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Day to Day at Westley School

Clubs and Visits

Clubs

The staff organise around sixty clubs per week at lunchtime and after school. These include basketball, soccer, running, netball, badminton, rugby, guitar, orchestra, dance, sign language, and gardening. There are also match fixtures out of school time and parents may be asked to help with transport and refreshments. All this work is undertaken voluntarily by staff.

There are also after school clubs which are run by out of school agencies, at a cost to the pupils. These activities are table tennis, karate, dance, soccer, cricket and tennis . Details can be obtained from the school office. These activities support our aims within school and give opportunities for all children to develop skills and talents beyond the classroom.

Day and Residential Visits

We are aware of the value of such visits, which feature highly in the school’s plans. Visits to France and Norfolk and the local environment are planned for the current year. Participation in school trips is dependent on the pupils displaying appropriate behaviour and discipline in school prior to the trip. Staff reserve the right to assess the suitability of pupils and if necessary withdraw them from the trip at any stage prior to the event.

We are conscious of the cost involved in such visits and are always prepared to consider helping families who may need it, upon written request.

Learning Support

The special educational needs of children within any school area are as many and varied as the number of children themselves. The needs of children range from those with delayed literacy skills, specific learning difficulties and specific physical needs, to those with high academic abilities, who may need particular learning programmes.

Here, at Westley School, all staff members are concerned with and responsible for the progress of all pupils. In line with current educational practice we operate support across the curriculum. Intervention programmes for groups or individuals are used where applicable. We have excellent links with the specialist support agencies and endeavour to be aware of each pupil’s individual special needs.

As well as in-class support we have a suite of rooms where small group work takes place with specialist staff. A resource bank of equipment is available for use in mainstream classes. School has a learning support policy, which is available to all parents.

The School Library

The Library is centrally located and is a major resource for research/study skills and the pleasure of reading. Each class is taught how to use the Library. Pupils are encouraged to use the Library at break and lunchtime for study, reading, use of listening corner and computer access. There are weekly Book Clubs as well as an after school Reading Group. Our Library Manager is available to help and advise children for most of the school day.

Uniform

The items below marked with an asterix are available to purchase at Aubyn Davis, St Johns Street, Bury St Edmunds

Everyday Uniform - Compulsory

  • Red Sweatshirt (with embroidered Westley School logo) *
  • White Polo Shirt (no logo or piping, except for the optional Westley School logo see below)
  • Black or Dark Grey Trousers (tailored, plain, full length and worn at the waist. Standard school issue, not combat or skinny type jeans)
  • Black or Dark Grey Skirt (knee length)
  • Socks (plain black, grey or white and worn as a matching pair)
  • Black Shoes (please see notes below on footwear)

PE Uniform - Compulsory

  • Red Polo Shirt
  • Black Shorts
  • Black/Red Football Socks *
  • Unisex Black/Red Rugby Shirt*
  • Trainers (for outdoor wear and games lessons only)

Optional Items

  • Everyday High Quality White Polo Shirt (with embroidered Westley School logo)*
  • Everyday Red Knitted Cardigan (with embroidered Westley School logo)*
  • Red PE Polo Shirt (with embroidered Westley Sport logo)*
  • Soft Shell PE Jacket (with printed Westley Sport logo)*
  • Reversible Waterproof/Fleece Jacket (with embroidered Westley School logo)*

Footwear

Children must wear black shoes (not boots) for indoors and these must be closed at the toe and heel - no sling backs or open toes, maximum heel height 5cm. No stilettos. Trainers are for outdoor wear and games lessons only. This rule not only stops mud from being carried into the classrooms, it helps to encourage good personal cleanliness and complies with the safety standards for protective footwear in CDT and science lessons.

General Appearances

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, and hair should be of a natural colour and in a smart style suitable for school (not shaved with clipped patterns) 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.

If your child does not meet the required standards of appearance, parents/carers will be contacted to rectify the situation at the earliest opportunity. We thank you in advance for your understanding and support of our efforts to maintain the highest standards.

Legal Stuff

Complaints Procedure

The Governing Body has adopted two complaints procedures:

(i) Curriculum Complaints Procedure

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. Such a procedure has been operating in this school since 1989. It covers issues relating to the National Curriculum, religiouseducation and worship, the operation of charging policies, regulations about the provision of information and other statutory curriculum issues.

(ii) General Complaints Procedure for Parents and Others

In 2001, the Governing Body agreed a second complaints procedure covering all other issues falling outside the scope of the Curriculum Complaints Procedure. Copies of these procedures are available in the school or from the Area Education Office. Parents should note that it is the wish of the Governing Body to deal with all complaints quickly, effectively and as informally as possible. Parents are asked, therefore, in the first instance to refer any concerns or complaints directly to the Headteacher or, as appropriate, other teaching or pastoral staff.

Conduct on the school site

Westley School is a non-smoking site, and smoking is therefore prohibited anywhere on the premises. We welcome visitors, but as a caring school the safety of our pupils, staff and visitors is of greatest importance. We will not tolerate violent or abusive behaviour anywhere on the school site.

Child Protection

Westley School has a policy for safeguarding children, which is written within the locally agreed framework. Disclosures and allegations of child abuse are referred to the relevant agencies as a matter of procedure. Any concerns reported within school must also be passed on according to the procedure for safeguarding children. If you are fostering a child under a private agreement and have not already notified the local council please contact school where we will be happy to notify the council in the strictest of confidence.

Disability

At Westley School we are committed to upholding the spirit and letter of the Disability Discrimination Act. We make reasonable adjustments to lessons and to the building so that every child has access to the learning opportunities available in our school.

Meals

Meals served at this school are cooked on the premises by Vertas, Eats Catering. Healthy eating is encouraged by the provision of high fibre foods and low sugar options. There is also a morning tuck shop where fruit, snack bars, mineral water, milk and fruit juice can be purchased.

The menus are designed to be tempting and healthy and offer a daily vegetarian choice. Please contact the School office if your child has special dietary requirements. Menus are provided for all parents and can also be downloaded here.

Free meals are available to those children whose parents are in receipt of Income Support or the Income Based Job Seekers Allowance. Applications must be made online at the Suffolk County Council website and will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

The Online Payment system is available to all parents. In order to prepay for your child's school lunches, you will need to register with ParentMail. To access the facility, visit www.parentmail.co.uk. Should you need help registering please contact the School Finance Office who will be happy to assist you. Please note, dinners cannot be prepaid via Suffolk County Council.

Equipment

School Bags

Children are not required to carry large numbers of books home each day. We do recommend that you buy a school bag which is just large enough to hold a reading book, an information book, 2 A4 exercise books, a ring binder (optional) and a packed lunch. Bags which are very large encourage children to overload themselves and congest the cloakrooms. A small separate PE bag is recommended for hygiene and convenience; this should have enough space to hold a rugby shirt or sweatshirt, polo shirt, shorts, socks and a pair of trainers.

Wallets and Purses

If children bring dinner money or a bus pass they will need a clearly named wallet or purse to keep them in.

Lockers

All children are issued with a locker to store all personal equipment. A deposit of £2.00 will be required to cover the key. Replacement keys will be charged at £2.00. If keys are returned when a child leaves the deposit is returned.

Lost Property

Parents are advised not to allow valuable items such as personal jewellery, mobile telephones, pagers and mp3 players - if these items are found in school they will be confiscated. If pupils choose to wear a watch to school then it is their sole responsibility to look after this. Whilst every effort is made, the school cannot accept responsibility for items that are not recovered. PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL PROPERTY IS CLEARLY AND PERMANENTLY NAMED.

Stationery

Various items can be bought from the shop at break time.

Transport

Free transport is available for children living more than three miles from their catchment school. This is under the control of the Transport Officer, Education Department, County Hall, Ipswich (Telephone 0845 606 6173). All enquiries about entitlement or any complaints should be addressed to the Transport Office rather than the school.

Cycles are allowed on the premises at the discretion of the school and at the owner’s risk. The school reserves the right to refuse admission to unroadworthy cycles. All cyclists should wear a suitable helmet.

The timing of the school day

Westley School has the following times:

8.30am Doors open
8.45am Bell indicating registration is due to start
8.50am - 9.00am Registration
9.00am - 10.15am Lesson 1
10.15am - 10.30am Break Time
10.30am - 11.45am Lesson 2
11.45am - 1.00pm Lesson 3
1.00pm - 1.55pm Lunch Time
2.00pm - 2.15pm Registration
2.15pm - 3.30pm Lesson 4
3.30pm - 3.35pm Dismissal

We value your feedback

Here at Westley we value the thoughts and views of the community we serve. We will also listen to and consider feedback from parents, carers and others in our community. If you have feedback concerning you own child, turn to your child's teacher first. Other feedback should be sent to the office in the first instance.

Parent Survey

We had 50 responses to our January 2015 Parent Survey. The questions we asked and the responses we got are shown below.

Statement Agree Disagree
My child is happy at school 98% 2%
My child feels safe at school 100% 0%
My child makes good progress at this school 100% 0%
My child is well looked after at this school 100% 0%
My child is taught well at this school 98% 2%
My child receives appropriate homework for their age 98% 2%
This school ensures the pupils are well behaved 98% 2%
This school deals effectively with bullying 92% 8%
This school is well led and managed 100% 0%
This school responds well to any concern I raise 98% 2%
I receive valuable information about my child's progress 98% 2%
I would recommend this school to another parent 98% 2%

 

Thank you to all those parents who responded to the survey. The responses have been very positive but we have acted upon some of the responses.

The school deals effectively with bullying

8% of parents disagreed with this statement. As a response pupils have had more opportunity to discuss bullying in PSHE and class tutor time to make sure they can identify bullying and understand what to do if it occurs. We have also reviewed our behaviour policy and how we deal with incidents. It is important that pupils and parents report incidents as soon as they happen.

I would recommend this school to another parent

As we are hoping to continue to be oversubscribed it is important that parents feel happy to recommend the school to others. If there are any elements of the school that could be further improved please let us know.

If you have any comments that you would like to make please don’t hesitate to contact the school.