We are delighted to welcome you to our school through the pages of our school prospectus. We hope the information here is both useful and interesting and that it gives you an insight into what a happy and vibrant place Priory Primary School is.
Priory is a 2 and 3 form entry school (dependent on year group), taking 60/90 children per year. Our school building is a mixture of old and new. The original building was opened in 1932 and holds years 1 to 6. Time for Two’s and Nursery are housed in the new half of the building which was opened in 2014. The building has recently been extended in 2017 to create a further two classrooms in year 6.
We have a fabulous external environment which includes 3 forest school sites, a large field with football pitch and 3 large playgrounds. In 2020 we invested in large play equipment on the playground - reception classes use it to develop gross motor skills during lesson times and years 1 to 6 to use it at breaktimes.
Our induction programme into Reception enables parents to maintain an active partnership in their child’s learning throughout the vital primary years. We welcome parents into school and endeavour to keep positive communication channels open so that all our families feel able to share hopes, dreams and concerns with us.
We very much look forward to welcoming you to the Priory Primary School family.
Arriving at School
Children enter school at 8.45am so that lessons begin at 9.00am prompt (when the first bell rings at 8.55am pupils should already be settled ready to learn in class). The school day ends at 3.15pm.
Any child arriving after 9.00am will need to enter via the school office where a parent/ carer must sign in late on the inventory system.
If you arrive after 9:30 then this will be marked as a U and this will go against your child's attendance which could then result in a fixed penalty notice from the local authorities.
This will be recorded as a late arrival to school. If you arrive late more than 5 times then you will receive a warning letter as lates are monitored on a daily basis.
If your child is late due to a medical appointment that will be authorised but we will require medical evidence to authorise the lateness.
Break and Dinner time
There is a 15 minute morning break for children Year 1 to 6 and Year 1 children have a 15 minute afternoon break. EYFS take regular breaks as part of their daily learning plan.
Lunch breaks are 45 minutes long as we have many children accessing the dining hall.
No responsibility can be taken for children on the school site before 8.45am. They should not be accessing the play equipment on the playground without parental supervision.
Excellent school meals are available for children whose parents/carers choose to take advantage of this service. There is usually a choice of main course, jacket potato with hot and cold fillings and puddings or the sandwich option (Grab Bag). Menus are available from the school office or website.
Dinner money can be paid on a Monday morning for the whole week or on a daily basis. Payment can be in the form of cash or cheque (made payable to Dudley MBC with child’s name on reverse) and must be in a named envelope. This can be handed into the class teacher, or to the school office. Wherever possible please make sure you send the correct money (currently £2.40 per day per child). We cannot give change at the office.
If your child requires a drink they can bring this money on a daily basis and pay in the usual way.
Free School meals
Pupils may be eligible for Free School Meals, you need to apply for these from Dudley LA via this link https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/benefits/free-school-meals/
At the end of breakfast club all children are then taken to their classes by an adult.
We offer a breakfast in partnership with Magic Breakfast. Bagels and toast are available daily from 8.50am on the main playground. Children can collect before or upon arrival to school. There is no charge for this.
A piece of fruit is provided for the children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 each day.
If children bring snacks from home they should be a piece of fruit or a cereal bar. Crisps, chocolate and sweets are not allowed. If children bring these snack in they will be asked to put them away and take them home. Children are allowed water in their bottles juice and fizzy drinks are not allowed at break times or during class time. Children may have a juice drink in their lunchbox only – this is part of our healthy eating policy.
Policies and Procedures
At Priory Primary School, we pride ourselves in looking smart by wearing our school uniform. We require all children to have at least one badged jumper. Wearing the Priory Primary School uniform promotes a sense of community within the school and allows children to demonstrate their pride in their school both within school and when they are out in the local community.
Summer Uniform from Easter until October half term
Winter Uniform from October half term until Easter
Forest School Clothing
JEWELLERY & HEADWEAR
In line with Dudley Local Authority’s Health and Safety Policy, we do not allow children to wear jewellery in school (except for a pair of small ear studs and watches). No body piercings are allowed. All studs and jewellery must be removed on PE days either before they come to school or by the child themselves – staff cannot remove jewellery. We do not allow hats, caps, large ‘Jo-Jo’ hair bows or headbands with ears on to be worn during class time or inside school buildings, except for religious or medical reasons.
All clothing should be clearly labelled with your child’s name. This is very important as uniform items look similar and can easily be confused with another child’s clothing. The school cannot accept responsibility for any lost items.
Uniform is available to buy from Asda, Tesco and the badged uniform is available from myclothing.com
HAIR AND NAILS
Hair styles must be appropriate to learning in the primary school classroom. Extreme haircuts/styles and colours are not allowed this includes: lines shaved into the hair, bleached hair and mohicans. Long hair should be tied back particularly for PE lessons. Staff are not permitted to do this and parents/carers of young children should do this before they come to school.
Nail polish and make-up or temporary tattoos are also not allowed.
The health, safety and well-being of every child in our care is of paramount importance. Legislation requires us to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. All members of staff have responsibility for child protection, have been trained accordingly and have a duty to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare.
If your child is unwell please call the school before 9.15am with a reason for your child’s absence, a message can be left on the school’s answer machine. For safety reasons the school operates a first day calling policy – if we do not receive a message from you then we will call home to find out why your child is absent.
Leave during term time
The school does not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Our attendance policy can be viewed via the school website.
At school we are quite happy to administer medication that is prescribed by your child’s Doctor. We only allow prescribed medication in school. The school policy is that members of staff will not give prescribed medicines unless it is required four, or more, times a day. School can only administer one dose of medicine during the school day. In these circumstances a consent form, available from the school office, must be completed prior to administering the medication. Alternatively, parents are welcome to come into school to administer the correct dosage themselves.
For the majority of medicines a dose before and after school is perfectly adequate.
Medication (including inhalers) must have the label attached with the child’s name and the dosage required, together with a medicine spoon.
NB: This guidance does not apply to life saving medication such as inhalers, epi-pens, etc which we will continue to administer as required.
Please keep us informed of relevant medical information concerning your child. It is important that we have an up to date telephone number to contact you if your child becomes ill at school.
Children should not have medicine or inhalers in their bag or pocket –it must be handed to the classteacher.
Minor accidents are dealt with in school by trained First Aiders but in the case of a more serious accident parents/carers are contacted and arrangements made for suitable treatment and care which also includes calling for an ambulance.
The School Nurse arranges regular drop-in sessions to discuss any problems concerning health. Please call into the school office if you would like an appointment to be made.
It is essential that children learn to treat other people and their property with respect if they are to grow into socially responsible and likeable adults. We follow a pivotal behaviour approach which uses emotion coaching to encourage good behaviour and we coach children to adapt their behaviours when their standard of behaviour drops below expectations.
The school aims to help the children to become self-disciplined social people. It is hoped that they will enjoy being at school, and that there will be fun and laughter in their school days, as well as hard work.
Children are expected to undertake responsibilities appropriate to their age group, to co-operate with their peers and adults, and to be caring in their attitude to younger pupils. Should a serious behavioural issue arise, parents will be contacted, so that there can be a combined effort to rectify the situation.
The school’s behaviour policy is implemented throughout the school and is available for parents to view via the school website: www.priory.dudley.sch.uk
In EYFS we use the Development matters document in order to guide us in our planning for children’s learning. In years 1 to 6 we follow the National Curriculum document produced by the Department for Education in 2014.
The school follows a broadly Christian Religious Education policy as does the corporate worship element of assemblies with other religions and festivals also covered to help children understand the multi-cultural dimension of living in the West Midlands in particular.
Parents/carers with strong objections to their child or children participating in either the religious education or corporate act of worship elements of school life may have their children withdrawn from these if they wish and alternative supervision appropriate to their age will be arranged. Parents/carers should note that the school does not promote a specific religion or denomination but follows closely the advice of Dudley SACRE which is a committee set up with experts from a wide variety of religious teachings and backgrounds specifically to offer a balanced and appropriate guidance to schools.
The school successfully implements the Special Needs Code of Practice throughout and positively supports inclusion where appropriate. Priory Primary has a significant number of pupils that present a wide range of needs. At all times parents/carers are informed and involved. Our aim is to ensure that all children are supported to achieve the best possible education.
The school seeks to enable all students to become independently active and proficient in a range of sports and physical activities. This is being achieved through participation within the programmes of National Curriculum for Physical Education and the opportunity to take part in a range of extra-curricular activities.
The school seeks to provide a sound background in sport through National Curriculum Physical Education and a range of extra-curricular activities.
What we provide:
All pupils follow the National Curriculum programmes of study for physical education.
All children from Reception to Year 6 are required to do some homework appropriate to their age at home. The range and type of homework will be varied as the child moves through the school. At the beginning of each year parents/carers will be informed of their expectations and children may receive a Homework and Reading Record Book. Staff would encourage all parents/carers to support their children doing their homework. Any parents/carers wishing to have a copy of the Homework Policy should contact the school office or website.
We feel that educational visits are of great importance and value to children. Therefore a wide variety of such visits are organised throughout the year which are fully integrated into normal lessons.
We encourage every child to take part and try to make costs as low as possible. The Education Act requires us to inform you that the cost stated for curriculum visits is voluntary and no child will be excluded from the visit if they do not pay. If the visit takes place then all children take part irrespective of their contribution.
However, if insufficient contributions are made and costs not covered, then the visit will be cancelled and monies returned.
The teachers believe that it is right that appropriate sex and relationships education is taught at Priory Primary School. We follow guidance as set out by the Department of Education and we follow the Jigsaw PSHE programme.
It is taught in a sensitive and caring way which stresses family values. When it is more specifically taught in years 5 and 6 to help children understand how their bodies are changing and to give an elementary understanding of how babies are born then parents/carers will be informed of this in advance. Opportunity will be given for parents/carers to see the materials being used and to withdraw their child if they have strong objections.
A full copy of the school's policy statement for SRE can be obtained by a parent/carer at any time from the school office. Our SRE Policy is also available on our school website.
Due to the surrounding roads many children are required to cross busy roads on their way to school. Please support and teach your child to follow road safety rules; Stop, Look and Listen.
Children may also be given the opportunity to take part in cycle safety programmes.
Parents/Carers Evenings are held termly throughout the year. Arrangements vary each time so that the differing needs of parents/carers can be met throughout the year. It is important that you take advantage of these evenings, for as well as showing your child you value their work, it provides an opportunity for discussion with the class teacher. Reports for all children are issued in July each year.
We encourage children to read at home and to take their school reading books home. For the parents/carers of younger children the school arranges special sessions to explain how our reading is taught and how to help your own child read more effectively. We would also ask you to encourage your child to read all types of text not just books and this could be in the form of comics, newspapers, shopping lists, road/shop signs, etc.
We also subscribe to a system called MyOn which has thousands of books for your child to read online – ask your child’s classteacher for more details.
Parents/carers are welcome into school at any time and are invited to attend a whole range of special events.
Many parents/carers give us practical help in school for instance; by hearing pupils read and helping with other activities. If you can spare some time you would be most welcome. Please call into the school office for more details if interested.
Parents/carers are represented on the Governing Board of the school Elections to these positions take place every four years or in the event of a resignation.
Anyone wishing to become a voluntary helper in school (this also includes any student on placement) will be required to be undertake a DBS check in accordance with DfE requirements of Keeping Children Safe in Education.
We value communicating with our school community and realise we need to reach people in a variety of ways. Details of our school, diary of events, newsletters, policies and information relating to the school are available on our website at www.priory.dudley.sch.uk.
We have a thriving Twitter feed which can be found @PrioryDudley which celebrates the achievements of the staff and children.
EYFS parents can also access a Facebook page full of ideas and communication from staff.
From time to time parents/carers, and others connected with the school, may become aware of matters which cause them concern. To encourage resolution of such situations Hales Valley Trust has a clear complaints policy and procedure which can be found on the schools website.
The procedure is devised with the intention that it will:
Keeping our children safe
Entrance to the school can be gained via Limes Road and Cedar Road at the start and end of the school day. The gates in Cedar Road are closed throughout the rest of the day. Access to school must be via the Limes Road entrance.
Parents/Carers are not permitted to use school car parks unless a car park pass has been obtained from the school office.
As a safeguarding precaution the gates in Limes Road will be locked between 8.30am to 9.00am and 2.45pm to 3.45pm. Apart from disabled access for parents and carers who need to collect their children. If you require access please contact the school office.
The gates in Cedar Road are closed from 3.45pm and remain closed. Any child remaining in school after this time must be collected via our Limes Road entrance. We suggest that any child attending any after school activities must be collected from school by their parent/carer especially during the dark winter months.
Dogs are not allowed onto school premises as part of safeguarding our school community.
The school in line with Hales Valley Trust policy the school operates a No Smoking or Vaping Policy on the premises. Smoking is prohibited anywhere on our school grounds and buildings including the driveway, car park, playgrounds, etc. Cigarettes must be extinguished before entering any of the school gates and e-cigarettes must be turned off.
Priory Primary School maintains records on all pupils in accordance with LA Guidance and the Data Protection Act 1998.
Priory Primary School follows Hales Valley Trust guidance on any issues relating to Freedom of Information may be obtained from the school office or website.