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					  WOODLANDS
PRIMARY SCHOOL




SCHOOL INFORMATION
     BOOKLET
             Alban Crescent
             Borehamwood
                 Herts
                WD6 5JF

       Telephone No: 020-8953-2717
           Fax No: 020-8207-6786
 Website: www.woodlands.herts.school.uk
 E.mail: admin.woodlands@thegrid.org.uk
                                                            CONTENTS
Letter of Welcome .................................................................................................... .......................... 3
Headteacher‟s Introduction .................................................................................................................. 4
Woodlands School Aims ...................................................................................................................... 5
About the School............................................................................................................................... 6-7
School Uniform ................................................................................................................................. 7-8
Governing Body‟s Statement of Curriculum Aims ............................................................................... 9
Admissions ................................................................................................................................... 10-11
Education at Woodlands ............................................................................................................... 12-16
Special Needs .................................................................................................................................... 17
Inclusion Access and Disability .......................................................................................................... 17
Healthy Schools ................................................................................................................................ 17
Sex Education .................................................................................................................................... 18
Religious Education ........................................................................................................................... 18
Discipline............................................................................................................................................ 19
Equal Opportunities ........................................................................................................................... 20
Assessment ....................................................................................................................................... 20
Target Setting .................................................................................................................................... 20
Learning to Learn ............................................................................................................................... 21
Pastoral Care ................................................................................................................................ 21-22
Parents and School .......................................................................................................................... 23
School Meals ..................................................................................................................................... 24
Break Times ...................................................................................................................................... 24
Road Safety ....................................................................................................................................... 24
Security .............................................................................................................................................. 25
Health & Safety .................................................................................................................................. 25
Extra Curricular Activities ................................................................................................................... 26
Charging for School Activities ............................................................................................................ 27
Access to Documents ........................................................................................................................ 27
Complaints Procedures ..................................................................................................................... 28
Transfer to Secondary ...................................................................................................................... 28
The Governing Body .......................................................................................................................... 29
List of Staff Members ......................................................................................................................... 30
Dates ................................................................................................................................................. 31
SATS Results - Unauthorised Absences .......................................................................................... 32




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                     Hertfordshire County Council




                       Woodlands Primary School
                                      Alban Crescent
                                      Borehamwood
                                          Herts
                                         WD6 5JF


                           Headteacher: Ms Linda J. Forbes


Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Staff and Governors I would like to welcome everyone to Woodlands Primary
School.

This booklet is intended to give you information about our school, the way in which it is
organised, information about the curriculum and our aims for the children.

We look forward to meeting you all and welcoming your child/ren to our happy school
environment. Our motto is “Quality and Achievement” which is demonstrated by high
expectations, a commitment to raising achievement and firm but caring discipline. We believe
that education is a partnership between home and school.

We want to work together with you to provide the best possible start to your child‟s school
career.

Please keep this booklet for future reference.

If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Yours sincerely




Linda J Forbes
Headteacher



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                   INTRODUCTION BY THE HEADTEACHER

  I have been teaching since 1975. I completed my training in
  Scotland and since 1981 I have been teaching in various
  schools in North London.

  I was Headteacher of a school in Wembley for three years before
  being appointed to Woodlands in January 1993.

  I am committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming
  and friendly school, where children will feel safe, happy,
  valued, included, confident and therefore, able to enjoy
  learning.

  I am committed to ensuring that all children who attend
  Woodlands will experience full entitlement to a broad and
  balanced curriculum with an equal opportunity to develop
  their unique potential.

  I welcome teachers, parents, children, governors and friends to
  Woodlands to work together in a supportive, inclusive
  partnership.

  I will

  -      Set high expectations of achievement and behaviour to
         ensure that all learners have confidence that they can
         succeed.

  -      Encourage a pride in the school where everyone’s
         achievements are celebrated.

  -      Encourage everyone in school to achieve respect for
         themselves and to value and respect others whatever their
         gender, ability, race, class or disability.
                                                     Linda Forbes

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              WOODLANDS PRIMARY SCHOOL
                         FOR
              “QUALITY AND ACHIEVEMENT”

                           OUR VISION AND AIMS


                                 Vision   of „e‟ confident

                                 Independent learners

                                 Self-disciplined citizens

                                 Inclusively educated

                                 Outwardly confident

                                 New challenges
                                 embraced




W
               oodlands Primary School community is committed to creating a
              high ‘Quality’, safe, encouraging but challenging learning
              environment and caring ethos which values everyone.



W
              e have the highest expectations of achievement and behaviour
              through striving for continuous improvement.


              e encourage confident, articulate happy children to ‘Achieve’ high

W             standards by developing their full unique potential.




W
             e intend to inspire the children to be highly motivated, independent
             independent learners with high standards of self-discipline who
             who actively participate in a balanced and relevant inclusive
         curriculum affording
             equal opportunities for all.




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                                  ABOUT THE SCHOOL

Woodlands School is a Hertfordshire County, mixed ability, co-educational, day Primary
School for children 3-11 years. From September 1994 Woodlands has operated a part-time
Nursery Class. There are currently places for 270 children in the main school, 30 in the
morning Nursery and 28 in the Afternoon Nursery/Playgroup.

                      We have eight classrooms and two mobiles, a dining hall, including a food
                      technology area, a Special Needs Area and computer suite, hall, library,
                      kitchen, two playgrounds, a quiet area, a separate play area for the
                      Nursery and Reception, and large playing fields including a developing
                      conservation area.

                   Woodlands first opened in 1956 as an Infant School and later became a
                   First School. In September 2000 it became a Primary School. The
                   Woodlands community is proud of the firm but caring discipline and high
standards of achievement.


School Day

The school day runs from 8.55am - 3.15pm. Children are expected to arrive at school on
time, supervised by an adult. There is no supervision by teaching staff in the playground
before school although a member of staff is outside from 8.45am. Children wait outside their
classrooms at 8.55 am. On wet mornings children are admitted directly into their classrooms
from 8.50 am. Early arrivals may shelter in the foyer/or external covered areas. For the
children‟s safety they should be accompanied to their external classroom entrance.

Playground, Playhouses and Climbing Frames

Members of staff do not supervise children before or after school in the Playground or on the
climbing frames and playhouses.

There is a written code of practice for our climbing frames. Children must be supervised at all
times by a member of staff. To ensure the children‟s safety parents should not allow children
to go on the climbing frames and playhouses before or after school.

Children should not play with balls in the playground before or after school as this could
endanger younger children in pushchairs.

Teaching Time

                   8.55            9.00          Registration
                   9.00           10.30          Class Time
                  10.45           12.00          K.S.1 Class Time
                  10.45           12.00          K.S.2 Class Time
                   1.00            3.15          Class Time

There is an optional play for K.S.1 in the afternoon.
Total teaching time is approximately per week for K.S.1 is 21 hours 30 minutes.
Total teaching timer is approximately per week for K.S.2 is 23 hours 30 minutes.
This time excludes collective worship.

Breakfast Club

Woodlands operates a breakfast club run by parent volunteers. Parents may bring their
children to school at 8.00 am. For a small contribution the children can have a choice of
breakfast, activities and supervision before school.


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                                  ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Students

There are regular work placement students from local schools/colleges.

Nursery Nurse students from West Herts College are often placed with Nursery and
Reception.

Woodlands has a working partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. There are regular
students on teaching experience placements.

                                    SCHOOL UNIFORM
Woodlands School has a uniform. All children are expected to wear school uniform because it
identifies them as part of the school community. Wearing of correct uniform will be strictly
enforced at all times. Items of uniform are on sale at school.

Foundation And Key Stage 1 Uniform (Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)

White School Polo Shirts with school logo
Red Sweat Shirts with school logo
Red Sweat Cardigans with school logo
Grey Skirts/trousers
Red/white summer dresses
Sensible black shoes (conventional styles)

Key Stage 2 Uniform (Year 3, 4, 5, & 6)

Shirts (short or long sleeves)
School Tie
Red V neck jumpers with school logo
Red sweat cardigans with school logo
Grey trousers/skirts
Sensible black shoes (conventional styles)

K.S.2 Summer Uniform (Optional)

White school polo shirts with school logo
Red/white cotton dresses

P.E. Kit (All Ages)

White shorts
Red T-shirts with school logo
Black plimsolls – trainers for outdoor P.E. (optional)

Additional Items

P.E. Bag
Book Bag
                           ALL CLOTHING MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED




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                                   SCHOOL UNIFORM
School Clothing Allowance

Clothing allowance may be available for children from age 5 up to the age of 15 whose
families qualify for additional support.

Valuables/Jewellery

Children should not wear elaborate jewellery to school. Only stud earrings may be worn. All
jewellery must be removed or taped for P.E. The school will not accept any responsibility for
jewellery or money sent to school. Toys or games should not be sent to school unless
expressly requested.

Lost Property

A lost property box is kept in school for lost items of clothing. This should be checked from
time to time if items of clothing have gone missing.




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          GOVERNING BODY’S STATEMENT OF CURRICULAR AIMS

The curriculum is all the learning and other experiences that Woodlands school provides for
our pupils. The aim of the curriculum is to:

     -    provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve.
     -    promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to help them to grow
          into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others and
          achieve their true potential.

The Woodlands school motto is "Quality and Achievement". At Woodlands:

        We are committed to creating a high quality, safe and encouraging but challenging
         learning environment and caring ethos which values everyone;
        We have the highest expectations through striving for continuous achievement;
        We encourage confident, articulate, happy children to achieve high standards by
         developing their full all-round potential;
        We intend to inspire the children to be highly motivated, independent learners with
         high standards of self-discipline who actively participate in a balanced and relevant
         inclusive curriculum affording equal opportunities for all.

How Woodlands promotes Quality and Achievement through the curriculum:

     -    We are an inclusive school where we strive to understand, value and provide for the
          abilities and needs of all our children, irrespective of social background, culture, race,
          gender, differences in ability and disabilities.

     -    All pupils follow the National Curriculum appropriate to their age, stage of
          development, their aptitude, ability, interests, preferences and special educational
          needs.

     -    In addition to the formal curriculum, the school provides a wide range of extra-
          curricular activities designed to enrich the children's experience.

     -    The school sets challenging targets for achievement at all levels and regularly
          reviews whether these targets have been met.

     -    The school also has high expectations of pupil's behaviour and makes clear to
          children and parents what is expected of them.

     -    We aim to keep parents involved in their children's education through regular reports
          and opportunities to meet teachers.

     -    The Governing Body keeps under review the school's curriculum policy and monitors
          the school's performance to ensure that high standards in all areas are being
          maintained.



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                                       ADMISSIONS

Application forms for Reception/Nursery interest are available from the school secretary on
request. On completion children‟s names will be entered into our continuing interest list. The
Headteacher will be happy to show parents around the school by arrangement. Please
telephone to make an appointment. Woodlands Reception was awarded „Herts Quality
Standard‟ in 2005.

Reception admissions are determined annually by Herts County Council according to their
admission criteria. Applications must be submitted to County by the given date to be
considered for admission for the following September/January.

HCC Admission Criteria for Reception

1.       Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the
         school.

2.       Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social
         need to go to the school, and those who are in public care.

3.       In the case of junior schools, children who attend the linked infant school at the time
         of application.

4.       Children who have a brother or sister on the roll of the school or linked school from
         reception through to Year 5 in infant, junior and all-through primary schools; and from
         reception through to Year 3 in first schools; and from Year 5 to Year 7 in middle
         schools at the time of application.

5.       Children for whom the school is their nearest community or voluntary controlled
         school.

6.       Children who live nearest to the school.

Appeals

If a preference for a Reception place at a particular county school is not met, a parent may
appeal to the Director of Education. The Director will arrange for the case to be reconsidered
and if appropriate will discuss possible alternatives with a view to resolving the appeal without
delay. If the matter cannot be settled this way, a parent has the right to appeal to an Appeal
Committee, which is a tribunal independent of the Education Authority. The Director of
Education will provide details of the arrangements for such a formal appeal hearing. Appeals
will not normally be heard earlier than the half term before the term when admission is sought.

The Nursery

A county maintained part-time nursery class opened in September 1994. There is a daily
session from 9.00-11.30. The Nursery can accommodate 30 children. Children are offered
places in Nursery according to HCC Admission Criteria. The Nursery was awarded „Herts
Quality Standard‟ in 2005. Admission to the Nursery does not guarantee that a child will be
offered a Reception place.

Extended Nursery Provision

Nursery children are welcome to join our breakfast club. There is a facility for a few Nursery
children to stay full time (8.00 - 3.15). The children are supervised over the lunchtime period
and stay for the Afternoon/Nursery Playgroup.

There is a charge for lunch supervision and the afternoon session. School meals can be
purchased or parents can supply a packed lunch.

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                                       ADMISSIONS

The Afternoon Nursery/Playgroup

Woodlands Afternoon Nursery/Playgroup operates on the school premises. The Afternoon
Nursery/Playgroup has a maximum of 28 children for an afternoon session. The Afternoon
Nursery/ Playgroup is run by a Committee and staffed by three members of staff, a fully
qualified teacher, a Nursery Nurse and a Nursery Assistant. There is a daily session from
12.45-3.15pm.

The Afternoon Nursery/Playgroup is registered with Ofsted.        A
copy of the most recent report is available on request.

Fees are charged currently at £ 4.50 per day. Parents entitled to
allowances can apply for assistance with fees. A limited number
of Nursery/Playgroup children may stay for lunch at school. There
is currently a charge of £4.50 for lunchtime supervision in addition
to a school lunch.

For admission to Afternoon Nursery/Playgroup please apply to the
School Secretary. The Woodlands Playgroup was awarded „Herts
Quality Standard‟ in 2005.

There is no guarantee that your children attends the Afternoon Nursery/Playgroup that they
will automatically gain admission into the morning Nursery or School.


                    The School

                    Children are admitted to the school/Nursery twice a year. Children whose
                    birthdays fall between 1st September and 30th April will be offered a place
                    for the start of the Autumn Term. Children‟s whose birthdays fall between
                    1st May and 31st August will be offered a place for the start of the Spring
                    Term. Children are admitted up to our annual admission limit of 30.


                    Home-School Agreement

                    On admission to the school parents will be asked to sign a Home-School
                    Agreement. This sets out what the school expect of the child and his/her
                    family, and what the child and family can expect from the school.




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                             EDUCATION AT WOODLANDS

At Woodlands we provide a rich stimulating environment where children enjoy learning,
achieve success and are active partners in their own learning.

We set high expectations of achievement and behaviour and make learning experiences
challenging and enjoyable.

We provide a inclusive broad and balanced curriculum which is planned to be part subject and
part cross curricular by developing links between subjects, so that learning becomes a
continuous process building upon and extending previous knowledge.

THE FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM

The Curriculum in the Foundation Stage (Nursery &
Reception) consists of the following six areas of learning which
form a basis for the National Curriculum.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication, Language and Literacy
Mathematical Development
Knowledge & Understanding of the World
Physical Development
Creative Development

 THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

 The National Curriculum is based on the following:

                           Core Subjects          - Mathematics, English, Science, ICT, R.E.
                           Foundation Subjects    - History, Geography, Design & Technology,
                                                    Music, Art, P.E. and P.H.S.C.E.

                           Each half term the classes will follow a topic which may be science,
                           history or geography based. Parents are informed in advance so
                           that they can support their child/rens study.


Core Subjects

English

English is taught through topic as well as through the National Literacy Strategy. Children will
have the opportunity to develop reading, writing, talking and listening skills through a carefully
planned programme.

Reading

We have a carefully planned reading programme beginning in the Nursery using a
combination of reading schemes: Oxford Reading Tree, Literacy Links, Story Chest, Sunshine
Books, Cambridge, All Aboard, Sound Start and Children‟s literature. Books are organised
into colour bands throughout Foundation, KS1 and lower KS2. We publish parent‟s guidelines
to support their children‟s reading. All classrooms have a designated book corner in addition
to the School Library. Children have regular access to our library and can choose a book of
their own choice to take home each week.


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                            EDUCATION AT WOODLANDS
Reading Continued

Parents are encouraged to read with their children and make comments in the children‟s
reading records. Parents will be expected to provide a reading folder for your child. (Available
from the School Office). We hold an Annual Book Week and regular book fairs to foster the
children‟s love of books.

Writing

Children are encouraged to develop their writing skills in a number of ways. Writing sessions
help children to develop different forms of writing, to draft and publish their own work.
Handwriting is taught formally. Children are expected to begin joined writing in Year 1 or as
soon as they are ready. A handwriting sheet and guidelines for supporting writing are
available for parents. Initial sounds, letter names and blends are taught through a phonic
programme based on the National Literacy Strategy. Children from Year 2 will be given
regular spellings to learn.

Maths

Children follow the National Numeracy Strategy. This is
supplemented by investigation activities. Maths is usually
taught in ability groups, children being supported at their own
level. Children will be expected to learn their tables.

There is a „Maths Facts‟ book available to
all children for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage
2.

Science

Science is taught through topic and subject specific. We encourage young children to develop
scientific abilities and skills through practical discovery and first hand experience. We aim to
stimulate natural curiosity and enjoyment in science, an interest and concern for the
environment and for their own well-being and that of others. We follow HCC „Steps in
Science‟, and the QCA Guidance.

Conservation

We are developing a Conservation Area within the School Grounds. As well as regular
conservation investigations we hold an annual Conservation Week when children carry out
specific studies of the School Grounds. The aim of our conservation area is to develop a wide
variety of natural habitats in order to attract a diversity of species (both plant and animal) back
to the school grounds.

Part of our habitat development is a wet habitat or pond area. Children are supervised at all
times when investigating the pond area. Parents must not allow their children to go into the
conservation area unaccompanied before or after school.

We have a written Code of Practice for use of the pond area.

Information and Communication Technology

All classes have at least two P.C.‟s in their class area. All are Research Machines. We are
connected to the Internet by broadband. We are fortunate to have a large computer suite with
the latest technology available to the children. We have a programme of installing interactive
whiteboards in each class to support the children‟s learning. Visit our website which was
designed by the children and gives lots of information about the school.

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                                EDUCATION AT WOODLANDS
Foundation Subjects

History

History is taught through topics for example: The Romans, Ancient Greece or Famous People.
We try to develop the children‟s knowledge and understanding of the past and a life-long
curiosity and interest in people from different times and places.

Geography

In teaching Geography we aim to stimulate the children‟s interest in the World around them.
We encourage the children to observe, explore and enquire, through topics such as India, Our
Local Area, Seasons and Weather, School Grounds.



                   Physical Education

                   Children are taught P.E. skills systematically as a whole class. Balance, co-
                   ordination and agility is taught through the use of apparatus. Games skills
                   are developed from an early age. Dance forms part of our programme.

                   Children have the opportunity to play team games for the school in upper
                   KS2.

Swimming


Classes from Year 2 have swimming blocks of one half hour
session per week per term/half term. The children are taken by
coach to Borehamwood Swimming Pool. Parents are asked for a
voluntary contribution to cover the cost. We are grateful to the
Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council for providing the
coaches and subsidising the entrance fee to the Swimming Pool.



                           Art & Design

                           The children study and have the opportunity to explore a variety of art
                           techniques and they will become familiar with the work of some famous
                           artists. There is an emphasis on interesting and creative display work
                           throughout the school.




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                            EDUCATION AT WOODLANDS

Music

Throughout the school the children develop their musical skills. They learn about pitch, time
and rhythm. Music and singing are encouraged from Nursery. Children are taught musical
appreciation. (Recorder tuition is offered from Year 2). Our music specialist teaches music
throughout KS2.

Singing sessions are held regularly. We have two visiting specialists who teach piano,
keyboard and guitar. Please enquire at the office if your child requires musical tuition.




Design & Technology

Design and Technology is mainly taught as part of a topic but specific skills for using tools are
also taught separately in a safety conscious environment. We often hold design and
technology weeks when children are given a specific project. We have a food technology
area.

P.H.S.C.E. (Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education)

Our P.H.S.C.E. curriculum focuses on the personal, social, health and citizenship
development of our children with the aim of developing life skills such as communication,
relationships, problem solving and decision-making.        It includes drug education, sex
education, health education and citizenship taught according to the relevant age and stage of
the children.




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                            EDUCATION AT WOODLANDS
Classes

The children are divided into classes according to their age with
a maximum (when possible) of 30 children

Children are taught in a variety of ways - small groups,
individuals, ability/mixed ability groups and as whole class.

Each class including the Nursery is supported for some of the
time by our well qualified team of teaching assistants.

Homework

The school has a Homework Policy which describes amount and type of homework which will
be set according to the age and ability of the children. Copies of the policy are available on
request.

Homework will usually consist of regular reading, work related to reading, spelling, tables and
work related to topic. Parents can help their children by encouraging them to complete the
homework tasks that are set.

Parents are encouraged to write comments in their child‟s reading record book which
accompanies his/her reading book. Children from Year 3 will be given a Homework Diary.
Please encourage your children to use this diary, check it at least once a week and sign it as
requested.

Parents are asked for their co-operation in allowing their children to spend time writing,
reading or carrying out research at home, and in providing a good working space at home,
enabling their child to visit the library regularly and discussing the work that their child has
done.




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                           SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN)

Sometimes children may for one reason or another learn more slowly or more quickly than
their peers.

Children with Special Educational Needs are provided for within the requirements of the
Governments Code of Practice. We have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator who co-
ordinates the identification and support of children with SEN throughout the school.

At Woodlands we have a very carefully thought out policy of identifying children with particular
needs. Children are assessed initially using the Nursery Learning Record and the Foundation
Stage Profile. Any potential needs can usually be identified at this stage.

Each class has the support of a Teaching Assistant at some time in the day.

Teaching Assistants support more able children as well as children who require extra help.

If a class teacher initially identifies children experiencing learning difficulties, discussion with
parents would immediately take place. A carefully thought out programme of study is
formulated to meet the needs of the child, with identified guidance from the special needs co-
ordinator. Parents will be informed if their child is on our Special Educational Needs Register.
Parents will be consulted in devising their child‟s “Individual Educational Plan” (IEP).

In some cases it may be necessary to refer the child to the „Educational Psychologist‟ for
additional help and advice in meeting their needs. In the case of very serious difficulties it may
be necessary to recommend a statutory assessment when a statement of Special Educational
Needs and Provision is drawn up. This statement is the LEA‟s undertaking to arrange any
special educational provision required and advice those who are teaching the child to the LEA
request that a child should have a statutory assessment. There is a published booklet (SEN
at Woodlands) which parents may have on request.

INCLUSION ACCESS AND DISABILITY

Woodlands is an inclusive school and we consider ourselves to be a learning community.
This means that we strive to add extra value to pupils outcomes by:

-        adapting to meet pupil‟s diverse needs,
-        tackling discrimination, disadvantage and under achievement,
-        promoting high expectations and equality of opportunity,
-        providing a programme for continuous professional development for our staff.

Woodlands welcome children and staff with a disability. We have an accessibility plan which
sets out how we are working towards providing equal access for curriculum delivery and
physical access to all school areas.

HEALTHY SCHOOLS

Woodlands achieved the „Healthy School Award‟ in October 2002 for meeting the criteria in all
areas. The logo is on our headed paper.

The areas we continue to promote are

- Personal, social, health and citizenship education.
- Sex education.
- Drug education.
- Physical education.
- Health and well being.
- Safety
- Healthy eating.

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                                     SEX EDUCATION

Sex Education provides an understanding that positive, caring environments are essential for
the development of good self-image and that individuals are in charge of and responsible for
their own bodies.

It provides knowledge about the processes of reproduction and the nature of sexuality and
relationships. It encourages the acquisition of skills and attitudes which allow pupils to
manage their relationships in a responsible healthy way.

Sex Education is taught at Woodlands through our P.H.S.C.E. curriculum and from natural
events that surround the children such as the birth of a baby, looking after pets and looking
after ourselves.

The school nurse provides „Sex Education‟ and „Health and Hygiene‟ sessions for Year 5 and
6. Parents are invited to meet with the school nurse and preview the programme prior to the
sessions.

Although parents are entitled to withdraw their children from Sex Education, we encourage all
children to take part. If parents have any concerns regarding the program they should contact
the headteacher.


                                RELIGIOUS EDUCATION




               The school‟s objectives reflect the aims and principles of Hertfordshire‟s

Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

1.       To learn about and value the faiths of children in the school and wider community and
         acknowledge their festivals.

2.       To integrate Religious Education wherever possible into topics being studied in class.

Our Religious Education policy is available on request.

Assemblies

Our „Acts of Worship‟ (assemblies) are mainly Christian based. We draw upon stories and
beliefs of the faiths of the school community as well as the concepts of equality, fairness,
respect and co-operation. Our Collective Worship statement is available on request.
Collective Worship is held on a daily basis in a variety of groups ranging from class to whole
school. We hold regular class assemblies to which parents are invited as well as special
events such as Harvest. (Approximately once per term for each class).

Parents have the right after consultation with the Headteacher to request exemption from
either R.E., Acts of Worship, or both. Requests for exemption must be made in writing to the
Headteacher. We do however hope that everyone will share our aim of including all children,
as this is an important part of school life.

Our aim is to foster tolerance and understanding through knowledge about different beliefs
and cultures.

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                                         DISCIPLINE


                           
Woodlands Discipline policy states that:
                                                              
Discipline is a system of rules for good behaviour and should aim to develop:-

-        self discipline;
-        the conditions for an orderly school in which effective learning can take place;
-        mutual respect for all members of the school community.

Each child is given a „Good Behaviour‟ book. Parents are expected to sign a behaviour
agreement contained in this book on entry into school.

At Woodlands good behaviour means that everyone in school is:-

         careful and kind;
         polite and friendly;
         helpful to each other;
         quiet and hard working;
         respectful to one another;
         respectful of property.

This behaviour is encouraged in every area of school activity. Children are helped to
recognise examples of good behaviour at all times. Good behaviour is also acknowledged by
the presentation of certificates.

Our policy regarding bullying forms part of our Discipline Policy. Parents are regularly sent
Guidelines about bullying. Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated. Reported incidents of
bullying are recorded.

Racial harassment of any form is not tolerated at Woodlands. Reported incidents of
harassment or use of racist language are recorded and dealt with according to our Discipline
Policy.

Occasionally children may forget to behave well. In such circumstances children would be
reminded of what is expected. All incidents of unacceptable behaviour are recorded in our
Incident Book and reported to Governors. Children are always asked for their perception of
the incident.

Sometimes reminders and recording incidents are not enough. Depending on the situation it
may be necessary to deal with persistent unacceptable behaviour by:-

         drawing up behaviour contracts;
         giving effective reprimands and reminders of appropriate behaviour;
         separating the child/ren within the class;
         removing privileges;
         contacting parents to discuss ways of helping the child improve her/his behaviour;
         devising an „individual behaviour programme‟ which will help the child to learn
         appropriate social behaviours in school (this will always be done in conjunction with
         parents).

In very rare cases it may be necessary to exclude a child, for example if there has been a
serious attack on another person. This action is only taken as a last resort when all other
physical support mechanisms have failed. Parents have the right to appeal against exclusion
from school.


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                               EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
The school recognises its role in educating children for a society, which should be based on
the principles of equality and justice and where discrimination on grounds of race, gender,
religion, disability or class is not acceptable. Our Equal Opportunities Policy is available on
request. Any incidence of racial harassment or racist language is recorded in our Incident
Book and reported to Governors and the LEA.

                                      ASSESSMENT
All children‟s progress is carefully assessed and monitored throughout their time at
Woodlands. By collecting information about the children the teachers can assess what they
have learned and plan for the next stage of development.

Teachers regularly
       -       set targets for improvment
       -       make observations of a child
       -       assess their progress against targets.
       -       have child/teacher discussions
       -       analyse samples of work.

Children are assessed on entry and throughout Nursery and Reception using the Nursery
Learning Record and the Foundation Stage Profile. Parents have an opportunity to discuss
these assessments with their teachers.

Children are assessed at the end of Reception using the Foundation Stage Profile.

Parents receive an „annual‟ report with information about their child‟s progress sometime
during the Summer Term.

Standard assessment task and tests take place at the end of Key Stage 1. Woodlands has
taken part in the pilot of reporting teacher assessements only.

Optional tasks and tests take place at the end of Year 3, 4 and 5. Key Stage 2 tests take
place at the end of Year 6.

Two formal parent consultation evenings and one optional are held each year when the
teachers, Special Needs Co-ordinator and Headteacher are available to discuss the children‟s
progress.

The Headteacher, class teacher and teaching assistants are available to discuss the
children‟s progress on request. Appointments can be arranged via the school office.

The children‟s achievements are regularly celebrated through shared work assemblies and
the presentation of „Sunny Grams‟ for significant achievement in an area of the curriculum,
participation in school life, or behaviour.

The dinner supervisors also award weekly certificates for good behaviour at lunchtimes. At
Woodlands we are very proud of our children‟s achievements.

                                   TARGET SETTING

Teachers set annual targets for children to achieve by the end of the school year in Numeracy,
Literacy, Science and PSHCE. Targets are revisited in January as a check that children are
making appropriate progress. Parents have an opportunity to discuss and agree their child‟s
targets at the Autumn Term Parents Meeting. The school sets year on year targets in KS1
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                                  LEARNING TO LEARN
Woodlands has been taking part in a research program with University of Cambridge called
„Learning how to Learn‟. An information booklet for parents has been published and is
available on request.

                                    PASTORAL CARE
Parents will be asked to complete an initial reference sheet for our files once their child starts
school or is due to start school. This is to enable us to contact parents or, failing that, a
relative, close friend or neighbour should we need to contact you during school hours. Please
see that the school is regularly informed of any change to references i.e. change of job,
address, telephone number etc.

Accidents and Illness

In the event of an accident which is not serious, a bump, graze, nose bleed etc. then children
will receive first aid on the spot and a note will accompany the child home explaining the
circumstances of the accident if necessary. In the case of head injuries parents will be
informed immediately. A more serious accident will cause us to contact parents directly to
arrange to take the child immediately to the casualty department of the local hospital.

If your child is ill please contact the office on the 1st day of absence and keep school informed
of his/her progress. We try to contact all parents on the 1st day of absence if they have not
contacted school. Please do not send a sick child into school. If he/she is sent home, due to
illness, please keep them at home until he/she is well. A child not fully recovered will pass
illness to other children and very easily pick up further illness itself.

Infectious Diseases

Below are the length of times which a child should be kept at home after an infectious
disease.

CHICKEN POX                      excluded until scabs are off and dry.

GERMAN MEASLES                   3 days after the rash appears.

MEASLES                          10 days after the rash appears, longer if the child has
                                 suffered a severe attack.

WHOOPING COUGH                   excluded until all the symptoms, fever, sore throat,
                                 cough are cleared.

MUMPS                            excluded until last swelling subsides and the child is fit.

SCARLET FEVER                    normally fit within 4 days following fever.

SICKNESS & DIARRHOEA             48 hours exclusion.

Medicines

If your child has to have regular medication at school then you must inform school and
complete an authorisation form.

You must complete an authorisation form before we can administer any medication.
Medicines are kept in a safe place and only handled by adults. We only administer medicines
prescribed by a doctor.

No medication should ever be sent in with children.


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                                     PASTORAL CARE
Asthma

If your child has asthma, please inform the office and complete a card. We ask you to leave
your child‟s inhaler/s in school clearly marked with instructions.

Children can have supervised access to inhalers when required.

Attendance

All the schools in Borehamwood have joined together to develop an Attendance Policy to
ensure that children achieve their full potential through good attendance. Copies are available
on request.

Regular attendance, and punctuality is vital for your child. We must be notified of the reasons
for any absences. Parents are required to notify school on the first day of absence.

The headteacher has a legal responsibility for deciding whether to authorise absence during
term time. Please try not to take your children out of school unless it is unavoidable (e.g.
because of illness). Missing school can be extremely disruptive to your child(ren)‟s education.
Forms for the authorisation of unavoidable absence are available from the school office. A
maximum of 10 days only can be authorised if the absence is unavoidable.

The Education Welfare Officer visits school regularly to check attendance and punctuality and
will visit the parents of persistent absentees or latecomers. We are required to publish all
numbers of authorised and unauthorised absences annually.

Certificates are awarded at the end of each term for good attendance.

Punctuality

It is important that all child/ren arrive at school on time so that they do not miss the procedures
at the beginning of the day. When the children have entered the classroom in the morning all
external doors will be locked. Late arrivals must come into the school via the front entrance.
The late book must be completed stating your reason for arriving late.

As an incentive to encourage children to come to school on time, a weekly punctuality award
is given to the class/es with the highest standard of punctuality.

Working Together For Child Protection

The School/Nursery follows the procedures contained in the Hertfordshire Child Protection
Committee‟s document „Working Together for Child Protection‟ - a guide to procedure and
practice for all professional staff in Hertfordshire who work with children.

School Council

At Woodlands we have a School Council made up of elected representatives from Year 2 to
Year 6. The School Council meets regularly to discuss what they can do to improve the
school, the school environment and raise money. They have held regular talent shows. They
have helped to develop the Conservation and outside quiet areas. The school council is
responsible for regularly checking the Friendship benches in the playground.




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                               PARENTS AND SCHOOL


Parents play a very vital part in the early stages of children‟s development. We hope that
parents will continue to play an active role throughout their child‟s time at school. We seek to
develop a partnership with parents, sharing the knowledge of each child so that we can
provide the best learning opportunities possible in school. We welcome parents (and any
other family members ) who wish to volunteer to become actively involved with the children
during school time. We have regular support from parents with reading, swimming and art
activities. One hour of your time per week is invaluable.

Please let us know if you would like to become involved.

We hold parents evenings/afternoons when parents can hear about aspects of teaching at
Woodlands. Some sessions will be specifically to discuss the child/rens progress with the
class teacher.

You may of course, contact your child‟s teacher or Headteacher at anytime. Please make an
appointment through the school office. Staff are usually available before and/or after school.

As well as regular letters parents will receive a monthly newsletter with information about
school events and significant dates for your diary.

Class assemblies are on Friday at 9.00. When your child is involved you will be invited to
come along.

Woodlands Staff and School Parent Association

Woodlands enjoys an excellent and active Parents Association. Every parent automatically
becomes a member. Committee meetings are held on a regular basis. Parents will receive
newsletters from the Association from time to time. New faces are always warmly welcomed.
Fund raising events take place on a regular basis. There is a Parents Noticeboard at the
entrance to the school.

W.S.S.P.A. hold weekly sweet stalls, regular discos and special events throughout the year.




             W.S.S.P.A

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SCHOOL MEALS

Meals of a high standard provided by Hertfordshire Catering are cooked daily in our school
kitchen. They offer children a well balanced, nutritious meal and form an important introduction
to social skills. The menu is colour coded to encourage the children to choose a healthy balance
of food. Our cook is happy to cater for vegetarians and those with special dietary needs. Dinner
money should be brought on Mondays in a named envelope and given to the class teacher.
Some children are eligible for free school meals - please ask at the office for a form.

                    If parents prefer, children may bring a packed lunch to school in a named box
                    or bag. This will be kept centrally and eaten in the dining room. Should you
                    wish your child to change from school dinners to packed lunches, or vice
                    versa, a half term notice must be given in writing to the office.



We also take part in healthy eating weeks
and special menus for example “Harvest”
and “Book Week” etc.


                           BREAK TIMES
                           Children are asked to bring a piece of fruit, fruit drink or savoury snack
                           for morning break. Please do not send chocolate, sweets, crisps, fizzy
                           drinks, glass bottles or cans. We are a healthy school!

                           The Foundation Stage and KS1 are provided with a piece of fruit daily.

                                          ROAD SAFETY
The roads surrounding the school are very busy at the beginning and end of the school day.
Please do not park on the zigzag lines outside the school gates or on the grass verges. We
teach the children road safety and we do ask parents to help us to ensure the safety of our
children by considerate parking.

Please do not drive into the school grounds at anytime unless you have permission to do so.
The carpark is for staff only. For the children‟s safety the gates to the school drive will be
closed from 8.40 – 9.15am and from 3.00 – 3.30pm. Cars should not travel faster than 5 mph
in school grounds.

We encourage the children to walk to school as a safe and healthy alternative. If you need to
drive to school, please park safely in Grove Road, Crown Road or Alban Crescent and
accompany your child/ren to their classroom door.




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                                        SECURITY

Gates are kept closed and the small gate is locked during the day time from 9.15 - 3.00 in
order to discourage strangers from walking through school grounds.

All staff wear identity badges. All visitors enter school via our front entrance entry phone
system and are requested to sign in and wear visitor‟s badges.

External doors are closed once children enter school.

Parents are asked to accompany children to school and wait with them until they are collected
by the class teacher (excluding breakfast club). Children are to be collected by a
parent/responsible adult from their classes at the end of the day. Children in Year 5 and 6
may walk to and from school with their parent‟s permission. Forms are available at the office
if you wish to authorise your child to come to and from school unaccompanied.

If a child leaves school during school time the parent/guardian should collect them from the
main entrance so that the child can be marked out in the appropriate register in case of an
emergency.

Uncollected children will remain on school premises until contact has been made with the
appropriate adult.

                                HEALTH AND SAFETY

“EVERYONE’S SAFETY IS OUR PRIME CONCERN”

The prevention of avoidable injuries and the promotion of a healthy working environment is
considered a positive and proper challenge at Woodlands. Health and Safety training is
available to all staff. Regular risk assessments and safety inspections are carried out. All
staff take part in First Aid training. Staff, parents and pupils are encouraged to notify any
potential health and safety hazards immediately to the school office.




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                           EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

We hold a variety of clubs between 3.15-4.00pm after school or at lunchtime. (Clubs and
times vary according to the term).

                                          FOOTBALL/TAG RUGBY

                                          School Coaching
                                          Professional Coaching

                                          KARATE


                                                                  NETBALL


DRAMA




                            RECORDER                              SEWING




                                         JEWELLERY                        DANCE/PE




ROUNDERS




                                                                                ART & CRAFT
                                          YOGA




    We are grateful to teachers, staff and parents volunteers for running our school clubs.




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                           CHARGING FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Visits in School Time

Regular school visits are organised throughout the year. They are an important part of the
children‟s education and will be linked to their school work.

Visits include an annual theatre trip to a Pantomime and a variety of educational visits e.g.
Hatfield Forest, Verulanium, British and Natural History Museum to enhance the children‟s
work in school.

When a visit is planned, parents will be informed of the level of voluntary contribution which
will make the visit feasible.

No child will be excluded from a visit which takes place because his/her parents did not make
a voluntary contribution if the visit is part of the school curriculum. However, if insufficient
parents are not willing to pay a voluntary contribution and insufficient funds are raised to cover
the cost of the trip then the visit will be cancelled.

We do require to have the child/rens legal parents‟ signed authorisation for any school visit.

When your child begins school you will be asked to complete a form which gives parental
consent to take children on such trips. Parents will of course be notified when, where and the
purpose of the visit at the time.

Residential Trips

The children have taken part in residential trips to Cuffley Camp (Yr 3/4) and France (Yr 5/6)
for the past few years.

Performances/Activities

Occasionally a group will be invited to perform/practice an activity. We may request a
voluntary contribution. If sufficient parents are willing to make a contribution then the
performance will take place. No child will be excluded from the performance/activity for non-
payment.
                                ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

Public access to the documents listed below is available on request.

LEA Policy Statements.

DFES statutory instruments, circulars and memoranda published by the Government and
relating to the National Curriculum, and the Education Acts.

Any Ofsted reports which refer expressly to the school.

Policies/schemes of work currently used by teachers in school.

The LEA agreed syllabus for R.E.

Parents also have access to:-

         Information kept on file about children and to records of their progress in the National
         Curriculum.

         The Annual Report Of The Governors.
         Policies on Discipline, Behaviour, Attendance, Access to School, Homework


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                              COMPLAINTS PROCEDURES
Legislation gives parents the right to make a complaint if they feel the requirements placed on
schools are not being followed in their child‟s school. This relates to:

         The provision of a broad and balanced curriculum.
         Religious Education and Collective Worship.
         Implementation of the National Curriculum.
         Exceptions and withdrawals from the National Curriculum or part of it.
         The operation of a charging policy.
         The provision of information.
         Special Educational Needs.
         Discrimination or unfair treatment

If a complaint is to be made please follow these stages:

1.       Make the complaint known to the Headteacher.         Most complaints can usually be
         satisfactorily resolved at this stage.

2.       Refer the complaint to the Chair of Governors.

3.       Make a formal complaint to the LEA.

4.       Write to the Secretary of State whose pronouncement will be final.

A booklet about the procedures for making complaints is available from the school office.
Woodland Governors have adopted Hertfordshire LEA Guidelines for making complaints.




                           TRANSFER TO SECONDARY SCHOOL

At age 11 the children most transfer to the Secondary School in Borehamwood.

Parents will receive a letter from County during the Autumn Term asking them to make a
choice of school.

Parents will have the opportunity to visit the school. Information and guidance will be available
to help make a choice.

Places will be allocated by County notification is received during the Spring Term.



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                                      GOVERNORS


Governors are responsible for managing the school budget (salaries, fuel costs, rates, repairs
and maintenance and all the bills!) as well as employing staff, drawing up curriculum policies
etc. All parents receive a copy of the Governors‟ Report and are welcome to attend the
Governors‟ Annual Meeting for Parents, at which the report is discussed. Detailed below is a
listing of our Governing Body:-



                              COUNTY COUNCIL GOVERNORS
                                      Mr J. Metcalf
                                       Vacancy
                                       Vacancy

                                   PARENT GOVERNORS
                                      Mr G. Franklin
                                      Mrs T Watkins
                                       Mrs J Sear
                                       Mr M Leng
                                      Miss L Hunter
                                        Vacancy


                                 CO-OPTED GOVERNORS
                                      Mrs S Prince
                                      Mrs P Stilwell
                                      Mr P Hedges
                                      Mrs S Adams

                                   STAFF GOVERNOR
                           A member of Staff nominated by Teachers
                                       Mrs S. Capper
                                        Mrs J Bream

                                HEADTEACHER GOVERNOR
                                     Ms L. J. Forbes

                                          CLERK
                                        Mrs C. Byfield




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                 WOODLANDS STAFF FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR

                                      Teaching Staff

                                      HEADTEACHER
                                       Ms L.J. Forbes

                                      DEPUTY HEAD
                                        Mr S Barr

                                        TEACHERS
                                       Mrs S Prosser
                                       Miss S Morley
                                       Mrs A Dickson
                                       Miss R Woode
                                        Mrs D Lesser
                                        Mrs K Haffner
                                       Mrs S Schofield
                                      Miss L Mackenzie
                                       Mrs S Harbord

                                    SUPPLY TEACHERS
                                       Mrs J Moore

                                         NURSERY
                               Mrs F Hedger (Nursery Teacher)
                               Mrs L. Rendall (Nursery Nurse)
                              Mrs J. Bream (Nursery Assistant)
                              Mrs K Skipsey (Nursery Assistant)
                             Mrs C Keenan (Nursery Assistant)
                            Mrs L Reynolds (Teaching Assistant)


            FINANCIAL SECRETARY                                   KITCHEN STAFF
                 Mrs C. Byfield                                     Mrs M Steiner
                                                                    Mrs K. Warn
                                                                   Mrs D. Parrott

            TEACHING ASSISTANTS                            DINNER SUPERVISORS
                Mrs V. Wishart                                   Mrs E. Cox
                Mrs L. Pepper                                 Mrs J. Maddison
                Mrs D. Lambert                                 Mrs A. Holmes
               Mrs A Maddison                                Mrs W Logeswaran
                Mrs J. Williams                                Mrs C Keenan
                  Mrs C Gray                                   Mrs P Stilwell
                Mrs J Franklin                                  Mrs T White
                 Mrs P Stilwell                                Mrs L Parkins
               Mrs K. Hayward                                 Mrs K Drummond
               Mrs T Brothwood
                Mrs J Martindill                                  PLAYLEADERS
                 Mrs G. West                                        Mrs G West
                Mrs A Holmes                                       Mrs J Franklin
                                                                   Mrs D Lambert

                  CLEANERS                                         CARETAKER
                  Miss P Dyer                                      Mrs S. Capper
               Mrs W Logeswaran
                 Mrs D Golzey




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                   WOODLANDS PRIMARY SCHOOL
                   REVISED TERM & HOLIDAY DATES
                             2006/2007

SPRING TERM 2006

Training Days            Tuesday, 3 January, Friday, 10 February
School Term              Wednesday, 4 January – Friday, 31 March
Half Term                Monday, 13 February – Friday, 17 February

SUMMER TERM 2006

Training Days            Monday, 5 June & Monday, 24 July
Occasional Day           Tuesday, 25 July
School Term              Tuesday, 18 April – Friday, 21 July
Half Term                Monday, 29 May – Friday, 2 June
                         School finish on 21 July 2006

AUTUMN TERM 2006

Training Days            Friday, 1 September
Occasional Day           Wednesday, 20 December
School Term              Monday, 4 September –
Half Term                Monday, 23 October – Friday, 27 October
                         School finish on 19 December 2006

SPRING TERM 2007

Training Days            Wednesday, 3 January
School Term              Thursday, 4 January – Friday, 30 March
Half Term                Monday, 12 February – Friday, 16 February
                         School finish on 30 March 2007

SUMMER TERM 2007

Training Days            Monday, 16 April
School Term              Tuesday, 17 April – Friday, 20 July
Half Term                Monday, 28 May – Friday, 1 June
                         School finish on 20 July 2007


2 Training Days still to be taken 2006/2007
              SATS INFORMATION
                       SEE ATTACHED SHEETS




ATTENDANCE

Possible                         68,624
Authorised Absences               4,706
Unauthorised Absences                 4
Exclusions                            0

Academic Year 2004/2005
% Authorised absence                  6.8%
% Unauthorised Absence                0.0%




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