Parent & Carer Handbook

 

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ST ALBAN’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

Parents’ and Carers’ Handbook

 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

 

‘Inspired to follow in the footsteps of Jesus’

At St Alban’s School we pray together, work together and play together

 

 

This is what our children said when we asked

 What is special about our school?

 

 

Here at St Alban’s we are inspired to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and to be the best that we can be by being kind and respecting everyone and everything.  We do our best in school and at home, working hard and caring for each other and for the whole world.  We know that we are all special in different ways and always try to include everybody in our friendship.

 

 

Welcome to St Alban’s Catholic Primary School. 

 

Whether you are a visitor, parent/carer or pupil we hope that you will find a warm welcome in our very happy school which has been judged as Outstanding by the Religious Inspection team.

 

Here at St Alban’s we take great pride in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere where  the happiness of your child is as important to us as it is to you.  Our most recent Ofsted Inspection report says “Relationships are positive and pupils respond well to the good care, guidance and support the school provides.”  Both our most recent Ofsted and Religious Education Inspection reports are available to read on our website.  We hope that you will soon get to know us and that your child will enjoy many happy and rewarding years with us.

 

Our school is a Catholic school which accepts children of all abilities whose parents are genuinely seeking an education based in Faith.  Please take some time to read through our prospectus, it will provide you with  information you will need about the day to day running of our school.  For further information you can log onto the website to see photographs of our children at work and at play.

 

At St. Alban’s School we care about each other.  We enjoy a reputation as a happy and caring Catholic school.  Ofsted noted,  “The school’s good care, guidance and support are reflected in the emphasis placed upon developing pupils’ confidence, self-esteem and emotional development.”   We expect everyone –  staff, children and parents to strive for excellence.  Our aim is to create a happy and stimulating working environment and as Ofsted noted, “Most pupils are well motivated and respond particularly well to activities that are practical and interesting.”    I believe we can offer all pupils a wide range of academic and extra curricular activities, which will enhance both their educational and social development.

 

I am confident your child will benefit immensely from the time spent here at St. Alban’s and I hope that as parents / carers you too will feel part of our school community.   It is our aim that school and home should work together in a true partnership.  This handbook is full of useful information about the school’s organisation for the current year and we hope you will find it helpful.   However the best way to learn about our school is to visit us.  Please telephone or call in for an appointment to see the school and to meet us.

 

I look forward to meeting you.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Curless

 

 

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 

ST ALBAN’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

Bewsey Road

Warrington

Cheshire

WA5  0JS

 

Tel:  01925 632128

Fax:  01925 241269

e-mail:  StAlbans_Primary@warrington.gov.uk

Website:  http://www.stalbanswarrington.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL STAFF SEPTEMBER 2017

 

Head Teacher                                   Mrs  F Curless

Deputy Headteacher                   Mrs A-L Friar

Class Teachers:

Nursery                                              Miss K Shaw

Reception Class                                 Mrs L Horton

Year 1                                                 Miss N Frame

Year 2                                                 Miss F Parry

Year 3                                                 Mrs A Friar

Year 4                                                 Miss L Taylor

Year 5                                                 Mr A O’Callaghan

Year 6                                                 Miss R Crewe

PPA Cover                                          Mr R Finney

 

Teaching Assistants                         Mrs D Amini

Mrs E  Broadhurst

Mrs  J Carney

Mrs Y Fearn

Mrs M Gleeson

Mrs S Kimmis

Mrs M  McGann

Mrs M  McGrath

Mrs H O’Callaghan

Mrs A Ryder

Mrs L Savage

Miss H Shaw

Miss K Stimson

Miss S Smith

 

Office Managers                              Mrs E Bush

Mrs J O’Callaghan

 

Site Manager

 

Mid-Day Assistants                    Mrs J Bedford

Mrs J  Breheny

Mrs S Kimmis

Mrs D  Lea

Mrs S Leyland

Mrs G Parry

Ms K Sudell

 

Cook                                                    Mrs V Heaton

Breakfast Club                                  Mrs M Coe

Breaktime Snack                               Mrs G Parry

 

School Health Advisor                     Please ask in office

 

 

 

THE GOVERNING BODY   

 

 

Chairperson   (Foundation Governor)              Mrs B Gorman

Vice Chairperson (Parent Governor)              Mr A Wardman

 

 

Head Teacher                                               Mrs  F  Curless

 

 

Staff  Governor                                           Mrs M  McGrath

 

 

Foundation  and  Parent Governors                 Mr S Creaney

Mrs C Everett

Mr E Jania

Mrs M McGarry

Mr J Oates

Mr J Wheelan

Vacancy

 

Local Education Authority                            Vacancy

 

Observer                                                     Canon C Cunningham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

 

 

 

‘Inspired to follow in the footsteps of Jesus’

At St Alban’s School we pray together, work together,

                               and play together

 

 

This is what our children said when we asked

 What is special about our school?

 

 

Here at St Alban’s we are inspired to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and to be the best that we can be by being kind and respecting everyone and everything.  We do our best in school and at home, working hard and caring for each other and for the whole world.  We know that we are all special in different ways and always try to include everybody in our friendship.

 

 

The School’s Aims and Objectives are:

 

To contribute to the faith development of each individual in the school community by:
Creating and fostering an atmosphere of prayer throughout the school.

  • Arranging daily acts of worship that are purposeful and appropriate to particular age ranges.
  • Introducing children to the forms and patterns of prayer in our Catholic tradition.
  • Enabling visual recognition of our faith within the school that stimulates and encourages a prayerful attitude.
  • Developing a sense of awe and wonder in each child

 

To build strong links between home, school, parish and the wider global community in order to provide children with a stable and secure environment in which to develop their skills and personalities by:

  • Organising occasions for the clergy, school, families and parish community to join in liturgical celebrations.
  • Supporting families and parish with sacramental preparation.
  • Seeking to improve effective means of communication.
  • Encouraging parental involvement in their child’s education.
  • Maintaining an open-door policy.
  • Encouraging and supporting the work of the P.F.A
  • Recognizing that parents are the children’s primary educators.
  • Encouraging children to value the world in which we live and teaching them to protect it for future generations
  • Encouraging children to think about other local and world communities and to build in them the desire to help others

 

To foster caring relationships where each individual is seen as unique and worthy of love and respect by:

  • Providing a learning environment in which there is care and mutual respect and where children can approach adults without fear.
  • Understand and meet the requirements of every type of special need, physical, intellectual and emotional
  • Teaching care and respect for each individual wherever they are from
  • Valuing the diversity of today’s multi-cultural society and, in particular, our own school
  • Adults inspiring by example

 

To ensure that the curriculum is presented in a Catholic Christian setting in which all children can develop lively, enquiring minds and learn at a pace relevant to their experience and ability, following the guidelines of the National Curriculum by:

  • Providing a broad and balanced curriculum which is sensitive to individual needs and recognizes that children learn best through relevant and worthwhile activities.
  • Placing emphasis on achieving high but attainable standards.
  • Monitoring children’s progress through a well planned curriculum.
  • Appointing well qualified staff who are excellent practitioners and supportive of the school’s philosophy.
  • Providing staff development which supports individual and school needs.

 

SAFEGUARDING PUPIL AND STAFF WELFARE  

 

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff have received Child Protection Training and both our Headteacher and Deputy Head are designated persons for all related matters.  Our governors also monitor the school’s Child Protection procedures.

Visitors are advised that inappropriate behaviour to staff, for example swearing or behaving in a manner perceived to be threatening is unacceptable.  Any person who treats a member of staff in this way will be asked to leave the premises.  We act  as positive role models for the children and require parents and visitors to do the same.

 

ARCHDIOCESAN LEVY

 

For the privilege of giving our children a Catholic Education, the Catholic Community has to find 10% of the cost of repairs and maintenance of our buildings and the cost of any new buildings.  There are 261 Catholic schools in the Liverpool Archdiocese and the Archdiocese needs to meet the cost of maintaining and developing each one of these every year.  All Catholic schools have agreed to fund half the amount.  For this school, our contribution currently equates to £10 per child per year or £25 per family of 3 or more children.  In recent years we have been lucky to have had a number of projects funded by the Archdiocese.   The contribution towards the school levy is a very important contribution to school as we have to pay the full amount to the Archdiocese therefore outstanding contributions come directly out of the school budget.  We will always send reminders to families who have not paid their contribution as we strongly believe that we need to ensure the future of Catholic education in a Catholic school.

 

NURSERY

 

Nursery children are actively involved in the daily life of the school.  They take part in many school activities including Christmas plays and assemblies.

The Nursery is staffed by a fully qualified teacher and a teaching assistant.  We have a 46 place Nursery ie  a maximum of 23 children per session.  Once a child is allocated a place, he/she will then normally attend either 15 hours  or 30 hours each week.  Usually a 15 hour funded place is taken as either five mornings or five afternoons each week. The morning session begins at 8.45 am and finishes at 11.45 am; the afternoon session begins at 12.15 pm and finishes at 3.15 pm.  For those families entitled to take advantage of 30 hours funded places the 30 hours  finish at 1.15 pm on a Friday and parents can choose to ‘top-up’ the additional 2 hours if they wish.  Other patterns of attendance can be arranged if we have places and children on 15 hour places can also have additional hours topped up if we have places available..

 

We now have government funded places for eligible 2 year olds but currently limit this to 4 children.  Please enquire at the office or at Nursery if you would like more details.

 

Our new purpose built Foundation Stage unit allows children to access the foundation stage curriculum fully with both indoor and outdoor play in all weather conditions.  For many children admission to our nursery class is one of their first major experiences outside your homes.  We believe that it is important to make it a warm, comfortable and welcoming setting in which the atmosphere and provision lead to happy and effective learning.

 

Children learn through play.  As well as having an interactive classroom we have a large and stimulating garden area where the children can continue their learning with both indoor and outdoor structured play activities monitored to ensure development.  As part of our continuous drive to improve facilities there will be new equipment being installed this year.

 

Our early years environment is designed to enhance the children’s learning.  There is a separate prospectus giving full details of the curriculum in Early Years.

 

 

ADMISSION TO ST. ALBAN’S NURSERY

 

Admission to the Nursery Class will normally either be 15 or 30 hours.   Where there are more applications than places available, admissions will be subject to the criteria for admission to school. Please note that admission to the nursery does not guarantee admission to the school.  Parents wishing to apply for a place in school will need to complete a parental preference form and the admissions criteria will then be applied.  The Admissions Policy can be viewed on our website.  We also offer afternoon ‘Top-up’ places at a reasonable price, please enquire in the Nursery if you are interested.

 

If you would like to visit the nursery before making a decision about bringing your child please contact us to make an appointment.

 

 

ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS

 

We are currently permitted to admit a maximum of 30 children to Reception and each Key Stage 1 Class.  Parents/carers requesting a place in our school need to complete the application form provided by the Local Authority together with the Supplementary Faith Form.  It is essential that, where applicable, a copy of a Baptism Certificate or similar document for other faiths must be seen by the school in order for children to be considered within the higher criteria.  Admissions strictly follow the criteria published within the Local Authority booklet and on our website.

 

Where parents are unsuccessful in securing a place they can appeal by writing to the address published annually in the LA Admissions Booklet.

 

ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

 

Entrances to the school allow wheelchair access into the building.  Accessible toilet facilities are available in the main entrance and in the EYFS.  A ramp is available to help children move up and down stairs within the building.  The school has an accessibility plan which is monitored by the Governing Body.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

In line with the school’s commitment to the needs of individual pupils, all subjects within the National Curriculum are open to both boys and girls on an equal basis.  We are also very aware of current national trends in the examination results of boys and girls and we are conscious of ensuring equality of entitlement and opportunity for both boys and girls.

 

Our Equal Opportunities Policy is available for parents/carers who may wish to see this.

 

HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT

 

Our Home School Agreement is available  on our website and is issued to parents when children join us.  The agreement sets out the expectations and responsibilities for the partnership between the child, home and school.  By signing the agreement you will be confirming your commitment to the partnership we share in your child’s education.

 

 

 

 

TRANSFER TO SECONDARY SCHOOL

 

The majority of our children move onto St Gregory’s Catholic High School.  Whilst having a place at St Alban’s does not guarantee your child a place at St Gregory’s,  preference is given to children attending partner primary schools; the admission policy for St Gregory’s is available from that school and on the LA website.  The placing of children is undertaken by the Governors of St Gregory’s School following their published Admissions Criteria.   Primary Schools are not involved with this decision but we are happy to discuss the matter of secondary transfer with parents.

 

Children in Year 6 will take part in a number of transition days and induction activities so that they can get to know some of the staff from the high schools before they move.  We ensure that those children who will not be attending

St Gregory’s are included in the transition arrangements for their particular high school.

 

 

THE SCHOOL DAY

 

Morning Session KS1 & 2           8.50 am to 12 noon

 

Afternoon Session                     1.00 pm to 3.00 pm

 

Weekly teaching time, not including registration, breaks and assemblies is              23 hours 30 mins

 

Nursery       Morning Session              8.45 am to 11.45 am

Afternoon Session           12.15 pm to 3.15 pm

 

Children should arrive at school from 8.40 am when a staff member will open the door and be on duty until 8.50 am when the doors will be closed.

 

Please note that lessons start at 8.50 am.   We expect children to arrive at school in good time; being late is upsetting for pupils and disrupts the learning of the whole class.  All late arrivals should use the Main Entrance and will be recorded in the late book.  Parents of children who are frequently late will be requested to meet with the Headteacher to discuss the problem.  The number of late arrivals will be monitored and entered on the child’s school report at the end of the academic year.

 

Children should be collected at the end of the day by an adult known to staff.   If parents of children in Year 6 wish their child to be allowed to walk home we ask that this is confirmed in a letter to school.

 

SCHOOL SECURITY AND VEHICLE ACCESS

 

To ensure the  safety of all children we ask that parents do not drive into the school to pick up or drop off their children at any time.  We do have two spaces designated for disabled drivers in the main car park.  These are available if the disabled person is alone.  If, however, an able-bodied person accompanies the disabled person, then there is clearly no reason for the disabled space to be used.  If you are registered as disabled and use the main car park please ensure that you keep your children safely by your side until you are out of the car park area.  We have the use of a car park situated at the side of the school.  Children can be dropped off there and use our side gate into school thus keeping them safely away from cars and  the main road.  Nursery and Reception children come into the building at their own secure front entrance of the school.  All other children will come in through doors at the back of the school and will gather on the KS2 playground in the morning until the doors are opened at 8.40 am.

 

The safety of all children is one of our greatest concerns.  The gate leading onto the KS2 playground will be locked at 8.50 am each morning so that the school premises are totally secure.  The doors into the Nursery and Reception class are also locked at 8.50 am.  After this time the only entrance to school should be through the main office.

DOGS ON SCHOOL PREMISES

 

Please note that dogs must not be brought into the school premises.  Whilst your dog is known to you many children are frightened of dogs and can be distressed by them even when they are not barking.

 

ATTENDANCE

 

We believe that it is in the best interests of the children to have a good attendance record.  Poor attendance disrupts the educational progress of the children. Family holidays should be avoided during term time and will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.  A holiday form must be completed prior to the absence.  No work will be set to cover an absence for a family holiday.  The school awards excellent attenders with a certificate each term and at the end of the academic year children with 100% attendance receive a Book Voucher.  When necessary, the  Education Welfare Officer  visits the school to scrutinise attendance registers and arranges family visits in instances where attendance is causing concern.

 

ABSENCE, ACCIDENTS AND SICKNESS

 

When children are absent we ask for a telephone call to notify us of the reason for the absence. If none is received we will usually contact parents to ask for an explanation.  When children return to school they need to bring a written note. Where there is no notification, the absence is classed as unauthorised on the returns sent to the Local Education Department.

 

We ask parents to ensure that the school is in possession of at least two contact numbers in case of emergency.  If your child becomes ill in school we will try to contact you or a nominated person. If your child has been ill please ensure that he/she is perfectly well before returning to school.  We request that a child does not attend school for the first few days during a course of antibiotics, unless a Doctor advises otherwise.  If a child has a minor accident in school  i.e. a graze, then he/she will be attended by a member of staff trained in First Aid.    Parents will be informed if the injury gives rise for concern.  If we cannot get in touch with parents, the school will contact the emergency services for treatment whilst the effort to get in touch with parents and  inform them of the situation continues.  All accidents involving children being treated by a first aider are recorded in the Accident Book.

 

Data forms are sent to parents/carers each year however please let us know immediately if you change any contact details during the year.  It is very distressing for a child who is sick to have to wait in school because staff cannot contact emergency contacts.

 

 

 

MEDICINES IN SCHOOL

 

We maintain an Asthma Register.  If your child suffers from asthma please advise us and if an inhaler is required this must be kept in the classroom, clearly marked with the child’s name.   Children will usually know when they need to use their inhaler and are responsible for taking this when required.

 

For other children the following guidelines must be followed:

 

  • A parent’s note should be received to the effect that it is necessary for the child to take medicine during school hours; the note should give clear instructions concerning the required dosage and time of medication. Verbal messages from children will not be accepted.

 

  • The medicine or drug to be administered by the school should be brought to the school by the parent, not the child, and delivered personally to
    Mrs O’Callaghan, Mrs Bush or Mrs Curless.  We request that parents ring school to remind us at the time medicines need to be administered.   Class teachers should not be asked to take medicines from parents as the office must have a completed form in the file before medicine can be administered.

 

  • The original containers of medicines and tablets must be clearly labelled with their contents, owner’s name and dosage and must be kept in a locked cupboard away from children.

 

  • No medicines or drugs should be kept in the school other than those prescribed by the child’s G.P.

 

  • No child should ever keep any form of medication with their individual belongings.

 

SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICE

 

The school health service offers a full range of medical services principally via the School Nurse who visits the school regularly.  Other members of the team will visit when required.  Reception children have vision and hearing tests and we ask for involvement of the health service as the children get older and need advice on the changes they are facing. Please contact the school should you have any concerns about your child’s health.

 

 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

 

Staff will endeavour to keep the school open in all eventualities.  However, if it became necessary to close the school due to extreme weather conditions or any reason which would impact on the health and safety of the children, then we would make this known to parents through the texting service if possible, the school website and local radio stations. We also now have a Twitter account so will be able to use this to keep parents informed of what is happening in school.

 

 

COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

 

If for any reason you are dissatisfied please see either the class teacher or headteacher at once.  All complaints will be dealt with promptly and in confidence.  If the problem is not resolved, parents may make a written formal complaint initially to the headteacher and then to the Governing Body and following this the LEA.  It is hoped that any complaints can be resolved at the informal stage.  The Complaints Policy is available on the school website.

 

NEWS AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS

 

Information about forthcoming events, educational visits and diary dates is usually sent home each week in the form of our Newsletter which is also posted on our website.    Individual class letters will also inform parents of specific events for that class as appropriate.  Reminders and urgent messages are sent via a text message.  This is particularly beneficial when after school clubs need to be cancelled at short notice.  We will also send home leaflets from local clubs ­ ­­- the school is not recommending any such club but is making the information available to parents/carers.  We hope to continue to reduce the amount of paper used by sending more communications electronically and will request email addresses from parents in the near future so that the weekly newsletter can be sent directly to email addresses.

 

 

BREAKFAST CLUB

 

We run a breakfast club each morning from 7.45 am.   Children from Reception to Year 6 are welcome to join us for toast or cereal and a drink, followed by games and activities.  There is a daily charge of £2.25 to cover staffing and food costs.  Please enquire at the office if you would like your child to attend and ensure the appropriate personal detail forms are completed prior to bringing your child to breakfast club.

 

 

BREAKTIME SNACKS

 

CHECK JUICE!!   We are proud of our Healthy School Status and ask for your co-operation in helping us to maintain this.  Please either give your child money so that he/she can buy warm toast in school or provide them with a healthy cereal or fruit bar or a  piece of fruit; please do not give your child crisps, sweets or chocolate for their breaktime snack.  Please  provide your child with a plastic bottle of still water which they can have both inside and outside and can be re-filled during the day.

 

LUNCHES

 

Children may have school meals, bring packed lunches or return home for their meals.  All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal and we highly recommend these meals to parents.

 

School lunches are freshly prepared in our own kitchen. Our cook provides well balanced, nutritious meals with a good choice each day. The price of school meals is £2.30 per day, £11.50 per week.  Children pay daily direct to the kitchen staff not through the school office.   Having the option of paying daily allows parents and children to make a choice between a school meal and a packed lunch in the morning.  The menus are always available so that you know what is on offer each day. Occasionally the meal offered may differ from the menu but only when there has been a problem with a delivery. We are currently only able to offer milk and water with school meals so if your child prefers healthy fruit juice (not fizzy drinks)  then we advise parents to provide this for their child.  Whilst Juniors are responsible for paying kitchen staff directly we would recommend that you continue to give them their money in a labelled envelope.  Most stationery shops sell envelopes designed for this purpose.  Alternatively a direct debit can be set up if this is more convenient.

 

Many families receiving benefits are entitled to free school meals but do not claim because the children prefer to bring a packed lunch.  If you are entitled to free school meals please complete the simple form to claim your entitlement as this will not only help you, but will also ensure that the school receives additional funding to directly help your child.  Mrs O’Callaghan in the school office is available to give advice on whether or not you are likely to be eligible.  Children do not need to have school meals if they have registered a claim but our cook always provide a sandwich alternative and children can choose from the deserts on offer.   This makes it much easier for parents as you do not have to shop for different packed lunches to  tempt your children to eat.  If you think you may be entitled to free school meals information can be obtained from the school office or from the Area Education Office at New Town House in Warrington.

A packed lunch can be provided by parents if they prefer.  Please ensure that children bringing a packed lunch do not bring cans, glass bottles or hot liquids.  The key to a healthy lunchbox is to include a balance of appropriate foods from the four main food groups:

  1. Breads and cereals
    2. Fruit and vegetables
    3.Meat and alternatives
    4. Milk and dairy products

Foods in the fifth food group, containing fat and sugar, should be eaten only in moderation. Including a wide variety of foods in a lunchbox will provide a range of nutrients.  It will prevent children becoming bored with the same foods and  will also give children the best opportunity for successful learning. Most importantly, children should look forward to and enjoy their packed lunch in school.  There are a number of websites to help with ideas including:  www.kidshealth.org/kid/grow/school_stuff/school_lunches.html

 

AFTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE

 

We currently do not run an after school child care club on site as this was forced to close as a result of reduced numbers requiring this service.  We do, however, have an arrangement with Little  Links located in Bewsey Lodge School whereby staff from St Alban’s can walk with children to meet with staff from Little Links and parents can then collect their child from there at the end of the day.  Further details are available from school.

 

UNIFORM

 

We are proud of our school uniform and encourage pupils to take a pride in their appearance.  The uniform is as follows:

 

GIRLS

Navy blue skirt/ pinafore dress or trousers

Blue cotton shirt and school tie

or blue school polo shirt

Navy blue jumper or cardigan

In summer, blue and white dresses

White or grey socks

 

BOYS

Long grey trousers

Blue cotton shirt and school tie

or blue school polo shirt

Navy blue jumper

In summer grey shorts

White or grey socks

 

 

 

 

For safety reasons it is very important that pupils wear sensible shoes with flat heels (not trainers).  In winter flat boots with a good tread are permitted but please provide a change of footwear for indoors.  Skirts should be about knee length.  If they prefer girls may wear sensible navy blue trousers but not fashion trousers.

 

The uniform is  available from Touchline or Warrington School Wear either with or without the school badge. Both suppliers also stock school bags and PE bags bearing the school logo.  We do encourage families to have one jumper or cardigan bearing the school badge so that children can wear this on special occasions and when the class is out on a school trip.  Ties are available from the school office as are school reading bags.

P.E. KIT

 

Indoor Kit         Plain black or navy shorts.

                             Plain white T-shirt or school polo shirt.

Pumps (not trainers)

 

Outdoor Kit       Training shoes

T-shirt as above

Long sleeved dark plain sweatshirt/tracksuit (no logos).

Shorts or dark coloured tracksuit bottoms (no logos).

 

Swimming Kit (Years 3 & 4)   Girls –  One-piece costume (no bikinis)

Boys –  Swimming trunks (no shorts)

 

For health and safety reasons all long hair must be tied back and preferably a swimming cap should be worn.

 

Please ensure that all uniform is clearly labelled.  We very quickly accumulate uniform which we cannot return because it has not been labelled, particularly in the summer months when children remove jumpers and cardigans.

 

No child is allowed to undertake any P.E. activities while wearing earrings even in newly pierced ears, watches or jewellery of any kind.  Children should either remove such jewellery themselves or come to school with tape on their ears.  Teachers are not required to take responsibility for removing or looking after jewellery.

 

SWIMMING

 

Swimming instruction is given to the years 3 and 4.  As these lessons are compulsory, a note from  parents is necessary on each occasion that a child is unfit to attend swimming lessons.  Children who have inhalers must ensure that these are given to teachers to take to the swimming pool with them as pool rules prohibit them from swimming if their inhalers are not available.  Further details about swimming lessons are given to the classes concerned.

 

 

JEWELLERY

 

All forms of jewellery should be left at home.  Some items may cause painful injuries, whilst lost items cause distress to your child and a lot of frustration for the class teacher.  In the interests of safety, if your child has pierced ears they may wear studs only in the 6 week period immediately after piercing and these must be removed or covered for P.E.  The wearing of make-up, including nail varnish is not allowed.  Please note that the rules regarding wearing jewellery and make-up also apply on ‘non uniform’ days as the same health and safety issues arise in school on these days.

 

HAIRSTYLES

 

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  • All hair long enough to be tied back must be tied back at all times  – both boys and girls
  • Hair bobbles should be simple with any decorations being small and unobtrusive, Jo-Jo bows and similar should not be worn unless it is a non-uniform day
  • Hairbands should be plain, dark in colour, without any bows or similar decorations attached to them
  • Shaved hair should be no shorter than a ‘Number 2’ cut
  • Tramlines or patterns should not be shaved in
  • Mohican type styles are not acceptable
  • Hair gel should be used only to gently control loose hair never to spike it or make it stand up
  • Hair colour should be natural colour
  • Make-up should not be worn, this includes nail varnish or false nails

 

 

 

THE CURRICULUM

 

The National Curriculum 2014 is made up of three Core Subjects – English, Mathematics and Science  and the Foundation subjects –Information Communication Technology, Geography, History, Art,  Design Technology, Music and Physical  Education.  At St Alban’s we also consider Religious Education to be a core subject and our RE Syllabus is delivered through the Archdiocese “Come and See” Scheme of Work.  We involve all classes in activities related to their Personal, Social and Health Education and teach this through SUMO, Stand Up and Move On, which has a high profile in our curriculum.  We value each child as an individual and want them to be happy and safe in our school.  Our task is to provide an interesting and stimulating learning environment. Within this framework, each child is encouraged to develop their individual full potential intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically.  We recognise the vital importance of catering for the differing needs of pupils in our care.  We strive to maintain a happy and secure atmosphere in which all children can be valued for their contributions and where each child will regularly experience success and a sense of achievement.

 

The school places a high priority on ensuring that children are treated equally and encourages them to take part in all activities.

 

Continuous assessment of the children by their teacher, together with the use of standardised test materials, support teachers in measuring the progress that children  make.  Assessment information  allows us to know where children are up to and provides us with the next steps in their individual learning journey.  Formal tests  in the core subjects of maths and English take place in the summer term of each year from 2 to 6.  We also have half termly assessment weeks.  We track progress carefully and keep parents informed of any progress or problems.

 

Our Religious Education programme is the Liverpool Archdiocese scheme “Come and See”.  Religious concepts are introduced in a meaningful and real way to the children.  The scheme of work centres very much upon experiences and situations with which children will be able to identify.

 

Whilst parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons and daily acts of worship we feel that any child so withdrawn would be greatly disadvantaged. These lessons are viewed as being a vital part of our school life and underpin much of what we do and how we behave.  We assume that families of children attending St Alban’s school are supportive of our Christian ethos and expect all children to play a full part in all aspects of our Christian life.

 

 

 

SEX EDUCATION

 

It is the view of the Governing Body that sex education is primarily the duty of parents.  Sex education is based on Christian principles and is related to the child’s stage of development and linked with teaching in both PSHE and Science.  Our latest policy on this subject is available in school for any parent who requests sight of this.  There is a new scheme of work related to Relationships and Sex Education entitled  ‘Journey in Love’ which we introduced in June 2016.  Parents were invited to a presentation of the new scheme and a booklet summarising key content is also available on our website.  If you have any concerns please talk to your child’s class teacher.

 

 

SPECIAL NEEDS

 

The school aims to provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum for all its pupils.  Some children have additional needs such as special educational needs or competencies that are classed as gifted or talented which means that additional provision has to be made.  This may be because of a learning difficulty, a health issue, a disability or exceptional ability.

 

The school works within the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs.  Early identification is considered important and the school aims to ensure conformity and continuity in identifying and meeting the needs of the children.  Children will receive support at the appropriate level of the Code of Practice.

 

These levels are: –

 

School Action:

Gathering of information, initial identification and registration of a child’s SEN, and increased differentiation in the classroom. Seeking of further advice and the creation of an Individual Education Programme (IEP), which is managed by the class teacher.  Delivery may be by Learning Support Staff.   In some instances we seek  support from external agencies.   Assessments are undertaken and support is provided by the school.

 

Education Health Care Plan:

As School Action Plus but a formal statutory assessment of need has been carried out by the Children’s Services Authority and the support required is funded by the local authority.

 

Parents are kept fully informed if their child has special educational needs.  They are involved in the compiling and reviewing of individual education programmes and are offered termly meetings with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and class teachers for this purpose.

 

We are always available to discuss your child’s problems with you, in confidence, and hope that we will meet your child’s needs successfully.

 

The school is equipped with access and facilities for the disabled and accepts children with disabilities.  The recent refurbishment of the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One means that all entrances are now fully accessible.

 

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

The school runs a range of extra curricular activities throughout the year depending on the skills, interests and willingness of staff to give up their own time out-of-school hours.  At present these activities include gardening, multi-skills, dodge-ball, use of Ipads, homework and Netball.  We also often offer clubs which take place off our school premises at St Gregory’s Catholic High School where children meet with other children from feeder primary schools.

 

 

CHARGES FOR SCHOOL/AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

 

We recognise the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including trips and residential experiences can make towards  a pupil’s personal and social education and aim to promote such activities.  The policy for charging is as follows:

 

  • Charges cannot be imposed to cover the cost of visits during school hours. However, voluntary contributions can be requested.  Pupils whose parents have not made a voluntary contribution will not be treated differently in any way.
  • In the past many of the activities and visits provided by the school could not have taken place without the support of parents. The governors are hopeful that this valued support will continue. We reserve the right to cancel trips if the total of any voluntary contributions received does not meet the amount required to fund the trip.
  • Parents will be charged the cost of replacement if school property is deliberately damaged by their child or if school books are lost/not returned.
  • Charges may be imposed if children are involved in activities which will allow them to take home things which they have made in school; for example baking.
  • The annual Archdiocesan Levy is considered to be the responsibility of each family and is not considered a voluntary contribution. Arrangements can be made to pay the amount, currently £10 per child per year, termly or through regular savings in the school bank.  A reduced amount can be negotiated for families with 3 or more children.  Please contact the school office if you do not want to pay the amount as a lump sum particularly if you have more than one child in the school.

 

 

SCHOOL BANK

 

We have a school bank which is run by children from Year 5 under the direct supervision of Mrs Parry.  It is open on Fridays.  If a large amount of money is to be withdrawn, we would appreciate a few days notice.  The monies are placed in a Deposit Account, in the name of St Alban’s School Bank.  Cheques can only be accepted if made out to St Alban’s School Bank.  Parents may use the school bank for any purpose but many use it to save for school trips or the Archidiocesan Levy.

 

 

HOMEWORK POLICY

 

We believe that homework forms an important part of your child’s education and that all adults concerned with a child should have a part to play in this process.  Through our homework policy we aim to:

 

  • ensure progression towards independence and individual responsibility.
  • realise the aims and objectives of the school.
  • extend and complement the work undertaken in school.
  • develop good working habits and organisational skills
  • prepare children for Secondary transfer.

 

Activities may include:

 

  • taking reading books home so that children can continue to practice reading and reading for enjoyment.
  • spellings which are given on a weekly basis.
  • times tables given to children so that they can practice at home.
  • numeracy and literacy work is also set on a weekly basis for all year groups.
  • extra work connected with history, geography or science topics being covered in school will be given by the class teacher as and when appropriate.
  • occasionally children may be asked to take work home to complete.

 

PARENT/CARER INVOLVEMENT AND HELP IN THE CLASSROOMS

 

Parents are the first educators of each child. We know how vital the contribution that parents make to their child’s development is, both prior to school and throughout his or her primary school life.  Such support can often be of an informal nature at home but we believe in the development of close links with the school from the start.  We welcome parents to help in classes, for example to read with children in school.  Parents are invited to attend Rejoice Assemblies and Christmas performances. Formal parent interviews are held twice during each academic year to give parents progress reports on the children.  We ask that the children attend these meetings too as we have found that this partnership works much better when children hear the messages too.  Written reports are sent out in July with  an open invitation given for parents to come into school to discuss the report and end of year results.

 

As well as the formal opportunities we make available for you to talk to us, the teachers are available each day after school to talk to you if you have any concerns.  We ask that when possible parents do not stop the teachers on the playground in the mornings when children are coming into school.  At this time the teacher is responsible for the whole class and cannot give you the time you need.  Please call into the office to arrange a convenient time.  If there is a problem please come in and discuss it with us.

 

Parents provide very valuable support to the teachers and children.  If you have free time and are able to come to school on a regular basis, your contribution would be most welcome.  Please speak to any member of staff to volunteer your time to help.   Please note that parent/carer volunteers in school will be asked to conform to regulations regarding being DBS checked.  Forms for this are sent electronically after an email address has been registered by school.

 

PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION

 

We have an active P.F.A. which raises much needed funds for school.

 

This dedicated group of parents organises a range of social activities which provide worthwhile and enjoyable opportunities for children, parents, staff and governors to meet socially and support the school.  Events include the annual Family Bingo and School Discos.  Dates and times of meetings are published in our newsletter with an open invitation to all.  If you want to help make a difference for your child please come along.  If you can’t come to the meetings please try to support by attending the events arranged.

 

PASTORAL CARE AND  BEHAVIOUR

 

St Alban’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School is a happy and friendly place.  The teachers very quickly get to know your child well at school.  Please tell your child’s teacher about anything which you feel might be causing him or her to be upset or worried.

 

We are aware that we share responsibility with parents for the children in our care and we make every effort to provide the same level of care for the children as parents would. At St Alban’s School we endeavour to provide a caring and disciplined environment in which pupils feel secure and have the confidence to participate in all aspects of its life.  Staff are always willing to listen to children and circle time sessions in class give the children the opportunity to talk openly about things that may be worrying them.

 

We believe that within the school, discipline should be seen in a positive light and we encourage and reward good behaviour.  We expect every pupil to act in a sensible, courteous and responsible manner, having respect for others around them.  We encourage children to develop  self-discipline, and support this aim by attitudes, which praise and reward the positive, social and academic efforts of the pupils.  All members of staff work as a team towards this ideal and the resulting atmosphere and ethos within the school is, in itself, an aid towards the children achieving selfdiscipline.  Our children are expected to observe common-sense rules which ensure their safety and the smooth running of the school.

 

In the instance of  poor behaviour, pupils will be dealt with in an appropriate manner according to the seriousness of the misbehaviour by a range of punishments based on the withdrawal of privileges.  Parents are involved at an early stage and close monitoring by teachers and the School Special Needs Co-ordinator may follow.

 

On occasions it may be necessary to exclude pupils from school for serious offences or misbehaviour which is not responding to either the  usual school sanctions or Action Plans.  In this case the Headteacher will contact parents directly and arrange to meet them at the earliest opportunity. Most exclusions are short term but in extreme cases permanent exclusion remains the final course of action.  In this event parents are informed by letter and are invited to attend a hearing by the Governing Body.  Parents may appeal against the decision made and are also able to appeal further to the Director of Education.

 

There were 0 exclusions in the last academic year.

 

 

 

 

 

SPORTING AIMS AND PROVISION FOR SPORT

 

The school seeks to enable all children to experience the benefits of taking part in sporting activities, which enhance both their individual and physical development and the life of the school. We are pleased to have been awarded the Activemark for our commitment to high quality PE and after school sporting activities.  All children, regardless of ability, experience the opportunity to take part in the sporting life of the school through regular structured P.E. lessons.  Following Government guidelines, we timetable each child with 2 hours of physical education activities each week.  All children in Years 1 to 6 are taught by a specialist PE coach for a minimum of one of their PE lessons each week.

 

We aim to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities appropriate to their age and ability in the areas of gymnastics, games, athletics, dance, swimming and outdoor adventurous activities.  Children are taught sport and exercise as a necessary part of a healthy life style.  Sporting activities offered through the extra curricular provision of the school enable those children who are particularly talented or attracted to sport to compete against other children from other schools through football, netball, swimming and athletics.

 

The school has good facilities for sport, a large playing field with two football pitches and also indoor lessons take place in the hall. In addition we have two adventure trails which are available for the children to use under supervision during their breaktimes.  We also bring in a number of specialist providers to work with the children on PE activities such as ball skills, dance and rugby.   Swimming takes place at one of the local swimming pools.

 

The upper junior children are offered the opportunity to participate in an outdoor activity residential trip  where a wide variety of adventurous activities take place.

 

 

SCHOOL COUNCIL and ECO COUNCIL

 

We have both a School Council and an ECO Council with two representatives elected from each class.  The councils meet fortnightly to discuss a whole range of issues which reflect the needs of the children in their classes.  The children are encouraged to view themselves as active citizens who can share ideas and inform the change process in their school.  Our ECO Council have been successful in earning St Alban’s the nationally accredited GREEN FLAG Award.

 

 

 

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY

 

Items of personal property should not be brought into school unless there is a special reason arranged by a member of staff for this to take place.  We request that children do not bring mobile phones to school.  The school office is manned from 8.30am to 3.15 pm daily in order to ensure messages can be given to children when necessary.  If children do bring mobile phones to school they must be left in the school office and collected again at the end of the day.  The Borough Council does not hold any specific insurance to cover the loss, damage or theft of pupil’s personal property.

 

NATIONAL TEACHER ASSESSMENT AND TEST LEVELS

 

Each year children in Years 2 and 6 have taken part in National Tests in English and Mathematics.  These tests are generally referred to as SATs.   Children in Year 6 sit  tests based on the new curriculum and are awarded with a scaled score in Reading, Mathematics and Grammar.  Year 2 children will continue to be assessed by their class teacher.  As part of our move towards the new assessment procedures we will be assessing the children joining us in our Reception class as soon as we can in order to give a “Baseline” level on entry to formal education.  The children will not be aware that they are being assessed as this will form part of their usual day to day activities.

 

Tests allow you to measure how well your child is doing and check a child’s progress against national levels.  Sometimes the test level achieved is different from a teacher assessment level because children can over or under achieve on the day of the formal test.  Teacher Assessment results are compiled from assessments of the child’s performance over all parts of each subject over time and are considered a more reliable form of assessment than a test.

 

Parents are kept informed of the level at which their child is working when they attend the termly Learning Review Meetings and receive a final print out with the end of year report.

 

A summary of annual school results will be available on the school website.

 

 

HOLIDAY DATES 

 

Details of the school terms and holidays are available on the website.

 

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