Transition Booklets - 2017/2018
Danemill Primary Curriculum Statement
Our curriculum has been developed to reate children who:
- Are inspired learners.
- Are good citizens.
- Are independent thinkers.
- Have enquiring minds.
- Are great friends.
This is the philosophy of how we want to work and learn. These aims underpin all of the learning that takes place in our school.
As a whole school, we provide a creative curriculum based around the "Cornerstones Curriculum".
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
For more information please visit Cornerstones Education.
How it Works?
Children will progress through four distinct stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
At the "Engage" stage, children:
- Gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school.
- Enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences.
- Get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme.
- Begin researching and setting enquiry questions.
- Get lots of opportunities to make observations.
- Develop spoken language skills.
- Take part in sensory activities.
- Have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.
At the "Develop" stage, children:
- Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic.
- Develop and practice their new skills.
- Compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum.
- Research their own questions and those set by others.
- Follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests.
- Complete homework activities that support their learning.
At the "Innovate" stage, children:
- apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.
- solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt.
- get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities.
- revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.
At the "Express" stage, children:
- become the performers, experts and informers.
- share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community.
- evaluate finished products and processes.
- link what they have learnt to where they started.
- celebrate their achievements.
For a more detailed look at our current school curriculum, please download our Curriculum Map.
First Time Admissions
In Leicestershire, primary and infant schools offer a school place for a child of four years of age from the autumn term following their fourth birthday. However, statutory school age is from the first term after your child’s fifth birthday.
This means that:
- A child turning 5 in the Autumn term must start school no later than from the start of the Spring term.
- A child turning 5 in the Spring term must start school no later than from the start of the Summer term.
- A child turning 5 in the Summer term must start school no later than the following Autumn term.
Making a First Time Admission Application
An application for a First Time Admission place in a primary school must be made to the Local Authority where you live, e.g. if you live within Leicestershire, you must complete their application form for primary school places. Visit the Leicestershire County Council Website to apply online or download the application form.
Applications must be made by January 2017 for a school place when your child is due to start school for the first time in 2017 or moving from infant to junior school in 2017.
If you fail to name your catchment area school as one of your preferences a place will not automatically be offered at that school if all your other preferences are unsuccessful. This is because by then your catchment school may have been filled.
You can also contact the catchment school direct and speak to someone there who could give you further information about First Time Admissions.
Applying online is by far the easiest way to make an application and has many benefits. It is safe and secure and you get an email confirming your submittal. You can submit your online application here. This communication is also used to inform you of your actual school place which is sent on 18th April 2017 (TBC). Applications made by post have confirmation sent back in the post on the 18th April 2017 (TBC) and can take up to 5 working days to receive.
It is important to complete the application form (either online or in paper form) with as much information as you can. Places are allocated using “Priority Criteria”. If there are too many requests, and schools Admission Numbers (AN) are exceeded priority will be given to children in the appropriate age-range, whose parents applied on time, in the following order:
|1st||Children who are in public care and those children who were previously looked after children. (See note ii).|
|2nd||Pupils who live in the catchment area. (See note iii).|
|3rd||Pupils who will have an older brother or sister attending the same school at the same time. (See notes iv and v).|
|4th||Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested. (Professional documentation confirming the situation must be submitted with the application). (See note vi).|
|5th||Pupils who will have attended a feeder school for at least two years before the time of transfer. (See note vii).|
|6th||Pupils starting at an infant school with a sibling attending at the same time in the linked junior school. (See note iv).
Pupils transferring to high school who will have an older brother or sister attending the linked Upper school at the same time. (See note iv).
|7th||Pupils basing their application on religious belief. (See note viii).|
|8th||Pupils living nearest to the school measured in a straight line distance (home to school front gate). (See note ix).|
i. Combinations of the above criteria are used where appropriate, in priority order.
ii. Children in care of a Local Authority and those children who were previously looked after children, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order) are considered under this criterion. In such circumstances a letter from the last Local Authority in which the child was in the care of will be required.
iii. The child’s place of residence is taken to be the parental home. Living in the catchment area does not guarantee you a place at your catchment school.
iv. The term “brother or sister” includes half brother or sister or legally adopted child being regarded as the brother or sister.
v. Regarding brothers or sisters who will be of sixth form age, these are counted as brother/ sister connections for criteria 3 or 6 above.
vi. If criterion 4 is used, professional supporting documentation from the Lead Professional must be supplied and must be submitted with the application. The following list are the areas that are considered exceptional:
- Crown Servants
- Children in the care of an LA
- Children subject to Child Protection Plans
- Hard to Place children – who fall under the Fair Access Protocol
- Parents suffering domestic violence. (This is dependent on documentary evidence by a Lead Professional)
- A child for whom transfer to the catchment area school would involve attending a different school until he/she is the right age for transfer. (This is dependent on the child having attended the present school for at least a year)
Each case will be assessed on its individual merits.
vii. For criterion 5 above, the child must have been enrolled at the feeder school on or before the start date of the autumn term two years before transfer.
viii. For criterion 7 above, a letter of support from your Minister or Religious Leader will be required explaining how the school caters for your faith.We always like to hear from parents who wish for their FTA child to attend our school. Although we cannot guarantee you a place at our school (this is done by the Local Authority) we can support you every step of the way and involve you as much as possible in the transition period.
We hold Open Day and evening events at school each year, some just for parents and some with your children, and once you have been confirmed a place (usually April/May), we work closely with the pre schools, playgroups and nurseries in the local area to learn more about your child to enable them to get the best start possible to our school.
What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantage pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”
Source – DfE website
Pupil Premium at Danemill Primary School
At Danemill Primary School, we have aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We encourage all children with our school motto, ‘Only the best is good enough’. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure.
We are determined to ensure that our children are given ever chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.
Pupil Premium Spending
Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching have started to have a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief.
Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the school aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.
Increasing Parental Engagement is a focus at the school. A range of learning opportunities have been provided to help parents develop their own skills in English and Maths – to make them better equipped at supporting their children at home.
Information to be published to parents
In place of the current requirements regarding information about pupil premium expenditure, schools are now required to publish their ‘Pupil Premium Strategy’. This should include:
1. The current academic year: (2017-18)
- how the pupil premium allocation was spent
- the impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils
2. The current academic year: (2017-18)
- the amount of the school’s allocation of pupil premium grant
- details of the main barriers to educational achievement
- how the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken
- how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium
- the date of the next pupil premium strategy review
How will the school measure the impact of the premium
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. At Danemill Primary, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Review meeting will take place at each milestone and will include a Deputy Headteacher, teachers, LSAs and SENDCos. At each milestone, the school will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be specifically allocated over the next phase. When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.
Designated staff member in charge: Mrs J Hickinbottom (Deputy Headteacher)
Pupil Premium Interventions Lead: Mrs L Higham
In the 2017 – 2018 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
1,320 for pupils in EYFS to Year 6
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- An adoptionpll
- A special guardianship order
- A child arrangements order
- A residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1, 900 rate. Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1, 900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.
Eligibility for Free-School Meals
A parent may wish to check their child’s eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from KS2). You can find the application form here
Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools
For more information about free meals in Leicestershire, please contact School Food Support Service on 0116 3055770.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to the Deputy Headteacher.
If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don’t want your child to eat the school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form. Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.