School Prospectus

ALBRIGHTON PRIMARY

 

Albrighton Primary School is a caring school which has 8classes, for children between the ages of 4 and 11. The school is based in two buildings on the same site. Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (ages 4-7) are based in one and Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11) in the other. The school is based in an idyllic setting on the edge of the beautiful village of Albrighton in rural Shropshire. We have extensive grounds with three junior football pitches, two large playgrounds, a heated outdoor swimming pool with changing rooms and a wooded area, which we use as our base for our Forest School's work. We have a tyre park, an outdoor fitness trail and a well established pond and school garden to keep the children active.

Inside the school, in addition to the classrooms, we also have multi purpose rooms, two computer suites, two library areas, two halls, a dining room and a stage on which the children perform productions and class assemblies. All the classrooms have recently been equipped with new tables and chairs and interactive whiteboards and projectors. We offer a before and after school childcare provision, which is expertly run by Albrighton Flyers and is extremely popular with working parents. We offer a variety of lunchtime and afterschool clubs which vary from term to term but include; Cookery, Art, Netball, Football, Cricket, Tag Rugby, Chess, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Tennis, Choir, Drama, Recorder and Rounders, Bokwa Dance.

The school was last inspected by Ofsted in June 2012. This can be found by logging on to www.ofsted.gov.uk. The quotes within this prospectus were taken from our parental questionnaire (June 2012) and the Ofsted Report.

Thank you for your interest in Albrighton Primary School. We hope that this Prospectus will serve as a useful introduction to our school. We extend a warm welcome to you and your family to come and see our school at work. Please telephone for an appointment, we would be pleased to show you around.

"Both of our daughters have attended Albrighton Primary School and we have been really pleased with the care, education and environment that has been provided." (Parental Survey June 2012)

The information in this prospectus was correct at the time of printing (June 2013). Changes may be made as necessary during the school year.

General Information

Albrighton Primary School, Newhouse Lane, Albrighton, WV7 3QS.

Telephone: 01902 372558. Fax No: 01902 375796

Albrighton Email: admin@albrighton-pri.shropshire.sch.uk

Headteacher: Mrs W Taylor

Deputy Headteacher: Mr H Auckland

Class Teachers: Class 1 Mrs K Matthews (Reception)

Class 2 Mrs W Mackinnon (Year 1)

Class 3 Mrs K Martin(Year 2)

Class 4 Mrs A Rowlands/Mrs J Fogg (Year 3)

Class 5 Mrs R Welch (Year 3/4)

Class 6 Mr H Auckland  (Year 4/5)

Class 7 Mr Goodridge (Year 5)

Class 8 Miss S James  (Year 6)

School Bursar: Mrs L Gatley

Finance Administrator: Mrs G Jones

"Provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage, both indoors and in the imaginatively resourced outdoor area, allows them to develop appropriately their social and communication skills." (Ofsted June 2012)

Teaching Assistants:

Mrs E Chambers

Miss D Edwards

Mrs S Fletcher

Mrs T Matthews-Belcher (HLTA)

Mrs T Maundrell

Mrs S Mulhall

Mrs S Ord

Mrs R Roberts (HLTA)

Miss B Varty

Learning Mentor :  Mrs S Fletcher

Caretaker: Mr R Giles

Senior Supervisor: Mrs D Davies

Lunchtime Supervisors:

Mrs P Chidlow

Mrs J Chisnall

Mrs P Daw

Mrs J Mann

Mrs P Summers

Cleaner in Charge: Mrs P Summers

Cleaning Assistants:

Mrs P Chidlow

Mrs J Cochraine

Mrs P Daw

Mrs D Fenton

Mrs J Mann

"My children have been given additional academic support as needed, and I am happy that they have become grounded, confident and knowledgeable in a huge range of subjects." (Parental Survey June 2012)

The Governing Body:Co-opted Community Governors and Local Authority Governors:

Mrs C Ratcliffe (Chair)

Mr D Hickman

Mrs P Hunt (Vice-Chair)

Mrs C Jones

Mrs J MacLaughlan

Mr K Lockley

Mr J Everitt

Parent Governors:

Mrs S Horobin

Mr P Mulhall

Mrs N Ives

Headteacher Governor: Mrs W Taylor

Staff Governors:

Mrs R Roberts

Mrs W Mackinnon

Clerk to the Governors: Mr R Jones

The School Governors play a vital role in the life of our school. They are involved in monitoring the school budget, the school curriculum, the state of the building and interviewing and selecting staff. The Governors meet regularly, at least twice a term and their support is greatly appreciated. Two of our Governors are based at DCAE Cosford and help us to maintain our strong links with the base.

"My daughter loves school and her teacher." (Parental Satisfaction Survey June 2012)

Mission Statement

We aim to encourage and foster the development of each child, intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally within a safe, caring and disciplined environment. Through a supportive, structured and challenging curriculum, we nurture curious, creative children who respond to new challenges with enthusiasm and confidence.

All children are encouraged to be sensitive to the needs of others, to have a sense of fairness and justice and an ability to value the contribution of each individual. We promote partnerships with parents and the wider community and with their support develop mutual respect and responsibility. We are sensitive to the needs of children facing the challenge of mobility, offering personal support as necessary. We shall encourage attitudes of tolerance, co-operation, perseverance, independence and responsibility and will endeavour to develop children who have a positive and healthy attitude to life long learning.

Admissions Policy

 

Shropshire LA permits admission from September in the year in which the child is five years old. Children usually therefore start school after the summer holiday although later admission is possible in some cases and by prior arrangement with the school. The standard admission number for Albrighton Primary School is 45. We have good links with the local Early Years providers, and many of our children attend one of the private nurseries in the village.

Parents are welcome to bring their children to look around the school before applying for a place. We want the transition from home and playgroup or nursery to school to be a happy one. All new entrants make two pre-school visits in the half term before they start school. We hope that our school is friendly and that there will be few difficulties when children join us. If you do have any concerns, do not hesitate to talk to us about them and we will do our best to resolve any problems.

During the first year in school children take part in a range of assessment activities, known as the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.

The School Day

 

School doors open 8.50 am

School begins 9.00 am

Morning break 10.30 - 10.45 am

Lunch break 12.00 - 1.10 pm Foundation/Key Stage 1

12.15 - 1.15 pm Key Stage 2

End of school 3.20 pm

Parents are requested to bring their children to school, between 8.50 am and 9.00 am. Children should not arrive on the premises before 8.40 am as supervision cannot be provided. Parents must not drive their cars onto the school drive or car parks, nor should they park on the yellow zig zag lines. The safety of the children is our prime concern. Parents and children should use the side entrance and footpath when entering and leaving the FS and KS1 building, and the main entrance for KS2. For general enquiries the main reception should be used at the KS2 site and we ask all visitors to report to this building initially.

Curriculum Organisation

Children begin their schooling in the Reception class. The first year of school is known as the Early Years Foundation Stage and Years 1 and 2 make up Key Stage 1, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 make up Key Stage 2. At Albrighton Primary School we cater for children to the end of Key Stage 2. At the end of each Key Stage there will be testing of National Curriculum core subjects in English and Mathematics.

"A very well balanced school. My children have arrived mid-year and settled in well due the staff's caring abilities." (Parental Satisfaction Survey June 2012).

Class Organisation

All children are in the charge of a class teacher who has overall responsibility for their well being. Classes are mixed ability and the staff use various teaching strategies including whole class teaching, group work and individual teaching to ensure continuity and progression for all the children. As our statutory intake number is 45 this necessitates that some classes are single age and some are mixed age, covering two year groups. Organisation changes from year to year depending on the number of children in any one cohort.

Admission of Pupils with Disabilities

We pride ourselves on the inclusiveness of our provision. We have full disabled access (ramps, disabled toilet, and wide corridors) for disabled pupils and have accommodated one wheelchair bound child very successfully throughout her schooling. We have an accessibility plan (as required under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) which is updated regularly and is available on request.

Albrighton Primary School is a happy caring school with a strong sense of community. Each child is unique and the school aims to help every individual to develop his or her full potential.

Our Aims

We aim to:

Develop in children lively, enquiring minds and the ability to apply themselves to tasks

Create a caring community in which each child can grow up and develop his or her own personality

Develop each child to his or her maximum potential in all curriculum areas

Develop in the children a thoughtful, considerate attitude to others, and a respect and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life

Achieve high academic standards as well as high standards of discipline, behaviour and morals

"The strong pastoral care helps to ensure that pupils who join the school mid-way through a key stage settle quickly." (Ofsted June 2012)

Parental Involvement

A school cannot work successfully without the support and confidence of parents. We want you to feel involved with Albrighton Primary School and to know that we recognise the vital role you play in your child's education. The school has a Home/School Agreement which all parents and children are asked to sign and adhere to.

We recognise the importance of strong links between home and school. From the moment you decide that Albrighton is the school that you wish your child to attend, we strive to maintain a working relationship so that your child's progress can be monitored carefully.

Special opportunities are made each term for parents to look at their children's work and discuss their progress with each teacher. During the summer term, you will be presented with your child's annual written report. An open evening is then arranged when staff are available to discuss the report. However, if it is difficult for you to attend on these occasions, staff are very willing to meet with parents at a mutually agreed time.

If you have any questions, fears or doubts - or just need to talk something through, please call in and we will do our best to help. We prefer to talk at the time of concern, we do not expect parents to wait until Parent's Evening.

We value the help of parents and friends in school enormously. We have regular helpers who share their time and talents with the children. If you would like to help in this way, please mention it to your child's teacher or to Mrs Taylor. You will be very welcome. All helpers are subject to a police check through the Criminal Records Bureau, for the protection of all children.

At least twice a year each class performs a Class Assembly to which parents of those children are invited to attend. At the end of the each term we celebrate with an Awards Assembly and again the parents of those children with awards are personally invited.

"We recognise that our son has particular needs and the school Senco has worked very hard to refer him to other professionals for advice on his needs." (Parental Satisfaction Survey June 2012)

 

The Curriculum - An Overview

The school follows the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum within the framework of carefully planned programmes of study. The school's Assessment, Marking and Monitoring Policy ensures progression in learning. Individual records of attainment and the children's annotated work are kept and are available for parents at any time.

The curriculum consists of 3 core subjects, Mathematics, Science and English, and foundation subjects - Information Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Design and Technology, Modern Foreign Languages (Key Stage 2) and Religious Education. A termly information sheet is sent home to each child's parents informing them of the curriculum coverage for that term so that parents are fully informed of their child's work.

"I like the way staff are at the doors every day for concerns. She loves coming to school."  (Parental Satisfaction Survey June 2012)

The scheme of work has been designed as a rolling programme so that all the children in each year group have the same experiences and the level at which the child encounters these experiences will be dependant on their previous experiences, understanding and knowledge. The six themes, which all children follow, are:

Key Stage 1 - Houses and Homes, People and Places, Here There and Everywhere, Ourselves, On the Move, Our Wonderful World.

Lower Key Stage 2 - Vikings, Chocolate, Magic, Pop Band, Flight, Romans.

Upper Key Stage 2 - Rivers, Ancient Greece, Localities/Ironbridge, Development of Albrighton, Explorers/Mountain Environments, Tudors.

The school's Homework Policy is issued to parents when the child starts school. The amount and type of homework varies between year groups. All the children are encouraged to read at home regularly. Books are sent home in a ‘reading bag', with a Reading Diary in which parents, the child and teachers are encouraged to write comments.

Relationships and Sex Education

At Albrighton Primary, we believe that effective Relationships and Sex Education appropriate to the children's stage of development is essential if they are to grow to make informed decisions about their lives.

The school is legally required to teach certain aspects of Sex Education as part of the National Curriculum in Science. It is also taught within the PSHE programme and informally through school visits e.g. Ray's Farm.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from non-statutory elements of RSE.

Learning Support

Children who may require learning support are usually first identified by teacher observation and assessment. The teacher will discuss this with the child's parents so that we may plan together how best to meet the needs of the child, through additional support or intervention programmes. Occasionally this involves help from the Learning Support Advisory Teacher, Behaviour Support Teacher or the School Educational Psychologist. Parents are involved at each stage so that we can work together to encourage and support the child. In some cases it may be necessary to safeguard the needs of the child by drawing up a statement of his or her special needs. This is done through consultation with all those involved with the child and the LA. Gifted children are equally considered to have special needs and the school curriculum ensures that appropriate provision is made for them. There is a Special Educational Needs Policy which is available on request.

"Pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities are identified early and helped to make the same progress as their peers through detailed action plans and well targeted support." (Ofsted June 2009)

Inclusion

The school is renowned for its inclusive nature, successfully providing placements for physically disabled children and children with other specific learning difficulties. We strive to create a sense of community and belonging for all our pupils. We have an inclusive ethos with high expectations where children are able to access a broad and balanced curriculum.

Equal Opportunities

In accordance with the school's Equal Opportunities Policy, all children at Albrighton Primary School must be given full access to the National Curriculum. Staff will endeavour to help all children to reach their full potential irrespective of race, gender, age or ability

Positive Behaviour

"The behaviour of pupils is very good, they are polite and support each other and speak very positively of the buddy system in place to help new pupils settle in." (Ofsted June 2009)

To celebrate success To create harmony within our school environment To communicate well To create a safe and happy playground environment.

At school we work towards standards of behaviour based on the basic principles of honesty, respect, consideration and responsibility. There are school rules and we celebrate success in a variety of ways.

Schools for Health

The school is part of the ‘Schools for Health' project and was awarded Gold Status. We were also re-accredited with ‘Healthy Schools' Status in 2008.

"Pupils enjoy school and speak very positively of how they are helped to develop healthy lifestyles and to have a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe." (Ofsted June 2009)

Fruit and Water

As part of our Healthy School's initiative, all the children in Foundation and Key Stage 1, are provided with a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable (banana, strawberries, apple, Satsuma, tomatoes, pear, mange tout or carrots) at morning break. This is provided free of charge in FS and KS1 and a small charge of 10p per portion at KS2. In addition, all children are encouraged to bring in a water bottle on a daily basis to ensure they keep well hydrated.

School Travel Plan

We have a School Travel Plan which is reviewed yearly. We encourage walking to school wherever possible. We also take part in National Walk to School Week every October and May, as well as other initiatives eg National WOW Competitions. In 2012 the school had two winners of the National Competition with their designs made into WoW Badges and repeated this in 2013 with a further winning entry!

Health and Welfare

Long term illness - the Headteacher must be made aware of illnesses such as asthma, allergies, epilepsy or diabetes in order that proper care may be given.

Medicals - health checks, including dental inspections, take place during your child's time with us.

Child Protection

Everyone in the school shares an objective to help keep children safe by contributing to providing a safe environment for them to learn and to identify those who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and by taking appropriate action or making sure they are kept safe both at home and at school.

Parents play an important role in protecting their children from abuse. The school is required to consider the safety of the pupil and should a concern arise, professional advice will be sought prior to contacting parents. Parents will be contacted, and the school will continue to work with the parents to support the needs of the child. The school aims to help parents understand that the school, like all others, has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. The school may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a pupil's welfare. We have two trained designated teachers for child protection and the whole staff receives child protection training every 3 years.

Medicines in School

We are not permitted to administer medicines to any child without the written permission of the parent concerned. Should your child require medication prescribed by a doctor, it should be brought into school by an adult, and a medicine form completed and signed. This gives permission for the school to administer the medicine and states the dose and time at which it is to be given. Medical forms are available from the Office. In general, children in the early stages of a course of anti-biotic treatment should not be at school. We greatly appreciate your co-operation in this. Medicines brought into school are stored securely and asthma inhalers are kept in individual classrooms for ease of accessibility.

Sick Children

If your child is taken ill, we will contact you as soon as possible so that you can collect him/her from school. Should a child have an accident at school, their parents will be contacted immediately and medical help sought, if necessary. If your child seems unwell then he/she is probably better spending the day at home. It would be very helpful if you could let us know of any infectious diseases, e.g. German measles etc. When a child has been physically sick, we ask that they remain at home for at least 48 hours after the last bout of sickness.

School Health Service

The following information sets out the arrangements for routine services provided by the School Health Service in conjunction with the school. The school has a named School Nurse, Mrs Lin Harper, who is based at Shifnal Clinic and whose telephone number is 01952 621340. The school also has a School Doctor, who is a Community Paediatrician. During your child's second term at school, he or she will have a general health check, including a screening of height and weight, and a hearing test. This will be carried out by the School Nurse after signed consent has been received. At some time during the first year at school, your child will also have a vision test carried out by the Orthoptist.

The School Health Service now operates a system of selective medicals. During their first year, and preferably their second term at school, children are considered for such medicals, if concerns are expressed by the School Nurse, School Doctor or parents. In all cases full discussions will take place with parents and parental consent obtained before any examination takes place.

If you have any concerns about your child's health in school, including bedwetting, soiling and behaviour at home, you can contact the School Nurse who will be pleased to discuss those concerns with the Doctor. The Doctor will then contact you and may arrange an appointment.

Please note that the school and its grounds is a No Smoking environment.

Head Lice

This is an unfortunate problem in modern life. Constant checks by parents are needed to prevent the spread of head lice. Information, advice on treatment and head lice combs are available from the school office.

School Uniform

The school colours are navy blue, white and grey. The uniform consists of grey trousers, skirts or pinafore dresses, white polo shirts or blouse and navy blue school sweatshirts or cardigans, both of which can be purchased from the school office. In the summer, children may wear blue gingham dresses or short sleeved blouses or grey shorts and short sleeved shirts. All uniform should be clearly marked with your child's name, preferably with name tape. All children should wear sensible, flat, black shoes. Fashion shoes and boots with high heels are totally unsuitable for school and are a danger when children are moving around quickly on the playground. Sensible sandals may be worn in the summer (no particular colour)

PE - The kit for indoor and outdoor PE is a white top (T shirt or vest) and navy blue or black shorts. Indoor PE is usually done in bare feet and for outdoor PE the children will need pumps. We suggest any kit is placed in a suitably marked pump bag (these are available in school with the logo) with the child's name.

Lost Property

All lost property which has no name marked will be stored for half a term and displayed by the children's entrance at FS/KS1 and in boxes in the dining room at KS2. Please make sure all items of clothing are clearly marked, with your child's name, preferably on a shop produced name tag. All items of school wear look very similar! A laundry marker is kept in the school office.

Jewellery

The only jewellery which may be worn are stud earrings and these should be removed on PE days (you will be informed by your child's teacher when these are). Rings are not allowed.

School Meals

A hot cooked meal, provided by our Cook, Mrs Blackburn, is available every day. The school promotes a healthy eating policy and offers a choice of 3 dishes daily, including fresh fruit and salads. The menu is displayed on the notice board, and has a 4 week rotation (we have copies of the menus which parents can take home). Dinner money can be paid daily, weekly, monthly or termly either by cheque (payable to Shropshire Council) or cash. At FS and KS1 we provide little pots with your child's name on for this purpose. The cost of a meal is currently £2.00. Children may bring packed lunches. Sweets and chocolate bars are not allowed in school either as a snack or within a packed lunch (one cake bar or chocolate biscuit is thought to be sufficient). Drinks (not fizzy) should be in unbreakable, leak-proof containers in clearly labelled lunch boxes. Dinners and packed lunches are eaten in the dining room at KS2, where the children are helped by supervisory assistants. Parents in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance/Income Support may be eligible for free school meals. Application forms, available from the office, are treated in the strictest confidence

Extra Curricular Clubs

These vary depending on the time of year and availability of staff, but during the course of any one school year will usually cover activities such as Football, Tennis, Drama, Cookery, Gardening, Tag Rugby, Recorder, Gymnastics, Chess, Cross Country, Choir, Netball, Art and Bokwa Dance.

Letters inviting children to join on a half termly basis go out just prior to the club starting. Numbers are usually limited to 20.

"The wide range of well supported extra curricular opportunities contributes to pupils development of personal skills and improving confidence." (Ofsted June 2009)

Educational Visits

The school arranges a variety of out of school visits to assist with the teaching of the curriculum in school. Transport for these visits will be by hired coach and parents are asked to make a contribution towards the cost of the visit. Charges for visits of this kind are by voluntary donation only, so where possible we keep charges to an absolute minimum. Without your support, these visits would not take place.

Supervision will be provided by school teaching and other staff, parent helpers and other adults, and will be determined for each outing taking account of what the children are doing, where they are going, how they are getting there and so on. Whatever other help is used, at least one member of the school's full-time teaching staff will be involved and will be in charge. Supervision will also comply with any standards set down by the LA.

These vary depending on the time of year and availability of staff, but during the course of any one school year will usually cover activities such as Football, Tennis, Drama, Cookery, Gardening, Tag Rugby, Recorder, Gymnastics, Chess, Cross Country, Choir, Netball, Art and Bokwa Dance.

Links with Local Churches

We have established close links with St Mary's Church and the Church at DCAE Cosford. The children are asked to perform at church services occasionally, and the vicar and Padres come into school each half term to talk in assembly. We contribute periodically to the Parish Magazine, so that the parishioners and villagers know what is going on here at Albrighton.

Community Sports Links

We have close links with Albrighton Swimming Club, who use our swimming pool during the summer months. Albrighton Junior Football Club also use our football fields for training and match purposes. Many of our children are members of both the above clubs. We have changing facilities for both football and swimming.

Insurance

The County Council provides insurance cover to protect children should they suffer injury, damage or loss whilst at school. It also provides personal accident and business travel insurance which covers school trips and outings.

Arrangements for Making Complaints about the Curriculum and Religious Worship

Under Section 29 of the Education Act 2002 the Local Authority has established arrangements, approved by the Secretary of State, for dealing with formal complaints about the curriculum or any related matter to the Governing Body, the LA or both. Parents and others who want to find out more about this matter should contact the Head in the first instance.

Other Complaints

For all other complaints or concerns, parents (and others) are encouraged to raise them initially with the Headteacher, who will be able to discuss them either there and then or at a mutually agreed time. Should it not be possible to resolve any complaint or concern satisfactorily in this way, the complaint should be put in writing and sent or given to the Headteacher. If you would like assistance in setting out your complaint, the school will, if asked, help you to do this. The school then promises to deal with your complaint. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint you can write to the Chair of Governors who can be contacted through the school address. Should you still not be satisfied and want to take the matter further, you will be told who else you can write to at that stage

We hope you have found the information in this booklet useful. If there is anything you would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you would like to know more about us, give us a call or come for a visit, we would love to see you.