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The Federation of Grazebrook & Shacklewell Primary Schools








Contents Contents Contents Contents Grazebrook School

“Pupils make good progress through the school.� Ofsted, March 2013 2

Contents Welcome to The Federation of Grazebrook and Shacklewell Primary Schools


Our vision


Introducing our school Balanced curriculum The learning experience

6–9 10 12 – 13

The school community


Our continuing success


The whole child

16 – 17

Child protection


And finally


“Teachers have high expectations of pupils. They use a wide variety of resources to support clear explanations, which make learning fun.” Ofsted, March 2013


Welcome to The Federation of Grazebrook and Shacklewell Primary Schools Michelle Thomas Executive Headteacher We are two schools working together, because we believe our schools can gain many benefits from working collaboratively. We have made a commitment to have a shared responsibility to the wider school community, through the provision of high-quality education and the improvement of life chances for pupils in the community beyond that of our own schools. As schools working in a federation, we aim to provide the best possible primary education in a stimulating and creative environment. We want to develop a passion for learning, inspired by high-quality teaching and developing and building upon individual strengths and talents. We expect all children in our schools to reach age-related levels, in line with national expectations, as a minimum, and we aim to ensure that the barriers to learning are removed, so that every pupil in both our schools reaches their full potential. Our main aim in both schools is to ensure that all children will gain the essential skills in literacy and numeracy and achieve their potential across the whole curriculum. By working in partnership, we are able to pool our expertise and resources, in order to achieve collectively what we may not be able to achieve individually. Our leadership structure aims to make the most of our shared resources, maintain high expectations and secure high standards. The strategic overview of the partnership is led by myself, and each school is led by a highly effective Head of School, who has the skills and experience required to motivate, inspire and drive our schools forward. The Heads of School retain a teaching commitment and maintain a relentless focus on improving the quality of teaching and raising standards. We value the opportunity to introduce you to our schools. We are confident that you will find a community where standards of behaviour and respect for others are given a high priority, and where every child is motivated to learn and to have high self-esteem. We understand that choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important choices you will make, and we look forward to welcoming you into our schools. Michelle Thomas Executive Headteacher


Our vision • Inspire • Develop • Excite • Achieve An inspiring environment where learning happens because children are motivated and staff are passionate about providing the best possible learning opportunities for each child.

Our vision statement Shacklewell Primary School is a special place full of learning, laughter and friendship where all children are happy, feel safe and are valued. At Shacklewell Primary School, we provide the best possible primary education in a stimulating and creative environment. The school develops a love of learning inspired by high-quality teaching, which builds on individual strengths and talents. We expect all children in our school to reach agerelated levels, in line with national expectations, as a minimum. We aim to ensure that barriers to learning are removed, so that every pupil reaches their full potential. Children educated at Shacklewell are open-minded, committed and confident. We encourage a positive partnership between pupils, home, school and the wider community. The school values a strong relationship with its community. The children in our care develop into individuals who will be able to lead happy and rewarding lives.

“Pupils behave well and know how to keep themselves safe.” Ofsted, March 2013 5

Introducing our school Enrolling your child You are very welcome to visit the school before enrolling your child. Please telephone the School Office to arrange a convenient time to meet with a member of the senior staff. Most visits are organised for Wednesday afternoons, when our children will be available to show you around and a member of senior staff will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Admissions Shacklewell Primary School is a two-form entry community school with one full-time and two part-time nursery classes. The children in our care are aged from three to eleven years. The school can admit 60 children into a year group. Children will normally be admitted to the Reception classes in the year in which they are five years old.

What are the admissions criteria for community primary schools in Hackney? Places will be offered to children using the admissions criteria shown below. Some places are given to children with special educational needs (SEN) statements. The remaining places are offered in this order of priority: 1. children in care 2. children who are subject to a Child Protection Plan 3. children whose acute medical or social needs justify the allocation of a place at the particular school 4. children with a brother or sister on roll at the school from Reception to Year 6 at the time of the proposed admission 5. children living nearest to the main entrance of the school. These distances will be measured in a straight line on a map or using a computerised GIS mapping system. We will need to get confirmation from Children’s Social Care for priorities 1 and 2. Also, we will use distance, as measured in priority 5 above, if we need a tie-breaker decision for priorities 2 and 4. All lists are managed by the Hackney Learning Trust, which is in charge of admissions in Hackney schools. Parents do have the right of appeal against this decision. In these circumstances, a member of the School Administration Team will give advice and an appeal form. We have comprehensive induction procedures to enable children to feel confident in starting school. Details of these will be provided at the point of joining. When your child has been allocated a place at Shacklewell, you will be asked to complete essential paperwork, which includes: • • •

details of any special dietary needs information about health and general development addresses and telephone numbers, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

You will be required to show originals of key documentation, as fraudulent information will result in your child’s place being withdrawn.


“….specialist sports coaches teach high quality activity sessions for all pupils….” Ofsted, March 2013

Home-School Agreement You will be asked to read and sign a Home-School Agreement when your child is enrolled. A copy of the Home-School Agreement is included in the admission pack. Please read it carefully and discuss it with school staff, if there is anything you do not understand.

Times of the school day School begins at 8.55am and teaching ends at 3.30pm. As we occupy a large building, for safety reasons not all children will be delivered to the playground. Nursery and Reception are collected from their classroom door. Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (except Year 6) are brought to the playground by their class teacher. It is vitally important that your child arrives at school on time, in order to access valuable learning and not disrupt other children in the class due to late arrival. It is equally important that children are collected on time at the end of the day, as they can find it extremely distressing if they think they have been forgotten.

The Nursery Class Morning session Afternoon session

8.45am – 11.45am 12.30pm – 3.30pm

The Nursery has 28 full-time and 44 part-time places. Applications for places are open from April to May prior to the September start date. We also have a January intake. For more information about nursery admission, please contact the School Office. The school has an admissions criterion in line with Hackney admission criteria for places in primary schools. Parents bring their children into the Nursery when the door is opened and are welcome to stay until the children are settled to an activity or gathered together on the carpet. At the end of the session, parents come into the classroom to collect their children. The Nursery has a maximum of 50 children per session and each session consists of full- and part-time places.

Reception and Key Stage 1 Morning session Afternoon session

8.55am – 12.00pm 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Key Stage 2 Morning session Afternoon session

8.55am – 12.30pm 1.30pm – 3.30pm

There are staff members available in the playground from 8.45am. Children under seven must be brought to school and collected at the end of the day by a responsible adult.


Senior Management Team At Shacklewell we have a Senior Management Team with Assistant Headteachers who support the Head of School in all areas of management, each taking particular responsibilities. If the Head of School is off site for any reason, the Assistant Headteachers take responsibility for the school. In addition to this, members of the teaching staff hold responsibility for areas of the curriculum. This information is available in the loose-leaf section of this admission pack.

School organisation We have 14 classes, two for each year group from Reception to Year 6. There is a maximum of 30 children in each class and all are mixed-ability classes. Each class has one class teacher, who is supported by at least one teaching assistant during most lessons. In addition we have a state-ofthe-art ICT suite, to which all classes have access during the course of the school week.

The Federation governors Our governors are representatives of the parents, the local authority, school staff and the local community. There is one governing body that oversees both schools in the federation. They meet regularly each term and more frequently in smaller sub-committees. They have responsibility for overseeing the organisation, curriculum and budget of the school. A list of governors is included in the loose-leaf section of this admission pack.

The Parents and Staff Association (PSA) Your involvement in your child’s education is of the utmost importance – working together, we can give your child exactly what they need to succeed. So we encourage parents to become part of the vibrant life of the school through the PSA and the frequent events at the school. All parents have automatic membership of the PSA. It organises social and fundraising events, and PSA meetings are held regularly to plan forthcoming events and discuss current issues.

Parents’ Council Shacklewell has a Parents’ Council, and two parents from each class are nominated as class representatives. The role of this group is to feed parental views to the school management and to act as a support to parents who are new to the school. This group meets once each half-term.

Transfer to other schools Children normally transfer to secondary school at the end of Year 6, when they are eleven. We recommend parents to make more than one choice, as there is no guarantee of admission to your first-choice school. Admission criteria do vary, but siblings, proximity to the school and selection tests tend to be the most significant factors in the allocation of places. You may appeal against any decision to refuse your child admission to a secondary school. Information about secondary schools is provided in the Autumn Term by Hackney Council.


Balanced curriculum At Shacklewell we teach a curriculum that is exciting, fun and imaginative. Walk into any of our classrooms and you can expect to find children engaged in thinking, questioning and learning. Our aim is always to help each child perform to his or her full potential and to develop a love for learning.

Primary Curriculum The National Curriculum provides both the content and the framework for most of what we teach your child at Shacklewell Primary School. In Reception, your child will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum. When your child enters Year 1, they will begin to follow the full Primary Curriculum. They will spend most of their time learning English, mathematics and science, as these are the three core subjects of the National Curriculum. Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum is completed in Years 1 and 2, with SATs (Standardised Assessment Tests) undertaken in reading, writing and mathematics when children are aged seven. Key Stage 2 is followed in Years 3 to 6, with further SATs being taken when children are eleven, just before they leave primary school.

“Skills in mathematics are taught using interesting approaches that capture pupils’ interest and motivate pupils.” 10

Ofsted, March 2013

“Leaders have worked with staff to improve the teaching of reading, writing and mathematics so that pupils steadily build up their skills as they progress through the classes.� Ofsted, March 2013

The learning experience A world of opportunity awaits your child. So even while we are busy making their present days happy and fulfilling, their future is never far from our thoughts. Early Years Foundation Stage Early Years learning challenges children and encourages them to develop into independent, motivated learners and thinkers, full of curiosity about the world around them within a fun, happy and secure environment. Children are encouraged to explore, enquire and take risks in an interactive, hands-on environment. In the Foundation Stage, we foster the child’s own interests, needs and stages of development, and offer activities that extend, enrich and develop potential – both inside and outside the classroom. Within our Nursery and Reception classes we have a caring team, which includes teachers, Early Years educators and teaching assistants. We focus on ensuring that children settle quickly and have a smooth transition into Reception and then Key Stage 1. Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based on seven areas of learning. The three prime areas reflect the key skills and capacities that all children need in order to develop and learn effectively, and become ready for school. The three prime areas are: • Communication and Language • Physical Development • Personal, Social and Emotional Development. There are also four specific areas through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied: • • • •

Literacy Mathematics Understanding the World Expressive Arts and Design.

Our curriculum introduces relevant skills, preparing the children for the National Curriculum in Year 1.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2


The National Curriculum is used as a basis for children in Years 1 to 6. The curriculum includes the core areas of learning and experiences that are essential to the child’s development: • English, taught through Success for All and Accelerated Reader • Mathematics • Science • Information and Communication Technology (ICT), supported by a specialist teacher • Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (including Sex and Relationships Education appropriate to the ages of the children) • Music, taught by a full-time music tutor • Physical Education, taught by specialist PE consultants • Design Technology, taught two days per term • Religious Education • Foreign Languages – Spanish, taught by a specialist teacher • History, Geography, and Art and Design, taught through the International Primary Curriculum.

Collective worship (assemblies) All children in the school participate in a daily act of collective worship. Assemblies reflect the rich and varied heritage of other cultures, as well as the Christian tradition. The presentation of celebrations and seasonal festivals increases knowledge and understanding. Assemblies are also important occasions for promoting the values and aims of the school.

Able learners and special educational needs The school identifies and tracks the progress of pupils of all abilities, to ensure that they reach their maximum potential. We provide a omprehensive range of enrichment activities for our highest-performing pupils, as well as day-to-day extension activities to enable them to feel challenged and to remain motivated. Shacklewell is fully committed to providing a fully inclusive education for all children. Our objective is to identify and assess children with special educational needs as soon as possible, and to use our resources to support these children as effectively as possible, seeking outside specialist help where necessary.

Homework There is an expectation that your child will complete set homework, the amount of which will vary across the school. We have developed a homework policy that emphasises the relationship between home and school. This enables children to gain maximum benefit from work undertaken outside school hours. Parents are provided with programmes of study each half-term, outlining the work their children will be undertaking at the school. We recommend that all children read to an adult at home every evening and that their reading books be returned to school each morning.

Clubs When it comes to extracurricular clubs and organisations, many of our pupils describe the wealth of opportunities available at Shacklewell. These clubs help to forge friendships and provide the roots of hobbies and enthusiasms that will serve the children well, both now and in their futures. The range varies, according to supply and demand. Clubs include football, cooking, netball, drama, art and dance.


The school community “The school provides good opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through music, art, language learning and physical education.� Ofsted, March 2013

Cosmopolitan outlook We are proud of the rich diversity of the cultures at Shacklewell, and the school’s harmonious atmosphere is a tribute to the energy, communication and tolerance that we encourage. Our pupils understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.

Global awareness We continually celebrate our diversity, both through our International Primary Curriculum and through the wealth of extracurricular activities that we organise and encourage. Our expertise allows pupils to enjoy a wide range of trips, making them interested in embracing different languages and cultures and developing a healthy global awareness.

Local community Shacklewell is firmly rooted within the wider community that we serve. As a local school with a highly positive pupil profile, we are always encouraging close links with local businesses.

Well connected Our sense of community extends to our educational links too. We are always willing to look beyond ourselves to grow, educate and develop, and we have close links with other local schools, with whom we share knowledge and best practice.


Our continuing success An atmosphere of achievement is woven into the fabric of school life and success is very much part of our pupils’ everyday experience. Rewarding achievement We believe very strongly that ‘success breeds success’ and that it provides its own self-perpetuating motivation. We are quick to recognise, celebrate and reward success in all its forms. Our regular prize-giving ceremonies provide encouragement and incentives, not only for academic excellence, but also for effort, improvement and good conduct.

Guidance and feedback We know that pupils respond best to clear academic guidance and strong feedback. To put them on the right path, we carefully plan and structure effective lessons for our pupils. To help them stay on that path, and to ensure that parents are always up to date with how their child is getting on, we provide regular progress reports at our parent consultation evenings three times a year.

Keeping you informed We produce a fortnightly bulletin to keep you up to date with school news and developments. Each class sends out a half-termly newsletter to inform you about their curriculum. We are always pleased to see parents about anything concerning their children at any mutually convenient time. If it is a lengthy or private matter, it is advisable to make an appointment through the School Office.

Aiming high At the Federation we work hard to help every child achieve their best. We are also realistic enough to recognise that different pupils are capable of achieving different standards, so we ensure that all students receive appropriate challenges and can fulfil their potential.

“….enhancements to the environment and curriculum in the Early Years Foundation Stage are securing higher attainment for children by the end of Reception.” Ofsted, March 2013


The whole child As parents, carers, teachers, support staff or governors, we have an important role in ensuring the well-being of every child in our care. At Shacklewell we promote the spiritual and moral development of your child, as well as their academic and social development.

Punctuality and attendance We expect parents to ensure that children arrive on time for the start of each school day. Children who are persistently late or who have poor attendance records are likely to fall behind with their work. If your child is absent from school for any reason, it is essential that you provide us with an adequate explanation by telephone or in writing. Otherwise the absence will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’. Absences for reasons other than illness will only be permitted in special circumstances, and authorisation must be requested from the Head of School.

Health and welfare The health and welfare of your child is very important to us. Despite every effort, care and concern, it is possible that your child may become ill while at school or have an accident. Minor accidents and illnesses are dealt with in school, the incident recorded and the child checked by a qualified first-aider. A note alerting you to any incident/injury will be handed to the child to bring home at the end of the day. We can administer water or ice packs only. In the case of a more serious accident where injuries may require further treatment, parents/carers will be notified immediately. All head injuries, including minor bumps, are reported to parents by letter and by telephone. It is very important that the school has up-to-date information, to enable us to contact you in case of emergency. It is your responsibility to provide us with the information on a regular basis. Please advise us immediately of any change to your child’s medical status.

Medication We are willing to administer prescribed medication, but it is essential that you sign a consent form with full instructions on how to administer the medicine. Where children require regular medication, e.g. asthma pumps, it is the responsibility of the parent to make sure that the school has the appropriate medication (or pumps), which must be in date, and a signed permission form as well. If your child requires an Epipen, he/she will not be allowed on site without the appropriate medication being left at school. A log is kept by the School Office of all medication administered in school.

Behaviour management At Shacklewell we expect respect and courtesy from all our pupils in their interaction with each other, with members of staff and with other adults. We like to think of our school as an environment where children can display individuality and initiative, but we have a clear set of rules to support and guide children with their behaviour. We use a system called ‘Stay on Green’.


Green rules We like to place an emphasis on rewarding positive behaviour, but we also deal firmly and fairly with unacceptable behaviour. An important part of our behaviour management policy is the sharing of responsibility with parents for children’s behaviour. We will contact parents whenever we require their support in this area. • • • • •

Caring We care for each other, our things and the world around us. Communication We actively listen, co-operate and join in. Learning We make the most of our learning time and complete tasks. Being Responsible We do our best to make the right choices. Being Safe We think before we act and always tell the truth.

School uniform School uniform provides a sense of belonging and helps children to work together towards a common cause. Please make sure your child’s clothes are clearly marked with their name. Jewellery, such as rings, necklaces and bracelets, should not be worn to school. If your child has pierced ears, please use small, smooth studs or small sleeper-type earrings. We request this in the interest of your child’s safety. A list of uniform items, including the required PE clothing, can be found in the admission pack. Children who are without the correct PE kit will receive a letter, reminding parents of their statutory obligation to provide their children with appropriate PE clothing.

School meals Children can choose to have a school meal or to bring in a packed lunch. School meals offer good value for money and provide a healthy, balanced diet. There is always a choice of menu, including salads and a vegetarian dish. Ashlyns Organic Farm provides our school meals. Packed lunches should also be nutritionally well balanced. They should not include sweets or drinks other than water. Whichever choice of meal your child makes, we ask that he or she sticks to that choice for at least half a term, since we have to notify our caterers of the number of meals required in advance of each half of the term. School meals must be paid for in advance each Monday morning for the week ahead. If you think, your child may be entitled to free school meals, you should contact the School Office.

Fire drills (practice of emergency evacuation) Fire drills are carried out on a regular basis (half-termly) in order that all children and adults using our school site are familiar with emergency evacuation procedures.

“Pupils from widely diverse backgrounds get on well together because the school places a strong emphasis on developing pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and fosters good relationships.” Ofsted, March 2013


Child protection “The Executive Headteacher, senior leaders and governors provide strong leadership to make sure that the school continues to improve further.� Ofsted, March 2013

Child protection We have a duty to ensure that our children are not at risk from any abuse. We will therefore investigate any physical injury, if we cannot be sure that the cause was accidental. This will involve a report of our concern to the social services. Your child’s safety and well-being are our first priority.

Charging policy The Education Reform Act 1988 states that: a) There is no legal obligation for parents to contribute to activities that take place during school hours. b) Parents can be asked to make voluntary contributions to these activities. c) Pupils will be treated similarly, whether or not their parents have made a contribution. We believe strongly in the value of educational trips during school hours, but we do not have the funds to subsidise every outing. Therefore we have to seek voluntary contributions. There may have to be cancellations, if sufficient funds are not raised. If your child deliberately breaks or damages school property, we will ask you for the cost of replacing or repairing the item.

Complaints procedure If you have a concern about anything at school, please discuss it first with your class teacher and then, if there is still a problem, with the Head of School and then the Executive Headteacher.


Under Section 23 of the Education Reform Act 1988 you can make a formal complaint to the Chair of Governors or to the local authority about the curriculum or any related matter. Governors are unable to deal with complaints unless they have first been raised with the school staff.

And finally Thank you for taking the time to read our prospectus. Shacklewell Primary School is a good school with a unique atmosphere: happy, friendly, united, successful, forward-thinking and ambitious. We hope that you have found this prospectus informative. If you would like to find out more about us, please ring the School Office to schedule a visit. We look forward to welcoming you and working in partnership together.

“Staff are determined to give the pupils the best opportunities they can.� Ofsted, March 2013


Grazebrook Primary School Lordship Road London N16 0QP Tel: 020 8802 4051 Fax: 020 8442 5202 E-mail: Web:

Shacklewell Primary School Shacklewell Row London E8 2EA Telephone: 020 7254 1415 Fax: 020 7254 1151 E-mail: Web:

Š The Federation of Grazebrook & Shacklewell Primary Schools May, 2013

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