Welcome to Glynne Primary School. I hope that from this information you will learn more about the life and work of our school. Further information and school policies can be found on our school website www.glynne.dudley.sch.uk
Our school motto ‘Aiming High’ is reflected in our school song. Our aim is for every child to achieve their best in an environment where they are well supported.
Many children begin their school life by joining us after their third birthday in our nursery which has part time places for children until they reach school age. These are community places open to children who may move into our own school or on to other schools. Our Foundation Stage Unit is known as FLY (Foundation Learning Years) and also accommodates our reception children.
For all children in FLY we are able to offer Wrap Around Childcare (WACI) to accommodate working parents; this can be used to complement nursery provision. School Club is available before and after school when children move into Year 1 and for the rest of school.
Prior to entering both nursery and school, information sessions are organised where staff and parents have the opportunity to meet each other. These sessions are followed by a programme for children to visit either nursery or school to help them settle in more easily.
We hope that during your child’s time at Glynne, you, as parents will become involved in your child’s education. Should you have any concerns about your child, the class teacher or I will always be willing to discuss these with you.
Our school has a warm, vibrant atmosphere where purposeful learning takes place. The teaching and support staff are enthusiastic, hard working and caring. We aim to provide a quality education for your child. We hope that you will work in partnership with us towards this.
We are very fortunate to have substantial school grounds with a large playing field, playgrounds, quiet areas and gardens, and an environmental area with a pond. Our facilities include two library areas, an ICT suite and kitchen, two large halls and a separate dining room.
If you would like to find out more about the school I would be pleased to show you around at a mutually convenient time.
An education taking SHAPE
- To provide a welcoming and friendly school where children are happy, safe and secure.
- To ensure all children are supported, guided and cared for well
- To help children grow in self-confidence and self-esteem.
- To encourage healthy lifestyle choices and a positive attitude.
- To set high expectations and achieve high standards.
- To celebrate success and reward progress and achievement
- To expect high standards of behaviour, courtesy and politeness.
- To be responsible citizens contributing to school and the wider community.
- To provide an interesting, exciting and imaginative curriculum that supports and challenges all learners.
- To encourage all children and families to participate fully in the opportunities offered.
All community, foundation and voluntary aided primary schools now have only one intake a year and all children are admitted in September. Dudley’s admissions service process all applications, dealing with those received by the deadline first. If a school is oversubscribed places are offered according the criteria given in ‘a parents’ guide to primary school admissions’.
You may want to consider how popular a school is when you apply and how likely your child is to get a place. The parents guide includes details of places available at each Dudley primary school and a breakdown of the offers by criteria for the last three years; you may find this information helpful.
If you contact Dudley’s admissions service on 01384 814223, staff will be able to provide you with an approximate distance measurement from your home address to any Dudley primary school.
If your child has a statement of special educational needs you must contact the council’s special needs team on 01384 814360.
You should not assume that your child will get a place at a new school without you having to apply, even if you have older children already attending the same school or your child is currently at a nursery unit based at a school.
How do I apply?
To ensure that your child gets a school place you must complete an application online at www.dudley.gov.uk/admissions. If you do not have access to the internet you can contact the admissions service on 01384 814223.
You can make five school preferences on the application including schools outside the Dudley borough. Where admissions cannot offer a place at any of your preferred schools your child will be allocated a place at the next nearest school with places available.
The normal entry date into Reception is in the September following your child’s 4th Birthday. The closing date for applications is a date (variable) in the preceding January. Please check the above website for the exact date.
Attendance at a particular nursery gives no priority for a place at primary school.
The admissions limit for full time education at Glynne Primary is 60 places.
Any prospective parent and children are welcome to visit, by appointment, before deciding to apply for a school place. Parents meetings are held in the term prior to the children starting school where the aims of the school are shared and there is an opportunity to ask questions. Information given will guide you through how you can work with the school to help your child to be successful in his/her learning. Children will also spend time finding out about what they will be doing in the Reception class – children already attending nursery sessions will be well acquainted with the building and with the staff.
Attendance at a particular nursery gives no priority for a place at primary school.
Glynne Primary is a Local Authority school in the Dudley borough.
Our School is divided into three areas – The Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception), Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6).
Staff meet regularly to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of the learners and progress is carefully monitored. Children are generally taught in mixed ability classes; however, where appropriate children may be grouped in sets for particular subject areas. In every class, work is organised to match the potential of pupils on an individual or group basis.
Under National Curriculum arrangements, classes are organised in the following way:
Nursery and the Reception children from age 3 to 5 are in Foundation Stage. Assessments are made using the Foundation Stage Profile and will be shared with you at the end of Reception.
Key Stage 1
This key stage covers Year 1 and Year 2, ages 5 to 7.
At the end of this key stage the children will be assessed by their teacher against national standards. You will receive the results of teacher assessments in the summer term.
Key Stage 2
This stage covers Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, ages 7 to 11. At the end of this key stage the children will be assessed by their teacher but will also take formal national tests (Key Stage 2 SATs). The results of these will again be available to you in the summer term.
In all key stages children will learn and be taught using a variety of methods including traditional class teaching, co-operative work in groups and teams, information technology sources, individual work and special needs programmes of study.
THE SCHOOL DAY
|Foundation Stage (FLY)||KS1||KS2|
|Registration||8.50 am||8.50 am||8.50 am|
|Break time||10.50am – 11.05am||10.30am – 10.45am|
|Lunchtime||11.50 – 12.50 pm||12.05pm – 1.05 pm||12.25pm – 1.25 pm|
|End of school||3.20 pm||3.20 pm||3.20 pm|
08:40 – 11:40
12:20 – 15:20
Members of staff will be on duty from 8.40am when the doors are opened. School cannot accept responsibility for children who arrive before this time as no supervision will be available.
To enable a safe and calm start to the school day please ensure your child is on time and waits quietly on the playground until they enter school. However, please try not to have children in the playground too early, especially in the cold or wet weather. Please do not allow children, including pre-school siblings to play on equipment whilst waiting on the playground.
Could we also respectfully ask that under no circumstances are dogs brought onto the school site or tied to the entrance railings. Some children are very frightened by animals even if supervised by adults. Parents must not drive onto the school site and bikes and scooters should also not be ridden on the premises. We are also a non-smoking school site.
At the end of the afternoon session children in KS2 are taken to the playground where they meet their parent/adult. Children in FLY and KS1 are dismissed from the external classroom door to their parents.
All children in school are encouraged to wear school uniform, to take pride in their appearance and to be neat and tidy. Wearing uniform helps set a tone of high standards in school. All uniform can be purchased from:
Totally Uniform A Oakes Uniform
Unit 2 Churchill Precinct
Park Street Dudley
Kingswinford Tel: 01384 255600
Tel: 01384 270498
or at any local shop or chain store.
- Grey pinafore, skirt or trousers
- Pale blue shirt/blouse
- Royal blue cardigan/jumper
- School tie
- Sensible black shoes (no trainers please)
- Summer dress – blue / white check
- Royal blue polo shirt (summer only)
- Black, white or brown sensible sandals (summer)
- Navy blue or black shorts.
- White T-shirt or polo
- A PE bag
- A track suit or trousers may be worn for outdoor games during the colder weather.
- Trainers (KS2) for outdoors
- Red Polo}
- Red Sweatshirt} All available from school office
- Book Bag}
- Grey pinafore, skirt or trousers (boys may wear joggers if preferred)
Apart from a watch or small stud earrings no other jewellery should be worn in school. For safety reasons all jewellery must be removed for PE and children will be responsible for its safekeeping. School does not accept responsibility for any loss or injury caused by such items.
If children are to have their ears pierced, please could this be done at the beginning of the summer holidays so that earrings are able to be removed for PE at the beginning of the autumn term. Please note that school will not accept any other body piercing apart from earrings. Extreme hairstyles are also unacceptable.
Your support and co-operation in ensuring your child is in full uniform will be very much appreciated; please ensure that all items are clearly named.
At Glynne Primary we aim to develop a well-rounded, broad and balanced curriculum that is used flexibly to meet the needs and interests of all learners. A strong emphasis is placed on good quality teaching and learning to raise standards and to enable each child to achieve the best that they can.
We aim to provide an interesting and motivating curriculum with a strong emphasis on the basic skills in literacy and numeracy. We teach children through integrated topic themes and learning journeys where children can apply their skills in a range of different contexts.
A strong emphasis is placed on personal and social education where children can develop positive attitudes to learning and become responsible citizens. SEAL (Social and emotional aspects of learning) forms part of our curriculum and Rights Respecting Schools underpins our school ethos.
Wherever possible we provide children with first hand experiences and make good use of community links. The school is fortunate to have extensive school grounds with an environmental area, two libraries, an ICT Suite with interactive whiteboards in all teaching areas and a kitchen. Children in Foundation Stage take part in the Forest Schools Programme.
Foundation Stage (FLY)
The Foundation Stage covers our Nursery and Reception. Children work towards the Early Learning Goals which set out what most children are expected to achieve by the end of the Foundation Stage.
The Early Years Foundation Stage comprises of seven areas of learning and development: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.
Key Stages 1 and 2
From Years 1 to Year 6, our pupils study the subjects of the National Curriculum; the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and ICT (Information Communication Technology), and the foundation subjects of Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art and PE.
Opportunities are taken to enliven the curriculum through: educational visits out of school; involvement of parents/carers, visitors, artists, crafts people, actors, and musicians; the use of the school grounds, the locality and the wider environment.
Children’s work and achievement within the curriculum is celebrated and displayed to make a significant impact on the visual appearance of the school and to contribute positively to its ethos. The curriculum will help children to understand who they are and where they live. It will help them learn about their community, the nation and the wider world; it will deepen their cultural awareness and increase their understanding of history, time and place. They will develop a respect for and an understanding of different cultures and beliefs, learn about issues facing the world and understand the importance of caring for their environment.
Special Educational Needs
Work in class is planned to enable children of all abilities to progress according to their needs. Support is available for children with additional educational needs. In accordance with government regulations our school has an additional needs policy; a whole school staged approach is followed to meet the individual needs of children.
Arrangements for the Admission of Disabled Pupils
Glynne Primary is an inclusive school and aims to meet the needs of all learners. Access to school for children with physical disabilities can be accommodated via ramps to FLY, KS1 and KS2. Each building also has disabled toilet facilities.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
Although non-statutory all schools are encouraged to develop a curriculum which helps give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens.
PSHE is an important part of the curriculum at Glynne and, supported by SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) and Rights Respecting Schools, underpins our whole ethos. Children appointed as Rights Respecting Champions promote and develop aspects of this work on behalf of their peers. Children are taught about their rights under the UN Convention / Rights Respecting Champions.
As part of our citizenship agenda Glynne has a School Council made up of Rights Respecting Champions which meets regularly. Representatives from classes sit on the council and all children are invited to contribute through class activities and their representatives.
Sex education is taught in the context of a health education policy. In Year 5 girls will cover menstruation and in Year 6 bodily changes and feelings are discussed in more detail. The school health advisor is involved in this work and parents are informed and consulted prior to such lessons.
Religious Education is taught according to the Dudley Local Authority agreed syllabus. A daily act of collective worship (assembly) takes place which covers Christian based principles and moral issues; the beliefs of other cultures are also respected. Any parent with concerns or who wishes their child to be excluded from assemblies or religious education should consult the Headteacher. During the year each class leads an assembly to which parents are invited.
Educational Visits/Charging Policy
During the school year there will be opportunities for children to take part in educational visits as part of their studies. School may ask for a voluntary contribution to cover the cost of the visit. We aim to keep costs at a reasonable level; however insufficient voluntary contributions may lead to a visit being cancelled. The support of parents is vital to ensure we can continue to provide children with a broad curriculum and range of experiences.
Where there may be financial difficulties please contact the Headteacher so that an appropriate solution based on individual circumstances can be made. Contributions for entrance fees may be refundable if any child is absent on the day of the visit, please contact the school office.
As a way of introducing all children to a musical instrument, whole class clarinet tuition takes place in Year 4 taught by a specialist peripatetic music teacher. Individual music tuition for specific instruments is provided by Dudley Performing Arts; however a charge is made by school for these lessons*. Children are also invited to sing in the school Choir or Boys Vocal Group
*Pupils for whom the school receive Pupil Premium will have full remission of music fees.
Glynne Primary provides sporting opportunities for all children. Foundation Stage children experience a wide variety of physical activities both indoor and outdoor, to encourage physical development and exercise. Such activities are also used to promote social skills such as turn taking and sharing. Outdoor activities take place daily, weather permitting. We have larger outdoor apparatus such as slides, bikes and sit and ride toys. Indoor activities include dance and drama.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, a range of activities is planned to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. In addition to the activities enjoyed by the younger children, skills are further developed in by the provision of swimming lessons for Years 2, 3 and 4. The children travel to Summerhill School by coach, where tuition is given by qualified staff. Children gain certificates during these lessons.
We welcome specialist sports coaches into school to work with children and staff and provide a range of after school clubs for Years 1 – 6. We also have annual sports days. As children get older there are opportunities to join school teams in netball, football, cross country and athletics to compete against other local schools.
We are a health promoting school and believe in active participation in sport, which we promote and encourage. Our sport provision is provided within the guidelines of the National Curriculum. Children do require a note from parents or a doctor if they are unable to participate in sports lessons.
We aim to promote good behaviour in school by giving children who behave well a high profile in school. Examples of good behaviour will be constantly highlighted and acknowledged by a system of rewards.
Rewards in School include:
- Team reward
- House points will be given for positive behaviour, good work and positive play at playtime etc.
- House captains will collect house points weekly and results will be shared in assembly.
- House points will be displayed as appropriate.
- Team results will be regularly updated on the school website or portal.
Lunch time reward
- Class reward
- Pupils will be rewarded slips for positive behaviour at lunch time – on the play ground and in the dining room.
- Pupils will put the slips into a box in their classroom and to be collected weekly. The class with the most slips will be recognised in assembly and then at half term the class who has accumulated the most will over the weeks will receive a special lunch.
- All pupils who get given a lunch time slip will be put into a prize draw each week.
- Individual reward
- Pupils will be given a credit for exceptional work and behaviour.
- When pupils have collected a certain number of credits they will be rewarded a bronze certificate and badge, they will then work towards a silver, gold, platinum and diamond award.
- Pupils in FLY and Year 1 will be rewarded stickers for good work and positive behaviour.
- Award winners will be put onto the monthly newsletter.
- Classes with 100% attendance each week will receive a certificate to display in their room.
- The class with the highest attendance for the week will look after the Attendance Dog.
- Pupils will be awarded individual certificates for 100% attendance each term.
- Pupils who achieve 100% attendance for the year will receive a small prize.
Good Work Assemblies
When a teacher or adult in school wishes to draw attention to good work or positive attitudes to learning, children will be mentioned in assembly and special stickers will be given by the Headteacher. These stickers are awarded to encourage and reward high standards of work, effort and positive behaviour.
“Achievers” certificates are awarded each week to one child in each class who has made a significant contribution. In Key Stage 1 parents are invited to a special ‘Birthdays and Achievers Assembly’ to celebrate children’s birthdays and achievements.
We believe that certificates are motivational and assembly time is an occasion when we celebrate children’s achievements, both from within school and from out of school activities. Certificates are also awarded for sport, music and other special achievements which a child may participate in outside of school.
A high standard of behaviour is expected at all times. Children are praised and rewarded for good behaviour and courtesy. Children at Glynne are taught and expected to show a sense of responsibility towards their own belongings, and those which belong to school or other people. Good manners, helpfulness, respect and consideration towards others are encouraged at all times.
Glynne Primary is a Rights Respecting School which recognises the UN Convention of children’s rights. Each class has a classroom code of conduct based on based on rights and responsibilities which is collectively established at the start of the school year and continually reinforced throughout the year.
All staff have a collegiate responsibility for the behaviour of the children and our expectations of them are developed and promoted through class discussions, assemblies, circle time, teacher example and individual discussions.
If a child is not behaving in a safe or sensible manner they will be spoken to by a member of staff. Expectations will be made clear and warnings will be given before any sanctions are applied such as loss of playtime or part of playtime, working in isolation, working in another class or loss of privileges. Staff may informally mention any incidents of poor behaviour to parents.
Parents can help considerably by sharing any news, difficulties or concerns. If a child’s teacher knows about any problems at an early stage, discussions may lead to ideas for solving a problem which may become worse if not tackled.
If poor behaviour should continue it may be necessary for a senior teacher, Assistant Head, Deputy Head or the Headteacher to become involved and parents may be asked to come to school to discuss concerns. In extreme cases short term exclusions will be made. In such cases the Local Authority and the Chair of Governors will be informed. In very serious cases exclusions can be permanent.
Parents/carers can be issued with Penalty Notices if a pupil who has been excluded contravenes the details set out in the Exclusion Letter as to their whereabouts during school hours throughout the duration of that Exclusion.
In accordance with government regulations, it is the duty of the school to monitor and report on children’s attendance.
This is when parents / guardians inform the school that a child is absent due to illness, medical appointments or holidays and the school authorises the absence.
If your child is ill, it is important that you inform the school in person, by phone 01384 816960 or by letter on the first day of absence.
Medical and Dental Appointments
Any need to leave school early, or for part of the day (for example, for a visit to a clinic, dentist or doctor) should be covered by a message or note from a parent sent in advance. Appointments during school time should be avoided unless they are absolutely necessary.
Holidays in term time cannot be authorised.
Leave of Absence
A leave of absence will only be granted in special or exceptional circumstances. Any unauthorised absences may be referred to The Education Investigation Service.
Registration is at 8.50am and 1.25pm (KS2); 1.05pm (KS1) and 12.50pm (Reception); please ensure your child is in school at this time. If pupils are not in school at the beginning of the session, they are marked as late. Attendance is monitored by a senior teacher and our Education Welfare Officer who will follow up non – attendance or regular late arrival. If school is not able to find out why a child has been absent it will be reported as an unauthorised absence.
Rewarding Good Attendance
Each week during assembly ‘Attendance Dog’ is awarded to the class who have achieved the highest attendance in the week previous. Certificates are awarded for 100% attendance at the end of the school year.
Education Investigation Service (EIS)
The Education Investigation Service is a statutory investigation and enforcement
Service on behalf of Dudley MBC in relation to Parental Responsibility Measures
for school attendance, behaviour and exclusion and monitoring of elected home education and duties for safeguarding children and young people from exploitation, abuse or trafficking.
The educational welfare, the child’s social and educational needs are the
responsibility of the school at which the child is enrolled. Education Investigation
Officers upon receiving a referral from an education provider will critically review
the circumstances involving the school and parents involvement in the issues surrounding the complaint from the school. Where common ground can be found Officers will undertake an option of securing compliance without necessitating to formal legal action through the courts, however, should it prove not to be the case officers may take action by:
- A Fixed Penalty Notice for absence from school, or where a child is identified in a public place whilst excluded up to £120, non-payment could result in a fine of up to £1,000, or
- Prosecution in a Magistrates’ Court where you may be fined up to £1,000 for the lesser offence under s444 Education Act 1996, or
- Prosecution under the aggravated offence of s444 (1) (A) Education Act 1996 where you may be fined up to £2,500and/or up to three months custody, or
- Application for an Education Supervision Order by s36 Children Act 1989, breach of the order may on conviction result in a fine of up to £1,000
- Application for a Parenting Order s26 Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, breach of the order may on conviction result in a fine of up to £1,000
- Application for School Attendance Order s443 Education Act 1996, where if you fail to comply and convicted you may be fined up to £1,000
ACCIDENTS & ILLNESS
If an accident occurs in school, a child will be taken to a member of staff with first aid qualifications. All children referred to the first-aider will have the accident logged in the accident book, and when necessary a note will be sent home to inform the parents of treatment given in school. E.g. bumped head – a cold compress applied.
If a child becomes ill or has a serious accident during the school day the parents will be contacted at the earliest opportunity. It is therefore very important that we have an up to date telephone contact number for each child.
If a parent cannot be reached and a child needs hospital treatment, a member of staff or the Headteacher will go to hospital with the child and stay until the parent is available.
As a general principle school staff are not allowed to give medication to children. Medicines or drugs must not be brought into school without prior permission. Parents must complete a written agreement before prescribed medicines can be administered. Medicines should be delivered to, and collected from school by an adult and clearly labelled with contents, owners name and dosages. Any other medical procedures should also be outlined in writing. Children are not allowed to administer their own medicine without prior written agreement. Parents are welcome to come into school to give medication to their child. They should always report to reception first.
Inhalers for asthma can be brought into school for a child to use as needed. These should be clearly labelled with the child’s name and class and should be the (blue) relievers type only. Each child will need a spare emergency inhaler in school.
Contact Address Form/Illness or Accident in School
Parents are asked to complete a Contact Form at the beginning of the academic year with details of address, telephone number, place of work, doctor etc. Should those details change during the course of the year, please inform school as soon as possible.
At least one telephone number at which the parent can be contacted in the event of an emergency is a legal requirement. Mobile phone numbers are often given for contact details; however, please ensure that mobile phones are kept switched on and school is notified of any changes of number immediately. Group Call, our text message service, relies on mobile contact numbers being current.
The health and welfare of your child is important to us. Parents are kindly asked to inform school of any serious medical problems which may affect your child at school, including any cases of asthma.
School Health Services
The School Health Advisor is responsible for meeting the health needs of school aged children working across several schools, having close links with GPs and other health professionals within the primary health care team.
Shortly after your child begins school an initial health assessment will be carried out with checks on height, weight, vision, hearing and general development. Time will be given for you to ask any questions or discuss any health concerns you may have.
The School Health Advisor is also involved in health promotion activities alongside teaching staff. Parents can contact the School Health Advisor for support and advice; contact details are available from the school office.
Community Dental Service
A letter is sent to parents of selected year groups in primary school informing them of a date for a dental inspection, this is available to all children. Treatment is provided in health centres, clinics or on a mobile dental unit for children who do not receive treatment from a family dentist. Oral health programmes are also provided at school.
As a Health Promoting School we have adopted the National Fruit Scheme where every child up to the end of Key Stage 1 is provided with a piece of fruit each morning break.
In Key Stage 2 toast is available to buy from the school kitchen; fruit juice, yogurts and fruit bags can also be purchased. Under our Healthy Break Policy we ask that children bring fruit or another healthy snack from home as an alternative to crisps and biscuits.
Children are given access to water bottles throughout the day which we ask you to provide.
We are fortunate to have hot meals cooked on our premises and many of our children do have a cooked meal at dinner time.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive a free hot meal and we encourage them to take up the offer. School dinners for KS2 currently cost £2.00 plus 30p for a drink, if required. Payment for school meals is made directly to the school cook at lunchtime. Dinner money should be put into a purse with the child’s name and class, clearly marked.
‘Grab bags’ are available as an alternative and should be pre-ordered. Forms are available in the school foyer.
If you think that you may be entitled to free school meals or would like further information regarding free school meals you can contact Benefit Services by:
telephone – 01384 814988; email – firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting – Dudley Council Plus, Castle Street, Dudley between 8.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am and 12 noon Saturday.
To claim Free School Meals you need to receive Child Benefit and either:
- Income Support
- Job Seekers Allowance – Income Based
- Employment and Support Allowance – Income Related
- Pension Credit Guaranteed
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit unless you receive this for 4 weeks after starting work) and an annual gross income of £16,190 or less.
The school can gain additional funding for children in receipt of free school meals and therefore if you are eligible, your application will support your child even if you do not wish to take up your entitlement.
We welcome your help in teaching children to use a knife, fork and spoon properly at meal times.
Children may bring their own packed lunch. Food containers should be clearly marked with the child’s name and class. As a health promoting school could we please ask for your co – operation in not giving your child fizzy drinks or sweets to bring into school. Glass bottles and cans should not be brought into school for safety reasons.
All children on the school site at lunchtimes are cared for by a Midday Superintendent and a team of dinner supervisors.
HOME SCHOOL LIAISON
The school aims to develop close contact with parents and any problems concerning your child’s welfare or progress can be discussed with either the class teacher, Key Stage Leader, Assistant Head, Deputy Head or the Headteacher. A preliminary phone call is often helpful so time can be made available and all the relevant information gathered. If working hours are difficult, school will always try and arrange a mutually convenient time.
Similarly, if school is concerned about your child then we will contact you. Never feel that any problem is too small – if you have any worries or concerns, please contact us immediately. By working together we can ensure that every child feels happy and secure.
Each term a date is set when you are asked to meet with your child’s class teacher. At the meeting the teacher will discuss your child’s progress and agree with you the targets set for future improvement. Should you be unable to make the date set your child’s teacher will try to find a time suitable for you. These are important meetings to support your child in their time at school.
Parents of Foundation Stage children receive a termly summative report followed by a full end of year report on the Foundation Stage Profile. Mid year interim targets are discussed in March followed by a full end of year report in July for Years 1 – 6; this will show you the progress that your child has made during the year. The final report can be discussed with your child’s teacher at the parent consultation meeting.
Attendance and Punctuality
It is very important that children come to school and that they arrive on time. The parents of children who are causing concern due to attendance and punctuality will be contacted by school and closely monitored.
Wrap Around Care
Our Wrap-Around Care Initiative (WACI) is available to children in Nursery or Reception. In addition to our nursery provision of 5 mornings or 5 afternoon sessions a week children may access wrap around care from 8.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. in the House and also FLY (Foundation Learning Years) Department. Equally, Reception children can access before and after school care in FLY. Please contact the school office for costs and further details.
Before and After School Club
School Club is run by a Parents’ Committee for the benefit of parents at the school. The club has been registered with Ofsted and can take children from Year 1 to Year 6. Sessions run from 7.45 am to 8.45 am before school and 3.20 pm to 6.00pm after school. For further details please contact the club managers on 07548 992870.
Parents and Toddlers
This group meets every Tuesday afternoon in the KS1 hall. Please contact the school office for further information.
PTA is our Parent, Teacher Association who raise funds for school. They have raised significant funds for school trips, visitors, theatre groups and equipment through Christmas and Summer Fayres, raffles, and other events in school. All parents are entitled to be members. Please contact the school office if you are interested in helping out.
Photographs and Videos
It is school policy that parents and carers will be allowed to take videos and photographs of their child taking part in specified events organised by the school as long as this is solely for domestic purposes. This may include things such as school assemblies, productions, sports days and events etc. We would ask specifically that images are not posted on social networking sites unless they are of your child only.
Regular newsletters will be sent home to keep you up to date with events and information in school. To complement our written communication we also share newsletters via Parent Pay.
School subscribes to Parent Pay, which allows parents to pay on-line for trips and visits. We also share all letters via this which reach parents by email. Parents can then check all their correspondence by logging into their account.
At the end of Year 6 our children transfer to a number of local secondary schools. Transition arrangements are in place to ensure a smooth and successful transfer. Children attend induction days and staff liaise with each other between schools. Most secondary school staff also visit school to meet and talk to the children. Parents will receive details of secondary school applications from the Local Authority in the autumn term of their child’s final year at Glynne. Admission arrangements and dates of parents’ evenings are forwarded later in the year.
School Security and Safety
Parents and children are requested to use the appropriate pedestrian entrances to gain access to school at the beginning and end of the school day. Parents collecting children at times other than the beginning and end of the school day must report to the school office and sign children out.
If parents travel to school by car we ask that you park with care and thought for pedestrians and also for our neighbours. Vehicles cannot be accommodated on the school site and the school car park should not be used.
Your support is greatly valued; if you have any time to give and are willing to offer any help, please contact school for further information. All volunteers must complete an application and criminal clearance form.
Each school has a board of governors. They have legal duties, powers and responsibilities, they can only act together. The Governors meet at least twice a term and visit the school regularly. They are concerned with the general welfare of the school.
What do Governors do?
- They support the school by ensuring policy decisions are made. The Headteacher manages and organises the policies within the school.
- They decide how the school budget is set.
- They ensure that the school building is in a good state of repair and that safety issues have been attended to.
- They are the “critical friends” of the Headteacher and staff.
School Governors are:
Local council representatives.
Glynne Primary Chair of Governors:
Mrs Jane Hales
c/o Glynne Primary
When vacancies arise elections are held to appoint parent governors. Please contact school if you would like any further information about this important role.
The school’s last Ofsted Inspection was in November 2012 and the school was judged to be good in all areas. This report can be accessed via the Ofsted website www.ofsted.gov.uk or via our school website. A PE subject inspection was carried out in March 2011- PE was judged to be outstanding. Your views can be given at www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.
HELPING YOUR CHILD
When your child starts Reception they will bring books home to share with you. Teachers will talk about reading during the parents meeting prior to your children starting in Reception. If you would like further advice on reading, your child’s class teacher will be pleased to help you. Book bags are available to buy from the school office at a cost of £3.50.
Throughout school children will continue to bring books home and should be encouraged to use both the school library and the public library.
Maths games are available for loan from school. Please see Miss Lancaster for further information.
Parents will be asked to sign and return our home/school agreement when their child starts school. On our school website you will find a copy for your reference. In subsequent years a copy of the agreement will be found in your child’s pupil planner. This will be an agreement between staff, the child and the parents to work together in a co-operative manner.
Should you not be happy about any aspect of school life, please make an appointment to discuss your concerns. It is normally appropriate to communicate directly with the member of staff concerned which may be by letter, by telephone or in person. Many concerns can be resolved by simple clarification or the provision of information and it is anticipated that most complaints will be resolved by this informal stage. In the case of serious concerns it may be appropriate to address them directly to the Head Teacher
Should you wish to pursue the matter more formally, in writing, this should be addressed to:
Glynne Primary Chair of Governors
Mrs Jane Hales
c/o Glynne Primary
A full copy of our complaints procedure is available on the school website or from the school office.
Procedure for complaints about delivery of the School Curriculum
The Dudley LA scheme is available for inspection at the school.
Children may be asked to complete work at home, to learn spellings or to find out some information to support their learning. An increasing amount of homework is set at the top end of the school to prepare children for secondary school.
Homework should be set regularly by all class teachers relevant to the age and ability of the child. This may be reading practice, spellings, number work or finding out information. Homework will reinforce work done in school. Homework is not intended to overburden children and if a child is struggling with homework, please let school know.
Please do all you can to ensure that your child completes given tasks at home and returns work on time. There is an expectation that if staff set homework then it must be completed.
Key Stage SATs
At the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 children take part in statutory assessments where the results are published to parents. In Key Stage 1, these are teacher assessment only and in Key Stage 2 children take part in externally marked tests in reading, grammar and mathematics; writing is teacher assessed. Results are available on our school website and can also be found via the DfE website http://www.education.gov.uk/
Parents in Key Stage 2 will be invited to a parent information evening prior to SATs. These dates are published at the start of the school year and it is particularly important that children are not taken out of school during this time.
OUR SCHOOL AND NURSERY
Glynne Primary School is a Community Primary School, under the control of Dudley Local Authority which caters for children from three to eleven years of age.
The school is set in beautiful and secure grounds and provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The school is proud of its academic, sporting and pastoral achievements encouraging positive, purposeful and industrious attitudes in its pupils.
The original school house was built in 1906 to cater for a small number of children. Today two large separate buildings accommodate approximately 480 children in comfortable, light classrooms with delightful views. The Early Years Department, built in 1964 was purpose built, with every classroom leading onto spacious play areas. The Nursery Unit, opened in January 1992, was totally refurbished to the latest specifications. Since September 1994 the Reception and Nursery age children have been accommodated together in our Foundation Learning Years supported by the Local Authority. A new extension was added to our Key Stage 1 department in June 1999 and in 2001 an extension corridor was built to join the two departments.
We are fortunate to have the following facilities:-
- two fully fitted halls used for P.E, assemblies, plays etc.,
- a separate dining room with excellent display servery and kitchen
- a community room and additional learning spaces within the school house,
- a fully fitted computer suite,
- two libraries and
- a kitchen area.