St. Martin de Porres Catholic Primary School
School Prospectus 2013-2014
School Vision and Aims Statement
School Admission Policy
School Targets and SATS results
Special Education needs
Extra Curricular Activities
Family Life & Adolescence Education
Diocesan Schools Commission
Money & Valuables
Charging & Remissions Policy
Summary of School Behaviour Policy
How You Can Help Your Child Prepare For School
Reading Hints & Tips
Reading Hints & Tips
Writing Hints & Tips
Welcome Dear Parents/Guardians, At St. Martin de Porres we pride ourselves on the good reputation we have established for providing children with an environment in which they achieve high educational standards and thrive socially and emotionally. Our wish is to enable children to have the best possible start to their school life and to welcome families into what we hope will be a seven year relationship. In order for this to be successful, we need to work together; Home, School and Parish. Our mission statement is: â€œThrough Jesus we achieve our very bestâ€?. This encapsulates what our school stands for; striving for the very best we can achieve, with the message of Christ at the centre of all we do. We understand that a child starting or changing school can be a difficult time and that you may have concerns or worries. Please do make an appointment to see either the class teacher after school or myself should you wish to discuss anything. If there is an urgent issue, there will always be a member of staff available at the door at the start and end of the school day. We hope that you find this prospectus a useful guide to what your child will experience whilst at our school. I look forward to meeting with you in the future. With my best wishes, J. Tomlinson (Head Teacher)
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School Vision and Aims Statement ‘THROUGH JESUS WE ACHIEVE OUR VERY BEST’ Vision Statement:Our aim is to create a happy, enthusiastic and loving community through which Christ’s message flourishes. Within this, we strive for the fulfilment of each person’s academic potential and the realisation of their unique God-given gifts.
We seek to make this statement an every day reality in our school by living it out in the following aims: To provide a Christ centred community in which the Catholic faith is nurtured.
To provide teaching of the highest possible standard which develops successful, life-long learners.
To provide daily opportunities for prayer and worship which deepen our relationship with God and each other.
In partnership with parents and families, to develop healthy, independent, happy and confident children, equipped with the skills to contribute positively to today’s society.
To develop an awareness and respect of other peoples’ religious and moral values and an understanding of other cultures, religions and ways of life. To foster an understanding of our responsibility to care for ourselves, others and for the wider world in which we live.
To create a community of learners who will experience a broad, creative and challenging education which caters for the needs of the individual. To integrate the latest technology into learning experiences.
To foster an environment which provides care and safety for all.
To be a fully inclusive learning community, which strives to break down barriers to and foster a love of learning.
For the ethos and spirit of the school to be reflected by its members in the home, parish and wider community.
To be educational practitioners who actively seek to share our strengths and to learn from others.
School Hours School begins
Children are expected to be on the playground 10 minutes before the start of the school day. All children should therefore be in the playground no later than 8.50am.
Punctuality is expected and
child, please inform the school. No
parents are requested to co-operate
children are allowed to leave school
and support the school in this.
until a responsible parent/adult
Punctuality and regular attendance at collects them. Birmingham Local school are statutory. Absence will only
Authority and the school governors
be authorised if your child is physically advise you that absence during term unfit to attend or if there is an
time will only be authorised in
unavoidable and justifiable reason.
exceptional circumstances. Lateness
Parents are asked to ensure that they
and absence from school have a
telephone the school prior to or on the damaging effect on your childâ€™s first day of absence to explain why
their child is unable to attend. Pupils should be on the playground for 8.50 am and be ready to begin school At 9.00 am. We also encourage Parents to arrange medical/dental appointments outside school hours where possible. The school offers the service of a Parent Link Worker contactable via the school who supports families with confidential matters.
HOLIDAY REQUEST IN TERM TIME Parents are requested not to arrange holidays during the school year. Government advice is that holidays are not granted during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. It is expected that holidays WILL NOT be taken during term time.
All children must be collected at 3.15 pm. If you are delayed, or if any other person will be collecting your
School Uniform Maroon V-neck jumper with white Shirt and School Tie Or Maroon round necked sweatshirt with white polo shirt Grey/white socks Grey trousers Black shoes (no trainers) Grey trousers
Maroon cardigan with white blouse and school tie Or Maroon round necked sweatshirt with white polo shirt White socks/grey, white or black tights Grey skirt or grey trousers (no stretchy material) Flat black shoes with straps (no trainers) Please note: a polo shirt should not be worn with a V necked jumper. For reception aged children we would recommend a polo shirt with sweat shirt, also Velcro shoes to ease dressing/undressing for P.E. All children are expected to wear school uniform. During the summer, girls may wear a school dress (light blue/white checks or stripes), boys may wear short sleeve shirts or polo shirts and grey shorts. Dangling earrings, rings, bracelets or necklaces are not allowed to be worn as they present a health and safety risk. Stud earrings and a wrist watch are the only jewellery items which may be worn, except when taking part in P.E. lessons.
School Meals Our school lunches are cooked on-site and are of a high quality. The school supports healthy eating and foods are freshly cooked daily. Parents of children with specific dietary needs must inform the school and they will be catered for. Children who have been prescribed an epipen however, will be expected to bring a packed lunch from home. Dinner money is payable weekly, two weekly, monthly or half- termly either by cash or cheque. Monies must be put in an envelope, marked with your child’s name and class and sent into school on a Monday morning.
School Admission Policy The ethos of this school is Catholic. The school was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. The school is conducted by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its Trust Deed and Instrument of Government and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ. We ask all parents applying for a place here to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community.•This does not affect the right of parents who are not of the faith of this school to apply for and be considered for a place here. The School’s Admission Number for the school year beginning in September 2013 is 30.
in care) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents) (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989). 7 Non-Catholic children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission. 8 Non-Catholic children. If the number of applications exceeds the admission number, the governors will give priority to applications in line with the above criteria. If there is over-subscription within a category, the governors will give priority to children living closest to the school.
1 Baptised Catholic children who are in the care of a local authority (children in care) or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents) (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989). 2 Baptised Catholic children living within the Parish of Ss. John and Martin’s Church who have a brother or sister (see Note 3 below) in the school at the time of admission. 3 Baptised Catholic children living within the Parish of Ss. John and Martin. 4 Other Baptised Catholic children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission. 5 Other Baptised Catholic children. 6 Non-Catholic children who are in the care of a local authority (children
School Targets & SAT Results Below you will find our Assessment results for 2012 and a report from our Special Educational Needs teacher on the children’s progress during 2011 - 2012. All pupils are assessed on entry to the school and their needs catered for. This includes learning and behaviour needs, disability or any other physical or mental need. Through our very good pastoral and nurturing ethos, all children feel valued and show respect to each other. Pupils with disabilities are most welcome at our school. Children are admitted strictly in line with our admissions policy.
Key Stage 1 Academic Year 2011 – 2012 Number of pupils eligible to take tests: 28 W
69% 24% 0%
76% 14% 0%
69% 21% 0%
W represents the pupils who are working towards a level 1, but have not yet achieved the standards needed for level 1.
12% 51% 19% 11%
Key Stage 2 Academic Year 2011 -2012 Number of pupils eligible to take tests: 28 2 3 4 5
37% 41% 0%
Targets for 2013: % of children achieving level 4 and Above In both English and maths: 80% % of pupils progressing two national curriculum levels in English: 90%. % of pupils progressing by two national curriculum levels in Maths: 87%
Special Education Needs Staff at St. Martin de Porres School will endeavour to provide the best education possible for children in their care. Children who have difficulty with learning or behaviour will be referred to the Special Needs Teachers, Mrs Banks, and the Special Needs Code of Practice will be followed. Parents will be closely involved with their children’s work and progress. Parents will be invited to attend review meetings at the appropriate stages. There are currently thirty one children on the school’s register. The majority of the children have been targeted for additional support in literacy and/or numeracy. (Two children have been targeted for communication support and five for behavioural support. Six children are at SA+ (School Action Plus), eighteen are at SA (School Action) and seven children either have a statement of educational need or a provision plan. The school liaises with the following outside agencies: Pupil and School Support Services (PSSS) Educational Psychology Services (EPS) Behaviour support service (BSS) Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAMHS) Communication and Autism Team (CAT) The School Nurse
They have all been involved in supporting individual children in either a teaching and/or advisory capacity. Children are given individual or small group support by teaching assistants or the SENco according to their IEP (Individual Education Plan). All SEN work is supervised by the SENco. Teaching assistants also work with the children on a regular basis in the classroom to support the IEP targets. The SENco liaises with the class teachers to draw up IEP targets. The IEPs are reviewed termly and parents are invited to these meetings where their involvement in setting IEP targets is greatly valued. Both the SENco and the teaching assistants have attended SEN courses during the last two years. The children continue to make good progress and the parents’ comments have always been positive.
Religious Education The Father Jonathan Veasey scheme for religious education is used throughout the school. This is the scheme approved for use throughout the Archdiocese. It aims to foster and deepen the childrenâ€™s faith by helping them to perceive the explicit signs of Godâ€™s presence and action in their lives, through the Liturgy, the teaching of the Church, and the witness of Christian living. Parents are encouraged to be involved in the religious life of the school and are invited to attend school Masses and assemblies. Mass is held every Tuesday morning and assembly is each Friday. All take place at 09.15. Each class prepares the Mass in turn and all the children take part in the Liturgy.
Physical Education Athletics, gymnastics, games and dance are all taught in P.E. lessons. We have strong links with Bishop Challoner Sports College, who send qualified staff to coach a variety of sports activities such as tennis and Gaelic football. All pupils from Years 3 to 6 go swimming at various times during the school year.
P.E. Kit required: White tee-shirt Black shorts Black pumps Tracksuit for outdoor use in inclement weather. Swimming kit as and when necessary.
P .E. kit must be in school at all times. Should it need washing it should be taken home on a Friday after school and returned on a Monday morning. All pupils must have a P .E. kit for indoor and outdoor activities. All pupils must participate in swimming lessons, unless supplied with a doctorâ€™s note.
Medical Care/ Sickness Parents are asked to ensure their child has the correct immunisations before starting school. These are Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, Tetanus, Polio and Measles. A booster inoculation for Diphtheria, Polio and Measles is also needed. Parents must inform the school if their child suffers from Asthma, or any other allergies. Children with Asthma must have their reliever inhalers in school at all times. If your child needs to take medication during the school day, please bring it to the school office (children are not allowed to have medication with them in class apart from inhalers and epipens). You will be asked to complete a form giving your signed permission for school staff to administer the medication.
Safety The safety of the children is of the utmost importance. Children should be escorted to and from school where possible. Please park cars away from school entrances and do not obstruct entrances to local residentsâ€™ homes. No parking or stopping is allowed on zigzag lines. Instruct your children to use the crossing warden when crossing Church Road/Forest Road. Children in reception and year 1 and year 2 must be supervised by a parent or other adult until their teacher collects them from the playground. They must never be left alone or in the care of an older child or sibling.
Curriculum Statement At St. Martin de Porres, we believe that our children should be excited about their learning, feel involved in the process and have anticipation about what will happen next. We achieve this through the establishment of memorable experiences. We want what we do to be a platform for personalised learning, enabling our children to think for themselves, branching out into areas of curiosity and interest. Curriculum in the Foundation Stage (Reception Class) The curriculum is rooted in play and child initiated learning. Teachers work with small groups of children at a time to develop core skills of phonics, reading, writing and mathematics. The curriculum is built around the three prime areas of learning: 1. Personal, Social and Emotional Learning, 2. Communication and Language 3. Physical Development and the four specific areas: 1. Literacy, 2. Mathematics, 3. Expressive Arts and Design, 4. Understanding the world. Curriculum in KS1 and 2 From Year 1, children follow the National Curriculum. However, in Year 1, we follow the same approach taken in Reception class with focus groups and child initiated learning. This gradually leads to a more formal approach towards the end of Year 1 ready to begin in Year 2.
In all classes, children learn the following subjects: RE, English, Mathematics, Science and ICT (the core curriculum) and History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, PE and Music (the foundation curriculum). Lessons are built around clear subject teaching in the core curriculum and a themed curriculum covering the foundation subjects. Assessment Assessment is an on-going process at St. Martin de Porres. Teachers are constantly assessing pupils’ understanding and progress in order to plan next steps in their learning. At the end of the Reception class year, children’s attainment is assessed against the Early Learning Goals. At the end of Year 1, children’s phonics are assessed using phonic screening checks. There are two further formal assessment times at primary school; the end of Year 2 and Year 6. The results of those assessments are reported to parents. Average progress for each of these key assessment times would be: End of Reception class - Children are assessed as either: emerging towards the expected level, at the expected level or exceeding the expected level. End of Year 2 – Level 2 or above. End of Year 6 – Level 4 or above.
Extra Curricular Activities St. Martin de Porres School is proud of its history of involvement in extra curricular activities. We have a wide variety of clubs for all ages ranging from sports to French and Irish dancing, all of which benefit the children enormously. Other clubs are also put on during the year. We enter various sporting tournaments throughout the year. Parental permission of children selected to represent the school is always obtained.
Parents’ Evening Parents are invited to attend a Parents’ Evening in the Autumn and Spring terms to discuss their child’s progress. A detailed annual report is sent out before the Summer Holiday. At any point during the year a teacher may request to talk to a parent if there is an issue or concern. Teachers are always available after school, except on a Tuesday when we have staff meetings. Parents are very welcome to make an appointment to see the Head Teacher should they have any concerns regarding their child’s education or welfare at any time.
Parent, Teacher Association The school PTA supports the school in many ways. The PTA organises the annual Summer Fair and other social activities throughout the year. All parents are automatically members of the PTA. Please support them in their efforts to raise highly valuable funds for our school.
Pastoral Care The Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher and Assistant Head Teacher have overall responsibility for Pastoral Care, but each class teacher is expected to be aware of any emotional or learning difficulty a child may be experiencing. It is important that parents make known to the Head Teacher any circumstances or medical conditions which might affect or hinder their child’s development. If medical emergencies occur during school time, every effort is made to contact parents immediately. If, however, this is not possible the Head Teacher will take the necessary steps to ensure prompt treatment. It is imperative that the school office is kept up to date with any changes in contact details immediately.
Safeguarding If you have any concern that a child has been harmed, is at risk of harm or a child has told you something that worries you, please contact the school office as soon as possible and ask to speak to a member of staff with responsibility for child protection.
Family Life & Adolescence Education The children’s education is based on Christian principles. The Religious Education scheme devotes much emphasis to growing and developing as human beings and not simply concerning itself with basic facts but allowing children to develop a growing awareness of themselves and their place in society. At St. Martin de Porres school we follow the Diocesan Scheme “All that I Am” in Years 5 and 6. This deals with hygiene, relationships and puberty.
Secondary Transfer The procedures for secondary transfer begin at the end of Year 5 when parents will receive an information pack from the local authority detailing all schools and the application process.
School Fund The school has many areas of expenditure which are not covered by the budget provided by the Local Education Authority. These include: Purchase of extra resources for the school Transport of pupils Hospitality to visiting teams Christmas and Easter treats for the pupils Parents are asked for a yearly contribution of £10.00 per family to support these areas.
Diocesan Schools Commission The Archdiocese has requested each Catholic school take part in the ‘Gift Aid School Buildings Fund’. This fund is to maintain school buildings; any monies donated by parents will be specifically for St. Martin de Porres School Buildings. Donations can be paid half-termly, termly or annually. You can set up a standing order with your bank and the fund can reclaim tax on all monies. Please enquire at the school office if you would be willing to take part in this scheme.
Money & Valuables Children are not allowed to bring toys or valuables into school unless specifically invited by their class teacher.
Charging and Remissions Policy Charges may be made for board and lodgings on residential trips. All other trips/visits will be funded through voluntary contributions.
Homework In FKS & KS1 homework will mainly cover the development of reading. This will include: books without words for parents to talk about with their child, prompt cards to enable parents to interact with the book with their child, key words, books for parents to read to their child and phonics activities. Number facts homework will be incorporated from Year 2. Year 1 have a number games library. In KS2 homework will mainly cover literacy and numeracy and will be directly linked to the work the children have been doing in class. Other homework may include: finding out information, reading in preparation for lessons, preparing oral presentations and written assignments. Where a class is preparing for a Mass or assembly, their homework for that week/time may be learning lines/readings in preparation. Teachers will use their discretion to vary this policy in line with an individual family as needed. Children may not receive homework during weeks where staff have other pressing priorities e.g. Parentsâ€™ Evening.
Behaviour/ Discipline Discipline in the school is based on Christian values. The purpose is to develop the character of the pupil and to respect his/her own person and belongings and other people and their property. Great emphasis is placed on courtesy and good manners. Good work, effort, honesty, helpfulness and other qualities are praised at every opportunity. The school recognises that parents are responsible for the discipline of their children and expects parents to play an active part in ensuring their childâ€™s good behaviour whilst at school. A summary of the schoolâ€™s Behaviour Policy is included in this booklet.
Behaviour Policy Summary It is a primary aim at our school that every member of the school community feels valued and respected and that each person is treated fairly and well. We are a caring community, whose values are built on mutual trust and respect for all. The school’s
Children are able to show examples of their best work to the head teacher and receive a “Head Teacher’s Award”. Letters or notes may be sent home to communicate where a child has done something particularly well.
behaviour policy is therefore designed to support the way in which all members of the
At St. Martin de Porres school we have very high expectations of behaviour:
school can live and work together in a supportive way. We praise and reward children for good behaviour in a variety of ways: Teachers congratulate children. Teachers give children house points. Teachers speak informally to parents to communicate positive messages. Each week we nominate two children from each class to be “Star of the Week”. Each “Star of the Week” receives a certificate in the school assembly and their name is recorded in the Star of the Week record book. Each Friday is celebration assembly where, not only are certificates distributed, but the house point trophy is awarded each half-term and children have the opportunity to share their achievements outside of school with the rest of the school community. We distribute stickers to children , either for consistent good work or behaviour, or to acknowledge outstanding effort or acts of kindness in school.
We expect children to listen carefully to instructions in lessons. We expect children to try their best in all activities. Each class also has its own classroom code, which is agreed with the children and displayed on the classroom wall. In this way, every child in the school knows the standard of behaviour we expect in our school. If there are incidents of anti-social behaviour, the class teacher discusses these with the whole class during circle time. At St. Martin de Porres we have an ethos of forgiveness, recognising that every individual is a unique creation of God and made in His image. We employ a number of sanctions, in order to ensure a safe and positive learning environment. The strongest sanction available is that of exclusion. This sanction can only be applied by the Head Teacher in consultation with the governing body. In all instances where the Head Teacher has been informed about poor/bad behaviour racism or bullying, it will be recorded in The Key Stage incident book.
How You Can Help Your Child To Prepare For School
It is important to read to children. Let them handle books and discuss pictures and stories with them. If children enjoy looking at books and listening to stories, they will want to learn to read themselves. Let your child use pencils and crayons to draw and colour. It would be helpful if your child could recognise his/her own name. Most children enjoy counting. They should be encouraged to count their fingers, toes etc. Basic shapes and colours can by taught in the home environment; ‘what shape is the kitchen door?’, ‘What colour is the carpet?’ etc. Please encourage your children to learn how to undress and dress themselves and go to the toilet on their own. When purchasing school shoes, please try to remember Velcro fastening is much easier for your child when starting school. Most of all, be positive about starting school. Help your child to be excited about the next stage in their childhood journey.
Reading The development of reading skills is given a high priority; each child follows an on-going programme of reading experience planned to meet individual needs and experiences. A concise record of every child’s progress in reading is maintained. Each class has access to the school library . From their earliest days in school, children take books home to read and it is very much hoped parents will encourage and foster a love of reading. by listening to their children read and by taking a positive interest in their progress.
Hints for parents to support their child when they are first learning to read (you don’t have to do all of these each time - try to vary what you do) Sit where you can both see all of the book It is helpful if the T.V. is not on during your reading time and you are in a peaceful environment. Talk about the story and the pictures. Ask questions such as: “Why do you think that happened?” “Would you have done that?” “What do you think might happen next?” Show your child a small word such as “the”. Ask them to see how many times they can find the same word. Find a word which begins with this week’s sound. How many words can your child find which begin with this sound? Look for opportunities to practise things suggested by the teacher.
Read the book with your child. Depending on their reading experience, you may read all the book, with your child reading simple words. This will progress to perhaps you reading a little and your child reading a little. Ask them to read words they know and build on this. Always point to the words as you read. Encourage your child to do this also. MOST IMPORTANT - Reading should be an enjoyable time spent together. Give your child a lot of praise. If they are finding it hard to concentrate, it may be better to come back to it later. Even ten minutes each evening will make a great difference.
Hints for parents: Once your child has begun to read Always encourage your child to point to the words as they read and point to them when you read. Watch their eye movements. This will help you to find out how they are working things out. For instance, do they look at the picture for clues? When they are puzzling over a word, allow plenty of time before helping. Then see if they can “sound out” the word or if the first sound helps. Then give the word and praise their efforts. You should always go back to the start of the sentence when a word has been difficult, to make sure it makes sense.
Helping your child with writing at home Ea r ly W r i ti n g Encourage colouring in & cutting out. Encourage use of play pastry, play dough etc. Do finger dancing, finger games etc. (songs - ‘Tommy Thumb’ etc). Always have a wide selection of writing/colouring materials available such as felts, biros, pencils, wax & pencil crayons of different thickness, gel pens, glitter pens etc. Also marker pens and dry wipe pens.
coloured dry wipe boards, white, coloured & patterned paper, post its, notelets, shaped paper, note books etc. Encourage play writing e.g. shopping lists, letters, thank you letters. Encourage your child to write when you do. Let them see you writing - tell them about what you are writing and encourage them to do their own. Always praise their efforts and encourage them to read it back to
If you can, buy games which involve magnetic writing e.g. ‘Magnadoodle’ or ‘Etchasketch’. Magnetic letters. Have a wide selection of writing surfaces available. e.g. white &
you. Encourage role play writing - letters to/from toys etc.
S u s ta i n i n g Wri ti n g All of th e ab ove p lu s : Make sure there is an age appropriate dictionary available for your child to use. Look for ambitious words and sentence openers in newspapers, books you are reading or in the dictionary. Spot where different kinds of punctuation have been used . Be positive about what your child has written - be happy with their work. Show them that you are interested in what they are doing. Ask them to write for you - letters to relations, notes to jog memory, shopping lists etc.
Encourage the children to ‘edit’ their own work with a coloured pen. They are asked to proof read in school, underlining any words they think they have spelt wrongly and looking them up in a dictionary. They can also edit to put in extra information or take it out. Homework shouldn’t necessarily look pristine! Never ask your child to re-do work or to copy out what you have written . This gives them very negative messages about their capabilities. Encourage use of the computer or a typewriter if you don’t have access to a computer. E-mail can also be an effective way of encouraging writing.
I like St. Martin de Porres, it’s the best of all, A helping hand with any incident or fall, Including everyone, leaving no one behind, Oh! And don’t forget the teachers are really kind, There are lots of subjects and activities to do, And the uniform is really smart too, The dinners are tasty made by the kind cook, If you come to this school you’ve got really good luck!
St. Martin de Porres Catholic Primary School Oakland Road Moseley Birmingham B13 9DN Tel: 0121 464 5500 Fax: 0121 464 4691 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.stmartindeporres.org.uk Head Teacher: Mrs J. Tomlinson M.Ed., NLE
Poem by Amara - age 10
Edition 6 - June 2013