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St Bartholomew’s C.E. Parish Primary School
Ash St
Great Harwood
Blackburn BB6-7QA

Tel: 01254-884 534
Fax: 01254-887 527

Email: head@st-barth-parish.lancsngfl.ac.uk

Chairman of Governors:
Ms Janet Heil (Contacted through the Headteacher)

Headteacher:
Mr.G. Boyes

Deputy Headteacher:
Mr. R. Cope

School Session Timesgo to top

Nursery Nursery
Morning Afternoon
8.55am to 11.25am 12.55pm to 15.25pm
   
School  
9.00am to 15.30pm  
Pupils are expected to arrive between 8.45am to 9.00am  
   

Mission Statement go to top

The School Aims go to top

  1. To provide an experience of worship that is distinctly Christian and based upon the Anglican ethos and yet is a true educational experience that helps to develop the faith of children both in the school and in the community.
  2. To create sound relationships whereby the school, the parish and pupils’
    homes encourage children to grow up to a play a full part in the life of the wider community.
  3. To encourage a growth together, following the example of Christ, of teaching and non-teaching staff, of parents and of pupils.
  4. To provide a curriculum with an Anglican and Christian ethos which will equip children through the acquisition of skills, attitudes and values for a mature adult life.
  5. To ensure that a child’s experience of school will be both formative and positive in helping them to understand personal relationships and the world in which they live.

The school therefore commits itself to:

  1. Teaching the National Curriculum and providing religious Education that reflects the School’s Anglican and Christian heritage. Within this setting the school will seek to educate the pupils intellectually, socially, morally, ethically, physically and spiritually and thus enable children to grow to fullness of life through discovering and developing their talents.
  2. The school will seek to develop a community in which appropriate pastoral care and discipline are fostered to enable the personal development of pupils. It will have an admission policy that reflects its Church heritage while holding in balance the need to serve the wider community and the limitations of the existing building. Through its staffing policy the school will seek to provide care, management and individual support for all teaching and non-teaching staff. It will seek to provide suitable working conditions and adequate staffing to enable the school to flourish. For its teaching staff the school will provide support for professional development and appraisal, and a policy concerning payment and conditions of service that reflects national agreements.
  3. The school will seek to acknowledge its place in the wider community by promoting good relationships with parents and children, with the parish Church and with statutory and voluntary organisations within the community. It will maintain good relationships with the LEA, the Diocese and the National Society.
  4. The school will be mindful of the limitations and opportunities of its building and thus seek to maximise its potential. It will be mindful of the need not to overcrowd the school and to provide an attractive caring atmosphere in which pupils and staff can work together. It will therefore have a special care in maintaining its buildings and looking for opportunities by which they might be improved. It will maintain its statutory obligation of keeping careful financial controls.

Ethos Statement go to top

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 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.

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Application forms for admission to Reception in September 2003 are available from the Headteacher together with a copy of the Admission Criteria. All applications must be returned to school no later than 16th January 2003. The Admissions Committee will then meet and offer places. The date for this information to be sent out is the end of March 2003. Parents of children not offered places may make an appeal against this decision. Information about this process will be sent out at the time.

The Governors have agreed with the LEA that the admission number shall be 30. When the number of applicants for places in school is 30 or less, the Governors will accept all. However, if the number is more than 30 then the Admissions Committee will apply the Criteria.

Attendance - School Year 2001/2go to top

   
Number of pupils registered in May 2002 (Years 1-6) 173
Number of authorised absences 4.1%
Number of unauthorised absences 0.3%
   

School is obliged to publish figures on attendance which includes both authorised and unauthorised absences. Parents are requested to telephone school about a child’s absence and then confirm this in writing on the child’s return.

Charges for school activitiesgo to top

The governors of the school have considered the question of charges with the headteacher. This is a statement of policy which will be kept under review. Parents will be informed of any changes.

For full details of the policy please see Appendix 1.

Curriculum go to top

School offers all areas of the National Curriculum, which are required by law, plus R.E., cross-curricular themes and certain other activities.

National Curriculum subjects are: - English, Mathematics, Geography, History, Music, Technology, Art, Science and R.E.

School has incorporated the National Numeracy Strategy and the National Literacy Strategy into the curriculum. Additional support groups are in place for Literacy and Numeracy.

This is a school of seven classes plus a nursery class. Each of the classes corresponds to the year groups Reception to Year 6. In addition to class teachers other staff are employed in school to help with the delivery of the curriculum – Nursery Nurses and Non-teaching Assistants.

Nursery and Reception form the Foundation Stage
Year 1 to Year 2 form Key Stage 1 (KS1)
Year 3 to Year 6 form Key Stage 2 (KS2)

The Foundation Stage has a curriculum appropriate to that age based on the Early Learning Goals.

In KS1 pupils are taught
- the various components of English and Maths separately
- and other areas on a topic basis.

In KS2 the subject areas are more individually taught with relevant integration where necessary.

Classes have currently around 30 pupils each.

Parents are invited to two evening meetings with class teachers and are provided with a written report in July.

A more detailed coverage of the National Curriculum subjects can be obtained from the Headteacher. In all Years, work is teacher led and given at a rate and level of achievement suitable to the needs of each child. Pupils are expected to work to the best of their ability at all times.

Disciplinego to top

Discipline is exercised via members of staff and consists of a balance of rewards and punishments. Weekly good work and behaviour badges are awarded and pupils can gain team-points.

Class teachers also reward individual work and behaviour. At lunchtime pupils are under control of welfare assistants directed by the Headteacher.

A full discipline policy may be obtained from school.

If staff become aware of, or have a need to become involved in, situations where a child may be at risk of hurting themselves or others, or if the behaviour of a child seriously disrupts good order in the school or causes damage to property, staff may need to take steps to intervene physically. In such circumstances staff will follow the school’s policy for dealing with such situations. Any parent wishing to view this policy may do so on request.

Ethosgo to top

The school prides itself on good discipline, its pupil-staff relationships, its liaison with other parents, the Church and the wider community.

School seeks the active support of parents both in the process of Education for their children and as a wider community in school.

Our aim is to develop the child as a whole, and to this end pupils are involved in a wide range of extra curricular activities, fund raising for charities and links with other groups.

Pupils take part in:

  1. Sports Events – football, netball, athletics, swimming and cricket.
  2. Inter-school quizzes
  3. Library activities
  4. Newspapers in Education

Healthy Eatinggo to top

It is a Governors' Policy to encourage healthy eating and therefore at mid-morning break pupils may bring fresh fruit or vegetables, or dried fruit brought in a non-disposable bag.

In each class we also have water filters fitted. The idea being that each child has access to drinking water throughout the day even in class as and when required.

“Hearts of St Bart’s”go to top

During the school year 2001/2 the arrangements for our Parent Teacher Association were made formal. A constitution has been drawn up and approved by the Governors. A copy is available in school. All parents are eligible to be members of the association by right. Monthly meetings are held and advertised. All parents are welcome.

Holidaysgo to top

Parents who require a child’s absence from school for the purpose of a family holiday should ask the Headteacher for a holiday form. School work is not provided during absence for holidays.

A list of the holiday dates is at the back of this brochure.

Home Circumstances go to top

Parents are asked to inform school of any changes to home circumstances which are relevant to school.

Homeworkgo to top

School has a homework policy, a letter is sent at the start of the year to advise parents of the range of activities and the timetable in class.

Work is sent home with pupils and parents are asked to supervise its completion.

Medical Mattersgo to top

Parents are requested to inform school of any relevant medical condition. This information is kept in confidential files. Staff are not permitted to offer any medical attention to pupils beyond First Aid.

Should an accident occur where staff cannot reasonably act, it is the schools policy to contact parents or other appointed adult.

The Headteacher reserves the right, in an emergency, to contact medical sources before the arrival of parents at school.

No medicines are to be brought into school.

Parents are asked to contact the Headteacher about any long-term medical condition.

Religious Education and Worshipgo to top

This is an aided Church of England School and as such follows the rites and practices of that denomination.

Parents have a right to withdraw their children from Acts of Worship and Religious Education. However, the Governors expect that having chosen to send their children to this school, parents would wish their children to play a full part in the life of the school.

Acts of Christian worship are carried out daily either as a whole school or in separate departments. It is our practice for pupils to attend Church services at various times in the Church’s year. Acts of worship are led by members of staff, the Vicar and on occasions by invited guests.

Religious Education, which is taught to all age groups, has a Christian content. The Governors’ syllabus is agreed and its inspiration is the work produced by the Board of Education of the Diocese of Blackburn with some input from the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus. During the course, other faiths are acknowledged, particularly Judaism and Islam.

School Mealsgo to top

During the lunch break parents may arrange for pupils to leave the school premises. In this case Governors request that pupils are escorted to and from school. Please note that there is no school crossing patrol on duty on Church Street at lunchtime.

Alternatively pupils may eat in school, having a packed lunch or a school meal. For administrative purposes the choice of type of meal is made on a termly basis. Parents are asked to comply with the following when providing a packed lunch:

Drinks are to be provided by parents and are to be cold, not carbonated and carried to school in a container with no element of glass.

School meals are currently priced at £1.50 per day, although this can be changed in the annual review of pricing.

Milk is provide in a morning to all KS1 pupils, if you do not wish your child to have milk or your child is allergic to milk, please can you inform the teacher and they will be offered a drink of water instead. Milk currently costs £5.00 per term but again this can be changed in the annual price review.

Securitygo to top

In order to maintain good security in school, parents are asked to wait for children outside the building.

All visitors must report to the Office.

Sex Educationgo to top

As part of the Health Education policy Governors have agreed a Sex Education Policy. This includes, at Years 5 and 6, work on puberty and reproduction.

Parents are given details of the work in advance and may want to discuss this with staff first.

Special Needsgo to top

The school has a Special Needs Policy, which follows the National requirements and guidelines. The policy seeks to identify the needs of both able and less able pupils and to provide them with the relevant resources. The policy has various stages, parents are informed of action at all levels.

Sport In Schoolgo to top

Sport plays a large part of school life. The school complies with all existing requirements for P.E/games lessons. These cover: gymnastics, netball, football, outdoor pursuits, swimming and athletics. Various other team games are included in our programme.

Our school takes part in a variety of sporting competitions against other schools in the town, district and surrounding region.

The school has a large playground and two halls but no other sporting facilities. However, the swimming baths are quite near and we are adjacent to a park. School also uses the nearby playing fields. Our school has a proud tradition of sporting achievement, which we seek to continue.

Transport of Pupilsgo to top

Hire of Coaches

To comply with present legislation this school only hires coaches which are equipped with lap seat belts. All pupils sit one to each seat.

Cars

On occasions when travelling to certain venues (mainly to sports events), pupils are transported in cars. Only those members of the teaching staff with adequate extra insurance cover will transport pupils. It is sometimes necessary to ask parents to help with transport. On those occasions the Governors have no authority to request details of insurance cover. Parents are asked to contact the Headteacher if they feel that further discussions on this matter are required.

School Uniformgo to top

Please ensure all clothing is named.

Boys Girls
Grey trousers (long or short) Green Skirt
White or yellow Polo Shirt Grey/Black school type trousers
Green jumper or Sweatshirt White or yellow Polo Shirt
Grey Socks Green Sweatshirt/cardigan
Black Shoes White Socks
  Black Shoes
(Please ensure that footwear is of a suitable style for safety in school.)
   
  Summer:
Girls may wear a green gingham dress.
Sandals may be worn.
   

Note For KS1 pupils go to top

Although pupils are expected to be familiar with a variety of fastenings the emphasis for P.E. changing is to keep these to a minimum. We therefore ask your help in sending pupils in trousers or skirts with elasticated waists.

P.E. Kit - plain white or yellow T Shirt or Polo Shirt – (or Hearts of St Bart’s T Shirt)
Black shorts or cycling shorts (plain)
Trainers for outside (KS2)
Plimsolls or bare-feet for indoor
Pupils will be expected to change into separate P.E. clothes

Swimming - KS2 – costume/trunks, swimming hat, towel, goggles if medically necessary (please contact School)

Jewellery go to top

In the interests of safety it is a Governors’ rule that no jewellery may be worn, including watches, except for necessary hair bands and slides. Parents should contact the Headteacher about medical bracelets.

Appendix 1 go to top

School Charging Policy go to top

  1. No charge will be made for education necessary to fulfil the requirements of The National Curriculum.
  2. Those visits of a wholly non-academic nature and which take place outside school hours e.g. (a pantomime) will still be charged for, and only those pupils paying in full may attend.
  3. Educational visits in school time or mainly in school time will form an integral part of the curriculum. Such visits will be arranged where it will add to the value of the area of study.
  4. These visits will be funded from monies within school. The Headteacher may write to parents to invite contributions.
  5. Parents of children willing or unable to contribute will not be excluded.
  6. Educational visits and other activities described above will only go ahead if the Headteacher feels that sufficient monies are available and the total cost of the activity can be met.
  7. The Governors, through the Headteacher reserve the right to charge for certain items:-
    • Damaged, defaced or lost books
    • Damage to school and school property
    • Other items as considered necessary
  8. The Governors have agreed that the Headteacher may exclude children from educational visits mentioned in item 3, where it is felt that the child’s attendance would be detrimental to good order or for suitable educational reasons.
  9. A charge will be made for certain activities offered by or through school which do not form part of the statutory requirement placed on school.

N.B. School has a separate Educational Visits Policy which covers the organisation and conducts of visits.

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