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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in Grovelands School.

Our school has been serving Hailsham community since 1934 and we moved to this present building in 1996. We are proud of our school, the grounds and the building, with its superb facilities and positive ethos.

The school consists of a nursery and three classes in every age group. These three classes form a caring, cohesive year group where children are able to achieve their potential academically and socially with the help of teachers and support staff who get to know them well.

As a larger school we have excellent facilities and also talented staff who are able to offer a range of specialisms to the curriculum. We provide a stimulating, broad and balanced curriculum and learning environment which motivate children to learn. Our staff is fully committed and teaching and learning is at the heart of everything we do. We continually strive to improve standards and to develop excellent relationships between home and school as we believe these are crucial to a child’s success. We believe in high quality training for all staff. Grovelands has an excellent partnership with the other schools in the town and beyond.

The ethos of the school and our ‘Believe, Create, Achieve’ slogan, is based on high expectations encouraging children to achieve excellence through challenge. Rewards, motivation, encouragement and choice are essential to achieving this. We work with parents to ensure behaviour of the highest standard. Our vision is to provide high quality teaching and learning in a stimulating environment which promotes high expectations and builds resilience. We value kindness, fairness, respect and thoughtfulness, which is part of our ethos and is reflected in how we treat each other.

This brochure will give you a lot of information about the school but the best way to find out more is to visit us. If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Julie Claxton, Headteacher

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Introduction

Grovelands is a three form entry Community Primary School for children from 2 to 11 years. We have a Nursery called Acorns for younger children from where many children transfer into the Primary School.

The school is designed so that each year group has a self-contained unit of three classrooms, a shared area and cloakrooms. The school has a well-stocked main library, IT suite, studio, music room, kitchen, group teaching and conference rooms, SEND/inclusion area as well as a nurture room and medical room.

Two halls provide spacious accommodation for P.E., indoor games, dance and drama. The hall opens up into one large auditorium for concert performances, plays, assemblies and workshops.

There are five playgrounds to accommodate children of different age groups and attractive landscaped areas including an all-weather pitch that provides ample space for sports, recreational and educational activities. We have an outdoor classroom which is available to all year groups. In the summer the whole school is able to use the large grassed area. We also have a sensory garden to which all children have access.

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General Information

We seek to provide a caring environment where children can be challenged and enjoy success.

Our school organisation and teaching methods all reflect this.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Each of the three Reception and Year 1 classes has fully trained teaching assistants to support each teacher plus additional help from our Learning Support staff.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) work within the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014. The Framework covers Communication and Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Knowledge and Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design.  

School Houses

Each class in a year group is in one of three houses – Ash, Beech or Oak. These are used for a variety of sports, competitions, social and administrative purposes.

Teaching Organisation

Children are taught with others of the same age group. The class teacher is responsible for children’s learning and teaching assistants support in class. Teachers use a wide range of strategies, working with whole class, small group, individual teaching and encouraging learning partners.

Teachers in the same year group plan/assess and moderate together throughout the year. Teamwork is highly valued in all areas of the school.

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School Organisation

The senior leadership of the school comprises of a Headteacher and a Deputy Headteacher together with an assistant Headteacher two Leaders of Learning. There are 21 classes, 3 per year group and a Special Educational Needs Coordinator who leads a team of specialists in Nurture, dyslexia and language support.

Nursery

Foundation Stage (Reception)

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

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The Curriculum

We provide a stimulating and exciting Curriculum. We are as concerned with the children’s physical, spiritual, moral and social development as we are to provide them with the knowledge and skills they will need in later life. The school has implemented the 2014 Curriculum and assessment without levels. We teach British Values and provide opportunities through topics for pupils to learn about democracy, law and respect for others. In 2016 we introduced ‘Growth Mindset’ to encourage engagement, co-operation, resourcefulness and determination.

The National Curriculum subjects of English, Mathematics and Science form the core subjects. These are taught in a structured way according to the children’s age and ability. We link our subjects wherever possible and apply mathematic and literacy skills across the curriculum.

The other Foundation Subjects are:

  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • French at Key Stage 2
  • Music
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development   (SMCS) are taught across all areas.
  • Physical Education (plus swimming in KS2)
  • Religious Education (RE)

Special Educational Needs and Disability

We aim to provide a challenging learning environment for every child but some children require extra help at certain stages as they go through the school.

Grovelands has trained and experienced staff who can assess barriers to learning and prepare a suitable programme to meet a child's needs. This is often done in consultation with outside agencies. We consider partnership and liaison with parents / carers essential if children with special needs are to make progress. We meet on a regular basis and always welcome parents / carers into school to discuss any issues.

Our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is employed to lead a team of specialists in our own Learning Support Unit. Interventions are carefully targeted and planned, specifically with the needs of individuals in mind. A significant proportion of support is given in the lower school in order to identify difficulties and help children at an early stage. The full SEND policy is available on the website. We have a Nurture Room for children with specific needs and have a trained Thrive practitioner in school. We are committed to equal opportunities regardless of age, disability, gender, race and religion or belief. The school is fully accessible and has a lift available.

Pupil Premium Grant

We use our pupil premium grant to support children who are looked after or have free school meals using additional teachers and support staff who deliver targeted group interventions to accelerate progress and ensure children remain on track to meet their age related expectations.

The IT Suite

The IT Suite is part of the range of computer facilities we have throughout the school, including supervised access to e-mail and the Internet. This has been recently updated to add capacity in delivering the Computing Curriculum. We also have iPads and tablets available to classes and computers in shared year group areas.

Music, Art, Drama and Dance

There are many opportunities for children to develop their confidence and talent in all these areas. We give a lot of importance to these subjects in regular lessons during teacher planning time. Music, drama and dance in both key stages are taught by specialist teachers. Arts weeks, clubs and performances give children opportunity to develop their talents further.

Our links with the County Music Scheme enable children to learn an instrument if they wish. We currently offer violin, keyboard, drums and guitar. Any child who plays an instrument or sings in our choir performs both within school and in a variety of outside activities. We have an annual music concert to showcase our talent!

Religious Education

This follows the East Sussex Scheme, which is in accordance with the Standing Committee for R.E. Guidelines. The syllabus is broadly Christian and recognises other spiritual beliefs. Attitudes common to most religious faiths are encouraged i.e. love, respect, honesty and forgiveness.

Collective Worship is held every day. This is varied in form and content and conducted by different members of staff.  In accordance with the 1944 Education Act, parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious activities.

Physical Activities

All children have regular weekly PE periods using a wide range of gymnastics equipment.  The lessons follow the Quality Curriculum Guidelines developed from the National Curriculum.

Games periods also encourage the development of skills and co-operation. The addition of an all weather pitch has given us more opportunity to teach games throughout the year. The school runs a number of teams for both winter and summer sports that compete with other schools. We are using our additional sports funding to enhance the provision and raise the profile of PE in the school by employing a trained PE teacher to work alongside our teachers. In Key Stage 2 children have regular swimming periods using the Hailsham Swimming Pool.

We have strong sporting links with Hailsham Community College. As a result we take part in tournaments for a range of sports varying from swimming to touch rugby, from dance to basketball. 

Foreign Languages

With the new Curriculum 2014 we introduced French in Key Stage 2. We aim to teach all children in KS2 about the culture as well as the language.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)/SMSC and British Values

The PSHE/SMSC policy was reviewed in 2014 and designed to encourage the children to develop social, emotional and personal skills. PSHE/SMSC is taught across all subject areas as well as discreetly. We incorporate British Values, e-safety and use some of the SEAL (Social, emotional aspects of learning) topics.

Sex Education

The Education Act of 1993 required the Governing Body to make and keep up-to-date, a separate written statement with regard to Sex Education. 

At Grovelands Sex Education is taught as part of our Science Curriculum.  Parents are informed in advance when topics will contain specific and sensitive issues and have the right to withdraw their children from this aspect.  However, all information given will be age appropriate and emphasis is placed on the understanding of the biological, emotional, social and moral aspects of sex education and relationships. Meetings with parents/carers are arranged before the programme is delivered.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding our children is a priority and our policy for Safeguarding is available on the website and from the school office. All staff are DBS checked in line with requirements.

Information about the Curriculum

Parent/carer meetings and consultation evenings are held initially at the start of the school year and three times throughout the year in October, February and July. This is an opportunity to see what each child will be learning during the school year and a chance to see the child’s work and discuss progress/learning targets with the teacher. Information on the curriculum, homework and how parents can help at home is given regularly by each class teacher and is on the school website.

Copies of all school policies and curriculum guidelines are available for inspection by prior arrangement through the school office and the website provides much of this information.

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Extra Curriculum Activities

We encourage before and after school activities and offer a number of clubs catering for a variety of interests. These are mostly connected with sports, music and the creative arts.

Clubs offered each term will vary according to the particular interests of the staff, children and the time of year. We work in partnership with SKiL (Springing Kids into Life) who run an after school club. A charge is made for some clubs while others are free.  The majority of these activities take place at lunchtimes or directly after school for which children have to obtain parental permission.

SKiL run a breakfast club every morning from 7.30 - 8.45 am. The club includes an element of physical activity as well as breakfast.

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Homework

Most children enjoy their schoolwork and home learning develops independence and learning skills. All children are expected to read daily at home and learn tables as they move through the school.

Children are given targets to raise their performance in English and Mathematics and these may form the basis for extra work at home.  Towards the top of the school more formal homework is set to prepare the children for their secondary education.  Other assignments may be set from time to time and parents may make arrangements with their child's class teacher for work to be set in a particular area.

In all cases we rely on parents to supervise and help their children as necessary and inform us of any problems they encounter. Information is put weekly on the website for parents/carers to access or is available from the class teacher.

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Encouraging Responsibility

We encourage a sense of self-respect, self-confidence and self-reliance. We aim to develop an awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of others. We have an anti- bullying policy with zero tolerance and any issues are dealt with promptly.

The school has a behaviour policy based on rewarding good behaviour and encouraging children to always do their best. There are a number of ways we achieve this.

Every class teacher runs a system of rewards through team points, stickers, behaviour charts and green tokens.

Each week Celebration Assemblies are held where selected children show and talk about their achievements. At the same assemblies children from each class are given Head Teacher Awards for achievement or for showing a caring attitude or some other aspect of good behaviour.

The school operates a School Council and the older children act as peer mediators, house captains and prefects. All year 6 children have the opportunity to act as monitor, helping younger children at lunch times, helping with play equipment, show visitors round the school, prepare for assemblies and other school events

We encourage respect for our school environment and try to raise awareness of wider conservation issues. In partnership with Wealden District Council, the children organise collections of paper and cans for recycling on a weekly basis. We have solar panels fitted to the roof of the main school building. A display panel inside the school shows how much power has been generated so far and also how much carbon dioxide has been saved. Our eco monitors meet regularly to discuss and share issues with peers.

Over the years we have helped a variety of charities. These are often suggested by the children who organise sales, competitions and other events to help local and national charities. Cake sales are a weekly event in our school!

Working together with the School Council, we have revised our School Rules this year and changed them to Rights and Responsibilities. If at any stage we have concerns about your child we will get in touch with you and you are welcome to contact the school to talk to the class teacher, the headteacher or the deputy headteacher about matters that concern you.

Rights/Responsibilities

I have the right to:

  • feel protected, loved and respected
  • be educated
  • make mistakes
  • express my own thoughts and ideas
  • a clean, tidy school and equipment
  • relax, play and join in with lots of various activities
  • be listened to

I have the responsibility to:

  • show love and respect to others
  • learn as much as I can and help others learn
  • learn from my mistakes
  • respect other people’s thoughts and ideas
  • keep the school and equipment clean and tidy
  • include everyone in my games and activities
  • listen to other people

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School Uniform

We ask you to send your child in our school uniform as we think it encourages the right attitude to school and work. To prevent peer pressure for designer clothes and to save you money we do not allow children to wear any item of clothing to school with any logo other than the school badge.

School Uniform

  • White polo shirt (KS1 only)
  • White long sleeved shirt (KS2)
  • Light grey trousers/skirt/pinafore dress
  • Navy blue V neck jumper or cardigan (with school logo or plain)
  • School tie and white shirt (KS2, optional KS1)
  • Plain grey or black socks (boys)
  • Plain white socks, or grey or white tights (girls)

Boots may be worn to school in winter but children must change into school shoes or plimsolls in the school building.

Summer option

  • Boys may wear grey shorts without a logo and a short sleeve shirt and tie
  • Girls may wear a blue gingham dress or as for winter with short sleeved shirt and tie
  • In Term 6 when the weather is hot, children may remove their ties
  • Hats for sun protection

Summer PE

  • White T-shirt (not polo), plain or with school logo, blue shorts, plimsolls

Winter PE

  • Plain navy blue hooded sweatshirt or school round neck sweatshirt (i.e. previous uniform jumper) and jogging trousers, plimsolls (Years 1-6)
  • Sports trainers for outdoor PE (KS2)

Uniform is available from Blueprint Leisure Ltd at www.grovelandsuniform.co.uk. However, if you do not have access to the internet you can telephone the company direct or pick up an order form from school and either post it or take it in to the company. Orders over £15 can be delivered free either to your home address or to school.

Blueprint Leisure Ltd
Unit 5 North Crescent (opp. Argos)
Diplocks Way Industrial Estate
Hailsham BN27 2JF
Tel: 01323 44077

We do reserve the right to forbid items of clothing, accessories and footwear that, in our opinion are unacceptably dangerous or inappropriate in school or generally against the interests of the children; this includes no jewellery, nail varnish and earrings must be stud only, in the interest of Health and Safety.

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Communication

Links with Secondary Schools

Many children transfer to Hailsham Community College (HCC) but liaison meetings with local secondary schools take place on a regular basis. Information about these schools and preference forms are sent to parents when their children are in Year 6.  In the summer term a transition programme is organised to make the children’s transfer as smooth as possible and those transferring to HCC spend a period of time in school before the new term starts.

Newsletters/Website

Information for parents/carers is updated on our website regularly. Monthly newsletters contain information about what is going on in the school and individual year groups send home letters relating to specific activities. Copies of these are available from the secretary’s office or on the school website. There is a texting and email service to parents.

Friends of Grovelands

FrOG is the name of our Parents and Teachers Association. All parents are automatically members of FrOG who regularly publish newsletters, hold meetings and organise activities and events to support the school. FrOG raise funds for the school and also organise school discos and social events such as barbeques.

Parent Helpers/Volunteers

We welcome volunteers at Grovelands. We have a large number of parents and volunteers who come into school to help in a variety of ways. If you are interested in assisting us in any of our activities we would be pleased to welcome you. Please contact the office for more information.

 

If there’s a Problem!

Your child’s teacher can usually sort out most educational problems. Appointments can be made for any reasonable time suitable for parent and school.

The Deputy Headteacher has overall responsibility for pupil welfare and the SENCO supervises the Learning Support programme. Both the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher are available most days by appointment. The assistant Headteacher is available to speak to parents as are Class teachers by appointment.

In line with section 23 of the Education Reform Act 1988, East Sussex County Council has adopted a complaints procedure in respect of certain duties or exercise of certain powers by Children’s Services (LA) or by the Governing Body.

A document setting out the arrangements made by the LA for the consideration of complaints about the curriculum and collective worship is available from the school secretary.

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Factual Information

Admissions to Grovelands School

The County Council makes the arrangements for admission of children at 4+. A detailed description of the arrangements is contained in the booklet “Admissions to Primary Schools”. A copy can be obtained from the School Admission Section at County Hall, Lewes.

However, parents may find it helpful to know that, if there are insufficient places available to meet demand, these will be allocated to children in accordance with the following list of priorities:

  • looked after children;
  • children who will have a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission;
  • children living within a pre-defined community area;
  • children living outside the pre-defined area.

If it is necessary to decide between children within any of these priority groups, this will be done by giving places to those children who live closest to the school. In year admissions are now dealt with by the school according to our own Admissions Policy.

Published admission limit 2017/2018 90
Appeals conceded 0

School Session Times

Key Stage 1

Rec Year 1 Year 2
Start of school 08.55 08.55 08.55
Lunch time 12.00 12.10 12.15
Start of afternoon 13.00 13.10 13.15
End of school 15.15 15.15 15.15
Break times 30 mins 30 mins 30 mins

Key Stage 2

Year 3 Year 4 Years 5/6
Start of school 08.55 08.55 8.55
Lunch time 12.20 12.20 12.30
Start of afternoon 13.15 13.20 13.20
End of school 15.20 15.20 15.20
Break times 15 mins 15 mins 15 mins

08.45 is the time your child will be welcomed into school. For the children between YR and Y2 there is always an adult on the door to greet them and take any messages.

Of this time 22.45 hours per week is allocated as teacher contact time in Key Stage 1 and 25 hours in Key Stage 2. The balance of time is used for registration and daily assemblies.

Term & Holiday Dates 2016/2017

Term 1 5 Sep – 20 Oct 2017
Holiday 23 – 27 Oct 2017
Term 2 31 Oct – 20 Dec 2017
Holiday 21 Dec 2017 – 1 Jan 2018
Term 3 3 Jan – 9 Feb 2018
Holiday 12 – 16 Feb 2018
Term 4 19 Feb – 29 Mar 2018
Holiday 30 Mar – 13 Apr 2018
Term 5 16 Apr – 24 May 2018
Bank holiday 7 May 2018
Holiday 28 May – 1 Jun 2018
Term 6 4 Jun – 19 Jul 2018

The school is closed for teacher training days on:

4th September 2017
30th October 2017
2nd January 2018
25th May 2018
20th July 2018

Absences

For the school year 2016/2017 the percentage of authorised absences was 4.0% and unauthorised absences was 0.6%. It is important that children attend school every day on time.  This ensures that they make good progress, but a child who is frequently absent can also have trouble making or keeping friends.

These are the things that parents/carers and the school do together to ensure a good attendance record.

  • If your child has to be absent, phone the absence line 01323 840062 before 09.30 am. Leave the child’s name, class and the reason for absence.
  • If the school doesn’t hear from you we will have to text you. (First Day Absence Policy)
  • If we do not receive an explanation, the absence is recorded as unauthorised.
  • Absence due to family holidays is unauthorised.
  • Termly reviews with the Education Welfare Officer where children with attendance of less than 85% will be discussed. Children who are persistently late will also be discussed at these meetings.

Some useful names and addresses

Chair of Governors: Mr Paul Young can be contacted through the school.

East Sussex County Council, PO Box 4, County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes BN7 1SG, (tel: 01273 481000).

Further school information

Our aim is to keep you informed about what your child is doing at school and regular meetings are arranged to help this happen. We have information booklets for parents about the curriculum and other guidelines such as Health and Safety, Special Needs and Personal and Social Education. We also have copies of the last inspection report. All of these can be inspected at the school by request to the school secretary. Individual copies can be obtained subject to a photocopying charge of 5p a sheet.

There may be other queries and the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher are happy to help if an appointment is made through the school secretary.

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