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Stoke Mandeville Combined School
Lower Road, Stoke Mandeville, HP22 5XA, UK Aylesbury
+44 (0)1296 612371

Welcome to Stoke Mandeville Combined School

We are a Primary school for 4-11 year olds based in Buckinghamshire.

Headteacher: Mrs L Fleming

Our Address:
Stoke Mandeville Combined School
Lower Road
Stoke Mandeville
HP22 5XA

Phone: 01296 612371
Fax: 01296 615038


The County Council has agreed that the admissions policy detailed below and overleaf should be used for those children due for admission to primary school at the age of 5 or 7.


In most cases the Education Department will be able to confirm that a place is available at your preferred school.  However, when a primary school is over-subscribed, ie more children wish to attend the school than there are places, the list of criteria detailed below is used to allocate places up to the Intended Admission Number.


Admissions Criteria for Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary Schools

1.                 Children living in the area normally served by the school (as agreed with the Education Authority and as listed under - Area Served by School - in General Information section);


2.                 Younger brothers and sisters of children who will still be in attendance at the school on the date of admission*;


3.                 Children with exceptional medical or social needs, supported by written evidence, from a doctor, social worker, education welfare officer or other appropriate person;


4.                 Children with exceptional educational needs, supported by written evidence from an appropriate professional;


5.                 In the event of oversubscription, once places have been allocated under criteria 1-4, the remaining places will be awarded according to the proximity of the child's home to the school as measured by the nearest available route.  This is from the front door of the child's home to the school's nearest entrance gate.


* Please note that governors are unable to guarantee that brothers and sisters of out-area children will automatically be admitted.


NB     Parents are advised to consult the County Council Education Department

booklet:  'Admission to Primary and Secondary Schools' for the relevant year of



To make the school a happy, secure and relaxed environment where children can achieve their full potential in all aspects of school life.


2.                 To prepare and develop each child for his/her current and future role in society.


3.                 To provide a wide range of experiences throughout the curriculum and in extra-curricular activities in order to enable children to develop morally and culturally as complete individuals.


4.                 To encourage the children to practise self-discipline and to promote independence.


5.                 To foster and encourage respect and kindness towards all adults and children.


School Values


These include:-

v    positive thinking

v    telling the truth

v    respecting the rights, opinions and property of others

v    acting and speaking considerately towards others

v    being aware of the problems of others

v    taking personal responsibility for one?s actions

v    self-discipline


and include the rejection of:-

v    bullying

v    cheating

v    deceit

v    cruelty

v    irresponsibility

v    vandalism

v    dishonesty

v    discrimination





Communication of all kinds is encouraged throughout the school; including mime, drama, conversation and the written word.


The school regards learning to read as a major priority.  The assistance of parents is sought as children are asked to share their home readers.  The school uses the Oxford Reading Tree, the Ginn Reading 360 Scheme and All Aboard as its main core readers.  A variety of supplementary books is used for the children to take home.


Children are encouraged to write for a variety of purposes, eg labelling, note-taking, imaginative story-writing, factual reports, poetry etc.  Handwriting, spelling and grammar are all regarded as important tools of the author?s trade.




The aims may be summarised thus:-


(i)                To help pupils understand mathematical concepts, to develop their maths knowledge & skills and to use and apply these to problem-solving;


(ii)              To make mathematics an enjoyable experience;


(iii)            To help children master the language of mathematics, children readily respond to the challenge of learning technical information;


(iv)            To help children to understand mathematical concepts;


(v)              To appreciate that children in mathematics, as in any other area of human activity, work at different levels of ability, interest and attainment and that their assignments of work should cater for their individual needs.


(vi)            To help children to appreciate that mathematics has a vital part to play in their lives.




(i)                The National Numeracy Strategy and the three-part lesson are integral to the maths taught.


(ii)              Practical experiences are provided wherever possible to reinforce a process.


(iii)            Abacus is used throughout the school as our core Maths Scheme.  A variety of other resources is used to reinforce the core scheme.


(iv)            Children are encouraged to learn mathematical facts with help from home.


(v)              Calculators are used where appropriate to supplement children's work in Years 5 and 6.


(vi)            ICT is an integral part of maths. 




We endeavour to ensure a broad and balanced experience for all our pupils.  Opportunities will be provided to develop skills and gain an understanding of scientific concepts through first-hand experience in a climate which encourages curiosity, perseverance, open-mindedness, critical reflection and co-operation.  We employ a range of teaching methods including whole-class teaching, experiential learning, discovery methods, problem-solving and open-ended investigation.




The two main aims of the teaching of History are:-


(i)                to help develop a sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the world;

(ii)              to introduce pupils to what is involved in understanding and interpreting the past.


and following these:-


(iii)            to arouse interest in the past;

(iv)            to contribute to pupils' knowledge and understanding of other countries and cultures;

(v)              to understand the present in the light of the past.


The three main aims in the teaching of Geography are:-


(i)                to develop geographical knowledge and understanding;

(ii)              to encourage geographical enquiry;

(iii)            to help develop a sense of identity through learning about the UK and its relationships with other countries.


The study of both History and Geography helps pupils make sense of the world in which they live.





 This is tackled in the early years as problem-solving in designing and making.  As pupils progress, the emphasis is again on practical application to solving problems and a variety of methods, investigations, and recording techniques are encouraged.




Art is an important feature of the curriculum.  It provides an enriching personal experience which enables children to express their ideas.  Art has a major contribution to make to other curriculum areas and it is often linked to class projects.  However, it is a distinct subject; techniques, appreciation and the study of artists are taught throughout the age-range.




In today?s fast-changing world we recognise the importance of developing computer confidence at an early age.  Therefore every class has timetabled access to our computer network, where they are able to develop their word processing, data-handling, graphics and Internet skills (via a filtered service).


All classes also benefit from being equipped with a multimedia PC, thus enabling ICT both to become an integral part of the curriculum and to extend most curricular areas.

Away from the computer children are able to develop their technological skills through using cassette recorders, digital cameras, programmable floor toys and datalogging equipment.




Music is taught throughout the school, based largely on the Ginn Carousel scheme.  Classes produce music-based performances throughout the year and individuals and groups are encouraged to perform in assemblies and in public.


The school now has a wide variety of tuned and untuned percussion, including multicultural instruments.


Recorder tuition is available to all interested children from Year 3 upwards and currently a number of groups meet for weekly sessions. 


Specialist teachers from Aylesbury Music Centre visit the school weekly and all children are encouraged to audition for string, woodwind or brass tuition when opportunities arise.


Singing is a regular feature of school life and all children from Year 3 upwards are invited to join extra-curricular singing sessions.




Each class follows a planned programme of physical education throughout the year comprising gymnastics, games, swimming, athletics and dance.  During the winter months much of the work takes place in the hall, but in the summer a great deal of outdoor activity takes place on the playing field.  Short tennis, cross country running, netball and  football are encouraged as extra-curricular activities and both friendly and league meetings are arranged to encourage and enhance individual development, team spirit, healthy competition and social interaction with local schools.


Pupils from Year 3 upwards have an opportunity to develop their techniques in the pool at Aqua Vale.




In Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship we aim to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and become informed, active, responsible citizens.  The emphasis is on perceiving PSHE as a subject which links all areas of the curriculum and reflects the school ethos of pupils and staff caring and having respect for others while learning to recognise their own self-worth.





Assemblies which include an act of worship are held each day.  A wide variety of Christian themes is covered.  The assembly is conducted by the Headteacher, or a member of staff, sometimes by a class and sometimes by a visiting speaker/organisation.  The assembly helps to promote good moral standards and attitudes and a sense of belonging.


The classroom teaching is based on the Buckinghamshire Agreed Syllabus.  Parents may, of course, ask for their children to be withdrawn from religious education and collective worship, if they so wish.


Affiliation with religious denominations:  None




On entering the reception class your child will continue the foundation stage curriculum building on experience gained in the pre-school setting.  At the end of the reception year your child will then be following the National Curriculum.



Preparation for the Pre-School Child


Here are some suggestions:-


1.                 Encourage your child to take part in conversations and discussions whenever it is appropriate.  Talk about things you see when out walking and about things you are doing at home and why.  Show that you value his/her contributions.  Answer any questions simply, as they are asked.


2.                 Read to your child, daily whenever possible.  Visit a library and choose books together.  Encourage the choice of a variety of books:-  poetry, modern stories, traditional tales, nursery rhymes, factual books etc.


3.                 Help your child recognise his/her own name.  If he/she wants to write it please encourage him/her to use small script letters.


4.                 Encourage imaginative play:-  dressing up, construction toys, other children!  Active creative play:- (try to give it a purpose), eg paint pictures for grandparents, make cards for friends and relations (supervised cutting and sticking is good), cook cakes for tea.


5.                 Encourage concentration skills and, for fun, play games such as ludo, snakes and ladders, snap and do jigsaw puzzles together.


6.                 Introduce counting and number through daily activities at home, number rhymes and games.  Draw attention to the colour, shape and size of things around them.


7.                 Teach your child to take care of his/her belongings and, as far as possible, to dress and undress independently.


8.                 Give opportunities for outdoor activities such as those available on adventure playgrounds, ball games and walks.


9.                 Children learn through play.  Let your child experiment at home with dough, water and sand.  But do make sure he/she helps to tidy up.  It adds to the fun!


Encourage him/her to share, to take turns sensibly and to respect others.



Varied activities take place either during the lunch-break or after school.  These activities include netball, football, short tennis, choir, cross country, athletics, drama, sign language, recorder groups and special projects ? concerts, shows etc.


The school currently has football, netball, athletics, cross country and short tennis teams.  Matches are played in a friendly competitive spirit with local schools.

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