Head Teacher’s Welcome
This is a lively and energetic school which values each individual. Each day we strive to live up to our motto which is to be ‘a great place to learn and work’.
Everyone associated with the school works extremely hard to provide learning of the highest quality in a caring and supportive environment that recognises personal growth and development. We believe in the development of the whole child and relentlessly pursue the best approaches to educate your child in a rapidly changing world.
At the core of our curriculum you will find Reading, for life long pleasure and learning, Writing and Mathematics. Alongside these we provide many opportunities for the ever developing Information and Communication Technology. But at the heart of our provision is the creative and performing arts. Drama is used extensively in its own right leading to performance and in a supporting role for eg Writing, History, and PSHE. Music is taught weekly by a specialist music teacher or class teacher. Visits to Art Galleries and Theatres are frequent. Our exciting, diverse and aspirational curriculum is enhanced by a host of extra – curricular opportunities for both large and small cohorts of children. All children will have their work celebrated in high quality displays, dvds, productions etc.
Our expectations and aspirations of children are high and our end of school tests are evidence of consistent success. Academic performance isn’t everything and Aldborough encourages the well rounded child who knows how to make healthy life choices, knows how to learn, explores relationships, enjoys physical, artistic and musical pursuits and knows how to stay safe. Feedback from Aylsham High School regularly informs us that Aldborough pupils continue to thrive.
A child never comes alone and we welcome you as parents/guardians. We hope that you too will become part of this learning community. We offer an open door policy so if you still have unanswered questions, please do not hesitate to come in.
Absences – authorised and unauthorised
During the period 1st Sept 2015 to 8th July 2016 – 96.46%
If, for any reason your child is unable to attend school, please telephone the office, or send a message, before 09.00. Someone is in the office from 08.30 onwards and before that the answer machine is switched on. If we have not been informed by 09.15, the Office Manager will contact parents to make sure that the child is safe.
The school has an admission of 20 each year. The school’s admission policy for the coming year is in line with the Local Authority’s and is as follows:
- Children will be admitted during the school year in which the child is 5 years.
- Parents may choose which term to enrol their child; either Autumn Spring or Summer. This will be on a full time basis only.
- First admissions are dealt with by the Local Authority. Parents exercise their choice by December of the year preceding their enrolment.
Parents of children beyond first admissions, considering applying to the school for a place should contact the Head teacher at the school to check availability. Admission however will be dealt with by the Local Authority. Admission forms for Stepping Stones our neighbouring nursery are available from their school office. Telephone 01263 768766
The Head teacher does not authorise holidays during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. They cause disruption and gaps in your child’s education which impacts on the rest of the class too.
Arrangements for parents to meet with teachers
The school has two parents’ evenings, one in the Autumn term and one in the Spring. During the Summer term, Annual Reports are sent out and may be discussed if required.
Buildings and Premises
The school was re opened in December 2010 after a £3million refurbishment and new build. An awe inspiring design includes 5 new classrooms, an outside learning area and an internal forum area for information literacy, shared learning and personalised learning.
The kitchen and dining room provides onsite facilities for the cooking and serving of Healthy School Meals. Ingredients are sourced locally.
The outdoor multi sports surface, which is used for tennis, football and netball is a facility that is available to the local community.
Outside, besides the playground and the multi sports area there is an extensive playing field and a wonderful Bird Hide and Eco Area planned and built with huge support from staff and parents.
Bullying is not acceptable. We have an anti-bullying policy which recognises the need to be vigilant. Any suspicious incidents are logged with the Head teacher. Our philosophy is one of respect and responsibility.
The following villages form the catchment area of the school.
Aldborough, Alby, Barningham, Hanworth, Matlaske, Thurgarton, Thwaite, Wickmere
Children from outside the catchment area may be admitted provided there is room at the school.
Charging for School Activities
A policy is available on request from the school. Please see also Friends of the School Association.
Child Protection is one aspect of Safeguarding Children. The school’s Designated Teacher for Child Protection issues is the Head teacher, Mrs Tina Casburn. There is also a school governor with responsibility for Child Protection.
The school is committed to promoting the health and welfare of all pupils. We are required by law to follow procedures, if we see signs that suggest that one of our pupils may have been the victim of abuse. Use of the procedures in this way is an obligation placed on the school by legislation and in no way infers that any parent/carer is being accused of wrong doing. Our policy is reviewed annually and is available for any parents to see. A copy is on the school notice board for parents of children already in school and on our internal VLE.
For the school year September 2016 to July 2017, the children are organised into classes as follows:-
Key Stage 1
Class 1 – Reception children in their first year in school and some Year One children.
Class 2 – A class of Year One and all Year Two children.
Key Stage 2
Class 3 – All of Year Three children, with some Year Four children.
Class 4 – Year Four and Year Five children.
Class 5 – Year Six children, with some Year Five children.
If you are unhappy about any aspect of your child’s education or experience at school you should make an appointment to see the class teacher. We would hope that discussing the matter with the teacher should be enough to resolve the problem. However, if you are still unhappy and wish to take the matter further, you should make an appointment to see the Head teacher.
If, after discussion with the Head teacher, the matter remains unresolved you should tell the Head teacher that you wish to make a formal complaint.
The Head teacher will give you a leaflet explaining the Complaints Procedure of the local authority and a copy of our policy. This will include the name and address of the Chair of Governors of the school. It will then be for the Governors to decide whether the complaint is justified and what should be done about it.
The school believes strongly that a child’s early years are the most important. It is in the first year in school that the foundations are laid for the child’s future years in education. It is very important to develop the right attitude to school and learning, and for a child to both enjoy and feel confident in what they are doing. A lot of time and energy is spent creating the right atmosphere within which the necessary social skills and attitudes can develop. It is upon these foundations that the rest of the school and in turn, the High School, can build.
Throughout the school, class teachers make the decision to teach the required curriculum according to the needs and interests of the children and to enable best possible learning outcomes. The creative arts enhance and embed cognitive learning in all subject areas and develop independence. Teaching is often through cross-curricular themes. The subject emphasis for these themes can vary; Science, Technology, History or Geography, or a mixture. ICT may be linked to this work. Reading, Writing, Phonics and Numeracy are taught as discrete subjects. The children are taught to use and apply these throughout their work, with increasing levels of independence.
Accordingly the children are timetabled for all the National Curriculum subjects and RE. The school is fortunate in having three musicians on the staff. All the children have a weekly music lesson. Hymn/song practice sometimes forms part of assembly.. Those children who wish to develop their skills further are given the opportunity in weekly peripatetic instrumental lessons and pop up opportunities to share with parents.
Creative and performing arts are a visible strength of the school curriculum. High quality work is always evident as part of children’s learning and creative skills development. This includes musical, theatrical, design, sculpture, painting, printing etc using a range of materials and techniques. Famous artists are studied, galleries and exhibitions are visited and created, performances are presented following participation in workshops and artists from the local community support. All of these ongoing experiences, enhance the learning of this vibrant aspect of the school curriculum.
It is the aim of the school to offer the children the opportunity to experience a wide range of physical activity including the following: football, cricket, swimming, rugby, rounders, athletics, hockey, tennis/short tennis, gymnastics, netball, cross country, outdoor and adventurous activities.
Through offering a range of sports and activities, it is hoped that each child will find at least one physical activity which they will want to pursue as they grow older.
While at this stage a competitive element is not over stressed, it is important that children showing a particular aptitude should be given opportunity to develop their skills. During the year, and where there are sufficient children, teachers and parents organise and take part in competitive matches against neighbouring schools.
The school is timetabled for weekly swimming sessions at Aylsham High School . Children in Key Stage 2 have swimming lessons.
Residential trips continue for the time being. There is a necessary huge commitment to fundraising for these which is additional to the fundraising organised by the Friends of Aldborough School. Many day visits are planned to enhance the educational experiences.
The school’s Governing Body feels that the following statements further reflect the philosophy of the school.
We believe that the early years of a child’s education are vital in laying down the right foundations upon which future development will build. It is the school’s intention to lay down these foundations in partnership with Stepping Stones Pre-School , parents, Governors and the community, and we aim to…
- provide a balanced curriculum whose design is centred upon Literacy, Numeracy, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and includes Science, the Foundation subjects and RE.
- enable all children to have equal access to that curriculum.
- provide an education which is suitable for each individual child’s needs.
- ensure that each child’s learning is both continuous and progressive.
- monitor, assess and record each individual child’s achievements against personal and group targets.
- provide good adult role models in terms of behaviour and attitudes.
- encourage the children through praise and rewards for positive achievements.
- develop caring attitudes, good manners, tolerance, self-esteem and self discipline with respect for individuals, the environment and other communities and nations.
- develop the ability to co-operate and work with others in pairs and groups of varying sizes.
- foster children’s enjoyment of learning, perseverance and pride in the presentation of their work.
- foster the children’s increasing independence and their ability to make decisions for themselves, without impairing the rights of others.
Education is about the development of the whole person. We have high expectations of all the children, in terms of their behaviour, relationships, attitudes to work and attainment. We aim to provide and nurture a happy, lively and stimulating environment in which children can feel secure, become self-confident and fulfil their educational potential.
The school has 5 classes to accommodate the 7 Primary Years. Each class therefore has a mixed age range (no more than 2 Yr groups). KS2 sports is taught in the smaller ‘Year’ groups of approx. 20 children.
We strongly promote our school meals which are freshly prepared on site using locally sourced meat and vegetables. All Reception/Yr1/Yr2 children will have a free school meal and will not be able to have a packed lunch. We very much hope parents in Yrs 3-6 will want to continue to offer a hot meal. The cost is £11 per week.
Discipline and School Rules
A principle aim of the school is to develop the children’s own self discipline. All pupils are expected to behave in a responsible manner, both to themselves and others, showing consideration, courtesy and respect for other people. Such behaviour is best achieved through positive encouragement and praise. All staff insist upon high standards of behaviour at all times. Teachers and other adults in the school are constantly looking for examples of good behaviour to praise as models for others. On occasions when this approach fails, children are punished by the withdrawal of certain privileges, where possible related to the incident, otherwise through loss of playtime.
When a child is absent the school should be informed by telephone by 9.00 a.m. on the first morning of absence. If the school has not been informed of an absence by 9.15 a.m. enquiries will be made as to the whereabouts of the child. If the school are not informed of the reason for an absence, it will be regarded as unauthorised.
Parents who wish their child to be excused from P.E. games, swimming etc. should send a note to the class teacher.
Sweets are not allowed at school.
Large or valuable toys should not be brought to school, neither should dangerous objects or any electrical appliance.
Children should not wear jewellery to school, other than simple studs for pierced ears. These must be removed for PE, Games and Swimming.
Extra Curricular Activities
The provision of lunchtime and after-school clubs by the staff, is enhanced by volunteer parents with particular expertise. During the course of recent years we have offered a wide range of activities. At present these include Animation, Busking Band, Choir, Cooking, Cross Country, Eco Club, Football, Netball, Rugby, Sewing and Street Dance. Whenever possible these clubs are free of charge, but sometimes a small fee is charged.
Friends of the School Association
There is an active Friends of the School Association which aims to foster links between the school, parents and the local community (See Hello Booklet). Over the last few years, thousands of pounds have been raised, way beyond the expectation of a small school. Funds have been used to buy a whole range of things including sofas, books, furniture, water fountains, lap tops, play equipment and a new outdoor changing room and storage facility and some playground markings chosen by the children themselves.
With ever increasing costs, the school often asks parents to offer voluntary contributions towards trips. However, The Friends have also subsidised day visits and visitors to the classroom. These contributions have enabled all planned visits to go ahead. Parents with financial concerns are invited to share these immediately with the head teacher in confidence. We operate an inclusive system in this school.
The school has a board of governors that work in partnership with the Head teacher to support the strategic direction of the school. Each Autumn they write an annual report for parents to read which includes the progress of the school towards its development plan aim, the use of the Pupil Premium Funding and a short account of the activities of the committees including finance (see Governors section of this website)
The school is committed to healthier living and learning. It was awarded Healthy School Status in 2012.
Home School Agreement
A copy is on this website. All parents will be asked to read, sign and return it when their child is first admitted to our school.
The school strongly believes that Primary aged children should not have excessive amounts of homework. A homework policy is available from school.
ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Equipment
All classes have an Interactive Whiteboard for daily use. The school has networked computers in each classroom and 2 trolleys of laptops (30 in total). Other technology includes digital cameras, video cameras, control technology software for stage lighting, audio and microscopes. The school is working towards its ICT vision of equipping children with functional and creative technology skills. The use of ICT to enhance children’s learning is a key element of our ICT vision. Recent new technologies include a studio, equipped with radio technology and digitally programmed lighting in our hall. It is very much the vision to transform our children’s learning with the use of these new technologies.
Medication in School
Statutory guidance came into effect September 2015. Only essential medication can be administered in school (3 times a day can be administered at breakfast, after school and bedtime). A person with parental responsibility should complete a procedure for administration of medicines available from the Office Manager. All medicines and inhalers should be clearly labelled with the name of the child.
National Curriculum Assessments (SATs)
We have for many years ranked among the top achieving schools with a high proportion of children making excellent progress and well above average attainment. With a new National Curriculum for September 2014, the government is committed to a new assessment strategy which will take full effect from May 2016. As a Cluster of schools we have been discussing some common principles for assessment. Our cluster wide approach to assessment for learning alongside our ‘high aspirations and expectations for all’ will prepare our youngsters for any external summative assessments.
Stepping Stones Pre-School
We are fortunate to have Stepping Stones Pre School accommodated on the school site. It can be contacted on 01263 768766 for a copy of their prospectus. Parents are welcome to visit Stepping Stones when they visit the school. Please let the Office Manager or Head teacher know.
The school was inspected in June 2015. As a school with a strong vision and pedagogical approach we were delighted that Ofsted gave outstanding for pupils’ behaviour for learning and for the cultural, spiritual, moral and social provision.
Family Involvement in Learning
Parents and Grandparents are encouraged to give of their time to our children. As part of the Extended Schools agenda, Family Learning opportunities occur during the year. In recent years we have had trips to London, storytelling, maths trails and Eco events. Some of these are in conjunction with the Aylsham Cluster of Schools. Parents regularly support our highly acclaimed Group Reading sessions, individual reads, art, resources preparation, displays, etc. The Head teacher and individual teachers will be pleased to hear from anyone who can help. In the past, our curriculum has been broadened and enriched by parents and friends support. Regular helpers are requested to comply with the latest safeguarding regulations.
All staff are professionally committed to providing care and guidance for the children during the school day. Any difficulties or problems are dealt with by the class teacher in the first instance or an appropriate member of staff. The head teacher is always prepared to listen to parental concerns. Parents are asked to give their own or an emergency telephone number in case they need to be contacted (e.g. in case of an accident or illness).
Religious Education is given in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus, a copy of which may be viewed at the school on request.
The children come together for Non-Denominational Collective Worship each day. During the year visitors may lead Collective Worship or take an assembly. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from religious education and collective worship. Any parent wishing to do so should see the Head teacher who will inform them of the alternative provision available.
The School Day
The School’s day is organised in the following way:
|09.00 to 09.10||AM Registration|
|09.10 to 10.10||1st lesson|
|10.10 to 10.45||Assembly and Morning break|
|10.45 to 12. 25||Teaching time for Key Stage 1|
|10.30 to 12.30||Teaching time for Key Stage 2|
|1.30 to 2.40||PM Registration and Teaching time for Key Stage 1|
|2.40 to 2.50||Afternoon break for Key Stage 1|
|2.50 to 3.15||Fruit and Story teaching time for Key Stage 1|
|1.30 to 3.15||PM Registration and Teaching time for Key Stage 2|
Staff are on duty at 8.50am and children should not be left unattended in the playground prior to this time The school has an “open door” policy and encourages parents to come into school at the end of the day. It is an opportunity for parents to speak informally to the class teacher and to see the work the children have been doing. If parents wish to talk to the teacher at greater length, they should make an appointment with the class teacher.
There is no compulsory school uniform.
For indoor PE, the children should wear a cotton t-shirt and a pair of shorts. The children should have bare feet for all indoor activity in the hall.
For outdoor games and athletics, children should wear trainers or, if appropriate , football boots.
For swimming, the children should wear a bathing costume or trunks, and a swimming hat. Goggles are recommended.
As many items of clothing as possible should be named, especially those which are often removed.
Sex and Relationships Education
The Governing Body have approved a Sex Education Policy in line with Norfolk’s Policy Statement. It is available on request.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Children transfer at 11 years of age. Parents have a choice of High Schools in the area and in Norwich. The majority of our pupils transfer to Aylsham High School, with which we have strong links. (See Cluster link on this website.)
During the year prior to transfer, most children have the opportunity to visit their respective High Schools, and are visited at Aldborough, by members of the High Schools’ staff.
To contact the school please email Tina Casburn, the Head teacher at firstname.lastname@example.org