Parent and Carer Information
KEY INFORMATION FOR PARENTS & CARERS...
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Term and holiday dates for academic year 2019 - 2020
These dates include the 5 Professional Development Days that schools must assign
Autumn Term starts: Wednesday 4th September (PD days on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd)
Half term holiday: Monday 28 October 2019 to Friday 1 November 2019
Christmas holiday: Monday 23 December 2019 to Friday 3 January 2020
Spring Term starts: Wednesday 8th January 2020 (PD Days on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th)
Half term holiday: Monday 17 February 2020 to Friday 21 February 2020
Easter holiday: Monday 6 April 2020 to Friday 17 April 2020
Summer Term starts: Monday 20th April (NB, this is different to other local schools)
May bank holiday: Friday 8th May 2020
Half term: Monday 25 May 2020 to Friday 29 May 2020
Term ends: Friday 17th July (PD Day on Monday 20 July 2020)
Download an A4 2019/20 Calendar here.
Term and holiday dates for academic year 2020 - 2021
These dates include provisional Professional Development Days that schools must assign
Autumn Term starts: Wednesday 9th September 2020 (PD Days 7th and 8th September)
Half term holiday: Monday 26 October 2020 to Friday 30 October 2020
Christmas holiday: Monday 21 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021
Spring Term Starts: Tuesday 5th January 2021 (PD Day Monday 4th January)
Half term holiday: Monday 15 February 2021 to Friday 19 February 2021
Easter holiday: Monday 29 March 2021 to Friday 9 April 2021
Summer Term starts: Monday 12th April (NB, this is different to other local schools)
May bank holiday: Monday 3 May 2021
Half term: Monday 31 May 2021 to Friday 4 June 2021
PD Day: Monday 7th June 2021
Term ends: Friday 23rd July 2021 (PD Day Monday 26 July 2021)
We expect all children to be in school each day - unless they are poorly. As a school, we have a legal duty to know where our children are for each school day, so if you child is going to be absent, you MUST telephone the school by 9am to let us know. If we do not hear from you, we will call relevant contact numbers (and emergency contact numbers) to find out why your child is not in school. If we have no response, a member of staff may carry out a home visit.
We would appreciate it, if a far as possible, appointments are made for outside of school times.
Our doors open at 8.45am, All children must be in school by 8.55am, for registration.
registration is also at 1pm for the afternoon session.
If a child arrives at school after 8.55am, they must enter school via the main entrance - and not the classroom doors.
We expect all children, from the day they start school, to develop good attitudes to homework. The expectations will vary from year group to year group - but whatever the age of the child, we do expect children to read at least 4 times each week at home. Reading with, and to, children is the greatest gift parents can give their child in relation to long term academic success!
School Uniform and Standards
To wear a uniform with pride says something special about a child belonging to a school. As such, our children will be expected to wear a uniform throughout their time at Cambrai. The school colour is grey. Grey jumpers with an embroidered logo can be purchased by following the link below.
all children to wear black school shoes
in winter, children to wear: a school grey jumper or cardigan, black skirt, black pinafore or black school trousers, with white polo shirt or shirt.
in summer summer, children can choose to wear a green gingham dress, or black short trousers.
children to have smart haircuts, and strongly discourage radical designs, such as tramlines, patterns, coloured dyes, ‘rats tails’ or ‘skinheads’. The Executive Headteacher reserves the right to decide if a haircut is ‘radical’.
Children are not allowed jewellery other than a watch and a single stud in each ear, which must be removed or covered for PE
Children to have PE kit always in school: A plain white PE t-shirt, black shorts, gym shoes or trainers (which can go outside) and a P.E. bag.
It is important that all items are clearly marked (and re-marked at intervals) with the child's name. A great effort is made to restore lost items, which proves difficult when not named.
All children receive a school book bag upon joining ‘Team Cambrai’.
School Performance - OFSTED
As a new school, we will not usually be fully inspected by OFSTED (in order to receive a 'grade') until our third year of operation. As part of the pre-opening requirements for new schools, however, OFSTED must visit those responsible for opening the school to ensure that it is safe, and meets the appropriate standards. No formal 'report' is published for parents, but the school cannot open if these standards are not likely to be met.
School Performance - Results
Again, the requirements from the Department for Education to publish Key Stage 2 (Year 6) results cannot apply to Cambrai until our first cohort leave us after sitting their SATs in Year 6! We appreciate that this makes it difficult for parents to compare the performance of our school, with others locally or nationally. At open day events for parents and carers considering Cambrai, we will share current outcomes for our children (which do not need to be published online).
Children are assessed each term at Cambrai across the curriculum, as well as at key points as prescribed by the Department for Education. These points are currently:
At the end of the reception class, against the national 'Early Learning Goals'. Download a copy here.
Towards the end of Year 1 - with the government phonics test
Towards the end of Year 2 - with the government SATs and aligned teacher assessments (reading, writing, mathematics, science)
Towards the end of Year 4 - with the new government 'Times Tables Check'
Towards the end of Year 6 - with the government SATs in: Reading; Mathematics; English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. There is additional teacher assessment for writing and science.
Further information for parents can be sought at school, or here.
Parents and Carers may also be interested in the positive performance of other schools in our Trust family, 'Lingfield Education Trust'. You can access the Department for Education Performance tables for our schools (and all schools nationally), here: Performance Tables for Lingfield Education Trust.
Pupil Premium, PE & Sport Premium and Service Pupils Premium Information
Schools are accountable for the additional funds which they receive in relation to the above 'premiums'. Parents and carers, quite rightly, are often interested in what these additional funds are used for in supporting their children. Once the school opens, and we receive confirmation of the value of each of these 'premiums', the necessary sharing and reporting documentation will be shared here.
At Cambrai, we see the development of our children extending beyond the end of the school day. As such, we are committed to develop, over time, a comprehensive after school, extra-curricular offer for our children.
As the school grows, so will our offer. Initially, for our reception age children, we will develop a rolling programme of activities, based on provision for one night per week. This club will aim to begin to develop children’s ‘buy in’ to extra-curricular activities without overstretching children’s time limits; many of our children will not have attended full day provision prior to joining the reception class.
As such, we will offer 6, clubs, one per half term, which will be negotiated and voted for by the children further developing their understanding of the fundamental British value of democracy.
All clubs will be monitored carefully to ensure that they meet the needs of our children, and are attended by all groups within our care; no group will be discouraged from attending any club, and when we find uptake is low for a particular group – we will investigate why.
Over time, we would also aim to extend our extra-curricular activities to include:
Mixed age clubs – to further develop children’s social development
Child and adult sharing clubs – such as cooking together / fitness together
Utilising the building staff expertise – such as specific sporting or musical backgrounds
Provision running each evening – offering a range of activities and clubs
Compliments and Complaints
We all love to hear positive feedback - so please do not hesitate to pass on occasions when you are happy or impressed with our school. Similarly, we also want to hear when things haven't gone as planned, or of you wish to make a complaint. It is always best to approach your child's class teacher, or Mr. Dent, first to discuss your issue, but should you wish to move the complaint to a more formal process, please see our Trust Complaints Policy, here.
It's important you know what your little one has each day for lunch, so our termly menu is linked below. All meals are free for children in reception, year 1 and year 2. If you have any worries about your child's eating - please do get in touch. We work hard to ensure that children who are 'fussy eaters' become braver and more adventurous over the year - it's a key aim of our reception year!
We take feedback seriously - and regularly seek the views of our
parents and carers. Below, is a link to our latest questionnaire
analysis, completed on October 2019.
Opposite is a graphical representation of all of the words that families
sed to describe our school... the exact words that we aim for our families
to feel about Cambrai... nurturing, warm, caring and friendly.