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Prospectus 2019-20

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BARLING MAGNA PRIMARY ACADEMY
LITTLE WAKERING ROAD
BARLING MAGNA
SOUTHEND - ON - SEA
ESSEX
SS3 OLN

Telephone: [01702] 218961
E-mail: admin@barlingmagna.essex.sch.uk
www.barlingmagna.essex.sch.uk

Head of School: Mrs Sue Clarke
Chair of Trustees: Mr Daniel Smith

Barling Magna Primary Academy is a small, rural primary school with a ‘family’ feel.

We pride ourselves on our nurturing ethos where every child is enabled to achieve. Your child is an individual and as a small school, all members of the teaching and support staff know each and every child. We place an emphasis on knowing the strengths and needs of all pupils and adapting what we do so that every child can achieve.

Being small does not limit us!  Close links with other schools mean that we can offer a wide variety of opportunities for our children and staff and take on new initiatives with confidence.

We are accredited as a Healthy School and this reflects the value we place on ensuring that the ethos and environment support learning and promote the health and well-being of everyone

We hope that this prospectus will help you get to know our school and what we have to offer.

If you would like to know more please do not hesitate to contact us – even better, why not come along and have a look at what we do. We always like to welcome visitors and would be more than happy to show you around. 

Our Vision

Our school will inspire everyone to aim high and overcome challenges with confidence in a stimulating, secure and positive environment.
We will encourage a love of learning together with an attitude of care and respect for others, both in school and in the wider community.
Our pupils will have the skills and attitudes to participate and be successful in the wider world.

Our Aims

We aim to create a school where:

  • there are high expectations. excellent teaching and resources support effective learning.
  • all individuals are nurtured, feel safe, happy and have high self-esteemthe ethos and environment support learning and promote the health and well-being of all.
  • individuals develop mentally, spiritually, morally, culturally, socially and  physically.curiosity and initiative are stimulated and challenged.children feel a sense of achievement.
  • there is an effective partnership between home and school.common values are promoted and diversity is valued.staff and governors work effectively together with a common purpose.

Barling Magna Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  

School Buildings and Grounds

The old school across the road was founded as a Victorian Board school in 1878 with staff and pupils moving to our present site in 1974.

There are 6 well-resourced classrooms, a hall for assembly, PE and dining purposes, a library/resource area, and an administration area.  There are touch screen TV's and visualisers in every classroom, with I-Pad minis and portable netbook computers to support the children’s learning.

Outside facilities include a playground, a large playing field, adventure play equipment, a wildlife area and an outside area for learning through play for the youngest children.

School Organisation

The school currently has 5 classes for the 7 years of the primary age range.This means that some children are in mixed year group classes in both Key Stages. The work they are given covers the concepts, skills and attitudes relevant for their year group in the National Curriculum, adapted where necessary to ensure all children achieve well.

The Curriculum

Children in the Reception Class (age 4 - 5 years) follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. 

There are three prime areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

There are also four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

In Key Stage 1 (5 - 7 years) and Key Stage 2 (7 - 11 years) the following subjects are taught:

English | Maths | Science | Computing | History | Physical Education | Geography | Art and Design | Music | Design and Technology | Religious Education | Languages (KS2) | Personal Social and Health Education (non-statutory*)

The school follows the agreed syllabus for Religious Education in Essex. Parents who wish their children to be withdrawn from Religious Education and Assembly should consult the Headteacher.

Making the curriculum exciting and engaging means that children will learn well. We help this to happen by ensuring that the children regularly go on school trips, both locally and further afield. We also have visitors in school to enrich the curriculum we offer. Visits have included:

Duxford Air Museum, Science Museum, A day in London finding information on buildings and structures, Wat Tyler Country Park, Hyde Hall RHS Garden, PGL residential visit, The pantomime to see Cinderella, A horse and lizards visited school for the KS1 topic on animals, Sealife Centre and Hadleigh Country Park 

*Although this is non-statutory (not required to be taught by law at these Key Stages) we have decided to devote a portion of curriculum time to it. Personal, Social and Health Education gives valuable opportunities for children to gain skills and knowledge in dealing with their feelings and relationships and builds on the Health Education aspects of the science curriculum.

Special Needs

We aim to enable all pupils to have equal access to the full curriculum. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator works with parents, staff and other professionals to identify children’s needs and plan individual learning programmes for children according to the SEN code of practice. Progress is monitored and reviewed regularly on a termly basis according to the school’s SEN policy which can be found on our website.

Specialist teachers support the children’s learning where appropriate and there are good links with the special needs staff at the local secondary school to ensure a smooth transition for these children.

Accessibility

We operate a policy of equal opportunities for all, regardless of ability, gender or race. We make every effort to cater for all needs and to ensure that children can integrate with their peer group within the school environment.

We continually look to improve accessibility around the school and review our accessibility plan on a regular basis. We have suitable toilet and showering facilities for anyone with a physical disability and access in the main building is reasonable. Where possible, doorways have been widened giving easier access to wheelchair users and consideration has been given to the classroom acoustics.

If your child has specific needs, we will look at our provision and make reasonable adjustments to ensure equality of access.

What to do if you have a concern

The school encourages feedback from pupils and parents.  Compliments are always welcome and very encouraging to teachers and staff.  If a parent has a concern or complaint to make please contact the relevant Class Teacher, Parent Liaison Officer or the Head of School to discuss the issue.

The Trustees are also there to assist, and the Chair may be contacted through the School Office.

Annual School Reports

We aim to give a full picture to parents of their child’s progress over the year - the information includes:

  • comments by the class teacher on the child’s progress in National Curriculum areas, particularly the core subjects of English and Mathematics.a personal comment on the child’s general progress, behaviour, attitude to work, contributions to school life and achievements.end of year assessments; the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile at the end of the Reception Year, the child’s National Curriculum assessment results with any relevant, national comparative information at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, and results from the national phonics check are also reported. numerical grades for effort in all areasa record of the child’s attendance [up to the Half Term of the Summer Term], showing the number of sessions attended and the percentage of unauthorised absences. 

Parents are welcome to make an appointment to discuss their child’s report with the class teacher.

Assemblies

A variety of assemblies are held across the week where pupils are encouraged to think about personal beliefs, individual responsibilities and to celebrate their achievements.  A variety of stories and sources are used from Christianity and other religions.

Behaviour Policy

We have high expectations of behaviour and attitudes to learning and encourage the children to demonstrate this throughout the school day.

We develop good attitudes to learning and social interaction with others by promoting a positive approach to behaviour in school and expecting only the best from our pupils at all times by promoting the Golden Rules from the Behaviour Policy.

Rewards are used to further promote positive behaviours alongside our celebration Assembly every Friday.

Our whole school behaviour policy can be found on the school website.

Rewards and Sanctions

Rewards and Sanctions in the Reception Class

In the Reception Class children are encouraged to keep to the rules at the level to which they are mature enough. Rewards, such as stickers, smiley faces, verbal praise are given for keeping the class rules. Sanctions are individual, depending on the child, but may include missing out on a chosen activity for five minutes. Regular communication with parents is essential in the development of the young child’s social and emotional skills.

Towards the end of the Reception Year a simplified version of the whole school credits system is introduced to ease transition to Year 1.

Rewards and Sanctions system

  • Credits are recorded weekly and Credits go towards individual certificates which are presented in termly assemblies and taken home. Any adult in school can give credits. Classes work towards collecting enough credits for a Class Reward is agreed between the pupils and staff in the class.  A lot of credits should be given out, especially initially, and their importance continually emphasised during the year. The Class Reward needs to be an enjoyable session which all children will look forward to – activities need choosing carefully.
  • For exceptional work or behaviour a raffle ticket is given to the child which they can present to the Head of School for a Headteacher gold sticker.There is a celebration assembly at the end of each week at which a Student of the Week Certificate is awarded for a pupil in each class.A raffle ticket is also drawn from the Head of School’s sticker awards and the chosen pupil is award a Headteacher prize.Golden tickets are awarded by Midday Assistants for good behaviour. One of these are also drawn in assembly.

Reminder/praise good behaviourYellow CardRed card - go to work in another class for the rest of the session and 15mins detention. CT to record in class detention file and inform parents by the end of the day 

Repeat process if necessary.

Second red card in one day– see HT and go to work in another class for the rest of the session and 30mins detention in total. Teacher to phone home and meeting with parent, child, teacher and HT at the end of the day.Three red cards in one week (on different days) - Phone call home and meeting with parent, child, teacher and HT at the end of the day. It may be necessary to set up daily behaviour monitoring charts to be shared with the parents and the Special Educational Needs Coordinator. 

As we want to emphasise positive behaviour (not negative), these sanctions will not be publicly announced but shown by the teacher to the child with a quiet reminder.

For serious incidents of misbehaviour (violence, racism, stealing, vandalism, swearing or other verbal abuse towards children or adults) or if there is no improvement in the child’s behaviour then the Head of school should be involved. The Head of school will meet with the child and parents to discuss further sanctions which may involve a fixed term exclusion.

For very young children who hurt somebody, the class teacher needs to use their professional judgment; a ‘cooling off’ period may be all that is needed to be effective or it may be necessary to send the child to the Head of school. 

For incidents of bullying, refer to our Anti-Bullying Policy.

The School Day

From 8.35 am -- Gate opened - children can play in playground
8.45 am -- Children enter classrooms for registration
8.55 am -- First session starts
10.15 – 10.45 am -- Assembly and Playtime
12 noon -- Lunch time - Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage
12.15 pm -- Lunch time - Key Stage 2
1.15 pm -- Registration for both Key Stages
3.10 pm -- School ends

Our Playleaders organise games for the children to play at lunchtime.

They encourage turn-taking and having lots of fun!

Extra-Curricular Activities

Children are encouraged to take part in activities during lunch-times or after school during the term.

Clubs include from time to time:-

Netball | Football | Computer | Athletics | Ukelele | Choir | Bikeability | Tag Rugby | Orchestra | Yoga | Short Tennis | Dodgeball | Film Club | Writing Club | Cooking | Cross country   11+

Extended School Activities

In addition to the clubs mentioned above, other activities and services based in school include:

Breakfast Club 7.30 - 8.45am        

Regular information about Holiday Clubs, other After School Sports Clubs and Arts Clubs available in the local area

Swift, easy access to specialist services facilitated by the Extended Services Team based at The King Edmund School e.g. Behaviour Support, Family Support Workers, support for Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs, Educational Psychology  etc.

Charity Fundraising and other events

As a school we support a number of national and local charities that have included H.A.R.P., Barnardos, Havens Hospices, NSPCC, Operation Christmas Child and Children in Need. The children occasionally organise their own fund-raising activities.

Other activities include:-

Harvest Festival | Christmas Carol Service | Christmas Play | School Sports Day | District Sports Competitions | Music Festivals | Exhibition Evening | Summer Production | Netball League

The Parents’ Association (we call this ‘FOBs’ which stands for ‘Friends of Barling’) organises events from time to time in order to raise money for the school.  The two main fund-raising events of the year are the Christmas and Summer Fairs. These have enabled us to purchase computing equipment for the children and develop our outside area.

Uniform

For EYFS & KS1: 

White polo shirt with red school emblem

For KS2:

White short- or long-sleeved shirt and school tie (ties available from the school office)

For both Key Stages:

Red sweatshirt top* (EYFS & KS1 round neck, KS2 v neck) or v neck cardigan* with school emblem over left breast

Red fleece* with school emblem

Black or grey ‘smart’ trousers, pinafore or skirt

Red checked school dresses and black tailored shorts are optional summer wear.

Socks - black, grey, red or white (black or red tights may be worn in winter).

Black sensible school shoes.

Trainers and canvas shoes are not suitable as they are unhealthy for feet if worn for long periods.

Earrings- plain studs may be worn but must be removed for PE. It is advisable to book piercings for summer holidays to allow time to heal as pupils will be required to remove the earrings themselves.

Other jewellery is not to be worn.

Book bags* if desired are available with the school logo.

P.E.Kit

Red round neck t shirt with logo*

Black shorts*

White sports socks

Black canvas plimsolls (or trainers in KS2). Plimsolls are not needed for Reception until after Easter.

PE Bag*

In the colder months it may be advisable to supply a tracksuit; this should be plain, preferably a dark colour (grey, blue or black) with no large logos.

Hairstyles

Hairstyles should be conventional and suitable for school with no extremes of fashion. Long hair should be tied back at all times – preferably with a red or white scrunchie or ribbon. Large brightly coloured bows and headbands are not permitted nor are patterns shaved into hair.

Monitoring

Regular checks will be made and parents informed of any action required.

*Crawlers’ in Hamstel Road and www.schooltrendsonline.com supply uniforms with logos. At times during the year, good quality ‘used’ uniform sales may take place.

Late arrivals

Children who arrive at school after 8.45 should enter school by the front door and report to the front office. Any pupil who arrives after 9.00 is recorded in the register as late and after 9.30 as an unauthorised absence for that morning. For this reason, if your child has a medical appointment in the morning, please bring them into school for registration first so that they can receive their attendance mark.

Absences

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness please telephone the school office from 7.30 on the first day of absence. Admin staff check the registers every morning and will contact you if your child is absent and you have not been able to let us know. A letter explaining the absence is required upon return.

Regular attendance at school is very important and taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress. Parents should not normally take their children on holidays in term time and there is no legal right to do so. Requests for leave of absence will be considered but only agreed in very exceptional circumstances.  A letter is required requesting leave of absence.                                                                                               

Each week, the House with the highest school attendance wins a point and a leave is hung in their 'colour' on the Attendance Tree.

End of day arrangements

The children will be brought out to the playground by the Class Teacher or LSA. They will only be released if their appropriate adult is in the playground. If there is no adult, they will be brought to the school office, who will call you.

If you are unable to collect your child and have asked someone else to pick them up, please telephone the school office to inform us of the name of the adult who will be collecting. This will be passed to the Class Teacher to ensure your child goes home with the authorised adult.

School closure due to bad weather

In exceptional circumstances the school may close, for example due to severe weather conditions. Parents can find out about school closures by visiting Essex County Council's homepage at www.essex.gov.uk, and searching for Emergency School Closures.

Important messages about school closures, cancellation of school clubs, return times of trips and newsletters are sent out via the HomeContact system either by text or email. Our Facebook page will be updated with the relevant information.

Food in school

We encourage healthy eating in school both in the curriculum and in the food made available for the children.

We provide a hot meal in school every day with a vegetarian option. All meals include a dessert or fresh fruit. Our meals are cooked in our own kitchen with many home-made dishes and meet the Government Nutritional Guidelines. All children in Reception and Key Stage One are entitled to a Free School Meal.  

In place of a school dinner some children prefer a packed lunch. This should be brought into school in a named container. In line with our healthy approach to food we would ask that only still drinks are provided. No chocolate or sweets, also please do not send in squeezy yoghurts as these can be a hazard.

A small snack can be brought into school to eat at playtime. Only fruits or vegetables are allowed for snack (e.g. satsumas, a container with a small bunch of grapes, a box of raisins or other dried fruit, carrot sticks etc.). The school tuck shop also provides healthy snacks.

All children in Reception and Key Stage One receive a free piece of fruit each day in their classroom.  Milk is free to children until their fifth birthday and can be purchased for all other children.

Drinking water is freely available from water fountains. Children are encouraged to bring a named water bottle to school. There is a water cooler provided in the library for refilling water bottles.

Supporting children and families

From time to time, situations may arise within families which mean that without support from other agencies the children would be at risk of failing to develop normally and this includes emotional development.

As a school with good links to our families, we are often among the first to know about such a situation occurring. In the first instance please contact Mrs Crump our Parent Liaison Officer if you require a referral.

As part of the Rochford District Schools Partnership Trust and Essex Local Authority we are able to access support for our families from many local agencies.

These include Emotional & Wellbeing Service, Children’s Society, Family Intervention Team, Family Support workers, Social Services, the NHS, the Police service and behaviour support workers, to name but a few.

Medicines in School

Medicines should not be brought into school by children.  If medicine has to be taken during school hours the parent should give it to the School Office and sign the appropriate form giving dosage, time and any other information. Records of administration will be kept.

Charging and Remissions Policy

The above named policy can be found on our website or copies can be acquired from the school office. In relation to school activities, parents will be asked to make a voluntary contribution for visits etc. The school will retain the right to cancel the visit if the response is insufficient to cover costs.  Parents with difficulty in this respect should contact the school office.

Secondary Liaison

We foster close links with our partner secondary, The King Edmund School in Rochford, with visits by the staff of both schools to liaise and work on joint projects with the children. Secondary aged children from Barling and Great Wakering are ‘bussed’ to and from school each day.

The Transfer to Secondary School

The majority of children at Barling Magna attend the catchment secondary school of King Edmund. However some children will opt to attend other secondary schools out of catchment, or to take the Secondary Selection Examinations for the Southend Consortium schools.  We aim to make the transfer between schools as positive and supportive an experience as possible, to prepare the children for the next stage of their school life.

Admission Arrangements

There is no guarantee of a place in school.  In the event of oversubscription, places will be allotted using the following criteria in the order given:

< >Looked After ChildrenChildren living in the priority admissions area with a sibling attending the school;Children living in the priority admission area;Children living outside the priority admission area with a sibling attending the school.All applications for school places are handled by Essex County Council. www.essexcc.gov.uk/admissions

Arrangements for parents to visit the school

All parents and prospective parents are welcome to visit the school at any time, by making an appointment with the School Office. 

There is an information meeting in the summer term for parents of children due to start school in September. We also offer a New Intake ‘Taster’ Day when children and parents can spend an hour in the Reception Class and enjoy a school meal together.

Parents have the opportunity to attend regular Parents’ Evenings to discuss their child’s progress with their class teacher but are always encouraged at other times of the year to make an appointment if they have a particular concern or query.

Further information about the school and all our policies can be obtained by logging onto www.barlingmagna.essex.sch.uk

 

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