The School Day
For the Reception year through to Year 2 the day runs from 8.50am to 3.00pm. Lunch for Year R is from 11.45 to 12.45 and lunch for Year 1 and 2 is from 12.00pm to 1.00pm
Our Nursery and 2 year old provision sessions run from 8.45 to 11.45 and from 12.15pm to 3.15pm.
We are very proud of our Healthy School accreditation and ask all parents to send their children to school with healthy food choices for their lunch. We employ staff to supervise children whilst they eat and during the playtime. All our children now receive universal free school meals, nutritionally balanced and freshly cooked on site each day.
Black/grey skirt/ tunic /summer dress of green gingham or grey trousers
White blouse or shirt
Dark green cardigan or sweatshirt
White or grey socks/tights
Dark green sweatshirt
Black or grey socks
Green or black shorts
Black plimsolls (not trainers)
Monogrammed uniform can be purchased from Trophy Textiles on Dudnance Lane and at ‘Sands of Cornwall’ in Trelowarren Street. Book bags and water bottles can be obtained from the office.
All items of clothing and footwear should be clearly marked with your child’s name.
At St Meriadoc we give ‘every child the best start’ by encouraging a Christian ethos, healthy lifestyle, independent spirit, lifelong love of learning and a deep respect for others and the environment.
This scheme is reviewed annually. We identify the needs of the community that should be addressed with regard to people from different ethnic backgrounds and how we must alter practice and/or the environment to meet those needs. Part of this review is about looking at our outcomes over the past twelve months and planning effectively for the coming years. We are committed to challenging prejudice and discrimination in every aspect of school life, ethos, organisation, curriculum and in the attitudes and behaviour of all staff, parents, children and visitors.
It is important to understand and respect the many different abilities and disadvantages people have to deal with. We believe that we should co-operate in finding an environment that physically and by our attitude gives equal access to all.
We aim to prevent stereotyping which limits adults and children alike. We strive to eliminate discrimination and promote the equality of opportunity between male and female pupils and staff.
Gifted and Talented
At St Meriadoc we work to recognise and realise the potential of every child and our Gifted and Talented provision is part of this mission. We aim to:
Foster an achievement culture throughout the school which celebrates both effort and achievement in a wide range of areas.
Identify children achieving at a high level and make appropriate provision that stretches them in areas of strength and develops them in areas of relative weakness.
Provide an appropriately challenging curriculum for more able and potentially more able children, through extension within the curriculum and through enrichment/ study support.
Special Educational Needs
Our curriculum is adapted by teachers to meet fully the needs of all children, whatever their present ability. We strive towards identifying and ensuring a positive response to those children who have individual needs. We have regular contact with various outside agencies including the Learning Support Service, Psychological Service, Social Care, Audiology, Health, Service for Visually Impaired and Speech and Language Services. We have an experienced teaching assistant to work with individuals who need extra support, and a qualified speech and language teaching assistant.
We believe that assessment is an integral part of the process of teaching and learning. It should be seen as a positive tool for promoting quality learning and developing self esteem. Pupils are encouraged to assess their own performance by checking their work and during plenary discussions. In Year 1 and 2 children use a traffic light system to assess their own learning. A green dot indicates full understanding, an orange dot indicates that they understand in part but haven’t yet reached the required standard and a red dot indicates that they need more explanation to proceed. Teachers assess pupils progress at the end of each half term and report their progress to parents twice a year.
We teach maths, reading and writing in a structured way where each lesson builds on the previous one. If a child misses too many sessions they fall behind the rest of the group and often need extra tuition to help them catch up. It is therefore crucial that your child attends school unless unwell in order for them to make good progress. As a school we will do all we can to ensure maximum attendance for all children. Any problems that impede full attendance will be identified and promptly addressed. It is the policy of our school to celebrate achievement and we actively promote and encourage 100 per cent attendance for all our pupils. If your child is ill and unable to attend school, please notify the office by 9.30am. If we do not receive notification from you we are obliged to enter your child’s absence as unauthorised.
Under current legislation ‘save in exceptional circumstances, a pupil shall not be granted more than ten school days leave of absence in any school year.’ [Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 1995] Only the school can approve absence, not the parents.
Where holidays are taken without the approval of the school, this will count as an unauthorised absence. Parents will therefore need to compete a ‘holiday form’ for all holidays taken in term time. The form is available from the school office.
We do ask that holidays are taken during holiday time and not term time whenever possible. Holidays taken in May should be especially avoided as some of the children will be taking end of year assessments.
Dispensing of Medicines
Staff will administer medication if written instructions stating dosage etc. accompany the medication and if administration is a simple procedure. Forms can be obtained from the school office. Inhalers are to be the responsibility of the children and are to be kept either on the child or in the teachers desk. It would be helpful if inhalers could be named. Please note that staff can only administer medicine that has been prescribed by the child’s doctor.
Our school community has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This means that we have a child protection policy and procedures in place which we refer to in our prospectus. All staff, including our volunteers and supply staff, must ensure that they are aware of our procedures. Parents and carers are welcome to read these on request.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will always ensure that concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents/ carers first, unless we have reason to believe that this is not in the child’s best interests.
The school has a duty of care and we may need to make a referral to Social Services.
Change of Address
The school should be informed of any change of address, telephone numbers or home circumstances. It is important for us to keep up to date records in case of emergency. Each term you will be asked to complete a data form as records are kept on computer and registered under the Data Protection Act.
In accordance with LA Policy our admissions criteria and policy are reviewed annually by governors and is available from the school office and on our website.
If you have any complaints regarding the school please contact the Headteacher or Chair of Governors, Dr J. Moseley. Any correspondence to Dr Moseley can be sent to the school and will be forwarded to her.