Prospectus

 

  

St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School

“Living Loving and Learning with Thankfulness and Hope”

 

Within the context of a broad, inclusive Christian framework, we are working together to develop a school which focuses on:

 

Caring and Co-operation

Achievement and ability

Responsibility and respect

Enthusiasm and enjoyment

Self esteem and success

 

As we strive for excellence in all that we do, we aim:

  • to educate pupils in all aspects of life and to develop their lifetime love of learning
  • to foster emotional, spiritual and physical well being, recognising, respecting and celebrating diversity
  • to develop creative, questioning and imaginative learners,
  • to forge strong links with families and the community,
  • to develop citizens who understand the difference between right and wrong and the consequences of their actions on themselves and others,
  • to value and celebrate achievements of all

Welcome From The Chair of Governors

On behalf of the 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 school prospectus is helpful.

We are proud of our school and its many achievements.  Like all good schools, we aspire to provide the very best education for our children.  As well as having high expectations of the work from the children, all of our staff expect good standards of behaviour from them as well. 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.

We do hope that you choose to register your child at this school and we look forward to many happy and successful years together.

Lisa Worrall

 

St John the Baptist Primary School admits children from Year R to Year 6. Our PAN (Pupil Admission Number is 60 per year group). Our school’s Admission Policy for 2015/2016 and 2017/2018 is included within the prospectus pack.

 

School Organisation 2016/2017

Our classes are currently organised as follows:

2 Reception classes                     Ducklings & Goslings

2 Year 1 classes                          Kingfishers & Lapwings

2 Year 2 classes                          Swans & Puffins                                  

2 Year 3 classes                          Herons & Flamingos

2 Year 4 classes                          Toucans & Penguins

2 Year 5 class                              Ospreys & Falcons

2 Year 6 classes                          Kestrels & Barn Owls

Reception and Infant classes never exceed the statutory class number of 30. All our Junior classes are also under 30.

Each class has at least one Learning Support Assistant and support is allocated depending on the needs of individual classes and children.

Procedures For The Start Of The Day

The school day starts at 8.55 a.m.  The children may come into the school grounds from 8.40 a.m.  However, parents are responsible for children before 8.45 a.m.  A whistle will be blown at 8.50 a.m. when children should line up quietly, behind their class number which is marked on the ground.  A teacher will be there to meet them and lead them into school. Years 5 & 6 children come into school through the main entrance from 8.40 a.m.

On wet days, the children will come into school through the main entrance where they will go to the hall. 

Children in their Reception Class are taken into school by their parents/carers, using the door that leads directly into their classroom.  This enables the children to settle in and to give parents and teachers the opportunity for informal chats.

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, they should come into school via the main entrance so that they can be recorded in the register.

Absences

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. Please find enclosed, with this prospectus, a copy of our school absence policy which 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.

Procedures For The End Of The Day

The school day finishes at 3.20 p.m. for all children.  Years 5 and 6 children are led out through the main entrance at the end of the day. All other children will be led out of school by their teachers from the same doors that they use to enter the buildings in the morning.  Parents and carers are invited to come into the playground to wait for children.

Parents and children who need to come back into school for any reason should use the main entrance and report to reception.  This is in the interest of security and safeguarding all those who work at and attend the school.

School Hours

Morning Session:                    08.55 - 12.00 Years R, 1 & 2

                                                08.55 – 12.15 Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

 

Morning Break:                       10.40 – 11.00 Year R

                                                10.30 – 10.45 – Year 1

                                                10.20 – 10.35 – Year 2

                                                10.45 – 11.00 – Year 3

                                                10.35 – 10.55 – Year 4

                                                10.55 – 11.10 – Year 5 and 6

Afternoon Session:                  13.00 – 15.20   Years R, 1 & 2

                                                 13.05 – 15.20 – Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

 

Afternoon Break:                      14.30 – 14.40 Years 1

                                                 14.30 – 14.40 Year 2

                                                 14.40 – 14.50 Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

The Foundation Stage

The early years are critical in children’s development. Children develop rapidly during this time, physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. The 6 areas of Foundation Stage learning are;

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

The Foundation Stage at St. John the Baptist 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.

We have recently enhanced our outdoor provision which provides an outstanding resource for the children to develop their learning outside. The area includes a covered pagoda, St John’s Halt train station, sand play, an area for bikes, den building posts, balancing and climbing frames, large chalk boards for writing, a sensory garden and allotment. There is of course lots of space for construction toys and role play.

 

Key Stage 1 (Infants)

In Years 1 and 2 the curriculum continues the learning journey from Year R 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.

Opportunities

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. For some areas of the curriculum we work in association with Hampshire services and other local partners as described below.

Music

Peripatetic teachers from Hampshire’s music service provide lessons in:

  • Woodwind
  • Brass
  • Violin and
  • Guitar

 

 Modern Foreign Languages

French is taught to all children in Key Stage 2 in conjunction with Brookfield School.

 

Sports

Our P.E. curriculum is enhanced by specialist sports teachers and activities undertaken through the Brookfield Cluster.  The school has achieved Sports Active Mark; reflecting the high priority given to this area of the curriculum.

 

Swimming

Swimming instruction is given to children in Year 3 and any new pupils in Year 4 who have not previously had school swimming lessons.

 

Extra Curriculum Activities

We have a range of clubs which are run by teachers and volunteers and these include: 

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Chess
  • Dance & Drama
  • Recorder
  • Choir
  • Reading
  • Colouring
  • Basketball
  • Multiskills

We also have clubs on site run by outside agencies e.g. Football, Karate and Gymnastics (there are charges for these clubs).

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. 

Close links with Brookfield Community School and Language College provides a number of other opportunities for extra curricular activities.

 

Before and After School Care

We are very fortunate to have a new modular building which is used for Jigsaw Preschool and Time Out – wrap around child care provision. As part of extended school we provide flexible 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 opens at 7.30a.m. until school starts.

After School Club runs from the end of the school day until 6.00p.m.

Please see the accompanying flier.

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 system for prefects, Buddy Support” and play leaders encourage children to take responsibility and help each other.

 

Relationship and Sex 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 policy on the teaching of Sex Education, as agreed by the Governors, is available from the school office.

 

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 school has developed links with other schools in China and Africa, further enhancing this area of the curriculum.

 

Religious Education

The curriculum for R.E. follows county policy and guidelines.  Children learn about Christianity and 1 other faith in Key Stage 1.  The study of two additional faiths is introduced into Key Stage 2.

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.

 

Collective Worship

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 weekly themes and are led by staff, governors, visitors and children. The school has a close link with St John the Baptist Church of England and Locks Heath Free Church. We celebrate the church calendar and visit St John’s for services at Christmas, Easter and Harvest.

A special feature of our school is class based ‘Special Persons’ assembly. This is a time when individual children lead their class assembly, presenting information about themselves and their families which they choose to share with the class.

We like to invite all parents to join us for our Sharing Assembly where all achievements (both inside and outside of school) are recognised and celebrated. These assemblies are held on a Friday at 2.45 p.m. 

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. 

 

Behaviour

In order for children to learn the responsibilities of being part of a community and a good citizen we have a set of four rules linked to our values. These help everyone to be happy and safe within the school.

At St John the Baptist Primary School we:

  • Show kindness and respect to others
  • Always tell the truth
  • Always do our best
  • Look after our school

These are displayed in picture and word form around the school as reminders.

When the children first start school the rules are explained and illustrated. All children are taught what the rules mean and how to keep them.

For more details of our behaviour policy including rewards and sanctions, please see the enclosed policy.

 

Learning at Home

We all 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.

Additional learning activities are also available on the Kids Zone section of our school website.

 

Lunchtime and School Meals

We are fortunate to have our own school kitchen on site and meals are prepared daily by Hampshire Caterers (HC3S). There are two choices of main meals each day, one of which is vegetarian. Both are nutritionally balanced and pre-ordered in the morning to avoid disappointment. A picnic menu is also provided if children should prefer a cold option. Payment is given to the school office in advance or on the day. Parents are welcome to send a home prepared packed lunch for their child if they prefer.

A “Healthy Schools Tuck Shop” is also available in Key Stage 2 at morning break.  Infant school children receive free fruit as part of a government initiative.

 

School Milk

Free school milk is available for all pupils under the age of 5.  For older children milk cartons may be ordered (on a termly basis) via our supplier.

 

School Uniform

Children are required to wear school uniform as follows:

Red Fleece (for outside wear)

Red sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan (for inside wear)

Dark Grey or black skirts (including pinafores) or trousers

White long-sleeved shirts (should be tucked in)

White or red polo shirts or short-sleeved white shirt

Black shoes (not trainers)

Smart cut off trousers for summer

Red and white check or striped summer dresses

Sandals may be worn in summer (but not with open toes)

 

P.E. Uniform

Red or black tracksuits

Red round necked T shirts

Black or white shorts

Children should always have a change of shoes for outside PE (plimsolls or trainers)

 

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 are worn, 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 hair shoulder length 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 or the Head teacher.

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.

Our Home School Agreement sets out a series of expectations for children, staff and parents. This agreement, (which all schools are required to have) helps to ensure that everyone is clear about responsibilities. A copy of the agreement is in the back of the prospectus.

 

Equal opportunities

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

We aim:

  • 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, this will be in line with school, Hampshire County and National procedures.

At St John the Baptist Primary School 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. Sale. If necessary the school can, in consultation with parents, also call on outside agencies to provide more specific help and guidance. Such agencies are the Educational Psychology Service, Advisory Teachers for Children with Disabilities, and Social Services. Children on the Special Educational Needs Register are given termly targets, shared with parents through and Individual Educational Plans (IEP) .

 

Gifted and talented    

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 Gifted and Talented 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.

 

Access

The school has good access to most ground floor areas and is conscious of the need to ensure routes are clear.  The current accessibility plan will identify ways in which disability access can be improved e.g. zone painting and painting doors, walls, etc., to support visibility.  An easy access toilet is available on the ground floor.  When planning all new building projects, access is considered.

 

Charging Policy

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.

Complaints Procedure

 

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 from the school office that clearly explains the official complaints procedure.

 

Child Protection

 

We take safeguarding of our children very seriously, please see our website for our Child Protection Policy.

 

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. Parents who are invited to school events such as nativity plays, sports days etc. are not required to comply with the Data Protection Act when taking photographs of their children, for their own private use. St. John the Baptist Primary School welcomes parents recording such events for their own private use but requests that any instructions given at the start of the event are followed.

 

Links with Local Schools and Preschools

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 Foundation Stage builds on the curriculum taking place in pre-schools and a comprehensive transition programme takes place.

We regularly liaise with Brookfield and Henry Cort secondary schools to ensure a smooth transition for our Year 6 pupils.

 

School Newsletter

A school newsletter is sent out weekly to keep parents informed about current events, issues and future dates for diaries etc.

Every half 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 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.

Parent Contacts

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 – www.st-johns-titchfield.hants.sch.uk

The website is continually updated and gives information about most aspects of school life.

 

Friends of St. John the Baptist Primary School

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 Criminal Record Bureau checks. 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 Elaine Merriman, who will be only too pleased to answer your questions.