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WELCOME TO TROWSE PRIMARY SCHOOL.                                                                                      Formatted: Font: 14 pt


Thank you for taking the time to read our brochure, we hope you find it helpful and useful. I hope that this booklet
will help you and your family to understand better some of our routines and practices. Please keep the book
handy, it deals with many of the questions that are commonly asked and should be a useful reference in the
months to come.

Ethos                                                                                                                  Formatted: Font: Bold, Underline
Our School was built in 1870 by the Colman family in order to accommodate the educational needs of the workers’
children. Today, we are a small, friendly primary school for boys and girls aged between 4 and 11 years. Our ethos
is one of a calm learning environment where children are challenged and supported to reach their full potential.
We are welcoming, and show kindness and respect to all; everyone is valued as an individual. We believe in
celebrating achievement and fostering in children an intrinsic motivation to learn about the world around them,
equipping them to become responsible citizens in the world and life-long learners.

Although we are located less than a mile from the city of Norwich, we are part of a beautiful village community.
The traditional Victorian buildings have been sensitively and imaginatively modernised, with an additional new
building adding to the facilities of an expanding school. We look over the large village green and have plenty of
countryside surrounding us.

Our highly-skilled, enthusiastic and committed staff work together as a team and are encouraged by a supportive
and dedicated team of Governors. Parents play a significant part in School life and we have a ‘Friends of Trowse
School’ group, who raise money for the benefit of the children.
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commitment                                                    diligence and determination
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mutual trust, respect & support                               cooperation
honesty                                                       courage and perseverance                                 Formatted: Font: 10 pt
integrity                                                     pride in what we do                                      Formatted: Font: 10 pt
fairness                                                      courtesy
tolerance and understanding                                   encouragement

The Local Community                                                                                                    Formatted: Section start: Continuous
In addition to its own hall and playgrounds, the school makes full use of our local community. We use the YMCA
Sports Hall and all-weather sports ground in Trowse for PE lessons and we have our own dedicated playing field
near the ski club on Whitlingham Lane close by.
The School also works in partnership with other educators in the Community, e.g. police, medical practitioners and     Comment [L1]: e.g?
St Johns Ambulance, and takes up all suitable packages offered. We aim to use the whole community to benefit
our children’s learning. This does of course, include parents, other family members, and local residents; if you
think you may be able to help the children at school in their learning and development, please contact us!

We hope that you and your child will enjoy your involvement with Trowse School.

Stuart Odell
Head Teacher




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1     WHAT DO THE CHILDREN THINK OF OUR SCHOOL?


                                            At School we play fun and exciting
All the teachers are friendly and
                                            games and we all work well in a
understanding.
                                            group. Our school is always happy.



The teachers are really fun and             Chess Club is great for your brain!
exciting.



We have lots of facilities such as          Our school is a really good school;
laptop computers, PDAs and outdoor          everyone listens to you and the
equipment.                                  pupils and staff are really friendly.



                                            I think Trowse Primary is a nice
Class 4 go on an adventure
                                            place because everyone is really
holiday!
                                            kind and helpful.



There are loads of fun clubs like
chess, badminton, crafts and even           I really enjoy doing school plays.
gardening!



Our school is a small school with           We all love our school. All the staff
lovely children, because it is small        help you through your ups and
you get to know everyone.                   downs.


Our school is the best because              Our school is great for young
everyone respects you, no matter            children, as older, more responsible
who you are. We always make                 children help the younger children
everyone fit in.                            on the playground and in class.

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2       COMMUNICATIONS
The School places great importance on having good, effective channels of communication. Communication
between parents and the School can be in writing, by telephone, email or face to face. We may
communicate with you via text message too.
It is especially important to let us know if your child appears unhappy or if there is anything which might
cause them distress and affect their behaviour in school. We are happy to make an appointment to see you
at a mutually convenient time. Alternatively, from 8.45am until the beginning of school the Head Teacher, or
class teacher are available if you have any queries or concerns.

Attendance & absence from school
Any requests for planned leave of absence should be made in writing to the Head Teacher using the
appropriate form available from the school office or our website. Legally, parents are not allowed to
authorise an absence; only the Head Teacher is allowed to do this. Term time holidays are not encouraged
as children’s performance can be adversely affected. However, if this is unavoidable an application form
must be completed beforehand; the Headteacher will then consider the child’s current attendance before
deciding whether to approve time off school.
Please note that any unplanned absence, such as illness, should be notified by phoning the School, as soon
as possible- prior to 9.30am on the first day of the absence. A note confirming the reason for absence
should always be brought on the first day the child returns.
Any request that a child should miss games or swimming lessons for medical reasons should be made in
writing to the class teacher clearly explaining the reason.

Parents’ evenings and reports
Parents’ evenings will take place in the Autumn Term and Spring Term. They are designed to give all parents
the opportunity to discuss the progress of their children with the class teachers. Parents are also given the
opportunity to discuss the end of year report in the summer term.
There is an appointment system in operation so that everyone has time for a private consultation with their
child’s teacher(s). If you should need longer than the specific time allocated, please do ask for another
appointment with your child’s teacher at another time. We do try to keep to the timetables made for that
evening to prevent unnecessary waiting for parents later in the evening.
Written reports about your child’s progress and achievement will be sent home at the end of the school year.

School communications with home
A newsletter is produced on an approximately monthly basis and sent home with your child. It contains
reports on recent events and, more importantly, reminders of happenings in school in the immediate future.
Your child may also bring home letters, notes and reminders from the class teacher- such as a termly
curriculum plan. Please check their book bags regularly for any correspondence from school. We often text
message parents to let you know to look out for a correspondence!

Website
The School website is a good source of information. There is children’s work, policies, downloadable forms
and information about the School amongst other things. Just ‘favourite’ the following address-
http://trowseprimaryschool.co.uk/

E-mail
You may wish to contact the school office or the Headteacher via e-mail on individual matters. We welcome
these methods of communication and will try to ensure a prompt response.

Display boards
Outside school and in the entrance hall, there are boards giving all sorts of information to parents. Please
take time to look at these so you are kept up to date with what your child, and the School, is doing.

Parent Forums
At Trowse Primary, we want to have a close working relationship with all parents. Approximately once each
term, the Head Teacher runs ‘Parent Forums’ in order to discuss educational topics, learning strategies and
generally share information with parents that will, in the long term, benefit the learning of every child. We


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have discussed recently how to develop intrinsic motivation, websites to use at home, the role of the
governing body and internet safety issues.
3       OTHER INFORMATION
Admissions Policy.
The Local Authority (Norfolk County Council) organises the admission of children to the School according to
a set of admissions criteria. For further details please contact Norfolk County Council Children’s Services-
Admissions.

Complaints procedure
We hope that all children experience a happy and profitable time at Trowse Primary. We would also hope
that all parents give their active support and are happy with the quality of education provided. If you are
unhappy or concerned about any aspect of your child’s education, please contact the class teacher in the
first instance. If you feel the matter has not been resolved, you should make an appointment with the Head
Teacher. Any issue that cannot be resolved then becomes a matter for the School Governors. A copy of the
‘Concerns and Complaints Policy’ is available on request.

High Schools
Children from Trowse Primary naturally feed into Framingham Earl High School. Children living in Trowse
catch a bus to and from the high school daily. Their website can be found at:-
http://www.framinghamearl.norfolk.sch.uk/

Equalities Act 2010
Each school is required, by law, to have a plan to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate staff,
parents and pupils with any protected characteristic stated by the act these include: race, gender and
disability as well as other characteristics too. Each year, schools analyses the progress of that plan. To date,
the School has successfully converted the staff toilet so that it can double as a disabled toilet and the School
has had a feasibility study completed to improve acoustics in school to enhance the quality of speaking and
listening. There is now a sound field system in the hall and one classroom. We have also included vision
panels in doors and changed door handles to allow better disability access.

Racism
The school policy on this topic is available on the website or from the school office and is written to ensure
the school meet the legal requirements of the Race Relations Act. The subject of racism is taken very              Comment [L2]: There have not been any
seriously. Any incidents will be explored fully and, according to County policy, will be reported on the           incidents
proscribed County Forms which gives details of the nature of the incident, the victim and perpetrator,
recording, monitoring and outcomes.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) And Gifted and Talented (G&T)
The School provides support and special programmes for children with SEN and has been praised for the
quality of its SEN provision and academic results that SEN children achieve. We cater for all abilities-
whether children find things difficult and need support, or are gifted and talented and need suitable              Comment [L3]: Gifted and Talented?
challenges for their level. The school holds a register of both groups of children and policies to accompany
this which detail how we identify children in these groups.




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4       UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT
School uniform
Royal blue sweatshirt with school logo                    Summer options:
Royal blue polo shirt with logo                           Royal blue polo shirt with school logo
Black/grey skirt or pinafore dress                        Black or grey tailored shorts
Black/grey trousers                                       Royal blue and white cotton dress
Sensible, flat heeled, black footwear                     Flat lightweight footwear
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We request that all children attend school with a suitable coat and footwear for the weather conditions.
Teachers access the curriculum outside as well as children enjoying being outside at playtime and lunchtime
as long as they are appropriately dressed.

P.E. Uniform
Plain white T-shirt, preferably with school logo
Plain, dark blue or black P.E. shorts (not ‘Bermuda’ style or cycling shorts)
Black plimsolls for indoor use
Trainers for outdoor use
A well fitting mouthguard is an optional extra for KS2 rugby and Hockey.
For very cold weather, a track suit or extra sweatshirt may be worn over the top of PE kit. This should not
be their uniform sweatshirt they have been wearing all day, but a change of sweatshirt.

A selection of uniform, including uniform with the school logo, can be purchased from The Schoolwear
Centre on Ber Street. www.theschoolwearcentre.co.uk 01603 622355. We do not sell uniform in school.

Name Tapes
All your children’s clothing and possessions need to be named. Shoes need to be marked particularly
carefully. Don’t forget underwear and socks can easily get lost on swimming days! The Friends (FOTS) have
a fundraising link with the website www.easy2name.com

Watches and Jewellery
When your child can tell the time and they decide to wear a watch, it is the child’s own responsibility. For
health and safety reasons, jewellery should not be worn in school. If earrings are worn, they should be small
studs only. No jewellery at all is allowed for PE or swimming, and we ask parents to leave out earrings for
those days. If you decided to have your child’s ears pierced, we would ask that this is done at the beginning
of the summer holiday, so that it does not interfere with the child’s sports education.

Hair
We ask that your child has an appropriate hairstyle for school, and is not coloured. Long hair should be tied
back, particularly for all PE lessons.

Stationery Requirements
The School provides pens, pencils, crayons, pencil sharpeners, rubbers and rulers for the children to use in
school as well as all exercise books.
There is no need for the children to have their own pencil cases and crayons- however you are more than
welcome to provide your children with their own. Children do often like to have their own pencil case! Again-
naming things is important.
A book bag with the School logo can be purchased from the ’The Schoolwear Centre’ and it is expected that
all children will have one.




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In addition to its own hall and playgrounds, the school makes full use of our local community. We use the
YMCA Sports Hall and all-weather sports ground in Trowse for PE lessons and we have our own dedicated
playing field near the ski club on Whitlingham Lane close by.

Our highly-skilled, enthusiastic and committed staff work together as a team and are encouraged by a
supportive and dedicated team of Governors. Parents play a significant part in School life and we have a
‘Friends of Trowse School’ group, who raise money for the benefit of the children.

Thank you for taking the time to read our brochure, and we hope you find it helpful and useful. We also
hope that you and your child will enjoy your involvement with Trowse School.

Mr Stuart Odell B.Ed (hons) NPQH
Head Teacher



I find the “voice” of the opening page confusing. My understanding was that this is      a broad spectrum
document for constant reference, but very much addressed to parents of prospective       pupils. Or is it for
those already accepted? I first define audience, which defines “voice”. Either way, I    think the opening
paragraph is good as a positioning statement, but could use an aim. An overall welcome   and thankyou may
be useful.

I think the content blurs slightly between brochure and prospectus




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THE CURRICULUM
General
The curriculum at our School is an exciting, integrated one where children learn about the world around
them under ‘topic’ headings. Learning in mathematics and literacy (and any other subject for that matter) is
then worked into the topic where possible so children receive a seamless learning experience where the
relevance of what they are doing is clear for all to see. The ‘topics’ are taught in blocks which enables the
children to research, question, share personal resources and make links with other subjects and experiences.
It also gives parents more involvement in their children’s work.
In the Foundation stage, children study sevenix ‘areas of learning’ as follows:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development are
the three ‘prime’ areas. There are also four specific areas of: Mathematical Development, Communication,
Language and Literacy, Knowledge and Understanding of the Wworld, and Creative Arts and Design Physical
Development, Creative Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
In Years 1-6, the children follow the National Curriculum and Primary Frameworks for Literacy and
Mathematics, which are government publications. These documents are matched and put together by the
teachers to create our exciting, integrated learning experience.
All of these subjects are supported by ICT programmes for which pupils are taught a wide range of skills and
have access to whole class teaching, via the interactive whiteboard, teaching using the mobile suite of
laptop computers and individual tasks using the PCs or iPads.

Sex education
We offer sex education to the older children as part of the total curriculum. This is taught in a very gentle
and relaxed way as the children progress through the School. Questions are answered sympathetically and
the whole programme of study is pitched at the children’s level of understanding. This is all delivered with
the help of county recommended resources. You do have the right to withdraw your child from this study.
Please speak to the Head Teacher in confidence if you would like further information.

School Performances
The School has an excellent arts curriculum, and makes use of all available relevant arts workshops, in-
school theatre/arts groups and other theatrevisits to the Theatre offers whenever relevant. Both the infants
and the juniorsAll children give performances each school year. Most performances take place in the school
day and everyone is invited. Some junior Key Stage Two performances may take place in the evenings.

Assemblies
The SchoolChildren meets for an assembly everyday ay. nd on Monday to Thursday we meet at 2.55 and
on Fridays, we celebrate children’s achievements in our ‘Star of the Week’ assembly. At the end of a half
term there is a ‘Celebration Assembly’ where parents may be invited in to see their child receive a special
award. Classes take assemblies too and parents from the class are invited to join us on these occasions to
celebrate the children’s learning. at 9.00am. (again I would consider “voice.” Is this detail appropriate? Part
of our values is to meet daily as a school which prospective parents would welcome knowing, but would they
need to know the weekly schedule?


Religious Education and Worship.
Religious Education and collective worship is given in accordance with the 1988 Education Act and Norfolk
Agreed Syllabus (2012), a copy of which may be viewed at the school School on request. Parents wishing
to exercise their right to withdraw their child from either the Agreed Syllabus for RE or the devotional part of
Assembly are invited to discuss the matter with the Head tTeacher.

Assessment
Children undergo both formal and informal assessment in the school according to the assessment policy of
the school School. Children in the Foundation stage are assessed in an ‘ongoing’ manner to check their
development against the Foundation Stage Profile. Children in Years 1-6 are informally assessed regularly,
and formally assessed up to twice three times a year (once a term) in core subjects, to check their retained
knowledge and help us all know the next steps to take with regard to learning.
Staff at the schoolSchool do their utmost to ensure that no pressure is put upon pupils undergoing
assessment.




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School uniform
Royal blue sweatshirt (with school logo (available direct from school)
White or royal blue polo shirt
Black/grey skirt or pinafore dress
Black/grey trousers
Sensible, flat heeled, black footwear
Summer options:
White or royal blue polo shirt with school logo
Plain white or royal blue T-shirt/polo shirt
Black or grey tailored shorts
Royal blue and white cotton dress
Flat lightweight footwear

We request that all children attend school with a suitable coat and footwear for the weather conditions.
Teachers access the curriculum outside as well as children enjoying being outside at playtime and lunchtime
as long as they are appropriately dressed.

P.E. Uniform
Plain white T-shirt, (preferably with school logo – ordered direct from school)
Plain, dark blue or black P.E. shorts (not ‘Bermuda’ style or cycling shorts)
Black plimsolls for indoor use
Trainers for outdoor use
Royal blue sweatshirt with school logo
Winter options
For very cold weather, a track suit or extra sweatshirt may be worn over the top of PE kit. This should not
be their uniform sweatshirt they have been wearing all day, but a change of sweatshirt.,
 mainly for KS2 children.

A selection of uniform, including uniform with the school logo, can be ordered from School. purchased from
The Schoolwear Centre on Ber Street. www.theschoolwearcentre.co.uk 01603 622355. We do not sell               Field Code Changed
uniform in school.Payment is requested with the order please and cheques should be made payable to
“Trowse Primary School”.

Name Tapes


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All your children’s clothing and possessions need to be named. Shoes need to be marked particularly
carefully. Don’t forget underwear and socks can easily get lost on swimming days! The Friends (FOTS)
have a fundraising link with the website www.easy2name.com

Watches and Jewellery
When your child can tell the time and they decide to wear a watch, it is the child’s own responsibility. For
health and safety reasons, jewellery should not be worn in school. If earrings are worn, they should be
small studs only. No jewellery at all is allowed for PE or swimming, and we ask parents to leave out
earrings for those days. If you decided to have your child’s ears pierced, we would ask that this is done at
the beginning of the summer holiday, so that it does not interfere with the child’s sports education.

Hair
We ask that your child has an appropriate hairstyle for school, and is not coloured. Long hair should be tied
back, particularly for all PE lessons.

Stationery Requirements
The schoolSchool provides pens, pencils, crayons, pencil sharpeners, rubbers and rulers for the children to
use in school as well as all exercise books.
There is no need for the children to have their own pencil cases and crayons- however you are more than
welcome to provide your children with their own. Again- naming things is important. A book bag with the
schoolSchool logo can be purchased from the schoolSchool.




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Delivering children in the morning
We welcome children onto the schoolSchool site from 8.45am. Children should not arrive at school before
8.45am (apart from breakfast club) as there will no teacher on duty to supervise the playgrounds before that
time.
To foster independence you should encourage your child, when appropriate, to come into schoolSchool on
their own and deal with their own belongings, unless you wish to see a member of staff who will readily deal
with any enquiries. Please note it may be necessary to make an appointment depending on the nature of the
enquiry and the member of staff you wish to see. Pre- school children are welcome on the top playground in
the mornings, but we do ask parents to make sure they are properly supervised.
Parents are asked to leave the playground when it is time for the children to line up to avoid congestion,
particularly around the entrance doors. For safety and accessibility reasons we ask parents to park their cars
away from school and walk their children up the Loke.

Nuts
The school has a strict ‘no-nuts’ policy as we do have children in school with severe allergies to nuts an nut   Formatted: Font: Not Bold, No underline
products. Please help us look after all our children by observing this request.                                  Formatted: Font: Not Bold, No underline
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Mid-morning Snack
Children in class One and Two will receive a snack of fruit or vegetables daily, free of charge, funded by the   Formatted: Font: Not Bold, No underline
government. For children in class Three or Four, you may wish provide your child with a snack to eat during      Formatted: Font: Not Bold, No underline
the morning break. We would ask that this is limited to a piece of fresh fruit or raw vegetables only. We try    Formatted: Font: Not Bold, No underline
to avoid unhealthy snacks and wrappers which become litter.
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Lunches                                                                                                          Formatted: Font: Not Bold, No underline
Hot School Dinners:


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We serve high quality, nutritionally balanced, hot dinners to children of all ages. The menu is always
published in advance (in school and on the website) and you can choose on a daily basis whether your child
is to be hot dinners or packed lunches. Dinner money is payable in advance, weekly, half-termly or termly.
Weekly money should be brought in on the Monday in a labelled, sealed, envelope. Free school meals are
available for some families – please contact the school bursar or Head Teacher for further details.
Packed Lunches:
If you wish, your child may bring a packed lunch. Packed lunches should be provided in a named sealed
container. Please do not send in fizzy drinks, sweets, glass bottles or cans. Please send water only in lunch
boxes. Alternatively water and cups are always available in school for all children at lunch time.
Dinner at Home:
Children may go home for dinner between 12.00 (for reception and KS1) or 12.15 (for KS2)pm and 1.15pm.
Children should be collected and dropped off at the schoolSchool office, so each child is signed out correctly
and signed back in upon their return.

Children Bringing Money to School
If you are sending money to school please send it in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the child’s name,
Class and Year Group, the amount of money enclosed and what it is for. It should be handed in as soon as
possible on arrival - generally speaking, children should not have money in school.

Collecting Children in the Afternoon
Children should be collected from the playground at 3.15pm.
Should there be a last minute change in your arrangement for collecting your children please inform the
schoolSchool office so we can ensure your child is informed and kept safe in school.




7       STAFF, GOVERNORS AND WIDER COMMUNITY
Staff & their responsibilities
Name                             Post
Mr Stuart Odell                  Head Teacher
Miss Lucy Bonham                 Teacher- Class 1
Mrs Emma Elvin                   Teacher- Class 2
Mrs Sarah Woodcock               Teacher- Class 2
Mrs Jennifer Winterbone          Teacher- Class 3
Dr Clive Portman                 Teacher- Class 3
Mr Scott Pritchard               Teacher- Class 4
Mrs Sue Rogers                   Teaching Assistant- Class 1
Ms Gabrielle Jordan              Teaching Assistant- Class 1 (pupil specific)
Mrs Michelle Moore               Teaching Assistant- Class 2
Mrs Melanie Burke                Teaching Assistant- Class 2
Mrs Elaine Gardner               Teaching Assistant- Class 2 (pupil specific)
Mrs Joss Lacey                   Teaching Assistant- Class 3
Mrs Sarah Berwick                Teaching Assistant- Class 4
Mrs Liz Andrews                  School Secretary & Finance Officer
Mrs Julie Schindler              Administrative Assistant and MSA
Mr Glen Self                     Caretaker
Mrs Wendy Hallam                 Senior MSA
Mrs Doreen Steward               MSA
Mrs Sophie Guin                  MSA
Mrs Sarah Read                   MSA (pupil specific)

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Ms Marie Revell                  MSA
Mrs Marjorie Read                Kitchen Assistant
Mrs Angela Stephenson            Chair of Governors

School Governors
The School is governed by a voluntary body made up from members of the community, parents,
representatives from the Local Authority and Staff from the School. A full and up to date list of governors is
available on the School website along with meeting times and their individual responsibilities within the
governing body.

Community cohesion
The Education and Inspections Act 2006 makes a statutory obligation on schools to promote community
cohesion. We welcome this responsibility and recognise its association with our other duties under key
Equalities legislation. We understand that we can only promote community cohesion effectively through
appreciating the inextricable links with Equality and Diversity in our policy and practice. We believe that
community cohesion lies at the heart of what makes a strong and safe community. It is our duty to address
issues of ‘how we live together’ and ‘dealing with difference’. By valuing and championing diversity, we lead
the way in good practice and set an example for others to join us.
Definitions
By ‘community cohesion’, we mean working towards a society where:
          there is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities;                                    Formatted: Bullets and Numbering
          the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and positively valued;          Formatted: Indent: First line: 0", Bulleted +
          similar life opportunities are available to all; and                                                   Level: 1 + Aligned at: 0.25" + Tab after: 0.5"
          strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed between people from               + Indent at: 0.5"
         different backgrounds in the workplace, in schools and in the wider community.                           Formatted: Indent: First line: 0", Bulleted +
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Friends of Trowse School                                                                                          + Indent at: 0.5"
Parents play a significant part in school life and we have a ‘Friends of Trowse School’ group, who raise
money for the benefit of the children. However, the Friends of Trowse School is about much more than just
fundraising. It exists to provide closer links between home and school, and is an excellent way to bring staff,
parents and friends together socially in support of the School, working towards a common goal.




8       SCHOOL SPORTS AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
The School staff work hard to maximize the availability of extra-curricular activities at Trowse Primary.
We have developed sporting links with Framingham Earl High School, who provide us with tutors for sports
both during school hours and as part of after school activities. Our teachers also run clubs within the School.

After school clubs
After School activities vary according to accessibility and demand. In the recent past, we have had
gardening, football, karate, badminton, tennis, philosophy, yoga, basketball, craft, film, cookery and chess.
Clubs run by school staff are free. Clubs run by outside agencies may charge.

Swimming
Yrs 3 to 6 (Key Stage 2) have swimming lessons at a nearby High School swimming pool. Our aim is to
ensure all children can swim 25metres.

Breakfast club
From September 2009, the School started a breakfast club. This currently runs from 7.45am to 8.45am.
Children have a nutritional breakfast provided and have time to play games and relax before the start of the
school day. This is a chargeable childcare service- currently £3 per day. Further information can be obtained
from the school office.

Additional activities and charging policy



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The Governors recognise the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including visits
out of school and residential experiences, make towards pupils’ personal and social education. Voluntary
contributions will be invited in advance of these events. However, no child will be omitted from these
activities in school time due to non-payment and any parents experiencing difficulty with school charges are
welcome to discuss the matter with the Head Teacher. It will be necessary, however, to have sufficient
voluntary contributions in order for the activity to take place. The ‘Charging Policy’ is available on the school
website.

Parent helpers for school visits.
The School will always try to provide staff members as first choice for adult supervision of activities. Where
we do not have enough staff available, our next port of call will be School Governors. In the event that we
are still in need of further adults, parents may be asked to help. Parents will be contacted from the School
register of ‘parent helpers’. This is a register of parents who have let the School know they would like to be
considered and have the time to help on school visits. All parents on this register are CRB checked. If you
would like to be on this register, please let the School office know.




9       STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR                                                                                      Formatted: Font: 14 pt


At our School / Trowse Primary, , we have very high expectations of pupil behaviour. School rules are kept
to a minimum and are designed for the safety and well being of the children. Rules are designed to aid three
key aspects of children’s lives in schoolSchool; e. Everyone has the right to be safe, to be happy and to
learn. If any of these are compromised, then behaviour has not been up to expectation.

The children at Trowse are expected to be polite, considerate and thoughtful. They are required to conduct          Formatted: Font: 10 pt
themselves in a sensible manner in all areas of school. All children in class must contribute to an                 Formatted: Font: 10 pt, Bold
atmosphere which allows careful thought and concentration on the specified task for all.
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The aim of the school policy is to create an environment conducive to achievement by:
    Promoting safety                                                                                               Formatted: Font: 10 pt
    Raising self esteem                                                                                            Formatted: Bullets and Numbering
    Promoting consideration and respect for others and the environment
    Enabling everyone to know what is expected of them

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       Determining the boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour
       Determining the procedures which will come into force if behaviour is deemed unacceptable
       Determining the system of rewards and sanctions which will support this

In summary, we believe acceptable patterns of behaviour and good work habits will flourish in a firm, fair
and friendly school. The full policy can be obtained from the school office or downloaded from the school
website.                                                                                                           Formatted: Font: 10 pt


BullyingWe recognise that learning potential is increased through providing a structured and                       Formatted: Font: 10 pt, Bold, Underline
orderly environment with equal opportunity and self-discipline as priorities. To this end, a                       Formatted: Font: Bold, Underline
positive behaviour policy is adopted throughout the school; we try to reward and reinforce the
behaviour we wish to encourage. Our policy has four aims: promoting safety, raising self
esteem, promoting consideration and respect, and finally, enabling everyone to know what is
expected of them.

Very occasionally, some punishment may be necessary for unacceptable behaviour, particularly if a child has
previously been warned about undesirable behaviour. The hierarchy of sanctions is detailed in the
schoolSchool’s Behaviour and Discipline Policy.

In severe cases, when a child is considered to be a danger to themselves or others, a child may be excluded
from certain activities. Parents are always kept informed if the schoolSchool has concerns about their child’s
behaviour.

Bullying and fighting are not tolerated. The schoolSchool has an ‘Anti-Bullying’ policy (as part of the
Behaviour Policy) in place for all staff to follow and incidences of bullying are extremely rare. Should parents
at any stage become aware that their child is suffering harassment at school, we ask that they let us know
as soon as possible. We can only stop such behaviour if it is brought to our attention, so please let us know
of any concerns you may have as soon as they come to light..




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10      PASTORAL CARE                                                                                              Formatted: No underline
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Child Protection Procedures
The school seeks to protect children through everything we do. All school staff have received appropriate
training in child procedures, including recognising forms of abuse and neglect. The children also have
opportunities to learn how to keep themselves safe through the curriculum. The full policy is available to
read in the entrance hall or available on the school website for download. A summary leaflet containing the
key information from the policy is included in this pack and is available from the school website.
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First aid & medical needs
If your child gets a minor injury at school, we will obviously look after their needs. We clean and protect cuts
and grazes and treat bumps with an ice pack. In the event of illness or a more serious accident, parents are
notified immediately and asked to take their child home or to seek further medical advice.
If a child needs urgent medical attention, Aan ambulance will be called for if the child needs urgent medical
attention and the parent calledinformed as a matter of urgency. As such
, Iit is very important that you keep us informed of any changes to your contact details.

Medicines
We ask that no medicines are brought into school unless they are considered absolutely essential. We ask
you to administer medicine at home whenever possible. Any Epipens or asthmatic aids kept in school should
be clearly labelled with the child’s name and administration directions. Please ensure we are kept informed
of any changes to medical needs.
If your child does need medication in the school day, all medicines brought into school must be clearly
labelled with the child’s name and administration or dosage details. The adult bringing the child to school
should hand the medicine to the School office with an ‘Administration of Medicines’ permission form
(obtainable from the schoolSchool office or downloadable from the website). The adult should sign the form
and also take responsibility for collection of the medicine at the end of the school day. The class teacher
should not be asked to administer medicines. Ideally, only sufficient dosage for that day should be brought
in.

Sickness
If your child becomes unwell at school, we will contact you and ask you to collect your child so you can seek
medical assistance and so that infections are not spread amongst the school community.
Parents are asked to use their best discretion in deciding to send their child to school if they feel that they
are unwell in the morning at home. Illness can spread easily in a school to both the other pupils and staff if
children are returned before they are fully recovered. If your child has suffered from sickness or diarrhoea,
then we request that you keep them out of school for a period of 48 hours after their last episode.

Hot Weather
In sunny weather, we ask that you provide your child with a sunhat, and additional drink of water in a bottle
with a sports cap. Please also ensure that you apply a sun screen in the morning before school. Extra Sun
cream can be brought in by pupils if it is in roll-on form only. Please note that staff are not permitted to
apply sun cream.

Looked after children                                                                                              Formatted: Font: Bold, Underline
Children who are looked after by the Local Authority that attend the school have their own care plan which
addresses the individual needs of the child. A ‘team’ of people from the Local Authority, including school
staff will them work to meet the needs of the individual, involving carers at every step.




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COMMUNICATIONS
The schoolSchool places great importance on having good, effective channels of communication. Parents
and the School can cCommunication between parents and the School can bee in writing, by telephone, email
or face to face. We may communicate with you via text message too.
It is especially important to let us know if your child appears unhappy or if there is anything which might
cause them distress and would affect their behaviour in school. We will be are happy to make an
appointment to see you at a mutually convenient time. , or aAlternatively, from 8.45am0 until the beginning
of school the Head tTeacher, or class teacher is are also available if you have any queries or concerns.

Absence from school
Any requests for planned leave of absence should be made in writing to the Head Teacher using the
appropriate form available from xxxthe school office or our website. Legally, parents are not allowed to
authorise an absence; only the Head tTeacher is allowed to do this. Term time holidays are not encouraged
as children’s performance can be adversely affected. However, if this is unavoidable an application form
must be completed before hand.
Please note that any unplanned absence, such as illness, should be notified by phoning the schoolSchool, as
soon as possible- prior to 9.30am on the first day of the absence. A note confirming the reason for absence
should always be brought on the first day the child returns.
Any request that a child should miss games or swimming lessons for medical reasons should be made in
writing to the class teacher.

Parents’ evenings and reports
Parents’ evenings will take place in the Autumn Term and Spring Term. They are designed to give all
parents the opportunity to discuss the progress of their children with the class teachers. Parents are also
given the opportunity to discuss the end of year report in the summer term.
There is an appointment system in operation so that everyone has time for a private consultation with their
child’s teacher(s). If you should need longer than the specific time allocated, please do ask for another
appointment with your child’s teacher at another time. We do try to keep to the timetables made for that
evening to prevent unnecessary waiting for parents later in the evening.
Written reports about your child’s progress and achievement will be sent home at the end of the school year.

School communications with home


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A newsletter is produced on an approximately Roughly monthly basis and sent home with , yyour child. It
will bring home a Newsletter which will contains reports on recent events and, more importantly, reminders
of happenings in school in the immediate future. He/she Your child may also bring home letters, notes and
reminders from the class teacher- such as a termly curriculum plan. Please check their book bags regularly
for any correspondence from school. We often text message parents to let you know to look out for a                Formatted: Font: Not Bold
correspondence!

Website
The schoolSchool website is a good source of information. There is children’s’ work, policies, downloadable
forms and information about the schoolSchool amongst other things. Just favourite the following address-
http://trowseprimaryschool.co.uk/ Whenever the website receives an is updated anywhere within the site,
you will be able to find out by checking on the home page, or, if you are a fan of ‘Twitter’, you can receive
updates this way.

E-mail
You may wish to contact the school office or the Head via e-mail on individual matters. We welcome these
methods of communication and will try to ensure a prompt response. If e-mail is your chosen method of
communication, please contact office@trowse.norfolk.sch.uk. We will e-mail newsletters to you if this is your
chosen method in order to save on paper, as well as ensuring you receive the newsletter!

Display boards
Outside school and in the entrance hall, there are boards giving all sorts of information to parents. Please
take time to look at these so you are kept up to date with what your child, and the schoolSchool, is doing.

Parent Forums
At Trowse Primary, we want to have a close working relationship with all parents. Every Approximately twice
each half term, the Head tTeacher runs ‘Parent Forums’ in order to discuss educational topics, learning
strategies and generally share information with parents information that will, in the long term, benefit the
learning of every child. We have discussed recently how to develop intrinsic motivation, websites to use at
home, the role of the governing body and internet safety issues.




8       SCHOOL SPORTS AND EXTRA- CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES                                                          Formatted: No underline
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The School staff works hard to maximize the availability of extra- curricular activities available at Trowse
Primary.
We have developed sporting links with Framingham Earl High School, who provide us with tutors for sports
both during school hours and as part of after school activities. as well Our teachers also running clubs
within the sSchool.

After school clubs
After School activities vary according to accessibility and demand. In the recent past, we have had Fitness
tTrainingScience, Football, CraftsKarate, Badminton, Tennis and Chess. Clubs run by school staff are free.
Clubs run by outside agencies may charge.

Swimming
Yrs 3 and 4 have swimming lessons at a nearby High School swimming pool. and cChildren in year 5 & 6,
who have not obtained their 25m certificate, will continue to be taught.

Breakfast club
From September 2009, the schoolSchool will holdstarted a breakfast club from 8.00am to 8.45am. Children
may have a nutritional breakfast provided and have time to play games and relax before the start of the
school day. This is a chargeable childcare service. Information can be obtained from the schoolSchool office.

Additional activities and charging policy
The Governors recognise the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including visits
out of school and residential experiences, make towards pupil’s’ personal and social education. Voluntary
contributions will be invited in advance of these events., hHowever, no child will be omitted from these
activities in school time due to non-payment and any parents experiencing difficulty with school charges are

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welcome to discuss the matter with the Hhead tTeacher. It will be necessary, however, to have sufficient
voluntary contributions in order for the activity to take place. The ‘Charging Policy’ is available on the school
website.

Parent helpers for school visits.
The Sschool will always try to provide staff members as first choice for adult supervisions for of activities
from members of staff. Where we do not have enough staff available, our next port of call will be School
Governors. Where In the event that we are still in need of further adults, parents may be asked to help.
Parents will be contacted from the schoolSchool register of ‘parent helpers’. This is a register of parents who
have let the schoolSchool know they would like to be considered and have the time to help on school visits.
All parents on this register are CRB checked. If you would like to be on this register, please let the
schoolSchool office know.




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Admissions Policy.
The Local Authority (Norfolk County Council) organises the admission of children to the schoolSchool
according to a set of admissions criteria. For further details please contact Norfolk County Council- Children’s
Services- Admissions.

Complaints procedure
We hope that all children experience a happy and profitable time at Trowse SchoolPrimary. We would also
hope that all parents give their active support and are happy with the quality of education provided. If you
are unhappy or concerned about any aspect of your child’s education, please contact the class teacher in the
first instance. If you feel the matter has not been resolved, you should make an appointment with the
hHead tTeacher. Any issue that cannot be resolved then becomes a matter for the School Governors. A
copy of the ‘Cconcerns and Ccomplaints Ppolicy’ is available on request.

High Schools
Children from Trowse Primary naturally feed into Framingham Earl High School, a specialist sports college.
Children living in Trowse catch a bus to and from the high school daily. Their website can be found at:-
http://www.framinghamearl.norfolk.sch.uk/


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Disability Discrimination Act
Each school is required, by law, to have a plan to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate staff,
parents and pupils with disabilities. Each year, schools report on progress of that plan. To date, the
schoolSchool has successfully converted the staff toilet so that it can double as a disabled toilet and the
schoolSchool has had a feasibility study completed to improve acoustics in school to enhance the quality of
speaking and listening. and now has There is now a sound field system in the hall and one classroom.

Equal opportunities
The schoolSchool operates an equal opportunities policy, a copy of which is available in school. Parents of
children with special needs, physical or mental, are invited to discuss their child’s requirements with the
hHead tTeacher. The School seeks to maximise accessibility to staff and students with disabilities as far as
is reasonably practical. A copy of the SEN and Disability Policies are available in school.

Parents living outside the catchment area.
Parents who choose to send their children from outside the designated catchment area are responsible for
both the organisation and the cost of the transport and must be able to get their children to school and
collect them on time. They should also be aware that their child will not be automatically awarded a place at
the designated High School, which is Framingham Earl.

Racism
Incidents The subject of racism are is taken very seriously. Any incidents will be explored fully and,           Comment [L4]: There have not been any
according to County policy, will be reported on the proscribed County Forms which gives details of the           incidents
nature of the incident, the victim and perpetrator, recording, monitoring and outcomes. To date there have
been no incidents of this nature.The school policy on this is available on the website or from the school
office.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)
The schoolSchool provides support and special programmes for children with SEN and has been praised for
the quality of its SEN provision and results that SEN children achieve. We cater for all abilities- whether
children find things difficult and need support, ofr are gGifted and talented and need suitable challenges for   Comment [L5]: Gifted and Talented?
their level.

Information in the schoolSchool handbook and prospectus may change from time to time. and tThe Head
Teacher will makes every effort to ensure that it is kept as accurate as possible, by reviewing the
information on a yearly basis. We are constantly trying to improve the information we give to parents and
prospective parents and would welcome constructive feedback.




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STAFF, GOVERNORS AND WIDER COMMUNITY                                                                             Formatted: Font: Bold
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Staff & their responsibilities                                                                                   Formatted: Font: 14 pt

Name                             Post                                    Responsible for…
Mr Stuart Odell                  Head tTeacher                           SEN, Child Protection, PE
Mrs Emma Elvin                   Teacher- class 1                        Early Years, DT, Assessment
Mrs Sarah Woodcock               Teacher- class 1                        MFL, PSHE
Miss Lucy Bonham                 Teacher- class 2                        Literacy, RE
Mrs Jen Winterbone               Teacher- class 3                        Maths, Music, Humanities
Dr Clive Portman                 Teacher- class 4                        ICT, Science, PE
Mrs Laura Sinclair               Teacher- class 4


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Mrs Sue Rogers                    Teaching Assistant- class 1
Mrs Michelle Moore                Teaching Assistant- class 2
Mrs Hilal Smith                   Teaching Assistant- class 2
Mrs Liz Brittain Mrs Joss Lacey                   Teaching Assistant- class 3 & Breakfast Club Playworker
Mrs Sarah Berwick                 Teaching Assistant- class 4
Mrs Rachel WardDaphne Musgrave                    School BursarSecretary & Finance Officer
Mrs Julie Schindler               Administrative Assistant and MSA
Mr Glen Self                      Caretaker
Mrs Wendy Hallam                          Senior MSA
Mrs Doreen Steward                        MSA
Mrs Sophie Guin                   MSA
Mrs Cherry BurrellSarah Read                               MSA (pupil specific)
Ms Marie Revell Mrs Marjorie Read                          MSA
Mrs Julie Schindler               MSA- structured play at KS2
Mrs Angela Stephenson
School Governors
The sSchool is governed by a voluntary body made up from members of the community, parents,
representatives from the Local Authority and Staff from the schoolSchool. A full and up to date list of
governors is available on the schoolSchool website along with meeting times and their individual
responsibilities within the governing body.

Using the Community
The sSchool works in partnership with other educators in the Community, e.g.i.e. police, medical              Comment [L6]: e.g?
practitioners and St Johns Ambulance, and takes up all suitable packages offered. We aim to use the whole
community to benefit our children’s’ learning. This does of course, include parents and family members; if
you think you may be able to help the children at school in their learning and development, please contact
us!

Friends of Trowse School
Parents play a significant part in school life and we have a ‘Friends of Trowse School’ group, who raise
money for the benefit of the children., However, the Friends of Trowse School is about much more than just
fundraising. It exists to provide closer links between home and school, and is an excellent way to bring
staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the schoolSchool, working towards a common goal.




1      WHAT DO THE CHILDREN THINK OF OUR SCHOOL?                                                              Formatted: No underline




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                                         At School we play fun and exciting
All the teachers are friendly and
                                         games and we all work well in a
understanding.
                                         group. Our school is always happy.



The teachers are really fun and          Chess Club is great for your brain!
exciting.



We have lots of facilities such as       Our school is a really good school;
laptop computers, PDAs and outdoor       everyone listens to you and the
equipment.                               pupils and staff are really friendly.



                                         I think Trowse Primary is a nice
Class 4 go on an adventure
                                         place because everyone is really
holiday!
                                         kind and helpful.



There are loads of fun clubs like
chess, badminton, crafts and even        I really enjoy doing school plays.
gardening!



Our school is a small school with        We all love our school. All the staff
lovely children, because it is small     help you through your ups and
you get to know everyone.                downs.


Our school is the best because           Our school is great for young
everyone respects you, no matter         children, as older, more responsible
who you are. We always make              children help the younger children
everyone fit in.                         on the playground and in class.




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