Prospectus

Overview 

This page has been produced to give parents of new pupils an outline of the education that we provide at Foulds.

Children bring their own special experiences with them when they start school, which they are encouraged to share. By learning from each other, they help to extend other pupils’ learning. By encouraging them to work and learn with each other, we are preparing them for their role as citizens in the wider world, of secondary school, work and recreation.

As a school we aim to work together to:
  • have an environment and atmosphere that is safe, caring and friendly
  • ensure that all learning is varied, interesting and enjoyable
  • ensure that all children are motivated to do their best irrespective of ability
  • be a school where the highest standards of work and behaviour are encouraged and expected
  • encourage self esteem and respect for others

Facilities


The well-resourced classrooms, all on the ground floor, are arranged around the main hall. The reception classes are housed in a self- contained Reception unit joining the older main building. The school site also contains a library and an Computer suite containing fifteen internet-linked computers. Each KS1 and KS2 classroom also benefits from a high speed broadband connection, an Interactive Whiteboard and a set of netbooks/laptops. The Infants and Juniors have their own well- equipped playgrounds. The Byng Road playing fields, a short walk away, are used for Sports Days.


Admissions

Parents/carers who are considering sending their child to Foulds are invited to contact the school to arrange a visit. The Headteacher shows groups of parents around the school during the day several times a term. Individual visits are not possible.

Admissions arrangements and criteria are set by the Local Authority. Please see our admissions section.


School Organisation

The school is a one-and-a-half form entry school: we take 45 children in each year group. This means that some of our classes are split-age classes.
Times of the Day

Morning Session              Afternoon Session

Infants 8.55 – 11.50 a.m.      Infants 1.00 – 3.25p.m.

Juniors 8.50 - 12.00 noon       Juniors 1.00 – 3.25p.m.

It is important that the children arrive punctually to school. Parents are asked not to leave children in the playgrounds unsupervised before 8.45 a.m. If parents/carers are going to be late to pick up their children, staff and children appreciate a telephone call to inform the school. The children must then wait quietly in the departure lounge, not in the school playgrounds.


Starting in Reception

Once the offers for Reception places have been made, parents are invited to a meeting which is usually held in June. At this meeting, parents/carers will be given information about the starting procedure.

The 45 Reception children are taught as one big year group with two class teachers.

In the first two weeks of term home visits are made to all parents, even if they have older children in the school.

The children start in Reception in the same way, but with staggered start dates. Following home visits, your child will have an afternoon at school in a small group of children, followed by approximately a week of mornings at school. After that they will stay for lunch after each morning for a week, and then after that they will start full time school. This way all children, regardless of age, will be attending school full time before the October half term. If you feel that your child is not ready for this, we will be happy to speak to you to come to a suitable arrangement for your child.

As the school is a one-and-a-half form entry school, there will be times when your child will be taught in a split age class. Currently there is one split class in the Infants and six in the Juniors. Until the Juniors, the children are split by age to ensure no more than 30 children in the class. In the Juniors the children are split into equal groups containing years three and four, and years five and six, with mixed ability and mixed age. The teachers plan in planning groups to ensure continuity and progression.

The Curriculum

Please see our Curriculum section for full information about our Curriculum.

At Foulds we value each member of our school community and aim to meet that individual’s needs. In class this means that we take care to ensure that all children can learn by providing them with support and/or challenge as appropriate. As a staff, this means that we believe in the benefits of teamwork, learning and supporting each other so that we are all constantly developing our skills and expertise. As part of the team around each child, we ask all staff and families to sign the Home-School Agreement (which can be viewed at the bottom of this page).

Swimming

All children will take part in swimming activities during their time in the Juniors at Foulds. Once they leave the school they will have covered the statutory requirements set down as part of the P.E. curriculum.


Sex education

The governors and staff feel that sex education is an important part of a child’s preparation for life. It is handled in a straightforward but sensitive way, emphasising respect for oneself and others. Some aspects, such as menstruation, are introduced in the lower juniors but most of the sex education is introduced in the Upper Juniors. Parents are told beforehand so that they can look at the material we use and, if they wish, withdraw their children from the lessons.


Assembly

A daily assembly for Infants and Juniors at Foulds is an important part of the school day. During these assemblies we also share stories from world religions as well as Christian stories, celebrate children's work and achievements learn together about different themes and ideas that should shape our thinking and behaviour in and out of school. Each half term there is a different PSHE theme for our assemblies and each month there is a different Foulds Value, linked to British Values that we discuss.  As a Rights Respecting School, we also celebrate days which recognise various human rights e.g. International Day of Disabled Persons.  These themes and values seek to encourage the children to think about the part they play in the school and the community as a whole.

There are two whole school assemblies each week, on Mondays and Fridays. The Friday assembly is either a class assembly or a sharing assembly. Each class has a class assembly at least once in the year, when they share the work they have been doing with the rest of the school. Parents are invited to their child’s class assembly via the newsletter. On weeks when there is no class assembly, groups of children will informally share work with the rest of the school during sharing assemblies. During the whole school assemblies, star pupil certificates, team point results and reports relating to team events are announced. This important part ensures that all the staff and children celebrate the achievements of children in the school.


Special Educational Needs

We welcome all children into our school, including those with special educational needs.

We are an inclusive school and believe that we must help every child to achieve. Further information to help you help your child can be viewed in our How To Support Your Child Section

All children have an equal entitlement to be taught the curriculum and we work hard to adapt our teaching methods and resources to the learning needs of individual children in our care. Sometimes extra teaching help or classroom assistant support may be made available for a particular child, but normally the class teachers, together with the Special Needs Co-ordinator, plan a program which is tailored to a child’s needs. When necessary we call on outside agencies for further support and advice; this may include the Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, Education Social Worker, or perhaps a School nurse. Parents are always consulted and involved.


Educational Visits

Of course, learning can take place outside of the classroom, and the local community is an invaluable source of expertise and experience. At Foulds we try to enrich the children’s learning through visits. Either the children go out to visit a site, museum, organised event etc., or individuals or groups from outside the school visit the school. We also organise curriculum days or weeks, when all the children in the school are involved in an activity which focuses specifically on one area of the curriculum.

Children in Year 6 have the opportunity of going on a residential visit called our School Journey. They are able to participate in adventurous activities and fieldwork that cannot be provided in school; and they also gain immense personal and social benefits from being together in such a situation.

In accordance with the school Charging Policy, we may ask for a voluntary contribution for some of these activities.

Extra curricular activities

Children are encouraged to join a variety of clubs which run during the school day and after school, for example; football, netball and rugby, athletics, the choir, gardening, cooking and drama club. The newsletter contains the most up to date list of clubs.

Several clubs are run by independent organisations on the school premises after school e.g. sports, Spanish, and Art. Details of all these are available either via the school newsletter or from leaflets positioned outside the school office.

School sports teams and music groups participate fully in all the Borough events. You can read our about our sporting achievement in our sports section. 

Music tuition is available for drums, violin, guitar, cello, woodwind, brass and piano on a chargeable basis.


Complaints about the curriculum

Any complaint about the curriculum should be referred to the Headteacher. If it cannot be resolved informally, parents may take the matter up with the Governing Body. Full details of the procedure are available from the school office.


Pastoral Care and Health and Welfare

Pastoral care is a strength of the school. Each class is firstly in the care of their class teacher. Ancillary staff, in the form of class assistants and mealtime supervisors, assist the class teacher both in and outside the classroom. Parents are encouraged to come and discuss, firstly with the class teachers and then with the Head, any matters which may affect their child’s welfare. A number of our classroom assistants are qualified first-aiders. All staff receive first response training and thus are able to treat minor injuries such as cuts and bruises.

In cases of more serious injury or illness we will always contact parents as soon as possible. It is important that parents keep the school informed of any change of address, telephone number or workplace.

You will receive a copy of the medical policy when your child starts school. It sets out clearly the procedure if your child needs to have medicine in school.

Lunchtimes

School lunches are served in the canteen supervised by the mealtime supervisors. If you would like your child to have school lunch, it can be paid for weekly, half termly, or termly. Free school meals are available for children whose parents are in receipt of income support and for all pupils in Reception classes and Key Stage One. Children may also bring in packed lunches. If you wish your child to change from one arrangement to the other a half-term’s notice is required.


Absence

Please telephone the school first thing in the morning to let us know if your child is going to be absent from school because they are ill. Following an absence from school an explanatory note must be sent to the class teacher, otherwise the absence is noted as unauthorised in the register. In the case of headlice and contagious illness a call to the school can alert us to any minor epidemic.

Further information and guidance can be found in our Attendance Request For Exceptional Leave section.

Attendance figures for Foulds are available - please contact the office for the most up to date figures.


Behaviour and Discipline

Children are encouraged to behave in a polite and considerate way at all times and to develop a sense of responsibility and self discipline.

The ethos of the school will support the individual regardless of race, social or religious differences. As part of a Rights Respecting School, we all work to respect other people's rights so that we don't impact negatively upon them.  Please visit our Policies section to view our behaviour policy

Children are taught to behave well both in and out of school and online. E-safety is an important part of the curriculum, and all members of the school community are asked to sign an Acceptable Use Policy. Please visit our E-Safety section for more information.

We use a variety of positive behaviour strategies in the school. These range from smiley faces in the Infants to team points in the Juniors. Classes may earn marbles for good behaviour, and are rewarded with a half-day treat of their choice. Every child can have up to 15 minutes of Golden Time at the end of each week as a reward. Children may earn Achievement Awards and associated certificates, badges, medals and trophies.

Each week, the class teachers choose a “Star of the Week”, a child who has been working hard or has behaved particularly well that week. These names are noted in the school’s weekly newsletter and the children receive a certificate in assembly.

The school has a School Council, which has elected representatives from each class. The Council meets regularly to discuss issues that have an effect on school day-to-day life.

Bullying

The school has a set procedure which is used if a case of bullying is reported. Children are encouraged to find an adult with whom to share their difficulties. If a case of bullying is uncovered, the child/children who are bullying others are given a first warning and sanction. They do have a chance to change their behaviour. If there is a second incident, parents/carers are asked into school to discuss further sanctions. The anti-bullying policy is found within the Behaviour policy, in the policies section of the website.

We teach children how to stay safe online and how to deal with cyberbullying. If you would like more information about E-safety, including cyberbullying. Most, if not all cyberbullying takes place out of school and it is vital that parents are aware of their role in monitoring children's online activity in order to help prevent and identify any cyberbullying. We must work together on this one! 
Please visit our E-Safety section for more information.


Communicating with parents/carers

Parents are invited to sign our Home School Agreement, which sets out responsibilities for parents, teachers and pupils. Click here to see the Home School Agreement.

Three parent consultation evenings are held each year, when you can discuss your child’s progress with the class teachers. There is no need to wait for these organised meetings. If you need to speak to the class teacher, please call in at the end of the day to arrange a mutually agreeable time. The Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher are available by appointment to speak to parents.

The Foulds newsletter is uploaded every Thursday and parents sent a text reminder to read it. A small number of paper copies are available each week outside the office. The newsletter provides information about forthcoming events, reports from children and the Foulds Association as well as general information about the day-to-day running of the school. Please make some time to read the newsletter each week. 

The Foulds Association (our PTA)

We have a thriving and well-organised parent/teacher association which organises many fundraising and social activities throughout the year. Funds raised from these events goes towards the purchase of specific items to support the school development plan. The Association also runs a mail order school shop, which sells some items of Foulds School uniform.

The Governing Body

The Governing Body of the school is like a Board of Directors and makes decisions on how the school is run. Some of its functions are: -
To establish the aims and policies of the school
To advise on spending the school’s budget
To appoint, promote and support staff
To monitor the National Curriculum and R.E. provision
To act as a link between the school and the local community

It does not become involved in the day-to-day management of the school.

Foulds Governing Body is made up of representatives from the Local Authority, the local community, staff and parents. A full list of governors and whom they represent can be found in the governor section of the parents/carers pages. The parents, in a secret ballot, elect parent governors who serve four years.

Much of the governors’ work is carried out by committees. We have committees for Curriculum and Welfare and for Resources. The whole Governing Body meets at least once a term. The agenda and minutes of these meetings are available for you to read on request. 

If you would like to contact the Governing Body please ask the School Office for the Chair of Governors’ contact details.

For further information, please visit our Governors section

Travelling to and from School

Most of our pupils live very close to the school and we encourage everyone to walk to school or to use public transport. Parking near the school is difficult and the roads around the school can become congested. To reduce traffic and increase the safety of all children we encourage parents and children to “Park and Stride”: park in the unrestricted parking in the roads near Old Fold View and stride along the footpath and pavements the rest of the way. If you must drive your child to school please observe the voluntary one-way system (also used by parents of children in Christ Church School) that operates when picking up and delivering children. Please drive down Byng Road and back up Wentworth Road, and make sure you come to school with plenty of time to spare to find a safe parking space. 

Please visit our School Travel Plan section for further information.

Secondary Transfer

A meeting explaining the secondary transfer procedure is held for all parents of children in Year Five and Year Four in the summer term.

During September and October, all the local secondary schools have ‘open days/evenings’, and parents and children are invited to attend.

Further information about Secondary School admissions can be found here


School Uniform

Foulds School has a formal uniform which all children are required to wear. The uniform helps the children take pride in their appearance and their school. Every item of uniform should be labelled with your child’s name - Sharpie pens write on fabric really well and last a long time.

Visit our uniform section for a full description.

P.E. All children should wear white T. shirt with logo and bright green shorts. Foulds track suits or dark plain tracksuits for Juniors.

Gymshoes for Infants, trainer shoes – not boots - for Juniors. Your child’s kit should always be available in school.

The Infants’ P.E. kit should be kept in a draw-string bag which hangs on their peg in the cloakroom. The Juniors have a draw string bag in a locker. As space is limited, no large kit bags please.


Jewellery, accessories, miscellaneous

Children should not wear any jewellery to school. Earrings should be a simple stud. Nail varnish is not allowed. Shoulder length hair should be tied back. Hair should be a natural colour, and not dyed/bleached to an unnatural colour.

Any accessories worn i.e. gloves, hats, scarves need to be labelled with your child’s name.

Lost property is kept in the large storage boxes in the Departure Lounge and is cleared at the end of each term.

School outfitters – Yvonne’s in East Barnet. Some smaller items available from school shop.


Attainment and Progress

We are proud of how well the pupils at Foulds achieve. You will find a link to our latest attainment in our End of Key Stage summary section 


Home School Agreement