Pilling St John’s CE Primary School
Prospectus 2017 Policy
Pilling St John’s Church of England Primary School
Growing in FaithFrom Acorn to Oak
Our Mission Statement
To enable children and families to flourish in a vibrant and Christ-centred environment that promotes resilient, confident and active learners.
Our School’s Christian Values are
Wisdom, Friendship, Trust, Respect, Compassion and Forgiveness
The School’s Aims
- To teach children about the love of Jesus and that He guides our footsteps through life.
- To value and celebrate difference, diversity and individuality within the school community, local community and in the wider world.
- To ensure the child-chosen Christian values of Wisdom, Friendship, Trust, Respect, Compassion and Forgiveness underpin the foundations of school life.
- To guarantee excellence in teaching and learning to promote core academic skills that enable children to move forward to be the best they can ever be.
- To provide learning activities and opportunities which stimulate the skills of enquiry, reflection, challenge and innovation.
- To support children in developing independence and endurance to become creative, independent learners who develop a thirst for learning now and throughout life.
- To equip children with the skills to make safe and healthy decisions about their bodies and emotional wellbeing.
- To instil in children the confidence, knowledge and communication skills to preserve the environment and natural world.
Welcome from our Chair of Governors
On behalf of the staff and governors at St. John’s, I would like to welcome you to our school. This may be the first opportunity you have to discover all about us and I hope that you find the information in this prospectus helpful.
Like all good schools, we aspire to provide the very best education for our children. We have high expectations of the children in terms of their work and their behaviour and are proud of their many achievements and their reputation.
Children only flourish if they are encouraged to develop their skills in a friendly, safe, and caring environment. We are delighted that the community in which we live enhances the school and that we, as a school, enhance our community. Equally important is the Christian ethos of our school. This distinctive ethos, which is underpinned by our values, is supported through the close links we have with our local church family.
We do hope that you choose to register your child at this school and we look forward to many happy and successful years together.
Pilling St John’s admits children from Rising 3 to Year 6. Our pupil admission number is 15 per year group. Our school’s Admission Policy for 2017/18 is available on the school website.
School Organisation 2018-19
Rising 3 and Reception Acorn Class
Year 1 and Year 2 Beech Class
Year 3 and Year 4 Cedar Class
Year 5 and Year 6 Oak Class
Each class has at least one Teaching Assistant and support is allocated depending on the needs of individual classes and children.
Procedures for the Start of the Day
Children are welcomed into school at 8.45am when the bell rings. The school day begins at 8.55am but we ask that children enter the building ten minutes early so that they are settled and ready to learn. The children may come into the school grounds from 8.35 however parents remain responsible for their welfare until the bell rings. The school gate at the side of school is locked as soon as all the children have entered school. Any children arriving after this time are asked to enter through the main entrance.
On wet days, the children will come into school through the main entrance.
Arriving at School Late
Arriving late can be disruptive to learning as children may miss the introduction to a lesson. It can also be distressing as children do not like to be different from others. If your child is late for any reason, please escort your child into school via the main entrance so that they can be recorded in the register. Class teachers close the registers at 8.58 and after that time your child will be recorded as late.
We work closely with the Local Authority to promote good school attendance and we are required to submit our attendance data to the county at regular intervals. If your child is unwell, please inform the school before 9.00 a.m. If we do not hear from you, it is our policy to ‘phone home’ as early as possible to ensure the safe keeping of children as they travel to school. Our school Attendance Policy is available on the school website and gives clear guidance regarding all categories of absence.
Security Around the School
For your child’s safety, we have a system of security in place. All adults must report to reception on entering the school, this ensures that we know who is on the school site and their reason for visiting. Please support us by following this policy.
All adults who are working or volunteering in school are requested to hand their mobile phone into the school office.
Procedures for the End of the Day
The school day finishes at 3.30 p.m. for all children. The school gate is opened at 3.25 and parents and carers are invited to come into the playground to wait for children. No children will be allowed home alone unless they have provided school with written permission.
Morning Session: The school day starts at 08.45
08.55 (Registration) – 11.45 Years R, 1 & 2
08.55 (Registration) – 12.00 Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
Morning Break: 10.15-10.30
Afternoon Session: 13.00 (Registration) – 15.30
Afternoon Break: 14.15-14.30
The Foundation Stage
The early years are critical in children’s development. Children develop rapidly during this time, physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. We know that when parents and practitioners in the early years work together it has a direct impact on children’s development and learning. Both partners have much to learn from one another and a great deal to share with each other. Working together to really understand and meet a child’s individual needs begins with valuing and respecting the different roles that each partner plays. It is a process that involves sharing information and skills and building relationships based on mutual respect and trust.
The Foundation Stage at St John’s provides a stimulating and safe environment that gives all children the opportunity to become independent and lifelong learners.
We recognise that children learn best at this age through play activities and so the Foundation Stage learning areas are arranged to enable children to make informed choices, support their social development and to provide some more structured group and whole class opportunities to develop their learning.
Key Stage 1 (Infants)
In Years 1 and 2 the curriculum continues the learning journey from Reception with a progression into more formal learning. All aspects of the National Curriculum are followed with subjects linked through themes or topics to motivate and inspire children’s curiosity and love of learning. They will be developing their key skills of English and Maths and study a widening range of curriculum areas; learning more about themselves, about the past and about the world we live in.
The creative arts also play an important part in our school’s curriculum. Children will have many opportunities to develop their skills in drama, dance, art and music.
Key Stage 2 (Juniors)
In the Key Stage 2, we aim to build on the achievements of the children in Key Stage 1 so that we continue to foster a real love of learning in our children. Whilst covering the National Curriculum and the New Frameworks for Literacy and Maths, we ensure that subjects are linked as far as possible. This enables the children to see the relevance of what they are learning as well as giving them lots of opportunities to apply the skills they learn in different subjects. We aim to include exciting trips, visits or themed days to inspire our children’s imaginations and bring topics alive for them. By bringing together key skills, creativity and excitement, we believe we can nurture children to become successful lifelong learners.
We are continuously developing curriculum areas to ensure they are not only balanced, but also provide challenging and exciting opportunities, to bring out the best in all children.
Music is taught through an interactive program developed by Lancashire Music Service.
Children are able to have private music tuition at school.
Modern Foreign Languages
French is taught to all children in Key Stage 2.
Our P.E. curriculum is enhanced by specialist sports teachers and activities undertaken through participation in the Fylde and Wyre Sports Partnership.
Swimming instruction is given for one term to children in KS2
Extra Curriculum Activities
We have a range of clubs which are run by teachers and volunteers and these include:
- Choir/Young Voices
Visitors to the school and school trips enhance the curriculum and each year an offsite residential visit is available to pupils in years 5 and 6.
Before and After School Care
We provide wrap around care on site to meet varying family needs. Morning and afternoon sessions can be booked in advance on a daily basis, or block booked if parents require a regular service.
Breakfast Club (Early Birds) opens at 7.50 until school starts.
After School Club (Night Owls) runs from the end of the school day until 17.30
Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
Throughout the school, careful attention is given to Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. Aspects of children’s safety, health and personal development are studied through themed topics and involve liaison with outside bodies such as the Police, Health Authority and various Charities. We teach aspects of personal care and awareness of the dangers of today’s society with a focus on developing the children’s ability to make well informed decisions. Children participate in decision making through a variety of activities. The school council, and “Buddy Support” encourage children to take responsibility and help each other.
Sex and Relationships Education
Relationship and Sex education is built into the normal health education programme of the school. It concentrates on children’s growing awareness of their own physical development. Care is taken to set information about the physical aspects of sex within the context of loving and caring relationships. We aim to foster a regard for moral considerations and to encourage self-respect and respect for others. Parents are always given the opportunity to see all the resources used including the video material before they are used with the children. This becomes applicable due to content coverage from year 4. A copy of the Sex and Relationships Education Policy, as agreed by the Governors, is available on the school website.
Withdrawal of a child from the elements of the Sex Education, which are not part of the Science National Curriculum, may be appropriate. Parents should discuss this with the Head teacher.
Spiritual, Moral and Cultural development
Opportunities are planned into the curriculum to ensure that children learn about the deeper issues which have relevance in their lives.
Spirituality is developed through areas such as the arts, geography and history, as well as R.E. and Worship. Moral Education is taught through the P.S.H.C.E. curriculum, through assemblies and also through good role modelling throughout the school.
Children learn about the culture of the school and its community, the wider local community and cultures around the world, through history, geography, R.E. and by making sure that visits and visitors enhance the curriculum.
The curriculum for R.E. follows the curriculum provided by Blackburn Diocesan Board for Education.
RE provides valuable opportunities for the children to develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. They will explore different traditions and beliefs within faiths, by acting out stories, looking at artefacts and considering the meaning of images and symbols. These experiences help them to begin to consider spiritual dimensions to life. The school has established a link with an Islamic school in Preston to further develop respect for, and understanding of different systems of belief.
We begin every Monday in church and parents are invited to join us as we share worship together. We close each week with a Celebration Assembly on Friday afternoon and again parents are invited to share our week’s successes and awards.
All maintained schools hold a collective act of worship daily, meeting as a whole school, Key Stage or class. These provide opportunities for worship, prayer and quiet reflective thought and seek to develop the children’s understanding of Christian values, such as love and compassion, truth and justice and service and giving. Assemblies follow half termly themes and are led by staff, governors, visitors and children. The school has a close link with St John the Baptist Church and visits for key services. There is a list on the website of all the dates that we commit to worship in church
Parents can make a request to withdraw their children from Collective Acts of Worship or RE if they choose to do so, by writing to the Head teacher.
In order for children to learn the responsibilities of being part of a community and a good citizen we have a set CODE OF CONDUCT OR SCHOOL RULES
Our school community will reflect the Christian values and attitudes towards behaviour that will be personal to each situation. The good reputation of the school and high standards of the school depend on the behaviour of all its members.
Whether in school, in the playground or out in the community
- Remember that your behaviour affects others.
- Remember you should not do things to other people which you don’t want them to do to you.
- Remember everyone in school is valued equally.
- Remember to act with courtesy and consideration to others at all times.
- Remember to try and understand other people’s point of view.
- Remember racist behaviour of any kind is unacceptable.
- Always listen carefully to your teachers and to the other children
- Always work hard and do your best in whatever you are doing
- Respect the school’s and each other’s property at all times
- Always speak politely to everyone, including your friends and visitors to the school
- Never answer back or speak rudely to anyone, wherever you are
- Always walk around the school, do not run or be silly.
In the playground:
- Be caring, considerate and tolerant towards each other when playing games
- Fighting or play fighting is not allowed at any time
- We must respect other people’s feelings as well as their bodies therefore we will avoid hurting or upsetting each other.
- Name calling, bad language and teasing are not acceptable.
For more details of our behaviour policy including rewards and sanctions, please see the enclosed policy.
Learning at Home
We learn all the time and not just in school. Children learn a great deal from their experiences in and outside of school and we do encourage them to share what they have been doing at home with us. Reading at home is an important activity which gives your child the chance to extend and build on their reading skills they have learnt in school. When reading at home with your child you will be able to help them enjoy reading for pleasure, as well as improving their skills. We would encourage parents to read with their children daily. Please write a comment in their reading diary.
Each year group provides, for parents, a comprehensive homework booklet detailing the school’s approach to homework, the activities to be set, time expectations and homework timetable.
Please keep an eye on the school website for information and support with helping your children.
Lunchtime and School Meals
There are two choices of main meals each day, one of which is vegetarian. Both are nutritionally balanced and pre-ordered to avoid disappointment.
All children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 receive a free school meal and free fruit for snack time.
For children in KS2 payment is given to the school office on a Monday morning in a named envelope. Parents are welcome to send a home prepared packed lunch for their child if they prefer.
Toast is available for children to buy during the morning sessions.
Free school milk is available for all pupils until the term in which they are 5. For older children milk cartons may be ordered (on a termly basis) online with Cool Milk.
All children are required to wear school uniform as follows:
- Bottle green cardigan or pullover/sweatshirt
- Dark grey skirt, pinafore or trousers
- Black shoes (not trainers)
- Grey shorts for summer
- Green and white checked or striped summer dresses
- White, brown or black sandals may be worn in summer with socks
Reception, Years 1 and 2
- White polo shirt
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
- White shirt
- school tie
- White T shirt
- Black shorts
Children in KS2 are expected to have a tracksuit and trainers in school at all times
Labelling Clothes and Other School Items
Please remember everything that comes into school should be clearly marked with your child’s name.
Health and Safety
Jewellery must not be worn with the exception of a watch and small gold /silver studs. If stud earrings areworn, they need to be taken out by the child for P.E. It is not permitted for staff to remove the earrings.
The school cannot be responsible for watches in school. Transfers, nail varnish and hair jewellery are not appropriate for school wear.
Children with shoulder length hair or longer are asked to have hair tied back.
Talking with Teachers and reporting progress
Teachers bring the children out of school at the end of the school day so that they can meet parents. This is a good opportunity to speak to your class teacher if you have any concerns or just wish to share news.
Parents can always make an appointment to speak to a member of staff if their query is likely to last more than a short time. We do ask that parents speak to staff after school as this is a very busy time of day.
Please remember that the first point of contact for parents should always be to speak with the class teacher. If after that meeting you do not feel an issue or concern has been addressed then you are asked to speak to Mrs Wigley, the Headteacher.
Every term parents are invited to come into school and discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher. At this time, you will be able to look through your child’s work and get an insight into the learning covered in each subject. Each meeting will also focus on next steps for each child in reading, writing and Maths as well as discuss how home learning can further support progress.
The annual report also describes your child’s achievements and progress. Targets are set in English and Maths to help indicate your child’s next steps in their learning.
We aim to develop the potential of every child regardless of gender, race or disability. We strive to ensure that all pupils have access to the curriculum and feel enabled to learn by our approach to teaching and learning.
It is our intention:
- to foster mutual respect between all members of the school community – pupils, staff, governors and parents.
- to encourage the development of a positive self-image for all pupils.
- to ensure equality of opportunity in the making of all staff appointments.
- to actively discourage all forms of discrimination or victimisation.
Our actions must show that every pupil, parent, member of staff and visitor is equally valued.
Supporting children with learning difficulties and disabilities
- To ensure the entitlement of all children, including those with learning difficulties and disabilities, to access the school’s curriculum of formal and informal activities; including the National Curriculum.
- To implement a variety of teaching and learning strategies which will meet the needs of individual children and enable them to learn and develop at different rates.
- To identify children’s learning and resource needs by means of continuous assessment.
At St John’s we recognise that some children experience difficulties with learning and will need additional help. It is important that all children have the necessary support to access the full curriculum and can achieve the best standard of work appropriate to their ability. The needs of most children with Special Educational Needs are best met within the classroom where pupils feel valued and supported. The teachers and learning support assistants know the children well and present them with structured opportunities to experience success. The work can be appropriately differentiated and pupils preferred learning styles taken into account.
Some pupils will require specific targeted intervention. This additional support is co-ordinated by the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) Mrs. Wigley. If necessary the school can, in consultation with parents, also call on outside agencies to provide more specific help and guidance.
Children on the Special Educational Needs Register are given termly targets, shared with parents through Individual Educational Plans (IEP).
Every child has their favourite activities and strengths within the curriculum. Sometimes these strengths are highly developed and of course these high abilities and talents need to be recognised in school. Children who demonstrate high ability in their aptitude for a subject or who have a talent will be acknowledged on our More Able register. In line with government guidelines, this register helps staff to plan extension and enrichment activities to ensure that every child’s talent and ability is nurtured and developed as they progress through the school.
The school has good access around the buildings and is conscious of the need to ensure routes are clear. An easy access toilet is available in the school entrance. When planning all new building projects, access is considered.
The school’s charging policy is in line with the regulations set out in the Education Reform Act 1988. This allows the school to make a charge for board and lodging on residential visits, costs associated with individual or group musical tuition and activities which take place wholly or mainly outside school hours. Voluntary payment is requested for activities that incur costs for the school e.g. class visits, theatre visits to school, cooking and design where the finished product is taken home, etc. These are made by letter at the time of the activity. Parents are not obliged to make these payments, however, if not enough contributions are made the proposed activity may have to be cancelled.
The school also has the right to require payment for any items of school property lost or damaged as a result of careless or needless behaviour.
Our school values the good relations we enjoy with parents and the community. These good relations are based on mutual respect and a willingness to listen to others’ points of view. If you have concerns regarding the curriculum or general matters, in the first instance, please come and talk with the class teacher or the Head Teacher at a mutually convenient time. In the unlikely event that the problem cannot be resolved, then a policy is available on the school website that explains the official complaints procedure.
Pilling St John’s CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a Safeguarding Policy. Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy which is on the website. Sometimes 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 first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Using Images of Children
To comply with the Data Protection Act we seek the permission of parents before any image of the children is used in materials available to the public i.e. prospectus, newspaper items, website etc. Consent is sought via a form given to all parents at the start of the school year.
Links with Local Schools and Pre-schools
We work very closely with all the schools in the local area and our aim is to work collaboratively on projects and initiatives which will ensure increased provision for all our children.
Our Reception class builds on the curriculum taking place in our own nursery and local pre-schools. A comprehensive transition programme takes place.
We regularly liaise with Ripley St Thomas, Garstang Academy, St Aidan’s, Lancaster Girls Grammar and Lancaster Boys Grammar to ensure a smooth transition for our Year 6 pupils.
A school newsletter is sent out weekly to keep parents informed about current events, issues and future dates for diaries etc.
Every half term or term a curriculum letter is sent out to parents detailing the areas of learning that will be covered in class. They provide suggestions for helping with learning at home and may encourage children to sometimes bring in artefacts and information linked to their topic.
We use “Parentmail” so copies can be received by email. Details of joining “Parentmail” are available from our office and our school website.
Please keep the school up-to-date with your contact telephone numbers. It can cause a child great distress if we need to contact their parents and are not able to do so.
The School Website
The website is continually updated and gives information about most aspects of school life.
The Parent Teacher Association organises a number of enjoyable social occasions during the school year that not only raise funds to support various school projects and initiatives, but also bring parents, teachers, staff and children together outside school hours, in an enjoyable atmosphere. Parents with children attending school, together with the staff, are automatically members of the PTA.
Volunteering to help
Parents and community members are encouraged to take an active part in school life and we greatly value the skills they offer to the school. We have a comprehensive induction programme and all volunteers undertake checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service(DBS).
Please contact the school office if you would like to be a volunteer.
We hope you have enjoyed reading our prospectus. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to phone the school office to speak with the Headteacher, Mrs Cathy Wigley, who will be only too pleased to answer your questions