Our Vision and Aims.
We are a welcoming village school which strives to provide a first class education and give children the best possible start to life. We aim for the highest standards whilst nurturing the emotional well being of our children. We provide a friendly yet stimulating environment that feeds children's imagination and aids learning in all areas.
Our vision is to enable all children to be included in the learning and caring that is at the heart of Staveley School. We aim to make children feel safe, secure and valued. We provide, for all pupils, a broad, balanced and rich curriculum and we work towards ensuring that all children achieve their full potential. We work in partnership with parents, governors and the local community to promote life long learning skills and to develop our pupils into caring, responsible young adults. We expect children to respect others and know their ideas will be listened to and valued.
Starting school for the first time.
Starting school is a very important time for you, your child and the school. We all need to work together to build a partnership and make the move into school smooth and rewarding.
Please see Mrs Collins, our secretary, for further details.
Visits to school.
Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions parents or carers have to make. We encourage prospective parents and carers to come and visit the school and see us in action.
In the half term prior to your child's entry into the Reception year they will be invited into school for visits. This will consist of attending for half a day on a weekly basis to help the children become familiar with the school setting, staff and the daily routine.
Times of the school day.
At the start of everyday at 8.50am the head teacher rings the bell and the children line up with their class. Their class teacher then leads the line into school. This promotes a sense of independence in children of all ages.
The morning session runs from 8.50am- 12.00pm for Early Years and Key Stage 1 and 8.50am - 12.15pm for Key Stage 2. The afternoon session is 1pm -3.15pm. All pupils have a morning and afternoon break as well as a playtime after finishing their lunch.
All pupils are registered in the morning and afternoon. Please make sure your child arrives at school on time. It is very important that good habits are formed early and being punctual helps the day get off to a good start.
The Children's Act 1989 requires the safety and welfare of the child to be of paramount importance. It overrides all other considerations. All schools are legally required to follow the procedures of the Education Child Protection for Young People.
The authority requires the head teacher to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse, which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect the child at risk.
Inclusion - Special Educational Needs.
In schools throughout the country, many children find they need extra help at some point in their school careers. Looking after these children is an important part of school life.
To meet the needs of these children, we set up carefully differentiated tasks and materials. These children are helped within the normal classroom environment or by being withdrawn to work where there is less distraction, with school funded learning assistants. Some children require extra support from external agencies including specialist teachers and medical experts. It may be necessary to formulate an Individual Education Plan for such pupils. The policy for Special Needs is available for you to look at if you need more information. The designated Special Needs Co-ordinator is Miss Miller.
Inclusion - Gifted and Talented Children.
Our school is fully committed to providing for all pupils whatever their needs. Pupils who show more ability than is expected for their age are considered to be gifted. Most of these children are identified by teacher assessment and a variety of strategies are adopted to meet their needs.
Inclusion - Accessibility.
The school has carried out an Accessibility Audit and is confident about meeting the needs of all pupils here.
The ability to get on with other children and adults provides a child with an important sense of security and well-being, which also helps them to do well at school. This is promoted through curriculum work, the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) project and collective worship times.
Our school promotes good race relations and works to avoid racial discrimination through establishing equality of opportunity throughout all areas of school life.
Together, with the children, we have agreed some rules to follow that will make our school a safe and happy place. Our School Rules are:
- To walk sensibly inside the building
- Listen carefully and act immediately to instructions
- Play with equipment and use it properly and safely
- Share resources and look after them
- Be kind, polite and smile
Bullying is not tolerated at our school, whether physical or verbal and we will take firm and immediate action to deal with any incident that occurs.
Our school prides itself on the strong links that we forge between the pupil and their home. We believe that this partnership is the cornerstone of an enjoyable, productive and successful education.
Our school ensures that there is always an opportunity for both formal and informal meetings between the parents and carers of our pupils and staff. The Head also encourages pupils' parents to come into school to discuss their child's education with the class teacher.
Getting the partnership to become a solid, trusting and open relationship, makes sure that the child grows and develops in the most productive way possible.