I would like to welcome you and your family to Radstock School.
The one experience that we all share in our lives so far, is that of going to school. Our own, individual experience of that time has done much to help shape our lives now. As parents, we look at our children’s education with a mixture of excitement, anxiety and nostalgia.
At Radstock, we aim to provide a happy and stimulating environment where every child has the opportunity to develop intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially to the best of their ability.
In our school parents are recognised as partners in the process of education. You are always welcome in school to discuss any aspects of our work - and your help is always greatly appreciated. We hope that you will support our school to achieve our aims by taking a keen interest in the life of our school and in your child’s progress.
The school has attracted a committed and hard working group of people in all areas of school life. Working as a team, they create a starting point from which your children can maximise their potential and achieve high standards in all aspects of their personal, social and academic development. The caring atmosphere that we foster in school will enable your child to feel secure, valued and happy.
We aim for high standards in terms of behaviour, academic work and physical and creative achievement. Art, music and sport form important parts of the curriculum. Whenever possible we offer first hand experience, believing that it is through this personal experience that children learn to use and apply the skills they are taught.
Our school's organisation enables children to build strong relationships with their peers and class teachers promoting the sense of security essential to the learning of all children.
We hope your child will enjoy a happy and successful time with us and we hope that you will feel involved and well informed about these crucial primary years.
Please contact us if we can help in any other way.
At Radstock the child is the centre of all our aims. We strive to provide a happy and stimulating environment where every child has the opportunity to develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially.
Our aim for each child is:
- To read fluently and accurately, with understanding, for pleasure and information.
- To communicate in a variety of ways, using a wide vocabulary.
- To develop a legible style of handwriting, good standards of spelling, syntax, punctuation and know how to present their work neatly.
- To learn how to acquire and record information from various sources in a variety of ways.
- To learn basic skills of mathematics and how to apply them.
- To develop a lively enquiring mind with the ability to question and discuss.
- To have the opportunity to form reasoned hypotheses, and to modify them appropriately.
- To be aware of, and able to use, information technologies as appropriate.
- To enjoy learning and to continue the quest for both knowledge and skills met in school, in later life.
Our intention is that each child will:
- Develop agility and physical co-ordination with enjoyment and be able to express feelings through movement, mime, and drama.
- Understand the principles of safety and hygiene, both inside and outside school.
- Have an understanding of how their body works and how to stay healthy.
- Develop sufficient control of self, of tools, equipment and instruments, to be able to use music, drama and other arts and crafts as a means of expression.
We want children to:
- Develop trust, co-operation, learning and self motivation and assessment and contribute to an atmosphere where children, parents, teachers, governors and others feel welcome and respected.
- Realise that they play an important part in their own development.
- Make reasoned judgements and choices and form considered opinions.
- Each child is encouraged to behave in accordance with the ideals of morality, in keeping with whichever religion is followed by the family.
- Each child should have some knowledge of the beliefs of the major world religions.
- Each child should show tolerance to others of differing races and cultures.
- They should be developing an awareness of prayer and worship, and certain stories from the Bible.
Aesthetically, we encourage each child to communicate their feelings through various art forms, and to appreciate the work of others, be it famous artists or their peers. .
We encourage children to:
- Listen carefully to others.
- Respect their own and others property.
- Be kind and considerate at all times.
- Develop and use good manners and courtesy to all.
- Mix easily and pleasantly with others in work and play.
- Be aware of work done by outside agencies in the wider world, such as the Poppy Appeal, Children in Need, Guide Dogs for the Blind etc.
- Develop qualities that enhance relationships with others, whether individuals or groups e.g. self respect, a sense of humour.
- Begin to feel community responsibility and a growing acceptance of responsibility for their own work and actions.
- Become increasingly independent of adult support as they mature through the school
This describes the phase of education from a child's third birthday to the end of their reception year.
The curriculum is planned through 'Early Learning Goals' which set out what most children are expected to achieve by the end of reception.
They are organised in 6 areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Language and literacy
- Mathematical development
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
Early learning goals are broadly equivalent to Level 1 of the National Curriculum.
By the end of the Foundation Stage most children will have had at least 2 terms of full-time statutory education in a reception class, in addition to their nursery class experience.
There are two Key Stages of compulsory education in Primary Education
The school provides a balanced and broadly based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the children at school. At the same time it prepares children for the challenge of the next stage of their education.
The curriculum at Radstock reflects a strong emphasis upon the core areas (English, Mathematics and Science.) while recognising the very important contribution of areas such as Design Technology, Information Communication Technology, History, Geography, Music, Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education, Religious Education, Art, and Physical Education, to achieve a balanced curriculum. Both the National Literacy and Numeracy strategies have been fully implemented to support the curriculum and are taught daily for up to an hour.
Education is concerned with the acquisition of skills, knowledge and the understanding of essential concepts that can be transferred across all areas of the curriculum.
Radstock is a Primary School for children between the ages of three and eleven years. The school opened in 1983 and was extended in 1986 with a new Infant wing and again in 1991 with a new Nursery Unit. The school is divided into three main teaching Departments as follows:
Each department is purpose built and contains a number of classrooms plus open areas, art areas, water fountains, toilet facilities and cloakrooms.
- Nursery (Foundation 1) and Foundation 2
- Infants (5-7 year olds)
- Junior (7-11 year olds)
The main school is organised into single year groups with two classes in each year. All class registration groups are mixed ability. There is a system of setting throughout the school for various subjects. This means that children at certain times of the day are grouped according to their level of achievement.
|Children enter the Foundation 1 Class, part time, as rising 4-year-olds. They can spend up to 3 terms in here before they have the choice to enter school as Rising 5's. Foundation 1 is the start of the Foundation Stage Curriculum which is a crucial time, laying the firm foundations on which to build. During their time in the Foundation 1, we aim to ensure that every child feels happy and secure in a bright and lively atmosphere that promotes learning by experience.
For further information there is a Foundation Brochure which is available from the School Office or the Foundation 1 Class.
|Parents are offered part-time Rising 5 places for their children until they become 5.These places are offered for 5 mornings a week.|
Reception and Rising 5 children form the latter part of the Foundation Stage of education and are taught the Foundation Curriculum.
Infant children in Year 1 and 2 form Key Stage One and are taught the National Curriculum.
During their time in the Infants, the children are taught in single year group classes with 30 children in each. There are two parallel classes in each year group.
At the end of Key Stage 1 all Year 2 children are assessed and tested in line with Government legislation.
We have a number of highly skilled support staff throughout the school, who help to enhance the children's learning in many ways.
|The Junior Department contains eight classes for children in Years 3 to 6. There are two parallel classes in each year group with up to 32 children in each class.
Full details of all National Curriculum subjects may be obtained from the office.
Although children are allocated to particular classes and have their own class teacher, they may be taught by other teachers for particular subjects in order to make the best possible use of staff expertise and school resources.
||Children marching on their visit to the REME museum.|
Nursery 9.00am to 11.30am
12.45pm to 3.15pm
Infants and 8.50am to 12.00pm
Juniors 1.10pm to 3.30pm (infants - 3.20pm)
There is a 20 minute morning break for all children and an afternoon break for the Infant children.
If your child is absent for any reason it is important that the school is contacted on the first day of absence and then informed in writing of the reason for the absence on their return to school. Absences are monitored closely and recorded electronically each day.
There are occasions when holidays may have to be taken during school time. The law states a maximum absence period of two weeks during the school year. Any absence exceeding 10 days will not be authorised.
Every half term, the school is required to explain to the Education Welfare Officer any periods of absence.
School Term Dates
A full holiday list is sent to all parents at least once a term in the Radstock Review, which also contains fortnightly updates of planned activities for the term.
During the second half of the term, before your child is due to start school, you will be contacted by letter. Provision is then made for you and your child to visit the school to enable you to meet your child's class teacher and see the school in action. There is also the opportunity for your child to spend some time with his/her future teacher. The step into school is an important event in the life of a child and the transfer from the small environment of the home where he/she is the centre of attention, to the larger environment of school, can be on occasions slightly bewildering.
As parents, you can help in many ways to enable your child to feel more confident by encouraging them to be independent and able to look after themselves.
- Help to make your child as physically independent as possible. Provide clothes and shoes that can be easily removed and/or fastened by your child. Name all clothing clearly.
- We will expect each child to be able to change for various activities, so try to ensure your child can dress/undress themselves, remove outdoor clothing and hang it up on the correct peg.
- He or she should also be able to use cutlery adequately, to use the toilet properly and wash and dry hands.
- Talk to your child, share the excitement of stories and join the local library.
- Encourage your child to communicate with a feeling of confidence.
- Have fun with your child spending time playing and talking. They grow up so quickly once they start school.
- Encourage your child to paint, crayon, draw, cook, and make models. All these are activities, which encourage your child to communicate with you and allow the development of confidence in his/her own ability.
- Encourage your child to count and recognise shapes and colours. There are a great number of educational games and activities available, which encourage your child to notice and observe numbers in action every day.
During the first few days, you may feel it is preferable to bring your child into the school building on arrival. Stay with your child only as long as your child needs you. When you say goodbye, go and don't look back, however tempted. Parting is far harder for you than it is for your child! This should be discontinued as soon as possible, so that the children develop independence.
Occasionally children may be upset or bewildered by something, which to you, and us, may be trivial. If you believe this is happening please let the teacher know as soon as possible.
Please make sure that you are on time to collect your child. Five minutes to an adult is not long but to a child it is an eternity.
If you can spend some time preparing your child for school, he/she will settle more easily.
School Catchment, Admissions and Secondary Admission
Radstock is a two-form entry Primary School with a planned admission figure of 60 children within Key Stage One and 64 in Key Stage Two. This gives the school a total planned accommodation level of 438 pupils plus 52 part-time children in the Nursery.
All applications for school places are managed centrally by Wokingham District Council. Should an application be turned down, there is a set Appeals Procedure which may be implemented.
For details of admission criteria or the appeals procedure please contact the Schools Admission Section at Shute End (Wokingham 9746000 and ask for Primary Schools Admission).
A copy of the School's admission policy can be downloaded as a Word document by clicking here.
Children may be registered for the Foundation Nursery Class in the term following their second birthday. A copy of the Nursery admission policy can be downloaded as a Word document by clicking here.
Children may start school as a Rising Five child, in the term before their fifth birthday or can defer their place until the term after the child is five.
Children normally transfer from the Infant Department to the Junior Department in the September following their seventh birthday.
Transfer to Secondary School is in the September following a child's eleventh birthday. Most children transfer from Radstock to either Maiden Erleigh Comprehensive. Parents have the right to express a preference for another school if they so wish. Information is sent out to parents in the Autumn term of the child's last year in Primary School.
If you require any help, please do not hesitate to contact the Head teacher.
|Children with SEN
Pupils with special educational needs at Radstock have always received appropriate attention from class teachers, support teachers and external agencies.
The Code of Practice recognises that a child has Special Needs if he or she has a learning difficulty that requires special provision to be made. A child has a learning difficulty if he or she:
- Has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age
- Has a disability which either prevents or hinders the child from making use of educational facilities of a kind
provided for children of the same age in schools within the area.
Radstock has a policy which outlines our approach to special needs. A copy of this document can be obtained from the school office.
Teachers differentiate the planned curriculum in order to provide effective learning opportunities so that all children are able to learn and to achieve to their individual level. In accordance with the criteria laid down by the SEN Code of Practice, staff produce Individual Education Plans for children. These are monitored and reviewed at least termly with parents.
|More Able Children
As a school, we cater for a wide range of abilities and aim to ensure that all children are stimulated and challenged to enable them to reach their full potential. Lessons are well planned, taking into account the previous learning that has taken place. Differentiation of the work set in class ensures that there is challenge within the teaching and learning and the outcome for individual children.
By responding to the diverse learning needs of the children and setting suitable challenges, the school is able to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all its pupils.
The school policy is available from the office on request.
The school nurse makes routine visits at various times throughout the school year to check eyesight, hearing, weight etc. The school nurse is always willing to discuss any queries you may have and can be contacted via the school office.
If your child has a recurring or infectious illness please would you let us know. In agreement with the regulations laid down by the Health and Safety at Work Act, we are advised not to administer medicines unless written permission is granted by the parents. Should it be necessary for your child to receive medication during school hours, then the medicine should be clearly labelled with your child's name and full details of dosage. The school accepts no liability for such items, and all members of staff have the right to refuse to administer the medicine. Forms must be obtained from the school office.
Illness in school
We do not have the facilities for looking after sick children. In the event of illness, we will try to contact parents immediately. You should ensure that we have up-to-date information on how to contact you or a relative/friend/neighbour in an emergency.
Health And Safety
Fire instruction notices are posted in every area, and regular fire practices are held every term. A copy of the Health and Safety regulations is available for parents to peruse at the school. If you require further details, please contact our Health and Safety Representative Officer via the School Office.
The children and staff use digital photography to record many aspects of the children’s work and interaction with their peers. These are used solely by the school in the use of display, assessment and for conveying information to parents in publications such as the Prospectus and Radstock Review.
The school works hard to enable all pupils to develop an attitude of self-discipline and care for themselves and others. The development of this means fostering an awareness of the needs of others and the ability to co-operate with others in a variety of ways within differing social and academic situations. This positive and responsible attitude needs on rare occasions to be reinforced by various sanctions; on the whole such measures are no more than those that would be exercised by a careful and responsible parent e.g. the withdrawal of privileges.
For further details please refer to the School's Policy on Behaviour and Discipline and Anti-Bullying which is available from the School Office.
The school meals are cooked on the premises. The menu is displayed every week and covers a period of three weeks. Each day there are three meals, one of which is always a vegetarian meal and a salad. The meals system is sufficiently flexible to allow families to decide on a day to day basis whether or not children have a school meal. Meal vouchers can be purchased in advance. Children are always supervised by lunchtime dinner controllers who are always willing to assist the children in choosing their meal. Details of prices can be obtained from the school office. If a family is in receipt of income support, children are entitled to a free school meal. Please contact the school office.
Alternatively parents may provide a packed lunch for their child. Drinks must not be in glass containers. We do not allow children to bring in sweets, chocolate or any nut products.
In the event of your child going home to lunch, please inform the school.
We actively encourage children to drink water as often as they want to. They can bring clear sports type bottles into school to have on their tables alongside the other essential items they need for work. Bottles must be named and taken home each night.
Healthy SnacksNut policy
Every child, in school and nursery is encouraged to eat a piece of fresh fruit, dried fruit or vegetable at each morning break. These should be bought to school in a named container. Nursery and Infant children have a piece of fruit provided as part of the Governments fruit scheme.
There are increasing numbers of children with severe allergic reactions. The school does not allow any nut products to be brought into school for snacks or lunch.
A great deal of attention has been focused on educational visits. If you are in any doubt regarding a particular trip involving your child, please contact the headteacher. In brief the Statement for charging for school activities is as follows :
The school will apply any charges levied by the Local Authority for services, which it provides, and also the remission arrangements, which the Authority considers appropriate. The school reserves the right to levy a charge in any circumstances permissible under the 1988 Education Reform Act.
Parents may be asked to make voluntary contributions for any visit or journey organised by the school and approved by the governors. The matter of a voluntary contribution will not be a factor in deciding whether a child is allowed to participate in an activity. The school reserves the absolute right to determine whether the level of voluntary contributions is sufficient to enable the activity to take place.
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. However, no child will be at a disadvantage because of a parent's unwillingness or inability to contribute in this way.
The governors will apply the statutory minimum remissions to any charges, which they make: that is in respect of pupils whose parents are in receipt of income support or family credit. 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, materials other than as a result of normal fair wear and tear.
The Year 6 children visit Rhos-y- Gwaliau adventure training centre near Bala, Snowdonia in North Wales. The children spend a week away experiencing such activities as canoeing, dinghy sailing, rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering and many other challenging activities. The week provides excellent life experiences and builds a very strong team spirit. The children all discover a lot about themselves too!
Year 4 children visit Kingswood activity centre on the Isle of Wight for a weekend in March. They try their hand at activities such as quad biking, archery and aeroball.
|Home School Promise
We rely on the help and support of parents for all that we do in school. As soon as your child enters school we, as parents and teachers, enter into a partnership with the best interests of your child at the centre. We hope that you will support us by signing our Home/School Promise as an important start to our partnership in your child's education. Click here to download the Home School Promise in Word format.
|Co-operation with parents is regarded as fundamental to the interests of both home and school. We recognise that such links are essential for the success of your child while at Radstock. We hold parent/teacher interviews each term. These are for ten minutes. Occasionally both teachers and parents feel further discussion is needed and this can be arranged with the teachers.|
We are always pleased to discuss any matter with parents. However, it is not always convenient to approach a teacher in class. If the need arises, please make an appointment; in an emergency we will always see you immediately.
Parents are given an annual report in July each year, which will include details of their child's achievements in the curriculum as well as general progress. Your child's view of their progress and what they need to do next, forms an important part of the report.
We hold class assemblies for parents to see the work their children have been doing and also hold an evening in July for children to show their parents their work.
Information for parents is sent out regularly in the Radstock Review each fortnight. Parents can also join our Smartgroup which gives you access from home to other school information, including homework.
The school's policy on Homework is in line with Government legislation and is followed throughout the school. Click here to download the policy as a Word document.
All children are expected to share their reading books at home, particularly in the early stages of learning to read. Regular practise at home is essential in developing good reading habits. Children are encouraged to use the school library and to bring books home.
All children have homework set, increasing in length and variety as they move through the school. Junior children have homework diaries that need to be signed by parents.
Homework is an extension or reinforcement of the activities children have been involved in at school. It is important that the children develop good work habits at home and we ask that parents support us in helping their children to have a quiet place in which to complete their homework.
|Extra Curricular Activities|
The staff give a great deal of their time to organise a variety of out of school activities, both at lunchtimes and after school. On the whole such activities are based on the interest of both children and staff. They generally include recorders, choir, orchestra, dance, French, reading, gardening, environment, netball, basketball and football.
Children and parents are informed of the current list of clubs in the Radstock Review sent out fortnightly.
During the week the school is used by a number of clubs for various evening activities. These are;
The choir and orchestra are popular extra-curricular activities.
It is important that children develop a sense of pride in their school. Part of this feeling of belonging is encouraged by the wearing of our school uniform.
While school uniform is not compulsory, we hope that parents and children feel sufficiently proud of their school to want to wear it.
Please ensure that all clothing brought into school is clearly named.
|Navy blue tunic or skirt
||Navy blue jumper/sweatshirt|
|Navy blue or grey school trousers( not leggings)
||White or light blue shirt|
|Navy blue gingham dress (summer only)
||Plain navy tie. (optional)|
||Navy blue or grey trousers|
|Navy blue jumper /cardigan /sweatshirt
||Sensible shoes not trainers|
|Sensible shoes not trainers
All children also require a PE kit.
School polo shirts, tee shirts, book bags, drawstring bags, sweatshirts and fleeces with the school logo on, are available from the school office. Click here to download an order form.
All children require:
- Old shirt/apron for art work
- Bag with drawstring for PE Kit
- School book bag
|Dress for PE/Games
|In the interests of safety it is important that children are appropriately dressed for these activities.|
All PE clothing should be either dark blue or white.
When deciding clothing for your child please keep the following points in mind:
- Navy shorts.
- White vest or T-shirt.
- Bare feet for dance or gym.
- Plimsolls, gym shoes or trainers for high impact work or outside work.
Children are not allowed to do indoor lessons in stockinged feet. If your child has a foot infection let them wear plimsolls. If plimsolls need to be worn please avoid purchasing black soles as these mark the hall floor badly.The floor of the School Hall is considered to be suitable for the children to do indoor activities in bare feet.
- Clothing should be kept as simple as possible:
- Long clothing can get caught in apparatus, impede movement and cause falls.
Watches, jewellery, hairclips etc. should always be removed before any PE. lesson and are the responsibility of the owners. Earrings must be removed or taped over.
Shirts and Sweatshirts with the Radstock Logo on can be purhased from the school. Click here to download an order form.
Unfortunately items do get lost during the school year. In the case of clothing, if your child's name is clearly marked we do our best to return the item promptly. Blue bins are located in each area- please check them regularly.
|Jewellery and Personal Items
There is no need for any child to wear jewellery in school. Should it be necessary, for cultural reasons, for items to be worn, then the school accepts no responsibility for loss/breakage. In any event the child will be asked to remove such items for any activity where the teacher feels they may cause an accident. Stud earrings may only be worn, but should be removed or covered with tape for Games/PE lessons for Health and Safety reasons.
If a child chooses to bring something in from home they do so totally at their own risk. The school takes no responsibility for any loss or damage to personal items.