|North Crescent Primary School|
|North Crescent, SS12 9AP, UK Wickford|
+44 (0)1268 765905
Thank you for taking the time to read about us. I hope the information provided on our website is helpful but it cannot begin to describe our welcoming, friendly, caring and vibrant community. To experience this you must come to see it for yourself.
All you have to do is telephone for an appointment and I will show you around our school, answering all your questions and pointing out all relevant aspects.
Our policy is to promote positive attitudes and behaviour and parents are both supportive and helpful. We have a Pupil Council, which promotes ideas, seeks solutions and is a great medium for hearing children’s opinions. Parents’ opinions, suggestions and ideas are very much valued too. Ours is a team effort, including every person involved in the life of our school.
I look forward to meeting you.
Mrs A Savill
North Crescent Primary School was opened in September 1975 and is of an innovative design, being semi open plan on the ground floor. The first floor contains a classroom and well-equipped Computer Suite. The school is set in spacious grounds, with both hard playground and large field. It boasts an attractive hawthorn copse and pond, which has been developed as a nature reserve.
Ours is a small, caring community where everybody knows everyone else and we work together as a team, linking school to home. The parental role is valued and we strive to involve parents and inform them of their children’s progress. The design of the school positively encourages open co-operation between teachers, pupils and classes. Our pupils are keen to come to school, where they enjoy their lessons, stimulated by interesting teachers who have high expectations of them.
Through honesty, empathy and respect, we learn from the past to change our future.
Individuality makes us a strong, welcoming community
Pre-school contact is valued, which is why every Monday morning, parents can bring their pre-school children to play, have refreshments and chat. There is also the opportunity to speak to the Headteacher.
Friends of North Crescent
There is a vibrant, thriving body of people called the Friends of North Crescent to which all associated with the school belong. The committee of dedicated, hardworking parents and staff organise many events of a social and fund-raising nature, which are well supported.
Health, Safety and Security
We endeavour to ensure pupils are safe and secure at all times, providing more than adequate supervision, indicating and instilling safety rules and controlling visitors on site. We have keypad entry system locks on all external doors. All visitors to the school therefore need to report to the Reception Office and ‘sign in’ before gaining access to the school teaching areas. All Visitors wear an Identity Badge.
Please contact the school for a copy of the full School Prospectus, which details our admission policy, school philosophy and ethos, curriculum issues and school personnel/organisation.
Pupils are offered a variety of clubs each year. They are expected to commit themselves to regular attendance, practice, equipping, etc. Among the clubs, presently on offer are football, netball, computers and athletics (summer), West Ham football coaching and zones.
Pupils have the opportunity to learn to play a variety of instruments.
During school hours: Recorder classes are offered (and the tutor is paid for by the School). In addition, pupils have the opportunity to learn a variety of wind instruments with the ‘Music for Schools Foundation.’ There is a charge for these classes.
After school: Pupils may book private lessons for guitar and wind instruments (again, there is a charge).
The school has a well-stocked library comprising reference books, fiction and non-fiction titles. It is organised on the same Dewey system as Lending Libraries. Every class has a weekly timetabled session in the library.
Two representatives from each class meet monthly with the Deputy headteacher to discuss ideas and issues put forward by their classmates. Notes are produced and fed back to the rest of the pupils.
As well as awarding individual and class Certificates for good work, effort, etc. North Crescent operates a House System. Pupils are allocated one of four houses (Ash, Birch, Chestnut or Oak) which they remain in throughout their time in the school. Siblings are always put in the same house. House Points are awarded for positive contributions to school life (including academic, attitude, behaviour, effort, etc.) A House Cup is presented weekly to the House accruing the most points.
School Lunch Arrangements
Pupils may have a cooked school lunch which is cooked on site from fresh, organic produce. (the cost of which varies from year to year). The children can also bring a packed lunch or go home for lunch. Lunchtime is from 12 midday - 1 p.m.
Pupils are expected to wear the following uniform which is on sale in school at set times:
Red cotton sweatshirt/cardigan or knitted jumper/cardigan
School tie (optional)
Option: red and white, small check, gingham dress (summer)
FLAT black shoes
Indoors: Black shorts and coloured House T-shirt.
Outdoors: House shirt and black shorts, plimsolls/trainers.
Jewellery should be kept to a minimum and earrings must not be worn on PE days for safety and security reasons.
The school follows the National Curriculum but puts special emphasis on the different abilities of the children, allowing the more able to forge ahead at their individual speeds, whilst making it possible for the less able to gain confidence and attainment at an appropriate rate for them. Some pupils in Year 6 take Selection Tests for entry into the Selective Schools of their choice.
There are daily lessons of Literacy and Numeracy. Other subjects, such as; ICT, Science, Geography, History, Religious Education, Design and Technology, Drama, Music and Art are also taught. However, every effort is made to make cross curricular links to make the learning more relevant and enjoyable. Subjects are not so “standalone and compartmentalised”. For example, if the children are studying Tudors in History, why not write a diary as Elizabeth I, study her portrait in Art, listen to and sing Tudor songs, dance to Tudor music, make a Tudor knot garden in Design and Technology and plot the route of Elizabeth I’s progress around England in Geography.
Details of our curriculum can be found in the Prospectus, as well as individual subject policies.
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