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School Information

Telephone No:

Oaklands Drive Penwortham PRESTON PR1 0RH 01772 744449


01772 750605



School Website Address: Ofsted Report:

Ofsted dashboard website:

Pupils on Roll:


Type and Age Range:

Community Primary School, 4 – 11 years


Mrs Sarah Foster

Chair of Governors:

Mr Mike Walker

School Hours:

Morning Afternoon

Local Education Office:

Louise Taylor Executive Director of Children’s Services Lancashire County Council County Hall PRESTON PR1 8RJ


01772 534868

09:00 to 12:05 or 12:20 13:05 or 13:20 to 15:30

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Our Vision At Whitefield, we help our school community to be the best they can be, striving for academic excellence within our safe, happy and positive environment. We enable self belief, care and respect for all; learning together to be proud of every achievement reached.

About Our School We are a large, popular, friendly and successful primary school located in Penwortham, south of the River Ribble in the City of Preston. We have a large staff team consisting of full time teachers, part time teachers support staff, an administration team and premises staff, who all work closely together for the benefit of the children. We firmly believe that we must provide an environment that not only seeks to develop children to their full potential but is also one in which children feel cared for and secure. If children are not happy then they are unlikely to achieve success. We have well-maintained and modern premises. The main building consists of 14 class bases, assembly hall/dining room, group teaching room, library, staffroom, administration office, business office, headteacher’s office and a community meeting room/coffee lounge. The Oak Building houses 2 classroom bases, wet play and role-play areas. There is a secure outdoor play area for reception aged children which has a soft play surface, we also have 3 additional playgrounds, adventure trail, a wildlife area and extensive playing fields.

The School Community Our school community is made up of children, parents, carers, teachers, support staff and governors. Everyone has their part to play and this brings with it certain responsibilities. Children  Come to school with their parents/carers and friends.  Always try their best in everything they do.  Are to be independent in managing their own possessions.  Understand and follow the school rules.  Follow the class routines. Handbooks/Admission to School/booklet 2013-14


Parents/Carers  Bring their child to school and collect them on time.  Ensure that their child attends school.  Support their child by hearing them read and encouraging them to complete any tasks that their teachers ask them to do at home.  Keep the school informed of any concerns they may have about their child’s welfare.

Teachers  Provide the highest quality of education and care at all times.  Take responsibility for the children between 08:50 hrs and 15:30 hrs.  Work closely with parents.  To take part in on going professional development to ensure that they are enabled to contribute to the school’s continuing improvement programme. Support Staff  Teaching Assistants support individuals or groups of children within the class setting  Administration support for Headteacher and Classteachers  Ensuring the building and premises are kept clean and tidy for essential learning. Governors  Support and assist the Headteacher in the strategic direction of the school. The staffing structure and governor appointments can be found at the back of the prospectus.

School Governors Under the 1988 Education Reform Act the governors take an important role in the running of the school. Decisions on issues, which have been taken by the LEA at County Hall in the past, have largely been handed over to local school governors. Our governors have responsibility for the content of the curriculum, the appointment of staff and control of the school finances. The governing body has many statutory committees, but the two committees which oversee the running of the school are divided into the Resources Committee and School Standards and Effectiveness Committee. All committees meet a minimum of once a term. The headteacher reports regularly to each committee, which in turn report to the full governing body.


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Complaints If you have a problem concerning your child, please make an appointment to see the classteacher at the earliest opportunity. The teacher concerned can deal with most problems informally. The headteacher will normally refer parents to the classteacher if approached in the first instance. The deputy headteacher may become involved if the matter is not easily resolved. Problems will be referred to the headteacher when standard procedures have not been effective in resolving the issue. If the above procedures prove unsuccessful a formal complaint may be made to the chair of governors c/o the school.

Class Organisation Our published admission number each year is 60. Each year group is divided into two teaching groups/classes. These are grouped into key stages (See Curriculum). We have 1 mixed age class. The school has capacity for 420 pupils.

School Session Times School will be open from 08.50 each day. School sessions start at 09.00 School finishes at 15:30. We ask that parents arrive promptly to collect and deliver their child.

School Terms Under the 1986 Education Act children are required to be in school for 190 days each academic year. These are divided up into three terms:  Autumn Term - September – December  Spring Term - January - March  Summer Term - April – July

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During each term there is a half term break of one week or 2 weeks. Teachers are in school for a further five days for professional training (Inset days). Term dates for the current year are available on the school’s website at

Starting School Children are admitted to school at the beginning of the academic year in which they become five. It is quite usual for a reception class to contain some children who became five just as they started school and some children who will not be five until they are almost ready to leave the reception year. This inevitably means that there will be a difference in the stage of development that each child has reached. This is taken into account by the reception class teacher in their planning/teaching. Admissions The Pupil Access Team at Lancashire County Council are responsible for the admission arrangements for all children in the authority. All children are admitted in the academic year of their fifth birthday.

The admissions procedure for county maintained schools is clearly explained in the ‘Information for Parents’ booklet that is published each autumn by the Local Authority. Preparation for School Prior to your child starting school with us, they will have the opportunity to take part in our induction programme. Non Routine Admission to School From September 2010 the Local Authority will co-ordinate all in year admissions, this will include new to area pupils and those moving or requesting a change of school within Lancashire.

Your Child’s Learning High expectations, high achievements The broad and balanced curriculum will stimulate your child to acquire knowledge and develop individual skills.

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Children’s achievements are celebrated and everyone enjoys success and praise regularly during their time in school. We encourage children to become independent and confident in both their work and social development. The children are taught by their own Classteacher in mixed ability classes with children of approximately the same age. There are two classes per year group which take up to 30 children, with the exception of 1 mixed age class for year 3/4 (Sept 2013). The staffing complement for each class throughout the school is a fully qualified teacher. Currently we have twelve trained teaching assistants who work throughout the school. Every classroom is fully furnished and equipped with quality learning resources. The Classteacher will get to know your child very well and will be pleased to involve you in their life at school. Children make progress at their own rates and in their own ways. It is important to value them as individuals and to provide learning opportunities that will build on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. The curriculum is broad and balanced and provides for the academic, moral, physical, creative and personal and social development of every child. In our schools today we recognise that learning consists of:    

Acquiring knowledge Understanding ideas Perfecting skills Developing positive attitudes

In order for this to take place the children must:     

Become involved with things that interest them Be active in their learning Be encouraged to work with each other Make progress and be challenged in each area of learning Be encouraged to think and act for themselves and become independent

The National Curriculum programmes of study are divided into Key Stages. Foundation Stage is Reception Year (4 to 5 year olds) Key Stage 1 is Years 1 and 2 (5 to 7 year olds) Key Stage 2 is Years 3 to 6 (7 to 11 year olds)

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The four specific areas are:  Literacy  Mathematics  Understanding of the world  Expressive arts and design This provides the foundation upon which all other learning is based and at the end of the year we will report as to whether your child is emerging, expected or exceeding in each one. As children move from reception into year 1 and until they leave us at the end of year 6 we follow the National Curriculum, and our Whitefield curriculum. Further information about the detailed content of the curriculum can be obtained from the DFES website Key Stage One and Key Stage Two The key subjects covered are:  English (Literacy)  Maths (Numeracy)  Science  Information and Communication Technology (ICT)  Art  History  Geography  Design Technology  PE  Music  French  Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)  RE Many of these are taught through cross-curricular approaches. Personal, Social and Health Education We believe that there are many areas of knowledge and understanding that lie outside traditional subjects. In particular, the personal and social development of children is an area which has become an increasingly important part of children’s education. In order to allow individuals, friendship groups and classes to react to, and cope with the pressures of the world around them we allow time for talk, discussion and reflection so that everyone knows that they are important and that their opinions are valued. We base our PSHCE programme on the SEAL materials (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) produced by the DfE. The whole school focuses on one particular aspect at the same time. In addition to this we also cover programmes of study relating to drugs education, safety, including road safety and sex and relationship education (see below) as part of our PSHCE programme. Circle Time allows children to participate as partners in the process of developing responsibility for their own behaviour and learning. It aims to encourage the development of self-esteem, interpersonal skills and strengthen relationships, whilst at the same time allowing all involved to have fun together. This forms an integral Handbooks/Admission to School/booklet 2013-14


part of our discipline policy and pastoral support for the children. Religious Education Religious Education must be provided in the school under the terms of the 1944 Education Act and the 1988 Education Reform Act. The Lancashire County Council Agreed Syllabus lays down broad guidelines within which the school is able to plan its own scheme of work. Assembly is an important part of the school day when we meet together as a community. It is a time when we place emphasis on the development of values and attitudes towards each other and the world around us. Assemblies are nondenominational and although they are of a broadly Christian nature due consideration is given to the multicultural society in which we live. Within Religious Education lessons, teaching takes account of the church calendar, well known stories from the Bible and the study of a variety of different faiths and cultures including Judaism and Islam, in accordance with the Lancashire County Council’s Scheme. Parents may ask that their child is withdrawn from religious assemblies and religious education lessons and such requests should be made in writing. Sex and Relationship Education Our school governors are responsible for the nature of sex and relationship education within the school. The subject of sexual development is handled sensitively as children progress through the school, particularly in Years 5 and 6. We offer our parents the opportunity to view the materials used prior to children seeing them and to discuss related issues with members of staff. The school’s Sex Education Policy is available for parents to view on the school website, or you may request a copy in writing from the school office.

Teaching Methods We use a wide variety of teaching methods according to the needs of the children and the nature of the activity. They include whole class, small group and individual teaching. Children will sometimes be grouped according to ability and experience, especially in the core subjects, literacy, numeracy and science. The groups may be different according to the task and will be flexible to reflect individual strengths.

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part of the Assessment for Learning process children are also encouraged to evaluate their own learning and possibly that of their peers. In addition to this daily / ongoing assessment, which is used to inform teachers’ planning to ensure that work is matched to children’s ability, there are structured termly and annual assessments which are used to track each child’s progress. This enables us to identify children who may need some additional support to help them achieve their potential and those who may need additional challenge. In reception, children are assessed against the seven areas of learning and a teacher assessed judgement is made at the end of the year as to whether your child is emerging, expected or exceeding in each area of learning. In the summer term of years 2 and 6, the children take part in the statutorily required Standard Assessment Tests. In Year 2 the tests and tasks are used to support teacher assessment in reading, writing, mathematics and science. In Year 6 the children sit more formal tests in reading, grammar and maths. Writing is assessed through teacher assessment. At the end of each academic year you will receive your child’s progress report. In Years 2 and 6 the report includes your child’s assessment results.

Homework Homework is set across the school. In setting homework we aim to:       

Promote positive attitudes to work and school Raise achievement of all pupils Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding in literacy and numeracy and across the curriculum Encourage and develop independent learning Increase self discipline Develop the home/school partnership Prepare children for secondary transfer in Year 6

A variety of types of homework are used depending on the age and ability of the pupils. These include:      

Reading Learning spellings, multiplication facts and mental arithmetic tasks Completion of class work A piece of research on a familiar or a new topic Revision for a test A piece of mathematics, science or English work Other work agreed with parents

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Inclusion Special Educational Needs Many children have special needs within an area of the curriculum at some time in their school career. At Whitefield Primary the Classteacher or a colleague identifies the special needs of children by observation, testing, assessment and consultation with parents, previous school records and health agencies, eg. School Nurse, Doctor, etc (particularly in physical problems). The Inclusion Manager with the consideration of the national code of practice has written our special needs and disabilities policy, which is available to view on the school’s website. Children’s progress is constantly monitored and assessed and careful records are kept. Occasionally we find that a child does not make the progress we expect. If this were the case parents would be consulted and appropriate steps to support the child taken. An Individual Education Plan may be made with individual targets, review dates and ideas to help parents to support their child at home. If targets continue not to be met, outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists or Behaviour Specialists may be called upon for extra support. After further consultation with parents the Local Authority (LA) may have to make a statutory assessment based on specialist advice. The LA may then draw up a Statement of Special Educational Needs. This describes all of the child’s needs and all the special help that should be provided. Parents will always be consulted and kept fully informed at every stage once we have identified that their child could benefit from some extra help. This could be for educational, personal or social needs. Our assessment procedures will also identify children of very high academic ability and work will be planned to meet the learning requirements of these children. Equal Opportunities We wish to promote positive attitudes in children, staff, governors and parents, so that the children can fulfil their potential and make choices, unhampered by expectations based on gender or role stereotyping. We seek to fulfil the aims of the school regardless of age, gender, ability (both academic and physical) ethnic origin or background of the child. The school follows the LA Admissions Policy, which does not permit sex, race, colour or disability to be used as criteria for admission. The school will liaise with the LA when assessing the needs and providing for children admitted to the school with particular physical disabilities.

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Equality Act At Whitefield we are committed to providing a fully accessible and inclusive environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors, regardless of their educational, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are further committed to challenging attitudes about disability and accessibility and developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.

Extra Curricular Activities We offer a wide variety of clubs that take place after school or during lunch break. Private music tuition also takes place during the school day. Members of staff, parents and outside agencies run these. The current list comprises;  Drama  Newspaper Athletics  Keyboard   Science  Netball  Craft  Recorders  Knitting  Cheerleading  Football  Rounders  Gardening  Cricket

Charging Policy A full copy of the school’s charging policy including residential visits, music tuition and activities which take place wholly or mainly outside school hours is available on request.

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Educational Visits The school’s policy for Charges and Remission meets the requirement of the Education Reform Act 1988 and reflects the high standard of learning experiences which we provide for the children at Whitefield Primary. The educational value of all proposed activities and visits and the health and safety of our children is carefully considered by staff, the Educational Visits Co-ordinator and the Headteacher. Voluntary contributions towards the cost of these visits and activities will be requested from each participating child. Each visit/activity will only take place if sufficient voluntary contributions are received to enable us to fund it. If the visit/activity does go ahead all relevant children will participate whether or not their parents have made a voluntary contribution. However, the school reserves the right not take any child whose behaviour is a danger to himself/herself or others. Parental permission is always sought before children leave school premises for educational visits. If the shortfall on voluntary contributions is so great that the visit/activity cannot proceed, all monies collected will be returned to parents. These visits/activities are an enhancement of the school’s curriculum and as always we rely on our partnership with parents to help us provide the best learning opportunities for the children in our care.

Parents and the School You are your child’s first and most important educator. At Whitefield Primary School we value and appreciate the important role you have to play in supporting your child and developing a positive attitude to school and learning. Research has shown that children learn best when home and school work in partnership. At Whitefield we offer a wide range of opportunities for parents to actively participate in supporting their children in school.    

PTFA – all parents are automatically members of the PTFA. Various functions are organised throughout the year, ranging from social events for parents to sponsored bounce events and an annual summer fair. Meet the classroom session – a chance to put a face to the name and meet your child’s new classteacher and classroom – Autumn term Parent/Teacher consultation evenings – a chance to find out how your child is doing in school – Autumn and Spring terms. School newsletter – we distribute an electronic newsletter with all the latest news, information and Mrs Foster’s blog every Thursday, if you’re not connected to the internet we can supply a hard copy, so remember to check school bags! Parent Volunteers – a very valuable part of our school life. If parents/grandparents are able to offer a regular slot of time or even help on a Handbooks/Admission to School/booklet 2013-14


less frequent basis, eg. during the book fair, art weeks, please contact school. Teachers find this help a huge benefit and parents who come into school say it is enjoyable and helps them understand their child’s education better. Parents are welcome at celebration assemblies and school productions.

The duty teacher calls the children into school at 8:50. If you wish to discuss any immediate concerns on an informal basis, please see your child’s teacher at this time. You may wish to make an appointment if you wish to discuss something at length. Please note that staff will generally be unavailable during Staff Development Meetings, which are held every Wednesday from15:45.

The School’s Vision Statement At Whitefield, we help our school community to be the best they can be, striving for academic excellence within our safe, happy and positive environment. We enable self belief, care and respect for all; learning together to be proud of every achievement reached.

Our school community has agreed on the following core values: Aim High Be responsible, Care and respect Based on these core values, we discuss with the children and agree on our class and school rules or code of conduct each term. Some practical examples of what was decided this year are: Aim high - always try your best in everything you do, persevere and take part Be responsible - tell the truth, be responsible for your actions, value people and property, allow others to learn Caring and respectful - be kind, treat others as you would wish to be treated The school supports this statement by positive reinforcement and where necessary, the use of sanctions as outlined in the school’s Behaviour Policy. Anti-social actions are unacceptable. Bullying, stealing or swearing will not be condoned and along with less serious incidents of inappropriate behaviour are dealt with according to the Behaviour Policy. As part of the school’s incentive awards, weekly merit certificates are given for good work, behaviour, being polite and helpful etc – relating to the core values.

All adults in school keep in mind that EACH DAY IS A FRESH START

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The Whitefield Promise was created by the School Council in 2013. It provides all children with an agreed list of school rules. e will be kind and helpful onest will be respectful of people and property ry your best veryone will take responsibility for their own actions riendly ndoor voices, speaking appropriately veryone will walk around school isten to others o the right thing

Golden Time (KS1) Golden time is used to reinforce and reward positive attitude and behaviour. Children begin the week with an entitlement of 30 minutes ‘golden time’. At the beginning of the week the children plan and select a range of activities they would like to participate in during golden time. (This is usually planned into a Friday afternoon) If a child behaves inappropriately they are given a warning using a warning card. If the behaviour continues the adult can withdraw 5 minutes of their golden time. Children have the opportunity to earn time back by modifying their behaviour and/or showing a significant effort to improve. Only the adult who took it away can give this time back. Good behaviour is the result of a partnership between home and school and standards set at home and school should complement each other. If any pupil lets his or her standard of behaviour fall, we will inform parents and discuss it with them. It may be that sanctions outside school can help to reinforce sanctions being used in school.

Incentive Awards Nominated children are also awarded merit certificates at our weekly Friday morning celebration assemblies. These certificates may be awarded for academic success or improvement, perseverance, acts of kindness or bravery, behaviour improvement or good manners.

Attendance Whitefield Primary School encourages regular attendance in the following ways: 

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Responding promptly to a child’s or parent’s concerns about the school or other pupils; marking registers accurately and punctually during the morning and afternoon registration. If pupils arrive at school after the close of the register (9:00 hrs) without a written explanation, a late mark will be recorded. If a child arrives late after 9:30 hrs it will be recorded as a late absence and counted as an unauthorised absence if no prior notice was given. The pupil’s name will be recorded in the late book to comply with fire regulations. Publishing and displaying attendance statistics. Celebrating good and improved attendance, with class attendance trophies. Monitoring pupils, informing parents/carers in writing of irregular attendance, arranging meetings with them if necessary and referring the family to the Pupil Attendance Support Team (PAST) if the irregular attendance continues. Termly traffic light system letters sent home to raise awareness of current attendance levels.

Did you know that if your child takes the maximum 10 days each year for their time in school they will miss the total of 2 years worth of education! We expect that you will:     

ALWAYS encourage regular school attendance and be aware of your legal responsibilities. ALWAYS ensure that your child arrives at school punctually and fully prepared for the school day, (registration is often a time when teachers will discuss with children the programme for the day). Ensure that you contact the school whenever your child is unwell and unable to attend school. Contact the school no later than 10:00 hrs on the first day of the child’s absence and follow this up with a written note on their return. Contact us promptly whenever any problem occurs that may keep your child away from school. Avoid taking holidays during term time.

Responding to Non-Attendance When a pupil does not attend school we will respond in the following manner: 

On the first day of absence, if we have not heard from you by 10:00 hrs we will text you. If by the end of the second day, there has still been no contact made we will send a letter of concern and invite you into school to discuss your child’s absence. You will be notified that if the absence persists a referral will be made to the Pupil Attendance Support Team. Failure to comply with the expectations set out in the School’s Attendance Policy may result in further action, an application for an Educational Supervision Order, or court prosecution.

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Did you know that the expected level of attendance for primary age pupils is 95%! Schools are required by law to publish annually the percentage of Authorised and Unauthorised Absence for each academic year. For the period September 2010 to August 2011 the number on roll was 350 pupils. 319 pupils had authorised absences = 91.1% 19 pupils had unauthorised absences = 5.4%. Authorised absence is, for example, illness, agreed family holiday or absence with the school’s permission. Unauthorised absence is when the school receives no valid explanation in accordance with Government guidelines. Such as time off for ‘shopping, birthday treat, airport visits, relatives visiting or just no explanation as to why the child is not in school’. Each year the school awards certificates to children with 100% attendance and their names are published in the school newsletter. Children are not allowed out of school between 09:00 and 15:30 without the permission of the Headteacher. If your child needs to leave school for any reason, such as a hospital appointment, please send a note along with the appointment letter to the Classteacher beforehand. Children with such appointments should be collected from the school and signed out by the parent/carer. We would encourage you to try and make appointments outside of the school day or in the school holidays. Communication Communication is a two-way process. We will always endeavour to keep you up to date about your child’s progress. We would ask that you inform us about the ‘ups and downs’ in your child’s life so that we can provide appropriate help and support. If you or your child have problems or worries please contact the classteacher initially so that they can be resolved. Little worries are more difficult to sort out when they have grown into big ones!

Welfare Pastoral Care and Behaviour Within a ‘school family’ some rules are essential; these are mostly matters of common sense, to ensure the safety of our children. The emphasis in the school is to praise good behaviour, attitude and effort and increase children’s awareness of the need to make a positive contribution to their community. When sanctions are necessary they will be appropriate to the child and the incident as stated in the school’s Behaviour Policy The school has a Home-School Agreement, which we ask parents/carers and children to sign.

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The health, welfare and safety of your child is a priority. We will always contact you if we have any concerns. Once your child reaches five, the school nurse checks his or her weight, hearing and sight and their general health is discussed with you. Children not fit for school should recuperate at home until well enough to attend. For cases of Diarrhoea and vomiting the Health Protection Agency recommend a period of exclusion of 48 hours after the last episode. Any child who becomes ill in school will be cared for and comforted until you can be contacted. We will need your telephone numbers and numbers of other emergency contacts. You will need to ensure that these are kept up to date. From time to time, parents request that the school should dispense medicines, which need to be administered at regular intervals to children. These fall into two categories: 1. Children who require emergency medication on a long-term basis because of chronic nature of their illness (for example, asthma and epilepsy). 2. Children who are suffering from casual ailments (coughs, colds etc.) The school follows the Local Authority’s general policy on administration of medicines. Parents are responsible for the administration of medicine to their children. Where at all possible medication should be administered out of school hours. If a child needs a dose of prescribed medicine during the school day the necessary ‘Administration of Medicine’ request should be completed. A member of staff will then supervise the selfadministration of medicine. Medication required 3 times a day would be expected to be given before school, after school and at bedtime. Children will long-term illnesses will be issued with a medical plan in conjunction with the school nurse service. Please note that staff are not required to dispense medicines as part of their contracts and any involvement would be purely on a voluntary basis. Headlice Please inform us if your child has head lice so that other parents can be informed that we have them in school. They do love clean hair so we do get them from time to time.

Accidents Occasionally minor accidents do occur and these are dealt with as you would deal with any similar occurrences at home. There are trained First Aiders on the staff. If a more serious accident happens, and thankfully these do not happen very often, then every effort is made to contact you. If emergency treatment is required, then the appropriate action will be taken and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

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Sun Safety We are aware of the dangers of young skin being exposed to the sun for long periods of time. In order to prevent harm it is important that: • • • •

All children bring a sun hat to school and wear it when asked to do so. Sun cream should be applied before the children attend school, if possible with 24 hour protection It is recognised that sun cream/spray may need to be re-applied during the day therefore: Parents/guardians must provide suitable sun cream/spray. This must be in its original bottle, clearly labelled, with written instructions from the parent/guardian with regard to when and where it is to be applied. Children will be encouraged to apply the sun cream/spray themselves or ask a friend to do it for them, under adult supervision. Sun sprays are recommended for younger children, as they are easier to apply.

School Nurse The school nurse is a member of the School Health Service that provides a continuation of the health care offered to pre-school children. The service aim is to ensure that every child in Central Lancashire is healthy and does not suffer from any problem which may prevent them getting the best education. The School Nurse is informed if your child attends Accident and Emergency and may contact you to follow this up. You may contact the School Nurse for advice regarding your child’s health and development at the address below: St Mary’s Health Centre, Cop Lane, Penwortham. Tel. 01772 644151 Healthy School Status The school is committed to achieving healthy schools status and actively encourages a healthy lifestyle, physical activity, healthy snacks, healthy lunch boxes and school dinners. Food and Drink We have our own school kitchen, which is run by Lancashire County Council’s Catering Services, and the children can have a freshly cooked meal each day. Termly menus are available form the school office. Alternatively they can bring a packed lunch. A list of suggested snacks is available from school on request. Children of families receiving Income Support are entitled to claim a free midday meal. Advice on these matters can be obtained from the school office, the Library Services at Leyland Library, or LCC Education Office. It is important for you to register even if your child does not take up the meal, as the school receives income for all children registered.

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Children in Years R to Year 2 have a free piece of fruit each day, which they eat either at morning break time, or in the afternoon. Children in Year 3 to Year 6 may purchase from Lancashire Catering Services, toast or crumpets. The Year 6 leadership team run a healthy tuck shop every day and offer veggie bags and rice cakes. Alternatively a healthy snack may be brought from home. Children are encouraged to bring a plastic bottle of water to school. Research has proven that if children have regular access to water during the day they are more able to concentrate. The water bottles are kept in the classroom. We also have a number of drink fountains around the school. Child Protection Because of day-to-day contact with children, schools are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour or failure to develop. Parents should be aware, therefore, that where it appears to a member of school staff that a child may have been abused, the school is required, as part of the local Child Protection procedures, to report their concern to the Social Services immediately. From time to time photographs may be taken of the children in school for display purposes, school literature and occasionally for publication in the local press. If you do not wish your child to have their photograph taken, please inform the school in writing. Jewellery Children can wear one pair of stud earrings. The wearing of jewellery for PE, games and swimming is not allowed under any circumstances. It is helpful if children who are having their ears pierced have this done at the beginning of the summer holiday to enable the holes to heal before returning to school, otherwise new studs will have to be covered by sticking plaster. Please assist your child in leaving how to take out and put in their own earrings. Safeguarding At Whitefield we all have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our children. All staff and volunteers are subject to an Enhanced CRB checks and ID badges are worn at all times. Anyone worried about a child should report their concerns to the Designated Senior Person (DSP) the Headteacher, Mrs Sarah Foster or in her absence Ms Suzanne Clough, Deputy Headteacher. School Council School Council members are elected annually. One male and one female representative are elected from each class, with the term of office spanning from September to July. Members are expected to represent the school at various school and local functions. There is an expectation that members will ensure that their behaviour; presentation and attitudes are a model for the rest of the school. The council meets on a weekly basis for a ‘working lunch’.

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At Whitefield the School Council is consulted on a wide range of school policies and developments. To date our members have been involved in contributing to the school’s Anti-Bullying Policy, designing and choosing the colour of the Year 5 toilet refurbishment programme and raising funds for playground equipment, Golden Time games and ‘Adopt an Animal’ from Chester Zoo. Most recently they have written the Whitefield School Promise. Smoke Free Policy Whitefield Primary is a smoke free school. Smoking is not permitted within the buildings or the grounds of the school and applies to all people coming onto the site. No Dogs on School Premises Dog owners are strictly prohibited from exercising their animals on the school premises. We ask that, if parents come to school with their dogs, the animals do not enter the school grounds, fields or car park. Should any fouling take place, then we expect the owner to remove the offending item and ensure the surface is left clean.

Freedom of Information Act One of the aims of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is that public authorities, including all maintained schools, should be clear and proactive about the information they will make public. Parents may request information with regards to governors’ documentation, information about policies that relate to pupils and the school curriculum and other policies, which relate to the school in general. This information may be requested in paper form either by telephoning, faxing or emailing the school by requesting ‘Publication Scheme Request’.

Other facilities at the School BOLA Kids’ Care Club BOLA is a company limited by guarantee and runs with a board of voluntary Ddirectors and controlled by the school. The club operates before and after school care for the Whitefield community. This is a not for profit organisation and relies on the income of fees. The before school club opens at 7:30 every morning, term time only. The after school club runs from 15:30 to 18:00

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The club is managed by qualified staff and offers a range of different activities over the course of the week. If you would like your child to join then please contact the club on 07928 199382 during club hours. Car Parking The school car park is for staff use only. We ask parents to park considerately on the nearby streets always observing the highway code. Cycle Parking The school operates an ‘Accompanied Cycling to School’ Scheme as part of the school’s travel plan to reduce the number of cars on the local streets. If you would like the criteria and agreement policy, please apply via the school office.

School Uniform Uniform is worn at Whitefield to develop a sense of pride in being a member of the Whitefield Primary School community.

Girls’ School Uniform Winter Uniform

Summer Uniform

Grey skirt, pinafore dress or trousers White polo shirt School sweatshirt* or navy cardigan

Royal blue and white gingham dress

Black shoes white/grey socks or tights

Black shoes white socks

School sweatshirt* or navy cardigan

Boys’ School Uniform Winter Uniform

Summer Uniform

Grey trousers White polo shirt School sweatshirt* or navy jumper

Grey trousers or shorts White polo shirt School sweatshirt* or navy jumper

Black shoes grey socks

Black shoes grey socks

P.E. Uniform House colour T-shirt*

Black or navy shorts Black plimsolls or trainers

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*Items available to purchase from the school office. In addition all children will need a PE bag and school reading book bag. These are also available from the school.

And finally‌ If you are looking for a school place for an older child, please telephone to establish if we have any vacancies in the appropriate year group. All schools are very different and choosing the right one for your child is not an easy task. We wish you every success in finding the school that best suits your child’s unique personality, interests and learning needs.

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Staffing Structure Headteacher Mrs Sarah Foster Deputy Headteacher Ms Suzanne Clough Inclusion Manager Mrs Janice Adams Year Class 6 6SW Mrs Sarah Willers 5




Miss Laura Nuttall Mrs Sue Bushell/ Ms Suzanne Clough Mrs Janice Adams Mrs Sandra Smith



Mr Simon Phillips Miss Abi Huxtable

Teaching Assistants Level 3

Teaching Assistants Level 2

Site Supervisor Housekeeper Manager Deputy Manager

Curriculum Leader Mrs Sarah Willers Year 3/2

Mrs Martha Allan (HLTA) Mrs Sarah Fielding (HLTA) Mrs Angela Walker (HLTA) Mrs Rachel Whymark (HLTA) Mrs Margaret McCann

School Improvement Leader Miss Vicky King Class 2/3JH Mrs Sue Jackson/ Miss Jessica Haynes 2JK Mrs Julia Kimberley 2HW Mrs Helen Williams

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Miss Vicky King Miss Laura Ashcroft


Miss Lucy Woodworth

School Business Manager

Mrs Louise Martin

Business Support Officers

Mrs Deborah Roberts Mrs Sarah Anforth

Mrs Joanne Briggs Senior Mid-Day Miss Anne Gildert Supervisor Mrs Julia Gordon Mrs Jacqui Martin Welfare Assistants Mrs Louise McLauchlan Mrs Eunice Morris Mrs Emily Ramsay Mrs Christina Roxburgh Mrs Maureen Thompson Mrs Gillian Bearton Mrs Janice Bretherton Mr Mark Boyd Catering Manager Miss Malgorzata Zocholl BOLA Kids’ Care Club Mrs Janet Corcoran Playworkers Mrs Nicola Hutchinson Miss Rachel Tidmarsh Mrs Suzanne Gregory

Mrs Gillian Bearton Mrs Anne Kay Mrs Carole Hetherington Mrs Genny Ewen Mrs Louise Nicholson Mrs Suzanne Gregory Miss Natasha Wilkinson Mrs Susan Thorpe Mrs Pauline Bates Mrs Paula Newhouse

Mrs Tracey Greenwood Mrs Emily Ramsay Miss Stacey Mercer Miss Natasha Wilkinson

School Governors Vacancy Mr Ray Atkinson Mr Simon Blake (Vice Chair) Mr Peter Bourne Vacancy Mr Bill Courcha Mr Mike Walker (Chair) Mrs Margaret Stephenson Mrs Sarah Foster

LEA LEA LEA LEA Community Community Community Community Headteacher

Mrs Michelle Cornwell Dr Sarah Penman Mrs Michelle Dale Mr Tony Wilson Mr Paul Banks Mrs Janice Adams Miss Victoria King Mrs Angela Coates Mrs Louise Martin

Parent Parent Parent Parent Parent Staff Staff Staff Clerk

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Autumn Term 2013 INSET

Monday 2 September

Re-open on

Tuesday 3 September

Half Term Closure

Monday 28 – Friday 1 November (incl)

Closure after school on

Friday 20 December

No of openings : 74 Spring Term 2014 Re-open on

Monday 6 January

Half Term Closure

Monday 17 – Friday 21 February (incl)

Closure after school on

Friday 4 April No of openings : 60

Summer Term 2014 Re-open on

Tuesday 22 April

May Bank Holiday

Monday 5 May

Half Term Closure Please note 2 weeks half term

Monday 26 May – Friday 6 June (incl) (This includes 4 INSET days)

Closure after school on

Thursday 24 July

No of openings : 61 TOTAL NUMBER OF OPENINGS 190 + 5 INSET DAYS = 195 Inset days are staff training days – school not open to pupils

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