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St Mary Redcliffe C E VC Primary School
Windmill Close, Windmill Hill, BS3 4DP, UK Bristol
+44 (0)117 966 4875

St. Mary Redcliffe

C. of E.  V. C. Primary School

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"Working as Partners in Learning"

Welcome to our school website. We are a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School and, as such, bring our pupils together within the broad traditions of the Church of England, while respecting the faith of each individual. We are an all-through primary school which means our children can experience a continuous education from 4-11, or from age 3 if they attend the Nursery. If you need any further information please, don't hesitate to contact us or arrange to visit the school.


Nursery Reception Year
Year Year Other


There are currently 330 children in the school, which has 12 classes, including a full-time Nursery with 26 places. We are housed in two Victorian buildings on a split-level site, which adjoins Victoria Park and has wonderful views over the city. We value our close links with the community of Windmill Hill and are proud of our multi-cultural intake, which comes both from the local area and further parts of Bristol.

There are 13 classrooms, a library, a hall, a pottery room containing a kiln and rooms where small groups of children and individuals can be withdrawn for special work. We have a fully-equipped computer suite containing 16 PCs and a data projector and interactive whiteboard, which is well used by children and staff. The hall is used by our Breakfast Club, as well as for assemblies, PE, music, dance and drama, and other educational and social functions. We have a large area of play space on different levels and can make use of the park for PE and environmental studies.

We have many plans for the school, which is entering an exciting phase with a new headteacher, appointed in October 2001. We are working hard with a very active group of parents and carers to develop our school grounds and make them a more stimulating environment for play and learning. We are gradually improving the interior of our building, which is a bright and cheerful place for children to work.

We are proud of our caring and friendly atmosphere. Parents and carers are welcomed at all times and encouraged to play a central role in the life of the school. Our staff are a very friendly, hard-working and close-knit group. We have a strong team of teaching assistants who support the teachers admirably in meeting the needs of our children. We have an active Friends' Association which gives great support in both raising funds and organising social activities for our children.

" Working as Partners in Learning "

We are committed to the concept of learning as a partnership between parents, staff and children. We believe that all children:

  • are individuals, and that individuality should be celebrated and nurtured;
  • have their own needs and styles of learning, and effective teaching recognises and builds upon these;
  • have the right to a broad and balanced curriculum which allows individual interests, talents and skills to be encouraged and developed;
  • are starting the journey of a lifetime of learning, and need to be equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding to continue that journey;
  • are the future guardians of the Earth and should be taught to respect themselves and others, and to care for the environment.

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We have 12 classes including the Nursery. They are organised as follows:

Nursery           Mrs Knights
                         Miss Loosley                            

Reception       Miss Gittins
                         Miss Manley

Year 1             Miss Hesbrook / Miss Morgan
                         Miss Dias 

Year 2             Miss Brough
                         Miss Parkes

Year 3/4        Miss Anderson 
Mr Darley / Miss Guttridge 
Mrs Evans

Year 5/6        Miss Stone 
                        Mrs Hayes                          
Mr Knowles

Please see the section on the curriculum to see how we organise it to meet the needs of mixed-age classes.

School Day

Breakfast Club                   8.20 am - 8.50 am
Official Start to the day     9.00 am
Morning Playtime              10.50 am - 11.05 am
Reception & KS1 Lunch    12.00 noon - 1.15 pm
KS 2 Lunch                          12.15 pm - 1.15 pm
End of School                     3.30 pm

Attendance and Punctuality

We work closely with parents/carers to bring about a positive working attitude to school. Part of this process involves encouraging parents/ carers and children to make a prompt start to the school day. Children who are in school on time benefit by improved learning opportunities and social skills. We monitor closely the attendance and punctuality of all children. We use a reward system to encourage all children to attend school and get to school on time. We also work closely with the EWO (Education Welfare Officer) to support those children who may be experiencing difficulty with regular attendance.


Attendance 2003/4       90.8%

% of half day sessions missed through authorised absence: 5.7% %
% of half day sessions missed through unauthorised absences:  3.5 %

Register of Parents/Carers

On admission to school each parent/carer is required to complete an admissions form. This form enables the school to know who is the responsible guardian for the child. If a child's personal circumstances change please contact Mrs Morrison (school's administrative assistant) straight away.

The school governors are responsible for setting the school's aims and objectives, agreeing its policies, appointing its staff, setting and monitoring its budget, resolving any disciplinary issues, monitoring the quality of education and ensuring it is properly managed. The headteacher, who is also a governor, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.

We meet as a full governing body at least six times a year and report to parents at our annual general meeting. We have committees and working parties to oversee aspects of the school such as curriculum, finance, premises, pastoral care, staffing and publicity.

Governing Body

Click here to see the Governors’ annual report.


Primary Admissions

Admissions are co-ordinated by the Local Educational Authority (LEA). Admissions criteria are available from this site:


The school admits children to the Reception year in the September after their fourth birthday, although parents/carers may delay starting school until the beginning of the term following the fifth birthday. The first half term in Reception is mainly part-time, building up to full-time after a few weeks. We can take a maximum of 60 children into any one year group. If we are over-subscribed, Bristol Education Department has set the following criteria for admission, in order of priority:

1. Where there are medical, psychological or special educational reasons and particular placement is recommended by the department’s professional advisers and is accepted as essential by the department;

2. Where brothers/sisters are already at the school and will be when the child starts school;

3. Geographical considerations:

  • Priority is given to those children living in the area of prime responsibility for the school;
  • Where there are more children living in the area of prime responsibility, priority is given to those children who live closest to the school and/or furthest from an alternative school with places available as measured in a direct line from the home address to the school;
  • After places have been allocated from within the area of prime responsibility, any remaining places will be allocated to those children from outside the area who live closest to the school.

Nursery Admissions Policy

Policy currently under review. Please contact the school for details.

Visiting arrangements

Parents/carers considering sending their children to the school are very welcome to make an appointment to visit the school.

Communicating with you

Your child will bring a newsletter home on Thursday of most weeks during term-time. We hold parent/teacher meetings each term when you can discuss your child’s progress with the class teacher. We send home a report on your child’s progress in the Summer term.

The following information is available to be seen on request:

* The school prospectus, Ofsted summary and Governors’ annual report are free to parents and carers on request. A charge may be made to photocopy other documents. Let us know if translation into another language is needed.

Friends of the School

The Friends of the School give great support through fund-raising, social activities for children and adults and practical help in the school. A number of activities are organised each year. Any parent or carer is very welcome to become involved in the work of the Friends, as a committee member or helping with activities. The Annual General Meeting is held in the Spring term and the committee meets each month. For further information please see the Friends’ notice board in the entrance or contact the Chair, Shampa Misra, on (0117) 907 4290.

School Uniform

The school uniform is a maroon sweatshirt and yellow T-shirt, both of which have the school logo. Trousers, tracksuit bottoms or skirt (preferably in a dark colour) complete the outfit. School uniform can be ordered from Mrs Flook in the school office. The wearing of it is optional but many parents prefer to send their children to school in uniform as it is practical and saves arguments about what to wear for school. If you do not choose school uniform, please send your child in practical clothing and footware.

Personal Property

Lost property is stored in the lost property cupboard which is kept near the library. We are delighted that so many parents are supporting the uniform policy in school and therefore it would be helpful if all children’s’ clothing is named. Every term we dispose of a large amount of unnamed property. We would request that children do not bring large sums of money or valuable possessions to school as we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage.

School Meals

Meals are available for all children at a cost of £1.45 per day or £7.25 per week. This needs to be paid on Monday. Absences can be credited to you and carried forward. Free school meals are available if you are in receipt of Income Support or Job Seekers’ Allowance (income based). Information can be obtained from Mrs Morrison on how to apply. It is vital that all parents/carers apply, even if they do not want to take up the option - the school benefits financially if we have a realistic picture of the numbers eligible for free school meals. Should your child, for some reason, be arriving late in school and require a school lunch, please contact Mrs Morrison before 10.00 am. If your child has any special dietary requirements please let us know; because meals are not cooked on the premises we do need formal notice of this. Alternatively, you may provide a packed lunch for your child. Please use a named and sealed container.

Snacks in School

Ideally, children are encouraged to eat a healthy snack at playtime, e.g. fruit. No sweets or chewing gum please.

Drinks in School

All children have access to a drink in school. Please bring a named plastic beaker or bottle with a spill-proof spout so that your child can have a drink of water at appropriate times during the day. Each class teacher will have a suitable routine dependent on the age of the child. Milk is available in the Reception classes to children under the age of five. Water is available at lunch time in the dining hall for all children. We regret that drinks may only be brought to school with a packed lunch and it is unacceptable for health and safety reasons for children to bring glass bottles, cans or fizzy drinks. There are water fountains in the playground which operate in warmer weather.

Complaints Procedure

We want your child and you to be happy with the school whilst he/she is a pupil here. If you have any concerns, please discuss them with the class teacher initially. If you are still unhappy, please make an appointment with the headteacher. Most issues can be dealt with in an informal manner.

The Chair of Governors, or any other governor, will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have before you need to make a formal complaint. If it is not possible to resolve the concerns by this means, the Bristol complaints procedure is obtainable from the Headteacher, which outlines very clearly the stages to follow.

Charges for School Activities

There are times when we need to ask for voluntary contributions towards activities that take place in school, such as visits by theatre groups or musicians. No child will be treated differently if a contribution is not made towards the cost of an activity. However, it might be necessary to cancel an activity if there are not adequate contributions towards it.

The Governing Body reserves the right to ask for a contribution in the following circumstances for activities organised by the school:

  • School journeys and visits within school hours;
  • The board and lodging costs of a residential visit;
  • Individual or small group tuition of a musical instrument;
  • The cost of ingredients or materials in, for example, a cookery or craft activity if the parents/carers have indicated beforehand that they wish to own the product;
  • Other activities that may be planned from time to time.

The Governing Body wishes to make clear that under the terms of the 1988 Education Act all contributions are genuinely voluntary. Parents/ carers in receipt of Income Support or Job Seekers’ Allowance may apply for a remission of the board and lodging fees of a residential activity. However, the school would be unable to continue with the arrangements for any visit if the voluntary contributions are insufficient to cover a large proportion of the cost.

Very occasionally books, equipment and school premises can be damaged by anti-social behaviour or vandalism. The governors hold the view that, in helping children become more responsible for their own actions, the co-operation and support of parents is an appropriate way forward. We therefore reserve the right to seek suitable remuneration.

Breakfast Club

We are fortunate to be able to offer all children the opportunity to begin the school day in a calm and supportive environment. The School Meals Service runs a Breakfast Club from 8.20 where your child is able to buy cereal, toast, juice and milk for a minimal cost. This club is run on a voluntary basis and welcomes assistance from parents/carers.

After School Club

To continue the parent/carer partnership with school an independent After School Club operates between 3.30pm and 5.30pm at St Michael's & All Souls' Church. Please contact Brent Morris on 07791 557493, who co-ordinates the club, through the school office.

Accidents on School Premises

It is inevitable that accidents will sometimes happen at school, despite supervision in the playground and classrooms. If a serious accident occurs an ambulance will be called and the parent/carer will be contacted. For less serious incidents basic first aid will be administered and either a note will be given to the child, or their parent/carer will be contacted by telephone. We have a number of trained first aiders in school amongst teaching and support staff and first aid equipment is regularly checked and made available for all staff.

Medicines in School

From time to time children will need to receive treatment for a variety of illnesses/conditions. If your child needs to receive regular medicines please contact the headteacher. Many children regularly need access to an inhaler. Please ensure that your child's inhaler is clearly labelled with their name, correct dosage and expiry date.

School Nurse

We are fortunate to receive regular visits from our school nurse, Annie Jenkins. If you wish to see her she can be contacted through the school office.

Child Safety

Any child under seven years old must be collected by someone nominated by the parent/carer. Please always let the class teacher or Mrs Morrison know if someone other than the parent/carer is collecting the children. No child will be allowed to leave the school premises during the day unaccompanied. Please emphasise strongly to your child/children that once they are handed over to the school's care they must not leave their classroom or premises without the prior permission of a class teacher.

The Governors' Buildings Committee is continually assessing the security arrangements we have in school. Very recently there have been improvements to the front door entry system. However, because of the restricted access to the front of the school, there are periods in the day when there is serious congestion at all exits and entrances. We aim to develop independent behaviour in children while still providing the security they need.

Nursery and Reception children must be brought and collected by the parent/carer.

Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) We request that children at this stage are brought into school and collected each day by the parent/carer.

Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6) The parents/carers of all other children need to inform the class teacher of the arrangements they have put in place for the collection of their children. You must inform the school if you change these arrangements.

General Welfare

From time to time children have "accidents" in school. Wet clothes and paint spills mean that your child's clothing will need to be changed. We do have spare clothes in school and are happy to accommodate such accidents, but would appreciate if you could wash and return the change of clothes to school as soon as possible.

Head lice in every school continues to be a problem. We are fortunate that most parents will inform us if their child has head lice. In such an event the class group will receive a note reminding parents/carers to regularly check their child's hair. Combs can be purchased from the school office.



Children in the Nursery and Reception classes follow the Foundation stage curriculum, which includes six areas of learning:
  • Language and literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

The teachers in the three classes plan carefully together to ensure progression and continuity from the Nursery through the Reception year. At the end of the Reception year the children transfer to the National Curriculum.

Since September 2000 we have introduced "Curriculum 2000" into Years One to Six. The curriculum is being monitored and evaluated by staff in order to provide the best teaching and learning opportunities for all children. As a general principle Literacy and Numeracy are taught in daily lessons in Years 1-6. The children experience a variety of teaching and learning styles. The planned curriculum covers the areas of Art, DT (Design and Technology), English, Geography, History, ICT (Information and Communication Technology), Maths, Music, PE (Physical Education), PHSME (Physical, Health, Social and Moral Education), Religious Education and Science. Other aspects of the curriculum go right across school life - multi-cultural, anti-racist, global and gender issues, health and hygiene, personal awareness, links with industry and political and international awareness. These areas cover the range of knowledge, skills and concepts necessary for a broad and balanced curriculum.

In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) children follow half-termly cross-curricular themes which cover many areas of the curriculum. Other aspects will be covered by subject-specific teaching. You will be informed each half term of the themes your child will be studying so that you can involve yourself in her/his learning. Planning is done on a two-year cycle where children are in classes containing two year-groups.

Physical Education

Physical education and related games activities take place in the school hall, playgrounds and adjoining park. All children are encouraged to develop skills appropriate to their age and ability. Children in Year 5 and 6 attend swimming lessons at Bristol South Pool. For health reasons children should bring shorts and T-shirt, or leotard, to change into and have appropriate footwear to enjoy the outside activities safely. Staff are unable to remove or replace earrings, which should only be worn if the stud type.

Sex Education

Under the 1986 Education Act the school Governors have the responsibility for this area of the curriculum. Our Governors have agreed with the LEA’s advice, that sex education should be delivered as an integral part of the curriculum. We aim to cover areas such as Relationships, Myself and Health at a level appropriate to each child’s stage of development. The learning content has been carefully planned and timed according to national curriculum guidelines. If, for personal or religious reasons, you do not wish your child to participate in this particular curriculum area, please write to the headteacher.

Religious Education

Religious education takes account of the multi-cultural nature of our school community. The children are taught about and encouraged to have a respect for their own and other people’s religions. Coupled with this we aim to impart a set of spiritual, moral, personal and social values on which the children can base principles of positive behaviour and respect towards others. If, for personal or religious reasons, you do not wish your child to participate in this particular curriculum area, please write to the headteacher.

Collective Worship

Assemblies fulfil the legal requirement for a daily act of collective worship. This sometimes involves the whole school together, or sometimes smaller groups. It is determined by the school's Trust Deed, which states that worship shall be “in accordance with the principles and practice of the Church of England”. The Governors seek to remain true to the terms of the Trust Deed, whilst recognising that the school now serves families from a variety of faith backgrounds. Collective worship is therefore seen as an educational activity that allows children to respond in ways appropriate to them and seeks to be inclusive for all pupils. We have close links with both St Mary Redcliffe Church and St Michael's and All Angels on Windmill Hill; we visit both churches for special services and as an educational resource, and acts of worship are led in school regularly by members of both churches. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from collective worship but, since collective worship has a unifying role in the life of the school and is instrumental in encouraging the spiritual development of all pupils, any decision to withdraw pupils should be discussed first with the headteacher.

Extra-curricular Activities

We offer a range of extra-curricular activities at lunch-times and after school. Some of these are led by staff and some by other adults. Occasionally there is a charge for these if provided by staff other than the school’s. Currently activities offered include cricket, football, computer club, Jamaica club and allotment club. We also offer tuition in a range of musical instruments.

If you are interested in adding to the range of activities we can offer our children, we’d love to hear from you. Similarly, if you can offer some time to help in classrooms during the day we’d be delighted.


As children are only in school for a small proportion of their waking hours, and when in class cannot get a large amount of individual attention, it is important that we co-operate with you at home to maximise your child’s opportunities to learn. Homework is set to support children’s individual learning targets at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Your child will be set a range of homework during her/his time at school, from reading a book and learning to read and spell key words, to research into a topic being studied at school. The success of homework largely depends on the motivation of children and the support that parents/carers can offer. We encourage you to participate in the home/school reading policy. Every child has a reading folder containing a reading book and a reading record book. Many children will have spelling sheets and/or a phonic booklet, or Biff and Chip work books, to be worked through at home. Sometimes teachers will want children to complete unfinished work at home. For all these activities parents/carers are asked to give their support by encouraging the child to work at the task given.

Children in Key Stage 1 will typically have about an hour of homework a week, rising to 15-20 minutes a day in year 3 & 4, and 30 minutes by year 6.

Assessment, Recording and Reporting

In order to address the needs of all children, various forms of assessment take place on a regular basis. Assessment consists of formal tests as well as a series of teacher observations. This can involve looking at children’s work, asking questions, making notes etc. Reception children are assessed on entry to school using a range of techniques. The results of this assessment are reported to parents/carers. There are open evenings each term when you will be welcome to come in and talk with your child’s class teacher. Parents/carers are encouraged to discuss progress and any problems which might affect a child’s performance, either at Parents’ Evening or by private appointment with the class teacher or headteacher. Children are also formally assessed from Year 1 to 6 in Mathematics and English. We aim to support each child in all aspects of their development. We endeavour to maintain high expectations for all children and believe those aims can be best supported by a strong parent/carers and school partnership.

Children in Years 2 and 6 are assessed, along with all other children in England, by SATs (Standard Assessment Tasks/Tests) and teachers’ own assessments. Years 3, 4 and 5 also take SATs; whilst these are not required by law they give valuable information on children’s progress, and the results will be reported to you. Your child’s annual report will tell you the results of your child’s assessment by her/his teacher.

In Years 1 and 5 targets are set for children to achieve in the SATs in the following year. Those targets and the results are published each year in the governors’ annual report to parents.

Special Educational Needs

At some time during their career, it is expected that some children will have a special educational need of one type or another. We offer the following provision for supporting children identified with having Special Educational Needs (SEN):

  • All children with SEN are fully integrated into mainstream classes;
  • They are supported by strategies, resources and staffing as laid out in their Individual Education Plan (IEP). These are drawn up, monitored and reviewed half-termly to ensure that progress is made;
  • The IEP will identify specific targets that are both realistic and achievable. You will be involved in the process and invited to school regularly to review your child’s progress;
  • Where necessary we will liaise with outside agencies who are able to advise, or in more specific cases, work with the child on-site. By doing this we can work together to provide more expert support;

We can only succeed in providing the best education for children if the school and the parents/carers work in partnership. From time to time children need to be supported by a Statement of Educational Need. In these instances the Governing Body will determine if the child’s needs can be met in school.

A copy of the school’s SEN policy and procedures is available in the school office.


Ethnic Minority Achievement Support is made available to children within the school whose needs meet the following criteria:

  • children whose first language is not English;
  • children from ethnic minorities.

Support is on an individual or group basis, either within the classroom or withdrawn support depending on the need and task. Support can also be of a specific nature within a class situation, such as the first half hour of the Literacy Hour or during mental maths activities. Support is planned in line with individual needs or literacy/numeracy plans.

Moving on to Secondary School

At the end of Year 6 our children transfer to several different secondary schools in the area. Information concerning the methods and timing of transfer is sent to you from the Education Department in your child’s final year. During the Autumn term you will be invited to visit local secondary schools, and asked by Bristol City Council to express your preferences for the next step in your child’s education. The process is explained in the documentation which the Council will send to you. We would ask that you return all necessary documents as early as possible so that we can work closely with your child’s new secondary school.

You are notified directly about open days / evenings for each school. Children are usually invited to visit their new secondary school in the summer term of Year 6.

General Guidance for School Discipline

We expect all adults and children to demonstrate respect for one another, thus creating a positive and safe environment. If problems arise for your child we will involve you so that we can work on a joint home/school approach for all concerned. The school has worked closely with parents/carers to construct a positive behaviour policy. Since that time it has been regularly reviewed and updated by a committee of staff, governors and parents. It includes an appendix on bullying which ensures a consistent approach when dealing with bullying issues. If you have any concerns about the welfare of your child, please contact your child’s class teacher or the Headteacher.


School and Holiday Dates for the Academic Year 2007/8

Term 1 
Monday 3 September to Friday 19 October 2007

Term 2
Thursday 1st November to Wednesday 19th December 2007

Term 3
Wednesday 7th January to Friday 15th February 2008
In-service day are Thursday the 3rd to Friday 4th January 2008

Term 4
Monday 25th February to Friday 4th April 2008

Term 5
Monday 21st April to Friday 23rd May 2008

Term 6
Tuesday 3rd June to Friday 25th July 2008
In-service day is Monday 2nd June 2008

The school year is based on a calendar of 195 days. Of these, five are identified by the government for staff training, meaning the children are at school for the statutory 190 days. The five training days will be allocated and parents/carers informed during the year. Occasionally the government identifies an extra staff professional development day to support national initiatives. Parents/carers will be informed and kept up to date through the weekly school newsletter.

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