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REGENTS PARK COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL 

 

 

 

 

 

PROSPECTUS 

2018-2019 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                

WELCOME TO REGENTS PARK COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL 

2018-2019 

 

We would like to welcome you and your child to Regents Park Community Primary School and look forward to establishing a sound partnership with you and your child.  We believe everyone in our organisation is important and special and that children will learn best when they feel secure and happy. 

 

Our site consists of a school Nursery (which can cater for 60 FTE children aged 3 -4 years) and 3-form entry from Reception to Y6. Altogether there are around 650 pupils in school. 

 

We aim for Regents Park to be a happy and exciting setting where we will provide an excellent education for your child. 

 

We have high expectations of ourselves and each other and want every child to reach his/her full potential. 

 

The school was last Ofsted inspected in November 2016 and was rated as an Ofsted GOOD provider. 

 

We hope this prospectus will be a useful reference to you. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require further information. 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION 

 

Address:Regents Park Community Primary School 

             Arthur Street 

             Small Heath 

             Birmingham 

             B10 0NJ 

 

Telephone:0121 - 464 6746 

 

Fax:0121 - 464 2544 

 

 

Website:www.rgntpark.bham.sch.uk 

 

 

Regents Park Community Primary School is a maintained community school within the Birmingham Education Authority.   

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We, at Regents Park, believe in being a friendly, caring school which provides the highest standards of education for each and every one of its’ pupils regardless of gender, race or ability. 

 

Regents Park plays a positive and prominent role within the local community and values the involvement and contributions made by governors, staff, parents and community members. We encourage pupils to care for each other and their environment and show self-discipline, respect and tolerance towards one another. 

 

We believe that children should be stimulated and encouraged to develop confidence in their academic ability and an awareness of their personal and social development through access to a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum. The curriculum at Regents Park is taught in a flexible, creative manner which responds to the needs, interests and aptitudes of the pupils, encouraging their curiosity, self-motivation and independence. 

 

At Regents Park we believe that all pupils have a valuable contribution to make to school life in a safe, non-threatening environment, where all children are encouraged to fulfil their potential. 

 

Our Ethos 

Regents Park Primary School aims to improve the lives of all our children, young people and families. As a school we celebrate our rich diversity and take steps to prevent discrimination such as racism and sexism and to tackle all kinds of bullying including homophobic bullying.  
 
We believe that this will enable our school and community to become a happy and more successful place with no outsiders. 
 
We celebrate all our children and their families without discrimination. 

The 5 main principles of our school are as follows: 

  • We put children at the heart of everything we do 

  • We will work in partnership with parents to empower children to achieve their full potential  

  • We aim to enrich, serve and celebrate our diverse community 

  • We will provide a range of stimulating learning environments in which children are protected and safeguarded 

  • We respect the social and emotional needs of individual children and families and provide appropriate support through a multi-agency approach. 

 

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The school has a Foundation Stage Unit consisting of Nursery and Reception. The Nursery building is a separate unit which was renovated during 2014-2015 and is able to accommodate up to 60 FTE children aged 3-4 years old. Children then make the transition into the main school building where they begin in our 3-form entry Reception classes. Children then move into Key Stage 1 followed by Key Stage 2. 

 

The school has expanded to 3-form entry throughout the school from Reception to Year 6 and all classes are organised according to age. 

 

Children throughout the school make use of the additional facilities on site: 

 

  • A large outdoor learning environment including artificial sports area, trim trail and our Forest School area. 

 

  • A well-resourced library and learning area from which children may borrow fiction and non-fiction books. 

 

  • Access to a range of ICT resources, including laptops, green screen and tablet devices such as iPads. 

 

  • A multi-sensory room complete with equipment for multi-sensory activities for small groups of children aged from 3 -11 yrs.  

 

 

 

School Staff List: 2018-19 

 

Headteacher: 

Mr  A Beale 

 

Deputy Headteacher: 

Miss I Paddem 

 

Senior  

Leadership 

Team (SLT): 

Mrs V Higby – AHT (EYFS) 

Miss N Khan – AHT (KS1) 

Mrs P Vara – AHT (Lower KS2) 

Miss J Saleh AHT (Upper KS2) 

Mrs Kelly – School Business Manager 

 

Critical Incident Team: 

 

As Above 

 

Site Staff: 

Mr K Bowen/ Mr G Marlowe 

 

Teaching Staff: 

Year Group 

Teachers 

N (PM only) 

Mrs Foster 

R 

Mrs I Kauser (RK), Mrs H Mahmood and Mrs S Halton (RMH), Mrs M Hemraj and Mrs V Higby (RH) 

1 

Ms Aston (1A), Ms T Raybone (1R), Miss S Hussain (1H) 

2 

Mrs S Khan (2K), Miss Z Ali (2A), Miss S Latif (2L) 

3 

Mrs N Bhugvandeen (3B), Mrs A Halbert (3H), Miss R Nuggent (3N) and Mrs P Vara 

4 

Mrs F Siddique and Mrs N Abbas (4SA), Mrs H Choudhury (4C), Miss T Rahman (4R) 

5 

Mr J Hughes and Mrs S Thorp (5T), Miss M Bano (5B), Miss R McDonald (5M)  

6 

Mr M Genner (6G), Miss A Miles (6M), Miss R Rafiq (6R) 

Additional teachers 

Miss Carrick, Mrs Dattani, Mr Crawford, Mrs Folbigg  

 

Support Staff: 

Mrs G Stephens 

EYFS Teaching Assistant 

Mrs S Begum 

EYFS Teaching Assistant 

Mrs H Choudhury 

EYFS Teaching Assistant 

Mrs S Akhlaq 

EYFS Teaching Assistant 

Mrs R Begum 

EYFS Teaching Assistant 

Mrs N Murphy 

EYFS HLTA 

Mrs D Buchan 

KS1 Teaching Assistant 

Miss S Naz 

KS1 Teaching Assistant 

Miss A Bi 

KS1 Teaching Assistant 

Mrs S Rashid 

KS1 Teaching Assistant 

Mrs R Nawaz 

KS1 Teaching Assistant 

Miss S Abadat 

KS1 HLTA 

Mrs A Begum 

LKS2 Teaching Assistant 

Mr JN Raja 

LKS2 Teaching Assistant 

Mrs B Kaur 

LKS2 Teaching Assistant 

Mrs A Shaheen 

Maternity Leave 

Mr Z Khan 

LKS2 HLTA 

Mr A Khan 

UKS2 Teaching Assistant 

Mrs S Bibi 

UKS2 Teaching Assistant 

Mrs F Zamir 

UKS2 Teaching Assistant 

Mrs S Kalsoom 

UKS2 HLTA 

Mr H Kane 

Play Worker 

Mr G Marlowe 

ICT Operations Manager 

Mr N Semper 

Learning Mentor 

Ms T Matthews 

Learning Mentor 

Ms R Khatun 

Play Manager/ Breakfast Club Manager 

Mrs A Choudhury 

Parent Support Advisor/Attendance officer 

 

Office/ Admin Staff: 

Mrs P Kelly 

School Business Manager 

Mr I Marlowe 

IT Operations Manager 

Mrs F Jabeen 

Office Administrator 

Mrs L Smith 

Office Admin Assistant 

 

 

 

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Child Protection and Safeguarding Information 

 

  • This school is committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding children. 

  • Safeguarding is protecting children from harm and promoting the welfare of all children within our school. 

 

Our school will support all children by: 

 

  1. Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment 

  1. Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness  

  1. Effectively tackling bullying and harassment 

 

We recognise that some children may be victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. 

 

Our first priority is your child’s welfare and therefore, there may be occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you.  The procedures we follow have been laid down by the Birmingham Safeguarding Children’s Board. If you want to know more about this procedure, please speak to Mr Beale, Headteacher, or Miss Paddem, Deputy Head. 

  

If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk or harm or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact the following staff members as quickly as possible as they are our Designated Safeguarding Persons in school: 

 

Miss Paddem –  Deputy Headteacher 

Mr Beale – Headteacher 

Mrs Higby – AHT for EYFS 

                     Miss Khan – AHT for KS1 

                     Mrs Vara – AHT for LKS2 

Mr J Hughes – Y5 Class Teacher/Middle Leader 

                     Mrs A Choudhury – Parent Support Advisor 

 

The School’s policy on Safeguarding and Child Protection is available on the school’s website or a paper copy can be made available in full on request. The Policy is designed with pupil’s safety and welfare in mind. 

 

Security on Site   

 

We want all children to feel safe at Regents Park. Visitors to the school are asked to report to the school office, where they sign in and have a pass to wear whilst on the site.  Access gates are closed at the start of the school day and we have security locks on all main doors.  

 

Admission Policy 

 

You would be most welcome to visit the School with your child before he/she is officially admitted.  Children are admitted throughout the year and if places are available children may be enrolled at Nursery any time during the year, as long as their 4th birthday falls between September 1 and August 31 of the academic year. 

 

We can cater for up to 60 FTE children in the Nursery class and parents are notified of a place in the summer term. Currently we are offering a part time place of 15 hours per week 

in our Nursery which is offered for afternoon sessions only. 

 

For 2018-2019, we offer up to 90 places in every year group from Reception to Year 6. 

Parents should apply to Birmingham Admissions & Appeals for a September Reception place between October and December. This can be done online or by paper form. During the spring term parents are informed by Admissions & Appeals if a place is available for Reception children for the following year. 

 

In accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 Birmingham Education Authority (LEA) has determined its relevant area as that contained within the City Of Birmingham; children are admitted in September at the start of the academic year in which they reach five years of age, or later if their parents so wish. 

 

If the School is over subscribed the Local Education Authority operates an appeals procedure for school places. For further information please see the Headteacher or school office staff. 

 

School Governing Board 

 

The Governors are representatives of the local council, the parents, the staff and the local community.  They take a keen and active interest in the running of the school and, in conjunction with the staff, try to foster a good relationship with the community. 

 

All parents are eligible for election to the Governing Body as Parent Governors.  This occurs either at the end of a term of office or when an existing member leaves. 

 

The Governors meet at least once a term and are elected for four years from the time of their election. 

 

Governor List 

 

Name of Governor 

Type of Governor 

Mr Toomer 

Chair of Governors/ Co-opted Governor 

Mrs Khan 

Vice-Chair of Governors/ Co-opted Governor 

Mr Beale 

Headteacher 

Mrs Kelly 

Staff Governor 

Mrs Kamran 

Co-opted Governor 

Mr Ludwig 

Local Authority Governor 

Mrs Jones 

Associate Governor 

Miss Paddem 

Associate Governor 

Mrs McCorriston 

Clerk to the Governing Board 

 

GOVERNING BODY CURRICULUM STATEMENT 

 

Learning is a life-long process which enables us all to play a full part in society, to contribute to it and benefit from it.  All of us, parents, children, teachers, governors and the wider community are involved in this process.  Our school curriculum is the total of everything that is offered to your child at Regents Park.  It is therefore of vital importance as it provides a solid foundation for future life experiences. 

 

At Regents Park we emphasise that all children have an entitlement: 

 

  • to equality of opportunity, contribution and esteem, 

  • to a curriculum which recognises the individual and special needs of each child, 

  • to a curriculum which provides continuity in their learning as much as possible, 

     

The Governors wish to ensure that through this curriculum children will develop and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained from their homes, our school and the community. 

 

Complaints Procedure 

 

If you have a concern or query, you should contact the school so that the matter can be discussed with the Head Teacher or a member of staff.  It is expected that the majority of questions and anxieties can be dealt with in this way. 

 

If parents are still worried about an issue, formal written complaints may be made to the Governing Body.  Details of the procedure are available upon request and on the school website 

 

Governors would also like to hear about success and positive aspects of school life. 

 

SCHOOL ORGANISATION 

 

 

School Day 

 

School opens for children at 8.40am and we expect all children to arrive at this time when they are able to come straight into class and begin Start of the Day activities. Doors close at 9.00am and lessons begin. After 9.00am, children who are late should report to the school office via the Arthur Street entrance 

 

Breakfast club is free and runs between 8.00am and 8.40am in the main hall. 

 

Children should not arrive at school earlier than 8.40am as there are no supervisors on the playground before this time.  

 

Our School Session Times 

 

 

Morning 

Afternoon 

Nursery   (part-time) 

 

11.55 - 2.55  

(pm session only) 

Reception 

8.40 11.30 

 12.15 – 3.00 

KS1 (Y1 & Y2) 

8.40 12:00 

 12.45 - 3.00 

Lower KS2 (Y3 and Y4) 

8.40 12:15 

 1.00 - 3.00 

Upper KS2 (Y5 and Y6) 

8.40 12:30 

 1.15 - 3.00 

 

Attendance & Punctuality 

 

Children with good attendance and punctuality make the most progress and do well in school. They are also the children who feel most happy and confident. Please ensure your child attends school every day in order to gain maximum benefit from his/her education. 

 

Absence  

 

To ensure children’s safety and help us meet Government guidelines we request that parents contact us whenever possible by 9:00am to inform us of their child’s absence. In cases where parents do not contact school, a member of office staff may ring or visit the child’s home 

  

On the day your child returns to school please send a letter explaining the reason for the absence.  We are required to keep full records about absence. 

If your child needs to leave school during the school day for a medical, dental or an urgent appointment, please give us prior notice whenever possible. In order for your child to have an authorised medical mark a hospital or dentist letter should be shown to the office.  

 

Please make sure that you contact the school office if you are going to be late collecting your child at the end of the day. It is essential that we know you are on your way.  

 

If parents do not inform school of a child’s whereabouts and there are safeguarding concerns, the police and social services may be informed and a “safe and well” check carried out. 

 

Holidays and trips abroad taken during school term 

 

Please do not book trips abroad and family holidays during school term time. Trips abroad during term time will not be authorised by the Head teacher.  

 

We follow BCC Fast Track to Attendance procedures. Fines will now be issued for on-going unauthorised absence as well as issuing Penalty Notices for leave in term time. 

 

If you do need to take your child out of school during school term time, please inform the school office who will ask you to complete a leave of absence form. You will be asked to give the dates of absence and may be asked to show any relevant paperwork such as flight tickets, hospital letters, etc. 

 

Admission Procedure for Pupils  

 

We try to ensure that children settle happily into school. When children are admitted into school we will organise for a time for you and your child to visit school. For younger children being admitted into Nursery and Reception we will also organise a home visit where the class teacher will meet you and your child in the home environment. New children to Nursery and Reception will usually be admitted in small groups during September.  

 

Travelling to and from school 

 

We would like to encourage all of our children to walk to school or use alternative transport such as bikes or scooters.  

 

If you must travel to school by car, please allow enough time to park away from the school site and walk with your child. Please do not park on yellow zigzag lines, pavements or double-park as this puts all of our children and families at risk. Please have respect for our neighbours and do not block drives. 

 

Arriving at School  

 

We expect all children to come into school at 8.40am in order to ensure a calm and settled start to the school day. Please ensure your children are appropriately supervised until they enter the school building. Unfortunately, for safeguarding reasons, parents are not allowed to enter the school building unless supervised with a member of staff. 

 

Late Arrivals  

 

The gates to the school playground are closed at 9.00am. If in exceptional circumstances your child arrives late at school, please enter through the main entrance on Arthur Street to ensure registers are accurate. Children should be accompanied by an adult to the main office where the children will be signed in on our electronic signing in system; this is to ensure we are aware they are in the building in case of a fire, and a school dinner is ordered. Children who arrive after the register is taken will not be marked present on the class register as it will have been submitted by the class teacher at 9.00am. 

 

Leaving school  

 

Please be punctual each day and collect your child on time. Young children can become quite fretful while waiting to be collected. 

 

For Foundation Stage and KS1 children it is important to inform a member of staff if your child is to be collected by someone we do not know. No child may be collected by anyone under 16 years of age unless by prior arrangement with the Head Teacher or Class Teacher. In these circumstances a letter of confirmation is required which should be brought with the person collecting the child.  

 

Some parents of children in year 5 and 6 allow their children to walk home. Please write a letter giving permission for your child to walk home alone and hand it to the office so that the class teacher is made aware of  

this. 

 

Communication with class teachers 

 

We know how important it is for there to be good communication between school and home. However, please be aware that class teachers are very busy at the start and end of the day supervising children and ensuring their safety. Class teachers will try their best but it is not always the best time to speak to them. If it is not possible please ring the school office and make an appointment to do so. 

 

If you need to telephone the school and speak directly to a member of the staff please call before 8.30am or after 3.15pm if possible. 

 

Verbal abuse of school staff 

 

Please remember that if you are upset or have a complaint, you should ring or come to the school office and ask to speak to a member of staff, usually the Head of School or Deputy Head. 

 

Verbal abuse of any member of school staff and/ or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated and may lead to parents or carers being banned from the school site. 

 

School Uniform 

It is important that children look smart and wear correct school uniform. Most of the school uniform can be bought cheaply at local shops and supermarkets; however, we do insist on children wearing a Regents Park sweatshirt or cardigan with the School logo. This ensures a sense of identity and belonging to the school community. 

Sweatshirts, cardigans, shirts and book bags displaying the school logo can be purchased from the school office. 

All uniform should be labelled with the child’s name and class in case the child loses it. 

The Regents Park School uniform is as follows:- 

  • Regents Park School bottle green sweatshirt/ cardigan with school logo 

  • Grey or black trousers, skirts or pinafore dress 

  • Green gingham summer dress (may be worn with white leggings) 

  • Bottle green headscarf is preferable, if not then grey or black 

  • White shirt/ polo shirt – with or without school logo 

  • Grey/ black socks or tights 

  • Black school shoes (NOT trainers and NO shoes with heels or open toe sandals) 

  • NO jewellery (plain ear studs if absolutely necessary)  

 

PE Kit 

 

  • White T shirt – with or without logo 

  • Black PE Shorts or black jogging bottoms 

  • White sports socks 

  • Black plimsolls for PE   

  • Appropriate swimming costumes and towel for swimming (Y3 only)    

All clothes should be clearly labelled with the child’s name. We cannot accept responsibility for any losses in school or accidental damage of clothing in school. 

 

Protective Clothing  

 

Practical activities can be messy. Foundation Stage children are provided with aprons, however, accidents do happen even though children wear protective aprons when painting etc.  We cannot guarantee that the paint we use in school comes out of some fabrics fully. We would like you to be aware of this fact.  Manufacturers do recommend that clothes with paint stains are soaked in cold water for 24 hours prior to washing. 

 

Jewellery  

 

Earrings and decorative jewellery is not considered appropriate school wear. Stud earrings only may be worn in school. The Local Authority Health and Safety directive requires that all earrings be removed before P.E. including swimming.   

 

After-School Sports Clubs 

 

Children attending after school sports clubs may wear trainers for activities outdoors only. 

 

Lunchtime Arrangements  

 

Your child may be collected at lunchtimes but currently all children stay on the school site and supervisors are employed by the school to ensure that your child takes full advantage of the lunchtime break. 

 

Equipment is provided for the children at lunchtime.  Supervisors have received training to ensure that safety matters and basic first aid needs can be dealt with effectively. 

 

Some staff have received training in supporting children with particular difficulties in socialisation and we offer support to the children through lunchtime activities. 

 

Parents are informed of concerns about lunchtime behaviour and the school may request that a child goes home at lunchtime if no improvement is made. 

 

School Meals 

 

School meals are provided by our own catering staff  who are responsible for preparing cooked food daily on the school site.  A vegetarian/vegan option and cold food is always available. A menu is also available which caters for children with allergies. 

 

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have school meals under the Government free school meal programme. For children in KS2 meal prices in September 2018 will be £2.25 each day.  It is much preferred that payment of  is made at the beginning of each week but arrangements can be made to pay for the term.  If you think your child is eligible for a free school meal please enquire at the school office. 

 

Provision is made for KS2 children who opt to have a packed lunch. We encourage children to bring a healthy packed lunch and we monitor this.  

 

Charging Policy  

 

The provision of statutory education is free and most requirements are funded from the school budget. 

 

Voluntary contributions are requested to fund the cost of transport and admission charges for school trips. 

 

Drinks and Fruit 

 

Water is available any time during the school day. All children are provided with a school water bottle on starting the school.  Milk is provided free for all children under the age of five and is available to all children at lunchtime. Fruit is free for all children in Nursery, Reception and KS1.  

 

Medications 

 

Should we admit a child with Special Medical needs we will work closely with parents and our School Nursing Service to discuss individual needs.  A Care Plan will be drawn up by the School Nurse. 

 

Parents are asked to inform the office or Miss Paddem if their child needs to use a blue salbutamol inhaler in school.  We request that parents provide their child with an inhaler to be used in class and a spare one to be stored in school for emergency purposes. 

 

We do have an emergency inhaler which can be used in the event of an emergency.  We will ask for written parental consent in order to administer this. 

 

Parents must also inform school if their child has an allergy and has been prescribed antihistamine or an adrenalin auto-injector (previously known as an Epi-pen) by their GP.  The School Nurse will draw up an Allergy Alert Card. We do have an emergency epi-pen which can be used in the event of an emergency.  We will ask for written parental consent in order to administer this. 

 

We can only administer medication that has been prescribed by the GP and is clearly labelled with their name, frequency and dosage. 

 

CURRICULUM INFORMATION 

 

Learning is a life-long process which enables us all to play a full part in society, to contribute to it and benefit from it.  Parents, children, teachers, governors and the wider community are involved in this process. It is therefore of vital importance as it provides a solid foundation for future life experiences. 

 

At Regents Park, we emphasise that all children have an entitlement to: 

 

  • equality of opportunity 

  • a curriculum which recognises the individuality and special needs of each child 

  • a curriculum which involves children in their learning 

  • Religious education and acts of collective worship as required by the Education Reform Act. 

 

The staff and governors wish to ensure that through this curriculum, children will develop and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained from their homes, our school and the community. 

 

Foundation Stage Curriculum  

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage forms a firm foundation for learning in our school. 

 

The children enjoy a stimulating and happy atmosphere where they learn important skills through their play, such as co-operation, communication and concentration.  They are encouraged to develop their imagination and independence whilst acquiring those skills necessary for reading, writing, maths, science and information technology. 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This enables us to organise carefully planned practical activities through themes and cross-curricular topics, so that the children gain experience in all the following areas of learning:  

 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

  • Communication and Language 

  • Physical Development 

  • Literacy 

  • Mathematics 

  • Understanding the World 

  • Expressive Arts and Design 

 

All areas align to the National Curriculum subjects. 

 

Key Stage 1 & 2 Curriculum Information  

 

As a state-funded community primary school, we follow the national curriculum. The national curriculum is divided into Key Stages.  Key Stage 1 is for children aged 5-7 and corresponds with the Infant phase.  Key Stage 2 is for ages 7-11 and relates to the junior phase. 

 

The ‘basic’ school curriculum includes the ‘national curriculum’, as well as religious education and sex and relationships education. The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.  

 

 

 

Compulsory national curriculum subjects at primary school are: 

  • English 

  • maths 

  • science 

  • design and technology 

  • history 

  • geography 

  • art and design 

  • music 

  • physical education (PE), including swimming 

  • computing 

  • ancient and modern foreign languages (at key stage 2) 

Schools must provide religious education (RE) but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it - please inform the Head Teacher in writing if you wish to do so. 

 

As a school we also teach: 

  • personal, social and health education (PSHE) 

  • citizenship 

  • sex and relationships education (SRE) 

School trips and visits 

An important aspect of our curriculum is children learning through practical experience. Learning in the classroom is enhanced by the use of resources such as books, pictures, photos, videos, etc. However, nothing is better than actually getting to visit a place or meet people and so we put a lot of emphasis on children going on school trips or having visitors come into school. 

Often we will ask parents to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of the trip to help cover transport or entry fees. 

Trips that are in the local area (within Birmingham) do not require consent if parents have signed a local trips letter when the children have started school. 

English  

 

We look to develop confidence in all children as readers, writers and speakers, and to foster a love for the English language.  Our English lessons give children the opportunity to share texts as a whole group, to work closely with the teacher in smaller groups and to work independently on prepared tasks. Basic reading skills are firmly established through a balanced programme of sight vocabulary and phonic word building. Our library is well stocked and provides new collections of classroom books each term. All children are expected to choose a book to read and share at home weekly from the school library. We encourage children to read at home with an adult therefore reading records for parents to record home reading are provided and will be monitored by class teachers. These are also a valuable way for parents to communicate about their child's reading.    

 

The children are encouraged to develop written skills that allow them to write for a range of purposes. Standards in spelling and handwriting are regularly assessed and planned for weekly. 

 

Speaking and listening is an important aspect of English and children are given opportunities to perform through role-play and drama. 

 

Children’s English skills are also supported across the curriculum.  

 

Maths 

 

The school ensures that all levels of ability are catered for.  We feel that it is important that children enjoy Maths and feel confident about their developing skills. Emphasis is put on children mastering skills and concepts that they can apply to problem-solving and real-life situations 

 

Science 

 

At Regents Park we look to develop investigational approaches to scientific concepts.  Children take part in practical activities, investigations and experiments where they can gain experience in making observations, planning, predicting, interpreting results and drawing conclusions. 

 

Religious Education and Collective Worship 

 

Religious Education is provided for all pupils based upon Birmingham’s agreed syllabus.  This includes the themes of tolerance, respect for the beliefs of all religions and races, with an emphasis on understanding, encouragement and praise.  

 

As part of our RE curriculum we ensure that children have an opportunity to study all the main faith groups that are significantly represented within Birmingham. Part of what we do is to meet representatives of these faiths and visit their places of worship. Children are not asked to take part in any act of worship but it does give them an appreciation of other faiths and beliefs and prepare them for the future to become a citizen of Birmingham. 

 

A short act of collective worship takes place each day and there are times when the whole school comes together to participate in celebrations.  You will be invited to attend your child’s class assembly.  Collective worship will be broadly and mainly Christian in character, whilst valuing and sharing the celebrations of other beliefs.  In this way, we aim to ensure that our pupils become tolerant and respectful members of our school and community. 

 

Computing 

 

Regents Park looks to keep up-to-date in this rapidly developing area.  The school provides opportunities for a class to access information from the internet, through laptops and mobile devices such as iPads.  All classes have access to the internet.  All classes have an interactive whiteboard which forms an important part of the learning and teaching.  All teachers have access to digital cameras and other ICT resources.  

 

Geography  

 

We begin with the child’s own home and children learn about their immediate surroundings.  Then they look beyond their local world to study other countries and people.  Children examine and consider the effect humans have on the environment and how they can help to protect and safeguard the world for future generations. 

 

History  

 

Through the teaching of history, children are encouraged to develop a clear sense of their identity within the family and the time in which they live.  As children move through the school, the topics they cover lead to the study of other civilizations and world history. 

 

Art and Design Technology  

 

Children will experience a wide range of art, craft and design activities. They will draw, print and use a variety of materials in model making. The work of other artists will be studied. 

 

Music  

 

Musical experiences in school has two aspects: 

 

  • performing and composing music 

  • listening to and appreciating music 

 

Activities will include singing and using tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, to compose and perform. The school takes an active role in performances, working with local musicians to develop the children’s skills.  

 

Modern Foreign Languages 

 

Children from Year 2 to Year 6 have the opportunity to learn Spanish.  Children have the opportunity to take part in a range of speaking and listening activities, engaging in themed lessons, including cooking, taking part in Spanish themed festivals and making links with children in Spain.          

 

Physical Education and Sport  

 

All children need to move and be active. At Regents Park, we feel that the physical development and wellbeing of a child is a fundamental part of the school’s curriculum. The school has two halls. The PE hall has been well equipped with specialist gymnastic equipment. During their time at Regents Park, pupils will be offered the opportunity to learn to swim at a local swimming pool. 

 

We aim to provide pupils with a range of sporting opportunities to extend their experiences.  We run a number of extra-curricular clubs.   

 

Swimming 

 

Pupils should wear appropriate dress such as a swimming costume, trunks or swimming shorts with an inner lining.   

 

Costumes that are modified or when additional clothing is worn to cover the arms and legs for reasons of religion or modesty are acceptable as long as they are close fitting. 

 

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)/Citizenship 

 

Children are given regular opportunities to develop their understanding of social issues through role play, circle time and group discussions. Children need to be encouraged to see and respect different attitudes and appreciate that solutions may not always be easy to find. 

 

A School Council operates with representatives from each year group (Y1–Y6). This gives the children a say in issues in the school. 

 

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) 

 

In agreement with the Governing Board, we teach SRE in a sensitive but open way whilst respecting the cultural and religious views of individual families. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from sex education by arrangements with the Head of School. 

 

The underlying principles for the work will be: 

 

  • the central role of the family and importance of loving relationships within the family 

  • preparation for the physical changes they will experience and have an understanding of how life begins. 

 

Please contact the school for further information of the aspects covered. 

 

Musical Instruction Tuition  

 

The school takes part in the Wider Opportunities music programme; therefore all children in Y4 learn to play an instrument. As they move into Y5 and Y6 they elect to continue with this tuition. The Governing Board is committed to funding this opportunity from within school funds, so there is currently no charge for this musical instrument teaching.   

 

Sports Clubs and After-School Activities 

 

We are very fortunate to have a large staff, many of whom are happy to give up time to provide clubs and activities for children after school. Most of the clubs are planned for Tuesday or Thursday after school. Clubs that we offer include sports such as football, tennis, cricket, cycling, etc. Other clubs include art, book club, music, performance, computing, sewing, etc. 

 

Clubs change throughout the year but we hope that all children will be able to take part in some extra-curricular activities at some part of the year. 

 

After-school tuition 

 

To support children’s learning, children will sometimes be asked to attend after-school tuition. This could be to give a child a boost with their reading, writing or maths. 

 

Staff give up their valuable time after school to provide this tuition which is offered to parents with no charge (the cost of a private tutor could be as much as £30 per hour). It is important that parents are committed to making sure their child attends all the tuition sessions offered. 

 

Special Needs  

 

All teachers are committed to meeting the needs of all the children in their care, including those with Special Educational Needs. These may be in the form of sensory impairment, physical disability, communication, learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties. 

 

Children with Special Educational Needs are provided with an individual programme of work with clear targets set to meet the needs. Mrs Higby is responsible for Inclusion at Regents Park and she assists in planning, monitoring and, in some circumstances, implementing the programmes. Support agencies including Pupil and School Support Services, visit the school on a regular basis to advise, support and to monitor progress. 

 

The area of Special Educational Needs receives funding from the school budget to allow the purchase of specialist equipment and resources to aid the implementation of programmes. 

 

The liaison between home and school, which is vital for all children, has a special significance for children with special educational needs.  In addition to the termly parents evening, special review meetings are held each term to ensure the partnership is maintained throughout the child’s time at the school. 

 

The school is part of a local network which provides training and resources to support children with Special Educational Needs. 

 

Children who are identified as more able are also covered under our Special Needs Policy.   

 

The School Local Offer is published on the school website and outlines the provision on offer.  You can also find information on the Birmingham City SEND Offer. 

 

Equal Opportunities 

 

The school building meets the statutory requirements regarding the Disability Discrimination Act.  

 

Attitude towards Racism   

 

The Governors and Staff are committed to doing everything possible to combat racially prejudiced attitudes within the school and have clear systems in place to deal with any incident should it occur.  All racist incidents are recorded. 

 

Education in a Multicultural Society 

 

It is an aim to ensure that attitudes and conduct appropriate to living in a multicultural society are developed within the school.  Pupils will be encouraged to understand and respect different religions, customs and races as well as learning about Fundamental British Values  

 

Pastoral Care  

 

The School aims to provide a secure, caring and happy environment where the relationship between children and staff is pleasant and secure. Staff are responsible for the welfare of the children during the school day. We also employ two learning mentors to support with pastoral care across the school. 

 

Assemblies  

 

Assemblies are held twice a week – there is a Key Stage celebration assembly and a class-led assembly.  

 

By law the school is required to provide a short act of collective worship every day – this is usually no more than a minute long and takes place in assemblies and on other occasions in the classroom. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the act of collective worship (not from assemblies) by writing to the Head Teacher.  

 

There is also a Gold Achievers Assembly at the end of every half term to which the parents of the selected children from each class are invited. 

 

Parents taking photos/ videos in assemblies 

 

We know that seeing your child take part in an assembly is a special thing and a memory you would like to keep. We are happy for you to take pictures or video of your child in assemblies providing you do not share them on social media as they may include images of other children on them.  

 

Parental consent for use of photos online 

 

Children at Regents Park take part in many varied and exciting activities and we like to share them with the children and parents in a number of ways. 

 

One way is to publish photos online on our school website and on our school twitter feed. Parents have told us that they like seeing what the children are up to during the school day or when they are on school visits or residential trips.  

 

We are aware of safeguarding issues and so we never publish a photo with the child’s name attached to it. 

 

If you do not want photos of your child to be published online please let us know and we will make arrangements not to do so. 

 

 

Parents & School  

 

An invitation will be given to you to attend an induction meeting prior to your child’s admission in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. There is also a comprehensive transition programme for children entering Foundation Stage Unit into Reception, which includes a home visit by staff in the summer term preceding the child’s entry into Foundation Class Unit.  

 

Parents are always welcome in school. Mr A Beale, Head Teacher and the Deputy Head Teacher Miss I Paddem, are normally available to parents, so please do not hesitate to come into school if you have a query to raise. 

 

Our staff are always willing to set your mind at rest should you have any problems or worries, however slight.  Please contact the school office and request an appointment to meet your child’s class teacher.  It is most important we develop a positive working partnership in order to give your children the very best possible start to their education. 

 

Helping in School  

 

We would be grateful if you could spare the time to come and work with us on a regular basis, i.e. one session weekly, or more if you are able.  We have found this very supportive and the parents really enjoy themselves.  If you would like to do this, please see a member of staff. (We avoid placing parents in their own child’s class unless it is for a trip). 

 

School Information  

 

Parents are fully informed about school routines and information throughout the school year through the following means: 

 

  • admission and registration procedures, which include familiarisation sessions during pre-school visits 

  • a prospectus that provides practical information 

  • our school website (www.rgntpark.bham.sch.uk) 

  • our school twitter feed (@rgntparkschool) 

  • termly parent consultations with a member of staff 

  • a termly progress report 

  • an end of year report detailing some of your child’s achievement 

  • newsletters and information sheets 

  • text messages (please keep your mobile phone information up to date in the school office) 

  • standard letters following accidents bumps on the head and other letters about trips, swimming etc. 

  • information at the start of term about the activities your child will be involved in during the term 

  • invitations to assemblies, concerts and curriculum workshops 

  • opportunities to meet the Head Teacher or Deputy Head Teacher by appointment when a need arises 

  • invitations to join us and help with aspects of school life such as reading stories, playing games etc. 

  • information at the start of the term about the work your child will be involved in during that term. 

 

At the start of each school year we ask that all parents complete a new contact sheet to confirm home address etc. We ask that any changes to information such as new mobile telephone numbers is brought to the school’s attention as soon as possible, by letter or notifying the school reception.  It is crucial we are able to make contact with parents should there be an emergency.  

 

School Behaviour Policy 

Regents Park has developed a policy of positive behaviour, where pupils are rewarded for following the basic rules of the school. 

 

  • Behave sensibly and sensitively.  

 

All staff will: 

  • use praise  

  • give rewards 

  • Use the behaviour ladder to manage behaviour 

 

There are also clear sanctions for children who have difficulty following these rules and early contact will be made with parents concerning matters of ill discipline so that we can work together to improve behaviour. Further details can be found in our Behaviour Policy 

 

Transfer to Secondary Education 

 

Places at secondary schools are allocated on broadly the same criteria as for primary schools, i.e. children in Local Education Authority schools are given highest priority for a school place in their catchment area, provided the school is chosen as their first preference. 

  

Should places be available for children living outside the catchment area, and then parent’s preferences are met as far as possible in accordance with the LEA’s admission policy. 

 

Personal Insurance 

 

The Local Authority is only insured against its legal liability for accidents to pupils.  There is no general cover for personal accident either within the school boundaries or outside those boundaries (e.g. school trips); and parents/guardians who are concerned about this area of risk are advised to make their own personal arrangements.


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