THE PRIORY PRIMARY SCHOOL
DORSETT ROAD, FRIAR PARK,
Telephone Number 0121 556 1383
Fax Number 0121 556 0520
Head Teacher: Mrs F Somervell
Chair of Governors: Rev A Farrington
Primary Day School for Pupils aged 3 – 11 years
The Priory Primary School is part of the Priory Family Centre which was
completed in February 2007. The centre is an integrated unit consisting of a
Children’s Centre and Primary School. Children from birth to eleven and
their families are catered for in our modern award winning building.
The school accommodation is bright, welcoming and innovative in its design.
Classrooms enable children to learn in exciting ways using modern
technologies such as interactive white boards and a wide range of ICT
resources. The outside environment has been developed to allow children’s
learning to spill out of the classrooms and to provide stimulating play areas.
Children are encouraged to play creatively, cooperatively and physically
through the use of Trim Trails, a multi use games area and open green
spaces. The Early Years’ Play area is one of the most innovative in the
country and is regarded as an outstanding model of excellence for young
The school is a co-educational primary community day school that admits a
maximum of 30 children into each year group starting with the Nursery when
children are aged 3. Children leave the school when they are eleven at the
end of Year 6. Each class has a fully qualified teacher and is supported by at
least one, and often two, qualified Teaching Assistants.
The Priory is a successful school and was graded as outstanding in its
OFSTED inspection in December 2008. It has high standards and excellent
enrichment opportunities for all pupils.
We believe the school should be at the heart of the local community and the
centre provides a wide range of services for families and is used by the
community in a number of ways. Both the Children’s Centre and the school
are core members of a local group of schools that provide a range of
extended school activities and services. This group is called FRESCO – Friar
Park Extended Schools Consortium, and information on its activities can be
found on notice boards around the centre and by asking at the main
Name Role Responsibility
Felicity Somervell Head Teacher Strategic Planning,
Julie Bytheway Deputy Head/Yr 3 Inclusion, English,
Teacher Phases 2 Leader
Vijay Patel Phases 3 Leader, ICT,
Deputy Head/Yr 3
Lynsey Lacey Early Years Manager/ Assessment
Jacqui Ryan Year 1 Teacher Sustainable Schools,
Gifted and Talented
Sally Coppock Year 2 Teacher PE
Lyn Handley Year 6 teacher Music, Science
Helen Taylor Year 5 Teacher Class Teacher
Pat Parsons Year 4 Teacher
Wendy Priest Nursery Teacher Sustainable Schools
Cathryn Westwood PPA Teacher RE
Jayne Hughes HLTA Inclusion, Outdoor
Chris Dulleston LSP Year 1 Healthy Schools
Helen Hayward LSP Year2 PE Resources
Angela Burns LSP Year 3 SEN Support, Science,
DT, Guided Reading
Lianne French LSP Year 3 Music Resources
Deb Smith LSP Year 4 Class Support
Emma Price LSP Year 5 Guided Reading
Sandra Taylor LSP Year 5 Class Support
Angharad Nutt LSP Year 6 Art Resources
Sarah Carter LSP Year 6 Art Resources
Dawn Millard LSP Early Years Early Years
Keeley Edwards LSP Early Years Early Years
Nichola Shaw LSP PPA Library, G & T
Susan Lloyd LSA Early Years Early Years
Priti Patel LSA Year 1 SaLT Support
Lesley Melia Principal Lunchtime
Wendy Compton Senior Lunchtime
Rita Carpenter Lunchtime Supervisor
Margaret Compton Lunchtime Supervisor
Yvette McFarlane Lunchtime Supervisor
Jodie Partridge Lunchtime Supervisor
Yvonne Smith Lunchtime Supervisor
Margaret Whitehouse Lunchtime Supervisor
Debra Woodcock Lunchtime Supervisor
Stephan Clifford Site Manager Buildings, Maintenance,
Health and Safety
Lorraine Hand Cleaner in Charge
Carol Coates Cleaner
Teresa Hughes Cleaner
Wieslawa Kozlowska Cleaner
Susan Vaughan Cleaner
Elaine Dickenson School Secretary General Resources,
June Walters School Business/Finance Attendance, Finance,
Manager Personnel, Pupil
Rev A Farrington Chair
Mr J Williams AG
Mrs F Baugh Vice Chair/Parent
Mr S Clifford Staff
Mrs D Holden Com
Mrs S Kang Parent
Mr M Lee Com
Mr V Patel Staff
Mrs F Somervell Head Teacher
Mr D Hill AG
Mrs R Bradshaw Parent
Cllr S Hackett AG
All correspondence for the Governing Body should be
addressed to Clerk to the Governors, c/o the School
Our Aims and Values
We believe every child is unique and has individual gifts, talents and needs.
Each and every child will be helped and guided to become positive members
of the school, local and wider community.
They will develop positive attitudes and behaviours towards their:
own learning and intellectual development
own social, moral and physical development
others within school
local and wider community
They will develop individual qualities that will enable them to be at ease with
the continually changing context of their lives. We will encourage them to
reach the personal goals of:
enquiry – having an innate sense of curiosity about the world they live
resilience – a willingness to keep going and not give up at the first
difficulty or hurdle they encounter
morality – knowing the difference between right and wrong
communication – being able to make clear what they know, think and
thoughtfulness – thinking of others and how their behaviour impacts
cooperation – being able to work, learn and exist with others
respect – valuing everyone for whom they are and what they believe in
adaptability – being able to learn and work in a range of contexts and
We shall help children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated
perspective on national and international issues through developing:
a knowledge ad understanding of their own national culture and
an awareness and understanding of the essential similarities between
peoples and countries of the world
an ability to be at ease with others who are different from
Children will develop the ability to reflect upon and take responsibility for
their own learning. They will:
know how to, and be able to, demonstrate what they have learned
know how to improve their own learning
Be engaged in the assessment and evaluation of their own learning.
Children are expected to arrive at school between 8.45 and 8.55 a.m. and go
straight to their classroom. Parents are requested to leave their children at
the appropriate entrance at the beginning of the session and to wait outside
at the end of the session, unless they need to see the class teacher. This is
to avoid congestions at the start and end of the day.
Parents with Children in the Early Years are welcome to take their children
to their duty teacher and collect them at the end of the session. For pupils
taking advantage of the extended hours, then the morning session starts at
8.30 a.m. and finishes at 11.30 and the afternoon session starts at 12.30 and
finishes at 3.30 p.m.
Class teachers and support staff are normally available at the beginning and
end of each day should you wish to speak to them about your child. If
parents require an extended meeting, an appointment can be made normally
at the end of the school day.
The Head Teacher is normally available before and after school, but can be
available at other times by prior arrangements,
Parents are invited to visit school to meet with class teachers once each
term. An annual report outlining your child’s progress will be sent out at the
end of the academic year.
If you need to collect you child during the school day, you are asked to
report to the reception desk where your child will be brought to you. We do
not allow pupils to leave school during the day unless either the parent or a
responsible adult comes to collect them and signs them out of school.
Please keep school informed of any changes of address or telephone number.
It is in the interests of health and safety that the school has an emergency
contact telephone number for all children in the event of an accident.
THE SCHOOL DAY
Doors are opened at 8.45 12.30
School starts at 8.45 12.30
School closes at 11.30 3.15
If taking advantage of extended hours, then doors open at
8.30a .m. and close at 3.30 p.m. (Nursery pupils only)
Doors are opened at 8.45
School starts at 8.45
Dinner time from 11.45 – 12.45
School closes at 3.15
YEARS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 AND 6
Doors are opened at 8.45
School starts at 8.55
Dinner time from 12.00 – 1.00 (Yr1/2)
12.10 - 1.00 (Y3/4/5/6)
School closes at 3.15
Children in Years 1, 2 and 3 have a morning break from 10.20 –
10.35. Years 1 and 2 have a 10 minute break in the afternoon.
Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 have a morning break from 10.50 –
The curriculum is the skills, knowledge and understanding your child will
learn during their time at the Priory School. We believe it should be an
exciting, challenging journey that children undertake with the guidance and
support of teachers and their assistants. Lessons are designed to be
exciting and engaging in which children learn both independently and as part
of small groups.
The 3 – 5 years old children follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum and will
be encouraged to co-operate and communicate with adults and other
children. Foundations will be laid for any easy transition to the main school
where the children will continue to gain the knowledge and skills they will
require in the future, both at home and at school.
In KS1 and KS2 the range of subject taught includes: English, Maths,
Science, ICT, Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, PE, RE, PSHE and
Health Education. All children follow the programmes of study for the
National Curriculum. Care is taken to match work to the abilities of the
individual child in order that each child may show positive achievement.
Where possible these subjects are structured in themed topics wherever
possible so that children develop skills and acquire knowledge in a joined up
way and that are relevant to their lives and future lives as global citizens.
Sex Education is taught as part of the Science Curriculum as specified in
the National Curriculum. The School Nurse also provides a detailed talk for
Years 5 and 6 pupils’ prior to their transition to Secondary School. Parents
are informed when the lessons are due to take place, and have the right to
withdraw their child from the session.
Children’s questions arising naturally and incidentally as a result of other
activities will be answered factually and honestly.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
Assemblies are held 4 days per week for all children. All collective worship
and RE is of a broadly Christian nature, but insights from other faiths also
find positive expression. Moral and ethical values are strongly emphasised.
Children whose parents exercise their right to withdraw them from
collective worship or RE are supervised elsewhere in the school
At Priory we believe that all children regardless of their academic abilities
or personal social development should be included in all aspects of school
life. This is know as an Inclusive Education,
The school has an Inclusion Manager who is responsible for managing any
special support needed for pupils who have Special Educational Needs (SEN).
SEN includes those children who have learning, behaviour and medical needs.
If a child is identified as having a special educational need then they are
placed on the SEN register. In most cases the school is able to provide the
specialist or additional support required to help the child progress with their
learning, or address any other need. In the case of children with significant
difficulties the school may approach the Local Authority for additional
support. We are fortunate to be able to employ some experienced support
staff to work with children with SEN.
We work closely with a range of Sandwell’s support agencies – Speech and
Language Therapists, Sure Start and Behaviour Support to name a few.
We actively encourage all parents to be involved in their children’s education,
but parents of children with an identified Special Educational Need are
invited into school to discuss the best way the child’s needs can be
A member of the Governing Body liaises with the Inclusion Manager with
regard to the ways in which school meets the needs of SEN pupils.
At Priory Primary we are committed to equality of opportunity for all pupils.
We believe that no individual should be limited or judged by the confines of
gender or racial stereotypes. We welcome the opportunity to embrace the
special needs of all pupils and acknowledge the contribution that each
individual makes to our community.
We pride ourselves on a high level of pupil attendance and this
emphasis needs constant reinforcement and support from
parents. We are grateful for the co-operation of parents who
are requested to adopt the following procedures:
a) Please telephone the school or send a note giving the
reason for absence. School operates a first day calling
system, whereby it is a parents' responsibility to notify
the school of their child’s absence on the first day of
absence, before 9.30 a.m.
b) If a pupil is receiving treatment from a doctor or dentist
and needs to be absent from school, please let the class
teacher know on the previous day.
c) If a parents’ annual holiday does not coincide with the
school holiday, please obtain a holiday form to complete
and return to the school. Only in exceptional
circumstances would a holiday being requested during
term time be authorised.
MISSING SCHOOL MISSING OUT
IF YOUR CHILD IS LATE FOR SCHOOL THEY MUST
REPORT TO THE RECEPTION. THIS IS FOR HEALTH
AND SAFETY REASONS.
If you know your child is going to be late, please let us know so that their
meal can be booked. Registers close at 9.15 a.m. and any pupil arriving
after this time will have an unauthorised late mark unless we are
contacted by a parent/carer.
Accidents, Illness, Emergencies
The school administers first aid to the minor injuries of pupils.
If more than a scratch or graze is involved, parents will be
informed verbally, by telephone or letter of the nature of the
injury and the action taken. Parents are asked to provide a
telephone number where they, or another adult who is willing
to take responsibility for the child, may be contacted in the
case of illness or more serious accidents requiring medical
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT EMERGENCY
CONTACT NUMBERS ARE ACCURATE –
PLEASE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OFFICE
IMMEDIATELY IF THERE ARE ANY
With the possible exception of long-term medication e.g. inhalers used by
asthmas sufferers, we do not allow tablets, capsules or medicines in school.
Children are not allowed to dose themselves nor are teachers or dinner
supervisors permitted to administer tablets or medicines. Inhalers are kept
in the child’s class and pupils must let the teacher know when needed.
In exceptional circumstances, medicine may be administered in school if all
the necessary paperwork is completed.
Helping Your Child at Home
There is much evidence that children whose parents show an interest in what
their children learn and do make better progress than those children who do
not receive this support and interest.
There are many simple effective ways in whish you can support your child’s
learning. Below are just a few of them:
Each day ask your child “what have you learnt today?”
Hearing your child read at home at least 4 times a week, and
discussing what they have read
Playing games with your child, particularly games involving numbers
Showing an interest in any home learning tasks (homework) that have
been set. They may need some help, may be keen to show you what
they have learnt, or able to do.
Helping children find information about some of the topics they may
be covering in school. You could join the local library and visit the
library together, or help your child use the internet safely to find
Encourage your child to take up a hobby and show that you are
interested in what they find interesting.
Working with Parents
The school welcomes the partnership with parents and values a good
relationship to further the needs of the children. Parents are welcome to
speak to the class teacher at a mutually convenient time.
Parental Consultations are held on a regular basis and the school sends
details in advance
School Meals and Morning Snack
Dinner time starts at 11.50 for Reception children; 12.00 noon for Years 1
and 2; 12.10 p.m. for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Children who go home for dinner
should return to school by 1.00 p.m. at the latest, when the afternoon
Dinner money is collected on Mondays, in advance for the week and should be
brought secured in an envelope or suitable container marked with the name
of the child. It can be brought to the school office if you wish. A child who
brings sandwiches must do so for a week without any change back to school
meals. In the same way, a child purchasing a school meal must do so for the
whole week before changing to sandwiches. However, if a child is in receipt
of free school meals which expire because the appropriate benefit is no
longer applicable, then he/she will be allowed to bring sandwiches
immediately. Even if you do not intend to take up the offer of free school
meals but are entitled to do so, please call into school and complete an
application form. This enables school to be compared to schools of a similar
status and could improve our funding from local government.
If you pay for your child’s meal, please be aware that meals must be paid for
in advance or on the day of taking the meal at the latest. Regrettably school
is unable to offer credit for meals.
School milk is provided for all children under 5 years of age. After that,
milk can be purchased in school. The cost at present is 10 pence per carton,
but this is subject to change. Fruit is free to children in Nursery, Reception
and Years 1 and 2. Fruit is on sale for the rest of the pupils at a cost of 75
pence per week. Again this is subject to change.
As part of our healthy eating policy, children will only be allowed to have milk
or water and fruit at snack time.
We have high expectations of our children and we aim to make them
responsible, independent and self-disciplined. We believe it is vital to
ensure that a good standard of behaviour prevails throughout the school.
We try to create a caring, encouraging, supportive atmosphere in which
children feel valued. We want children to feel a sense of ownership and
pride in their school and community. We encourage respect and tolerance
and always try to notice and reward the good things that children do both
inside and outside school.
All parents and children are asked to read and sign our Home School
Agreement, which identifies how parents and the school work together to
ensure pupils develop into worthy members of the school community.
INCLUDE HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT
We have tried to make our school rules positive and easily understood by
the children. We always try to praise good behaviour.
The behaviour of pupils is generally very good, however on some occasions
we may need to address individual behaviour issues.
Be kind to everyone and help them when they need it.
Treat everyone with respect
Speak sensibly and politely to everyone
Keep myself and others safe
Look after my school and the things in it
Try my best with everything I do
Congratulations in assembly
Head Teacher Awards
End of year awards
5 minutes away from group in classroom
15 minutes working in another classroom
Sent to Deputy/or Head Teacher
Talk to parents
Totally unacceptable behaviour such as violence towards a person or
property, insolence towards adults or bullying, will be dealt with by pupils
being removed from class, parents being contacted and required to
attend a meeting at school.
Extra Curricular Activities
We believe that children should have the opportunity to experience as many
different activities as possible outside the classroom. There are a number
of after school clubs on different evenings immediately after school.
During the year the following clubs may be available:
Details of these are provided on posters and in newsletters. It should be
noted that all parents who children attend any of these clubs will need to
complete a written consent form.
The school has an allotment on site that is cared for by the pupils.
The school is allowed to raise money to support its work in a variety of
ways. School fund is used to support everyday curriculum activities and
enhance the children’s experiences in a variety of ways, e.g. the provision
of foodstuffs for baking. In order to keep up with the rate of spending
the school will occasionally hold raffles and other fund raising activities.
Your support is gratefully requested in order that we can continue our
high level of provision.
From time to time pupils are offered the opportunity to take part in off-site
educational visits. Because costs are high, we are obliged to request that
parents make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of such visits. It
must be clearly understood that parents are under no obligation to
contribute and that no pupil will be omitted from an activity or visit because
of the inability to contribute. However, it must be made clear that, if
parents are reluctant to support funding in any way, then the visit or activity
may have to be cancelled
Charges and Remission Policy
1. It is the policy of the Governing body to:
Levy the appropriate charge to parents for all board and lodging
requirements of children during residential visits.
Levy charges where appropriate for activities which take place wholly or
mainly outside school hours.
Require parents, where reimbursement is appropriate, to pay for damage to
school property for which their children are responsible.
2. It is the policy of the Governing Body that the school may charge for:
Materials used in practical activities, if parents indicate in advance that
they wish to own the finished items.
3. It is the policy of the Governing Body that the school
may request parents;
Of children attending the Early Years Unit for voluntary contributions to
cover the cost of refreshments during mid session breaks.
For voluntary contributions to cover the cost of visits during school hours.
4. Charges which are non-statutory may be waived at the discretion of
the Head Teacher.
Parents who feel charges and fees will cause financial hardship are invited to
approach the Head Teacher in confidence.
Whilst your child is in school we take every possible care to ensure their
welfare and safety and we will inform you if an injury has occurred in school.
If your child has sustained an injury (not minor cuts and bruises) at home,
please inform either the class teacher, the Deputy or the Head Teacher. If
we should have any serious concerns regarding the welfare of any child, it is
our responsibility to report it to the appropriate authority.
Class Teachers are responsible for the general welfare of children in their
classes, and parents should, therefore, normally contact the class teacher in
any matter concerning the child. However, parents wishing to make a
complaint or to discuss any matter of a confidential nature concerning their
child in school, should speak first to the Head or Deputy Head Teacher.
If the concern is not resolved, parents may raise the matter with the
Governing Body, Parent Governors or Chair of Governors. If still
dissatisfied, a formal complaints procedure (in writing) can be made to the
Local Authority, who will investigate the complaint. A Complainant who is
dissatisfied after these arrangements have been exhausted will be able to
complain to the Secretary of State for Education. More details are
available from the school.
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of
children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share
All staff/volunteers that have access to the children will have CRB Enhance
Every Child Matters!!
The school uniform consists of:
Royal blue sweatshirts or cardigans
Gold polo shirts
Grey, black or blue trousers/skirts
Sweatshirts and polo shirts can be purchased from the school office.
Please ensure your child’s name is clearly marked on all items.
It is important that younger children wear clothes that they can remove
easily when they go to the toilet to get changed for PE lessons.
Your child will also need suitable clothing for games and PE i.e. shorts and a
t-shirt, and suitable trainers/pumps for outside games. All children in KS2
will go swimming at Wednesbury Leisure Centre at certain times, and will
need a costume, hat and towel for these lessons. Please make sure all items
are clearly marked. You will be given plenty of notice for these sessions.
PE kits are also available to buy from school.
Please ensure that your child wears sensible, comfortable shoes that they
can remove and fasten themselves. Shoes with high heels are not suitable
for school war. The wearing of inappropriate shoes may result in the pupil
changing in to their PE pumps.
Please make sure that your child has adequate protection from exposure to
the sun during the summer. Shoulders should be covered and a cap worn if
possible. Please note that sun protection creams cannot be applied by
members of staff, so children should have this applied before coming into
For health and safety reasons the wearing of ear-rings, nose studs, finger
rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc., is not allowed in school. If a child has
pierced ears, small studs only may be worn. Your child must be able to
remove these for PE/Games. We would prefer watches to be left at home.
Knives or matches are not allowed in school, and toys should not be brought
into school except on special occasions when children are given permission to
Children in Sandwell are admitted to school in at the beginning of the
academic year in which they are 5, provided that a school place is available.
The admission priorities for the allocation of places is given below:
1. Children with Special Educational Needs undergoing assessment
under Sections 321 and 323 of the Education Act 1996 or children
who are in public care.
2. To meet the child’s medical needs (recommended and supported by
a doctor’s certificate) regardless of distance from home to school.
Children with a particular medical condition which can be met most
appropriately by the preferred school. Applications must be
accompanied by a medical declaration form, available from the
Local Authority, and signed by the child’s GP or Consultant
confirming the condition and detailing the child’s needs. All
applications under the criteria will be assessed by the LA to decide
whether the child’s needs can be met most appropriately by
admission to the preferred school.
3. For admissions to primary having a brother or sister at the school
at the same time regardless of distance from home to school,
4. Distance measured in a straight line from a child’s home to the
main entrance of the school
5. If you require further information, please contact the Department
of Education Access Team on 0121 569 2200.
IT IS IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS TO NOTE
THAT A NURSERY PLACE DOES NOT
GUARANTEE A SCHOOL PLACE
Violence, Physical Aggression, Threats and
Verbal Abuse are Unacceptable
The school staff strives to treat visitors with due care, courtesy and
respect. Our staff expect the public to show the same courtesy and
In the events of such incidents, action will be taken by Sandwell MBC and, if
appropriate, the Police. Legal action will be pursued.
The Priory Primary School operates a no smoking policy within the building
and anywhere on the school grounds. Parents, carers and visitors are not
allowed to smoke whilst visiting the school.
Car Park Safety
Parents bringing children to school by car should park in a safe location,
away from yellow zig-zags or yellow lines. All no parking zones should be
complied with. Only persons with a blue disabled badge are permitted to
park in the disabled spaces.
Property Loss or Damage
Whilst every care is exercised to ensure the safety of property and
belongings within the school campus, neither the Governors, the School nor
the Local Authority can accept responsibility for loss or damage which
occurs whilst on the school premises.
Transfer to Secondary Schools
Details of Year 6 pupils who transferred to Secondary Schools
in September 2010 are as follows:
Manor Foundation Business Enterprise & Sports College
(Phoenix Collegiate) 18
Wood Green High School College of Sport 1
Wodensborough Community Technology College 5
Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School 5
Access to information
Parents may request information regarding the school under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000. Requests for information should be made to
the school office in writing.
The school will respond accordingly within the legal time framework and
the response will be within 20 working days.
Information such as the school prospectus, LA’s agreed syllabus for RE,
the latest school OFSTED report, annual reports to parents, LA
complaints arrangements, School’s charging policy and current schemes of
work can be provided on request.
Term Dates 2010 - 2011
AUTUMN TERM 2010
From Wednesday, 1 September
To Friday, 17 December
Half Term Holidays
From Monday, 25 October
To Friday, 29 October
SPRING TERM 2011
From Tuesday, 4 January
To Friday 8 April
Half Term Holidays
From Monday, 21 February
To Friday, 25 February
SUMMER TERM 2011
From Tuesday, 26 April
To Thursday, 21 July
May Day Holiday
Monday, 2 May
Half Term Holidays
From Monday, 30 May
To Friday, 3 June
Pupils are to attend school on 190 working days within the overall
arrangements determined by the Schedule. Staff Training days
will be advised when scheduled.