ALL SAINTS’ C of E (VC) PRIMARY SCHOOL
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All Saints’ Primary is a school where every child really is allowed to shine. We pride ourselves on the enthusiasm, skill and commitment of our dedicated team.
“The school’s mission statement, ‘Every Child Shines,’ effectively shapes and determines priorities. Explicit Christian values permeate all aspects of school life ensuring pupils are loved, motivated and feel respected. Consequently, they learn in a safe and secure environment where their well-being is of paramount importance”.
Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report. February 2015
- upholding Christian values of consideration, tolerance, honesty and respect for self and others
- maintaining a safe yet welcoming, well ordered environment in which all members of the school community have trust, courtesy, and respect for one another, for the school and wider community and for the physical environment
- maintaining the context of Christian worship and teaching
- developing spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- encouraging pupils to value themselves as individuals and to understand the importance of promoting community cohesion for the greater good of all (locally, nationally and globally)
- celebrating progress and achievement
- supporting the differences within the school community through appropriate provision for the most vulnerable and those with special educational needs
- honouring the right of all to fair and compassionate treatment through equality of opportunity
The school staff and governors take their responsibilities with regard to safeguarding very seriously. Evidence is available in the safeguarding toolkit that details how the following objectives are fully met.
Providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn in
- Identifying children and young people who are vulnerable or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and at school. A copy of the Child Protection Policy is available here.
“Parents feel very confident that their children are safe and well cared for in the school”
All Saints’ General Housekeeping
Regular attendance and punctuality are vitally important to children’s progress. We ask parents to telephone us on the first day of any absence before 9.30.am so we know the reason why, and to send a note on return.
- Children who achieve 100% attendance (with the exception of medical appointments) receive a certificate and badge in a termly whole school ‘Celebrating Good Attendance’ assembly.
- Holiday leave is not an entitlement however, and it is therefore important that permission is sought before travel arrangements are made.
- Please click here for more on All Saints’ Attendance policy.
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINE
Please inform the school office if your child has a medical condition that requires regular medication.
- Only essential medicines prescribed by a doctor will be administered during the school day.
- Parents must submit a signed written permission slip before any medicine can be administered; the medicines must be in their original container and clearly labelled.
Good relationships are fundamental to all we try to do in school and thus the way we treat each other and good manners are of primary importance.
- As a Christian school our policy is to base our discipline on respect for one another and we aim to teach children to be happy, caring, polite and trustworthy.
SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS
- At All Saints’ we cater for the needs of all our children. We work in partnership with parents and aim to keep them fully informed of their child’s education and progress by way of informal meetings, review meetings and parents’ evenings.
- Regular homework is set in each phase. The most important homework is reading and we encourage parents to listen to their children every evening. Each child has a reading record for parents/carers to sign and comment if they wish.
- Topic related Enrichment homework is set at the beginning of each topic and celebrated with the school community in various ways, eg at Open Evenings.
CHARGING AND REMISSIONS POLICY
- At the start of each academic year parents will be asked to make a voluntary contribution of £20 per child to cover their topic based educational visits for the year. This will not include residential visits, clubs or extra invitation based activities or swimming.
- Parents unable to make voluntary contributions because of financial difficulties are asked to discuss their particular situations with the Headteacher or School Business Manager.
- It is anticipated that the majority of concerns can be dealt with through informal discussion with the class teacher or phase leader and/or the Headteacher, by appointment.
- If however, it is necessary to proceed more formally, there is a formal complaint procedure which is detailed here on our website and is available from the school office.
FINDING OUT INFORMATION
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- A fortnightly newsletter is produced to ensure all parents/carers are kept fully informed and up to date with all events and aspects of school life.
- At the beginning of each term a class newsletter is produced to inform parents of the themes/topics that will be studied so that parents can assist in research for class work.
- All relevant documents of interest to parents, such as School and County Policy Documents, copies of Governors’ Meetings Minutes and Agendas, Charging and Remissions Policy and Complaints Procedure are available in the school office and can be viewed upon request.
- Further information can also be obtained by phoning the school office on 01621 853519 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
INCLUSION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
- All Saints’ School is a fully inclusive school and is committed to respecting the equal human rights of all our pupils and to educate them about equality. This respect for equality is woven into the fabric of our curriculum. See our Equal Opportunities Policy on our website for more.
- There is an active Parents’ Association that arranges social functions and fundraising activities for the benefit of the school. All parents are welcome and encouraged to take part, as this is a vital source of funding for the school. Events are usually well attended and provide additional opportunities for the school community to come together. All parents are automatically members of the Association.
- All Saints’ has its own in-house catering which is made with fresh locally sourced produce.
- Menus can be found here
“The school has excellent relationships with the parents, who are united in their delight with what the school provides for their children.”
A Smooth Transition
At All Saints’ it is our aim to ensure that the transition from pre-school to primary school is as smooth as possible, and so we have a programme of visits and activities that are designed to help children and parents get to know us and what we’re all about and to give us a chance to get to know you before your child starts school.
Children who are entering the Reception class and who are allocated a place at All Saints’ will be invited to visit the school on four occasions during the Summer term before they start school. We also hold a Parents Evening for new starters to enable parents to meet staff and learn about the school. There are also opportunities to discuss any concerns they may have regarding their child’s transition in the Early Years Foundation setting. EYFS pupils are also invited to attend a class assembly in the summer term prior to starting in September.
“Children settle very quickly in the Reception classes” – Ofsted