St Luke’s Church of England Primary School
Prospectus 2010 / 11
“To celebrate grow improve care aim high achieve together”
School Details Address:
St Luke’s Church of England Primary School Main Street Thurnby Leicester LE7 9PN
Tele:/Fax: Email: Website:
(0116) 2415105 firstname.lastname@example.org www.st-lukes.leics.sch.uk
Headteacher: Chair of Governors: Classification: Age range: Number on roll: Admission limit:
Mrs Jatinder Sembi Mrs Lisa Harris Primary (Voluntary Controlled) 4-10 years 217 35
“St. Luke’s is special because I like Golden Time” Michael Year 4 “At Luke’s is special because the teachers show us we are special” Antonia Year 3
Table of Contents School Details Contents Introduction and Mission Statement Aims and School Council Governing Body School Building Outdoor Learning Eco Warriors Admission Arrangements Family of Schools Organisation Home School Partnership FOSLs Discipline Foundation Stage Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum Inclusion Collective Worship Anti-Discriminatory Practice Homework Assessment Educational Visits Pastoral Care Medicines School Meals Milk Charging for Activities Extra-Curricular Activities Transfer Uniform Safeguarding Jewellery Attendance Parking Complaints SATs OFSTED Dates Other Information
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“I like St. Luke’s because there are no bullies” Megan B Year 2
“I like St. Luke’s because it has lots of nice teachers” Asha Year 5
Dear Parents, Welcome to St Luke’s! I hope this prospectus will give you a sense of what a fantastic family school St Luke’s is and that this will be the beginning of a successful partnership between us. The information in this pack explains the aims and organisation of the school and we hope it will be a useful guide. The needs and aspirations of every individual child are very important and the school will strive to provide a happy, caring environment with a family and purposeful atmosphere, where each child has the opportunity to achieve his or her potential. I believe that St Luke’s C of E Primary School will be the right environment for your child. Parents are always welcome in school to chat about successes or discuss any matter of concern in confidence with either the class teacher or me. I look forward to meeting you and to be able to show you around our school. If you would like to arrange this, or to receive any further information, please feel free to contact me personally.
“St. Luke’s is special because all the people make our school special” Hannah Year 1
Yours sincerely Jatinder Sembi
“The school is special not just for learning but for making friends and the fun”
Molly Year 5 This is a voluntary controlled school proud of its links with St Luke's Church. The school has a strong Christian ethos that is reflected in the “St. Luke’s is worship, curriculum and character of the school.
special because you make lots of friends and there are lots of nice teachers”
Our Mission Statement "To celebrate, to grow, To improve, to care To aim high, to achieve, Together."
Mellissa Year 3 Page 4
St Luke’s School Aims x to create a welcoming atmosphere in which the contributions of all pupils, parents, staff, governors and community are valued within a Christian context x to achieve the highest standards possible across the curriculum. x to help children to enjoy and achieve through a broad, balanced, relevant curriculum, with clear expectations and attainable targets enabling all children to reach their full potential x to help children to develop healthy life-styles and make positive choices x to create a happy, caring, safe and stimulating environment x to celebrate individual and collective achievement. x to develop self respect and a responsible, positive outlook. x to develop respect, tolerance and understanding of values, attitudes, beliefs, cultural, and spiritual and religious practices in our multicultural society. x to foster respect for our school, the local community and the wider world. x to encourage children to make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being WHY? Because Every Child Matters!
“St. Luke’s is special because my friends and the adults are really nice” Amar Year 4
“At St. Luke’s we are all kind and look after each other” Morgan FS1
School Council We love being at St Luke’s! We learn lots of things and study lots of different subjects. There are also lots of clubs before and after school—something for everyone! As a School Council, we are involved in decision making and making sure every pupil in school has a chance to ‘have their say’. We encourage each other to become good friends and learners. Lots of visitors come to see us and tell us about their experiences, there are residential trips in Y3 and Y5 and the school grounds are always being changed and made better. Teachers keep us on our toes and there’s always something happening! The learning is wicked! School Council Reps 2010
“I like St. Luke’s because there is no bullying” Jonathan Year 2
The School Council is a group of pupils, elected each year by classes, who meet weekly with the Deputy Headteacher. They carry out many useful duties ranging from surveys, showing guests around and organising charity fundraising events. School Aims / School Council
The Governing Body Hello My name is Lisa Harris. I am the Chair of the Governing Body at St Luke’s. I want to tell you about our role as Governors and give you some idea of what the governors here at St Luke’s do. School Governors may be representatives of parents, staff, the Local Authority (LA), the Church or the Community. As part of the school’s Governing Body their role is to: x Be accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community x Help to plan the school’s future direction x Make decisions on the school’s budget and staffing x Ensure that the National Curriculum is taught x Decide how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development x Ensure the school provides for all its pupils x Support the Headteacher and the staff The Governing Body works closely with the Headteacher and Staff, always ensuring that the responsibilities set out in the current legislation are adhered to and taken seriously. The working relationship with the school, which Governors enjoy, enables them to deal with issues promptly and efficiently. The governors are keen to establish close links with parents and the wider community. They are available at all times and their names and contact details can be obtained from the school office. The governors are responsible for the policies and running of the school. They delegate the day to day organisation and administration of the school to the Headteacher. The Governing Body meets twice each term and there are Committees which also meet termly to discuss Finance, Staffing and Effectiveness, Strategy and Property and Health and Safety. Governors also visit the school regularly. The governors are responsible for the School Profile; this can be viewed online at: http://schoolsfinder.direct.gov.uk/ Hard copies are obtainable from the school office. Our Governing Body consists of 16 members but we are always looking for new recruits to join our team. Please enquire at the school office if you are interested; there is also a leaflet giving more information.
The Governing Body
“I like St. Luke’s because people are nice, funny, loving and kind” Chloe Year 2
The School Building The original school building dates from 1865 and this part is used for the staffroom, administrative office recently refurbished a learning resources centre. Excellent new buildings, including a large hall and four spacious, modern classrooms were completed in 2002. A further block for the younger children houses four large classrooms each of which are light and airy with their own lavatories, low level hand basins, cloakrooms and drinks fountains. We also have a large technology area and state-of-the-art Information and Communication Technology (ICT) suite.
“Supergrounds is amazing because you can take the laptops to the outdoor classroom” Oliver C Year 5 “This is far better than anything I’ve seen in the schools I have been in” Mary Lawson Director of Education “I like it how our school is always trying to improve in how our school looks and is” Emma Year 5
The School Building
Outdoor Learning The school has a large playing field used for recreational and sporting activities and 3 playground areas which all benefit from being securely fenced. There is a new sensory garden and even an outdoor classroom. There is also a conservation area with a variety of habitats to encourage wildlife. Our plans include an outdoor stage and a beach!
“St. Luke’s is special because of the outdoor classroom and the trim tail” Jessica Year 3
“Eco club is my favourite because I care Eco-Warriors about the environment and I believe I We are the Eco-Warriors - a group of pupils, elected each year by our can make a classes, who meet weekly to consider ways in which our school can care more for the environment. We organise energy and litter surveys. difference” We check that lights and taps are turned off and feedback to classes. We are also involved in developing areas of the school grounds.
Outdoor learning and Eco-Warriors
Emma Year 5
Admission The Headteacher welcomes the opportunity to meet parents and children and show them around the school. Parents of pre-school children are encouraged to register their child at least eighteen months in advance of the starting date. Only the Local Authority can confirm places to pupils, whether or not the child lives in the catchment area and regardless of whether the child has attended a nursery or pre-school group at the school. For any admission or transfer, the parents must complete the Local Authority’s application form and send this to the Allocations Section.
“When I started at St. Luke’s in Year 4 people were really friendly to me
Children can start school the September in the academic year (1st September to the following 31st August) that they will be five years old. Part Daniel Year 5 time education is an option only for the first two weeks after entry and this forms part of our induction process. Towards the end of the term before admission, parents are invited to an induction meeting with the Foundation Practitioners and to hear more about starting school. During the following week we invite parents and children to visit the Foundation class for a morning. Our new children’s induction arrangements take place over the first two/three weeks of the Autumn term. The children join us for a variety of activities at different times of the school day. At the end of the induction period they will have experienced all the many facets of their new class so that when they begin full time they will be far more confident. Children transferring from other schools will find that they are made most welcome by staff and their peers, and we encourage new children to spend a day with us before they begin here at school. If you have any questions about admission, please contact either the school office or Allocations Section on 0116 3058060.
The Family of Schools As you may know, St Luke’s is part of a family of schools in the Oadby and Wigston area. Pupils from 5 primary schools go to Gartree. Pupils from Gartree and Manor High schools both go to Beauchamp College. Beauchamp College (Oadby) High Schools Primary Schools
Manor High School (Oadby)
Gartree High School
St. Luke’s (Thurnby)
Fernvale School (Thurnby)
Houghton School (Houghton on the Hill)
Brocks Hill School (Oadby)
Langmoor School (Oadby)
Oadby Schools to the East of the A6
Organisation Catchment The catchment area is Thurnby, Bushby and Stoughton villages. The outlying villages of Hungarton and Keyham are also included from which children are brought in by bus or taxi. Priority is given to children living in our catchment area but applications from other areas are welcomed, although these are dependent on availability of places and are subject to the Local Authority Admissions Policy. The School Day Morning session 9.00a.m. – 12 noon Afternoon session 1.10p.m – 3.30p.m. Mid-morning break 10.20a.m. – 10.35a.m. Children in Key Stage 1 have an afternoon break Arrival All children must be in school by 9.00am when the school day begins. Children should arrive from 8.50am but not before this time unless attending a club because no member of school staff is on duty before then. Once the playground door closes, children must be signed in late at the school office.
The Family of Schools and Organisation
“St. Luke’s is special because we have kind teachers and we have friends who help us” Sreya Year 3 “I think St. Luke’s is so special because of the enthusiasm of the children and the staff” Jed Year 5
Home School Partnership Everyone associated with our school is regarded as a full member of the school community. This includes all children, parents, teachers and staff, volunteer helpers and governors. Together we will: x Work in partnership in support of learning for everyone, celebrating personal development and achievement x
Communicate relevant information, maintaining confidentiality at all times.
Encourage positive relationships, treating everyone with respect
Support the school and its policies, recognising the need for care, safety and fairness
Welcome new opportunities with consultation and effective planning
Be active members of the school community, appreciating our different roles and needs, and drawing on the skills, interests and abilities of all members.
“St. Luke’s is special because I got a great welcome when I joined the school this year” Fred Year 3
The school is committed to work in partnership with parents in the support of their children’s learning. Parents are very welcome to come into school at any appropriate time and talk to their child’s teacher. We welcome all offers of parental help for example accompanying trips or working with children in the classrooms. If you have a particular skill that you would like to share please let us know. All parents working in school and those accompanying school trips will be asked to complete a criminal records bureau check form (CRB). We have a variety of ways to keep you up to date about your child x Parent’s evenings focus on your child’s progress and are held twice a year in Autumn and Spring x Reports are sent out in July x Opportunity for daily contact with your child’s class teacher and the Headteacher ...and about school activities in general: x Newsletters weekly either via email or your child’s book bag x Parental questionnaire annually x School website x VLE Home School Partnership
FOSLs The PTA at our school is called FOSLs. It organises social activities for families, adults and children throughout the academic year and successfully raises funds to provide facilities and equipment which both support and benefit the whole school community. FOSLs always send out details of its events well in advance. We are grateful for all the support this organisation gives to the school. There are notice boards around school providing up to date information about FOSLs activities. Committee meetings are held throughout the year to conduct the FOSLs business and to plan events. The committee of officers are elected at the AGM, held annually in September. FOSLs welcome all members of the school community to its meetings and social events. In order to continue raising funds for our children, FOSLs is always looking for new fund raising ideas, donations of prizes, practical help (on a regular or ad hoc basis), financial support, as well as establishing business contacts. Further information about FOSLs can be obtained from the school.
Discipline We expect a high standard of behaviour and good manners from our pupils, as we are sure you do, at home. Children are encouraged towards positive self-discipline. Our school behaviour policy outlines the system of rules, rewards and sanctions we use and this works well. A booklet called ‘Behaviour Policy Explained’ is available at the School Office. When behaviour issues arise this will be dealt with initially by school staff. Parents will be kept fully informed.
FOSLs and Discipline
“St. Luke’s is special because the teachers are helpful and kind” Aiesha Year 3
The Curriculum All aspects of a good primary school are offered to the children in our school. As well as the National Curriculum we include Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education and Multicultural Education. The National Curriculum consists of five core subjects – English, Maths, Science, Religious Education (R.E.) and Information and Communication Technology (I.C.T.) - plus foundation subjects Geography, History, Art and Design, Music, Design and Technology and Physical Education.
The Foundation Stage The Early Years Foundation Stage (E.Y.F.S.) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the academic year they are five. It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning. The E.Y.F.S has 4 themes. These are x A Unique Child x Positive Relationships x Enabling Environments x Learning and Development
“The thing that makes St. Luke’s special is that all the people in this school are kind and the staff make me and everyone happy” Sophie Year 5
Within the theme of Learning and Development there are six areas. All areas are connected to one another and are equally important. 1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development 2. Communication, Language & Literacy 3. Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy 4. Knowledge & Understanding of the World 5. Physical Development 6. Creative Development During the E.Y.F.S our youngest children develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across the six areas of learning through activities and experiences that are both adult directed and child initiated. The six areas of learning are summarised below. Foundation Stage Curriculum
Communication Language and Literacy This area covers language development, encouraging the children to become both speakers and listeners. We encourage the development of reading skills through shared stories, access to fiction and non-fiction books and a structured phonic and reading programme. Early development of writing and fine motor skills is fostered through mark making, drawing, painting, manipulating materials, threading and making use of different media.
â€œMy favourite subject is art because people say I am really good at it and I like letting my imagination go wild!â€? Asha Year 5
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy This area helps to foster the basis of numeracy, shape, measures, time, money, position, sorting, patterns, symmetry and calculation together with language of mathematics through songs and rhymes, practical activities and games. The children are encouraged to solve problems and work both independently and as part of a group.
Knowledge & Understanding of the World This area of learning helps to provide a foundation for Science, History, Geography, Design and Technology, and ICT. The children learn about their environment, other people and features of the natural and man-made world. Children are encouraged to construct, explore and investigate in both their indoor and outdoor environments. The children find out about and identify the uses of everyday technology and use information and communications technology together with programmable toys to support their learning. Page 14
Foundation Stage Curriculum
Creative Development This area covers art, music, dance, role and imaginative play. The children are encouraged to explore sound and colour, texture and shape. They have opportunities to express themselves and use their imagination to create through modelling, drawing, using paint, dancing, role-play and music making. The activities develop skills and techniques to give the children increasing control over tools and equipment.
â€œSt. Lukeâ€™s is special because all our teachers are nice and kindâ€? Chloe Year 4
Physical Development This area encourages the development of a positive attitude towards a healthy and active life. Opportunities are provided for indoor and outdoor play using balls, beanbags, hoops, bikes and climbing equipment, helping to develop throwing, catching, rolling, kicking and riding skills. Children learn to move in different ways and are encouraged to use space effectively. Children are also expected to dress and fold clothes independently. Fine manipulative skills are fostered through activities such as sewing, threading, drawing, cutting, sticking, jigsaws, pegboards and construction.
Foundation Stage Curriculum
Personal, Social and Emotional Development This area focuses on the children learning to become part of a group. We encourage positive attitudes to learning/concentration, perseverance, and self-discipline. Independence is developed and children become responsible for personal hygiene, selecting activities and making choices. We build the foundations for spiritual and moral education, being able to take turns, share and show respect for the needs of others. Children develop their awareness of right and wrong and taking responsibility for their actions. They have opportunities to explore their own feelings and they are introduced to other cultures and religious events.
“My favourite club is Dance Mats because I’m the second best in the school and it is enjoyable” Oliver M Year 5
“All the children in St. Luke’s makes St. Luke’s special!” Shayna Year 4
Key Stage 1 The children in years 1 and 2 work within Key Stage 1 and could be achieving levels 1 to 3 in the National Curriculum.
Key Stage 2 The children in years 3, 4 and 5 work within Key Stage 2 and by the end of Year 6 could be achieving levels 2 to 5. Most children complete the final part of Key Stage 2 at Gartree High School.
Literacy Children are helped to develop the communication skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing for a variety of purposes, using specific, structured activities, based on the Renewed Primary Literacy Strategy. Shared, guided and individual reading strategies are used to develop the acquisition of reading skills and the enjoyment of books is promoted throughout the school. The school has a well-resourced library which is available to all pupils. Younger children experience a wide variety of pre-reading activities, alongside an introduction to books of all types. Children are encouraged to read widely and parents are encouraged to assist with the child's reading. Class teachers will be glad to help and advise on how to do this. Information booklets are given to the parents of both Foundation and Key Stage 1 pupils. Phonic and word-buildings skills are taught throughout the school and children are taught reference and research skills. Children develop their expertise in the area of speaking and listening in a variety of ways. Opportunities are provided for drama, class discussions, assemblies and performances on a regular basis. The support of parents in helping children develop their love of written and spoken language is very much valued by the school.
Numeracy Through the Primary Framework for Mathematics, children are taught in a variety of ways, including whole class teaching, group work and individual tuition. We follow the frameworks progression in 5 blocks and 3 units, one taught within each of these over the year. National Strategies advice and planning is used supported by a variety of resources including Abacus Evolve. Children experience practical and problem-solving activities, promoting enjoyment and confidence in this subject. Children receive a daily, dedicated mathematics lesson which varies in length depending on the age of the children.
“I like maths because we do fun things like tally charts” Piya Year 4 “I love Numeracy because I love counting” Theo Year 2 “Maths is my favourite Subject because to me it is really fun and sometimes challenging but I always try my hardest” Daniel Year 5
Science St Luke's has adopted the QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) schemes of work that reflect the attainment targets of the National Curriculum. Children are taught the skills of observation, investigation, hypothesising, drawing conclusions and recording their findings. Children will have the opportunity to look at and explore; x Life processes and living things x Materials and their properties x Physical processes
Religious Education The Education Reform Act 1988 requires religious education to be provided for all pupils. This is provided in accordance with the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus and is non-denominational. Each child learns about Christianity and is also given some insight into other major religions. We aim to teach children about the spiritual and moral aspects of religious education, dealing with caring for ourselves and others, sharing and respect for each other and the environment. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from R.E if they wish to do so.
ICT Our aim is to enable pupils to use ICT confidently, effectively and independently. We hope to develop a culture where the use of ICT becomes a natural choice for children. Computers, interactive whiteboards and visualisers in all classes enhance learning and teaching. Foundation Stage children experience a wide range of electronic toys and are introduced to computers. Older children will visit the ICT suite which contains 22 PCs and use the trolley of laptops within their classrooms. ICT skills are taught discretely and are used to enhance learning in other subjects. The school has a code of conduct for using the Internet, which parents should read and give their approval. Pupils are regularly taught about e-safety. Parents can keep up to date by visiting the parents’ section at www.thinkyouknow.co.uk Page 18
“I like doing ICT because I like computers” Finley Year 5
Geography Children are taught to use geographical skills and resources including maps and plans, to find out about places. Early geography is based on our immediate area. Children also study a contrasting U.K. area and a distant locality. More sophisticated mapping skills are taught, often through fieldwork, and children study themes such as rivers, land use and the effect of human activity on the environment.
History Younger children are introduced to stories from history and taught to investigate the recent past, while older children investigate topics such as x Ancient Civilisations (Greeks and Egyptians) x Invaders and Settlers (Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in Britain) x The Tudors x Victorian Britain x Britain since 1930 x Local history. x Children in World War Two
â€œI like History because it is fun and interestingâ€? Owen Year 3
Art and Design Children are taught to use a wide variety of media and techniques. They are encouraged to experiment and work creatively to produce pictures, collages and models. Their artistic efforts are carefully mounted and displayed to create a lively, attractive environment. Children are introduced to pictures and artefacts from various artists and cultures and taught to evaluate their own work and the work of others.
“My favourite subject is art because my hobbies are painting, drawing and making pictures out of things” Eve Year 4 “I like art because I just love drawing” Ryan Year 5
Music Musical activities play a significant part in the curriculum for children at St. Luke’s. There are opportunities for children to develop their understanding and enjoyment of music through performing, composing, listening and appraising as they follow the National Curriculum. Children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, although a charge does apply for the weekly lessons from visiting music teachers. In addition, the children learn to sing and the children’s musical appreciation is further developed through the use of recorded music and live music from visiting musicians or our own bands.
“My favourite subject is art because you get to know people who draw famous drawings” Lizzie Year 2
Design and Technology Children follow the National Curriculum programmes of study, developing the skills of designing and making, working with a variety of tools and materials, and then evaluating the finished product. Our-well equipped technology room provides the opportunity for a variety of activities including food technology, working with clay and with textiles. Various types of construction apparatus are available for children to build models and investigate structures.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education The school has recently adopted the SEAL Programme (Social, and Emotional Aspects of Learning) across all age groups. This programme enhances PHSE and Collective Worship. Our aims are for pupils to: x Develop self awareness x Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities x Play an active role as citizens x Develop a healthier, safer lifestyle x Develop good relationships and respect differences between people x Value their achievements x Deal with risk and meet the challenges of life now and in the future x Identify their values and strive to live with them x Develop financial capability x Compliment the personal and social development provided at home
“My best memories are splash day when Mr Alford was pushed into the pool and when we played tennis in P.E” Jed Year 5 “My favourite subject is D&T because I like making things” Katie Year 4
French We want children to learn the basics of a modern foreign language. French is taught throughout Key Stage 2. Children have fun lessons in which they learn phrases and how to build sentences. The emphasis is on spoken French. They also learn about France and aspects of French culture.
“I like it crosscountry because that’s how we became healthy and strong” Halimah Year 5
Physical Education We follow the Leicestershire Scheme of Work for P.E. to ensure high quality outcomes for all children. This is based around the ‘TOPS’ Scheme and enhanced additional opportunities for chil-
Sex Relationships Education
“We do all sorts of sports”
Ryan Year 5 Children are taught about the basic principles of health including drug education, hygiene and safety. They learn about the beginning of life, growth and development through topics such as "Ourselves" and "Life “We get cycles". The Education Act 1993 requires every school to have a policy different on sex and relationships education—ours was reviewed and updated in opportunities 2009. Parents are fully consulted at every stage. It is our aim for sex such as athleteducation at St Luke's School: ics at Saffron x To be an integral part of the learning process for all children. Lane and x To encourage exploration of values and coaches who moral issues. are kind and x To foster self-esteem, self-awareness and a very expert” sense of moral responsibility. Natasha Year 5 Page 22
Inclusion Children develop at different rates. Therefore children will not all progress through the National Curriculum at the same speed. Children identified as needing extra help may be placed on our Special Needs Record and will receive appropriate support. Arrangements will also be made for those children who are more able to receive the necessary challenge to achieve their full potential.
Special Educational Needs St Luke's School has reviewed its policy for Special Educational Needs (S.E.N.) in response to the 2002 Code of Practice. The policy contains basic information about how we identify, assess, provide for, monitor and review any special educational needs that our children may have. Our S.E.N. Co-ordinator is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the policy and for co-ordinating provision for children who require it. A booklet has been produced giving further information for parents. Copies of this are available at the office.
“I like playing football because I like playing with my friends” Connor Year 4
“Getting special mentions and bronze and silver awards” Thato Year 5
Gifted and Talented We recognise that we have children at our school who achieve way above what is expected for their age. These pupils might excel in core subjects of the curriculum or physical skills or have leadership skills. We recognise that their special abilities need developing too. We invite pupils to attend ‘master classes’, usually run by specialist teachers in the High Schools. We run a Thinking Challenge Club which allows a group of children to work on projects of a more challenging nature. Inclusion
Collective Worship There is a daily act of collective worship during our assembly for each pupil. In accordance with our Trust Deed this celebrates the Anglican faith and observes the cycle of the Anglican year. We have close links with our Parish Church. The vicar or his representative visits the school each week to take assembly and we hold assembly in St Luke's Church once a month. We celebrate occasions such as Harvest Festival, Easter and Christmas in the Church. Parents are warmly invited to join us at these times. Assemblies are often a celebration of work presented by the children. Parents are also invited to these events. Under Section 25 of the 1944 Education Act, parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship if they wish to do so.
“I really enjoy the eye boggling bible stories” Emma Year 5 “Assemblies are good because we get to sing and dance” Thomas Year 5
Anti-discriminatory Practice At St. Luke’s we recognise that we are all enriched by each other and by appreciating that our city is one rich in diversity and individual differences. We value the diversity and heritage of all our pupils and acknowledge different family structures and life choices. We will challenge attitudes and behaviours which lead to children being treated unfairly.
Collective Worship and Antidiscriminatory Practice
“I like art because it is fun and we do a lot more than drawing like sewing and designing” Jessica Year 5
Homework The school policy reflects Government guidelines. An effective partnership between home and schools supports the children’s learning and the ability to study independently as they get older. Individual teachers inform parents about homework arrangements. In the Foundation Stage, children benefit from sharing books together, letter/sound recognition and counting practice. In Key Stage 1: the children benefit from regular reading, spelling and numeracy activities. In Key Stage 2: reading/spelling record books go home daily for practice; there is times tables and spelling practise each week along with a numeracy task related to current work. We do not over burden children with work; they “Homework is need time to relax and play. Homework requires fun because it the active support of parents to be completely helps you with successful.
your Maths & English”
Halimah Year 5
Assessment / Reporting Teachers are continually assessing what the children can and can’t yet do and use this information to inform their lesson planning. Termly, teachers report children’s achievements and progress. The school monitors the progress of individuals and groups of pupils and action is taken either where progress is not as it should be or where pupils are not achieving as they should for their age. Results are reported to the Local Authority and to the Department for Education (DfE). Children in the Foundation Stage are assessed according to the Foundation Stage Profile. Children in Year 2 undertake the Key Stage 1 SATs. Parents are kept informed through Parent – Teacher Meetings (held twice a year) and by means of the Annual Report. Parents are given information about the school’s results in the Prospectus and the online School Profile.
Homework and Assessment and Reporting
“I think that homework is great because it helps improve our mental abilities” Jed Year 5
Educational Visits St Luke’s is committed to providing a creative, fun curriculum rich with experiences. That is why we have a variety of trips and visits arranged throughout the school year. Local visits—the church, village, park Day trips—Flag Fen archaeology site, Conkers, Twycross, Botanical Gardens, Beaumanor Hall, Twin Lakes, New Walk Museum We visit various places of worship e.g. synagogue Residential opportunities in Years 3 and 5 to Quorn Hall and the Wilderness Centre in Gloucestershire We also welcome visitors to the school who can share new experiences with us e.g. dancers, theatre groups, fire and road safety officers and visitors from different faith groups.
“My favourite subject is art because I like drawing” Sonny Year 4 “My favourite experience was the visit to Snibston Discovery park” Jed Year 5 “St. Luke’s is special because we have really kind teachers and we go on really good trips” Nyah Year 3
Pastoral Care The school aims to provide a happy and secure atmosphere in which learning is purposeful and effective. The school is responsible for the safety and security of all children during school hours. If a parent intends to withdraw a child during school hours for any reason, prior notice should be given in writing, by telephone or in person. Children will only be released to a parent or known representative of the parents. Please ensure that the child's teacher is informed and that the child is signed out in the appropriate book kept in the office. Should a child become ill or have an accident during school time, parents will be contacted immediately. If we are unable to contact parents, or their named representative, the sick child will be kept at school until the end of the session. If immediate hospital treatment is required, all necessary steps will be taken to ensure the child's wellbeing. It is essential that our emergency contact numbers are kept up to date. Please notify us immediately of any change of address, telephone numbers etc. Where there is cause for concern about a child's health, behaviour, attainment or attendance, we will contact parents immediately. Our aim is to work in co-operation with parents to support the child.
“When I cut my hand I went straight to the medical room” Callum Year 5
“They make sure we have our asthma inhalers before we do PE or swimming” Natasha Year 5 “They treat you really well when you are hurt the first aiders will be there!!”
Medicine We follow the guidelines — Administration of Medicines Code of Practice Number 5 (Leicestershire Children & Young Persons Service). If your child is on long term medication, such as treatment for asthma, we will ask you to complete a ‘care plan’ which gives us full details of the regimen for the medication. Normally this medication is administered by the child concerned. Where a child is on more short term medication e.g. antibiotics, parents or their representative are welcome to come into school at break or lunchtime to administer any required short term medication. Parents are encouraged to use effective sun block to protect children during the summer months. If your child has sickness and diarrhoea please do not send them to school until they have been symptom free for 24 hours. Pastoral Care and Medicines
William Year 5
School Meals Cooked lunches are available every day. Children are guided to make sensible, balanced healthy choices. Vegetarian meals are available. Children may bring a packed lunch in a named lunch box. If a child wishes to change from school meals to packed lunch or vice versa, we would be grateful if parents would give one month's notice to the school secretary. Dinner money is payable in advance at the start of every week. The school secretaries will inform you of current prices. Cheques should be made payable to Leicestershire County Council with your cheque card number on the back. Parents who think they may qualify for free school meals can obtain application forms from the school office. All applications are treated in confidence. Please ensure that no peanuts or snacks containing peanuts ever come into school; we have a number of children who may experience life-threatening allergic reactions which can be fatal.
Milk / Fruit Children under 5 and every child entitled to free school meals will receive free school milk. Fruit is provided free for all children in FS and KS1 because we want to promote healthy eating. We ask parents to send only fruit or vegetables as mid-morning snacks.
Charging for School Activities A voluntary charge is requested for school visits and swimming, with occasional charges for extra school activities such as visiting theatre groups or technology projects, with the proviso that no child will be excluded for non-payment but that activities can only take place if they are financially viable. If you have difficulties with payments, please contact the school as help is available to families in receipt of welfare benefits. School Meals and Charging for Activities
â€œI like meatballs and spaghetti and my favourite pudding is marvel cake with custardâ€? Maya Year 5
Extra Curricular Activities There are many opportunities for children to join in before and after school activities and clubs. These may include football, basketball, netball, dance, dance mats, cross-country, running, mini tennis and judo. Older children may have the opportunity to compete and represent the school. Clubs vary from time to time, depending on availability. Children and parents are informed in advance about activities, times of starting and finishing.
“My favourite club is cheerleading because I like using pompoms” Lucy Year 4 “My favourite club is dance mats” Sam Year 2
Transfer Arrangements “Before the induction days, Parents need to apply for a place at their preferred secondary school. people and At the end of Year 5 most pupils leaving St Luke’s go on to Gartree teachers came High School, Oadby for children between 10 and 14 years and travel and told us all there by bus. An evening meeting is arranged for parents to find out about Gartree about the High School. Their staff and pupils visit St Luke’s to talk to the children and answer their questions. There are opportunities for you so we were and your child to visit the school and there are also two induction days. prepared” There is also frequent liaison between our two schools throughout the school year. The majority of pupils then transfer to Beauchamp College, Oadby at the age of 14. Children who attend our school, but who live out of the Gartree High School catchment area, are not guaranteed a place at Gartree High School. Permission to attend Gartree High School for children who live out of catchment can only be obtained from the LA through its published admission arrangements. In recent years most out of catchment requests for a place at Gartree High School have been met. Extra curricular Activities and Transfer Arrangements
Emily Year 5 “The induction was good because it helped make more friends” Natasha Year 5 Page 29
School Uniform The Governing Body requires all pupils to wear school uniform because x It helps to promote a sense of belonging to the school x It is easily recognised when children are on school visits x It is more appropriate for school activities. St Luke's school uniform is as follows:x Grey or black trousers or shorts x Grey tunic or skirt, x Red sweatshirt or fleece with school logo, plain red jumper or cardigan x White or red shirt, blouse or polo shirt x Grey, red or white socks or tights x Dark coloured footwear with low heels and secure fastenings x Red/white gingham summer dress or gingham trousers For P.E: x White or red T-shirt (St Luke's logo or plain) x Black shorts (not cycling shorts) x Plimsolls (indoors) x Trainers ( for outdoor games for Years 4 and 5) x Tracksuit (Years 4 & 5 for winter wear) Children are also required to bring a named book bag to school each day and have a named drawstring bag for P.E. Sweatshirts, fleeces, T-shirts, polo shirts, caps, ski hats, cardigans, beanie hats, PE bags and book bags with the school logo are all available from the school office. Please ensure children's clothing is clearly labelled. Named-tapes can be ordered through school or you may wish to use a laundry
“St. Luke’s is so special because I like everyone in it” Zoe Year 4
“School uniform is red so it stands out. That’s good” Ryan Year 5
“You’ve got to look smart for school” Sophie Year 5
Jewellery For safety reasons, jewellery in school is not recommended. Children may wear a wristwatch and those with pierced ears may wear small studs. However, all jewellery must be removed for P.E., games and swimming lessons. For this reason, if you are considering having your child’s ears pierced, it would be advisable for this to be done at the beginning of the summer holidays. Dangling or circular earrings and rings are extremely dangerous and are not allowed. The LA advises that jewellery may be worn for religious reasons. Teaching and support staff are advised not to accept responsibility for jewellery or other items removed by children.
Safeguarding Children At St Luke’s we believe that all children have the right to grow up safe and unharmed; they should have all their basic needs met and also the opportunity to fully develop. Child Abuse represents a failure to respect the needs and rights of children. We expect all staff, Governors and helpers to share this commitment. We are all responsible for noticing and reporting signs of child abuse. If any member of staff has cause for concern about the safety or well being of a child, it is their responsibility to notify the appropriate agency following accepted procedures and with confidentiality being observed. The designated contact in our school is Mrs Sembi. All staff and governors receive regular training on child protection issues. The school has a Safeguarding Children Policy—parents may request a copy. There will also be further information in the school’s induction pack. The well being of the child will be put first in all cases so there may be occasions when we have to consult an agency before contacting you. If this is necessary we would discuss concerns with you afterwards. This is in accordance with Safeguarding procedures of the LA.
Jewellery and Safeguarding
“When I bump my head at dinnertime a dinner lady looks after me” Megan B Year 2
“Teachers remind us to cross safely and wear bright clothes” Amar Year 4
“We have a fob system on the doors which stops people getting in who aren’t meant to be here Theo Year 4
Attendance Regular school attendance is vital for learning. Please let us know on the first morning of absence if your child is too ill to attend school. If your child is not in school and you have not informed us why, we will contact you during the morning to check. If your child arrives late due to an appointment, he or she must be signed in at the school office. We are very proud of our pupil attendance record. The attendance rate for 2008-2009 was 95% whilst the rate of unauthorised absence was below the national average (0.1%). Parents are discouraged from taking holidays during term time. Should they wish to submit a request to the Headteacher, a holiday authorisation may be obtained from the school office.
“I like art because it is fun to draw and learn new skills” William Year 5 “I like art because it is fun to draw and learn new skills”
Parking We encourage children who live locally to walk to school as often as possible. Parents who bring and collect children by car are asked to keep the lay-by clear at all times. Please park carefully – Main Street is very narrow and it is safer for our children if you park well away from the school entrances. The Rose and School Crown have very kindly given parents permission to use their car park when delivering or collecting Car Park their children. NEVER park in the lay-by or on the zig-zag lines. To protect our children, please observe the 20 m.p.h. speed limit.
Complaints There is an approved procedure for dealing with complaints. If you have any concerns or queries, please contact the class teacher initially. The majority of questions and anxieties can be dealt with effectively in this way. If a parent feels an issue is still not resolved, the Headteacher can be approached. However, if complaints cannot be resolved in this way, formal procedures involving Governors and/or the L.A. can be followed. Page 32 Attendance, Parking and Complaints
William Year 5 “I liked bike week because it was fun” Macy Year 5
SATs Teachers assess the ability of children all the time but at the end of Key Stage 1 these teacher assessments are submitted to the Local Authority and to OFSTED. These results help the school to review the curriculum and make any necessary changes to improve the current provision. Officers from the Local Authority visit the school termly to discuss the results and set targets for improving during the following year. This table show the percentage of our school who achieved each level, compared to national end of Key Stage 1 teacher assessment levels.
“My favourite subject is maths because I am good at it and I enjoy it” Jai Year 4
The shaded sections of the table represent 2009 national teacher assessment data for core subjects. The white areas show how the pupils our school performed.
“Tests help you to learn from your mistakes”
Figures may not total 100 per cent because of rounding.
Henry Year 5
2009 Teacher Assessment Results
Percentage at each level 2 W Speaking &
0 3 3 4 0 2 0 2
13 13 16 15 6 8 10 9
55 26 23 12 42 21 26 22
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Listening Speaking & Listening Reading Reading Writing Writing Mathematics Mathematics Science Science
16 12 13 21 6 16 65 67
0 22 23 28 16 26
16 24 23 20 29 27
“Tests are great because I always try to beat my last score!” Oliver Year 5
W represents children who are working towards level 1, but have not yet achieved the standard needed for level 1. Children leave St. Luke’s at the end of Year 5 and so do not take the National Tests for 11 year olds with us; these are taken at Gartree at the end of Year 6. The Government expect 80% of children to achieve level 4 in maths and 85% achieve level 4 in English.
OFSTED 2009 This is a good school. Through the effective leadership of the headteacher and senior staff, pupils make good progress in all year groups. ...parents think highly of the school and their views are typified by the following comment: 'My child has thoroughly enjoyed his time at St Luke's school. He will be leaving having grown into a caring, confident and polite child which I believe is due to St Luke's school.' Teaching and learning are good, and consequently pupils make good progress. Teachers' high expectations and consistent approach are strong factors in ensuring pupils' good attitudes and behaviour. The strong programme of personal, social and health education and the wide range of sporting activities promote pupils' personal development well. Parents support the inspectors' judgement that the quality of care, guidance and support is good. They say that the school puts their children first, and are appreciative of the support provided for those who need extra help. Pupils acknowledge that their views are valued and know that they make a valuable contribution to school improvement. Pupils have a real 'voice' in the school. They work and play in a warm, supportive learning environment where they feel safe and know how to keep themselves safe. They state confidently that staff will always help them should they have any concerns at all. At the time of the inspection, all the recommended procedures for safeguarding pupils were fully in place. There are very good systems to assess and track pupils' progress Leadership and management are good. The headteacher is supported very effectively by the senior management team and, together, they have made some significant improvements. OFSTED Report 2009 The full summary can be viewed at www.ofsted.gov.uk
“St. Luke’s is special because everyone is kind to people” Georgia Year 4
School Terms and Holidays 2010 / 2011 Spring Term 2011 School opens Mid-term break School closes
Thursday 6th January 2011 Monday 21st to Friday 25th February Friday 15th April
Summer Term 2011 May Day School opens Mid-term break School closes
Monday 2nd May 2011 Tuesday 3rd May 2011 Monday 30th May to Friday 3rd June Friday 15th July
Autumn Term 2011 School opens Mid-term break School closes
Thursday 1st September 2011 Monday 17th to Friday 21st October Thursday 22nd December 2011
“My teachers help me because they give me new information everyday that I can hopefully use in later life” Henry Year 5
Spring Term 2012 School opens Mid-term break School closes
Thursday 69h January 2012 Monday 13th to Friday 17th February Friday 30th March
“All the children in St. Luke’s makes St. Luke’s Special!” Shayna Year 4
Copies of documents produced by the DfE, the LA and the school are available for parents to see if they wish. These include:School Policies, Schemes of Work, National Curriculum Documents and the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Leicestershire LA http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/education.htm DfE http://www.education.gov.uk/ Choosing school http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/ Schoolslearninganddevelopment/ChoosingASchool/index.htm This prospectus is available electronically on the school website at: www.st-lukes.leics.sch.uk Other school documents are available via the school office. Current parents will be able to access these via the VLE Finally, we hope you have found this prospectus interesting. Our staff and Governors are all committed to building up a close relationship between home and school so that your children will feel happy and secure at St Luke's. Do come and talk to us if you want further information or have any worries concerning your child. We will be happy to help.
School Terms and holidays and other information
School Terms and holidays / Documents Available in school
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