Prospectus

Please find below the School Prospectus. We hope you will find this a useful guide to the everyday running of the school and that it will tell you a little bit about some of the things you can do, at home, to prepare your child for school.

Dear Parents,

We would like to welcome you and your child to Two Moors Primary School.

This section of the website  will tell you a little about the everyday running of the school and about some of the things you can do, at home, to prepare your child for school.

We send out regular letters, hold frequent parents’ meetings and, of course, we are always pleased to see parents in school.

Should you wish to have a tour of the school it is obviously best to come within its working day.  Please telephone the School Secretary to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Yours sincerely

Caroline Buckley

Headteacher

 

Statement

We are committed to giving all of our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations for all children. The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children matter. This school promotes the individuality of all our children, irrespective of ethnicity, attainment, age, disability, gender or background.

 

Vision and Ethos Statement

At Two Moors Primary School:

• We value the individuality of all of our children and set high expectations for them, regardless of their abilities or background

• We inspire our children to believe in themselves and in their true potential

• We support each child on their own unique learning journey

• We strive to overcome any barrier that stands in their way

• We teach our children to work together and to never give up

• We look forward to celebrating their success – in both their academic achievements and in their development into young people who can be role models for our whole community.

“Challenging, Encouraging, Cheering, No-Fearing Education”
School Council July 2016

 

 

Timing of the school day

The doors will open each morning at 8.45 a.m. giving the children time to come in and settle down before registration at 8.55 a.m. .

KEY STAGE 1
Registration /Session 1 8.55 – 10.40
Break 10.40 – 11.00
Session 2 11.00 – 12.15
Registration 13.15
Session 3 13.15 – 14.45
Break 14.45 – 15.00
Session 4 15.00 – 15.15

 

KEY STAGE 2
Registration 8.55
Session 1 8.55 – 10.30
Break 10.30 – 10.50
Session 2 10.50 – 12.15
Registration 13.15
Session 3 13.15 – 15.15

 

The School Crossing Patrol will be on duty from 8.25 a.m. until 8.55 a.m. and 3.15 p.m. to 3.4500 p.m.

The best time to see your child’s teacher is at the end of the school day, as his/her prime concern in the morning will be the preparation of the day’s activities with the class. If you have anything urgent in the morning, for security reasons please go to the main office and any information will be related to the class, or a simple note will do.

The Governors

Who are they?

They are a chosen body of people who are elected for a period of four years and they are there to oversee the running of the school in management terms. There are parents, teachers, local authority and community representatives on a School Board of Governors.

Why do we need them?

It is a legal requirement that schools have a Board of Governors with balanced representation.

What do they do?

The Governors meet on a regular basis, at least once a term, to discuss matters pertinent to the school in the light of the immediate area, local level, county level and also national interests. Parents are most welcome to come and observe.

Who are they?

The Chairman of the Governing Body is Mr. Paul Hunt, and the names of the members of this year’s Governing Body are on the Community section of the website.

http://www.twomoors.devon.sch.uk/governers/

Before Starting School

Many parents ask  “How can I help my child get ready for school?”  Here are some suggestions, which may help.

Play is Children’s Work

Play is essential for the healthy development of your child. It helps him/her to grow in confidence and competence. Your child discovers through play and is able to explore not only what he/she can do, but also his/her own thoughts and feelings. He/she needs you to help him/her with his/her play and one of the most important ways you can do this is to talk to him/her. Talk about the people and things your child sees around him/her and about the things you are doing, let your child help you making pastry, shopping, brushing the dog and dressing the baby. Help and encourage your child to count – the knives and forks as you lay the table, things in the cupboard, and clothes pegs on the line. Let your child weigh and measure with you. Talk to your child about colour and shape. If he/she is naturally left-handed do not attempt to make him/her change to the right. You can help your child to use his/her hands by letting him/her work with a small pair of scissors, cutting out pictures for comics, magazines and cards to stick into a scrapbook.

Try to set aside a special time together every day for stories, nursery rhymes and songs. Let your child handle books and teach him/her to respect and enjoy them. Choose books which are illustrated and talk about the pictures and the stories. Tiverton Library has a good selection of children’s books.

You can help your child by allowing him/her to scribble with crayons, pencils, chalks and felt pens, and by painting using a variety of brushes and types and sizes of paper.

Organisation

At present the school has fourteen classes of boys and girls in the 5 –11 primary range, plus a part-time Nursery. To create and maintain an effective, caring learning environment, a great deal of emphasis has been put on pastoral care and the school has been divided into four units as follows:-

Infants – Dartmoor Unit

Foundation Stage – Lower Dart

Key Stage 1 – Upper Dart

Juniors – Exmoor Unit

Key Stage 2 (Years 3,4,5, & 6)– Lower Exe & Upper Exe

The expected role is about 420, and on average we endeavor to keep classes within the Government’s guidelines of a maximum of 30 pupils. With an average of 60 pupils per year entering school we are able to keep discrete year groups. Currently children come to school in the September of the academic year in which they are 5.

There is a close contact between the school, and other Primary Schools in the Tiverton Cooperative Learning Partnership, and the Children and Young People Services at County Hall. As the opportunities arise, social and sporting fixtures are arranged with local Primary Schools.

The Two Moors Children’s Centre is situated between the two main buildings and provides many pre-school services for young children and their families.

Pre-school provision

Most of your child’s learning takes place in the Early Years, and to encourage a good/home school link we have developed a pre-school programme which tries to ensure continuity and progression from the home learning situation to life at school.

Starting school

Our policy is to develop a true partnership between home and school. Your child will have opportunities to see his teacher and to visit school regularly before he starts. Here are some ways you can help your child to be ready for school. He/she should be able –

  • to make a good effort in dressing himself/herself,
  • coping with buttons, zips and laces;
  • to go to the toilet by himself/herself;
  • to use a knife and fork;
  • to play happily with other children of his/her age;
  • to ask lots of questions and talk freely;
  • to show an interest in handling books;
  • to understand and follow instructions;
  • to share with others;

Help your child to use his/her imagination and think for himself/herself by providing materials that he/she can experiment with – sand, water, shells, pebbles, buttons, boxes of various sizes, dressing up clothes. It is, of course, important for him/her to play with children of his/her own age and to visit them for a while to get used to being away from home.

The Reception Staff are responsible for meeting your child before he/she comes to school and will arrange for him/her to visit school during the term before his/her official entry. They will be delighted to talk to you.

Before and After School Club – “Just Another 5 Minutes”

The Before and After School Club operates during school term times from 7.45 a.m. to 8.45 a.m. and from 3.15 p.m. to 6 p.m. The fully qualified staff develop each session to provide a constructive environment with social interaction in a happy, family atmosphere. The children are able to talk and play with their peers, care for and talk to each other at mealtimes or when involved in the various activities. The staff take and collect the children to and from the classrooms and for many parents this provides an important link between home and school.

Libraries

Both sites have got well-stocked school libraries which children can borrow books from to take home each week.

Assessment

Your child’s teacher will constantly monitor his/her progress throughout his/her school life. With National Curriculum requirements there will be testing of all children, unless exempted for medical reasons, at the ages of 7 and 11 years.

Pastoral care

One of our school leadership team is directly responsible for pastoral care within the school.

School Council

We have a School Council which is made up from Year 1 to Year 6 children. The council members are elected each year by their peer group and they play an important part in school improvement and the monitoring of school activities/rules.

Pupil Expectations

The school endeavors to ensure that each child reaches his/her full potential, and is constantly striving to raise standards. Expectations for each year group in physical and academic subjects will be discussed with parents by your child’s teacher each year at the Parents’ Evening.

Homework

From the outset your child will receive a book bag. We encourage parents to share with us in fostering a love and delight in books for your child. Daily reading is expected throughout the school. Your child will have other tasks to do at home, including learning multiplication tables, spelling activities, phonics etc. More formal written homework will be set daily as your child progresses through school.

Discipline

At Two Moors our aim is to promote a positive atmosphere, based on a sense of community, mutual respect and shared values. This means that all children are encouraged to take appropriate responsibility for managing their own learning and behaviour in order that they develop self-esteem, self-discipline, independence and a shared sense of ownership of the school. Promoting good behaviour throughout the school is shared responsibility.

School rules are aimed to prevent harm to children and property, encourage good behaviour and manners and maintain a happy, caring atmosphere.

Rewards and sanctions

We aim to make the children self disciplined and to help them grow to understand the responsibilities they have towards other people and property. We endeavour to encourage and reward good behaviour and manners and maintain a happy, caring atmosphere.

Children are mainly co-operative and helpful especially when reasons for restrictions and rules are carefully explained. However sanctions such as loss of playtimes or detention during lunchtime will be administered for repeated acts of misconduct. Usually teacher disapproval and admonishment accompanied by an explanation of the cause, effect and consequences of an action will be enough. Should there be any cause for concern about a child’s behaviour, then we would consult with parents immediately.

We feel strongly that no child should be allowed to disrupt the education of others and if, after all avenues have been explored, there is no improvement, the Headteacher will exclude the child from the school. If there is a very serious breach of discipline, the Headteacher will determine the nature and cause of the incident and likewise exclude the child from the school.

If a period of exclusion is likely to be extended beyond 5 days the Governors will meet to consider the details of the case and make recommendations to the L.E.A. which may result in the child being expelled. The school maintains an Assertive Discipline Policy, which ensures consistency and continuity of standards throughout the year groups.

School Health Service

The School Health Service consists of Doctors, Nurses and Administrative Staff who work together to address health issues in school and whose aim is to ensure that all children are able to reach their full educational potential.

When your child has settled into school he/she will be seen by the School Nurse for a health interview. You will be notified of this interview and we hope you will attend. Screening tests including height and weight measurements will be carried out during this interview, or may be undertaken at any time during the child’s school career, usually at the request of parents, teachers or other Health Professionals.

The school has First Aid facilities.

Absence, illness or injury

If your child is absent from school please let us know the reason for the absence by phoning the school office (01884 253 006) before 9.25am.

If your child is ill or injures himself/herself at school we will arrange to take him/her home. Please make sure you give the school an emergency telephone number, or address.

Only prescribed medicines may be administered in school. A signed form (available from school) must accompany the medicine.

The medicine and asthma inhalers must be in a clearly marked container, which should be handed to your child’s teacher.

Head lice

Head lice are a recurrent problem in schools. Since they are at home in clean as well as dirty hair, on short as well as long hair, we ask you to make regular checks. Should your child become infected please notify the school and carry out the treatment recommended.

Jewellery

Devon County Council follows the national Health and Safety Policy, which prohibits the wearing of jewellery during P.E. or swimming. It is always a good idea for your child not to have their ears newly pierced just prior to a swimming season. The school will accept no responsibility for injury to a child when wearing jewellery. It is also advisable not to bring cuddly toys or any other valuables to school, as children can be upset if they get lost or broken.

Lost property

There is a lost property box in school, but we would like to enlist your help to make your child responsible for his/her own things. It is one of our prime aims to make children independent in both their learning and social skills. Recognition of errant clothing is so much easier if it is clearly marked. Remarking on a regular is basis is a good idea.

Outings

Outings are an important part of school life and are usually linked with various aspects of school work. Parents are informed by letter when a trip is being arranged and no children go out on school trips without parents’ consent. In the upper years at school we arrange residential educational trips throughout the year.

School Crossing

There are two Road Crossing Patrols at Two Moors and we feel great concern about the danger to the children posed by the busy road outside. Please do not park on the yellow lines outside the gates. It would be appreciated if you could wait for your child on the pavement areas inside school, or on the school playgrounds. From the outset of Key Stage 2 we encourage those pupils who live near school to become more independent and walk home with peers or alone. This depends on individual circumstances and our Year 3 teachers would expect a written note from parents/carers expressing their wishes.

Mid-morning snacks

Milk, fruit, cereal and healthy snacks are available at subsidised prices from school each day. You may wish to send your child with a healthy snack, but definitely NO SWEETS OR CHOCOLATE. After morning play all Reception children are provided with a drink and a choice of a piece of cheese, fruit and breadsticks. Children may have their own small bottle of water which is refilled each day and they may drink this whenever they feel thirsty. Other drinks should not be brought to school.

Communication

Most of our communication with parents is via regular newsletters. Please check that these do not remain in the bottom of school bags. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the Headteacher if you need to. Our website is kept up to date as is our Twitter link and Facebook page and we send Text messages to the primary contact for your child.

Safety in the School Premises

All visitors must report directly to the office. Visitors’ badges will be given at Reception. The pedestrian school gates will be open from 8.30 a.m. to 9.10 a.m. and from 3.20 p.m. to 4.20 p.m. The main school gates will be locked and no vehicles will be allowed to enter or exit the premises between 8.40 am and 9.10 am and 3.00 and 3.30 p.m.

Complaints

If at any time you have any worries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or Headteacher.

The Education Authority has a formal complaints procedure which deals with the curriculum and religious worship. Details may be obtained from the Headteacher.

Fire Practice

Regular fire drills are held each term to ensure an orderly evacuation of the building should a fire occur. If you happen to be in school during one please leave the premises and line up by one of the muster points in the playground.

Partner School

Our partner school is Tiverton High School where our children go at the age of eleven. Close liaison between our two schools is one of our main priorities enabling a good transfer from Primary to Secondary school life. The children have a structured induction programme set up by Year 6 teachers and the High School staff.

Insurance

As with other Devon County Council Schools, we subscribe to public liability insurance through Devon County Council.

The Council expects all employees, parents, pupils and students to accept full responsibility for their personal possessions, including money, and taking out insurance themselves to cover any risks.

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