Great Horwood C.E. Combined School Prospectus 2012-2013

 

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great horwood church of england combined school where children learn and grow together

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welcome this prospectus is intended to serve as an introduc on to the wide variety of ac vi es which together form the educa on available at great horwood we are proud of the opportuni es and facili es that we offer our pupils in this thriving and well ordered school we hope that by reading this prospectus you will gain an insight into the life and work of the school the governors parents/carers and a dedicated teaching staff work together for the benefit of our children this booklet however cannot tell you everything about the school and it is only by seeing the school in ac on for yourself that you will fully appreciate our purposeful caring learning environment yours sincerely norman ellison paul adams chairman of the governors headteacher 2

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about great horwood overlooking beau ful buckinghamshire countryside great horwood is a well resourced rural primary school with pupils ranging in age from 3 to 11 years the substan al school grounds give pupils an excellent range of ac vi es to partake in with large play and sports areas a wide range of exci ng play equipment and a nature area all classrooms are equipped with extensive learning resources and pupils make regular use of the wellstocked library music room and large school hall with its gymnas cs equipment great horwood school has a commitment to high achievement and raising standards we expect chil dren to demonstrate a caring a tude to each other and their environment and we value the special contribu on of each child so that children will learn to accept and value the views of others a strength of the school is the close coopera on and commitment that exists between members of the school community 3

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our mission inspired by chris an faith and embracing the core values of love persever ance and respect great horwood church of england combined school is commi ed to providing a safe caring and challenging learning environment in which all individuals are able to realise their full poten al and grow in confidence learning to value themselves and others in prepara on for their future where children learn and grow together 4

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aims for children to recognise the value of achieving high standards in themselves and others to develop in the school a caring community where each child is happy can develop self confidence and obtain sa sfac on and personal fulfilment at each stage of development to develop the child s concern for the welfare of others respect for religious and moral values and tolerance of all races religions and ways of life to encourage children to appreciate the virtues of working together to foster habits of responsibility and selfdiscipline and to promote ini a ve endeavour and the exercise of individual judgement to enable pupils to develop lively enquiring minds imagina on and the ability to ques on and argue ra onally to enable each child to acquire knowledge skills and a tudes relevant to their future lives in a fastchanging world to equip each child with the founda ons of learning how to learn to enable each child to develop fluency in the use of the english language to become numerate and be able to apply mathema cal concepts in their daily lives to develop physical skills and techniques in the crea ve and expressive arts to appreciate past and present human achievements and aspira ons to develop skills in the use of modern technology to recognise and encourage talents of all kinds and all degrees and to endeavour to stretch the intellectual and crea ve capacity of individual children to encourage harmonious rela onships between the home and school with the common interest of the good of the child 5

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church of england school great horwood is a church of england school and as such has strong links with the parish church of st james in the village chris an values underpin all that we do each child is an individual with his or her own strengths rights responsibili es and interests in recognising these we aim to ensure that our children strive to do their best in the pursuit of excellence the school celebrates harvest christmas and easter in the church and the local community are welcome to join the us at these celebra ons members of the church are also invited to take assemblies in school at regular intervals and the church tower is lit to celebrate various events in the life of the school the church runs a summer holiday ac vi es week at the school for local children to a end and holds its annual fete in the school grounds every child is an individual with his or her own strengths and responsibili es 6

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visits and admissions we welcome visits from prospec ve parents and pupils please contact the school office to arrange a convenient me to meet with the headteacher who will gladly give you a tour of the school answering any ques ons the school has a well resourced 15 place nursery other pupils transfer to the school at age key stage 2 from neighbouring villages the children remain in the school un l year 6 and then the vast majority transfer either to the local grammar school or upper school contact school end great horwood bucks mk17 org telephone 01296 483405 email office@greathorwood.bucks.sch.uk website www.greathorwood.bucks.sch.uk 7

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safeguarding and safety the health safety and wellbeing of every child are our paramount con cern we listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us we also want to work in partnership with you to help your child to achieve their full poten al and make a posi ve contribu on on rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you the procedures which we follow have been laid down by buckinghamshire area child protec on commi ee and the school has adopted a child protec on policy in line with this for the safety of all our child protec on policy can be found on the school website to ensure that the school site is secure and safe visitors to the school are asked to report to the secretary and sign in the visitors book iden fica on badges will be given to visitors and helpers in the classroom if you have to take your child out of school during the school day please see the secretary and make a note in the visitors book the gates at the end of the drive will be closed during the day this en trance is for vehicular access only the pedestrian entrance is via the small gate in front of the old school building this side gate is locked between 9 00 a.m and 3 00 p.m we ask that parents/carers do not drive their cars into school end at the beginning or end of the school day instead they should park on the green and walk through the churchyard to meet their children or park in the swan car park cars should not be driven into the school while the school is in session as it is important that we keep our emer gency vehicular access clear 8

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behaviour staff have very high expecta ons for the behaviour of children with `golden rules forming a central part of the behaviour policy the golden rules are displayed in every classroom children s endeavours are rewarded in many ways including entry into the `golden book and many other celebra ons of achievement school an bullying statement bullying means that one child is using his or her power over another to make them feel bad bullying is not a single argument or fight with some one it isn t saying something bad to someone once when you are angry bullying goes on deliberately again and again we do not tolerate bullying in our school the behaviour policy can be found on the school website golden rules form a central part of our behaviour policy 9

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curriculum at great horwood school we aim to provide all children with a broad bal anced and crea ve curriculum this includes not only the formal require ments for the na onal curriculum but also the range of extra curricular ac vi es that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of the children we aim to teach children how to grow into posi ve responsible people who can work and cooperate with others while developing knowledge and skills so that they can achieve their true poten al our school curriculum is underpinned by the values we hold dear at our school extra curricular clubs residen al visits and trips are highly valued and an important part of our curriculum 10

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personalised curriculum special educa onal needs we believe that each pupil has individual and unique needs however some children require more support than others a child with special needs may have greater difficulty in learning or may have a disability that makes it hard for them to access facili es within the school these children are iden fied and work is planned for them according to their needs if necessary addi onal support may also be provided to ensure that all chil dren reach their full poten al gi ed and talented children the needs of children who are gi ed and talented are usually met within the differen ated curriculum however where necessary the curriculum may be modified to meet the specific requirements of children who re quire addi onal challenges to ensure that they reach their full poten al looked a er children children become looked a er either if they have been taken into care by the local authority or have been accommodated by the local authority a voluntary arrangement most looked a er children live with foster par ents but a smaller number may be in residen al care living with a rela ve or even be placed at home with their birth parents we are commi ed to providing a quality educa on for our children based on equality of access opportunity and outcomes we fully subscribe to the 5 outcomes of every child ma ers and whatever a pupil s background or circumstance believe that pupils should have the necessary support to take as full a part as possible in all school ac vi es 11

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english we believe it is essen al to nurture a love of reading and wri ng in our pupils children in founda on begin this process by taking home books to share with their parents as children become more proficient in their reading skills they will be encouraged to make individual choices of reading material using class reading areas and the school library wri ng skills are taught crea vely with a systema c approach to spelling phonics and handwri ng aiming to ensure children express themselves appropriately read accurately with understanding and enjoyment develop thinking skills to help them on the path to becoming reflec ve inde pendent learners develop understanding that wri ng is both essen al to thinking inves ga ng organising and learning and enjoyable in its own right 12

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mathema cs the na onal primary strategy for maths forms the basis for the teaching in our school a structured maths lesson takes place in each class every day including the development of mental calcula on and recording skills to support our teaching we use the abacus scheme and spotlight maths all children are encouraged to reach their poten al by working both in groups and individually prac cal work discussion mathema cal games and inves ga ons are all used to support children s development in mathe ma cs homework is used to reinforce children s learning the school recognises the applica on of maths throughout the curriculum including informa on technology individual children work on rm maths to support their learning and rm snapshot is used to assist with assessment aiming to ensure children are equipped with strategies to understand mathema cs in everyday life can understand and solve problems logically have the opportunity to explore and discuss mathema cal problems understand mathema cal vocabulary develop skills of measurement and understanding of the concepts of me and money have mental strategies and skills to perform calcula ons 13

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science science enables children to find out about the world in which they live it in volves the development of children s knowledge and understanding of their environment and themselves during founda on and key stage 1 children make observa ons explore and ask ques ons about living things materials and phenomena they share their ideas and communicate using drawings charts and tables in key stage 2 children learn about a wider range of living things materials and phenomena they explain things using their knowledge and understanding of scien fic ideas at great horwood we have a large conserva on area and pond this is used as an outdoor classroom where the children can study the local wildlife first hand we have strong links with the royal la n school as part of their specialist science status aiming to ensure children develop knowledge and understanding of the world they live in develop scien fic concepts knowledge skills and a tudes can plan organise and research using a wide variety of materials and equipment are aware of the contribu on science makes to everyday life develop a responsible a tude towards safety and respect for living organisms and the environment 14

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religious educa on as a church of england school great horwood aims to develop and en courage an ethos of chris an care and considera on the school follows the buckinghamshire agreed syllabus the pupils are encouraged to ex plore the meaning purpose and value of life from a fair minded point of view this in turn helps to encourage tolerance and empathy amongst the pupils we believe that religious educa on should be an exci ng subject so we employ a variety of teaching methods including art music dance and dra ma the use of s llness and periods of quiet reflec on exploring artefacts pictures and photographs visi ng local places of worship and talking with members of faith communi es we also use story video and food to sup port our learning the school has a daily act of collec ve worship through combined school assemblies and class assemblies assemblies are a me for reflec on sto rytelling and celebra ng achievement they are o en shared by visi ng speakers who talk to the children on a variety of topics parents are invited to join us for several assemblies in school the school has close links with our local church st james our harvest christmas and easter services are held there to which parents and friends are invited priests from st james regularly share in our assemblies parents have the right to withdraw their child from religious educa on and assemblies should any parent wish to do this they should contact the headteacher to discuss alterna ve arrangements 15

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