“The school makes very good use of its extensive grounds to enhance pupils’ learning. Consequently pupils are proud of their status as an Eco School and are very aware of environmental issues.”
Ofsted September 2009
Charlton Primary School is situated in a rural setting on the east side of the market town of Wantage in the south-west of Oxfordshire. In September 2014 there were 345 children on roll, organised in twelve classes.
We are proud of the outdoor facilities our school site provides and outdoor learning is embedded into our practice wherever possible.
Outside play facilities have been greatly improved over the last few years and the school grounds offer good opportunities for outside learning. There is a large playing field, activity trail, willow domes, sensory garden, amphitheatre and a Nature Reserve within the site. Our Nature Reserve is a wonderful facility in which to carry out Forest School activities.
The school is in the middle of a substantial building program to develop the premises to become two-form entry. Phase 1 and 2 of the building program are now completed and have provided two new classrooms for the Infant pupils, a new Early Years Unit for our Foundation children and a new studio for dance, drama or music. In September 2012 the Foundation Stage intake increased to 60 as the start of the two-form entry process. Phase 3 of the building program, to complete the project, will begin in Autumn 2014 and will provide two extra Junior classrooms and a new staff room and office area.
Charlton Acorns Pre-School, an independent organisation with whom we have formed a partnership protocol and have excellent working relations, is housed within the perimeter of the school grounds.
HEALTH & SAFETY:
In July 2014 a Local Authority audit rated the school as providing ”an excellent level of Health & Safety”.
Through work in school we aim to make children aware of the need for healthy habits and safe practices. We also aim to develop healthy diets and lifestyles. We teach children safety at play, at home and on the roads.
Children should only cross the road near the school gates, under the supervision of the crossing patrol. However some after school clubs, joined with your permission, do not end until after the crossing patrol has finished duty. It is then the responsibility of parents’ to decide whether to meet their child or to allow them to make their own way home.
There is a ”no parking policy” on the school grounds. Our car park is for staff only. We have storage for bicycles on site but cycling to school is the responsibility of parents/carers. Governors have created cycling guidelines which are circulated to all new families. Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to take their Cycling Proficiency test before they leave the school.
The school Health & Safety policy is reviewed annually and there are regular inspections of the school for risk assessment. There are also regular fire drills. Many members of staff hold Emergency First Aid Certificates and Local Authority Mini-bus driver licences.
All vistors to the school are asked to sign a visitors book and wear a visitors badge.
No dogs ( except guide dogs) are allowed on the school premises.
Please see the policies tab for Health & Safety related policies and procedures.
A hot free meals is available for all Foundation and Key Stage 1 children ( 4-7 year olds) from September 2014 as part of the governments initiative. Free school meals are available for KS2 pupils for those families in receipt of certain benefits ( application forms and advice are available from the school office).
Foundation and Infant children eat their lunch in the school hall where they are supervised by Teaching Assistants and Lunchtime supervisors. Junior children eat their packed lunches in their own classes where they are supervised by Teaching Assistants and Lunchtime Supervisors. Packed lunches should be brought in a sealed container clearly marked with the child’s name. Children should bring a drink of water or milk with their lunch. Water bottles, used for drinks throughout the day, should be brought into the classroom each day.
We participate in the government’s fruit and vegetable scheme which provides a free daily healthy snack for all our Foundation and Infant pupils and the government’s milk scheme for five year olds. Junior pupils may bring a healthy snack to school to eat during the morning break, which should be a piece of fruit or vegetable only.