|Halfway Houses Primary School|
|Southdown Road, ME12 3BE, UK Sheerness|
+44 (0)1795 662875
Welcome to Halfway Houses Primary School
Headteacher Mr G A Wetherell
HISTORY OF OUR SCHOOL
Our school was built in 1910; it was opened to pupils on the 9th January 1911. There were 54 children on roll aged between 5-14 years old. School started at 9am and finished at 4pm. There have been many building additions to our school over the years, including a new hall, kitchen, conservatory, staffroom and offices. A new entrance to our school was opened in 1968, leading from Southdown Road (A bungalow had to be demolished to make way for the entrance).
The school curriculum is underpinned by several central principles.
Firstly, our overall aim is to nurture and foster the intellectual, personal, social and physical development of all our children, so that they have every opportunity to make the most of their own individual talents and abilities. We hope that they will learn respect and tolerance for each other. As we fully appreciate that children learn best from being successful, we endeavour to ensure that, at their own level, they will be challenged and extended in a way that makes success attainable.
Secondly, the school gives due consideration to the national plans for the school curriculum.
The Reception Year is the culmination of the Foundation Stage, which begins when children reach the age of three, and is delivered prior to school through nurseries or other pre-school settings.
In the Reception Year and the following two years at school, the curriculum is planned and organised across the following six areas of learning:
• personal, social & emotional development
• communication, language and literacy
• mathematical development
• knowledge and understanding of the world
• physical development
• creative development
The approach to learning in these years is very much based upon activity and involvement to allow all children to make the most of their abilities across the curriculum; an integral part of this approach is the ‘child initiated’ time of the day when the children will be working at activities that they have chosen. The development of independence in learning is an essential factor in children’s future learning attitudes and successes.
Thirdly, we believe that young children will learn best in a settled, secure and friendly atmosphere, and we therefore feel that it is important that all the staff in the school contribute towards this atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. We want the children to learn and be happy at school, and we certainly have high - but attainable - expectations of the children, both in their learning and in their behaviour.
The classes are arranged in year groups, with one teacher in each Key Stage designated as Key Stage Manager. The Key Stage Manager’s role is to ensure that all children are offered a similar curriculum content, and to act as an initial focus for children experiencing - or causing - problems at school. The general policy is that classes will move on each September as a whole class, so that friendships and peer group relationships are allowed to develop. There will be occasions, though, when the school will feel that it is in the best interests of either one or two individuals, or the whole year group, for a readjustment to be made. Children starting school in September 2007 are required to be taught in classes of no more than 30 children in Years 1 and 2 during Key Stage 1.
Class teachers have the responsibility to deliver the school's curricular aims through the variety of approaches that they feel are most appropriate for the ages, interests and abilities of their classes.
We would appreciate parents dressing their children in clothes suitable for school, both in regard to the purpose of school as a place of work, and also in regard to the manageability of the clothes by the children themselves. We hope that parents will provide clothing that matches the school colour scheme of royal blue, with grey or white.
All children are expected to have a full PE kit that they can change into and out of at the beginning and end of each lesson. The basic kit is a blue polo shirt and a pair of black or navy blue shorts; children work with bare feet for indoor gymnastics and dance sessions, but will require a pair of plimsolls for outdoor sessions, and indoor games. Children may also like to bring a tracksuit or similar to wear during the beginning of outdoor PE activities, while they warm up. The kit should be available to use during every school day, and should be kept at school in a suitable bag. As with all clothing, the bag should be clearly labelled with the child's name.
Children are admitted to the school in accordance with the school's admission policy, a copy of which is in the information section.
Prospective parents are entitled to appeal against any decision of the school to refuse their child a place; the letter of appeal should be addressed to the Headteacher, who will then inform the Clerk to the Appeals Panel, and an appeal hearing will then be arranged.
All prospective parents are very welcome to visit the school with their children; the Headteacher is more than happy to arrange appointments so that parents can assess the suitability of the school for their children.
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