Prospectus

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Prospectus 2017-18 PDF

 

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Headteacher’s Welcome

‘Friends proudly working together to achieve our best’ Dear Parents,  In this booklet the staff, pupils, parents, governors and I have tried to provide you with some useful information as well as tell you a little about our philosophy, organisation, curriculum and the high standards expected of the children. When you have finished reading, if …

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Our School

Our school is a County Maintained School situated on a single site in the village of Furness Vale. Furness Vale is a small and happy school, full of energy and enthusiasm. It has an interesting history going back over one hundred years.  Many members of our community attended the school themselves and continue to give …

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Statement of Aims

At Furness Vale Primary School we aim to provide the best quality learning experiences for all our children in a safe, secure, caring and welcoming atmosphere. It is a place in which children are challenged to become self-confident, independent learners, making good progress to achieve their potential, whatever their starting-point, skills and abilities. There are …

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Our Code of Conduct

  1.  Try your best at all times.   2.  Treat others as you would like others to treat you.   3.  Always be honest and truthful.   4.  Do as you are asked first time.   5.  Look after all equipment.   This code has been developed by the pupils with the guidance of …

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Starting School

This is a very important time for both children and parents and we try our utmost to make this step as straight forward and flexible as possible. Children may enter the Reception class full-time in SEPTEMBER at the start of the school year in which they are 5.  However, all children are individuals and we …

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Admission & Numbers

Each academic year there is a maximum number of 20 places available to new entrants.  The Education Authority determines these figures.  These figures do not automatically guarantee an offer of a place at Furness Vale School. Admissions Criteria   Children in care.   Children living in the normal area served by the school at the …

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Preparing for School Life

Parents can help their children in a variety of ways before they start school. Please try to ensure that your child is able to: dress and undress for Physical Education use the toilet independently, and wash and dry their hands use a knife, fork and spoon correctly use a handkerchief Also to help your child …

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The School Day

The main door, at the bottom of the playground, is open from 8:45 and children can come into school from this time.  Mrs Taylor, or another adult, will be there to welcome the children and parents each morning.  School officially starts at 8:55 so this gives you 10 minutes settling in time.   Start of …

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Teaching Week & Groups

The length of the Teaching Week is as follows: KS1                            21hrs. 40 mins KS2                            23hrs. 45 mins These hours are those when the pupils are actually being taught but exclude the daily act of worship, registration and breaks. Teaching Groups                        Class Teacher                     Year Group              No. of pupils …

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Behaviour in School

Children should, first and foremost, learn habits of good behaviour at home. We try to create a school environment in which we all look after each other. We all have the responsibility to consider other people’s feelings and needs as we expect others to consider ours. Everybody has the right to be treated as an …

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Child Protection

Parents should be aware that all schools are required to 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 other forms of abuse, the Headteacher is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures …

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School Meals

A cooked meal is available at lunchtime if required.  Dinner money is payable on Monday morning and you are requested to send the correct money in a clearly labelled envelope with the child’s name, class and the amount.  Cheques should be made payable to Derbyshire County Council. From September 2014 ALL pupils in Reception, Year …

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Clothing and Uniform

We feel that school uniform is attractive, sensible and economical, and creates a school identity.  Although we accept this is not compulsory, we ask parents to encourage their children to wear the following: School sweatshirt/cardigan * Jade cardigan or jumper Grey or black trousers, skirt or shorts Polo shirt with logo * or plain polo/shirt …

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Holidays and Unauthorised Absences

We are required to keep a record of attendance throughout the year, to publish figures and report them to the Local Authority (LA). Attendance is also something that Ofsted pay close attention to. We believe that children need to be in school for all sessions, so that they can make the most progress possible and …

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Keeping Us Informed

Please contact us: when your child returns to school after an absence (unless the school has been previously notified). if you wish to remove your child from class for part of the school day e.g. for a hospital appointment. if your child needs to be excused from Physical Education.   Please telephone the School Office: …

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Homework

Reading books are sent home to help and encourage children with their reading. Books are chosen, from a structured reading scheme, and from a level appropriate for their ability. Please try to read with your child for short periods each evening to encourage their progress and love of books. Homework is set each week through …

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Medicines and Health

If your child needs medication during school time, would you please notify your child’s class teacher and complete a Medication form held in school. We need clear written instructions on how medicines are to be used or taken and whether the child can self-medicate or requires help (with inhalers, for example). If instructions are particularly …

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Curriculum

The School follows all the subjects of the New National Curriculum with the exception of Early Years where the Reception children follow the Foundation Stage curriculum. Core Subjects Mathematics English Science   Foundation Subjects Information and Communication Technology Design and Technology History Geography Modern Foreign Language (Spanish) Music Art Physical Education   Compulsory Subject Religious …

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Charges for School Activities

The 1988 Education Reform Act states that “if an activity takes place in school time then the school should pay for it”.  However, the Authority has not, so far, given us any extra allowance for such activities. Parents may feel able to pay all or part of the cost as a voluntary contribution.  This will …

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Complaints Procedure

Most matters causing concern can be dealt with informally by discussing them with your child’s class teacher in the first instance and with the Headteacher when appropriate. If your concern is of a general nature then you may want to speak to one of the governors, or any staff member. We respond to all complaints …

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Data Protection

Basic information about pupils is held on our office computer to assist with the efficient organisation of the school and the children’s educational needs.  Security measures are taken to ensure that the information remains confidential and available to authorised staff only.  It may be used for statistical purposes but this will not enable any individual …

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Transfer to Secondary School

We work closely with other primary schools in the area and with all the schools to which the children will eventually move, to ensure a consistent and well-planned transfer to secondary education. Children are offered the opportunity to start visiting their chosen high school from year 5 onwards.  We liaise closely with the secondary schools …

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Staff

Teaching Staff Mrs Carol Taylor                Headteacher Mrs. Liane Cioffi                  Teacher Mrs. Gillian Guy                   Teacher Mrs. Elin Cole                     Teacher (currently on maternity leave) Mrs. Ruth Parry                  Teacher Miss Nicholls                        Teacher Mr Waring                          Teacher   Non-Teaching Staff Mrs. Tina Daniels                 Administrative Officer Mrs. Andrea Whittaker        Teaching Assistant Mrs. Simone Pooley         …

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Parent Teachers Friends Association (PTFA)

All parents with children in school are members of the P.T.F.A.   The aims of the Association are: To encourage close links between home, school and community. To increase awareness of the activities of the school in the wider school community. To organise functions and fund-raising events to encourage active participation of parents and friends in …

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Before & After School Care

We run a Before School Club, which starts at 7:45 am until the school day begins each morning.  We charge £2.75 from 7.45am and £2.25 from 8am. If you would like to book your child in to the club please see Mrs Daniels in the School office. Ideally we ask for 1 week’s notice. In …

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Governing Board

The Governing Board works quietly in the background, making sure policies and procedures are in place so that the school runs smoothly and effectively.  The Governors recognise the importance of working with parents – your comments, suggestions and views of the school and how it works are welcomed.   FURNESS VALE PRIMARY SCHOOL – GOVERNORS …

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