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INTRODUCTION School Address :

Earlston Primary School Earlston Berwickshire TD4 6JQ

Telephone: Fax: Email

01896 848851 Nursery 01896 848180

01896 849860

Earlston Primary is a mixed non-denominational primary school catering for children from age three to twelve from Earlston and surrounding areas. The infant department consists of four classrooms, a central activity area and a library. Two upper primary classes share a central activity area and there are three self contained classrooms. Other facilities include two small halls, a canteen, learning support base, staff base and resource area. The Head teacher, Deputy Head teacher, and Secretary each have separate offices. Bases for Behaviour Support Teacher, Home School Link Worker and Active Schools Co-ordinator are also situated in the school. Our Nursery unit is in a purpose built classroom in the playground and caters for up to 40 three and four year olds in 2 sessions. School Hours Morning Session Playtime Lunch break

9.00 – 12.15 10.30 – 10.45 12.15 -1.00

Nursery Times Morning Session Afternoon Session

8.45 – 11.30 12.45 – 3.15

More information about nursery can be found in the Nursery handbook.

Staff Head teacher Depute Head teacher Principal teachers

Mrs Lesley Munro Mrs Hazel Gilchrist Mrs Elspeth Watson Mrs Val Easton – From October 2010

Class teachers

Mrs Linda Addison Mrs Morag Topping Mrs Libby Pringle Mrs Gladys Purves Mr Derek Brydon Miss Katie Lester Mr Ian Fairnington

Nursery teacher Nursery Nurse

Mrs Gillian Torrance Mrs Pamela Guthrie

Support for Learning

Mrs Mary Butler Mrs Sheila Lawn Mrs Fiona Ferguson

Behaviour Support School Administrator

Mrs Elaine Beattie Mrs Sarah Sowman

Classroom Assistant Additional Needs Assistants

Mrs Shona Fisher Mrs Jane Barley Mrs Liz Lothian Mrs Jane Niven


Mr Colin Steele


Mrs Ann Richardson Mrs Kerry McKenzie

Playground Supervisor

Mrs Lorna Robertson

Road Crossing Patrol Officer

Mr Andrew Lees

In addition there is a visiting specialist for PE, Mrs Sabby Angus. We have instrumental instructors for violin, brass, keyboard and accordion. Our home-link worker, Alison Legerwood-Walker, can offer support to pupils (by referral) who are experiencing barriers in school.

Vision Earlston Primary School is a friendly, secure and supportive environment where all are valued and treated fairly.

Values • • • • •

Recognise all children’s strengths Promote and celebrate success Be welcoming and caring Pupils, parents and staff are respected and listened to Provide a high standard of teaching and learning

Pupil Aims • • • • •

Everyone will be welcome and included Be kind and helpful Work hard and always do our best We say YES to Sharing, Friendship, Kindness and Helpfulness and Teamwork We say No to Bullying, Racism and bad behaviour

Aims • • • •

Promote caring, sharing relationships amongst children Develop a happy stimulating playground Strengthen links with the wider community Facilitate effective communication between home and school

Curriculum for Excellence Curriculum for Excellence is central to Scotland’s biggest education reform programme under the Scottish Government’s Ambitious Excellent Schools Agenda. It aims to focus classroom practice upon the child and around the four capacities of education: • • • •

successful learners confident individuals responsible citizens effective contributors

It also aims to: • • •

simplify and prioritise the current curriculum encourage more learning through experiences create a single framework for the curriculum and assessment 3-18

All schools are currently working on full implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence. The Curriculum is delivered within 8 subject areas: • • • • • • • •

Language and Literacy Maths and Numeracy Health and Well Being Sciences Technologies Social Subjects Expressive Arts Religious and Moral Education

As well as discreet subject areas, increasingly learning occurs in contextualised studies and links are made across the curriculum in real life situations. More information about Curriculum for Excellence can be found on Scottish Borders Council website and on Learning Teaching Scotland Website. French A number of our teachers are trained under the Modern Languages in Primary Schools Scheme (MLPS), and teach French to pupils in Primaries six and seven. Assemblies A weekly programme of assemblies allows us to offer a variety of experience. There are stage assemblies as well as a whole school assembly. The week ends with an assembly to reward effort, behaviour and achievement and celebrate success. Support for Learning Our Learning Support Staff work with school staff to help meet the needs of all pupils. The key roles cover consultancy, co-operative teaching, tutorial support, liaison with other agencies and staff development.

Assessment All teachers carry out on-going formative assessment on a regular basis an this is linked to teaching and learning processes. Approaches are formalised at times by planned assessments. including testing. Personal Learning Planning Personal Learning Planning increases parents’ awareness of what their child is learning. Children are involved in setting learning targets, assessing personal strengths, weaknesses and preferences. Learning Logs are completed weekly to record the process and support home/school partnership. Mid-session and end of session reports provide information about progress. These are contained in the Personal Learning Records which give parents regular opportunities to comment on learning. There are two formal Parents Evenings when parents are invited to meet with teachers to discuss pupil progress. Parents in Nursery and Primary 7 are offered meetings to discuss transition. Homework Homework is issued to all children in the primary school and may include spelling, reading, maths, tables and number as well as practice in personal research and projects. Homework is not given out without prior teaching and explanation in class. All the children are given a homework diary or sheet on which is written the task expected of them. A copy of the Homework Policy is available from the school office. School Improvement Plan Our school improvement plan identifies and gives some detail of proposed developments for the current session. An outline framework for the following two years is also included. The plan is written annually and takes account of school needs and priorities as well as Council and Scottish Executive priorities. The plan is available from the school office and a summary of priorities sent for parents annually. The Standards & Quality report highlights progress towards priorities and school activities. A copy is available from the office. Parents and pupils are often given the opportunity to become involved in working parties to develop school priorities. Parents and pupils are consulted by questionnaires and audits as part of the schools selfevaluation process.

General Information School Uniform The school sweatshirt with the school badge may be ordered from the office. We strongly encourage its use for reasons of cost and practicality but mainly to give pupils a shared sense of identity in school. We recommend dark coloured trousers (not jeans) for boys and dark coloured skirts or trousers for girls. Other items including coats, fleeces and bags are available to order with the school badge too. P.E. Kit

- White t-shirt, dark shorts Gym shoes or training shoes (no black soles)

Application forms for School Clothing Allowance are available from the school office. Administration of medicines Before any prescribed medicine is administered, parents must complete a form giving necessary consent and information. Forms are available from the school office. Allergies If your child has any allergies please let us know. Forms are available from the school office. First Aid Qualified First Aiders are Colin Steele, Elspeth Watson, Lorna Robertson and Jane Niven. They will usually administer any necessary general treatment. Every effort will be made to contact parents if we feel an injury warrants it. School Nurse The school nurse, Mary Carryer is based at Melrose Health centre and is usually in school on the first Friday of each month when parents can talk with her about issues relating to their children’s health. Emergency Contact It is vitally important that we are able to make contact with parents or named persons in case of emergency, illness or school closure. Please make sure that we have up to date contact information. Also, please let us know about changes at home which may have a bearing on your child’s well being. Emergency contacts need to live as near the school as possible. Groupcall You may be sent updates/reminders or messages by text message. This will show on your mobile phone as Group call. If you change your mobile number please update us. Complaints Please refer to out complaints procedure for further information.

General Information Communication from School Newsletters are issued monthly to all parents and others connected with the school. The newsletters give information about up and coming events and also include pupil reports on classroom news and activities. The newsletter can be received by email. Letters are also issued for specific reasons and are generally given to the oldest child in the family. Photographs and videos Under the “Consent Under Data Protection Act 1988� we ask all parents to sign a consent form giving permission for their children to be photographed and video-taped. This form is given out at enrolment. Catering School meals are on a set menu system which is part of the Hungry for Success initiative. The children are given a weekly menu and choose which option they want. Menus are on a four week rotation. Children who bring a packed lunch eat in the Canteen. Free school meals are available and the application forms can be obtained from the school office. Water Bottles We encourage children to drink water and we have two water coolers from which they can fill up their bottles regularly. Sweets and other sugar-based snacks are not encouraged in school. Discipline We operate a Positive Discipline Policy in school and will always praise when we can. Sanctions will be given for misbehaviour, depending on the nature and frequency of the incidents. Serious or persistent misbehaviour will be brought to the attention of parents. Each class operates its own system of rewards and consequences which are linked to the whole school policy. Parents will be informed of class systems at the beginning of each session. A copy of the Discipline Policy is available from the office. Bullying We operate a zero tolerance bullying policy and take all reports seriously and investigate fully. A copy of our anti-bullying policy is available from the school office. Playground Supervision Mrs Lorna Robertson and Colin Steele are our playground supervisors. They will deal with any small problems in the playground and first aid. Discipline matters will be dealt with and referred to staff if appropriate.

CHILD PROTECTION – Responsibilities of the School

All SBC Schools and their staff are required to follow the Scottish Borders Child protection Committee’s Inter-agency child protection guidelines and procedures. A key element in the procedures is that if a staff member in a school is made aware of a concern (usually through a statement made by a child) of an issue that could have child protection implications, the member of staff has no option but to refer the child to child protection officers. The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 states that the welfare of the child is paramount and this must always be the sole consideration for the school. The school Child Protection Co-ordinator is Fiona Ferguson who can be contacted to discuss any issues that may arise. In making a referral staff will not be making any judgement on the strength or truth of the child’s statement but must follow procedures to support pupils and staff. An extensive training programme has been undertaken to ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibilities. The child’s parent or carer will always be informed as soon as possible about such disclosures and any action resulting from this. Keeping parents informed may not always be undertaken by school staff and could involve other organisations such as social work staff or the police. If the child protection issue is taken further, school staff will work with families to support children through the process. Useful websites providing information on dealing with child protection issues for children, young people and their parents and carers are: and The site also provides advice on what steps you should take if you have concerns on a child protection issue.

Parent Council Parent Council has aims to: •

promote the relationship between the school, its pupils and all its parents

develop and engage in activities which support the education and welfare of the pupils including fundraising and organising events.

identify and represent the views of parents on the education provided by the school and other matters affecting the education and welfare of the pupils.

OFFICE BEARERS 2008/2009 Chair person

Kelda Stewart

Vice chairperson

Kevin McCall


Ann Wood


Karen Scott

Parent Reps

Emma Allen Paul Wheatley Karen Andrews David Gordon Diane Brotherston Lesley Aitken Carole Rae Mary McFarlane Julie & Keith Goodfellow Maggie Fullarton Moggy Seabrook Jane Niven Peter Du- Preez Jenny Reid

Staff Reps

Elspeth Watson Linda Addison

Co-op members

Rosemary Armstrong Harry Cummings

Councillors are also invited to meetings and all meetings are open to all parents. Minutes are displayed on the school notice board. The Parent Council has their AGM in September. New members are welcome.

School Session Arrangements 2010/11

School closes for Summer holiday School opens School closes for October holiday School opens School closes for Christmas holiday School opens School closes for February holiday School opens School closes for Easter holiday School opens School closes for summer holiday

Friday 2nd July 2010 Wednesday 18th August 2010 Friday 8th October2010 Monday 18th October 2010 Tuesday 21st December 2010 Wednesday 5th January 2011 Friday 11th February 2011 Monday 21st February 2011 Friday 1st April 2011 Monday 18th April 2011 Friday 30th June 2011

Short holidays, local holidays and in-service days In-service day In-service day In-service day In-service day In-service day May day holiday In-service day June holiday

Monday 16th August 2010 Tuesday 17th August 2010 Thursday 11th November 2010 Friday 12th November 2010 Friday 11th February 2011 Monday 2nd May 2011 Tuesday 3rd May 2011 Monday 6th June 2011

Absences The school is required to have an explanation for ALL pupil absences. It is very important that the school is informed of any absence or illness as soon as possible. Please help us by informing the school by 9 a.m. on the day of any absence. If we do not have a reason for a child’s absence parents will be contacted. Therefore it is very important that you alert us to any changes in telephone numbers, especially mobiles. Unauthorised absences We realise that for some families term time holidays are unavoidable but you are urged to give careful consideration to taking children out of school unnecessarily. It is not possible to give children schoolwork to take with them as lessons are interactive with direct teaching taking place. Parents wishing to take children out of school for a period of time should inform the Headteacher in writing in advance. Holiday absences are recorded as “unauthorised”.

Earlston Primary School Complaints Procedure This complaints procedure refers to matters relating to your children at school. This procedure assumes that complaints are being made to the Headteacher, Depute Headteacher or Principal teacher. 1. The Starting Point Work out in your own mind exactly what you are unhappy about, what you believe has gone wrong and what you would like to see done to put things right. 2. Sharing the Problem You may wish to write or telephone first outlining your concerns. Arrange a time when you can sit down with a member of staff to discuss your worries fully. If the member of staff wants time to find out more, consult someone else or think about a solution, give them time, but then arrange another appointment to discuss possible solutions to your worries. 3. Solving the Problem When a solution is suggested, be reasonable and if necessary accept a compromise that may resolve the situation. Give the solution time to work with an agreement to review the situation after a period of time has passed. 4. Facing up to Difficulties If you are totally dissatisfied with the response being given make it clear to the member of staff that this is the case. Write to the Director of Education or Head of Schools and ask for a meeting with an appropriate official. 5. The Final Step If you are still dissatisfied with the response you receive, say so, and then approach your Regional Councillor and ask for his/her help. He will be able to guide you through the Local Authority Complaint Procedure.

Things Not to Do: •

do not raise through Parent Council in the first instance. They will merely recommend following the procedures laid out above.


Do not allow your complaint to become a community issue with a wide audience; your child deserves better than that.

Remember: Your children matter and co-operation between home and school is best for them. If things are not brought to our attention, we cannot solve them.

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