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LEARNING FROM THE PAST, TEACHING FOR TODAY, PREPARATION FOR THE FUTURE
Marsworth School is a Voluntary Aided co-educational Infant school.
Thank you for your interest in our school.
This booklet aims to answer some of your questions and make clear to you our commitment to the education and well being of our children.
We hope that the next few pages will give you a taste of the way we run our school. Should you have any further queries, you are always welcome to make an appointment to visit our Headteacher who will be happy to see you and show you around.
Headteacher : Mrs. A Polatci
Chairman of Governors : Mr P. Egan-Carter
Marsworth CE Infant School
Herts. HP23 4LT
Telephone/Fax: 01296 668440
Website Address: www.marsworthschool.co.uk
The School’s Mission Statement
• To encourage the child to enjoy school and to develop a love of learning.
• To encourage a love of God and to develop moral standards.
• To help the child to develop as much of his/her potential as possible in a secure and happy environment
• To help the child in every way to make a good and happy transition from the world of home to the world of school, thus creating a good foundation for all later schooling.
• To encourage good relations with peers and peer groups.
• To encourage children to develop a sense of self-worth and self discipline.
• To help children to begin learning to work and organise themselves in group activities.
• To teach the basic skills of the core subjects and to let children proceed on to stages of work beyond that expected of their chronological age.
• To foster an appreciation of the arts, humanities and the environment.
• To develop the body and keep fit through physical education
GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS
The Admissions Policy is reviewed annually. (Copies can be obtained from the School Office and the Bucks County Council Website [www.buckscc.gov.uk/schools]).
Nursery children can be admitted on a PART time basis from beginning of the term after their 4th birthday in the Spring and Summer terms, or FULL time from the beginning of the September term in which they are 5.
The school capacity number is 60. Standard admission number per year is 15.
Accordingly, there may be occasions when both the school’s capacity and the numbers wanting to join us will exceed these limits. If this occurs, then the school has adopted an Admission Policy.
If you are unsuccessful, you have the right to appeal and the full Admission document sets out the relevant procedures. If you require sight of the full document, please contact the Headteacher.
School opens at 8.50am. Please do NOT send children any earlier.
Teaching is from 9.00am – 3.15pm
Morning break is 10.45am – 11.00am
Lunch break is 12.00 – 1.15pm
What do I do if my child is likely to be away from school?
Please write a note saying: -
• WHY your child will be away from school
• When i.e. days and /or times (especially if part day)
• For Holidays – A Holiday Form is available in the School Office. This must be completed and approved by the Headteacher at least 6 weeks before the holiday occurs. (A maximum of 10 school days per year except in exceptional circumstances.)
You MUST tell somebody in authority at the school
a) if you are taking your child out of school
b) when you have returned the child to school
The best person to tell is the class teacher.
What if my child is late?
Please report to the School Office to get the register marked.
What if my child is suddenly unable to go to school?
Get a message to the school by 9.30 am, either by:
a) Telephone on 01296 668440
b) Note sent to the School e.g. with another parent
N.B. An unexplained absence/lateness will be recorded as an unauthorised absence
Say WHY the child is away and WHEN they should return.
Keep in contact with the school if the absence continues.
NB Non-urgent medical/dental appointments should be arranged outside school hours. A child taken out of School and later returned within a school day, should be signed in and out at the School Office.
Medical treatments in school
Prescribed medical treatments will ONLY be given in school if a Medical Permission slip is signed at the School Office.
Non-prescribed treatments e.g. eye drops will NOT be given in school. Parents may give these in school lunchtime.
Allergies or similar problems must be reported to the Headteacher when the child is admitted to the school.
The responsibility for road safety is seen as a joint role between parents/carers and the school.
The school has a Road Safety Policy and Road Safety Curriculum which it follows carefully.
The area outside the school is very congested at the beginning and end of every school day.
It is the responsibility of parents/carers to eliminate the dangers and ensure safe journeys for the children to and from school. Some useful points to consider –
• Is it essential to make the journey by car?
• Is it essential to park right outside the school?
• Can shared lifts be arranged?
NB Children should ALWAYS get out of a car ON THE KERB SIDE.
Girls – Winter Girls - Summer
Dark blue or Grey pinafore dress or skirt Light blue dress –
or Grey long trousers (grey dress )* striped or checked
Pale blue blouse White socks
Navy blue branded Cardigan*
Navy blue branded jumper*
or Grey cardigan or jumper.
Navy Blue Branded Fleece*
or Navy Branded Reversible Jacket*
White or Grey socks
Dark, flat shoes.
Boys – Winter Boys – Summer
Navy blue or grey trousers Grey shorts/trousers
Pale blue shirt Pale blue shirt (may be
Navy blue branded jumper* short sleeved) OR
or grey jumper Blue Polo Shirt *
Navy blue or Grey socks
Navy Blue branded Fleece*
or Navy Branded Reversible Jacket*
NB Ties need not be worn in the summer term or in the first half term of the September term. In the first half of the summer term either winter or summer uniform may be worn
PE and Swimming kit
Black/navy blue shorts Black elasticised plimsolls
White/blue polo shirt Swimming hat (Light coloured)
Black/navy blue track suit or Navy Blue jogger pants *
White socks Towel
Swimming costume Swimming bag*
(no bikinis or shorts (i.e. full costume and swimming trunks are to be worn)
*All these items can be purchased from the School. In addition we hold a stock of branded Book bags and branded Backpacks
Voluntary charges will be requested for some other items.
Parents may be invited to make a contribution towards the cost of some activities taking place in school time. BUT no pupil will be excluded from taking part if their parents have not made a contribution. If too few contributions are made to cover the cost, the activity may be cancelled.
Parents may be required to meet the cost or breakages or damage or loss which is a result of their child’s behaviour. This is at the discretion of the Headteacher.
Swimming charges are £5 per session (voluntary contribution)
An annual Voluntary Cooking contribution of £2.50 is requested.
Extra Curricular Activities
French Club (Tuesday lunchtime)
Football Club (Friday lunchtime sessions for Years 1 and 2)
Athletics Club (Friday lunchtime session for Year 1 and 2 in the Summer Term)
Recorder (in Curriculum time Friday)
Fun Club (Tuesday after school) and other Sporting Activities
After School Club (Fortnightly) at St Mary’s Church, Ivinghoe which our Vicar, Rev. Tracey runs (3.30 to 5pm). This club is free and a number of our children attend.
At this school, the health and safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time as pupils in this school.
We want to work in partnership with you to help your child to achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
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 the Buckinghamshire Area Child Protection Committee, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures or the policy, please speak to the Headteacher or your child’s class teacher.
Photographs are taken throughout the school year to record activities. If you have concerns please speak to the Headteacher.
We very much value the great parental support we have. The Friends of Marsworth School work very hard to provide us with valuable equipment.
Parents also offer time and expertise helping with e.g. reading, swimming, cooking etc.
We feel all this support shows us the goodwill the parents have for the school. The team of people working in the school are caring and very hardworking. The school is proud of its reputation for being friendly and for its “open door” policy.
Any anxieties of parents or children are treated seriously however small they seem.
This partnership between parents and school is vitally important.
Regular Parent Evenings are organised to give parents the chance to discuss the progress and welfare of their children. In addition the staff are always willing to discuss problems as they arise.
The Swimming Programme takes place at Aquavale in Aylesbury. Swimming lessons from 3 qualified instructors are now 30 minutes for all full-time pupils.
School Aims and Objectives
Marsworth CE School is a Christian school but also caters for children of all faiths, so it promotes a strong moral ethic.
The children therefore learn to be aware of right and wrong and the importance of respect and consideration for other people.
The school always puts the children first by providing a supportive, caring and trusting environment.
The curriculum is carefully structured to match their interests and capabilities. Children are encouraged to organise themselves and to use their initiative when necessary. We strongly believe this early training will stand them in good stead all their lives.
The National Curriculum is comprised of five core and six foundation subjects, which are:
Core Subjects: Foundation Subjects:
English Art & Design
Mathematics Design & Technology
The pupils follow the Buckinghamshire Agreed SACRE Syllabus for Religious Education 2006 – 2011. PSHE is also taught within the curriculum.
Years 1& 2 (National Curriculum)
The following subjects are all based on National Curriculum guidelines.
The school puts a great emphasis on the teaching of English both through structured lessons and through the use of language throughout the curriculum. There are three elements within the English curriculum.
(i) Speaking and Listening:
Pupils are taught to listen attentively and to speak in an articulate manner to both adults and other pupils. Listening skills are developed through story telling, class discussions, music and audiovisual resources. Imaginative play and drama are used to build up a pupil’s confidence to speak in front of an audience.
There is a structured reading programme in operation in school which gives variety and depth to the pupils’ reading. The core scheme is the Ginn Reading Scheme and Oxford Reading Tree, but books from other schemes are also used.
The pupils take home their reading books in their book folders daily.These are for the pupils to read and enjoy with family members. The pupils are encouraged to read for enjoyment and also for information.
There are well resourced book corners in all classrooms, which the pupils are encouraged to use together with the School Library. All full time pupils borrow a book to read at home on a weekly basis.
The pupils are encouraged to write for a variety of purposes, including stories, poems, factual accounts and invitations. They develop a knowledge of the correct conventions of language, both formally and informally.
An emphasis is placed on the correct way to hold a writing tool and to form the letters in the correct orientation. Once a pupil has developed a clear, legible style of handwriting he/she will be taught to join the letters. Joined up handwriting has been proven to assist pupils with the fluency of their written work and also with their ability to spell correctly and so we promote this technique at the earliest opportunity.
The teaching of mathematics is based on the Numeracy Curriculum. At the earliest stage the pupils are given opportunities for practical activities, discussions and structured play. Through these activities the pupils attain the concepts underlying basic computational processes. When this is achieved they are encouraged to commit number bonds and multiplication facts to memory. The pupils frequently use their knowledge to solve mathematical problems and to undertake investigations, which help them to consolidate the knowledge they have attained.
Our scientific work is practically based. We aim to develop scientific concepts through first hand experience and observation using the pupils’ natural curiosity. The skills of observation, collation of facts, research, discussion and recording in a meaningful way, are developed.
All pupils are encouraged to care for the environment and treat it with respect. We also have an area which provides an interesting resource for environmental studies.
The pupils are taught to manipulate basic tools safely. They are encouraged, under supervision, to investigate and disassemble existing products so that they can acquire knowledge of how things are constructed.
The pupils are then encouraged to design and make their own product after which they are required to examine their work critically and find ways for improvement.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
The pupils are helped to become confident in the use of ICT. Every pupil has access to a computer during the week and the skills are taught throughout all areas of the curriculum where applicable. There is a wide range of programmes to enhance learning for all age groups and abilities.
The school makes a constant effort to emphasise ICT in line with increasing national expectations. Both classes have access to computers on a regular basis and all children use the networked computers with regulated Internet access. Interactive whiteboards have been installed and use is also made of a digital camera, videos and floor robots.
The pupils are given opportunities to develop an awareness of the past and of the ways in which it was different from the present through following approved Scheme of Work. guidelines and the village of Marsworth.
Visitors are encouraged to come in and talk to the children to consolidate the pupils’ understanding and knowledge wherever possible.
The pupils investigate the physical and human features of the surrounding area. This is done through many excursions around the village so that the pupils can understand the geographical concepts through practical fieldwork.
The pupils are also made aware that the world extends beyond their own locality, and studies are made of contrasting localities both within and outside the United Kingdom.
Art and Design
The pupils develop their creativity and observational skills through painting, collage and three-dimensional work. They are encouraged to use a wide variety of materials and are taught to use various skills and techniques. They are given the opportunity to appreciate and evaluate the work and methods of well-known artists from different periods and cultures. A themed Arts Week takes place annually.
Music lessons consist of listening and appraising music, singing, playing musical instruments and composing.
National Curriculum Guidelines are followed.
Children learn to sing often accompanied by a keyboard.
They sing at school concerts and at Church services.
There are many opportunities for drama using both published work and from their own imagination.
Physical Education (P.E.)
During a school year the pupils participate in Games, Sporting Activities, Movement and Dance.
Through these activities the pupils are taught about the changes which occur to their bodies as they exercise, to recognise the short-term effects of exercise on the body and to know that exercise is essential for good health.
National Curriculum Guidelines are followed.
PE is taken in the fresh air, whenever possible, on Tuesday afternoons.
To develop a wide variety of skills large and small apparatus are used
E.g. (balls, bean bags, hoops etc.)
Music and Movement is taken in the Hall.
NB All children require elasticized plimsolls, shorts, T-shirts and a navy blue tracksuit.
The annual Sports Day is held on the Recreation Ground in June and includes friendly competition between 4 school houses.
Religious Education (R.E)
The school is a Church of England school. The Buckinghamshire Agreed SACRE Syllabus for Religious Education 2006 – 2011 is followed. This means that a majority of the allocated time is spent teaching the pupils about Christianity. Other faiths will be introduced to the pupils through topic work and other discussions as appropriate.
There is a daily act of collective worship which is led by the Headteacher or another member of staff. The clergy from the village church and other organisations sometimes lead the assemblies.
Pupils may be withdrawn from all or part of religious education and collective worship on the written request of parents.
The School Mission Statement reflects the teaching of RE.
Collective worship takes place in school Assembly, except on a Wednesday when it is delivered on a class basis.
Prayers are said at each lunchtime and at the end of the school day.
A large variety of Bible stories and prayers are taught.
Children are also taught about other religions to encourage understanding of our multi-cultural society.
Special days and festivals are celebrated in services at All Saints church.
Children perform a Nativity play at Christmas.
Personal, Social and Health Education
A 20 minute session of this subject is delivered to both Year 1 and Year 2 pupils each week.
Health Education is provided throughout the school. The pupils are encouraged to appreciate the ways in which good health is acquired and so learn how to look after their own bodies.
Sex Education is not a taught subject although the pupils are introduced to the continuing life cycle. Questions relating to human reproduction as they occur are answered honestly and sensitively according to the age and perceived needs of the pupil involved. Due consideration will be given to the wishes of the family and discussions will be instituted with parents if the need arises.
Global Citizenship is taught throughout the daily routine of the school and every pupil is encouraged to respect different cultures and beliefs.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum
The curriculum of the pupils in the Reception Class is based upon the Foundation Stage Curriculum. This curriculum supports their:
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Communication, language and literacy
• Mathematical development
• Knowledge and understanding of the world
• Physical development
• Creative development
Pre-Schools and Nursery Schools also adhere to this curriculum and so continuity is provided for the pupils when they enter school.
The Early Years:
4 year olds are admitted into the Nursery class in the term following their 4th birthday. From Nursery they progress to Reception where they remain until their 5th birthday, when they move into Year 1.
Their programme is planned towards “Early Learning Goals” taking their individual abilities and maturity into account.
Special Educational Needs (S.E.N)
Children with Special Needs are welcomed. Staff have experience with a variety of individual needs.
If teachers or parents become concerned about a child’s progress, individual programmes of work are set up.
Outside agencies e.g. Learning Support Team and Educational Psychologist give advice and support when needed.
A full Policy for Special Educational Needs is available in the School office.
A Gifted & Talented Policy is in place and gifted and talented children are identified and their progress is reviewed termly.
This is incorporated into Literacy, Numeracy and Early Years curriculum.
School Visits and Outings
There is at least one outing each school year and a number of visiting groups are invited to perform for the pupils. Visits from Road Safety Officer, Police, Firefighters, and representatives from charitable organisations have proved to be popular and stimulating.
The overall care of the children is the responsibility of the Headteacher and she is ably assisted by her other teachers, welfare workers and, for lunchtimes, the midday supervisors.
Our Child Protection Policy is in line with current legislation and is available in the School Office.
Children are taught the acceptable form of behaviour as and when situations occur. Reminders of school rules are also given at Assemblies.
There is no corporal punishment.
In the event of a parent having any complaint this should, in the first instant, be addressed to an individual member of staff or to the Headteacher. Many complaints can be resolved in this way.
In the event that the complaint is not resolved satisfactorily the person complaining should write to The Chairman of the Governors to ensure that the issues are clarified and recorded. The Governing Body will then consider the complaint.
In the event of a satisfactory solution not being found by the Governing Body, the Education Reform Act (1988) requires every Local Education Authority to set up a formal procedure to deal with complaints about the provision of the School Curriculum. Details of this procedure are obtainable from the school or from the Aylesbury Vale Education Office.
Home School Agreement
An effective joint partnership between home and school leads to a good education. To enhance this partnership we have a Home-School Agreement, which we encourage you to share with your child, and then sign.
The school had an excellent record of attendance last year. Parents continue to respect term dates when arranging their holidays, and in the year 2010/2011 the attendance percentage was 97.0% and unauthorized absence was 0%. We are very grateful to parents for this co-operation as it helps the children to complete a full course of learning.
Key Stage One Assessment Results
Results for Marsworth School for 2010 are attached, together with the national results for 2009 as a comparison.