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Park School Learning and Curriculum

At Park School we aim to provide opportunities for the development of the whole child inside and outside the classroom. In addition to the full range of academic subjects in accordance with the National Curriculum, we offer every child the opportunity to experience a broad range of teaching and challenging environments in many extra-curricular areas. We operate a varied curriculum which ties together elements of many different subjects under a theme, encouraging children to develop a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge. This varied curriculum, with teaching input from music, art, drama and sports specialists, allows all the children the opportunity to shine. Positivity in these areas creates a balanced scope of learning and supports progression in the rest of the curriculum.

At the beginning of each academic year there is a Curriculum Meeting for parents during which our teachers explain what children will be learning and how parents can support from home.

Curriculum Enhancements

Numerous visits are undertaken each term to support work done in the classroom. We enjoy exploring the many excellent facilities available in Dorset and Hampshire as well as further afield. The visits are appropriate to the age of the children and very carefully planned by the teaching staff.

Curriculum Forecasts

Curriculum Forecast information, available online at the beginning of each term, inform parents of what their children will be taught throughout the term.

These forecasts are reviewed termly and updated in line with ongoing pupil assessment and changes to the National Curriculum.
Please click the link to download a copy of the relevant Curriculum Forecast:

Summer Term 2019 in Reception

Summer Term 2019 in Year 1

Summer Term 2019 in Year 2

Summer Term 2019 in Year 3

Summer Term 2019 in Year 4

Summer Term 2019 in Year 5

Summer Term 2019 in Year 6 

How we teach Maths

We know that the teaching of Mathematics has undergone significant developments over the years and parents sometimes tell us that they are unsure of the methods currently being used to teach their children.

Below, parents can access documents outlining the path that pupils take in learning the skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as they move up through each year group.

Progression in addition

Progression in division

Progression in multiplication

Progression in subtraction

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Inspection Reports

Our most recent Full ISI Inspection, in June 2015, awarded us Excellent across all areas of School and EYFS.  We passed our ISI Compliance Inspection in May 2018 with flying colours.

ISI reports do not provide a single overarching judgement for the school but instead give a clear judgement on each aspect of the school’s work at the beginning of each section. These headline statements must include one of the ISI descriptors:  Excellent, Good, Sound or Unsatisfactory.

June 2015

The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning EXCELLENT
The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision EXCELLENT
The contribution of teaching EXCELLENT
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils EXCELLENT
The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care EXCELLENT
The contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety EXCELLENT
The quality of governance EXCELLENT
The quality of leadership and management, including links with parents, carers and guardians EXCELLENT

Early Years

As an Ofsted registered setting at the time of the Full Inspection in 2015, the ISI used Ofsted levels to assess our Early Years Provision.  The levels are as follows:

Outstanding – this aspect of the provision is of exceptionally high quality; Good – this aspect of the provision is strong; Satisfactory – this aspect of the provision is sound; Inadequate – this aspect of the provision is not good enough.

Meeting the needs of the range of children who attend OUTSTANDING
The contribution of the early years provision to the children’s well-being OUTSTANDING
The leadership and management of the early years provision OUTSTANDING
The overall quality and standards of the early years provision OUTSTANDING

Download the Park School Inspection Report 2015

The ISI Compliance Inspection in May 2018 was exceptionally successful.  We have met all the criteria set out in the Independent Schools Standards Regulations and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The Inspectors visited Park on 23 and 24 May 2018.  They observed every aspect of School life including analysing the curriculum, observing lessons, chatting to pupils both generally and over lunch and interviewing pupils across the School age ranges. They also attended after-school clubs and held discussions with staff, with members of the senior leadership team and with the School board. In addition, they analysed all parental and pupil feedback.

The inspectors’ feedback was excellent across all areas of the School.

During the two day visit the School was assessed against 450 Primary School standards and more than 70 EYFS standards in 8 different categories. These categories are listed below:

  • Quality of education provided
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
  • Welfare, health and safety of pupils
  • Suitability of staff, supply staff, and proprietors
  • Premises of and accommodation at schools
  • Provision of information
  • Manner in which complaints are handled
  • Quality of leadership in and management of schools

The School is judged to actively promote the well-being of pupils.

Download the Park School ISI Compliance Inspection Report 2018

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School Policies

Link to Parent Handbook

Please note that the following policies and information are available to download here:

Accelerated Learning Policy (which includes the educational and welfare provision for pupils with statements or Educational Heath Care Plans)

Admissions Policy

Bullying Policy

Behaviour Policy

Collection of Children Policy

Complaints Procedure

Curriculum Policy

Educational Visits and Activities Policy

English as an Additional Language Policy

First Aid Policy

Fire Risk Assessment and Procedures

Health and Safety Policy

Missing Child Policy

Privacy Notice

Safeguarding Policy

Reports of any inspections and the academic results for last year

School Terms and Conditions

Nursery Terms and Conditions

Parents of pupils in the Nursery and Reception may contact the Independent Schools Inspectorate (www.isi.net, 020 7600 0100) if they believe that the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage are not being met.

Copies of all documents are available free of charge from the School Office upon request.

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Park School Lunches

Cooked lunches are freshly prepared by our School chef and his team each day, with the menus rotated weekly. The meals are especially designed for children and their busy days, nutritionally balanced with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Lunch is two courses with a choice of main course and a pudding or fresh fruit. At morning break we offer a snack and a drink.

The menu for the present week is displayed on the School Notice Board.

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School Information and Fees

Park School has two classes per year group and as a general rule there is an average of 20 pupils per class.

Reception: Most children attend full time from September, however they can attend part-time (mornings only: 8.45 am – 12.00pm) or full-time (8.45 am – 3.10 pm).
A combination of mornings and full days can also be arranged.
If pupils have siblings elsewhere in the school, they can stay on till 3.35 pm.
Years 1 and 2: 8.45 am – 3.35 pm
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6: 8.45 am – 3.40 pm

Termly Fees

2019 – 2020 Fees

Direct Debit Form

Fees protection information is available via the School Office.

Breakfast Club
Early morning care from 8.00 am until 8.30 am is available upon request via the School Office. A light breakfast is available. There is a small charge for this facility.

After School Care Club
After School Care Club runs from 3.45 pm until 5.45 pm daily, during term time. Children can be booked into this club for the whole term (forms are sent out to parents the previous term) or they can attend on an occasional basis, as required.

A snack and a drink is served. A range of activities is offered and the children play outside when the weather is fine. Pupils can also do homework set in class that day. There is a small charge for this facility.

Park School Clubs
No charge is made for an after-school club if it is run by our own staff. However, outside instructors do make a termly charge for attendance at their clubs.

Park School Holiday Club
We run a holiday club during most weeks of the school holidays. These are run by familiar, experienced members of staff. Most clubs are held in the school grounds and include a range of craft, sport and ICT activities.

We also run a water sports week during the summer at Hengistbury Head Outdoor Centre for children aged 7 and over. Here the children learn to sail, wall climb, kayak, canoe and raft build.

Holiday clubs are popular. The environment carefully created by the staff means the children love coming along. They make new friends and take home the treasure they make.

If you have any questions about holiday clubs, please contact Miss Whitbread on holidayclub@parkschool.co.uk
Park School Holiday Club is subject to staff availability.

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Park School Uniform

School uniform is an important element of Park School life. We are very proud of our school uniform – its distinctive blue and grey colours are not only smart, but have become synonymous with Park School over the years.

The School’s outfitter is Schoolwear Solutions.  The garments supplied are of a high quality and for the convenience of our parents they visit the School twice each year, at the end of the Lent Term and during the Summer Term. Uniform can be ordered during these visits or online throughout the year. Feel free to give them a call on give them a call on (0116) 216 0665 to discuss your child’s specific requirements.

Alternatively, follow the link below to order your uniform (parents should ‘Search by School’ and select Park School).

Visit the Schoolwear Solutions website

For more information on the uniform items required for your child, please take a look at the appropriate list below:

Girls Uniform 2019/2020 – Lower School (Reception to Year 2)

Girls Uniform 2019/2020 – Junior School (Year 3 to Year 6)

Boys Uniform 2019/2020 – Lower School (Reception to Year 2)

Boys Uniform 2019/2020 – Junior School (Year 3 to Year 6)

 

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e-Safety Resources for Parents

Tips and advice for keeping your family safe online:

How to set up the parental controls offered by your Internet service provider (BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media), if you not using a more advanced solution like Sophos Home: Click here to download

Other resources for parents from the UK Safer Internet Centre: Go to UK Safer Internet website

Google Family Safety Centre: Go to website

Sophos Home – Free security and web-filtering

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Advanced Computer Security

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Block Unwanted Content

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Easy to Install and Manage

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Absence from School

Please find the downloadable Absence Request form below. This must be completed for all time away from school (e.g. music or other external exams, medical appointment, dentist).

The completed form should be returned to the School Office for authorisation.

Download Absence Form

Inclement Weather Policy

It is our policy to stay open if at all possible. In the absence of any message to the contrary, you can assume that the School is open and that Breakfast Club and After School Care Club will take place as usual. We endeavour to put on all scheduled after school clubs. If after school clubs have to be cancelled during the course of the day, then this message will be given to parents/carers at the standard home time. Any child who was expecting to be in a club and is not picked up at the standard home time will be looked after until the scheduled end of the club. If it is not safe for you to travel to school, then please do not jeopardise your safety or that of your child. Similarly, if you feel it is not safe to wait until usual home time to collect your child, then please do pick up earlier.

Absences Due To Inclement Weather

If your child cannot attend school on any particular day, it is important to telephone the School Office. All absences need to be authorised in the official school register. If you let us know that it is not safe for your child to attend due to inclement weather, then your child’s absence will be entered as ‘authorised’.

 

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