HEMYOCK PRIMARY SCHOOL PROSPECTUS 2012-2013 Hemyock Primary School Prospectus Hemyock Primary School Parklands Hemyock Cullompton Devon EX15 3RY Tel: 01823 680240 0r 680567 email: [email protected] www.hemyock-primary.devon.sch.uk Executive Head: Chair of Governors: Head of Teaching and Learning: Mr Gary Chown Mr Ray Rice Mrs Leanne Arrowsmith Welcome to Hemyock Primary School Dear Parents Hemyock Primary is a school that believes in the development of the ‘whole school’. At the heart of our school is a philosophy of mutual care and respect for ourselves, each other and the environment. We strive to develop reflective, caring children who will grow to be responsible citizens, active in addressing the global challenges of sustainability and inequality. We aim to help our children understand and respect their own culture and other cultures across the world. We provide opportunities for children to develop intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We are committed to maintaining the very highest expectations for our children, ensuring that all children achieve their potential. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that is accessible to all our learners, taking account of children’s specific needs and abilities. Relationships between us all are characterised by clear, open and honest communication. It is our aim to work as one team involving governors, parents, staff and children to deliver the highest standards of education. We are a community school so we are committed to developing as a centre of learning for everyone. Hemyock Primary School is very fortunate in the variety and extent of its grounds. We make every effort to develop and continuously improve our outdoor areas, using them to enhance and enrich children’s learning. Hemyock Primary School Prospectus Vision, Values and Aims of the School A community for life long learning, a hub of excellence where children can achieve full potential in their academic, creative, personal, physical, moral and spiritual development. Our aims for the school and its children are based around five core principles: Respect - A community who have respect for themselves, for others and for their environment, who are excited about learning and who see no limit to what they can achieve. Challenge – Enthusiastic, reflective and responsible learners who will embrace challenges and work hard to achieve their personal goals. Creativity – A creative and stimulating environment that will enable children to develop the skills they will need to access learning opportunities for the rest of their lives and to take their places as confident and fulfilled members of society. Safety - A safe and caring place where everyone is valued and where their individuality, culture and heritage are celebrated. Partnership – A partnership with parents and the wider community that strengthens the work of the school and encourages every child to take pride in their achievements; extending and enriching the experiences and opportunities open to the children. We aim to provide a curriculum which is balanced and wide ranging, which includes all subjects of the National Curriculum and the relationships between them. The needs of individuals are central to the planning and implementation of the school's curriculum and all pupils have equal rights of access irrespective of ability, gender, ethnic or cultural origins. Members of staff are always striving to provide effective teaching which promotes the pupil's progress and achievement and the quality of their learning. We recognise the importance of providing continuity throughout a pupil's life. We liaise with the Pre-school, between our classes in school, across the Key Stages and with the Secondary School. We aim to develop a close working relationship between the school, the pupil's parents, Governors and the wider community. We aim to manage our finances efficiently to provide the best possible use of personnel, resources and accommodation. We focus on clear priorities over a period of time. We aim to prepare pupils for the next stage in their education. Hemyock Primary School Prospectus Admissions Hemyock Primary School is a warm and friendly place to be. We welcome visits from prospective parents. Children with their fifth birthdays between the 1st of September and 28/29th February are admitted to Reception in September. Children born between the 1st March and 31st August are admitted in January. Children new to the area will be admitted as soon as possible. We encourage prospective parents to look around the school and meet the staff and children. Please contact the School Administrator who will arrange for a mutually convenient time when the Head of Teaching and Learning will be happy to show parents around and answer any questions they may have. Hemyock Primary School Prospectus Accessibility Hemyock Primary School is committed to reducing barriers to teaching andlearning and assessment, and improving the access to the curriculum for all learners, including those with special needs or disabilities. We recognise: our duty • • under the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) as amended by the SENDA (2001). “from September 2002, it will be unlawful for schools and LEAs to discriminate against disabled pupils in their admissions and exclusions, education and associated services.*” • • • Schools and LAs must: not treat disabled pupils less favourable; and take reasonable steps to avoid putting disabled pupils at a substantial disadvantage (the ‘reasonable adjustment’ duty) that Local Education Authority and school governors have the duty to publish Accessibility Strategies and Plans. Improving the Physical Environment of the school The school seeks to increase year on year the accessibility of the school to students with disabilities and ensure that sufficient specialist facilities are available to meet the needs of existing and potential pupils. Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum. Our school plans to improve access to the curriculum for all disabled pupils although many adjustments to access will be dependent on individual needs and may be provided through the Special Education Needs framework. Hemyock Primary School Prospectus Members of Staff Executive Head Mr Gary Chown Head of Teaching And Learning Mrs Leanne Arrowsmith Teachers SENCo Learning Support Assistants Mrs Annabel Barr - Foundation Stage Teacher Mrs Sue Risdon - Year 1 Teacher Miss Nicola Cornish - Year 1 Teacher Miss Hannah Bradbury - Year 2/3 Teacher Mrs Lynn Taylor - Year 3/4 Teacher Mrs Michelle Lockyer - Year 4/5 Teacher Miss Sue Fenn - Year 5/6 Teacher Mrs Sara Stone Mrs Tamzin Norman Mrs Rachael Drawert Mrs Lorna Hawkins Mrs Sharon Gaskin Miss Sally Partridge Mrs Miriam Seaforth Administrators Mrs Sarah Churchill and Mrs Suzy Cole Kitchen Staff Mrs Jenny Cooksley Meal Time Assistant Mrs Stella Lenton Mrs Karen Menzfeld Caretaker Mr John Wooding Cleaner Miss Patricia Sweeting Governors Mr Ray Rice (Chair of Governors) Mr Gary Chown (Executive Head) Miss Louise Jones (Staff Governor) Mrs Alison Rice (Curriculum Governor) Mr Hugh Whittaker (Parent Governor) Mr David Hodgson (Parent Governor) Mr Mark Thompson (Parent Governor) Mr Patrick Redwood (Parent Governor) Mr Scott Farr (Parent Governor) Mrs Jennie Curnow (Parent Governor) Mr Richard Evans ((Community Governor) Mrs Vivienne Heeley (Foundation Governor) Mrs Penny Lamb (Foundation Governor) Mrs Lucy Poole (Clerk to Governors) Hemyock Primary School Prospectus The School Day School Uniform and PE Kit Monday to Friday At Hemyock Primary we believe that wearing school uniform creates a sense of identity and belonging to our ‘school community’. We ask that the following is worn. 8.50am to 12.15 and 1.25pm to 3.30pm We ask parent to ensure that their children arrive on time for school. We also ask parents to collect their children on time. If they are unable to do so, or they are being collected by someone else, please inform the school as soon as possible. Classroom organisation Key stage one Reception 23 Year 1 19 Year 2/3 23 Key stage two Year 3/4 27 Year 4/5 31 Year 5/6 29 Our school benefits from spacious classrooms. Each class has an interactive whiteboard and networked computers. To celebrate the children’s work our staff make excellent use of displays, both in the classroom and in shared areas. Our school also has a large hall which is used for PE, assemblies and lunch, a computer suite and library. We have extensive outdoor areas which we use to develop the children's learning of the world around them. Our children regularly visit ‘[email protected] out outdoor classroom site in the Blackdown Hills. • • • • • White blouse, shirt or Polo shirt Black/grey trousers, shorts, skirts or pinafores Sensible black shoes—not trainers Bottle green school sweatshirt/ cardigan. Green and white check or striped summer dresses. Our School PTFA runs an extensive uniform shop at affordable prices, please enquire at the school office. Although children in key stage one do not change for PE daily we do ask that they have a PE kit in school. Children in key stage two need a PE kit in school at all times. This should consist of black shorts, a bottle green school t-shirt and plimsolls or trainers. We also recommend that tracksuits are used during the colder months. Hemyock Primary School Prospectus Every Child Matters At Hemyock Primary we strongly believe in delivering the five outcomes from Every Child Matters. The outcomes are: • Be Healthy • Stay Safe • Enjoy and Achieve • Make a positive contribution • Achieve economic wellbeing We strive to educate the children in the five areas through our teaching of a broad, challenging and exciting curriculum. We hope that the following pages will give parents a small taste of how we deliver and reinforce this to the children. Be Healthy We actively encourage our children to adopt a healthy lifestyle both physically and emotionally. Our school achieved the ‘Healthy Schools Award’ and is now working towards the ‘Healthy Schools Plus Award’. We hold the activemark for our delivery of a rigorous PE curriculum. Our children take part in 10 minutes of Daily Physical Activity and we have extensive playtime equipment which encourages active play times. Children have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular sporting activities and festivals. Our school meals are delivered daily to school from fresh local produce as we offer the ‘Fresh Start Menu’. Gardening and Healthy Cookery are also part of our curriculum and extra–curricular activities. The children are visited by health professionals such as the dental nurse, who teach good practice in health matters. Hemyock Primary School Prospectus Stay Safe Hemyock Primary School is a safeguarding school. As a result the following are in place: • A written safeguarding policy and up to date child protection (CP) procedures that have been agreed with the governing bo • A Senior Designated Person (SDP) role established and deputy/ deputies identified. • A nominated governor to champion child protection issues. • Other safeguarding procedures, including dealing with allegations against members of staff and safer working practice (code of conduct). • Training at the appropriate level for all staff and volunteers. • Robust staff recruitment and selection processes which safeguard children. The children are regularly visited by various professionals such as the police who give talks on ’stranger danger’ and fire officers who highlight the dangers of playing with fire and what to do in an emergency. We frequently take children out of the school for learning experiences and instill in them the need for road safety. Our year 6 children also undertake a Cycle Training Certificate at the beginning of the year. Achieve Economic Well-being As a school we strive to raise the children’s aspirations. Through encouraging our pupils to develop a love of learning we hope that they will want to continue to learn past their compulsory schooling. Frequent visits from a variety of professionals give the children some idea of what it is like for example to be a nurse, vet or police officer. Our older children are given various responsibilities across the school from librarians to children who run our active playtimes and running stalls at school events. Our school council has its own budget. Attendance and punctuality at Hemyock is outstanding. Hemyock Primary School Prospectus Enjoy and Achieve At Hemyock Primary we believe in building positive relationships with pupils and parents thereby creating an environment where children attend school with a positive attitude and are willing to learn. We are committed to a topic based learning approach in which, where appropriate, subjects and mixed age groups are linked together. This helps the children to make connections in their learning. Although we strive to deliver a rigorous curriculum so that children can achieve their fullest academic potential, we also strongly believe that they should have the opportunity to achieve in other areas. To this end we offer children extracurricular activities in sport, languages, art, dance and music. Children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 participate in residential trips. Reception & KS1 children participate in our Nativity and our year 6 children perform in an end of year production. We also hold an annual music event to encourage all those who play an instrument either with the school or out of school. We enter teams in events such as the Uffculme Challenge and Exmoor Challenge. There are swimming galas, sports days and Culm Valley schools events throughout the year assisting the children in familiarising themselves with Uffculme School and getting to know the children from other schools who will start secondary school with them. Hemyock Primary School Prospectus Make a Positive Contribution Our school actively encourages the children to make a positive contribution to the school, local and wider communities. The children have a voice through an active school council and there are representatives from each year group. School councillors are elected by the pupils. Our older children also hold positions of responsibility such as play leaders and librarians. We have close links with Uffculme School and participate in sports festivals organised by them. There is a rigorous transition programme in place making the move from primary to secondary education as smooth as possible for our children. The children welcome our local community into school when we hold our Nativity and Summer Fete. Our choir frequently performs at local events such as Blackdown Hills Support Group Christmas lunch and turning on the Christmas lights in the village. Our children enjoy supporting major charities such as Children in Need and Red Nose Day. This gives the children the opportunity to learn and reflect on peoples different backgrounds and cultures.
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