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MAIDENBOWER COUNTY INFANT SCHOOL
HARVEST ROAD
MAIDENBOWER
CRAWLEY
RH10 7RA
 
TEL: 01293 886324
FAX: 01293 887056
 

The particulars contained in this prospectus were correct at July 2014. It is not, however, to be assumed that there will be no changes before the start of or during the said year or in relation to subsequent school years.

    

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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to Maidenbower Infant School.  This booklet will introduce you to our school, where we hope your child will enjoy the early years of his/her education, achieving the objectives of the curriculum.
Education is a partnership between home and school.  At home you provide many valuable learning experiences for your child.  School will build on these experiences and offer new opportunities which will help your child to grow and maximise his/her potential.  Children learn best when home and school work together for their benefit, so that when your child starts school, it is not where your job ends and ours begins, but where our job begins and yours continues.
If you are considering Maidenbower Infant School for your child you are very welcome to visit.  The Headteacher will be pleased to talk with you and to show you around the school.
Headteacher


ADMISSIONS

You have until Thursday 15th January 2015 to submit your application.
Please visit www.westsussex.gov.uk 
Click on: 
Apply for a school place
Apply for a starting school, junior or middle school place
If you have any problems please contact admissions direct on 03330 142 903 at county hall, Horsham.
Our published admissions number (PAN) is 90.


OUR VISION FOR OUR CHILDREN IS FOR THEM TO BE:

SUCCESSFUL LEARNERS
Who enjoy learning, achieve well and make good progress

CONFIDENT YOUNG PEOPLE
Who live fulfilling, happy, safe and healthy lives.

CONSCIENTIOUS CITIZENS
Who make a positive contribution to society

At Maidenbower Infant School this means that:


A SUCCESSFUL LEARNER

• Enjoys learning

• Strives to do their best even when things      are difficult

• Solves problems

• Has a positive attitude when challenged

• Applies a range of strategies in a variety of contexts

• Practises their skills independently in a variety of contexts

• Understands the next steps to make personal progress

• Develops skills for lifelong learning

Therefore we provide:

• First hand memorable learning experiences
• Opportunities to make choices
• Opportunities to be active and involved
• Exciting, inspirational contexts for learning
• Opportunities for risk taking within a safe environment

A CONFIDENT YOUNG PERSON

• Participates happily in all aspects of school life
• Is curious and asks questions
• Is not afraid to get things wrong 
• Takes on responsibility 

Therefore we provide:

• Opportunities to take on various responsibilities such as ‘Playground Angel’, register monitors, librarians, school councillors

• Whole school and year group performances where every child contributes

• Opportunities to participate in community events

A CONSCIENTIOUS CITIZEN

• Is proud of their community
• Is a responsible and caring member of the community
• Is respectful of their environment
• Contributes to improving their community

Therefore we provide:

• Opportunities for children to be elected by their    peers to represent their class as School   Councillors
• Opportunities for children to make a difference   e.g choosing new playground equipment,   selecting charities to support
• Opportunities for children to visit and welcome visitors from our inner city partner school
• Our School Charter (Rainbow Rights) as the basis for expectations of behaviour and conduct. Each week children who have kept to the Charter are celebrated at our ‘Charter Champions’ assembly.

SCHOOL HOURS

School opens at 8.40am (registers are taken at 8.55am) and ends at 3.00p.m. A child will be marked late if they arrive at school after 9.00 am.
Lunchtime is from 12.00 noon to 1.00p.m. 

ATTENDANCE 

In line with government legislation there is no legal entitlement to holidays during term time. Only unavoidable and exceptional circumstances will be considered for an authorised leave of absence. School will consider each request individually taking into account the circumstances. School will request evidence to support this application, such as appointment letters, employer confirmation of holiday restrictions, confirmation of visa allocation date etc. Please note that the submission of supporting evidence may not routinely mean a request will be authorised.
All absences relating to a holiday not authorised in advance by the headteacher will automatically be classed as an unauthorised absence. The Department of Education has advised schools that any absence for an unauthorised holiday of five consecutive days or more will lead to the issuing of a fixed penalty notice.
Unauthorised Absence
If the procedures outlined above are not followed this will result in a child receiving an unauthorised mark in the register. Both school and the Local Authority (LA) take unauthorised absence very seriously. All unauthorised absences are reported to and followed up by the LA Education Welfare Services and could result in legal action, this could include a £60 fixed penalty fine being issued to the parents/carers of a child obtaining five or more consecutive days unauthorised absence during a school year.
Please see our Attendance and Punctuality Policy.

YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

The children are taught for the most part by their own classteacher in mixed ability classes with children of roughly the same age.  The classteacher will get to know your child well and will be pleased to involve you in his/her life at school.

Children make progress at their own rates and in their own ways.  It is important to value them as individuals and to provide learning opportunities which will build on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.

The curriculum is broad and balanced and provides for the academic, moral, physical, creative, personal and social development of each child.

The core of the curriculum consists of:

English, Maths, Science and Computing

The foundation subjects are:

Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education

Together with Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education these form the basic curriculum.

In our schools today we recognise that learning consists of

acquiring knowledge understanding ideas

perfecting skills developing good attitudes

In order for this to take place the children must 

become involved in things which interest them

be active in their learning

be encouraged to work with each other

make progress and be extended in each area of           learning

be encouraged to think for themselves and to               become independent

The Foundation Stage covers Pre-school and the Reception Year

The National Curriculum Programmes of Study are divided into Key Stages:

Key Stage 1 covers Years 1 and 2


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Non-denominational Religious Education is provided for all children as part of the curriculum and is in accordance with the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship should they so wish.
Assembly is an important part of the school day when we meet together as a community.  It is a time when we place emphasis on the development of values and attitudes towards each other and to the world around us.  Assemblies are non-denominational and although they are of a broadly Christian nature we also celebrate and learn about the variety of cultures in the society in which we live.

SEX EDUCATION

We aim to give each child access to sex education according to their development, maturity and cultural tradition. Sex education is offered within a moral framework, ensuring that all children have the information they require and that they are able to ask questions and seek clarification. Children's self-esteem and self-confidence are central to their ability to develop healthy and positive attitudes and values and we place emphasis on this throughout the curriculum. The organisation of the school allows for sex education to be approached within the context of the whole curriculum in the early years. Children's questions are answered as they occur, honestly, and with sensitivity, according to the individual maturity of the child. 
The school has a Sex Education Policy which is available in school for parents to read.

ADDITIONAL NEEDS AND SPECIAL SERVICES

We are an inclusive school and welcome all children.
Children's progress is constantly monitored and assessed and careful records are kept.  Occasionally we find that, for one reason or another, a child does not make the progress we expect.  This could be in one of a number of areas and discussions between parents and teachers will lead to the child receiving appropriate help and support. Parents are consulted at every stage of this process which can be used for educational, personal or social needs. The needs of gifted and talented children are met through our learning provision and with opportunities to attend County led workshops. The school has an Inclusion Policy which is available in school for parents to read. Our Special Needs Coordinator and Inclusion Manager is Mrs Kate Ayres.
Our Welfare Assistant, Mrs Mel Cripps, is available to care for the children should they feel unwell at any time and to administer First Aid if necessary.
The school nurse carries out a health check when the children are 5 years and 3 months old and parents are informed if there is any cause for concern or a need for further discussion. The school nurse also carries out routine hearing and sight tests and all children receive dental checks. The Educational Welfare Officer is available for specific problems related to school attendance.

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT

The school aims to foster a consideration for other people and for the environment, and recognises that good behaviour stems from a well organised, calm, learning situation. Once this is established and effective the majority of children are well behaved and develop positive attitudes towards school, their peers and their teachers. Any poor behaviour that may arise is dealt with by the class teachers initially, with the involvement of the Headteacher as appropriate. We recognise that there is usually an underlying reason for poor behaviour which needs to be identified before the child can be helped.  If there is a cause for concern parents are consulted at an early stage in order to work out future strategies in partnership with the school.  The partnership between home and school is vital if the common aim of developing good behaviour is to be achieved. 
We are a Rights Respecting School and our children learn about not only their rights at school but also about their responsibilities in ensuring that everyone can enjoy their rights.

Our School Charter sets out our rights which are:

TO BE DIFFERENT AND TO BE ME
TO LEARN
TO BE SAFE AND CARED FOR
TO BE HEARD
TO BE IN A CLEAN AND TIDY ENVIRONMENT

CHILDREN'S PROGRESS

Children's progress is monitored and assessed by their teachers throughout the year and parents are encouraged to take an active interest in their children's progress by attending Consultation Evenings and Open Evening each term when discussions take place with the classteachers. If you have concerns about your child’s progress at other times you should make an appointment to see the Classteacher or Headteacher. This year the government has introduced a Year 1 Phonics Screening Check to be administered in the Summer Term. Results will be reported to parents. National Standard Assessment Tasks are currently used at the end of Year 2 to confirm our teacher assessments. At the end of each academic year all parents receive a written report of their children's progress which includes the results of the National Assessments for children at the end of Year 2.

STARTING SCHOOL

Children are admitted to school at the beginning of the school year in which they become five.  
Providing that your child is registered with a doctor/health visitor you will receive an admissions to school pack from the Local Authority in the autumn term the year before your child is due to start. (It is vital that you ensure your doctor/health visitor has an up to date address for you.)
Starting school should be an exciting and pleasurable experience.  It is important that you have the time and opportunity to become accustomed to the school and to understand what we are about. In order to do this we have set up the following induction programme for you and your child:
1. Invitation for parents, carers and children to two         school visits in June and July. The first for
        parents, carers and children to meet the                       reception staff and to explore the reception unit           together.
2. The second visit where parents and carers are
        invited to meet the headteacher for an
        introduction to our school whilst the children play
        in the reception unit. 
3. An induction programme at the beginning of the
        Autumn Term which involves a variety of
        activities to gradually introduce you and your
        child to school life.
4. During the induction programme you will discuss
        with the teacher whether your child will begin
        school full time or part time. The decision you
        make will be set until the October half term. At
        half term the decision can be changed if
        necessary, once you have consulted with your             child’s teacher.
5. In the first few weeks there will be a programme
        of workshops designed to help you find out more
        about the early years of your child’s education
        and the Foundation Stage curriculum

It is helpful if you can encourage your child with the following things before beginning school:
Being independent about dressing, undressing 
(including coat and shoes), and using the toilet,
including urinals for the boys.
Listening to a story.
        Reciting nursery rhymes.
Playing with other children.
Understanding how books "work" (left to right, 
top to bottom).
Recognising his/her name.
Using pencils, crayons and scissors.
        Having a conversation with other adults
Following simple instructions

PARENTS AS PARTNERS: AT SCHOOL

The involvement of parents in the life of the school helps to develop positive attitudes in the children towards learning and links the school with the local community.  The role of parents in their children's learning is highly valued and we hope that you will enjoy your years as a parent at Maidenbower Infant School.

CONTACT

Each term there will be opportunities for you to discuss your child's progress with his/her teacher.  These occasions will usually be in the evening and you will be asked to make an appointment. There is no need to wait for a formal invitation to discuss your child’s progress; the class teacher will be happy to chat at the end of the day or to make a mutually convenient time to talk.
Young children sometimes have problems, usually quite small ones, which need dealing with immediately. Do speak to your child's teacher or to the Headteacher, or contact us by telephone straight away.  If a longer discussion is necessary we will suggest that you make an appointment.

There are, of course, many other occasions when you will be invited in to school, such as a Christmas production, and we like to invite Mums and Dads to our Class Assemblies; we provide a crèche for pre-school siblings so that you can relax and enjoy the performance!  However, do remember that these are not the only times when you can come in to school.

We are ALWAYS delighted to see you and welcome your interest and involvement at any time.

PARENT HELPERS

We are most grateful to those parents who offer their help in school.  This may be working with a small group in a classroom, perhaps sewing or playing Maths games.  It may be accompanying us when we go out of school on a visit.  You might
prefer to become involved in activities outside the classroom, such as repairing books.  We are always in need of extra pairs of hands and depend very much on the support of those parents who are able to spare their time. We usually hold three or four training sessions for new parent helpers during the Autumn term. As part of our safe guarding children policy it will be necessary for parent helpers to be DBS (Data Barring Service) checked.

PARENT GOVERNORS

The Governors work with the Headteacher and Leadership Team to ensure the smooth and efficient management of the school.  Parent Governors are elected by all the parents of the school.  We would be delighted to talk with any parents who might be interested in becoming a member of our Governing Body.

PARENTS AS PARTNERS: AT HOME

Perhaps the single most valuable way in which you can help your child is through conversation.  Encourage your child to discuss experiences of every kind, such as television programmes, a visit to the supermarket, or a walk in the park.  Children need to wonder why things are as they are and to think about the solutions to problems.  You can point out plants, insects, birds, colours, and shapes.  You can help to make your child aware of the world by the way you draw their attention to what is to be seen and encourage them to discuss what they see.

Many simple household tasks, for example, setting the table form the basis for Mathematics. Any task which involves measuring, such as cooking or dressmaking is a real learning experience which no book can offer.  Car and rail journeys offer possibilities for discussing distances, miles per gallon and talk about the dials on the dashboard. So many learning opportunities abound in the child's environment.

Help your child to develop a real love for stories by reading with him/her in a relaxed, comfortable way and by sharing nursery rhymes together.  Take advantage of the books your child brings home from school and enjoy "storytime" together, even when s/he has become an independent reader.

Value any writing that your child may do, even if it appears to be 'scribble'.  If you do help your child to form letters please ensure that you show him/her how to form lower case letters, rather than upper case:
eg. Lower Case: a b c d e f
Upper Case: A B C D E F 
   
If your child wants to learn to write his/her name please do not write it all in capitals! In fact we will be teaching your child a cursive style of handwriting from
their first days in school and we shall be introducing you to this during our pre-school introduction programme.

Games and jigsaw puzzles are a very useful way of helping children learn.  Ideas such as "I spy" are beneficial when your child begins to learn the sounds which letters make, and later, games like "Scrabble" help children with the patterns of spelling.

Whatever you do, be encouraging, and value your child's efforts.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Uniform is not compulsory, but we strongly recommend the following:

WINTER: Boys: grey trousers/shorts, white shirt/red                            or white polo shirt, red jumper/school                          sweatshirt
                Girls: grey skirt/pinafore/trousers, white                              blouse/red or white polo shirt, red                                cardigan/school sweatshirt

SUMMER: Boys: grey shorts, white shirt/red or white                            polo shirt, red jumper/school                                     sweatshirt
Girls: dress - red/white colour, any design                            or pattern, red jumper/school                                      sweatshirt

We recognise that cultural traditions may require children to wear specific items of clothing. 

School sweatshirts, fleeces, reversible jackets, wet weather gear, hats and T shirts are available from the school office.

Ties are not worn. It is important that the children wear suitable, STURDY, FLAT shoes or sandals. Long or looped earrings are NOT allowed at all for safety reasons. Studs only should be worn at school and these must be removed for PE. Tights are permitted but may we remind you that they are expensive to replace and difficult to manage when you are five and in a hurry! Long hair must be tied back. Please avoid fancy hairbands and ribbons. P.E. kit is required. Shorts and T shirt (or leotard for girls. Leggings may not be worn) should be kept at school in a draw string bag, for this purpose.  It is recommended that indoor P.E. is best done in bare feet, although plimsolls are necessary for outdoor P.E. in the Summer term from May onwards only. Long hair must be tied back.

THE MOST IMPORTANT REMINDER........PLEASE NAME OR MARK ALL OF YOUR CHILDREN'S CLOTHES!!!!!!!! IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL.

During the summer months, please make sure your child has a sun hat, preferably one with a peaked front and a flap to cover the back of the neck (available from the school office).

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND ACTIVITY

In accordance with our school aims all children have the opportunity to achieve in a range of high quality sporting activities. This consists of Games, Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics and outdoor activity using our Activity Trail with the emphasis being on the development of skills and confidence. We promote and encourage the importance of being active and developing a love of sport and activity. The time allocation for these activities is two hours per week. Alongside this we work closely with other schools in our locality to provide other after school clubs and events e.g. Multi-skills club and Dance festivals.

CHARGING FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Although no charges are made for activities which take place during school time we do ask for a small voluntary contribution of £10 per year to help us enrich our curriculum by inviting a variety of visitors, such as theatre groups, musicians and story tellers into school.   You will be asked to make a contribution of all or part of the cost for activities such as school trips.  It should, however, be noted that without the support of voluntary contributions it is not possible for such activities to take place.

COMPLAINTS

If you have any general concerns about any aspect of your child's education you should contact your child’s classteacher and then if necessary the Headteacher.  If you are still not satisfied you may contact our Chair of Governors and following that the Education Office.  However we do hope that this will not be necessary and that your child's education at Maidenbower Infant School will be happy and satisfying.  Full details of the arrangements for dealing with complaints are available at the school.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The following documents are available at the school should you wish to study them in detail, although a small charge will be made if you require copies:

1. The Local Education Authority's statement of               curriculum policy.

2. All Statutory Instruments, Circulars, and                     Administrative Memoranda relating to the                     Education Reform Act, e.g. Charging for School             Activities.

3. Schemes of work and policies used in school.

4. Local arrangements for the consideration of                 complaints.

5. The Local Education Authority's Agreed Syllabus           for Religious Education.

6. The Annual Governor's Report to Parents.

7. Ofsted Inspection reports


The address of the Area Education Office is:
Admissions and Transport Team
Education Office (North)
County Hall North,
Chartway,
Horsham,
West Sussex
RH12 1XA
Telephone: 0845 075 1007
Email: admissions@westsussex.gov.uk

OTHER REMINDERS

ABSENCE:  Please inform the school as soon as possible if your child is absent for any reason (including dental and hospital appointments). If the school does not receive a reason for absence on the first day a telephone call will be made to the child’s home to ascertain the reason for absence. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DfE) requires schools to note all absences and reasons for absence in the registers.

EMERGENCIES:  Please ensure that we have an emergency contact number for you during the day.  It is essential that you inform us of any change to this number.  Please also let us know if you change your address or phone number.

HOME TIME:  If you are not meeting your child from school, please make quite sure that s/he knows the arrangements and who is picking him/her up and make a note for the class teacher in the contact books held in each year group unit.  We normally expect the children to be met from school.

LUNCH TIME:  Children may go home for lunch, have a hot meal or bring a packed lunch to school. 

MEDICATION IN SCHOOL:  Medicines are not administered in school with the exception of inhalers for asthma. You are welcome to come into school at lunchtime to administer medicine to your child yourself or alternatively it is generally accepted that where medicine is required three times each day it can be administered in the morning before coming to school, when the child comes home in the afternoon and at bedtime.

PARKING: When bringing your children to school or collecting them at home time please park in the car park by the shops or at the Pavilion at the other end of Harvest Rd. The school car park is for use by staff only and you should not bring your car onto our site at all. In addition please do not park in front of the school emergency service gates or on the roundabout as this creates a very dangerous situation for the children entering or leaving the premises. If you are coming onto the school site by foot please use the gate in the playground and do not enter the site through the car park.

DOGS: Parents are requested NOT to bring dogs into the school grounds at any time. 


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