The school is currently organised into four classes:-
Willow Class: Reception and Year 1
Birch Class: Year 2
Sycamore Class: Years 3 and 4
Oak Class: Years 5 and 6
8.40 – 8.50 Registration
8.50 - 10.30 Session 1, including 15mins for Collective Worship
10.30 - 10.45 Morning break
10.45 - 12.00 Session 2
12.00 - 12.50 Lunch break
12.50 - 2.00 Session 3
2.00 - 2.15 Afternoon break – KS1 only
2.15 - 3.15 Session 4
Our pupils are asked to undertake certain tasks at home depending on their age. Tasks set are closely related to and reinforce classwork. Parents are informed of our expectations at ‘Meet the teacher’ sessions
early in the academic year. They are kept up to date through the ‘Home Link’ book, and termly class letters.
Our code of conduct is explained through our Golden Rules, which we have deliberately kept to a minimum, highlighting positive actions. We remind ourselves of expected behaviour on a regular basis and everyone involved in the school community plays an active part in ensuring these guidelines are followed, and that expectations for behaviour are consistently high.
We are gentle – we don’t hurt others
We are kind and helpful – we don’t hurt anybody’s feelings
We listen – we don’t interrupt
We are honest – we don’t cover up the truth
We work hard – we don’t waste our own or others’ time
We look after property – we don’t waste or damage things
The school has a Behaviour Policy which supports pupils to take responsibility for their own actions and develop an understanding of the impact of their behaviour on others. Pupils have a firm grasp of these expectations, and adults throughout the school are consistent in their approach. Individual strengths and weaknesses and individual rates of development are recognised and parents are involved at an early stage if a child’s behaviour causes concern. If behaviour is causing serious concern and affecting other pupils or staff, the Headteacher will contact parents, and agree strategies which will be put in place to support a change in behaviour. In extreme cases, the Headteacher reserves the right to suspend or ultimately to exclude the pupil from the school, in accordance with Local Authority procedures.
The school Behaviour Policy includes sections on Anti-Bullying and Racist Incidents. The school has clear procedures in place to investigate alleged bullying, or alleged racist incidents. This school is proactive in its approach and will do everything possible to prevent physical, verbal or other abuse which may causes distress to a child or group of children.
Hot school meals are available and need to be ordered in advance. It is possible for children to have hot meals on some days and not others. Please contact the School Secretary for order forms and menus.
If you are in receipt of Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Pension Credit, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Child Tax Credit only with an assessed income below £16,190 your child is entitled for free school meals. Even if your child does not wish to have hot school meals, it is financially helpful to the school if you make an application. Please speak with the School Secretary for further information.
Many pupils prefer to bring a packed lunch, which should be brought to school in a suitable container. We do have Healthy Schools Status and encourage parents to pack a healthy lunch for their child. Fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolate bars are not allowed.
All pupils are asked to bring a water bottle to school each day, and are given the opportunity to use it during the school day, and to top it up if necessary.
The school car park is reserved for the staff at the school, for visiting personnel and for disabled parking. Access to the playground gates must be clear at all times. Parents are encouraged to park at The Old House at Home public house on Rookwood Road, who kindly allow this arrangement, and walk the short distance to our main pedestrian gate. If pupils are being dropped off please drop them by the school car park – for safety reasons theymust use the small pedestrian gate and path there, and not the car park itself. Parents are asked to collect their children at the end of the school day by waiting outside their classroom on the side playground.
We encourage pupils to cycle or scoot to school and there are racks for storage of bicycles and scooters. It is recommended that pupils riding to and from school on a bicycle are accompanied by a responsible adult. The use of safety helmets and high visibility clothing is strongly encouraged.
Cycling proficiency courses are held in school hours each year for our Year 6 children.
Cycling on any part of the school premises is strictly forbidden for safety reasons.
Although the school is funded primarily by the local authority, there are some items and events for which we as a school do make certain charges. Our approach to making any and all charges is contained within our Charging Policy.