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Owton Manor Primary School Prospectus 2012 - 2013

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School Prospectus 2012/13

Owton Manor Primary School Prospectus 2012 - 2013

Dear Parent/Carer

On behalf of the Governors and Staff I would like to take this opportunity to offer both you and your child a sincere and warm welcome to Owton Manor Primary School. We look forward to working in partnership with you to provide a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment. We have produced this document in the hope that you will find it interesting and a useful source of reference whilst your child attends our school. Details of any amendments, for example, holiday dates, changes in staff and organisation, etc., will be sent to you as and when they arise. It is our aim that all children who attend Owton Manor Primary School achieve their full academic potential. To meet this goal we provide all children with a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. This falls within the framework of the National Curriculum and is designed to give the children a wide range of challenges and experiences as they progress through school. We value our good relationships with parents and are always most grateful for parental involvement within school. If you have any queries or problems whilst your child is part of Owton Manor Primary School, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to discuss them with the class teacher or myself. We feel the close co-operation between parents and school is essential to ensure your child’s happy and purposeful progress through school. If you would like more information about Owton Manor Primary School, please visit our web site

Mrs L Killeen Acting Head Teacher

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School Opening Hours The Lower Foundation Stage is open: Morning session: Afternoon session:

8.45 am 12.30 pm

- 11.45 am - 3.30 pm

The Main School is open: Morning: KS1 Registration

9.00 am – 11.50 am


9.00 am - 12.00 pm




school starts school starts

12.50 pm - 3.15 pm 1.00 pm - 3.15 pm

So that we can be in a position to be able to look after your children whilst in the school playground, we ask that they do not come to school before 8.30 am. Children who go home for lunch should not return before 12.55 pm. A request to withdraw a child during a school session must be made either in writing or by personal visit. Whenever a child is absent, we must be told of the reason for that absence, either by letter, personal visit or telephone call. Failure to give this information will result in us sending a written reminder, which will be followed up, if necessary, by the School Attendance Officer. Truancy is not a problem at our school; this simple courtesy will ensure that it never becomes one. Any absence that is not accounted for is called unauthorised absence which includes truancy. It is therefore important that parents inform us, giving the reason, for any non-attendance at school. Admissions During the first few weeks of a child entering Year 6, a preference pack will be issued to each child via the Children's Services Department. The pack includes a letter, preference form and secondary education booklet to help with the completion of the preference form. All preference forms must be completed and returned to the Children's Services Department by the stipulated deadline. If there are more requests for a particular school than there are places available, the Admissions Team use the admissions criteria to allocate places (see attached criteria). If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place at your preferred school, you have the right of appeal, details of which will be forwarded to you via the Admissions Team as appropriate. The admissions policy for the school laid down by the L.A. after consultation with the governors in accordance with the Education Act 1986 is as follows: a) b)

Children are admitted to school on the following basis. Children are admitted to the nursery class the term after their third birthday subject to the availability of a place. A waiting list is maintained and parents are advised to apply early.

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Children are admitted to school in accordance with the LA’s Admissions Policy. Criteria used are: i) Children living in the admission zone defined for the school. ii) Children who will have an older brother or sister attending the school in September 2001. iii) Children who have exceptional social and/or medical reasons for attending the school. Our medical advisers must be satisfied that the medical reasons are genuine. iv) Children who have special educational reasons that require them to attend the school. v) Children who live closest to the school as measured by the shortest convenient walking distance. Parents have the right of appeal to the Local Authority against any decision to refuse admission. Parents will be asked to express a preference by completing a parental preference form.

School Organisation Owton Manor School is organised into 3 main areas of learning – Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Foundation Stage The Foundation Stage is a combined nursery and reception facility. The Lower Foundation Stage has places for 52 children who attend on a part time basis, 26 morning places and 26 afternoon places. In the Lower Foundation we have one teacher and one teaching assistant. In Upper Foundation we have one full time teacher and one teaching assistant. The Foundation Stage teachers plan closely together as a unit to ensure continuity and consistency. Key Stage 1 Team There are 2 classes in Key Stage 1 – 1 Year 2 class and Year 1 class. The Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 teams will work closely together in 2012-13 under one Team Leader – Miss Wainwright. Speech & Language Base There is also a KS1 speech & language base for children from neighbouring Hartlepool Schools who have difficulties in speech, language & communication.

Key Stage 2 Team There are four classes in Key Stage 2 – a Year 6 class, a Year 5 class, one Year 4 class and one Year 3 class. Each class has at least one teaching assistant. They work under one Key Stage Leader , Miss Steph Smith.

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Children in Years 5 & 6 have many opportunities to work with staff from Manor Comprehensive School – making the transition from Primary to Secondary education much easier. Home/School/Child Agreement When your child starts school we will ask you to sign our home/school agreement. This agreement clearly states what the school will provide for your child and what you as parents have agreed to do in order to support school and your child’s education. This agreement lasts the time your child is with us at Owton Manor School.

Owton Manor Primary School Home-School-Child Agreement SCHOOL WILL       

Encourage children to do their best at all times Provide an education that meets the needs of all children. Encourage children to appreciate the needs, way of life and belief of others. Keep parents informed of the school curriculum and activities Inform parents of the children’s progress at parent/teacher meetings. Inform parents of any concerns the child is experiencing at school. Take into account family difficulties which may affect their child’s well being in school. Head Teacher’ Signature ………………………………………………………. FAMILY WILL 

Make sure children arrive for school on time:

KS1 9.00 a.m. KS2 9.00 a.m.  Make sure child attends regularly and inform school of reason for child’s absence.  Inform school of any concerns the child is experiencing at school.  Attend parent/teacher consultations or arrange an alternative time.  Ensure children are appropriately dressed and equipped for school.  Encourage child at all times by taking an interest in their work and giving praise to their efforts. Parent’s Signature ……………………………………..………………… CHILDREN WILL  I will take good care of school equipment and the building.  I will adopt the school values  I will work hard and do my best at all times.  I will be kind and friendly to all other people.  I will be helpful and polite.  I will follow the school behaviour policy. Child’s Signature ………………………………………………………… We will work together to ensure our children achieve their very best.

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Owton Manor School Values At Owton Manor School, we have a set of Values that we believe show what our School stands for…








Curriculum Aims Religious Education The religious education reflects the fact that religious traditions in the country are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of other principle religious. We emphasise moral teaching, good behaviour, and respect for themselves and others. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from these lessons or assembly if they wish and this should be discussed with the Head Teacher. Sex Education We emphasise the importance of developing self-esteem, self-respect and a respect for the needs and feelings of others. We encourage our children to develop an understanding and awareness of their own emotional development and approach to personal relationships. The processes of life are covered within Knowledge and Understanding. Questions are answered truthfully, in a manner appropriate to the age of the child. We are, however, sensitive to the fact that with young children, parents may feel that explicit information is better imparted in the home. There is a school policy on Sex Education, which all parents are welcome to see. Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education We aim to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of every child in our school. We aim to develop a sense of belonging to a community, tolerance for others, their opinions and circumstances, self-confidence and perseverance. We plan activities ~ theatre groups, visits to and from the local community and business to help children prepare for the opportunities and experiences of life as a responsible citizen. Friday afternoon activities are designed to promote Citizenship.

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ICT Provision We are very proud of our ICT provision and believe that this is the future for the children. The school has a large ICT suite of 15 computers linked to the Internet with laser colour printers. The suite also has an interactive whiteboard, which is used for teaching purposes and CPD. All children in school also have access to… • • •

Classroom computers linked to the main network, which enables access to colour laser printers. An interactive whiteboard and a digital camera in each classroom - used by both the teacher and children. The very best HD video cameras

OMPTV Owton Manor School also has its very own Radio & TV station –OMPTV, ran by the children themselves which broadcasts weekly programmes over the internet for parents and children to watch. You can find a link to OMPTV on the school website –

E Safety We take the safety of our children as paramount. As such, the Internet is filtered to prevent the children accessing unsuitable material and all children are taught about safe internet use.

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Mr Neil Nottingham & Mrs Killeen


Mrs Judy Thompson


Mr Keith Gorton






Mr W Dickinson








Cllr Marjorie James


Mrs Mary P Raine


Mrs J Thompson


Mr Neil Nottingham


Mrs Liz Killeen


Mrs Julie-Anne Brennan


Mrs Joanna Bell


Mr Yannick Thorez


Mr Keith Gorton


Mr Kevin Godfrey


Mrs Lisa McNeilly

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USEFUL ADDRESSES The full postal address of the school is: Owton Manor Primary School Eskdale Road Hartlepool TS25 4BT Telephone: 01429272255 The Chair of Governors is: Mrs Judy Thompson (who may be contacted through the school)

The address of the Education Officer is: The Director of Children Services Civic Centre Hartlepool TS24 8AY Telephone: Hartlepool 266522 The school’s School Attendance Officer is: SAO – Natalie Gooding Education Development Centre Seaton Lane Hartlepool TS25 1HN Telephone: Hartlepool 272222 The Psychological Service is located at: Education Development Centre Seaton Lane Hartlepool TS25 1HN Telephone: Hartlepool 272222

The Child Health Centre is at: ( School Nurse: Mrs Anne Doughty) Hart Buildings Hartlepool General Hospital Easington Road Hartlepool Telephone: Hartlepool 522321

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THE SCHOOL STAFF Head Teacher: Deputy Head Teacher:

Mrs Liz Killeen Mrs Lynda Sherry (SENCO)

Year Year Year Year Year Year

Miss Steph Smith – KS2 Team Leader Mrs Tracy Ward Mr Mark Bennison Mrs Julie Myers Miss Nicola Williams Mrs Vikki Mitchell

6 Teacher 5 Teacher 4 Teacher 3 Teacher 2 Teacher 1 Teacher

Foundation Stage Teachers:

Miss Rachel Wainwright EYFS & KS1 Team Leader Mrs Gemma Fawcett

HLTA’s :

Miss Debbie Franks Mrs Nicola Edwards

Teaching Assistants:

Mrs Julia Taylor Miss Donna Dring Mrs Irene Vasey Miss Gemma Drane Mrs Margaret Roberts Miss Susan Davies Mrs Elaine Robinson Mrs Julie-Ann Brennan Mrs Louise Cram.

Admin Officer

Mrs Lesley Withey

Social Inclusion Assistant Site Supervisor School Cook

Mrs Lesley Johnson Mr Matthew Cronin Mrs Debbie Gleason

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SCHOOL TERMS AND HOLIDAY 2012/2013 See enclosed holiday list. Professional Development days for the school year September 2012 to July 2013 are: 3rd September 2012 7th January 2013 15th April 2013 22nd & 23rd July 2013 Holidays At the discretion of the Headteacher you can take your child out of school for a period of 10 days during the academic year (September to July) for the purpose of a family holiday. Anything over 10 days will be classed as unauthorised absence. A holiday form is available from the school office. Holiday requests during the month of May will not be authorised by school – due to the taking of national tests in this month.

Ofsted Report Please see our website

Pastoral Care It is the responsibility of all members of staff to ensure that the children are happy and secure within school. We have a full time Social Inclusion Officer – Mrs Lesley Johnson who offers advice and support with any concerns surrounding the family unit. Day to day concerns should be dealt with by Team Leaders. Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2

Miss Wainwright Miss Steph Smith

Problems which cannot be resolved by Team Leaders will be dealt with by the Deputy Head Teacher or by the Head Teacher. It is helpful if the school is made aware of changes in home circumstances which may affect the child’s progress and development. Such information will not be divulged by the Head Teacher without the parent’s agreement. (see attached Behaviour Policy).

Class Organisation The school has approximately 171 children on roll plus a 39 place nursery class. These are organised into mixed ability teaching groups involving one or more of the seven age groups in school. There are 3 key stages in school: Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception), Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 3, 4, 5, & 6).

Parents and The School If we are to engage in a meaningful partnership, parents have an important part to play. We have three after-school opportunities each year when parents are invited to come to school and discuss, on an individual basis, the work their child is engaged with. Because we are a large school it is not always possible for the Head Teacher and staff to discuss problems immediately. It may be necessary on occasion to make an appointment with the Head

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Teacher or member of staff you wish to see and this can be made via the admin officer, Mrs Withey or Mrs Johnson. We are always grateful for parental help, which supports the teaching we do in school. There are many ways in which you can help your child, and we are always willing to discuss these with you.

Parent/Teacher Consultations/Assessments The EYFS curriculum is completed by the end of the child’s reception year. Open evenings are held in the Autumn Term when parents are invited to school to see their children’s work and discuss individual targets with the teaching staff. In addition to this there are two further parent/teacher consultation sessions in February (if necessary) and July when individual targets are reviewed. At the end of the academic year parents will receive a written report and be invited to discuss reports with teaching staff. The report will show the results of national assessments in English and Mathematics for Year 2 children (7 years olds) at the end of Key Stage 1 and also those of Year 6 children (11 years olds) at the end of Key Stage 2. Children in Years 3, 4, and 5 take Optional Tests throughout the year in Mathematics and school based SAT tests during May. The National Curriculum sets targets for pupils in the Key subjects. For each subject the targets are divided into 10 levels which children progress through from 5 to 16 years of age. At age 7 children should be at level 1, 2 or 3 in the subjects tested. A typical 7 year old will be at level 2. Some children may not have achieved the first level but are working towards it. At age 11 the average child is expected to be at level 4.

Special Educational Needs Owton Manor Primary School has an anti bullying policy which ensures that all steps are taken to prevent disabled pupils being treated less favourably than other pupils. Owton Manor Primary School has an Accessibility Plan in accordance with the Disability and Discrimination Act. Disabled pupils take part in all activities as long as their condition allows. The school has an asthma policy. Each child in Owton Manor Primary School has an equal opportunity to a broad and balanced curriculum. It is our aim to promote a positive attitude to special needs and to create a learning environment to suit the differing needs of all our pupils. Owton Manor Primary School follows the principles of the Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Education Needs. The Code provides the framework and guidance for

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our school SEN policy. The policy adopts a 3 stage model. Parents are consulted throughout the 3 stages and continue to be involved through the provision and monitoring of the appropriate support. The policy has been reviewed to account for the New Code of Practice. External specialists may be consulted to provide support and advice on specific programmes of work. The special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) Mrs Lynda Sherry provides the link person liaising with parents, external agencies and secondary colleagues. A child is regarded as having special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision, through school resources or an external agency. Special educational provision is regarded as educational provision which is extra or different from that made generally available for children of the same age. The school is committed to provide a quality education for all pupils. While the Code of Practice relates to learning difficulty we are also aware of the need to provide a challenging curriculum to extend the more able pupils. All children are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential.

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THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM SCHOOL VALUES See attached poster Our Curriculum and Programmes of Study Varying teaching techniques and strategies will be used to ensure full coverage of the broad and balanced national curriculum which is required by the government. The curriculum map, which outlines areas of learning for each year group has recently been remodelled to maximise the cross curricular links and develop the individual learning of skills. Religious Education Religious Education is provided in the school within the framework of the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. If the parents of a child attending the school request that he or she be excused from attendance at collective worship or religious education lessons, the pupil shall be excused. The school has over recent years fostered sharing links with St James’ Church. On special occasions, for example, Christmas, Easter, the school uses the church for services as well as an educational resource. Sex and Relationship Education Sex Education is taught as part of an integrated Health Education programme. Parents will be fully informed. Speakers from outside school may be used but will always work under the supervision of the Head Teacher. Parents have the right to withdraw children from all or part of sex and relationship Homework Please find attached a copy of the homework timetable. Educational Visits Educational visits which relate to the curriculum are arranged at different times throughout the year. The cost of these visits is subsidised from the school accounts. We can however ask for voluntary contributions. If there are not sufficient contributions the visit may have to be cancelled.

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Complaints about the School Curriculum and Other Related Matters The Local Education Authority has established a procedure for considering complaints from parents relating to the school curriculum, the charging and remissions policies of schools and religious education and collective worship. It is hoped that parents would raise any concern they might have about such matters with the Head Teacher in the first instance. If parents wish to make a formal complaint, however, details of the procedures available can be obtained from the Head Teacher or from the Local Education Authority. Equal Opportunities All children in the school are given the same opportunities in the curriculum. Where competition is involved, they compete as equals. Inspection of Documents Copies of Statutory Instruments and D.f.E. circulars relating to the Education Reform Act, 1988 are kept in school. If you wish to inspect any of these documents, please contact the school, so that the necessary arrangements may be made. Other Information Ethos Owton Manor is dedicated to the pursuit of high standards in all aspects of school life, academic, creative, inter-personal skills and citizenship. We encourage our pupils to be caring, self motivated and independent. They are secure in the knowledge that they will be treated fairly and as equals, with compassion and respect. We hope that this atmosphere will develop pupils with high self esteem who are able to achieve their full potential. Discipline Ideally discipline should be self motivated. Good behaviour is encouraged at all times and a positive approach is used by praising and rewarding children. Rules for the behaviour of pupils are kept to a minimum and are designed for the overall safety and welfare of all children in the school. During the lunch break children are supervised by lunchtime supervisors under the direction of the teacher on duty. To ensure the safety and well being of all pupils it is essential that children cooperate and obey school rules during this period. Persistent misbehaviour during the lunch-break will be reported to parents. If this fails to produce an improvement in behaviour, exclusion from school meals may result. Your support for our policy is appreciated and it is an essential part of the home/school relationship.

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Dress The Governors expect all children to wear school uniform. Sweatshirts, cardigans, polo shirts, school fleece jackets and waterproof fleece jacket in the school colours have been introduced over the past few years and have proved to be very popular. All uniform bearing the school name can be ordered and purchased via the school office. All clothing and footwear which are likely to be taken off in school must be clearly marked with the child’s name. It is requested that parents provide each child with P.E. shoes and a cloth bag with a draw string opening - P.E. Kit Bags are available to buy from the school office. P.E. shoes should be kept at school and replaced as the child outgrows them. In addition to P.E. shoes, boys should have a tee-shirt type top and shorts. Girls should have the same or a leotard if preferred. These clothes should also be kept in school but be taken home to be washed, brought back promptly and be replaced as needed by larger sizes. Swimming Classes attend Manor Comprehensive School. Children may be excused swimming lessons on medical grounds only. A note should be sent to the class teacher giving details. Jewellery and Items of Value Jewellery including earrings must NOT be worn during P.E. or swimming. This is a ruling from the Local Authority. If jewellery or other items of value are brought to school, it must be on the understanding that, whilst we will endeavour to safeguard them, we cannot be held responsible for their loss or damage. Charging The school follows the Education Authority guidelines for this procedure. (policy available in school) Extra Curricular Activities The school offers a range of after school clubs for the older children. • Multi-sports • Football • Cricket • Tag rugby . Netball/football/rugby and swimming teams take part in competitive and friendly matches and tournaments. Over the past year students have visited London as part of their studies.

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After School Club/Breakfast Club There is a Breakfast Club from 8.00 am – 8.45 am running every school day. The club is open to all children from 3 to 11 year olds. School Meals The current cost of a school meal is £1.90 each day. Dinner money for the week is £9.50. This is to be sent to the school in the envelope provided each Monday morning. A free meal is supplied to children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits. If you think you may be entitled to free meals, please contact the school. Every effort is made to ensure that children receiving free meals cannot be distinguished from other children. Community Involvement The Community Learning Centre provides a wide range of activities for children and adults. We are always keen to develop and strengthen our links with the wider community by providing visits for children and inviting members of the community into school. Information on activities currently running at the centre can be found, via a link, on the school website. Health Regular dental, vision and hearing tests are carried out in school. Treatment, if necessary, may be organised by the School Nurse, or you may wish to make your own arrangements. We are only allowed to administer medicines that have been prescribed 4 times a day by a doctor. Before any medicine can be administered a form must be completed and returned with the medicine, to the school office. The medicine should have a pharmacy label on it clearly showing the child’s name. All school staff have had updated first aid training. There are five nominated first aiders in school plus two paediatric trained staff. Child Protection Parents and Carers should be aware that the school has a duty to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of its pupils. In cases where school staff have a cause to be concerned that a pupil may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff will follow the County Child Protection Procedures and inform the Social Services of their concern. This may involve a visit to the home by a Social Worker. Emergency Procedures If a child is taken ill, or has an accident at school, every effort will be made to contact the child’s parents. It is essential that the school has up to date telephone numbers where a responsible adult can be reached.

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At the beginning of September every parent will be asked to complete a new contact sheet, this enables us to contact parent/carer on the correct telephone numbers and correspond to the correct address. If an adult (parent, grandparent, friend) cannot be contacted the child will be kept at the school till the end of the session. School Security The security of our children continues to be monitored and reviewed by the Governing Body and school staff.  The school buildings and gates are locked when the children are in the building.  Late comers and visitors must report to the main reception entrance.  The main entrance is monitored by a security camera/intercom system operated from the school office.  Visitors to school are requested to sign in and display relevant badges.  There is a security door between the office and School operated by a fob.  Secure perimeter fencing.  Staff from school have attended security training courses. Bullying Bullying happens when a person faces repeated aggressive acts over a period of time by one or more persons. Such acts may be physical or verbal. At Owton Manor the curriculum directly tackles bullying and encourages children to share all problems and worries. Children are taught friendship and co-operation skills and strategies which will help them in aggressive or threatening situations. In the event of an incident of bullying the staff will endeavour to help the victim and control the bully. Success depends on full parental co-operation - report bullying incidents to the school, do not tell your child to ‘fight back’. Do not expect any incident will ‘sort itself out’ - it rarely does. If your child is involved in an incident you may be asked to participate in discussions and follow up action please do give up some time to help. We are confident that with your support and vigilance, bullying will fail to thrive in the caring community atmosphere of Owton Manor School.

Please note:

The information in this school prospectus, which was prepared and published in 2012-2013, it relates to the 2012-2013 school year commencing at the beginning of September 2012, and the particulars it contains were correct at the time. It must not be assumed that there will be no changes affecting the relevant arrangements or certain matters before the start of or during the 20132014 school year or in respect of subsequent school years arising, for example, -from variations in Government or Local Education Authority Policy for Education.

Owton Manor Primary School Prospectus 2012 - 2013

Owton Manor Primary School Prospectus 2012 - 2013

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