Parents

Grange Farm is a happy and caring primary school where the whole community work together to give our children the very best experiences and opportunities.

We currently have a range of measures in place to reduce the risk of the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  One impact on this is the structure of the school day.  The entry wave is currently between 8:45am and  9:15am and the exit wave is between 3:00pm and 3:30pm.  Parents and carers can contact the school office for information and queries about their allocated wave time.

Usual School Hours:

8.55 a.m. to 12.10 p.m. | 1.20 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. (EYFS)
8.55 a.m. to  12.20 p.m.  | 1.20 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.(KS1 & KS2)

Usual School Sessions:

8.55 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. – First morning session
10.30 a.m. – 10.45 a.m. – Assembly
10.45 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. – Morning break
11.00 a.m. – 12.10/12.20 p.m. – Second morning session
12.10/12.20 p.m. – 1.20 p.m. – Lunch break
1.20 p.m. – 2.20 p.m. – First afternoon session
2.20 p.m. – 2.35 p.m. – Afternoon break
2.35 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. – Second afternoon session

Assemblies take place in the afternoon on Fridays but otherwise most days work to the times shown above.

Children in Reception do not have morning and afternoon breaks in the same way because they have continual access to our outdoor classroom.  They also attend fewer assemblies, gradually increasing their participation in whole school events as their confidence grows throughout the year.

Lunches

Lunches are prepared on the premises and are available every day.  These are free to Foundation/KS1 pupils. Our usual choice of healthy meals is currently restricted (a knock-on effect of Covid-19) but we are working on increasing the options available during this term. We continue to cater for children with allergies and specialised diets.

The following menu will be in place from Monday 28th September:

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If parents prefer, children may bring a packed lunch. Lunch boxes should be secure and clearly marked with the child’s name. Children can also bring milk or a fruit drink to go with their lunch but containers must be unbreakable. Fizzy drinks and sweets should not be brought into school. Drinking water is always available. There is also the option of going home for lunch. Each class has a Supervisory Assistant who looks after the children during the lunch break both inside and outside.

In more normal times, our lunch menu operates on a three-weekly cycle. The menus below give an indication of our typical offer:

 School Menu Week One School Menu Week Two School Menu Week Three

 Menu week 1

 Menu week 2

 Menu week 3

Uniform

Our school uniform colours are royal blue and grey:

  • Royal blue cardigans or jumpers
  • White shirts, blouses or polo shirts
  • Grey trousers, shorts, skirts or pinafore dresses
  • In warm weather, girls can where summer dresses (e.g. blue gingham fabric)
  • Children should all wear sensible black school shoes

Jumpers, cardigans and white polo shirts embroidered with the school name can be purchased from Andy Blair Sports and School Wear but these are not essential – non-embroidered royal blue jumpers/cardigans and white polo shirts are absolutely fine.

Wearing uniform shows respect for belonging to our school community and we will talk to parents where uniform rules are not being followed.

PE Kit

Children will have a set timetable for PE but it is a good idea to have kit available in school every day as plans can change (especially as we work around varying weather conditions).

All children should have:

  • A plain white t-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Black pumps/plimsolls

For outdoor PE we also encourage children to have:

  • Tracksuits
  • Trainers

Every item of PE kit should be clearly named and all PE kit should be brought in a clearly named bag.

Security & Safety

Children’s safety is paramount and the school has security fencing around the grounds and the only access to the school building and grounds during school hours is via the secure main entrance lobby. All visitors sign in electronically with photo before admittance. A member of staff is on playground duty in both the infant and the junior playgrounds from 8.45 a.m. until the start of the school day, as well as during the normal school playtimes. During the day, as well as staff on playground duty there is a member of staff on duty inside who is the designated first aider. Termly fire practices are carried out with the children and staff, and all fire fighting equipment is checked annually. The entire school is covered by a security alarm system which is directly linked to Coventry City Council’s Rapid Response Team.

Staff Roles

Office Staff Mrs L Boyce
Mrs E Smith

 

Senior Leadership Team Headteacher Mr Martin Ledgard
Deputy Headteacher Mrs Jasminder Sahota
EYFS Phase Leader Mrs M Parker
Year 1 / 2 Phase Leader Miss S Lewis
Year 3 / 4 Phase Leader Claire Dismorr
Year 5 / 6 Phase Leader Miss L Morris

 

Teachers Reception – RP Mrs M Parker
Reception – RW Mrs E Whateley
Year 1 – 1L Miss R Lewis
Year 1 – 1B Mr J Byrne
Year 2 – 2C Mrs K Cowie and Mrs A Corbould
Year 2 – 2L Miss S Lewis
Year 3 – 3K Mrs R Kumar
Year 3 – 3S Miss J Sargent
Year 4 – 4M Miss L Morris
Year 4 – 4D Miss K Dewar
Year 5 – 5MS Mrs C Matthews and Mrs E Solman
Year 5 – 5H Miss K Hodgkins
Year 6 – 6D Mrs C Dismorr
Year 6 – 6C Mr D Carless
Sports Coach Mr J McCoy
PPA Cover Teacher Mrs M Kaur
PPA Cover Teacher Mr M Ward
PPA Cover Teacher Mrs S Hastings
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Teaching Assistants Mrs A Bacon Mrs J Bird
Mrs G Brennan Mrs M Chaggar
Mrs I Chmiel-Tigbe Mrs J Choongh
Mrs A Clarke Mrs D Corkish
Mrs W Dixon Mrs A Driscoll
Mrs M Gorman Mrs K Haywood
Miss M Homer (App) Mrs Z Janjua
Mrs K Pemberton Mrs R Richards
Mrs A Sands Mrs J Thomas
Mrs A Trotman Mrs J Weaver

 

Lunchtime Supervision and Breakfast Club staff Learning Mentor Mrs M Heath
Lunchtime Supervisors Mrs G Bains Mrs V Berrill
Mrs F Bibi Miss S Cooksley
Mrs T Evans Mrs J Kaladharan
Mrs B Kaur Mrs R Kaur
Miss L May Mrs S Nessa
Mrs G Reed Mrs S Shahjahan
Mrs J Shamsuddin Mrs V Sihota
Miss J Simms Mr M Singh
Mrs K Vaidya Mrs K Waiser
Breakfast Club Mrs V Bambrick Mrs G Reed

 

Site Services Officer Mr S Ell

 

Catering Staff Mrs V Bambrick
Mrs E Parkin
Mrs H Goddard
Mrs G Hussain
Mrs K Rixon

 

Roles and Responsibilities Designated Safeguarding Leads Mr M Ledgard, Mrs J Sahota and
Mrs M Heath
SENDCO Mrs K Cowie
Educational Visits Coordinator Mr M Ledgard
Dual Language Learners Coordinator Miss J Sargent
Art Subject Lead Miss K Hodgkins
Computing Subject Lead Miss J Sargent
D&T Subject Lead Mrs R Kumar
Geography Subject Lead Miss K Dewar and Mrs E Solman
History Subject Lead Mr D Carless
English Subject Lead Mrs C Dismorr
Maths Subject Lead Mr M Ledgard and Mrs J Sahota
MFL Subject Lead Miss K Wookey
Music Subject Lead Mrs M Parker
PSHE Subject Lead Mrs C Matthews
PE Subject Lead Mrs E Whateley (with Mr J Byrne and Mr J McCoy)
RE Subject Lead Mrs A Corbould
Science Subject Lead Miss S Lewis

Extra Curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities can provide a range of opportunities for children to take genuine responsibility and some children respond more positively in this context.  It is, therefore, important for the school to consider the whole range of experiences offered to pupils to ensure children have every chance to make a commitment/contribution to the school as a community.

These vary at different times of the year. During the autumn and winter months school sports include football, rugby, netball and cross-country running.  Practices and fixtures take place at lunch time, weekends or immediately after school.   During the summer, rounders and athletics are the predominant sports. Short tennis, dance and cheerleading are very popular year-round activities

The school has a large hall and a good-sized playing field to enable these activities to take place.

We are proud of our successes in music and provide excellent provision for musical activities.  Recorder groups are arranged as extra-curricular activities during the lunch breaks.

Beyond sport, we vary the extra-curricular clubs we offer over time but these typically include Punjabi, Art and Computing. These classes are arranged according to age and the activities are sometimes led by outside agencies. Some of these classes therefore involve a cost to those participating.

We have two outside quiet areas, which enable children to participate in quiet activities at playtime such as chess, draughts, snakes and ladders or drawing. Other children can join in more active games with balls, stilts, hopscotch or other playtime games.

Wrap Around Care

WELCOME TO FUN FOR KIDS

WHO WE ARE

Fun for Kids is an independent provider of before and after school care for pupils of Grange Farm Primary School.

OUR AIM

Our aim is to provide good quality childcare for children aged 4 to 11 years. We provide a welcoming, stimulating, and safe environment with lots of opportunities for children to play. Children are encouraged to develop positive relationships with each other.

PLAY

Fun For Kids provides a vast range of activities for children to play with. All activities are adapted to the age and ability of a child’s development. A variety of toys and games are available for the children to choose from.

We have the use of the hall for sporting activities. We also make good use of the outside play areas which consists of the playground, large playing field and a quiet resting area.

The children take an active part in deciding on the activities we provide for them. They are also encouraged to evaluate the routine of the day.

BREAKFAST / AFTERNOON SNACK

Breakfast and afternoon snack is provided by us, comprising of apple or orange juice, a sandwich, toast, pitta, crumpets or crackers with various toppings. Water is available at all times.

DAILY SESSIONS & FEES

Before school 8.00am to 8.55am £3.50

After School 3.30pm to 6.00pm £7.70

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

A full copy of our policies and procedures are on display on our notice board. They include EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES / BEHAVIOUR / HEALTH AND SAFETY / INDOOR & OUTDOOR PLAY / COLLECTION OF CHILDREN / SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN / COMPLAINTS / PARENTAL / ADMISSION / SPECIAL NEEDS & DISABILITY. A full copy of all our policies can be seen on our notice board

STAFF

Fun For Kids employs qualified and experienced staff. Our staff team are committed to providing quality play opportunities for children ensuring children’s individual needs are met.

CONTACT DETAILS

Tracey Russell-Brookes on 07940128172

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Free School Meals

You may be entitled to free school meals for your child if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • An income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

You should claim free school meals if entitled even if you do not intend to use them or if your child already receives free school meals because they are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 as it means extra funding for your school.

To apply for free school meals please visit Free School Meals and apply online.

You will need to do this within two weeks of the date that your child is due to start school. If you submit your application after this, we will only be able to award this from the date that you submit your application.

If you do not have access to the internet at home you can visit your local library or failing that you can visit the Customer Service Centre in the city centre (next to River Island) Monday-Friday 9-5pm to use the computers to apply online.

  Useful Links

We hope you will find these links useful to you.

Coventry City Council Schools
Coventry City Council’s web pages containing information about Coventry Schools and related issues.

Ofsted
The Office for Standards in Education, where you can read school inspection reports and find information about the organisation and the inspection process.

DirectGov – Schools
Find information about schools, childcare and nurseries, including School Profiles.

DirectGov: Parents
Lots of information from the government on parenting issues, such as having a baby, money issues, family and the law, adoption issues, bullying, child care, health, and much more.

DfES
The Department for Children, Schools and Families: creating opportunity, releasing potential and achieving excellence.

SchoolsNet
The No. 1 schools guide for parents, and by parents.

www.bbc.co.uk/children
News, revision and useful sites for children.

Friends of Dol y Moch
A charity set up to support Coventry’s outdoor centre in Snowdonia.

 parentview  Link to the parentview ofsted page.

DfE  Click the icon for a link to the DfE Compare Schools site

eSafety

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The NCA’s CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.

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Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online.

 

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Resources for protecting your children from abuse online.

Our children are growing up in what is an increasingly digital world and they need to be equipped with the skills required to make the most of it and to protect themselves from the potential dangers.

 

eSafety is an integral part of our Computing and PSHE curriculum in school and encourages children to be safe and aware users of the internet as well as teaching them key skills they need to help them.  We teach eSafety in dedicated lessons and also frequently recap the key messages.

 

As well as children learning about eSafety in school, it is hugely important that families at home support them with this too.  Parents and carers should teach children what to do if they come across something they are uncomfortable with online (this can mean computers, tablets, phones, games consoles and more besides) – they key rule is to tell a responsible adult.  The other crucial advice to parents and carers is to monitor extremely carefully what children are doing online:

  • Do you know what apps they use?
  • Do you track who they are communicating with?
  • Do you know what age limits apply to social media apps?
  • Do you know how to set up devices to limit or monitor what children are doing>

It can be a tricky world to navigate but there is plenty of good advice out there:

Below is the eSafety policy for the school.

Grange Farm E-Safety Policy

Below is a poster that outlines the acceptable rules for use of IT by pupils in years 3 to 6.

Pupil ICT Acceptable Use

If you want to know more about eSafety or have particular issues that you need support with, please let us know.

 

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Homework

Appropriate home learning activities can support children’s progress in a number of ways and also prepare children for taking on increasing responsibility for their own learning as they get older, especially as they prepare for secondary school.

 

However, we are always mindful that whilst much importance has to be placed on academic progress, all children also need time to play and explore the world independently.

 

From very early on in a child’s time with us (during their Reception year), children will begin the routine of home learning that will stay in place until they reach the end of Year 6.  Reading, spelling (or phonics) and mental arithmetic (e.g. number bonds, times tables) all benefit from a “little and often” approach where short periods of 1:1 support and questioning at home can have a big benefit back in school.

 

Beyond this, children from Year 1 and above will start to be given an additional piece of homework per week with this increasing in terms of the time that will take to complete it as they get older.  Furthermore, as children get older we also reduce the time between homework tasks being set and when we expect them to be returned (this is to encourage the children to get better at independently planning their time).

 

In order to encourage creativity and foster enjoyment, we also set topic-related homework during most half-terms.  These will be tasks that draw on their cross-curricular learning linked to their topic theme and could involve producing and presenting work in a range of interesting ways – teachers will often be more than happy for families to use their imagination to extend and develop the tasks!

 

Homework expectations are given in curriculum letters which we send home each term.  If you ever have questions relating to homework, please do let us know.

Pastoral Care and Discipline

Our “Behaviour Policy” outlines our strategies at the school for maintaining a safe and secure working environment for all children.  It gives details of specific school rewards, rules and sanctions, and is available upon request from the school office or on our website by following this link.

Pastoral care at Grange Farm is the responsibility of us all.  We aim to nurture all children as individuals as part of our day to day standard work.  However, sometimes particular issues or situations emerge that require specific attention and support and we have a number of strategies and systems in place to help.

Our first message will always be around communication.  Whenever a child has an issue or concern, please talk to us.  We would far rather know about it than not.  If support is needed, this can come from a variety of people – a child’s class teacher is usually the first point of contact and support but we can also call on the expertise and experience of other teachers, teaching assistants, our learning mentor, our inclusion lead, our SENDCO, senior leaders in school and also a range of professionals from outside of school who work with us.

If you would like to know more, please do get in touch.