|Chartridge Combined School|
|Cogdells Lane, Chartridge, HP5 2TW, UK Chesham|
+44 (0)1494 837498
CHARTRIDGE SCHOOL FROM THE AIR
Chartridge school, which opened in January 1969, is situated in a particularly attractive rural setting. The accommodation includes eight classrooms, assembly hall, dining hall, library, music room, and domestic science kitchen. The School Association (PTA) financed the building of a block of changing rooms on the sports field and has converted the redundant school kitchen to a science laboratory. Over recent years, other additions to the school accommodation include a library and computer suite through the refurbishment of existing areas.
Chartridge Combined School draws most of its pupils from the Parish of Chartridge and the adjacent area of Chesham north of Penn Avenue, but excluding Asheridge and Bellingdon. The school is divided into Foundation Stage - Reception Class, Key Stage 1, Years 1 and 2, and Key Stage 2 - Year 3 to Year 6. Children are currently admitted at the beginning of the term in which they attain their fifth birthday, and leave at the age of eleven, transferring to Grammar and Upper Schools in Chesham, Amersham, Great Missenden or Aylesbury.
School commences daily at 08.55 and finishes at 15.10. Morning break is from 10:30 - 10:45. The KS1 children (Reception, Years 1 & 2) break for lunch from 12.00 - 13:15 and the KS2 children 12.30 - 13:30. KS1 children have an afternoon break from 14:15 - 14:30.
Please do not send your children to school too early each day as staff supervision is not possible before 08.45 a.m.
Allowing for registration and a short assembly, KS1 children are taught for approximately 21.5 hours per week and KS2 children for approximately 23 hours per week.
Home School Agreement - A basis for living and working together in harmony
This agreement is requested for each pupil to ensure that school staff and parents are working together with a common understanding of expectations in terms of how the school will educate and care for the child and how parents will encourage attendance and the adoption of school values as described in the document. A copy of the agreement may be found by following the above link.
The National Curriculum
In common with all state schools, Chartridge is implementing the National Curriculum in accordance with the timetable set by the Secretary of State for Education and Science. Full details of the provisions of the National Curriculum are held in School and may be accessed by parents on request. The curriculum is developed within the requirements of the 1988 Education Reform Act, and is structured as follows:
Design & Technology
Religious Education is also provided for all pupils.
Pupils in our Reception Class begin their learning from the Foundation Stage, leading into the National Curriculum as they progress.
A Baseline Assessment takes place for each child, shortly after entering Reception Class.
From Year 1, pupils will be taught in the National Curriculum Key Stages 1 or 2.
Key Stage One:Ages 5 to 7
Key Stage Two:Ages 8 to 11
Key Stage Assessments will take place at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2, and combined with these tests will be continuous assessment by the class teacher.
This assessment will enable you and us to see what your child has achieved and to help in planning the next stages of their learning to try and ensure continuity. The results will also be useful when your child moves to secondary school or should you as a family move to a new area to live.
The basic skills of language development are speaking, listening, reading and writing. As these skills are mastered, so a child is able to apply them to a wider range of tasks in other areas of the curriculum.
Throughout the school the National Literacy Strategy has been implemented with the literacy hour. A flexible approach has enabled us to incorporate many elements of existing good practice in the school.
'Oxford Reading Tree' and '1,2,3 and Away' form the core of our reading scheme, and as children progress these are supplemented by a range of books from class and school library. Naturally, you are encouraged to support your child`s development at home by reading and sharing books in a positive way.
Writing, Grammar & Comprehension
These are taught through a range of teacher led activities and where appropriate are supported through the use of LCP support materials plus the published scheme 'English Alive' from Year 2 onwards.
Speaking and Listening is also a key area of development throughout the school.
The National Numeracy Strategy has been implemented throughout the school. Monitoring is currently taking place by all teachers to ensure the maintenance of existing high standards of attainment by pupils.
The New Abacus scheme is used to support Key Stage 1 teaching and as it becomes available is being implemented at Key Stage 2. Cambridge Maths and other supplementary resources are also used.
Science is taught through a process of thematic, topic-based work relating to the attainment targets and programmes of study within the National Curriculum guidelines. Much of the learning is based on first-hand experience for the pupils and followed through with the application of the acquired knowledge, skills and understanding to new areas of development, drawing on a range of other subjects as appropriate.
The school has a significant range of I.C.T. hardware and software. Our computer suite facilitates whole class access to a fully networked system of twenty computers with "Windows 2000" software and access via broadband to the Internet. Other equipment available includes a library based PC with internet access, a scanner, digital camera, multi-media projector plus laser and colour printers.
Most recently, we have acquired interactive whiteboards plus projectors for development as classroom based teaching aids.
History, Geography, Art, Music, P.E. and D & T.
These remaining foundation subjects are structured within the requirements of the National Curriculum and are regularly reviewed and developed within the priorities incorporated in the schools Development Plan, subject to economic feasibility.
As well as class music lessons, children from Year 4 upwards are given the opportunity to learn the recorder during lunch breaks and/or after school. Those from Year 4 are able, if considered suitable, to learn the violin, and children in Years 5 and 6 may learn the flute or the clarinet, but must provide their own instruments. A Brass tuition group is also now established as is classical guitar which proves to be a very popular instrument. Places in these groups are limited however.
Pupils in KS2 classes may also be considered for the school choir which meets after school.
Religious Education & Assemblies
Religious education comprises a daily school assembly and classroom based religious instruction in accordance with the County Agreed Syllabus. Parents who wish their children to be wholly or partly excused from attendance at religious worship or instruction in school are asked to make their wishes known to the Headteacher.
Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from assemblies and R.E. but we would hope that our way of working avoids such action. We are always happy to discuss any concerns on this matter.
Throughout the year a range of activities takes place at lunch times and after school. For the most part they are taken up by the KS 2 children. The following are examples: Football, Netball, Table Tennis, Cricket, Computers, Recorders, and Choir.
We are able to take advantage of a range of specialist activities through local clubs e.g. Wycombe Wanderers FC, Chesham Stags RFC, Chesham Tennis Club and Chesham Cricket Club.
An increasing amount of time is being dedicated to Key Stage 1 classes through the involvement of these clubs.
Parents who may have interests, skills and expertise to offer would be warmly welcomed to discuss possibilities.
Other activities include Gardening Club - Run by parents, Road Safety - (Cycling Awareness, Footsteps for K.S. 1, plans underway for Crocodile Trail.) We participate in inter-school competitions with many of our sporting activities.
A group of parents is also involved in preparing a float and stall to participate in the Schools of Chesham Carnival each June.
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