Benjamin Hargreaves CE Primary School
We would like to welcome you to Benjamin Hargreaves CE (VA) Primary School. We hope the information contained in this brochure will be helpful to you and give you some idea of the educational opportunities we can offer your child. In addition the School Website provides more information – www.benjamin.lancsngfl.ac.uk
The School’s Mission Statement and School Vision reflect our main priorities for all our pupils.
We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence and enjoyment in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment, where individuals are valued and respected. We will endeavour to enable all children to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian Faith.
Our School Vison
Every child, every day, to learn, to laugh, to love and pray
Throughout your child’s time here the School will make every effort to involve you in your child’s education. We value our strong links with parents and carers and see education as a partnership between School and home.
Mrs J Nicol
Arrangements for admission have been agreed following consultation between the Governing Body, the Diocesan Board of Education, Local Authorities and other admissions authorities in the area.
The number of places available for admission to the Reception Class in the year 2017 will be a maximum of 23.
The Governing Body will not place any restrictions on admissions to the Reception Class unless the number of pupils for whom admission is sought exceeds their admission number. By law, no infant class may contain more than thirty pupils. The Governing Body operates a system of equal preferences under which they consider all preferences equally and the Local Authority notifies parents of the result. In the event that there are more applicants than places, after admitting all pupils with a statement of educational need naming the School, the Governing Body will allocate places using the criteria below, which are listed in order of priority.
1(a) Pupils in public care.
This includes any “looked after child” and any child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
(b) Pupils with special medical or social circumstance affecting the child where these needs can only be met at this School.
Professional supporting evidence from a professional, eg a doctor, psychologist, social worker, is essential if admission is to be made under the criterion for special medical or social circumstances, and such evidence must set out the particular reasons why the school in question is the most suitable school and the difficulties which would be caused if the child had to attend another school.
Parental worshipping is normally taken to mean a minimum of monthly attendance at church at public worship for at least six months. The relevant date for admission in 2016 is 1st September 2015 but for September 2017 the relevant date is 1st September 2016.The Governors will request confirmation of this from the relevant member of the clergy or church officer. Where a family has changed churches, then information about all of them will be required. Churches Together in England is taken on the 1st September 2016 for admission in September 2017. A list may be obtained from School.
Siblings include step, half, foster, adopted brothers and sisters living at
the same address.
4. Pupils of staff who have been employed in School for the whole of
the two years prior to the closing date for applications.
This applies to all staff, full and part time, who are employed by the Governing
5. Other pupils.
Where there are more applicants for the available places within a category, then the distance between the Ordnance Survey address points for the school and the home measured in a straight line will be used as the final determining factor, nearer addresses having priority over more distant ones. This address point is within the body of the property and usually located at its centre. Where the cut off point is for addresses within the same building, then the single measure between address points will apply and the Local Authority's system of a random draw will determine which address(es) receive the offer(s).
Arrangements for the Admission of Pupils with Disabilities
We are very experienced at admitting pupils with disabilities and endeavour to ensure that all pupils are treated equally. We have a disabled toilet for adults and pupils and a chair lift has been installed under our Accessibility Plan to help access from the main building to the two first floor classrooms and the playground. We also have a lifting bed and shower for any disabled pupil requiring such support.
Classes are organised in year groups in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, i.e. Reception, Class One and Class Two. We try to keep the numbers as small as possible; our intake number is 23.
In Key Stage 2 pupils are taught in year groups for English and ability groups for Mathematics. However in the afternoons, for other curricular subjects, Classes 3, 4 and 5 have a slightly different arrangement and are mixed age groups.
Headteacher: Mrs J Nicol
Deputy Headteacher: Mrs S Welch
Reception: Mrs S Welch
Key Stage 1:
Class 1: Mrs L Jones
Class 2: Miss S Whittaker
Key Stage 2:
Class 3: Mrs. E. Robinson
Class 4: Miss L Studholme
Class 5: Mr P Atherton
KS 2 English and Maths Mrs E Barker
HLTA: Mrs A Smith
Mrs A Maden Mrs Y Alam Mrs A Whittaker Miss Rawstron
Mrs S Safdar Mrs L Stephenson Mrs S Parkinson Mrs K Hunka
Mrs M Cairns Mrs P Blunstone Mrs C Cooper
Mrs S Woods Mrs Y Alam Mrs K Hunka Miss J Kerfoot
Site Supervisor Office Manager
Mr P Mackereth Mrs D Buckley
The Governing Body
As Benjamin Hargreaves is a Voluntary Aided school the Governors are the employers. Ofsted inspectors in 2015 said ‘Governors bring a valuable range of skills. They know the School and the pupils well because they visit regularly and are fully informed through updates on achievement, progress information and reports from Subject leaders. Consequently, they ask pertinent questions, challenge leaders and hold them to account.’
The Governing Body consists of the Incumbent/vicar of St Paul’s Church, 7 Foundation Governors, 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority appointed Governor, the Headteacher, 1 elected Staff Governor(teacher) and 1 co-opted staff Governor(non-teaching). Currently we have, in addition, 2 Associate/co-opted Governors.
The Chair of Governors and Child Protection/Safeguarding Governor is Mrs K Jones.
Mrs A Wenter is the Vice-Chair of Governors and Mrs L Smith is the Governor with responsibilities for Special Educational Needs & Disability.
Our School is a Voluntary Aided Church of England School and therefore requires the Governing Body to contribute 10% of all building costs and repairs. We ask for a yearly donation of £15 which is held by Blackburn Diocesan Authorities towards building costs and repairs. Collections are made in the Autumn Term for all year groups.
Parents are invited to Gift Aid this money, allowing the School to claim Income Tax on the donations. More information is provided in the enclosed form.
Behaviour and discipline
We aim to encourage self-discipline, co-operation, tolerance, confidence, respect and independence amongst our pupils based on their sense of belonging to our caring School. Ofsted Inspectors 2015 said ‘good behaviour and supportive relationships results in learning proceeding smoothly in lessons and outside class. Pupils show positive attitudes in their learning so they work hard and progress well.’
The School takes very seriously the issue of bullying and appropriate action is taken should it occur. Pupils told the Ofsted inspectors that they feel safe in school. They say that bullying is not an issue. More information is provided in the enclosed Behaviour and Discipline Policy and the Anti-bullying Policy.
We have a strict uniform policy. Items are available to order during the Summer Term or may be purchased from local shops.
School sweatshirt /Cardigan
White polo shirt
Grey trousers/shorts/ skirt
Black school shoes
Dark Red Gingham Summer dress (optional)
Black PE shorts
Plain white tee shirt
Black pumps for indoor PE
Plain trainers for outdoor PE
A track suit for outdoor PE in either plain navy or black
Please ensure that all clothing (including coat) is marked with your child’s name.
Jewellery is not allowed in School for health and safety reasons. A single pair of stud earrings is allowed but must not be worn during PE and swimming lessons.
All long hair must be tied back neatly, for safety and hygiene reasons. Fashion cuts are not allowed nor is beaded hair under Health and Safety Regulations.
School Meals and Milk
All Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils are offered a free school lunch. Key Stage 2 pupils may have a school lunch which will cost £2.20 per day or bring a ‘healthy’ packed lunch. Payment for school meals is made in advance using ParentPay, details of which will be provided by School.
If you are in receipt of any benefits please contact the Globe Centre on 01254 220714. This is essential, even if your child is having a free school meal in Reception and Key Stage 1. School is given an additional amount of money from the Government for EVERY child entitled to a free school meal.
This also entitles the pupils to free school milk. ‘Cool Milk’ is the company who supply our School which is a payment online.
Pupils who do not drink milk are encouraged to drink water.
Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils also have a free piece of fruit during the School day.
Reading is a vital skill for life and we encourage our pupils to read at home every day. Other work is sent home on a weekly basis to facilitate learning and to reinforce work done in School. You will be informed by the class teacher of the work being taught each term in your child’s class via the class half-termly newsletter and of the day on which homework will be sent home.
Parents/carers play a vital role in the education of their children. We believe that pupils do far better when parents/carers and teachers work together. Parents/carers can assist us by listening to their child read at home, support him/her with homework, attend Parents’ Evenings and share their child’s development with us.
Our ‘Home-School Agreement’ is a statement of the School’s responsibilities towards our pupils; the responsibility of each pupil’s parents; and the School’s expectations of parents/carers and we ask you to read and sign this important document.
Friends of Benjamin Hargreaves School
All parents/carers are automatically members of the ‘Friends of Benjamin Hargreaves School’. We plan events to raise money which is spent to provide additional resources/experiences for our children.
Educational Visits/School Trips
Visits to places of interest are planned to support the School’s Curriculum. We ask for a voluntary contribution towards the cost and there is always the possibility that visits may have to be cancelled if insufficient funds are raised. Parental consent slips are essential before a child can be included on any visit and a risk assessment always takes place before a visit/trip.
Our School is committed to equal opportunities. Caring for and respecting others is at the heart of our School Ethos. Our Curriculum and school life recognise the diversity of cultures within our School.
All people are valued equally, regardless of ethnic origin, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation and will be supported to achieve their full potential.
Special Educational Needs and Disability
Class teachers recognise and make provision for all pupils according to individual needs. Some pupils may be identified as having a special need and may be given a ‘Passport’ which is an individual support plan and some may be placed on the School’s Special Needs and Disability Record. Special needs are not always permanent and therefore a pupil’s progress is monitored and reviewed constantly.
We recognise that parents/carers are often very worried when concerns about their child’s progress are raised. An appointment can always be made with the School’s Special Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCo), Mrs Robinson, to help address any worries.
Some pupils may be assessed by outside agencies which may result in a statutory assessment, which in turn, may lead to an Education Health Care Plans (EHC).
More Able, Gifted and Talented
We believe that all pupils are entitled to receive the support and challenge to help them to develop their full potential. We recognise the importance of identifying a wide range of abilities and talents, and of providing opportunities to nurture them.
We intend our pupils to acquire the skills and knowledge that will enable them to develop as whole people; confident and willing, caring and concerned, committed to their own development, yet aware of their responsibilities to others. We intend that pupils should gain the independence of thought and action for their own well-being and happiness, and that of others.
In order to achieve our aims we will base our own practices on the following principles:
In English, during Key Stage 1, pupils learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. They use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds. The teaching of phonics is a separate lesson and is an essential part of early reading. Pupils discriminate letters by their sound, learning the skills of blending and segmenting, using patterns and sounds in speech.
In English, during Key Stage 2, pupils learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They read a range of texts which help to develop their comprehension skills. Pupils are taught to develop clear and legible cursive/joined-up handwriting.
Mathematics is taught daily in class throughout School and in Key Stage 2 lessons are taught in ability sets. Clear calculation policies are laid out, ensuring children progress through School gaining a thorough understanding of our number system and efficient methods of calculation. A positive attitude to learning is encouraged through interesting, enjoyable and practical lessons. There is also a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic skills. Other work undertaken includes using and applying maths concepts in everyday situations, shape and space, measuring and data handling. Further to this, class teachers plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other areas of the curriculum throughout the year.
Developing mental mathematical skills is an essential part of Maths and parents/carers can help children at home to improve their skills.
Our pupils are encouraged to develop their own beliefs, values, attitudes and spirituality. As a Church School we emphasise the significance of Christianity, centred on Anglican beliefs and practices. However we acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of other faiths and cultures in our School and community.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education lessons after consultation with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors.
The curriculum for Computing has been developed to equip the pupils with the foundation skills, knowledge and understanding they will need for the rest of their lives. Computing is taught as a separate subject throughout School, but it is also an integral part of other curricular areas. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard. Pupils have access to laptops/Ipads/digital cameras.
Science is taught through practical experiences with investigations making the learning fun. Scientific knowledge and understanding is covered in the 3 areas of biology, chemistry and physics. We aim to promote and develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods in Science. Through scientific enquiry pupils can ask and answer questions about the world around them. The curriculum will ensure that pupils are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science today and for the future.
Modern Foreign Languages
French is taught across Key Stage 2.
Geographical understanding is developed by building on the child's own experiences. Following directions, making simple maps and plans and studying the weather, all help to develop a geographical vocabulary and an understanding of the world around us. Pupils will develop locational knowledge of the United Kingdom, Europe and of the World, with a focus on North and South America. Geographical similarities and differences in these regions will be explored to understand physical and human processes. Pupils will explore the influence of different physical processes and of human impact on the environment.
Historical understanding is gradually developed using stories, artefacts and timelines. The lives of famous people and significant events are examined to develop an awareness of times past. At Key Stage 2 a broad range of topics are covered to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. Historical sources and artefacts are used to stimulate pupils’ questioning and enquiry. Through historical learning pupils are encouraged to recognise the impact these have had upon our lives today.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology includes the use of a broad range of knowledge, skills, and understanding, and prompts engagement in a wide variety of activities. Pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts.
Art and Design
A broad and balanced programme of art, craft and design activities, builds on previous work and achievements. Pupils are given the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy art and craft looking at different styles and periods of art. The curriculum enables pupils to compare and contrast the work of artists and appreciate art in the forms of painting, drawing, sculpture and modelling. Every pupil is given the opportunity to express him/herself and be creative and to celebrate achievements through displaying work and evaluating their own work and others’ contributions.
Pupils have the opportunity to perform, compose, listen to and appreciate music from a variety of styles and cultures. Whole School singing sessions are held regularly. Lancashire Music Service provides woodwind lessons for which there is a charge.
At Benjamin Hargreaves we recognise that being healthy is an integral part of pupils’ emotional, mental and social well-being. We ensure that activity is promoted throughout the whole School, both within the curriculum, and during lunchtimes, after-school clubs and participation in sports festivals and tournaments. Pupils receive a varied and balanced P.E. curriculum with every child receiving at least 2 hours of high quality PE per week. Physical education includes games, dance, gymnastics, athletics and outdoor adventure activities. Swimming lessons are provided for every child in Key Stage 2.
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
We encourage our pupils to play an effective role in society at local, national and international level. By sharing ideas through circle-time, discussion and debates, we hope to develop the respect, empathy and knowledge that will enable our pupils to play an active, healthy role in today’s society.
Our daily act of Collective Worship celebrates all aspects of School and home life within our Anglican foundation. The focus of Worship changes each half-term based on the School’s set of Christian Values. Class Assemblies and special celebrations are held in St Paul’s Church, to which parents/carers are invited.
Parents have the right to withdraw their pupils from Collective Worship after discussion with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors.
The teaching of sex education is based on loving relationships within family life and respect for other people. It is taught across the curriculum and is progressive, according to the pupils’ age and understanding.
Our curriculum is enriched by an extensive range of well-attended activities outside lessons and a good programme of educational visits and visitors.
Assessment, Recording and Reporting
Teachers assess pupils on a daily basis in all aspects of their work which informs the teachers’ planning. The marking of pupils’ work identifies ‘the next steps’ in learning for the pupils. There are opportunities for parents/carers to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher at the formal Autumn and Spring Term Parents’ Evenings. Parents/ carers have the opportunity to see their child’s class teacher at a less formal weekly surgery to discuss their child’s progress. In the Summer Term parents/carers receive an end of year report.
Morning Start: 8.55 a.m. Afternoon Start: 1 p.m.
Lunchtime: 12 noon School closes: 3.15 p.m.
Punctuality is a very important life skill which School endeavours to foster amongst our pupils. Pupils arriving later than 8.55 a.m. will not be able to enter the playground as the gates are locked; entry can only be gained through the Main Entrance. Pupils arriving between 8.55 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. or 12.55 and 1.30 p.m. will receive a late mark in the register. Pupils arriving after 9.30 a.m. or 1.30 p.m. will be registered with an ‘unauthorised’ absence’. All unauthorised absences are reported to the Governing Body and the Local Authority on a regular basis.
There is a 15 minute morning break for all pupils and a 10 minute afternoon break for Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils.
We aim to achieve an average 97.5% attendance throughout School.
When your child is absent from School please let us know immediately by telephone to explain the reason for absence. School will contact parents to check absences to ensure the safety and welfare of our pupils and unexplained absences will be investigated. If no explanation has been received an ‘absence enquiry letter’ will be sent. If the reason given for the absence is unsatisfactory the Headteacher will be required to record the absence as unauthorised. Doctor and dental appointments should be made out of school hours. There is no entitlement in law for absence from School to go on holiday. Parents should not arrange family holidays within term-time. Leave of absence for holidays in term time can only be granted by the Headteacher for ‘exceptional’ circumstances (see Attendance Policy).
Weekly newsletters and other information will be sent home in your child’s bag. We have a text messaging service which we use to inform parents/carers of unavoidable school closures or changes to the school day. Please ensure School has up-to-date contact information at all times.
All doors are secured, including the School gates, when School is in session. The only access after 8.55am is through the Main Entrance on Barnfield Street.
Our aim is to keep our pupils as safe as possible. Parents/carers must not park on yellow zig zag road markings when bringing or collecting their child/ren. Illegal parking will be prosecuted by the Police.
We have very strict procedures to follow for the administration of medicines in School. Details are available from the School Office.
All members of staff are trained in First-Aid. Minor injuries are dealt with in School and parents/carers will be advised of any accidents, particularly head bumps, on the day they occur. If a child needs hospital treatment it is important that we are able to get in touch with you as soon as possible. Therefore it is essential that School has a current emergency contact number.
All schools are vigilant to safeguard pupils from harm.
The Headteacher is required to report all concerns to the Children’s Social Care/Safeguarding Team who will contact parents/carers. More information is provided in the enclosed Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.
Care and Control of Pupils
If staff become aware of, or have need to be involved, in situations where a child may be at risk of hurting him/herself or others, or if the behaviour of a child seriously disrupts good order in School or causes damage to property, staff may need to take steps to intervene physically. In these circumstances staff will follow the School’s agreed policy for dealing with such situations(see Care and Control of Pupils’ Policy).
‘Reasonable force’ will be used only as a last resort when all other behaviour management strategies have failed or when pupils, staff or property are at risk.
Arrangements for Visiting
Any parent/carer who wishes to visit School should ring 01254 232130 to make an appointment. We are very happy to discuss progress and are available to listen to concerns.
Details of the full Complaints Procedure is available from the School Office or the School website.
An outline of procedures for dealing with complaints is set out below.
The Governing Body has committees to deal with serious matters and their procedures follow the advice provided by the Local Authority and the Diocese.
School website: www.benjamin.lancsngfl.ac.uk
Benjamin Hargreaves CE (VA) Primary School,
Tel: 01254 232130
Local Education Office,
44, Union Street,
Tel: Admissions 01254 220707
Tel: Complaints 01254 220797
County Education Offices,
PO Box 61,
Tel. 0300 123 6720
Under Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts parents may request to see any school policy and educational data held on their child by contacting the Headteacher.
Every child, every day, to learn, to laugh, to love and pray