Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School
2012 – 2013
Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School
Telford TF7 4HG
Telephone 01952 388010
Dear Parent/ Carer
Welcome to Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School.
I hope you will find this School Prospectus informative, and that you gain a comprehensive
overview of all aspects of school policy, practice and procedures of the school.
The policy and practice we implement reflects the recognised agenda for Safeguarding and,
Inclusion and actively promotes all areas of the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda.
Please take the time to read this prospectus carefully.
We hope you will give your full support to the principles and aims which are clearly outlined and
which have been shared and agreed by all of the Governors and team of staff.
All of our children and all of their needs are our priority. By developing a close working and
mutually supportive partnership with you, our parents and carers, we aim to realise the full
potential of every child at every level.
We want your children to feel secure and happy at school, and also to benefit from the highest
educational experiences we can offer through a highly skilled and dedicated team of staff.
All of the staff are committed to raising standards of achievement through an explicit focus on
‘excellence and enjoyment’
On behalf of the Governors and staff, I welcome you to the school and look forward to the
partnership we will share for the benefit of your children
Mrs Jan Cousins
The information in this booklet is correct at the time of printing, but it is possible that
slight changes may be made during the school year.
Academic Year 2012-2013
Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School
Telephone: 01952 388010
Headteacher: Mrs Jan Cousins
Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School is a well established community school which officially
opened in January 2001 as a result of the amalgamation of Alexander Fleming Junior School
and Alexander Fleming Infant School.
The school incorporates interactive technology in every classroom including the Nursery.
The school also has a Life Long Learning Centre and an adjacent room for school and
There are usually two classes in each year group (dependent upon annual numbers)
The school has the capacity to place 420 children with 60 places available in the Nursery.
There are fourteen teaching bases and a Nurture Group Facility.
The school has a large central Library / resource area.
There is a specially designed ECO garden and pond area, as well as two extensive playground
areas for the children. The children also have access to a large grassed area adjacent to the
hard surface play areas. The school has created its own garden allotments on site for the
children to cultivate. In 2010, two new log cabins were installed for use whilst working outdoors.
The school has systematically created new activity areas with a range of large play equipment
including a zip wire and climbing wall.
All of the children are encouraged to look after these areas and the flowerbeds on the
The practical areas next to the class bases house a variety of resources/equipment and are
used specifically for art and technology activities, as well as work and play areas.
Four of the larger classrooms have an integral, internal practical area.
All of the Foundation and Key Stage 1 classes have specially designed outdoor areas which
extend the learning environments for our younger children.
The school is committed to developing Forest Schools practice.
There are Interactive Whiteboards in all classes – including the Nursery
There is a large hall where a range of gym apparatus and equipment is stored; this facility is
used for indoor P.E. activities, and also serves as the school dining room. School Assemblies
are held here as well as seasonal concerts.
The Library, Life Long Learning room and community room offer additional working areas for
children, staff and outside agencies.
The school has a designated ICT room with 30 computers.
The 60 place Nursery is housed within the main school building. This is a large bright area,
which has its own toilets and kitchen facilities. The non-slip flooring ensures safety during
water/sand play. There is an extensive and secure enclosed play area and garden outside with
raised flowerbeds. The children in the Reception class also access this area.
In recent years, the Foundation play areas have been extended and exciting new ‘outdoor
learning’ environments have been created for the younger children.
The school has a securely fenced playground and a substantial playing field used for a variety
of play and sports activities throughout the school year.
The school has achieved its third consecutive Basic Skills Quality Mark, and this is an
endorsement of the quality of the teaching in basic Numeracy and Literacy skills across the
The school went through a detailed and satisfactory Ofsted Inspection in June 2010.
During a highly successful HMI Visit in October 2011, the school’s Leadership and Management
of Literacy was graded as Outstanding with all areas of curriculum planning, teaching and
progress as Good.
The school has been accredited with the Investors in People Award as well as the Active Sports
Mark and F.A Charter Mark. In recognition of the environmental work achieved, the school was
awarded permanent ECO Green Flag status.
Through external funding, the school has been able to create its own garden allotments and
continues to develop this initiative through the ‘sustainable schools’ agenda.
The school is actively committed to gaining full ‘Healthy Schools Status’ and is working towards
accreditation for the policy and practice in PSHE across the school.
The school has a Nurture Group facility on site and a designated Learning Mentor.
We place strong emphasis on good manners, consideration for others and discipline, and we
actively encourage the formation of good work habits. We value personal effort and
perseverance in a happy, caring and secure environment, a place where children want to come
We have few school and class rules but insist these are kept. We will not tolerate bullying,
fighting, swearing, racist remarks or damage to property, things we are sure you would not
tolerate in your own homes.
The School, Parents and Children are encouraged to work in close partnership. We actively
promote and implement the Home-School Agreement which we ask you to sign.
The school has a detailed Behaviour and Anti Bullying Policy which we ask all
parents/guardians to adopt and actively support. The Behaviour Leaflet, which was written by
the children of the School Council is available from the school office and all parents are asked
to read and sign this.
(A copy of Home -School Agreement and Behaviour Leaflet is attached).
The school is strongly supported by the Governing Body and parents.
The school has a close working partnership with the ‘Friends Group’ who help to organise
additional fundraising and social events. The Friends Group is made up of parents, Governors
Philosophy and Vision of the School and Nursery
We believe that an effective school should provide an excellent, broadly balanced and creative
education, conducive to the full development of a child's academic potential, as well as their
physical skills and social development.
We aim to equip children with life-skills in a stimulating environment which values personal
effort and promotes excellence.
All staff are fully committed to providing an equal opportunities approach in their teaching and
will do all in their power to combat racism, stereotyping and bias.
We believe children should be encouraged to display individuality within an ordered and
structured framework and to develop the qualities of independence, self-discipline, self-
motivation and self-confidence.
In developing all of the above, we aspire to raise the children’s personal achievement and
In Sir Alexander Fleming School and Nursery we aim to:
Ensure that the needs of our children and their families are given the highest priority and
link closely with the Every Child Matters Agenda.
Treat every child as an individual, fully developing and realising each child’s academic,
social and physical potential through a broad and balanced curriculum, offering equal
opportunity for all.
Develop our children as independent learners, equipping them with skills for life-long
Create and maintain a welcoming, secure and stimulating environment, where staff and
children are happy to come and learn every day and where everyone’s efforts are valued
To promote and practice Safeguarding at all levels.
Promote and develop high expectations of positive behaviour and attitude, promoting
respect for all and recognising that each member of the school’s community has a valued
contribution to make.
Foster strong communication links with Parents/Carers, developing a mutual respect and
working partnership between Home and School and all outside agencies.
Promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of the children, encouraging them
to appreciate and respect the multi -cultural society in which we live and to celebrate that
Instil and nurture appreciation and concern for the environment in which we live- and that
of the wider world and global community.
Continue to access professional training in all current Educational Initiatives, so our
children will benefit from the highest standard of Education available.
In translating these aims into classroom practice, the school is focused on developing a
creative, experiential curriculum which provides a broad and balanced programme to promote
the progress and development of children’s knowledge, skills and understanding.
The School Curriculum
The school teaches core and foundation subjects and Programmes of Study as required by the
National Curriculum Orders. The National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies are taught in line
with statutory requirements, with the New Frameworks being implemented across the school in
line with statutory guidelines.
Core Subject Areas:
English Mathematics and ICT
Literacy and Numeracy are generally taught in the morning with Foundation subjects being
taught in the afternoon. The staff will always plan for opportunities which offer a creative and
flexible approach to all core and Foundation subject areas through cross curricular working.
All staff are kept updated with statutory changes to the curriculum and will implement any
necessary changes in line with the School’s Development Planning.
Science, History, Geography, Art, P.E, Design Technology, Music, R.E, ICT and Personal,
Social and Health Education. Foundation subjects are taught discretely, as well as being
integrated through a cross curricular approach to learning wherever possible.
Detailed planning and evaluation is undertaken to ensure that all children have access to a
broad and balanced curriculum, with the four key elements of learning included.
These are: Knowledge - Skills - Concepts - Attitudes
Information Technology skills are taught discretely, but these are developed and fully integrated
across all curriculum areas. All of the children are systematically taught a range of ICT skills
through a planned programme across all Key Stages. The school promotes the use of its
interactive technology across all phases and ensures that all children are given many
opportunities to apply and develop their confidence and skills.
The school has invested heavily in ICT equipment to ensure all children have fair access to our
ICT curriculum. A designated ICT suite has significantly increased the ICT learning
opportunities for all children and staff.
In line with the statutory requirements of the 1988 Education Reform Act, the school offers
Religious Education, along with a daily Collective ‘Act of Worship’. Children in Sir Alexander
Fleming will be involved in a daily Act of Worship, either as a class, Key Stage or as a whole
RE will be taught throughout the school in line with the agreed syllabus for Telford and Wrekin.
The School adheres to the statutory requirements.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children but must discuss this fully with the
Headteacher. Parents must also inform the school in writing if this is their intention to do so.
If parents wish their children to be withdrawn from Religious Education, or for them not to
participate in seasonal Christian celebrations ie: Easter / Christmas, then the school has the
right to request that parents will supervise their children during these times.
The school has a detailed Sex Education Policy. This is available in school and conforms to the
Sex Education is taught formally in Year 6, though we encourage an open and relaxed
atmosphere throughout the school where questions can be asked without embarrassment and
answered truthfully, but at the age appropriate level of the individual child.
Due consideration is given concerning any particular religious or cultural factors.
Our Sex Education policy is available in school, and this conforms to the statutory requirements.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children but must discuss this fully with the
Parents must also inform the school in writing if this is their intention to do so.
Sex Education forms part of the school’s detailed PSHE curriculum
Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE)
Year 6 children take part in S.T.A.R. a ‘drug awareness’ project with a designated Police
Officer. This forms part of the planned Personal, Social and Health Education programme.
The children in Key Stage 1 are involved with the ‘Just one Spoonful’ programme which is also
linked with the school’s planned PSHE curriculum
The SEAL Programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) is implemented throughout
the school. The school places great emphasis upon the emotional wellbeing of all its learners
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
Our younger children are actively encouraged to learn through direct, practical experiences.
Learning is carefully structured to meet children’s needs through the Early Years Foundation
Stage Curriculum and Early Learning Goals.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEN)
The school has proven positive practice in supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs
and disability, this has been formally acknowledged through regular Telford and Wrekin audits
and in the Ofsted Inspection 2010.
The school actively implements the Local Authority’s principles of an inclusive education for all
children. All children have access to the full curriculum offered by the school.
The Governing Body has a Named Governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs.
The school has a Co-ordinator for Special Educational Needs (SENCO)
The school rigorously implements the Government’s SEN Code of Practice, and the school’s
detailed SEN Policy addresses all Government recommendations.
The school’s Nurture Group and Learning Mentor also fully support the diverse and changing
needs of our pupils and their families, and parental involvement is actively encouraged.
All schools are required to deliver an inclusive curriculum which provides suitable learning
challenges and is responsive to children’s needs. It is only when interventions are required that
are in addition to, or different from a differentiated curriculum that School Action or School
Action Plus are required.
The focus is on early intervention and supporting children in mainstream education.
School Action – is a process carried out in school to enable and support curriculum access for
a child. This may be triggered by:
Little/no progress being made despite targeted teaching
Difficulties in core areas which affect other areas
Persistent emotional or behavioural difficulties
Sensory or physical problems
School Action Plus - The school will request advice from appropriate external agencies to help
plan and design interventions for the child whose progress continues to be limited, or whose
needs require regular input and advice, despite carefully planned intervention at School
Parents are encouraged to be involved at all stages of intervention.
In line with the Government and LA policy, the number of Statements of Educational Need
allocated by the Borough has been significantly reduced during recent years. These are now
only awarded to a very small number of children.
Statement of Special Educational Needs
Children who demonstrate poor academic progress and/or have severe emotional, behavioural
or disability difficulties which negatively impact on their progress must be referred to and fully
assessed by the appropriate personnel/outside agencies, including the Learning Support
Advisory Teacher and the school’s Educational Psychologist. The school must also provide
detailed evidence to support any referral.
Children who are in receipt of a Statement of Educational Needs usually have specific funding
allocated to provide higher levels of individual support within the school. Statemented children
are reviewed annually in line with Government’s SEN Code of Practice and Local Authority
The school is responsible for funding support for all pupils.
The school also has to pay for all advice and input from outside agencies as well as fund
additional support hours for SEN children.
The Governor for Special Needs is closely involved with the working practice of SEN in the
The SENCO, Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team monitor the provision of SEN across
There are planned and regular meetings with teaching staff to monitor the implementation and
impact of intervention programmes as well as tracking pupil progress.
The school continues to have a Special Needs Register and this is regularly reviewed and
Parents are kept fully informed of children’s progress through meetings with the class teacher,
the SENCO and Learning Mentor.
The school ensures all children with SEN have Provision Maps which detail any planned
intervention strategies or additional support. These are reviewed on a regular basis and
The school acts on guidance from our Learning Support Advisory Teacher, who visits the school
on a regular basis. The children are taught in a variety of settings depending on their individual
The school informs and consults parents at every stage of their child’s development.
The SENCO and Learning Mentor are always available to discuss anxieties or concerns, or to
provide further information on children’s progress.
Assessing Pupil Progress
All children in the Nursery and Reception class build up their Foundation Stage Profile.
All children who are in Year 2 (7 year olds) undertake the Standard Attainment Tests (SATs) in
Reading, Writing and Mathematics, with Teacher Assessments in Science.
All Year 6 children (11 year olds) undertake Standard Attainment Tests (SATs) to assess their
attainment in English and Mathematics. The test results for KS2 are published annually.
(The only exception will be for those children who have been formally dis-applied from the
assessment arrangements because of specific Special Educational Needs- these instances are
The school follows the statutory assessment arrangements each year.
Non statutory assessment
At present, children in Year 1 undertake assessment activities and the children in Years 3, 4
and 5 complete annual optional SATs. These results are not required to be published. They will,
however, be shared with parents during Parent Evenings and reported in the end of year reports
in the summer term.
In addition to the SATs, all children are regularly assessed in the Core subjects throughout the
At present, the school has planned, termly ‘Assessment Weeks’ to track and evaluate children’s
Children’s work during these assessment weeks is kept in each child’s individual portfolio. This
collated evidence informs staff planning and identifies teaching needs, as well as areas for
Teachers also make their professional assessments of seven and eleven year old children in all
aspects of English and Mathematics on the basis of their classroom work.
All staff are involved in Assessing Pupil Progress and keep detailed records to track progress.
Gifted and Talented Pupils
The school has a ‘Gifted and Talented’ Register. Children who demonstrate exemplary strength,
ability and talent in academic, creative or sporting areas are identified and supported by the
school. Children are encouraged to develop their skills and potential through planned and
specific programmes tailored to meet their needs. Parents are actively encouraged to be
involved with their children’s learning and to support the schools commitment to developing their
‘more able and talented’ children.
The school is committed to further developing its provision and to ensure children are tracked
closely for accelerated progress.
School Discipline / Behaviour
Through positive behaviour management practice across all phases of the school, there is high
expectation of children’s behaviour, attitude and effort. Children are taught, and are expected to
take responsibility for their own actions.
As a school we believe that everyone will act with courtesy and consideration towards others at
all times, giving special thought for individuals and their feelings.
Children are praised for their personal efforts and the school celebrates all children’s personal
achievements through special assemblies and a range of reward systems.
In line with the school’s Behaviour Policy, sanctions are imposed for inappropriate / poor
Parents will be informed of persistent poor behaviour and will be requested to support the
school in the discipline procedures and sanctions.
In extreme and persistent cases, a child may be issued with a Fixed Term Exclusion- and the
Local Authority is informed.
Permanent Exclusions are rare and these must be endorsed by the appropriate committee/full
(The School’s Behaviour Policy is reviewed/ updated annually, and parents are able to request
a copy for a nominal charge)
Leaving the classroom or school grounds without permission
If a pupil runs out of a class we will establish where he or she has gone. Teachers must not run
after them but will send a message to the office for adult support. It is advisable to keep a
watchful eye on any child who has taken him or herself out of the school building and possibly
out of school grounds, unless this provokes the child to run further. If a child is no longer on
school premises parents will be contacted. If they are not at home the police will be informed
that a pupil has left school and is at risk.
Parents and Police will be contacted immediately if the child is ‘out of sight’
Any incident regarding a child absconding from school will be fully recorded.
There is a formal homework policy, based on the following recommended time allocations.
Years 1 and 2 1 hour per week Reading, spelling and other basic literacy
and numeracy work
Years 3 and 4 1.5 hours per week As above with other subject/themed
Years 5 and 6 30 minutes per day Regular weekly schedule – emphasis on
numeracy and literacy but also a range of
other subjects/themed assignments
The children in Key Stage 1 and 2 are given the opportunity to access a Homework club.
These weekly sessions provide an opportunity for children to work in a quiet environment,
where they are able to readily access school resources and be supported by the teaching staff.
Once places have been allocated, children will be expected to attend the clubs regularly. An
attendance register will be kept. If, for any reason, children are unable to attend, parents must
inform their child’s class teacher by letter or telephone the school.
The Homework clubs are organised after school from 3.15pm – 4.15pm.
There is a designated School Council with child representatives from each class across the
The School Council meets regularly to discuss a range of school and child initiated issues.
The children are positively encouraged to express their views and opinions as well as make
appropriate decisions, at their own level about their school. All meetings have a clear agenda
and all meetings are minuted.
There are also several designated groups for children in the school so they have access to
forums where they can discuss healthy schools, sporting events and eco issues.
Admissions - Birthdates for Starting School
Telford & Wrekin Local Authority (LA) is responsible for admissions to most schools in the area,
including Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School.
If parents have any questions regarding admissions, please contact the Admissions Team on
In line with the LA’s guidelines there is one Reception intake in September.
Our current admission number is 60 per year group in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Sir Alexander Fleming Nursery
Sir Alexander Fleming Nursery is an integral part of the school. The Nursery links with the
Reception year to form the Early Years Foundation Stage
*(Key Stage 1 officially starts in Year 1)
The Foundation Stage Manager leads and co-ordinates the practice across the Early Years and
also teaches in the Foundation Stage.
All children in the Sutton Hill area are entitled to pre-school provision in the Nursery.
Parents must register their children themselves.
The Nursery has 60 places, and these are allocated on a part-time basis (5 mornings or
5 afternoons) for the majority of children for 4 terms, starting in the term after they are 3
years of age.
Admissions to the Nursery normally take place in September and January and April.
Places will be allocated by schools- parents will be informed in the half term prior to the
child’s enrolment. If there are more applications than places available, then places will be
allocated in the order outlined in the *Local Authority’s Policy for Admissions
Staff from the Nursery will contact parents and home-visits will be arranged. This is
usually followed by ‘Family Sessions’ when all new starters attend with their parents.
(This is dependent upon the numbers of children attending)
Parents wishing to access further information regarding Nursery Placements and the
Local Authority Admissions Policy are welcome to contact the Foundation Manager or
the school’s Administrator
In Sir Alexander Fleming Nursery, we believe very strongly that the traditional functions and
roles of the school are complementary to those of the family, which remain the first centre of
education. There is full recognition of the parents' own central role in their children's learning
Working with ‘parents as partners’ implies a shared responsibility in the child's learning and
development, with a need to offer parents skills in helping their children learn.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum should complement and add to the home
experience and the development of the child.
Morning session 8.30am- 11.30am
Afternoon session 12. 15pm – 3.15pm
Parents/Carers are positively encouraged to accompany their child into the Nursery each
session and also when the session ends. Parents/ Carers must inform the Nursery staff when
any alternative arrangements have been made for dropping off /collecting of children.
For safeguarding reasons, staff will not release children to anyone without the legal
Parent Partnership- parents have home visits and family sessions when their child starts
Nursery. Parents are invited to come in to settle their child at the start of each session and this
daily contact promotes and ensures strong parent partnership. There is a parents’ notice board
with information of weekly events as well as half termly newsletters.
Parents have access to and are encouraged to contribute towards their child’s learning journey.
Every child is assigned their personal ‘Key Worker’ who is also available to parents every day to
Links with Sutton Hill Day Nursery- in order to ensure continuity for children who attend the
Nursery in the Children’s Centre for wrap around care as well as our Nursery, the Nursery staff
work with Sutton Hill Day Nursery staff. In addition, parents who require wrap around care are
able to request Sutton Hill Day Nursery to bring their child to and collect them from Sir
Alexander Fleming Nursery.
Safeguarding: Foundation Stage / Key Stage 1
As we place strong emphasis upon all children across the Foundation Stage and KS1 becoming
as independent as possible, we request that parents actively encourage the children in the
Reception/ Key Stage 1 to line up each morning on the main playground area. Due to
Safeguarding issues, Health and Safety concerns and restricted space, we do not allow parents
to access the school premises.
At parents request, the school has provided a designated Buggy Shelter where prams and
pushchairs can be left if necessary.
Staffing Structure for the Academic Year 2012-2013
Headteacher Mrs Jan Cousins
Senior Leadership Team Mrs Fiona Balderson Ms Lynette Burridge
Ms Liz Hullin Mrs Katy Tomlinson
Mrs Katy Tomlinson
Mrs Fiona Balderson
Ms Lynette Burridge
Ms Liz Hullin
Mr Steve Firmstone
Mr Ian Bussey
Miss Donna Craddock
Miss Carolyn Barker
Miss Katie Reese
Mrs Sarah North
Miss Sarah Hickey
Mrs Suzanne Holland
Mrs Kate Caswell
Mrs Christine Williams (Learning Mentor)
Mrs Claire Wilson (Nurture Group Leader)
Mrs Debbie Hart NNEB Mrs Teresa Adams NNEB / HLTA
Mrs Sandra. Barnfield Mrs Pauline Shaw Mrs Gail Hellowell Ms Sabrina Simmons
Mrs Kath Rogers Mrs Petrina Rhodes Mrs Sue Briscoe Miss Isobel Brown
Mrs Lynn Turner Mrs Alison Needle Miss Teresa Parker Mrs Wendy Caldwell
Mrs Eve Byles Mrs Karen Hall Ms Janice Vernon Mr David Williams
Ms Jackie Moore Miss Stephanie Lewis Ms Hayley Duffy Mrs Emma Davies
Mrs Diane Baldi Mrs Maxine Price Mrs Lesley Meadows
Mrs Mim Broadhurst Mrs Kelly Wust
School Business Manager: Mrs Lorraine Pilgrim
Admin Support: Mrs Karen Davies
School Caretaker: Mr Stephen Bennett
Cook in Charge: Mrs Jackie Cheshire
Lunchtime Staff Mrs Debbie Cooper Mrs Dawn Wells Mrs Delphine Asma
Mrs Diane O’Neill Ms Sabrina Simmons Mrs Tina Alford
Ms Jolene Finzi Mrs Louise McKenzie Mrs Sarah Gillett
Ms Debbie Jones Mrs Natasha Walrond Mrs Emma Davies
The Governing Body: June 2012
L.A Appointed: Mrs Fiona Hensley (Chair of Governors)
Mr David Edwards
Mrs Karen Morrow
Community Governors: Mrs Anne Shaw
Mr John Daly (Vice Chair)
Headteacher: Mrs Jan Cousins
Parent Governors: Mrs Karen Hall
Mrs Narinder Kaur
Mrs Becky Harrison
Mrs Rachel Cuthbert
Mrs Natasha Walrond
Teacher Governors: Ms Lynette Burridge
Mrs Katy Tomlinson
Staff Governor: Mr Stephen Bennett
Number of Governors:
Clerk to Governors 2012-2013:
Telford and Wrekin Council
Civic Offices, P.O. Box 440
Telford and Wrekin TF3 4LL
The school operates the Local Authority’s cashless system- this means that children do not
need to handle money at lunchtimes. Money for school lunches should be placed in a named
envelope which is sent to the kitchen staff each day. (This system operates across the Borough)
All of our school meals are prepared and cooked on the premises, the quality and the
presentation of all food is the responsibility of the Borough’s Catering Services and is monitored
The Borough’s Catering Services take full responsibility for all aspects of school
Personnel can be contacted via Civic Offices
School meal menus are issued to the parents/children on a regular basis
The children may pay for their meals on a daily, weekly or even termly basis.
*(The cost of a school meal will be £1.95 from September 2012).
Payment can be made by cash or cheque (cheques should be made payable to ‘Borough
of Telford and Wrekin’- (Parents can request a computer print out of their children’s
meals / balances)
With the new computer system no child will be allowed to have a meal without payment.
This will prevent any child/ family falling into arrears.
Parents are requested to direct all concerns to the Catering Services and not through the
All money should be sent in an envelope with the child’s name, class and the amount
enclosed detailed on the envelope. (envelopes for this purpose can be obtained from the
Children entitled to Free Meals go into the hall along with the rest of their class.
Registers are kept by the class teacher listing which children are having meals,
sandwiches or going home, so we know what each child should be doing and we can
check on their whereabouts.
Children who go home for lunch must bring in a note signed by the parent giving
permission for their child to go home.
Children who go home for lunch must not return before 12.55pm.
On occasion, through our Behaviour Policy, children are requested to return home for the
lunchtime period. The school actively encourages parental support at these times. On these
occasions children who are in receipt of a Free School Meal will have their lunch before going
home or a packed lunch will be provided if requested.
The school has a team of Lunchtime Supervisors who are directly responsible to the
All staff regularly access /receive appropriate training and all have been formally Police
We encourage and actively promote good eating habits across the school.
All of the children across the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have a piece of fruit daily- this
is part of the Government Fruit Scheme. The children in Key Stage 2 are actively encouraged to
bring a piece of fruit for their mid- morning break. The children in both KS1 and KS2 have the
option to buy toast for their morning break each day (toast costs 10p)
Children are not allowed to bring sweets, crisps, chocolate bars or ‘junk’ snacks for eating
during the school day- the school values the support of all parents in this practice- this meets
the national agenda of the Healthy School’s initiative for encouraging/promoting healthy
We actively encourage a ‘Healthy Lunch Box’ if the children are having a packed lunch.
We rely on the parents /carers to encourage and support good eating habits in line with the
school’s practice and the school’s Food Policy.
In line with the Healthy School’s initiative, the school is committed to promoting healthier
Clothing/ School Uniform
The school uniform code is as follows: - The school colour is burgundy with gold
Winter: Boys/Girls: plain burgundy sweatshirt (with or without the school logo)
or plain burgundy cardigan.
gold / white polo shirts- white shirts/ white blouses
Trousers : black or grey
Girls: Skirts: black or grey
Polo-shirts: Plain gold / white (with or without school logo)
Shirts: Plain white
Girls: Gold/gingham dresses
All children must wear appropriate school shoes every day and no trainers are allowed
unless they are for P.E. or specific activities
For P.E. activities, the children are required to wear a plain white T shirt and plain dark shorts.
The school does not provide these items as they are easily obtained from local retail outlets and
are cheaper to buy.
Burgundy Fleeces are available- with the school logo.
Parents are requested to clearly label all children's clothing/uniform.
All school clothing/ uniform items can be ordered from the school office.
All items must be paid for at the time of ordering
Book-bags/ drawstring pump bags, school caps and water bottles are available from the school
There is a uniform price list/ order form at the back of this prospectus.
P.E. and Games Kit- Suitable Clothing
Children must have a change of clothing for PE and games/ dance. The recommended kit is a
plain white T-shirt and plain dark shorts. Please note that bare feet are essential for indoor P.E.
and indoor activities. Children need trainers/football boots when required for outdoor PE
/Games/ Run for Fun, as well as appropriate warmer clothing for the colder months of the year.
(Children may also be required to wear trainers or pumps for indoor games lessons)
For health and safety reasons, we insist all children must wear appropriate clothing for P.E.
Children who access swimming sessions must provide their own swimming kit/towels etc
For reasons of health and hygiene, we strongly discourage the children from wearing
trainers during the school day, although children are allowed to wear trainers during the
Suitable school shoes must be worn by boys and girls, they are cheaper and represent
better value for money.
High heeled boots or shoes or fashion/flimsy footwear must not to be worn to school.
During the summer months/ warmer weather- we expect school uniform/school colours to
be worn though we will allow boys to wear tailored shorts.
No jewellery should be worn at school as this can be a safety hazard to both your own
child and others. If, for Religious reasons, jewellery must be worn, this should be
discussed and agreed with the Headteacher.
The school will not take responsibility for any jewellery items- these should be left at
If earrings are worn, these must be plain flat studs, and restricted to one only in each ear
lobe. Earrings must be removed / taped over during any P.E / games activities and the
children must provide their own tape/plasters.
No member of staff is allowed to remove earrings
No facial piercing is allowed – nor the wearing of facial studs/mouth studs/ lip rings.
Long hair must be tied back at all times, and particularly for P.E. /Games/ Swimming
Make up is not permitted in school unless stated by a Medical practitioner for cosmetic
The school strongly discourages children coming into school with ‘extremes’ of hair
styles/hair colours- whilst we fully appreciate children want to follow current trends- this is
not appropriate for school or in term time. The school values the support of parents with
Parents will be notified of the time of their child's PE lessons in a class newsletter at the
beginning of each term.
Parents are respectfully requested to send the children with a normal size pump bag rather than
the large sports bags as the classrooms have very limited storage space.
Non- Uniform Days
The children have regular non-uniform days and/or ‘themed clothing days’ throughout the
school year. On these days the children may be asked to make a small contribution for a
specific charity event or school funds. All money collected for the school fund helps to provide
additional resources for the children.
Attendance / Absence
The number of absences both authorised and unauthorised are collected on every child, and
these now have to be written on their "end of year reports".
Each school day consists of 2 sessions.
There were 4.2% authorised absences and 1.99 % unauthorised absences from
1st September 2010 – 15 June 2011. The school’s attendance rate was 93.81% for this period.
The school must have notes of explanation to cover any absence and forms must be
completed for any request to have absence during term time.
At the discretion of the Headteacher, and only in extenuating circumstances, children may be
‘authorised’ for absence in addition to the planned school holiday dates. The school carefully
considers all factors, including attendance trends/ progress data, before making an informed
decision about any additional absence from school.
Parents must have absence request forms completed in advance and authorised by the
Headteacher. These are available from the school office.
No absence will be authorised retrospectively.
In line with Government requirements and the Local Authority Attendance Policy, the
school will not authorise holidays during term time.
The school requires parents to provide evidence/ notes covering medical/dental appointments.
The school’s Education Welfare Officer regularly checks the school’s attendance registers for
punctuality and absence. If children are persistently late or absent, parents/carers will be
contacted/ interviewed by the Education Welfare Officer.
If punctuality or attendance does not improve, there are a number of legal measures which will
If a note does not fully explain an absence, then we have to report this as an unauthorised
absence, which will appear on your child's reports.
All attendance data is sent to the Education Authority.
Parents must ensure their children arrive at school punctually for 8.45am each morning. If we
have not received notification of absence by 9.15 am, then we will record this as unauthorised
If your child does not return after lunch, we will automatically contact the home if we have had
no notification of absence; once again this is to verify the whereabouts of your child as the
safety and well-being of our pupils is our priority.
It is Parents’/Guardians’ responsibility to inform the school of their child’s
All teaching staff are in their classes by 8.30am each day
The school opens at 8.45 am for a prompt 9.00am registration/ start to lessons.
All children must line up in their classes outside on the playground before the doors are opened
(The school’s Caretaker will open the doors earlier to prevent the children waiting outside if it is
Parents are respectfully requested to wait outside on the playground each morning/afternoon for
their children. This is due to Safeguarding issues and Health and Safety requirements, as well
as increased security for children and staff.
The parents of the children in the Reception classes are only allowed limited access in
September to help settle the children into their new class. Parents are requested to encourage
their children to line up outside and enter by themselves after the fist half term. This is positive
in helping to develop the children’s independence, personal organisation skills and confidence,
and the staff values parental support in this matter.
Due to restricted space, Safeguarding issues and Health and Safety concerns, parents
are not allowed to bring prams/pushchairs into school. There is a designated Buggy
Shelter available on the school site.
No child should be on the school playground before 8.40am as there is no adult supervision.
Morning session 9.00 am - 12 noon
Morning Break KS1: 10.15 am – 10.30 am
KS2: 10.40 am- 10.55 am
Lunch Break 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
Afternoon session 1.00 pm - 3.15 pm
(Key Stage 1 children have an optional 15 minute break in the afternoon)
This meets the statutory requirements of directed teaching time
At the end of the day Parents are requested to wait outside the class bases to meet the children
as they exit their classes. All children exit through their class fire-door at the end of the day.
Children are not allowed to bring bicycles / scooters etc on to the main school
playground at any time. This is for the Health and Safety of the children themselves, and
for the parents, carers and toddlers present. The school cannot accept liability for any
accidents or theft of bicycles.
Children who cycle to school have a designated Cycle Shelter where they can store their
bicycles during the day. The school does not accept any liability for any bicycles left on
the school site.
All cyclists must wear cycle helmets for their personal safety and the use of a suitable
locking device is advised.
Parents are not allowed to smoke anywhere on the school premises- this is a children’s
environment, and we actively support the Healthy School’s Initiative with regard to this.
Designated ‘No Smoking’ signs are clearly displayed for all adults round the school site.
No animals are allowed on school premises at any time.
Parents are not allowed to drive into or park on the school car park to ‘drop’ children off to
school in the morning/picking them up at the end of the school day. The school caretaker will
close the main school gates daily at 8.45am and 3.00p.m. This practice is specifically for the
safety of all children and adults.
Children must be closely supervised during entry and exit of the school, and discouraged from
playing between cars on the school car park
It is illegal to park on the yellow zig-zag lines outside the school gate. The school will
inform the Police of continued failure to address this issue.
The school entrance gates and adjacent areas are regularly monitored by the Police
The school site is monitored by CCTV cameras- Designated signs are clearly displayed
on the premises.
Parents in School
All staff will make themselves available to discuss any matters/concerns that may arise, but we
strongly encourage parents to make appointments to see staff. Appointments can be made
through the main office, and will be arranged for a mutually convenient time.
The Headteacher tries to be available at all times and, if this is not possible, an appointment can
be made via the school office.
We welcome any parents who would like to help in school. Please approach the main office to
make an appointment to see either the Headteacher or one of the Senior Staff to discuss this.
This voluntary help is much needed and greatly appreciated.
In line with our commitment to Safeguarding, parents/adults are only allowed to be in
school as volunteer helpers or to accompany children on school visits if they have been
rigorously ‘Police Checked’ –the relevant forms are available from the school office.
Parents are welcomed into school on a regular basis for workshops, lunchtimes, assemblies
and special events.
Reporting to Parents: Parents' Open Evenings
Autumn Term: Formal appointments for parents to meet with staff.
Spring Term: Formal appointments are issued for parents to meet with their child’s teacher.
Learning targets and children’s progress are discussed in greater detail.
Summer Term: Informal Open Evening after children's detailed written reports are issued to
parents. No formal appointments are issued, but Parents have the opportunity to discuss any
concerns from the annual report and to meet with their child’s new teacher.
Parents are requested to make a written comment on their child’s report.
After School Clubs
Each term, a diverse range of after school clubs are offered to the children and these are
usually held between 3.15 pm until 4.30 pm. These may change according to the term and staff
Parents are respectfully reminded that all after school clubs are run through the
‘goodwill’ of the staff and are additional to their workload
The clubs are available to children in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
The range of clubs has included: Football - Gymnastics -Environmental Club - Outdoor
Sports/Games - Athletics – Tag Rugby - Art/Craft club - Gardening Club – Multi Skills
Once places are allocated for each club, children will be expected to attend all sessions.
An attendance register will be kept for all clubs.
If a child misses 2 consecutive sessions of any club, then the place will be re-allocated. If
children are unable to attend the club, parents must inform the school in advance, by letter or
If, for any reason, a club has to be cancelled, the school will try to give children and parents
advance notice. If parents cannot be contacted, the children will remain safely in school.
In line with the school’s Behaviour policy, we have the highest expectation of good behaviour in
all school clubs/activities. If any child behaves inappropriately, they may be withdrawn from the
Sports and Healthy Lifestyles
The children have the opportunity to play most sports during the school year, including football,
netball, cricket, rounders, basketball and rugby. The school has an excellent record of
achievement in competitive sports and teams of children across the age ranges are actively
involved in many local leagues and competitions. The school also promotes its focus on
‘Healthy Lifestyles’ through sport/games.
All children who participate in school teams and who represent the school are expected to
demonstrate excellent behaviour and positive attitudes as they are role models for all of the
children in the school.
Swimming sessions are accessed for KS2 children during the year, usually in the summer term.
Extended Schools Agenda
The after school clubs demonstrate the school’s commitment to the Extended School’s Agenda.
This is not to be regarded as child care provision, but a commitment to extending the school day
for the children. The school has the capacity to further extend its provision for both children and
families of the local community and continues to pursue future ventures which address this
School Visits and Charging Policy
As part of a planned theme, and for enrichment of the children’s curriculum experiences, school
visits are arranged. Where these visits or activities support the curriculum, parents will be
requested to pay for the cost of entry /coaches. The school, where possible, will make every
reasonable effort to subsidise the cost of any visit.
However, no child will be stopped from going on a visit if there is no contribution from his/her
parents, although it may be necessary to cancel such visits if insufficient funds are collected.
The school also buys in many additional visitors/groups for children, so that enrichment and
breadth of the curriculum is addressed, as well as making learning ‘fun’. Quality visitors and
groups are expensive and parents will be asked to make contributions towards the cost of
visitors. Parents need to be aware that the school’s budget is limited and cannot fund
‘additional’ costs. We value the financial support from our parents as these additional
experiences reinforce the children’s learning and understanding.
Parents will be requested to pay for their children to attend sporting clubs if external, qualified
coaches are needed. The school will try to subsidise costs whenever possible.
If there are insufficient funds to support the cost of visitors or sports coaches to the school, we
will have to reduce or even cancel these sessions.
The school will also make a nominal charge for copies of specific documents e.g. school
In line with the school’s Behaviour policy, we have the highest expectation of good behaviour
from the children when they are on any school visit.
If any child demonstrates inappropriate behaviour, or gives staff any concern for their own or
other children’s safety, they may be withdrawn from the visit.
This will be fully discussed with parents prior to any proposed visit. Please note that the school
is always mindful of its commitment to inclusion and equal opportunities for all children, but the
safety and welfare of all pupils is a priority consideration.
School complaints system - Under Section 23 of the Education Reform Act 1988
For all complaints or concerns, parents (and others) are encouraged to raise them initially with
the Headteacher, who will be able to discuss them immediately or at a mutually agreed time.
Should it not be possible to resolve any complaint or concern satisfactorily in this way, the
complaint should be put in writing and sent or given to the Headteacher. If you would like
assistance in setting out your complaint, the school will, if asked, help you to do this, facilitating
access to translation services where necessary. The school then promises to deal with your
complaint as follows:
formally acknowledge it within 5 working days
tell you the name of the person looking into your complaint
respond to it within twenty school working days or, if it is not possible to give you a
complete answer, tell you what is being done to investigate and how long it is expected
tell you if it has to be dealt with under a special procedure
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint, you can write to the Chair of
Governors, c/o the school.
The Complaints Committee on behalf of the Governing Body may be requested to meet to
consider what you have to say.
Should you still not be satisfied and want to take the matter further, you will be told who else
you can write to at that stage.
This procedure follows all of the Local Authority’s recommended protocols
All documents referred to in this booklet are available for your inspection at any reasonable
If you wish to see them, please contact the School Administrator to make an appointment.
Any records concerning your child, which are kept in school, are available for your inspection. A
period of notice- (usually 24 hours) must be given if parents wish to view children’s records.
Records are not allowed to be removed from the school site or copied. Parents wishing to view
children’s records will be supervised by a member of staff.
We hope this information has been helpful to you. Please let the school know if there is any
additional information you feel future parents/guardians might appreciate.
If there are any points in this booklet that you would like to discuss further, please do not
hesitate to contact the Headteacher who will make time available for you.
The school assumes responsibility for the welfare and well-being of all of the children on a daily
It is school policy that no medicines are to be kept by the children/ staff in the class base.
Nothing is given by mouth to any child.
There are very few exceptions to this rule and the Headteacher must be consulted in these
If a child has to be given prescribed medicines during the day, then the Parents/
Guardian must sign the appropriate form. A copy of this form will be kept in the child’s
We do not allow the children to bring cough sweets/throat pastilles into school, children can
choke on these. (There is also no proven medicinal value to these, and medical personnel often
discourage children from eating these)
Children who need an inhaler are encouraged to carry this with them at all times in a bum bag
or pouch. This is so children can use their inhaler when they need it.
We have been advised that all children who are prescribed an inhaler have been given
instruction on how to use it. Staff will only supervise children using their inhaler when
New legislation requires all children to have a spacer at school.
It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child receives any prescribed medicine
during the day – this may mean coming into school to administer the medicine/ ointment / eye
If any child requires an intensive course of prescribed medicine, consideration must be
given as to whether the child is well enough to be in school.
If any child becomes ill during the day and needs to be sent home, parents/guardians will be
contacted. For this reason, you as parents/guardians, must ensure that the contact numbers are
correct and up to date.
If we identify nits/headlice on a child, it is our practice to send children home immediately for
treatment. Headlice are an ongoing issue, and we need to continue to work together to try and
eradicate this problem.
Letters are regularly sent home with advice on how to deal with this problem.
We also appreciate parents informing the school if their child/children have headlice
If any child wets/soils themselves during the day, parents will be requested to come into school
with a clean change of clothing and change their child – this is not the responsibility of the staff.
First Aid, where possible, will be administered by the Named First Aiders in the school.
During the summer term when the weather is very warm and sunny, the school takes every
reasonable precaution to keep children out of the direct sun for any length of time.
Parents are strongly encouraged to ensure that their children are protected by a high factor
sunscreen and this can be applied prior to the children coming into school.
The children can bring sunscreen into school in a labelled, plastic bag/container and given to
their teacher for safe keeping. Staff can supervise the children applying the sunscreen
Staff are not permitted to apply sunscreen to children.
Parents are welcome to come into school at lunchtime to re-apply children’s sunscreen if they
wish. Children are encouraged to wear caps/hats to cover their heads- please ensure that any
headwear is clearly labelled.
The school does not allow the wearing of nose studs, unless these are for Religious reasons.
Nose studs would have to be removed/ taped over for any physical activities
In line with the school’s policy, we do not permit the children to have mobile phones in school.
Sweets/ Chewing Gum-Children are not allowed sweets/chewing gum in school.
Child Protection Statement and Safeguarding
In Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School and Nursery, there is a strict code of practice which
will be followed if there is any doubt that any child is considered to be ‘At Risk’. (This could
mean physical or mental abuse, deprivation or neglect of any kind which impacts on the good
health and general welfare of any child.)
Any genuine concern expressed through another adult about the general welfare of any child or
indeed any comment from a child which causes anxiety about his/her welfare will be
investigated through the correct procedures.
There are ‘Named Persons’ in the school who are responsible for contacting Local Authority
Personnel who will investigate issues/concerns raised by the school. (The ‘Named Persons’ in
the school have received the appropriate training through the Local Authority.)
The safeguarding, welfare and well-being of all children attending Sir Alexander Fleming is our
priority, and we will take the necessary action to protect them. The school works closely with a
number of local agencies to ensure safeguarding procedures are followed.
The school has adopted the Local Authority Child Protection Policy.
The Headteacher and staff undertake Safeguarding training to keep updated with current
practice and legislation.
Racial Abuse and Racial Discrimination
The school promotes and celebrates cultural diversity. All incidents which involve Racial
Abuse/Racial Harassment/ Discrimination are documented in school. All incidents are carefully
investigated. Information is sent to the Local Authority on an annual basis.
Items of clothing/property left in school can only be kept for a short time- each half term,
parents will be given regular opportunities to reclaim lost property items. For health and safety
reasons the school cannot keep items indefinitely and if unclaimed, they will be disposed of.
The school cannot accept liability for lost property items
The school relies upon parents giving correct contact numbers- this is so parent/carers can be
contacted for any reason. If numbers change, it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that
this information is passed to the school office for our records.
The school will request additional emergency contact numbers if necessary.
Photographs/ Parental Consent
The school photographer visits the school annually to take a range of individual/family
photographs. (There is no obligation to buy the photographs).
There may be occasions when children need to be photographed- linked with work they are
doing in school, reward assemblies, sporting activities, and/ or special projects for the local
Parents are requested to complete a form giving their consent for their child to be
We also require parental consent for the children to access the school’s intranet
Family Literacy / Numeracy Courses
We actively encourage parents to access courses we can provide on basic Literacy/ Numeracy
skills. These ‘Keeping up with the Children’ courses are linked with the age range/year groups
of the children and can help parents to gain a better understanding of the work their children are
doing in school.
The school is working to extend its provision of courses for parents.
Family Learning Courses
Family Learning sessions are regularly planned for parents and children to have ‘quality time’ to
work together. There are a range of courses which can be accessed and these are free to all
parents. We actively encourage parents/carers to access these.
School Travel Plan
The school has a detailed Travel Plan which passed rigorous scrutiny to allow additional funding
to be allocated to the school. This additional funding has been used to provide a designated
cycle shelter and designated buggy shelter on site. All stakeholders were involved in the
formulation of the Travel Plan and this plan will be regularly reviewed and updated.
If children are cycling to school, they must wear a safety helmet.
The school does not accept any liability for Bicycles left on school premises.
Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School Holiday Dates 2012– 2013
Autumn Term 2012
Friday 31 August P.D. Day – staff only to attend
Monday 3 September Autumn term begins
Friday 19 October End of first half term
Monday 22 October – Friday 26 October Half term week (inclusive dates)
Monday 29 October P.D. Day – staff only to attend
Tuesday 30 October Autumn term resumes
Friday 21 December Autumn term ends
Monday 24 December – Friday 4 January Christmas holiday (inclusive dates)
Spring Term 2013
Monday 7 January P.D. Day – staff only to attend
Tuesday 8 January Spring Term begins
Friday 15 February End of first half term
Monday 18 February – Friday 22 February Half term week (inclusive dates)
Monday 25 February Spring Term Resumes
Thursday 28 March Spring term ends
Friday 29 March – Thursday 11 April Easter holiday (inclusive dates)
Friday 12 April P.D. Day – staff only to attend
Summer Term 2013
Monday 15 April Summer term begins
Monday 6 May Bank Holiday
Friday 24 May End of first half term
Monday 27 May – Friday 31 May Half term week (inclusive dates)
Monday 3 June P.D. Day – staff only to attend
Monday 4 June Summer term resumes
Friday 19th July Summer term ends
Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School
When children come to school, it is vital that parents and teachers work in partnership so that
the child knows we are all working together. Most children respond to a clear disciplinary code;
if they don't, then there is usually a root cause that needs to be addressed. If we thought a child
was going through a "bad patch" we would invite parents into school to discuss and address
those issues. Without discipline, learning cannot effectively take place. If the school has high
expectations of children’s behaviour, then children themselves will meet those expectations.
Realistically, almost all children display some level of misbehaviour at sometime during their
school career. The class teachers deal with these and clearly agreed, appropriate sanctions
are applied in line with the school’s behaviour policy.
Praise is always in evidence; when praise is due for effort, helpfulness, kindness and good
behaviour, it is given. All staff endorse and implement a ‘Positive Behaviour Management’
approach, using strategies to develop positive attitudes and good behaviour.
We all need praise/ encouragement to raise our self-esteem and motivation - if we feel good
about ourselves, then we perform better.
If, on occasion, children display behaviour that is unacceptable, we also address this
immediately through the school’s behaviour policy. In extreme cases, a fixed term or permanent
exclusion may be applied.
We will not tolerate physical aggression or violence, bullying, harassment (this includes
racism), threatening behaviour, vandalism, offensive language, verbal abuse or rudeness to
The school has an Anti-Bullying Policy which is implemented in conjunction with the school’s
Sir Alexander Fleming is a school where mutual respect for all is explicit and practised.
Obviously, if an extremely serious offence takes place within school or on the playground,
parents are informed immediately and requested to come into school to discuss the matter.
All incidents in school are thoroughly investigated and fully recorded.
We feel, as I am sure you do, that learning cannot take place without a strong but fair
disciplinary code within the school. We hope that as a child matures, the discipline imposed by
the school becomes self-discipline, which should stay with the child for life.
The school needs your support and partnership (see Home/School agreement) in this venture,
as it is impossible to gain any improvement without your support.
If you are ever concerned about the way a situation has been handled in school, then please
come in to see either the Class Teacher or myself. We try very hard to be fair to all children but
as people, we can all make mistakes; if this is the case, then we would try to put things right.
However, if we are concerned about the behaviour or attitudes of your child at a particular time,
then we will not hesitate to contact you to discuss it.
We thank you for your support and co-operation.
At all times, the school places a strong emphasis upon developing a positive working
partnership with all parents, promoting open communication and mutual respect for the roles we
all play in the development of our children. As we encourage our children to demonstrate the
highest standards of behaviour and attitudes, we fully expect that parents too will respect and
share this same philosophy.
Revoking of Parental Licence
If any parent is verbally abusive, or overtly aggressive towards any member of staff, then the
Headteacher has the right to restrict parental access. In extreme cases, the Headteacher can
fully revoke the Parental Licence to enter the school premises, or even exclude parents until
any issue, which has initiated this sanction is discussed and fully resolved.
Any such incidences are recorded, and Personnel from the LA are fully informed.
Incidences of this nature are rare but are viewed very seriously by both the school and the Local
Please note that, as with any complaint, parents are strongly encouraged to follow the
correct Complaints Procedure outlined previously.
Definition of Bullying
“Bullying is deliberate harassment or a series of aggressive actions, which causes hurt to
another: The hurt can either be physical or psychological; inflicted by one child or a group.
Bullying is a repeated action, not a one off occurrence.
However, if one child is exhibiting bullying behaviour to several children, this obviously needs to
be dealt with.
being hit, kicked, pinched, spat at or threatened
being called names
making a fool of someone- ( by repeatedly focusing on physical features/ colouring size/
teasing or sending nasty notes
spreading rumours and malicious gossip about someone (this includes use of social
deliberately destroying another child’s property
repeatedly excluding a child by not talking to them, or not letting them join in
locking someone in a room.
It is not bullying when 2 children of approximately the same age and strength have the
occasional fight or quarrel.
Bullying can also include the following issues:
a) race/culture (e.g. African, Caribbean, Asian, mixed parentage, Gypsies, New Age Travellers)
b) class (wealth, poverty, speech, and clothing)
c) religion- religious beliefs, wearing of religious clothing and/or jewellery
d) disability- any physical disability, extremes of height and weight
e) low/high academic achievement
All pupils have the right to be taught in a safe, caring atmosphere
Bullying, both verbal and physical, will not be tolerated in this school. It is everyone’s
responsibility to prevent it happening and, with this in mind, the Governors have laid down the
to ensure pupils know what is meant by bullying
to prevent bullying happening in school
to deal with bullying swiftly when it occurs
to encourage parents to work in partnership with the school on this issue.
Pupils will be taught through Assemblies, Circle Times and Personal and Social Education/
Bullying is unacceptable inside or outside school and that they must not suffer in silence.
The school treats bullying seriously and will investigate it thoroughly, whether it is a minor or
serious incident. (All incidents are recorded).
Pupils are urged to tell a teacher or lunchtime supervisor when an incident occurs. The teacher
will deal with the situation in the first instance but will send the child who is being bullied to the
In her absence, the child should be sent to a senior member of staff who will also deal with it
sympathetically. When senior staff deal with these incidents, it indicates to children and parents
that we take bullying very seriously indeed.
All reported incidents are recorded
At lunchtime when supervisors are on duty, they should report any incidents or concerns to the
Headteacher or the senior members of staff.
All cases of bullying will be seen as a breach of the school’s code of Behaviour.
Pupils, parents and staff will be informed of the school’s approach to bullying, and this
document will be given to parents and children from their first entry into school.
There are a range of sanctions available to the Headteacher depending on the perceived
seriousness of the situation. Some of these include:-
a) Discussion with parents/children about the problem and close monitoring to prevent a
recurrence in school
b) Withdrawal of school privileges ie: playtimes, school clubs, and special events
c) Lunchtime exclusions
d) Fixed term exclusions, or in extreme circumstances, a permanent exclusion will be
The school will:
a) Help to provide appropriate support to those who have been bullied
b) Work with the “bullies” to change their behaviour, possibly enlisting the help of specialists
such as Educational Psychologists or Child and Family Services.
c) Record incidents of bullying and dates when they occur so that behaviour can be closely
An anti-bullying policy helps to create a positive and caring ethos where individuals are
respected and feel secure in a way which enhances their social and academic development.
Extent of bullying
The overall incidences of bullying gets less as the children get older - the highest incidence is
when children transfer to Secondary Schools from Primary Schools.
However, if bullying takes place when children are older, it can potentially, be very serious.
Who are the bullies?
Both boys and girls, but most common are individual boys or gangs of boys.
Girls are usually in a gang, and they tend to be verbal and much more secretive - rumours,
silence campaigns, isolation (more difficult to detect).
Where do most Bullying incidences occur in a Primary School?
At primary school, bullying tends to happen at break times on the playground, but can also
happen in the classroom.
Who are the victims?
Any child can be bullied; however, there are certain high risk factors: -
lacking close friends in school, or one special friend
being timid and shy and perceived as always ‘telling tales’
coming from an over-protective family environment
being from a different racial or ethnic group to the majority
being different in some obvious way from the majority:- i.e. hair colour or extreme hairstyle /
wearing glasses, being overweight, having a physical disability
having special educational needs:- i.e. being less able or being very able, having a speech
being a “provocative victim” - a child who behaves inappropriately with others, barging in on
games, being a nuisance, behaving in an immature manner.
None of these characteristics can excuse allowing any child to be bullied.
Parents who feel their child is being bullied should bring it to the attention of the Headteacher
and staff immediately as it is impossible for the school to take action if they are not aware of
incidents which may have occurred.
Information for pupils
When you are being bullied
Do not retaliate (don’t hit back, name call back, or lash out)
Be firm and clear - look them in the eye and tell them to stop (however difficult this may be)
Get away from the situation as quickly as possible after this
Immediately seek out an adult you trust in school and report what has happened.
After you have been bullied
Tell the Headteacher, a teacher, or another adult in your school
Tell your family
If you are scared to tell a teacher or an adult on your own, ask a friend to go with you
Keep on speaking up until someone listens
Don’t blame yourself for what has happened.
When you are talking about bullying with an adult, be clear about
what has happened to you
how often it has happened
who saw what was happening
where it happened
what you have done about it already.
If your child has been bullied (for parents)
calmly talk with your child about his/her experience
make a note of what your child says - particularly who was said to be involved; how often the
bullying has occurred; where it happened and what has happened
reassure your child that he/she has done the right thing to tell you about the bullying
explain to your child that should any further incidents occur, he/she should report them
immediately to a teacher or Headteacher
make an appointment to see the Headteacher
explain to the teacher or Headteacher the problems your child is experiencing.
Talking with teachers about bullying
try and stay calm - bear in mind that the teacher and/or the Headteacher may have no idea
that your child is being bullied or may have heard conflicting accounts of an incident
be as specific as possible about what your child says has happened - give dates, places and
names of other children involved
make a note of what action the school intends to take
ask if there is anything you can do to help your child or the school
stay in touch with the school; let them know if things improve as well as if problems continue.
If you are not satisfied:
Families who genuinely feel that the school is not addressing their concerns appropriately might
like to consider the following steps: -
make another appointment to discuss the matter with the Headteacher, keep a record of the
if this does not help, write to the Chair of Governors explaining your concerns.
-----------------------Tear off slip to be returned to school when child is admitted-------------------
I/we being the parents of .............................................................................................
sign to record that we have read this document and agree to the suggestions and
conditions in this Anti-bullying Policy for Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School.
Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School
Telephone 01952 338010
Home- School Agreement
What the School will do
Provide a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment where children are happy to
come and learn every day
Encourage all children to do their best, having high expectation of their work effort,
behaviour and attitude
Equip the children with skills for life-long learning by providing all children with a broad
and balanced curriculum, implementing educational initiatives which parents are
Keep Parents fully informed of their child’s progress and achievement, identifying and
addressing any special needs
Prepare detailed annual reports, set up planned and regular Parent interviews, and be
available to discuss anxieties and concerns as they arise
Prepare, monitor and assess homework, encouraging opportunities for home learning on
a regular basis
Keep parents informed and updated about all school activities through regular letters
Encourage children to be mutually supportive, encouraging respect of peer group and all
adults within the school and wider community
What the School would expect from Parents:
Be fully involved in all aspects of your child’s educational life by:
Making sure that your child is fit for school, attends regularly and punctually, and is
properly equipped with what he/she needs each day
Ensuring that your child is suitably dressed in school uniform colours, and has
appropriate P.E. kit when needed
Attending meetings with staff to discuss your child’s progress
Supporting the school in it’s discipline and anti-bullying policies
Actively supporting the school’s homework policy and home learning
Informing the school of reasons for any absence promptly, any change in circumstances,
such as change of address or contact numbers
Informing the school of any event outside school which may adversely affect your child’s
work or behaviour
Following the guidelines and policies of the school outlined in the School Prospectus
Child’s contribution to the Home- School Agreement:
come to school regularly and on time
wear the school uniform / school colours
keep the school and class rules at all times
try to be friendly and helpful
be polite and considerate to all adults and other children
treat others as I would like to be treated
try to do my best with all of my class work and complete my home work on time
not bully or hurt other children
look after school property and school equipment
All parents and children will be requested to sign the Home- School agreement on an
annual basis, or when new families transfer to the school.
Encouraging good behaviour For persistent or very serious behaviour –
We all need praise and positive the following procedure will be adhered to: Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School
encouragement to raise our self-esteem – if we
feel good about ourselves we start to perform The incident will be dealt with by the individual
teacher and a verbal apology will be expected Behaviour Booklet
and sought from the child.
Children are complimented on their good
behaviour, high working standards and Repeated incidences will be referred to the The aims and expectations of the children in
attitudes are encouraged and commented upon Headteacher and Senior members of staff and our school:
in a very positive way. an apology sought from the child. The incident
will be fully recorded. To treat all members of the school
Throughout the school we use a wide range of community, both adults and children with
rewards including praise from adults and Serious incidents will be dealt with by the respect, courtesy and kindness
children. We celebrate ‘Best Effort Headteacher immediately and parents
Assemblies”, issue VIP certificates, award contacted – the incident will be fully recorded. To develop self control and discipline
stickers and send letters to parents.
Should further incidents occur, a letter will be To show tolerance and patience with
What we do if children behave badly sent to parents inviting them to discuss the others especially when someone has
For minor problems, school staff have a matter further. different abilities or attributes
number of suitable, agreed sanctions. These
begin with a reprimand and correction. If necessary a contract will be drawn up and To behave in a reasonable and
arrangements may be made, with parental responsible manner at all times during
If the problem continues the teacher may feel consent, for the child to go home during lunch the school day
‘Time out’ for the child in another classroom for sessions, for a specified period of time.
a short time, is appropriate. (Modified or Flexible timetable)
Other sanctions are generally related to losing Meetings with parents will be held to review the
privileges ie: losing time at break, not being situation.
allowed to attend school clubs or accompany
school visits. In extreme cases fixed term exclusion will be
sanctioned in line with the school’s behaviour
For more and frequent incidents of
unacceptable behaviour the procedures
There are occasions when the school will
outlined, will be followed. In the case of a
consider permanent exclusion.
significant minority of pupils with particular
behaviour problems, individual programmes
and contracts may be developed with the
involvement of parents and other agencies
When children attend Sir Alexander Fleming
Primary, it is crucial that parents and teachers Rights of all Pupils
work in partnership so that the child knows that
we are all working together. To be able to learn to the best of their ability
Responsibilities of Pupils
to be spoken to and treated with consideration
to speak and treat all others with
Children need to know what is expected of and respect
consideration and respect
them and will be encouraged to take
to listen carefully when it is others turn
responsibility for their own behaviour. to know what is expected of them
to follow instructions from teachers and
Our behaviour policy is based upon the to feel safe and happy in school
development of respect, tolerance and
to ask for help when needed
consideration for self and others. to be treated fairly
to do your best and let others learn
Its implementation should allow everyone to
function in an atmosphere which is secure, Rights of all Staff
Responsibilities of Staff
happy and promotes effective teaching and
effective learning. To be spoken to and treated with respect, by
to create a safe and stimulating
pupils, parents and colleagues
environment in which all pupils can
to be able to teach without unnecessary
treating pupils with consistency and
respect at all times
communicating regularly with parents
Responsibilities of Parents
Rights of all Parents
to get our children to school on time
to be confident that their children are each day, organised and ready to work
treated fairly and with respect to treat other parent’s children with
respect and to inform staff if you are not
to know that their children are safe and satisfied
happy to talk to your children about the things
they learn in school – and to ensure that
to be able to raise concerns with staff homework activities are completed on
and be told when there are any time
difficulties to inform staff immediately if you
suspect your child is being bullied
to inform staff of any issue which may
affect your child in school
to collect children promptly from school
The School’s Behaviour Policy needs the support and commitment of all staff and children. This
ensures that consistent, positive strategies are reinforced throughout the day.
The lunchtime staff devised their code of practice for the smooth running of lunchtime breaks.
Lunchtime Supervisors promise to:
Praise children behaving well at lunchtime
Reward children for following instructions
Speak politely and quietly
We expect children to:
Speak politely and quietly
Be kind to each other
Play fairly and safely - share and take turns
Ask a Supervisor for help to sort out problems
We will show we are pleased by:
Give stickers, raffle tickets
Class lunchtime awards
Positive notes to teaching staff
Awarding V.I.P. certificates and Lunchtime Awards
When we are unhappy with your behaviour we will use sanctions:
We will give a warning and a reminder to make ‘good choices’
Second warning and a reminder
Stay with me for a few minutes to calm down- ‘have a think’
Stand still, away from other children to calm down
Sent inside for 5 minutes to calm down
In any extreme demonstration of negative behaviours, the lunchtime staff will seek the
Headteacher, Senior staff and teaching staff for advice and support.
Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School
School Uniform Price List: 2012-2013
Sweatshirt £9.50 each
Sweat cardigan £9.50 each
Polo Shirt (with logo) £6.50 each (gold)
White T Shirt (P.E.) £2.00 each
School Fleece £14.00 each (Burgundy)
Reversible Coat £18.50 each (paid orders only)
Book bag £5.00 each
School Caps £2.50 each
Water bottles £1.00 each
Please note our suppliers may make slight changes to prices during the
academic year- we will keep parents informed of any price changes.
These prices are effective from April 2012
DATA PROTECTION ACT
School’s Local Education Authorities and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (the
government department that deals with education) all hold information on pupils in order to run the
education system, and in doing so have to follow the Data Protection Act 1998. This means, among
other things, that the data held about pupils must only be used for specific purposes allowed by law.
We are therefore writing to tell you about the types of data held, why that data is held, and to whom
it may be passed on.
The school holds information on pupils in order to support their teaching and learning, to monitor
and report on their progress, to provide appropriate pastoral care, and to asses how well the school
as a whole is doing. This information includes contact details, National Curriculum assessment
results, attendance information, characteristics such as ethnic group, special educational needs and
any relevant medical information.
From time to time we are required to pass on some of this data to the Local Authority (LA), to
another school to which the pupil is transferring, to the Department for Children, Schools and
Families (DCSF), and to Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) which is responsible for the
National Curriculum and associated assessment arrangements.
The Local Authority uses information about pupils to carry out specific functions for which it is
responsible. Such as the assessment of any special educational needs the pupil may have,
planning of school places and targeting resources to pupils. It also uses the information to derive
statistics to inform decisions on (for example) the funding of schools, and to assess the performance
of schools and set targets for them.
The statistics are used in such a way that individual pupils cannot be identified from them.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority uses information about pupils to administer the
National Curriculum tests and assessments for Key Stages 1 to 3. The results of these are passed
on to DCSF in order for it to compile statistics on trends and patterns in levels of achievement. The
QCA uses the information to evaluate the effectiveness of the National Curriculum and the
associated assessment arrangements, and to ensure that these are continually improved.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families uses information about pupils for statistical
purposes, to evaluate and develop education and to monitor the performance of the education and
to monitor the performance of the education services as a whole. The statistics (including those
based on information provided by the QCA) are used in such a way that individual pupils cannot be
identified from them. The DCSF will feed back to LAs and schools, information about their pupils
where they are lacking this information because it was not passed by a former school. On occasion,
information may be shared with other Government departments or agencies strictly for statistical or
research purposes only.
Pupils, as data subjects, have certain rights under the Data Protection Act, including a general right
of access to personal data held on them, with parents exercising this right on their behalf if they are
too young to do so themselves. If you wish to access the personal data held about your child, then
please contact the relevant organisation in writing:
the school at Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School 109 Southgate, Sutton Hill, Telford TF7
the LA’s Data Protection Officer : Mr T Rocke, Borough of Telford and Wrekin, Civic Offices,
PO Box 440, TF3 4WF
the QCA’s Data Protection Officer at QCA, 83 Piccadilly, London, WIJ 8QA
The DCSF Data Protection Officer at DCSF, Caxton House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H