East Hoathly Church of England Primary School
01825 840247 | Church Marks Lane, East Hoathly, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6EQ |
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A very warm welcome to the prospectus for East Hoathly C E Primary. We are proud of our small rural village school and it's connection to East Hoathly Church.
Our kind and dedicated staff look forward to meeting you to share some of the exciting learning the children are doing to enable them to reach their full potential and help to prepare them for the big wide world.
Our lovely, light, bright school environment helps to stimulate our learning. We have a good size playground, a lovely school field and plenty of good learning resources.
We hope you will take the time to read our prospectus and to arrange to come and meet us. We look forward to meeting you and your child/ren to show you round as part of your choice of the right school for them.
Mrs Alison Flynn
Our aims are to:
At East Hoathly, we recognise the historic foundations of our school. The school has strong links with East Hoathly Church and continues to preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.
The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.
Collective Worship is held each day. As a Church of England School we have strong links with our village church and we worship there regularly, led by the staff and the Reverend Phil Hodgins through the week. We also hold special church services during the year such as Harvest, Mothering Sunday, Father's Day, Education Sunday, at Christmas and at the end of the school year when presentations are made to our Year 6 leavers. Parents are welcome at all services and are especially invited on all special occasions.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from collective worship. If this should be the case, please notify the Headteacher, so that alternative arrangements can be made.
The Governors constitute the governing body of the school and are responsible for its overall policy. Our Governors are a strong group of supportive people who play an active part in the corporate life of the school.
|Name||Governor Type||Appointment Date|
|Mrs L Wigens||(Chairperson) Foundation||August 2002|
|Rev P Hodgins||Foundation Vice-Chair||September 2006|
|Mrs A Flynn||Executive Headteacher||September 2012|
|Mr J Procter||Acting Headteacher||September 2012|
|Mrs Y Yates||Support Staff||November 2011|
|Mrs J Jupp||Associate Member||March 2008|
|Mrs E Brown||Community||September 2011|
|Mrs S Davies||LA||March 2012|
|Mrs K Peckham||Parent||November 2009|
|Mr J Medrow||Parent||November 2011|
|Mr I Allison||LA||September 2012|
The accommodation consists of 3 classrooms, a library with central storage for a class set of laptop computers, a fully equipped kitchen, a gallery resource area, small group teaching areas and cloakrooms. The outside area consists of a playground and school field.
There is a security system, which operates throughout the school, for the safety of all the children.
As well as the Headteacher there are three full-time teachers and a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who works one day each week. There are also trained Teaching Assistants in all classes. In addition we have visiting staff for musical tuition.
Although children spend the majority of their time with their class teacher we feel it is important that they know and work with other members of staff. This helps the children to associate themselves with the school as a whole and also enables us to make the most of particular staff talents. We value the contribution made to the school by the non-teaching staff. These include our bursar, the cook and her assistant, the caretaker and the lunchtime mid-day supervisory assistants, some of whom are also Class Teaching Assistants.
|Name||Type of Post Held|
|Mrs A Flynn||Executive Headteacher|
|Mr J Procter||Deputy Headteacher (Acting Headteacher)|
|Mrs S Levey||SENCO|
|Mrs A Parle||Teacher|
|Miss P Kusadali||Teacher|
|Miss H Axell||Teacher|
|Mrs J Wicks||Bursar/Office Manager|
|Mrs S Pratt||Teaching Assistant|
|Mrs W Burns||Teaching Assistant/Midday Supervisor|
|Mrs V Turk||Teaching Assistant/Midday Supervisor|
|Mrs N Cotterill||Teaching Assistant/Midday Supervisor|
|Mrs Y Yates||Teaching Assistant/Midday Supervisor|
|Mrs R Field||Midday Supervisor|
|Mrs J Slyman||Cook|
|Mrs D Cottell||Assistant Cook|
|Mrs L McGowan||Site Manager|
The school is arranged into three classes. Variations in the structure of the classes may be necessary from year to year due to the numbers of pupil in specific cohorts, which is common practice in all village schools.
Numbers at time of publication (October 2012) are:
|Keystage One - Years 1 (16 pupils) and 2 (12 pupils)||28|
|Keystage Two - Years 3 (11 pupils), 4 (5 pupils), 5 (10 pupils) & 6 (8 pupils)||34|
In the year 2012-2013 these are divided into:
|Foundation Stage / Year 1||30|
|Years 2 / 3||23|
|Years 4 / 5 / 6||23|
|Times||08.50-12.00 & 13.15-15.15
15 minute break 10.45-11.00
10 minute break 14.05-14.15
|08.50-12.00 & 13.15-15.15
15 minute break 10.45-11.00
10 minute break 14.05-14.15
Prospective parents are warmly invited to contact the School office to make an appointment to visit the school.
Children are of compulsory school age from the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday.
In line with East Sussex County Council Admissions Policy, places at East Hoathly CE Primary School in September 2012 will be offered to children born between 1st September 2007 and 31st August 2008 (inclusive).
Children born between 1st September 2008 to 31st August 2009 will be eligible to start school in September 2013 on a full time basis, but it is acceptable them to attend on a part time basis until they reach compulsory school age. Parents can discuss their preferences with the Headteacher.
Therefore admission is as follows:
|If Birthday falls between||Start of Term 1||Start of Term 3||Start of Term 5|
|1st September 2008 - 31st December 08||may attend Full/part time||must attend Full time||must attend Full time|
|1st January 2009 - 30th April 2009||may attend Full/Part time||may attend Full/part time||must attend Full time|
|1st May 2009 - 31st August 2009||may attend Full/Part time||may attend Full/part time||may attend Full/part time|
The transition arrangements for the new Reception pupils will be arranged in Term 6.
During Term 6 (June-July) parents of children who will join the school in September are invited to an evening meeting so that they can meet various school personnel and each other. This gives an opportunity to have the school procedures fully explained and a chance to discuss any points that they wish to raise in a friendly atmosphere.
Please see Appendix 4 for details of admissions in 2013/2014.
The overall attendance figure for the school during 2011-2012 was 96.1%. Authorised absence was 3.4% and unauthorised absence was 0.5%.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Parents are welcome to discuss matters they feel to be of concern at any time, by making an appointment with the class teacher and/or the Headteacher, just as we contact parents if we feel it to be necessary. Parents are kept informed of events by regular newsletters and through use of the school notice boards and the developing website. There are also 2 formal parents evening each year and an opportunity to discuss the pupil's end of year reports.
Over time we organise workshops on the teaching the creative skill based curriculum, reading, writing and mathematics. These help us all to support children in reaching their individual targets and also allow parents to develop their own knowledge and understanding of the content of the curriculum and how we teach it.
We consider the Pastoral Care of our Pupils to be extremely important. A child's first point of contact is his/her teacher.But, at the same time, every adult in the school is concerned with every child. Staff meet parents at regular formal consultation evenings, but also much more frequently on an informal basis. Parents are encouraged to let the school know of any health or emotional factor which might affect the pupil's welfare. The importance placed on a high standard of pastoral care is designed to ensure that each child finds him/herself in an environment in which he/she can work and grow in a friendly atmosphere, free from any unnecessary anxieties. Mutual respect and co-operation with others are strongly encouraged, as is self-discipline. The co-operation of parents is always sought if there are problems.
Your child's teacher should usually be able to help with any concerns or queries. Please speak to the class teacher in the first instance and then, if necessary, to the Headteacher. We believe that communication is very important and we want every child to be proud of their achievement.
If a parent feels that a complaint has not been dealt with adequately by the school or the Governing Body, there is a formal procedure, details of which may be obtained from the school office.
East Hoathly CE School
We aim to provide a curriculum appropriate for all children. ‘Special needs’ may include learning difficulties, social and emotional issues, physical needs and gifted abilities or talents in specific areas.
Attention is given to the needs of all pupils within the school framework and the National SEN Code of Practice. Class teachers regularly assess pupil's progress and evidence of achievement. Extra support and/or extension are given within the overall structure of the class teaching. Additional programmes are taught when need is identified. Parents are kept fully informed and have a valuable contribution to make in supporting and encouraging their child with school activities.
Gifted and talented children are offered the opportunity to take part in the many local and county Gifted and Talented initiatives.
Parents should be aware that the school will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff are required by law to follow the Local Authority Child Protection Procedures and inform the Social Services Department of their concerns. The child protection officer for the school is the Headteacher.
In the event of illness or accident, the school will contact parents in accordance with details kept on file. The appropriate measure may be first aid at school (by qualified members of staff), or, if necessary, treatment at a Health Centre or transport to hospital. If your child has been ill it is advisable not to send him/her to school for at least 24 hours.
This precaution will help prevent the spreading of any possible infections.
The school council meets regularly to discuss issues that arise from the pupils in class councils and/or to discuss whole school issues. The term of office of a pupil on the Council is for one year and, during that time they also run their class council. Through these channels pupils have a large voice in the school.
The basic styles and colours were chosen in consultation with parents and children/School Council.
The uniform list is, as follows:
For reasons of hygiene and safety, children need to have an appropriate change of clothing for PE and Games lessons
All items should be kept in a named East Hoathly PE bag.
At East Hoathly CE School we provide a creative, broad, skills-based curriculum. In addition, we recognise the need for children to build up relationships with each other and to be happy, secure and confident in their surroundings. We see constructive play as an important method in the Early Years, introducing new skills and concepts. We follow the Foundation stage curriculum for under-fives.
We teach the National Curriculum foundation subjects through a cross-curricular skills based curriculum, integrated to a topic or theme. However, when a specific topic area of a subject does not integrate easily then it is taught as a discrete subject either as a block or a number of days in a specific week so that the children receive full coverage.
Literacy skills, which include spelling, grammar, phonics, handwriting and reading, are taught within the creative curriculum and sometimes discretely as appropriate.
Reading - We encourage the development of reading skills and a love of reading from the very beginning using many different reading materials. We provide a structured yet flexible approach to reading using fiction and non-fiction genre. Reading is a partnership between home and school. The children have use of the library.
Writing - In line with current theory we teach children to appreciate the structure of the different genre and write in these styles using the taught skills. We recognise that it is important to place great emphasis on the “process” of writing. The school uses a consistent style of handwriting, which is taught to all pupils. Neatness of presentation in all subjects is encouraged.
Our aim in teaching mathematics at East Hoathly is for the children to become numerate in such a way that they view maths as an enjoyable, relevant yet challenging, practical and interesting subject.
To achieve this great emphasis is placed on mental mathematics and investigative problem solving activities.
We use technological aids such as computers and calculators when appropriate. These are not a substitute for traditional mathematical skills, but a way of developing a more complex and mature understanding of mathematics.
Opportunities to develop an awareness of the relevance and importance of science in everyday life are given to children from their earliest school activities. Understanding is developed in a variety of contexts, initially informally and then structured using experiments and investigations often developing from the children's own hypotheses. At all levels children are encouraged to see science as an exciting experience, helping them to understand the world in which they live.
Children have the opportunity to take part in all Science activities provided by our link secondary school. As they progress through the school relevant visits and workshops take place.
In line with our Christian Foundation, children are taught the beliefs of our multi-faith society. They are encouraged to extend their own beliefs and values to explore the awe and wonder of the world around them.
The curriculum is taught in accordance with East Sussex Education Authority's Guidelines. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE. If this should be the case, please notify the Headteacher, so that alternative arrangements can be made.
From the earliest stage, children are encouraged to listen to music, sing, and use a wide range of pitched and unpitched percussion. Children are given many opportunities to perform for an audience and to share their personal as well as school led talents. e.g. at Carol Concerts, festivals and music evenings.
The school is part of the Government music initiative and, during the current academic year, Years 4, 5 and 6 are learning the Fife and Flute.
In addition to the general music education, from Year 3 onwards there are also opportunities for additional tuition for learning an instrument. This varies depending on the level of interest. At present the school offers additional guitar lessons.
Children investigate changes in their own lives and those of their family or adults round them. They will study the way of life of people in the past, beyond living memory; including Ancient Egyptians, Romans, Tudors, Britain since 1930 and local history.
Children are initially encouraged to observe their local surroundings and extend these skills to observing the wider world through DVDs, photographs and pictures, and maps to identify similarities and differences across the world. They further develop their cultural understanding through visits and role play which gives them the opportunity to empathise with the lives of others. Children also consider the impact of human behaviour on the physical world.
Design Technology develops a child's ability to design and make a product in response to a need or problem. Children develop their skills and knowledge through working with a wide range of materials, components, mechanisms and structures. Design Technology is closely integrated with other curricular areas. Early technological experiences come from problem solving opportunities in imaginary play.
Every child in the school has regular experience of Information Communication Technology. We encourage learning in two areas - skills needed to use ICT and the use of IT to support learning in all other areas of the curriculum.
Each classroom has an Interactive White Board and the school has a class set of laptops for whole class skills teaching. Each classroom has also has a cluster of computers for cross-curricular use.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education is taught across the curriculum. We teach children to value and respect each other and the world in which we live regardless of gender, religion, race or ability. We encourage children to care, and show they care in their behaviour.
Sex education is taught throughout the school at an age-appropriate level and in partnership with the science curriculum. It is our policy to answer questions as they arise and at an appropriate level. Further details may be obtained from the Headteacher.
We place a great emphasis on extending individual creativity through art where the children work using a wide range of media. Skills are developed in all areas of 2D and 3D art. Children are also given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the work of great artists and learn about the history of art.
Our aim is to develop each child's movement potential through a wide range of physical activities. They should gain manipulative skills and anticipation of the movement and behaviour of people around them.
All children take part in PE and games sessions. The general philosophy of our games scheme is concerned with the acquisition of various skills. At an early age children gain satisfaction and enjoyment from striving to improve individual performance. Each child is encouraged to participate, to succeed and enjoy these activities. Competition as a motivating factor is encouraged at a later stage.
Older children have the opportunity to be involved in inter-schools sports activities, both between the local schools and at Ringmer Academy. The school holds an annual Sports Day during Term 6.
Children can also take part in a variety of extra Curricular sporting activities. These vary by pupil choice. At present we offer Football, Tennis, and Gym.
In gymnastics we develop whole body control by extending sequences through individual and partner work.
Dance is generally linked to an aspect of the academic curriculum and examines the dynamics of level, speed and direction.
During their time at East Hoathly pupils take part in swimming lessons. It is an important survival skill, good exercise and it is fun! The individual needs of each child are a priority as children progress at different rates in their water confidence and swimming skills.
Classes are taught at Ringmer Academy's swimming pool. This, however, is dependent upon voluntary contributions from parents for transport if children are to participate.
Languages are viewed as an important dimension of children's learning. At East Hoathly Spanish is part of the Year 4/5/6 curriculum. The children celebrate what they have learnt with their parents towards the end of the school year as a performance.
All children have homework in line with government requirements. The school sets formal homework to support all pupils. As well as weekly reading, maths and spelling throughout the school, all children receive a homework sheet related to each topic.
A copy of the school's policy is available from the school office. In all cases, we rely on parents to support their children as necessary, and to work with the school to help every child to succeed.
All children are constantly assessed by their teacher during the course of the school year. Regular recorded assessment helps teachers track progress and address any concerns that arise during the course of the child's education. These assessments form the basis of the autumn and spring consultation sessions and the end of year report.
All children are also actively encouraged to appraise their own work after each lesson. Depending on the learning to be assessed, this can be oral or written in their work books. We are happy to share these assessments with parents.
Statutory tests have to be carried out as follows:
Reception children are assessed throughout the year in order to compile their Foundation Stage Profiles. Statutory and non-statutory Standardised Assessment Tests (SATs and Optional SATs) are taken during Term 5. These tests are supplied by the Department of Education. All children are required to undertake the tests.
Teachers and the Governing Body make individual results available to parents. If you have any questions about the above tests please see the Headteacher or class teacher.
KS2 SATs results are published nationally, except for schools with 10 or fewer eligible pupils in Year Six.
Our results for summer 2012 are recorded in Appendix 1 of this prospectus.
This is regarded as a very important part of home/school liaison with emphasis placed on child involvement.
There are consultation sessions in Terms 2 & 4 and an optional meeting in Term 6.
All parents receive a formal report at the end of each academic year. The school reports for children in Years 2 and 6 also include the child's overall level of attainment achieved in the National SATs for English and Mathematics. Reports for children in Years 3-5 include the child's overall grades in the optional SATs for English and Mathematics; while in Y1 receive the equivalent as a teacher assessment. Reports for Reception children include the levels achieved in the Early Years Foundation Stage profile.
Children can participate in clubs, which are held after school. The clubs running at any one time depend on the children, parent and staff interests, and are subject to change. Clubs are sometimes age-related although we try to include the greatest number of children as possible. At the time of writing these include Gym, Football, Eco and Art.
The school also takes part in a variety of the wider community events, including The Patina Parade in Lewes, The Uckfield, Ringmer, Plumpton and Goodwood Grand Prix, The Enterprise Day at Uckfield and The County Big Sing.
Visits and visitors to the school are arranged for all children throughout the year. These are linked to the school's curriculum and are planned by the class teacher or as a whole school event.
Teachers responsible for the visit act “in loco parentis” at all times and give the care that any reasonable parent would give. Teachers often ask for parental help on visits to support the children. Transportation on these visits may be by coach, private car, rail, mini- bus or on foot.
Under the Education Reform Act 1988, parents are invited to make voluntary contributions to help fund these excursions.
Pupils at the upper end of the school take part in a residential week. The venue is subject to change reflecting class interests/needs.
Voluntary contributions are sometimes necessary in order to fund the following activities:
The Education Act 1996 requires the governing body to make this statement: “You are invited to contribute to the cost of the activities, which will cover the cost of incidental expenses. The contribution is voluntary. The governing body must however tell you that, whilst no child will be treated differently according to whether or not their parents make a contribution, the school could not bear the cost of the visit/activity without reducing the ability to provide essential books and materials for curricular needs. Therefore, you will understand that, unless all parents who are able, are willing to contribute to the cost of the activity it will be unable to take place.”
However, no child would be refused a place on any visit/activity. Therefore parents are advised to speak to the Headteacher (in confidence) if any difficulty is foreseen since the school has some limited funds available for such situations.
See Appendices 2 and 3
This course is taught by ROSPA instructors to cyclists in Year 6. The course includes a check on bicycle roadworthiness by a Road Safety Officer, a thorough grounding in the Highway Code, practice in safe cycling, and a written and practical examination for which a National Cycling Proficiency Certificate is awarded to those who pass.
The Friends, Parent, Teachers, Association (FPTA) of East Hoathly CE School exists to further the quality of education for all pupils. It is a team effort between the parents and staff, to provide special extras for all the children. All parents and staff are members by right. Membership is open to friends of the school. Further details are available from the Headteacher or the chair of the FPTA, via the school office.
The school greatly values this support from the whole community.
We welcome and encourage community involvement in our school in many different ways, e.g. helping in classrooms, participating in assemblies, assisting on school educational visits, using our school premises and generally by being interested in what is happening in the school. We welcome information about any relevant activities.
This year we also have links with St John's Church of England Primary School in Eastbourne as Mrs Flynn is the Executive Headteacher of both schools.
We also work closely with the other schools in the surrounding villages and with Ringmer Academy and Uckfield Community Technical College. We have formed a linked association with Chiddingly and Laughton Schools and our children benefit from the shared expertise of the staff and curriculum activities.
The Scallywags Pre-School meets on the school site. It welcomes children from 2 years to school age and part time Reception children.
The Pre-school is open Monday to Friday. The number of sessions that the pre-school is open depends on the requirements of the parents. At present (September 2012), it is open all day (9am-3.15pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and on Monday and Friday mornings until 12:30pm. Morning sessions end at 11.45am. A lunch club is offered each day from 11.45am-12.30pm, where children can bring a healthy packed lunch and drink or have the option to purchase a school lunch. Lunch is eaten in the school dining room with the KS1 children (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2). Afternoon sessions start at 12.30pm.
The Pre-school gives quality care, education and equal opportunities to each child to help them achieve their full potential by providing a safe, warm, friendly, caring, stimulating, well-supervised and exciting atmosphere in which they can continue to develop skills already learnt at home. The three and four year olds are taught the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and staff work closely with the Reception teacher to make the transition into school a smooth and happy experience.
For all enquiries regarding Scallywags, please telephone 07563754263 during the above working hours or, at other times, Roberta Field on 01825 840659. For more information please visit the website: www.scallywagsisfun.co.uk
At the age of 11+ children mainly transfer to Ringmer Academy and Uckfield Community Technical College with whom we have close links.
The Pastoral Care staff from the senior schools responsible for secondary transfer visit East Hoathly during Terms 5 or 6 and speak to the teacher and then the children individually and as a group. After which, during the Term 6, the children visit the secondary schools to familiarise themselves with their new teachers and surroundings. Parents are also supplied with information and invited to a meeting at the secondary school during the year before transfer.
Ringmer Academy, as part of our local partnership group, provides regular activities, mainly for pupils in Year 5 and 6, in preparation for their transfer to secondary school. Regular staff liaison meetings are held on different aspects of the curriculum to ensure continuity.
We also attend partnership meetings at Uckfield Community Technical College as well as their Year 6 activities.
Parents may request to see the documents listed below:
*Parents may see records of individual children on receipt of a formal request. A response must be made to such a request within 15 days.
We will endeavour to make much of this information available via the website.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. Pupil Premium funding has been invested in the pupils who need it most. In most cases we receive the funding specifically for theses pupils however there are often others who need support for whom we do not receive funding. The funding has also been invested in outside support sessions for both parents and pupils, booster groups in Maths and Literacy and these have been found to increase a pupil's confidence in these subjects. You can download the School Pupil Premium Report to Parents which outlines how the school spends its Pupil Premium funding, or a copy can be obtained from the school office.
You can download the full document from our website but if you require a paper version of any of the documents within the scheme, please contact the school by telephone, email, fax or letter. Contact details are the home page.
If the information you are looking for is not available via the scheme and is not on our website, you can still contact the school to ask if we have it.
Paying for information - There will be a nominal fee for administration and/or photocopying for the information provided.