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Welcome to Arundel Church of England Primary School A Welcome Letter From Our Headteacher

Welcome to Arundel C E Primary School Thank you for requesting further information about Arundel C E Primary School. The information given in this prospectus is intended for parents who are considering their child’s entry to primary school in 2012/13. This prospectus is intended to help you to learn more about the life and work of our school and to understand our aims and values. If your child has already joined us, it will give the important information about day to day life at Arundel C E Primary School.

Inside this issue: Mission Statement and Welcome from Chair of Governors Welcome from The Parish Church of St. Nicholas

At our school, we provide a stimulating learning environment for all children within a caring, Christian ethos. We aim to give all children a wide range of learning opportunities to help them to grow into independent, well-behaved and responsible young people who achieve the highest standards possible across the whole curriculum.

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School Organisation

Admission Policy

Every Child Matters

Curriculum Policy & Important Information

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We believe that we can only achieve the best for your child through close cooperation between home and school. We encourage all parents to share in their child’s education and we are always pleased to talk with you about any aspects of your child’s development. We hope that you will want to share with us in making this a very happy and successful period in your child’s life. The information in this prospectus is up to date at the time of publication, but it can only ever give you a snapshot picture. Please come in, spend some time with us and see for yourself. We are extremely proud of our school, of our Ofsted Inspection Report, Church School Inspection Report and, of course, of our wonderful children.

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Staff and Governor List 10 & 11 School Uniform and Complaints Policy

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Data

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Supplementary Information

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Clergy form

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Andrew Simpson Headteacher Arundel C E Primary School Jarvis Road Arundel West Sussex BN18 9HT

Telephone: 01903 883149 Fax: 01903 883075

E-mail: office@arundel.w-sussex.sch.uk Website: www.arundel.w-sussex.sch.uk Headteacher: Mr Andrew Simpson Chairman of Governors: Miss Diane Somerville Age Range: 4 - 11 years Co-educational Number on Roll September 2011: 173

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Welcome to Arundel Church of England Primary School

Mission Statement

Within a Christian framework, our school community offers its children the opportunity to reach the highest possible academic and social standards. Using the excellent skills of our staff, we provide the right learning environment in which to make a difference. Our school is a place where children feel safe and secure. They develop self-confidence, self-esteem, life skills and values. They are able to learn to respect and understand people of different races, religions, cultures, abilities and backgrounds.

We believe the ethos of our School reflects the importance of supporting each other through caring, kindness and teamwork.

We believe that children should be an integral part of a happy and vibrant community, where learning is inclusive, stimulating, challenging and fun, and the resources meet their needs.

We believe that children should be expected to do their best to achieve personal targets, to take risks, and to have ownership and involvement in how they learn.

We believe it is essential to have productive dialogue with home, school, staff, parents, governors and Church, within the context of the community.

This is our mission because this is our School.

Welcome from Chairman of the Governors

As Chair of Governors it is my pleasure to extend to you and your children a warm welcome to Arundel Church of England School. Governors are proud that the school has an open and welcoming Christian ethos. You will always be made welcome and I am confident that your children will enjoy their time with us. At Arundel Church of England School we believe in partnership. We know that the relationship between parents and school is very important to help your child achieve well. If you or your children should have any concerns please do share them with us so that the issue can be resolved. I encourage you to support the school and your children’s education. There are a number of ways in which parents can help the school. These range from activities in school to supporting Friends of Arundel CE School (FACES) either directly, by being part of the community or indirectly by attending the events throughout the year. Of course the most direct way you can help your children is by taking an interest in what they do at school, providing positive encouragement and valuing their efforts. The Governing Body has a general responsibility to support the school in meeting its goals, which include the promotion of high standards of achievement. At the same time the Governors will endeavor to ensure that there is both quality and high standards of in all aspects of school life. The Governing Body meets once a term with committees meeting on a more regular basis. I look forward to seeing you in school at one of the formal or informal events throughout the school calendar.

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Welcome from The Parish Church of St. Nicholas

Dear Parents, Welcome to Arundel Church of England (Aided) Primary School. We are so pleased you are taking the trouble to read this prospectus as giving your child the right start in life is so very important and the choice of school is crucial. The school is very closely linked with St Nicholas’ Church, in Arundel – in fact it was the Church of England which first founded a school in Arundel. As a Church school, we believe that all children are created in the image and likeness of God and that we must value every one of them. The school is built upon Christian principles where we seek to love God; to serve all in our community as best we can and to bring God’s message of love, reconciliation and peace to a world that desperately needs to hear it. It is our hope that “religion” is not simply a subject in the curriculum but something which is lived out in the daily lives of the school community. The values of friendship, tolerance and respect are highly regarded. The Church building is used by the children regularly as a learning resource and others come on Sundays to share in the worship. We provide a crèche and “Sunday Group” (a modern form of Sunday School!) The Church also offers a wide programme of social and other activities and you may want to get better acquainted with these, we even “boast” a Rock Band! School today is an exciting place to be! We want our children to have the best possible education where body, mind and spirit are all valued. Arundel (St Nicholas) C of E School is really ACE!

Values in School

VALUE

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Beyond Justice

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Trust and Respect Forgiveness

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Compassion and Love Peace

April May

Endurance

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Friendship

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Service

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Thankfulness

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Wisdom

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Hope

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Humility

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Values and their place in our School. Think of a cart wheel. The most vital part of the wheel is the hub, the centre to which everything connects. At the centre of our School are the two great commandments—Love of God and Love of Neighbour. (Matthew chap. 22 vs. 37-39.) Radiating out from the hub are the spokes. They represent the way in which the two great commandments are interpreted and explained—our ACE Christian Values. And then comes the rim—the section that actually makes contact with the road—in our school these are the different policies and systems. They are the practical way in which the Christian Values are made real in our school.

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Welcome to Arundel Church of England Primary School

Working in Partnership with Parents

The education of our children is very much a partnership between home and school. Parents are children’s first and enduring teachers; they play a crucial role in helping their children to learn. Children achieve more when schools and parents work together. Parents can help effectively if they know what a school is trying to achieve and how to help. At Arundel Church of England School we enjoy a very successful partnership with our parents. Parents are encouraged to involve themselves in their child’s learning and our Home School Agreement sets out the role of the school, parents and pupils in this vital partnership. All registered parents (a registered parent is one whose name appears on a school’s admission register as being a parent of a pupil enrolled at the school) are invited to sign the parental declaration in the Home School Partnership Agreement. Parent helpers are welcomed in school and on class trips and make a great contribution to children’s learning. All parent helpers are asked to complete “disclosure application forms ” and “confidentiality forms” before beginning to help in school. We invite parents to sharing assemblies on Tuesdays and to share in the worship of the school on Monday to Thursday. Curriculum letters published each term inform parents of the work to be covered and suggest ways in which parents can support their children at home. Weekly newsletters, via email keep parents informed about what is happening in school. There are also more formal ways of communicating with parents. There are consultation evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms and an open sessions in the Summer Term. Annual School Reports are also published in the Summer Term. Curriculum meetings for parents are held during the year. Our new web site (.http://www.arundel.w-sussex.sch.uk/) was launched in the Summer Term 2011. This site has a wealth of information about all aspects of the school and it is updated regularly.

Working in Partnership with the Community

Children are encouraged to become responsible citizens and to be involved in the local and wider community. Our Harvest gifts are given to local charities e.g. The Littlehampton Homeless Project, to help those in need in our immediate community. Children have raised money to support Chestnut tree House, Barnardos, The British Heart Foundation, The Children’s Society and Comic Relief. Our Year 6 pupils organise the sale of poppies for the British Legion and we annual take part in the Remembrance Service at Arundel Town Square. The school nurse and our local police liason officer regularly visit the school to talk to and work with the children. A number of other guest speakers also visit school during the year e.g. Action Aid, History of Toys, Sussex Wildlife Trust, local historian, local clergy, members of the Town Council and local district council. We hold special event weeks such as a ‘Eco Week’ when children were introduced to different ways in which we can help the planet, a Healthy School Week and a Maths Week (which often is linked to financial understanding). These experiences enhance the children’s understanding of themselves and the world around them. Our school is linked with a School in Sierra Leone, which is a valuable link for both schools as we support each other’s work. The school is located in Mano Dasse and we have regular communication with them and support them in many things. We regularly participate in the annual Christmas Music Concert at Arundel Cathedral, Dance Festival at a local secondary school, a town council debate, the local garden competition, Arundel Food Market, Music Festival at the O2 arena and all local sorting events. We work closely with Inspire Leisure Link and Portsmouth Football Club who support and extend our Physical Education programme. We want our children to be life long learners and it is vital that they understand that learning is not confined to the classroom or school.

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Welcome to Arundel Church of England Primary School

School Organisation

Arundel C E Primary School is a co-educational Primary School catering for children from 4 to 11 years old. It is a Church of England School which works closely with the Parish of Arundel, the Local Authority, the Diocese and local community organisations. Our school is organised into seven classes. The classes are arranged according to the year groups of the National Curriculum. Thus children enter the school at Year R (Reception) and continue through the Infant stage in Years 1 and 2, this constitutes the Key Stage 1 stage of education. After this they continue into Years 3 to 6, which constitutes Key Stage 2. At the end of year 6 pupils transfer to Secondary Schools. Each class works with its own class teacher on most occasions, but there are times when teachers exchange classes or teach small groups to provide the maximum benefit to the children. If a child is experiencing continuing difficulties in the curriculum, a specialist teacher may work with the child, usually in a small group, until the child has reached an appropriate level of performance. We also have employed teaching assistants who help the children individually or in groups. Work in the classrooms is supported by work outside the school, sometimes in the immediate environment , the historic town of Arundel itself and by visits to places of educational value and interest. Occasionally visitors come to the school by invitation to talk to groups of children because their expertise and knowledge of certain areas studied in the curriculum can contribute further to the children’s understanding. Also in order to broaden the curriculum, theatre and musical groups enhance the life of the school with performances and workshops. In summary, we feel that we take advantage of all opportunities to enrich and broaden the children’s lives. Children are allowed in the playground and into their classrooms from 8.40 am onwards, if they arrive before then they will not be covered by the School insurance. The school day then proceeds according to the timetable below: 0840—School opens 08.55 - Registration closes 10.45 - 11-00 - Key Stage 1 morning break 10.45 - 11-00 - Key Stage 2 morning break 12.30 - 1.15 - Key Stage 1 lunch break 12.30 - 1.15 - Key Stage 2 lunch break 3.00 - School ends for all Key Stages Please make special note that the starting time for school is 08.50. Any arrivals in class after this time will be marked as a ‘late arrival’, which interferes not only with the child’s education, but the efficient administration of the school. School Meals All children should either bring a packed lunch or purchase a hot school meal apart from those who are entitled to a free meal for whom a hot school dinner will be provided. The hot school dinner service is provided by Chartwells which parents can order via the website or by phone. Details are available from the school office. Discipline The general behaviour of pupils is a matter of great importance in the running of the school and to the well being of everyone concerned. Qualities of honesty, kindness and being a member of the community are constantly encouraged, whilst politeness and thought for others are regarded as the basis of relationships between pupils and teachers. Children are expected to be responsive to discipline and to observe school rules, but perhaps the most important factor is that we positively encourage the development of an understanding of right and wrong and a sense of selfdiscipline. Our behaviour and discipline policy explains the rewards, sanctions and reprimands employed to maintain high standards of conduct.

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Admission Policy and Catchment area

The Governors of Arundel Church of England Primary School set the Admissions Policy. We ask parents to complete an application form sent by County and a supplementary information form from us in the year prior to their child starting school. The Admissions Panel then considers this application in the Autumn Term. An informal drinks evening for prospective parents is held in May or June. The invitation is sent out to all the parents who have chosen our school and on the school’s web site. This is an opportunity to meet the Headteacher, Father David and to meet other key stakeholders in an informal way. The Headteacher welcomes the opportunity to show prospective parents around the school and appointments can be arranged through the school office. It is an important time to illustrate the importance the school places on a working partnership and on how it wishes to treat each child as individual.

“Education is not about making everyone the same, it is about making everyone different and therefore more human.” Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Arundel Church of England Primary School is not a catchment area school and welcomes applications from the whole of the surrounding area. The school is one form entry, 30 children in each academic year. Applications are welcomed from Christian families and all others who wish their children to attend a Church of England School. However in the event of there being an oversubscription for places, the school has an Admissions Policy which prioritises applications. Prospective parents should obtain an application form from the school office together with details of how the children are introduced into full time education. We accept all children full time from September. Starting School: The Induction Programme at ACE

Our Induction Programme begins the moment you accept a place for your child at . The programme on offer aims to ensure that your child will make the transition to school smoothly and painlessly! It includes a meeting for parents and opportunities for your child to visit the reception class. As part of our programme we offer you a Home Visit, a Nursery Visit and a Structured Flying Start Programme. The Reception Class teacher will visit you and your child at home to help establish and develop that vital partnership between home and school. As a school we invest a considerable amount of money and time into such an important building block in a child’s life. From the very beginning we want your child to feel special and valued. Experience has proved that this visit can be important in building the relationship with the child and ensures that we get off to a good start. We will talk you through the induction process and explore together how you can help prepare your child for school.

“ " W e are absolutely delighted with this school. Our son is very happy there and we feel it has

made a big difference to him in his confidence, independence and interaction with other children because he is treated as an individual.

A Parent Comment in 2011

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Welcome to Arundel Church of England Primary School

Admission Policy Introduction Arundel Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School is a Church of England voluntary aided primary school in the Diocese of Chichester and is maintained by West Sussex LA. The school provides a distinctively Christian education for children aged 4+ to 11 years, with priority being given to children who live and worship within the ecclesiastic parish of Arundel and South Stoke. Historically, Anglican schools were parish schools providing education for the community in accordance with the principles of the Church of England. Thus the majority of Chichester Diocesan schools were established to provide education for the children of the parish within a Christian context. This two-fold aim of being “distinctively Christian” and “serving the local community” are reflected in the school’s admission criteria. As Arundel Church of England Primary School is a Voluntary Aided School the Governing Body is the Admission Authority and responsible for admissions. It is guided by the requirements of law, the school trust deed, by advice from the Diocesan Board of Education and its duty to the community and the Common Good. The admission number for 2012/13 is 30. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU NEED ANY HELP IN APPLYING FOR ADMISSION Applications are made by the completion of the COMMON APPLICATION FORM and our own Arundel Church of England Aided School ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FORM. A Flow Diagram of Process

Requests for a place should be made to the Local Authority. (A separate document is available setting out the Authority’s policy and arrangements for admission to Schools, including transfers between Schools and general provision of primary and secondary education. This document may be obtained, without charge, from the Education Office (South) or Schools maintained by the Authority. It is also available for reference in public Libraries throughout the County.)

The completion of the additional Arundel Church of England Primary School information forms included in this prospectus. They are also available from the school.

Date of Admission to the School for 2012/2013 Children may enter the School at the beginning of the academic year following their 4th birthday. From September 2011, the decision concerning whether children start on a full time or part time basis becomes that of the parents and not the Admission Authority. The statutory school age remains as the term following the child’s fifth birthday. During the summer term children registered to join the school are invited to spend afternoons in school with their new teacher as part of our “Flying Start” programme. Please ask the headteacher about this.

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Admission Policy Parental Preference The local education authority common application form provides the opportunity for parents/guardians to express up to three choices of schools in rank order of preference. The Governing Body, as the admission authority, has determined that it will acknowledge the parental preference as expressed by the parents/guardians on the common application form in the following manner; Criteria for Admission: Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Need and the school is named as the most appropriate educational setting for the child will be admitted. If the admission number is reached mid-category, applications in that category will be prioritised on the distance of the child’s ordinary place of residence to the main entrance to the school building measured in a straight line. Where there are more applications for admission than the planned admission number stated, the Governing Body/ Admission Committee will apply the following criteria in strict order of priority: Priority given to:Children who are in Public Care (Looked After Children). Then priority given to:2. Children of parents who live within the ecclesiastical parishes of Arundel and South Stoke and who regularly worship at either of the parish churches. 3. Children of parents who live within the ecclesiastical parishes of Arundel and South Stoke. 4. Children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission. 5. Children of parents who regularly worship at either of the parish churches of Arundel and South Stoke 6. Children of parents who regularly worship at another Christian Church 7. Children with medical or social needs, who are referred to us by the relevant agencies, if this is the only school that can cater for their specific condition (assessed by the local authority). Documentary evidence from a doctor, social worker or educational psychologist should be submitted with this application. Children of parents who desire a place in the school. Notes/Definitions: When deciding between applicants who have equal entitlement under any of the above criteria, priority will be given to those in order of distance from their home to the school measured by a straight line, the nearest being accepted first. Regular worship is defined as a least once a month for at least 6 months. Parents applying under categories 2, 5 and 6 must complete a supplementary form (available in the back of the prospectus) giving the name of the priest or minister able to verify that the requirements of a particular criterion have been met. A sibling is a full, half or step brother or sister living permanently in the same household, including an adoptive or foster brother or sister. A Christian Church is a Church that is a full member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or the Evangelical Alliance. Reference to parents includes legal guardians and includes either or both parent or a sole parent and where only one or two parents satisfies the criterion the application will be treated equally with applications where the criterion is satisfied by both parents. Maps of the boundaries of the ecclesiastical parishes can be viewed at the school. Parents have the right of appeal to an independent panel; details of the arrangements can be obtained from the Clerk to the Governors. Children refused a place can, at their parents’ request, be put on a waiting list where priorities will also be determined by the admissions criteria set out above. Children are kept on this list for a maximum of 12 months. Late applications are considered after all those applications received by the specified deadline. Supplementary Information Please can parents complete the forms which can be found at the back of this prospectus.

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Curriculum Policy 1. The Aim of our Curriculum It is our intention to ensure that all children attending Arundel C.E. Primary receive the highest quality of education provision in all areas of the curriculum. The school follows the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stages 1 & 2, and the Curriculum for the Foundation Stage. Our Curriculum is varied and stimulating. We ensure that as the children move through school they make progress and build upon previous experiences. The topics studied are balanced across the Key Stage ensuring that all of the children have the correct access to all curriculum areas. We aim for each child to reach their full potential as an individual and for the daily experience to be a positive learning one. 2. Values and purpose underpinning the school curriculum Education influences and reflects the values of society, and the kind of society we want to be. It is important therefore to recognise a broad set of common values and purposes that underpin the school curriculum and the work of school. Foremost is a belief in education at home and at school, as a route to spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical and mental development, and thus the well-being of the individual. Education should reflect the enduring values that contribute to these ends. These include valuing others, ourselves, our families and other relationships, the wider groups to which we belong, the diversity in our society and the environment in which we live. Education should affirm our commitment to the virtues of truth, justice, honesty, trust and a sense of duty. We encourage children to value their environment, and we aim, through our curriculum, to teach respect for our world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own.

'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:31) At the same time, education must enable us to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing world in which we live and work with new work and leisure patterns and with the rapid expansion of communication technologies. 3. Aims and objectives 3.1 The aims of our school curriculum are: •to enable all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability within a strong Christian ethos; •to promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning; •to teach children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and information communication technology (ICT); •to enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking. •to teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to understand right from wrong; •to help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all; •to enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to be able to live and work cooperatively with others. The Early Years and Foundation Stage The last year of the Early Years and Foundation Stage is often described as the Reception Class. The Foundation Stage prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1. The Foundation Stage is broken down into 6 main areas of learning. The curriculum is very carefully planned for in order to help your child progress in their learning. The six areas of learning are: Personal and Social Development -Becoming independent, making friendships, taking turns and sharing, following routines and rules.

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Curriculum Policy Communication, Language and Literacy—This includes stories and rhymes, role-play, speaking and listening skills, pre-reading and writing skills. Problem Solving & Reasoning about Numbers -Counting, number recognition, sorting, matching, weighing, shape recognition and the introduction and use of mathematical language (big/small, more/less, tall/short, heavy/light, etc.) Knowledge and Understanding of the World—This incorporates Geography, History, Science and IT. This is often learnt through water, sand and gardening activities; construction toys, computers, cookery, play dough, role-play and a whole host of activities. Creative Development—Painting, craft and model work, music and dancing. Physical Development—Using toys and equipment, which develops both gross and fine motor skills. We split the term’s learning into mini themes, which we hope will inspire interest from the children. These are then revisited and extended further in different ways over the academic year. Careful records and observations of the children’s learning are made by all staff. These records will form a basis for Parent Consultation evenings throughout the year and will help to complete the National Profile at the end of the Reception Year. The learning environment for our reception children is carefully developed to support the children in their learning. The classroom is large, spacious and well equipped. The classroom has a covered outside area to facilitate outside learning. The outside area was developed further in 2011, is fenced for safety and is equipped with, play house, sand and water etc and is closely supervised by staff. Young children will have had a wide range of different experiences and will have a wide range of skills and interests when starting school. We offer a well planned and resourced curriculum to take their learning forward and provide opportunities for all children to succeed in an atmosphere of care and of feeling valued. The National Curriculum Basic skills of numeracy and literacy form part of the everyday organisation of classroom activities and are part of every week’s work. Weekly spelling, handwriting, tables, number work, writing, reading, speaking and listening are essential activities that provide a basic structure to the week. This helps children to become fluent in the use of English, and competent in the understanding and application of Mathematics. Integration of topic work allows the children to come to understand their world and its relevance to themselves. The curriculum is planned to ensure continuity and progression in your child’s learning, and equality of opportunity is paramount. The school actively opposes stereotyping and prejudice. Curriculum letters/leaflets are sent out termly by all class teachers, outlining the focus of work and ways in which you can support your child at home. Homework is clearly structured throughout the school. In Key Stage 1 and 2 the following range of subjects are taught: English English is a vital way of communicating in school, in public life and internationally. In studying English pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry, drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. Mathematics Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy, and the environment and in public decision-making.

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Curriculum Policy Science Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. This is a spur to critical and creative thought. Information and Communication Technology The school has invested heavily in improving the ICT facilities in the school. The school has a Computer Suite and over 30 laptops that will cater for whole class teaching. All the computers are networked and have access to the Internet. In addition to this, each classroom has a computer that is also networked to the computer suite and the Internet. All classrooms for the children in Years 1 – 6 have Interactive Whiteboards. We have a strict user policy for the internet and ICT user policy for staff and children. Religious Education The school is affiliated to the Church of England, with St. Nicholas as the Parish Church. A daily act of collective worship is held, and Religious Education is taught throughout the school. Services are held throughout the year at St. Nicholas’s Church, celebrating major festivals; parents are very welcome to join us and participate in our worship. Under Section 25 (4) of the 1944 Education Act, parents may exercise their rights to withdraw pupils from Collective Worship or Religious Instruction. We are very proud of being a Church of England School, and as such the core of our religious teaching is Christianity. Religious Education has a distinctive character, which needs to be recognised and safeguarded. It makes its own contribution to the school curriculum in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes, as well as sharing common ground with other subjects in contributing to the spiritual, moral, cultural and mental development of pupils and preparing them for adult life. The subject promotes the pupils’ search for values, meaning and purpose. Whilst it is recognised that it is one of the tasks of Religious Education to promote the pupils’ search for a system of values, the transmission of values should be the concern and responsibility of the whole school. The time allocated to the teaching of Religious Knowledge is at least 5% of the curriculum time which is at least forty-five minutes a week. Work may be blocked to allow longer lesson times, for example when visiting a place of worship. The R.E. syllabus is distinct from the collective worship of the school assembly. It is however hoped that the material used in assemblies will be relevant to and will enrich the work carried out in Religious Education. * Conscience clause Whilst the school recognises the right of parents to withdraw their children from Religious Education, in this Church of England school we would expect all children to take part in Religious Education lessons as they contribute to the ethos of the school. and keeping with the inclusive aims of the school to prepare children as citizens of the wider world and to appreciate the views and attitudes of others, we also learn about other religions and traditions. We follow the Diocesan Guidelines alongside the West Sussex RE Agreed syllabus. Physical Education Physical Education develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these to perform in a range of activities. It promotes physical skills and development and knowledge of the body in action. Physical Education provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process pupils discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity. Our Year 5 and Year 6 children go swimming at Littlehampton swimming pool for part of the year. We feel that swimming is an important life skill and justifies its place in the school curriculum. The Physical Education Curriculum is enhanced through after school clubs and inter-house and interschool tournaments. Sporting Aims and Provision For Sport At Arundel we are very proud of the range of sporting activities that are made available to the children throughout the school. We achieved the Active Mark in 2010 for the outstanding range of activities we offer children considering the size of school. We provide a broad and balanced programme of physical education, which is adapted to the abilities and needs of all the pupils. We aim to develop keys skills in a range of sports. The programme is designed to encourage the children to work with confidence, both as individuals and as part of a team. We aim to help our children to learn to cope with both success and failure in competitive and co-operative physical activities. Together Everyone Achieves More.

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Curriculum Policy Music All children follow a music curriculum within the school day. In addition a choir is run and provision is made for weekly specialist instrumental lessons by peripatetic teachers (e.g.. Clarinet, woodwind and guitar), with some parental contribution towards the cost. The school also invests in West Sussex Music Services so all the children in the school will get the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment. Each year the school puts on productions involving music, dance and drama. Geography Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem solving skills both inside and outside their classroom. Geography is a focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainable development. This helps them realise how nations rely on each other. It can inspire them to think about their own world, their values, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. History History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. In history, pupils find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that are prized in later life. Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship (PSHCE) help to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They also find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of communities. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective and fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. Sex and Relationships Education Throughout the school, questions regarding sex education are dealt with in as natural and honest a manner as possible. Year 6 pupils have a specific course related to birth, growing up, and the life process. Parents are welcome to view the school’s Sex Education Policy and to discuss the contents of the course with the teacher. N. B. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from certain parts of the Sex Education programme, but not from those aspects covered in National Curriculum Science. Parents having any concerns should contact the Headteacher. French Pupils learn about the basic structure of language. They participate mainly in oral lessons and learn the vocabulary to enable them to hold simple conversations in French. The development of their skills lays the foundations for future study of other languages.

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Every Child Matters at ACE It is our aim for every child, whatever their background or their circumstances, to have the support they need to: • Be healthy • Stay safe • Enjoy and achieve • Make a positive contribution • Achieve economic well-being Personalised Learning for all including Able, Gifted and Talented Pupils As all children learn differently, teaching is planned to meet individual needs. Our curriculum is carefully tailored to meet every child's’ needs. We carefully track each child in all subjects to ensure that their needs are being met and they are working to the best of their ability. Through careful tracking using Assessment Manager, and through regular scrutiny of books and lesson observations the children at school are monitored very closely. Children take an active part in their learning through the use of target booklets and key skill booklets. Parents have the opportunities to share these booklets and help the child on their learning journeys. Through our assessment procedures, we make early identification of able, gifted or talented children. Where children are identified as being more able, gifted or talented we are able to monitor their progress to ensure that they are motivated and fully challenged. Differentiated work programmes are devised and specialist coaches and teachers are used to provide extension and enrichment and challenge for all able children, both individually and within groups. Additionally, a high percentage of pupils are entered for County provided courses, where they are able to work with acknowledged specialists and other able children from across the County. Arrangements for Special Needs (SEN) In line with the Code of Practice and the stated aims of the school, our policy is to promote a caring and sympathetic attitude to all children with special needs, whether academic, physical, social or emotional. When children experience difficulty with an aspect of the curriculum, the specific need is addressed and diagnosed as soon as possible. The Special Needs Revised Code of Practice (2002) is followed, with children being supported at differing levels according to need. Full details of the school’s SEN arrangements may be seen on request in the SEN policy. In providing help for children with special needs, parental permission and support is always sought. Parents are notified early of any problems and are encouraged to take an active part at home, or in school, in helping their children to overcome their problems. Extra Curricular Activities The school is able to offer a limited number of places at Social Club on the site. Details of this club are available on request. A number of optional activities are available to pupils during and at the end of the school day. These will vary according to season but may include: netball; art, choir; football; cricket; homework; keep fit; gym; dance; Spanish; clarinet. Parents are notified termly what is available and when, and children are able to make an application for the clubs of their choice. Due to limited number of places, for health and safety reasons, clubs will operate on a “first come, first served” basis. At Arundel Church of England Primary School, the West Sussex County Council Music Service currently provide tuition in keyboard, guitar, clarinet, flute, and woodwind. Parents should contact the School Office, who will advise on the current services available and the application forms.

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Important Information Educational Visits Outside visits in connection with work in school make a valuable contribution to children’s educational and social development. We also regularly welcome visitors with a range of talents and skills. For safety and insurance purposes, parents/carers must sign a consent form before any educational outing. Charging Policy Under the 1988 Education Act, the school is unable formally to charge for any school activity. However, in order to enable us to fund such activities as educational outings, visiting theatre groups etc, we do ask for voluntary contributions from parents. Unfortunately, if insufficient funds are received, it may be necessary to cancel a planned activity or visit Governors’ Maintenance Fund As a Church of England Voluntary Aided School, the Governors are responsible for financing part of the cost of providing the school buildings, maintaining and improving the school environment, and insuring them. Financial Aid to Pupils Parents’ attention is drawn to the schemes of financial aid to pupils from families on Family Income Support. The range of assistance covers free school meals and milk. Further details and application forms can be obtained from the Education Department, County Hall, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RF or the school office. Absence from School If your child is absent for any reason, please notify the school office immediately, either to the dedicated absence line, telephone or via a note with another child or sibling. By doing this, if any child is absent from school without a letter or telephone call, we can follow it up immediately. We are now required to report unauthorised absences. If your child I absent we need to record the reason for absence. We do encourage you not to take term time holiday. If you wish to take your child on holiday during school time, you will need to complete an absence request form. These are available from the school office. School Nurse The School Nurse is able to carry out some health checks on the children concerning vision, hearing and weight. The facility for checking children’s heads for head lice no longer exists. Please check you own child’s hair regularly and inform the school of any head lice. Regular combing with a special comb does help to keep head lice at bay. We can give you guidelines to help you with this matter. Administration of Medicines We cannot administer medicines in school. In cases of Asthma, we ask that your child brings an inhaler that is clearly named that can remain in school. Where a child needs to complete a course of antibiotics, please arrange with your doctor dosages that do not require administration in school. If your child is a special case that falls outside these guidelines, then please contact the school office. Safeguarding Statement Arundel C.E. Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Child Protection Child protection is an integral part of the responsibilities of all staff as part of their ‘duty of care’ over their pupils. All schools must safeguard and promote the welfare of their pupils. The school recognises its legal duty, in line with the recommendations for schools working together (DfES 2006) under the 2004 Children Act and Section 157 and 175 of the 2002 Education Act (Safeguarding Children), to protect its pupils (and staff) from harm, and to co-operate with other agencies in carrying out that duty and responding to abuse.

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Staff List Rainbow - Reception Class Mrs J Thatcher Mrs Grimwood - Teaching Assistant Dove - Year One Mrs J Slater Butterfly - Year Two

Teaching Assistants

Mrs D Jagger Eagle—Year Three

Mrs Burchell

Mrs S Rees

Mrs Jones

Unicorn- Year Four

Mrs Plummer

Mrs H Simpson

Mrs Twaites Phoenix - Year Five

Miss Richardson Mrs N Metcalfe

Mrs Walker

Ichthus - Year Six Miss H Meyer Music Music Teacher - Mr M Hawke Other Members of Staff Mrs Amanda Peters - Bursar/Secretary Mrs Tracy Spencer - Secretary Mrs Heidi Simpson—SENCO Mr B Heather - Premises Officer

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Governors List Governing Body The Board of Governors is made up of fourteen members, currently under the Chairmanship of Miss Diane Spmerville. The Board has the responsibility for the running of the school, making final corporate decisions in all matters. Much of this work is done through Governors' Committees made up of members of the Board. These Committees are responsible for:-

1. The Curriculum and Standards 2. Finance 3. Premises 4. Staffing 5. Ethos The Headteacher is a member of the Board of Governors. The Deputy Head attends meetings as an observer.

Miss Diane Somerville - Chairman of Governors

Mrs Elizabeth Cairns Vice Chairman of Governors

Mr Andrew Simpson - Headteacher

Mrs Alison Ferrier - Staff Governor

Mrs Bella Burchell- Staff Governor

Ms Diane Bayley - Authority Governor

Father David — Ex officio

Mr Rod Sharman- Foundation Governor

Mrs Sheri Halfacree - Foundation Governor

Mrs Heather Howlett- Foundation Governor

Mrs Emilie Hunt - Parent Governor

Mrs Berry Bonner.Le Fur - Foundation Governor

Mr Tim Lawson - Clerk to the Governors

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School Uniform We believe a uniform looks smart, wears well and contributes to a feeling of belonging to the school. We therefore request that parents ensure their children are dressed in the correct school uniform and encourage children to wear school ties.

Grey or black trousers or shorts Grey skirts or grey pinafore dresses White shirts or blouses (In summer, open necked short sleeved white aertex shirts) In summer, girls wear red and white gingham check dresses Scarlet pullover, v necked or school sweatshirt Black, grey or white socks Scarlet, grey or black tights Scarlet and grey ties Scarlet jerseys or cardigans or school sweatshirts Trousers must be smart in appearance. Jogging bottoms are not acceptable. It is requested that children wear black shoes rather than trainers, as they are smarter. Uniform can be bought from Ricara of Littlehampton. Ties can be purchased from the school office. All items must be clearly labelled.

For Physical Education all children need a pair of black shorts and a T-shirt with the appropriate house colours. (Norfolk - Red, Howard – Blue, Fitzalan - Green , Maltravers - Yellow). For outside activities a par of trainers is necessary. It is recommended that children should go bare-footed for indoor P.E. - this is for safety and for grip on the apparatus. However, if you suspect that your child is suffering from a foot infection, such as verrucae, your child should wear plimsolls until the infection has cleared. For outdoor games, children should possess suitable clothing and footwear. Ideally this clothing should be brought to school in a named drawstring bag and taken home for washing at the end of each week.

Complaints Policy

The complaints policy is available from the school on request.

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Data COMPARATIVE REPORT These tables show the percentage of year 6 pupils achieving each level in 2010, compared to national end of key stage 2 teacher assessment levels and test results for 2009. The number of eligible children is: 20 Figures may not total 100 per cent because of rounding.

TEST RESULTS Percentage at each level Below level 3*

3

4

5

Pupils not entered#

Pupils absent

School

0

0

45

55

0

0

National

6

14

51

29

0

1

School

0

0

5

95

0

0

National

7

7

38

47

0

1

School

0

10

70

20

0

0

National

5

27

48

19

0

0

School

0

0

35

65

0

0

National

5

15

44

35

0

1

English

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

Test Results at ACE

Below level 3* 3

English

Reading

Writing

National

School

National

School

National

School

National

4 School

100 90 80 70 60 Percentage 50 40 30 20 10 0

Mathematics

Subject

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School Data

Term Dates TERM DATES 2011 – 2013 SUMMER TERM 2012 School starts – Monday 16 April Bank Holiday – Monday 7 May Bank Holiday – Monday 4 June Queen’s Jubilee – Tuesday 5 June Half Term – Wednesday 6 June – Friday 8 June Last day of Term – Friday 20 July AUTUMN TERM 2012 School starts – Tuesday 4 September Half Term – Monday 29 October – Friday 2 November Last Day of Term – Friday 21 December SPRING TERM 2013 School starts – Monday 7 January Half Term – Monday 18 February – Friday 22 February Last Day of Term – Thursday 28 March SUMMER TERM 2013 School starts – Monday 15 April Bank Holiday – Monday 27 May Half Term – Tuesday 28 – Friday 31 May Last Day of Term – Wednesday 24 July

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Supplementary Information Form for Arundel Church of England Primary School Child’s Details: Surname:

Forename:

Middle Name(s)

Date of Birth:

Boy or Girl: Address:

Post Code: Home Telephone No.:

Mother’s Details: Surname:

Forename:

Address (if different from child’s):

Post Code: Home Telephone No.:

Father’s Details: Surname:

Forename:

Address (if different from child’s):

Post Code: Home Telephone No.:

Please give detail for your application (eg moving into area, siblings, starting school):

Requested date or term of admission:

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Please state under which category you wish to make your application. Please circle one category only:1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

I understand that this form is not an offer of a place and I confirm that the information given above is correct Signed: ……………………………………………………………….. Parent/Guardian Date: ……………………………… If you wish your application to be considered under category 2 or 5, please pass this form to Father David Farrer of St Nicholas Church, Arundel for verification. If in the case of category 6, please pass to your priest for verification. I can/cannot confirm that this family have regularly attended the Church of ……………………………………………………. Signed: ……………………………… Print Name: …………………………….……………..…………. Date: ………………

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CLERGY FORM The Governors of Arundel Church of England Primary School give priority to admitting children of parents who regularly worship at the parish church or other Christian churches. Regularly is defined as at least once a month. In this context, parents includes legal guardians and also includes either or both parents or a sole parent and where only one of two parents satisfies the criterion the application will be treated equally with applications where the criterion is satisfied by both parents. Parents are asked to provide a statement from their priest or minister that they meet the criterion and to attach this statement to their application. Thank you for helping us in this matter. Yours faithfully,

Miss Diane Somerville Chairman of Governors ******************************************************************************************************************

I confirm that ………………………………………………………………. regularly

worship at …………………………………………….. Church.

Signed ……………………………………….

Date ………………………………..

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