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Welcome to Southwold Primary School

Southwold Primary School is a small school with a big heart! We aim to provide a welcoming environment in which each child is cared for and nurtured. We try our hardest to ensure that the education we provide meets the needs of every child, so that they can make good progress and achieve success.

Children begin their full-time school career in the September of the academic year in which they are five and we aim to provide them with a happy and secure start to education.

We aim to work in partnership with parents and carers, to inspire a love of learning and development that helps every child have the skills they need to reach their full potential. We offer them a good grounding in all subjects of the National Curriculum and further stimulate their interest by offering a range of experiences and extra-curricular activities.

As well as academic aspirations, we have high expectations of children’s behaviour and conduct, both in school and the wider community and society. The children are encouraged to develop positive attitudes towards other people and the environment. Tolerance and respect underpins the work of the school and our school rules help ensure the children are happy and safe.

We encourage parents and carers to work with us to develop mutual understanding and trust as the basis of our shared responsibilities. There are ample opportunities to be involved in school life, such as parents’ evenings, open assemblies, share events and fundraising activities.  Confidence in the school comes from knowing and understanding what is happening within it.

I hope you find our school welcoming and supportive. I look forward to welcoming you and your child to Southwold Primary School should you wish apply.

Mrs Ally Yost
Senior Teacher

About the school

Southwold School caters for pupils from 4 to 11 years old, from the town of Southwold and the local area.  Children who join us in the Reception year will spend seven years here and then transfer to high school after completing Year 6. The school is able to offer full time education for all 4 year old children in the school’s catchment area.  Rosebuds Nursery also offers early years provision for children aged 2 upwards.

Southwold Primary School is proud to be part of The Consortium Multi Academy Trust, a local Trust whose aims and objectives is to serve local communities by ensuring that small primary schools are celebrated, supported and sustainable, in order for them to flourish. Further information regarding our Trust can be found at the following link: https://consortiumacademy.co.uk/suffolk/primary/consortium-mat

The school was founded in 1854 and the present building was completed in the 1930’s. It has three class bases, a large hall, bright corridors, an internal courtyard and in-house kitchen. The playground offers ample space for supervised play and activities and we have well-maintained play equipment.

The Curriculum

The National Curriculum consists for three core subjects and nine foundation subjects which all children must study at school.

The core subjects are English, Mathematics and Science.

The foundation subjects are:

  • Art & Design
  • Citizenship
  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education

In addition, we teach Religious Education, Philosophy and Personal, Social and Health Education.

More information about the current National Curriculum is available online at www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/overview.

Learning in school is extended through homework and children are set a small amount of homework each week, as well as being encouraged to read, or be read to, as often as possible. Homework offers parents and carers an opportunity to support their child’s learning and become involved in their education.

The Classes

Children are taught in mixed year classes:

  • Pluto – for Reception children, currently led by Mrs Yost
  • Mercury – for Year 1 and Year 2 children, currently led by Mrs Yost
  • Jupiter – for Year 3 and Year 4 children, currently led by Miss Cashell
  • Mars – for Year 5 and Year 6 children, currently led by Mr Cordice

Our Vision

  • Growing Successful Futures

Our Aims and Values

  • We are a friendly and welcoming school with a family atmosphere and strong community links which we strive to develop.
  • We respect others and show care and consideration for one another.
  • We value co-operation as the best way to achieve our goals.
  • We aim to encourage children to work to the best of their ability, to reach the highest standards, in all that they do.
  • We work together to build self-esteem, to make the most of everyone’s talents and to value each other’s opinions.
  • We believe in opportunities for all.
  • We aim to provide a stimulating and interesting learning environment, both within the school and outdoors.
  • We work together to achieve a wide curriculum, which stimulates a love of learning, experience and discovery and which provides skills for the future.
  • We aim to foster an appreciation of our natural environment and the world around us.

Our Behaviour

Our schools’ statement on behaviour has four basic principles.

  1. We recognise that there is a clear connection between behaviour and learning.  If pupils are well-behaved, teachers can teach more successfully and pupils will succeed more in their learning.
  2. As schools, we have shared responsibility with parents to prepare our pupils to be good citizens.
  3. We have high expectations for behaviour, but recognise the need to identify and reinforce it wherever possible.
  4. We believe that showing pupils the value of good behaviour in school is likely to lead to increased self-esteem and greater self-discipline in adult life.

Within the school we have six simple Golden Rules:

  • We are honest
  • We are gentle
  • We are kind
  • We look after property
  • We listen
  • We work hard

We also expect the adults to conduct themselves in a sensible and reasonable way. We have zero tolerance towards adults behaving in an aggressive manner towards staff, children or other adults. Unacceptable behaviour is dealt with robustly and fairly.

Pastoral Care and Safeguarding

Southwold School is small enough for each child to be known personally by every member of staff.

We aim to ensure excellent pastoral care, so that children feel happy, safe, secure and valued.  Each class teacher assumes specific responsibility for the safety, well-being and behaviour of each child in their class during the school day.  Procedures exist to protect children from risk and address matters of concern promptly.

Attendance

We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality for all pupils and recognise this can only be achieved by supporting and promoting excellent school attendance. This is based on the belief that only by attending school regularly and punctually will children be able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. High attainment depends on good attendance.

As part of The Consortium Multi Academy Trust, our attendance is regularly monitored and reported on by the Trust, to comply with the Department for Education’s requirements.  As part of this, we apply a targeted approach to pupil absence and follow the guidelines of The Consortium Multi Academy Trust’s Attendance Policy.

Admission Arrangements

The Local Authority will coordinate all normal year of entry admissions on behalf of all Trust
schools and the Local Authority will communicate all normal year of entry admission decisions to
parents.  
Children are admitted to full time education at the beginning of the school year in which they have their 5th birthday. All pupils aged 4 or over are entitled to start school on a full-time basis, although some parents may choose to opt for a part-time basis initially.  It is the parents or legal guardian’s responsibility to apply for a school place. We recommend that you apply online at www.suffolk.gov.uk/onlineadmissions. The process is quick, safe and simple.

Alternatively, you can apply on the paper application form (CAF1) which is available from the School Office. Please be advised that spaces are limited and you may not get your first choice of school.

In-Year Admissions

Children sometimes join the school at other times, usually because they have moved into the area. You can apply for a place at any time, either online as above or using the In-Year Application Form (CAF2) which is available from the school office.

All in-year admissions are processed by the individual schools of The Consortium Multi Academy Trust. You should apply directly to the relevant school. Available places will be allocated in the order that the school receives applications and will respond within 10 working days of receiving a request for application.

Admissions Policy

 

 

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