Gunter Primary School

 

Prospectus and Handbook

 

Welcome to Gunter Primary School!

 

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 our children.

 

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 children. 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 children.

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Contents

Contact Information       :        Gunter School - Background       :        Mission / Motto / Aims      :      School Year and Times      :      Starting and leaving Gunter School

 

Health, Safety and Welfare       :       Our Curriculum      :        School Management and Organisation

 

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Contact Information.

Our address is  –  Gunter Primary School, Gunter Road, Pype Hayes, Birmingham, B24 0RU.

Telephone  -  0121 464 2367            Fax  -  0121 464 8015            e-mail  -  admin@gunter.bham.sch.uk

Headteacher  –  Headteacher - Miss Lucy Riley

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   

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Gunter Primary School - Background http://billdargue.jimdo.com/placenames-gazetteer-a-to-y/places-p/pype-hayes-gunter-school/

Gunter Primary 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 private nursery facilities is attached to our school. There is a large playground and extensive grass and garden areas.

The school 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)

'Key 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 classroom assistants.

We offer additional provision through teaching specialists, support services and integration assistants. There are also many parents who regularly help in classrooms.

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 assist you.

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.

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Our Mission Statement :  "To start our children on the pathway of learning that develops their full potential within school and the wider community."

Our Motto :Strive for excellence”

Our Aims:

1.        To provide a broad range of educational experiences and activities to help prepare each child for a successful adult life.

2.        To provide a secure, well-disciplined, caring and friendly environment.

3.        To foster the children's self-respect and consideration for others and for their environment.

4.        To involve parents, local schools and the wider community in a mutually beneficial relationship.

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School Times.

The School Year.

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.

 

The School Day.

Morning session 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.

On arrival 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 teaching.

All children at Gunter School receive well above the recommended minimum teaching time, (which does not include time taken for assemblies, registration or break times).

Dinners are served in the hall from 12.10 p.m. until 12.40 p.m. The children are supervised throughout their lunch break.

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Starting at Gunter School.

We 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.

For all our admissions we follow the Birmingham Education Service, (LA) policy and criteria for admissions to primary schools.

Admissions 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, (outlined below).

Part-time fee paying places may also be available - please enquire at school. We are able to accept Childcare Vouchers - our account number is: P20751710

 

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.

Admissions to the Main School:

The LA's admissions criteria for Gunter Primary School are as follows :-

a. Children 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.

Parents wishing 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 we introduce our school and ourselves. Further details about admission is discussed at this meeting.

The majority of children in our Foundation – Reception year have attended the setting as nursery children and seamlessly continue their education into the following year.

 

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.

 

Admissions in later school years:

Children 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  

Transfer 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 before selection.

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.

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Health, Safety and Welfare.

Security:

All adults inside the school building during the school day need to have a school identification badge - this includes all staff and parents.  Parents should wait in the playground for their children at the start and end of the school day - if a parent wishes to see a member of staff, an appointment should be made. A member of staff is available at the beginning and end of the school day at the two entrance doors for children - brief messages may be passed on through them. Access to the Nursery is via the Nursery door using the bell system.

Visitors to school must report to the secretary’s office to ensure that their business is official.

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).

Pupils are 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.

Emergency systems -

 

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.

Road safety -

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.

Crossing wardens 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.

 

Emergency contact -

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.

Should these change, please let us know as soon as possible.

Accidents –

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.

 

Medicals 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.

The school nurse or doctor and the dentist make regular visits to school.

If prescribed 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.

 

Absences -

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.

Holidays should 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 reducing absences.

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 behaviour.

We are trying to create a sensible, healthy balance – where children know that the occasional ‘treat’ is okay – but not every day. 

Fizzy 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 each day.

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.

Sun lotion -

The 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 written reply or comment to parents.

Appointments to see a class teacher should be made. The best time is at 3.20 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. Messages can also be passed on via the member of staff at the entrance doors at the start of the day.

Awards –

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.

Children within 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.

Each 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 enter.

Children 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 Art Competition!

Behaviour and discipline -

Children 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 removed.

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 behaviour.

School policy includes, in the extremely rare cases of serious and persistent unacceptable behaviour, the possibility of debarment at lunchtime and / or exclusion from school.

Clothing –

Children are 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 trousers.    

* Please ensure that all clothing is marked with your child’s name *

Children 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.

 

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.

 

The children require suitable clothing for Games and PE. They will need:

Black shorts, white T-shirt or sports shirt, trainers and plimsolls. Trainers should not be worn during the school day other than for outdoor PE.

Children should 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.

Valuables and lost property –

The school 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 school hours.

Lost property is collected and kept in lost property boxes. 

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Our 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 others.

 

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 satisfactory outcomes.

 

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

Gunter Primary 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.

We 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.

Each class 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.

Mathematics -

"We 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 mathematics." (Gunter Primary School’s Mathematics Statement).

We are seeking to develop :-

 

A positive attitude towards mathematics as a fascinating and attractive subject.

 

Mathematical skills and knowledge with high levels of numeracy.

 

A flexibility of mind allowing clear, logical thinking in mathematics, with confidence, imagination and initiative.

 

An awareness of the uses of mathematics; as an essential element of communication; and as a powerful tool.

 

An ability to work systematically, independently, co-operatively, and carry out in-depth studies of mathematics.

 

An 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;

 

2. direct teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and in groups;

 

3. an emphasis on mental calculation;

 

4. differentiation by ability during group work, with all children doing work linked to a common mathematical topic.

Science -

Our science teaching is based as far as possible upon practical experience and the development of the necessary skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding for the subject.

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 problems.

We have one main aim for teaching science alongside eight further broad aims :-

Interpreting findings critically

 

Developing interests, attitudes and aesthetic awareness

 

Observing, exploring and ordering observations

 

 

 

 

 

Appreciating patterns and relationships

 

To develop an enquiring mind and a scientific approach to problem solving

 

Developing basic concepts and logical thinking

 

 

 

 

 

Communicating

 

Acquiring knowledge and learning skills

 

Posing questions and devising experiments or investigations to answer them

COMPUTING / I.C.T. –

Considerable opportunity is provided for our pupils to develop the skills and confidence to cope with the ever-changing world of computers. We have a bank of laptops for Key Stage 1 and a further bank for Key Stage 2. Our classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards. We ensure that computing practice is provided across the curriculum, in both individual and group settings, using a wide variety of educational software.

Our children make use of computers to retrieve information, organise data, and process their own material - and to learn how to control the technology through use of programming languages and skills. 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.

History and Geography –

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 society.

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.

 

Art and Craft –

The children 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 curriculum.

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.

Music –

All children 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.

 

Design and Technology –

Children 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!

Physical Education –

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.

Religious Education and Collective Worship –

Gunter School 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.

Sex 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.

Where possible, 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 –

Compulsory 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.

Tests are 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.

Homework –

Children are 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 progress.

Special 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.

Children 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.

The 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 Educational Needs.

Advice and teaching is available to the school from agencies such as the Remedial Teaching Service and the Child Advisory and Psychological Service.

Community and 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.

The school 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.

 

Charities –

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.

We limit 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.

Extra-curricular activities –

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:

 

Full details of the hours and charging for this additional service are available from the secretary.

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School Management and Organisation -

Governing Body –

The Governing Body consists of:   Local Education Authority representatives  /  Parent Governors  /  Staff Governors  /  Community Governors.

The governors’ main responsibilities include curriculum issues including sex education and monitoring special educational needs provision; finances; premises; and personnel matters.

The governors meet as a whole group twice a term and also meet in smaller sub-committees to manage issues more efficiently. These committees are for:

Resource Management

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 development.

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.

School Council –

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.

Communications –

Parents 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 contact number.

The Headteacher can usually be found in the playground before school starts in the morning, and is always willing to discuss any concerns you may have.

Finance –

Gunter 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.

Dinner Money –

This 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.

Charging Policy –

Voluntary 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 –

All 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.

Complaints Procedure -

Full 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.

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We 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.

If you ever require any further information, or have suggestions for items to include here, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Strive for Excellence