Welcome to Dunham School
On behalf of all the children, staff and governors I would like to welcome you to Dunham on Trent CE Controlled Primary School, a school with a long tradition and excellent reputation.
Our aim at Dunham on Trent is the overall education to the highest standards of all the children within our care, in a happy, caring and stimulating environment. We have a dedicated and skilled staff who encourage the children to give their best, to enjoy their work, have a sense of responsibility and to show consideration to all. We endeavour to develop individual strengths to their fullest and there are many opportunities offered in sport, music and creative activities to implement the programme of the National Curriculum.
We hope that this prospectus will help to make the experience of starting school at Dunham both a happy and worthwhile one for your child. We realise that whilst this prospectus is detailed, it is impossible give you all the information which you would wish to know, therefore, we are always pleased to receive suggestions for improvements to the content.
The History of Dunham School
The earliest record of a school at Dunham on Trent goes back to 1351. After this date there is no mention of a school until 1832 when a very small school is referred to. By 1844 clergymen wished to provide land and money for the provision of a school but there was much opposition from those who thought that education was a bad thing for the lower classes.
Nevertheless, a school was sited to best meet the needs of the local villages. This was called Dunham National School and its pupils paid 2d weekly in advance. In 1891 Dunham National School had 140 pupils and 6 staff on its books but this figure dropped sharply on wet days. The boys left school at 12 to work on the land and the girls at 14 to look after the family. During the ‘Famous Dunham Floods’ of 1875, 1910 and 1947 the school was used to house the homeless as it stood on the highest point in the village.
By the end of the 1950’s the School Managers and the LEA realised that Dunham National School was no longer suited to modern concepts of primary education and plans were drawn up for a new one. By 1965 the new school was built at a cost of £450 for the 2 acres of land and £32,000 for the ‘Clasp System’ building.
The present Dunham-on-Trent CE Controlled Primary School occupies an attractive site approximately one mile from Dunham village serving the communities of Dunham-on-Trent, Darlton, East Drayton, Fledborough, Laneham and Ragnall. It is a single storey building consisting of a central hall around which are four teaching areas, each with access to cloakroom and toilet facilities. There is also a school kitchen which provides cooked meals on site. Outside there is a tarmac play area, a large grassed playing field and attractive grounds including a Garden. The Dunham and District Playgroup unit, (Fledgelings) is also situated on the school site. There are currently places for 105 children in the school.
The Vision and Values of the School
We aim for ‘Profound Personal Development’ for all our community. This aim is grounded in Christian faith and in the Church of England vision;
‘I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.’ John 10:10
This verse is the root of everything at Dunham-on-Trent CofE Primary School. It underpins our vision, informs school development and shapes our curriculum.
To achieve our aim and ‘have life in its fullest’ we
Learn together; Achieve together
We work to the benefit of all, and expect the most from each other.
We aim to be a school where:
We develop individuals who are respectful, considerate and caring;
We aspire to be the best we can be;
We share a passion for learning;
We are independent resilient learners who embrace challenge
Our values contribute to both the vision and ethos of our school. Whilst these values are Christian in their origin, they are values that those of any faith or no faith can ascribe to. These values flow through all aspects of our school life, they help inform decisions and policies, shape our curriculum and equip our learners with values for life.
The School Team
Mrs J Wallace - Head Teacher
Mr R Smith - Deputy Head Teacher, Class 2 Teacher
Mrs S Brownlow - SENDCo/Mrs C Smith - Class 1 Teachers
Miss B Wright/Mrs C Smith - Class 3 Teachers
Mr D Mills - Class 4 Teacher
Mrs K Statham - Teaching Assistant
Mrs A Baines - Teaching Assistant
Mrs J Blood - Teaching Assistant
Mrs J Cheyette - Teaching Assistant
Mrs K Bradley - Office Manager
Mr P Baines - Caretaker
Mrs R Mayfield - Cook
Mrs S Goodwin - Kitchen Assistant
Mrs A Callinswood - Senior Mid-day Supervisor
Ms M Arney - Mid-day Supervisor
Mrs D Claughton - Mid-day Supervisor
Miss C Coops - Mid-day Supervisor
Chair Person &
Foundation Representative - Mrs E Bakewell
Foundation Representative - Rev J Jesson
Parent Representative - Mrs N Gourley
Parent Representative - Mr P Allan
Co-opted Representative - Mrs L Bett
Co-opted Representative - Mrs K Watkinson
Co-opted Representative - Mrs O Hauton
LA Representative - Mr G Wattam
Staff Representative - Mr R Smith
Children start our school in the academic year in which they turn five. All children start full-time in September. Children can start mid-year and all the admissions arrangements can be found at;
Parents are welcome to visit the school at any time during the day or after school hours. We would recommend that an appointment is made. During your visit you may see the children at work and discuss any matter with the Head Teacher and Class Teachers.
School Session Times
8.40 Children can come into school
8.50 School starts
10.30 – 10.45 1st Break (Classes 1 and 2)
10.45 – 11.00 2nd Break (Classes 3 and 4)
12.00 – 1.00 Lunch
2.15 – 2.30 Afternoon Break (Classes 2, 3 and 4)
3.00 - 3.20 Collective Worship
3.30 End of school day
Children are dropped off at the front of school between 8:40am and 8:50am, when there is a member of staff outside school or at the classroom door. However, we cannot be held responsible for children’s safety prior to 8.40 am. If your child has to leave school during school time please notify the school office of this at the beginning of the school day. Similarly we would like to be informed if someone else is collecting your child at the end of the day.
Parents are asked not to park their cars on the yellow lines outside school and if really necessary to turn carefully in the school gates when collecting their children.
The Local Education Authority provides a school bus on routes covering the whole of the catchment area plus Woodbeck and Stokeham. Your child may pay daily to travel on the school bus or you can obtain a yearly bus pass. It may be that you qualify for a free bus pass depending on where you live. The appropriate form and bus timetable can be obtained from the school office.
We must point out that we are not responsible for the safety and welfare of the children whilst they are travelling on the school bus.
The Organisation of Education
We presently have four classes: -
Class 1 - Foundation Stage
Class 2 - Years 1 and 2
Class 3 - Years 3 and 4
Class 4 - Years 5 and 6
Classes are organised so that children may be working in the class as a whole, within a group or individually according to their needs or the task. In this way all children are challenged to work to their highest level.
The school policy is that there is a compulsory school uniform which all of the children wear. Clothing in the school colours is obtainable at a reasonable price from a large number of local suppliers. Some items of uniform can also be ordered from School with the school logo on it.
For PE we ask that pupils wear blue or white shirts, black or navy shorts and trainers or plimsolls. Jewellery of any kind should not be worn for PE.
Second hand school uniform in good condition is available via the school office.
All clothing, footwear and equipment must be clearly marked with the child’s name. We cannot accept responsibility for lost clothing.
Regular attendance at school is the shared responsibility of parents, school and the Local Authority. In the event of persistent absence, parents should be aware that they could face prosecution.
There will, of course, be occasions when children are unavoidably absent from school; illness being the most obvious example. On those occasions parents should notify school as soon as possible, ideally on the first day. The nature of the illness should be described and also the date when they expect their child to return to school.
Holidays in Term Time
From September 2013 the regulations regarding holidays in term time have changed and the school will not be allowed to grant any leave for pupils for family holidays or family occasions in term time.
Further details of the Regulations can be found on the Government’s Department for Education website: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/518586/Advice_on_school_attendance.pdf
If you still insist on taking your child out of school during term time school will need to be notified – please contact school
Please refer to the calendar of holidays at; http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/school-holidays-and-closures/school-holidays-and-term-dates.
It is the policy at Dunham School that School Closure Days will be added on to our other school holidays or weekends, wherever possible, in order to cause the least inconvenience to our pupils and parents.
The School Curriculum
The National Curriculum subjects are as follows:-
As part of the curriculum, the older children have the opportunity of an Extended Residential Visit. This alternates between an outdoor pursuits week at the Centre in Hathersage in Derbyshire and a PGL Centre. These periods away from home cover many important aspects of the curriculum.
It is important to note that these activities provide tremendous opportunities for children to develop a wide range of academic and social skills, which are not attainable within the normal school day.
Statement of the Curriculum
Children are encouraged to take their reading books home each evening to enable parents to read with them, thus assisting in the reading process. Help and advice is given to all new parents to enable them to get the best out of listening to their children read. Children also take home weekly spellings to learn and an activity to develop quick recall of number facts. In addition, dependant on age, children will also be given extended activities related to literacy, numeracy, or topic work to be completed at home.
Parents are asked to support the school in this by ensuring it is completed on time.
Throughout their time with us we encourage children to use their initiative and always welcome work done at home which is a product of their own motivation.
As a school we value the support given at home by parents. We also recognise the value of out-of-school activities such as cubs, brownies and of swimming and dance lessons. These kinds of activities help in physical and social development and are positively encouraged by school. In today’s busy world there will also be family responsibilities, which sometimes prevent homework from being completed. If parents become aware that children are being asked to do too much homework or would like clarification about the best way to support their child they should speak initially to their child’s class teacher.
Special Educational Needs
All children’s specific educational needs from the least to the most able are met by the use of appropriate teaching approaches and materials. Sometimes this might entail re-organising teaching groups or withdrawing children to meet their specific needs.
The school has a well documented policy on meeting the needs of all our special educational needs pupils. The policy includes detailed information on the provision made in school together with processes in the identification, assessment and provision for pupils and the use of staffing and support agencies.
A full copy of this policy and others, recent Ofsted Reports are available on the school website.
There is a procedure agreed by the LA for dealing with any complaints about the school curriculum or other related matters. A full copy of the procedure is available on the school website. The process requests:
The child’s social, emotional, moral and spiritual development are all vitally important, and, therefore, are of concern to the teachers and parents. These areas of a child’s development are often conveyed by the ethos of the school and by the example set by the adults within it. At Dunham on Trent CE Primary School we seek, above all, to develop high standards of behaviour and self discipline amongst the children. We want to equip them with the social and moral attitudes which are necessary if they are to become responsible adults in their future lives.
At Dunham we do not have a long list of School Rules, but we do expect our children to use their common sense and to adopt the maxim, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you”. Through our work in school we aim to develop such qualities as co-operation, thoughtfulness, sensitivity, tolerance and sympathy, particularly for those less fortunate than ourselves. We find this approach successful and helps towards our goal of being an open, happy and friendly school.
Above all at Dunham we believe that:
Everyone should act with courtesy and consideration to others at all times. In order to follow this aim:
In the most extreme cases of misbehaviour the School Governors have the power to exclude a pupil from school. However, this will only apply for very serious offences and will be considered after all other school sanctions have been tried, and the facilities through the Special Needs Support Services have been utilised. Parents will be notified of their child’s conduct well before the exclusion takes place, except in the rarest of occasions.
Extra-Curricular Clubs & Activities
Extra curricular societies and activities are organised by the staff and parents who give up their own time after school hours, as well as bought in services that are subsidised by the school.
Clubs vary from time to time but over the last two years clubs on offer after school have included; football, rugby, high 5’s, basketball, rounders, cricket, dance, art, cooking and German. The days and times of these activities are notified to parents separately, as they are subject to alteration from time to time.
Charges for School Activities
In accordance with the LA policy on charging for school visits, the governing body recommended that voluntary contributions from parents should be requested to cover the cost of any proposed class visit. If the cost of the visit is not covered by parental contributions the visit may be cancelled. (For the full Charging and Remissions Policy see the school website)
Personal Accident insurance
Nottinghamshire Education Authority does not arrange personal accident insurance for pupils attending its schools. Parents of a pupil who has an accident whilst on school premises can only claim against the County Council where negligence can be proved.
Parents wishing to insure their children against accidental injury will therefore need to make their own arrangements.
Child Protection Concerns
Safeguarding children’s welfare is of the highest priority in school.
Every school in Nottinghamshire is required to follow a set procedure in cases of suspected child abuse. Head Teachers are required to refer their concerns to the Social Services Department for further investigation so that a child can be identified quickly. This procedure is intended to protect children from abuse. When a school refers a concern about a pupil to the Social Services Department it is not accusing the parents of abuse but requesting that further investigation takes place to establish whether a child is at risk.
The Education Partnership
Education is seen as a partnership between home and school. Dunham School very much supports an ‘Open-Door’ policy. This means that we are very keen to nurture a co-operative and communicative relationship between school and the children we teach. Part of this healthy relationship depends on keeping in touch about matters which concern your child and the school. This is very much a two way process.
We have many channels of communication open to you should your child be worried about something in school. What may sometimes appear trivial to us as parents can be traumatic for children, especially if just starting school.
The most obvious and easiest point of contact is before and after school. Teachers are pleased to be available at these times for short discussions on any matter pertaining to your child. If private meetings are required, then appointments can be made either directly with the class teacher by telephone or letter. The Head Teacher can also be contacted by the methods described above.
The school Governing Body provides a further channel of communication as does the school’s Parents and Friends Association. Formal Parents Evenings are organised twice a year in order for you to discuss your child’s progress and annual reports are also sent out. Similarly, newsletters are sent out to parents on a regular basis. We also use a text messaging service and our school website for keeping parents up to date with information. We also encourage you to attend our weekly ‘Celebration’ assemblies, concerts, events and curriculum meetings which give an excellent insight into the work carried out by your child.
How Can I Help My Child?
We like parents to feel involved in their child’s education because we believe that their support and confidence helps us educate their child successfully.
To ensure a happy school and provide the optimum education for your child it is essential that both parent and school work in harmony. We would welcome your assistance, particularly with the following:-
Please - take an interest in all that your child does at school and at home
Please - read or tell stories to your children. This applies from a very early age right
through the Junior age range. Encourage your child to enjoy books both for entertainment and reference.
Please - when necessary do all in your power to encourage your child to respect the School and follow its rules, so helping us maintain a pleasant school atmosphere.
Please - contact the school if you feel concerned about any aspect of your child’s education. The facts may not always be quite as reported to you, so it is always wise to check personally.
Please - attend Parent/Teacher meetings, Open Evenings and other school functions whenever possible.
How Can I Help in School?
Your support plays an important role in the continuing education of your child. Through your help and co-operation we are able to give more individual help, be more effective and provide greater opportunities, vital for a small school like ours.
In the classroom – Helping with craft activities, sewing, cooking, woodwork, talking and reading with groups and individuals. Helping with displays, concerts, parties, making booklets and working with children in the library are all actively encouraged.
Out of the classroom – We need help accompanying children on school visits, providing transport for sports matches, observing and helping with swimming lessons, extra curricular activities and supporting PFA activities and fund raising events.
Help like this can either be on a regular basis or for a one off activity. If you feel you can help in any way please contact the school office. We will then be able to get in touch with you when specific help is required. We are very much indebted to parents who help in this way.
We are very fortunate at Dunham School in that the ‘Fledgelings’ Playgroup is situated on the school site. It is open every morning with an option of the children staying for lunch. Its position gives the opportunity for close liaison to take place between Playgroup and School in the form of regular visits to our Reception Class and other school events.
Your Child’s Health
During your child’s years in school, he/she will have various checks carried out by the school nursing service.
Should you feel anxious about your child’s health or unsure about infection or incubation periods, then do not hesitate to contact the school so that prompt action can be taken.
Sometimes children return to school before they are fully fit after an illness. We would discourage this practice. We feel that your child should only return to school if he or she is fit to be educated.
You will of course be informed if your child feels ill during the school day and you may be asked to fetch them home.
Head lice seems to be a recurring problem in school these days. We would ask you to check your child’s hair regularly and obtain the appropriate shampoo as soon as possible. Please do not send your child to school if you find head lice until the treatment has been administered.
Administration of Medicines
From time to time parents ask school to administer a variety of medicines for pupils. Members of staff are not required to do so at all. However, we are happy to do so on the understanding that school is only allowed to administer prescribed medicines to children when accompanied by a letter stating the dosage and times (eg Asthma inhalers, antibiotics etc) from a parent or guardian. School cannot administer non-prescription drugs eg Paracetamol, Calpol etc. Medicines are stored in a locked cabinet in the school office or refrigerated if necessary. Children are not allowed to hold medicines other than asthma inhalers during the school day.
School Milk and Fruit
All children are able to buy milk to drink at morning break through the local authority, for a small charge, Please ask at the school office for details.
Fruit is provided free for all KS1 children through a government scheme.
If you wish to send your child with a snack to eat at break time, please send a snack that is ‘litter free’ (i.e. either fruit or a snack in a re-usable plastic box) to help keep our school clean and promote healthy eating. We also ask that you only send healthy snacks (no biscuits, sweets or chocolate). Toast is available twice a week for pupils to buy from the school kitchen.
We are extremely fortunate at Dunham to have excellent school meals provided by a very experienced cook and kitchen staff. Mrs Mayfield and her staff ensure that our children receive a healthy, well balanced diet. However, don’t take our word for it, as the proof is always in the eating. Come along one lunch time and sample a school meal for yourself. All we ask is that you give us a few days notice to allow for additional catering. Simply send your money along.
We also cater for children who are vegetarians or who have special diets (due to allergies, etc).
Children may also bring sandwiches. No fizzy drinks allowed - water provided by the school.
Dinner Money – is collected for the week on a Monday or the first day after a holiday. Please send money/cheques in an envelope marked with the child’s name. Dinner money and other payments can also be made online. If you wish to pay online school will forward the relevant details for you to set up a log-in.
The information given in this prospectus which relates to the school year 2015-2016 was valid at the time of printing. It should note be assumed that there will be no changes affecting the arrangements generally described in this prospectus or in any particular part of them before the start of the school year 2015-2016 or in subsequent years. Any anticipated changes have been included as part of the text.
Date of Issue: June 2017
This is Your Prospectus
Whilst we hope you will agree with us that this prospectus is very detailed in the information it provides, we are sure there will be something which you would wish to know which has not been included. If this is the case then please let us know. We will then do our utmost to provide you with the information you need and also include the item in next year’s prospectus. Please keep this folder in a safe place so that you can refer to it from time to time.
Charging & Remissions Policy for School Activities (Primary School)
1 GENERAL PRINCIPLES
1.1 The school Governing Body like the Education Committee is committed to the general principle of free education. In determining the charging and remissions which are set out in this document the Governors have been mindful of the policy statement produced by the Nottinghamshire Education Committee and have also taken account of the Committee’s Entitlement Curriculum.
1.2 The Governing Body recognises the valuable contribution that a wide range of activities, including school visits, residential experiences and clubs, can make towards all aspects of pupils’ education. The Governing Body would accordingly wish to promote and provide as far as possible such activities as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the benefit of pupils of the school.
2.1 The Governing Body reserves the right to make a charge for the following activities which may from time to time be organised by the school.
2.2 Residential Activities held during school hours: charges may be made for the board and lodgings element of those residential activities which take place during school hours. Parents will be notified in advance of any such activities which the school proposes to organise and the estimated cost. Parental consent will be obtained for their children’s participation in any such activities for which a charge may be made.
Any charge for a particular activity will be calculated by reference to the actual cost of providing the board and lodgings for each pupil; no other cost will be covered by the charge. Any remission arrangements for such activities will be at the discretion of the Governing Body EXCEPT in the circumstances described.
2.3 Activities held outside school hours: the school will endeavour to provide a range of such activities from time to time. These will sometimes include day and residential experiences, and are known generally as ‘optional extras’. Charges may be made for these activities EXCEPT where they are provided to fulfil requirements specified in the syllabus of a prescribed public examination or are required in order to fulfil statutory duties relating to the National Curriculum or to religious education in which case they are not regarded as optional extras as such charges cannot be made. Board and lodging charges may still however be made for any residential activities subject to the remission arrangements.
Parents will be notified in advance of any ‘optional extras’ which the school proposes to organise and the estimated cost. Parental consent will be obtained if their children are to participate in any activities for which a charge may be made.
Any charge for a particular activity will be dependent upon the type of activity and its cost and the number of participants. This charge will not exceed the actual cost of providing the activity, divided equally by the number of pupils willing to participate. The cost of other pupils participating in the visit will not be included in the charge. The charge may however include an appropriate element for such things as:
the expenses only of participating teachers engaged on a separate contract
for services to provide the ‘optional extras’.
Any remission arrangements for a particular activity or pupils will be entirely at the discretion of the School Governing Body. Any subsidy provided by the Governing Body will be met from the funds at its disposal.
There is a complete remission of charges in respect of:-
board and lodging element of residential visits which take place during
school hours, for all parents who are in receipt of Income Support or Family Credit.
Nothing in this policy statement precludes the School Governing Body from inviting parents to make a voluntary contribution for the benefit of the school or in support of any school activity, whether during or outside school hours. Any contributions sought will be entirely voluntary and pupils will not be treated differently according to whether or not their parents make a contribution in response to any invitation.
The School Governing Body reserves the right to seek reparation from parents where their children cause breakages or damage to school property.
The School Governing Body reserves the right to review and amend this policy statement from time to time, as appropriate.