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.
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.
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.
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 celebrate 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
The school endeavours to ensure that each child reaches his/her full potential, and is constantly striving to raise standards. A letter explaining the expectations for each year group is sent home in September and progress discussed with parents at the Parents’ Evenings.
At present the school has fourteen classes of boys and girls in the 5 –11 primary range, plus a 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:-
Dartmoor Unit Early Years Foundation Stage – Lower Dart
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) – Upper Dart
Exmoor Unit Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4) – Lower Exe
Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6) – Upper Exe
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.
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.
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 and an assessment on phonics at the age of 6.
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.
Rewards and sanctions
At Two Moors we aim 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 responsiblity.
School rules are aimed to prevent harm to children and property, encourage 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 time out during lunchtime will be administered for epeated 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 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.
One of our school leadership team, Mr Boraston, is directly responsible for pastoral care within the school.
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 9am.
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 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.
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.
There is a 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.
Most of our communication with parents is via regular newsletters and letters. 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 9.05 a.m. and from 3.05 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 9.05 am and 3.00 and 3.30 p.m.
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.
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 and over the primary years there are sporting fixtures and some music and art workshops for children arranged with local primary schools at Tiverton High School.
Before and After School Club – FISH
The Before and After School Club operates during school term times from 7.45 a.m. to 9.00 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.
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.
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.