WELCOME TO 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 life. 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. 1 VISIONARY GUIDING FRAMEWORK 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 aspirations 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 2 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. 3 METHODS 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. 4 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 stereotyping. 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. 5 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 * * * * * * * * SECTION THREE WHAT HAPPENS AT SCHOOL? Pages 32 - 44 * * * * * * * * SECTION 4 HOME SCHOOL LIAISON Pages 46 - 54 * * * * * * * SECTION FIVE PARENTAL PERMISSION DOCUMENT Page 55 6 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. 7 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. Email: email@example.com Website: www.wrenpark.derby.sch.uk HEADTEACHER:- 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. 8 9 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 ************************** 10 20 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 Playleaders: Mrs J Eaton Mrs C Lees Mrs S Riley Caretaker: Mr R Gay 11 ADMISSIONS TO WREN PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL 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. 12 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. INSET 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 September. 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. 13 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 Supervision 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 Water School Uniform and clothing Page 22 Children with Special Needs Page 23 School Meals Page 26 Pastoral Care. Page 27 Child Protection. Headlice. Administering Medicines. Page 28 Infectious Diseases. Page 29 Data Protection Act. Page 30 *********************** 14 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 LEAVING SCHOOL DURING NORMAL HOURS 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. SUPERVISION 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. 15 FOUNDATION STAGE/KS1 LENGTH OF SCHOOL DAY ACTIVITY TIME WORK IN MINUTES 9.00 – 9.10am Registration 9.10 – 9.25am 60 minutes Collective Worship 9.25 – 10.30am Work 10.30 – 10.45am Break 10.45 – 11.55am 70 minutes Work 11.55 – 1.15pm Lunch 1.15 – 2.30pm 75 minutes Registration & Work 2.30 – 2.45pm Break 2.45 – 3.30pm 45 minutes Work Total minutes worked for day 250 minutes Total minutes worked per 1250 minutes week Total hours worked per week 20hours 50minutes 16 KS2 LENGTH OF SCHOOL DAY TIME WORK IN MINUTES ACTIVITY Registration & Work 9.00 – 9.10am 10 minutes Collective Worship 9.10 – 9.25am 15 minutes Work 9.25 – 10.55am 1 hour 30 minutes Break 10.55 – 11.10am Work 11.10 – 12.10pm 60 minutes Lunch 12.10 – 1.15pm Registration & Work 1.15 – 2.15pm 60 minutes Break 2.15 – 2.25pm Work 2.25 –3.30pm 65 minutes Total minutes worked per day 295 minutes Total minutes worked per 1475 minutes week Total hours worked per week 24hours 35minutes 17 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 outside 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%. 18 JEWELLERY/EAR-RINGS 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. 20 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. WATER 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 £1. 21 RECOMMENDED DRESS CODE FOR SCHOOL 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: GIRLS 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. BOYS 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. 22 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. CHANGING FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION 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. 19 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 possible. 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 23 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 sought. 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 24 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 organisation. 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‟. +++++++++++++++++ 25 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. SANDWICHES 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 occurring. 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. 26 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 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. 27 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 matter. 28 INFECTIOUS DISEASES 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 VOMITING CHICKENPOX Six days from onset of rash. DYSENTERY Until free from symptoms. GERMAN MEASLES Four days from onset of rash. (Rubella) MEASLES Seven days from onset of rash providing child appears well. MUMPS Until swelling has subsided. DIPTHERIA JAUNDICE MENINGITIS Until declared fit to return to school by a Medical Practitioner SCARLET FEVER TUBERCULOSIS TYPHOID FEVER WHOOPING COUGH 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. 29 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. 34 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. 30 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 Homework Parents Voluntary Contribution Page 43 Governors Statement Additional Activities Organised for Pupils and Pages 44 Charges and Remissions Policy. 31 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. 33 NATIONAL CURRICULUM All children from Year 1 upwards follow the National Curriculum for a reasonable time. This is broken down into the following subjects: - CORE SUBJECTS FOUNDATION SUBJECTS Numeracy History Science Geography Literacy Design Technology Information Technology Art P.E. Music RE 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. 35 LITERACY 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. 36 NUMERACY 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 priority. 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. 37 SCIENCE 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). TOPIC 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. 38 ICT 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. 39 41 19 0 COLLECTIVE WORSHIP / RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 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. 40 P.S.H.E./CITIZENSHIP 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 TENNIS MARTIAL ARTS FLUTE/ PIANO TUITION 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. 41 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 future. 32 COMPLAINTS 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. HOMEWORK 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 initiative. 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. *PLEASE DO NOT THINK THAT PRIMARY SCHOOL HOMEWORK IS THE SAME AS SECONDARY SCHOOL HOMEWORK. 42 PARENTS VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS 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 it. 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 www.schoolprofile.parentscentre.gov.uk/. For those parents who do not have access to the internet please call to view one in the school office. 43 ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR PUPILS AND CHARGES AND REMISSIONS INTRODUCTION 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. CHARGES The Governing Body reserves the right to make a charge in the following circumstances for activities organised by the school:- SCHOOL JOURNEYS IN SCHOOL HOURS The board and lodging element of residential activities taking place within the normal school week. ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS The full cost to each pupil of activities deemed to be optional extras taking place outside school hours. INDIVIDUAL INSTRUMENTS TUITION The cost to the pupil for providing individual instrumental tuition not financed by the Local Authority. CHARGING IN KIND 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 product. GENERAL 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. 44 REMISSIONS 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 school. 45 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 Newsletters 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 46 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. NEWSLETTERS/TEXT MESSAGE 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. WEBSITE Our website address is www.wrenpark.derby.sch.uk. 47 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 to. 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. 48 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. 49 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 Bingo. 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 31st. 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. 51 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 AGM. 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. 52 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 matters. 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 home. 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. 53 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. " WE ARE GLAD THAT YOU ARE JOINING US " 54 SECTION FIVE Parental Permission Consent Form Appendices and late entry information 55 PARENTAL PERMISSION DOCUMENT 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 allocated 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 …. DELETE WHERE:- REQUEST APPROVED / REQUEST DENIED 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 DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998 – FAIR PROCESSING NOTICE 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 PCTs. 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 service. 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 contact 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 Statistician. 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 writing: - 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.