Reach2 Governance and Policy
Staff and Volunteers
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
In 2015 30 school children can be admitted each academic year (with the exception of Reception where the admission number is 60).
In 2016 30 school children can be admitted each academic year except in Year 1 and Reception as we continue to grow year on year towards two form entry. Details of the Admissions Policy is available from Veritas Primary Academy and on the Academy website. In accordance with the Academy’s policy, priority is given to looked after and previously looked after children, followed by those children who have older siblings at the school. Priority is then given in order of distance from the school measured in a straightline. Prospective parents are offered a visiting day in the term prior to the school year in which a pupil starts full time education.
(NB: please note this is a correction to that printed in our school prospectus).
Online applications are now the preferred method of making a preference for schools at the normal age of entry. Last year, around 92% of applications for Secondary and Primary School applications were made online. Parents who apply online are able to receive email notification of their school place on the national offer day, rather than through the post.
This year parents will be able to apply for their maintained nursery places online as schools will be able to monitor the number of applications received via PRIME.
Applications for Primary and Middle school places will be open from 2 November 2015.
Spelling at Veritas Primary Academy
English is unarguably a complex language but, despite its complexity, 85% of the English spelling system is predictable. Your child will learn the rules and conventions of the system and the spelling strategies needed to become a confident speller.
At Veritas we teach spelling through:
Spelling Books – This is a spelling programme of age appropriate and high frequency words.
Spelling Investigations – children investigate spelling rules to see if there are spelling patterns that can be applied. They then have the opportunity to practise and apply the rule, ensuring that new learning is embedded over time.
This service is now available for parents. The website is www.scopay.com
Your account will allow you to check balances for dinner money, trips and clubs and to make payments to the school. You can also use your account for other tasks such as checking your child’s meal history and reprinting receipts. You can use the same account for any children you have at this school, and for children at other schools which also use Tucasi secure scopay.com system.
All you need to do is go to the website address above and select “Register as a new user” follow the instructions and then use the link code issued on your letter (an example of this letter is included below but please note each parent’s log in is individual). Ms Houghton in the office can reprint your details if needed. If you do not have access to a computer or would like some help with the process please speak to one of our office staff who will be happy to help.
Assessment of children’s learning in REAch2
From September 2014, with the introduction of the new Primary National Curriculum, the government assessment reforms came into force. These included National Curriculum levels being removed and not replaced. This has allowed schools to design and implement their own assessment frameworks.
Below is REAch2’s response to these changes:
Changes in the 2014 National Curriculum require that children are able to independently access the skills taught in year groups across a wide range of contexts. There is much more emphasis in revisiting and deepening their understanding of what they have learnt, improving their ability to apply learning in as many different ways as possible.
In order for this new assessment criteria to work, it requires a change of mind-set at all levels regarding assessment. Schools have the freedom to make professional judgements on how children learn the knowledge, skills and concepts within the National Curriculum. With this comes a big responsibility to ensure that at all levels it is being taught in a way that develops the whole child.
As children are not expected to push through a set of levels, they are free to master the full breadth of the curriculum for their year group. Really strong, sustainable progress will come through the freedom for children to learn in a range of contexts and ways. The progress will be evident and measurable in books and through the children themselves.
The REAch2 Non-Negotiable Milestones for each year group are not a replacement for levels nor are they a basis for planning or measuring steps in progress. They are a summative expectation of what skills, knowledge and concepts the child should have by the end of the year. It is by no means the range, breadth or depth of what a child should be learning.
This is not to say that challenge and high expectations have slipped. Once a child has independently achieved and met aspects of their year group’s curriculum and this is clearly evidenced, they will be pushed on to their next stage of learning. This will not be scored through a data package but will be the responsibility of the school to ensure that children are meeting their full potential, through clear and thorough checking systems.
For more information regarding how pupil achievement is measure please click below:
What do Governors do?
Veritas Primary Academy school governors are drawn from different parts of the community; they are parents, staff, and members of the local community. This helps to ensure that the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience. The school governors we are committed to school welfare and improvement. In consultation with the head teacher and other staff, our main responsibilities are to:
set aims and agree policies, targets and objectives for the school
support and challenge decisions
help determine the ethos of the school
agree how to spend the school budget
appoint new head teachers and assist in the recruitment of other staff
How does the governing body work?
There are normally six to eight meetings a year which involve the full governing body. We hear reports from the head teacher, other members of staff and from the various committees about the work they have been doing. We ask questions, make decisions, comment on proposals, offer advice and act as a sounding board for ideas. Our objective is always to arrive at the best solution for the school.
We monitor specific objectives listed on the School Development Plan so each Governor will be responsible for monitoring an initiative in, for example: English, Maths, Special Educational Needs etc. This allows governors to focus on a particular area and work more closely with the relevant teachers and to then feed back to the full governing body.
Our 2015/2016 School Governing Body is made up of the following members:
Mrs K. Powell
Mrs M. Navoka
Mr Y. Bhoola (Interim Chair)
Miss A. Kerr (Head of School)
Miss R. Burgin
Mrs J. Powell
Mrs C. Keenan
Currently 2 vacancies for co-opted governors.
Deputy Head teacher Mrs D. Raftery also invited to attend all non-confidential meetings.
Child Protection and Safeguarding – Mrs K. Powell
Health and Safety – Mrs C. Keenan
Attendance and Behaviour – Mrs M. Navoka
Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural (SMSC) – Mrs M. Navoka
Curriculum and Standards Committee – Miss A. Kerr, Mr Y. Bhoola, Mrs M. Navoka, Miss R. Burgin, 1 Vacancy
Finance and Operations Committee – Miss A. Kerr, Mr Y. Bhoola, Mrs C. Keenan, Mrs K. Powell, Mrs J. Powell
NB No relevant business interests recorded for current Governors 24.11.15
Security is a very important issue and the following measures operate at all times
The front entrance is the only entrance for visitors. The pedestrian gate is locked from 9.00 a.m. At all other times, no visiting adult is to be admitted to the school building through classroom fire doors. Fire doors and staircases must not be obstructed in any way, to ensure ease of access from the building in an emergency.