Key Information and Performance
Belswains Primary School is a one-form entry primary school with a nursery class. This means we have one class per year group with no mixed-age classes, However an additional ‘Bulge class’ was taken in Reception, September 2016, and this additional class will remain as they move up through the school .
|Foundation Stage||Nursery||3 – 4 years|
|Reception||4 – 5 years|
|Keystage 1||Year 1||5 – 6 years|
|Year 2||6 – 7 years|
|Keystage 2||Year 3||7 – 8 years|
|Year 4||8 – 9 years|
|Year 5||9 – 10 years|
10 – 11 years
In addition to the Headteacher, the school has nine full-time teachers and several part-time teachers. Each class has its own nursery nurse or teaching assistant and there are several learning support assistants who work with children with special educational needs.
teaching assistant and there are several learning support assistants who work with children with special educational needs.
Our School Day :
8.45am Doors Open
8.55-10.45 Teaching Session
10.45 -11.00 Break
11.00-12.00 Teaching Session ( Key Stage 2 ends at 12.10 Mon -Thur)
1.10-3.20 Teaching Session
3.20 Home Time
NURSERY is open from 8.50 – 11.50 am.
Below are links to the key statements sharing important information about Belswains Primary School.
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‘You own your own behaviour’
At Belswains Primary School we place great importance on creating a caring environment whereby children and staff can enjoy coming to school in the belief that they will feel safe and will be able to learn and work to the best of their ability. Our fundamental message to share with the children is that they own their own behaviour; they are responsible for making the right choices so that they can conform to acceptable standards of behaviour
We expect all children to behave to the best of their ability at all times. From the moment they enter school the children are encouraged to develop habits of self-discipline and to conform to an acceptable standard of behaviour. We are very pleased that children at Belswains generally do display excellent standards of behaviour. However, in line with our Behaviour Policy, we will notify you if we feel that your child is not behaving well and we will expect you to work with us to help your child improve their behaviour.
Equality Objectives Statement
At Belswains Primary School we want all children and their families, staff and visitors to feel welcome and involved. We are a happy, caring learning community in which we aim for every individual to have an equal opportunity to discover, explore and realise their potential.
Our equality objectives are:
- To promote diversity within our staff and governing body.
- To reduce prejudice and increase understanding of equality through direct teaching within the curriculum.
- To encourage all children to participate in extra-curricular activities by offering a wide range of clubs run both by the school and by outside agencies.
- To ensure access to a range of support to aid achievement in the curriculum for all vulnerable groups.
- To tackle prejudice and promote understanding in relation to people with disabilities and to ensure reasonable adjustments are made to the teaching and learning of disabled pupils.
- To evaluate targeted interventions to ensure that there is impact and progress is made by children within vulnerable groups.
- To narrow the gap between progress of boys and girls in writing.
- To ensure that all stakeholders can share their thoughts and opinions about matters that affect them and the life of the school in a range of ways.
- To ensure all communication sent by the school is accessible to all and that information is shared verbally if necessary.
- For our current Equality Policy click on the link below:
Data Protection ( GDPR)
Belswains take data protection very seriously, and inline with GDPR requirements have appointed a Data Protection Officer to oversee our approach to data management and protection. The link below is the complete version of the Belswains Privacy Notice for Parents, Carers and Pupils, and includes contact details for the Data Protection Officer.
Belswains Primary School occupies a large site. Over the last few years we have worked hard to develop our outdoor areas which, in addition to two playgrounds and a large field, now include a meadow, a woodland area, a growing garden and an amphitheatre. Indoors, there are well resourced classrooms, a hall with a projector, screen and a sound system, a separate dining room and several other rooms which are used for one-to-one tuition, teaching small groups and meetings with parents and other visitors.
Children have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. They are taught by specialist teachers from Herts Music Service. Parents/carers are required to pay for these lessons. Hertfordshire County Council provides a remissions scheme for families entitled to certain benefits. Further information about instrumental tuition is available from the school office.
We follow Hertfordshire’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education as the basis for our RE teaching. Through this syllabus the children are made aware of the diversity of faiths and cultures in the local and wider community. Their learning is enhanced through visits to places of worship, including a church, a mosque, a Hindu temple and a synagogue.
We hold a daily act of collective worship which is broadly Christian in nature. These assemblies are led by various members of staff and visitors to the school.
Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their children from RE lessons and assemblies.
We believe that staff and parents have a joint responsibility for teaching children about this subject. Sex education forms part of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Science programmes of work. As part of the Year 6 programme we work with the school nurse to teach children about maturation and puberty. Parents are given an opportunity to view the resources we use and to understand how the subject is tackled. Parents who do not wish their child to participate in these lessons should discuss their concerns with the Headteacher.
Modern Foreign Language (French)
Children in Key Stage 2 are taught French through fun, interactive activities which are designed to develop their spoken language skills. In addition children of all ages are made aware of a variety of languages and cultures throughout the year. A languages week is organised once a year to focus on the variety of languages.
The children start having swimming lessons when they are in Key Stage 2. Children in Year 5 have weekly lessons during the Autumn term, Year 4 have lessons during the Spring term and in Year 3 during the Summer term. Towards the end of their time in Y6, children are provided with extra swimming lessons if they are not able to swim unaided over a distance of at least 25m.
We aim to enrich your child’s learning experiences by arranging a variety of visits and visitors for all classes. We believe that these activities are an important way of consolidating some of the things your child has learnt in class. For example visits to St Albans Museum, Boxmoor Educational Centre, visits from the local fire service and PCSO.
Year 6 children are given the opportunity to participate in a five day residential trip towards the end of Summer term.
While we try to keep the cost of these activities to a minimum (some are heavily subsidised by the school), however we usually do have to ask parents to make a voluntary contribution towards travel expenses and entrance fees. If an activity or outing cannot be funded by voluntary contributions, it may have to be cancelled.
Monitoring Your Child’s Progress
All teachers monitor the progress of the children in their class informally on a day-to-day basis. However, we also have more formal arrangements in place for monitoring progress. Each half term we have an Assessment Week when all children from Year 1 to Year 6 are assessed in reading, writing and maths. The children are also assessed at the end of term in other subjects, e.g. science and history. These assessments are carried out in tandem with the statutory assessments at the end of each keystage. The results of all assessments are shared with parents. Parents have an opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with class teachers during consultation meetings in the Autumn and Spring terms and after they have received the written report on their child’s progress in the Summer term. If, in addition to these formal opportunities, you feel a need to discuss your child’s progress at any time, this can always be done by arranging an appointment with your child’s teacher.