All children remain the responsibility of their parents/ carers until they are handed over to the staff of Ash Grange School during opening hours. Children must be collected promptly at the end of a session/day by a known responsible adult. Parents need to collect children at the correct times, if they fail to do so the child will be put into after school care which may be charged for.
On departure all children must be handed to their parents/ carers by a member of staff. Parents of children in Yea 6 may give written permission for their child to walk home on their own. Once they have left the staff presence they are the responsibility of the parents. If staff consider that an adult collecting a child is unfit to care for that child, they will not release the child to the adult’s care. This will be explained to the collector and an alternative will be sought from the next of kin list. On registration at the School, parents/ carers are expected to provide a list of people who will be responsible for collecting a child. Anybody who is going to be responsible for picking a child up must be introduced to staff beforehand. In cases where this is not possible, parents will be asked to record a password that can be used by the person picking up.
All visitors must sign in using the school system supplying their name, person visiting, their contact telephone number, car registration and their DBS number. They must read and agree to the safeguarding statement so that they understand their duties whilst at the school. Visitors are then given a badge to wear during their visit. Visitors will be given a green lanyard badge if they have a current DBS or a red lanyard badge if they need to be accompanied around the building by a member of staff. Regular volunteers must sign in using the school system
Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning, it is used to identify strengths and next steps so staff are able to create learning opportunities that ensure each child reaches their individual potential. Informal and formal assessments are carried out towards the end of every term, parents are informed about their child’s progress and achievement through the termly report which is shared at parent/teacher meetings. Formal government assessments are undertaken in Reception, Year 1, 2 and 6; see the calendar for details of when this happens.
Biting is not tolerated at Ash Grange Primary School. If a biting incident takes place staff have a duty to inform both the parents/ carers of the child who has been bitten and the child who has bitten. Children are supported to realise the hurt and damage this can causes and educated to change their behaviour in partnership with families. Any bites where the skin is broken parents will be informed and advised to seek immediate medical attention.
We are changing our school policy in relation to birthday treats coming into school, from Monday 20th September 2021, this will no longer be permitted. The reason for this change is the concern we have had for a while regarding:
We always celebrate children's birthdays in school with a certificate, rubber prize and the decoration of the child's table at lunchtime; we will leave further celebrations to home.
Children work towards certificates (in reading, writing, maths, computing, times tables and swimming), which track progress and show next steps. If a child achieves a certificate, it is given in a celebration assembly and a copy is sent home for parents to know what their child has achieved and how you can help them at home to achieve the next one. Every time a children achieves a certificate they receive a prize and add a subject icon to their star point in the entrance to the school, so keep an eye on how well your child is doing
Each class has an elected local charity that they learn about and fundraise for at different times in the school year. See the website for more details.
Safeguarding children is paramount and is the basis for all policy and practice. The school staff are trained to support children’s development and follow the government guidelines on child protection. All staff, visitors and regular volunteers are subject to child protection checks with the police and local authority.
Our Designated Child Protection Liaison Officers (DCPLOs) are:
"If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to the CPLO as soon as possible the same day. Do not conduct your own investigation. If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to the CPLO (Headteacher) in confidence, who will manage the matter according to policy guidelines. If it concerns the Headteacher, report it to the Chair of Governors, who will then manage the matter according to policy guidelines. If anyone suspects a person in the community of potential or actual harm to children, they must inform the Local Education Authority Children’s services.”
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents first unless we have reason to believe that such a move could endanger the child’s welfare. If you are visiting the class, please sign in at the office. You will be given information on guidelines and practice and asked to wear a visitor’s badge. If you are assisting on a trip please complete a next of kin emergency form.
Decorating the Christmas Tree Assembly – this is the first event to welcome the Christmas season. All of the children from the Nursery to Year 6 hang decorations on the main tree in the hall, whilst Christmas songs, stories and poems are presented. Parents are welcome to see the finished tree after school.
Christmas Lunch – a special lunch for the whole school, the children sit in class groups in the specially decorated hall and enjoy a typical traditional Christmas Day menu. The office team send out order forms beforehand so that every child can have a special Christmas meal if they would like to.
Nursery 1/Nursery 2 Classes Sing Along - Parents are invited to come and join a sing along of nursery rhymes and Christmas songs in the classroom. There is one Sing Along per class and children (and their parents) who do not normally attend at that time are welcome to come in earlier on the day to enjoy the festivities.
Nativity Performances - Reception to Year 2 perform the full nativity story for parents to watch in the school hall, one in a morning and one in an afternoon to be able to accommodate all the visitors.
Carols by Candlelight – a special service when the festival of Christmas is celebrated at St Peter’s Church. The children sing a selection of carols and traditional songs. All parents are encouraged and welcome to attend.
Christmas Jumper Day - We all wear Christmas jumpers of clothes to school on this day. In the final week of the term the children are permitted to wear extra accessories to school, including socks, tights, hair bands, nail varnish or Christmas jumpers.
Each class has a parent representative who sits on the Parent Council. Their role is to raise class issues and work with the Council to find solutions, gather ideas and bring about overall school improvement. The Class Rep is the link between the parents of the class and will share news of events and galvanise support for events and trips. Mrs Curtis directly invites parents on to the Council and chairs each half-termly meeting.
All maintained schools in England must provide a daily act of collective worship. Each day the children experience a daily act of collective worship (in their own class or together in the hall). This is an opportunity to develop the children’s sense of self, others and spirituality. The basis of this is Christian but it also takes on board knowledge of world faiths, folklore and atheistic views, especially festivals, celebrations and the roles and responsibilities of citizens. It is hoped that no parent will feel it necessary to exercise their right to withdraw their child from these communal times of learning. If this is requested through a written application, children go to an alternative classroom with a different learning activity. Please contact the Headteacher if you wish to make alternative arrangements. Class assemblies are performed on a rota with each class leading assembly termly (YR have one per year). Parents are welcome to attend these assemblies and must be seated by 9.00am, to allow for a prompt start so that all can enjoy the assembly. You are welcome to bring younger siblings who will be able to enjoy and let the performing children be heard.
At Ash Grange Nursery 1, it is important for children to settle well and be happy whilst in our care. During the initial home visit, we will discuss the use of a dummy in school, as part of a child’s settling process to support a smooth transition between home and school. Once the child has settled, their dummy will be used to comfort when upset if other distractions are unsuccessful. If the child sleeps as part of their daily routine, then a dummy may be given in line with home practice. When not being used a child’s dummy will be kept in their own dummy box out of child’s reach and labelled with their photograph and name. After use and if dropped a dummy will be cleaned and stored/given back to the child. It is important for parents to understand that the constant use of dummies can have a huge negative effect on children’s speech and language development.
Year 4 prepare a retelling of the Christian Easter story for the school. The event takes place at Holy Angels Church, all parents are welcome to attend.
First aid equipment is kept throughout the school and all staff are trained in First Aid Procedures. It is crucial that the office team is informed of up to date home and/or work telephone numbers, or alternative methods for contacting you should the occasion arise (confidentiality with respect to ex-directory numbers will always be maintained). If your child becomes sick or unwell we do our best to contact you immediately. In the event of head bump parents are always called to alert them to possible internal injury or shock and to discuss whether there is a need for the child to come home or have additional medical attention. In the event of an accident we will contact the emergency services and next of kin. If an injury has required medical treatment, beyond a wash and check, then parents are informed through the Medical Tracker electronic communication system.
At Ash Grange we recognise the uniqueness of every child based on their skills, attitudes, needs and life experiences. We value our rich multi-cultural school and we embrace the opportunities that this provides for all our children. We recognise that not all children arrive at school fluent in English and aware of all the different cultural aspects of British life. Our role is to develop children’s knowledge and skills so that they 9 (EAL) can communicate well and live in harmony with one another. PRACTICE - Liaison with Parents/Carers
Upon entry to school, all parents/carers are invited to discuss their child’s prior education to provide an accurate profile of their child If necessary, a translator will be sought Class teachers will liaise with the parents/carers of newly arrived children with EAL to ascertain prior experience of English and first language competence. Newsletter and other written materials will take account of whether the family understand communications in English Parents/carers are informed through progress report meetings and informal meetings of progress and any issues of concern. Parents/carers will be supported through workshops, 1:1 meeting, reading materials and coffee mornings.
The teacher will monitor the child’s language competence in English through involvement in ordinary lessons. SLT members will support staff to identify resources and strategies to help the learner. If required, we will make a referral to the EAL support service if a fuller assessment or translations are needed. Work will be differentiated appropriately. Support will be given to enable the child to reach their potential.
If you have a valuable comment to make about the school life or organisation please write it, name it and hand it in to the office; if it is confidential request an envelope for the communication. If you wish to discuss any matters complete a Contact Request form online or book at appointment through the office or in person.
A celebration to express our care and share with the community. Year 3 prepare and perform a special assembly and invite their parents to a tea party which they have prepared and cooked. The whole school brings in items for shoeboxes that the children create and send to those less fortunate in the world.
Thankfully most bangs to the head are harmless and can be dealt with by a supervising adult by applying a cold compress (wet tissue or cloth)/cold pack for the child’s own comfort. Under no circumstances should ice packs be applied to head bumps. All head bumps are recorded on Medical Tracker and Parent/Carers are also informed by telephone.
As with many other social situations where children play closely together, it is likely in school for head lice to transfer from child to child. Remember, head lice actually prefer clean hair, so the possibility of infection is absolutely no reflection on a family’s standard of hygiene. If your child is seen to have head lice the school will expect them to be collected and the infection treated before returning to school. If you require any advice or support please ask the office.
Nursery 1 and Nursery 2 children leave through their play area; parents wait by their respective classes. Reception, Year 1 and 2 children leave their class at 3.15pm. Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to 6 Children) leave their class at 3.20pm, as this creates a small gap for parents to collect from different locations and to reduce the congestion at exit points. It is very important that parents let their child and Classteacher know if there are any changes to the arrangements for going home. Any unfamiliar collector needs to be introduced to the class teams, if this is not possible then the adult collecting will need to state the safe word that the parents have informed to the class teams of prior to the collection. Children in Year 6 can walk home independently if written permission is given by parents. For health and safety reasons all younger children must be collected by an adult. Children are collected at the class exit doors and will remain with the teacher until the parent collects them
Every child and family is thoroughly inducted into Nursery and School at whatever stage they join. There are a number of ways we support the child and family:
Nursery Classes: Children have a few days of visiting with a parent, then short visits alone before embarking on full sessions alone; this is adjusted to the individual child’s needs.
For New to Reception Class children:
June Evening Meeting - an information event to ensure parents have all the information that is needed for their children starting school in September.
July Induction visits - A morning or afternoon visit to the class for the children and an induction workshop with the Head for new parents. The children are in groups of 6 and visit once over the induction weeks.
Staggered Start in September - Children and families attend a familiarisation visit to the classroom the day before starting. The children are staggered in over a few days, in the order of new to setting children first as they need time to adapt to the new environment.
For in-year transfers from other schools: Families meet with Mrs Curtis to discuss needs and requirements. A school tour is provided by the admin team. Children are inducted by the Classteacher with a programme of support and adjustment
Early Years Foundation Stage: Preschool, Nursery and Reception Class
Key Stage 1 = Year 1 and 2;
Key Stage 2 = Year 3 to 6
We want every child to reach their potential, developing skills, interests and passions. The foundation of learning is the ability to read, write and communicate well; this is the bedrock of all learning. We want children to leave primary school with the skills and knowledge in place so that they can be lifelong learners, able to choose the career they want and be full active and responsible citizens.
Nursery 1, Nursery 2 and Reception children are taught from the Early Years Foundation Stage, Years 1-6 are taught from the National Curriculum. The curriculum is taught in projects, which contain all the national curriculum subjects, to enable children to link subjects together and apply their learning to different situations.
All current school curriculum policies are available for parents to read online, if a paper copy is required please contact the admin team. We use a variety of teaching methods to enable children to become independent creative learners. Children are taught by teachers and learning assistants as a whole class, in groups and individually.
THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
This is a specialised curriculum for 0-5 year olds. Providing learning opportunities that will fully develop the individual child: intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and morally. The basis of the teaching is through child centred learning at children’s needs and challenge levels. Nursery and Reception Year children are taught the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Children will begin the Programmes of Study for the National Curriculum in the term after their fifth birthday or earlier if they have achieved the Foundation Stage levels. The Prime Areas of Learning and Development are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; and Physical Development. The Specific Areas of Learning and Development are: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design. Each child has a learning journey that is recorded and shared with parents over the year; parents are invited to record in it any milestones that their children make at home.
KEY STAGE 1 AND 2
Building upon the Foundation Stage, children then work according to the programmes of study specified in the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum subjects are: Art and Design; Computing; Design Technology; English; Foreign Language (French); Geography; History; Mathematics; Music; PE; Personal, Social and Health Education; Religious Education and Science.
Each child from Year R-6 has a locker for their belongings. Lunchboxes, kits, bags, coats, etc… are stored in them at the owner’s risk.
Full details are available on the School Lunches page.
This is a celebration app that we use for Reception to Year 6 parents to share your child’s marvellous achievements in the form of badges with you and family members (6 links available per family). Families are provided with a unique password which they set up once at parent.marvellousme.com
Staff are not permitted to administer medication to a child except in life-threatening circumstances.
If a child is so unwell that medication is required, then they must be kept at home until fit to return.
In exceptional circumstances parents can arrange for medicines to be taken under supervision by agreement of the Headteacher. Parents must provide written permission and instructions and deliver the medication in dosage containers. The child must be able to take their own medication in the school office under the supervision of a member of staff. If a child has a medical condition that may require emergency medication, parents must provide this medication which will be kept in the class medication bag with the class at all times. Medication is always taken on a trip.
Parents are responsible for ensuring the medicine is in date at all times.
Children are not permitted to have a mobile phone at school. If it is vital to their safety walking to or from school in Year 6, it must be brought to the office (turned off) at the start of the school day where it is kept until the end of the day (at the owner’s risk). Children bringing phones to school must write their mobile number on the individual phone storage bag provided which will be used for monitoring only.
Phones must be switched off (not silenced or muted) as children enter the school gate. If they are seen using their phone on school grounds it will be confiscated by Mrs Curtis for 24 hours and parents will be informed. Your child will also lose the privilege of bringing a phone to school in future.
Parents, volunteers/visitors must turn off their phone during their visit to the school.
Year 6 Councillors are elected by peers and staff to carry out a pastoral role with children. Each is assigned to a class and holds regular meetings to discuss class and school issues. They are expected to exemplify the highest standards of behaviour and to support the staff, children and visitors of the school. All children are encouraged to be responsible for one another and the environment; each class has monitors for these tasks. There are responsibilities for Gardeners, Vets, Fix-It team, Vets and Technology support; these positions are applied for, voted on by the whole school and change termly. This is an opportunity for the children to learn more about being a responsible citizen.
A non-uniform day when children can wear clothes of the theme or come in school uniform; this is often a way to raise money for different charities or to promote our PTA events.
Each week parents receive the Week Ahead email which contains important information about school events. Please ensure the office have a contact email address.
There are digital signage and noticeboards in the playground and at the office entrance to share any key messages and as a general information service.
This is a time when the school is open to visitors, prospective families and our current parents to see all the wonderful opportunities and experiences the children have at Ash Grange. Y6 run refreshments for visitors to enjoy.
If at any point you have a concern then please raise them with the Classteacher or Senior Staff member as soon as possible, do not wait until Parents’ Evening to raise the concern, the sooner it is sorted the better. If you want to book a meeting then please contact the school.
Usually, Children in Key Stage 2 can bring in a pencil case for use at school. Tippex is not allowed. Writing pens must be blue or black ink, please avoid biros as they have a tendency to leak. School awarded fountain pens are not permitted to go home so they are ready for the next lesson. However, please note that due to the risk assessment in place for Covid-19, no pencil cases are allowed in school from home.
Preschool and Nursery – Sing along in class to celebrate Christmas, for parents to attend.
Reception to Year 2 Nativity. All parents are welcome to attend
Year 3 – Harvest Tea Party, exclusively for Y3 parents
Year 4 – Easter Assembly. All parents are welcome to attend Holy Angels church for the performance.
Year 5 – Concert in the summer term, all parents are welcome to attend.
Year 6 – End of Year Show. All parents are welcome to attend.
The children are photographed as individuals and with school aged siblings in the Autumn term and in a whole class group in the Summer Term. Parents are shown a proof copy from which they decide if they want to buy their own copy.
Children are photographed for learning and promotion purposes, parents choose to sign this agreement for this each year.
Photographs are used to celebrate, support and assess learning; and promote the School. All photos are securely stored and shared in agreement with parents’ wishes and in ways that do not identify personal information about the child. Parents are permitted to photograph their child at events but if another child is in the image it cannot be shared without the expressed permission of the parent. Parental consent for children to be photographed or recorded is obtained when a child starts at Ash Grange. Parents/Carers may change their consent options at any time by completing a new form from the office. At the start of events/shows, the audience will be reminded about recorded images being used for personal use only. School staff take photographs as appropriate to record, support or celebrate work, activities and achievements. Photographs are taken on school ipads and stored at school laptops.
All school policies are agreed by the staff and governors and are available for parents to read online, if a paper copy is required please contact the school office.
The PTA is a parent and teacher association at Ash Grange and to which all parents are automatic members. They get together as a group to organise fundraising and social events. See the Facebook group and school calendar for dates and the PTA page more details.
Please see the separate policy on the Policies page
In the Autumn and Spring terms there is a brief report (Yr-6)/learning journey update (Nursery) for each child so parents are aware of their child’s progress, effort and achievement as compared with peers nationally. In the Summer Term there is a more detailed report exploring progress and achievements over the whole year and in comparison to their peers nationally. Year 1 phonics results, Year 2 and 6 SATS are published with the summer report.
Whilst children are in Year 3 or 4 they have an overnight stay event here at Ash Grange, where they enjoy activities, a special meal and lots of fun; and a little sleep!
Whilst children are in Year 5 or 6 they experience 3 days away to an outdoor centre, which provides curriculum experiences in many areas including Geography, Science and outdoor PE activities, with lots of fun. The children have one overnight stay and one residential opportunity in Key Stage 2.
Teeny Funzone (Nursery 1/2):
There is no set afternoon play, breaks are taken as classes require.
Every year we strive to improve the provision of Ash Grange to have the greatest impact we can on the pupils, parents, staff and community. Each year the school stakeholders review progress and attainment to identify actions to improve the provision for all children, our current targets (2020-2021) are:
These are the ones that we have achieved so far:
1. Mental Health National Award (2019-2022)
2. Rights, Respecting in Schools Award (Unicef) - Bronze (2019)
3. Anti-Bullying Charter Award - Gold (2018-19)
4. Surrey Healthy Schools - Gold - (2017-2020)
5. Guildford in Bloom - Gold (2018-19)
6. Green Flag - Silver (2018-2019)
7. Sports Games Mark - Bronze (2019)
8. LAMDA Performing Arts School - ongoing
9. Prince William Award - 2018-19, sadly the award has ceased from August 2019
In 2020-21 we would like to continue maintaining our gold awards and the LAMDHA award and work to achieve:
1. Eco Green Flag - Gold
2. Rights, Respecting in Schools Award (Unicef) - Silver
3. SEN Award
4. Young Carer Angel Award
5. Sports Games Mark - Silver
Governors monitor all aspects of the SDP as part of meetings, and on-going monitoring throughout the year.
Details can be found on the Staff List page including teacher email addresses.
Government assessments to identify children’s progress at the end of each key stage in Year 2 and Year 6, which is compared to all children nationally.
Year 2 the SATs are used as part of the Teacher’s assessment of the child.
Year 6 this is a formal invigilated process, involving tests in Reading, Writing and Maths with Teacher Assessments in Writing.
All children are prepared in age appropriate ways for these key assessments.
There are SATs talks (dates on the calendar) for parents to find out about the purpose and procedures prior to these tests.
All classes have assessments at the end of the autumn term, mid-year in February and end of the year in July to assess progress and achievements.
In addition, Year 1 have a national phonics assessment in June.
The swimming pool will be open for as much of the year as possible. The school provides a qualified swimming instructor. Children in Reception to Year 6 have weekly sessions from Spring half term to Autumn half term. Nursery children have water confidence lessons from summer half term (end of May). There is no cost to parents for this wonderful opportunity.All children need a hat, costume (no bikinis or tankinis), trunks, towel and may choose to bring goggles as well. We also recommend crocs or flip flops for walking between the changing room and pool.
This is a communication app for Early Years Families (Nursery and Reception Class), to share targets, progress and achievements in their Learning Journey. Parents can use this to share achievements at home. Contact the school office or class teacher for further information.
Children are encouraged to use the toilet facilities at breaktimes.
Nursery 1 children who are not yet toilet trained are expected to bring nappies for changes as required.
Nursery 2 children are expected to be toilet trained and need extra clothes in case of accidents. Until a child is toilet trained and not having daily accidents they cannot attend full time.
Reception Class children are expected to be toilet trained and need extra clothes in case of accidents. Until a child is toilet trained and not having daily accidents they cannot attend full time.
Visitors and visits are organised each half term to enrich the curriculum. Each class has a range of trips in the local area and further afield. Voluntary contributions are asked of all families without which the trips cannot take place.
The school has a strict uniform policy; it is a parents’ responsibility to ensure that their child wears the correct uniform; the school does not have items to borrow. Full details are on the Uniform page.
A special celebration assembly to say goodbye to the current Year 6. There is seating provided for all parents of Year 6 children to attend.