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The general information on this page is arranged in alphabetical order. It covers the following areas:

 

Admissions Improvement plan Organisation of classes
Driving and parking near the school Internet payments Pre-school and after school club
Free school meals Jewellery School day
Healthy eating Lunchtimes & Healthy eating Uniform
Holiday dates Medicines  

 

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Admissions

    

Children who are 3 by 31 August are entitled to one year’s part time education of 15 hours a week. This will be either a morning or afternoon session. Parents can choose which session and which day to take unless we find one session is over-subscribed. In this event we will apply our allocation procedures. Parents need to apply to the school for a place.

Children who are 4 by 31 August are entitled to full time education. Parents need to apply to the Local Authority (LA) for a place. Forms are available from the school office .

Driving and parking near the school

We operate a voluntary one way system on the roads around school as they can become very congested.

When parking, please respect our neighbours and do not obstruct their drives, park on corners or on the zig-zag lines by the school entrances.

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Free school meals

With the introduction of free school meals for all children in Foundation 2 and Key Stage 1 from next September, it is really important that everyone who is eligible applies for free school meals as this will bring additional money into school through the Pupil Premium.

Applying for free school meals does not mean your child has to have them.

What it does mean is:

  • The school receives extra money (£1,800 for 2016-17) each year

  • Your child is entitled to 50% subsidies for residential visits

  • Your child will have free access to visits and swimming

  • The additional money allows us to provide a range of interventions that may benefit your child

  • It also expands the opportunities in school such as learning a musical instrument for a year.

You may qualify for free school meals if you are in receipt of the following benefits:

  • Income support

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)

  • Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit

You can apply by telephone on 0116 454 1009 or online.

Holiday dates

 

 

2016-2017

Autumn term begins

Tuesday 30th August 2016

Half term

17th - 21st October 2016

Autumn term ends

16th December 2016

 

 

Spring term begins

4th January 2017

Half term

13th - 17th February 2017

Spring term ends

Thursday 6th  April 2017

 

 

Summer term begins

24th April 2017

May Day holiday

1st May 2017

Half term

29th May - 2nd June  2017

Summer term ends

14th July 2017

 

2017-2018

Autumn term begins

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Half term

16th - 20th October 2017

Autumn term ends

Wednesday 20th December 2017

 

 

Spring term begins

9th January 2018

Half term

12th - 16th February 2018

Spring term ends

23rd March 2018

 

 

Summer term begins

9th April 2018

May Day holiday

7th May 2018

Half term

28th May - 1st  June  2018

Summer term ends

13th July 2018

 

Improvement plan

Every year, the staff and governors look at ways to improve what we provide for your children. Through looking at a range of information such as children’s work, their progress and attainment, their behaviour, their attitudes to learning and to each other, behaviour, attendance, punctuality, we are able to highlight the areas we need to work on. Below is our plan for the academic year 2016-17.

 

What we want to do How we will try to achieve it

Children’s achievement

1. Raise achievement in maths
  • Provide training for staff to develop their delivery of conceptual maths to enhance quality first teaching
  • Invest in new resources such as Numicon for our Foundation Stage
  • Collaborate with partner schools to share best practice

2. Raise achievement in reading and writing in all groups

  • Introduce the Knowledge Transfer Centre model of teaching reading and phonics
  • Invest in additional resources for guided reading and phonics
  • Develop skills of all staff in the delivery of KTC through additional training
  • Collaborate with partner schools in joint moderation

3. Helping those children who receive the Pupil Premium Grant to achieve their best

  • Provide addition support for those children who are under-achieving through 1 to 1 teaching and small groups
  • Give middle achievers the opportunity to do even better in maths through maths days and maths investigation groups
  • Support all PPG children to go on trips and residential visits and run extra clubs that benefit all children
  • Provide whole class musical instrument lessons for year 4s and those who wish to continue in year 5
  • Provide ways to raise children’s aspirations

4. Raise awareness of meta-cognition and develop children's ability to 'Learn to Learn'.

  • Create children's working party to  explore attitudes to learning
  • Visit schools which been successful in developing children's meta-cognition
  • Staff training to support the facilitation of 'Learning to Learn'
5. Ensure a consistent approach to homework across the whole school
  • Purchase resources to ensure pride is taken in children's homework.
  • Teachers plan a range of homework activities which also take account of dyslexia friendly approaches.
  • Homework books include children’s English and maths targets

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

6. Use the restorative approach to children’s conflicts on a day to day basis

 

  • Learn from other schools where the restorative approach has become the norm.

7. Ensure adherence to Keeping Children Safe in Education document with conformity to all safeguarding legislation

  • All school staff and Governors to receive statutory safeguarding training.
  • Updated governor & staff induction policies and procedures are implemented.
9. Review our behaviour policy and system of rewards and sanctions
  • Staff meetings to review current practice of rewards and sanctions
  • Include children in whole - school discussion to develop new reward system
  • Visit other schools to observe alternative systems of behaviour management

Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

10. Continue to improve the quality of teaching

 

  • Develop manageable ways of allowing teachers to learn from each other through shared observations.
  • Provide opportunities for teachers to visit other schools to observe high quality teaching.
  • Improve individual teachers’ skills through strategies such as the PE partnership with Babington.

Leadership & Management

11. Continue to improve the quality of leadership in the school

 

  • Support individual leaders carrying out research, qualifications and working with leaders from other schools.

12. Help the governors become even more effective at supporting the school and providing challenge to school leaders

  • Governors to attend Senior Leadership Team meetings once a term.
  • Invite new governors whose skills will complement the existing governing body.

 

In addition, a governor staff working party is carrying out a whole school staffing review. We are also working on introducing the new Special Educational Needs code of practice and the new arrangements for Key Stage 1 and F2 free school dinners, both of which come into effect in September.

We are also looking at our IT provision and we will be changing the design of our school website over the summer.

 

Internet payments

Where possible, we encourage parents to pay online. For details how to use our system please download these instructions.

Internet Payment Instructions

Jewellery

We appreciate that some jewellery is worn by children for religious or sentimental reasons. Where this is the case parents need to inform school by letter otherwise jewellery is not to be worn to school, again for health and safety reasons, except for earring studs  

All children have to remove jewellery during PE lessons. If this presents a real problem then the jewellery must be taped up by the child with tape provided by parents. We would strongly recommend that children are discouraged from wearing any jewellery on days when they have PE lessons.

 

 

Lunchtimes & Healthy eating

We have our own kitchens that cook healthy meals.

Cooked meals are served in the hall. Children have a choice of main courses and puddings. They are encouraged to eat vegetables.

Children who bring packed lunches also eat in the hall. During the warmer months, older children may eat outside using the picnic benches.

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Healthy Lunch boxes   

If you are sending you child with a packed lunch then please try to make it as healthy as possible.

Here are some things to think about when preparing packed lunches:

  • Beware of misleading advertising. Just because it says it is ideal for packed lunches doesn't mean it is healthy.
  • Beware child friendly packaging. A lump of cheese is far more nutritious than a cheese tube.
  • Fresh, frozen, tinned, dried fruit, fruit juices and smoothies all count towards 5 a day.
  • Chop up fruit to make it easier to eat.
  • Try adding some vegetables as extras in sandwiches: tomato, cucumber, grated carrot, salad
  • Make sure they are getting some protein: ham, egg, cheese, chicken, tuna
  • Packs of seeds or hummus also contain protein.
  • Drinking orange juice helps the body to absorb iron more easily.
  • It can take a child 15 tastes before they decide they like something, so persevere.
  • If a child consistently leaves the healthy foods, check that you are not packing up too much.
  • There is more calcium in skimmed milk than full fat milk.
  • Yoghurt tubes generally contain 3.5 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Children will be swayed by peer pressure so talk to other parents about what they are putting in lunchboxes.

 

Medicines

Children on short-term antibiotics should remain at home until the course has finished.

 

Some of our First Aiders can supervise children taking their own medicine providing clear written instructions have been obtained from parents/guardians and the school has indicated that it is able to do so.  All medicines must be clearly labelled with the child’s name, dosage to be given, frequency and name of drug being given and must be in a child proof container.  We take particular care to liaise with parents in respect of asthma.  When children take medicines the named First Aiders will supervise them at the school

Medication Policy

Organisation of classes

The governors are committed to keeping class sizes small wherever possible.

The school can admit up to 40 children in each year.

 

Foundation children are split into two classes with a mixture of F1 and F2 children in each. Each class has a class teacher who will work with them for parts of the day. At other times they will work as year groups or altogether in the Foundation Base. Two level 3 teaching assistants/NNEBs and a level 2 teaching assistant also work with the children.

 

The rest of the school is organised into bases with three classes in each base.

Key Stage 1:                       Years 1 and 2

Lower Key Stage 2:             Years 3 and 4

Upper Key Stage 2:             Years 5 and 6

 

Each pair of year groups are organised into three classes.  Usually one of these will be a mixed age class. The way we spilt the children into classes will vary year to year as we look at the particular characteristics of the year groups involved and the needs of individual children. The factors we consider may include the age of children, their ability and their social groupings.

 

Our current arrangements are

Class 1   Foundation

Class 2   Foundation

Class 3   Year 1

Class 4   Year 1 & 2

Class 5   Year 2

Class 6   Year 3 & 4

Class 7   Year 3 & 4

Class 8   Year 3 & 4

Class 9   Year 5 & 6

Class 10  Year 5 & 6

Class 11  Year 5 & 6

 

Pre-school and after school club

Glebelands pre-school and before and after school club are a separate organisation. We do have close links, with many of our children transferring from the pre-school.

They also bring and collect children from the before & after school club. Contact them on 0116 236 2122.   

School day

Children in Foundation 1 (F1) do a year part time. Parents will normally be offered either a morning or afternoon session.

Year Groups

Doors open

Start of session

Lunchtime

End of session

 Years 3 to 6

8.45am

8.55am

12.05 - 12.55pm

3.05pm

 Years 1 & 2

8.45am

8.55am

11.55am - 12.55pm

3.05pm

 F1 morning session

8.45am

8.45am

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11.45am

 F1 afternoon session

12.05pm

12.05pm

-

3.05pm

 

Uniform

We ask that children wear burgundy sweatshirts or cardigans and white polo shirts and with grey or black trousers or grey skirts or pinafore dresses.  In the summer, girls may wish to wear summer dresses in red and white or burgundy and white.

In PE, we ask that children wear dark coloured shorts, either navy or black with a white tee shirt. Some indoor PE activities will require children to have bare feet.

Some school uniform can be ordered through school. 

The price of uniform can be found by ringing the school office on 0116 234 0010.

It is also recommended that the children have suitable indoor shoes for health and safety reasons. Please provide a bag for your child to store their shoes in.

We also sell book bags and PE bags.

Every item of clothing that your child could remove must be clearly labelled with their name.