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St. Ethelbert’s RCP School Prospectus

Headteacher: Mrs M. Messham Melbourne Road, Deane, Bolton, BL3 5RL (01204) 333036 e-mail: website: 1

A warm welcome to St. Ethelbert’s RC Primary School in Bolton St. Ethelbert’s is a Roman Catholic Primary School provided by the Diocese of Salford and maintained by Bolton Local Education Authority as a Voluntary Aided School. It serves the parishes of St. Ethelbert’s and St. Vincent’s. We hope the information you receive on this website is both interesting and useful. It contains day-to-day matters of administration and an outline of the school’s educational vision and practice. The aims of our school are set out in the Mission Statement which indicates the fundamental importance attached to the fact that this is a Roman Catholic school promoting a Catholic Christian community in which all are valued and encouraged to show care, respect and love for themselves and each other. We have high expectations regarding standards of work and behaviour. We hope that we can work together to ensure that your child reaches his/her potential in every way. We feel confident that governors, staff, parents and parish community will be able to work together for the benefit of your child/children in a spirit of mutual trust, support and understanding. Please do not hesitate to come and talk with us about any aspect of your child’s development. Thank you for all your support. Yours sincerely, Mandy Messham - Headteacher Tom Grady - Chair of Governor 2

Mission Statement The Roman Catholic faith of St. Ethelbert’s School permeates the whole curriculum recognising the dignity and worth of the human person to ensure that each is loved, valued and respected. The relationships we build are based on Gospel values and foster the belief that everyone is unique with something worth giving. As a Christian, caring community we provide a welcoming atmosphere for anyone who enters our school. To heighten awareness of the wider family, we participate in and contribute towards the community in which we live. We work together to provide pastoral care and discipline based on the principles of reconciliation preparing our pupils for life in a multi-faith and multi-cultural society. 3

Our Aims • •

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To foster a love of God and an understanding that He is at the heart of everything we do. To develop an understanding of the teachings of the Church through the provision of meaningful opportunities for collective worship and the delivery of the Salford Diocese Scheme of Work for RE. To provide a welcoming and engaging atmosphere in order to develop strong partnerships between home, school, parish and wider community, so that all stakeholders feel that their views and contributions are valued. To promote, through a broad, balanced and creative curriculum the development of the whole child; being concerned for the spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical, emotional, cultural and aesthetical development in a Roman Catholic setting. To provide a positive learning environment in which each child is encouraged to achieve his/her full potential, where expectations of all are high and where success is celebrated. To create a positive environment, within which self-discipline can grow, self-esteem is cultivated and the principles of reconciliation respected. To provide equality of opportunity, catering for the needs and aspirations of all members of the school community regardless of age, gender or ability


St. Ethelbert’s R.C.P. School, Bolton Admission Policy St. Ethelbert’s is a Roman Catholic Primary School under the trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford and is maintained by Bolton Local Authority. As a Voluntary Aided primary school, the school’s Governing Body is the Admission Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions. For the school year commencing September 2014 the Governing Body’s has set its admission number at 30. Admission to the school will be made by the Governing Body. All preferences listed on the Local Authority preference form will be considered on an equal basis with the following set of admissions criteria forming a priority order where there are more applications for admissions than the school has places available: 1. Baptised Roman Catholic who are Looked After Children or previously Looked After Children or who have a statement of Special Educational Need which names St. Ethelbert’s. 2. Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and who are resident in the parishes of St. Ethelbert’s or St. Vincent’s. 3. Baptised Roman Catholic children who are resident in the parishes of St. Ethelbert’s or St. Vincent’s. 4. Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and who are resident in another parish. 5. Baptised Roman Catholic children who are resident in another parish. 6. Non-Catholic Looked After Children; previously Looked After Children or NonCatholic children who have a statement of Special Educational Need which names St. Ethelbert’s. 7. Non-Catholic children who have brothers or sisters in the school at the time of admission. 8. Other children.


Notes 1. All applicants will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions as provided by the Local Authority. 2. All Catholic applicants will be required to produce baptismal certificates. These must be provided as evidence before the closing date. Children baptised after the closing date will remain in their original category for admissions. 3. It is the duty of the governors to comply with class size limits at Key Stage One. The Governing Body may exceed the regulations for twins and children from multiple births where one of the children is the 30th child admitted. 4. If in any category, there are more applications than places available, priority will be given on the basis of distance from home to school. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the front door of the child’s home address (including the community entrance to flats) to the main entrance of the school with those living nearer to school having priority. The RAC Route Finder measuring system, which measures to two decimal places, will be used for this purpose. In the event of distances being the same for two or more applicants where this distance would be the last place allocated, a random lottery will be carried out in a public place. All the names will be entered into a hat and the required number of names will be drawn out. 5. Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week. The child’s “permanent place of residence” will be determined as the address of the parent who normally has responsibility for the majority of school days in a week. 6. A Looked After Child is a child who is a) in the care of the Local Authority, or b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of Social Services functions (under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). A previously Looked After Child is one who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. 7. A waiting list for children who have not been offered a place will be kept and will be ranked according to the admission criteria. Parents will be informed of their child’s position on the waiting list which will not be operated for longer than the end of the Autumn term. 8. For ‘in year’ applications received outside the normal admissions round and if places are available then children qualifying under the published criteria will be admitted. If there are places available but more applicants than places then the published oversubscription criteria will be applied. ‘In year’ and late applications will be treated as per the coordinated arrangements published by the Local Authority. 9. If an application for admission has been turned down by the governing body, parents can appeal to an independent appeals panel. Parents must be allowed at least twenty school days from the date of notification that their appeal was unsuccessful to submit that appeal. Parents must give reasons for their appeal in writing and the decision of the appeals panel is binding on the governors. 10. The governing body reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a school place where false evidence is received in relation to baptism, sibling connections or place of residence. 6

Prayer and Worship •

At St. Ethelbert’s School, planned opportunities for quality prayer are integral to our life and mission. We are committed to enriching the religious experiences of both pupils and staff by providing collective worship, individual prayer times and opportunities for reflection at whole school and classroom level.

Prayer and Worship is an important feature of each school day. All classes begin and end morning and afternoon sessions with a form of prayer (prayer, hymn, reflection, Scripture reading).

A religious assembly based on our Statements of Belief and underpinned by SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) principles takes place on a weekly basis and is attended by all Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils.

Each class presents a special whole school assembly twice a year. Class assemblies incorporate the work done as part of the creative curriculum with a religious theme or message. Each term, every class celebrates Holy Mass in church, with the liturgy based on the church’s calendar or on themes studied in curriculum RE.. Parents and members of our parish community are invited to attend.

In addition, whole school Mass is celebrated at the beginning and end of each term in church, with pupils playing an active role in the liturgy.

Other whole school opportunities for Prayer and Worship are organized to reflect the church’s year- for example; pupils present the Stations of the Cross during Holy Week; a special service on Ash Wednesday; staff meditation during Lent; Rosary Group during October.

All classes have a focus for prayer (table, display) to create an atmosphere conducive to prayer and worship. Classroom Collective Worship is an opportunity for pupils to connect with God and recognise the extraordinary within the ordinary.

Our pupil chaplains organise collective worship opportunities for the rest of the school. They have received training from the Diocese and have been especially commissioned by the Bishop.

Once a term, our school organises a parish Youth Mass with another local RC school.



Our pupils receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Communion during Y3, although arrangements can be made for older children to join the sacramental programme in special circumstances. The programme is led by parish catechists; however, the school plays a pivotal role in supporting their work. Our Y6 pupils act as prayer sponsors for the Sacramental Programme children.


School Organisation Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Our Nursery and Reception classes form our Early Years Foundation Stage. There are 30 morning and 30 afternoon places available in Nursery. If there are places available, parents can apply to send their child full-time at a cost of £8 per day. Our admission number for Reception class is 30.

Key Stage One

Key Stage 1 children are organised into 2 classes: • Year 1 • Year 2

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2 children are organised into 4 classes: • Year 3 • Year 4 • Year 5 • Year 6


Our Staff Nursery Reception


Name Miss Mansell Mrs Turner

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4

Miss Roberts Mr. Gavin Miss Murphy Mrs Stephens

Year 5

Mrs McCoy

Year 6 Support teacher (interventions) Support teacher (interventions) Support teacher (interventions - SEN) Support teacher (interventions) Headteacher

Mrs Garrity Mrs Haslam

Teaching Assistants (level 3/4)

Mrs Christie (Y4) Mrs Carter (Y6 / interventions) Mrs Senior(Rec) Mrs Christadoulou (Y2) Mr Wardle (Y6) Mrs Marsh(Y1) Mrs Patel(Nurs) Mrs Munro(Y5) Miss Edwards(Y3 - SNA) Miss Bridge(Y4- SNA) Miss Scholes (Y5) Miss Davies(Nurs) Mrs Kirkham(Y6) Ms. Edgar(Nurs) Mr. Stephens(Y2) Mr. Hayes (Y3) Mrs Senior Mrs Jones Mrs Hart Mrs Stanley Mrs Hanlon Mrs Moorcroft Mrs Hart Mrs Crowe Mrs Grundy

Teaching Assistants (level 2)

Teaching Assistants (level 1) Office Manager Clerk Caretaker Kitchen Manager Kitchen Assistants SMSAs

Mrs Meskell Mrs Ritchie Mrs Jones Mrs Messham

Responsibilities Art and Design Assistant Headteacher, Literacy, EYFS; RAG Science NQT ICT P.E., Modern Foreign Languages Assistant Headteacher, R.E., Music; RAG Science PSHE / Healthy Schools TLR2- Creativity, Design Technology, Numeracy Geography SENCO & Inclusion- TLR2 Child Protection, Appraisal, Assessment, CPD, Educational Visits RAG PPA Cover Interventions

Attendance Officer


Health & Safety



Sports Coaches

Music Teachers ICT Technician

Mrs Nuttall Mrs Oldham Ms. Taylor Mrs Hart Mrs Nuttall Mr. Baxendale Mr. Bennett Mr. Spencer Mr. Benson Miss Kay Mrs Roberts Mr. Baxendale Eric Wegrzyn

Sport and Active Living Service MSJ One Goal Bolton Music Service LA ICT Service

School Times Nursery sessions a.m.

9.00 -12.00

Lunch break







Y1 & Y2








Lunch Break




School ends




School begins Morning Break

Doors open at 8.50a.m. Parents are welcome to come into school with their children.


School Attendance Every child has two attendance marks each day, one for the morning and one for the afternoon. - a total of 380 attendances per school year. Good attendance and punctuality are promoted and celebrated in school. At the end of each half term, certificates are awarded for 100% attendance and children’s names displayed on our ‘Attendance Roll of Honour’. Details of class attendance are given through the Headteacher’s monthly newsletter. Absence from school through illness If your child is not well please ring school on the FIRST day of their absence Authorised and Unauthorised Absence Absences for sickness, hospital, dentist and doctor appointments are authorised. However, we request that wherever possible, medical appointments are organised outside of the school day. Absences for any other reason are unauthorised and as such are carefully monitored by the school and Bolton Local Authority. In cases of long absence or in doubtful cases, parents will be visited by school and details passed onto the Local Authority. Please let the school know the reason for your child's absence by 9.30am on the first day. If the school have not been notified by that time you will be contacted by the office to determine why your child is not in school. Analysis of Pupil Data The Headteacher carries out an analysis of attendance data at the end of each half term. Where a child’s attendance has fallen below 90% in a school year, concern letters are sent to parents so that they are aware of the importance of good attendance in subsequent terms. Term Time Holidays The Department for Education has made some amendments to the 2006 School Attendance Regulations. These amendments will come into force on September 1st 2013. Under the previous regulations, the Headteacher was able to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time for up to ten school days. This was always dependent on a history of good attendance, with each case taken on its own merits. However, from September 2013, under the new regulations, the Headteacher is unable to grant any leave of absence during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents will have to provide concrete evidence that their circumstances are exceptional. Affordability of holidays cannot and will not be accepted as a valid reason. The ten day threshold has also been removed and now it is the Headteacher’s responsibility to determine the number of days leave that a child may be away from school if exceptional circumstances have been proved. Penalty notices will be issued to parents who fail to ensure regular attendance at school. Please note that all absences will be followed up so it is vital that sickness is reported to school on the first day of absence. However, penalty notices will be issued if ‘sickness’ is used as an opportunity to take holiday leave. Please ensure that any requests for leave are put in writing, giving detailed reasons why the leave cannot be taken outside of school time.


Uniform All pupils are expected to wear full school uniform.


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grey uniform trousers (long or short) grey sweater blue shirt grey socks plain blue tie black school shoes short-sleeved polo shirt (summer) grey skirt/pinafore grey uniform trousers grey cardigan/sweater blue blouse plain blue tie white or grey socks/tights black school shoes blue & white checked dress (summer)

Nursery & Reception:

as above, but preferably short sleeved shirts to avoid wet sleeves when playing in water school shoes fastened by Velcro- not laces


ALL children must wear sensible black/grey shoes or trainers. Heavy type boots / trainers or highly coloured/metallic trainers are not allowed.

P.E. Kit P.E.Kit (Y1-6)

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Blue shorts White T-shirt with school emblem Navy pump bag Black pumps

Y6 swimming kit (Autumn term)

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Girls – one-piece swimming costume Swimming cap Boys- swimming trunks – long shorts are not allowed

PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL ITEMS OF UNIFORM ARE CLEARLY MARKED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME. P.E. kits must stay in school until the end of each half term, when they must be taken home and washed. 13

The following items are available to purchase from the office: sweater £11 cardigan £12 elasticated ties £1.60 long ties £1.70 P.E. shorts £4 White P.E. t-shirts £4 P.E. bags £1.70 reading folders £5

Jewellery Children should not wear any form of jewellery as this may be lost and can cause accidents in P.E. and in the playground. The school offers this disclaimer – that should an accident be caused to self or others by the wearing of jewellery, the school will not be held responsible. Under no circumstances can pupils were jewellery during P.E., including swimming. Make-up and nail varnish are not allowed.


Child Protection Legal Duties: All schools have a duty to ‘safeguard’ and promote the welfare of children in school. This includes: • Taking reasonable measures to reduce risk • Taking appropriate action to address concerns

What reasonable action does the school take to reduce risk? • • • • •

All staff and regular visitors undertake Enhanced DBS checks All other visitors are supervised when with children The Headteacher and six other governors have a certificate in ‘Safer Recruitment’ and procedures are rigorous Risk assessments are undertaken for all activities which involve significant risk, including educational visits Effective security procedures are in place

Who is responsible for Child Protection? • • •

Mrs Messham (Headteacher) is the Designated Person for Child Protection Mrs Turner (Assistant Headteacher) is the Designated Governor with responsibility for Child Protection All staff and other agencies contribute to Child Protection in the school

Concerns A member of staff might make a note of concern when, for example, • A child is consistently unwashed or has dirty clothes • A child is regularly collected late or dropped off late for school • A child tells them about a concerning event at home (e.g. bullying by an older sibling) • A child is consistently dropped off too early for school


Suspected or Actual Abuse A member of staff might refer to the Designated Person for Child Protection if: • A child tells them that he / she is being abused • A child has severe, unexplained injuries

In what ways does the school address concerns? • • •

Staff mention concerns to parents and make a written note If there are several notes of concern, the staff member will consult the Designated Person for Child Protection The Designated Person for Child Protection will determine whether to contact parents and / or other relevant agencies to support the family

In what ways does the school address suspected or actual abuse? •

These cases are referred directly to the Designated Person for Child Protection who will contact the Duty Social Worker for advice.

The school’s policy and procedures for Child Protection should hopefully be seen as a reassurance to parents and carers that their children are surrounded by a team who care about their well-being. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Messham.


Communication between school and home Speaking to Staff •

The school would like to feel that its open door policy on all matters of concern is reassurance that we care and wish to respond to the needs of the community we serve.

Appointments to speak to the Headteacher and / or class teacher can easily be made (because of the commitment to their pupils, teachers may not be disturbed during lesson time). If matters of a more serious nature arise, parents are encouraged to contact the Headteacher directly. If a parent has a problem but does not feel comfortable in sharing it with the Headteacher, they should contact the Chair of Governors.

Contact Information •

The school operates a texting system which allows us to send information or reminders to specific parents or to the whole school at once. For this reason, it is vital that we have your most up-to-date contact information so that you receive our texts. As soon as you change your mobile phone, please let the office know so that the system can be amended.

Up-to date mobile numbers are also required in case we need to contact you in an emergency. (e.g. sickness, accident). Please ensure that additional contacts (e.g. grandparents etc.) are current.

Medicines •

Children should not bring medicine into school. In exceptional circumstances, and with the approval of the Headteacher, a child may be allowed to do so. All medicines must be given in at the office and a consent form signed in line with the school’s Administration of Medicines policy. If medicine needs to be taken three times a day, we suggest that the doses are given before school, after school and at bedtime so that administration does not need to take place in school.

Mrs Stout, the school nurse, regularly visits school. Parents are welcome to make an appointment to see the school nurse if they have a concern.

Letters •

Monthly newsletters outline the activities which are going on in the school. Diary dates also appear here. Additional letters will be sent from time to time please read them. Letters will also be archived onto our website for future reference. 17

Reporting to parents • •

Parents’ evenings take place in the Autumn and Spring terms. The school operates an appointment system. At the end of the school year, parents receive a written report. You can discuss your child’s progress at any time by prior appointment with your child’s teacher.

Facebook and Twitter •

Information about events going on in school is posted on our Facebook account and on Twitter. If you do not wish your child’s photograph to appear on our website or social media pages, please let school know.


St. Ethelbert’s RCP, Bolton Term Dates for 2014 /2015 Academic Year Autumn Term Monday 1st September Wednesday 22nd October Half term Monday 3rd November Friday 19th December Christmas Holidays

School opens 8.50am School closes 3pm Thursday 23rd October – Friday 31st October (1 week & 2 days) School re-opens 8.50am School closes 2p.m. for Christmas (2 weeks) Monday 22nd December 2014 – Friday 2nd January 2015

Spring Term Monday 5th January 2015 Friday 13th February Half term Monday 23rd February Wednesday 1st April Easter Holidays

School re-opens 8.50am School closes 3pm Monday 16th February – Friday 20th February School re-opens 8.50am School closes 2p.m. for Easter (1 week & 2 days) Thursday 2nd April - Friday 9th April

Summer Term Monday 13th April Monday 4th May Friday 22nd May Half Term Monday 8th June Friday 17th July

School re-opens 8.50am Spring Bank Holiday (school closed for 1 day) School closes 3pm (2 weeks) Monday 25th May – Friday 5th June School re-opens 8.50am School closes 2p.m. for summer (7 weeks)


National Tests At the end of Year 1, pupils undertake the Phonics Screening Check, in which their recognition of phonics (sounds) is tested. Any child who does not meet national standards will re-take the test at the end of Year 2.

2013 Phonics Screening Check %age of pupils achieving the standard 67% 80%

Year 1 Year 2 (retakes)

national 69% 69%

At the end of Key Stage 1 (Summer term – Y2), pupils are assessed in reading, writing and maths. National expectations are that a child is secure at level 2. Pupils who are below average will achieve level 1, whilst more able pupils will achieve level 3.

2013 KS1 SATs Results

Reading Writing Mathematics

Children achieving Level 2 or higher 93% 83% 93%


Children achieving Level 3


89% 85% 91%

27% 17% 13%

29% 15% 23%

At the end of Y6, pupils sit tests in reading, punctuation, spelling & grammar and maths. In addition, details of teacher assessment are sent to the government. Test results are used to measure the performance of schools.

KS2 SATS results 2013

Reading Writing Grammar, Spelling& Punctuation Mathematics

Children achieving Level 4 or higher 81% 87% 68%


Children achieving Level 5


86% 83% 74%

29% 23% 35%

44% 30% 47%






Data Protection Schools, Local Authorities and the Department for Education (the Government Department which deals with Education and schools) all hold information on pupils in order to run the Education System, and in doing so have to follow the Data Protection Act 1998. This means, among other things that the data held about pupils must only be used for specific purposes allowed by law, and to whom it may be passed on. The school holds information on pupils in order to support their teaching and learning, to monitor and report on their progress, to provide appropriate pastoral care, and to assess how well the school as a whole is doing. This information includes contact details, National Curriculum assessment results, attendance information, characteristics such as ethnic group, special education needs and any relevant information. From time to time we are required to pass on some of this data to the Local Authority (LA), to another school to which the pupil is transferring, to the Department for Education (DFE), and to National Curriculum Assessment Authority (NCA) which is responsible for the National Curriculum and associated assessment arrangements. The Local Authority maintains and uses information about pupils to carry out specific functions for which it is responsible, such as the assessment of any special educational or welfare needs the pupils may have, and targeting resources to pupils. It also uses the information to derive statistics to inform decisions on (for example) the targeting of LA resources to schools, and to assess the performance of schools and help them set targets. The statistics are used in such a way that individual pupils cannot be identified from them. The National Curriculum Assessment Authority uses information about pupils to administer the National Curriculum tests and assessments for Key Stage 1 to 3. The results of these are passed on to DFE in order for it to compile statistics on trends and patterns in levels of achievement. The NCA uses the information to evaluate the effectiveness of the National Curriculum and the associated assessment arrangements, and to ensure that these are continually improved.


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