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All Saints C E VC Primary School
Bishops Caundle, DT9 5NQ Sherborne
01963 23450

Welcome to All Saints Primary School

The Governors, Headteacher and Staff extend a warm welcome to parents or guardians of potential pupils of the school.

We hope that the contents of this prospectus identify clearly the way in which children attending ALL SAINTS School are able and encouraged to reach their full potential.  Particularly we would draw your attention to the reasons why the OFSTED inspectors recorded that the school offers good value for money, and also the Denominational inspectors commented on the good standard of behaviour, the welcoming and friendly environment and the Christian ethos which is evident throughout the school.

ALL SAINTS is a happy caring school which aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.  Every child is important and we take pride in helping everyone achieve high standards academically, socially, emotionally and physically.  We aim to:

  • Encourage children’s curiosity, excitement and enjoyment in learning

  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum

  • Equip children with sound knowledge and skills, and the independence and confidence to use them

  • Develop a sense of responsibility, challenge and self discipline

  • Build children’s self esteem; encourage pupils to value, respect and take a pride in themselves, their school and their environment

  • Develop spiritual and aesthetic awareness

  • Understand and show the importance of socialising with tolerance, sensitivity, care and sympathy

    General Information

    ALL SAINTS is a non-selective Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School which caters for boys and girls between the ages of four and eleven. It is located in Bishops Caundle, just off the A3030, midway between Sherborne and Sturminster Newton. Together with schools at Buckland Newton, Bradford Abbas, Thornford and Trent it forms part of the Sherborne Small Schools’ Cluster. This cluster, which receives a small amount of extra funding from the Education Authority as well as some funding from the Department of Education and Employment, allows these schools to work together to provide not only an enhanced curriculum, but also educational visits for the children and professional support for the staff.

The School Curriculum

 The curriculum to which each child is entitled has been laid down by the Government and published in its Handbook - The National Curriculum.  New guidelines for what must be taught in all schools in England came into force in September 2000.  These guidelines provide the framework to ensure the development of children’s education as they move through the school.

The basic  requirements to be taught under the National Curriculum are:

w        Three Core subjects:    English,  Mathematics and Science

w        Seven Foundation subjects:  Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Design and Technology, DT, Art and Design, History, Geography, Music and Physical Education (PE)

w        Religious Education. (Parents have a right to withdraw their children from this and also from any  religious worship on notice to the Headteacher)

w        All Saints also addresses wider cross-curricular issues such as citizenship, health, equal opportunities and multicultural education through Personal, Social and Health Education lessons (PSHE).  Children in Years 5 and 6 will receive a sex education programme as part of the Science curriculum and parents have the right to withdraw their children from this on notice to the Headteacher. (Parents however, do not have the right to withdraw their children from the teaching of the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction)

The three core subjects are given more teaching time than the Foundation subjects, with Mathematics being allocated a daily “Numeracy  Hour” and English a daily  “Literacy  Hour”. ICT is taught across the whole curriculum (except in PE).

The National Curriculum in Primary Schools is divided into two bands: Key Stage 1 for the 5 to 7 year olds and Key Stage 2 for the 7 to 11 year olds. At the end of each Key Stage the children will be formally tested on their achievements in the Standard Assessment Tests (SATS). The individual results are made known to the child’s parents whilst the school’s summary results (and the national comparisons) for each Key Stage appear in the governors’ Annual Report to Parents. The government may arrange for Key Stage 2 school and national results to be published by the local press and in national newspapers.

The education for children in the Reception Year (4 year olds) is not covered by the National Curriculum. Instead, these children take those learning steps which will enable them to begin their National Curriculum studies after they have reached their fifth birthday.

All Saints has comprehensive policy statements and schemes of work for each area of the curriculum which have been put together by the teachers to help  them deliver the requirements of the National Curriculum to all of the pupils. These documents are available for parents to see on application to the School Office. Teachers will be pleased to explain the current work programme of your child.  At the start of each term too, class teachers will send home a broad outline of what your child will be covering in that term.

ALL SAINTS aims in all curriculum areas are subject to regular audit by the governors.

As all classes are both mixed age groups and mixed ability, teachers will take account of this when delivering the curriculum and the work which is set will be appropriate to each child’s needs.  Children may work individually, in small groups or as a whole class.

The school has separate policies for dealing with children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and for more able children.  Provision for  children in these categories is given careful consideration when teaching is organised.

School Admissions

Parents choosing ALL SAINTS for their child’s schooling should visit the school and obtain an Admission Form. 

ALL SAINTS follows the Dorset’s admission procedures applicable to all Community or Voluntary Controlled Primary Schools. These procedures give the top priority to those children whose permanent home address is within the catchment area.  More information on the admissions policy will be found in the appendices to this prospectus.

Each year Dorset issues a “Parents’ Guide” about applying to schools for admission. Copies are available from the school, or from the Directorate of Education at County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester  DT1 1XJ.

Dorset makes provision for children to begin their primary school based education at the beginning of the school year (September) after their fourth birthday and All SAINTS’ experience is that almost without exception parents will want their child to participate in this.

 However, parents have a legal right not to send their children to school until after their fifth birthday and those wishing to follow this path should note that if their child’s birthday falls:

Between September 1st and December 31st: their child’s compulsory education begins in January.

Between January 1st and March 31st: their child’s compulsory education begins in April.

Between April 1st and August 31st: their child’s compulsory education begins in  September.

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