01332 341171
Brackensdale Junior School
Walthamstow Drive
Mackworth
Derby
DE22 4BS

Important Info

Attendance

Core Principles

Good attendance and punctuality make effective teaching and learning possible, while irregular attendance disrupts these processes. If pupils are to take full advantage of what school offers them and become effective learners, gaining the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will equip them for life, good attendance and punctuality are essential. Valuable learning time is lost when pupils are absent or late.  Research has shown that pupils who attend school regularly achieve better results than those who have longer or more frequent periods of absence from school.  Good attendance is an achievement in its own right and is recognised as such by the school. 

Our aim is to achieve good attendance by operating an attendance policy which enables staff, pupils, parents, the local community, and outside agencies to work together in partnership.  The school will monitor attendance and ensure quick and early intervention where a problem is identified.  The school recognises that poor attendance may be as a result of difficulties pupils are experiencing in school, or may be the result of circumstances beyond the school’s control, but whatever the circumstances, some pupils will need extra support in order to achieve and maintain good attendance. 


Ensuring regular attendance at school is the legal responsibility of parents and allowing a child to be absent from school without good reason is an offence in law that may result in prosecution by the Education Welfare Service.   The school has a legal responsibility to report poor attendance to the appropriate agencies in order to safeguard the welfare of all our pupils.

School Attendance Targets

As with standards of attainment and other areas of school life, there are school targets to improve attendance and every pupil has an important part to play in meeting these targets.  In 2013 our whole school attendance was just below 95% (94.8%). We believe we can do better than this and raise the minimum level of attendance expected for all Brackensdale pupils to 96%. 

Holidays in Term Time

There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off during school term time to go on holiday.  Taking holidays in term time will affect a pupil’s schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents/carers to support the school by not taking their children away in school term time.  The government and the local authority strongly discourage holidays in term time and have provided all schools with guidance for use in deciding whether or not to authorise such requests.  BrackensdaleJuniorSchoolhas adopted this guidance and will only authorise holidays in term time in exceptional circumstances.  Parents wishing to apply for a holiday leave of absence in term time should apply in writing to the Headteacher.   These will only be authorised in very exceptional circumstances and cheaper prices will not be considered as a reason to grant a leave of absence. 

Any period of leave taken without the agreement of the school, or in excess of that agreed, will be classed as unauthorised and may lead to further sanctions such as a Fixed Penalty Notice. 

Contacting Parents

We keep up to date contact details for all children in the school office. Parents must inform us when contact details, such as mobile numbers change. It is important that you keep the office informed of such changes.

We also have a system of passing on information to parents by text. We will send texts out from school whenever we need to pass on information quickly. Again, please inform the office of any change of mobile numbers.

When children are ill

Firstly, we encourage children to come into school if at all possible - sometimes when they are a little off-colour they forget about it when involved in activities. We think it is vital that children establish a regular pattern of attendance. If children become ill in school we have facilities for them to rest for a short period of time and we will contact parents as soon as possible. We ask parents to avoid the need for children to bring medicines into school - prescriptions can sometimes be modified to avoid a lunchtime dose and parents are welcome to come into school to administer medicines if necessary. School cannot give non-prescription medicines such as paracetamol.

Inhalers

These are kept in the classrooms so that the children have easy access to them. Please ensure that your child’s inhaler is clearly labelled with his/her name. They will be sent home every half-term for checking by parents.

Head-lice

Please examine your child’s hair regularly. The school or the chemist can advise on treatment. If your child does get head lice, keep him or her at home until the treatment is completed. Let us know of the problem so that we can warn other parents to check and treat their child’s hair and prevent re-infestation. We have leaflets and a DVD/video for parents to borrow if you need any advice on treating your child’s hair. The Governors of the school have drawn up a policy which advises that if a member of staff notices that a child does have head lice, then we should contact the parent or guardian and ask them to take the child out of school, and return them after they have been treated.

School Nurses

Vicky Rodgers

Contact the school nurse on 01332 888080.

Child Protection

All parents need to be aware that we are required to take reasonable action to ensure children’s safety. In cases where we have reason to be concerned that any child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, we follow an agreed set of procedures and inform social services. Mrs Hammond is the child protection co-ordinator.

School Meals

Children intending to stay for dinners should bring their money on Monday mornings. If meals are not paid for the week they are taken, the pupil concerned may have to go home for lunch until the arrears have been paid. Any parent who feels they may be eligible for free school meals can get a form from Mrs Wilson in the school office. She will then tell them the procedure for applying.

We are very pleased that our school meals are being updated. From September we will have a pasta bar and a jacket potato bar as well as our normal school meals and usual salad bar. We have also purchased new crockery and cutlery for the start of the new school year.Click Here To View Our Menu

R.E.

We teach RE through a scheme of work based on the ‘All our worlds’ scheme. Although the school has no affiliation with any one religious denomination, we have excellent relationships with local Christian churches. Members of the Derby City Church run a weekly ‘Chatterbox’ bible club and also lead regular assemblies. We also have links with Castlefields Church. Their pastor also leads assemblies once every half term. We welcome visitors from all religious denominations and faiths.

Parents who do not wish their children to participate in collective worship for religious reasons should contact Mr Hall or Mrs Hammond to explain their viewpoints and, where possible, alternative arrangements will be made.

Current out of school opportunities include:

For a list of the current after school activities please click here.

Physical Activity and PEpicture of children exercising

Over the last few years our school has become a B-Active school. We ensure that physical activity is high profile within school and that all children realise the importance of regular physical activity. Our programme of physical activity includes:

  • Playground exercises every morning, break time and afternoon before the children come into school (this is called Activate to Concentrate).
  • Brain Gym in the classrooms before the start of lessons.
  • ‘Take 10’ activities in the classrooms. (These are quick bursts of 10 minutes activity in the classroom.
  • Twice weekly PE lessons either in the hall, on the playground or field when weather is suitable.
  • Encouraging children to either walk to school or to come on their bikes. We became a ‘Bike It!’ school recently and many children come to school on bikes regularly. Children who wish to use their bike for school must see Mr Hall for a permission form. We try to insist that all children wear a helmet.
  • Extra-curricular activities - we have various sports clubs for children to attend. These include football, badminton, multisports, hockey, basketball, cricket and tag rugby.

P.E. Kit

Plain shorts and t-shirt (these should not be too baggy for reasons of safety.) These can be purchased from school. Pumps for indoor use and trainers or pumps for outdoors. Swimming kit for Year 4. For safety reasons, girls with long hair should have it tied back for P.E.

Jewellery

We ask that children do not wear jewellery apart from sleepers or studs and a watch. On days when children have P.E., jewellery is better left at home as it can cause a hazard and may be mislaid.

Curriculum

We aim to offer the children a broad range of teaching and learning experiences during their time with us. All elements of the National Curriculum are taught through our ‘Creative Curriculum’ which links the subjects together within themes to make them enjoyable and relevant to the children’s lives. At the beginning of each term we send out information to parents about the theme being taught. This is to show parents the areas that will be covered and to provide an opportunity for parents to contribute to the themes, which is always welcome. There is an emphasis on progress in Literacy and Numeracy.

We use a variety of teaching approaches including whole-class teaching, group activities and opportunities for individual work. Children are taken on regular visits out of school which support and enrich their work in class. We also have visitors into school who add another dimension to children’s learning.

Literacy

Just like most schools in the country we teach English from the National Strategy Renewed Framework for Literacy. The teachers plan work carefully to include basic skills in Literacy which meets the needs of all of our children. We are careful to provide a good structure to develop both reading and writing skills. Children are introduced to a wide variety of texts and learn to read and write for different purposes. We ensure that children apply their learning to all areas of the curriculum and assess work frequently. Teachers review children’s progress regularly with senior managers to ensure that maximum progress is being made.

At Brackensdale we also devote additional curriculum time to give children the opportunity to engage in additional reading activities. Much of the reading practice however, takes place at home, supervised by parents and recorded in the Home/School reading record.

A ‘Normal’ School Day Is Usually As Follows

 8.20 – 8.40am – Breakfast Club (Children can attend with or without parents to have toast, cereal bars, fresh fruit, hot chocolate or fruit juice. Cooked breakfasts will also be available from September. We only charge a small amount and children attending regularly find it a happy and sociable way to start the day!)
        
8.40am - Teacher on duty on both playgrounds.
        
8.55am - A bell will ring on both playgrounds and the children come into school for registration after ‘wake & shake’ activity.
 
9.00am - First lesson of the day
 
9.25am - Numeracy (unless Y4 Tuesday swimming)
 
10.25am - Break time
 
10.40am - Lesson time
 
11.40am - Whole school reading time in classrooms with midday supervisors helping.

12.00pm - Lunch time

1.00pm - End of lunchtime - assembly in the hall (except Mon.)
 
1.20pm(approx) - Afternoon lessons*
 
3.15pm - End of the school day.
 
*Some classes have a short drinks break in the afternoon when necessary.

Admissions

It is important that parents who wish to start their children at Brackensdale Junior in September 2011 express a preference for the school by the end of the Autumn Term 2010. Children will not automatically transfer from the Infant School. By law, children whose parents have expressed a preference will have priority when Governor’s decide on admissions. Admission forms are available from Derby City Local Authority, Middleton House, 27, St. Mary’s Gate, Derby DE1 3NN.
 
In the Summer Term we provide a number of opportunities for Year 2 children and their parents to get to know our school. The children will attend assemblies regularly, but also visit us for a special assembly when they will have the chance to meet their new teacher in a familiar environment. Class meetings will be held for ‘new’ parents where you can find out about school routines and receive information about the planned curriculum for the year.
 
Our aim is to make the transition from Infant to Junior school a smooth and stress free process for both children and parents.
 
Any parent whose children have not attended Brackensdale Infants should make an appointment to come into school. We will then arrange for you and your child to look round and meet the teachers.

Web Design By Devmac