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Banks Lane Infant School
Hempshaw Lane, Offerton, SK1 4PR, UK Stockport
Tel. 0161 480 9252

Welcome to Banks Lane Infant School

Banks Lane Infant & Nursery School is a mixed infant school with a nursery unit for children aged 4-7. Our aim is to enable our children to be literate and numerate and become independent and sociable.

We are ambitious for all our pupils, aiming to cater for all their individual needs. We encourage them to be confident and responsible.

If it is known a child will be absent due to a visit to the doctor or dentist, please inform the class teacher in advance. Please ensure that the child is collected and returned to school by a responsible adult.


Message to Parents

Our desire is to help each child develop his/her own potential to the full within a happy, caring stimulating and just environment.  During the primary school years children are passing through a period of constant change, development and growth.  Not only physically but intellectually, socially, emotionally and spiritually.  We are aware of these considerations when preparing our curriculum, and find that desirable attitudes to learning are as important as learning the facts and mastering the skills.  The will to learn must be present or progress will be restricted.


We follow guidelines of the National Curriculum.  Our school activities are based on the belief that children work best in a structured yet stimulating and sympathetic environment where the potential of each individual is realised.

We feel that it is important to monitor a child’s progress throughout school to ensure that a steady rate of progress is maintained. Assessments are made and Parents are consulted and informed, some are formal such as Aspects in Nursery, Baseline  Profile in Reception, PIPS in Year 1 and SATs in Year 2, others are informal based upon teacher observations.

During the early years in school the children are developing their basic learning and skills in an informal setting through practical activities and the literacy and numeracy strategies.  Gradually through their school life, their skills and knowledge become more formalised. 

21 hours are spent on teaching per week excluding collective worship, assemblies and registration.

The basic skills in the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science are of paramount importance and the children may be taught as a class or grouped for these subjects, enabling the teacher to match the level of work to the individual child’s ability.

In every classroom throughout the school, a massive range of carefully graded materials and resources are available.  Each class is equipped with computer, roamers, listening centre and appropriate software to support the curriculum.

The conventions of reading are taught in school and our basic reading approach is three pronged based on an individualised home programme where great care is taken on the suitability of material for each child, on a group approach where children are grouped according to their ability and on a shared approach where Parents are requested to share books with children.

Our English teaching is based on the necessity for children, through experiences provided in school, to develop skills of communication and understanding.  It is also important to be able to listen carefully and use oral and written language in an effective and confident way.

In our teaching of mathematics we aim to promote the understanding of mathematical concepts we well as improve skills.  Children should be able to apply these ideals in real life situations as well as develop a proficiency in mental and oral recall and calculation.

Our science is essentially a practical investigation of the environment and world around us.  It makes use of some of the child’s most outstanding characteristics, natural curiosity and love of asking questions.  Personal hygiene and growth are dealt with in a natural way and where sex issues are relevant they are delivered with sensitivity and with regard to the individual needs of the child.  Our policy on sex education is available for Parents.

At all times we consider each child as an individual with his/her own strengths and weaknesses.  Children with special needs are given as much special attention as possible.  Extra staff work alongside children, concentrating on reading activities and core tasks.  Special resources are available to support these. If it is appropriate the involvement of the speech therapist, educational psychologist, hearing impaired unit and language support service are available.

Children with special physical needs have access to school via the main entrance and rear invalid ramps. Physical conditions and symptoms should be notified to school in confidence and in this way special arrangements and allowances can be made.

P.E. including gym, outdoor games, dance and drama are timetabled so that all classes have set times in our well-equipped hall.  Games are taught outside on the playing field or playgrounds.  Music, art, creative work and topics, covering history and geography are also an important part of school.

Visits, demonstrations, talks, workshops and appropriate experiences are all an exciting aspect of learning and complement the work in school.  These are important when providing a broad and balanced curriculum and making learning fun.

ICT facilities, appropriate software and a fully equipped computer suite support all aspects of the school curriculum. Computer skills, supported by all the relevant hardware such as digital cameras, are also taught as a separate subject. Each classroom has its own computer and skills are practised on a daily basis in a familiar setting.

Religious Education

School Assemblies and the teaching of R.E. are of a broadly Christian nature.  The school celebrates the major festivals in several faiths and there is an emphasis on the teaching of moral values within a caring environment.

Parents who do not wish their children to participate in collective worship or RE should inform the Head teacher in writing.


Parental Involvement

The best way to make a valid assessment of our aims and our methods is to visit the school, see the classes at work and talk to the teachers.  Your child’s education will be most successful and rewarding if there is a mutual understanding between parents and staff.

To support our work we ask all Parents to sign a Home School Agreement. There are also simple home activities and homework, parents are requested to encourage the child at home with reading, maths games, word games and eventually spelling tasks.

A newsletter is sent home each half term informing parents of forthcoming events and activities and there are several formal opportunities for parent/teacher confidential interviews, as well as a written report at the end of the academic year.

Parents are always welcome and we invite them to work alongside teachers in non-teaching tasks, accompany visits, support school ventures and communicate with school. A parent notice board is available in the entrance lobbies.

A parent group called Parent in Partnership meet regularly to organise social and money raising events.  Their support is highly appreciated.  They have contributed substantially to the quality of school life providing several computers, much new technology and refurbishing the library among other things.  They produce a Parents in Partnership Newsletter (printed on blue paper) each half term.

The Head teacher will be pleased to supply detailed information about the school.  If a formal appointment is required, a telephone call is needed.  Every effort will be made to meet requests by parents to visit a particular time, subject to the organisational and educational needs of the school.

Checklist for Parents


Find out about our routines, school uniform, school meals, packed lunches, snacks and safety.

School Hours - 9.00 am – 12 noon  /  1:00 pm – 3.10 pm

Children are taught in class groups with their own teacher and teaching assistant in their own classroom.  We try to keep the classes as small as possible.  As part of the routine, children work individually, in small groups or altogether with their class and all children have access to the science, baking, activity area, and library and PE hall.  Within our happy atmosphere we aim to develop each child to their full potential.  Our expectations are high.

School Uniform

Although a uniform is not compulsory, we prefer the children to wear a simple school uniform.  It gives the primary child a sense of belonging to the school as well as being practical and economical.  The uniform is basically grey and navy blue.

Boys - Grey trousers

Navy pullover or sweatshirt

White short sleeved polo shirt

Navy fleece jacket

No ties are worn

Girls -  Grey or navy skirt or pinafore dress

Navy sweatshirt or cardigan

White short sleeved polo shirt

Gingham checked dress for summer

Navy fleece jacket

Clothing Grants are not available to primary aged children

Young children are involved in many activities and need to be able to roll up their sleeves, deal with buttons, dress and undress for PE.

We ask parents to provide a simple PE kit (navy or black shorts, white T-shirt & black pumps with elastic fronts) for which a drawstring bag is required (these are available from school).


 A book bag available from school is required for home tasks and reading.  It also acts as a communication channel between home and school. Information to and from home may be sent in this bag.

School Meals

The children are able to go home for lunch, bring a packed lunch or buy a school meal.

 Meals are cooked in the school kitchen by Mrs H Meek.  There is a choice of main meal and dessert, freshly cooked on the premises and a drink accompanies these. Menus for the term are available on the Parents notice boards.

Both cooked meals or packed lunches are taken together in the dining hall.

Dinner money is payable each week on a Monday. Please send the correct money in an envelope with the amount and the child’s name clearly marked on the front.

Cheques are preferred and should be made payable to SMBC.

Only children from families in receipt of Income Support/Income Based Jobseekers Allowance are eligible for free school meals.  Application forms and further information are available from the Education Division’s Welfare Benefits Team (Tel 0161 474 3878)

Packed Lunch

Packed lunches are allowed, subject to the following conditions:

Glass containers for drinks are NOT allowed.

The school cannot be responsible for any breakages.

A safe container for food must have the child’s name clearly printed on it.

 If you wish your child to bring sandwiches or change to dinners please let school know at least one week beforehand.

Lunchtime Supervision

Lunch break is 12noon till 1.05pm. Within the dining room and the school playground, children are supervised by 12 midday assistants. 

Mrs Smith is the supervisor and there is always a first aid attendant on duty in the medical bay.


A drink of fresh fruit juice and biscuits are available from school each morning, priced 15p.

A piece of fruit, apple, banana, satsuma or pear is given to each child daily and this is free.

Sweets, chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks are discouraged and should not be sent into school unless they are part of the packed lunch. Healthy lunches are preferred.


Valuables and jewellery should not be brought into school and teachers cannot be held responsible for them or any accidents connected with them.  Earrings are especially dangerous and are not allowed to be worn during PE.

Infant children should be escorted to and from school by an adult each day.  We have a particular problem with access for cars.  Governors, Police and School have agreed the following code of conduct.

The school gates will be closed at the end of the day.

- Please use the Car Park on Hulme Street if this is full please park as far away from the school as possible.

- Never reverse into the school gateway at the beginning or end of the day.

- Please show respect for our neighbours and do not obstruct drives or park on grass verges.

 If at all possible leave your car at home.


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