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Statutory Information

 

Contact Information

Headteacher: Paula Phillips

Business Manager: Anne Johnson

Address: St Nicholas' Primary School, Raymund Road, Old Marston, OXFORD OX3 0PJ

Telephone: 01865 242838

Email: admin.2352@stnicholasprimaryschool.org.uk 

 

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Our School Ethos and Values

Live, Love, Learn & Be Happy

Here at St Nicholas' Primary School, we believe that Values based Education is at the heart of all learning, and as a result, we have embarked on a journey to become a Values based Education School.

The chosen values for our school are, in alphabetical order:

Appreciation, Courage, Freedom, Friendship, Honesty, Independence, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility, Tolerance, Trust and Unity

 

Please visit our 'Values page' for more information. 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

2018

 

On 25 May 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into place and replace the Data Protection Act which has been in place since 1998. The UK government has stated that the GDPR will apply, irrespective of the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

The GDPR regulation aims to update controls on the use (and processing) of personal data including how it is used and who has access to it. Since 1998, many technological changes have been introduced and proliferated, such as smart phones, and platforms such as facebook, and twitter, and the news is full of data-mining scandals and issues.

The new GDPR regulation is a response to the digital age but it also aims to provide increased protection to individuals.

The school is modifying its policies and training its staff in the light of the new regulation, and you may notice some changes as we do so.  As the regulation aims to protect data and limit its circulation, an ‘opt-in rule’ will be applied to consent rather than an ‘opt-out rule’, and consent for data use may be withdrawn at any time. Parents also have a right to see the data collected concerning themselves and their child, and may be able to ask that that data be removed from the school’s systems. The school must collect some information, of course, to carry out its function, and communicate with parents, but the collection of such data must be in the vital interest of the children concerned (for safeguarding, for example), or have the consent of the parents, or to allow the school to operate. The school must also keep information only for as long as it is required, and must make provision for the removal of data when it is no longer of relevance. All these changes and requirements will be introduced over time into the DNA of the school, as we become compliant with the Regulation by May 2018.

Admissions Arrangements

The Local Education Authority is now responsible for co-ordinating admissions to our school. It works closely with our school and uses our governing body’s agreed admissions policy (please click on the link below).

The details of the Oxfordshire LEA arrangements are available on the link below.

Admissions

Attendance

There is a clear link between pupils’ achievement and their level of attendance at school. The governors and staff, alongside the LA, firmly believe that all pupils benefit from regular attendance. We want all pupils to achieve the very best they can and for this they need to be in school regularly.

  • To this end we will do all we can to encourage parents/carers to ensure that the children in their care achieve maximum possible attendance and that any problems that prevent full attendance are identified and acted on promptly.
  • The School will provide the attendance record of each child at parent consultation meetings during the year and provide a Certification of Registration for the school academic year with each child’s annual report. The School will also reward pupils with outstanding records.

You can find out further information about attendance by clicking on the link below.

 

Behaviour Policy

The values of St. Nicholas’ Primary School are at the heart of our Positive Behaviour Policy. They are referred to at every opportunity and form a Whole School Charter that all children and staff follow.  To enable each child to develop a sense of responsibility for his or her own behaviour  To develop each child's self esteem  To foster the emotional well-being of each child - including an ability to appropriately express feelings and emotions  To help each child to understand and respect the rights of others  To develop each child's communication skills, including assertiveness based on self esteem and regard for others  To develop a sense of social responsibility within the class, the school, the wider community and the environment  To further develop the positive ethos of the school by encouraging mutual respect for one another by all the members of the school community.

You can find out more information by clicking on the link below.

Behaviour Policy

Charging and Remisisons Policy

The Staff and Governors of St Nicholas Primary School believe that all our pupils should have an equal opportunity to benefit from school activities and visits (curricular and extra curricular) independent of their parents’ financial means. This charging and remissions policy describes how we will do our best to ensure that a good range of visits and activities is offered and, at the same time, try to minimise the financial barriers which may prevent some pupils taking full advantage of the opportunities.

You can find out more information by clicking on the link below.

Charging and Remissions Policy

Complaints Procedure

The Governors of St. Nicholas’ School have adopted the following procedure to deal with informal and formal complaints from members of the school community or general public about appropriate matters relevant to the running of the school. The formal aspect of this procedure is to be used only when informal attempts to resolve problems have been unsuccessful.

You can find out more information by clicking on the link below.

Complaints Procedure

Curriculum Overview

Please refer to our 'Class Pages' section to see an up to date overview of each classes termly curriculum coverage.

School ethos and values

St Nicholas’ Primary School aims to provide a challenging and creative learning environment within which the National Curriculum and the wider curriculum can be delivered effectively.

We encourage positive attitudes to learning so that each child may be helped to achieve his or her full potential and to enjoy learning throughout their life.

The school atmosphere is happy, energetic, purposeful, secure, creative and caring. We actively promote trust and respect between children, teachers, parents and others in the life of the school.

We aim to extend children’s social, spiritual, moral, environmental and cultural awareness within the school, the community and the world outside, and are committed to providing equal opportunities for all children.

Parents, staff, pupils and governors are all essential working partners in achieving these aims. 

St Nicholas’ Primary School is committed to giving children an excellent, broad-based education, and nurturing within each child enthusiastic, positive attitudes towards life-long learning. 

What children learn  

Each child will be working on the four core subjects of: mathematics (numeracy), English (literacy), science, and ICT, as well as the six foundation subjects of: design technology, history, geography, art, music, and physical education.

These are all vitally important aspects of the curriculum.

In art, music and drama, children are given first-hand experiences of observing and performing in the Arts. There are visits from outside performers, musicians and artists during the school year.

Religious education is taught from Oxfordshire County Council’s agreed syllabus. Parents are reminded that they may withdraw their children from collective Acts of Worship.

Teaching and assessment

We provide a broad curriculum, based on children having practical experiences in a stimulating environment. Work is developed through a topic-based approach, and each year and term has specific subject areas linked to the school’s curriculum map. Schemes of Work are published for each subject area and are supported by teachers’ weekly and daily plans.

Care is also taken to ensure a balance is maintained across and between subject areas, and time allocations are made to ensure coverage of all National Curriculum subjects are in accordance with advice from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. 

At the end of each Key Stage, Level descriptions are used to assess children’s progress and achievements.

 

Age

Stage

Year

Curriculum

Assessment

3 – 5

Foundation

Reception

Foundation Stage Curriculum

Foundation Stage Profile

5 – 6

Key Stage 1

Year 1


National Curriculum:

English, Maths, Science, DT, ICT,

History, Geography,

Art, Music & PE

Religious Education

PSHE & Citizenship

 

6 – 7

Year 2

National KS1 Tests and Tasks in Maths & English

7 – 8

Key Stage 2

Year 3

Optional QCA tests in Maths & English

8 – 9

Year 4

Optional QCA tests in Maths & English

9 –10

Year 5

Optional QCA test in Maths & English

10 –11

Year 6

National KS2 Tests in Maths, English & Science

 Reading and Phonics Scheme

Reading and Phonics

At St Nicholas’ Primary School we have recently introduced the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to begin to teach children to read and write. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Using RWI, the children learn to decode effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

We carry out regular simple assessments and children are placed in a group that matches the stage that they need to be at in order to make the most progress. All the adults delivering the RWI programme at St Nicks have been trained specifically for that role.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk (sounding out each part of a word)
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences
  • compose stories based on picture strips
  • compose a range of stories based on writing frames.

 

Once the children have completed the RWI Phonics programme they will follow a spelling based programme in order to continue their learning journey.  This programme extends all the way to the end of KS2. Grammar and vocabulary development are an integral part of our teaching in English and are built into our daily teaching sequences.

 

About Read Write Inc

Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Each Read Write Inc. programme meets the higher expectations of the National Curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child's progress.

 

Reading

In addition to the reading that takes place during Read Write Inc. the pupils in Year 2 onwards take part in daily whole class reading where each child has a copy of the class story or text and tracks or follows the words on the page as the teacher reads aloud; modelling expression, intonation, explaining new vocabulary, etc.  This means that all children are getting the opportunity to share a text that they may not have chosen themselves or may not be able to fully decode independently.  The guided reading sessions also include opportunities to talk about the text and answer comprehension-based questions to further deepen their understanding of it. It is expected that our pupils read at home on a daily basis, or as often as possible, in order to build up their skills, confidence and exposure to a range of genres.

 

Maths Scheme

Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools including logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. It is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and in public decision-making. At St Nicholas' we have introduced the Inspire Maths Scheme in Key Stage 1 in order to ensure all our pupils receive a strong foundation and begin to have the opportunity to apply their maths skills in a range of contexts, demonstrating a mastery and secure understanding of these skills. They also take part in a daily Maths Meeting which supports and reinforces the maths lesson and helps all pupils towards developing automacity in all the basic skills of mathematics.

 

 

 Please refer to our 'Class Pages' section to see an up to date overview of each classes termly curriculum coverage.

National Curriculum

Exam & Assessment Results for 2016-2017

Please click on the link below to see our most recent assessment information.

Assessment Information

Governors' Information and Duties

As a school we are very proud of our governors who take their duties very seriously and give up their time in the interests of the whole-school community.  They make an important contribution to raising standards and maintain high aspiration.

It is a statutory requirement that details of the structure and responsibilities of the Governing Body and its committees are available to all, and for all Governors to record any business, financial and other governance interests held either personally or through a company or relative or partner.

To find out further information about the Governing Body at St Nicholas' Primary School,  please visit our Governor area, by clicking on the link below.

 

OFSTED Reports

OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are responsible for inspecting and regulating schools, pre-schools, nurseries, and any services caring for children and young people, as well as those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. A list of St Nicholas' Primary School's most recent inspection reports can be found here

PE and Sports Premium

PE & Sport Premium is funding provided to primary schools, in additional to main school funding. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore, can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools. Initially the funding was only to be provided for 2013-14 and 2014-15, however since that time the government has committed to keeping the Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020. It is for schools to decide how the PE and Sport funding is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made to enhance the provision for PE in school. Schools are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding. 

Please click here to find out further information about the Sports Premium Funding and view our annual report.

Performance Tables

This section on the DfE website pulls together new and current research and evaluation projects, research centres, publications and data from a range of sites, making it easier to compare a selection of individual schools and to see all the information in one place.

This link takes you to St Nicholas' Primary School's entry.

Pupil Premium

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

Please visit our pupil premium area of the website to find out further information and view our Pupil Premium Strategy.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) & Disability Information

Special Educational Needs have been reformed and a new Code of Practice published. The following information relates to our school’s provision for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN). It is updated annually.
 
St Nicholas' Primary School provides for children and young people with a wide range of special educational needs including those with Communication and interaction needs.This includes children who have speech language and communication difficulties including autistic spectrum conditions. 
 
You can view our SEND Annual Report, SEND Policy, SEND Guidance, Accessibility Plan and further information about the SEND Local Offer here.

Reading and Phonics

 

At St Nicholas’ Primary School we use the synthetics phonics programme ‘Floppy’s Phonics alongside the government’s programme Letters and Sounds. Children begin phonics in our Nursery and Reception Classes and are taught daily in small groups. In Year 1 they continue their learning journey with a daily phonics session, paired with additional support where needed. Alongside this, teachers will refer to the phonics programme throughout the day, for example referring to a known sound or tricky word at any given time. Children in Year 2 follow a programme of spelling and grammar where they explore the spelling pattern s in words and use them in context.  The also read daily as a class in Guided Reading sessions where all children and adults share and enjoy the same text together; developing vocabulary, comprehension and experience of stories they may be yet to explore independently.

The expectation is that all children will read several times a day, both at school and at home, covering a range of context and genres in order to provide a rich reading diet.

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