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TACOLNESTON C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL Norwich Road, Tacolneston, Norwich, NR16 1AL Telephone: 01508 489336 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org HEAD TEACHER Mrs. Lisa Blowfield SENIOR TEACHER Mr. Warren Finn TEACHING STAFF Mrs. Christina Douglas Mrs. Alison Willis Miss. Joanna Diaper Mrs. Lynn Fry PERIPATETIC MUSIC Mrs. Evans (Woodwind) Mr. Cross (Violin) Mr. Sam Ward (Drumming) Mr. Robert Glover (Piano) SECRETARY Mrs. Ria Durrant TEACHING ASSISTANTS Mrs. Carolyne Watt Mrs. Linda Ludkin Mrs. Sharon Wyer Mrs. Linda Bird LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANTS Mrs. Hayley Schofield SENIOR MIDDAY SUPERVISOR Mrs. Rosemary Cook MIDDAY SUPERVISORS Mrs. Michelle Norman Mr. Andrew Hyde CATERING ASSISTANTS Mrs. Donna Youngman Tacolneston C of E Primary School SCHOOL GOVERNORS Mr. Rob Poole (Chair) LEA Governor Mrs. Lisa Blowfield Head teacher Mrs. Jenny Cooper (SEN) Foundation Governor Mr. Derek Vivian Foundation Governor Mrs. Tina Douglas Staff Governor Mrs. Helen Gowing (Foundation Stage) LEA Governor Mr. Chris Durrant (Finance) Community Governor Mr. Philip Singleton Parent Governor Mr. Robert Mayes Parent Governor Mrs. Ria Durrant Clerk Mrs. Linda Bird Support Staff Governor Mrs. Sam Forman Parent Governor Dr. Bethan Gulliver Parent Governor FRIENDS OF TACOLNESTON SCHOOL (F.O.T.S) (Chair) Mark Holmes (Treasurer) Bethan Gulliver (Secretary) Linda Visser HEAD OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES Lisa Christensen 01603 222222 Tacolneston C of E Primary School TACOLNESTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL The site is owned by the Church, but the school is controlled and funded by the LEA SCHOOL AIMS Our aim is to encourage each child to achieve the highest standard of excellence in relation to their own ability and age in all aspects of their school life. The school aims to: - provide the highest quality of teaching and learning within a stimulating & creative environment offer a broad and challenging curriculum which includes the requirements of the National Curriculum. We plan to use the resources of people, time and money to the best advantage of the children. Our aim is to: - provide a happy and challenging learning atmosphere within a well disciplined, safe and secure environment. provide a place where everyone's contribution is valued, where we help children to appreciate cultural diversity and develop their own spiritual awareness. Tacolneston C of E Primary School OUR CREED We believe in the unique dignity and worth of every person. Whilst on the school premises, we expect everybody – staff, children, parents, governors and visitors – to treat each other with the same respect and consideration as they have a right to be treated. The Norfolk Curriculum Policy Statement declares: “All pupils of each school have a right of access to its opportunities, regardless of ability, age, gender, physical ability, capability or characteristics, racial or ethnic group, religious beliefs and social background." Therefore, all adults in our school will encourage each child to achieve the highest standard of excellence in relation to their own ability and age in all aspects of their school life. The School aims to:- * provide the highest quality of teaching and learning within a stimulating and creative environment; * offer a broad and challenging curriculum which includes the requirements of the National Curriculum. * provide a happy and challenging atmosphere within a well-disciplined, safe and secure environment; * provide a place where everyone's contribution is valued, where we help children to appreciate cultural diversity and develop their own spiritual awareness. As a church school, the ethos will recognise its historic foundation and preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with Christian principles, beliefs and practice. The school will aim to serve its community by providing an education, which challenges racism and discrimination and promotes good relations between people of different racial and religious groups. It will prepare pupils to become full citizens in today's multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith society. In return, we expect our children to arrive in school refreshed and ready to learn; to engage in their learning; and to show respect and courtesy towards everyone involved in their education and well being. Childhood is valid in itself; it is not just a time to get ready for the next school or to get ready for work. The above declaration and consequent policies apply to all members of the school community - pupils, staff, parents/guardians, governors and extends to visitors, contractors and to those working in partnership with our school. Tacolneston C of E Primary School School Organisation From September 2010 we will be 81 on roll: - YrR 14 Y1 11 Yr2 9 Yr3 12 Yr4 12 Yr5 13 Yr6 10 The children will work in mainly mixed age classes; Class Key Stage Year Group Kingfishers Foundation Stage R Key Stage 1 1 Robins Key Stage 1 2 Eagles Key Stage 2 3&4 Sparrowhawks Key Stage 2 5&6 Times of the School Sessions The playground is staffed from 8.30am and the bell is rung at 8.40am. Parents of children in Reception and Year 1 are welcome to come into the school with the children. Foundation, Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 : 8.50am – 3.15pm Class Organisation The school currently has an admission number of approximately twelve in each year group. The classes for this academic year will be arranged as follows: Reception and Year 1 taught by Miss Diaper and Mrs Fry Year 2 taught by Mrs Douglas Year 3 and 4 taught by Mrs Willis and Mrs Fry Year 5 and 6 taught by Mr Finn Tacolneston C of E Primary School Admissions By law children must start statutory education full time at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. Where admission is offered prior to compulsory school age, parents may defer their child’s entry into school until later in that academic year. For community and Church of England schools, children born between 1st September and the end of February may start school full time at the beginning of the autumn term before their fifth birthday. Tacolneston C. of E. Primary School offers children who will reach their fifth birthday between 1st March and 31st August five part time sessions each week throughout the autumn term. The times of these sessions will be 8.50am until 12.00 mid-day. Our admission policy allows children to start school earlier than the law requires. However the law also allows parents to ask for their child to be admitted but lets them delay the start date until later in the school year. Your child must start school by the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday and the place must be taken up by the start of the summer term. If you inform us that you wish to delay your child’s entry the place will be held and will not be offered to another child. If there are more applications for places than there are places available, the Local Education Authority will give preference to children living nearest the school according to the following criteria in this order of priority: 1. Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs naming that school. 2. Children who live within the designated area and have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission. 3. Children who live outside the designated area and have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission. Tacolneston C of E Primary School The Governors The Governors of Tacolneston C of E Primary School The Governors at Tacolneston C of E School are a body comprising local people, some of whom are parent governors and some who are or have been involved in education at different levels. The Governors appoint from among them a Chair and a Vice Chair and hold meetings approximately every two months. In addition they also meet in small sub-committees with the following responsibilities: • Finance • Curriculum • Personnel • Premises (Including Health and Safety) • Communications This is a précis of the chief areas where the Governors are involved in decision making, with advice from the Head:- • To approve the budget plan each financial year • To be involved in selection panels for staffing appointments and pay discretions. (The governors alone bear responsibility for Head Teacher appointments). • To ensure the National Curriculum is taught to all pupils and to agree, reject and review policy. • To establish and implement performance management policy. • To set and publish targets for school improvement. • To decide on behaviour policy. • To set admissions policy. • To ensure provision of R.E. and that there is a daily act of collective worship. • To ensure that there is planning in place for the maintenance and development of the school buildings and site. • To ensure that health and safety issues are resolved adhering to policy. In broad terms, the Governing Body acts as a 'critical friend' to the Head Teacher, offering support, constructive advice, being a sounding board for ideas and offering honest opinions about new proposals. The Governing Body will challenge by asking questions, seeking information, improving proposals and ensuring that the school is moving towards achieving the vision. At Tacolneston C of E Primary School, we endeavour to achieve all of these things and the governing body works closely with the whole school staff to ensure that the school continues to work towards its vision and objectives. We welcome feedback from all parents, old and new. Tacolneston C of E Primary School The Curriculum The school follows the National Curriculum. This requires all schools to have a broad and balanced curriculum which i) promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society ii) prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Children will be taught by their class teacher for most of the time. This allows for relationships of understanding and trust to be built up during the school year. There are times when your son/daughter will be taught by other members of staff. We try to ensure that all children are challenged whilst those who have learning difficulties are supported. We appreciate that each child is an individual and ensure that they are treated as such. The school will deal with children’s needs in stages, matching the level of help to the needs of the pupils. The procedures laid down in the Special Needs Policy correspond to the national Code of Practice. Areas of Study Literacy Our aim is to make the children literate, to love books and to read fluently with enjoyment and understanding. Speaking and listening to your child is a vital part of your child’s education and we encourage speaking and listening in every part of the curriculum. During their time at the school, the children will have the opportunity to develop their writing skills by writing for a variety of purposes and a variety of audiences. All children across the school are taught phonics and spelling strategies on a daily basis. Numeracy The children are involved in mathematical activities on a daily basis. The children learn to be comfortable and play with numbers, to develop their understanding of other areas such as measurement, shape, space and data handling. The acquisition of fast and accurate mental arithmetic lies at the heart of Numeracy. We aim to let the children apply their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts in problem solving and real life situations. Science Science work in school attempts to stimulate the children’s curiosity and interest in the world around them. Scientific concepts are developed through the children’s own investigations and experience. Tacolneston C of E Primary School Religious Education Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus, a copy of which may be viewed in school. Our aim is to develop children’s understanding of and sensitivity towards Christianity and other world religions, themselves as people and the world in which they live. Parents wishing to withdraw their child from Religious Education should discuss this with the Head teacher. Collective Worship Children take part in daily Christian collective worship. Parents wishing to withdraw their child from the devotional part of this assembly should discuss this with the Head teacher. Early Years Foundation Stage In the Reception year the children follow the six areas of learning from the Government guidance (Early Learning Goals), covering Communication/Language, Literacy, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy, Personal and Social, Creative and Physical Development and Knowledge and Understanding of the World. We work closely with parents to ensure that the children feel included, secure and valued. We provide opportunities for children to engage in activities planned by adults and those that they plan and initiate themselves. Design Technology Children undertake work in small groups to develop skills of design, construction and evaluation using a variety of materials and processes. Information and Communication Technology Each classroom has a bank of networked computers and internet access. In addition there are 4 interactive whiteboards and sixteen laptops for the children’s use. The children also have the opportunity to use digital cameras and digital microscopes. Children become confident in using Information and Communication Technology in a variety of contexts. They are taught how to use a variety of programs and use ICT to develop their learning in all other areas of the curriculum. History and Geography Our aim is to develop the children’s curiosity and awareness both in the past and in their local environment and to foster interest and knowledge about the world and its people. These subjects are often incorporated into our cross curricular approach to learning. Tacolneston C of E Primary School Physical Education The school has excellent field and playground facilities for outdoor activities. We also have a very well equipped hall for dance and gymnastics. Every child will have at least two hours of physical education each week. Children in years 2 to 6 will swim for at least one term every year. After school clubs are available all year, including archery, football, tennis. gymnastics and mini olympics. Art A varied programme of artwork emphasises observation and creativity. The children are encouraged to express themselves through drawing, painting, craft activities and develop aesthetic qualities. Music Class music lessons encompass practical and creative music making as well as extending children’s knowledge of more formal music styles. We offer music tuition for recorder, piano, woodwind, violin and drums. Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) Through PSHE we aim to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active responsible citizens. The subject forms part of the timetable but is also included in all other subjects within the curriculum. Sex and Relationships Education Sex and Relationships Education is taught as part of the PSHE curriculum. Parents are given an opportunity to view any DVDs that will be shown to the children in this subject area. Parents wishing to withdraw their child from Sex and Relationship Education should discuss this with the Head teacher. Homework Homework is an important area for teachers, children and parents to work together. The school’s homework policy is available on request. As a regular part of homework all children are expected to read at home on a regular structured basis. Key Stage 1 children will occasionally have an activity to do at home to reinforce work at school. But ongoing reading, work on letter sounds, key words, writing, number recognition are the key areas for regular home input. Tacolneston C of E Primary School Key Stage 2 children have a homework diary, which they are expected to keep daily and will be checked by a member of staff. The purpose of the diary is for parents to check homework has been done and to help the children to remember what they are to do. Homework is set on a regular basis involving a range of subjects and activities, but always every day a period of reading. Teacher Consultation At the beginning of each term parents are invited into each class for a parent’s briefing during the school day. This is an opportunity for teachers to explain what the children will be learning during the term as well as explain the routines of the class. In the Autumn and Spring term there are consultation evenings for parents to come in and discuss their child’s progress. Children’s work is assessed on a regular basis to ensure that the work set is matched to the ability of the pupil to ensure that they are supported and challenged. These records are available for parents to see and are used by staff to compile the yearly report. At the end of every academic year you will receive a Record of Achievement, which contains an assessment of your child’s progress in every area of the curriculum and gives the next steps for the children to aim for in order to make further progress. Tacolneston C of E Primary School Educational Visits In addition to the various visits that the children are taken on, the school encourages a variety of visitors both of which support their learning in school. Whenever children are taken out of school parents are notified in advance and if a coach trip is involved parental permission sought. The school believes in offering all children the opportunity to take part in out of school activities. These visits and some of the visitors are dependent upon voluntary contributions by parents to cover all or part of the cost and would be unable to take place without parental contributions. Expenses are kept as low as possible, but in cases of financial difficulty please contact the Head teacher as help may be available. Risk assessments are carried out before any trip takes place. If insufficient voluntary contributions are received then visits may have to be cancelled. How Hill We have a regular visit for year 3 & 4 children to How Hill near Ludham. This visit lasts for two and a half days and offers wonderful opportunities for every kind of learning – social, aesthetic and academic. Kingswood A residential trip for two and a half days takes place for children in years 5 & 6. This year children were challenged to develop their outdoor and adventurous skills at the Kingswood Centre at West Runton. Tacolneston C of E Primary School Behaviour/Discipline We expect a good standard of conduct, thoughtfulness and a caring attitude to everyone, whether it is child or adult. Our aim is to encourage self-discipline, respect for others, good manners and responsibility with the children both for their social relationships and their environment. All of these aims are expanded in our Behaviour Policy and are reflected in Our Creed. This creed incorporates the ethos statement required for a Church School. In return, we expect our children to arrive in school refreshed and ready to learn; to engage in their learning; and to show respect and courtesy towards everyone involved. A reward system of stamps and gold awards are used to promote positive behaviour. Bullying and racist behaviour is not tolerated and the school follows the procedures based on the Norfolk County Council guidelines. Safety Issues • Entrance to the school grounds is by the pedestrian gate, please don’t cross through the car park. • On arrival all visitors and parents should report to the school office. • Parents should not park in the car park. • Everyone in the school community must walk when moving around the school and display courtesy and consideration for others. • Pupils are responsible for their own belongings at all times when in school. Please ensure that all items are marked clearly with the pupil’s name using name tapes or permanent marker. • For safety reasons children must not play on the playground equipment unless a member of staff is present and has agreed that the equipment can be used. Therefore when dropping off and collecting your child/ren please ensure that they, and their siblings, keep off the play equipment. • Children attending after school music lessons must be accompanied by a parent if they wish to remain on site between the end of school and the start of their lesson. • All adults working in school are CRB checked. Tacolneston C of E Primary School School Attendance Daily Registration The bell rings at 8.40am and registration takes place at 8.50am, when all children are expected to be in class and ready to start the day. Registration is a legal requirement and the good practice of punctuality is expected and lateness noted. If a child is late for any reason this will be marked as an unauthorised absence. If a child arrives at school late he/she should be taken to the school office by his/her parent/carer to be signed in. Children’s Absences In the event of your child missing a day at school it is very important that you telephone the school before 9.30am with the reason for absence. This should be supported by a letter explaining your child’s absence on their return to school. If you know in advance a letter or email should be sent to the school office. We monitor attendance on a weekly basis and this may result in pupils with poor attendance being contacted by the Attendance Improvement Officer. Any absence without an explanation will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. Holidays during Term Time The authorisation of absences for holidays in term time is the responsibility of the school. Parent/carers do not have an automatic right to take the child/ren out of school during term time. The current educational law does make allowances for such holidays to be taken (the maximum allowable in any one year is ten days), but only in exceptional circumstances. These include parent/carers whose business/work dictates that the holiday cannot be taken at any other time. It also includes a range of ‘compassionate’ reasons. Holiday request forms can be obtained from the office. We would ask you to consider very carefully before you take your child away on holiday in term time. Illness or Accidents to Children during School Time If your child becomes ill during the day we will try to contact you to arrange for your child to be taken home. It is very important that our emergency contact details are kept up to date and alterations to telephone numbers etc are always reported to the school office as soon as possible. If your child has had sickness and/or diarrhoea then please keep them off school until 48 hours after the last bout (for Reception children this is 72 hours). Tacolneston C of E Primary School Uniform All clothing must be labelled Boy’s Uniform Girl’s Uniform School sweatshirt or fleece School sweatshirt, fleece or cardigan White polo shirt White polo shirt Grey trousers or shorts Grey skirt, pinafore or trousers Plain tights or socks Checked school dress (red or blue) Shoes Sensible, flat plain shoes in black should be worn. (Velcro if your child cannot manage laces) Wellies Children will require a pair of wellington boots to be kept permanently in school. Reception/year 1 children – waterproof trousers. (It is a legal requirement that children at this stage of the school spend 50% of their time outdoors. Waterproof trousers would increase their comfort at these times) P.E. Kit White t-shirt (not a polo shirt) Black shorts Trainers (velcro if your child cannot manage laces) Plain black tracksuit bottoms All items need to be placed in a named bag to be kept in school all the time. Swimming One piece costume (no bikinis) Trunks (no shorts) Swimming hat (cloth) Towel Goggles (optional) Art & Design Old shirt adjusted to be worn backwards with a loop for hanging it on a peg. Jewellery No necklaces etc. should be worn at school, stud earrings only and these should not be worn on PE and swimming days. Hair For safety reasons long hair (girls and boys) should be tied back/held back by simple bands, clips or slides. Tacolneston C of E Primary School Pastoral Care and Welfare It is the class teacher who is responsible for the day-to-day care of a child at school. If there are any particular changes in home circumstances that may affect a child please let the teacher know. Child Protection Procedure The school is committed to promoting the health and welfare of all pupils. We are required by law to follow procedures laid down by the Norfolk Area Children Protection Committee if we see signs that suggest that one of our pupils may have been a victim of abuse or neglect. Use of the procedures in this way is an obligation placed on the school by legislation and in no way infers that any parent/carer is being accused of wrong doing. Cooking and Design Technology Money If the children wish to take home their cooking and their design and technology projects we ask that a contribution is made to the cost. You will be advised of the exact amount at the beginning of the school year. Swimming Money Parents of children in years 2 – 6 are asked to make a contribution to the cost of swimming coaches. You will be advised of the exact amount at the beginning of the school year. Non-Smoking Policy The Governing Body recognises the need to provide a healthy working experience for staff and pupils and for the best possible example and role model to be given by adults on smoking related matters within and beyond the formal curriculum. The policy of the school is therefore that smoking should not take place anywhere on the school site or during off-site activities. This policy extends to anyone that enters the site. Links with the Community We aim to help children establish their responsibilities within both the local community and the wider world. To this end, we liaise with local churches, Norfolk Police Force, Road Safety Officer, Fire Service, Museum Service etc. Our school has a tradition of supporting charity work and each year raises money in a variety of ways for this purpose. Tacolneston C of E Primary School School Travel Plan We encourage the children to walk or cycle to school and often take part in walk to school campaigns. A cycle shelter is provided for those wishing to cycle to school. Norfolk County Council – Consideration of Complaints We welcome your views about our school. If you are unhappy about any aspect of your child’s experience at school please make an appointment with your child’s teacher. We would hope that a discussion with your child’s teacher would be enough to resolve any issue, but if you wish to take the matter further please make an appointment to see the Head teacher. If any matter cannot be resolved by the Head teacher, the Head teacher can give you a copy of the Complaints procedure. School Meals All the children eat their lunch in the hall. The school meals are brought from Wymondham and should be ordered each term. Dinner money at present is £2.00 per meal. This can be paid by cheque or in cash, cheques to be made payable to N.C.C. Dinner money is preferably paid on the first day of the week. The children have a menu to choose their meals each term. Copies of your child’s menu are kept at school but please keep a copy at home and remind your child in the morning before they come to school! A packed lunch may be brought to school if your child does not require a school dinner. Children may bring a drink of water or squash with their packed lunch; no drink is needed for hot meals as water is provided. The children may also, for break time, bring a piece of fruit but no sweets or biscuits are allowed. The Midday Supervisors and are appointed to care for the children at lunchtime. Any child who does not accept their authority cannot remain in school at during this time. Parent Helpers Parents with any special talents that can enrich the curriculum or just want to work alongside the children are welcomed. We would prefer this to be a regular commitment but will welcome any time you have to help. However, by law, we have to carry out a police check on persons helping within the school. This involves filling in a Criminal Records Bureau form. Please do not be put off by this, as it is to ensure that children are safe in school. Tacolneston C of E Primary School Confidentiality We ask you to respect confidentiality while working in school and work within our confidentiality policy. Friends of Tacolneston School (FOTS) There is an active Parents' Association, which has over the years raised money for the school and supported and added to our school life together. It is impossible to overstate the importance of the support and encouragement of parents in the education of young people. We set great store by the concept of the education process being a friendly partnership between home and school. We rely on the help of parents in many ways, and in far more than the obvious important aspects of fund raising and support at school events. In return we willingly commit ourselves to a high level of professional dedication and endeavour. Parents are valued as both regular and occasional helpers in school on an individual basis or as part of the FOTS. Volunteers are always welcomed enthusiastically. Over the years the FOTS has paid for many of the coach trips to enable us to visit many places of interest. They have also paid for some of the many visitors we have had in school who greatly enrich the children's knowledge. Equipment of various kinds has also been bought. If you would like to join the committee please contact the office. Tacolneston C of E Primary School SATs Results 2008 SATs are Standard Assessment Tests or Tasks. They are set for all 11 year olds (end of Key Stage 2) in primary schools. Teachers can also set SATs at the age of 7 (end of KS1) to help with the assessment of a child’s performance. Subjects covered At KS1 the SATs cover Maths and English (reading and writing). At KS2 the SATs cover Maths, Science and English (reading and writing). Results At 7 most children are expected to be working at level 2. At 11 most children are expected to be working at level 4. Schools are therefore measured on the percentage of children reaching level 2 at KS1 and level 4 at KS2. Key Stage 1 Results KS1 Maths results at level 2b and above – consistent improvement culminating with results 17% above the national average for 2008. KS1 Reading results at level 2b and above – all 7 years olds achieved a greater reading grade than the expected level 2. Tacolneston C of E Primary School Key Stage 1 Results KS1 Writing results at level 2b and above – once again results above both the Norfolk and national average. Key Stage 2 Results KS2 English (combined reading and writing) results at level 4 and above – consistent year on year improvement with 2008 results at 12% above the national average. KS2 Reading results at level 5 and above – 15% above the national average for 11 year olds achieving grades above the expected level 4. Tacolneston C of E Primary School Key Stage 2 Results KS2 Science results at level 4 and above – consistent achievment in science once again above both Norfolk and national averages. KS2 Maths results at level 5 and above – 12% above the national average for 11 year olds achieving grades above the expected level 4. KS2 combined English and Maths results at level 4 and above - consistent achievement in number of 11 year olds achieving above both Norfolk and national averages in both English and Maths. Tacolneston C of E Primary School
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