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The governors and I wish to extend a warm welcome to new parents, carers and children. We

hope that this prospectus will provide you with helpful information and some understanding of

the philosophy, aims and organisation of the school.

We are a caring and hardworking school.       Our aim is to work with you in educating the

children. They will be encouraged to develop their full potential and succeed as individuals.

We will provide equality of opportunity and promote high standards in all aspects of school


We hope your child will settle happily into school and that you will take advantage of the

many opportunities offered to strengthen links between home and school.

If we are to operate successfully and provide the children with a stable and happy

environment, full co-operation between us is essential. It is only when home and school work

in partnership that the children receive maximum benefit. We want you to feel part of our

community, just as we want the school to be part of the local community. There will be

regular opportunities for you to visit school to hear about your child‟s progress and to be

informed of the work we do.

We look forward to getting to know you as well as your child over the next few years.

                                       ALEX BUCKLEY


The information in this booklet relates to the school year beginning in September 2010 and

was correct in July 2010. It should not be assumed that there will be no change affecting

the information before, during or after the school year to which it relates.

Some of the information contained in this booklet will need to be occasionally updated.

       Wren Park Primary School – a school of motivated, independent skilled
                  learners in a secure, stimulating atmosphere.

At Wren Park EVERY CHILD MATTERS – children are given the opportunity and

support to:

      Be Healthy

      Be Safe
      Enjoy and achieve

      Make a positive contribution

      Achieve economic well-being

                            TEACHING AND LEARNING

Our Aims for Children

Through interesting and challenging opportunities, and through the quality of

teaching, children will be helped and encouraged:

      To strive for their highest levels of achievement

      To develop confidence, a sense of adventure and enthusiasm for learning

      To develop self-esteem and personal responsibility, linked to respect for the
       needs and feelings of others

      To develop considerate and positive relationships between all members of the
       school community
      To work both independently and collaboratively

      To respect themselves and others and to appreciate human achievement and
      To support one another by developing caring attitudes

      To value the environment and our rich cultural heritage

      To develop positive attitudes of cooperation and responsibility

      To develop skills needed in a changing technological environment

      To extend themselves in body, mind and spirit

To enable these aims to be realised, learning and teaching will be based on a

curriculum which is:

      BROAD, so that it introduces all pupils to a wide range of concepts,

       experiences, knowledge and skills and promotes spiritual, moral, cultural,

       mental and physical development;

      BALANCED, to ensure that each area of the curriculum is given sufficient time

       for it‟s contribution to be effective;

      RELEVANT to the opportunities and experiences which will prepare children

       for their continued schooling and for adult life;

      INCLUSIVE, so that the needs of all pupils are recognised and provided for;

      DYNAMIC, so that developments in technology, teaching and learning,

       international and environmental issues can be taken up to enhance learning;

      PLANNED and implemented by staff with a shared vision and commitment.

      MANAGED efficiently by staff and governors working together towards

       agreed goals and continuous improvement;

      SUPPORTED by families and the community whose partnership in the education

       of children is accepted and valued.

      REFLECTIVE and adaptive to what we learn about children‟s learning

      CREATIVE using opportunities to extend children‟s learning from activities

       outside the classroom.


We believe that each child will succeed through experiencing quality in:

      A broad and balanced curriculum

      An enriching programme of extra-curricular activities and visits

      A stimulating learning environment

      A rich, varied and up to date range of learning resources

      Innovative teaching and an investigative approach to learning

      An ethos of support, challenge and encouragement to succeed

      Learning partnerships between school, home and the community

We demonstrate our commitment to working as a learning community by:

      Striving for continuous improvement in all that we do

      Working collaboratively towards common goals

      Becoming an Investor in People

The full Teaching and Learning Policy is available on request.

                          POLICY AND PRACTICE FOR INCLUSION

We know that Education influences and reflects the values of society and the kind of society

we want. Because of this we have a broad set of common values and purposes that underpin

our school curriculum and our work in school.

Through our policy and practice we aim to: -

    Promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the children.

    Develop principles for distinguishing between right and wrong.

    Promote equal opportunities and enable pupils to challenge discrimination and


    Develop the children‟s awareness, understanding of and respect for the environment in

       which they live.

    Secure their commitment to positive development at a personal, local, national and

       global level.

    Equip the children as consumers, to make informed judgements, and independent

       decisions and to understand their responsibilities and rights.

    Promote pupils‟ self esteem and emotional well-being.

    Help our pupils to form and maintain satisfying relationships, based on respect for

       themselves and for others at home, school, work and in the community.

This booklet is divided into the following four sections:-

                                        SECTION ONE

                                GENERAL INFORMATION
                                         Pages 7 - 13

                                        * * * * * * * *

                                        SECTION TWO

                                YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL
                                        Pages 15 - 30

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                                       SECTION THREE

                             WHAT HAPPENS AT SCHOOL?
                                        Pages 32 - 44

                                        * * * * * * * *

                                          SECTION 4

                                 HOME SCHOOL LIAISON
                                        Pages 46 - 54

                                         * * * * * * *

                                         SECTION FIVE

                           PARENTAL PERMISSION DOCUMENT

                                           Page 55

                              S E C T I O N     O N E

                      G E N E R A L   I N F O R M A T I O N

Our School and the Education Authority.             Page 8

Plan of the School.                                 Page 9

The Governing Body.                                 Page 10

The School Staff.                                   Page 11

Admissions to the School.                           Page 12

Starting School.

Admission to School of Pre-Rising Fives Children.

Pre-entry Visit.

School Holidays.                                    Page 13

Holidays during Term Time.

                                   O U R     S C H O O L

The School Address:-

                                 Wren Park Primary School,

                       Jackson Avenue, Mickleover, Derby. DE3 9AY.

                        Telephone Number is:-      01332 - 512732.




                                     Mr. Alex Buckley.

Children and Young People’s Services

Address: Middleton House, 27 St. Mary's Gate. DE1 3NN

Telephone Number: 01332 - 716924

Wren Park Primary School is a large primary school in the suburbs on the South side of

Derby, situated close to the Derby City Hospital. It was opened in 1967. Children begin at

the school as infants and stay until they are eleven, when the majority of children transfer

to Littleover Community School. Both girls and boys attend the school.

The main building houses the school hall and nine classrooms. There is also a staffroom, a

library, offices and school kitchen. Five other classrooms are situated away from the main

building. The school has extensive grounds incorporating grassed areas and a large field as

well as a hard surfaced playground, the trim trail and a soft play area for the children in the

foundation stage.

                                 THE GOVERNING BODY

There are different types of governors in our school. Each school has a combination of these

and the number of governors each school has depends on the number of pupils in a school.

Our governing body has sixteen members.

Chair: -            Mr. P. Barlow, Community Governor

Vice-Chair: -       Mr C. Harrison, LEA Governor

                    Mr P Breese, Community Governor

                    Mrs H Edwards, Community Governor

                    Mr I Care, LEA Governor

                    Mrs J Austin, Parent Governor

                    Mr M Squires, Parent Governor

                    Mrs R Beedie, Parent Governor

                    Mrs D Moore, Parent Governor

                    Mr K Newman, Parent Governor

                    Mr K Joshi, Community Governor

                    Mr Som Bhalla, LEA Governor

                    Mrs S Alger, Teacher Governor

                    Mr G Boyd, Teacher Governor

                    Mrs A Broadhurst, Staff Governor

                    Mr A Buckley, Headteacher

                    Mrs L Harrison, Clerk to Governors


                           THE SCHOOL STAFF

Headteacher:                      Mr A Buckley

Deputy Headteacher:               Mrs J Housden

Senior Teaching Staff:            Mr G Boyd

                                  Mrs L Smith

Teaching Staff

Mrs F Adkins               Mrs S Alger                  Mrs G Breese

Mrs R Clayton              Miss S Coxon                 Mrs C Dove

Mrs J Hall                 Mrs A Healey                 Mr S Hudson

Mrs R Panteli              Mrs J Stalker                Mrs I Sugden

Mrs W Whitt                Mrs N Willis

Bursar:                    Mrs A Newman

Clerical Welfare Officer: Mrs J Rubini

System Support Officer: Mrs L Harrison

Teaching Assistants:

Mrs A Broadhurst           Mrs L Brown                  Mrs P Coulton

Mrs J Eaton                Mrs A Glynn                  Mrs L Harrison

Mrs C Lees                 Mrs B Lewins                 Mrs S Riley

Ms J Wilson

Personal Care Assistant:   Ms K Redshaw

Kitchen Staff

Mrs S Glynn          Mr A Kaczkowski      Mrs S Shergill      Mrs K Wood

Lunchtime Supervisors:

Ms M Barker          Mrs C Blancheon      Mrs T Chaudhry                Ms R Ghani

          Mrs S Hawley            Mrs J Muessig               Mrs G Pathak

Mrs S Sahota         Mrs S Sharma


Mrs J Eaton          Mrs C Lees           Mrs S Riley

Caretaker:           Mr R Gay


The local authority and the governing body establish the following admissions policy. Our

school can currently admit only 54 children. All admissions are made through Local Authority

procedures. Contact Middleton House, 27St. Mary‟s Gate, DE1 3NN (Tel: 01332 716850)

All children will be admitted to the Reception Unit at the same time. All children who will be

5 years old between September 1st 2010 and August 31st 2011 will start our school on a full

time basis beginning September 2010. Detailed arrangements will be given out to all parents

of new starters in July 2010.

                                     PRE-ENTRY VISITS

Starting school is a very important stage in the life of a child.    It can be a time of great

excitement and happiness, although for a small number of children and parents it can

sometimes be an exciting but anxious time. We offer you and your child the opportunity to

visit the school just before the child begins and you will receive a letter giving details of the

visit. In September there is a Reception Curriculum Evening for Parents.

We also offer visiting arrangements for parents of prospective children above the age of

five and this is done on an individual basis.

       To start school is an exciting new challenge – a milestone in our lives.

                                TRANSITION THROUGH SCHOOL

As your child moves through school there will be opportunities for you to visit us and see the

sorts of things your child does at school. We put on special “curriculum events” at

appropriate times during your child‟s time at Wren Park. These are both enjoyable and

informative for parents and we welcome your attendance. A shared partnership to your

child‟s learning is our goal.

                                      SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

The dates of the school terms and school half-terms for the year 2010-2011 are as follows:-

TERMS                 DATES

AUTUMN TERM           Monday 6 September           to     Friday 22 October

                      Monday 1 November            to     Tuesday 21 December

SPRING TERM           Tuesday 4 January            to     Friday 18 February

                      Monday 28 February           to     Friday 15 April

SUMMER TERM           Tuesday 3 May                to     Friday 27 May

                      Monday 6 June                to     Friday 22 July

Public Holidays: 27th, 28th December, 3rd January, Good Friday – 22nd April, Easter
Monday – 25th April, 2rd May and 30th May.

Copies of this information are always available at school.

There are five school closure days a year, at present these dates are not all confirmed.
There is an INSET day on Monday 6th September – school will starts on Tuesday 7th

                              HOLIDAYS DURING TERM TIME

If you have to take your holidays during term time you should complete the form,

Notification of Absence of School Child on Holiday

This form is available from the school office.

**N.B. Regulations state that no more than two weeks' holiday should be taken during term

time in any school year and we expect parents to keep to these legal requirements.

Attendance is monitored very carefully at the school. We believe that good attendance and

punctuality are vital if your child is to learn good school and work habits.

*Please see appendix 1 for Authorisation of holiday information before planning time out

from school for your child.

                                  S E C T I O N        T W O

                        Y O U R    C H I L D       A T         S C H O O L

School hours                                                       Page 15
Children leaving school during normal hours

Length of School Sessions Grid KS1                                 Page 16

Length of School Sessions Grid KS2                                 Page 17

Leaving School at 3.30pm.                                          Page 18
Absences from school

Behaviour at School                                                Page 19
Changing for Physical Education

Jewellery / Ear rings                                              Page 20
Lost Property

Break times                                                        Page 21

School Uniform and clothing                                        Page 22

Children with Special Needs                                        Page 23

School Meals                                                       Page 26

Pastoral Care.                                                     Page 27
Child Protection.

Administering Medicines.                                           Page 28

Infectious Diseases.                                               Page 29

Data Protection Act.                                               Page 30


                                        SCHOOL HOURS

Gates open at 8:50 and classrooms will be supervised from then.

For foundation stage and infants school begins at 9.00a.m. and ends at 11.55am.

For junior children school begins at 9.00a.m. and ends at 12.10 p.m.

Afternoon School begins at 1.15pm and ends at 3.30pm for all children.

The actual hours spent on teaching during the normal week (including religious education but

excluding the daily act of worship, registration and breaks) are specified on the next page.

Every effort should be made to ensure that no child arrives at school before 8.50am after

which time the members of staff will assume responsibility for the children.           It is the

responsibility of parents to see that children do not arrive late at school. If this happens

frequently the school will notify you by letter regarding your child's late arrivals just in case

you are not aware of it. When children arrive at school they are able to come straight inside

where their class teachers or classroom assistants will be waiting for them.

Children are dismissed at 11.55am, 12.10pm and 3.30pm only. Should you wish to withdraw

your child from school, for personal or medical reasons during school hours, arrangements

must be made to collect your child from inside school and we need to be notified by letter in

advance. Under no circumstances will he/she be allowed out of the school gate on his or her

own other than the usual finishing times. Parents are requested to report to the school

office and your child will be brought to you.

At playtimes during the mornings and afternoons, the infant and junior children have

separate playtimes and are supervised by teaching staff and classroom assistants.

At lunchtime the children are supervised by our "dinner supervisors" both whilst they eat

lunch and then during lunchtime play.

         ACTIVITY                  TIME
                                                             WORK IN MINUTES

                               9.00 – 9.10am

                               9.10 – 9.25am                         60 minutes
     Collective Worship

                               9.25 – 10.30am

                                                  10.30 – 10.45am

                               10.45 – 11.55am                       70 minutes

                                                   11.55 – 1.15pm

                                1.15 – 2.30pm                        75 minutes
    Registration & Work

                                                   2.30 – 2.45pm

                               2.45 – 3.30pm                         45 minutes

Total minutes worked for day                        250 minutes

  Total minutes worked per                         1250 minutes


Total hours worked per week                      20hours 50minutes

                               KS2 LENGTH OF SCHOOL DAY

                                          TIME                             WORK IN MINUTES

    Registration & Work
                                      9.00 – 9.10am                            10 minutes

     Collective Worship
                                      9.10 – 9.25am                            15 minutes

                                      9.25 – 10.55am                        1 hour 30 minutes

                                                         10.55 – 11.10am

                                      11.10 – 12.10pm                          60 minutes

                                                          12.10 – 1.15pm

    Registration & Work
                                      1.15 – 2.15pm                            60 minutes

                                                          2.15 – 2.25pm

                                      2.25 –3.30pm                             65 minutes

Total minutes worked per day                               295 minutes

  Total minutes worked per                                1475 minutes


Total hours worked per week                             24hours 35minutes

                            LEAVING SCHOOL AT 3.30 pm.

Please try to collect your child from school promptly as it is very dangerous for a child to be

unaccompanied at the gate. We encourage the children to return inside the school buildings

if no-one is there to meet them at 3.30pm as the children can wait safely in the school foyer

if an emergency arises.

We do not expect the children to play inside the school grounds or on the playground at

3.30pm. Any parent bringing pre-school children onto the playground are asked not to allow

them to play on the railings and walls as well as with any school equipment which may be


The school enjoys a good relationship with the local community and particularly with the

residents of Jackson Avenue. It is always very busy on Jackson Avenue at home times, but

please do not block anyone's drive while you are waiting for the children.         There is a

residents parking scheme in place in Jackson Avenue, dropping off and collection of children

is permitted but please be aware that this zone is enforced by City Traffic and queries

regarding its operation should be made to them.

Parents are most welcome to collect children from the various school porches instead of

waiting at the gate. We encourage the children to walk to and from school. We also realise

that many children come to school by scooter and we have a small scooter shelter – scooters

are left at owners risk, we suggest that they are clearly labelled as they look very similar.

We do not encourage or endorse the use of cycles for coming to school due to the high

volume of traffic within the area. Children accompanied by parents cycling are allowed to

park their bike at school. Scooters must not be used within school grounds.

                               ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL

If your child has to be absent from school for any reason, it is required that you send us a

letter when your child returns to school, explaining the reasons for the absence. This will

save the Education Welfare Officer from making unnecessary calls to check on unexplained

absences. Our school has a good attendance record. The authorised absence rate for 2009-

2010 was 4.2% and the unauthorised absences at school during the same year was 0.1%.


We do not expect children to wear jewellery at school as we follow the Derby City guidelines

of no jewellery in PE because of Health and Safety reasons.

We do appreciate that some parents like their children to wear earrings but they are a

potential hazard during P.E., Movement and Games and should be removed for these

activities. Current Health and Safety regulations advocate a policy of no jewellery to be

worn during P.E. We advise that the most appropriate time to have ears pierced is during the

summer holidays and then neither your child nor school staff are inconvenienced. Children

must do PE as a statutory requirement and they should not sit out and watch. However, if

your child has their ears pierced during the academic year we would like you to provide tape

to put on your child‟s ears for PE. We also ask that you complete an indemnity form which is

available from the school office.

Swimming is a statutory requirement taught in Y4 this is a valuable and fun skill to acquire.

Children cannot be exempt from participation.

                                       LOST PROPERTY

We are frequently amazed at the items which are in lost property -trousers, jumpers, towels,

coats, all in excellent condition! Unfortunately, space for lost property is very limited, so

each term we have to dispose of unclaimed items. Please come and ask, or look in the lost

property if your child has lost something.      There is a lost property tub in each of the

cloakroom areas near to where your child works.

PLEASE ENSURE you name all your child‟s belongings and clothing.

                                        BREAK TIMES

As a health promoting school, we do not operate a tuck shop. Children may bring a snack if

they wish. We encourage healthy snacks, such as fruit, vegetables and bread. We have

drinking fountains and all children have access to drinking water in all parts of the school, so

it is not necessary to bring drinks. Infant children have free fruit each day and so there is

no need to send a snack for infants during morning playtimes.


We encourage the children to drink lots of water during the day and they are allowed to have

water bottles in their classrooms. We ask that you provide your child with a plastic water

bottle and that you encourage your child to bring his/her water bottle home regularly for

washing and/or replacements. We do have clear plastic water bottles for sale at school for



The Governors would like all the children to wear the recommended school dress code to

provide pupils with a corporate sense of belonging to the school and to improve the profile of

the school within the community. We also feel that from a practical point of view it will help

parents take the worry out of what children should wear for school and in the long term

reduce financial burden on parents. We sell green sweatshirts, fleeces and cardigans and

yellow polo shirts, P.E. bags, book bags and school caps all with the school emblem on, in

school. Fleeces and cardigans are not normally kept in stock, but can be ordered. Order

forms for uniform are available and can be given with payment to the school office. Uniform

can be purchased at the school office but will only be available for sale on Tuesday and

Thursday mornings and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. We have also introduced a

Uniform Exchange system for uniform that is in good condition and we have details and forms

available at the school office.

The school uniform consists of:


SUMMER: Yellow or green gingham or striped dresses with green cardigans.

WINTER: Grey pinafore dresses, skirts or black or grey trousers with green cardigans or

green school sweatshirts to be worn with yellow polo shirts. Tights may be worn, either grey,

black or dark green. Shoes – hardwearing shoes in black or brown with a low heel (practical

for school use) which can be cleaned.


SUMMER: Black or grey trousers/shorts with yellow polo shirt.

WINTER: Black or grey trousers with yellow polo shirt and green school sweatshirts.

Shoes – hardwearing shoes in black or brown with a low heel (practical for school use) which

can be cleaned.

Trainers should not be worn in school apart from during PE lessons.

 It is a great help to your child and teacher if all articles of clothing and footwear are

                            clearly marked with the child's name.

                                BEHAVIOUR AT SCHOOL
Above all we are proud of the fact that Wren Park is a very happy school. We all care for

each other teachers, other staff, children and parents. We encourage the children to

respect and care for each other.        This is the basis of our positive discipline and good

behaviour policy. Our aims are to promote independence and self-discipline, helping children

develop emotionally and socially to become responsible members of our school community.

We feel that the benefits of good behaviour are that children thrive and learn better. We

reward good work and behaviour with team points, Golden Book and Golden Certificates as

well as stickers and “lots” of praise. There have been very few incidents of negative

behaviour at school and monitoring systems allow us to intervene where necessary.

Occasionally, if a child continually misbehaves or acts in an anti-social manner, then either

the headteacher or classteacher will invite parents to school to discuss the problem. If the

problem is deep-rooted, external agencies may be asked to advise.

School rules are basic and aimed at everyone's safety, fostering a happy atmosphere in which

all children can develop their whole potential to the full.      We are grateful for parental

support and respect of these school rules.

The full positive discipline and good behaviour policy is available upon request.


                          All children have to get changed for P.E.

Your child will need a t-shirt, shorts and pumps.         Pumps are much better for Physical

Education than trainers, especially when the children are on the apparatus. We recommend

that children have a separate kit and outdoor trainers for winter games and they are allowed

to wear tracksuits in winter weather.

Children should not bring football shirts to school for PE, we would advise plain t-shirts.

            SWIMMING is taught at either Queen‟s Leisure Centre or Moorways.

          Currently Y4 children go swimming but this may be changed in the future.

                             All children who go swimming require:-

                     Swimming Costume             Towel                 Bag

                       Children with long hair must wear swimming caps.

                             SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

                                  A GUIDE FOR PARENTS

What does special needs mean?

At some point in your child‟s education they may require additional support in any of the
following areas:

 General/Specific Learning Difficulties
 Communication and Interaction
 Emotional, Behavioural and Social Difficulties
 Sensory and Physical Difficulties
If your child is having difficulty and needs support in any area, it may be decided to provide
an individual education plan in order to ensure that your child‟s needs are met.

Identifying your child as having special needs focuses the class teacher and the school on:
 Looking at what difficulties may prevent your child from learning
 Ways in which special educational provision could help your child to learn
 Monitor your child‟s progress and their level of needs
 Set specific targets for your child to work towards
We ask for outside specialist advice in order to support your child‟s learning.
We may provide extra help for your child in school.

How are special needs measured and monitored?

In order to meet individual children‟s needs there is a graduated approach to the
identification and progression of special needs. However, children will not automatically need
to move from School Action to School Action Plus and some will only need support for a short
time. A very small number of children may need to go above School Action Plus.

You will be consulted throughout the process and your child will be involved wherever

Cause for Concern

   The class teacher gathers evidence of any concern and monitors your child‟s progress
   The class teacher talks to the SENCO and colleagues
   After initial monitoring it may be decided that your child needs additional support and will
    be moved to School Action

School Action

   The Class teacher sets targets to focus on your child‟s needs and a multi-element plan
    (MEP) is prepared
   Targets are discussed with the SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator)

   If your child continues to have difficulties and is making little, or no progress, it may be
    appropriate to move your child to School Action Plus where additional support can be

School Action Plus

   The school will seek advice/support from outside agencies. eg. Speech Therapy, Early
    Years Support
   The school may ask the advice of an educational psychologist
   Targets are set and an MEP is prepared with the support of outside agencies, the SENCO
    and the class teacher
   You will be invited to the meeting and consulted/involved in the process.
   Targets will be discussed with your child

Statutory Assessment

Very few children need statutory assessment. This is when a very detailed assessment is
made of your child‟s needs.

   Information is gathered by Local Authority from the school and outside agencies
   Your views and the views of your child are sought

Statement of Provision

   If all the evidence shows your child has significant difficulties a Statement will be issued
   This is reviewed at least once a year
   A statement describes your child‟s special needs and gives learning objectives/targets
   The MEP process is continued.
   A meeting will be held termly to review your child‟s MEP and discuss their level of
    progress and special needs.

How can I help my child?

   Work closely with the school to help us support your child
   Continue to encourage and support your child
   Build upon the positive, good self-esteem is vital for effective learning.
   Help us with any relevant information about your child
   Meet with the class teacher to discuss the Multi-element plan
   Help your child with his or her targets at home
   Discuss any worries with the class teacher

Where can I get more information/support?

Contact „Umbrella‟ a self help group for parents and children – 01332 785658
Umbrella is a local registered charity that works to support all families with special needs in
Derby and Southern Derbyshire. It may be able to help you or put you in touch with another

If you would like any additional information or advice, the school SENCO (Mrs Stalker), would
be happy to help.

If you are not satisfied further details can be found in the DfES booklet „Special Educational
Needs Tribunal‟.


                                     SCHOOL MEALS

Your child may choose to go home for lunch, but most pupils stay for either a school

lunch or bring their own packed lunch.
School meals are cooked on the premises and are of a very high quality. We operate a

cafeteria system of dining, each class going into the hall in turn, and there is always a choice

of meal, including vegetarian, each day. The current price of a school meal is £2.00 (£10 per

week). As well as the normal meal there is always a salad bar where children can have salad

as well as the rest of the lunch.

Please send your child's dinner money on MONDAY. You must send the dinner money in an

envelope, with your child's name, class and the amount of money enclosed written on it.

Paying by cheque is a safer and more traceable way of paying (please make cheques payable to

"DERBY CITY COUNCIL").          It is quite acceptable to pay monthly, half termly or for the

whole term if this is more convenient to you. Menus are normally sent out at the beginning of

each new full term. PLEASE NOTE under new Council regulations dinner money must be paid

in advance and is not allowed to fall into arrears, if this happens you will be asked to take

your child home or provide sandwiches as the alternative.


We allow children to bring packed lunches to school for their mid-day meal if parents so wish.

We ask that only box drinks or plastic bottles should be part of the packed lunch because of

supervision and storage problems and because of the potential dangers of some containers. A

drink of water is provided for every child who has a packed lunch and does not bring a drink.

Hot drinks and soups are not encouraged as we wish to prevent burns and scalds from


PLEASE NOTE that we operate a flexible arrangement between a school meal and

sandwiches. Letters about this with an order form go out every half-term.

                                      PASTORAL CARE

If your child is ill we will contact you immediately and ask you to collect him/her as soon as

possible. We do have staff who hold current first-aid certificates, but we feel that the best

place for a sick child is at home.

If there is an accident, you will be contacted immediately. If it is judged to be necessary or

if we cannot notify parents, we will take the child for treatment at the Royal Derby Hospital.

                                     CHILD PROTECTION
Parents should be aware that the school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure

the safety of its pupils. In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child

may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, the Headteacher is obliged

to follow the Child Protection procedures established by the Derbyshire Area Child

Protection Committee and safeguarding children procedures and inform the Social Services

of the concern. This may/may not be following discussion with the Headteacher.

Headlice can be an annoying occurrence in schools. Regular checking and combing of hair can

help to keep lice away. The school health team is at Greater Wells Lodges, Eggington , Etwall,

and are available for advice. (Telephone 01283-731614)

If you suspect that your child has head lice PLEASE DO NOT PANIC. Over the counter

remedies are available at the chemist or contact the local clinic or school for advice. Annual

head inspections no longer take place. Responsibility for regular checking and treatment lies

with parents.

If we think your child has headlice we will phone you to collect your child. Once

treatment is given the child may return. This is for the comfort of all children.

                             ADMINISTERING MEDICINES

In March 1998 Derby City LEA issued new guidelines to schools regarding the administration

of medicines in schools. Pupils who are unwell should not be sent to school. However many

pupils need to attend school while taking prescribed medicines either because they are:

1. Suffering from chronic illness or allergy; or

2. Recovering from a short term illness and are undergoing a course of treatment using

   prescribed medicines.

To help avoid unnecessary taking of medicines at school, parents/guardian should:

1. Be aware that a three times daily dosage can usually be spaced evenly throughout the day

   and does not necessarily have to be taken at lunchtime and

2. Ask the family doctor if it is possible to adjust the medication to avoid school time doses.

Therefore when a few essential medicines are brought to school we ask that:-

a) The clearly labelled medicine is brought to the office with written instructions from the

   parent or the G.P. * Note one day‟s dose only.

b) A form needs to be completed by the parent (these will be given to you to complete by

   the office staff).

c) The office staff administer the medicine in school and monitor the medicine records.

We are also prepared to keep inhalers in school to help asthmatics but these need to be

clearly labelled “Relievers” and “Preventers”. The children however are encouraged to take

responsibility for their inhalers so as they can use them without delay when they are needed.

Derby City recommend that only “Relievers” should need to be provided.

Children of any age should not keep any medicines or tablets with them at school. The only

exception to this are inhalers.

If your child has ongoing medical needs please contact the Headteacher to discuss the



The following is a guide to the normal periods that children should stay away from school

after contracting infections or diseases. However, these periods may be varied in individual

cases at the direction of the medical practitioner.

Minimum period of exclusion from school.

DIARRHOEA AND/OR                   48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting


CHICKENPOX                         Six days from onset of rash.

DYSENTERY                          Until free from symptoms.

GERMAN MEASLES                     Four days from onset of rash.


MEASLES                            Seven days from onset of rash

                                   providing child appears well.

MUMPS                              Until swelling has subsided.



MENINGITIS                         Until declared fit to return to school by a

                                   Medical Practitioner





IMPETIGO                           Exclusion until skin is healed.

The safety of all children is important and we ask for parental cooperation and support with

helping us to minimise the risk of spreading disease and illness to other children. Additional

advice is available from NHS Direct, G.P or school.
                        PREPARING FOR STARTING SCHOOL
There are several positive ways parents can help children to prepare for school:-

1. Help children to learn colours, nursery rhymes and songs. This gives them confidence.

2. Using jig-saws, construction sets, Lego, picture dominoes, snakes and ladders. These aid

   children‟s manual skills and develop other learning skills. Constructional apparatus is

   particularly beneficial to girls especially in preparation for Mathematics and Science.

3. Encourage your child to use pencils (fat ones) and crayons, paints, scissors and plasticine.

   Tracing and dot-to-dot books are useful activities.

4. Playing indoor and outdoor games with adults and children helps them to learn to share,

   take turns and socialise with others.

5. There are certain activities which your child will need to do at school, although we do not

   expect every child to do them by the time he/she is five years old:-

          Go to the toilet unaided.

          Washing and drying hands unaided.

          Using a knife and fork.

          Fastening own buttons.

          Fastening own zips.

When your child starts school there will be many opportunities for you to be informed on

what is going on in school and how you can support our work at home. The first information is

shared in a curriculum evening.

                                   DATA PROTECTION

"Basic information about pupils is held on computer to assist with the efficient organisation

of the school and the individuals educational needs. Security measures are taken to ensure

that the information is kept confidential and is only available to authorised staff. It may be

used for statistical purposes but this will not enable any individual to be identified. The

school and the County Council have registered with the Data Protection Registrar details of

persons to whom they may wish to disclose information by law, under the provisions of the

Data Protection Act, 1998, information may only be disclosed to other persons in accordance

with this registration. Your school is registered to disclose personal information to:-

      Family, Relatives, Guardian Trustees.

      Past, Current or Prospective Employers,

      Legal Representatives, Doctors, Dentists,

      Other Health Advisers.

      Department of Education and Science.

      Department of Social Security.

      Local Authority Education and Social Services.

Pupils may also use computers in the classroom as part of their education but they do not

have access to the personal information   records. If you are concerned about any aspect of

personal information held on computer please contact the Headteacher.

*Please see appendix 2 for more detail on the Data held and shared

about your child.

                        S E C T I O N       T H R E E

            W H A T H A P P E N S A T S C H O O L?

Ofsted Report                                           Page 32

Organisation within the school                          Page 33

Preparing your Child for starting school                Page 34

The National Curriculum                                 Page 35

Key Stage Results                                       Pages 36a & b

Literacy                                                Page 36

Numeracy                                                Page 37

Science and Topic                                       Page 38

ICT, Physical Education, Creative Arts                  Page 39

Collective Worship/Religious Education                  Page 40

PSHE (Citizenship) (including Sex Education)            Page 41
Extra Curricular Activities

Complaints about School Curriculum                      Page 42

Parents Voluntary Contribution                          Page 43
Governors Statement

Additional Activities Organised for Pupils and          Pages 44
Charges and Remissions Policy.

                           ORGANISATION WITHIN THE SCHOOL

Our school is a primary school and has foundation, infants and juniors. Class sizes are kept as

small as possible according to the number of teachers allocated by budget constraints.

There will be 2 foundation stage classes, 4 infant classes and 8 junior classes from

September 2010.

                           ORGANISATION WITHIN THE CLASSES

Each class is made up of children with varying abilities. Flexible grouping arrangements within

the class enable the teacher to prepare programmes suited to the needs of small groups and

individuals. By carefully structuring the work, we aim to provide opportunities for every child

to develop at a pace appropriate to his/her ability. Particular strengths and weaknesses and

specific educational needs will be covered in the class teacher's normal programmes of work.

                                    FOUNDATION STAGE

In foundation stage the curriculum is organised into the following six areas of learning;

personal,   social   and    emotional   development,   communication,   language   and   literacy,

mathematical development, knowledge and understanding of the world, physical development

and creative development. A great emphasis is put on learning through play in this stage.

The children have their Foundation Stage Profile completed during this Year. To aid your

child and to help you, we organise a curriculum evening about the Foundation Stage and how

you can help your child at home.

                                 NATIONAL CURRICULUM

All children from Year 1 upwards follow the National Curriculum for a reasonable time. This is

broken down into the following subjects: -


Numeracy                    History

Science                     Geography

Literacy                    Design Technology

                            Information Technology





The National Curriculum is not the whole curriculum and so by implementing an integrated

approach, we believe that we maintain good primary practice, meet the Attainment Targets

of the National Curriculum and include other aspects such as Community Education and

Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship.    All aspects of the curriculum are

available to all pupils regardless of their age, sex, ability or background. The children are

grouped according to ability for the core subjects so that the school can match work to

children of different abilities. The children experience a range of teaching and learning

styles, sometimes working individually, sometimes in groups and sometimes as a whole class.

Often children undertake specific learning activities in small groups outside the classroom

environment and within the school grounds.


Literacy (reading, writing, speaking and listening) is a vital area of the children's learning.

We encourage children to read a variety of material including picture books and we allow

children to bring books home to foster a love and respect for books.

We use a whole variety of reading strategies to broaden the children's interests, phonic

expertise and vocabulary, but all children start learning to read at school using the Oxford

Reading Tree as a Core Scheme. Other Reading material quickly follows.

The children are encouraged to write for different reasons. By the time they leave us they

should be able to argue a point, describe, tell a story, write a letter, write facts and poetry,

follow instructions, explain and draw conclusions. They must be able to use clear handwriting

as well as be familiar with dictionaries, encyclopaedia, atlases, and factual books as well as

fiction and poetry.    All our primary children do Literacy work every day where they

concentrate on Reading and Writing activities in an intense way, but other aspects of Literacy

are taught at other times in the week and both reading and writing are also practised in

other subjects when the children write for different purposes. We also incorporate drama

into other subjects. We believe that all aspects of Literacy – reading, writing, speaking and

listening are effectively supported in a cross-curricular approach as well a in pure literacy

lessons. All aspects of Literacy are very well supported by the provision in the school. The

children are able to loan books out of the library by the use of a biometric thumbprint

scanner. Please do not worry about any security risk regarding this software package as the

prints cannot be retrieved to use in any other form of identification.


Numeracy may seem very different now to the subject you studied at school. We aim to

show children that it is a subject which surrounds us every day of our lives.        They will

estimate distance, classify, use money, measure, weigh, work with liquids and face a variety

of different practical tasks.

It is still important however that a child should be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide

numbers and he/she should still know tables. The children are taught to extend their mental

and investigational skills. As with literacy the children do regular Numeracy work each day.

which follows a structured format. Mental calculations and problem solving are given a high


  We are very proud of our standards in teaching and learning in the Basic Skills which

            have earned the school the Basic Skills Quality Mark for the third time.


Science enables children to explore the natural and man-made world, with increasing

understanding, through their own investigation and observation. As well as developing skills

and knowledge, we aim to show children that all science has an effect locally and globally and

that this effect can be beneficial and sometimes harmful. We have the facility to work in

the nature garden area adjacent to school this helps us to teach about the natural world.

Our science work is also enhanced by the use of visits and visiting experts (see below).


When we look at our aims in education, we believe that we can no longer look at separate

subjects, but look at the skills which people learn. We know that competence in Language,

Numeracy and Science are improved if the pupils are involved in a wide programme of work

and the skills are applied in a variety of context. And so history, geography, some science,

technology, art and craft, music, health education and ICT, are all covered in elements of

topics as well as separately by all children each year. These are especially successful in our

different theme weeks.

Class teachers plan carefully to present learning programmes in this way. It is common

practice for our children to be taken on educational visits connected with their topic work

and we have numerous visitors who bring their own expertise into school. We have a nature

garden adjacent to the school grounds which forms the basis for much environmental studies

work. In topic work, we believe that children learn best from first-hand experience and we

use every opportunity to use the wealth of knowledge, expertise and experiences which are

part of the children‟s home lives. We value the expert help which parents offer to the

different aspects that children are learning.


             Pupils use a range of ICT programmes to support their learning. We have two

trollys of laptops that are used in the classrooms. The children learn ICT skills such as word

processing, manipulating data and research skills.       The laptops are also used to support

learning in other areas of the curriculum. Smartboards are now fitted in all classrooms.

                                  PHYSICAL EDUCATION

P.E. activities, games and swimming (Year 4 children) are part of our curriculum and all

children are expected to take part unless there is a medical reason why this should not

happen. Please inform us in writing if this should be the case. All children undertake all

activities, both indoors and out and there is no separation of boys and girls for P.E. Our

school environment is a good place for children to experience P.E. and it helps greatly in

nurturing children's talents.     Please note that children are not allowed to wear ear-

rings/jewellery during P.E. lessons because of safety reasons.         Our school achieved the

Activemark Gold Award in 2008 for our very good provision in PE both within and beyond the

school day. As with other subjects if your child displays a particular skill, interest or talent in

school we will share this with you at parents evening. Physical activity helps the children

develop self-esteem as well as positive attitudes to healthy lifestyles. It is also a lot of fun.

                                       CREATIVE ARTS
Children are given opportunities to express themselves in different ways. They will therefore

paint, model, collage, construct, sew, work with clay, dance, sing, act, cook and experiment.

We believe    that these activities are important for the all-round development of the

"whole" child. Like all other activities at our school, creative activities are undertaken by

girls and boys. We are anxious that all our children receive equal opportunities.

We are very proud of our creative and performing arts curriculum which earned the school

the Artsmark Gold Award in 2009.

We feel that the work the children produce is outstanding. You are always welcome to look

at the displays which represent all ages and are in the hall.


The school assemblies or Collective Worship are broadly Christian but non-denominational and

we expect that most children will attend them. We educate children in sound moral values

through stories from a wide range of books, including the Bible. However, parents have the

right to withdraw their children from assembly and Religious Education if they so wish. The

religious education scheme focuses on our religion which is Christianity but also includes

some aspects of the other five world religions. Parents are sometimes invited to attend our

assemblies on Tuesday at 9:10am (for infant children) and Wednesday at 10.30am (for Junior

children). Collective worship time is also used to celebrate, reflect and feel part of our

whole school community.


We believe that PSHE/Citizenship (which includes Sex Education, Drugs Education and Road

Safety) should be positive, well-planned and relevant to different children's needs. It is

integrated into the curriculum and not isolated. As parents you have the right to withdraw

your   child from Sex Education and we would be most happy to discuss your child's

involvement if you are in doubt. The children are all encouraged to have responsibilities in

school, according to their ages. We have an active and lively School Council which consists of

children who are elected by their peers. The School Council regularly meets with the Deputy

Headteacher. We offer Cycling Proficiency training to all our Y6 children before they

transfer to secondary school.

                           EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Children learn more easily and with greater pleasure when they experience the stimuli of

"real life" situations. It is for this reason that classes go on educational visits. The school

endeavours to arrange as many visits as possible and is grateful for the support with

supervision and the voluntary contributions which parents give. Details of the proposed visits

are always brought home by the children. Y6 children are given the opportunity to go away on

extended visits related to outdoor Education Activities. Children have the opportunity to join

clubs which form the basis of our out-of-school activities. Currently we offer extra

curriculum activities such as:-

FOOTBALL             ART /CRAFT              NETBALL         CHOIR

DANCE/DRAMA                                 CHEERLEADING



We also use every opportunity to have visiting experts coming into school to work with the

children. These include representatives from the Road Safety Team, Rammie from Derby

County, the School Nurse and many other experts (including parents and grandparents) who

have particular strengths and specific skills.

                                  OFSTED REPORT

The schools most recent Ofsted inspection was in February 2010. The resulting
report was very positive and the school received an overall grading of outstanding.
Copies of the report can be obtained from the school office or accessed through
Derby City and Ofsted websites.

The report highlighted many of the schools strengths.
These strengths include:

    High standards of children‟s achievement

    The quality of the teaching is good

    Children are confident, have very good attitudes about school life and think
     carefully about what they do.

    Children‟s behaviour is outstanding and they show care for each other and work
     and play safely.

    Children enjoy their lessons, work hard and make very good progress.

    Personal development and well-being is outstanding.

    There is an active school council bringing about improvements.

    A Wren Park experience is one in which children flourish.

    Parents are very pleased to know that the school works hard to provide a good
     education for their children.

    All staff and governors work together as a team and have a clear vision for the


If parents have a complaint about their child's schooling they should raise it with the class

teacher in the first instance. If the matter is not resolved it should then be discussed with

the Headteacher. It is expected that the majority of questions and anxieties can be dealt

with in this way.   However, if complaints cannot be resolved, then a formal procedure

involving the Governors and the LA can be invoked, a copy of which can be obtained from the

school or your Local Authority Office.


Children are provided with set written homework according to the School‟s Homework Policy.

We do give homework in the form of individual reading practice with the reading

scheme/free choice material, spellings and/or word lists to learn, “finding out” activities

associated with the different topics, the learning of tables for mental/number work, number

activities and games. We also provide a recommended Scheme of work for children who have

learning difficulties, but these Schemes would be started after parent/teacher consultation.

We always encourage the children to carry out consolidation or extension work on their own


We aim for homework to be a positive experience for children and whilst regularly practising

basic skills are vital we believe children should also have sufficient time to rest, relax and

adopt healthy lifestyles beyond the school day.




The Governing Body recognises that the school in partnership with parents provides an

interesting and varied curriculum.        The willingness of parents to provide materials,

ingredients and help towards the cost of visits enables the school to reach out beyond the

classroom.   Pupils benefit enormously from these exciting opportunities       which provide a

great stimulus and understanding for what is being taught.

Under new regulations payment in cash or kind for activities in school time are to be

voluntary and pupils not contributing must be included in activities open to their peers.

The restriction on charging for school activities does not in any way prohibit or restrict the

school from seeking voluntary contributions in support of a school activity and it is also clear

that the school is not bound to pursue a proposed activity if parents are reluctant to support


The school will continue in its endeavours to provide with your voluntary help, an interesting

and varied curriculum for it's pupils - your children.

Under the Education Reform Act 1988, schools are required to have a charging and

remissions policy which is on the following page.

                                GOVERNORS' STATEMENT

In April 2006 the law stated that Governors would no longer hold an Annual Governors

Meeting or issue an Annual Governors Report. Schools are now expected to have a School

Profile which is updated annually. In order to find Wren Park School Profile please log on to For those parents who do not have access to the

internet please call to view one in the school office.


                           AND CHARGES AND REMISSIONS


The Governing Body recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional

activities, including clubs, trips and residential experiences can make towards pupils' personal

and social education.

The Governing Body aims to promote and provide such activities both as part of a broad and

balanced curriculum for the pupils of the school and as additional optional activities.


The Governing Body reserves the right to make a charge in the following circumstances for

activities organised by the school:-


       The board and lodging element of residential activities taking place within the normal

       school week.


       The full cost to each pupil of activities deemed to be optional extras taking place

       outside school hours.


       The cost to the pupil for providing individual instrumental tuition not financed by the

       Local Authority.


       The Governing Body may charge for ingredients and materials or require them to be

       provided if the parents have indicated in advance that they wish to own the finished



       The Governing Body may, from time to time, amend the categories of activity for

       which a charge may be made.         Nothing in this policy statement precludes the

       Governing Body from inviting parents to make a voluntary contribution towards the

       cost of providing education for pupils.

Where the parents of a pupil are in receipt of income support or family credit, the Governing

Body will remit in full the cost of board and lodging for any residential activity that it

organises for the pupil if the pupil is deemed to take place fully within the school hours or

where it forms part of the syllabus for a prescribed public examination or the National

Curriculum. There may be cases of family hardship which make it difficult for pupils to take

part in particular activities for which a charge is made. In such cases parents should apply in

confidence for the remission of charges in part or in full. Authorisation of remission will be

made by the headteacher in consultation with the Chair of Governors.

                                   LOSSES / DAMAGE

Parents will be expected to replace or purchase lost items of school property. They should

know that wilful damage to school buildings or property will be charged to parents by the


               S E C T I O N       F O U R

       H O M E / S C H O O L        L I A I S O N

Getting to Know You                             Page 47


Progress Reports

Parents Association                             Page 49

Parents Help

Emergency Contacts

Letter from Parents Association                 Page 50

Constitution of the Parents Association         Page 51

Home School Agreement                           Page 53

                                 GETTING TO KNOW YOU

There will be many opportunities for us to get to know you and we are most anxious to

maintain regular contact.

If you have any problems concerning your child's education or welfare, please make an

appointment to see the teacher concerned or the headteacher so that difficulties can be

resolved. If you telephone and ask for either the head or the teacher concerned, we can

help you in confidence.

The headteacher or deputy headteacher is usually available from 8.45a.m. when an

appointment may not be necessary. However, we ask you not to expect an interview with the

classteacher at the start of the day as this is the busiest time when all the children are

coming and the teachers use this time to talk to children before registration takes place.


We endeavour to keep you regularly informed about anything which directly concerns your

child or the school, in fact any matter which may be of interest to you.         This type of

information will come in the form of a newsletter or a text message.


Our website address is

                                    PROGRESS REPORTS

It is very natural that you should wish to be kept informed of your child's progress. In the

first and second terms of each school year there are Open Evenings when you visit school and

discuss in private your child's progress with the relevant classteacher. In the third term you

will receive a written report and can discuss this with your child's class teacher if you wish


Other 'Open' events are arranged throughout the year to which you are cordially invited,

such as Open Afternoon, Sports Day and Curriculum Evenings.

Please remember that school staff are usually available at the end of the school day for

updates and to deal with any questions you may have.

We are always willing to work in partnership with parents to help their child‟s progress and if

necessary will make time to talk through any issues with you. We will aim to do this at a

mutually agreeable time either in person or on the telephone.

                                PARENTS ASSOCIATION

We have a very active Parents' Association which helps link home and school. You

automatically become a member when your child starts school. A letter from the Parents'

Association and a copy of the Constitution follows on the next two pages.

                                       PARENT HELP

We are extremely grateful for any parental help in school. Some parents help with making

equipment, repairing apparatus or other "workshop" duties. Other parents enjoy helping to

teach a specific activity or skill or just being another pair of hands in the classroom. Parents

help make costumes for dramatic productions and assisting with supervision of children at

the swimming baths and on school visits. We do hope you will be able to become part of our

school and we are extremely grateful for all the help we receive.

                                 EMERGENCY CONTACTS

When you first make an application for the admission of your child to this school, you are

asked to provide an alternative contact to yourself in case of emergency.

It is most important that details of emergency contacts and your own or your partner's

location during the school days are kept up to date, and we ask that any changes which may

take place are notified to the school office.

               It could make a great deal of difference to your child.
                         WREN PARK PARENTS ASSOCIATION

Dear Parents,

Wren Park Parents' Association was started in 1967. It is a very active Association which all

parents automatically belong all the time they have a child at Wren Park School. There are

no membership fees or annual subscription.

You will see from the Constitution how the Association is organised. Each year in October we

have an Annual General Meeting when all parents can come and vote for a new committee.

Your Committee are only too happy to hear from parents for your views and suggestions.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The P.A. can only function really well with support from its members. We try to vary events

so that there is something during the year to suit everyone. We hold social events and fund

raising events. These events are where you come along and enjoy yourselves and meet other

families. Ones which the children particularly enjoy are discos, Beetle Drive and Chocolate


Our Christmas Fair and Summer Fair are the most important fund raising events.          They

require a lot of hard work by parents and teachers to make them successful. However, the

work is rewarding and worthwhile.

The aim of the Association is to help and assist our children by being involved with the

school. Please support your Association in whatever way you can and you will be surprised how

much you enjoy it.

Yours sincerely,

Members of the Parent Association Committee                                            50
                         WREN PARK PARENTS' ASSOCIATION

CONSTITUTION as amended October 2007

1.   That the title of the Association shall be

                              "Wren Park Parents' Association"

2.   The objects of the Association is to advance the education of the pupils at the school by

     providing and assisting in the provision of facilities for education at the school (not

     normally provided by the Local Authority) and as ancillary thereto and in furtherance of

     this object the Association may:

a) foster more extended relationships between staff, parents and others associated

with the school: and

b). engage in activities which support and advance the education of the pupils

attending it.

3.   The Committee shall consist of up to 18 parents (elected annually by the parents) the

     Deputy Headteacher, and 1 teacher (to be elected annually by the teaching staff.

4.   The Head Teacher to be invited to be President of the Association and to sit on the

     Committee as an ex-officio member.

5.   An Auditor shall be appointed at the AGM which shall be held not later than October


6.   The Committee shall elect its own officer.

7.   A Quorum shall consist of 50% of committee members.

8.   Decisions to be taken by simple majority and the Chair shall when necessary have the

     casting vote.

9.   No parent shall be elected to the Committee after his or her child has ceased to attend

     the school.

10. Membership of the Association shall be free and include every parent and guardian of

     children currently attending this school.

11. Any member of the Association who has rendered outstanding service may be elected to

     life membership.

12. The Committee shall have powers to co-opt as deemed necessary to casual vacancies.

13. Any quorum consisting of 12 parents may be empowered to request the Chair to call an

     extraordinary meeting within 21 days of the request being made in writing.

14. Notice of any amendment to the rules shall be sent to the Secretary 14 days before the


15. Any assets remaining on dissolution of the Association after satisfying any outstanding

     debts and liabilities shall not be distributed amongst the members of the Association but

     will be given to the school in any manner which is exclusively charitable at Law.

16. No alteration or amendment shall be made to the objects clause or dissolution clause

     which could cause the Association to cease to be a charity at Law.

                              OUR HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT

We ask all our parents/carers to consider our Home School Agreement and talk about it in

simple terms with your child. When your child starts at our school, you will be issued with

another copy of this agreement and we ask that you return this to school.

Wren Park Primary School will do its best to:

    Provide a safe and suitable environment.
    Provide a broad and balanced curriculum.
    Encourage the child to achieve.
    Promote good discipline/behaviour and encourage the child to take care of his/her
     surroundings and others around them.
    Inform parents of the child‟s progress at Open Evenings or at any other time as necessary to
     discuss a particular concern.
    Inform parents of the topics the child will cover during the term and other general school

Teacher’s signature:

The Family will do its best to:

    Ensure that the child arrives at school on time and as safely as possible.
    Ensure the child attends regularly and provide a note of explanation for any absences.
    Attend Open Evenings to discuss the child‟s progress and at any time inform the school of any
     problems or concerns.
    Encourage the child to undertake any homework activities and always encourage learning at
    Send the child to school in the recommended school uniform.

Parent’s/Guardian’s signature:
                 The Child will do his/her best to keep the School‟s Rules which are:

      To   follow instructions.
      To   help others.
      To   use equipment properly and safely.
      To   always do his/her best in all things.
      To   treat everyone with politeness and respect.

Child’s signature:
(Juniors only)

                                           Together we will:

                                          Always do our best.
                                          Always try to improve.

 We believe that we should have high individual expectations for

children and we set high standards. The standards of behaviour,

        display, work and organisation are high in school.


                              SECTION FIVE

   Parental Permission Consent Form

   Appendices and late entry information


This permission slip will cover all your child‟s time at Wren Park Primary
School. If in the future you wish to change any authorisations, please ask for
another of these forms.

Please amend the give/do not give part of each statement and sign each
section. Thankyou.

Name of child ________________________________

I give

I do not give        permission for my child to take part in local walks and
visits e.g. church, during school time.

Signed ________________________________ Parent/Guardian

I give

I do not give      permission for my child to be individually photographed or
videoed where pictures are to be displayed only within the school or sent
home for purchase.

I give

I do not give        permission for my child to be photographed, filmed,
videoed by or for the media (press or TV) and for the child‟s name to be
released for publication such that the child might be identified as an
individual or as part of a small group.

Please complete all the form and send back intact.
Please do not separate the permission slips.
Appendix 1

                  Calculation Chart – Authorisation of Holidays in Term time
The merits of each individual request should be evaluated by providing answers to ALL the
following questions and scoring accordingly …..

                                    Points Possible                          Points      Total
What stage of their education is    Children of Compulsory school age in
the pupil in question at?           any year group = 3 points
                                    Children of non-compulsory school
                                    Age in any year group = 2 points
What is the level of attendance     70% to 80% = 4pts
of this particular pupil?*          80% to 85% = 3 pts
                                    85% to 93% = 2 pts

How close are they to a major       More than 16 wks = 1 pt
exam or SATS assessment?            8 – 16 weeks = 2pts
                                    2 – 8 weeks = 3pts
                                    less than 2 weeks = 4pts
                                    Exam & SATs period 8 pts
How much holiday leave has          8 or more = 4pts
already been authorised in          5 to 7 days = 3pts
current academic year?**            2 to 4 days = 2pts
                                    1 to 3 days = 1pts
Any special mitigating
circumstances/aspects of the
holiday which can be classed as     Subtract 2 points from total.
part of that pupils curriculum
requirements (& work set to
satisfy these) as below:
Details of mitigation ….


N.B. Leave for Family Holiday where the Total number of points exceeds 8 should not be
authorised by the school.
The only variation to the above would be where there are, in the opinion of the Head Teacher
„exceptional circumstances.‟

*Where the level of attendance is below 70% at the time of the request absence for holiday
should not be authorised as the LEA may well be in the process of prosecuting the parents.

** Where the holiday already taken in the current academic year exceeds the DfES guideline
“i.e. maximum of 10 days in any academic year”, any further requests should not be authorised.

 Consequences for parents taking children on holiday in term time which are not authorised by
        the school MAY result in a Penalty Notice being issued by the Local Authority
Appendix 2

Schools, Local Authorities - LAs, the Department for Education and Skills - DfES, the government department which
deals with education, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority - QCA, Ofsted and the Learning and Skills Council -
LSC all process information on pupils in order to run the education system and Department of Health - DH and
Primary Care Trusts - PCTs process information on pupils in order to tackle the year on year rise in obesity among
children, and in doing so have to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. This means, among other things, that the
data held about pupils must only be used for specific purposes allowed by law. This notice is to tell you about the types
of data held, why that data is held, and to whom it may be passed on under the law.

The school holds information on pupils to support their teaching and learning, to monitor and report on their progress,
to provide appropriate pastoral care, and to assess how well the school as whole is doing. This information includes
contact details, National Curriculum assessment results, attendance information, personal characteristics such as ethnic
group, special educational needs and any relevant medical information. From time to time schools are required to pass
on some of this data to LAs, the DfES and to agencies that are prescribed by law, such as QCA, Ofsted, LSC, DH and

The Local Authority, which is Derby City Council, uses information about pupils to carry out specific functions for
which it is responsible. For example, the assessing of any special educational needs the pupil may have. It also uses the
information to gather statistics to make essential decisions on, for example, funding schools, and to assess the
performance of schools and set targets for them. It uses the statistics in such a way that individual pupils cannot be
identified. LAs have a duty under the Children Act 2004 to cooperate with their partners in health and youth justice to
improve the well-being of children in their areas. As part of this duty they will be required to maintain the accuracy of
the information held on the Information Sharing – IS Index about children and young people in their area.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority uses information about pupils to administer the National Curriculum
tests and assessments for Key Stages 1 to 3. This includes both assessments required by statute and those that are
optional. It passes the results of these on to DfES so it can compile statistics on trends and patterns in levels of
achievement. The QCA uses the information to evaluate the effectiveness of the National Curriculum and the associated
assessment arrangements, and to make sure that these are continually improved.

The Learning and Skills Council – LSC uses information about pupils for statistical purposes, to evaluate and develop
education policy and to monitor the performance of the education service as a whole. It uses the statistics, including
those based on information provided by the QCA, in such a way that individual pupils cannot be identified. On
occasion, it may share information with other government departments or agencies strictly for statistical or research
purposes only. The LSC or its partners may wish to contact learners from time to time about courses, or learning
opportunities relevant to them.

Ofsted uses information about the progress and performance of pupils to help inspectors evaluate the work of schools.
To assist schools in their self-evaluation and as part of Ofsted’s assessment of the effectiveness of education initiatives
and policy. Inspection reports do not identify individual pupils.
The Department of Health uses aggregate information - at school year group level about
pupils' height and weight for research and statistical purposes, to inform, influence and
improve health policy and to monitor the performance of the health service as a whole.
The DH will base performance management discussions with Strategic Health Authorities
on aggregate information about pupils attending schools in the PCT areas. This will help
focus local resources and deliver the Public Service Agreement target to halt the year on
year rise in obesity among children under 11 by 2010. This is in the context of a broader
strategy to tackle obesity in the population as a whole. The DH will also provide aggregate
PCT level data to the Healthcare Commission for performance assessment of the health
Primary Care Trusts use information about pupils for research and statistical purposes, to monitor the performance of
local health services and to evaluate and develop them. The statistics are used in such a way that individual pupils
cannot be identified from them. Information on the height and weight of individual pupils may be provided to the child
and its parents and this will require the PCTs to maintain details of pupils’ names for this purpose. PCTs may also
provide individual schools and LAs with aggregate information on pupils’ height and weight.
The Department for Education and Skills – DfES, uses information about pupils for research and
statistical purposes, to inform, influence and improve education policy and to monitor the
performance of the education service as a whole. The DfES will feed back to LEAs and schools
information about their pupils for a variety of purposes that will include data checking exercises,
use in self-evaluation analyses and where information is missing because it was not passed on by
a former school. The DfES will also provide Ofsted with pupil level data for use in school
inspection. Where relevant, pupil information may also be shared with further education institutions
to minimise the administrative burden on application for a course and to aid the preparation of
learning plans.
The Children Act 2004 provides for the Secretary of State to issue Regulations requiring the 'governing body of a
maintained school in England' to share information for inclusion on the Information Sharing - IS Index. The purposes
of the index are to:

       help practitioners working with children quickly identify a child with whom they have

       determine whether that child is getting the whole services such as education and
        primary health care to which he or she is entitled

       to help with earlier identification of needs and to provide more effective action to
        address these needs so all practitioners know who is involved with a particular child

       encourage better communication and closer working between practitioners.

The index will hold for each child or young person in England:
       basic identifying information such as name, address, gender, date of birth and a
        unique identifying number based on the existing Unique Identifying
        Number/National Insurance Number

       basic identifying information about the child’s parent or carer

       contact details for services involved with the child - as a minimum school and GP
        Practice but also other services where appropriate

       the facility for practitioners to indicate to others that they have information to share,
        are taking action or have undertaken a common assessment in relation to a child.

The index will not record statements of a child’s needs, academic performance, attendance or clinical observations
about a child.
All practitioners and system support staff -in LAs who will be responsible for maintaining the data will have relevant
training and appropriate security clearance procedures. To maintain high standards of accuracy, information on the IS
Index will be gathered from a number of sources including the termly School Census and from January 2007, pupils’
home address will be collected.
Pupil information may be matched with other data sources that the Department holds in order to
model and monitor pupils’ educational progression and to provide detailed information back to LAs
and learning institutions to support their day to day business. The DfES may also use contact
details from these sources to obtain samples for statistical surveys - these surveys may be carried
out by research agencies working under contract to the Department and participation in such
surveys is usually voluntary. The Department may also match data from these sources to data
obtained from statistical surveys.

Pupil data may also be shared with other Government Departments and Agencies including the
Office for National Statistics, for statistical or research purposes only. In all these cases the
matching will require that individualised data is used in the processing operation, but that data will
not be processed in such a way as to identify any individual in published results. This data sharing
will be approved and controlled by the Department’s Chief Statistician.

The DfES may also disclose individual pupil information to independent researchers into the
educational achievements of pupils who have a legitimate need for it for their research, but each
case will be determined on its merits and subject to the approval of the Department’s Chief
Pupils, as data subjects, have certain rights under the Data Protection Act, including a general right of access to personal
data held on them. Parents can use this right on their behalf if they are too young to do so themselves. If your child
wishes to access their personal data, or you wish to do so on their behalf, then please contact the relevant organisation in

    -    the school at Wren Park Primary
    -    the LEA’s Data Protection Officer at The Council House, Corporation Street, Derby DE1 2FS
    -    the QCA’s Data Protection Officer at QCA, 83 Piccadilly, LONDON, W1J 8QA
    -    the DfES’s Data Protection Officer at DfES, Caxton House, Tothill Street, LONDON, SW1H 9NA
    -    Ofsted’s Data Protection Officer at Alexandra House, 33 Kingsway, London WC2B 6SE
    -    LSC’s Data Protection Officer at Cheylesmore House, Quinton Road, Coventry, Warwickshire CV1 2WT.

In order to fulfil their responsibilities under the Act the organisation may, before responding to this request, seek proof
of the requestor’s identity and any further information required to locate the information requested.

Separately from the Data Protection Act, The Education Act provide a pupil’s parent, regardless of the age of the pupil
with the right to view, or to have a copy of, their child’s educational record at the school. If you wish to exercise this
right you should write to the school.

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