Beech Street Community Primary School
Tel 0161 789 1553
Fax 0161 921 1623 February 2006
WELCOME TO BEECH STREET
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.
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
INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Headteacher Mrs P Carr
Address Beech Street Community Primary School
Telephone 0161 789 1553
Fax 0161 921 1623
CITY OF SALFORD EDUCATION AUTHORITY
Director of Education Mrs J Baker
Address Education Offices
Telephone 0161 778 0123
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.
To provide educational opportunities that will motivate, support and
develop each child to achieve their full potential in an ever changing
THE AIMS OF THE SCHOOL
To foster each child’s intellectual, physical, aesthetic, moral/spiritual,
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
To help each child learn how to learn and to develop an enquiring and
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Summer Thursday 1st
Mid Term Friday 21st October Monday 31st October
Christmas Tuesday 20th
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
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
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Beech Street is committed to giving high priority to the health and
safety of the employees, pupils and visitors.
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 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 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
Free fruit is given daily to each class in years Nursery, Reception, Y1 and
Y2 (National School Fruit Scheme).
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
* Parents with any concerns can see Mrs Porteous in a morning
between 9.00am – 9.30am.
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
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.
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.