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Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

      Personal, Social and Emotional Developments
      Communications, Language and Literacy
      Problem Solving, Reasoning and Number
      Knowledge and Understanding of the World
      Physical Development
      Creative Development

Key Stage 1 and 2

      Information Communication Technology (ICT)
      Religious Education
      Collective Worship
      Art and Design
      Design Technology
      Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship
      Sex and Relationships Education
      Physical Education
      Special Educational Needs
      Extra Curricular Activities


      Parent/Carer Teacher Meetings
      Annual Reports

     Behaviour and Discipline
     Pastoral Care


     Jewellery / Safety
     Medicines in School
     School Gates – closure / parking
     Fire Drill
     Child Protection
     Disability Equality
     School Watch


     Educational Visits
     School Charging Policy



     School Dinners


     Key Stage 1 (Infants) Times
     Key Stage 2 (Juniors) Times
     Nursery Times
     Holidays During Term Time
     Absence / Lateness / Punctuality


     Autumn Term 2009 (including In-Service Training Days)
     Spring Term 2010 (including In-Service Training Days)
     Summer Term 2010 (including In-Service Training Days)
     Holiday List for School Year 2009 / 2010
Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to Woodley Primary and thank you for taking an interest in our school.

Choosing the right school is very important for both you and your child. Whether
you are prospective parents/carers, or you have already made the decision to join
us, I hope you will find the following information interesting and informative. This
booklet aims to help you understand more about Woodley Primary School.

We have high expectations of everyone at Woodley Primary School.
Parents/carers, staff and governors all work together to ensure that each child
reaches their full potential. Our children thrive in a warm friendly atmosphere of
mutual respect and trust, as we know that children learn best if they feel safe and

Our most recent Ofsted report (March 2009) states that:
“The school recognises the inseparable link between pupils‟ personal, social and
emotional development and the standards they reach in their academic subjects.”
“The highest levels of care, support and guidance for each individual are the
cornerstone of the school‟s values and ethos; provision here is outstanding.
Pastoral support, for example is excellent.”
“Similarly, the quality of academic guidance is outstanding.”

I am proud of our school, of the staff and of the children who all work hard to
achieve the excellent reputation we have in the local community. Our school
motto is, “Sowing the seeds of excellence” and we believe we offer children the
start they need to build for their future. Please visit us to see our school at work,
meet our children and staff – you will be made very welcome.

I look forward to meeting you.

Jan McKenna

The school address is:

Woodley Primary School
Sherwood Road

Telephone: 0161 430 6609
Fax:       0161 494 1304

Woodley Primary School is situated in Greater Manchester, although our postal address is
Cheshire. Our school lies between the towns of Stockport and Hyde, just off the A560. We
are about 7 miles south east of the city of Manchester. The school is under the control of
Stockport Local Authority.

Woodley is a residential area of Stockport. It lies next to the areas of Bredbury and
Romiley. It is on the boundary with Tameside, bordering initially with Gee Cross, which is
next to the market town of Hyde. Historically, the area was part of the palatine county of
Cheshire. The name Woodley translates to 'a clearing in the wood', and is so named
because the area contains a lot of woodland, particularly around the Peak Forest Canal
which runs through it.
Woodley is in the parliamentary constituency of Hazel Grove.
We believe that children learn best in a secure and happy environment, where
they feel valued, trusted and confident in their own ability.

We also believe that children should be challenged with a range of learning
experiences so that they develop to the maximum of their potential and enjoy learning to
the full through the promotion of enthusiasm and curiosity.

Through first hand experiences, we aim to develop in our children a love of learning, a
pride in their work, respect for their surroundings and good relationships with others at
home and at school.

At Woodley Primary School we aim to:
      Create a positive atmosphere where everyone feels happy, secure and valued;
       where encouragement, praise and approval lead to success.
      Provide a commitment to the highest standards of teaching and learning improved
       by a continuing programme of staff development.
      Provide a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum, so that each child is able to
       achieve his or her full potential.
      Work together with parents/carers, governors and the wider school community,
       enabling us to provide the best education possible.
      Encourage self confidence, self discipline and independence.
      Have an understanding and respect of our own and others beliefs and cultures.

1861 Woodley Primary School was established in 1861 and was originally
     housed in Woodley Methodist Church Hall.

1909 In 1909, the school moved to a site just round the corner on Bankfield

1964 Five Junior and two Infant classes moved to the Sherwood Road site in
     January 1964, leaving two Infant classes at Bankfield Road.

1972 In 1972 the Infant School opened and the Primary was divided into
     Woodley Infant and Junior Schools. Woodley Infant School Nursery
     remained at the Bankfield Road site.

2004 The Infant and Junior schools were then amalgamated in 2004 to form the
     current Woodley Primary School. The Nursery joined us at the Sherwood
     Road site and, with the completion of the work to link the two buildings, it is
     now wonderful to be one „complete school‟ again.
SCHOOL STAFF 2009-20010

Headteacher               Mrs J McKenna       Office Team       Mrs D Harrold

Deputy Headteacher        Mr G Brock                            Mrs W Etchells

Teaching Staff            Miss C Collins                        Mrs C Moorby

                          Mrs P Cunningham                      Mrs M Bailey

                          Mrs C Elsegood      ICT Technician    Mr H Amjad

                          Miss L Garside      School Project
                                              Administrator     Mrs M Bailey
                          Miss S Greenslade
                                              Site Supervisor
                          Mrs G Hallas
                                              Cleaning Team     Mrs J Dunn
                          Mrs F Hibbert
                                                                Mrs J Hamblet
                           Miss C Kemp

                           Mrs A Knowles      Kitchen Staff     Miss K Curran

                          Mrs S Leigh                            Mrs R Bannister

                          Mrs J Moore
                                              Midday Staff      Mrs A Armitage
                          Mr G Newton
                                                                Mrs C Bennett
                          Mrs J Richardson
                                                                Mrs M Boyce
                          Mrs M Stepto
                                                                Mrs L Buckley

NNEB                      Mrs D Amato                           Mrs S Clare

                          Mrs S Atkinson                        Mrs B Cooper

HLTA                      Mr S Barton                           Mrs G Fletcher

Learning Support Assistants Mrs M Boyce                         Mrs S Greenhalgh

                          Mrs J Bunker                          Mrs H Hinde

                          Mrs B Cooper                          Mrs J Millard

                          Mrs C Gaduzo                          Mrs H Murphy

                          Mrs H Hinde                            Mrs C Shawcross

                          Mrs J Howard                           Mrs G Taylor

                          Mrs L Peters                           Mrs C Watkiss

                          Mrs E Sedgley

                          Mrs J Sermon

                          Mrs C Watkiss
The school‟s Governing Body is made up of:

5 Parents Governors                       Elected by parents
3 Local Authority Representatives         Nominated by political parties
4 Community Governors                     Members of the community, invited by the
                                          Governing Body to incorporate a specific

4 Staff Governors                         Elected by all staff employed at the school

All Governors are appointed for a four-year period

Woodley Primary School Governors

Chair (Community Governor)                Mr Paul Reid
Vice-Chair (Community Governor)           Mr Allen Whittaker
Parent Governors                          Mrs Rowena Ainscough
                                          Mr Lee Crewe
                                          Mrs Suzanne Coulter
                                          Mrs Sue Crompton
                                          Mr Paul Greenhalgh
LA Representative Governors               Mr John Cheetham
                                          Miss Mary Nuttall
                                          Mrs Pat Plant
Community Governors                       Mrs Sylvia Diggle
Staff Governors                           Mrs Margaret Bailey
                                          Mr Steve Barton
                                          Mr Graeme Brock
                                          Mrs Jan McKenna (Headteacher)

The full Governing Body meets once each term, or more often if a special meeting needs
to be convened. Sub groups meet more regularly to discuss and make decisions about
eg the resources and learning & teaching.

Parents/carers are welcome to attend any of these meetings as observers. Dates, times
and places of meetings are available on the school entrance hall notice board. Published
copies of any full governing body minutes are available in school (in accordance with the
School Governing Body regulations 1981).
Governors Terms of Office

Type of Governor                      Name                          Term of Office

Parent Governors                      Mrs Rowena Ainscough          01/09/08 – 31/08/12
                                      Mr Lee Crewe                  01/09/08 – 31/08/12
                                      Mrs Suzanne Coulter           01/01/08 – 31/12/11
                                      Mrs Sue Crompton              01/04/06 – 31/03/10
                                      Mr Paul Greenhalgh            01/09/08 – 31/08/12
LA Representative Governors           Mr John Cheetham              01/01/07 – 31/12/10
                                      Miss Mary Nuttall             01/09/08 – 31/08/12
                                      Mrs Pat Plant                 01/09/08 – 31/08/12
Community Governors                   Mrs Sylvia Diggle             01/09/08 – 31/08/12
                                      Mr Paul Reid                  01/09/06 – 31/08/10
                                      Mr Allen Whittaker            01/04/08 – 31/03/12
Staff Governors                       Mrs Margaret Bailey           01/09/08 – 31/08/12
                                      Mr Steve Barton               01/09/08 – 31/08/12
                                      Mr Graeme Brock               01/09/06 – 31/08/10
                                      Mrs Jan McKenna               Headteacher

Governing Body Meetings

                            Dates of Full Governing Body meetings
                                   for School Year 2009/10
                   (All meetings are held on Thursday at 5pm at the school)

                                     3rd December 2009

                                      25th March 2010

                                        15th July 2010
It is now Stockport Local Authority‟s policy to admit all children to school
in September. Therefore, this year, all children born between 1/9/2005
and 31/8/2006 will start school in Reception in September 2010.

We also have a 60-place Nursery, and application forms for places are available
from the school and the Town Hall.

The Nursery Admissions Team can be contacted at:
Children and Young People's Directorate
Stopford House, Town Hall, Stockport, SK1 3XE
Tel. No. 0161 474 3926/3933
Fax. 0161 474 3953

The school admission limit each year is 60 children. The number admitted for the
school year 2008/09 was 51. The new criteria for allocating school places are:

   o Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission,

   o Children considered to have highly exceptional medical/social reasons,

   o Children resident within the catchment area of the school,

   o Other children, based on distance between home and the school.
Our children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage

Years 1 to 6 follow the National Curriculum as set out in the 1988 Education Reform Act.
The National Curriculum at primary level consists of four core subjects (English, Maths,
Science and Information Communication Technology) and six foundation subjects (Design
and Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and P.E.) plus Religious Education.

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

We plan activities, which allow our children to achieve the objectives outlined in the
`Curriculum Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage‟. The curriculum covers six
areas of learning in the Nursery that are continued into the Reception year:

Personal, Social and Emotional Developments

We provide opportunities for children to learn how to work, play and co-operate with each
other. They learn to share, to communicate and to express their feelings and develop
their self-confidence.

Communication, Language and Literacy

We encourage conversation and discussion throughout all areas of the curriculum. We
teach children the early reading and writing skills necessary for their future education. We
promote a love of books through the enjoyment of a wide range of texts and through
sharing books at home.

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Number

We provide a lot of practical experiences and games to provide the foundation for
numeracy and develop early counting and number manipulation skills. The children
experiment with shape and space and measures including length, weight, capacity and
time, and they are taught the appropriate accompanying vocabulary.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

We offer children opportunities to develop their understanding of their environment, other
people and features of their world. We approach this curriculum area through topic
based studies such as plant growth, life cycles and magnetism. The children are taught to
observe, ask questions and explore using their senses. They are taught to use tools safely
and to use ICT to support and extend their learning.

Physical Development

We promote the importance of being healthy and active. We plan activities to enable the
children to develop greater physical control, mobility, awareness and space and
manipulative skills. We utilise our indoor and outdoor space to give all children the best
opportunities for effective physical development and to introduce the first sports and
games skills.

Creative Development

This area of learning includes art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play. The
children participate regularly in baking sessions at Nursery where they trial basic recipes
for consumption in Nursery and at home too! Within this curriculum area, the children
develop their manipulative skills, their hand-eye coordination and their responses
using all senses.

Key Stage 1 and 2


At Woodley Primary School, we follow the Primary Framework for Literacy where reading,
writing, spelling and grammar are taught during structured lessons each day. In addition,
we constantly provide a range of activities and experiences encompassing all areas of the
curriculum in order to promote ongoing speaking and listening opportunities.

We encourage our children to read for pleasure – involving reading stories, poems and
plays as well as non-fiction texts. We have a school reading scheme which consists of a
selection of books from various series, creating an attractive and interesting overall
scheme varied to suit the needs of individual children. The scheme is fully integrated with
books grouped according to reading ability. This is an important part of our reading
development programme, which, above all else, seeks to promote reading fluency,
understanding and a love of books.
In the early stages, we promote writing by giving the children plenty of opportunities to
make and practise emergent writing. As the children become more confident, emphasis is
placed on letter formation, presentation, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure.
Children progress to study and practise writing in different genres and styles, including
creative writing, non-fiction and poetry.


Mathematics is taught daily. The National Primary Strategy for Mathematics is followed
so that children are given a range of opportunities to develop their confidence and
competence in all aspects of Mathematics. These include counting and understanding
number, knowing and using number facts, calculating, understanding shape, measuring
and handling data.

Great importance is placed on the `using and applying‟ strand of the Mathematics
curriculum so that children are taught to adapt their mathematical knowledge to `real life‟
situations through problems and puzzles. The children are regularly encouraged to talk
about their work and explain their thinking in the different mathematical contexts that they

Practical experience is seen as a key part of the learning process in mathematics and,
therefore, a wide variety of resources are available for the children to use.


At Woodley Primary, Science is taught to the youngest children by following the
`Knowledge and Understanding of the World‟ strand of the Early Years Foundation Stage
Framework whilst the National Curriculum forms the basis of study for 5 to 11 year olds.

Science stimulates and excites children‟s curiosity about phenomena and events in the
world around them and it also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge.

The children observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and
phenomena, and they work together to collect evidence to help them to link this to
scientific ideas. As children progress through the school they carry out systematic
investigations, working on their own and with others. These investigations are supported
by the use of a range of reference sources. Ideas are shared and communicated using
scientific language, drawings and diagrams, charts and tables, and, with the older
children, graphs. Throughout their learning, the children are encouraged to think about
the positive and negative effects of scientific and technological developments on the
environment and in other contexts.

Information Communication Technology (ICT)

In order to meet the challenges of a rapidly developing modern society, at Woodley
Primary School we teach our children to use a range of ICT equipment and software
across the curriculum confidently and purposefully.
Children become familiar with computers and printers, programmable toys, data-logging
equipment, TV‟s, videos, DVDs, CD/cassette recorders, listening centres, language
masters, digital cameras, movie creators, camcorders, musical keyboards, calculators
and overhead projectors. Teaching and learning at Woodley Primary School is greatly
enhanced by the provision of interactive whiteboards throughout the school. Children also
have filtered access to the internet, enabling ongoing research and communication skills.

Religious Education

We follow the Stockport Local Agreed Syllabus for R.E. to promote the spiritual
development of the children. They learn about the key features of Christianity in Key
Stage 1. This is developed in Key Stage 2 and the children learn about aspects of
Judaism, Islam and Hinduism and to recognise that there are different religions and
beliefs. Throughout the school, children are given the opportunity to explore, understand,
reflect and express their responses as they learn about and learn from religions.

Collective Worship

We hold a daily act of collective worship which is of `a broadly Christian character‟. We
aim to encourage the children to develop a set of values that they can use throughout life.
The children are encouraged to take a pride in themselves, their feelings, achievements
and beliefs and to appreciate and value others. Any parent/carer who wishes to withdraw
their child from the daily act of collective worship or R.E. is asked to contact the
headteacher in writing.


We aim to introduce our children to an awareness of History by teaching them about
people, events and places in the past that have influenced the present. We also
concentrate on finding out about the past by looking at and evaluating accounts, learning
to question, by using photographs, paintings and artefacts that help us to learn about how
things once were, and by drawing comparisons between the past and present.


We aim to develop our children‟s knowledge and understanding of people, places,
environments and processes, locally, nationally and throughout the world.            This
encompasses elements of human, physical and environmental geography. Children are
encouraged to develop geographical enquiry skills including asking questions, using
geographical vocabulary and collecting and recording evidence to analyse and draw
conclusions. The children use a variety of geographical resources such as maps, plans,
atlases and ICT. They also gain valuable experiences from carrying out field work, both in
the local area and beyond.


The Key Stage 2 band and choir perform on a variety of occasions throughout the year.
Brass and woodwind tuition is currently provided in school through the Local Authority
Peripatetic Instrumental Teaching Service and group guitar lessons are offered privately.
Parents/carers who are interested in these options for their child should contact the
headteacher for further information. A charge is made for instrumental lessons and
advice can be given on the hire of instruments.
Music is a vital part of our school community. It is taught in all classes as part of
the National Curriculum. Regular assemblies incorporate communal singing and
the appreciation of different styles of music. Class assemblies, school productions
and religious celebrations provide further opportunities for the enjoyment of music.

Art and Design

The National Curriculum establishes a framework for Art and Design and we carefully
cover all the programmes of study. Art and Design activities are an integral part of the
curriculum that enables the children to develop their creative and imaginative skills and to
communicate visually and expressively. We aim to develop an awareness of visual and
tactile elements including pattern, texture, colour, line, tone, shape, form and space.
Children experience and experiment with a wide range of materials, tools and techniques
including drawing, painting, printing and modelling incorporating ICT. Pupils encounter,
and are encouraged to appreciate, art and design from a variety of periods, cultures and
traditions. They are given opportunities to evaluate their own and others work. Work is
carried out individually, collaboratively in groups or as a whole class project.

            Our school received the “Artsmark” award in 2007. This recognises schools
            with a high level of provision for art, drama, dance and music.

Design Technology

Through Design Technology we aim to work towards equipping children for a life in a
rapidly changing technological world. This subject, with many cross curricular links,
encourages children to work individually or in a group situation, in response to needs,
wants or opportunities. They investigate and evaluate familiar things, develop ideas,
design, make and evaluate their own products. Children also extend their knowledge and
practical experiences using a variety of tools and equipment. The safety aspect of their
work is always a high priority.

Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship

We aim to provide a secure environment where children have confidence to grow and
learn about themselves as individuals and as members of their community in a democratic
society. Children learn essential social skills, for example to work, play, share and co-
operate with others. They learn to communicate and express their feelings and to develop
an awareness of the differences between people and the need to treat others sensitively.
Children gain knowledge and skills, so that they can make informed decisions for keeping
themselves healthy and safe and for behaving well. Children have opportunities to show
that they can take some responsibility for themselves and their environment and take an
active part in the life of the school through the curriculum, extra curricular activities and
the School Council.

Sex and Relationships Education

Sex and Relationships Education is delivered within a moral framework following the
Health Education curriculum agreed by the Governing Body for children of the appropriate
age and maturity. Curriculum Evenings are arranged to inform parents/carers of the
content and approach adopted by our school. Visiting health professionals, videos and
other resources help in the delivery of the curriculum. Videos are available for
parents/carers to see beforehand. Any parents/carers who wish to withdraw their child
should initially contact the headteacher in writing.

We are proud to have been awarded the National Healthy Schools Standard.
Physical Education

At Woodley Primary we plan activities to enable children to improve their physical
abilities, to learn to co-operate with others and to understand the importance of
physical exercise in a healthy lifestyle. All children are expected to participate in
Physical Education. Younger children are encouraged to develop greater
physical control, mobility and awareness of space through a range of indoor and outdoor
activities. Children are encouraged to gain experience through gymnastics, games and
dance, with swimming, athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities also being taught
in the Key Stage 2 curriculum.

The school encourages participation in a range of competitive and non-competitive sports
through our extra curricular clubs which are run by either teachers or qualified coaches.
Recent activities offered have included Football, Netball, Rugby, Cross Country,
Rounders, Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Country Dancing, Tennis, Judo and Rhythmic

                The school has received the `Active Mark‟ award since 2004. This is a
                national award for schools offering a wide range of physical activities.
                Children are also encouraged to play actively at lunchtimes through our
                Junior Play Leader Scheme and Active Playground initiative in KS1.

Special Educational Needs

All children are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum and we aim to provide this
regardless of physical, emotional or social needs. At various times certain children may
be considered as having Special Educational Needs which may require more support. In
such instances an Individual Education Programme (IEP) or an Individual Behaviour
Programme (IBP) is prepared with appropriate targets, which are reviewed twice a year by
teachers, parents and pupils. We also include various intervention activities for small
groups of children. Similarly children who are identified as being more able have
programmes of work planned to extend their learning appropriately. The school, may,
after consultation with parents, request the assistance of the Learning Support Service,
Behaviour Support Service, Occupational Therapy Service, Sensory Impaired Service, the
Educational Psychologist or any other specialist service. At every stage parents are kept
fully informed of progress and the school has due regard for the National Code of Practice
and Stockport LA procedures.

Extra Curricular Activities

Children are encouraged to take part in extra curricular activities which in the last 12
months have included:

Art, Cheerleading, Cricket, Choir, Football, Country Dancing, Netball, Rhythmic
Gymnastics, Tag Rugby, Cross Country, Pottery Club, Golf Club, Multi Skills, Fencing,
Swimming, Brass Band, Board Games, Judo, Karate School Council and Recorder Club.


Children in Nursery and in Reception are assessed throughout the year using the
Foundation Stage Profile assessment procedure. This helps us understand each child‟s
stage of learning on entering school. Teachers assess children continually throughout
their time at school in all areas of the curriculum. In addition, standardised tests are used
to support teacher assessments in Maths and English. As the end of Key Stage 1 (Year
2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6) statutory tests are undertaken. Teacher assessments are
reported to parents/carers at the end of Key Stage 1 and test results and teacher
assessments are reported to parents at the end of Key Stage 2.

Parent / Carer & Teacher Meetings

Twice a year, parents/carers have an opportunity to see their child‟s work and discuss
progress with the class teacher. These take place in the Autumn and Spring term. If
parents have a problem they wish to discuss at other times they are welcome to contact
the class teacher or headteacher to make an appointment. Every effort is made to try and
solve any problem in its early stages.

Annual Reports

At the end of the Summer Term, parents/carers will receive a detailed report on their
child‟s achievements and progress. For children in Year 6, the Key Stage 2 SATs results
will also be included.

Behaviour and Discipline

At Woodley Primary we believe in the development of self-discipline. We consider others
at all times and each person‟s opinions are respected and valued.

Our Golden Rules are:

      Do be gentle; don‟t hurt anybody
      Do be kind and helpful; don‟t hurt people‟s feelings
      Do be honest; don‟t cover up the truth
      Do work hard, don‟t waste time
      Do look after property, don‟t waste or damage things
      Do listen to people, don‟t interrupt

Good behaviour is rewarded in a number of ways; the whole school has adopted `Golden
Time‟ where children choose from a number of exciting activities as acknowledgement of
their efforts for academic achievement and positive behaviour. There is also a system of
Team Points at Key Stage 2. We have a system of dealing with poor behaviour, which
includes loss of free time or some Golden Time. For children who persistently cause a
disruption, parents/carers will be informed and asked to work together with the school to
agree a suitable course of action.

Parents/carers are welcome to view the behaviour policy available in school.

Pastoral Care

We operate an open door policy and value regular contact with parents/carers. The
headteacher is always available to discuss issues that may affect your child‟s progress at

As part of continuous health screening for all children, the school nurse will visit on
occasions to perform various health checks. Any concerns are reported to parents/carers.
The Education Welfare Officer visits school to monitor attendance and will report to
parents/carers as required.

Outside agencies, including the Police, Road Safety and Fire Service, make regular visits
to inform the children of the importance of keeping safe.


A certain amount of homework is set for children to do at home from Reception to
Year 6. A quiet working place in which to do this can help, together with lots of
encouragement. Homework may include daily reading, Maths or spelling. Your child‟s
teacher is always happy to discuss any issues.
Governors have issued the following statement, in line with Stockport Local Authority
safety policy:
“In the interests of safety and with due regard for Stockport Local Authority Safety Policy,
the wearing of jewellery apart from earrings (studs and small sleepers only) and watches
is not allowed in school. The above are to be removed for all PE, games, swimming and
gymnastics lessons. Failure to comply will result in the child being withdrawn from these
We would appreciate your support. Thank you.

Medicines in school
Headteachers have been requested by the Local Authority to inform parents/carers of its
guidelines on this issue. If your child is fit to attend school, yet medication is still needed
to finish off a course of treatment, please ensure that the medicine is brought into school
by a responsible adult and an authorisation note (obtained at school) is signed or,
alternatively, a letter giving permission from parents, with details of dosage. The trained
first-aider administers all medicines at the beginning of lunchtime each day. If it is
necessary for your child to receive medicine at any other time, please come in yourself or
arrange for a known adult to come into school to administer the medicine. If your child
has long-term medication (eg asthma), we would need to know the details of
administering it, prior to your child starting school. If there are any other individual
circumstances we need to be aware of, please let us know. We want to help if we can.

School Gates closure/parking
As there are sometimes insufficient parking places for staff in our car park, and to avoid
the risk of accidents to children in the school grounds, the main gates are closed from
8.45 am to 9.15 am and 3.00 pm to 3.30 pm, with access only for authorised vehicles.
Could we remind all parents/carers who come to school by car that children should be
dropped off outside the school gate and, to help us maintain good relationships with our
neighbours, please park thoughtfully.

File Drill
A fire drill is held once each term as an essential safety routine, and reported to the

Child Protection
Because of day to day contact with children, schools are particularly well placed to
observe outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour, or failure to develop.
Parents/carers should be aware, therefore, that where it appears to a member of school
staff that a child may have been abused, the school is required, as part of the Stockport
Child Protection Procedures, to report its concern to the Social Services Department
immediately. The school will not contact parents/carers. We hope you will understand
that we are acting in the child‟s best interested.
Disability Equality
Arrangements for the admission of children follow the guidelines and timetable
adopted by the local authority for all children. At Woodley, we encourage
consultation with parents and early intervention with outside agencies that might
facilitate successful integration of children with disabilities into school.
There is access to the majority of the school building for children with disabilities. The
Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 building is a single storey, with ramp access and an
accessible toilet facility. There is also a lift which provides access to the Key Stage 2 area
of the school. At present, upper Key Stage 2 can only be reached by steps. There is an
accessible toilet and outside access via a ramp to the Key Stage 2 and administration
areas of the school. There is an accessibility plan available in school, which details
policies for increasing access to the school for pupils with disabilities.
It is important that all children‟s needs are met effectively across the school and within the
whole school environment. All children are entitled to a broad and balanced education
designed to enable them to reach their potential. Children who have special educational
needs are supported to achieve access to the whole school curriculum. This is facilitated
through a range of resources and support systems. We provide for children who
experience difficulties with:

              Communication and interaction
              Cognition and learning
              Behaviour, emotional and social development
              Sensory and/or physical
              Medical conditions

At Woodley Primary, we have implemented a Special Educational Needs Policy which is
reviewed annually. The policy has regard to the Code Of Practice, effective from
1.1.2002, and follows advice given in the local authority‟s `Staged Identification and
Assessment Procedure for Pupils with Special Education Needs‟. The basis of the policy
is identification, assessment, record keeping and review, involving school, parents/carers,
children and outside agencies, where appropriate. This policy is available in school.

School doors remain locked during the day and access for visitors to any part of the site is
gained via the main office.

School Watch
The school participates in the Stockport MBC “School Watch” scheme, which invites local
residents to report anything untoward on the school premises when schools are closed.
SMBC “Security” can be contacted on 474 3333 or 3335, 24 hours each day.

At Woodley Primary we enjoy a good relationship with our parents/carers and we hope
that you will feel able to come and discuss any worries with us. The following people may
be able to help:
      Your child‟s teacher
      The headteacher
      A parent governor
      The chair of governors
Should you wish to make a formal complaint, the Local Authority complaints procedure is
available in school.

Educational Visits

Educational visits are arranged for all our children and form an important part of the
curriculum. These range from walks around the local environment to residential trips for
Years 4, 5 and 6. We believe children benefit tremendously from the experiences gained
from these visits.


In Stockport, for staff and children on a visit, accident and insurance cover is arranged
through the Local Authority before any visit takes place outside the borough‟s boundaries.
Cover is also provided in school but negligence must be proven for compensation to be

School Charging Policy

The Education Reform Act required the Governing Body to produce a policy for the
schools on charging for visits and outings. Parents/carers may be asked for a voluntary
contribution for an educational visit or activity. Whilst there is no obligation, and no pupil
will be omitted, the activity may not take place if parents/carers are reluctant to support it
by voluntary contribution. A copy of the policy is sent to all parents/carers at Nursery
admission stage or on admission to the school if your child has not attended our Nursery.

We actively encourage children to wear school uniform as we feel this creates a
sense of belonging to the school community. Our school uniform consists of:

      Royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan
      Grey, navy or black skirt or trousers
      White polo shirt
      White or navy socks or tights
      Blue and white summer dresses
      Sensible school shoes (not trainers)
      Royal blue fleece for outdoors (optional)

Please ensure that all removable items are clearly named. Your child will also require a
pair of named pumps in a drawstring pump bag for P.E. and games. KS2 children will
require t-shirt, shorts and leotard with pumps or trainers. Tracksuits may be worn for
outdoor games.

Pump bags (in blue waterproof material with the school name and logo) can be bought
from school – currently at £2.10 each.

Reading book bags, which will last through your child‟s time in KS1, are also available in
blue waterproof material, with the school name and logo, at a cost of
School Dinners

Dinners are cooked on the premises and the children have a main course and dessert
each day. Dinner money is paid in advance for each half term; alternatively it may be paid
each Monday morning. Please send the correct money in a named, sealed envelope to
your child‟s class teacher. Credits are given if your child is absent – the amount is
adjusted the following term. It helps the administration if you pay by cheque, this should
be made payable to SMBC with your address written on the back. Please try to help us
by paying promptly. If you feel you may be eligible for free school meals (in receipt of
Income Support) you would need to contact the appropriate department at Stopford
House for information and a form to complete. (Education Division, Welfare Benefits – 474
3878). Children may bring a packed lunch to school but a week‟s notice is required if
changing from one to the other. Children are well supervised during the meal and
afterwards in the playground by mid-day assistants.


Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children receive free fruit for morning break. We
promote healthy eating for all our children and encourage Key Stage 2 children to bring a
healthy snack for midmorning break, or they may purchase fruit from our healthy tuck


A personalised water bottle is given to every child in Reception. This should be filled with
tap water every day and sent into school. This is encouraged throughout both key stages
and replacement bottles are available from school if required. Water is also available in
school and is provided at dinner times for all children. Other drinks may be brought in for
dinner time but for safety reasons carton drinks are preferable; glass bottles should not be
brought into school.
School Times

Key Stage 1 (Infants)

8.55 am to 12 noon (Children have a morning break of 15 minutes)
1.10 pm to 3.05 pm (There is no break – this is a straight through session)

Key Stage 2 (Juniors)

8.55 am to 12.15 pm (Children have a morning break of 15 minutes)
1.15 pm to 3.15 pm (There is no break – this is a straight through session)

Assembly is held each day.

The number of teaching hours in a normal school week, excluding assembly time,
registration, breaks and lunchtime, is:

                        21 hours 30 minutes (Infants)
                        23 hours 20 minutes (Juniors)

9.00 am to 11.30 am
12.40 pm to 3.10 pm

Holidays During Term Time

The headteacher can only permit a maximum of ten days holiday absence during term
time in any one academic year. Please consider carefully the affect of taking your child
out of school, as it can be detrimental to their learning. Our recent Ofsted report (March
2009) stated:

 “Target identified groups of parents and carers to improve attendance so that all pupils
have the opportunity to learn and succeed to the best of their ability”.

If you find it necessary to take your annual holidays during term time, we would appreciate
it if you would request and complete a holiday form from school. A holiday list is sent out
to all parents annually for your convenience.

Absence / Lateness / Punctuality

If your child is absent, a telephone call at the time and a letter on his/her return to school
is necessary as regulations mean that any unidentified absence has to be recorded as
“unauthorised” and entered as such in the register – lateness after the register is closed
counts as an unauthorised absence. Unauthorised absences have to be recorded on your
child‟s Annual Report. An Education Welfare Officer visits to check attendance. If you do
oversleep, please do not keep your child off school all day – just bring him/her in as soon
as possible. We feel it is important that children are taught good time-keeping skills to set
good habits for future life. The number of unauthorised absences during the last school
year was 0.5%.
SCHOOL DATES 2009 / 2010
Tuesday 8.9.09 to Friday 23.10.09
Monday 2.11.09 to Friday 18.12.09..
                                                        In-Service Training Dates for Staff:
SPRING TERM 2010                                        Monday 7th September 2009
Tuesday 5.1.10 to Friday 12.2.10                        Monday 21st December 2009
Monday 22.2.10 to Friday 26.3.10                        Monday 4th January 2010
                                                        Monday 12th April 2010
                                                        Friday 28th May 2010
Tuesday 13.4.10 to Thursday 27.5.10
Monday 14.6.10 to Friday 30.7.10

May Day Bank Holiday – Monday 3rd May 2010

HOLIDAY LIST 2009 / 2010
                              Date of Closing            Date of re-opening

                                                         AUTUMN TERM 2009
2009                          Friday 24th July           Tuesday 8th September 2009

In-service training Monday 7th September

Half term                     Friday 23rd October        Monday 2nd November

                                                         SPRING TERM 2010
Christmas                     Friday 18th December       Tuesday 5th January

In-service training Monday 21st December 2009
In-service training Monday 4th January 2010

Half-term                     Friday 12th February Monday 22nd February

                                                         SUMMER TERM 2010
Easter                        Friday 26th March          Tuesday 13th April

In-service training Monday 12th April

May Day – Monday 3rd May

Whitsun                       Thursday 27th May          Monday 14th June

In-service training Friday 28th May

Summer                        Friday 30th July           Monday 6th September

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