Prospectus

Head Teacher : Mrs L Bates
Chairman of Governors : Mrs E Williams
Classification : County Primary and Nursery Unit

Aims of the School

Our school is one where we believe in "Working Together To Do Our Best", in order to seek improvement. In our Mission Statement, we believe that the child is a unique individual and should

  • develop a lively enquiring mind;
  • have the ability to communicate effectively and with reason'
  • acquire and develop abilities, skills and knowledge of the natural and manmade world;
  • have self-awareness and a respect for others;
  • acquire self-discipline and a moral code of behaviour.

These aims form the basis for developing the ethos of the school and are delivered through the curriculum. All children follow the subjects in the National Curriculum and a course in Personal Social Health Education and Citizenship (PSHEC). The subjects followed are: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Information Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education. The curriculum is delivered through a mixture of subject and topic approach, emphasising direct experience and activity-based learning. The work covers the programmes of study as defined in the National Curriculum.

Organisation

The school was built in 1905 and was refurbished in 1996. There are four teaching areas, Early Years, Infants, Lower Juniors and Upper Juniors. Each area is fully equipped and has its own entrance. Throughout the school there are fourteen classrooms, a main hall, a library, a medical room, playgrounds and grassed area.
The organisation of the teaching groups may vary annually according to the number on roll; either horizontal or vertically grouped. Classes are of mixed ability and consideration is given to age, balance of sexes and friendship groups. Children may undertake work individually, in groups or as a class. In English and mathematics pupils are set from year 2 to year 6.

Punctuality and Attendance

Evidence shows that children with poor attendance are unlikely to succeed academically and they are more likely not to be in education, employment or training when they leave school. Unless children are really ill, we expect them to come to school every day. Children, who are late, miss out on important chunks of their learning and disrupt the organisation of the school day.

As parents, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that your child attends school and that they are punctual. Registers are monitored each term and letters sent to parents of pupils whose attendance and punctuality is deemed to be unsatisfactory.
We actively encourage good attendance by regularly presenting certificates and awards to those pupils who have good or improved attendance.

If children are absent from school, the parents/guardians must ring the office 0161 865 1209 or phone/text to 0782 6553736 as soon as possible, giving the reason for absence. If your child does not arrive at school and the school has not been informed, the school will contact home to ensure your child is safe. If we fail to receive notification of your child's absence, it will be recorded as unauthorised and may be viewed as truancy which will result in you receiving a visit from the Education Welfare Officer.

We thoroughly discourage the taking of annual holidays and short breaks during term time as this may mean your child will miss some vital work which they will not be able to make up. Staff will only be able to provide work for children who have missed work through long term illness.
If your child does need to have time off during term time, please write to the Head who will issue an authorisation letter. The school is only prepared to authorise up to 10 days absence each year. This will only be authorised if your child's attendance was above the expected national average for the previous year.
There may be unavoidable times when your child will arrive late. It is essential they report to the school office on arrival to obtain their attendance mark. The class register closes at 9.10am. After the school bell indicating the start of the day, all the children enter school and walk down to their classes. The children's entrances will be locked at 9.05am to safeguard the pupils. Parents arriving with their children late will not be able to accompany them to class. A member of staff can take them plus any message to their teacher. If you need to speak to your child's teacher about an urgent situation, then inform the school secretary, otherwise the teacher will contact you at the first opportunity. Staff are usually available at the end of the day to speak to parents/carers, please organise this at the school office too.

School Times and Holidays

NURSERY

  • Morning Session 8:45 am to 11:45 am
  • Afternoon Session 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

INFANTS - JUNIORS SCHOOL TIMES

  • 8:50 am - Doors open
  • 9:00 am - Registration
  • 10:30 am - 10:45 am - Infant Break
  • 10:45 am - 11:00 am - Lower Junior Break
  • 11:15 am - 11:30 am - Upper Junior Break
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Infant Lunch
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Junior Lunch
  • 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm - Infant Break
  • 3:15 pm - End of School

Holidays dates are issued annually to parents or may be obtained from the school office or viewed on the school’s website.

Seeing Staff

Staff are available at the end of the school day when they see the pupils out of school. If you would like to see a member of staff for a more formal or serious reason, please make an appointment at the School Office or with the appropriate staff member.

Religious Education and Collective Acts of Worship

The school follows the religious education programme as defined by the Trafford Education Authority's Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education. It aims to develop in children an awareness of and respect for themselves, others, the world around them, spiritual experience and religious tradition.

Daily collective acts of worship are held, either in class, departments, or whole school. Although these are mainly or wholly Christian, we draw upon the school's many cultures and religions and various religious festivals. Parents who wish their child to be withdrawn from religious studies and/or collective acts of worship, must make such a request in writing to the Head teacher.

The school has no religious affiliations with a particular religion. However, there are occasional visits from the local Church of England and Methodist ministers to take assemblies.

Special Education Needs

The Co-ordinator for S.E.N.D is Miss James.
Sometimes, children experience difficulty in keeping up with the rest of the children in their class. This can happen for a variety of reasons. It is our policy to identify these children and give them special individual attention to help them overcome their problems.
If your child is identified as having need of extra help they will initially be ‘Recorded’ on our SEN register. At this stage you will be informed of the nature of the problem, and asked if you have any information which could be relevant to the problem and the strategies we adopt to overcome them. Your child may be on the register as ‘Recorded’ for no more than two terms
If your child has not made significant progress after two terms, they will be registered at ‘School Action’ or ‘Early Years Action’ if in the Foundation Stage. Your child will then be given a special individual programme of work to help them, which may include work to be done at home.
Should your child still have significant problems after this, they will be registered at ‘School Action Plus’. At this point, your child will be referred to external agencies such as the Education Psychologist, Speech Therapist or the Occupational Therapist for assessment and a report.
It is our policy to keep parents informed of developments at every stage of the procedure. If you have any worries concerning this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher to arrange an appointment to discuss your concerns. The school has a disability equity policy in place.

Able and talented

We keep a register of children who have been identified as more able and talented. The class teacher will provide an appropriately challenging curriculum for the child through a variety of strategies. Parents will be informed if their child is on the register and progress will be monitored through target setting and review at parent's evening. We also invite parents to nominate their children for inclusion on the register by informing us of any talents.

Sex Education

The Governors of the school believe that it is important to deliver an appropriate sex education programme. The aims are to prepare children to cope with the physical and emotional changes of growing up and to give children an elementary understanding of human reproduction. Parents may withdraw their child from all or part of these lessons except those which are included in the National Curriculum. The sex education programme forms part of science and PSHEC.

Extra Curricular Activities

Such activities are valuable in providing a source of enjoyment and bring pupils and teachers together outside the classroom. They give the children a chance to develop additional skills. These activities will vary throughout the year. Such activities may be clubs for sports or general interest, such as, football and netball. They may be held during the school day or after school. Children and parents are notified of the club arrangements currently operating.

Complaints

If you feel you wish to complain about the school curriculum, you may obtain information entitled "Local Authority for Complaints regarding the School Curriculum" from the school office or Trafford Education Authority.

Pastoral Care

All teaching and non-teaching staff aim to develop a partnership between the school, parent and child, which promotes a supportive and caring environment. We welcome any information which might affect the child's progress and happiness. The school has a Learning Mentor who can offer you support with parenting, behaviour or other issues that may affect your child’s wellbeing.

Child Protection

Parents should be aware that the school will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow the Trafford Area Child Protection Committee's Guide: "Caring for Children" and will inform Trafford Social Services of their concerns.

Parents will not be informed of concerns unless staff are certain that the safety of the child will not be prejudiced by doing so. In NO circumstances will parents be contacted where sexual abuse is suspected unless the assault was by a total stranger.

Medical Advice

The school nurse is a regular visitor to school. Several services are available in school throughout your child's stay with us. It is essential that you sign a consent form allowing your child to be seen by the School Nurse to ensure they do not miss out on these important services.

  • Yearly dental, sight and hearing checks.
  • Routine medicals and immunisations by the school doctor are offered for measles and mumps as well as booster vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus and polio.
  • Health checks by the school nurse including the checking of hair, skin, feet, height, weight and discussing general health.
  • Health and hygiene lessons for whole classes when appropriate.
    We are also able to monitor individual children with specific problems. The school nurse is also involved in supporting the school curriculum, by delivering a programme of Health Education to the children.

Parents should note that the school has a toileting policy which comes into effect if an individual child requires assistance beyond the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Medicines

Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell or if they are on a course of medication for a short term illness. There are times, however, when you child may be fit for school but will need long term medication.
A growing number of children need to take medicine while at school or need support because of their special medical needs. The major role for caring for a child rests with the parents or guardians and it is their responsibility to manage the child's health and to ensure attendance at school. However, the school asks that parents give information about their child's medical condition, the treatment he or she will need at school and any special needs or conditions that apply.
There are no contractual requirements on members of staff to administer or supervise medication or support a child's medical needs.
At Gorse Hill Primary School it is the policy for a recognised first aider to administer medicines which are brought into school. Medication prescribed 3 times a day will not be given in school as the recommended dosage can be taken before and after school. Parents are however welcome to come into school at lunchtime if they wish to administer medicine themselves outside of these arrangements. Parents must complete a medication consent form which is kept in the school office before any medication can be administered by staff, if unable to come into school.
A few medicines, such as asthma inhalers, must be readily available to pupils and must not be locked away. Inhalers are made easily accessible by the child's class teacher. The school has a detailed policy on managing medicines and a separate one for asthma. You are always welcome to ask to see a full copy of the document.

Behavior and Discipline

At Gorse Hill we are committed to creating a positive atmosphere where good behaviour is expected.

We develop children's self awareness and respect for others by encouraging them to live up to these expectations.

  • Do be gentle and sensible
  • Do be kind and helpful
  • Do work hard and do your best
  • Do take care of property
  • Do listen to people and work
    co-operatively
  • Do be honest and respectful
  • Do not hurt anybody
  • Do hurt people's feelings
  • Do not waste your or other
    people's time
  • Do not waste or damage things
  • Do not interrupt
  • Do not cover up the truth

Rewards

Throughout the year the children will be able to earn the following rewards:

  • Stickers.
  • House points which lead to 15 minutes extra play each week.
  • headteacher award.
  • Speaking to parents.
  • Individual clases having their own reward systems for good work and behaviour.

Sanctions

If children ignore the behaviour expectations of our school then the following sanctions will be applied:

  • Intervals of time will be removed from their playtime.
  • The child will be referred to the Headteacher.
  • Parents may be contacted.
  • The child will be placed on report.

Anti-Bullying

We have a zero tolerance approach to bullying and any form of bullying will dealt with individually and appropriately in parnership with parents. Reporting pupils will be told what actions have been taken by the school.

Homework

All children are expected to be involved in the school's "Shared Reading" programme and take home their reading books. There are further opportunities to develop the child's language and mathematical skills and abilities across the curriculum. The frequency of this homework increases as the child gets older. This is at least once a week in reception and Year 1, twice weekly in older infants and up to three times a week in upper and lower juniors. Where a child has found a particular piece of work challenging, class teachers may send some work home to reinforce that child’s learning in school.

Jewellery

Pupils are not permitted to wear jewellery in school except small studs in pierced ears or for religious reasons. Jewellery can be stolen or mis-placed, and serious injuries have occurred where children have been scratched by rings, choked by necklaces or had ears ripped through the wearing of inappropriate ear-rings whilst running around at playtime.
If your child comes to school wearing jewellery, it will be confiscated and kept in a secure place until return at 3.15pm For safety reasons, ear studs and watches must be removed for alI PE lessons. If your child is unable to remove ear studs for PE, they must bring in and apply plasters to cover their ears.
As teachers cannot be held responsible for the safe keeping of valuable items, it is suggested that your child not wear either of these items on those days when they have PE, swimming or outdoor pursuits.

Dinners and Milk

You have three options available to you at lunchtime. Your child can:

  • stay for dinner
  • bring a packed lunch
  • go home for lunch

If you opt for your child to stay for school dinner and you do not qualify for free school meals, dinner money is collected every Monday morning. We are unable to provide a meal for children who have not paid in advance for their school dinners. Our kitchen is run by 'Trafford Catering' who are extremely committed to the Healthy Lunch Agenda. The meals they prepare meet both the food and nutritional standards issued by the Government.
If you wish your child to change from dinners to sandwiches or vice versa, 2 weeks notice in writing must be given. Your child will not be allowed to change option more than once in any one term. If your child is on school dinners and is a vegetarian or unable to eat certain meats for religious reasons or is allergic to specific foods, please inform us so that we can ensure alternative meals are available.
A third of a pint of milk, subsidised by the EC, is provided free of charge for all pupils under the age of five and those eligible for free school meals.

Sending Money to School

All money sent to school must be in a sealed envelope with your child's name and the amount of money enclosed clearly on the front. Dinner money should be sent in on a Monday morning.

Bringing Articles to School

We cannot accept responsibility for the safe keeping of money or valuable items. Children are not allowed to bring toys or battery operated equipment to school, this includes mobile phones.

School Bags and Belongings

As everybody wears identical school uniform, it is essential that all articles of clothing are clearly labelled with your child's name.
There is very little that your child needs to bring to school on a daily basis. As space is limited, could we please ask that your child does not bring large bags to school as they create a safety hazard. We do have for sale, bags with the school logo that are large enough to carry all that your child needs to bring to school. These are available at the school office.

Admissions Procedures

The Governing Body accepts the Local Education Authority's policy for admissions to primary schools. This means that all four year old children will be entitled to full time education. This means that all children whose fifth birthday falls between 1st. September and 31st. August the following year will be admitted to school at the beginning of the Autumn Term for that academic year.

Exceptions to these admissions can be considered only where there are pressing educational reasons. If you feel your child's circumstances merit special consideration, please write to the Director of Education (Admissions Department) giving full and detailed reasons for your request.

The school has a priority catchment area and will accept all children who wish to attend from within this area. If you are resident outside this area, you must to write to the Director of Education with your request to attend Gorse Hill Primary School. If there is a place available, once the demand for our priority catchment area has been met, your child will be given a place.

Should the Director of Education receive more requests than can be accommodated, priority for admission will be given first to those children with older brothers and/or sisters attending the school. Secondly, it will be given to those children who live nearest to the school. Should you live outside Trafford, the above procedures will also apply.

If you are considering sending your child to our school, please contact us to arrange a visit. We are willing to answer any questions that you may have with regard to our educational philosophy, the curriculum, organisation and activities of the school. If you wish your child to join us, then you need to fill out a "Trafford Admission Application form", available from the school office.

We believe in partnership between the school, parent and child. Each academic year, we hold two formal evenings for parents to view their child's' work and discuss progress. The co-ordinator for children with additional educational needs also holds two separate parents’ evenings. At the end of each academic year, parents are given a written report and any relevant Key Stage assessment information. If required, it is possible to make arrangements to see teaching staff before and after school.

If your child is starting school or the nursery for the first time, there will be a "Parents' Evening" held to outline school procedures, and to give you the opportunity to view the classroom and ask questions. The children are given an opportunity for a pre-school or pre-nursery visit to acquaint themselves with their new surroundings and meet staff.

General Information

In accordance with Government Guidelines, the Governing Body includes information regarding rates of authorised and unauthorised absences on the child’s end of year report.

Additional Information

Further additional information can be obtained from the head teacher, such as, Statutory requirements and circulars, published OFSTED reports on the school, schemes of work, Governing Body's Annual Report to Parents, and the L.E.A.'s agreed syllabus for Religious Education. OFSTED reports may also be obtained online at www.ofsted.gov.uk.

The policies mentioned within this prospectus can be obtained by request from the school.

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