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Gilbrook Primary Special School (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties)
Glebe Hey Rd
Telephone No. 0151 522 3900
Headteacher: Mr R Richardson
Assistant Headteacher Mrs N Smith
Assistant Headteacher Mrs G Bain
Chair. of Governors: Mr J Roper
Vice Chair of Govs: Mr. M. Sutton ( Community )
Parent Governors: Mrs H Hughes, Mrs D Rogerson, Mrs B Pisani
Community Gov Mrs C Walmsley
Sponsor Gov Mr K Beggs; Mr T Jordan
Staff Governor: Mrs L. Clarke
L A Gov. Mr. O. Roberts; Mr. P. Davies
Teaching Staff: Mrs P Miles Mrs L Day
Mr E Kewley Mrs L Clarke
Mrs N Smith Miss J Cooper
Mrs A Charker Mrs V Leary
Mrs G Bain
Teaching Assistants Miss R Francis
Mrs M Warrington Miss L Tomkins
Mrs A Nairn Mr I. Jackson
Mrs N Armitage Mrs J Cardus
Mrs P Jackson Mrs J Jones
Miss S Merrill Mrs K Fewtrell
Mrs J Jones Mrs L McKay
Mrs M Sprott
School Secretary: Miss. M. Ledsham
This prospectus provides certain information about the school which is required by law. Further information about the school is available from the Headteacher. The Information contained in this document relates to the school year 2008-2009 and although correct at the time of publication, it should not be assumed that there will not be any changes during the school year.
General information about all schools in the Wirral area is available from the Children and Young Peoples Department, Hamilton Buildings, Conway Street, Birkenhead and at all district offices.
THE SCHOOL SITE
The school is situated on a pleasant site which overlooks the River Mersey. It is only a short walk along the new promenade to Woodside with its traditional ferry boats. Hamilton Square, with its pleasant gardens and buildings of great historical interest, is within a few minutes walk. The Priory Church dating from 1150 is also close at hand. The school is well placed for all forms of transport having the station in Hamilton Square, a bus station at Woodside and frequent ferries to and from Liverpool.
The large market and shopping centre in Birkenhead are within easy walking distance of the school and this, together with the transport facilities, the river and surrounding buildings provide a rich resource for the teaching of History, Geography, Science, Technology and Art as well as the main curriculum areas.
The school is a U-shaped, single storey building originally built as a mainstream primary school. In 1981 Gilbrook School moved into the building. There have been many alterations to the building since then. The most significant has been the construction of a corridor to give access to all classrooms thus changing the school from the original open - plan design which was considered to be unsuitable for a school catering for children with social emotional and behavioural difficulties.
There is a new Sports Hall with excellent facilties for the teaching of P.E., lunchtime and extra-curricular activities.
The school has a small tarmac play area which is bordered by grass and hedge and a smaller play area with access from two teaching areas.
There are six teaching areas, a multi - purpose hall which is our ICT base with 10 computers and an interactive whiteboard with projector. The hall is also used for assembly, Science and at lunchtime as a dining room. There is a small kitchen where some children have cookery lessons during Friday golden time.
Gilbrook is a day special school for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties which is maintained by Wirral Children and Young Peoples Department.
Children aged 5-11 are admitted throughout the school year, at the direction of the Director of Education, having been assisted in the decision making process by the Headteacher and staff of the child’s previous school, a school doctor and an educational psychologist. Parents are also consulted when decisions are made and there are procedures laid down by which the parent can appeal against the decision should they wish to do so. Once it has been agreed that the child would benefit from a place in Gilbrook School, the parents are invited to visit the school to talk to the Headteacher and meet the staff and pupils.
The school caters for a maximum of 50 children between the ages of 5-11. They are divided into 6 groups, classes 3-6 being ability grouped. Class 1 has the younger children and Class 2 is a differentiated class for pupils who need a more specialised approach to their teaching and learning. However, depending on the ages of the children who are admitted to the school in September, there may have to be 2-3 classes of children of the same year group. This will alter annually according to circumstances.
Each class has a full time teacher and teaching assistant and in some cases additional support
The children all study core and foundation subjects of the National curriculum.
English Maths Science ICT Music PSHE and Citizenship
Design Technology History Geography P.E R.E Art
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship includes Sex and Relationship Education and Drugs Education. This Policy is available from school on request. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from S.R.E. however, school would wish to discuss any concerns or queries parents may have before withdrawing their child.
Class 1 and 2 are class based for all lessons. Classes 3-6 are class based for English, Maths, RE, PSHE & Citizenship. All other subjects are taught by specialist teachers which involves the children moving to other class rooms for these subjects.
Mrs Day leads Music and Literacy
Miss Cooper leads Design Technology
Mrs Charker leads Art.
Mrs Bain leads Humanities and R.E.
Mrs Miles leads Numeracy and PSHE
Mrs Clarke leads ICT and INSET coordination
Mr Kewley leads P.E. and Science
Swimming lessons are provided on a regular basis.
All children who are under-achieving in relation to National curriculum expectations have an Individual Education Programme (IEP) and are continuously assessed and parents/carers sent information on their achievements in an annual report and are invited to the Annual Review.
THE SCHOOL DAY
8.50 Children begin to arrive having been collected and escorted
from their home by the school transport.
9.00 School day begins.
12.20-12.45 Lunchtime activities.
12-45 Afternoon session begins
3.00 Children’s school day ends. They are escorted to the school
transport and taken home.
School hours per week = 30 hours
Teaching time per week = 24 hours.
School assemblies are held regularly in the Hall and will usually contain a theme for the week, a Christian prayer and a hymn.
Tuesday assemblies are directly linked to the transport and strong relationships are being fostered between escorts and pupils and staff at the school.
Mrs Day teaches a wide variety of different songs and hymns of moral thought and celebration to be used at assemblies.
Each Friday there is a Celebration assembly where children are praised and rewarded for good work and behaviour during the week. Children in each class who have gained the most points are awarded badges and congratulated in front of the assembled children and staff. This helps to reinforce positive standards of work and behaviour. Children are encouraged to share their birthday celebrations by showing their cards/presents in assembly and any special achievements eg swimming certificates.
The school is non-denominational. Major events in the Christian calendar are celebrated by special services sometimes held in the Priory Chapel. Festivals and celebrations from other cultures are also included in assemblies.
Guest speakers are invited to contribute to some of the assemblies.
All children are expected to behave in a quiet and orderly manner and are expected to attend assembly unless the parents request otherwise.
PE is offered to all classes by Mr Kewley who is our P.E. Teacher. The sports offered will include football, cricket, hockey, tennis, rounders and many other activities. Over the last few years we have built up a strong relationship with Tranmere Rovers Football Club and they send members of the team to run football training sessions for the children. Swimming lessons are provided for the children on a rota basis.
We have developed strong links with some mainstream primary schools through sport and compete regularly in local sports events.
Our sports barn provides an excellent facility for our P.E. activities.
Parents are asked to provide their child with a pair of maroon shorts with the Gilbrook logo, a white T shirt with the Gilbrook logo (available from Wirral Uniform Centre in Birkenhead Market) and a pair of pumps for PE . Swimming trunks/bathing costume and a towel must also be provided for when the children go swimming. A suitable bag to carry them in is also needed
School uniform consists of a maroon sweat shirt bearing the school logo which can be purchased from Wirral Uniform Centre in Birkenhead Market and either dark trousers or skirt. Every encouragement is given to the children to wear clothes that are suitable for school. Unconventional hairstyles are not permitted in school.
Jewellery may not be worn in school particularly earrings, rings, necklaces or chains which can cause injury to the wearer or to other children.
Toys and personal belongings, food or sweets are not to be brought to school unless authorised by the class teacher.
Children who attend Gilbrook School are expected to act in an orderly and pleasant way at all times. Mutual respect between adults and children is the way forward to implement school policies in a positive way. The school operates a Behaviour Modification Scheme in order to assist the children in moderating their behaviour. Based on a system of awarding points for work, effort and behaviour it offers regular rewards based on results. Parents are informed of the behaviour procedures at the pre-admission interview and the school policy on restraint is explained in detail. Full details of the scheme can be seen in the school documents available at the school and also details of the playtime and lunchtime policies.
Most of the children attending Gilbrook are collected from their home and travel to and from school in a mini-bus or taxi provided by the LA. Each vehicle has escorts who are responsible for and have complete authority over the children when they are travelling. We ask parents/guardians to assist by supporting the escorts and emphasise that good behaviour on the transport is vital for safety. It is important that the children are ready for school when the escort calls at their home in the morning. It is essential that an adult is waiting at the home, after school, in time to receive the child. Some older children are allowed to travel to and from school on their own, using public transport. A zone ticket is provided for those children who are judged to be sensible enough to travel unaccompanied but in the event of a problem arising, the zone ticket will be withdrawn.
We pride ourselves on a very good attendance record and regular attendance at school is essential if good progress is to be made and all absences must be explained by letter or telephone
We have a very good healthy schools menu for the pupils to choose from each day at a cost of £2 per day. Dinner money for the week should be sent into school on Monday morning. 1/3 pint of milk is available at a cost of 60p per week to be sent in at the beginning of the week. Some children will qualify for free meals and milk and parents/guardians should complete the necessary forms available from the school office. Children who bring packed lunches must ensure that any drinks brought into the school are in unbreakable containers. NO GLASS BOTTLES.
HEALTH AND HYGIENE
We are part of the Health Promoting Schools Scheme. This is Wirral’s initiative to promote healthier lifestyles amongst young people in schools. We have particularly targeted the following areas: Healthy eating and menus, Sex & Relationship Education, Drugs, Education & Personal, Social & Health Education.
The school nurse visits each week and in the event of there being a medical problem, she will monitor the situation. She is also available to undertake home visits.
The dentist makes an annual visit to school to do routine examination of each child’s teeth. He/She will then undertake any follow up work.
Parents, carers and relatives of our school children meet on Wednesday mornings between 10.00 am and 11.45 am in the school hall for an informal chat over coffee. Visiting speakers are invited in to inform parents and answer their questions. The parents help to organise and support fund-raising events in school. Their contribution to school life is very much valued. Transport can be provided for parents who would like it. Please feel free to drop in or contact school for more information.
MEDICINES IN SCHOOL
Children are not allowed to bring any form of medication into school without a written request from the parent/guardian and an agreement being entered into with the school. It is always preferable for parents/guardians to administer medicines at home. Some GPs and other medical staff consider that children should not return to school until the need for a course of medication is over i.e. until they have fully recovered from their illness or infection. In cases where there has been injury to a bone/ligament/tendon or where treatment given to a child included stitches parents/carers must contact the school to discuss the child’s return to school.
Should it be agreed that medication be brought to school, it must be given to the escort and not to the child and should be clearly marked as to the child’s name, the contents and dosage.
Mrs Jackson is in charge of all medication in school. She administers it, keeps detailed records and is responsible for its safe keeping.