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Welcome to our Open Evening for new Year 3 parents. Welcome!. What the school is like Who Mr Gilmour is Who the other adults are What the day is like How we say “well done” How we tell children off? How much homework there is What our uniform is Term time absence

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Welcome to our Open Evening

for new Year 3 parents



What the school is like

Who Mr Gilmour is

Who the other adults are

What the day is like

How we say “well done”

How we tell children off?

How much homework there is

What our uniform is

Term time absence

How you as parents can help

How you find out what’s going on

What do to do if you’re not happy

What will happen next

By the end of this short presentation you will know…


“Satisfactory” Ofsted in June 2012:

Majority of teaching good; some outstanding

Progress is improving and is sometimes good

Attainment is broadly average overall

Creative curriculum

Lots of educational visits

Friendly, approachable, hard-working staff

Converting to Multi-Academy Trust with Newbridge and Stamshaw Junior Schools in October

What is Isambard Brunel Junior School like?


September 1994 Norwood Primary School, Eastleigh

April 1996 Paulsgrove Primary School

September 2002 Westfield Junior School (Deputy Headteacher)

September 2006 Isambard Junior School (Headteacher)

Josiah: Year 5 at Newbridge

Robin: Year 2 at Manor Infant

Arthur: nearly 2 years old

Sarah: ex-teacher; full time mum; NCT antenatal teacher

Who is Mr. Gilmour?


Anne Cope – inclusion manager

Sara Paine - deputy headteacher

Deb Welling – inclusion base manager

Mandy Chandler – PPA cover

Pat Smith, Kerry Abdul, Kim Ellis office team

Who are the other adults?


Hatti Paine

Jo Simmonds (Zoe Bill – maternity leave)


Rose Fleming, Jenny Cope, Lewis Millington

teaching assistants

(2 classes of around 28)

Who are the Year 3 staff?


8:35am Gates open

8:45am School opens

8:55am Lessons start –"late“ after now

10:45am Break (15 minutes)

12pm Lunch (45 minutes)

2pm-ish Fruit and water

3:10pm End of day

3:20pm All children should have left by now!

What is the day like?


“Star of the Week”

Daily Certificates

House Points

Golden Dustpan


Golden Time

Punctuality and Attendance Trophies

Courtesy Cup

House Point Cup

Lunchtime Raffle tickets and High Tea

How do you say “well done”?


Ask, tell, warn using traffic light system

Loss of Golden Time

Loss of break or lunch time

Internal exclusion for half or whole day

After school detentions (same day) including Saturday morning

External Exclusion

How do you tell children off?


Reading, reading, reading, reading, reading

Typical week

Piece of English and Maths on Tuesday for Friday

Spellings on Monday

Ongoing Project work

Are reviewing this!

Homework club after school

How much homework will they get?


Dark blue jumper, cardigan or sweatshirt

White polo shirt

Black or grey trousers or skirt

Black shoes OR black or white trainers

Black or grey shorts or blue Gingham dresses can be worn in hot weather

No jewellery please and avoid “holiday haircuts” during term time please!

Suppliers are Hargreaves or Tesco

What is our school uniform?


2006 regulations changing from September:

“headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances”

Exceptional circumstances include:

Family bereavement of close relative, unavoidable work commitments such as Naval work, sporting or music competitions, religious observance

Exceptional circumstances do not include:

surprise holidays, cheap holidays, birthday parties, weddings in foreign countries, family gatherings abroad

Term time absence


Sign Home School Agreement to show you support our policies

Attend Celebration Assembly if your child is “Star of the Week”

Parents’ Evening every term

Volunteer to help in class or on trips

Remind them about homework and PE kits


Ask what they learned not what they did!

How can I help?


Monthly newsletters

Termly curriculum newsletters

Letters about events


Plasma screens


How will I find out what is going on?


Talk to teacher (mornings not best time!)

Talk to another senior member of staff

Talk to me

Repeat above until happy

Formal complaints to Chair of Governing Body

Can then appeal to DCSF

(City Council will not deal with complaints)

What do I do if I’m not happy?


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday afternoons

Year 2 come over to work here

Thursday afternoon

Year 2 spend the day here

Term starts Tuesday 4 September 8:45am!

What happens next?


When my first child was about to start school, the one thing that reduced my wife to tears was the worry about who would help him take his yogurt pot lid off for his lunch because she always did that herself.

What are you worried about

and what can we do to help?

What have I forgotten to tell you about?


Thank you for coming!

Please could you help

stack chairs in piles of

10 at the back!

Thank you!