General Information about our School

Introduction

Woodthorpe is a Community, day, co-educational Primary School for children from 3 to 11 years old. It has no particular religious affiliation.


The information shown here is extracted from our prospectus. A full Prospectus 2018/19 is available to download.

Admission information

Prospective parents are always most welcome to visit the school. Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

Children are admitted to the Nursery (Foundation Stage 1) in the term following their third birthday. Applications for Nursery places can be made directly to the Head of Nursery or through the school office. Our Nursery offers flexible provision of 15 hours per week. This can be discussed further on application.

NB a place at Woodthorpe Foundation Stage 1 does not guarantee a place at Woodthorpe School.

All children may start school from the September after their fourth birthday which gives parents/carers a greater choice about when your child starts school in Foundation Stage 2 class. Application forms for Foundation Stage 2 must be made using the Children' and Young Person's Service (CYPS) form which can be provided by the Nursery, through the school office or directly from the LA.

At the end of Year 6 most of our children transfer to the Outwood Academy City on Stradbroke Road. Application information will be provided by the LA in the July of Year 5. NB a place at Woodthorpe School does not guarantee a place at City.

Safeguarding

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children's health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

More information can be found on the Safeguarding Sheffield Children website.

The school aims to ensure that:

  • Appropriate action is taken in a timely manner to safeguard and promote children's welfare
  • All staff are aware of their statutory responsibilities with respect to safeguarding
  • Staff are properly trained in recognising and reporting safeguarding issues.

Our Safeguarding Policy 2018 is available to download.

Special Educational Needs/Disability (SEND)

Throughout their time in school, it is not unusual for children to, on occasions, require some additional help. This may be for a short period to assist them with a specific problem or it may be more long term.

Regardless of the needs of your child, at Woodthorpe we will always endeavour to provide them with the very best. If at any time you wish to discuss a concern you have about your child you can of course speak to their teacher.

If you would like further advice, Mrs Oliver is our Special Needs Co-ordinator.

An appointment to meet with her may be made at the school office.

Our SEND Policy and Information is available to download.

Further information is available from the Sheffield Directory:
SEND - Local Offer: Support and services for children and young people.

Disabled Access

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do. As a result we pride ourselves on being able to provide for the needs of all our community. The school is well equipped to meet the needs of all our learners including those with disabilities.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact school and ask to speak to:

  • Dave Smith - Headteacher, or
  • Karen Bister - Deputy Head

Our Accessibility Plan is available to download.

Should you require a paper copy of any of the information on our website, please contact our school office.

Our School Day

Breakfast Bar

Our Breakfast bar is open from 8am - 8.35am daily. From 11th September we will be launching a National Schools Breakfast programme, which will be supporting us to provide breakfast for all children in school. Children in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Classrooms

We welcome parents into classrooms from 8.35 am, in order that they can support their children with their learning. Registration will take place at 8.45am.

Foundation Stage 1:

Morning: 8.50am - 11.50am

Afternoon: 12.00pm - 3.00pm


Foundation Stage2 / Key Stage 1:

School starts: 8.45am

Lunch break: 11.40am - 12.50pm

School ends: 2.55pm


Key stage 2:

School starts: 8.45am

Lunch break: 12.20pm - 13.00pm

School ends: 3.00pm


A printable version of The School Day is available to download.

School Attendance

Our school's Attendance Policy has been updated in response to recent communication with representatives of the Local Authority.

The Local Authority monitors the attendance of all pupils and works closely with the school to identify and address any concerns.

As a result of concerns about attendance, changes to the policy have been agreed in order to support our children to attend school regularly.

The Letter to Parents (October 2017) summarises these changes and is available to download.

Our Attendance Policy is also available to download.

Attendance and Punctuality

Regular and punctual attendance is vital if a child is to be happy, settled and successful at school.

Our Educational Welfare Officer, Mrs Claire Daley, is available to help and support should you have any concerns regarding attendance or punctuality. She can be contacted via the main office.

In 2011-12 Woodthorpe School had 91.8% attendance.

In 2012-13 Woodthorpe School had 93% attendance.

In 2013-14 Woodthorpe School had 94.4% attendance.

In 2014-15 Woodthorpe School had 93.7% attendance.

In 2015-16 Woodthorpe School had 94.4% attendance.

In 2016-17 Woodthorpe School had 94.6% attendance.

In 2017-18 Woodthorpe School had 94.4% attendance.

Absence

Unauthorised absence is that for which no explanation has been given or where the explanation does not meet government guidelines - for example shopping or a birthday. We cannot authorise term time holidays except in exceptional circumstances. To request authorisation please ask for a form from the school office or use our App.

Please make every effort to avoid term time holidays - they disrupt your child's education, particularly if taken in September. Holidays taken in September or during test weeks in school will not be authorised.

More about our School

School Uniform

All full-time pupils are expected to wear the school uniform. This is a blue sweatshirt with a blue school polo shirt. These can be ordered through the school office using our School Uniform Order Form. Children should wear dark trousers/skirts and dark shoes. In addition children are expected to dress in a way that is safe and suitable for school.

  • High heeled or excessively heavy shoes or boots should not be worn.
  • Only small stud ear rings and watches are permitted to be worn in school. These MUST be removed for PE.
  • Long hair should be tied back for certain lessons - eg swimming, PE or technology.
  • Children should wear our agreed kit for PE - the office can provide details.

Please note that the school cannot be held responsible for the loss of clothing or other possessions in school.

PLEASE MARK ALL CLOTHING WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME.

Healthy Eating - Breaks

Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 will receive free fruit at break times. Children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to visit our snack bar at break, where there is a range of healthy snacks available to buy.

All children are encourage to bring a water bottle with them into school and have access to water throughout the day.

School Meals

We offer a fantastic menu at lunchtime, which is designed and cooked on site by our own catering staff. This is available from the school office. Please speak to our admin team if your child has any dietary re-quirements our catering team need to be aware of. Alternatively children can bring their own packed lunch from home.

School lunches cost £2.00 per day (£10.00 per week). Please try to send the correct money to school on Monday no matter which days your child has lunch.

Weekly Menus showing the choice of meals can be downloaded as follows:

If you think you are eligible for Free School Meals or you think you may need to renew your application, there is a new online service you can access. Log on to www.sheffield.gov.uk and look for the free school meals link applications form. You will be sent a reply via your email address.

You can also collect a form from the school office. Please register entitlement to free school meals even if you do not intend to take up a meal for your child.

School Milk

Children entitled to free school meals are entitled to free school milk. Children under five are eligible for free school milk.

In FS and KS1 milk can be purchased termly; this costs £13.50 from September 2018 till December 2018.

In KS2 it can be purchased daily from the School Office at 15p. Milk with fluoride added for dental care can be ordered.

In Conclusion

We work very hard to treat your child as an individual. We are always keen to involve you as the people who know your child best in providing the best learning opportunities possible. In turn we are always open to suggestions from you and committed to helping you find any support you might need that will benefit your child.

If there is anything else you would like to know please ask or, better still, come and see us for yourself.