Hethersett VC Primary School FAQs
I want my child to attend this school, how can I apply for a place?
If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.
School admission policy: 2018/19 (Agreed)
If there are more applications for places than there are places available, we will give preference to children living nearest to the school, according to the following rules in this order of priority:
If all children within any of the above rules cannot be offered a place, the highest priority will be given to children living nearest to the school within that rule. To determine who lives nearest, distance will be measured on a straight line 'crow fly' basis, using Ordnance Survey data. The address will be measured from the post office address point on the property.
In the unlikely event that distance does not separate the final two or more pupils seeking the last remaining place, a random allocation will be used to determine who is offered the final place.
Contact Norfolk Admissions on https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools/school-admissions 0r 0344 800 8020
The school is becoming a primary, how will that effect me?
Norfolk County Council is planning for 2 primary schools to serve local families in Hethersett. This will result in an additional 30 places in each year group but this requires building works, remodelling of schools together with viable pupil numbers for both schools.
The transition arrangements for this will commence in September 2019, at this point both the infant and junior schools will grow year on year with an additional year group. In September 2019, Woodside Infant will have a year 3 group and each of the following years extend the age range further until 2022 when the school will provide all primary years (Reception to Year 6). In September 2019, the junior school will offer Reception places and each of the following years extend the age range until 2021 when the school will provide all primary years (Reception to Year 6).
During the transition period, families with children in Year 2 will be invited to apply to transfer to Year 3 at the former junior school or apply to remain at the former infant school. Children who will be starting in Reception this September, will be last cohort to be invited to make application for the Year 3 transfer when they are in Year 2.
What are the school hours?
Arrival at School
The school gates are opened at 8.30 am and children are allowed to come into school at any time after that. After arriving, the children should occupy themselves quietly or play on the playground until 8.40 am, when the bell for the start of school rings. Please support us by ensuring that children arrive promptly, ready to start school at 8.50 am.
Children who wish to have a school lunch (either paid for or free) should order their meal during Registration, at the start of the morning. [See Food at School below]
The first session of the day lasts until 10.25am, when there is Break until 10.40 am. The second session lasts until 12.15 pm, when the children eat their lunch and enjoy playtime. The afternoon session starts at 1.15 pm.
The day ends at 3.15 pm, when the children will be accompanied by school staff to the playground at the front of the school. We strongly recommend that parents/carers of children in Years 3 and 4 should collect them personally, or arrange for their children to be met by another responsible person. Please inform the school office or discuss with your child’s class teacher if you prefer to make an alternative arrangement.
What are the food options at school?
Snacks at Break
It is a long time between breakfast and lunch and so we encourage you to send your child with a snack to eat at Break. However, we also know that for some children what they eat can have a big impact on their concentration afterwards and so we insist that all snacks are healthy: no chocolate, crisps, cakes, biscuits or sweets, please.
Children can choose between bringing a packed lunch or having a school dinner at lunchtime. A range of healthy nutritious meals is available for those who choose a school meal, all freshly-cooked on site. School meals currently cost £2.30 for those who pay. Free school meal application forms for those who qualify are available from the school office. Children wishing to have a school meal should order it during Registration, at the start of the school day.
Our brains work best when we have had enough to drink. We encourage all children to bring a bottle to school so that they can drink water at any time during the day. Please make sure that your child’s bottle is labelled with their name and has a sports top, and make sure they take it home for washing in the evening. There is plenty of opportunity for them to fill their bottle during the day but it is very helpful if it is full when they arrive.
What is the curriculum like?
Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our children. We have filled it with enrichment opportunities and positive experiences. Each topic will start with a Launch Event: a trip, a visitor or an activity. At the end of each topic there will be a Landing Event: an exhibition, a parental carousel (a parental carousel is an opportunity for parents’ and carers to work together on shared activities) or a special assembly.
We work hard to provide the children with enjoyable lessons, which help them to learn and give them opportunities to succeed, whatever their ability.
The children are taught for the most part in mixed-ability classes, led by their class teacher. Where possible lessons are taught in a cross-curricular format, in which they learn aspects of more than one subject in each lesson. For example, if the children were learning about the Victorians, they might write stories set in the Victorian Period (English), or make Victorian toys (Design and Technology: DT).
At the heart of the curriculum at Hethersett VC Junior School is teaching and learning in English and Maths. Wherever possible these vital subjects are timetabled to take place in the morning and are delivered by class teachers. We try to bring in a cross-curricular approach where possible so that the children are able to apply the skills that they have acquired to a wider variety of tasks. The rest of the day is used to broaden children’s knowledge through the teaching of foundation subjects (including: Computing, Science, History, Geography, Music and Art), usually based on a whole class topic. Not all subjects will necessarily form part of the topic or happen every week
One of the key parts of the PSHE curriculum relates to Relationship and Sex Education. The school has a programme for this, appropriate to the age of the children. Parents are welcome to view the materials used and have the right to withdraw their child from Sex and Relationship Education, should they wish to.
My child has SEN, how can the school support my child?
There are lots of reasons why some children experience difficulties with their learning during their time at school. Sometimes it is for a short period of time and for others it is more long-term. If a child is having difficulties they will be placed on the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities register, which is for our information as a school. They may also be given an Pupil Passport, which clearly sets out what their targets are, how they will achieve them and who will help them. These are reviewed every half term. Progress is assessed with the child and shared with parents so that we can all work together to support them.
Children who are on the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities register will also be on our school provision map. This will show what additional support they are getting and how often. The majority of additional support will take place in the classroom in groups, on the whole, or individually, targeting a specific aspect of need. However, it may also be appropriate to arrange individual or small group withdrawal from the classroom for a while.
The school building has been adapted with ramps so that children and adults in wheelchairs can have access to all areas. We also have toilet and washing facilities for the use of the disabled.
If we have supported your child within school and they continue to experience difficulties, then we may need to refer to an outside agency for advice. This will be fully discussed with you first and your permission sought before any referral takes place. You will be updated by the specialist involved, in person, but if that is not possible then Mrs Burgess, our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo), is available to discuss any reports and progress, or other issues that have arisen.
The school has a swimming pool, how often will my child swim?
We are very fortunate to have our own swimming pool at the school. Children in all years are timetabled on a rota basis to use the pool on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons throughout the year, between 1.35 and 3.00 pm. Year 6 is timetabled to use the pool on Wednesday and Thursday mornings in the Summer Term.
The following guidelines apply for swimming lessons:
What is the school uniform and where can I buy it from?
School uniform is important to us. As well as helping to ensure that all of the children are well presented for school, it also is a great leveller and takes away any element of competition about who has the best or the right clothes, which can often occur if uniform is not worn and can lead to unpleasant bullying. We want all of the children to take pride in all they do, which includes their uniform.
The uniform comprises a blue polo shirt, blue jumper and grey/black trousers, skirt or shorts. In the summer girls can wear blue gingham school dresses with black footwear. We insist that the footwear is black; if not, teachers have to spend a great deal of time deciding what is allowed and what is not. Keeping uniform simple is clear for everyone and ensures that staff can concentrate on teaching and not talking about what is allowed or not.
For PE, the children should have a House t-shirt, blue/black shorts and plimsolls or trainers. A track-suit, or similar, and trainers are useful in colder weather.
School uniform can be purchased from Stevensons School Uniform Outfitters, 67 Ber Street, Norwich, NR1 3AD.