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					Beech Street Community Primary School
Beech Street
Winton
Eccles
MANCHESTER
M30 8GB

Tel   0161 789 1553
Fax   0161 921 1623                     February 2006
     WELCOME TO BEECH STREET

Dear Parent/Guardian

I hope you find this information helpful in introducing you to Beech
Street Community Primary School. You are welcome to come and visit our
school to discuss the kind of education we can offer your child. I look
forward to meeting you.

I hope that your child will be happy and successful with us, and that you
will become involved in the very busy life of the school.

Yours sincerely




P Carr
Headteacher




The information in this brochure is current at the time of writing and it should not be
assumed that no changes will take place before, or during, the school year or in
subsequent years.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOOL

Headteacher             Mrs P Carr

Address                 Beech Street Community Primary School
                        Beech Street
                        Winton
                        Eccles
                        MANCHESTER
                        M30 8GB

Telephone               0161 789 1553
Fax                     0161 921 1623



CITY OF SALFORD EDUCATION AUTHORITY

Director of Education   Mrs J Baker
and Leisure

Address                 Education Offices
                        Minerva House
                        Pendlebury Road
                        Swinton
                        M27 4EQ

Telephone               0161 778 0123




THE SCHOOL

The school was built in 1905 and consists of two storeys with a
mezzanine. The Early Years and Infants are on the ground floor and the
Juniors are on the first floor of the building.
MISSION STATEMENT

To provide educational opportunities that will motivate, support and
develop each child to achieve their full potential in an ever changing
world.



THE AIMS OF THE SCHOOL

To foster each child’s intellectual, physical, aesthetic, moral/spiritual,
social/emotional development.

To help each child to realise their potential through the development of
the necessary knowledge, skills and concepts.

To make learning an enjoyable experience resulting in a sense of
achievement.

To help each child learn how to learn and to develop an enquiring and
critical mind.

To make the child aware of the wider community in which they live and
the importance of their contribution to it.

To emphasise that in the education of a child is greatly enhanced when
parents and teachers are working together in partnership.



DISCIPLINE

The school has adopted a BE GOOD behaviour policy. Children are
expected to behave in an orderly, thoughtful way and to have respect for
each other and each other’s property. The limits of acceptable behaviour
are known throughout the school and parental co-operation in helping to
maintain these is essential.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Children have the opportunity to take part in the Recorder Club,
Computer Club, French Club, Handicraft Club, Fitbods Club and Cooking
Club. The school is always willing to look into the possibility of taking on
other activities, subject to all legal requirements being met.

THE GOVERNING BODY

Mr H Pickles *                    LEA representative
Cllr D Lancaster                  LEA representative
Mrs B Edgerley                    Parent Governor
Mrs S Andreou                     Parent Governor
Mrs A Davison                     Parent Governor
Mrs P Carr                        Headteacher
Mrs P Heywood                     Teacher Governor
Mrs J Whittle                     Non-teacher Governor
Mr R Sides                        Community Governor
Mr D Russell**                    Community Governor
Mr D Lloyd                        Clerk to Governors

*     Chairperson
**    Vice-chairperson

The Governing Body has the general responsibility to ensure that the
school is being effectively managed to meet the needs of the pupils, the
proper expectations of the parents and the interests of the wider
community. In line with the provisions of The Education (No2) Act 1986
the Governors present an annual report to parents, prior to the annual
meeting of parents and governors.
TEACHING STAFF

Mrs P Carr          Headteacher
Mrs P Heywood       Deputy Headteacher

Mrs L Bowers        Year   6
Miss A Barton       Year   5
Miss C Hoppe        Year   4
Miss K Orr          Year   3

Miss G Fisher       Year 2
Mrs J Fazackerley   Year 1
Miss S Jannaway     Reception
Miss E Schofield    Nursery



NON-TEACHING STAFF



Mrs J Whittle       Administration Officer
Mrs C Creag         Administration Assistant

Mrs S Porteous      Learning Mentor

Mr C Delve          Caretaker

Mrs C Selcuk        Nursery Officer

Mrs H Thorpe        Teaching Assistant
Mrs A Kinsey        Teaching Assistant
Mrs G Sellars       Teaching Assistant
Miss C Burgess      Teaching Assistant
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 2005-2006

School opens at 8.55 am on             School closes at 3.00 pm on

                         CLOSE                     RE-OPEN

2005
Summer                                             Thursday 1st
                                                   September
Mid Term                 Friday 21st October       Monday 31st October
Christmas                Tuesday 20th
                         December
2006

New Year                                           Thursday 5th January
Mid Term                 Friday 17th February      Monday 27th February
Easter                   Friday 7th April          Monday 24th April
May Day                  Friday 28th April         Tuesday 2nd May
Mid Term                 Friday 26th May           Monday 12th June
Summer                   Friday 21st July          Tuesday 5th September



SCHOOL UNIFORM

GIRLS                                  BOYS
Red sweatshirt                         Red sweatshirt
Red or white t-shirt or polo shirt     Red or white t-shirt or polo shirt
Grey skirt, pinafore or trousers       Grey shorts or trousers
Red gingham dress
Grey or white socks                    Grey or white socks
Sensible shoes/black trainer’s         Sensible shoes/black trainers

PE KIT                                 SWIMMING KIT
Red shorts                             Swimming trunks or costume
Grey t-shirt                           Towel
Plimsolls                              Waterproof bag

If you require a sweatshirt on which the school logo has been
embroidered the sole stockist is Molly’s, Liverpool Road, Patricroft (0161
707 4751).
HEALTH AND SAFETY

Beech Street is committed to giving high priority to the health and
safety of the employees, pupils and visitors.



EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

All children at Beech Street Community School are treated equally
regardless of gender, ethnic origin or disability. The staff provide equal
opportunities for all pupils and recognise that preparation for life in a
multicultural society is relevant to all pupils and thus permeates every
aspect of the curriculum.



ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS

Admission to the Nursery is based upon the criteria laid down in Salford
Education Authority’s Admission Policy. Criteria for admission are
      i) Medical reasons or Special Educational Needs
      ii) Children in Need as defined by the Children Act (1989)
      iii) An older brother/sister in attendance at the school
      iv) Distance from the school

Parents who are considering sending their child to our Nursery are
invited to make arrangements with the Headteacher to visit the school.
Children and parents will be given the opportunity to look around the
Nursery before s/he starts.

The Standard Admission Number for Beech Street is 27. A place in the
Nursery does not guarantee a place will be available in the reception
class. Parents must make further arrangements with the Headteacher if
they wish their child to be considered for a place in the reception class.

Admission to other age ranges within the school is subject to availability.
However, you have the right to appeal to the LEA should we be unable to
offer your child a place.
SCHOOL DINNERS

School meals are cooked on the premises and are available for all
children. The current cost of the meal is £1.45 per day. The Children
must pay £7.25 per week on a Monday morning and bring the money in a
named, sealed envelope.

The children may bring a packed lunch if their parents prefer.

Two weeks notice is required to inform the school cook of any changes in
meal arrangements.

FRUIT

Free fruit is given daily to each class in years Nursery, Reception, Y1 and
Y2 (National School Fruit Scheme).




MILK

Milk money is currently collected towards the end of half term. Parents
will be notified at the appropriate time. The cost of the milk is 39p per
week. Children under five, and children on Free School Meals receive free
milk.



WELFARE

Applications for Free School Meals must be made to the Education
Welfare Officer at Eccles Library on a Tuesday and Thursday morning
(9.30 – 12.30pm) or you can ring 0161 909 6508. Please apply if you are
eligible (i.e on income support), as it will benefit the funding of the
school.
THE CURRICULUM

The National Curriculum was introduced for all state schools in
September 1998. The core subjects are English, Mathematics, Science,
Information Technology and Religion. The foundation subjects are
Geography, History, Art, Music, Design and Technology and Physical
Education. A copy of all the curriculum policies are in the office for
parents to see if they wish.

At Beech Street children are grouped into classes whose sizes are below
the recommended LEA pupil: teacher ratio. There are four classes in the
Junior Department and four classes in the Infant Department including
the Nursery.

Within each class children are grouped by ability for some subjects to
enable the teacher to manage the learning process efficiently and
effectively. Individual, group and class teaching takes place, as and when
appropriate. Work in the classroom is differentiated to match the ability
of the children.



HOMEWORK

The purpose of homework is to reinforce what has been taught in school.
The homework is graded to suit the needs of the child.

All children are expected to read every evening. This is particularly
important in the Infant Department where parental involvement is vital.
Other examples of homework would be the learning of weekly spellings,
times tables or work related to a topic.
SCHOOL TIMES

The Department for Education recommends that the minimum teaching
time is 21 hours per week at Key Stage 1 and 23.5 hours per week at Key
Stage 2. The school hours are

Nursery      morning session   8.55-11.30
             afternoon session 12.30-3.00

Infants      morning session   8.50-12.00
             afternoon session 1.00-3.00

Juniors      morning session    8.50-12.20
             afternoon session 13.00-3.00




SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

A Special Educational Needs policy in line with the Code of Practice
operates at Beech Street. The needs of pupils are identified and
provision is made to suit the level and nature of the difficulty. The SEN
Co-ordinater at Beech Street is Mrs Heywood.

Subject to the limitations of the building, steps are taken to ensure that
pupils with difficulties are not treated less favourably than other pupils.




SEX EDUCATION

The Governors have adopted a Sex Education Policy. A sensitive
programme of study has been devised. Parents are invited into school to
review this programme and discuss any issues. Parents have the right to
withdraw their children from all or part of the Sex Education that will be
provided, except that which is required as part of science in the National
Curriculum.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND COLLECTIVE WORSHIP

Beech Street is a non-denominational school. Religious Education and
Collective Worship are broadly Christian in nature. Other world religions
are also studied. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all
or part of the religious education or collective worship provided.




SPORT

All pupils are allocated time for PE activities either in the hall or in the
school playground. Years 3 and 4 have swimming lessons. Sports days are
held at the end of the Summer term, weather permitting!




CHARGING POLICY

During the year educational visits are organised which extend the
children’s experiences and enhance their learning. Where visits take
place in school time parents are asked for voluntary contributions to
defray expenses. If parents do not contribute, the visit may not be able
to go ahead. Parents must pay the full cost of activities, which take place
outside school hours and are not related to the school curriculum.




SCHOOL COUNCIL

The school has a School Council for pupils at KS2. Each class has 3
representatives. The Council meets every week to discuss issues
concerning the children e.g. bullying. These meetings are led by
Mrs Heywood and Mrs Porteous.
LEARNING MENTOR

The Learning Mentor works within our school alongside the teaching
staff. She is here to help pupils overcome any barriers that may be
getting in the way of their learning in order to help them reach their full
potential.
What kind of things does she do with Pupils?
    Offers them time to discuss their worries
    Seen as a friend
    Some group work (Literacy & Numeracy)
    Some individual work (Behaviour etc)
    Monitors Attendance and Punctuality
    Help children develop their own strategies for dealing with other
       people

   * Parents with any concerns can see Mrs Porteous in a morning
   between 9.00am – 9.30am.




ATTENDANCE

There are 154 children of compulsory school age on the school roll. The
percentage of attendance 2004/2005 was 93.5%.

If your child is unable to attend school please notify the school as soon as
possible either by letter or telephone. Late arrivals are noted in the
registers. Punctuality is encouraged but if this is not always possible,
please remember - better late than never!



TRANSFER TO HIGH SCHOOL

Our designated High School is Salford City Academy. Parents do have
the right to approach other High Schools as laid down in the Parent’s
Charter.
COMMUNITY LINKS

We are fortunate to have an active PTA (Parent and Teachers
Association). Every parent is invited to attend meetings. Throughout the
year fund raising and social events are held.

Parental help in school is always welcomed eg listening to children, baking,
helping in the library, accompanying children on school visits. If you are
interested please speak to Mrs Carr.




COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

If parents or guardians have any complaints regarding the curriculum or
any other matters they should discuss the matter with the Headteacher.
A copy of the Complaints Procedure is available from the school or from
Salford Education Authority.