St Luke’s Church of England School 2013/2014 Parents Handbook
Mrs Liz Mortimer School Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7435 5604 St Luke’s Church of England School, 12 Kidderpore Avenue, London. NW3 7SU
Mrs Gill Hunt www.stlukesschool.org.uk Head Teacher All enquiries should be made to the school administrator and all mail should be sent to the school address. Please note that email, post and phones are checked during school holidays email@example.com but it may take a few days before we are able to respond. St Luke’s Church of England School is a company limited by guarantee (No. 7451568). Registered in England with registered office address 36 Causton Street, London, SW1P 4AU. St Luke’s Church of England School is a member of the LDBS family of schools. 020 at7435 5604 Mrs Penny Roberts
Welcome to St Luke’s Church of England School! Welcome from the Headteacher
Dear Parent Welcome to St Luke's School. We hope that this handbook will be useful and provide you with all the information you need to help you prepare for the “big day”! If one of your questions is not answered in the handbook, please phone the School Office or ask at our Welcome Morning in July. St Luke’s School was the first Church of England free school in the country, opening in September 2011 to help meet a local shortage of primary school places. For this reason, children are admitted to the school by geography, so St Luke’s School is fully inclusive, welcoming families of all faiths and none. We are thrilled to be over six times oversubscribed for September 2013. Our vision is to develop an excellent school for the local community where the Christian values of faith, hope and love are evident in everything that happens. Through nurturing our children, both academically and spiritually, we aim to provide them with secure foundations for life, so that they leave St Luke’s with an excellent all round education and a love of learning. As Headteacher, I feel privileged to be leading this new school and to be working with such a motivated and talented group of staff and governors. We are very fortunate to have supportive and engaged parents who play an important role in decision making, as we look to continually develop our school. This is an exciting time for St Luke’s School! We are delighted that you are now part of our story. Gill Hunt Headteacher St Luke’s Church of England School
St Luke’s School, and its short history, is unique! It opened in September 2011 as the first Church of England Free School in the country. In 2010 there was a severe shortage of primary school places in the London Borough of Camden and the North West of the borough, where St Luke’s Church is located, was a particular pinch point. In Spring 2010 the Department of Education set out how local groups could serve their communities by setting up new state funded independent schools where there was a proven need. A local group from St Luke’s Church coordinated an application to convert the extensive church halls to set up a new school to serve the local community. A whirlwind of activity took the group from making its application in July 2010 through to being announced as one of just 16 successful proposals nationally in September 2010 through to signing a funding agreement in April 2011. Building work started in May 2011 and opened the doors to the first Reception class in September 2011. The project was a partnership between St Luke’s Church and the local supporters group, who ultimately formed the core of the first Governing Body. The London Diocesan Board for Schools provided a range of support including project management, are still involved through representation on the governing body and through the provision of school support and advisory services. On 9th September 2012 the school was officially opened by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres. The official opening was marked by a service and reception attended by a large cross section of the local community, including parents, pupils and churchgoers from St Luke’s. At the service, the Bishop of London stated “St Luke’s School is an illustration of the historic purpose of Church of England schools to serve the whole community. Church members who have contributed hours of voluntary effort to set up the first free school in the Diocese, have done so in the knowledge that none of their own children will be eligible to attend because of the strict admissions criterion which is based solely on how far children live from the school. This excellent school is a contribution to provision in the borough of Camden which is currently over 150 places short for children of reception class age. I found my visit inspiring.” Background to St Luke’s Church St Luke’s Church is a community-focused Church serving a local congregation and with a heart for local families. For many years the Church has run youth clubs, children’s after-school activities, pre-school drop-in and support groups for parents and carers. These activities have always been open for nonChurch members and Church members alike and it is this vision and heart for the whole local community which has inspired our own vision for St Luke’s School. As well as providing an army of volunteers who helped in so many ways, the Church allowed us to take over their extensive halls and then extended us endless patience while the halls were being converted into our school. The original vision for St Luke’s School as a Christian school for the whole community is closely tied to the vision and ethos of the Church.
Welcome to St Luke’s Church of England School!
St Luke’s School Vision, Aims & Ethos Secure Foundations Excellent Practice Faith, Hope, Love
St Luke’s Church of England School is a Christian school for the whole community. We aim to serve local children, parents and the community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. Our Collective Worship follows Christian practices and we identify Christian perspectives where appropriate in the curriculum. If a parent wishes to exercise their legal right to withdraw their child from Collective Worship we will of course respect that decision, but would note that our ethos is central to all that happens at school. We advise any parent who has a concern in this area to discuss the matter with the Headteacher. We aim • to create a caring and supportive environment where children are encouraged to persevere and to learn from their mistakes • to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which is responsive to individual needs, based on, but not limited by, the National Curriculum • to provide an excellent grounding in reading, writing and numeracy so that all children are able to apply their skills across the curriculum and in everyday life • to promote a distinctively Christian ethos • to root the school in the local community • to inspire each and every pupil with a love of learning.
Our central concern is the education of the whole child. This stems from the Christian belief that all people are made in God’s image so all are equally worthy of care and all have a valuable contribution to make to the school and wider community. From this belief also comes a determination to meet the individual learning, social, emotional and spiritual needs of each child, through the small size of the school and the use of small teaching groups. Careful assessment of children’s skills and abilities when they join the school and continual monitoring of progress help us to plan appropriate work for children and to identify and plan for children with Special Educational Needs. Our vision is for an education of the highest quality, achieving good academic outcomes for pupils and producing well-rounded individuals who combine a care for others with a love for learning and an appreciation of the importance of spiritual and physical well-being. We base our policies and procedures on our core values of “secure foundations - excellent practice faith, hope and love”. This strap line was devised by Governors and staff in the first year of opening and underpins all the decisions we make at St Luke’s School.
Welcome to St Lukeâ€™s Church of England School! School Organisation St Lukeâ€™s School opened in September 2011 with a Reception class of 15 boys and girls. It will grow gradually; each year another 15 children will join the Reception class. By the time the school reaches its capacity it will be a small community accommodating 105 children aged 4-11 i.e. from Reception to Year 6. Remaining small will allow for each child to be known as an individual. When full, the school will be arranged into four classes.
Class Reception class Year 1 & 2 Year 3 & 4 Year 5 & 6
Size 15 children 30 children 30 children 30 children
There is a two-year curriculum to ensure that children do not repeat topics. We use the flexibility that a small school offers to work across year groups, key stages and even across the whole school as opportunities arise. Where possible, the curriculum will be arranged so that children have focused time in smaller groups for literacy and numeracy lessons.
Staff 1 teacher & 1 teaching assistant 1 teacher & 1 teaching assistant 1 teacher & 1 teaching assistant 1 teacher & 1 teaching assistant
The School Day Arriving at School Children can arrive at school anytime between 8:50am, when the school opens, and 9am at the formal start of the school day. We encourage parents to spend this 10 minutes sharing a book with their child. However, please note that children are not the responsibility of the school until 9am so parents should make sure that children are supervised until this time. Please do ensure your child is in school by registration at 9am. A focused start to each day is vital in order that your child does not miss their welcome and the introduction to the day’s learning. Your child will be marked late if he/she arrives after the register closes. If your child is unwell and so cannot attend school, please telephone the school before 9am to let us know. The School Day Time
The school day begins
Lunchtime (children and staff eat together before their lunchtime play)
The school day ends
After-school activities (please see “ Extra-Curricular Activities”)
Snacks All children have a fruit snack break in the morning and children under 5 years receive free school milk. Once your child is 5 you can order milk through the school. Collecting Your Child at the end of the Day Please collect your child promptly at 3.30pm. When your child starts at St Luke’s School we will ask you to tell us who will collect them from school each day. We will only let children go with the person or people you have told us about, so if your arrangements change it is essential you write this in our contact book in the Office. Please note if we have not had any contact from you after one hour from the end of the school day/after school club, we are required to contact Social Services. Attendance For children to progress as well as they are able, they need to come to school every day, unless they are ill. Please do not take your child out of school during term time for a holiday or for any other reason and, as far as possible, any medical or other appointments should be arranged after school hours. It is a legal requirement that parents make sure their children attend school.
Extra Curricular Activities 2012-13
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
4-5.30pm 4-5pm 3.45-4.45pm 4-5pm 3.45-4.45pm
Art Club - collect 5.30 Hampstead School of Art Music Club – collect SLS 4.45pm KS1 Sports Club – collect SLS 4.45pm Adventurers Church Club – collect Church Hall 5pm KS1 Tennis Club – collect West Heath Tennis Club 4.30pm Reception Sports Club - collect SLS 4.45pm
St Luke’s School staff look after the children until the after school club begins. If your child is staying to an after school club please provide a small snack for them to eat after school.
Term Dates 2013 - 2014 Autumn Term 2013 Term Starts
Wednesday 4 September
Friday 25 October
Monday 28 October
Friday 1 November
Tuesday 5 November
Friday 20 December School ends 1.30pm
Spring Term 2014 Term Starts
Tuesday 7 January
Friday 14 February
Monday 17 February
Friday 21 February
Monday 24 February
Friday 4 April School ends 1.30pm
Summer Term 2014 Term Starts
Tuesday 22 April
Friday 23 May
Monday 26 May
Friday 30 May
Tuesday 3 June
Tuesday 22 July School ends 1.30pm
Bank Holidays 2014 Good Friday 18 April Easter Monday 21 April May Day Monday 5 May Spring Bank Holiday Monday 26 May
Inset Days 2013/2014 (school closed to pupils) Monday 2 September Tuesday 3 September Monday 4 November Monday 6 January Monday 2 June
All family holidays should be taken during the school holidays. Only in exceptional circumstances will applications for in-term absences be considered. Applications should be made to the Headteacher, in writing, at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Please see the Attendance and Punctuality Policy.
Parent Partnership Starting School for the First Time Starting school is a very important time for you, your child and the school. We all need to work together to make the transition smooth and rewarding. Mrs Patel and Mrs O’Rourke are your child's key workers in Reception – you should always speak to one of them if you have any worries or concerns about your child. We have a comprehensive transition process to ensure you and your child’s start at St Luke's School is the best it can be. June - Letter of welcome with invitation to our transition events. July - Reception Welcome Morning – opportunity for children and parents to “play” in their classroom and meet the EYFS staff, presentation to parents about preparing for school and settling in routines. - Pre-school Transitions Meeting – opportunity for staff to meet with pre-school leaders to ensure we are ready to meet your child’s needs. September - Home Visits - opportunity to meet children in own environment, for parents to speak confidentially with keyworkers and for staff to support parents in completing medical forms. - Drop In mornings – opportunity for children and parents to drop in to class to become more familiar with classroom environment. - Staggered intake – children start school in small groups over 3 week period mornings only, ensuring children and staff get to know each other in a safe and nurturing environment and opportunity to start Baseline Assessments. - Reception Meetings –informative and social events for parents to familiarise themselves with the EYFS curriculum, with talks from key members of the school community.
Whatever age your child is, communication is the key to success
Please do speak to someone in school straight away if you have any queries or concerns (see page 18 for home-school communication). If you feel you need a little extra support, Ms Martin is our Parent Mentor . Her role is to support you in order that you can best support your own children’s learning, sense of well-being and enjoyment of school.
The following websites will also help if you feel you need some advice with parenting. www.calmerparenting.co.uk www.canparent.org.uk www.camden.gov.uk/play www.familiesandschools.org/international.php
Early Years Foundation Stage - Reception class In developing our curriculum we aim to provide pupils with the highest quality education, combining academic achievement with personal development so that children are well rounded individuals who combine a care for others with a love of learning. The Early Years Curriculum is grounded in active and fun learning. Through practical activities, purposeful play and talk, children develop an understanding of the world and the basic concepts they will need for their later learning. The Early Years curriculum comprises: Communication and language We will be learning to ask and answer questions, talk confidently to each other and to adults and listen, join in, enjoy stories, songs and music. lopment Physical deve r bodies ning about ou W e will be lear W e will . ok after them and how to lo control ith safely and w learn to move fferent di g tion, and usin and coordina equipment.
Literacy W e will learn sounds and letters and be gin to read an d write, using lots of differ ent types of book s, poems et c.
Understanding th e world We will be finding out about ourselv es, where we live, different mater ials, seeds, growing , and living things. W e will go on trips and meet vis ito rs. We will be making obse rvations and pre dictions and building large an d small models. W e will be developing ICT sk ills that we can us e in all kinds of learning across the curriculum.
Personal, so cial and emo tional development W e will be lear ning about relationships and how to le arn and play together, developing ou r confidence, sh aring, negotia ting, being independ ent, respectin g each other, and mak ing friends.
Mathematics We will be learning about numbers, patterns, shapes, mathematical words, problem solving, sorting and measuring.
Design e Art and Expressiv le play, arning to ro le e b ill w We ur ries, use o act out sto raw, d d n , paint a n tio a in g a im sing. dance and
A lot of what happens in the Reception classroom might look like play. All the evidence indicates that carefully planned play-based and creative activities provide the best environment for young children to explore and make sense of the world. Through activities like weighing, measuring, listening, singing and experimenting, children are learning all the time and laying the best possible foundations for their future. As parents, you play a major role in fostering good attitudes for learning, developing good language skills and promoting good behaviour.
The National Curriculum – Key Stage 1 The National Curriculum sets out the essential skills and knowledge that all children should acquire. At St Luke’s C of E School we have the freedom to decide how to teach this most effectively and to design a wider school curriculum that best meets the needs of our pupils. Where possible we aim to promote a creative, cross curricular approach to the curriculum, so that learning is relevant and children are able to make connections between subjects. The subjects taught in our KS1 class are: • • • • • • • • • • • •
English (Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing) Mathematics Science Information Technology Religious Education* Geography History Music Physical Education Art Design and Technology Spanish
*Religious Education is taught in accordance with procedures and guideline as set out in the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education Agreed Syllabus. It is through this syllabus that children are introduced to the Bible and Christian festivals. The children also learn about the other main religions of the world.
Reading and Phonics at St Luke’s
There is a heavy emphasis on learning to read because good reading skills are the key to so much else. At St Luke’s we use “Letters and Sounds” and “Jolly Phonics” to deliver a systematic approach to teaching phonics. The children have a daily phonics session, they learn different sounds in school each week and if appropriate will practise these at home as part of the reading partnership. The children will be given a book from out reading schemes, which will give opportunities to practise their phonic skills. Our reading books are “banded” and include fiction and non fiction texts to ensure the children have access to a full range of appropriately differentiated texts.
Helping Your Child to Learn at Home At St Luke’s we believe that achieving success is a partnership between school and home. Activities that children do at home can be a valuable way to reinforce and extend learning that takes place at school. You can support your child by finding the time to be actively involved with them to show that you value home learning activities. Establishing a clear routine is important so that activities are done each day and ideally in a quiet place. In the early years of school it is essential to foster a positive attitude towards homework. If your child does not enjoy doing the activities they are given, or if it is difficult for you to establish a positive routine, please make an appointment to speak to the teacher.
Reading books together Use the front cover to discuss what the book might be about Use pictures as clues to help predict what might happen next Use phonics to sound out words At the end, discuss what the story was about Practise recognising high frequency words on sight. Children will take home a folder of these words to learn We will give you a “Helping Your Child to Read” booklet at the Reception Evening. Spare copies are available from Reception
Home activities and Maths games Please try to find opportunities to play games with your child. Simple board games are great for mathematical language, simple addition and taking away, for turn taking and for enjoying learning with your child. Don’t forget to read the “Helping Your Child with Numeracy” booklet. Every Friday the children will have a home activity linked to topics we have been doing in class, or something we will be doing. .
Behaviour & Discipline Our aims are: • To teach children a set of skills and strategies to deal with challenging situations and which will support them into secondary school and beyond into adult life • To teach values and attitudes as well as knowledge and skills through the school curriculum, extended provision and Acts of Worship • To promote actively responsible behaviour, encourage self-discipline and encourage in children a respect for themselves, for other people, for property and for the school as a whole. You can read our Behaviour, Bullying, Safeguarding and Equalities policies on our website or at the School Office.
“At St Luke’s we want to create a supportive environment where all children can learn and develop. We want to ensure all members of the school community treat others with utmost respect and care, a continual message within Jesus’ teaching. Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets are all about – Luke 6:31.” extract from SLS Behaviour Policy. We believe that: • It is important to have an environment that is both nurturing and disciplined • In order to have justice for all we need to set clear, consistent boundaries • There is an important place for forgiveness and a fresh start • Discipline must take place in an environment of trust and respect and out of the concern for the individual and the community • Expectations for positive behaviour and attitudes apply equally to adults as to children, as adults we need to set an example as good role models • Any kind of discrimination or bullying is always unacceptable • Children should always feel and be safe.
Our Golden Rules
“Treat others as you want them to treat you”. We care for each other We try our best We listen to each other We are honest We look after our school
Welcome to St Luke’s Church of England School! Food & Drink
Lunch As a small school community, meal times provide an important opportunity to reinforce our ethos and for the whole community to share a meal together. We know too that the food that children eat makes a real difference to their ability to concentrate and learn. For these reasons we have prioritised providing healthy, nutritious meals, prepared on-site by our school cook. She caters for a wide range of allergies. Please let us know if your child is effected. We have a three week menu cycle which changes each term. You do not have to order the meal - the children will have a choice of a meat/fish dish or a vegetarian dish. Salad, freshly baked bread, jacket potato, yoghurt and fresh fruit are available every day. Termly menus are available on the Caterlink website. Parents will be charged for school lunches and the price is the same as for Camden state schools - £2.10/per day. We really hope you will support our aim for all the children to “share” the midday meal. If you claim particular government benefits your child may be entitled to free school meals, free milk and free fruit snacks during the day. Please check our “Pupil Premium” page.
St Luke’s is a Healthy Eating School We have a healthy eating policy and we do not allow any nuts on the school site at any time. Snacks Children have ready access to water throughout the day. Each day, children will have a drink of milk during the morning. In the morning and in the afternoon children will also have a fruit snack, for which we will ask a small contribution.
Birthdays If it is your child’s birthday and they would like to bring something to school to celebrate, feel free to send in a treat for the class, but please make sure it does not contain nuts. Please send ready sliced or individual cup cakes.
Pupil Premium In 2011-12 the Government launched its Pupil Premium funding. This money is sent to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, it has been expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years. This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially. In 2011-12 the school did not receive any Pupil Premium funding. In 2012-13 we received £1,200 of Pupil Premium Funding. As well as funding the school meal each day, we have used this money to help provide the following initiatives:-
To support parents in order that they can support their own £10 children’s learning, sense of well-being and enjoyment of school.
Daily fruit snack and milk
To aid inclusion and support the child's health and wellbeing.
Funding places on school trips
To enhance the curriculum, ensure the children are able to £25 participate and to give children the opportunity to experience new activities.
Appropriate interventions by Inclusion Teacher
To support individual children through targeted intervention to vulnerable groups.
Printing and translating newsletters, homework etc. for those parents who do not have access to the internet/EAL.
To aid inclusion and provide a nutritious, balanced meal.
Children are eligible to receive free school meals (FSM) if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits: • Income Support • Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. If your child does not have Free School Meals, but you think you may be eligible, please contact Mrs Mortimer in the office (in confidence). Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.
Welcome to St Luke’s Church of England School! Health and Safety Walking to School We do encourage all our families to walk to school as a daily routine. Walking is one of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle and set good habits. It is also a wonderful opportunity to talk with your child and it is, of course, good for the environment. Allergies and On-Going Health Issues When your child joins St Luke’s School we will ask you to tell us if your child has any allergies or ongoing medical conditions. Please let us know if this information changes at any time. Parents are responsible for ensuring inhalers and epipens are up to date. Infectious Diseases If your child has any infectious disease (e.g. rubella, conjunctivitis, head lice, impetigo, measles, mumps or ringworm) you should alert the school office immediately. You should keep your child away from school until they are well again and no longer infectious. The table gives minimum guidelines.
Illness or accidents during the day There will always be at least one member of staff at school with a Paediatric First Aid qualification. We have clear procedures to follow If your child becomes ill during the day or has an accident. If your child is well enough to remain at school we will still tell you at the end of the day what has happened. If your child is not well enough to remain at school we will contact you during the day and ask you to collect them. When your child joins St Luke’s School we will ask for your contact information and the information about someone else who could collect your child if you were unavailable. Please let us know if your contact details change at any time. If there is an emergency we will phone for an ambulance.
Guideline Return to school after 48 hours clear of symptoms
Diarrhoea Head lice Conjunctivitis
Return to school after 48 hours clear of symptoms Treat the whole family and then return to school Treat on medical advice and return to school after 24 hours clear of symptoms
Return to school when all the blisters have fully crusted over, usually 5-7 days after the first blisters
Clearly labelled pumps and spacers can be stored at school. These will always be taken on school trips.
Return to school when symptoms have completely cleared.
Attendance – Please read Attendance information on page 7.
Home-School Communication Communication between home and school is crucial. It is part of our Christian foundation that we aim to develop and nurture strong relationships within the school community. We hope that many of the day-today problems and concerns that will inevitably arise can be resolved quickly and simply through early communication and open honest discussion. We always welcome suggestions for how to improve our school. Communication happens at St Luke’s School in a range of ways: If you have a concern that you want to discuss with staff If you do find that you have a concern about some aspect of school life, we would like you to tell us about it, so that we can talk with you and try to seek a resolution. Your first port of call is your child’s class teacher. The start of the school day is usually a busy time and the teacher will be settling the class for the day ahead. She probably won’t be able to speak to you immediately but will ask you to make an appointment. If your concern persists, you can also make an appointment, through the school office, to see the headteacher. The school does have a system of formal complaints and you are welcome to read the policy available at the school office, but this informal procedure is usually the quickest and most effective way to resolve concerns. If you have important information for the teacher In the morning there may be something you need to tell the teacher e.g. if your child is going to be collected by a different adult from usual. It is helpful for the school to have a written record of matters like this. The teacher will be busy and if there are several messages, she may not remember them all. Parents are asked to write any such messages in the day book in the school office, which will be read as soon as the children have settled and are engaged in activities.
Home-School Agreement When your child starts at St Luke’s School we will ask you to sign a home-school agreement. One of the things this spells out is the ways that we have agreed to communicate with parents and the ways that we hope you will communicate with us.
Texts There may be occasions where we want to confirm some information or pass on an urgent message and we may do this in a text message. Newsletter There is a weekly newsletter containing information on current and future events, dates for your diary and other items of interest. We ask parents to download this from the website every Friday.
Website The school website contains lots of information about the school, including a News and Events page. You can also access some of our school policies. We try to update the content regularly. Parents’ Evenings In the Autumn Term and Spring Term you will be invited to school to look at your child’s work and meet the teacher to discuss your child’s progress. In the Summer Term you will receive a written report summarising their progress over the year.
School Uniform All pupils wear school uniform to help maintain a strong sense of identity and belonging. Our uniform is smart but deliberately simple to avoid unnecessary expense. Please help us by sending your child to school each day wearing correct school uniform which is clearly named. Some items have a school logo embroidered onto them and those items are marked *. They are manufactured for us by Marks and Spencer. They are available on-line from
www.mandsyourschooluniform.com Items without a logo can also be ordered on this website, along with accessories. If you prefer, you can purchase items without a logo from several high street shops. If you are in receipt of certain government benefits we may be able to help you with school uniform costs. Ask at the school office for details.
Uniform List Winter Royal blue logo sweatshirt* Royal blue logo cardigan (available soon)* White logo polo shirt * Grey trousers â€“ no jeans please Grey skirt or pinafore Grey opaque tights White or grey socks Sensible black shoes Summer Royal blue logo sweatshirt* Royal blue logo cardigan* White logo polo shirt * Grey trousers â€“ no jeans please Grey shorts Pale blue gingham dress Grey skirt or pinafore Grey opaque tights White or grey socks Sensible black shoes PE Kit Pale blue logo T shirt* Navy blue logo sweatshirt* Navy shorts (Summer) Navy joggers (Winter) Black plimsolls or lightweight trainers Navy blue logo PE bag* Royal blue logo book bag*
Health and Safety As a matter of health and safety, long hair should be tied back (school colours) and no jewellery should be worn, with the exception of small stud earrings (no hoops) which have to be removed for Physical Education or covered with an elastoplast.
St Luke’s School Staff Mrs G Hunt Head Teacher Mrs Hunt has more than 16 years’ experience as a primary school teacher and has held a variety of leadership roles in the past 10 years in another London Church of England school. Mrs Hunt is committed to developing the whole child within the Christian ethos and ensuring that all children receive an excellent all round education.
Mrs A Patel Senior Class Teacher
Mrs K O’Rourke Class Teacher
Mrs Patel is a very experienced Early Years and Key Stage 1 teacher. She has held several teaching posts, but has spent the last 13 years in another C of E school in the London diocese, where she most recently led the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Mrs O’Rourke qualified as a teacher in 2002 and has worked in Australia and London. Her passion and experience is in Early Years Education and she is a firm believer in the value of learning through play in the Early Years.
Mrs Patel teaches the Reception class on a part-time basis alongside Mrs O’Rourke.
She teaches the Reception class on a part-time basis alongside Mrs Patel.
Mrs J Galton Inclusion Teacher
Mrs Galton qualified as a teacher in 1993 and has experience teaching in both main stream and special school settings. She is a specialist in teaching children with a range of additional learning needs.
Miss C Milne Class Teacher
Miss Milne has always enjoyed working with children. Her first degree was in Childhood, Culture and Education before training to be a teacher specialising in Early Years and KS1 teaching. She teaches our Key Stage 1 class on a fulltime basis.
St Luke’s School Staff Mrs G Cawthorne Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Cawthorne is an experienced full-time HLTA in Key Stage 1. Prior to joining the team at St Luke’s she worked in another LDBS school, where she supported children’s learning in both key stages. Mrs Cawthorne is the staff governor where she leads on Health and Safety.
Mrs J Gibson Business Manager Mrs Gibson has many years experience as a school Bursar and Business Manager. She has worked both in a main stream school and most recently has been involved in setting up a brand new school.
Miss Lea-Anne Bavage School Cook Miss Bavage has worked in school catering for 4 years. She enjoys working in a small community where she can get to know the children.
Ms J Martin Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Ms Martin is a full-time HLTA in Reception class. Prior to joining the team at St Luke’s she worked for twelve years as a teaching assistant in a local school. She has worked with all age groups and is a trained paediatric first-aider. She is also our Parent Partner.
Ms K Price SEN 1:1 TA Ms Price is an experienced early years practitioner. She has worked in the EYFS for 12 years and was manager and special needs co-ordinator in a local pre-school.
Mr H Benitez Caretaker Mr Benitez has worked in local schools for several years. He has a multitude of practical skills that will be invaluable as the school settles into its new building, as our part-time caretaker.
Mrs E Mortimer Administrator Mrs Mortimer has worked in administration for nearly 30 years, both in the UK and overseas, for a variety of companies including a large industrial conglomerate, an auction house and a bible college.
St Luke’s School Governors
Penny Roberts Chair of Governors
Adrian Barrett Vice Chair of Governors
Ian Mackie MBE
Jana Mercereau Chair of Resources Committee
Rev. Alistair Tresidder Vicar of St Luke’s Church
Being a St Luke’s School Governor The Governing Body Before St Luke’s Church of England School was established, its founders agreed with the DfE how the school should operate and who can be on the Governing Body. The agreement stipulates that the governing body of St Luke’s School is made up of: • 7 Community Governors nominated by St Luke’s Church PCC, to include St Luke’s Church Vicar • 2 Parent Governors elected by parents with children attending St Luke’s School • The Headteacher • 1 Staff Governor elected by the teaching and non-teaching staff • 1 LDBS (London Diocesan Board for Schools) nominee Governors are appointed for a four-year term. The role of Governors Governors at St Luke’s School: • Support the vision of the school as a Christian school for the whole community, and its core values of faith, hope and love • Provide strategic leadership that enables the school to fulfil its vision • Are responsible and accountable for major decisions affecting the school • Build capacity for on-going school improvement • Celebrate achievement and ask challenging questions as a critical friend to the school • Fulfil statutory duties How to apply We currently have two parent governors but we will let all parents know if a vacancy arises through our newsletter and a personal letter to parents from the Chair of Governors. If more than two parents would like to stand, we would hold an election. Our current parent governors are: Mrs Tanya Berridge-Burley Mr Assaf Lenon For further details contact our governor with special responsibility for new governors, Mr Philip Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Minutes of the full Governing Body are available from the school office. Full governing body meetings in the academic year 2012-13 are 24th September and 6th December 2012, 4th March and 24th June 2013.