|St Andrew`s C E (V C) Primary School|
|Mandeville Road, Marks Tey, CO6 1HL, UK Colchester|
+44 (0)1206 210638
St Andrew's was founded by a Deed of 1860. The present school opened in 1966 to serve the existing village plus the new housing estate to the west of the village. St Andrew's is a feeder school for both Honywood School at Coggeshall and Stanway School and has excellent links with both. The children are arranged in 7 classes ranging from Reception to Year 6 with one class per year group where possible.
Each morning an assembly takes place, these include: presentation of Head Teacher's Awards, Hymn Practice, Key Stage Assembly or Class Assembly (to which parents are invited) with the Rector of St Andrew's Church taking the midweek assembly. Normally Numeracy and Literacy are undertaken in the morning with mid-morning break in between. Mid-morning break is 10.30-10.45am and tuck is available from our canteen tuck shop for 10p or children may bring their own. Monday is Healthy Tuck day and only fruit and vegetable based snacks are permitted and sold at the tuck shop. Lunch is from 12.00-1.00pm and the children may purchase a school dinner, bring a packed lunch or go home for dinner. Afternoon lessons include science, PE, ICT and humanities. Key Stage 1 also have an afternoon break from 2.10-2.25pm at which fruit or vegetables are provided as part of our Healthy Schools initiative.
It is the school's policy to admit children at the start of the term in which their fifth birthday falls. We currently have three intakes - children born before December 31 start in September; between January 1 and April 30 start in January and between May 1 and August 31 start after Easter. This will change to two intakes from September 2007. Parents of new entrants will be invited by letter for their child to attend on Wednesday afternoons for the half term before they are due to start. The last of these visits is a whole day. This provides an opportunity for parents to see the school and for the children to meet the teacher, other pupils and become familiar with the surroundings before they start full time. Visits to the school are always welcomed and should be arranged via the school office.
The school provides a broad, balanced curriculum which endeavours to extend the children's knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to help them to acquire increasing competence through the development of concepts, skills and attitudes. This enables them to develop self-confidence, individuality and the ability to relate to others in a sympathetic and appropriate manner. Teaching time is committed to the National Curriculum subjects of English, Mathematics. Science, Design & Technology, History, Geography, Music, PE, PSCHE and Art & Design. RE is taught in accordance with the agreed County syllabus. Each class has French weekly, and Latin is taught in Year 4. School visits are an important part of our curriculum and are organised on a regular basis.
After school clubs include football, netball, pipes and dance. Lunchtime clubs include Latin and Tag Rugby and children also run their own clubs e.g. Dr Who, Animals and Drawing Club. These clubs are generally free of charge. A music tutor visits weekly to give children the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. Year 6 children are offered cycling proficiency training and are also given the chance to attend a residential activity weekend during their last months with the school.
The school colours are red and grey but the choice of style is up to the parent. Uniform can be ordered at the school office and is usually available for collection within a week. The wearing of any form of jewellery is discouraged, and earrings/studs must be removed for all PE activities. This includes newly pierced ears - the school therefore advises that any piercing of ears takes place during school holidays.
In the summer term the school advises that parents apply a lotion or sun-block which will last throughout the day. Children may be sent with sun cream or sun wipes if they are able to apply it themselves. It is advisable that these are named. The school also advises the wearing of sun hats and to ensure children have a full bottle of drinking water daily.
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