School Prospectus

We take pleasure in welcoming you and your child to our school. Please click on the headings below to access quick links to our school prospectus, or alternativley the full document is availble further down this page.

Introduction Charging
Our Commitment Concerns & Complaints
Ofsted Assessment
School Development Plan Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
Admissions Able & Talented Pupils
School Organisation Child Protection
The School Day Health & Safety
Discipline In School Curriculum
Parents Religious Education
Attendance The Extended Day
School Lunch Sure Start Children's Centre

Introduction

Hamsey Green Primary School is a community primary school for pupils aged from four to eleven years. We have two sites: the Lower School houses Reception Year plus Years One and Two; Years Three to Six are at the Upper School. Children are able to be safely escorted from one site to another through our campus, which incorporates Warlingham Senior School. Secured gates are located at the entrances to both the Lower and Upper sites.

Hamsey Green Sure Start Children’s Centre is housed in a beautiful new purpose-built building at the Lower School site and provides services and activities for children aged 0 – 5 years, and their families.

Our grounds are extensive and attractive, offering a range of quality play equipment and opportunities for outdoor learning. A pond within an environmental area is located on each site and funding from The Lottery has provided the school with a sensory garden.

All our classrooms have interactive whiteboards for teaching and learning.  Our pupils are able to make use of a variety of computer equipment including laptops, netbooks and cameras.

There is a computer suite in the Upper School for whole class teaching.   One of our IT technicians is timetabled to support IT in the classroom across the school.

We are particularly pleased to share a campus with Warlingham School; we work closely together to ensure progression and continuity for our children throughout all phases of their education. In particular, cross-campus teaching and learning may include modern foreign languages, maths, music etc.

Swimming is introduced in Year 1 and the aim is for years 1 to 6 to swim each year and we use the facilities at Warlingham School according to their availability.

Links are also maintained with local nurseries and playgroups ensuring smooth transition into school.

Our Commitment

'Together We Learn For Life'

  • To provide an outstanding education for every child.
  • To provide a happy, secure, welcoming and stimulating environment where every child is equally valued.
  • To work as a team to plan a challenging, broad-based and well-structured education, encompassing all curriculum aspects of the Foundation and Key Stages One and Two.
  • To value and encourage the support of parents and carers, thereby creating a positive partnership between school and home, enabling children to give of their best.
  • To develop an exciting and motivating approach to learning that encourages the development of personal responsibility which enables every child to succeed.
  • To develop and foster children’s moral and social values, alongside a sense of self-worth.
  • To promote and encourage healthy lifestyles for all members of our school community.
  • To ensure that everybody is provided with opportunities for professional development and their achievements are celebrated.

Ofsted

A copy of the most recent Ofsted reports for Hamsey Green Infant and Hamsey Green Junior School are available via www.ofsted.gov.uk.  As we are a newly amalgamated school we do not yet have one report for Hamsey Green Primary School.

The school’s website has an Ofsted page (www.hamsey.surrey.sch.uk look under School Information)  which contains more information about the report.

School Development Plan

Each year a School Development Plan is formulated, covering all aspects of school life.  Contributions from all members of the school community are considered, prioritised, collated and, where possible, included.  Governors monitor the implementation of the various areas.  A copy of the plan is available in the office.

Admissions

The school’s Admissions policy follows that laid down by the Local Education Authority (which adheres to the guidelines in the Education Act 2002).   All Surrey schools operate an Equal Preference System and there is now a co-ordinated admissions procedure between all local authorities.

Parents wishing to put their child’s name down to start school in our Reception classes can contact the school office and leave their child’s details at any time.  Information on how to apply for a place, details of dates when you must apply by and when we are holding our Open Morning for prospective parents, will then be sent out to those parents in the September of the year before your child is due to start school. 

To apply for Reception places at Hamsey Green Primary School, parents need to complete a form from the local authority to whom they pay their Council Tax.   These forms will be available from their websites.  If you wish to apply for a place other than at the start of Reception, you will also need to submit an application form which is also available from your home local authority. 

Further information regarding admissions procedures are on the following websites:

www.surreycc.gov.uk                                                   www.croydon.gov.uk

Once a place in Reception has been confirmed to you from the Local Authority, we invite our new intake to take part in our ‘Getting Ready for School’ programme which includes a visit to our school.

School Organisation

There are two classes in each year group and teachers work as a team to plan teaching and learning.  Within the class, the emphasis reflects child development and is centred upon a combination of class, group and individual teaching.

We are extremely fortunate that we have highly competent and experienced Teaching Assistants who add to our collective enthusiasm and curriculum expertise.  This factor, as well as allowing for an enriched curriculum, helps us to achieve a high degree of personal attention.

The School Day

8.45 am – 2.50pm for the Lower School (Years 1 and 2 and Reception year when they are full time)

8.45 am – 3.00pm for the Upper School (Years 3 – 6)

Discipline In School

At Hamsey Green, a prime aim is to encourage the children to become caring and responsible members of our school society and hence society in general.  We focus on the positive aspects of helpfulness, hard work, kindness and good behaviour.  Our Green Code reinforces good behaviour at Hamsey Green.   Full details can be found on  the school website under 'Parents'. There are also celebrations and rewards in a weekly assembly.  Our policy on behaviour and discipline is shared annually with every family in school and is also on the school website.

Parents

Our policy is to involve and inform parents as fully as possible about what is happening in school and to invite them to share our aims for their child.

During the year there are curriculum evenings and events arranged to which you are warmly invited.  School newsletters also keep you informed of events and activities and are sent by email.   These are also published on our website.

You are always welcome to discuss any matter with the class teacher or Headteacher.  Please do not wait for a formal visit if you have a problem, however slight.  The teachers make themselves available after school, since before school they are usually very busy welcoming and settling the children.

www.hamsey.surrey.sch.uk

The partnership between home and school is of paramount importance and is a vital part of our school ethos.  We know that the children can only benefit from such a relationship.

The Headteacher runs a Parent Focus group which meets every half term - the minutes of which are published on the school's website under 'Parents'.

Parents are always welcome in our school and your support is appreciated by children and staff alike. There are many ways in which you can help:-

  • Assisting in the classroom, under the teacher’s supervision, with for instance, cookery, sewing and art activities
  • Shared reading – helping children on a regular basis (training is given)
  • Telling the children about your particular interests, experiences or employment
  • Helping to catalogue books for the library

Whether you can help on a regular or more occasional basis, you will be warmly welcomed.  A booklet on what is expected has been prepared and is available in school along with a Volunteers’ policy which we ask you to complete.

Our parents’ association (of which all parents are automatically members) organise and take part in various events.  Some are fund-raising, some educational, others just for fun.  Your support and interest in the Association will be greatly valued.

The Surrey Family Information Service provides information, advice and assistance for families, children and young people aged 0 - 19 years old.   You can contact Surrey FIS for free advice, guidance and information www.surreycc.gov.uk/fis.

Attendance

We are, by law, required to distinguish between authorised and unauthorised absences.  Unless we are informed as to the reason for absence, it will be automatically recorded as unauthorised.   Other absences will be categorised according to Department for Education (DfE) regulations.  Arriving late to school is an official DfE category and is reported to the Surrey Education Welfare Officer (EWO), and will be reflected on your child’s attendance record.

If your child is away from school, could you please ensure that we are informed.  This may be by phone or by a note.  A message on the first day of absence is required.  School registers are inspected regularly by the County EWO. You are welcome to e-mail us with details of your child’s absence using absence@hamsey.surrey.sch.uk.

All family holidays should be taken during the school holidays. Children should only be removed from school during term time under exceptional circumstances.  (A list of holiday dates is issued at the start of each academic year.)   Application forms to request Leave of Absence for Exceptional circumstances are available from outside the school office and must be submitted in good notice for the Headteacher’s consideration.  Please note family holidays during term time will not be authorised. The school has issued a leaflet detailing the effect of absence on a child's education.  A copy of this information is available on our website www.hamsey.surrey.sch.uk under School Information and then School Office.

Penalty Notices to Address Poor Attendance at School

A Penalty Notice may be issued as an alternative to the prosecution of a parent/carer for their child’s unauthorised absence from school and will be used by Surrey County Council in the following circumstances

  1. Pupils identified by police and education welfare officers engaged on Truancy Patrols and who have incurred unauthorised absences.
  2. Unauthorised holidays in term time (5 days or 10 sessions or more).  In such cases the Head teacher/Governing Body may request that the Local Authority issue a Penalty Notice.  Warnings will not be given where it can be shown that parents have been notified that such absences will not be authorised.
  3. The issue of a Penalty Notice will also be considered where it is judged that a parent is failing to ensure their child’s regular school attendance.  This will be considered if the attendance is below 85% and there are 10 or more unauthorised sessions in the previous half term, which may include a pupil arriving late after close of registration.

If your child is unwell at school we do contact you, as, although we do our best, we have no comfortable place for him or her to rest.  It is, therefore, essential that we are kept up to date with telephone numbers at which you, or a designated person can be contacted.

Normally, if a child requires medicine then she/he is not well enough to attend school.  We do, however, realise that in rare instances medication at school may be necessary but before we can administer any medicine we must have a completed medical form with your consent and details of medication to be given.  A form is available from the office and on the website under School Information and then School Office.

Emergencies – should an emergency arise where we are unable to open the school, this will be announced as follows:

  • school website
  • Radio Heart 102.7 FM
  • text message and email message sent

School Lunch

Fresh meals are cooked at school and are excellent value.  Strict nutritional guidelines are adhered to, and particular dietary needs can be catered for.  Do consider the benefits of a cooked and well-balanced meal for your child. Further information can be viewed on www.myschoollunch.co.uk/surrey.

We see lunchtime as a social occasion and try to make it a well-mannered and pleasant experience. Children are encouraged to try new foods but they are never forced to eat anything that is not liked.

For those who bring a packed lunch to school, tables are provided in the dining hall and during warmer weather outside.

Dinner money is required to be paid in advance, weekly (by or on Monday), monthly, half termly or termly.   Please pay on-line at www.hamsey.surrey.sch.uk using the on-line payments button in the top right of the screen.   Log on details will be issued to new parents when their children commence school.    Anyone unable to pay online should make arrangements with the school office to pay by an alternative method.  Any refunds for absence are made at the end of the term.

Pupils attracting Pupil Premium are also entitled to a free school meal should they wish to have one.  This can be arranged in strictest confidence.  A simple form is available from the School Office asking for your permission to check eligibility.  This is also available on the website.

PUPIL PREMIUM

Pupil Premium is extra money for schools to spend on additional resources and is currently worth up to £900 per child per year which this financial year amounted to £58,000.    This funding has been used to enrich the children’s learning and emotional well-being through:

  • Increased supervision at lunchtime enabling organised play
  • Increased access to a Learning Mentor
  • Additional teacher support
  • Specialist groups for social skills and language
  • Concessionay payments for school trips and activities

Once entitlement is confirmed then the school and pupils will continue to benefit for up to six years, even if parents cease to qualify.    Full details can be found on the schools website.

You may ask to speak to Mrs Daws (the School Leadership Team member responsible for Administration and Premises matters) in complete confidence.

Charging Policy

No charge is made for any activity or equipment required to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum.

The Governing Body will request voluntary contributions for optional extras such as the pre-school programme, swimming, visiting speakers, entertainers and transport and entry to activities in support of the curriculum. Pupils will not be treated differently, whether or not their parents have made a voluntary contribution. However, please be aware that school trips will not take place unless financially viable. All such charges are based on the actual cost of providing the activity divided by the number of pupils taking part.

The above is a summary of the school’s charging policy.  The full document is available for inspection on request.

Concerns & Complaints

If you have any concerns or queries about an aspect of your child’s schooling please speak to the class teacher.  Should the class teacher be unable to resolve the concern then this will be progressed within 5 days to the Headteacher unless a satisfactory outcome is achieved via the following members of the Senior Leadership Team.

  • Headteacher - Miss A Elstobb
  • Member of Senior Leadership Team -Mrs  Mace (Deputy Head), Mrs  Jordan, Mrs Daws, Mr Boffa, Mr Tinsley

More information can be found in the publication ‘Responding to Parents’ Concerns’, available from school.

Assessment

Assessment for Learning is the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there'. (Assessment Reform Group, 2002)

Principles of Assessment at Hamsey Green

At Hamsey Green we use the   principles and processes of assessment to:

  • Monitor the progress of the children and to raise their achievement
  • Recognise the achievements of children and differentiate the learning to meet the needs of children in the class in particular in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT
  • Guide our future planning, teaching and curriculum development. Assessing the learning against clear learning intentions in each lesson.
  • Inform parents and the wider community of pupil achievement
  • Provide information to ensure that when the child changes school or year group we can pass information to the next teacher.
  • Comply with statutory requirements

       Effective assessment for learning happens all the time in the classroom and involves:

  • sharing learning goals with pupils
  • helping pupils know and recognise the standards to aim for through modelling ideas
  • providing feedback that helps pupils to identify how to improve
  • believing that every pupil can improve in comparison with previous achievements
  • both the teacher and pupils review and reflect on pupils' performance and progress
  • pupils learning self-assessment techniques to discover areas they need to improve
  • recognising that both motivation and self-esteem, crucial for effective learning and progress, can be increased by effective assessment techniques.

We assess children in a variety of ways:

By observing the children, by talking with them about their learning and designing assessment tasks/activities at the end of an area of learning in order to find out what children have learnt. Children are given “tests” in the classroom from time to time to help them learn to work “against the clock”. The emphasis is not on children competing with each other, which could be very disheartening for children of lower ability, rather the emphasis is “improving on your own previous best”. This motivates children to achieve at their own pace. Use is also made of optional SATs tests in Years 3, 4 and 5 which provide useful information.

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

At Hamsey Green we aim to promote the all-round development of each child, to promote and provide the facilities necessary to enable each child to acquire the skills which will lead to his/her success.  All pupils are given the opportunity to take part in every aspect of school life.

Our team, the Headteacher, the Inclusion Leader, the Special Needs Co-ordinator, teachers, teaching assistants and specialist staff work together with parents to achieve this aim.  A member of the Governing Body monitors Special Needs and reports regularly to Governors.

Every year group has a range of different children with varying needs.  Within this context ‘Special Needs’ may be defined as:

  • A child having significantly greater difficulties in learning than the majority of the same age.
  • A child having communication, social or emotional difficulties which manifest themselves in a variety of ways.

Surrey County Council provides a range of agencies for support and advice for parents and staff.  Children with ‘Special Needs’ are monitored according to County procedures and the Code of Practice.  Full details of these procedures and the school’s Special Needs Policy are available for inspection on request.

Able & Talented Pupils

We identify children who we feel are particularly able and talented in any particular aspect of the curriculum. Opportunities are provided both within and outside the classroom to develop and extend their skills.

Child Protection Policy

Personnel working with children are legally bound to report any concerns about the children in their care to the appointed Child Protection Liaison Officer.  In this school the Headteacher has that responsibility.  Any member of staff who suspects that a child is at risk, reports that concern to the Headteacher who, in turn, must immediately refer the matter to the local Children’s Services Team.  These actions follow County Child Protection Procedures.  All members of the school staff are subject to investigation under the ‘Protection of Children – disclosure of criminal background of those with access to children’ legislation.  In addition, any volunteer in school is asked to undergo a Discloure and Barring Service check (DBS check formerly CRB check).

Health & Safety

The Governors are responsible for Health and Safety at the school.  Regular inspections of the school are carried out and a record of these inspections is kept on file.  Emergency drills involving all pupils and staff are held at least termly and all fire-fighting equipment is regularly inspected.

Children are trained in hygienic habits and safety consciousness around the school.  Parents are reminded to provide protection for their children from strong sunlight, and school events are arranged so that children do not have to sit for long in the sunshine.   

A copy of the full Health and Safety Policy is available for inspection at the school.

Curriculum

When children enter school, the Reception Year curriculum is the Foundation Stage, which comprises seven areas of learning –

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stage One (age 5 - 7) and Key Stage Two (age 7 -11).  These comprise the ‘core’ subjects – English, Mathematics, Science, and Information & Communication Technology, and ‘foundation’ subjects – History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art & Design, and Design Technology.  Religious Education and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) are also taught.

We have revised our curriculum to adopt a more thematic approach to cover six themes: Journeys, Power, Water, Discover, Change and People.

Policies for all curriculum areas are in place and are reviewed regularly by staff and Governors.

Every child has equal access to all aspects of the curriculum.

Religious Education

An understanding of and a respect for the traditions and beliefs of Christianity, and an awareness and tolerance of other faiths and cultures is our aim for Religious Education.


We also endeavour to develop spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of the children’s personalities.  Within the classroom the children follow a programme of study which focuses on families, feelings and caring, and the religions of Christianity and other religions.

A daily assembly is held during which the children are encouraged to be aware of themselves and how they can care about other people and our world.  Times for reflection and spirituality are incorporated into assemblies.  An awareness of, and sensitivity to, other faiths within school is encouraged and multi-cultural aspects of education are promoted and expanded in this way.  Speakers are also invited to come in to talk to the children. 

Parents may withdraw their children from assembly or from Religious Education should they wish them not to take part.

The Extended Day

The School runs a before and after school club for Hamsey Green pupils.

The before school club (Surfers club) operates from 7.30 am to 8.45 am and is based at the Upper School.  The after school club (Ocean club) operates from 3.00pm to 6.00pm and is based at the Upper School.

Members of staff escort pupils to and from the clubs via the Warlingham School campus path.   Please contact the school office for further details.

Hamsey Green Sure Start Children's Centre

We have a Children’s Centre on site and enclose a leaflet for further information, or see our website for updates on services currently available.

The Children’s Centre Manager can be contacted on  01883 625255.