School Vision and Aims
Pinxton Kirkstead Junior School serves the village of Pinxton. It has extensive grounds including a playing field, playground, adjoining PASS Centre (Pinxton Arts and Sports Space), a Trim Trail and an Outdoor classroom. Much of the school and grounds have been significantly improved and recently two modern purpose built classrooms have been added. The school is a safe and stimulating environment in which to work and play. The PASS Centre is a purpose built sports and arts hall that enables children to enjoy drama, dance, music and PE in a generously sized and well equipped space. responsibility for their own achievements as well as supporting those around them.
School Aims and Values At Pinxton Kirkstead Junior School we are passionate about teaching and learning and are proud of our achievements. Not only do we strive for excellence by aiming high, but we also know learning should be fun too. We want all members of our school community to thoroughly enjoy what we do in our school. We are well resourced with interactive whiteboards installed in all classrooms; these have improved teaching and learning opportunities for everyone. In addition to this, we regularly utilise our large ICT suite and exploit all opportunities to use other equipment including digital cameras and voice recorders to support our learning in all curriculum areas. This also ensures that we continue to develop our ICT skills to a high standard.
We continually strive to make Pinxton Kirkstead Junior a school which:
Our School Vision
All children and adults feel respected and valued.
Provides a secure and caring environment in which everyone is equally appreciated, enabling everyone to succeed in achieving their potential. Provides a wide and stimulating curriculum to foster enquiring minds and an enjoyment of learning.
Our Vision statements capture the aspirations of the parents, pupils, Governors and staff at Pinxton Kirkstead Junior School. They underpin all that we do in school and set standards by which we measure our performance. Our Vision statements actively encourage everyone to do their best and take
A happy, encourages achievement.
stimulating environment high expectations and
Actively encourages children not only to take responsibility for themselves but helps prepare them in becoming increasingly independent, good citizens of the future.
There are 7 classes in our school. In each class we aim for a balance of gender and ability.
We expect all of our pupils to wear the agreed school uniform as we feel that this promotes a feeling of pride in our school community and encourages a sense of responsibility and belonging. Our uniform is very child friendly and practical:
The school organisation is currently as follows: Year 3/Year 4: three mixed ability classes with Guided Reading, Writing Skills and Numeracy taught in sets. Year 5: two mixed ability classes with Guided Reading, Writing Skills and Numeracy taught in sets Year 6: two mixed ability classes with Guided Reading, Writing Skills and Numeracy taught in sets School based evidence confirms that mixedability classes in lower school has supported pupils emotional and social development whilst actively promoting high levels of learning and attainment. Setting allows us to focus learning at a level appropriate for the child as well as preparing them for the transition to Key Stage 3.
School Day School begins
End of School day
Staff are on the playground to welcome children to school from 8.45am. All staff are available on the school playground before and after school.
Plain white, yellow or royal blue shirt, polo-shirt or T-shirt
Plain royal blue sweatshirt, cardigan or school fleece with logo. (sew on badges are available from the office)
Trousers or skirts in grey or black
Some items can be bought from the school office. In the summer, girls may wear blue and white checked dresses, boys may wear school shorts. Shoes or trainers must be plain black and be appropriate for an active school day. For indoor/outdoor PE the children need:
Dark plain shorts
Plain white T-shirt
Trainers or pumps
Dark plain jogging trousers and sweatshirt may be worn during cold weather.
Year 3 and 4 children will have the opportunity to go swimming once per week for 10 weeks. Swim kit must consist of swimwear and towel. Boys swimwear must be either trunks or shorts. Shorts must end above the knee. Girls swimwear must consist of a one-piece bathing costume, ideally in a dark colour. For health and safety reasons we ask that for PE and swimming hair is tied back and all jewellery must be removed, this includes earrings. We have a policy of no jewellery in school with the exception of a watch and one pair of small stud earrings. There should be no make up and nail polish should be removed. PLEASE ENSURE ALL CLOTHING IS NAMED
About our school
Our Curriculum Our aim is to work in collaboration with parents to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve. This includes: • developing enjoyment and commitment to learning, • encouraging and stimulating best possible progress and highest attainment for all pupils, • building on experiences,
• developing the child’s confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively, • equipping children with essential skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT capability, • promoting enquiring minds and the capacity to think rationally. The school aims to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. This includes:
Religious Education Our school is not affiliated with a particular religious denomination. We encourage understanding of and respect for different faiths and belief systems and we celebrate the cultural diversity of our community. Teaching is based upon the Derbyshire Religious Education Agreed Syllabus.
• developing knowledge and understanding of our own and different cultures, • developing an understanding of right and wrong, • promoting equal opportunities and helping the child to be aware of discrimination and stereotyping, • developing an awareness and understanding of the environment, • promoting self-esteem and emotional well being, • developing an ability to relate to others. Our curriculum is designed to build on children’s previous knowledge and experience, close liaison between class teachers and across the Family of Schools, ensures that relevant information is passed on to assist this process. We provide a rich curriculum where all subjects are well planned and resourced. The time children spend on each subject/topic varies, however at least two hours daily are spent on Literacy and Mathematics. Wherever possible subjects are delivered as part of a cross-curricular theme. This gives the learning more purpose.
Sex and Relationship Education Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is taught as an integral part of the school's health education and science curriculum. We aim to help the children cope with the physical and emotional challenges of growing up and give them an elementary understanding of human reproduction. Lessons are delivered by the class teachers with input from the School Nurse. At all times SRE is an area which is taught with care and sensitivity appropriate to age, development and cultural background of the children. It is taught within the context of family life and caring relationships. SRE is seen as a partnership between home and school. Parents are invited to watch videos relating to human reproduction before they are viewed by the children. Please note parents can withdraw their children from all or part of sex education, except those elements taught as part of National Curriculum Science.
All children are given homework, in addition to this children are expected to read at home at least 3 times per week. The purpose of homework at Pinxton Kirkstead Junior School is to support the learning in school by giving children responsibility for independent learning and practice.
School Visits and Visitors We really appreciate the value of school visits and welcoming specialist visitors into school such as: * Authors
* Drama groups
* Music groups
* Places of worship
These enhance and support the delivery of the curriculum. Beyond the classroom we aim to offer a good selection of experiences; all classes enjoy day trips to support their topic work and we have an established programme of residential visits for our children. In Years 4 and 6 children are offered residential activity trips. We know how important these trips are in developing the childrenâ€™s independence and their self-esteem, in widening their social skills and in offering exciting new opportunities making memories that will last a lifetime.
Extra Curricular Activities The School has a strong sporting tradition and runs practices in several different sports throughout the year. These include football, athletics, netball and cricket. Some sporting events for school are organised and run by the Local Authority and take place at other venues in the area. Non-sports clubs, such as choir, music, gardening and Technology club run at various times throughout the year. Peripatetic music tuition is currently arranged for guitar, violin and percussion. There is a charge for this tuition. Please ask if you would like more information.
Enrichment & Enjoyment At Pinxton Kirkstead Junior School we pride ourselves on providing special events and experiences for our pupils. Golden Time rewards positive behaviour and all those children who try their very best. It is celebrated on a weekly basis across the school, with children having opportunities to select activities of their choice. Each year group is involved in a production which is presented to parents. In doing this we aim to give everybody in school an opportunity to perform in way or another at sometime in their school life. The Year 3/4 production takes place at Christmas, the Year 5 production around Easter and the Year 6 production at the end of the summer term.
The Wider Curriculum
Schools are bound by strict regulations when planning school trips and any off-site visit. At Kirkstead Junior School we comply fully with rigorous Derbyshire guidance.
School meals are prepared on the premises and served, cafeteria style, in the hall. Menus are posted on the information notice board. The meals use healthy and good quality ingredients to encourage healthier eating. Vegetarian meals are available. Meals are charged in line with DCC policy guidelines, and should be paid for at the start of a week. Please send money in an envelope with child’s name, amount of money enclosed and which days a school dinner is required. Money will be collected during register. You may also pay by cheque (made payable to ‘Derbyshire County Council’), Payment by cheque for a half term is easier for the school. If you wish to do this please speak to a member of the office staff. Application forms for free meals can be obtained from the School office. For children not requiring a cooked meal, children may bring a healthy packed lunch to school. These will be put away at the beginning of the day ready for lunch time and empty containers collected at 3.30 pm. Please ensure unbreakable containers are used. If children are to go home at lunchtime, school must be notified in writing to allow us to ensure the safety of all children.
We encourage our children to lead active and healthy lifestyles and are currently working towards the Healthy Schools Award. We encourage the children to have water throughout the day. Children have access to drinking water and are encouraged to drink regularly to keep healthy. They are allowed to bring a healthy snack to eat at morning break, except on ‘Treat Tuesday’ when children are allowed to bring snacks of their choice. Fruit may be purchased from our school fruit trolley at break times.
Our mid-day supervisors lead team-building physical and sporting activities, known as fundamentals, each lunchtime.
School Council ‘I like being on the School Council as I get to pass on other people’s ideas. I like listening to ideas and then seeing them happen’ (School Council member). School Council is an important children's representative body which meets regularly to discuss school issues. In this way, the school can monitor what it is like to be a child at Kirkstead, to make improvements as necessary and to make sure that pupils have a voice. Our School Council actively organises money raising events for charities such as Children in Need, Comic Relief and Help for Haiti, they are involved in the selection process for newly appointed staff and improvements in the school environment - most recently the quiet area and trim trail.
In addition to this, children who have trained to be ‘Mini-Leaders’ also lead several activities at lunchtimes.
‘...all pupils make good progress in their personal development’ (HMI11/08). We have high expectations for behaviour in our school. These are based on the principles of respect for people, their property and their right to feel safe and cared for. ‘Special Headteacher Awards’ are presented to children who have collected merits by demonstrating aspects of our school vision. Kirkstead Achievement Awards are given to pupils who consistently try their very best and make the right choices.
Positive Play All of the teaching assistants at our school have been trained to support children through ‘Positive Play’. Our Positive Play support room:
Makes children feel special and feel good about themselves
Helps children to express communicate their feelings
Raises our children’s self-esteem
Improves our children’s social skills
Governor Awards are presented three times per year to children nominated for demonstrating positive contributions to aspects of school life. Support and guidance is provided in line with our school behaviour policy for children who may have not always made the correct choices. This enables them to make informed choices in the future. ‘. . . behaviour of the majority is consistently good and often exemplary’ (HMI November 2008).
Anti - Bullying We do not tolerate bullying in our school and have an active anti-bullying policy. This involves minimising incidences of bullying through personal and social education and also dealing with it fully if it does occur. If any parent suspects that their child may be subject to bullying, it is essential that they speak to the class teacher immediately.
Partnership with Parents We welcome parents and carers into Kirkstead Junior School believing we are partners in the education of your children. There are many opportunities for parents to become involved in the work of the school and gain a greater understanding of its work. Parent’s time and expertise can be used in many ways in school and is greatly valued. Police checks and CRB checks are carried out on all adults working in school. If you are able to help, especially on a regular basis, please contact your child’s classteacher. Ways in which you may help include:
Support with reading
Helping on visits
Offering expertise e.g. art, languages, sewing, sports coaching
partnership with the teacher, and to understand how they can improve their work. Targets are sent out at the beginning of the year and reviewed on a regular basis. Parents are updated at consultation evenings.
Reporting to Parents Consultation evenings are organised throughout the year and a written report is sent out in July. At these events you will be informed about your child's attainment and achievement. There are also well-attended workshops from time to time, to help parents to support their children at home.
Children with Additional Needs
News We regularly send newsletters to keep parents/ carers informed about important events and happenings in school. Our website is updated to include information about our school and copies of recent letters home. We also provide a texting to parents service, allowing instant communication. In addition, we welcome parents into school by inviting them to a range of events including assemblies; Parents Evenings; open evenings; sports events; curriculum days and school productions.
Target Setting & Assessment Targets for achievement are set for each child in the school in reading, writing and numeracy and progress is tracked regularly and frequently. Where targets are not being met, we look at why and what can be done about it. Where children exceed their targets we reset these in order to maintain challenge. Children are encouraged to monitor their own progress in
We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school where all pupils have equal opportunity to succeed. We operate an effective special needs policy in line with the latest national Code of Practice, and aim to involve parents and pupils fully in ensuring best progress. Our provision might include, a diagnostic assessment to identify the needs of the pupil and how these will be met in class. Some pupils may then work to special programmes within a group setting, or may have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) drawn up by the class teacher, parents and pupil (where appropriate) which specifies how needs will be met on a day-to-day basis by the class teacher and any Teaching Assistants. Copies of the IEP will be sent home and a child friendly, visual version of the IEP will be available for the child to use in lesson time. Reviews are carried out regularly and the school adopts a multi-agency approach to further support the pupils needs where appropriate. We set high standards and challenge all our children. For those who are particularly able or have a talent we make extra provision. These children are made aware of the higher levels of achievement and are supported in a variety of ways including more advanced work in class, learning to prove and justify their understanding, and differentiated questioning.
We are proud that the quality of teaching at Kirkstead has been recognised to be
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‘good and frequently outstanding’ This would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of all staff within our school community. We aim to see all children who join our school community reach their full potential. The school places great value on ensuring continuous professional development of all our staff in order to make sure that our work is effective and up-to-date. We are constantly seeking to improve the quality of education we provide. Staff work hard to ensure that lessons are exciting, stimulating and challenging for all pupils diverse needs and refine their practice in light of the children’s responses. Staff are friendly and approachable and look forward to working with parents and carers to ensure the needs of the children are always met. Our amiable and efficient team in the school office will always try to deal with any enquires and are guaranteed to greet you with a smile!
The Full Governing Body meet six times a year and committees of governors discuss issues in more detail, for example the Finance and Premises monitors school spending. Being a governor is an interesting and rewarding experience. If you would like to know more, or are interested in becoming a governor please contact the Chair of Governors via the School Office or speak to any of our current school governors. Five of the governors are Parent Governors who are elected by parents for a four -year term of office. Also anyone can put themselves forward for any vacancies as Local Education Authority Governors or Community Governors.
PTA We have a small but committed PTA who support the school and new members are always welcome. If you are interested please ask at the school office. Deputy
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buildings and playgrounds, monitoring the school’s academic performance, employing new staff, deciding policies on a variety of issues and planning for the future of the school.
The Family of Schools in Pinxton and South It is vital that children are at school on time every Normanton have an effective and supportive day in order to receive their entitlement to a full relationship. education and increased life chances. Our policy is always to encourage and support very good Children from Pinxton Village Infant School are attendance. given the opportunity to visit on several occasions prior to their arrival in September. Attendance is monitored rigorously by both the The schools work together to engage the school and the Local Authority Education children in activities to make the transition as Welfare Officer. Parents are expected to explain smooth as possible. We also hold open events any absences and if we have not received notice these are an opportunity to meet with the from you, a member of staff will telephone to Headteacher, Staff and Governors, to see re- enquire about the absence, this may or may not sources and learn more about our school. be authorised according to the school policy. Whilst some parents may be anxious about their child transferring into the Junior School, fears are usually diminished when smiling faces emerge at the end of the day! We have a very orderly approach to behaviour within in a caring environment. After a few weeks, children will have settled in well to different routines and by the time Christmas arrives, parents have usually commented on noticing greater independence and confidence.
Absence from school should be mainly for illness or medical reasons. In exceptional circumstances the Headteacher can authorise absence. Unauthorised absences are reported to parents on the childrenâ€™s report at the end of the year and are also reported to the DCSF. Lateness, after the register closes at 9.15 am or 1.45 pm, are recorded as unauthorised absence. Families are most strongly urged not to take holidays during term time as these disrupt a childâ€™s education. All the schools in Pinxton implement the Derbyshire County Council policy of issuing Penalty Notices to all those taking more than 10 days holiday in term time or taking a shorter holiday which has not been authorised by the school.
The majority of our pupils at the end of Year 6 transfer to Frederick Gent School at the end of Key Stage 2. There is an excellent transition programme established between the two schools to make the move to secondary school as easy as possible for the children. Opportunities are in place for pupils to familiarise Leave of absence forms are available from the themselves with their future school and staff. school office should you need to seek Similar opportunities exist for children transferauthorisation for a holiday or any other ring to other secondary schools. unavoidable circumstance. If possible, please If your child is moving into the school under apply well in advance. Authorisation is not audifferent circumstances they will be encouraged tomatic and is limited by stringent government to visit and meet new friends before starting. regulations. No holidays will be authorised during or immediately prior test week for SATs . We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all parents who work hard to get their children to school regularly, and on time.
Our culture encourages children to talk about their feelings and emotions as part of equipping them with the skills needed to keep them safe. School fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children and support pupils in school. All adults who work in the school receive regular child protection training. The aim of the Child Protection Policy is to safeguard and promote our pupils’ welfare, safety and health by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate. The pupils’ welfare is of paramount importance. Parents should be aware that the school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. When a school refers a concern about a pupil, it is not accusing the parents of abuse but requesting that further investigation takes place to establish whether a child is at risk. In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, the Headteacher/Designated Senior Person is obliged to follow the Child Protection Procedures established by the Derbyshire Area Child Protection Committee and inform the Social Services of the concern.
Health & Safety
Site & Security The school buildings are protected by security locks and therefore cannot be entered by unauthorised persons. If parents are visiting school please report to the school reception.
For health and safety reasons no dogs are allowed on the school premises, except guide dogs
The school site is a designated no smoking zone
Please respect the yellow zig-zag lines outside the school and do not park there. These areas are for the safety of your children
Medicines Several staff are qualified to take responsibility for attending to injuries and illness. The regulations on giving medicine in schools are extensive. You are requested to ensure that wherever possible medication is taken at home. If this is not possible please discuss this further with the Headteacher before sending any medication into school. Please give us any information which could affect your child's well-being on any school day or if there are any significant changes to your child’s medical condition(s). This is reassuring for the child and will enable us to provide the most appropriate care. If your child becomes ill or has an accident, you will be contacted as soon as possible.
Equal Opportunities The well being and safety is paramount at all times. For this reason the school is active in identifying hazards and in controlling risk as outlined in the school’s Health and Safety Policy, which is reviewed regularly by the Governing Body.
We are fully committed to offering equal opportunities for all regardless of gender, culture, race, religious belief, social background or disability. All children have an equal opportunity to succeed. We have a constant programme of review through which we aim to identify all sources of disadvantage and to address these.
Contact in Case of Emergency
The staff at school care for the children during the day as a parent would. If your child becomes ill or has an accident, you will be contacted as soon as possible. In order that we may get in touch with you easily, please ensure we have the most up-to-date contact details including at least two current emergency numbers. In the event of school closing due to unforeseen circumstances, all parents will be contacted as quickly as possible via our texting to parents service, public announcements on local radio, a notice on the school gate and where necessary personal telephone contact.
We have a charging policy. The policy is in line with government guidance about the types of activities for which schools charge. This policy is available to view on request.
Data Protection We work in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1984. Basic information about pupils is held on computer to assist with the efficient organisation of the school and the individualâ€™s educational needs. Security measures are in place to ensure that any information about a child is kept confidential and is only disclosed to authorised persons identified in the Data Protection Register.
Children should not bring money to school other than for specific purposes such as dinners, fruit and school journeys. Such money should be in a purse or envelope which is clearly marked.
Freedom of Information
Requests under the Freedom of Information Act This should be handed to the teacher at should be addressed to the school office who registration otherwise school cannot be held will aim to respond to your request as promptly responsible for any losses which may occur. as possible within the published timescales.
Toys and Games Children are not allowed to bring their personal toys and games to school as there is no room to store them. If children do bring these things from home, the school cannot be responsible for any loss or damage. Sometimes teachers ask children to bring in toys to support our topic work. In these cases school would, of course, look after the toys.
Photos and Filming Unless you specifically request otherwise (e.g. if you are caring for a looked-after child), we will use photographs of children in publications about the school, including the website, in line with national guidance published on using images safely.
Mobile Phones Mobile phones are not allowed in school. However, if children require their mobile phones occasionally after school, it may be left during the day with the school office staff. The school accepts no responsibility.
Visits are warmly welcomed for all parents considering sending their child to Kirkstead. In making a visit your are able to gain an insight into what we can offer your child and the opportunity to ask any questions your might have. You can arrange a visit to the school by contacting the school office. Applications for admissions to the school are made through the Local Authority. The Admissions and Appeals Team will then consider the application against set criteria. It is very important to state your school preference by the deadline given. Priority is given to children who live within our catchment area. Each year some parents, who live out of area, appeal to get their children into Kirkstead â€“ these appeals have always been successful in the past. If applying for a place other than the normal intake/transfer time, you should contact the Admissions and Appeals Team for an in-year application pack. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01629 537479 Apply on line at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ admissions
Queries We welcome your comments and views about the School and encourage contact with all parents. If there are any issues you would like to discuss please make time to speak to the class teacher. If only a short time is needed this can often be done before or after school. However, should you require more than a few minutes it will be advisable to make an appointment so the matter can be given an appropriate amount of time. If you would like to talk to the Headteacher at length, please make an appointment, so that you receive quality time. For brief, informal discussions, or in the case of an emergency, the Headteacher or a member of the Senior Management Team will endeavour to make themselves available without an appointment.
Complaints We always do our very best to address complaints promptly and it is usually possible to resolve any problems quickly. In accordance with Section 23 of the 1988 Education Reform Act, detailed information on the procedure for making a complaint about the school curriculum or related matters is available at school. In the first instance, all concerns will continue to be considered, as far as is possible, through informal discussion with teachers and the Headteacher. All complaints should be addressed initially to the Headteacher who will then relay the complaint to the Chair of Governors.
Prospectus Information This brochure is designed to give you a flavour of our school and what we can offer to your child. The information provided is correct at the time of publication but changes may occur during the school year about which parents/carers will be informed. If there is any information which you feel has been omitted, please let us know.
Contact Information If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Pinxton Kirkstead Junior School, Kirkstead Road, Pinxton, Nottinghamshire NG16 6NA Telephone: 01773 810337 Email: email@example.com Headteacher: Matt Pendleton Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. sch.uk
Childrenâ€™s progress is monitored through a variety of formal and informal assessments throughout the year. The results enable us to appropriately support/challenge children in their learning to ensure that they fulfil their potential. Children in Year 6 complete Standard Assessment Tests (SATs), the results of which are published nationally.
The following tables show the percentages for Year 6 pupils achieving each level at Pinxton Kirkstead Junior School in 2012: Pinxton Kirkstead Junior Schoolâ€”SATs results 2012
Percentage of children at each level Below Level 3
Here is a comparison of our results with those of achieved by both the Local Authority and Nationally across the country. These are based on the number of children achieving Level 4 or above for 2011:
Level 4 and above SATs results for 2011 Pinxton Kirkstead Junior School
English (Overall) Reading