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St. Paul's School

A Handbook for Parents


St. Paul's Primary School The Oaks Chippenham Wiltshire SN15 1DU Tel. & Fax 01249 653041

Web site: www.st-pauls.wilts.sch.uk email: admin@st-pauls.wilts.sch.uk

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CONTENTS

Welcome,.............................................................................................................................................................. 4 Our Aims............................................................................................................................................................... 5 Our School............................................................................................................................................................ 6 Admissions............................................................................................................................................................ 7 The Organisation of Classes ................................................................................................................................ 8 School Parent Relationship .................................................................................................................................. 8 St. Paul's School Association ............................................................................................................................... 9 The Curriculum ................................................................................................................................................... 10 English............................................................................................................................................ 10 Speaking and Listening ..................................................................................................... 10 Reading ............................................................................................................................. 10 Writing ............................................................................................................................... 11 Mathematics ................................................................................................................................... 12 Science and Environmental Studies............................................................................................... 13 Technology..................................................................................................................................... 14 Information & Communication Technology..................................................................................... 14 Music .............................................................................................................................................. 15 Art and Craft ................................................................................................................................... 15 Humanities - History and Geography ............................................................................................. 16 Social and Personal Education....................................................................................................... 16 Physical Education ......................................................................................................................... 16 Swimming....................................................................................................................................... 17 Religious Education........................................................................................................................ 17 Special Education Needs ............................................................................................................... 17 Homework & Standard Attainment Tasks (SATS)............................................................................................. 18 Annual Reports, .................................................................................................................................................. 19 Parent's Evenings and Records of Achievement............................................................................................... 19 General Information............................................................................................................................................ 20 School Uniform............................................................................................................................... 20 School Rules and Behaviour .......................................................................................................... 20 Golden Rules.................................................................................................................................. 20 Discipline ........................................................................................................................................ 20 Forbidden and Permitted Items ...................................................................................................... 21 School Meals.................................................................................................................................. 21 Clubs .............................................................................................................................................. 21 Medicines ....................................................................................................................................... 21 Absence from School ..................................................................................................................... 21 Charging Policy ..................................................................................................................................... 21 Day Visits........................................................................................................................................ 22 Residential Field Trips .................................................................................................................... 22 Secondary School Transfer ................................................................................................................................ 23 Complaints Procedure ........................................................................................................................................ 24

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Our Aims • At. St. Paul’s we aim to enable all people connected with the school to realise their full academic, creative and physical potential and develop positive and social moral values. • We aim to create a caring and secure environment in which parents, children, staff, governors and friends of the school can develop together to create a successful community. • We aim to offer extensive opportunities to explore hidden talents and develop a positive “Can Do” culture, where enquiring minds can develop in all members of our community, in a real attempt to promote Life Long Learning. Our school is a community in which children, parents and staff should be part of a happy and caring environment. In order to achieve this, we continue to: •

seek excellence in all that we do.

provide a stimulating learning environment throughout the school.

encourage humour, sympathy, sensitivity, understanding of differences and co-operation.

foster a firm and consistent discipline according to our School Policy.

require children to develop respect, compassion and honesty in all their relationships.

develop positive attitudes towards disability, race, gender and non-violence.

ensure that children appreciate and value the multicultural society of both this and other countries.

expect children to proud of attending St. Paul's School.

deliver a broad and balanced curriculum with an emphasis on core skills.

create positive links with local pre-school groups and local comprehensive schools.

create an environment within the school where all staff, parents and governors are able to work together to achieve these aims.

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independence,

self-esteem,


Our School St. Paul's moved from its original location in New Street, Chippenham in 1973 to serve a large and developing housing estate situated near to Malmesbury Road on the North West edge of the town. The school now serves a large area extending into Chippenham itself as well as areas currently being developed at the Northern edge of the town. The new St. Paul's opened in September 1973 to teach boys and girls from 5 until 11 years of age. Our single story accommodation comprises seven class bases in the main building with an additional two in a double mobile unit situated in our school nature area. We have large shared areas for Art & Craft, a Library, a large Hall, Swimming Pool and extensive play facilities. We also have use of an onsite bungalow in which we house a P.C. laboratory. School Sessions Morning: 8.40am until 12.15pm Break time: 10.25-10.40am for all pupils. Afternoon: 1.15pm until 3.00pm Break time: 2.30-2.40pm for pupils in Key Stage 1 (infants)

We cannot accept responsibility for children who arrive too early at school. Children should, therefore, arrive for 8.40 a.m. when they line up on the playground and are handed over to the class teacher.

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Admissions Children become of school age when they are 5 years old. We have 1 intake in September so that a school place will be available for all children from the September after their fourth birthday.

IF your child's 5th birthday falls between IF your child's 5th birthday falls between st 1st September and 31 March 1st April and 31st August

he/she will attend on a full time basis He/she will start on a part time basis from from September in the relevant academic September in the relevant academic year year and a full time basis the following January.

We welcome all children and their parents into school well before they are due to start. We organise Parents Evenings to explain how all parts of the school and its curriculum operate. We also arrange classroom sessions for the children and their parents, during which time they become familiar with their classroom environment so that their introduction to school life will be exciting and happy. Parents wanting to send their children to St. Paul’s must register this intent with the Local authority. Forms can be obtained from the school and sent directly to The Education Department, County Hall, Trowbridge BA14 8JB. This procedure must be followed for all children, including school transfers for children already attending a school. The Admissions Deadline Date is set each year by the Local Education Authority. (Please contact the LEA for the up to date deadlines)

Providing there is enough room at the school your child will be admitted, following the Wiltshire Education Authority School Admissions Criteria.

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The Organisation of Classes In most medium sized schools it is not always possible to organise children into separate classes for each year, although we try our best to achieve this. If your child is in a so-called 'vertically grouped' class there are important benefits to be gained. The younger ones in a class are encouraged to aim to the standard of the older children whilst these, older children, take more responsibility for their younger classmates. Within each class we do, of course, set work for each child as an individual. This 'differentiation' tries to ensure that every child is working to her/his full potential in each National Curriculum Subject. Classes are organised using a number of criteria, some concerning the individual and some concerning school needs. This combination of criteria is used to provide the best possible opportunities for all children, while retaining a balance of needs within each class. Working together: The teaching staff, together with our Educational Support Assistants work together closely as a team to develop Schemes of Work, organise resources and to plan the effective delivery of the Curriculum. Much of this work is done through weekly after school staff-meetings together with additional Management and Key-Stage Unit meetings.

School Parent Relationship We believe that effective education for our children can only take place where there is a partnership between home and school. This is why we encourage parents to visit our school and have many parents actively involved with the children's education through Gardening, Sports, Recorders, Cooking and Craftwork. Please feel free to volunteer your services in any capacity. We have an 'open' policy with parents. If you wish to spend a day in the school this can easily be arranged. The school also opens its doors on several occasions during the year, to welcome parents in to see our work. There are regular Book Viewing sessions between 3-4pm when parents are invited to come and see the school with their child, and Open Hour Teaching sessions, when parents are invited to come and see lessons being taught. At the end of the school year we send home a written Report informing you of your child's progress throughout the school year. In the October and April we hold formal parent/teacher 'progress' meetings. Parents are able to meet teachers to discuss the child's progress. Please try to come! From time to time problems or misunderstandings arise. We hope you will contact us should any occur. From time to time we may also need to contact you! Schools are required to have a Home School Agreement. This document outlines the expectations of the school on Pupils and Parents and what you can expect from the school. Parents, School and if appropriate the child is all asked to sign this document on starting at St. Paul’s. 8 St. Paul's Primary School - Chippenham


St. Paul's School Association Every parent is a member of the Association, but any friend of the school is welcome to take part in any of the activities. The aim of the Association is to further the co-operation between home and school. It has three main functions: educational, social and fund-raising. Our Association is active throughout the year with much of the planning being carried out by a committee of class representatives, officers being elected annually in the autumn term. In these financially difficult times the money raised by the Association through Fetes, cake sales, Bazaars, Table Top Sales etc. is most welcome and necessary in some cases to provide your children with the education they deserve. Though this will often mean hard work and the occasional 'digging into pockets', all fund raising activities are dependent on your full support. Items purchased in recent years include landscaping the school grounds, Outdoor play equipment, PE apparatus for the hall, Music/PA systems, bright playground markings and a host of other smaller, but equally necessary items for the classroom.

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The Curriculum

English We may think of English as being divided into three main areas: 1. Speaking and Listening

2. Reading

3. Writing

Elements of English can be found in all other curriculum areas so, in many ways, we are teaching this subject in everything we do. Specific language teaching follows the guidance of the National Literacy Strategy.

Speaking and Listening We aim to develop the child's ability to speak confidently, clearly and fluently and to use appropriate forms of speech in a variety of situations for a variety of audiences and for a range of purposes. We also aim to develop the children's capacity to listen with attention and understanding in the situations described above. Through drama children gain confidence in themselves as decision makers and problem solvers. They learn to function in groups and explore a range of feelings.

Reading We aim to: •

give children confidence in themselves, as readers.

enable children to read fluently, and with understanding, a varied range of material.

enable children to find pleasure in reading for interest and entertainment within a whole range of poetry and prose.

help children to realise that reading is a necessary skill for their personal lives, for learning at school and for living and working in society.

It is important that a child feels at home in the world of books, so every encouragement is given to enable the child to explore for aesthetic enjoyment offered by the world of literature. At St. Paul's our core reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree.

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Writing We aim to teach the children to: •

write for a range of purposes

use styles of writing appropriate to the intended readership

use spelling, punctuation and syntax accurately

present all work attractively and with pride

Much written work is carried out in specifically taught literacy lessons or through the medium of the class topic. We have a specific Handwriting style; a copy of this can be obtain on request from the office and is given to all new members of our community in the Welcome pack. In the Early Years we follow the Jolly Phonics Scheme for learning the sounds made by letters in reading and writing.

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Mathematics In this subject we aim to get the children to: •

think and reason in a mathematical way

understand and remember basic mathematical facts

acquire knowledge of number and our numbering system, computation, the four rules of number including understanding and use of multiplication tables, shape, pictorial representation, simple algebra and measurement

develop mathematical concepts and apply these to everyday situations and problem solving

At St. Paul's the mathematics curriculum is taught as a discrete subject following guidance from the National Numeracy Strategy and as part of topic work when appropriate. We use Abacus Maths resources has our main Scheme. For the primary aged child the core element of mathematics is centred on number. We aim to investigate how the numbering system works, learn number bonds in addition and subtraction, learn our multiplication tables and use these skills to carry out calculations, involving both number and quantities, using pencil and paper methods, mental work and by using calculators. We extend this by teaching the children to apply their knowledge and skills to real life problems.

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Science and Environmental Studies From an early age children are interested in the world around them. We aim to teach these two inter-linked subjects through the development of first hand experience and practical work. This learning might take place within the topic, a visit, an event or a particular interest in an object brought to school. Our school grounds, including a nature area with wild life pond, provide an exciting and stimulating environment for practical, hands-on experience. We encourage the children to develop the skills, which will allow them to explore the world of science, including the ability to: •

plan, hypothesise and predict

design and carry out experiments

interpret results and findings

develop a concern for their physical and social environment.

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Technology Technology is concerned with designing, making and evaluating. It encompasses food technology, the use of construction kits such as Lego, as well as the designing and making of artefacts. The children are given access to a wide range of materials and tools, which they are taught to use safely. They are encouraged to discuss their ideas and plans both in groups and individually.

Information & Communication Technology It is vital that our children have experience of Information & Communication Technology since many of them will have to use it, in various forms, in their adult life. The computer is a valuable additional tool for learning and is used for a variety of purposes. We use them for: •

word processing using a variety of programs

desktop publishing

the learning of language and mathematical skills

storing, sorting and retrieving data

graphical and art work

All classrooms have Internet specific Multi-media machines and the school has an ICT Lab’ for whole class lessons. The ICT resource is under constant review to make sure that we provide the best possible technological education for our pupils, within the safe environment of School Internet Security procedures. 14 St. Paul's Primary School - Chippenham


Music We are fortunate in having a large selection of musical instruments. We use the Heinemann Lively Music Scheme to support the teaching of music in all of the classrooms. Children throughout the school are taught, not only the recorder, but also a range of brass, woodwind, and stringed instruments. Teachers teach these from the County Peripatetic Music Service. Our pupils pay a proportion of the cost for these lessons and we support the process of acquiring instruments. These lessons are open to most pupils depending on an assessment by the specific tutor. We also provide an introduction to music tuition and the reading of music by giving free Keyboard lessons to pupils in Year 3. This enables all of our pupils to experience music, and many continue to play an instrument into the future. Each year our classroom and peripatetic music groups come together to produce a musical presentation for friends and families to enjoy.

Art and Craft In this subject we aim to: •

allow the children to express themselves and their emotions through line, shape and colour

teach the child to look and observe critically

provide a wide variety of learning situations to maintain interest and inventiveness

develop powers of questioning and imagination and to foster an interest in Art, which will be carried forward into adult life

Art is both a subject in its own right and a support for other areas of the curriculum. We give the children the opportunity to experiment with different media, to explore different techniques, to compare their work with that of other artists and to develop powers of observation and description. Children are encouraged and taught to express their ideas in both 2D and 3D form with much of their work being seen and valued as part of the school displays. These displays show what the children have been learning, help to stimulate their imagination and instil pride in what they have achieved. 15 St. Paul's Primary School - Chippenham


History and Geography It is important that children should be aware of the geographical and historical aspects and importance of their local environment. As the children progress through the school the subject is extended to take on areas beyond their immediate experience. Much of the teaching is based on the children's own experiences and immediate surroundings with visits to places of interest taking place throughout the year to support class based work and use of artefacts, globes, maps etc. First hand experience is considered to be essential with role-play, for example, giving insight into life in other times and places.

Personal, Health and Social Education Every class has a weekly Circle Time when PHSE topics are covered. The school has a policy for Sex Education, which can be obtained through the school office. Sex education covers not only biological facts but also moral, legal and cultural issues. The school's regard for health, social and personal education is expressed not only through normal academic and pastoral arrangements but also through the whole school environment - the pattern of relationships established, the values transmitted by the personal example of teachers and other adults working in school and by the self esteem fostered among our pupils.

Physical Education At our school we have a large hall that is used for P.E., Drama and Dance. There is a varied selection of large wall apparatus as well as many items of smaller mobile apparatus chosen to cater for the needs of the children. We have a large playing field and two hard playgrounds. The field is marked out for football in the winter months and for both athletics and rounders in the summer. The playgrounds are used for games skills throughout the year and one of them is marked out for netball. These facilities support our football and netball teams, which play regularly against other schools in Chippenham. Many of our after school clubs involve sport. These depend on the expertise of the teachers and other volunteers at any particular time, but include football, netball, hockey, gymnastics, dance, rugby, cricket, tennis and swimming. We annually enter Local and National tournaments in Cricket, Rugby, Football, Netball and Swimming.

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Swimming We have our own open-air swimming pool, which is used during the latter part of the summer. To help keep the pool in operation we gratefully receive voluntary contributions during swimming time only. During the rest of the year children in Year 2 use the large indoor swimming pool at Corsham. The school receives funding to pay for the cost of 15 swimming sessions for one age group but, as we offer lessons in Year 2 for the whole year, we again request contributions from parents. It is, therefore, quite rare for there to be any non-swimmers amongst the older pupils. Many of our children are extremely proficient swimmers who gain a variety of swimming awards. We regularly enter swimming events including the National School Swimming Championships and the annual Swimathon team event, where we raise funds for charity by swimming an average of 15,000m in one session.

Religious Education Through Religious Education, we strive to provide the children with an insight into other faiths and beliefs whilst providing a broadly Christian education. Our school follows the LEA Guidelines on Religious Education, including the Wiltshire Scheme of Work. Assemblies are held daily and are essentially Christian or non-denominational in content and ethos. Parents who wish their children to opt out of religious education or assemblies need to indicate this to the Head Teacher in writing.

Special Education Needs When children enter school we begin baseline assessments with the aim of identifying any specific needs in order that appropriate action can be taken, and as an indicator to identify the progress every child makes during his/her time at St. Paul's. Many children will have additional needs at some time during their school career, which may be in an area of learning, a medical problem or a temporary emotional difficulty. We aim to ensure all needs are met with understanding so that the appropriate support and challenge can be provided. Details of this are in our school policy for special needs, which is available for parents to read. It must be stressed that parents are kept fully informed and consulted when children have special education needs. These children have Individual Educational Plans or Individual Behaviour Plans, which are shared and discussed with parents. 17 St. Paul's Primary School - Chippenham


Homework With the consent and support of parents, we send work home, which relates to a child's individual needs. In the early years this can take the form of alphabet work or picture books requiring you to talk with your child. As soon as children are put on our reading programme, reading books are sent home in a child's reading wallet. We ask parents to spend 5-10 minutes each evening sharing a book with their child and completing comments in the Reading Record Book. Key words are also sent home in the earlier years. At key stage 2 it is important that parents still share books with their children to maintain progress in reading. Homework is set weekly with Maths and Reading/Writing activities to be completed. Children will also take work home for completion on an individual basis such as times table work, spellings etc. Homework need not be formal written exercises but can often be research or discussion topics, which enable home to extend the learning in school and vice versa.

Standard Attainment Tasks (SATS) All children are tested at certain 'key stages' in their school life. At primary school level this is at 7 and 11 years of age. The National Curriculum sets out a list of skills that children of each age are expected to have mastered which are then tested by means of Standard Attainment Tasks. Many of the younger children are often completely unaware that they are being tested. A child's individual SAT result is sent home with the Annual Report, the school's cumulative scores being published in the Annual Governors' report to Parents. More information on SATs is available from school. We also complete baseline assessments / profiles on our Reception children. Again the children are unaware that they are being assessed, but the results provide us with information, which can be used to track each child's progress through the school.

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Annual Reports, Parent's Evenings and Records of Achievement Formal Parent/Teacher consultation evenings are held twice yearly in the October and April. These provide the opportunity for parents to discuss, in some depth, the child's progress. In July the child's Annual Report is sent home along. An opportunity to discuss your child's report is offered at this time. We also hold three 'open hours' during the year. This means that a formal opportunity to visit your child's class occurs every half term. We also open our doors to allow you to see us teach on three occasions in the year. You are of course always welcome in the school, and we are able to make an appointment to meet with you at any point during the year. As our partners in your child's education we expect constant contact, and any concerns need to be spoken about immediately. Please come and see us with any problem - waiting until the next open day is too long to wait!

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General Information

School Uniform We encourage all children to wear the school uniform, which consists of: Royal Blue sweatshirt with the school logo Grey trousers or grey skirt White shirt or blouse with no tie. In the summer children can wear a white shirt with grey trousers or a blue cotton print check dress. It is essential that all items are clearly labelled with your child's name. This includes Wellington's and P.E. shoes / plimsolls. Every child must change for P.E. and must have a named draw-stringed bag in school containing plimsolls, T-shirt, shorts or a leotard. (Please avoid sending bulky hold-alls) Many items of uniform / bags can be obtained from the school office.

School Rules and Behaviour We do not have many rules at St. Paul's but one we do adhere to is that everyone must be sensible, so as not to endanger themselves or others.

Golden Rules At the start of each school year the children, with their teacher, devise their own 'Golden Rules', which are displayed in each classroom.

Discipline We expect that children should behave with courtesy and work hard in lessons. We follow a policy, which positively reinforces Good Behaviour. We have many positive rewards for children behaving and working in an appropriate manner. We try to ensure that they play safely and with concern for others. When children fall short of the standards expected of them, various sanctions are implemented in line with our Behaviour Policy. This is available from the school on request. In severe and persistent cases parents are consulted.

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Forbidden and Permitted Items Children must not bring the following items to school. Jewellery - except stud earrings and watches for children whom can tell the time Expensive toys Dangerous items such as knives, matches Children are allowed to bring: Fruit, carrots etc. to eat at breaktime

School Meals The school provides two choices of main meal daily. Dinner money should be paid, in advance, every Monday. Please send this in an envelope clearly marked with your child's name and class. Some children may be eligible for Free School Meals. Claim Forms and further information may be obtained from the office. A private company called Sodexho through a County Council Contract provides the school meals.

Clubs Teachers and parents run many clubs on a purely voluntary basis. These tend to change with staff and with varying staff interests. These clubs meet either during the lunch hour or after school from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. We require parents' permission before a child can stay to an after school club. Many of our clubs are sporting, as mentioned under Physical Education (p16), but we also run other clubs such as Art & Craft, sewing, research skills, music, choir, drama, cookery, and dough craft. We are also committed to providing an opportunity to study French in years 4, 5 & 6. This programme depends on the availability of tutors and levels of interest from pupils.

Medicines Children who need ongoing medication for conditions such as Asthma, Eczema etc may keep their medication within the school for easy access when needed. In such cases parents must complete a consent form giving details of dosage, frequency and special arrangements relating to the administration of the medication. Children needing to finish a course of antibiotics after an illness should do so at home. The school cannot be responsible for administering this medication and recommend that parents request a dosage which can be administered outside the school day. The school does not administer invasive drugs. For further details please contact the Headteacher.

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Absence from School We are required to prove that any absences from school are of an approved nature. Parents are required to telephone the school and send a letter, each time their child is absent. We respond to ‘unauthorised’ absences by contacting home to make sure that your child is not lost on the way to school. To avoid this, it helps if we are told before planned absences occur and on the day when an unplanned absence occurs. Annual Holidays taken in term time require the Head Teacher’s Permission. This must be requested by completing the Holiday request Form, obtained from the School office.

Charging Policy Our Charging Policy states that… •

any activity, which takes place mainly during school hours or is an essential part of the curriculum should be provided free of charge.

any educational activity, which is important enough to take up time in school, should be free to all pupils regardless of the parents' ability to pay.

We may invite voluntary contributions towards the cost of these activities.

Day Visits During the course of the year classes make several visits to places of interest as part of their studies. We ask for voluntary contributions towards the costs of these visits. However, if an insufficient number of parents are prepared to make voluntary contributions then the visit would be cancelled. We also visit places within walking distance of the school. Each parent is requested to sign the General Visits Consent form, which gives us permission to go off the school site at short notice for local visits to continue our studies.

Residential Field Trips During the course of a school year a residential trip is organised for year 6. The children attend a campus on the Isle of Wight, where they experience elements of the ICT and outdoor education curriculum specific to Year 6 pupils.

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Secondary School Transfer The Secondary Schools in Chippenham have their own Admissions Policies. Children from St. Paul's are free to apply to Hardenhuish, Sheldon or Abbeyfield Schools with forms being available from either school. You are advised to visit all schools before making your final choice. Years 5 and 6 children visit the schools during the course of the year.

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Complaints Procedure We hope that your child's time at St. Paul's School will be a happy and fruitful one and that you seldom have cause for complaint. Inevitably, however, situations arise which will prompt you to have cause for concern. In the first instance you are invited to come and discuss the matter with your child's class teacher. If the problem is not resolved then a visit with the Key Stage Manager, Deputy Headteacher and finally the Headteacher would be necessary. If seeing the relevant staff does not resolve the problem then the Chair of Governors would need to be consulted and a formal complaint registered in writing. The Chair of Governors can be contacted in writing to the school and s/he will react to your complaint. If you remain dissatisfied then you should write to the: Chief Education Officer Education Department County Hall Trowbridge BA14 8JB A copy of the formal Complaints Procedure may be found at school. In short the route should be‌ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Class teacher Key Stage manager (see staff list) Deputy Headteacher Headteacher Chair of Governors Chief Education Officer

‌only moving to the next stage if you remain dissatisfied and the relevant staff fails to resolve the problem.

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