St. Augustine's First School is a church school and the Christian ethos pervades the curriculum and all elements of school life. Our Religious education is an important aspect and is taught both within our thematic approach and at times as an individual subject in line with the County Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
Our daily act of worship expresses a living relationship that exists between God and ourselves. We are fortunate that both our Anglican minister and ministers and laity of other denominations join with us regularly for assembly and worship.
The children are encouraged to contribute to our acts of worship and we join our local churches and community to celebrate festivities during the year.
A parent has the right to ask for his/her child to be excused religious education or the daily assembly but before exercising that right, we would ask the parent first to discuss with us the full implications of withdrawal from this important part of the curriculum.
Special Educational Needs
All children with Special Educational Needs are guaranteed the best education possible within the limits of their capabilities.
Identification of special needs, including those of our most able children, is made as early as possible and provision is defined.
A flexible group teaching structure enables us to provide opportunities for children to work at suitable levels; higher or lower, than their peer group. Accelerated learning is promoted through enhanced opportunities for interaction with children of similar ability, when appropriate.
Our children with Special Needs have carefully thought-out curricula and Individual Educational Plans tailored to their personal needs and abilities.
Ms. Robson, the Head Teacher, is the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and implements and monitors the Code of Practice.
Support and guidance is provided by the Special Educational Needs Support Service, the Educational Psychologist and Medical Services when the need arises.
In all cases full consultation with parents is made and no decision is taken without parental knowledge.
Mrs. Cullum is our Governor with responsibility for Special Needs.
The admission of children with a physical disability is a carefully structured process. Following an initial request to the headteacher for admission to mainstream schooling from parents, consultations are held with the personnel of the Special Needs section of the L.E.A. (who have already gained a great deal of knowledge about the child through the statementing procedure), providers of Health Care, staff and governors, as well, of course, as the parents of the child concerned. The needs of the child and the ability of the school to meet these effectively, within the mainstream environment, are audited. If all agree that the particular needs can be met, an induction programme is started. During this time problems can be resolved and steps are taken to ensure that admission is practical in terms of space, staffing and the school’s ability to meet the pupil’s needs and provide full entitlement and access to the K.S.1 and K.S.2 curriculum whilst not impairing the learning of our other children.
The school has full wheelchair access and toilet facilities for the physically disabled.
The guidelines and procedures for Special Educational Needs are followed as stated in our policy, which is reviewed annually.