one-form entry school and the children are taught in year groups with the class
teacher catering for ability groups within each class. The member of staff with
responsibility for Special Education Needs liaises closely with class teachers and
individual work/programmes of study are provided for children with particular needs in
any area of the Curriculum.

All the children have RE lessons and attend a daily Assembly, which is predominantly
Christian. As the children progress through the school they will learn about other faiths
and religious practices. Should Parents wish to withdraw a child from these Assemblies
or Religious Education lessons, they should come into school to talk to the Head
Teacher. We ask parents to help us provide suitable activities for those withdrawn.

The Governors and Parents of this school have agreed that Sex and Relationships
Education should be taught within the context of the PSHE Programme which runs
throughout the school. Within this programme, Sex and Relationships Education is dealt
with during the children’s final year at this school. Its introduction is carefully planned
and dealt with in the context of family life, of loving relationships and of respect for
others. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons. Please discuss
this with me if you have any worries concerning the nature of the lessons.

Extra-curricular activities take place. At present the following are available:-

Football                                             Gymnastics              Athletics
Sleuth Club (Neighbourhood Watch)                    Rounders
Netball                                              Judo
Happy Art                                            Multi Skills


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                                Inclusion
Our school aims to be an inclusive school. We value the individuality of all of our
children. We are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the
highest of standards.




       Special Educational Needs
The named person who oversees the education of our SEN pupils is Miss K. Fellows.
The school operates an equal opportunities policy for all pupils. The children on our
SEN register have the opportunity to participate in all school activities, including those
of an extra curricular nature.

Children are continuously assessed and any problems are identified early and appropriate
strategies employed immediately to address the issues. The children’s progress is
monitored regularly and records kept. External agencies are used to support our
teaching, if required. New resources are purchased regularly to supplement existing ones
and to aid teaching and children’s progress.

Access to the school building for pupils with severe physical disabilities is being
monitored and changes made as necessary. Those who are independently mobile
encounter few problems.




                      Child Protection
The school has a Child Protection policy. The named person is Mrs K. Hancox
deputised by Mr S. Davies. The named Governor is Mr K. Thorley. Our statement of
intent is displayed around the school and is included on our web site




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Policy on General Conduct
The Staff of this school has agreed that our children should be happy and industrious in school,
and at the same time, be caring, thoughtful of others, helpful, respectful and polite.

In order to establish and maintain high standards of general conduct in school, it is essential that
all Staff, Parents and children are aware of these aims and that every member of Staff has the
same expectations of conduct from the children.

We hope to ensure this by asking the children to follow this simple code of behaviour.


Assemblies
Staff will lead classes into Assembly. A quiet, attentive and respectful atmosphere will be
encouraged throughout Assembly. Parents are invited to attend special assemblies and Best
Effort assemblies.


Movement around School
•   Children must walk when moving around school.
•   Keep to the left in the corridor.
•   Give way to adults in doorways, etc.


Playground
When the handbell rings or a whistle is blown the children will stand perfectly still and quiet. A
member of Staff will send the children into school in house/class groups. For safety reasons,
children will not play on the grassy area behind the mobile classroom. The grassy areas are out
of bounds at all times during the winter months, except for the artificial turf.

To develop a respectful attitude to members of Staff and all other adults in school the children
will be expected to:-
• Refer to/talk to Staff/adults by name.
• Display good manners at all times.
• Speak to Staff politely and respectfully at all times. (Answering back not to be tolerated.)
• Be on the “look-out” for opportunities to be helpful to Staff, visitors in school, e.g. opening
    doors for adults, asking visitors if they can be of assistance, offering help to adults carrying
    things, etc. etc.
• To be kind and thoughtful to each other in every way possible.

Children are encouraged to:-
• Take care of equipment in classroom/school and also other people’s belongings.
• Look smart and neat at all times.
• Be polite always.

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                   Health and Welfare
In Nursery the children will all be seen by the orthoptist. The audiologist will test the hearing
of children in Year 1.

If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please inform the school. The School
Secretary will always take a message to the class teacher.

If your child has an accident or is taken ill during the day, you will, of course, be contacted
immediately. If you are unavailable on your home telephone number, then the emergency
number you have given us will be contacted.

N.B.    It is in your child’s interest to inform us, in writing please, of any changes in your
        telephone numbers or emergency contacts.

The members of staff of this school are not allowed to administer any medication or creams to
children. If a child is fit enough to be in school but requires treatment during the day, parents
may, by prior arrangement, come into school and attend to their children’s needs. Minor
injuries caused by falling in the playground, etc. can only be treated by bathing. Elastoplast
may be used, with your permission, but creams are banned. In the event of a serious illness or
accident, parents will be contacted immediately and an ambulance called, if required.

As a general rule, all the children are expected to go into the playgrounds at break times. There
may, very occasionally, be a valid reason for a child to stay indoors. On such an occasion, may
I ask you to request, in writing, permission for your child to stay indoors as we must ensure
adequate supervision at all times.

Other Absences
If it is necessary for you to take your child out during school hours, e.g. for hospital/dental
appointments, please inform the class teacher. No child is allowed out of school unless
collected by a Parent or other known adult.

Holidays
Holidays should not be taken during the school term. Holidays during school time will only
be authorised if there is good reason, e.g. you are a member of the armed forces. Holidays
taken during term time could adversely affect your child’s education and attendance record.
Education Walsall now has the authority to fine parents a set amount for unauthorised holidays
during term time. Schools have attendance targets to meet and so we would appreciate your co-
operation in improving our attendance record.




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                                     Uniform
We are a “uniform” school. We believe it looks smart, wears well and contributes to a
feeling of belonging to the school.

Our Uniform consists of:

                                                          }
Winter           Red jumper or cardigan
                 White shirt
                 School tie                                         Boys & Girls
                 Grey flannel trousers
                 Boys - grey socks
                 Girls - pleated grey skirt or grey pinafore.
                          - white socks or red/white/grey tights
                          Sensible, flat black shoes (NOT trainers)
Summer           Short-sleeved red polo shirt
                 Grey trousers (short or long)
                 Red jumper
                                                                     }         Boys


                 Red-checked dress




P.E.
                 Red jumper/cardigan
                 If sandals are worn, they must be black, red or
                 white, flat and not open-toed or too “strappy”.
                 Pair of black pumps (slip-on type)
                                                                     }         Girls


                 Red T shirt
                 Boys - black shorts
                 Girls – black shorts
                 P.E. bag
                 Grey tracksuit
                 Trainers
                 Football boots (Y3 onwards)
         School ties are available in school.

The Governors of the school reserve the right to exclude any child who does not
conform to the above regulations. We also require the children to have suitable
hairstyles, not to have their hair dyed or coloured in any way and not to use hair gel.

If it is felt that a child has “overstepped the mark”, the parents will be contacted and
asked to remove him/her from the school premises and to return the child to school
appropriately clothed, etc.

Art & Craft

A “painting apron” for creative activities is essential. One of Dad’s old shirts, with the
sleeves cut and elasticated or one of Dad’s T shirts, is ideal, so that the children can
enjoy Art & Craft activities without worrying about getting in a mess.

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                        Health and Safety
A strict regime of monitoring the school building and grounds ensures that children are
kept safe in school. The staff are regularly trained in many aspects of health and safety.
A practise fire drill occurs each half term. All staff are trained in child protection.

For health and safety reasons, children are NOT allowed to wear jewellery in school. A
watch may be worn, provided it is removed for all physical activities. Children with
pierced ears must wear the “stud” type ear-rings. These must also be removed for any
physical activity. For those whose ears have recently been pierced, elastoplast must be
provided from home and the children are responsible for covering the studs themselves.
Members of staff are not permitted to remove or replace ear studs. When attending
swimming lessons, children cannot wear studs or cover them with elastoplast.

Long hair must be held back at all times either with a plain hair band or a “scrunchy”:
please do not send girls with ornate hair “decorations”. These have proved themselves to
be dangerous and injuries have been sustained when playing games at playtime.



                        School Dinners
If you want your child to stay to dinners, please note:-

       We operate a cafeteria system.

       The children will be given a small plastic container in which to bring their money
       each day. This will be collected in the classroom at the beginning of each school
       day and kept safely until it is returned to each child as they go into the dining
       room at lunch time. The school meals are considered to be healthy and nutritious,
       whilst maintaining an element of choice for the pupils. The child’s container
       must be named clearly.

       After the meal the containers are again kept safely until the end of the school day,
       when they will be returned to the child in readiness for the next day. This
       organisation prevents any loss of money.

       Packed lunches may be brought instead. Please help us in ensuring that the food
       the children consume on the premises is healthy.

       The children in Reception, Year1 and Year 2 have a piece of fruit every day.
       They do not bring a snack for playtimes. When the pupils reach KS2, please
       try to continue this good practice. If your child wishes to have a snack at
       playtime, please provide a healthy one.

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                                  Awards
On entry into the Reception Class every child is placed in one of our four teams. He or
she remains in this team all through the school. The teams are: Apollo (red), Challenger
(blue), Discovery (orange) and Enterprise (yellow).

The children are encouraged to do well in all aspects of school work by being awarded
team points for appropriate effort. These points are totalled up every week and the
shield is presented to the winning team. These totals are carried forward to reach a grand
total at the end of every term.

The four teams compete on a friendly basis in the annual School Sports’ Day, which is
held during the summer term.

Each week a “Best Effort” assembly is held, when children are commended for anything
particularly well done during the week, show their work and/or talk to the rest of the
school about it. Parents also attend this assembly



Merit Awards
A further acknowledgement of success is the awarding of the Merit medallions. We
have awards for each class per term. The medals are presented either for exceptional
progress or for consistent effort with good results.


At the end of each school year we present:-

•    a special award for a consistent performance over the school year for one pupil in
    each class
•   Year six are presented with leavers’ awards




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       Primary/Secondary Liaison
The majority of our Y6 children go on to Aldridge School. However, some are allocated
places at both Queen Mary’s schools, Bishop Vesey Grammar School and Sutton
Coldfield Girls’ School.

Excellent relationships exist between ourselves and the receiving schools, with the Staff
working together to ensure that the transfer from Primary to Secondary education takes
place as smoothly as possible for the children.

At the end of the school year, members of Staff from Aldridge School and other
receiving schools come into Whetstone Field to talk to the children in Year 6, to prepare
them for entry into their new schools.

There is also an Induction Day at every secondary school when the children have the
opportunity to spend time experiencing some of the activities they will encounter in the
new academic year.



Charging and Remission Policy
Parents are no longer obliged to pay for school visits or for materials used by the
children. However, the Governors of this school have agreed to accept the LEA policy
on charging. This means that educational visits, etc. can take place provided that the
voluntary contributions made by Parents are sufficient.



    Professional Development of
               Staff
The school operates an equal opportunities policy for all members of staff. As a result,
teaching and non-teaching staff regularly attend courses and training sessions which will
enhance their expertise and further their professional development. This intense
programme of training helps to maintain our high standards and improve on the quality
of teaching and learning. For our programme of Staff Training and Development, the
school was reassessed for Investor in People status in February 2007 and we now hold
the award until February 2010. The school was initially awarded the Quality Mark in
September 2003 and has renewed the award every three years since. The school gained
the Healthy Schools award in April 2009 for the first time.

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                          Fund Raising
We ask for a voluntary contribution of £5.00 per year per child for School Fund.

We have a thriving Parents’ Association, with a hard-working Committee, who organise
several events each year to raise money for the school. This money is used in three
ways.

       1.   To purchase large pieces of equipment which we are unable to supply
            through the school’s capitation money, e.g. printers, leasing of computers,
            additional PE equipment, etc. etc.
       2.   To subsidise/pay for some school activities, e.g. costumes and scenery for
            plays, extra-curricular visits. We do have a number of in-school visits from
            theatre groups etc.
       3.   To buy everyday items for class lessons, e.g. batteries, wood, cookery
            requisites, etc.

All the money we raise is spent in school for the benefit of your children. We hope you
will support us as much as you can.



                 Parents and School
We welcome parents who are able to come into school to help with many of our school
activities such as:-
                • Helping in the classrooms
                • Helping at school functions – sports days, concerts, etc.
                • Making costumes for plays
                • Helping with swimming lessons
                • Helping with educational visits
                • Helping with the library and care of books.

This kind of parental involvement helps to establish and maintain the kind of mutual
understanding and co-operation between home and school which is vital to a happy
school. All volunteers to help in school have to undergo investigation by the Criminal
Records Bureau. For further information please contact the school.

Parents are invited to attend the ‘Best Effort’ assemblies should their child receive an
award.

Please visit our School Website: www.whetstone.walsall.sch.uk

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                            Safety First!
Being situated, as we are, at the end of a cul-de-sac, Beaufort Way, it is inevitable that
the entrance will become congested.

For your child’s safety we ask that you do not park your car in Beaufort Way when
bringing or collecting your child from school. There are white “courtesy” lines across
residents’ drives; these must not be ignored.

Many children use the rear entrance, leading down into Whetstone Lane. Parked cars are
always a problem here, as the road is very narrow and some children need to cross over
to reach home. Please drive slowly along here to avoid the possibility of accidents.

The school car park cannot be used for the purpose of dropping off children or turning
round.

Wednesdays are Walk to School Days and we cordially request that you do not park in
Beaufort Way on this day. Members of the school council often patrol the Way in the
morning.



              Complaints Procedure
We aim to deal quickly and effectively with any concerns about the service provided by the
school. A complete version of the Complaints Policy can be viewed on the school’s
website, www.whetstone.walsall.sch.uk




                               Final Note
The purpose of this booklet is to introduce you to our school. If there is any further
information you require, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.
I can assure you that the staff are extremely keen to do everything they possibly can to
create the kind of school of which we can all be proud. Good relationships between
home and school are essential to the development of your child and we aim to make this
a happy, industrious school of high standards by encouraging everyone to work together.
It is our hope that the children will find the kind of pleasure in learning that comes from
good teaching, stimulating experiences, and informed parental interest.

If you have any concerns about your child’s education or welfare, please do not hesitate
to arrange an appointment with the class teacher immediately.

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