|Lyminge C E Primary School|
|Church Road, Lyminge, CT18 8JA, UK Folkestone|
+44 (0)1303 862367
Welcome to CE Lyminge Primary
Dear Parent / Carer,
Welcome to Lyminge Church of England Primary School.
Set in the most beautiful village location, we have the reputation of being an exceptionally caring school. We know that all our children are special; they are valued and celebrated for their uniqueness and skills. Our strong School Council and regular “Business Meetings” ensure that every pupil has a say in the running of the school, and follow their own motto of “Be Safe and Be Happy”.
Pupils and staff together are committed to providing a stimulating creative environment, with many and varied educational opportunities, so that each of all our children grow to become confident, independent and excited learners. Not surprisingly, our recent Ofsted Inspection (May 2007) highlighted our children’s love of learning as “outstanding” and their behaviour “exemplary”.
Meanwhile, we achieve high academic standards; this year’s SATs results continued the school’s upward trend exceeding national expectations, but, more importantly, reflect the excellent progress each child has made against their personal targets.
Above all, we value your partnership. Our pre-school programme has been designed to give you and your child many opportunities to meet and work with us before officially starting school. This includes home visits, story times, nurture groups as well as meetings with staff, governors and other parents.
Once in school you will be kept regularly informed about what's happening through our weekly newsletter and your child's home-link book, class assemblies and our regular “Drop in Zone” afternoons hosted by the children themselves. The focus for each term’s Parent-Staff Consultation evening are your child’s individual Personal Learning Portraits which chart their progress, highlights their strengths and outlines their targets for the future, as well as the strategies we will use at school and at home to help them. We also offer afternoon and evening sessions, led by the staff, for you to find out more about the National Curriculum and current educational thinking.
We are fortunate to have the backing of a gifted Governing Body and an amazing Parents and Friends Association who not only help to provide many extra-curricular opportunities but put the fun in fund raising!
If you have not already visited us in action, I warmly invite you to do so by making an appointment through the school office; I look forward to meeting you very soon.
Our Mission Statement
By celebrating and valuing every individual, we work as a community joined by a common desire for continuous improvement and excellence by being accountable leaders of good practice.
The purpose of this school is to help children make sense of an ever-changing world by providing them with meaningful learning opportunities so as to develop lively, enquiring minds.
At Lyminge Church of England Primary School We Believe :
- that learning should be joyous, active and meaningful
- in fostering Christian values in an atmosphere of mutual care and respect, celebrating the uniqueness of every individual
- in building a secure social environment, where we trust and are trusted so that we are able to take the risks essential to learning. We encourage sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others, friendliness, co-operation, courtesy and tolerance, as well as the appreciation of religious and moral values
- in working as a team, united by common values and aims which have been shared, debated and brought into practice through open, honest communication that is reflective and sincere
- that our partnership with parents and the community is the keystone to success
- that learning is the priority and that knowledge is a commodity which we share not only with our local community but with the wider world
- in nurturing a culture of continuous improvement and excellence in everyone by promoting self-assessment and reflection in an atmosphere of clearly defined expectations and standards
- in teaching our children to think critically, solve problems, make choices, question and debate in order to develop independence and self-esteem
- in creating a well resourced and stimulating environment which shows that we value our children and their learning
- in anticipating change as the norm
||Grey pinafore dress or skirt or trousers|
School Polo Shirt * or white blouse
School sweatshirt* or royal blue cardigan
||Blue and white checked dress or |
School polo shirt* and grey trousers
School polo shirt* or white shirt
||Grey trousers or shorts|
School polo shirt* or white shirt
||School T shirt *|
Plimsolls for outdoor sports in summer
Track suit for Games
Bags for PE & Swimming *
* Items available from the school office
Delivery of the National Curriculum and Religious Education
The Department for Education and Employment recommends a minimum teaching time of 21 hours per week at Key Stage 1 and 23.5 hours for KS2. This time does not include registration, collective worship or break times.
||KS1: 8.45am to 12.00noon |
KS2: 8.45am to 12.10pm
||both KS1 & KS2: 1.00pm to 3.15pm|
There is a fifteen minute break at 10.30am.The time in class (excluding registration, assembly and break) is for KS1 pupils 4 hours 55 minutes per day, a total of 26 hours 15 minutes a week and for KS2 pupils 5 hours 5 minutes per day, a total of 27 hours 5 minutes per week.
We believe that it is essential that children should develop an understanding of a variety of cultures. We aim to help children grow into people who respect and care for all people.
KS1 Children will be expected to read each evening for 10 to 20 minutes with the help of an adult. Year 1 and Year 2 pupils will have weekly spellings to learn. Year 2 may have additional Maths or Science investigations to complete at home over the weekends
KS2 Again, in line with the DfEE recommendations there is a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy. Apart from 20 minutes reading pre night, Yr 3 & Yr 4 pupils are expected to do an average of 10 minutes, Yr 5 & Yr 6 children an average of 20 minutes per night on other activities such as tables, spellings, research and independent study.
All pupils work towards nationally agreed Learning Goals at the Foundation Stage (4-5years of age). In Year 1, all pupils will follow nationally agreed programmes of study in English, Maths, Science, Information Communication Technology, Art, Music, PE, History, Geography and Design and Technology. RE is taught according to the Kent Agreed Syllabus. In addition to the subject specified in the National Curriculum, the school curriculum also includes cross-curricular issues such as Personal and Social Education, Health Education, Environmental Education, Equal Opportunities and Multi-Cultural Education.
A synopsis of the work to be covered by each year group is published at the beginning of each term on the back of a newsletter. Most subjects use the Qualifications and Curriculum Association (QCA) recommended schemes of work as a basis for planning.
The academic policies relating to subject teaching, together with the School’s policies on Equal Opportunities and Pupils with Special Educational Needs are available to parents in request. Similarly, Statutory Instruments, DfEE circulars and administrative memoranda relating to the National Curriculum, reports referring to the School and the syllabus for RE adopted by the LEA, are available from the School.
The school applies the Kent County Council Admissions Policy as follows:
The school has a Standard Intake number of 30 per year group.
If the number of places requested exceeds this and the Headteacher and Governors do not feel it appropriate to exceed this number places will be allocated in the following priority order:
- Parents' wishes
- Denominational preference
- Current family association, i.e. an elder brother or sister in the school at the time of entry.(Family continues to live at same address when the sibling was admitted or has moved to a new property within two miles of the school.)
- Health reasons (for which a medical certificate may be needed)
- Nearness of children's homes and ease of access to schools
Parents who are unhappy with an admission decision can appeal by writing to the Area Director. There is a final stage of appeal to an Appeal Committee set up under the Education Act 1980.
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