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Welcome to St Paul's CofE Primary School and Nursery

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to our website and we hope you enjoy finding out about our school. Our motto is “Foundations for the Future” and we feel this embraces everything we do at St. Paul’s, whether your child is starting in our independent nursery “Wagtails” or you are enrolling your child into reception. There will be a warm welcome, as our Christian ethos gives a real community feel, to the school. We have strong links to our founder church of St. Paul’s in West Street and its benefice St. Michael’s. Our parish church St. Nicholas is next to the school and we have strong links to all three. We hold assembly every day and each Thursday the clergy come and conduct collective worship with the children.

St. Paul’s Primary is judged as a good school under the Ofsted framework (November 2017.) This has been consistent under my leadership over the last 13 years, with outstanding, in our Ofsted in 2009 . In the SIAMS Section 48 inspection of church schools (October 2015) we are good with outstanding for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education.

We are a recognised International School, being reaccredited for the fourth time with this important national award, with link schools in Uganda and Spain. We are nationally recognised for our teaching of Spanish, where the children leave the school with a high proportion of our year six class, reaching the equivalent of a pass at GCSE. In 2018/2019 St. Paul’s was the top school in Brighton and Hove for key stage two standards and third in Sussex.

We have an excellent, experienced staff, who work extremely hard, to offer a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum for the children. We are very creative in our approach and enhance topics with visits and visitors. Twice in the last 13 years we have been in the top 200 schools in the country for our standards.

We are very proud of all we achieve at St. Paul’s and our parents support the school community so well, with our fantastic 'Parents and Friends' events across the year.

I am always pleased to talk to parents when they are being shown around the school and if you are interested in finding out more please do not hesitate to email or ring the school to make an appointment to visit.

We look forward to welcoming you. Linda Dupret, Headteacher.

PLEASE DO HAVE A LOOK AT OUR SCHOOL PROMOTIONAL VIDEO BELOW. **

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NEW PARENTS VISITS FOR RECEPTION 2021/2022

Changes to New Parents Visits due to Covid 19

Welcome everyone to St. Paul’s Church of England Primary School. 

We would love to welcome you in and show you around our wonderful school but unfortunately due to a second lockdown beginning 5th November, we can no longer do this, not even for small numbers.

Here, I am going to outline exactly what I would say to you in our short meeting. 

St Paul’s is a one-form entry, Church of England Primary School with an independent nursery called Wagtails.

We have a very experienced and well-established staff. 

I am Linda Dupret and have been the headteacher for 15 years.  I will be retiring at the end of the autumn term.  

In January 2021, we welcome Michelle Lord who will be the new headteacher.  

Michelle is currently a church school head in Lewes where she has had great success and is looking forward to joining our wonderful team.

Ms Amanda Easton is the Deputy Head, SENCO and Key Stage Two Lead.  

Mrs.Georgie Anderson is the Key Stage One and Assessment Lead.

We make up the Senior Leadership Team.  We have been very successful, so please look at our Ofsted report and SIAMS inspection report on our website.

We are a church school and have strong links with our founder church, St. Paul’s, its benefice St. Michael’s and our parish church next door to the school, St. Nicolas of Myra.

During their time at St. Paul’s the children go termly to all the three churches for special festivals.  The clergy from these churches come in every Thursday to lead collective worship.  When the children reach year 5/6 they can have first communion, with set lessons in school and a church celebration.

We use a Religious Education scheme called Understanding Christianity and the children start with simple RE lessons from reception.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Curriculum, which carries on from their nurseries. This covers literacy, numeracy, personal, social and health education, creativity, physical education, knowledge and understanding of the world. We also teach Spanish from reception and we are a recognised school nationally for our Spanish development.

A simple baseline assessment is completed when the children start school and this gives us good information as to the support and learning they will need in all subjects. At the end of the reception year, an Educational Profile is completed for each child to show if they have achieved the Early Learning Goals.

The reception day begins at 8.45am.   Children and parents come in through the side gate near St. Nicolas Church, where you can leave them with the class teacher and wave goodbye.  They have a morning play at 10.30am, lunch at 11.45am and afternoon play at 2.15pm.  The school day finishes at 2.55pm.  (Times due to Covid are different currently but hopefully by the time your children start they will be as above.)

When the children start in September, there will be a staggered start, with between 6 and 10 children in each few days.  We start with the youngest summer born children as this also breaks them in gently.

It is very important to the school, that children are on time and punctual, as you are setting an attitude to work for life at this young age.  Holidays are not approved during school terms, apart from exceptional circumstances and these have to be approved by the headteacher.  There are a maximum of 10 days in one school year.

Children have a snack mid-morning, which is a piece of fruit, currently supplied by the government through the fruit scheme.  Up until the time of their fifth birthday, a carton of milk is free each day.  After their 5th birthday, there is an option for you to continue but it must be paid for.  We do this through Cool Milk and all payments are invoiced termly directly to you.

School dinners are served in the hall and are free for children from reception to year 2.  There is a meat and vegetarian option, as well as salad and wholemeal bread offered each day.  If your child has a dietary need, we can arrange for a small form to be completed and passed to the Caterers who can apply a special menu each day for your child’s particular needs.  We openly encourage children to bring in a water bottle and drink regularly.

We do have a school uniform, as you will see in the video. More information on this can be found on our web pages.  We do also like to have everything named.

We have an afterschool club who offer wraparound care for children from 3pm to 6pm to support working parents.  It is called ‘Starfish’ and they offer a healthy snack during the playtime.  They have different play themes each day and use both inside and outside areas. 

Booking is arranged directly with the company.

Other extra curriculum school clubs run after school for about an hour and currently involve arts, crafts, music, sports, drama and outdoor project activities. These change each year and are individually paid for directly to the clubs provided.

We give you good information to support you and your child. There is a fortnightly newsletter, which we send out on a School Ping App. 

Invites to events, information about the curriculum, open evening info, school closures and special activities etc.; all sent directly to you via your mobile phone.

We have a Study Bugs app for you to record sickness and let us know when your child is not well, it is easy and simple to use. 

Payments for all trips and *school dinners, (*when they reach key stage two) are all completed through Parent Pay.  Information will come to you once your child is at school.

During the school year, there will be two open evenings in November and March, plus a written report in July.  We try to give you good information to support your child. Parents of children with SEN will have extra meetings with the class teacher or SENCO if necessary.

Each class or key stage has a curriculum newsletter and simple information re homework now comes on Google classroom.  We try to use technology to the best effect to save time and paper printing.  Homework for reception will mainly be reading every day and phonics games.

The Parents and Friends Association is run by our parents for all our parents.  They arrange great events to raise funds for our little extras, e.g; reading books, new computers, play equipment for playgrounds, musical instruments and special events like pantomimes or workshops. 

Events include Adult Quizzes, Cake Sales, Christmas Sparkle Disco, Stars in their Eyes, Easter Egg Competitions and a huge summer fair.   We have a mix of activities for parents and others for families.  They are supportive and raise funds of approx. £8,000 a year.   It is most appreciated in these difficult financial times for schools.

We also love to have parent volunteers in class.  This is not just to see what is going on with their children but also to help all.  Every volunteer needs to have a DBS check and two references.   They can then do a range of activities with the class teacher’s supervision. 

During the children’s time at St. Paul’s they will go on many visits both locally and further afield to support our Creative curriculum.  We run a topic based approach and the children have stunning starts and fabulous finishes to their topic, which can last half a term or a term.  The children make super topic books, as they get older from year one.

In key stage two, they have the chance to go on two residential trips in year four and year six.  Currently year four go to PGL  for three days/ two nights and year six go to Zaragoza in Spain for 5 days/4 nights (suspended at the moment due to Covid, but hopefully to be reinstated soon.) 

We aim to make our curriculum broad and balanced giving due consideration to the arts and performing.

Our behaviour at St. Paul’s is impeccable. Please see our Ofsted and SIAMS report. We have zero tolerance of any bullying.  We have a set policy on our website and believe in positive reward. 

I have tried to cover most aspects of school life at St. Paul’s. 

In a nutshell.   We enjoy a warm welcoming Christian environment (please see our school ethos statement on our website.)  It is a very happy school as our video shows so clearly.

In the summer term, I sincerely hope Mrs. Lord will be able to welcome you properly and you can see our lovely school for yourself.

Please apply online by 15th January 2021. You must send an oversubscription form to the office and rank the criteria.  These can be found on the website.

In addition, if you are having a priest’s letter of support, this must also come to the office.

I appreciate this is not an ideal way to find out about important information when you are making a decision about your child’s education but hope this gives you just a short overview of our school. 

If you have specific questions you would like to ask then please do not hesitate to ring on 01273 721001 or email me on lindadupret@stpauls.brighton-hove.sch.uk.

Wishing you all well for the future.

Kind regards,

 

Linda Dupret

Head teacher

 

 

 

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