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Drighlington Primary School

Nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving!

Moorland Road, Bradford
West Yorkshire, BD11 1JY

0113 2853000

info@drighlingtonprimary.org.uk

Headteacher: Mrs Sue Jackson

  1. About Our School
  2. General Information

Scroll down this section to find:

Admission Arrangements, Early Years, Times of Day, Attendance, Pupil Behaviour, Wrap Around Care and Holiday Clubs, School Uniform/PE Kit, School Lunches, Cool Milk, Parents in Partnership, PTA, Community Links, Snow Procedures, Leeds City Council Contacts, How to Make a Complaint

Admission Arrangements

We are an inclusive school. We are also a two form entry school. This means that there are two classes for each year group from Reception through to Year 6. Each class from Reception to Year 6 has a limit of 30 places. Our Nursery has a total of 78 places (39 morning and 39 afternoon).

Registering a child is simple. Before a child reaches Nursery age it is a matter of completing an informal request form, giving your child’s name, address, telephone number and date of birth. Your child will then be put on our waiting list. If a place is available, children are invited to attend our Nursery after their third birthday. Nursery children receive places primarily on an age order basis, and we follow Leeds City Council Admissions guidance. Parents may request a preference, 30 hour, but flexible, morning or afternoon places will not be guaranteed.

Click here for Nursery application form

Children attend full-time in the September after their fourth birthday. The school does not allocate these places. Leeds City Council asks families to complete preference forms during the year before their child is due to start school. Once this form is returned, parents are responsible for informing Leeds City Council about any changes to circumstances that may affect the place at the preferred school. .

New parents considering transferring their child after they have started at another school should first discuss this with their current school. If a transfer is required, they should contact us by telephone to tlka to the Head Teacher. Leeds City Council will supply an official in-year transfer request form in these cases.

Transition Arrangements

We put great emphasis upon getting transition right for children. When children first start school we plan visits so that they can meet their new teacher and new classmates. We think it is important that plans are amended if needed where children require additional time to adjust - in some cases the transition into school is very personalized. Our staff always prepare handover information for the next teacher and this includes learning levels, information about key strengths and areas for development, and friendships. Our staff are also given allocated time to ensure that they handover the relevant documents and have time to talk to the next teacher. Where children have specific needs, our staff engage with parents before the end of the year, and prepare individual strategies such as transition books with photographs of the next teacher and support staff. We ask that families let us know if they have concerns about transition so that we can address them quickly and put into place secure action plans for children.

Whether starting school for the first time, or aiming to transfer mid-year, to apply for a place at our school from Reception to Year 6 please look on the local authority website (leeds.gov.uk) to apply online or contact Leeds City Council Admissions Team as shown below. 

Click here for link to Leeds City Council Admissions Website

Telephone: 0113 2224414

Early Years

Some nursery places are morning or afternoons. We offer flexible places that run as follows:

  • all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning (2.5 days)
  • Wednesday afternoon , all day Thursday and all day Friday (2.5 days)
  • every day, a total of 30 hours

At Drighlington Primary School, we want all children to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning and spark a desire for lifelong learning; early beginnings are fostered as soon as they start school. Our main aim is to provide exciting, stimulating environment with child led topics which they can become fully absorbed in using a cross-curricular approach. Our planning and teaching is centred on the children’s interests. Our ethos is to promote the school values of nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving and these values are embedded in our curriculum and central to the children’s education.

Children’s learning is through core and enhanced provision in both the indoors and outdoors environments.  We strive to encompass a range of curriculum subjects into each topic, making them relevant and meaningful for our children. We foster and value the children’s curiosity and independence which encourages engagement and active learning. 

We use a number of different approaches to explore and deliver the topics to ensure we enable our children to develop all the skills they need to be confident and successful learners.  All our children are involved in the planning stage of new topics as we value their ideas and contributions; we believe that children learn best when they are able to steer and direct their own learning.  The children are encouraged to be creative and express their creativity through many and varied opportunities which include sewing, pottery, role play, painting, model making, singing and dancing.

At Drighlington we value the positive relationships we have with parents and carers and constantly strive to improve this. We encourage parents to be involved in their child’s learning and we support this through workshops during the year. For reception children, we send reading books home each night along with sounds and tricky words to practise. In nursery, each child has a Home/School book which can be used to share many important or special events in your child’s life for example:

  • Personal achievements such as swimming badges or riding their bike
  • A special event such as a party for a relative
  • Important milestones including a new tooth or a birthday
  • An activity you have taken part in, perhaps a visit to the cinema or to a friend’s house to play
  • Photographs, drawings, computer printouts, writing

These events are important in a child’s life and we value the opportunity to share them with children in school. We are able to talk to children about these events, which we use to build our relationships and to show we value their life experiences. The children enjoy talking about themselves which builds their communication skills and their self-confidence.

We take every opportunity to share with parents and friends the exciting learning the children have experienced. Assemblies are held every half term and include such topics as harvest, Christmas Nativity, Chinese New Year and Celebrating people who are special to us.

Throughout the year the children have the opportunity to welcome visitors into school and visit places of interest which may be walking to the local shops to buy pancake ingredients, posting a letter or visiting the local church. We believe these experiences help the children to understand the world in which they live.

Times of day

  • School opens at 8.45am, doors close at 8.50am, after which your child will be late. 
  • School closes at 3.15pm.   
  • Nursery sessions are 8.45-11.45am and 12.15-3.15pm. 
  • For children in Reception, lunchtime is 12.00-1.00pm. For all others it is 12.15-1.15pm.

Attendance

Our school attendance target is 97%. Attendance at this level gives children the best chance to succeed both academically and socially.

At Drighlington Primary School we know that school attendance is one of the most important factors in raising standards and accelerating progress. Primary School education lays th foundation for all future learning- both academic and in attitudes towards school and learning. If you want your child to do well at their GCSEs and get a good job in the future- it starts here! When children do not attend or are late, they: 

  • struggle to keep up with school work;
  • miss out on the social side of school life – especially at primary school. Poor attendance can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships, a vital part of growing up.

The following chart shows how, over time, those few days off can have a big impact:

If in a 1 year period your child’s attendance was :

This would mean they had missed:

If this pattern was repeated for 5 years (e.g. Y1-6)

This would mean they had missed:

98% attendance =

95%  attendance  =

90%  attendance  =

80%  attendance =

 4 days of school

10 days of school

4 weeks off school 

more than a half term

 

85-90% absence =

80% absence =

half a year off school

38 weeks off school - this is a whole school year!

How to achieve good attendance.

Of the 365 days in each year 190 are school days (52%) which leaves 175 (42%) non-school days to spend with family, have visits, take holidays and attend appointments. Children will often say that they feel unwell on a morning, but once they are in school with their friends, concentrating on their learning, they usually forget all about it; for those who don’t and continue to feel unwell we will always phone parents/carers.

How do we keep you informed about attendance?

You are informed about your child’s current level of attendance at every Parent Consultation Evening and it is referenced in your child’s end of year report.

Every half term parents receive a letter which outlines the attendance level and what this may mean. If your child has a level of attendance which is causing a concern and is not improving, you will receive a phone call or be asked to come for a meeting so that we can work together to improve your child’s attendance.

Leave of Absence

We do not condone leave of absence during term time. However, we understand that there may be times when families need to request time off school for their children. We will forward any unauthorized requests for children to be taken out of school in term time to Leeds City Council. They may then decide to issue a penalty notice.

Click here for leave of absence request form. 

Children understanding the importance of good attendance.

Ultimately, it is the children who suffer if their attendance is not good, so as well as working with families to improve attendance we also help children to take responsibility for their attendance. As part of our assertive mentoring work, teachers talk to children about their attendance and punctuality and discuss the impact that this is having on their work. Teachers and pupils may come up with ideas to help improve attendance that will be shared with parents, discuss issues that having a negative effect on attendance and celebrate when there is an improvement or where attendance is of a good level.

Each classroom has an attendance display and there is a prominent attendance display in the hall. These displays are changed weekly, which ensures that attendance always has a high priority and that there is always an opportunity to talk about and celebrate attendance.

How do we celebrate good attendance?

Individual Rewards:

Children receive ‘97% or more’ attendance certificates at the end of each term for achieving our school attendance target. At the end of each term children who have achieved 100% for the term will receive a certificate as well as those achieving 97% or more.

At the end of the year, children who achieve 100% attendance get a special reward in assembly. As implied in the name, children have to have attended every single day of the school year- no exceptions.

Children who have made a significant improvement in their attendance may earn a separate award such as a postcard home, certificate or something bigger such as winning a ‘dress-down day’ for their class.

Ultimately, the best reward for good attendance is getting a good education and building solid relationships with friends.

Whole Class Rewards:

In order to achieve our whole school target of 97%, we have to work together- every child attending every day, so we also have whole class rewards for attendance. Every week in our family Superhero Assembly, Mrs Jackson reads out the attendance scores and the class with the highest attendance gets the attendance trophy to keep in their class for that week. Also, every class who achieves our whole school target of 97% gets to play ‘Drigopoly’- a giant Drighlington-themed monopoly board where the chance cards mean prizes for the whole class. ‘Drigopoly’ is very popular with the children, especially as they help devise the prizes themselves.

What happens when attendance does not improve?

All members of staff work together with families at all stages, and our aim is always to reduce absence so that children have the best chances to succeed. Sometimes our informal work does not help to improve attendance, when this is the case we will seek support from the local Morley Cluster or Leeds Attendance Service.

Once attendance falls below 90%, school will not authorise absence unless a medical appointment has been made and school are given proof e.g. appointment card or text message of appointment - this is in accordance with the advice given by the LCC Attendance Service.

The Attendance service meet with staff from school every half term to review the attendance of pupils and may make house calls or phonecalls to parents of children who are not improving their attendance. Our aim is always to work with families to improve attendance, but unfortunately when this does not happen, parents may be prosecuted and issued with a fine. 

Who can help if I am struggling to improve my child's attendance?

The class teacher should always be your first contact when concerned about anything relating to school. If more specialised support is needed, we have a Learning Mentor (Mrs Seabourne), a SENDco (Mrs Farrington) and a Persistent Absence Liason Manager (PALM- Mrs Runton) all of whom will work with you. Our Deputy Headteacher (Mrs Abidi), oversees attendance.

Attendance staff may recommend school based support such as a mentor, sessions with the learning mentor , working with the PALM worker or support from outside school such as a family support worker from the cluster or an EHP. All of these strategies are designed to help and are not something to worry about or avoid - we will only making lasting improvements if we work together as a team.

Follow this advice from the Leeds Attendance Team: 

https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/'Getting%20Ready%20to%20Learn'%20Attendance%20Tips.pdf 

Understand Leeds stance on attendance:

https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/children-families-and-carers/schools-and-learning/the-importance-of-regular-school-attendance 

Your Input

We are always open to new ideas and would love to hear if you have any ideas about how to further improve attendance at school and achieve our target of 97%.

Our school attendance policy can be viewed here.

Our letter about term time holiday impact can be viewed here.

Pupil Behaviour 

The school’s positive behaviour policy is designed to reinforce good behaviour. Emphasis is placed on praising good manners, kindness and consideration towards peers and elders, respect for the physical environment and appreciation of effort. We constantly foster a team spirit. At Drighlington we believe that good discipline is essential to the effectiveness of the school as a learning organization. Every Child Matters and we believe that all pupils are entitled to a happy, safe and orderly working environment. Parental support is a key factor to the success of our positive behaviour policy. At our school, everyone is expected to:

  • Behave calmly and sensibly
  • Be honest and trustworthy
  • Be friendly and helpful
  • Be polite and well mannered
  • Speak to others appropriately
  • Look after property and equipment
  • Try to be successful and make people proud
  • Have respect for each other and for the rules of the school

Praise and reward are the motivating forces in creating self-discipline and most pupils respond well to this approach We promote good behaviour by providing consistent rewards. We give praise, stickers, rainbow and sports points, certificates, and Gold Book recognition. We have clear rules to ensure that children know what is expected of them. We aim to teach children about consequences of behaviour following a scheme on Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. Children are taught these skills within the following guidelines which we call our “STEP” system:

STEP 1 – a simple reminder about what is expected

STEP 2 – a warning about expectations.

STEP 3 – if a warning has not helped a child will be given time out to think about behaviour

STEP 4 – at this stage a child talks to a senior leader

STEP 5 – if concerns persist parents are informed.

STEP 6 – a child can be excluded - can be school-based exclusion, or a child may be sent home.

We are pleased to state that we rarely reach STEP 4-6. All staff are consistent in their use of the STEP system and the children in our school understand that our simple procedures are in place to guide and help them. Bullying, swearing, racist behaviour, verbal or physical violence and deliberate damage to property are not tolerated at Drighlington Primary School. Parents and carers are contacted at an early stage as we believe it is important to work together to help children conform to the school rules. If families know that a child is unhappy for some reason, please come and tell us. We do take this seriously and work closely with parents and carers to resolve problems.

Wrap Around Care and Holiday Clubs

School holidays:

We work with Cluster Services to ensure there are school holiday activities in place for children in the area. Click on the link below to see what is available during the next school holiday.

Click here for Children's Services website and information regarding school holiday activities.

After school clubs that run on our normal school days:

The requirements of the National Curriculum are the foundation of what goes on at our school but there are many other activities that enhance the children’s education. We aim to make the children’s time at Drighlington Primary School as exciting, relevant and memorable as possible. To this end we organize many Educational Visits visitors and extra-curricular clubs and activities. We also offer a residential visit for Y6 pupils. We enter local sports competitions. We have regular friendly matches against teams from local schools. We are proud of the way that the children of Drighlington acknowledge the achievements of others when involved in competitive sports. We aim to provide an after school programme in which the children can enjoy, participate and develop confidence and competence in a wide range of activities. Through this programme we also encourage everyone to value the contribution physical education makes towards their health, well-being and lifestyle.

Day and Time

Activity

  Cost

Venue

Provider

Contact

Monday

7.45-8.45am

3.15-5.30pm

3.15-4.15pm

 

Breakfast Club, YR-6

Care After School, YR-6

Football, Y4,5,6

 

   Fee payable

   Fee payable

   Fee payable

 

Community Room

Community Room

Main Hall

 

School Staff

School Staff

Paul Forrest

 

School

School

School

Tuesday

7.45-8.45am

3.15-5.30pm

3.15-4.15pm

3.15-4.15pm

 

Breakfast Club, YR-6

Care After School, YR-6

Music Club

Football, Y1,2,3

 

   Fee payable

   Fee payable

   Fee payable

   Fee payable

 

Community Room

Community Room

Small Hall 

Large Hall

 

School Staff

School Staff

Tom Hammond

Paul Forrest

 

School

School

School

School

Wednesday

7.45-845am

3.15-5.30pm

 

Breakfast Club, YR-6

Care After School, YR-6

 

   Fee payable

   Fee payable

 

Community Room

Community Room

 

School Staff

School Staff

 

School

School

Thursday

7.45-.845am

3.15-5.30pm

3.15-4.15pm

 

Breakfast Club, YR-6

Care After School, YR-6

Multi-sports, Y4,5,6

 

   Fee payable

   Fee payable 

   Fee payable

 

Community Room

Community Room

Main Hall

 

School Staff

School Staff

Paul Forrest

 

School

School

School

Friday

7.45-845am

3.15-5.30pm

 

Breakfast Club, YR-6

Care After School, YR-6

   Fee payable

   Fee payable

Community Room

Community Room

School Staff

School Staff

School

School 

 

School Uniform/PE Kit

At Drighlington Primary School we believe that a school uniform is important, because it:

  • looks smart
  • wears well
  • contributes to a sense of belonging
  • gives a common purpose and fosters a feeling of pride
  • reduces ‘fashion competition’ between children
  • creates equality
  • endorses team spirit

All children should wear the uniform and we encourage them to maintain an acceptable standard of clean and tidy dress in school. The uniform was chosen after extensive consultation with parents and governors. School uniform can be bought from any clothing store. Uniform that bears the school logo is available from: 

www.clothingattesco.com

http:\\macronstorewakefield.co.uk

Drighlington Primary School colours are navy, grey and white. No other colours should be worn. Our school uniform comprises:

    • White shirt/blouse
    • Grey trousers/skirt/pinafore (not jeans)
    • Navy sweatshirt/cardigan/jumper
    • Navy/grey/white socks/tights
    • Dark, safe, sensible footwear (NOT COLOURED FOOTWEAR OR FOOTWEAR WITH COLOUR STRIPES)
    • Variations for summer wear are: any blue/white check dress and grey shorts
    • R-Y2 PE kit: Dark coloured (preferably navy) shorts & plain white T-shirt. Black indoor pumps & outdoor trainers
    • Y3-Y6 PE kit: Dark shorts (preferably navy) & plain white t-shirt.  Suitable kit for outdoor - blue or black tracksuit bottoms & top; trainers for indoor PE & trainers for outdoor PE. 

PE kit should be kept in a SMALL named bag, not a large rucksack. The kit should be kept in school and taken home at weekends and the end of each half term to be washed. As with school uniform, all items of PE clothing should be identified with the child’s name. Children who go swimming need a towel, swimming trunks or full swimsuit, optional cap and brush or comb, carried in a waterproof bag.

For safety reasons, children are not permitted to wear jewellery or nail varnish in school. This includes earrings, but small studs are allowed. It is best that parents/carers discuss P.E. timetables with class teachers and remove stud earrings at home on these days. If children are wearing earrings on the day of a PE lesson, they should remove them independently, or ask an adult to cover them with microporous tape.

Watches and activity trackers may be worn but they must not have alarms or digital games that may interrupt teaching and learning. We do prefer that children leave their watches and activity trackers at home where they are safe.  Following advice from Leeds City Council Health and Safety Team, watches and activity trackers must not be worn during PE lessons. Children are not allowed to wear headwear inside the building, unless there is a proven medical reason or it is a requirement of their religious faith.

 

School Lunches

Please note school meal prices are £2.40 per day, i.e. £12.00 for a full week,  for years 3 to 6 unless they are entitled to free school meals.  Our menus follow a three week cycle which is revised twice a year to ensure variety and to make the most of seasonal produce, grown locally. All children from Reception -Y2 are entitled to Universal Free School Meals. 

Our preferred method of payment for school dinners is Parent Pay.  If you need any assistance setting up a Parent Pay account please contact the office.

Click here for our new lunch menu that will begin after February half term

Click here for the latest School Food Standards guidance

Click here for our guidance leaflet on packed lunches

Cool Milk

Click here for the Cool Milk website where you can order milk for children age five and over, attending our school.

Milk Provision for Over 5’s (Reception to Year 6) Pupils – September 2015

Our school use a company called Cool Milk to administer school milk.  This is a company that already has experience of working with over 135 local authorities across the UK and is recommended by the council.  Parents who choose for their children to receive school milk will pay Cool Milk directly.  The cost will be 19p for a 189ml carton; therefore the annual cost to parents at current prices would be £36.10.  Cool Milk will offer a number of flexible payment options to suit parents, including over the phone, online and at local ‘pay points’ and in half termly, termly or annual instalments.  To register for your child to receive school milk, you will need to register online at www.coolmilk.com where you can choose the school and your child’s class. School provide milk free of charge for pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals (not Universal School Meals KS1).

Parents in Partnership

What is PIPs?

PiPs stands for “Parent’s in Partnership” and provides an opportunity for parents to bring babies and pre-school children to play for an hour in a safe environment.

How will it benefit me and my child?

  • Informal setting
  • Have a coffee and relax
  • Educational play resources provided
  • Learn more about school, policies etc.
  • Discuss ways you can ‘best’ support your child’s social, emotional and educational development.
  • Meet other parents
  • Make new friends
  • All for free!

When and Where?

Every Friday during term time, in the Community Room from 11.20 – 12.45.

For further information…

Contact Mrs. Seabourne our Learning Mentor Tel: 0113 2853000 or just pop in when you have time.

We look forward to seeing you.

Parent and Teacher Association (PTA)

Our PTA is a Registered Charity No : 1161619.

Our PTA is a very successful group and organizes endless fundraising activities for the school. Alongside this they also arrange fun events that are free of charge. We are extremely proud of the work they do.

All staff, parents, carers and families are automatically part of our PTA and we welcome the support of anyone who may be able to offer a little help. If anyone is interested in helping out, please contact our school office on 0113 2853000.

CAN YOU HELP THE PTA SECURE MATCH FUNDING FROM YOUR WORKPLACE ?

If you work for an organisation that has a match funding policy, any money you raise could be matched by your employer. We understand that the high street banks, building societies, supermarkets and large corporations are likely to do match funding. We have been successful twice in getting the funding from one of our parents who works at Barclays Bank as well as another parent who works for Lloyds Bank. We would be ever so grateful if you could ask your employer if they have a match funding scheme, or if they are willing to match fund any of our events. Please let us know if you can think your employer would be happy to support our school.

Community Links

We are proud of our place within the community. We have particularly close links with Drighlington Community Library and Drighlington Parish Council

Click here for a link to Drighlington Library. 

Click here for a link to Drighlington Parish Council Website.

Click here for local Children's Services website and information regarding school holiday activities .

Click here for West Yorkshire Police parking at school advice.

Click here for Drighlington Juniors Football website.

Click here for Drighlington Rugby Club website.

Snow Procedures

When the MET Office issue weather warnings they often send a message directly to schools. When this happens we will let everyone know via Twitter, the school website news page, and via the mobile APP. This is so that our families and staff can take extra care when travelling to school, knowing what to expect with regard to the weather. We hope that this is helpful to everyone.

Keeping the school open is our main priority. However, there are times when we have to close due to adverse weather. As soon as a decision is made we aim to inform families and staff. We do this in a range of ways. We telephone Radio Leeds and ask them to announce on live radio. They usually do this at a quarter and quarter to the hour. We also inform Leeds City Council and ask them to announce the closure on their websites.

We ask everyone to be aware that, despite our best plans, we sometimes have difficulty accessing the internet on snow days. When this happens we rely total upon Radio Leeds because all of the other methods require internet access. Last of all, we ask everyone to remember that we do our best to keep school open and reduce impact of closure when it has to happen.

Leeds City Council Contacts

Adult Social Care:

0113 222 4401

Antisocial Behaviour:

0113 222 4402

Children and Young People's Social Care:

0113 222 4403

Council Housing (registration and bids):

0113 222 4413

Council Tax and Benefits:

0113 222 4404

Environmental Services:

0113 222 4406

Free School Meals:

0113 222 4404

Highways:

0113 222 4407

Housing for Homeless:

0113 222 4412

How to make a Complaint

If you have a complaint, please contact the school via telephone or email and our Admin Team will refer you to the relevant person who will be able to support you. Please refer to the policy on our website.

Click here for our Policy Page