A copy of our handbook can be downloaded below, or can be read online.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to Jurby Community School.
Our School is situated in the parish of Jurby in the North of the Isle of Man and plays a key role in our Community.
There has been a school in Jurby since 1766 when land was given by the Church for the purpose of building a School and a Master’s House. Over the years other premises were used for the School. However in 1937, falling rolls saw the closure of the School with the twenty children (aged between 4 and 14 years) who were on roll being transferred to Andreas School.
Towards the end of 1969 a petition from Jurby residents was presented to the Board of Education asking for either “... an improvement in the transport arrangements of school children or, alternatively, the establishment of a primary school in Jurby”. Mr. Victor Kneale, the Chairman of the Board at that time, persuaded the Government Property Trustees to let the Board use one of the huts near the old parade ground. Everything moved very quickly and the school, known locally as the “Bean Can”, due to its corrugated iron structure, opened on January 5 1970. Numbers, although small to begin with, grew rapidly and at one point there were over one hundred pupils on roll.
The present building opened in 1982, fulfilling the Board of Education’s promise to parents in 1969 that “... if the need for a permanent school was proved it would be provided.”
Jurby School today is housed in a modern, spacious building. The accommodation includes five teaching areas, a large hall with a dining area, community room, library, office and staff room.
In September 2016 we will have approximately 65 pupils on role, split between four classes in the morning and three in the afternoons. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all the staff to welcome you and your child to our community. We pride ourselves on being a warm and welcoming school and look forward to you and your child joining us.
Mr W Nelson
Jurby Community School School Close, Jurby, Isle of Man, IM7 3BJ
Telephone: (01624) 897651
Jurby Community School Governors
Chair of Governors and Education Board Member - Mr Ray Smith
Each school in the Isle of Man under the Education Act 2001 has a governing body, the Governors, who, in consultation with the Headteacher, are responsible for the general direction and running of the school. The current Governors are, in addition to myself:
Community Governor - Emma Cleator
Community Governor - Cathryn Bradley
Teacher Governor – Jillian Cranmer
Parent Governor – Stuart Allanson
We see our role in a number of ways:
We meet regularly with representatives of the school staff to discuss the affairs of the school and the many challenges it faces in its successful day to day running.
Our overriding challenge in carrying out our responsibilities is to ensure that your child is provided with an environment within which they can receive an education that both develops them academically and as young people. We strive to have an ‘open door’ policy. If you have concerns we encourage you to come to the school to discuss then as soon as they arise and hopefully we will resolve them satisfactorily.
Parental support is of vital importance and is greatly appreciated especially where it relates to implementing the schools principles. Spending quality time with your child, listening to them and offering help and support, without distractions from the television or social media is the best way that you can help your child to develop to their full potential and we would encourage you to do this as often as you can.
If you would like to find out more about the role of the Governing Body, or would like to join please don’t hesitate to speak to one of us.
Jurby School Governors
Our School Vision, Values and Beliefs
During the 2014/15 academic year the children, teachers, parents and governors worked together to develop the schools vision, values and beliefs. These themes are now central to all the work we do at Jurby Community School.
We are a happy safe and caring community of independent and motivated learners, inspired to achieve personal successes.
Believe it; achieve it.
From our vision we then developed our mission statement which shows how we will achieve our vision.
Enrolment and admission
The first step to enrolling your son or daughter is to telephone the school administrator to make an appointment to come and have a look around. You will then be able to discuss with the Headteacher any questions you might have regarding your child’s education and to share individual and personal facts about your child. It is important that you are in agreement with the philosophy and ethos of the school and that you are happy about the quality of the education provided by the school. We want you to feel happy and secure in the knowledge that we will take the best care of your child, and that as a school, we will endeavour to make every effort to ensure that the children receive what is best for them.
Following your visit and our discussion, you will then be in a position to complete an admission form.
Currently the Department of Education and Children (DEC) operates a strict catchment area for every Primary School and normally only children who live in our catchment area can be admitted. If you live outside the catchment area you will need to apply to the DEC for an out of catchment place. If you require further information about our catchment area please ask.
If your child is to enter the Foundation Stage we will contact you and invite your son or daughter to spend some time with us in school. There will also be an opportunity for you to meet the class teacher and the Headteacher for a more practical discussion on getting your child ready for school.
If your child is transferring from another school, it is generally best that following a short visit he or she start as soon as it it practicable. Books and reports from your child’s previous school will be useful to us, and will help us to make the transition as smooth as possible and help your child to settle in quickly.
Preliminary visits are encouraged for all new pupils.
Preparing your child for school.
Parents often ask, “What should children be able to do when they start school?”
This is a difficult question to answer. There are many things that will help children once they start school but your child is unique and his or her requirements and abilities will differ from another child.
The skills that concern most parents are usually:-
Toileting - independent toileting is useful.
Changing for PE - practice in being able to undress and dress again is useful, especially in doing up those elusive buttons or zips, but support and encouragement will be given.
Being able to write their name - again practice is useful, but it is something teachers work on, particularly ensuring that letters are correctly formed. Please remember to always write in lower case letters not capital letters, except for the first letter of their name.
Reading - don’t worry about or pressurise your child to read - we are delighted if they can listen well to a story and show interest, curiosity and respect for books, without necessarily being able to read.
Speaking - some young children are shy and are more hesitant speakers. However, if your child is receiving speech therapy, please inform us so that we can work with the speech therapist. Again, it is not an issue but we need to know.
Counting and number recognition - once again practice is useful. Teachers spend a lot of time and effort in this area, and any help you can give to reinforce the children’s learning is invaluable So, please keep counting.
Friends - we always like to know if there are any particularly strong friendships or indeed clashes, but at this stage in a child’s development, relationships are fairly fluid and as they meet new children, new positive relationships are to be expected.
To those parents whose children are transferring to Jurby from other schools, the message is a similar one, ensure there is a positive attitude in the home towards settling in to the “new” school and that the children’s previous experience, knowledge and understanding will enrich their future learning and relationships.
One of the most important things that children can learn from their parents, is to have a positive attitude towards school and to believe that learning in school is fun!
What and how do our children learn?
Organisation of the schools learning programme
Although there is significant emphasis in the curriculum on English, Mathematics and the basic skills for life, the programme for the children at Jurby School is based firmly on the Isle of Man Government’s “Essentials for Learning” programme to develop positive dispositions and attitudes. Most of the learning programme is designed to cut across traditional curriculum boundaries, with the aim of bringing greater meaning and relevance to learning.
The youngest children benefit enormously from an approach to learning that enables them to learn through experimentation and exploration. In practice this means that throughout the school day, teachers withdraw small groups of children to work on specific appropriate activities. Teachers are skilled observers and assessors of the needs of children and are constantly alert to the readiness of a child to engage in a particular activity.
They are conscious too, that successful learning is underpinned by a child’s self esteem and confidence and are constantly seeking ways to develop these qualities in children. Learning facts and being able to recall and interpret information are vital, but each child develops differently and it will take some children longer to develop these skills and they will do so in different ways. Children need to learn to be able to resolve problems and situations for themselves. As adults, we must be willing to help them learn how and where to find the information to do this successfully. The ability to form positive and sustained relationships is an essential ingredient to being a member of any community, and as adults, you will appreciate that it is sometimes necessary to be resilient and persevere. Finally, children need to understand that all of these important skills are transferable, and can be used in many different scenarios.
As the children move up through the school our main aim still remains for them to learn independently and to take ownership of their learning, whilst having fun and enjoying coming to school. Some lessons do become more formal, with children spending longer periods of time on an activity or area of learning, but still in a challenging and enjoyable way.
Our school curriculum is moving away from each subject being taught independently towards a merging of the subjects where it will benefit the children to do so. An example of this would be if the children study Ancient Greece, they may well look at the history of the country, along with the myths and legends from this time, the style of art work that was produced, the developments in technology that took place, and the social and political aspects of living in Ancient Greece. As they grow older the expectation to learn and study independently increases, whilst at the same time ensuring they are using their core English and Mathematics knowledge and basic learning skills as appropriate to them individually.
Teachers are constantly collecting information about the children’s development, to inform and aid their lesson planning and to assess the suitability of various tasks, activities and opportunities to ensure that every child makes good progress on their learning journey. These records are updated daily by recording achievements and progress, during the course of normal lessons.
In the past, particularly for children in Year 2 and Year 6, assessment was done formally. This is no longer the case. Assessments are now far less stressful and paint a more accurate picture of the child’s real progress and ability. The Department of Education and Children requires us to submit the achievement data of pupils in Foundation Stage 2 (Reception), Year 2 and Year 6. Parents are given this information about their children’s progress in Year 2 and Year 6. Children are also encouraged to assess their own work and that of their peers against the expected learning intentions. Through this they are beginning to realise that quality learning is the responsibility of each individual throughout their own life.
Special Education Support
Many children require special support and attention for very differing reasons. Some children’s needs can be accommodated through the careful adjustment of lessons. Others, who may be above or below the normal range of learning abilities require a different approach to learning or a specific programme of learning. Some children have physical requirements, others have sensory problems and still others, emotional needs. All require specific individual learning programmes. It is important that teachers and parents co-operate and work together positively for the benefit of all. Our aim is to provide each child with the most appropriate and enjoyable learning programme, in an environment that is conducive to learning. By working together we can achieve this. If your child does require additional support we will discuss this with you before any programme starts.
Information Communication Technology - ICT
The Isle of Man prides itself on the provision and quality of ICT teaching throughout the island. ICT is now very much a part of everyday life from storing numbers in a mobile phone to producing a web site and writing blogs. Although children are taught the core skills they need to enable them to operate computers, emphasis is placed on teaching ‘e’ safety at appropriate stages to all children throughout the school.
ICT is taught in two distinct ways. The children are taught ICT skills, how different software packages work and how to choose the most appropriate software for a task, and then are allowed to develop this knowledge by using the computers to help them with work in other areas. As well as a number of desktop and laptop computers the school also has a stock of iPads which are used by the children to assist them in their learning of other subjects.
Electronic technology is used widely to support children with additional needs to ensure they are able to access reading, writing and mathematics with ease.
Manx is taught to children in Year 4 and upwards for two terms a year. The lessons involve learning not only about the language, but also the island’s culture and heritage. These lessons are taught by a Manx speaking teacher and occur once a week. Further opportunities to learn about their island home is encouraged through the class teaching.
It is our aim that all children become competent swimmers. Lessons take place on a Monday morning from September until Easter for children in Year 2 and above. The children are taken to and from the Ramsey pool by bus, with lessons being taught by qualified swimming instructors and school staff. Once sufficient room becomes available in the small Pool the Year 1 children also join us.
The Road Safety Team, from the Department of Infrastructure, visits the school frequently to work with the children. With large, fast moving vehicles and machinery on the roads and with high car use, it is essential that from an early age, children are well grounded in the ‘Rules of the Road’. Before they leave us in Year 6 the children are put through the rigours of the Cycling Proficiency Programme and while we hope they all do pass the test it is not necessarily the case. The first part of the assessment begins on day 1 of the course with a rigorous check of road worthiness of each bicycle. Practical and formal written assessments take place during the week and verbal and written feedback is given to all on the final day.
Educational Visits and Visitors
Children are taken on a variety of educational trips and visits during their time at our school. Trips prove to be key experiences in supporting and encouraging a deeper understanding of learning for pupils. The majority of visits are made to sites on the island with most being scheduled to fit into the school day. Children attend the excellent workshops, resourced and designed especially for them by The Manx Heritage Foundation as well as other places of interest around our Island. These facilitate a deeper understanding and knowledge of life, past and present, on the Isle of Man.
Children in Year 5 and 6 are given the opportunity to go on a week long residential visit. This helps to develop their independence and resilience as they get ready to move on to Secondary School.
Many visitors come to school to share with the children their interests, talents and skills. If you, or someone you know, has a particular enthusiasm that would be of interest to the children and are willing to share it with them, then we would be pleased to hear from you. This kind of input enhances and enriches the children’s learning experience.
Developing children’s interests and enthusiasms is of prime concern to the staff, many of whom give time and effort voluntarily to provide a wide range of activities and clubs to enhance school life for the children. Activities include a range of sports, creative activities and ICT. The range of activities available to children varies from year to year and not all clubs are run every term.
Incentives and rewards
Achievements and rewards for work, behaviour, good manners, trying hard, perseverance and so on are presented at a Golden Awards Assembly, each Friday afternoon. A ‘Worker of the Week’ award is presented to one or two children from each class, who have shown a consistent, positive attitude towards their work throughout the week.
To reward and encourage those children who consistently behave and work in an appropriate and positive manner, there is a cumulative ‘Golden Awards’ system. During the course of the day, ‘Golden Stepping Stones’ are given to children for a wide variety of reasons. When a child has earned ten ‘stones’ they are presented with a Bronze Award, followed by a Silver award when they have earned 20 more tokens, when the have afternoon tea and cake with a visitor or Mr Nelson. Finally, there is a third Gold Award (30 more tokens) for which they are given a £5 book Token.
The Well Being of Pupils
Behaviour - Aims and objectives
It is a primary aim of our school that every member of the school community feels
valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. We are a caring
community, whose values are built on mutual trust and respect for all. The school's behaviour policy is therefore designed to support the way in which all members of the school can live and work together in a supportive way. It aims to promote an environment in which everyone feels happy, safe and secure. The school has a number of rules, but our behaviour policy is not primarily concerned with rule enforcement. It is a means of promoting good relationships, so that people can work together with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn. This policy supports the school community in aiming to allow everyone to work together in an effective and considerate way. The school expects every member of the school community to behave in a considerate way towards others. We treat all children fairly and apply this behaviour policy in a consistent way. This policy aims to help children grow in a safe and secure environment, and to become positive, responsible and increasingly independent members of the school community. The school rewards good behaviour, as it believes that this will develop an ethos of kindness and co operation. This policy is designed to promote good behaviour, rather than merely deter anti-social behaviour. A copy of this policy is included at the back.
*We are kind, polite, helpful and aware of others’ feelings.
*We listen carefully to others without interrupting them.
*We look after our own and other people’s belongings.
*We try our best, work hard, and learn from our mistakes.
*We treat other people the way we would like to be treated.
*We always tell the truth.
For there to be good behaviour and discipline in the schools, there has to be a consistency of approach combined with high expectations and team work between all staff, parents and pupils. Children are expected to show respect, through kindness and consideration toward one another. In school, positive behaviour is emphasised and encouraged through praise and positive reinforcement, awarding house points and the presentation of Golden Awards.
Corporal punishment is not used in school. If a child behaves in an anti-social manner, a discussion between the teacher and child is often sufficient.
Where there is a case of serious negative behaviour, parents will be informed and their support and co-operation will be sought and expected, to help solve the problem and to help their child understand that negative behaviour is not acceptable. As a last resort, persistent and serious negative behaviour could lead to a child being excluded from school. A copy of our current behaviour policy is included at the back of this handbook.
How you can help your child follow our rules
Remember that you are the Parent and that you are a role model and you need to set clear boundaries for good manners and respect from the beginning.
Always remember to stay calm and in control but explain why the boundaries are consistent.
Encourage them to constructively discuss their concerns and problems with you enabling them to find the solution to an issue themselves.
Communication is key between child, parent, school and community. Give time to your child supporting and building their self esteem whilst listening without judging.
Racism, Sexism, Equal Opportunities
The Equal Opportunities Policy of Jurby School expects all members of the school community to show respect to others irrespective of their race, religion, colour, gender or social class. The schools are opposed to racism in all its manifestations. Any incidence of racism will not be tolerated and should be brought to the immediate attention of the Headteacher or the Chair of Governors.
School assemblies are broadly Christian. Emphasis is given to teaching the principles of toleration, respect and understanding, and on developing and applying moral and ethical codes of conduct. Clergy from different denominations come to school to lead and share in our assemblies and add their own dimensions. Each class prepares an assembly for the school and their parents once a term and all members of our community are welcome to attend even if it is not their child’s assembly.
Assemblies on a Friday concentrate exclusively on celebrating the achievements of the children that particular week.
The Headteacher is responsible for implementing child protection procedures. However, the protection and welfare of children should be of concern to us all and therefore, if a teacher or third party has any concern about a child, they have a duty of care to report their concerns, so that they can be investigated appropriately in accordance with the Child Protection Procedures adopted by the Department of Education and Children and therefore by the school. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to report a situation to the Department of Social Care.
There is a School Nurse who comes to school periodically to work with the staff and children. However, her expertise is sought in many instances and she can offer advice, support and help, not only to the children and staff, but also to parents. She is happy to discuss matters of a confidential nature with parents at a mutually convenient time. She can be contacted through the School Office.
Members of staff are not allowed to administer prescribed and non-prescribed medicines to children. Children with conditions, such as asthma, who require a regular dose of medication, will be supervised by a member of staff, following the completion, by parents, of the necessary consent forms. For some medical conditions, a ‘Care Plan’ is required for a child, to ensure that the correct ‘care’ is provided. This is compiled by a multi agency team generally involving health professionals, school and the parents. It is essential that the school is kept informed and provided with up to date information about the medical condition of children.
If your child has a stomach bug, it is advisable to make sure that they are fully recovered before they return to school. The child should be kept away from school for 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea.
Our School Meals are cooked on site. These meals are nutritionally balanced and conform to healthy eating guidelines, whilst keeping in mind the likes and dislikes of children. The vast majority of ingredients are Manx. Each day the children are provided with a choice of either a hot or cold main course and a choice of fruit or dessert. Meals currently cost £2.05 per day. If you think you are entitled to free School Meals please complete the application form online at https://www.gov.im/categories/education-training-and-careers/school-meals/free-school-meals-application-form/ or by Googling IOM Free School Meals
Children in Class 1 are provided with a healthy snack every day which they help to prepare and eat together as part of their social education. Children in other classes may bring a healthy mid morning snack from home, of fruit, dried fruit or raw vegetables if they wish and a plastic bottle containing water. You are able to order a daily carton of milk for your son or daughter if you wish.
Some children have specific dietary requirements due to medical conditions and we work with the parents and Health Service advisers to ensure they too have a healthy balanced meal and specific snack should they require it.
It is possible for children to be provided with a daily carton of milk to drink at the mid morning break. Orders for milk must be placed and paid for before the end of each half term ready for the next half term. The newsletter and wiki will keep parents informed about the cost of milk for the next half term.
If children wish to have a drink during the school day, they may bring water to school in a plastic container (not glass) clearly marked with their name. There are chilled water fountains in school from which children can refill their container, if necessary. Containers must be taken home regularly to be washed and kept clean.
Section 29 of the Education Act 2001 states, “It is a parent’s responsibility to ensure their child attends school regularly and punctually. Failure to do so, could result in legal proceedings against you.” The attendance of children at school is compulsory from the term after a child’s 5th birthday. Failure to do so can lead to prosecution and a court appearance.
The Act also makes clear the necessity for parents to inform the school on the first day of a child’s absence, followed by a letter on the child’s return to explain the circumstances surrounding the absence. Alternatively you can text the school on 166629. Please remember to include either your or your child’s name in the text.
We would be grateful if everyone would follow these parental obligations.
Holidays in Term Time
On educational grounds, neither the Department of Education and Children nor the school either supports or encourages additional time being taken off school for holiday purposes. Securing leave of absence for this purpose should not be regarded as a formality and should be applied for in advance, not retrospectively.
Leave of absence will only be granted for more than 10 school days in any academic year in exceptional circumstances, and any time taken off school for which leave of absence has not been granted will be recorded as an unauthorised absence and may be investigated by the Department of Education and Children’s attendance officer. If you wish to apply for a leave of absence for your child you should do so by writing to the Headteacher outlining why it is essential for the trip to take place during term time, giving as much notice as possible.
The School Day
8.10am - Breakfast Club Starts
9.00am - Start of the School Day
10.30am - Morning Break
10.45am - End of Morning Break
12.00pm - Lunchtime for Class 1 and 2 (Reception children, Year 1 and 2)
12.15pm - Lunchtime for Class 3 and 4
1.15pm - End of Lunch for all Children
2.15pm - Afternoon Break
2.30pm - End of Afternoon Break
3.30pm - Home Time.
N.B. A teacher will be outside from 8.50am each day. The School can take no responsibility for children who arrive before this time unless they are attending Breakfast Club or another official School club.
The School runs a Breakfast Club from 8.10am every day at a cost of 80p a day. Children are provided with fruit juice, cereal and toast, and when they have finished eating are free to play in the Community room until 8.50am when they go outside for a run before school starts. If you would like your child to attend please let the office know.
In the event of heavy snow, or other extreme weather, it may be necessary to close the school. If the decision is made to close the school, parents will be informed, by way of an announcement on Manx Radio and other local radio stations, by a message on Twitter Feed and our text message service, of the necessity to collect children from school. Such a decision will not be made lightly, and will be made solely out of considerations relating to the safety of children and for no other reason.
At such times, we would be grateful if parents would listen to a local radio station and not ring the school, so that telephone lines can be kept open to enable staff to ring out, as well as ensuring that the staff are able to look after the children.
Please see the list below.
It is expected that all children wear the school uniform including black school shoes.
A separate PE kit must be worn for PE, including a P.E. t-shirt in their house colour.
School uniform can be ordered from the School, or directly from Promenade T-Shirts in Douglas.
Please ensure every item is clearly and securely named, and remember to check that items are still named every few weeks as over time name tapes can become unstiched or glued and pens fade. Whilst we try to make sure all children have their own garments, if they are not named we cannot start to do this.
A small stock of nearly new uniform is held by the school for you to purchase if you need to as well.
Home School Liaison
We welcome, encourage and actively seek to promote positive home/school relations.
If you have a concern, a question about school procedures or if there is a matter which may have a bearing upon your child or the school as a whole, we would be pleased if you would speak to a member of staff ‘sooner rather than later’. Teachers are available each morning, when the children are collected from the playground, or alternatively at the end of the day. These times are ideal for a quick word. Alternatively, you can telephone the school office to arrange an appointment for a longer discussion at a mutually convenient time. Discussions over the telephone can also be arranged if work commitments make it impossible to attend a ‘face-to-face’ talk.
During the Autumn Term, there is an informal parents evening with the aim of ensuring that all the adults involved in the care of an individual child have an opportunity to meet and to discuss how the child is settling into their new class. Parents can also view the room where their child will spend a considerable amount of his/her time.
Later on in the year, formal parents evenings are held, when individual appointments are made to ensure there is confidentiality to discuss each child’s progress.
At the beginning of each half-term, an information sheet is sent home giving an overview of the areas of study in the ensuing half term.
Newsletters can be sent electronically, but are also sent home in hard copy to those who indicate that they would prefer this method of communication. They inform parents of news and events, and provide general reminders about various matters. We also have a “Twitter” facility.
If a problem is starting to develop please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher straight away. They are available for a quick word in the playground before school every day, or if you would prefer please ring the office and make an appointment to either come in and speak to them or for them to ring you back. If this does not resolve the issue please come and speak to Mr Nelson. In the unlikley event that we can’t sort out the issue the Department of Education does have a formal complaints procedure details of which can be can be obtained from the School office or by contacting the Department of Education and Children on 685820.
Supporting the school in other ways.
The “Friends of Jurby School”- FOJS organise activities to raise funds to enable the school to purchase extra resources or to provide additional opportunities for children that cannot be funded from within the school budget. In addition, the group arranges social events for parents and carers of pupils. The group meets regularly and can be contacted through the school.
The events and activities are always advertised in the school newsletter. If you would like to be involved in the group, they would be delighted to have additional interest and help.
Your support for all the activities organised by these groups is greatly appreciated. If you are able to provide an additional sets of ‘hands’ to help at an event, but are unable to make a regular commitment to attend meetings, please let members of the group know and your assistance will be most welcome.
Parent helpers in school.
We are conscious of the busy lives and schedules that many parents lead, but we cannot stress enough, how much the staff value having an extra pair of hands in the classroom, from time to time. Some parents help on a weekly basis, others once a year, but, whatever time or talent you can offer, it is greatly appreciated and is of benefit to the children.
If perhaps being in the classroom is not your scene but you would like to help, we always have other projects that take hours of time, but are not classroom based. Children whose parents are able to help are always immensely proud of the involvement of their parents, so if it is at all possible for you to assist in school, I would encourage you to consider it.
Through this brochure, we have attempted to give you a flavour of our community and hope you have found it informative and helpful. However, there is nothing like having a look around for yourself, asking your own questions and ‘feeling” our environment. So may we reiterate, the invitation to telephone school to make an appointment to visit the school and we shall look forward to meeting you.