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School Handbook 2018-19

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Barnabas Oley Church of England Primary School ● Little Lane, Great Gransden, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 3AE ● Telephone: 01767 677294 ● Email: info@barnabasoley.cambs.sch.uk ● www.barnabasoley.cambs.sch.uk

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School Handbook 2018-19 Welcome to Our School Mrs M Downes BEd. NPQH Headteacher Welcome to Barnabas Oley Church of England School. I am pleased to be able to present this school handbook to you. I hope the information helps you to understand what happens in school and gives you a flavour of our ethos. Our school is small enough to have a family atmosphere and each individual is valued and accepted. We aim to provide a happy, safe and secure environment to support children’s development as successful independent learners. The education of children is a partnership between the child, the parents, the school and the community. We value our close links with the local church and have developed an ethos based on Christian values. The school works with other organisations in the local community and with partnerships of schools in South Cambridgeshire, with St Bede’s Interfaith School in Cambridge, Comberton Village College and with Ely Diocese. Happy children learn well and we depend upon the co-operation of children, teachers, teaching assistants and parents, all working together to celebrate success and work together through any difficulties. We have high expectations of all children in educational performance, behaviour, participation and in achieving excellent results. We believe that the high ideals that inspired the Reverend Barnabas Oley to found a school in Great Gransden over 300 years ago are still alive and well today. Further information can be found on the school website at www.barnabasoley.cambs.sch.uk or come and visit us and see us at work! “Be the best that we can be” 3

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School Handbook 2018-19 CONTENTS Welcome to Our School ..........................................................................................................................3 ABOUT OUR SCHOOL ..............................................................................................................................6 Our Vision, Values and Ethos.............................................................................................................................6 School Ethos ......................................................................................................................................................6 Golden Rules......................................................................................................................................................7 Our History ........................................................................................................................................................7 Admission Procedures .......................................................................................................................................8 Absence from School.........................................................................................................................................8 Complaints.........................................................................................................................................................8 Discipline ...........................................................................................................................................................9 Education Welfare Service ................................................................................................................................9 Emergencies ................................................................................................................................................... 10 Illness .............................................................................................................................................................. 10 Lost Property .................................................................................................................................................. 10 Money............................................................................................................................................................. 10 Parental Consultations ................................................................................................................................... 10 Parental Involvement ..................................................................................................................................... 11 Photographs ................................................................................................................................................... 11 Safety.............................................................................................................................................................. 11 School Bus....................................................................................................................................................... 11 School Meals................................................................................................................................................... 12 School Session Times...................................................................................................................................... 12 Secondary Education ...................................................................................................................................... 13 Uniform........................................................................................................................................................... 13 PE and Games ............................................................................................................................................. 14 Swimming ................................................................................................................................................... 14 Protective Clothing ..................................................................................................................................... 14 School Book Bags........................................................................................................................................ 14 Term Dates ..................................................................................................................................................... 14 Calendar – Events ........................................................................................................................................... 15 THE CURRICULUM.................................................................................................................................16 “Be the best that we can be” 4

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School Handbook 2018-19 Introduction.................................................................................................................................................... 16 English............................................................................................................................................................. 16 Reading ....................................................................................................................................................... 16 Writing and Spelling ................................................................................................................................... 17 Speaking and Listening ............................................................................................................................... 17 Mathematics................................................................................................................................................... 17 Science............................................................................................................................................................ 17 History ............................................................................................................................................................ 17 Geography ...................................................................................................................................................... 17 Art ................................................................................................................................................................... 18 PE, Games and Swimming .............................................................................................................................. 18 Technology ..................................................................................................................................................... 18 Computing ...................................................................................................................................................... 19 Music .............................................................................................................................................................. 19 Religious Education ........................................................................................................................................ 19 Sex Education ................................................................................................................................................. 20 Homework ...................................................................................................................................................... 20 Assessment..................................................................................................................................................... 20 More Able and Talented Pupils ...................................................................................................................... 21 Special Needs.................................................................................................................................................. 21 Arrangements for the admission of pupils with disabilities....................................................................... 21 Equality of Access ....................................................................................................................................... 21 Child Protection Procedures........................................................................................................................... 22 Extra-Curricular Activities............................................................................................................................... 22 THE STAFF .............................................................................................................................................24 THE SCHOOL GOVERNORS ....................................................................................................................25 “Be the best that we can be” 5

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School Handbook 2018-19 ABOUT OUR SCHOOL Our Vision, Values and Ethos All staff, pupils, governors and parents have contributed to the formation of the vision and the values that we have and hold for our school. This collection of words expresses the values that we encourage in order to create a happy and successful school. School Ethos Our Ethos Statement is as follows: Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at a parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils. At Barnabas Oley, our school motto is; “Be the best that we can be” 6

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School Handbook 2018-19 Golden Rules We have chosen the following five rules as the Golden Rules for how we behave at all times. We follow these rules in the classroom, in the playground, when we are in assembly or when we are out and about. Our History The school was founded in 1670 by the Reverend Barnabas Oley, vicar of the parish, Fellow of Clare College Cambridge and local benefactor. Today it provides primary education mainly for children from Great Gransden, Little Gransden, Waresley and Abbotsley. The school stands in a pleasant rural location, adjacent to the village recreation field. The original Victorian school building on this site has been extended. A modern building was opened in March 1985 by the Master of Clare College. The extension contains classrooms, offices and a library. At the same time the older buildings were fully refurbished. During 1993, an extension to the infant area was built to provide an activity area for younger children. In 2002 a new school hall and internal improvements to the existing accommodation were made and in 2005 a new ICT suite was opened. The mobile classroom currently on site provides us with additional space for our fifth class. We also have an outdoor, heated swimming pool and there is a large playground with outside play equipment. There are currently five teaching groups in the school although this may vary according to the number of children on role. Classes are of mixed ages. We work in close co-operation with the Great Gransden Pre-school Playgroup which has purpose-built accommodation in the village and is a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA). The Playgroup is an independent registered charity and takes children from the age of 2 ½ years. “Be the best that we can be” 7

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School Handbook 2018-19 Admission Procedures Absence from School Complaints The school operates a single-entry policy. Children whose fifth birthday falls between 1st September and 31st August may start school at the beginning of the autumn term (September). The first couple of weeks at school will be part-time, with all the children attending school for the mornings. There then follows a timetabled induction programme, leading to full time school by the October half-term. Story visits are arranged during the Summer term before admission for the children to familiarise themselves with school. Parents and children are also invited to lunch and parents of new entry children are invited to an evening meeting in June to meet key staff, find out important information concerning their child starting school and to have a chance to look around the school. We have adopted the Cambridgeshire LEA Admissions Policy regarding the rules for accepting pupils into our school. The Local Authority controls our admissions and sets admission numbers. Children from outside the catchment area may be admitted if there are places available. Parents who are considering sending children to the school are welcome to visit. Please telephone the school office for an appointment. It is very important that you contact the school, by e-mail, telephone or written note or via the dedicated page found on Virtual office on the website if your child is absent and explain the reason why. Holidays during term time will be marked as unauthorised unless there are exceptional circumstances communicated in advance with the Headteacher. Please give clear notice if your child has an appointment at the hospital, doctor, dentist, etc., giving the time of return to school. Please sign your child out when leaving, and in when returning, in the yellow book which is in the front entrance hall. Absence that is unaccounted for, or is not for a legitimate purpose, is deemed to be ‘unauthorised’. Parents are asked to consider carefully the disadvantage to the children of missing school both in academic and social terms. Children’s attendance is monitored by the Education Welfare Officer who will contact parents if attendance is a cause of concern. If any parent wishes to make a complaint, there are three levels of procedure: 1. Informal level where discussions should take place with the class teacher and Headteacher. 2. Formal complaint to the School Governors. 3. Formal complaint to the LA. “Be the best that we can be” 8

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School Handbook 2018-19 Discipline Education Welfare Service Many complaints or potential complaints can be resolved locally at the informal level and only under exceptional circumstances should it be necessary to make a formal complaint. Copies of the full procedure can be found on our website. We are committed to ensuring that every child should feel comfortable and be able to work and play happily during their time at the school. We encourage each child to develop a sense of personal responsibility and the school adopts a system to support such development. We follow the Restorative Justice approach to dealing with behaviour, adopted by many of the local schools. Throughout the school, children are expected to follow ‘Golden Rules’. These are positive statements of good behaviour. Each class will also evolve class rules and behaviour statements for the children to sign up to. The children are given clear guidelines on what constitutes unacceptable behaviour and the sanctions employed. Children are warned if misbehaving, with a clear restatement of expected behaviour. Continued misbehaviour will result in loss of Golden Time and possible exclusion from the classroom so that the child may reflect on their behaviour and decide upon future actions. The emphasis is always on encouraging the positive and praising achievement. Outstanding work or behaviour is recorded through House points, Star of the Week or Headteacher’s Awards and celebrated in our weekly Celebration assembly. In the small minority of cases where children do not respond, the school will work with parents and children on strategies to bring about improvement. Consistent bad behaviour during playtime sessions may ultimately lead to the exclusion of the child from the school playground. Parents will automatically be notified and invited to the school to discuss any matters of concern with the class teacher or Headteacher. Education Welfare Officers act in a liaison capacity, building up relationships between family and child, school and education authority. They will support, explain and advise on many issues that may prevent a child benefiting from or attending school. Their aim is to help all children benefit from the education being offered. The EWO works closely with other professionals in the locality teams including social workers, health visitors, school nurses, educational psychologists, GPs, probation officers, NSPCC, police and voluntary agencies. The Locality team offers parents support services and contacts with other agencies. Details are available in “Be the best that we can be” 9

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School Handbook 2018-19 Emergencies Illness Lost Property Money Parental Consultations the folder in the front entrance to the school. There are close links between this school and our EWO who is based at the St Neots Locality Team Office, tel: 01480 379750. We should always know where we can contact you or another person willing to take responsibility for the child during the daytime in case of emergency. Please notify us immediately of any change of address or telephone number. When children become ill during school time it is our policy to send them home at once whenever possible. Parents are telephoned and asked to make arrangements for the collection of the child. Please do not send your child back to school until they are well and until 48 hours have passed in the case of sickness, diarrhoea and other contagious viruses. Please inform the school in writing of any relevant medical condition from which your child suffers (asthma, allergies, etc.). An asthma register is held in school and information on pupils is up-dated on completion of a questionnaire by parents/carers. Please ensure all medications are in date. With the exception of long-term medication, members of staff are not permitted to administer medicines and parents are asked to arrange doses around the school day or to come into school to administer at mid-day. Valuable items found in school are left with the school office. Other items are put into lost property boxes which are kept in the cloakrooms. If your child has lost an article of clothing, etc., please begin by looking in these boxes. It is very important that all clothing is clearly marked with your child's name. Any payments to school for dinner monies, trips etc. can be paid through our online payment system accessed through the school website. This is our preferred method of handling all payments. These take place each term. A consultation gives parents and teachers the opportunity to discuss the child's development at school in some depth. An annual written report is sent to parents towards the end of the summer term. If you wish to see a teacher at any other time regarding your child's education or welfare you are welcome to make an appointment with the teacher concerned. The best time for appointments is at the end of the school day. If you wish to see the Headteacher, please make an appointment through the school office. We believe that, for the benefit of the child, it is important for there to be a partnership between parents and teachers. It is therefore very important that you contact the school to talk over problems and share concerns that you may have about your child at school or at home. “Be the best that we can be” 10

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School Handbook 2018-19 Parental Involvement Photographs Safety School Bus An important part of our school ethos is the involvement of parents in their children’s education. We encourage parents to work in school under the guidance of teachers in many areas of the curriculum. At the beginning of each new school year parents receive an invitation to volunteer their support and identify convenient times. Offers of help on a regular basis throughout the school year are particularly appreciated. An information session is organised for volunteers to learn about procedures including safeguarding and ask any questions. All parent volunteers must provide documentation to the Administration officer before commencing work in school. These may include passport or driving licence and a utility bill with proof of name and address. We also ask families to support the Barnabas Oley Home/School/Pupil Agreement. This agreement seeks to identify the contribution everyone can make to ensure our aims for our school and pupils are achieved. The pupil, the teacher and parent/carer sign the agreement, identifying the contribution each of us will make towards our goals. The school photographer visits each year in the autumn term to take individual photographs, and class photographs are taken during the summer term. Other photographs and video recordings may be taken as part of the school’s record of its work. Parental consent forms are sent out each year. The fire bell is a continuous ringing of the electric bell system. The children are trained to walk in an orderly way to the top playground for registration. All parents and visitors to the school are asked to make their way to this place if the bell sounds. We also have invacuation procedures in the case of a lockdown, where children remain or make their way back to the classroom (if on the playground Willow make their way to the ICT suite). The invacuation is signalled by the sound of a loud horn. Please encourage your child to know and use the Green Cross Code. Even in the country, crossing the road can be dangerous. The Police Community Support Officer visits the school and gives talks and advice on various aspects of safety. Please help to keep all our children safe by parking away from the zigzags or walk to school if you can. Please close the school doors and gates as you leave. Also, please do not bring cars into Little Lane or into the school grounds unless it is an emergency. Coach transport is provided to and from school for those children living in Abbotsley and Waresley. Children who travel on the school bus are met from the bus on arrival at school in the morning by a member of school staff and escorted onto the bus after school. “Be the best that we can be” 11

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School Handbook 2018-19 School Meals School Session Times It is important that parents inform us in writing if their children are not travelling on the bus for any reason. Children who do not regularly use the bus may be asked to pay a fare. Please write to the school giving a few days’ notice if you wish your child to use the bus occasionally (for example, when going to tea with a friend). If there are insufficient seats when a request is made parents will be informed. The school is catered for by Vertas. Dishes are prepared on-site by trained chefs in a traditional manner, from high quality ingredients. This allows us to offer a wide choice to the children. Meals are served in the school hall. Children can sit with their friends regardless of whether they have a hot meal, ‘pick’n’mix, or a packed lunch. Our School Caterer, prepares and presents the meals well and offers some special days to celebrate, for example, Book Week and Bonfire Night. Our midday supervisors help the children with their lunch and supervise safe play. All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are entitled to a free school meal. The cost of a school meal is currently £2.30 for all pupils. Parents are invited to have lunch with the children to sample the meals (details are available from the school). School meals must be paid in advance. Arrears will result in children having to bring a packed lunch until the account is paid. Dinner money should can be paid directly through our online payment system accessed via our website. Meal arrangements can only be changed on a termly basis. Alternatively, parents may provide packed lunches, if this is preferred. Lunch boxes should be clearly marked with the owner's name. Please provide a disposable table napkin with the packed lunch. As part of our Healthy Eating policy we ask that packed lunches should not contain sweets or fizzy drinks. It is possible to mix hot and packed lunches, but a regular pattern is required for each term. If you think you may be eligible for free school meals, please contact the school office for an appropriate application form. Morning: Assembly: Break: Lunch: Afternoon: Break: 8.50 am - 12.15 pm 10.30am - 10.45am 10.45 am - 11.00 am 12.15pm - 1.15pm 1.15 pm - 3.15 pm 2.30 pm - 2.40 pm (Years R-2 only) Children should be sent into school between 8.50 and 9.00 am when the registers will be taken. Children arriving after 9am should be taken to the school office before going to class. “Be the best that we can be” 12

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School Handbook 2018-19 Secondary Education Uniform Most children leave the school at 11+ and go on to different schools in both the state and independent sectors. All secondary school places are made through the school’s local authority. Barnabas Oley is assigned to Longsands Academy, St Neots and to Comberton Village College for admission purposes. Some parents choose to continue to send their children to a faith school and apply for places at St Bede’s Inter-Faith School in Cambridge. Great care is taken to ensure a smooth transfer and parents of the Year 6 children are invited to meet secondary staff on several occasions before this takes place. The children also visit the secondary school before they transfer. We liaise with the secondary schools to follow the children's early progress and find that our ex-pupils are well regarded and generally maintain the high standards they have developed at Barnabas Oley. We find that a uniform gives the children a feeling of selfconfidence and pride in their appearance and in their school. We therefore strongly recommend the following as a smart and practical uniform: Boys • White shirts or polo shirts • Grey trousers or shorts • Grey socks • A royal blue jumper or school sweatshirt. • Black school shoes Girls • White blouse or polo shirt • Grey skirt, trousers or pinafore dress • White socks/ grey tights. • A royal blue jumper or school sweatshirt. • Black school shoes During the summer – blue and white cotton dress, white socks. Hair accessories in school colours only please. It is very important that all clothing is clearly marked with the owner's name. Sweatshirts and cardigans embroidered with the school logo are available via the school website. School fleeces, waterproof jackets, tee-shirts and book bags are also available. The prices for these items can be viewed on the website. Girls’ ‘fashion’ shoes and boots are not suitable for school. Jewellery can be dangerous and therefore should not be worn. Children with pierced ears may, however, wear simple studs or sleepers (these need to be taken out for PE). “Be the best that we can be” 13

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School Handbook 2018-19 PE and Games Swimming Protective Clothing School Book Bags Term Dates All classes will have PE as part of their weekly timetable. The children are expected to change for this and will need: • Trainers for outdoor games • White T-shirt/ Royal blue games shirt • Royal Blue shorts • Socks • Tracksuit trousers and jacket or jumper for outdoor PE The majority of these items are available to purchase from our online supplier found on our website. Swimming costumes will be required by all children during the Summer Term, along with a large towel and swimming hats if the pupil has long hair. All these activities are part of a normal curriculum and all children are expected to take part. If, however, your child cannot participate because of medical or other reasons, please inform the school in writing. All children will require a suitable overall or apron for painting and other craftwork. An old shirt would be fine but please reduce the length of the sleeves! School Book bags printed with the school logo are available through the school website. The dates are regularly published and updated in our school newsletter and on the school website. 2018/19 Autumn Term 2018 Tuesday 4 September to Wednesday 19 December 2018 Half term: Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October 2018 Teacher Training days (closed to pupils): Tues 4th September 2018 Spring Term 2019 Thursday 3 January to Friday 5 April 2019 Half term: Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019 Teacher Training days (closed to pupils): Thursday 3rd January 2019 Summer Term 2019 Tuesday 23 April to Wednesday 24 July 2019 May Day: Monday 6 May 2019 Half term: Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May 2019 Teacher Training days (closed to pupils): Tuesday 23rd April 2019, Monday 3rd June 2019 and Friday 5th July 2019 “Be the best that we can be” 14

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School Handbook 2018-19 Calendar – Events Each term the school holds a Service or Celebration at St Bartholomew’s Church, Great Gransden or in school, to celebrate the outcomes and achievements of the term and to look forward to the next. Towards the end of the summer term, Founder’s Day recognises and celebrates the school’s continuing link with Clare College, Cambridge and with the Barnabas Oley Trustees. The whole school is involved in the celebrations and our visiting guest, in addition to giving the address, distributes bibles to pupils moving on to secondary education and presents awards for achievement in different activities. Families are invited to join in these celebrations. Several Special Events are organised during the academic year involving teachers and pupils and in some cases governors, parents and siblings. The Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) is very active, organising events for pupils, parents and families and seeks support from the community to make these events successful both socially and for fund-raising. Our annual calendar often includes: October / November December February March/April May June July • PTA AGM • Parent Consultation Meetings • Harvest Festival Service • Book Week • School Christmas production • Carol Service • End of term entertainment • PTA Quiz Night • Parent Consultation Meetings • Science Week • Mother’s Day Lunch • Mother’s Day service • Walk to School Week • Father’s Day Lunch • Healthy week • Summer Fete • Talent Show • Founder’s Day • Sports Day • New parents’ information evening • Induction days for pre- school/secondary school groups • Class reorganisation days for pupils “Be the best that we can be” 15

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