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Blaenhonddan Primary School Main Road Bryncoch Neath SA10 7PE Headteacher: Mr Christopher Millis Tel: 01639 644366 Email: blaenhonddanprimary@npted.org Website: www.npted.org/blaenhonddanprimary


C O N T E N T S Page Information for Parents ...................................................................................................... 1 School Hours .......................................................................................................................... 2 Breakfast Club....................................................................................................................... 2 Teaching Staff ...................................................................................................................... 3 School Governors .................................................................................................................. 4 School Aims ............................................................................................................................ 5 Admission to School ............................................................................................................. 6 The School Building and Site ............................................................................................. 7 Arriving and Leaving School ............................................................................................... 7 School Travel Plan ................................................................................................................ 7 Visiting School ....................................................................................................................... 8 Working in School ................................................................................................................. 8 Publication Scheme ............................................................................................................... 8 Learning Support Centre..................................................................................................... 9 Complaints............................................................................................................................... 9 Use of Welsh Language ....................................................................................................... 9 School Organisation and Curriculum .............................................................................. 10 The National Curriculum ................................................................................................... 10 Skills Framework................................................................................................................. 12 Additional / Special Educational Needs ........................................................................ 12 Accessibility......................................................................................................................... 13 Religious Education ............................................................................................................. 13 Personal and Social Education (PSE) .............................................................................. 13


Sex Education ...................................................................................................................... 13 Educational Visits ............................................................................................................... 13 Extra Curricular Activities............................................................................................... 14 Charging and Remissions Policy........................................................................................ 14 Homework ............................................................................................................................. 14 Lunches .................................................................................................................................. 15 Healthy Schools Initiative ............................................................................................... 15 Care ........................................................................................................................................ 15 Accidents and Illness ........................................................................................................ 16 Medicines .............................................................................................................................. 16 Medical Examinations......................................................................................................... 16 Attendance ........................................................................................................................... 17 Punctuality ............................................................................................................................ 18 School Clothing .................................................................................................................... 18 Practical Lessons................................................................................................................. 18 Personal Property................................................................................................................ 19 Communication ..................................................................................................................... 19 Helping in School................................................................................................................. 20 Working Together .............................................................................................................. 20


Information for Parents Name of School

:

Blaenhonddan Primary School Ysgol Gynradd Blaenhonddan

Address

:

Main Road Bryncoch Neath SA10 7 PE

Telephone Fax Email

: : :

01639 644366 01639 635605 blaenhonddanprimary@npted.org

Classification of School

:

County Primary

Age Range of Pupils

:

3-11 years

Number of Pupils

:

225 (afternoon nursery not included)

Headteacher

:

Mr Chris Millis

Chair of Governors

:

Mr Andrew Collins

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School Hours Full Time : Nursery Part Time : Nursery afternoons

8.50 a.m. - 12.00 noon 1.00 p.m. - 3.20 p.m. 8.50 a.m - 11.40 a.m. 12.45 p.m. – 3.15 p.m.

After school clubs and activities finish at approximately 4.15 p.m. Children who attend after school clubs must be collected from school by a responsible adult.

Breakfast Club Please complete a form from the office. If your child is in Reception or older then they are welcome to attend our free Breakfast Club. 4 staff will look after the children from 8.15. The breakfast includes toast, cereal, drinks and fresh fruit. Please bring the children to the far right glass door of the hall, between 8.15 and 8.30. Please drive carefully in the car park.

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Teaching Staff Head Teacher Mr. Chris Millis Deputy Headteacher Miss K Rees- Jones Teachers Mrs C. Morgan Mrs J Collins-Brown Mr L Evans Miss Stacey Davies Mrs D Walsh-Evans Miss H Lewis Mrs H Wright Mrs C Prothero Mrs Y Johnson Miss Jenna Harris

(SENCO and Learning Support Centre) ( Head of Phase Group)

( Head of Phase Group)

A number of specialist and support teachers regularly visit the school to help children with speech and language problems, hearing and learning difficulties. These teachers are part of Neath Port Talbot team of SEN Support Teachers. SUPPORT STAFF School Clerk

Mrs Annette James

Administrative Assistant

Mrs Judith Sheppard

Learning Support Assistants Mrs A Hill Mrs A Clarkson Mrs M Jones Mrs J Sheppard Mrs. A. Jones Mrs. J McAlister Miss H Barry Miss L Newman. Lunchtime Supervisors Glynis Thurlow- Julie Davies,- Michelle Jones, -Annette Clarkson -Amanda Jones Caretaker

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Mr Steve Jones


School Governors The school has a governing body appointed by the LEA. The Governing Body meets regularly to discuss and plan the work of the school, the maintenance of the buildings and site, the financial management of the school and staffing. An annual report (summary) from the school Governors is sent to all families. A full report is available from the school upon request. An Annual Governors Parent Meeting (AGPM) is held once each year. Governors LEA Representatives

Mr A Threlfall Mr S Vaudin

Minor Authority Representative Teacher Representative

Mrs J Collins – Brown

Staff Representative

Mrs. Angela Hill

Parental Representatives Mr. A. Collins Mrs H Harry Co-opted members

Mr. Mark Harris Mr. A Wheeler Mrs P Peet

Headteacher

Mr C. Millis

Link Governor

Mrs. R. Goldman

Clerk to Governors

Mrs. A. Clarkson

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School Aims Our aim is to educate your child to his/her full potential in a happy, safe and caring environment. Children need to be taught and to develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and morally. Each child is different and has different needs and capabilities in all these areas. The school aims to make the learning and teaching activities stimulating, vibrant and relevant to the children's needs and abilities. We aim to make school life enjoyable and meaningful and thus a continued motivation to learn. Children will be introduced to and taught, skills that will enable them to take their place successfully in an increasingly complex technological society. We work to meet these needs and capabilities by:creating an interesting learning environment providing our children with high quality teaching, books, materials and equipment in order that they may learn helping the children to become independent learners by teaching them key skills and by establishing good working habits making school a happy, and healthy place establishing a well ordered school based on self discipline and respect for each other requiring honesty, truthfulness, diligence, perseverance, and good manners from the children and to help the children develop these qualities. educating the children to care for themselves, for others, for the school, for the natural environment and for their community developing good relationships between home and school and maintaining open dialogue based on confidence and trust encouraging parental involvement and co-operation with the school and to ensure that the school is a focal point and central to the community within which it exists.

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Admission to School Children are admitted after their third birthday into our part-time Nursery in the September of each school year. Requests should be made to the school before 31st March. Arrangements will be made with you, as parents, to visit the school and meet the staff during the summer before your child starts Nursery Education. Your child will be invited to visit too! We want your child to be happy and secure with us. Children aged 4+ are admitted into our full time Reception class in the September of each school year. Written confirmation of the offer of a place for your child at the school must be received before the closing date set. (This varies annually but is usually some time in February/March before your child attends school in the Autumn Term.) It is essential that parents ensure the return of the completed School Admission Form for all catchment area children. An „Information for Parents‟ booklet will be distributed at the end of the Autumn term. Reception parents are invited to a welcome meeting with the staff during the Summer Term prior to the beginning of the academic year (September). The Planned Admission Limits (PAL) for primary schools will be 30 for single age classes; 26 for mixed age classes. All children living within the school‟s catchment area, as defined by the LEA, will be guaranteed a place at the catchment area school unless the class is full. Requests for admission, for children who live outside the catchment area, will be granted where there are places available. If there are more admission requests than places the following priority will apply: 1. Children living within the school‟s catchment area, as defined by the LEA; 2. Children who have a brother or sister attending the school at the date of their admission; 3. Children attending a designated partner school or nursery class but who live outside the catchment area 4. Other children for whom a place has been requested. In any one of 2,3 or 4 above, where requests for admission exceed the places available priority will be given on the basis of distance between home and school (measured by the shortest available safe route), children living closest having the highest priority.

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Requests for children to transfer between schools at periods other than the normal transfer age will be determined by applying the above arrangements. We are pleased to welcome parents into the family of the school.

The School Building and Site The school is made up of two buildings. The large main building houses Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 classes, the LSC class, the school kitchen, hall, which doubles as a canteen, a medical room, school office and Headteacher's Room. The Foundation Phase (Nursery and Reception) classes are housed in a separate stone building near the entrances to the campus. Staff and visitor car parking is to the left of the main building.The school field and playgrounds surround the buildings.

Arriving and Leaving School For the safety of the children and smooth running of the school the following apply: Infant aged children must be brought to and collected from school by a responsible adult Parents bringing or collecting children by car should not stop on the zigzag yellow lines marked in front of the school gates and railings. Neither should parents' cars enter the school premises for the purpose of dropping off children unless permission is granted from the Headteacher Children should not arrive in school before 8.40a.m. The bell will ring for children to meet their teachers in order to be supervised into the buildings at 8.50a.m. During unsuitable weather the children will be welcomed into the buildings in an orderly manner and not be expected to form lines.

School Travel Plan Blaenhonddan Primary School recognises the importance of reducing the number of car trips generated by the school and the importance of improving safety for pupils on the journey to school. Blaenhonddan School Travel Working Group and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Road Safety Unit have produced the school travel plan jointly.

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The travel plan sets out to: improve safety on the school journey raise awareness about travel issues reduce the high level of car trips made by parents, staff and pupils and encourage walking, cycling and public transport on the school journey

Visiting School We are happy to welcome visitors, friends and/or parents to school. If your visit is not known in advance please report to the school office (Main) building). There is a CCTV camera in place and an intercom system to gain entry. All visitors to the school must sign the visitorsâ€&#x; book and receive an appropriate identification badge.

Working in School Anyone working or having contact with children at the school must undergo an enhanced disclosure by the Criminal Records Bureau.

Publication Scheme One of the aims of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is that public authorities, including all maintained schools, should be clear and proactive about the information they will make public. To do this the school has set out: The classes of information which we publish or intend to publish The manner in which the information will be published Whether the information is available free of charge or on payment The scheme covers information already published and information, which is to be published in the future. All information in our publication scheme is available in paper form. The publication scheme lists classes of information that we undertake to make available i.e. school prospectus; Governorsâ€&#x; Documents; Pupils and Curriculum; School Policies. The publication scheme is available at the school upon request.

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Learning Support Centre The Learning Support Centre (known as Class 7) caters for a maximum of nine statemented Key Stage 2 pupils. These children are drawn from a wide area within Neath. Mrs C. Morgan (teacher) and Mrs Hill, (NNEB) staff the Unit. The aim of the unit is to provide the children with a caring, secure and stimulating environment in which their educational, emotional and social needs may be addressed. The children in the unit are expected to study the full range of National Curriculum subjects. When and where possible these are undertaken in mainstream classes, with support. An important role of the LSC is to liaise with a number of professional agencies. A Speech and Language therapist and an Occupational Therapist visit the school on a regular basis to work with those children who are statemented for their input. The unit operates the same hours and rules as the mainstream school. Parents who require additional information or support may contact Mrs Morgan either by letter or phone, at the school. Pupils with disabilities are welcome for admission and there are facilities available e.g. shower, ramped access. All children are welcomed to our caring school.

Complaints Should any parent need to complain about any matter appertaining to the school they are encouraged to arrange an appointment with the Headteacher who will deal sensitively with any complaint. A Complaints Policy is available upon request.

Use of Welsh Language The children are encouraged to use incidental Welsh and part of each day in every class in the school is spent in speaking Welsh. A peripatetic Welsh teacher visits the school once a fortnight to work with teachers and children. St David's Day is an important part of the school calendar when children are given the opportunity to enjoy and share their Welsh heritage. Pupils are given opportunities, where appropriate, to develop and apply knowledge and understanding of the cultural, economic, environmental, historical and linguistic characteristics of Wales. The school actively promotes the development of the Welsh language.

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School Organisation and Curriculum The school is organised into seven full time classes and a part time Nursery. The school also has a Learning Support Centre (LSC). From September 2008, a new curriculum will be introduced for 5 year olds. The new framework for learning is skills based and blends practical activities and creativity with knowledge and understanding of the world. The Foundation Phase aims to: raise children‟s standards of achievement and attainment enhance their positive attitudes to learning enable the to benefit from educational opportunities later in their life help them to become active citizens within their communities help them to learn how to learn The Foundation Phase will enable out children to „play, learn and grow‟. Reception Year 1 and 2 children will no longer follow K.S.1 National Curriculum subjects but will continue with the Foundation Phase until the end of Year 2. Children aged 6-11 are taught the National Curriculum in mixed ability classes. Each class is divided into groups for teaching purposes. The children study different topics each term. There is an Early Years Prospectus; Key Stage 1 Prospectus; Key Stage 2 and LSC Prospectus available on request.

The National Curriculum The National Curriculum is made up of 11 subjects. English, Maths and Science are the core subjects. History, Geography, Design Technology, Information Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education and Welsh (second language) are the foundation subjects. The National Curriculum documents are available in school. Any parent who wishes to see them is welcome to do so. The core subjects are important and are used in our school to help us to produce literate, numerate, articulate children who have good communication skills. Our children are taught to learn to read and then use their reading as a pathway to greater knowledge and to the joy of reading for pleasure. They are taught how to write, to spell, to use correct grammar and sentence structure and to

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have legible writing. They are taught to express themselves articulately, clearly, logically and with the confidence to express opinion to others. They are taught mathematical skills in number and practical activities where they use and apply the knowledge they have gained to live and work in the everyday world and to find interest in problem solving, pattern and puzzles. They use these key skills across all other areas of the curriculum. Our children are growing up in an ever-increasing scientific and technological world. The children are taught to use calculators, listening stations, computers etc. to help them deal with the man made world. They learn to design and make things finding solutions to problems and ideas. The children's curiosity about the natural world is awakened and we teach knowledge and skills to satisfy that curiosity. The teaching of History, Geography and Religious Education help the children realise how varied and interesting the world is. We also wish the children to be proud of their own heritage and culture. We teach and practise Welsh as a second language, study the local area and keep up Welsh traditions and hobbies. Every child is given the opportunity to express themselves creatively by using a variety of media e.g. paint, collage, pastels. The children's artwork is displayed on the walls of corridors and classrooms. The sound of music making or singing will be heard on most days. This way the children can learn to appreciate the Art and Music of the Masters and of each other. It is the aim of the school to develop every child's potential in sport. At Blaenhonddan School sport is accessible to all irrespective of ability. PE lessons are held indoors or outdoors depending on weather conditions. The children are taught games, rugby, netball, athletics, gymnastics, cross-country, hockey, cricket and dance. Swimming is introduced in Year 2 and continues in each junior class. The National Curriculum is taught to all children in Wales aged 6-16 years. Teacher Assessment levels are recorded for the attainment targets at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6). The pupilâ€&#x;s level of attainment as determined by teacher assessment in each relevant core subject

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(English, Maths and Science) will be recorded in the pupilâ€&#x;s end of key stage report. The usual range for Key Stage 1 is from Level 1 to level 3 and for Key Stage 2 from Level 2 to level 5. Last year's results will be given with this prospectus. The teachers regularly assess the children's work in the other classes and record their progress against the National Curriculum levels. Children in year 2, year 4 and year 6 are tested in the Summer Term in english and mathematics. ( An L.E.A initiative). Pupils are assessed regularly throughout the year as a unit of work is completed. Parents are informed of their child's progress through the National Curriculum during Parent's Evenings and in an annual school report.

Skills Framework From September 2009 a skills framework for schools has been developed with the aim of providing guidance about continuity and progression in thinking, communication, ICT and number for learners from 3-19 and beyond. These are skills that will enable learners of any age to become successful, whether in school, the workplace, at home or elsewhere, and they need to be firmly embedded into the experience of learners across all learning. This framework is not intended to be a curriculum framework. It underpins the Foundation Phase framework, all the subjects of the national curriculum, plus the frameworks for personal and social education (PSE), careers and the world of work (CWW) and religious education (RE), and aims to ensure a coherent approach to learning and to progression.

Additional / Special Educational Needs You will be informed if your child has special educational needs. Children with ALN / SEN are helped in three ways. Firstly the class teacher will give the child suitable work and help. Secondly the school's specialist SEN teacher will advise the class teacher and may suggest support for your child in the classroom. Thirdly the Local Education Authority's specialist help and expertise may be called upon. Parents are kept informed at all stages of this process.

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Accessibility Please note that this prospectus can be made available in other formats e.g. Braille, auditory tape, large print etc. Contact the school‟s office in order to make your requirements known. An Accessibility Plan to ensure that disabled pupils, staff, and visitors have equal access to the curriculum and premises is available at the school

Religious Education Although R.E is not part of the National Curriculum it is a legal requirement. Collective worship is held daily and local clergy are invited to speak to the children during the year. The emphasis is broadly Christian, and children learn prayers. The children are introduced to the major features of the five world religions e.g. Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Judaism during class lessons. Please speak with the Headteacher if you wish to withdraw your child from R.E. or collective worship. The children from each class present an assembly.

Personal and Social Education (PSE) PSE is included in all aspects of school life and the curriculum. All children are expected to be considerate, thoughtful, caring and helpful to everyone. The children are encouraged to share their problems, feelings and concerns in „circle time.‟ Health related issues will also be discussed linked to “Healthy Living.”

Sex Education Class teachers teach sex education at an appropriate level to all children in the school. The children learn about family life, caring for themselves and others, looking after themselves, the differences between males and females and what happens at puberty. The school's policy on sex education is available for parents to see at any time. Parent's comments are welcome. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from sex education lessons.

Educational Visits Each class makes an educational visit at least once per term. The visits are linked to the topic being studied by the class and are necessary to the child's education. They usually take place during the day. The children also visit local 13 | P a g e


sites and places of interest regularly. In order for a child to participate in any visit consent form must be completed and returned to the school. Any child not returning them will not be allowed to participate.

Extra Curricular Activities Sports Clubs (rugby, netball,, football, gymnastics, cross country, hockey, cricket, and athletics) are held on a regular basis after school. There are Spanish/ French classes (held at lunchtime). Visiting theatre and educational visits are a regular feature of school life. Services and productions by the children mark the major events during the school year usually Harvest, Christmas, St David's Day. Easter and a leaver's Service at the end of the Summer term. Parents and/or local community are invited to join us.

Charging and Remissions Policy Although no charge is made for school time activities parents/guardians are invited to make voluntary contributions to make funds go further. No child will be excluded from such activities simply on the basis of non-contribution but at the same time visits/activities may be cancelled for the entire group/class if sufficient funds to cover the cost are not available. Please speak to the Headteacher if you have any concerns over cost. Your concerns will be treated in confidence.

Homework All children are expected to read at home in the evening. We provide books for this purpose. The Infant Department run a STAR reading programme and parents will be invited to a meeting to explain its organisation within the school and how parents and teachers work as a team. Homework set for your child will depend on the teacher's judgement of how much extra practice an individual needs and will vary from class to class. You will receive information from your child's class teacher about topics taught and homework procedures every term. We endeavour to make homework a positive experience for your child by encouraging and praising success.

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Lunches School meals are served in the hall. Children who wish to have a school dinner must have dinner for the full 5 days (Monday to Friday), OR bring a packed lunch daily.( Please see Healthy Lunchbox information) Dinner money must be paid in full IN ADVANCE every FRIDAY in order for your child to have dinners the following Monday to Friday. If the money is not paid on the Friday, then your child will need to bring sandwiches for the following week. (This also applies if your child is absent on Friday). If you wish to pay by cheque please make it payable to "NPTCBC" and write your cheque card number on the reverse. If cash is sent in it must be the correct money as no change will be given. Mrs James, the school clerical officer will be happy to give confidential help and advice if you wish to apply for free school meals for your child. All children will need a packed lunch on educational visits. Children having free school meals can have a packed lunch from school. All children usually stay for school dinner or bring their own packed lunch. Those children bringing a packed lunch may bring a drink but it must be contained in an unbreakable screw topped container. Cooled drinking water is available at the school throughout the day. Children may take water into the classroom to drink throughout the day but they must provide their own leak proof plastic bottle with their name clearly visible on it.

Healthy Schools Initiative Blaenhonddan primary is a designated healthy school. Like plants people wilt. We recognise that low fluid intake can lead to reduced academic performance through poor concentration and lethargy, reduced physical performance and health problems including headaches and urine infections. All children and staff have free access to water throughout the day. Children will need to bring their own plastic drinks bottle which they will take into class. Parents and children are asked not to bring or send sweets to school. Children are only allowed to bring fruit to school to eat during play times.

Care The Headteacher has overall responsibility for running the school with your child's care and safety in mind. However the day to day care and safety of your child lies with the class teacher and support staff. At break time teachers and support assistants are on duty. During the lunch break supervisors are employed to look after the children. If a school activity is arranged outside the school day a teacher will be in charge. On occasions, teachers will request the 15 | P a g e


assistance of other adult helpers e.g. parents, friends of the school, students. This frequently happens on Educational Visits. There is always a teacher in overall charge on these occasions.

Accidents and Illness Minor accidents and illness are treated in school. There are trained first aiders amongst the teaching and support staff. If your child is more seriously hurt or ill, we will contact you to collect him/her from school. Please make sure that we have an emergency contact number for that reason. In a medical emergency your child, accompanied by an adult, will be taken to hospital by ambulance. You will be contacted as soon as possible.

Medicines There are two categories of children who may need prescribed medication. 1.

Children with long term illnesses e.g. asthma. Arrangements will be made for their necessary treatment.

2.

Children with short term illnesses. Usually a child who is ill enough to need medicine prescribed by a doctor should be at home being cared for a family member. Occasionally a child will be well enough to return to school before the course of treatment has been completed; in these cases the Headteacher can only administer medicine if a letter of consent has been received from the parent. No 'over the counter' medicines will be administered under any circumstances. Medication prescribed 3 times daily can be taken at home before school, at home upon returning from school and at bedtime.

When your child is admitted to the school you will be invited to complete a detailed medical questionnaire on your child. This is merely a request and its completion is not compulsory. If your child has a potentially serious medical condition you will need to draw up a healthcare plan with the Headteacher.

Medical Examinations Vision, hearing and dental inspections are carried out in school during the year. You will be informed in advance if any apply to your child.

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Attendance Attendance at school is compulsory. Parents are asked to notify school of a reason for absences as soon as possible. Please telephone or tell the class teacher. A note of explanation must cover all absences. Absence due to illness, medical appointments or other unavoidable reasons will be authorised by the Headteacher. An unauthorised absence will be recorded if we are not well informed. Application forms to request taking a child out of school for a holiday are available at the office. A maximum of 2 weeks may be authorised during the school year. All such absences are closely monitored and not advised. Attendance is categorised as follows:98%-100% 92%-98% 90%-92% 85%-90% 80%-85%

Excellent Good - Very Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory Poor

Below 80% Education Welfare Officer is informed and a home visit undertaken. It is vital that your child attends the school regularly. Please note this quote from Jane Davidson AM, the Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning: “…..under the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations Act 1995 parents must apply to the school for permission for their children to go on holiday during term time. These regulations make it clear that only in exceptional circumstances should a pupil be granted more than 10 school days absence in any one academic year.” Attendance certificates are presented to those children who achieve 100% attendance each term. Medals, badges and certificates are awarded to those children who achieve 100% attendance throughout the school year. A weekly F.A. Cup (Full Attendance Cup) is presented to the class achieving 100% attendance for one week. Holidays taken during term time are strongly discouraged.

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Punctuality School begins at 8.50a.m. Being on time is a good habit, however, if the family oversleep please ensure your child comes to school. Likewise if your child has a medical appointment. Free Breakfast Club starts at 8.15 Nursery and Reception children are brought to the Nursery entrance by their parents and are met there by staff. All other children line up on the schoolyard where they will be collected and taken into school by school staff. For security reasons the external doors are locked after the children come in from lines. If you or your child arrives after the doors are locked please use the intercom to gain entry.

School Clothing The children wear uniform. It consists of grey or black trousers, skirt or pinafore dress and a school tie with a white shirt and blue jumper or cardigan or blue or white polo shirt. In hot weather the summer uniform is blue and white check dress or grey shorts with a white or blue polo shirt. School sweatshirts, fleeces, school baseball caps, woolly hats, book bags, ties, jumpers, sweatshirts are on sale on the school premises .Hats can be worn during sunny weather. Suncream should be applied before children come to school. Nail varnish and make-up are not appropriate for school. Sports clothes should not be worn during ordinary lessons. School uniform is available from the school. Order forms are available at the office. All orders must be accompanied by the correct payment.

Practical Lessons P.E. is a National Curriculum subject and is compulsory. The children should wear the correct colour clothes and pumps or trainers for outdoor activities. In cold weather a school tracksuit may be necessary for outdoor games. A swimming costume and towel will be necessary during the term the children go swimming. We can provide netball skirts and bibs and soccer/rugby/cross country and sometimes kit for children who forget their own change of clothes. Long hair must be tied back during lessons and watches etc removed. Earrings must be removed and children will undertake gymnastics barefooted. Hats can be worn during sunny weather. Suncream should be applied before children come to school. An old shirt is required for use as an overall during art/craft activities in the juniors (Year 3 to Year 6) and an apron for cookery lessons.

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Personal Property We do all we can to safeguard children's possessions although we cannot take responsibility. Children bring equipment on to the premises at their own risk. The schoolâ€&#x;s insurance does not cover loss or theft unless forced entry to the school can be proved. Parents are expected to ensure the following arrangements are met:CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT: Please mark all items clearly. Unclaimed belongings are kept in a 'lost property' collection. Children should not bring personal items/toys to school in case of loss or damage. JEWELLERY: The only jewellery permitted in school is watches and stud/sleeper earrings. However, parents are advised that any jewellery is a potential hazard. For health and safety reasons, no jewellery, i.e. watches and earrings are to be worn during P.E. MONEY: the children will need to bring money to school regularly e.g. dinner money, trip money etc. Please ensure it is in an envelope clearly marked with the child's name and class. Arrangements are made for prompt collection. No other money should be brought to school. MOBILE `PHONES: No mobile phones should be brought to school. If a child needs to contact parents, permission may be granted to use the telephone sited in the main office.

Communication We try to keep all families informed about what is happening at school by : Weekly and termly newsletters Our Learning Gateway Web Site. Txt to parents via mobile phones. Class topics information sheet Notices on notice boards Open Day held in the Autumn Term Parental consultations held in the Spring Term School reports sent home in the Summer Term Welcome and information meetings/coffee mornings "The Open Door" - if you have a minor query or wish to pass on a message to the teacher, pop into school at 3.20p.m.

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Questionnaires to evaluate your perception of this school are issued and collated as part of the school‟s self-evaluation process (every 3 years)

Helping in School There are always ways in which you, as parents, can help in school. It is good for your child to feel that we work as a partnership. You are welcome to help with the many activities, which take place. The children especially need help with art, design technology, cookery, sewing, science experiments and swimming. If you are interested or have any other skills to offer, please let us know. All parents helping at the school will need to have an enhanced disclosure certificate from the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Working Together Children, teachers and parents of Blaenhonddan Primary School must work together to ensure all the children get a good start. We want the children to be happy, healthy and safe. We have fun as we teach and learn together. Come and join us!

CROESO I YSGOL BLAENHONDDAN!

‘Working together to become a centre of excellence.’

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Blaenhonddan School Prospectus 2010-11 (pdf)  

Blaenhonddan School Prospectus 2010-11 (pdf)

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