Our mission as a school is to create opportunities and experiences that enable young people to achieve their full potential.
The aim of our school is to provide a rich and balanced education within a happy, caring and stimulating environment. We want our children to engage in varied activities, to develop lively inquiring minds and to develop awareness of different beliefs and values. We want them to work in ways which enhance self respect and confidence and to take responsibility for themselves and their actions.
“The warm, positive relationships that teachers form with their pupils, and the pupils with each other, underpin the good learning that takes place in this school.”
“The behavior of pupils is outstanding.”
“Children’s health, safety and well-being are a high priority.”
For parents, the aim of our school is to lay the foundations of partnership working. We want to help parents take an active share in the life of the school and in their child’s education. We aim to provide a welcoming atmosphere in which parents may discuss the progress of their children.
The Governing Body of Stanley Primary aims to provide constructive advice and support to the Headteacher, staff and pupils in pursuit of their aims and to provide a forum for fair debate. The Governors will also aim to enable each child to receive the best education available to them and contribute to the life of the school.
Stanley Primary caters for 630 children between the ages of 4 and 11 years. The school’s current admission number is 90 children and each of the seven year groups are organised into three mixed ability classes. The Infant Department of the school caters for children in Reception to Year two and the Junior Department for Year’s three to six. Children’s education is also split into three key stages: Foundation (Nursery & Reception); Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6).
The school is situated in extensive grounds which include three playgrounds, large fields, woodland areas and enclosed gardens. In addition, the Reception children have use of an outdoor foundation play area. The school has a floodlit MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) which is used for school activities (both during and after school).
We have two large school halls, one in Infants and one in Juniors. These are used daily for PE and collective worship. At various intervals in your child’s life at Stanley they will also be a part of a year group performance which is performed on the school hall stages.
Our own kitchen provides cooked healthy meals with a variety of choices, or children can choose to bring a packed lunch.
All classrooms are well equipped with computers and interactive whiteboards.
We have an ICT suite and a mobile ICT unit.
We have two libraries offering an extensive choice of fiction and non-fiction books for children to borrow.
All teachers are entitled to Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time away from their class for one afternoon or morning a week. The school uses its own teachers to cover this time and in years 1 to 6 this will be provided by our own specialist teachers in music, PE and foreign languages.
Pastoral Care. There is additional support in school for pupils whose learning/attendance is affected by social, emotional or behavioural difficulties.
School may also be able to ‘signpost’ families to other agencies who can offer further help and advice.
Discipline and Rewards. All pupils are expected to co-operate fully with staff and observe behaviour guidelines. We employ a number of positive reward systems such as weekly “Superstar” awards for individuals and merit badges for Key Stage 2 pupils. To encourage teamwork pupils in the Junior Department are given house points for their work and house captains are appointed, along with prefects in Year 6.
From time to time, some behaviour does fall below that which is expected and school has a structured series of sanctions for this. As parents you will be kept fully informed and your support would be appreciated.
School Offices. Both the Infant Department and Junior Department offices are open from 8.45am to 4.00pm term time only. The office staff can cater for absence reporting and general enquiries.
- Doors open at 8.50 am – direct access to class
- Registration 9.00
- Lunch 11.50 – 1.00
- End of day 3.15
Children have natural breaks and outdoor play throughout the day.
Years 1 and 2 (Key stage 1)
- Doors open 8.50
- Registration 9.00
- Break 10.45 – 11.00
- Lunch 12.00 – 1.00
- Registration 1.00
- Break 2.15 – 2.25
- Assembly – 3.00
- End of day 3.15
Years 3 to 6 (Key stage 2)
- Doors open 8.50
- Registration 9.00
- Morning break 15 minutes
- Lunch 12.00 – 1.00
- Registration 1.00
- Assembly 3.00
- End of day 3.15
Before, After school & Holiday Care. The school enjoys a close relationship with Stanley Scamps O.S.C. based in Marton United Reformed Church, who offer breakfast and after school clubs, along with holiday clubs.
For more details contact Rachel Tax on 07900 493065.
Breaks. All children are provided with a free piece of fruit or veg daily and a free carton of milk daily through the Blackpool Council Breakfast Scheme. In addition to this, children have access to water fountains or can bring their own sports-style bottle of water into school.
Lunch. Children can choose a school meal or a packed lunch. As we are encouraging healthy eating we ask that packed lunches reflect this with no chocolate or fizzy drinks. Glass bottles are not permitted. If you choose a school meal, payment is required one school week in advance through the Parent Pay system.
Badged items (sweatshirts, cardigans, PE t-shirts) are available to purchase at local uniform shops.
- Purple school sweatshirt/cardigan
- White shirt/blouse/polo shirt
- School tie
- Grey or black trousers/shorts/skirt/pinafore
- Purple and white summer dress for girls in the summer term (optional)
- Sensible dark shoes or sandals. No trainers
- Coat or jacket suitable for all weather conditions
Reception children use the outdoor play area as part of their learning environment in all weathers. Some waterproof clothing can be provided but it is advisable to provide your child with wellington boots and appropriate outer wear.
- White T-shirt
- Blue or black shorts/skirt
- Black pumps
- Blue or black tracksuit for colder weather
PE kit should be kept in a bag which is clearly named and can be hung on a peg.
In Years 4 and 5, children participate in swimming lessons at Palatine Leisure Centre. Swimming kit will need to be provided and full details will be issued.
For safety reasons, jewellery should not be worn in school apart from stud earrings and watches. Stud earrings will need to be removed for PE lessons and swimming, and children should aim to be confident in doing this themselves.
Make Up: Make up must not be worn to school.
Children are responsible for the security of their possessions. Please name all items of clothing. Children’s personal property should not be brought into school. If you wish your Junior child to have a mobile phone for the journey to and from school, this must be left in the Junior Office while in school. School cannot take responsibility for any losses. A lost property box is kept in school and unclaimed items cleared regularly.
The Headteacher and all staff are responsible for the well-being of the children whilst they are in school.
Seeing your child’s teacher:
For security reasons, access to school can only be made via the offices. Parents who have any concerns about their child should contact the school to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet the teacher.
The roads outside the school are extremely busy during dropping off and picking up times. We respectfully ask that parents park considerately and do not park on the double yellow lines outside school. Parking is NOT available within school for parents.
Wardens (lollipop lady or man) are situated outside school and children should be encouraged to use these.
Children may ride to school on a cycle and bring a bike lock to secure it with. Helmets should also be worn. Parents must ensure that cycles are well maintained and road-worthy and that their child is able to ride safely to school.
If a child has a medical problem, we ask that parents provide details for us to note and update us with any changes.
If your child becomes unwell in school, we have no facility to cater for them so parents/carers will be requested to collect them. We may at our discretion allow children to stay indoors during breaks and lunches.
Arrangements for prescribed medicines within school will need to be discussed and parents are requested to contact the offices to complete a consent form. All medicines, other than inhalers, must be left at the Office.
Children with asthma should have inhalers with them and will have access to them at all times.
In case of emergency, school requires at least two current contact numbers. Changes should be brought to our attention immediately. The school operates a text messaging service to keep parents updated, so a current mobile number is required.
If your child suffers sickness/diahorrea, we ask that they are clear of any symptoms for 48 hours before returning to school.
Leave of absence will only be awarded in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Headteacher. Family holidays in term time will not be authorised. A Leave of Absence Form should be completed in advance of all absences.
If your child is absent due to illness please call the school at the earliest opportunity and send a note into school upon their return. If it is a planned absence e.g. dentist/doctor appointment, a note in advance would be appreciated and evidence of any appointments will need to be provided. Unauthorised absence of more than 10 sessions in one half-term, or 14 sessions over two consecutive half-terms, may result in a penalty notice being issued by the Local Authority.
For security reasons all school doors are closed at 9am. Children arriving after this time must be signed in at the offices. Registration takes place at 9am and children who arrive after this time, but before 9.30am, will be marked late. School is actively encouraging good attendance at present by rewarding children regularly who have achieved this. Along with individual rewards there are weekly rewards for the whole class with the best attendance.
The school is required, as part of its duties and responsibilities under child protection procedures, to report any concerns regarding a child to Social Services. If children have not been collected by 3.45 pm and no prior arrangements have been made, the school will arrange for Pupil Welfare Services to make provision for the child. The child protection policy is held in school and available to see upon request.
Parental Involvement: The Staff and Governors of Stanley Primary strongly believe that, through mutual co-operation, your child can benefit from an excellent education. We appreciate your assistance with such things as homework, discussion of current topics at home, supplying items if requested (e.g. dressing up clothes) and reading with your child regularly.
Parents and carers are invited into school on various occasions to watch year group productions, award ceremonies, recitals and class assemblies in KS2.
We welcome any voluntary help during the school day for which DBS clearance will be required. Please note, we have a policy to place adult helpers in a class other than their child’s.
Reports: A written report outlining your child’s academic standards as well as the progress they have made during the year is sent home with the children at the end of the summer term.
Open evenings: We hold individual consultation evenings twice throughout the year.
From time to time we may also host workshops where parents can come along and learn the new methods used to teach such things as maths.
Newsletters: School newsletters are published weekly on the school website, along with year group termly newsletters. Hard copies are available at the school offices. Text messages are sent out as and when required with quick items of news.
PTA: The school has a Parent Teacher Association made up of volunteers and all parents are invited to join. They actively participate in fundraising for the school through Summer and Christmas Fairs, Bingo nights and raffles amongst other things. All funds raised directly benefit all pupils. One of the PTA’s gifts is a book bag given to all new Reception children. Look out for meeting dates on the school newsletters and come along. Or please contact the offices or email the PTA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year group in KS1 and KS2 studies the National Curriculum subjects plus religious education at a level suited to the learner. At the beginning of each full term, each year group aims to send out a newsletter highlighting which areas of the curriculum are to be studied.
In Reception children are provided with stimulating activities for the curriculum. The activities may be teacher or child initiated and involve working in the classroom and the outdoor foundation play area.
We are also very proud of the fact that our Year 1 to Year 6 children study a modern foreign language with a specialist teacher, currently Spanish.
Religious Education and Assembly: This is a compulsory subject in this country. Our teaching is broadly, but not wholly, Christian. An act of collective worship takes place daily in assembly. Different themes are explored and classes take turns to present an assembly at least once a year. If parents wish to withdraw their child from religious education and assemblies, this should be put in writing to the Headteacher.
Health and Sex Education: These lessons take place throughout the school and are adapted to suit each age group. The lessons offer a wide interpretation of health, encompassing not only hygiene, physical health, development and sex education, but also many emotional, social and environment facets of human life. In Year 6 a structured programme of sex education is delivered by the School Nurse.
Visits and Visitors: Many opportunities arise to invite visitors into school to enhance our curriculum; examples being emergency services, religious leaders from various religions and staff from overseas schools.
Children are also given the opportunity to go on class or year group trips. On some occasions it may be necessary to incur a cost to parents for these trips. Examples of trips taken last year include the Lake District, Lancaster and the Zoo. In addition, Year 6 children have the opportunity to go on a residential visit to Coniston.
Children are regularly monitored on their progress within the curriculum and take tests, the results of which are made available to parents. Children in year 6 take the National SATS papers.
Stanley Primary has an extensive programme of activities out of school hours, some being at lunchtimes and some after school. The activities are very varied and are aimed at different year groups. The out of school sports provision was highlighted as “excellent” in our recent Ofsted inspection. We currently make a small half-termly charge for each club, paid through Parent Pay.
At Stanley Primary School we aim to meet the special needs of all children in the most appropriate way for the individual child. This work is co-ordinated by the Special Needs Co-ordinator who helps to plan to meet the needs of pupils.
There are purpose built ramps and toilet facilities to allow physically disabled pupils access to most areas of school and to cope in a mainstream school.
In school, we are able to offer some support for children who have a special need, in particular, in acquiring the basic skills. This may be given by a member of the special needs team, in a small group or by the class teacher, using a bank of carefully selected resources.
In addition to the in-house resources, we have access to a number of support agencies, both medical and educational.
As part of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice, those children who have been formally assessed and given an Education, Health and Care Plan may receive additional resources/support.
A designated teacher gives advice and support for the teaching of more able children and we can seek advice and support from advisors.
Definitions of Disability and special educational needs
Pupils falling within the definition of disability will have a range of needs, including mobility impairment, sensory impairment, learning disabilities, mental health conditions, epilepsy, AIDS, asthma and progressive/degenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
Children have a special educational need if they:
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age
- Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the LEA
- Are under compulsory school age and fall within the above definitions or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them.
Pupils with a disability must not automatically be considered to have a special educational need.
Further details can be found on our SEND policy on the school website.
- All classrooms, excluding booster room, are on ground level. The present location of the classrooms makes them accessible from within the school and no action is required to make classrooms more accessible. The two main entrances into school have a ramp and double doors where disabled access is required.
- There are pupil and staff toilets which are accessible on the ground floor.
- A disabled toilet is accessible in the Junior Department.
- Accessible displays – displays generally appropriate for height of children.
- Accessible storage and children’s equipment.
- Work planned well enough in advance to cater for visually impaired pupils as necessary.
Governing Body’s Duties
The Governors of Stanley Primary School will review and amend the SEN policy and accessibility plan regularly or as required.