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Gilded Hollins Community School

School Prospectus

2017- 2018

 

 

Gilded Hollins Community Primary School.

St Helens Road,

Leigh,

WN7 3PQ

Telephone: 01942 678903

e-mail: enquiries@admin.gildedhollins.wigan.sch.uk

 

Dear Parents,

We hope that the information in this booklet will give you an insight into the life of our school and help you make the most of the exciting opportunities that Gilded Hollins can offer.

 

OUR SCHOOL AIMS

  • To promote within each child a positive self image.

 

  • To encourage children to respect and tolerate other races, religions and cultures and to understand the world in which we live.

 

  • To provide a secure, happy, welcoming environment in which everyone can learn and work.

 

  • To enable each child to acquire and develop a range of skills and knowledge across the curriculum.

 

  • To encourage strong relationships between school, home and the local community.

 

CLASSIFICATION OF THE SCHOOL

Gilded Hollins is a one form entry, non-denominational Community Primary Day School for boys and girls aged 4 to 11. We have approximately 210 children on roll. The school is situated between Pennington and Lowton amongst extensive playing fields. On site we have a nature reserve, school garden and picnic area.

 

There are numerous teaching areas within the school including:

1 Foundation Stage classroom with access to ‘Outdoor Play’

2 Key Stage One classrooms

4 Key Stage Two classrooms

2 Resource areas

1 Hall equipped for Gymnastics, Drama and Lunch

2 Library areas – fiction and non-fiction

60 portable laptops

60 Ipads

Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard

ADMISSION OF PUPILS

The Governors of the School, in consultation with the Local Authority (L.A.) have set a maximum class size of 30.

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the L.A. will apply the following set of criteria in order to decide which children to admit:

1) Children who have a statement of Special Educational Needs.

2) A child who has a brother or sister currently attending the School.

3) The geographical location of home and school.

 

OUR CURRICULUM

Every child who comes into the school is warmly welcomed and equally valued.

We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is fully differentiated to meet the needs of all our pupils and the requirements of the National Curriculum. Through this we seek to develop everyone in our care to the highest level of personal achievement, and work in partnership in order to bring out the very best in each child.

The school has no affiliation with any particular church, yet it is primarily Christian in the daily assemblies and religious activities. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious activities.

 

OUR STAFF

 

Headteacher

Mr D. Nash

 

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs C. Burns

 

Assistant Headteacher

Miss L Whittaker

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

Mrs M Peake

 

School Administration Officers

Miss Y Prescott

Mrs J. Lynch

Mrs S. Mair

 

Teaching Staff

Reception – Mrs M Peake

Year One – Mrs J. Stopforth

Year Two – Miss S Fallon

Year Three – Mr R. Taylor

Year Four – Miss L. Whittaker

Year Five – Mr C. Rushton

Year Six – Miss N Dickson

 

Senior Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs C. Halton

 

Teaching Assistants

Mrs D. King Miss E. Linton Mrs Helen Redding

Mrs J. Ward Mrs T. Holman Mrs J. McGill

Miss C Whittaker Miss L Thornton

 

Learning Mentor

Mrs S. Thompson

 

Caretakers

Mrs J. Boardman Mr J. Knight

 

Welfare Assistants

Mrs S. Sutton Mrs S. Bewley

Mrs P Taylor Mrs J McKiernan

Miss L Thornton Miss C Whittaker

 

School Cook: Mrs J. Hailwood

Kitchen staff: Mrs J Collier

Mr E Holden

 

SCHOOL DAY

Doors open at 8.50a.m.

School starts at 8.55 a.m.

Registration 9.00 a.m. - 9.05 a.m.

Break 10.45 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.

Lunch 12.15 p.m. - 1.15 p.m.

Registration 1.15 p.m. - 1.20 p.m.

A flexible break is taken in the afternoon

School ends at 3.25 p.m.

 

BREAKFAST CLUB

School runs a breakfast club (Breakfast Buddies) from 7.45am until 8.55am, priced £2.50 per day. A breakfast of toast, cereal and fruit juice is provided. Pupils may be booked in for specified blocks of time, or on a day by day basis if required.

 

UNIFORM

High standards of dress help to maintain standards across school. We expect that uniform should be worn properly at all times within the school building and on school trips, unless we request otherwise or on “non-uniform” days.

 

Gilded Hollins’ uniform is as follows:

Boys

Shirt: Gold Polo Shirt (must have school crest)

Trousers: Pale Grey (long or short)

Sweatshirt: Dark Green (must have school crest)

Shoes: Black (no boots or training shoes)

Socks: Grey

 

Girls

Shirt: Gold Polo Shirt (must have school crest)

Skirt: Grey (Reception, Year One and Year Two children only will wear a tartan skirt)

Pinafore dress: Grey (Reception, Year One and Year Two children only will wear a tartan pinafore)

Sweatshirt: Dark Green (must have school crest)

Cardigan: Dark Green (must have school crest)

Trousers: Pale Grey (long or short)

Dress: Green Gingham Summer Dress

Socks: White or Grey

Tights: Grey

Shoes / Sandals: Black (no boots or training shoes)

 

P.E.

Indoor: Plain white T-shirt, plain black shorts, black plimsolls

Outdoor: Sweatshirt / hoodie, tracksuit bottoms, training shoes

(There is no requirement to provide outdoor P.E. kit for Reception class)

NB: Gilded Hollins crested fleeces and book bags will still be available.

 

Currently, the correct uniform is available from the following stockists:

 

A & H Rosenfield, Spinning Gate Market, Leigh

Impressions Uniform, High Street, Golborne.

Please ensure that ALL items of school clothing are clearly marked with your child’s name.

 

HAIRSTYLES

Children are expected to attend school with hairstyles that support the school uniform expectations. Any unusual haircuts or colours are not appropriate for school and should be reserved for the weekend and holiday.

 

JEWELLERY

Ear studs and watches may be worn. However, your child will be asked to remove any other form of jewellery until the end of the school day. Due to safety regulations children will not be permitted to take part in P.E. or swimming wearing earrings. If children are unable to remove earrings themselves please ensure they are taken out at home before coming to school. Earrings cannot be taped up for P.E. lessons

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

All children take part in two hours of physical activity each week. Children from Year 2 to Year 4 attend swimming sessions at some time during the school year. In addition, there is a wide range of extra curricular activities linked to Physical Education including judo, fencing, disco and street dancing, High 5, football and rounders.

 

Children are expected to wear the correct clothing for physical education.

 

HOME/SCHOOL RELATIONSHIP

Parents and carers are a vital part of our school and we encourage their involvement in the life of Gilded Hollins. A close relationship with families means that we can offer an environment that is caring, supportive and based on mutual trust.

The school offers two formal ‘Parent’s Evenings’ each year and a formal written report is sent to parents at the end of the Summer term.

In addition, we offer parents regular ‘Drop In’ sessions when appointments are not necessary. Parents may use these as an opportunity to discuss any concerns, their child’s progress, their strengths and targets for development.

If any problems arise regarding a child’s progress or well-being in school during the year parents are welcome to make an appointment with the Class Teacher.

 

HOMEWORK

Children are encouraged to work at home on English and Maths activities across the school. Other homework may be set where it is relevant to work undertaken in the classroom. It is an expectation that children are listened to reading at home for 15 minutes on a daily basis.

 

FRIENDS OF THE SCHOOL

Friends of Gilded Hollins meet regularly on an informal basis throughout the year. All parents and grandparents are welcome to attend these meetings. The Friends organise a variety of events to help raise additional funds to support and enhance the school curriculum.

 

HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT – BEHAVIOUR

Our school rule is “Respect Everyone”. At all times children are expected to behave in a polite, orderly and sensible manner, respecting others, their property and the school. Sanctions are taken against children who cause deliberate injury or damage, or who persistently prevent other children from doing their work.

The school has a Home School Agreement consent form that has been developed and implemented with all local schools. Together, these local schools form the LOGOS (Lowton and Golborne Schools) cluster.

 

SCHOOL POLICY ON CHARGING FOR ACTIVITIES

Parents are sometimes asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of certain activities. These may include visits from speakers or theatre groups, or out of school visits to places of interest. Although the contribution is voluntary, the school is unable to offer this enrichment to the curriculum without parental support. Please see our Charging and Remissions Policy for further details.

 

REMISSIONS

When the parents of a pupil are in receipt of certain benefits that qualify their child for the Pupil Premium, the Governing Body will remit in full the cost of board and lodging for any residential activity that it organises for pupils if the activity is deemed to take place within school hours, or where it forms part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination or the National Curriculum.

 

CONSIDERATION OF COMPLAINTS

Any complaint should initially be addressed to the Headteacher. In the event of the problem remaining unresolved, the problem should be put fully into writing and addressed to the Clerk of Governors. The matter will then be dealt with by the School Governors in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Education Act. A copy of the Complaints Procedure is available from the school website or school office.

 

SCHOOL ABSENCE, PUNCTUALITY and HOLIDAYS

Parents should ensure that children arrive at school on time, ready to begin their lessons. If problems arise, do feel free to come into school and talk to us. It is extremely important that school is made aware of any absences, retrospectively if necessary.

Unauthorised absences are recorded. The school is proud of its record on attendance and, with parental support, we aim to maintain these standards.

Since the law states that parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time, any such absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

 

SICKNESS

In case of illness or medical treatment, please inform school by written, phone or verbal message on the first day of absence.

 

MEDICINES

If your child needs to take prescribed medicine an ‘Authorisation Form’ must be completed. These may be obtained from the school office. The medicine must be brought to school by the parent or responsible adult and handed to the office. Please contact our Learning Mentor, Mrs S Thompson, should your child have any medical requirements about which school has not previously been made aware. For further details please refer to the Medicines Policy, available under the ‘Information for Parents’ tab on the school website.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

As a result of Health and Safety legislation, we would remind parents that the school cannot accept legal responsibility for children who arrive at school before 8.45 a.m. or who are still on the premises at 3.35 p.m., unless they are taking part in an organised activity under the direction of a member of staff. Our Breakfast Club opens at 7.45am. Children attending the club should be escorted to the admission door by a responsible adult.

Gilded Hollins has two playground Timber Trails. Children are not permitted to use these before and after school.

 

DOGS

Dogs are not permitted on the school grounds at any time. Parents / Grandparents who walk to school with their dogs are asked to wait with their pets outside the school gates.

 

NON-SMOKING SITE

As part of our duty of care to everyone at Gilded Hollins, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the school grounds. Anyone smoking will be asked to extinguish their cigarette or leave the premises. This policy also applies to e-cigarettes, as recommended by the local authority.

 

BULLYING AND REPORTING RACIST INCIDENTS POLICY

The Governors have developed guidelines which combine a whole school approach to any problems should they arise, together with a variety of strategies for overcoming them. Copies of all our safeguarding policies are available on the school website.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITY

Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability work within the class and may be withdrawn appropriately for both individual and small group work. Resources relevant to particular problems are used to support teaching. The school has well established links with a range of external agencies including the LA Educational Psychology Service, Education Welfare Service and Behaviour Support Team.

 

AND FINALLY…

We do hope that you have found this prospectus to have been both interesting and informative. We trust that it has given you an insight into our school and helped you make an informed decision.

We believe that Gilded Hollins provides a relaxed and happy atmosphere in which your children can experience learning and enjoy success in all areas of school life.

Everyone connected with Gilded Hollins works hard to ensure that all children acquire a high level of self-esteem and knowledge of themselves.

We look forward to a happy and trusting partnership between your home and our school.

Our door is always open. Please call in to speak to us if we can be of any assistance.

 

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