Headteacher Mrs C. Egginton
Miss K Richardson – Deputy Headteacher and SENCO/Inclusion
Mrs. J. Woodcock – Assistant Headteacher (Maternity Leave)
Mrs L. Nicholson (FS1)
Mrs. S. Belt – Assistant Headteacher & EYFS Phase Leader (FS2)
Mrs. K. Carver (FS2)
Miss K. Elliott (Y1)
Miss J. Gillott (Y1)
Miss P. Nowshirvani (Y2)- KS1 Phase Leader
Miss A.Richardson (Y2)
Miss C. Robinson – Lower KS2 Phase Leader (Y3)
Mr B Steeples (Y3)
Miss M. Holden (Y4)
Miss A. Martin-Chambers (Y4)
Mrs. R. Oldfield (Y5)
Mr C. Hawley (y5)
Miss. S. Roantree (Y5)
Mr A. Woodcock – Upper KS2 Phase Leader (Y6)
Miss K. Elliot (Y6)
Miss J. Binns (Target teacher)
Mr. R. Wilkinson (Business Manager)
Mrs G. Dutton (Admin Assistant)
Mrs. S. Lyman (HLTA)
Miss K. Slater (HLTA)
Miss L .Smith (HLTA)
Mrs J .Allott (Cover Supervisor)
Mrs. M. Barker (Cover Supervisor)
Mrs. B. Smith (Cover Supervisor)
Miss. H. Cawthorne (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs T. Butler (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs. L. Alvarez (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs. J. Hanwell (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs. J. Evans (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs J. Eaton (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs. L. Joyner (Teaching Assistant)
Miss S. Stead (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs T. Hough (Teaching Assistant)
Miss V. Cooper (Teaching Assistant)
Miss R. Dixon (Teaching Assistant)
Mr. S. Slater (Premises Manager)
Mrs. P Holroyd (Parent Support Advisor)
Mrs. C. Parkin (Parent Support Advisor)
Mrs. S. James (Chair of Governors)
Mrs. C. Egginton
Mr A. Woodcock
Mr J. Eaton
Mr. J. Widdison
Mrs R. Galloway
Mrs L. Sellars
Mrs B. Smith
Mrs. C. Stones
Mrs J. Dand
Mrs. C. Stringer
Welcome to Wellgate Primary School
Mrs Egginton and everyone at Wellgate Primary School extends a very warm welcome to all new staff and children coming to our school, and hope that the time they spend here will be happy and rewarding.
Wellgate Primary School opened in 1999 as a two-form entry school for children aged 5-11 years.
The six KS1 and FS classes, each with their own or shared carpeted quiet bay, are paired so that individual or group activities can expand into a practical area. Each class base has its own entrance with toilets and cloakroom facilities and is linked to the computer suite.
The KS2 block has eight classrooms.
The school has a library, computer suite and many laptops and iPads.
The school also has two multi-purpose halls, which are fully equipped with wall bars, climbing frames and ropes.
Dining takes place in both halls, with hot meals served in the KS1 hall and sandwiches in the KS2 hall.
Outside there are large tarmac playgrounds and the rest of the spacious area is grassed. There is a wooded area which we call ‘The Wild Wood’ and is a superb resource for learning.
Foundation Stage Two and Key Stage One Sessions
Morning – 8.40 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Register – 8.55 a.m.
Mid-morning break – 10.30 – 10.45 a.m.
Afternoon – 1.15 p.m. – 3.15 p.m.
End of School Day – 3:15 p.m.
Key Stage Two Sessions
Morning – 8.40 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Register – 8.55 a.m.
Mid-morning break – 10.30.m. – 10.45 a.m.
Afternoon – 1.00 p.m. – 3.20 p.m.
End of School Day – 3:20 p.m.
The doors are unlocked from 8.40 a.m. each morning. Once children enter the classroom they will take part in COW time ‘Check Our Work’, ready for the day‘s learning.
ORGANISATION OF THE SCHOOL
Placement of any particular child in a particular class is at the discretion of the headteacher. Teachers take note of the needs and abilities of the individual children and plan the delivery of the curriculum to meet these needs.
The school’s curriculum is centred on the National Curriculum Regulations. We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which will develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes of each child.
The opportunities for learning are enriched with practical, creative and first-hand experiences and themes/topics are used to encourage, motivate and stimulate.
The Foundation Stage
When the youngest children enter our school they are taught in the Foundation Stage. This stage covers education for the children from birth to the end of the reception year. It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and for preparing children for later schooling. Aspects in the seven areas of learning are intended to provide a secure basis for children’s future learning, and give an indication of what children know and can do by the end of the reception year, through Foundation Stage Profile.
The seven areas of learning are
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language (speaking and listening)
- Physical Development (including fine motor skills, gross motor skills and health and bodily awareness)
- Literacy (reading and writing)
- Maths (counting, understanding number, calculation, shape, space and measure)
- Understanding the World (geography, history, science and ICT)
- Expressive Arts and Design (music, drama and role play, design and technology)
The curriculum is carefully planned to ensure the children have experiences in all areas and that they can learn through play activities and active learning, both indoors and outdoors. The children are encouraged to develop as independent learners.
The ability to read, write and exercise effective powers of comprehension is a central objective of this school. It is through language that we learn to understand and quantify experience.
The teaching of literacy follows a learning journey through speaking & listening, reading into writing. All of these aspects of literacy are taught within literacy lessons to ensure each and every child is confident with their literacy skills. The children within our school enjoy a rich balance of literacy lessons and the literacy curriculum spills over into all other areas of school through our cross curricular approaches.
Our aim for maths at Wellgate is to equip pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. We believe that mathematics is a creative subject – that can result in moments of pleasure and wonder through real-life problem solving.
It is our belief that every child will be confident to use and apply the four operations (+, -, x and ÷), know their tables and number bonds at speed.
In order to achieve these aims, a daily maths lesson is taught in every year group from Year 1 to Year 6, with the children in the Foundation Stage benefiting from a daily maths input and the opportunity to explore number within the classroom.
The teachers at Wellgate choose activities which they feel will inspire and challenge the children where appropriate; maths activities are hands on and involve children learning from experience. Learning opportunities in each class are differentiated to allow children to achieve their full potential, whatever their ability.
Wherever possible science is taught through first hand experience and scientific enquiry. We develop skills such as observing, predicting, questioning, making inferences, concluding and evaluating, using cross-curricular links to mathematics, ICT, art and design and technology. We aim to promote an awareness of the world around us, helping to make sense of the world and contribute to children’s knowledge and understanding of a highly technical and rapidly changing world.
ICT can extend and enhance learning in all subject areas of the National Curriculum and beyond. IT capability is an essential tool for life in the 21st century where our world is changing rapidly. Work and leisure are increasingly being transformed through the varied and developing technology.
At Wellgate Primary School we aim to enable our pupils to use ICT confidently, effectively and independently. We believe that it is important to develop a culture where the use of ICT becomes a natural choice for pupils.
The aims of religious education in Wellgate are to enable the children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principle religions represented in Great Britain. We also aim to develop knowledge and positive attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own, and towards living in a society of diverse religions.
Physical Education develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence, giving them opportunities to use and perform these attributes in a range of physical activities. It promotes physical skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action.
Physical education provides opportunities to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals, in groups and as part of a team. All children in school from F2 to year 6 learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances, of their own and of others, as well as think in a variety of ways.
At Wellgate Primary School, it is hoped that all PE lessons and extra curricular experiences develop a child’s learning journey about themselves, their capabilities, their potential and their limitations. We also hope that during this learning journey they will develop their understanding of others, how to work as a team and most of all respect their fellow sports person. PE is the only subject where we can see visibly active brains.
At Wellgate Primary School, our vision for PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) is to create an environment where children have the positive self esteem and confidence to make the most of their own abilities, develop independence and take responsibility for their lives and relationships, thus enabling them to play an active role as members of a democratic, multicultural society. The teaching and learning of PSHE promotes children’s good health and well-being. PSHE helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, healthy, responsible citizens.
Through PSHE, all children from Foundation Stage to year 6 are provided with valuable opportunities to develop their self-confidence and self-esteem. Children learn to think about their identities and value themselves, and to respect the differences and similarities between their own and other cultures. They learn to discuss their thoughts and feelings, and how to handle new relationships.
History develops and awareness of achievements and events which have shaped our lives. Through using a range of cross-curricular experiences and different sources, children begin to understand changes in their own lifetime and changes on a wider global scale. They develop a sense of chronology and historical language. They begin to understand different interpretations and causes and consequences.
History in our school should be about enjoyment, acquiring knowledge and applying skills. It should incorporate visits, visitors, dressing up, acting out, holding debates and recording work. Children should be able to develop a love of all things historical.
The overall aim of the Geography policy is to ensure that the children’s knowledge, understanding and awareness of their immediate, local and global environment are enhanced. Geography should foster children’s sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them. It should help them to develop an informed concern about the quality of their environment and the future of the human habitat, and enhance children’s sense of responsibility for the care of the Earth and its people. First hand experience through field work should be an integral and important part of geographical studies. When planning any school trip, opportunities should be sought to illustrate geographical concepts relating to features of towns or the countryside.
Music is a powerful, unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate. It can play an important part in the personal development of people. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development.
Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.
It encourages active involvement in different forms of music making, both individual and communal and helps develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. The teaching of music develops pupils ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to explore and express their own ideas relating to music. It increases self discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform, and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
Design and Technology
The ability to become independent and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team is a central objective of this school. It is through designing, making and evaluating that all pupils can become perceptive and informed users of products, and become innovators.
At Wellgate Primary School we believe that Art develops creativity and visual perception as well as concentration and tenacity. It is an opportunity for children to express themselves and learn from visual experiences. We aim to enable children to observe, investigate and record from first-hand experiences and imagination, through a variety of forms and media.
Languages – French
The learning of a foreign language provides children with valuable educational, social and cultural experiences. Children are given the opportunity to explore language and culture through songs, games, rhymes and role play which inspire and motivate. Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world. It introduces an international dimension to the children’s learning; stimulating curiosity and developing enquiring minds.
Staff at Wellgate Primary School value pupils of different abilities and support inclusion.
Within the school, staff and pupils will be constantly involved in the best ways to support all pupils’ needs within the school. There is flexibility in approach in order to find the best placement for each child.
Within each class, teaching and learning styles and organisation will be flexible to ensure effective learning. Grouping to support children identified with additional needs will be part of this process.
In order to fulfil our responsibility to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils all staff at Wellgate Primary School aim to give every pupil the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve to their maximum potential though a flexible, differentiated programme. When planning, all staff has high expectations and provides opportunities for all pupils to achieve their full potential, regardless of gender, disability, social and cultural backgrounds and ethnic groups
SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION (SRE)
Sex Education at Wellgate Primary is taught in line with the Barnsley Scheme of work.
Section 241 of the Education Act 1993 gives parents the right to withdraw their children from any or a school’s entire programme of sex education, other than those elements, which are required by the National Curriculum Science Order.
The key purpose of homework is to develop a partnership with parents and to involve them actively in their children’s learning. At Wellgate this includes simple games, learning spellings and number facts and of course reading.
As children progress through school the main purpose of homework will increasingly become an opportunity for the children to develop the skill of independent learning. This may consist of finding out information, reading in preparation for lessons, preparing oral presentations, research around a topic or learning spellings or tables.
Every child will be encouraged to read at home every evening.
Home/School relationships are regarded as very important to the school. Parents/Carers are kept informed of the children’s progress continually.
If Parents/Carers wish to see the teacher or the Headteacher an appointment can be arranged. In case of sickness or accident every effort is made to contact parents/carers. It is essential that we are given the telephone number of your place of employment, particularly in a case of working parents/carers, and this information should be kept up-to-date. Where possible we try to involve parents/carers in our visits out of school to help provide adequate supervision and support for each group, so please do offer to join us if you are available.
There are two parent/carers evenings per year: one in the Autumn Term so that parents/carers can meet their child’s new teacher and discuss targets, and one in the Spring Term to discuss the year’s work so far and their child’s progress. Additional meetings are held to inform parents/carers about the different curriculum areas and about new initiatives in school.
We value parent/carer support or help in school. Please contact us if you could give us a little of your time. Why not join our PTA? We always welcome parents to help our social events and fundraising. If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to ask us.
ILLNESS IN SCHOOL
Our school policy on the administration of medicines is that we prefer not to administer any medicine and would encourage parents to arrange for someone to come into school to do it. If parents/carers cannot make any other arrangements and the medicine has been prescribed by a doctor, then after completing a form, one of our first aiders will carry out the task.
We have a number of staff who are qualified to administer first aid treatment.
Please administer sun creams on children before they arrive at school or if you prefer, send sun cream for the children to apply during the day. Please label your child’s sun cream. The children will administer the cream themselves, although this will be overseen by staff. If the weather is very hot the children will spend all or part of the dinner time inside.
There are two entrances / exits to the school site, from George Street and from Wellgate. Both have coded locks. Parents/Carers and children are requested to use the pedestrian footpaths and to walk to school whenever possible. No Parents/Carers can park in the car park unless they have a disabled badge or a letter from their doctor requesting this. Please park responsibly on George Street and Wellgate, so that residents can access their own drives.
VISITORS IN SCHOOL
All visitors to school must sign in at reception and wear an appropriate identification sticker obtained when they sign into school.
DISCIPLINE AND PASTORAL CARE
Children are expected to behave in a positive and acceptable manner, which gives due regard for the safety of others and is conducive to the efficient running of the school.
Positive behaviour in our school comes through an atmosphere in which the children are valued and are encouraged to respect themselves and others. This is re-enforced through a range of awards given for good behaviour. We aim to give the children self-esteem and a sense of pride in their achievements and stickers are given to the children for personal achievement. Please help us to celebrate your child’s success!
If a problem arises the class teacher will usually deal with it. If it becomes necessary, the Headteacher will consult with parents/carers over a child’s conduct so that the problems can be approached in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and in the best interests of the child.
Wellgate Primary School does not tolerate any act of bullying or racism. All incidents are investigated, parents/carers are contacted and the LA is informed. The school resolves the situation as soon as possible.
The school Council was set up:
- To give pupils a greater voice in whole school decisions
- To give pupils an opportunity to initiate their own developments
- To keep pupils informed about activities and events taking place in school
The School Council comprises two pupils from each class in Years 1-6. Elections for the School Council representatives are held each September. The School Council meets regularly during school time, with Mrs Carver to discuss issues raised through class council meetings and to consider issues presented by members of staff.
In order to maintain a strong sense of identity and belonging within our school, we require all pupils to wear school uniform which consists of:
- Red Sweatshirt (with or without the Wellgate logo on )
- Red jumper or cardigan (with or without the Wellgate logo on )
- White Shirt
- Red or White Polo Shirt
- Grey trousers
- Grey skirt
- Grey Pinafore
- Black, flat sensible, safe, shoes or black trainers
- Grey shorts
- Gingham dresses (checked) – Red
- Any cap to protect from the sunAll the above items of uniform are available from high street and supermarket stores. Items with the Wellgate logo are available from the Wishing Well shop in the village.
- Our uniform has been kept simple to avoid unnecessary expense. We expect all pupils to follow the dress code as written above.
Uniform PE Kit
During Physical Education lessons, the correct uniform should be worn which consists of;
Gymnastics / Dance / Indoor PE
- Black or Navy shorts
- White round necked T-shirt
- Black or Navy shorts or cycling shorts
- White round necked T-shirt
- Black or Navy leotard
Boys and Girls –
- Black jogging bottoms
- White round necked t-shirt
- Trainers which support children’s ankles
Please make sure that your child has the appropriate kit in school and this is left in school all week as PE lessons may change due to changes in the weather and use of the school halls.
It is encouraged that pupils do not wear jewellery to school, especially as individuals become very upset if a treasured piece of jewellery goes missing.
Should a pupil have pierced ears, plain studs should only be worn and in order to comply with health and safety regulations, must be covered with a plaster during all PE activities.
Please note that the school will be unable to take any responsibility for any jewellery that is lost.
If you are considering having your child’s ears pierced it is advisable to wait until the beginning of the summer holiday.
Watches may be worn to school. However, they must be removed and collected by the class teacher before any PE lessons and placed in a container for safe storage.
Please note that the school will be unable to take any responsibility for any watches that are lost.
We recommend that hair should be neat and tidy. Long hair should be tied back during Physical Education lessons for safety.
Mobile phones should not be brought into school. If a child brings one into school, they should hand this to the teacher for safe keeping until the end of the school day.
CHARGING FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITES
Children are taken out into the immediate environment e.g. park, church and also further afield on a day or half-day excursions. The older children are invited to take part in a residential visit.
It is an important part of our curriculum to make visits out of school. These educational visits are well planned and supervised. If there is a cost involved, parents/carers will be asked to make a voluntary contribution. If we do not receive enough, the trip may not take place. Children will not be treated differently according to whether or not their parents/carers have made any contribution.
We also ask for payment for some out of school clubs which are run by outside coaches.
If children are in receipt of free school meals, they are entitled to the remission of charges for board and lodging for residential school visits.
EXTRA – CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Extra – curricular activities offered by the school vary with the differing qualities, strengths and interests of the staff. In sport, children have the opportunity to participate at their own level, but those with a keen interest are given the opportunity to take part in fixtures with other schools.
School meals are healthy and excellent value. Menus are displayed in school, on the school blog and the BMBC website for parents and children to see. A drink of water is provided with a school meal. The children can select each morning from a varied menu including traditional meals, jacket potato or a sandwich meal.
The school operates a cashless system. This means that every child has their own account number, and money can be paid into this account through the cash-collecting machine outside classes 7 and 8 or by cheque using the cheque-collecting box. The current price of school meals is £9.50 per week, £1.90 per day. You can pay as much money as you like into your child’s account, but should not allow it to go into arrears. The school operates a zero tolerance on school meal debt; if your child’s account should go into a deficit we reserve the right to not provide them with a school lunch until the debt is cleared.
If you would like your child to bring a packed lunch, please ensure the lunch box is clearly labelled with your child’s name. Water is provided or the children may bring a soft drink but no glass bottles, cans or fizzy pop please. As there are children in school that have an allergy to nuts and nut products we ask all parents to avoid putting these food types into packed lunches.
MILK/FRUIT & WATER
Milk is available free for the under fives every day in Nursery and Foundation Stage Two.
We are a health promoting school and encourage the children to bring a piece of fresh fruit to school every day. Sweets should not be brought to school and not included in packed lunches. Fruit or raw veg is available to all KS1 pupils.
The children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day, as research has shown that when children are dehydrated they lose concentration. The school has two water coolers, which are situated in the corridors and the children can fill their water bottles before lesson time in the mornings.
OUT OF SCHOOL CLUB
The school operates a breakfast club and after school club from 7.30am in the morning until the start of school and from the end of school until 6.00pm. For details of the after school club please contact Tracy Benson at Fun dayz on 07914079241.
Parent Support Advisor (PSA)
Our Parent Support Advisors, Mrs Paula Holroyd and Mrs Clare Parkin are based in school to help with any parental issues concerning barriers to learning, anxiety, attendance etc. She also works with families to improve attendance and lateness. She can be contacted through school.
ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
Regular attendance is obviously important but if your child is ill or unable to attend school, please inform us by pressing option 1 from the choices on our pre recorded messages on 01226 383739 by 9.30am at the latest.
If the school is not given a reason for absence, this absence is then recorded as unauthorised. If a child receives 10 unauthorised absences in a term the Educational Welfare Officer will be informed.
Like regular attendance, punctuality is also important. A child arriving late at school disrupts the classroom routine with a consequent effect on your child’s education. They often start the day not understanding the task and can begin to start feeling “different”.
If your child is late they must report to the office on arrival so they can be marked in the register and order a school lunch. The George Street entrance must be used since the Wellgate entrance will be locked from 9.05am
Rosie Smith our Education Welfare Officer (EWO) from the LA follows up referrals concerning lateness and attendance issues.
Children leaving school during the day must be signed out at the office. Children who have been signed out and then return to school need to be signed back in again.
ILLNESS IN SCHOOL
If your child is ill or has an accident in school, we will make every effort to contact parents/carers. Therefore it is important that we have a telephone number where you can normally be contacted during school hours or where another member of your family e.g. Grandma or Grandad, can be reached. We will always act in the best interests of the child and deal with the problem if we cannot contact parents/carers. ‘Bump notes’ are given to children who have accidentally received a bump on the head at sometime during the day. Although it may not appear serious at the time, the result of head injuries may be delayed, therefore we advise you so that you can watch for any symptoms and react accordingly. Please ensure you keep these contact numbers up to date especially when changing mobile phones.
For any questions regarding your child’s education, please contact their class teacher directly either by making an appointment or calling the school, preferably between 8.30 – 8.45 am or after school. If you have to take a problem further, please make an appointment to see their phase leader
After this, any complaints need to be addressed to the Headteacher and then put in writing and addressed to the Chair of Governors.
Copies of the LA and school policies are available on our school blog and a printed copies are available upon request.
Fire drills are held every half term. The whole school is evacuated in 2/3 minutes. Fire drills are always assessed to check their effectiveness.
Safeguarding covers all aspects of school life from child protection to safer recruitment and is the school’s main priority. Wellgate, along with all LA schools has a rigorous audit to complete on a yearly basis, which is presented to Governors.
Wellgate Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding all its staff and children.
The Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Egginton and Mrs Richardson is the Deputy Lead and Mrs Holroyd / Mrs Parkin can also be contacted in their absence.
PRIMARY SCHOOLS – FAIR PROCESSING NOTIFICATION
A number of agencies all process information on pupils in order to run the education system and in doing so has to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. This means, among other things that the data held about pupils must only be used for specific purposes allowed by law. If you require further information please see the school office.