St William of York Catholic Primary School Prospectus

 

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Nugent Road Bolton BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk

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Mission Statement Together, as God’s family we are learning through love, forgiveness, respect and courage to use our unique gifts challenging and transforming our world. Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 2

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Welcome A very warm welcome to St. William of York Catholic Primary School where you will find a friendly, caring and open community. We aim to provide the highest quality of Catholic education and to welcome families, parish and the wider community, showing respect for everyone. Working together in this loving and caring environment we encourage everyone to reach their full potential. Our main aims for our children are that:  They are happy, safe and secure  They are stimulated, motivated, challenged and engaged in learning  They achieve success which is recognised and celebrated  They are well behaved, care and respect each other  That they grow in their love for God and His word It is assumed that requests for admission indicate that parents wish their child to be educated within the Catholic ethos of the school. We firmly believe that all those involved in the education of your child: parents, school and the wider community must work together so that your child will love school, life and learning. We try hard to ensure that we have the right balance between having a secure but accessible environment. We encourage parents to come into school and speak with staff, preferably at the beginning of the day. However, you can contact school at any time if you have any concerns about your child. During the school year there are three Parents Evenings arranged for you to discuss your child’s progress. We will contact you if there is a concern regarding your child. We want school to be a happy place and for your child to enjoy school life: to be healthy, safe and to achieve their best. Clare Lightbown Headteacher Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 3

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School Admission Policy St William of York is a Catholic Primary School in the trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford. It is maintained by Bolton Local Authority and is a voluntary aided school. The Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking all decisions on applications for admission. The co-ordination of admission arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority. For the school’s year commencing September 2017 the Governing Body has determined that the number of children to be admitted to Reception Class will be 30. Admission to the school will be determined by the Governing Body. Parents must complete a Local Authority Preference Form or apply on line via the website www.bolton.gov.uk/ Admissions. If you wish to have your application considered against the school’s religious criteria then you must ALSO provide proof of baptism direct to the school. If there are fewer than 30 applications, all applicants will be offered places. If there are more applications than the number of places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied: 1. The School will admit all children with a statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan where the school is named and the governors agree that the school is suitable for the needs of the child. 2. Looked After children and previously Looked After children who are in Public Care 3. Baptised Catholic children living in the parish of St. William of York who at the time of admission have a sibling * at the school. 4. Baptised Catholic children living in the parish of St. William of York. 5. Baptised Catholic children who at the time of admission would have a sibling* at the school. 6. Other baptised Catholic children who are resident in another parish. 7. Other children attending St. William’s nursery who at the time of admission have a sibling* at the school. 8. Other children who at the time of admission have a sibling* at the school. 9. Other children attending St. William’s nursery. 10. Other children If it is not possible to offer places for all applications within any criterion above, priority will be given to those living closest to the school determined by the nearest, safest, walking routes from the front door of the house to the main door of the school. This will be digitally measured using the LA system. *Sibling is defined in these arrangements as full, half or step brothers and sisters, adopted and foster brothers and sisters who are living at the same address and are part of the same family unit. Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 4

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Staff Teachers in school Mrs Clare Lightbown Headteacher Mrs Sarah Moss Acting Deputy Headteacher Mrs Gemma Carr FS1 Teacher/Early Years Leader Miss Hannah Toker FS2 Teacher Mrs Laura McNulty Year 1 Teacher Miss Ruhie Baig Year 2 Teacher Mr Marcus O’Donohoe Year 3 Teacher Miss Isabel Crampton Year 4 Teacher Mrs Sarah Moss Year 5 Teacher Miss Clare Bowell & Mrs Rebecca Pennington Year 6 Teachers Teaching Assistants in school Mrs Susan Cooper, Miss Rebecca Foster & Miss Donna Pendlebury FS1 Teaching Assistants Miss Katie Loftus, Mr Ben Govier, Miss Jaime Burkhill & Miss Victoria Powell FS2 Teaching Assistants Miss Rebecca Campbell Miss Joanne Smith & Miss Kim Glover Year 1 Teaching Assistant Year 2 Teaching Assistant Mrs Neda Mohammad Year 3 Teaching Assistant & PPA Cover Mrs Anita Challender Mr Timothy Hinde Miss Katie Loftus Mrs Jenny Jones Year 4 Teaching Assistant Year 5 Teaching Assistant Year 6 Teaching Assistant PPA Cover Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 5

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Governors Members of the Governing Body Mr Gareth Smyth Mr Terence McGovern Mrs Clare Lightbown Father Morrough O’Brien Mr James Bolton Mrs Teresa Hayes Mrs Paula Hagarty-Wilkinson Mrs Kath Morris Mrs Madha Taratiya Mr Binu Mathew Mrs Clare Bowell Chair of Governors - LA Governor Vice Chair - Foundation Governor Headteacher Foundation Governor Foundation Governor Foundation Governor Foundation Governor Foundation Governor Parent Governor Parent Governor Staff Governor Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 6

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School Holidays It is essential that children attend school every day unless they are prevented from doing so through illness. Attendance below 96% can be detrimental to a child’s education. Holiday dates are published well in advance to assist parents in ensuring that all holidays are taken during vacations and not during term time. Term begins Autumn Term 2017 Monday 4th September 2017 Half term Monday 23rd - Friday 27th October 2017 Term ends Thursday 21st December 2017 Term begins Spring Term 2018 Monday 8th January 2018 Half term Term ends Monday 19th - Friday 23rd February 2018 Wednesday 28th March 2018 Summer Term 2018 Term begins Monday 9th April 2018 Local Election Day Thursday 3rd May 2018 - school closed to pupils Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018 - school closed Half term Term ends Monday 28th May - Friday 8th June 2018 Friday 20th July 2018 Absences: The Department for Education have amended the legislation on Pupil Registration. With effect from September 2013 Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents must complete an Absence Request Form (available as a download from the website) or from school, before booking holidays and at least a month before the start of the proposed holiday date. Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 7

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Our commitment Learn to Love, Love to Learn! Admissions: Children are admitted to Reception in accordance with the Governors’ Admission Policy. It is very important that parents are aware that a place in the Nursery does not guarantee a place in the Reception class. There is one intake for Reception class at the start of the academic year in September. Organisation: The school day for children in years Reception to Year 6 starts at 8.55am and ends at 3.15pm Monday to Friday. There is a break during the morning for Years 1-6 and lunchtime is 12.00pm - 12.50pm for KS1 & 12.10 pm - 1 pm for KS2. Please see page 16 for the times of Nursery sessions. Please make sure that any monies sent into school for dinner/snack/trips etc is sent in an envelope marked clearly with your child’s name, class and reason for payment. Lunchtimes: At St. William’s we want our lunchtimes to be enjoyable for all our children. Every Friday we have a ‘Lunchtime Superstar’ table which rewards children for good manners and behaviour. We operate a cafeteria style kitchen. There is a variety of choice every day which always includes a vegetarian option. There is a charge for school meals unless you are entitled to Free School Meals or your child is in Reception and Key Stage One. Bolton Council have subsidised school meals for a number of years which means that parents currently pay £1.25 a day, which is fantastic value for money. Please see overleaf for more information on Free School Meals. Based on studies which show that pupils who have a hot school meal every day benefit academically, and are more likely to choose to eat healthy foods, the governors of St Williams have decided that all children in Reception and Key Stage One should have a school meal. Children in Key Stage Two may bring a packed lunch to school. We encourage children to eat healthily and children are not allowed sweets or fizzy drinks in their packed lunches. Excellent behaviour is expected at all times, including lunchtime. Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 8

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Health and Well-being Free School Meals Your child may be entitled to receive Free School Meals if you are in receipt of certain benefits. To find out more please contact Bolton Council Housing Benefits department on 01204 331590. In September 2014 the government introduced Universal Free School Meals for all Reception and Key Stage One pupils, however, parents should still apply for Statutory FSM’s if they think they may be eligible. This is important as school receives additional funding for every child who is, or has been, eligible for statutory free school meals whilst in primary school. Healthy Snacks: Children in Key Stage One and Two may have a snack during morning break each day. This should be paid for on a Monday morning for the full week or at the beginning of a half term. Money received in the school office after this does not guarantee that a snack will be provided. The cost is currently £1.50 for a full week ie 30p a day. In the Foundation Stage the curriculum is taught through continuous provision. Part of this continuous provision is to provide children with a healthy snack providing an opportunity for children to sit in a social setting, with other children and adults, and encouraging them to try a variety of foods. Parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution of 30p a day, £1.50 a week for this. Children are not allowed to bring their own food to eat at breaktime. Fruit is available everyday for all children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One under the Free Fruit Scheme. Milk is available for all children in Foundation Stage subsidised by the ‘European Free Milk Scheme’. If there are any particular foods your child is allergic to, or are not allowed to have for any reason, you must let us know so that this can be recorded. Medicines: School has a policy that staff do not administer medicines in school unless this is for life threatening circumstances (e.g. treatment for nut allergy). Parents are, however, welcome to come into school at an appropriate time, in order to administer short term prescription medicines. Parents must inform school of any long term health conditions/issues eg Asthma and complete a Health Care Plan if prescribed medication is needed during the school day. The medication should be handed to office staff who will record the details of the medication and ensure it is available to pupils appropriately. Children must be able to administer the inhaler/medication themselves. Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 9

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Nurture & Care If your child is unwell and cannot attend school we ask that you telephone school, preferably before 9.00 a.m. If we have not received a verbal message parents will be contacted initially by text and then by letter if no response is received. Failure to provide a satisfactory explanation for absences may result in your child being marked as having an unauthorised absence. Child Protection: The school has a legal and moral responsibility towards the children in our care. If we are concerned about the mental or physical well-being of a child, we may need to seek advice. This may happen if a child’s attendance is poor or irregular. We must investigate any injury to a child if there is a possibility that the injury is non-accidental. Action arising from these instances may cause distress and concern to those involved. Therefore, it may help to avoid such a situation if parents keep school fully informed on any matter concerning their child or home circumstances. Any information given into school on any matter is treated with the strictest confidence where appropriate. Education in Personal Relationships: At St. William’s we foster children’s self-esteem, confidence, respect for themselves and others. We believe that sex education should be taught within the context of our faith and in partnership with parents. Sex Education, as such, is not a subject in itself on the curriculum but part of Religious Education and Science at a level appropriate to the age of the child. Houses: There is a house system in school to which all children and staff belong. The houses are Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Children sit in their houses during assemblies. The house with the most House Points for the term has a party in school. Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 10

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Supporting Learning Personalised Learning: We recognise that each child learns and develops in their own way. Teachers plan carefully for each lesson and take into account different learning styles and the needs of each child. The progress children make in the academic as well as their social, emotional and spiritual development is monitored closely by teachers and senior leaders in school. Careful and consistent assessment of learning accurately informs teachers of the next steps children need to make in order to progress. These needs are accommodated through differentiated planning alongside appropriate independent activities, group work with teachers and teaching assistants as well as one to one support. Gifted and Talented: Children who demonstrate an ability in academic and non-academic areas are supported in school through differentiated planning, appropriate independent activities and where possible by support from professionals and agencies who work closely with school and children. This support comes through a range of people, for example, music teachers, links with other schools, visitors to school and learning opportunities outside of school. SEND Provision: At St. William’s each person is recognised as being unique and made in image of God. We are aware that children may experience some form of special educational need at some time. Most of these needs can be dealt with in school but sometimes we need to consult other professionals outside the school. We work in partnership with parents and other agencies to help meet these needs. For more information please have a look on the school’s website or ask to speak to Mrs Sarah Moss who is the SEND Coordinator (SENCO). Behaviour: Children at St William’s are well behaved and they are expected to behave with consideration and respect for all in the school community. General matters of discipline are dealt with in school but if a child’s actions give cause for concern parents will be contacted. It is expected that parents fully support our high expectations of behaviour. Please see our Behaviour Policy for more information. Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 11

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Home & the Wider Community Reading at Home: All children should read every day, at school and also at home. Every child should take home a book for regular reading practise. Children may also take home a library book. There is a reading diary and we ask parents to sign and comment when you have heard your child read at home. We also provide children with access to an online reading resource called Bug Club. Reading wallets are available for sale in school to protect books and homework. Homework Policy: Homework helps children’s progress and can improve standards. It is designed to reinforce and consolidate knowledge, especially in numeracy and literacy. Homework supports work done in the classroom but helps to increase independent learning. We believe that homework increases parents’ knowledge and understanding of what children are doing in school. We provide access to two further online resources to help children with their homework; Purple Mash & Bug Club. Please see the website for links to these resources. School in Community: the Our children are encouraged to think about and help others who need support. Fund raising events are held in school so we can contribute towards the work of Urban Outreach, Bolton Hospice, CAFOD, Salford Diocese’s Caritas and other local charities. Occasionally the school is used as a venue for events arranged by the parish and the local community. Communication: Parents are kept informed of events and news through the weekly newsletter which includes a ‘Dates for your Diary’ section, our school website, and other letters sent home through pupils. Formal Parents’ Consultation meetings are held three times during the year and there is an annual written report. Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 12

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School Uniform At St William’s we wear our uniform with pride. Following consultation with pupils, class councils and School Council our school uniform consists of: Girls:  Grey skirt or pinafore dress with white polo shirt.  Official school sweatshirt or cardigan  Plain grey school trousers  Green and white gingham dresses may be worn in the summer term only  Children should not wear trousers or leggings with skirts, pinafores or dresses Boys:  Grey trousers with white polo shirt  Official school sweatshirt  Trousers may be long or short Footwear: Flat black shoes should be worn as part of the uniform. Boots, high-heeled shoes and trainers are not acceptable. If children come to school in unsuitable shoes, for health and safety reasons, they will be expected to wear their black P.E. pumps. Buying from school: Official school sweatshirts can be purchased through tesco.com/ues or by telephone on 0845 0755 000 or from Smart Clothing, Bolton who now have a website you can order from www.smartschoolwear.co.uk . We have Reading Book bags and PE kit bags for sale in school. *Please remember to label all your child’s uniform. It is very difficult to find misplaced items of clothing without identification.* Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 13

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School Uniform continued P.E. Kit It is important for the safety of the children in Reception to 6 that they have suitable clothing. They require: Plain white T-shirt, black shorts, black pumps and trainers (for outdoor PE only) Children playing football outside may require football boots. If PE lessons are out of doors in cold weather children may wear tracksuits. *Please remember to label all your child’s uniform. It is very difficult to find misplaced items of clothing without identification.* Jewellery: Children are only allowed to wear watches in school. No other jewellery, including ear-rings, are to be worn. Hair: Children’s hair should not be dyed or have any temporary hair colour in it. We ask that all long hair is tied back. Bandannas or head scarves are not allowed. Short hair should not be shorter than a No. 3. Patterns should not be cut into hair nor should their be extreme hair styles for either boys or girls. Make up: Children are not allowed to wear any make up in school, this includes nail polish, tattoos or henna transfers. For health and safety all children’s nails should be short. Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 14

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The Curriculum Religious Education: As a Catholic school we pray together each day in many different ways. We learn about other faiths and respect and celebrate them. Our Catholic values and beliefs of Courage, Friendship, Love, Reconciliation and Respect are the foundation for all teaching and learning in our school and are expressed throughout the day in everything we do. School and parish work in partnership to prepare children for the Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education, and must notify the Governing Body. We would encourage parents to allow their children to take part as this is an important part of the school ethos. We follow the ‘Come and See’ scheme. Curriculum: In September 2014 a new National Curriculum was introduced for children in Key Stage One and Two. The curriculum includes Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Language, Geography, History, PE, Design Technology, Art, Music (in Key Stage Two all children are taught to play a musical instrument) and Computing (we have an ICT Suite and each classroom has an interactive whiteboard as well as a range of high quality equipment to support learning. A wide range of on-line learning opportunities are available to enjoy at school and home). All subjects are taught as single subjects. Each term a Share in our Learning Letter explaining the curriculum coverage will be sent to parents and will be available on each of the class pages on the school’s website. More information about the curriculum is available on the school’s website. We champion and firmly believe in a holistic education, experience and curriculum that ensures that our children are ’rounded and grounded’. All curriculum areas have a contribution to a child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and opportunities for these will be planned for in each area of the curriculum. Nugent Road, Bolton, BL3 3DE 01204 333522 email: office@st-williams.bolton.sch.uk www.st-williams.bolton.sch.uk 15

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