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Brochure 2012


Welcome

Welcome to our school. This brochure has been prepared to give you a clear picture of the school and its aims. We hope it will be helpful to you.

We are proud of the family feel our small, rural primary school has. We are a caring school where children look after each other and staff know each child very well. We currently have around 70 children on roll with a maximum of 12 in each year group. Children are taught in 4 classes for literacy and numeracy each morning, allowing for small class sizes. In the afternoon they are in 3 classes. This helps to enable staff to support each child to develop to the fullest extent both academically and in the other skills and attributes that will support them to have successful and happy lives.

As a church school, our Christian values of love, respect, courage, friendship, creativity and awe form the basis of our ethos and relationships with each other. We aim to work closely with each child and their family so that all the children will feel as safe and happy at school as they do at home.

We are an important part of the community and enjoy being involved in all that goes on within it as well as fostering wider links with other schools both in this country and abroad.

If you would like to come and see the school, please phone the office and we will be happy to make an appointment. I look forward to meeting and working with you so that together, we can give your child the very best possible start to their school life.

 

Vicky Doherty

Headteacher

Inspection Reports

The school had a successful Ofsted Inspection in 2012, with the school being graded GOOD.

 

Ofsted Inspection Report- February 2012

“This is a good school where pupils achieve well and reach above average levels of attainment by the time they leave in Year 6. It has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and staff work well together to provide good care and support for all pupils.”

 

“Pupils make good progress in each of the key stages.”

 

“The support given to disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is good and this helps them make good and sometimes outstanding progress.”

 

“Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school.”

 

“Teachers use their subject expertise effectively to provide pupils with a good curriculum.”

 

“Pupils make good use of the many opportunities they have to use information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance their learning…A strong aspect of pupils’ learning is their ability to use ICT to support the tasks they complete in many subjects.”

 

 

SIAS (Church school inspection) Report February 2012

“Positive relationships between all members of the community, based on Christian values, where staff and pupils respect and care for one another in a secure family atmosphere”

 

“Staff nurture pupils according to their individual needs, and provide challenge to develop different abilities.”

 

“Strategies are in place to build confidence and self-esteem, and parents tell of the many ways they see their children make progress.”

 

“The open relationship with parents is welcomed and met with gratitude for the care and encouragement of every child.”


About our School

Wetheringsett CEVP School is in an idyllic location in the centre of the small village of Wetheringsett and is at the heart of the local community. The Village Hall and Wetheringsett Pre-School are on the same site and together with the school provide the social hub of the village.

 

The school has a wide catchment area which includes Brockford Green, Park Green, Wetherup Street, Pitman’s Corner, Page’s Green and Blacksmith’s Green. Many of our children come from out of the catchment area.

Children start school in our Reception Class in the September after their fourth birthday and leave us at the end of Year 6 when they are eleven. Most children go on the Debenham High School, which has been judged to be outstanding.

The school was built in 1860, but has been improved and extended over the years. One visitor recently described it as ‘like a tardis’, commenting that it is much larger and spacious that it appears from the outside. The accommodation is flexible, but we currently have four classrooms and a library that is used for small group teaching. The Reception and Key Stage 1 classes have access to two outdoor learning areas.

All classrooms have high-tech resources such as interactive whiteboards and internet access via Broadband. ICT is embedded throughout the curriculum and children have access to ipads, ipod touches and netbooks to support their learning. Our Learning Platform provides a link between home and school as all children have a log in that they can access their work at home. By the time they reach Year 6, our children confidently present their work through a variety of media such as blogs, presentations, word processing documents and animation.

We use the Village Hall for assemblies, indoor PE sessions and lunches. We are fortunate to have a kitchen and cook providing high quality meals on site.

Within the grounds are a meadow that is used for play and sport and a pond study area. The children’s favourite area is the large school garden that has a willow structure, a music area and lots of trees to play on. Children are proud of the plants and vegetables they grow here, supported by a kind and willing group of parents. We are very proud of the opportunities offered in our school grounds – this is an area that allows children to develop a full range of physical skills as well as providing lots of opportunities to learn outside.

The church is a two minute walk away and is visited for some assemblies and as part of the curriculum. The surrounding environment and community is a rich resource for teaching and learning.

The School’s Aims

WE LEARN-TOGETHER

Through both the life of the school and the National Curriculum, the school’s purpose is to enable children to:

 

  • Receive a broad, balanced, relevant curriculum which is appropriate for each child's needs bringing out the very best for all. Every child will succeed.

 

  • Approach life and learning as a rich experience worthy of exploration as they develop lively, enquiring minds and a thirst for knowledge.

 

  • Acquire the skills and motivation to learn for themselves and to fulfil their individual potential.

 

  • Become caring, responsible citizens, able to practise tolerance and respect for people from different backgrounds, regardless of gender, race colour or creed.

 

  • Develop as independent, confident, self-motivated thinkers and doers who can use their time well.

 

  • Feel able to engage in reflection, contemplation, prayer and worship as part of their lives.

 

  • Communicate effectively and work co-operatively with others. Investigate, analyse and solve problems. Think creatively. Critically make judgements and express those judgements in constructive ways.

 

  • Understand the difference between right and wrong.

 

  • Gain pleasure, meaning and expression through physical, artistic and cultural activities.

 

  • Engage in personal relationships with a sense of fun, love and responsibility.

 

  • Understand that the risk of 'failure' is part of human endeavour and that mistakes along the way are part of life and learning.

 


Our Staff

Headteacher

Mrs. Vicky Doherty – SENCO, Assessment Coordinator, ICT

Senior Teacher

Mrs. Elaine Miller – Science, Collective Worship, History

Teacher

Mrs. Caroline Bates – PHSE

Teacher

Mrs Vanessa Chidwick – Maths, PE, Geography, Extra Curricular Activities

Teacher

Mrs. Kirsten Sharpe – Art, DT, Music, RE

Teacher

Mrs. Hazel Sutton – Literacy, Primary Languages


Office Manager

Mrs. Gail Abbott

Bursar

Mrs Louise Pettit

 

 

Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Kelly Hammond

Senior Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Jackie Knighton

Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Michelle Bell

 

 

School Cook

Mrs. Sue Stannard

Midday Supervisor

Mrs. Kim Forster

Midday Supervisor

Mrs. Lesley Hall

 

 

Cleaner

Mrs Linda Hearn

 


Our Governors

 

Ms. Catherine Guelbert

Community Governor

Chair

Flt. Sgt. Rob Bensley

 

Vice-Chair

Mrs. Vicky Doherty

Headteacher

 

Mrs. Elaine Miller

Staff Governor

 

Ms. Siobhan Goodrich

Parent Governor

 

Ms. Sarah Payne

 

 

Mrs. Tracey Sheppard

Parent Governor

 

Mrs. Emma Morris

Parent Governor

 

Mr. Paul Lambert

Parent Governor

 

Mrs. Gill Hendry

Foundation Governor

 

Mrs. Margaret Goudy

Foundation Governor

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Kelly Hammond

Associate Member

 

Mrs. Hazel Sutton

Associate Member

 

 


Curriculum and Organisation

The school is organised into four classes in the morning: Reception/ Year 1, Years 2 & 3, Year 4, Years 5 & 6. In the afternoon, Year 4 children join Years 5 and 6. This means we small classes of just 11, 15, 19 and 23 children when literacy and numeracy are taught.

The classes are named after trees in our school grounds:

 

Willow Tree Class – Reception/ Year 1

Sycamore Tree Class – Year 2/3

Lime Tree Class – Year 4

Chestnut Tree Class – Year 5/6

Our aim is to create a "whole school" creative learning approach to work and, whilst older and younger children may be engaged in different curriculum activities, we create opportunities to share ideas and work, learn from, and appreciate each other's achievements. The children are taught the full National and Foundation Stage Curriculum. Core subjects of English, Maths and Science, are given emphasis to help children develop depth of knowledge and understanding in these vital areas. At the same time children have a broad and lively range of learning experiences, indoors and outdoors which cover curriculum areas of History, Geography, ICT, Design Technology, Art, Music, PE, and RE and PSHCE (Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education).

School Day

Earliest time to arrive -  8.30am

(children are supervised by a member of staff in the playground)

School begins - 8.40am

Assembly - 10.30am

Morning break - 10.45am

Lunch - 12.00 noon – 1.10pm

School ends - 3.15pm

Collective Worship

As a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School, assemblies are of a broadly Christian character and follow a sequence of themes based on Values for Life. Worship is an important time of the day when the whole school comes together and there is time for quiet reflection or prayer.

Sometimes assemblies take place in the church or other visitors from the community conduct them.

Parents have the right to withdraw children from RE or collective worship. It is helpful if such requests are made to the head teacher in writing.

Special Educational Needs

The school adopts a positive, pro-active approach to all individual learning needs, and this is particularly the case with children who may require additional support for their learning. At some point during your child’s time at school, he/she may show signs of needing extra support in his/her work or behaviour. We will share our concerns with you and hope you will do likewise as early as possible so that we can work together to assess and meet the individual needs of each pupil. This process is assisted by the Advisory Teacher for Learning Support and uses ‘individual education plans’ (IEPs) to assist planning and the review of progress. The school’s Special Educational Needs Policy explains the procedures for monitoring children’s progress, the way the school implements the Code of Practice and the current level of provision for Special Educational Needs. This information is available for parents at school and is on the website.

MOST IMPORTANTLY we hope that if parents have any concerns regarding their children that they will contact the school as soon as possible.

Very Able Children

We strive to provide the appropriate challenge for children of all abilities to enable all children to achieve excellence, including those who are showing a particular aptitude for certain areas of the curriculum. We also work with other local schools to provide enrichment days throughout the year.

 

Partnerships with Parents

Parents are valued as their child’s first educators and are always welcome in school. We are always interested in sharing thoughts and feelings about the way their children are developing. The school encourages parents to take part in everyday school life wherever possible as this support and enhances the learning process. Parents are involved helping in the classrooms, as governors and as volunteers to assist with school visits, swimming, reading, after school activities and as fundraisers through the ‘Friends of Wetheringsett Primary School’. Each half term, we have a ‘Learning Together’ session where parents are invited to come and work alongside their child on aspects of the school curriculum to share in their learning and find out how children learn in school.

We are, however, aware that this is difficult for parents who are working and try to have opportunities for parents to be involved and informed outside the school day. Instead of a traditional Sports Day, for example, we have an annual Sports Night that starts at 6pm.

Two formal meetings are held each year, in the Autumn and Spring Terms, when parents can discuss their child's progress with the teacher concerned. Parents and teachers find these meetings very helpful. Appointment times are very flexible to accommodate the time-table of most parents. All children receive a written report during each school year. Parents of children with particular learning needs will be offered opportunities to discuss the child’s ‘Individual Education Plan’ (IEP).

School Council

Our School Council is very active and provides a forum for the children to raise items of concern or interest, and take part in agreeing any resolutions or activities. Children elect members of the school council each year and these representatives of each class meet at least fortnightly.

 

Extra Curricular Activities

We offer a large number of clubs and activities. Some of these take place at lunchtimes whilst others are after school. Sometimes specialist teachers or coaches visit the school to lead some of the activities. Other clubs are run by staff, children or parents. The activities provided recently are: art club, gardening club, computer club, tennis club, athletics club and singing club.

 

Behaviour Policy

The full Behaviour Policy is available on the school’s website - www.wvcpschool.com . This summarises our approach to behaviour and our system of rewards and consequences.

 

Our school rules are:

·         Listen

·         Be kind and helpful and respect others

·         Look after property

·         Work hard

·         Be honest

·         Keep hands, feet and unkind words to yourself

We believe that clear rules, high expectations and positive attitudes will support our children to successfully learn and play together and become positive members of the wider community and will make the school a secure, caring and effective place to learn.

Staff use an assertive approach to managing behaviour based upon a system of rewards and consequences which have been discussed and agreed with the children at the beginning of each year The emphasis within this is upon rewarding positive behaviour (catching them doing it right), rather than catching them doing it wrong. Our Christian values underpin all relationships in school.

When children do not respond to this approach and persist with negative behaviour, they will be reminded of the consequences and invited to make a choice about their behaviour in the light of these consequences. This may mean the loss of play or personal time.

In the unusual circumstances of extreme behaviour occurring, it will be made clear that it is entirely unacceptable, parents will be contacted and encouraged to work in partnership to address the situation through an Individual Behaviour Plan. This will make clear the targets for improvement, the strategies to be employed and the roles that various adults will play.

 

School Uniform

We have a simple inexpensive uniform and expect all children to wear it. School is a working environment and it is important that children are dressed in an appropriate and practical way. When children wear a uniform it helps to foster a sense of pride in belonging to their school.

The school colours are burgundy, white and grey. In the winter children wear grey trousers or skirts, white polo shirts, shirts or blouses, and burgundy school sweatshirts. In the summer, girls may wear blue gingham dresses, and boys may wear grey shorts. Sweatshirts, summer hats, PE T shirts and book bags, and are available from school. Please ask in the office for details.

PE kit should consist of burgundy school t-shirt, black shorts, trainers and plimsolls in a bag.

All clothing must be named, preferably with sewn labels.

We ask that trainers are NOT worn for school and that children have a pair of wellington boots that can be left at school. These may be used for playtimes when it has been wet.

 

Parking

The Village Hall car park, beyond the wooden gate, is reserved for school staff. There are a few parking places in the school car park, but in the interests of health and safety, these are reserved for those with Parking Permits. Parents with children under five, a disabled badge or mobility problems can apply at the school office for a permit. We ask that drivers reverse into the parking spaces.

We encourage as many children as possible to walk or cycle to school, but if you do drive, please make sure you park considerately and safely on the road.

School Trips

School trips are an important part of the education we offer. Whenever children are taken out of school, parents are notified in advance as parental permission is necessary. Parents may be invited to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of some activities such as visits. Children whose parents do not contribute will not be excluded from the visit. However, if a proportion of parents do not contribute then the activity may not take place.

School Meals

Children can either have a school lunch or bring their own packed lunch. School lunches cooked on site by our own school cook and are nourishing and well-balanced and are of a type which appeals to children. Our cook works hard to make sure children enjoy their food. Water is provided for children having school lunches but your child may bring a drink (no fizzy drinks please) to have with their meal if you prefer this. Parents receiving Income Support or Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance are entitled to free school meals. A form is available from the school. Parents are regularly invited to join their children for special lunches, but are welcome to join their children for a school lunch at any time and can book and pay for their lunch at the school office.


School Milk

Through ‘Cool Milk’, children under five are provided with a small bottle of free milk each day. All other children in the school can receive milk at a subsided rate. Parents of any children wanting to receive school milk (including those under five) need to register at www.coolmilk.com .

 

Wetheringsett Pre-School

Wetheringsett Pre-School is sited in the School House, adjacent to the school. The Pre-School provides a high standard of Early Years education which was recently judged to be ‘good’ by Ofsted, who praised it saying:

“Staff at this wonderful village pre-school know individual children and their families well and parents comment positively about the relationship they enjoy with them.”

“The pre-school has a very friendly, welcoming and enthusiastic atmosphere and the learning environment is highly stimulating.”

 Although we work very closely together, the Pre-School is managed as a separate organisation. They can be contacted direct on 01449 766863.

We of course welcome interest from parents of children in any of the various local pre-school settings.

Personal Belongings

Jewellery and hoop-type earrings for pierced ears are not allowed. Stud-type earrings are permitted, but children must be able to remove them themselves before PE and swimming.

 

Health and Welfare

Medical screening tests are carried out by the school nurse for hearing, sight, height and weight, during the reception year. Parents will be informed, and are welcome to attend. The school follows the Suffolk County Asthma policy.

The school may advise that if children are unwell, they should not attend school until they are completely well. 48hrs is needed before returning to school after sickness or diarrhea.

Minor cuts and bruises will be dealt with at school by a first aider, but parents will be contacted via the emergency home contact system in the unlikely event of this being necessary.

There is a no smoking policy in all areas of the school which parents and visitors are asked to observe.

Health and Safety checks are carried out regularly on school and playground equipment. Fire drills are held so that children and staff become familiar with the routine.

All external doors have security locks to ensure children’s safety all visitors are required to report to the school office. Badges are provided for all visiting adults on site.

When children are required to take prescribed medicine during school hours it should be marked with the child’s name and clearly labeled with precise details of timing and dosage accompanied by a permission slip (available from the school office). The medicine should be handed over personally to the class teacher. We do, however, reserve the right not to agree to administer medicine if there is any doubt.

 

Absence

It is important that children attend school as much as they can so they do not miss out on important learning and good habits of attendance are in place for later on.

By law we need to know the reason for all absences. Please help us by telephoning on the first day if your child is ill.

If your child is unable to attend school, we ask parents to ring the office before 8.50am on the first day of absence To ensure your child’s safety, a member of staff will ring home if no call has been made.

Absences may be authorised for sickness or any unavoidable cause, religious observance, or where the L.A. has failed to provide transport. Absences may also be authorised for other reasons – please contact the Head teacher, but the decision to permit authorised absence is not made lightly.

Please see the accompanying Guide for Parents on Attendance.

 

Homework

We encourage all children to read books at home and ask parents to help them with this, and to write comments in the home/school reading log.

At times children will bring home other homework activities to do to provide a link between what happens in class and a home and to build on learning in school. The expected quantity of homework increases as children move up through the school. We must emphasise that all these activities are designed to support the work we do in school and are not meant to place undue pressure on children.

Severe Weather

Sometimes it happens that bad weather overnight will prevent the school opening. On such occasions

schools have an arrangement with Radio Suffolk (F.M. 104.6) and Heart FM (F.M. 96.4) to broadcast information about school closures early in the morning. Information will also be put on the website at the earliest opportunity.

 

Parents

We firmly believe that the education of the child is best developed from a strong partnership between home and school. As a school we make every effort to build and maintain good relationships with parents, and to ensure we communicate effectively with them. Newsletters are either emailed to parents or sent home regularly to keep parents informed about all aspects of school, and a large parents’ noticeboard is situated by the school gate. We believe that parents should feel that school is a welcoming place and that the teachers are approachable. We share your interest in your child and are always prepared to listen to any concerns whether large or small. We can be contacted before or after school, or during the day for something urgent.

 

Complaints Procedure

With a strong partnership between parents and staff we hope that any difficulties will quickly be resolved. If there is a problem our Governors have a set procedure to deal with this. In the first instance particular problems should be referred to the class teacher and then to the Headteacher, who will try to sort it out informally. If, however, the issue cannot be resolved in this way, it may be referred first to a panel of Governors of the school, and, as a last resort, to the Local Authority for formal consideration. Further details of the authority’s procedures may be obtained from the Headteacher or Area Education Manager.

Child Protection

Our school takes the safeguarding and welfare of its pupils very seriously.

The school works in partnership with parents to support children in every way possible. If, therefore, concerns are raised within the school or a child or parent reports a situation involving possible abuse, we would not be able to guarantee confidentiality. It would have to be referred to Social Services in line with Suffolk policy.

The Headteacher is the person responsible for co-coordinating the school’s Safeguarding Policy. The policy is available on request.

Home Contact System

A form will be sent home at the beginning of each school year on which emergency contact numbers must be given and returned to school. We ask that we are kept informed of any changes to these details.

Friends of Wetheringsett School

The school is fortunate to have a hardworking Friends Association and we value its contribution highly. Fund-raising events are held throughout the year and the money raised provides the children with a variety of equipment, funds visiting theatre groups and also helps with school trips. The Association provides an important link between teacher and parents enabling them to mix socially, as well as helping to meet children's educational needs. All staff and parents are automatically members. The Annual General Meeting is held in September, and we are always keen to have some new committee members each year.

...Finally

If there are any matters which you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us. We value the help and support that parents provide and welcome your participation in school activities.