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Pool CE is a Church of England (VC) Primary School.
We are situated in an inspirational setting on the edge of open countryside and are recognised for the wide range of environmental and sporting opportunities we offer our pupils.
The school enjoys excellent support from governors, churches, parents and villagers and prides itself on being a friendly and happy centre of the local community.
We are extremely proud of all that goes on here. We hope you enjoy our website.
Welcome to Pool CE Primary School
It is our wish that this booklet will help parents with children already in our school and those parents intending to send their children to this school.
In the following pages we hope to tell you briefly about the way in which we organise our school in order to give all our children the best possible start to their school days.
If there are any questions unanswered, please do not hesitate to ask.
We trust that your child will be very happy with us.
Vision and ethos
At Pool CE Primary School it is our intention to provide happy, secure and stimulating surroundings, where children can develop a lively interest in their work and be eager to learn more.
Within a caring Christian environment, our teachers aim to establish trusting and respectful relationships between themselves and their pupils. In such a setting, we hope our pupils will grow in independence and confidence, whilst developing an awareness and respect for social, moral, cultural and religious values.
We have high expectations for all our children and encourage them to attain the highest standards of which they are capable. Our aim is to help each child reach his or her true potential, not only in academic work but also in creative, practical, sporting or social activities. Individual achievements and successes, however small, are celebrated. By the time our pupils leave we hope they will have developed spiritually and become thoughtful, responsible and considerate members of society.
We greatly value the contribution that parents can make to a child?s education and warmly invite you to work in partnership with us to achieve the above aims.
About our School
Pool Church of England (VC) Primary School is a one-form entry primary school, serving the village of Pool and surrounding areas. Built in 1974, the school offers excellent facilities in idyllic surroundings.
The school is situated near the Village Hall and local sports ground. Its own grounds are extensive and include two playgrounds, a sports field, conservation area and gardens. Recently built adventure playgrounds enhance play facilities for both infant and junior pupils. The river Wharfe is close by, providing an additional opportunity for environmental study.
The school is normally organised on a one-form entry basis ie one class per age group. However, for 2003/4 we will have six classes due to lower pupil numbers in KS2. (YR, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4/5 and Y5/6).
Each class has its own semi-open plan base, together with toilets and cloakroom facilities. Additional facilities include: a computer suite, a multi-purpose hall, equipped for P.E., Drama, Music, Collective Worship etc, libraries for KS1 and KS2, a Music / T.V. / A.V.A room, shared working areas.
The school sees itself as part of the wider community and tries to encourage and develop links with the village activities of Pool, particularly those of the two churches.
The school is a member of the Otley Family of Schools and enjoys close links with neighbouring schools. The majority of children from Pool transfer to Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley at the age of 11.
We have one main intake per year, at the start of the Autumn Term.
Reception pupils are normally admitted to school in the September following their 4th birthday.
The maximum number of admissions is 30.
All applications for places are dealt with by Leeds City Council?s pupil admissions department tel. 0113 2475729. Parents are usually asked to complete preference forms in the Autumn of the year before the child starts school.
Prospective parents are most welcome to make an appointment to look round the school or to visit on an Open Day.
We endeavour to make each child?s entry into school as happy and relaxed as possible. The children in the Reception intake are invited to visit the reception class for several short visits in the Summer Term before they start school. Parents are invited to an evening meeting to find out more about how we work and to ask any questions they might still have. This meeting also gives parents the opportunity to meet and talk with the Reception class teacher and her support staff.
Pool Pre-School is housed within Pool C.E. School and enjoys close links with the school. Sessions are held each morning from 9am till 12 noon. There is an additional Wednesday afternoon session for the older children, to help prepare them for school.
Further information can be obtained from the Pre-School Leader, Mrs Terri Morris, by calling 0113 2843151 any morning.
Tots? Time, for adults with very young children, meets in Pre-School each Thursday afternoon from 2pm till 3.30pm.
Morning:- 8.55 am to 12 noon (a warning bell rings at 8.50 am)
Afternoon:- 1.10pm to 3.30pm
All pupils have a fifteen minute break each morning from 10.40 am to 10.55 am.
Pupils in KS1 also have a fifteen minute break each afternoon.
Excluding daily collective worship, registration and breaks, pupils are normally taught the following number of hours per week:
KS1 - 22.5 KS2 - 23.75
Please ensure that your child is punctual, but not too early! (Children should not arrive on the premises before 8.45 unless they are attending Before-School Club).
Children should enter school at the warning bell, ready for a prompt start to the day at 8.55 am. All external doors are secured at 9.00 am. If children arrive late they should go to the main entrance to register.
Children are expected to respect each other, the staff and the school buildings and equipment. This is expressed in the following rules:
1) I will speak and respond politely to everyone.
2) I will take care not to hurt other people
3) I will leave other people?s belongings alone.
4) I will take good care of the equipment, buildings and grounds.
5) I will remember good manners at all times.
6) I will walk quietly and sensibly inside the building.
7) I will be friendly and helpful.
Other general rules:
1) No jewellery is allowed apart from watches (for those children who can tell the time) and plain studs for pierced ears (see uniform section).
2) Sweets and crisps are not allowed in school. Children who wish to have something to eat at morning break are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit or a few raisins. (Oranges are not easy for young children to deal with, so it is helpful if these are brought peeled and segmented in a small container with a lid).
3) Toys are not allowed in school, except after birthdays when younger children may wish to show a favourite new toy to the teacher or class.