THE SCHOOL ORGANISATION
There are seven classes and these are arranged in single year groups. The teacher for each class is responsible for the children's work, although they may at times be working with other teachers or teaching assistants in other parts of the school.
THE SCHOOL DAY
The gates are opened at 8.40am and school commences for all children at 8.50am and ends at 3.10pm
Lunch break is from 12.15 to 1.15pm. There is a 15 minute morning break for all children and a 15 minute afternoon break for Key Stage One pupils.
DROP OFF AND COLLECTION FROM SCHOOL
The children should always enter and leave the school grounds through the large double playground gates. If a child arrives after 8.50am, the gates will be shut and they must report to the School Office to be registered.
At the end of the day, the gates are opened again at 3pm and parents should gather in the playground, where the children will be brought out by the school staff. It is very important that your child knows who is collecting them and if for any reason arrangements change, please make sure you let the School Office know by 2.30pm. Permission slips need to be signed if you wish your child to walk home alone - these are available from the School Office.
If the adult collecting your child is late, your child will be with a member of staff in the School Office.
ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
If your child is unwell, please ring the School Office before 9.20am on the first day of absence. If your child has been vomiting or suffered with diarrhoea then medical advice is that the child should not return to school for 48 hours after the last attack.
It is very important that parents do not take children on holiday during term time. The school’s policy is not to authorise holidays taken in term time; government legislation states that schools can only authorise absence from school during term in exceptional circumstances. Any applications for absence should be made on the appropriate form, available from the School Office, accompanied by a covering letter explaining the reason for the request.
Please notify the school office of any medical appointments during the school day.
MEDICINE IN SCHOOL
Only prescribed medication can be administered.
Medication to be administered must be clearly labelled with the child’s name and class.
Parents must complete and sign the school’s ‘request to administer medication’ form.
Medicines will be stored in the school office.
A responsible adult must bring and collect medicines to/from the school office.
NUT FREE POLICY
A number of children in the school have nut allergies, therefore nuts in any form are not to be brought into school (this includes children's individual lunch boxes that may contain items of food such as peanut butter, Nutella, snack nuts, cakes or biscuits that contain nuts).
At Bishop William Ward we have a School Council that represents the views of all pupils to help improve our school. Every September, each class (from Years 2 - 6) elects 2 members from their class to represent them. We try to meet at least once a week to discuss any improvements and suggestions that have been put forward by pupils and staff. The School Council has initiated ideas such as playground rules, outdoor activities, fundraising ideas and selecting the school meals menu. We also work closely with the School Councils from two other local primary schools on joint projects to share ideas on how to make our schools better.
REPORTING TO PARENTS
Parent/Teacher consultation evenings are arranged in the autumn and spring terms. These consultations allow both teachers and parents to understand their children better and to monitor individual progress. Any issues at other times can be dealt with immediately or by appointment. An annual written report for each child is sent to parents towards the end of the Summer term.
There is a range of after-school clubs available to the children. These offer a rich and varied extra-curricular experience for the pupils. Letters will come out to parents informing them of the clubs and permission slips need to be returned by a specific date. In the case of over-subscription, we draw names from a hat. Parents are informed via email if their children have got a place or not.
Mr Toby Bull Headteacher
Mrs Kelly Holliday Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Susan Sanderson
Mrs Sally Smith
Mrs Nikki Davis
Mrs Emily Hale
Mrs Shelley Whitney
Miss Camilla East
Mrs Karen Tracey
Mrs Angela Richards
Mr Simon Tidbury
Mrs Jill Ivey
Mrs Nicola Griffiths Inclusion Manager
Mr Paul Grogan Site Manager
Mrs Tracy Chester Office Manager
Mrs Clare Cleverdon Finance/Premises Manager
Mrs Sally Cowley Admin Assistant
Mrs Jackie Cozens Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Kerry Collins Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Claire Wheatstone Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Alison Lewis Teaching Assistant
Mrs Catherine Seymour Teaching Assistant
Mrs Ros Whymark Teaching Assistant
Mrs Tracy Embleton Teaching Assistant
Mrs Katrina Langhamer Teaching Assistant
Mrs Julia Furey Teaching Assistant
Mrs Helen Phillips Teaching Assistant
Mrs Tammy Lowden Teaching Assistant
Mrs Angela Jacobs Teaching Assistant / Midday Assistant
Ms A McCormick Teaching Assistant
Mrs Sharon Silversword Teaching Assistant
Ms Margaret Maudling Teaching Assistant / Midday Assistant
Mrs Julie Abery Midday Assistant
Mrs Sarah Lait Midday Assistant
Mrs Laura Woodhurst Midday Assistant
Mrs Judy Bloice Midday Assistant
Miss Danni Murray Senior Midday Supervisor
Mr Tony Rothery Catering Manager
Miss Lisa Hinson Cleaner / Catering Assistant