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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. 

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

 

 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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