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Beecroft Primary School
Eden Way, Leeds,LS4 2TF Burley
0113 214 4562

All Round Development
To create an environment in which children feel happy and secure.

To promote the opportunity for success and a feeling of achievement across the whole curriculum.

To promote an exciting and stimulating learning environment. Within this environment the school promotes the all round intellectual, moral, emotional, social and physical development of the child.

To enable each individual to reach his/her full potential across a broad range of activities.

To develop in each individual a feeling of belonging and a desire to care for the school and its environment.

Children are helped to understand the world and to look after the wider environment.

The school aims to help children to acquire understanding, knowledge and skills that will be useful to them in adult life and to give them the confidence to apply these effectively in a variety of challenging situations.

Courtesy And Respect
To encourage and foster good manners and politeness towards peers, members of staff and visitors.

The school aims to foster an awareness and respect for moral values and for all religions.

To encourage courtesy, kindness and consideration for all people, their beliefs, feelings and property and to encourage care for people in the community.

Equal Opportunities
Equal access to the whole curriculum is ensured for all, regardless of sex, race, religious beliefs or ability.

Illness And Accidents

(Two members of staff are trained in First Aid.)

If your child is ill and needs to go home, parents or the person named as the emergency contact will be asked to come to school to collect him/her. Your child will be looked after at school if we are unable to contact you.

Non-serious injuries are usually treated by the member of staff who is in charge of your child at the time. More serious injuries will be treated by one of the trained members of staff.

You will be informed by letter, at the end of the day, if your child has sustained an injury, such as a bump on the head, that needs to be monitored.

If your child requires hospital treatment we will try to get in touch with either parents or the emergency contact. If we cannot contact you, or if the injury is sufficiently serious, your child may be taken directly to hospital. When we do manage to contact you, you will be asked to go straight to the Accident and Emergency Department.

Care is taken at all times, both in the training we give to the children, and in the levels of supervision by adults, to avoid accidents and injuries.

School Dress
We are very proud of the appearance of all children at Beecroft Primary School. The uniform is worn by all and encourages a feeling of belonging and aids good discipline.

School Uniform for Boys and Girls
Navy blue sweater or cardigan.
Navy blue or grey school trousers, skirt or pinafore (school style clothes not fashion)
Pale blue or white polo shirt.
White, navy, grey tights or socks.

These items can be bought through the school. Cardigans and sweaters are available with an embroidered school logo.

Summer Clothes
As above or girls can wear a blue and white gingham dress.
Boys can wear short grey or navy trousers (not beach shorts).

Outdoor Clothes
Any clothes but not denim. Denim jeans are not allowed.

P.E. Kit
White, black or navy blue shorts and a plain white
A black leotard may be worn.

You are asked to provide a pair of indoor shoes/black pumps for your child to wear in school. This helps keep our school clean and to encourage children to look after it.

Please make sure that all school clothing, including indoor shoes are clearly marked with your child’s name.

For reasons of safety neither, chains nor earrings are allowed to be worn. A single stud in each ear is permitted.

Children should come with their own pencils, ruler and rubber. Children will need a fountain or cartridge pen in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 - 6). They are allowed to bring crayons if they wish.

Book bags with the school logo are also available.

Discipline And School Rules
School rules are kept to a minimum. The general rule is, “behave sensibly and with consideration for others.” Our philosophy is to positively encourage and promote good behaviour and we are very proud of the very high standards of behaviour in school.

Report from Ofsted
“Pupils thoroughly enjoy all that they do and behave in an exemplary fashion. The strong emphasis on self-discipline means that from an early age, pupils become confident, articulate and self-reliant...Pupils point out that 'children respect teachers and teachers respect us.' ” (Ofsted 2007)

Rewards In School
Children are rewarded by praise, colour points for good work and good behaviour which lead to a mention in the ‘Gold Book’ in Family Assembly. Four mentions in the ‘Gold Book’ in one term, results in a letter of congratulations being sent to parents.

Reporting To Parents
You will be able to talk with your child’s teacher about his/her progress at Parents’ Consultation Evenings, or at any other time that is convenient to you and the teacher.

You will receive a written report of your child’s progress at the end of each school year.

As parents you are encouraged to come into school to discuss any concerns that you have about your child or about general school matters. It may be necessary to make an appointment to do this to ensure that the member of staff concerned can give the matter his/her full attention. Parents should never hesitate to contact the school if they have any worries concerning their children.

The school operates the LEA’s Charging and Remission Policy. A copy of the policy is available in school.

Complaints Procedure
In the event of any concern regarding the curriculum or its delivery the first person to approach is the Headteacher. The Governing Body has a procedure to be followed if the problem cannot be resolved at this level. Details of this procedure are available on request.

Absence From School
The school is required by law to keep information relating to levels of attendance (figures not personal information). Our attendance is very high and averages 97%.

If your child is absent from school please inform the school by letter, of the reasons for the absence. Without a letter absence will not be authorised and will be counted in truancy figures for the school. Parents wishing to absent their children during term time must ask permission from the Headteacher. We would ask that parents make every effort to take family holidays during the school holiday, since absence from school inevitably has a negative effect on a child’s achievement. Holidays in term-time are only approved in exceptional circumstances. In any event they cannot exceed 10 school days.

Regular attendance is essential if your child is to make good progress at school. Unexplained absences, persistent lateness and erratic attendances are automatically investigated by school and the Educational Welfare Officer.

Parents should note that accepting a place at this school for their child they imply acceptance of school policies and school rules.

Dinner Arrangements
Children may:
Go home for lunch
Have a school dinner
Bring a packed lunch

The school meals service maintains a healthy eating policy. Pupils who pay for meals should bring the week’s money on Monday morning in a sealed envelope or purse clearly marked with the child’s name.

If you think you may be eligible for free school dinners, please contact:

The Leeds Benefits Service
2 Great George Street
T. 08451270113
(as soon as possible)

At lunchtime children are cared for by four mid-day supervisors. Members of teaching staff are always present in school at lunchtime.

We ask parents to choose the dinner arrangement for a half term. After each half term parents can change the arrangement if they wish.

Dear Parents or Guardian
On behalf of the staff and governors I would like to welcome you to Beecroft Primary School.

We are all very proud of our school which has earned its reputation and assessment as 'an outstanding school' (Ofsted 2007). The inspector's letter to pupils said, Beecroft "really is a special place." It is special because there is a real partnership between teachers, pupils and parents. By working together we help your child reach his/her full potential and the highest possible standards. We also believe that parents look for good discipline and a positive and caring school ethos. It is this that the school intends to deliver.

We have the primary schools’ Quality Mark, became a Beacon School in 2002 for outstanding achievement as well as achieving the Healthy Schools Advanced award in 2006.

We set ourselves high standards. We are committed to growing and developing as a school. We hope that you will visit us and see for yourself just how effective we are. You will always be most warmly welcomed. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

Yours sincerely

J Turner

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