Annual Information 2013-2014
Staff Academic Staff
Subject Specialist Staff
Headteacher MRS. C RIGBY
Mrs. P. Gangar B.A. (Hons)
Deputy Head MR. J. DOBSON
Aims of the School / The Structure of the School 3 Admission / Fees & Term Dates
Infant Co-ordinator MRS. R. STRONG
Complaints Policy and Procedures
Music, M.A., A.R.C.M.
Mrs. S. Green
Science Co-ordinator, B.Sc. (Hons)
Mr. K. Kardas
Physical Education, M.A.
Mrs. G. Patterson
Mrs. L. Picciano Moss
Learning Support, B.A. (Hons), AMBDA.,
Dip TEFL (RSA)
Mr. J. Rennie
Physical Education, Phys. Ed. B.Ed. (Hons)
Mrs. K. Shephard
Physical Education, B.Sc. (Hons) Sports Science
Mrs. T. Batchelor
Miss. J. Chan
Mr. G. Jones
Mrs. C. Stevenson
French, B.A. (Hons)
Mrs. S. Moffatt
Mrs. L. Wilkinson
Physical Education, B.A., Q.T.S. (Hons)
Miss. S. Obed
Mrs. E Patten
Nursery Nurses and Classroom Assistants
Mrs. J. Thacker
Miss. N. Braid
Mrs. K. Tutt
Mrs. R. Clarke
Mrs. Z. Williamson
Mrs. T. Coates
Music, B.Ed. (Hons)
Miss. E. Graff-Baker
BTEC Nat. Dip.
Mrs. J. Geier
Mrs. S. Ireland
Mrs. F. Ashberry
Mrs. R. Midminter
Miss. C. Davies
Mrs. N. Molyneux
Mrs. A. Dixon
Mrs. C. Sutton
Mr. D. Dixon
Miss. R. Taylor-Smith
Mrs. S. Donnelly
Mrs. J. Thistlethwaite
Mrs. K. Ellis
Miss. A. White
Mr. D. Fulton
Mrs. C. Kidd
Mrs. S. Willis
Mrs. C. McQuillan
Mrs. S. Weston
Rev. H. Whittaker
Mrs. L. Friel – P.A to the Headteacher
KS2 Classroom/Admin. Assistant B.A. (Hons) N.N.E.B.
Miss. S. Moore – Admin. Assistant Mr. A. Needham - Caretaker Chief Executive - Mr. C.P.M. King M.A. Business Director - Mrs. A. Shakespeare M.A. F.C.A.
The Structure of the School Trustees
Foundation Stage Kinders (3+)*
Mrs. Elisabeth Bailey, M.A. (Cantab) Gautam G. Bodiwala, CBE, DL, JP, DSc (Hon), MS, FRCS, FRCP, FCEM Professor D. Cartmell B.A., D.Phil Christopher J. Castleman Esq., F.C.A. Dr. Sarah M. Dauncey, M.R.C.G.P. S. Gasztowicz, QC Duncan Green Esq. Dr. Susan Hadley Neville P. T. Hall Esq. Michael Holley, M.A. (Cantab.), A.C.A. (Vice-Chairman, Financial) Nathan J. Imlach, M.A., C.A., F.C.S.I., C.F. Keith J. Julian Esq., M.A. (Cantab), Hon LL.D (Leicester) Dr. Deenesh I. Khoosal, M.B., B.Ch., L.L.M. (R.C.S.), F.R.C.Psych. David V.M. Mitchell Esq. Ian D. Patterson Esq., LL.B. (Chairman) Professor J. Saker, B.Sc., M.Sc. Professor. Jon Scott, B.Sc., Ph.D., FHEA, FSB (Vice-Chairman, Academic)
The Friends Association is a group of volunteer parents and teachers who concern themselves with social events and raising money for school projects. Examples of fund raising activities include a Christmas Fair, Treasure Hunt, Diwali Evening, Quiz Night and Summer Ball.
Pupils from Year 2 upwards are placed in one of four houses each with its own Captain and Vice Captain. Siblings are always placed
Michael D. Kirk Esq., F.C.A. John E. Sharp Sir Maurice Shock, M.A. (Oxon.), (formerly Vice Chancellor, Leicester University and Rector, Lincoln College, Oxford) Brian T.C. Small Esq., M.B.E., M.A. Hugh C.T. Staunton
Infants Key Stage 1
(5+) Year 1
(6+) Year 2
Juniors Key Stage 2
(7+) Year 3
(8+) Year 4
(9+) Year 5
(10+) Year 6
* full time and part-time House System
in the same house. St. Andrews (Blue) St. Mary (Yellow) St. Cuthberts (Red)
Patrons Richard Bream Esq. The Hon. Lady Ann Brooks Mrs. A. Eggleston Brian Groves Esq. The Very Revd. Derek N. Hole, Hon.D. Litt. Mrs. N. Lynch Dr Frank E. Nichol Peter L. Rose Esq., B.A., F.C.A. The Rt. Rev. Timothy Stevens, M.A. Professor B.H. Swanick
Aims of the School
St. Giles (Green)
The association also supports and provides valuable assistance at many other school events such as open days.
School Nurse A qualified school nurse is on site throughout term time. Her role is to provide support and advice for the Junior School first aiders and when required treat any injury of significance sustained by a Junior School pupil.
Recycled Uniform Shop We have a very successful recycled uniform shop which has been run by LGJS Friends for some years. The shop is open on several occasions throughout term time and during the summer break prior to the start of each new academic year.
School Policies All school policies including Child Protection and Anti-bullying are available on the Junior School website www.leicestergrammar.org.uk. Paper copies are also available on request from the Headteacher. Policies are reviewed bi-annually.
Head Boy and Head Girl The Junior School has a Head Boy and Head Girl who have specific duties to perform at special occasions.
School Council The Junior School Council comprises of an elected representative from each class in Years 3 to 6. The council meets regularly to discuss views and opinions expressed by fellow pupils and to agree a focus for each term, for example, initiating fund raising opportunities for new playground equipment. Each councillor keeps his/her class informed of progress and decisions made.
• To develop the academic potential of each pupil • To develop the musical, sporting and other talents of each pupil • To develop the moral and spiritual well-being of each pupil • To develop the individual, in a co-educational school, with a Christian ethos.
All pupils are assessed before entry to the Junior School.
Fees are subject to revision from time to time, usually in September of each year. It is the policy of the Trustees to give parents a minimum of a term’s notice of any change made. Tuition fees, which include all books and stationery, are payable in advance by the first day of each term.
The fees payable from September 2013 are as follows:-
1 REGISTRATION £50.00
Start of Term Half Term Term Ends
Pupils are admitted at all ages between 3+ and 10+ although the vast majority enter in the September following their third or fourth birthday (Kinders or Reception). Following a visit to the school an Application Form is offered. When the form is returned a date for assessment is set. Assessment for those entering at 3+ and 4+ in September takes place during the previous February. Children spend a morning in a small group during which time our experienced staff will be able to gauge their level of skill development and readiness for school. Parents wishing their children to be admitted to the Infant Department at times other than in September are invited to bring their child to school to spend part of a day with the class he or she would join. Class teachers then carry out an assessment to determine whether or not the child will be able to integrate into the year group.
£1,958.00 per term part time (mornings 8.30 am - 12.30 pm)
Kinders to Year 2:
£2,966.00 per term full time
Year 3 to Year 6:
£3,109.00 per term
3 SIBLING DISCOUNT SCHEME
2nd child 5%
3rd child 7.5%
4th child 10%
£300.00 payable on acceptance of a place at the school (see notes)
Notes: (i) The deposit is repaid at the end of the final term, after deducting
Pupils older than six hoping to enter the school have a more formal written assessment in English and Mathematics.
any amounts then outstanding. (ii) The deposit is forfeited in the event of subsequent withdrawal before actually joining the school. (iii) A full term’s notice is required, should parents decide to withdraw a child from the school. 5 INSURANCE
Pupil’s Personal Accident £4.00 per term (reviewed annually)
Music Fees vary according to the type of instrument and the duration of lessons. Fees are payable direct to the visiting instrumental teacher.
School Lunches School lunch will cost £2.40 from September 2013 and this will be reviewed in September 2014 . Payable in advance on termly invoice. If your child switches to a packed lunch, one week notice (written) should be given and the School will credit any amounts paid for the remainder of the term. Credits will not be given for sickness or family holiday.
Start of Term Half Term Term Ends
Thursday 5th September 21st – 25th October Friday 13th December
Wednesday 8th January 17th – 21st February Friday 4th April
Trinity 2014 Start of Term Half Term Term Ends
Monday 28th April 26th May – 30th May Friday 4th July
Advent Term 2014 Start of Term Thursday 4th September Half Term 20th - Friday 24th October Term Ends Friday 12th December
Lent Term 2015 Start of Term Wednesday 7th January Half Term 16th - Friday 20th February Term Ends Friday 27th March
Trinity Term 2015 Start of Term Monday 20th April Half Term 25th - Friday 29th May Term Ends Friday 3rd July
School Hours Kinders, Reception, Years 1 and 2: Years 3 to 6:
8.30 am – 3.00 pm 8.30 am – 3.30 pm
After-Care This service is available up to 5.00pm for Foundation Stage and KS1 children. There is a charge for each session.
Clubs An extensive range of extra-curricular clubs are available to children from Year 1 to 6. These are run across lunch time and after school until 4.45/5.00pm
Bus Routes A parent co-ordinator has been appointed for each bus route. Application forms for places on the buses should be sent to the co-ordinator for the appropriate route. Co-ordinators are also available to answer questions about the new service. Further details of the bus routes and prices can be found at www.leicestergrammar.org.uk
Route 1 Foxton, Great Bowden, Market Harborough, Church Langton, Tur Langton, Kibworth, LGS Great Glen
Syston, Birstall, Rushey Mead, Hamilton, Evington Lane, Oadby, LGS Great Glen
A6 London Road: Victoria Park/Queens Road, Elmfield Avenue, Sandown Road, Stoughton Road, Guilford Road, Shirley Road, Glebe Road, Meadowcourt Road, A6 (Ashtree Road), LGS Great Glen
Mrs Sangita Pandya Tel: 0116 270 1965 12 Sycamore Close Oadby Leics. LE2 2RN
Mrs Kay O’Brien Tel: 07759015657 / 0116 279 6009 Email: email@example.com
Fairways House 78 Weir Road Kibworth Leics. LE8 0LP
Mrs Jo Sutton Tel: 07918 729545 / 0116 243 4633 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Humberstone A47, Thurnby/ Bushby, Houghton-on-the-Hill, Billesdon, Gaulby, Kings Norton, Burton Overy, LGS Great Glen
Route 6 Route 2 Lutterworth, Dunton Bassett, Leire, Broughton Astley, Cosby, Whetstone, Blaby, Countesthorpe, Kilby, Newton Harcourt, LGS Great Glen Sarah Dauncey Tel: 0116 278 7978 Email: email@example.com
Route 3 Cropston, Anstey, Groby Glenfield, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester St Margaret’s Bus Station, Leicester Railway Station, Springfield Road, Leicester High Layby, A6/New Street, LGS Great Glen Mrs Rowena Jarvis Tel: 0116 236 3208 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 147 Station Road Cropston Leics. LE7 7HH
Kirby Muxloe, Leicester Forest East, Aylestone, Aylestone, Wigston, Newton Lane/Meadow Way, LGS Great Glen The Revd. Tom Ringland Tel: 0116 238 6822 Email: email@example.com The Rectory 6 Station Road Kirby Muxloe Leics. LE9 2EJ
Mrs Christina Davison Tel: 0116 270 0490 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 12 Barrington Road, Stoneygate Leicester Leics. LE2 2RA
Route 10 Welford, South Kilworth, North Kilworth, Husbands Bosworth, Arnesby, Fleckney, LGS Great Glen Mrs Johanna Buchanan Van Doorn Tel: 07950 188104 Email: email@example.com
Link Bus In addition, a Link Bus runs from the School to the centre of Leicester (London Road). This bus leaves the School at 5.30pm, Monday to Thursday. Pupils who have already paid to travel home on another school bus do not need to pay again to use the Link Bus, although they do need to book a place on it. Pupils who have not already paid to travel home on another school bus will be charged £2.57 per journey to use the Link Bus, and also need to book their place in advance. Places on the bus are allocated on a first come first served basis and must be booked, via LGS reception, by 11.40am on the day of travel at the very latest. Whilst the School endeavours to respond to demand, it is not possible to guarantee a place on this bus, especially if the request is received on the day of travel.
Complaints Complaints Policy & Procedures Policy & Philosophy It is inevitable in a large organisation that occasions will occur when a person wishes to make a complaint. These instances should be regarded as an opportunity to improve the service the School provides. It is therefore essential that a system is in place where pupils, parents and the general public can make complaints to the School about the School, and that such complaints are treated fairly and objectively. Details of the complaints system is given to all parents and prospective parents on request, at the point of entry to the school and in the prospectus.
Designated Person: The Headteacher has appointed a senior member of staff (“Designated Person”) to be responsible for investigating and resolving complaints. If the Designated Person is unavailable or is the subject of the complaint, his/her duties will be carried out by the Headteacher, or another senior member of staff. A concern or complaint concerning the Headteacher should be directed to the Chief Executive or Chair of Governors. The main responsibilities of the Designated Person are to: • Be the first point of contact while the matter remains unresolved and keep records
Staff have their own grievance procedures.
• Co-ordinate the complaints procedures in school
Five stages: This policy describes a five stage procedure -
• Maintain an on-going training programme for all school employees in relation to complaints
Stage 1 - Informal resolution of a concern or difficulty notified orally or in writing to a member of staff. Stage 2 - A formal complaint in writing to the Headteacher Stage 3 – A formal complaint in writing to the Chief Executive
• Monitor the keeping, confidentiality and storage of records in relation to complaints • Report regularly to the Headteacher with respect to complaints.
Stage 4 - A renewed complaint in writing to the Chairman of the Governing Body.
Stage 5 - A reference to the Complaints Panel.
Grammar Junior School Matters: Deputy Head (Curriculum & Pastoral)
A concern about the safety of your child should be notified immediately to the person you believe is best placed to take urgent action or, if you prefer, a member of the Senior Management Team, and should be confirmed in writing to the Headteacher.
Financial and Premises Matters: Business Director
Aim: The aim of this policy is to ensure that a concern or complaint is managed sympathetically, efficiently and at the appropriate level, and resolved as soon as possible. Doing so is good practice, it is fair to those concerned and it helps to promote parents’ and pupils’ confidence in our ability to safeguard and promote welfare. We will try to resolve every concern or complaint in a positive way with the aim of putting right a matter which may have gone wrong and, where necessary, reviewing our systems and procedures in light of the circumstances.
Concerns: We expect that most concerns, where a parent or pupil seeks intervention, reconsideration or some other action to be taken, can be resolved informally. Examples might include a dissatisfaction about some aspect of teaching or pastoral care, or about allocation of privileges or responsibilities, or about a timetable clash or some other aspect of the School’s systems or equipment, or a billing error.
Policy statement: We need to know as soon as possible if there is any cause for dissatisfaction. We recognise that a difficulty which is not resolved quickly and fairly can soon become a cause of resentment, which would be damaging to relationships and also to our school culture. Parents and pupils should never feel – or be made to feel – that a complaint will be taken amiss or will adversely affect a pupil or his/her opportunities at this school. The policy however distinguishes between a concern or difficulty which can be resolved informally and a formal complaint which will requireinvestigation.
Management of Complaints
Stage 1 – Concerns & Difficulties
Notification in the Grammar Junior School: Please raise the concern initially as follows – Curricular Matters: If the concern relates to the classroom, the curriculum or special educational needs, please speak or write either to the Class Teacher or the Head of Subject as appropriate, in the first instance. As the Designated Officer for curricular matters, the Deputy Head will deal with any complaint that is not satisfactorily resolved in the first stages of redress. Pastoral Care: If the concern relates to matters outside the classroom, please contact the Class Teacher. As the Designated Officer for pastoral matters, the Deputy Head will deal with any complaint that is not satisfactorily resolved in the first stages of redress. A concern about the safety of your child should be notified immediately to the Designated Officer.
Disciplinary Matters: A concern about a disciplinary sanction should be raised first of all with the member of staff who imposed it, and, if not resolved, with the Designated Officer. Financial Matters: A concern or complaint about a matter relating to fees or ‘extras’ should be taken to the Business Director. If not resolved promptly, please send a copy of the letter of complaint to the Headteacher. Unresolved concerns: A concern which has not been resolved by informal means within fifteen working days should be notified in writing as a formal complaint which will be dealt with in accordance with Stage 2/3 below.
Stage 2 - Formal Complaint Notification: An unresolved concern under Stage 1, or a complaint that needs investigation, or a dissatisfaction with some aspect of the School’s policies, procedures, management or administration should be set out in writing with full details and sent with all relevant documents and your full contact details in an envelope addressed to the Headteacher. Your complaint will be acknowledged by telephone or in writing within three working days during term time, indicating the action that is being taken and the likely time scale. Investigation: The Headteacher may ask a senior member of staff to act as “investigator” and/or may involve one or more Governors. The investigator/s may request additional information from you and will probably wish to speak to you personally and to others who have knowledge of the circumstances. The outcome of the investigation will be reported to the Headteacher who will then notify you in writing of her decision and the reasons for it. Written records will be kept of all meetings and interviews held in relation to your complaint.
Stage 3 – Formal Complaint Notification: An unresolved concern under Stage 2, or a complaint that needs investigation, or a dissatisfaction with some aspect of the School’s policies, procedures, management or administration should be set out in writing with full details and sent with all relevant documents and your full contact details in an envelope addressed to the Chief Executive. Your complaint will be acknowledged by telephone or in writing within three working days during term time, indicating the action that is being taken and the likely time scale. Investigation: The Chief Executive may ask a senior member of staff to act as “investigator and/or may involve one or more Governors. The investigator/s may request additional information from you and will probably wish to speak to you personally and to others who have knowledge of the circumstances. The outcome of the investigation will be reported to the Chief Executive who will then notify you in writing of his decision and the reasons for it. Written records will be kept of all meetings and interviews held in relation to you complaint.
Stage 4 – Reference to the Chairman Notification: If you are dissatisfied with the decision under Stage 3, your complaint may be renewed in writing to the Chairman of the Governing Body. Your letter to the Chairman should give full details of your complaint and enclose all relevant documents and your full contact details. Your letter will normally be acknowledged by telephone or in writing within four working days during term time, indicating the action that is being taken and the likely time scale. Please write to the Chairman of Govenors, c/o Leicester Grammar School Trust, London Road, Great Glen, Leics. LE8 9FL. Action by the Chairman: The Chairman will arrange for your complaint to be investigated following procedures equivalent to those described in Stage 3 (above). When the Chairman is satisfied that he has established all the material facts, so far as is practicable, he will notify you in writing of his decision and the reasons for it.
Stage 5 – Reference to the Complaints Panel Composition: We have constituted a Complaints Panel (“Panel”) comprising School Governor members and members who are independent of the governance, management and running of the School. Notification: To request a hearing before the Complaints Panel, please write to the Secretary to the Trust within seven working days of the decision complained of. Your request will be considered only if you have completed the procedures at Stages 1–4. Please ensure that a copy of all relevant documents and your full contact details accompany your letter to the Secretary. Please state in your letter the outcome that you desire and all the grounds of your complaint. Please also send the Secretary a list of the documents which you believe to be in the School’s possession and wish the Panel to see. The Secretary will acknowledge your request in writing within four working days. Convening the Panel: The Secretary to the Governors will convene the Complaints Panel as soon as reasonably practicable but the Panel will not normally sit during school holidays. The Panel will consist normally of up to three individuals who have no detailed prior knowledge of the circumstances of the complaint. One member of the Panel shall be an independent member who has no direct connection with the school. You may ask the Secretary to tell you who has been appointed to sit on the Panel. If you have a genuine reason for objecting to one or more members of the Panel then all reasonable efforts will be made to find alternative members; otherwise the Panel may be reduced to two or one in number. Notice of hearing: As soon as reasonably practicable, the Secretary will send you written notification of the date, time and place of the hearing together with brief details of the Panel members who will hear it. Attendance: You will be asked to attend the hearing and may be accompanied by one other person such as a relative, teacher, or friend. It is not necessary for that person to be legally qualified. If
you do wish to be accompanied by a legally qualified person or by more than one person, please provide details to the School in writing at least seven days before the hearing. The Chairman will have the discretion to limit the numbers of people attending the hearing in the interests of maintaining an informal but orderly atmosphere. Your child aged 13+ may attend part or all of the hearing at the discretion of the Chairman. Copies of additional documents you wish the Panel to consider should be sent to the Secretary at least three clear days prior to the hearing. Chairman: The hearing will be chaired by one member of the Panel (chosen by themselves) and will be conducted in an informal manner. Hearing: All statements made at the hearing will be unsworn. All present will be entitled, should they wish, to write their own notes for reference purposes. The Chairman may direct that the hearing be tape-recorded to assist accurate recollection for purposes of the decision. The Panel will be under no obligation to retain tapes thereafter. The Secretary will be asked to take a handwritten minute of the proceedings in any event.
Complaint concerning Early Years Foundation Stage Should complainants wish, complaints concerning Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) can be made to OFSTED (St. Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7LA. www.ofsted.gov.uk) and/or ISI (Registered Office Long Lane, London EC1A 9HA. http://www.isi.net) The complainant will be notified of the outcome of an investigation concerning EYFS within 28 days of the complaint being received. A written record of all complaints made and the action taken as a result of each complaint is provided for OFSTED/ISI by the school, on request. A record of complaints concerning EYFS is kept for a minimum of 3 years. Legal Status: Complies with Standard 7 (DCSF)/Regulation 7 (Independent Schools Standards) Regulations March 2009
Evidence: The Chairman will conduct the hearing in such a way as to ensure that all those present have the opportunity of asking questions and making comments in an appropriate manner. The hearing is not a legal proceeding and the Panel shall be under no obligation to hear oral evidence from witnesses but may do so and/or may take written statements into account. Conduct: All those attending the hearing are expected to show courtesy, restraint and good manners or, after due warning, the hearing may be adjourned or terminated at the discretion of the Chairman. If terminated, the original decision will stand. Any person who is dissatisfied with any aspect of the way the hearing is conducted must say so before the proceedings go any further and his/her comment will be minuted. Adjournment: The Chairman may, at his/her discretion, adjourn the hearing for further investigation of any relevant issue. Decision: After due consideration of the matters discussed at the hearing, the Panel shall reach a Decision unless there is an agreed position. The Panel’s decision may be notified orally at the hearing or subsequently and shall be confirmed in writing to you within seven working days. Reasons for the Decision will be given. The Decision may include recommendations and will be sent to you, the Chairman of the Governing Body, the Chief Executive, Headteacher and, where relevant, any person about whom the complaint has been made. Private proceeding: A hearing before the Complaints Panel is a private proceeding. No notes or other records or oral statements about any matter discussed in or arising from the proceeding shall be made available directly or indirectly to the press or other media. Confidentiality: Correspondence, statements and records relating to individual complaints will be kept confidential except where disclosure is required in the course of a school’s inspection or under other legal authority. These records will be kept for six years
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We hope you can join us. Leicester Grammar Junior School, London Road, Great Glen, Leics, LE8 9FL
Tel: 0116 2591950