Prospectus 2010/11 Prospectus
Raynham School,Raynham RaynhamAvenue, Avenue,Edmonton, Edmonton,N18 N182JQ 2JQ RaynhamPrimary Primary School,
Welcome to Raynham Primary School and Angel Raynham Children’s Centre “Work together, play together, learn together” Dear Parent/Carer This brochure gives you some basic information about our school. It also tells you about our vision, aims and expectations. For information about our Children’s Centre, please ask at the school ofﬁce for their prospectus. Raynham is a community school, we have highly committed, hardworking staff and we all have very high expectations for your child. Our school is regularly described as “warm, friendly and welcoming”, and we warmly welcome you and your child to Raynham. We look forward to working with you. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any ideas or concerns. Yours sincerely
Marva Rollins Head Teacher
Our primary purpose is academic achievement. We are also committed to personal, social, life skills and citizenship development
Age Range and Admissions
The school caters for children from 3-11 years old. The London Borough of Enﬁeld has published an admissions procedure for all schools in Enﬁeld. This gives priority to children with special needs, social needs, children with brothers and sisters already attending the school and then offers places according to distance from the school, measured in a straight line. This criteria applies to nursery and reception class places. Nursery children are admitted to the nursery in the September after their third birthday. Applications for nursery and reception classes are accepted from 1st October – 15th January, 11 months before your child is due to start school. Children currently attending a nursery class will not automatically be given a place in our reception class. Parents will have to re-apply. If your child is entering a nursery or reception class, a member of staff will make an appointment to visit you at home. If you move into the area during the school year, you will need to make enquiries at the school ofﬁce where ‘In Year’ forms can be collected and completed.
The Aims of the School •To provide a supportive, stimulating environment in which each child is enabled and encouraged to attain the highest standard of achievements of which he or she is capable. •To ensure that the curriculum is broad and well balanced following all subjects in the National Curriculum. •To create learning situations that are varied and challenging in order to capture pupils’ interest and imagination. •To value each individual’s contribution irrespective of race, gender, religion or ability. •To encourage children to be aware of their behaviour and how it affects other people. •To create and maintain a safe and appealing environment which reﬂects the children’s varied achievements. •To recognise that children have a variety of special needs and endeavour to provide appropriately for individuals’ needs. •To ensure that the curriculum reﬂects the richness of our multi-cultural society. •To work with parents as partners in their children’s learning. •To ensure all staff are offered opportunities for professional development. •To work closely with governors and advisers in the order to fulﬁl our aims and objectives. •To form strong links with the community.
•We strive to create a holistic learning environment, which will raise achievement and promote mutual respect. •We enable each child to contribute fully to and be valued members of the school and wider community. •All students have the right to a healthy, happy and safe environment.
Equal Opportunities We aim to ensure that all members of the school community have equality of opportunity and treat each other with equal respect at all times whatever their origin, background, beliefs, gender or abilities. We recognise and value the diversity of culture and language, and aim to reďŹ‚ect this diversity in all aspects of school life.
Academic Achievement We have high expectations of academic achievement. Children are expected to work hard and recognise that each day at school they will gain new knowledge, understanding and skills.
Literacy It is our responsibility to ensure that your child becomes a conďŹ dent and competent user of English effectively. Great emphasis is placed upon literacy. Children in reception are taught intensively for one hour a day in groups of about six or eight children. The early emphasis on literacy development has proven to be successful in helping children to achieve very high standards. Equal attention is given to your child becoming numerate. Children are also taught mathematics for one hour each day.
This early emphasis on literacy has proven to be successful in helping our children to achieve very high standards.
The National Curriculum All children study the National Curriculum (NC). They are taught the core subjects of english, mathematics, and science and the ‘foundation’ subjects of history, geography, music, art, physical education (including swimming in year 5), technology and religious education (RE). English, mathematics, PE, music and science are usually taught as separate subjects. History, geography, technology, art and RE are often, though not always, taught through projects. As children progress through the school we introduce more singlesubject teaching so that by year 6 (10-11 years old) they can beneﬁt from the particular knowledge and skills teachers have in different subjects. Rigorous schemes of work are drawn up so that your child masters new knowledge and skills as he/she progresses through school.
Sex Education Parents/Carers are always consulted before these lessons take place. Sex Education is taught to 5 – 11 year old children within the context of the family and relationships. Pupils are taught about the structure of the body and the way their bodies develop during adolescence.
Religious Education RE is not taught as part of the National Curriculum but must be taught by law. We aim to give children knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and practices so that they may continue in their own beliefs at the same time as respecting those of other people. Parents have the right to withdraw their child/ren from collective worships and religious education. Please contact the head teacher if you have any concerns.
School Assemblies Our whole school assemblies establish a ﬁrm basis for how we live together in our school and the wider community. Our school gives special attention to Christmas and other major religious festivals, such as Eid / Beyram, Diwali and Pesech
Class Organisation We organise children in different ways for different educational purposes. Children are regularly taught as a whole class, particularly at the beginning and end of a lesson. They are organised into ability groups for some english and mathematics work. Friendship and mixed-ability groupings are also used, particularly when children are encouraged to work together. Children who need extra support in literacy or mathematics will be taught for part of the day individually or in very small groups. This variety of groupings helps to ensure that each individual child has the best chance to achieve his/her potential in each subject.
Assessment, Record Keeping and Reporting Detailed records are kept on your child’s progress. Assessments are made by teachers through the school year and progress records are regularly updated. Standard Assessments Tests (SATs) are taken by children at the end of year 2 and year 6 (in the school years when your child will be 7 and 11). Individual and year results of these tests are available to parents at the end of the summer term and aggregate results are published in the School Proﬁle. A link can be found on the school website. All records are available for you to see by appointment with your child’s class teacher at the end of each term. Every child in Nursery – year 6 receives a written report in early July.
Children with Special Educational Needs Some children need extra support at times during their school life. Through our special needs programme and with the help of parents and outside agencies we try to diagnose a child’s particular needs, so that we can provide an individual programme for each child. We ensure that problems are identiﬁed as early as possible. The earlier action is taken the more quickly support can be given. If a child has been identiﬁed as having special needs he/she will have full access to the National Curriculum.
Variety of groupings helps to ensure that each individual child has the best chance to achieve his/her potential in each subject.
Educational visits are part of the school curriculum. They are carefully planned to support childrenâ€™s learning. You are asked to sign a form allowing your child to take part. Children are supervised very closely on all visits. There will be some educational trips that need transport and admission fees. We invite you to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of these to help us maintain valuable educational visits that enrich the childrenâ€™s learning.
School Discipline We encourage the highest standards of behaviour. Good manners and discipline are essential. Good behaviour enhances effective teaching and learning. We teach our children that we live in a community which can only survive when each of us as individuals feels respected and valued. We recognise that praise and encouragement are effective in encouraging good behaviour but sanctions are in place where necessary.
Bullying Bullying is not tolerated in any form: physical, verbal and psychological abuse is all treated with the utmost seriousness. Children and adults have a clear understanding of how we treat each other, so when bullying occurs it is dealt with immediately. Children are encouraged to talk conďŹ dently to any adult if they believe they are being bullied. Please let us know if you have any concerns about your child. Remember, all concerns will be treated seriously. We encourage the highest standards of behaviour
How You Can Help the School
We welcome your involvement in your childâ€™s education. We need your help to ensure that your child makes the most of his/her time at Raynham Primary School
Attend Parents’ Meetings We arrange a number of meetings throughout the year so that you can meet with us. These include: • Regular meetings to discuss literacy, mathematics and other areas. • There is an open evening in the summer term so you can see the whole school’s activities and achievements. • Termly parent/teacher interviews when you can discuss your child’s progress • Parental workshops to support your child. Please try to attend these meetings.
Come to Visit or Help in School We welcome parents who wish to volunteer to assist in the classroom on a regular basis. However for the safety of the children we are required to obtain Criminal Records Bureau clearance (CRB). If you are interested please contact the school ofﬁce for information.
Homework We have clear expectations for each age group about the amount of homework set. A copy of the homework policy can be made available to you. This will answer any questions you may have about your child’s homework. Please come and ask your child’s teacher if you need any further advice.
Punctuality and Attendance It is very important that your child arrives at school by 8:50 am. Absence from school can only usually be justiﬁed when your child is ill. Family holidays, outings, medical and dental appointments must be arranged out of school time. The side gates of the school are locked after 9.00am to keep your child safe from intruders. Please use the main gate after this time. If for any reason your child is late or absent, a message or letter must be given to the school ofﬁce stating clearly why he/she was absent or late. If you know your child will be absent, a telephone call before 9.00am will prevent the automated truancy call from being activated. Children should be collected at 3.10pm. if your normal arrangements break down, please telephone to let us know.
Medicines It is the Local Authority policy that no medicines or tablets are brought to school. In most cases it is possible to administer medicines before and after school. In special circumstances, however, you may arrange to administer the medicines.
First Aid If a child has a minor bump or injury he/she will be treated at school by a qualiﬁed ﬁrst aider.
Emergencies In the case of a more serious injury, parents will be contacted immediately. It is important that you keep us informed of any changes of address or telephone number. Please remember that it is your responsibility to take your child to hospital. Hospitals will not treat children unless a parent is present.
General Health Please let us know of any health problems your child may have when you complete the admissions form and at any time during his/her time at school.
School Meals School dinners are prepared on site. A Halal and vegetarian option are available everyday. The youngest children are guided by staff based within the dining area. If your child has any special dietary requirements please let us know. Lunchtime is a very important part of our school day. Our lunchtime Play Leaders and Teaching Assistants play a vital role in ensuring that the highest standards of behaviour are maintained. We aim to make lunchtimes relaxed and enjoyable at the same time as providing a well-ordered environment.
Dinner Money Dinner money must be paid in advance of the meals being eaten. We are a cashless school and therefore money is paid through the internet or through a Pay Point outlet. If your child is absent, you will not be charged and your money will be carried forward to the next week. Your child is eligible for free school meals if you receive some beneﬁts. Please see a member of staff in the ofﬁce if you need help.
Snacks In the interest of your child’s teeth we do not allow sweets, chocolate or chewing gum at school. Children in nursery, reception, year one and year two are given a piece of fruit everyday.
Milk Milk is available free, for all children under 5 years of age.
We ask parents to ensure that their child is dressed in the correct school uniform everyday. Please talk in the ofﬁce if you have any difﬁculties in buying a school uniform.
You may however, prefer to buy the uniform from other stockists. We ask you to ensure that your child w
Winter Uniform – Autumn Term, Spring Term Dark Grey Trousers (No tracksuits) White Shirt Navy Blue Jumper (No sweatshirts) Navy Blue Fleece School Tie (Plain Navy Blue) Black Shoes (Not trainers)
Winter Uniform – Autumn Term, Spr Dark Grey Trousers (No tracksuits) Dark Grey Skirt or Pinafore White Shirt Navy Blue Jumper (No sweatshirts) Navy Blue Cardigan Navy Blue Fleece School Tie (Plain Navy Blue) Black Shoes (Not trainers and no heels
Summer Uniform - Summer Term (Opitional) Short sleeved White Shirt Dark Grey Shorts
Summer Uniform - Summer Term (O Blue Gingham dresses Navy Blue cardigan
PE Uniform Navy Shorts, Plain White T Shirt Plimsolls/Trainers Only school logos can be worn on the uniform Book Bags can be purchased from the ofﬁce Please write your child’s name on all items of clothing
For safety reasons, please do not allow your children to wear any jewellery to school, except stud sleepe
School Times Full time children:
Reception – Year 6 8.50am – 3.10pm
Morning part time children in nursery 8.50am – 11.50am
Afternoon part time children in nursery: 12.10pm – 3.10pm The number of hours spent teaching during the school week is 21hrs and 40min for the Foundation Stage. 23hrs and 20mins in Key Stage 1 and 24hrs in Key Stage 2. This excludes breaks and assemblies. Your child must arrive before 8.45am. Registers are taken at exactly 8.50am. Any child arriving after this time will be marked as late. Lessons begin at 8.50am and children arriving late disrupt other children’s learning.
Personal Property Children are asked not to bring any personal possessions to school, unless requested speciﬁcally by the teacher. The staff and governors cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss; however the damage might be caused, if property is brought to premises without speciﬁc permission of the Headteacher.
Available Documents The following documents are available for you to borrow or read on the premises: • All policies and schemes of work in current use at the school; • All Enﬁeld LA reports; • Enﬁeld agreed syllabus for Religious Education • OFSTED inspection reports which relate speciﬁcally to this school
Note This prospectus is not a legal document and does not form the basis of a contractual obligation. It is used for information only and is as accurate as it can be at the time of publication.
Complaints Procedure 1. 2. 3. 4.
If you have a worry or complaint you should ﬁrst consult the Head Teacher. All worries are treated seriously. Every attempt will be made to resolve the problem quickly and effectively. If, however, attempts to resolve the matter fail, please put your complaints in writing to the Chair of Governors at Raynham Primary School. If your complaint remains unresolved you must notify the Clerk to the Governing Body in writing who will decide whether the case goes before the Governors Complaints Panel (GCP). The Governors Complaints Panel will offer further options if you remain dissatisﬁed.
Raynham Primary School, Raynham Avenue, Edmonton, N18 2JQ Headteacher: Mrs Marva Rollins
Tel: 020 8807 4726
Fax: 020 8807 8013
The current school prospectus can be viewed here.