All Cannings CE Primary School
Where to find us! We are approximately 10 minutes from Devizes
All Cannings CE Primary School Chandlers Lane All Cannings Devizes Wilts. SN10 3PG Tel/Fax: 01380 860676 Email : email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.allcannings.wilts.sch.uk
All Cannings CE Primary School
Who’s Who at All Cannings School Welcome to our school All about the school Accommodation The Aims of our School Ethos Statement Ofsted inspection Curriculum Pupil Voice Music IT Special Educational Needs (SEN) Accessibility/Disability Equality Pastoral Education Sex Education Religious Education Equality Statement Admissions Pre School The Governing Body PTFA Questions & Answers Where do our pupils go when they leave us? Targets Absence Data KS2 SATs Results for 2009 How can you help? Complaints Procedure 2008/9—A Year in the life of our school Our other favourite pictures
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Whoâ€™s who at All Cannings School TEACHING STAFF Head Teacher
Mr Richard Borman
Mrs Carolyn Kelly
Mrs Sue Kerr (FSII Co-ordinator) Mrs Sarah Pender (KS1 Co-ordinator) Mrs Sally Bevan / Mrs Sarah Easton Mrs Carolyn Kelly
Class II Class III Class IV
Areas of Responsibility IT, Science, DT, Child Protection
RE Numeracy, Art, French Music French, History, Geography Literacy, PE
Senior Teaching Assistant (and Special Needs Manager) Mrs Michelle Draisey PSHE Teaching Assistants Mrs Jo Geraghty (Class 1) Mrs Jane Beaumont (Class 2) Mrs Donna Hobbs (Class 3) Mrs Julie Stoner (Class 4) Mrs Christine Baker (responsibility for a named child) Mrs Helen Monk (responsibility for named children) Mr Anthony Freer (responsibility for a named child) NON-TEACHING STAFF Business Manager Midday Supervisors
Mrs Lindsey Wallace Mrs Sue Adams Mrs Donna Hobbs Mrs Barbara Gunnell Mrs Carol Walters Mrs Alex Trowbridge
FULL GOVERNING BODY Chair (Foundation) Mrs Sue Webb Head Teacher Parent Governors Mr Michael Boote Mrs Melinda Tilley Mrs Sophie Leary Mr Mark Easton Mr Graham Harvey Local Authority Governors Mrs Penny Croutear Mr Tim Woodman Foundation Governors The Revd. Sally Attwater (Parish Priest) Mrs Jackie Gray Teacher Governor Mrs Carolyn Kelly Staff Governor Mrs Michelle Draisey Community Governors Mrs Paula Camp Vacancy Mr Laurence Filmore Associate Governors Mrs Emma Cann Clerk to the Governors Mrs Lindsey Wallace
All Cannings Church of England Primary School
Welcome Our School Welcome to to our school
Dear Parents It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to All Cannings Primary School. Thank you for taking the time to read this prospectus. In it, we have tried to provide everything you might possibly want to know about the School, its ongoing aims and extensive activities. In addition, you may like to view our school web site which has recently been re-launched and is being added to constantly. For those of you who are considering All Cannings School for the future, this may be your first contact. Whilst we recognise the importance and value of a prospectus, OFSTED reports and SATs results, we feel they tend to be ‘snap -shots’ of our school and would encourage you and your children to come and visit the school and meet myself, the other staff and the children. We are all very proud of our school and enjoy sharing it with others. If it is the right school for you and your children, we would love you to come and join us and work with us to help your children grow both academically and personally. We really believe that when school, home and the pupils work together we can equip them with the skills and attitudes which help create the foundations which underpin all the successes they will achieve. Each year we try to improve the information we provide, so, if you would like to see additional information in next year’s report please let us know. We look forward to meeting you. Yours sincerely
Mr Richard Borman Headteacher
Contact Details Address :
Telephone / Fax:
Chandlers Lane All Cannings Devizes Wiltshire SN10 3PG 01380 860676 e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org www.allcannings.wilts.sch.uk
All about All Cannings School ll Cannings Church of England Primary School is situated on the edge of the pretty Pewsey Vale village of All Cannings. It also serves the villages of Etchilhampton and Allington, for whom transport is provided. The school’s outstanding reputation continues to attract many pupils from Devizes and even from other villages further afield with almost 50% coming from outside our catchment area. The School was established in 1833 and occupied a rather draughty Victorian building and terrapin huts on a split site until our new School was purpose-built in 1999. We provide education for boys and girls from 4 – 11 and are now organised into four classes staffed by four full-time teachers, two part-time teachers and nine teaching assistants (of whom, four are responsible for the care of named children.) Many visitors notice and comment upon the warm, family atmosphere of our school. Older children are encouraged to take responsibility for the well being of the younger ones and act as role models. Seven years ago, we were proud to have been awarded Beacon School status after being identified as amongst the best performing schools in the country. This brought with it a very welcome grant and the opportunity to work in partnership with other schools to exchange areas of expertise. Although Beacon Status no longer exists we have kept in place many of the innovative practices that were developed then. The school continues to earn awards in recognition for achievements, such as the Basic Skills Award, for promoting work in Literacy and Numeracy, the Investor in People award which recognises the value we place in providing training for the people who work in school, the Active Mark for our commitment to physical activity and games within the school, the Artsmark Silver Award for our work in art, music, dance and drama, the Healthy Schools Award for initiatives which improve or protect the health of the school community, the Eco-Schools Bronze and Silver awards for our environmental work and our Travel Plan was approved. In the coming year, we hope to have achieved Healthy Schools Plus and be awarded our Green Flag.
ACCOMMODATION We believe a cheerful and stimulating learning environment has a positive impact on pupils’ learning. We endeavour to make it welcoming, child - friendly and use it to celebrate the learning that takes place. Our School has 4 classrooms, a group room, a large shared area which we use as an exciting nonfiction library area and as a computer suite. Due to some amazing fundraising by the PTFA, this has just been refurbished and updated, with new hardware, a projector and teaching screen. There is a hall with collapsible staging, impressive new stage lighting (again due to some sterling work from our PTFA), a kitchen, offices and toilets. The hall is used for worship, assemblies, PE and at dinnertime. We now have another group room which is regularly used by TAs and is also the venue for various musical tuition. Outside, we have a football and athletics pitch (complete with long jump), netball court, play equipment and play markings, picnic benches with summer parasols, a wild area with a pond, plus a school garden. All pupils make use of the outdoor classrooms over the course of the year and play an active part in the management and development of them over the year. Class 1 has been extended to give more space for the youngest children. We also erected a canopy outside classes 1 and 2 to give shade in the summer and to enable the playground to be used as an extension to the classroom. In the coming year we are planning to build a new library at the front of the school. Planning permission is being sought and we hope to start the build around Easter.
The Aims of Our School We are striving to provide a curriculum that affords all children the best possible opportunities matched to their individual needs. Our goal is to provide appropriate learning experiences for the full ability range of pupils and to match the work to each pupil’s capability. As a Church of England school, with very close links with our church and community we aim to:
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encourage and promote care and respect for others through the development of the spiritual and moral education within the school Promote high standards and enable every child to achieve their full potential, develop imagination, curiosity and perseverance, through a broad, balanced and interesting curriculum Encourage children and adults to take a personal pride in themselves, their behaviour, their achievements and their school and to respect and value their own and other cultures Provide a safe, welcoming, bright and attractive environment with equal opportunities for all Promote the skills needed to become independent learners. This is an area we will be reviewing as a whole school in 2010.
Ethos Statement ‘Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level’. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers all its pupils’. All Saints Church, All Cannings
We also aim to fulfil all aspects of the DCSF/ Government Strategy, ‘Every Child Matters’. The 5 major outcomes for the children are:Being Safe Economic Wellbeing Achieving and Enjoyment Making Positive Contributions Staying Healthy
OFSTED Inspection, July 2009 Following an outstanding Ofsted inspection in July 2009, we would like to share some of the quotes from our final report. As a school, we are delighted at such a positive report and are proud it recognises the professionalism and dedication of the staff and highlights the involvement and key roles of pupils, Governors and parents.
“ This is an outstanding school. It is extremely successful in promoting pupils’ personal as well as academic development. Pupils are particularly well prepared for future study and life in general. A real strength is how older pupils support younger ones. The basis for the school’s outstanding ethos is laid in Reception where provision is outstanding.” The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Throughout the school, outstanding teaching gives excellent support to pupils’ learning. Staff and governors make a very strong team. Under the outstanding leadership of the Headteacher, they make the most of the personnel, finance, resources and the excellent building and site to support pupil progress. The school is in an excellent position for even further progress. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school. ‘This is a fantastic place where my children are treated with respect. I couldn’t want for more for them!’ is a typical parent quote.”
A copy of the full report is available on the school web-site.
Curriculum All subjects are taught as part of a rolling programme and are increasingly integrated to give a more creative curriculum. Ofsted noted that our curriculum was outstanding - the highest Ofsted category! Yet they also were impressed that we were looking at new ways to extend existing curriculum opportunities and create new relevant ones. In particular, we have been looking at ways of linking the arts (music, drama, art) to literacy and ICT is increasingly being integrated into all areas of the curriculum. A huge emphasis is put into developing skills and attitudes alongside the acquisition of facts. We believe that this equips children for future learning in a far more meaningful way. The National Curriculum comprises: • Five core subjects; English, Maths, Science, IT and RE • Foundation Subjects; History, Geography, DT, Art, Music, PE, PSHE and French Schools now have permission to modify the National Curriculum to meet the needs of their children. The Curriculum for the Foundation Stage consists of six areas of learning. These are: • Personal, Social and Emotional Development; • Communication, Language and Literacy; • Mathematical Development; • Knowledge and Understanding of the World; • Physical Development; • Creative Development Rather than try to give details of every curriculum area, we have included some which are the focus of school development this coming year.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES The School is very fortunate to have two fluent French-speaking teachers and they have worked hard to develop the skills of all the other staff. As a result, we now teach French to all the classes every week and this is followed up by class teachers on other days. French also has a high profile around the school so pupils become familiar with the language. We are currently developing links with a school in Caux.
SPEAKING & LISTENING We have always been committed to developing all aspects of Literacy, and standards are high throughout the school. However this year we have decided to focus on developing children’s oracy, so that they have the skills to support their learning in other subjects and confidence to use this in a variety of situations and in front of a range of audiences. This will also have a further positive impact on the children’s reading and writing.
PUPIL VOICE Here at All Cannings we value the views of everyone, including the pupils. As well as giving them opportunities to tell us about some of the areas they would like to learn about, we provide various platforms from which they can share their thoughts and ideas as well as provide opportunities for decision making and compromising as well as developing their own confidence and responsibility. We have a School Council, which includes children from all classes. This meets regularly to look at ways in which it can make the school a better place for everyone and one recent area was being involved in the appointment of the Headteacher. We also have an Eco-council who have worked on a variety of environmental activities such as community projects, recycling and saving resources. This year they are ready to apply for the ‘Green Flag’ - the most prestigious award for schools. We also have House Captains—older and younger children from each of our four houses - who, as well as being expected to be role models for others during our many mixed—age activities, are entrusted with tasks such as showing visitors around the school at school events.
MUSIC We have always considered music to be an essential part of school life. All juniors learn to play the recorder and have the chance to join the Music for Schools Foundation music lessons. Last year we started our first ever school band! We hold end-of-term recitals, Christmas plays and various other performances throughout the year.
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (I.C.T.) A brand new computer suite of 20 computers was installed over the summer holidays with a projector and teaching screen. In addition each class has its own computer linked to new interactive whiteboards. Additional equipment includes a scanner, every class has and uses a digital camera, control and sensor equipment. We also have four digital movie cameras that are being used more and more - even by the younger children. We use ICT to teach every other subject and the children are extremely proficient by the time they leave school. We also ensure they are aware of e-safety issues. We have just begun using MERLIN - a Virtual Learning Platform which allows pupils to carry their learning at home and is the basis of our new web-site (developed by Mrs Wallace, our School Business Manager) which is a great way of developing effective communication. Provision is made for pupils who do not have internet access at home. This supports our commitment to equipping pupils with what they will need in the future.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (S.E.N.) As required in section 161.(5) of the 1993 Education Act, this part of the booklet comments on our implementation of the policy for helping children with special educational needs. Our SEN policy is reviewed and modified annually - the most recent review was conducted in July 2008 - and the Focus Group as well as the governing body also had the opportunity to make amendments. The policy can be seen in school - just ask! We monitor all children's progress from their first day at School by following the recommended procedures. Staff co-operate and confer fully about any child causing concern and we consult our Special Needs Advisory Teacher should we need to do so. Mrs Michelle Draisey is trained to assess our children for any specific learning problems and provide support for them. We provide special exercise classes to improve co-ordination problems, and we also have a vision screening programme in place to try to detect early vision problems. In addition we run a Listening Programme to support those children who find difficulty when listening and following instructions. SEN support is also available from our well trained Teaching Assistants. Our special needs Governors are Mrs Paula Camp and Mrs Michelle Draisey. Mrs Camp has monitored our provision in school and has found that the pupils have been well catered for and that the full provision of the Code of Practice has been implemented. The full governing body monitored the targets set annually in our policy. It is our aim that early intervention at the infant stage will help to prevent frustration and failure later on. Michelle Draisey liaises with all staff, both here and at pre-school and secondary schools, to ensure the needs of our children are met at all stages. The School does its best to fulfil the needs of children who have Statements. The sympathetic provision we are able to offer is being more widely recognised and our well-trained staff is committed to offering the best help to as many children as time permits. Recognising that some of the most able children require extra stimulation – we also look for opportunities to enthuse them too. No concerns have been raised with Governors during 2008/2009.
ACCESSIBILITY/DISABILITY EQUALITY Our building is on one level with wide doorways and a disabled toilet so we are able to cater for those who need wheelchair access. Part of the site has a speaker system to help those with hearing impairments. Several of our pupils also need and receive modifications to the curriculum to enable them to be fully integrated into school life. Other pupils/adults may come to our school who will need additional help with/modifications to make our school more accessible. Our Accessibility/Disability Equality Plan (available in school) considers how we will implement changes in school to take account of the needs of people so that they are not treated less favourably than other pupils.
PASTORAL EDUCATION A major strength of our school is that our children find school a place where they can talk and ask questions about life’s problems. Our Senior Teaching Assistant, Michelle Draisey, is very skilled in supporting children who have problems both at school and at home and has trained as an NLP practitioner and a Life Coach.
SEX EDUCATION It is the policy of the Governing Body that sex education is included in the School’s curriculum. It will be presented largely through an integrated, topic-based approach and through Personal, Social and Health education, although at certain times it may be more appropriately taught on its own. It will reflect Christian values and stress moral considerations both in content and teaching methods used. Aspects to be included are understanding; family/caring; relationships/feelings; self-esteem; hygiene; assertiveness; our bodies; puberty/change;
birth, etc. Part of the provision will include the use of a video and a talk by the school nurse for Year 6 children. Questions will be answered appropriately as they arise. Parental interest is welcomed and you will always be told in advance when the sex education video and talk are to be used. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and borrow the video if you wish. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all, or part, of sex education sessions that do not form part of National Curriculum Science if they so wish. Please contact the Head Teacher if you would like to discuss this option.
Religious Education All Cannings is a voluntary controlled school which has a foundation established by the Church of England. In practice, this means that whilst the Local Authority (Wiltshire Council) retains financial and administrative responsibility for the school, the land and buildings are owned by the Church. This allows the school to retain its distinctive religious character, and with the right to appoint Foundation Governors and retain denominational Acts of Worship. The school is funded by the Local Authority which also has responsibility for employing the staff, administering admissions and providing support services. The strong links with the church mean that the school often uses the church for worship and special festivals. The monthly Church Family Service is also held in the school hall on the second Sunday of each month. The Revd. Sally Attwater visits the school regularly and works with the children. There are three foundation governors on the Governing Body; an ex-officio Foundation Governor (Rev. Sally Attwater) and two others. These governors have the additional responsibility of ensuring that the Christian character and ethos of the school are maintained, and that there are strong links with the local church community. They are appointed by the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education, after consultation with the local minister and the PCC. They are also responsible for ensuring that the school has a Section 48 Inspection of Collective Worship (SIAS) in addition to an Ofsted inspection. As a Church of England school, the religious character and collective worship are predominantly Christian. Our collective worship is regarded as a special time when we gather together to appreciate the world around us, consider moral issues and celebrate life. Over the course of the year each class is responsible for preparing their own act of worship and parents and friends are very welcome to join us for these occasions. Parents and friends are also very welcome to come along to Golden Worship when we celebrate our weekâ€™s work. Religious education enables children to search for meaning and purpose in life and provides them with an understanding of Christianity and other major religions. Our aim is to educate and stimulate - not to indoctrinate. Policies for Collective Worship and Religious Education can be seen in School. Children from all denominations are welcome to attend the school and, as in all other schools, parents have the right to request that their children are withdrawn from RE lessons and acts of worship. Please talk to the Headteacher if you have any concerns.
EQUALITY STATEMENT Our School is committed to working towards equal opportunities and race equality, promoting positive approaches to differences and fostering respect for people of all cultural backgrounds. We value and encourage the involvement of people from all sections of the local community and we are opposed to all forms of racial prejudice and discrimination. Language and behaviour that is racist or potentially damaging to any ethnic or racial group will not be tolerated and will be challenged. The School recognises that British society is made up of people from many different racial, cultural, religious and linguistic back-grounds. It is important that all pupils are fully prepared to live in such a diverse society.
Admissions In Wiltshire children can start school at the earliest from the September following their fourth birthday. They will not be entitled to start school before this time unless there are exceptional medical or social circumstances. All Cannings has a PAN (Published Admission Number) of 17 which is the number of Reception children which we are allowed to admit. Children born between 1st September and 31st March can attend full time from the September. The youngest children, born between 1st April and 31st August will attend part time in the Autumn term and full time from the January. Parents can request that their application be deferred until a later term. Such a deferral will only be agreed when the place is to be taken up within the same academic year. Any such requests should be made to the school as soon as a school place has been offered. If you wish to defer the school place beyond the academic year a new application should be submitted for a year one place for the following academic year. All admissions to the intake year are co-ordinated by the School Admissions Team at Wiltshire Council. This means that everyone wishing to apply for a place at the school must complete a common application form from Wiltshire Council. There is a common deadline date for all applications which is 20th November 2009 and a common offer date which is 4th February, 2010 (when letters will be posted). You can apply for a school place online using www.wiltshire.gov.uk or using a paper form which is available from the school office. Parents are very welcome to visit the School to discuss entry arrangements, but please phone the office to make an appointment so we can arrange for the Headteacher to show you around. Should the School be oversubscribed at any time applications for Reception places will be considered in this order: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Children in care. Looked after children as defined in Section 22 of the Children’s Act 1989. Vulnerable Children—children from families registered with the National Asylum Support Service and those with a severe medical condition or children with particular educational needs. In-area siblings—this includes step, half and foster brothers or sisters. Other in-area children Out-of-area siblings Other children
Full details on admissions can be found in “Finding a Primary School Place” which is available on the Wiltshire Council website (www.wiltshire.gov.uk) or on the school’s website (www.allcannings.wilts.sch.uk)
PRE SCHOOL There is a long established and very well attended Pre School in All Cannings. Mrs Sue Kerr, our Reception Teacher, keeps close links with Pre School, whose children visit us regularly in the run-up to “big school”. The Pre-School is open every morning for children from 3-5 years old. Session times are 9.15 to 12.45 including supervised lunch. There is also Playmates on Thursdays for children aged 2-3 years from 9.15 to 11.15 a.m. and Babble & Chat on Monday afternoons for the really young from 1.45 to 3.15 pm For further details please contact Sarah Lane, weekday mornings on 07761 402942
The Governing Body The Governors would like to welcome you to All Cannings School. The Governing Body is responsible for overseeing the running of the school. It sets out the schoolâ€™s guiding principles and works hard to ensure that it is run professionally and efficiently, making the best use of all resources that it is given in order to give the best possible education to the children. The governors of the school are appointed in various different ways but typically for four year terms of office. Some are parent governors, elected from those who have children at the school. Others represent the staff of the school and yet others are appointed by the Local Authority. Finally we have Foundation Governors who are appointed by the church. There are also associate governors who are co-opted for their expertise, as and when required. All governors give their time freely and are required to attend a full governors meeting once each term. There are also different committees and working groups which meet as and when required. The responsibilities placed on governors seems to increase year on year. However, All Cannings has a number of very experienced governors who can provide a level of ongoing stability and these are very successfully balanced by newer faces who bring fresh enthusiasm and ideas.. There are five parent governors. Part of their brief is to act as a sounding board for parents. Current parent governors are: Melinda Tilley, Sophie Leary, Mark Easton, Graham Harvey and Michael Boote. Myself or the parent governors can be contacted in person (before and after school) or at email@example.com Sue Webb Chair of Governors
PTFA We are lucky enough to have a thriving Parents, Teachers & Friends Association in school, which was formed in 1987. It has raised money for many essential items over the years including, most recently, stage lighting, digital cameras for each class, ÂŁ1000 for new reading books and a refurbished IT Suite. Many activities are arranged both for fundraising and for fun. Whilst many events are for the children and families, events are also arranged for parents and the local community. Examples of these include: Easter and Christmas Bingo, Quiz Nights, Discos, Christmas Market and Auction of Promises. We are open to new ideas and members so, even if you are new to the school, we would love to have you along. Joint Chairs : Treasurer: Secretary:
Emma Cann and Carolyn Filmore Rachel Tannahill Mandy Holder
Questions and Answers Whilst it would be impossible to pre-empt every question that you might have about our school, with the help of some of our existing parents, we have tried to identify some of the areas that you might want to know a little more about. When does education begin? It is a fact during their first four years, children learn and acquire more skills than at any other time in their life. At this age the influence of home is the most important factor in a child’s education, and it is you, their parents and carers, who have taught them most of what they know. But even if they have had regular pre-school, children have much to learn when they start school. You can help them by: • • • • • • • •
Undressing, dressing, changing shoes and putting on / taking off their coats. Going to the toilet and washing and drying their hands. Knowing how to hold a book, turn pages carefully, listen to a story and to develop an interest in books. Tidying and cleaning away toys and games when they have finished using them. Playing with other children, learning how to share, take turns and co-operating with one another. Being able to listen to and respond to simple instructions from an adult. Be able to talk to an adult about their needs. Having a regular early bedtime so that they don’t get over tired.
If they have the above skills and strategies it will help your child quickly adjust to the routine of school and build up important relationships. It also releases the class teacher from spending lots of time addressing these skills and they can concentrate on introducing experiences and skills that are more curriculum-based. This area is further covered in our Early Years booklet and is part of our induction programme.
Do all children start school in the September before they are 5? We admit children into the school in the September of the school year in which they are 5. There is no statutory obligation for children to enter school until the term after they have had their fifth birthday. Part time provision is offered to the youngest children throughout the Autumn Term, with some of the ‘summer born’ pupils starting full-time in January. However we always work with parents and pupils when deciding this and pride ourselves on our flexibility when deciding what is best for the children.
Is there any extra provision for children with Special Needs? Our school has an excellent reputation for its inclusivity, in making every child feel valued and respected as an individual. We provide a broad, balanced differentiated curriculum, which allows all children to participate fully. We are committed to helping all children achieve their full learning potential. Our Special Needs Manager is extremely well qualified, is regularly used by the Local Authority for running courses and our Teaching Assistants regularly attend training. We have excellent links with outside agencies who can provide additional expertise.
If a child has a physical disability or a learning difficulty we liaise closely with their parents and all other parties. In line with the SEN Code of Practice, we draw up detailed educational plans for the individual child. These state clear targets for the child to work towards and which we regularly monitor and review. Support is given through a variety of systems and resources, including intervention programmes, extra teaching resources, working alongside a Teaching Assistant or our SEN Manager. Parents are always involved and are welcome to discuss their child’s learning and progress and receive a copy of their Individual Education Plan. We also endeavour to cater for the educational strengths of the more able child. All teachers endeavour to create extended learning opportunities for the more able children to ensure that they reach their full potential. Other opportunities, such as LA run courses are used to supplement what the school puts in place. Will My Child Be Expected To Learn at Home? All children are expected to read at home, ranging from sharing books in Foundation Stage Two, to more formal reading and discussing books through Key Stage 1 and early Key Stage 2. We do expect all children to do this regularly, and offer support to parents on ways this can be done best. Spelling and mental maths are areas where support from home makes a huge difference to a child’s learning in both Key Stages, and are based upon consolidation of existing skills or concepts covered in class. As children reach the top of the school, more emphasis is put on developing independence and short homework activities are set with more regularity to help children’s smooth transition to secondary school.
Can I Buy Books For My Child? The school organises book fairs when children and parents may purchase books from a wide selection of authors. We have also set up a book club, set up by Puffin Books. How Do Teachers Organise Their Classrooms? With four classes in the school, all of them will have more than one year group within them. We see this as a positive as it provides great role models for the younger children and is a significant contributing factor in our school ‘family’ ethos. The teachers are very good at planning for the different groupings that exist within different subjects. Children will sometimes work with the teacher as a whole class, may work in a group or on their own. Sometimes this will be independently, at other times with an adult. At times, your child may work with a Teaching Assistant on an activity that has been planned by the class teacher. Every teacher receives PPA (planning, preparation and assessment time) to help develop the wealth of learning opportunities that take place at school. During this time, another qualified adult will take the class for specific curricular activities.
Does the School Offer Pre / After-School Care? Although we are not currently able to offer this, we have an excellent relationship with Mrs Sylvia Butcher in the village who is able to offer before, during and after-school care and holiday cover. Mrs Butcher is rated as an Ofsted ’Outstanding’ Childminder and she can be contacted on 01380 860518 or 0774 5304112.
How is the School Day Organised? Time of school sessions 9:00 - 10:45 10:45 - 11 :00 11:00 - 12:00 12:00 - 1:00 1:00 - 3:30
1 hr 45 mins Morning break 1 hour Lunch 2 hr 30 mins (KS2 have a 15 minute break during the afternoon)
Daily Class Hours
5 hrs 15 mins
Weekly Class Hours
26 hrs 15 mins
During break, pupils may spend time in the Key Stage 1 playground or go round to the Key Stage 2 playground, where the Y5 & 6 pupils coordinate the ‘huff and puff’ play equipment. There is always a good level of adult supervision at break and lunch times. What are the Procedures for The Beginning and End of the Day? Whilst a number of pupils and parents walk to school, a number need to be driven to school. The school car park is not an ideal size, so please be careful at both ends of the day. We ask anyone driving to school to be considerate to others when parking. This includes our neighbours. Pupils may start to be dropped off from 8:40 in the morning. If they arrive before this, there will not be a teacher on duty, so they will not be supervised. As we want everyone to stay safe, please wait until this time. From 8:40 pupils from all 4 classes come round to the KS2 playground, where a teacher is on duty. KS 1 pupils may stay round their side if the parents stay with their children. At 8:50, the classroom doors will be opened, so the children can begin to go into class. The teachers take time to set up Wake –Up activities that support the children’s learning and the children do these as they arrive. The routines they develop really help the children settle into school as well as developing key skills such as independence and free choice. At 9:00, we will close the classroom doors. If you find you arrive after this time, please come down to the front door, where we can let you in. At the end of the day, teachers walk out with their classes, which gives parents a chance to informally meet with parents when pupils are handed over. What Are The Arrangements for Lunch at School? Children may bring in a packed lunch, in a named container and a drink. Again, we encourage children to have a varied, balanced healthy diet and recognise that school lunches play an important part in this. We do focus on this regularly and ask parents and children to work with us on this. We do have a few children who have severe nut allergies and we ask you to be considerate when sending food into school. Although we hope to start cooking at school in the near future, as we have all the necessary facilities, the numbers who ask for hot dinners make this difficult. At the moment we are able to offer the choice of hot meals (prepared offsite), school packed lunches or jacket potatoes for £2.15 per day. Menus and order forms are sent out weekly to be returned by the Friday for the following week. Free School Meals are provided in this way. What Happens at Mid - Morning Break? Children may bring in a snack to eat mid-morning. We encourage pupils to make good choices and think about what makes a healthy snack. This should be kept in their lunch box. KS1 pupils are given free fruit which they may have at anytime during the day.
Are There Any After School Clubs? We are very fortunate to have very dedicated staff and parental volunteers who run a range of clubs for the children over the course of the year. These generally run from 3:30 to 4:30 and last year included Fun Sports, Art, Netball, Football, Recorders, Drama, Hockey, Board Games, Cross Stitch, IT, Orienteering, Tag Rugby, French Cookery, Rounders, First Aid, Gardening, Athletics and Cricket. (Clearly not all these clubs run at the same time of year.) Most clubs are for KS2 pupils, but some are run for KS1 children. All clubs are free, apart from netball which is taken by an outside coach. We also have a school choir, a boys choir and provide music lessons, currently guitar, saxophone, flute and clarinet. Pupils get many chances to participate in inter-school competitions, tournaments and festivals. Health and Safety How Does The School Ensure It Is Secure? Access to the main building through the main entrance is controlled at all times. Visitors have to ring a buzzer if they wish to enter the building and are asked to sign in. The gate to the KS1 playground is locked once parents have left. School has a CCTV system and alarms. There is a public footpath which runs around the edge of the school field, however pupils only go out onto the field when under supervision. Can My Child Be Given Medicine at School? Generally, schools are unable to administer medicines. If a child requires medicine, they probably should not be at school. If it is a medicine such as a course of antibiotics which should be given 3 times a day, we suggest this is done before school, as the pupil arrives home and at the end of the day. Alternatively parents may come in to administer medicines at lunch time, but please arrange this with a member of staff. In the case of long term conditions such as serious allergies, eczema, epilepsy etc the school will draw up an Individual Health Plan in consultation with home and any relevant agencies. Asthmatic children will obviously use their inhalers as and when necessary. What Happens If There Is An Accident At School? Upon starting school, parents are asked to provide full medical particulars of their child and their own contact details, including another person. Every reasonable care will be taken of your child whilst in our care, although we do recognise that occasionally accidents may occur. First Aid is given in school for minor accidents. We endeavour to let parents know, but will always inform them by letter if it involves a bump on the head. If a more serious incident occurs, every effort will be made to contact parents and carers. If they are not available, we will use the emergency contact. We have trained First Aiders and all staff are equipped to deal with minor medical incidents. What are Child Protection Procedures? School places children’s safety at the top of its priorities. The Headteacher and a number of the Governing Body have carried out their Safer Recruitment Training and our commitment to this is in all our advertisements. All staff and parental volunteers are CRB checked. The curriculum contains various related units , such as ’stranger danger’ and e- safety, and this includes parental workshops and information. The Head teacher has responsibility for Child Protection and there is a named Governor as well.
The LA requires Headteachers to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse - which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that the Headteacher risks upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents, appreciating how difficult it is for Headteachers to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that the Headteacher was acting in what was believed to be the child’s best interest. The school does allow photographs to be taken by staff and parents at school events such as sports day and productions. No images are published with full names. All new parents will be given a Photographic Consent form to sign, giving permission for this or asking for their child not to be included. How does school communicate with parents? There is a weekly newsletter which alternates between a white newsletter—news and events at school and a blue newsletter—information, dates and a noticeboard. These are also available on the school’s website which is now our other main way of communicating with parents— www.allcannings.wilts.sch.uk Classes are also starting to use Merlin which is our Virtual Learning Platform to develop closer learning links between home and school. However, this does not replace the personal touch which we value greatly. Staff are always available at the start and end of the day for minor queries and will always make an effort to make a longer appointment if necessary. We are very proud of this open door policy and it is often used well stopping minor problems developing into major ones. Formal parents meetings are held twice a year in the Autumn and Spring terms. We also have an annual parents survey to gather parents views and opinions on a range of topics. This is then collated and acted upon. What uniform does my child need for school? The school has a colour scheme of navy, white and grey. We do encourage parents to dress their children in school colours with a navy pullover, sweatshirt or cardigan; navy or grey trousers, shorts or skirts; white shirts and, for girls during the summer, blue and white gingham dresses. Uniform with the school logo can currently be ordered from the school office in all sizes. If you are interested, please come in at any time. A PE bag containing shorts, T shirt and plimsolls or trainers should be in school all week. PE bags and PE shirts can also be bought in school along with book bags.
Will my child be going swimming? The children are arranged into houses and we use these for many activities including swimming. Children currently go swimming at Pewsey pool on Friday afternoon in five week blocks. This includes our very youngest children. Reminders and details of cost are sent out before each block. What is the procedure if I wish to take my child out of school? We are constantly working with parents to make sure that children receive their full entitlement of school provision. To that end, we trust that parents will ensure that children attend school promptly and regularly. A child may be entitled to be absent from school for the purpose of a family holiday for up to 10 days but this is only at the discretion of the Headteacher. In such circumstances, the headteacher will need to receive a Request for Leave of Absence form. If your child is absent as a result of illness or the need for a medical appointment please notify school as soon as possible in writing or by phone.
Where do our pupils go when they leave us? 2004
Out of area
SECONDARY SCHOOLS Our catchment area secondary school is Devizes School (01380 724886), with whom we have a good liaison. Our children make several pre-entry visits in Year 6 to get used to the change. Other schools in our area are Lavington School, Market Lavington (01380 812352), Pewsey Vale School, Pewsey (01672 562481) and St John’s School, Marlborough (01672 516222). Our pupils also move on to local private schools including Dauntsey’s at West Lavington (01380 814500), Stonar near Melksham (01225 702309) and Warminster (01985 210100).
Targets We are obliged to publish our predicted SAT results for Key Stage 2 (Year 6 pupils) some 18 months in advance. Obviously, the figures can only be a best estimate based on the children in the year group at the time and, inevitably, we may gain and lose children beforehand. Our targets for May 2010 are: % pupils expected to achieve Level 4+ in both English and Maths Percentage of children making 2 levels progress in English (from end of KS1) Percentage of children making 2 levels progress in Maths (from end of KS1)
87% 100% 91%
KS2 SATs RESULTS FOR 2009 KS2 SATs RESULTS FOR 2009 These tables show a summary of the National Curriculum results of pupils in the school (2009) and nationally (2008) as a percentage of those eligible for assessment. The number of eligible children is: 13 Figures may not total 100 per cent because of rounding.
English Mathematics Science
English Reading Writing Mathematics Science
RESULTS OF TEACHER ASSESSMENT 2009 and NATIONAL 2008 Percentage at each level Pupils W 1 2 3 4 5 6 disapplied 0 62 38 0 0 0 0 0 School 16 49 30 0 0 0 1 4 National 0 69 31 0 0 0 0 0 School 0 1 4 16 46 33 0 0 National 0 38 62 0 0 0 0 0 School 12 47 38 0 0 0 0 2 National
School National School National School National School National School National
TEST RESULTS 2009 and NATIONAL 2008 Percentage at each level Below Pupils 3 4 5 level 3* not entered# 0 0 62 38 0 51 30 0 6 13 0 0 8 92 0 38 49 0 6 6 69 23 0 0 8 6 26 48 20 0 0 0 62 38 0 5 15 47 31 0 0 0 15 85 0 44 44 0 2 8
Pupils absent 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pupils absent 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1
represents pupils who are working towards level 1, but have not yet achieved the standards needed for level 1.
represents pupils who were not entered for the tests because they were working below level 3 in English, mathematics or science; pupils awarded a compensatory level from the tests; and pupils entered for but not achieving a level from the tests.
represents pupils working at the levels of the tests, but unable to access them, formally referred to as disapplied.
KS2 SATs RESULTS 2005-2009 2005
How you can help? If you have a little time to spare, please come into school and help. We will welcome you with open arms! Everyone has a talent we can use and the more people we have in school the more learning opportunities we are able to offer the children. Here are some other tips from the teachers • • • • • •
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Prepare for a day at school by having a good night’s sleep, breakfast and a calm start to the day Please label all clothing and belongings Help your child to remember their reading bags and homework Help your child to read for 5 or 10 minutes most days Help your child to learn at home through word and number games, telling the time, counting money etc. Please let us know immediately if you child will not be in school. If we don’t hear from you and we know that your child walks to school, we will ring to check that nothing has happened to your child on the way to school. Please make every effort to ensure that your child is here for registration at 9 am If your child is not going home on the taxi please let us know in advance If you have a worry or concern please come along and see us straight away; misunderstandings do sometimes occur and we would like to get them cleared up as soon as possible Please read and sign the Home-School Agreement If you would like to have a say about what happens in school this can be done in many ways—via the website, parental survey, Parent Focus Group, parent governors but most importantly, by simply coming in and talking to us Keep up to date with school events through the school calendar on the website and newsletters
Complaints Procedure We would like to assure you that we place the highest value on good home school relationships and on our effective open door policy. If you need to see the class teacher, they are usually available before and after school. A note with your child is helpful to ensure that this is mutually convenient. We do ask that only urgent messages are given to teachers in the morning as they will then be free to give full attention to the class at the beginning of a new day. If there is a problem you would like to discuss with Mr Borman, please call in or contact the office by telephone or email. He will try to make himself available at all times. If, having done this, the matter cannot be resolved a formal complaint can be made in writing to the governing body. If this does not resolve the matter you are invited to contact the Local Authority at County Hall, Trowbridge, Wilts. BA14 8JB. A full copy of the complaints procedure can be obtained from the office. We firmly believe that in the majority of cases issues can be resolved almost instantly by honest and open communication. Talking and sharing problems is always the best approach.
2008 /2009 ~ A Year In The Life of Our School It can be quite difficult to give a real flavour of our school in words, so we thought it might be a good idea to tell you about some of our favourite memories of last year so you can see some of the exciting learning that takes place at All Cannings School.
Trips and Visits We believe that learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom or at school and that trips and visits are important ways of supporting what happens in the class. All classes make a number of visits over the course of the year, both local and further afield. Here are a couple of examples from last year. KS1 went to Bournemouth as part of their ‘Seaside Topic’. As well as spending time in the aquarium, looking at the different sealife, we also went onto the beach. Luckily the weather was really good and we had a great day out.
Class 3 visited Semington School, which is set up as a Victorian school. Everyone went dressed up in the sort of clothes that people wore over 100 years ago. The teacher was really strict, we had to have an old fashioned packed lunch and the lessons were very different to All Cannings! It was a fun day, but everyone was glad that school is how it is these days. Noah’s Ark Week We like to do whole -school topics where pupils of different ages work alongside each other. We used the well known bible story as a starting point, and the range of activities it inspired included a Maths Day, a whole school retelling of the story in French, time in the wildlife area and local churchyard taking responsibility for our planet and environment and working with a Danish artist to produce some stained glass panels which are now on display in school.
India Week Each year the Teaching Assistants organise a theme week, based upon a particular country. This helps us learn about other cultures around the world. This year we took India as our country. We all tried some new foods, learnt some dances and finished the week off with a parade around the village and held an Indian wedding. Everyone was dressed up in saris and other Indian costumes and we even had an elephant! Roald Dahl’s Cinderella This year for our Key Stage 2 production, we decided to combine singing and comedy with one of our favourite authors …. and came up with another memorable show. It was great fun to perform in and to watch, especially when we get some of the parents and teachers on stage, and you can see the children’s self confidence has definitely grown over the years. Sports We had another amazing year in sports tournaments and festivals. We had a record number of pupils representing the school - over 50 children in KS2 - and our Y2 children took part in a Multi -skills Festival in Devizes. This year’s successes were as follows: Devizes High 5 Netball Winners County High 5 Netball Runners up Devizes Tag Rugby Runners up County Tag Rugby Runners up Devizes Hockey Winners County Hockey Winners Devizes Kwik Cricket Winners Chance To Shine League Cricket Winners Y3 /4 Quad Kids Athletics Winners Y5/6 Quad Kids Athletics Winners
We also took part in a number of school tournaments, again winning a number of these. However, whilst the medals and certificates are great, the children’s enjoyment and positive attitude gives teachers and parents the greatest pleasure.
Snowy Days The amazing weather was great fun last year, with the most snow that any of us can remember. However the school remained open every day and we used the snow as a starting point for some of our learning - making snow churches, looking at animal adaptations for penguins, polar bears and seals and the wonder of snowflakes - as well as having some fun! Towards the end of the week, the school dinners couldn't even be delivered, but people from the village came across with pizzas, ice cream and bits from their freezers, and teachers and parents made pasta and dinner for everyone! Pets Day As part of their topic on animals and habitats, Class 1 and 2 held a pets day where they were able to bring in their pets from home, talk about how they take care of them and demonstrate their knowledge through questions and answers. As well as the usual cats, dogs and hamsters we had a tortoise, a horse and even a tarantula.
Stained Glass Project Sif Wolthers, an artist from Denmark, came to work with us on creating some stained glass windows. After showing us how to work with glass, we designed individual tiles based upon animals from Noahâ€™s Ark, prepared the glass and fired them in our kiln. They are now on display in the learning zone.
Here are some of our other favourite pictures