THE SCHOOL PROSPECTUS IS CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF BEING UPDATED

 

Holy Island C. of E. First School

Holy Island

Berwick-upon-Tweed

Northumberland

TD15 2SQ

Tel: 01289 389231

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Dear Parents,

The staff at Holy Island Church of England First School would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your child. 

We look forward to your child joining our school community where we will endeavour to provide them with a secure happy and stimulating environment in order that they thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

During your child’s time here we hope you will regard the school as your school and that your family’s involvement with the school will be positive. We very much value your part in the education of your own child and recognise the work you have already done in teaching your child before he or she arrives in school.

We hope to continue the partnership between home and school over the next few years.

We pride ourselves in being responsive to the community that we serve and the staff at Holy Island Church of England First School strive to make ours a happy and successful learning environment for all the children who attend.

We look forward to sharing your child’s first years at school.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Caroline Esley

Headteacher of Holy Island and Lowick C. of E. First Schools

Lowick C. of E. First School

30 Main Street

Lowick

Berwick-upon-Tweed

TD15 2UA

Telephone/fax 01289 388268

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Dear Parents,

The staff at Lowick Church of England First School would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your child. 

We look forward to your child joining our school community where we will endeavour to provide them with a secure happy and stimulating environment in order that they thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

During your child’s time here we hope you will regard the school as your school and that your family’s involvement with the school will be positive. We very much value your part in the education of your own child and recognise the work you have already done in teaching your child before he or she arrives in school.

We hope to continue the partnership between home and school over the next few years.

We pride ourselves in being responsive to the community that we serve and the staff at Lowick Church of England First School strive to make ours a happy and successful learning environment for all the children who attend.

We look forward to sharing your child’s first years at school.

Yours sincerely, 

Mrs Caroline Elsey

Executive Headteacher Lowick and Holy Island C. of E. First Schools

Our School

Holy Island C. of E. First School was established ‘for the education of poor persons of the parish of Holy Island according to the principles of the Church of England’. This provides the school with a sense of history and tradition and close links with St. Mary’s Church, Holy Island. The school building remains much as it was with one large airy classroom and an additional teaching area formed from the old kitchens. The grounds include a large school field and a hard play area.

Holy Island C. of E. First School is a small school with a warm welcoming atmosphere. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in the school in a variety of ways.

We are dedicated to improving the educational provision for the children on Holy Island with extensive modernisation and building work ensuring a safe, secure and extended learning environment.

The children spend part of their school-time in Holy Island C. of E. First School and part of school time at Lowick C. of E. First School (the Federation has existed for over 25 years). This is determined by the Tide Crossing Times.  When at Holy Island School the children are taught as one group (with appropriate differentiation) when at Lowick they join the appropriate ability group in the purpose built Learning Zone. Lowick C. of E. First School visits Holy Island C. of E. School where aspects of the curriculum are taught, for joint events and to ensure that the children of both schools are encouraged to engage with their peers and the environment, as well as the historical and religious significance of the location.

This prospectus provides information concerning the school, as required by the 1980 Education Act, for parents of pupils who are expected to enter the school from within the catchment area, and also for other parents who wish to know about the opportunities available.  Information concerning the general arrangements in Northumberland is given separately in a County Education booklet, copies of which are available for parents of pupils who are starting or transferring schools next September.

This school is part of the Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education

The details contained in this prospectus are correct at the time of printing.

Transport

The children are transported by car to and from Lowick C. of E. First School.  A termly timetable is distributed each term stating departure and return times. 

Transport Contractor:                                     Mr B Patterson, Telephone - (01289) 389265

Our School

Lowick C. of E. First School was established as a Voluntary Controlled School in April 2006.

Lowick is a small school with a warm welcoming atmosphere. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in the school in a variety of ways.

We are dedicated to improving the educational provision for the children at Lowick with extensive modernisation and building work ensuring a safe, secure and extended learning environment. The grounds include a large school field, willow structures, fire pit, Early Years Area (complete with large outdoor staging, giant sandpit, seating and raised flower beds) and a hard play area.

The children are taught in small groups (with appropriate differentiation) according to their stage of development in a large purpose built, light and multi functional Learning Zone.  Lowick C. of E. First School visits Holy Island C. of E. School where aspects of the curriculum are taught, for joint events and to ensure that the children of both schools are encouraged to engage with their peers and the environment, as well as the historical and religious significance of the location.

This prospectus provides information concerning the school, as required by the 1980 Education Act, for parents of pupils who are expected to enter the school from within the catchment area, and also for other parents who wish to know about the opportunities available.  Information concerning the general arrangements in Northumberland is given separately in a County Education booklet, copies of which are available for parents of pupils who are starting or transferring schools next September.

This school is part of the Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education

The details contained in this prospectus are correct at the time of printing.

Ethos

The Christian ethos is embedded throughout the daily life of the school. This is reflected by the way we relate to and work with our pupils and provide a positive, caring environment where each individual can fulfil their true potential. Our aim is to help the pupils start to form the values that will help them make moral choices throughout their lives.

Mission Statement

The school aims to serve the community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.

We endeavour to realise the child’s full potential through an enhanced curriculum of the highest quality. To deepen and enrich the schools relationship with governors, parents, community and church to create an environment in which everyone is valued.

We seek to:

Develop and nurture the spirituality of each person and to encourage, in all, the will to do good.

Open our hearts to others so each may grow in their knowledge of themselves, and their need for one another.

A strength of our small school is that we can know, value and support each person as a unique individual.

 

We aim to provide an attractive, stimulating and caring learning environment which will nurture the development/potential of every child in our care enabling them to become effective independent learners who will have a positive and active approach to their future lives in society. To develop lively, enquiring minds with the ability to question, investigate, solve problems and start to form the personal values that will help them make sense of the world in which they live and from positive social relationships. To enable the children to communicate their feelings and ideas fluently, to be self reliant and able to use their initiative.

We aim to offer a stimulating and challenging curriculum, which is broad, balanced and differentiated to meet the needs of every child whilst maintaining high standards and expectation and equality of opportunity. We encourage the children to enjoy their learning by sharing and celebrating their talents with others and as a result developing the children’s motivation, confidence and enjoyment of the process of education.

We value the support of parents, governors, the church and the wider community and seek to promote a partnership through which each individual child can thrive. We aim to establish good role models for future citizens ensuring all members of the school community work together showing consideration and support for each other.

Through faith and Christian values our aims are:

To engender Moral values and a sense of right and wrong. To foster attitudes that are based on honesty, trust, tolerance, understanding and respect for others that develop from a sense of self worth.

To develop each child’s self esteem

To inspire care, concern and respect for themselves, for each other, parents, staff and people within our school community

To provide meaningful Christian worship through which children will gain an understanding of their Christian heritage

To foster broadly based Christian values through the school ethos and teaching

To grow in their own faith and through that come to respect and understand other faiths and other ways of life.

Values & Ethos Statement

To foster a safe yet stimulating and challenging culture in which all individuals are valued, respected, nurtured, enthused and appropriately prepared for the ever changing world in which we live.

In order to realise our vision we aim:

  • ØTo maintain a healthy, physically and emotionally safe and secure environment.
  • ØTo promote respect and trust in self and others.
  • ØTo promote collaborative teaching and learning thus valuing the opinions and perspective of all.
  • ØTo value, nurture and celebrate the diversity of talent within our community and the wider world.
  • ØTo promote a culture of creative thinking in an atmosphere where risk taking, experimentation and innovation is encouraged thus embedding it in our practice.
  • ØTo help all learners develop the strength of character and resilience to deal with life’s changes and challenges.
  • ØTo celebrate success for its own sake to affirm and enable further achievement.
  • ØTo promote high expectations of behaviour and learning through personalised target setting and pupil ownership.
  • ØTo value the contributions of all stakeholders within the wider school community.
  • ØTo nurture an enquiring mind and inspire a life long passion for and enjoyment of learning.
  • ØTo provide opportunities for the children to reflect on issues which lie beyond the visible and material.
  • ØTo encourage pupils to recognise and adapt to a society which is served by an increasing use of ICT related to processes. To enable pupils to prepare for this we believe that all pupils must have equal and appropriate access to ICT resources.

The spiritual, moral, cultural, social and physical development in our schools will be based on Christian values such as love of neighbour, the pursuit of truth and justice, challenge of service and duty and the experience of forgiveness.

We are concerned with the whole child:

Their physical, mental and spiritual growth;

Their feelings, attitudes and relationships;

Their characters and personalities.

We wish to maintain and develop home/school links and actively encourage parental involvement in the children’s education.

  • Building on their experience as members of a family we aim to teach the children to be responsible and caring members of the “school” family and, subsequently, responsible and caring members of the community and world in which they live.
  • Within the Early Years we aim to provide a successful transition from home and playgroup to school through the learning experiences provided, equip the children with the basic skills, concepts and attitudes necessary for study of the National Curriculum.
  • By developing strong links with receiving schools, we aim to make the transition from one school to the next as smooth as possible, and to ensure continuity and progression in the curriculum.

Children from the school, which serves the area of Lowick, Bowsden, Fenwick and Kyloe, will usually transfer at the age of 9+ to Berwick, Tweedmouth of Belford St. Mary’s Middle School. The children from Holy Island will normally transfer to Longridge Towers at the age of 9+.

Equal Opportunities

Within this school we aim to provide all children, regardless of gender, race, religion and educational ability

with the same right of access to a broad, balanced, differentiated curriculum including the National Curriculum.

Admissions

The school adheres to the County admissions policy as laid down by the Northumberland County Council.

The school standard number (Holy Island C. of E. First School) for entry per year group is currently 5.

The school standard number (Lowick C. of E. First School) for entry per year group is currently 15.

It is necessary for every parent to complete a parental preference form so that their child can be considered for a place in school.  Requests for admissions to schools in September 2018 should be received by the Director of Education by 1st December 2017.

Admissions Into Reception

Children who do not have a nursery place at another Northumberland school and who are four between 1st

September and 31st December inclusive, can be admitted part time into school the Spring Term following their fourth birthday.

Children who do not have a nursery place at another Northumberland school and who are four between 1st

January and 31st March inclusive, can be admitted part time into school the Summer Term following their fourth birthday.

For the Holy Island children part-time sessions will be dependant on tidal conditions. Parents should consult with the Headteacher if they wish their child to be admitted for part-time sessions.

All other children will be admitted full-time in September if they are four by 31st August. (see Appendix 1)

School Hours

Morning Session                      8.30 am - 11.30am

Afternoon Session                  12.30 pm - 2.40 pm   

 

 

EYFS (Rising Threes)           8.30 am - 11.30 am (or 12.30 pm if staying for lunch) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

                                               8.30 am - 11.15am on Wednesdays

The morning is divided into 2 sessions with Playtime at 10.00am to 10.15 am. The afternoon is one session with no break.

School Staff

Executive Headteacher                      Mrs C Elsey

Assistant Headteacher                       Mrs K Fieldhouse

Teacher                                              Mrs C Strangeways                       

Holy Island Teacher                            Mr N Stafford                

Classroom Assistant                           Mrs J Edmison (Part-time)

Classroom Assistant                           Miss S Hay

Dance Teacher                                   Mrs J Burn

Lunchtime Supervisory Assistants     Mrs M Kornau

                                                            Mrs L Bradbury

School Secretary                                Mrs L Blenkinsop

Cleaner in Charge (Lowick)               Mrs L Bradbury

Cleaner in Charge (Holy Island)         Mr B Patterson

Cook Manager                                    Mrs M Kornau

Home/School Agreement

Parents are asked to sign the Home/School Agreement – sent out in September of every year.

Behaviour

The school encourages positive behaviour, the development of self-discipline and respect for others. Misbehaviour is usually dealt with by discussion with the child concerned and, if necessary, temporary withdrawal of privileges.  Cases of persistent misbehaviour will be discussed with the parents of the children involved. (see Appendix 2)

Clothing

Parents are asked to dress their children appropriately, in clothes that are easily managed by the children themselves when changing for P.E.

School sweatshirts, polo-shirts, fleeces, waterproof jackets, book bags, caps and PE kits may be ordered from school.

All clothing should be marked with the child's name.

In the interests of safety, no jewellery should be worn by the children and long hair should be tied back.

Charging  Policy

Voluntary contributions are sought in support of some school activities.  The cost of many activities is supplemented by the PTA (Friends of Lowick and Holy Island First Schools), the voluntary contributions account is audited annually.

Home/School Liaison

When children are first admitted into school, we ask parents to complete a form giving basic information about themselves and their child.  This includes the telephone number of an emergency contact who can be reached quickly in the event of illness, accident or emergency if parents themselves cannot be contacted for some reason.  It is essential that this information is kept up to date.

Parents are invited into school in the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms to discuss their child's progress and to look at his/her work and the work of the school.

Parents are welcome to visit the school at other times to discuss their child's progress or any concerns they may have by appointment with their child’s tutor, member of staff or Headteacher.  Written reports are sent to parents towards the end of each academic year.

Parents are also invited into Lowick and Holy Island C. of E. First Schools to share in performances by the children, especially at such times as Harvest Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and the end of the school year.

Parents are welcomed into school to share their expertise with teachers and children and to provide extra support for classroom activities, swimming lessons and out of school visits. All adults who come into school to work with the children will be subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check. (see Appendix 3 – Volunteers in school)

There is an active P.T.A. (Friends of Lowick and Holy Island Schools) which supports the school in a variety of practical ways, as well as fund raising from which pupils benefit.  It is hoped all parents will support P.T.A. activities.

You will be asked to read with and read to your children on a regular basis.  Other homework will include handwriting, learning spellings, maths and gathering information.

The County Library van visits Lowick C. of E. First School the school on a fortnightly basis and pupils are encouraged to choose three books to take home to read independently or share with parents.

The Northumberland Educational Services Library van visits Lowick C. of E. First School on a termly basis, the children are encouraged to choose one book to take home. Mr. White the Librarian comes into the school to take/share in a collective worship.

Data Protection And School Health Service

For many years schools and the School Health and Dental Services have worked together to ensure that all children in school are offered immunisation, health and dental surveillance, advice and support.  To do this the School Health and Dental Services need population databases – an up-to-date list of all children attending school.  These are used to provide programmes, including immunisation against tuberculosis (BCG) and meningitis C and dental, hearing and vision screening.

In response to changes in the Data Protection Act we are required to ensure that parents know that the school gives your child’s name, address and date of birth to the School Health and Dental Services for this purpose.  This information will be shared unless you advise the Headteacher in writing that you do not wish this to happen.  Information about the services offered by School Health and Dentist are detailed in the information leaflet that you will have received when your child started school.  Further copies, if required, can be obtained from the school.  Please note that no immunisation or dental work is carried out without a signed consent form from the parent or guardian.

Sickness – Please keep your child at home if he/she is poorly – we would much rather they were comfortable at home for a few days recovering properly rather than being off colour and miserable at school. We recommend that children remain at home for 48hours following sickness.

Medicine – The administering of medicines in school is parents responsibility. Very few medications need to be administered in the middle of the day, however, parents are welcome to come to school and administer the medicine personally at lunch times if a child needs to receive medication.

If you wish staff to administer medication a consent form must be completed. Forms are available from the School Secretary at Lowick C. of E. First School.

Inhalers – It is the responsibility of the Doctor prescribing the drugs to ensure that the child knows how to use an inhaler properly and the parent to ensure that their child receives the prescribed drugs.

The school cannot be considered liable if any dosage is overlooked during a normal day in a busy classroom. However, staff will endeavour to supervise children when they need to use their inhaler for either regular or emergency doses. Please ensure that your child’s inhaler is marked clearly with his/her name and dosage.

Headlice – All schools have an occasional outbreak of headlice. Please check your child’s scalp regularly and inform the school if you find anything.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Details of documents relating to the curriculum, the school's inspection by Ofsted, the School Profile, minutes of the termly Governing Body meetings and the statutory complaints procedure are available at the school upon request.

School Meals And Milk

A two-course meal is provided daily for £2.00 currently. Menus are designed to meet the nutritional requirements of young children and to introduce a wide variety of food. Social training is also an important aspect of the lunch period. Visits from parents to see the lunch arrangements are welcomed.

Lunch money is collected on Monday morning.

Provision is also made for those children who wish to bring a packed lunch.

Milk may be ordered termly at a cost of approximately £5.00 (12 week term)

Free fruit is available to the children at playtimes as the school has signed up for the Free Fruit to Schools Scheme.

“Pupils respect the need for a healthy lifestyle. They appreciate the healthy school lunches and join wholeheartedly in the many physical activities provided”

Ofsted 2006

School Clubs

There is a range of after school clubs running at Lowick C. of E. First School. The children from Holy Island are able to attend when the tide allows.  The clubs running vary during the year but include:

Science Club for Years 3 & 4

Sports Club (Football, Rugby, Rounders, Cricket) season dependent for all children

Archery Club for Years 3 & 4

Forest Schools Club for all children

Games Club

Children who normally travel to school by school transport must be collected by parents on club nights.

The Curriculum

The three core subjects of the National Curriculum, English, Mathematics and Science are taught throughout the school.  In addition to these there are the foundation subjects, Information and Communication Technology (Computing), Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education.  Planning for these subjects is in line with D.C.S.F. Guidance for the Early Years and Foundation Stage for children under five years old and the National Curriculum Orders for those over five.  All areas are linked to the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda: Be Healthy, Stay safe, Enjoy and achieve, Make a positive contribution and Achieve economic well-being. Religious Education, PSHE, Citizenship and Spanish are also part of the curriculum.

We have a three year rolling programme of themes. They have been planned in accordance with the National Curriculum, with a different focus each term.

Year A

Year B

Year C

The Green World

Elemental Suitcase

Science Focus – Farming, Environment, Sustainability, Carbon Footprint, Ecology, Plant Growth, 4 Elements

Inventions & Toys

Great Inventions

Science Focus – Electricity, Magnets, Forces & Motion, Temperature & Insulation, Hydraulics & Pneumatics

Powerful People

Victorians

Science Focus – Electricity & Magnetism, Steam Power, Communications, Medicines & Human Body

Christmas

Ancient Civilisations – 1

Egypt, Greece, Romans

Science Focus – Structures & Buildings, Materials & Change, Geology, Rocks & Soils, Volcanoes

Celts, Anglo-Saxons & Vikings

Science Focus – Floating & Sinking, Navigation & the Stars

Planets & Places

Cities, Villages & Settlements

Science Focus – the Earth & Beyond, Light & Sound

Easter

Ancient Civilisations – 2

Science Focus – Structures & Buildings, Materials & Change, Geology, Rocks & Soils, Volcanoes

The Blue Planet

Water

Science Focus – Water Cycle, Rivers, Lakes & Seas, Marine Biology, Habitats

All About Animals

Animal Kingdom – Biology

Science Focus – Habitats, Variation & Classification, Skeletons, Circulation & Senses

We have developed a Creative Curriculum in school (endorsed by QCA and Ofsted) using the ‘Mantle of the Expert’ approach to teaching and learning. The children form a company through which they explore the learning. The ‘Mantle of the Expert’ (MOE) allows the child to take responsibility in a fictional world: relating this to the world of work. As a result writing becomes meaningful and for a purpose. The learning is cross curricula linking and making connections between the different subject areas. Further information can be found at:

www.mantleoftheexpert.com

Examples of ‘Mantles’ and ‘Companies’ covered in the previous three years are:

Bradbury Bakers, Anthrohistory, Class Act Books, Anthrovets, Hot2Cold2Hot (Cold Case team), Hilow Towers Art Gallery etc. Files are available in school with examples of work covered in the ‘Mantle.

English

“English includes speaking, listening, reading and writing

  • ØSpeaking and listening are essential in their own right and as a crucial platform for learning to read and write.
  • ØAll subjects have potential for developing spoken language
  • ØAll literacy skills should be taught regularly and systematically and be embedded in each area of learning”

The Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum Jan 2009.

English is a life skill through which we communicate, as well as explore, organise and make sense of our experiences. The demands of the modern world mean that we need to give all children the opportunity to achieve the highest standards they can.                           

Through our teaching of English we aim to:

•  Build on the skills and experience of English that children bring from home, playgroup and nursery environments.     

•   Develop in pupils a positive attitude towards English, so that they become confident in its use.

•  Provide opportunities for pupils to develop their use and understanding of English in an appropriate, varied and stimulating environment.

•  Provide opportunities for pupils to develop ideas and communication skills through speaking and listening, drama, reading and writing.

A number of reading schemes are used throughout the school and a wide selection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books are also available.

               

Mathematics

“Mathematics is about more than just being able to carry out basic operations. It’s about knowing when to use and apply them in everyday situations”.

The Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum Jan 2009.

Mathematics affects most, if not all other areas of experience through its development of concepts of number and pattern and shape, problem-solving and investigative skills and analysis and logical thinking. Mathematics is a fundamental way of looking at and understanding experiences and of communicating findings to others.

Through teaching of mathematics we aim to:

•  Develop in pupils a positive attitude towards mathematics, so that they become confident in developing and using mathematical ideas and strategies.

•  Develop both an awareness of its use as a tool for communication and explanation and an appreciation of the creative aspects of the subject.

•   Practice, explore, acquire and understand skills related to number, algebra, shape and space, measure and data handling.

Mathematics is taught as a subject in its own right and is also integrated into other areas of the curriculum.

Teaching and learning are supported using a range of published materials and other resources.

 

Science

The study of science enables children to develop an understanding of their world through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and values which are relevant to their everyday lives.

Through the teaching of science we aim to:

•  Develop in pupils a positive attitude towards science, so that they become confident in developing scientific skills and methods of working.

•  Encourage an investigative approach to science,

•  Encourage critical thinking and awareness.

•  Enable pupils to explore, acquire and understand skills and knowledge related to Life Processes and Living Things, Materials and their Properties and Physical Processes.

•  Promote safe methods of working and the safe use of apparatus and equipment.

•  Encourage pupils to have an awareness of and respect for their environment.

Computing (Information and Communications Technology)

“Children are growing up in a world where computing permeates many aspects of their lives.

Computing

  • ØHas a unique capacity and potential for developing and enlivening all aspects of learning
  • ØNeeds to be taught discretely to capture its essential knowledge and skills
  • ØNeeds to be applied across the whole curriculum to deepen understanding”.

The Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum Jan 2009.

Computer technology pervades the whole of society. It is important that children develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the application of I.C.T. systems.

Within the curriculum we aim to:

•  Develop children's computing capabilities and skills as described in the National Curriculum orders.

•  Enhance learning in other areas of the curriculum

•  Stimulate interest and develop expertise in new technologies.

The Learning Zone at Lowick and the classroom at Holy Island is equipped with a range of computers (PC’s, Laptops, small Laptops), iPads, Smartboards, a range of software and Internet access.

          

Design And Technology

This subject spans the curriculum, drawing on and linking a range of subjects. It is concerned with identifying needs, generating ideas, planning, making and testing to find the best solutions and outcomes.

Pupils are given opportunities to design, make and evaluate products using a range of equipment, materials and techniques. They are taught safe methods of working.

History And Geography

These subjects are taught largely through topic work, supported by the Mantle of the Expert, non-fiction texts, TV programmes, computer software, artefacts, visitors into school and educational visits. First hand experience is considered especially important. We aim to help children develop an understanding of the world around them, how it has changed and of their place in and influence on it.

Art

All children are encouraged and given opportunities to develop their creative ability and express their ideas through a variety of media and techniques. Art  work is linked with other areas of the curriculum where possible.

P.E. And Sports

The school aims to foster a positive attitude towards and enjoyment of P.E. through a varied P.E. curriculum.

This curriculum is structured to enable pupils to learn a variety of skills through dance, gymnastics, games, archery, athletics and outdoor education. Children are encouraged to develop sensible attitudes about health and fitness and an "exercise habit" for later life.

Throughout the year the school takes part in inter school competitions and sports festivals organised across the Berwick Partnership of schools.

For P.E. lessons children need shorts, tee shirt and sandshoes, for outdoor sports the children will require trainers, jogging bottoms and sweatshirt (all clearly named). A PE kit is available to purchase from school.  All the children in the school go swimming every Wednesday afternoon and will need a towel and costume.

In the summer term the Year 4 children participate in a 3 day residential. This is based on Outdoor Education and allows the children to experience climbing, canoeing, low ropes and thinking skills based activities in the outdoors.

Music

Music enables children to communicate and express themselves in a practical and enjoyable way. The school provides opportunities for every pupil to acquire the skills, understanding and knowledge necessary to compose, perform and listen competently. Music plays an important part in school productions and performances by the children throughout the year.

 

Religious Education

Religious and moral education takes place throughout the age ranges. Emphasis is placed on valuing and respecting each other as individuals and establishing a code of conduct for life, based in a Christian ethos. The beliefs and customs of other religions are taught and links within them are highlighted. The schools follows the Diocesan Syllabus for R.E, ( a copy of which is available in school for inspection by parents).

A Statement of Worship

Collective Acts of Worship take place on a daily basis. These assembly times are used as a focal time for the school to emphasise its positive ethos, achievement and to have time for reflection and reverence. Our acts of worship are mainly Christian in nature though special occasions and festivals of other cultures and religions are recognised and valued. It is consistent with the Diocesan School Worship Policy.

The incumbent at St. John the Baptist Church (Lowick) holds a weekly act of worship at Lowick C. of E. First School, in addition a member of the local Baptist Church holds a weekly act of worship at Lowick. In Holy Island C. of E. First School the incumbent of St. Mary’s Church (Holy Island) holds a weekly act of collective worship.

Collective worship is not just held in school, we sometimes visit the Gospel Garden with Brother Damian or go to our local parish church.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship and Religious Education lessons. Those who wish to do so are requested to inform the Headteacher.

 

Modern Foreign Languages

Spanish is taught to all of the children on a Monday morning (Reception to Year 4).

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Sex Education

We are concerned with the physical, mental and spiritual growth of the child. We aim to equip pupils with knowledge and understanding, personal and interpersonal skills, and attitudes of values and beliefs at an appropriate level for each child's development. Within the school we aim to provide a happy, caring and disciplined environment which encourages self-esteem, self-respect and a respect for others.

Sex Education is taught as part of National Curriculum science, usually within another topic framework.

Special Educational Needs

The purpose of education for all children is the same. The goals are the same, but the help that individual children need in progressing towards them -will be different. (Warnock 1978)

We define a child as having SEN when his or her learning, emotional, behavioural or physical needs are significantly different from those of the majority at any given time. These needs may be of long or short duration.

At this school we aim to provide all children, regardless of gender, race, religion or educational ability with the same right of access to a broad, balanced, differentiated curriculum including the National Curriculum.

We aim to have an open admissions policy, catering for a variety of special needs within the constraints of the school building and budget.

We recognise the value of working in close partnership with parents, and therefore, aim to involve them at all stages once a child has been identified as having SEN.

Once children have been identified in accordance with the school's assessment policy as having SEN we aim to work closely with other professionals where necessary, in providing for these needs.

Assessment

Formative assessment is used to guide the progress of individual pupils. It involves identifying every child's progress in each area of the curriculum, determining what each child has learned and what, therefore, should be the next stage in his or her learning. Targets are set half termly with the child which are linked to Average Point Scores and National Curriculum Levels. These targets are sent home for parents and their child to work on. These targets form a profile of achievement which tracks pupil progress during their time in our school. This profile is available for parents to scrutinise during parent interviews or a copy may be sent home on request (cost of 10p sheet).

Formative assessment is largely carried out by the teachers in the course of their teaching. Many assessment activities are built into day to day classroom learning experiences. Other more formal assessment may be used at times throughout the year.  In the Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) the National EYFS Profile enables the teacher to assess each child's level of development when they enter school and thus to plan for their learning at an appropriate level.

Standard national tests in English and Mathematics are given at the end of KS1 in the Summer term of Year 2.  Teacher assessments will also be made at this time in English, Mathematics and Science. During the course of each academic year an Interim Report is sent home to parents highlighting your child’s attitude to learning as well as Teacher Assessments linked to National SAT levels. (see Appendix 4).

Optional SATs are held in Yr 3 and Yr 4, therefore enabling us to build up a complete picture of your child’s progress whilst in the school.

In order that pupils take more responsibility for their learning, they are involved in the assessment process.  The children assess their own work and that of their peers, providing input into how the work can be improved (Self & Peer Assessment).  It is hoped that greater self awareness and self esteem will be fostered by pupils actively identifying their own strengths and weakness in order that they may negotiate future learning targets and thereby improve performance.

A series of meetings are held with our feeder Middle Schools; facilitating the transition for all of our children on the next stage of their educational journey. Information we hold on your child regarding progress, attainment and attitudes to learning form the basis of these meetings, ensuring that transition is as smooth as possible.

Fund Raising

 

We have an active PTA (Friends of Lowick and Holy Island C. of E. First Schools) who raise money for all of our educational visits (apart from the Year 4 Residential). We warmly welcome new parents to join this fundraising group. In addition the children carry out a series of fund raising activities throughout the year to help those who are less fortunate than themselves e.g. Comic Relief, British Heart Foundation (Jump rope for Heart), Operation Christmas Child etc.

 

SATS RESULTS

“Pupils achieve outstandingly during their time at the school and standards are consistently high by the time the pupils are ready for the next stage of their education. Pupils make excellent progress and the results of National Tests at the end of Yr 2 are usually well above average in reading, writing and mathematics. Standards are consistently high in Yr 4”

Ofsted 2006

Due to the small cohort of children we are unable to publish SAT results as individual children may be identified.

Attendance

Lowick

There were 28 pupils attending on the school roll (including reception children under the age of 5 at September 2015)

There was an Authorised Absence for the year 2014/2015 of 4.3%

There was an Unauthorised Absence for the year 2014/2015 of 0.2%

Holy Island

There were 5 pupils attending on the school roll (including reception children under the age of 5 at

September 2015).

There was an Authorised Absence for the year 2014/2015 of 4.1%

There was an Unauthorised Absence for the year 2014/2015 of 0%

 

SCHEDULE OF SCHOOL HOLIDAYS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 2016/17 

HOLIDAY OR OCCASION OF CLOSURE

DATE ON WHICH SCHOOL WILL CLOSE

DATE ON WHICH SCHOOL WILL REASSEMBLE

Teacher TRAINING DAY – Wednesday 20 july 2016

Summer 2016

Tuesday 19 July 2016

Wednesday 7 September 2016

Teacher TRAINING DAYS – MONDAY 5 & Tuesday 6 September 2016

October Mid-Term 2016

Friday 21 October 2016

Monday 31 October 2016

Teacher TRAINING DAY – FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER 2016

Christmas/New Year 2016/2017

Friday 16 December 2016

Wednesday 4 January 2017

Teacher TRAINING DAY – Tuesday 3 january 2017

Spring Mid-Term 2017

Friday 17 February 2017

Monday 27 February 2017

Teacher TRAINING DAY – friday 24 February 2017

Easter 2017

Friday 7 April 2017

24 April 2017

May Day – monday 1 may 2017

Summer Mid-Term 2017

Friday 26 May 2017

Monday 5 June 2017

Summer 2017

Friday 21 July 2017

Tuesday 5 September 2017

Teacher training Day - Monday 4 September 2017

 

 

SCHEDULE OF SCHOOL HOLIDAYS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 2017/18

HOLIDAY OR OCCASION OF CLOSURE

DATE ON WHICH SCHOOL WILL CLOSE

DATE ON WHICH SCHOOL WILL REASSEMBLE

Teacher training Days - Monday 4 & tUESDAY 5 September 2017

Summer 2017

Friday 21 July 2017

Wednesday 6 September 2017

Teacher training Day - FRIDAY 27 October 2017

October Mid-Term 2017

Friday 20 October 2017

Monday 30 October 2017

Teacher training Day – monday 8 january 2018

Christmas/New Year 2017/2018

Friday 22 December 2017

Tuesday 9 January 2018

Teacher Day - FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2018

Spring Mid-Term 2018

Friday 9 February 2018

Monday 19 February 2018

Easter 2018

Thursday 29 March 2018

16 April 2018

May Day - Monday 7 May 2018

Summer Mid-Term 2018

Friday 25 May 2018

Monday 4 June 2018

Summer 2018

Friday 20 July 2018

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Teacher training Day - Monday 3 & Tuesday 4 September 2018

 

General Information - Lowick School

Executive Headteacher             Mrs C Elsey

Governing Body

 

The school is supported by an active and caring Governing Body which meets at least once a term, and makes an annual report to parents.

Minutes of the meetings of the Governing Body which give details of all matters considered by the Governors are available for inspection by any parent (copies may be requested from school)

.

Governor

Name

LA Governor

(Chair of Governors)

Mr R O'Rourke

Parent Governor

(Vice Chair)

Mrs K Bone

Parent Governor

Mr D Elsworth

 

Parent Governor

Mrs S Hutton

 

Community Governor

 Rev Dr A Hood

 

 Ex-Officio/Foundation Governor

 Rev V Dickinson

 

Community Governor

Mr J Moffat

Parent Governor

Mrs A Colgan 

Executive Headteacher Governor

Mrs C Elsey

All of the Governors may be contacted through the school secretary.

Telephone: 01289 388268

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The details contained in this prospectus are correct at the time of printing.

 

General Information - Holy Island School 

Executive Headteacher             Mrs C Elsey

Governing Body

The school is supported by an active and caring Governing Body which meets at least once a term, and makes an annual report to parents.

Minutes of the meetings of the Governing Body which give details of all matters considered by the Governors are available for inspection by any parent (copies may be requested from school)

.

Governor

Name

Foundation Governor/Chair of Governors

 

Mrs J Holmes

Foundation Governor/Ex-Officio

(Chair of Governors)

Rev Dr P Collins

Foundation Governor

Mr J Weightman

 

Parent Governor

Mrs K Anderson

PCC Governor

Mrs P Collins

Foundation Governor

Mrs J Crossman

Executive Headteacher Governor

Mrs C Elsey

Staff Governor

Mr N Stafford

 

All of the Governors may be contacted through the school secretary at Lowick.

Telephone: 01289 388268

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The details contained in this prospectus are correct at the time of printing.

Policies

Statutory

Accessibility Plan

Admissions Policy

Attendance Policy & Targets

Charging Policy

Child Protection (Safeguarding) Policy

Confidentiality Policy

Collective Worship Policy

Concerns & Complaints Procedure

Curriculum Policy

Freedom of Information Publications Scheme

Grievance Policy

Health & Safety Policy

Home School Agreement

Penalty Notice

Performance Management Policy

Prospectus

Pupil Discipline (Anti-Bullying) Policy

Encouraging Good Behaviour

Race Equality Policy

Single Equalities & Diversity Policy

Registration of Pupils

Staffing Structure

Sex & Relationships Policy

SEN Policy

Target Setting

Teachers Pay & Conditions Policy

Whistle Blowing Policy

School Specific Policies

Equal Opportunities Policy

Inclusion Policy

Access to Education for children & young people with Medical Needs

Gifted & Talented Policy

Early Years & Foundation Stage Policy

Teaching & Learning Policy

Monitoring, Tracking & Recording Policy

Persistent Complaints & Harassment Policy

Lettings Policy

E-Safety Policy

School Food Policy

Healthy Eating Policy

Emergency Incidents Procedure (LA)

Educational Visits Policy

Transport of children between the two sites

Initial Teacher Training Policy

Governor Visits Policy

Drugs Policy

Non-Smoking Policy

Arts Policy

P.E. Policy

Swimming Policy

R.E. Policy

SMSC Policy

PSHE & Citizenship Policy

Literacy Policy

Numeracy Policy

CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE

If a child lives with criticism,

He learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility,

He learns to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule,

He learns to be shy.

If a child lives with shame,

He learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with tolerance,

He learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement,

He learns confidence.

If a child lives with praise,

He learns to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness,

He learns justice.

If a child lives with security,

He learns to have faith.

If a child lives with approval,

He learns to like himself.

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,

He learns to find love in the world

Appendices

Concerns and Complaints:

A Guide for Parents and Carers.

This leaflet aims to help you in approaching your child’s school when you feel that things are going wrong. This process has been developed to enable schools and parents/carers to work together to resolve issues.

Introduction

Your child’s school will provide many opportunities to keep you informed and involved in your child’s progress with regular reports, open days and visits all helping the process. Cooperation between parents, staff and governors leads to a shares sense of purpose and good atmosphere in the school.

However, sometimes parents and schools have a misunderstanding and these can often be sorted out by speaking to the right person. Your concern can then be looked into and a response given.

Q1. What should I do first?

Be clear what you want to talk to the school about.

Remember that although you may want to change a situation, you want it to end on a positive note with no bad feelings. Because of this you should try to follow the process and not back yourself, or anyone else, into a corner. Talking with the school can help you to understand how they see the situation and give you the chance to say what it looks like to you.

Although we see some parents who just ‘pop in’, this is not always possible. If you have a concern, make an appointment so you have enough time to talk things through.

Q2. Who should I contact?

That depends on the particular situation. Often the teacher is able to deal with the matter. More serious issues will require either the Assistant Headteacher or Headteacher. Mutual courtesy is expected and ensures things go smoothly. There should always be discussion in the hope of solving difficulties informally.

Q3. What if I am still unhappy?

Ask for an appointment with the Headteacher. It may help to give the school some times when you are free; to help them make a suitable appointment as both your time and theirs is busy and valuable. Do try to be patient, as every effort will be made to see you as soon as possible.

Before attending the meeting it would be useful for you to put your concerns down in writing. Both you and the school can then focus on finding a solution. When attending the appointment you may take a friend or family member with you, if you wish.

Q4. What should I expect to happen as a result of the meeting?

After the meeting the Headteacher may need to undertake further investigations to inform her decision and help achieve resolution. She will write to you outlining the investigation and giving details of any action (if appropriate) to be taken within a mutually agreed timescale.

Q5. What if I feel the Head hasn’t answered my question or investigated my query?

If you are still unhappy you may, if you wish, ask the governing body to hold a review. This is a formal process.

Q6. What will I need to do?

Write to the Chair of Governors stating that you wish to make a formal complaint. Make it clear what it is you are complaining about and what you would like the governors to do. You cannot introduce new or different complaints at this stage.

Q7. What will happen next?

A panel of 3 governors, who haven’t been involved with the complaint, will undertake a review.

You will be invited to meet with the panel within 15 school days to explain your concerns. You may bring a friend if you wish. This could be anyone you think will be able to support you.

After the meeting the panel will then review and/or investigate the handling of/response to your complaint and decide if it was appropriate and fair. They will meet with staff or a witness who can provide information.

They will write to you within 10 school days to explain their decision. This decision will usually be final.

Q8. What do I do if I’m still unhappy?

If you are still unhappy you may, if you wish, ask the LA whether your complaint is one that can be investigated by them. To do this you need to write to the Complaints Co-ordinator in the LA within 10 days of receipt of the governors’ panel letter.

The LA’s role is to look at the way a complaint is handled, i.e. whether the complaints procedure was followed correctly. It cannot investigate the original complaint.

If you are still unhappy you may contact Ofsted.

Remember the whole process exists so that everyone’s views can be heard. The aim is that the complaint should be properly and fairly dealt with. Communications with school are welcome and the latter stages of this procedure are rarely used, but remain part of the process.

Helpful Websites:

Advisory Centre for Education

http://www.ace-ed.org.uk

Department for Education and Skills – Parent Centre

http://www.parentcentre.gov.uk

 
 
Ofsted

www.ofsted.gov.uk

This document is also available in large print, on disc and we can translate it into different languages. We can also provide a member of staff to discuss the details.

Pupil Discipline (Anti Bullying) Policy

Statement of Intent

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.  Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school.  If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.  We are a TELLING school.  This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person.  Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.

Bullying can be:

  • Emotional - being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
    • Physical - pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
    • Racist - racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
    • Sexual - unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
    • Homophobic - because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
    • Verbal - name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
    • Cyber - All areas of internet, such as  email & internet chat room misuse
      Mobile threats by text messaging & calls
      Misuse of associated technology , i.e. camera &video facilities

Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?

Bullying hurts.  No one deserves to be a victim of bullying.  Everybody has the right to be treated with respect.  Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.

Schools have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

Objectives of this Policy

  • All governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, pupils and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.
  • All governors and teaching and non-teaching staff should know what the school policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.
  • All pupils and parents should know what the school policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
  • As a school we take bullying seriously.  Pupils and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
  • Bullying will not be tolerated.

Signs and Symptoms

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied.  Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:

  • is frightened of walking to or from school
  • doesn't want to go on the school / public bus
  • begs to be driven to school
  • changes their usual routine
  • is unwilling to go to school (school phobic)
  • begins to truant
  • becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
  • starts stammering
  • attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
  • cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
  • feels ill in the morning
  • begins to do poorly in school work
  • comes home with clothes torn or books damaged
  • has possessions which are damaged or " go missing"
  • asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)
  • has dinner or other monies continually "lost"
  • has unexplained cuts or bruises
  • comes home starving (money / lunch has been stolen)
  • becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
  • is bullying other children or siblings
  • stops eating
  • is frightened to say what's wrong
  • gives improbable excuses for any of the above
  • is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
  • is nervous & jumpy when a cyber message is received

These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.

Procedures

  1. 1.Report bullying incidents to staff
  2. 2.In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be recorded by staff
  3. 3.In serious cases parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem
  4. 4.If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted
  5. 5.The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
  6. 6.An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour

Outcomes

1) The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise.  Other consequences may take place.

2) In serious cases, suspension or even exclusion will be considered

3) If possible, the pupils will be reconciled

4) After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.

Prevention

We will use KIDSCAPE and SEAL methods for helping children to prevent bullying.  As and when appropriate, these may include:

  • writing a set of school rules
  • signing a behaviour contract
  • writing stories or poems or drawing pictures about bullying
  • reading stories about bullying or having them read to a class or assembly
  • making up role-plays
  • having discussions about bullying and why it matters

HELP ORGANISATIONS:

Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)                          0808 800 5793

Children's Legal Centre                                                 0845 345 4345

KIDSCAPE Parents Helpline (Mon-Fri, 10-4)             0845 1 205 204

Parentline Plus                                                                0808 800 2222

Youth Access                                                                   020 8772 9900

Bullying Online                                                                 www.bullying.co.uk

Visit the Kidscape website www.kidscape.org.uk for further support, links and advice.

Adopted: December 2008 (reviewed every two years)

Lowick and Holy Island C. of E. First Schools

Volunteer Policy

Introduction

We appreciate the involvement of parents and other members of the community in enhancing experiences of children and young people within our schools.

The staff at Lowick and Holy Island C. of E. First Schools (to be known as the school) work positively to promote an ethos of partnership within our school. Such involvement by parents and other members of our community, appropriately directed will benefit the whole school community, both enriching the curriculum and encouraging a wider understanding of schools and the education system in general.

When drawing up this policy we have consulted with the LA and referred directly to the following documentation:

  • ØHealth and Safety of pupils on Educational Visits (DfEE 1998). It is available to download from the DCSF website.

Definition of a Volunteer

A Volunteer is a person who helps freely in the school. The work of Volunteers in our school is not a substitute for paid employment; it is of a supportive, complimentary nature, alongside paid employees. Volunteers undertake a range of tasks e.g. listening to children read, accompanying school on educational visits, supporting pupils for curriculum projects and participation on the swimming rota.

Recruitment and Selection

We make every effort to use the strengths and skills of Volunteers and to match them to the tasks with which we need assistance. (Parents are asked to complete ‘Becoming a Volunteer in School’ – Appendix 4). It will be necessaryto obtain an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure. Equality issues will be considered when recruiting volunteers.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

When working with children it is imperative that the strictest standards of health and safety are maintained. Where there is to be contact with children and in a supervisory capacity a DBS Check must be completed e.g. visits out, assisting in the classroom, swimming. It is not necessary to complete DBS checks on PTA/Friends activities such as coffee mornings, fetes etc where there is not direct supervision of children. These events should be based on Risk Assessment with the key questions being:

  • Do helpers have unsupervised contact with children, other than their own?
  • Are these regular activities?

Agreement

All Volunteers will be asked to sign a Volunteer and Guideline document as well as an Agreement (Appendix 3). In addition we will provide all Volunteers with a verbal description of what they have agreed to do in school. This will clarify the intentions and expectations for the Volunteer and the school.

Training

All new Volunteers will be given guidance about the tasks they will undertake, Health & Safety, Child Protection, Diversity and Equal Opportunities. Training will be given to all Volunteers from time to time and will be updated.

Expenses

The school does not pay expenses to Volunteers.

Liability

The County Council’s public liability insurance applies to any Volunteer undertaking a school activity. This does not cover them for loss of earnings if an injury is sustained. Any queries should be addressed to the Risk Manager and Insurance Officer at County Hall Morpeth.

Responsibility and Discipline

The role of the volunteer is one of support to the class teacher; however, the teacher remains responsible for all pupils. The teacher may delegate some authority to the volunteer, for example with a group of children or individuals, it is the expectation that volunteers will act with regard to the child/ren’s health and safety at all times. The ultimate responsibility for discipline lies with the teacher at all times. We expect children to behave with the same respect and politeness to any visitors/helpers in the school, as they would staff members.

Should there be issues with the way Volunteers’ work in school: steps will be taken to remedy the situation. As with all members of staff in the school, Volunteers are important contributors to our positive Christian ethos.

Confidentiality

 The school is placed in a position of trust by all stakeholders and therefore we expect a professional approach to be taken in all matters of confidentiality. It is essential that all Volunteers appreciate and support the necessity for confidentiality. Discussion on the guidelines surrounding conduct and confidentiality must take place prior to Volunteers spending time in school. In addition to this Volunteers must sign  “Volunteer Guidelines” and “Agreement”, detailing that they have read and understood the guidelines.

Involvement of Volunteers in class is an optional arrangement and as such will be undertaken only if the individual class teacher feels comfortable about doing so. As this arrangement is by mutual agreement, both staff and Volunteers should be aware that it could be terminated at any point should this be felt necessary.

We are keen to ensure that time spent in school by Volunteers is as enjoyable and beneficial as possible.

The governors will review this policy regularly. The Headteacher is responsible for the implementation of the policy.

Adopted: February 2009 (Reviewed every three years)

Dear Parents,

At Lowick and Holy Island C. of E. First Schools we value the involvement of parents, and indeed other interested members of the community in school life. We feel that such input can enrich the curriculum, encourage a broader understanding of education and forge valuable links with the wider community.

There are many ways that a parent/grandparent/friend might get involved, including:

  • One off visits to discuss an item of interest or offer a particular skill e.g. gardening, village life etc.
  • Assisting with school educational visits.
  • Reading
  • Participation on a swimming rota.

The above is not an exhaustive list and you may have other skills and ideas to offer.

It would be of great help to the school to have a small ‘bank’ of parent volunteers who can help on a more regular basis e.g. swimming rota throughout the year. To ensure we adhere to the highest standards of health and safety such volunteers need to undertake a CRB check, (a check to ensure that an individual has no previous convictions that would prevent them from working with children). These checks would be paid for by the school.

If you would like to become more involved in our school in a ‘Volunteer’ role please fill in the attached form. Please note that this is an expression of interest only and does not guarantee that you will be asked. If you would like more information please do get in touch with us.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline Elsey

Executive Headteacher

Lowick and Holy Island C. of E. First Schools

Becoming a Volunteer at School

I would be interested in becoming a Volunteer at Lowick and Holy Island C. of E. First Schools in the following way(s).

Tick

One off visits to discuss an item of interest or offer a particular skill e.g. village life, pottery, crafts

Reading with children

Assisting with Educational visits

Participation on the swimming rota

Other (please state)

Additional information

I would be willing to have a DBS check

I have already undertaken a CRB check

No.

Date:

Signed: ………………………………………………………………………

Name: ………………………………………………………………………..

Date: …………………………………………………………………………

LOWICK AND HOLY ISLAND C. of E. FIRST SCHOOLS

Swimming  Policy

The overall aim within the National Curriculum is that every pupil should have the opportunity to learn to swim, emphasising:

  • The development of water confidence
  • Personal survival skills
  • Life-saving skills
  • The development of basic stroke techniques

The Government’s Swimming Charter provides advice and case studies for everyone involved in school swimming. Swimming is compulsory for KS1 and KS2 and should be timetabled within the curriculum.

The National Plan for Teaching Swimming provides a national learn to swim framework using a multi aquatic development syllabus, underpinned by Long Term Athlete Development. It focuses on the following outcomes:

  • Competence in the water
  • Confidence in the water
  • ‘Safe’ Swimming
  • Enjoyment in the Water
  • Increased likelihood of lifelong participation
  • Increased likelihood of leading a healthy lifestyle

All pupils should have the opportunity to swim. Swimming should be encouraged as an important part of the PE provision in our schools’.

Guidance Notes for Teaching Swimming 2008 (Northumberland County Council)

Swimming is an important life skill.  In addition it is a highly beneficial activity for acquiring an increased movement vocabulary and skills, for health, for enjoyment and as a threshold skill, giving access to many other water-based recreational activities.  It is one of the few activities that people can enjoy all their life either on their own or with friends and family of the same or different ages, whether just for fun or competitively.  We owe it to our youngsters to give them the best chance to learn to swim, as well and as early as possible.

School responsibility

  • Children are appropriately supervised when changing
  • Pupils are under control at all times
  • A headcount is taken before, during and after sessions
  • Normal and emergency procedures are enforced
  • Teachers have an overview of the teaching of their children and the conduct of the class.
  • A risk assessment for travelling is completed
  • Ensure that Pool staff, teachers and adult volunteers are CRB checked
  • Adult volunteers are placed on a rota
  • Adult volunteers help all children or children allocated to them
  • Adult volunteers accept responsibility for all children or children allocated to them – ensuring that the children are safe at all times

Pupil Behaviour

The pupils know that they are to follow the schools behaviour policy whilst travelling to and from the school and at the pool. In addition they are aware of the risks at the pool and follow the code of practice laid down by the swimming pool:

  • Never go on to the poolside until a member of staff is present
  • Never enter the water until the teacher/instructor gives permission
  • No running on the poolside
  • No chewing
  • No shouting or whistling
  • No diving or jumping, except under supervision
  • No pushing others into the water
  • No wearing of jewellery during swimming
  • No outdoor shoes allowed on the poolside
  • Swimming caps to be worn at all swimming pools if requested
  • All signals from staff to be obeyed promptly, especially those indicating stopping or getting out f the water
  • Clothing worn for life saving survival tests should be freshly laundered
  • Doors of changing cubicles should not be locked

Supervision of Changing Rooms

Children should be supervised whilst changing:

  • Pupils are encouraged to leave their clothes tidily in the changing rooms or placed in a locker
  • Children are not allowed to share towels or exchange footwear with other children
  • Toilets must be used before swimming and this should be part of the educational process for pupils
  • When available, showers should be used before and after swimming
  • Pupils are, where necessary, shown how to dry themselves – adults are not allowed to dry children
  • Pupils dress/undress themselves

In the Swimming Pool

The children are taught by instructors provided by the swimming pool and are their responsibility whilst the lesson is in progress. The children follow all pool rules as set out above. The school staff are present at all times.

The following are simple guidelines the school practices:

  • The teacher/instructor in charge of a group of children in the water must instruct and supervise from the poolside and from a position where every child can be clearly seen. Where an additional adult is present, it is permissible for this person to enter the water to assist in the teaching of the very young children or to support a child with Special Needs
  • Volunteer helpers are not allowed poolside or in the water
  • Entry into the water should be in a controlled and safe manner
  • From the vantage position chosen by the teacher/adult it should be possible to expedite any emergency action
  • The teacher/instructor should never turn their back on the group of children in the water
  • Counting the children before, during and after the swimming lesson is essential
  • The teacher/instructor should never leave the children unsupervised in the water
  • The use of plastic goggles are at the discretion of the pool staff

Emergency Procedures

Teachers, instructors, volunteer helpers and pupils should be familiar with the emergency procedures no matter which swimming pool is being used. The emergency procedure should include some signal control to effect emergency clearances of the pool. Whatever system is adopted (whistle or pool alarm), the children should, on occasions, be asked to demonstrate that they fully understand the emergency procedures. It is important that everyone should know where the nearest telephone, pool alarm (if fitted), and first aid equipment are situated.

Medical Considerations

Any accidents which happen at the poolside or in the pool are dealt with by the pool first aiders. Any other incidents are dealt with by our school staff and are reported to the teacher and/or head teacher on return to school. Accident forms are completed as appropriate.

Careful consideration must be given to children with disabilities, especially epilepsy, whose parents wish them to take part in school swimming. Parents should have consulted with their GP about school swimming, and it is essential that teachers/instructors are aware of the medical needs and keep an extra eye on such children and, when necessary, be prepared to remove them from the water immediately if they are in difficulty.

It is advisable to obtain clearance from parents for those children suffering from asthma, colds and skin infections.

The children are given the opportunity to attain relevant ASA swim badges. These are celebrated in whole school celebration assemblies.

Other Documentation

Risk Assessment for travelling completed each school year and copies are held in the school office.

Adopted: December 2008

Reviewed  every 3 years

 
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