Welcome from the Head Teacher. Welcome to our school. We have much to celebrate and be proud of. Our high standards, caring and supportive atmosphere, committed and enthusiastic staff team, make this school popular and successful.

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Welcome from the Head Teacher.


Welcome to our school.


We have much to celebrate and be proud of.


Our high
standards, caring and supportive atmosphere, committed and
enthusiastic staff team, make this school popular and
successful.


I believe that the
“Team is the school and the school is a team.”

Every member of my staff team and every pupil within the
school, make Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School a very
special, happy place, for all children and staff alike.


I also believe that you as parent
s form a very important part of
this ‘team’ and I warmly welcome you.


I want your child to be happy and well educated and I am keen
to have your support and co
-
operation in achieving this.


This prospectus gives you practical details of school life,
info
rmation about the curriculum and importantly, the main aims
of our school as a whole.


Please keep it and refer to it, and do not hesitate to contact
schoo
l if

you
require further details.

I
would
also
be delighted to
show you
a
round the school and provid
e further information or
advice.


Since becoming Head Teac
her at Gainsborough, I use four

simple words, with the children, that I believe captures the
essence of Gainsbor
ough as a whole; SAFE, SMART, SMILEY
AND SPECIAL.


SAFE
-

at all times within school; a

sa
fe

and supportive
environment;

safe from hurt by

others, in what they say or do
;
safe to learn
within an enquiring environment;

encouraging
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creativity, a questioning mind; enabling the
m to learn from their
mistakes
and maximise their potential
.



SMART
-

ways of thinking and learning, behaving and the way
in which we present ourselves, as a member of Gainsborough
School.


SMILEY


Treat others as you wish to be treated, help each
other to be happy within sc
hool, greet others with a smile
, no
true learnin
g can happen properly, without the staff feeling
happy and enthu
siastic to teach and the pupils

enthusiastic and
happy to learn.


SPECIAL
-

Each

and every pupil and member of staff are
special; their individual
ity
, skills and talents are celebrated
;
everyo
ne has a special contribution to our school family

ethos
;
rules/conduct towards others results in all being special, and
treated equally.


I hope that you find this prospectus useful, and to finish, I leave
you with a few words, that I and we as a school a
im to live by.


I look forward to meeting you.


Mrs J. D. Metcalfe

Head Teacher.



Take time to work; it is the price of success.

Take time to think; it is the source of power.

Take time to play; it is the secret of perpetual youth.

Take time to read; it i
s the foundation of wisdom.

Take time to be friendly; it is the road to happiness
.

Take time to dream; it is hitching your wagon to a star.

Take time to love and be loved; it is the privilege of the Gods.

Take time to look around; the day is too short to b
e selfish.

Take time to laugh; it is the music of the soul.



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GAINSBOROUGH PRIMARY AND
NURSERY SCHOOL

Belgrave Road

Crewe
,
Cheshire

CW2 7NH



01270 685328


Fax: 01270 662810



E Mail: admin
@gains
borough.cheshire.sch.uk






THE SCHOOL


Gainsborough
Primary

and Nursery

school
was created in January 2007, following
the

ama
lgamation of the old Gainsborough

Nursery, Infant and Junior Schools.
E
xtension

building
work to the

existing

Junior site was completed in May 2008,
enabling all our children to be educated on one site

at Belgrave Road
.


The school has

a long history of being very popular within the

immediate and wider
community
. Indeed, pupil numbers are presen
tly at an

all
-
time high with
470

pupils
on roll.

Many parents wer
e once pupils themselves at the former Gainsborough

schools.


We are proud of our
modern, bright and superbly equipped
two
-
form entry school
with its wealth of state of the art facilities.

There are

15 spacious

classroom areas
,

all
wi
th interactive whiteboards and Sound Field
Systems;

large
practical area
s for art
and design activities;

a
well resourced computer suite
;

li
brary

areas
; a food
technology area;

a general purpose room used for many activi
ties including music,
art and food technology;
a

large
hall
,

which can be divided in two
separate
areas and

containing a wide range of agility equipment
;

and a Community room

which can be
used independently from the rest of the school building
.


Outside
,

there are further classroom areas,

each

equipped with
the necessary
furniture
for lessons outside, plus

electricity for computer use
.

A
large playing field

is
located at the rear of the building and

t
hree separate playgrounds
,

each
extensively
equipped wi
th modern

and fun

play equipment,
provide

exciting and stimulating
environments in which the
Nursery/Reception, Infant and Junior
children can play
and learn
.



Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School

has very
happy, enthusiastic staff and
governors who wo
rk together to provide friendly, inclusive, secure and disciplined
environments
,

in which the children feel valued, grow and develop. Parents and
friends also play an important part in this partnership, and their support and
fundraising are highly valued.

Head teacher
-

Mrs J. D. Metcalfe

Chairman of Governors
-

Mr. K. Froggatt




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SCHOOL STAFF



TEACHING STAFF



Senior Management Team


Mrs J D Metcalfe



Head Teacher

M
is
s
N

Hough



Deputy Hea
d Teacher

Miss A Platt




Assistant Headteacher
, Class Teacher

Mrs S Woodhouse



TLR Literacy Lead
, Class Teacher


(Maternity leave)



Teac
hing Staff


Mrs V Whiston




Class Teacher


Ms

L Farrington



Class

Teacher

M
r
s S
Taylor




Class Teacher

Mrs C Kemp



Class Teacher

(Maternity leave)

Miss T Clark




Class Teacher

Miss K Stubbs



Class
Teacher

Miss K Hodgson



Class
Teacher

Ms H Woolley



Class Teacher

Mrs J Owen





Class Teacher

(Maternity leave)

Miss
K

Cox




Class Teacher

Mr K Blaylock



Class Teacher

Mrs R Banister



Class Teacher

Miss N Gallimore



Class Teacher


Miss L E
ccleston



Class Teacher

Mrs V Copeland



Class Teacher

Mrs H Smith




Class Teacher

Mr
C Adlington



Class
Teacher

Miss A Witter




Class Teacher

Miss L Hughes



Class Teacher




All teaching staff are members of C
urriculum Development Teams
.


They also c
arry
out their

specific subject co
-
ordinator

s responsibilities. The Development T
eams
lead development and innovation in areas of whole school priority linked to the
Strategic S
chool

Development P
lan
.



SUPPORT STAFF


Mrs S Addis




Teaching Assistant

Mi
ss L Belcher



Teaching Assistant

Mrs S Broomhall



Teaching Assistant

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SUPPORT STAFF
-

CONTINUED


Mrs T Chadwick



Teaching Assistant

Mrs H Cooper



Teaching Assistant

Mrs A Croft




Teaching Assistant

Mrs G Crosby



Teaching Assistant

Mr J Dunn




Teachin
g Assistant

Mrs C Edge




Teaching A
ssistant

Mrs H Field




Teaching Assistant

M
rs P Gray




Higher Level Teaching Assistant


Mrs M Habesch



Teaching Assistant

Miss K Hemmings



Teaching Assistant

Miss Z Johnson



Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Miss A Krol
l




Teaching Assistant

Mrs N Manning



Teaching Assistant

Mrs R Preston



Teaching Assistant

M
is
s L R
obinson



Teaching Assistant

Mrs G Smith




Teaching Assistant

Mrs C Thornhill



Teaching Assistant

Mrs S Webster



Teaching Assistant

Mrs A Wright




Te
aching Assistant

Mrs J Proctor




Learning Mentor
/Family Support

Miss D Standish



Learning Mentor

Mrs J Irlam




Bursar

Mrs J Daly




Administration

Assistant

Mrs V Harding



Administration Assistant

Mrs S Hough




Administration

Assistant

Mrs E Preece



Administration Assistant

Mr J Hughes




Site Maintenance Office
r

Mrs A Griffiths



Site Team

Mr E Parry




Chef

Mrs
D Ellam
-
Dunn



Kitchen Assistant
/Asst Caretaker

Mrs C Taylor




Kitchen Assistant

Mrs G Johnson



Kitchen Assistant
/Asst Caretaker

Mrs
J

Ba
ker

Midday Assistant

Mrs M Binner




Midday Assistant

Mrs P Bloor




Midday Assistant

Miss L Bone




Midday Assistant

Mrs S Bratherton



Midday Assistant

Miss E Cassata



Midday Assistant

Mrs A Culverhouse



Midday Assistant
/Site Te
am

Mrs A Dawson



Midday Assistant

Mrs E Everett



Midday Assistant

Mrs C Jackson



Midday Assistant

Mrs S Kneale



Midday Assistant
/Site Team

Mrs L Reed

Midday Assistant

Mrs A Rigden



Midday Assistant

Mrs S Stockton



Mi
dday Assistant

Mrs P Thompson



Midday Assistant


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GOVERNORS OF THE SCHOOL







Chairman:


Mr K Froggatt


Community





Vice Chairman:

Mr E J Rhodes



Appointed by LA


GAINSBOROUGH PRIMARY AND NURSERY SCHOOL

GOVERNORS



Mr K Froggatt

CHAIRMAN



C
OMMUNITY GOVERNOR

Mr E J
Rhodes

VICE CHAIRMAN



LA GOVERNOR

Mrs A Rigden

COMMUNITY GOVERNOR

Reverend S Clapham

COMMUNITY GOVERNOR

Mrs E Brunt

COMMUNITY GOVERNOR

Mr T Jones

COMMUNITY GOVERNOR

Mrs J Metcalfe

STAFF GOVERNOR

Mr K Blaylock

STAFF GOVERNOR

Miss N Hough

STAFF GOVERNOR

Mrs D Ellam
-
Dunn

STAFF GOVERNOR

Mrs M Binner

PARENT GOVERNOR

Mrs C Edge

PARENT GOVERNOR

Mr P Wilkinson

PARENT GOVERNOR

Mrs J Daly

PARENT GOVERNOR

Miss K Hemmings

PARENT GOVERNOR

Miss L Robinson

ASSOCIATE GOVERNOR

Mrs
J Proctor

ASSOCIATE GOVERNOR


The School Gove
r
nors have an important part to play in the management of

the
school. They are responsi
ble for the overall polici
es of the
school
,

in matters such as
curri
culum and finance.


They meet at least once a

term and

have legal powers, duties and responsibilit
i
e
s.
The Governors attend sub
-

c
ommitte
e

meetings w
h
ich discuss building and ground
issues, curriculum matters, finance, staffing

and discipline.


The Governors and Staff at the school are committed to providi
ng the best facilities
possible for the education of all
pupils. The school’s educational

objectives are
prioritised in the S
trategic
S
chool

Development P
lan
,

which is subject to annual
review.


A profile of the school is available online or on paper. Pl
ease ask if you would like a
copy.




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AIMS OF THE SCHOOL



Our aims are directed to fulfilling each pupil’s potential through the Nursery and
Primary stages of education and towards preparing each pupil for
life beyond the school. They are concerned wit
h developing the
highest standards to which each pupil can
aspire
.
Through

the
provision of quality learning experiences
with
in a safe, welcoming,
healthy and inc
lusive environment, we aim to make

eff
ective

use
of all resources
available to us.


It is our
aim

that the five ou
tcomes of Every Child Matters;
stay
safe, be healthy, enjoy and achieve, ach
ieve economic well being and mak
e a
positive contribution
; underpin

the life and education for all within Gainsborough
Primary and Nursery School.



School Comm
unity


1.

To ensure that each pupil feels happy, safe
, confident and valued within a
c
aring community where relationship
s

are of central importance.


2.

To develop a caring and respectful communit
y which recognises e
quality
opportunity, fosters concern and respe
ct for others

and

also

values
diversity.








Standards


1.

T
o promote the highest possible educational standards by providing varied
and
s
timulating

learning
experience
s
,

targeting un
derachievement and having
high

expectations

of our

pupils.


2.

To recognise

and provide for the needs and tale
nts of each pupil regardless of
race,

gender
, religion or needs.


3.

To recognise and reinforce positive standards of behavio
ur as agreed by the
whole
school
community and underpinned by our discipline policy.


4.

T
o ensure the

inclusion of every pupil by using a variety
of teaching

styles and

methods
.





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Quality


1.

To ensure our curriculum
is broad, balanced and relevant,
so it promotes the
in
tellectual, emotional, physical
,

imaginative and social development of each
pupil
.


2.

To

ensure continuity and progression in our curriculum
,

so that our pupils
develop skills, gain k
nowledge and form positive attitud
es.


3.

To promote a healthy lifestyle including health
y

eating, physical ac
tivity and
positive
emotional health and well being
.


4.

To set learning in the context of a school that value
s

diversity, tackles
inequality, is o
pen to suggestion and remains fi
rm to its belief.


5.

To develop a positive, supportive and stimulating learning environment with a
high expectation of work, behaviour,
display and use of resources
.


6.

To maintain a continual process of self evaluation, with regular monitoring and
evaluation of aspects of schoo
l life,

in order to sustain and improve the quality
of our work
,

and the quality of life for all
,

within school
.


7.

T
o provide professional support and training for all staff in relation to their
individual needs and areas of focus
,

within t
he Strategic School Development

Plan
.











Pupils as Learners


1.

To ensure that life at Gainsborough is focused

on developing th
e whole child,
enabling
the children

to a
c
quire experiences, understanding, skills and
knowledge relevant to their present needs
,

as well as those of the future
.


2.

To enable each child to develop curiosity and a livel
y, enquiring mind with a
love
for

learni
ng.


3.

To foster self
-
reliance, self
-
esteem and a positive self
-
image by building
confidence within a secure and happy environment
.


4.

To develo
p the ‘child’s voice’ and role in contributing to his/her

own learning
,

by involving pupils in the learning process
and valuing and respecting their
views
.


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THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM



Early Years Foundation Stage

Curriculum


The planning for the F
oundation

Stage C
urriculum is based upon s
even

ar
eas of
learning as follows:




Personal, social and emotional development.



Comm
unication

and

language.



Mathematic
s
.



U
nderstanding of the world.



Physical development.



Expressive Arts and Design
.



Literacy.


The provision for children o
f pre
-
compulsory age in our Nursery

and Reception
classes is appropriate to th
e Early Years Foundation

Stage
Framework
. The later
development of each area of learning dovetails into
both
th
e Key Stage
1

and Key
Stage 2
curri
culum
.

The school implement
s

the new Early Years Foundation Stage
Framework

(20
12
)
. This is an exciting development
,

that ensures the

curriculum is
appropriate to the development of the whole child
,

and continuity

and progression is

maintained more easily between early year’s settings.



The Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and Key

Stag
e 2
.



The school recognises the importance of providi
ng a curriculu
m that ensures not only
breadth

and balance
,

but also creativity and enjoyment
,

whilst at the same time


maintaining a focus on pupil attainment.


The school is required by law to teach all children of age five and above, the core
and foundat
ion subjec
ts of the National Curriculum.
The staff plan the teaching
sessions so that all statut
ory requirements are in place.
We aim to deliver the
curriculum
in
an exciting and appropriate way.



The school staff are committed to reviewing their practic
e and
undertake r
egular training to ensure that th
e
y

provide the
children with the highest quality of teaching and learning
possible.



Often the National C
urriculum can be achieved within cross curricular teaching but
we
are
also aware of the need for

som
e

individu
al subjects

to be taught separately.

There is also a recognition that children’s progress in Literacy and Mathematics is
essential to their progress across the curriculum.

Therefore, these two subjects are
taught separately through the National

Literacy
and Mathematics Frameworks.
However, there are

many planned opportuniti
es through which children can
embed
aspects

of Literacy and Maths in other subjects


developing their basic skills in rich,
relevant and motivating contexts.

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The Curriculum

at Gainsborough follows all of the statutory requirements of the Early
Years Foundation S
tage, Literacy and Mathematics F
ramewo
rks and the National
Curriculum. The National Curriculum is specified as separate subjects (Mathematics,
English, Science, Desi
gn and Technology, Information and Communication
Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music and Physical Education)
.
However, where effective link
s can be made
,
a more cross curricul
ar
approach is used, combining related or complimentary aspect
s of the
programmes of study from different subjects, to plan themed topics
or units of work
. This allows pupils to apply the knowledge and skills
learnt in one subject to others, thereby bringing an overall coherence
to the curriculum
,

and therefore to l
earning as a whole.


The topics/unit
s
of work are underpinned by progressive skill, knowledge and
understanding development, to ensure continuity and progression through each
aspect of the curriculum.



Religious Education and Collective Worship.


We foll
ow the Cheshire Agreed Syllabus for teaching Religious Education which is of
a broadly Christian nature. Acts of worship are held daily. Parents have the right to
withdraw their children from all or part
of our

Religious Education teaching and
Collective
worship.


Spiritual, moral and cultural development.


Every child is valued and
cared for at G
ainsborough.
W
e encourage all children to
respect each other, learning that everyone is special in their own way and that we
value the good in each of us. They le
arn to share, take turns, hear another’s point of
view and understand the need for rules and conventions within school. This is an
essential part of their spiritual, moral and cultural development.


Environmental Education.


Environmental Education is supp
ortive of all key areas of learning and
is
a vital
element in the creation of a school/communit
y ethos. We place emphasis on:



Learning through the environment
,

by providing opportunities for the children
to experience the school and other environment
s

at

first
hand



Learning in the environment
,

by providing opportunities for
the children to experience contrasting environment
s



Learning for the environment
,

by encouraging the children t
o
care for our worl
d

and to realise that each and every one of
us has a p
art to play in ensuring its survival into the future.


We encourage environmental projects including recycling and energy awareness
projects.

The new building has many eco
-
friendly features, which will form part of our
learning environment.


The children h
ave been involved in planning the design of the new school building,
outdoor play areas, the outdoor classrooms and the school grounds.

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Personal, Social and Health Education.


This important area of the school curriculum is taught throughout the whole scho
ol
throu
gh half termly S.E.A.L.

units.

(
Social and
emotional aspects of learning)


Many
aspects are also included in the cross curricular topics. Emphasis is place on
building self esteem as well as general health, hygiene and safety matters. Some
aspect
s are covered by using professionals to discuss specific situations with the
children
eg.

Community Police Officers, School Nurse, Dental Hygiene, Road Safety
and Stranger Danger.



Sex Education.


Our Sex Education policy details our teaching approach. A

copy is available in
school for parents to read. Aspects of
Sex Education are taught in some Junior
Science lessons. These include names and functions of body parts and lessons on
life cycles including human reproduction. A specific unit of Sex Educati
on is taught at
Year 6
, by the
Headteacher
, including

work on pubertal change, emotions and
relationships with others.

Parental permission is obtaining before these lessons
commence. Parents may also request to see the materials used and speak to the
Sch
ool Nurse if they wish.



Special Educational Needs.


Gainsborough has a comprehensive Special Needs policy which strives to help
children who are experiencing difficulty in school.


It is Gainsborough’s policy to identify those pupils with Special Educati
onal Needs as
early as possible. They receive extra support for special class work. A child may be
place
d

on
,

or removed from
,

the special needs register as needs are assessed
,

so a
pupil might not always get additional help. A special needs review take
s place each
term
.


We believe it is important to integrate the special needs child
into the classroom situation and withdrawal for small group
work is only necessary on specific occasions.


Through
out

the Primary and Nursery School
, specialist

Teaching A
ssistant
s

work closely with the class teachers to
provide support for identified pupils. We also work closely
with the Le
arning Support service, Speech T
herapy service and the educational
psychologist. Some statemented pupils are supported in their learni
ng through Local
Authority Funding.


The school

has a large

Special
Educational
Needs
Team

led by Miss Hough
. They
monitor and review the needs of all children on the Special Needs register. They are
responsible for the purchase of resources and equipmen
t for special needs and offer
advice and support to teachers, teaching assistants, pupils and parents.

The Governors and Staff of Gainsborough are committed to provi
di
ng the best
possible education to pupils including those with Special Needs. Gainsboroug
h
i
s
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proud of this policy. This means parents can discuss their child’s needs with
understanding and mutual respect. The school will support parents with the
management of their children, offer advice and co
-
ordinate professional bodies as

required
.


Gif
ted and Talented Pupils
.


We believe in providing a quality education that all pupils can
access.
This includes those 5
-
10% of pupils of higher ability who we refer to as
“Gifted and Talented”.


We aim to improve the attainment and motivation of these pu
pils, to
enable them to work towards their full potential and provide support for
those children identified.

Children who show special sporting ability
receive specialist teaching thus enabling them to compete at higher
levels.



Inclusion
.


Gainsborough

Primary and Nursery School believe that every pupil has an
entitlement to develop their full potential. Educational experiences are provided
which develop pupils’ achievements and recognise the individuality. Diversity is
valued and a rich resource, whi
ch supports the learning of all. Gainsborough
recognises a child’s right to a broad, balanced, relevant, challenging curriculum,
which is appropriate to their individual abilities, talents and personal qualities. We

are proud that we recently
achieved th
e prestigious “Inclusion Quality Mark” award,

February 2009, which testifies

to the inclusive ethos and practice with
in

Gainsborough.


Assessment.


Every

pupil’s progress is carefully tracked, monitored, assessed, recorded and
reported in accordance with s
chool policy and Government regulations. Target
setting is an
integral part of this process. T
he assessment
results
of Year 2 pupils at
the end of KS1 and Year 6 pupils at the end of
KS2

are publishe
d annually.


Achievements are celebrated and recorded an
d evidence of learning is kept in many
different forms.

A

child’s achievements, progress and targets
for the future are
discussed at Parent
/Teacher meetings
,

which are held throughout the academic year
to maintain a dialogue between home and school. An a
nnual report of the child’s
achievements is sent to the parents.


A “Foundation Stage Profile” is completed for each child at the end of the Reception
Year. Nationally produced assessments are undertaken annually during April/May in

Years

2,

3, 4 and 5.
As wi
th the Year 6 assessments, the Year 3, 4, and 5 tests
are
marked and analysed externally.





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Extra Curricular Activities
.


W
e are delighted to offer our pupils

an excellent range of activit
i
es during the school
day and after school. Activities are av
ailable to pupils regardless
of
ability, gender
and talent and vary on a termly basis
.
The activities are led by our teaching staff or
fully qualified staff from a variety of outside agencies.


Activities

include:



Whole school plays and musicals.






Games, sport

and athletics.




C
lubs before school, lunchtimes and after school.





Music tuition (
violin
, cello

and guitar), choir and drama.



Inter
-
school / Regional/ National events, concerts and competitions.


We encourage learners

to join in the full

life of the school and we welco
me parents to enjoy
these activit
i
es alongside their children
.



Sport
.


All children at Gainsboro
ugh have at least two PE sessions

per week. Physical
Education incorporates games,

gymnastics, and dance.

All Year 3 pupils are taught
to swim by qualified swimming instructors at Crewe swimming baths. In their PE
lessons
,

children are taught a wide range of skills
,

to enable them to participate in
small team games.

A
s they grow older
,

they learn

an increas
ing range of a
ctivities,
for
example football, cricket,
rounder
s
, tennis, athletics, dance, rugby and netball.



Pupils are offered a

range of
extra
activities after school. We
compete in tournaments and inter
-
school matches.



During this academic year
the

school has been represented by

football, netball,
cricket and athletics teams. Several of our pupils have also represented the area at
a higher level in football and athletics. We are very proud of our sporting
achievements. Crewe Alexandra
F.C.
are

regular

visitors to the school.
Staff
have
attended “Top Sport” and “Top Play” courses and
,

as a result
,

the school has
benefited from several free bags of equipment and lesson ideas for football, netball,
basketball and rugby.


We strive to give as many

children as possible the opportunity to

represent the school in some way. Whilst we are keen to

do

well in competitions, we are even keener to provide children with
memories, pride and self
-
esteem. We have created a
‘Sports
D
ay


in which all children
have an opportunity for success and a
great deal of fun. Our aim is to encourage all pupils to adopt a
healthier lifestyle and to understand sport provides a source of
fun and

satisfaction for all.

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School Council and Buddy Teams.


Gainsborough School has
a well established School Council. The Council comprises
of elected members from
the classes and the Deputy
. The School Council effectively
represents the inclusion of the “Child’s Voice” in all aspects of school life.






Gainsborough has a thrivi
ng,
active set of Buddy Teams.
The children apply and are
interview
ed for the respective positions.

Once a child applies and becomes a buddy,
they remain a buddy for as long as t
hey continue to carry out their
duties/responsibil
iti
es, attend all relevant meeti
ngs/training and do not abuse their
position.


The B
uddy Teams are as follows:




Friendship Buddy



Wet Play Time Buddy



Community Action Buddy



Lunchtime Buddy


Each of the
teams has specific responsibiliti
es and areas for development within the
day to day li
fe of Gainsborough.


Gainsborough Junior
School

was awarded the National Healthy Schools Award and
both Gainsborough Junior and Infant schools were awarded the Cheshire Healt
hy
Schools Award. The principles

of these awards underpin many aspects of life at

Gainsborough. As a Primary School we are now striving towards achieving the new
Healthy Schools Standard and hope to achieve this in the near future.



Pastoral Care
.


All staff act in “loco parentis” with every child in their care. We
are concerned, n
ot only for the educational progress of your
child, but also for their personal and social development. We
try to combine high expectations with an understanding
approach. Parents a
re involved at an early stage, s
o that the
child is secure in the knowled
ge that home and school are
caring for them.


Parents are asked to inform the school of any change or disruption in the home
situation
,

which may cause th
e child to be upset or

lead to a change

from

normal
behaviour. The staff act professionally at all ti
mes and confidential matters are
handled appropriately.



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ORGANISATION OF CLASSES


The children in the school are organised into chronological age groups. There are

2

Nursery classes and
16 Primary classes, 2 classes for each year group. Each
parallel pa
ir of classes follows the same curriculum/topics and the teachers and
teaching assistants plan together on a weekly basis.


The pupils admission number (PAN
) for each year group is sixty.




THE SCHOOL DAY


Nursery


08.30
am

-
11.
30am



Morning S
ession

12

15pm

-
3.15
pm



Afternoon S
ession




Early bird

session times

(
pre
-
nursery for parents and toddlers/babies)


Please contact school for up to date information.



Reception to Year 2


08.45am




Registration

09.
00
am

-

10
.
00
am

Lesson 1

10.00
am

-

10.
1
5
a
m

Playtime

10.
1
5
am

-

11.
15
am

Lesson 2

11.
15
am

-

11.35am

Assembly

11.35am

-

11.45am


Lesson 3

11.45am
-

12.45
pm


Lunch

1
2.45pm

-

2.
15
pm




Afternoon L
essons

2.15pm

-

2.
30
pm



Playtime

2.
30
pm

-

3.00pm

Storytime



Year 3 to Year 6


08.45am



Registration

08.55am



10.00
am


Lesson 1

10.00
am

-

10.15
am

Playtime

10.15
am

-

11.15am

Lesso
n 2

11.15am

-

11.35am


Assembly

11.35am

-

11.45am


Lesson 3

11.45am

-

12.30
pm


Lunch

12.30
pm
-

3
.00
pm

Afternoon L
essons




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Disabled a
ccess

to Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School.



Social inclusion is a g
overnment priority. At Gainsborough we endeavour to ensure that
disabled pupils a
re treated as equally as others and have full access to all areas of the
school. We also ensure that disabled parents/visitors, have easy access too and around the
school and
its’ grounds.

To this end, there is space for disabled parking and the school’s
paths and entrances meet relevant Building Regulations and DDA legislation, allowing
disabled access
.

Signage and lighting complement these access arrangements. Good
access con
tinues through to the inside of the school. Disabled toilets are available. The
school is further equipped with a “Sound Field System”, which benefits those pupils with
hearing difficulties.




D
iscipline.



Gainsborough is a caring and considerate scho
ol family. We expect
high standards of behaviour from our pupils. We expect children to be
punctual, well mannered and respectful. As a school we aim to provide
a stable, caring community for
the
welfare of all pupils. We endeavour
to promote good beha
viour with praise and encouragement. For the
benefit of all children
,

school rules are made and adhered

to.



All pupils within Gain
sborough are expected to:




Tell the truth



Respect others rights and property



Act considerately towards others



Help those
less fortunate and weaker than themselves



Learn how to take personal responsibility for their actions



Exercise self
-
discipline



As the pupils become older and have a greater understanding of “rules”, we
introduce the following rules in all KS1 and KS2 cla
sses.



1.

F
ollow directions the first time.

2.

K
eep hands, feet and objects to you
r
self.

3.

D
on’t interrupt o
r

shout out.

4.

P
ay attention when someone is speaking out loud.

5.

N
o teasing, name
-
calling, lying, shouting or swearing.

6.

U
se equipment correctly.



The rules f
orm a central part of our fair, positive, assertive discipline policy.

It enables
a consistent approach and associated language to be developed, known and used
throughout the whole school.


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To encourage children to follow these rules, we will recognise
an
d reward good,
positive behaviour

with:


1.

A strong emphasis being placed on recognising and highlighting the

positive
examples

before

the negative


2.

Praise, in many different ways


3.

Special treats and rewards


4.

Stickers, certificates

and positive notes
/texts

sent home



However, as the pupils understand the rules, we believe that fairness and
consistency can be maintained by using the following steps and associated lang
uage
throughout the school day:


1.

The pupils
are

verbally remind
ed

of our rules and

to consid
er their cho
ices of
behaviour.


2.

The pupil is informed that they
have
chose
n

to break a rule again. Recorded
on
the chart

as a “full warning
.



3.

A second reminder, results in 5 minutes working out of class. Recorded on
the
chart
.


4.

A third choice of break i
n the rules results in the pupil having 30 minutes
wor
king in a different classroom.
Recorded on
the
chart
.


5.

The fifth time a pupil chooses to break o
ne of the six rules
,

in one day,

result
in the pupil being sent to
a senior member of staff.


6.

The sixth br
eaking of the rules clearly necessitates a phone call home.



Serious misbehaviour results in the pupil b
eing sent straight to the Head T
eacher,
bypassing the other stages.


We aim to promote positive attitudes and good behaviour and recognise the crucial
role parents play in shaping the attitude
and behaviour of their children.


We encourage parents to maintain contact with the school and we ask for parental
support in all matters of discipline.



The system operates on a daily basis, so that each child st
arts each day with a
completely new start
.



The discipline class chart remains on the teacher’s desk at all times and
is
never
displayed.

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Children who consistently make positive decision
s

and who behave
well

bene
fit with
the following rewards:




If no ful
l

warning
s are received within
the class during the school day, the
class gains a letter towards spelling

SUPERCLASS.

When all ten letters have
been collected, the
whole

class choose a class treat for

everyone in the class
to take part in
.




No
full
warnin
gs for the whole week


the child receives a
sticker and a stamp on their individual behaviour chart. When
enough stamps have b
een collected, each child quali
fies for a
half termly
treat
e.g
.

Bingo, disco, films, activity afternoon,
Easter egg hunt.


Ther
e is a treat every half term. Once the stamp has been given, it remains e
ligible
to be carried forward for

future treat
s,
if enough stamps
have not been

obtained for
the treat that half term.




No
full
warnings for the whole school year
-

the child is rew
arded with a medal
at a special assembly in July.


There are great benefits to a discipline system like this. The emphasis is on
rewarding positive decisions and good behaviour. The system is positive, absolutely
fair and all the rewards and consequences

are applied consistently across the whole
school
. It
helps pupils get the most from their lessons, make the best progress
possible and enjoy school to the full.



Playtime and Lunch time
.


The children are required to sign football contracts which suppo
rt the
playtime system. In the event of misbehaviour occurring on the
playground, the playground conduct rules are used. For more serious
incidents, the consequences detailed on the previous pages are
applied.




Bullying.


We take bullying very seriou
sly.


We have agreed the fo
llowing definition of bullying:


Bullying is
:



Deliberately hurtful.



Repeated often over a period of time.



Difficult for victims to defend themselves against.


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Bullying can take many
forms
:




Physical
-

hitting, kicking, taking be
longings.



Verbal
-

name calling, insulting, making offensive remarks.



Indirect
-

spreadi
ng nasty stories about someone,
exclusion from social
groups, being made the subject of malicious rumours, sending ma
licious
emails or text messages.



Procedures

withi
n school to tackle bullying
.


Every opportunity is taken to promote the policy

and encourage pupils to report

incidents of bullying to their class teacher.


We recognise that some children might be reluctant to report a bullying incident to a
teacher but
might disclos
e an incident to a parent.

T
herefore
we
encourage parents
to contact school if a bullying incident is disclosed to them.



Intervention Techniques and Curriculum S
upport


The problem of bullying and how to deal with it is taught in the follow
ing ways:




D
rama productions and school drama lessons.



Circle time



T
he PHSE/Citizens
hip curriculum



Assemblies



The
playtime policy
that promotes
constructive and structured
playtimes.


Every
report is investigated

by
either
the
Learning Mentor, the
class

t
eacher or
the Head T
eacher.

The
bully

is reminded that
all forms of bullying are
unacceptable and
will
not be tolerated.
T
he appropriate sanction is
then
applied.


Some incidents demand a serious response
,

particularly those
in
volving

persistent bullying,

damage, injury or theft. I
n these
cases, early involvement

of
the Head Teacher and
parents is
essential
. This may result in

involve
ment
from
the police.



Every effort is

made by the Learning Mentor, class teacher and H
ead teacher to

follow
-
up after an
incident
,

to check
that
the bullying has not started again.

We

recognise that if pupils expect follow
-
up
,

they are unlikely to start bullying again.



Sanctions

for Bullying:


Sanctions may take the form of:




The removal of playtimes and other privileges.



‘Warnings’

( Gainsborough discipline system)



Notifying parents



Detentions

(

parents will be notified)



Exclusion for serious or persistent offences.



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Home


School Partnership
.


Parental involvement in a child’s education is vital and encouraged
by the sc
hool.


Parents can be involved in school life at all levels
. Many support
learning activities, become involved in the activities of the

Friends
Of The School


and some serve on the Governing Body.


Our firm belief in a welcoming ethos
,

enables parents to

share in school activities and
come into school to discuss concerns and problems at any time
, should the need
arise
.


Continual dialogue
,

and the sharing of information and expertise
,

support the child’s
learning throughout the school. Parents are invite
d into school to share information
about their child, to see their child’s work and to discuss their progress.


Regular

newsletters and letters aim to maintain good communication with all families
,
about all

aspect
s

of school life.



Home School Agreemen
t
s
.


When children are admitted to Gainsboroug
h
,
parents are asked to sign

an
agreement
.

This
out
lines the parents,
the
child’s
and the
schoo
l’s respons
ibilities
. A
copy of this agreement is included with
this
prospectus.


Homework is an impor
tant part
of the Home
-
S
chool agre
ement. Our h
omework
routines and our home school reading booklets encourage parental involvement.



Security and Safety of your child
.


The safe
ty of the children and the staff,
and the
security of the property
,

are of

paramount imp
ortance. Security Audits have been carried out by the Count
y

Officer,
the local Police and the Governors Building and Grounds sub
-
committee.


Signs direct visitors to the reception area. Locks have been put on all
exterior doors.


The premises are pro
tected by camera surveillance with video
recording.


The school’s

Health and Safet
y Policy is reviewed annually.

Termly checks are
carried out by the members of the Building and Grounds sub
-
committe
e. The fire
fighting equipment

is inspected annu
al
ly and

fire drills are practised every term. The
PE equipment and portable electrical appl
ia
nce
s

are sub
ject to an annual inspection.
S
ecurity measures are reviewed regularly.

The Nursery
,
Infant and Junio
r main
buildings are protected by dig
ital key pads on
the main doors.


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Parents, please note that for Health and Safety reasons:
-




The schoo
l and grounds are “No Smoking”
areas



No dogs ar
e allowed on the school premises



No parking on the yellow
zigzag

lines or double yellow lines outside the school
gate is pe
rmitted.


School Visits
.


A risk assessment is always carried out before a school visit.


The staff

t
ake the children to places of interest and invite people into school on a
regular basis
. These

can provide special expertise, first hand experiences and
fo
cus on topic areas.


We believe in providing a wealth of first h
and experiences, which undoubtedly
enhance learning immensely. There is no additional funding available for these
very important visits and
,

therefore
,

we
would
appreciate your support by
rec
eiving

a voluntary contribution towards the
ir cost. Where
insufficient
contributions and funds are available, the activity
/
visit
may

have to be cancelled.


All the staff are committed to usin
g the local and neighbouring environment and
facilities to enrich

the quality of educational experience
s

for all the pupils. These
visits are part of the
ir

education and all pupils are expected to take part.

We ask parents to give us permission to take the children for walks etc in the local
area by signing a form wh
en the child starts school. (Please see form in
the
enclosed pack
.
) If we take
the children on a coach we always
seek
permission

via letter
.




School meals
.


Cheshire Business Se
rvices (CBS) provide the catering
for our school service. The healthy bala
nced meals are
cooked and served on the premises a
nd a sample menu
is available f
r
o
m school. The menu has been significantly
developed over recent years.



Free meals are available for those children who
se

parent(s) are in receipt of some
ben
efits. If y
ou think you
may be eligible, more information can be obtained from
the school reception. Children may bring a packed lunch to eat on the premises,
or
,

in exceptional circumstances
,

go home during the lunch b
reak. Our school
cook
s invite

all children to
various “special” meals on a regular basis, e.g.
Valentine’s Day, Football meals and Christmas lunch.



School lunches need to be ordered and paid for in advance. This may be done
on a weekly or daily basis.


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Healthy snacks
.


Pupils are taught the import
ance of eating healthily. They are encouraged to eat
healthy snacks. All pupils, in the nursery and reception classes
are provided with free milk, up

to their 5
th

birthday. Thereafter,
parents of the reception pupils may pay for their child to receive

milk
. The School is a member of the ‘National School Fruit
scheme’, which entitles all nursery and infant children to be
provided with free fruit, on a daily basis. Unfortunately, no
such
schemes are avail
able for junior age pupils. T
herefore
,

to
encourage
the

continuation of healthy eating, the

‘Junior Healthy Eating Snack
Bar’, opens

every morning playtime
, to sell fruit
juice
, pieces of fruit and toast.



Absence, Attendance and Punctuality
.


One of the most important things affecting a child’s progress at
school is regular
attendance. For a child to gain most benefit from education, it is vital that parents
work in partnership with the school to encourage good attendance and
punctuality.


Punctuality.


Every
family/
child should understand that punctuality

is
important.


Junior aged pupils


7
-
11 years

-

P
lease

ensure that Junior
pupil
s
arrive no later than

8.40am
on
to

the Junior
playground.
The Junior playground is supervised from
8.25am, for the whistle at 8.45am.


Foundation and Infant pupils


4
-
7 ye
ars

-

Parents must remain with their children
on the Foundation/Infant playground until the whistle is blown at 8.45am.


For security reasons, all gates and doors into the school playgrounds are
locked

at 8.50am
.
Pupils
arriv
ing

after t
his

time must repo
rt to the main reception

accompanied by their parents.


Absence from School
.


Only illness should prevent regular attendance. If your child is ill, he/she should
not be sent to school, but please inform us of the reason by telephone or note
on
the

first

day of absence.

Schools are required by law to record and monitor the
nature of any absences of pupils from school. If we do not receive notification
from you
,

to explain your child’s absence, the school’s Learning Mentor will
contact you by telephone t
o confirm the reason for your child’s absence. If the
absence is prolonged then the Education Welfare Officer becomes involved.
He/she visits school every half term and monitors attendance.



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School Attendance
.


Pa
rents have a legal responsibility

to ens
ure that their children

have an
education. T
he school register is taken twice
every day
and we are required to
send information concerning pupil absence to the Government.

If your child has a medical or dental appointment,
during school hours,
p
lease
info
rm the school reception or class teacher
in advance

by note or

telephone. It
is essential that

a copy of the appointment
card is taken and kept as evidence
with the registers.

This is especially important if your child has a school meal and
is absent for

the early part of the morning but will be returning to school by
lunchtime. The
Head teacher

is responsible for keeping accurate records on
attendance.

The new Government legislation for parents taking children out of school for
holidays during term ti
me clearly indicates that from 1
st

September

2013 this is no
longer an entitlement. Parents must make an appointment with the Attendance
Lead/Headteacher to provide evidence of ‘exceptional circumstances’ before
leave can be considered
.
Such ‘exceptional

circumstances’ will only be
considered
once
.

Every school has to complete an annual ab
sence return to the Department f
or
Education. This is monitored and publishe
d annually.



Medical Care
.


Minor injuries are dealt with in school.
There
is a large

prop
ortion

of staff
who
are
qualified

in first aid

in Gainsborough Primary
and Nursery
School.


In the event of a more serious injury, every effort will be made to contact parents.



Please ensure that the school is provided with an emergency
home/work/mobi
le telephone number for this purpose.




If a child is seriously ill or injured
,

and no parent or
relative can be
contacted,

then medical advice will be
sought and the ambulance service used
if

necessary.


If there is a need to administer medicine in sch
ool, a
written request is required,

giving details of the child’s
name, do
sage, and time of dosage. P
arents must
complete the “Request for the School to Administer
Medication” form. All medicines are kept in the locked medical cupboard
.

The
medicine shou
ld be handed in to the school reception. All medicines must be
clearly labelled with the child’s name

and class
.
N
amed members of staff w
ill

administer medicines
.


Children needing asthma medication are encouraged to keep an inhaler in school.
The inhal
er must be clearly labelled with the child’s name and class. Parents are
asked to complete a school asthma record

card,
giving details of the medication
involved.


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UNIFORM


We believe a uniform gives the Gainsborough School a special identity and
encoura
ges pupils to maintain appropriate school wear and a high standard of
appearance.


The uniform consists of:



R
oyal blue

sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan



Sweatshirts and cardigans with an embroidered

s
chool name are a
vailable
from the School Office



P
ale blue p
olo sh
irt
available from
the S
chool

Office



Black or grey jogging pa
nts, trousers, skirts or shorts



Summer dre
sses in blue stripes or gingham




P
lease clearly name all items


The uniform, although not compulsory, is strongly recommended
and the following dr
ess code
must

be adhered to:



All clothing should be pr
actical and suitable for school



The following items are
not

considered acceptable:

Shoes or boots with high heels



Knee length boots



Mini or ankle length skirts



Bare midriffs or backs



Sportswear
in the class
room (e.g. football shirts or
shorts)



Beach
wear.


Clothing for Physical
Education


Indoor clothing requirements:



S
horts or P.E. skirt



T
-
shirt used only for P
E



Pumps (fashion trainers are not suitable)


Outdoor clothing requirements:



As for in
door clothing although trainers can be worn



For soccer, netball etc

clothing and footwear will be stipulated by the teacher
in charge


Jewellery


In the interest of safety, no earrings should be worn in school. If your child has
pierced ears he/she may w
ear a stud, but not a ring
-
type sleeper. Wherever possible
studs should be removed for P.E. If this is not possible they will be taped over.


The following must also b
e adhered to:



No rings to be worn in school



No necklaces to be worn in school



Other ty
pes of ornamental jewellery are not appropriate for school


Watches are permitted provided they are flat on the wrist, but are the child's

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responsibility at all times.

ADMISSIONS



Starting school is a major step in any child’s life. It is an
exciting t
ime and one to be looked forward to. To help
make the experience successful and pleasurable we
arrange a programme on induction visits for pupils,
before they become full
-
time members of the school.
An evening meeting for parents is also arranged.



Nurs
ery Admissions.


The Nursery is the first class in the school and parents are invited to register children
soon after their second birthday.


Our Nursery has places for 26 3/4 year olds each morning and afternoon.

Children
attend Nursery for either 5 mor
ning or 5 afternoon sessions per week.

Parents are
asked their preference fo
r morning or afternoon sessions although t
his choice

cannot
be guaranteed.


Admissions to the Nursery classes are decided by the Governing Body of the school
on the basis of the
Cheshire
East

Authority policy. This gives priority to children in
need, as defined by the Children Act 1989, and children with
Special Educational Needs, as defined by the Education Act
1993.


Admission to the Nursery classes is decided
upon:



Age of the
child (oldest first)



Siblings
already in the school



Residential location to the school



Reception Class Admissions.


Admission to the Reception classes is decided according to criteria set by Cheshire
East

Authority.


Admissions are administered central
ly. Parents need to apply to the Local Authority
during the Autumn term before the child is due to start school.


To register your child, please contact Cheshire
East
Education Aut
hority for an
application pack:



admissions@cheshireeast.gov.uk



Telephone 0300 123 5012


Cheshire has a single admission date. All

children reaching the age of 5 between the
1st September and 31st

August

may be admitted at the
start of the Autumn Term in
September of that yea
r.


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Nursery/Reception P
upils


an exciting new start!


The school puts a lot of time and effort into ensuring that any family who has a child
joining Gainsborough receives all the information required. Before children join
Gainsborough, either in the
Nursery or Reception, parents are
invited to come along and find out about all aspects of school
life. There are meetings in school for parents during the term
prior to the child starting Nursery or Reception. Relaxed,
informal visits to the Nursery for
parents are encouraged during
the half term prior to starting. In the half term before the children
transfer to the Reception classes, the teachers spend time
getting to know the children.


Children who attend other pre
-
school provision are welcome to joi
n their new class
and teacher for these visits, in preparation for the new term.

To ease the transition from Nursery/Home to Reception, the children are given a
gradual induction to full
-
time education.


Parents are asked to share information about the
ir child with school, so that every
pupil
starts feeling

secure and happy.



Data Protection



As a school we are very aware of parents’ concerns about
confidentiality and the information which is held about your
child. The School complies with the Da
ta

Protection Act
and follows the County Guidance on all matters.




Complaints


We hope that any parent with a complaint will first contact either their child’s teacher,
or the Head Teacher, so prompt action can be taken. Gainsborough Primary and
Nursery Sc
hool encourages parents to express any concerns, relating to their child’s
life at school at any time. If the matter cannot be resolved directly by the school,
there is a formal complaints procedure under Section 23 of the Education Reform
Act, where refer
ral is made initially to the Governing Body, and then to the Local
Authority.




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FINAL MESSAGE FROM
MRS METCALFE


If you require any further information or
have a query of any nature,
now
or in the future
,

please do not hesitate to contact me at school.
I will be
happy to answer your questions, explain any policies or procedures that
are of interest to you and
shall be
delighted to show you any aspects of
life at Gain
sborough Primary and Nursery S
chool. We care about your
child’s education
.
T
he staff tea
m at Gainsborough Primary and Nursery
school are here to help.