Blackboys Church of England Primary is a small, high-achieving school situated at the heart of an East Sussex village. We have close, positive relationships with all sections of our community, including the parish church, and have a very supportive governing body.
We are proud of the progress, achievement and attainment of all our children. We have high expectations of behaviour and manners for the whole school community and an excellent reputation for the support and challenge our school offers.
We are also proud of the high standards we achieve here and in 2009 Ofsted judged Blackboys to be an outstanding school. In addition, we have achieved standards marks including Arts Mark (Silver), Active Mark, Healthy Schools, International School (Intermediate stage), and Dyslexia Friendly Status (Phase 1).
Blackboys School provides an exciting, stimulating curriculum with a strong emphasis on the arts, particularly music. Where possible, the National Curriculum is followed through a cross-curricular scheme of work. This approach enables our children to gain a greater understanding of the skills they will need both in their education and in their personal lives and nurtures a love of learning and challenge.
We feel strongly that, when an individual child joins our school, we are welcoming the whole family. We therefore work hard to build a positive relationship and maintain effective communication with each family.
- To nurture an environment in which the Christian ethos is celebrated in all areas of school life.
- To nurture all children and enable them to achieve their personal and academic potential and to value each child’s contribution.
- To create a friendly and secure learning environment where children and adults work together with fun, enjoyment and enthusiasm,
- To help children discover a sense of awe and wonder of the world in which they live and to develop a concern for its sustainability.
- To offer stimulating, challenging and creative learning experiences, in which provision is made to cater for all pupils' needs.
- To promote a healthy life-style through a positive attitude to physical and mental activity.
- To maintain a highly performing and effective learning environment.
- To empower our pupils by helping them to manage risk and to meet challenges positively.
- To ensure pupils are taught life skills to enable them to make a positive contribution to society in our continuously changing world.
- To create an atmosphere of mutual respect for all by cultivating an appreciation of multi-cultural diversity, preparing children to develop into citizens of the twenty-first century who are tolerant and confident.
These aims underpin the work of the whole school and form the basis for our partnership between staff, pupils, families, governors, community and Church.
If you require further information or would like to arrange a visit to our school, please contact our school office.
Jonquil King (Headteacher)
Please park carefully when dropping off and picking up children outside the school. We are part of a close community and there have been times when our neighbours have complained about inconsiderate parking.
Please note that parking very close or even (as has happened in the past) on prohibited areas outside the main entrance is a hazard and must be avoided.
PARKING ON THE YELLLOW ZIG-ZAG LINES IS NOT PERMITTED IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
It is essential for the school to be able to contact a parent or designated adult in the event of an emergency concerning your child.
Please inform us of a work number, mobile number, childminder or neighbour's number etc. and let us know if these numbers change.
All parents and friends are warmly invited to attend our service held every Thursday from 9.05am to 9.30am. The service includes a collection for which your child may bring money – proceeds from these collections go to a different charity every half term. The charity is decided by the school council and individual classes.
At the start of terms 1, 3 and 5 each class holds a planning meeting to which parents are invited. During this meeting teachers go through the themes, topics, targets and classroom organisation for that term. A class newsletter featuring all the relevant information is sent out to parents who are unable to attend.
Our website is regularly updated with information such as class pages and school policies. Blackboys Twitter and the Parent Teacher Association pages can be accessed from the links page.
Two-course meals are cooked on the premises daily and an excellent choice of well-presented wholefood dishes is offered throughout the week. Children are served individually and encouraged to try everything. We expect good table manners and orderly behaviour at mealtimes.
The menu for school meals, including a vegetarian option, is available in advance. Payment can be made daily in cash or weekly by cheque. Payment is placed in the child's named pot and left in the class lunch box.
Children bringing packed lunches are provided with tables, drinking water and beakers. For health and safety reasons we expect the food to be brought to school in a suitable container. Drinks must not be brought to school in glass bottles or cans, and sweets are not allowed.
Prior to your child starting school you will be contacted by the school doctor. All children have a school health record.
From time to time each child sees the school dentist, the speech therapist, and the school nursing officer (who also conducts eye and hearing tests). At present we have a school nurse looking after our children's welfare who can be contacted by telephone (current number available from school secretary). The school dentist can be contacted on 01825 745005.
Please advise the school of any medical matters of concern, any allergies (to Elastoplast for example) or special diets etc.
Administration of medicine in school
It would be much appreciated if medicines are not brought into school unless absolutely necessary. Antibiotics, for example, can be prescribed in three doses per day, eliminating the need for a lunchtime dose.
If it is necessary for drugs or medical treatment to be administered during the school day, parents will be asked to complete and sign the relevant form.
School staff are not allowed to administer non-prescribed drugs.
Blackboys CE Primary School is a place where pupils, families, staff, governors and the community can learn together. It is a happy, successful school with an atmosphere of calm co-operation and mutual respect. Every child is valued. Our pupils enjoy a stimulating and challenging learning environment and we offer a wide range of hands-on experiences.
As a school community we aim to foster self-discipline, caring, understanding, co-operation, enthusiasm, perseverance and independence. All our children are given opportunities to help them to develop to their full potential.
Relationships with parents are positive and informative: parents are actively encouraged to participate in their children's education and are aware of the targets set for both the school and for their children.
All achievements are celebrated by the whole school. The staff has high expectations and everyone recognises quality.
As a church-aided school we are committed to children receiving an education based on a strong Christian foundation.
School Buildings and Grounds
The school is currently organised in four classes. In addition to the four classrooms there is a library and a small computer suite. We have a large hall for assemblies and physical education. A small kitchen for design technology (food preparation and cooking) is available to all classes.
The Reception class has its own enclosed patio to extend learning outside. Reception children also have a separate entrance into the school so that parents can have frequent contact with the class teacher.
We have a large field (incorporating a football pitch) and a playground for infants and juniors. The playground has markings for outdoor games for younger children and a netball court for Key Stage 2 children.
Play equipment is installed on a woodchip area which is currently being re-developed and improved.
We are also lucky enough to have a small kitchen garden, a pond, and a sensory garden which is very popular with the children.
We have recently cleared an area at the end of our field where we have planted a number of fruit trees. This area is being developed so that all classes can take their learning outside more often and enjoy our wonderful open space.
We strive to ensure that all pupils achieve the very best they can while they are at our school and that any pupil who needs support, above and beyond that already provided in the classroom, receives it.
Special Educational Needs
Blackboys is an inclusive school and is dyslexia-friendly.
In line with the code of practice in the 1993 Special Needs Act we have a whole-school policy for children with special educational needs and work is personalised to ensure that all children can access our curriculum.
We work very closely with our Educational Psychologist and parents are an important part of the team that decides on a plan of action for an individual child. This plan includes maps of provision and support which are reviewed on a termly basis and adapted according to the child's needs. The provision maps enable the children to work alongside the rest of the class. The Special Needs Co-ordinator and assistant work closely with the child, teachers and parents.
Able and Talented Children
The school works in partnership with the Ringmer Cluster of schools and the Wealden District Small Schools Association to enrich learning experiences outside the school.
Children who show exceptional ability in one or more subjects are challenged by, for example:
- Lesson planning that reflects differentiated tasks
- Work that enriches and extends the child's skills and knowledge
- Gradually increasing the challenge in that enrichment work
- Individual research projects to broaden knowledge
- Group or individual teaching designed to extend knowledge and skills
Children begin school in the Reception Year and move through the years until they reach Year 6. They transfer to secondary school at the end of Year 6, at age 11.
The School Day
The children arrive between 8.40am and 8.55am. Children enter school by 8.55am.
There are four classes. This year they are grouped ias set out below, but this may change according to numbers and classroom space.
|Class 1||Reception and Year 1|
|Class 2||Years 1 and 2|
|Class 3||Years 3 and 4|
|Class 4||Years 5 and 6|
Session times are as follows:
|Morning||8.55am to 12.15 noon|
|Afternoon||1.15pm to 3.15pm|
There is a mid-morning break for the whole school and the KS1 also have an afternoon break.
A Breakfast Club runs most mornings from 07.45 to 08.45am: payment is required. For further details please see flyer.
We run a number of after-school clubs which vary from term to term. A list of clubs on offer is given out at the start of every term. Parents are responsible for collecting their child promptly and for paying any fees required eg Karate club.
Blackboys School aims to produce successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. Our priority is to ensure that all of our pupils are fluent in literacy, numeracy and ICT but, building on these basics, we also wish to develop their learning and thinking skills.
Our curriculum is therefore designed to engage pupils' interest and to develop knowledge, skills and understanding. Since every child is different, we personalise the curriculum to each child's individual needs.
Pupils follow a broad, balanced programme that equips them with the necessary skills in numeracy, literacy and all other requirements of the National Curriculum. Where appropriate, the curriculum is taught creatively through topics or themes and aims to extend pupils' skills as well as to impart knowledge.
Above all, we want our children to enjoy learning and participating in school activities. We aim for them to develop a thirst and enthusiasm for learning as well as the skills to become independent.
This is based on the National Literacy Strategy. Children are taught reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, speaking and listening.
This is based on the National Numeracy Framework, which covers number work, calculations, problems and shape, space and measures.
This is taught through practical activities, experiments and investigations, which develop scientific thinking, skills and knowledge. The school focuses strongly on using and applying knowledge in a practical sense.
Information and Communication Technology
There are at least two computers in every class. The school also has a small computer suite and is equipped with broadband. All classes have interactive whiteboards. Laptop computers are widely used to support learning in all classes. ICT is taught both as a subject and as a support for other areas of the curriculum.
Design and Technology
Children generate their own ideas and work with a variety of materials in the making of a structure or mechanism and learn a variety of practical skills.
Children are encouraged to experiment with their own creativity. From an early age they are introduced to colour mixing and tone. All children have a sketch book in which to record their ideas. They work with a variety of media – clay, printing, paint and pastels—and in in both 2d and 3d and they are encouraged to look at the work of major artists to support their learning.
Children sing and perform together and have the opportunity to use percussion instruments. They listen to a wide range of composers. The school has its own orchestra and there are many opportunities for children to learn an instrument. All pupils receive a weekly music lesson from a specialist teacher. All KS2 pupils learn to play the recorder. Every year the school stages a musical in which every child in the school is involved.
Children develop their skills in three areas – dance, gymnastics and games. KS2 children swim at Ringmer Community College pool during the Spring and Summer Terms. A residential trip is organised for the upper KS2 children where they may participate in outdoor and adventurous activities.
Children learn about a variety of religions although the main focus is on Christianity. We broadly follow the diocesan agreed syllabus and ensure that our pupils develop an awareness of different cultures and creeds.
Children learn about their environment and the people who live in it. They are taught enquiry and mapping skills.
Children learn about the past and famous people. They develop an understanding of historical time and the skills of historical research.
Personal, Health, Social Education
Children are taught in themes; some of this work is delivered through ‘circle time’ and some is included in topic work. Themes include Caring and Self Respect, Knowledge and Life Skills, Feelings, Emotions and Attitudes, and Good Health.
Children are encouraged to become informed citizens, to develop skills of enquiry and communication and learn how to be responsible.
Sex and Relationship Education
This is taught within the PSHE curriculum. Foundations are laid in the early years and built on during the children's progress through the school.
French is taught in all classes and is used at other times within the school day to further support learning.
The purpose of a School Uniform is to create a sense of corporate identity, in which pupils can be equal and proud of belonging to their school. It is practical and reasonably priced. Most clothes items are available from the school office. Grey trousers and white shirts etc are available at a number of outlets.
|Autumn and Spring||Grey trousers or shorts, white polo shirt, green school sweater/jumper. White shirt and school tie are optional.||Grey skirt, pinafore dress or plain grey school trousers, white polo shirt, white socks and school sweater or cardigan. Optional white blouse and tie.|
|Summer||Grey shorts or trousers, white polo shirt.||Green gingham dress or grey/skirt with white polo shirt and white socks.|
|P.E.Kit||Black shorts (or plain grey jogging suit leggings in winter), T shirt coloured according to school team) socks and black plimsolls. Children in Classes 3 and 4 may wear trainers for outdoor games. Swimming Kit: trunks and towel.||Black shorts (or plain grey jogging suit leggings in winter), T-shirt (colour according to school team), white socks and black plimsolls. Children in Classes 3 and 4 may wear trainers for outdoor games. One-piece swimming costume and towel. Long hair should always be tied back.|
Reversible coats are available in school colours and provide a very useful addition on cool days.
Shoes should be black lace-ups or Velcro fastenings, with low heels.
Sandals may be worn in the Summer, but should not have open toes.
School rucksacks can be purchased from the school office. Book-bags can also be purchased from the office.
We ask parents not to send pupils to school in unsuitable footwear (eg no fluorescent socks or shoes).
For health reasons, the wearing of Trainers all day is not recommended (development of feet and hygiene).
It is not appropriate for heavy boots to be worn all day in the building (where we have large areas of carpeting).
Children must change for PE.
Children may not wear jewellery to school. Only “sleeper studs” may be worn with pierced ears. All pierced ears should be covered during PE sessions.
For safety reasons, long Hair should be tied back at all times. Hair bands if worn must be plain and preferably of a school colour. The use of hair gel to create elaborate hair styles is not permitted.
Wearing of make-up and nail-varnish is not permitted.
All items should be clearly marked.
Church, History and Aided Status
The Church of England is a major provider of statutory education (for more information see http://www.churchofengland.org), with over 4,600 Church of England primary schools and more than 220 secondary schools. It also supports work in higher education. The Catholic Church too has aided schools and there are a variety of schools founded by livery companies such as the Skinners School in Tunbridge Wells.
Church of England (CE) schools are different from local education authority ‘county’ schools in that they have another layer of control through a Diocesan Board of Education – in our case, the Diocese of Chichester. CE schools are designated either Voluntary Aided (VA) or Voluntary Controlled (for more information see http://www.churchofengland.org). Blackboys is a Voluntary Aided School. In VA schools the governing body is responsible for 10% of the costs both for repairs to the outside of the building and for any major building work. Governors have considerable control over staffing, curriculum matters, finance and admissions. Their powers have grown since the 1986 Education Act and are more extensive than in a ‘county’school.
At Blackboys the governing body is fortunate to have a source of funds through rent revenue from the school house and from lettings of the school hall to outside organisations.
Aided schools are committed to children receiving an education containing an important Christian element.
Our school, in harmony with its links with the Parish Church in Framfield, is proud of its Church of England connection and roots.
Under the direction of the Headteacher, governors and the Diocese, the school seeks to maintain and develop its duties and commitment towards religious education and worship.
The Headteacher co-ordinates the religious education in the school. The scheme of work is broadly in line with the Diocese of Chichester's Scheme for Primary Schools. Christian festivals and seasonal events may at times be incorporated or be in addition to on-going activities.
An act of worship is held daily for all children. Prayers are part of the routine for each class. Parents are welcomed to our Thursday assembly which may include a range of speakers and contexts.
While we hope that all children will be involved in our religious and spiritual life, it is accepted that parents have the right to withdraw their children from acts of worship or religious studies.
History of the School
The school dates from the late 19th century when it was founded by the parish church at Framfield; it still retains Church of England Aided status.
The original school was demolished in the 1960s and replaced. All that remains of the Victorian structure is the school house adjacent to the road and the playground wall.
When the school was rebuilt, local residents/groups provided extra funds under the guidance of the Parish Council as there was no village hall in Blackboys; the school benefitted from the enlargement of the hall so as to facilitate hiring out for public use.
Subsequent improvements included the addition of a chair/PE store, headteacher's office, staff room and Key Stage 1 outdoor play area, the extension of the teaching area of each classroom, the provision of a new school office, computer suite, reception area and library, and the replacement of the hall windows with UPVC units.
In November 2005 the school embarked on further building work, which resulted in the school acquiring a first floor and a total refurbishment of the whole building. The school now prides itself on its modern, airy accommodation.
The school has Voluntary Aided status with union by way of its trust deed to the National Society (Church of England).
The daily act of collective worship in school required by law (1944 Education Act) is consistent with the faith and practice of the Church of England. It is accepted that the Parish church in Framfield or other Church of England place of worship is used for occasional acts of collective worship. The school does its best to attend the parish church to celebrate the major Christian festivals.
All pupils in attendance at the school are expected to take part in the acts of worship unless the parent requests that they be wholly or partly excused from so doing.
Our acts of worship are conducted as whole school, KS1 and KS2 groups or occasionally as class groups.
Arrangements for the collective act of worship are made by the governing body after consultation with the Headteacher.
All children are encouraged to take part in a full range of sport through our Physical Education curriculum. The school has maintained a regular programme of out-of-school activities, building on the provision during the school day.
We provide equal opportunities in netball, football, rounders, cricket, stoolball, hockey, rugby, together with the children's own improvised games.
The school has an annual competitive sports day, with the accent on children supporting their team, and including a number of ‘fun’ items. An annual swimming gala also takes place.
Children are given opportunities to take part in sporting matches against other schools, principally in netball, football and cricket. The school takes part in inter-school tournaments for netball, football and cricket. A recent successes include the school's selection to represent the school cluster at a Wealden Dance Festival in Hastings.
After school clubs vary from year to year, but generally include netball and football; recently we have also included table-tennis and karate. Clubs are run by members of staff and by outside organisations where appropriate.
Keeping fit and healthy is a priority in our school and we use sport not only to support these aims but also to engender a sense of fair-play, team building and challenge.