WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE TO DRIVE MY CHILD TO SCHOOL?
Please park on Dawnay Road away from the yellow zigzag lines, they make sure that the children can see to cross the road. It is illegal to park on them and police officers patrol the area.
The car park is not for parent or carers use and it is monitored at all times.
It is not safe for cars to drive into or out of the school with the children; It is healthier to walk to school if possible.
CHILDREN WITH ALLERGIC REACTIONS:
If your child has any allergic reactions please tell school before they come into school, when we complete the written admission form. This is very important.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS A MEDICAL CONDITION?
You must tell staff at your first meeting with us what your child’s needs are:
All children with any medical condition, short term or long term, must have a medical care plan. This will be written with you and shared with all relevant staff.
Medication: Is stored and administered by office staff, who are qualified First Aiders
All medication must be authorised for use by a parent/carer with responsibility
Asthma: Inhalers are stored in the classroom in a clearly labelled box
Other medication will only be given if it is prescribed to that child and to be taken four times a day
WHAT WILL MY CHILD EAT AT SCHOOL?
Healthy Snacks: Toast is sold daily at a cost of 20p per slice and Reception have their own snack for £1 per week. Children may bring fruit from home.
Fruit: The government provides free fruit daily for Reception and Year 1 and 2.
Our own in-house cooks prepare our meals in the school kitchen.
Healthy options such as sandwiches and jacket potatoes are always available.
Please talk to our catering manager, about particular needs by contacting the school to make an appointment
All meat is Halal (HMC certified) and non-meat meals are available every day.
Please tell us about your child’s dietary needs
School lunches cost £8.00 per week, many of our families can claim free school meals – please ring bdirect free school meals & clothing allowance line on: 01274 432771/2/3
Children can also bring packed lunches, which should be healthy and a balanced meal, or go home for dinner. If your child does go home for dinner they should not come back until the end of their lunch break. We do not have supervision for children who go home.
WHAT WILL MY CHILD DRINK AT SCHOOL?
Water: Each child has a water bottle so that a drink is available throughout the day.
Water is available to all children eating lunch at school, including those having packed lunches. They must not bring drinks from home, which can spill and spoil their own or other’s lunches, they will not be allowed to drink them in school.
Milk: Costs – £5.50 per half term for Years 1,2,3,4,5,6, but this is free in Year 1 and 2, if pupils are on free school meals. ALL Reception class children get free milk for the whole year.
WHAT IF WE ARE LATE TO SCHOOL?
Lateness is unauthorised absence. This is taken very seriously.
Please make sure children are in school on time, so that their own and other children’s work is not disturbed. Arriving more than 15 minutes after 8:55am, without a good reason, is counted as unauthorised absence (truancy). Children coming late will be expected to catch up on what they have missed.
If you are late you must tell the office staff so that your child has a place at dinner.
All Children, especially those under five years old, should be collected by an adult.
If someone different is collecting your child please tell us as we have to ensure children’s safety.
A child cannot go with someone different unless you have given us their name beforehand.
Children should also be collected on time as they get upset if they have to wait.
All contact numbers will be used, an adult will stay with them.
However after considerable time, the matter would have to be passed to management, and then the police. The council’s Social Care department are likely to become involved if this continues.
Please tell us as soon as you change your telephone number, address or there are any family changes – if there is a medical emergency we may need to contact you very quickly.
Children are supervised very closely – if a child was to go missing from school then all contact numbers would be phoned and the police informed. This would then become a police matter.
WHAT IF MY CHILD CAN’T COME TO SCHOOL ONE DAY?
All children learn best if they come to school every day and we give rewards for good attendance.
If your child is going to be away for an appointment or any other reason please let the teacher know and tell us why they are away, otherwise your child’s absence will be “unauthorised” – see our Attendance Policy below.
Holidays: THERE IS NO AUTHORISED HOLIDAY LEAVE.
You must put children’s education first and not prioritise any holiday or longer visit, in term time, for example to Pakistan or Eastern Europe – please come into school to talk about this.
It will not be agreed by school, there is a form to complete and your child may lose their place at our school. Children who have been on long visits find it difficult to catch up with the other children.
WHAT IS THE SCHOOL’S ATTENDANCE POLICY?
Attendance at school is the law.
We have to be sure that parents or carers know about how our school carries out this law.
We help the children to come to school every day and we work with parent or carers on this.
We make the children’s time in school interesting and worthwhile.
Have clear systems for finding out how children and families are doing and how we can help
Set targets for children, classes, and the school to improve attendance.
Work effectively with the Educational Social Work Service – to raise attendance levels
Principles: Children should come to school every day. They should only be absent if it is ‘unavoidable’.
Allowing a child to be absent without a good reason is against the law. Parents or carers can be fined up to £2500 or even imprisoned
Every half day absence has to be ‘unauthorised’ or ‘authorised’ by the school, not by the parent or carer. Authorised absences are serious illness or something completely unavoidable.
Unauthorised absences: Unreasonable reasons, not agreed with by school, or too late for the register. Children must not be kept at home e.g. on birthdays, to shop, mind the house or as a treat.
WHAT IF MY CHILD DOES NOT WANT TO COME TO SCHOOL?
Some children need help to come every day. It works best if the school, home and child sort this out together. It is never a good idea to let a child stay at home – this makes it seem that going to school doesn’t matter and can make things worse.
Parent or carers are expected to talk with school as soon as a problem starts – this nearly always works.
If a problem cannot be sorted out this way then the school will contact our educational social worker (ESW). They will visit and try to sort things out, but if everything else has failed, then these officers can use the courts to prosecute or to seek an education supervision order on the child.
Parents or carers may wish to contact the ESW themselves – the number is 01274 385763
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS ILL?
If a child is unfit for school, the parent or carers should try hard to contact school on the first day, in person or by phone. (A neighbour could tell us.) Our attendance officer, will contact you if you do not contact us first. On return, your child must bring a written note signed by a parent or carer, after each absence.
Emergency Leave: Leave may be granted in an emergency (e.g. bereavement) or for medical appointments providing a parent or carer comes into school to let us know and to collect the child.
Please bring the appointment card or practice telephone number with you.
Targets: We let you know the absence figures for the school and the child for the year. We send home your child’s printed attendance each half term and it is in the child’s progress report in July. Our school’s attendance is near the national average and we work hard to keep it there.
In 2016, our school attendance was 96%
We have set a target of 98 % attendance this year. We need your help to achieve this.
Rewards: There are individual rewards for improved attendance each half term, weekly class rewards and individual rewards for very good attendance at the end of each half term and year.
We especially welcome suggestions by parents or carers and children to improve attendance.
WHO WILL GET A PLACE IN OUR SCHOOL?
We are a popular and successful school. To gain a place in our school your child’s name and details must be given in to the office, on a special form which we can help you with, and then we send it to the council as they sort out school admissions.
Nursery: Our nursery is a separate school – ‘Canterbury Nursery School’ at the end of Basil Street. We work closely with the Nursery. The nursery has provision for children from 0–4 and community involvement. You will need to visit them if you would like a nursery place.
A place at our school does not mean you will be given a place at any particular secondary school however we are in the catchment area of Southfield/Grange Technology College, if you put them down as first choice, and live in the area, you will get a place there. We link with Dixons City Academy in our locality projects but this is not related to school places.
WHAT ARE THE RULES OR POLICY FOR GETTING A PLACE AT THIS SCHOOL?
Reception Admissions at Four/Five Years Old:
Children will be admitted to Reception Class in the September of the school year in which they are five.
The school has a planned admission limit, agreed with the LA, of 60.
The Council allocate places according to their policy. They decide by looking first at:
Whether there are brothers or sisters already at the school and who will still be there when the new child comes in;
Those that live in the school’s “catchment area” for that year of intake.
This means that the Council Officer measures who lives nearest to our school.
Primary School Admissions in Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6:
The school has a planned admission limit, agreed with the Council, of 60 for Year 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and 30 for Year 6. A year group is full when it reaches this number.
More children could be allowed into school by the Head or Governors, and allowed by the Council, if appropriate in relation to the school’s budget (finances).
If a parent or carer asks for a place where the year group is full, or where all the classes are full, then their child’s name will be put on a waiting list with the council. If another child leaves and a place becomes free in the middle of a term then that place will be given to a child by the council, at the beginning of the following term using the following reasons in order:
i) The new child has a brother or sister in school;
ii) The new child lives within the “catchment area” for that year group;
iii) How far the new child’s home is from our school.
The Headteacher or senior staff will talk with new parent or carers about how it can upset a child’s progress to move schools.
The new parent or carers will always be asked to talk with the old school’s Headteacher, and we will contact the previous school.
THERE WILL BE AN INTERVIEW AT HOME FOR ALL FAMILIES WANTING A PLACE
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS A DISABILITY?
All children have the same admission process managed by the Local Authority.
The children are assessed before admission to school, so that the authority and parents can decide on the best placement for the individual child. If a new child has a disability we like to meet with parents and nursery staff etc. before admission, so that we can draw up an individual education plan, if necessary, and prepare to meet the child’s needs well. The class teacher together with our Special Educational Needs Coordinator then monitors how the plan is going in practice and works closely with parents and family to make sure they are doing well. Any other professionals who are involved are part of this process too.
We work very hard to make sure that all children are treated well and respected but that no child with challenging behaviour disrupts any other child’s learning or enjoyment in school.
Accessibility Plan: Our building is all on one level. We have several disabled toilet facilities including one with a shower.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT MY CHILD IS DOING IN SCHOOL?
You can come in any day after school to look at your child’s work. We will want to keep in touch with you, and please keep in touch with us – especially if you have any good news to share or there are any problems. You will be invited to talk with the teacher three times a year and we will give you a written Report in the summer term each year.
One of the best ways to support your child is to be a part of the school – so that you know what the children are talking about when they tell you about what happens at school, so we have work sharing assemblies and open lessons and teacher ‘talks’ each term for every class – please attend these
WHAT CAN PARENTS OR CARERS DO AT HOME?
HOMEWORK: ALL our children are expected to do homework with an adult in pencil or pen.
This work is important and a part of what they need to learn For Reception and Year 1, 2 and 3 this will be, once a week:
To read their reading book.
To learn some number facts.
To learn some spellings/high frequency (called ‘Bear’) words.
To copy some handwriting.
To find something out e.g. using the internet or school/Library book.
This should not take more than 15 minutes, for years 4, 5 and 6 this should take up to 30 minutes.
If there is a good reason why your child has not completed it – please tell the teacher as they will have to finish it the next day otherwise!
If homework is often not done a meeting with you will be arranged.
Please talk with your children as you go about your family life – this is how all children learn. Tell them what you are doing and why, and listen to their thoughts! Having children is fun, when you make time to talk!
HOW DO CHILDREN READ AT HOME?
Please buy our school book bag from a local supplier.
Children take home books to share with others at home. This is very important and will help your child to do well in school. We have book bags packs which will help a child starting school. We will ask you to sign a form before you take books home from school so that we know who will be reading at home with your child and that, if books are lost, broken etc. you will contribute.
WHAT CAN PARENT OR CARERS OR OTHER HELPERS DO IN SCHOOL?
There will be several classes for parents or carers running each year – see our Community Team for more details. If you would like to help in school please give your name in to the office
PARENTS FORUM: All parents are welcome to the half termly FORUM MEETINGS where we discuss parent and school issues and share food. We have an active steering group, who organise this. Please see members of our Community Team if you would like to find out more about this group.
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON IS USUALLY SHARING ASSEMBLY, at 2:50pm
One class/ year group will show their work or do a play for the school.
Your child will tell you when it is their turn but you are warmly welcome to come every time.
IS THERE A BREAKFAST CLUB AND AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES?
We run a Breakfast club in school from 8:00 – 8:45 and also have many after school clubs – Come into school for details – they fill up quickly!
IS THERE A SCHOOL CHILD CARE CLUB TO LOOK AFTER MY CHILD WHILE I WORK?
At present there has not been a demand for this type of every day, paid-for childcare.
We can signpost you to local providers, see the Community Team.
HOW IS OUR SCHOOL ORGANISED?
The children of the same year group each have their own class teacher who is responsible for them. The class teacher is the person who knows your child best and will probably be able to help with any questions or problems. It is best to talk with the class teacher first, however the Senior Staff are available too, please make an appointment with them at the office.
The children may work in small groups, as a whole class, in pairs or as individuals.
The teachers decide which grouping will help the children learn best for that particular lesson. The children will also work with other teachers, visiting specialists, support staff or students so that all of us use our skills in ways which will help children learn most.
THERE ARE THREE KEY STAGES IN SCHOOL:
Foundation 2: Reception Class (4/5 years)
Key Stage 1: Year 1 (5/6 years) and Year 2 (6/7 years)
Key Stage 2: Year 3 (7/8 years), Year 4 (8/9 years), Year 5 (9/10 years) and Year 6 (10/11 years) Class sizes are around 30.
HOW DOES SCHOOL LOOK AFTER ALL THE CHILDREN AND THE BUILDING?
We would ask you to encourage your child to respect school property and our playing fields, playground, plants and paths. We are preventing vandalism through CCTV, patrols and our parents and carers, the local community and the children sharing anything they have seen.
Any information passed on to us is always followed up.
Through our ‘Looking After me Project’ our children are asking adults to protect them from crime and to ring the confidential crime stoppers number: 0800 555111 instead of turning a ‘blind eye’ to crime. You may ring from school too. Thank you
Please do not walk through school – go to each child’s class round the outside.
We have to keep our children safe, they can get disturbed by many people walking through school and we also have to keep our carpets clean. If you wish to come into school after 9:00 am please ring the bell at the main door, Thank you.
WHAT DO THE CHILDREN LEARN?
The National Curriculum has many subjects: English, Maths, Information Technology (I.T.) These are the “core” – most important – ones.
The Early Years/Foundation Stage Curriculum for 4/5 year olds and the National Curriculum areas are fully covered through: Science, Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical, Religious and Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education.
There are basic skills that the children need to practice and learn more frequently at their own level – such as spelling, key words, number bonds and times tables, hand writing and reading and there are social and emotional areas that we develop, depending on how mature each child is.
We teach the children through topics for some subjects, such as “Plants and Animals”.
Some year groups cover particular learning areas – Year 3 have swimming, instrumental tuition – recorders and some children from Years 3,4,5 and 6 can learn musical instruments or road safety cycling skills.
In Reception, the subjects are learnt, often through talking, as they carry out their practical learning as well as developing formal recording techniques. All year groups have some practical tasks, develop their independent learning skills and carry out research work.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL NEEDS OR IS HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH HIS/HER LEARNING?
We welcome a particularly close partnership with parents and carers of children with special educational needs. If a teacher is concerned in any way about your child’s progress they will talk with you straight away. If you are concerned please come in and talk with us as soon as possible. We treat all children with respect and make sure that the work set is at the right level for each child. We provide catch up and additional support to meet any additional needs and we personalise learning for all children.
We monitor any concerns using the Bradford recording system, which is the same for all schools in Bradford, so that we have a clear picture of how each child with any special need is progressing. Our experienced Special Needs Co-ordinator is available to help other staff in planning special programmes. If a child has an Educational, Health and Care Plan Statement we work closely with the family and the local authority (council) and other agencies to ensure we meet their needs.
SEND POLICY: HOW DO WE SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS?
Our practice is to include all the children as much as possible and to alter the tasks so that they can be done at different levels depending on children’s learning needs. There are two main levels of Special Educational Need and Disabilities – school action and school action plus.
Our mentoring programmes have achieved a great deal of success in helping children who are unconfident or present with challenging behaviour to learn better and not disturb others. We work with the local authority’s teaching support services and the Educational Psychologist to improve learning standards for pupils with Special Educational Needs.
We have extra funding for our children with special educational needs. This is spent on adult support, targeted programmes and resources such as special computer programmes.
HOW DO WE SUPPORT CHILDREN WHO ARE NEW TO ENGLISH OR LEARNING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE?
All children are assessed carefully when they come to our school. If a child needs extra support to learn English this is provided in small group work and their progress is carefully monitored. We have a dedicated New To English Team to support children will their language development skills.
HOW WELL ARE THE CHILDREN IN OUR SCHOOL LEARNING?
Teachers keep detailed records of each child’s progress which will be shared with you termly and will be used for the summer report. We assess and test the children on an ongoing basis. If you wish to see any records at any other time you have a right to do this – please make an appointment with the Headteacher.
HOW DO CHILDREN WORSHIP AT SCHOOL?
Monday – Headteacher Assembly – 9:10 am
Tuesday – Separate Faith Worship – 2:50 pm
Wednesday – Sharing Assembly for Parents – 2:50 pm
Thursday – In Classes led by teacher – See class timetable
Friday – Celebration Assembly – 9:10 am
The children reflect or worship at the end of the assembly according to their own religion.
We do not offer solely Christian worship as our school has legal permission not to (SACRE Determination). If you want to talk to us about this please come into school. You have a right to withdraw your child from assemblies/worship, but please come and talk with us first.
We teach the children moral values and also about the world’s religions, we encourage the children to be proud of their own faith or identity but also to understand those of others. We teach this within the LA (Council) agreed syllabus and RE policy.
For details of the Bradford Agreed Syllabus for R.E. please contact the Diversity team – telephone Bradford 01274 385619. Information for parents and carers is available in school.
Parents and carers can ask that their child be excused from Religious Education on the grounds of conscience. If you wish to do this please come in and talk with us. Any children who are withdrawn from Worship or Religious Education will be supervised by staff in another area of school.
HOW DO THE CHILDREN LEARN TO BEHAVE SO WELL IN SCHOOL?
Every child has a right to be happy and safe at school and we ensure this. Our children are learning to become responsible for how their actions affect others, as they are already part of a community and society. Our children like learning and want to behave well in school.
So we have a ‘Being Brilliant’ Behaviour Policy in school.
Our Ways To Be Brilliant Are:
1. We are Kind
2. We Respect others
3. We Think about our learning,
4. Listen and Act Fast
5. We are Honest
(The fourth is so that we can learn together in a class of children and a school with over 400 pupils.)
When the children keep to these they are praised and they will tell you about this and the rewards they get with great pride!
Each time a child forgets to ‘be brilliant’- they are reminded about what they should be doing and then they have increasing sanctions: They may sit by themselves for five minutes or have 5 minutes ‘time-out’ which could be at playtime or at lunchtime.
The length of time out can be increased depending on the seriousness of the incident.
This can lead up to a letter home or coming to see a member of the Management Team or Headteacher, after several incidents.
(A letter will only be sent home for more serious incidents or very frequent incidents)
If a child misbehaves seriously, for example by fighting or running out of class, then they will come straight to see a leader in school, and we will let you know, or, if it is very serious, we will ask you to come into school.
If a child is having serious difficulty being with the other children or adults in school then we will need to work closely with their family. We will use the Special Educational Needs processes and involve other agencies e.g. the behaviour support teaching team, with permission from the family.
It may sometimes be necessary to exclude a child at lunchtime or for a fixed period.
However, permanent exclusion would be considered as a very last resort.
We can help the children best when we have your support.
Parents and carers should praise their child when they do well, and to help us to help them if they misbehave.
HOW DOES OUR SCHOOL TEACH “SEX EDUCATION”?
We want our children to be able to become responsible members of society:
All schools are legally required to have a “Sex Education Policy”.
Sex education is not formally taught, below Year 5, although aspects of human or animal reproduction are covered in the National Curriculum.
However, broader preparation for adult life in terms of beginning to relate to others with responsibility and respect is an important part of school life.
We support our children to:
*To develop feelings of self-worth and self esteem
*To develop positive personal relationships
*To learn in a non-threatening and supportive environment.
We also ensure that all adults in school are confident and aware of the school’s strict guidelines in this area.
OUR VALUES: People live together in many different age and size groupings – this will be recognised and a variety of values, cultures and experiences included in relation to family life throughout the curriculum.
WHAT IS IN THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM SCIENCE CONTENT IN THIS AREA?
In Year 1: Children will have learnt that: All children have been babies; all children will grow into adults; adults may have babies.
In Year 2: Children will have learnt that: Animals produce babies.
In Year 4: Children will have learnt that: Humans have different capabilities at different ages;
The human life cycle consists of periods of growth, maintenance and deterioration.
In Year 5/6: Children will have learnt that adults have young and that these grow into adults which in turn produce young. Children will have learnt that as they approach puberty people’s emotions change and how the body changes.
This is what we will teach and we will not teach anything in addition to this.
HOW DO WE ORGANISE TEACHING THIS AREA?
Teaching: *The teaching at years Reception to Year 4 will be carried out by the class teacher
*The teaching at Years 5/6 will be carried out by a specially trained adult e.g. Health trained consultant in single gender groups. You will be consulted about this.
Resources: *Diagrams of human reproductive organs are used in school only at year 5/6 level in single gender groups. *Girl and boy dolls are available in play areas
The terms used by children will be respected, not corrected
Incidental questions will be referred to parent or carers
If abusive language is used, staff will explain why it is inappropriate, in terms of having respect for each other
Any child protection issues will be dealt with using LA procedures
The national curriculum has to be covered and parent or carers may not withdraw their child from this.
The senior management are responsible for putting this policy into practice and will talk to any parent or carers with concerns.
The Governing Body has been involved in drawing up this policy and reviews it and revises it annually, as necessary.
This policy is related to other school policies particularly: The Personal, Health, Citizenship and Social Education Policy, Behaviour Management Policy and the Religious Education Policy.
HOW DO WE MAKE SURE ALLCHILDREN ARE VALUED IN SCHOOL?
It is important to us that ALL children feel comfortable in school. We take rudeness of a racial kind seriously and follow Council procedures for this. We are legally required to inform the council when we find that this has happened, we will also let you know.
Please make this clear to your child – we have a Council leaflet which explains about this.
HOW DO WE SAFEGUARD OUR CHILDREN: ‘CHILD PROTECTION’?
If it comes to our attention that any child may be at risk of any abuse or neglect we will follow Council procedures for this – as all schools have to legally. We cannot keep any such concerns confidential. If you have any concerns about a child please come into school and let us know.
We must put the interests of the children in our care first and foremost.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I WANT TO TAKE A PHOTO/VIDEO AN EVENT?
During the school year there will be a number of school events, productions, musical concerts and sporting events etc. that parent or carers may wish to take videos/photographs of.
The School/Governors ask parent or carers to use this for their personal viewing only.
These videos/photographs are not for sale to the public under any circumstances.
However should any parent or carer object to their child being on video/photographed then the school will organise for this. If you wish to object, please contact the school within 20 days of the event, or as soon as possible, if you are totally opposed to your child being on video/photographed.
Teachers may sometimes take photos and offer copies to parents for a small charge.
Photographs/videos of children learning across the curriculum are used for publicity purposes and are on our displays, our publicity materials and our website. Other schools, educational establishments or companies such as our book suppliers or building company may use photographic images in their materials
All parents are asked to sign up to this use of images when their child is admitted to our school.
‘SAFE INTERNET USE’ policies are in place for school and you will be asked to sign up to these.
SCHOOL INFORMATION, RECORDS AND DOCUMENTS:
A range of school, local authority- council and government – Department for Education – documents are available in the school. Please ask in the office if you would like to look at any.
DO WE HAVE TO PAY FOR TRIPS?
Our Governing Body has adopted the Charges and Remissions Policy of Bradford LA. They have agreed that the school may ask for voluntary contributions towards the cost of school visits. There is however no obligation to contribute and children will not be treated differently whether parents or carers contribute or not, although we will need your permission signature.
Trips will be cancelled if enough contributions are not made. Thank you for your support.
IF I AM UNHAPPY ABOUT ANYTHING WHAT CAN I DO?
If you have a query about anything to do with school and your child’s wellbeing we hope you will share this with the class teacher.
Member of the Management Team are also available to help you.
If you do have a definite concern about how the School Management, Governing Body or LA is carrying out their responsibility for the children’s work in school or related matters then please speak to the Headteacher first.
We can usually sort any problems out, but the next procedure would be to write to Governors then to contact the LA.