Welcome to Gunter
We have developed, with our parents,
a warm, happy and friendly environment, where each child works toward maximising
their full potential. We have created an atmosphere where all our children are
valued and value each other.
We are a school where every child,
including the very able and the least able, is encouraged to achieve high
standards. We set, expect and achieve a high level of academic performance. We also develop our children’s
achievements in other activities, such as music, sports and drama productions,
catering for both the individual and the team. These help to enrich the lives of
We are a school working within and
for our local community. Our community facilities include a before and after
school club, a child centre and a playgroup. We work closely with local residents’ groups.
Fundamental to the learning of any
child is the relationship between home and school. I know that our parent –
teacher partnership at Gunter will lead to genuine success and achievement for
Our school offers an exciting
opportunity to begin an educational journey that will help develop the full
potential of each and every one of our
Contact Information :
Gunter School - Background
: Mission / Motto /
School Year and Times :
Starting and leaving Gunter School
Our Curriculum :
School Management and Organisation
Our address is –
Gunter Primary School, Gunter Road,
Pype Hayes, Birmingham, B24 0RU.
Telephone - 0121
464 2367 Fax
- 0121 464 8015
(Acting Headteacher) - Mr Malcolm Sanders
Chair of Governors -
Mr John Harris. [ A
full list of school governors is available from the school office].
Local Authority - Birmingham
City Council, Education Service, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BU.
Telephone - 0121 303 2590
School - Background.
School was opened in 1930 to serve what was then the new Pype Hayes estate.
The building is
designed as a single form entry primary school with nursery unit - a Child Centre with
additional nursery facilities is attached to our school. There is a large
playground and extensive grass and garden areas.
age-range covers –
☺ ‘The Foundation Stage’ (Nursery and Reception Class - ages 3 to 5)
☺ ‘Key Stage One’ (Years 1 and 2 - ages 5 to 7)
Stage Two’ (Years 3 to 6 - ages 7 to 11)
Every class has a
fully qualified class teacher. In the Foundation Stage there are also qualified
nursery assistants. All other classes have the support of part-time or full-time
additional provision through teaching specialists, support services and
integration assistants. There are also many parents who regularly help in
Our school office
is open every morning from 8.15 a.m. and closes at 4.15 p.m. each afternoon. If
you have any queries about the school, or need to make arrangements to visit the
school, then contact one of our school secretaries and they will be pleased to
Parents are very
welcome to visit or work in school. Please let us know if you would be
interested in helping.
We hold regular
parents’ evenings, parent workshops and open days during the year where you can
come and find out how your child is progressing. However, if you have any
concerns outside these times about your child, then
please contact us. It helps if an appointment can be made, but we understand that
sometimes this is not possible.
Mission Statement :
start our children on the pathway of learning that develops their full potential
within school and the wider community."
provide a broad range of educational experiences
and activities to help prepare each child for a successful adult life.
provide a secure, well-disciplined, caring and friendly environment.
foster the children's self-respect and consideration for others and for their
involve parents, local schools and the wider community in a mutually beneficial
The school is
open to the children for 190 days during the year. Five further days are used by
the staff for training and planning. The school year is organised into three
terms. The dates for these terms are arranged by the Education Authority. A
school calendar is sent to all parents every year with updates for each term.
starts at 8:50 a.m. and ends at 12:10 p.m. There is a
fifteen minutes break during the morning session. The afternoon
session starts at 1:00 p.m. It ends at 3:15 p.m.
Children must not
arrive at school earlier than 8.40 a.m. unless they are attending our out of
school group, or if prior arrangements have been made - this is for the safety
of the children.
children should come inside the school and go to their classroom.
During the day
the children are taught by their own class teacher for most subjects, but we
also organise some subjects according to ability or to allow for specialist
children at Gunter School receive well above the recommended minimum teaching
time, (which does not include time taken for assemblies, registration or break
served in the hall from 12.10 p.m. until 12.40 p.m. The children are supervised
throughout their lunch break.
Starting at Gunter
welcome a registration of interest for a place at Gunter School before children
are three years old. Just call at
the School Office and collect a Registration Form.
all our admissions we follow the Birmingham Education Service, (LA)
policy and criteria for admissions to primary schools.
to our Foundation Stage Nursery Class:
Nursery places are offered on a free part-time basis on Monday, Tuesday or
Wednesday a.m. OR Wednesday p.m., Thursday and Friday. Children are
admitted during the term after their 3rd birthday providing there
are places available. The admission criteria are the same as for the school,
Part-time fee paying places may also be available - please enquire at
school. We are able to accept Childcare Vouchers - our account number is:
If you are interested in a nursery place, please ensure that your child’s
name is on the waiting list by contacting an administrative member of staff.
Nursery admissions are taken in September, January and April.
to the Main School:
LA's admissions criteria for Gunter Primary School are as follows :-
with special needs
b. Children with brothers or sisters already at school who will still be there when
they start school themselves.
c. Children who
live nearest the school - by straight line measurement.
to visit the school should contact the secretary to make an appointment. If you
have any queries, please contact the school or the LA's Admissions & Appeals
Officer on 303 3330.
We offer a place
in our Reception Class
at the start of the academic year in which a child attains the age of five.
However, parents should note that they are not legally obliged to send their
children to school until the
term after the fifth birthday is attained.
During the Summer Term, prior to admission, we invite parents to a meeting where
our school and ourselves. Further details about admission is discussed at this
The majority of children in our Foundation – Reception year have attended the
setting as nursery children and seamlessly continue their education into the
For children new to the setting, we organise play sessions and home visits and
agree a settling in procedure based upon the needs of the individual child.
later school years:
moving from other schools are sensitively introduced to our systems. Parents
moving into the area are encouraged to come and look around the school.
….And leaving Gunter Primary School
to secondary school:
At the age of 11,
children transfer to their secondary school. Parents select a wide range of
schools. A booklet is
provided for all Year 6 parents giving brief details of Birmingham LA secondary
schools. There are also opportunities for parents to visit secondary schools
We recognise that
the children see this transfer as a big step, so it is our policy to prepare and
support them as far as we are able. We hold a meeting
for parents of Year 6 pupils to discuss how to make secondary school choices. We maintain close
links with our local secondary schools and discussions are held between staff
prior to the children’s transfer. The children also spend at least one day at their
chosen school before transfer.
school must report to the secretary’s office to ensure that their business is
official. For this reason we ask parents to wait in the playground for their
children at the start and end of the school day. Access to the Nursery is via
the Nursery door using the bell system.
Children are not
allowed to leave school with unknown adults or juveniles. Please contact the
school straight away if your child is to be met by someone who is unknown to the
school, (e.g. a child minder).
supervised within school for the whole day. Children are never released before
3.15 p.m. unless at least 24 hours notice has been given.
Children, who are
normally met at the end of the school day, are told to return to their
classrooms if their parent(s) are not waiting for them.
We have an
emergency procedures policy to deal with incidents such as fire. We hold regular
emergency drills at different times of the day with the aim of clearing the
whole building within two minutes.
The alarm system
is electronic and the alarm bells can be clearly heard throughout the school.
All children are taught our evacuation drill. All fire safety equipment is
regularly checked and fire safety officers have examined the school. School
corridors and fire doors must be kept clear.
It is vital that
parents keep their contact details up to date in case of emergency.
Gunter Road is
often congested. If you are using a car, please do not obstruct the school
entrances or park in the staff car park.
are on duty on Chester and Tyburn Road at the start and end of the school day.
Check road safety with your child and their safest routes to school. This will
be followed up by our road safety lessons in school. Safety tops or armbands do
help prevent accidents during winter months.
Please make sure
the school has some means of contacting you during the day by letting us have an
address and telephone number where you can be contacted in an emergency - and
two further contacts should we be unable to contact you immediately. These
further contacts are usually neighbours or grandparents.
change, please let us know as soon as possible.
If your child has
an accident, or is taken ill during school hours and requires treatment of a
minor nature, e.g. cuts and bruises, such treatment may be given in school.
If the accident
or illness is more serious, then we may take the child directly to a doctor or
the hospital and notify you as soon as possible. You are informed by letter of
accidents which involve injury to the head.
Please note that
the LA does not carry personal accident insurance on behalf of pupils. Parents
who feel that this type of insurance cover is necessary for their children are
advised to take out a policy with an insurance company.
and Medicines –
Should a child
have to leave during the day for a medical or dental appointment, they must be
met at school. Please let us know in advance of appointments.
school nurse or doctor and the dentist make regular visits to school.
medicine is necessary during the day you are welcome to come into school and
administer the dose. Please do not just send medicine to school without
explanation. In order that a staff member can administer medicines, parents must
have completed the necessary consent form which is available from the secretary.
Should your child
be absent, (even half days) please send a note of explanation to your child’s
teacher, or telephone the secretary. This allows teachers to take full regard of
the health of your child and is a safeguard against truancy.
be taken when the school is closed, as prolonged absences will affect your
child’s education. The school keeps records of absence and attendance rates. We
are not allowed to give permission for family holidays to be taken during term time.
Requests for leave of absence may only be given in very exceptional
circumstances. We participate in Birmingham Local Authority's programme for
An award scheme
for good regular attendance is run within the school.
Healthy eating –
We encourage all
our children to eat and drink sensibly – for the sake of their health and
We are trying to
create a sensible, healthy balance – where children know that the occasional
‘treat’ is okay – but not every day.
pops, sweets and crisp type foods should not be sent in to school.
Milk is supplied
to Nursery children on a daily basis, free of charge.
We supply water
bottles for all the children. They take these home for cleaning and return them
Free fruit is
supplied to all children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. It is the
ideal snack for morning playtimes for all of the children.
school does not supply sun lotion, but it can be sent in to school. For very
young children in Nursery and Foundation Stage 1, a member of staff can apply
this if you give written permission.
During the summer
months you may also wish to provide your child with a suitable sun hat.
Pastoral care -
Problems are best
dealt with immediately. Your child’s class teacher is the person to see to
discuss any problem, unless you feel that the matter should be referred to the
deputy headteacher or headteacher. We do try our best to solve any problems as
quickly as possible, and, if necessary, with a reply or comment to parents by
the end of the afternoon.
An appointment to
see a class teacher is not usually necessary. The best time is at 3.15 p.m. when
the conversation can be private. If a teacher is unavailable, another time will
be arranged at the earliest opportunity. An appointment to see the headteacher
can be made by calling at the school office.
Children are awarded ‘smileys’ for good behaviour, attitude or work. These
are collected and recorded on class charts. Certificates are awarded when
100 (Bronze) / 200 (Silver) or 300 (Gold) smileys are recorded.
Individual Gold Certificates are awarded in a special assembly. Class awards
are also given out.
the school achieve a range of awards for sporting activities, academic
achievement and personal achievement. These awards are prized by the children
and celebrated within school.
week one child from each class is chosen for an aspect of their contribution to
school life. A special headteacher’s assembly is held to celebrate these
achievements. Parents are invited to these assemblies.
Now and then we
organise special individual, family or team competitions with awards for all who
regularly enter local and national competitions. We have gained major success in
many competitions; for example we were awarded first place in the United Nations
are expected to behave calmly and sensibly, to have good manners, and to develop
good self-discipline. They are encouraged to work and play independently and
co-operatively, and have concern for others.
Our policy is to
praise positive behaviour and so encourage others. Unfortunately, it is
sometimes necessary to apply sanctions which usually consist of privileges being
If a child
displays persistent behavioural problems, consultation is arranged between the
teacher and / or Headteacher and parents so that an attempt can be made to
understand the child’s needs and, hence, schemes adopted to try to modify the
includes, in the extremely rare cases of serious and persistent unacceptable
behaviour, the possibility of debarment at lunchtime and / or exclusion from
expected to wear school uniform. Not only do the children look smart, it is
practical and encourages the idea of having separate work and play clothes. The
school colours are green and yellow. These can be combined with grey skirts and
* Please ensure
that all clothing is marked with your child’s name *
should not wear fashion shoes with heels to school - there is every possibility
of an accident, which could permanently damage young ankles or legs. Flat shoes
are much safer and the most suitable footwear for young children.
should not bring any jewellery to school. This can be dangerous in a crowded
playground. Small studs may be worn for pierced ears, but they are not allowed
to be worn at the swimming baths.
require suitable clothing for Games and PE. They will need:
white T-shirt or sports shirt, trainers and plimsolls. Trainers should not be
worn during the school day other than for outdoor PE.
also be provided with a large old shirt or an apron that they can use in
activities such as art to protect their school uniform.
and lost property –
cannot accept responsibility for personal items brought into school, as we are
not insured for their loss. Mobile phones are not allowed unless there are
exceptional circumstances agreed with the headteacher, and in these
circumstances they must leave them with the school secretary during
Lost property is
collected and kept in lost property boxes.
Our Curriculum –
[Note - our school curriculum is being thoroughly revised during 2013 /
2014 following the publication of a new National curriculum]
We provide a
broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum appropriate to the needs and interests
of each individual child.
We aim to help each child acquire knowledge, develop skills and learn to
take the appropriate responsibility for their actions and attitudes,
respecting the needs of the individual person and the wider community.
The means by which these aims are achieved can be found in the richness and
variety of the curriculum, the opportunities to learn and to develop through
well structured activities, and the example of high standards shown and
expected by the staff of the school, in co-operation with parents and
Our children are motivated by their own high level of interest in knowing
about the world, the assistance, praise and encouragement they receive from
the staff and the personal sense of fulfilment that is achieved from gaining
Learning is progressively structured throughout the school. The organisation
of teaching is based on year group classes which includes whole class
teaching, group teaching and one to one teaching. Within this, the work is
graded according to individual abilities.
In the Foundation Stage we welcome the children into a warm, caring and
secure atmosphere where they will have the opportunity to explore and
discover in order to understand. They are given opportunities to talk about
and listen to, real, meaningful and imaginative situations in order to
sequence and develop their thoughts. They are encouraged to think about what
they are saying and to listen to others.
The curriculum in our Foundation Classes is based on the government's Foundation
Stage Profile and Birmingham LA’s
‘Stepping Stones’. There are six areas of learning:
• personal, social and emotional development
• communication, language and literacy
• mathematical development
• knowledge and understanding of the world
• physical development
• creative development
School’s curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2, is based on the ‘National
Curriculum’, Birmingham LA's ‘Curriculum Statement’ and the Agreed Syllabus for
R.E. It is further developed with particular school designed themes.
English / Literacy -
Literacy is the
most essential school subject. It enables children to express themselves
and to learn. It is a fundamental component of the communication needs for all
the other subjects across the whole primary curriculum.
aim to encourage all our pupils to :-
Listen attentively, paying attention to detail, to process the information and
think about what they have heard.
Speak confidently with intonation, clear diction, accurate grammar and style,
with regard for the listener.
Read fluently with good comprehension and appropriate expression from a wide
range of texts for pleasure, information and relaxation.
Develop their writing skills, imagination and personal expression, through a
range of written tasks, using accurate punctuation and grammar, and in a style
appropriate for the purpose.
Become a good speller, and use neat, legible joined handwriting.
experiences a dedicated literacy time everyday, except in the Foundation Stage
where literacy is incorporated throughout the day. In Foundation Class 2,
aspects of the National Literacy Strategy are phased in during the Summer Term. Additional time
is allowed for guided reading, and also for an extended writing session in one
day per week.
believe that children should be encouraged to develop their very best standards
in the subject; we attempt to make each lesson stimulating; and we believe in
the importance of teaching children the 'basic' knowledge and skills of
Primary School’s Mathematics Statement).
We are seeking to
positive attitude towards mathematics as a fascinating and attractive subject.
Mathematical skills and knowledge with high levels of numeracy.
flexibility of mind allowing clear, logical thinking in mathematics, with
confidence, imagination and initiative.
awareness of the uses of mathematics; as an essential element of communication;
and as a powerful tool.
ability to work systematically, independently, co-operatively, and carry out
in-depth studies of mathematics.
appreciation of the creative and aesthetic aspects of the subject.
There are four
key principles for teaching mathematics in Gunter School – 1. a dedicated
mathematics lesson every day for every class;
teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and in groups;
3. an emphasis on
differentiation by ability during group work, with all children doing work
linked to a common mathematical topic.
science teaching is based as far as possible upon practical experience and the
development of the necessary skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding for
Science is a very
important subject to understand a rapidly developing world. An understanding of
this subject assists us to make sense of technology, health, nature, chemistry,
and our world and beyond. It also helps us to make sense of many ethical
have one main aim for teaching science alongside eight further broad aims :-
interests, attitudes and aesthetic awareness
exploring and ordering observations
patterns and relationships
To develop an
enquiring mind and a scientific approach to problem solving
basic concepts and logical thinking
knowledge and learning skills
questions and devising experiments or investigations to answer them
Considerable opportunity is provided
for our pupils to develop the skills and confidence to cope with the
ever-changing world of computers. Our ICT suite and interactive whiteboards in
every classroom ensure that computing practice is provided across the
curriculum, in both individual and group settings, using a wide variety of
Our children make use of computers
to retrieve information, organise data, and process their own material. The
children also have safe and controlled access to the Internet – our safe and
acceptable use policy for ICT is available to view on our school website.
In their historical and geographical
work the children study the lives of people past and present, key events in
history, and attain a sense of order in which history unfolds. They investigate
the features of their own locality and the wider environment. They develop an
understanding of how people live and work, where places are situated and the
means by which they communicate, use the environment and take their place in
We organise most of our work in
themes. To add to the children’s understanding and stimulation we also use
visits to places like museums, both local and further afield. From time to time
we invite guests into school to add to the children’s first-hand knowledge and
experience of other cultures.
and Craft –
experience a wide range of art materials and techniques. We develop skills in
drawing, painting, pottery, textiles and other handicrafts, both to provide
creative satisfaction and to enhance and enliven other aspects of the
The children are encouraged to
experiment with and investigate various artistic elements and to learn about the
place of art and artists, both past and present.
are taught to play melodic and percussion instruments, in addition to singing.
Following the National Curriculum guidelines our music curriculum includes
opportunities for the children to perform, compose and listen to and know about
different styles of music.
work individually and in groups to take a design proposal through to the
finished item. On the way they learn to design, to evaluate and modify their
ideas, to choose the best materials for the job, and to handle tools in a proper
and safe manner. Finished items range from weather instruments to cakes!
PE is pursued through gymnastics,
games, dance, athletics, outdoor pursuits and swimming. Our aims are to promote
physical activity by improving physical fitness, skills and co-ordination.
Children are encouraged to develop both their individual and their team skills.
Swimming is taught from Year 3
upwards, where the children can work towards numerous skills awards.
There are a range of
extra-curricular sports clubs organised by staff and visiting sports coaches.
Inter-school matches are organised for some sports.
and Collective Worship –
follows Birmingham's Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Our aim is to assist the children to
learn about religions and to develop respect for people who practice a faith.
The great moral and social issues that arise from religious stories are
discussed and the lessons learned are used to reinforce the values emphasised
within our school community.
Parents have the right to withdraw
their children from Religious Education, including the daily Act of Worship,
after consultation with the Headteacher.
and Relationships Education –
Gunter School's policy for sex and relationships education
has been approved by our Governing Body. We aim to help children learn
about physical differences, the beginnings of life, their feelings, and helping
them to understand that plants, animals and humans reproduce. This forms a natural and incidental part of the children's cross curricular work,
including topics on 'Change', 'Growth' and 'Ourselves'. In Years 5 and 6
children are taught about the changes that they will go through as they grow up.
parents are given an opportunity to see any materials prior to their use in the
classroom and are informed when sex education is planned to take place. Parents
have the right, after discussion with the Headteacher, to withdraw their child
from planned lessons.
Assessments, Records and Reports –
national assessments, (SATs) take place when children are aged 7 and 11 in
primary schools. A phonics test takes place during Year 1. Parents are informed of the results of these tests.
used at other times in order to identify the children’s strengths and weaknesses
in their understanding. Other assessments are used to measure the effectiveness
and development of learning at our school.
An annual report
for every child is sent towards the end of the school year.
Parent meetings are held
each term for parents to talk to class teachers. Individual appointment times
are arranged. During the Summer Term, there are tours of the school for parents
of new pupils.
expected to complete regular homework. Reading is set as homework every night.
We do ask for your
assistance and support when the children bring work home. If we all work
together and take a real interest in your child’s work, then we give them the
important message of how much we value their education and care about their
Educational Needs –
Special Education Needs are
provided for in many ways, as deemed appropriate for the individual child.
Parents are kept fully informed of any special arrangements made.
are carefully assessed and individual programmes are planned and implemented to
provide for each child's own particular needs. The school has a member of staff
who monitors this progress and ensures that the necessary arrangements are made
for pupils with special educational needs.
Governing Body has a named member responsible for monitoring SEN provision. This
governor is available to talk to parents who feel their child has Special
teaching is available to the school from agencies such as the Remedial Teaching
Service and the Child Advisory and Psychological Service.
Local School Links –
Links have been
made with a number of local primary and secondary schools.
Links with local
industry and commerce have been established. We achieved a national partnership award because of the
work we have carried out with our business partners.
arranges visits to school by various organisations including the Police, Rail
Track (on railway safety), the RSPCA, the Fire Service and the Animal Lecture
Service. We are regularly involved in a variety of community activities within
the Pype Hayes and Erdington area.
We believe it is
important for children to show their natural concerns for others who are less
fortunate. We are particularly pleased with the large number of charitable
activities that have been organised and run by the children themselves.
our monetary collections for charities to a maximum of two per year. These are
usually for organisations, which set out to protect the welfare of children, for
example, the NSPCC or Barnardo’s.
We offer a range
of extra-curricular activities organised by staff either at lunchtime or after
school. These provide opportunities for the children to follow up and develop
their skills and interests. They are entirely voluntary. So far we have
offered the following clubs: Football, Rounders, Netball, Basketball, Music,
Drama, ICT, Maths and Breakfast Booster lessons for Year 6.
We regard school
visits as an important part of school life. Each year the children go on a
number of day visits to extend their knowledge and understanding of some of the
work they are doing. In addition to these visits, we organise longer residential
visits for our older children.
Before and After School Service:
details of the hours and charging for this additional service are available from
Management and Organisation -
Governing Body –
Body consists of: Local Education
Authority representatives / Parent Governors / Staff Governors
main responsibilities include curriculum issues including sex education and
monitoring special educational needs provision; finances; premises; and
meet as a whole group twice a term and also meet in smaller sub-committees to manage
issues more efficiently. These committees are for:
Quality and Standards
Concerns can be
addressed directly to the governors of the school. You may find this approach
particularly suitable for raising suggestions or proposals for school
If you wish to
raise a matter by a formal procedure, then a letter setting out your concern
should be sent to the Clerk of the Governors, (c/o the school), for full
consideration by the school’s Governing Body.
The School Council
is elected from Key Stage 2 children and meets every other week. They make
decisions about some of the school rules. They inform the governors and
Headteacher about the wishes of the children throughout the school.
They also have
their own budget to buy things that are selected by Council members.
are kept informed about school events and news through a regular newsletter. We
also operate a text messaging service - providing you have let us know your
can usually be found in the playground before school starts in the morning, and
is always willing to discuss any concerns you may have.
Primary School has a delegated budget. This means that all charges made upon the
school have to be paid out of our school budget. These include staff salaries,
rates, heating and lighting, as well as basic items such as books, pencils and
paper. The only other money we receive is as a result of self-generated events
such as our annual sponsored event.
should be paid at the start of each week. Please enclose all money in an
envelope with your child’s name and class on the front. Cheques should be made
payable to ‘BCC School Meals’. Application forms for free meals are obtainable
from the secretary. We ask that, should your child wish to change from
sandwiches to dinners, or vice versa, you give us at least one week’s notice by
completing and returning a form available from the secretary.
contributions are sometimes requested in order that certain activities or visits
may take place. We try to ensure that parental contributions are spread out over
the year. Full details of the charging policy are available from the Headteacher.
Payment of monies
monies, for whatever purpose, should be sent to school in an envelope with the
child’s name, class and purpose of the payment clearly written on the envelope.
details of this policy are available from the Headteacher. In essence it is a
process where the initial complaint to the class teacher is processed by the
Headteacher, then in turn by the governing body, and ultimately by the LEA if it
has not been resolved at any of these earlier stages.
hope you find our prospectus and handbook informative and useful. All the
information is correct at the time of publication, but may be subject to change
as the year proceeds.
you ever require any further information, or have suggestions for items to
include here, then please do not hesitate to contact