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					  Welcome to Albourne Church of England Primary School.




Albourne is a thriving village school serving a wide rural community,
situated in delightful surroundings at the foot of the Downs. We
have an enthusiastic, highly motivated staff committed to a caring,
child-centred Christian ethos. We offer skilled teaching, a creative
curriculum and high academic standards as well as concentrating on
the education of the whole child. We care for each child’s needs
within a family context of firm yet sensitive guidance

We hope this prospectus will give you a ‘feel’ for the life and work of
the school and for the caring and friendly atmosphere I know you will
find here. You are, of course, very welcome to come and look around
for yourself; just ring the office to arrange a convenient time.

Gail McNay
Headteacher
                                 WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

                   Albourne Church of England (Controlled) Primary School
                   Albourne
                   Hassocks
                   West Sussex
                   BN6 9DH

                   Tel: 01273 832003
                   Fax: 01273 835569
                   Email: office@albourne.w-sussex.sch.uk
                   School website: www.albourne.w-sussex.sch.uk

                   Headteacher: Mrs. Gail McNay
                   Chair of Governors: Mr Matthew Cutress




Local Authority                                          Pupil Admissions Office
Mr. Charlie Stewart                                      Centenary House
Director Operations - Learning                           County Buildings
County Hall                                              Woodfield Road
Chichester                                               Crawley
West Sussex                                              West Sussex
PO19 1RF                                                 RH10 8GP
(Mr Stewart can be contacted through the school)         Tel: 08450 751007
                                                         Fax: 01293 895182
                                                         Email: admissions@westsussex.gov.uk


The information in this prospectus relating to Albourne Church of England Primary School is published in accordance with
the Education (School Information) Regulations 1998 for the school year 2008/2009

The particulars contained in this prospectus were correct at July 2009. It must not be assumed that there will be no
change before the start of or during the said year or in relation to subsequent years.
At Albourne we aim to

   encourage each member of the school community to achieve
    their full learning potential
   encourage independence, self-esteem and creativity in a safe
    learning environment.
   create an atmosphere in which every individual is respected and
    valued by themselves and others.
   encourage spiritual and moral values within a Christian
    framework.
   make our learning purposeful and fun.


The children have also negotiated a code of Golden Rules which we
all try hard to keep.

     We are gentle and kind.       We don’t hurt others and we don’t hurt their
     feelings.
     We   look after property. We don’t waste or damage things.
     We   are honest. We don’t cover up the truth.
     We   listen; we are polite. We don’t interrupt and we show good manners.
     We   work hard. We don’t waste others’ time.
     We   are calm and sensible. We don’t run in the building or cause danger
     to others.



                    An Introduction to our School

The first school in Albourne started in 1844, near St Bartholomew’s
Church. It moved to its present site in the early 1960’s. We are a
Church of England school, and our links with the church contribute to
our caring, Christian ethos. The village rector, Father David Swyer,
regularly works with the children and leads assemblies.

The school building has gradually been extended and improved over
the years. We have an extra large Early Years base, including an
enclosed outdoor area. Classrooms are well equipped and attractive,
with well-presented displays and role play areas. ICT is an important
element of our teaching, and we have a good range of equipment,
including computers and an Interactive Whiteboard in each
classroom as well as a set of lap-tops for use throughout the school.
The school hall is used by all classes for Dance, Drama, P.E. and
Music as well as for assemblies. The newly re-furbished Library is
well stocked and provides an additional quiet teaching area. We have
an attractive ‘Quiet Room’ for individual and small group teaching.

We are particularly lucky to be situated in the heart of the
countryside, surrounded by fields and hills. The school grounds have
gardens, different areas for play, including two playgrounds, a
gazebo and quiet areas, and a school field marked out for sports
activities. We use our school grounds and surrounding area as much
as we can to enrich the curriculum, particularly in subjects such as
art, science, geography and maths.
                         Organisation of Classes

The school has around 190 pupils on roll, organised into 7 classes.

Lower School
Class                    Year group                Class teacher
Robins                   Reception                 Miss Sparkes
                         (Foundation Stage)
Wagtails                 Year 1 (Key Stage 1)      Miss Main
Skylarks                 Year 2 (Key Stage 1)      Mrs Williams & Mrs
                                                   Mapp

Upper School
Class                    Year group           Class teacher
Kingfishers              Year 3 (Key Stage 2) Mrs Fowler
Swallows                 Year 4 (Key Stage 2) Ms Evans
Woodpeckers              Year 5 (Key Stage 2) Mrs Moyse & Mrs
                                              Mapp
Kestrels                 Year 6 (Key Stage 2) Mrs Riddiough
All teachers are entitled to 10% of their teaching time as non-contact time in
order to carry out planning, preparation and assessment tasks. In each class we
ensure this is covered by the same person and at the same time each week, in
order to ensure consistency for the children.
Teaching Staff

Mrs. G. McNay                   Headteacher
Mrs. L. Williams                Deputy Headteacher
Ms. A. Evans
Mrs. C. Fowler
Miss L. Main
Mrs. G. Mapp
Mrs. J. Moyse
Mrs B. Riddiough
Miss R. Sparkes
Mrs. R. Underwood               SENCo (0.4)



Classroom Support Staff
Mrs. D. Chessel                       Mrs. E. Price
Mrs. L. Dowling                       Mrs. S. Procter
Mrs. S. Eagles                        Mrs. L. Ritchie
Mrs. F. Fisher                        Mrs D. Smith
Mr. J. Haslip (ICT Technician)        Mrs. F. Tagarsi
Mrs. N. Jolley                        Mrs. A. Wood
Mrs E. Mosely

(Support staff also take on lunchtime supervisor duties)




Office and Premises Staff
Mrs. G. Benyon           Office Manager/Bursar
Mrs. J. Liebers          Secretary
Mrs L. Crick             Clerk to the Governors
Mr. M. Stenning          Caretaker
                            The School Governors

LEA Governors                        Parent Governors
Mrs. C. Jeanne                       Mrs. C. Dale
Mrs. E. Peters                       Ms. R. Freeman
                                     Mr. P. King
Foundation Governors                 Mr. C. Langridge
(appointed by the Church)            Mrs. L. Powell
Rev. D. Swyer
Mrs. J. Gratton
Mr. A. Morris
Community Governors                  Staff Governors
Mr. M. Cutress (Chairman)            Mrs. G. McNay
Mrs. L. Smith                        Mrs. G. Benyon
                                     Mrs. R. Underwood

Governors work with the Headteacher to make decisions about how the school is
run. They meet as a body at least twice a term and conduct detailed business
through a series of committees.

Albourne Governors are a dedicated team who share a real concern and interest
in the life and work of the school.



                            The PTA Committee


Sarah Birt                          Amanda Jenkins(Chairperson)
Dave Buckler                        Pam Langridge (Secretary)
Charlotte Dale                      Gail McNay (Headteacher)
Kerry Escott (Treasurer)            Felicity Tagarsi
Caroline Fowler (Teacher Rep)       Elaine Wakely
Sam Hawthorne                       Jenny Wise
                           The Curriculum

Learning at Albourne is a very active experience. We aim for our
children to become fully immersed in everything they do, and we
make full use of drama, computer programmes and video clips as well
as real experiences to make this happen.

Children in the Reception class follow the Early Years Foundation
Stage curriculum, which is divided into 6 areas of learning: Literacy,
Numeracy, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Creative
development, Physical development and Social and Emotional
development. In other year groups, our teaching covers all National
Curriculum subjects and RE.

Each class works on a central theme for the term. Teachers firstly
spend time finding out what the children already know and what they
would like to find out, and then share the planning with them in the
form of a ‘learning journey’. Wherever possible subjects are linked
together, although there are some skills that need to be taught
separately. Our children are encouraged to be independent learners
who think about how they learn best.

The school is committed to its Equal Opportunities Policy in
delivering the curriculum and in all areas of school life. We
acknowledge and value differences and aim to provide access to
learning for all children. We endeavour to create an environment in
which all pupils can thrive, through an understanding and appreciation
among the whole school community that we all learn in different
ways.


            Religious Education and Collective Worship

Albourne is a church school and our whole ethos reflects the
importance of Christian values. R.E. is taught within the school in a
variety of ways, fostering an understanding and knowledge of the
Christian religion and other religions, promoting respect and a caring
attitude to other people and to the environment. An act of Collective
Worship of a broadly Christian nature is an important part of each
school day.
Parents and carers have a right to withdraw their children from
Religious Education lessons and assemblies and should inform the
Headteacher if this is their wish so that alternative arrangements
can be made

                           Sex Education

Sex education is taught within the context of PSHCE (Personal,
Social, Health and Citizenship Education), following West Sussex
guidelines, and is also part of the National Curriculum for Science.
This part of the curriculum is generally taught by the class teacher,
who will have built a relationship of trust and respect with the class.
As with all areas of the curriculum, parents and carers are welcome
to come and talk to staff about the content of the sex education
curriculum. Those with strong objections, particularly if related to a
religious belief, have a right to withdraw their children from this
part of the curriculum. Anyone who wishes to do so should contact
the Headteacher so that alternative arrangements can be made.
Our Sex and Relationships Policy is available from the school on
request.
                            Pupils’ Progress

We aim to involve parents and carers fully in the education of their
children. If you have a child in one of the younger classes you will
have regular, informal contact with the teacher at the beginning and
end of the school day. All teachers can be available after school to
see parents and discuss their children’s progress. Please ring for an
appointment if you have something you would like to discuss. We feel
strongly that even the smallest worries should not be left
unresolved, as these may upset the child.

We follow a policy of continuous assessment for all children,
monitoring their progress, diagnosing difficulties and developing
their successes. You will be formally invited into school to discuss
your child’s progress at least once each term, for consultation
evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms and for our Open afternoon
in the Summer term, and we will contact you at other times if we
have concerns. A written report is sent to parents each July. This
includes National Curriculum Test results for pupils in Years 2 and 6.
During a child’s first year the Early Years Learning Journal is
completed, through the normal course of observations and activities.




                 Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Pupils may experience special needs or need extra support at any
time during their education. Their needs are identified through a
series of measures including observing them in the classroom,
diagnostic testing and through close liaison between class teachers,
our Inclusion Co-ordinator and parents.
Our teachers are skilled in providing support for children of all
abilities and needs within the classroom, and we also have skilled,
trained support staff who are able to deliver specialist programmes
to individuals or small groups, in particular to meet the needs of
pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia.
Reasonable adjustments will always be made for pupils with
disabilities and our pupils’ special needs are always carefully
considered when preparing for educational visits and transition to
new schools.
Support for SEN pupils is recorded on an Individual Education Plan
which will be shared with both the pupil and their parents or carers.
We work closely with a variety of outside agencies such as the
Speech and Language Therapy and Educational Psychology services to
gain advice and resources for our pupils.

                     Gifted and Talented Pupils

As a school we aim to meet the needs of all our pupils, enabling every
individual to achieve their potential. Rigorous assessment procedures
enable us to identify pupils who are very able or talented, either in
one particular aspect of curriculum or across the board. Class
teachers plan for these pupils so that they experience learning which
matches their ability. Questioning is used to challenge the more able
thinker, and enrichment opportunities allow the pupil to explore a
topic in added depth, or to apply their learning in more complex ways,
encouraging their creativity and intellectual curiosity. Advice on
provision for able pupils may be sought from subject specialist staff,
county advisers and staff at the local secondary school. We also
make applications each term to the West Sussex Enrichment
Programme for Gifted and Talented Pupils, which provides a range of
extra-curricular activities.




Since 2007 we have gained two ‘Green Flags’, after lots of hard work
led by our School Council.

This award shows that we all work together to try to conserve our
planet’s resources. Each class in our school takes responsibility for
one part of the Eco Schools project, and we have regular events that
remind us of the need to look after our world.

     We compost all of our fruit and vegetable waste, and use the
     compost in our school garden.
     We try to keep the area around our school safe by making sure
     adults park safely.
     We work together to make our school grounds interesting and
     attractive, and litter-free!
     We do lots of our learning outside in our beautiful school
     grounds.
     We are Eco Detectives – we make sure we turn off lights and
     appliances when they are not needed, close doors etc, to
     conserve energy.
     We are Recyclers! We collect our waste paper for recycling
     each week.
     We are gardeners! We now have a gardening club, and each
     class does some growing.
Since 2007 we have had National Healthy School status. This award
reflects the work we have been doing to ensure our children are healthy
while they are at Albourne, and also to help them learn how to live a
healthy lifestyle as they grow up.

Our children stay healthy at school because they are encouraged to:

   Take part in vigorous physical activity.
  Besides PE lessons our younger classes have lots of opportunities for
  physical play, using bikes and other equipment outside. Our older
  classes take part in ‘Fit Kids’ sessions each week, and everyone is
  encouraged have active playtimes.

   Eat healthily
  All pupils are able to have a fruit or vegetable snack at morning play,
  provided we have received your permission for them to do so. This is
  funded through the NHS for children up to Year 2, and parents of
  older pupils are asked to contribute towards the cost. Alternatively,
  pupils may bring their own fruit, vegetable or cheese snack for mid
  morning.
  This year we will be offering hot meals at lunch time, although pupils
  may choose to bring their own packed lunches. Children are encouraged
  to bring a healthy mix of sandwiches and fresh fruit and vegetables.

   Drink to think
  Research has shown that our brains need hydrating regularly. Children
  should bring a sports bottle of water to school each day, which they
  can have in the classroom to use throughout the day. This should be
  separate to their lunchtime drink.

*PLEASE NOTE: We do have some children with allergies in school. Please
DO NOT send products containing nuts into school.
                              Homework
Homework in some form is set throughout the school – it may be just
to bring in an object beginning with a certain letter in the Reception
class or, for Year 6, it may be a piece of extended research on a
particular topic. The purposes of setting homework are

   To promote the partnership between home and school.
   To encourage children to develop independent learning skills,
    creativity and initiative.
   To extend learning beyond the classroom.

Younger children bring home an ‘Ask me about . . . ‘ book, which gives
you information about the learning they have been doing in the
classroom and allows you to do just what it says – ask them about it!
You may then be able to share books with them or take them
somewhere that extends the learning, with the added advantage of
involving the whole family.

For older children the homework becomes a little more formal, and
they will have a homework diary in which to write the tasks they
have been set. Reading or sharing books with others is part of the
homework for each child each week.


                   Links with Parents and Carers
At Albourne we believe firmly in the partnership between home and
school. We believe your child’s education is a shared responsibility
and we try hard to involve you as much as possible, by keeping you
informed about your child’s progress and making you feel welcome in
the school.
Newsletters are sent out regularly and, for younger children, it is a
good idea to check their book bag each day. You will also be invited in
to school regularly, for consultation evenings, open afternoons,
special assemblies and services, productions and many other events.
We also welcome parents and other friends of the school who are
willing to help on a voluntary basis in a variety of ways, such as
assisting in the classrooms or with clubs, or accompanying school
trips.
There are times when families feel they need additional support
from the school, and we will always do whatever we can to help.



                        Albourne School PTA
All parents and carers are automatically members of our very active
Parent Teacher Association. The PTA organises a variety of events
throughout the school year, either for the children’s enjoyment or to
raise money. Recently the funds they have raised have bought us a
wide range of extra resources for the classrooms and subsidised the
cost of educational visits or each class. Their most recent project
has been to help us carry out the refurbishment of our school
library, and they are now raising money to support our grounds
development.

                           Child Protection
Albourne School is committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of
the children in our care. All members of staff, governors and
voluntary helpers are subject to an enhanced CRB check.
Occasionally situations arise where a child may appear to be at
serious risk of physical injury, neglect or emotional or sexual abuse.
In such cases, West Sussex Child Protection guidelines will be
followed.

                      Admission Arrangements

The Admissions Policy of the school is common to all County Schools
in West Sussex. Parents of pupils due to start school in September
2009 will receive an information booklet and application form in the
week beginning 7th September 2008. You must complete the
application form or apply on line for a school place for your child. If
you have not received a pack or have other queries you should email
admissions@westsussex.gov.uk or call 0845 075 1007. Applications
should be made by Friday 6th November 2008.
If you live outside West Sussex and wish to apply for a place in this
county, you can do so by completing our application form. Please email
or telephone to request an application form, or apply online.
   Children are admitted to the school in the September of the
    academic year in which they are five. Children who are five
    between 1st September and 31st December will attend full-time.
   Children who are five between 1st January and 31st August will
    usually attend part-time, for mornings only, during the Autumn
    Term, and full-time thereafter.
   Anyone seeking admission for a child between five and eleven
    should also apply to Admissions Office.


                    Starting School at Albourne

In the Summer Term before they are five the children are invited to
a programme of pre-school visits where they are able to spend time
in the Reception classroom and begin to get to know the school and
their teacher. Parents and carers are also invited to an information
evening, when we explain procedures and answer any questions you
may have. At the beginning of the Autumn term, the Reception Class
teacher will make an appointment with you, to give them an
opportunity to talk to you about your child and to get to know them a
little better.

Children who join the school after they are five will be invited to
spend some time in their new class before they transfer.

                              Moving on

We place great importance on links with local secondary schools, and
liaise particularly closely with Downlands Community School in
Hassocks. Year 6 pupils visit their secondary school during the
second half of the Summer Term. They attend lessons, have a school
lunch, meet some of their teachers and become familiar with the
buildings. Secondary school staffs also visit the pupils here.
Throughout the school year there is considerable liaison between the
staff of the two schools. In the past years we have taken groups of
pupils to Downlands for technology challenges, Maths quizzes, school
plays and to take part in a Science Fair.

                            The School Day

Children may arrive at school from 8.45, and must not be left
unattended in the playground before this time.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children may go straight into their
classrooms from 8.45.

8.55        Whistle is blown for Upper School pupils to line up in the
             playground
9.00        Registration
10.15       Fit Kids for Upper School pupils (Monday and Wednesday)
10:30       Playtime
10:45       Assembly (Monday – Wednesday)
On Thursdays and Fridays, assemblies are held at 10.20, and playtime
takes place straight afterwards.
12.00 – 1.10      Lower school lunchtime
12.30 – 1.30      Upper school lunchtime
2.45 – 2.55       Lower school playtime
3.25              End of school day


At the end of the day Lower School children are taken to the front
entrance of the school, where they are handed over to the adult collecting
them. Upper School children walk through the playground and should also
be met at the front entrance. Parents and carers are asked to collect
their children promptly at the end of the school day. Please let us know if
anyone else is collecting your child

Children under eight years old are entitled to free travel to and from
school if they live more than two miles from their designated school.
Children over eight years are also entitled if they live more than three
miles distant. Two coaches serve the school, one from the Poynings/
Pyecombe area and one from the Truslers Hill area. Children outside the
designated area must make their own way to school. Further information is
available from the Transport Coordination Group based in The Grange,
Chichester:       Telephone number 01243 753530
                  Email: school.transport@westsussex.gov.uk
                               Parking

Parking around the school is limited and can be a problem. Our first
priority is, of course, the safety of the children, and for this reason
we ask that parents do not drive into the school grounds at the
beginning or end of the school day.
Please park, and walk into school with your child, or drop them off at
the crossing point outside the school entrance. For safety, it is
advised to drop your child on the same side of the road as the school
gates. Please do not stop directly on the crossing.

Please also encourage your child to walk through the Millennium
Garden or the path alongside the drive, to avoid walking next to the
driveway.

Parking is available in the village hall car park at both ends of the
school day. If you park in one of the roads near to school, we ask
that you do not block driveways to the houses.


                           School Uniform

We have a school uniform that all children wear.

     White polo shirt or blouse, with or without the school logo
     Navy jumper, cardigan or sweatshirt with school logo
     Plain grey or navy trousers, smart shorts or skirts (jogging
     pants, sports shorts and leggings are not acceptable)
     Blue and white (checked or striped) summer dress
     Sensible black, brown or blue shoes, not trainers or boots

For P.E. children should have the following kit in a P.E. bag clearly
marked with the child’s name.

     Navy shorts
     White T-shirt
     Plimsolls
     Trainers or football boots
     Tracksuit (optional)

School kit is provided for inter-school football matches.

Sweatshirts, white polo shirts, T-shirts, baseball caps, P.E. bags and
book bags with the school logo can all be purchased from the school
office.

One of the most important things we ask parents to do when
their child starts school is to

                   PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING!




          Positive Behaviour and our Anti-Bullying Policy

At Albourne we aim to foster positive relationships between every
member of the school community, believing that respect and
consideration should be shown at all times to others and that
children should learn to live together in a larger social unit. The
emphasis is on encouraging positive behaviour, reflecting the
Christian ethos of our school.
The children have negotiated Golden Rules, and will be the first to
tell you that we should ‘do unto others as you would have them do
unto you.’ They can earn ‘positive petals’ for politeness and kindness,
which are displayed in the school entrance. All classes have a free
choice session known as ‘Golden Time’ for half an hour on Friday
afternoon as a reward for good behaviour. Each class teacher
nominates a ‘Citizen of the Week’. There are also class reward
systems, and certificates for good learning. Equally, there are
sanctions for children who do not behave appropriately, including loss
of Golden Time or missing part of playtime. If a child’s behaviour
begins to cause concern, we will involve parents and carers at an
early stage and work with them to decide on a joint plan of action.
Our school Behaviour Charter is sent out to all new parents, and
additional copies are available on request. This includes the school’s
expectation of behaviour and the procedures and sanctions to deal
with pupils who make the wrong choices. The use of ‘circle time’ in
classrooms provides opportunities to develop personal and social
skills. We are also able to offer advice to parents on the methods
used in school to promote positive behaviour.


         Extra-Curricular Activities and Community Links
We try, as much as possible, to use the local area and local people to
enrich the learning we offer the children. Albourne children, staff
and parents are often seen walking around the village, whether it is
the Reception children going on ‘Wellie Walks’ on alternate
Wednesdays or an older group studying local history or sketching
houses and buildings. Recent visits have included Fishbourne Roman
Villa, Plumpton Agricultural College and Drusilla’s Zoo Park, and the
whole school visited Herstmonceux Science Centre together in the
summer, as the starting point for our Enrichment Week. Older
children are also offered a bi-annual residential trip, last time to
Osmington Bay in Dorset.
Visitors are regularly welcomed to our school. Recently the children
have taken part in dance workshops, been entertained by groups of
musicians and visiting writers and been delighted to share war-time
memories.
Sporting activities are an important part of our provision, including
inter-school matches and competitions in cricket, basketball,
swimming, netball, football and athletics. A variety of clubs are also
available, including drama, chess and Multi-Sports. There are
additional opportunities to take part in clubs with other local schools,
as part of the Extended Schools programme.
We hope children will leave our school with a firm grounding in all
areas of the curriculum, confident in their own abilities, eager to
learn and with their experiences of life enriched and fulfilled.
                    Adding a Global Dimension


At Albourne we believe it is very important for our pupils to grow up
with an awareness of the wider world in which they live. They study
many different countries and cultures as part of their learning, and
this is brought to life even more by the use of computers, especially
with our Interactive Whiteboards.

Years 5 and 6 have had weekly French lessons for the past few
years, and this is being extended to all pupils in Key Stage 2.

In recent years we have established a link with a Children’s Home in
Africa, and we now send Christmas presents to all the children there
each year. In the summer term we run a scheme entitled ‘Albourne
Entrepreneurs’ for our Year 6 pupils, where they are invited to take
up a small loan from the school and use it to set up enterprises of
their own to raise funds for our African friends. We have been
amazed at the ideas and organisational skills the children have
shown. They have set up coffee mornings in their gardens, washed
cars, made and sold greetings cards and run stalls at the local
Albourne Village Day.


                         Sport at Albourne

Sport is an important part of life at our school, developing not only
physical ability but also the skills of co-operation and awareness
necessary for successful participation in team games. In the last
year our teachers have been working closely with other schools in
the area to develop our teaching of sport through the School Sports
Partnership. We are very proud to have gained the Active Mark,
showing our commitment to the promotion of a healthy, active
lifestyle for all.
During games lessons children are taught a range of skills, which
enable them to take part in a variety of sports. During the summer
term we run an athletics programme in which each child improves
their skills. There are opportunities to take part in outdoor
adventure activities such as orienteering and problem solving, and
pupils in Years 2 to 6 complete a 6 week swimming programme each
year at The Triangle in Burgess Hill.


                      Albourne School Council

We have a very active School Council, with representatives from
each class from Year 1 to Year 6. The council meets regularly and is
actively involved in improving the school. Recent council initiatives
have included applying for, and achieving, the Eco-Schools Green Flag
Award and National Healthy Schools award, charity fund raising and
working out ways of improving playtimes and lunchtimes for the
whole school.



                           Charging Policy

In order for some activities to take place (for example, swimming,
visits and cooking) parents and carers will be asked for a voluntary
contribution to cover the cost. There is no obligation to contribute,
but the activity may not be able to take place unless all parents and
carers who can contribute do so. In the case of a residential activity,
parents and carers will be required to contribute at least the cost of
board and lodging, unless they are in receipt of certain benefits such
as Income Support. Please see the Headteacher or office staff if
you feel this may apply.

Anyone experiencing financial difficulties should contact the
Headteacher in confidence, so that suitable arrangements can be
made to cover the cost for those pupils.

The Governors may charge parents/carers for losses and breakages
to school equipment.
                           Complaints Procedure

Anyone with a complaint or concern about the school is invited in the
first instance to discuss it with the child’s teacher or the
Headteacher. Should this not resolve the problem the Chair of
Governors should be contacted. The Governors at Albourne have
adopted the West Sussex Education Committee arrangements for
the consideration of complaints. The policy document is available
from the school office.



                      School Attendance Statistics

Each year we are required to report the absence statistics for the
school. These statistics include the children’s attendance from 1st
September 2007 to July 2008.



  Absence Statistics 2008 –
             2009
 Total number of pupils on roll                196
 % of sessions missed through                 4.9 %
     authorised absences
 % of sessions missed through                 0.3 %
    unauthorised absences


Any absence which is not for sickness or medical reasons and which has not been
approved by the Headteacher constitutes an unauthorised absence The
Governors discourage holidays in term time, and any holidays taken during the
first two weeks of the autumn term, the first week of week of the spring or
summer terms and during National Tests in May are recorded as unauthorised.
Results of National Curriculum Assessment of 7 Year Olds 2009

Percentages at each Level

From 2005 teachers have been able to use KS1 tests to confirm
their own teacher assessments of the children’s attainment. These
final assessments for 2009 are given in the table below, with national
test results for 2008 in brackets for comparison.

Figures show the % of children achieving each level. Each child in our
cohort represents 4%

Level                                     W                1             2               3
Speaking and Listening                   0 (2)           11(11)       56 (65)         33 (21)
Reading                                  4 (3)          11 (13)       48 (59)         37 (25)
Writing                                  7 (5)          7 (15)        64 (68)         22 (12)
Mathematics                              0 (2)          15 (8)        60 (68)         26 (21)
Science                                  0 (2)           0 (9)        44 (67)         56 (22)


W       represents pupils who are working towards level 1, but have not yet achieved the
standards needed for level 1.
Figures may not total 100% because of rounding
Results of National Curriculum Assessment of 11 Year Olds 2009

Teacher Assessment – Percentages at each Level
(National results for 2008 are in brackets for comparison)
Figures show the % of children achieving each level


Level                     Below           3             4              5
                         Level 3
English                   7 (5)         3 (16)      57 (49 )        33 ( 30)
Mathematics                3 (5)       17 (16)      50 (46)         30 (33)
Science                    0 (2)       17 (12)      47 (47)         37 (38)



Test Results – Percentages at each Level
(National results for 2008 are in brackets for comparison)
Figures show the % of children achieving each level. Each child in our cohort
represents 4.5%


Level                   Below 3            3             4                5
English                   7 (6)          7 (13)       43 (51 )         43 (30)
Reading                   7 (6)          7 (6)        37 (38)          50 (49)
Writing                   7 (6)         20 (26)       50 (48)          23 (20)
Mathematics               3 (5)         17 (15)       33 (47)          47 (31)
Science                   0 (2)          7 (8)        46 (44)          47 (44)
Totals may not add to 100% because of rounding and pupil absence.
                  School Term and Holiday Dates 2009/2010

Autumn term 2009                    Starts: Thursday 3rd September
                                    Half Term: 26th – 30th October
                                    Ends: Friday 18th December

Spring Term 2010                    Starts: Monday 4th January
                                    Half term: 15th – 19th February
                                    Ends: Thursday 1st April



Summer Term 2010 Starts: Monday 19th April
                 Half term: 31st May – 4th June
                 Ends: Wednesday 23rd July

On five additional days within the term dates schools will be closed for pupils,
but teachers will be required to undertake professional development or other
approved activities.




Thank you for taking the time to read our prospectus. We hope it
has answered your questions and shown how we offer an excellent
start to your child’s educational career. We recognise that every
child is special and believe that we can cater for their needs at
Albourne.

We are very proud of our school, its educational provision and its
caring family atmosphere. Please do not hesitate to come and see it
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