- School Term Dates 2016/2017
- School Governors
- The School Day
- School Classification
- Our Vision, Aims and Mission Statement
- Safeguarding Statement
- School Organisation
- School Uniform
- Bringing Children To School
- Lunch and Mid-Morning Breaks
- Home School Agreements, Homework and Library
- Foundation Stage
- Special Educational Needs
- Religious Education and Pastoral Care
- Extra Curricular Activities
- Admission Dates
- Charging and Remission Policy
- Child Protection
- Complaints Procedure
- Inclusion and Accessibility
- Our Parent Teacher Association
- Behaviour Policy
St Mary & All Saints School is a Voluntary Aided Primary School, within the Diocese of Oxford.
Local Education Authority
Buckinghamshire County Council
Bucks, HP20 1UZ
Tel: 01296 395000 Fax 01296 383367
Our vision for our children when they leave St Mary & All Saints CE Primary School is for them to:
- be independent learners
- have high levels of self-esteem
- embody British Values
- live by Christian Values
- be tolerant and respectful of others’ ideas, cultures and faiths
- be happy and confident in what they can achieve
- be the best they can be
The Aims of our School
In St Mary’s School:
- Everyone is welcomed and valued
- Expectations are high
- Effort and achievement are recognised with praise and encouragement
- Work is sustained with a sense of commitment, fun and enjoyment
- Individuals are challenged to take responsibility and grow in independence
- Pupils are taught to be responsible citizens in the community and wider world
- Politeness, courtesy, care and concern are nourished
Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide a Christian environment in which all our children are nurtured in Head, Hand and Heart.
Head A Joy of Learning
Hand Through creating and serving
Heart Through loving and caring for each other
Our motto is:
With our heads we learn
With our hands we create
With our heart we love and care for each other
Our Christian Values are:
At St Mary & All Saints CE Primary School, the health, safety and well-being of children is of paramount concern to us. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to the world they will be part of in the future.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council as governed by current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Mrs Jenny Barnett) and two Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (Mrs Annemarie Philpott and Mrs Sonia Patel) who are members of the senior management team, and have received appropriate training for this role. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis.
Occasions do arise when our concern about a child requires us to consult other agencies. Whilst we would always aim to work in partnership with parents there may be exceptions to this when concerns are raised for the protection of a child.
On very rare occasions Social Care, whilst undertaking an investigation under S47 of the Children Act 1989, may want to speak to a child without a parents’ knowledge. This would be a decision made in collaboration with partner agencies and would only be done in situations where a child might be at immediate risk. To gain consent at this point may increase the level of risk to the child or cause evidence of a crime to be lost.
The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, 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, please speak to the Headteacher, Mrs Jenny Barnett or your child’s class teacher: the Policy can be found on our website.
St Mary & All Saints CE Primary School is a combined school for children aged between 4 to 11 years old. The school is divided into three phases of development and include the following year groups:
- Early Years Foundation Stage – Reception
- Key Stage 1 – Years 1, 2
- Key Stage 2 – Years 3, 4, 5, 6
Our classes are organised as follows:
Rec, Y1, Y2 (EYFS/ KS1) are two form entry with a maximum of 30 pupils per class.
Y3, Y4, Y5, and Y6 (KS2) are two form entry with a maximum of 30 pupils per class.
Classes within the school are organised to ensure they are well balanced, both socially and academically and to provide the best learning environment for the children. Restructuring of classes may occur at the end of the year, should the school determine this is in the best interest of the children. Parallel class teachers plan and work cooperatively to ensure the content of the curriculum is delivered consistently between the two parallel classes.
The whole school Collective Acts of Worship are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (10 am) mornings. Key Stage Assemblies are on Tuesday and Thursday and Hymn Practice is held on Wednesday at 10.15 am.
We look for parents to support the School in ensuring that children come to School appropriately dressed at all times. We want the children to be proud of being part of St Mary’s.
- White shirt and school tie
- Grey trousers (short or long – not jeans, track suit bottoms or cords)
- Brown V-neck pullover (crested).
- Black or brown shoes (no suede, trainers or boots)
- Grey socks
Summer Uniform -Boys
- Long or short grey trousers
- Short sleeve shirt
- Brown V neck pullover. (crested)
- White blouse and tie
- Brown skirt or pinafore
- Brown cardigan (crested).
- Black or brown leather shoes (no suede, trainers, slingbacks or boots)
- White socks or brown tights
Summer Uniform- Girls
- Yellow checked cotton dress
- Brown cardigan. (crested)
(Summer uniform is worn from the beginning of the summer term until the autumn half-term break).
This should always be in school for the appropriate lessons and consists of:
- Yellow polo shirt (crested) and black shorts
- Black plimsolls (KS1 and 2) or trainers (KS2)
- Brown sweatshirts (crested) and plain brown or black tracksuit bottoms may be worn outside if it is cold
The School Shop in Beaconsfield is the official school outfitter. The school has a stock of second-hand uniform, which is sold by the PTA each Friday at Coffee Morning. Please contact the office for details. All items of clothing should be clearly marked. Anyone experiencing difficulty with providing school uniform should let the school know via the Class Teacher, the Headteacher or the office as assistance may be given.
Hair must be neat and tidy with no extremes of colour or style. We ask that children with long hair have it appropriately tied back (for both safety and hygiene reasons) and we also request that no jewellery be worn in school. If your child has pierced ears, only studs should be worn, however the Health and Safety Executive state that studs must be removed for PE and Games please, therefore, ensure that your child knows how to remove them. It is not realistic to expect teachers to look after children’s jewellery and the teacher cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to jewellery worn by children.
All children should bring to school each day:
- Colouring pencils
- Blue Berol pen (KS2)
- When necessary,a geometry set
Please ensure that all personal items are clearly marked with your child’s name. Provision is always made for those children who do not have the correct equipment on the day.
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Parents are asked to bring the children to the school playground rather than wait on the pavement outside, for obvious safety reasons. Children should not arrive before 8.45am as the school cannot accept responsibility before then. Please exercise great care in parking if you cannot walk with your children to school. Please do not use the school car park which is for staff only. The school tries to encourage children to walk if at all possible.
If, however, you cannot come any other way than by using a car, you must observe parking restrictions, follow the crossing patroller’s instructions and set a good example to the children.
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Lunch is from 11.30 am to 1.00pm. There are eight midday supervisors looking after Foundation and Key Stage 1 children and two for Key Stage 2 children. Children will either need to bring a packed lunch or order a hot school meal. Any drinks should be in a plastic bottle or screw top container. Glass bottles are banned for safety reasons and cartons and cans are not encouraged. During the summer lunch break, parents need to be aware of the danger of prolonged exposure to the sun. We encouraged parents to provide a sun hat and apply 8 hour sun tan cream to their child/ren before bringing them to school . The school provides gazebo’s and there is some shade from trees. The school has internal drinking fountains, but recommends that parents provide extra drinks (water) for the hot weather. All the children have a fifteen minute mid-morning break. During the mid-morning break fruit is provided by the government for all KS1 children and the PTA provides fruit for the KS2 children. If children would prefer to bring their own breaktime snack, they may bring a piece of fruit which must be labelled with the child’s name. Our Reception children receive milk as part of the Early Years Provision.
Communication between home and school is very important and we encourage parents to contact the school should they have any queries or concerns. Listed below are some of the regular ways in which the school communicates with the parents:
- Each month a Newsletter is published to keep parents informed of important events, dates and current issues.
- A Class Newsletter is sent out on the Friday of each new term and outlines the curriculum units of work and topics covered for that term. The Class letter in September includes a date to ‘Meet the teacher’ after school.
All Class and School Newsletters are emailed to the address held in the school records and placed on the school’s website: www.stmaryallsaints.co.uk
- Text messaging- the school has the facility to text parents on their mobile phones to notify parents of school closure or other urgent messages. The school will use the mobile phone number listed as ‘Priority 1’ on the data collection sheet to send text communications.
- Class teachers are available each morning for a brief chat or an opportunity to arrange an after school meeting if need be.
- Reception class teachers send home a Home/School Liaison book on a weekly basis for parents and staff to share their child’s achievements and progress.
- General information on school activities, local community affairs, charities etc. is posted on notice boards in the school playground.
- The PTA play an important role within the school and send out a monthly newsletter and regular communications to advertise forthcoming events.
- Parents meetings are arranged in the Autumn and Spring Term to discuss pupil progress and pupil targets for the coming term are agreed with parents. An Open Evening toward the end of the Summer term is provided to give parents an opportunity to celebrate their child’s achievements. Parents are provided with a detailed written report towards the end of the summer term on their child’s progress and standards achieved. There is an opportunity to discuss this report with the class teacher at the parent’s request.
- Any other aspects of concern to parents can be discussed at times convenient to parents and staff. Such arrangements should be made via the class teacher. Similarly, if we detect any concerns about your child we will discuss them with you.
The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 requires all schools to have a Home-School Agreement. A copy of the agreement in operation at St Mary’s is signed by the pupil, parent and class teacher at the beginning of the school year or on admission.
Homework is set regularly. Teachers will indicate their individual requirements in their termly Class letter and it is hoped parents will encourage and support their children in this valuable aspect of the curriculum.
The Library is an essential learning resource for research skills and to support and extend classroom topics. The school subscribes to Microlibrarian, which provides an online service enabling children to browse books in our library and reserve them for collection. There are also a number of e-books that can be read online. Our library provides books on National Curriculum topics as well as catering for other interests. Books are available for all reading abilities. The school also subscribes to the Library and Information Service for Schools which provides new topic books and resources to support the National Curriculum together with fiction and non fiction books which are changed termly.
School Book Bags are available from the school office at a cost of £3.
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Discipline at St Mary’s is administered in the light of our Mission Statement, which emphasises Head, Hand and Heart. The school’s values are backed up by tangible and visible systems, which recognise and encourage initiative and responsibility. We see good discipline as being a benefit to the whole community in addition to the individuals within it. We demonstrate how behaviour has consequences for the perpetrator as well as those with whom he/she is in contact. Self-discipline, good behaviour and manners as well as concern for others and the needs of the school and community are stressed. Fair and understandable sanctions are in place and we seek the co-operation of parents in their implementation. The school’s full behaviour discipline policy is available on our website.
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We ask parents to work with the school to make sure that children attend school regularly, as it is obviously necessary to ensure that each child achieves to their full potential. It is the responsibility of the parent that children attend and stay at school.
If your child is absent from school please telephone the school on the first day of absence. When the child returns to school they must bring a letter from the parent explaining the absence. If your child has an appointment during the school day, a letter must be sent to the school requesting permission in advance.
The child must be collected on the day by a named adult.
It is important to note that if an absence is not accounted for by a parent, it has to be treated as an unauthorised absence and recorded as such. The school monitors attendance closely. Attendance irregularities are referred to the Education Welfare Officer/Family Resilience.
The Headteacher has the discretion to grant a leave of absence from school, but only in exceptional circumstances. If a request is granted, it will be for a determined length of time that the child can be away from school. This leave is unlikely, however, to be granted for the purposes of a family holiday. (DFE amendment, effective 1 September 2013)
Parents who request a leave of absence from school in exceptional circumstances should fill-in an application form at least 1 month in advance and the parent should explain the exceptional reason for the request. In the period of public tests or examinations permission will not be granted. The parent will be advised in writing of the outcome of their request.
St Mary and All Saints School aims to be a welcoming place to parents and visitors. It is important, however, to take reasonable steps to ensure that the premises are secure and that access to the school buildings is carefully monitored.
There is a security system in operation on the main entrance and the perimeter of the school is secured by fencing and locked gates. All visitors are requested to sign in the book in the entrance hall and wear a visitor badge.
The health and safety of children and adults is of paramount importance and the School’s Health and Safety Policy provides a detailed account of the measures taken to ensure the highest standards with respect to all aspects of health and safety. Security issues are regularly discussed and reviewed by the Governors in the Finance, General Purposes and Health & Safety Sub-Committee that also reviews annually the Health and Safety Policy.
There have been no incidents of vandalism of the school building in the past year. However, the Governing Body is in regular contact with the local council and LEA concerning the boundary fence near the council playground.
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At St Mary’s School we aim to ensure all children make a happy and confident start in their school life and to create a firm foundation of literacy and numeracy, from which children can develop at their individual optimum pace. We also aim to continue their moral and social education, increase their independence and establish good self-esteem.
The curriculum content will be broad and include Personal Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Knowledge & Understanding of the World, Creative Development and Physical Development; all leading towards smooth progression towards the Foundation Stage Goals and then on to the National Curriculum.
A copy of our ‘Policy for the Early Years’ is available on request.
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Every child’s educational needs are special because they are individual to him or her. The underlying aim of the Special Educational Needs Policy is to enable each child to access the national curriculum and make good or better progress. Most children achieve this at St Mary and All Saints School through the combined efforts of teachers, staff and parents. However, some children require additional assistance and/or support to do so.
Mrs A Charlesworth is the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). Mr Bob Mason is the Governor responsible for Special Educational Needs. We continue to fulfil the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs that came into place in 2014. In particular any children with Special Educational Needs are recognised as being at stages of:
- SMAS Support, where support is provided within the school in addition to the normal differentiated curriculum.
- Support Plan, where support from other professionals and outside agencies (e.g. the Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist) may be involved.
- Statement/Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) where individual support is provided from the school and LEA.
Termly reviews of their Individual Education Plans (IEP) to which parents were invited have also taken place to ensure targeted work within school. Annual Reviews take place for those children with statements/EHC plans. The SEN Policy document is available from school on request.
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The school aims to serve its community by providing 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.
Children learn about Christianity and other religions using both the Buckinghamshire Agreed Syllabus and the SACRE. This has been commended by the Oxford Diocese. Concern is fostered for the needs of others, both locally and in a wider context. There is a close link with the work and worship of the Churches in the Parish. At the end of each term the school attends a service at St Mary & All Saints Church for an act of worship.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and Collective Worship. Any parent wishing to exercise this right should please contact the Head Teacher, who will discuss alternative provisions for children not participating in religious education and/or Collective Worship.
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The school offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities with the support of its teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and volunteers. The school firmly believes that these activities have positive effects on the children’s academic and social development and greatly enrich the life of the school.
After School Clubs
A wide variety of extra curricular activities are provided after school. These can include dance, hockey, gymnastic, choir, craft, media studies, Coding, skipping, art, football and library.
School visits and visitors
Out of school visits, as well as workshops and performances from experts, are organised to enrich and support the curriculum. These are considered part of the curriculum and children are expected to attend. The school is fortunate to be supported financially and in other ways by an active Parent Teacher Association. They too organise functions throughout the year for both parents and children. They help us to provide a rich education.
We are one of twelve schools who participate in an annual inter-school athletics competition, held at the athletics arena in High Wycombe. The school has links with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, the London WASPS and the Beaconsfield Club, all of whom have contributed not only to after school activities, but to augmenting our curriculum provision. Similarly we have had expertise from outside to teach hockey, kwik cricket, athletics, swimming, Multiskills and netball.
The school offers opportunities for Key Stage 2 children to learn an instrument or join the school choir. A wide variety of instruments are currently offered to children for instruction.
The choir performs regularly in the Festival of Lights or to entertain local elderly residents at the Curzon Centre or at the local British Legion. Whole school productions are a feature of the school, the main performances being at the end of the Christmas and spring and summer terms.
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The standard admission number for the school is 60 pupils per annum. The school has one admission date at the beginning of the autumn term in September with all pupils able to attend on a full time basis.
A copy of the full Admissions Policy is available in the school office.
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The Governing Body has adopted the following policy towards charging for educational activities:
- That where activities take place in school session time parents should be invited to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of the activity on a pro-rata basis, but that a pupil should not be debarred from taking part in that activity because his/her parents cannot, or will not, contribute.
- That where activities take place outside school session time, charges should continue to be levied where appropriate.
- That any application for a full or partial remission of charges is considered by the Headteacher and Governing Body.
- That appropriate charges be made for ingredients and materials where parents have indicated in advance that they wish to own their child’s finished work.
- That parents be required to meet the cost of breakages and damages where this is a result of their child’s bad behaviour.
In the first instance, parents are encouraged to discuss any complaint or grievance with the teacher. This should be preferably by appointment, but acute problems will be dealt with immediately if possible. If the complaint is not resolved please make an appointment to discuss the matter further with the Headteacher. If the matter needs to be taken further contact the Chair of Governors, in writing via the School Office.
The Chair of Governors is currently Mr Bob Mason.
A copy of the Complaints Policy is available from the website.
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Inclusion takes place through the successful integration of children with disabilities or special educational needs into mainstream teaching. This is achieved by ensuring that all activities are differentiated to match the learning needs of the pupils. The Finance, General Purposes and Health and Safety Committee have developed an Inclusion Statement and Access Plan that is kept under regular review and revised if necessary.
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We have a very active and successful Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that provides invaluable assistance to St Mary’s School in many ways and is without doubt a very integral part of the school. Their activities are best described in their own words:-
The vibrant, happy atmosphere of St. Mary’s School is reflected in our PTA; every parent and teacher is automatically a member (no, you don’t have to be elected, just turn up) and we have consistently raised more than £25,000 each year.
The Annual General Meeting of the PTA is held in September and regular newsletters are sent home throughout the year. Weekly coffee mornings are held on a Friday at 9.00am, and they are open to all parents and governors. Our coffee mornings are a good opportunity to make new friends, find out about PTA activities and we have also had some interesting guest speakers talking to us about a variety of educational topics.
Please go to ‘Policies’ to view our Behaviour Policy.
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|School Attendance 2015 – 16||97.5%|
|% all absences||2.5%|
|% persistent absences (inc in total absences)||–%|
*School Census Autumn 2016
Foundation Stage 2016
|Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP )||School||National|
|Average Total per pupil||38.4||34.9|
|% achieving a ‘Good’ Level of Development||88.0||69.0|
Key Stage 1 Results – 2016
|% of pupils working at age related expectations||83% *||83% *||77%*|
|% of pupils working at greater depth||13%||25%||13%|
|% of pupils absent or unable to access test||0||0||0|
Key Stage 2 Results – 2016
|% of pupils achieving Working At Age Relate Expectations||100%*||100%*||100%*|
|% of pupils Working at Greater Depth||60%||27%||50%|
|% of pupils absent or unable to access test||0||0||0|
Department for Education – Performance Table Click here
* indicates significantly higher than the National Average.
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