Prospectus

Number of pupils at January 2015 – 418 

Published number intended to admit in academic

year 2015/2016  -  60

 

ADMISSIONS POLICY

There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admission area.

In the event of over-subscription places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:  

  • Looked After Children and previously looked after children (as defined in the Primary Education in Essex booklet);
  • Children with a sibling attending the school;
  • Children living in the priority admission area;
  • Remaining applications.

In the event of over-subscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given highest priority. 

Children are legally entitled to a full time place in school in the September following their fourth birthday.  However, parents still have the right to start their children, full time, in the term after their fifth birthday which is when the child reaches ‘compulsory school age’.  Similarly, parents can request that their child attends school part-time until they reach compulsory school age - this should be agreed directly with the school. 

All children will be invited to start full time in September of the academic year that they will be five.  This will be phased over a two week period.

Parents are expected to supply proof of date of birth of child.

New entrants are invited to visit the school in the term prior to their entry. Parents are invited to stay during the visits to discuss any points they may wish to raise.

Children are also visited at home prior to entry, if parents consent.

Each school has a published admission number in the “Schools Admissions Policies Directory”

 ETHOS AND VALUES STATEMENT

At Lincewood Primary School all staff are committed to creating “The Best Possible Introduction to Education” for all pupils.  This vision statement has been created by and shared with all staff, pupils, governors, parents and members of the local community.  We have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour both in and out of school.  There will be a consistent approach to discipline with a system of rewards and sanctions agreed by all.  We will promote a positive ethos there ensuring that the staff and pupils are happy and motivated.  Happy children learn!

Pupils will learn about different cultures, religions and social groups and accept and appreciate peoples’ differences.  Children will be encouraged to believe that they can succeed whatever their social background and all achievements will be celebrated.  An attitude of perseverance to solve problems will be fostered with the children and they will be allowed to make mistakes which they can go on to learn from.

In preparation for becoming good citizens of the future, five social and emotional aspects of learning will be nurtured:

  • Self awareness
  • Managing feelings
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social skills

In a world which is frequently encountering ecological problems, pupils will be educated about the need to take responsibility for the local and global environment; at our school pupils are educated in well-kept and pleasant surroundings.

At Lincewood Primary School, our pupils will be taught to be effective communicators, to be competitive in a positive way and to have a sense of humour.  They will be equipped with strategies to help them cope with life’s inevitable stresses and taught the importance of pursuing interests and having leisure activities outside lesson time.  They will be encouraged to participate in the school’s many extra curricular activities on offer.  Children will learn about the importance of physical exercise, healthy diets and the detrimental effects of drugs and other harmful substances on health.  We recognise that lifelong learning is the future and all pupils and members of staff will acquire the ICT skills necessary to manage, access, evaluate, store, utilise and communicate information.  We recognise that improvement is limitless and we will never cease to consider implementing and monitoring new and existing initiatives.  There will be a continual cycle of whole school self-evaluation within which challenging targets for improvement will be set and reviewed.  The professional development of all staff members is of the utmost importance.

Standards of attainment will be as high as possible and a wide range of teaching strategies will be used to facilitate enthusiastic learning.  Assessment will be used as a tool to closely monitor and track individual progress thus providing every pupil with the opportunity of reaching their potential.  Pupils will have a detailed understanding of learning and be involved in evaluating their own success in learning through formative assessment strategies.  All pupils will have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.  We strive to create literate and numerate children who are taught thinking, questioning and problems solving skills.

 ARRANGEMENTS FOR PARENTS TO VISIT THE SCHOOL

Arrangements can be made to visit the school by appointment with the Headteacher, who will be pleased to see parents, show them the school, provide further information and enable them to see and acquire any relevant documents.

Parents of new entrants will be invited to a meeting during the term prior to their admission to school.  This will provide an opportunity for parents to see the school and to meet the teacher whose class the child will be joining.  The children will also meet their class teachers prior to their start in September.

There are two formal consultation evenings and one open evening each academic year but, if you would like to discuss your child's education at any other time, please contact the school to make an appointment with either the class teacher or Headteacher.  Teachers are unable to discuss individual children with parents during the teaching day.

There will be other occasions (specific events, concerts, Parents and Friends Association functions etc.) when you will be invited to see the work of our school, as well as an annual Governors/Parents Meeting, if requested by a sufficient number of parents. We actively encourage the involvement of parents and carers.  Parent/carer helpers assist our teachers and are represented on the Governing Body.

You will be sent regular newsletters with details of events and achievements and in the summer term you will receive a written report on your child's work and progress.

 NON SMOKING POLICY

The school operates a non-smoking policy.  Smoking is not be permitted at any time within any of the school buildings.  We also aim that smoking will not occur anywhere on the school site during the time that children are present and we hope that parents will support this policy. 

 ROAD SAFETY POLICY & CAR PARKING

We need your help to keep everyone safe. In line with the school’s road safety policy, parents are requested not to park on the yellow zig zag lines directly outside the school before and after school. Berry Lane can be a busy road and if the entrance to school is blocked, children are unable to see traffic approaching.   If you come to school by car we would ask you to observe the yellow lines and NOT to park outside the school, up on the kerb or blocking the entrances to the surrounding homes. We ask everyone to be as considerate as possible and remember our aim is to keep everyone safe and avoid accidents! The staff car park is unfortunately not open to parents/carers – the only exception to this is to allow disabled access.

 THE SCHOOL DAY

FS/KS1                                                                      KS2

MORNING SESSION - 8.55am to 12.30pm             MORNING SESSION – 8.55am to 12.45pm 

AFTERNOON SESSION – 1.45pm to 3.15pm          AFTERNOON SESSION – 1.45pm to 3.15pm

MORNING BREAK – 10.30am to 10.45am              MORNING BREAK – 10.30am to 10.45am

There is approximately 23 hours 45 minutes teaching time each week in KS2 and 22 hours 30 minutes in FS/KS1.

At the beginning of the day reception children will be ‘collected’ from the reception playground gate by a member of staff and this gives parents an opportunity to talk briefly to teachers and support staff about any issues or concerns.

In KS1 and KS2 the children can start coming into school and into their classrooms from 8.40am. The duty teacher will inform them of the time and that they are therefore allowed to enter the school. They should not be in the school playground before 8.30am unless there has been prior agreement with the Head Teacher. If they arrive after 8.40am they should go straight into class where they can engage in early morning work provided by the teachers. The teachers will be in their classrooms from 8.30am. All the children need to arrive by 8.55am and if they arrive after that time they will be registered as late.

Can you please ensure that your child arrives promptly (lateness causes distraction and upheaval to the teacher, class and school office), with the right equipment and brings nothing to school which might cause distraction or waste time.

 CURRICULUM

Every teacher is responsible for his/her classes work and the teachers will plan in Year groups.  Care is taken to ensure that the children are guided through work in Maths, English, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, P.E., Information and Communication Technology, Music, Art and P.S.H.E. in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum and the LA's Curriculum Policy Statement.

A variety of teaching approaches are used varying from whole class instruction to small groups and individual work as appropriate.

The school follows the Primary Strategy.  This requires a daily, structured hour of English teaching involving whole class, group and individual work.

The teaching of reading takes place in ability groupings as it is felt that this gives the children greater opportunities to discuss their responses to written material.  Children are also able to borrow graded reading books to take home. 

A wide variety of literature is studied and the children are encouraged to develop their creativity through a range of writing styles.  Punctuation and grammar teaching form an integral part of the Literacy lesson, as does the development of a clear handwriting style.

Mathematics teaching also follows the guidelines as set out in the Primary Strategy.  The approach to teaching is based on 4 key principles:  A dedicated maths lesson every day. This will be between 45 – 60 minutes; Direct teaching and interactive work with the whole class and groups; An emphasis on mental calculation; Controlled differentiation, with all pupils engaged in mathematics relating to a common theme.

From Y4 to Y6 pupils are arranged in three “sets” of approximately 20 pupils for their Numeracy and Literacy lessons

For all Core and Foundation subjects we use a skills based curriculum. The basis for children’s learning is centred around a progression of skills from Foundation Stage to Year 6.  The priority is given to the learning of these skills with children becoming more proactive in their learning as they progress through the school.

 RECEPTION YEAR

Children will follow the areas of learning outlined in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years and Foundation Stage. The curriculum is designed for children aged 0-5 years regardless of the establishment in which they are being taught.

The children are taught about seven areas of learning and development.  The first of these is Communication and Language development which involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment.  Through this children develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and learn to speak and listen in a range of situations.

The second area is Physical development.  This involves giving children opportunities to become active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement.  . The children are encouraged to be confident and be aware of the positive benefits of being healthy and active. To this end we have a vast range of equipment, a large hall for P.E. and a swimming pool used by the Reception children from the summer term. We also have a superb outdoor play area specifically designed for our Reception children which is in use daily all the year round. 

 Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others and to form positive relationships and respect for others.  Children are encouraged to manage their feelings and to understand what constitutes appropriate behaviour.  They learn to respect others and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development involves the children learning to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write.  Children are given access to a wide range of materials to ignite their interest in Literacy.

Mathematics provides children with the opportunity to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes and measures. Confidence and competence are encouraged in these lessons and much of this work is of a practical nature

 

Lincewood Primary School
Berry Lane, Langdon Hills,
Essex. SS16 6AZ

 

T: 01268 412888 - Jane Dyer or Adrienne Lewis

office@lincewood.essex.sch.uk

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