Information for Parents
Communication is key between the school and parents. Mrs Knipe has an ‘open door’ policy and welcomes all to come and talk to her at any time if they wish. She is usually on duty first thing in the morning. If you are not able to come into school please feel free to send an email to the school office. Other members of staff are usually available to speak to you before or after school each day.
The welfare and safety of our children is paramount. The Safeguarding Lead is Louise Knipe. The Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Sharon Cole. The Safeguarding Governor is Nic Ford. Please see policies below.
Term time holiday requests
As you may be aware the regulations governing Term Time Holidays have changed.
It remains the case that, under the current legislation, head teachers continue to have the power to authorise leave of absence where exceptional circumstances are evident. The Local Authority will continue to adhere to the legislation and guidance offered by the Department for Education.
Section 444A and section 444B of the Education Act 1996 give powers to the Local Authority (LA) to issue Penalty Notices where the parent/carer is considered capable of but unwilling to secure an improvement in their child’s school attendance.
Penalty Notices are issued for absence taken during term time where a pupil’s overall attendance is less than 90% and the leave of absence has not been authorised by the school or an absence has not been requested in advance and pupil has had a minimum of 10 sessions (5 school days) lost to unauthorised absence during the previous six months in the academic year and additional unauthorised absence during the previous twelve months up to and including the day the Education Welfare Service is notified.
What is unauthorised Leave of Absence?
A parent has made a request for leave of absence in term time and this has not been agreed by the school;
- A parent has not applied leave of absence in advance of the absence (the regulations do not allow retrospective approval); or
- If the parents keep the child away from school for longer than was agreed, the extra time is recorded as unauthorised
When can Leave of Absence be authorised?
Amendments made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Reducing absence from school is a key priority at both national and local level. Missing school reduces a pupil’s educational attainment and life chances.
Key Stage Two SATs
Every May children in Y6 undertake a Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test, Maths test and Reading test. They complete writing tasks that are assessed by the teacher. Science is also assessed by the teacher. To demonstrate that pupils have met the expected standard for Y6, teachers need to have evidence that a pupil demonstrates consistent attainment of all the statements within the standards set out in the Interim Assessment Framework for 2017. For a comparison of Longford CofE Primary School pupils' achievement against National averages, please click on the link at the bottom of the page. You can also see how Longford CofE Primary School compares with other schools in the DfE League Tables. http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance
Having very small cohorts means our data fluctuates. Our progress data is good. KS2 2019 progress scores increased for reading, writing and maths.
- The school’s reading progress score has increased by 7.1 from -5.0 in 2017/18 to +2.1 in 2018/19. This is equivalent to approximately 6 more pupils achieving their progress estimate in 2018/19 compared to 2017/18.
- The school's writing progress score has increased by 2.2 from -1.7 in 2017/18 to +0.5 in 2018/19.
- Your school's mathematics progress score has increased by 3.3 from -7.3 in 2017/18 to -4.0 in 2018/19.
- For KS2 writing 60% achieved expected or above
- For KS2 maths 30% achieved expected or above
- For KS2 reading 70% achieved expected or above.
The average point score for EYFS was 37.7. This was above the Local Authority.
63.35% achieved expected or above for reading, writing and maths at KS1. This was above the Local Authority.
Our 2018 Early Years, Phonics and KS1 data were good. Despite individual successes, due to some complex factors, our small cohort of Year 6 data was lower than expected. Please bear in mind: this was a small cohort. The Headteacher, with the support of Governors, has made the necessary changes to address this, in particular by creating smaller teaching groups and by employing an experienced practitioner to teach Year 6.
Due to small numbers are not required to publish our KS2 data lest individual pupils are identified. The school has met the Floor Standards regarding pupil progress and percentage of pupils who achieved the standard for reading, writing and maths was higher than the national percentage for reading, writing and maths combined.
Due to small numbers we are unable to report these as individuals could be identified.
100% of our Year 6 children achieved at least a Level 4 in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.
100% of our Year 6 children achieved at least the minimum expectation of 2 levels of progress from the end of Year 2.