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GRANGE PRIMARY SCHOOL Webb Street, London, SE1 4RP Tel: 020 7771 6121 Fax: 020 7771 6109 Headteacher: Mrs Maddy Webb Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Tessa Holledge Assistant Headteacher: Mrs Joy Budhan PROSPECTUS Welcome to Grange Primary School The information in this booklet is correct at the time of compilation in July 2008. Any alteration to information contained within the prospectus will be circulated to parents in periodical newsletters. Grange Primary School Prospectus CONTENTS Mission Statement and Aims & Objectives Page 4 Governors and Staff List Page 5 Governors Role Page 6 School Organisation Page 7 School Procedures Page 8-11 The Curriculum and Learning at Grange Page 12-18 Extra-curricular Information Page 19 Pastoral Care Page 2 0-21 First Aid - accident / injury / illness Lunchtime Supervision Bullying - How it is viewed and dealt with School Security Messages Behaviour Policy Page 22 LEA Information Nursery oversubscription Page 23 Complaints Procedure Page 23 2 Grange Primary School Prospectus Headteacher: Madeleine Webb Chair of Governors: Jolyon Tibbitts Grange Primary School is a County Primary School for girls and boys aged 3 to 11 years old in the London Borough of Southwark. Grange Primary School, Webb Street, London, SE1 4RP Telephone: 020 7771 6121, Fax: 020 7771 6109 Local authority: Children’s Services London Borough of Southwark John Smith House, 144-152 Walworth Road London, SE17 1JL. Telephone 020 7525 5001. 3 Grange Primary School Prospectus MISSION STATEMENT “We promise that we will give all the children in our care the best possible education, in a safe, caring and happy environment. Statement of Aims and Objectives to celebrate children’s achievements to raise levels of achievement in school to develop the full potential of each child to have high expectations to recognise and value the differing backgrounds and experiences of all and build upon them to ensure full access to the curriculum for each child to develop independence, self-motivation and a passion for learning to develop children’s sense of self and well being to promote a welcoming, safe, secure, caring and disciplined environment to promote good communication to develop positive relationships with everyone based on mutual respect to educate for life long learning and living in a changing multi cultural society to provide an environment which is stimulating and challenging to promote the involvement of parents, carers and the wider community 4 Grange Primary School Prospectus THE GOVERNORS Mr Jolyon Tibbits - Chair Dr Angela Venters Mr Martin Sommerton Miss Angie Monid Miss Catherine Varnon Mr Graeme Brown Mrs Kathy Shaw Mr Alan Bugg Mr Ebenezer Daitey-Osabutey Mrs Menagai Rethinasamy Mr Tobias Latham Mr Earl Legister Clerk to Governors, Nicole Galea, Children’s Services Southwark, John Smith House, 144-152 Walworth Road, London, SE17 1JL. THE STAFF Headteacher – Mrs Maddy Webb Deputy Headteacher – Mrs Tessa Holledge Assistant Headteacher – Mrs Joy Budhan Teaching Staff Mrs Sue Crossland Miss Michelle Russell Miss Louise Russell Miss Ruth Webb Miss Rebecca Dunkin Miss Amina Rahman Miss Nicola Jones Miss Annabel Needham Mr Huw Tiplady Mr Alan Bugg Mrs Silje Hoyden Miss Sarah Wragg Miss Tina Grey Mr Phil Wain (EMAG & Special Needs) Learning Support Staff Miss Norma DeSani Mrs Funke Hammond Miss Shirley Jones l Mrs Toyin Taiwo Mrs Gill Murray Miss Stephanie Mitchell Mrs Grace OkeFamakinde Mrs Julie Davies Miss Kat Kolodziejczyk (Learning Mentor) Mrs Kathy Shaw Mrs Sue Mitchell Mrs Salma Pervaiz Mrs Mandy Howard Miss Claire Pooke Mr Joseph Howard Miss Kelly O’Connell Mrs Jan Codrai Miss Natasha Tomlin Miss Kerry Pelling Midday Meals Staff Miss Kelly O’Connell Mrs Kathy Shaw Mrs Sue Mitchell Mrs Jan Codrai Miss Shelley Hawkes Ms Beverley Banks Mrs Emma Dare Mrs Gill Murray Miss Rose Simpson Mrs Shirley Jones Home School Support Ms Diane Ketteringham - Home/School Liaison Worker Dr Miriam Poulton - Migrant Community Support Worker Administrative Staff Mrs Kim Edwards – Bursar Miss Kay White – Admin. Assistant Premises Catering Mr Robert Davies - Premises Officer Mr Richard Quinn, Catering Manager 5 GOVERNORS ROLE The Governors are an integral part of the structure of the school. They work closely with the headteacher, staff and parents to ensure that Grange Primary School continues to be a thriving and successful school. The Governors are appointed in several ways: four are appointed by the London Borough of Southwark; one is a teacher representative; four are representatives of parents; one is representative of the support staff, four are co-opted by the Governors for their areas of expertise. The Headteacher is also a Governor. The Clerk to the Governors is the Strategic Director of Education and Lifelong Learning and he sends a representative to our meetings to support governors. The Governing Body has responsibility for: - Raising achievement - Delivery of the curriculum - Care and safety of the children and staff - Appointment of staff - Management of the budget - Maintenance of the building The whole governing body meet at least three times a year, however, a lot of work is undertaken in various sub-committees and working groups. These are: Curriculum & Special Needs Committee Premises Committee (Incorporating Health and Safety General Purposes Committee There are also Capability, Complaints, Disciplinary, Exclusion & Grievance Panels which would meet when necessary. 6 Grange Primary School Prospectus SCHOOL ORGANISATION Grange Primary School is a Community Primary School with 286 girls and boys from the ages of 3-11. Classes We will have 11 classes at the start of the academic year. These are grouped by age: Foundation Stage Years and Key Stage 1 1 x Nursery Class 3/4 year olds (Nursery usually has 12 full time, 13 a.m. and 13 p.m. part time children) 2 x Reception Class 4/5 year olds 1 x Year 1 Class 5/6 year olds 1 x Year 1/2 Class 5/7 year olds 1 x Year 2 Class 6/7 year olds Key Stage 2 1 x Year 3 Class 7/8 year olds 1 x Year 3/4 Class 7/9 year olds 1 x Year 4 Class 8/9 year olds 1 x Year 5 Class 9/10 year olds 1 x Year 5/6 Class 9/11 year olds 1 x Year 6 Class 10/11 year olds School Times Nursery (Sun Class) Morning 9.00a.m. - 11.25a.m. Afternoon 1.00p.m. - 3.30p.m. Full Time 9.00a.m. - 3.30p.m. Infants & Juniors 8.55a.m. - 12.15p.m. 1.15p.m. - 3.30p.m. SCHOOL TERM DATES for 2008/09 Autumn Term- September 2008 to December 2008 1st Half of Term starts: Wednesday, 3rd September – INSET DAY Thursday, 4th September – Children return to school Half term: 27th October to 31st October (inclusive) nd 2 Half of Term starts: Monday, 3rd November – Children return to school th Term ends: Friday, 19 December Spring Term – January 2009 to April 2009 1st Half of Term starts: Monday, 5th January – Children return to school Half term: 16th February to 20 February (inclusive) nd rd 2 Half of Term starts: Monday, 23 February – INSET DAY Tuesday 24th February - Children return to school rd Term ends: Friday, 3 April Summer Term – April 2009 to July 2009 st th 1 Half of Term starts: Monday, 20 April –Children return to school Half term: 25th May to 29th May (inclusive) Monday 1st June – INSET DAY Tuesday 2nd June – INSET DAY 2nd Half of Term starts: Wednesday 3rd June – Children return to school Term ends: Tuesday 22nd July A further INSET day to be arranged 7 Grange Primary School Prospectus The start of the day Children for the Nursery with their parents/carers wait by the nursery gate for a 9.00a.m. start, and for the afternoon session for a 1.00p.m. start. At 8.55a.m. children line up in their classes, the infants in the infant playground, the juniors in the junior playground. A Breakfast Club starts at 8.00a.m. for children from Reception class and older. A reasonable charge is made for the food available. Children who are late should use the main entrance. The end of the session/day Please collect nursery children from the nursery at 11.25a.m. for the morning session and 3.30p.m. for the afternoon and end of full time session. Year 1 children are collected from the Bottom Hall; Year 2 children from their playground and the juniors from the side door by the nursery entrance at 3.30p.m. Parents are asked to wait for their children to come out of school. Please make sure that you pick up your children on time. Enquiries Please would all visitors report to the school office. The school office will be open for parent enquiries from 8.30am – 9.30am, and in the afternoon between 3.30pm and 4pm. It is advisable to make an appointment if you wish to discuss any matter with the Headteacher.or your child’s class teacher, it is best to make an appointment via the school office. Unless specifically instructed, visitors to the school, including parents, are not permitted to enter restricted areas of the school, e.g. classrooms. There is a comfortable seating area for parents and visitors to wait for appointments with school staff. Emergency Contact All parents/carers are requested to fill in an Emergency Contact Form in September giving daytime telephone numbers as well as home numbers. Please make sure that we have these emergency contact telephone numbers for you in case we have to get in touch with you during the day. Please also let us have the name of a friend or relative who would be able to deal with any problems during the day in case parents cannot be contacted. Would you please make sure that you let us know of any changes of address or telephone number throughout the year. A land-line telephone number is preferable as mobile telephones are expensive to call and we wish to devote as much money as possible to buying books and equipment for your children. 8 Grange Primary School Prospectus Absence Please let us know if you child is going to be away from school for a planned absence, for example a hospital, dentist or doctors’ appointment. If your child is away through illness we need a message by phone on the first day of illness. When your child returns please send a note into school. We need to know about all absences. It is important that all children come to school every day. We need to have a record of all absences, i.e. medical appointment, or illness etc. Attendance and punctuality is monitored by Children’s Services - Southwark and the Education Welfare Service. Children should arrive on time every day for school. Our Home/School Liaison Officer may contact you if you do not let us know your child is away. If we do not know why your child is away then it is an un-authorised absence. Be on time at five to nine! Holidays during term time Please do not take your children out of school for holidays during term time as this disrupts their education. However, we do realise that some times this is unavoidable. The Headteacher can only allow up to 10 school days a year. Please fill in a holiday request form (available from the school office) before you go away for the Headteacher to sign if your holiday is during term time. Any additional days are counted as unauthorised absences Emergencies If you have to take your child out of school during the day in an emergency, please come to the office before collecting your child and sign them out. Secondary Transfer Children from Grange Primary School transfer to a great number of schools in the September after the end of year 6. A meeting for Year 6 parents to inform them of their options about secondary education is held in the previous autumn term. Individual interviews to advise parents on procedures are also held if requested. 9 Grange Primary School Prospectus Security All the main external entrance doors to the school are locked using digital locks. Please use the main school entrance door when you come to the school and go to the school office. We have CCTV cameras which cover all entrances to the school grounds. School Lunches and Free Meals A balanced midday meal is available at £1.75 per day. School meals should be paid for in advance at the beginning of each week. Should you feel you may be entitled to a free school meal please contact the school office to fill in a form to apply for them. Your child may, if they wish, bring a packed lunch to school which should not contain sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks. We promote healthy eating. Children should not vary their lunch requirements between school meals and packed lunch . We ask parents to inform us at the beginning of term or half term if their child wishes to change from a school meal to packed lunch. Charging Policy Pupils will not be charged for material used in their work in school. It is sometimes necessary to ask parents to make a voluntary contribution for school trips both day and residential. No child may be excluded by the school if they are unable to make the voluntary contribution. If enough voluntary contributions are not received then the trip may have to be cancelled. Most trips are subsidised by the school. A charge may be levied if your child causes damage to school property or resources. School Uniform Grange Primary School has a school uniform which all children are expected to wear. A school sweatshirt and polo shirt in royal blue with the school logo are available from the school office at a reasonable cost. We have recently added a reversible jacket to our range which is both warm and waterproof. Book bags are also available. School uniform is sold on Wednesday mornings between 8.30 and 9.30a.m. Our winter uniform consists of: Grange sweatshirt (available from the school)/royal blue jumper, cardigan, sweatshirt white shirt/blouse grey or black trousers, skirt or pinafore dress tie, (available from the school) for the warmer weather: blue short sleeved T-shirt with the Grange School logo (available from the school) white short sleeved shirt grey/black shorts/trousers, blue checked or striped dress PE kit is T-shirt and shorts, bare feet for indoor sessions, suitable footwear for outdoor sessions and tracksuit bottoms (optional). 10 Grange Primary School Prospectus Parent and Volunteer Helpers We are very keen to encourage both parents and volunteers to help in school. Helpers work with groups of children e.g. in art, or science, to hear readers, help with cooking and with other curriculum areas. We also ask parents to accompany us on some Educational trips. Please contact the school office for information. Lost Property Please mark all of your children’s clothing, particularly school uniform, coats, gloves scarf, PE kit and any clothes that your child may change in or out of during the day etc. with your child’s name. If your child loses an item of clothing in school, please check the lost property which is kept by the Parents Room. Any un-claimed items are disposed of at the end of each term. Jewellery & Personal Items Please do not send your child to school with any valuable jewellery we cannot accept responsibility if it is lost or damaged. Please ensure that any jewellery your child wears is not dangerous, i.e. signet rings, dangling earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Children have to remove their jewellery for all PE sessions. If earrings are worn these should be small studs or hoops. It is not advisable for children to bring money to school unless it is payment for trips, school meals (which should be handed in at the school office) or for the breakfast club. Sweets and drinks are not allowed. Water is available throughout the day from drinking fountains in the playground and available from water dispensers throughout the building. Children are discouraged from bringing mobile phones to school. No responsibility is accepted for personal items brought to school that are subsequently lost or damaged. 11 Grange Primary School Prospectus THE CURRICULUM How Children Learn In order to learn successfully children need to have: Positive self images through knowing they are valued for themselves. Equality of opportunity to gain full access to the curriculum. An atmosphere of positive relationships, stability, structure and security in which to learn. Well developed personal and social skills and a sense of morality together with sensitivity to others’ needs. A stimulating environment, appropriate tasks and tools. The opportunity to express themselves creatively and apply their skills and knowledge through problem solving and first hand experience. The National Curriculum English, Mathematics, Science and ICT form the Core Subjects in the National Curriculum. RE (Religious Education) is a compulsory subject, though children may be withdrawn from RE lessons. Consequently, these five important areas are allocated the greatest amount of teaching time in the school day. In addition there are seven foundation subjects: Art, Design & Technology, Geography, History, Music, PSHE (personal, social and health education), and P.E. (Physical Education). Together all these subjects help to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for our pupils and are taught in themed topic areas as part of the Creative Curriculum. These subjects are described in the National Curriculum Documents which are available in school. 12 Grange Primary School Prospectus School and Southwark Attainment Grange Primary School National Curriculum results are as follows: Key Stage One (age 7) % achieving Level 2 or above 2005 2006 2007 Reading School 76% 67% 62% Southwark 80% 78% 78% Writing School 68% 62% 62% Southwark 76% 74% 72% Maths School 84% 86% 78% Southwark 87% 85% 85% Science School 73% 79% 68% Southwark 83% 81% 80% Key Stage Two (age 11) % achieving Level 4 or above 2005 2006 2007 Reading School 75% 77% 79% Southwark 79% 80% 80% Writing School 38% 40% 76% Southwark 59% 58% 64% Maths School 69% 49% 67% Southwark 67% 69% 71% Science School 81% 74% 85% Southwark 78% 80% 82% 13 Grange Primary School Prospectus LEARNING AT GRANGE The teaching staff organise work, other than the core subjects for each class around themes selected for interest and appeal to the children. In this way, we are able to draw on the children’s enthusiasm and enjoyment to develop their understanding across the range of subjects. The curriculum for each age group is carefully planned to meet the needs of all the children. It is important to challenge the intellect of able children and to give extra support to those who have learning difficulties. CORE SUBJECTS ENGLISH The English curriculum is directed towards the achievement of high levels of literacy in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. A sound grasp of these skills will enable children to make good progress in all other areas of the curriculum. English is therefore, taught as a subject in its own right and across the curriculum through topic work. We introduce children to a wide range of language learning experiences involving individual, group and whole class situations. Speaking and Listening: Speaking and listening is crucial in the drive to improve literacy. Circle time and drama activities are used to support and extend children’s language. From the Nursery, children are encouraged to develop the vocabulary with which to express themselves clearly and confidently. In role, they can explain and justify their opinions within a context that raises their awareness and self esteem. Good listening skills are taught using the sounds and rhythm of language through stories, rhymes and songs. We appreciate the importance of a child’s first language as a vehicle for the development of competence in both spoken and written English. Bilingual learners are actively encouraged to make use of their home / first language. Children are given the opportunity to speak to an audience when presenting their work in class or in assemblies. Reading: Our aim in the teaching of reading is to extend the range of children’s reading and to encourage personal responses to literature which will stimulate their curiosity and heighten critical awareness. We introduce children to a wide range of language learning experiences involving individual, group and whole class situations. Writing: In the teaching of writing, children are encouraged to regard themselves as ‘real’ authors and to learn the strategies which authors use. We ensure they have opportunities to write for a variety of audiences, including their peers. Their skills as writers are developed using a range of texts which provide them with ideas about layout, style and content. They are taught to use language effectively and appropriately within the context of the writing. They are expected to use grammar, punctuation and spelling with increasing accuracy. It is important for children to see their writing as a means of communicating for a real purpose and to a specific audience. 14 Grange Primary School Prospectus MATHEMATICS At Grange, our aim in the core subject of mathematics is to ensure that all pupils gain good quality access to and experience of a wide variety of concepts. Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) The focus in this age group is to become ‘confident and competent in learning and using key skills’ through practical activities. In this way children will get a wide range of experiences in: counting / sorting / matching recognising and making patterns working with: numbers (including larger than 10) / shapes / space / measures mathematical understanding to be developed through: stories / songs / games / imaginative play/practical investigations Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) Pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. They learn: to count, read, write and order numbers to a 100 and beyond to develop a range of mental calculation skills and use these confidently in different settings about shape and space, building on their understanding of their immediate environment to understand mathematical language using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving real-life problems Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) Pupils use the number system more confidently progressing from counting reliably to calculating confidently using all four number operations (+, -. , x). Pupils will try to solve a problem mentally before using any other approach. The Key features (in addition to those above) are: using number to well beyond a 1000 (years 5 and 6) exploring and describing the features of shape and space developing their accuracy in measuring skills discussing and presenting their methods and reasoning using a wide range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts. The National Curriculum Document and Requirements There are four attainment targets within the Mathematics. They are listed below with their areas of focus: AT1: Using an applying mathematics Making decisions to solve problems; Developing mathematical language and communication; Developing mathematical reasoning. AT2: Number Developing an understanding of place value; Understanding the relationships between numbers and developing methods of computation; Solving numerical problems; Classifying, representing and interpreting data (KS1). AT3: Shape, Space and Measures Understanding and using patterns and properties of shape; 15 Grange Primary School Prospectus Understanding and using properties of position and movement; Understanding and using measures. AT4: Handling Data (KS2) Collecting, representing and interpreting data; Understanding and using probability. These are explored in a number of ways through interactive class, group or individual teaching. This encourages the learning of mathematical knowledge and concepts, through investigation, consolidation and revision. SCIENCE Science is one of the core subjects of the National Curriculum. We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability. The school’s scheme of work ensures that all children have access to the programmes of study for each attainment target at an appropriate level. A variety of starting points and activities are planned in such a way as to encourage full and active participation by all the children. Throughout the school, children will be developing the scientific skills of observing, predicting, hypothesising, recording and drawing conclusions. This will lead to children learning to work as a scientist, planning and undertaking scientific investigations. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY ICT has a critical role in enhancing the learning process at all levels and age groups. At Grange we use ICT to support and extend the teaching and learning of other subjects, developing pupils’ capability by drawing on their experiences across a broad range of activities, including and going beyond the National Curriculum. So that ICT is used to enrich and extend learning by supporting collaborative work, independent study, problem solving and developing initial ideas. Above all we aim to help pupils acquire confidence and pleasure in using ICT, becoming familiar with some everyday applications and so realising and using its full potential. Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) ICT forms part of the Early Learning Goals under the area of knowledge and understanding of the world. The focus in this age group is to become familiar with : the correct procedures for turning the equipment on / off some of the positions of the keys on the keyboard and their function the ‘mouse’ and its affect on the screen with a variety of applications and activities Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) Pupils explore ICT and learn to use it confidently and with purpose to achieve specific outcomes. They start to use ICT to develop their ideas and record their creative work. They become familiar with software and hardware functions. They learn to : develop ideas and make things happen through word processing / information retrieval and giving instructions exchange and share information by presenting it in a variety of forms and presenting their completed work effectively review, modify and evaluate their work through review. description and discussion with peers and staff 16 Grange Primary School Prospectus Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) During these four years pupils use a wider range of ICT tools and information sources, to support their work in other subjects. They develop their research skills and make decisions about what is needed to progress their work. They begin to question the quality and presentation of information. They build on the skills learned previously and enhance these progressively though the use of more sophisticated programs. Additionally they learn to : refine and widely use their research and classification skills (internet and CD ROM’s) use multimedia packages / refine sequences of instructions and explore simulations / models communicate with a varied audience through ‘controlled’ e-mail and the internet The National Curriculum document and requirements There is one attainment target within Information and Communication Technology. This covers all the areas described above and describes pupils’ attainment progressively, through a number of ‘Level Descriptions’. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION At Grange, in R.E. children are encouraged to listen with respect and sensitivity to other children, adults and visitors to the school, stories, poetry and music. R.E. will contribute to pupils spiritual growth through the development of skills, processes, attitudes, practices and exploring the beliefs of their own faiths and those of others and reflect upon their own experiences. Children at Grange are encouraged to recognise and value different backgrounds and experiences, through daily assemblies, class activities, festivals and the ethos of the school. If you wish to withdraw your child/children from participation in RE, please inform the Headteacher in writing so that alternative arrangements can be made for your child. FOUNDATION SUBJECTS - THE CREATIVE CURRICULUM All of the above subjects are part of the creative curriculum. In conjunction with these subjects skills in History, Geography, Music, Art and Design Technology are taught. Through selected termly themed topics, each year group ensures that subject knowledge and skills for life are learnt and developed. These skills are embedded in the learning intention for each lesson taught as set out in the National Curriculum guidelines and are cross curricular. The underlying principles of the learning intentions for each lesson taught include elements of organisation, planning, questioning, thinking creatively, hypothesising and exploring, amongst others. The creative curriculum is concerned with identifying and linking commonalities in each subject. This encourages children to identify and use skills, making links across subjects, and prevents a compartmentalised view of learning. Skills are taught in line with the National Curriculum expectations and are transferable between subjects. Teaching in this way enables all the learning intentions that are expected to be covered in the year to be taught. The creative curriculum allows for consolidation across each subject. Physical Education (PE) Grange aims to provide a range of opportunities for children to develop physically and in terms of knowledge, understanding, development of skills and application. Team games, both competitive and non-competitive are used to promote team work 17 Grange Primary School Prospectus throughout the school. Through working together and achieving personal goals children build upon their sense of self worth. The P.E. curriculum covers games, gym, dance, athletics and swimming (in the juniors). Young children in Reception wear vest and pants or knickers, while older children bring shorts and T-shirt. Trainers or plimsolls are needed for games. Some extra curricular sports are held after school. Sex Education Sex education takes place in line with the Science National Curriculum. Parents would be consulted before any other sex education was to be taught at Grange Primary School. Changes to the delivery of Sex Education are likely within the next two years; following the procedures for statutory consultation and agreement. Special Educational Needs (SEN) Children at Grange identified with SEN are supported in line with the ‘SEN Code of Practice’. Early identification and assessment of needs is a focus at our school, consequently younger children experiencing learning difficulties will be supported more urgently. Differentiated activities are offered thereby enabling SEN children to benefit from the curriculum on offer in their class. With clear procedures and monitoring it is possible to ensure that the varied needs within SEN are continually met. 18 Grange Primary School Prospectus EXTRA CURRICULAR INFORMATION Clubs We encourage children to take part in extra-curricular activities including clubs. These are after school, mainly for junior aged children and include; gym, dance and football, in addition other sporting clubs are arranged at different times of the year. Parent and volunteers help teachers to run these clubs. We are very grateful for all their help. English Classes for adult speakers of other languages Free English classes are available at the school. Anyone from the local community may register and come in for weekly sessions. Please let the school office know if you are interested. EMAG (Ethnic Minorities Achievement Grant) EMAG is the name used to describe a project that aims to give linguistic and cultural support to the school by the funding of a support teacher. This support helps to ensure that all children with English as an additional language, refugees, black and ethnic minority pupils have access to the curriculum and take full part in the life of the school. We have a part-time teacher who supports pupils, teachers and parents. Support is also available for travellers. The EMAG teacher works alongside class teachers to develop children’s English language and ensure that the relevant activities are adapted to these children’s needs. An important part of the role is to value and develop the status of a child’s first language (or mother tongue) and the range of cultures in our community. Generally pupils who are more fluent in their first language, become more fluent in English. Additionally support is provided to teachers in terms of: planning, assessment and the distribution/use of appropriate resources in order to raise ethnic minority achievement. Newcomers to the school are provided with support as they settle into life at Grange. Volunteers and Parental Involvement We encourage volunteers to assist in the school. We currently have volunteers working in the classroom supporting reading, maths, science, after school clubs, educational trips and assemblies. They are parents, people from the community, local business and Haddon Hall Baptist Church. Volunteers are trained and given support in their invaluable work in the school. We are always looking for more volunteers. 19 Grange Primary School Prospectus PASTORAL CARE CARE CODE We are all proud of our achievements as members of Grange Primary School. We always try our hardest to care for each other by: Helping each other Listening to each other Being kind and friendly towards each other Looking after our school Doing our best and trying our hardest at all times Being sensible and keeping safe and Always doing what we are told. First Aid We have several staff who hold ‘First Aid’ certificates. They are able to care for children if they feel ill or have an accident in school. A note is sent home in the case of bumps/bangs to the head. You will be contacted in case of emergency. Please ensure that we have your current and relevant telephone numbers, so that we are able to contact you or a friend or relative. Lunchtimes Parents and their children have three options for their lunchtimes. They can either have a school meal, a packed lunch or go home. We want to make sure that all our children enjoy their lunch break and to help them we have a group of hard working, dedicated, Midday meals Supervisors who work at the school during lunchtime to look after your children. Most children behave well, however those who are unable to behave are reported to the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher and are given two warnings, if this does not work then a letter is sent home. Regrettably, if a child continues to misbehave they will be sent home at lunchtime and parents will have to make their own arrangements for their children. Bullying We do not tolerate bullying of any kind at Grange Primary School. If this occurs, it is dealt with swiftly, firmly and in line with the school’s Behaviour Policy. Please inform us if your child is unhappy at school or is being bullied as sometimes children tell their parents and not their class teacher. We always encourage children to tell an adult in school if they are being bullied. School Security We always have an adult on duty in school from 8.45a.m. to 3.45p.m. to care for and supervise children. Please make sure that your child comes to school after 8.45a.m. (except if they are attending Breakfast Club when they are expected to sign in between 8 and 8.30 am); and is collected at 3.30p.m. Clubs that run after school have a teacher and/or adult responsible for children’s safety. 20 Grange Primary School Prospectus Messages We have an answerphone for leaving messages outside school hours. In term time the office is open between 8.30a.m. and 4.00p.m. Home/School Liaison Worker We have a part-time member of staff whose work it is to help us improve our attendance and punctuality. This involves talking with parents whose children are late and contacting parents who do not inform us of reasons for their child’s absence. A lot of her work is concerned with children being late, so . . . Be on time at five to nine! The Home/School Liaison worker also provides support for the few children who find it difficult to behave and children undergoing emotional difficulties. She is a qualified counsellor. Any concerns you have about your child can be made to her directly or through the Headteacher, class teacher or school office. She is also able to offer support to parents who are having difficulties themselves. We have a number of free classes for parents at the school which you are most welcome to attend. We welcome parent involvement at all levels in the school. 21 Grange Primary School Prospectus BEHAVIOUR POLICY We encourage all children to behave well and become responsible members of our school community. Most children behave very well at Grange Primary School. Good work and behaviour are rewarded firstly by the teachers in class (awarding stickers) and also in assemblies (awarding certificates and celebrating good work/behaviour). In the event of behaviour that is not up to our high standards the following occurs. In Class Children are given two warnings in class if their behaviour is not up to the standard required. If their behaviour continues to cause disruption to the class and stops other children learning, then they are isolated in the classroom so they are able to think about their behaviour, calm down and work properly. If they continue to disrupt the learning of the whole class then they are moved to another class called the ‘fostering’ class, to think about their behaviour and calm down. A few children disrupt this fostering class and they are sent to the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or Assistant Headteacher and they will lose some privileges, such as: - not being allowed out to play - staying in during lunchtime - not being allowed to participate fully in the extra curricular activities/clubs held by the school If they are sent to the Headteacher twice then a letter is sent home and we hope that you will help us to improve your child’s behaviour by talking to your child and telling them how important it is to work hard and behave properly at school. If this does not work then we will speak to you and hope that together we can alter your child’s behaviour for the better so they can get the most out of school. Finally, if bad behaviour continues we will reluctantly exclude children for a day or longer so that the rest of the class is able to work undisturbed. This will enable them to reflect on their inappropriate behaviour. For incidents such as bullying, fighting or swearing children are sent straight to the Headteacher. Please remember that most children behave really well at Grange Primary School. We want to work in partnership with you so that Grange Primary School becomes the best behaved school in Southwark. If you have any comments about our behaviour policy, please let us know. The Headteacher is always pleased to talk to parents. We have a suggestion box in school where you may place any written comments you wish to make. 22 Grange Primary School Prospectus Over-subscription Criteria for Nursery taken from ‘Southwark Community Primary Schools, Nursery Schools and Classes: Admission Arrangements’ (i) Children in public care (looked after children); (ii) Children with educational, medical or social needs where professional advice indicates that placement would be beneficial; this includes children with a statement of special educational needs which names the nursery class; (iii) Children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of entry; (iv) Children for whom it is their nearest maintained nursery class or nursery school. (Where children are cared for by a local authority registered childminder, parents/carers can opt to have the childminder’s address as the point from which distance is measured.) Notes Children will be considered on the criteria above if they have reached their 3 rd birthday on the date that the place becomes available. For 2008-9 we have one Nursery class (children born between 1/9/04 and 31/8/06) and one mixed Nursery/Reception class (children born between 1/9/03 and 31/8/04). We offer full time places to the eldest 13 children at the time in the younger Nursery class. All children in the older Nursery class are full time. However, a settling in period of part time may be agreed before children are ready to begin full time. There are 24 part time places available. Complaints We welcome parents/carers ideas and comments, if you have any suggestions or comments please make an appointment to see the Headteacher or send in a letter with your ideas. If after discussing the matter you are not satisfied, you may contact the Chair of Governors in writing via the school office. Should the matter remain unsolved you may contact the LEA on 020-7525 5000 and ask to speak to the Education Complaints section. Improving Grange Primary School We continually want Grange Primary School to improve, so please let us know if you have any suggestions. We have a school council where children can make suggestions about the way in which we organize the school and improvements that we could make. 23
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