Useful Information

Admissions

Bowmandale Primary School is a community school and we determine our admission arrangements in agreement with the local authority. The admissions authority for our school is North Lincolnshire Council. For information about enrolling your child at Bowmandale, either to start in reception or as a school transfer, please see the North Lincolnshire Council school admissions web page. You can also download the North Lincolnshire Council Determined Admission Arrangements 2018-2019 as a PDF document from their website.

Contact details for the North Lincolnshire Council School Admissions Team can be found below.

admissionstoschool@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 297133
or
01724 297134

Fax: 01724 297242

The School Admissions Team
People Directorate
Hewson House
PO Box 35
Station Road
Brigg
North Lincolnshire
DN20 8XJ

You are also welcome to contact the school office either in person or via email or phone.

The School Day

Morning: 8.55am - 12.00pm

Afternoon: 1.10pm - 3.30pm

The school bell rings at 8.45am and the doors are opened for children to start coming into school. At this time staff supervise the doors and cloakrooms to ensure a safe and orderly entrance. The bell rings again at 8.55 to signal the start of the school day.

Morning break is from 10.30am - 10.45am for all children. The lunch break begins at 12.00pm and all pupils will be back in school, ready to start the afternoon session, by 1.10pm. In the afternoon there is an additional break for Key Stage 1 children from 2.45pm - 2.55pm. A fitness break for Key Stage 2 children is built into their afternoon learning session. Assembly takes place daily at 3.10pm (special assemblies may begin at other times). The school day finishes at 3.30pm.

If parents require children to leave before the end of any session a parental note should be sent to the teacher or the school office informed. In the interests of safety, a responsible adult should always collect the child and report to the school office to sign the child out. Similarly, children who arrive after 8.55am should report to the office to sign in.

Sickness Absence

If your child is absent through sickness or any unavoidable cause, please telephone the school office (01652 633633) on the first day of the absence by 9.00am. As a general rule we ask that the children who have had vomiting or diarrhoea remain off school for 48 hours after the symptoms have gone. If your child becomes unwell during the course of the day, we will contact you if we feel he or she is unable to continue with their lessons.

The NHS Website provides useful information for parents concerning time off school for common illnesses.

Medicine

Whenever possible, medicines should be taken in doses that can be given before or after school. Where this is not possible, the administrative staff will give the medicine in accordance with the Medical Needs Policy. You will need to sign a form to allow medicines to be administered in school.

Leave of Absence During Term Time

No authorisation will be given for any child's absence from school unless this is supported by evidence from the parents/carers. Absences are recorded as 'authorised' if the head teacher has been provided with sufficient evidence to authorise the absence or 'unauthorised' if the head teacher has not been provided with evidence that would warrant an authorised absence. The head teacher has discretionary powers to grant leave of absence in exceptional circumstances for which parents or carers must provide evidence.

Uniform and PE Kit

All children are to wear the school uniform and the school PE kit. The school uniform is sensible, practical and reasonably priced clothing, which is usually available in the majority of children's clothing shops. Bowmandale sweatshirts, cardigans and PE T-shirts can be bought from the school office.

We consider that the wearing of school uniform gives your child a sense of pride and belonging. It also eliminates the problem of differentiating between which are school clothes and which are leisure/play clothes.

This policy has the support of the school governors and the staff, but above all, our parents.

The uniform consists of:

White socks, sandals and green and white checked or striped dresses are welcome in the summer months.

The PE T-shirts are coloured depending on your child's house team and are available for purchase from the school office. These T-shirts are to be worn with black shorts and plimsolls or trainers. Warm sweatshirts and jogging bottoms can be worn over the PE kit in colder weather.

The following school uniform is available from the school office (payment by cash or cheque only please):

Bowmandale Sweatshirt £11.50
Grey with school badge
Sizes: 3-4yrs, 5-6yrs, 7-8yrs, 9-10yrs, 11-12yrs, 13yrs, Adult S M L

Bowmandale Cardigans £12.50
Grey with school badge
Sizes as for sweatshirts

Coloured PE T-Shirts £4.00 / £5.00
Coloured for house teams with badge
Sizes: 3-4yrs, 5-6yrs, 7-8yrs, 9-10yrs, 11-12yrs, 13yrs - £4.00, Adult S M L - £5.00

Bowmandale Book Bag £4.00
Green with badge

Bowmandale PE Bag £3.00
Green sack style with badge

Bowmandale Sun Hat £4.00

Hairstyles, Bobbles and Bands

Headbands, bobbles and hair slides should be plain black, green, grey or navy with no bows or flowers.

Shaven type hairstyles and dyed hair are not part of our uniform. Long hair should be tied back for PE.

Jewellery and Personal Belongings

Children should not wear jewellery to school as it can be dangerous in certain activities and it is likely to get damaged or lost.

Children with pierced ears may wear plain stud earrings. We recommend that parents who wish their children to have pierced ears should leave this until the beginning of the summer holidays in order for ears to be healed for their return. If ears are pierced in the middle of a term then plasters are allowed to be worn (supplied by the parents) for a 6 week period. After this earrings should be removed. The school will not accept any responsibility for any accidental injury caused by children wearing earrings.

In the interests of safety, all earrings should be taken out or covered with tape by the pupils themselves before a PE lesson.

Money and other valuables should not be brought into school unless required for a specific activity. The school will not accept any responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, wrist watches or other valuables in school.

Mobile phones should not be brought into school.

Lunchtime

Cooked, nutritious lunches are prepared in school from fresh produce and are free to all children in Key Stage 1. Free lunches are also available to certain children in Key Stage 2. If you think your child is eligible for free school meals, please enquire at the school office.

Packed lunches should be brought in a named container with a plastic bottle, beaker or carton of drink (no fizzy drinks please). For safety reasons please do not send cans or glass bottles. If your child forgets their packed lunch we will try to contact you but if we are unable to do so we will provide a cooked lunch and ask you to send the payment in the next day.

Snacks and Drinks

Every Reception and Key Stage 1 child is offered a free piece of fruit or veg every morning. Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to bring their own fresh fruit or veg for a morning snack. Any spare fruit and veg snacks are put out on the playground for all children to access at the morning break.

The children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day. We have a water fountain for break times but children can have a clear plastic bottle in the classroom too. This is especially useful to have during the summer months.

Behaviour

The school aims to develop self-discipline, respect and an awareness and consideration of one another. The standard of behaviour expected in the school is made clear to all pupils who have been actively involved in drawing up the school rules. Good behaviour is noticed and encouraged by a reward system which includes praise, stickers, stars, notes home, certificates and badges. The school operates a tracking system to record instances of inappropriate behaviour. Serious incidents of inappropriate behaviour are brought to the attention of parents immediately and responsibility shared between home and school.

Behaviour Policy

Governors' Statement of Behaviour Principles

Golden Rules

We aim to recognise and promote good behaviour through positive behaviour management. We encourage, praise and reward children for good behaviour through our Golden Rules and reward system. The Golden Rules are displayed throughout the school. The class teacher discusses the school rules with each class. In this way, every child in the school knows the standard of behaviour that we expect in our school.

Our Golden Rules are:

Golden Time

For good behaviour the children are awarded with thirty minutes of Golden Time each week. During this time, the children are allowed to enjoy a variety of activities of their own choosing. The children value this special time highly.

On the rare occasions that children break a Golden Rule, they will be given a reminder of the appropriate rule. If they continue to break that rule then five minutes will be deducted from their Golden Time for that week and this is recorded on the behaviour tracking sheets.

A weekly good behaviour assembly takes place where pupils who are consistently following the Golden Rules are publicly recognised. As a further reward they are invited to the head teacher's tea party.

Star Rewards

Pupils collect stars to achieve the following awards:

40 Stars – Bronze Award

On reaching 40 stars, pupils get a bronze certificate and a personal reward. Parents are invited to attend the presentation of the certificate in assembly on a Friday. When all pupils in the class gain their Bronze Award the whole class gets 1 hour reward time (decided with the class teacher).

80 Stars - Silver Award

On reaching 80 stars, pupils get a silver certificate and a personal reward. Parents are invited to attend the presentation of the certificate in assembly on a Friday. When all pupils in the class gain their Silver Award the whole class gets half a day reward time (decided with the class teacher).

120 Stars – Gold Award

On reaching 120 stars, pupils get a gold certificate and a personal reward. Parents are invited to attend the presentation of the certificate in assembly on a Friday. When all pupils in the class gain their Gold Award the whole class gets a full day reward time (decided with the class teacher).

Star Class Award

We have recently introduced an incentive to encourage children to work co-operatively within school, aim to be the best they can be and encourage others to do the same. A Star Class reward is awarded to any class within the school on a weekly basis, to the class who has demonstrated the best learning behaviour throughout the week; this could be related to a range of aspects of school life, including the number of children who have been on the tracking sheet, the behaviour of the class in assembly and through corridors, the attitude of the class towards learning or a performance such as a class assembly.

Homework

In response to feedback we have received from families, class teachers now issue a weekly homework task which is related to the current learning for that particular week. This either enables children to consolidate their understanding or to undertake pre-learning before an upcoming topic.

In addition to weekly homework tasks, we politely ask families to support their children with weekly reading, spelling and times tables activities. Please find lists of high frequency words below if you wish to access these to support your child's learning.

First 100 High Frequency Words

Next 200 High Frequency Words

Further guidance on homework is documented in our updated Home Learning Policy.

Reading

In addition, we like children to read every day. It can be any book and doesn't have to be a 'school' book. All reading is good reading and we have a minimum expectation of three reads per week which get documented in a child's reading diary.

The Read, Write Inc. programme suggests lists of words which children should be able to read on sight and spell. These are referred to as 'Red Words' and begin with the first 100 high frequency words then move on to the next 200 high frequency words. These lists provide children with a bank of the most common words they will come across in their reading and writing.

Help Your Child with Reading PowerPoint

English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (EGPS)

There are a variety of online resources available to help you support your child with grammar, punctuation and spelling, including documents produced by the Department for Education.

DfE English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling guide for parents

Resources for parents on Twinkl

BBC Bitesize grammar, punctuation and spelling resources

All children have a spelling journal that supports the progress of key spellings to learn. Follow the LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE, CHECK method to help spellings become secure.

Maths

Depending on the age of your child there are many things you can practise with them that can make a huge difference to their mathematical development.

Pupils need constant practice with:

Links to maths games and resources:

Top Marks Maths Games (5-7)

Top Marks Maths Games (7-11)

Anti-Bullying

At Bowmandale Primary School we firmly believe that bullying of any kind is unacceptable. We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils by ensuring a consistent school response to any bullying incidents and by raising awareness of any signs of bullying. We aim to challenge attitudes about bullying behaviour through increased understanding about bullying and by developing a culture of mutual respect and tolerance.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance publishes information for parents.

Please contact the school if you are concerned about bullying.

Anti-Bulling Policy

Online Safety

Online Safety is an important part of the computing curriculum and safeguarding agenda. Parents have a vital role to play in keeping children safe online, particularly as children often access the internet through a wider variety of devices at home than they have access to in school.

Our safeguarding page has links to several websites, documents and services that provide helpful information for parents and carers covering topics such as social networking, gaming and cyber bullying.

Parent Consultations

Parent consultations are arranged in the autumn and spring terms. This allows parents to meet with school staff to discuss both the personal and academic progress of their child. An informal open afternoon is arranged for the summer term to allow parents to visit other classes in the school, view the children's work and speak with members of staff. Parents receive a written report of their child's progress in the summer term.

Parents in Partnership

We welcome all parents and carers into our school as we believe we are partners in the education of your children. Information is communicated to parents in various ways: newsletters, reading diaries and homework books, questionnaires, this website, our mobile app, parent consultations, open days/evenings, training sessions and a variety of other events.

Bowmandale has an active parent/teacher association called the Friends of Bowmandale Primary School. See the PTA page for more information.

Parent View

Parent View is an online service provided by Ofsted which allows parents to give feedback about their child's school. We welcome comments and opinions and encourage parents to use this service.

Parent View website