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Knowles Junior School
Queensway, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, UK

www:http://www.knowlesmiddle.milton-keynes.sch.uk/e-mail:

We aim to help every child to learn rewardingly and purposefully, through carefully planned teaching and a wide range of other educational opportunities. During their time here we hope that your children will discover their own capacity to learn, and adapt themselves to different working situations, demanding different levels of cooperation and self-discipline. They should then be equipped with the tools of learning so vital to their future prospects.

 

 

You know your children best, so we aim to work in partnership with you, in order for them to get the most from their time with us

 

If you would like to find out more then please explore the site. We extend a warm welcome to you and look forward to a prosperous future together.

 

Barbara Phillips

 

Headteacher

As a school we recognise the importance of working together with you to give your child the best possible education. Partnership between school and home is essential if a child is to fulfill its potential. You, after all, have been your child’s first teacher.

Between us we see different but equally important aspects of your child; we need to share our knowledge in order to educate them to the best of our ability.

Parents are welcomed into school at any time, either to help, or to discuss concerns about their children. We may not be able to see you immediately but we will certainly try to see you at some time on the same day.

At the beginning of each term you will receive a summary of the work your child will be covering during that term in each curriculum area.

Our homework policy is designed to give you more access to your child’s education, as we are keen for you to be involved in working with them (not for them!) at home.

In addition to this there are open days and termly parents’ evenings when there is the opportunity to see your child’s work and to meet the teachers on a more formal basis.

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AIMS

Knowles Junior School.  Working Together To:
  • Offer children a broad, balanced education leading to high academic standards

  • Offer a secure, interesting and stimulating learning environment which will enable each child to fulfil his/her potential

  • Encourage positive attitudes and pleasure in learning

  • Encourage children to respect others and their environment and so become responsible members of the wider community

  • Enable all children to become confident and adaptable learners in an ever-changing multicultural society

  • Encourage parents to become full partners in their children?s education by involving them as much as possible in the life of the school

  • Develop a reflective approach to life by encouraging respect for religious and moral values

ADMISSIONS

Knowles Junior School is situated between Queensway and Leon Recreation Ground. Known as Knowles Junior School since 1973, the school dates back to the 1890’s.

Much of the school’s character derives from the variety of its buildings, some of which date back to the turn of the century. The school was modernised in 1975 and now, in addition to the usual classroom space, has a large gym, dining/assembly hall, library, computer suite and a small cookery area.

The school has its own large playing field and playground.

The building is currently shared with the Adult Education Service.

ADMISSION AND TRANSFER

Knowles Junior School currently caters for children between the ages of 8 and 12 (years 4 – 7). From September 2005, this will change to catering for children between 7 and 11 (years 3 – 6).

Sharing a site with Knowles First School means that children are able to make a smooth transfer between the schools as much planning and many events are shared.

As a member of the Leon Educational Partnership which promotes a continuous learning programme from 3 – 18, we aim to give children the opportunity to enter school confidently and to experience an education appropriate to each child. Head teachers and staff co-operate fully. Expertise, skills and resources are shared. Transferring between schools within the Partnership is a planned process minimising stress or difficulty. There is close liaison between First and Junior and between Junior and Secondary schools leading to successful transfer. We believe that the education the Partnership schools give to children enhances the quality of life for the pupils who have been fortunate enough to be part of it.

ORGANISATION OF TEACHING GROUPS

The school’s policy has been, whenever possible, to operate an age banded system of organisation keeping the four age groups separate. This policy is reviewed annually by Governors in the light of pupil numbers and staffing levels.

All classes are of mixed ability. Each year group is divided into classes of approximately equal size. Each class has its own teacher supported as necessary by ancillary staff.

Recognising that each child is an individual with its own needs, we organise our teaching to be as flexible as possible to accommodate these needs. The school relies on a mixture of teaching methods to deliver the curriculum. All teachers use whole class and group teaching where appropriate and there are times when children follow individual work programmes. There is no significant difference in approach throughout the school.

AREA SERVED BY THE SCHOOL

The school serves most of central Bletchley, bordered on the west by the main railway line, on the northern side by Denbigh Industrial Estate, on the east by the Grand Union Canal and on the south by Water Eaton Road.

OUT OF AREA CHILDREN

The school is prepared to admit children from any district outside the area served by the school, subject to the approval of the Governing Body. Transporting children to and from school is the parent’s responsibility. Parents who wish to send their children to Knowles Junior School are asked to contact the school to make an appointment with the Head teacher.

STANDARD ADMISSION NUMBERS

We are able to accommodate a maximum of 60 pupils in each year group.

CURRICULUM

The Junior School curriculum comprises the five core subjects and seven foundation subjects.
 
Other subjects are included in our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHE) programme. This comprises Circle Time: an opportunity given to each class to discuss issues relevant to them or the school in general, as well as wider issues. These could include bullying, other areas of social responsibility or general moral issues. We also include certain aspects of Health Education and visits by outside speakers such as the Police in our programme.
 
More details of individual subject areas are to be found on the following pages. The staff have regular discussions on curriculum matters in order to produce policy documents which in turn inform the more specific schemes of work followed by the children. They are essentially professional documents but are available in school for any parent to read, along with all National Curriculum documents.
 
Subject Leaders liaise on a regular basis with their counterparts in both the First and Secondary Schools in order to ensure a continuity of education.
 
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CLUBS

The range of extra-curricular activities on offer depends on the particular interests and expertise of staff, and may vary from year to year. Most years we offer:
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Athletics
  • Choir
  • Art
  • Needlework
  • Computers
  • Puzzles
Other activities may begin during the course of the year. Most activities take place at lunchtime, although some may be after school, when parents’ permission will be needed in order for children to take part.

HOURS, MEALS, UNIFORM

The school opening hours are as follows:
  • Morning session: 8.50am – 12.20pm
  • Morning break: 10.15am – 10.30am
  • Lunch break: 12.20pm - 1.20pm
  • Afternoon session: 1.20pm – 3.20pm
Total teaching time in a normal school week is 25.5 hours
 

Knowles Junior School is part of the Milton Keynes Health Schools Award Scheme. As a health promoting school we see promotion of health and well being as central to the life of the school. The scheme takes a broad view that includes all aspects of the life of the school and its relationships with the surrounding community. It is based on the holistic model of health that recognises the interaction of physical, mental, social, emotional and environmental aspects.
 
The aim of the scheme is to ensure that Milton Keynes schools use all the available resources at their disposal to improve the health and well being of all children nd staff in the school. It can be seen as a tool to tackle inequalities in health which affect the children’s ability to learn.
 
A catering company provides meals for paying children and those eligible for free lunches. There is a choice of hot meal, snack meal, vegetarian option, or packed lunch. The current cost is £1.50 per day and children order and pay weekly in advance. Payment for more than one week in advance, or for a halfterm, may be made by cheque payable to the catering company.
 

In order to foster a sense of identity Governors have recommended that a school uniform be worn - Sportswear IS NOT acceptable as school uniform.

Girls

  • Plain black skirt/trousers, white blouse with collar
  • Plain black sweater or cardigan, or Knowles black sweatshirt, available from school
  • Flat black/grey shoes/dark coloured trainers - NOT the brightly coloured florescent variety

PE Kit

  • Black shorts/PE skirt
  • Gold school polo shirt (available from school)
  • Trainers and plimsolls

Summer Wear (optional):

  • Pale blue, or blue/white checked dress, white cardigan
  • Black tailored shorts (not sports type), white T-shirt with collar

Boys

  • Plain black trousers, white shirt with collar
  • Plain black pullover/sweater or Knowles black sweatshirt, available from school
  • Black shoes/dark coloured trainers - NOT the brightly coloured florescent variety

PE Kit

  • Black shorts
  • Gold school polo shirt (available from school)
  • Trainers and plimsolls (Football boots are desirable for boys from Year 5 onwards

Summer Wear (optional):

  • Plain grey tailored shorts - not sports type, white/gold ‘t' shirt with collar
  • A black Knowles sweatshirt is an optional item of uniform for both boys and girls.

Jewellery

  • Watches may be worn.
  • Earrings, other than studs may not be worn in school.
  • For safety reasons children may be asked to remove watches and earrings for games and PE sessions.

No other jewellery is permitted and the school will not take any responsibility for the loss or damage to any of the above items, or any other personal property.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones will only be allowed in school if a letter is received from a parent / guardian. The letter and phone must come into the school office: the phone will be kept there throughout the school day. Phones found in school without written parental permission will be confiscated, and only returned to the parent / guardian.

Electronic Games, Walkmans, Etc.

These are not permitted in school, and the school will not take any responsibility for the loss or damage to them if they are brought in. Any item found in use in school will be confiscated, and only returned to the parent / guardian.



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