• To create a happy and stimulating learning environment, in which each child will develop to their full potential, thereby achieving high educational standards.
•· To develop self-awareness, self-respect and tolerance of others by developing an understanding of the world in which they live.
•· To appreciate human achievements and aspirations; develop aesthetic sensitivity and appreciation; physical ability and co-ordination and a concern for the safety of themselves and others.
•· To prepare children to live and work with others, enabling them to be responsible and caring members of the community.
•· To give children at the end of their period of primary education an appetite for acquiring further knowledge, experience and skills, so ensuring they are prepared for the challenges of the next stage in their education.
All staff and governors believe that parents have a vital part to play in the education of their children.
We encourage parents to share knowledge of their child with the staff, to help make a contribution to the life of the school and support any work, which the child takes home.
Parents are welcomed into school on an informal basis to help in class and in any aspect of school life.
It is our sincere conviction that staff, parents and governors should share the same aims and objectives. Consequently the opinions of all will be valued where the management of school and the interests of children are concerned.
a) Admission to Main School
The Local Education Authority has an admissions policy for all schools which, after consultation with the School Governors; the school is obliged to follow.
(See Appendix 1 a/b)
Children are admitted to the main school at the beginning of the term in which they are five. There is a LEA designated catchment area and children living within this area are given priority for admission. However, the authority cannot guarantee places to children living within the school's catchment area.
Further information is available in the 'Education in Wakefield ~ Guide for Parents' booklet. Parents of all children wishing to gain admission to the school must complete an admission preference form. This is then submitted to the Education Department for consideration by the Chief Education Officer.
Each school has an admission level. The admission level for this school is 45. The Local Education Authority endeavours to comply with parental preferences but it may not always be possible to do this in all cases.
b) Admission to Nursery
Parents are invited to place their children's names on the waiting list for admission to nursery.
The procedure for admission is as follows:
Children from within the schools catchment area are admitted in age order. (Exceptions may be made when special recommendations are received from Health Authorities)
Children from outside the catchment area are admitted when there are places available, provided that there are no catchment area children's names on the waiting list. Children in nursery cannot be guaranteed a place in main school.
Nursery children are invited to visit on two occasions with their parents before admission to nursery.
Integration into main school from nursery and home is given careful consideration
Children are invited to attend either a morning or afternoon session in school along with their peers. This is in the half term prior to starting school.
Whilst the children are working with their new class teacher, the Headteacher meets with parents/guardians to discuss the aims, philosophy and organisation of the school.
Prior to this reception/Year 1 class teachers visit nursery and children are acclimatised to school by joining in parents/achievement assemblies and by being involved in many aspects of school life
Learning Environment of the School
Dane Royd Nursery, Infant and Junior School is a semi-open plan school opened in September 1993.
The school building was opened in 1984 as Dane Royd First School replacing the 100-year-old Painthorpe First School.
The main school building and nursery were extended during 1992/93 with the previous building being altered to provide five extra classrooms, a shared area, staff room, Headteacher's office and extension to the nursery and it's playing area. One existing classroom was utilised to provide extra storage space, staffroom and utilities. There are three shared areas adjacent to 2, 3 and 5 class bases providing ten classrooms in all.
There are seven age groups. Classes consist of children of mixed ability with similar age groups. The school caters for up to 315 boys and girls between five and eleven years of age.
Nursery accommodation is provided in the Nursery unit attached to the school. This caters for 26 morning children and 26 afternoon children.
A Wraparound service is provided for parents of Nursery children who wish to take advantage of this in the alternative session to Nursery which includes lunchtime provision.
CJ's Playcare scheme is available to all children in school and operates prior to and at the end of the school day.
A choice of meals prepared in the school kitchen is served in the hall.
Priority is given to the provision of a high quality learning environment, which is reflected in the lively and attractive displays of children's work.