We hope that all children, parents, carers, colleagues and friends will enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere we try to create here at Alfred Sutton Primary School.
We firmly believe that children do their best when they want to come to school and are supported and encouraged in this by their families. For this reason, we work in partnership with the families of our children to ensure that each child receives the best education that the school can offer. We actively encourage parents to come into the school and help in the classrooms if they are able to do this.
All members of staff are here to help you and your child gain maximum benefit from the education offered at Alfred Sutton Primary School. We all believe in the right of each child to receive a full and enriching curriculum. We set high standards and help the children to achieve them. Our whole aim is to make the very best educational opportunities available to your child.
This school encourages children to take responsibility for their work and for their attitude towards others. We teach them to respect the school environment and the property of others and that they are responsible for the consequences of their actions.
We look to the parents to support us in this approach, and to work with us to maintain an orderly and secure school environment where the children feel encouraged and confident to try hard and do well.
We look forward to a long and happy association with you.
Vision for Education at Alfred Sutton Primary School
A school where pupils:
- receive the highest quality teaching
- participate in high quality learning
- feel happy and secure to take risks
- are encouraged to develop creativity
- are able to use and apply current developments in Information Communication Technology (ICT)
A school with:
- a high emphasis on spiritual, moral and social development
- a high profile in the community
- parents working in partnership with the school
A school where:
- the pupils are ‘full of it’ – keen to share their efforts and successes; a school where pupils want to be
- staff are ‘full of it’ – keen to share their skills with pupils and colleagues; a school where staff want to be.
‘Alfred Sutton Primary School is a welcoming and harmonious community which provides its pupils with good care. Pupils enjoy coming to school and are keen to learn. They are confident, articulate young people whose opinions are listened to and acted upon.’ (Ofsted September 2006)
One parent wrote ‘The school has cultivated a wonderful ethos where people are welcomed and accepted whoever they are and wherever they come from’ (Ofsted September2006)
A Brief History...
Alfred Sutton Primary School has served the community since 1902, as a result of both the rapid development of new houses built on either side of Wokingham Road and the Education Act of 1895 which made schooling free for all children. The school opened as Wokingham Road School with just over a hundred children attending on the first day.
The school was built with some financial help from the Sutton family, of Sutton Seeds fame and in 1920 the school was renamed Alfred Sutton County School. Then as now, the school was very popular and pressure for places was acute. By the mid 1920s, there were 528 children in attendance, which meant there were about 50 to a class!
During the 1960s and 1970s, the cultural life was broadened by the arrival of families from South Asia and the Caribbean, and the expansion of the nearby University of Reading brought visiting academics and their families to the area from many parts of the world. As a result the school developed the vibrant multiculturalism praised in recent reports following inspection of the school by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) .
In the Nursery, children attend for half a day. There are a maximum of 26 children per session.
There are two classes per year group and the standard number per year group for the school is 60. If the number of applications for the school exceeds this number the following criteria will apply in the order stated:
- Children whose home address is in the area served by the school
- Children who have brothers/sisters attending the school
- Children who have strong medical or social grounds for admission
- Children who have strong family connections with the school
- Children whose parents have any other reason for their choice
If the school does not have places for all the children in one of the above categories, priority will be given to those who fulfil more than one of the admission criteria.
Late applications will only be considered if the number in that year group is below 60.
Places will not be reserved for pupils moving into the area or who return after an agreed period of extended holiday.
Admissions for children under five should be made direct to Reading Borough Council. Admissions for any other year group are made directly through the school.
Applications for the Nursery are dealt with at the main office. Acceptance at the Nursery does not guarantee a place at school as the designated areas and admission criteria are different.
Following completion at Alfred Sutton Primary School, there are a variety of secondary schools in both Reading Borough Council and Wokingham District Council to which pupils are able to move. For further details, please contact your local council.
Caring For Our Pupils
The school does not normally administer medicines and we advise that where possible the dosage should be administered outside the school day. However, if a child needs regular or emergency medication, a medical form must be filled in.
Sick children cannot learn and may infect other people – please keep them at home. If your child has been ill during the night with sickness and diarrhoea or has had a temperature, keep them at home the following day. If your child is taken ill or seriously injured during the day, we will need to contact you so it is therefore very important that contact numbers are kept up to date. If you move house or change jobs please let us know your new contact number immediately.
Many of the school’s staff are qualified to administer First Aid if required but overall the school plays a parental role when children are hurt. All injuries that have been treated by a First Aider are recorded and any child who has bumped their head will be given a slip to alert parents to the possibility of concussion later.
The school nurse carries out routine checks of hearing, vision and growth during a child’s first year in school. Following these checks you will be offered an appointment to discuss the results and your child’s general health and development. If you have concerns about your child’s health at any time, please ask the secretary to make an appointment for you to see the nurse.
Please carry out a regular weekly check at home. If lice or eggs are found it is necessary for each member of the family to be treated. Current advice suggests that the combing and conditioning method is the most effective. Advice on what to look for and details of treatments available can be obtained from the School Office. Please tell us of any cases of head lice so that, without names being mentioned, a general notice can be sent out to parents advising them to be especially alert.