Headteacher Ms. Joanne Garlick M.Ed. B.Ed Hons Chair of Governors Mrs Susan Anderson-Lewis
Dear Parents, / Carers, Our school has a history as long as that of state education, serving the parishes of Oakley and Boarstall. Indeed there is evidence to suggest there was a school for lacemakers in Oakley in the early 19th century and probably before. The original school in School Lane was demolished in the late 1950’s and the present building was erected on what was a water meadow in Worminghall Road. The present school was completed in two stages with two classrooms, a kitchen and hall (now staff room and library) by 1959, and the main school as it is now by 1969. The head teacher's office was added in 2000 and the conservatory in 2001. We feel that our school is special and hope that our prospectus will give you some indications of what we have to offer you and your child. We invite you to visit our school so that you can experience the warm, friendly atmosphere and observe children enjoying the challenges of a stimulating environment. We would be grateful if you would phone the secretary to make a convenient appointment to meet the Headteacher, tour the school and ask any questions you may have.
OAKLEY CHURCH OF ENGLAND COMBINED SCHOOL Worminghall Road Oakley Aylesbury Bucks HP18 9QY Telephone/Fax: 01844 238364 Email: office @ oakley.bucks.sch.uk Administrative Secretary: Ms Iola Seaton-Reid School Bursar: Mrs Jennie Peckett Oakley Church of England Combined School is a primary day school for boys and girls from 4 to 11 years old. Children can take 11+ for entry to Grammar School in Aylesbury Vale or choose Wheatley Park in Oxfordshire as their upper school. Starting School Providing parents feel that their child is ready, and after negotiation with the headteacher, pupils are currently invited to start school in the term before their 5th birthday. This decision may change for the academic year 2008 – 2009. Pupils are admitted according to the following priorities: a) Those living within the catchment area. b) Children with siblings already within the school.
c) Children whose families actively support the Church of England.
d) Children with any other strong educational, medical or social reasons for admission. The standard admission number is 21.
Our school is pleased to present itself smartly. The children wear royal blue sweatshirts bearing the the school emblem, together with white shirts, a blue/gold tie and grey trousers or shorts for boys, and grey skirts or pinafore dresses for girls. In Class 4 girls can choose to wear trousers. In summer the girls wear blue and white dresses and all pupils can can opt to wear white polo shirts with the school logo in the summer term. For PE all children wear white plain t-shirts and blue shorts. For outdoor games trainers are needed and a navy blue jogging suit. These can be kept at the school, in a named bag, on the child’s peg. In the summer the children swim in our outdoor pool at least twice a week. A one-piece bathing costume and a swimming cap will need to be provided. The boys will need trunks not shorts. We ask parents to ensure that children are provided with a clearly named school uniform. Sweatshirts and ties can be ordered through the Parents Association. Details are at school. With the exception of a wrist watch and stud earrings, jewellery should not be worn at school. Governors cannot accept liability for loss, or accidents, caused by jewellery.
Ethos and Aims
Ethos Oakley School acknowledges the Christian Ethic at the root of our society. Each individual in the school community has a sense of being valued and of seeking standards of excellence in whatever they do. This underlies the following principles
• The fostering of spiritual and moral awareness and a growing understanding of other religions and cultural groups within our multicultural society.
• The provision of a lively, structured and caring atmosphere. • The building of strong links among staff, parents, governors, church and wider village communities. Aims • To help the children develop inquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to those tasks in the spirit of self reliance and self discipline. • To develop self confidence so that all children may achieve personal fulfilment and reach their potential. • To promote equal opportunities for all children. • To help the children acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to life in a fast-changing technological world. • To provide a broad range of experiences in the arts, sciences and physical activities, being conscious of the need in society for balanced individuals with many interests.
The school day starts at 8.50 am and ends at 3.20 pm. Children may arrive in the playground at 8.40 am, where a member of staff will supervise them. There is a mid-morning break at 10.30am and children may bring a healthy snack such as a piece of fruit to eat at this time. The morning session ends at 12.00 pm. Children bring a packed lunch which they eat in the hall seated in mixed age groups with midday supervisors. The afternoon session commences at 1.00 pm. Children in KS1 have a mid-afternoon break. Mornings only children may stay for lunchtime and be collected form the main entrance at 1.00pm. In Key Stage 1 we currently have 2 classes: Class 1 for Year R and Year 1, and Class 2 for Year 2. At Key Stage 2 we also have 2 classes: Class 3 for Years 3 and 4, and Class 4 for Years 5 and 6. Although our classes are vertically grouped, our excellent staff/pupil ratio, (4 f/t and 2 p/t teaching staff plus 5 teaching assistants) enables us to ensure that the individual needs of our children can be recognised quickly and responded to sensitively. Children usually work in small groups according to their ability and interest levels. Careful records are kept of each child's progress, both in their learning and in their personal development. Each member of staff teaches every subject in the curriculum, and is able to teach all age ranges. Individual teachers are responsible for the development of chosen areas of the curriculum, and share expertise acquired through Inservice training with colleagues. Our non-teaching staff: the Administrative Secretary, Financial Administrator, Learning Support Assistants and Midday Supervisors are very important in contributing to the family atmosphere of the school.
At Oakley School we are concerned with standards and developing the abilities, confidence and self esteem of all our pupils (including those with special needs and the highly gifted) by providing a broad, balanced curriculum to stimulate and challenge the needs of primary school children. English We believe that the development of language through speaking, listening, reading and writing (including spelling and handwriting) lies at the heart of the whole curriculum. Considerable time is spent developing these skills and parents can help tremendously by using stimulating and challenging language at home. Reading development is essential and the school uses a variety of methods depending on each child's needs. There is an extensive range of reading and library books in the school. The Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme is used alongside other books which can be read together with adults. Parents are actively encouraged to participate in their child's learning and guidelines are available at the school. Termly curriculum targets are sent home by the classteacher. Mathematics The teaching of mental strategies is important, along with number bonds and tables. All are emphasised at the appropriate stages and we welcome parental support in this area. Practical activities play a large part in our teaching as we believe that practical experiences are important throughout the whole primary age range. All children use an ICT programme called RM Maths to develop their individual mathematical skills. Termly curriculum targets are sent home by the classteacher. Science Our emphasis is on activities which require the children to observe, sort, identify and evaluate patterns and to communicate their findings. We have an excellent range of materials and equipment as we believe by experiment and investigation our children are encouraged to be aware of, and take interest in, the scientific world. Design and Technology Children learn to identify needs and solve problems through planning and making models and structures with a variety of materials. They are encouraged to evaluate their effectiveness. Children have the opportunity to cook and explore food technology in our new food technology classroom.
Information Communication Technology The school has 24 on-line computers, 16 of which are in a networked suite with interactive whiteboard. Interactive whiteboards are also used in all the classrooms. Children in KS2 have their own e-mail addresses to communicate with other schools both at home and abroad. Additional computers are available for individual work and children are taught keyboard skills from an early age through access to individual Alpha Smart 2000 portable keyboards.
Humanities Full use is made of the natural environment in and around the school grounds for geographical studies. Our children are taught about the country in which they live as well other parts of the world. Children learn to develop an awareness of the past by having the opportunity to listen to stories from different periods and cultures. Where possible they are introduced to appropriate artefacts, buildings and pictures. Also visits are organised to museums and heritage sites to further stimulate curiosity and learning. Art Our children have access to wide and varied media. They are encouraged to explore different techniques to help them understand basic ideas and use visual symbols to convey ideas and feelings. The children are encouraged to look at and talk about examples of work of artists, craft workers and designers from a variety of periods and cultures. This subject has close links with the design and technology curriculum.
Music Children are encouraged to explore pattern and rhythm. They use a variety of instruments to explore sound, aspects of performing, composing, listening and appraising. In KS2 the children have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder and they are encouraged to play in assemblies. Children have the opportunity to learn to play piano, guitar, woodwind, brass or string instruments by prior arrangement with the school.
Physical Education Oakley school has excellent facilities: a playground court for netball and basketball and an extensive playing field for a variety of sport including rounders, athletics, football and tag rugby. Sport “taster days” are organised within the partnership schools to increase accessibility to a variety of sporting experiences. Outside facilitators occasionally run activities after school. The school hall is well equipped with a climbing frame and a good variety of apparatus suitable for all age ranges. Throughout the summer children have use of our outdoor heated swimming pool. Class 4 attend weekly swimming lessons at the Thame Leisure Centre in winter, where they benefit from use of a larger pool and expert tuition. The children are able to take the personal survival and distance awards. All our children are encouraged to participate in activities relative to their age and ability. This enables our children to become healthier and more aware of the power and flexibility of their bodies. These activities improve co-ordination and dexterity. In October 2006 the School was once again awarded the prestigious Sport England ACTIVEMARK GOLD award in recognition of our commitment to promoting the benefits of physical activity and school sport. Religious Education Our school day includes an act of collective worship. Prayers are said at lunchtime. Religious festivals are celebrated with the local community who are invited to attend in the school or church. Religious education is taught in line with the county agreed syllabus. Parents can exercise their rights under Section 25 of the 1944 Education Act, to withdraw their child from assembly or RE. Any parent wishing to do so should contact the Headteacher so that alternative arrangements can be made. Foreign Language French and Spanish are taught to all children in KS2 in alternate years. The children enjoy conversation, games and songs to enhance their learning. PSHE and Citizenship Our School has been awarded Validation in categories 1 – 8 of the Buckinghamshire Healthy School Standard.
Other Curricular Provision
Multi Cultural Provision This is an important aspect of the work of the school in addressing our aim to prepare our pupils for living with and respecting people from other races, religions and way of life. It forms part of the caring ethos of our school and a belief in developing children’s empathy and understanding. Drama At Oakley school we encourage our children through drama, role play, mime and acting to begin to develop self expression and appreciation of other subjects. In class assemblies and at Christmas and Harvest Festivals all our children are encouraged to participate in a production for parents and the wider community. The children are taken to the theatre at Christmas and experience drama group productions in school. Special Focus Days and Weeks We encourage outside specialists to bring their expertise to enhance our curriculum activities. Themes have included International Food, Dinosaurs, India and Music. The children have experienced a dinosaur on the playground an Owl Day, Indian Dancers and a Jazz Band in the hall and they have taken active parts in a musical drama experience with a group of other schools in the partnership to mention just a few of the activities they have enjoyed. Health Education All children receive lessons which aim to develop an understanding of attitudes and practices which are conducive to a healthy life style. Sometimes these are introduced as distinct topics such as: Food, Teeth, Safety at Home and Dangerous Substances. The Community Police Officer visits to talk with the children and to teach Protective Behaviours.
Sex Education As a matter of policy, the school attempts to deal with children’s questions about physical differences between sexes and about human reproduction factually and honestly, as they arise. Sex Education is taught as a topic in Class 4. Parents are invited to see the subject material in the preceding term and have discussions with the teachers concerned.
Special Needs All possible assistance is given within the school to meet the special learning needs of each child. All children are assessed in the normal way through teacher assessment and if thought appropriate an individual education programme is introduced. Where necessary, support is obtained from the local authority, either from the Learning Support Services, or from the Educational Psychologist. Parents are always consulted and included in discussions about their child’s needs. The school works closely with parents to support the child. Pastoral Care and Discipline Our children are taught and expected to be caring and respectful of each other and adults. On the rare occasions when a child is behaving in a difficult or anti-social manner we invite parents in to discuss matters with the Classteacher or Headteacher. In accordance with the 1986 Education Act, corporal punishment is not used at Oakley School.
The Home School Partnership
Parent Contact The school keeps in touch with parents through regular newsletters, termly drop in sessions and information evenings. Our children bring home letters in their book-bags and it is advisable to check these regularly. Curriculum overviews and targets for literacy and numeracy are sent home termly to keep parents informed of what the children are learning. Appointments At any time you wish to discuss any aspect of your child's school life you may make an appointment to see either the Class Teacher or the Headteacher. Arrangements can be made to see parents urgently at any time if the need arises. Generally we ask you to speak to the Class Teacher after school rather than before, as teachers are busy setting up their classrooms for the day. Parents Evenings All parents will be specifically invited to talk about their child during the Autumn and Spring terms. In the Summer term there is an opportunity for you to meet the classteacher to discuss the annual report. However, if you have information for us, or concerns about the school, please do not wait for the formal parents evening, we would much rather see you as soon as possible. Reports All children receive a formal report which is issued towards the end of the academic year. Parents are invited to make an appointment to discuss the report if they wish to do so. Friends of Oakley School There is a supportive School Association and all parents are automatically members. This aims to advance the education of the pupils by providing facilities for education, which are not normally provided by the Local Education Authority. To this end it fosters more extended relationships between staff, parents and others associated with the school. FOS holds various fundraising and social events during the year. Parental Assistance We welcome parent helpers to come into our school and assist with a variety of tasks. Some choose to help in the class room under teacher supervision with reading and maths games. Some offer their skills with cookery, craft or computers; others support our swimming rota. We also welcome parental help not directly related to the children's education but to their school. We hold the occasional working parties where maintenance jobs are completed by parents.
Residential Visits In Years 5 and 6, the children are encouraged to participate in a residential visit. This may include outdoor activities such as rock climbing, archery, orienteering high ropes, zipwire and quad bikes, and some wider experience in computer technology than we are able to provide in school. Visits to Kingswood in the Isle of Wight usually take place in the spring term on alternate years. Outdoor Pursuits Opportunities to experience canoeing, kayaking, dinghy sailing and body boarding for a day at Bray Lake near Windsor also take place in Years 5 and 6 and alternate with the residential visit. Lunchtime Activities Netball, football, cross country and recorders are available for the children. A Board Games club is run by Year 6 for the younger children, where they have the opportunity to learn a variety of games including chess. After school clubs include drama and cookery and excellent facilities offered by the Out of School Club. Out of School Club The club is currently open after school on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and during the holidays. Numerous activities are on offer ranging from craft, drama and sport as well as theme weeks. Although the club is run as a separate venture details are obtainable at school. School Council / Eco Council The children elect their own representatives to the School Council and Eco-Council. The Council meets with a member of Staff on a regular basis to discuss issues that are important to the children at school. Charities The children are encouraged to think of others who may be less fortunate than themselves. We have invited speakers to visit the school and talk to the children about their work. In the last year, the children and their families along with members of the wider community, have supported Red Nose Day, Cancer Research, Childline, Children in Distress and the Disasters Emergency Committee. Closer to home, the children deliver parcels of tinned goods to the elderly in the village at Christmas and hold a Harvest auction. The Local Community Members of the community are welcomed into school and we have our regulars helping with reading, Poetry Club and running the library as well as assisting with small maintenance jobs around school. School Policies School policies are regularly reviewed and updated. Parents are encouraged to be aware of them and those that may of particular interest are kept in a file at the front door. Please feel able to browse through the file at any time. The Headteacher will endeavour to answer any questions you may have.
Charging Policy (voluntary charges) From time to time parents will be invited to make contributions in support of educational visits and activities, to aid their child's learning. We include all children in the class or group whether or not their parents contribute. However, because of our size, activities may have to be cancelled if parents are not able to support in this way. We do not make a profit from these activities, the money is used to subsidise costs that may include those of accompanying teachers, parents and pupils whose parents are unable to contribute. A parent who wishes their child to participate but feels unable to pay all or part of the cost, should seek to speak to the Headteacher. We do not wish to deny any child an opportunity because his or her parents are unable to meet costs in full. Concerns or Complaints It is normally expected that parents who have a concern or cause to complain will bring the matter to the attention of their child's teacher in the first instance. Often a concern can be resolved very simply by ensuring that there is a clear understanding between parents and teachers. If the matter is not resolved to your satisfaction, it should be brought to the attention of the Headteacher. If it is still not resolved by this means you are asked to write to the Chair of Governors so that the concern can be brought to the attention of the Governing Body for resolution. Non Authorised Absences Parents are asked to note that an explanatory letter or phone call does not, in itself, authorise a child to be absent from school. Under the 1993 Education Act only the school can approve an absence. Further information can be obtained from the school. There were 0.86% unauthorised absences during 2004/05. As from September 2004 Oakley School has taken a 6 term year in line with our Upper School at Wheatley Park, although this has not had a significant impact. Please note that the governing body does not authorise any holiday leave taken during term time and we strongly discourage parents from doing so.. Finally Thank you for reading our prospectus. We hope that you have found it informative and we look forward to showing you our school at work. If you choose Oakley Church of England Combined school we can promise that we will do our best to work in partnership with you to ensure that your child receives an excellent primary education.
National Healthy School Standard
Oakley School achieved validation as a Healthy School in 2005 and received re-validation in July 2007 in recognition of a sustained commitment towards this initiative. What is a Healthy School: A Healthy School is one that is successful in • helping pupils to do their best and build on their achievements. • being committed to ongoing improvement and development. • promoting physical and emotional health by providing accessible and relevant information and equipping pupils with the skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health. • understanding the importance of investing in health to assist the process of raising levels of pupil achievement and improving standards.
• recognising the need to provide a physical and social environment that is conducive to learning
Evidence of a Healthy School A school can be described as achieving Level 3 of healthy school involvement when there is a range of impact evidence demonstrating all the following criteria: • Social inclusion and health inequalities inform the development and implementation of activities. • In line with the DfES Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Strategy, the impact of CPD on the success of healthy school activities is regularly being evaluated and informing the development of the healthy schools programme. • The school is delivering the requirements of the national curriculum, particularly in relation to sex and relationships education and drug education, including alcohol and tobacco, in line with statutory requirements, non-statutory guidance and the Healthy School Standard criteria. • Pupils’ views are reflected in school activities, including those with special educational needs and specific health conditions •The whole community is invited to take part in policy development, physical, social and cultural activity and support of each others learning. • The school provides a culture and environment to support the taught PSHE and citizenship curriculum. If you are interested in receiving further details the Headteacher would be glad to discuss them with you.
Oakley C of E Combined School Access to school for disabled pupils
Definition of Disability A person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term adverse affect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities The situation as of Summer 2007 The size and layout of areas including all academic, sporting, play, classrooms, hall, computer suite and library areas allow access for all pupils. There is an upstairs food technology area which would prove impossible to access for a child in a wheel chair however provision to access the curriculum is referred to later in this document. The conservatory is small but accessible by wheelchair. Classrooms have large carpeted areas to reduce background noise for pupils with hearing impairment. Our Teaching Assistants are encouraged to attend training to support disabled children. The Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Education Authorities provide training, support, materials and resources as deemed appropriate to support individual children as well as providing funding to support need. Access to the physical environment of the school The main access to the building for children is via the playground door. This has a slope/ramp for wheelchair users and is edged in white. The front door to school via the car park can be opened to a double width for easy access and can be negotiated by wheelchair users over an 11cm step. A toilet with facilities for the disabled was built in 2002. This includes a wash hand basin with Push taps, grab hand rails and emergency pull cord. There is sufficient room to accommodate a commode. There are no shower facilities. All downstairs classrooms have a fire exit with an 11cm step. The computer suite has sufficient space to accommodate a wheelchair at the end of the middle pier. The fire escape through the adjoining conservatory also has an 11cm step. All main areas of the school are accessible for children with partial sight as is access to the playground as there are no steps to negotiate. The fire alarm is not fitted with a visual component. Future plans There are presently no plans to change the physical environs of the school. Access for disabled pupils to the school curriculum The food technology area is situated in the upstairs classroom. The curriculum can be accessed by children with a physical disability preventing them from climbing the stairs, by prior preparation downstairs followed by use of the microwave oven in the staffroom. Our classroom layouts are arranged to best suit the needs of all our children. All our children use the swimming pool during the summer months. The swimming pool would not be accessible to children with a physical disability preventing them from climbing steps as it is raised a metre from the floor and only accessible by climbing four steps. Children in class 4 have swimming lessons at the Thame pool where there are facilities for the disabled. Children who are partially sighted or who have a hearing impairment are given additional support by teaching assistants and the resources available to us from County. We have high expectations of all our pupils. Our lessons are planned to provide opportunities for all children to achieve success at their own level and all children are encouraged to take part in music, drama and physical activities.
Oakley C of E Combined School. Parental Nomination for Able, Gifted and Talented Pupils.
At Oakley C of E Combined School we aim to fulfil the potential of all children. We recognise the benefits of working in close partnership with parents. When parents and teachers work together the results have a positive impact on the child’s development and learning. When children come to school they have a variety of interests and skills and we need to plan learning experiences of the highest quality to make sure your child learns with enjoyment and challenge. We are keen to develop our recognition of, and provision for the able, gifted and talented children in our school. Some children display early signs of ability in leadership, social and organisational skills as well as signs of advanced ability in academic subjects. If you feel that your child has demonstrated any of the above or has a particular creative or physical talent, please fill in the form below and return it to the Headteacher. Thank you.
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Oakley C of E Combined School. Special Educational Needs
At Oakley C of E Combined School we aim to fulfil the potential of all children. We recognise the benefits of working in close partnership with parents. When parents and teachers work together the results have a positive impact on the child’s development and learning. We endeavour to ensure that all children are supported in their learning and realise that some children require additional support in order to maximise their true potential. Children are assessed when they enter mainstream school and any concerns are discussed with parents at this time. Sometimes children are placed on a register of special educational needs to ensure that they receive the support required. If you have had concerns about your child’s development or are aware that they have a special need prior to them starting school, it would be helpful if we were made aware of this beforehand. If this applies to you please fill in the form below and return to the Headteacher. Thank you.
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