Prospectus

Welcome to White House Farm Primary School

We hope you find this information helpful and informative.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school by email.

White House Farm Primary School
Mallard Way
Norwich
NR7 8DN
 

office@whf.set.education

Our vision and values

At White House Farm Primary School we provide a quality education in a happy, safe, inclusive and caring environment. We aim to inspire and motivate children to play their part confidently and successfully in a rapidly changing world. Our aims are to provide our children with world-class education to enable them all to reach their full potential.  We believe that our children are the heart of our school and that our school is a fun and inspirational place to be.

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To fulfil our aims and values we aspire to:

  • Help each pupil to develop their full potential and to encourage them to acquire knowledge, skills and confidence through a range of experiences
  • Provide a secure, happy and caring environment where every pupil feels secure, happy and valued and receives equal regard and access to a curriculum of substance
  • Encourage our pupils to develop self-respect for others, take responsibility for their behaviour, develop positive attitudes to learning and respond positively to diversity and respond positively to change.

 

The School Environment

Our school is a brand new, purpose-built building which is a warm and welcoming environment with excellent facilities.

It is set in spacious and attractive grounds, which provide limitless opportunities for Outdoor Learning. The children have wellies in school at all times!  There is an exciting outdoor play area for climbing and exploring and a fenced pond area which provides a range of habitats for wildlife.

The classrooms are colourful, exciting and well- resourced. We provide a purposeful, safe and secure environment for every child. We believe that children make their best progress when they are fully involved in their learning, have high self-esteem and feel confident about who they are and what they want to do. We foster a caring, confident and ‘I can do’ learning community.

 

Model Timetable

8:00 am

Breakfast club

8:45 am

Start of school day and registration

8.50 am

Phonics

9:15 am

Daily Mile

9:30 am

English

10.30 am

Assembly

10.45 am

Break

11:00 am

Maths

12:00 pm

Lunch

12:45 pm

Registration

12.50 pm

Humanities / STEM / Arts / PE / Languages

2:20 pm

Break

2.35 pm

Guided Reading

3:00 pm

Story

3:15 pm

End of school day

5:00 pm

End of After School club

 

Safeguarding and Child Protection  

The purpose of White House Farm Primary School’s safeguarding policy is to ensure every child who is a registered pupil at our school is safe and protected from harm. This means we will always work to: 

  • Give clear direction to staff, volunteers, visitors and parents about the expected behaviour and our legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children at our school. This includes vulnerability to radicalisation.
  • Protect our children/young people from maltreatment
  • Prevent impairment of our children’s/young people’s health or development
  • Ensure our children/young people grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Enable our children/young people to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully

Who are White House Farm Primary School’s designated professionals for safeguarding?

  • Mrs K Stokes - Headteacher, Reception teacher and a governor.

 

School Uniform

At White House Farm Primary School, we expect children to wear school uniform as we feel that this encourages a sense of belonging and pride in the school.

Our uniform consists of:   

  • Grey trousers or grey skirt or grey pinafore
  • White shirt or blouse
  • School logo purple jumper or cardigan
  • Short grey trousers (Spring/Summer)
  • Black shoes – no open toes

PE Uniform:

  • Indoor - White polo shirt and purple shorts with black plimsolls
  • Outdoor – Purple logo tracksuit and white polo shirt with white or black trainers

Other uniform:

  • Wellies for use outdoors
  • Coat – we go outside in all weathers

Please note: all items of clothing MUST be named.

Charging for School Activities

You are asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of school trips and visits by performing artists. The school does not make a profit and we refund any over charges. We will not exclude your child from an activity if you cannot pay, but we may have to cancel an activity if there are insufficient funds. Friends of White House Farm Primary School will sometimes contribute in order to keep costs as low as possible.

Admissions Policy

White House Farm Primary School has its own admission policy for first admission to school. Reception Children are eligible to start full-time education in the September after their 4th birthday. Full time education becomes statutory the term after they are 5.

As a member of the Sapientia Education Trust, we set our own admissions policy. The admissions process is administered by Norfolk County Council. By law, children must start statutory education full time at the start of the term following their fifth birthday. 

Emergency Contacts

It is essential that we have an up-to-date telephone number, mobile telephone number, and/or email address to contact you and/or your emergency helper during the working day in case your child is ill or has an accident.

Please let us know at once if your contact number changes in order to keep our records up to date.

School Lunches

All children in Reception and Key Stage One are eligible for free school meals.  We encourage all of our children to have our school meal with the family dining approach as it is a vital opportunity for children to share and talk between themselves and a valuable learning experience.  Children have table cloths and flowers on the table with plates and serving dishes so they can support and eat together in a family style.  As children get older they become role models for the younger children and encourage them to eat different foods and chat about their day.

Our meal choices include a meat or vegetarian dish, a jacket potato with a daily choice of 3 fillings or a school packed lunch. All food is cooked by Norse on our premises. We work closely with Norse to provide the children with meal options that we know they will enjoy.

We expect children to bring a bottle of water every day. We have a water only policy in classes; however squash is available with all school lunches each day. Any bottles bought into class containing drinks other than water will be sent home with your child at the end of the day.

Packed Lunches

Children may bring packed lunches from home. As a ‘Healthy School’ we encourage healthy lunchboxes. We do not allow fizzy drinks, sweets or chocolate. We have a nut-free policy, including peanut butter, as some children have nut allergies. 

Attendance

At White House Farm Primary School, we pride ourselves on our attendance. If your child is unable to attend school due to illness, please contact us on the first day of absence. If we do not hear from you, you will receive a courtesy call from a member of the office staff

If your child has been absent because of sickness or diarrhoea, they must not return to school for 48 hours after the final episode of illness. This is advice from the Norfolk Primary Care Trust and is in line with all other schools in Norfolk.

Medical appointments are classified as authorised absences. We record an absence as ‘unauthorised’ when we have not been informed of a reason as to why your child was absent. We are not allowed to authorise holidays in term time and in line with our policy, Sapientia Education Trust policy, and Norfolk County Council guidance, you may be fined if you take your child out of school during term time.

There is a strong link between attendance and performance even primary age.  We are always available to talk to you if you have problems concerning your child’s attendance.

If we have concerns about your child’s attendance, we will contact you by letter. In cases of persistent absence, you will be contacted by the Attendance Officer or Parent Support Advisor. 

Our school attendance target is in-line with the Sapientia Education Trust target of 97%. 

 

Phonics

All children in Reception and Key Stage One have daily phonics lessons based on a systematic phonics programme called ‘Letters and Sounds’ which is resources by Reading Bug Club. They teach children to recognise the different letters and their sounds, as well as the formation of letters.

Once children are confident with this, they are taught to blend and segment sounds, helping them to read and spell words. Phonics lessons are taught in a multi-sensory, fun way that our children really enjoy.

Special Educational Needs and disabilities

We fully support the principle that all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and disabilities, should have full access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. All pupils are considered as individuals, whatever their varying needs, and are included and valued within the school.

Our intention for children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities is that through a nurturing environment, we increase their self-esteem and self-reliance, encourage them to have a positive attitude about their achievements, and support them in reaching their potential.

Equal Opportunities

We aim to promote positive attitudes in pupils, staff, governors and parents. We follow the guidelines issued by Norfolk Children’s Services and promote equal opportunities for all, regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnic origin, religion, disability or background.

Our Partnership with You

We believe that children do much better in all aspects of their school life when they know that their parents or carers are working together with the school. Our Home-School Agreement sets out expectations and responsibilities on both sides.

How can parents / carers help in school?

(Please note that all volunteers will be required to complete a disclosure form, which is then submitted to the DBS for processing.)

  • Assisting teachers in the classroom
  • Helping with extra-curricular activities
  • Fundraising and involvement in school occasions
  • Helping to supervise groups of children on school trips
  • Covering books and coding them for the library
  • Providing ‘scrap’ materials for art and craft
  • Costume making for school productions
  • Preparing teaching materials
  • Sewing, baking and craft

Complaints Procedure

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child or the school please discuss these, in the first instance, with your child’s teacher whom you will always find approachable and willing to help.

We hope this will resolve any problems.

If they are unable to assist in any particular situation, please contact Mrs Stokes. If the matter remains unresolved you may then make a formal complaint to the Chair of Governors.

Friends of White House Farm Primary

The Friends of the school organise fundraising events to support the school’s purchase of luxury items and activities which is very much appreciated by staff and governors. At the beginning of each school year, the ‘friends’ hold a coffee morning to welcome new parents to the school and to explain how to become involved with ‘friends’ activities.

They also keep in touch with parents through newsletters and hold an Annual General meeting to which all parents are welcome.

We can only hope to be successful in our work at school if we have the support and understanding of the parents. The Friends of White House Farm Primary School is an organisation which exists ‘to promote support for the school, and communication and understanding between the staff of the school, parents and the local community’.

Our Staff

Headteacher: Mrs Kelly Stokes

School Secretary: Mrs Claire Wright

EYFS Teacher: Miss Lindsay McIntosh

SENDco: Mrs Nadine Avenal

EYFS Teaching Assistant: Mr Chris Madgett

Outdoor Learning Supervisor: Mrs Alex Wands

Caretaker: Mr Peter Tempesta

MSA /Breakfast Club Supervisor /Cover Supervisor: Miss Karen Nicholls

MSA / Breakfast Club and After School Club Supervisor: Mrs Jenifer Howe

MSA / After School Club Supervisor: Mrs Debbie Knowles

Volunteer Teaching Assistants: Miss Naomi Smart and Ms Emily Abbott 

Volunteers: Mr Simon Stokes, Canon Simon Stokes, Mrs Christine Stokes, Rev Dean Akrill, Rev Philip Harvey, Rev Andy Bunter, Mrs Jenny Bunter, Mrs Penny Rennie.

 

Local Governing Body

Until we have established a Local Governing Body the IEB will be acting in their place. 

We will have a Local Governing Body with a vast range of skills and knowledge. The governors take a keen interest in all aspects of school life. They monitor the curriculum and budget and take an active part in the life of the school. They work closely with the team at the school but also with the Sapientia Education Trust Education Team and Trustees.

Chair of Governors: Roger Margand

The chair can be contacted through the school office opened, please use the link at the footer of the page.

We hope your child enjoys 

White House Farm Primary School.

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