I welcome you as prospective parents of pupils at Newington Junior Foundation School, Ramsgate.
However, the school is to open in September 2007 as Newington Primary School so I should be welcoming you as prospective parents of the newly amalgamated primary school. This is an incredibly exciting time as the new school will open with a newly built nursery and four new classrooms. In addition to this a Children’s Centre is to be built on site and is due to open in Dec 07. This will mean the site of the new school will provide facilities, and the support of professional services, for children and their families from birth to eleven
Newington Junior Foundation School is a two form entry junior school sited on the Newington Estate in Ramsgate. The school was built in 1947 as a separate junior school, with the infants being housed on an adjoining site. However, after 60 years of existence, the two schools are due to amalgamate on the junior school site in September 2007. The new school will be a two form entry primary school with an attached nursery with 52 places. This amalgamation will bring substantial benefits for the children of the Newington area, with the continuity provided by an all through primary school.
The current school has 232 children on roll, and in order to support these children we have 12 teachers, 12 teaching assistants, a Behaviour Mentor and 4 Learning Mentors. Our school is extremely well equipped in every way; we have extensive grounds, an IT infrastructure that is the envy of others and a highly committed and well motivated staff who work tirelessly to ensure that the children achieve their potential.
The children are encouraged, throughout their time with us, to develop a sense of responsibility for their learning and behaviour; we expect high standards from the children in all aspects of their school life. In order to achieve this we have piloted a Government programme called ‘Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning’
The school has achieved the Healthy Schools award as well as being an integral part of an Excellence in Cities cluster
The school is concerned first and foremost with children as individuals where every individual is seen as special and important.
It is a caring and successful school, providing a friendly and secure environment which, as parents know, is so important for the development and growth of their child.
NEWINGTON JUNIOR SCHOOL is a FoundationSchool catering for boys and girls between the ages of seven and eleven years.Transfer normally takes place at the beginning of the autumn term, immediately following the child's seventh birthday.
The school stands on a large open site, adjacent to Manston Road, Ramsgate, and opens onto Princess Margaret Avenue.The main building comprises:The assembly hall, dining hall, administrative wing, Staff Room, Headteacher's Study, Deputy Headteacher's Room, library, medical room and thirteen classrooms.Two rooms are used as Learning Resource Centres and one room is used for our Computer Centre. At present eleven classes are based in the main building. We hire a room to the Ethelbert Children's Homes.We also have a Family Liaison Officer's Room and an Initial Teacher Training Centre.
The school welcomes visitors and it is usually possible for anyone to walk round the school while it is in session.WE ARE PARTICULARLY KEEN THAT PARENTS OF PROSPECTIVE PUPILS SHOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WORK IN PROGRESS AND TO FEEL SOMETHING OF THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE SCHOOL BEFORE ENTERING THEIR CHILD'S NAME FOR ADMISSION.This can be arranged at short notice if a telephone call is made beforehand.Pupils who are entered for admission from neighbouring infant schools in September will be invited to visit the school towards the end of the Summer term, when they will visit the classrooms and be given some idea of the essentials of the school day.The same opportunity may be given to individual pupils moving into the area, if prior arrangement is made.Transferring pupils also visit us for an assembly and to spend a lunchtime with us.They also spend time with their new teacher.
It is our policy to introduce children to educational experiences which are likely to make a lasting impression and events are arranged from time to time with this in mind.In the past we have had visits from Theatre Companies, musicians, actors, the KentCircusSchool, Authors, Poets and various visiting experts who have all contributed to the rich and varied life of the school.
With the introduction of the Literacy and Numeracy hour and the extension of the Core subjects to now include ICT and RE (Maths, English, Science, ICT, RE) the teaching of the other Foundation subjects takes place on a rolling programme- half term History/half term Geography, half term DT/half term Art.PE and Music are taught throughout the year.
The school offers a broad and varied curriculum aimed at combining a wide range of learning skills and activities within the context of the National Curriculum.All of the Core and Foundation subjects find their place within it and these subjects are referred to on the following pages. There will be times when all of the class will be taught together and there will be other occasions when it will be more effective for the class to be divided into smaller groups to enable children to work at the same subject but at a level appropriate to their ability and present achievement.If parents are interested in seeing copies of documents relating to the school, e.g. school policies, OFSTED reports and the school’s schemes of work e.t.c, please contact the school office, or visit our Web Site at http://www.newingtonjuniors.com
The school has a long experience of remedial education and is endeavouring to meet special educational needs -every effort is made to provide individual learning programmes for children who have specific learning problems.When we are concerned about a child's progress or when we consider it necessary to make significant changes in a child's learning programme, it is our custom to discuss the matter with the parents before any action is taken.
THE FOUNDATION SUBJECTS
Art- There is a wide range of creative arts activities undertaken throughout the school.One hour per week, for one and a half terms, is timetabled.The Art co-ordinator is Art trained with an honours degree.Plans are constantly reviewed and new artists introduced as an incentive to quality work.This also encourages an awareness of the diversity and wealth of art within our world.There are also opportunities to use computers to investigate drawing and design possibilities.
Design and Technology- Design and Technology offers children the opportunity to develop their designing and making skills.It allows them to express themselves creatively through exploring different techniques and materials.It is closely linked to Art, Science, Maths and Geography.
Geography- Includes some aspects of physical Geography, study of other countries and local Geography (often in association with local History).
History- At present, History is dealt with chronologically through the year groups so that over the four year period children should have been given a general picture of our history from early times to the present day.Local history is used within this context and wherever possible children are taken to see historical sites which help to illustrate the work in hand.
Music- All children are encouraged to take an interest in music and any child who has the will and aptitude is encouraged to take part in one or other of the music making activities.In addition, we are already beginning to equip ourselves for creative music making.
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
These groups either take place during the lunch hour or are undertaken voluntarily by staff between and .Children who wish to take part in these activities must have the written consent of their parents and the Headmaster must be satisfied that there will be no difficulty about travelling home after the meeting.A number of our clubs are supported by funds we have obtained from the Government.
We have also hosted the "Children's University".
School Choir- Members of the choir usually lead the singing for morning assembly, and take part in activities from singing competitions to entertaining the community
Children's Book Club- Several book clubs are in operation by the school, which offer to the children up to date reading books, suitable to their reading level, at preferential prices.Orders are normally taken during each month of the school year.
Cassette Club- The cassette club aims to encourage and help children to become fluent readers.The child can listen to the story on the tape and follow the words in the accompanying book.There are now approximately 350 cassettes which offer a wide range of interests.
Netball- Netball is also organised as a club activity for both girls and boys and matches are regularly arranged.
Soccer- There are flourishing soccer clubs open to boys and girls in both the upper and lower school.
Computer Clubs- We make full use of our superb Computer Centre and children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are given the opportunity to join one of the Computer Clubs which gives them a general knowledge of the use and application of computers.
There are also numerous other clubs which your child can join, including Puzzle Club, Gym Club, Homework Club, Craft Club, Lego Club, Cookery Club etc.