We are proud of our school, the quality and commitment of our teaching, our links with the community and our home-school relationships.
The school in New School Lane was opened in June 1913. Our new school consists of 6 classrooms and a hall with a kitchen and dining faclity. The completion of the new school by Eric Wright Construction in January 2004 can be followed in the New School Build on our web site.
There is ample playground plus large grassed areas, garden and playing field, all surrounded by open countryside, convenient to the A41 trunk road and two miles from the centre of Ellesmere Port.
We cater for Infant and Junior aged children in a co-educational school.
We are very proud of our building and the environment created for our children. A garden has been designed and constructed by the children with our builder's help. The front of the school is well endowed with large mature trees and shrubs. The character and ethos is of a friendly village school where everyone knows each other.
First and foremost children should be happy in school and this is what we endeavour to achieve, by providing a happy learning environment in which children can thrive.
Children, we believe, learn best from situations in which they are actively involved, and which grow from their interests and enthusiasm, and from stimuli provided by their teachers.
We do not believe that this can happen without the full support and involvement of the child's parents.
We should help children to develop enquiring minds and teach them how to learn and gain knowledge.
All our children must be catered for and their needs seen to, so that they can realise their full potential.
Their education should be broad, balanced and relevant, with all aspects of their development being encouraged and stimulated.
The school should provide not only for children's intellectual development, but also for their social, emotional, physical and aesthetic growth.
We operate an equal opportunities policy for all regardless of colour,race,religion, ethnicity or sex. Disability is catered for in our new facility.
Regular attendance is most important for the continuity of your child's education. If your child is absent, please let us know the reason as soon as possible, and let us know beforehand of appointments at the doctor/dentist/hospital etc, as your child will be given a registration mark.
Children are admitted annually into the Reception Infants Class in September
CHILD PROTECTION INFORMATION
Because of day to day contact with children, teachers are particularly well placed to observe signs of abuse, changes of behaviour, or failure to develop. Parents should be aware, therefore, that where it appears to a member of staff that a child may be abused, the school is required, as part of the Cheshire Child Protection procedures, to report their concerns to the Social Services Department.
COMMUNICATION WITH SCHOOL
Teachers are available at set times, from 8:30 a.m to 8:50 a.m and 3:15 p.m to 4:00 p.m daily, by appointment. Consultations with Head/Teacher, at all reasonable times are freely given, but please see the Head first if there is a problem.Please remember that 9.00 a.m - 3.15 p.m the teacher is supervising his/her class.
Open forums - for parents and teachers, are held annually with an 'any questions' format. The atmosphere is kept convivial with informally arranged seating, tea and biscuits, and group discussions around the tables.
Formal 'Meet the Teacher' evenings with individual interviews to discuss the progress of each child in private, are held twice a year. At the end of the year interview, the child's profiles are shared with parents, as a basis for discussion before being passed on to his/her next teacher.
The School Association - is our PTA and it organises social/fund raising and educational events and is a usefull avenue of communication between the Head/Staff/Parents.
Parent representatives are elected to sit on the Governing body and act very positively as liaision officers between staff and parents and other governors. Their term of office is for 4 years.
A weekly newsletter is used to report to parents on activities, information, adverts, and items of school life and news.
We provide children with a Home/School diary - each family can use this to communicate with the teacher.
Last but by no means least, the children! - Letters are frequently sent home via them - but please remember - children only usually report what was the highlight of the day for THEM - i.e painting or playing. Read your Newsletter for updates.
We at Childer Thornton pride ourselves on the high quality of the relationship we have with you as parents. However if you have a complaint about something, here is a summary of the procedure you might follow:-
1. See Class Teacher - Still not satisfied?
2. See Head Teacher - Still not satisfied?
3. See Head Teacher again - Still not satisfied?
4. See the Chair of Governors - Still not satisfied?
5. Depending on the nature of your problem, there may be further recourse through the governing body. If however, it is not appropriate for your problem to be dealt with in this way, L.E.A Policy is adopted and parents should then contact the Area Education Office, Stanney, Ellesmere Port, L65 6QL.
At the age of 11, children attending this school will transfer to the particular Comprehensive serving this zone - Sutton. However, you also have the choice of placing your child in any Secondary School, provided there is a place for them and you pay for the cost of transport.Further details can be obtained from the District Office or the school you wish your child to attend.
Which ever school you choose, we make sure that links with Head Teachers and Teachers are fostered to ensure smooth transition to Secondary School.
LEAVING/ARRIVING AT SCHOOL
Many children are brought by car and there is considerable congestion in the lane. For the safety of the children, please carefully observe the following advice.
Please try to enter School Lane from the A41 and drive down towards Hooton crossroads.
Do not park on the zig-zag lines, or the opposite side of the road. Enter and exit school by the small gate. In the interests of safety, deposit/pick up your children with little delay. Escort them to the entrance if you feel it necesssary in their first half term, but in any case, instruct them to go straight in to the yard and away from the road as quickly as possible.
Do not reverse into the driveway
Watch for delivery traffic.
Teach your child good road safety habits with regard to the school entrance.
Infants leaving school at 3.00 p.m will be escorted
If you have a message for the teacher, please send a note with your child, or speak to/phone the Head or Administrative Assistant. Please do not engage teachers in conversation at the start of the school day when they are in the classroom, or supervising children elsewhere.
PASTORAL CARE AND SCHOOL DISCIPLINE
Care of the children is the responsibility of all staff, but each child is placed in the specific care of a class teacher. By encouraging self-discipline and self-esteem we are confident that each child will become a worthy member of the community and we look for parental support in this matter.
Discipline is often considered only in the context of punishment. We see it in a much wider framework of how a school seeks to moderate and improve the behaviour of its pupils. It includes the positive approach of praise, encouragement, incentives, and inducements as well as criticism and punishment.
Discipline and mutual respect are central to our policies. Pupils are more likely to accept a schools' code of behaviour if it is clearly understood, consistently and justly applied, and shown to be reasonable, sensitive, and effective. Close co-operation with you as parents is important and individual invitations at times to discuss your child can all help to break down barriers that may arise between school and some homes and make acceptances of a combined responsibility more likely.
We endeavour to care for children as you would yourselves - as good parents. Misdemeanours are discussed with the offender and if this fails to improve their behaviour, and punishment is thought necessary, there will be a withdrawal of some privilege and /or involvment of parents. Corporal punishment was abolished in school in 1987.
REPORTS AND PUPILS RECORDS
Reports for all Infant and Junior children, are distributed at the end of the summer term, before school closes for the summer holidays, when there is an opportunity to meet each childs' teacher to discuss the report.
During the first term of the academic year, a curriculum evening is offered to parents, and also an opportunity to see the class teacher if necessary.
During the Spring term, every parent is offered a longer clinic type session with the class teacher to discuss progress. At any time during the year, parents may contact teachers or the head teacher for consultation about their child.
All the school records relating to an individual pupil are available for inspection by a parent and these records form the basis of parent/teacher interviews,and are STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.
All parents are automatically members - there is no membership fee. About ten events per year are organised which are social, educational, and fund-raising in nature. There is a very active committee which has raised much needed funds for the school. A copy of the constitution can be obtained on request from the association.
Please pay for School Dinners on Monday or on the first day of the school week , preferably by cheque payable to SODEXHO, which should be placed in a sealed named envelope and handed to the class teacher. For the benefit of the School Secretary, who deals with accounts for school meals, any deviation from this should be accompanied by clear written instructions.
Supervision and accomodation are provided for children bringing sandwiches into school. All lunches should be in a suitable container but no cans or glass bottles of drink please as they constitute a hazard. We have mid-day supervisors who are responsible for the children at lunch time, and the children are expected to respect them as any other member of staff.
If you think your child may be entitled to a free school meal, then please contact Mrs Reynolds at school, or Free School Meals Section, Education Offices, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port.
During the school academic year, we arrange school/class visits linked to your childs curriculum studies. The visits are not compulsory, but can only go ahead if sufficient parents are interested in their children attending.
There have been recent changes in the law over payment of the costs of visits such as this. The school may not make a charge for the visits, as they take place mainly during the school day. However, the school is not able to pay the full costs of these visits, and you are asked for a voluntary contribution towards the cost. We operate a remission policy for parents on F.I.S or Family Credit. Although there is no obligation to contribute, I am afraid that the visits cannot take place unless the parents help in this way. It is estimated that the total costs of these visits would not exceed £20 per annum per child.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB/BREAKFAST CLUB
Pre and After school care will be available to every child attending our school from reception age to top juniors, from 8.00 a.m - 9.00 a.m and 3.00 p.m to 6.00 p.m.The children will be under the supervision of qualified staff, being given planned activities for the allocated time.Please book this facility as required through the School Office.
We are currently providing French and Music lessons, for which a charge is payable to the provider.
School Uniform is not compulsory, but is preferred by most parents.Details are available from School. Please ensure that every item wherever possible, is clearly marked with the owners name.
For reasons of safety and security, jewellery of any description is unwelcome. We accept no responsibility for watches, but will of course give reasonable asistance to children who take them off for games. It is not permissible to wear jewellery for P.E/Dance.
We operate a door bell system and code pad for our front door, but do not lock our doors as we feel this may constitute a fire hazard.