The Valley Community School Prospectus

 

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The Valley Community School Head Teacher – Kevan Naughton Hibbert Street Astley Bridge Bolton BL1 8JG Telephone: 01204 332 684 Email: office@thevalley.bolton.sch.uk

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Contents Page Page Number 2 3-4 5 6 7 8 9-10 11 12-13 14 15 16 17 18-19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Contents Welcome from the head School Governor Responsibilities School Mission Statement Objectives of the Valley School Nursery Procedures for Admission Admission Criteria The National Curriculum Policy Statement for Worship The School Day Nursery / Reception New Cafeteria Service Free School Meal entitlements Absence from School Extended Leave Discipline Homework Policy Visitors to School Work Experience Charging for School Activities Bullying and Racism Safety Medical Problems and First Aid School Uniform Holidays Head Teacher Comments

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01204 332 684 www.thevalley.bolton.sch.uk 3 SCHOOL GOVERNORS Type of Governor:- CL Mrs Emma Stoddard No Political Affiliation Entered DP Consent not Requested Type of Governor:-COM Mr Arthur Rawlinson No Political Affiliation Entered DP Consent not Requested Mr Kenneth Hahlo No Political Affiliation Entered DP Consent not Requested Mr Mohamed Faruk Ali No Political Affiliation Entered DP Consent not Requested Mrs Frances Hahlo No Political Affiliation Entered DP Consent not Requested Type of Governor – LEA CllrMs Bilkis Bashir-Ismail Labour DP Consent Given Mr Jim Sherrington Labour DP Consent Given Cllr Hanif Darvesh Labour DP Consent Given Type of Governor – OTH Mr Peter Sewell No Political Affiliation Entered DP Consent not Requested Mrs Nafisha Bax No Political Affiliation Entered DP Consent Given Mrs Charlotte Bryant No Political Affliation Entered DP Consent not requested Mr Raza Patel No Political Affliation Entered DP Consent Given Mrs Nurzhan Alli No Political Affliation Entered DP Consent Not Given Mr Zubair Moosa No Political Affiliation Entered DP Consent Given Mr Raza Hussain No Political Affiliation Entered DP Consent Given Type of Governor:-SHT Mr K Naughton No Political Affiliation Entered DP Consent Given Type of Governor:- SS Mrs Shaheda Patel No Political Affiliation Entered DP Consent Given

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Welcome Welcome from the head teacher Dear parents and friends of the school may I on behalfof all my staffsay a big ‘Hello and‘Welcome’ to the Valley Community School. It is indeed such a privilege to be the Head Teacher of this very special school in Bolton and I know that this is equally the sentiment of all the Valley Team. The information contained in the pages of our prospectus can only give you a glimpse of what our school is really like. To find out more, I hope you will come and see for yourselves. At the Valley Community School a warm welcome will always await you and I look forward to seeing you around school. The school places a great emphasis on achievement, transparency and openness. We believe that we share a partnership role with parents to nurture the very best from our pupils because: ‘Together we’re better’. Thank you for considering our school. 01204 332 684 www.thevalley.bolton.sch.uk 4

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Our Vision Statement “A world class centre of outstanding learning” To achieve this we: • are embracing the principles of lifelong learning, best use of new technology and “Visible learning”. • are developing an international understanding of our place in the world. • are developing leaders and critical thinkers of tomorrow. Our Mission Statement “Together we’re better” Our guiding principles are: • we work closely with our community • we broaden our pupils’ perspectives • we teach understanding and respect for others • we value everyone’s abilities and support each other Objectives of the Valley School • To provide equal opportunities for all children, regardless of intellect, race, colour, religion or disability. • To provide a structured and differentiated learning environment, that offers continuity and progression throughout the school, and allows children to achieve their full potential through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. • To recognise and develop pupil’s individual talents and to value and encourage interests and achievements both in and out of school. • Toprovide an environment that will help to develop confident,independent, informed and motivated children. • To value the involvement of staff in decision making and taking so that organisational growth can take place. • To keep parents informed of school policies, activities and achievements and develop mutual respect and trust in the partnership of home and school. • To provide an ‘open door’ policy and make the Valley School a focal point within the community. We are very proud of our achievements. It indicates that we are moving forward as a school and that we highly value everyone associated with the running of the school. We also anticipate the challenge of seeking further kite marks. Our achievements and awards are Healthy Schools, Commitment, EFQM, EFQM Leadership, Charter mark, Achievement mark, Investor in people, FMSIS, Ofsted outstanding award, Sports mark and Fairtrade.

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Admission Admission Procedures Nursery Procedures 1. Children are admitted on a part-time basis after their third birthday.Morning or afternoon places available. 2. Depending when your child becomes 3 years old, they will be invited to our Open Day in the Spring Term and a starting date will be given. 3. Full time places are only available for children who are designated as ‘Resourced’. 4. New children are admitted on a staggered basis as soon as they have turned three. Reception Procedures (Main School) Children all admitted into the Reception Classes, in one intake, during the school year that they are five years ofage. Children here are familiarwith the staff and Reception class already. Children needing a little more time to transfer will be given this opportunity made available through our Early Years Unit. 1. Children moving to another primary school from this nurserywill have made a visit with a parent to their new school. 2. A meeting is held with parents of Reception age children the term before they move up, to talk about what their children will be learning next year. What their children will need for PE classes, dinnertime arrangements, play times and how parents can actively help their children achieve at school. 3. There is always someone available at school to talk about your child. If you have a problem please come and talk to us, you are always welcome. 01204 332 684 www.thevalley.bolton.sch.uk Admission Criteria Priority 1 Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Need that names the preferred school. Priority 2 Children in Public Care (Looked after Children) Priority 3 Priority will be given to children who will have older siblings in years Reception to Year 6 of the preferred school at the date of admission. Older children from the same family unit attending a particular school can be considered to “qualify” a younger child under the sibling link criteria, provided proof is available to demonstrate that the children are permanently resident at the same address and part of the same family unit. Priority 4 Children, who suffer from some medical condition or disability, which makes it better for them to attend that school rather than another. Medical evidence must be provided with the application. Priority 5 Children for whom the journey to the nearest alternative school would be unreasonable. Those children with the shorter journey to an alternative school have alower priorityfor the preferred school. Measurements willcommence from those living closest to the preferred school and then move outwards in a ‘ripple’ effect using the shortest available walking route. (As determined by the Local Authority using an Ordnance Survey based mapping system). (Parents/ Carers must provide evidence of their home address by supplying a copy of the Child Benefit document). 6

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The National Curriculum All children including those with special needs are given a rich curriculum diet which includes the National Curriculum and other subject areas too. We try through a variety of ways to promote the “Every Child Matters Agenda” through our curriculum. Creative Curriculum Core subjects ICT English Science/Health Education Mathematics Foundation subjects History Geography Art Technology Music Physical Education Compulsory subject Religious Education Links with industry are presently being promoted within the school. Please refer to our school web site for further details and information http://www.thevalley.bolton.sch.uk 7

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01204 332 684 www.thevalley.bolton.sch.uk Policy Statement for Worship Co-ordinator – Mrs M Jolly Worship at the Valley is a time in the busy school day, which allows each individual to focus and explore a variety of aspectsofworship,andtorespondtothoseexperiences asismostappropriatetothem. Whole School Worship Forwhomitisappropriatethereisacollectiveactofworshiponadailybasis,which followstheagreedBoltonsyllabus. Class Worship Whilst the class teacher takes responsibility, the children are involved in the planning, preparation and presentation of Worship. Worshipincludes elementalexperiences such as: • A sense of awe, wonder and humility. • An awareness of goodness and beauty. • Feelings of sorrow and regret. • Praise and thankfulness. • Celebration. • The mystery of life. The guiding principle is that: The intention is of a shared experience, which enables those taking part to participate at different levels. It presents opportunities for reflection and the possibility of enlarging a child’s own understanding of themselves and the world around. Music Children are introduced to classical music during this time from a variety of composers. It isdual purposed – it provides a time of preparation for worship and a meditative listening session. Other appropriate music may be used in developing the theme. Songs A wide range of songs are practised and sung throughout the year appropriate to the topics of worship. Parental Rights As parents you have the right to withdraw your child from RE lessons and Worship. It would be desirable if you could first discuss the matter with the Head Teacher. 9

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Personal, Social and Health Education Citizenship PHSE and citizenship provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve and promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare pupils for the opportunities, rights and responsibilities and experiences of life. The knowledge, skills and understanding of PHSE and citizenship are taught in four interrelated sections. 1. Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities. 2. Preparing to play an active role as citizens. 3. Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle. 4. Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people. All these areas are given equal priority though not necessarily equal time. Many areas of the curriculum are inter-connected and a child may be developing a language or a mathematical concept through History, Geography or Science and technology and vice versa. Each area of the curriculum is managed by a different member of staff (job roles are available from the Head Teacher). The needs of any child, for whom special educational provision is required, will be met in accordancewith theprinciples ofthe SENCode ofPractice. Suchchildren will be identified and assessed as early as possible and will be given the greatest possible access to a broad and balanced curriculum. Parents will be kept abreast of identifying special needs and any on-going development. 01204 332 684 www.thevalley.bolton.sch.uk

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Inclusion Statement We support the LA policy on inclusion and our curriculum policies are fully inclusive. The Valley School does not discriminate in any way against any pupil seeking admission. Once pupils are at the school, our aim is to provide the best possible learning experiences for all; this includes giving necessary support to individuals or groups who require something extra to meet their needs. The special needs co-ordinators work with all children on the audit and liaise with the Ladywood Outreach Service. Individual programmes of work are now in place for children. They also liaise with all agencies to achieve the maximum support for our children. Money is designated each year to buy resources specifically for Special Educational Needs, but money from all the National Curriculum areas embraces Special Educational Needs. With this money the needs of the less able and very able child are catered for. Within the framework of our Special Educational Policy, a member of the teaching staff contacts parents from the initial referral and a partnership isnurtured at all times to keep an on-going awareness of the situation. A more detailed policy that hasbeen agreed between the staff and the Governing Body of the school is available on request. Policy statements for each curricular area and other areas of school life are available in the school from the Head Teacher, Office or from individual members of staff. Should you have a complaint to make with regards to any areas of the curriculum the personnel on the curriculum complaints committee should be contacted. Details of which can be obtained from the Head Teacher. 01204 332 684 www.thevalley.bolton.sch.uk

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The School Day Registration closes at 9.10am Foundation Stage Timetable: Nursery (Yellow Zone) 08.45 - 09.00 09.00 – 09.10 09.10 – 09.30 09.30 – 11.00 11.00 – 11.10 11.10 – 11.30 11.30 – 11.45 11.45 – 12.30 12.30 – 12.45 12.45 – 12.55 12.55 – 1.15 1.15 – 2.45 2.45 – 2.55 2.55 – 3.15 3.15 – 3.30 Family Time/Registration Wake and Shake Key worker groups / Direct Teaching Continuous Provision Tidy up time Lettersand Sounds Story & Rhyme Time Lunch Family time/Registration Wake and Shake Key worker groups / Direct Teaching Continuous Provision Tidy up time Letters andSounds Story & Rhyme Time / Worship Foundation Stage Timetable: Reception (Yellow Zone) 08.45 - 09.00 09.00 - 09.05 09.05 -09.30 09.30 -10.00 10.00 - 11.15 11.15 - 11.45 11.45 – 12.00 12.00 – 13.00 13.00 – 13.30 13.30 – 15.00 15.00 – 15.30 Family time / Handwriting Practice Registration CLL Phonics Focused Activities / Continuous Provision Guided Reading / Phonics Continuous Provision for home dinners Lunch Numeracy Focused activities / continuous provision Storytime / Singing / Circle time / Worship KS1 Timetable Green Zone – Year 1 08.45 – 09.00 09.00 – 10.05 10.05 – 10.20 10.20 – 10.50 10.50 – 12.00 12.00 – 13.00 13.00 – 13.30 13.30 – 14.05 14.05 – 15.00 15.00 – 15.15 Family Time / Registration Numeracy Break Phonics Literacy Lunch Registration/Guided Read/Hand writing/Mental Maths Creative Curriculum Creative Curriculum Intervention Group / Story KS1 Timetable Green Zone – Year 2 08.45 – 09.00 09.00 – 09.05 09.05 – 10.05 10.05 – 10.20 10.20 – 12.00 12.00 - 13.00 13.00 – 13.05 13.05 – 15.00 15.00 – 15.15 Family Time Registration Curriculum including numeracy, literacy Break Curriculum Lunch Curriculum Curriculum Class school or Worship Lower Key Stage 2 (Red Zone) Year 3 08.45 – 09.00 09.00 – 10.05 10.05 – 10.20 10.20 – 11.30 11.30 – 12.10 12.15 – 13.15 13.15 – 14.05 14.05 – 15.00 15.00 – 15.15 15.15 onwards Registration Mathematics Break Literacy Guided reading / basic skills / booster Lunch Foundation Foundation Worship Monday / Thursday Extra-curricular activities Lower Key Stage 2 (Red Zone) Year 4 08.45 – 09.00 09.00 – 09.40 09.40 – 10.30 10.30 – 10.45 10.45 – 11.00 11.00 – 12.15 12.15 – 13.15 13.15 – 14.30 14.45 – 15.00 15.00 – 15.15 15.15 onwards Registration Intervention Mathematics Break Mathematics English Lunch Foundation Foundation Worship Monday / Thursday Extra-curricular activities 12

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Upper Key Stage 2 (Blue Zone) Year 5 & Year 6 08.45 – 08.55 Registration 08.55 – 09.30 Booster 09.30 – 10.30 Literacy / Numeracy 10.30 – 10.45 Break 10.45 – 12.15 Continue Literacy / Numeracy 12.15 – 13.15 Lunch 13.15 – 14.30 Foundation / core 14.30 – 14.45 Break 14.45 – 15.15 Foundation / Core / Worship Monday & Thursdays 15.00 onwards Extra-curricular activities 01204 332 684 www.thevalley.bolton.sch.uk 13

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Nursery / Reception At The Valley School we are indeed fortunate that your child’s education can start at 3 years of age. Here we have excellent, spacious facilities to make your child’s early years at school as enjoyable and stimulating as possible. With professional caring staff we aim to provide a warm, safe, happy, educational environment within which your child may grow. Through structured play, children will be treated as an individual and their needs catered for and developed. Learning takes place through a combination of child initiated learning, teacher led and teacher focused activities. Wehave indoor andoutdoor areas for sand,water andcreative play. Areas withpuzzles and construction toys, where we learn to use our hands and fingers to find out how thingswork. Quietareasforlookingatbooks,listeningtostoriesandwritinganddrawing. We learn to share, take turns and look after others. Phonics sessions and activities are available for parents in Reception, helping their children with reading and writing. Parents are encouraged to take part in children’s learning with the pupil profiling system now in operation, where parent, teacher, and child can discuss together their child’s progress and home life and any problems and successes that they might have. Parents Evening - parents are welcomed into school to talk about their child’s progress on a regular basis. We operate an open door policy, but are mindful of security measures that have to be adopted for the sake of all who attend this school. Above all, we are happy, as we learn through our play. 01204 332 684 www.thevalley.bolton.sch.uk

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New Cafeteria Service The Valley School, Commercial Services offers a new exciting cafeteria style service, giving your child the opportunity to select their own lunch. Three excellent choices are available daily including all your favourite meals from lamb pie to cheese and tomato pizza. A vegetarian choice is also provided whilst fresh fruit and salad is always available. (see sample menu). Lunch is served by fully trained, caring staff who will gently guide your children through the service counter ensuring your child always has a varied nutritionally balanced, fresh wholesome meal. Free School Meal Entitlements IfyouthinkyoumayqualifyforFreeSchool Meals,pleasecontactthe‘OneStopShop’ in Bolton Town Hall and they will advise you if you are eligible to claim for Free Meals for your children in school. HMC The Valley Community School is now HMC registered. All products are Halal and conform to the HMC Compliance and Leglislation. 01204 332 684 www.thevalley.bolton.sch.uk

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