Home and School Links (Home and School Association)
Establishing and maintaining close links between home and school is desirable. We are fortunate at Helmsley to have a ‘Friends of Helmsley Primary School Group’ and parents are automatically members. You are welcome to any of the meetings, which are held regularly throughout the year. The aims of the group are to strengthen home/school links through fund-raising, social and educational activities. If you would like any further details about the group and/or forthcoming events, please contact the school office.
Parents are welcome as helpers in school, and many already assist with reading, educational visits and art and craft projects. If you are interested, please let us know!
Information about your child
The school holds assessment details on each child, including copies of their annual reports, internal and statutory test results. Parents wishing to view their child’s records are welcome to do so, all we ask is prior notice so we can have the file ready for you. (Some data is held electronically under the data protection act)
We often wish to include photographs of children in the school web site, newsletter and local media publications. A form will be given to all new entrants asking for permission to include the child. No images will be used that specifically identify individual children in line with school policy.
The school is a Community Primary and Nursery School, accepting boys and girls the term after their third birthday up to the age of eleven years. (Please refer to the admissions policy later in this document.)
Building and Facilities
The school is of a modern, single-story construction and was opened in 1979. It is built of local stone, with a pan tile roof, to be in keeping with Helmsley’s traditional buildings. A new Reception area was completed in the Summer of 2002.
The school premises consist of six classrooms, which have their own art and craft areas, and adjoining library annexes.
Easter 2006 saw the opening of our brand new Multimedia room, containing a 16 station ICT Suite and a new Library Area.
A large hall is utilised for various purposes: assemblies, physical education, drama, serving meals, etc.
School meals are cooked in the modern kitchen adjoining the hall and provide a cooked main meal and a vegetarian option each day. They are served on a cafeteria-style basis.
The school is surrounded by well maintained gardens, grassed areas and play areas. A large playing field is available for games and other recreational activities. A programme to develop the school grounds for pupil recreation has provided us with an adventure trail and log cabin climbing frame, in addition to a variety of games marked out on the playgrounds. In partnership with The National Trust and Forestry Enterprise, 1999 saw the completion of a woodland walk around the perimeter of the school playing field, which will become a real asset in time. This also includes a pond- now the home to a variety of newts, toads and insects, and a wild flower meadow. There is a maintenance programme in place that involves both contractors and the children (though not at the same moment in time!!)
A Health and Safety check is done annually by the Governors.
A Fire Regulations inspection is carried out annually by the Fire Service
The Fire Alarms and general school alarms are regularly tested by qualified inspectors.
Risk assessments are carried out and reviewed annually.
Extra Curricular Activities
At Helmsley School, we are able to offer a wide range of clubs and activities to suit all tastes. Clubs are open to both Key Stages One and Two where appropriate, enabling clubs to be a reasonable size for the activities involved. Examples of after-school clubs that have operated are football, netball, art and craft, chess and board games, drama, dance, ICT, French, rounders, cricket, gymnastics, softball, etc.
N.B. different clubs operate at different times of the year, but children and parents are notified of the clubs that are running each term. Parental consent forms must be completed and returned to school, otherwise children are unable to attend a club.
The school welcomes parental involvement in clubs, and would ask that volunteers make themselves known! More recently parents/volunteers have run a tennis club and a Latin club.
Children are often asked to take work home in the evening, and we would be grateful if parents would make some time for them to do so. In Key Stage One, this work most likely involves reading and reading activities. In Key Stage Two, there is an expectation that children will take their reading book home, that they will learn their number bonds 'SMIRFS' and times tables each week, and complete any written work or research task given by the teacher. We believe that homework is most valuable when it supports classroom work, in order to perhaps consolidate or extend an idea or concept. A homework club runs every Wednesday after school for those children who would like a little more support when doing homework.
Children are given a Homework planner sheet each week which informs parents of any homework tasks along with hand-in dates etc.
Complaints Procedure (Curriculum and related matters)
Section 23 (1) of the Education Reform Act of 1988 outlines the procedures to enable parents to express concern about the school curriculum and related matters.
In the first instance, parents should discuss their concerns with the Headteacher and/or teachers. Where the issue is not resolved, the matter may be the subject of a formal complaint and, if appropriate, referred to the Governing Body via the Chairperson. If its investigations fail to provide a response satisfactory to the complainant, the complaint will be then referred to the L.E.A.