Useful Information for Parents

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School Session Times

These are as follows: 8.50 a.m. - 12.00 noon and 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.

Morning play: There is a playtime for each year group of 15 minutes.

Afternoon play: 2.15 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. Taken at the discretion of the teacher.

Your co-operation is asked in seeing that children do not arrive on the School premises more than 10 minutes before the session begins. Similarly, it is important to ensure your child arrives at School in good time. If, for any reason, you are late arriving, please ensure you sign your son/daughter in to the “Late Book” which is at the School Office and they will be escorted to their classroom. This is to ensure we have knowledge your child is on the School premises, as they may have missed the morning Register. If you need to take your child away from School during the school day, please sign the “Leaving Early” Book which is also at the School Office.

Children leave School at 3.00 p.m. from their classroom, or the entrance nearest their classroom. We are most particular that children are handed over to the expected adult collecting them. We, therefore, request if your arrangements change, that you complete an “End of the Day Change of Arrangements” form (available from the main reception area at the School Office) and give this to your child's class teacher first thing in the morning.

Absence

It is a legal requirement for parents to inform the School the reason for a child's absence. We request that parents do so on every day of absence. If you know in advance that your child is going to be absent or late you may write a letter, or use one of the forms available from the main reception area at the School Office. Failure to report absence will be recorded as an “unauthorised absence”.

Curriculum

Please contact the school for further details regarding the curriculum.  For FS Mrs Kay Heath (Year Group Lead), Year 1 Mrs Ann Almeida and for Year 2 Mr Jon Clark.

Further details on the national curriculum can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

School Uniform

The St. Andrew's C.E. Infants' School uniform colour is black/dark grey/navy blue. School uniform is not compulsory, but when worn does encourage a sense of pride in appearance and of belonging.

Girls

  • Dark grey/navy skirt/pinafore dress
  • Dark grey/black trousers
  • Polo T-shirt (white)
  • *Navy sweatshirt or sweat-cardigan with logo
  • Summer: Summer dress (blue/white)

Boys

  • Black or dark grey shorts/trousers
  • Polo T-shirt (white)
  • *Navy sweatshirt with logo

Optional

  • *Navy fleece with logo
  • *Book Bags
  • *Water Bottles

Items with an * are available for purchase by order only from the School Office.

  • Low-heeled black shoes suitable for active play.
  • Open-toed sandals should not be worn, even in the Summer Term.
  • Only stud ear-rings are to be worn.

We would request that each pupil is appropriately presented for the school day at St. Andrew's and would request please that our school uniform guidelines are followed.

We would also request that as part of our corporate image, no dyed, zigzag cut or Mohican hair styles are displayed. We would advise for long hair to be tied back to aid visibility and detract headlice.

School Meals

From September 2014 all our pupils are entitled to a free school meal. They will be asked about their choice for a meal each morning. If you would like your child to have a specific meal please inform your child's class teacher.

FS pupils have slips for parents to complete.

If your child has allergies to any food please let the school office know. The school kitchen can cater for a range of allergies if notified in advance: a letter from your child's doctor to clarify allergies is required.

Packed Lunches

These are eaten in the School hall along with those eating School meals. No glass bottles, china or fizzy drinks please. We actively encourage the children to drink fluids, preferably water. Children may bring water bottles each day in order to drink during lesson time. Children may bring a mid-morning snack of a piece of fruit. (Fruit is currently provided by the Government on a daily basis). If, for a particular reason, your child cannot eat fruit, please discuss this with the class teacher. In the interest of safety, we request that children do not bring food containing nuts.

Equality

You can download our Equality Statement as a pdf document.

How Do We Teach Reading?
  • We start by following the ‘letters and sounds’ programme which is a phonics scheme, in foundation stage.
  • Letter sounds (phonemes) are taught each week. When the children have learnt 6 sounds (s, a, t, p, i, n) they begin to blend these together to make words.
  • As well as individual letter sounds and phonemes, children also learn high frequency words and ‘tricky words’ by sight. Children take home a phonic and word book.
  • Children start taking a library book and a reading book home in the first weeks of school.
  • Children have daily letters and sounds (phonics) sessions throughout school which involve games and activities which teach blending and segmenting. They read in a group once a week (guided Reading) and they also read to an adult on a one to one basis once a week.
  • We encourage parents to support reading both at home and coming into help during the week in school.
  • A range of texts are chosen, echoing the topic focus, these may be non-fiction, fiction or poetry.
  • Foundation Stage enjoy the reading programme of Jolly Phonics in their first year of school.
  • KS1 follow the letters and sounds programme and use these skills in their reading. We have a book band scheme here at St. Andrew's so children are able to read a variety of texts which are in accessible levels.

You can download our Reading Information for Parents as a pdf document.

SEN Local Offer / SEN Report

All maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with a special educational needs and or disabilities being met in a mainstream school wherever possible, where families want this to happen.

You can download our SEN Local Offer and SEN Information Report.

Primary Sport Premium

We were given £9,065.

We have now employed from January 2015 a Sports Coach for 3 days a week to work with staff in P.E. lessons, to organise and run a variety of before and after school clubs, to organise, supervise further games skills on the school playground at morning and lunch break.

For further detail please see Sports Premium Funding Action Plan in the Pupil Premium section

PTA

Introduction

Here at St. Andrew's, we are extremely lucky to have a very well established and dedicated PTA.

We are a small committee of parents (often with younger siblings in tow) who meet regularly, plan our events and then more often than not call on the support of the teachers, teaching assistants and parents galore to continuously give us their help and support, enabling us to make things happen.

We would not be able to run all the events without the help and support of parents. If you would like to get involved, then we would love to hear from you. Even if you can only offer a little bit of help now and again, we would still love to have you on board. The children love seeing their mums, dads, grandparents and carers helping out around the school, so please give it some thought and help make a difference to all the children at St. Andrew's.

Keep an eye out for details of our General meetings, an informal way to find out what we are planning, how to get involved and what we have spent funds on. Everyone is welcome to attend, the first one will be early October once the children are settled into the new school year.

What do the PTA do?

The main function of the PTA is fundraising. With ever decreasing budgets, the school has to be careful with its purchases. We raise money for the little extras that make school life so much more comfortable and enjoyable for the children.

We hold a number of events during the school year to raise funds, these range from quiz nights for the grown-ups to after school activities for the children, the biggest being our Christmas and Summer fairs.

We also fund events for the children such as Christmas parties, Year 2 leavers disco and special occasions such as the Jubilee and Olympics.

What are the funds used for?

Recently we have purchased a TV for the library, redecorated the kitchen used by the children for cookery, brightened up the playground and purchased new play equipment. Each year we ask the school for ideas of things they would like and at our general meetings we always encourage ideas.

How can I get involved?

We welcome any offers of help whether it be just an hour helping on a stall at the fair or a full committee member. We understand that parents have other commitments and only ask for whatever help you feel able to give. The best way to get started is to come along to one of our general meetings, which are held termly, to get an idea of what's involved.

Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding Statement

St. Andrew's C.E. Infants' School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and staff.

Our Child Protection Policy states that safeguarding is everybody's responsibility. Our pupils welfare is our paramount concern.

The governing body will ensure that our school will safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils and work together with other agencies to ensure that our school has adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm.

We have 5 Designated Safeguarding Leads (Mrs. Meakins, Mr. Crossinggum, Mrs. Stephen, Mrs O'Neill McGuinness and Mrs Weston).

Our nominated governor responsible for safeguarding is Mr Mark Simmons.

At times we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers unless we have reasons to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

E-Safety

As our E-Safety Policy states:- There is great importance for end-to-end effective practice at a number of levels including responsible ICT use throughout the school.

Further information can be located in our E-Safety Policy.

The Prevent Strategy

This is availalbe in our policies section.

Links with Other Schools

We work closely with a number of local schools to provide opportunities for our children and staff to develop. At the end of Year 2, the vast majority of our children go onto Tollgate School, our linked Junior school.

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

Click here to read our SMSC policy

The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Self-knowledge and relationships with others
  • Search for meaning and purpose of life and also celebration
  • Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values.
  • Transcendence – awe, wonder, mystery, feelings and emotions.
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning.
  • Willingness to reflect on their own experiences.

The moral development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England.
  • Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
  • Sense of Self
  • Relationships with others
  • Society, truth, freedom and justice

The social development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • Acceptance of and engagement with the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.
  • Knowledge of Britain’s democratic Parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
  • Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities.
  • Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.