Welcome to the Marish Primary School. The newly formed Primary School opened in September 2004 with 650 children on the roll. The school has been created by amalgamating Marish Infant School and Nursery Unit with Marish Junior School. Both schools have been at the heart of the community since 1955 and therefore 2005 sees the school celebrating its 50th anniversary.
As a new school we will be having areas of the school refurbished to bring our facilities up to date to meet the needs of the primary strategy curriculum. We already have a state of the art information technology suite with 30 workstations and an interactive whiteboard, two large halls each equipped for physical education and sporting activities, large playgrounds and a field surrounding the school.
The staff and governors are committed to providing a broad and balanced curriculum which will excite and challenge your children and provide opportunities for them to develop skills which can be used throughout their lives. We believe that children learn best is a safe and supportive environment where mutual respect and co-operation are valued. All children can achieve and will be encouraged to take part in all aspects of school life. In partnership with you, we aim to achieve high standard and provide the very best for you and your children.
Stella Beardmore, Headteacher
The school's planned admission figure is 90 pupils in each year group. The school accommodation level is 630 plus the Nursery which can accommodate up to 52 children per session (morning and afternoon).
The Governors of Marish have adopted the procedures as laid down in Information for Parents issued annually by Slough Education Authority.
Parents offered a Reception place will have the option of entry in the September of the school year in which the child has his/her fifth birthday. Places will be allocated to children, in the following order of priority. Those who:
- live in the area traditionally served by the school;
- have a brother or sister who attends the school;
- have strong medical or social reasons;
- children whose parents have any other reason for their choice.
Admission forms can be obtained from the School Office.
Parents are encouraged to complete an application form for the nursery as soon as possible. There are set admission criteria laid down by the Governing Body. Children are admitted to the nursery following their third birthday.
Attendance at the Nursery does not automatically guarantee a place in the school. Separate application forms for a nursery and a school place have to be submitted to the school.
Parents are encouraged to visit the school before children are admitted to the nursery or school. A telephone call requesting an appointment with the Headteacher is all that is required.
An induction session for parents will be held before children start in the nursery or the reception classes. These sessions provide parents with the opportunity to meet with staff and to hear about school life.
The school is divided into:
- The Foundation Stage
- Nursery (part-time - 2½ hour daily sessions, morning or afternoon)
- Reception (3 classes)
- Key Stage 1
- Year 1 (3 classes)
- Year 2 (3 classes)
- Key Stage 2
- Year 3 (3 classes)
- Year 4 (3 classes)
- Year 5 (4 classes *)
- Year 6 (3 classes)
* Year 5 currently has more than 90 children in the year group from when the admission number of the old junior school was 120. If the numbers reduce, the year group will be reorganised into 3 classes.
The children follow an integrated approach to the curriculum. Each team of teachers in a year group works closely with one another to ensure continuity and progression, not only with classes of the same age group, but across the school. Planning of the curriculum occurs at a whole school level, team level and individually at class level.
Foundation Classes and Key Stage l
Teachers generally teach their own register group for all curriculum areas, although from time to time there may be co-operative teaching.
Key Stage 2
The delivery of the curriculum is organised so that Maths and Literacy are taught primarily through ability grouping. Some specialist subject teaching also occurs. A mixture of approaches to teaching is used. e.g. there will be whole class teaching, group and individual teaching.
Home School Agreement
The newly revised document which will be developed with staff, children, parents and governors, in readiness for September 2005 sets out the expectations of home and school. We hope it will further assist in building a strong partnership between parents and Marish.
Transfer to Secondary Education
A child transfers to Secondary School in the September following his/her 11th birthday. Slough Borough operates a grammar and secondary school system which means that parents may choose for their child to sit the 11+ examination during Year 6 of the primary school. Parents are sent full details of how the selection procedures operate.
The closest schools to Marish are Langley Grammar and Langleywood to which the majority of pupils transfer. There are regular meetings between the Headteachers and teachers of these schools to discuss transition arrangements and to forge close curriculum and pastoral links.
Morning Session:Reception and Key Stage 1 (Year 1, Year 2) 8.55 - 12.00 noon
Key Stage 2 (Year 3, Year 4) 8.40 a.m. - 12.10 p.m.
Key Stage 2 (Year 5, Year 5) 8.40 a.m. - 12.25 p.m.
Afternoon Session:Reception and Key Stage 1 (Year 1, Year 2) 1.15 - 3.05 p.m.
Key Stage 2 (Year 3, Year 4) 1.10 - 3.10 p.m.
Key Stage 2 (Year 5, Year 6) 1.25 - 3.10 p.m.
Time allocated to teaching each week:Key Stage 1 and Reception 21 hours 15 minutes
Key Stage 2 23 hours 30 minutes
Children should not be on site before 8.30 a.m.
Delivering and Collecting Children
Children walking to school should enter by the pedestrian gates, not through the Car Park. Children arriving by car must be dropped near a pedestrian gate. In the interest of the safety of all children, parents delivering or collecting their children by car are asked to respect the parking restrictions at the school pedestrian entrances and not to stop on the marked crossing places. Do not drive in to the school entrance or car park. Please park with consideration for other drivers and local residents.
At the end of the day, if children are being collected, they must wait either inside the school or on the playground. If a parent is late, children must return to the school office and not leave the premises unescorted.
9.00 - 11.30 a.m.
12.30 - 3.00 p.m.
Nursery children must be accompanied by an adult to the nursery class, where there will be a member of staff to accept them. It is helpful if children can be collected from the nursery promptly at the end of the session. No child will be allowed home without an adult.
Absence from School
All schools are required to monitor attendance. You must ring the school before 9.30 a.m. to notify us of your child's absence. This must be followed up with a letter, stating the reason, upon the child's return to school. If no such explanation is given, it will be counted as an unauthorised absence. If the period of absence is likely to be lengthy, an early written explanation would be appreciated.
We would ask parents to take annual holidays in school holiday periods. Holidays taken during term time will be recorded as an un-authorised absence.
We ask parents of Year 6 children to ensure that the children are in school during SATs week which is generally the second week of May.
2007/08 School Term dates
The following term dates for children's attendance in 2007/08 have been agreed by the Governing Body.
Please note that Easter falls within the Spring term and that the school will be closed for only the two days of Good Friday (21 March) and Easter Monday (24 March). The Spring Holiday is the two weeks Mon 7 to Fri 18 April.
Autumn Term 2007
|Tue 4 September
|Mon 22 - Mon 29 October
|Wed 19 December
Spring Term 2008
|Mon 7 January
|Mon 18 - Fri 22 February
|Fri 21 - Mon 24 March
|Fri 4 April
Summer Term 2008
|Tue 22 April
|Mon 26 - Fri 30 May
|Wed 23 July
Lunchtime ArrangementsReception and Key Stage 1 (Year 1, Year 2) lunchtime 12.00 noon - 1.15pm
Key Stage 2 (Year 3, Year 4) 12.10pm - 1.10pm.
Key Stage 2 (Year 5, Year 6) 12.25pm - 1.25pm
All children are supervised by Lunchtime Controllers under the guidance of the Midday Supervisor.
The school is trying to encourage the children to develop healthy eating habits, as good health supports good learning.
A three weekly cycle of menus is operated, offering a choice of two main meals which always includes a vegetarian alternative. Additional items such as fruit, milk, yoghurt and home made cakes and biscuits may be bought. Money should be kept in a named purse or money belt. Alternatively, children may prefer to bring a packed lunch.
Free School Meals
If you are receiving income support or job seekers allowance your child is entitled to free school meals. Please take proof of your entitlement to the school office where you will be given the appropriate form to complete. Even if your child does not wish to take a school meal, please still register your eligibility with the school office as it is beneficial to the school if you do so. This information is always treated in the strictest confidence.
Nursery and Reception children are provided with a drink of milk and a piece of fruit/vegetable each day.
Key Stage 1 children are provided with a piece of fruit/vegetable for their break time snack each day.
Key Stage 2 children may bring their own fruit/vegetable snack for break times. Crisps and sweets are not allowed.
Children may bring in plastic bottles of water which can be refilled within school. No glass bottles or fizzy drinks should be brought in to school.
We encourage children to take a pride in their appearance and to take care of their clothes. School uniform helps to establish a sense of belonging and identity and can develop in a child a sense of pride and loyalty. It helps children to be more conscious of the standards of behaviour and work that being a member of Marish requires of them. It also abolishes any form of dress competition and indecision as to what is suitable and acceptable school wear. The school colours are grey and red.
- White polo shirt *
- Grey shorts / trousers or skirt
- Red school sweatshirt* or cardigan
- Black shoes (sensible school style, no platforms, high heels or high boots)
Summer uniform alternative - red check dress, black closed toe sandals
All items of clothing must be clearly labelled with the child's name.
* Items available from school. Money belts and book bags also available.
The only jewellery allowed is:
- one small stud in each ear,
- that which is a specific requirement of a religion,
These must be removed for PE. The child must take full responsibility for looking after these items. The school will accept no responsibility for their loss or damage.
Dress for PE and Games
PE is not an optional subject; it is part of the National Curriculum.
PE kit should be brought to school each Monday and taken home every Friday for washing.
For indoor PE, children should wear a plain red round neck T-shirt* and black shorts and bare feet. An island plaster should be worn to cover verrucae.
For outdoor PE/Games, Key Stage 2 children may wish to wear a black or red track suit on top of their shorts and T-shirt during the colder weather.
All children need suitable trainers or plimsolls for outside use.
* Children in Key Stage 1 may continue to wear their white T-shirt and red shorts until they are worn out. Parents are then requested to change to the red T-shirt and black shorts when buying new kit.
Marish provides a broad-based curriculum that follows National Curriculum guidelines and in doing so, supports the aims of the school to develop an intellectually and socially mature child. The curriculum is planned under the National Curriculum subject headings. At the start of each term parents receive a copy of programmes of study for each curriculum area covered by their child. This encourages parents to support their child's learning at home.
THE CORE CURRICULUM
The school operates a daily Literacy Hour as laid down in the National Literacy Strategy. However, English must be concerned with the whole curriculum and every opportunity is used to develop children's language and literacy skills.
- Speaking and Listening
- To develop confidence and competence in speaking by meeting a wide range of situations and activities and to listen attentively with understanding.
- To promote every opportunity to share and enjoy books at home and at school. We aim to help children learn to read fluently, with understanding and enjoyment using a variety of approaches.
- To help children to write confidently for a variety of purposes in different contexts for different audiences. Our aim is for children to approach their writing with confidence, enthusiasm and imagination. To this end we have a consistent approach to the teaching of handwriting and spelling .
The National Numeracy Strategy provides a framework through which children will be:
- developing understanding of basic mathematical concepts;
- developing the use of correct mathematical language;
- acquiring mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding through
- practical work and through tackling real life problems;
- developing an appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics.
An hour a day is spent on teaching Mathematics.
We wish children to develop intellectual and practical skills that allow them to explore the world of science. We encourage children to observe, to plan and predict, to design and find out for themselves, to interpret results, communicate their findings and draw inferences. Some of the programmes of study will be delivered on a topic based approach, whilst some will be subject specific.
Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
Marish has invested in the latest computer technology to enhance the children's learning in this important subject. A recently refurbished ICT suite, houses 30 networked computers with internet access and an interactive whiteboard for whole class teaching. All classes are timetabled for weekly use of the suite. Each class also has stand alone computers with internet access. Teaching staff use the latest wireless technology to enhance the learning through the use of interactive whiteboards which are available in each year group. Therefore, the development of children's ICT capability is promoted in all areas of the curriculum where its use is appropriate.
THE FOUNDATION CURRICULUM
Design TechnologyActivities planned for Design Technology cover a range of contexts within children's experience of home, school, recreation and the community. Programmes of study promote the design process - identifying the needs and opportunities, generating a design proposal, planning and making and approval.
History is studied so that children can learn and understand the past, fostering a sense of time and place. In order for History to be meaningful for young children, we start with ourselves and concrete experience. Children will look at questions such as 'Who am I?', 'Where am I?'
We aim to:
- help children understand the present in the context of the past;
- encourage children to enjoy History by making it interesting, relevant and challenging;
- introduce children to a wide range of evidence e.g. spoken and pictorial material, and teach progression of study skills;
- provide opportunities for different interpretations and raise questions about
- society in the past.
Geography is studied to help children make sense of their surroundings and the wider world. They will study places, the human and physical processes which shape them, and the people who live in them.
We aim to:
- help children develop their geographical knowledge and understanding;
- introduce children to geographical enquiry;
- help children develop a sense of identity through learning about the United Kingdom and its relationship with other countries.
MusicChildren will be involved in a variety of enjoyable musical experiences. These include performing and composing, the development of the ability to listen, and being able to appraise a variety of musical styles. We aim to relate music to other parts of the curriculum, to develop children's self-confidence and social skills.
Art & Design
We ensure there are appropriate opportunities to help children in the development of an appreciation and enthusiasm for Art & Design.
- Investigating and making - the development of observation and skills by working practically and imaginatively with a variety of materials and methods.
- Knowledge and understanding - of art, craft and design. The children will be studying different examples of art, from different periods in history. Through the development of knowledge of different kinds of art they will be able to enhance the quality of their own work.
We provide a broad movement based experience, which promotes and supports the development of more activity related skills and concepts. Children will have experience in: athletic, games and gymnastic activities, dance, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities. Swimming is taught to children in Year 5 by qualified instructors at Langley Leisure Centre. The PE curriculum is supported by an extra curricular programme.
Religious Education is taught in line with the LEA agreed syllabus for Slough Borough. Religious Education should reflect the fact that in the main the religious traditions in this country are Christian, while taking into account other principal religions. We aim to help pupils understand religious beliefs, practices and insights, in order that they may form their own beliefs, opinions and their own allegiances and commitments.
A daily act of collective worship takes place at Marish: this may be offered as a whole school, teams, or class groups. Worship is broadly Christian. Should parents wish to withdraw their child from all or part of this daily act of collective worship they should contact the Headteacher.
Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)
The aims of the school, all policies, subject schemes of work, cross-curricular themes and planned provision of elements of PSHE seek to promote the social, moral, cultural and spiritual development of the children. PSHE encompasses the following areas:
- qualities and attitudes - children's approaches to learning, self-confidence, respect and sense of fairness;
- knowledge and understanding about themselves, similarities and differences between people and procedures e.g. knowing how to react to bullying;
- abilities and skills in relation to oneself and others - reason for rules, moral codes;
- social responsibilities and morality - consideration for others and preparation for an informed and active involvement in family, social, economic and civic life.
Sex Education is approached in the general context of Health Education. We aim to:
- help children understand that positive caring environments are essential for the development of a good self-image;
- help children understand that they are in charge of and responsible for their own bodies;
- provide knowledge about the processes of reproduction and the nature of sexuality and relationships;
- encourage the development of skills and attitudes which allow children to manage their relationships in a responsible and healthy manner.
Parents are invited to discuss the content of the sex education provided at Marish. Parents do have the right to withdraw their child if they so wish.
The Governors policy for meeting special educational needs seeks to address the continuum of provision for children. A differentiated curriculum is offered for children and every child will have equality of opportunity and be given access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
Each child is valued and his/her achievements are recognised and celebrated. The school's Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the SEN policy and coordinating the provision for the children. Once a child has been identified, resources are allocated according to the child's level of need. Children are identified through baseline assessment on entering full-time education and continuous in-class assessments. There is a range of provision for SEN children:
- additional support by a Teaching Assistant (TA) in the classroom;
- an intensive programme of support delivered by a TA, under the direction of the class teacher or SENCO;
- additional lessons with SENCO.
Regular monitoring and evaluation of the arrangements for SEN children is part of the cycle of reviewing the provision. Parents are very much part of the whole process. They are consulted and kept involved through, at least, termly meetings. Information about other agencies that may be helpful is provided, wherever possible. Regular meetings are held with the Educational Psychologist, to discuss the needs of the SEN children in the school. There are strong links with other professionals (Educational Welfare, School Health Sister, Speech and Language Therapy etc), who support the school's work.
There may be times when the school is unable to meet the child's needs without additional resources. If this is so, there are nationally agreed procedures and guidelines which the school will follow in applying for additional resources or alternative placement. Parents are fully involved at all times.
Some children have particular talent or 'gift' in a particular area. We aim to provide the necessary resources to foster and encourage these 'able' children.
All teachers assess children's achievements in all areas of the curriculum. Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs) will be administered to children at the end of Key Stage I (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6.) The results of these tests will be reported at the end of the Summer Term, when all parents will receive a report stating levels of achievement. Non-statutory tests will be used with Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 children.
If you have a complaint about any aspect of the school, please contact your child's class teacher in the first instance. If your child's class teacher is unable to answer your query, or you are unhappy with the response, the matter should be referred to the headteacher or deputy headteachers.
If you are still not happy with the response, then a written complaint should be made to the Chair of Governors at the school address. If he is unable to help you resolve the issue, the address for formal complaints to Slough Borough Local Education Authority is as follows:
The Director of Education,
The final option is to write to the Education Secretary, Department of Education and Skills. Parents may request a copy of the Complaints Procedures to assist this process.
Extra Curricular Activities
A number of school activities take place during the lunch break or after school. These are optional, but once children have made a commitment to attend an activity they should be encouraged to continue to attend regularly.
Extra Curricular Activities - Sports Provision
At Marish we aim to maximise every child's sporting potential through the provision of a variety of sporting opportunities both within and outside the curriculum. The school has appointed a full time, qualified sports coach to further develop sporting activities for the children. The school has two halls both of which are used for the teaching of gymnastics, dance and team games. There are also two hard play areas, with provision for netball courts and team games. There is a large school field which is marked out for seasonal activities. Activities such as football, rugby, netball, athletics, rounders and cricket will be offered as after school activities.
All children are required to do work at home which varies according to the age group. We feel it is important for parents to spend time talking to their children at home. Children will be expected to take home their reading book daily. (Protective plastic wallets and Marish book bags are on sale in the School Office.) Encouraging this good habit of daily transfer of books from school to home emphasises the importance we place upon reading. Older children will generally be set three piece of homework per week. A homework timetable and diary are issued at the start of the academic year. Parents are welcome to write comments in the homework diary. The diary provides a regular means of communication between the home and school.
Charging and Remission Policy
Visits are often planned in conjunction with topic work to enrich the learning experiences for the children and to stimulate further study. Parents may be asked to make contributions for a visit organised by the school and approved by the Governors. Although no child will be excluded should a voluntary contribution not be made, the school reserves the right to determine whether the voluntary contributions are sufficient to enable the activity to take place. If children go on a residential visit, a charge is made to cover the cost of board and lodgings. The Governors will apply the statutory minimum remission to any charges which they make, that is in respect of pupils whose parents are in receipt of Income Support. Any further remission of charges will be at the absolute discretion of the Governors.
The Governors reserve the right to ask parents to contribute to the cost of replacement items incurred as a result of breakages, loss or damage of books, equipment and material other than normal wear and tear.
Charging in Kind
Where parents indicate in advance that they wish to own the finished product of a practical activity they may be asked to provide or pay for ingredients, materials, equipment etc. needed. No child will be at a disadvantage because of the lack of a contribution.
School Health Service
All pupils will be offered a Health Care Interview by the School Health Sister on admission to full-time schooling. The school nurse visits the school to carry out regular vision and auditory tests and height and weight checks. If at anytime you have concerns about your child's health, please do not hesitate to contact the school nurse.
The school dentist visits the school once a year to inspect the children's teeth and give advice where necessary.
Routine hair checks for 'head lice' are no longer carried out as this is the responsibility of the parent. If a case of 'head lice' is suspected in school, the parent will be contacted so that treatment can begin immediately.
Medicines or drugs of any description must not be sent into school without the consent of the Headteacher. Medicine will be administered if necessary, but only on completion of a request form by parents, which is obtainable from school. All medicines will be kept in a secure place in the Medical Room. Inhalers for asthma sufferers must be clearly labelled with the child's name. Key Stage I children's inhalers will be safeguarded by class teachers; Key Stage 2 children must carry them on their person. (The Health & Safety Policy includes a section on asthma.)
To alert staff to any medical problem, we have a confidential emergency form for each child. In case of an accident parents will be contacted should there be any concerns at all. On very rare occasions children may need to be taken to hospital by car. They will always be accompanied by a senior member of staff. In the case of a serious accident an ambulance will be called and parents will be notified at once. It is therefore essential that parents keep the school fully informed of changes of address and contact numbers. Each September the school will issue an emergency contact form which should be completed with up to date information and returned to school where it will kept for use in any emergency.
The Education Welfare OfficerThe Educational Welfare Officer (E.W.O.) acts as a liaison between home and school. She comes in to school regularly to check the registers and to monitor children's attendance.
Child ProtectionThe Headteacher is the Child Protection Co-ordinator (CPC). If at any time there is serious concern about a child's welfare, the CPC will contact Social Services.
Health & Safety
General health & safety guidelines require the children to:
- exercise personal responsibility for safety of classmates;
- wear appropriate dress, including sensible black shoes;
- obey safety rules, especially those instructions given by staff in an emergency;
- not misuse, neglect or interfere with things provided for safety purposes.
In addition, we ask parents to observe the following requirements to keep children safe in school.
- children should not arrive before 8.30 am and should be off the premises 10 minutes after dismissal, or following a school club;
- if watches and studs are worn they should be removed for PE (no responsibility will be accepted for loss, children will have to take full responsibility for their care)
- children should not plug or unplug electrical equipment without a member of staff being present;
- no sweets or chewing gum are allowed in school;
- no glass bottles or cans should be brought to school;
The Health and Safety Policy clearly outlines all procedures linked to the safe welfare of children, staff, governors and visitors.
Sensible behaviour will be expected at all times. In order for effective teaching and learning to take place there must be an orderly atmosphere.
The school is a community in which all children are expected to play their part. There is a whole school approach to promoting positive behaviour in the children. Every effort will be made to teach children to respect the well being of others, and to behave in a socially acceptable manner. There are sanctions that will be applied to those children who do not comply with the standard of behaviour required. We do hope that the partnership developed between home and school will help us in dealing with children who have problems in adapting to the expectations of school.
The school's behaviour management policy which includes an anti bullying section is available for parents on request.
In order to encourage confidence, build self esteem and develop organisational skills many children are given class and whole school responsibilities. The school also runs a very successful School Council which consists of children who are elected as the class representative by members from each class. The School Council meets weekly to discuss aspect of the school's life and to consider fund raising opportunities.
Visits to School
We are always pleased to welcome parents to Marish. Co-operation between teachers and parents can only benefit the children. The Headteacher and Staff are available at 3.10 p.m. most days, but it may be necessary to make an appointment. There are more formal, termly parent consultation evenings organised to discuss your child's progress. A written report commenting on your child's progress will be sent at the end of each summer term.
Helping in School
Your help would be much appreciated inside the school during the working day. Please contact your child's class teacher if you are able to help in the classroom. You do not need to have any special skill or ability - your time, your involvement will be much appreciated by staff. Currently parents help with reading, sewing, number games, and art work, helping in the school library and ITC suite. There are many jobs you could undertake either in the classroom or away from the classroom to assist. An extra pair of hands is always very helpful.
Marish Primary School Home/School Association
This is a newly formed association which aims to take an active role in the life of the school. All parents/carers are automatically members of the HSA which aims to raise additional funds by organising social events throughout the school year. The committee of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and 12 other members, meet regularly to plan and organise events. Anyone is welcome to attend and bring along new ideas or suggestions. An Annual General Meeting will be held each January to elect the committee.
Links with the Community
Marish works hard at developing good relationships with the community. The pupils are regularly involved with many community events ranging from sport and music to harvest celebrations for local senior citizens.
Children's Centre at Marish now open
SureStart's Children's Centre at Marish Primary School is now open. Access is from Romsey Close.
Children's Centre Services
A team of people in your local Children's Centre area is providing a variety of services, including:.
- Childcare integrated with education for children from 3 months upwards,
- Health services, including antenatal and postnatal support and speech and language services,
- Family support services, including home visiting and practical help for parents,
- Support and advice for families with children with special needs and disabilities,
- Links to the Library Service, including the Bookstart scheme,
- Loan of toys and equipment to families, childcare provider and angencies working with children,
- Adult education and training, supported by childcare provision,
- Links to Jobcentre Plus and other organisations which offer advice, guidance and support to adults seeking employment,
- and much more ...
For more information please phone Slough SureStart on 01628 660098