Welcome to Smithy Bridge Primary School. I hope that you will find the contents of this website useful. It aims to explain how the school operates, who is responsible for the various aspects of school life, and it also tries to give you some helpful hints and community information in order that your child can soon feel happy to be part of our school, and take full advantage of the many exciting opportunities available.
At Smithy Bridge School, we value the support you can give us as a parent, and we hope that you too will take advantage of the opportunities available to all parents in supporting your child’s education to the full.
If you are new to the area, you will find that by joining in at school, you will soon get to know other people, which can help to “break the ice” for you. If you are a local person, I hope that you will also come and join in, and encourage other parents to do the same.
We shall do all we can to make each child’s school life as happy and purposeful as we can, but the school needs you to join the team. With your active support, the results for your child can be even better.
Over recent years many important changes have been made to the way in which state schools are run. The National Curriculum now lays out what schools will teach pupils, whilst each school has had to decide how the teaching should be done to make sure your child is taught in a meaningful and balanced way. The Governors’ responsibilities now include the oversight of the whole school and its budget, which runs at over a million pounds each year.
However, no matter what changes are taking place locally or nationally, we as a school will still be carrying out our fundamental purpose of preparing your child for a fulfilling future life, and we look forward to sharing this vital task with you.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if I can be of any further help in settling your child happily into school.
What can you, as a parent, expect of us and the school?
- We will always aim to do our best for your child.
- We will praise and encourage your child in our work of building up a positive attitude towards school life and learning in your child. On the other hand, we may sometimes have to be cross with your child if this is necessary, but both praise and criticism will reflect our real concern for your child as an individual, and hopefully praise will outweigh by far any criticism.
- We will provide your child with a broad, well-balanced curriculum which seeks to help him or her to develop as a well-rounded individual, at a speed which best suits him or her, at a level of challenge that meets his/her particular needs.
- We will respect and listen to your views and comments on your child’s education and the life of the school. At the same time we will keep you well-informed of what your child is doing, and how well he or she is succeeding.
What do we expect from you?
- We expect you to support us in the exciting task of helping your child to grow and develop to full potential, and to ensure your child attends school regularly.
- We expect you to come and tell us if anything worries or concerns you or your child, and to ask for any information you want on your child’s progress at school. We expect you to support the discipline and standards that School requires of your child.
What do we expect of our pupils – your children?
- We expect them to try their best at everything we ask them to do, and to take as full a part in the life of the school as possible.
- We expect them to observe without question the few school rules we have, (which are listed on the next page) and that their sense of self-discipline will grow as they themselves mature.
- We expect the children to learn to be polite, remembering to use words like “please” and “thank you” and “excuse me”, and to learn to care for the environment of the school and the community in which it is situated.
- We expect the children to learn to respect other people’s differences, other people’s opinions, and other people’s ways of life, and to look out for opportunities to be of service to others.
- We expect our pupils to respond positively and sensibly to instructions given to them by any member of the school’s staff, or other appropriate adult.
A Home-School agreement will be issued annually to re-enforce all these points.
School and Class Organisation
From the Reception Class the school allocates all children to classes according to their age and needs ability.
The Year 6 classes have the oldest children, and the Reception classes have the youngest. Each of the seven year groups has two classes, making fourteen classes in all, plus the nursery.
The staff always expect a wide range of ability, and consider the children as individuals with individual educational needs.
In a large school like Smithy Bridge, it is very important that we all work together to keep in touch with the differing needs of the various parts of the school.
A great deal of thought has gone into ways in which teachers can make the school as personal as possible to your child.
The school is organised into three Key Stages.
The first – the Foundation Stage – comprises pupils in the Nursery and Reception years (Classes 1 and 2).
The second comprises Years 1 and 2 as Key Stage 1 (Classes 3, 4, 5 and 6).
The third and largest, Key Stage 2, comprises Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Classes 7, 8, 9, 10 11, 12, 13 and 14).
The three Key Stages ensure that the staff of each part of school work together in the best interests of the children, with their progress, their needs and the environment in which the children work all being paramount.
Each Stage is led by one of the senior staff, who is responsible for the unit to the headteacher and deputy head.
Each group of teachers and support staff within the three Key Stages spend much time, outside normal teaching time, discussing the work and development of the children, so that the school ensures a consensus in the ways that the staff teach, and in the expectations we have of your child.