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Cuddington Primary School

Ash Road,  Cuddington,

Cheshire West and Chester,

CW8 2NY

 

Telephone: 01606 883 045

Fax: 01606 889 488

E-mail: admin@cuddington.cheshire.sch.uk

 

 

 

HEADTEACHER                      Mrs Yvonne Elliott

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS      Mr Mark Butcher

AGE RANGE                             4 – 11

NUMBER ON ROLL                165

CLASS SIZES                          19 - 36

LOCAL AUTHORITY              Cheshire West and Chester

SCHOOL TIMES                    8.55am – 3.15pm 

TEACHING TIME                   Key Stage 1                21 hours

                                                    Key Stage 2               23.5 hours

 




Welcome to Cuddington Primary School! 


 

We are proud of our school; its ethos, personnel, buildings and achievements, the result of hard work by both staff, children, parents and governors. 

 

We place great emphasis on teaching the basic skills and we aim to develop the academic abilities of our pupils to the full. Practical, sporting, musical and artistic abilities are all recognised and developed as part of the total potential of the whole child.

 

We value greatly the partnership built up between home and school, which is so vital for the education and welfare of young children.  By working together, we can ensure that our children learn and grow in a disciplined, industrious, exciting, challenging, happy and caring environment. 

 

This booklet provides you with the information that you will require about our school.  Should you wish to know more, please feel free to contact us by telephone or email, or make an appointment to visit.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Y Elliott

Headteacher



AIMS AND ETHOS




VISION STATEMENT



 

 

OFSTED INSPECTION



The school was last inspected by OFSTED in March 2009. The Report spoke of the ‘pleasant family atmosphere’ and the ‘the blanket of care’ provided here.

 

We are very proud of the judgement made about the pupils’ personal development and well-being, as this is an area for which we care deeply. The Report notes that: ‘Some aspects of pupils’ personal development are outstanding’. 

 

The Inspector was particularly impressed with the children’s behaviour and the extent to which they adopt healthy lifestyles.

v      ‘Pupils cooperate exceptionally well with each other and behaviour is excellent in classrooms and around the school…

v      They strive to do their best….

v      They have an excellent understanding of how to make choices for a healthy lifestyle and they participate energetically in an extensive range of sports…’

 

The Report also notes the range and quality of the curriculum enrichment and extra-curricular activities that we offer, such as the residential visits, the themed curriculum days, visits out of school and opportunities to take part in arts and sporting events.

v      ‘Pupils are provided with a curriculum that captures their interest and is enjoyable...

v      Pupils have many opportunities to participate in music, drama and sports events, part of the broad enrichment programme open to them’.



THE SCHOOL



Cuddington Primary School is a community controlled primary school catering for children aged 4 to 11. It is situated at the heart of the community of Cuddington and Sandiway villages.



Admissions Policy



We endorse the Local Authority’s admission policy. Parents wishing to secure a place for their child in the Reception class must complete an application form stating that Cuddington is their preferred choice. Application forms can be obtained from the Cheshire West and Chester Admissions Team at the Education Offices in Northwich. Alternatively, applications can be made on line at www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk. Children will be admitted into school if there are spaces available. When an application is turned down, parents can appeal to the Local Authority. Further information or advice can be obtained by phoning 0845 1110 304 or emailing admissions@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

Children will be admitted into other year groups, if there are spaces available, once an admissions form has been completed and returned to the School Office.

 


Indoor Facilities



The school is housed in a single storey brick building, which was opened in 1952.  It has 7 classrooms and several shared areas, where practical activities and small group work can take place. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, overhead projector and networked computer to enhance the teaching and support the children’s learning. An ICT suite and a library area provide the opportunity for the children to develop their computer and study skills and undertake independent research. The large, bright and attractive school hall is used for assemblies, PE, drama and social events. The school has its own kitchen providing healthy and nutritious hot and cold meals daily and a separate airy and spacious dining room, which also houses our music area. The children’s toilets were completely refurbished during the 2009 summer break and now provide bright, attractive and hygienic facilities for their use, including changing areas for our KS2 children. There is ample storage space throughout the school and well-appointed office and administrative areas.

 

Outdoor facilities

 

The school has extensive, well-developed and attractive outdoor facilities. Large playground areas provide space for sport and play, while the children can also make use of the picnic tables and gazebo, the grassy areas and an attractive woodland walk. A trim trail that the children use, eagerly and energetically, has been provided by the generosity of the PTA. A large field enables a wide variety of sporting activities to take place and provides a pleasant area for children to play in during the summer months. We are lucky enough to have a beautiful pond area that allows for scientific and environmental studies. Additionally, children in the Reception class have access to a secure play area, which they share with the Nursery, providing exciting opportunities to explore and learn outdoors.


Organisation


Cuddington is a one form entry school with approximately 165l pupils on roll. The children are usually grouped in single year groups, though at times we have to organise the children in mixed age classes to accommodate our numbers. Pupils are generally placed in these mixed age classes chronologically; however, some children are placed in a class out of chronological order, after discussion with parents, for their educational or social benefit. The children are taught in their classes for all subjects, except for phonics in Key Stage 1 and maths in Key Stage 2, for which they are set according to ability.

 

 

The school is organised as follows:


Foundation Stage (EYFS)    Reception                    Ages 4 – 5                   1 class            

Key Stage 1 (KS1)         Years 1 and 2              Ages 5 – 7                   2 classes

Key Stage 2 (KS2)         Years 3 to 6                Ages 7 – 11                  3 classes                            

 

Equal Opportunities

 

We aim to ensure equal opportunities for all, regardless of gender, race, religion, academic or physical ability, promoting an ethos of acceptance, support and understanding of others. The school is equipped to make provision for children with physical disabilities as there is appropriate access to the school and all its facilities.

 

 

Network Nursery


A private provider, Network Nursery, provides excellent wrap around care in the school’s dining area. Sessions available include a Breakfast Club from 8am and an After School Club which runs until 6pm. They also run a pre-school Nursery on site which caters for children from the age of 2. Further details can be obtained form the School Office or by contacting Mrs Jenness, the Nursery manager, on 07745 865 011.



THE SCHOOL DAY



8.55                   School opens

9.00                   Registration

9.05                   Lessons

10.25                 Break
10.45                Assembly
11.05                 Lessons

12.00/12.05   Lunch KS1 / KS2

1.00                  Registration

1.05                   Lessons

3.15                   School ends


Break times

 

On fine days the children play outside during break times, on the playgrounds or the field. They are supervised by 2 members of staff. When it is wet, the children remain in the classrooms where they can read, draw or play simple games. They are supervised by staff and by our older pupils from Years 5 and 6.

 

At lunch time the children are cared for by our midday staff under the direction of the Headteacher and the senior supervisor, Mrs Penney. ‘Play leaders’ from KS2 help supervise the younger children.


School meals


Children may choose daily to bring a packed lunch or have a school meal. The meals are prepared by our cook, Mrs Carroll and are healthy and tasty, providing good value for money at £2.05 a day. School meals are generally paid for daily, but can be paid in advance, with money being sent into school in a named envelope. Cheques should be made payable to Chester West and Chester Council. Children whose parents or carers are in receipt of benefits such as Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance or Child Tax Credit may be entitled to Free School Meals. For more information call 01625 374 777.

 

Healthy Eating and Drinking


The school encourages the children to think about what they eat and promotes a healthy diet. Children are encouraged to bring in a water bottle and a healthy snack for their morning break – a piece of fruit or raw vegetable. Toast, fruit and juice are available to buy from the canteen at break time. Children in KS1 can have a piece of fruit or vegetable at morning break provided free through the Fruit for Schools Scheme.


THE PEOPLE


Teaching staff


Mrs Y Elliott                           Headteacher

Mrs A Birkinshaw                   Year 5/6        Deputy Head

Mrs K Johnston                     Year 4/5

Miss T Brown                          Year 3

Mrs H Hall                              Year 2 (Monday – Wednesday)

Mrs J Ward                            Year 2 (Wednesday – Friday)

Mr S Caldwell                         Year 1

Mrs A Alsop                            Reception (Monday – Wednesday)

Mrs R Marsden                       Reception (Wednesday – Friday)

 

Teaching Assistants


Mrs A Plant HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)

Mrs L Austin HLTA

Mrs M Brown

Mrs G Jennings

Mrs L Henderson

 

Support Staff

 

Mrs S Roberts            Bursar

Mrs D Clarke             Secretary

Mr D Bentley             Site Maintenance Officer

Mrs P Penney              Cleaner

Miss S Churchill         Cleaner

 

Midday Assistants


Mrs P Penney   (Supervisor)

Miss S Churchill

Mrs J Boyle

Miss A Pearson

Mrs C Eaton

                                   


Governors


The Governors are the people who, together with the Headteacher, make the decisions about how the school is run. They all act as Governors in a voluntary capacity and are drawn from many walks of life. They meet at least once a term and have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They form sub-committees to deal with specific issues such as finance and staffing, curriculum and buildings. Our 4 sub-committees are: Finance and Executive, Curriculum, Community and Premises. Their role is very important, with great responsibility and a considerable work load.

 

Governors are appointed to help:

  • decide what is taught
  • set standards of behaviour
  • interview and select staff
  • decide how the budget is spent

 

School Governors are:

  • parents
  • teachers and non-teaching staff from school
  • local council representatives
  • community representatives

 

Parent Governors:

  • have a child at the school
  • are elected by parents of the school
  • serve for 4 years


Parent Governors

Mrs Alex Atwell

Mrs Adele Bouckley

Mr Kevin Bryer

Mr Stuart Rees



LA appointed Governors

Mrs Pat Chrimes
Mrs Julie Griffiths

Mrs Pat Hughes (Vice Chair)



Head teacher

Mrs Yvonne Elliott


Community Governors

Mr Mark Butcher (Chair)

Mrs Karolyn Jackson
Mr Lee Jones

Mrs Barbara Millar


Teacher Governor

Mrs Angela Birkinshaw


Non-teaching staff Governor

Mrs Lorna Austin


      






THE CURRICULUM

 


The Foundation Stage Curriculum (that taught in the Reception class) underpins all future learning by developing the children’s:

 

ü      Personal, social and emotional well-being

ü      Communication, language and literacy

ü      Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy

ü      Knowledge and understanding of the world

ü      Physical development

ü      Creative development

 

All six areas of development have equal weight in the Early Years’ curriculum.  Activities during the day encompass a number of skills and concepts and will not be limited to just one area of learning. In the Reception class the learning is a mix of teacher-led and child-initiated activities; both are vital to a child’s development. Ofsted noted that:

 

‘Good relationships are formed in a warm and supportive environment where children feel safe and secure. They grow in self-confidence and independence and there are good opportunities for them to initiate activities and make decisions.’

 

The children in Key Stages 1 and 2 study the National Curriculum ‘core’ subjects of English, maths, science and ICT (information and communication technology) and the ‘foundation’ curriculum of DT (design technology), history, geography, art, music and PE (physical education). The National Curriculum programmes of study are followed through planned, structured schemes of work taught either as discrete subjects or linked in a cross-curricular approach. All children in KS2 are entitled to learn a Modern Foreign Language; we have introduced French into our KS2 curriculum.

 

The cross-curricular themes of PSHCE (personal, social, health and citizenship education) and SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) are used to enhance the curriculum and develop pupils as independent, healthy citizens. Themed PSHCE days on ‘Keeping Safe’, ‘Staying Healthy’ and ‘Team Building’ provide exciting opportunities for developing the children’s life skills.


Curriculum Enrichment


The range and quality of the curriculum enrichment that we offer has been recognised by Ofsted and by the school gaining a number of prestigious national awards.

 


Artsmark Gold


We hold the Artsmark Gold award in recognition of the excellent and varied opportunities we provide in the arts. In the last academic year this included:

  • A commitment to music through: participation in the Wider Opportunities programmes, with all the children in our Y5/6 class learning how to play a stringed instrument; a talented choir who have performed at local and regional events; involvement in the ‘Sing up’ initiative; opportunities provided for the children to have extra music tuition
  • Eco Arts’ Week which included painting and collage
  • Residential visits to Tattenhall for Year 3  

Active Mark


We were reawarded Activemark in recognition of the opportunities we provide in sport. This includes:

  • 2 hours of PE a week for all children
  • Swimming lessons for children in Years 2 and 3
  • Trim trail and play equipment provided at break times
  • A wide variety of extra-curricular clubs, including football, netball, gym, judo, fencing and cheerleading
  • Participation in local and regional sporting events

 

Eco Award


We have gained the prestigious Eco status, for the fourth time, in recognition of our commitment to conservation and ecological issues. This includes:

  • Using our school grounds to support local wildlife by providing the pond, a woodland area and a bug house
  • Running an Eco Committee of children of all ages to promote Eco issues and help develop our school grounds and supporting our Junior Recycling Officers
  • Reusing and recycling our paper
  • Using our resources efficiently and conserving energy where we can
  • Bringing ecological issues to the children’s attention through the curriculum


Healthy School


We have been awarded Healthy School status because we promote children’s health and well-being and support them in making healthy life style choices. This includes:

  • Offering healthy meals at lunch time and encouraging healthy snacks at break time
  • Raising awareness of children’s safety in many different ways: through our themed PSHCE days, by promoting ‘sun safe’ practices, by encouraging road safety and through various aspects of the curriculum
  • Helping our children keep active by providing 2 hours of PE a week, encouraging active play at break times and offering many extra-curricular sporting opportunities
  • Promoting emotional well-being through use of the SEAL programme








Religious Education


Religious Education (RE) is provided in accordance with the Local Authority Agreed Syllabus. Religious, moral and multi-cultural education all play an important part in the life of our school and as such are taught through assemblies, class teaching and situations which arise naturally through the school day.

If parents do not wish their children to take part in RE or assemblies on religious grounds, then arrangements can be made for withdrawl to other suitable activities. Requests should be made to the Headteacher in writing.

 

Sex Education


Most sex education is addressed through the science curriculum. We supplememnt this using the Christopher Winter Sex and Relationships Programme. Parents have the option to withdraw their children from Sex Education if they inform the school.


Special Needs Education


Children come to school with a variety of special educational needs (SEN) which must be provided for so that they can reach their full potential. At Cuddington we strive to provide a fully inclusive education in which the barriers to learning are removed and the needs of every child are met. Staff and resources are made available to meet these needs as appropriate. Sometimes the class teacher will liaise with our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), Mrs Birkinshaw, and provision will be made as part of the general differentiation of teaching and learning that takes place in the classroom. At other times, our teaching assistants are used, under the direction of the teacher and the SENCO, to support the children individually or in small groups. Full use is also made of outside agencies such as the Learning Support and Schools Psychological Services. Parents of children with special needs are kept fully informed of the provision made for their child and the progress made. Full details of the school’s SEN policy are available in school. Concerns from parents concerning the SEN provision made by the school should be directed initially to the SENCO or Headteacher.

 

Assessment


The Foundation Stage Profile, which covers the six broad areas of learning, provides a baseline assessment of a child’s abilities. It is used throughout the child’s time in a pre-school setting and the Reception class.

 

The school makes use of ongoing formative teacher assessment to ascertain pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding. Records are kept about children’s attainment, judged against key learning objectives. Assessments are used to measure pupil attainment and progress at regular intervals, most commonly in the key areas of learning; reading, writing, spelling, and maths.

 

The school carries out its statutory requirements to administer Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) in Years 2 and 6, as the children reach the end of each Key Stage. We also make use of the non-statutory, optional SATs provided by the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) each summer for the pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5.

 

 

These are the results of last year’s statutory assessments for Year 2 and Year 6, together with the previous year’s national figures for comparison.


Key Stage 1 Teacher Assessment Results 2011


In Year 2, at the end of KS1, the average child is expected to be working at level 2. Level 2 has been divided into 3 sub-levels, 2C being the lowest and 2A the highest. W represents those children ‘working towards’ level 1.

It should be remembered that the children all come to school with different levels of experience, knowledge and understanding and those that are achieving below the average may have performed to the best of their ability.

 

Percentage at each level

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Number of eligible children:  (each child is represented by %)


Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Test (SAT) Results 2011


In Year 6, at the end of KS2, the average child is expected to be working at level 4.


Percentage at each level

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Number of eligible children:  (each child is represented by %)


Extra-curricular activities


The school is proud of the number and range of extra-curricular activities on offer. There is a wide range of sport offered at various times of the year, including football, netball, athletics, badminton, gymnastics and rugby. Pupils often participate in inter-schools matches and competitions across a wide range of activities in which we have been very successful. We also have a talented and successful school choir.

The school also arranges for outside agencies to provide clubs at school. An Italian club is offered at lunch time on Thursdays. There are opportunities to take part in other sporting activities such as judo, fencing, multi-skills and dance. Also, a music teacher visits school to teach keyboard.

 

Homework


Parents are encouraged to support their children’s learning through homework. All children are encouraged to read at home daily. Children in Reception have phonic and number work to take home to reinforce their learning. In Years 1 and 2 the children are given weekly spellings and number facts to learn. In KS2, in addition to learning spellings and tables, the children are to be given a piece of English and maths homework each week, consolidating, extending and enhancing class work. Occasionally the children will be asked to carry out a piece of work, or an extended project, in another subject area.


Children’s Committees


Classes, from Year 1 upwards, each select a pupil to represent them on the School Council that meets each half term to raise and discuss issues and concerns which the children think important. Children’s ideas are acted upon whenever possible.

Also, children from Year 2 onwards are selected to represent their classes on the Eco and Healthy Schools Committees that meet regularly to discuss relevant topics.

Two Year 6 children act as the school’s Road Safety Officers and raise awareness of road safety issues through discussion and competitions. A further two pupils are chosen to be the school’s Recycling Officers and they take a lead in our Eco initiatives.

 

Visits and Visitors

We enhance our curriculum by inviting visitors in to school to talk to and work with the children and by taking the children out on educational visits. The village clergy regularly lead our school assemblies and good use is made of visiting theatre and music groups; last year Rhema Theatre performed for the whole school at Christmas, while all were involved in a ‘Bash Your Trash’ music workshop in the Spring term.

Last academic year educational visits included Years 5 and 6 visiting the Lowry Gallery, Years 3 and 4 visiting Liverpool Museum and Year 2 visiting the Military Museum in Chester, while the whole of KS1 had a day out at Stockley Farm.

Residential visits are an important part of life at Cuddington, with opportunities organised for all our junior pupils. Last year the children in Years 5 and 6 spent an exciting and enjoyable 3 days at the Youth Hostel in Malham, North Yorkshire, while our Year 4 pupils stayed at the Youth Hostel in Stratford. Our Year 3s stay closer to home and visit Cheshire West and Chester’s own outdoor centre at Tattenhall. Similar opportunities are planned for the coming year.

 

 

EQUIPMENT

 

Uniform


We ask for parents’ co-operation in ensuring that children are dressed in the correct uniform at all times and that all articles of clothing are named.

 

Polo shirt – red (with the school logo)

Sweatshirt / cardigan – red (with the school logo)

Fleece – red or navy (with the school logo)

Reversible fleece/waterproof jacket – red or navy (with the school logo)

Trousers / skirt – navy

Summer dress – red/white check

Summer tailored shorts – navy

Shoes – black

Socks - white

 

Items of uniform carrying the school’s logo, and school book bags, hats and water bottles may be purchased from School. Sew on school logos are also available. Order forms are available from the School Office.

 

PE and Sports’ Clothing


Children must have an appropriate PE kit available in school to be able to take part in PE. The kit should be kept in a draw string bag and all items should be labelled with the child’s name.

 

Indoor             Navy shorts

                         White T shirt (with the school logo)

                         Black pumps

 

Outdoor          Track suit / sweatshirts

                         Trainers

 

Shorts and T shirts can also be ordered from school.

 

Jewellery


Jewellery must not be worn, in the interests of safety and security. Watches are permitted, but must be removed for PE.

 

Hair


Long hair should be tied back at all times for health and safety considerations, and especially during PE lessons. Extravagant hair styles are discouraged.

 

Personal Property


The school cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage to items of personal property brought onto the premises. Please ensure that your child develops the habit of looking after their own belongings. Children should not carry money in school except for their lunch and break money which should be kept in a named purse, wallet or envelope.

 

Mobile Phones


Mobile phones are not permitted in school.


PASTORAL CARE AND DISCIPLINE


We aim to create an atmosphere in school which is ordered and disciplined, yet founded on kindness, firmness and understanding. We expect our children to behave in a way that will bring credit upon themselves, their family, our school and our community. Therefore, the school rules aim to encourage self-discipline and common sense in order to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone. The rules are discussed frequently with children in the classrooms and during assembly. A high standard of behaviour is expected at all times.

 

The Behaviour Policy is based on 3 key rights:

v      To feel safe

v      To learn

v      To be treated with respect

 

We believe in a system of positive behaviour management and use a well-structured and understood system of rewards and sanctions.

 

Our Golden Rules


The children will be expected to keep the school’s few rules at all times.

 

  • We are gentle – we don’t hurt others
  • We are kind and helpful – we don’t hurt anybody’s feelings
  • We listen – we don’t interrupt or waste time
  • We are honest – we don’t cover up the truth
  • We look after the things around us – we don’t waste or damage things

 

We ask for parents’ co-operation in enforcing these rules.

 

Key Stage 1 classes operate a ‘traffic light’ system whereby every child’s name card begins each day on ‘green’, but is moved to amber and eventually to red when the rules are not followed. KS2 children have a similar ‘Good to be Green’ system in place in their classrooms.

 

Rewards


Children from Year 1 upwards are all members of one of our school teams:

 

Ash               Yellow team

Beech             Blue team

Oak            Red team

Willow          Green team

 

The children are given house points for good work, effort and behaviour. The House that collects the most points each half term wins a reward such as a non-uniform day.

 

 

A ‘Star of the Week’ is chosen from each class each week. This is a pupil who deserves special merit because of their exemplary behaviour or attitude, or because of the work that they have produced. They receive a certificate and ‘Headteacher Award’ in the Friday celebration assembly.

 

KS1 children also eagerly collect ‘Caterpillar points’ and classes can be awarded a ‘marble in the jar’ as a reward for the whole group; the teachers will reward the class when the jar is full.

 

Sanctions


The children know that there are consequences for poor behaviour. The sanctions used include working alone, detention at break and speaking to the Headteacher.

Children who do not respond to the school’s rewards and sanctions are dealt with using an appropriate behaviour plan devised by the class teacher in consultation with the Headteacher and the parents.

 

Bullying


Bullying, the persistent hurting or intimidating of others, physically or emotionally, is unacceptable and is not tolerated. Its eradication is encapsulated in our first two Golden Rules. All staff are vigilant to ensure that bullying is not taking place. Offenders will be dealt with using the sanctions above.


 

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT



The successful education of our pupils depends upon a close partnership between home and school. Parents are welcomed into school to visit, help, discuss problems and participate in school life. Many parents do come in and assist us and we rely heavily on parental help for out-of-school visits and other activities.

There are numerous special occasions during the school year when parents are invited into school, for example our annual sports’ days, Christmas concerts and parents’ evenings.

Parents are kept informed about school events by a weekly bulletin from the Headteacher, the ‘Friday newsletter’. Diary dates are sent home termly and there is a notice board at the school gate. Parents’ views about the school are welcomed and questionnaires are occasionally sent home to elicit opinions on given subjects.

 

Contact details


Please make sure that the School Office always has up-to-date contact details for you including full postal address and home, work and mobile phone numbers. We also need the contact details of a close family member or friend who we can contact if you are unavailable. It is essential that we are able to contact someone in an emergency.


Home/School Agreement


A Home/School agreement sets out the rights and responsibilities of the school, the pupil and the parents. It covers the school’s broad aims and ethos with reference in particular to attendance and punctuality, discipline and behaviour, uniform and homework . We ask all families with children at Cuddington to read, discuss and sign the document annually.

 

Parent Teacher Association


We have a very active and successful Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Its dual purpose is to organise fund raising events and activities and promote and develop the community spirit. All parents of children in the school are automatically members of this Association. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the numerous events organised each year. An AGM is held annually in the Autumn term, where a committee is elected. All parents are welcome to attend the open meetings which are held each half-term. A wide range of social and fund raising activities take place, such as quiz nights, car boot sales and discos, with the Firework night and Spring Fair being the biggest events of the year. Last year the PTA had its best year ever, raising over £8 500! Recent acquisitions by school, made possible by the generosity of the PTA include the trim trail, blinds for the classrooms and curtains for the hall, books and science equipment. Over the summer a projector was installed in the school hall for use in assemblies and drama productions.


Meeting with teachers


There will be 3 opportunities annually to meet with teachers, in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. At other times during the year parents are welcome to make an appointment to see their child’s teacher, or the head teacher, to discuss any concerns at any time. A formal written report is sent out towards the end of the Summer term.


Procedures for Absence


Schools are legally required to distinguish between pupils’ authorised and unauthorised absences on their attendance registers. It is therefore important that the following procedures are followed:

  • If a child is absent because of illness, a telephone message should be left with the School Office on the first day of absence so that a note can be put in the register. In addition, a note of explanation should be sent into school on the day of the child’s return, addressed to the class teacher. The notes will be kept for inspection by the Education Welfare Officer.
  • When a child has a dental, doctor’s or hospital appointment, a note should be sent to school, and the child must be collected and signed out of school by a responsible adult.
  • Requests for absence for holidays during term time should be addressed to the Headteacher on an official form available from the School Office. Absence can only be authorised, up to a maximum of 10 days in any academic year, if the child has a good attendance record and the holiday is part of the parents’ annual leave. The school requests that, wherever possible, holidays should not be taken during term time.

For the academic year 2007/2008 our authorised absence rate at Cuddington was 5.7% and the unauthorised rate was 0.3%.

Lateness


Parents who bring their children into school late (i.e. after the doors are closed at 9.00am) must sign their child’s name and the reason for absence in the ‘late’ book at the school office. Children arriving after 9.30am will be marked as having an unauthorised absence for the morning session, unless a satisfactory reason is given.


Charging policy


Our school endorses the statement on charges for school activities issued by the Local Authority that education provided in school should be free and that no pupil’s education should be affected by parents’ unwillingness or inability to contribute towards the cost of the pupil’s education. However, when educational visits to enrich the curriculum are planned, voluntary contributions to cover the expenditure are sought. Where voluntary contributions from parents are insufficient to make the activity viable, the event is cancelled. The cost of board and lodging on residential visits must be met by parents, unless the children are entitled to free school meals. Any parent experiencing financial difficulty in respect of visits is invited to contact the Headteacher for a confidential discussion.

 

Complaints procedure


Although it is our aim to promote an open, honest and trusting home-school relationship which supports the children’s learning, there may be the occasional time when a parent feels unhappy about the arrangements that have been made for their child’s education. Complaints are usually settled quickly and informally at school level. However, the school has a complaints procedure for those parents who wish to pursue a complaint through more formal channels. A copy of the complaints procedure is available from the school.




HEALTH AND SAFETY

 

The health and safety of the children in our care is paramount.

 

Security


All school staff and voluntary helpers are cleared by the Criminal Record Bureau.

 

Visitors to the school are directed to the main entrance where a locked door controls access to the main building. All visitors must sign the Visitors’ Book and a ‘Visitor’s Badge’ is issued to unfamiliar authorised personnel who need to be in the building. All staff and pupils are encouraged to report unfamiliar people seen in school to a senior member of staff.

 

The school gates are locked during the day for the children’s safety.

 

When children are required to leave the school during the day, due to illness or other reasons, the adult collecting the child must sign the pupil out of school.

 

Parental Consent Form


We strive to deliver a broad and rich curriculum while ensuring the children’s safety at all times. With this in mind we ask parents to sign a consent form annually permitting us to allow the children to:

·         Use the internet during lessons, under adult supervision, with programmes in place to block inappropriate sites

·         Walk to local destinations such as the churches, library or local businesses

·         Take part in activities that are photographed or filmed for display or promotional purposes

·         Watch appropriate PG rated films as part of the curriculum or occasionally as a treat


Medicines


Parents are discouraged from sending in medicines, but, if necessary, medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor can be left at the School Office and will be administered by a member of staff as required, provided written instructions are provided by the parent and a Medicine Consent form has been completed. All medication must have the child’s name clearly written on the packet/bottle. A log is kept of all medicines administered. Asthma inhalers are stored centrally in the medical cupboard so that there is easy access at all times.

It is essential that we know about all children’s allergies so that appropriate prevention and treatment can be taken as necessary.



First Aid


The school’s nominated first aiders are: Mrs Plant, Mrs Austin and Mrs Brown. The first aid boxes are well-equipped and checked regularly. If the children bump their head a note will be sent home. All accidents resulting in injury are recorded. A decision to contact parents about incidents or injuries is made by the adult dealing with the situation.


Traffic congestion


Ash Road gets very congested at both ends of the school day; we ask parents, if at all possible, for both health and safety concerns, to walk their children to school rather than use a car. If there is no alternative to using a car, please be a courteous and responsible driver. Do not park in the school grounds or on the zigzag lines outside and avoid blocking the driveways of houses nearby. The police help us monitor parking near the school.

Head Lice

 

Head lice are common in schools everywhere as they spread easily from child to child; they are not a sign of poor hygiene. Since lice eggs have an incubation period of two weeks, it takes great diligence to get rid of them. We strongly encourage a regular regime of head lice precautions; this involves combing your child’s hair with a very fine tooth comb daily, typically during bath time.  Please notify your child’s teacher if you find your child has head lice, as this may help us spot other children who may need treatment.

School Nurse

 

The school nurse, Mrs Moira Armstrong, holds regular drop-in sessions at the school where you can discuss any health concerns about your child. Alternatively you can make an appointment to see her by phoning 01606 542 526.


Smoking

 

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the school or its grounds.


Dogs


No dogs, other than Guide Dogs, are allowed into the school or its grounds for health and safety reasons. We would appreciate your co-operation in maintaining this policy.

 

 

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this booklet. I hope that you now have all the information that you need to enable you and your child to settle quickly and happily into our school. Should you wish to know more, please feel free to get in touch, by telephone or email, or make an appointment to visit – my door is always open and I would love the chance to get to know you and your child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cuddington Primary School, Ash Road, Cuddington, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2NY
Tel: 01606 883 045   Email: admin@cuddington.cheshire.sch.uk