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									Sedlescombe CE Primary School
              Brede Lane
         Sedlescombe, Battle
        East Sussex TN33 0RQ
 Tel 01424 870585 Fax 01424 870949
     Headteacher Mrs M Ham BEd




      Vision of Our School
1.    Introduction to Our School    1—3
2.    Aims of Our School            4
3.    Our Staff                     5
4.    Our Governors                 6—7
5.    Useful Addresses              8
6.    National Curriculum Guide     9—10
7.    Class Organisation            11
      Admissions                    11—13
8.    Our School Curriculum         14—27
9.    Educational Visits and
      Extra-curricular Activities   28
10.   General Matters               29—36
11.   Our Community                 37
      Our PTA                       37
12.   School Term Dates             38
      Finally                       39
                                VISION OF OUR SCHOOL

                                  EVERY CHILD MATTERS.
                              TOGETHER WE ENJOY LEARNING.
                                 TOGETHER WE ACHIEVE.
                                 TOGETHER WE SUCCEED.

Sedlescombe Church of England Primary School is a school where Christian principles are
upheld and a Christian ethos prevails. It is a school in which the staff and governors are
dedicated to providing high-quality teaching and learning for every child. We value, and use,
the class time to ensure the children are experiencing exciting learning and making progress
at their own pace. We believe that the aesthetic quality of our school environment is of
great importance, and therefore work to make our surroundings artistic, interactive and
stimulating. We have high expectations of our children and believe in ensuring they produce
work of excellence. We encourage self-motivation in all children so that they will want to
attain high standards for themselves. We believe strongly in good behaviour, respect and
positive social-interaction amongst children. We recognise the importance of fostering a
good home/school relationship. We seek to provide the children with a safe, secure and
happy environment where Christian values and morals are encouraged. We are continually
analysing and developing the opportunities, standards and resources available within our
school in order to provide a good all-round education for each individual child.

                                         Our School Prayer

                                             God our Father
                             We ask for your love and care for everyone
                                    here, at Sedlescombe School.
                             Bless us every day, and help us to be proud
                                            of all that we do.
                                           This is our school.
                                Let peace and happiness dwell here.
                               Let the rooms be full of contentment.
                                         Let Love abide here,
                                love of one another, love of mankind
                                  love of life itself and love of God.
                                            Let us remember
                                  that as many hands build a house,
                                    so many hearts make a school.
                                           This is our school.
                                Let peace and happiness dwell here.
                             We ask for your help to make our hearts full
                                         of love and kindness,
                                   towards each other and here at
                                         Sedlescombe School.

                       1. INTRODUCTION TO OUR SCHOOL                                          Page 1

The present attractive school building opened in September 1980, replacing a building which
had its origins as far back as 1723 when a church school was founded in the community. The
Christian ethos of the school continues today including links with our local parish church of St
John the Baptist and also with the diocese of Chichester.

The school is for Reception and Key Stage 1 children (Years R, 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2
children (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6), i.e. children aged 4+ to 11 years old. There are about 190 on the
school roll in September 2008. The pupils usually transfer to Claverham Community College,
Battle, or Robertsbridge Community College at the end of Year 6.

The attractive building comprises seven large classrooms, which include quiet areas and space
for art/craft, cookery, DT, etc. Reception children have their own toilets, and a beautiful
safe outdoor play area, with a canopy. All classrooms have access to outdoor working areas.
Our Year 1 children have access to a conservatory/playroom and a covered outdoor play area
too. We have a Special Needs room which is well resourced, and two group teaching rooms.
The sports field, on the south-east side of the site, has an all-weather surface, so we can
enjoy a wider range of sporting activities all year round. It also acts as our second playground,
giving our children extra space in which to enjoy their playtimes. There is also a playship
called the ―Jolly Jack‖, a play area with climbing equipment, an outdoor stage and a ―secret
garden‖. A wide variety of playtime opportunities for our children are very important in our
school. We have an outdoor heated swimming pool, which is used from April to September
each year. All children swim every week, and it is a great asset to our children’s development
in areas such as health, fitness, social skills, PE confidence, teamwork, responsibility, etc.

Our school building and site was greatly improved during 2005/6, and we are very happy with
and proud of our enhanced facilities.

We are proud of our warm, friendly atmosphere, in which the children are challenged and
cared for each day by a dedicated, enthusiastic team of professionals. The non-teaching staff
work extremely hard to enhance the smooth day-to-day running of our school. All staff
support our school in many ways, for the benefit of our children. Our main concerns are for
the children's education, welfare and happiness. A happy child will learn.

We give all children a broad and balanced education, and ensure that each child is fully
extended. This is a very high priority. We hope that children will want to come to school
because they find it a happy, interesting place and that we can develop positive attitudes that
foster a desire to learn. We feel it is important to give time to Numeracy and Literacy as
these are the tools the children will need throughout life. We are fully committed to an
exciting creative curriculum, project work and links between subjects. This way of working is
supported by learning from first-hand experiences, lots of visits out of school and visitors
into school such as dance, drama, music and art specialists to enrich the children’s
experiences. We believe this way of learning is enjoyable, exciting and relevant.
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We are a forward-thinking school. Our approach is flexible. Depending on the concept
being taught and on the children involved, we use group teaching, class teaching,
individual teaching and/or paired work.
   Children are involved in extras such as cookery, craft activities, health education,
community work and educational visits. Many interesting, challenging opportunities are
presented to the children and we work hard to do whatever is best for them. Each
child is an individual; our aim is to ensure that they achieve their very best by
recognising and meeting their individual needs. It is valuable to remember that a
child's progress should not be measured in purely academic terms - the development
of the whole child is important. Progress is not always consistent; periods of
consolidating skills and knowledge occur and sometimes a child's learning dips. If a
parent/carer is concerned, we always encourage them to come and talk with us.
  We expect and encourage good behaviour, respect and high standards so that our
children become honest, responsible, caring young people. We aim to build each child's
self-esteem and help to develop confidence. We want our children to feel able and
confident to try, and not to be afraid of risking failure. We encourage a partnership
between school and home, so that we can work together for the benefit of the children.
We hope that parents/carers will always feel welcome in school, and that we have an
open, friendly relationship.

Ofsted Inspection
In May 2006 our school was inspected by a team of Inspectors from the Office for
Standards in Education (Ofsted), and also by the Diocesan Inspectors. We received a
commendation from the Inspectors. The report was excellent. We received the grading
of ―outstanding‖ for our personal care and welfare of the children. The governors and
staff are very proud of the reports, and the recognition we received for our hard work
and dedication.

Basic Skills Quality Mark
In 2006 we received a national award for our standards of teaching and learning in
Numeracy and Literacy.

Artsmark Gold
In June 2006 we received the highest award possible for our work in the Arts: Drama,
Music, Dance and Art. We are extremely proud of this national award.

Active Mark
In 2007 we achieved the Active Mark for our work in Sport and PE.
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Healthy Schools Award

In June 2005 we received the Silver Award for being a healthy school due to our
work on keeping fit and healthy, diet, exercise and our Walking Bus. In June 2007
this was superseded by a Gold Award. We are very proud of this award.

  School Travel Plan

  In June 2005 and 2008 our School Travel Plan was approved by County and the DfES.
  This plan focuses on safe travel to school for our children with the co-operation of all
  parents/carers, and includes our two Walking Buses. We were given a grant of £4000
  for our successful Travel Plan. We need more children and parents/carers to be com-
  mitted to our Walking Buses. Please consider joining this scheme.
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                           2. AIMS OF OUR SCHOOL

1.    To provide a happy, secure, caring and stimulating environment, within a
      Christian community.

2.    To provide opportunities for the growth and development of each
      individual child through the provision of a broad and balanced creative
      curriculum that facilitates intellectual, cultural, spiritual, emotional, social,
      physical, moral and aesthetic development.

3.    To arouse curiosity, maintain interest in and develop respect for the

4.    To encourage each child to develop positive attitudes towards school work,
      homework and to become an independent learner.

5.    To foster each child's sense of worth, value and self-esteem as a member
      of the school and wider community.

6.    To provide a healthy and safe environment for work and play.

7.    To offer approaches and resources which promote and extend valuable
      learning experiences.

8.    To encourage care and consideration for others and a respectful, co-
      operative attitude towards adults and peers.

9.    To encourage and foster the parents’ and community's involvement in their
      children’s education.

10.   To work in close partnership with the Parish Church, the Diocese of
      Chichester and the wider Christian community.
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                             3. OUR STAFF

Headteacher           Mrs M Ham             BEd

Deputy Head           Miss E. Kesper        B.Sc (Hons)

Teachers              Miss M Taylor         BA (Hons)
                      Miss K Harris         BEd
                      Mrs J Cheetham        Cert Ed
                      Mrs L Hardy           BA
                      Mr J Morton           BA (Hons)
                      Mrs V Langton

Visiting Teachers     Mrs J Foster          Learning Support Service
                      Mr G Dodridge         Violin
                      Miss F Neave          Keyboard/Piano
                      Mr R Butler           Guitar
                      Mr K Newman           Football
                      Mrs C Larkin          Tennis

School Secretary      Miss D Grando

Financial Manager     Mrs L Hernaman

Teaching Assistants   Mrs A Boreham (ass. Special Education Needs Co-ordinator)
                      Mrs S Ashdown Mrs D Brooke Mrs S Dann
                      Mrs A Desmond Mrs S England Mrs L Frangella
                      Mrs A Lawrence Mrs A Maryan Mrs A Mclean
                      Ms K Miriam Mrs T Morell Mrs S. Dicker
                      Mrs E Pitt Mrs S Ruddock
                      Mrs A Spray Mrs A Townsley

ICT Technician        Mr T Thompson

Caretaker             Mr C Harris

Cleaner               Mrs S Harris
Cook Supervisors      Mrs K Noonan - Cook      Ms D Weston - Assistant

Mid-day Supervisors   Mrs L Frangella Ms A. Mclean
                      Mrs L. Mckenzie Mrs T Morell
                      Mrs C Walters Mrs S Harris
                             4. OUR GOVERNORS                     Page 6

Chairman             Mr Richard Maidment
                     Watermill Cottage

Vice Chair           Ms Kay Macmullan
                     Sackville House
                     The Street

Clerk                Mrs Gill Colquhoun
                     c/o school

Foundation Governors
(appointed by the Church)

Mrs Sally Brown             Father Alan    Mr Richard Baszczak
Strawberry Hill Cottage     The Rectory    1 Westmoreland Close
Poppinghole Lane            Sedlescombe    St Leonards on Sea

Local Education Authority Governors

Mrs Amanda Pollard
Luffs Farm
Chapel Hill
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Community Governors

Mrs Mary Irwin           Mr Richard Maidment      Mrs Jane Wallis
The Anchorage            Watermill Cottage        Harriet House
Hawkhurst Road           Whatlington              The Street
Sedlescombe                                       Sedlescombe

Parent Governors

Ms Kay Macmullan         Mrs Jacqui Martin        Mr Jason Wild
Sackville House          Woodman’s Cottage        3 Laurel Cottages
The Street               Balcombe Green           Frederick Road
Sedlescombe              Sedlescombe              Hastings

Mr Gary Rogerson         Mrs Christine King
Sherrald                 Castleman’s Oast
The Street               Church Hill
Sedlescombe              Sedlescombe

Staff Governors

Mrs M Ham                Deputy Head (tba)        Mrs E Pitt
c/o school               c/o school               c/o school

There are currently 15 school governors. They meet six times a year as a full
governing body and also within sub committees (Finance and Buildings; General
Management). The governors visit the school regularly and are actively involved in
many aspects of school life: the appointment of staff, the use of the school
premises, the upkeep of the building, finance, Special Needs, discipline, sex
education, health and safety and home/school liaison.

They make an annual report (school profile) to the parents about their duties. A
copy of this profile is available for inspection on request.
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                             5. USEFUL ADDRESSES

Sedlescombe CE Primary School
Brede Lane
East Sussex
Tel       01424 870585
Fax       01424 870949

Director of Children’s Services:      Mr M Dunkley
PO Box 4
County Hall
East Sussex
Tel       01273 481000

School Advisor:        Mr C Roome
Local Education Office
1a Shepherd Street
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
Tel       01424 720702

                               Together we enjoy learning
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                        6. NATIONAL CURRICULUM GUIDE

Every state school in the country is required by law to teach the National Curriculum.
At Sedlescombe, we are very aware of this and do our utmost to ensure we offer the
children a good, exciting and creative curriculum.

The National Curriculum consists of 12 subjects with the addition of other areas of
development. Cross–curricular projects are important in our school and we have
developed a very exciting creative curriculum, which makes learning more relevant to
the children.

There are three core (main) subjects: Numeracy, Literacy and Science and nine
foundation subjects: Design Technology, History, Geography, PE, Art, Music, RE, PHSE
and ICT.

The National Curriculum refers to Key Stages in a child's development. A primary
school has Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children, i.e. children aged 4 years to 11 years.

4-5 year olds        Year R         Foundation Stage
5-6 year olds        Year 1 )       Key Stage 1 (KS1)
6-7 year olds        Year 2 )

7-8 year olds        Year 3 )
8-9 year olds        Year 4 )       Key Stage 2 (KS2)
9-10 year olds       Year 5 )
10-11 year olds      Year 6 )

Children cover Key Stages 3 and 4 at secondary schools.

We regularly assess children's reading, writing and maths skills. These assessments
indicate each child's level of ability. The results enable us to plan work to support the
children's learning and identify strengths and weaknesses. We constantly track every
child’s progress – through our effective and efficient internal tracking system.
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Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) take place during Year 2, i.e. at the end of Key Stage 1,
and during Year 6, i.e. at the end of Key Stage 2. Our teachers are constantly assessing our
children and meeting their needs, while the SATs consist of specific activities/tests for
the children to do. They are produced nationally and aim to help teachers in the assessment
of their children. We administer the optional SATs in Years 3, 4 and 5 in order to monitor

Most 7-year-olds (KS1) will be at level 2. Some will be at level 1 and some at level 3.
Most 11-year-olds (KS2) will be at level 4. Some will be at level 3 and some at level 5.

Factors to take into consideration when analysing SATs results:
  - the individual school's catchment area
  - the range of ability of the children within the year group in the school (this varies
    from year to year)
  - the tests/tasks themselves
  - the health of the individual child during the SATs period (and previously)
  - the emotional state of the individual child during the SATs period (and previously)
  - the time of the day the SATs are undertaken
  - the number of absences (per child) from school throughout the year
  - KS1 results are a teacher’s assessment of a child’s achievement in class
  - KS2 results are paper tasks/tests taken on a specific day in May.

2007—08 Results
W* = working towards level 1

Key Stage 2
                               Absent          Level 3 or below              Level 4 +

   Numeracy                     0%                  29%                        71%

    Literacy                    0%                  37%                        63%

     Science                    0%                  25%                        75%

Key Stage 1
                      W*             Level 1      Level 2C        Level 2B      Level 2A   Level 3

   Reading            0%                24%         14%            24%            24%       14%

   Writing            0%                24%         38%            24%            10%       3%

    Maths             0%                21%         14%            38%            14%       14%
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                            7. CLASS ORGANISATION

At Sedlescombe we have seven well-resourced bright classrooms and three group
teaching rooms to accommodate our children. The groupings of our children into
suitable class groups are very important to us. We have uneven sizes of year groups and
sometimes a mixture of ages in classes may take place in a small school. Each year the
various educational factors and individual needs of the children are taken into account
when deciding on the overall school and class organisation.

Year R: Your child will begin school during the academic year in which he/she will
become 5 years old, and will attend full time if his/her birthday is between September
and December. Children whose birthdays are from January onwards begin full time in

Years 1-6: If you are interested in moving your child to Sedlescombe School, providing
we have room and County support the move, a starting date can be mutually agreed,
usually as soon as possible.

The Procedure

1.   For a Year R child - Contact the Admissions Section at County Hall, Lewes,
     requesting the necessary forms and information regarding your child's admission
     to a Primary School in East Sussex (stating your preference(s) if known).
2.   For all admissions - Telephone Sedlescombe School (or call in) and make an
     appointment to view the school and talk with the Headteacher.
3.   Make your decision.
     a) For a Year R child, fill in the green preference form and send it to the school
     of your choice, in February of the year when your child is due to start school.
     b) For an older child, fill in a white admission form and hand it into the new
4.   We will then follow the next stages for you, and keep you informed. Do not
     hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Our school is very popular and priority is always given to Sedlescombe families.
However, we welcome applications from other families and will do our best to admit
your children. The village area of Sedlescombe is not able to provide us with enough
children to keep our school full, so we always have some spaces for children who live
outside our village.
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The Children’s Services in Lewes make the arrangements for the admission of each
child to this school at age 4+. A detailed description of the arrangements is contained
in the booklet "Admissions to Primary Schools‖. A copy can be obtained from:
School Admissions Section
Education Department
PO Box 4
County Hall
St Anne's Crescent
East Sussex
01273 481000
A copy is also available for inspection in the school.

However, parents may find it helpful to know that, if there are insufficient places
available to meet demand, these will be allocated to children in accordance with the
following list of priorities:

i)     Children with strong medical or other special reasons for attending the school;
ii)    Children living in an area traditionally served by the school;
iii)   Children living outside the traditional area, but who have an elder brother or
       sister at the school;
iv)    Other children living outside Sedlescombe.

If it should be necessary to decide between children within any of these priority
groups, this will be done by giving the places to those children who live closest to the

                  Friendships are important to all of our pupils
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Our Reception Children in Class Mozart

Our Reception children are taught by a teacher and classroom assistant who have a
wide range of experience working with young children. The very large classroom is
wonderful and has its own safe outside play area with a canopy, a large carpeted
area, an area for craft activities, and its own toilets. Parents are welcome to help in
class, and to call in at the end of the day to chat to the teacher about their child’s
overall development. Records are kept, and an annual report is given to parents at
the end of the school year. A planned programme of learning takes place, following
the Early Learning Goals. A ―Foundation Stage Profile‖ is used, and gives a picture of
each child’s progress in all areas of learning from pre-school through to the end of
Reception. The children’s learning is always matched to their ability and maturity. A
strong partnership with parents is essential to ensure each child is happy and
developing positively.

A visit to our school, and especially to Class Mozart, during a working day is always
encouraged. We also organise two Prospective Parents’ Mornings when it is possible
to come and see the school in action.
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                           8. OUR SCHOOL CURRICULUM

In our endeavour to provide a full and varied educational experience for all children
we are constantly appraising aspects of the curriculum. We teach the National
Curriculum and see this as important in ensuring that we cover all areas of a child's
learning. We commit ourselves to this, and review and assess our teaching regularly, in
order to do the best we can for the children at Sedlescombe School.

Creative Teaching and Creative Learning

We are fully committed to enthusing children through a creative approach to
teaching and learning. We believe that learning from first-hand experiences is vital,
and brings learning to life, making it exciting and motivating. We plan high-quality
projects - three a year in each class. Each project begins with a ―wow‖ factor -
something exciting for the children! Our teachers are very creative and organise
superb experiences for the children who then create project books containing a wide
range of class work and photographs. Every class project finishes with a celebration,
to which parents/carers are invited. By learning about and becoming interested in our
projects, parents/carers help to support their children outside school.

We belong to a network of local schools called ―Cre 8‖ which focuses on high-quality
―creativity‖ in all of our schools. We are involved in two exciting projects starting in
2008, which involve working with experts in the Arts to stimulate children’s learning.
We are very excited by having greater flexibility to engage children in enjoying their
learning in our school, which impacts positively on their standards of achievement.
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The development of reading, speaking and listening skills, writing, punctuation, spelling,
presentation, handwriting and the many other aspects of work that make up Literacy in the
school curriculum form a very important area of our work. At least an hour per day is
allocated to Literacy work in all classes, from Year 1. Reception children take part in a range
of Literacy activities each day. Literacy is a cross-curricular subject, and links to every area
of learning.

A very large collection of reading books has been structured and colour coded to form a
central reading library from which the children have a "guided" choice. We use the Oxford
Reading Tree books plus other schemes for some children who require a structured approach
to the early stages of reading, as well as encouraging these children to choose books from our
central library. The Oxford Reading Tree books for all stages are also included within our
central library for all children to use. We teach the children phonics through the Jolly Phonics
scheme and Letters and Sounds. This is great fun, and very successful. Our approach focuses
on the ability of the individual child. Our teachers do not hear the children read from their
"reading books" every day, as children are involved in a wide range of reading activities every
day in school. (There is not enough time for this to be recorded in the reading record books.)
We have a strong emphasis on this broad approach and are happy to talk with parents about
this. The children's love of books is tremendous. All children are encouraged to borrow books
from school to take home, and parents can feel free to come in and help with this choice any
afternoon after school. A home/school reading record book is used for comments/
communication between children, parents and teachers. (Pre-school children are invited into
school for half an hour per week, accompanied by a parent, to look at/read our books.) We ask
that parents encourage their children with reading and devote a regular time, e.g. ten minutes
each day if possible, to read together. This is important and helpful right through to Year 6.

The ability to communicate in writing and the important skills of speaking and listening are
taught from Reception on. These skills are continually developed as the children become more
confident. Good spelling is important and children in Years 1-6 have weekly tests. We value
neat, legible handwriting and teach children handwriting skills. Attention is paid to
grammatical aspects of spoken and written work, e.g. the correct use of tenses, pronouns and
complete sentences. (We stress the importance of the partnership between home and school
in this area.)

It is clear that articulate children usually have well-developed written skills, so we encourage
parents/carers to talk with their children lots and lots.

A child's imagination is stimulated and developed through creative English, which is often
linked with reading and drama. All children become involved in school productions, as well as
general class drama work. Much Literacy work is linked to the class project.
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We have a strong emphasis on Numeracy within the school. We use several main
structured schemes including Abacus Maths, Nelson Maths, Oxford Mastermaths,
Folens Maths and Rigby throughout the school. Our main scheme is called Abacus - this
is used successfully in KS2. We follow a structured termly Numeracy plan of learning
for all ages. Alongside this, we use a variety of support materials, investigations,
problem solving and activities to ensure the children receive a broad curriculum, and
that the needs of all children are met. Our approach consists of traditional and modern
methods. One hour per day is normally allocated to Numeracy work in each class, from
Year 1. Reception children are involved in a wide range of Numeracy activities each day.
The children learn their tables, and have weekly Numeracy tests from Year 3. The four
basic rules of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are given emphasis
throughout. The children are taught the correct use of calculators as an aid to their
learning in KS2. All children use computers. The children are given ample opportunities
for mental arithmetic. This is an essential element of our daily Numeracy lesson. We
are constantly assessing our mathematical approach and resources, and endeavour to
update these regularly.
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We recognise the importance of children developing enquiring minds. The progression
of skills in Science provides the children with opportunities to use these skills and
explore scientific facts, acquire knowledge and understanding of the world around
them and so begin to understand and apply aspects of science and its implications.
Much of this work is done through practical investigations and the study of the
environment in which we live. In aiming to cultivate enquiring minds, we intend that
the children will not only ask questions but also develop the ability systemically to set
about finding the answer to the problems that arise. Care and concern for the
environment is also fostered through this developing understanding.

The children are encouraged to take an active interest in the environment, starting
within our school grounds and then reaching out to wider areas. We provide many
first-hand experiences on our school site. Within our resource room, we have an
excellent range of science resources to support the children's learning in such areas
as magnetism, electricity, forces, structures, light and colour, growth, living things,
water etc. We have visits from science theatres and Skylab.
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Design Technology

We value greatly the importance of developing our children's skills in the areas of
design and making. Imagination, drawing-plans, experimenting, learning to listen to
others, discussing, re-designing, etc. are valuable aspects of a child's development.
Many of the technology challenges the children are presented with are part of their
project work. The children's skills and the complexity of design and construction will
be developed and encouraged as they progress through the school. We have several
construction kits, and also use modelling materials including clay, wood, tubing,
motors, pulleys and hydraulics. We are well-resourced and able to provide our
children with the correct learning experiences.

Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

All classes have their own computers and an Interactive Whiteboard. We also have a
wonderful ICT suite with 16 computers. The children are involved in word-processing
from very early on through to the time they leave us. They are also involved in
language programmes and mathematics challenges, data work, etc. Computers will play
an ever-increasing role in our children's lives and we intend to ensure they are given
every opportunity to become familiar with, and use a computer with confidence at
school. Many areas of a child's education can be enhanced by using suitable computer
programmes - we value and encourage this type of learning. The children also use a
"Roamer" for developing their learning in areas of length, estimation, angles, shape
and so on. We use the internet, and all children access this, send and receive emails
and visit various websites. We have our own website - www.sedlescombecep.e- We use digital cameras frequently and are developing video
conferencing in 2008-2009.

Our ICT suite opened in 2004 and is used by all our children. Courses take place in
the evenings and after school for the local community. This is a very exciting
resource for our school and village, and has made a huge difference to our ICT
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We ensure that our pupils are given the correct opportunities to develop awareness
of the past and of the ways in which it was different from the present. We believe
strongly in inspiring our children to investigate local history, especially as we live in
such a fascinating village and in an area of the country that is full of much
historical information. We use a range of resources to support much of our history
teaching - which also involves educational visits, using artefacts, visiting museums
and being involved in a wide range of practical experiences. We are committed to
teaching secure enquiry skills to our children. History is taught creatively through
our termly projects.


We recognise the importance of teaching our children about the world we live in.
Our geography teaching includes studying places - beginning with our homes,
journey to school, local area, uses of land and buildings, weather, using and drawing
maps, compass points, aerial views, and extending to contrasting our area with
other localities in the United Kingdom and the wider world. All this learning involves
research, visits, investigation, gaining an insight into the human and physical
processes that shape places - and ensures that our pupils gain knowledge and
understanding of their surroundings and the wider world. We use a variety of
resources - maps, books, artefacts, photographs, etc. We are committed to
teaching secure investigation and enquiry skills to our children. Geography is taught
creatively through our termly projects.
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All children experience a wide variety of musical experiences. They sing and make
music together frequently throughout the week within their classrooms.

We have a collection of classroom instruments for use by all children, and children
are also involved in designing and making their own instruments, dance, composing
and performing music. We introduce our children to a range of music - classical,
folk, medieval, popular, etc. - to develop their musical appreciation. Our children
have the opportunity to join music clubs - recorder, guitar, violin, piano, keyboard,
flute and choir. We perform musical productions, which give the opportunity for
children to sing solo or in small groups if they wish. We also take part in local music
festivals. We have taken part in the Hastings Festival for the past ten years, and
achieved excellent results.

We use the East Sussex Music for All scheme as well as Music Express, plus a
wider range of other resources. Music is often linked to the termly project. It is a
particular strength of our school. We produce and deliver excellent school shows,
involving every child at Christmas, and all of KS2 in the summer. These are of a high
quality, and celebrate and develop our children’s talents. We are very proud of
these opportunities.

                   Our summer production 2008, ―Pinafore Pirates‖
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All of our children are involved in many forms of Art and Craft work, e.g. painting,
printing, collage, clay modelling. The children have varied opportunities to learn a
wide range of techniques and skills and therefore develop their artistic talents to a
high standard. We believe in the importance of training children to observe
accurately and therefore spend valuable time on observational drawings. We pride
ourselves in having a very attractive school, with varied displays. All children in Key
Stages 1 and 2 have a sketchbook, which is used regularly to monitor their abilities
in sketching. Art has a strong focus in our school as we believe in developing
creativity in every child.
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Physical Education

All children are involved in PE lessons each week at school and some form of
structured exercise is undertaken at least twice a week, e.g. gymnastics, dance,
drama, games, musical movement, etc. We encourage the children to become aware of
the need for exercise in developing a healthy way of living. The children change
clothing when taking part in PE - plimsolls, shorts or PE skirt and a T-shirt must be
worn and kept at school from Monday to Friday in a PE bag, and clearly named. The co
-operation of parents in providing the specialist clothing needed for Physical
Education work is vital. We have a superb outdoor sports area, which opened in
November 2006. It has two netball courts, three tennis courts and a football pitch.

Games lessons start in the first year of Key Stage 2 and football, netball, rounders,
cricket, unihock, athletics and short tennis skills are taught. A navy or black tracksuit
may be worn during the winter months for games. The normal PE kit is worn during
the summer.

Inter-school matches are arranged and the school enters area events and
tournaments. We also take part in local cross-country events, and organise our own
annual inter-school event in Sedlescombe.

Swimming instruction is given to children in our own outdoor heated pool during the
summer months. (Financing a school pool is very difficult and requires a full
commitment from parents, staff and governors.)

We are involved in the Sports Partnership programme with William Parker School in
Hastings and Claverham Community College in Battle and benefit from this link in
many exciting ways.

                                  A former netball team
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Religious Education

Religious Education is an important part of our work and it is approached through
stories, projects, class work and assemblies. The six main faiths are taught, and we
aim to ensure our children understand and respect other people’s beliefs. The daily
act of worship includes moral teaching, Bible stories, prayers and hymn singing -
encouraging the Christian ethos and family feeling of our school. Assemblies are
planned in weekly themes throughout the year, and are usually taken by a visiting
minister on Mondays. As we are a Church School, great importance is placed on this
aspect of our school life. Children take an active part in our assemblies, and visitors
attend to add a further dimension to the children's learning. We received a
commendation for our assemblies in our Ofsted Inspection in 2006.

RE is part of the education of all pupils in accordance with the East Sussex Education
Authority's Agreed Syllabus. If parents wish to discuss the RE teaching at our school
and the involvement of their child, they should do so with the Headteacher.
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Golden Rules
Do be gentle
Do be kind and helpful
Do work hard
Do Look after property
Do listen to people
Do be honest
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Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE)

Our strong PSHE teaching aims to educate our children on several important
issues in their development from childhood through to adolescence. This includes
basics such as teeth care, hair care and personal cleanliness with our younger
children, through to personal hygiene, diet, exercise, sex education, smoking and
drugs with our oldest children. We see this as an important aspect of our
children's education, and the carefully planned teaching programme incorporates
advice and information that helps to prepare them for growing up.

PHSE also forms part of the strong and positive partnership that we have with
parents, and we are happy to explain this area of the curriculum in more detail on
request. Parents’ evenings to discuss and view the educational material used with
the Year 5/6 children take place each year.

This aspect of a child’s education also includes friendships, attitudes to each
other, understanding and respect for others, tolerance, kindness, giving support,
the prevention of bullying, etc. All classes follow the County’s scheme SEAL
(Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning). This links into Circle Time lessons that
take place in all classes, every week. We also focus on brain-based learning
techniques and believe in doing Brain Gym exercises daily.

We follow a Massage in Schools Programme whereby each child gives a partner
a back, neck, shoulders, arm and head massage. This happens about three times
a week in every class. The massage helps children to learn to have respect for
each other and to use their hands in a kind and gentle way. It also helps them
to become calm and relaxed, and able to listen and concentrate better.
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Special Needs

Identification of children with a special need is undertaken by our professionals and
outlined in our Special Needs Policy. We recognise children who are experiencing learning
or behavioural difficulties, as well as children who reveal advanced knowledge or skills. We
aim to meet the needs of each individual child at our school. Some children may be given
additional time and support internally. It may be necessary to consult parents about
involving outside agencies. We strongly support the need to integrate handicapped
children into a normal learning environment and ensure that any child with special needs is
an equal within our family school. The Headteacher is our Special Needs Co-ordinator
(SENCO) and an experienced teaching assistant is our assistant SENCO.

We use Makaton signing in all classes, as we have some children with speech and language
difficulties. The assistant SENCO is a Makaton trainer and we have been able to develop
this sign language very successfully, enabling these children to be fully included in all
aspects of school life. We are very proud of this development, and are recognised as a
―Makaton centre of excellence‖.
We have developed a system of identifying ―more able and talented‖ children, and aim to
ensure our teaching gives opportunities to challenge these children. Within our local
cluster of schools, we organise children’s Enrichment Days every term. We run
masterclasses after school for specific children who have been identified as more able.


The children are constantly assessed by our teachers in order to check on their progress,
and to enable the next stage of learning and development to take place. We hope that the
partnership between home and school will enable concerns about children to be discussed
as they arise. The staff will contact parents about any necessary matters and parents are
encouraged to come and discuss any worries as soon as possible. SATs take place in Year
2 and Year 6, but we also administer and mark the optional SATs in Years 3, 4 and 5 each
May-June. Other assessments take place every term. Reception children take part in the
Foundation Stage Profile. All results are entered into our tracking system.

An annual report is sent to parents towards the end of the summer term. This is followed
by a parents’ evening at which any specific points can be discussed.


Formal parents’ evenings are held twice a year, in the autumn and spring, when parents are
invited to make an appointment with their child's teacher. From time to time, open days
are held to enable parents to see the work the children are involved in. Parents should
always feel welcome to contact teachers whenever they would like a chat - and not wait
for these formal occasions if a problem occurs.
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It is very important for children to read at home as this helps to improve their
reading ability. It also gives children great pleasure to share a book with their
family and is more important now that there is less time in school to hear children
read individually. Class teachers will willingly give advice on reading at home

Years 1-6 have weekly spellings to learn, and parental support and encouragement
is appreciated here. Times tables are important in KS2, and are tested frequently.
Occasionally children may need to finish a piece of work at home or do some
research. Children in KS2 are given extra homework, which is linked to their
classwork. Again, class teachers are always willing to discuss homework with

KS2 children who do not complete their homework, finish this at a lunchtime
detention club. We feel this helps the children to realise homework must be done,
and prepares them for the homework set in secondary schools.

An optional piece of homework is often given to all children. This is called Thinking
Skills, and aims to extend children’s general knowledge and creativity skills.
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Educational visits are an important feature of the school's work, as we firmly believe in the
value of first-hand experiences. Visits are linked to aspects of work going on in the
classroom, and contribute to the educational and social development of the child. Visits
range from short trips to study aspects of our village life to whole-day trips. We plan an
annual residential trips for our Year 6 children. We have a 16-seat minibus (with full
seatbelts) which is used regularly for trips and we also hire coaches when necessary.
Visitors and theatre groups come to school to talk and perform to the children, adding
further stimulation to their learning.

Children in our school have the opportunity to join school clubs. The range of activities
varies, but includes: Football, Netball, Cross Country, Choir, Gardening, Science, Art , ICT,
Drama, Tennis, Origami, Dance, Karate, Violin, Guitar, Piano, Keyboard, Recorders,
Swimming, and others depending on the time and willingness of our dedicated staff and
parents. We are keen to offer our children a range of extra-curricular activities, especially
as we are a village school and several children do not have the opportunity to go into the
nearest towns to broaden their experiences.

The governors have determined a charging and remissions policy for school visits and
activities. It is important that no child is excluded from any such opportunity due to
financial reasons. In these circumstances, we ask that parents talk, in complete confidence,
to the Headteacher as help can be given. Voluntary contributions are appreciated; it is
important for parents and children to realise that if there is a serious shortfall, an activity
or visit may have to be cancelled.

                                    SCHOOL COUNCIL

We have an active school council, comprising 16 children. These children have meetings
every fortnight, and support our School Development Plan. Each councillor is linked to a
class, shares school developments with their class and also collect ideas from the
children for the council to consider. The Headteacher attends meetings, but they are
chaired by the children. This is an opportunity for the children to have a voice.
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                                  10. GENERAL MATTERS

School Session Times


Morning break        10.30—10.45 All pupils
Afternoon break      2.45—2.55   Reception and Key Stage 1 only

The Headteacher goes on duty every morning at 8.40am to greet all the children. At 8.45am a
whistle is blown and the children are invited to go into school, if they wish, for Brain Gym.
(This involves a creative activity for the children ―to wake up their brains‖ - an approach that
we feel is a very positive experience indeed.) At 8.55am a whistle is blown for all other
children to go into school for the day’s learning. Children should be at school by 8.55am at the
very latest, but must not arrive before 8.30am.

Because of our concern for each child's safety, we like to know of any changes to the usual
arrangements for his/her collection from school at 3.25pm. For the safety of our children,
and the security of the buildings, we have installed a CCTV security system, comprising
cameras all around the school, which record 24 hours a day, every day of the year. All
external doors have security catches, and cannot be opened from the outside.

Parents are asked to leave play areas, paths, entrances and cloakrooms free for the children's
use. As soon as the Headteacher is on duty in the mornings, we ask that most parents leave
the playground area and move down to the gate, so that the children can be free to enter
school independently. Any messages for the teachers can be given to the Headteacher (or
secretary) as we do not allow parents/carers into school in the mornings. We want the
teachers to be able to devote their time to the children. This works exceptionally well.

Parents are asked to park their cars in the village car park and not to drive to the school
entrance or turn in the school gateway as this is a considerable safety hazard.
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We pride ourselves on a smart, sensible uniform, which is compulsory for all
children. We expect parental support. Jumpers, cardigans, ties and summer shirts
are all on sale at school embroidered with our school name. We also have some
nearly new uniform for sale from our secretary.

Boys      Winter        White shirt
                        Grey trousers
                        Royal blue tie
                        Navy V-necked jumper
                        Navy, grey or white socks
                        Black or brown shoes

          Summer        White airtex shirts (these can be printed with
                        Sedlescombe School)
                        Grey trousers or shorts
                        No tie
                        Black or brown sandals or shoes

Girls     Winter        White shirt
                        Grey skirt, pinafore or trousers
                        Royal blue tie (same style as the boys)
                        Navy V-necked jumper or cardigan
                        Navy, grey or white socks/tights
                        Black or brown shoes

          Summer        Royal blue and white striped or checked dresses
                        Or white airtex shirts (these can be printed with
                        Sedlescombe School) and grey skirt
                        Black, brown, navy or white sandals or shoes

                       (NO trainers for daily school footwear)

PE kit                  Navy, black or white shorts/PE skirt
                        Short-sleeved T-shirt
                        Plimsolls (not trainers)

Years 3—6               Trainers/football boots for games
                        A navy or black tracksuit may be worn in cold weather
                        for outdoor games
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Playtime Snacks

We allow the children to eat fruit, raw vegetables or raisins during morning break -
no sweets, drinks or crisps.

Brain Juice

We realise the importance of children drinking plenty of fresh water throughout
the school day – to keep alert and ready to learn. Brains need a lot of water! We
have two drinking water fountains for use during playtimes, and encourage our
children to bring a bottle of water to school everyday which is available during
class lessons (and avoids the interruptions of going to the water fountains during
lessons). Water bottles can be purchased from the school office at £1 each.

Reward Systems

A variety of stickers are given to the children by the staff for good manners, trying
hard, good work, being helpful, kindness, etc. These enthuse the children and
encourage them to do their best. Children have a A4 sticker chart to fill up. House
points are awarded for a completed sticker chart. The children love this reward
system. We have a "good work" celebration weekly. Twice yearly, each class leads this
assembly to share pieces of good work with the whole school. Parents/carers are
welcome to these assemblies. Three times a year we award book tokens to three
children in every class - to those who have tried their best at work, behaviour,
manners, etc. Every class has Golden Time each week, as a reward for good behaviour.
We have termly Behaviour Books for recording disappointing incidents, and parents/
carers are contacted if a child is entered into the Behaviour Book.

SATs Achievement Awards

We award a cup to the child with the highest SATs achievement in Year 2 (KS1) and
Year 6 (KS2). The next child with the highest achievement in the individual subjects
of Literacy, Numeracy and Science is awarded a £5 book voucher. We are keen to
promote an ethos of ―It’s cool to learn‖ and reward high standards.


We have a positive approach to discipline and children are praised for good manners,
respect and good behaviour. Our sticker-chart system, and weekly Golden Time are a
part of this. We expect good standards from the children and encourage children to
be co-operative, patient, polite, respectful and caring. We use the phrase ―catch
them being good‖. We believe in praising children as much as possible. If we are
experiencing repeated difficulties with any child, we contact the parents and talk the
problem through, in order to reach a suitable solution. We have a Behaviour and
Discipline Policy for use by all members of staff.
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School Houses
The school has four house teams: Shakespeare, Curie, Newton and Nightingale. Each child is
allocated to a house, and these are incorporated into sports activities and good behaviour
awards. A record of house points is on display in our school hall.

School Newsletters
The School News (on yellow paper) is published regularly and aims to keep parents and friends
of the school informed about school matters. It comes home in children’s book bags and is
displayed on our website and on the school notice board along with other information.

The only jewellery we allow is a watch and very small earrings for pierced ears .

Head Lice
Parents are asked to check their own and their children's hair (combing vigorously twice daily)
and to take appropriate action if head lice are found. We appreciate notification to the school
secretary in these cases. Head lice is always a big problem in schools.
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All cash or cheques sent to school with children must be in labelled envelopes: child's
name, date, class, amount of money and what it is for. Children should not have
spending money at school. All monies must be given to the class teacher during
registration, i.e. at 8.55am. Children must not leave money in bags or coat pockets.

Lost Property

To avoid any articles of clothing or belongings being unclaimed, every item of clothing,
footwear, bags, pencil cases, etc. should be clearly labelled with the child's name.
This enables any item found around the school to be given to its owner. Un-named and
unclaimed items will be added to our stock of nearly new uniform after reasonable
efforts have been made to trace the owner.
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School Meals/Packed Lunches

Delicious balanced meals are prepared and cooked in our own kitchen each day, by
dedicated, hard-working staff. A menu is sent home to parents. Children may bring
packed lunches to school, or fluctuate between dinners and packed lunches. Water is
provided on all tables in the dining hall. We prefer children having packed lunches to
have water with their lunch too. The current cost of a school meal is £1.83, which is
very good value for money. Parents and friends are invited to have a school meal at
any time. The cost is £2.50 and a week's notice is required.

All dinner money must be sent in on a daily basis, in a named pot (an old film case) or
purse. The school kitchen deals with all dinner money and can accept only cash.

Parents/carers who may be eligible for free school meals should call in to see the
school secretary. All enquiries are treated in strict confidence.

                            A sample menu from a typical week
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Illness at School
When a child is ill at school, parents are contacted at home or work, and asked to collect
their child. We are sometimes able to transport a child to their parents. (If parents cannot
be contacted, we do our best to care for the child at school, but our medical room is small.)

If a child has an accident at school requiring more than simple first aid, parents will be
contacted, but if this is not possible it is our policy to take whatever action we consider
necessary to safeguard the child.

It is most important that we always have details of telephone numbers for emergencies.
Parents must inform the school secretary of any changes straight away.

If a child is absent from school, parents should telephone the school on each day of absence
by 9.30am. A note of explanation should then be given to the class teacher on return to

If a child is going to be late, parents should contact the school if possible. Our registers
are regularly monitored by our Educational Welfare Officer for absences and lateness.

Medicals/Medicines at School
Dental, medical and nursing examinations are carried out at school as a valuable back-up
service to help parents. No checks are ever carried out without parental approval.

A full medical examination takes place during each child's first year at school, which
parents are invited to attend. Sight and hearing tests take place at the same time - and
again at age eight. Re-tests will take place if necessary. Parents can request sight and
hearing tests if they are concerned. Speech therapy can be investigated for children if it is
considered necessary.

Medicines, inhalers, etc. which have to be administered to a child in school hours are to be
agreed by the Headteacher, and a detailed form must be filled in and signed by the parent
prior to the medicines coming into school. Medicines in school are discouraged as far as
possible. It is sometimes necessary for parents to come into school to administer vital
medication. Any form of vital medication needed in school would be sometimes required to
be administered by the parents themselves. Once medicines have been agreed by the
Headteacher, they must be delivered and collected by an adult. Children must not bring
medicines into school.

We are a STRICTLY NO SMOKING school, both inside the building and outside in our
school grounds.
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Holidays in term time must be avoided. They should only be taken during the 12 weeks
each year when school is closed. We discourage absences from school, as children’s
learning, progress and friendships suffer. East Sussex County Council is now establishing a
system of fines/penalties for absences due to holidays.

Charity Appeals

We receive many requests from charities, and aim to support three charities a year. This
helps to make children aware of those who need our help and support.

Equal Opportunities

Every child in our school, regardless of gender, race, religion, disability or nationality has
equal access to the curriculum and all school activities. Our school will not tolerate any
action which discriminates against any adult or child.

Volunteer Helpers

We encourage parents and friends of the school to become involved in the work of the
school. Helpers take part in a range of activities, such as hearing children read, ICT,
cooking, sewing, woodwork, mixing paints, mounting children's work, photocopying, helping
in the library, etc. The teachers and children welcome this help, and it gives parents and
friends the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of life in a busy school! We do ask
our helpers to be confidential and loyal to our children and staff. A police check (CRB) is

Our Policy on Care and Control of Pupils

If staff become aware of, or have a need to become involved in, situations where a child
may be at risk of hurting themselves or others, or if the behaviour of a child seriously
disrupts good order in the school or causes damage to property, staff may need to take
steps to intervene physically. In such circumstances, staff will follow the school’s policy.
Any parent wishing to view this policy may do so on request.

Complaints Procedure

Complaints will be dealt with thoroughly in accordance with East Sussex County Council
guidelines. Details of these arrangements are available from the school.
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                                11. OUR COMMUNITY

We value our local village community and recognise the importance of the school within
the life of the village. We have occasional lunches for the senior citizens of our village,
who come and eat with the children. These are marvellous occasions and are very well
supported. Many people from the village help the children on a regular weekly basis and
are a great asset to us. We have strong links with our Church, Roselands sheltered
accommodation, playgroups, St Michael's Hospice, St Augustine’s Nursing Home, the
village policeman and local societies. We encourage parents and villagers to have lunch
at school occasionally; and we invite them to our productions, PTA events and any
special occasions. Patients and staff from the local hospice and nursing home come to
school each term for lunch with the children. We also fundraise for the hospice every
year, especially with our ―carol singing‖ evening around the village at Christmas.

As part of our Citizenship programme we have developed a link with a school in
Dagenham, Essex. This school is in a very different community to our own and we are
learning about our similarities and differences. The children from Dagenham visit our
school each year and a class from our school visits Dagenham annually.

We have strong links with the Pestalozzi Village, which is in Sedlescombe. Students
from India and Africa spend two years based at the Village to gain qualifications.
Whilst the students are here, they spend half a day per week in local schools, and we
are delighted to have two students in our school. We also use Pestalozzi’s multicultural
resources, have opportunities to do African drumming, and visit the energy lab to do
environmental studies.

                                        OUR PTA

All parents, staff and governors automatically become members of the PTA.
Membership is also open to any interested friends of our school. There is no
membership fee. The PTA is a registered charity. The association exists to foster
good home/school relations, and to enhance the educational opportunities of our
children. Events are organised throughout the year - some fund-raising and some purely
social. The majority of events are for families; one or two are for adults only. The
support of the association and community at large, enabling the children to learn in a
well-equipped environment and to enjoy many extras, e.g. the swimming pool and items
of drama equipment.
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                          12. SCHOOL TERM DATES

Five teacher-training days are arranged each year. Details of these days will be
sent to all parents as soon as they are available.

Terms 1 and 2

School begins:            Thursday 4th September at 8.50am
Break                     Monday 27th Oct—Friday 31st Oct (inclusive)
Term 2 begins             Monday 3rd November
End of term:              Friday 19th December at 3.25pm

Terms 3 and 4

School begins:            Monday 5th January at 8.50am
Break                     Monday 16th Feb— Friday 20th Feb (inclusive)
Term 4 begins             Monday 23rd February
End of term:              Friday 3rd April at 3.25pm

Terms 5 and 6

School begins:            Monday 20th April 8.50am
Bank Holiday:             Monday 4th May
Break                     Monday 25th May—Friday 29th May (inclusive)
Term 6 begins             Monday 1st June
End of term:              Wednesday 22nd July at 3.25pm

SATs week for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 is 11th—15th May 2009.
(Children should not be taken out of school during this week.)
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It is my hope that every child at Sedlescombe CE Primary School has a happy,
successful, rewarding and enjoyable time. By developing a positive relationship
between home and school, we can work to enable good progress in all areas of
development for every child.

                             Yours sincerely,

                               Mrs M Ham

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