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WELCOME

I am delighted to welcome you to Old Leake Primary and Nursery School.

Our motto is ‘Success for all.’

Old Leake Primary is all about happy, hardworking children having fun trying to reach their own personal best in all areas of the school life.

At Old Leake we offer high quality teaching in a stimulating, caring community.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly, open school where all children try to do their best from the minute they enter school at three to when they leave for secondary school at eleven.

We have high expectations for all pupils. We welcome diversity and shared experiences, interests and strengths.

We have seven classes plus the nursery. Each class is a vibrant exciting, learning centre where the children are challenged in a supportive, caring environment.

We are proud of our school and the children’s academic and personal achievements.

This prospectus will give an insight into the school, but it is limited, so do come and meet us.

Your child could join this happy hard-working community and share in our enthusiasm and commitment to learning.

I look forward to meeting you.

Susan Rayner

Headteacher

Pupil Premium Funding

Is your child entitled to Pupil Premium Funding?

They are entitled if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support from NASS under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, providing your joint gross annual income is over £16,190 per year
  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month)

There are many benefits of applying for Pupil Premium. You could be supported with the cost of:

  • school trips
  • before and after school care
  • clubs
  • uniform
  • intervention
  • group activities

How to apply?

To find out if your child is eligible to receive Pupil Premium please apply on the online parent portal: https://lcc.cloud.servelec-synergy.com/parentportal or complete the form at the end of this brochure.

If you need any help or support in applying for pupil premium please get in touch with the school office.

How this information will be used:

The information you provide in this form will be used by the local authority to confirm receipt of one of the listed welfare benefits. Once this is confirmed, this helps to decide how much money our school will receive each year.

All pupils currently receive free meals in reception, year 1 and year 2.  However, it is worth completing the information so that we can check if your child is also eligible for Pupil Premium funding. 

Your child may also be eligible to receive free school meals and Pupil Premium funding when they are in KS2.

You only need to complete this form once, and it will last for the duration of your child’s time at our school. You should contact us at school or the local authority if you have a change in financial circumstances.

We are committed to ensuring that the personal and sensitive information that we hold about you is protected and kept safe and secure, and we have measures in place to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. We will use the information you provide to assess entitlement to free school meals. 

Food at School

Lunch

Hot School Lunches are provided for a cost of £2.70 per day except where a child qualifies for a free meal (either the Universal Free School Meals in Reception Class and Key Stage 1, or Free School Meals in Key Stage 2 – see below). Otherwise parents will need to provide a packed lunch.

Children are encouraged to eat what is provided. We would ask that you do not overfill boxes as this can cause difficulties, especially with younger children. Please avoid sending glass bottles or fizzy drinks.

Children may also bring a healthy snack for morning break such as a piece of fruit or a packet of raisins.

Universal Free School Meals

All children in Reception Class through to Year 2 are entitled to Universal Free School Meals and will automatically be ordered a main meal. If you DO NOT want your child to have a school meal please advise the school office. If you want them to have one of the alternative meal choices, you must pre-order with our caterers - Willoughby Foods Ltd.

Paid Meals

All children in Nursery and Year 3 through to Year 6 who are NOT eligible for free school meals can order meals by pre-ordering with The Farm Kitchen at a cost of £2.70 per day. Obviously, your child does not have to have school dinners every day. You can chose the meals that your child would like on the Farm Kitchen Foods website.

A copy of the menu can be found on the school website or picked up from the school office, or alternatively on the Farm Kitchen Website - www.thefarmkitchen.com  

An account will need to be set up with the Farm Kitchen prior to ordering.

Children eligible for Free School Meals in Year 3 through to Year 6 will automatically be ordered a main meal also. If you DO NOT want your child to have a school meal please advise the school office. If you want them to have one of the alternative meal choices, you must pre-order with our caterers – The Farm Kitchen.

Free School Meals (Pupil Premium) Information

 We want to make sure that we are providing your child with the best education and support we can. Healthy school food has obvious health benefits and can help pupils establish healthy habits for life and it can also help to improve pupils’ readiness to learn.

Although, as mentioned earlier, ALL children are entitled to a Universal Free School Meal from starting school In Reception until the end of Year 2, families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for Free School Meals (Pupil Premium Funding). Your child is eligible for this if you’re in receipt of one of the benefits listed below.

Registering for free meals could also raise an extra £1,320 for our school, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.

This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of these benefits. To check if your child is eligible, we need some information about you.

School Routine

Officially the school day starts at 8:50 with registration, but we encourage families to send their children in at 8:40 where teachers provide a variety of activities to prepare them for the school day. Official registration for the afternoon session is at 1:00 pm. Parents should contact school as early as possible on the first day of absence, and every subsequent day if their child is not going to be in attendance. A written request should be made if you wish to take a child out of school for medical or dental appointments and holidays.

School Timings:

Reception Class

School Starts             8:50am

Break                          10:20 – 10:35am

Lunch                         12:00 – 1:00pm

School Ends               3:10pm          

KS1 (Y1 - Y2)

School Starts             8:50am

Break                          10:20 – 10:35am

Lunch                         12:00 – 1:00pm

MC900195320[1]Break                          2:00 – 2:10pm

School Ends               3:10pm          

KS2 (Y3 – Y6)

School Starts             8:50am

Break                          10:40 – 10:55am

Lunch                         12:00 – 1:00pm

School Ends               3:15pm

Nursery Class

Nursery times for the current year are 8:50am until 12:00 each day. Nursery Lunch Club is available until 1pm every day at a charge of £2.50 per day. You may pre-order a school meal for an additional charge or provide a packed lunch for your child.

Children may enter the school playground from 8:40am each day. Children are not supervised until this time, therefore the school takes no responsibility for their safety and well-being prior to 8:40am. Pedestrian access to the school is via the small gate at the front of the school, not through the car park. Please do not send children before 8:40am. Although staff are in attendance early, they are working to prepare for the day’s lessons and are unable to supervise the children before this time. The bell is rung at 8:50am each morning. Playtimes are of course always supervised.

Please see the sections later on in this brochure regarding Breakfast Club and After School Club which can offer care for your child from 8am – 5pm on school days.

End of Day

Please ensure that you give the school clear instructions for your child concerning their arrangements for travelling home. Unless informed otherwise, class teachers will expect that their children are to be collected from the playground at the end of the day by their parent/carer. If you allow your child to walk home, be collected by another parent, etc, please ensure that we are informed in writing of these arrangements in advance or contacted as early in the day as possible for a one-off occurrence. If you wish to advise the school of long term arrangements please do so in writing.

Home to School Transport

Children that arrive by school bus or taxi are met at the bus/taxi by a member of staff and escorted onto the school premises, likewise at the end of the school day, children are escorted onto the school bus by members of staff. Unless written notification is received from a parent advising of a change, bus children will always be placed on the bus, etc. We do not accept verbal instructions from children, e.g. ‘I am going to a friend's tonight and will not be on the bus’. This rule is to ensure your child’s safety.

Only children that possess a valid bus pass may travel on the school buses. The bus companies are not insured to transport children that do not have a bus pass.

If your child is eligible for school transport, applications can be made as soon as you have your offer of a school place. These can be made online at the website below or a telephone application can be made by contacting the Customer Service Centre on 01522 782020.

For more information about the home to school transport policy and online applications please go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/school-college-transport, queries can be emailed to schooltransportapplications@lincolnshire.gov.uk

If you need any help or advice with making an application for your child’s school transport please do not hesitate to ask at the school office.

Expectations

Parents

We expect that you will teach your child to be honest, to care for and respect other people’s feelings and to show good manners to others. We expect that you will encourage your child to always try their best and that you will help them understand that they cannot always have their own way.

Children

We expect you to be honest, to care for yourself and others and for you to have good manners. We expect you to come to school ready to learn, refreshed from a good night’s sleep and having eaten a sensible breakfast. We expect you to understand that rules are necessary and to live by them.

Teachers

You can expect us to care for your child and to teach them to the best of our abilities. We will keep you informed about their development and will involve you in their education. We will listen to your concerns and respond as soon as possible, to the best of our ability. We will treat you and your child with the same honesty, respect and good manners that we expect in return.

Mission Statements & Aims of the School

"Success for all"

We aim for each child to develop:

  • A love of learning.
  • Working habits, attitudes and a set of values, which last for life.
  • Strengths in the key basic skills of speech, reading, writing and numeracy.
  • Tolerance, respect and understanding for others.
  • The ability to make informed choices.
  • Mental and physical fitness, agility and health.

We aim for all to:

  • Develop their potential as a person.
  • Be able to live and work as an individual and as part of a team.
  • Achieve high standards.

We are committed to meet these aims by providing:

  • A safe, caring community where learning thrives and pastoral needs are met.
  • High quality education advanced by Information Technology.
  • A broad and balanced curriculum to challenge all.
  • Discipline that is firm, fair and consistent.

And by ensuring that we:

  • Encourage honesty, respect and trust.
  • Have high expectations.
  • Stimulate the desire and motivation for all to learn.
  • Value all through praise and acknowledgement of effort and success.
  • Develop good relationships between children, staff, parents and governors.
  • Promote the school as being at the heart of the community.
  • Provide resources effectively and efficiently to benefit all.

About Our School

Its History ……

Originally the village of Old Leake had two schools, one at Commonside and one at Church End. Our present school was built in 1973 to accommodate the growing needs of the community. When the primary school at Leverton was closed, Old Leake became the designated school for Leverton children and many of them were taken on roll at Old Leake Primary School, thus making it a sizeable village school.

In January 1994, the school became Grant Maintained and has been a Foundation School since April 1999.

Present Day ……

The governors and staff are rightly proud of Old Leake Primary & Nursery School, but we are always striving to improve the learning opportunities for all through offering an exciting and enjoyable curriculum.

We have a team of talented and dedicated teachers and support staff who work with the children to continually improve the school environment at all times. We teach children to respect and care for others, in the belief that they will become valued members of society.

Buildings ……

The school has nine classrooms, a pastoral room, a hall and a library, which has recently been completely refurbished. There is a large sports field, a multi-use games area and a hard play area. The Foundation stage outside area offers an attractive, practical, extension of the indoor learning environment for our youngest children. There is an adventure playground situated next to the Nursery, which is used by the whole school throughout the year as it has an all-weather surface. Our conservation area is also used by the whole school, as yet another outside learning resource.

ICT has a high priority in our school, and so we have recently updated our resources to include 32 pupil Ipads and 64 wireless laptop computers, enabling the children to utilise ICT as a learning tool, as and when required.

We also have a purpose-built Nursery which opened in June 1996. This caters for pupils from the age of three plus.  Early registration for Nursery places is always advisable as there may be a waiting list.  Admission meetings are held on a regular basis by Governors when applications for enrolment are considered.

Staff ……

Old Leake Primary and Nursery School is lucky to have a team of talented, dedicated staff who devote their time to developing the ‘whole child’. At old Leake we teach children how to think and develop strategies for independent learning; Whilst providing opportunities to develop social skills and self-confidence so they are well-equipped and ready for life beyond primary school. The staff is supported and also indebted to many parents and community members who freely give up their time to help.

Governors ……

The governors are responsible for the ethos and reputation of the school. They are also in a very direct sense, employers of the staff and custodians of the buildings and grounds. They represent a wide spectrum of local interests, and the Parent Governors are always willing to convey information to and from parents.  Governors can be contacted via the Clerk.

All documents relating to the policies and responsibilities of the Governing Body are available upon application to the Clerk to the Governors.  Copies of any such documents will be made available upon request, with a nominal charge for photocopying made to offset the costs incurred.

FOOLS (Friends of Old Leake Primary School)……

FOOLS is the Parent Teacher Association for Old Leake Primary and Nursery School.

FOOLS like to hold several fundraising events every year for the children to enjoy, such as regular discos, bingo nights, cake sales, present sales and book sales. Whilst these events raise a small amount of money, they are aimed more for the children to participate in and to get enjoyment from themselves. They also like to organise and pay for other events aimed specifically at the children to enjoy with their classmates such as a visit to the pantomime, a Christmas present from Father Christmas, a contribution towards class trips to enhance their learning experience, maybe to experience an exhibition, zoo or fun day out that they could never afford as a family. Over the last 12 months they have raised over £2,500.

We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated and active fund-raising group, who help fund vital school equipment. In the past they have funded the purchase of audio and ICT equipment, a pond and wildlife area, an adventure playground, and upgrading of the school library. They also like to fund a leaving present for the Year 6 children as they move on to secondary school. In the past they have paid for them to have a leavers’ prom and for leavers’ books. In 2017 and 2018 they were excited to be able to purchase leavers’ hoodies for the children to keep as a memento of their time at Old Leake Primary School.

Various social and fund-raising events take place each year, the highlight being the annual Summer Gala. Parents and members of the local community that are interested in joining FOOLS should contact the school office for further information.

School Information

Old Leake Primary and Nursery School

Old Main Road

Old Leake

Boston

Lincs

PE22 9HR

 

Telephone:  01205 870425

E-mail:  admin@oldleake.lincs.sch.uk

Website: www.oldleakeprimary.co.uk

 

Headteacher:                                   Susan Rayner

 

Chairperson:                                     Andrew Higginson

 

Clerk to Governors:                         Carole Rodgers

 

Local Authority:                                Lincolnshire County Council

                                                            Education and Cultural Services Directorate

                                                            County Offices

                                                            Newland

                                                            Lincoln

                                                            LN1 1YQ

 

                                                            Telephone:  01522 552222

 

Director of Children’s Services:      Debbie Barnes

 

Although the information in this booklet was correct at the time of publication, it may be subject to alteration during the year. 

Governors

Name

Category

Andrew Higginson - Chairperson

Partnership Governor

Susan Rayner

Headteacher – Ex-officio

Rebecca Pearson

Staff Governor

Anna Gibson - Vice ChairPerson

Parent Governor

David Anthony Simmonds

Local Authority

Emma Barton 

Parent Governor

Claire Needham

LA

Carole Rodgers

Clerk to Governors

Current Staff

HEADTEACHER

Mrs Susan Rayner

PART TIME HEADTEACHER/TEACHER

Mrs Jamile Sherrick

ASSISTANT HEADTEACHER

Mr Richard Scarrow

KEY STAGE ONE COORDINATOR

Mrs Sabrina Mackay

FOUNDATION STAGE COORDINATOR

Miss Rebecca Pearson

TEACHER/SENCO

Mrs Kirsty Deamer

TEACHING STAFF

Miss Hannah Gilbert

 

Mrs Amanda Hill

 

Mrs Kerry Rowney

 

Mrs Lizzie King

 

Mrs Amy Abbott

LEAD BEHAVIOUR AND PUPIL SUPPORT OFFICER

Mrs Angela Simpson

 

 

TEACHING ASSISTANTS

 

 

Mrs Carol Clark

 

Mrs Helen Cozens

 

Mrs Becky Mason

 

Miss Caroline Meeds

 

Mrs Kim Oberholzer

 

Mrs Katie Smith

 

Mrs Angie Wicks

 

Miss Sarah Williams

ONE TO ONE TEACHING ASSISTANTS

Mrs Violeta Puebla

 

Miss Jasmine Hills

SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR / BURSAR

Mrs Sarah Skelton

ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANTS

Miss Caroline Meeds

 

Miss Zoe Hindle

CARETAKER

Mr Jeff Weekley

CLEANERS

Mrs Andrea Cuppleditch

 

Miss Sam Williams

CLERK TO GOVERNORS

Mrs Carole Rodgers

MIDDAY SUPERVISORY STAFF

Mrs Carol Clark

 

Mrs Ann Garrard       

 

Miss Caroline Meeds

 

Mrs Kim Oberholzer

 

Mrs Nicky Twigg

 

Miss Sarah Williams         

EXTENDED PROVISION COORDINATOR

Miss Sarah Williams

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB ASSISTANTS

Mrs Andrea Cuppleditch