Prospectus

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This school relies on the parents’ support, to succeed. We therefore urge you to take an interest in your children’s education and to support the school in its work and public activities.

This is an ‘open’ school, i.e. parents are always welcome. Indeed, we strongly urge you to visit, although please appreciate that classroom teachers cannot discuss pupils’ work with parents, unless by prior arrangement with the Headteacher.

As well as visiting the school individually, parents also have three formal opportunities to visit the school during the year. We hold three Open Evenings, once a term. In addition to these Open Evenings, we usually hold a Concert or Carols Service at Christmas at the school hall or in Berea Newydd Chapel as well as Sports during the Summer term. We urge you to join in all these activities, as well as in the activities organized by the Parents Teachers Association. It is extremely important that parents recognize the value of a frank and open relationship between them and the school. All of us share the same ultimate aim, namely to provide your children with the best possible education. The partnership is crucial so as to achieve our aim; it depends on good contacts and co-operation between the home and school at all times.

The school is divided into an Infants Department and a Junior Department. Although the children are mostly taught in their own class group, individual pupils or groups of them may be occasionally withdrawn from the class. This usually applies to music lessons or special educational needs.

The school classes are organized as follows:

 

Year Group
Number of Classes
Infants Department
Admissions/Nursery Class
3
Year 1 and 2
3
Junior Department
Year 3 and 4
3
Year 5 and 6
3

 

CLASS ARRANGEMENTS

The Nursery children spend a two hour session, either in the morning or in the afternoon in the under-5 Unit. Three teachers are allocated equal group numbers. The Nursery pupils share a class with the Reception Class pupils. None of the three classes will contain more than 30 pupils.

Occasionally, the learners and Welsh speakers divide into groups so as to meet every pupil’s linguistic requirements. As the children reach the under-5 Unit, pupils will be segregated into three classes, based on four criteria:

balance between boys and girls in each class
linguistic balance
range of abilities in each class
personalities

They spend two years in the Under 5 unit and are taught by different teachers annually. The same arrangements apply in Years 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6.

NURSERY CLASS ARRANGEMENTS

When a child commences his school career at Ysgol y Garnedd in September, i.e. in the Nursery Class, parents have several options.

First of all, the child (if he has had his third birthday before 31 August) will be admitted to the school for a two hour period daily, either in the morning or in the afternoon, in accordance with the LEA’s admissions policy.

There are however other options. He/she may attend the Nursery Group (at the Caban) under the auspices of the Nursery Schools Organisation, as well as the under-5 Unit, at the school. i.e. attend the school in the morning and the Nursery Group in the afternoon or vice versa. Should parents prefer that their child remain on the school premises all day, they can use the service provided by Clwb y Garnedd which looks after the children until 12.50pm. i.e.

Nursery Class Clwb y Garnedd Nursery Group
08.50 – 11.00 11.00 – 12.50 12.50 – 15.00
     
or    
     
Nursery Group Clwb y Garnedd Nursery Class
08.50 - 11.00 11.00 – 12.50 12.50 – 14.50
     


Around mid-April annually, the school contacts prospective parents to enquire about which session (morning or afternoon) they wish their child to attend.
 
It must be stressed that the school does its best to realise the parents’ wishes; however, ultimately, the children will have to be divided into three groups of equal size, so as to be fair to everybody.
 
Securing a place for a child in the Nursery Group does not guarantee him/her a school place.
 
Parents are also required to register their child at the school, if at all possible, before 1 April.
 
So as to ensure a place in the Group and/or Club, please contact:
 
Garnedd Nursery Group (07796 017771)
Clwb y Garnedd (07745 184301)
 
Parents receive an information pack (section C) to familiarise themselves with school arrangements, and we welcome comments that will improve the contents of this package.


Arriving at school in the mornings.
 
The school does not accept responsibility for the welfare of children who arrive in school before 8.30 a.m. Indeed, the Governing Body does not approve of any child being on the school premises before that time. If required, Clwb y Garnedd provides a service from 8 a.m.
 
The Governors have adopted an appropriate procedure which reduces traffic and ensures improved safety outside the school gates in the mornings. Members of staff are on the yard from 8.30am onwards
 
In the interests of safety, the children should not (on any account) cross the staff car park (behind Kingdom Hall) to enter the school.
 

The daily sessions are held at the following times:

Morning session:
Nursery Class 08.50 – 11.00
Infants 08.50 – 11.50
Juniors 08.50 – 12.00

Afternoon session:
Nursery 12.50 - 14.50
Infants 12.50 - 14.50
Juniors 13.00 - 15.30


i.e. Nursery Class 10 hours a week
Infants (Reception to Year 2) 22.5 hours a week
Juniors (Year 3 – 6) 25 hours a week


Forty Minute Club 14.50 – 15.30 - this club is run for parents who have children in the infant and junior departments and for the infants who travel home by school bus

Play time (¼ hour) is held during the morning and afternoon as well as the lunch hour.

In accordance with the requirements of the 1986 Education Act, the LEA has prepared, and regularly reviews, a written policy statement on the secular curriculum. The National Curriculum’s requirements are interpreted in light of the LEA’s philosophy and current policies.

On the whole, the National Curriculum is presented by means of thematic work. An outline of the contents of every theme is posted on the school’s web-site. A specific time-frame is allocated for subjects especially Mathematics, Physical Education and Music.

Each term, the children visit places which are of educational value and match the current theme, places such as Pili Palas, Wales Slate Museum, Celtica, Penrhyn Castle, Llanystumdwy Museum, Gelli Gyffwrdd, Bangor Cathedral and Dinas Dinlle Beach. We also invite individuals to the school so as to enhance children’s experiences.

Every September, Year 6 pupils stay overnight at the Rhyd Ddu Centre near Beddgelert. They spend two days studying the local environment visiting Beddgelert, orienteering in Beddgelert forest, travelling on the little train from Caernarfon to Rhyd-Ddu, studying the effect of the new railway on the environment and having a chat with the Eryri National Park Education Officer.

At Ysgol y Garnedd we promote a Healthy School, and all the school activities reflect this. We have achieved Stage 3 in the Gwynedd Healthy Schools Scheme. Pupils are not allowed sweets or crisps at break time; rather we encourage fruit only in the cafe or sitting at the table. All classes run on the track regularly during the week to promote physical development and help them focus in class.

It is school policy that some aspects of sex education are taught to all children. This is to meet the requirements of the Foundation Phase and the National Curriculum. Other aspects are taught which is not compulsory for pupils in Year 5 and 6. Parents of children in Years 5 and 6 will received information in advance before they are presented to children

Parental rights to withdraw their children:

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from those elements that are not part of the 2008 National Curriculum.

If a parent / guardian has any concern they are welcome to come to school to discuss with the Headmaster.

We believe that Personal and Social Education is important to the overall development of the child. All activities will encourage children to become responsible citizens, active within the community and worldwide.

The school is operating Dina Webster Stratton scheme which helps children to develop personally and socially. More information is available at the school.

Playtime has been specially structured and a box of equipment has been purchased by the School Council to promote co-playing and social development. A teacher and Classroom Assistant are on duty which meets the care needs of the County.

Water - Children are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school. In addition we will encourage them to re-fill the water fountains in the dedicated classes.

No pupils are allowed off the school grounds during school hours without official permission. Parents should apply for such permission in writing to the Headmaster .

Our aim and objective is to present a complete education for all pupils. There should be no discrimination on grounds of sex, race culture, colour, class, language, disability or educational ability. We aim for all pupils, staff, governors and parents try their best to promote equal opportunities for all in the school. A copy of the school policy on Equal Opportunity is available to anyone who wishes.

To develop children to their maximum potential, we offer differentiated education:

• Ensure that there is an order in school for early identification of children with learning difficulties and general development;
• Ysgol y Garnedd aims to work closely with parents to ensure effective partnership to help the child;
• ALN arrangements works very effectively in school. We measure progress in children's skills through continuous teacher assessment, standardised tests, and internal tests and, if appropriate, an assessment by an educational psychologist:
• the organisation is suitably set up in each class to ensure differentiated education through the focus group

We encourage able pupils to achieve further by giving them challenging activities. In addition, they have a chance to come together from different classes to work on challenging and demanding task.

National guidelines specify that one pupil in five has Special Educational Needs during his time within the education system. The school follows a Special Needs Policy based on Gwynedd Education Authority’s legislative requirements and Implementation Guidelines.

The Headteacher has general responsibility for the implementation of the Policy and he is the field co-ordinator at the school.

Children with special needs are placed on the school’s Special Educational Needs Register. According to how intense their needs are, pupils are placed on a range of stages. Differentiated provision varies from classroom support, individual or small group support outside the classroom, advice from the Educational Psychologist, specialist support provided by the LEA at the school or at a location in a unit outside the school premises. Every provision made is discussed and agreed with parents prior to implementation.

Our aim as a school is to provide guidance and provision that will suit your child’s requirements throughout his school career. Should you have concerns regarding your child’s development or the administration of the Special Needs Policy, you should initially contact your child’s teacher or the Headteacher.


DISABLED CHILDREN

The Disabilit Discrimination Act 1995 define a disabled person as someone with “physical or mental impairment which has substantial and long term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

The school has an Autistic Unit, for up to five children. The Unit is advised by a consultant.

Children are integrated into mainstream education during specific periods and according to their individual needs.

Ramps are provided for ease of access to the Unit the under 5 department, school hall and the juniors department.

The School Governors will discuss further entry requirement with the Education Authority.

This school does not have any direct and formal denominational links.

The religious education that is presented is based on the LEA’s recognised syllabus. There is a copy of this syllabus at the school.
Arrangements may be made for those children whose parents do not wish them to attend religious services or follow similar studies.

The school implements a firm policy, and we take all possible preventative measures. Being “kind and courteous towards everybody” is a key aspect of this school’s ethos. A school cannot claim that bullying does not occur, but it is the manner in which the school responds to the problem that is important. At this school, we stress to the children that they need to notify a friend or teacher if he/she is a victim of bullying. It is also essential that a parent telephone or contact the school if bullying occurs.

The classroom teacher deals sensitively with the situation. Occasionally, of course, there are two sides to the story, and the challenge for staff is to discover the truth. The Headteacher is notified if the bullying persists.

Parents who have concerns about the curriculum or any matter relating to the school, and the education of their children, contact Class Teacher or Headmaster in the first instance and then with the Chair of Governors if they are not satisfied that their concerns is dealt with.

Parents must contact the school to make an appointment to discuss any complaint with the Headteacher.

The Local Education Authority, in accordance with the requirements of the Secretary of State, under Section 23 of the Education Reform Act 1980, has established a procedure to consider complaints about the way the schools' Governing Bodies and the Education Authorities act in relation to the school curriculum and other related matters. This procedure is outlined in a document in Welsh and English and is available at the school. Copy will be provided free of charge, as required, to any parents who wish to make a complaint under these arrangements and the Authority can provide a copy in a language other than English and Welsh if necessary. It is emphasised, however, complaints can be dealt with quickly and effectively through informal discussions with the Headmaster. This is the first reasonable step, and the Governing Body would expect that this step will have been taken before submitting a formal complaint in exceptional cases.

The school has an indoor sports hall and a playground for open air activities. The city’s swimming pool is used to host swimming lessons for Year 3-6 pupils. We ensure a term of lessons, and when the budget allows, two terms are considered.

A wide range of sports is provided at the school including gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming, tennis, football, rugby, cricket, rounders and netball. Children have an opportunity to compete in competitions held between Bangor/Ogwen schools and Urdd organized competitions.

For the lessons themselves, a child is expected to wear a white Tee shirt and black or blue shorts. They perform gymnastics and dance in the hall, barefoot.

The children are expected to bring their clothing in a small bag (e.g. pump bagsas there is so little space in the cloakrooms) on Monday morning and collect it on Friday afternoon. With regard to having trainers for an activity, we send you a session timetable to inform you on what day the children should either bring or wear them – in case the sessions are held outside on the yard.
Further details on sports are provided in the section on After School Clubs.

At the end of Year 3, children wishing to receive instrumental lessons, receive an aural test.

Children from Year 4-6 will have an opportunity to receive instrumental lessons by peripatetic teachers and a term charge (see section B) is set. The choice currently available is harp, cello, violin, drums, percussion, electric guitar and brass instrument lessons.

Christmas Term
Yr 3 a 4 Lessons
Half Term
Christmas Term
Christmas Show rehearsal (Yrs 3, 4, 5, 6)
Easter Term
Lessons Yrs
5 & 6 ½ hr
1 hr rehearsals for
Action Song
Summer Term
Rehearsals for Dramatic Presentation
and Action Song
Half Term
Summer Term
Yrs 3 & 4


During Monday afternoon sessions the children are introduced to Drama lessons which relate to their current classroom theme, as well as preparation for performing/competitions.
These sessions encourage confidence, co-operation, self discipline, develop expression, memorizing skills and enjoyment.
Auditions will be held for parts in the Action Song (Urdd Members only).

Children are expected to wear a t shirt and jogging trousers or shorts for the drama lessons.

The school has a uniform which children are expected to wear. It is felt that a school uniform creates a sense of pride in the school as well as a sense of belonging

Jumper / Cardigan Dark blue with the school logo on
Polo Shirt Light blue with the school logo on
Trousers/jogging trousers/ Dark blue or Black
Leggings/Skirt/Pinafore  
Gingham dress Blue and white
Shorts Dark blue / black
Shoes Suitable dark shoes


is essential that the child’s name is on each item of clothing. Labels may be purchased in the shops listed below.

You will be notified of the dates on which the child will receive Physical Education lessons. A Tee Shirt and shorts will be required for the lessons. Usually, children perform dance and gymnastics lessons in the hall barefoot, but you are also asked to ensure that they have pumps or trainers to wear for games. When purchasing these, it would assist if there is velcro or elastic to fasten them. Children must take off ear-rings when doing physical exercise: in general, children are not allowed to wear ear-rings in school, but if a child has perforated his/her ear, only studs or sleepers are allowed.

The school has official uniform suppliers namely:-

KRYPTON KLOTH, 259-263a High Street, Bangor (01248 372297).
TESCO - https://www.tesco.com/direct/ues

From time to time, we take photographs of the children for various purposes, for instance, on an educational trip, as a team or group member, for the area paper, school web-site, Christmas performances etc. If a parent does not wish a photograph of his /her child to be taken, the school should be notified by letter. We have been instructed by the LEA to do so. At meetings such as those held at Capel Berea Newydd and the school hall (Christmas time) only the individual employed by the school to create a video to record the occasion is entitled to take a photograph and parents can purchase a copy at a reasonable price.

It is now essential in accordance with the requirements of the Education Act, that you provide an explanatory note for any absence including medical or dental visits. If you have to take holidays during the term, you should seek permission through sending a letter beforehand – you have up to a fortnight (10 school days) to do this before the absence is registered as unauthorised. In general, the school does not approve the taking of holidays during the school term.

We have Autism Unit in the school that offers specialised education through the medium of Welsh to meet the needs of children with autism. We work in partnership with the University.

The School Council has ensured that Adventure Park on the school playground is suitable for all ages. There is a timetable to ensure that each class, in turn can use the facility. We believe in being physically active to improve achievement in the classroom.

This is an area on the playground where we go as a class to listen to stories and class assemblies. We believe that it is essential for children to spend time outdoors. We believe that spending time in the 'gorlan' gains a healthy attitude towards the school and their work. It is an ideal place to congregate and learn outside in the open.

We do our best to protect the rights and welfare of children. We follow the County guidelines on child protection. Each member of staff has received an Educare certificate. CRBs for all staff are up to date.

Members of the community come into the school to read with children from Year 3 and 4 and Y5 and 6. The children benefit greatly from these sessions of discussion and co-reading books.

It is essential that you fully inform us of personal details when changes occur. We store such information on the school computer, and it is an easy task to up-date it. Remember to immediately notify us if there is a change of address or telephone number, numbers to contact in an emergency and medical information, either by letter or e-mail.

The LEA currently arranges a bus from the Tal-y-bont area which calls at Maesgeirchen, Hirael area and then on along Deiniol Road and Ffriddoedd Road.

A charge is levied on every child (see section B) who lives within a mile and a half of the school. The money is paid to the bus driver.

See list of children pick-up times in the mornings in section B of the handbook.

The bus leaves Tal-y-bont at 8.10 a.m. and arrives at the school at 8.40. In the afternoon, the first bus transports the bus leaves the school at 3.40.

Should there be any changes in your child’s travel arrangements on the school bus, parents are asked to notify through sending a letter to the form teacher.

The Governing Body has decided to fully charge for the following items:

· Accommodation and subsistence cost for residential activities organized by the school or the LEA. If parents find it difficult to pay costs, assistance may be provided.
· All activities organized outside school hours.
· Damage to books, resources or other school property, as a consequence of a pupil’s misbehaviour.
· Core material for individual work within the Curriculum, e.g. craft when parents declare an interest in keeping the finished product.
· School resources lost by a pupil e.g. reading book as part of the school’s reading programme.

The Governors support the principle that no child should be excluded from participating in an activity due to parents’ inability or unwillingness to contribute towards the costs. They also recognize that the cost of the activities will have to be met from funding other than the school’s annual finance.

The Governing Body is entitled to ask for voluntary contributions towards the above-mentioned costs as well as towards similar activities such as instrumental lessons, drama, educational visits, and bus transport to swimming lessons. Unless an activity can be held without voluntary contributions, then that is explained to parents at the outset. The Head Teacher and Governing Body are entitled to cancel an organized activity if it is likely that low contributions would incur a substantial loss.

See the list of payments in section B of the handbook.

School documentation may be examined, including policies mentioned in this prospectus, through prior arrangement with the Head Teacher.