FILTON HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL BLENHEIM DRIVE FILTON SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE BS34 7AX Telephone: 01454 866559 Fax: 01454 866560 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.filtonhill.ik.org GOVERNING BODY Chair of Governors: Mr M Fry Vice Chair: Mr I Bell Staff Governors: Miss S Hake Mr C Hornsby Parent Governors: Mrs J Joinson Mrs Sarah Kingscott Mr D Burand Mrs R Saunders Community Governors: Mr M Fry Mr I Bell Mr R Price Head teacher: Mrs K Lemming Clerk to the governors: Mrs A Curry All governors may be contacted through the school. STAFF AND LOCAL AUTHORITY CONTACTS Head teacher: Mrs K Lemming Deputy Head: Mr C Hornsby Teaching Staff: Mrs M MacFarlane (Part time) Mrs C Thomas Mrs Marriott (Senco) Miss G Brown Mr A Turpin Miss S Hake Miss S Greenslade Mrs C Conradi (Part time) School Administrator: Mrs B Goodall Teaching Assistants: Mrs J Furlong Mrs M White Mrs S Moore Mrs H Howe Mrs D Roach Catering Staff: Mrs D Spencer Mrs J Bunce School Meals Supervisory Assistants: Mrs D Coles (senior SMSA) Ms R Virgo Ms S Weston Mrs R Carnew Mrs A Curry Miss S Harvey Caretaker: Mr D Collins Cleaners: Mrs D Coles Ms R Virgo Ms S Weston School Adviser: Mr A Evans Education Welfare Officer: Mrs A Roberts Local Authority: South Gloucestershire Director of Education: Therese Gillespie SCHOOL VISION We want Filton Hill to be a: happy safe challenging caring Creative school. We want Filton Hill to be a school where: everyone in the school and wider community is respected and valued; children become independent learners and fulfil their potential, through building their self-esteem; there is high quality teaching of a creative curriculum that is accessible to all learners; children learn in a pleasant, stimulating environment using excellent resources. SCHOOL HOURS Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 Morning session: 8.55am-12.00pm Afternoon session: 1.00pm-3.15pm Key Stage 2 Morning session: 8.55am-12.00pm Afternoon session: 1.00pm-3.20pm Children should not arrive at school before 8.45am, when there are teachers on duty either at the school gate or in the playground. However, in bad weather, children are directed into their classrooms when they arrive at school. At the end of the day parents are encouraged to wait within the school grounds for their children. We do run a breakfast club which opens at 8 am. The children are allowed to leave bikes or scooters in the bicycle shed. THE CURRICULUM The curriculum at Filton Hill is based on the National Curriculum, the National Primary Strategy, and the Local Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage. Our curriculum is creative and incorporate meaningful links between the subject areas. OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS LEARNING During the academic year children are given the opportunity to take part in a variety of after school clubs. Monday night is ‘club night’ run by the staff. Most clubs are free of charge; however some clubs incur charges depending on the provider and the nature of the activity. We endeavour to provide a range of activities that give every child the opportunity to participate in an after school activity of interest to them. The following clubs have been offered: football, basketball, keep fit, art and crafts, knitting, Pyramid Club, choir, circus skills, hockey, netball, music, baking, chess, outdoor club, ICT, street dance, book club and German. COLLECTIVE WORSHIP We are required by law to hold a daily act of Collective Worship which must be broadly Christian in character. The children also learn about other religions and assemblies/celebrations reflect that we live in a multi-cultural society. We encourage visitors to lead acts of worship as well as all members of the teaching staff. On Fridays we have our Service of Praise where we recognise children’s achievements made both inside and outside of school. Parents are welcome to attend. St Peter’s Church Canon Brian Arman visits the school regularly to lead worship. The school also celebrates different events during the school year at St Peters Church. Parents have the right to withdraw their child(ren) from all or part of Collective Worship. If you choose to do this is up to you to arrange a suitable alternative activity for your child. SEX EDUCATION We follow a school-wide programme of sex education beginning with developing children’s understanding of family relationships, their knowledge of the body, etc. much of which is contained within the Science curriculum. At Years 5 and 6 children study a topic on ‘Growing and Changing’ which looks specifically at 3 areas: puberty, new life (birth) and conception. Throughout the emphasis is on relationships, on family life and on the need to respect self and others. We use a BBC video, which parents are given the opportunity to view before the topic begins. Parents are encouraged to talk to the class teachers if they have any concerns and may view the policy and scheme of work on request. Our aim is to answer children’s questions openly and honestly in a way that is age appropriate. Parents do have the right to withdraw their child(ren). HOMEWORK The most important way to support your child at home is by reading together daily. All children are provided with a reading record, which you are encouraged to complete whenever you hear your child read. We have book bags that you may purchase from the office, which provide a sturdy bag to carry books and reading records home. Children in Reception/Key Stage 1 have weekly spellings sent home. From Y2 the children are asked to learn their times tables. Teachers send home class letters at the beginning of each term with details of how you can support your child at home. All children are given targets and these are shared with parents at parents’ evening. PUPIL VOICE We feel it is important to involve all the children in decisions affecting them and their school. A teacher is responsible for discussing all aspects of school life with the children and listen to their concerns and suggestions for improvements. Many ideas have been acted upon including opening the conservation area and improving the play area. In addition the children are asked about their learning and how we can improve their experiences in class. INCLUSION We recognise that all children have different needs. Through our planning and assessment procedures we meet those varied needs within the classroom by careful differentiation of work. Those children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) are supported by our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). The school works with a variety of external agencies in order to meet the needs of our pupils. These range from statutory organisations such as Social Services, Educational Psychologist, Speech Therapist and the Health Service to voluntary organisations such as the Southern Brooks Partnership and the Pyramid Trust. Children who are identified as able, gifted and talented are supported through appropriately differentiated activities and challenges. We ensure that our gifted and talented pupils are given specific opportunities for enrichment All pupils are treated as equals regardless of their gender, disability or ethnicity. We value the different experiences all our children bring to Filton Hill School. HEALTHY SCHOOL The school has National Healthy School Status. We encourage pupils to make healthy food choices and to understand the benefits of participating in physical activity. We promote a positive attitude to healthy eating and knowledge of how a balanced diet is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Snacks School milk is provided free to every child until their fifth birthday. The school is part of the National Fruit Scheme which provides a daily piece of fruit for every child in Foundation Stage and KS1. In addition the kitchen sells small bowls of fruit for 15p as well as bags of dried fruit and bottles of milk. Sweets We do not encourage children to bring sweets into school for any reason. Please do not send sweets to school to celebrate birthdays or holidays as we will simply return them. Chocolate and sweets should not be included in a packed lunch. We have a child with a life threatening reaction to nuts so please do not let the children bring in any kind of product containing nuts. Drinks We prefer all children to drink water only in school. BEHAVIOUR We have a positive approach to behaviour management which encourages children to be self-disciplined and to make the right choices. Good behaviour is rewarded and there are consequences for inappropriate behaviour. Generally behaviour throughout the school is good because we have consistency and an agreed set of procedures followed by everyone. Our most recent OFSTED report states: ‘Pupils thrive in the caring, family atmosphere that nurtures their self- esteem and encourages them to be independent and self-reliant. They say bullying is rare and promptly dealt with. Good behaviour in founded on a firm understanding of right and wrong.’ PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS We welcome any voluntary help that parents feel they can give during the school day. Please see the class teachers. We hold a parents evening in the Autumn to discuss how your child is settling in their new class and to discuss targets for the year. In the Spring we hold another meeting to discuss your child’s progress. There is a formal written report in the Summer. In addition the class teachers are always willing to discuss any issues or problems you may have at a time convenient to you both. There is a Parent Teacher Association (Filton Hill School Association) which co- ordinates events throughout the year to raise funds for additional resources for the school. We are grateful for all the hard work they do. The committee is always looking for new members to join the team, or volunteers to help out with individual events. There is a suggestion box in the entrance and we also have a small group of class representatives run by Mrs Conradi. Anyone can volunteer to become a class representative and discuss any aspects of school life. We welcome your opinions and suggestions. ATTENDANCE Regular and punctual school attendance is a key factor in promoting the welfare, social inclusion and achievement of pupils. Research has shown that poor attendance does affect children’s learning. We do not authorise holidays in term 1, term 5 (for year 6) or the first 4 weeks of term 6 (except year 6) and at other times unless consistently above 90% attendance. At Filton Hill the children who achieve 100% attendance take part in a raffle at the end of each term. Children with very good attendance or improved attendance also receive certificates. CHARGING POLICY School swimming lessons are funded by the school through the Traded Services agreement with South Gloucestershire Council. Visits/additional activities organised by the school are generally linked with the National Curriculum. There is a ceiling of £20.00 for each child for trips in any one academic year (excluding Year 6 camp). UNIFORM We would like to see the children wearing sweatshirts or cardigans with the school badge on. These can be ordered through the school. Children will also require a change of clothes for PE. All clothing, including PE kit, must be named. Jewellery is not allowed in school for health and safety reasons. If children have pierced ears then small stud earrings may be worn. These must be removed for PE unless ears have recently been pierced in which case they may be covered with tape. KS2 children may wear a watch. We would also like to ask the children to have sensible haircuts please. Winter White collared shirt or blouse, polo shirt or polo neck Red sweatshirt or cardigan Navy or black school trousers, skirt or pinafore Sensible dark shoes Navy, white or red tights Navy, white or grey socks Summer In Summer the following optional items may be worn: Red and white striped or check dress Sensible sandals or black crocs with straps Strappy sandals or plastic ‘jelly’ shoes are not appropriate for safety reasons. There is an expectation that sensible school shoes will be worn and not trainers. PE Kit Red or black leotard Plain white T-shirt Red or navy shorts Black daps Outdoor Games Kit (KS2) As for PE kit plus: Track suit Change of footwear Swimming Children who are swimming should wear sensible costumes or trunks. Long shorts and bikinis are inappropriate. Lost Property Lost property is kept outside of the office. COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE Anyone who has a concern should contact either their child’s class teacher or the head teacher. If the matter cannot be resolved in this way the school has a set of procedures in place which may be viewed on request. POLICIES and other documentation Parents may view policies, schemes of work, inspection reports etc. on request by contacting the school office. The most recent OFSTED inspection report may be viewed online at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/reports/109/s5_109013_20050928.htm A copy of the most recent Governor’s Annual Report to Parents is available from the School Office on request. From 2006 this is no longer a requirement and will be replaced by the School Profile. This is available on-line. The contents of this document were correct at time of going to press: March 2010.
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