"A Personal letter form the Headteacher - DOC"
The Building and Site Our accommodation provides resourced classrooms, a spacious multi-purpose hall, a purpose built library, a learning support room, two networked computer suites, food technology area, and well equipped shared areas throughout the school. We benefit from extensive grounds which developed over recent years in order to maximise the learning potential for pupils as well as providing a pleasant environment. Our school benefits from having its own outdoor, heated, 20 metre swimming pool. From May to October swimming tuition takes place during the school day and, often, recreational swimming is often run by the PTA in the evenings and summer holidays. 1 „Proud to Achieve‟ How To Find Us Our school is situated in a pleasant residential area, about one mile north of the centre of Romsey. Newcomers to the district may find the directions below helpful in locating us. From the centre of Romsey and from the south, take the A31 Winchester Road from Romsey and, after passing under two railway bridges, turn left into Cupernham Lane. Turn right into Woodley Lane. At the second set of child crossing signs, marked “Cupernham Schools”, turn right into Kinver Close and right again into Bransley Close. Continue past the garages to the Cupernham site. Please park in the car park outside of the school gates. Our School is on the right as you enter the school grounds. From Winchester, turn right into Cupernham Lane after passing the BP garage at the top of the hill. From there follow the directions as in the previous paragraph. 2 „Proud to Achieve‟ Admission Policy 2009/2010 Hampshire County Council is the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled primary and secondary schools. The admission arrangements are determined by the County Council, after statutory consultations. The County Council will consider first all those applications received by the published deadline of midday on Friday 21 November 2008. Late applications (i.e. those submitted after midday 21 November 2008) will be considered after all on-time applications have been fully processed unless exceptional circumstances merit earlier consideration. Letters to parents offering a primary school place will be sent by the County Council on 23 January 2009. The published admission number (PAN) for Cupernham Junior School for 2008- 2009 is 60. For the main admission round, all preferences will be considered simultaneously and ranked in accordance with the admission criteria. If more than one school can offer a place, the parent‟s highest stated preference will be allocated. If the school is oversubscribed, places will be offered in the following priority order. Places for late applications will be allocated using the same criteria: 1. Children who are in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989. (A letter from the Children‟s Services Department confirming the child‟s status must be provided.) 2. Children or families who have a serious medical, physical or psychological condition which makes it essential that the child attends the preferred school rather than any other. (Appropriate medical or psychological evidence must be provided in support.) 3. Children living within the catchment area of the school who at the time of application have a brother or sister (including children living as siblings in the same family unit) on the roll of the preferred school or its linked infant school on the same site and who will still be on roll at the time of the sibling‟s admission. 3 „Proud to Achieve‟ 4. Children living within the catchment area of the school who live closest to the school, based on a straight line measurement from the school to the entrance of the property. 5. Children living outside the catchment area of the school who, at the time of application, have a brother or sister (including children living as siblings in the same family unit) on the roll of the preferred school or its linked infant school on the same site and who will still be on roll at the time of the sibling‟s admission. 6. Children living outside the catchment area of the school who live closest to the school, based on the measurement of a straight line from school to the entrance of the property. N.B. School Closures statement. In the event of a school closure, pupils from the closing school may be given a higher priority (for example this might include the child being treated as in- catchment) within the admission criteria for any school nominated as the receiving school. Specific arrangements will be determined by the Local Authority in accordance with School Admissions Code and will be published at the time for the specific schools affected by a particular closure. Siblings Criteria 3 and 5 includes children who at the time of application have a sibling for whom the offer of a place at the preferred school has been accepted, even if the sibling is not yet attending. Distance measurement If the school is oversubscribed from within any of the above categories, the distance criterion (see 4 and 6 above) will be used to prioritise applications. This method of prioritising admissions will also apply to any „school specific‟ criterion unless otherwise stated in the school brochure. Schools will specify in their brochure the point(s) at the school from which measurements will taken. Distances to multiple dwellings will give priority to the ground floor over the first floor and so on. On individual floors, distances will be measured to the stairs leading to the communal entrance. Multiple births If the last pupil to be offered a place within the school‟s published admission number (PAN) is a multiple birth or same cohort sibling, any further sibling will be admitted, if the parents so wish, even though this may raise the intake number above the school‟s PAN. The PAN will remain unchanged so that no other pupil will be admitted until a place becomes available within the PAN. 4 „Proud to Achieve‟ Pupils with statements of special educational needs The governors will admit any pupil whose final statement of special educational needs names the school. In-Year Fair Access placements by the local authority The local authority must ensure that all pupils are placed in schools as quickly as possible. It may therefore sometimes be necessary for a pupil to be placed by the local authority, or a local placement panel acting on behalf of the authority, in a particular school even if there is a waiting list for admission. Such placements will be made in accordance with the provisions of any protocol approved by the Admission Forum, based on government guidance. If an admission raises the number on roll above the PAN, no further pupil will be admitted from the waiting list until a place becomes available within the PAN. Waiting list When all available places have been allocated, schools will operate a waiting list. Parents who wish their child to be included on the waiting list must inform the school in writing. Any places that become available will be allocated according to the criteria of the admission policy with no account being taken of the length of time on the waiting list or any priority order expressed as part of the main admission round. In- year fair access and school closure arrangements will take priority over the waiting list. The waiting list will be reviewed and revised – each time a child is added to, or removed from, the waiting list; when a child‟s changed circumstances will affect their priority; at the end of each school year, when parents with a child on the waiting list will be contacted and asked if they wish to remain on the list for the following school year. Parents may keep their child‟s name on the waiting list of as many schools as they wish and for as long as they wish. Deferred entry to Year R Pupils reach statutory school age at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday, but, in Hampshire, most pupils are admitted as rising fives. Places for pupils whose parents wish to defer entry to Year R may be held open until the beginning of the spring term of the academic year of the child‟s fifth birthday. Places will not be reserved beyond this date. If parents of summer born rising fives wish to defer their admission until they reach statutory school age, admission will be considered for Year 1, their appropriate year group. 5 „Proud to Achieve‟ Personnel Headteacher Mr K Geary Deputy Headteacher Miss S Vittle Teaching Staff Mr J Applegarth Mrs L Emery Mrs J Farmer Mrs Daniels Miss H Liddle Miss T Payton Mr G Rouse Mrs S Schofield Miss Jewell Miss L Smith Mrs L Taylor Learning Support Staff Mrs J Chant Mrs M Monkhouse Mrs S Gard Mrs P Robertson Mrs T Fripp Mrs C Simpson Mrs L Hawkins Mrs W Storey Librarian Mrs J Chant Administrative Officer Mrs S Cooper Assistant Mrs S Merritt Caretaker Mr G Brick Cleaners Mrs M Leach Mrs J Ricketts Mrs Brown Lunchtime Staff Senior Supervisory Mrs J Chant Assistant Supervisory Assistants Mrs H Brown Mrs L Hawkins Mrs M Leach Mrs J Ricketts 6 „Proud to Achieve‟ The School Governors The school governors are:- Chair of Governors Dr Bryan Bolton, 38 Westering, Romsey Local Education Authority Representatives Mr David Edwards, 4 Bishops Court, Eastleigh Mr Andrew Tolfts, 71 Westering, Romsey Ms Louise Broomfield, 5 Warren Gardens, Romsey Parent Representatives Mr James Bastow, 7 Cedar Lawn, Romsey Mrs Elizabeth Prinsep, 9 New Road, Romsey Dr Christopher Yea, Sylvan, Belbins, Romsey Vacancy Community Governors Dr John Darby, 5 Heather view Close, North Baddesley Mr Mike Richardson, Mareda, 5 Cupernham Lane, Romsey WPC Wendy Steward, Hedge End Police Station, Hedge End, Southampton Mr Timothy Glenton, 2 Kingsglover Cottages, Romsey Road, Kings Sombourne Headteacher Mr Kelvin Geary, Cupernham Junior School Staff Representatives:- Mrs Sara Schofield, Cupernham Junior School Miss Sarah Vittle, Cupernham Junior School Clerk Mrs Sue Cooper, Cupernham Junior School Partnership With Parents 7 „Proud to Achieve‟ As parents, you can help your child to gain confidence and achieve success in many ways. Some of them are listed here - not in order of importance. See yourself and the school as partners in education. Keep in touch with the school at every opportunity. Help your child to be organised by:- naming everything she/he brings to school sending any money in a clearly labelled envelope checking for notes regularly and returning slips as requested. Take an interest in what happens each day and use the home reading guideline (see page 15). Telephone or send a note if your child is absent. Keep the school informed about special circumstances such as medical and personal needs. We value the importance of good liaison with parents and offer opportunities for this. If you have a concern which you would like to raise with a class teacher please contact the school office. We arrange formal consultations for progress reports in the Autumn and Spring Term with a written report given in the Summer Term. Policy on Dress 8 „Proud to Achieve‟ Children at Cupernham Junior School are proud to wear their uniform. We believe it fosters a sense of belonging and encourages children to feel part of the school community. The vast majority of parents value the existence of our uniform and we are pleased to see that this is maintained. The predominant colour is royal blue. Boys Wear White/pale blue shirt Grey trouser/shorts Plain socks Black/royal striped tie* Royal blue jumper* Sensible shoes (not trainers) Girls Wear White/pale blue blouse Grey skirt or trousers Tights or socks . Black/royal striped tie* Royal blue cardigan/jumper* Sensible shoes (not trainers) Pale blue/white checked or striped dress (Summer) Boys P.E. Wear White T-shirt* Black shorts* Girls P.E. Wear White T-shirt* Black shorts* Dark tracksuits are optional for outdoor use only Items marked with an * are available from the school office. PLEASE MARK ALL CLOTHING WITH YOUR CHILD‟S NAME School Meal Provision HC3S, our school caterers, offer a healthy meat or vegetarian option everyday. Children make their choice 9 „Proud to Achieve‟ each morning. Meals should be paid for will have access during the school day. in advance. Money for any such meals that will be required during the week, should, if possible, be brought in on Homework Monday in a marked envelope. The present cost is £1.90 per day (£9.50 Class teachers set homework in line per week). with our agreed policy. All children are encouraged to take home school reading Children may bring sandwich lunches. books. Parents are asked to encourage These are eaten in the hall under children not only to read to them but supervision. We ask you to make sure also to talk about books. The learning drinks are provided in a safe container of spellings and multiplication tables is (not glass). also a weekly expectation. Copies of our Homework Policy and Guidelines are Free Meal Entitlement included at the back of this prospectus. Children are entitled to free meals if their families are in receipt of Income Lost Property Support or Child Tax Credits. If you think that your children may be entitled Children are encouraged to care for to free meals, please ask at the school their own property in school and we ask office for details. that parents mark items with their child‟s name. We cannot be held responsible for items lost in school. Break Time Snack Freshly baked bread rolls, a glass of milk or fruit juice and fruit are available from the kitchen at morning playtime at a cost of 25p. The only snack children are allowed to bring in for break time is fruit. Parents‟ Cars Access to Water Parents are requested not to bring cars Research shows that drinking inside the gates. The danger to sufficient water is necessary children is too great. Please use to assist children‟s learning. the car park on the left at For this reason we encourage the approach to the children to bring bottles of school. Parents water to school to which they collecting children from 10 „Proud to Achieve‟ school are asked not to obstruct the the proposed arrangements in advance. approach roads or neighbours‟ Please return all acknowledgement slips driveways. promptly. For transport to offsite activities the local Authority has automatic insurance cover for compulsory cancellation, injury and Charging Policy illness, loss of money and personal property. A copy of the insurance In accordance with the Education certificate detailing the extent of the Reform Act, charges are not normally cover is available from the school. Only made for any activity which takes place coaches with seatbelts fitted are used in school hours but voluntary for educational visits and all educational contributions may be invited. We visits and journeys are organised in inform in advance when contributions accordance with Hampshire County are to be requested. Council guidance and regulations. There may be a Children will be seated one to a seat in charge for the supply all cases. of ingredients or materials for a finished product when parents have indicated in Class Organisation advance that they wish to own the item. Charges may be made for activities Children are grouped into classes of provided wholly or mainly outside school mixed ability. Keeping class numbers to hours when these activities are an an acceptably low level is a priority. We optional extra. A charge of £20 per resolve the difficulties of uneven year term is made for pupils undertaking groups in the most beneficial and musical instrument tuition. practical way as they occur. School Houses Children are divided into four “houses” on entry to the school. They are named after trees found within our grounds – Educational Visits Birch, We make use of educational visits to extend children‟s learning where it is appropriate. When arrangements are made for pupils to leave the school site to participate in activities elsewhere (e.g. for an educational visit) the pupil‟s parents will normally be given details of Oak, 11 „Proud to Achieve‟ this will then be recorded in your child‟s annual report. Jewellery Pine Jewellery is not allowed in school for safety reasons. Children may and Walnut. wear watches, as long as parents are happy that they can be responsible for them. Children with The vertical groupings for houses pierced ears should wear STUD facilitate small assembly groups, earrings only. All earrings MUST be sporting activity groups and the removed by the child for games, P.E. opportunity for “competition” in the and swimming lessons. best sense of the word. Medical Attendance and Absence In the case of accidents or sickness of a child, first aid is School sessions are from 8.50 am until given for minor accidents. 12.15 pm and 1.15 pm until 3.20 pm. If further treatment is Children should not be on the premises necessary we try to before 8.30 am. When a child is absent contact a parent and/or a note of explanation should be sent on arrange for the child to be taken to or before the day of return to school. hospital Casualty Department. A telephone message from parents is an acceptable alternative. When a doctor Medicine has stated that a child has a notifiable disease, we would be grateful for early information by telephone or letter. Our normal policy is that no medicine should be brought into school. If If a child leaves school for medical or exceptional circumstances exist where dental appointments it is assumed that the taking of medicine at school is the parent has made the necessary unavoidable, these should be discussed arrangements and takes full with the school. responsibility. We do not allow children to leave during the school day unaccompanied. Please collect your Asthma child from the reception area. Where a note or telephone call is not Medical opinion received after an absence it has to be encourages children recorded as an unauthorised absence, to be responsible for 12 „Proud to Achieve‟ any necessary inhaler. These should, to all parents. If you are interested in therefore, be kept by the pupil to use taking a more active role please contact as required. Any parent who has the P.T.A. secretary via the school concerns about this arrangement should office. discuss it with the Headteacher. Sport Secondary Transfer Sporting activity has always been At the end of the summer term of the important to our school and will continue year in which they are eleven, on or to be so in the future. before 31st August, children transfer to a secondary school. Early in the final Our main aim is to maximise the year at Cupernham, the parents of all sporting opportunities for pupils both children concerned will receive a within the curriculum and through booklet that outlines the provision for extra-curricular activities. secondary education in the area, and We believe that the procedure for applying for a school competition within place. the school, as well as between ourselves and neighbouring schools, is important and helps to teach children valuable lessons of fairness, determination, good sportsmanship and winning and losing. Parent / Teacher Association This association exists to foster good relationships between staff and parents as well as to engage in supportive activities which promote the welfare of pupils and assist the provision of educational resources. Extra-Curricular Activities There is no annual subscription, and Regular extra-curricular activities are notice of all P.T.A. events is circulated offered at different times throughout 13 „Proud to Achieve‟ the school year. Examples of these include: Computers, samba drums, football, netball, gymnastics, French, golf, rugby, Cross country, cricket, rounders, choir, gardening, swimming and wake up club. Guidelines for Home Reading The main aim is to ENCOURAGE children to read. This applies to readers of all abilities. It is therefore, most important to make reading a PLEASURE. Parents or other adult readers can help by making sure that: Reading happens in a comfortable place without distractions. Sessions are regular and not too long. There is time for discussion (about pictures, words and stories) A variety of reading material is offered: stories are not the only sources of interest. Repetition of books/stories is included. Different kinds of support are used to suit the need (e.g. listening, reading together, taking turns and reading to). The child succeeds - even if it is only in comprehension at times. Remember 14 „Proud to Achieve‟ The best way to help your child when “stuck” is to PAUSE then PROMPT then PRAISE This means Give him/her time to look and think. See if the picture or context or rest of the sentence helps. Sometimes sound out the first part of the word. Sometimes simply tell him/her the word in order to keep the flow. Quiet praise encourages further effort. Building confidence is essential. Do not rush on to more difficult books. Even good readers need plenty of practice at the level they are reading comfortably. Easy reading encourages fluency, difficult books cause frustration. Whatto do before reading with your child. Find somewhere quiet. Make it an enjoyable experience for both of you. If beginning a new book ask your child why they chose it and spend a few minutes discussing what they think the story will be about. If continuing a story spend a few minutes discussing what has happened so far, what has happened to the main characters and predicting what will happen next. Children who need support with reading. If your child is stuck on a word you could try one of the following: Let them read on. They may be able to work out the word from the rest of the sentence. Point to a picture if it helps them with the meaning. Give them the first or last sound and see if they can read the word. Sometimes read the word for them to keep the flow. Read along with them for encouragement. Regular short sessions are best, about ten to fifteen minutes. Praise your child for reading well! Children who are competent, fluent readers. Help with the meaning of individual words – use a dictionary. Discuss the characters and story development – how settings and characters are portrayed in stories. Give opportunities to share their opinions about their book. Ask questions which will help them to find deeper meaning in the text rather than just the literal meaning. 15 „Proud to Achieve‟ Help them to understand the differences between fact and opinion in non- fiction texts. Activities which will enhance your child‟s progress in reading. Visit the public library. Let them see you reading. Read stories together and talk about them. Read with them and talk about ideas in:- information books, newspapers, magazines. Encourage them to read everyday print for instance: manuals, catalogues, TV guides. Cupernham Junior School Child Protection Policy Cupernham Junior School fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection. Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school. There are five main elements to our policy: Ensuring we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children. Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe. Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse: emotional, psychological, physical and sexual. Supporting pupils who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan. Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop. We recognise that because of the day to day contact with children, school staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The school will therefore: 16 „Proud to Achieve‟ Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to. Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried. Include opportunities in the PSHE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse. We will follow the procedures set out by Hampshire County Council and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Education and Skills to: Ensure we have a designated senior person for child protection who has received appropriate training and support for this role. Ensure we have a nominated governor responsible for child protection. Ensure every member of staff (including temporary and supply staff and volunteers) and governing body knows the name of the designated senior person responsible for child protection and their role. Ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated senior person responsible for child protection. Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the school and staff for child protection by setting out its obligations in the school prospectus. Notify social services if there is an unexplained absence of more than two days of a pupil who is on the child protection register. Develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at case conferences. Keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately. Ensure all records are kept securely, separate from the main pupil file, and in locked locations. Develop and then follow procedures where an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer. Ensure safe recruitment practices are always followed. We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame. The school may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk. When at school their behaviour may be challenging and 17 „Proud to Achieve‟ defiant or they may be withdrawn. The school will endeavour to support the pupil through: The content of the curriculum. The school ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and gives pupils a sense of being valued. The school behaviour policy which is aimed at supporting vulnerable pupils in the school. The school will ensure that the pupil knows that some behaviour is unacceptable but they are valued and not to be blamed for any abuse which has occurred. Liaison with other agencies that support the pupil such as social services, Child and Adult Mental Health Service, education welfare service and educational psychology service. Ensuring that, where a pupil on the child protection register leaves, their information is transferred to the new school immediately and that the child‟s social worker is informed. Use of CRB checks for parents/volunteers and governors We recognise that parents and other volunteers perform a vital role within everyday school life and that allowing a range of visitors access can enrich the school ethos. We are committed to ensuring that all parents, volunteers and governors are aware of their responsibilities and what is expected of them in regard to child protection. This is done through the following: Ensure all parents/volunteers and governors agree to the schools „do‟s and don‟t when working with children‟ Ensuring appropriate supervision of parents/ volunteers and governors when working with children Ensure all parents/volunteers with unsupervised access („unsupervised‟ is as deemed by professionals) are CRB checked. All unsupervised access situations will be risk assessed. Ensure any parents/volunteers transporting children (as part of school business) other than their own are CRB checked. Code of Conduct 18 „Proud to Achieve‟ “DO‟s” AND “DON‟T‟s” OF WORKING WITH CHILDREN AT CUPERNHAM JUNIOR SCHOOL It is essential that all staff working in schools are conscious of how they should conduct themselves to minimise the risk of finding themselves as the subject of any child protection processes. Any issues will be treated in the strictest confidence. “DO‟s” Read and follow the school‟s child protection procedures Report to the Headteacher any concerns about child welfare/safety Report to the Headteacher any concerns about the conduct of other school staff/volunteers/contractors Record in writing all relevant incidents Work in an open and transparent way Discuss and report any incidents of concern or that might lead to concerns being raised about your conduct towards a child. Report to the Headteacher any incidents that suggest a pupil may be infatuated with you or taking an above normal interest in you. Dress appropriately for your role Avoid physical contact with children Allow children to change clothes with levels of respect and privacy appropriate to their age, gender, culture and circumstances. Use humour to defuse difficult situations Avoid working in one-to-one situations with children Ask for support if faced with challenging behaviour “DON‟T‟s” Take any action that would lead a reasonable person to question your motivation and/or intentions Misuse in any way your position of power and influence over children Use any confidential information about a child to intimidate, humiliate or embarrass a child Engage in activities out of school that might compromise your position within school Don‟t use physical restraint: report any issues to a member of staff Give personal gifts to children Communicate with pupils in inappropriate ways. 19 „Proud to Achieve‟ Arrange to meet with pupils in closed rooms Use physical punishment of any kind Confer special attention on one child unless this is part of an agreed school plan or policy Transport pupils in your own vehicle without prior management approval Abuse your position of trust with pupils Take photos of children unless specifically requested by a member of staff Allow boundaries to be unsafe in more informal settings such as trips out, out of school activities etc. Review: January 2009 20 „Proud to Achieve‟