Sambourne CE Primary School Prospectus 2010 -2011
Sambourne Church of England Primary School Headteacher: Catherine Chalk
B.Ed (Hons), NPQH
Deputy Headteacher: Carolyn Palarm Investors in People
Chair of Governors: Gill Maddocks Our address:
Sambourne Road Warminster
Wiltshire BA12 8LF
Contact us: Telephone: 01985 212458 Fax: 01985 218395 Email: email@example.com Website: www.sambourne.wilts.sch.uk
Our Aims At Sambourne we aim to: Create a caring, loving Christian atmosphere for all and develop a sense of awe and wonder Foster relationships and community links based on values of generosity, forgiveness and fairness Create a positive, affirming, supportive community in which all people are valued and where partnerships with parents are effective Encourage an appetite for learning and positive attitudes throughout the whole school community Encourage respect of others’ values, decisions, lifestyles and individuality and develop tolerance in all situations Develop the necessary skills to enable children to think constructively, work independently and be inspired to discover more Help children to make mistakes and learn from them and to experience a fresh start Offer a rich and stimulating environment and provide a quality education through a broad curriculum, which includes extra- curricular activities Have the highest expectations for every child so that they achieve the highest appropriate standards in all areas
Our Ethos ‘Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious charter in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian Values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.’
Our Motto Learning for life – Life-long Learning
‘This is a happy school.’ Ofsted 2008
School Staff Headteacher:
Higher Level Teaching
Sharon Hyde Margaret Feaver
Cleaner in Charge:
Liz Sykes (Senior MDSA)
Marie Steele Lucy Fleming
School Governors Chair of Governors:
Local Authority Governor
Rev Peter Hunter
Clerk to Governors: Headteacher:
Steph Coleman Catherine Chalk
Our Uniform Girls
White or purple polo shirt
White or purple polo shirt
Grey skirt, trousers, culottes or pinafore dress
Purple school sweatshirt or purple cardigan
Purple school sweatshirt
White or grey socks or tights
Sensible black shoes with low heels
Sensible black school shoes
Summer Purple gingham dress Summer cap
All children are expected to wear the schoolâ€™s uniform. Please ensure that all uniform is labelled with your childâ€™s name. Jewellery is not suitable for school. If a child has pierced ears, studs only should be worn and should be removed for P.E. Watches are allowed but should be removed before PE lessons. Uniform is available from Scholars in Warminster. Book bags, PE bags, ties and summer caps are available from the school office.
Summer Grey shorts Summer cap
PE Kit To participate in PE children need: White shorts Purple t-shirts Plimsolls Children in Key Stage 2 will also need: Training shoes Children are expected to have their kit in a named PE bag.
Swimming Swimming lessons will be given as part of the school day. All children are expected to participate in lessons and will need: A one piece costume or sensible trunks A towel
Our Classes (2009-10) Kestrel Class
Year 2 Foundation Stage and Year 1 Teacher: Anne-Marie Maggs TAs:
Year 1 Teacher: Paul Holdsworth Teachers: Carolyn Palarm TAs :
Helen Bard Steph Coleman
Rachel Graham -Wheeler TAs:
Year 6 Years 3 and 4
Years 4 and 5
Teacher: Darren Field
Teacher: Karen Selway
Jo Chalmers Teresa Satchell
Sharon Hyde Pam Tidball
Teachers: Jacky Wingfield Fiona Shepherd TAs:
Liz Sykes , Marion Meale, Margaret Feaver
The School Day Our children begin school at 8:45am. Children are welcome to arrive on the playground from 8:35am, when a member of staff will be on duty. Kestrel, Hedgehog and Rabbit classes finish the school day at 3:00pm. Squirrel, Dragonfly and Fox classes finish the school day at 3:05pm.
Travel to School The school has limited parking for staff and visitors. We recognise that young children do need accompanying into school and encourage families to use this opportunity to talk to staff should they need to. We encourage parents/carers to walk to school with their children as frequently as possible, as this opportunity for physical exercise and talk with you is of great value to their learning development. However, we recognise that some routes locally are not designed to aid walking. We are addressing these issues with the LEA through our travel plan.
Playtime Children may bring something to eat during morning break. As a Healthy School, we encourage children to bring in fruit snacks to eat at break time. We do not allow chocolates, crisps, or sweets. All children in Kestrel, Hedgehog and Rabbit classes are entitled to free fruit to eat during morning break.
Lunchtime We are very lucky to have hot meals cooked on our school premises. These currently cost £2. Please send money into school in a named envelope. If you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals please see Mrs Jackson in the office.
Extra-curricular activities A large number of our clubs and activities are run free of charge by our teachers. Others are offered for a small charge by outside coaches and teachers. Clubs vary depending on demand and the season, but regularly include: Archery Animation Control Technology Football Gardening GOAT (God on a Thursday Club) Gym Music Netball SPAG (Sambourne Performing Arts Group) Volleyball
Trips and residentials To encourage independence and extend curricular opportunities we offer residential trips to children in years 2, 4 and 6. To facilitate first hand experiences we arrange regular visits to enhance the curriculum.
Learning and teaching The curriculum We aim to put our children at the centre of their own learning and place great emphasis on nurturing skills and attitudes such as resourcefulness, resilience and co-operation. We follow the new national curriculum which has six areas of learning. The areas of learning capture the essential knowledge, key skills and understanding that children need to develop as they progress through their primary years.
Six Areas of Learning Understanding English, communication and languages Developing communication and language skills Mathematical understanding Understanding mathematics and its use in everyday life Historical, geographical and social understanding Understanding how the past shapes the present and the future and how people, places and environments are interconnected Understanding the arts Developing creativity and imagination Understanding physical development, health and wellbeing Understanding what makes a healthy, active and fulfilling life Scientific and technological understanding Understanding the natural and made worlds and the relationship between science and technology.
Religious Education We follow the Salisbury Diocesan Syllabus and the Wiltshire RE guidelines. Children study bible stories, Christian festivals and other religions. They are also made aware of broader issues and influences. As part of our caring Christian ethos, our children are encouraged to help people less fortunate than themselves. We raise funds for local, national and international charities at various times through the school year.
Collective Worship Sambourne CE Primary School is a Church of England voluntary aided school. We work closely with the Church and Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education. The whole school take part in Collective worship daily. This may be led by the Headteacher, deputy Headteacher, class teachers, or a member of the clergy, who visits us once a week. We also hold services in Christ Church, to which parents and members of the local community are invited. Parents may withdraw their children wholly or partly from Collective Worship or Religious Education. This should be discussed with the Headteacher.
Assessment of children’s progress Special Educational Needs Assessment of children’s progress The teachers are continually assessing how the children respond to the tasks they are given and this is part of the teaching process.
Specific Assessments By the end of the children’s first year they will be given activities to help us assess a starting point for their learning. This is called a Foundation Stage Profile and is always shared with you. In year 2 children are assessed by teachers, according to statutory regulations. Once again the results of this are shared with you. We track all children’s progress throughout their schooling using both standardised tests and teacher assessments. We regularly moderate work to ensure that every teacher uses the same criteria to set targets and to assess the quality of teaching and learning. At the end of Key Stage 2 children undertake the national standardised tests called SATs. The results of your child’s tests are given to you with their annual report.
The Able Child We recognise that the able children have specific needs and extension work is organised for them. The progress and provision for these children is monitored by the Gifted & Talented Co-ordinator. Where necessary specialist advice is sought to ensure that the needs of all children are met.
‘Good use of questioning to prompt pupils to reason before answering is backed up with accurate assessment ‘ Ofsted 2008 ‘Pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities make good progress because care and support are successfully geared to their needs.’ Ofsted 2008
We endeavour to meet the needs of all our children and often seek advice and expertise from outside specialists such as the Educational Psychologist, Speech Therapist or Special Educational Needs Support Service (SENSS). We recognise that all children need carefully planned programmes of study and children who have special educational needs are given an individual educational plan (IEP) which is reviewed termly in consultation with their Parents. We have a qualified special educational needs co-coordinator (SENCO) who assesses children’s needs, monitors progress and advises the teachers on specific learning targets. Specialist teacher support assistants target specific needs such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language delay. We operate an equal opportunities and inclusion policy and ensure that all children have full access to the curriculum. We work closely with parents to ensure you have updated information on your child’s progress.
School and home Absence Our school has an ‘in it together’ attitude to learning. We believe in letting parents and carers know what and how we are learning. We encourage two-way dialogue between school and home and support this through Parents’ Evenings, workshop meetings, curriculum information, ‘learning diaries’ such as Reading Record Books and invitations to many of our assemblies. We also believe that homelearning can help reinforce what we learn at school. All our children get home learning, but our teachers are careful to make sure that it is kept to an appropriate level.
If your child is unable to attend school we request that you inform the office before 9:30am. Authorised absence is given when a verbal or written explanation is given to the teacher for sickness, medical appointments, speech therapy or an emergency situation. Any request for extended absence will only be granted at the discretion of the Headteacher. All other absences from school are unauthorised, including late attendance. Absence rates are put on children’s reports. Registration is at 8:45 am. Any child arriving after this will be marked as late. The Education Welfare Officer inspects the registers and will take appropriate action when necessary.
Parents, Teachers and Friends Association Here at Sambourne we are fortunate to have a lively group of parents, teachers and friends of the school who: meet regularly and plan events to raise money for the school organise fun activities for the children work to encourage communication between home and school involve parents and carers in the life of our school
Parents’ Help in School Parental support is very valuable to the school in so many ways and there are areas of life in our school which would be almost impossible without the help and support of our parents. We realise not everyone can commit to helping on a regular basis, although if they can, this is most welcome. Equally the occasional helping hand would be greatly appreciated.
Well-being Being Healthy and Happy
At the heart of our ethos at Sambourne, we ensure that the children learn in a safe, happy and healthy environment. Our staff are friendly and approachable which means that our children are able to share their worries and problems. We teach that bullying is never acceptable behaviour. At our schools we have high expectations of behaviour and have rewards and sanctions to ensure that our children make the right choices, both inside and outside the classroom.
Our first priority is your childâ€™s welfare and we will usually discuss any concerns we might have about your child with you. There might be occasions, however, when we have to provide information to or consult with other agencies such as Children Services Social Care before we contact you. If you want to know about these procedures, please speak to the Headteacher.
We promote a healthy life style. Sport is a much valued part of our school life. We have successful tag rugby and netball teams. Every child learns to swim, and we also benefit from our links with Kingdom Community School, which is a designated sports college.
Supporting each other Collaboration and caring for each other is encouraged across the school. Our Year Six School Ambassadors and house teams ensure that the children learn how to look after each other and work together.
up-to-date contact numbers in school. Please ensure that you inform us of any changes so that if your child is unwell we are able to contact you quickly.
Health and Welfare At our school your childâ€™s health and safety is of the utmost importance. To help keep your child healthy and safe we need to keep medical information about your child on file. If your child suffers from asthma their inhalers must be in school at all times. For children with long term medication, for example, an epipen, please make an appointment to discuss arrangements for this with the Head teacher. The school follows county guidelines about when children can return to school after an illness. Please contact the office if you need further information about this. We have qualified first aiders on site and if your child has an accident they may need to contact you. It is very important that we have
Pupils say they feel safe in school and know who to turn to when the need arises. Ofsted 2008
Facilities Outside At Sambourne we enjoy lots of space. We are lucky enough to have two playgrounds, a large playing field, with a full size football pitch, a vegetable garden and a pond area. We also have plenty of play apparatus to play on in the grounds, including a climbing wall and play trail. Our project for 2010 to 2011 is to develop the outside learning are for our Foundation Stage children, so that they have the opportunities to learn outside as well as inside.
Inside We also have lots of space in our school buildings. We have a well-stocked library and music room, as well as small-group learning rooms. Our ICT suite is well-equipped and used by children throughout the school. Other multimedia facilities include interactive whiteboards in each classroom. In the school hall we have a projectors and sound system.