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School Prospectus 2017/2018 St Brendan’s RC Primary School Brookfold Lane Harwood Bolton BL2 4DZ 01204 333133 Head Teacher: Mrs M Kwiatkowski

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OUR MISSION STATEMENT Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love. ST BRENDAN St Brendan was born about 486 AD in Anneigh, County Kerry. He became a monk and founded the monastery at Clonfert of which he was abbot. He was responsible for several more foundations in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany and possibly the Faroe Islands. Brendan worked tirelessly for the church and was an indefatigable traveller. When Brendan returned to Ireland after his travels, he devoted the remainder of his life to helping the sick and preaching God's word. He died around 578 AD and we celebrate his feast day on May 16th. At St Brendan's School, we try to emulate our Patron Saint's example by keeping alive that spirit of adventure which gives us courage to do what is right. Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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SCHOOL PRAYER This is our School, Let it be full of love, Love of one another, Love of life itself, But most of all The love of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. WELCOME TO ST BRENDAN'S RC PRIMARY SCHOOL Dear Parents I am delighted to offer you a warm welcome to St Brendan’s School. We are very proud of our school and our children. The general aims and philosophy of our school indicate the fundamental importance of this being a Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided School, promoting a Catholic Christian community in which all are valued and encouraged to show care, concern and love for each other. I feel confident that we - staff, governors, parents and parishioners - will be able to work together for the benefit of your children in a spirit of mutual trust and understanding. Please do not hesitate to come and discuss any aspect of your child's development. We need your concern, your interest and your confidence. I hope this Prospectus will give you an insight into our vibrant school community where children thrive and have fun in their learning. Yours sincerely Mrs M Kwiatkowski Head Teacher Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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SCHOOL RULES Be honest Be kind Do your best Show good manners Follow Jesus’ way SCHOOL RIGHTS At St Brendan’s all adults and children have the right: To be respected To learn To be safe AIMS OF ST BRENDAN’S The aim of the Governing Body and staff for our school are  to provide a caring, Christian environment for all children within which they can experience a broad and balanced curriculum incorporating the requirements of the National Curriculum  to develop to the full the spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic and physical potential of all children  to encourage all children to develop curiosity, confidence and independence as learners by providing a variety of teaching and learning styles  to provide an atmosphere of trust and understanding in which all children can enjoy a sense of security and self-discipline  to develop all children’s ability to live and work harmoniously together in the realisation that all have an equally important contribution to make to the school and wider community  to foster the co-operation of parents in an endeavour to inculcate and promote Christian attitudes and values Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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Religious Life of Our School I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10 At St. Brendan’s we aspire to help every child reach their full potential as a child of God. This takes place in a school where there is an abundance of love and warmth. We follow the teachings of Jesus and, as we grow in spirit, every day is full of learning, fun and friendship. Our Mission is to foster a lifelong love of God, to prepare our children to live good Christian lives and to know that we are all brothers and sisters of Jesus united around the world. The Word of God is central to all that we do. We aim to provide an excellent education where kindness, respect and tolerance are promoted and developed. We teach pupils about the Catholic religion and how to live their lives as missionary disciples of Christ. RE is the core of the core curriculum and we believe it is also evident each day in the classroom in the attitudes, responsibilities and skills we try to develop in our children, in the example of the staff and in the way we treat everyone we come into contact with. The 5 W’s – welcome, welfare, worship, word and witness underpin the growth of each person’s spirituality and the spiritual development of our school community. They bring a comprehensible structure to our work as Catholic educators and, crucially, allow the children to see their growth as ‘children of God’ in a rewarding and diverse way. In order that we might have life in all its fullness, our school family will: Word – Place the Word of God at the centre of all we do Welcome – Warmly welcome everyone to our school as Jesus welcomes us to the family of God Welfare – Love, value and respect each other as Jesus intended and reach out to those who need us everywhere, making God’s world better Worship – Worship the Lord our God joyfully with all our hearts, developing a sense of mystery and an appreciation of all God’s gifts to us Witness – Be witnesses of a loving God, who is at the heart of all we do, by creating a happy atmosphere, lasting friendships and wonderful We promote outstanding spiritual, moral, cultural and social education, which is inherent in each area of our curriculum and in all areas of school life, inside and outside the classroom. Our work on being a Rights Respecting School ensures our children and the school community learn about children’s rights, putting them into practice every day. We respect all rights of the CRC. ‘The best interests of the child must be the top priority in all things that affect children’. (Article 3) Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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The School Community STAFF The school staff are dedicated to ensuring St Brendan’s is a safe, healthy and effective place for children to learn. A list of current staff list can be found on our website: www.st-brendan.bolton.sch.uk/School Information/Our Staff PUPILS Pupils are the focus of all that the school does. We are proud of our children and are often complimented on their good manners and behaviour by visitors to our school and when we are out on visits in the community. Pupil voice is an important aspect in ensuring a sense of partnership whereby pupils have an input into the life of the school. Our older pupils are essential members of the school leadership team and carry out their duties as School Chaplains and Prefects. GOVERNORS As a Voluntary Aided school the Governors run the school on behalf of The Diocese of Salford. The Governors are made up of various groups including: Foundation Governors (representing the Bishop); Parent Governors; Staff Governors and an LA Governor. PARISH The school supports the parish of Corpus Christi in the preparation of our children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and receiving the Eucharist at their First Holy Communion. Our daily Collective Act of Worship is an important part of our school day. This may take the form of whole school or key stage assembly, Mass or class prayers. Classes will lead prayer services, Mass and assemblies, to which parents are invited. PARENTS We actively encourage a close partnership with parents and school and listen carefully to their point of view. There are a number of opportunities for parents to be involved in the daily life of our school. Class Mass and assemblies are an opportunity for parents to join in prayer and celebrations. ST BRENDAN’S PTA All parents of children at the school are automatically members of the PTA. The meetings are informal and open to all parents. Information can be found on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/StBsPTA Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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School Organisation & Admission Policy SCHOOL St Brendan’s is a Voluntary Aided primary school offering education to children from Reception (4 to 5 years of age) to Year 6 (10 to 11 years of age). Each Year from Reception to Year 6 has 30 children. Should the school be oversubscribed, the admissions criteria will apply. The Admissions Policy is on page 7 and 8 of this prospectus. CLASS ORGANISATION Each child is supported and encouraged in all areas, performing at a level commensurate with his or her capabilities. Teachers assess each child as they enter Reception class. Continuous assessments also take place during the first year and all subsequent years in school. Children are taught for most of the time by their class teacher, but occasionally by teachers who have a special skill to offer. Teaching Assistants play a vital role in the teaching of our children and are used in a variety of different ways to support and enhance the class teaching. THE SCHOOL DAY 8.45 am Doors open 8.55 am Registration 10.45 am -11.00 am Morning playtime 12.10 pm -1.10 pm Lunchtime 3.10 pm End of school day School is open from 8.45 am to enable the children to settle into class prior to the bell at 8.55 am. Pupils arriving after 8.55 am will be marked as late. COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS We communicate with parents and carers in various ways, for example through our newsletters and questionnaires. Parents are regularly invited to assemblies and to Parents’ Evenings. Parents will also receive a mid-year progress report and a report at the end of each school year. Every year parents and family members are invited to attend a variety of events. The school has a Home School Agreement to support the partnership between home and school. The School’s website has a wealth of information including our newsletters, class pages, copies of key policies and curriculum information. Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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ST BRENDAN’S ADMISSION POLICY St Brendan’s is a Roman Catholic Primary School provided by the Diocese of Salford and is maintained by Bolton MBC Local Authority as a voluntary aided primary school. The school’s governing body is the admission authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applicants for admission. For the school year commencing 2018/19 the governing body’s planned admission number is 30. Admission to the school will be made by the Governing Body. All preferences listed on the Local Authority Preference Form will be considered on an equal basis with the following set of ADMISSIONS CRITERIA forming a priority where there are more applications for admissions than the school has places available. ]] 1 Baptised Roman Catholic Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order). 2 Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a sibling attending the school at the time of ad mission and resident in the parish of St Brendan’s. 3 Baptised Roman Catholic children resident in the parish of St Brendan’s. 4 Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a sibling attending the school at the time of ad mission and are resident in another parish. 5 Baptised Roman Catholic children who are resident in another parish. 6 Other Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order). 7 Other children with exceptional physical, social, medical or psychological needs where these needs can only be met at this school. 8 Other children with a sibling attending the school at the time of admission. 9 Other children NOTES All applicants will be considered at the same time and after the closing date for admissions. A Looked After Child is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their Social Services functions under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989. A previously Looked After Child is one who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order For a child to be considered as a Catholic, evidence of a Catholic Baptism or reception into the Catholic Church will be required. Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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Parents should check carefully whether they are resident within the parish boundaries of St Brendan’s If in any category there are more applications than places available, priority will be given on the basis of proximity to school. This will be calculated (by the shortest walking route) using the LA computerised measuring system from the front door of the child’s address (including flats) to the main entrance of the school. In the event of distances being the same for two or more applicants where this would be last place/s to be allocated, a random lottery will be carried out in a public place. Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the child’s “permanent place of residence” will be determined as the address of the parent who normally has responsibility for the majority of school days in a week. Sibling is defined as a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling. Professional supporting evidence from eg a doctor, psychologist, social worker, is essential if admission is to be made under the criterion for special medical or social needs, and such evidence must set out the particular reasons why this school is the most suitable school for those difficulties. The Governing Body may exceed KS1 Class Size Regulations for twins, siblings in the same year group and children from multiple births where one of the children is the 30th child admitted. If an application for admission has been turned down by the Governing Body, parents can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. Parents must be allowed at least twenty school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to submit that appeal. Parents must give reasons for appealing in writing and the decision of the Appeals Panel is binding on all parties. The Governing Body reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a school place where false evidence is received in relation to baptism, sibling connections or place of residence. Appeals should be addressed to The Secretary, Appeals Panel, Roman Catholic Schools, Bolton Council, Civic Centre, Bolton BL1 1RU COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE If a parent wishes to make a complaint under section 23(1) of the Education Reform Act 1988, this should initially be made informally, to the Head Teacher. If the outcome of this action is not satisfactory, and a parent wishes to take the matter further, then the Head Teacher will put her verbal response to the parent in writing and explain how to proceed to the next stage of the complaints procedure. The school Complaints Procedure can be found on the school website Complaints about curricular matters or an action of the Authority should be sent in writing to the Education and Culture Department. Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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Our Curriculum & Results KEY STAGE 1—2017 RESULTS Percentage achieving Expected Standard in Reading 83% Of which % was at greater depth 24% Percentage achieving Expected Standard in Writing 79% Of which % was at greater depth 21% Percentage achieving Expected Standard in Maths 79% Of which % was at greater depth 21% KEY STAGE 2— 2017 RESULTS Percentage achieving Expected Standard in Reading 80% Of which % was at greater depth 30% Percentage achieving Expected Standard in Writing 90% Of which % was at greater depth 20% Percentage achieving Expected Standard in Maths 90% Of which % was at greater depth 43% Percentage achieving 83% Expected Standard in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Of which % was at greater depth 43% Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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CURRICULUM In this booklet there is only space for brief descriptions of what is intended to be taught within the broad term "Curriculum”. In planning and implementing the Curriculum we endeavour to  provide an interesting and stimulating environment with a caring, secure atmosphere, in order to foster self-discipline, good manners, mutual respect and tolerance, and where children may become happy and well-balanced individuals  provide the basic skills which the children need for work and life by giving each of them a thorough grounding in English and Mathematics appropriate to their age, aptitude and ability  make every effort to offer a broad balanced curriculum to all pupils regardless of ability, gender, religion or ethnic origin. We follow the National Curriculum in all subjects. However, we continually look for ways to adapt and modify our curriculum to suit the needs of our children. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION At the heart of all we teach must be a love of God, of His people and of His world. To foster this, we teach pupils about the Roman Catholic Faith and the influence that the practice of this religion should have on every aspect of their lives. Such teaching is not only evident in religious lessons and in prayer and liturgy, but it underpins all we teach, across the whole curriculum. It is evident each day in the classroom in the attitudes, responsibilities and skills we attempt to foster in our children. It permeates all areas of the secular curriculum. We attempt to foster, in a Catholic atmosphere, qualities of mind, body and spirit. A daily act of worship is held. We follow The ‘Come and See’ scheme as promoted by the Salford Diocese. PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH AND CITIZENSHIP Through an integrated approach, we endeavour to encourage the children to develop knowledge and understanding of themselves, physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially; to foster attitudes of positive self-esteem and personal responsibility; to develop understanding and respect for others and to enable the children to form and maintain good relationships with others through the acquisition of sound social and life-skills. We also try to encourage in the children a responsible attitude for the care of their local and world environment. In such a programme, aimed at helping children to explore and understand their own growth and relationships, sex education has an integral part. Although this area of education is primarily the right and duty of parents, and is not a separate school subject, we believe that the school has a significant role. Therefore, in contexts appropriate to the age and understanding of their children, teachers will introduce topics and aim to answer questions in a simple, honest and sensitive manner. Children will always be encouraged to refer to their parents if it seems appropriate. Our priority is a healthy, open and Christian approach. We follow the scheme ‘A Journey in Love’. Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS At St Brendan's we recognise that each child is an individual and has the right to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum. In line with the Mission Statement we are preparing our children to face the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences which they will encounter. We aim to ensure that all children, irrespective of ability, have full access to a differentiated and balanced curriculum, in order to develop their full potential. We endeavour to  identify and assess children with Special Educational Needs as soon as possible  plan for and provide appropriate support for identified children, liaising with parents and outside agencies where applicable  monitor, record and evaluate the individual child's progress on a continuous basis, using our own recording system  ensure a sympathetic and understanding attitude towards SEND children within school, avoiding anything which identifies a child with a disability. Our Mission Statement should be seen in practice and evidenced by our caring approach INCLUSION In accordance with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice we are fully committed to the inclusion of all our children in all school activities. Our Mission Statement should be seen in practice and evidenced by our caring approach and acceptance of all pupils. All necessary work has been undertaken to provide open access to all areas of the school. EQUALITY At St Brendan’s RC Primary School we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from the school, irrespective of race, gender, disability, faith or religion or socioeconomic background. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and able to participate fully in school life. SPORTING AIM [ At St Brendan's we aim to provide a rich and varied-programme of sport. This will include competitive and non-competitive games which will ensure the children develop appropriate attitudes and skills. Whilst games is taught as part of the PE National Curriculum, at St Brendan’s we offer children the opportunity to take part in a variety of age appropriate extra-curricular activities. These are open to children regardless of gender or ability. Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR There are many activities which go beyond the classroom. Some of these are listed here Football Choir Netball Gymnastics Rounder's School Council Dance Gift Team Rights Respecting School Steering Group Music lessons are also available for a range of instruments. (Key Stage 2 only) Twice a year we have a School Book Fair to promote and foster a love of books. Year 5 have the opportunity to attend a day of retreat. Year 6 are given the opportunity to participate in a Residential Activity Week HOMEWORK We place great emphasis on the importance of reading. Children take home a selection of books every day and a dialogue is established between home and school by means of a Reading Record Notebook. We encourage and expect children to read at home on a regular basis. Children will be expected to do some learning homework, e.g. tables, spellings, mental maths, poems, etc. Children may also be asked to research a particular topic, or if necessary complete or repeat class work. From Year 2 children are given homework on a regular basis. Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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Pupil Welfare & Support SAFEGUARDING St Brendan’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We work hard to maintain an environment where children feel safe and secure. Because of day-to-day contact with children, schools are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour or failure to develop. Parents should be aware therefore that where it appears to a member of staff that a child may have been abused, the school is required, as part of the local Child Protection Procedures, to report their concerns to the Social Services Department immediately. MEDICAL INFORMATION If a pupil has a serious or recurring medical problem, it is advisable for a note to be made on the child’s records. There is a section on the admissions form for the insertion of necessary information, which will of course be confidential. MEDICINES IN SCHOOL It is obviously very dangerous for children to bring any medicines into school. Only medicine which is prescribed by the doctor for MORE than three doses can be given at school. However, if a parent or other family member is available, they are welcome to come to school, at a convenient time, to administer the medicine themselves. If medication must be administered in school then in ALL cases an authorisation form should be completed. Forms are available at the school office and must be completed before medicine can be left in school. There are some medical conditions (e.g. asthma) which require children to take medication regularly. Please make sure that the class teacher is fully aware of this situation and that any medication is given in at the School Office (clearly marked with name and dosage). Please DO NOT send your child to school with any unprescribed medication, throat lozenges etc. SCHOOL NURSE Nurses from the Local Health Service regularly visit the school, undertaking sight, hearing and other tests, and are available to preform health checks on request. Parents are informed about any matter requiring attention and will be given support and advice. Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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Pupil Welfare & Support LUNCHTIME The school has its own kitchen and meals of a high quality are cooked on the premises. Menus adhere to National Nutritional Guidelines. If you choose to send your child with a packed lunch, please do not send sweets, crisps, glass bottles, fizzy drinks or flasks containing hot liquid. HEALTHY EATING We have operated a Healthy Eating policy for several years. If children wish to bring snacks to school for morning break, this must be a piece of fruit or raw vegetables. Chocolates, sweets, cereal bars and crisps are not allowed. Fresh fruit is provided each day for Infant children. It is important that children drink plenty of water as it helps them to think better. We encourage all children to bring still, unflavoured water in a clear plastic bottle with their name on, to keep on their table during lessons. UNIVERSAL INFANT FREE SCHOOL MEAL All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be entitled to a free school meal under the Universal Infant Free School Meal scheme, however St Brendan’s RCP School is entitled to receive additional funding if your family income is below £16190 per year or you, or your partner, is in receipt of certain benefits. The additional money school will receive is available from central government for every child who is entitled , as per above. It is therefore important to sign up for statutory free school meals so that the school receives the money to which it is entitled. This additional funding is used to provide valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities. For more information or if you think you may be entitled please contact: Housing Benefits Bolton Council P.O. Box 4 Bolton BL1 1RX Telephone: 01204 331590 Email: housing.benefits@bolton.gov.uk Love Life, Love Learning. Achieve together in God’s Love.

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