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The Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG) is the Welsh Government’s principal means of supporting schools to reduce the impact of a disadvantaged background on the educational attainment of pupils who receive Free School Meals (FSM) or who are Looked After Children (LAC).

The PDG is intended to overcome the additional barriers that some learners face which prevent them from attaining as well as their peers, whatever their ability.


PDG Allocation 2017-18

£1,150


Mae'r ysgol yn derbyn grant GDD gan y Llywodraeth. Gwneir ddefnydd o'r grant i gefnogi dysgu o fewn y dosbarth a thu allan i'r dosbarth. (Welsh only available)

 

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Ysgol Llanbedrgoch is a Welsh medium school.



As all other schools, by being a bilingual school it follows Ynys Môn Education Authority’s Language Policy Guidelines, and its aim is to ensure that all its pupils have a balanced age appropriate bilingualism.


SCHOOL’S LANGUAGE

Welsh is the day to day language of the school and is the medium of communication with pupils, staff and is also the language of school administration. The school will communicate with parents in either, or both languages.

 

THE CURRICULUM

All pupils in the Foundation Phase experience learning through the medium of Welsh in all areas. Welsh is the main teaching medium at KS2 with at least 70% of the teaching through the medium of Welsh. English is introduced formally as a subject at Key Stage 2 and is taught through the medium of English. English may occasionally be used for teaching and learning some aspects of some subjects.


OBJECTIVES

The normal expectation is that pupils, regardless of home language, will be able to transfer easily to Welsh medium secondary provision and by the end of Key Stage 2 will have reached a standard in English equivalent to that reached by pupils in predominantly English medium schools.

 

 
MORNING
AFTERNOON
TEACHING HOURS
NURSERY
08:55 - 11:00
2 hrs per day & 10 hrs per week
INFANTS
08:55 - 12:00
1:00 - 3:15
4 1/2 hrs per day & 22 1/2 hrs per week
JUNIORS
08:55 - 12:00
1:00 - 3:30
4 3/4 hrs per day & 23 3/4 hrs per week

 

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ARRIVING & LEAVING

We kindly ask parents who bring their children to school by car, to take care whilst reversing and parking outside the school. Please do not park in front of the main gate.

Parents are not permitted to drive onto the school yard at any point during the school day. Parents and children are expected to use the small gate on every occasion.


The door at the back of the school is used in the morning, and once the children are in the door is locked.


Late Arrivals
You must come to the Main Entrance and ring the bell if late or during any other period during the day.


Leaving the School
The INFANTS leave the school through the back door. Parents are requested to wait by the back door to receive their children at 3:15pm. The older children are walked to the small gate by their teacher.

All the children are expected to leave the school via the small gate—not through the field or over the stile. Children are not allowed to leave the school on their own unless by prior arrangement with the Headteacher. If there is a change in the arrangement for collecting your child to another/different adult, please advise their class teacher/ Headteacher before home time.

 

In order for your child to gain the most out of school, a good attendance is absolutely necessary, and it is your responsibility as a parent to ensure that.

You should contact the school either by phone, e-mail or letter to advise us immediately of your child’s absence.

The school, by law, is the only one who can authorise a child’s absence from school. Absences are placed into two categories:
Authorised Absence
Example—illness, medical or dentist appointment
Unauthorised Absence
Example—shopping on a school day, a trip during the week, visiting friends or family, late attenders.

NB - Persistently late pupils will be recorded as LATE and after close of register will be reported absent for the session.


HOLIDAY DURING SCHOOL TERM
The Governing Body encourage parents to consider very carefully prior to planning a holiday during the school term as it is a recognised fact that absences affect a child’s improvement and development. It is a statutory right for all children to receive daily education and it is therefore the parents’ responsibility to ensure that the child attends regularly.

If you intend to plan a special family holiday during the school term then you should contact the Headteacher to complete the relevant form. The Headteacher can authorise up to 10 days absence once consideration has been given to the usual attendance of the child. The school does not consider an extended weekend as a special holiday.


No more than 10 days per year will be authorised for family holidays, this is discretionary depending on general attendance.


ATTENDANCE DATA


A report detailing the number of a pupil’s absences both authorised and unauthorised is produced for the parents at the end of the year. The school’s attendance statistics for the year are published in the Governors Annual Report to Parents. The school prides itself on the high standards of attendance. The governors will be setting annual attendance targets which challenge the school to keep the standards attained.

The School has a detailed policy on Health and Safety.

Its main points are noted below:
The doors are locked at the start of the school day—all visitor should ring the Main Entrance bell to gain entry into the school. A visitors’ book should be signed upon entry and all visitors are expected to prove their identity upon request.


Nominated staff have been trained in first aid, and there are adequate resources at the school for the purpose of first aid. A record is kept of each accident that occurs at school, and should the accident be more serious then we would contact the parent/carer immediately.


Parents/carers are expected to inform the school of any medical ailment which may affect the child e.g. asthma,
epilepsy, allergy. The school, with the help of the school nurse will create a medical/personal plan for him/her.


The Health Authority do not agree to administering medicine to children whilst at school. If this is essential then please contact the Headteacher.

The school has an official uniform. Although this is not enforced, we feel that wearing a uniform creates a feeling of pride in the school and provides the children with a sense of belonging.

 

Boys
Girls
Light blue Shirt/Polo shirt
Light blue Shirt/Polo shirt
Navy sweatshirt
Navy sweatshirt/cardigan
Dark grey / Black trousers
Dark grey/Black trousers or skirt
Shorts for the summer
Blue and white/navy pique check

Uniform with the embroidered logo can be ordered through the school. Forms are distributed at the beginning of the Summer term. You are encouraged to place a name on each piece of clothing.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION & SWIMMING

All the children are expected to wear suitable clothing for these lessons. Please remember that warmer clothing is essential in Winter. The timetable for physical education lessons will be provided by the class teacher.


Indoor Gymnastic / Dance lesson

Light blue t-shirt with school logo
Blue / Navy shorts
No trainers

Outdoor sport lesson

Light blue t-shirt with school logo
Sweatshirt / Jacket
Shorts / Joggers
Trainers / Football shoes


For swimming lessons in Plas Arthur all children must have suitable swimming attire, one piece for the girls. All children are expected to attend the lessons - as gaining confidence in the water is very important.


BREAKFAST CLUB

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The Club is free of charge between 8:15 a 8:45

 

. It is essential that you register for the club, please contact the school for more information.

 

LUNCH

EDEN Foods are responsible for the provision of midday meals at the school. Lunch costs £1.90 per day and reasonable notice is given to parents if there is a change in the price.

Parents are requested to pay regularly on the first day of the week by sending the money in an envelope with the child’s name written clearly on it. Cheques should be made payable to CYNGOR SIR YNYS MON. A form for claiming free school meals are provided on request to the Headteacher or administration officer. This can be organised without fuss— and confidentiality is guaranteed

 

LUNCH BOX

Parents are encouraged to ensure that their child’s lunchbox includes healthy nutritious food. Please remember that we are a Healthy School and encourage healthy choices.

 

BREAK TIME SNACK

Every child in the nursery and Infants class receive free milk daily. Water is available in class during the day. There is a water fountain at the school enabling the children to fill a bottle at any time. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide a labelled bottle for their child, and it should be cleaned/replaced regularly.

 

FRUIT SHOP

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For a very reasonable 20p per day, your child can have a choice of fruit daily and it is offered in the afternoon break.

 

Your child may bring a fruit from home instead to eat at break time, however crisps, sweets or chocolates are not permitted.

 

 

OBJECTIVES

At this school we aim to provide a balanced education that will enable the children to take their place one day in the community of which they are members. We aim to develop the potential of each individual to the maximum by providing him/her with the necessary tools for the future.

The objective of this school is to give the children the best possible experiences, to ensure their development in the basic skills in order to prepare them for living and socialising in the modern world.

 

WELFARE

Good behaviour is absolutely necessary if the school is to meet its purpose, which is to develop the social and educational growth of each child.

Children are placed in the care of his/her class teacher , but each member of staff aims to ensure the welfare of all the children. This school encourages children to be self-disciplined, responsible, thoughtful and to show self respect as well as respect for others. We sincerely hope that we will get the parents support with this matter.

You as parents and us as teachers are requested to sign the Home / School Agreement which seals the partnership between us and ensures the best provision for your child.

 

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THE FOUNDATION PHASE 3 - 7 YRS

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The main aim of the Foundation Phase is to develop children into independent learners in order for them to have an understanding of the ideas about how to learn.

It’s important that children grasp this skill so that they can develop further. The Foundation Phase’s envi-ronment encourages finding skills and independence.

 

There are 6 areas of teaching associated to the statutory curriculum for children between 3 and 6. The teaching fields are:
 Personal and social development, wellbeing and cultural variations
 Language, literacy and communication skills
 Mathematical development
 Knowledge and understanding of the world
 Physical development
 Creative development

 

The themes are cross-curricular and place emphasis on developing skills which emulate daily life.

KEY STAGE 2 7 - 11 YEARS

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The curriculum is modern and encourages each learner. The skills framework and the subjects have been revised to create a rich curriculum which will inspire and provides for the needs of each individual learner, and prepare them for life in the twenty first century.


Here are some of those revised aspects:
 Emphasis is placed on studying the media and visual movement themes
 Every learner is expected to be completely confident in their use of language and numbers by Yr 6.
 Give consideration to entrepreneurship as part of the study into career and work life in the 21st century
 Emphasis on practical citizenship as one of the social and personal education themes (SPE)
 Emphasis on developing sustainability and world wide citizenship in SPE, geography and science.

 

CODE OF PRACTICE

In line with the 1993 Education Act the school is fully aware of its responsibilities towards provision for children with additional educational needs.

The school has an Additional Educational Needs Policy which is based on the legislative requirements and Governing Policies of Ynys Môn Education Authority.

The Headteacher is ultimately responsible for the policy and Miss Sioned W Jones is the school’s Educational Needs Co-ordinator. A member of the Governing Body is nominated to oversee the provision.

The children with special needs are placed on the school’s Special Educational Needs register. The children are then graded according to the severity of their needs. The differences in provision for them can vary from assistance in class; one to one assistance or a small group outside class; guidance from Educational
Psychologist; specialist help provided by the Education Authority or at another unit not based at the school.
Every provision made will be discussed and agreed with the parents.

We consider it extremely important to have close contact with parents in these cases to ensure a close working partnership. The nature of the difficulties are discussed, de-tail is given to the provisions made for the child and the parents are invited to the school to dis-cuss the achievements and the way forward. A member of the Governing body is appointed to oversee the provision.


The policy can be viewed at the school.

 

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

The school believes in developing and integrating children with physical disabilities. In such occurrences it would be the school’s policy to discuss with the Education Authority to agree on any budgetary amendments which would ease the entry for the disabled pupil into the school.

 

ASSESSMENT

In addition to the continual assessments undertaken by the teachers, and in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum, the pupils are assessed at the end of the Foundation Phase when they are 7 years old and at the end of Key Stage 2 when 11 years old.

 

REPORTING TO PARENTS


Parents’ meetings are held by an appointment system every term throughout the school year. The first meeting is planned to give parents the opportunity to discuss how their child is settling in to the new year and is responding to the personal targets set. There will be also be an opportunity to discuss any concerns.

In February the parents are invited to view the first half year’s work. At the end of the year Annual Reports are sent to every home along with an invite for the parents to come to school to discuss its contents and to review the work and progress during the year.


Aside from these formal meetings, parents are welcome to organise meetings with the Headteacher to discuss their child’s progress or any concerns they may have. The school has an open door policy and it welcomes parents to the school throughout the educational year.

 

 

 

nofio In addition to the programme of activities within the National
Curriculum, the schools ensures that the pupils have access to many other sporting experiences.

The Campau’r Ddraig initiative offers opportunities for children in many activities such as athletics and tennis.

The pupils have the opportunity to have golf lessons locally at Storws Wen Golf Club.

An orienteering course has been created specifically for the school, and the children are given an opportunity to gain map reading skills and outdoor work when completing it.

They will also represent the school in football, rugby, athletics, cross country running and swimming tournaments with the Urdd and the Campau’r Ddraig initiative.

The school’s sport day is held at the end of the Summer term and parents are invited to this special day in the School’s Calendar.

The Juniors are also given the opportunity to improve outdoor skills when visiting the Conway Outdoor Centre, Llanfairwpll as well as the Urdd Centre in Glanllyn.

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PARTNERSHIP

Close co-operation between the school and the home is essential if we are to ensure that the children reach their full potential. Parents are encouraged to take an interest in their child and to support the school with it’s daily work and it’s public activities.


Parents are welcome at services and the school’s concerts, and to activities and meetings organised by the school’s Parents and Friends Association. The school will ensure that they advise parents well in advance of any important dates in the school’s calendar.


The text message system Teachers2Parents is used to advise of any last minute changes to organised events.
Parents are requested to provide us with full information regarding their child and to advise us of any changes in circumstances.


Please remember to advise us immediately of any changes in address or telephone numbers so that we can update the system.


When a child joins the school at 3 years of age the parents are invited to share information regarding their child’s personality, skills and interests in the First Steps booklet. This will be the foundation for the school/home relationship.


When the child starts school full time an individual assessment of the child is completed and the findings will provide the foundation for your child’s development. Should you wish to discuss any matters which may cause concern then please contact the class teacher.

 

 


It is the school’s policy to give homework.

 

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This can include completing class work, completing a particular task, finding information, asking parents or other members of the family, or learning work i.e. multiplication tables, words for a spelling test.

 

Reading should be daily homework.


We hope that parents will make full use of the Reading Record Book. You are encouraged to read with your child regularly.


Parents can help in many other ways also e.g.
 Discuss the school day / the world around us
 Practice counting / learn multiplication tables
 Help to learn for spelling tests/tables
 Help to gather information from books
 Read written work
 Practice particular skills which cause concern


Parents are welcome to discuss homework with the class teacher if any problems arise.

 

POLICIES
A full copy of all the school’s Governing policies can be viewed by request to the Headteacher or Chairperson for the Governing Body. The Governing Body reviews and adapts the policies regularly.

BULLYING POLICY
Every individual at the school has a basic right to be respected by everyone and to have a happy life at school. Any sort of bullying is unacceptable. The school will make every effort to ensure that bullying does not occur.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
The school’s main belief and objective is that honesty, pride and individual worth is of utmost importance. We aim to give equal opportunity to every pupil on every occasion by not differentiating on the basis of sex, religion, colour, language or disability.

SEX EDUCATION & RELATIVITY POLICY

teulu Sex and relativity education is introduced to each child in line with his age and ability to accept and understand i.e. the younger children will learn the correct names for body parts and will recognise appropriate and inappropriate touch.


The need for careful and sensitive treatment is appreciated. A fuller Sex Education programme is provided to Year 6 pupils. Parents are invited to view the policy and to discuss the provision beforehand. Parents have the right to remove their child from some, or all of the sex education provided.


TOILETS

There are 3 sets of toilets at the school for pupils. The pupils have access to them throughout the day. There is one set of toilets (x 3 cubicle) and hand wash sinks placed outside the Foundation Phase. The toilets were installed from new in 2009 and are attractive and age appropriate.

There is soap and handtowels available.


There are 2 sets of toilet in the coat area: toilets for the junior boys (x 3 urinals and x 1 cubicle and 2 sinks) and toilets for the junior girls (x2 cubicle and 3 sinks). There is soap and hand drying machines.

The staff toilet has provision for disabled children. The school’s cleaner is responsible for the toilets. The toilets are cleaned daily and replenished with toilet paper, soap and hand drying towels.

HEALTHY SCHOOL INITIATIVE
Ysgol Llanbedrgoch is part of the Welsh Healthy Schools Network. Under this scheme the school promotes and encourages healthy mind and bodies, social and the welfare of the community. The school has reached Stage 4 of the initiative and from now on will work to keep the standards achieved and work with further detail towards Stage 5.

 

ECO AND GREEN SCHOOL
Through this initiative the pupils are given the opportunity to realise the importance of sustainability, recycling and saving energy


FAIR TRADE
The school is a Fair Trade school and the principles of this initiative are promoted publicly in school events and within the classroom’s activities.


CHARITIES
The whole school is very pleased with its achievement in raising substantial amounts of money for varied charities. It raises the children’s awareness of world issues and also makes them aware of problems closer to home. The school prides itself on its achievement in extracurricular activities to raise money.

 

 

ACTIVITIES


From time to time the school organises extra curricular activities such as evening concerts, football and netball practices. The school hopes for the support and co-operation towards any extra activities. Parents are requested to ensure that they collect their children promptly at the end of the activity.

 

THE URDD


urddThere is an Urdd school department here which meets three to four times a term. Various activities are organised for the members such as a disco, film night, art night etc.

During the summer months Yrs 5 & 6 are given the opportunity to stay at the Urdd’s holiday camps either in Glanllyn or Llangrannog.


There is also an opportunity for the members to compete the in Urdd’s various sport competitions.
Membership is open to children from years 1-6.

PAYMENT FOR ACTIVITIES

The 1988 Education Act’s basic principle is that all educational activities should be free of charge for all pupils. However, the school has a statutory right to ask each parent for a contribution towards the costs on the understanding that no child suffers due to his/her parents’ inability or unwillingness to providing a contribution.
E.g. a charge is raised for the swimming lessons at Plas Arthur to cover the cost of transport.


An annual amount is allocated in the school budget for the instrumental lessons provided by the Instrumental Service.


An additional contribution from parents is requested to meet the total cost.

 

 

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THE ASSOCIATION

The school is very fortunate to have a Parents and Friends Association who work energetically to organise fundraising activities for the children such as the Winter Fair, the Summer Fair, Sponsored Walk, Bingo and the Disco.


The money is used to secure valuable resources for the school.


We sincerely hope that the parents will continue to support the valuable work done by the Parents and Friends
Association.


The Parents Association holds its first meeting early in the school year. Take the opportunity to be a part of this
valuable activity to support the school in supporting your child’s education.

 

 

 

COMPLAINTS REGARDING:
Curriculum
Religious Services
Acceptances
Child Exclusions

 

In line with the National Secretary’s requirements under Section 23 of the Education Reform Act 1980, the Local Education Authority has established a complaint procedure regarding the method in which a school’s governing body and the Education Department act in relation to a school’s curriculum and other relating matters. This is set out in a purposeful document in both Welsh and English. A copy is provided free of charge to any parent wishing to make a complaint under these arrangements, and the Authority can provide a copy in a language other than Welsh or English should that be necessary.


However, it is emphasised that many complaints can be dealt with quickly and efficiently through informal consideration based on discussions with the Headteacher. This is the first reasonable step, and the Governing Body will expect for this step to be completed prior to introducing the complaint formally in extreme circumstances.
An appointment should be made with the Headteacher to discuss any complaint in the first instance.


A complaint by a Parent, Pupil, Member of the Local Community regarding the School, Any Resource, or Services provided by it.


The Governing Body has established clear guidelines to deal with any complaints as noted above (Education Act 2002) Please see Appendix A for details regarding the process for dealing with any concerns or complaints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Ysgol Llanbedrgoch Primary
Llanbedrgoch
Ynys Môn
LL76 8SX

Phone: 01248 450291

E-mail: pennaeth.llanbedrgoch@ynysmon.gov.uk

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