Thank you for expressing an interest in our school; this booklet contains information about the school, our beliefs and our organisation and the people who work here.
There has been a school on the site since 1856; an infant school for much of its history, St John’s became a primary school in 1985 with the opening of the new part of the school.
We are part of the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust, which means that the majority of our governors are appointed by the church, although in the curriculum that we teach and in most other aspects of the education that we offer the children we operate in the same way as any other LEA school. The school is proud of its links with the church.
I became Headteacher here in September 2013 and was pleased to carry on the good work and high standards of my predecessors. It quickly became apparent to me that this is a school that cares about the children and looks after them, helping them to develop as confident individuals. The development of key skills across the curriculum goes alongside the development of attitudes and understanding of the whole community.
This booklet will tell you much about the school but the best way to get to know us is to visit and see us in action.
I look forward to meeting you.
As a Church of England School, we aim to work with parents, pupils, staff, governors and the church to provide a safe environment in which each child is valued as an individual made in the image of God, and in which the child can find security, acceptance, reassurance and an opportunity to develop their potential. We aim to create a caring and happy community in which Christian values are upheld.
Recognising its historic foundation, the school will 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.
The school’s religious Education policy has been drawn up in accordance with the Somerset Agreed Syllabus with reference to the Diocesan Board of Education, and the daily Act of Worship is intended to reflect our Christian tradition. It is, however, intended that our pupils should gain some awareness and understanding of other world religions. Daily collective worship for the whole school takes place on Mondays and Fridays at a school assembly in the hall. There are separate Key Stage assemblies on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Worship through Music on Wednesdays.
For festivals and special occasions we hold services at St John’s Church, Wellington.
Under the provisions of the Education reform Act 1988 all parents have a right to withdraw their child from the school’s Daily Act of Collective Worship, or from religious education.
Any parent wishing to withdraw their child from this element of the curriculum should make a written request to the Headteacher.
We welcome visitors to the school, indeed, if you are thinking of enrolling your child(ren) with us I would say that a visit is essential.
It would be convenient if you could contact the school to make an appointment; we can then make sure that someone will be available to show you around and to answer any questions.
Please telephone the office on 01823 451335 or e-mail us at:
School begins at 9.a.m. Parents are requested to see that children arrive at school after 8.45 a.m. and not later than 9 a.m. The school cannot be held responsible for the welfare and safety of children before 8.45 a.m.
Morning playtime 10.30. to 10.45 a.m.
Lunchtime 12.00 to 1.00 p.m. (Infants)
12.10 to 1.00 p.m. (Juniors)
Afternoon playtime 2.30 to 2.45 p.m. (Infants)
2.15 p.m. to 2.25 p.m. (Juniors)
School ends 3.15 p.m.
Access to the school by parents and visitors during school sessions must be made via the main entrance which has a push button coded security system and visitors are required to sign the visitor book and to wear security badges on entry to the school. All external doors are locked during session times. Staff wear security badges.
For the purpose of National Curriculum Assessment the children are placed in Year Groups. this can be a little confusing because the youngest children will not be in Year 1 until the start of the academic year in which they will be six years of age. This means that most of the children will have been in school for a year before they become Year 1 pupils.
To support our learning, the classes are named after people who have played a pivotal role in the town. In this way, the children explore Wellington’s local history and the impact that it still has on our daily lives.
Class 1 Year Reception 4 and 5 year olds.
Year 1 5 and 6 year olds
Class 2 Year 1 5 and 6 year olds
Year 2 6 and 7 year olds.
Class 3 Year 2 6 and 7 year olds.
Year 3 7 and 8 year olds.
Class 4 Year 3 7 and 8 year olds.
Year 4 8 and 9 year olds
Class 5 Year 5 9 and 10 year olds.
Year 6 10 and 11 year olds.
A copy of the school’s latest admission policy can be found on the school website under Key Information>Admissions
Children whose fifth birthday falls on or between 1 September and 31 August of that academic year will be able to start school in the first half of the Autumn term. It may be necessary for children to start on a part-time basis until the half term.
It is not compulsory for a child to start school before he/she is five, but he/she must start full time education by no later than the beginning of the next full term following his/her fifth birthday.
After each Summer half term, the new admissions for September have the opportunity to come into school for at least two afternoons. This is to begin the process of getting to know the environment and the adults who they will be working with.
In the event that the school is unable to offer a place for your child the parent/guardian may appeal against that decision. Information about how you may appeal and a form to be completed may be obtained from the school website.
Expected maximum reception pupil admission commencing September is 21.
Many parents are understandably eager to help their child before he or she starts school. Below are a few suggestions:-
Remember that the worst thing you can do is put too much pressure on your child. If he/she sees that you are anxious, he/she will become anxious too.
It would be helpful if before starting school children could do up their shoes, zip up or undo their coat, be able to cope with buttons, handle a knife and fork and use the toilet properly.
Your child will have a head start if he/she is used to being with other children. Pre-school is a great help.
When your child starts school please take an interest in his/her work. Talk to the teacher about how you can help your child.
If your child is ill you should notify the school as soon as possible. It is very important that the class teacher is informed of the reason for a child’s absence. If you are not able to telephone and your child has not arrived in school, we shall ring you to find out why your child is not in school. If we have not been able to contact you a letter of explanation should be given to the class teacher when your child returns to school. Failure to do this will result in the absence being reported as unauthorised. The number of unauthorised sessions missed by a pupil will be reported in their annual report. (There are two sessions to each school day).
The school buildings are mostly suitable for disabled pupils, although due to the split level site, children may need to take different routes around the school.
The school sets an extremely high expectation on the importance of pupils showing care for others and upon never mistreating those who for any reason appear to be different. This theme is highlighted at School Assemblies and during discussions in the classroom which refer to moral and social issues.
Forms are sent home with admission forms regarding medical information. It is important that these are completed and returned to the school. (These initial information forms must be updated immediately there are any changes to your child’s medical needs or to your situation).
Medication is administered by the school office.
Medication will not be given to your child unless a permission form has been completed. Non-prescription medication cannot be administered by the school unless your request is accompanied by a doctor’s letter.
Inhalers are kept in a central place in each classroom. It is important that Inhalers are named and an inhaler is left in school. Please check that the office has a current record of the dose and times that your child needs to take his/her inhaler.
The School Health Adviser will visit the school to assess children’s sight and periodic checks of height/weight are carried out in line with national expectations. If treatment is required parents will be informed subsequently.
Head-lice are frequently a problem in all schools. It is the responsibility of every parent to check their child’s hair regularly. If you discover that your child has head-lice, wash your child’s hair in the normal way and use plenty of conditioner to ’wet comb’ through the hair with a fine tooth comb to remove any lice. This routine must be repeated every 3 days for at least 2 weeks in order that any lice emerging from eggs are removed before they can spread. You may contact your family doctor for advice as to the best way to treat head-lice for the whole family. Please remember to inform the school so that other parents in your child’s class can be reminded to check their child’s hair as well. If head-lice are observed in a child’s hair the school will try and contact parents so that treatment can be carried out before others become affected.
There is also a website you can visit: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice/Pages/Introduction.aspx
We are strongly advised both by the Department for Education and Skills and by Somerset Local Authority to discourage parents from taking their children out of school in term time. It is felt that school time missed is never really recovered.
A list of holiday dates for the forthcoming academic year is issued to all parents. Should you need to take your children out of school during term time please contact the office and complete a holiday form for each of your children.
The school can only approve term-time absences when it is the only family holiday of the year and there are exceptional circumstances which make absence unavoidable. Other circumstances will be recorded as unauthorised absences. Warning Penalty Notices and fines may be given where the number of unauthorised absences meets the Local Authority’s criteria.
If you are in doubt as to whether the school may be open in times of severe weather etc. Up-to-date news will be posted to the website at www.cheddonbwmat.org. In addition, details are broadcast on BBC Somerset FM 95.5 , 1566 AM/MW and online at bbc.co.uk/somerset. You can also contact the school between 8.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. on the morning in question.
Accidents unfortunately happen from time to time. In cases of emergency, medical attention will be sought and you will be contacted immediately.
Most members of staff are trained in first aid techniques, with two teachers holding specific paediatric first aid qualifications. It is most important that you provide the school with information as to where you can be contacted during the day, and the name of a person delegated by you who can be contacted so that if medical help must be sought, you can be quickly informed. Please make sure that this information is updated if changes occur, (for example, when you move house, get a new mobile telephone number or if there is a change in emergency contact).
There is a visit consent form which the school require parents to complete ahead of all off-site visits.
From time to time you will receive information about educational visits that your child will be able to attend during school time. These visits can be quite local e.g. to go to the church, the park etc. or they may be trips by coach to places of interest further away.
The school will ensure that there is an adequate number of adults supervising children on trips. On every occasion that children are taken out of the school grounds, an adult with at least emergency First Aid training and a First Aid Kit will accompany them. You will be informed in advance of all trips or local educational visits other than those, which occur regularly, such as visits to the Sports Centre for swimming lessons. Seat belts will be worn by the children when travelling by car or coach. Would you please sign and return the reply slip as soon as possible so that your child can go on educational visits.
You will always be informed in advance that a visit will take place which your child can attend and details about the visit will be included for your information.
At the age of eleven most children transfer to secondary education. In the Autumn term, before a child is due to move to secondary school, you will receive details of all schools available in the area.
To ensure that the transfer from primary to secondary education is an easy one, each child’s abilities and likely progress are discussed with the secondary schools concerned. Secondary school teachers will interview the leavers and their class teachers and the children may visit their new school in the summer term before transfer.
While the children are still at primary school there will be opportunities to visit local secondary schools to take part in such events as sports festivals and enrichment days.
If you wish to visit any of the local secondary schools, prior to deciding which is most suitable for your child, please contact the schools concerned. Schools are always pleased to make arrangements to show you around.
The children are involved in and support many fund raising events, such as helping the blind; Cancer Care, Children in Need; The National Children’s Home Appeal; Red Nose Day and Save the Children Day to name but a few.
The school has strong links with Cheddon Fitzpaine Church and Hestercombe. The school has often taken part in the local flower show.
The school has its own serving kitchen, where our staff distribute hot lunches. Our hot lunches are provided by Caterlink; made in and delivered from Taunton Academy. A menu of meals goes out regularly and meals are ordered in advance on menu slip..
Hot lunches or picnics/salads are available free to children whose parents are entitled to them. If you feel that your child may be eligible for a free school lunch please contact the school office for information.
The DCSF regulations require the school to make certain items of information available at the school to parents and the public.
The school holds information on the following:
Any statutory instruments (including those for the National Curriculum subjects), circulars and administrative memoranda relating to powers and duties under the “Curriculum” Section of the Education Reform Act.
Any published Ofsted/ M.M.I.Reports which refer explicitly to the school.
Any scheme of work currently used by the teachers in the school.
The school also holds copies of the prospectus, and of the Governing Body’s annual reports to parents, which are available, free to parents on request at school.
We hope that any complaints that parents may have can be resolved by the school. Therefore any complaints, in the first instance, should normally be made to the class teacher or, in more serious cases, the headteacher. It is hoped that in most cases complaints will be dealt with at this informal level. However, if attempts to solve serious complaints at a local level fail, there is an agreed complaint procedure that should be followed.
If the complaint cannot be resolved at this local level then the parent should submit his/her complaint in writing to the Chair of Governors who will acknowledge receipt of the complaint and will arrange for an investigation to take place.
We hope that any complaints can be resolved by the parent concerned discussing the matter with an appropriate member of staff.
The Education Reform Act 1988 introduced new provisions on charging for school activities. Under the Act, schools are unable to charge for the following:
Charges may be made for the following:
Some school activities, like swimming, will only be possible if parents make a voluntary contribution, and where this is the case, parents will always be informed at the outset.
The above represents a brief summary of complex issues, and the school will always guarantee that parents are fully informed of the conditions relating to requests for financial outlay in individual cases.
Where possible, the school will look to support parents who wish to pay for activities via instalments.
The school’s ‘Golden Values’ are intended to encourage pupils to develop a respect for others around them, and for books, equipment and the school as a whole. Pupils will be made aware of a few basic rules when they start at the school and they will be expected to act within these rules.
Parents can help by remembering that:
Most examples of misbehaviour can be dealt with by the supervising adult at the time.
If necessary, a variety of sanctions may be used including time outs or even a temporary suspension from school.
As with all schools there are sanctions available for dealing with extreme or dangerous instances of misbehaviour up to and including permanent exclusion.
It is to be hoped that teachers and parents will be able to prevent such extreme action being taken. Communication between teachers and parents – parents and teachers is most important.
If you think that your child is being bullied at school please contact us as quickly as possible.
It is MOST IMPORTANT that you contact your child’s class teacher or the Headteacher so that the matter can be given immediate attention. Please do not take matters into your own hands.
The school will take the matter very seriously and will gather information from all those involved before making judgement.
You will be informed immediately of the result of the inquiry and of the steps that are to be taken to ensure that bullying stops.
Discourage your child from using bullying behaviour at home or anywhere else.
Show him/her how to resolve difficult situations without being violent or aggressive.
The comment by a parent ‘If he hits you, you hit him back’ only makes the situation worse for everyone involved. It is much better to encourage your child to walk away and tell a supervisor and/or his or her teacher.
It should be remembered that this will require more courage and maturity than if he or she reacts violently in difficult situations.
There is a uniform at the school and parents are requested to send their children to school in uniform as this will help to develop their sense of identity within the school. The school uniform is listed below.
Boys: Grey or black trousers or shorts
White shirt/polo shirt
Black shoes (no trainers please)
Navy blue sweatshirt or jumper
Girls: Grey or black skirt, pinafore dress or trousers
White blouse/polo shirt
White socks or black tights
Black shoes (no trainers please)
Navy blue cardigan, sweater or sweatshirt
Blue gingham or striped dress
Grey/black skirt and white shirt/polo shirt
White socks and black shoes (no trainers please)
P.E.KIT 1 shoe bag
1 pair plimsolls (daps) preferably without laces
1 pale blue t-shirt
1 pair shorts (black or dark blue)
Swimming trunks, not swimming shorts, for boys
1 piece swimming costume for girls
The following items are available from the school’s uniform suppliers:
Navy sweatshirts and cardigans with the school logo
School bags, backpacks, P.E./ swimming bags with the school logo
Polo shirts with the school logo
Pale blue PE T-shirt with school logo
Fleeces with the school logo
Children may not wear jeans, multi-coloured shirts, leggings, ankle length or long dresses or high heeled shoes. No hooped earrings, small plain studs may be worn.
Children are not to come to school with extreme haircuts, dyed hair, or with patterns cut into their hair as these can cause distractions to the other children.
All clothing including uniform P.E. kit and swimming kit should be clearly marked with your child’s name. No responsibility will be accepted by the school for items which are not clearly named.
Items found will be retained outside the school office for a reasonable period of time or until claimed.
When children are in Year 5/6 they can cycle to and from school independently. We do very strongly recommend that your child takes bicycle training lessons (provided free through Somerset Road Safety) and wears a helmet.
You are requested to make sure that bicycles are in a roadworthy condition and that your child rides it in a safe and sensible manner. Bicycles should not be ridden in the school grounds and should be locked when left in the bicycle rack. Children should not return to them until home time. Children will not be permitted to ride bicycles to school unless they wear safety helmets.
The school offers the children many opportunities for School Camps and visits/ trips off-site.
Every year the oldest children in the school will be given the opportunity to attend a School Camp for three days. Children from year 6 will have priority. Years 5 and 4 may be offered places if they become available.
When your child starts school you will be asked to sign a permission form for any visits which your child goes on in school time: e.g. to the park, town centre and annual educational visits taken during the school year to support curriculum subjects.
There are several after school activities available to the children, but not exclusive to: football, netball, cricket, rounders, craft, library, dancing and cycling proficiency.
Every effort will be made to put on additional clubs where possible.
A list of clubs that staff are running will be published at the start of each term.
There is a regular pattern of set homework for each class and the children are also encouraged to learn basic maths (e.g. times tables) and spelling and practice their handwriting and reading at home. The government believes there is an enormous advantage in children spending a regular amount of time, initially quite short, on different learning activities as part of a homework programme which supports the work children do in class. Parents are asked to sign Home School Agreements as part of their involvement in their child’s education. Should your child be at home for a long period and you would like homework for him or her, the class teacher will be pleased to provide it.
Formal opportunities are available for parents to visit the school to discuss their child’s work in the Autumn and Spring terms. Reports are given out at the end of the summer term. If parents wish to discuss their child’s work at other times, teachers will be pleased to see them. Please will parents give the teacher concerned some notice so that a suitable time can be arranged.
You will receive an Annual Report of your child’s progress during the Summer term. If your child is in Year 2 or 6 his/her level of achievement in the national assessment testing will be included in the Report. Your child’s results will be confidential but the overall results of all the children assessed will be included with the report.
All school staff, both teaching and non-teaching, are instructed to report any suspicions to the Headteacher or designated teacher for Child protection, (Mr Gordon), who is required under the procedures to alert the Social Services Department.
Child Abuse is a particularly sensitive issue and does impose for those involved, particularly parents, strong feeling and emotions. However, whatever parents may feel about a situation, it needs to be appreciated that school staff are required to report, in line with procedures, any situation where abuse is suspected, and a member of staff could be deemed to have acted improperly if this were not the case.
We, Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School are the Data Controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act. We collect information from you and may receive information about you from your previous school and the Learning Records Service. We hold this personal data and use it to:
This information includes your contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information and personal characteristics such as your ethnic group, special educational needs and any relevant medical information. If you are enrolling for post 14 qualifications we will be provided with your unique learner number by the Learning Records Service and may also obtain from them details of any learning or qualifications you have undertaken.
We will not give information about you to anyone outside the school without your consent unless the law and our rules allow us to.
We are required by law to pass some of your information to the Local Authority and the Department for Education (DfE)
If you want to see a copy of the information we hold and share about you then please contact the Headteacher.
If you require more information about how the Local Authority (LA) and/or DfE store please contact these institutions directly at the following addresses:
Tel: 01823 355959
“… the children are our future – what they experience here today, they take into tomorrow”