We like our Parents/Guardians to feel part of
the school and we value all the support and encouragement that they give us,
which so enhances the lives of the Children.
School Ethos &
We believe that school
- Create a caring safe, clean, challenging,
stimulating and attractive working environment for everyone.
- Encourage all pupils to develop lively,
creative and enquiring minds with enthusiasm in all that we do.
- Enable all pupils to develop a sense of
cultural, moral, social and spiritual understanding and become informed
citizens who show responsibility towards others in the School Community, the
local Community and to all we may meet anywhere in the world.
- Deliver a structure Curriculum, which is both
broad and balanced and which progressively builds on achievement and allows for
pupils individual success.
- Set individual targets across the Curriculum
which will enable all pupils to become confident and independent
- Create a partnership where home and school
together share mutual expectations in striving to achieve
- Develop a sense of School Community which
values and encourages effort, enhances self-esteem and celebrates
As an LEA school
we are inclusive and will admit all children living in the catchment area
regardless of gender, race or disability.
In the event of full capacity any
remaining places will be allocated using the following criteria in this
- Children with a brother or sister attending the
school at the time of application and determination.
- Children with a brother or sister attending the
partner Infant School at the time of application and determination.
- Remaining applications - determined by straight
line distance from home to school, those living closest are given highest
Exceptional medical circumstance and evidence
may override the above.
Prospective pupils are invited to attend school for
a half day visit before they start full time, so that they may become familiar
with their new class.
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to assist in
classrooms and accompany visits. Our pupils are very proud of family
involvement in their School and we feel that it greatly enhances their
perceptions of the School Community.
We are fortunate in having a dedicated
team of Learning Support assistants (LSAs) and Teaching Assistants (TAs),
with at least one assistant in each year group. This team is co-ordinated by an
experienced (SENCO). Our Support Staff have a wide range
of classroom experience and professional qualifications, and are constantly
monitored and further enhanced by a structured training
All pupils benefit from having a TA in their
classroom every morning to support the Literacy and Numeracy provision. In
addition, we have LSA's whose role is to help and give support to pupils, who
have been identified under the Essex Code of Practice for SEN as having needs
requiring extra support for their learning. This may be for an educational need
such as Literacy or Numeracy difficulties, for supporting behavioural problems
or for pupils with physical or neurological impairment.
These pupils would
usually be on the Schools Special Educational Needs Register identified either
as Essex School Action (previously Essex Stages 1 & 2) or Essex School
Action Plus (previously Essex stages 3, 4) and statemented pupils.
pupils on the SEN register benefit from this additional support, which may be
in small groups, one-to-one or simply for reassurance and guidance.
as 'in class' support we have a designated Special Needs Resource Base and
Teaching area, where both teaching of pupils and staff training takes
There is regular monitoring and evaluation of pupil progress
throughout the school and we are always alert to any new difficulties that our
pupils may face, be they short term problems or those requiring longer term
help and guidance.
Our aim is to be aware of our pupil's needs and to
provide the appropriate advice and support to them and to their parents, by
liaising regularly on their behalf with all the support agencies i.e. Education
Psychologists, Specialist Teachers, Health and Social Service Agencies where
We care about our pupils and hope to enable them all to reach
their full potential and enjoy their time at Katherine Semar Junior
- Whole School Assemblies take place each
- On alternate Wednesdays Collective Worship
Assemblies are lead by the local 'Churches Together'.
The school is non-denominational and welcomes
children from all Faiths. We follow the requirements of the Essex Agreed
Syllabus and the statutory requirement for an act of daily collective worship.
An element of collective worship is included as part of each
Parents/Guardians have the right to withdraw their children from
all or part of the Collective Worship ( whether in Assembly or in class) but
not from general School Assemblies. Please contact the Headteacher if there is
an issue here that concerns you.
School Visits &
We feel that visits from school to
places which will support and enhance the children's learning area an important
part of school life.
Most classes will make one or two visits per year to
further the Curriculum. We also arrange visits to school by authors and poets,
actors, theatre groups, scientific and historical re-enactment groups or
individuals who are of interest and relevant to the study focus.
group has the opportunity to go on a Residential Extended Journey during the
Summer Term. These vary in length depending on the age group of the children
and are to a variety of areas in the country.
Parents are asked to make a
voluntary contribution towards the cost of each trip. Residential trips can be
paid for over a period of months with a contribution towards the total cost
being paid monthly.
Children belong to one of four houses,
Horse-chestnut, Oak, Beech and Sycamore. They are encouraged to earn points for
their house through good behaviour, hard work and participating in special
events. They also earn housepoints for themselves. Once they
have collected 50 housepoints, they earn their
Bronze award; 125 earns their Silver award and 250
housepoints gains their Gold award.
This system works well as an effective motivating and unifying force
within the school, giving the children a sense of achievement when their house
Two elected representatives from each
class sit on the school council which meets regularly throughout the term. The
council provides a forum for dialogue between staff and pupils and helps foster
a sense of responsibility in the children for their school.
Each term children are
offered the chance to join a selection of after after school
The school runs its own Breakfast and After
school club service for working parents who need childcare. The club is open from
7.45 am until school opens and from 3.05 pm each day. Parents may use the club on a full-time, part-time or occasional
The children take part in a variety of fun, educational activities each day,
including cookery, art and I.C.T. as well as having time to catch up with their
homework. A healthy snack is provided.
One of the highlights of the year
are the school productions which are held at Christmas. There is one lower
school and one upper school production, with every child in the school
participating on stage. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our staff,
the plays are always of a very high standard. Year 6 also
complete a leavers production, usually a comedy, it
give them the opportunity to see out their final
weeks on a high.
- We are prepared to give children medicine in
school time but only if it has been prescribed by a doctor
- Medicines should always be left with either the
school secretary in the Office or the Headteacher, not with the class teacher
or the child.
- Parents are asked to complete a form confirming
the details and dosage of the medicine.
- Parents of asthma sufferers are asked to
provide details in writing of the dosage requirements for their children. A
spare inhaler must be kept in the school Office and the child must keep their
inhaler with them and be able to use it. Children attending swimming must have
their inhaler with them.
Pastoral Care and
Our school is a Community in which
behaviour is based on mutual respect and consideration for others. The class
teacher is initially responsible for the care and discipline of the children in
his/her class and always welcomes the opportunity to discuss any aspect of a
child's development with Parents and Guardians.
Particular issues are
discussed with the Head. If a child displays persistent antisocial behaviour,
then consultation between the Teacher, the Head and the parents will be
arranged in order to reach an understanding of the problem and to find some way
of correcting it .
- A range of hot meals cooked in the school
kitchen are provided each day.
- Your child may wish to bring a suitable packed
- Drinks are available in school.
- Children having sandwiches may bring drinks of
fruit juice or squash if they wish.
- Children may go home for lunch but if they do
please do not return them to school any sooner than 10 minutes before the start
of afternoon school (that is 1.05 pm)
- Children may bring a healthy snack to eat
during the morning break.
The school does its own fundraising
with the help of parents through a wide range of activities
- The Christmas Bazaar and Summer
- Quiz nights
- Sales from plants and the Webb Ivory
Money raised through these events has been used to
provide playground equipment, extra dictionaries, gardening tools and other
extra special things we feel the children would benefit from
having. The school also raise money for charities through
sponsored events, such as the spellathon, and non-uniform days.