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Term Dates 2007/08
Manfield Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School
|This is information about our school. In it we have included all the information that we think you might need. If, after reading it, you are un-clear about anything and require more details please do not hesitate to ring the school, or call in. In fact visitors to the school are most welcome and we encourage parents to feel that our school is always open to them. As the head teaches for a good proportion of the week the best times to speak to her are:-
8.30 a.m. - 8.50 a.m.
12.00 noon - 1.00 p.m.
3.45 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Or any time on Thursday mornings.
|Rev A Glasby
|Mr R Watson
|Mrs K Hynes
||Foundation Parent Governor
|Mrs H Clarkson
|Mrs C Glass
|Mrs B Jones
||Elected Parent Governor
|Mr M Hird
|Mrs J Ryan
|Mrs E Croft
|Mrs S Stocks
|Mrs H Emmett
||Clerk to the Governors
Manfield C. of E. (Aided) School
Tel : 01325 374259
Local Education Authority
North Yorkshire County Council
Tel : 01609 780780
||Mrs E Croft
|Chairman of the Governors
||Rev A Glasby
|Clerk to the Governors
||Mrs H Emmett
||Mrs S Stocks
Mrs Cadogan (part time)
||Mrs E Hulmes
||Mrs H Emmett
||Mrs T Midgeley
||Mrs T Midgeley
||Mrs E Bromfield
Being a Church School our Christian perspective shapes the school ethos, both through the whole curriculum and through the development of relationships which promote mutual respect.
Our school community welcomes members whose views may or may not be overtly Christian and seeks to provide a safe base for the exploration of the diversity of world - wide beliefs.
We value each child as an individual and endeavour to provide a caring and secure environment to nurture the spiritual, physical, moral, social and intellectual development of that child to its full potential.
The school endeavours to be an integral part of the local community and parish and seeks to develop a close relationship with both.
It is the policy of the governing body to give equal opportunities to boys and girls with due regard to race, culture and religion in all areas of the curriculum.
Written and agreed by
Staff and Governing Body
Statement of Aims
The school will attempt to equip children for the society in which they will grow up, and it’s ethos will reflect past cultures and traditions and cater for present needs but, at the same time, prepare children for the numerous changes they will encounter in the future.
The curriculum will:
Help promote children's intellectual, spiritual, physical, social and moral development.
Be broad, balanced and relevant, thus increasing children’s understanding, competence and confidence.
Help the children to appreciate human achievements in art, music, science, technology and literature.
Actively seek opportunities to aid spiritual development.
Aid understanding of the social, economic and political order, thereby enabling children to develop a reasoned set of attitudes and beliefs.
Ensure that every child be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential in all areas of the curriculum and that individual strengths and weaknesses are recognised and catered for.
Be organised on a whole school basis with each class providing a part of a child’s total education, thus ensuring continuity of learning experience.
Provide enjoyment and give satisfaction ensuring that each individual child experiences some success.
Encourage and challenge children’s ability to question and enquire and to think and reason logically.
So far as possible, provide equal opportunities for all children regardless of race, gender, culture or religion.
Provide the knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes necessary for a child’s development and for playing a full part in modern society.
Provide opportunities in the following ten areas of learning and experience paying due regard to the National Curriculum and statutory requirements:
Areas of Learning and Experience
|Linguistic and Literary
|Human, Social and Cultural
||Aesthetic and Creative
Pupils are expected to have a high standard of behaviour and self discipline. This is encouraged through recognition, praise and discussion, within the caring attitude of this school. If behaviour becomes a concern then we believe in involving parents at an early stage so as to work together to solve the problem. In extreme cases outside agencies may be involved, with parental permission.
Manfield School is a Church of England Voluntary Aided School catering for boys and girls from 4 to 11 years. It has two classrooms and a recent extension has provided an additional teaching area. There is also a very well equiped and extensive library that is regularly updated.
Outside is a walled yard big enough to provide a netball pitch, a covered sheltered area and a small garden with a seat for those quieter moments. The school playing field is just a short distance from school and is used regularly by the children throughout the year.
The school catchment area encompasses the parishes of Manfield with Cliffe, Cleasby and Stapleton, but, we welcome children from other areas although their transport to and from school must be provided by parents.
The entry arrangements are as follows:-
Children may enter school in the Autumn term following their fourth birthday. Until the term in which they are five they can attend for five half days or five full days. Prior to starting school, children can make a series of visits, usually ten half days to allow them to become familiar with school life. These arrangements are agreed following a full discusion between parents and teaching staff.
Parents considering sending their children to Manfield are most welcome to visit the school. Please telephone for an appointment.
When the children are admitted parents are asked to fill in a form giving details of their name, address, telephone number, family doctor, place of work or where either parent can be contacted, previous schools, (if relevant), and any medical details which could have a bearing on the child’s progress. Any changes in these details should be given to the school so that up to date information is always available in the case of emergency.
Parental Access to School
Parents are welcome into the school and we endeavour to answer queries as soon a possible. If parents feel that there is a matter they would like to discuss privately with the teacher, then please telephone or ask for an appointment out of school hours.
The School Day
Children will be supervised from 8.55 a.m, unless a formal request has been made to the Head Teacher for any child arriving before this time.
The school day begins at 9.00 a.m. and ends at 3.30 p.m. The morning session ends at 12 noon, and the afternoon session begins at 1.15 p.m.
The school is organised into 2 classes, Key Stage 1 (4-7 year olds), and Key Stage 2 (7-11 year olds). Within the two classes all lessons are differentiated so that all abilities are catered for, including those children who are exceptionally able, and those with learning difficulties. In order to make best use of strengths and interests there will be times when the teaching staff teach different Key Stages.
|Currently the curriculum is based on four main areas.
- The Basic Curriculum which consists of the National Curriculum plus Religious Education and Collective Worship.
- The National Curriculum.
- The School's Curriculum Aims.
- The School's Mission Statement.
The following subjects are offered at the appropriate level of ability and attainment. The National Curriculum requires 3 core subjects - English, Mathematics and Science, plus 8 other foundation subjects which are, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education and Personal Social Health Education.
A great deal of learning will be related to themes and topics of a cross curricular nature, in order to develop each child's skills, ability and interest at an appropriate level.
We offer in the National Curriculum context:-
Our aim is to ensure that each child is literate to the full extent of each individual's capabilities.
To provide a wide range of writing, speaking and listening skills giving a firm foundation for future learning and life skills.
Development of each child's ability is carefully structured to attain the greatest response.
Since September 1999 English has been taught with strict adherence to the National Literacy Strategy. This involves whole class, group and individual work. There is a strong emphasis on phonics, on use and understanding of English grammar, and on strategies aimed at developing fluent readers, speakers and writers.
There is a wide range of reading material in school, both fiction and non- fiction. Children are encouraged to take books home to read. Some children will be asked to read from a schemed programme on a regular basis at home, and some may also have written activities to consolidate schoolwork. We encourage parents to share books with their children and to support our home/school reading programme, developing a good reading climate both at home and school.
The mathematics curriculum is challenging and fun! It is our aim that each child will be equipped with a range of skills necessary to cope with a wide variety of mathematical situations. These situations could be met at any time, not just in school, and the child's response to them should be a measure of his ability.
The children progress through a graded learning programme which develops their mathematical understand and skills to a high level. We use a variety of approaches which includes individual, group and whole class work.
Scientific learning begins with curiosity! Children learn through exploration and observation, through questioning and analysis. Children develop an ability to explore the world around them, applying scientific principles to their thinking. Through our practical and thorough approach children are challenged to develop high standards of scientific enquiry and skills. All our work follows the agreed National Curriculum.
Information and Communication Technology
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is taught as a subject in it's own right, as children need to learn the skills required for accurate use of hardware and software. The children apply these skills, using appropriate software, to enhance their learning in most other areas of the curriculum. Specific programmes are used to assist and support children with their individual learning needs. An inter-active whiteboard is now in operation in Key Stage Two, and there are plans to have one in Key Stage One by 2005/6 academic year.
Yesterday’s news is history!
History is brought to life through an imaginative approach, involving role play, site visits and visitors to school. Children investigate and explore history in a meaningful way using our rich bank of books and also using appropriate websites. Through their work children begin to understand how the past shapes the present and the future.
Children learn to explore their immediate geographical area, and also to compare and contrast with other localities around the world. Our approach encourages an awareness of the impact we have on our natural environment with a focus on issues such as sustainable development.
Religious Education (RE) is given following the curriculum recommended by the Diocesan Education Directorate, based on the Ripon Diocesan Board of Education Guidelines, and following the Church of England doctrines and practices. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons by arrangement with the governors ( Section 25 Ed. Act 1944). Children who are withdrawn will be given meaningful curriculum tasks.
On the last Friday of each month families are invited to join us in a family assembly, in which we share stories, songs and recognise individual achievements. In addition to this we hold a daily act of worship and once a week we celebrate the children’s special events, interests and their personal target achievements. Children have a right to be withdrawn by arrangement with the school governors ( Section 25 Ed. Act 1944)
Personal, Social and Health Education
Children learn about themselves as individuals and about their relationships with others. We use circle time, discussion and role play to develop social skills, co-operation, health and safety and an understanding of what is right and wrong.
Children now begin to learn French in Key Stage Two. The language is taught through conversation, music and games. Some 'taster ' lessons are also given by staff of Richmond School, to encourage good links between primary and secondary stage education.
There is a very strong musical tradition in our school. Music is taught in line with National Curriculum recommendations, but we also offer much more. The school takes an active part in musical events within the cluster, and has forged strong links with Richmond School Music Department. All children in Key Stage 2 learn to play the recorder, and we encourage children to apply for instrumental tuition. All the staff offer full support in these activities. We also have a strong singing tradition, with all children being encouraged to enjoy expressing themselves in song.
Design and Technology
Children are taught designing and making skills and are encouraged to develop their design and technology capability, by combining these techniques with a fundamental knowledge, and sound understanding of the properties of a variety of materials. These skills are used for designing and making, across the different curricular areas in both Key Stages.
Art is taught both as a separate subject and as part of wider cross-curricular topics. The children are taught to use a variety of media to stimulate their interpretation, using observation, imagination, and in planning, designing and making. They are given the opportunity to study the work of a variety of artists and designers.
Physical Education (including dance and swimming)
In our Physical Education we aim to develop confidence, physical movement, skills, participation in team and group activities. Children learn dance, athletics, team sports, plus activities such as orienteering. In Key Stage 2 all children are given the opportunity to take part in a residential activity course.
When the new village hall is complete we will be using the facilities on a regular basis for physical education lessons. (This should be from September 2005)
We organise regular inter-school activities, and have training sessions with Darlington's Football in the Community Programme.
All children take part in swimming lessons. The lessons run for ten weeks at Richmond Swimming Pool, with qualified instruction, during which the children and are taught to swim competently, and are encouraged to attain distance swimming awards. We also follow a lesson programme aimed at developing awareness of safety in water.
At Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2, sex education is not taken as a specific subject but can arise as the result of natural enquiry by individuals during lessons. Enquiries will be dealt with as the need arises discreetly and suited to the needs and maturity of the children involved. However, towards the end of KS2 children take part in formal sex education lessons, given by the school nurse, at a time appropriate to the children's needs.
Special Educational Needs
Where children have special educational needs these are met as far as possible through extra help from the teaching staff, with support from the non-teaching assistant. If necessary, and following consultation with the parents concerned, additional help may be sought through the authority's Pupil and Parent Service. There are specific procedures to which we adhere, as outlined in the Department for Education and Science (DFES) Code of Practice, on the identification and assessment of special educational needs.
The school has a special needs co-ordinator who will provide more information and assistance for any parent making enquiries.
Mrs.Croft is our co-ordinator at present.
Learning how to play a Tudor instrument
National Curriculum Assessment Results
As the number of children taking the Statutory Tests falls within 5 and 9 at both Key Stages we only publish the percentage of Key Stage 1 children attaining level 2 or above, and at Key Stage 2 the percentage achieving Level 4 or above. More detailed reporting could result in identification of individual children.
In 2004, no children took Key Stage Two tests
This is the most recent data available
See Appendix A for the National Results for 2003/04 which is the most recent national data available.
Percentage of KS1 children attaining level 2 or above
|Key Stage 1
||No statutory test
|Key Stage 2
The children's all round welfare is amongst our prime concerns and close links are established between home and school. Any mutual concerns should be discussed by parents and staff and where necessary appropriate agencies will be contacted.
Health and Safety
The school has a current Health and Safety Policy which addresses fire precautions, medical matters and general safety issues.
Medicine will only be administered to children if the following conditions are met:-
1. It must be a medicine prescribed by a doctor.
2. A note from the parent must be sent to accompany the medicine.
3. Medicines must be handed to a member of staff by a responsible adult.
4. Inhalers may be kept in a child's possession, but staff must be given details of usage and directions.
Links with Church and Parish
Being a Church School we maintain close links with all Saints Church at Manfield and St. Peter's Church at Cleasby. The children are encouraged to take an active part in the life of the parish and to contribute to church services. The Reverend Alan Glasby takes morning assembly every fortnight.