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SCHOOL PROSPECTUS 2017/18 W W W. H O LY FA M I LY P R I M A R Y. O R G. U K HOLY FAMILY RC PRIMARY SCHOOL

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Head Teacher: Mrs J Wilson Prior Street, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 9EN. Tel: 01325 380821 Email: admin@holyfamilyprimary.org.uk Website: www.holyfamilyprimary.org.uk Holy Family RC Primary are a member of Carmel Education Trust.

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CONTENTS Mission Statement and School Vision ...................................... Staff ............................................................................................ Local Governing Body ............................................................... Holy Family Parish ..................................................................... P.T.A ............................................................................................. The School Day .......................................................................... School Uniform .......................................................................... School Term Dates 2017/2018/2019 ......................................... Curriculum ................................................................................. Homework ................................................................................. Extra-curricular and Enrichment Activities .............................. Parents in Partnership ............................................................... Illness and Absence ................................................................... Pupils with Special Educational Needs .................................... School Discipline ....................................................................... School Meals .............................................................................. Complaints ................................................................................. Helpful skills for starting school ................................................ Carmel Education Trust ............................................................ Contact Us .................................................................................. 5 6 7 7 7 8 8 9 10 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 16 18 3

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MISSION STATEMENT The school aims to encourage all children to see Christ in themselves and others, in a caring environment, which allows them the oportunities to develop to their full potential. SCHOOL VISION Our vision is a school where children are nurtured, inspired, excel and are proud of their achievements. In Holy Family School, we nurture the development of every child in a happy, caring and stimulating environment. We believe every child should have the best start in life and acquire these core abilities: to read, to write, to be competent mathematicians and to be effective communicators. Through excellence in teaching, we provide an enriching curriculum that engages our pupils, provides a diverse range of invaluable learning experiences and harnesses the use of technology to enhance their development. Our pupils are inspired to learn, to reach their potential and to be proud of their achievements. We encourage each and every one of them to become independent, resilient and collaborative learners. As our pupils move through the school, they grow spiritually, emotionally and academically to become confident young people, who use their knowledge, skills and talents for the good of both themselves and others. We value our partnerships with parents, parish, other schools and the wider community and we welcome their contribution to realising our vision. 5

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STAFF Head Teacher - Mrs J Wilson Deputy Head Teacher - Mrs T Atkinson Teachers: EYFS - Ms L Albeson/Mrs C Watmore Year One - Miss S Dove Year Two - Mrs J Robinson Year Three - Mrs V Smith/Mrs M Mustard Year Four - Mrs G Hewins Year Five - Miss H Turner Year Six - Mr M Shield Teaching Assistants: Mrs J Allison Mrs P Backhouse Mrs H Crees Mrs J Howlett Mrs K Metcalfe Lunchtime supervisors: Mrs J Lucas, Mrs D Nelson, Mrs C Ramsey, Mrs J Roscoe School Business Manager - Mrs B McLachlan Admin Assistant - Mrs J Serginson Caretaker - Mr G Todd Kitchen Staff - Mrs J Ridley, Miss L Hughes, Mrs M Richardson 6

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LOCAL GOVERNING BODY Chief Excective Officer- Miss M Regan Chair of Governors/Academy Trust Director - Mr P M Frank Vice Chair - Mr P Springhall Parent Governor - Mrs S Bradshaw Staff Governor - Mrs P Backhouse Foundation Governor - Mr A Graham Foundation Governor - Mrs M Richardson Foundation Governor - Mr D Jowett Foundation Governor - Mrs K Parkinson HOLY FAMILY PARISH Children’s Liturgy is held during the 9.00 am Mass each Sunday. All are welcome to attend the coffee mornings held regularly in the Parish Centre after mass, which are organized by different parish groups, including the PTA. P. TA Our active, hard working P.T.A. has made an enormous contribution to the school. The association works for the benefit of children, aiming to promote their education at all levels. As a parent, you are automatically a member of this association and are invited to attend functions as notified during the year. These events can provide ideal opportunities to get to know others as well as raising funds to assist in your child’s education. We hope that you will make every effort to support the school through the association whenever you are able. 7

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THE SCHOOL DAY Breakfast Club: 7.45 am School Day: 8.55 am to 3.30pm (Entry for pupils is from 8.40 am) Lunch break: EYFS – 11.45 am to 12.45 pm KS1 – 12.00 pm to 12.45 pm KS2 – 12.15 pm to 1.00 pm UNIFORM Children are encouraged to wear school uniform in order to eliminate certain types of dress unsuitable for school, avoid comparisons, and help instil a sense of pride and loyalty to the school. Unsuitable articles such as jewellery are discouraged because they can be lost, damaged or even cause accidents. Boys: Pale blue polo shirt, dark grey trousers, royal blue sweatshirt and black shoes. Girls: Pale blue polo shirt, royal blue sweatshirt, grey pinafore dress/skirt/ trousers, blue gingham dress and royal blue cardigan (summer), white socks or grey or black tights and black shoes. P.E. kit: White t-shirt and black shorts. Royal blue sweatshirts and cardigans, pale blue polo shirts, reading folders, P.E. kit bags and blue school coats are available from the school uniform supplier, Elizabeth’s Embroidery (www.elizabethsembroidery.co.uk) if required. Details from school office. 8

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SCHOOL TERM DATES Holiday Christmas 2017 Spring Half Term 2018 Easter 2018 May Day 2018 Summer Half Term 2018 Summer 2018 Autumn Half Term 2018 Christmas 2018 Spring Half Term 2019 Easter 2019 May Day 2019 Summer Half Term 2019 Summer 2019 School Closes Friday 22nd December, 2017 Friday 9th February, 2018 Thursday 29th March, 2018 Friday 4th May, 2018 Friday 25th May, 2018 Friday 20th July, 2018 Thursday 25th October, 2018 Friday 21st December, 2018 Friday 15th February, 2019 Friday 12th April, 2019 Friday 3rd May, 2019 Friday 24th May, 2019 Thursday 18th July, 2019 School Opens For Teaching Tuesday 9th January, 2018 Monday 19th February, 2018 Monday 16th April, 2018 Tuesday 8th May, 2018 Monday 4th June, 2016 Tuesday 4th September, 2018 Monday 5th November, 2018 Tuesday 8th January, 2019 Monday 25th February, 2019 Monday 29th April, 2019 Tuesday 7th May, 2019 Monday 3rd June, 2019 Summer 2017 9

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CURRICULUM Reception Class - children study the Early Years Foundation Curriculum,which covers the 17 Early Learning Goals. Subsequent to this, they follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. This is comprised of the following: English and Mathematics (Core Subjects) Science, Geography, History, Music, Art & Design, P.E.,Design & Technology, I.C.T., MFL and P.S.H.E. As a Catholic School, R.E. is central to our curriculum and children follow the Diocesan ‘Come and See’ programme. HOMEWORK Homework is set on a regular a basis. During their time in Reception, children will bring home reading books, phonics work and mathematics tasks. EXTRA-CURRICULAR AND ENRICHMENT Children have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities across the year groups. For example, swimming, musical instrument tuition, netball club, rugby club, dance, bike maintenance, football club and choir. Children also enjoy a variety of age-appropriate school trips, often related to their topic work in school. These have included visits to Washington Wetland Centre, Beamish, Darlington Railway Museum, Great North Museum, Holy Island and the annual year 6 residential at Winmarleigh Hall. 10

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PARENTS IN PARTNERSHIP At Holy Family, we understand the value of a strong home-school partnership. We welcome the support and cooperation of parents and have an open door policy to enable feedback from our parents and family members. We ask all parents to sign our home/school agreement and encourage you to talk to your children about their school day, to help them with their homework and to assist us in upholding good behaviour in the school. We invite you to open evenings, children’s Masses and assemblies, as well as other social occasions. ILLNESS AND ABSENCE If your child is ill, please contact the school by telephone on the first day of absence before 9.00 am. If your child has a medical appointment requiring absence for part of the day, please contact the school office with details and a copy of the appointment letter. It is important that children arrive at school between 8.50 am and 8.55 am. Children arriving after 9.10 am may result in an absence mark on the register. Holidays during term time are discouraged and absence will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. We look forward to your cooperation, as absence from school will hinder your child’s progress. We aim for full attendance of all our pupils. 11

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PUPILS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS We would be happy to discuss the individual needs of your children. In order to provide the best provision for children with Special Educational Needs we have the following procedures: -Consultation with parents; -Identification of the child’s strengths and weaknesses; -Investigation of the child’s history, i.e. personal, medical and educational background; -Implementation of a personalised education programme; -Provision of appropriate resources e.g. a support assistant towork with your child on a one-to-one or small group basis; -Monitoring and review of progress; -Consultation with parents before involving outside agencies; For further SEN information please visit our website. -consultation with appropriate specialists. SCHOOL DISCIPLINE “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 At Holy Family, positive attitudes are promoted and high standards of behaviour are expected, encouraged and praised. Our aim is for children to feel happy and secure within a calm, orderly environment. For further information on School Discipline please visit our website. 12

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SCHOOL MEALS School meals are available to all. We encourage take up of school meals, which meet all nutritional standards set out in government guidelines. Lunch money for the week is collected on Monday morning and should be brought in a sealed envelope stating your child’s name, class and amount enclosed. School meals currently cost £10.00 per week. Application forms for free school meals are available at the school office. Universal Free School Meals From September 2014, all Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils are entitled to a free school meal at lunchtime as part of the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme, irrespective of personal circumstances. COMPLAINTS If you wish to make a complaint, a copy of the School Complaints Procedure is available from the school office or on our website. We would also be pleased to hear any suggestions as to how our school can improve. All policies are available on request - photocopy charges will apply. If you wish to receive this, or any school document in large print or another format, please contact the school office. 13

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HELPFUL SKILLS FOR STARTING SCHOOL Children learn many new routines and skills when they start school. To give them a head start and help smooth their transition into school life, here are some things to practise and discuss with them at home: Independence skills Dress and undress without help Use the toilet properly and wash their hands Eat a packed lunch or school meal using a knife and fork Take shoes on or off and fasten them Complete a simple task on their own if asked to do so Concentrate on an activity of their own choice for approximately 10 minutes Educational skills Recognise own name Recognise and name colours Hold a pencil correctly Enjoy listening to and sharing books Listen to and carry out simple instructions Social skills Play co-operatively with other children Answer direct questions put to them by an adult Accept the differences in other children Initiate a conversation Listen to what other children have to say Be sensitive to a child who is upset Share toys and other equipment Take turns Emotional skills Begin to talk about their feelings and keep temper under control Begin to understand that all actions have consequences 14

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