Enjoying learning, playing our part
Our vision is of a happy school at the centre of the community where everyone feels welcome, valued and included and where we are challenged to do our best in an environment of mutual care, respect and understanding.
Absences – if your child is ill or unable to come to school for another reason (e.g. dental appointment etc.) please let us know as soon as possible. You can do this by telephone, by sending a written message with another child or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, please try to let us know before 9.30 as this helps with arrangements for the day.
When we know why your child is absent we mark this in the register and the absence is authorized. At the end of the month any unauthorized absences are followed up by the school and then, if still unauthorized, are reported to the Department of Education and may be followed up by them.
Obviously, it is best if your child attends school as regularly as possible. However, we recognize that there may be times when you need to take your child out of school for certain events. The headteacher has the authority to authorize an absence of up to 10 working days in any academic year to cover these situations. Requests for leave of absence should be made using the form at the back of this booklet. (Extra forms are available from the office, if required.) In very exceptional circumstances the headteacher may extend this leave of absence and parents should speak to her if they feel they have a particular case which may fall into this category.
Access - in the morning and at the end of the day parents may drop off and collect their child from the point most convenient to them. However, once the school is in session all adult access should be by the main door by the office. We would also ask that parents do not walk their child through the car park as this encourages the children to use a dangerous area.
Accidents - unfortunately from time to time incidents occur in school which necessitate first aid treatment being given to your child. We try to ensure that all of our staff have up to date first aid qualifications. In most cases gentle cleaning and a plaster are sufficient. If we feel that it is necessary we will contact you using one of the emergency contact numbers we have on record. Please ensure that all your emergency contact numbers are kept up to date with the school office.
Admissions policy - all children who live within the catchment area are entitled to attend Scoill Ree Gorree. For further information please contact the headteacher.
Behaviour – the standards of behaviour at Scoill Ree Gorree are high and we often receive very positive feedback from members of the community about our children’s behaviour. However, from time to time, it may be necessary to apply certain sanctions to ensure good behaviour. These may include a verbal reprimand, an interruption of privileges (e.g. missing playtimes), sitting a child on his/ her own, referring the child to another member of staff etc...... The head teacher has the power to exclude a child from school for a period of up to ten working days but this would only be used as a last resort. We prefer to use positive reinforcement of the good behaviour we expect, and usually obtain, from our children. We have a weekly Celebration Assembly where we draw the whole school’s attention to the good things our children have been doing that week.
Clubs - we are lucky at Scoill Ree Gorree to have a large number of staff, parents and other volunteers who willingly give up their time to run lunchtime and after school clubs. The clubs offered vary from term to term. There are usually a variety of clubs available which have included sporting, musical and craft activities.
Complaints – if you have a problem please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher and get it sorted out as soon as possible. If this does not resolve it please come and speak to the headteacher. In the unlikely event that we cannot sort out the issue, the Department of Education and Children does have a formal complaints procedure, details of which can be obtained from the School Office or the Department of Education and Children.
Contact details – please can you ensure that we always have your latest contact details? This includes updating us when you (or any of your designated contacts) change your mobile ‘phone number, as well as if you move house or change jobs. I am sure you will appreciate how important it is that we can contact you quickly, if necessary.
Curriculum – in providing for your children we are guided by the requirements of the National Curriculum and those of the Isle of Man Department of Education and Children.
All children study English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art, Design and Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education. Some of these subjects may be linked where appropriate and the class may study a particular topic which encompasses two or more subjects.
The children also have lessons in Sex and Relationship Education. Our aims when teaching SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) are to enable children to develop an increased understanding of their and other people’s physical development and mental well-being. It is taught to help the children to develop good moral values and judgements and to help them to respect differences between people. The children learn about themselves and their body parts, friendships, body awareness and hygiene. As they move up the school they look at differences between male and female and about caring for people and learn more about caring for their bodies. They talk about self esteem, decision making and safety and they are encouraged to challenge gender stereotypes. As they near their final years in school we discuss puberty and changes in their bodies, personal hygiene, changing relationships and building good relationships. Most of this is covered through science and PSHE and is part of the education of every child. However, the part of SRE which deals specifically with reproduction, menstruation etc. needs parental permission, which we will request nearer to the time when these lessons will take place.
In addition, all pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 study French and may choose to study Manx.
Educational visits – we try to include visits to places of interest during the year and we often need to ask for help from parents to accompany the children. (See Parent helpers). Children in Year 6 are usually offered the opportunity to go on a residential off-island visit. In 2012 this will be to North Wales. This year we have also offered the children in Year 5 the opportunity of a stay at the Venture Centre.
Food and drink - children may bring a packed lunch, go home or have a school dinner. Children staying for school dinners will be offered a choice from a hot meal or the salad bar. Details of the cost of meals and milk will be included in the school newsletter. Milk may be ordered and paid for termly, in advance. We provide semi-skimmed milk. Water is always available and children should bring a water bottle into school to use. We encourage the children to bring fruit or another healthy snack to school to enjoy mid morning.
Head lice - unfortunately from time to time we get reports of children catching head lice. We ask for all parents to regularly check their child’s hair thus helping us to reduce the likelihood of passing them on to others.
Homework - all children will be set homework. Details of homework routines will be outlined in each year group’s curriculum letter that is sent home on a termly basis.
Illness - if children are ill we ask that they are kept at home until they recover. Some illnesses have a minimum time for which the child should remain at home e.g. if suffering norovirus your child should stay off for another 48 hours after the last symptoms. If you are unsure please consult your doctor.
If your child is taken ill in school we will contact you to ask you to come and collect them.
Jewellery - the wearing of jewellery is not permitted in school. The only exception is if a child has had their ears pierced. Hoops and large earrings are not permitted. Children must be able to remove their earrings for swimming and PE/Games lessons. If they are unable to remove their earrings, because they have been pierced recently, they must have them covered. For PE/Games lessons plasters or micropore tape are suitable and should be brought from home. For swimming, a band that covers the ears must be worn. Children are allowed to wear a watch but need to be able to take care of it themselves.
Money - all money should be brought to the school office in a clearly labelled envelope.
Mobile phones - we would prefer it if mobile phones were not brought to school, the office telephone would be used in an emergency. However, if any mobile phones are brought into school they should be clearly named and handed into the school office where they are kept in a safe place for the duration of the school day.
Medicines - we cannot give medicine to children without the proper procedures being followed. If it is necessary for children to take medicine in school time, parents should request a copy of the appropriate form to complete and arrange to deliver and collect the medicine from the school office. These procedures are necessary to ensure all medicines are handled appropriately. If your child has asthma and needs inhalers please fill in an asthma card and we will make the appropriate arrangements for them to have access to them as necessary
Musical instruments - at Scoill Ree Gorree we are lucky to have a number of peripatetic music teachers who teach a variety of string and wind instruments. Parental permission is required before any child can receive instrumental tuition. Children may be auditioned by the music teachers to assess their suitability for a particular instrument. Instruments are usually available to hire from the Department’s music service for a small termly fee.
Some children also choose to join Mr. Boulton’s Folk Group or Penny Whistle Club. This year all Year 4 children have had ukulele lessons whilst Year 3 have had recorder lessons.
Newsletter - newsletters are sent home regularly with the children. Some parents choose to receive them by e-mail. If you would like to receive your newsletter by e-mail please contact the school office.
Nurture - Archie’s Room provides an opportunity to facilitate the development of confidence, self esteem and social skills, in a secure, caring and safe environment. The group consists of children with a wide range of needs who are not, for whatever reason, achieving their full potential. The group has clearly defined boundaries, positive reinforcement, consistency, structure and predictability. It works within the principles of inclusive practice and aims to respond to diverse needs.
Each child will be selected for Nurture for individual reasons. Children may be selected where they would benefit from support with their social, emotional and behavioural development. Discussions will take place between the class teacher, nurture group staff and the Special Needs Co-ordinator (who is Mrs Taylor). The child’s teacher or Nurture Teacher will discuss with the parents/carers the reasons their child has been selected to attend Archie’s Room. Parental/Carer agreement will be sought before the placement begins.
Open – door policy – this means you are very welcome to come in before or after school to discuss any issues with your child’s class teacher. All teachers are in their classrooms 10 minutes before the start of school for this purpose and are usually available at the end of school too. (Sometimes they may be running an after school club so their time may be limited.) If you think you will need more than a few minutes of the teacher’s time please make an appointment.
You are also very welcome to speak, at any time, to the headteacher about any matters of concern. You can either call in to see her or make an appointment if you prefer and want to be certain that she will be available.
Parent helpers - we actively encourage, and rely on, parent help in school to enable us to offer all the things we do. We hope that, if possible, you will be willing to help in some way. At the moment we have parents who assist with swimming, run clubs, hear readers and accompany us on trips and to sporting fixtures.
On offering help in school, on a regular basis, we do ask you to read our guidelines and fill in a form consenting to a police check. If you are kind enough to offer transport to other children we also ask you to read and adhere to our guidelines regarding this.
We hope these restrictions won’t discourage anyone from offering help and that you will realise they are measures we have put into place to ensure the safety of your child.
Playtimes - we have a morning playtime, an hour for lunch and an afternoon playtime. During periods of fine weather the children are able to enjoy the use of our playing field. We ask that all children have coats in school in case of poor weather. In hot weather you may wish to send in a hat and/or apply sun protection cream.
Questions - if you have any questions please contact the school office.
Reports - you will receive an annual written report on your child’s progress each July. We also hold two Parents’ Evenings, usually in the weeks before the October and February half term holiday when the teachers will hope to meet you and discuss your child’s progress.
School Association - we have an active school association which works for the benefit of the school. It arranges fund raising events to raise money and also social events so that we can all enjoy ourselves and get to know each other. Recent events have included a Bingo Night, a Beetle Drive and the School Disco. We encourage everyone to take an active part in our association and welcome new ideas and suggestions. The Annual General Meeting is held in the Autumn Term and at this we elect an organising committee.
School hours – the children are supervised in the main yard from 8.45 a.m. If they arrive before that time they will not be supervised. On wet days they may come straight into school from that time onwards.
School opens: 8.55 a.m.
Lunch: 12.00 noon - 1.00 p.m.
School closes: 3.25 p.m.
Special Educational Needs - Scoill Ree Gorree offers a broad and balanced curriculum for all the children in school. This includes children with special educational needs. If a child is identified with special educational needs, a programme can be arranged to help them access the curriculum. We are also fortunate to offer both Nurture and Unit provision, if required.
Special Needs Unit – Discovery
Since September 2009 Scoill Ree Gorree has had the advantage of a Special Needs Unit which caters for a small number of children who require a more individual, flexible timetable. This unit is known as ‘Discovery’ and provides pupils with a balance of one-to-one and small group teaching. A range of resources and approaches are used in Discovery, and staff carefully take into account the current strengths and needs of each child before setting targets and planning work.
Pupils who attend Discovery are very much a part of the wider school community and join their peers for playtimes, lunches and assemblies. Many pupils also spend time in their mainstream classes during the week, with staff working together closely to ensure that this is successful. Likewise, staff in Discovery enjoy working with parents and a wide range of outside agencies in order to support and further pupil learning.
Staff and Governors as at May 2011
Headteacher: Mrs Barrow
Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Evans
Year 6 teachers: Mrs McAleer, Mr Garrett, Mrs Evans
Year 5 teachers: Mr Bell, Mrs Holmes, Mrs Corlett
Year 4 teachers: Miss Jackson, Miss Corlett, Mr Mason
Year 3 teachers: Miss O’Brien, Mrs Taylor
Nurture Group Teacher: Mrs Taylor
SEN Nursery Nurse: Mrs Quaye
Nurture Group Nursery Nurse : Mrs Smart
Educational Support Officers: Mr Hinge, Mrs Callow, Miss Robinson, Mrs Crawley
Special Unit Manager: Miss Maddrell
SESO/NNEB/ESO (Special Unit): Mrs Radcliffe, Mrs Gardner, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Burchill,
PPA teachers: Mrs Egelnick, Mrs Keig
School Administrator: Mrs Wilson
Caretaker: Mrs Quilliam
Cleaners: Mrs Parker, Mr Harper, Mrs Baker, Miss McCoy
Cook Supervisor: Mrs Taggart
Assistant Cook : Mrs Parker
Kitchen Assistants: Mrs Moffat, Mrs Melvin
Lunchtime Ancillaries: Mrs Aitcheson, Mrs Martin, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Stoutt, Mrs McMahon (Unit), Mr Radcliffe (Unit)
Mr S Bevan – Chairperson
Mrs G Allinson – Parent Governor
Mrs L Jackson - Teacher Governor
Mr G Quayle – Co-opted Governor
Mr J Speakman – Co-opted Governor
Uniform - our uniform consists of:
black or grey trousers or skirt,
a white polo shirt,
red sweatshirt*, jumper or cardigan*.
sensible black shoes.
During the summer months smart black or grey shorts (of a suitable length) or red checked summer dresses may be worn.
If tights are worn they should be black, grey or red
PE/Games uniform: Shorts and T-shirt*, trainers or pumps. ( If possible we like children to wear a T-shirt in their House colour.)
Swimming: Girls - a one piece swimming costume and towel. Boys - swimming trunks (not baggy shorts) and towel. Goggles may be worn but must be adjusted at home or by the child.
Anyone with long hair must wear a swimming hat.
* available to buy / order from the school office
Our school website contains some information about the school that we hope will be useful. www.sch.im/reegorree