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    Information for Parents & Carers


    Kewaigue School was opened on 10th October 1892 after permission was granted to draw water from the well across the lane at the back of the school.

    The original part of the school contains the kitchen, toilets, hall, library and the office. An extension was opened in September 1995. It contains three classrooms, a shared area, staffroom and entrance hall. There are also two mobile classrooms.

    In September 2000, a new classroom and a multi-purpose room were completed in the basement.

    In 2012 a further extension was opened, which provides more children's toilet facilities, storage and office space and also a library.

    In short, the school has up to date facilities, which enable the staff to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum to all our pupils, in pleasant, modern, purpose built surroundings.

    The school has extensive grassed and hard play areas including a large decking area. In July 2009 an astro pitch was added. We have constructed an outdoor nature study area, and installed some benches around the school grounds so the children can enjoy the surrounding open countryside.

    The school currently caters for 130 children of 4 - 11 year olds split into five classes.

    The school has an extensive catchment area. We draw from as far south as Santon, Mount Murray and Port Soderick, west to the Cooil and north east to the boundaries of Douglas and Douglas Head.

    Parents from outside the designated catchment area who wish their child to attend Kewaigue School must contact the Department of Education and Children and request an out of catchment admission.

    Download file "Catchment Information.pdf"


    · Children must be accompanied from the car to the barrier by an adult in the morning.

    · Children must be collected from the barrier at either 3.30 or 3.45, and accompanied across the car park to the vehicle they will go home in.

    · Parents with only Infant children at the school, should vacate the car park as soon as possible after the school day finishes. Space is very limited and this allows parents with Junior children to park safely.

    - Please do not park in the yellow hatched area in front of the school gate. This restricts the movement of vehicles in the car park and endangers the safety of others.

    · Please be aware of what your child is doing while you are talking to other parents – are they safe or wandering? - This includes pre school pupils.

    · Please use both car parks – top and bottom areas – it may be longer to walk up from the lower car park, but parking there eases congestion in the top car park where the children and adults congregate.

    · Use of mobile phones while driving is an offence – this applies to the car park as well as the public roads.

    · Please be extra careful when reversing into and out of car park spaces – young children are often below your natural line of sight.

    · Cars should not be started until children are wearing their seat belts.

    -Please do not use the staff car parking bays.

    - Please do not use the road at the back of the school to drop off/collect pupils.

    Our car park is extremely busy, particularly at the end of the school day, and in order to keep our children safe we must all ensure that we take note of these simple guidelines.


    Pupils are normally admitted to the Reception Class of a primary school at the beginning of the academic year in which they will have their fifth birthday.

    Parents do have the right, however, should they wish, to delay their child’s entry to school until the beginning of the term of their fifth birthday.

    There is normally only one intake per year, at the beginning of the Autumn Term, and like most primary schools admits pupils initially on a part-time basis for an induction period.

    Preference is given to those pupils who reside within the school’s catchment area at the time a child starts.

    After Easter, in the summer term, letters, prospectus, forms etc. are sent out to ‘new’ parents.

    We welcome each child and his or her family and invite them to spend time with us in the summer term prior to the child starting school in September.

    Download file "Admission procedure.pdf"


    At Kewaigue School, there is nothing more important to us than the physical, emotional and spiritual welfare of our pupils. For this reason we regard the need for Safeguarding Children from all harm as vitally important. This school recognises its legal and moral duty to promote the well-being of children, and protect them from harm, and respond to child abuse.

    Teachers and other members of staff (including volunteers) in the school are an integral part of the child safeguarding process. All staff and helpers should familiarise themselves with the school’s Safeguarding Children Policy, to ensure the basic procedures are followed If a child is at risk of suffering harm, and know how to report concerns or suspicions.


    As a member of a school community it is necessary to process your information but this will only be done in accordance with the Data Protection Principles.

    The information you provide, and that obtained from other relevant sources, such as registers, letters you send in, forms etc, will be treated confidentially and used by your child(s) school to fulfil its legal/statutory obligations. Elements of this information may also be shared with trusted third parties who support the school in the delivery of their statutory requirements, where necessary to confirm factual information provided by you, to protect public funds, including the prevention and detection of fraud and/or otherwise required by law.

    To understand how the Department of Education and Children obtains and processes your information please visit this link:-



    In primary education there are seven recognised age groups.

    Foundation Stage - F.S. Foundation Stage 4 – 5 year olds

    Key Stage One

    Year One - 5 – 6 year olds

    Year Two - 6 – 7 year olds

    Key Stage Two

    Year Three - 7 – 8 year olds

    Year Four - 8 – 9 year olds

    Year Five - 9 – 10 year olds

    Year Six - 10 – 11 year olds


    Headteacher: Mr Adrian Shorthouse

    Deputy Headteacher: Mr Keith Lythgoe

    Class teachers

    Miss Cheryl Davies

    Mrs Jacky Hall

    Mrs Gail Jones

    Ms Helen Harmer

    Mrs Michelle Mylchreest

    Nursery Nurse

    Mrs Louise Shaw (F.S.)

    Educational Support Officers (ESO)

    Miss Jessop

    Mrs Kneen

    Mrs Murray

    Mrs Todd

    School Administrator

    Mrs Sue Duncan

    Visiting School Nurse

    Sonya Cowin

    Dinner Time - Catering Operatives

    Mrs Tracey Saunders

    Dinner Time- Ancillaries

    Mrs Tonya Corrin

    Mrs Kelly Dawson

    Mrs Barbara Wearmouth


    Mr Steven Quane


    Mrs Barbara Wearmouth


    At Kewaigue School, there is nothing more important to us than the physical, emotional and spiritual welfare of our pupils. For this reason we regard the need for a Safeguarding Children from all harm as vitally important. This school recognises its legal and moral duty to promote the well-being of children, and protect them from harm, and respond to child abuse.

    Our Safeguarding Policy details the procedures and appropriate actions we will take in the event of issues or concerns relating to the safeguarding of pupils. A copy of this policy can be obtained from the school office.


    We have a creative Curriculum at Kewaigue School providing a balanced approach to teacher-directed and child-initiated learning in response to each child’s learning styles and interests. This approach is imaginative, flexible and motivating, encouraging risk-taking with the freedom to fail and the confidence to try again.

    Our curriculum builds on pupils’ existing knowledge, skills, dispositions and attitudes to provide opportunities to make learning meaningful, with many first hand experiences within and beyond the classroom.

    The curriculum at Key Stages One and Two consists of 10 subjects.

    Core Subjects Foundation Subjects
    Literacy History
    Mathematics Geography
    Science Music
    ICT Design and Technology
    Physical education
    Art and Design

    All pupils also take part in Religious Education. (Parents are at liberty to withdraw their children from all or part of the religious education and collective worship provided.)

    Pupils in years 4, 5 and 6 have the option to study Manx.

    Desired outcomes of curriculum provision

    It is intended that as a result of experiencing the curriculum and the way it is delivered, children will develop as individuals with:


    positive self esteem;
    an ability to take responsibility for own actions;
    skilled in managing own emotions and feelings;
    appropriate curriculum skills;
    good concentration and focus
    Relationships which are positive

    an ability to work as a team member;
    an ability to make and sustain friendships;
    understanding and respect for others;
    an acceptance of boundaries;
    empathy/understanding the role of others.

    a recognition of how to get help;
    the capability to apply reason;
    the ability to question;
    the ability to use initiative;
    achieving self motivation

    the ability to solve problems;
    the capacity to persevere;
    an acceptance of constructive criticism;
    adaptability and flexibility.
    Remembering Skills

    the ability to recall;
    the confidence in the use of transfer skills;
    the ability to interpret;
    the ability to learn from experience.

    a sense of pride;
    the ability to plan;
    the capacity to monitor, revise and adapt;
    an appreciation of own learning process;
    skills in analysis, reasoning, negotiation, mediation and organisation.

    These outcomes are commonly referred to as the 6 Rs.

    Throughout the school Curriculum planning involves all members of staff to ensure there is progression and continuity in learning and to ensure that a broad and balanced curriculum is provided for all children.

    Children learn best when they are motivated and their individual learning needs are met. We therefore aim to personalise the curriculum by catering for children’s preferred learning styles, using a range of teaching approaches, planning differentiated work and questions and using assessment for learning.

    Throughout your child’s education at Kewaigue School judgements will be made as to how best we can meet your child’s needs. We will regularly keep you informed of your child’s progress and on occasions may consult you about an approach we may wish to follow.

    A great deal of valuable educational work is carried out off the school premises. We are very keen to offer the children a wide and varied choice of visits on the island. These visits play a large part in ensuring that the curriculum we offer is stimulating, motivating and exciting for the children.

    We value and actively encourage parents to take an active interest in their child’s learning to maximise the level of progress which can be achieved. Parents can do this by supporting their child with curriculum work at home, and supporting our agreed school values and behaviour policy. Download file "BEHAVIOUR POLICY Summary for Parents.pdf".

    If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s education do not wait for a parents’ evening or open day. Please contact us immediately.


    We believe that work at home is an essential element in supporting a child’s education and we continue to seek parental support with regard to any homework set. Children from reception through to Year Six will be expected to do homework which will vary in type and quantity depending on age/ability.

    Our homework policy can be found here:

    Download file "Kewaigue homework policy.pdf"


    We want parents and children to feel part of our school community. Parents are welcome to visit the school at any time to discuss the welfare or progress of their child. If parents wish to see the teacher or Headteacher for a longer discussion, a prior telephone call would be appreciated to make arrangements for this at a mutually convenient time.

    Parents helping in school

    We very much welcome the help that adults feel able to offer us in school. We are grateful for the time and support which adults are able to give us, as it provides different opportunity and benefits for pupils.

    Additional adults in school improve the learning environment through increased pupil : adult ratio. Children are able to receive extra one to one help in specific areas and groups of children can have an extra adult to supervise a task. This provides the children with improved language and communication skills, which are so important in all activities. We hope that the process is not entirely one way, and that by being in school parents can gain a greater insight into how the school operates and how children learn. It gives parents the opportunity to see why schools do things the way they do and the experience of being an adult in school may be very different from their own experience as a pupil.


    In the interests of everyone’s safety and security, external doors must be kept locked around school during the day. We do however realise the importance of parents being able to speak with their child’s class teacher, particularly in a morning. So when the need arises, parents should come to the main office where teachers can be contacted on their behalf. If a matter cannot be resolved before 8.55am, parents will be asked to make an appointment to see a member of staff.

    On wet days, children should come inside school (from 8.40am) via the side entrance that leads to the main corridor and go straight to the assembly hall.

    All external doors are fitted with devices to enable immediate exit at all times in case of emergency. Each class teacher is responsible for securing the external door/s in his/her classroom.

    There is CCTV coverage around the school premises. CCTV footage is recorded and retained for a set period of time.

    Entry Procedures for Visitors

    Visitors are anyone who enters the school premises with the exception of children on roll at the school, staff deployed at Kewaigue and authorised supply staff.

    All visitors must:

    1. Enter by the main door, at the front of the school building. This door displays a notice directing visitors to the school office

    2. Sign the Visitors Book

    3. Proceed directly to the school office.

    4. Whilst on school premises –

    - wear a Visitors Badge which has been allocated by a member of staff (regular visitors have their own visitors badge)

    - be accompanied by a member of the staff unless specifically authorised to proceed unaccompanied

    - sign the Visitors Book immediately before leaving the school premises.


    Our logo sweatshirts, cardigans, polo shirts and PE T-shirts are available from the school office.

    The following school uniform is prescribed because we believe:-

    • It adds to the identity of the school, which helps to develop a sense of belonging.
    • Children look smart and this encourages pride.
    • It reduces discrimination and arguments at home
    GIRLS: A choice of

    Grey trousers (not jogging or track suit bottoms)
    Grey skirts
    Grey pinafore dresses
    White / grey / black / maroon socks or tights
    White polo shirt or blouse
    Maroon cardigan or sweatshirt

    In summer red gingham or striped dresses

    Grey trousers (not jogging or track suit bottoms)
    White shirt or polo shirt
    Grey socks
    Maroon sweatshirt


    PE KIT
    Black Shorts, Kewaigue logo t-shirt, pumps

    The PE kit should be left at school in a named bag. Kit will be returned home each half term for washing.


    Jewellery, make up (e.g. nail varnish, lip stick), artificially coloured hair, logos shaven into hair, tattoos, high heels or nose piercing are not part of school uniform and therefore conflict with our school policy. Earrings are not permitted, except for children with pierced ears, who may wear studs on those days when they do not have swimming or P.E. On swimming and P.E. days studs should not be worn. The only exception to this rule is if a child’s ears have very recently been pierced then, on swimming and P.E. days, they may wear their studs provided they have been covered with tape (by a parent) before coming to school. Once the lesson is over the child can remove the tape. Staff cannot take responsibility for removing or replacing studs or for their loss.

    Children may wear a watch when they are able to tell the time but responsibility for its safe keeping belongs to them, and the school will not be held responsible for any losses. Watches must be removed for P.E. and games lessons


    Your child will be allocated a house team when they join Kewiague.

    They are;





    We operate a house points system for achievement in learning. If a pupil achieves 5 or more housepoints in a week they receive a certificate during our weekly whole school 'Success' assemblies. House points that are awarded for their achievement in learning are never taken off pupils.

    Every house point each pupil earns goes towards their house team. At the end of each half-term, the house team cup is awarded to the house team with the most points.


    Children are to be discouraged from bringing valuables, toys or precious belongings to school. We know from experience that loss or damage can be very upsetting for all concerned. Parents are advised that if children bring valuable property to school, neither the Department of Education and Children nor the teachers will be responsible for any loss or damage.

    Lost Property

    Will be gathered and left in the front porch for a week – it will then be stored in the Caretaker's room until the end of term. Any un-named lost property, which has not been claimed will be disposed off at the end of each term.



    Praise, both informal and formal to individuals and groups, is expected to be common place for all children at Kewaigue. If we 'catch' pupils behaving well and say precisely what pupils are getting right, children are then able to recognise, believe, and internalise positive messages about themselves and their peers. Rewards that recognise pupils' positive behaviour and achievement are also in place to help them all realise that achievement and good behaviour is valued.

    Examples of rewards.

    ο Reward stickers

    ο Stamps in books

    ο Whole class rewards e.g. additional playtime

    ο Headteacher's award for a class which consistently uphold the school values

    Download file "BEHAVIOUR POLICY Summary for Parents.pdf".


    School meals are provided at a cost £2.00 per day /£10 per week. This can be paid each Monday in advance. However, many parents find it more convenient to pay for meals half termly. Cheques should be made payable to Isle of Man Government and credit is allowed for all uneaten meals where this is due to absence.

    Menus are provided each term and we strongly recommend these meals as they not only provide a good balanced meal but also provide an opportunity to develop good social skills and manners.

    Packed Lunches
    These can be brought to school, preferably in a purpose made container, clearly marked with the child’s full name.

    However, packed lunches must not include fizzy drinks, glass bottles or hot drinks or sweets of any kind.

    A choice of milk or natural orange juice is available at a cost 19 pence per day payable one term in advance. The school will inform you of the amount to be paid towards the end of the preceding term. Changing from milk to orange (or visa versa) can only be done at the start of a new half term. No refunds are given for days absence.

    Cold drinking water is available at all times.

    In the Foundation Stage Class the children have a daily fruit snack. In order to cover the cost of this there will be a termly charge, which will be set in September.


    In the event of absence from school, parents should contact the school office as soon as possible. It is very important for the school to be notified by telephone if a child is to be absent from school at short notice. Details of the reason for absence and an approximate estimation of how long the absence is likely to last will be asked. If you are aware in advance that your child is going to be absent, please notify in writing.

    If your child has been ill, it is important that you allow a period of time to elapse after the sickness has finished before sending him back to school. Such action will help to prevent the infection spreading unnecessarily to others in the school.


    At Kewaigue School we believe that good attendance and punctuality is key to establishing positive life habits and helping every child to thrive. There are very clear links between attendance rates and pupil achievement and therefore, holidays in term time are not usually authorised. In exceptional circumstances parents can write to the Headteacher, stating clearly why any request for holiday time is deemed necessary.

    Further information can be found in the Department of Education and Children’s ‘Attendance of Pupils: Legislation, Policy and Procedures’- a full version of this Policy is available at www.gov.im/education.

    All absences, both authorised and unauthorised will be recorded and reported to parents in July of each year.


    The only medications we can accept in school are those required by children who may suffer from asthma or epilepsy – long term medication. Where this is required, parents are invited to discuss the administration of the medicine with the class teacher and complete the necessary paper work. The school will make arrangements to help children with medical needs, in relation to both short and long-term illness, but arrangements between the school and parents will need to be agreed in advance. Parents need to seek the consent from the Headteacher at the school if their child needs medication, whether prescribed or non-prescribed.

    Under no circumstances should these be sent in to school with a child to administer for themselves.

    If a child is ill enough to warrant a course of antibiotics or any similar sort of medicine, he /she should not really be at school. However, if your child has sufficiently recovered to attend school but still needs to finish the last one or two doses of medicine then you are welcome to come to school to give the dose to your child yourself.

    Please remember the proper place for a sick child is at home. If children are unwell they should not be sent to school and a couple of days at home often aids a speedy recovery.

    In the case of vomiting or diarrhoea a child should not return to school until 48 hours after symptoms have ceased, in order to prevent to spread of infection to other children and to staff.


    Children should arrive at school approximately 10 minutes before the morning school session begins.
    There will be a member of staff on duty each morning from 8.50 a.m.
    Teachers are not responsible for children who are left on the school premises before 8.50 a.m.
    On wet days the doors are open at 8.40 a.m. and children should make their way quietly to the Hall where they will be supervised by a staff member.

    School starts at 9.00 a.m.
    Morning Break 10.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m.

    Lunch 12.00 to 1.15 p.m.

    Afternoon Break 2.30 p.m. to 2.45 p.m.
    School Finishes at 3.30 p.m. for Foundation Stage and Key Stage One pupils (without older siblings)

    School finishes at 3.45 p.m. for Key Stage Two children.

    Collecting pupils

    All parents are asked to inform the school if there are particular arrangements that teachers should be aware of in relation to how pupils make their way home at the end of the school day. In the interests of safety, we would ask that parents inform the school immediately if any changes to these arrangements are made (e.g. if a different person has been arranged to collect you child, or your child is allowed to go home alone rather than be collected)

    Please make every effort to collect your child on time as lateness often causes the child to be upset and the teachers to be inconvenienced.

    Late Arrivals

    The late arrival of children to school causes unnecessary disruption to the classes and creates difficulties with regard to registration, dinner and milk numbers, etc. School starts at 9.00am and children should be in the playground a few minutes before that time. Please note that children arriving late will be given a “late mark” and parents will be informed if the frequency of “late marks” is too high. Children arriving after the bell has gone should report their arrival to the secretary in the school office. Late arrivals for medical appointments are perfectly understandable, but it would help if you could let the school know in advance if at all possible.

    Download file "School Hours.pdf"

    Download file "Holiday Dates 2014-2017 - July 2014.pdf"


    The progress and performance of every child will be regularly assessed throughout his/her school career. The main purpose of assessment is to ensure children's needs are being met in order to be able to advise parents of their children's progress and to inform other teachers receiving children as to their progress. Assessment information informs teachers planning in the class room. Informal assessment occurs on a daily basis. Teachers observe children working; they talk to children and they mark their work. This continual assessment allows teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses and thereby decide how to develop the strengths and provide for the weaknesses. Often teachers will keep personal notes about each child as an aide-memoire but such notes do not form part of our official record keeping system.

    Formal assessment is also ongoing and involves testing and teacher assessment. As with informal assesment the aim is to establish a clear picture of what programmes of work we need to prepare and provide for each child.

    Foundation Stage

    It is the Department of Education and Children’s policy that children in the Foundation Stage are assessed continuously throughout the year and each child’s development is recorded against 13 assessment scales, spread across the six areas of Foundation Stage Curriculum. Part of this observation and assessment process notes the behaviours that children demonstrate consistently and independently in a range of different situations.

    Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
    It is the Department of Education and Children’s policy that SATS tests will not be provided for children on the Isle of Man. Instead greater weight is given to the assessments teachers make and materials and facilities have been put in place to facilitate this. Teachers assessments are moderated internally (in school - between classes) and externally by a group of other teachers contracted to the Dept.
    At Kewaigue School we adopt both formal and informal methods of assessment.


    Our school “Friends” are involved in raising funds for the kind of “extras” which enhance our children’s school lives and make them more enjoyable. In 2009 the astro-pitch was provided by The Friends of Kewaigue and in 2012 'The Playbin' was purchased. "The Friends' have paid for tracksuits for children attending sports competitions, fluorescent bibs for use on school trips, minibus hire, end of term treats as well as new library books and prizes for school competitions.

    Details of meetings and events are posted on the car park notice board and newsletters are sent home regularly.

    Please try to attend meetings and let us know of any ways you could contribute to help raise money for school.


    There will be occasions during the school year where parent(s)/carer(s) will wish to take photographs or make a video recording of their child(ren) taking part in a school activity. These activities will include school assemblies, school performances, sports days, school outings and educational visits.

    Increasingly technology is making it easier for pictures and images to be used inappropriately as printed material or on the internet. It is important that Kewaigue School takes practical steps to ensure that pictures and images of children taken, not only by members of the press, but also by parents/carers, are done so in a way that reflects the protective ethos of the school.

    A common sense approach to the use of cameras (film and digital) and video cameras by parent(s)/carer(s) of school events

    In order for Kewaigue school to ensure that as far as possible parent(s) / carer(s) use of photography and video is safe, parents should have regard for the following advice:

    · Parent(s) / carer(s) must sign the dated register for each event if they wish to take images. By signing this register they agree that any images taken will not be used inappropriately.

    · Photography / video recording must only take place in designated areas. For example, in the main school hall where the assembly or school performance is taking place and not in ‘backstage’ areas or school classrooms.

    · We would encourage parent(s)/carer(s) with video cameras to sit towards the back of the room during performances to prevent obscuring other people’s view. Please respect the enjoyment of others.

    Please note:

    We would respectfully ask parents that images of children or members of staff taken during school events are not placed in the public domain (e.g. on social network sites) without the prior consent of either the parents of the children concerned or the members of staff featured.


    The staff and Governors of Kewaigue believe that all our pupils should have an equal opportunity to benefit from school activities and visits (curricular and extra curricular) independent of their parents’ financial means.

    Throughout the year there are likely to be day visits organised for classes in conjunction with their curriculum work, or visits to the school by Theatres or Workshops etc. Such visits play an important part in the school curriculum, extending the learning that is started in the classroom and no child is excluded for financial reasons.

    From time to time, parents may be invited to make voluntary contributions towards the cost of these visits, to enable the school to continue with such worthwhile activities. Details of the approximate cost will be sent home in advance and, providing we are able to get the necessary support, we will confirm bookings and collect the donations.


    We hope that your child's time at the school is happy and productive. We are always happy to discuss matters with parents and carers to ensure every child achieves his or her full potential. If, at any time, you have any concerns about your child at school, then please do not hesitate to contact the school to arrange to meet with the relevant staff member. We would ask that parents and carers please support the school in its constant drive to raise standards by discussing any concerns or issues with us, rather than on social media sites, which could be potentially damaging for the school and its pupils. We would also encourage parents and carers to monitor their children’s use of social networking sites encouraging them to be respectful in this arena.


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