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Swalecliffe Community Primary School
Bridgefield Road, CT5 2PH, UK Whitstable
+44 (0)1227 272101
www:http://www.swalecliffe.ik.org/e-mail:office@swalecliffe.kent.sch.uk

Swalecliffe Community Primary School

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the website of Swalecliffe Community Primary School.  The most important aspect of our philosophy is 'Caring'.  This underpins our approach to providing an appropriate rich and varied education for children.

Please use the website to gain information about the school's philosophy and organisation and do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice. 

Mr D G Hares

Headteacher

About Swalecliffe CP School
The School has grown considerably since the Infant and Junior departments were amalgamated in September 1983 and the number on roll is now around 600. There is one school under one Headteacher which is known as Swalecliffe Community Primary School. We are pleased to announce that our 8 mobile classrooms have now been replaced with permanent buildings.
The primary school is divided into 21 classes of mixed ability, 9 classes in the Infant department and 12 in the Junior department. The school day is 8.50am-3.05pm in the Junior department and 9.00am-3.00pm in the Infant department.
The Headteacher welcomes visits from parents at any time, but it is wise to make an appointment in case he is teaching or has a visitor.
There are Parents' Evenings during the Autumn and Spring terms when parents are given the opportunity to discuss privately their childs' progress.
There are also school reports and an Open Evening in the Summer Term.
The school welcomes the participation of parents in many ways, and if you feel you have something to offer e.g. hearing readers, supervising small art and craft groups etc. please let us know.

Foundation Stage

In the reception year at Swalecliffe Community Primary School children follow the Foundation Stage curriculum covering six areas of learning ~ Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy, Mathematical Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Physical Development and Creative Development. They have access to these learning areas in the indoor and outdoor environment. Indeed our new and extensive outdoor learning environment provides rich opportunities for our children. Children develop rapidly during the early years and provision is made for different starting points from which they can develop their learning and build on what they can do. Opportunities are provided for them to be involved in activities planned by adults and those they plan or initiate themselves. The children are encouraged to be independent and make decisions. We ensure all feel included, secure and valued. A positive partnership with parents is promoted. This foundation curriculum prepares children for Key Stage 1 programmes of study in years one and two.

Key Stage 1

In years one and two the children build on what they have achieved at the Foundation Stage and they work on the National Curriculum programmes of study. In addition to the National Curriculum subjects health education and religious, moral and social aspects are covered. There are three parallel classes in each year group and planning is undertaken in year groups. The individual's ability is taken into account and different ability levels are catered for to allow all children to have opportunity of achieving maximum development in each area. The teaching and support assistants in Key Stage One are caring and encouraging but display a consistent and fair approach to discipline. At the end of Key Stage One year two children undertake standard assessment tasks or tests to monitor what they have achieved in relation to the attainment targets. These results are reported to parents. The partnership with parents is reading books that are sent home, encouraging the learning of spellings and other 'homework' aspects is greatly valued.

Key Stage Two

There are twelve classes in the Junior Department, ranging from Year 3 to Year 6, where the teaching covers the Key Stage 2 Programmes of Study. The school has invested heavily in new books and equipment in recent years in order to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning, while making lessons as enjoyable as possible.

The Junior buildings also house the school's ICT Suite and a well-equipped, modern Junior Library. A spacious hall is used for PE lessons, assemblies, school lunches, music concerts and drama productions. The latter have been enhanced by the addition of professional stage lighting, a flexible modern stage and an excellent sound system, partly funded by the Parents and Friends Association.

A number of extra-curricular activities take place each week, run by teachers and teaching assistants, including art, chess, french, music club, orchestra practice, choir and both summer and winter sports clubs. The school is proud of its many sporting achievements and has a growing reputation for music with violin, cello, recorder, guitar, clarinet and flute lessons all on offer.

UNIFORM

 
Boys Uniform.

School logo sweatshirt - Navy.
School logo Polo shirt - Blue.
Grey trousers or shorts.

Girls Uniform.

School logo Sweatshirt - Navy.
School logo Polo shirt - Blue.
Grey or Navy trousers.
Grey Pinafore dress.
Summer Dresses - Blue/White Check.
P.E Kit.

Navy Shorts.
Blue or white P.E shirt.
Black Plimsoles.
All our uniform is available from Barnums School Wear Shop Herne Bay. Please visit their website at

www.barnums-schoolwear.co.uk/Swalecliffe Community Primary School.htm

The website contains an up to date price list.

PFA

At Swalecliffe School we have an enthusiastic and friendly PFA. Our aim is to organise events that are enjoyable for all concerned as well as raising some extra funds for the school.

In the past we have held Wine and Wisdom evenings and themed discos for adults as well as discos for Junior children. We also hold teas at Christmas, Easter and Summer at which there are games and cakes for sale. We also organise a uniform sale every term and the extremely popular Christmas Shopping for all the children at the school.

Last year we raised money to purchase waterproof trousers for the P.E. teams, made a donation to the Gardening Club and we provided the funds to buy the materials needed to construct the shelters for the new quiet area. In previous years the funds raised have gone towards Library Books, P.E. equipment, Production Lighting and a contribution towards the Computer Suite.

We are always looking for new ideas and new members for the PFA. If you would like to lend a hand in any way, no matter how small, please come along to a meeting or leave a message for Steph Bloor (Chairperson) or Deborah Johnson (Vice Chairperson) via the school office and someone will get back to you.



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