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ary School St. August SA M ine’s RC Prim Headteacher: Mrs M McCollom St Augustine’s RC Primary School, Beechwood Avenue, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 7HP Tel: 01325 380819 Website: http://staugustinesacademy.org.uk Email: office@staugustinesacademy.org.uk St Augustine’s RC Primary School is a member of Carmel Education Trust. St Augustines | 2

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Contents Welcome Carmel Education Trust Aims & Objectives Staff Curriculum Assessments and Reporting School Life SEND The Wider Curriculum School Day Attendance Parent Information Uniform Additional Information 4 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 St Augustine’s | 3

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Welcome Dear Parent or Carer, Welcome to St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Primary School. If your child already attends you will know that our school is a special place. We have an excellent reputation which is the result of constructive partnerships between home, school and the parish of St Augustine’s. St. Augustine’s became an Academy and a member of Carmel Education Trust (a Multi-Academy Trust) in April 2013. This means that we are part of a partnership of Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools; working together to ensure the provision of high quality Catholic Education. Our School Mission Statement comes from John’s gospel: “I have come that they may have life and life to the full” (John 10:10) and so we treat each child as a unique and special child of God. We have an excellent and dedicated staff team; highly skilled, compassionate and hard working. The Governors are very involved in the life of the school. Our parents and carers are supported and welcomed into all aspects of school life.We work in the spirit of Christian gospel values, in a calm, happy, purposeful atmosphere. We have been through two Ofsted inspections since 2000. Our last inspection rated us as ‘outstanding’ overall. In 2011 Ofsted verified that standards in the school have been maintained. The most recent Diocesan inspection took place in September 2014. The school was judged as ‘Good overall’ and the Catholic life of the School was judged to be Outstanding. Our national results are consistently good. We are frequently complimented on the high standards of behaviour in our school. We have no exclusions and an excellent track record in meeting special needs, additional needs and getting the best out of all our children. We enjoy many social events throughout the year and continue to be active in our local community, including fundraising for local, national and international charities. Everything we do is based on our belief in the teaching of the Catholic Church that leads and guides our work. We are happy to share the enclosed information with you which we hope will provide a snapshot of details you might like to know about our school. With every best wish, Mrs M McCollom Headteacher St. August SA M ine’s RC Prim ary School St Augustine’s | 4

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CTraurmstel Education The Carmel Education Trust was established on 1 March 2013 and currently has seven academies. All Trust academies benefit from the strong ethos and high quality corporate governance that the Trust affords. School to School improvement is at the heart of our philosophy and is focused on schools supporting each other through a mutually beneficial and cost effective model of leadership and governance to raise standards and improve opportunities and outcomes for all our students. Carmel’s Teaching School Status and its strong links with the National College for Teaching and Leadership means that professional development for Trust staff and support for other schools outside of the Trust are central to our work. What are Academies and Multi-Academy Trusts? Academies Academies are publicly funded schools that are not managed by a local authority. They have a number of flexibilities and freedoms. Once an academy is in place, schools are run by an academy trust which is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Multi- Academy Trust A Multi Academy Trust is the most formalised type of structure available for academies. It has an overall governing body (the Board of Directors) that runs the Trust, with each academy having its own local governing body or an advisory body. Local governing bodies and advisory bodies are committees of the Trust’s governing body. The Trust is the employer of all staff and this makes it easier to draw on a wider pool of opportunities for staff development, the sharing of expertise, talent development and succession planning. It allows the Trust to move resources through different schools to where and when they are needed most. St Augustine’s | 6

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Governance The Trust is governed by a Board of Directors which is comprised of: • Chairs of Governors from Trust Academies • Heads of School • The Chief Executive Officer • Directors appointed by the Board, and • Foundation Directors appointed in consultation with the Diocese The business and governance of the Trust is set out in its Articles of Association and accountability between the Directors and the local governing bodies of each academy are set out within a Scheme of Delegation. Through the agreed Scheme of Delegation, the local governing bodies are empowered to make decisions in the best interests of the children and communities whom they serve. Our Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors have a wealth of experience in working across all phases of education. We have expertise in Law, Children Services, Central Government and Local Government, serving and past Headteachers, Policing and Criminal Justice and Finance & Accountancy. STRUCTURE & REMIT OF THE CARMEL EDUCATION TRUST Members Board of Directors (Chair – Cynthia Hughes) Resources & Personnel Committee (Chair – Alison Powell) Curriculum & Standards Committee (Chair – Maria Matthews) Audit Committee (Chair – Janice Long) Student Enrichment Committee (Chair Jim Cunningham) Pay Review Committee (Chair: Chris Wiper) Carmel College Local Management Board (Chair - Cynthia Hughes) St Gregory’s Catholic Academy Interim Advisory Board (Chair – Jim Cunningham) St Augustine’s Family RC Primary Local Management Board (Chair – Mark Dimelow) Holy Family RC Primary School Local Management Board (Chair – Malcolm Frank) St Bede’s Catholic Academy Local Management Board (Chair – Joan Edwards) Our Lady & St Bede Interim Advisory Board (Chair – Jim Cunningham) St Michael’s Catholic Academy Local Management Board (Chair – Mary Toth) St Augustine’s | 7

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Aims & Objectives The Governors, Headteacher and staff aim to work together with parents and carers to provide a broad and balanced education to meet the individual needs of each child. To achieve this, the children are taught within the National Curriculum framework so that every child is challenged to the highest level of formation, both human and Christian. We stress the importance of relationships and personal development built on love, respect and Christian freedom. In such an atmosphere we attempt to create a happy, stable, caring environment in which children may discover, investigate, communicate and grow. The Catholic religion is at the heart of school life. All who are part of the school community are encouraged to practice gospel, spiritual, moral and cultural values. These values form the ethos of the school and are evident in all aspects of school life. We seek to support parents and carers as the primaryeducators of their children and in their development of religious education and faith. The school values its key place in the parish of St Augustine’s and in the town of Darlington. Admissions Policy The Board of Directors for the Multi-Academy Trust formulates this policy and admits 30 pupils to Reception Class each year according to the criteria laid out. Forms for September Admissions can be obtained from the Local Authority. These include a Supplementary Form which asks parents to identify the criteria that apply to their application. Mid-year enquiries and transfers from other schools are dealt with by the school in the first instance, where parents and carers can declare an interest in seeking a place. Each enquiry is dealt with individually in consultation with the Headteacher, Directors and Local Authority Admissions Officers. St Augustines’s || 88

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Staff Headteacher Mrs M McCollom Deputy Headteacher Vacancy Teaching Staff Miss C Fairhurst Mrs C Guy Mrs V Graham Mrs J Doyle Miss P McLean Miss J Nathan Mrs S Barr Miss R Ellis Mrs C Bell Reception Year 1 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 PPA Cover Support Staff Mrs M Browne Mrs S Hurley Mr L Gault Mrs W Brown Mrs C Carter Miss T Outterson Mrs A Watson Miss C Martin Mrs T Binning Mrs E Freeman School Business Manager School Administrator Caretaker Lunchtime Supervisor Lunchtime Supervisor Lunchtime Supervisor Lunchtime Supervisor School Cook Kitchen Assistant Kitchen Assistant Local Governing Body Mr M Dimelow Mr M McLean Miss M Regan Mrs M McCollom Fr. S Doyle Mrs S Daley Mr J McGovern Mrs S Tindale Mrs J Turver Mr J Callaghan Dr H McLeish Mrs M Little Chair Vice Chair Chief Executive Officer Headteacher Foundation Foundation Foundation Foundation Foundation Foundation Elected Parent Governor Elected Staff Governor Teaching Assistants Mrs M Allick Mrs E Dunleavy Mrs M Little Mrs J Lumsdon Mrs C Stelling Mrs J Waite Mr J Raper (Apprentice) St Augustine’s | 9

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Curriculum RE Religious Education lies at the heart of all we do. This is taught within our Roman Catholic guidelines, Using the ‘Come and See’ programme. Relationships and Sex Education is based on the ‘Journey in Love’ Programme; linking very strongly to the R.E. themes and topics for each year group and is approached in the context of personal dignity and uniqueness. Early Years Foundation Stage Children entering school in the Reception Class are taught from the Learning Areas of the Early Years/Foundation Stage Curriculum. Self-initiated learning and activities run alongside the more formal, adult- led learning experiences that ensure children develop firm foundations in Literacy and Numeracy. The Reception Class follows a topic based curriculum, with a key central theme each half term. As much as possible activities and work in different areas are linked together by a theme. Homework Homework is set for every child right from the start. Every child has a daily reading task and weekly spellings. Other tasks are set appropriately by each Class Teacher. It works well when parents help with the homework and let us know how their child/ children cope with the different activities via the reading record/ home school book. Tasks set are always matched to ability and are intended to reinforce the work that has already been covered in school. National Curriculum From Year 1 to Year 6, Teaching and Learning in the Core Subjects (English, Mathematics, Science) is based on the 2014 National Curriculum. Foundation subjects (Music, History, Geography, Art & Design, Physical Education, Design & Technology, Modern Foreign Language) are mostly taught through an integrated topic based approach – similar to that of the reception class curriculum linking subjects together. Teachers constantly seek to enhance children’s learning experiences by creating a stimulating learning environment with high quality displays which incorporate and place high value on children’s work. Wherever possible they make use of additional resources via libraries and museums, educational visits and visitors school, themed days to relate to topics. Independent project work allows children to focus on an aspect of the topic that particularly interests them and to present their research and views in a wide variety of formats from written reports and PowerPoint presentations to models and films. These projects also encourage support from parents and carers who can often provide additional knowledge and/or presentation skills as well as enjoying being part of the learning process with their children. St Augustine’s | 10

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Assessments & Reporting Teachers assess pupil progress constantly through speaking and listening in class, marking written work, and tests or observation of practical tasks like sport, music and drama. Regular check-ups in all areas are made against the expected attainment and progress of the National Curriculum and parents are kept informed of progress through a termly report on the Core Subjects (English, Maths, and Science), regular Open Evenings, informal discussions and additional meetings where appropriate. Any concerns can usually be sorted out with the Class teacher. The standards of teaching and learning in lessons are regularly monitored by senior staff in the school and the trust. Year Reception 1 2 3 4 5 6 Type Of Assessment Teacher Assessment + Local Authority and Trust – wide Tracking Systems. Teacher Assessment + Phonics Screening Check * Teacher Assessment+ Key Stage 1 National tests in summer * Teacher Assessment Teacher Assessment Teacher Assessment Teacher Assessment+ Key Stage 2 National tests in May * Parent Consultations are held each term. The Autumn Term meeting focuses on how children are settling into their new class. The Spring Term meeting focuses on academic progress. In the Summer Term there is an opportunity for parents/carers to view pupils work after they have received the Statutory End of Year Report. Parents can make an appointment (via the school office) to meet with the class teacher at other times if they have a particular concern. SSttAAuugguussttininees’s| |1111

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School Life Collective Worship Our school day is punctuated by prayer: Morning and evening prayer and grace before and after lunch. We hold a daily act of collective worship as a whole school, a Key Stage or in class. Children are invovled in preparing for a variety of celebrations e.g. Reconciliation, end of RE topics and for Parish Masses throughout the year. We encourage parents, and carers to join us for many special liturgies and for Mass in school during Lent and Advent. The children are involved in leading worship: singing, praying, preparing focal points, drama or reading aloud. Our worship is a special and precious part of each school day. Sacramental preparation Baptised Catholic children in Year 3 are invited to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Year 3 follow special RE Modules which support the parish programme and school works closely with the parish to support candidates and their families. We build up a good partnership between home, school and parish and children from other year groups or schools are often part of the parish programme. First Reconciliation is celebrated during the season of Advent and Holy Communion in the Summer Term. Behaviour and Discipline School rules are kept to a minimum. We ask for your help to uphold our excellent standards of behaviour. Good behaviour is always praised and celebrated. We treat every day as a fresh start. Sanctions are used when children choose to break the rules. These are appropriate to age and the seriousness of the situation. Parents will be informed of persistent or serious incidents so that we can work together with your child to put things right. We have a zero tolerance policy in relation to any form of disrespect, bullying or hurtful attitudes. Class teachers deal with behaviour matters unless there is a more serious problem then Senior Leaders will be consulted, which usually then involves parents. Serious incidents of unacceptable behaviour are extremely rare in our school. We use Circle Time activities with the children to help them to discuss attitudes and feelings in relation to treating others as they would like to be treated. We are often praised for our behaviour during educational visits and other events outside school.Our school is a safe and happy place to be because we are firm, fair and forgiving. St Augustine’s | 12

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SEND Each child is helped and supported to achieve their full potential and take a full part in every aspect of school life. However, there are children who need extra support, equipment or arrangements to achieve their best. We offer as much as we can by using our extensive range of expertise, experience and contacts. Full details about our SEN Offer can be seen on the school website. We have access to all the support and medical agencies that can help your child to do well at school. We follow all the guidance and procedures laid out in the ‘Code of Practice’ as directed by the Local Authority. We can also put parents in touch with specialist support for themselves if needed. Our Special Educational Needs Policy is available on our website or from the School Office. More Able Pupils Any child, who has exceptional aptitude in a curriculum area, is given every chance to shine; mostly through extension opportunities either in class or in specific groups. Individual pupils are highlighted in a variety of ways such as tests, innate skill or talent shown in or out of school. SSttAAuugguussttininees’s| |1133

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The Wider Curriculum Awards and Celebration of Achievements We operate a House system which encourages teamwork and a positive competitive attitude. Merits/house points are given for lots of reasons e.g. being polite, good effort, being a great friend etc. Every class has a star of the week and teachers share the reason for their nomination in our weekly award assembly. The child receives a special Head teacher’s Certificate and has his/her photo displayed on the Star of the Week board in the school hall. Achievements outside of school are also celebrated and the children bring in awards from all kinds of clubs and activities outside of school e.g. dance/swimming/gymnastics/ drama. There is lots of positive praise for good work, attitude and behaviour, through our marking system, using stickers or stamps and showing work to other children/ classes/staff. We have many sports, arts or music certificates to give out during the year. In Year 6, two pupils are chosen to receive Remembrance Shields. These pupil are chosen by staff in recognition of an outstanding contribution to school life since coming into Reception class. This award was set up in memory of three former pupils. Sport, Arts, Music and Clubs All pupils access a full range of sport, exercise and positive playtime activities. Children in Key Stage 2 attend the Dolphin Centre for swimming lessons. We take part in Football, Netball, Tag Rugby, Athletics, Gymnastics, Cross Country, Cricket, Multi skills, Badminton, Orienteering and Dance activities according to season and coach availability. We compete in inter-school and regional fixtures as they arise e.g. Swimming Gala, Town Sports, Football League and Netball Tournament. We have ‘Cello and Violin teachers from the Durham Music Service who provide lessons in school. There is a charge for this instrumental tuition. Currently some KS2 classes receive ukulele tuition. Other activites available include choir. Curricular activities are supplemented with theatre and library visits, dance, drama, poetry and writing competitions, sculpture and model making, liaison with local artists. During the year a range of After School and Lunchtime Clubs are ran involving football, rugby, netball, guitar, country dancing, art, orchestra, choir, cookery, St Augustine’s | 14

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Educational Trips and Outings We make many visits to places out of school and invite experts and visitors into school, to enhance the children’s learning. We do not charge for these experiences but rely on the voluntary contributions of parents and fundraising by the Parents and Friends Association to make events viable. In Year 6, the children take part in a Residential experience which needs a significant parental contribution. Currently we visit Dukeshouse Wood near Hexham which provides outdoor activities and team building beyond the scope of school provision. Thisexperience has proved to be one of the highlights of primary school life for the majorityof the children. ICT ICT Is integrated into the curriculum, children have access to a variety of hardware and software to support learning and progress. Electronic systems are used for registration and we use a text messaging service to provide reminders and information to Parents. The school website provides all of our current school information and Parents and Carers can also access the Carmel Education Trust Website for links to all the schools in the Trust. www.carmeleducationtrust.org.uk. SSttAAuugguussttininees’s| |1155

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