Dear Parents and Carers
On behalf of the Headteacher, Staff, Pupils and Governors of Milton Park
Primary School, I would like to welcome you into our community. I hope this
prospectus will give you an insight into our school and I would be delighted to
show you around the school and answer any questions you may have.
Milton Park Primary School is a warm, caring and nurturing school. Our
dedicated Staff provide excellent teaching and support to all our Pupils. We
also enjoy lots of support from our community, parents and governors.
We believe that happy learners are successful learners and through building
positive, supportive relationships we can promote a lifelong love of learning. I
will leave the last word to our children, our greatest asset…
“It’s really cool at Milton Park.”
“I love the teachers, they really help us.”
“I feel happy when I come to school.”
I hope that you will join the Milton
Park Primary School family and look
forward to meeting you very soon.
Sara Hedger - Headteacher
Dear Parents and Carers
The Governing Body warmly welcomes you to Milton Park Primary School.
The Governors are a team of dedicated volunteers who work with the Head
teacher and staff to ensure high standards of education and care. This is
Setting suitable aims and objectives
Agreeing policies, curriculum, targets and priorities
Monitoring and reviewing the school’s achievements and progress.
They also oversee important decisions such as staffing and school finances.
The Governing Body is made up of parents, teachers, past & present
members of the Local Education Authority and people from the local
We are confident that the children will thoroughly enjoy their time at our
school, learning not just academically, but gaining important life skills so that
they leave us having reached their full potential.
The Governing Body of Milton Park Primary School
School Vision and Aims
At Milton Park Primary School we aim to make everyday a
learning adventure through:
Promoting a caring, safe and stimulating environment
Expecting the highest standard of teaching and behaviour
Providing a challenging, balanced and creative curriculum
Embracing opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life
Encouraging partnership between children, staff, parents and members of
the wider community
‘Year 1 trip to the Zoo’
Location and Facilities
Milton Park Primary School offers education to children between the ages of 4
and 11. We are located in the village of Milton just 1 1/2 miles from Weston-
Our facilities include:
A welcoming reception and school office
14 classrooms, all equipped with interactive whiteboards
2 computer suites
Food technology room
3 playgrounds encompassing seating, shelter and play equipment
A large playing field (a short walk from the school)
On-site catering facilities
‘Year 6 professor Fluffy Graduation’
The School Day
08:45 am Doors open
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 Lunch
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Key Stage 2 Lunch
15:15 pm (15:00) End of School Day (Reception)
We believe that the wearing of school uniform encourages children to take
pride in their appearance and gives them a sense of belonging to Milton Park
Primary School. We feel that the children’s appearance will help encourage
high standards of behaviour and personal achievement.
Parents are asked to conform to our dress code which is smart and practical,
yet affordable. Uniform is available at several local large supermarkets and
shops. Sweatshirts, cardigans and fleeces with the school logo and book
bags are available to purchase from the school office.
Sun hats must be provided during warmer weather.
Grey or black skirt, pinafore or
Red & white checked dresses in
White polo shirt
with or without school logo
Black low heel shoes (sandals in
the summer if you wish)
Grey or black trousers/shorts
White polo shirt
with or without school logo
(To be kept in draw-string bag on child’s peg)
The wearing of jewellery is not permitted with the exception of small stud
earrings which must be removed during PE.
Long hair should be tied back at all times and hair ornaments kept to a
Labeling your child’s belongings is vital to prevent them from being
School dinners are provided by an external catering company and are
prepared and cooked on site. The menus are designed to ensure your child is
eating a healthy balanced meal and a vegetarian option is available. The
current menu and price are available from the school office. Dinner money
must be paid in advance on the first day of each week to the school office in a
named envelope. Cheques should be made payable to North Somerset
Alternatively children may bring a packed lunch from home. These should be
packed in a box clearly marked with the child’s name & class and are kept
outside of the classroom. We ask that children do not bring their own drinks
as water is provided. Please provide your child with a named cup for this
purpose. To encourage healthy eating children are not permitted to bring
sweets or fizzy drinks in their lunch boxes.
Free School Meals
The school actively encourages anyone entitled to free school meals to claim
for them and forms can be collected from the school office. Help to fill these
in is available on request.
We encourage all children to eat fruit at morning break. As part of the
Government’s healthy eating scheme, children in Foundation Stage/KS1 are
offered a piece of fruit every day which is free of charge. Fruit is also on sale
at the school fruit shop for a small charge or children may bring their own.
Children are encouraged to bring their own bottle of water every day which
will be freely available to children throughout the school day. We encourage
children to drink plenty of water, which can aid concentration.
Milk is provided free of charge up to the age of five. After this time you have
the option to buy direct from the dairy. If the dairy do not contact you forms
are available from the school office.
It is the legal responsibility of Parents to ensure their children attend school
continuously. Legislation requires schools to keep a register of attendance
and to record the reasons for a child’s absence.
It is important that your child attends school regularly; however the
headteacher and governors recognise that occasionally a day out of school
may be unavoidable, i.e. sickness, medical or dental appointments.
Parents/Carers must telephone the school on the first day of the child’s
absence, stating the reason. Any absence may be unauthorised if no
communication is received from parents/carers. Requests for a planned
child’s absence must be authorised by the headteacher in advance.
Punctuality is strongly encouraged as children who arrive late to class can
disrupt those children already there and can also be distressing the child who
is late. If your child is late to school they need to report to the school
office on arrival.
Accidents and Illness
If your child is unwell or has been involved in an accident at school they will
be tended to by a first aider who will decide further treatment. If it is felt
necessary you will be phoned and asked to take your child home.
For this reason, it is essential that we have your up to date contact
We ask you to give us details of any medical Year 6 hard at work
condition which your child may have, including
allergic reactions. If your child requires an inhaler, it
must be named and replaced when we advise you it
is running low. If your child requires medication,
such as antibiotics to be administered in school
please complete the appropriate form at the school
In the event of your child suffering from sickness or diarrhoea, please do not
send them to school for 48 hours following the last episode.
To prevent the spread of head lice please check your child’s hair on a regular
basis. If there is evidence of infestation, combing the hair with a nit comb
and lots of conditioner every three days for 2 weeks is a cheap and effective
way to eradicate them
The curriculum at Milton Park Primary School is designed to reflect the needs
and interests of our children and its content is organised into project themes
with meaningful context. Through the delivery of our curriculum we will:
Encourage all children to develop life long learning skills
Allow children to gain essential knowledge, skills and understanding
for future life
Provide all pupils with access to broad and balanced learning which is
inspiring and engaging
The Foundation Stage Curriculum consists of six area of learning:
Knowledge and understanding of the world
Communication, language and literacy
Mathematical development Year 2 using talking partners
Personal, social & emotional development
At Key Stage 1 & 2 the curriculum consists of:
Five core subjects: Additional subjects taught:
Mathematics Physical Education
Information Technology Art
Religious Education Design & Technology
Personal, Health & Social
At Milton Park Primary School we believe that all children are individuals with
unique needs. We acknowledge that a number of children will have special
educational needs at some point during their time with us and pride ourselves
on the support we can give them.
We try to identify these needs as early as possible and keep parents informed
of any concerns we may have. We believe this to be a two way process and
value parental contributions at all stages.
Children who have specific abilities and talents are also recognised within the
school and all children’s achievements are celebrated.
Children with English as an additional language, whilst not considered to have
special educational needs, are given support both within and outside the
classroom, to develop their language and communication skills. We also
value their home language and culture and optimise opportunities for sharing
Critical skills and the curriculum
These are skills which have been identified as those most needed to be learnt
in school — and those that tend to be most absent in individuals entering their
professional lives. They are:
These skills cross the subject areas and can be taught, practised and refined
effectively through Challenges.
‘Year 3 Challenges – planning and making’
The Critical Skills Programme also teaches Fundamental Dispositions,
which bring enhanced value to the child’s own life and to the lives of others
with whom they share in the community. Children who…
Have a commitment to life-long learning,
Produce quality work,
Are of ethical character,
Work through collaboration,
Demonstrate a sense of curiosity and wonder,
Are responsible and active members of the community.
Where applicable, homework is seen as an
important part of learning which provides a
framework for independent study, usually
practising skills to reinforce on-going school
work. Weekly homework ensures that children
have an opportunity to develop good study
habits at home which encourage commitment
Parents are asked to take an active role in
ensuring that homework is completed on time
and handed in.
‘Year 4 Egyptian homework’
Parent Consultation and Your Child’s Progress
Parents and Carers have a vital part to play in the education of their children.
We see it as a partnership and your views are always welcome. We have two
parent interviews during the year to give you an opportunity to meet with your
child’s teacher and to review their progress. A written report is sent out to
parents at the end of the summer term.
If you have any concerns, at anytime, please do not wait for parent interviews.
Arrangements for an appointment to see your child’s teacher, the headteacher
or another member of staff can be made by contacting the school office.
At Milton Park Primary School we would like to form a genuine partnership
with you and your family members to enable your child to reach their potential
whilst they are with us.
To demonstrate the importance of this partnership, we ask for a copy of our
Home/School Agreement to be signed by your child, their teacher and their
parent/carer. The agreement outlines the responsibilities of everyone in
helping create a safe, happy and positive learning environment.
Parent Support Adviser
Our PSA offers support and advice to families, with a focus on improving
outcomes for children and young people. We strive for parents to be fully
engaged with the school and their children. The PSA offers opportunities for
parents to be able to do this. The photo below shows a group of parents
celebrating their achievements in a parenting group
‘Parenting group meeting
‘Mrs Mellor our PSA
The Learning Mentor supports pupils so that they can make the most of their
learning opportunities. It provides pupils with support tailored to their
individual needs, helping them to develop their potential by removing barriers
‘Learning Mentor Mrs Davis
with her feelings group’
At Milton Park Primary School we expect our children to be caring, polite and
well-behaved. We have an ethos that celebrates positive behaviour and
achievement. This approach encourages enthusiastic attitudes towards
learning, allowing everyone to have a go and try to achieve their full potential.
Our aim is to provide a safe and purposeful environment where everyone
treats each other with respect.
Children whose behaviour affects others are made clear about why sanctions
are given and why privileges are removed. Parents are involved in
discussions about steps that need to be taken should concerns grow
regarding behaviour to create a true partnership to ensure children feel secure
around expectations both in school and at home.
Children are rewarded with
certificates and house points for
excellent work, behaviour and
attitude. Year 6 Children can
apply for a job as a school ‘Year 6 Ambassadors
ambassador representing the
school at county events as well as
taking a leading role and
responsibility in school activites.
Every week children take part in a celebration assembly where certificates
and awards are presented.
Throughout the year children have the opportunities to share their talent
through competitions. These include our popular Young writers award,
Milton’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Milton
‘Strictly Come Milton Winners
At Milton Park we believe that every
child deserves the best start in life and
that a child’s experience in the early
years is key in helping them to achieve
their future life chances.
‘Reception outdoor play’
We aim to strive to help young children
achieve the five Every Child matters
outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a
positive contribution and achieving economic well-being.
To achieve these aims we embed these principles in the six areas covered by
the early learning goals:-
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication, Language and Literacy
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
‘Reception water play’
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
At Milton we strongly believe in achieving this
through a child initiated play based curriculum where
children are able to express themselves and be part
of the learning
Transition into school
We endeavor to make transition into school as positive and stress free as
possible for both children and their parents. Before your child comes to
school we will already have visited their playgroup or nursery (where practical)
and held informal play sessions & meetings at school. You will meet our team
including Headteacher, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Learning Support
Assistants, Learning Mentor, Lunchbreak Supervisors, First Aiders and our
Parent Support Advisor.
Initially your child will be part-time in order for the foundation stage team to
get to know them really well and for the child to be able to establish
friendships within a smaller group. This is usually decided upon with regard to
their date of birth. You will be told when your child is required to attend by
correspondence, usually given out at a meeting during the summer term
before your child starts school.
During this meeting you will be provided with full details of school procedures
and uniform guidelines, with particular emphasis on those things that will
make school life easier for young children, i.e. Velcro on shoes, painting
overalls and name labels. We do operate the uniform policy in Foundation
Stage and find that all children wear their uniforms with pride.
Reception Circle Time
In the first term your child will be observed through a series of classroom
activities which the children undertake naturally during their first few weeks in
school. You will be told more about this during your one to one meeting with
your child’s teacher.
Year 1 trip to the Zoo
Milton Park Primary School offers a range of clubs and activities outside of the
school curriculum. These include: netball, IT, cheerleading, country dancing,
drama, creative writing, homework, music and gardening to name but a few.
The netball team
The football team
PUMPS (Parents Unite at Milton Park School)
Every Parent/Grandparent/Aunt/Uncle/Carer and anyone who has a child at
Milton Park Primary School is welcomed as a member of PUMPS.
PUMPS organise many events throughout the school year to raise valuable
funds for the school. They have been responsible for the purchase of most of
the playground equipment and regularly contribute to the cost of school
activities. PUMPS are a valued and appreciated part of our school
Governors are appointed to support the head teacher and staff in providing
excellent education for your child. Most of the governors either have or have
had children at the school or are members of the local community.
Governors are always happy to hear from parents and their views or
questions are shared at Governing Body meetings. Any correspondence for
the attention of the governors can be addressed to the clerk to the governors
at the school. Minutes of the governor meetings and policies are available for
reading in school on request.
Our school council is an important aspect of school life. It consists of an
elected group of children together with teacher and governor representatives.
This group meets about six times a year to discuss issues raised by the
children, for example: making suggestions regarding play equipment and
redecoration within the school. The school council encourages children to
cooperate with each other and take responsibility for their school.
School council Red nose day
The school runs a breakfast club.
Children may be ‘dropped’ into the
club (held in the school hall) from
7.45am. We provide a breakfast of
cereal, toast and a drink. After eating
the children are supervised while they
play games etc. Older pupils may be
released to socialise with others in the
playground when the school gates
Parent Help in School
Parental help is greatly welcomed in school. Parents can help in a variety of
ways, such as listening to children read, cooking, sewing or helping in class.
Anytime, whether regular or occasional, we will be delighted to see you.
All adults helping in school are required to undertake a criminal records
check, which can be arranged through the school office.
Manning the stalls!
Gladiator pole fight
Security and Visitors in School
The safety of our children is paramount, therefore school doors are locked
during school hours and access to the school is through the main entrance
All visitors to school must report to the school office and will be required to
sign in and out. A badge must be worn around school to identify you as a
Mobile phones, toys and personal possessions in school are discouraged
unless these are for show & tell purposes. The school cannot accept any
responsibility for items brought in that become mislaid.
At Milton Park Primary School we believe outings, cooking and other relevant
activities are an integral part of your child’s education. At times we may ask
for your support by making a voluntary contribution to help cover the costs.
Your child’s teacher will give you details of activities in advance. Without
support for these events some activities may not be able to take place.