Horringer Court Prospectus
Welcome to Horringer Court School
I am delighted to introduce our school prospectus. Our intention is to provide you with an informative and interesting snapshot of our life at Horringer Court. I hope you will be encouraged to find out more by visiting us and meeting the team who make up, what we believe, to be a special place.
At Horringer Court we are proud of the quality of education we provide. We have very high expectations of everyone and are committed to providing a supportive environment in which pupils feel happy and secure. We encourage and value the opinions and suggestions of all our pupils and expect them to show respect for others and work in partnership with us in the day to day running of the school. Learning in our school is about recognising strengths and possibilities, developing the desire and confidence to enable everyone to fulfil their aspirations in our ever changing world.
I feel proud to lead this school with its positive ethos that ensure all pupils are valued and encouraged to produce their best.
We are welcoming and approachable so please come and see us.
Mr Steve Palmer
Head of School
At Horringer Court we provide a broad and balanced curriculum. It is designed to fulfil the needs of all our pupils. The aim is to motivate pupils, to boost their self-esteem and raise their aspirations. The curriculum is intended to provide a varied learning experience that gives pupils the opportunity to develop their skills and abilities and to achieve their full potential.
Year 5 & 6
At Key Stage 2 all pupils study the following subjects: Maths, English, Science, Humanities, Beliefs and Values, French, Art, Computer Science, Personal Development, DT, Dance, Music and PE. Pupils are placed in ability groups for Maths and English. For all other lessons they are taught in their Maths groups.
Years 7 & 8
At Key Stage 3 all pupils study the following subjects: Maths, English, Science, French, History, Geography, Computer Science, Beliefs and Values, Personal Development, DT, Music and PE. Pupils are placed in ability groups for Maths and English. For all other lessons they are taught in their English groups. In Year 8 the higher ability groups will also study German.
At Horringer Court we believe that homework plays an important part in supporting the learning that takes place in school. Pupils in Years 5 and 6 are set regular homework in Maths and English. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 are set homework in Maths, English, Science, French, Beliefs and Values, Geography and History. In addition they have a long term project for Computer Science. We place great emphasis on reading and expect each child to read for at least 10 minutes every night. We also have timetabled reading time on Fridays. The school’s library is available for children to choose books at break and lunch times.
Beliefs and Values
This subject combines Personal and Social Education with Citizenship and RE. The school believes that these aspects are linked and not separate subjects, although planning does pay particular regard to the Suffolk agreed syllabus in Religious Education and maintains all National Curriculum standards.
This is approached through the Beliefs and Values and Science Curriculum. There is an annual Parents’ Evening to discuss the contents in advance of the teaching.
We pride ourselves on providing high quality Pastoral Care. Our arrangements for supporting your child are extensive and below are some of the ways we ensure your child is happy and feels safe.
- A separate playground for Year 5
- A dedicated non-teaching Head of Year 5
- Buddy system where Year 8 are responsible for Year 5 pupils
- Vertical tutor system ensures that your child’s tutor is with them throughout their time with us and so that Year 5 can meet regularly with their Year 8 buddies
- Buddy day once a week where we encourage Year 8 to have lunch with their Year 5 buddy
- Heads of House who support the Pastoral Care provided by the tutors
- Head Boy and Head Girl and House Captains who can be approached by any pupil
- Anti-bullying week, including a survey carried out by all pupils
- E-mail contacts for Head of Year 5 and all tutors
- Log book where you or your child’s tutor can write short notes
- First call system for absences
- Easily understood sanctions which are applied consistently and effectively.
We believe that your child has to be happy and feel safe if they are to learn.
Special Educational Needs Provision
Horringer Court is an inclusive school which caters for all needs. The SENCo, Mrs Rachel Rossiter, has been accredited the National SENCo Award and the Advanced SENCo Award. Our staff have a wealth of experience in supporting a range of needs and we work closely with outside agencies such as Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Autism Outreach and Dyslexia Outreach.
At Horringer Court we strongly believe that high quality teaching, differentiated for individual pupils, is the first step in responding to pupils who have, or may have, SEN. Additional intervention and support cannot compensate for a lack of good quality teaching. At Horringer Court we regularly review the quality of teaching for ALL pupils.
Working with Parents
During the year before a child joins us in Year 5 prospective parents are welcome to visit by prior appointment at any time.
Each October we offer a Saturday morning taster event for Year 3 and 4 pupils where they can meet the staff and join in activities. There is also the opportunity for parents to look round the school. We also hold an annual Open Evening in November. Mrs Kemp, Head of Year 5, will visit every pupil intending on joining us at their Primary school in Year 4. There are 2 half days and 1 whole day when prospective Year 4 pupils spend time with us.
It is essential that parents and school work together to ensure every child makes the most of their time with us. Parents of pupils in Year 5 will be given an email address for Mrs Kemp and we ask that this is used for initial contact. Mrs Kemp will pass on anything relevant to other teachers. For all other Year groups the email address of the child’s tutor is supplied. There is also a space in the Pupil Log where short messages can be written for your child’s tutor. Meetings can be arranged with any member of staff but we please ask that appointments are made beforehand. A weekly bulletin sheet is sent to all parents every Friday as well as regular Newsletters celebrating success within Horringer Court and the Trust. Letters are sent via email and are also displayed on the website. We operate a text message system for important messages. You can also keep up to date via our twitter feed.
In the Autumn Term we hold a Pastoral Parents’ Evening where you will have the opportunity to speak to your child’s tutor. This evening is simply to discuss general points and to ascertain how well your child has settled in. Throughout the year there are subject evenings when you are able to make appointments to see individual teachers. There are also additional special evenings for curriculum information. All dates for these evenings will be displayed on our calendar on our website.
Sport is an extremely important and valuable part of school life at Horringer Court; our emphasis being on promoting enjoyment and understanding in a happy, exciting and safe environment. We have Activemark Gold and Sportsmark Awads and hold Football Association Charter Standard. These awards symbolises the school’s commitment to sport and to health and fitness. The Government lays down minimum standards for the time children should spend on exercise in school. Horringer Court exceeds all these standards and ensures that all children, in both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3, spend an adequate amount of time on sport and physical education.
Every pupil has two and a half hours of high quality Physical Education each week on their timetable as well as a block of 9 lessons of Dance. This curriculum time is supported by a wide variety of clubs for all children in all the main games and sports. All pupils are encouraged to participate in our annual Sports Day; Inter House competitions and the many extra-curricular clubs that are on offer.
Sports Premium Grant
The government provides additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary school headteachers. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
This grant is aimed at Primary schools where they do not employ specialist PE teachers unlike Horringer Court. We have therefore looked at ways we can add even more to our PE curriculum.
- Employ a Basketball coach to work with all Year Groups on timetable.
- Jointly, with all schools in the Trust, employ PE specialist to organise and provide additional extra curricular activities and competitions.
- To provide additional extra curricular activities both before and after school at Horringer Court and within the Trust as a whole.
- Cover so that staff and pupils can share expertise in a wider circle of schools eg Dance workshops.
- Cover for larger numbers of teams to be entered into local and county competitions.
Clubs and Activities.
It is well recognised that good and effective schools provide enrichment activities for their pupils. These clubs are designed to: promote confidence and enthusiasm; prepare children for inter school matches and championships; broaden their experiences; offer subjects not covered on the curriculum.
We work in partnership with County Upper School (13-18 phase of Academy Trust) to offer joint activities with older children as well as sharing expertise of staff.
Some examples of the extra-curricular activities offered:
We are always open to suggestions, so if pupils have an idea for a new activity we will listen and try to facilitate. Throughout the Year there are regular performances in Dance, Music and Drama.
The basis of our rules and procedures is that we show courtesy and consideration for others and for their property. Sensible behaviour is expected at all times inside school and on the way to and from school. The Code of Conduct is based on Respect, Rights and Responsibilities.
I will respect:
- The individuality of others
- The views and opinions of others
- The efforts and contributions of my classmates
- Any adult who challenges poor behaviour
I have the right to:
- Make a contribution to school life without being made fun of
- To feel good about myself and be regarded for my strengths
- Be recognised for my efforts in school
- Be spoken to and dealt with courteously
- Be welcomed and helped in new or difficult situations
- Carry out my school work without constant interruptions or distractions
- Feel safe in my classrooms
- Feel secure and not be bullied
- Feel that my belongings are secure and will not be taken
It is my responsibility to:
- Welcome and encourage the efforts of others at all times
- Help improve the self – esteem of other pupils by celebrating their talents
- Try my best at all times and bring the right equipment to the right place at the right time
- Be well mannered
- Be welcoming to visitors, new pupils and new staff in our school
- Let my classmates work without being distracted or interrupted
- Take special care in practical areas and always follow safety instructions
- Support the well being of my school mates and not to threaten or intimidate them in any way
- Take care of my belongings and return other people's if they are mislaid
Horringer Court operates a Positive Behaviour Policy. We believe the best way to demonstrate to pupils the correct way to live and work together is by rewarding positive achievements. Our system rewards success using credits which lead to bronze, silver and gold certificates. Expectations are made very clear to all pupils and the majority of the children abide by these at all times. However, if a child fails to respect the Code of Conduct, repeatedly does not carry out tasks and duties or behaves in an anti-social manner, he or she will be subject to sanctions which will, in extreme cases, result in exclusion from school. A copy of this policy can be seen on our website and is available from the school office on request.
Everyday School Uniform
- Navy blue V neck jumper with school logo
- White shirt with collar
- School tie
- Black trousers or tailored shorts for boys (please see notes below on trousers)
- Black skirt, tailored shorts or trousers for girls, (please see notes below on trousers and skirt)
- Standard black school shoes, (please see notes below on footwear)
- Black socks or tights.
- No jewellery except for a watch and one plain stud in each ear.
Pupils are expected to look smart and be ready to learn.
Only one pair of stud earrings may be worn which must be removed for PE and games. No other piercing should be ornamented. Make up and nail varnish are not permitted. Hair should be of a natural colour and in a smart style suitable for school (not shaved with clipped patterns and no shorter than 6mm, a number 2) Hair longer than the shoulders must be tied back for practical science, technology and PE. Parents are encouraged to check with school prior to making a purchase if they are in any doubt as to whether certain items are suitable for school.
- Long hair must be tied back with a black hair tie or band for all practical subjects. Hair must not be artificially coloured or cut in an extreme style (not shaved with clipped patterns)
- Shoes MUST be black sensible shoes which must not have sports logos. To comply with safety regulations for DT, Food tech and Science shoes MUST be of a sturdy material. Trainers, boots, high heels, sandals, flip flops, plimsolls, canvas shoes are NOT permitted.
- Shirts – we require all shirts to be tucked into skirts and trousers at all times.
- Skirts - should be knee length.
- Trousers should be tailored - not jeans, sports trousers, flared, skinnies or 'fashion' trousers. Short black tailored trousers may be worn if preferred.
PE/Sports kit for boys and girls
- White polo shirt/plain white T-shirt – indoor
- Purple rugby shirt - outdoor
- Black shorts (no stripes or logos. Not cycling shorts)
- Purple long socks - outdoor
- Trainers/Football Boots
- Sweatshirt, jogging bottoms or tracksuit for outdoor sports in cold weather. (No stripes or logos and must be a dark colour. Alternatively the purple sweatshirt from previous uniform may be worn.)
- Mouth guards for hockey and rugby.
- Shin pads for hockey and football.
- No jewellery to be worn. Earrings must be removed or covered with a plaster (Provided by pupil)
A pencil case containing a pen, pencil, ruler, eraser and pencil sharpener is needed. Coloured pencils may also be useful as well as a calculator. (Casio 85GT Plus recommended)
A modestly sized bag is needed in which to carry school books and P.E. kit.
A school book bag can be purchased from the office.
Our water policy encourages all children to bring in their own clear water bottle with a sports top.
Children should not bring valuable items in to school. If this is necessary they must be handed in to the office for safe keeping.
If you wish your child to bring their mobile phone to school then it must be handed in to the office for the duration of the school day. All other electronic devices are not permitted in school.
Pupil Numbers and Admissions
The pupil admission number (PAN) for HCMS is 100 in each year group. The LA is responsible for admissions to the school at the entry point of Year 5; any in-year applications should be made directly to the school. Full details of the policy and procedures are set out in the 'Schools in Suffolk' booklet. Our admissions policy can also be found on this website.
If your child is absent from school please let us know by telephone before 9.00am. There is an answer machine where you can leave us a message. Our Attendance Policy states that we will not authorise any holiday during term time.
Medical and Related Issues
Although the school provides first-aid facilities, there is no-one medically qualified on the staff. It is therefore essential that we have more than one emergency contact number. The school has a policy for supporting children with medical needs and a copy is available on request. We ask that you advise the school of any medical condition which may affect your child during the school day when they first join us or if any condition arises after that time. The administration of medicines to pupils is the responsibility of the parents but if this is not practical then a request for our help and a disclaimer needs to be completed. With parental permission asthmatics are allowed to carry their own inhalers with them at all times. Please request a form. In order to avoid the risk of improper use, pupils are not allowed to bring their own supplies of pain killers into school. A permission form needs to be completed for these as for other medicines.
Accidents in school
In all cases of emergency the school will do their best to contact parents/carers. If this is not possible, we will act on the advice of the Medical Officer consulted. It is in your child's interest that you keep the school informed of current contact numbers. Parents who reject any forms of medical treatment for their family should make their views known to the school in writing.
Horringer Court has their own cook and team on site so all meals are freshly prepared on the day of consumption and use locally sourced meat. We have 'Healthy Schools' status so provide a well-balanced menu with plenty of choice. Pupils can pay daily for their meal at the till or online. Alternatively a pupil may pre-order a packed lunch or provide one from home.
Free School Meals allow your child to enjoy a meal at school without or in advance on line www.eats-catering.co.uk
If your family has a low income we would encourage you to enquire further by telephone: 01284 758883. Alternatively an application form can be obtained on line at: www.csduk.com/FSHSchoolsinSuffolk
Collective worship takes place as a whole school, in year groups, house assemblies and classes. These are led by members of staff, pupils and visiting speakers. Under Government legislation, parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and Collective Worship. Parents wishing to do this should contact theHeadteacher. Although the school will provide supervision it is the responsibility of the parent to provide appropriate work for the child to do at these times.
Cycling to school
Children are encouraged to cycle to school, but in the interest of safety it is essential that they wear a cycling helmet and that their bicycles are in good working order. A lock is also recommended. If you wish your child to cycle to school could you please complete a cycling letter which is available from the Deputy Head.
There may be times when children are photographed as part of a normal school activity, including by the local press. You will be asked to complete a photo permission form which can be found in your child's log book.
The Governing Body is required, under Section 23 of the Education Reform Act (1988), to adopt a procedure for the consideration of complaints about the school curriculum and related matters. It covers issues relating to the National Curriculum, Religious Education and Worship, the operation of charging policies, regulation about the provision of information and other statutory curriculum issues. Parents should note that it is the wish of the Governing Body of Horringer Court Middle School to deal with all complaints quickly, effectively and as informally as possible. Parents are asked therefore, in the first instance, to refer all complaints to the Headteacher. If the issue cannot be resolved in this way, it may be referred first to a panel of Governors of the school
The timing of the school day
Horringer Court has the following times:
|8.30am - 8.40am||Registration|
|8.40am - 9.55am||Lesson 1|
|9.55am - 11.05am||Lesson 2|
|11.05am - 11.25am||Break|
|11.25am - 12.40am||Lesson 3|
|12.40pm - 1.40pm||Lunch|
|1.40pm - 2.55pm||Assembly|
|1.55pm - 3.10pm||Lesson 4|
|3.10pm - 3.15pm||Registration|