The School Handbook is the "one stop shop" for most of the information relating to Waterfoot Primary. The Handbook is regularly checked for inaccuracy or out of date information, but please if you spot anything amiss, or you have a suggestion for improvement.
Thank you, and welcome to Waterfoot Primary School!
Key Documents and Policies
The School Day
School Ethos, Values and Discipline
The Munch Box
Equality of Opportunity
The House System
The School Council
Waterfoot Primary Online
How is my child progressing?
Special Educational Needs
Able, Gifted and Talented Children
Personal, Social and Citizenship Education
The Governing Body
The Parent and Teachers' Association (PTA)
The Green Team
Before and After School
The WASPS Before and After School Club
Sport and Extra-Curricular Activities
Admissions and Transfers
Charging for School Activities
The School Uniform
Appendix A: Getting to School
Appendix B: The New School Grounds
Waterfoot School will prepare children for a successful and satisfying life in the twenty first century. We will seek to ensure that within the school, both adults and children will learn together and that each individual will reach their full potential.
At Waterfoot School, we think for ourselves, but feel for others.
In order to live up the above we aim to:
We recognise the value of the following words:
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
He learns to find love in the world.
Dorothy Law Holte
Chair of Governors: Mr Ian Mills.
Headteacher: Mr Simon W. Jones BSc. (Hons.), PGCE, NPQH.
Waterfoot Primary School,
Telephone: 01706 215539
E-mail: Website: www.waterfoot.lancs.sch.uk
In January 2012, Waterfoot Primary took the final step on a long and exciting journey when it opened the doors of it's wonderful new building to pupils. This was the culmination of a series events that began in September 2007 when the school amalgamated by expansion with Cloughfold Primary, less than a mile from it's previous site on Thornfield Avenue. The school operated on two sites (with one Headteacher) before coming together in September 2009, and then worked towards the completion of the current building. Throughout this period a key goal of school staff and Governors has been not only maintaining educational standards and opportunities for pupils but enhancing them; the school feels it has been successful in achieving this.
Waterfoot Primary School is well supported by parents and Governors, and our distinctive and successful approach has been reflected in the popularity of the school. We make a real effort to succeed by challenging our children to do better, but try to do all we can to avoid "teaching for the test", and make sure the judgements we make are secure and long-lasting.
Some key features of our school:
|Department||Morning Session||Afternoon session|
8.55am to 12.00pm
1.10pm to 3.15pm
8.50am to 12.00pm
1.00pm to 3.20pm
The school gates open from 8.40am, when staff will begin duty on the school yards and children should not be on the grounds before this time. The exception to this is for children being taken to the Breakfast Club or attending WASPS (see below). When the school is in session parents can use the buzzer on the gates to alert the office staff.
Early Years Foundation Stage (the Reception class) and those in Year 1 and 2 (the Infants)
Your childs outside classroom door.
Years 3 and 4
Your childs outside classroom door.
Years 5 and 6
Make arrangements with your own child about where you would like to meet them (please see Appendix C for plan of school grounds). This is in order to develop the independence of our older children.
There will be times when you need to get to the school in an emergency (for example when your child is sick). At these times, you will be able to enter school in a vehicle via the Wolfenden Green entrance (you will always be telephoned on these occasions by the School Office who will confirm access details with you).
Due to the importance of separating vehicular and pedestrian traffic, please note that entry via the emergency and service vehicle gate (at the end of Wolfenden Green) is only allowed in a genuine emergency (please note that this does not include collecting a child to attend an appointment, or dropping off an item that has been forgotten). If in doubt, the school office staff will be able to give further advice.
Currently there are 15 teaching staff (including the Headteacher) supported by a range of excellent classroom and other assistants. The children are divided predominantly by age into ten classes and each class teacher has full day-to-day responsibility for your child's learning and social development. Each class teacher is happy to speak and meet with parents at any time, although for practical reasons, an appointment is often advisable.
Your first point of contact will often be our Office team, Mrs Allen, Mrs Welshman and Mrs Procter. They will almost certainly be able to answer any queries that you may have, and if not, will know the person who can!
The children are supervised at lunchtime by a number of welfare assistants who are also trained to cater for the full range of pastoral care to which we believe your child is entitled.
A friendly team of staff cares for the school buildings.
|Class||Year Group (s)|
|Class 1||Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)|
|Class 2||Year 1|
|Class 3||Years 1 and 2|
|Class 4||Year 2|
|Class 5||Year 3|
|Class 6||Years 3 and 4|
|Class 7||Year 4|
|Class 8||Year 5|
|Class 9||Years 5 and 6|
|Class 10||Year 6|
At Waterfoot School we pride ourselves on our extremely positive ethos, something that includes not only the children's behaviour, but also the values that we, alongside the family, instil in the children. We are often complimented on what we a'/chieve at Waterfoot, and we believe the popularity of our school is due as much to our ethos as it is to our academic success.
The Golden Rules form part of a detailed Pastoral/Behaviour Policy, and in addition we work with parents on the basis of a Home School Agreement
Bullying of any type, violence, or extreme intolerance are simply not compatible with Waterfoot School. The extremely rare incidents of this type are investigated in full by staff who work closely with the parents and children involved.
Critical for our positive ethos is recognising the good behaviour, effort and attainment of our pupils, and we do this in a number of ways:
The kitchen provides healthy choices and special diets. Old favourites like 'Bangers and Mash also make an appearance! Children may bring packed lunches should they wish.
Please ensure that all school meals are paid for one week in advance on a Friday. A vegetarian option is available each day.
Meals can be paid for by cash or cheque (payable to L.C.C.) and we accept payments weekly, monthly or termly. Information for parents regarding Free School Meals is available from the Pupil Access Team (01254 220711) or the School Office.
It is fundamental to the philosophy of the school that every pupil has full access to a broad and balanced curriculum regardless of gender, ethnicity, social circumstances or any disability. The philosophy not only applies to the classroom but throughout the life of the school. Work and activities are planned to take into account the individual needs of the children and to foster in all pupils a feeling of individual worth.
Parents of children with a disability are asked to contact the school as soon as possible so we can make sure their needs are catered for in the best possible way.
Please see our Single Equalities Policy for more detail regarding Equality of Opportunity at Waterfoot Primary.
In 2010, a "House" system was introduced at Waterfoot School to help motivate children and to give them a greater sense of belonging. All children are placed in either the Badgers, Foxes, Deer or Herons (the names were decided by the School Council), and the progress of these groups are regularly reviewed and celebrated. Teachers give children house points, but cannot "take them back"!
Children earn house points for a range of reasons, but primarily for their behaviour and work in class.
We see the School Council as a very important part of school life, and one that significantly increases the involvement of our pupils.
The council works very hard representing the views of their 'electorate' and arranging activities. They are particularly proud of their work in raising money for worthy causes including ActionAid, Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary and the World Wildlife Fund. The School Council even talks to Ofsted about their perception of Waterfoot, and has also been involved with the design of our new school!
Waterfoot Primary has had a school website for a number of years, and has recently has been increasing it's on-line presence to provide news, activities and resources to our parents and pupils. Apart from our main website we now offer:
We are always happy to hear from our past pupils, and love to hear how they have prospered since leaving our school. Many do keep in contact, and we recently held a very successful Alumni Event just prior to our move to the new school. Please don't hesitate to email us should you wish to be included in our Alumni contact list. To find out more, please don't forget to have a look at our Alumni news on the Waterfoot Herald.
During their Reception year, children work towards "Early Learning Goals", following the Foundation Stage curriculum that they started at nursery. Parents of Reception pupils are given copies of this curriculum.
Waterfoot School follows the National Curriculum, and from Year 1 onwards the following subjects are taught:
English, Maths, Science, ICT, Design Technology, Music, Art, PE, Geography, History and also, in the Junior department, Modern Foreign Languages.
We have made a great effort to use technology as an aid in helping children learn effectively. This has been in evidence recently not only in IT resources, but also in video editing, the use of an internal intranet and the school's own website.
Waterfoot staff are confident, creative and knowledgeable. Such high quality delivery inevitably results in children who share the same enthusiasm for their work. We make every effort to encourage teachers to put their own stamp on the curriculum in order to bring it to life, and make it more memorable for the children. We believe that it is not simply coverage of the curriculum that is essential, but ensuring that lessons are remembered, meaningful and motivating.
Please make sure you visit our school website to see details of individual subject areas.
Obviously you will want to know how your child is progressing during his or her time at Waterfoot and there are a number of ways of doing this. First and in many ways most important, always feel free to ask if you have any concerns. In addition, there are a number of more formal ways we keep you informed:
There is nothing so unfair than the equal treatment of unequal children.
The school has in place a detailed SEN policy and a long record of success with children who require extra support.
Despite the class teacher's support and differentiated planning some children have difficulty in learning. If this happens we will provide additional help and support. We will discuss this with parents and devise an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the child. Mrs. Parkinson - the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and the class teacher will review this once per term. Parents will be invited in to read and sign the IEP but if they cannot attend a copy of the reviewed IEP and new IEP will be sent home and any comments will be welcomed. This is called "School Action".
If, despite this help, we are still concerned that a child is not making progress we will increase the help that is given to a child. We will do this if we feel that a child is falling significantly behind the rest of the class and we do not feel that we have sufficient expertise in school to plan appropriate curriculum activities. If this is the case we will ask for advice from professionals not directly employed by the school. We will continue to use IEPs but they will be more detailed. This is called "School Action Plus".
In a small number of cases should the child's difficulties be significant or indeed be long term the school, with support from the parents, can put forward a request for Statutory Assessment to the LEA so that they can consider making a detailed diagnostic assessment. This may result in a Statement of Special Educational Needs being granted. For pupils who have a statement, the school will hold statutory reviews and meet all statutory requirements.
We value the help that parents can give us and appreciate them sharing any problems a child may have had previously, or during their time with us. Should a parent have concerns about the progress of their child they should discuss them with the class teacher. If there continues to be a cause for concern then this should be brought to the attention of the SENCO (Mrs Parkinson). Complaints about the special educational needs provision made by the school should be discussed with the Headteacher (Mr. Jones). In the unlikely event that the Headteacher is unable to resolve the complaint, then the parent should write to the school's SEN Governor (call office for details).
Rigorous monitoring and review of interventions inform the SENCO of success. Children make progress on the "P scales" and across the National Curriculum levels. SEN provision has been developed further with the help of Teaching Assistants who have been trained, and subsequently delivered, additional reading programmes.
Please see our Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Policy for more details.
As well as catering for those struggling academically, the school works hard to provide for gifted and talented children in a number of ways. Provision starts with differentiation in class and home work, and includes initiatives such the 'Times Machine' in the juniors (where children are given an opportunity to work alongside those at their level of ability regardless of year group), the school band, talent shows and the school choir.
An "apprenticeship" scheme in ICT helps children with real ability in this area to develop their skills, and the school also provides a variety of sporting opportunities to challenge children. Please see the Able, Gifted and Talented Policy for more details. We are also developing specific activities to help children with ability to reach their full potential. These have included a trip to the Halle Orchestra, a personalised learning programme in mathematics by teachers from a local high school, and the adoption of an online homework system.
The school was last inspected in 2012 with a highly complimentary report. Please see the Ofsted website for the full low down!
The simple fact is that we are determined to do our very best for every child in the school.
We have a structured approach to PSHCE, and have been using 'Circle Times' throughout the school to give children the opportunity to explore issues together. In addition, [the School Council] has been established to give our pupils a greater voice in how the school is run and an opportunity to develop skills in communication, organisation and democracy.
We try hard to instil in our pupils an understanding of the wider world and encourage them to empathise with the difficulties and concerns others face both in our country and beyond. This doesn't stop at simply learning about those things, but also taking part in activities to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
Governors feel that specific "growing up" talks should be restricted to Year 6 children. However, the whole issue of our bodies and how to look after them is dealt with in detail through the Science teaching programme. In addition the school employs the 'Life Caravan' to further help children understand issues related to growing up in today's world.
Homework allows children to develop and consolidate skills and concepts learnt in the classroom and to explore aspects of the curriculum within the home environment. It also offers the opportunity for parents to learn more about the work their children do at school, and participate more fully in that learning.
Waterfoot Primary offers homework for all year groups, including the Badge Scheme (really try to encourage your children to have a go at this), online homework (our website is increasingly being used by parents and children to develop their learning at home), personal research projects and the more formal work of the Upper Juniors. Please see our Homework Policy for further details.
We are a non-denominational school, but are very proud of our reflective ethos. Parents are entitled to withdraw their children from our simple Christian and moral based assemblies if they so wish, as well as from religious education.
At Waterfoot we teach children about the world's religious faiths and beliefs. Our purpose is not to say one view is right or another wrong, but to give our pupils the knowledge and conceptual tools to make up their own minds.
We follow the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education that seeks to give fair coverage to all the main religions, and integral to all we do is the determination to instil respect for the beliefs of others. Please see our Collective Worship Policy and Religious Education Policy for further details.
Waterfoot Governors are from a wide cross section of society, including staff, parents and members of the local community, bringing with them valuable skills and experience for the benefit of our school. Mr. Ian Mills is our Chair of Governors, and there are 18 other Governors kindly volunteering their time and energy.
By law, Governors are responsible for a range of school policy, details of which are readily accessible to parents from within school and via our website. We are keen to represent the views of parents when deciding strategy and policy, and regularly consult to gain this insight, recent examples being parental feedback on homework, Able, Gifted and Talented pupils, sex education, pastoral policies and school uniform. There are also periodic "customer satisfaction" surveys, where parents and children are actively encouraged to identify areas for improvement across the school. The results of such research are always considered carefully when formulating our school development plans for the future.
Our Governors are genuinely involved in the school and are very approachable should you ever wish to contact them. A full list of Governors is available from the school office. Opportunities to join the Governing Body come up fairly frequently, so if you are interested in joining or would just like more information, don't hesitate to contact us, either via the school office, the Headteacher or any member of the Governing Body.
Our school has a very successful PTA, that raises a considerable amount of money as well having a lot of fun! Quiz nights, Treasure hunts, cake bakes and BBQs are just some of the recent events and regular newsletters keep parents up to date with how the money is spent on the children.
Parents can also check any PTA news by viewing the PTA noticeboard in the main reception area of the school or by checking out the PTA blog.
We love parents working alongside the staff at Waterfoot School, and they are often seen in the classrooms as well as helping out on school trips, sports and special events. If you wish to offer your services please contact the School Office. If you are interested in the PTA or would like to become a Governor at the school, please have a look at the relevant section in the Handbook.
Thank you for your interest.
The Green Team is a group of pupils and staff committed to ensuring that the principles of energy conservation, food and habitat use play a big part of life at Waterfoot.
Waterfoot Primary provides a well-established and very popular Before and After School Club (WASPS) for parents, further details of which can be found on the school web site.
Should you wish to register interest for the club please ring Michelle Buckley on 07594569652, leave a message at the main school office, or e-mail .
To find out more about the WASPS club please consult our policy and have a look at our publicity leaflet. Please note that the WASPS club is a contracted service.
For those parents not needing the full service provided by the WASPS Before and After School Club, the school also provides a drop-in Breakfast Club that receives children from 8.15am. Entry to the Breakfast Club is 50p plus the cost of what the children eat. Children attending the Breakfast Club will be able to enter via the pedestrian gates on Glen Road or Wolfenden Green between the times of 8.15am and 8.30am daily and make their way to the external Hall doors.
Parents who wish their child to use this facility are advised to register, and please remember that you are obliged to adhere to the Breakfast Club Terms and Conditions at all times. Please see Appendix C for a copy of the Breakfast Club Terms and Conditions.
Parents who wish their child to use this facility are advised to register, and please remember that you are obliged to adhere to the Breakfast Club Terms and Conditions at all times.
Well, in short, there are lots!!! We have a proud record of both participation and success in all local sporting association events and we regularly celebrate the collation of "silverware"! However, this is only a part of our sporting and physical provision. We believe passionately in the teaching of skills, whether it is soccer, hockey, rugby, or indeed any other team game. Teamwork is another focus which we believe to be extremely important and our aim is that not only do Waterfoot children possess basic skills, but also that they understand the need for rules and fair play. In short, Waterfoot children are taught that a team is stronger than the sum of its individual parts.
Currently, the complete list of extra- curricular activities comprises the Choir, Band, School Council, Netball, Football, Tag Rugby, Cross Country, Cricket, Handball, Table Tennis, Playground friends and gardening! These vary so please check for latest details. We also have an annual concert at Christmas and the ever-popular talent shows twice yearly.
Finally, as part of our on-going efforts to involve whole families in a wider curriculum, and to enable children to demonstrate their talents fully, we have devised the "Waterfoot Badge Scheme". This is similar to the badge schemes in the scouts and brownies and gives a great opportunity for parents and children to work together. Please ask for further information or visit our web site.
In the event of your child not attending school for any reason, you must contact us on the first day of absence.
Should parents wish to have time away during term time they must request this by completing a form available from the office. Further information regarding attendance and absence can be found in the school's Attendance Policy.
Absence data for 2011/12
As a community school, Waterfoot is subject to Lancashire admission procedures which ensure equity and fair play. If you wish your child to be admitted from another school please contact our Administration Team for more details.
Forms regarding admission to the school are sent out in the Autumn Term prior to the September in which your child is due to start. You can make your application on-line or alternatively return your paper application to:
The Pupil Access Team The Globe Centre St. James Square Accrington BB5 0RE Telephone: 01254 220711.
If you are not allocated a place in the school then you have a right of appeal. Please contact the school or the Education Office for more details (at the address above).
There is only one intake at Waterfoot (Our current admission number is 45) and children are admitted in the school year in which they reach their 5th birthday. Children with a place at the school will be invited to the "Waterfoot Wombats" club for a number of half days in the Summer Term in order for us to get to know one another. Should you wish to make an appointment to view the school please feel free to contact us.
Parents of children with a disability are asked to contact the school as soon as possible so we can make sure their needs are catered for in the best possible way (please see the Equality of Opportunity section above).
The regulations with regard to charging for school activities are laid down by the 1989 Education Act. Education provided by the school and during school hours must be free with the exception of musical tuition. However, schools may invite contributions in support of any activity as long as the voluntary nature of the contribution is made clear and that no child is excluded from the activity if no contribution is forthcoming.
Activities which take place out of school hours e.g. residential trips may be charged for in full. Nevertheless, in this case school is open to discussion in order to ensure that no child is excluded because of genuine hardship.
Because of day-to-day contact with children, staff are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse or neglect and parents should be aware that staff are obliged, where they deem necessary, to inform the child protection agencies of any concerns which may arise. The School has a both a Designated Senior Person and a Back-up Designated Senior Person who have received specific training to deal with Child Protection issues. Please see the school's Child Protection Policy for further information (go to the school website or simply ask at the Office).
There may be times when parents feel that something has gone wrong. A concern or complaint should be made in person, by telephone or in writing to the Headteacher at the School. If the complaint is about the Headteacher or a Governor it should be referred to the Chair of Governors of the school. A complaint made to a Governor, Local Authority Officer or Councillor, the Education Department at County Hall or to a local Area Education Office will be referred to the Headteacher or Chair of Governors, as appropriate, for investigation. Anonymous complaints cannot be dealt with unless they are about very serious matters.
Further details regarding the school's complaint procedure can be found in our Complaints Leaflet or from the School Office.
It is crucial that school is informed of any medical conditions affecting your child.
At times when it is impossible for you to administer medicine at home, and if your child is well enough to come to school, we will try to help. Please see the School Office in the first instance should you be in this position.
Our school is part of a network of support agencies that can be called upon to give additional help to pupils and parents who may need it.
On occasion pupils may face exceptional difficulties that require the help of Lancashire's psychology service. In such an instance we would, after discussing the matter with the child's parents, refer the child to the Educational Psychologist for assessment. In these cases the psychology service can help us provide specialist support for your child.
The Pupil Premium is funding in addition to the school's budget. Schools are free to decide how to allocate this funding to best support the raising of attainment for the most disadvantaged pupils.
In the 2012/13 financial year, the school received £42,9870 in Pupil Premium allocations. This was spent in a variety of ways that included:
Examples of impact in 2011/12 include:
In the 2013/14 financial year, it is estimated that the school will received £53,000 in Pupil Premium Allocations.
In addition to the areas that the pupil premium was spent on last financial year, the school plans to include the following:
The school medical team makes regular visits to school to check on the physical well-being of pupils. At times you will be invited to attend your child's examination and are welcome to do so. A school dental team provides a similar service.
The school works closely with this agency, and the service may become involved if your child's attendance at school falls below 85%.
The Ethnic Minority Achievement Support Service specifically works with new arrivals, African-Caribbean heritage pupils and minority ethnic communities. The Teacher Advisers work with primary and secondary schools throughout Lancashire and the North West. Please telephone 01772 533788 for further details.
We expect all chil* dren to present themselves smartly, and also ask the staff to do likewise. Below is a guide to the school uniform. Please note that a selection of uniform items (including coats, book folders and rucksacks) can be ordered through the school should you wish.
Please don't forget to put your child's name on everything!
|TOPS||Light blue shirt or polo shirt. Plain navy sweatshirt or jumper (with school logo if possible).||Light blue blouse or polo shirt.Plain navy sweatshirt or cardigan (with school logo if possible).|
|BOTTOMS||Grey tailored trousers or shorts.||Grey skirt (no more than 2 inches above the knee) or grey tailored trousers or shorts.|
|Grey pinafore or blue checked in summer|
|FOOTWEAR & SOCKS||Black shoes, grey or navy socks||Black shoes no more than 1 inch heel. Grey, navy or white socks or tights.|
|PE KIT||White top, navy shorts. Plimsolls for indoor. Navy tracksuit and trainers may be worn for outdoor games (Please note - no fashion or sports logos are allowed).|
|JEWELLERY & MAKE-UP||Only wrist watches are allowed. Studs for pierced ears must be removed for P.E. Except in exceptional circumstances (and with prior consent) make-up is not allowed at school|
Certain hairstyles are not considered appropriate for school, and can bring unwanted attention to children and disrupt learning; examples are "Mohicans", "Tramlines" and hair extensions. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask.
Except for special days, no toys, games or other items of value should be brought into school. As a general rule Waterfoot Primary holds no responsibility for money or any other valuables that are brought onto the premises.
We hope you find the following useful, please let us know if you come across any terms you would like us to include.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Class (previously know as the Reception Class).
Information and Communications Technology.
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.
Waterfoot Primary School has recently moved into new premises, and the school was built to encourage walking (this tends to be a condition of planning consent).
Parents will need to decide whether to walk to school from home or Park and Stride (that is find a suitable parking place and then walk a short distance into school).
Please study the map below carefully when planning your route.
To get a general location please see Google Maps.
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