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									 THE PRIORY Church of England

        Mission Statement

As a school we want our children
to be high achievers, but in
addition, we want to be a happy
place where children love to learn,
are excited by intellectual
discovery, and where we teach
and try to live by civilised
Christian values.
             The Priory Church of England Primary School
The Priory Church of England Primary School caters for pupils between the ages of 3 and 11 years.

The school was newly created and opened on 1st September 2000. Two schools previously occupied the

        The Priory C.E. (C) Infant School
        The Priory C.E. (C) Junior School

Both these schools closed at the end of the Summer Term 2000.

The school provides education in purpose built premises occupying an excellent site to the south of the
city. The school is positioned close to major road networks, being situated close to the junction of the
A34 / A500 / A50. The school has extremely generous and well maintained grounds.

Currently the school provides:

   12 Classrooms – all fitted out with IT facilities including internet access.
   Two Halls
   A computer suite
   Two libraries
   Separate playgrounds for younger / older children equipped with outdoor play equipment
   On-site kitchen
   A 45 place Nursery – again fully IT capable
   A Sports Hall with full changing facilities including showers
   A purpose built „Foundation Unit‟ that includes provision for Nursery and Reception children in a
    self-contained, secure environment.
   We believe our school grounds are some of the best of any school in Stoke-on-Trent

The school is a Church of England (Controlled) school. This means that the school is under the control of
the LEA but that it is able to offer a distinct Christian ethos. The school has strong links with Trentham
and Hanford Parishes. We believe we place the right emphasis on Christian values – placing the child
and family at the centre of our work.

We are a fully extended school which means that we provide all aspects of the core service as defined by
the Government. This includes:

       wrap around care - The Link Club. This is a school run organisation that provides before and after
        school care at affordable prices. The Link Club operate holiday clubs and are open most days of
        the year. The school works closely with The Link Club and believes it offers an excellent service
        to parents / carers.

       study support – We provide additional support for children‟s learning outside of school hours. We
        have been awarded the “Activemark” – a national award that recognises our work in supporting
        physical well-being.

       community access – many groups use of school‟s facilities in the evenings and at weekends. A
        number of these groups promote physical well-being

       parenting support - we hold regular meetings with parents to explain what work children are
        doing in school, how they are taught and what parents may do to support learning at home

       swift and easy referral – we provide access to the school nurse, educational officers and a range of
        other professional services
       The school can accommodate up to 45 pupils in each year group. Legislation requires governors
       to determine admission criteria. These are:

   A statement of special educational needs that names the school
   Pupils who live within the catchment area who have a brother or sister in the school
   Pupils who live within the catchment area
   Pupils who live outside of the catchment area but who have a brother or sister within the school
   Pupils who live outside the catchment area

Children are admitted into Nursery in chronological order. The school operates a waiting list for Nursery
places and parents / carers are strongly advised to register their children as soon as possible.

The school will initially offer part-time Nursery places. In the event of surplus places, full time places
may be offered for part or all of the week.

Children who have attended other Early Years placements or who have not experienced such provision
may join our school Reception Year at the start of the academic year in which they reach 5 years of age.
The Reception classes are situated in the Foundation Unit.

The Curriculum

We teach all aspects of the National Curriculum including: Maths, English, Science, Design/Technology,
ICT (Information, Communication Technology), History, Geography, Music, PE, Art and Personal,
Social and Health Education. We also teach Religious Education.

The Numeracy and Literacy hours are both taught throughout the school – towards the end of The
Foundation Stage children are introduced to the kind of work that takes place in these „special hours‟.

Every subject within the curriculum has a designated curriculum leader within the teaching staff.

Where possible we try to ensure that no class group has more than 30 pupils.

Children are assessed termly. We believe it is important to keep a keen check on the progress of every
child. Records are kept of pupils‟ progress and every pupil in the school has targets for improvement.
These achievement targets are agreed and shared with pupils and parents. The targets are reviewed each
half term and new targets are set.

Homework is set regularly – details of this, along with other information is included in a home/school
diary. Young children will have activities to do at home that require adult participation. Every child is
encouraged to read daily.

Health Education is taught as part of a personal and social education course. Sex Education is taught to
pupils in Years 5 and 6.

Religious Education
We follow the Stoke-on-Trent Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education.
The daily Act of Collective Worship is mainly Christian, in accordance with the 1986 Education Reform

(Parents may ask for their children to be excused from all, or any part of, Religious Education. This
request must be put in writing to the Headteacher).
Special Needs

All children are continually assessed.

If a child has learning or other difficulties this is discussed by the class teacher, the Special Needs Co-
ordinator and the parents. We follow the S.E.N. Code of Practice agreed by the Governors.

An Individual Educational Programme of work is agreed for the child where appropriate. Help may be
called in from the Special Educational Needs Support Service (S.E.N.S.S.). If necessary the Educational
Psychologist can be called on for advice. We work closely with parents/carers and will consult and
involve parents / carers at all times.

In special cases the L.E.A. will provide some additional help, usually a part-time Special Needs Assistant.

Music Tuition

Opportunities are available for children in Key Stage 2 to learn to play the violin, cello, woodwind, guitar
or brass instruments. Weekly lessons are provided by the peripatetic music teacher and the children are
prepared for national music exams where appropriate. They may also join the various training
organisations after school. There is a small charge levied by the L.E.A. to cover the cost of insurance for
the instrument and part of the tuition fee is paid by parents/carers.. For further information contact the
school office.

Educational visits

Visits to places of interest relating to the Curriculum play an important part in our teaching.

We ask parents to contribute towards the cost in order to make the visits possible.
In cases of hardship we may subsidise costs from the School Fund.

You are always asked to sign a permission slip for your child before any educational visit is made. We
always use reputable local coach firms. All the coaches we use have seat belts. We have insurance cover
for all our visits.

In Year 6, a week long residential visit is made to an Outdoor Education Centre. Pupils are accompanied
by staff from the Priory along with Centre staff. Currently the cost, subsidised by the LEA, is
approximately £80. There is no charge for those children whose parents are in receipt of „Income
Support‟ or „Income Based Job Seekers Allowance‟.

Out-of-school activities

A range of out-of-school activities are available. Some of these are run by the school, others by private
organisations who hire our facilities. A leaflet detailing what activities are on offier is available from the
school office.

The Football, Netball, Athletics teams practise after school and compete locally with considerable
success. We also enter local swimming galas

We have a school choir that has a good reputation and takes part in local festivals.

Currently we have a number of sporting / athletic clubs run by staff and private coaches.

We have homework and mathematics clubs operating.

We also stage musicals / plays and children are often asked to stay after school for rehearsals.
We also arrange for children to access a range of extra-curricular activities that are led by adults who are
not school staff. Currently we offer martial arts and dance in this way.
Our school tries to support the wider community and we offer a range of clubs /activities for parents –
usually in the evenings.


We have high expectations of children‟s behaviour. The school operates an approach to behaviour
management that values and rewards pupils for doing things right. Our positive reinforcement of
appropriate behaviour is fully appreciated by pupils, teachers and parents. We teach behaviour
management in class – all teachers regularly go through how children are expected to behave and why.

We believe children have the right to learn and teachers have the right to teach. Our reward system
provides merits for children that results in certificates and letters home.

Where children behave inappropriately our system provides sanctions that are seen as consequences.
Usually matters are dealt with within school. Where necessary we contact parents/carers to discuss
issues. We prefer to do this earlier rather than later so that difficulties are dealt with before they become
major issues.

Our school rules are:

1.   Always follow instructions.
2.   Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself
3.   Speak to everyone with kindness and respect.
4.   Respect all property.
5.   Stay safe.

We tell the children that if anyone says anything or does anything that they don‟t like then an adult must
be informed. This way we avoid major confrontations. We have an approach to dealing with bullying
that helps both the victim and the aggressor.

Should you have any concerns regarding behaviour within the school please let us know and we will
endeavour to deal with the matter.

The School Day

We ask that children be on site no more than 10 minutes before the start of the school day.

At present children in Key Stage 2 start and finish at slightly different times to the younger children.

School Times

Key Stage 1 + Reception (5 – 7 Years)                 Key Stage 2 (7 – 11 years)
Start at 9.00 a.m.                                    Start at 8.55 a.m.
Morning break is 10.30 –10.45 a.m.                    Morning break is 10.30 – 10.45 a.m.
Lunch 11.50 – 12.50 p.m.                              Lunch 12.00 – 12.45 p.m.
Afternoon break 2.05- 2.15 p.m.                       Afternoon break 2.05 – 2.15 p.m.
School closes at 3.20 p.m.                            School closes at 3.25 p.m.

Excluding registration, worship, break-times and lunchtimes, pupils in Key Stage 1 and Reception work
for 4 hours 30 minutes per day or 22 hours 30 minutes per week. Pupils in Key Stage 2 work for 4 hours
50 minutes per day, or 24 hours 10 minutes per week. Additionally we believe the time in
worship/assembly provides educational instruction.
Most pupils stay on the premises during lunch-break. The school has an on-site kitchen that provides a
range of meals including vegetarian options and can cater for children with specific dietary requirements.
Free school meals are available for those children whose parents are in receipt of Income Support or
income-based Job Seekers Allowance. Children are also able to bring a packed lunch. We are a „healthy
eating school‟. Key Stage 2 children can buy healthy snacks from school. All Key Stage 1 and
Foundation Stage children receive a free piece of fruit each day.

Children are not allowed to bring sweet biscuits, crisps etc for a break-time snack.

We request that pupils who bring sandwiches do not include carbonated drinks nor sweets/chocolate as
part of their meal and that parents support our „healthy eating‟ agenda. All children staying for school
lunch or sandwiches must stay on the premises at lunchtime.

Dinner money is paid weekly and collected on a Monday morning or Friday morning.

All materials and equipment are supplied for lessons. Some children do like to bring their own pencil
case. This is not discouraged but pupils are expected to exercise moderation and not bring too much


The school places high value on full attendance, believing that achievement, attendance and motivation
are all closely linked.

If your child is absent you should contact the school office at the beginning of the absence. A note should
also be sent to explain the absence when the child returns to school.

Both attendance and lateness are monitored closely. Should the school have cause for concern parents are
contacted in the first instance by the class teacher and then, if necessary, by the Headteacher.

Last year‟s attendance figures for the whole school was:      94.2%
Unauthorised Absence was:                                     05.0%

How are the Classes organised?

There are currently 356 children in school, including our Nursery children.

The children are arranged in mixed ability classes within each Year group.

There are usually either one or two classes in each Year group. Some classes have mixed age groups

The class teacher has pastoral care for his or her class and will always be ready to see you to discuss any
problems or difficulties. If you need to see your child‟s teacher, please call in to the school office at the
end of the day and one of our office staff will make a convenient appointment.

Our 4 – 5 year olds are known as:      Foundation Stage
    5–6                                Y1
    6–7                                Y2
    7-8                                Y3
    8-9                                Y4
    9 - 10                             Y5
   10 - 11                             Y6
Children stay with their class teacher for most lessons. Work is differentiated to suit the needs of
the individual pupil. A report on each child is sent annually to parents.

Staff List:                                                    Responsibilities
Mr. R.T. Woollacott            Headteacher                     Management and Leadership

Mr. J. Baddeley                Deputy Head                     Maths/Teaching & Learning Co-ordinator/
                                                               Music and Assessment
Miss J. Moreton                Year 6 Class Teacher            Literacy
Mrs. N. Finney                 Year 5/6 Class Teacher          I.C.T., P.E. and Gifted and Talented
Miss E Griffiths               Year 5 Class Teacher            Newly Qualified Teacher
Mrs. S. Bradbury               Year 4 Class Teacher            Science
Mrs. J. Danahay                Year 3/4 Class Teacher          History
Mrs. I. Bown                   Year 3 Class Teacher            Personal/Social/Health Education
Mrs. A. Washington             Year 2 Class Teacher            Pupil Welfare & Support – including
                                                               Special Educational Needs and Behaviour
Miss J. Bird                   Year 2 Class Teacher            Community development
Mrs. A. Blakemore              Year 1 Class Teacher            Design & Technology
Mrs. J. Rogers                 Year 1 Class Teacher            Religious Education
Mrs. S. Taylor                 Reception Class Teacher         Foundation Stage Manger
                                                               and Geography
Miss E. Toft                   Reception Class Teacher         Home/School Liaison
Mrs T Locker                   Part time teacher               School environment
Mrs J Buckley                  Part time teacher               Nurture Group
Mrs. C. Underhill              Nursery Nurse
Mrs. M. Seiver                 Nursery Nurse

We also have a large number of support staff who work alongside our teachers.


We may need to contact parents/carers urgently so we ask that you provide us with necessary
details/telephone numbers.

In cases of bad weather/snow we try to remain open. If the situation is too bad and staff are unable to get
to school, then closure may be our only option. Messages will be broadcast on BBC Radio Stoke and
Signal Radio.

School uniform

A standard form of school dress was introduced at the request of parents several years ago. This has been
strongly supported. Friends of Priory School (FOPS) run a uniform shop where sweatshirts, cardigans
and polo shirts with the school logo may be purchased. This is currently open once a week, on a
Tuesday, at the end of the school day.

Girls: Grey or black skirt or trousers (not jeans).
       White blouse or white/maroon polo shirt.
       Maroon/burgundy/wine cardigan, pullover or sweatshirt.
       White or grey socks.
       Sensible shoes (not trainers).
       School tie.
Boys: Grey or black trousers (not jeans).
       White or grey shirt or white/maroon polo shirt.
       Maroon/burgundy/wine jumper or sweatshirt.
       Grey socks.
       Sensible shoes (not trainers).
       School tie.
Trainers / pumps should be worn only for Games or as indoor footwear on snowy days.


The only jewellery permitted are plain stud earrings. Any other types of earring are not permitted, including
“sleepers”. Children should not wear necklaces, bracelets or other forms of jewellery.

However, no jewellery should be worn, including stud earrings, for PE lessons (this includes swimming). If your
child is unable to remove the earrings themselves, them they should be removed at home before the child comes to
school. Alternatively your child may choose to cover their stud earrings with tape brought from home
Teachers will not be able to allow children to do PE unless the above is adhered to.

Games / P.E. kit and swimming kit

Girls: Plain white T-shirt, black/navy shorts.
       (Many girls prefer to wear a navy or black wrap-round skirt in
       addition to the above).
       Pair of pumps for indoor P.E., trainers etc., for outdoor games.
Boys: Plain white T-shirt, black /navy shorts.
       Pair of pumps for indoor P.E., trainers etc., for outdoor games.

Tracksuits (or an old pair of trousers and an old jumper or sweatshirt) are useful, when the weather is
cold, for outdoor games. If the weather is too bad, then the Games lesson takes place in the Hall. This
means that the pumps saved for indoor use need to be available.

Each child should have a Pump Bag in which to keep his/her kit. This is a simple drawstring bag easily
made from any durable material.

For swimming
An appropriate swimming costume AND swimming cap are needed for all children. (No bikinis or
bermuda shorts please). Goggles may be worn with special permission.


Safety of children.

We are always concerned about the safety of your children in our care. We ask you:

Please do not bring cars onto the premises to collect or drop off children except when collecting a sick

Please do not park on the yellow zig-zag lines outside the school. These now include an official „No
Waiting‟ area. Waiting is illegal on these lines before and after school.

Please try not to inconvenience neighbours of the school when parking.

Please do not bring or allow dogs onto the premises.
We are a non-smoking school – this takes in all areas of the school including the grounds.

If your child needs to take medicine whilst in school, for short or long term illness, please call in to see us
to make arrangements. Please ensure that inhalers are marked with the child‟s name and kept with the
child at all times.

Parental help in the school

Many parents help in the school. Some have successfully undertaken a W.E.A. training course. They
work under the direction of the class teacher during the literacy hour and other subject areas where group
work is undertaken. Others listen to children read and talk about their books. They help with Football,
Athletics (coaching and transporting), Cross Country, Netball, Rounders, Cycle Awareness training,
Libraries, displaying work, accompanying swimming classes and computing. Parents, grandparents or
friends who have time available would be welcomed to help in school. A form is available at the back of
the prospectus if you can offer any help. New legislation requires schools to have all volunteer helpers
registered with the Local Education Authority and to complete a „Police Criminal Check‟ form. You will
be asked to complete a registration form in school.

Friends of Priory School

(FOPS for short) raises extra funds for school and provides enjoyable activities for children and parents.
The committee meet regularly and would welcome newcomers to the group.

Child Protection Act

It is declared School Policy that if a child is suspected of having suffered abuse (including physical and/or
sexual abuse), the appropriate authorities will be notified immediately.

Other Information
The school is administered by Stoke-on-Trent L.E.A., Chief Education Officer: Mr. Nigel Rigby, Civic Centre, Glebe Street,
Stoke-on-Trent. ST4 1BR.

The Chair of Governors is: Rev. N. di Castiglione and may be contact via the school or at: The Vicarage, Trentham Park,
Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent. ST4 8AE Tel: 01782 658194.

The Headteacher, Mr. R.T. Woollacott may be contacted at school, the full address is: The Priory C.E. (C) Primary School,
Jubilee Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent. ST4 8EF. Tel: 01782 233585. Fax: 01782 235725

Access to documents: Copies of all relevant documents relating to the education of your child are available in school for

Basic information about your child is kept on computer. You will be asked to check this for accuracy. We are registered under
the Data Protection Act.

Enclosed with this Prospectus is a list of holidays for the year. Please keep this for reference.

Also enclosed is a Parental Help Volunteer sheet. If you are able to help, please complete this and return it to school.
                   The Priory C.E. (C) Primary School, Trentham.

Parental Help in School

We appreciate all the extra voluntary help given to us by parents, former parents, grandparents and others,
in our school. We are always ready to add to our band of willing volunteers.

If you have time to spare, and any talent we could use for the children, we would be pleased to hear from

Please complete the section below and return it to your child‟s class teacher or the school office.


To: The Priory Primary School

I would like to help in school by:


and / or


I could do this each week/occasionally/as required

Name (Block Capitals) …………………………………………………………………

Parent of ………………………………………………………………………………..

Signed ……………………………………………………………………….. Date…………………
       THE PRIORY Church of England PRIMARY SCHOOL
                                           Jubilee Road
                                             ST4 8EF

                              01782 233585         Fax: 01782 235725

                                 Headteacher: Mr R.T. Woollacott

Dear Newcomer,

Hello and welcome to The Priory Primary School. We are an achieving school where the teachers encourage
us by awarding merits when we do well. You collect merits on a coloured card and move through a system of
grades. The highest are silver, gold and platinum. On Fridays in our achievement assembly, parents visit to
see certificates presented.

We are a creative school with good equipment and resources for Music, Art, ICT and D&T. Each class gets a
weekly slot to use the Computer Suite. Our school productions are always a success.

Sports are enjoyable. Our teams do well when they compete against others. Sports Day is a chance to
improve your own skills, competing against your previous scores to achieve a gold silver or bronze award.
There are a variety of events so that everyone has a chance to do something they are good at.

The School Council help to improve the school and buy equipment for playtimes. Years 2-6 are represented
by a boy and girl from each class voted for by the children. The Council meet every half term to present
your ideas to the Chair from Year 6.

We look forward to meeting you and expect you will enjoy The Priory as much as we do.

Yours faithfully

Pupils from The Priory Primary School

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