Organisation and Aims of the School
Welcome to Sherwell Valley Primary School. This is a school catering for children aged 4 to
11 years, serving Upper Cockington, Sherwell Valley, Chelston and Queensway.
The school was formed in 1974 by the amalgamation of the Infant and Junior schools on the
site. The premises were built in 1955 and 1962, and occupy a spacious, south-facing site,
enjoying extensive views down Sherwell Valley.
Between 2001 and 2004 an extensive building programme took place, linki ng the two sites
and providing eight further classrooms and other facilities.
There are large Infant and Junior playgrounds, a football pitch, extensive level grassy areas
and a natural area. There are twenty-two rooms, one of which is used as a music room, two
halls, a dining room, an I.C.T. Suite and a superb library. There are also well developed Art,
Humanities, Maths, Science and Technology resource areas, as well as a suite of smaller
rooms for group work.
There is a spacious Nursery within the Foundation Department. Classrooms for our
youngest children all include cloakrooms and toilets within the room, enabling the teacher to
keep a close eye on your children.
Aims of Sherwell Valley Primary School
Our aim is to provide a safe and secure environment in order to promote the highest possible
quality of learning for all our pupils and to give them education today for the world tomorrow.
We aim to:-
promote a healthy lifestyle.
provide a safe and supportive environment in which to learn.
develop self-discipline, good manners and a sense of responsibility.
enable children to become confident communicators.
promote partnership between home and school to the benefit of the children.
help pupils develop lively inquiring minds, the ability to question and discuss rationally
and to enjoy applying themselves to tasks and physical skills.
develop children‟s individual interests, skills and creative talents and encourage them
to achieve their whole potential.
help pupils to understand and respect the world in which they live and the
interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.
promote moral and social education so that with self-respect children can contribute
positively to the community and achieve economic well-being.
enable our children to enjoy their childhood and give the beginning of education for
Please make sure that your child does not arrive at school before 8.40 a.m. There will be no
supervision before that time. Children will be expected to remain outside unless it is raining.
(Parents would normally accompany Reception Infants into the classroom for the first few
weeks of school).
8.50 a.m. School starts
9.55 – 10.10 Playtime (9.55 – 10.15 Infants)
1.30 p.m. Afternoon session commences
2.20 – 2.30 p.m. Playtime (2.40 – 2.50 Infants)
3.20 p.m. Infants finish
3.25 p.m. School finishes
Hours Spent Teaching
After deducting time for registration, assembly, playtime etc. we have:-
Infants (KS1) 21 hours 15 minutes per week
Juniors (KS2) 22 hours 05 minutes per week
The class teacher accepts responsibility for the educational progress and pastoral care of the
children. Parents who have general worries or queries are encouraged to talk them over with
the class teachers. It is usually possible to do this at the end of the school day.
Alternatively, you may want to speak to the Unit Leader who has responsibility for your child's
Mr. Kingston (Y5 and 6); Mr. Lockyer (Y3 and 4); Miss Welsh (Y1 and 2); Mrs. Gaywood
You can often see them at the end of the day, but it helps if you make an appointment first.
The Head or Deputy are usually available at the beginning and end of the school day. The
Head is also usually available between 9.00 a.m. and 9.15 a.m.; an appointment is not
always necessary at this time, though you may find he has a prior engagement. You may, of
course make an appointment to see the Head or Deputy at any mutually agreeable time.
There is a formal opportunity twice a year, in the Autumn and Spring terms for you to talk with
the class teacher. The dates and times will be published in the School Newsletter.
You are welcome to come into school at any time to help with some of the many needs of our
Parents take groups for craft activities, assist the children with cooking, prepare display
boards and craft materials, tidy our cupboards, listen to children reading and take
groups for educational games.
Please contact your child‟s class teacher if you can volunteer to help.
All parent helpers will need to have a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. Please ask for
details from the School Office.
Admission of New Pupils
There is a home/school visit for parents before children start in the Nursery. At this meeting
the high quality pre-school education available will be explained. The Nursery will give your
child an excellent start to school. Some time after your child starts in the N ursery we hold a
pre-school meeting for parents. This will detail admission processes and tell you about
ways in which parents and the school can work together to give each child the best possible
start in their school life.
All reception children start school in September irrespective of
their month of birth.
HELPING YOUR CHILD AT HOME
We have a separate booklet, which you will
receive before your child starts Nursery. This is
intended as a guide to help your child.
Prior to September 2001 the school admitted 60 children into reception each year, with two
classes of 30 children. (This would rise to 64 in each year group – 2 classes of 32 – once
children reached Key Stage 2).
In September 2001 the school expanded, becoming a 3 -form entry school – admitting 90
children each year. By September 2008 there will be 3 classes in all year groups of 30
children in KS1 and 32 in KS2.
Each class at Key Stage 1 has at least one Learning Support Assistant (L.S.A.) working
alongside the class teacher. At Key Stage 2 L.S.As work in classes with specific children or
groups of children.
There are occasions when the class teacher will organise the children to work as individuals
at their own rate, in groups or together as a class. Children may be put in groups for Maths
and English for several lessons each week.
Sometimes pupils will join together with pupils from other classes for various lessons and
there is an interchange of teachers on an occasional basis.
All classes are mixed gender and mixed ability. Year groups are numbered as follows:
Y1 Age 5 – 6 Y4 Age 8 – 9
Y2 Age 6 – 7 Y5 Age 9 – 10
Y3 Age 7 – 8 Y6 Age 10- 11
All children begin their education in September and have 9 terms as an Infant.
There is a very active and helpful F.O.S.V. (Friends of Sherwell Valley School.) This
association raises much-needed funds for the school and assists in the organisation of
The AGM is held in the spring term. The school secretary will give you the name of the
The Curriculum and Standards
The 1988 Education Act (embracing the National Curriculum) requires us to provide a
balanced and broadly based curriculum. Torbay has a curriculum statement, which guides
the school in its curriculum statements. You could request to see this in the school office.
The programmes of study as detailed by the National Curriculum are followed where
We have a programme of topics set for all year groups. Wherever possible we try to
integrate all subjects within this topic but some subjects are taught o n a separate basis.
The school follows the curriculum as set down in the Primary Framework for Literacy. In
order to carry out our aims, the curriculum emphasises communication skills. We encourage
children to listen, to respond verbally, to read for enjoyment and for research and to write
clearly in order to convey thoughts, facts or feelings. As the children develop we expect them
to achieve higher standards in these skills. To this end there is a wide choice of books
available in the school.
Children are encouraged to take a reading book home. We ask that you join your child in
reading the book and make an entry in the Reading Diary. Presentation (handwriting and
spelling) is taught as appropriate at all levels and practice is given at all stages.
The school follows the Primary Framework for Mathematics and children are taught to
recognise patterns and characteristics of numbers and their application to everyday life.
They should become familiar with the four rules of number and, as they mature, be able to
work out problems mentally, on paper or by calculator. Tables need practice. The average
child should know them all by Year 4 (9 years old.)
The children are given opportunities to develop an enquiring mind through science. They are
asked to observe, hypothesise, devise and carry out tests and record and communicate their
findings. We expect them to observe carefully and interpret evidence. They will experience
a wide range of scientific subject matter.
Each week every child has access to at least 2 hours of high quality P.E.. The school has
two halls, three playgrounds, a football field and is very well equipped with large and small
apparatus. Children will experience all aspects of P.E. – movement, dance, games,
gymnastics, athletics and swimming.
Information and Communication Technology (I.C.T.)
Computers are used in every class to support all other curriculum areas. They are used as a
tool to help with learning and the organisation and presentation of ideas. Children visit the
I.C.T. suite regularly as part of their normal class work.
In Key Stage 1 any access to the internet will be totally supervised; the teacher would
normally log on and select the web site. At Key Stage 2, children are taught to use the
internet independently and in Year 3 children are asked to sign a letter, stating that they will
not misuse the system. Our internet access is filtered and any inappropriate material should
have been filtered out.
We have a well equipped I.C.T. Suite: all children visit at least once per week for I.C.T.
From time to time your child may have his/her photograph taken or be in a video shot, for
private or promotional purposes.
Humanities (History and Geography)
We work to develop an interest and curiosity in the children‟s own environment and visits are
arranged locally to widen the children‟s interest. As they mature they are encouraged to
broaden their interest to national and international events and the features, cultures and
resources of other nations.
Opportunity is provided for children to work in a variety of media, to learn about colour and to
do detailed observational sketching. They are shown the beauty of the world around them
and given the opportunity to view that beauty in various art forms. We have a designated
D.T./Art Studio where children work on larger scale projects.
Design and Technology (D.T.)
Design and Technology is an essential element of the curriculum. It involves the processes
of designing, making, testing and evaluating. This is more than simply “model making” and is
cross-curricular. Again, the children often visit the D.T./Art Studio for these sessions.
P.S.H.C.E. (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education)
In P.S.H.C.E. the children learn about the importance of relationships and take time to
discuss issues such as feelings, self esteem and rights and responsibilities.
They will also be dealing with sensitive issues such as bullying and discovering what it feels
like to be bullied.
Regular class council meetings contribute to the P.S.H.C.E syllabus and children generate
agenda items for School Council meetings. Class Councillors report back to their classes
after each full Council Meeting.
The Governors have decided that Relationship and Sex Education should be included within
our Curriculum, but parents have a right to withdraw their child from sex education lessons.
The children are taught about staying safe e.g. “stranger danger” and about the affects drugs
can have on the body.
Children in Year 6 participate in Junior Life Skills at Torquay Fire Station.
All children share the enjoyment of singing and playing percussion instruments. Peripatetic
teachers give lessons in violin, clarinet, flute, guitar, cello, percussion and keyboard. A
charge is made for individualised instrumental tuition. Groups of children often play in
If you wish to have music lessons, please contact the Music Co-ordinator, Miss A. Knowles.
There are also a number of extra -curricular music clubs – choirs, junk band, music theatre
Religious ideas are related to the children‟s experience of everyday life: caring, thought for
others, telling the truth, saying thank you etc. School assembly is one occasion when we
can teach, in a broadly Christian way, the framework of moral guidance needed for young
children in today‟s society.
Parents have a right to withdraw their children from R.E. or collective worship.
The school is able to offer the children the opportunity to join a wide range of extra-curricular
clubs, either at lunchtime or after school. We currently offe r:
I.C.T. Club Boys‟ Football Clubs Tag Rugby Club
Infant Dance Club Girls‟ Football Clubs Contact Rugby Club
Maths Club Rounders Clubs Cricket Clubs
Performing Arts Club Design & Technology Club Sudoku Club
Performance Poetry Club Creative Writing Club Netball Club
Poetry Club Volleyball Clubs Science Club
Story Clubs Gymnastics/Dance Clubs Hockey Club
French Club German Club Cookery Clubs
Total number of pupils attendi ng during the year ending July 2008 : 604.
Percentage of days missed - Authorised Absence 4.2%
- Unauthorised Absence 0.6%
As part of our ongoing assessments children sit S.A.T.s in Year 2 and again at the end of
Year 6. We also use the optional tests in Years 3,4 and 5.
Community Health Care Team in School
School Nurse Ms Cathy de Freyne-Martin
School Nurse Assistant Mrs Susan Plowright
Community Paediatrician Dr. Hatton-Ellis
We also work with Health Visitors and the School Dental Service.
School Nurse and Nursing Assistant’s Role in School
As part of the normal school routine children are seen by the school nurse and/or nursing
assistant to check their height, weight, heari ng and sight at regular intervals. This is very
important so that any problems, particularly with sight or hearing are picked up as early as
possible and help given where necessary. The school nurse runs a “drop in” service here
every Tuesday afternoon for any parents who wish to speak to her about any health/medical
The school nursing sister is a regular visitor to the school and she may be contacted at her
clinic. Telephone – Torquay 389342.
The Community Paediatrician
School children, with parental consent, may be seen by the Community Paediatrician for a
consultation – parents should attend with their child. Parents/teachers/school nurse may
make referrals, with parental consent, to the Consultation Clinic. The Referrals can be made
through your school nurse (Tel: 219819) or through school.
The Role of the Health Visitor
Health Visitors work by visiting families with children under five years who are registered with
a certain doctor, or by visiting families who live in a certain road. The role of the health visitor
in school is mainly an advisory role.
The Dental Officer and Surgery Assistant
These people work as a team in school, their role includes regular dental checks and advice
on dental hygiene.
The Community Health Care Team Promotes Health Through Prevention.
Pupil Welfare and Behaviour
Please let the school office know in advance if your child is going to be absent e.g. dental
visit, annual holidays etc. If your child is ill (or is to be off school for some reason) please ring
the school office before 8.30 a.m. on the first day of the absence so that we know why he/she
is not in school. This enables us to know that absent children are safe! When the child
returns to school we require a brief note explaining the absence.
Please avoid taking holidays in term time. Children are only at school for 38 weeks and two
weeks holiday means over 5% of a school year lost.
If you want to take your child on holiday (even for a day) during term time, you have to ask
permission in advance. The law states that children must attend all school sessions unless
they are ill. Headteachers may give permission for up to 10 days holiday in term time.
In granting this permission, we look at absence records and any previous absences during
the school year. If permission is not requested – or granted - the absence is recorded as
unauthorised and goes on your child‟s record.
Holidays should never be taken in the first three weeks of September or in SATS week - in
May. The actual dates are regularly published in the newsletter; the office staff will always
tell you when the tests are due.
Your child can only do well at school if he/she attends punctually and regularly.
Children will not usually be allowed to leave school during school hours unless collected by a
Please do not send your child to school if he/she is not fit to do P.E. or go out to play (except
in the case of breakages: arms, legs etc.)
If your child is taken ill at school or suffers an accident, it is vital that we contact someone.
Please give serious thought to the emergency telephone numbers, which you give us on your
admission form. You can hardly give us too many contacts. Please let us know immediately
of changes of address/telephone number.
If it is absolutely necessary for medicine to be administered during the school day, please
come to the office personally, deliver the medicine and complete a green form at the
beginning of treatment.
After Care Bears
We provide a service by looking after your child after school. This is a super facility which is
very popular among those children attending. The cost is £2.00 until 4.25 or £4.00 until 5.25
We can also look after your child in the Sunshine Club before school from 8.15 – 8.45 at a
cost of £1.50 per day. See Miss Morgan or Mrs. Adams for details. Reception children need
to spend half a term settling into school routines before joining these facilities.
Access to the School Building
The only access for any adult to the main building is via the office, where any visitor will
be given a bright yellow visitor sticker. This sticker must be returned to the office upon
We want all children to be as safe as possible yet at the same time provide opportunity for
discussion with parents on important issues.
Nursery and Reception
In the morning, parents may briefly ask the teacher to make an appointment to discuss their
child‟s progress. Parents will occasionally accompany their child into the building if necessary
and leave as soon as possible.
Parents may accompany their child into the building in Reception to help him/her change a
home reading book.
Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Communicating with teachers
Parents may write a letter to the teacher if there is a minor point to convey (e.g. I‟ll collect her
at 11.30 to go to the dentist). The child should hand this note to the teacher. Parents
wanting to discuss their child‟s progress with their class teacher should request an
appointment by writing a note to the teacher or by contacting the school office. A reply will be
sent with your child, usually at the end of that day.
Infant staff are available for a brief discussion at the end of each day as they dismiss the
children to the playground.
Junior teachers are available once a week at the end of the day following this rota:
Tuesday – Y3; Wednesday – Y4; Thursday – Y5; Friday – Y6.
Children in these years are able to (and should) change their reading books independently.
In many cases, specific time is set aside during the day for changing a reading book.
Parents who wish to pay for school meals may enter the school building via the main office
between 8.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. on Monday in order to go to the dining room.
Keeping Doors Locked
All external doors to the main building will be locked; the duty teacher will allow children in at
8.50 a.m. We ask that parents do not try to enter by children‟s doors as offence may be
caused if entry is refused. All staff and children will do their best to ensure that external doors
are locked at all times.
Any child who is late must enter the building via the main office and report to Mrs Hancock.
Children with specific jobs e.g. Librarians
Those children who have permission to arrive early to carry out their duties will have their
names recorded on a list. These children will have to enter via the School Office.
Children in KS2 may bring their own bottle of (chilled?) water, to keep in their bag – in the
cloakroom. This must be in a “stopper type” water bottle so that the children can suck from
the bottle rather than opening a screw top. This should minimise spillage. (I‟m sure you
would be refilling this bottle with tap water!). Teachers in KS2 will then allow an opportunity
to get a drink during sessions.
KS1 children have water and cups in their rooms. (They also have milk or a drink provided
We have a home school contract (copy enclosed in the prospectus folder). You are asked to
sign this when you complete your admission form.
We believe the sentiments included within this contract are vital for your child's well being
and educational progress.
With over 700 people on the school site, there is a need for some rules to ensure personal
safety, to prolong the life of the building and to ensure that the work of the school is carried
One School Rule would suffice:-
“Think of the consequences of your actions upon other people”
For young children we need to be more specific. Facts and requests mentioned elsewhere in
this prospectus form part of the rules e.g. Leave toys at home.
Show respect to everyone at school – children and adults.
Walk inside the school building.
Playtime snacks are to be eaten outside (except on wet days).
Children are only allowed inside the school building when permitted by staff.
Children normally enter and leave school via the playground doors.
Keep to the left in the corridor.
Children don‟t go around to the back of the school.
Keep to the pathways to keep your shoes clean.
Your child‟s admission to this school is conditional upon his/her acceptance of the above
rules and your acceptance of the sanctions policy overleaf.
BEHAVIOURS, SANCTIONS and OUTCOMES
Your child will be expected to conform with requests made by any member of staff. If he does not do so, some or all of the
following sanctions may be employed, not necessarily in this actual order. Serious misbehaviou r may go straight to Stage 3
A child who shows gross misbehaviour may go straight to an exclusion without earlier sanctions. (See P 7)
Exemplar behaviour Sanction Outcome
Transgression of school rule or Verbal rebuke or threat of withdrawal of Teacher writes child's initials on the board.
expectation privilege Up to three ticks are added if there are
e.g. running indoors further incidents of misbehaviour w ithin a
bad manners day.
work output not met Start fresh each day.
unco-operativ e behaviour
Initials plus three ticks on the board
OR Teacher speaks informally to the parent. Use
workoutput not met Withdrawal of privilege e.g. Child has to a "please come and see me briefly" letter. If
unco-operative behaviour carry out a task e.g. lines at playtime the parent cannot be contacted, send a note
OR in the Reading diary.
OR miss playtime
unacceptable playground behaviour OR
e.g. banned games
bad language For each incident a note is made in the
S T A G E ON E
OR Withdrawal of enjoyed lesson e.g. PE behaviour book.
Repeated interruption of learning
e.g. misbehaviour in ICT suite/PE OR
OR child sent out of classroom for a short
e.g. talking, not listening time
unkind behaviour to other pupils OR Parent signs the lines. A note is made in the
inappropriate response to adults behaviour book.
child set lines to do at home
child sent to work in another class
Three entries in the behaviour book child sent to the Unit leader for a verbal Class teacher informs parents by a letter that
in any three month period. warning a record of this verbal warning has gone on
OR file. (Letter 1)
Aggressive behaviour; child sent to the Unit leader for second Automatic detention. Unit leader to arrange
blatant refusal to follow adult time in any three month period a meeting betw een parents, Unit leader and
directives (6 entries) class teacher. (Letter 2). Class teacher
Deliberate act which leads to another child sent to Unit leader for a third time Child automatically sent to Head or Deputy
pupil's injury; within three month period. by Unit leader. Automatic detention. Head to
S T A G E TH R E E
e.g. slamming door on child (9 entries) arrange a meeting w ith parents. Governors
throwing stones may be involved. Behaviour contract may
fighting be drawn up. (Letter 3)
repeatedly failing to adhere to Child sent to Unit leader for fourth time Unit leader sends child immediately to Head
lunchtime expectations; in any three month period. or Deputy who will consider lunchtime
repeat of behaviours in the box above debarment, internal exclusion or fixed term
exclusion, resulting in a meeting betw een
Head and parents. (Internal exclusions
letter, Fixed term exclusion letter or
child sent to Unit leader for fif th time in Unit leader immediately passes child on to
any three month period Head or Deputy w ho w ill consider a second
S T A G E F OU R
fixed term exclusion.(Fixed term exclusion
child sent to Unit leader for six th time in Unit leader immediately passes child on to
any three month period Head or Deputy who will consider a
permanent exclusion. (Permanent
Gross misbehaviour e.g. swearing at child sent to Head or Deputy Head or deputy w ill immediately consider an
staff (gross misbehaviours are exclusion.
detailed on P7 of this policy)
Fair Processing Notice – Data Protection Act
Schools, local authorities and the Department for Education and Skills (the government
department which deals with education) all hold information on pupils in order to run the
education system, and in doing so have to follow the Data Protection Act 1998. This
means, among other things, that the data held about pupils must only be used for specific
purposes allowed by law. We are therefore writing to tell you about the types of data held,
why that data is held, and to whom it may be passed on.
The school holds information on pupils in order to support their teaching and learning, to
monitor and report on their progress, to provide appropriate pastoral care, and to assess
how well the school as whole is doing. This information includes contact details, National
Curriculum assessment results, attendance information, characteristics such as ethnic
group, special educational needs and any relevant medical information.
From time to time we are required to pass on some of this data to the Local Authority (L.A.),
to another school to which the pupil is transferring, to the Department for Education and
Skills (DfES), and to Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) which is responsible for
the National Curriculum and associated assessment arrangements.
The Local Authority uses information about pupils to carry out specific functions for which
it is responsible, such as the assessment of any special educational needs the pupil may
have. It also uses the information to derive statistics to inform decisions on (for example)
the funding of schools, and to assess the performance of schools and set targets for them.
The statistics are used in such a way that individual pupils cannot be identified from them.
The L.A. will feed back to schools information about their pupils where they are lacking this
information because it was not passed on by a former school. On occasion information may
be shared with other Government departments or agencies strictly for statistical or research
purposes, and for the provision of their public services.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority uses information about pupils to administer
the National Curriculum tests and assessments for Key Stages 1 to 3. The results of these
are passed on to DfES in order for it to compile statistics on trends and patterns in levels of
achievement. The QCA uses the information to evaluate the effectiveness of the National
Curriculum and the associated assessment arrangements, and to ensure that these are
The Department for Education and Skills uses information about pupils for statistical
purposes, to evaluate and develop education policy and to monitor the performance of the
education service as a whole. The statistics (including those based on information provided
by the QCA) are used in such a way that individual pupils cannot be identified from them.
The DfES will feed back to L.A.s and schools information about their pupils where they are
lacking this information because it was not passed on by a former school. On occasion
information may be shared with other Government departments or agencies strictly for
statistical or research purposes only.
Long Term Illness
If your child is away from school for a long time, the Local Authority will provide home tuition
for a few hours each week.
What Information Do You Give Us?
Information provided by parents about their child comes to the school and the Local
Authority (L.A.) in many ways. These include the following:
• Parents fill out an admission form for their child to start at a school
• Teachers assess pupils' work, and write down marks and grades
• Pupils write comments on their school work
• Teachers and pupils set targets for learning
• Parents fill out forms to apply for benefits such as free school meals
• Parents apply for other services such as transport for their child
• Some children have special educationa l needs (SEN); to find out exactly what these
needs are information on the child's school work is looked at; comments are written in
an SEN file for the child; this information can also be stored on a computer.
There may be other sets of information, whic h are not listed here.
What happens to this information?
The school and Local Authority have to look at all this information in different ways. This
helps us to find out how well children are learning in school. It also helps us to look at the
service we provide, and to see how good it is. By doing this, we can see what changes might
make a difference in the future.
The information you provide may be stored on computer. It will be used only in connection
with education. We hold computer records on all pupils. We use the information in a number
of ways: to keep up to date with pupils' education progress, to monitor the effectiveness of
our school and Local Authority, and to provide statistics (which do not identify individuals) to
the Department for Education and Skills and others.
Your details may be passed on to other relevant organisations listed in our registration under
the Data Protection Act. You and your child have the right to see the information held on
them. You can see a description of the type of information we hold and may see your
computer record at any time.
Help us to help you by keeping us up to date with any significant changes in your
Special Educational Needs
Parents with worries about their children‟s learning, physical or behavioural development are
encouraged to discuss them with the class teacher or the Special Needs Co-ordinator. Many
difficulties can be coped with within the school, but occasionally a child might need more
specialist attention than the school can provide. The Special Needs Co-ordinator has a team
of assistants who work with children who have learning difficulties, in small groups during the
The Local Authority has special arrangements for assessing children and deciding which
facilities are appropriate for the needs of each individual child. Parents and other people
involved with the child may request that an assessment be made. The SEN policy is available
A formal assessment may result in a „statement‟ being issued. This statement will indicate
exactly what provision a child will receive. Additional resources for a child does not mean
that the child will be withdrawn from class with an adult on a 1:1 basis. The extra support will
probably be in a group situation in or out of class.
Specific Needs or Disabilities
The school‟s policy regards informing us of a child with specific needs or disability is for a
letter detailing the information (and supporting evidence – e.g. a medical diagnosis) to be
sent to the Headteacher. By all means tell the class teacher – it‟s good to do so, but the
information is needed formally for the child‟s record.
If any member of staff is informed of a specific need, they will remind you to inform the Head
This school is a “designated school” which means that we are better able than most schools
to accommodate children with specific difficulties.
We identify gifted and talented children and they are given appropriate work in class. From
time to time such children are invited to attend Primary Enrichment Workshops run by the
Drinks, Tuck and School Lunch
Infant children may have milk at playtime. We ask that you pay for half a term at a time, in a
named, marked envelope.
All infant children are given a piece of fruit as a snack at morning playtime.
Children are allowed to bring fruit, vegetables or nuts for break time. We do not allow
biscuits, crisps, cakes, sweets or chocolates for the sake of your children’s teeth.
School lunch is prepared on the premises. Meals are served in the Dining Room. Families in
certain financial circumstances are able to have free meals. Please register for this if you are
eligible; ask in the school office for further details.
School lunches are paid for (in advance) in the Dining Room on Monday mornings from 8.30
Many of our children bring sandwiches; these are usually eaten in one of the two dining
areas. A drink of water is provided. Glass bottles, “fizzy” drinks or “real” vacuum flasks
are not permitted.
Uniform, Equipment, Visits and Transfer to
A common style of dress gives each child a sense of belonging to the school community and
makes the child conform more readily to the behaviour expected by the staff. It also makes it
much easier to decide what to wear each day, as well as being a levelling influence between
those who can afford the latest fashions and those who cannot.
All uniform is available from “The National Schoolwear Centre” in Union Stree t, Torquay.
Our uniform consists of:
A red and green tie
A plain white cotton polyester blouse/shirt (without logo)
Green cardigan/”V” necked pullover embroidered with the school name
Green, grey or white plain socks/tights
Plain dark “proper” shoes (not trainers)
Samples of appropriate girls‟ (straight cut leg, full length plain, mid-grey) trousers are
available in the school office.
Optional summer wear
Bottle green and white check/striped dress
Short grey trousers
On very hot days in the summer term, the Head may decide that ties need not be worn.
EVERY ITEM MUST BE MARKED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME SO THAT MISLAID
ITEMS CAN BE RETURNED TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS.
The National Schoolwear Centre also sells school specific items:-
Book bags PE bags Baseball caps outdoor woolly fleeces and hats
The Infant Department runs a second-hand uniform shop. Prices vary and are very
reasonable. Please ask in the School Office for details.
Please provide your child with plain black shorts, a plain white „T‟ shirt or polo shirt and clean
black plimsolls for indoor PE lessons. A games skirt (optional) should only be worn for
netball. These items will need to be stored in a PE bag. Trainers are acceptable for outdoor
P.E. lessons. Track suits can be worn for outdoor P.E. between October half-term and
Y4 children will need a swimming costume/trunks for their swimming lessons. Each year 4
class swims for 1 hour per week for 1 term (approx 10 weeks).
An art/craft apron is needed for these lessons (an old shirt, reversed, with cut down sleeves
is ideal as it can be thrown away if it becomes badly soiled).
A hat is essential during the summer, to protect your child from the sun.
Jewellery is not permitted except for a signet ring and one stud only in each ear – no more!
Hair bands should be small and plain. Nail varnish should not be worn.
We do not allow children to artificially change the colour of their hair in line with extreme
fashions. Neither do we allow inappropriate hair adornments or shaving designs into the hair.
Children should not bring toys, novelties etc. to school except for a specific purpose e.g. to
support a project in class or, for young infants, to show the class a present etc. Any
equipment brought to school is at the child‟s own risk.
Visits and Residential Trips
You will be informed by letter of a school trip that your child will undertake. Usually this will
be asking for money as well as your permission!
Local visits on foot do not require your permission. Your child may walk to Armada Park, the
Grammar Schools, Sherwell Valley Parks or other local venues without your permission. We
will, of course, ensure adequate supervision.
Other visits on foot, which could be perceived as dangerous e.g. a visit to the beach, Torquay
Library or Cockington Village, will only take place after you have given your permission.
We organise residential visits in years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Year 3 children visit the Wembworthy Centre in North Devon for two days environmental
study and outdoor activity.
Year 4 children visit the Start Bay Centre at Slapton (near Kingsbridge) studying the coast
and village settlement.
Year 5 children spend a week in the summer term on a longer residential visit at the Mill
Rythe Activity Centre in Hampshire.
The children in Year 6 have the opportunity to spend a week in France. They visit
Disneyland, Paris, a French market and other venues relating to work they are doing in their
Charging for School Activities
There is a policy for charging for school activities. In summary, the school will ask for a
payment for the cost of a visit or trip. If insufficient payments are forthcoming the visit may be
You will be „charged‟ for the cost of materials for something your child makes at school, e.g.
cooking, craft, or a „model‟ if it is taken home.
We „charge‟ for the cost of board and lodging on a residential trip.
Home learning is regularly provided to support the child‟s learning at school. Children will be
expected to learn tables and spellings and to read their set book or read for pleasure at
home. Either the child or the parent should record any reading in the Reading Diary.
Work may be sent home for completion if the child did not make the required effort at school
or if a child is particularly interested in a topic.
Older children may well be set work in Maths and English on a weekly basis. We believe that
over the course of a week the following amounts of homework are acceptable:
Years 1 and 2 – 15 to 20 minutes per day.
Years 3 and 4 – 20 to 30 minutes per day.
Years 5 and 6 – 30 minutes per day.
There is a Homework Policy available at school.
1. Visitors must report to the reception office upon arrival, where they will be provided with a
2. The school is a no-smoking area. This includes the playgrounds, car park area etc.
Please respect this fact and help us, by your example, to educate youngsters for a
3. Parents are requested to leave their children on the playground once they have settled
into school. We would expect this to be within one term of starting school. When your
child can make his/her own way into school he/she has gained a little bit of independence.
4. Infants must be collected at 3.20 p.m. from the Infant Playground.
5. Your child should let us know if anything is lost. We will then make a search for it.
6. We ask for your co-operation in keeping dogs off our driveway and school grounds.
7. Children are not allowed to ride bicycles to school, but we do have a scooter store, which
is locked during the day.
8. Please let us know, as a matter of urgency, if you change your address or telephone
number. If your circumstances change e.g. separation, divorce, remarriage, it is helpful to
us if we are aware of this and then we can act appropriately.
9. We have a vehicle barrier fitted at the main entrance. This prevents any vehicle entering
school during the time that children are on site and therefore improves the safety of our
pupils. The barrier is closed between 8.00 a.m. and 5.15 p.m. You will need to park
outside the school and walk in to collect children at all times. You should speak/write to
the Headteacher if you feel you or your child have a disability that makes it necessary for
you to drive onto the school site at the beginning/end of the day. He may issue you with a
10. Please DO NOT park on the yellow zig-zags or in the marked bus bays. These areas are
to be kept clear to maintain a visibility splay for children crossing the road. Fixed penalty
notices are issued to vehicles breaking the law.
Transfer to Secondary School
In Torbay children can opt to take a Selection Test at age 11 (approx.). Details of secondary
schools and the complete selection process are sent to parents as children begin Y6. A
meeting for Y5 and Y6 parents is held each September at which the Headteacher explains
the secondary transfer procedure – following guidance from the Local Authority.
Secondary selection tests are sat on Saturdays. Each selective school marks the papers.
Parents are notified by a sealed letter of their child‟s allotted school.
These tests do not assess knowledge gained in the Y6 class; they assess pupils‟ abilities and
intelligence developed during all their years at school.
Number of Sherwell Valley pupils transferred
School 2007 2008
TORQUAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 32 21
Mixed: Age 11 – 16
TORQUAY GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR GIRLS 6 8
Girls only: Age 11 - 18
TORQUAY BOYS' GRAMMAR SCHOOL 5 6
Boys: Age 11 - 18
WESTLANDS BILATERAL SCHOOL Selective 3 2
Mixed: Age 11 - 18
WESTLANDS BILATERAL SCHOOL Non-selective 1 10
Mixed: Age 11 - 18
ST CUTHBERT MAYNE COMPREHENSIVE 5 8
Mixed: Age 11 - 18
PAIGNTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE 3 3
Mixed: Age 11 – 18
KNOWLES HILL SCHOOL 5 3
Mixed: Age 11 - 18
CHURSTON FERRERS GRAMMAR SCHOOL 1 0
Mixed: Age 11 - 18
KING EDWARD VI COMMUNITY SCHOOL 3 1
Mixed: Age 11 – 18
COOMBESHEAD COLLEGE 1 1
Mixed Age 11 - 18
Arrangements for Emergency School Closure
In the event of emergency closure, due to snow, power cuts etc., a notice would be put on
the main school gate and a message would be broadcast on local radio. If the school is
closed you should assume that it remains closed until you hear to the contrary.
If your child makes his/her own way to school unaccompanied, please instruct him/her as to
what to do if the school is closed. There would normally be a member of staff on the
Please do not, under any circumstance, phone local radio stations or Oldway about
emergency closures, as chaos would be caused to the phone lines of all concerned. If
we need to close the school during the day, don’t ring us - we’ll ring you!
We have a crossing patrol on Hawkins Avenue.
If your child comes to school alone, please instruct him/her as to what to do if the patrol is not
You are responsible for your child‟s safe journey to and from school. We regularly remind
children of “stranger danger”.
The following policies are available for inspection at school.
LEA Curriculum Statement
Governors policy for the curriculum
Department for Education documents on the National Curriculum
Any H.M.I. reports on the school
Current schemes of work
The Curriculum Complaints procedure
The agreed syllabus for R.E.
Home School Links
Our school works well because of the partnership between parents, children and the school.
We listen to the views of parents and children and take these into account when planning for
The school newsletter is published on the first Friday each month. This contains
important information on forthcoming events and news about things happening at school. It
is given to the oldest child in each family. Please search in your child‟s bag for it or you may
miss vital information.
The Reading Diary is a place where the parents can make comments for the teacher and
vice versa. Please check daily when you listen to your child read.
Attendance at Parents‟ Evenings is expected. They are held twice a year (Autumn and
Spring) and are opportunities for you to find out how your child is getting on. At the end of
the year you will receive a written report from your child‟s class teacher. This will provide a
summary of your child‟s performance in all areas and may offer guidance as to what he/she
needs to build on in the next year. You receive a “Pupil Progress Report” towards the end of
We operate a very successful School Council. Each class (Y2 – Y6) elects two children –
one boy and one girl – each September to serve for the year on the School Council.
Each class holds a regular class council meeting, discussing items of interest to them. Thei r
Councillors bring one item forward for the agenda of the Full Council: Councillors, SENCo,
Deputy and Staff representatives.
The discussions and actions at Council Meetings ensure that the views of the pupils are
taken into consideration on issues of school development.
Each March, the school gives questionnaires to all pupils and parents, seeking their views of
our school. Appropriate action is taken at school to address issues raised and all
suggestions are considered. The Deputy writes to all parents who make specific written
Sherwell Valley Primary School
Parents’ and Carers’ Questionnaire: 2008 Number of responses: 136
Strongly Agree Disagree Strongly Don’t
Agree Disagree know
1. My child likes school. 63 35 1 0 1
2. My child is making good progress. 55 42 2 0 1
3. Staff treat my child fairly.
49 48 1 0 1
4. Children in the school behave well. 32 58 4 0 6
5. I feel that my child is safe and well cared for at school. 50 49 1 0 1
6. The school works well to promote positive relationships 42 54 2 1 1`
between home and school.
7. Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated
over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied
to defend themselves. 29 56 4 1 10
As far as I am aware, the school deals effectively with problems
between children, including bullying.
8. Teaching is good. 55 45 0 0 0
9. I am kept well informed about how my child is getting on. 49 48 3 0 0
10. I feel comfortable about approaching the school with
questions, or with a problem, or with a complaint. 48 50 1 1 1
11. Staff e xpect my child to work hard and do his/her best. 52 46 1 0 1
12. The school is led and managed well. 50 48 1 0 1
13. People from different backgrounds are treated equally by
the pupils. 30 49 1 0 20
14. As far as I am aware, the school deals effectively with 27 43 0 0 29
incidents of racism.
15. The school seeks the views of parents and takes account of 29 60 3 0 8
their suggestions and concerns.
16. The school is responsive to comments made by parents via 22 65 1 0 12
the Questionnaire, Open Forum etc.
17. The school provides appropriate homework. 30 61 4 0 4
18. The school provides opportunities for me to find out how I
can help my child at home. 32 63 2 0 3
19. Staff encourage my child to become mature and
independent. 42 54 1 0 4
20. There is a good range of extra-curricular activities which my
child finds interesting and enjoyable. 37 56 4 0 3
21. The arrangements for my child to settle in when he/she
started at school were good. 44 51 4 0 1
22. The buildings and grounds provide an attractive
environment for my child. 51 48 0 0 1
Sherwell Valley Primary School
Young Person‟s Questionnaire: 2008
Years 1 - 6. Number of response s: 450
Agree Not sure Di sagree
1. I enjoy coming to school. 84 6 10
2. Our school is a pleasant place to learn. 92 5 3
3. I attend school every day unless I am ill. 92 2 6
4. I enjoy most of my lessons. 87 4 9
5. I get on well with teachers. 87 6 7
6. I get on well with other pupils. 85 7 8
7. I get on well with L.S.A.s. 86 7 7
8. I get on well with M.T.A.s (dinner ladies ). 74 7 19
9. I find the level of work about right. 79 7 14
10. I usually manage to complet e all my homework. 81 5 14
11. I think the amount of homework is about right. 76 4 20
12. If I have a problem with work, I can talk to an adult. 88 6 6
13. If I have a problem with work, I can talk to a school friend. 81 5 14
14. If I have a problem with friends, the school will help me to 77 7 16
sort it out.
15. Children who make racist remarks are dealt with by school 68 24 8
16. If I have any other worries, I can talk to an adult in school. 87 5 8
17. If I have any worries, I can talk to a school friend. 86 7 7
18. There is no bullying in our school. 68 13 19
19. I feel safe from bullying when I am in school. 70 10 20
20. I think the school deals with bullying well. 73 16 11
21. I think I am doing well at school. 88 6 6
22. I have enough help and guidance in lessons. 87 5 8
23. There are many clubs to join at lunchtimes and aft er 85 6 9
24. I think the school listens to the views of pupils. 81 10 9
Staff, Governors and Holiday Dates
Headteacher Mr. R.A. Hughes
School Address Sherwell Valley Primary School
Torquay. TQ2 6ES
Telephone 01803 613296
Fax 01803 617038
Website address www.sherwell-valley-primary.torbay.sch.uk
School Status County Primary Day School
for pupils aged 4/11. Roll 604
Local Authority Torbay Council
Address Civic Offices
Telephone 01803 208208
Acting Director of Children’s Services
Mr A. Porter
Education Services Directorate
Teaching Staff – September 2008
Headteacher Mr R A Hughes
Deputy Head Mr J Kingston
Unit Leader KS0 (Foundation) Mrs D Gaywood
Unit Leader KS1 Miss C Welsh
Unit Leader KS2a Mr A Lockyer
Unit Leader KS2b Mr J Kingston
Mrs J Bridges Miss L Rodgers
Mrs L Johnson Miss H Arnold
Mrs A Keany Mr D Brown
Mrs D Channon Miss J Harris
Mrs P Radford Mrs S Griggs
Miss E Lampitt Miss A Penlington
Mr D Stephens Mrs R Jenkins
Mrs C Jenkins Mrs R Jo hnson-Bolt
Miss H Richards Miss A Knowles
Mrs S Vallance Mrs J Deacon
Miss J Barber Mrs M Harrity
Miss A Woodmancy Mrs E Penford
Miss R Ward Mrs L Atkey
Miss R Barnaby Miss L Collier
Learning Support Assistants
Mrs M Adams Mrs S Gilbert
Mrs L Adderley Mrs C Grimes
Miss N Billis Mrs B Gue
Mrs V Broadhurst Mrs K Hancock
Mrs G Broome Mrs L Harper
Mrs K Bull Mrs M Harvey-Trott
Mrs T Clark Mrs J Hilton
Miss A Corderoy Mrs J Luxton
Mrs T Corderoy Mrs D Matthews
Mrs E Crook Mrs K Mitchell
Mrs J Davey Miss C Morgan
Mrs J Deakin Mrs A Rastrick-Perkins
Mrs L Deeley Mrs A Reshad
Mrs D Easson Mrs F Roberts
Mrs D Fenner Mrs C Rodda
Mrs G Gartrell Mrs P Taylor
Mrs D Fenner Mrs P Williams
Mrs G Gartrell
Office Manager Mrs J Garswood
Finance Officer Mrs D Harding
Clerical Assistant Mrs D Tombs
Library Assistant Mrs G Gartrell
Attendance Clerk Mrs K Hancock
Site Manager Mr E Bowden
Deputy site manager Mr B Cook
Kitchen Manager Mrs J Bowman
Out of School Care Miss C Morgan Mrs L Cook
Mrs M Adams Mrs T Grimes
Miss A Corderoy
Board of Governors
Chairman Mr S Penford
Vice chairman Mr S Kneath
Headteacher Mr R Hughes
Clerk to the Governors Mrs J Hilton
Governors Mr M Andrews Mr A Hotine
Mrs C Burcham Mrs J Luxton
Mr R Cassidy Mrs D Matthews
Miss A Coish Mrs S Payne
Mr D Cowell Mrs G Poore
Mr R Downs Mrs S Price
Ms S Hand
Holiday dates are determined at least one year in advance. The dates below are for the
period September 2008 to July 2010.These dates (particularly those for the following
year) are provisional; they are confirmed (and changed if necessary) in the newsletter.
Staff Training Day 1st September
School opens 2nd September 8.50 a.m.
Half-term 27th – 31st October
School closes 18th December 2.30 p.m.
Staff Training Day 5 th January
School opens 6th January 8.50 a.m.
Half-term 16th – 20th February
School closes 3rd April 2.30 p.m.
School opens 20th April 8.50 a.m.
May Day 4th May
Half-term 25th – 29th May
School closes 16th July 2.30 p.m.
The following dates are provisional
Staff Training Day 1st September
School opens 2nd September 8.50 a.m.
Half-term 26th – 30th October
Staff Training Day 13th November
School closes 18th December 2.30 p.m.
School opens 4th January 8.50 a.m.
Half-term 15th – 19th February
School closes 1st April 2.30 p.m.
School opens 19th April 8.50 a.m.
Half-term 31st May to 11th June
School closes 23rd July 2.30 p.m.