|Highworth Combined School and Nursery|
|Highworth Close, HP13 7PH, UK High Wycombe|
+44 (0)1494 525534
Highworth is situated on the northern edge of High Wycombe in attractive surroundings with extensive grounds that include an orchard and a number of quiet areas.
Despite its tranquil setting the school benefits from easy access to bus services to the town centre, Hazlemere and Micklefield.
The school currently has 420 places plus 78 nursery places (39 in the morning and 39 in the afternoon).
"Highworth is a good school with many strengths"
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Read the latest Newsletter September 2007
Highworth County Combined School, Highworth Close, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP13 7PH.
Tel : (01494) 525534 Fax : (01494) 536681
Head Teacher: Mr Graeme Kilner B.Ed(Oxon)
Deputy Head: Miss Rebecca Campbell
Chair of Governors: Mr. Mike Ferguson
Highworth Combined School is one of the most exciting educational developments in High Wycombe. We are one of the few schools that are now able to offer a seamless curriculum.
From the day pupils enter our nursery we plan for learning that follows through sequentially until children leave at 11 years old.
Our school has benefited from the massive infusion of money which was needed to effect the major building and refurbishment programme which was completed last year. Our nursery is purpose built and we believe offers a level of provision which is second to none in the Wycombe area.
Our new classroom block provides four new rooms for our pupils which are architecturally quite stunning. The block includes a new computer suite where all our pupils benefit from regular access to the latest technology.
To meet our growing needs, in Spring 2000 we opened a newly built classroom for our reception children and in September 2003, we opened 2 newly built classrooms. This has enabled us to operate 2 forms for each year group.
Nursery and Reception - the Foundation Stage
Prior to children entering Year 1, they follow the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum. The Foundation Stage begins when a child is aged three. The last year is often described as the reception year, when children are entering an Infant or Primary School.
During the academic year 2001 - 2002 the Foundation Stage was fully integrated into the nursery and reception at Highworth. Since it covers the nursery and reception stages, there is now an even smoother transition for our children passing from the nursery into the reception classes and the mainstream school.
The Foundation Stage is not a curriculum as such but has a series of Early Learning Goals in six major areas of learning. These are:
1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
2. Communication, Language and Literacy
3. Mathematical Development
4. Knowledge and Understanding of the World
5. Physical Development
6. Creative Development
These together form a basis for the planning throughout the Foundation Stage, so laying secure foundations for learning.
The Foundation Stage should create young children who are active learners, who use all of their senses to build concepts and ideas from their experiences. The process of learning, as well as the content, is of vital importance. The children's understanding and experience of this is crucial to their development towards the more structured National Curriculum undertaken in Key Stages 1 and 2.
Personal Social and Emotional Development
Social and personal development is the key to all nursery education. We aim for our children to develop in confidence, to consider and respect themselves and to relate positively to adults and other children.
Children soon learn the nursery routine through our expectations and encouragement.
"Play" is crucial to children's learning. Staff ensure that children encounter learning experiences through structured play, by providing appropriate equipment and materials.
Through adult involvement, comment and questions resulting from observation, the children are helped to learn.
Communication Language and Literacy
All areas of the curriculum provide a vehicle to develop language skills.
- Book corner Encourages an enjoyment of books.
- Develops listening and spoken language skills.
- Drawing/Writing Offer a choice of writing/drawing tools and paper.
- Develop pencil control, pencil pressure and cutting skills.
- Language Games and stories.
We provide a range of resources and experiences to develop number concepts, concepts of measurement, mathematical language and problem solving.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World.
To develop a sense of wonder and awe.
- Science Observation, investigation and exploration of living and
- Technology Joining materials together, developing box-modelling
skills, etc. Use of computer programmes.
Use of large and small apparatus to develop, co-ordinate and control. Use of tools such as pencils and scissors to develop finer movements and skills.
Children explore colour, texture, shape and form using a variety of materials and techniques.
- Home corner Develops imaginative, creative and social play.
- Music/songs Experiment with sound and rhythms. Develop listening
skills. Build up a repertoire of songs including nursery rhymes.
- Drama/role-play Develop confidence, social interactions and make sense of
HEARING IMPAIRED DEPARTMENT
· The Hearing Impaired Department caters for children across the whole spectrum of hearing loss and provides whatever mode of communication meets their needs. This ranges from the auditory/oral approach, through Sign Supported English to bilingualism, where the child's first language is British Sign Language. The difficult transition from the syntax of BSL to English is facilitated by the use of Signed English to develop reading and writing skills. All children are fully integrated into classes or with sets of hearing children, but may be withdrawn for individual support when required.
· Children enter the HID where their Statements are maintained and reviewed annually according to the SEN Code of Practice, overseen by the Head of Department and Teacher of the Deaf. We have two deaf tutors who develop the signed communication skills of staff and children and who ensure that their pastoral needs are met. In addition, we have two Specialist Speech and Language Therapists. We also have a skilled and enthusiastic team of trained Communicators who support the learning of all the children so that they can be included in all the activities of the school.
· We work in partnership with Wycombe Hospital; The Hospital for Children, Great Ormond Street, London; and the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, to ensure maximum benefit from hearing aids and cochlea implants. The children are provided with Solaris Radio Aids and, in some cases, Sound Field Amplification.
· Highworth HID has also developed close links with "Young Deaf Activities" which invites hearing impaired children, their parents and siblings to meet regularly for fun events. This gives the children an opportunity to widen their horizons and at the same time provides Outreach Support to parents.
· The Hearing Impaired Department is a real strength of our school. It has a very positive influence, not just on our pupils who are deaf or hearing impaired but also on the entire school community. All members of the Department are fully integrated into mainstream classes and the children work and play together with mainstream pupils. The close relationships which develop from this enable all pupils to better understand each others' needs. This has been a significant factor in establishing the caring ethos, which is evident in our school and which is one of our published aims.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
All mainstream pupils, both in the school as well as in the nursery, are regularly screened to detect learning difficulties. Once special needs are identified, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator [SENCo] (Mrs Hazel Hackett) liaises with class teachers, parents and outside agencies to ensure an appropriate response.
The Area Support Team provides us with additional support on a fortnightly basis to help us meet the requirements of these children.
There are many different types of special needs presented by children and, depending on what they are and the level of seriousness, the special provision varies.
The initial stage is called School Action and involves additional support and/ or different materials that are provided by the school. The following stage is called School Action Plus and includes support from professionals outside the school. This support may be advice, resources or assessment information depending on the needs of the child. The stages above this are for requesting and receiving a Statement of Special Educational Needs. Very few children will need to reach this stage of support.
Our SEN Policy is in accordance with the Education Act 1993 and the accompanying Code of Practice (January 2002) which advocates that the needs of most children with special educational needs should be met within a mainstream school with necessary support.
Detailed planning and documentation are an important part of the process and parents are closely involved at all stages.
FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED
All schools are required to provide information about the arrangements for taking disabled pupils into the school, the steps taken to ensure they are treated on equal terms with other pupils and the facilities provided to help them with access to the school. As a Community School, we are bound by the County's Admissions Policy, which ensures that there is no discrimination against pupils with disabilities.
Highworth with its Hearing-Impaired Department is in a special position and has a higher proportion of pupils with disabilities than most schools. The Orchard Room provides an excellent range of specialist facilities for the hearing impaired and, in consideration of them, we also have fire alarms that flash as well as ring. Staff with a hearing impaired child in their class wear radio microphones so that they can be heard more clearly. Signing Assistants support the signing children in the classroom to maximise their access to the curriculum. In addition several members of staff are learning to sign. We also have special pieces of equipment to assist children with impaired sight.
All disabled pupils are fully integrated into the school. The hearing impaired children are only withdrawn for separate support when the lesson is of such a nature that they would not be able to gain from it. There are signed songs and stories to aid understanding among the rest of the children and deaf awareness is a part of our PSHE course.
For people with other disabilities, there are other modifications around the school although the design of the buildings does not make it an easy place to convert. There is a ramp to the main entrance and it would be possible for someone in a wheelchair to get to all areas of the school although, admittedly, by a rather circuitous route to avoid the internal stairs. We also have a toilet suitable for wheelchair bound visitors.
At Highworth we value our specialist department and are proud of its success in integrating pupils, both socially and academically.
During the last year we have improved the facilities which are available for people with disabilities – and have achieved some of the aims of our Accessibility plan. The County funded Sound Field reinforcement systems for more of our classrooms. They are now fitted to at least one classroom in each year group. We have also been able to incorporate a ramp in our new corridor extension. This will enable wheelchair users to travel directly from the top playground to the hall and admin corridor. Although this is a significant improvement, there are still some classrooms which are not accessible to wheelchairs and resolving this remains a priorty.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIESHighworth Combined School has a wide range of extra curricular activities. Pupils are under no obligation to attend these, but most of our pupils appear to be very enthusiastic about the prospect of joining a club.
Certain clubs have to restrict membership to either specific ages, or numbers.
Clubs the school offer include:
- Craft / Sewing
- Country Dancing
- Youth Club
HIGHWORTH AFTER-SCHOOL CLUB AND HOLIDAY PLAY SCHEMES
Highworth After-School Club (HASC) is now a well-established facility available for the use of pupils of Highworth School. The Club seeks to provide childcare services for children of working parents. However, many parents/carers decide to use the Club as a social experience for their children, appreciating the benefits of the camaraderie and caring relationships that exist between the children. HASC is a self-sufficient organisation, run independently from Highworth School.
Since 2003 HASC has also run a Breakfast Club opening from 8.00am to offer a nourishing breakfast and care before school starts. Children are taken from the Breakfast Club to their classrooms for the start of the school day.
HASC also operates a Holiday Scheme during all Inset Days school holidays, with the exception of Christmas. This is open to pupils from other local schools as well as Highworth and is open from 8.00am and 5.30pm. This provision was established in line with Government wishes to expand 'wrap around care' for working parents and HASC is successfully fulfilling that role. HASC is located in the 27th High Wycombe Sea Scout Headquarters, within the school grounds
To book a place or to make any enquiries, please call Elaine Hounslow on
07855 198594 or visit the Club between 3.00pm and 5.30pm.
ADMISSION TO HIGHWORTH
ACADEMIC YEAR SEPTEMBER 2006- JULY 2007
School: 56 places were available for reception children. All were filled according to the County admission criteria and a waiting list exists. Most other year groups are also full and waiting lists are in place.
Nursery: 39 places in the morning session and 39 places in the afternoon session.
ACADEMIC YEAR SEPTEMBER 2006 - JULY 2007
School: 56 places
ALL parents of children who were born between 1 September 2002 and 31 August 2003 MUST return their application forms for a place in a RECEPTION class before the deadline, which will be in November 2006. This application process is separate and different from the admission process into our nursery.
Nursery: 39 places in the morning session and 39 places in the afternoon session
Parents who wish their child to enter our nursery should complete a NURSERY admission form. These are available from the School Secretary.
Application for admission to the nursery may be made as soon as a child is 2½ years old. These applications are filed in birth date order.
Most children spend three terms in our nursery and join us in September at the start of the academic year in which they have their FOURTH birthday. This means that most nursery children will be THREE years old when they join in September.
- · We are a County school and follow the Buckinghamshire County Council Admission Policy as published annually in the Local Education Authority's Admission Booklet.
AREA SERVED BY THE SCHOOL
Amersham Road from The Royal Grammar School to St John's Road, Kingshill Road side includes Brands Hill Avenue and Green Road.
Totteridge side includes Totteridge Lane to the Totteridge stores.
North side of Walton Drive from TotteridgeLane to Kingston Road, then both sides. All of Arnison Avenue and roads to either side including Hobart, Salisbury, etc and the east side of Amersham Road down to Amersham Hill Drive and Hepplewhite Close.
It is important that a school knows what it is trying to achieve and has firm ideas about how it is going to accomplish its ambitions.
At Highworth the staff and governors have very clear aims.
Academically we are trying:
to achieve the highest possible academic standards;
to enable every child to achieve his or her full potential;
to help each child to develop a sense of self-confidence, self-motivation and self-esteem, and to achieve personal fulfilment.
We do this by:
providing a high quality education which has a firm foundation in the basics of Literacy and Numeracy, which teaches the whole range of the National Curriculum subjects to the highest standards and which also allows the development of a sense of aesthetic awareness;
having a structured teaching programme that includes monitoring and assessment so that each child's needs are identified and met in an appropriate way;
providing homework for all children suitable to their age and abilities;
showing children that they all have skills and talents and they are all important.
Within the school we want:
to create an environment that is happy and secure, caring and well disciplined, stimulating and inspiring;
to instil a sense of partnership whereby everyone values and respects everyone else and supports and helps each other;
the highest standards of courtesy and consideration for others and a sense of pride in ourselves and what we stand for.
We do this by having:
an emphasis on firm discipline, an unequivocal Anti-Bullying Policy and a Behaviour Policy which is seen by all to be fair and just and where sanctions are appropriate to the offence;
a good system of pastoral support;
a school uniform worn by all children.
In our relations outside the school we:
are strongly committed to valuing everyone irrespective of their background and to treating everyone equally regardless of their gender, race, creed or colour;
intend to use the talents and skills of all members of the school - staff, governors, parents and pupils - for the advantage of the school as a whole;
want to build a partnership with parents for the good of the children;
believe that we, as a school, are but a part of the local community and that we must build links with those other parts for the benefit of all.
We do this by:
providing opportunities for involvement and encouragement to take up those opportunities;
attempting to reach out to the community in the hope that our attempts will be reciprocated.
We want to educate our children so that they are well prepared to play a role in the multicultural society that exists in our country today.
We want them to know themselves and to want to understand others
Term dates 2007 - 2008
Open on morning of
Close at end of
Autumn Term 2007
Wednesday 5th September
Friday 19th October
Monday 29th October
Friday 21st December
Spring Term 2008
Tuesday 8th January
Friday 15th February
Monday 25th February
Friday 4th April
Summer Term 2008
Monday 21st April
Friday 23rd May
Monday 2nd June
Wednesday 23rd July
Staff training days: Mon 3rd & Tue 4th Sept 07, Mon. 7th Jan 08 + two additional dates to be confirmed.
Easter 2008: Closed on Good Friday (21st March) & Easter Monday (24th March)
Early May Bank Holiday: Mon 5th May 2008
Spring Bank Holiday : 26th May 2008
Delivery & Collection Arrangements
· We expect all children in the Nursery and in Reception to Year 3 to be brought to school and collected at the end of the day by a responsible adult - i.e. someone over 16 years old.
· Parents must inform either the secretary or the class teacher if there is to be a change in the person who normally collects the child.
· Children in the Upper School (Y4 - Y6) may go to and from school unaccompanied if their parents so wish.
· All children, except those in the Nursery, must arrive at school between 8:45am and 8:55am. The school cannot accept responsibility for pupils prior to 8:45am when staff begin supervision of the playgrounds.
· Children who arrive after the bell has rung at 8:55am are late and must report to the school office.
· Parents who are collecting or returning pupils to school during the school day MUST report to the office to sign them both in and out. This is essential to comply with fire regulations.
· It is assumed that all children will stay at school at lunch time. Anyone wishing to take their child home to lunch should inform the school in writing.
Lower school (R-Y2)
Upper school (Y3-6)
9:05am - 11:35am
12:45pm - 3:15pm
9:05am – 11:35
12:50pm – 3:20pm
8:55am - 12:00pm
1:15pm - 3:20pm
8.55 a.m. - 12.15 p.m. and
1.15 p.m. - 3.20 p.m.
Spring & Summer Terms
8:55am – 3:20pm*
.* Children whose birthday falls in the Summer term may remain part time until February.
Transition at 11 plus.
· In common with all other schools in Buckinghamshire, the options for Year 6 leavers are influenced by the 11 + examinations.
· To facilitate the smooth and effective transfer from Highworth, the school is actively involved in liaison with a number of local schools - both grammar schools and upper schools.
· The headteacher holds a meeting for the parents of pupils in Year 5 to explain the 11 plus testing process prior to it starting. This is held annually in the Summer term.
· Additional information is provided by Bucks County Council to the parents of all pupils in Year 6.
In order to discourage competition in dress, maintain standards of appearance and provide sensible work wear it is expected that all children will wear school uniform.
Nursery children are also encouraged to wear it.
Sweatshirts and polo shirts with the school logo, and school ties are available from G. A. Wood in High Wycombe.
Please note that the wearing of jewellery in school is not permitted with the exception of wristwatches.
Earings may not be worn as they can present a safety hazard during PE and games.
· In order to discourage competition in dress, maintain standards of appearance and provide sensible work wear it is expected that all children will wear school uniform.
· Nursery children are also encouraged to wear it.
· Sweatshirts and polo shirts with the school logo, and school ties are available from G. A. Wood in High Wycombe.
Grey skirt / tunic
Grey tailored trousers** / shorts
White shirt / red polo shirt
White blouse / red/white polo shirt
Red sweatshirt/cardigan /pullover *
Red sweatshirt/cardigan/pullover *
Grey or white shalwar
The wearing of Hijab is permitted for religious observance. Hijab should be black or white and suitable for both normal school activities and PE.
A sample is available to view in the School
* Both boys and girls must wear a tie with a V neck sweatshirt / cardigan / pullover. Only crew neck sweatshirts / cardigans / pullovers may be worn without a tie.
** Track suit bottoms. jeans, casual shorts and lycra cycling shorts are not permitted
As in winter or red and white striped/checked dress
As in winter
· Sensible school shoes in black, brown or navy blue.
· Boots, `Doc Martens' and shoes with high heels are not allowed.
· Trainers may only be worn for Games.
P.E. & Games :
White tee shirt
Black shorts Plimsolls or trainers
Girls may wear a black leotard or divided skirt instead of shorts.
NB trousers / shorts should be grey and `tailored'.
Track suit bottoms, jeans, casual shorts and lycra cycling shorts are not permitted.
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