|Burry Port Community Junior School|
|Stepney Road, Burry Port, SA16 0BE, UK Carmarthenshire|
Tel. 01554 833460
Welcome to Burry Port Community Junior School
The school consists of three separate educational buildings and a newer separate canteen. We have six classrooms, a library, a hall, a staff room, Headteacher's room, stockrooms, cloakrooms, A.V.A. and Science facilities. We also use the dining hall as an assembly and P.E. area. Around the buildings we have tarmacadam play areas. We would appreciate the help of parents in keeping the yard a safe area by asking you not to bring your cars into the play area at any time.
This means that:
- You always try to understand other people's point of view.
- In class you make it as easy as possible for everyone to learn and for the teacher to teach.
- This means listening carefully, following instructions and helping each other when appropriate and being quiet and sensible at all times
- You move gently and quietly about school. This means never running, barging or shouting, but
being ready to help by opening doors, standing back to let people pass and helping to carry things
In crowded areas please keep to the left.
- You always speak politely to everyone (even if you feel bad tempered!) and use a low voice.
(Shouting is always discourteous)
- You are silent whenever your are required to be.
- You keep the school clean and tidy so that it is a welcoming place we can all be proud of. This
means putting all litter in bins, keeping walls and furniture clean and unmarked and taking great care
of the displays, particularly of other people's work.
It is the policy of the school that homework be set.
Reasons for Homework
It provides a means of involving parents in their child's education, by enabling them to see examples of school work, and to give assistance and encouragement if needed. It will provide a means of consolidating school work.
It will help develop good habits, e.g. setting aside time at home for regular study.
Frequency of Homework
Homework will be set at a minimum of twice a week.
Format of Homework
Written exercises in language or mathematics.
Investigation, e.g. problem solving, independent study skills, or project.
Reading at Home
Reading at home will be in addition to the above, and could take the following form:
Reading for PLEASURE
Reading for INFORMATION
SHARED READING with parent or others
Punishment for infringements of rules includes sharp rebukes, repeating or completing work or loss of privilege as is deemed appropriate to the age and the offence of the individuals.
Corporal punishment is not used. If a child repeatedly breaks the rules or bullies, the parents will be informed.
Projects are given to the children in all year groups, with the number of projects increasing as the children get older. However, they do not exceed two projects per year. The school feels that they help the children with their work and prepare them for their Comprehensive education.
The school believes that educational visits give stimulus to the work undertaken in the classroom and that they are an invaluable experience for our children. We try and keep these to a minimum, but all educational visits must be financially viable for them to take place.
Annual residential visits are made to The Lady Stepney Centre, Pendine, in Year 5.
At present, the school has a charging policy for school visits. The parents for school trips are asked to contribute fully to the cost of the trip (50% reduction if more than one child from the same family attend the trip). However, no children will be excluded from school trips that run during school time. The full policy is available in school.
The school operates a Home/School Agreement policy, which outlines our partnership with parents. These are given out to all new children joining the school.
Staff will take care of inhalers for asthma sufferers for use as required. The staff may not administer medicines and children must not be in possession of medicines while at school. The Headteacher will administer (all necessary medicines after consultation with parents).
Most members of staff are fully qualified as first aiders and parents will be notified immediately if it is felt that the child needs to be examined by a doctor.
Children may go home, eat a lunch cooked in the school kitchen, or bring a packed lunch. A drink is available with school lunch, a drink (no glass bottles) may be brought to accompany a packed lunch (please, no shandy).
Children who cannot behave in the canteen will be asked to have their lunches at home. Meals are served at 12.15 and 12.45 p.m. Many children are entitled to free meals, and these can be obtained on enquiry from the Education and Children's Services Department, Pibwrlwyd, Carmarthen (Tel. No. 01267 234567). Those paying should try and pay on the Monday, but monies can be brought on the Wednesday or Friday. Children are not allowed to eat during school time, but children may bring a small snack from home if parents wish, but this is to be eaten during morning break.
As part of the national programme of school inspection, an inspection of the school was undertaken on the 4th, 5th and 6th November, 2002. A copy of the Inspectors summary report is available at the school.
The school operates a complaints procedure in line with L.E.A. practice. Initially parents should approach their child's class teacher and, if this does not resolve the problem, they should make their complaints known to the Headteacher. The full policy is available at the school.
The school has a savings club, which operates every Thursday morning. All are welcome to join.
HOME SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
A Home School Association has recently been re-established and the Committee are arranging various fund raising event. A warm welcome is extended to all new parents to join the organisation.
The school has a strict non-smoking policy for all adults in the school buildings. Could you please help us with this policy, please refrain from smoking within the boundaries of the school.
No cars are allowed in the school yard at any time to pick up children. Non-compliance with this request could lead to accidents.
All parents visiting the school must firstly report to the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher. Please follow arrows from gates.
Parents of new Year 3 children are invited up to the school in the Summer Term to discuss the child's new school and our philosophy of education within the Key Stage 2 phase. New intake children also visit the school in the Summer Term to meet their new teachers and to familiarise themselves with the building.
Attendance for the Autumn Term 2004 was 95% with 1.15% unauthorized absences.
NATIONAL CURRICULUM TEST
SAT's were abandoned in Wales in 2005. Teacher Assessment Levels, based on the years work, and current NFER tests scores, were submitted, (on each year 6 pupil), to the WJEC for scrutiny.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
The school operates a Health and Safety Policy, which is available in the school. Every effort is made to make sure that the environment of the school is a safe and happy one. The school is monitored by C.C.T.V. and all doors are fitted with digital locks.
The following are the dates of school terms for the academic year 2006/2007
Tuesday 5th September, 2006 to Wednesday, 22nd December 2006
(Half-term holiday - Monday, 23rd October - Friday, 27th October, 2006)
Monday 8th January, 2007 to Friday 30th March 2007
(Half-term holiday - Monday, 12th February - Friday 16th February, 2007
Monday 16th April 2007 to Friday, 20th July, 2007
(Half-term holiday - Monday, 28th May - Friday 1st June, 2007)
08.45 - 12.15 morning session 13.15 - 15.15 afternoon session
There is a small tuck shop in school which sells drinks, crisps and chocolate during the morning break.
The following After School Clubs are in operation every Wednesday at 3.15 p.m.
Chess - Mr D Davies
Science - Mr S Evans
Computers - Miss C Evans
Needlework - Mrs S Reynolds
Netball/General interest - Mrs D Rees/Mrs D Evans-Allford
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