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About The School:

Ravensdale Junior School is part of Derby City Local Authority. It is situated in Mickleover, on Devonshire Drive, sharing a site with Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School.
Our building is made up of twelve classes, a hall, library and community room. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and we have laptop trolleys, netbooks and tablets for children to use.
We are extremely fortunate in that we have beautiful grounds with two playgrounds, two fields, a trim trail, an outdoor classroom and a stunning wildlife area.

Children work in mixed ability classes for lessons and all teachers Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time is covered by either qualified teachers, HLTAs or outside agencies who are employed by the school.
We are a Health Promoting School and our catering reflects this. Meals are cooked in our school kitchen which we run ourselves, and there is always plenty of choice for varied diets. We focus on healthy eating in our canteen, while catering for children's tastes and have a salad bar which children who choose to stay for school lunch can help themselves to each day. You can find examples of our menus here.

Our kitchen team, led by Mrs Regan, won the "Best Kitchen 2009" award.

The planned admission number for the year 2015/2016 was 90 children per year group. This is an increase on previous years where the number was 75. Currently children are arranged in single age year groups. Admission to Ravensdale Junior School is arranged through the Local Authority.

Every Child Matters:
At Ravensdale we fully embrace the "Every Child Matters" agenda and believe in developing social and emotional well-being in all children. Whatever a child's background or circumstances, we aim for them to have the support they need to:

Be Healthy – we promote this through our fruit and vegetable only snacks to help parents ensure their children have the recommended "5-a-day" to maintain good health.
We also promote this by providing healthy school dinners and encouraging healthy lunchboxes for those choosing to bring their own lunch.
We have a Learning Mentor to support children‟s well-being and happiness in school and we follow SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) in our PSHE curriculum. We were awarded the "Active Mark" in recognition of our high quality PE and Sports curriculum and we are a "Healthy School" being re-awarded this to the revised standard this year.

Stay safe – we deal with the causes of any unhappiness in school as soon as we are aware of it. We teach children, through our curriculum, to seek help and support if
they are unhappy. We take an active approach to dealing with any issues of bullying or anti-social behaviour and teach children about both their rights and responsibilities in
terms of staying safe from harm.

Enjoy and achieve – most children enjoy coming to school and compared to national expectations, our standards are high. We are improving the rate of progress children make and carefully track this. Where children are not making expected progress, we have a range of strategies to help achievement improve. Our lessons are stimulating and interactive with children being active learners.

Make a positive contribution – we have an active School Council who contribute to decisions and help organise playtimes and lunchtimes. In Year 6, children have the opportunity to become prefects. At Ravensdale we support a number of charities through the year in a variety of ways, from "non-uniform" and "theme" days, to children organising competitions, to our "Tinsel Tea" and other opportunities for parents/carers to come into school for a drink, a cake and a chat while raising money for good causes!

In addition to this, our Gardening Club has been helping with developing our school environment achieve economic well-being – we help children be ready for their further education and encourage and promote enterprise in school. We support adults and young people in their further training by accepting a limited number of work experience, placement students and trainee teachers.

Promoting Good Behaviour:

The ethos of the school forms the basis of our approach to discipline. Good behaviour is expected from all children to enable children to learn and teachers to teach in an environment which is relaxed and free from unnecessary interruptions. All members of our school community are expected to be considerate, thoughtful and courteous to other children and adults. Our aim is to provide an atmosphere of mutual respect where there is a strong and consistent expectation of good behaviour. A good work habit is encouraged within the school‟s Behaviour Policy, incorporating clear rewards and sanctions. However, we are aware that pupils are at different levels in their personal development so will respond to school life in different ways. There may be times when persistent problems will lead us to talk to you as the child's parent or carer to try to help the child to manage his or her behaviour. We believe all children can do this given consistent guidelines and partnership between home and school.
We do not accept any form of bullying in school and suspected incidents of this type of behaviour are
recorded. Physical and verbal attacks, including racist comments, are treated seriously and dealt with as soon as we are able. Children are encouraged to talk to an adult in school but if your child reports any incidents to you, please speak to the class teacher or the Learning Mentor. We can only deal with these incidents if we know about them.

Friends of Ravensdale:

Friends of Ravensdale is the group of people who wish to learn more about and contribute to the life of the school. They organise a range of social events, such as the much enjoyed discos for the children, family quiz and bingo evenings, as well as raising money for the school through Christmas and Summer Fairs. Friends have paid for visitors to the school, contributed to the outdoor classroom and staging and fully funded the Trim Trail. They have supported groups in school with budgets for children to manage and are currently raising funds to buy books for the library. In addition they fund our annual visiting pantomime. They are a busy group of people who are greatly valued by the staff and children alike. They hold planning meetings about once every half term and always welcome new members. Joining Friends is an excellent way to get involved in the school community, however much time you can give. Watch out for details of when the next meeting is – they would love to see you.

Data Protection:
Basic information about pupils is held on the school office computer to assist with the efficient
organisation of the school and the children‟s educational needs. We take security measures to ensure the information is kept confidential and can only be accessed by authorised members of staff. We follow national guidelines with regard to data protection and information sharing, further details of which are available on request. The school Data Protection policy is available on request.

Complaints Procedure:
The school aims to make the educational experience of each child a challenging and happy one. However, if you feel unhappy with any aspect of your child‟s education, please contact their class teacher or the Learning Mentor first. The Head teacher or Deputy Head teacher will also be happy to discuss any issues with you. In the unlikely event that your complaint has not been resolved, you may write to the Chair of Governors via the school office who will advise you how to proceed.

Charging Policy:
Part of the ethos of the school is to broaden the children‟s horizons by offering a wide range of
experiences. Field trips out of school, theatre visits to school – these types of events have long served to enhance and enrich the taught curriculum and bring learning alive.
By law, schools cannot charge pupils for activities that take place within the school day. However, since
the school's budget is typically insufficient to completely cover the cost of these valuable "extras", the
school will seek voluntary contributions from parents to ensure their continued affordability. Without
sufficient contributions, school trips will be unable to go ahead. The Head teacher will be willing to
discuss, in confidence, any specific cases where parents find it difficult to contribute. Children of parents who do not contribute will not be treated any differently from those who do.
The school may charge for activities that are provided wholly or mainly outside school hours, as long as these activities are optional.

Materials For Practical Subjects:
The school may charge for ingredients and materials used in practical subjects if children wish to own the finished product.

Extra Curricular Clubs:
Every term we offer a range of after school or lunchtime clubs that children may choose to join. In the
past these have included German, keyboards, card making, jewellery making, football, dance, cookery,
drama and netball. There may be a small charge for some of these clubs to cover staffing and equipment costs. Details will be sent out each term or children will be told about them in school.

Home Learning:
All children are given a Home-School Learning Book which is used as a home/school liaison book as well as a record of children's homework. The amount of homework will depend on the age of the child, we encourage children to develop research skills in preparation for topics to be studied. All children are expected to read every evening and they will have spellings to learn as well as spelling investigations and multiplication tables to practise. Other preparation for mental number tests will also be part of the weekly routine. Our Home Learning Policy is available from the school office page or the school directly.

The School Day:
Morning session 8.55am – 12noon with a ten minute break. Children may bring snacks, though these should be either fruit or vegetables in line with our Healthy Schools status and to help parents meet the "5 a day" guidelines.
The afternoon session runs from 1.10pm until 3.30pm and we do not have a break. However, the afternoon is broken up with regular "brain gym" and "activate to motivate" sessions.
Children may arrive in the morning from 8.45 am. There is no supervision for children who arrive earlier and parents and carers are requested to ensure their children do not arrive before 8.45 am. Children must be here by 8.55am to avoid being late. If getting children to school at this time is a problem for parents, children are welcome to come to Breakfast Club at Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School where they get chance to socialise with other children and eat breakfast! If you are interested, please contact Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School office who will give you details of registration and cost.

Attendance:
If your child is off school ill or has an appointment please ensure that you inform school before 9.15am and follow this up with a written note when your child returns to school. The school day starts at 8.55am and the playground doors are open between 8.45 and 8.55am. Entry after this time must be through the main reception entrance. Arrival between 8.55 and 9.10 am will be marked as a ‘late before registers close’ and arrivals after this time will be marked as ‘late after registers close’ which is classed as an unauthorised absence for the morning.

We teach for 23.5 hours each week excluding registration, collective worship, breaks and extra curricular activities. The National Curriculum ensures continuity of learning as well as balance and breadth in developing children's knowledge and skills. Children are also taught Religious Education as required under the Education Reform Act, 1988.

School Council:
School Council aims to sort out problems within school and generally make the school a better place. The School Council is able to pass on ideas to the Governors from the whole school. Members of the Council are able to organise the whole school when there are national issues they would like to support. Our School Council has an input into many decisions made in school, such as the appointment of staff and ideas to make playtimes and dinner times better. They will challenge staff, including the Head teacher, if they have an issue they want dealing with! They are most definitely a force to be reckoned with!

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion:
Children who may have special educational needs, are assessed and then may have specific targets set
for them by using an MEP (multi-element plan). Each child‟s progress is monitored through the Special
Educational Needs Code of Practice. Through carefully devised targets and monitoring we encourage
children to reach their full potential and to have access to the National Curriculum.
If you have any concerns about your child's education, please contact his/her class teacher or speak to
either of our Inclusion Leaders.

Links Between Home and School:
Upon entry please could you complete the following:
1. Emergency contact form (pink card). Please keep this information up to date so that you can be
contacted quickly if an emergency arises.
2. Information form for storage on office computer.
3. Asthma information card.

Jewellery is discouraged in school and should be limited only to small stud earrings and a watch. The only exception to this is jewellery which is worn for religious reasons. On PE/Games days please ensure earrings are removed at home as school staff are not allowed to help a child either remove or replace their earrings.

If your child is prescribed medication, wherever possible this should be given at home. If this is not
possible because the medication needs to be taken four times a day, please complete an administration of drugs form which is available for download or from the school office. We cannot administer medication if the form is not completed. If your child needs an inhaler for asthma, please ensure it is named. We advise to keep one permanently at school in the care of the class teacher. You will need to complete a form for this.

Mobile phones are not permitted in school. If you need to contact your child, please do so via the office.

Year 3 parents are invited into school in the summer, prior to the term that they begin, and for part of an afternoon in the early autumn term to work with their child as an introduction to the school.
We hold parent interviews in the autumn and spring terms and an open afternoon is held in the summer
term. We also invite parents to other functions throughout the year.

Please inform us by letter if:
your child has any health problems that may affect his/her education.
your child takes pills or medicine.
your child has poor hearing or poor eyesight.
your child has any allergies, such as hayfever.
there is anyone who should not be allowed to collect your child from school.
there is any unusual occurrence at home which may upset or worry your child.

Absence from School:
Please inform us by phone or email if your child is away from school on their first day of absence and
confirm this by letter on their return. If you do not inform us in writing about absences we have to record them as unauthorised.
Under the new regulations permission for holidays during school time is not an automatic right. You should seek permission for pupils to accompany parents on holiday in school time before you arrange the holiday.
Holiday forms are available for download or from the office. Absence for more than one week during any school year will only be granted in exceptional cases.
Holidays will not be authorized at the beginning of the new school year in September as it is important
that children make a good start to the school term. Absence during SATs week in Y6 will not be
authorized. Before planning a holiday, please read the Leave of Absence policy available for download or in school.
If your child is sick in the night or unwell in the morning please keep him/her at home for 48 hours after the last bout of sickness. Please make sure we have an up to date contact number so that we can get a quick response if your child becomes ill at school.
Should a child need to leave school during the day for any purpose, you must write a letter giving the
reason. Please collect your child from the entrance hall on such occasions as they will not be allowed to
leave school without an adult.

Equipment:
All equipment is supplied by the school except for the following items which we ask parents to provide:
PE kit - a pair of plimsolls for indoor PE lessons, training shoes for outdoor games, blue or black PE
shorts, a white or blue cotton T shirt, all kept in a PE bag.
During cold weather children may wear tracksuits for outdoor games If your child plays football,
boots and shinpads should be worn.
Art shirt - an adult shirt with the collar removed and sleeves shortened and elasticated is ideal
A pencil case with stationary
A named sports style water bottle

School Uniform:
Governors expect pupils to wear uniform to school which includes shoes and not trainers. Basic items are:
Girls
Grey skirt/grey long or short trousers, white blouse or polo shirt, blue sweatshirt/cardigan, blue check school dress, grey school dress. Tie - royal blue with white stripes (optional)
Boys
Grey long or short trousers, white shirt or polo shirt, blue sweatshirt. Tie - royal blue with white stripes (optional)
Footwear
Black school style shoes. Children should not wear high heels, platforms or trainers.

School sweatshirts, cardigans, school fleeces, ties and sun caps are available from the school office,
though all items of school uniform can be bought on the high street as it is not necessary to have the
school logo. Governors do not expect school uniform to cost any more than would be spent on any other
everyday clothing.

Lost Property:
Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly marked with your child's name. Valuables must be keptat home. Unmarked items are most difficult to return to their owner, especially sweatshirts, and
considerable distress can be caused when they are left in the wrong place. We will dispose of lost
property on a monthly basis as we have limited storage space in school.

Health Support:
There is a School Nurse from the school health service who is available for consultation if you have any health problems with your child. Please speak to your child‟s class teacher, the Inclusion Leader or
Learning Mentor if you have any concerns.

School Meals:
We are proud of the Award that our school kitchen has achieved. Each day three choices (meat, fish and vegetarian) of school meals are cooked in our own kithen. The meals are good value and children are encouraged to try a little of everything. Parents are welcome to visit the kitchen at any time to see menus or to watch preparation and serving of lunches. Please ring if you would like to come in and we can arrange a convenient time. See the School Dinner Page for our menus.

Dinner Arrangements:
Money for dinners must be sent to school on Monday morning whether a child is staying for the whole
week or for only part of the week. Please ensure you send dinner money in a named envelope.
Children of parents who receive certain benefits are entitled to free school meals. You can get the
necessary application form from school and you should return it to Children and Young People"s Services.
Children having free school meals are not treated any differently from those who are paying for their
dinner. We make provision for children who wish to bring sandwiches to eat at lunchtime. It is the
responsibility of the parents to ensure that food and drink are brought in suitable containers marked with the owner's name. Please do not send fizzy drinks or sweets at lunchtime as packed lunches should be healthy in line with our Healthy Schools status. Children eating lunch at school, whether a school dinner or sandwiches are not allowed to leave the premises during lunchtime. If children wish to change from dinners to sandwiches or vice versa please contact Mrs Lord in the school office who will advise you on the process.

Pastoral Care:
All school staff are interested in the welfare of our children and all staff are trained in First Aid. We
care for them and do our best to make school a happy and secure place. Accidents sometimes do occur andin the case of minor injury, we treat the child concerned. Where a more serious injury is sustained, we will contact parents and consult them immediately. It is very important to notify school of any change of home or work telephone number. If children discuss personal or family problems with the teacher, such matters are always treated with integrity and in confidence.

Safeguarding and Child Protection:
Parents should be aware that the school will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils.
In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment,
neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow Derby and Derbyshire
Safeguarding Children Procedures which may involve informing Social Care of their concern.

Teaching Time:
In the course of a normal school week 24 hours are spent on teaching and learning. This time includes
Religious Education but excludes the statutory daily act of collective worship, registration, break and
lunchtime.

Monitoring of Progress:
Teachers monitor children's progress on a daily basis through school activities. Children in year 6
complete the National Curriculum Standard Assessment Tests - SATS - whilst pupils in year 3, 4 and 5
take QCA tests during the summer term. Assessment information and progress data are sent to parents on the annual end of year report.

Safety:
May we take this opportunity to remind parents who bring children to school by car, that the Police may prosecute drivers who park illegally on yellow line areas or pavements. Please do not use the cul-de-sac as a turning or dropping off point, the possible dangers are obvious. Cars must not be brought through the school gates unless the drivers are on official school business. Please help us to ensure maximum safety for the children. The children are continually reminded about road safety and dangers which they should avoid. See Here for our road safety policy.

Security:
If ever you see anything of a suspicious nature happening in and around school after school hours, at
weekend or during holidays, please do not hesitate to telephone the Police on 03451 233333. You do not have to give your name.
For security reasons parents are asked to use only the main entrance at the front of school and report to the office when they visit during the school day.
For safety purposes we insist parents do not go onto, or collect children from the playground. This will
help members of staff decide whether there is a threat to the safety of children when an adult appears on the playground.