North Clifton County Primary School was built in 1876 for 70 children with an
additional classroom built in 1887. It was built close to St. Georges Church
and is about halfway between the villages of North and South Clifton. The
school has been gradually modernised over the years. We now have oil-fired
central heating instead of open coal fires and inside, instead of outside toilets.
Within the last six years a major building programme has extended and
refurbished the school to provide the excellent facilities pupils and teachers
enjoy today. During the summer of 2007 the school house was completely
refurbished to improve staff facilities and provide a more secure entrance. In
September 2008 we took delivery of an additional temporary classroom to
provide an additional teaching area. The school caters for children aged from
3 to 11 years of age from the two villages of North & South Clifton as well as
the small village of Spalford. Increasingly we are attracting children from
outside our catchment area.
As a result of the new building improvements, we are now the designated
centre for the wider local area to provide Foundation Stage learning for three
and four year olds.
The staff work very hard to produce a happy family atmosphere in school, but
yet produce a high level of academic achievement.
It is a small quiet rural village yet at one time it could boast a blacksmith, two
tailors, two millers, a shoemaker and a shopkeeper. The Parish Church is a
lovely building started in the 13th century probably on the site of an earlier
church. An old penny school in the village is now a garage, but the old school
bell still hangs in its original outside belfry. There is a small new development
of mixed sized houses.
This is a pleasant rural Trentside village. Over the years the village suffered
from the occasional flooding by the River Trent. The worst floods being in
1947, when many people had to be taken from their homes in boats. After
this extensive flood banks were created to protect the village. The first
Wesleyan Chapel was built in 1814 and a later one in 1882, which is still,
used as a centre of worship today.
This is a small hamlet about 2 miles from the school. There are 2 working
farms and an ostrich breeder. It doesn’t have any public buildings, so most
residents tend to use the facilities in South Clifton. The Victorian Chapel is
now converted for residential use. Spalford Warren is a favourite wild life
area, now owned by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
North Clifton County Primary School Head teacher:
Church Lane Mrs J B Medley
Newark Chair of Governors:
Notts Mrs A Skelton
Telephone: 01522 778609
Type of School
County Primary Co-Educational School for day pupils 3 – 11 years.
The National Statutory School Age is defined as the term after the term in
which they are five. To avoid confusion set dates have been laid down which
define the terms.
Spring Term is from 1 January – 31 March
Summer Term is from 1 April – 31 August
Autumn Term is from 1 September – 31 December
Nottinghamshire current admission arrangements for main school are:
Children who are 5 between 1 Jan – 31 Aug ~ start beginning of the spring
Children who are 5 between 1 Sep – 31 Dec ~ start beginning of the autumn
The Governing Body of North Clifton School decided that children will be
admitted full time either in September or January, but should facilities permit
and the parent of the child wishes it, children may be admitted for part of each
day from the September of the year in which they are five for the purposes of
nursery education, at the discretion of the Head Teacher. The school also
has a Foundation Unit for younger pupils. Admission arrangements for this
are on page 4.
Admission Policies for North Clifton School
Admission Policy for the Foundation Unit at North Clifton School.
1. Places in the Foundation Unit will first be given to applicants who
reside in the catchment areas of the schools of North Clifton and
Queen Eleanor, Harby.
2. Thereafter consideration will be given to younger siblings of children
already in the unit or main school.
3. Thereafter preference will be given to children whose parents declare a
firm intention for their child to transfer through to North Clifton main
school, but live outside the main catchment area.
4. Thereafter preference will be given to children outside the catchment
area who live nearest to school by the shortest, safe walking distance.
Children can be admitted to this unit at the beginning of the academic term
following their third birthday. See term dates on page 2.
All children, on reaching statutory school age need to apply to the LA for a
place in main school. It is not guaranteed that all children who attend the
Foundation Unit can be admitted to main school. The admission policy for this
can be seen below:-
Admission Policy for North Clifton Primary School.
1. Places at the school will first be given to applicants who reside in the
catchment area of the parishes of North and South Clifton and
2. Thereafter consideration will be given to those who live outside the
catchment area but who, at the time of admission have a brother or
sister attending the school. Preference will be given to applicants who
live nearest to school by the shortest, safe walking distance.
3. Thereafter preference will be given to pupils outside the catchment
area, but who have attended the Foundation Unit.
4. Thereafter consideration will be given to other applicants who live
outside the catchment area. Preference will first be given to applicants
who live nearest to school by the shortest, safe walking route.
5. Thereafter, consideration will be given to applicants who can establish
particular medical, special educational need or social grounds relating
to their child with supporting written evidence from doctor, social
worker or relevant professional. Each case to be determined according
to the merits of the case by the Director of Children’s Services in
consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of Governors. Following
consultation the Director of Children’s Services may agree in particular
cases to accord a higher priority to an individual. All decisions will be
reported to the Governing Body as soon as possible.
For safety reasons children should not arrive at school before 8.50 a.m.
as they cannot be adequately supervised before this time
Morning Session: 9 am – 12 pm
Afternoon Session: 1pm - 3.30 pm.
Personal arrangements for visiting the school can be made by telephone.
a. The Governing Body’s statement of curriculum aims as required by the
1986 Education Act says the school will promote the spiritual, moral,
cultural, mental, physical and emotional development of the child in a
balanced and broadly based curriculum. It will prepare pupils for equal
opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. It will
provide opportunities for social and learning interaction with pupils of
different race, gender, religion, creed, age, stage of development
disability or other personal circumstances.
b. Key Stage 1 Assessment Results 2008. As there were less than ten
pupils who took Key Stage 1 Assessment, we are not required to
publish their results, as it would identify the pupils involved.
c. Key Stage 2 Assessment Results 2008. As there were less than ten
pupils who took Key Stage 2 Assessments we are not required to
publish their results, as it would identify the pupils involved.
d. No formal sex education but the subject is dealt with informally in
Natural Science. The requirements of the National Curriculum will be
e. Time spent on teaching during the normal week including religious
education is 24 hours 35 minutes.
f. The school holiday dates for 2009/2010 can be found as an appendix
to this prospectus.
g. Authorised and unauthorised absences for academic year 2008/09.
1. The number on roll was 66 pupils.
2. The percentage of sessions missed through authorised absence
3. The percentage of sessions missed through unauthorised
absences was 0.3%
h. The school curriculum is organised into four groups
The Foundation Class.
This group includes children from the age of three (pre-school) to five
(reception.) This group follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
This curriculum has six areas of learning
1. Language, literacy and communication.
3. Personal, social and emotional.
6. Knowledge and understanding of the world.
Key Stage 1
This group contains children in Years 1 and 2. Some full time reception
children will join them in the afternoons. This group follows the National
Curriculum core subjects of Literacy, Numeracy, Science and ICT. The other
National Curriculum Foundation Subjects of History, Geography, Art, Music,
PE, Design and Technology and Religious Education are often covered
through topic work of a cross curricular nature.
Key Stage 2 – Upper Key Stage 2 & Lower Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 is split into 2 classes Lower Key Stage 2 is years 3 & 4 and
Upper Key Stage 2 is years 5 & 6.
These classes also follow the National Curriculum. Additional areas of
P.H.S.E. (Personal, Health, Social and Emotional) Swimming and Drama are
included in Key Stages 1 and 2 alongside the National Curriculum. All classes
make educational visits throughout the school year connected with the topics
they are studying. Religious Education is also embraced in cross-curricular
themes. French is a regular part of the timetable. Upper Key Stage 2 are
offered a residential trip which most accept
Children may learn recorder and violin if parents wish and cycling proficiency
when numbers permit.
i. School Sports. Team sports will include football, netball, rounders and
cricket. The children will also have an opportunity to learn tennis and
enjoy various athletic activities. The facilities available are one hard
multi purpose court area and a playing field. Two hours of sport are
played per week subject to weather conditions. The children go
swimming once a week and obtain badges and certificates. The school
belongs to a sports group based at Tuxford Comprehensive, which
provides professional sports coaches to come into the school.
Years 5 & 6 play matches against other schools and all main school
pupils go to Tuxford Comprehensive for sports and other physical
j. Complaints - There is a procedure agreed by the LA for dealing with
complaints about the school curriculum and other related issues. This
is available in school.
The procedure provides;
1. That there should normally be a preliminary informal
discussion with the Head Teacher or other appropriate
school staff to see if the complaint can be resolved without
recourse to the formal procedures.
2. That if the complaint cannot be resolved informally the
complainant should write either to the Clerk of the Governing
Body, whose address is available at the school or to the
designated officer in the Education Authority, who is the
Principal Education Officer (Operational Management) in the
Education Department, County Hall. West Bridgford,
3. That if a formal complaint is to be lodged, the Head Teacher
will be available to the complainant with copies of the
relevant documents explaining the arrangements for
considering the complaint in more detail.
k. The following documents are available for inspection in school by
request to the Head teacher:
1. The LA’s statement of curriculum policy.
2. The Governing Body’s statement of curriculum aims for the
3. All statutory instruments, circulars and administrative
memoranda concerning the curriculum, which are sent to
schools by the Department for Education.
4. All published HMI reports which refer to the school which
includes OFSTED reports from February 2000 and
5. All schemes of work currently used by teachers in the school.
6. All syllabuses followed where appropriate.
7. The LA’s procedure for dealing with complaints about the
8. The LA’s agreed syllabus for RE.
The school is not affiliated to any particular denomination.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION POLICY
a The new Nottinghamshire agreed syllabus for Religious
Education is used for class teaching.
b The school will make arrangements for parents to exercise their
right of withdrawal of their children from religious worship or
instruction after consultation with the Head Teacher.
SPECIAL TEACHING ARRANGEMENTS
A child has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty,
which calls for special educational or physical provision to be made for him or
her. A child has a learning difficulty if he or she:-
a Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of
children of the same age.
b Has a disability, which either prevents or hinders the child from
making use of the educational facilities of a kind provided for
children of the same age in schools within the area of the local
A child must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the
language or form of language of the home is different from the language in
which he or she is, or will be taught.
The purpose of our policy is to outline how these children will be catered for at
North Clifton School.
The Authority’s Special Needs Support Service provides extra support for
children with learning difficulties.
Gifted children also have work differentiated for them in order to extend their
THE ORGANISTION OF EDUCATION
The school is divided into four mixed ability, vertically group classes, one for 3
- 5 years, one for 5 - 7 years and one for 7 - 9 and one for 9 - 11 years.
THE CARE OF CHILDREN
At the present time, consultation evenings are held twice a year, with a formal
written report in July.
Parents help voluntarily with swimming, games, reading and other projects
within the classrooms.
Children are expected to behave in an orderly manner at all times. School
holds a Golden Assembly Time every two weeks, when all children and staff
come together to celebrate each others achievements. All children receive
stars, stickers and other forms of celebration of good work and behaviour on a
daily basis. Unacceptable work or behaviour are usually dealt with initially in
lessons, and then break times. In the case of persistent problems, parents are
always invited into school to discuss issues. The school aims for parents and
staff to work in partnership together, and lead to an understanding that the
children must recognise the consequences that follow unwelcome behaviour.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Recorder groups are held for all abilities from beginners to advanced.
DARE – a drug awareness course is held for Yr 5 & 6.
Cycling proficiency classes are conducted when numbers permit.
Art, Drama, Music and Sports Training are available in the Newark area,
details available on request.
Private violin lessons are available.
Also courses are arranged at Tuxford Comprehensive, which the Yr 5 & 6 are
invited to attend.
School uniform is optional but strongly recommended. Almost all children
wear a school sweatshirt for most of the time. These can be ordered through
school; an order form is available in the reception area. For those who wish to
wear it, the following items are suggested:
Boys: Grey or black trousers, white polo shirt, maroon school
sweatshirt, black shoes.
Girls: Grey or black skirt, pinafore dress or trousers, white blouse and
a maroon school sweatshirt, black flat shoes. Red gingham
dresses in summer.
This consists of a white T shirt and maroon shorts. Parents
need to provide safe footwear for their children; this is usually
trainers or plimsolls.
All clothing should be clearly marked with the child’s name.
The Governors Charging and Remissions Policy can be found as an Appendix
to this prospectus.
ANTICIPATED CHANGE IN ARRANGEMENTS
SERVICES FROM WHICH THE SCHOOL BENEFITS
Nottinghamshire Education Authority supports us in numerous ways and the
school has access to the following services:
Education Welfare Service,
Educational Psychology Service,
Child Health Service, Careers Service,
Classroom Activity and Support Services for Curriculum.
Educational Library Service
Art & Design, Dance & Drama, Music
In Service Training
Advisory and Inspection Service
Education Catering Service
Special Needs Support Service
Further details regarding these services can be obtained from the general
information booklet ‘Going to School in Nottinghamshire.
There is a gravel car park provided for parents and visitors to use. The area
in front of the school is only for staff and disabled users. Please do not park
in the staff /disabled area or on the side of the road as it can cause a danger
to the children when they are coming in and out of school.
If your child needs to take medicine i.e. antibiotics during the school day you
must fill in a form available from school and hand this in with the medicine on
a daily basis. If your child needs medicine that requires staff to have some
knowledge to administer, please advise the school, so that appropriate staff
training can be organised.
SCHOOL MEALS SERVICE
Our school meals are provided by the Queen Eleanor Primary School kitchen.
About 40% of the children stay for a hot school meal. Unless there is an
urgent reason changes from sandwiches to school meals and visa versa can
only be made with 3 weeks notice.
We discourage the children from bringing mid-morning snacks, i.e. sweets;
crisps etc as part of a campaign of healthy eating. Children are allowed to
bring an item of fruit for eating mid-morning. Foundation stage and Key Stage
1 children have fruit provided. KS2 children can buy toast and a drink at
Children are under the direct supervision of three mid-day Supervisory
Assistants throughout lunchtime. They are expected to follow the school rules
and directions of the Supervisors. Any child who fails to maintain the high
standard of behaviour expected of them at lunchtime will be excluded from the
school premises at lunchtime for a week in the first instance. Parents will of
course be informed in time for them to make alternative arrangements.
Free school meals are available to all families who qualify. Details are
available from the Area Education Office at Mansfield, or from school.
FRIENDS OF NORTH CLIFTON
In addition to money provided by the Local Education Authority there is a fund
which is managed by the Friends of North Clifton School which consists of
donations and other income raised in a variety of ways. The purpose of this
fund is to benefit the pupils of the school by the provision of facilities,
equipment, activities and financial assistance, which cannot be made
available for, whatever reason from monies provided by the Education
Authority. Our Adventure Playground has been a joint venture between the
Friends Group and Notts. County Council. Most of the transport for school
visits (other than the residential) are paid for by the Friends. This is a very
active group consisting of parents and staff. All functions are well supported
and raise a lot of money to support projects in school.
SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE
Every school in Nottinghamshire is required to follow a set procedure in cases
of suspected child abuse. Headteachers are required to refer their concerns
to the Social Services Department for further investigation so that children at
risk can be identified quickly. This procedure is intended to protect children
from abuse. When a school refers a concern about a pupil to the Social
Services Dept., it is not accusing the parents of abuse but requesting that
further investigation takes place to establish whether a child is at risk.
TRANSFER TO SECONDARY SCHOOL
We are a feeder school to Tuxford Comprehensive and most of our children
transfer there at the end of the Year 6. The children normally visit their
chosen school during their last term at Primary School and are visited by staff
from the secondary schools to talk to the children who are transferring that
September. All children transferring to Tuxford spend one week at the school
during the July before leaving North Clifton.
The information given in this prospectus relates to the school year 2008/2009
and was valid at the time of printing.
It should not be assumed that there will be no changes affecting either the
arrangements generally described in this prospectus or in any particular part
of them before the start of the school year 2009/2010 or in subsequent years.
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