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OLD PALACE PRIMARY SCHOOL www.oldpalaceprimary.co.uk


WELCOME TO OLD PALACE PRIMARY SCHOOL Old Palace is a community school in Bromley by Bow, maintained by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The school was graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in July 2009 and was shortlisted in the 2010 TES Outstanding Primary School of the Year Awards. We admit 420 children, from four to eleven years old. The school’s pupils come from a range of ethnic backgrounds, with the majority enjoying Bangladeshi heritage. We believe that children thrive in an environment where they feel happy, safe, valued and respected, and where they are set challenging and stimulating work. At Old Palace we want our pupils to develop socially, emotionally, morally, creatively,

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physically, spiritually and academically – to equip them with the skills and attitudes they will need to succeed in life and to make a positive contribution to society.

Old Palace Primary is an outstanding school in which pupils thrive, both academically and personally. Ofsted Report


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SCHOOL AIMS Old Palace aims to convey to children, parents, and staff alike, our high expectations of everyone involved in our school. We aim to encourage our children to IXOĂŚOWKHLUSRWHQWLDODFDGHPLFDOO\DQG socially seeing themselves as cared for and valued.

We aim for continuity throughout the school to raise achievement levels and seek to deliver the National Curriculum in a broad and balanced way. Our school aims to provide a stimulating environment, which will enable our children to manage effectively in all aspects of their school life and beyond. We aim to encourage RXUFKLOGUHQWRIXOĂŚOWKHLUSRWHQWLDO academically and socially.

This means our children will :Achieve the best they possibly can, recognising their successes and areas for further improvement.

Take responsibility for their actions, treating others with fairness, tolerance and respect.

Become literate, numerate and ICT competent.

Learn collaboratively with each other, the school, parents and the local community, applying their learning to enhance their own lives and those of others.

Develop an understanding of how they learn and apply this passionately to enquire and think creatively about the world. Develop self awareness and self FRQĂŚGHQFHWRJHWKHUZLWKWKH social skills needed to relate to and work well with others.

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Become healthy, active citizens, who participate in their community to work for a better tomorrow.


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ORGANISATION OF THE SCHOOL The school is made up of: The teaching of the other subjects is arranged into cross curricular themes. This caters for the learning of our Each term the children study: Art, youngest pupils. Children study six Design and Technology, Humanities areas of learning as set out in the Early (History and Geography), Music, Years and Foundation Stage curScience and French in Key Stage 2. riculum. During the day, the children take part in a mixture of teacher led By law all schools are required to and free choice activities. A range of deliver Religious Education. The activities are provided in the outdoor school follows the Agreed Syllabus area everyday to further support the as set out by the London Borough of children’s learning. The children’s Tower Hamlets. To support the progress is observed and recorded on children’s learning in this subject, each HDFKFKLOGØV)RXQGDWLRQ6WDJH3URæOH year group performs a Festival Assembly. The remaining year groups are organized into Key Stages: The children’s progress is regularly monitored. At the end of Years 2 and Key Stage 1 6, the children complete Statutory Year 1 and Year 2 Attainment Tests (SATs). To help prepare for these optional SATs test Key Stage 2 are carried out termly in Key Stage 2. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 This allows regular test practice and helps teachers to identify strengths The children in these year groups and gaps within the children’s study the subjects, skills and understanding knowledge outlined in the National Curriculum. The children are taught Our school policies set out the ways in English and Mathematics every day which each subject will be delivered and take part in PE, PHSE & and how we assess learning. Parents Citizenship and ICT lessons are very welcome to read our policies each week. DQGDVNIRUDQ\IXUWKHUFODULæFDWLRQ Foundation Stage

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THE SCHOOL DAY The school day begins at 8.55am and ends at 3.30pm. Morning playtime for all children is 10.30 - 10.45am. Children in Key Stage 1 have an additional playtime from 2.10 - 2.25pm. Lunch for children in Key Stage 1 is from 12.00 – 1.00pm and from 12.30 – 1.30pm for children in Key Stage 2. Children going home for dinner should return to school 10 minutes before afternoon lessons and no sooner. School Uniform School uniform is compulsory and your child will need to wear the following: Black or Grey trousers, skirt, salwar and scarf or kurta and topi for boys. White T-shirts (polo or Fred Perry style). Plain socks or leggings – grey, navy blue, white or black. If worn, headscarves should be plain – white, black, grey or navy. Scarlet for jumpers, kameez, sweatshirts and cardigans. School shoes must be black walking shoes/sandals and not trainers. In the Summer girls may wear a gingham style dress and boys may wear grey tailored shorts. 08

Plain sandals may also be worn as long as these are sturdy and supportive so that do not break or slip off easily. Plain ankle socks should be worn with sandals. In cold or wet weather children without coats will not be allowed outdoors. It is essential for personal hygiene that children change for PE. Each child will need a PE bag and a PE kit including: T-shirt Shorts Plimsolls (for indoor use) or trainers (for outdoor use) In colder weather pupils may also wish to bring a track suit to wear outdoors. Head scarves must not be worn during PE sessions but pupils may wear bandanas. Children going swimming will need a swimming costume, hat and towel. It is very important that all items of clothing are labelled with the child’s name. Personal Possessions Pupils should not bring personal belongings to school unless this has been agreed with their teacher beforehand. The school is not responsible for items brought in without permission.


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TEACHING AND LEARNING Everyone at Old Palace is committed to achieving the best for our children. We start by ensuring that the learning environment is calm and well organised, and that children are excited and challenged by the learning experiences we provide. We are aware that children learn in a variety of ways, and we seek to include this knowledge in our planning and teaching. Teachers employ a range of teaching techniques and strategies within the classroom; these include: Whole class teaching Guided group teaching Independent work, which allows skills to be practised and applied There is a strong focus on learning throughout the school. We see our school as a community of learners pupils, their parents, governors and members of staff – each on their own learning journey. The school recognises the importance of continuous professional development for our adult team. Each year staff members are asked to set performance management targets and in working towards achieving these, improve the quality of their work in the school. 10

In the classroom, we connect what we teach with what the children already know and understand. At the beginning of each lesson, the teacher discusses with the children the things they will be learning today. Together with the teacher they list what their work will need to include if they have learnt this successfully. At the end of the OHVVRQWKH\UHYLVLWWKLVOLVWDQGUHçHFW on their learning in order to identify the next steps in their learning. We believe that good learning does not just happen, but rather children need to be taught the skills and attitudes employed by successful learners. Through their teaching, teachers help children to identify and develop key aspects of learning, such as reasoning, problem solving, creative thinking, communication, self awareness and the managing of feelings. By supporting children in learning how to learn, we help unlock their inner potential and prepare them for a lifetime of learning.


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The outstanding curriculum is very closely monitored by school leaders to ensure that it meets the needs of all learners Ofsted Report

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HOMEWORK In order for homework to be effective in supporting learning there needs to be a strong partnership between home and school. Each year group therefore has a clear system in place to communicate between home and school. Key information is shared weekly with parents including:

tips on how parents can support their child at home, for example visiting the Idea Store and recommended websites. The school uses its Virtual Learning Environment to share information relating to homework research projects, enabling children to access relevant information on-line to support their learning at home.

Our curriculum is carefully planned Date homework given to make learning meaningful by Activity (including the research exploiting the links between subjects. learning projects) ICT is used as a tool to support and Return date extend learning, allowing pupils to explore the areas of particular Homework workshops are provided interest to them. The children build by the school to support parents in upon and extend their experiences understanding how they can best through termly visits to museums, art support their child’s learning at home. galleries, the theatre and places The workshops also provide the of interest. opportunity to discuss the different types of homework as well as the The school also works in expectations for each year group. partnership local organisations, such as the Bromley by Bow Centre, Each year group from Yr 1 to 6 are London City Airport, Rothschild, also given homework as part of a Clydesdale Bank, Colt Communicaresearch learning project. Details of tions and the London Symphony research learning projects are Orchestra to provide the children included in the half-termly year group with unique experiences, which newsletters. This includes the key enrich their learning. The school also criteria needed for successful runs an annual residential trip to FRPSOHWLRQRIWKHÌQDOSURGXFWDQG Gilwell Park for Year 5 pupils. 12


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Pupils speak highly of the way teachers support and inspire them during lessons Ofsted Report

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HELPING EVERYONE TO SUCCEED Everyone is different, everyone is special and everyone is included. We believe that pupils and adults should feel safe and happy at school and therefore we do not tolerate discrimination. The school’s Single Equality Scheme sets out how the school with promote diversity, equality and inclusion in the areas of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. All incidents of discrimination are reported to the Local Authority using the Tower Hamlets Incident Logging Record Form Old Place is an inclusive school, which means that we are committed to helping our pupils to overcome any barriers to learning that they may have. In most case the needs of all children can be addressed through skilful planning and teaching. However sometimes additional support may be required and the school takes pride in the quality of provision it is able to pride. English as an Additional Language As many of our pupils speak English as an additional language, we provide 14

extra support up to year 4, to help these children to develop their oracy skills. These children are taught in smaller groups, several times a week, during which time they are able to focus on key vocabulary and practise their use of language structures. To support the pupils joining the school with little or no English, we have developed a casual entry programme, which helps these children to quickly acquire the basic English they will need to communicate with their classmates and to take part more FRQĂŚGHQWO\LQOHVVRQV


SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS Children may need special help at some point in their schooling. This may be as a result of physical, learning, emotional or behavioural GLéFXOWLHV If we have concerns about a child’s learning we will arrange a meeting with parents to discuss the extra support that can be made available in school. If we think the child needs more help than we can provide alone, we will discuss with parents the possibility of involving other professionals, such as the Speech and Language Service or the school’s Educational Psychologist.

When children have been deemed to have Special Educational Needs, we make every effort to provide appropriate additional support, drawing on the talents and skills of our team of learning support assistants. We encourage parents to share with the class teacher, any concerns they may have regarding their child’s learning.

People achieve exceptionally well as they move through the school Ofsted Report

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BEHAVIOUR & EQUALITIES We believe that respect and tolerance should be at the heart of all relationships. We encourage FKLOGUHQDQGDGXOWVWRçQGRXW about and value each other’s beliefs, opinions and feelings.

If a pupil’s behaviour is causing concern, we will contact parents at an early stage to discuss this and to put in place actions to support improved behaviour.

We do not tolerate bullying and expect all our pupils to treat property and the school environment with care and respect.

Regular attendance is very important if children are to do well and we expect all pupils to meet the school target of 95% attendance or above. Time away from school will result in children missing key learning, affecting their understandLQJDQGFRQĂŚGHQFH

7KHVHEHOLHIVDUHUHçHFWHGLQWKH school’s Golden Rules: Be kind Be safe Be responsible Be respectful Be a great learner Our school rules ensure a safe, happy working environment. We have high expectations of pupil behaviour and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour and to do the right WKLQJHYHQZKHQWKH\PD\ÌQGWKLV GLèFXOW7KHVFKRROPRQLWRUV behaviour closely and we make a special effort to recognise and praise good work and behaviour, for example WKURXJKFHUWLÌFDWHDVVHPEOLHVVWDUSXSLO and star learner awards.

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Attendance - Every second counts!

:HRSHUDWHDÌUVWGD\FDOOLQJV\VWHP so it is important that parents call the school before 9.30am to inform us if their child is sick. For longer periods of absence, parents may be asked to provide evidence, such as a medical FHUWLÌFDWH7RVXSSRUWJRRGDWWHQGDQFH the school employs an Attendance :HOIDUH2èFHUZKRPHHWVZLWK parents to provide advice and to discuss cases of unauthorised absence. The school has adopted the Tower Hamlets Policy on Extended Leave, allowing this to be granted only in exceptional circumstances. Parents who take their children away on unauthorised leave risk losing their child’s school place.


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The headteacher, deputy headteacher and senior leaders work very well together to provide a high standard of care for pupils and to ensure a strong focus on raising standards. Ofsted Report

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HAPPY, SAFE AND HEALTHY LIVES We know that children learn best when they feel safe and secure. To achieve this, the school carries out regular risk assessments and health and safety checks to minimise potential risks to pupils whether they are in the building, the playground or on trips. As an organisation working with children, Old Palace Primary School has a responsibility to act if abuse comes to light and, as far as possible, to protect children from the possibility of being abused. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or simple neglect. Staff have a legal responsibility to remain vigilant and to refer any concerns to the school’s 'HVLJQDWHG&KLOG3URWHFWLRQ2èFHU Where the safety of a child is in question information must be passed on to Social Services. The school’s Child Protection Policy sets out the procedures we are required to follow by law. Keeping Healthy Old Palace is a healthy school. Through PHSE and Science lessons the children learn about emotional health and wellbeing, including how the body works, ways to care for it and what makes a healthy lifestyle.

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The school has been awarded the Active Mark, for excellence in sports provision and its commitment to providing at least two hours of physical activity each week. The school competes successfully in a range of borough sporting events and swimming lessons are provided for pupils in Years 4 and 5, in which all children are expected to participate. We have a range of after school and lunch time sports clubs. Our Food Policy details the types of food and snacks that pupils are allowed in school. The Tower Hamlets Catering Service provides school meals which are designed to provide a balanced diet, with salad and fresh fruit available daily. All food is halal and vegetarians are catered for. Packed lunches are monitored to ensure that they are KHDOWK\ZLWKVZHHWVFKRFRODWHDQGĂŚ]]\ drinks not allowed. Children must keep the same dinner arrangements for the whole week. Dinner money should be paid between 8am-10am on a Monday or Tuesday morning, or from 2pm-4pm on a Monday afternoon.


The school encourages parents to provide the following to ensure that pupils remain healthy and are ready to learn: Breakfast – to provide the children with energy to learn A good night’s sleep – tired children are less able to take in or apply learning A bottle of water – keeping the brain topped up with water helps thinking To support health, the school works with a range of health professionals. We work closely with the School Nurse, for example to write and monitor individual care plans for children with medical conditions, such as asthma and eczema. The school also provides health workshops for parents, to support families in leading healthy lives.

Pupils’ great enjoyment and appreciation of the school is evident in their excellent behaviour and very positive attitudes to learning Ofsted Report

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STAYING SAFE Through the school’s PHSE Curriculum, the children are given opportunities to learn how to stay safe. Some of the areas covered are: 5RDG6DIHW\&\FOLQJ3URçFLHQF\ Stranger Danger, Internet Safety, and Drug Education.

Teachers are not permitted to accept or administer medication. Where a child is suffering from an illness that requires medication during the school day, parents are asked to come into school to discuss how this can best be delivered. Parents of children suffering from asthma, must notify the school, so that an asthma card Accidents will always happen, as in all can be completed. The child should have areas of life. All accidents are recorded a spacer and blue pump in school, at all DQGZKHQQHFHVVDU\ÌUVWDLGWUHDWPHQW times, labelled with the child’s name, the will be provided by one of our team of dosage and the expiry date. The school WUDLQHGÌUVWDLGHUV,QWKHFDVHRIPRUH needs to be updated should there be any serious injuries, parents will be contacted. change in medical conditions, including It is therefore very important that parent food allergies. inform the school of any changes in their contact details. We take security very seriously and for that reason request that all visitors, inTo help prevent accidents we ask that FOXGLQJSDUHQWVUHSRUWWRWKH2èFHDQG children do not wear jewellery to school. do not enter other parts of the buildSimple ear studs or small sleepers can be ing unsupervised. The school has secure worn, as can religious talismans, as long perimeter fencing, CCTV and carefully as these are held on a breakable thread. monitored access to the school. All adults During PE lessons children must wear and volunteers working alone with chilthe appropriate foot wear and girls must dren in the school are required to comreplace head scarves with bandanas, plete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) which will come off easily should they get Check. The whole staff is committed to caught in the apparatus. To further sup- safeguarding pupil safety and regularly port safety we ask that parents respect the receives training on Child Protection. parking restrictions outside the school gates.

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Outstanding provision for care, guidance and support ensures that pupils feel very well cared for and have a very clear idea of how to improve their work. Ofsted Report

To make sure that children leave the school safely, parents are asked to complete a collection form, providing the names of adults allowed to collect their child. In Key Stage 2 pupils may go home alone, as long as written parental permission is provided. Anyone not named on the list, will not be allowed to

take the child. Changes to collection details cannot be taken over the phone. For a similar reason, children will not be allowed to change to home dinners, unless written parental permission is provided.

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WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS We believe that children are learning all the time, no matter where they may be. As children spend more time at home than at school, it is very important that parents have the skills and FRQçGHQFHWRKHOSWKHLUFKLOG to learn. Parents are welcome at the school and we have a Parent Support Worker who is present at the school gate most mornings. She is very happy to answer questions and to direct parents to sources of help within the local area. Parents are invited to attend all our special events, such as class performance assemblies, festival assemblies and special assemblies, for example during Book Week. At the beginning of every half term, each year team provides parents with a newsletter, detailing the topics that the children will be studying, with suggestions on how parents can support this learning at home. We ask that parents: Be interested : make sure your child knows that you are interested in what they are doing at school. Asking ‘What did you learn at 22

school today?’ will help children to remember, whilst talking in any language helps to develop thinking skills. Be prepared for school : make sure your child arrives at school on time, correctly dressed and with all the things that they will need to learn, such as their Book Bag and PE kit Be supportive : spend 15 minutes or more with your child each night listening to them read, asking them questions about what they have read or practising counting, number bonds, timetables or mental maths questions. Try to make this fun. Be vigilant : check your child’s book bag for letters and homework. Homework is a very important part of learning. Please support your child by making sure that homework is completed and by providing a quiet place in which this can be done. Children will also EHQHæWIURPDFFHVVWR7KH,GHD Store and from the opportunity to use the internet, with adult supervision, at home.


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WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS The school provides workshops to help parents become more FRQçGHQWLQVXSSRUWLQJOHDUQLQJ

playground from 8.55am, should parents have any questions or concerns. The views of parents are important to us. The Parent Support We continue to run highly successful Worker, Headteacher and Assistant maths and writing workshops in which Heads are in the playground most mornparents work along their child to gain an ings to greet parents. We also hold insight into the strategies we teach. In Parent Voice events to gain the views of the Foundation Stage workshops have parents on a range of important issues been provided on how to support throughout the year. In addition, the children’s early learning in reading, school’s Parent Council provides another phonics, maths and play. The important forum to help ensure attendance of parents at workshops is effective communication between home recorded so we can review the and school. We produce a monthly effectiveness of home-school Parent Newsletter to keep parents partnerships. informed which is sent home and is also available on our school website. We hold a parents’ consultation meeting each term. These provide an Old Palace also works in collaboration opportunity for parents to discuss their with other agencies, to support families. child’s progress with the teacher and also The school runs parenting programmes, help the children to understand that such as Strengthening Families, parents are interested in their learning Strengthening Communities and and what they have achieved. It is vital provides drop in sessions on health that all parents attend these meetings as LVVXHVDQGEHQHæWV:HDUHDOVR they provide essential information on committed to helping the local the child’s progress and on ways that community access employment by learning can be accelerated through holding a wide range of adult learning support at home. An annual report is classes on the school site. We also provided at the Summer Term meeting support parents in setting up their own which summaries the child’s progress classes, having established very over the year. Throughout the year successful ‘Zumba Fitness’ sessions. teachers are available in the 24


Central to the school’s success and pupils’ excellent achievement is outstanding leadership and management at all levels Ofsted Report

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BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS The school provides a range of clubs both before and after school, which extend the children’s learning and encourage them to develop new skills and pursue new interests. We therefore strongly encourage all children to attend at least one club a year. We run a Breakfast Club each morning which lasts from 8am to 8.50am, providing children with a nutritious healthy breakfast, as well as fun activities to enjoy.

After school clubs take place every day from 3.30-4.30pm. These have included sports clubs (such as fencing, basket ball and Tae Kwon-do) as well as clubs on arts and crafts, gardening, singing, recorder playing, cooking, drama, animation, debating, chess and board games. We also regularly run family learning clubs where parents can learn a skill alongside their child, such as pottery or silk screen printing. We also run an after school Bangla Class for children in lower Key Stage 2.

COMMUNITY & BUSINESS PARTNERS Old Palace values its partnerships with a variety of business and local organisations.

and additional volunteer schemes which support the educational provision of the school.

Through strong links with several major commercial organisations, the school is able to successfully manage reading partners and secondary transition schemes.

We work closely with local organisations such as the Bromley by Bow centre to ensure that we provide learning opportunities for parents and other adults which closely match the requirements of the community while enhancing the local availability of support.

In addition our partners support learning by offering additional educational visits, for example to the FLW\EDVHGRèFHVRI5RWKVFKLOG%DQN

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The school’s strongly caring ethos means that pupils are valued DVLQGLYLGXDOVDQGWKULYHDQGJURZLQFRQçGHQFH Ofsted Report

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St Leonard’s Street, Bromley by Bow, London, E3 3BT Email : admin@oldpalace.towerhamlets.sch.uk Telephone : 0208 980 3020

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