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					WILTSHIRE COUNTY COUNCILCounty Hall
              Trowbridge
               BA14 8JB
         Tel no: 01225 713000




ST ANDREW’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

        CHURCH OF ENGLAND
         VOLUNTARY AIDED




           16 Church Road, Laverstock
               Salisbury. SP1 1QX
           Telephone/Fax: 01722 503590
  Email: admin@st-andrews-laverstock.wilts.sch.uk




   Headteacher: Mrs. Karen Walker B.Ed. NPQH.
    A Welcome From The Headteacher


Dear Parent,

I hope that this prospectus will help you to find out more about our school.

 The staff and I hope to make your child/children feel happy and secure with us at St.
Andrew’s. We recognise each child as an individual with individual needs and abilities. We
hope that you will work with us in partnership to continue to extend your child’s learning and
develop new skills from the experiences we provide.

If you would like any additional information or would like to visit the school please contact us.
We look forward to seeing you in the future.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. K. J. Walker B.Ed
Headteacher



         A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF
                  GOVERNORS

I am glad to add a few words of introduction on behalf of my fellow-governors at St.
Andrew’s School. We are happy to play a constructive part, under the guidance of the
Diocese and the LEA, in achieving the smooth running of the school.

We aim to ensure the continuing influence of Christian values in all aspects of the life of the
school and to maintain our links and involvement with the Parish Church.

Working in co-operation with our Headteacher and her staff and with the active support of
parents and pupils, we try to secure an environment in which each child can respond
happily and develop his or her potential to the full.

We welcome enquiries, questions, and visitors. We are proud of what is happening here.
This is a strong, caring team, and we look forward to seeing you and talking to you.

Mr. Andy Hall (Chair of Governors)
         ST. ANDREW’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

                        PROSPECTUS

                            CONTENTS
                                                                   Page No.
School Ethos and Mission Statement……………………………………………………        1.
Vision Statement and School Aims ……………………………………………………         2.
Staff List…………………………………………………………………………………………………               3.
St. Andrew’s School Governors……………………………………………………………          4.
Friends of St. Andrew’s…………………………………………………………………………           5.
Parent Helpers …………………………………………………………………………………………             6.
Numbers on Roll and Absence Rates..………………………………………………         7.
Class Organisation……………………………………………………………………………………           8.
The Curriculum……………………………………………………………………………………………             9.
R.E and Collective Worship……………………….……………………………………………        14.
Assessment and Reporting………………………………………………………………………          15.
Special Needs……………………………………………………………………………………………             17.
School Uniform……………………………………………………………………………………………            18.
Code of Behaviour………………………………………………………………………………………           19.
Home/School Agreement and Complaints Procedure…………………………     20.
Homework………………………………………………………………………………………………………              21.
General Information …………………………………………………………………………………          22.
Additional Information………………………………………………………………………………         28.

APPENDICES
Admission Policy ………………………………………………………………………………………….
Admission Form …………………………………………………………………………………………..
Home School Agreement…………………………………..……………………………………..
Complaints Procedure…………………………………..…………………………………………….
Behaviour Policy …………………………………………………………………………………………..
Summary of National Curriculum Test Results…………………………………..
Summary of National Curriculum Test Results…………………………………..
Current Ofsted Inspection Report………………………………………………………….
Current Diocesan Inspection Report ……………………………………………………..
School Term and Holiday Dates ………………………………………………………………
Map of catchment area ………………………………………………………………………………
                        sCHOOL eTHOS

Relationships are all important. Happy children do well. At St. Andrew’s we
work hard to maintain an environment in which children thrive.

Ours is a community based on faith and trust which is reflected in the whole
life and work of the school. The Christian ethos and values maintained by the
school enable children to develop their own relationship with God and others
in the school community. This is because a high priority is given to the close
links established between home, governors, school and our Parish Church of
St. Andrew’s.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum to enable all the children in our
care to achieve the highest standards of which they are capable. This,
together with the high expectations and commitment of the staff towards our
Christian philosophy, creates a quality environment in which children will
grow spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically.




                   mission statement



                         Be Happy and Safe

                              Work Hard

                               Aim High

                                Love God.

                                      1.
                          Vision Statement


          We want our school to be:

               a centre of excellence
               part of a strong community
               well planned and well resourced
               a happy and secure place
               a centre of faith and trust




                       AIMS OF OUR SCHOOL

Our aims are:

         To create a secure, orderly and caring environment in which
          children can develop as individuals with a sense of self respect and
          self reliance.

         To provide a lively and stimulating environment in which
          effective learning may take place.

         To develop the potential for each child through the delivery
          of a broad and balanced curriculum.

         To encourage the whole school community to work in
          partnership for the benefit of the children.

         To continue to value each child as an individual.

         To help each child become a happy and well adjusted member
          of the school and community and to instill values upholding the
          Christian principles by which we live.

                                              2.
                      Staff List 09/10
Mrs. Karen Walker         …       Headteacher
Mrs Claire Woodward       …       Deputy Headteacher
Mrs. Kate Huckle          …       Teacher
Mrs. Kathryn Barker       …       Teacher
Mr. Alan Blake            ...     Teacher
Miss. Alex Briddon        ...     Teacher
Mrs. Eileen Campbell      …       Teacher
Mrs. Sally Gregory        …       Teacher
Mrs. Julie Holliday       …     Teacher
Mrs. Jackie North         ...   Teacher
Mrs. Andrea Vickers       ...     Teacher

Mr. Andrew Davis          …       Teacher (PPA cover)

Mrs. Julie Poynting       …       Administration Officer
Mrs. Claire Copp          …       Finance Officer

Mrs. Carol Payne          …       Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Elizabeth Bunting    …       Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Alison Andrews       …       Teaching Assistant (class 1)
                                  & Midday Supervisor
Mrs. Jill Broomfield      …       Teaching Assistant
Miss. Julie Budworth      …       Teaching Assistant
                                  & Midday Supervisor
Mrs. Donna Fagan          …       Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Petra McGowan        …       Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Chris Allen          …       Senior Midday Supervisor
Miss Kerry Pearson        …       Midday Supervisor
Mrs Tina Damarell         …       Midday Supervisor
Mrs. Catherine Cottrell   …       Catering Manager

                                 3.
              SCHOOL GOVERNORS

Mr. Andy Hall             …        Foundation (Chair)

Mrs. Karen Walker         …        Headteacher

Mr. Martin Joint          …        Foundation Governor

Mrs. Christine Robinson   …        Foundation Governor


Mr. Hugh Montgomerie      …        Foundation Governor
Mr. David Brick           …        Foundation Governor
Mr. Martin Smith          …        Foundation Governor

Mr. Keith Phillimore      …        Foundation Governor

Mrs. Sue Larkin           …        LEA Governor

Mr. Mike MacDonagh        …        Parent Governor

Mrs. Claire Copp          …        Parent Governor

Mrs. Claire Woodward      …        Staff Governor

Mrs Donna Fagan           …        Staff Governor

Mrs. Carina Sawyer        …        Clerk to the Governors

                              4.
            Friends Of St. Andrew’s

  The Friends of St. Andrew’s Association has been in existence for
   many years. It aims to support the school in any way deemed
  necessary by the committee. All parents, staff and friends of the
      school are considered members of the School Association.

     Each year a wide variety of social and fund-raising events are
  organised by the chair and her committee, aiming to raise between
  £3000 - £4000 annually. Money is raised to finance schoolwork
 and projects which cannot be supported through the school’s budget.
    Improvements in the building; pond areas and play equipment;
   many extra computers; sports kit and equipment; the purchase of
extra reading and library books; musical instruments and costumes,
     etc. are evidence of the effectiveness of the Association’s work.




    Committee members are parents and friends of St. Andrew’s
     committed to working in partnership with the school for the
  benefit of all of the children. The Headteacher, Deputy Head and
  teachers are also members of the committee. Any parent wishing
       to be on the committee will be welcomed with open arms!
      Chairperson            …          Mrs. Marianne Mortimer

                                  5.
                      Parent Helpers

We are very grateful for the support given to us by parents and others who help in
a variety of ways during the school day on a voluntary basis. Some parents have
been with us for five years or more.

Help is given with;
                   Hearing children read
                   Cooking / Sewing
                   Art and craft activities
                   Computer work
                   Accompanying classes on school visits
                   Transport to and from football and netball matches.




If you would like to help, in any way, please let us know.

NB. Those parents who generously drive groups of children to various
events should inform their car insurance company that their vehicles
may be used for this purpose and ensure that they have a current
driving licence, tax and MOT – copies of which should be given to
school.

All parents who help in school or with driving children will be asked to
complete a CRB check.

                                        6.
                 Number on roll

Please see the Admission Policy in the Appendix for details of our
current admission arrangements.
PLANNED ADMISSION LIMIT
                Yardstick                = 180 (6 classes of 30)
PROPOSED ADMISSION LIMIT - 2008 & 2009
                              25 children
NUMBERS ON ROLL

                          September 2003     = 137
                          September 2004     = 146
                          September 2005     = 139
                          September 2006     = 148
                          September 2007     = 153
                          September 2008     = 153
                          June 2009           = 160
                                    P.A.L                    ACTUAL

 Reception                              25                      25
 Yr. 1                                  23                      18
 Yr.2                                   21                      17
 Yr. 3                                  21                      18
 Yr. 4                                  21                      29
 Yr. 5                                  20                      27
 Yr. 6                                  20                      26

       Rates of authorised and unauthorised absence
                             2007 / 2008
Percentage of sessions (half days) missed through:
                         Authorised Absence: 4.2%
                         Unauthorised Absence: 0.2%
                                   7.
               CLASS ORGANISATION


At present we have 5 classes, 4 are in the main building and 1 is in a mobile.

Class 1               Reception                      Mrs Kate Huckle

Class 2               Year 1/Year 2                  Mrs Kathryn Barker
                                                     Mrs Sally Gregory

Class 3               Year 2/Year 3                  Mrs. Andrea Vickers
                                                     Miss Alex Briddon

Class 4               Year 4                         Mrs Claire Woodward
                                                     Mrs Julie Holliday

Class 5               Year 5                         Mr Alan Blake

Class 6               Year 6                         Mrs Eileen Campbell
                                                     Mrs Julie Holliday




                         THE CURRICULUM

The curriculum covers the whole range of school activities. The school curriculum is
concerned with the highest personal development of each individual pupil:
intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual. These are equally important.

We try to provide a balanced and varied range of work that is interesting, relevant and
suited to each child’s need. Much of the curriculum is taught as separate subjects.
We also have “theme” topics which may have a central focus on Science, Geography
or History. These topics which may have a central focus on Science, Geography or
History. These topics may incorporate aspects of English, Technology, IT,
Mathematics, Music, Art and RE. Where the requirements of the National
Curriculum are incorporated within topics they are taught as separate subjects.

                                           8
The subjects of the National Curriculum are:

CORE SUBJECTS                                  FOUNDATION SUBJECTS
Mathematics                                         History
Science                                             Geography
English                                             Design & Technology
Information, Communication Technology               Art & Craft
Religious Education                                 Music
                                                    Physical Education
                                                    Modern      Foreign Languages
(KS2)

These subjects form the basic curriculum that is legally required in all maintained
schools.

Children develop and learn at different levels for each class/group. Children will
therefore be grouped in order to meet their own individual needs.

ENGLISH
Reading, writing, speaking and listening form the basis of the English Curriculum.
As these activities are also fundamental to all other curriculum areas, we attach great
importance to them and develop these skills in many ways. Since the introduction of
the Literacy Hour in September 1998, children of all ages (except Reception) receive
an hour a day of language skills.

Reading

Reading receives a high priority. Different children respond well to different reading
strategies and therefore we use a balanced approach to reading, using a variety of
methods.

Within each week of the Literacy Hour, individual, paired, group and shared reading
all take place. We do, however, place emphasis on the use of phonics (the sounds of
spoken language). New Way and Oxford Reading Tree are our main reading schemes.
The school library contains both fiction and non-fiction books. Children are
encouraged to borrow books and may take them home to read.

Our aim is to provide the atmosphere and resources so that the children want to read.
This is an important basic skill and parents can help by showing interest in books and
giving encouragement to their child as s/he begins to learn. We have produced a
booklet on Reading. This is given to each child on entry into school. If you would
like one, please ask for a copy at school.


                                          9.
Writing

There are two main elements in the writing that children undertake at school. The
first is the mechanics (how we write), and the second is the creative (what we write).
We try to provide a balance between them, encouraging writing for a variety of
purposes e.g. letter writing, factual reports, creative stories, poems etc. Throughout
the school we encourage children to learn spellings. They have weekly tests carefully
graded to their ability from Year 1. After the children have mastered basic letter
formation, we introduce a joined style of handwriting. This takes place as early as
Reception or Year 1.

Speaking and Listening

We aim to provide a variety of opportunities to communicate orally, individually to
the teacher, in small groups, or in a class-sized group. Communication skills are
developed through drama, where children engage in role-play or more formal plays.

Literacy Hour: The Literacy Hour is designed to provide a practical structure of
time and class management to match the teaching objectives in the National Literacy
Strategy Framework. It is implemented throughout the school to provide a daily
period of dedicated literacy teaching time for all children. It makes effective use of
time and provides class and group work rather than individualised teaching. High
quality literacy instruction is obtained and this leads to effective class management.

MATHEMATICS
In the National Curriculum, mathematics is divided into four attainment targets.
These are:-

   1       Using and applying mathematics;
   2       Number
   3       Shape, Space and Measure
   4       Data Handling.

All these aspects of maths are contained in the St Andrew’s Maths Scheme.

We also place great importance on mental maths and calculator work. Work on these
begins in Class 1 and continues throughout the school. Children at St Andrews also
work on Quick Maths. This takes place daily for five minutes. It tests their
knowledge of basic number facts in the four rules and it increases their speed of
working.

Numeracy Hour began in Autumn 1999 and is structured on similar lines to the
Literacy Hour. There is a ten minutes mental warm-up, whole class teaching on a
specific topic for approximately twenty minutes, followed by group tasks and a
plenary (a whole class session to consolidate the aims of the lesson).

                                         10.
SCIENCE
Science is one of the core subjects of the National Curriculum. It comprises four
Attainment targets:-

   1       Experimental and Investigative Science
   2       Life Processes and Living Things
   3       Materials and their Properties
   4       Physical Processes.

At St Andrew’s, we aim to provide the children with the skills which give them
independence in scientific investigation, to provide them with a basic scientific
knowledge and to show them the relevance of science in everyday life.

Attainment Targets 2, 3 and 4 are used as vehicles for teaching the skills required in
Attainment Target 1. Children are given opportunities to practise these skills as
individuals, group members and class members. At Key Stage 2, Science is taught
mainly as a separate subject, whereas at Key Stage 1, it forms the basis for the
majority of all Class Topics, although it should be stated that science is a names
subject for these children too.




INFORMATION COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY (ICT)

ICT has a critical role enhancing the learning process at all levels, and across a broad
range of activities including, but going beyond, the National Curriculum. It is vital
that all of our pupils gain confidence and capability in using ICT to prepare them for
later life, therefore ICT is an integral part of the curriculum. In earlier years, we
concentrate on teaching the skills to enable the children at KS2 to use ICT
independently to facilitate their learning. Please see the Rules on Responsible
Internet Use in the Appendices. A full copy of our E-Safety policy is available to
view in the school foyer.


HISTORY
An understanding of history is developed in young children by discussing yesterday
and last week, and it progresses by hearing stories that begin to develop an
understanding of the past. In line with the National Curriculum, the history content of
our projects often changes to the study of specific periods of history, or themes over a
period of time, or local and family history and the history of other countries and
cultures. By Key Stage 2, the children are studying core study units of work that
include Ancient Greece (Invaders and Settlers), the Tudors and Stuarts, and the
Victorians.
                                          11.
GEOGRAPHY
Geography is taught in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum
document. Skills are taught throughout the Key Stages, alongside studies of places,
and thematic studies, which develop awareness of environmental issues.



ART
Art provides pupils with the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to
express their responses to ideas, feelings and experiences in a visual and tactile form.
The termly “Art Focus” encourages children to value the contribution made to their
world by artists, craftworkers and designers from many cultures, both past and
present.



DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY (DT)
DT is an exciting practical subject that allows pupils to make sense of appliances and
processes in their environment, primarily through first-hand experience and
exploration. DT also allows pupils to develop their creative skills through planning,
designing and making.


MUSIC
Our school has a strong musical tradition. Many children learn string, woodwind or
brass instruments, which are taught by the County Peripatetic Teachers. Others have
recorder lessons from our teachers. We have a popular choir at St Andrews which
performs regularly in school concerts. These are always thoroughly enjoyed by both
parents and children. At Christmas, the choir sings in the Small Schools Carol
Concert held at the City Hall each year, as well as at other events in the local
community. In the National Curriculum, music is taught by the class teachers.


MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
All children in Key Stage 2 are taught French for half an hour weekly. The aim is to
inspire interest, enthusiasm and enjoyment in learning foreign languages, to learn
about language and to foster intercultural understanding.




                                          12
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
St Andrew’s School aims to encourage pupils to develop physically and intellectually
through a variety of challenging sporting activities.


The school has good sports facilities with a hall, playground and a large open playing
field for traditional team games, including football, netball, hockey and rounders.
These are played by pupils from year three onwards in games lessons and as after-
school club activities.

Each week, all pupils from year three to five visit the local swimming pool for a half-
hour lesson. Once they are able to swim, effective and efficient strokes are developed
and progression is made through a series of distance badges. Lessons in the final
group also include instruction on techniques for self-survival in the water. Indoor PE
lessons develop physical abilities and skills using apparatus including mats, benches
and climbing frames. These skills are enhanced by introducing the imaginative
interpretation of music through dance and movement.

Sporting activities throughout the school are supported by the staff, in conjunction
with parents, the secondary schools and college students who have a special interest in
the various sports being taught.




Sex Education
The Governors of each school are responsible for deciding their own policy about Sex
Education. After careful consideration, the Governors of our school have decided that
it would not be appropriate for the school to offer a course of sex education, but that
the children’s programme of health education may include sex education as
appropriate to their age and experience. This would be presented in the context of
family life and Christian principles.

The school nurse visits the school each year to discuss changes at puberty with year 5
and 6 children. Parental consent is always sought before this visit.




                                          13
       Religious Education and
               collective worship



Religious Education

In a Church Aided School, Religious Education is the responsibility of the Governing
Body in consultation with the Headteacher.

Religious Education is taught following the Diocesan guidelines and the Wiltshire
Agreed syllabus for RE. The school aims to assist pupils in their own search for
meaning and purpose in life and to provide them with a knowledge and understanding
of Christianity and other faiths present in our society. Christianity is central to the
aims of the school for the spiritual, emotional and social development of all pupils.




Collective Worship

An act of collective worship is held daily for the whole school, year groups or
individual classes. It will be taken by the Headteacher, other teachers or visitors to
the school. Our assemblies will contribute to a broader and richer understanding of
what can be achieved through the act of worship. A communion service is held at St
Andrew’s Church in the Autumn and Summer Term. The whole school attends a
church service at St Andrew’s School each term to which parents and friends are
warmly invited. We have regular visits from our Parish Priest, Father Keith Robinson
and Reverend David Rogers.


Parents have the right under the 1944 Education Act to withdraw their children from
Collective Worship and Religious Education in an Aided School if they so wish.



                                         14.
  Assessment and reporting


Teachers regularly monitor how children are progressing by:-

 Using information gained from their previous teachers.

 Talking to them and to their parents about their achievements and progress.

 Asking questions.

 Testing at regular intervals and using the results to identify the next targets.

 Setting and reviewing targets regularly with groups and individuals.

 Collecting and selecting work by the child and teacher for each child’s ‘Treasure
  Chest’.

 Assessing work each half term to provide children with targets for their future
  learning.

Progress is encouraged by:-

 Communicating high expectations, setting individual, group and class targets and
  monitoring progress as they work towards these.

 Praise, stickers and certificates to reward good work and effort.

 Grouping the children to suit their ability for Literacy and Numeracy.

 Providing extra help, either individually or in small groups, for those who need
  support.

 Setting extension work to allow all children to progress at a rate which they are
  capable of.

 Asking parents to support us in our continuing efforts to raise standards, for
  example by listening to children read each day and providing support for
  homework tasks.

 Regular ‘celebration’ assemblies.
                                           15.
Childrens’ progress is reported to parents through:-

 Regular termly parents’ evenings

 Annual written reports (issued in April and updated in July)

 Summer Term targets sheets included in the annual report (example below)

 Results of any statutory and non-statutory testing




                                        16.
                       Special needs

The Co-Ordinator for Special Educational Needs at St Andrew’s is Mrs. Eileen
Campbell. The S.E.N. Governor is Mrs. Christine Robinson. The school has a special
educational needs policy which is reviewed regularly by the governors and is
available on request.

School Objectives for children with S.E.N.

The schools’ objectives for Special Educational Needs support the aims of the
school and as part of this will:-

 Provide for the individual needs of children through a broad, balanced and
  relevant curriculum, by providing a differentiated curriculum, which will support
  and challenge all children
 Identify children’s special educational needs
 Monitor the progress of identified children
 Provide for the individual needs of identified children through individual and
   group programmes.

The school aims to work in partnership with parents and keep them regularly
informed on their child’s progress.

Children with Disabilities
St Andrew’s School welcomes all children into our school community and our
admissions policy reflects this.

The school is accessible to children with disabilities and the accessibility plan aims to
increase the number of disabled children who are able to attend their local school.
There are disabled toilet facilities, double door entrance to our main building, and
ramp access to our mobile classroom.




                                           17.
                   school uniform

School Clothing
The school uniform is:

       Navy blue school sweatshirt or cardigan (ordered from school)
       Grey trousers/shorts
       Navy or grey skirts/pinafores
       White shirts/blouses/polo shirts
       Blue checked/striped dresses in summer
       Grey/white/navy socks or tights
       Sensible shoes (not boots)
       Trainers of any colour should not be worn (these are not encouraged
       because of health reasons)

P.E. and Games Kit

Changing for P.E. is compulsory on the grounds of safety and hygiene.

P.E. clothes should be kept in a named bag, available in school all week.

Plimsolls/Trainers are needed for outdoor games but indoor P.E. and movement is
done in bare feet (recommended for safety).

       Plain white T-Shirt
       Plain navy shorts (Bermuda shorts are not suitable)
       Navy netball skirt (optional)
       Plimsolls/Trainers
       A named bag to hold kit
       Tracksuit (optional)

Please label all clothing with your child’s name. (Remember ink washes out)
To avoid difficulties, which easily arise when children are grouped in such large
numbers or when changing clothing for various activities, it is in the interests of all
concerned that all articles are clearly marked with the child’s name. Every care will
be taken in school, but we must rely to a great extent on parents ensuring that clothing
is marked, and reporting back any loss which may have occurred.

Jewellery: Children who have pierced ears may only wear stud earrings for safety
reasons, these must be removed or taped for sporting activities. The wearing of
jewellery is not encouraged. The school can take no responsibility for valuable items
worn.
                                         18.
              Code of behaviour

Discipline in our school reflects the approach of a caring parent. We encourage the
children to show respect for staff, for one another, for their belongings, equipment,
and the environment. We aim to develop a co-operative atmosphere, which praises
appropriate behaviour in a positive way. High standards of personal behaviour and
responsibility are expected from everyone in the school.

A copy of our Code of Behaviour policy is available on request and is enclosed
with the Prospectus pack of information.

Multicultural Statement

We believe in treating every person as we would wish to be treated ourselves, and in
making everyone feel a valued member of our school community.

We believe that:

 Everyone should have equal rights, no matter what, their skin colour, religious
  beliefs or cultural differences.
 People should not be judged by the colour of their skin or by any other
  differences.
 People should learn about other religions, races and cultures.

At St. Andrew’s everyone has the right to be respected




                                          19.
    Home/school agreement

Our school’s Home/School Agreement was worked on by Governors, staff, children
and parents. Copies are given to all children when they start school. These are signed
by the teacher, parent and pupil and are returned to school to be stored in the child’s
“Treasure Chest”.

A copy of our Home School Agreement is included in the Appendix of the
Prospectus.




        Complaints Procedure

Comments or Complaints

A parent wishing to express serious concerns regarding any school matter is asked to
make an appointment to discuss these with the Headteacher, where it is hoped that
these concerns can be resolved informally. If no satisfactory agreement is reached a
written complaint should be submitted to the Clerk of the Governing Body, whose
name and address will be supplied by the Headteacher. The complaint will then be
investigated by a panel from the Governing Body.

A copy of our complaints procedure is included in the Appendix of the
prospectus.




                                                                       Complaints Procedure




                  Home School
                                                                   Are you unhappy about
                   Agreement                                      something at the school?

                                         20.
              Homework Policy


Our aims and objectives

       To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding of subjects taught
        throughout the school.

       To benefit children and extend school learning.

       To encourage pupils to develop the confidence and self discipline required
        to organise independent study at home.

       To be relevant to the Termly Planning Sheet that is sent home at the
        beginning of each term.

       To encourage parents’ involvement in supporting and extending their
        children’s learning.

A copy of our Homework Policy is available on request.
(Below: An example of our Homework Task Sheet – Year 5 & 6 are issued with
homework diaries)


         Date     Return                  Task                 Parents signature
         Set       Date                                         and comments




                                       21.
         GENERAL INFORMATION

The School Day

School begins at 8.45 am and ends at 3.00 pm. Children need to be in their classes by
8.45 am at the latest. A member of staff will be available to supervise children from
8.30 am. We would ask that children should not arrive before then.

       School begins          :                 8.45 am

       Collective Worship :                    10.00 am

       Playtime               :                10.15 - 10.30 am

       Lunchtime              :                12.00 - 1.00 pm

       Playtime               :                 2.10 – 2.30 pm (Foundation and
                                                               KS 1 only)
       End of School          :                 3.00 pm

Total teaching time:
Reception & Key Stage 1 ( Years R, 1 & 2) = 21 hours 30 minutes a week.
Key Stage 2 ( Years 3, 4, 5, & 6) = 23 hours 45 minutes a week.

Absence and Illness
We are now required by law to keep accurate records of attendance and to publish
figures. Therefore if your child is unable to attend school through sickness or other
urgent causes, please telephone 503590 and send in a written note to the class teacher.
All absences for reasons such as sickness, dental appointment etc. are
UNAUTHORISED unless supported by a parental letter.

If you are unable to arrange a family holiday on occasion out of term time you must
complete a holiday request form, available from the office. Schools may agree up to
10 days holiday absence in special circumstances with consideration being given to
pupil’s attendance, attainment and public examinations. Absences may only be
authorised at the discretion of the Headteacher. Further information on Term Time
Holidays and Penalty Notices for unauthorised absences can be obtained from the
school.

If your child is taken ill, we will try to contact you. Completion of our Admission
form is therefore important. This will be given to you to complete when your child
starts at our school. Subsequent changes of address, telephone, doctor, etc., should be
notified as soon as possible to keep our records up to date. PLEASE do not send sick
to children to school. Children should be free of symptoms of sickness/diarrhoea for
24 hours before returning to school.

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Milk is supplied via Cool Milk
Free milk is still available to children until their fifth birthday. Forms for Cool Milk
orders are available from the Website or the Office. Tuck is available on Tuesday.

School Meals
During the lunch break children may have a cooked meal (which is cooked on the
premises) or bring sandwiches. A fortnightly menu is displayed in the hall for parents
and children to view.

Payment for school meals should be made on Monday for the week (£2 per day). If
paying by cheque, please make cheque payable to “St. Andrew's School”. Children
may take occasional hot meals in a week, the money for these should be paid at the
start of the week. When making any payment the correct money should be sent in
an envelope stating the amount, child’s name and class and what the money is
for.

Free School Meals
Free School Meals may be available to parents/guardians in receipt of Income
Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Income related employment support
allowance, child tax credit (provided your annual income is less than £16,040), the
guaranteed element of the state pension credit or support under part VI of the
immigration and asylum act 1999. Free School Meals are not available to pupils of
Parents/Guardians who receive Working Tax Credit.
If you think you may be eligible, please collect a form from the School Office.
County Hall will assess each application to check eligibility and all applications are
treated in confidence.




If a special diet is required on medical grounds, the Catering Manager will be pleased
to arrange this with prior notice from the parent. Cold drinks are sold by the kitchen
at lunchtimes.

Packed lunches should be brought in a labelled plastic container. Children who bring
sandwiches may bring a drink in an unbreakable container.
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Medicines and Medicals

If your child needs to take a prescribed medicine this may be administered by
members of school staff, but only after parents have completed the appropriate school
medical form. Medicines should be handed directly to a member of staff by an adult.

All teachers must be made aware if your child is asthmatic and an asthma card must
be completed by parents. A register of asthmatics is kept in school. Inhalers left at
school must be checked regularly by parents.

Periodically the School Doctor or Nurse makes a selective examination of children
and parents are invited to attend. There is also an annual dental check and the
Audiometrician visits the school to check children’s hearing. Parents are advised if
further investigations are considered necessary.


Extra Curricular Activities

Extra activities are offered to the children by staff after school. These voluntary
activities vary from term to term, but include:-

      Choir
      Gardening (spring/summer terms)
      Football (winter/spring terms)
      Netball (winter/spring terms)
      Rounders/cricket (summer term)
      Hip Hop and Dance
      Art Club
      Band
      Cycling Proficiency (summer term)
      Pilgrims Club
      ICT Club
      Cookery Club (new for 2009)

Children are encouraged to take part in these activities during their time at our school.

Sport and Swimming
Children in years 3 – 5 attend swimming lessons at Salisbury Swimming Pool – this
may be done on a “rota” basis, depending on numbers of children in the year groups.
There is a small cost for this activity to cover the lesson and coach fare (currently £2).
Our aim is to make sure that all the children achieve their 50m swimming badge by
the time they finish in year 5. If, for any reason they are still working towards this
objective in year 6 then they will still attend the lessons. The school participates in
the Small Schools’ football and netball leagues and organises and hosts the Small
Schools’ Annual Football and Netball tournament, which also includes a skittleball
competition.
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A mini-marathon event staged by the same school cluster and held on our site during
a weekend, makes use of the local downland area adjoining our playing field.
During the summer term the field is used for athletics, culminating in our inter-house
sports day.




Parents’ Evenings

These are held termly with the Autumn and Spring Term evenings being
appointments. The Summer meeting is held as an ‘open evening’. Parents are invited
to come and view the work of their child/class and school and discuss any areas of
concern with the class teacher or Headteacher.

An Annual Report is sent home at the end of the Spring Term, this records progress
made and provides recommendations for future learning.


Teacher Training Days

Schools now have a minimum of 5 Teacher Training Days per school year when
schools are closed to allow for staff training. Parents will be given as much notice as
possible of a forthcoming closure. These may be taken as odd days or in pairs, but
they will usually be added to an existing holiday.


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Charging and Remission

The Governing Body recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of
additional activities, including clubs, trips and residential experiences can make
towards children’s personal and social education. The Governing Body aims to
promote such activities both as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the
children and as additional optional activities.

It is our policy when charging for any organised activity or school visit to ask for a
voluntary contribution. There is no obligation to contribute and children will not be
excluded from the activity if a contribution is not made. However, if the contributions
do not meet the total cost required then the activity may have to be cancelled and the
monies refunded.



Transport

Transport will be provided by the County, for those children entitled to travel free
(Old Sarum). There is an adult supervising on the bus with the children, who is also
responsible for the children on the return journey in the afternoons. We look to the
parents for full and active support when insisting upon sensible behaviour whilst
journeying between home and school.

Some parents will wish to bring their children to school by car. Please do not park on
the crossing marked with zig-zag lines, and please leave a suitable space for the bus to
park at 3.00pm. We would also ask that parents do not park in the lane or staff car
park due to lack of space and to ensure the safety of children entering and leaving
school. Children must not walk across the staff car park when entering or leaving the
school premises.

Children may cycle to and from school (year 5 & 6) only if the school has received a
written note that the parents’ permission is given for them to travel in this way. These
children will be expected to attend the cycling proficiency course run by the school
each Summer Term.

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School Security
We always seek to provide a secure and safe environment for our children. To help
us do this, we have a special fitted lock at the internal main entrance door so that it
remains free for emergency exit but is locked against intruders. The Governors have
fitted a buzzer system to the main front door, so that visitors to the school are required
to press the buzzer switch when they wish to gain access. There is also an intercom
link from the office to the mobile classroom (Class 5).

The main entrance for the Reception class is always locked during lesson time.
A new gate has been installed at the front of the school, so as to increase its height
and safety.

We would ask that all children are being dropped off or collected during school hours
report to the school office before going to their classrooms.

Secondary Education

The school maintains links with St. Edmund’s School (girls), Wyvern College (boys),
St. Joseph’s School (Catholic mixed), The Trafalgar School, Downton (mixed), South
Wilts. and Bishop Wordsworth Grammar Schools. Children from St. Andrew’s
School move on to these schools and to other schools in the Salisbury area.

The two grammar schools organise their own entry examinations of which parents
will be fully notified by the respective schools at the appropriate time.

Many parents now take advantage of sessions held by most secondary schools, to help
them decide on the next stage of their children’s education. All appropriate
information is delivered to the parents of year 6 children via our school. This enables
you to make adequate provision for any visits, you may wish to make.


School Council and Prefects

At St Andrew’s we have a school council, which has representatives from each year
group. These council members are elected by their peers and attend fortnightly
meetings with our Deputy Head. Agendas are set and minutes taken, each council
member then feeds back to the class council that meet alternate weeks.

Prefects: each year the whole school elects a boy and girl from year 6 to be head
prefect for the year. They have responsibilities and duties throughout their office and
are presented with a metal badge at the start of the year. During each term all year 6
children are given a week to be prefect and carry out day to day responsibilities such
as timekeeping and ringing the bell for lessons and breaks and helping set up and
clear away collective worship equipment.



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                   ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

St. Andrew’s School Web Site
St Andrew’s has its own web site which is maintained by the Year 6 pupils during
ICT clubs. They are responsible for renewing the content every half term and
updating the newsletter that goes out via the site. It is available at www.st-andrews-
laverstock.wilts.sch.uk. This website is currently undergoing a major upgrade
(Summer 2009) and a new improved version should be available shortly.

Official Documents
Documents published by the Department For Education, Her Majesties Inspectorate
and the Local Education Authority and Governors Policies may be seen on request in
the School Office.Copies may be obtained from:-
       Department for Education              The Chief Education
       Pupils and Parents Branch              County Hall
       Sanctuary Buildings                    Trowbridge
       Great Smith Street                     Wiltshire BA148JB
       London SW1 3BY
       Telephone: 0171 925 5918               Telephone: 01225 713000

        Diocesan Board of Education
        Director of Education
        Audley House
        Crane Street, Salisbury
        Wiltshire SP1 2QA
        Telephone: 01722 411977
The LEA publishes annually further details concerning the education of pupils.
This includes information about meals, clothing and maintenance allowances, details
on transport arrangements and the provision the LEA makes for pupils’ Special
Educational Needs.

Address of Chair and Clerk to Governors

Chair                                                 Clerk
Mr. A. Hall                                       Mrs. A. Riggs
47 Silverwood Drive                               Brightwell House
Salisbury SP1 1SQ                                 Middleton, Winterslow
                                                  Salisbury SP5 1QS
Telephone 01722 503919                            Telephone 01980 863689

Photocopies of information mentioned above can be provided by the school. The
Prospectus is free, but an appropriate charge may be made for other information
mentioned . The information included in this prospectus is correct at the time of
printing but is subject to amendment by the Governors when necessary.
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        APPENDICES (see separate sheets)


 Admission Policy
 Application for admission on faith grounds
 Home School Agreement
 Complaints Procedure
 Behaviour Policy
 Responsible Internet Use Guidelines
 Equality Policy
 Attendance Policy
 Summary of National Curriculum Test
  Results
 Current Ofsted Inspection Report
 Current Diocesan Inspection Report
 School Term and Holiday Dates
 Map of catchment area

				
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