It is my pleasure to welcome you to Stratford-sub Castle Primary School. You are warmly invited to come in and look around. Just call in to the office or telephone to make an appointment and I will be delighted to show you round the school personally.
Whether you are a visitor, prospective parent or a longstanding member of our school community, this prospectus will give you a flavour of things and provide you with some useful information about how our school is organised.
It will also introduce you to the various staff members who work at Stratford. I am proud to be the Headteacher leading such a dedicated team. A team, committed to working with you to provide the best chances for your child. A team who really like children! A team, who despite the ups and downs of teaching, really enjoy their jobs!
We want your child to be happy and to learn. We want all our pupils to be happy and to learn. We believe:
in providing a wide range of balanced learning opportunities for each child
every moment of the school day provides a chance to learn something new
that sports teams, music, drama, charity events, competitions run by community organisations, trips etc all provide invaluable opportunities for each child to develop in a rounded way, enhance school life and help to motivate a child to learn
in actively rewarding progress and attainment
that positive behaviour should be rewarded as well as academic success
happy children learn better!
In our efforts to achieve the School Aims, the staff and I rely heavily on parents for co-operation and support. Parents are always welcome at Stratford, whether simply for a quick chat, to help with cooking or to listen to children read. Your involvement is valued. It is a team effort and your child will benefit when we work together.
We do not claim to be perfect! Things may get bumpy along the way. Misunderstandings may happen and mistakes may be made. Hopefully we can work together and show our children how problems can be resolved by discussion and teamwork! Please contact me if you ever have any questions, concerns or worries – that is what I am here for!
Your child is precious. YOU want the best for them. WE want the best for them. We view our school as a "launch pad". Let’s work together to help to make your child really "take off"!
Aims Of The School
to provide the opportunity for all our pupils to achieve and acquire the skills and knowledge required for their lives now and in the future
to create a safe rewarding environment, where effort, progress and attainment are encouraged, rewarded and celebrated
to foster a happy, purposeful and stimulating ethos, where all have a sense of identity and belonging
to promote aesthetic, cultural, mental, moral, physical, emotional and spiritual development of our pupils.
To achieve our aims we will
provide all our pupils with the opportunities to learn and achieve within and beyond the National Curriculum
encourage all within the school community to be motivated, confident and active learners
work in partnership with parents
develop links with the Church and wider community
teach strategies for learning
encourage learning for understanding
provide challenge with support
cater for different styles of thinking and learning
encourage learning and understanding through doing
encourage the use of whole brain learning
promote positive self-image and high self-esteem
provide regular opportunities for review and reflection
actively listen to children
provide timely and accurate feedback to learners
encourage pupils to question and think critically, and make informed choices
nurture an awareness and understanding of their own and other cultures, religions and beliefs
nurture a sense of personal and social responsibility
encourage our pupils to be emotionally literate – to solve problems and "move on" with their lives
provide opportunities for creative experience
nurture a sense of awe and wonder in the world around us
encourage our pupils to approach life with an open, flexible attitude and a sense of humour
To achieve our aims we will foster the following values
respect for the truth
tolerance, respect and consideration for others
hard work, commitment and perseverance
respect for our surroundings, personal possessions and school property
Although we are a Church School, we serve the whole community and welcome children and their families whatever their faith or belief. We join together in an act of worship on a daily basis – any child may be withdrawn from this at parental request.
The school follows the L..A. procedures for admissions. This policy gives children entitlement to three years of infant education. A school place is available for all children from the September after their fourth birthday.
Autumn born children (fifth birthday between 1st September and 31st December) can be admitted full time from September
Spring born children (fifth birthday between 1st January and 31st March) can be admitted full time from September
Summer born children (fifth birthday between 1st April and 31st August) can be admitted half time from September. Full time provision will be available from January.
Although this policy enables children to benefit from a three-year infant course, there is no obligation upon parents to send their children to school before they reach statutory school age (ie; the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday). We therefore do not require children to be admitted before the statutory school age.
Although most children will be admitted to school in September, some admissions may be delayed until January or April if parents prefer and it complies with the law.