Organisation

School hours

Morning Session

9.00 am - 12.20 pm 

Afternoon Session

1.20 pm - 3.30 pm

All pupils have a morning break. Infants take an afternoon break of fifteen minutes. Pupils are asked to arrive at school between 8.50 am and 9.00 am. We are not legally responsible for your children before 8.50 am or after 3.40 pm. All pupils are registered in the morning and afternoon. Please make sure your child arrives at school on time otherwise this disrupts other children’s learning a late mark will be recorded. It is very important that good habits are formed early. Being punctual is very important and helps the day get off to a good start.

 

Class Organisation

Children spend seven years in their primary school, each age group is classified as follows:

KS1 year groups

4-5 years old Foundation Stage

5-6 years old Year 1 (YR1)

6-7 years old Year 2 (YR2)

KS2 year groups

7-8 years old Year 3 (YR3)

8-9 years old Year 4 (YR4)

9-10 years old Year 5 (YR5)

10-11 years old Year 6 (YR6)

The number of pupils on the roll and the number of children in each year group govern the arrangement of the classes. This often changes from year to year. It is desirable to keep the Key Stages separate but it is not always possible. Class sizes are kept as balanced as possible. Within each class, pupils are taught individually, as a group, or as a whole class but always according to their needs and abilities.

All children between the ages of 5 and 11 study the National Curriculum as well as the school's own curriculum.

The Reception children follow the Foundation Stage Programme. This underpins all future learning by supporting, fostering and promoting children's development.

 

Meals

School meals

At present hot school meals are only avaiilable on Tuesday and Thursday.  The meals offered are nutritious and fresh local produce is used.   There are always three choices including a vegetarian option and a jacket potato option.   If you think your child is eligible for free school meals, please collect a form from the school office.

Bringing food to school

Children who do not have a school meal bring a packed lunch. As a healthy school we know that a well balanced healthy lunch is essential to ensure optimum learning.  Please ensure that packed lunches are brought to school in a secure container labelled with your child’s name.  Water is available, but it is advisable for you to supply them with a full water bottle. If your child forgets his or her packed lunch we will try and contact you. If we are unable to do so we will supply a school lunch and ask you to reimburse us later.

Snack time

You may like your child to have a midmorning snack. We welcome fruit, vegetables or cheese.   KS1 are provided with fresh fruit every day under the School Fruit and Veg Scheme.

 

Support contact

Class teacher

If you have concerns about or for your child, the first port of call should be their class teacher. The class teacher might suggest - or you might feel you would rather - talk in detail to someone else, but it’s important that they are ‘in the loop’. If it’s hard for you to drop in at the start or end of the school day you can always ask them (via a phone call to the office if need be) to give you a ring and chat on the phone or make an appointment at a time to suit you both.

 

Special Educational Needs.

Mrs Bastyn, Kentisbeare Primary School,  co-ordinates provision for children throughout the school with specific needs. She is the school’s Special educational needs co-ordinator (Senco) she works with teachers, teaching assistants, children and professionals from appropriate external agencies to ensure the school is providing what is needed for each child to fulfil their potential.

 

Able Gifted and Talented.

Mrs Giffard co-ordinates the provision for any children who at some time in their education may benefit from further support. We also recognise that for many children their talent is not school based, children may be on our register for activities such as swimming or BMX.

 

Parent Governors

Parent Governors are your representatives on the Governing Body of the school. They are often around school dropping off or collecting their children at the start and end of the day. If you would like to contact them please ask at the office for contact details. Please see governors section for more details.

 

PTA

The Parent Teacher Association meet regularly to organise fund raising events for the benefit of the school. They are a very active, friendly and well organised group who welcome new members. Fund raising is fun, and a great way to make friends and become involved in the life of the school.

 

External Agencies

The school works closely with many professionals who visit the school regularly to work with staff, children and parents and give advice, support and training. To find out more about what they do and whether they may be of help for your child, do speak to Mrs Bastyn the schools Special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCo).

Education Welfare Service

School Nurse

CAMHs (Child and Adolescent Mental Health)

Behaviour Support Teacher

Educational Psychologist

County Autism Team

Speech and Language Therapy Service

Support and Advisory Teacher Service

Communication and Interaction Team

Hearing Impairment Team

Visual Impairment Team

 

Feed back

All feed back is useful to us for changing and developing the work of the school. We would also like to hear when people have had a good experience

Complaints

Any complaints about school matters should first be brought to the attention of the Headteacher and relevant staff. If the complaint is not resolved, a formal complaint may be made to the Governing Body.

Complements

Feel free to tell us or write a note.

 

Charging

On the 1st April 1989 it became illegal to charge for school activities which largely take place in school time.

Sometimes however, funds are such that some worthwhile activities cannot take place without financial assistance from parents/carers.

Section 118 of the Education Reform Act does not restrict schools from seeking voluntary contributions for the benefit of the school or any school activity. Our Governing body has drawn up the following general charging policy:

1. Where the school wishes to participate in activities where charging is not permitted and there are insufficient funds to meet the cost of such activities, the school will seek voluntary contributions from parents/carers.
2. The Headteacher will decide what proportion of the cost of an activity can properly be charged to public and non-public funds.
3. Where parental financial support is needed, a letter will be sent to parents setting out the nature of the activity and the individual contribution sought.
4. There is no obligation to contribute. Children of non-contributing parents/carers will be treated no differently from children of contributing parents.
5. Should insufficient funds be raised, relevant activities will not take place and parents/carers will be advised accordingly.

 

School Security

The school takes its role of safeguarding very seriously. This applies to all members of our community, please be aware you have to have permission to be on school grounds. A security system is in operation.

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