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Welcome to Dosthill

We are a centre for learning, striving to provide outstanding teaching informed by research into best practice.

We believe that the partnership between parents or carers and the school is vital. Also, we actively encourage the community to become involved in the life of the school.

Learning Mission - Learning at the heart, igniting possibility! Our focus is on learning not just within and across subject areas but also the personal development of all learners who attend our school.

We strive to inspire all learners to go beyond what they consider possible for themselves, to experience and try new things and to realise all aspects of their potential. We wish to ignite a passion for learning and for life that will remain with our learners as they move on to their next phase of the learning journey elsewhere.

This prospectus provides an introduction to our school which we hope you will find useful.

I will be pleased to explain admission arrangements, take parents (and children) on a tour of the school, and answer any questions you may have.

Yours sincerely

Mr T Hand
Head Learner

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Admissions - Full time places in Reception classes are available in September of the academic year within which the child becomes five years old. Although parents have the right to express a preference for Dosthill Primary school, there is no guarantee of a place being offered. It is Dosthill Primary school's policy to try and meet parents' wishes where possible, however in some cases there may be more applications than there are places available. Admission in these circumstances is determined by the oversubscription criteria detailed in the Determined Admission Arrangements document available on the school website.

Children are admitted into the Nursery in the September of the academic year in which they become four years old.

Extended school facilities - We have a breakfast club which operates from 8:30 a.m. until 8:50 a.m. A range of healthy food and drinks are offered.

A before and after school club is privately run and based at the school (7:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) The club also runs during school holidays.

Nursery morning sessions 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Nursery afternoon sessions 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.
Reception 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 noon
12:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Key stage 1 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Key stage 2 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 noon
1:25 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
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A day in the life

Lunchtimes and Playtimes - Children can opt to have a school meal or bring their own packed lunch. Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are strongly encouraged to take advantage of a free school meal each day provided by Compass, the Local Authority catering company.

Lunchtimes are staggered so children can enjoy sharing their lunch and the playground facilities with others of a similar age.

Parents and carers are expected to make healthy choices when preparing packed lunches and snacks for playtimes. Milk is provided free of charge to children 5 and under; this can be purchased for other children. Free fruit is provided daily for children in the Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1.

Children in Key Stage 2 are encouraged to bring a healthy snack into school each day for playtimes; preferably fruit or vegetables. We run a healthy tuck-shop for Year 5/6 children during morning break. We have sourced a local supplier of healthy drinks and snacks for this.

All children are encouraged to bring water bottles to school daily. Filtered water is freely available throughout the school day. Fizzy and energy drinks should not be brought into school. We use a secure website called ParentPay for all paid meals, trips and other payments to school.

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Uniforms - Due to the support of parents and carers we are proud to achieve 100% school uniform throughout. Uniform, which includes the official school logo, is available from a local stockist and online. Unmarked uniform in school colours from other retailers is equally acceptable.

Uniform PE Kit Art & Craft
Bottle green sweatshirt or cardigan

White shirt or blouse or polo shirt

Grey trousers or skirt or pinafore

Summer dresses – green/white checked

Black shoes (not trainers)

School ties are also available as a choice (from the school office).
To participate fully and safely, pupils need:
  • Pumps
  • Shorts (plain black or green)
  • T-shirt (plain white)
  • Trainers for outdoor use (Kit should not display any logos and be appropriate).
Swimming (Years 4 and 5):
  • Swimming trunks (plain-no baggy shorts)
  • Swimsuit
  • Swimming hat
Protective clothing such as an old shirt is recommended
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Every day matters

Safeguarding and Attendance - should your child be unable to attend school we ask that you ring on the first day of absence by 9.00am. We operate a “first day contact” system which means we contact parents/carers if a child is absent but we have not been informed.

This is part of our commitment to ensuring that every child is safe. Absences should always be followed up with a letter to school when learners return.

Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their children of compulsory school age attend school regularly and should make medical, dental or other appointments outside the school day. Do not book holidays in term time – these will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.

When learners arrive late, they are required to report to the main office and parents are asked to sign them in to record their arrival on the electronic system (screen).

All the children who have 100 per cent attendance in any one term receive an excellence certificate for attendance, awarded at the beginning of the next term.

There are also certificates for children whose attendance is 95% and above; also, for children whose attendance improves significantly from one term to the next.

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Learning matters

Learning at our school is exciting and fun so that children love learning.

Children are encouraged to take an active part in all lessons so that they are enlivened and enthused to learn even more.

Learning Children learn in a warm, safe and caring environment, where praise and encouragement are used by teachers and children alike to develop every child’s self-esteem and self-confidence as an incredible learner.

In lessons children are fully aware of what they are learning and why. Children are also encouraged to steer and improve their learning in a range of ways.

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"Our school is special because we work as a team; we try our best at everything and our teachers help us to reach the stars. You’ll always have a friend here"
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Painting the landscape for learning.

Through our curriculum, which has been created to reflect our context and to meet the needs of all of our learners, we aim to guarantee memorable learning experiences that will remain with them for life.

It is a landscape for learning that is simultaneously localised, meaningful, has an integrated global dimension and follows the interests of our learners.

The Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum are taught through topic themes that provide rich opportunities for connected and high quality learning. These are designed in consultation with children. Key skills are integrated which include stretching learning “muscles” so that learners are successful on their learning journey through the school.

Visits to places of interest and the involvement of adult experts in school enhance learning experiences offered.

Pupils have two PE lessons each week and complete a swimming programme that spans across years 4 and 5.

All children learn to play an instrument in Year 3.

They are taught to play the violin by a specialist music teacher and have the opportunity to perform at a local venue at the end of the year.

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Learning landscape

A large number of extra-curricular activities take place before school, at lunchtime and after school. These include residential visits in Key Stage 2. Details of the school’s Charging and Remissions Policy are available on request.

The school has a home learning programme where children read every night and additional tasks are completed at home appropriate to the age of the learner.

Sex and relationship education is taught through a combination of the National Curriculum and our Citizenship and Personal Social Health Education programme.

Prior to formal sex education lessons commencing, parents are informed of the content to be taught. If they have any concerns they are invited to discuss these with the class teacher or Head Learner.

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Every child, every learner matters

Learner voice is a very important part of our school.

Learners make a significant contribution to our community. Learners are consulted on a wide range of issues and make a significant contribution to our Teaching and Learning Policy.

The School Council consists of two members from each class who have been elected by their classmates. Meetings take place regularly; they debate issues raised by children in the school and decide on charities for fundraising.

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We aim to promote all of our learners as experts during their time in the school. We celebrate the fact that many of our learners possess a wide range of sporting, artistic or other talents. We take advantage of all learners who are gifted.
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We also have School Buddies and Playground Leaders who help at lunchtimes on the playgrounds to support play including with our younger learners.

We foster and develop children’s self-discipline, self-respect and consideration for others. Behaviour in the school is excellent. We take the issue of bullying very seriously and happily, because of our proactive approach, this is an extremely rare occurrence.

Pupils are regarded as having Special Educational Needs if they have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of learners of the same age. In addition, if they have a disability which either prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind provided for learners of the same age. Children identified as requiring support are provided with this within their class alongside their peers or for short periods as part of an intervention group.

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Every parent and carer matters

The partnership established with parents and carers is vital to us. We adopt an open door policy and communicate through a range of media including monthly newsletters, text messaging, e-mail, Twitter, daily interactions and through our dedicated App.

Open evenings are held each term and parents receive written reports each year. We are fortunate to have a strong Governing Body who are committed and work with staff to ensure that all learners achieve and fulfil their potential. The Governing Body are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.

The school has an active PTA which is also a registered charity who fundraise for the school through organising a variety of events. We also have a large number of volunteers who offer support in and out of the classroom.

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"Our school is special because we care and respect others"
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