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					   Welcome to Rownhams St John’s C of E Primary School

We hope you will find the following information helpful and informative, but please do
not hesitate to contact the school if you would like to find out more. We are always
pleased to meet with parents and show you our school at work.

Rownhams St John’s School is a successful, friendly and popular school, providing mainly
for children in the Rownhams residential area and surrounding locality.

Our school enjoys a good reputation within the area and high expectations and standards
have led to all round success and a consistent demand for places.

Our site is spacious with extensive grounds and play areas, surrounding the well
maintained building. Inside the school, we have nine modern classrooms, an ICT suite in
the centre of the school providing full Internet access, a library and purpose built
music, Special Needs and children’s kitchen areas. A tenth classroom is housed in a
temporary well-furbished building.

We aim to provide a secure and caring environment reflecting the school’s Christian
foundation, where all children have an equal opportunity to achieve to the very best of
their ability. We recognise the value of providing the children in our care, not only with
basic skills of literacy and numeracy, but with a love of learning, which will ensure they
have the enthusiasm and motivation to be life-long learners.

We have a well trained and friendly staff, whose main aim is to provide the children with
a firm education for all their learning and preparation for life in the twenty first
century. All members of staff help the children to develop socially, emotionally,
physically throughout their school life.

You will find our school a happy and purposeful place, where children and adults work
together enjoying what they do. We hope you will join us, so that we can work together
to provide the very best education for your child.

We look forward to sharing in the enjoyment of your child’s progress and success.

from the staff and governors at Rownhams St John’s C of E Primary School

Meri Knights                   Rev Julian Williams                    Ann Laird
Headteacher                    Vicar of Rownhams St John’s            Chair of Governors
                               and St Boniface, Nursling
 The following information should answer the most
   frequently asked questions about our school.

    It may appear ‘wordy’ but please dip into it!

   If you can’t find the answers you need, please
phone/call into the School Office – staff are always
                    happy to help.

         We look forward to meeting you!


Access to Official Information                          4
Accessibility                                           4
Acts of Worship                                         5
Additional Services                                     5
Admission Arrangements                                  5
Admission of Children to School                  6/7/8/9
Attendance                                            10
Behaviour in School                                    11
Clubs and Activities                                   11
Complaints Procedure                                  12
Curriculum                                            12
Educational Visits                                    13
Gifted and Talented Children                          13
Governing Body                                        14
The Role of Governors                                 15
Health and Safety                                     16
Helping in School                                     17
Homework Activities                                   17
Home/School Partnership                               18
House System                                          19
Illness and Medicines                                 19
Learning Support Special Needs                        20
Links with the Community                              21
Lunchtimes/Playtime Snacks                            22
Ofsted Inspection                                     23
Opening Hours                                         24
Resources                                             24
Rownhams St John’s School Association                 25
School Council/Peer Mentors/Playtime Pals             26
Staffing                                              27
Standard Assessments KS1                              28
Standard Assessments KS2                              29
Teaching and Learning                                 30
Teaching Organisation                                 31
Term and Holiday Dates                                32
Transfers to/from Rownhams St John’s                  33
Uniform                                               34
Useful Addresses                                      35
Values and Vision for our School                36/37/38


The following are available from the school office:-

      all circulars, administrative memoranda and statutory instruments which are sent
       to schools by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
      policy statements
      the County’s agreed syllabus for Religious Education
      arrangements made by the Local Authority for the consideration of complaints
      curriculum information

are available on request from the school office.

The school’s updated website will be live from Autumn 2009, and provide access to full
information about the school, including newsletters, details of children’s activities during
the term and links to a range of associated web links.

This is in line with the aims of the Freedom of Information Act (2000).


The school has an Accessibility Action Plan. The key objective of the plan is ‘to reduce
and eliminate barriers to access to the curriculum and to full participation in the school
community for pupils, and prospective parents, with a disability’.

Disability is defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 2007 (DDA) thus: ‘A person
has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that has a
substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal
day-to-day activities’.

The school recognises its duty under the DDA:

      Not to discriminate against disabled pupils in its admissions/exclusions and
       provision of education and associated services
      Not to treat disabled pupils less favourably
      To take reasonable steps to avoid putting disabled pupils at a substantial
      To publish an Accessibility Action Plan.

A copy of the plain is available through the main office.


There is a daily Acts of Worship, which links with the yearly calendar of worship
themes. Worship is of a ‘broadly Christian character’, reflecting the school’s faith and
may be led by children, staff or visitors.

Stories from the Christian faith and other cultures are shared, and children are
encouraged to appreciate their opportunities, think about the world in which they live
and recognise and respect differences in creeds and cultures.


From time to time a child may have particular needs that require the support of outside
agencies such as the school’s psychological service. Parents are always consulted before
contact is made with such agencies.

An Education Welfare Officer works closely with the school and can advise you about
matters relating to our child’s educational welfare, including clothing allowances. If the
school has concerns about a child we may also contact Social Services independently.

‘The Headteacher and teachers must do what is reasonable in all the circumstances
of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare’
(Children’s Act 1989 Section 3, Paragraph 5)


We adhere to the Hampshire Local Authority admission arrangements. Children are
admitted to school at the beginning of the academic year in which they are five. Full
details of Hampshire’s arrangements for admission to YR are available each year in the
autumn, for admission in the following academic year.

If you have a young child and would like them to attend Rownhams St John’s, we
encourage visits for parents and children after your child’s 4th birthday – please contact
the school office to make an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.

We understand that children will be at different stages of their development when they
join school, but we do ask that they are able to use the toilet independently and are
usually dry during the day, have some independence in dressing and feeding themselves
and are able to communicate their needs.

A meeting is held at the beginning of the summer term for new parents to meet staff,
tour the school with prefects in Y6, to familiarise yourselves with new routines and
answer any questions you may have about school. The new intake of children will be
invited to attend at least one pre-school visit in the summer term prior to starting

At the beginning of September, your child’s class teacher and the Learning Support
Assistant will make home visits. This has always been successful as it gives you and your
child the opportunity to meet his or her teacher in familiar surroundings.


Admission Criteria
Hampshire County Council is the admission authority for all community and voluntary
controlled primary and secondary schools. The admission arrangements are determined
by the County Council, after statutory consultations.

The County Council will consider first all those applications received by the published
deadline of midday on Friday 20 November 2009. Late applications (i.e. those
submitted after midday 20 November 2009) will be considered after all on-time
applications have been fully processed unless exceptional circumstances merit earlier
consideration. Letters to parents offering a primary school place will be sent by the
County Council on 22 January 2010.

The published admission number (PAN) for Rownhams St John's C of E Primary School
for 2010-2011 is 40. (The school admits up to 45 children in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and
Year 6.)

For the main admission round, all on time preferences will be considered simultaneously
and ranked in accordance with the admission criteria. If more than one school can offer
a place, the parent’s highest stated preference will be allocated.

If the school is oversubscribed, places will be offered in the following priority order.
Places for late applications will be allocated using the same criteria:

1.     Children who are in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation
       by that authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989. (A
       letter from the Children’s Services Department confirming the child’s status
       must be provided.)

2.     Children or families who have a serious medical, physical or psychological
       condition which makes it essential that the child attends the preferred school
       rather than any other. (Appropriate medical or psychological evidence must be
       provided in support.)

3.     Children living within the catchment area of the school who at the time of
       application have a brother or sister (including children living as siblings in the
       same family unit) on the roll of Rownhams St John's C of E Primary School and
       who will still be on roll at the time of the sibling’s admission.

3A.    Children living within the catchment area of the school whose parents are active
       members of the Church of England and who request admission on denominational
       grounds and provide relevant evidence.

3B.    Children living within the catchment area of the school whose parents are active
       members of a church included in ‘Churches Together in England’ and who request
       admission on denominational grounds and provide relevant evidence.

4.     Other children living within the catchment area of the school.

5.     Children living outside the catchment area of the school who at the time of
       application have a brother or sister (including children living as siblings in the
       same family unit) on the roll of Rownhams St John's C of E Primary School and
       who will still be on roll at the time of the sibling’s admission.

5A.    Children living outside the catchment area of the school whose parents are
       active members of the Church of England and who request admission on
       denominational grounds and provide relevant evidence.

5B.    Children living outside the catchment area of the school whose parents are
       active members of a church included in ‘Churches Together in England’ and who
       request admission on denominational grounds and provide relevant evidence

6.     Other children living outside the catchment area of the school.

       N.B. School Closures statement.
       In the event of a school closure, pupils from the closing school may be given a
       higher priority (for example this might include the child being treated as in-
       catchment) within the admission criteria for any school nominated as the
       receiving school. Specific arrangements will be determined by the Local
       Authority in accordance with the School Admissions Code and will be published
       at the time for the specific schools affected by a particular closure.


Criteria 3 and 5 include children who at the time of application have a sibling for whom
the offer of a place at Rownhams St John's C of E Primary School has been accepted,
even if the sibling is not yet attending.

Distance measurement

If the school is oversubscribed from within any of the above categories, straight line
distance will be used to prioritise applications; applicants living nearer the school have
priority. Hampshire County Council’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be used
to determine distances. Distances to multiple dwellings will give priority to the ground
floor over the first floor and so on. On individual floors, distances will be measured to
the stairs leading to the communal entrance. This method of prioritising admissions will
also apply to any ‘school specific’ criterion unless otherwise stated in the school's

Multiple births

If the last pupil to be offered a place within the school’s published admission number
(PAN) is a multiple birth or same cohort sibling, any further same cohort sibling will be
admitted, if the parents so wish, even though this may raise the intake number above
the school’s PAN. The PAN will remain unchanged so that no other pupil will be admitted
until a place becomes available within the PAN.

Pupils with statements of special educational needs
The governing body will admit any pupil whose final statement of special educational
needs names the school.

In-Year Fair Access placements by the local authority

The local authority must ensure that all pupils are placed in schools as quickly as
possible. It may therefore sometimes be necessary for a pupil to be placed by the local
authority, or a local placement panel acting on behalf of the authority, in a particular
school even if there is a waiting list for admission. Such placements will be made in
accordance with the provisions of any protocol approved by the Admission Forum, based
on legislation and government guidance. If an admission through In-Year Fair Access
raises the number on roll above the PAN, no further pupil will be admitted from the
waiting list until a place becomes available within the PAN.

Waiting list

When all available places have been allocated, a waiting list will be operated by the local
authority. Outside the main admissions round, parents who wish their child to be
included on the waiting list must inform the local authority in writing. Any places that
become available will be allocated according to the criteria in the admission policy with
no account being taken of the length of time on the waiting list. In-year fair access and
school closure arrangements will take priority over the waiting list.

The waiting list will be reviewed and revised –
      each time a child is added to, or removed from, the waiting list;
      when a child’s changed circumstances affect their priority;
      at the end of each school year, when parents with a child on the waiting list
         will be contacted and asked if they wish to remain on the list for the following
         school year.

Parents may keep their child’s name on the waiting list of as many schools as they wish
and for as long as they wish.

Deferred entry to Year R

Pupils reach statutory school age at the beginning of the term following their fifth
birthday, but, in Hampshire, most pupils are admitted as rising fives. Places for pupils
whose parents wish to defer entry to Year R may be held open until the beginning of the
spring term of the academic year of the child’s fifth birthday. Places will not be
reserved beyond this date. If parents of summer born rising fives wish to defer their
admission until they reach statutory school age, admission will be considered for Year 1,
their appropriate year group.

Churches Together in England

Rownhams St John’s C of E Primary School has a School Specific Criterion relating to
children whose parents are active members of a church included in Churches Together in
England. Member churches are listed below:

Antiochian Orthodox Church
Baptist Union of Great Britain
Cherubim and Seraphim Council of Churches
Church of England
Church of God of Prophecy
Church of Scotland (in England)
Congregational Federation
Coptic Orthodox Church
Council of African and Caribbean Churches UK
Council of Oriental Orthodox Christian Churches
Icthus Christian Fellowship
Independent Methodist Church
International Ministerial Council of Great Britain
Joint Council for Anglo-Caribbean Churches
Lutheran Council of Great Britain
Mar Thoma Church
Methodist Church
Moravian Church
New Testament Assembly
New Testament Church of God
Oecumenical Patriarchate
Redeemed Christian Church of God
Religious Society of Friends
Roman Catholic Church
Russian Orthodox Church
Salvation Army
Seventh Day Adventist Church (Observer)
Transatlantic Pacific Alliance of Churches
United Reformed Church
Wesleyan Holiness Church


Registered pupils of compulsory school age are required by law to attend school with
attendances and absences recorded on the register. Absences are recorded as either
authorised or unauthorised as follows:

                      absences are recorded as authorised when parents provide a
                       reason such as sickness or a medical appointment and this reason
                       is accepted by the school
                      absences are recorded as unauthorised when parents fail to
                       provide an acceptable reason for absence – this might be no
                       reason provided at all, or reasons such as oversleeping or
                       birthday treats, etc.

Good attendance and punctuality are vital if a child is going to fulfil their potential and,
therefore, the registers are frequently checked by the Headteacher and the Education
Welfare Officer. Concerns are shared with parents and improvements sought. A target
rate of at least 95.60% attendance has been set by HCC.

If you know in advance that your child is going to be absent you should talk to the office
staff who will advise you of the procedure. A phone call to school on the first day of
unexpected absence avoids unnecessary concern. Parents are encouraged to check
school holiday dates in advance before booking their holidays, and to take these during
main school holiday periods. Where it is impossible, a maximum of two weeks’ holiday
may be granted in one school year. If there is no alternative then a ‘Holiday Request
Form’ is available from the main office. This must be completed and returned to the
main office well in advance of the required dates. Only the Headteacher can authorise a
holiday during term time and the decision is based on the child’s current attendance
level combined with their educational progress.

Unauthorised absences in the school year 2008–09 were 0.9% of the possible number of
attendance sessions. Authorised absences in the school year 2008-09 were 4.1% of the
possible number of attendance sessions.

School sessions are from 8.45am – 12.10pm (KS1) and 12.15pm (KS2) and 1.05pm to
3.10pm. We ask for children not to be on the premises before 8.35am: a member of
staff is on duty for 10 minutes before and after school.

If you are happy for your child to walk/cycle home alone, please confirm this in writing.

If a children leaves school for medical/dental appointments, we ask parents to take full
responsibility for making necessary arrangements – children are not allowed to leave the
site unaccompanied during the school day.

Parents are asked to sign children in/out from the school office, when taking children
out of school during the day.


Our school aims to provide a framework of positive discipline and we hope that at all
times, school and home can work together for the benefit of the child. Good behaviour
is promoted through praise and encouragement and rewarded, for example through
‘Golden Time’, stickers, comment or at a celebration WOW! Assembly.

We have few rules in school, but stress that children should behave to others as they
would like others to behave towards them: our expectations are set out in our Teaching
and Learning, Behaviour, and Personal and Social Policies.

The children have the opportunity of working together with staff to draw up class
charters based on Rights, Respect and Responsibilities. In following these, the majority
of children respond well to the guidance of staff and the examples of others.

We aim to promote a feeling of value within school and all staff are included in matters
of discipline. Bullying is considered unacceptable and all bullying situations are treated
with seriousness.

When a child displays persistent behaviour problems, the class teacher or Headteacher
enlists parental support for whatever action is appropriate.

Copies of the Behaviour and Discipline policies and the Home/School Agreement are
available on request.


We offer a range of activities, some for half a term, others run throughout the year.

Sports activities on offer include netball, football, athletics, rounders, tennis, rugby,
cricket and rounders. Team Elite provide specialist games coaching throughout Y1-6,
providing ppa (preparation, planning and assessment time) for staff each week. Team
Elite also offer a football club after school and weekend multi-sport activities for
families at agreed times.

Children in Y4-6 are offered the opportunity to take part in the Cycling Proficiency
Scheme, supporting the school’s policy of encouraging children to walk/cycle to school.

Other opportunities offered include DT detectives, choir, orchestra, ICT and library
activities, Woodlanders, keep fit, country dancing and art.

Visiting music staff give children the opportunity to learn violin, keyboard, clarinet,
saxophone, whilst children from Year 3 are able to learn to play the recorder.

For attendance at any after school clubs/activities, parents are asked to give emergency
contact numbers and arrangements for collection at the end of the session.


We shall try never to give you cause for complaint, but nothing in life is ever perfect!

The key principle is that, should you have cause to raise any concern with the school, you
will do so as soon as the matter arises. The key issue is to discuss any concerns with
staff as they arise. The emphasis is on an informal process initially, so that any
concerns can be speedily resolved.

Our policy is to respond quickly to your concerns in order to resolve them and not
interrupt the progress and learning that your child is making in the school. The
Hampshire Guidance for complaints and the school policy are available for you to see in
the main office.


We aim to deliver a broad, balanced and creative curriculum with regular assessment of
children’s learning, which enables staff to plan the next set of activities, building on
previous learning. Children work at tasks that develop concepts, skills, attitudes and
knowledge. We believe that the children should enjoy learning, value themselves as
individuals and as group members, and be able to communicate ideas confidently.

Important basic skills such as reading, spelling, handwriting, mathematics and mental
arithmetic are taught both during specially designated lessons and through a range of
other activities. Each year group also works on several well-resourced study units over
the year covering subjects such as science, history, geography. Children in reception
start work on a skills based curriculum – the foundation stage – to form a sound base on
which to build.

In Year 1, the children begin work on Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum which
includes the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Information and
Communication Technology (ICT), and the foundation subjects of Art and Design,
Geography, History, Music, Physical Education (PE) and Design Technology (DT).
Religious Education (RE) is also a required subject. If you wish to exclude your child
from RE and daily worship you should inform the Headteacher in writing. In addition to
the National Curriculum subjects, we have a well-orgainsed Personal, Development
programme in place which aims to promote the skills of positive citizenship, contributing
significantly to the overall well-being of the school. We encourage children to accept
the responsibilities which go hand in hand with their rights and in so doing, respect the
needs of all those within our community.

There are opportunities for you to learn about the curriculum at new parents talks,
‘Meet the Staff’, parents’ curriculum and various home-school events.


We make extensive use of educational visits and off-site activities to enrich the
curriculum in a way that cannot be done in school: many children will have lasting
memories of these visits/residential trips.

You will be informed in writing of details of the visits that are planned and asked to sign
a permission slip (all parents are also asked to sign a consent form for visits in the
locality which cover occasional off-site visits within walking distance).

Where transport costs are involved, parents are invited to make a voluntary contribution
towards this: the School Association also subsidises off-site activities.

The full Charging Policy is available through the school office: we always use coaches
with seat belts and full risk assessments are carried out prior to any off-site activity
taking place.

Residential Trips

The current pattern of residential trips is:
       Y3     a sleepover in summer using the school grounds for activities.
       Y4     a residential weekend in July to Pauline’s Lodge in Hamble Country Park
       Y5     a residential visit in the spring (March) at a site run by Kingswood Group
       Y6     a residential week in the autumn (October) at a Youth Hostel in Devon

These visits encourage children’s team work and ability to manage away from home. Our
expectations of behaviour are high – and in the midst of these activities being fun, we
anticipate that all children will leave behind nothing but a good impression.

We also arrange for visitors to come into school sharing their knowledge and skills, again
to extend the opportunities available to make the curriculum ‘come alive’ for our

Most recently these have included visits by sports coaches, a ‘Roman Man’, ethnic
dancers, Millers Ark Farm, health and safety professionals and puppet/theatre


In Hampshire, approximately, 10% of children are considered to be gifted and talented
in a range of areas. This picture is reflected at Rownhams St John’s, where children
with special abilities are identified throughout their school life, with staff working hard
to provide opportunities and challenges enabling these children to flourish.

Children are encouraged to share their interests, abilities and skills with each other, and
both Romsey and Mountbatten Secondary schools also offer opportunities to extend
children’s thinking.

                      GOVERNING BODY 2009-10

Local Authority               Susie Fish
                              Michael Shields

Parents                       Richard Bryant
                              Alison Dalley
                              Trevor Glasspool
                              Peter Merrin
                              Stuart Sales

Community                     Edna Bambrough
                              Tony Johnson
                              Peter McCullagh

Foundation                    Andrew Brown (Vice Chair)
                              Ann Laird (Chair)
                              Rev Julian Williams (ex officio)

Staff                         Jo Walker (teaching)
                              Rose Roberts (non teaching)

Clerk                         Jill Mildon

Any of the governors or the clerk may be contacted through the main office.


The governors have a wide range of responsibilities that include:

      helping to establish, with the Headteacher, the aims of the school and how the
       standards of education can be improved
      issuing policies as required by Government legislation for the safe and timely
       running of the school
      agreeing and reviewing with the Headteacher and staff, the School Improvement
       Plan (SIP)
      helping to decide how to spend the school’s budget
      making sure that the national curriculum and religious education are taught
      acting as a link between the local community and the school
      drawing up an action plan after an Ofsted inspection and monitoring how the plan
       is put into practice
      reviewing provision for Special Educational Needs (SEN)
      complaints, admission, discipline and attendance
      equal opportunities.

To fulfil these duties, the governors may visit the school , talk and work the children,
take part in school activities and review the school’s progress in a variety of ways:
meetings of the full governing body take place at least six times per school year:
governors are elected or appointed for a four-year term of office. The Chair and vice
Chair are elected annually in the autumn term.

Each governor also takes an active role in a committee (Standards and Resources).
Foundation governors also work as a group to promote the individual characteristics
significant to a church school.

Minutes of the governing body meetings are available from the school office – the
School Profile (which has replaced the Annual Governors’ meeting for parents) is also
available   in   hard    copy     from   the    school    office   or    online    at


The school’s Health and Safety policy approved by the governors is available for
inspection and is in accordance with Hampshire County Council’s policy.

      The school’s Health and Safety Representatives are Chris Matson and Cathy
       Paddock: every effort is made to ensure that everyone on site is protected by
       constant vigilance of all concerned. Children’s health and safety education
       occurs throughout their schooling.

      The Headteacher is nominated as the Child Protection Liaison Officer. We have
       policies on general behaviour, including verbal or physical violence, prevention and
       management of bullying, rewarding pupils’ achievements, drugs, health and
       safety, all of which are designed to safeguard your child’s well-being. You are
       welcome to see a copy of any of these, via the school office.

      For safety reasons, jewellery is not allowed in school – watches and one pair of
       stud earrings may be worn. In accordance with Hampshire County Council’s
       policy, these items should be removed for PE, and long hair tied back. Children
       should be responsible for looking after their own property at all times.

      Be alert to security and safety!

      All visitors are asked to sign in/out and to wear an identity badge when in school
       – if no badge is worn, you may be challenged by staff/children!

      Please use only the footpaths/pedestrian routes around our school – every
       effort is being made to ensure our children are kept apart from the traffic

      Please do not bring dogs onto the school premises.

      Please park with care and consideration for our neighbours and local community
       at all times.

      A system of CCTV is in operation on the school site.


We very much welcome the adults who help in our school on a voluntary basis – activities
range from sharing regular reading with children, to organising the many vouchers for
schools schemes, offering transport for off-site activities to helping with craft
activities, playing games with children to cooking with small groups.

All offers of help are welcomed both in school and for out of school activities – please
contact the office/class teacher.


Children of all ages benefit tremendously from parental involvement and interest in
their school work: however, activities carried out at home for ‘homework’ should be
stressful for neither child or parent! We recommend that homework should be

                      enjoyable
                      shared between the child and adult
                      acknowledged by praise on completion.

All children have a home-school reading diary for use throughout the school, which
forms part of the home-school reading contract.

Children are encouraged to carry out a variety of homework which will contribute to
activities in school. Activities may include reading, handwriting, spelling practice,
maths/science/English activities according to age and ability. Spellings may include
topic vocabulary, common (high frequency) words or particular word families/rhymes.
Research using books, ICT, questioning people, is helpful when investigating topics.

Homework diaries, giving details of work set, in addition to weekly timetables, and
dates/events to remember, are used by children in Years 5 and 6.

At the ‘Open School’ meeting in September, parents will be notified of the frequency
and amount of homework suggested within the age group. Our school/home partnership
outlines the contract encouraged between child/parent and school which we hope will be
a strong partnership helping us all.


Your child’s education is an important partnership between you and the school – we
encourage contact and communication throughout your child’s time with us.

Please read our weekly newsletter (Friday), which should keep you up to date with the
activities of the school, dates, ‘advance warnings’ of assemblies, concerts, sports events
and many annual events.

Please come and talk with the teachers or myself if you’ve any concerns – we believe
that an ‘open door’ policy enables most issues to be sorted out quickly in discussion, and
requests to meet should be made for mutually convenient times. (Staff are generally
busy in the morning, meeting and greeting the children, and wherever possible, after
school is more appropriate).

We welcome suggestions/feedback on our school and hope that all parents will return
questionnaires, contribute to requests for ways of improving our school for the benefit
of all who are part of the learning community.

There are several other ways of home and school staying in touch:-

Pre-school meetings
We want to make the transition from home and pre-school to school as smooth as
possible, and invite parents and children to visit school before applying for a place.
Children in Year 6 are pleased to show visitors around their school and answer as many
questions as possible. Prefects and house captains are involved in the parents’ evening,
held at the beginning of the summer term – with staff, governors and PTA

Children spend time in school prior to starting in September, and staff arrange a home
visit during the first few days of term.

Open School - Meet the Staff
A chance to meet all the teaching and support staff in the first week of term and find
out about events/expectations and routines for your child’s class and year group.

Progress Reports
There is a parents’ evening in the autumn term, where you’ll find out how your child has
settled into his/her new class and identify ‘targets’ to work on. During the spring term,
you’ll be invited to a second meeting, where you’ll discuss their mid-year progress and
again share targets for your child’s second half year.

Times are displayed in the entrance area enabling you to make convenient appointments
to see your child’s teacher (these times are after school/early evening).

Your child’s records
Hampshire schools keep careful records on the progress and development of each of
their pupils. You may, by arrangement see your child’s records. However, you may find
it more beneficial to talk to your child’s teacher about progress and effort.


On entry to school, children are arranged into one of four houses, named after old
family houses in the Rownhams area – Balmoral (green), Fernyhurst (yellow), Lakeside
(blue) and Nutshalling (red).

One boy and one girl House Captain are elected for each house – these children help to
organise and lead their house group. Prefects, elected from Year 6 also help to support
the school ethos and to play a positive part in the life of the school.

House points can be earned in a variety of ways – for good behaviour, effort, individual
pieces of work, through a range of competitive activities, for contributions to
school/extra curricular events and activities.

Each week the House Cup is awarded to the House with the greatest number of points
for that week.

At the end of the year the House Cup is awarded to the house with the most points over
the year.


Please notify the school by telephone or letter on the first day of your child’s absence.
Your child should be fully recovered before returning to school and able to take part in
all activities including playtime and PE. If your child is fit to return to school but still
requires medication, please deliver the medicine to the main office and complete the
appropriate form. If you prefer, you may come into school to give medication to your
child. Members of staff are only able to administer prescribed medicines. A copy of
the school medicine policy is available for inspection upon request.

If your child is ill at school they will be looked after by school staff and every effort
will be made to contact you. It is essential that we have several emergency numbers to
enable us to reach you. Please make sure that the main office is notified of any changes
to these numbers.

The school nurse from the local area monitors hearing and sight and sometimes height
and weight. She is available to speak to parents and children at regular ‘drop in’ sessions
– please contact the main office if you require further information.

If your child is asthmatic, please let us keep an inhaler/medication in school for
supervised use during the day.


Children have a learning difficulty if they have a significantly greater difficulty in
learning than the majority of children of their age, or a disability which prevents or
hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided in
schools for children of their age.

All children are entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum throughout their
school life and are encouraged to take part in all areas of school life: our policies are
inclusive of children of all abilities and backgrounds.

The main aim of our school Special Needs policy is to ensure that learning support
programmes are in place for children who have special educational needs and that they
have access to their full entitlement to the whole school curriculum.

All children learn at different rates and the work throughout the school is planned at a
level for all children to make good progress. Where children, through constant
monitoring of their progress, are identified as having special needs, then the school has
staffing and resources to support them.

At all times the involvement of parents is essential. The concern for these children will
form a partnership between teachers, parents and other professionals (eg Educational
Psychologist, Speech therapist). Rownhams St John’s Primary School wants to achieve
this effective partnership with parents through open, honest and sensitive
communication. Teachers will involve parents in discussions about the child’s difficulties
at the earliest opportunity and they will then work together to overcome them.

The work of the Learning Support team is co-ordinated by the Inclusion and Special
Needs Co-ordinator (InCo) Carole Mitchell, and training is regularly undertaken by all
staff concerned.


The school enjoys its links with the local community – the local minister Rev Julian
Williams leads weekly assemblies and St John’s Church is used throughout the year for
visits and events.

We encourage links with our two local pre-school groups – St John’s (Rownhams) on the
church site and Horns Drove, now located on the school site. Children from our local
playgroups are welcomed at school events prior to their starting in Year R.

During the first term in school, all YR children take part in a Starters’ morning at St
John’s church, whilst in Y6, the Leavers’ day of activities marks the children’s ‘moving on’
from our school, recognising their hopes for the future.

Rownhams St John’s is a feeder school for Mountbatten Sports and Language College,
Romsey: staff from the school meet regularly to help curriculum continuity and
progression across our schools and there are strong sporting links within the pyramid of
schools. Both staff and students from Mountbatten help provide a range of sporting
activities throughout the year (see Transfer)

Our school has also developed links through the Romsey Diocese with Muramba Valley
School in Rwenzori Province, Uganda, with regular fundraising to support the school’s
development. The school also raises funds for Southampton City Mission, Operation
Christmas Child and Children in Need with other specific charities being nominated each

Each week, languages staff from Mountbatten teach French to all children in Year 5 and
6 – this programme is part of the government initiative to ensure that all primary age
children learn a modern foreign language.


The team of Lunchtime Supervisory Assistants is responsible for the children during the
midday break. During lunchtimes, the children eat their sandwich lunches in the hall, in
two sittings, under supervision: the school does not provide cooked meals. Sandwich
lunches may be available on request.

Please remember –

                       food should be in a named container
                       drinks (not fizzy) may be included but should be in an
                        unbreakable container (water is always available during the day
                        throughout the school)
                       a spoon should be provided for yoghurts
                       make all food as easy to eat as possible – in manageable portions!

We encourage you to provide a healthy nutritious lunch and ask that chocolate and
sweets are not included.

For health and safety reasons we are a ‘nut and kiwi fruit free zone’. Please, for reasons
of allergic reactions, do not send in any nuts, items with nut traces or kiwi fruit into

As part of a Government health initiative, free fruit and vegetables for mid morning
snacks for Year R/1/2 children are offered.

We ask that playtime snacks from home are of the fruit/savoury variety.

Families in receipt of Income Support may be entitled to free school meals – full
information from the school office.


Full details of our last inspection (October 2008) and the HMI follow up (May 2009) are
available on request and via the Ofsted website.

The October inspection identified the following areas for improvement:

       standards and achievement especially in maths
       use of assessment to address slow progress
       ensuring that plans for school improvement had clear, measurable success
       and that leaders would be held accountable to accelerate pace of change within
        the school

and the school was given ‘Notice to Improve’.

The May Inspection found that the school was making satisfactory progress towards
addressing all the areas for improvement and in raising pupils’ achievement. Progress in
developing and using effective assessment was good.

We are grateful for the continuing support of parents and governors.

Our next inspection will be in the Autumn term and the school continues to work with
the Local Authority in order to address the areas for improvement whilst building on the
school’s successes.

However, the October inspection also noted:

       the school’s caring atmosphere which makes a clear contribution to pupils’
       good attention to pupils’ personal development and good curricular enrichment
       good links with the church and local community
       good staff/pupil relationships and effective use of interactive technology
       good behaviour and attitude to work, with pupils being kind and helpful to each
        other and courteous to all adults
       pupils making a good contribution to the community, taking on a wide range of
        responsibilities and being involved in decision making within school.


Morning school                8.45am – 12.15pm (12.10pm for KS1)
Afternoon school              1.05pm – 3.10pm

The school day includes a collective act of worship during the morning, and a 15 minutes
playtime. The younger children may take additional play breaks at other appropriate

The remainder of the day is spent as teaching and learning time.

A member of staff is on duty for 10 minutes at the beginning and again at the end of the
school day to ensure that all children are handed over to parents/carers.

If older children are to walk home alone, we ask you to please put this in writing, to
avoid any misunderstanding.


The school is well resourced and equipment and materials are continually being updated.

The children have access to a range of computers and electronic equipment, with
interactive whiteboards in all classrooms and an ICT suite equipped with high quality
modern technological hardware and software, including laptops in both KS1 and KS2.

Our library and reading books are well-stocked, we have a wide range of outdoor/indoor
PE equipment., and designated rooms for learning support, music, and cooking. Children
have the opportunity to play a large collection of musical instruments. In addition, each
year group has access to a wide range of resources that support children’s learning at an
appropriate level in all areas of the curriculum.

The school site is spacious with plenty of space to both work and play – grounds and
buildings are well-maintained there is an ongoing programme of projects to extend and
enhance the facilities.

(Reg Charity No 1071964)

Our School Association was set up in 1967 with the main aims of

                      Promoting co-operation between all associated with the school
                      Fundraising to provide extra equipment and resources of benefit
                       to all our children.
                      Encouraging interest and support for the aims and ideals of our
                       school and primary education.

During the year, there’s a wide variety of fundraising/social activities which are an
excellent way of getting involved with the school and getting to know other parents and
friends of the school.

The committee meets regularly to organise discos, fayres, car boot sales, race nights,
raffles – anyone is welcome to come to these monthly meetings – the team are always in
need of extra pairs of hands and fresh ideas!

Help of any description is always welcomed!

Following are some examples of items purchased by the School Association in recent

                      Interactive Whiteboards throughout the school
                      Assorted play equipment for playtime boxes
                      Climbing frames/field equipment
                      Book tokens for Y6 leavers (annual gift)
                      Musical instruments/keyboards
                      Topic books for library
                      Subsidy for all school visits offsite
                      Picnic benches/tables for KS1 play area.
                      Bibles for Y2/3 transition (annual subsidy)


Our School Council consists of two elected members from each class who meet regularly
with members of staff to discuss important issues relating to all aspects of school life.
The School Council provides all children with an opportunity to have their views heard
and be involved in the school’s decision-making process.

Since its introduction, children have contributed to a number of excellent developments
– the provision of playtime boxes, the decoration of the boys’ and girls’ cloakrooms, the
introduction of Playtime Pals and more constructive use of playground equipment, and
the development of recycling activities within the school.

The school offers many opportunities for children to be ‘good citizens’ – helpful and
caring to others and ambassadors for our school.

                      Becoming a Playtime Pal – chosen to help other children to enjoy
                       playtimes by introducing new games and activities and ‘looking out’
                       for children.
                      Becoming a prefect in Year 6 – developing into a good leader and
                       proving a positive role model for others.
                      Becoming part of a working group – Travel planners, School
                       Grounds group, Bin Buddies all played a part in developing ideas
                       for our grounds work/recycling activities.
                      Being chosen to take visitors around school – children are our
                       best ambassadors and are expert at answering questions!
                      Joining the School Council of representatives from each class.
                      Learning detectives.

Each child has opportunities to offer their help and ideas for the benefit of the school –
and in so doing have greater ownership themselves.

STAFFING 2009-10

Headteacher                   Meri Knights

Deputy Headteacher            Jo Walker (Y5/6 + KS2 Leader)

Key Stage 1 Leader            Mary Rowland (Y1/2)

Teaching Staff KS1            Natalie Alldred (YR)
                              Helen Rutt (YR/1)
                              Kelly McConkey (Y1/2)
                              Karen Johnson (KS1 ppa/mgt)

Teaching Staff KS2            Kathy Kent (Team Leader Y3/4)
                              Katherine Hill (Y3/4)
                              Cathy Paddock (Y3/4)
                              Jenny Noble (Y5/6)
                              Lynn Roberts (Y5/6)
                              Jane Smith (KS2 cover)

Special Needs Co-ordinator    Carole Mitchell

Music Teachers                Ingrid Dixon, Charlotte       Henderson,   Martin
                              Henderson, Nick Ingamells

Learning Support Assistants
Key Stage 1                   Fiona Alexander, Tracey Barrett, Amanda Dibden,
                              Hilary Hamilton, Celeste Masters, Michelle
                              Maxwell, Jane Race, Polly Verrall

Key Stage 2                   Teresa Gregory, Shirley Jonas, Chris Matson,
                              Helen Pirie,   Rose Roberts Gucharan Shahi and
       Sally Stride

Admin Officer                 Jill Mildon

Admin Assistant               Annie Rogers

Lunchtime staff               Claire Griffiths, Amanda Dibden, Helen Griffiths,
                              Elaine Hammond, Carol Holloway, Avril Kempen,
                              Jan Macdonald, Claire McCann, Chris Matson, Sue
                              Robinson, Louise Sales, Gucharan Shahi, Jane
                              Watson, Lyn Wickham

Cleaning/Caretaking Staff     Dave Palmer, Maureen Hayles, Lesley May-Hurst,
                              Sue Wise and Tim Wickham

Crossing Patrol               Tim Wickham (Jan Grierson as relief)

                                STANDARD ASSESSMENTS – KS1

                                             COMPARATIVE REPORT

This table shows a summary of the National Curriculum assessment results of pupils in the
school (2009) and nationally (2008) at the end of Key Stage 1, as a percentage of those
eligible for assessment.

The number of eligible children is: 37

Figures may not total 100 per cent because of rounding.

                                          RESULTS OF TEACHER ASSESSMENT

                                                Percentage at each level
                                                                                      3 or    Disapplied       Absent
                                            W      1      2        2C   2B     2A
                                                                                     above     Children        Children
                                  Boys      0      0      0                             0          0              0

Speaking and                      Girls     0      0      0                             0          0              0
listening                Whole School       0      0      0                             0          0              0

                              National      2     11     65                            21          0              0

                                  Boys      0      0               0    0       0       0          0              0
                                  Girls     0      0               0    0       0       0          0              0
                         Whole School       0      0               0    0       0       0          0              0

                              National      3     13               13   22     24      25          0              0

                                  Boys      0      0               0    0       0       0          0              0
                                  Girls     0      0               0    0       0       0          0              0
                         Whole School       0      0               0    0       0       0          0              0

                              National      5     15               22   27     19      12          0              0

                                  Boys      0      0               0    0       0       0          0              0
                                  Girls     0      0               0    0       0       0          0              0
                         Whole School       0      0               0    0       0       0          0              0

                              National      2      8               16   25     27      21          0              0
                                                                                      3 or
                                            W      1      2        2C   2B     2A                          U
                                  Boys      0      0      0                             0                  0

                                  Girls     0      0      0                             0                  0
                         Whole School       0      0      0                             0                  0

                              National      2      9     67                            22

W represents children who are working towards level 1, but have not yet achieved the standards needed for level
U represents children for whom it is not possible to determine a level.

                       STANDARD ASSESSMENTS – KS2

                                     COMPARATIVE REPORT
These tables show a summary of the National Curriculum results of pupils in the school
(2009) and nationally (2008) as a percentage of those eligible for assessment.

The number of eligible children is: 44

Figures may not total 100 per cent because of rounding.

                      RESULTS OF TEACHER ASSESSMENT 2009 and NATIONAL 2008

                                                                      Percentage at each level
                                                                                                               Pupils        Pupils
                                      W          1           2        3         4         5          6
                                                                                                             disapplied      absent
                       School          0         0           0        0         0         0          0             0            0
                     National          0         1           4       16        49         30         0             0            0

                       School          0         0           0        0         0         0          0             0            0
                     National          0         1           4       16        46         33         0             0            0

                       School          0         0           0        0         0         0          0             0            0
                     National          0         0           2       12        47         38         0             0            0

                                      TEST RESULTS 2009 and NATIONAL 2008

                                                                      Percentage at each level
                                       Below                                                      Pupils
                                                         3            4             5                      #           Pupils absent
                                      level 3*                                                 not entered
                       School              0             0            0             0                 0                     0
                     National              6            13           51             30                0                     1

                       School              0             0            0             0                 0                     0
                     National              6             6           38             49                0                     1

                       School              0             0            0             0                 0                     0
                     National              6            26           48             20                0                     1

                       School              0             0            0             0                 0                     0
                     National              5            15           47             31                0                     1

                       School              0             0            0             0                 0                     0
                     National              2             8           44             44                0                     1

W       represents pupils who are working towards level 1, but have not yet achieved the standards needed for
        level 1.
*       represents pupils who were not entered for the tests because they were working below level 3 in English,
        mathematics or science; pupils awarded a compensatory level from the tests; and pupils entered for but not
        achieving a level from the tests.
        represents pupils working at the levels of the tests, but unable to access them, formally referred to as


We seek to foster a strong work ethic and to motivate our children through praise for
effort and genuine achievement.

We take account of effective traditional teaching and current research into how
children learn, for instance different learning styles and the use of brain gym and music
to stimulate thinking.

We want children to develop socially and emotionally and to take pride in their learning,
wanting to do well.

Children are best able to fulfil their potential when they feel valued and have high self-
esteem: we encourage children to develop positive relationships with both their peers
and adults of all ages.

We teach children that not only do they have rights, but these come with
responsibilities to ensure that all feel valued and respected in our community.


Rownhams St John’s Primary School admits children between the ages of 4 – 11 years.

The standard admission number is 40 in foundation and Key Stage 1 and 45 in Key Stage

The school is divided into 10 classes, organised as follows:-

Foundation and Key Stage 1 (4-7 years)

YR              Natalie Alldred
YR/1            Helen Rutt
Y1/2            Mary Rowland/Kelly McConkey

Fiona Alexander, Tracey Barrett, Amanda Dibden, Hilary Hamilton, Celeste Masters,
Michelle Maxwell, Jane Race and Polly Verrall work mainly within Key Stage 1.

Teresa Gregory, Shirley Jonas, Chris Matson, Helen Pirie, Rose Roberts Gucharan Shahi
and Sally Stride work mainly in Key Stage 2

As Learning Support Assistants, their role involves them in a wide range of activities,
including providing occasional staff cover and supporting children with statements in
Educational Needs.

In Key Stage 2, the classes are organised as follows, with children being shared into
parallel classes throughout the age groups.

Y3/4            Kathy Kent, Katherine Hill, Cathy Paddock
Y5/6            Jo Walker, Jenny Noble, Lynn Roberts

Karen Johnson and Jane Smith provide teaching support and cover across the school,
enabling the leadership team and curriculum leaders to carry out a range of professional

Carole Mitchell is the school’s Inclusion Co-ordinator (InCc) and advises on all aspects of
the inclusion of children of all abilities, in addition to leading the work of the Learning
Support Team.

With the year groups, the teachers work co-operatively in planning and structuring the
children’s learning – a variety of teaching styles and organisations is used. Sometimes,
children are taught as a whole class, sometimes in groups and sometimes individually –
according to activity and need.

In line with Government regulations, all class teachers are provided with 10% of their
week Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time: this is covered by Team Elite –
who provide specialist sports coaching throughout Y1-6 on Thursdays.

                     TERMS AND HOLIDAY DATES

                          ACADEMIC YEAR 2009 - 10

                                    Autumn Term

           Thursday, 3 September 2009 to Friday, 18 December 2009

                                 Autumn Half Term

              Monday, 26 October 2009 to Friday, 30 October 2009

                                     Spring Term

                Monday, 4 January 2010 to Thursday, 1 April 2010

                                  Spring Half Term

              Monday, 15 February 2010 to Friday, 19 February 2010

                                    Summer Term

                   Monday, 19 April 2010 to Friday, 23 July 2010

                                 Summer Half Term

                   Monday, 31 May 2010 to Friday, 4 June 2010

                  NB May Day Bank Holiday, Monday, 3 May 2010

The school is closed for five Professional Training Days each academic year. These
dates will appear on every newsletter, as soon as dates are agreed with governor.

Dates for all events will also be on the weekly newsletter – giving advance notice as far
ahead as possible!


Children who are transferring to our school from other schools, are encouraged to visit
and spend some time with their new class. Class teachers will ensure that the children
quickly become familiar with school and class routines, with children being selected to
‘look after’ your child during the transition period.

Rownhams St John’s is a feeder school for Mountbatten Sports and Language College: a
comprehensive programme of induction for Year 6 children has been developed to ensure
ease of transfer.

Throughout Year 6, children take part in a variety of liaison events/visits and in the
summer term, full details of progress and achievement are transferred prior to
admission to Year 7. There is also an Induction day and parents’ evening during the
summer term.

Early in Year 6, Parents will receive a booklet outlining provision of secondary education
in the area and procedures for application, and are invited to visit both during the school
day and for an evening presentation.


We ask all our children to wear our uniform – it helps develop pride in our school and a
sense of belonging.

In addition to uniform, we place great emphasis on children’s overall appearance.

For this reason jewellery (other than watch/one pair of stud earrings) make up and
other decorations are not allowed in school.

Hairstyles should also be conservative – no fancy cuts/braids, and with long hair tied

Items of school clothing are available from the Uniform Department of John Lewis in

School uniform colours are predominantly dark green/grey and should be selected from
the following items:-

               Grey/black school trousers
               Grey skirt/culottes/pinafore dress
               White polo shirt*
               Green sweatshirt/jumper/cardigan*
               Black ‘school’ shoes

In summer

               Grey short trousers
               Green/white checked dress

PE/Sports clothing

               T-shirt in house colours*
               Black shorts
               Plimsolls/trainers
               Tracksuit/jogging bottoms for cold weather
               Drawstring bag*

*available with school logo

Art/craft overall

Every child will also need an overall for art/craft activities – an old shirt, cut to fit and
clearly named, is ideal.

NB Bookbags are available for order from the school office.


Rownhams St John’s Primary School           Chair of Governors
Bakers Drove                                Ann Laird
Rownhams                                    Oaklands
Southampton                                 Rownhams Lane
SO16 8AD                                    Rownhams
                                            SO16 8AP

Tel    02380 736417                         02380 738143
Fax    02380 731732
e-mail adminoffice@rownhams.hants.sch.uk

John Coughlan                               Louise Brierley
Director of Children’s Services             Area School Improvement Manager
County Office                               New Forest Local Office
The Castle                                  Winsor Road
Winchester                                  Bartley
SO23 8UG                                    SO40 2HR

01962 841841                                02380 80814603

Tony Blackshaw                              Rev Julian Williams
First Floor                                 The Vicarage
Peninsula House                             Horns Drove
Wharf Road                                  Rownhams
Portsmouth                                  SO16 8AH
02392 899681                                02380 738293


Staff and governors worked together to agree a set of key values which we believe to
be at the heart of our school. Our key values are respect, self esteem, challenge and

In our school, we want our children to

   develop values based on Christian principles, respecting the views, beliefs and
    traditions of others
   develop their self esteem, an inner confidence and positive attitude to life, with an
    enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning
   feel challenged and encouraged to continually improve, achieving success and the
    highest possible standards in all they do
   feel secure and valued in their surroundings, behaving with care, courtesy and
    consideration to everyone and their environment.

We are committed to

   upholding Christian values and principles in the whole life and work of the school
   developing every child’s maximum educational, social and spiritual potential
   providing high quality education matched to individual needs.
   valuing all children and adults from whatever background, treating everyone with
    mutual consideration and respect
   promoting a happy and caring environment with good co-operation and communication
    between children, staff, parents, governors, the church and wider community
   encouraging parents to take an active part in supporting the aims and values of our
   sustaining a positive and safe working environment for staff and children, making
    best use of all resources.

We aim to provide a Christian setting, where
  children are stimulated to enjoy learning,
achieve success, and encouraged to do their
               best at all times

               Our key values are:


 Self Esteem


The information in this booklet is intended
 for the parents of children who will be
       entering school in this year.

At the time of printing, it was correct, but
 circumstances might create the need for


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