The Victory Primary School Prospectus 2016-2017

 

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WELCOME FROM THE HEADTEACHER Dear Parents/Carers, June 2016 Welcome to the latest edition of The Victory Primary School prospectus. If your child is joining us for the first time, we welcome you as parents and look forward to a happy and successful partnership over the coming years. If you already have a child here, we hope to strengthen our existing links with you to enable us to provide the best education possible. This is an exciting time for The Victory. The school closed in August 2013 to re-open as an Academy. As part of the United Learning Group we have benefitted from close links with other Academies in the group. Under a new leadership team and with several new teachers The Victory received its first OFSTED inspection as an Academy in 2015 and was judged to be ‘good’ in all areas. Our motto is ‘The Best in Everyone’ and so we are committed to providing the highest standard of education for every pupil. We share, with parents, the responsibility for teaching our children and preparing them for the future. Our children really matter and every individual’s ability is recognised, developed and rewarded. We hope you will find the information given here reassuring and useful when making decisions during your child’s time at The Victory. If you are thinking of bringing your child to The Victory Primary School please make an appointment by calling us on 023 9200 1160. I will be pleased to personally show you around the school. You will find our admissions policy at the back of this booklet (appendix 1). If you have any concerns please make contact with us as we are always ready to discuss any matter with you. Yours sincerely, Mr. Jim Hartley Head Teacher

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THE VICTORY PRIMARY SCHOOL OUR VALUES Kindness Respect Determination Teamwork Excellence Our values are important in everything we do and are demonstrated in all aspects of school life. The Victory Primary School Page 2

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CONTENTS School Information……………………………………………………………………. Page 4 Staff List…………………………………………………………………………………….. Page 5 School Governors………………………………………………………………………..Page 7 Our School…………………………………………………………………………………..Page 8 United Learning…………………………………………………………………………..Page 9 The National Curriculum……………………………………………………………..Page 10 Other Aspects of the Curriculum…………………………………………………Page 16 Special Educational Needs…………………………………………………………. Page 22 Language Unit…………………………………………………………………………….Page 23 Behaviour …………………………………………………………………………………..Page 24 Attendance ………………………………………………………………………………..Page 27 Pastoral Care………………………………………………………………………………Page 28 Miscellaneous Information…………………………………………………………Page 29 Uniform……………………………………………………………………………………..Page 29 Communication and Information………………………………………………. Page 32 Admission Policy ………………………………………………………………………. Page 34 Formal Complaints…………………………………………………………………….. Page 38 Data Protection ………………………………………………………………………… Page 40 The Victory Primary School Page 3

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KEY INFORMATION THE VICTORY PRIMARY SCHOOL ALLAWAY AVENUE PAULSGROVE PORTSMOUTH PO6 4QP TEL: E-MAIL: WEBSITE: 02392 001160 admin1@thevictory.portsmouth.sch.uk www.thevictoryprimary.co.uk UNITED LEARNING DIRECTOR OF PRIMARY EDUCATION: Darran Lee Director of Primary Education United Learning 3rd Floor 91-95 Southwark Bridge Road London SE1 0AX Tel: 01832 864538 TIMES OF SCHOOL DAY: Reception Morning session 8:55 am – 12:00 pm Years 1 & 2 8:55 am – 12:15 pm Years 3-6 8:55 am – 12:30 pm Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 12:15 pm – 1:20 pm 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm Afternoon session 1.00 pm - 3.15 pm 1:20pm – 3:15pm 1:20 pm – 3:20 pm NB Nursery times vary. Please contact the school office for details Children should not arrive at school before 8:45am except to attend the breakfast club which opens at 8.00. The school office is open between 8:00am and 4:20pm. The Victory Primary School Page 4

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SCHOOL STAFF HEAD TEACHER-Jim Hartley DEPUTY HEAD TEACHER-Kath Jones YEAR 6 Lucy Harris Class Teacher – Leader of English Neil Curtis Class Teacher YEAR 5 Anne-Marie Harding Class Teacher – Leader of Mathematics Kirsty Welsh Class Teacher YEAR 4 Natallie Harrison Class Teacher Rob Baker-Gall Class Teacher YEAR 3 Stacey Appleton Class Teacher Hayley Russell Class Teacher YEAR 2 Andrea Densham Class Teacher – Lead Practitioner Sophie Harris Class Teacher YEAR 1 Charlotte Ryan Class Teacher Kayleigh Baker/Lynn Counsell Class Teacher EYFS Kirsty Seaton Class Teacher Jen Groom Class Teacher – Assistant Head Teacher Alice Crowe Class Teacher Lucy Jones Class Teacher (Nursery) LANGUAGE UNIT Vikki Gidney Manager / Assistant Head Teacher / SENCO Tracey Downie Class Teacher Kate Morgan Class Teacher READING INTERVENTIONS Zoe Lyndon-Watt SPORTS CO-ORDINATOR Kath Unitt COVER TEACHER Louise Ball The Victory Primary School Page 5

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TEACHING ASSISTANTS NURTURE UNIT LEARNING MENTORS BUSINESS MANAGER Jill Pothecary-White ICT, NETWORK AND DATA MANAGER John Lacey SENIOR TEACHING ASSISTANT Sandy Wyatt Belinda Bevan Louisa Patterson Sharon Broad Lesley Chapman Lorraine Devine Michelle Durow Alison Eaton Mags Kelly Sarah Sadler Karen Gauntlett Sue Hansler Teresa Harris Gill Hansler Wendy Pender Jenny Watson Lucy Albery Jodie Palmer Sam Mude HLTAs Claire Robins Kate Packham Jane Cragg Wendy Winter Lisa Leavers Sue Reader BEHAVIOUR MANAGER SAFEGUARDING CO-ORDINATOR SITE MANAGER Rachel Quinn Carol Stephen Sarah McQuilken Kevin Midgley Sharon Wood Hiedi Westbrook Claire Pellett Emma Saveall Melissa Sabiston Maria Wood Audrey Smylie Libby Van der Lugt Melissa Hackney Belinda Austin Margaret Haskell Emily Porter Paula Vickers Deb Black Jackie Owen Ryan Hale Jane Tewkesbury Shane Leavers SUPERVISORY ASSISTANTS Bev Allen (Senior Asst) Sue Hansler Karen Beljoudi Louise Dine Nicola Dine Amanda Richardson-Sandell Belinda Walker Jenette Houghton Sarah Johnston Tammy McPhail Caroline Mellish Sharon Binns Clare Robins Sam Price Laura Ross SCHOOL LIBRARIAN Joe McQuilkin The Victory Primary School CLEANERS Pat Ardrey Tania Surtees Jim Allen Jackie Law Carol Ohm WELFARE ASSISTANT Hiedi Westbrook ADMIN/ FINANCE SUPPORT Sharon Binns Donna Findlay Annette Shires Ruth Stephen BREAKFAST CLUB Michelle Durow (Manager) Suzanne Hansler Carlee Scott Sarah Sadler Amanda Richardson-Sandell Page 6

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SCHOOL GOVERNORS Local Governing Body (LGB) School Governing Body:- Richard Clarke (Authority) - Chair Claire Rhodes (Community) Dave Aarons (Community) David Horne (Community) – Safeguarding Governor Evenna Herridge (Parent) Carly Newman (Parent) Ryan Hale (Staff) Jenny O'Hara (Clerk) All Governors can be contacted c/o The Victory Primary School. ‘Governors provide challenge. The new members are committed to supporting the improvements made and have a clear understanding of the school priorities. ‘ Ofsted Report April 2015 LEADERSHIP TEAM Jim Hartley - Head Teacher Deputy Head Teacher – Kath Jones Assistant Head Teacher-Vikki Gidney (SENCO) Assistant Head Teacher-Jen Groom (EYFS leader) English Manager-Lucy Harris Business Manager – Jill Pothecary-White Mathematics Manager – Anne-Marie Harding Strong leadership and clear direction have had a positive effect on raising attainment and accelerating progress for all pupils. The head teacher has created a culture of wanting to be successful. Pupils’ good achievement is regularly celebrated. Ofsted Report April 2015 The Victory Primary School Page 7

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OUR SCHOOL The Victory Primary School is a new school on the outskirts of Portsmouth that serves a lively and cohesive community. The school which opened in November 2010 is one of the best equipped schools in the area and we are very proud of all the facilities we are able to offer the children and our community. We have cutting edge ICT equipment, with over 200 mobile devices in the school for children to use and Interactive SMART Whiteboards in every classroom from Nursery to year 3 and the latest iboard touch screens in years 4 to 6. use for outdoor games and community use. The school is set on a large plot and we are fortunate enough to have two large playgrounds and five smaller playgrounds in the school. We also have an all-weather pitch which we can A recent priority of the school has been to develop the indoor learning environment in order that it contributes to outstanding learning. Visit the school’s website (www.thevictoryprimary.co.uk) to see more images of the inside of the school. We strive to match our outstanding facilities and technology with outstanding provision for the children in our school. ‘Teaching is good in all areas. ‘ ‘Attainment is rising because pupils are now making good progress. ‘ ‘This is a good School’ Ofsted Report April 2015 To view the full OFSTED report please visit www.thevictoryprimary.co.uk/about/ofsted.htm The Victory Primary School Page 8

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About United Learning The Victory Primary School is part of United Learning. United Learning is a group of schools which aim to provide excellent education to children and young people across the country. We seek to improve the life chances of all the children and young people we serve and make it our mission to bring out the best in everyone – students, staff, parents and the wider community. We are uniquely united across both the state and the independent sectors; we make learning and improvement our focus. Together, we are one of the country’s leading education providers, currently educating over 30,000 students and employing over 5,500 members of staff including over 2,500 teachers. We provide a broad education, which prepares young people to progress in learning and to make a success of their lives. We focus sharply on the evidence of what makes it more likely that young people will progress and succeed, apply that to our practice and continue to learn and develop our schools. We make it a priority to provide teachers with excellent professional support and development, so that every child receives an excellent experience. Through being a group, we can offer more to both staff and young people that any single school could offer alone. The growing range of outstanding group-wide activities that we can provide will mean that more young people will have truly exceptional and inspiring experiences. Already, we believe that our group contains the most developed relationships and practical interaction between independent and state schools in the country, creating benefits for all the schools involved. United Learning Ethos and Values Our approach is underpinned by a sense of moral purpose and commitment to doing what is right for children and young people, supporting colleagues to achieve excellence and acting with integrity in all our dealings within and beyond the organisation, in the interests of young people everywhere. We summarise this ethos as the best in everyone. This ethos underpins our core values:  Ambition – to achieve the best for ourselves and others  Confidence – to have the courage of our convictions and to take risks in the right cause  Creativity – to imagine possibilities and make them real  Respect – of ourselves and others in all that we do  Enthusiasm – to seek opportunity, find what is good and pursue talents and interests  Determination – to overcome obstacles and reach success As a single organisation, we seek to bring together the best of independent and state sectors, respecting both traditions and learning from each. We believe that each of our schools is and should be distinctive – each is committed to developing its own distinctive strengths and identity while sharing our core values as institutions which promote service, compassion and generosity. This ethos is our expression of our Christian roots, in schools which are fully inclusive and both welcome and respect students and staff of all faiths and none. The school has received high quality support from the academy trust. ‘Ofsted Report April 2015 The Victory Primary School Page 9

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THE CURRICULUM Although the school’s priority is to develop the core skills of English and Maths, the Victory Primary School aims to deliver a broad and creative curriculum that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, prepares the children for later life and engages their interest in the wider world. The National Curriculum divides subjects into two areas: core subjects (English, Mathematics, ICT and RE) and foundation subjects (History, Geography, Art, Music, PE, Design technology, PSHE, Science and Citizenship). CORE SUBJECTS ENGLISH We place high emphasis on reading and writing and relate as much reading and writing in other subjects as possible. These skills underpin every part of the curriculum and are key skills for future learning. Children receive a daily Literacy session which is taught through a quality text or topic work that will engage the children as well as daily phonics session for which they are grouped according to ability. Developing a love of reading amongst our children is a focus for 2016 /2017 because reading is the key to the rest of the curriculum and we feel in particular that it will have a significant impact on the quality of writing across the school. In writing our priority is to improve the standard of spelling. Every class in KS1 and KS2 has a daily Guided Reading session to improve reading and comprehension skills. We make good use of our well-stocked and attractive library and encourage every child to take a book home to read every day. As part of this session we encourage reading for pleasure and spend time recommending and sharing books we think might appeal to each child. All children will have their own log in and password for ‘Bug Club’ which enables them to access books at their level at home. Children who are identified as having particular weaknesses in Literacy are given additional support through intervention programmes. ‘Pupils are encouraged to read regularly to help improve their writing. They have weekly sessions in the library, referred to as Readlot Kingdom. ‘Ofsted Report April 2015 The Victory Primary School Page 10

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MATHEMATICS Maths is a core subject and therefore all children receive daily, discreet lessons in the subject (except in EYFS, where children develop the skills they need through play-based activities). As a school, we follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics. The learning takes place in a variety of ways, including whole class sessions, group work and individual application of skills. Children learn through the use of practical equipment to support, problem solving, investigation, oral participation and written methods. Where possible, Maths is also included across the Curriculum and in our Topic work; for example in Design Technology, PE and Science. Children are taught about the importance of Maths to their lives and future economic wellbeing. They learn how to use a variety of different strategies to solve problems and are encouraged to record their work in a variety of ways, appropriate to their age and ability. Children who have Special Educational Needs or are identified as needing a boost with their Maths, receive extra support, using intervention materials and personalised learning, both in and outside of the normal Maths lesson. Our focus for 2016/2017 will be to improve Mental Maths across the school, including times tables. To encourage children to learn their times tables, we have a reward system which enables children's to earn certificates. Parents are encouraged to help their children at home with a range of Maths skills including counting, times tables and telling the time. COMPUTING & ICT ICT is integrated into every subject and the school benefits from a bank of 30 mobile devices in each POD which are used in class. 60 of these devices are the latest Windows based touch screen tablets. This allows every child to have access to a mobile device. The school boasts a whole school wireless network enabling the mobile devices to be used anywhere within the school. Every classroom has an Interactive Board which are mostly Smartboards. The Year 5 classes have the latest iboards (interactive televisions) installed which have proved very popular and over time more classes will be upgraded. The school also benefits from state of the art stage sound and light systems, an interactive floor and software to allow the children to create stop frame animations. The school has a high speed Internet connection allowing lessons to access resources on the Internet to augment the children’s learning. Internet Safety is very important and not only is our internet connection filtered but typing any inappropriate words on any computer within the school will cause the event to be logged and investigated by staff. September 2014 saw the introduction on the new Computing curriculum and as part of this children from Year 2 to Year 6 are learning how to create computer programmes using Scratch. The Victory Primary School Page 11

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‘The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good. Pupils are aware of how to keep themselves safe. ‘ Ofsted Report April 2015 RE RE is an invaluable subject; it promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at our school providing them with opportunities, responsibilities and experiences that will support them in their adult life. Children at our school study Christianity and learn about other religions such as Judaism and Hinduism. RE is taught in a cross curricular way and fits naturally with subjects such as Art, Music, Physical Education, Drama and Dance. ‘Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well in lessons and assemblies. The school prepares pupils well for life in modern Britain. ‘ Ofsted Report April 2015 The Victory Primary School Page 12

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FOUNDATION SUBJECTS PE Children get two PE sessions a week. One lesson covers team games such as cricket, hockey and rounders and in good weather it is held outside. The other session focuses on gymnastic and dance skills. We expect all children to take an active part in these lessons as part of developing their general health and fitness. As well as class lessons, we encourage interested children to take part in extracurricular clubs and the school boasts a number of successful teams. It is important that the children wear a P.E. kit for all aspects of sport. Kit needs to be named and should be replaced regularly as the children grow. We have strong links with Portsmouth Tennis, Portsmouth University and Portsmouth Dance Initiative who support in delivering quality coaching. Children are given the opportunity to learn how to swim in Years 2, 4 and 6. This takes place at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth SCIENCE The children have a Science focus for one week every half term. Cross curricular links are developed to consolidate learning. As well as teaching scientific facts, we aim to ensure that children understand scientific investigations and understand how to plan and carry out experiments before analysing the results and drawing conclusions. As a core subject children will have the opportunity to access excellent resources and to use interactive whiteboard programs. They will also be taught in a fun, creative and inspiring way to release every child’s potential. The Victory Primary School Page 13

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MUSIC & DRAMA Our Music curriculum aims to develop the basic skills in music with work designed to promote an enjoyment for music making through the use of IT and Music Express. The school values the performing arts as a way of improving self-esteem and the yearly productions involves a large amount of the children and staff. The school takes part in weekly singing practice. In the Autumn Term Key Stage One children produce a Harvest Assembly for parents and at Christmas the EYFS take part in the nativity play. MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES Modern Foreign Languages is taught throughout Key Stage 2. At The Victory, we have opted to teach French which the class teacher delivers weekly to our children. We feel it is extremely important that children begin to learn a second language to prepare them for secondary school. HISTORY Our History teaching is topic based, looking at various times in the past and how they affected people at the time as well as considering their effect on the modern world. We exploit Portsmouth’s rich past with units on World War II and Victorians. We also teach children about ancient civilisations such as the Greeks and Egyptians. Wherever possible we support History teaching through actual artefacts, visits to museums or sites of particular interest or by inviting speakers into the classrooms. GEOGRAPHY Our Geography teaching is also topic based comparing Portsmouth with other localities both in the UK and abroad. We consider how natural phenomena affect people and how people adapt to or change the environments in which they live. Children also study a current affairs unit. We support our Geography teaching wherever possible with visits to local areas. The Victory Primary School Page 14

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