Frequently Asked Questions

We hope these answer most of your questions

Your child can start at the beginning of the Autumn Term of the school year in which he or she will become five years old. In the first half term in September your child will have staged attendance entry into school which is conveyed to parents within the New Parents Pack given out at the New Parents Evening in June of the calendar year your child begins school, or if you unable to attend this prior to the end of the preceding summer term.

We have a duty to take children living in the village, but are pleased to offer available places to families from the surrounding area. An admission level is agreed by the School Governors. The current admission level is 30 pupils (per year group). Our Admissions Policy is available on our website. If you would like your child to attend our school then please register his/her name with the School Administrator as early as possible via the Admissions Form. You will be sent the Admissions paperwork from Gloucester County Council in October (in the calendar year prior to your child's starting year) which needs to be submitted by January (in the year your child starts school). A place is then confirmed by Gloucester County Council in April. Details on how the application process works is available on the Gloucester County Council website.

A meeting is held for parents of children starting school early in the Summer Term.

In your Reception`Welcome’ Pack (that you are given either at New Parents Evening or by the end of the preceding summer term) there are suggestions and ideas for helping your child prepare for school. Please do not feel anxious if your child cannot do some of these things. Education is a partnership and so anything we can do to help one another is important.

School day starts at 8:55 am and ends at 3:15 pm

Milk and fruit break - 10:05 - 10:15 am

Morning break 11:05 - 11:20 am (whole school)

Lunchtime - 12:15 - 1:15 pm (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2)

Afternoon break 2:25 - 2:40 pm (Foundation/Key Stage 1 only)

A member of staff will be on duty to supervise pupils from 8:45 am.

Please encourage your child to be punctual - it helps us and is a habit, which will help them in later life.

We give emphasis to the rewarding of good work and behaviour.

Children are allocated to a House: Green, Red, Blue or Yellow.

They can earn House Points for a variety of reasons and each week the winning House is congratulated during our Friday 'Celebration Assembly'.

For special effort, bravery or good citizenship, the children receive a Head Teacher’s Merit or Good Conduct Award. When a child has received their fifth award they receive a Certificate - Bronze – 5, Silver – 15 and Gold – 30. The Gold Award is also accompanied by a Commemorative Book Mark.

In the interests of safety and good manners, we have a Behaviour Rewards and Sanctions Policy that we expect all children to follow. A copy is available on our website.

In the unlikely event of your child repeatedly misbehaving, we shall contact you to discuss the problem. Please let us know if anything at home might affect your child’s behaviour at school. We believe that the best form of discipline is self-discipline and encourage each child to develop common sense and to consider other people and their property.

Here you will find information about the DfE's National Curriculum in England Key stages 1 and 2 framework document.

Core subjects
English
Mathematics
Science

Foundation subjects

R.E.
Design and Technology
History
Geography
Art
Music
P.E.
P.S.H.C.E.
M.F.L (French)
Computing

The National Curriculum is made up of four Key Stages:

Foundation Stage: 3-5 year olds
Key Stage 1: 5-7 year olds
Key Stage 2: 7-11 year olds
Key Stage 3: 11-14 year olds
Key Stage 4: 14-16 year olds

The Curriculum is a combination of specific subject teaching and topic investigation.

Please contact the Head Teacher if you would like our policies and plans to be explained in more detail.

A variety of teaching methods and approaches are used to achieve our aims and objectives.

During the course of a school day, children may have worked individually, as part of a small group, or as a member of the class or school.

We aim to offer a 'Creative Curriculum' that is broad both in terms of content and method with new topics featuring launch and landing days to inspire and engage the learners (see our Curriculum overviews) .

`Curriculum Events’ are a special feature of our school. Special guests are invited into the school to work with the children and staff on a particular theme.

Opportunities are created for all children to work collaboratively.

Factual information about human growth is studied as part of the science programme.

Formal sex education lessons are taught to children in Years 5 and 6. They form part of a much broader health education programme which teaches pupils to feel confident about themselves and helps them to make decisions about personal hygiene, the misuse of drugs as well as how to cope with social and family issues.

Parents are informed before sex education lessons begin and given the opportunity to discuss the programme.

You have the right to withdraw your child from the lessons if you so wish.

One in five children have a Special Educational Need at some time in their school life.

There are many kinds of special need: -
• Learning difficulties
• Emotional and behavioural difficulties
• Physical difficulties
• Hearing and vision difficulties
• Speech and language difficulties
• Medical conditions

At Leonard Stanley we work in partnership with parents to ensure all our children are happy at school and can access the curriculum. This may involve creating a 'My Plan' with short–term achievable targets and regular reviews of the child’s progress towards them. Children with a Special Need may have additional help in a small group with one our Teaching Assistants.

For more information please see our School Offer, Department of Education (DoE) Parents Guide and our Special Educational Needs Policy document on our website.

At the ages of seven and eleven, your child will be given National Tests (SATS), as required by the Education Act. You will receive the results.

Assessment is an everyday part of a teacher’s role. We learn a lot about a child through observation, asking questions, setting tasks, giving instructions and marking work as well as through traditional 'pencil and paper' tests.

You are invited to a Parents’ Evening twice a year to discuss your child’s progress. One is held in the Autumn Term and another in the Spring. During the Summer Term you will receive a full, written report which you are free to discuss with your child's teacher or Head Teacher. Furthermore, we hold Open Class Rooms during terms when there is not an official Parents' Evening. These are an opportunity to view your child's work and have an informal discussion with your teacher.

Please get in touch any time during the year if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare.

The Head Teacher and teachers will generally be able to see parents for a brief word at the beginning and end of a day, but please telephone or write for an appointment if you wish to raise a matter requiring greater privacy or longer time.

We will let you know if your child’s progress is causing concern. Please contact us if anything at home might affect your child’s learning or behaviour.

We encourage the children to follow up their class work at home. Please see the our Homework Policy as our expectations are different as they progress through the school.

Activities may include reading, topic work, or the learning of spellings and tables. Your help and support is invaluable.

We are proud to offer a range of clubs during the course of the year. Not all clubs run concurrently.

These include: Football, Netball, Rounders, Gardening, Art, Knitting, Tag Rugby, Cricket, Creative Writing, Judo plus more... These are subject to the age of pupils, the availability of staff/helpers, the time of year and, of course, the weather. You will be kept informed of Club status via the Teacher to Parents text service.

Our clubs provide the opportunity for pupils to enjoy and learn in a relaxed, informal manner. Please contact the school if you feel you can help assist with any School Clubs.

For a full list of clubs please go to our Clubs page

Note: your child will be sent home with a School Clubs Permissions Letter each term. Your child cannot attend a club unless you have completed and returned this form.

We have Extended Schools Status. Which means we run a Breakfast Club, open from 7:30 – 8:45am. The children receive a healthy breakfast and there are planned activities. Current price is £3 per day.

We also run an 'Out of School' (After School) Club which is open 3:15 - 5:30pm.
There is a pre-booking requirement for this facility and prices are:
3:15 – 4:15 pm - £3.25 per child
3:15 – 5:15 pm - £5.25 per child
3:15 – 5:30 pm - £6.25 per child

Children from YR/Y1/Y2/Y3/Y4/Y5/Y6 are welcome.
Both clubs are in the Elliott building to the rear of the school.

BOOKING A PLACE

After School (OOSC) Club

Please book your child's place using our After School Club Welcome Pack.

For your reference please pay particular attention to the Financial Agreement Form and the Rules and Regulations

Breakfast Club

Please book your child's place using our Breakfast Club Form.

Please return all forms to the School Office.

We welcome help from parents/guardians/relatives with in-school reading, library duty, school trips, in-school swimming pool help, donation of curriculum learning equipment (according to individual class needs - info is sent out in book bags as and when required). We also welcome your co-operation in agreeing with our Home School Agreement Policy and continued support for your child's education through out of school learning (via homework, play and experiences etc.)

We also have a very active PTFA (FOLSS - Friends of Leonard Stanley School) who welcome new members and any volunteered time to help run events, fundraise etc. See their website for more details.

At the age of eleven plus, pupils transfer to one of the secondary schools in our area. These include:
Archway Comprehensive 11-18 years
Maidenhill Comprehensive 11-16 years
Marling School Boys’ Grammar 11-18 years
Rednock Comprehensive 11-18 years
Stroud High School Girls’ Grammar 11-18 years
Thomas Keble Comprehensive 11-16 years

The secondary allocation procedure is sent out to parents by the Chief Education Officer at the start of the child’s final year at Primary School. Foundation schools are independent of the L.E.A. and will also send details of their admission procedure.

We have good relationships with our secondary schools and encourage links between the two phases. We aim for each child to have acquired the skills and attitudes needed to meet the challenge of secondary schooling. Making the right choice is not always easy. Please contact us if you would like any guidance.

For more information regarding the transfer to secondary school please go the Gloucestershire County Council website

Visits and visitors are a particular feature of this school and its 'Creative Curriculum'. We regularly arrange experiences for the children that will motivate their interest and aid their understanding and learning. Y6 pupils have the opportunity of an extended, PGL residential visit. They are given the experience of living and working in a different environment. They also have the challenge of outdoor pursuits such as climbing, abseiling and water sports. These activities develop individual character and team spirit. Approved and qualified instructors are used.

We feel that the social and educational value of these experiences is very important.

There is no charge for your child’s education. You will of course need to pay for your child's school uniform and school dinners (unless exempt) after your child reaches the age of 7. Many experiences are free or subsidised by the school but some activities and school trips are not viable without an additional financial contribution which will be requested as and when required.

Please refer to our Charging Remissions Policy for more information.

Pedestrian Gates (front and rear) – open from 7:30 - 9:05 am every morning and again from 3 - 5:30pm.
The gates are also open at lunchtimes for Early Years parents to collect their children.

Please tell us. It is only by talking together that we can resolve any difficulty or misunderstanding.

In the first instance please talk to a Class Teacher or the Head Teacher. Or secondly to a Parent Governor.

Curriculum Complaints Procedure

Under the Education Reform Act 1988, the Authority has established arrangements to consider parents’ complaints about the schools’ curriculum and related matters. A copy of the full procedure for this is available for inspection in each school and public library maintained by the Authority. It covers matters relating to the National Curriculum and includes provision of external exam courses, religious education, the operation of the school’s charging policy in relation to the curriculum and the provision of information. The procedure provides for complaints to be directed initially to the Head of the school, and for an attempt to be made to resolve them informally. If this fails, there is then a formal procedure available to parents.

View our Complaints Guidance & Procedure on our website

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