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Attendance Policy    Joint Attendance Statement
Homework Policy
Rewards & Sanctions Policy
Anti-Bullying Policy
SEN, Disability & Inclusion Policy
Parent & School Partnership Booklet KS1
Parent & School Partnership Booklet KS2
Charging and Remissions Policy
Our School Prospectus
School Targets for 2012-2013
Pupil Premium Reporting to Parents (updated Nov)
Accessibility & Disability Plan for Provision
Healthy Schools Whole School Review 2012

General Information

General Points

Our school Prospectus has been prepared to give you a brief overview of the life of St Margaret's Church of England Primary School, and to help you make the very important decision as to where to place your child for his or her future school life. St Margaret's is a Church of England (Aided) Primary School, so therefore no fees are payable. The school is part of the family of church schools within the Diocese of Manchester as well as being an integral part of the Rochdale Education Authority. The school strives to provide a happy, purposeful environment where every child is encouraged to develop to his or her full potential, both as a sound preparation for secondary education, and also for a fulfilling adult life in years to come. Discipline is a high priority within the life of the school, all children being encouraged through praise and reward to behave in an acceptable way, to respect others and to put their best efforts into their school life.

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Published Admission Number 30 pupils for the 2007/2008 Reception Year intake
30 in all other groups
Approx number of pupils in the school 210
Visiting Arrangements To arrange a visit to the school, parents are asked to contact the headteacher to make a mutually convenient appointment

St Margaret's CE Primary School is a Church of England (Aided)
co-educational comprehensive day primary school.

Please note that the information and particulars herein contained are correct in relation to the School Year 2007/08 on the compilation date of 1st September 2007. It should not be assumed that there will be no changes affecting the relevant arrangements or such information and particulars either before the start of or during the school year 2007/08 or in relation to subsequent school years.

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Mission Statement

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Our Vision

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Aims of Our School

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The Curriculum

Within a carefully structured delivery of the National Curriculum, the school uses the core curriculum areas of English and reading (literacy), mathematics (numeracy) and science as a basis for its broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum. This embraces the other subject areas of Information Technology (computer use), Design Technology, Art, PE, Music, History and Geography as well as PSHCE and RE.

The curriculum to be covered each term by each class is notified in advance to all parents at the start of each term. Should prospective parents wish to have further details of the content for each or any year group, such information can obtained from the school office.
The school aims to celebrate and encourage the achievements of each individual pupil.

Structure

All the staff work hard to provide a coherent school structure which is as personal as possible to each child. The seven years of your child's primary education are divided into three sections. First is the Foundation Stage (Reception year). Then your child moves on to National Curriculum Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and then Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6). Each of the Key Stages is led by a senior member of staff, responsible to the Head and Deputy Head. All members of the teaching staff of the school have a curriculum responsibility, and the school has policy documents reflecting how each subject of the National Curriculum is to be delivered in this school.

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Teaching Styles

The school's policy on teaching styles reflects a carefully planned and balanced mixture of whole class teaching, group teaching and individual help. Whole class teaching may for instance be used to begin a new topic, but this will be differentiated to ability group needs as appropriate to the children being taught.

Religious Education

Religious Education is provided for all pupils, bearing in mind the right of parents to withdraw their child from such lessons as well as Religious Assemblies if they so wish. This should be discussed with the Headteacher before any action is taken. The children experience a variety of styles of Christian worship in both school and in the adjacent St Margaret's Church, ranging from taking part in a Children's Eucharist to simple acts of worship in the school hall led by the children or staff. The school benefits from the religious leadership, pastoral care and contact time spent with pupils, parents, careers and staff from the Vicar of St Margaret's, who is also a school governor.

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Sex Education

Sex Education is taught to older pupils, normally as part of project work on the human body, but parents are warned in advance so they are ready for their child's questions. Some parents may have concerns about their child's education in this sensitive area of the curriculum; their wishes are treated with respect and considered carefully.

Complaints

Should there be an occasion where a parent has a complaint about the conduct of the school or its curriculum, there are school policy documents on how such complaints are to be handled and what the parents' rights are in such matters. This information is available from the school office on request.

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Access to Documents

All parents have the right of access to curriculum documents, statutory instruments, HMI and OFSTED reports on the school, work schemes and syllabuses, charging and remissions policy, etc., all of which can be inspected at the school office, and if appropriate, copies can be obtained by parents.

Classes

There is one class for each of the seven year groups through school. Each is of mixed ability and is for both boys and girls.

Children who have special educational needs are taught as far as is possible within the normal classroom work of the school. The school has a designated Special Needs Co-ordinator, and she works closely alongside the support agencies and our own teaching and care assistants who are in turn helped by a small number of volunteers. The school has access to specialised assessment of special education needs, and specialist teaching materials and guidance, when appropriate. Children with Statements of Special Educational Needs are also taught and supported in the same way, but with the extra support that their Statement may entitle them to, coming from Rochdale Council Education Department staff as well as the staff of this school

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Progress

Progress and attainment of the pupils are closely monitored by the class teachers and by senior staff. Each child is assessed at the end of the Foundation Stage, National Curriculum Key Stage 1 (end of Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (end of Year 6) for progress according to criteria set down nationally, and parents are informed of the outcome

Regular testing is carried out through each year to ensure children are making at least adequate progress as they move through the school.

Parents' Consultation

At the start and the end of each school year, the school holds parents' consultation appointments when all parents are invited to come and talk over the work of their child. At the parental consultation towards the end of the Autumn Term, parents and staff can discuss academic progress etc. made to date. At the end of the year, the child's progress can be discussed alongside the child's own written report, where the teacher, the pupil and the parent all contribute to a statement of the levels reached by the child, indicating what has gone well, and what needs more attention, as a target for the future.

Parents may also see their child's teacher at any mutually convenient time. Normally it is possible to have a quick word either on the phone or in person before or after school sessions, but if parents want a longer talk, this can be arranged easily.

Homework

The school sets formal homework for all year groups building up in quantity to Year 6, as it is considered home study is both very useful and is also a good preparation for secondary school life. All pupils are encouraged to read at home and be read to. On occasion, if an older child's work is getting behind schedule, the teacher may request that the child tries to do some catching up at home, if appropriate.

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