Belmont Primary School Swadlincote, Derbyshire
OverviewBelmont Primary School caters for 436 pupils aged 4 - 11 in 14 classes. Each class usually contains 32 pupils or 30 in infant classes. There are two parallel classes in each year group and no class has a mixed aged range.
The original building opened in 1882 and contains 4 classes of year 5 and year 6 pupils along with our computer suite. The other classes are found directly across Belmont Street on our new site. The buildings on our new site are all modern, light and spacious, the purpose built infant block opened in November 2002, and the Coleman Building which houses the year 3 classes and our administrative offices opened in April 2004.
According to our latest OFSTED report, our children behave well and work hard in class. They have good opportunities for personal development so they enjoy school, develop maturity and forge very good relationships. There is an active school council so the children can have a voice in how the school is run.
The school offers a wide and well-balanced curriculum, enriched by visits into the community. Our visits focus on local industry, history and geographical sites, as well as linking with senior citizens and local churches. To complement the programme of visits we arrange for poets, artists and groups from industry to work with the children in school.
Outside the formal curriculum we run netball and football teams and an active choir. Visiting music tutors provide the opportunity for children to learn to play the flute, clarinet, saxophone or brass instruments.
Both year 5 & 6 children are offered the opportunity to participate in a residential experience, Year 5 to Whitby and Year 6 visit an outdoor pursuits centre. Every year is different, but the children get a chance to try exhilarating and challenging activities that may include abseiling, canoeing and rock climbing.
- Supporting each other to achieve success.
- Our key values are:
- We are proud to belong to the school
- We are committed to high standards
- We will maintain a secure, caring and supportive environment
- We promote enjoyment of learning and equality of opportunity
- We see the school as part of a wider community
- We believe in positive attitudes, self belief, mutual respect and personal responsibility
- To provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and achieve in a secure and caring environment.
- To promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
- To encourage lively and enquiring minds with the ability to question and reason.
- To develop an understanding of the world and a tolerance of other cultures, religions and ways of life.
- To have high expectations of the children so they will become resourceful and independent with a positive attitude towards all aspects of school.
- To allow all members of the school community, including pupils, parents, staff and governors to feel valued and respected.
- To help pupils to be responsible and caring citizens capable of contributing to the wider community.
- Total number of pupils (including part-time pupils)
- Pupils with statements of SEN or supported at School Action Plus: number
- Pupils with statements of SEN or supported at School Action Plus: percentage
- Pupils with SEN, supported at School Action: number
- Pupils with SEN, supported at School Action: percentage
- Number of pupils aged 11 (i.e. aged 10 on 31 August 2005)
- Age range 4-11
- Number of pupils on roll 426
- The Governors of Belmont Primary School admit children at 4+ in one single entry point in September. Children who are 4 on or before August 31st will be eligible for admission on the first day of term in September.
- Children whose birthdays fall on or after September 1st will not be eligible for admission until the following September.
- Children who are 4 between September 1st and December 31st in the calendar year prior to admission, will attend school full time from the beginning of the autumn term.
- Children whose birthdays are between January 1st and August 31st in the year in which they are admitted, will have a graduated, part time introduction to school from September to October half-term.
- The admission limit is 60 pupils in Reception and all Key Stage 1 year groups. The admission limit is 64 pupils in all Key Stage 2 year groups.
In the event of oversubscription the following criteria will be used to determine who will be admitted.
- Children who have a sibling attending the school at the time of the offer of a place. (The term sibling shall include half brothers or sisters resident at the same address).
- Children who live within the normal area of the school (a map of which is available in school).
- Children who live outside the normal area of the school.
- Children in public care falling into any of the above categories will be given the highest priority for places within that category.
- Within each category, children living nearest to the school would be given priority (measured by the shortest walking distance on public highways).
Belmont Primary School
Arts - The school’s commitment to the arts to ensure a full and rounded education for all pupils. Added 07/12/06
Assessment - Assessment,recording and reporting is viewed as essential to, and an integral part of effective teaching and learning. The purpose of which is to provide information for a range of audiences. Added 14/05/07
Child protection - Belmont Primary School is concerned that all pupils remain safe and free from harm and is committed to playing a full and active part in the multi agency response to child protection concerns. Added 07/12/06
Confidentiality - To protect the child at all times and to give all staff involved clear, unambiguous guidance as to their legal and professional roles and to ensure good practice throughout the school which is understood by pupils, parents/carers and staff. Added 07/12/06
Dealing with complaints - From 1st September 2003 Governing Bodies of all maintained schools and maintained nursery schools in England are required, under Section 29 of the Education Act 2002, to have in place a procedure to deal with complaints relating to the school and to any community facilities or services that the school provides. Added 14/05/07
Drugs Education - Drugs education is an important issue that is both essential and relevant to children in the real world. Through our approaches to drugs education we are seeking to develop and enhance life skills that can be built on and which will help them in the future. Added 07/12/06
Educational Visits - The Governors and staff of Belmont Primary School acknowledge the great value of Educational Visits in broadening and enhancing both the learning and social experience of pupils. Added 05/03/07
Equal Opportunities (Pupils) - We aim to ensure that all pupils, regardless of gender, racial origin, ability or background, are valued equally and have access to a curriculum, which offers breadth, balance, relevance, differentiation and progression. Added 07/12/06
Food - To ensure that all aspects of food and nutrition in school promote the health and well being of pupils, staff and visitors to our school. Added 07/12/06
Gifted & talented - We are committed to providing learning opportunities which maximise the potential of all of our pupils.The Gifted and Talented policy, although aimed specifically at the more able, is intended to be inclusive in its nature. Added 14/05/07
Health and Safety - The governing body notes the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 (s.3(1)), which states that it is the duty of every employer to conduct his or her business in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons who are not in his or her employment but who may be affected by it are not exposed to risks to their health and safety, and accepts that it has a responsibility to take all reasonably practicable steps to secure the health and safety of pupils, staff and others using the school premises or participating in school-sponsored activities.
Health and Safety Appendix
Both added 07/12/06
Homework - We aim to encourage children to be confident, articulate and happy. We want to inspire every pupil to become a well motivated, independent learner and believe that homework plays a valuable part in this process. Added 07/12/06
Inclusion - We aim to provide a stimulating learning environment across the whole curriculum which maximises individual potential and ensures that pupils of all ability levels are well equipped to meet the challenges of education, work and life. Added 05/03/07
Lettings - The Governing Body regards the school buildings and grounds as a community asset and will make every reasonable effort to enable them to be used as much as possible. However, the overriding aim of the Governing Body is to support the school in providing the best possible education for its pupils, and any lettings of the premises to outside organisations will be considered with this in mind. Added 07/12/06
Looked after children or children in puplic care - As Corporate Parents we have a special duty to safeguard and promote the education of Looked After Children and Young People and to help them achieve their full potential. Added 07/12/06
Mathematics - Each child should be able to think and solve problems mathematically by using the appropriate skills, concepts and knowledge. They should be provided with rich and enjoyable experiences related both to their individual needs and to the wider requirements of society. Added 05/03/07
Monitoring & Evaluation - Monitoring is the gathering of evidence against specific criteria. Evaluation is the judgement on the effectiveness of actions taken. Added 14/05/07
Personal, Social & Health Education and Citizenship - Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE&C) helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Therefore PSHE &C underpins our school ethos. Added 05/03/07
Physical Activity - We have a responsibility to help pupils and staff establish and maintain lifelong habits of being physically active. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do to maintain and improve their physical health, mental health, and overall well-being. Added 14/05/07
Positive Discipline - Following training for staff, Belmont Primary School has adopted a whole school Positive Discipline Policy, in order to further our aim of making the school a safe, secure place, where opportunities to learn are maximised. Added 07/12/06
Sex and Relationships - The term sex and relationships education (SRE) is used in this policy rather than sex education. This is to stress that our approach goes beyond provision of biological information to focus on clarifying attitudes and values, and developing self-esteem and the skills to manage relationships. Added 05/03/07
Smoke Free - It is the policy of Belmont Primary School, that smoking will not be allowed at any school activity or anywhere on school premises. Added 05/03/07
Sun Awareness - There is a well established link between exposure to the sun and skin cancer (although individuals who develop skin cancer do not always have a history of deliberate sunbathing). At Belmont Primary School we are aware that this could affect both staff and pupils. Added 07/12/06
Sunshine School Nuture Group - Sunshine Group provides an opportunity to facilitate the development of confidence, self esteem and social skills, in a secure, caring and safe environment. Added 05/03/07
Teaching & Learning - This is a statement of the aims, principles and strategies for teaching and learning. Added 14/05/07
Travel Plan - PDF format (645Kb) - The School Travel Plan helps us to raise awareness of environmental issues and to develop a sense of social responsibility. Added 05/03/07