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St Thomas Primary School
Union Street, EX2 9BB St Thomas
01392 276854
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We look forward to a happy and successful partnership with your family. From September, 2005, St. Thomas Primary School has been established as part of the re-organization of Exeter schools.

This means that our first Year 6 children will leave the school in July, 2008. There has been a school on our site since 1872, and we are proud to be continuing to serve the local community of St. Thomas in Exeter.

Home and School
We promote a positive partnership between home and school. We build on children’s skills and experiences when they join us. We hope you continue to enjoy taking an active and positive interest in what your child is doing at school. We welcome your comments and observations, and encourage you to visit school if you need information, or if you have any concerns. Look out for our weekly newsletters, and our termly curriculum information news-sheets.

We ask you to sign our Home/School/Child Agreement, so that together we can support children’s learning, and help everyone achieve their best.

Our School

School is special
C
aring and sharing
H
appy and helping
O
ur learning is fun
O
ur school is safe
Listening’s the rule

That’s what we’re like at St. Thomas Primary School !
(school rap)

Our school is built on the following aims:

  • We create a positive atmosphere where everyone feels proud to contribute and work together, in making our school a happy and safe place.
  • We ensure that every child receives the best possible start to school life, by providing broad and balanced teaching and learning opportunities.
  • We support individuals in being responsible for their own actions, to learn acceptable behaviour, and understand right from wrong.
  • We encourage individuals to respect and value other points of view in preparation for living in an ever – changing society.
  • We deliver the best possible education through inspiring and challenging every individual’s potential to feel motivated in achieving their best.
  • We recognise that we work in partnership with parents and others, to encourage the excitement of continued lifelong learning.
  • We identify and celebrate every individual’s strengths, so that they are confident in building on their achievements, and sharing them with others.

School Organization

Our school delivers the Foundation Stage Curriculum, Key Stage 1 curriculum and Key Stage 2 curriculum. St. Thomas Primary School is a one-form entry primary school, and where possible children are taught in single-age classes. Children can be taught on a one-to-one basis, in small groups, or in a whole class situation. Children also have some time together in assemblies, playtimes and other cross-school activities.

What To Wear

Our uniform is red, grey and white. It is smart, practical and affordable. The uniform gives our children a sense of identity, and we encourage them to take a pride in their appearance. We ask that children wear sensible, flat, well supportive, non-slip shoes. For safety we ask that children do not wear jewellery. All children with pierced ears should wear only one pair of small stud earrings.

Learning Community

St. Thomas Primary School is part of a local learning community, which includes all feeder primary schools for West Exe Technology College, where our children transfer the September after their eleventh birthday.

Extended Schools Programme

The latest initiative is beginning to impact on the choice of before and after school activities at St. Thomas Primary School. As these become available parents will be notified.

Attendance

Regular school attendance is vital in order for children to take full advantage of the opportunities offered at this school. We set targets for attendance with our Educational Welfare Officer, and work with families where lateness and attendance are a problem. We operate a same day telephone system for absent children, and report unauthorized absences in a child’s annual report. Please remember that only the school, within the context of the law, can approve absence, not parents.


Curriculum

Success For All Children Of All Abilities

St. Thomas Primary School is an inclusive school. We value all children for the contribution they can make to school life, regardless of their ability, and no-one is precluded from any school activity.

During any child’s school life, support may be required with learning, with emotional development, or with social needs. Whether children have special talents or particular learning difficulties, they are given support throughout their school career, and a variety of strategies are used:

  • differentiated work for a variety of abilities
  • individual education plans (IEPs), which help a child with particular learning difficulties
  • teaching in small groups or on a one-to-one basis
  • drawing on our own specialists in school
  • intervention programmes
  • extension activities / focused questioning

We work closely with parents to ensure children’s needs are met to the best of everyone’s abilities. The school also links with many other agencies in the day-to-day support of our children. The school’s Child Protection Co-ordinator’s responsibility is to see that procedures are followed, and all incidents of suspected child abuse are reported to the appropriate authorities.

Homework

Although we acknowledge the importance of children using out of school time for pursuing interests, hobbies and play, we also believe that we are helping to develop an effective partnership between school and home by setting regular homework. As children move through the school, they will be expected to take more responsibility for their own learning. Homework will, at different levels, take the form of:

  • Reading
  • Investigative work and research
  • Numeracy / literacy tasks
  • Topic related activities
  • Our Homework Policy expands our thinking on this matter.

Sex And Relationship Education

The Governing Body has agreed that sex and relationship education should form part of our school curriculum. We follow an agreed policy, which is delivered through our personal, social and health education programme.

Drug Education

Our staff follow an agreed policy for drug education, which is delivered through our personal, social and health education programme.

Healthy Schools

St. Thomas Primary School encourages children to lead an active and healthy lifestyle, teaching the value of exercise and healthy diet. We promote:

  • regular daily fitness activity breaks
  • participation in a varied programme of sports and PE activities
  • healthy eating – only fruit, raw vegetables or hard cheese can be brought in for break time snacks
  • healthy lunchbox foods are encouraged
  • children are encouraged to drink water throughout the school day to prevent dehydration
  • children are encouraged to wear sunhats against extremes of heat

Collective Worship And Religious Education

We follow the Devon Agreed Syllabus for religious education. Collective worship takes place every day, and is broadly Christian in character. Assemblies can either be whole school, individual class or shared class times. We promote spiritual and moral development, giving time for reflection, and for encouraging children to celebrate their own and others’ achievements.

Multicultural Society

We firmly believe that our curriculum should reflect the fact that we live in a multi-cultural society, and that we should promote respect for other cultures and educate against racism.

Enrichment

During the school year a variety of opportunities are available to allow children to widen their understanding of topics, and to gain greater enjoyment, by learning through different experiences.
These can be:

  • visits from theatre in education groups
  • working with artists
  • subject weeks
  • special visitors
  • residential visits
  • visits of historical interest
  • taking part in instrumental lessons
  • taking part in extra curricular activities, including sport

Some of the activities are sponsored by our Parent Teacher Association, and some rely on contributions from parents and carers.

Governors

Our School Governors

The Governing Body of St. Thomas Primary School is committed to providing the best possible education, in terms of personnel, resources and curriculum innovation. Governors come from across a wide spectrum, and consist of elected parents, staff and members of the wider community.

Our School Community

Good relationships and clear communication are essential to success, so everyone is invited to be involved in the life of the school.

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) works throughout the year to raise funds for the school, and we greatly value this support.

The St. Thomas Community Action Partnerships (St. Thomas CAPs), extends out into our local community, making local businesses and local residents aware of the school, and its place in the community it serves.

Throughout the year our children are involved in several charity fund-raising events for other children less fortunate than themselves. We are proud of the level of support our children give to others.

School Council

Each class is represented on our School Council, which meets weekly. Items of interest or concern are discussed and debated, and all children and parents are informed of the outcomes.

Ofsted

St. Thomas Primary School will be inspected, like all schools in the country, on a regular cycle. Inspections in the past noted:

  • This is a good school with several strengths.
  • All pupils achieve well throughout the school.
  • Pupils’ personal development is very good. Their social, moral and spiritual qualities are particularly well developed.
  • The school provides a good education for all pupils.
  • The quality of teaching is good overall.
  • Parents and pupils are positive about the school.
  • Both the leadership and management of the school are good.

The most recent Ofsted report is available from the school office



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