ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL PROSPECTUS 2023-24 The school is very committed to the pastoral care of all pupils. Pupils are well cared for and nurtured; they respond positively, respectfully and with a high standard of behaviour. (CSI Inspection 2022)
St. John the Baptist Catholic Primary School Arran Way Smith’s Wood Birmingham Birmingham B36 0QE Telephone 0121 770 1892 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Headteacher Mr. I. Gallagher Chair of Governors: Mrs H. Cox We are a Catholic school. Our school is part of Our Lady and All Saints Catholic Multi-Academy Company and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. Addresses: Our Lady and All Saints Multi-Academy Company Bethany House, 155a Kineton Green Lane, Olton, Solihull, B92 7EG Tel: 0121 740 0746 Email: email@example.com Archdiocese of Birmingham Schools Commission 61 Coventry Road Coleshill Birmingham B46 3EA Tel: 01675 430230
Contents 1. A message from the Headteacher 3. What can we offer your child? 4 School Aims 5 The Curriculum 6 Behaviour 7 St. John the Baptist Behaviour Code 8 Starting school 9 The School Day 10 Frequently asked questions 11 What happens if…? 12 How well did the school do with its last Ofsted? 13 Keeping your child safe 14 School Uniform 15 Child Protection 16 Reporting to parents 17 Who’s Who at St. John the Baptist 18 Criteria for Admissions 19 School Terms and Half terms 2022-23
A message from the Headteacher Welcome to St. John the Baptist Catholic Primary School, proud to be part of Our Lady and All Saints Catholic Multi Academy Company. Thank you for taking the time to read our prospectus. I hope it will help you to find out more about the life, ethos and important work of our school. At St. John’s we are very proud of our caring reputation built on service to the Smith’s Wood parish and wider community. The key intentions and daily life of our school are centred upon our mission statement: ‘We will prepare the way by loving, living and learning with the Lord’ As a Catholic school we pride ourselves on the positive ethos we create; each child is recognised and respected and their contribution is valued and rewarded. To support our school aims we have a strong spiritual life, celebrated in prayers, liturgy and through the regular celebration of Mass. We are strongly influenced by Catholic School Virtues, Catholic Social Teaching and base our Behaviour Regulation Policy on the perfect example of Jesus Christ. As a member of Our Lady and All Saints Catholic Multi Academy Company, we work closely with 12 other schools, based locally in Solihull, Birmingham and Warwickshire. As a group we share the same drive to promote a strong Catholic education; providing outstanding opportunities for children aged from two to eighteen years of age. We benefit from the shared expertise of outstanding leadership and over seven hundred experienced members of staff. As a recently formed multi-academy, we see many exciting opportunities ahead as we work together, collectively following our mission: ‘Strong in Faith’ St John the Baptist School is based on a lovely site with substantial grounds that include a large playing field, two playgrounds, a forest area, a prayer garden, an allotment and additional outdoor learning areas. We have a committed local governing body working alongside our staff team, all of whom have a shared vision for our school's ambitious direction and future. St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School offers challenging, creative and enriching experiences. Our children are taught the learning skills they will need to become responsible and responsive citizens of the future. Our bespoke curriculum is planned to encourage ambition and aspirational thinking for all of our children, as we strive to identify and nurture each of their God-given gifts and talents. We aim to prepare our children for a successful life in the future, as such we invest in technology to ensure they have the best possible opportunities. The wide variety of activities offered in our curriculum, through our Mission Weeks and themed days are regularly shared on Twitter and in our weekly newsletters, so you can sense the fun and enthusiasm felt in school.
We provide a welcoming, secure and effective learning environment. On a walk around our school you can sense a calm, positive atmosphere and witness purposeful learning taking place. We aim to foster resilience, tolerance, kindness and a lifelong love of learning. We look forward to welcoming you and your children to our school and multi-academy family. St. John the Baptist School is a learning community where Gospel values influence everything we do. At St. John’s the spiritual, cultural and personal values of each child are nurtured, to ensure every child develops to their full potential. Our children are taught the learning skills they will need to become responsible and responsive citizens of the future. We provide a welcoming, secure and effective learning environment. On a walk around the school you can sense a positive atmosphere and witness purposeful learning taking place. A strong belief that every child has God given skills and talents is at the heart of everything we do. Our most recent Ofsted report (December 2018) recognised St. John the Baptist as a school where “'You have high aspirations for the pupils and make sure they take part in a wide variety of experiences.'
What can we offer your child? For children starting school: a well-established Foundation Stage Unit which provides a secure and child centred start to school life for children of Nursery and Reception age One class per year group with good levels of learning support assistants throughout the school to support the children Staff who liaise from the day your child starts school to the day they move to secondary school to provide, security, consistency, continuity and progression A broad and exciting curriculum with a wide range of extra curricular activities A dedicated staff committed to raising standards, meeting the needs of every child and so enabling everyone to reach their full potential A school that is going from strength to strength - recognised by Ofsted and the local Education authority A positive working relationship with parents, encouraging involvement in all aspects of school life. A school where children’s voices are heard through a wide range of opportunities including questionnaires, pupil interviews on a range of subjects, Playground Pals, Liturgy Leaders, School Council, E-Cadets and a Social Action Team. A school which offers specialist sports coaching in a wide variety of sports and has recently achieved the ‘School Games Gold Award’ for the third time. A huge range of extra-curricular clubs, ranging from sports related to crafts, gardening and computing.
MISSION STATEMENT Our school mission statement is: "We will prepare the way by loving, living and learning with the Lord"; this embraces our role, which is to demonstrate by example, the way to learn, to acquire skills and to develop Christian attitudes. STATEMENT OF AIMS Our aims are: To fulfil our God-given Potential based on unending hope for the future. To encourage a culture of Respect for ourselves and for those around us, following Jesus’ perfect example. To provide a broad Education that is engaging, forward thinking and fun. To find endless Positives through the development of social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding. To encourage an Appreciation of beauty and opportunity in the world around us. To develop Resilience and confidence to prepare us for a bright future. To promote a life-long awareness of the importance of Exercise, a healthy diet and emotional well-being.
The Curriculum The school curriculum is based on the Early Years Curriculum (Nursery and Reception class) and the National Curriculum (Years 1-6). The staff and governors are committed to developing the curriculum in such a way as to make it not only broad and balanced but also relevant and meaningful to the children in school. The school has been developing a more creative approach to the curriculum which enables children to have a more practical ‘hands on’ approach to learning, with strong cross curricular links. Early Years Curriculum A well planned and resourced curriculum to provide opportunities for all children to succeed in an atmosphere of care and where they feel valued. The foundation stage is organised into seven areas of learning: Prime areas Communication and Language Physical Development Personal, Social and Emotional Development Specific areas Literacy Mathematics Understanding the World Expressive Arts and Design Well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which young children learn with enthusiasm and challenge. National Curriculum In brief the national curriculum consists of The core subjects of English and Maths and RE The foundation subjects – Science, Computing, History, Geography, Music, Art and Design, Languages and PE Assessment Assessment is an ongoing part of deciding the next steps for the children’s learning. Each class teacher uses informal assessment to decide what has been understood. Each child will have targets set. These targets are discussed at parents’ evenings in October and February. In Nursery and Reception classes the children are assessed in a variety of skills that cover the Early Year’s Foundation Stage. The Foundation Stage Profile is completed at the end of the Summer term in Reception. At the end of Year 1 children take a phonics screening check and at the end of Key Stage 1 children in Year 2 complete tasks and tests (called SATs) to measure their achievement in reading, writing and maths. The results of these assessments are published in the child’s report at the end of Year 2. In Year 4 children take a Multiplication Times Tables Check. At the end of Key Stage 2 in Year 6 (May) the children complete tests in Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling and Maths which are externally marked. They are also teacher assessed in writing and Science. These tests determine whether each child is working at national expectations and the results are passed on the child’s secondary school.
Religious Education Our Catholic ethos is a way of living and behaving by a whole school community that have shared values firmly rooted in the gospels and teachings of Jesus. The whole school community is united in our shared vision of striving to make the very best of all of our God-given skills and talents. Our ethos is articulated in our mission statement, which is regularly reviewed, by staff, children and parents. The school has links with the Diocese, the parish community and other Catholic schools in the area and within the diocese. Religious Education (in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church) is taught as a core subject. It is well resourced and clearly integrated into other curriculum areas and into school life. Regular prayers and liturgical celebrations are at the heart of school life. From the Foundation Stage through both Key Stages the school follows the Archdiocese of Birmingham ‘Curriculum strategy for RE: ‘Learning and Growing as the People of God’. This gives clear guidance on areas of coverage, ensuring continuity and a strong development of their Catholic faith within the context of a multi-faith society. Central to the success of our sacramental preparation is the ‘home/school/parish partnership’ where the family, teachers and parish work together to fully prepare the children. The children in Year 3 make the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. The children in Year 6 make the sacrament of Confirmation. Clear policies and structures are in place for the pastoral care of children and for the provision for children with Special Educational Needs. Sex and Relationship education is offered as part of the curriculum, in consultation with parents and within the context of Gospel values. The children are encouraged to think of others less fortunate than themselves and are involved in fund raising projects throughout the year. Support for the needy is an integral part of the school’s mission. The school regularly supports a chosen charity during Lent. Our Behaviour for Learning Policy is based on ethics, which are rooted in gospel values. The policy demonstrates the importance of personal responsibility but also to facilitate healing and reconciliation. The Catholic School Inspectorate Inspection took place in December 2022 and the report states that ‘There is a strong sense of community, evident in the lived-out mission of the school and the quality of relationships.’
Curriculum Information Curriculum information for parents is issued each term; it provides details of topics, activity days, homework etc. We also send out termly KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) for Mathematics and a set of English Non- Negotiable facts to learn, curriculum overviews and knowledge organisers. What if my child finds some lessons difficult and needs extra help? We monitor the learning and progress of all the children in the school very carefully. The children’s progress will be discussed at parents’ meetings and commented on in the final report of the year. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress during the year, the class teacher will be happy to discuss them with you. Special Educational Needs (SEND) Some children find aspects of their learning difficult and may need extra help to cope with the curriculum. At first the class teacher provides this help, with advice from the school’s Special Needs Co-ordinator (Mrs. Drust). Some children may go on to receive extra help either individually or in small groups for a variety of needs and curriculum areas. We are also able to offer support with speech and language. Advice on children’s learning and behaviour problems is sought from external agencies where appropriate, including the Learning Support Service and the Educational Psychologist. We also have a Child and Family Support Worker (Ms. Clarke) who is able to support both children and families. A Learning Mentor (Mrs Blundell) also supports children across the school. Discipline and Behaviour Behaviour in St. John the Baptist School is good. We expect our children to behave well and they do. Their good behaviour in lessons and on the playground has been observed and commented on positively by many visitors to the school. Everyone in school is responsible for supporting children with their behaviour. The school has developed a system of behaviour management, taught through our behaviour curriculum, which is based on clear classroom and school wide rules, consistently upheld by a reward/sanction system. It is built on making choices. i.e. making good choices bring rewards, whereas the wrong choice brings a negative consequence. ‘Pupils are happy and positively responsive to the school’s Catholic identity, confidently explaining that ‘We are all part of God’s family and all friends together’. They talk about following the example of Jesus, and their behaviour in lessons and outside the classroom is exceptionally good because they understand this.’ CSI Inspection December 2022
Rules Around School Our Pocket Principles Know that there are four behaviour principles in school known as the pocket principles. These are to: be respectful, be responsible, be ready to learn, act first time, every time. Classroom Routines Know that we use Fantastic Listening in class. This means that we: · Face forwards, hands together · Always sit up straight · Never interrupt · Track the speaker Lunchtime Behaviour Know where you line up for lunchtime when you are called. Know where you sit in the dinner hall during lunchtime. Know that you should use a quiet voice in the dinner hall. Know that you should always try to use a knife and fork correctly (this will be explicitly taught in EYFS and KS1) Know that you should finish what you are eating before leaving your seat. Know how to use good manners during lunchtime, particularly when receiving food from the school kitchen and talking to lunch time supervisors. Know that ‘good manners’ means saying ‘please’ when you ask for something and ‘thank you’ when you receive it Playground Behaviour Know that you must walk from your classroom to the playground using ‘Fantastic Walking’. Know that you must play safely without hurting anyone. Know that we do not ‘play fight’ because we may hurt someone by accident. Know that you must be kind, by including people in your games and sharing equipment. Know that someone who is kind behaves in a gentle, caring, and helpful way towards other people. Know that you should not scream when playing together at playtime. Know that, when called, you must line up in your lining up order quickly.
Starting School At St. John the Baptist we aim to help your child to settle into school life as quickly and easily as possible Initial meeting – Nursery age children When your child has been allocated a place in the Foundation Unit, you will be invited to a meeting of new parents at school. This will take place in the second half of the summer term. This will outline the procedure for starting school and will help you prepare your child for starting school. You will be given a brief introduction to the curriculum and we will also give you ideas on how you can help your child at home. Before your child starts school, we will arrange a meeting with you so that we can introduce ourselves to you and your child, tell you more about the wonderful things we do at St. John’s and give you a chance to tell us about your child and any concerns you may have Reception parents - before your child starts school, you will be invited to an initial meeting of new parents. You will be given your child’s starting times at this meeting. Remember Starting school is an important step for both children and parents. If you are happy about your child starting school, they will be looking forward to coming. Staff understand parents’ concerns and will be glad to discuss these at the end of the school day or on Class Dojo. Please do not hesitate to come in if you have any worries.
The school day: Times of the day (Monday – Thursday) Foundation Unit Nursery Foundation Unit Reception Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Morning session 8:50 – 11:50 Afternoon session available for those eligible for 30 hours funding. School starts 8:55 Dinner 11:45 – 12.30 School ends 3:15 School starts 8:55 Break 10:30 –10:45 Dinner 12:00 – 12.45 Break 2:00 – 2:15 School ends 3:15 School starts 8:55 Break 10:30 –10:45 Dinner: Y3/Y4 12:15 – 1:00 Y5/ Y6 12.30– 1.15 School ends 3:15 Assemblies Each day there is a daily act of worship. This may take place as whole school, key stage or as a class. Class assemblies usually take place on Thursday mornings at 9:30am. Keeping parents informed Most of the everyday essentials, forthcoming events, sports news etc, are communicated through the school’s newsletter. This is published on our website on Fridays however a paper copy can be requested from the school office if needed. Parents can also access lots more information on the school website. Water in school As a Healthy School we promote the drinking of water in all classes. The children should have a sports type water bottle. Please ensure the bottle is taken home on a weekly basis to be washed. Snacks Children in Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 receive a piece of fruit or vegetable daily. Children in Key stage 2 are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit for morning break. As a healthy school fizzy drinks, sweets or chewing gum are not allowed in school.
Often asked questions What to do if…… My child is late arriving at school Your child must report to the school office and sign the late book before going to their classroom. It is urged that school hours are strictly observed. A child arriving late may disrupt not only his/her learning but also that of others. Children who arrive after 9:15 will be marked as ‘Late after close of register’ which is an unauthorised absence. My child is absent It is absolutely essential that children come to school every day. A day lost is an opportunity missed! When a child is ill, please telephone the school to inform us and provide a written note on the child’s return to school. The school monitors the children’s absences and the class teacher or head teacher will ask you for an explanation. Our Education Welfare support (CSAW) also monitors the children’s absences and may contact you if there is a cause for concern. Absences for shopping trips, buying shoes and birthdays etc. will not be authorised by the school. Each week in assembly we look at how well classes have attended and stress how important it is to attend school, the class with the highest attendance receives a certificate. At the end of each term, children with 100% attendance receive a certificate and a reward. Children with 100% attendance for the year receive a certificate as well as getting a mention in the school newsletter. The aim is for every child should be 100%, but we understand that there may be occasions when children can not attend due to illness or exceptional circumstances. Requests for time off from school need to be made to the Headteacher, however holidays are not authorised within term time. My child has to leave school during the day for an appointment Because the safety of the children is our prime concern, your child will not be allowed to leave the school premises during school hours unless accompanied by a responsible adult and with your full written permission. Please collect your child from the reception office. My child has to take medicine during the school day As a general rule, we ask parents not to expect teachers either to give medicine at school or to take responsibility for medicine. Please do not therefore send medicine to school with children. We do however make two exceptions to this rule: Where a child suffers from a long-term illness e.g. asthma and regular medication is required. Parents are requested to see the Headteacher and fill in a medical consent form. Antibiotics that are prescribed to be administered 4 times daily. Doses less than 4 times daily do not require to be administered at school. Parents are requested to see the Headteacher and fill in a medical consent form What happens if…. My child has an accident or is hurt at school If a child suffers a minor injury in school, the person responsible for first aid will deal with it. You will be sent an accident note if this is thought necessary e.g. for head bumps. If a child receives a more serious injury we will do our best to contact you as soon as possible. It is essential that up to date contact numbers be supplied to school so that we can contact you in an emergency.
My child wants to take part in after school activities Among the activities that are often available to the children during lunch hours or at the end of the school day are netball, football, gymnastics, iPad club, craft and athletics. Inter school matches are arranged throughout the year. My child wants to take part in school trips All children are given the opportunity to take part in an off-site trip at least once each year. The cost of such trips is rapidly rising and voluntary contributions are required if these trips are to be a success. We aim to give all the children the opportunity for a residential trip in Year 6. Other Useful Information Charging and Remissions Policy: There are occasions when parents will be asked if they are prepared to make voluntary contributions to enable certain activities e.g. educational visits to take place. No child will be prevented from participating in the activity should their parents not make a voluntary contribution. However, such plans might well be abandoned if insufficient voluntary contributions are made. For activities outside school hours, the optional nature of the activity and the cost of the same will be made clear to parents. Foundation Fund - We ask for a voluntary donation of £1 per week in the Nursery and Reception Foundation Unit. This fund is spent on resources for practical activities e.g. cooking. It is also used to subsidise trips for the children. Complaints Procedure: Complaints of any kind related to the school should in the first instance be addressed to the Headteacher. Should redress still be required after discussion with the Head, the complaint should then be submitted in writing to the clerk to the governors. In the case of a complaint concerning the curriculum is made, the governors would follow the procedures laid down by the L.A. Complaints concerning Collective Worship or Religious Education would be faced by the governors following guidelines drawn up for Voluntary Aided Schools. School Meals: School Meals are provided and are very good value. The current price is £2.30 per day (£11.50 per week). Payment can be made online through Parent Pay or through Pay Point at some stores. A letter with further information will be provided once your child has started school. We are unable to provide meals on a pay later basis. It is absolutely essential that TWO WEEKS notice be given in advance of changing between school meals and packed lunches. The School Cook has to order food two weeks in advance, and it can be a very difficult job if children are changing over without notice! Free School Meals: Free school meals are supplied to all Reception and Key Stage 1 children and children whose parents are in receipt of Income Support. Please request a form from the school office.
Frequently asked questions How well did the school do with their most recent Ofsted? The school’s last Ofsted was in December 2018 – the full report is available on the Ofsted website www.ofsted.gov.uk and is available on the school website. The following comments were made: The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.' Ofsted 2018 'You and your staff have created a caring and friendly environment' Ofsted 2018 Our parents said: 'My child has been welcomed into the school community, she is happy and thriving in a positive learning environment.' 'My children have made considerable progress over the years.' Ofsted 2018 'Children in Early Years are encouraged to be curious, creative and confident individuals. these attributes stay with pupils as they move through the school' Ofsted 2018 'You have high aspirations for the pupils and make sure they take part in a wide variety of experiences.' Ofsted 2018 'You have successfully created a culture where the importance of keeping children safe is a shared responsibility.' Ofsted 2018 'Governors share your high expectations. Through regular visits they gain secure first- hand knowledge of the school.' Ofsted 2018
Keeping your child safe At the start and end of the school day All children should enter the school building from the playground areas where the gates will be opened at 8.45am. Children in Foundation Stage, Y1, Y2 and Y3 will enter through the Infant playground and all other children (Years 4-6) will enter through the Junior playground. Senior members of staff will be available on both gates to assist children or if parents need to pass any messages on. At the end of the school day, children are collected from their classroom doors off the playgrounds (EY, Y1, Y2, Y3) and from the Junior playground gate for Y4 - 6. Please arrive promptly at 3:15pm to collect your child. If you are going to be unavoidably detained, please telephone the school so that we can reassure your child. Please do not park your car in the car park at the beginning and end of the school day. This is the main pedestrian entrance for families arriving at school. Children who arrive early for school and are on the school site before school begins, remain the responsibility of their parents/ carers There is no football to be played on the school site before school to ensure the safety of the younger children. Dogs For health and safety reasons, dogs are not allowed anywhere on our school site. Building Security Perimeter fencing and security-coded doors have been installed to protect all children, staff, helpers and visitors in school. School gates are locked at 8:40. To ensure security procedures are kept, we ask parents to enter and leave the school building by the main entrance and speak to a member of the office staff. No smoking The school site, including the car park, is non-smoking in line with government regulations.
SCHOOL UNIFORM Children are required to come to school in school uniform at all times. Our chosen school supplier is Mapac, their link is on our school website. Girls: White shirt Blue cardigan or v neck jumper (with or without school logo) Blue/ red striped tie (elastic Reception – Y2/ clip on Y3 – Y6) Grey skirt or pinafore or grey trousers Blue and white checked summer dress Grey tights or white socks School shoes (black) Boys: White shirt Blue v neck jumper (with or without school logo) Blue/ red striped tie (elastic Reception – Y2/ clip on Y3 – Y6) Grey trousers Grey school shorts Grey/ black socks School shoes (black) P.E. Kit White t- shirt (with or without school logo) and blue/ or black shorts, pumps or old trainers for outdoor PE The marking of clothing and equipment with the child's name is strongly recommended. Children will wear sensible shoes for school (we do allow junior children to change into trainers when playing football at lunchtime). Children are allowed to wear a watch and stud earrings but, for health and safety reasons, any other type of jewellery is not allowed and children will be asked to remove it. The school does not accept responsibility for jewellery and valuables that children may bring into school.
Child protection The Governors recognise their statutory responsibility to make sure that appropriate arrangements are in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children: Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 and Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2022. This policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school and will be reviewed annually. This school recognises its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people entrusted to its care by establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop. The staff and governors of this school are committed to establishing and maintaining an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to. We will try and ensure that children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried. We recognise that because of the day-to-day contact with children, school staff are well placed to observe the signs of possible abuse. This school recognises its responsibility to discuss with Education and Children’s Services’ Duty, Assessment and Referral Team any significant concerns about a child which may indicate physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect in accordance with the Local Safeguarding Children Board child protection procedures and to attend any child protection conferences, initial and review, and core group meetings and child in need conferences that may be called. This school recognises its duty to work with other agencies such as: Children’s Services, Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Education Welfare Service, Educational Psychology Service in protecting children from harm and in responding to concerns about possible abuse. The Designated Member of Staff for Child Protection: The Designated Senior Lead for Child Protection is a member of the Senior Management Team and in this school is Mr. Gallagher. Additional DSLs are Ms. Sarah Clarke and Mrs. Dixon. Recruitment of staff and volunteers: Good practice guidance as outlined by the DfE and Solihull MBC Human Resources Section is always followed. The school has been recognised by the Local Authority has having good practice in regard to safeguarding procedures. The school will ensure that safe recruitment practices are in place and followed in checking the suitability of all staff and volunteers to work with children.
Reporting to Parents How do I find out about my child’s progress at school? Open days/evenings Parent/teacher consultations are held twice a year – one in the autumn term and one in the spring term. These discussions enable you to discuss progress and curriculum targets with the class teacher. There will also be an opportunity to discuss any concerns or worries you may have. From Year 3, children are included in the discussion. Reports You will receive a comprehensive end of year report on your child’s progress in all National Curriculum subjects as well as a general comment from the class teacher and Headteacher. If you wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s report you are welcome to make an appointment to see the class teacher or Headteacher. We are always interested in parent’s views and would ask that parents reply to the report on the comment slip. Informal meetings with your child’s class teacher There is always the opportunity to make an appointment to discuss any concerns you have about your child’s progress or behaviour. Please make an appointment with the office staff if you wish to see the Headteacher. End of Key Stage (Y2 and Y6) SATs tests Children in Year 2 are assessed by teacher assessment. Class teachers may use a SATs test to support their teacher judgement. This test is part of the teacher assessment process. Year 2 SATs cover English and Maths. The results of the teacher assessment will be in the child’s end of Year report. Year 6 children take SATs tests in Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and Maths. Writing is assessed by the teacher with external moderation. The SATs result will be reported in your child’s report.
Who’s Who at St. John the Baptist: Teaching staff and Learning Support staff Headteacher Mr I. Gallagher Deputy Headteacher Mrs H. Dixon Early Years Leader Mrs. L. Dolphin SENDCo Mrs. S. Drust Early Years Nursery Mrs L.Dolphin Miss. Z. Cherry Reception Mrs S. Day Mrs N. O’Kelly Mrs J. Baylon Key Stage One Year 1 Mrs B. Patterson Mrs V. Worth Year 2 Mrs L. Jackson Mrs. J. Hastings Key Stage Two Year 3 Miss N. Breslin Mrs E. King Year 4 Mrs H. Turner Mrs H. Dixon Mrs E. Blundell Miss L. Thompson Year 5 Miss L. Morton Miss M. Ward Year 6 Mr. B. Craggs Miss M. Lowe PPA Cover Mrs L. Richmond Behaviour Mentor Mrs E. Blundell Child and Family Support Worker Ms S. Clarke Sports Coach Mr S. Byford/ Miss L. Hale Office Staff Office Administrator: Mrs Y. Rodgers Admin support: Mrs N. Bushell Support Staff Site Manager Mrs. J. Righton Cleaners: Ms. D. Kidson, Miss R. Gold Lunchtime Supervisors: Mrs Z. Bibi, Miss E. King, Miss S. Walker, Miss S. Millin, Miss T. Ward, Mrs E Yan Kitchen Mrs. D. Moulton
The Governing Body Chair of Governors Mrs H. Cox c/o St. John the Baptist School Office Vice Chair of Governors Mr A. Spindlow Staff Governors Mr. I. Gallagher (Headteacher) Mr B. Craggs (Teacher) Foundation Governors Mr A. Spindlow Mrs M. White Miss C. Hickey Vacancy Parent Governors Vacancy Clerk to Governors Mrs J. O’Rafferty
St. John the Baptist Catholic Primary School: Criteria for Admissions 2024-25 (see full Admissions Policy on our school website) The governing body is the admissions authority and has responsibility for admissions to this school. The governing body has set its admission number at 30 pupils to be admitted to the Reception class in the school year which begins in September 2024. Where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority. If there is oversubscription within a category, the Governing Body will give priority to children living closest to the school determined by the shortest straight line distance. For the purposes of this policy, parish boundaries are as shown on the Archdiocese of Birmingham parish boundary map which can be accessed at http://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/parishmap/ and will be applied to the admission arrangements for the academic year 2024/2025. A map of the parish boundary is available in school. Oversubscription Criteria 1. Baptised Catholic children who are looked after or previously looked after. 2. Baptised Catholic children living in the parish of St John and St Anthony’s, Smith’s Wood who have a brother or sister) attending St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School at the time of admission. 3. Baptised Catholic children (living in the parish of St John and St Anthony’s, Smith’s Wood. 4. Other Baptised Catholic children who have a brother or sister (attending St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School at the time of admission. 5. Other Baptised Catholic children. 6. Non-Catholic children who are looked after or previously looked after. 7. Non-Catholic children who have a brother or sister St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School 8. Non-Catholic children.
School Term Dates 2023 - 2024 Academic Year 2023-2024 Autumn Term 2023 Term Starts: Monday 4 September 2023 Half Term: Monday 30 October 20223- Friday 3 November 2023 Term Ends: Friday 22 December 2023 Spring Term 2024 Term Starts: Monday 8 January 2024 Half Term: Monday 12 February 2024 - Friday 16 February 2024 Term Ends: Friday 22 March 2024 Summer Term 2024 Term Starts: Monday 8 April 2024 (May bank Holiday: Monday 6 May 2024) Half Term: Monday 27 May 2024 – Friday 31 May 2024 Term Ends: Friday 19 July 2024 INSET DAYS (school closed for staff training on the dates below) Monday 4 September 2023 Friday 27 October 2023 Monday 19 February 2024 Friday 24 May 2024 Monday 22 July 2024
Please note that the information in this booklet was correct at the time of compilation. It should not be assumed that the information would remain unchanged. New information will be sent to parent/ carers in weekly newsletters and texts (when needed) The Headteacher welcomes parents/ carers in to school to discuss queries, concerns or worries. He will endeavour to see you as soon as possible