Mexborough Doncaster Road Junior School Doncaster Road Mexborough South Yorkshire S64 0LU Telephone: (01709) 583295 Facsimile: (01709) 570614 E-mail: Headteacher@doncasterroadschool.co.uk Website: www.doncasterroadschool.co.uk
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About the School Welcome Visits by prospective parents Communication with school School Ethos & Aims Ofsted SATs 3 year trend Monitoring Children’s Progress Admission arrangements Induction of new pupils The Curriculcum Children with special needs Safeguarding children Behaviour in school Pastoral care Accidents and medication Equal opportunities School staffing School governors Coming to school Collecting and dropping off your child Parental responsibility Car parking School session times Start of the day Breakfast club School meals Packed lunches Playtimes After school clubs
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How parents can help Promote a love of reading Support children with their homework Attend work assemblies and school events Support and reinforce the school behaviour policy Attend parents’ evening Home school agreement Ensure children attend school in the correct uniform & footwear Ensure children have correct PE kit, swimming kit and follow Attend school regularly
Educational visits and remission Complaints procedure 2
SCHOOL INFORMATION Local Authority: DONCASTER METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL DIRECTORATE OF EDUCATION SERVICES PO BOX 266 THE COUNCIL HOUSE COLLEGE ROAD DONCASTER DN1 3AD Telephone: (01302) 737222 Headteacher: Mr. B. Hayles Deputy Headteacher: Mr. T. Purdy Chair of Governing Body: Mr. K. Barron About the School Doncaster Road Junior School is a co-educational community junior school, which serves children from a fairly wide catchment area. It caters for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 11. At present there are 106 children in the school. The school was first opened in 1896 and, in spite of its age, remains in a much better condition than many more modern schools. There are 7 teaching areas in school, and a school library. Five teaching areas are used as class bases. The other areas are used as shared teaching spaces. There is also a large hall that is used for assemblies and PE lessons. It also serves, as a dining hall at lunch times. At the side of the school is the playground, and at the rear a field which is used during the summer months. There is a trim trail on the school field that pupils are able to use under supervision. We also have a school garden area where pupils grow fruit and vegetables.
If your child is new to the school, may we extend a special welcome and emphasise from the beginning the importance we attach to our links with parents. This booklet is designed as a guide to parents in which, we set out our aims and procedures. There is also information about the curriculum, the organisation established for the care of the individual child and information about the running of the school. It is prepared by the head teacher and governors for your information and interest. You can download a copy of our school prospectus from our website at www.doncasterroadschool.co.uk where you will also find lots of other important information about Doncaster Road Junior School. Doncaster Road Junior School is open to all children from any home address, providing that there are places available. Our current capacity is 40 children per year, and this figure is reviewed annually. Most of our pupils transfer from Pitt Street Infant School and will know Doncaster Road Junior School well before their official arrival. Following completion of National Curriculum Year 6, most of our pupils transfer to Mexborough School Specialist Science College. Visits by prospective parents Prospective parents are welcome to visit the school at any time during the school day. They are invited to make an appointment at the school office to meet the Headteacher, view the school and discuss relevant issues. We would prefer you to see the school when the children are at work so that the atmosphere and ethos can be experienced first-hand. Communication with the school The latest news and announcements are available from our school website at www.doncasterroadschool.co.uk or school Facebook page. In addition to this, we use the texting service teachers 2 parents which allows us to deliver text messages directly to your mobile phone. You will also receive a newsletter at the beginning of each term and regular updates throughout the school year. If you would like to speak directly with a member of our staff, please telephone the school to make an appointment. Alternatively, teachersâ€™ are also available to talk to on the playground after school every day.
School Ethos and Aims Doncaster Road Junior School In this school we care for all those within our walls. We hope that this will become a firm foundation for the whole life of the school. As children of this school grow physically, mentally, socially and spiritually we believe that they will gain a genuine respect for themselves and for each other.
What we Aim to Do Very briefly, whilst your child is with us we have the following broad objectives. We would expect;
To provide our children with the opportunities to develop their confidence and thereby achieve their full potential physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and morally.
To create a caring environment in which everyone is encouraged to show concern and respect for others, to behave with self-discipline and to develop a sense of responsibility.
To provide our children with the range of skills and knowledge that they need in order to play a full and purposeful role in a modern multicultural society.
To broaden horizons and raise aspirations through friendship and learning.
OFSTED The school had its most recent Ofsted in February 2013 and was graded ‘good’ in all areas. A copy of the inspection report is available from the Ofsted website. There is a link to this on our website www.doncasterroadschool.co.uk. Alternatively, you can view the report at http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/106682 Inspection dates 6–7 February Previous 2013 Good
- Grade - 2
Achievement of pupils
This inspection - Good Good
Quality of teaching
Behaviour and safety of pupils
Leadership and management
SATs 3 Year Trend Subject Reading National Writing National Maths National
Level 4+ 2011 86% 86% 76% 75% 79% 80%
2012 91% 87% 68% 81% 95% 84%
2013 94% 85% 78% 83% 89% 84%
Level 5+ 2011 31% 42% 24% 20% 21% 35%
2012 32% 48% 35% 28% 27% 39%
2013 39% 44% 33% 30% 33% 41%
Monitoring Children’s Progress At Doncaster Road Junior School the progress of every child is monitored carefully. From our assessments, curriculum goals and targets are set, along with appropriate lesson planning. Assessment is seen as an integral part of teaching. Teachers are continually assessing children’s work to identify attainment and progress. Many methods of assessment are used. The information gathered directly influences the day to day planning of lessons. At the end of year 6 pupils must sit the end of key stage Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) in English and Maths. The results of these, along with teacher assessments, are reported to parents towards the end of the summer term.
Admission arrangements Doncaster local authority determines and operates the admission policy of all county and controlled schools. The link to the Local Authority's admission policy can be found on our school website at www.doncasterroadschool.co.uk. Induction of new pupils During the summer term, pupils transferring from Pitt Street Infants School, spend time with their new class teacher. Parents of those children are also invited into school on a number of occasions to familiarise themselves with staff and school routines. Any parent unable to attend this meeting may make alternative arrangements. Pupils new to the school or transferring from a different school may also make arrangements to visit the school by contacting school directly. THE CURRICULUM We currently have four classes in school and the children are arranged by age in mixed ability groups. However, the arrangement of classes is reviewed annually and is subject to change depending upon the numbers in each year group. The National Curriculum https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/key-stage-1-and-2 underpins the curriculum planning throughout the school. The curriculum is divided into core subjects and foundation subjects. The core subjects are English, Mathematics and Science. The foundation subjects are Computing, Geography, History, Art, Music, Design and Technology, Languages and Physical Education. We also follow the Doncaster agreed syllabus for Religious Education. Standards in the school are monitored by the Headteacher, the senior leadership team, subject coordinators, the governing body, DfE and Ofsted. Pupils are set work that is both appropriate yet challenging. Pupils may from time to time experience difficulty with their work and they will be aided and assisted by their class teacher and teaching assistants. We recognise that there are pupils who may have difficulty with their work. If necessary we will discuss any appropriate assistance with parents in order to help these pupils. If parents wish to see detailed copies of our school policies then these can be viewed by making an appointment with the head teacher. However, many of our policies can also be found on our school website at www.doncasterroadschool.co.uk. The hours spent each day on teaching during the normal school week, including religious education, but excluding the statutory daily act of collective worship, registration, playtimes and lunchtime, is 23 hours 45 minutes.
Sex and Relationships Education The sex education curriculum is taught in year 6. In other year groups sex education is part of the much broader health education curriculum. This in turn is considered in relation to the school curriculum as a whole and is taught within themes or topics using a crosscurricular approach to learning. It is taught in relation to the moral, personal and social education provided by the school and in such a manner as to encourage children to have due regard to moral considerations and the value of family life. Religious Education Assemblies are held regularly although the school has no religious affiliation. We place emphasis on the Christian ethic in the daily life and work of the school. The Department for Children, Schools and Families, a predecessor of the Department for Education (DfE), published non-statutory guidance on RE in schools in 2010, which is still current. On page 17, the guidance says: The parent of a pupil at a community, foundation or voluntary school has the right to request that the pupil be excused from all or part of the RE provided. They do not have to provide a reason and the school must comply with their request. Pages 27-29 give details on parents' right of withdrawal, explaining: Parents have the right to choose whether or not to withdraw their child from RE without influence from the school, although a school should ensure parents or carers are informed of this right and are aware of the educational objectives and content of the RE syllabus. If pupils are withdrawn from RE, schools have a duty to supervise them, though not to provide additional teaching or to incur extra cost. Pupils will usually remain on school premises. Children with Special Needs Children receive regular assessments in Mathematics and English. Children with special educational needs receive additional support as required in class. Sometimes they are either withdrawn from the classroom for additional teaching help, or, more frequently, are supported within the classroom. Where a child has a continuing learning difficulty, targets are set and activities planned and followed which are closely matched to the child's current achievement and needs.
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: • • • • •
Protecting children from maltreatment; Preventing impairment of children’s health or development; Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes Include where definitions has come from (Working Together to Safeguarding Children 2013 - HM Government)
Doncaster Road Junior School recognises the responsibility it has under Section 175 of the Education and Inspections Act 2002, to have arrangements for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The Governing Body approve the S175, 157 return to the LA on a yearly basis and undertakes a section 11 Children’s Act 2004 audit on a two yearly basis. This policy demonstrates the schools commitment and compliance with safeguarding legislation. Through their day-to-day contact with pupils and direct work with families, staff at the school, have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring them to Children and Young People’s Services (Doncaster). This also involves understanding serious case reviews and how to improve practice to prevent children from falling through the gaps. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children refers to the process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing the improvement of health and development, ensuring that children given up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully. Child Protection refers to the process undertaken to protect children who have been identified as suffering, or being at risk of suffering significant harm. The designated teachers for Safeguarding at Doncaster Road Junior School are Mr B Hayles and Mrs D Pearson. Behaviour in School We expect all children to behave well and follow the school code of conduct. Our principles are based upon self-discipline, consideration and mutual respect. Children who misbehave or prevent other children from working are dealt with quickly and parents are informed. We expect full cooperation and support from parents in the matters of discipline procedures and adhering to the school rules. At the beginning of each school year all children are provided with our home-school agreement, which we expect will provide the basis of our mutual expectations.
Pastoral Care We aim to provide a caring environment in which children are valued as individuals and are encouraged to develop fully all the abilities they possess. The school endeavours to assume the same standards of responsibility for the children in our trust, as would a caring parent. Accidents and Medication Unfortunately, accidents or illnesses do occasionally occur in school and when necessary contact with parents is made as soon as possible. Staff will deal with minor problems. It is vitally important that we are able to get in touch with parents during the day in case of an emergency. We also need to be informed promptly of any change of circumstances so that we can amend our school records. We cannot administer any medication unless prescribed by a doctor and in order to do this we need written parental consent (the appropriate forms are available from the school office). For conditions such as asthma, children should carry and administer their own inhaler. We cannot administer â€˜across the counterâ€™ drugs. Staff are qualified emergency first aiders and we are fortunate in having two first-aiders on site who are first aid at work qualified. If a child is feeling unwell or has been involved in an accident the first-aider will deal with the problem appropriately. Sometimes it is necessary to contact parents to ask them to take the child home. Equal Opportunities The Governing Body of Doncaster Road Junior School recognises that all individuals are different and have differing needs. It is committed to genuine equality of opportunity.
SCHOOL STAFFING Name
Roles & Responsibilities
Mr. B Hayles Mr T Purdy Mrs L Saltis Mrs J Moody Mrs D Pearson
Headteacher Deputy Headteacher, Literacy & PE coordinator 5/6 Science & Humanities coordinator 5/6 Maths, Music & Foreign Languages coordinator 3/4 Inclusion Manager, Special Needs, Design Technology & 3/4 Religious Education coordinator ICT & Art coordinator All classes Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant Office Manager Office Assistant Site Manager Senior midday supervisor Lunchtime Supervisor Lunchtime Supervisor
Mr L Ridgill Mrs S Faley Mrs S Hobson Mrs A Robinson Mrs E Lugg Miss C Church Mrs V Fisher Mrs H Swift Mr P Scott Mrs S Faley Mrs W Green Mrs S McCall
Our staff have the right to work in a safe environment without fear of intimidation, abuse or assault. SCHOOL GOVERNORS The Governors are responsible for decisions about how the school is run. This is carried out in partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the Local Education Authority. Governors are representatives of the community such as teachers, other staff at the school, parents, and local council representatives. Board of Governors
Mr. K. Barron – Chairman Mr. K. Knowles – Vice Chairman Mr. M. Jevons Mrs. L. Lindsay Mrs. A. Robinson Mrs. R. Gamewell Ms. K. Scott Mrs. D Hall Mrs. M Roper
Coming to School There is a puffin crossing outside of school. If your child has to cross Doncaster Road then they must cross here. At present there is no crossing patrol and parents are urged to cross their children over the road. For safety reasons, if for any reason a child needs to leave the premises during school time, it is vital that school is informed so that we can authorise it. All pupils leaving school during the school day must be collected by an adult.
Collecting and dropping off your child All children should enter and exit school through the pupil entrance which is located at the bottom of the playground. At the end of the day parents should collect their children by the top gate of the playground. The gates will be unlocked at approximately 3:00pm. Parental Responsibility With the exception of children attending breakfast club, parents and carers are reminded that children are the responsibility of their parents/carers until 8:55am every morning. This is the case, even if the children are on the school playground. Unsupervised children should be reminded that they should not leave the school premises once they have been dropped off by their parent/carer. Car Parking We do have a car park that you are welcome to use when you are dropping of and collecting your children. If you wish to use our car park, we respectfully request that you adhere to the following rules.
Please park in the bays that are provided. Leave the disabled bays for disabled badge holders only. Use the correct entrance and exit to the car park. Escort your children from your car to the pupil entrance Instruct your children to remain in the ‘blue zone’ whilst waiting for you to come into the car-park.
SCHOOL SESSION TIMES Morning Session
11.00 a.m. -
12.15 p.m. -
Close of School
Start of day With the exception of children attending Breakfast Club, children are not allowed into the school building before 8:55a.m, even in bad weather. Children should not arrive on the school premises before 8.45a.m. If they attend breakfast club, which starts at 8.15 am, an adult must bring them across Doncaster Road. Children should enter school through the playground gates and not through the main entrance.
Breakfast Club Every weekday during term time we run a breakfast club that pupils from both Pitt Street Infant School and Doncaster Road Junior School can attend. The club starts at 8.15 am (children accompanied by a parent can arrive at 8:05am) and runs through until the start of school. The cost is currently £1:00 a day and this entitles pupils to a breakfast consisting of; milk or orange juice; cereal, and toast with either, jam, spaghetti or beans. After breakfast children can use our ICT suite or take part in a sports session in the hall. School Meals The current price of a school meal is £2.00. A school meal represents good value for money and children can choose from 2 hot choices every day. Dinner money should be brought in every Monday to the school office. To avoid confusion, please place dinner money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on it. Packed Lunches Children may also bring in a packed lunch from home. Drinks should be not be fizzy and should be brought in either a plastic container or a carton. Cans and glass flasks are not allowed in school. In order to promote healthy eating, chocolate bars, sweets and energy drinks are also not allowed. Playtimes We run a successful toast and dried fruit shop during first playtime every day. Children are also welcome to bring in fruit or a healthy snack to eat at playtimes if they would like to. This should be kept separately from their packed lunch. After School Clubs As children progress through the school they are given the opportunity to participate in a range of subsidised out of school clubs. Our current after school clubs include; football, matball, film-club, cookery, ICT, dance, science, gardening and craft clubs. Our clubs run on a half termly basis.
HOW PARENTS CAN HELP Parents can support their children in a variety of ways. At the beginning of every term you will receive a class newsletter that briefly outlines the aspects of the curriculum your child will be studying throughout the term.
Promote a love of reading
All pupils are provided with a free reading diary at the beginning of each academic year (replacements for lost or damaged diaries are currently £0:50). We ask parents to encourage their children to read at home regularly and ensure that children are members of Mexborough Library. Reading enjoyable books aloud to your child is extremely important, even to older juniors, as it helps to foster a love of reading which, in turn, is the key to all other learning. We reward children for reading at home to an adult by issuing them with raffle tickets that can be exchanged in our school shop.
Support children with their homework
Children in year three and year four will be issued with one side of English and maths homework a week and children in year five and year six will be issued with two sides of English and maths homework a week. We expect parents to support their children with their homework and ensure that children return it on time. In addition, your child will be expected to complete a learning log, read regularly to an adult and engage in online learning through our subscription to Mathletics. We would also encourage you to talk to your child about their learning experiences and the work they have undertaken in school.
Attend work assemblies and school events
Each class in school produces a termly work assembly to which parents and other family members are invited to attend. Work assemblies are an ideal opportunity to view some of the work that children have been doing in class and show them that you value their education. From time to time we also have shared assemblies which we will invite you to attend.
Support and reinforce the school behaviour policy
Parents and Carers are asked to read the school behaviour policy which is avaliable on our school website and encourage their children to adhere to it when they are in the school building and grounds. We respectfully ask parents/carers to;
Inform the class teacher directly of any concerns or incidents as soon as possible and give them the opportunity to deal with it. Avoid getting involved in ‘playground/online gossip’ and remember that there are usually two sides to every story. Attend meetings in school to discuss your child’s behaviour and support any action taken by the school. Support the implementation of the school’s Anti-bullying Policy and Behaviour Management Policy. By telling children to ‘hit back’ in school, the school’s behaviour policy is being undermined. 14
Be a positive role model to your child at all times. Much of your child’s behaviour and the way that they deal with incidents, both positively and negatively, in and out of school, is learned from what they experience in the home and family environment.
Attend parents’ evenings
A close liaison between parents and school is essential if children are to be happy and learn effectively. A child’s progress is often greatly enhanced when parents show an interest in his or her work. We hold a termly parents evening for parents to come in and discuss their child’s progress and targets. We also encourage you to contact the school immediately if you would like to arrange an additional appointment. At the end of every academic year we will provide you with a written report and summary of your child’s attendance.
At Doncaster Road Junior School we are committed to working in close partnership with parents. All children and parents are requested to sign a home-school agreement. A copy of the agreement can be found in the supporting information. School Uniform
Ensure children come to school in the correct uniform
We believe that the wearing of a school uniform enables children to identify with their school, gives a sense of belonging, is practical and smart, reinforces a positive work ethos and reduces expenditure for parents/carers. It also prevents children from attending school in inappropriate fashion clothing and footwear. All pupils are provided with a water bottle when they start at school. Replacements can be purchased from the school office at a cost of £1:30. We also sell Doncaster Road Junior School embroidered book bags. These can be purchased from the school office for £6:00. Our school uniform consists of:
A pale blue polo shirt embroidered with the school logo These are available from www.tesco.com/ues or we can order them for you.
Navy blue or black school pinafore dress or skirt (no grey)
Navy blue or black tailored school trousers (no grey)
Navy blue or black tailored school shorts (no grey)
Navy blue or pale blue checked summer dress
All children to wear black shoes with no heels or smart black trainers with black laces. (Brightly coloured trainers will no longer be allowed). Please do not send your children to school in inappropriate ‘fashion’ footwear
Navy or black shorts (no logos) Plain White T-shirt (no logos) Black school pumps or trainers Black, navy or grey plain jogging bottoms for colder weather
We expect all parents to send their children to school in school uniform. All the above items can be purchased locally or online from the Tesco uniform site (www.tesco.com/ues). Returning clothing to pupils when it has been left in school is very difficult. It helps greatly if children have their names inside their coats and on as much of their other clothing as possible. Multiple name tags can be purchased relatively cheaply on the internet. Swimming Children attend Dearne Valley Leisure Centre during the summer term of Year 4, and the first two terms of year 5. We will give all pupils further information before their swimming sessions begin in year 4. Jewellery Children must not wear bracelets, necklaces or rings in school at any time. We do allow one pair of small, plain stud earrings to be worn. Earrings must be either removed or covered with surgical tape for all PE and games lessons and are not allowed to be worn at all during swimming lessons. Watches may be worn but are the child’s own responsibility. They must be removed for P.E. and games lessons. Mobile Phones & Games Consoles Children should not bring mobile phones or games consoles into school. We cannot be held responsible for damage or loss of such items if they are brought into school. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE It is the legal responsibility of parents to ensure their children attend school continuously. Legislation requires schools to keep a register of attendance and to record the reasons for the child’s absence, such as sickness, medical or dental appointments. A school can authorise such absences. Absence will be unauthorised if no communication is received from parents. If possible, parents should telephone the school, before 9.15 a.m., on the first day of the child’s absence, stating the reason. We expect either a phone call or a note of explanation if the child returns after a period of unnotified absence. We do need to know why a child is absent as we have to pass this information on to the local authority. This is through our close liaison with the Educational Welfare Officer who will deal with any absences or other issues causing us concern. If the absence is likely to be prolonged we can arrange for your child to have some school work to do at home. If your child is late to school she/he will need to report to the school’s office. 16
The Government has implemented new legislation effective from 1st September 2013 which means that no requests for holidays can be authorised except in exceptional circumstances. When a parent/carer wishes to apply to take their child out of school during term time they must complete a leave of absence form and this should be submitted to the school at least 4 weeks before the proposed start of the holiday and before booking the holiday. If you take your child on holiday during term time, without the authorisation of the Head Teacher, the Head Teacher will have to make a request to the Local Authority to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice. If a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued, the penalty is £60 per child, per parent/carer when the payment is made within 21 days, after 28 days it will increase to £120. Failure to pay within 28 days will result in a summons to appear before the Magistrates Court on the grounds that the parent/carer has failed to secure their child’s regular attendance at school. Please note that a separate Fixed Penalty Notice will be issued to each parent for each child and all monies are payable to the Local Authority EDUCATIONAL VISITS AND REMISSION Where possible, children are taken on visits to places of educational interest in connection with work being undertaken in class. Many of these visits take place within school hours while others may extend beyond the school day. Visits make a valuable contribution to the overall education of children. At various intervals children will undertake local visits to places such as; Mexborough, Pitt Street Infant School, Mexborough School, Dearne Valley Leisure Centre, and other local schools. At the beginning of the school year we shall send a permission letter to all parents for you to give permission to allow your child/ren to go on these local visits. For any visits that are further away from school we will send further information and require a permission slip to be completed. For overnight residential field trips, the Local Authority remission policy enables parents of children on free school meals or in receipt of Income Support to claim remission for the board and lodgings element of the visit. Further details are available from school. COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE If you wish to discuss the curriculum documents you may do so by making an appointment with the Headteacher. If there are any complaints with regard to the curriculum and related matters these should be addressed in the first instance to the Headteacher. Alternatively, information detailing the full complaints procedure can be obtained from the Directorate of Educational Services, Doncaster Council Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU .
The information contained in this prospectus applies to pupils to be admitted to the school during the 2014-2015 school year and was correct at the time of printing on 22nd May 2014. Changes to this document may be made at any time throughout the year.