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Handbook for Parents

WELCOME TO OUR SCHOOL

Dear Parents/Carers,*

Together with the Governors and staff, I am delighted to welcome you as new members, to our school family.

When your children begin school, you, as parents, become fully signed up partners in the education process. In this school, staff and parents work closely together to provide a setting that supports each child’s individual learning style.

Our first priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of your children so they can grow, learn and play in an atmosphere of mutual trust. The curriculum is designed to promote independence of thought and expression and an understanding and celebration of cultural differences. There is a clear emphasis on peer support and care of the environment.

Religious Education, based on the teaching of the Catholic faith, is central to the school’s philosophy. The children’s faith and relationship with God is nurtured by learning about the life and teachings of Jesus and through prayer. This will include learning prayers by heart and sharing in spontaneous prayer.

All members of staff establish a mutually respectful and secure relationship with their class. They use their expertise to provide an engaging and challenging curriculum which includes opportunities for both indoor and outdoor learning.

The experience and opportunities your children have at this school will prepare them to move on to further education with a love of learning and the confidence to embrace future challenges.

We extend a warm welcome to you all.

Miss J. McGinty
Headteacher

*Whenever parents are referred to in this document, it also means carers.

MISSION STATEMENT

In our school we learn and love, we pray and play, following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.


Our school is founded on the Gospel teaching of Jesus Christ. We believe that all people are created in the image of God. Our mission is to provide an education that enables children to realise their full potential:

  •     academically
  •     physically
  •     spiritually
  •     morally
  •     socially

Our school is:
 

  •     welcoming and friendly
  •     stimulating and secure
  •     inclusive - embracing persons of different backgrounds and abilities
  •     committed to academic excellence through active learning, high quality teaching and enrichment

 
We work in partnership with:

  •     the children
  •     parents and carers
  •     teachers and governors
  •     the local community
  •     the Catholic Church

and we carry out this responsibility in the spirit of constant openness and dialogue.

We are a community of faith and prayer, imbued with the love of Christ preparing children for the world of tomorrow.

Mrs Lisa Howard

Chair of Governors

TRUSTEES AND GOVERNORS

Larmenier and Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is a voluntary aided school in the trusteeship of the Archdiocese of Westminster. As such, the Governors are required to pay 10% of the upkeep of the building. To cover this cost, parents are invited to pay a voluntary annual contribution towards the maintenance of the school building through the Governors Fund.

The Governors are the strategic leaders of the school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. Their purpose is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

The Governing Board has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the appraisal of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Headteacher is responsible for the educational performance of the school and the internal organisation, management and control of the school.

The structure and membership of the Governing Board is as follows:

Headteacher Governor
 
Eight Foundation Governors - appointed by the Archbishop of Westminster

One Local Authority (LA) Governor - appointed by the Local Authority (Hammersmith & Fulham)

One Staff Governor -  (elected by the teaching staff)

Two Parent Governors -  (elected by the parents of children attending the school)

One Co-Opted Governor - appointed by the Governing Board.

HOME-SCHOOL AGREEMENT

The School

  • We will promote equal opportunities by treating all children fairly and encouraging them to develop positive relationships with their peers and the staff working in the school.
  • We will encourage children to follow the rules and provide them with a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment.
  • We will provide a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum tailored to meet the needs of each child.
  • We will provide interesting and exciting extra-curricular activities.
  • We will keep you regularly informed of your child's progress.
  • We will inform you of any concerns that we have about your child's well-being and learning. 

Parent/Carer

  • I will support my child's growth in Faith by living according to the commitment made at my child's Baptism.
  • I will be respectful to other adults and children within the school and local community.
  • I will encourage my child to follow the school rules and be supportive of school policies; particularly in relation to behaviour.
  • I will make sure that my child attends school regularly, arrives and leaves punctually.
  • I will ensure my child completes all homework.
  • I will take an interest in my child's learning by attending Parent/Teacher Conferences and I will support the school where possible with trips, workshops and Parent Teacher Association (PTA) activities.
  • I will inform the school of any personal problems which may affect my child's health, work or behaviour.

The Child

  • I will show honesty and respect to other children and adults.
  • I will follow the rules and look after school property.
  • I will always try my best and begin to take responsibility for my own learning, including my homework.
  • I will work hard to achieve my learning targets.
  • I will bring to school everything that I need for the day.
  • I will make the most of extra-curricular activities that are available at the school.
  • I will tell a member of staff if I am worried about anything.


THE SCHOOL DAY


The school gates are opened at 8.30 am every morning.

Pupils are expected to arrive punctually as great importance is attached to making a prompt start to the school day. The arrival of a latecomer not only affects that child's educational opportunities but also causes disruption to the learning of the other pupils in the class.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes can be taken to their respective classes from 8.40 am where they will be met by their class teachers.

Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 wait in the courtyard playground where two teachers are on duty from 8.40 am. At 8:50 am the children are collected from the courtyard by their class teachers and taken to their classrooms. Registration is at 8.55 am for all pupils. Pupils not present will be marked absent.

At the end of the school day, the school gates are opened at 3:00 pm.

At 3:10 pm children in the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes are collected directly from their classrooms by their parents.

At 3:20 pm children in Years 3, 4 and 5 are collected from the large playground and children in Year 6 are collected from the courtyard playground.

The Nursery Class
The Nursery day is as follows:

Morning session    8.45am—11.45am  
Afternoon session    12.15pm—3.15pm  


Nursery parents drop off and collect their children from the Nursery Class at the start and end of their child’s allocated session.

ROUTINE PROCEDURES

If your child is sick and cannot attend school:
Parents must telephone the school office between 8.00 - 9.00am to register any absence. This procedure must be repeated each day your child is absent from school. In line with Tri-borough guidance, the school is obliged to phone, on a daily basis, the parents of children who are absent from school and who have not been reported absent.

In addition to the daily phone calls, a letter explaining the reason for absence must be handed to the class teacher on the first day your child returns to school. An absence will be authorised by the Headteacher when the reason given is considered to be legitimate. When a reason is not provided, absences will be recorded as unauthorised.

Best attendance (190 days each year) is expected from all pupils to ensure that they benefit from the education being offered. The school's attendance target is 97% and the school closely monitors pupil attendance. The parents of pupils whose absence falls below the statutory threshold of 90%, after which school-age children are regarded as persistent absentees will be contacted by the school to discuss their child's attendance and strategies to improve it.

If your child is late for school:

If pupils arrive after 8.55 am for school, they will have missed registration and must report as late to the school office and have their name recorded before proceeding to class with a late card. Late marks form a permanent part of your child's attendance record.

If you need to collect your child during the school day:

If it is necessary to collect your child from school during the school day to attend a medical appointment, you must provide a written request in advance, detailing the reason and the time you will arrive to collect your child. Wherever possible, doctor and dental appointments should be booked to take place out of school hours. Parents arriving to collect a child must report to reception where you will be asked to sign your child out of school. You will also be required to present the child's appointment card at this time.

If your child will be collected late or by someone unknown to the school:

In the event that you or the adult collecting your child will be late, the school must be telephoned in order that your child can be reassured. If a third party unknown to the school is to collect a child, advance notice must be given directly to the class teacher regarding the identity of the person. Unless they are properly notified, teachers will not allow a child to go home with an unknown person. Written permission for a Year 6 child to travel home alone from school must be submitted to the Headteacher by the child's parent. It is important that your child is collected punctually at the end of the school day.

DISCIPLINE

All pupils are expected to behave in a calm and good natured manner. Discipline is based on an ethos of love, care and respect for others. High standards of behaviour and good manners are expected at all times, in accordance with the school’s Behaviour & Discipline Policy. Rewards and incentives are given in recognition of good behaviour and achievements. In the event of persistent misbehaviour, parents are contacted in order to seek a resolution to the issue. Parents are reminded that a respectful approach and positive relationship with the school is essential. It is never appropriate for any parent or adult to approach another child regarding school matters. Courtesy and politeness should be our hallmark.


CONTACT DETAILS


Parents are asked to provide the school with emergency contact details. Parents must notify the school office immediately of any changes to mobile, home or work telephone numbers and email  addresses to ensure that they can always be contacted during school hours. Any change of address must be notified to the school office immediately.

 

MILK

Milk is available during the morning for pupils. It is free for pupils under 5 but there is a charge for 5-11 year olds. Cool Milk supplies milk to this school. Parents can order and pay for milk directly via the 'Cool Milk' website www.coolmilk.com. Pupils in receipt of free school meals are also eligible for free milk which the school funds through the Pupil Premium grant. Pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 (KS1) receive a piece of fruit each day and Key Stage 2 (KS2) pupils may bring a piece of fruit from home to have at morning play.


SCHOOL MEALS

Pupils enjoy an hour of relaxation each day when they have lunch and time for play. All pupils are expected to have a cooked school meal. Lunch money for pupils in Year 3 to Year 6 must be paid in advance: for either the half term or for the whole term. Due to a Government iniative introduced in September 2014, school meals for children in Reception to Year 2 are free of charge.
 

The government also provide free school meals for families in receipt of Income Support (pupils in Year 3 to Year 6). Families eligible for free school meals should contact their Local Authority in order to make an application.

Children attending an after school club are invited to bring in a small healthy snack to have before the club begins - a piece of fruit is ideal.

The school is strictly nut free, food containing nuts should not be brought into school under any circumstances.

 

ASSESSMENT

Assessment plays an important part in helping teachers to recognise pupil’s progress, understand their needs, and to plan appropriate activities and support. Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process.

Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception) teachers and support staff use observation as a tool to understand children’s level of achievement, their interests and learning styles, and to then shape learning experiences for each child reflecting those observations. All adults who interact with the children contribute to the process and information provided by parents is valued highly.

As part of the school's on-entry assessment, teachers undertake a baseline assessment which is used to gather information on children's starting points when they join Nursery or Reception classes. This is used to inform planning and to help measure pupils progress over time.

At the end of the Reception year an EYFS Profile is completed for each child. The Profile provides parents and teachers with a well-rounded picture of a child’s progress against the Early Learning Goals. The outcomes of the Profile are shared with parents.

Assessment at Key Stages 1 & 2 (KS1 & KS2)


Teacher assessment is the main focus for assessment at KS1 and KS2 .The outcomes are based on teachers’ knowledge of how a child has performed over time through the Key Stage. Pupils attainment in Religious Education (RE), English, mathematics and science is recorded each term  and targets set accordingly.

In Year 1 a Phonics Screening Check is administered to all children in the summer term. Children who do not meet the expected standard at the end of Year 1 are re-assessed at the end of Year 2.

In the summer term, pupils in Year 2 undertake statutory tests in English and mathematics. Outcomes of these assessments are used to help inform teacher assessment judgements which are reported to parents at the end of the year.

In the final term of Year 6 children undertake KS2 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) designed to assess the children's knowledge and understanding in English and mathematics. Teacher assessments and National Curriculum test results are reported to parents in their child's end of year report.
 

SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION

Information about procedures used in our school to protect children from abuse and neglect can be found in the school's Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy which is available on the school website.

E.SAFETY

The school treats the safety of the children with the utmost importance and this includes matters pertaining to the use of technlogy. All parents are asked to sign the school's Use of Technology Parent/Carer agreement'. This covers a range of areas, including digital photography.


HEALTH AND SAFETY

The school is diligent about the safety and well-being of its pupils and staff, and has established policies and procedures in place.

Parents are required to complete and sign the health questionnaire and to return it to the School Nurse via the school office. All pupils have their health screened, (usually when in Reception class), which includes height, weight, visual and hearing tests. Parents are welcome to discuss any health issues with the School Nurse. Input from parents helps to develop any Health Care Plans that are required.

The school’s qualified First Aiders treat minor injuries received at school and a log of all accidents is recorded. Written notification will be provided to parents for more serious injuries and also for all head injuries, even the most minor. If a pupil becomes sick or is involved in a serious accident, parents are notified immediately.

The school will do all it can to support and care for pupils with medical needs in order to ensure their attendance at school and their access to the curriculum. However, medicine will not be routinely administered by staff members.

Checking for head lice and nits is the responsibility of parents as hair inspections are not carried out at school. Parents should consult their health visitor or pharmacist for advice concerning the treatment of nits. In any case of infestation, the school must be informed.

Fire drills take place each term according to officially approved evacuation
procedures.

 

CCTV

Closed circuit cameras monitor the school grounds and all persons entering and leaving every entrance and exit to the school.

MEETING THE NEEDS OF PUPILS

The school is inclusive and strives to ensure equality of opportunity for each pupil regardless of gender, ethnicity or special need. The school has an Equality Policy to ensure that the needs of all members of the school community are addressed. A close working relationship between home and school contributes well to the educational success of all pupils regardless of ability or special educational needs.

SCHOOL CLUBS

The school offers a wide range of school clubs each term. These activities provide pupils (Years 2 to 6) with an opportunity to pursue their interests. There is a charge for all clubs in order to cover the cost of the instructors.

The choice of after-school clubs varies. A list of available clubs with the relevant application form is sent each term. Examples of clubs that may be available are:

- football                - netball                  - art and craft
- coding                 - multi-sports          - indoor athletics
- mini-tennis          - drama                   - homework
- dance                   - kwik cricket         - chess

The school has a Choir and Orchestra. Choir members are selected via audition from pupils in Years 4 to 6. Children are invited to join the Orchestra by the music department. Both the Choir and Orchestra require a year’s commitment.
 

CHARGING POLICY

Parents may be requested to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of an activity, for example, an educational visit. However, no pupil will be excluded from participating in a day trip if parents are unable to pay.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Uniform supplier: SOGANS
6 Greyhound Road, London W6 8NX
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 9.00 am – 5.30 pm. 
Tel: 020 7385 1055

GIRLS’ UNIFORM   (WINTER)

PILOT BLUE CARDIGAN (Sogans)*                                                                                 BLUE SHIRT (any outlet)
SCHOOL TIE (Sogans)*
GREY PLEATED PINAFORE (any outlet)
GREY TIGHTS/SOCKS (any outlet)
NAVY BLUE COAT/JACKET (Sogans or other outlet)*
NAVY BLUE FLEECE HAT (Sogans)*
SHOES: BLACK LEATHER SHOES (no slip-on shoes) 

GIRLS’ UNIFORM  (SUMMER)

LIGHT BLUE GINGHAM DRESS (any outlet)
WHITE SOCKS (ankle or knee any outlet)                                                                     SHOES: BLACK or WHITE LEATHER SHOES                      
 

BOYS’ UNIFORM  (WINTER)

PILOT BLUE PULLOVER (Sogans)*
BLUE SHIRT (long or short sleeves—any outlet)                                                                 SCHOOL TIE (Sogans)*
LONG CHARCOAL GREY TROUSERS (any outlet)  
GREY OR BLACK SOCKS (any outlet)
NAVY BLUE COAT/JACKET (Sogans)* or other outlet)                                                   NAVY BLUE FLEECE HAT (Sogans)*                                                                            SHOES: BLACK LEATHER SHOES  

BOYS’ UNIFORM  (SUMMER)

BLUE SHIRT (long or short sleeves - any outlet)
SCHOOL TIE (Sogans)*
SHORT CHARCOAL GREY TROUSERS (any outlet)
GREY OR BLACK SOCKS (any outlet)
SHOES: BLACK LEATHER SHOES

SCHOOL BAGS  

BOOK BAG — EYFS and KS1 (Sogans)*
RUCKSACK — KS2 (Sogans)*

PE KIT  (GIRLS & BOYS)

BLUE SHORTS (Sogans)*
WHITE SHORT SLEEVE POLO SHIRT (Sogans)*
NAVY TRACKSUIT - (Sogans)*
BLACK PLIMSOLES (Rec - Year 4) - BLACK TRAINERS (Year 5 - 6 only)

* all items marked (Sogans) are specific to the school and must be purchsed from Sogans the school uniform supplier.

PE kit should be stored in a cloth draw-string bag, which is kept in school during term time. All items of uniform must be clearly marked with the pupil’s name. The navy tracksuit is only used for outdoor PE in the winter months.

Jewellery must not be worn in school. Girls with long hair are expected to wear it tied back. Hair bands must be blue or white. Boys are expected to have formal haircuts.

PARENTAL SUPPORT

Parents are always welcome to come into the school as partners in their child’s education. All appointments to see the Headteacher are made through the school office. Should any parent wish to discuss a matter with their child’s class teacher, it is necessary to make an appointment. Parent/Teacher conferences are held three times a year so that parents can discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher. Written reports are sent home towards the end of each school year.  The school issues annual questionnaires to ascertain the views of parents in order to further improve the performance of the school.

Any parent who may have an hour to spare during the school day is encouraged to help regularly or from time to time. For example, supporting group activities in the classroom, attending class outings or helping in the library.

Parents in conjunction with the school, produce a newsletter to inform the school and parish community of the latest news and forthcoming events. The school website is also a useful source of information.

PARENT/TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)


The PTA works with energy and enthusiasm to raise funds to enrich the
curriculum and to support activities which promote learning, such as class trips and residential school journeys. Parents are encouraged to help with and attend fundraising events, and to enjoy the many social events throughout the school year.

PTA Joint Chairs:  Mrs. Katherine Macdonald & Ms. Daniela Volker

Treasurer:              Mrs Elizabeth Lamblin

Secretary:              Ms. Marisa Singh-Chahel