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St Peter`s C E Primary School
Mount Pleasant, Aylesford, ME20 7BE, UK Maidstone
+44 (0)1622 717335
www:http://www.stpetersprimary.com/e-mail:office@st-peters-maidstone.kent.sch.uk

Welcome

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" ... St Peter's provides a safe, happy learning environment in which children really enjoy learning and achieve well." Ofsted Inspection Report, September 2007.

This website is designed to give you a clear understanding of our School Values, how we will care for and nurture your children and how you can support your children's learning.

St Peter's provides a safe, supportive and encouraging environment in which children's learning is paramount, whilst ensuring that their school days are enjoyable. We believe that by providing a caring and positive atmosphere, children will grow as independent learners and develop a sense of responsibility so that they in turn will care for others and their environment.

We demand high standards of commitment and behaviour from our children in all aspects of school life - in academic education, sport and social activities. We recognise that children have different needs and we aim to give children the individual attention they deserve.

Your involvement in your children's education will have a profound impact on their success. You are encouraged to help with homework and keep us informed of anything that may affect their time in school. We will always listen and try to help.

There is no substitute for visiting St Peter's, seeing for yourself what we do and getting a first-hand feel for the atmosphere around the School. However, this website should give you a good feel for what we can do to prepare your children for a hectic and demanding world.

THE SCHOOL

Our School Creed

'This is our School
Let peace dwell here
Let love abide here
Love of one another
Love of life itself
And love of God
Let us remember
That as many hands build a house
So many hearts make a school
Amen'


Our Mission Statement

"To help children learn about the changing world in which they live by providing a caring, secure and stimulating learning environment in which all members of the school community are valued and respected in accordance with a Christian ethos."

Our School aims to:

- Provide a curriculum that has breadth, balance, continuity and relevance in today's changing world, in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum.
- Provide an education, which is suited, to each pupil's age, ability and aptitude, irrespective of gender, race or disability.
- Provide a warm, caring atmosphere in which each child can develop their individual skills and maximise their potential.
- Promote a feeling of confidence and worth, so that each child is happy to learn from failures as well as successes.
- Help children develop personal, spiritual and moral values and to foster respect for others.
- Encourage all parents to be actively involved in their child's education.
- Help each of our children to become confident and independent members of society.
- Learn the value of the Christian ethos and respect for other religions.

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The children decided to name our six classes after gem stones and they are as follows:

Ruby: Reception
Opal: Year 1
Topaz: Year 2
Diamond: Years 3 and 4
Emerald: Years 4 and 5
Amethyst: Year 6

CURRICULUM

The school aims to provide a broad and balanced education based on the National Curriculum. This ensures that children are taught the same subjects throughout the country. The children will follow nationally agreed programmes of study. The "Core Subjects" are English, Maths, Science, Information Communication Technology and Religious Education. The "Foundation Subjects" include Art, Music, Physical Education, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages and Design and Technology.

Throughout your children's school career, their learning will be assessed against national curriculum standards, which can be expressed as Levels. This will be conducted by teacher assessment of their school-based tasks throughout the year and by annual written tests. National assessment comes at the end of each Key Stage. These stages are Key Stage 1, up to age seven (end of Year 2) and Key Stage 2, up to age eleven (end of Year 6). You will be kept informed of your children's progress at a consultation meeting at the beginning of the Spring Term and by written report at the end of the academic year. In both of these reports to parents we will be able to discuss your children's strengths and areas for development, as well as your valued perspective.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

We try to provide a variety of activities for children after school and during lunchtime: these vary with the interests of the adults who volunteer. Clubs have been run for:

Netball
Football
Cricket
Dance / Drama
Computers
Recorders
Multi PE skills
Infant Fun Club
Gardening
Crafts
Cooking
School Band

We are always open to new ideas and new volunteers, so please let us know! All adults must undergo a full Criminal Records Bureau check and discuss their plans with the Headteacher before being allowed to take responsibility for a group of children.

Mr Tony Thornton offers musical instrument tuition at reasonable rates in strings, woodwind and piano during the school day. The school has a selection of instruments that are available for hire. These lessons are conducted in our own music room.

STARTING SCHOOL

Admission Criteria

Our standard number is 18 children per year group. The Local Authority applies the following admissions criteria in the event of oversubscription:
1. Children in Local Authority Care
2. Denominational preference
3. Current Family Association
4. Health and Special Access reasons
5. Nearness of children's homes and ease of access to schools

Starting School in Reception

Starting school for the first time brings with it new routines, social situations and experiences which can be very exhausting and somewhat confusing. We will do all we can to help our newest and youngest arrivals settle in quickly and happily.

The Reception Common Application Form (RCAF) is used for all parents to apply for a place in a reception class. The forms come with all the necessary instructions and we are happy to give advice on their completion if required. RCAFs are available from your preschool or from our office; they will not be sent to your home. We would encourage all prospective parents to visit the school as soon as possible and place their child's name on the admissions list. We will then send you a RCAF when the time comes.

We have a two point entry system where children whose 5th birthday falls between 1st September and 31st March will be admitted in September, while children who are 5 between 1st April and 31st August can delay their start until January at their parents discretion.

It is a great help to us and to the children's confidence, if they are able to do the following before they start school:
-Go to the toilet without assistance
-Use a knife, fork and spoon
-Dress and undress themselves
-Understand and obey simple verbal instructions

Joining St Peter's from Another School

Moving house and school can be traumatic or at the very least a little daunting. We will manage your child?s move with care, professionalism and sensitivity. You are encouraged to bring your children with you when you visit, where they can spend some time in the class they may join.

All children are invited to spend one or two half days in school in the term before they start, if this is feasible. We will arrange a meeting with their new teacher to talk through your child starting school. We ease the transition by operating a buddy system, where a child will volunteer to look after their new classmate.

Early enrolment and notification of any special needs your child may have is helpful, as we are then able to plan more effectively.



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