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Madley Brook

Community Primary School

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byexcellence
challenging
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Prospectus
Madley Brook Community Primary School

Headteacher
Mrs Katherine Spencer
headteacher.2002@madley-brook.oxon.sch.uk
office.2002@madley-brook.oxon.sch.uk

www.madleybrook.org

Madley Brook CP School
@ The Bronze Barrow
Cedar Drive
Madley Park
Witney
OX28 1AR
01993 862976
welcome
to our school
Madley Brook Community Primary school opened in
September 2003 to provide mainstream education for
pupils on the Madley Park estate.

The school accommodates 215 school age pupils.
Our nursery, with 48 part time places, runs for morning
and afternoon sessions for children aged 3+.

The school works alongside Springfield

the
Special School.

bronze
Both schools are based on the site known

barrow
as The Bronze Barrow - chosen to reflect the
historical nature of the area. The schools
are built around the site of a Bronze Age
burial ground, hence the horseshoe shape
of the building. The two schools co-exist yet
maintain their own individual identities, staff,
governing bodies and pupils.

The building has been designed to Children have access to the attractive
accommodate the needs of both schools, indoor pool, ball park and sensory room
with superb educational resources and which are part of the provision for Springfield
facilities. children.

These include light airy classrooms, an For other sporting pursuits we have two
ICT suite, a library, a double sized hall, hard surface playgrounds, a superbly
a food technology room, and a separate, maintained sports field, a trim trail and a wild
specially designed nursery, fully equipped sensory garden.

an
with its own outdoor play area.

We hope that our prospectus will give you all the information you need to help your child
settle in. invitation
For you to gain a first-hand impression of the school before your child starts, we would like
to invite you to look around and meet members of staff. If you would like to visit us, please
telephone the school to make an appointment.
vision
& aims Achieving excellence by challenging boundaries
We will value each pupil and seek to provide learning opportunities that
will develop the whole child.

Achievements
Children will be encouraged to develop:
A sense of success
An ability to recognise and celebrate their
own achievements
An ability to recognise and celebrate the

to have
achievements of others

limitless
A sense of awe and wonder

aspirations
Ambition
Enthusiasm
And to have limitless aspirations!

Qualities as a learner
Children will be encouraged to develop
their:
Academic potential
Creativity
Tenacity
Physical ability

to have a
Spiritual and moral conscience

passion for
Understanding of their social role and

learning
responsibilities
Independence as a learner
And to have a passion for learning!

Personal Attributes
Children will be encouraged to develop:
Empathy
Respect for everyone
Respect for the environment

to have a
Self-belief

sense of fun
Initiative
Pride in themselves
Courage
Self-reliance
To enjoy life and have a sense of fun!
The school is organised into three Key Stages organ
isation
The Early Years In September 2009 the school’s admission number increased from 30 to 45 from Reception
onwards. This means that there are two Reception Classes working side by side.
Foundation Stage
When children enter Key Stage 1 they will be in mixed age classes. For example, Key
Nursery (F3 and F2) 3 to 4 year olds Stage 1 will consist of three parallel classes, each one accommodating 15 children from
Reception Class (F1) 4 to 5 year olds Year 1 and 15 children from Year 2.

Key Stage 1
Year 1 5 to 6 year olds
Year 2 6 to 7 year olds

Key Stage 2
Year 3 7 to 8 year olds
Year 4 8 to 9 year olds
Year 5 9 to 10 year olds
Year 6 10 to 11 year olds

admissions
Entry to Nursery Entry to School
The nursery class has 48 part-time places Admission to Madley Brook Primary
(24 per session), and children can attend School is via Oxfordshire County Council.
from the term following their third birthday.
Children are entitled to full time education
Application forms can be obtained from from the September in the academic year
the school office and parents may request in which they will turn 5. At this time they
either an afternoon or a morning session. will enter a Reception Class (F1). The local
A Nursery Admissions Panel meets three authority is responsible for the administration
times a year to allocate these places. of applications and will allocate places
If your application is successful, a letter under the county’s admissions policy and in
will be sent to you a term before your child line with the school’s published admissions
is due to start, offering either a morning or number. If parents are refused a place for
an afternoon place. If you accept the place, their child at the school of their choice they
you will be offered the opportunity to bring have a right to appeal to the local authority.
your child for a visit, before he or she starts. If the appeal is unsuccessful the child’s
This will enable you to meet the staff, see name can be placed on a waiting list for the
how the nursery session runs and ask F1 class.
any questions. Your child will be able to
participate in a range of activities with our For admission to the school at any other
current pupils. time parents can apply for a place by
completing the relevant application form
Please note that attending the which can be found on the county council’s
nursery class does not guarantee website. Copies are also available from the
school office.
your child a place in the school.
Provided that the school has a place in
the appropriate year group, a place will
be offered. A visit to the school prior to
application is strongly recommended.

Starting School
Before a child starts school, parents are
invited to a meeting to view the school and
its procedures and to ask any questions
they may have. Subsequently there are Transfer to
opportunities for parents to bring children
into school on specially arranged days to Secondary School
help them to become familiar with their new At the end of Year 6 all children transfer
surroundings. to secondary school. The majority of
children move to Wood Green School,
New children joining at other times are some children go to The Henry Box
made welcome through the co-operation of School and a small number to other
parents, teachers, fellow pupils and the schools on the outskirts of Witney. The
headteacher. admissions procedure for secondary
transfer is handled by the local authority.
Any parents who would like a place Secondary schools arrange open
for their child should contact the school evenings for parents and pupils in the
office to arrange a visit. Autumn Term of Year 6.
the school
day

Nursery School
8.45am – 11.15am Morning Session 8.30am Doors Open and activities begin
12.30pm – 3.00pm Afternoon Session 8.40am – 8.50am Registration

Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2
8.50am – 10.30am Lessons 8.50am – 10.50am Lessons
10.30am – 10.45am Break 10.50am – 11.05am Break
10.45am – 12.00pm Lessons 11.05am – 12.10pm Lessons
12.00pm – 1.00pm Lunch 12.10pm – 1.00pm Lunch
1.00pm – 3.00pm Lessons 1.00pm – 3.00pm Lessons

Lunch Times Mid-Morning Snack
Children can purchase a two-course Under the Healthy Schools agreement with
school lunch cooked on the premises or the Department for Children, Schools and
bring in a packed lunch. Families (DCSF), only fruit and vegetables
are permitted for a mid morning snack.
Payment for school meals must be made Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage
in advance, preferably at the beginning of 1 receive free fruit and vegetables through
the week, or at the latest on the day that the the national ‘Fruit for Schools’ initiative.
lunch is booked.

lunch
A healthy Tuck Shop runs on a Friday

&breaks
Refunds will be made or payment carried morning. Individual items range in price from
forward for absent pupils where the meal 20p to 40p; cards for £4 may be purchased
at the beginning of term. Money should be

snacks
has been booked in advance.
placed in an envelope and handed to the
class teacher.
Parents in receipt of income support,
income based job seekers allowance or Each child is given a water bottle when
state pension credit are entitled to free they first start at the school. Replacement
school meals. Parents in receipt of child bottles can be purchased for £1 from the
tax credit or working tax credit may have nursery.
an entitlement dependent upon income.
Please contact our Administration Team Children are encouraged to drink
who will be able to provide you with further throughout the day as water aids
details. concentration. Please ensure your child
takes his or her water bottle home and
If your child brings a packed lunch, please returns it to school each day with fresh
do not include sweets, glass bottles or fizzy water. No squashes please.
drinks. A leaflet giving ideas for healthy
lunch boxes can be found in the Appendix.
kit &
Uniform and Equipment
We wish to encourage high standards of
presentation in our pupils and emphasise
the importance of pride in belonging to the
caboodle
school.

In order to support the ethos of the
integrated school, it is expected that all pupils
will wear school uniform to demonstrate
our commitment to inclusive practice. We
hope that, as prospective parents of Madley
Brook pupils, you will support us in this.

We wish to support parents as much as
possible and will therefore supply items of
uniform through the school shop. Orders
can be placed through the school office at
any time.

Clothing PE
• French navy, V-necked sweatshirt • White T shirt
or cardigan (with the school logo in • Blue or black shorts
bronze) • Blue jogging bottoms and sweatshirt
• School fleece with logo, for outdoor for outdoor games in case of cold
wear only (this should not be used to weather
replace the sweatshirt or cardigan) • Black plimsolls for indoor PE
• White polo shirt • Trainers for outdoor games
• Grey skirt, trousers or shorts • A named bag for PE kit
• In summer, there is the option for girls
of blue and white checked dresses
• Shoes appropriate for running and PE kit should remain in school throughout
outdoor play (no trainers, sandals or the week and be taken home at regular,
fashion boots, please) appropriate intervals to be washed.

Jewellery
In the interests of safety it is important that children do not wear jewellery to school. During colder months all children
should have a coat in school every
If ears have been pierced, only studs should be worn and these must be removed for all day as we encourage outdoor
PE lessons, including swimming. If children are unable to remove their earrings they must play all year round.
have their own tape in school to secure them during lessons. During the summer, children should
have a hat to protect them from the
Parents who wish to have their children’s ears pierced may wish to consider having this sun and may also bring sun cream,
done during a summer holiday so that the studs do not have to be removed for PE during although this has to be self applied.
the healing process.
the
curriculum Our curriculum aims to provide children with a broad,
balanced and wide range of experience and opportunities.

The curriculum and the overall effectiveness of teaching and learning
at Madley Brook are constantly being monitored and evaluated by the
headteacher, teaching staff and governors.

the early years Both the Nursery and the Reception The Early Years Foundation Stage

foundationstage
Class follow a planned curriculum which is guidelines are based around six broad
based on the guidance recommended by areas of Learning and Development
the Department for Children, Schools and • Communication, Language
Families. and Literacy
It promotes activities that lay secure • Problem Solving, Reasoning
foundations for future learning, and is and Numeracy
delivered through a combination of whole • Knowledge and Understanding
class activities, adult-led focused activities,
of the World
and child-initiated activities. This is referred
• Physical Development
to as the Early Years Foundation Stage
• Creative Development
and provides the framework for children’s
• Personal, Social and
learning from birth until the end of their
Reception Class year. Emotional Development

Once children reach Key Stage 1, they follow the National
Curriculum, which continues through into secondary school
(Key Stages 3 and 4)

key
stages
Literacy Science
Literacy lessons are aimed at developing In an increasingly scientific world we
children’s reading, writing and speaking believe it is important that our children
and listening skills. In all areas of writing develop an understanding and interest in
children are encouraged to be involved in the the science that they encounter in everyday
evaluation of their work so they understand life.
what they have done well and what the next They will explore such topics as electricity,
steps will be in their learning. space, light, materials, the human body and
minibeasts and their habitats and are given
Every child has a reading diary to record
the opportunity to ask questions and raise
their daily reading at home and at school.
Teaching Methods The school runs a Reading Challenge to issues along their path of discovery. The
children are expected to carry out practical
Children are taught in various ways - encourage children to read at home and
experiments and investigations, record
for example, as a whole class, in groups, certificates are awarded for their efforts.
their results and draw logical conclusions
or individually.
from them, as well as using computer
Where group work is planned, children
Mathematics programmes to display and analyse their
results. They will be encouraged to respect
are taught either in ability groups or All children are taught daily according to
the natural environment both in our locality
mixed ability groups depending on the National Framework for Mathematics.
and further afield.
the teaching and learning planned for Children have the opportunity to practise
that lesson. Occasionally a class will mental arithmetic, solve problems and carry We believe that a questioning nature will
be taught by a different teacher - for out mathematical investigations. Sometimes allow all children to appreciate the wonders
example, for a subject specialism such children will have a mathematical homework of the modern world throughout their lives.
as music or PE. task. Science may be taught as a discrete subject
or as part of a topic or theme.
ICT
The ICT curriculum is constantly changing
as technology develops. We currently have
Music
All children have the opportunity to listen
to, respond to, compose and perform a
home
work
an ICT suite equipped with 15 networked wide range of music. Class assemblies,
computers where children have access productions and concerts allow children
to the Internet and email facilities. Each to share their music making. There are At Madley Brook, regular home learning
classroom is equipped with an interactive additional opportunities for children to learn is expected of all pupils at every stage
white board which is used to help them learn a musical instrument through the peripatetic of school life. Parents are encouraged
in all subject areas. music service. to take an interest in their children’s
education and to play an active part in
the home-school partnership.

Homework includes daily reading for
all children and the Reading Challenge
encourages all children to participate
and earn certificates for their efforts.

Spellings, mental arithmetic including
times tables, and other assignments
such as further research or individual
exercises to reinforce and extend
classroom learning may also be included.
History Physical Education (PE)
The study of history is conducted through Each class has two lessons per week
a series of topics ranging from ancient which include gymnastics, dance or outdoor
civilisations to the present day, taking into games depending on the season. The
account the effect of explorers, invaders and curriculum for PE offers a variety of activities
settlers and major historical events. aimed at developing each child’s physical
fitness and social skills through team work,
Children are encouraged to discover for
co-operation and good sportsmanship.
themselves through the use of artefacts,
Children represent the school in a number
photographs, visits and analysis of evidence
of tournaments and inter-school matches in
from appropriate stimuli to understand what
a wide range of sports.
life was like in the past and how it has
influenced our society today. Swimming sessions are organised at the
Windrush Leisure Centre for Years 4 to 6
for 10 weeks on a Monday morning at the
Geography following times of the year:
Children will learn geographical enquiry Autumn Year 6
techniques and skills by studying their Spring Year 4
local area and by contrasting localities in Summer Year 5
their own country and in the wider world.
They learn to ask questions about people, Year 3 swim in small groups on Friday
places and environments, and to find out mornings in the swimming pool on site
how people affect, and are affected by, their during the autumn and spring terms. Year
environment. Children are taught to use 2 have swimming lessons in this pool during
appropriate geographical vocabulary, collect the summer.
and record evidence, analyse data and use Parents are asked to make a
geographical resources such as maps and contribution towards the cost of the
photographs. coach travel (Windrush) and the pool
hire (on site).
Art and Design
Our artwork gives children the opportunity
to develop their creativity and imagination
through visual, tactile and sensory
experiences. The work of other artists,
craftspeople and designers helps them
to learn about the functions of art in past
times, other cultures and their own lives.
Children will learn that art is a means of
communicating ideas or feelings and that it
has a vital role in human society.

Design and Technology Assessment
(D&T) Ongoing teacher assessments
and statutory assessments of pupils’
We encourage children to investigate and achievements are used to inform future
understand the technology around them and planning and to check pupils’ progress.
to use their knowledge, resourcefulness and
imagination to design and evaluate. As a result of daily assessment
techniques, work is differentiated so that
Specific skills such as construction, the needs of the most able, as well as the
cutting, sticking, sewing and cooking are less able and those pupils with special
taught as a means towards making the final educational needs are adequately met.
product.
Modern Foreign Languages
Children in Key Stage 2 have regular
opportunities to learn French. These are
practical and oral sessions provided by

a partnership
teachers in our school as well as from The

between parents
Henry Box School.

and school is
for theessential
Personal, Social, Health and
success Citizen Education (PSHCE)

& happiness These lessons underpin the school’s aims

of all children
and ethos. It is a time for children to think
about themselves and their responsibilities
as a member of the Bronze Barrow
Community. Issues such as behaviour,
drugs education and the feelings of others
are discussed. Sometimes PSHCE
lessons will take the form of Circle Time
and occasionally visitors from the local
community, such as the local police or the
school nurse, will speak to the children.

Collective Worship and Curriculum Enrichment
Religious Education Throughout their time at Madley Brook
children go on a variety of educational
Religious Education follows the Oxford-
visits, all of which give them valuable first-
shire Agreed Syllabus. Daily assemblies
hand experience and help broaden their
are held which are in line with the 1988
understanding.
Education Reform Act and are
predominantly Christian in nature. Parents
Most of the local visits are made on foot
who wish their child to be withdrawn from RE
during lesson time, in small or larger groups,
or assemblies should make arrangements
to places such as the local church, Witney
to discuss this matter with the headteacher.
town centre and areas around Madley Park.
Day visits are usually arranged by the class
The school has a thematic approach to
teacher in connection with the term’s topic.
the content of assemblies based around
As these visits are usually to places further
Values Education. These values are rotated
away, they require the use of transport for
regularly and are: Hope, Responsibility,
which financial contributions are requested
Respect, Tolerance, Unity, Courage, Trust,
from parents. All visits follow guidelines
Love, Freedom, Peace, Appreciation,
set by the local authority and are fully
Happiness, Caring, Honesty, Friend-
supervised.
ship, Co-operation, Understanding
and Thoughtfulness.
Every year pupils in Year 6 go on a
residential trip, where they undertake more
Sex Education adventurous activities than can normally be
offered at school.
Aspects of sex education are taught in the
context of PSHCE throughout the school.
Occasionally, themed weeks are organised
Formal teaching about puberty takes place
- e.g. book week, science week, creative
in Year 5 and about human reproduction in
arts week - when normal timetabling is
Year 6 as part of the science curriculum and
suspended and activities are focused
within a moral context. School governors
around the theme.
have a legal responsibility for the school’s
Sex and Relationships Policy which is
From time to time visitors to school - theatre
available on request. Parents wishing
groups, travelling planetarium, artists in
to withdraw their children from Sex and
residence, musicians - help children learn
Relationships Education should first make
from first hand experience.
arrangements to discuss the matter with the
headteacher.
Reporting to Parents
Parent-teacher consultations are held
during the autumn and spring terms. A
school report is sent home at the end of
the summer term and parents are given
the opportunity to discuss its contents.

If you are in any way concerned about
your child’s work, progress or well-being,
you are most welcome to come into
school and share those concerns with
the class teacher. It would be helpful if
you could phone the school or speak to
the class teacher to ascertain the most
convenient time for such a discussion. In
the same way, if a teacher has a concern
about your child they will contact you and
make an appointment to discuss this with
you.
SEN&
Special Educational Needs

behaviour
If you think your child may have special
educational needs you should make an
(SEN) appointment to talk to your child’s teacher,
the special educational needs coordinator
We aim to provide a differentiated (SENCo) or the headteacher. Many
curriculum that meets the needs of all our problems can be dealt with easily, especially
pupils. Occasionally, children may require if they are dealt with quickly. Our SENCo will
additional support with certain aspects of assess your child and advise teachers on
their work and teaching assistants work appropriate targets and teaching strategies.
alongside teachers to provide this support
on a daily basis. We recognise that more able children
have special needs too and extra challenge
Our special needs Code of Practice works is provided for them. Children who show
on a step-by-step basis, matching the level a particular flare and aptitude for a subject
of help to the needs of the child. If the may be placed on our Gifted and Talented
school identifies that a child has special Register and further differentiation will be
needs, we will discuss this with parents and provided where appropriate.
together we will decide what stage is best
for the child. Behaviour Management
An Individual Education Plan (IEP) will The school operates a positive behaviour
then be drawn up detailing the steps to be management policy that is based on
taken. These will be reviewed each term choices. We believe that children have
with parents and the child. In most cases, a responsibility for their own behaviour,
special help at an early stage will allow a and good and bad choices are frequently
child to make progress and he or she will discussed. Children are rewarded for
not need to move on to the next stage. If positive behaviour through praise, stickers,
it is considered that a particular kind of merit points, the Celebration Bench and the
special help is needed, perhaps from an sense of responsibility that good behaviour
outside specialist, the school will consult warrants. Occasionally, when a child makes
a bad choice, this behaviour is discussed
with parents before making the referral.
with them and sanctions may be applied,
Partnership with Parents
Occasionally, a child requires a statement such as missed playtimes, time out, or Parents are encouraged to play an
for SEN, agreed with outside professionals, reflection time. If unacceptable behaviour active part in the life of the school as the
the school and the local authority. Extra becomes more persistent parents will be broad education of a child is a partnership
support is then arranged in accordance with notified, with the aim of working together to between the school and home. There
the identified need. help the child make better choices. are a number of ways in which parents
can get involved in their child’s school:
• Home-School Agreement
• Voluntary work in school
• Helping with school trips
• Supporting your child with their
homework
• Reading at home with your child and
completing their reading diary
• Supporting PTA events
The school aims to communicate
with parents on a regular basis. A
weekly newsletter is sent out with
news about school and forthcoming
events. Teachers send out curriculum
information, informing parents of the
topics that are being taught that term.
The school website, which is currently
being updated, will provide a useful
tool for policies and booklets about the
curriculum and other information.

Clubs School Council
There are a number of after school Two representatives from each class

extra
activities, including karate, football and meet every three weeks with the assistant

curricular
the recorder. They are run by specialist headteacher with responsibility for pastoral
instructors and there is a charge. care. Children are able to express their
A specialist teacher provides woodwind views about the school through this forum.
lessons on a weekly basis through the Ox-
fordshire Music Service. Lessons are also “Madley Brook School has a
available for piano and guitar. School Council that teaches children
responsibility and gives them a chance
to give their opinion about the school.
Funtime Friday Each class has two representatives
All children are entitled to up to 30 minutes who go to the meetings and tell other
of extra curricular activities at the end of the children and adults about any problems
morning on a Friday as a reward for hard or suggestions to improve the school.
work and good behaviour.
These ideas are taken to the teachers’
Children sign up for a new activity each meetings and carefully thought about.
term and have the choice of six activities Representatives are chosen by class
over the year, including sport, sewing, members.” Amber and Edward Year 6.
gardening, games, dance, ICT skills and
many more.
attendance
& absence Madley Brook School has a very good attendance record

Absence Late Arrivals
Regular attendance is vital to a child’s Pupils who arrive at school late
educational progress. (after 8.50am) should report with their parent
to the school office, where their attendance
If your child is unable to attend school we can be registered and the reason noted in
ask that you inform the school as soon as our Late Book.
possible, ideally by 8.30am on the first day
of absence and on subsequent days. If a child is persistently absent or late it may
become necessary to contact the Education
Without this information your child’s Social Worker for the school who will help
absence will be recorded as unauthorised. to resolve any difficulties the family may be
experiencing in promoting good attendance.

Holidays
There is no automatic right to holiday
leave during term time. Permission to
take holidays during term time is at the
discretion of the headteacher. If you have
a valid reason for requesting leave for your
child, please complete an application form
available from the school office.

inholidays
No more than 10 days in any one year
is permitted. Each application will be
assessed on its merits and the headteacher

termtime
will consider absence rates of the child,
the effect of the requested absence on the
progress of the child and the nature of the
holiday.

Application forms should be completed
at least three weeks prior to the requested
leave and parents are advised not to book
the holiday until the leave has been granted.
Emergency Closure
Absence for holidays cannot be authorised If the school is forced to close for any
during periods when the national Standard reason (e.g., severe weather, lack of
Attainment Tests (SATs) are taken or being heating) announcements will be made on
prepared for. This is usually between the school website, Heart FM and Radio
February and May for Years 2 and 6. Oxford.

medical
Medicines

matters
Parents are responsible for administering epipens or similar devices. In these cases
medicines. If your child needs to take several members of staff are trained
medicines three times a day then these in these procedures. It is the parents’
can be administered before school, after responsibility to keep the medication in
school and in the evening. If your child has school up-to-date.
been prescribed medicines for four daily Inhalers for asthma should be clearly
doses, you may arrange to come yourself labelled and in date. Parents should make
or nominate someone (but not a member an arrangement with the class teacher for
Headlice of staff) to come to school at midday to storage of the inhaler that is safe but also
Headlice are an on-going problem administer the medicine. allows easy access in case of need. It is
for all schools and despite all the best No prescribed medicines may be advisable to keep an inhaler in school at all
advice and practice they are proving stored in school, nor should a child ever times.
impossible to eradicate. The school be given medicines to keep in a bag or
Parents of children with long-term medical
nurse recommends the daily use of a drawer.
needs should speak to the headteacher to
headlice comb with hair conditioner. Individual arrangements may be made make special arrangements.
with the headteacher for children requiring
&
children
Child Protection PTA
Procedures
The safeguarding and physical well-being
Parents are very supportive and there is
an active Parent Teacher Association which
raises significant amounts of money for the
parents
of every child is of paramount importance.
school and provides additional resources to
All staff have a professional duty to refer any
enhance the educational opportunities for
concerns relating to child protection directly
the children.
to the headteacher.
The PTA is open to all parents and carers.
The school complies with Oxfordshire New parents are always welcome to join
County Council’s safeguarding procedures the committee and many find that becoming
for the recruitment of staff and all adults involved is a good way of making friends
working in school on a regular basis are and having fun in a good cause. The
required to undergo an enhanced Criminal PTA organises various fund raising events
Records Bureau (CRB) check. throughout the year for children and families
such as: Summer Fete, Christmas Fair,
Healthy Schools Family Disco, Bingo, Easter Mad Hatter
and Summer Ball. Some of these events
Healthy Schools is a joint initiative of the
are organised jointly with Springfield School
Department of Health and Department
PTA.
for Children, Schools and Families which
promotes the link between good health, Each year the PTA raises thousands of
behaviour and achievement. It is concerned pounds for the school. In recent years it has
with creating healthier, happier children who purchased the trim trail in Key Stage 2, the
do better in learning and in life. fort in Key Stage 1 and the sun canopies,
and often helps to fund transport for school
In order to gain National Healthy School
trips, visiting speakers and theatre groups.
Status, schools are asked to meet a
An AGM is held every November and all
minimum of 41 outlined criteria in four core
parents are encouraged to attend and
themes:
consider ways of getting involved in some
• Personal, Social and Health Education
way.
• Healthy Eating
• Physical Activity
• Emotional Health and Well-being
The criteria relate not only to the taught
curriculum but also to the emotional,
physical and learning environment that the
school provides.
The school was awarded National Healthy
School Status in July 2009 after we had
gathered evidence from pupils, parents,
governors and staff.
This process has helped us to review and
improve our current practice, which will in
turn affect pupils’ health and learning.

Equal Opportunities
Every member of the school is valued Charging Policy
equally irrespective of their race, gender,
background, learning abilities or disabilities. To enable the school to provide for trips,
Every child has an entitlement to equal visitors to school and visits to places of
access to and participation in all aspects interest, it may be necessary to ask parents
of school life. At Madley Brook School we for a voluntary contribution towards the cost
recognise and value diversity in society of of these events. Without this support we
culture, language, religion, opinion and would find it difficult to maintain the quality
belief. and variety of the school’s enrichment
programme. Whilst no children will be
penalised individually if their parents are
unwilling or unable to make a contribution,
the school may have to cancel the activity if
insufficient funds have been collected.
Occasionally, teachers will ask for a
voluntary contribution towards the cost of
cooking ingredients or technology projects
if the child wishes to own the end product.
The Governing Body Complaints
Governors have responsibility for the strategic management of the school within the In the event of a problem or complaint,
framework set out by national legislation and by the policies of the Local Authority. The it is usually only necessary for parents
governing body has representatives from the Local Authority, the community, parents, to discuss their concerns with the class
teaching staff and support staff. The governors oversee the management of the school teacher or the headteacher for matters
building, the curriculum, the staff and their wellbeing and, primarily, the education of the to be resolved. However, in the event
children within it. Meetings are held termly with committees meeting in between. These are of parents wishing to pursue a complaint
Pastoral and Community, Teaching and Learning and Strategy and Finance. further there is a County Policy adopted
by the Governing Body that gives clear
Because of the unique relationship and shared usage of the school with Springfield Special
guidance on procedure. A copy of this
School, representatives of both governing bodies meet regularly as a Joint Executive to
policy is available from the school office.
discuss issues that affect both schools.
health
Car park

atsafety
&
Parents may not use the school car park

the
at the beginning and end of the day to drop

bronze
barrow
off or pick up their children. Space is limited
due to the number of people who work
on the site of the two schools. The only
exception is when parents are picking up
Nursery children or dropping them off over
the lunchtime period. This is because the
back gates of the school are locked at the
start of the day and are not opened again
until it is time for school to end.

Trim Trail and Fort
The fixed playground equipment may not
be used before or after school by pupils
or their siblings. These activities must be
supervised by a member of staff at all times.

Cycling
The decision as to whether a child cycles
to school is at the discretion of parents.
Bicycle sheds are available for bikes and
scooters. No ‘vehicle’ is to be left in the
playground or outside classroom doors
and all children cycling to school must wear
cycle helmets. The school reserves the right
to stop children parking their bikes on the
school premises if they persistently refuse
to wear a helmet to school. There must be
no cycling on the school playgrounds or
paths.

Appendices
• Staff List
• Governors List
• School Data
• Healthy Lunchbox Ideas
Smoking • Recent OFSTED Report
• Term Dates
The Bronze Barrow is a no smoking site.
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