|Fawkham CE Primary School|
|Valley Road, Fawkham, DA3 8NA, UK Dartford|
+44 (0)1474 702312
Welcome to Fawkham Church of England Primary School
Our Church of England Controlled School will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England, and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.
Our school aims to serve its community by providing an excellent education for pupils of all abilities and backgrounds within the context of Christian belief and practice. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith. We promote Christian values through the experience we offer to all of our pupils.
We aim to provide a partnership between parents and teachers built on trust, honesty and understanding for the benefit of the child’s learning and development.
We aim to promote a sense of caring and respect for others, the community and our school. The values of the Three Cs – Courtesy, Cooperation and Concentration, the corner stone of Fawkham School aims in 1872, are just as relevant and important today.
We aim to promote high standards of behaviour, discipline and learning by demanding that our children give of their best – and, when they do, by rewarding them with praise.
We aim to promote a happy, friendly and supportive atmosphere, in which parents, the community, governors and teachers work harmoniously together to further the well being of our school, its aims and the quality of education we all require for our children.
|CURRICULUM AND ORGANISATION|
Under the 1988 Education Reform Act the Governing Body’s aim is to maintain a broad, balanced, relevant and coherent curriculum to which all children will have access according to their levels of development.
The National Curriculum forms the basis of the school’s total curriculum.
Most of the subjects are taught using carefully planned topics which adequately cover the requirements of the National Curriculum. Our objective is to present work in a way which provides opportunities for skills, attitudes and knowledge to be applied and practiced in a variety of circumstances.
Our top years go to Swattenden, the Kent run residential center for five days, where they complete orienteering and confidence developing activities as well as social and team building skills.
In all years we concentrate fully on the development of numeracy and literacy including reading skills. We firmly believe that our children must be taught the basic concepts at the earliest possible time. In mathematics and English our published scheme runs through the whole school, thus ensuring progression and continuity. We keep comprehensive records on our children’s work in order to ensure progress and to identify difficulties. These records are ‘open documents’ and are shared with parents at any time, including open evenings.
All Class 1 and 2 children are given swimming instruction according to their level of ability for a six week period every year.
Our school is divided into four classes, each with two year groups, with the exception of our Reception which has up to fifteen children who are admitted full time in the September prior to their fifth birthday. We are confident that keeping this class number low will give our youngest children an excellent start to their school days. In all classes children are generally taught as a unit but when necessary they work individually or in small groups.
All classes are supported for part of the day by our classroom assistants. Children with special educational needs are helped by our learning support assistant, and our special education needs teacher who also plans and liaises closely with each class teacher.
We place a strong emphasis on developing the full potential of each child. To achieve this we have small classes, enabling staff to attend to the different needs of the individual child. We are particularly proud of our record of achievements, but never complacent.
We are particularly proud of our smart uniform which without exception is worn by all. We believe it gives the children a sense of belonging and sets the right attitude for work. Our complete uniform is readily available from Longfield Wools, 9 Station Road, Longfield, Kent.
Boys Dark grey trousers and light blue shirts with navy pullovers.
Girls Navy or dark grey tunics or skirts, or dark grey trousers, light blue blouses, navy cardigan or pullover.
Sweatshirts with the school badge may be worn instead of pullovers.
Boys Dark grey trousers and light blue shirt or school Tee shirt with school badge.
Girls Blue and white checked dress with navy cardigan.
Sensible, safe shoes must be worn. Socks or tights should be white or blue.
Nave blue sun caps and book bags with the school badge are available through Longfield
Plimsols, navy shorts and light blue Tee shirt. A Tee shirt with the school badge is
These clothes should be kept in a drawstring bag. It would greatly help us if all
children’s clothing could by clearly named.
We usually take up to fifteen new admissions to Reception Class every year. Children who have their 5th birthday between 1st September and 31st August start school in September. In determining our intake we follow the Kent Admission Policy. Places are allocated according the admission criteria in priority order as below:
• Parental wishes;
• Denominational preference (for Church Controlled Schools);
• Current family association (an elder brother or sister in the school at the time of entry, provided the family has not moved more than two miles from the school)
• Health reasons (for which a medical certificate may be needed);
• Nearness of children’s homes and ease of access to schools.
If you would like to apply for a place at Fawkham School please ask for your child’s name to be put on our waiting list. Nearer the time we will send you an Application Form PR1 and invite you to see our school in action.
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