Our expectations are high. Great care is taken in assessing progress, setting targets and planning learning programmes to take account of individual and group needs. Any concerns over pupil progress are quickly identified and shared with parents so that a plan of targeted support can be put into action. Our expectations are high. Great care is taken in assessing progress, setting targets and planning learning programmes to take account of individual and group needs. Any concerns over pupil progress are quickly identified and shared with parents so that a plan of targeted support can be put into action.
Special Educational Needs
Our Special Educational Needs co-ordinator (SENCO) works closely with parents to ensure pupils have the additional support they require to access the curriculum. Some children may have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which contains personal /academic development targets. Progress towards these targets is monitored closely with advice sought from other professionals if required e.g. Educational Psychologist.
Staying Safe - Academically
We have developed a specialist provision for supporting the development of literacy skills. Through our "Every Child a Reader" scheme a qualified teacher delivers high quality reading support to the youngest children who have yet to make a start on reading. Our SENCO is a trained dyslexia specialist teacher. We have booster maths and literacy groups taught for half an hour before school, four mornings a week.
More Able, Gifted and Talented
In addition to extension and challenge during lessons, our most able pupils undertake specialist projects such as the production of the school newspaper and working with the secondary school.
Our scientist in residence provides the creativity and challenge to extend the learning, knowledge and skills of our most able students through access to our LAB_13 facility.
Personal and Social Development
We believe that our children should learn how to put our school values into action. They have a wide range of opportunities to show leadership and responsibility through taking on such roles as:
- School councillor
- Lab_13 committee member
- School ambassadors
- Anti-bullying ambassador
- House captains
- Play leader
- Junior Road Safety Officer
- Code club leader
- Lunchtime waiter
Children are encouraged to use their initiative to suggest and run their own lunchtime clubs.
|Designated Senior Person: Mrs Julia Alison – Headteacher|
|Designated Senior Person: Mrs Alison Loasby – Deputy Head|
|Designated Senior Person: Mrs Karen Bolton – SENCO|
|Chair of Governors with Safeguarding responsibility : Mrs Julie Lea|
|Family Link Worker – Mrs Jo Thom*|
If you have concerns about a child’s welfare –
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
0300 126 1000;
National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
Tel : 0808 800 5000
Tel: 0800 1111
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
Tel: 0870 000 3344
Staying Safe Pastorally
The health, safety and well-being of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work in our school. Teachers are available daily after school to discuss any aspects of care, guidance and support required.
If a child has a pastoral need, with permission of the parents, they may refer them to work our family link worker/ learning mentor within our Acorn Suite facility. This member of staff works with individuals and small groups of children on social development, self-esteem and behaviour management programmes.
Medical /First Aid
We aim to do everything possible and reasonable to help with the safety and well-being of your child. Medical conditions present issues which we must manage with great care.
Medicines are only administered at the discretion of the head teacher. Only prescribed medicines in their original containers with clear written instructions will be administered, and only with full written instructions and staff approval (the Headteacher, Deputy Headteachers or trained First Aid at Work staff can approve this; office staff will check details and arrange for this approval.) Throat lozenges or sweets should not be brought into school.
For any child requiring regular on-going medication e.g. asthma relievers, please complete the necessary form (below) also available at the office. Parents are responsible for checking the expiry date and for informing us in writing of any changing needs. Please inform the school of any allergies your child may have. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s health then please see our Family Link Worker, who will assist you in to making a referral to the school nurse.
Forms related to Medical needs are available in the side bar of this page.
Safeguarding: Child Protection
Read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy for additional information, available in the side bar of this page.
Our teaching of personal, social and health education and citizenship, as part of the National Curriculum, helps to develop appropriate attitudes in our children and makes them aware of the impact of their decisions on others. We also teach them how to recognise different risks in different situations, and how to behave in response to them and know who to speak to if they have worries.
The Children Act 1989 requires all school staff to be trained and to pass on information which raises concern that a child may be at risk from non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse. These procedures are intended to protect children. Schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for concern, it is better to be over-cautious than to risk a child’s safety. Staff have a duty to report any concerns to the designated teacher for Child Protection. All matters reported are handled in confidence with the utmost sensitivity. Parents are consulted and informed of actions taken.
Our school is a safe and secure environment. We have high perimeter fencing and electronic gates which are locked during school hours. A buzzer intercom system and CCTV cameras which alert the office staff to visitors arriving during the day. Please state your name and brief reason for requesting entry. External doors to the buildings have safety locks and the main doors require security codes for access. Visitors are required to report to the main office to sign in and collect a temporary identity badge.
Read our e-safety policy for further information, available in the side bar of this page.
Parents, staff and children are asked to sign safety rules for the use of the internet. In school the children are taught e-safety and only access the internet through the Learning Platform portal which has a high level of security filtering.
When children start school we ask parents to state the level of permission they give for how photographs and video recordings of their child may be used by the school. In addition, parents will be asked to sign a permission slip to allow their child to access amenities in the local area e.g. visiting the Church, Irchester Country Park. Residentials and trips involving transport require parental permission to be given every time.
Data Protection / Freedom of Information Policy
Read the Data Protection Policy for further information, available in the side bar of this page.
Information from home is gathered initially on an admission form and is then updated annually. This information is held securely in school on a computer and is covered by the Data Protection Act. Parents are given a copy of the data held each year so that it can be checked and updated.