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AIMS OF THE SCHOOL
At Farnham Primary we aim to help each child to develop their academic, social, moral, physical, creative and emotional well-being. In order to facilitate this development we try to promote self respect, confidence and enthusiasm in each child. We set appropriate standards of work, behaviour and hygiene and encourage children to take a pride in and appreciate their environment. An essential part of this is the promotion of respect for the rich variety of races, cultures and religions within our community. To this end we learn about the major religious festivals of all faiths. The support of all parents in this is essential and we encourage you to come into school, see what we are doing and become involved so that together we can help your child to feel safe and develop their full potential.
We take eligible 2 year olds into school in our new 2 year old provision – 2s Can. Here children can prepare for school life in a safe, stimulating and caring environment.
The school policy on Safeguarding Children is sent home to all parents annually and is available from the office and the website.
Farnham Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people both within the school environment and outside. Because of their day to day contact with children and young people, staff are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in children’s behaviour or their failure to develop. We need, therefore to be alert to the possibility of abuse occurring, aware of the procedures to be followed if they have suspicions and have the confidence to follow those procedures.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mr D Quick. In the absence of the DSL, child protection matters will be dealt with by Mr R Edwards and Mrs B Bains.
The aim of this policy is to provide information for all staff to carry out this duty of care responsibly. The six main elements of the policy are:
- Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
- Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse, including radicalisation.
- Supporting children who have been abused in accordance with his / her child protection plan.
- Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
- We will work closely with our parents to ensure that the school site and buildings meet current safety requirements.
The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of each child. Work in school is designed to meet the requirements of the new 2014 National Curriculum. Literacy and Numeracy are given high priority and usually taught during the morning sessions. These subjects are taught to mixed ability groups, with extra support provided for children with special needs or language development needs. Some other subjects such as Geography, History, Modern Foreign Language, Science and RE are taught through a topic approach where children work together to develop and widen their experiences of themselves and of the environment. We have excellent Information Technology facilities. Children are taught to use a computer and other electronic devices as part of our Computing Curriculum. We have a good tradition of music and provide good facilities for PE. Overall our approach is an investigative one, where children are taught to question and to think. Educational visits are arranged throughout the child’s life in the school and we hope that parents will support these activities.
The full curriculum statement and schemes of work are available for inspection in school.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITY (SEND)
We endeavour to provide early identification of children with SEND and to match need with the appropriate provisions, to involve parents at all stages of the identification and assessment process and to encourage help at home. We aim to provide equality of opportunity and ensure that all children reach the highest standard of achievements. The full SEND policy is available for inspection in school. The policy is guided by the SEND Code of Practice. The school also meets the requirements of the Disability Act with full access available for all users. Our local offer is published on our website.
This is part of the school curriculum where we seek to expand the moral and spiritual development of the child. The school follows the Bradford Agreed RE Syllabus and endeavours to meet the needs of our multi-cultural society through a wide range of topics which embrace religions of other cultures.
We aim to instil in every child a sense of self-respect and respect for the opinions, beliefs and way of life of others. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and must write a letter requesting exemption, to the Headteacher.
In RE - The 1944 Education Act gives parents the right to request that their children are excused from acts of worship on the grounds of conscience. If this is the case then a letter requesting exemption should be sent to the Headteacher, after discussing the matter, in order to make an informed decision.
For details of Bradford Agreed Syllabus for RE please contact the Interfaith Education Centre or the Headteacher.
Acts of worship take place in compliance with the 1988 Education Act, but Farnham has a determination from the Standing Advisory Council for RE to waive the requirement that acts of school worship must be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’.
SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS
Relationships Education is recognised as a vital part of a child’s education, ensuring they are ready for the social and emotional challenges of growing up. Our relationship curriculum aims to encourage children to develop the skills of listening, empathy, talking about feelings and relationships with families and friends. Parents have the right to see and discuss the content of the relationship lessons that their child will receive.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The school organises a variety of extra activities such as Ju Jitsu, Arts & Crafts, Sports and ICT.
Occasionally your child may be involved in events being filmed or photographed.
If you object to your child’s image being used for media purposes (newspapers, internet, school displays) please inform school immediately.
We aim to help children to develop physically and to look after their bodies. Children have regular PE lessons during which they learn a wide range of physical skills including games. It is important that all children participate fully in these sessions. To do so they need to be adequately equipped. Please see the section on School Uniform. School holds the Activemark for high quality provision. Swimming takes place in Year 4 and is compulsory. Our minibus allows us to take more groups of children to sporting events.
We organise educational visits during the year. Sometimes these will be during the school day and involve no cost to parents, others may involve a coach journey or entrance fees. We ask all parents to make a one-off payment towards the cost of visits/events during the year. Children receiving free school meals at the start of the year will also receive free educational visits. We will always ask for your consent before taking children on any visits. Our minibus allows us to visit more places of local interest than ever before.
Farnham Primary School is a place where all people are valued as individuals and treated equally regardless of age, gender, race, religion, disability, social background or ability.
ACCESS TO RECORDS
We keep individual records on all children giving personal details, attendance, achievements and academic progress. You may see your own child's record at any reasonable time. Just make an appointment with his/her class teacher giving 24 hours notice.
Meetings are held for the parents of all year groups during the autumn term to explain the school curriculum and how parents can help their child’s learning, year group newsletters providing detailed curriculum information are published on the school website half-termly.
Children take national tests in May of Years 2 and 6. Parents will be informed before the tests take place. Results will be included in each child’s report at the end of Year 2. Children in Years 3, 4 and 5 take optional SAT’s in June. Results are reported in the end of year report. All children in Year 1 complete a phonic reading check in June.
We provide a happy and stimulating environment where children can feel safe, work hard and where they will be helped to progress as much as possible and to behave well towards each other. Tests only measure one aspect of this, so a visit will allow you to judge our strengths for yourselves.
All children are expected to read at home with an adult each day for up to 20 minutes. In addition, children will bring home other English and Maths activities such as spellings and times tables which will need to be worked through with an adult. We hope that all parents will support their children in homework activities. Homework will be set on Wednesdays for collection the following Monday.
The LEA document detailing the complaints procedure about curriculum, collective worship and related matters is available for inspection in the school office. All complaints should be discussed informally with the Headteacher in the first instance. Most difficulties can be resolved at this stage. On the rare occasions where a satisfactory solution cannot be found, stages 2 and 3 of the procedure may be followed, which involve formal complaints to the Governors or the LEA.
In the first instance the welfare and general progress of each pupil is the responsibility of the class teacher, but the Headteacher is always available and willing to help with any problem. The school is visited regularly by the school health professionals who monitor the health of each child.
Medicals are carried out in school by arrangement with parents. Parents will always be informed and have the opportunity to attend.
SCHOOL RULES AND BEHAVIOUR
Pupils are expected to:-
* Behave in a safe way at all times
* Respect other people’s feelings
* Eat and drink healthily, take exercise and go to bed early
* Ask questions, try your best and join in school activities
* Look after your environment.
We aim to encourage good behaviour by a system of rewards while at the same time discouraging inappropriate behaviour through sanctions which range from reminders, detentions, and reprimands to individual behaviour programmes. School will work in partnership with parents to improve individual behaviour. Full details can be found in the school Behaviour Policy which is available for inspection.
Our Behaviour Policy is also aimed at preventing bullying and racism. We would appreciate your support in helping to keep our school a safe and happy place.
If you ever suspect that your child is being bullied either at school or on the way to and from school please let the Headteacher know immediately so that the appropriate action can be taken.
Parents should report to the Headteacher before removing their children from school during the school day. Children may not go home unaccompanied during the day, under any circumstances.
Any child found bringing illegal substances to school may be suspended and the matter investigated. The police will always be informed.
Sweets and toys should not be brought to school.
STANDARDS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
We aim to meet the following standards:-
- All staff will be polite and courteous to parents, pupils and each other at all times.
- Telephone queries will be dealt with courteously and quickly.
- We will investigate all complaints and get back to the complainant within 5 working days.
- Lessons will start and finish punctually and class rooms will be open at the stated times.
- Your child will be allowed to take reading books home each evening as long as they are returned the next morning.
- We will send newsletters on a regular basis keeping you informed of items of general interest.
- Parents' will have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress at least twice per year and at a variety of times.
- The school environment will be kept attractive and tidy.
- Entrances to the school will be clean, tidy and welcoming.
Information and openness
We aim to give full information about the school through the newsletters, homework diaries, reports and open evenings. Parents are always welcome into their children’s classes at the end of the school day, to look at the work that they have been doing or to talk to the teacher.
All documents will be tested for helpfulness, readability and will be regularly reviewed. All information will be readily available in the office and advertised on the parents' notice board. All new parents will be given copies of the information. We will monitor the effectiveness of communications.
All suggestions for improvements will be valued and acted upon where feasible. We will respond to all suggestions whether or not they are taken up. We will provide as many of our publications as practicable in community languages.
The school recognises that it is part of the wider community and endeavours whenever possible to play a meaningful role in that community. We work closely with Farnham Road Children’s Centre and also with Horton Grange Primary School with whom we run the 2sCan 2 year old nursery.
We operate a full extended provision programme to support life-long learning and improve provision for health care and sporting opportunities. We are continuing to develop a range of services for the community under the title of EXCEED run by Ms Nadia Hussain.
In the morning children should line up in the playground when the bell rings. Their teachers will accompany them into their classes. Parents are welcome into classes at the end of the school day, after 3.10 pm. Any child not collected by 3.20 pm will be brought back into school to wait safely by the office for collection. Any parent who is unavoidably delayed in collecting their children should let the school know as soon as possible so that we can prevent the child from worrying needlessly.
Times: 2sCan 8.55 am – 11.55 am 12.10 pm – 3.10 pm
Nursery 8.45 am – 11.45 am 12.20 pm – 3.20 pm
School 8.50 am – 12.20 pm 1.10 pm – 3.10 pm
These are the times that children are expected to be working. They will be called in from 8.50 am and may not appear at the school door until a few minutes after 3.10 pm.
The class arrangements will be as follows:-
All classes will be of mixed ability. Class sizes are no more than 30 throughout the school for Literacy and Numeracy. Teaching assistants are used in both Key Stages, the emphasis being on improving children’s achievements.
We provide school dinners to all our children through our own catering company, Forward Catering. A free dinner will be provided for all children in Reception class, Year 1 and Year 2. Children who stay for dinners benefit greatly from the full range of learning activities provided during the lunch hour. As a result, they achieve more and attain higher in school. We expect all children to stay at school for dinner unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Payment should be made by parents using the Parent Pay on the school website.
We will only allow 1 weeks debt for school dinners. As a result you must either pay the required amount or send your child with a packed lunch. Alternatively they will have to go home for dinners.
If you receive Income Support or Jobseekers allowance, Income-based or Pension Credit.you may be entitled to free school meals or a clothing grant. Forms are available from the school office.
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All sandwiches should be brought in a plastic box clearly marked with your child's name and class. All waste paper and food should be taken home in the box. Please do not send drinks. Water is available for pupils who bring sandwiches as well as for those who take a school lunch. This is fair for all children – improves their alertness and academic attainment, promotes healthy lifestyles and saves parents money.
If any child is absent, school should be informed of the reason by letter or telephone. Permission for leave of absence other than for medical reasons should be sought in advance from the Headteacher. Should your child have to keep a medical appointment in school time he or she must be collected from school by a parent after the Headteacher has been informed. The school is obliged to publish absenteeism rates each year. Absences about which we have no information counts as truancy in the government statistics. Children arriving more than 10 minutes late are marked absent. Please help us to give your child the best possible education by making sure that he/she attends regularly and on time. The Educational Social Worker will follow up poor attendance.
Absence from school without a reason is always followed up by a telephone call from our Attendance Officer. This is to discuss the reasons for absence but also to confirm that your child is at home safe rather than truanting or delayed for another reason.
Guidance on extended holidays abroad
Pupils attend school for a maximum of 190 days each academic year. Full attendance is vital for your child’s educational progress. We expect all parents/guardians to ensure that their children attend school whenever possible. Absences due to holidays, taken during term time, could hinder academic attainment. School policy allows for a maximum of 10 days extended leave of absence only in exceptional circumstances as agreed to by the Headteacher.
Failure to return your child on the agreed date could result in a Fixed Penalty Fine of £60 (per parents, per child) being issued by Bradford Council.
- Parents must ask the Headteacher for permission to take their children out of school in term time.
- You must complete a form from school and discuss the dates of departure and return with the Headteacher.
- On return to school please report to the office with your child. Do not simply leave them in the playground.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS AND MOBILE TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Parents are requested to inform school in writing of any change of home address (please include postal code) and telephone numbers or any change of place of work, again with telephone numbers, so that in the case of any emergency speedy contact between the school and parents can be achieved.
If your child is unwell or injured at school we will always attempt to contact you so that you can collect him/her. Where hospital treatment is considered necessary, and we are unable to contact you, we may take the child straight to hospital and contact you as soon as possible.
- To bring all children into school in a gradual and supportive manner so that it becomes an enjoyable experience.
- To work with parents in the integration process so that strong links are developed.
- To involve parents in their children's education from the start of school.
Children who are eligible (Pupil Premium criteria) can join the 2 year old provisions the term after their second birthday. Please ring school and speak to Mrs Khan (Admissions Officer).
In February letters will be sent asking parents of children on our waiting list if they still require a place at the school. Families offered a place will receive a home visit to complete the admission form. There will then be a follow up visit from a member of the nursery staff.
Children will be admitted during the September term, as we only have one intake per year.
Reception – Admission Policy
Farnham follows the LEA Admissions Policy.
In November letters will be sent from the LEA to parents of children in our Nursery and any others on a waiting list to check that they still require a place in school.
Children will be admitted gradually in September. Specific details will be explained nearer the time.
- All parents will be invited to a meeting in July at which we will tell them about the Reception classes and the school and answer any questions.
- Parents will be asked to sign a home/school agreement promising to support their children's learning in school and uphold the rules.
Other children wishing to start school at other times may do so provided there is room in their year. In this case they will start on the first suitable date, usually the first day of a new term.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
This policy applies to all people in school including parents and visitors. The 1974 Health & Safety Act states the legal duties of all people in the school to behave safely towards themselves, towards other people, and to co-operate with the employers (the governors) in carrying out their legal duties. Breaches of this law could lead to a fine or imprisonment. The main points affecting parents are as follows:-
- Staff are not allowed to administer medicines. A clear Medicines in School Policy is adhered to.
- Prams should not be brought into school.
- Parents should not congregate in corridors or anywhere where they may block a fire exit (library, doorways etc).
- Animals must not be brought on to the school premises.
- Children should not wear ear rings, studs, chains or any other items of jewellery, nor should potentially dangerous items which could cause injury, be brought to school.
- Parents and children must NOT walk through the car park – please use the pedestrian entrance and walkway.
- Parents must not enter the school playgrounds at lunchtime.
The full policy is available for inspection in school.
Please do not drive cars onto the school premises and park with consideration for others at all times.
Farnham Primary follows the guidelines provided by the National Healthy Schools Standard. We are proud to have received the Drugswatch Charter and the Healthy Schools Award, and provide a clean safe environment with initiatives such as fresh drinking water and healthy snacks available for all pupils.
The school holds 2 Parents’ Consultations in the first and second terms to discuss your child’s progress and targets. Parents also have the opportunity to make an appointment with their child’s teacher to discuss their end of year report if they wish.