New to Our School - What You Need to Know

Our School –

Background

In January 2013 Hollinswood Junior School merged with Hollinswood Infant School and Nursery. The merger presented an excellent opportunity for the schools to combine the expertise, passion and talent that existed across both sites in creating an all through Nursery and Primary School that will benefit the community of Hollinswood.

 

The School and its Environment

The school incorporates two buildings on one site. The Bushell building was built in 1976 and the Farah building was built in 1980. The school serves the Hollinswood residential estate and Telford town centre area.

The school is situated close to Telford Town Centre enabling use of facilities such as the Town Park and Ice Rink as well as Abraham Darby swimming pool. The school has extensive grounds including sports pitches and a pit-mound woodland area that has been developed for educational use including Forest Schools.

There are currently 407 pupils on role including a 52 place part-time nursery. There are 212 girls and 195 boys. Of these 142 have English as an additional language. Overall there are 85 pupils eligible for free school meals. There are 44 pupils who are on the register for Special Educational Needs. (September 2018)

The school is well equipped and resourced over the two sites. There are 8 teaching bases with shared activity areas in the Farah site and 7 teaching bases with shared activity areas in the Bushell site. The school benefits from having two halls each with integral PE equipment and audio-visual systems. There is also a separate dining room on the Farah site used for dance, drama and PSHE. This has recently been enlarged to cater for growing numbers.

Additionally there is a library, a cooking area, two group teaching rooms, a computer suite and two inclusion rooms.

We have excellent outdoor play facilities including Jungle Gyms, Quiet Areas, football and basketball posts and lots of outside seating.

There is a Multicultural Development Team that is based at the Farah site. The service supports the teaching of multi-cultural education across Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire and has a wide range of resources which the school is able to use. There is also a private day nursery, ABC that is based on the Bushell site.

 

School Rules

The schools rules for Hollinswood Primary School and Nursery are:

  1. We always try our best and never give up.
  2. We behave sensibly and safely around school, showing
  3. awareness of other people.
  4. We pay attention and listen carefully to instructions and follow them.
  5. We take responsibility for ourselves and other people and everyone’s belongings.
  6. We see the positive in ourselves and others.
  7. We are polite, friendly and respectful to all.

 

Organisation of School

The children will spend two years in the Foundation Unit, two years in KS1 and four years in KS2. Each age group is classified as follows:

Age

Year

Foundation Unit (FU)

 

3 years old (Term after 3rd Birthday)

Nursery

4 – 5 year olds

Yr Reception

 

 

Key Stage One (KS1)

 

5 – 6 year olds

Yr 1

6 – 7 year olds

Yr 2

 

 

Key Stage Two (KS2)           

 

7 – 8 year olds

Yr 3

8 – 9 year olds

Yr 4

9 – 10 year olds

Yr 5

10 – 11 year olds        

Yr 6

The number of pupils on the roll and the number of pupils in each year group govern the arrangements of the classes. Class sizes are kept as balanced as possible and cannot exceed 30 pupils in each class (only applies to the FU and KS1). Within each class, pupils are taught individually, in groups or as a whole class but always according to their needs and abilities.

From September 2018 it is planned to organise the school into 16 classes, including 2 nursery sessions. All classes will cater for a full range of abilities across the National Curriculum and Early Years and Foundation Stage.

Teaching at the school is based on the individual needs of the child so being in a class with older or younger children does not affect the learning progress of any of the pupils. Teachers use a variety of whole class teaching and group work activities.

Each teacher spends a minimum of one hour each day teaching literacy skills. The children have a daily numeracy lesson. The curriculum is organised around themes which are studied on a two year cycle. The national curriculum core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science, Computing and RE are developed through the themes, as well as the foundation subjects of Art, Music, History, Geography, P.E. and Technology.

For KS2 the school spends 23 hours and 45mins each week teaching the children, this is above the 23.5 hours Department for Education (DFE) recommended minimum, this includes registration. For the FU and KS1, the hours spent on teaching during a normal school week are 21.5 hours, as required by the DFE.

Daily worship and lunch or other breaks do not count as teaching time.

 

Times of the Day

Nursery Morning Session – Bushell Site

 

Nursery Afternoon Session – Bushell Site

 

8.45am

Doors Open

12.15pm

Doors Open

9.00am

Registration

12.30pm

Registration

9.10am – 11.15am      

Teaching

12.40pm – 2.45pm     

Teaching

11.15am – 11.30am    

Snack

2.45pm – 3.00pm       

Snack

11.30am – 11.45am    

Teaching

3.00pm – 3.15pm

Teaching

 

 

 

 

FU and KS1 – Bushell Site

 

KS2 – Farah Site

8.50am – 9.00am

Doors Open

8.45am

Doors Open

9.00am

Registration

9.00am

Registration

9.10am – 10.25am

Teaching

9.00am – 10.55am

Teaching

10.25am – 10.45am

Break

10.55am – 11.10am

Break

10.45am – 12.00pm   

Teaching

11.10am – 12.10pm   

Teaching

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Lunch

12.10pm – 1.00pm     

Lunch

1.00pm – 3.00pm       

Teaching

1.00pm – 3.05pm       

Teaching

It is expected that all children will be brought to and from school by parents or a responsible adult. For the children in the FU and KS1, no child will be released from school alone or with an adult not known to school, unless formal information is received from the home requesting such action. In this context, an adult is a person over 16 years of age. We usually expect the adult who brings the child will also collect unless school is notified by a parent.

 

Uniform Policy/Arrangements

We encourage all children to wear a school uniform - we like to see children looking smart and ready to learn in appropriate school clothes.

This consists of:

  • Grey or Black trousers/skirts/pinafore dresses;
  • Forest Green school sweatshirt/cardigans/jumpers;
  • White/Forest Green polo shirts/blouses/shirts;
  • Grey/White socks;
  • Black shoes.
  • Trainers/boots/high heels/pumps are not allowed.

Summer Wear

  • Grey shorts/trousers, White short sleeved shirts or White/Forest Green polo shirts (Boys);
  • Green and White check/gingham dresses, White socks (Girls);
  • Sandals are not suitable footwear for playtimes, school shoes must be worn.

Children are expected to take pride in their appearance and jeans and tracksuits are not allowed. It is expected that children will wear shoes at school as trainers are not suitable for wear throughout the day. Shoes with a heel height of more than 5cm (2 inches) will not be allowed. Jewellery must not be worn to school. It is often lost, damaged and can be dangerous. For safety reasons ear-rings, other than studs should not be worn. All studs must be removed for P.E. sessions or covered with tape. Nail varnish is also not allowed.

Children must change into shorts and T-shirts for physical education lessons. The children should wear a PE T-shirt in the colour of their House Team. In the winter, track suits should be worn for outdoor games. P.E. T-shirts are available for purchase from school. The four House Team colours (Red – Fire, Green – Earth, Blue – Water, White – Air) are available in a range of sizes. They can be purchased for £2.00 from the school offices.

 The School does not hold a uniform stock. Uniform items can be purchased from the supplier Bakers, School Wear Specialists who have shop in Wellington High Street. Alternatively items can be purchased online through their website http://www.bakerandsonschoolwear.co.uk.

If you use the discount code HOLLINSWOOD at the checkout stage, items delivered to school are free.

The current uniform items for purchase/order and their prices are:

Item

Size Range

Price Ranges From

Green Polo Shirt with Logo

Size from Small to Size 13

£8.50 - £9.50

Forest Green Sweatshirt with Logo

Size 22” – 34”

£10.95

Forest Green Cardigan with Logo    

Size 22” – 34”

£11.95

Green Checked Summer Dresses

3yrs - 12yrs

£7.50 - £9.50

Fleece with Logo

Small to Size 13

£14.50 - £16.95

Reversible Fleece with Logo

Small to Size 13

£17.95 - £23.95

Book Bags with Logo

One Size

£5.50

Backpacks

One Size

£6.95

PE Bags with Logo

One Size

£4.35

All of your child's clothing and belongings should be labelled with his/her name.

Sweatshirts are collected in school from parents who feel they no longer have use for them. These are available at no cost on request if we have them.

 

Lunch Arrangements

Telford & Wrekin catering prepare the school meals and cook them on site. There is a single choice hot menu with a vegetarian option available. There is also the option to order a sandwich/wrap with a choice of fillings. The school promotes healthy eating and the children are offered a balanced healthy meal.

As of April 2018 the price of a school meal is £2.20 per day.

From September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been eligible for a cooked school lunch at no cost to you! This is a Government policy called Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) and is aimed at improving academic attainment for infant children and to help families save money.

All children in Reception, Year one and Year two will be entitled to a free healthy nutritious cooked lunch which comprises of a main course and a pudding under the Universal Infants Free School Meal policy.

The children in the FU and KS1 eat in the school hall at the Bushell site. Children in KS2 eat in the dining hall at the Farah site. A carefully supervised cafeteria system is in operation and our youngest children are given help with this. If your children have any particular dietary needs please let the school know.

Children who bring packed lunches also eat in the hall and dining room and also have the benefit of school supervision. We do ask that lunch boxes are clearly marked with your child’s name and that drinks are in an unbreakable container and appropriate hygiene precautions taken e.g. ice pack. Cups and spoons if needed should also be in the lunch box. We ask parents to support our healthy eating programme by providing their children with healthy items in their lunchboxes. Children are not allowed sweets or fizzy drinks in their lunch boxes.

All school meal income is the responsibility of Local Authorities Catering Services. A cashless system is operated by the catering staff. Envelopes are available in the KS2 school office. These should be handed to the school office on the morning that a meal is taken. The money is then placed on your child's meal account. If your child’s account is overdrawn then the school office will contact you to discuss alternative lunch arrangements for your child until the account is clear.

If you have any queries regarding school meals please contact Mrs Evans in the kitchen on 01952 386959.

High standards of behaviour and table manners are expected during the midday break.

Children may go home for lunch, and should return to school just before 1.00pm. This is in accordance with our Fire Safety policy.

 

Our Team –

School Staff –

Everyone who works at Hollinswood Primary School & Nursery has an important part to play and is a valued member of staff.

The emphasis at the school is on team work. The school staff from September 2018 will be:

Senior Leadership Team/Teaching Staff    Designation

Mr Glenn Atkinson                                         Headteacher

Mrs Kath Osborne                                          Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Clare Tipton                                            FU Team Leader, Reception Class Teacher

Mrs Sophia Szehofner                                    Key Stage One Team Leader, KS1 Class Teacher

Mrs Samantha Jones                                      Lower Key Stage Two Team Leader, KS2 Class Teacher and SENCO

Mrs Martina Tyrer                                          Upper Key Stage Two Team Leader and KS2 Class Teacher

 

Class Teaching Staff

Foundation Unit

Mrs Clare Tipton                                             Yr Reception Teacher

Mrs Karen Mann                                             Yr Reception Teacher

Miss Grace Atkinson                                       Nursery Teacher

Miss Donna Lloyd                                           Senior Nursery Assistant

 

Key Stage One

Mrs Sophia Szehofner                                    KS1 Teacher

Mrs Shona Barrow                                         KS1 Teacher

Mrs Natalie Hayward (Maternity Leave)           KS1 Teacher

Mrs Clare Beardwood (Maternity Cover)           KS1 Teacher

Mrs Alison Needle                                          KS1 Teacher

Mr Ben Sheppard                                           KS1 Teacher

 

Key Stage Two

Mrs Martina Tyrer                                          KS2 Teacher

Mrs Samantha Jones                                      KS2 Teacher

Mrs Lea-Anne Firman                                     KS2 Teacher

Mrs Rebecca Thomas                                     KS2 Teacher

Mrs Sally Atkins                                            KS2 Teacher

Miss Emily Smith                                          KS2 Teacher

Miss Caitlin Arrowsmith                                 KS2 Teacher

Miss Hannah Hughes                                     KS2 Teacher

Mrs Karen Gibbons                                         Forest School Lead Teacher

Mrs Nicky Lort                                                Support Teachers

Mrs Tammy Preece                                        Support Teachers

Mrs Beth Taylor (PPA Cover)                          KS1 and KS2 Teacher

Mr Nick Eyles (PPA Cover)                              KS2 Teacher

 

Teaching Support Staff

Miss Abby Scott                                             Inclusion Leader – FU and Key Stage 1

Susan Newbrook                                            Inclusion Leader – Key Stage 2

Mrs Alison Markham                                       Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Teaching Assistant

Mrs Amanda Hughes                                      Teaching Assistant/Lunchtime Supervisor

Mrs Jo Telford                                                Teaching Assistant/Lunchtime Supervisor

Mrs Lisa Cleary-Penston                                 Teaching Assistant/Lunchtime Supervisor

Mrs Denise Brookes                                       Teaching Assistant/Lunchtime Supervisor

Mrs Emma Raine                                           Teaching Assistant/Lunchtime Supervisor

Mrs Debbie Young                                         Teaching Assistant/Lunchtime Supervisor

Mrs Kathy Downs                                          Teaching Assistant/Lunchtime Supervisor

Mrs Rachel Young                                         Teaching Assistant/Lunchtime Supervisor

Miss Debbie Gwynne                                     Teaching Assistant/Lunchtime Supervisor

Mrs Kelly Fielder                                           Teaching Assistant

Mrs Collette Deighton                                    Teaching Assistant

Mrs Susan Taylor                                          Teaching Assistant

Miss Emma Dall                                            Teaching Assistant

Mrs Susanne Finlay-Bearblock                        Teaching Assistant

Miss Chloe Hawkins                                       Teaching Assistant

Miss Jade Torrens                                          Teaching Assistant

Miss Kayleigh Adcock                                     Teaching Assistant

Mrs Caroline Trower                                       Teaching Assistant

Miss Chloe Billam                                           Teaching Assistant

Mrs Julie Johnson                                           Lunchtime Supervisor

                                               

Administration Staff

Mrs Donna O’Reilly                                        School Business Manager

Mrs Susan Gill                                               Administrative Assistant

Mrs Anne Hitchin                                           Administrative Assistant

Miss Stacey Wootton                                     Administrative Assistant

 

Curriculum –

SEN Policy

The school has a strong policy and reputation for helping children with such needs, including helping children who are academically very able. There are designated teachers who supervise the progress and learning of all children needing this assistance and support. The school's Special Educational Needs policy is based on the National code of practice and following principles:

  • That all teachers are teachers of children with Special Educational Needs and have a responsibility to meet those needs with the advice and support of the school Special Educational Needs;    
  • Co-ordinate external professionals as appropriate;
  • That all children are entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant Curriculum which includes the National Curriculum;
  • That needs will be identified at an early stage and progress monitored using the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice threshold system;
  • Those pupils with Special Educational Needs will be fully integrated into the life of the school, enabling them to maximise their potential as learners, physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally and to contribute to the social and cultural activities of the school;
  • All school staff and the parents of the children will be involved in working together to meet the children’s needs.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures

Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concern with the parent/carer, and where possible inform them of the referral to Family Connect. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.

In accordance with the local information sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared effectively and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

Schools will seek advice from Family Connect when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the designated person for the child protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.

The DSLs are Mr Glenn Atkinson, Mrs Kath Osborne and Mrs Sam Jones. Our designated Governor for Safeguarding is Mr Andy Thomas.

Homework

Children are provided with homework activities in their home/school reading diary. The activities follow-up or extend the reading skills taught by the teacher and provide parents with a focus to help their child in other subjects. For the FU and Key Stage 1, children are provided with numeracy homework. Each term the children will be given a set of tasks to do at home, with their parents that links in with the theme being covered that term. The homework usually extends and consolidates work done in class during the week. The homework is intended to be motivating and also begins the process of self-discipline that will be needed to complete more extended homework as the children get older.

The children in Key Stage 2 are also given homework in the form of a project/set of tasks to choose from each term. The projects/tasks are based around the theme they are studying that term and suggestions for tasks will always be given.

Relationship & Sex Education

At KS1 and KS2, this centres on the growth and development of babies and animal young, basic hygiene, relationships and caring for others. Children will learn the correct names for body parts as part of the Science curriculum. The school policy does not isolate health or sex education, take it out of context or over emphasise it. Children's own questions are answered sensitively as they arise. Our school policy is available for parents to see. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the sex education. Parents would need to see the Headteacher should this be required.

Religious Education/Collective Worship Policy

The aim of religious education is to enable pupils:

  1. To acquire knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other faiths.
  2. To develop the ability to explore, to reflect on, respect and to respond to human experience, drawing on their study of religion.

Through Religious Education, pupils are given opportunities to reflect on the nature and role of belief, the attitudes and values underpinning these, and the practices and behaviours that arise because of them. Skills developed through the teaching of RE include developing self-awareness, respect for all, open-mindedness, appreciation and wonder.

RE is taught in all classes and follows the procedures and guidelines laid down in the LA agreed syllabus. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons and religious assemblies if they wish and should contact the Headteacher if they wish to do so. Alternative provision will be made for your child.

Our Collective Worship is Christian based but not exclusively so. A daily assembly is held either as a whole school or in classroom groups. It is an important part of our school day. Visitors are invited to Friday assemblies to join in with the sharing and celebration of pupil’s successes.

PE & Games

Children have up to 2 hours of physical activity per week. This is made up of two PE lessons per week. Additional physical activity is encouraged daily in mid-morning and lunchtime playtimes on the Play Park and Millennium Path. Children develop their skills in movement and coordination and enjoy expressing themselves in a variety of situations.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities –

Outdoor Education and Residential Visits

An essential part of our pupils learning at school are the education visits and residential visits, of which there are many each academic year. We see these as a vital part of learning and they are key to our philosophy at Hollinswood. We are committed to offering this rich source of learning. Risk assessments for the visits are carried out before the visit takes place and we will comply with any standards set down by the Local Authority.

Charging for school activities

On the 1st April 1989 it became illegal to charge for school activities which largely take place in school time. Sometimes however, funds are such that some worthwhile activities cannot take place without financial assistance from parents/carers. Section 118 of the Education Reform Act does not restrict schools from seeking voluntary contributions for the benefit of the school or any school activity. Our Governing body has drawn up the following general charging policy:

  1. Where the school wishes to participate in activities where charging is not permitted and there are insufficient funds to meet the cost of such activities, the school will seek voluntary contributions from parents/carers;
  2. The Headteacher will decide what proportion of the cost of an activity can properly be charged to public and non-public funds;
  3. Where parental financial support is needed, a letter will be sent to parents setting out the nature of the activity and the individual contribution sought;
  4. There is no obligation to contribute. Children of non-contributing parents/carers will be treated no differently from children of contributing parents;
  5. Should insufficient funds be raised, relevant activities will not take place and parents/carers will be advised accordingly?

Supervision will also comply with any standards set down by the Local Education Authority.

The Council provides insurance cover to protect your children should they suffer injury, damage or loss through negligent acts by staff or others engaged on Council business. The Council does not provide any personal accident insurance (i.e. where no-one is either negligent or to blame) or cover for personal effects. We have, therefore, decided to take out our own policy to provide personal accident cover for all outings/trips. Details of this cover are available from the school if requested.

Examples of some of our past Educational Visits

Forest Schools (on-going)

Arthog Residential (Yr 2, 5 & 6)

Arthog Outreach (Yr 2 & Yr 5)

Wilderhope Residential (Yr 5 & Yr 6)

Latches Wood Residential (Yr 3)

Coalport Residential (Yr 3 & Yr 4)

Birmingham Museum

Ironbridge River Visit

Cadbury’s World

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and Ludlow Museum

Think Tank

Enginuity

Blist Hill

Southwater Library

Llandudno Beach/Pier Visit

RAF Cosford

Crucial Crew

Oakengates Theatre

Young Voices Concert

(LG Arena Birmingham)

The Wrekin

Much Wenlock

Shrewsbury Museum

Sealife Centre

Telford Town Park

Examples of Educational Visitors to Our School

Exotic Zoo

 

Authors A.F. Harrold and Catherine Cooper

Sainsburys

 

STAR Project

Music 2 the 4

Bikeabilit

Ancient Egyptian Museum

Portals to the Past

Animal Man

Lunchtime and Afterschool Activities

We have a wide range of activities afterschool and at lunchtimes that are run by both school staff and external coaches. Afterschool clubs generally run from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.

The school has its own choir and regularly takes part in local and national events.

Examples of Our Afterschool Activities

Arts and Craft Club

 

Crossbar (Football and             Multi-sport Games)

ICT/Homework Club

 

Eco Club

Running/Cross Country

Crossbar (Street Dance)

Drama/Performance Club/Choir

Various other Sports Clubs

Sportshall Games

Cricket

Dodgeball

Dance

 

Transition Arrangements –

Moving to New Year Groups and Classes

“The child who faces transition with love and support will view the change in a more positive light”

Transition is a time of change and a natural part of life and growing up. Handled well, it makes us stronger people. If it is surrounded by uncertainty or negative reactions, it can make you unhappy.

We need to support every child and make this a time when we look forward to September and the changes it will bring; an exciting time for them, so that they can deal with it with confidence. They need to anticipate the changes in a positive way.

You have an important role to play in supporting your children with this, giving them encouragement and being positive about this time of transition.

Starting Nursery

The earliest age a child can start our nursery is the term after the child’s third birthday.

A child born on or between

Will become eligible for a free place from

Term Starts

1 April and 31 August

1 September following their third birthday

Autumn

1 September and 31 December

1 January following their third birthday

Spring

1 January and 31 March

1 April following their third birthday

Summer

Parents may apply at any time for a place for their child. All parents applying will be asked to complete an application form. Where there are more applications than places, all applications received will be considered using the oversubscription criteria only. The date of application will not be taken into account when allocating places.

Parents will be informed that they have been offered a place no later than the end of the week after half term, of the term before entry to the nursery. Parents will need to return the reply slip to school to accept the nursery place offered. If the child does not attend within the first two weeks of the start date then the school will try to make contact with parents to establish a reason. If no contact can be made then the offer will be withdrawn and the next child on the list will be offered a place.

Children will attend a phased induction to the nursery in the term before they are due to start. This involves attending some ‘Stay and Play sessions’. In these sessions, parents will be able to play alongside their child and the other children in the setting. You will see the environment and get to meet some of the children and staff that your child will be with when they start nursery.

“You must apply for a place in the reception year group (Year R) even if your child is already attending the nursery class at an infant or primary school. This is because a place at a nursery class does not guarantee your child a full-time place at that school. Even if you already have an older child attending the school you need to apply for a place for your younger child.”

Taken from Telford & Wrekin Council - Primary Schools Information Booklet 2017-18.

Nursery to Reception

There will be a parents meeting in the second half of the Summer term for the new children joining us in the Reception classes in the September. This is an opportunity for us to share with you an overview of how your child will be learning and some of the experiences they will have when they start nursery. It is also an opportunity for you to meet the staff and ask any questions you may have.

During the Summer Term all the schools nursery children have regular opportunity throughout to play and investigate in both the Reception classrooms we have. This happens in small groups, with the support of their key worker. This means that before they start school full time, the Reception environment is already a familiar place to them.

If your child does not attend our school Nursery then arrangements will be made for them to attend some ‘Stay and Play sessions’.

In the second half of the Summer term, the children are given two opportunities to come in to school to meet their new class teacher and friends and spend a morning in their new class. During the morning session, children and parents are also invited to stay for lunch so children can experience school dinners with parents to support them.

Reception to Key Stage 1

Throughout the Reception year your child’s involvement in whole school life will have been built upon. Many of the teaching and support staff will already be familiar people to them. They will have taken part in Key Stage 1 and whole school assemblies as well as sharing playtimes with the Key Stage 1 children.

When it comes to your child to move to Key Stage 1 your child will have the opportunity to meet their new class teacher and spend a morning in their new class in the Summer term.

There will also be a parent information meeting for you to attend to again find out how your child will be learning and what experiences they will have.  

Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2

During the Summer term, Year 2 look forward to moving to the Farah Site (Key Stage 2). When moving to Key Stage 2 we do appreciate that the children will sometimes have worries about moving to a new class; a new site; a new teacher; new classroom rules; the level of work and changes of friends. We will ensure that all these worries are discussed in an open and supportive way.

For all stages of transition within school, meetings will be organised for parents to discuss all relevant matters.

Key Stage 2 to Secondary

When your child comes to the end of their Primary School career in Year 6, there will be a number of occasions where they will get to experience their chosen Secondary schools. Taster sessions are arranged for the children to spend at least two days in their new schools.

 

Extended Schools –

Breakfast Club

A Breakfast Club is available every school day for full time school age children. The club runs from 7:45am until 8:50am. It is held on the Farah site in the room next to the dining hall. Children can arrive any time between 7:45am and 8:30am. Children can attend the club on any morning as long as they have registered. There is no need to book a place. The cost for each session is £1.80. If your child is in receipt of free school meals then the cost is £1.40. The price includes the cost of a simple healthy breakfast of cereal, toast, fruit, milk or juice.

Portalkids Afterschool Club

Portalkids provide a fun and exciting After School Club run from Hollinswood Pavilion. The children are collected from Hollinswood Primary School and Nursery. During sessions children take part in both structured sessions and free play. As well as this, many sessions take place outside either on the adjacent field or by walking to Hollinswood and Randlay Valley or the Town Park. For more information, please pick up a leaflet from the school office.

ABC Day Nursery & ABC Afterschool Club

In addition to the school nursery we also have a private nursery provider at school who are based on the Bushell site. They offer professional day care on a full time and part time basis for children aged 3 months to 5 years. ABC Day Nursery provides wrap around day care Monday to Friday, 51 weeks a year, from 7:45am to 6:00pm.

An After School Club is also available under the management of ABC Nursery for 5 to 11 year olds called “Hollies”. There is a limit on the number of children they can take for the after school club.

If you would like further information regarding ABC Nursery, including the After School Club, then please ring Penny, Donna or Kim on 01952 289168. Or visit http://www.abc-daynursery.co.uk/

 

School/Home Links –

Parents Contact with School

Children learn best when parents are involved with their child’s education and have a close partnership with school. A close contact between home and school increases our understanding of the child and helps us to provide programmes of work best suited to the needs of the individual. Should any problems then arise, solutions become easier if the school and home together take joint action.

To ensure that you are involved with your child’s education:

  • Keep in close contact with your child’s teacher. They are in the best position to discuss individual concerns;
  • Attend parent meetings/curriculum sessions;
  • Encourage your child to talk about school and spend time together on any work from school, visit the library etc.
  • Parents, children and teachers are asked to sign the school’s ‘Home School Agreement’ that establishes a partnership between home and school.

Ways to Stay in Touch

Parents are welcome at school and regular consultations with teachers are arranged in October and in March each year.   Interviews can be arranged with the head or with other teachers by telephoning the school or by writing. Further consultations maybe arranged following the distribution of annual reports in July.

The Headteacher will be available and happy to see parents at any time but it may be necessary to make an appointment. Class teachers may be seen after school, but again, preferably with prior notice. Parents are encouraged to come to discuss any aspect of school that may be giving concern. Teachers cannot discuss parental concerns in the morning as the teacher needs to be available to supervise the children.

Urgent matters can be dealt with or without a prior appointment by the Head or Deputy but notice is appreciated as both have teaching commitments. You can email the Head regarding any matter at: a2200@taw.org.uk

Pupil/School Information

Annual reports covering the full curriculum are prepared each year in July and are sent to parents. We also send regular newsletters giving information about events and activities in school.

Holiday dates, newsletters and any other school news and information can also be found on the schools Website http://hollinswoodprimary.co.uk/

Parents are invited to be part of the audience for class assemblies and parent letters will be sent out with details of these.

We also hold open mornings/afternoons for parents, carers and grandparents that cover a range of subject areas such as Mathematics, English, ICT, Staying Safe, Art etc.

 

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018

The General Data Protection Regulations is a piece of EU-wide legislation which will determine how people’s personal data is processed and kept safe, and the legal rights individuals have in relation to their own data. The Data Protection Act 2018 is also referred to

‘Personal data’ means information that can identify a living individual.

Main principles

The GDPR sets out the key principles that all personal data must be processed in line with. Data must be:

  • Processed lawfully, fairly and transparently;
  • Collected for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes;
  • Limited to what is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed;
  • Accurate and kept up to date;
  • Held securely;
  • Only retained for as long as is necessary for the reasons it was collected.                

There are also stronger rights for individuals regarding their own data. The individual’s rights include:

  • To be informed about how their data is used;
  • To have access to their data;
  • To rectify incorrect information;
  • To have their data erased;
  • To restrict how their data is used;
  • To move their data from one organisation to another; and
  • To object to their data being used at all.

See our school website for more detailed information on Parents Multipurpose Consent Form, Privacy Polices and Data Protection and Information Sharing Policies.

New requirements

The GDPR is similar to the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018 (which schools already comply with), but strengthens many of the DPA’s principles. The main changes are:

Schools must appoint a data protection officer, who will advise on compliance with the GDPR and other relevant data protection law;

Privacy notices must be in clear and plain language and include some extra information – the school’s ‘legal basis’ for processing, the individual’s rights in relation to their own data;

Schools will only have a month to comply with subject access requests, and in most cases can’t charge;

  • Where the school needs an individual’s consent to process data, this consent must be freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous (See Parents Multipurpose Consent Form);
  • There are new, special protections for children’s data;
  • The Information Commissioner’s Office must be notified within 72 hours of a data breach;
  • Organisations will have to demonstrate how they comply with the new law;
  • Schools will need to carry out a data protection impact assessment when considering using data in new ways, or implementing new technology to monitor pupils.

How We Aim To Achieve This

At Hollinswood Primary School & Nursery we take data protection seriously and to ensure we are fully compliant with both the Data Protection Act and the new GDPR legislation. To this extent we have undertaken the following actions:

  • We are registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioners Office - our registration number is Z5419466;
  • We have employed a Data Protection Officer, through a contract with the Local Authority;
  • We have updated our Data Protection Policy, and ensure it is reviewed annually to ensure compliance with legislation. The policy includes the new guidelines on making a data request and the process that parents/carers will need to follow (See School website under School Polices Section);
  • We have updated our Freedom of Information Policy, and ensure it is reviewed annually to ensure compliance with legislation (See School website under School Polices Section);
  • We have completed a data audit of all information received, held or shared by the school. This includes naming an individual who has responsibility for each stream of data, analysing how the data is received, stored, its relevance, whether we have a legal purpose to hold the data and that it is deleted/destroyed at the appropriate time;
  • We have confirmed that the organisations, with which we share data, are also compliant with the GDPR and Data Protection regulations;
  • We have updated our Privacy Notices (See School website under School Polices Section);
  • We receive annual training in Data Protection and the new GDPR for all staff who are data processors (i.e. have access to/use the information we hold);
  • We have reviewed our legal purposes for holding and using data. Whilst most of the data we use is done so under legal obligation (i.e. under the Education Act 1996 or Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2016) and allows us to perform our public task, some data we use is not. In these cases we will always seek parental consent (See Parents Multipurpose Consent Form);
  • We have updated our parental consent forms to ensure parents can clearly see what is being requested, and can positively opt in (See Parents Multipurpose Consent Form);
  • Consent can be withdrawn by the parent, at any time, by contacting the school office: Hollinswood Primary School & Nursery, Dale Acre Way, Hollinswood, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 2EP. Tel: 01952 386920. Email: a2200@taw.org.uk

Whilst the education of your child is not dependent on your consent being given, we do also ask for consent to certain activities. Whilst this does not fall under the scope of the GDPR, the refusal to give consent to certain requests (i.e. trips and visits, watching a video) could have an impact on your child being included in certain educational activities.

Messages Sent Home

The school sometimes uses a web based communication programme called Bromcom® to inform parents by email and text of urgent news, upcoming events and updates on school visits.

To enable us to use this service through Bromcom® we need to collect your email addresses and mobile numbers and we would ask you to complete the Parents Multipurpose Consent Form for this.

Important – email messages will be sent from A2200@taw.org.uk . Please add this address to your email address books (or approved sender list) to prevent messages from being blocked by your SPAM/JUNK filters.  

 

Attendance Policy

We are required to keep detailed statistics about children’s attendance in school. If your child is ill, please let us know by telephone or note by 9.30a.m. so that the absence is authorised. Acceptable reasons for absence are illness, medical appointments and family bereavements. The school must collect and report details of absences by law and so these are monitored closely by school and the Education Welfare Officer. Lateness to and from school is also monitored.

 

Holiday Requests

It is the policy of Telford and Wrekin Council that taking a holiday during term time should NOT be authorised unless it can be shown there are special/exceptional circumstances for asking for leave of absence. Hollinswood Primary School and Nursery will not be authorising any holidays unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents will need to complete a holiday request form, which can be obtained from the school office and returned well in advance of the date of the holiday. The Headteacher may request to meet with parents to discuss the circumstances of the request and will then notify parents in writing if permission has or has not been granted.

As a school we are asked to inform you that, in line with Telford and Wrekin Council Policy, unauthorised absence may be subject to a penalty notice fine of £60.00 payable per parent, per child, increasing to £120.00 each if not paid within 21 days. If this fine is not paid within 28 days this may lead to court proceedings. For more information please refer to Telford & Wrekin Council Attendance Support Team.

 

Meetings to Discuss Your Child’s Progress

Parents are invited to meet privately with their child’s teacher each term. These meetings are organised on an appointment basis and are there to discuss your child’s progress and next steps in learning. You will receive information about the date and times for these meetings by letter and in the termly Newsletters. If you are unable to attend parent meetings, then your child’s teacher will be pleased to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet with you after school. It is important that progress is discussed with you every term.Parent Help in School/Voluntary Work

Voluntary help within school is actively encouraged and parents/grandparents/friends of the school are readily welcomed. We do not, of course, suggest that helpers should be an extra teacher but a valued adult who may wish to do any of the following types of activity:

  • Helping with tasks in the class base;
  • Enjoying a story with a group of children;
  • Art/design activities;
  • Playing games;
  • Helping on out of school visits.

Tasks are negotiable! We are keen for helpers to be provided with a task that they feel happy with. We also have a fundraising group that are always looking for an extra pair of hands so if you have some spare time do come and help us. Police checks will need to be completed before volunteers can work in the school.

 

General Information –

Medicines in School

Medicines must not be brought into school by the children. If your child requires medication prescribed by a doctor, it must be administered by the parent. It can be arranged for a member of school staff to do this if needed during the school day. Please ask at the main office. Parental consent must be given by completing a short form. If a child requires medication on a permanent basis, please contact the Headteacher to discuss how this requirement may be met.

Asthma

Please let school know if your child has asthma. All members of staff have knowledge of procedures to be followed should a child have an asthma attack in school. Reliever inhalers for your child will be kept with them, and will be readily available to them at all times as advised by the Asthma Association. These do not pose a danger to other children. Please ensure that all asthma medication is clearly labelled with your child’s name on it and in its original packaging/containers. Out of date medication will be sent home to parents and will need to be replaced with medication that is in date. Class teachers will also ensure that any medication is sent home with children at the end of the school year. Medication will not be stored in school over the Summer holidays.

Toys and Valuables

Children are encouraged to leave all toys and precious belongings at home. There are plenty of activities in school and personal toys do get lost or broken, often causing great distress to their owners. Money should not be brought to school unless asked for by letter or for a school lunch. All money must be placed in an envelope clearly labelled with the child’s name, class and purpose.

We recognise that some pupils in KS2 may need to bring a mobile phone to school. If this is necessary then the mobile phone should be handed in at the school office at the start of the day where it will be kept securely until it is collected at the end of the day.

Further Sources of Information

Further Information such as other school policies and other general school information i.e. annual school achievement and attainment tables, published reports etc. can be found on the schools website: http://hollinswoodprimary.co.uk

 

Contact Us –

Mr Glenn Atkinson – Headteacher         

Mr Andrew Thomas – Chair of Governors

Mrs Donna O’Reilly – School Business Manager

Postal Address

Dale Acre Way

Hollinswood

Telford

Shropshire

TF3 2EP

 Phone: 01952 386920/386930

E-mail: a2200@taw.org.uk

Web: http://hollinswoodprimary.co.uk/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/HollinswoodPri

School Office Hours

The school office hours are 8:30am – 4:30pm

Term Dates –

Term dates for the academic year 2018/2019 are as follows

 

AUTUMN TERM 2018

*Professional Development Day 1

 

Monday 3rd September 2018

Term Starts

8.50am

Tuesday 4th September 2018

Mid Term Holiday

 

 

School Closes

3.00pm

Friday  26th October 2018

School Opens

8.50am

Monday 5th November 2018

Term Ends

3.00pm

Thursday 20th December 2018

*Professional Development Day 2 

 

Friday 21st December 2018

                       

SPRING TERM 2019

*Professional Development Day 3

 

Friday 4th January 2019

Term Starts

8.50am

Monday 7th January 2019

Mid Term Holiday

 

 

School Closes

3.00pm

Friday  15th February 2019

School Opens

8.50am

Monday 25th February 2019

Term Ends

3.00pm

Friday 12th April 2019

                       

SUMMER TERM 2019

Term Starts

8.50am

Monday 29th April 2019

May Day – Bank Holiday

 

Monday 6th May 2019

Mid Term Holiday

 

 

School Closes

3.00pm

Friday  24th May 2019

School Opens

8.50am

Monday 3rd June 2019

Term Ends

3.00pm

Friday 19th July 2019

*Professional Development Day 4 

 

Monday 22nd July 2019

*Professional Development Day 5

 

Friday 30th August 2019

 *School is closed to pupils on Professional Development Days

 

Term dates for the academic year 2019/2020 are as follows

 

AUTUMN TERM 2019

*Professional Development Day 1

 

Monday 2nd September 2019

Term Starts

8.50am

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Mid Term Holiday

 

 

School Closes

3.00pm

Thursday 24th October 2019

*Professional Development Day 2 

 

Friday 25th October 2019

School Opens

8.50am

Monday 4th November 2019

Term Ends

3.00pm

Thursday 19th December 2019

*Professional Development Day 3 

 

Friday 20th December 2019

                       

SPRING TERM 2020

Term Starts

8.50am

Monday 6th January 2020

Mid Term Holiday

 

 

School Closes

3.00pm

Friday  14th February 2020

School Opens

8.50am

Monday 24th February 2020

Term Ends

3.00pm

Friday 3rd April 2020

                       

SUMMER TERM 2020

Term Starts

8.50am

Monday 20th April 2020

May Day – Bank Holiday

 

Monday 4th May 2020

Mid Term Holiday

 

 

School Closes

3.00pm

Friday  22nd May 2020

*Professional Development Day 4 

 

Monday 1st June 2020

School Opens

8.50am

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Term Ends

3.00pm

Friday 17th July 2020

*Professional Development Day 5

 

Monday 20th July 2020

*School is closed to pupils on Professional Development Days