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Springdale First School
Springdale Road, Poole,BH18 9BW Broadstone
01202 692700

About our School

We aim to help children to develop:

  • Their full potential socially, academically and physically, regardless of gender, ethnic background or disability;
  • An inquiring and challenging mind: questioning, reasoning, evaluating and reflecting;
  • The skills of learning: independence, co-operation, the ability to find, organise, record and communicate knowledge and ideas and an awareness of safety considerations;
  • To become resilient, persistent learners with the confidence to make appropriate choices;
  • Knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of all Foundation Stage and National Curriculum subjects and the ability to use this knowledge effectively;
  • Spirituality, aesthetic appreciation, creativity and imagination;
  • Emotionally - articulating their feelings, building self-discipline and self esteem;
  • Care and responsibility for others' needs and an understanding and tolerance of the wider community.
To achieve these aims we offer the children a wide range of experiences within a secure, happy and stimulating environment. We are committed to developing a close, supportive partnership with parents.

The aims of Springdale have been arrived at through discussion by the staff and the governing body in September 2004.

The School Environment
Our grounds are exceptionally attractive and spacious. There are two playgrounds, a large playing field and a woodland area, which is used extensively by the children. We also have a pond and school gardens cared for by the children.

Springdale was built in 1966. There are ten classrooms, two of which were newly built in 2000, and a large hall used for worship, PE, drama and dance. The addition of a purpose-built library has enabled the staff to ensure that all our children learn library and study skills in a well resourced and stimulating environment. There is disabled access to all areas of the school. A disabled toilet is available in the workshop and in the main entrance for visitors. The workshop provides an additional teaching area for small group work, music tuition and design technology including food technology.

All the classrooms are carpeted and have access to an outside area for practical activities. Every class has access to an Interactive White Board and at least two computers which are used in a variety of ways to allow children to develop computer literacy skills and to support their learning in other subjects. Two banks of 17 laptops are used by children throughout the school and we have 110 computers in total for children’s use. Most of our computers are networked.

The Role of the Governing Body
The Governors are a vital part of the school partnership, working together for the benefit of the children and the effective running of the school. They work closely with teachers, non-teaching staff, parents and the Local Education Authority to provide the best possible education for the children of Springdale.

The Governors have the overall responsibility for the curriculum policy, appointment of staff, managing the school finances, maintenance of the building and other areas which help the school to function.

Governors produce the school profile which replaces their annual report and this can be accessed via our website. We are fortunate in having the support of a very dedicated, experienced and hard working group of Governors. All Governors visit the school as much as they are able, the Chair of Governors and the Curriculum Committee visit the classrooms regularly and take an active interest in all aspects of school life. Parents are very welcome to discuss any aspect of the profile with the Chair of Governors or the Headteacher. Please arrange an appointment by contacting the Clerk to the Governors at the school.

Any correspondence for the Chair of Governors should be handed to the Clerk to the Governors and addressed to the current Chairman. Names of all governors and the clerk can be found on the parents' notice board and minutes of Governors' meetings are available in the file by the parents' notice board.

Parents and the School
Parents' consultation evenings are held in the autumn and spring terms. A report is written for each child during the summer term and parents are welcome to make an appointment to discuss the content with the class teacher.

If a teacher has a concern about your child's academic or social development, you will be contacted at an early stage and invited to discuss the matter.

There may be other times, however, when you need to discuss problems - please make an appointment between 3.05 and 3.30 pm when your child's teacher will be pleased to answer any queries or make an appointment if more time is needed for a particular issue.

The time before school is very limited - please use a note to advise any changes in collection of your children or any non-urgent messages. Telephone messages are verified by asking all parents to provide a confidential password. This enables the office staff to ensure that all messages about the collection of children are genuine. Parents are able to use a specific email address to leave messages for the school; this address is checked regularly throughout the day. If a message is urgent, however, we would prefer that you telephone the school and then you will be sure that your message has been received.

If there is a crisis - then of course we will be very pleased to help - please ring the office or tell the Headteacher at the start of the day.

It is important that we work closely together to solve any problems, difficulties or worries. Please help us to prevent small worries becoming larger by telling us as soon as you can.

Frequent newsletters are sent home to help parents keep in touch. Throughout the year there are various events such as concerts, sports days and fairs to which you are warmly invited.

We are always delighted when parents offer to help. Many parents help with general tasks such as stapling books or making costumes. Other parents prefer to help within the classroom with cooking, art and craft, class group work or similar activities.

We very much value the help and support of our parent helpers, students and friends. To help to ensure the safety of our children, we ask our helpers to wear a sticker (workmen and other visitors also wear stickers so that they can be easily identified). New helpers in school are asked to complete a registration form and a CRB* form. As soon as clearance has been received parents are eligible to support the children and staff in school. Any adult not wearing a badge and unknown to staff will be challenged. All visitors are asked to sign in and out by the office to help us to be aware of everyone in the building.

The 'Friends of Springdale' include all parents and close relatives. All parents are notified of the meeting at which fund raising and social events for parents and children are planned. An informal group of parents then organise the events.

Funds raised are used to provide additional items of equipment that would not otherwise be available for the children. Some items provided include play equipment for Reception, resources for Design and Technology, Information Technology and the Literacy Hour, as well as climbing areas for the upper and lower playgrounds and staging for the hall.

You will receive a newsletter from time to time and you will be made very welcome at the meetings and events.

Extended Schools
Our ‘Extended Schools’ leaflet set out all the services and support offered by or through the school. Although we have already been awarded Extended School status by the Local Authority we welcome your feedback to ensure that new needs are identified as quickly as possible.

Our OfSTED inspection (1998) recognised the support of the parents and stated: 'The partnership with parents is very good and is a strength of the school'.

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